Sunday 14 January 2018

Sunday Morning TV.

Good grief, the Beeb’s Sunday Morning viewing provides a pot pourri of bad sights and peculiar people and peculiar sights and bad people.

Let’s take Emily Thornberry. It is said that Emily, or Lady Nugee, as they prefer to call her on Guido’s website, is positioning for Corby’s job. No, surely not! But worse things happen at sea. 

Admittedly she is thought to have eclipsed old Steptoe when she stood in for him at PMQs, but how hard is that?

Isn’t she a bit of a square peg in a shitround hole? I mean her demeanour is not that of your bog standard Labour M P. Unlike your standard, labourite, glottal-stop estuary English (gettin’ on down wiv the workin’ class) favoured by all Labour MPs during the Blair - Miliband era, Emily talks a bit posh, with her slightly Sloaney vowels and a hint of mid-Atlantic drawl; the sort of accent Beatrice and Eugene from W1A might pick up at the Golden Globes. She begins all her sentences with “I think”, confident that we care. At her most irritating she will blink and half-close her eyes, a look often given by the very smug after successfully making A Very Important Point.

On the Marr show she said:
“He is an asteroid of awfulness that has fallen on this world. I think that he is a danger an’ I think that he is a raycust.” “That shays that he doesn’t have a real grasp of what a trade agreement actually uhs.” 
Hmm. And I thought Trump was a businessman. Oh well. 

Watching the insufferable Meryl Streep was not pleasant. Nicola Sturgeon may not be my favourite politician, but she’s smart and articulate in a way that knocks poor Lady Nugee’s performance into the proverbial cocked hat.

Yippidee dooda, The Big Questions is back!! When you get your first glimpse of the ‘front row’, your immediate  challenge is to see how quickly you can spot the regulars. Today there were only two. Angela Epstein and Abdullah al-Andalusi

The debates were a little lacklustre, but when they turned their attention to the troubling question of the persecution of Christians I was relieved to see that no-one even mentioned Israel.  Thank goodness I didn’t have to write an infuriated blogpost about that, for once. Here’s a list of the offending top 50.

Put that in your pipe, Lucy Winkett, the Rev Stephen Sizer and Sarah Montague.

The Sunday Politics has lost its sparkle since Sarah Smith took over from Andrew Neil. I wonder if she gets equal pay? My attention wandered till Barry Gardiner came on. Garry Bardiner. Barry Gardiner painstakingly explained, as if to a class of severely mentally disadvantaged infants, the Labour Party’s policy on the single market and the Customs Union. I think he’s saying we want the best possible deal. We will be leaving the EU by the way. Let me be clear. What we want, what people voted for, what we’re trying to do, each “what” enunciated with a kindly but slightly patronising Barry Gardiner whoosh. When challenged about Jared O”Mara’s and John McDonnell’s obnoxiously misogynistic remarks  a steely look came into his eyes that sent a chill down my spine. Gentle Barry has a nasty side. 

Ukip! Poor old Henry Bolton. His girlfriend made him look enough of an idiot even before she said all that stupid stuff.  I don’t think even Nige could salvage what’s left of the party. But you never know what’s around the corner. Now I’m off to watch the Queen.


  1. Is it just me or is Lady Nugee/Emily Thornberry is looking more like a Beryl Cook painting ?

  2. I can't say I know much about Henry Bolton but this latest 'one degree of separation' mode of witch hunt is a bit worrying.

    Aren't we all supposed to be linked under the 'six degrees of separation' theory? Perhaps we should all resign?

    1. If you are a UKIP leader and you decide to leave your second Russian wife for a young model who then proves to be someone with disgusting racist views, I think you should resign. He was always going to be a disaster: a pro-EU ex Lib Dem (stood for them in 2010!), a paid consultant to the EU, and a complete establishment figure (OBE, ex Police, ex armed forces). He was also part of the conspiracy to paint the completely non-racist Anne Marie Waters as a racist.

    2. I'm intrigued by the disconnect in some people's mind that allows them to claim they are feminists whilst simultaneously believing that a man should have a degree of control over his girlfriend's opinions and speech.

    3. That's not how politics works. Your partner is part of what you project to the world. It's true for both men and women. It's relevant to me that Mrs Clegg makes a lot of money out of the EU as a legal expert in EU issues. It's relevant to me that Cherie Blair made huge amounts of money out of human rights cases. It's relevant to me that the Thatchers' money came from oil. These are all relevant factors in how we assess a politician.

      Clearly Henry Bolton agrees as he's dumped his girlfriend - another class act from a class act.

  3. I quite like 'asteroid of awfulness' though, especially from any 'easy to see' lady member of the creaking shadow front bench without irony.


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