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23 February 2017

Who will be the first to blame Jeremy Corbyn whatever the outcome of today’s #byelection ?


23 February 2017

Photograph of This Day.

Stranger No. 25

 


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21 February 2017

Five Years Ago

5 November 2011 page Revisited

ART

Richter or Monkfry?

 

 

Smudge and Real Smear Tryptych

#Art #Richter


19 February 2017

According to Tony Blair

 #GuardianBias #Brexit #BBCbias

Apparently I am, or might be, with the electoral majority for the first time in my long life.

 

If there were another EU referendum today there would be a different outcome. I am surprised that this ITV online poll confirms the credibility of Tony Blair’s post Brexit point of view.

71%

Agree with me?

 

However, why would Tony Blair bring this up at this time immediately before a double by-election when it might affect the outcomes. Whatever happens next Thursday Tony Blair can be assured that the main stream media will explain that outcome in terms that will not flatter Jeremy Corbyn? We don’t need an ITV poll to forecast that certainty.

 #GuardianBias #Brexit #BBCbias


19 February 2017

 


19 February 2017

Who Speaks of Betrayal?

#Brexit #GuardianBias #edvulliamy

Ed Vulliamy today in The Guardian regards the votes in favour of igniting Article 50 as an act of betrayal and a race to "the bottom of the xenophobic sewer."

Who inhabits this "xenophobic sewer"?

Well, Vulliamy might have started by indicting the 52% who voted for Brexit, and then moved on to all Tories including those that took a principled vote to Remain, Theresa May for example who nevertheless keeps her nose clean throughout. He might have included the majority of Labour MPs who found it incumbent on themselves to respect the referendum outcome.

Ed Vulliamy has not however accused the whole of this grouping who share this view, he only accuses Jeremy Corbyn in his article, of "betrayal" and of occupying the “xenophobic sewer”.

This is surely an actionable libel.

But worse than that, Vulliamy has just made Labour’s imminent by-election chances a little tougher. Paul Nuttal now has a Guardian stick to wield and he will use it this coming Thursday.

Who speaks of Betrayal?


16 February 2017

Jeremy Corbyn was found responsible by Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian today for Theresa May’s breaking of the conservative pledge "to give shelter to 3,000 of the most desperate people on Earth, children fleeing war and devastation?"

Not at all sure how he, Freedland felt justified in tainting Corbyn with that charge. As a journalist, Freedland seems to suck.

Apparently Corbyn is held responsible for every Tory misdemeanour in opposition.

The Guardian allowed no right of reply/comments on that article.

#GuardianBias


16 February 2017

How might we reconcile lower unemployment with increasing poverty and expose the poverty deniers? It’s easy.

 #ZeroHoursIsn’tWorking #Hippo

#PoliticsandConflict

DeathInEssex


15 February 2017

Who said “Ken Loach’s Bafta diatribe shows he is stuck in the past”?

The Poverty Deniers

 

peddling pet food for hyenas

#TimLoughton #Hippo #KenLoach

Thank you Ed, how-did-you-get-that -job, West of the Spectator


14 February 2017

 

The Love Bucket

This is where love is found wanting, tainted by insincerity and/or BS /foolishness. No claim is made that this is an exact science but these movies are found to be unlovely movies about love and a foil to

THE LOVE CHANNEL

the one and only Channel of Love on VIMEO

 

THE LOVE CHANNEL

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Love is a very splendid thing. A movie called "Love" was created by us Monks at Shoestringonline. We then discovered that there were 10,729 movies on vimeo with the same title. Most seem to be syrup, or church, or just bad, or all three. Surely there would be enough to start a Love Channel. Love Channel was born, or was there already a Love Channel. Apparently not.

 

the one and only Channel of Love on VIMEO

#Love    #Lovecontrary


11 February 2017

 

#penisenvy


11 February 2017

 

#BBCbias


11 February 2017

The Bleeding Obvious

#BBCbias #BBCQT #NHS ToryDNA

 

THE NHS IS BLEEDING

#BBCbias #BBCQT #NHS ToryDNA


09 February 2017

Frozen Butts

#classwar #Waitrose

Waiting in Waitrose cafe, as I frequently do, I read today Frankie Boyle's article on Trump and tried and failed to not laugh out loud. I also tried to not notice the couple next to me suppressing a mocking snigger because I was wearing a wonky pair of reading glasses and that hat that people, including Mrs Monk, find so worthy of dissent.

I am compensated by the view of the Waitrose toilet which is being remodelled and therefore "out of service". Every thirty seconds I witness a customer pushing the door that will not open, then the step back to read the notice, then that look of panic because they would have already been in that anticipated pre pee stage, primed to relieve themselves, and then the horror of the message directing them to a temporary Portaloo in the car park where the temperature is currently 34 degrees Fahrenheit. All those middle class frozen butts. Such joy.

Frankie Boyle has better jokes and an easy target.


09 February 2017

 

Jeremy Corbyn has asked Mayday to publish all papers, e-mails and texts on the Government’s sweetheart deal with Surrey County Council who have now canceled their big referendum on increasing Council Tax by 15% to balance their books.

Meanwhile, at     #PMQS


08 February 2017

Photograph of This Day.

Tretyakov State Gallery

 


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by  Monkles  06 February 2017

 

Disproportionate Representation

Democracy, what Democracy?

#electoralreform #Hippo #ElectoralFraud


04 February 2017

Leigh On Sea

recent pictures

#Photography #LeighOnSea


31 January 2017

First published Eleven Years Ago

My First Car

revisited

Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Princess Margaret, Potted Plants and Harold Macmillan’s Wind of Change.

#Austin #Beatles #Magistrates #Justice #1964


 

25 January 2017

The Pantomime President

Follow the money. #Trump #Farage

Patronage and nepotism created Donald Trump and now they are his tools with which to feed his narcissism.

What is it about the billionaire Donald Trump that attracted Melania to him? As Mrs Merton would have put it.

Trump has not exactly been forthcoming with his accounts and he is the first American president not to publish his tax returns.

 

We do know the following by his own admission but what is he hiding?

Was Donald trump a self made man or was his fortune handed to him by his daddy? The latter it seems.

Did Donald Trump add value to his inheritance in real terms? Not a penny.

Is he therefore a successful businessman? No, by his own admission.

What and where is the cosy financial trail between Donald Trump and Nigel Farage and all his other appointees and nominees to high office?

Follow the money. #Trump #Farage

 


24 January 2017

Murray Hits The Wall

#Tennis #DavisCup

John McEnroe predicted Andy Murray's burnout in the Australian Open, and did so before the tournament got underway. The remarkable effort that promoted Andy to Numero 1 status was no walk in the park. McEnroe was not just referring to a physical trauma but also to the mental exhaustion of that 2016 long run of wins by Murray.

Murray crashed out of the AO, defeated by an entertaining but lowly 50-ranked Mischa Zverev. Some overexcited pundits felt that Zverev had rewritten the coaching manual with his slow-ball tactics and the charging of the net, perhaps more suited  to club Doubles Play according to received wisdom.

During the match Murray, who is revered for his defensive skills, appeared to assume that his opponent would eventually succumb to his sustained attack. If so, I also thought this was bound to happen, but it did not.

Murray played well enough to defeat any other player outside of the top ten, but not as well as he needed on that day. He failed to adapt to the unfamiliar player he faced, he failed to find his service rhythm, he failed to hit his spots.

Mischa Zverev's served and volleyed on every serve, and chipped and charged at every opportunity. His  tactics meant extremely short points and less time for Murray to react tactically. Nobody saw this coming.

McEnroe may well have called the outcome, but not the manner of Murray's defeat.

We now have the prospect of Murray declining to play Davis Cup next week against Canada. I think Britain can win without him but he should perhaps play nevertheless. It may just give him the boost in confidence that Davis Cup camaraderie can provide. He still has a couple of days to consider his options. Nobody should doubt his commitment to Davis Cup.

He might also love to replay Mischa Zverev again this week but that is not going to happen. Davis Cup will happen.


22 January 2017

To Get Elected

what they said.......

31 MARCH 2014

Tory DNA

So clever of the Chancellor to bribe pensioners with their own money.

#Hippo #sameoldtories #ElectoralFraud


13 Years Ago

19 January 2004

Seamus Is Sick Part 1

The very first story published on these pages.

 

19 January 2017

Cat Flap Charlie is Unwell

#Cats

With some awful coincidence Cat Flap Charlie is also sick precisely 13 Years later to the day. Contrary to Charlie’s wishes he is now housebound for his own good.

Charlie replaced Seamus in circumstances described in full at that time and compiled as follows....

Seamus is Sick 

A FELINE SOAP OPERETA

Part 1

Part 2 Cat's Pee

Part 3 Honeyed Cat

Part 4,5,6 Siamese Head Butt, Cat Heaven, Cat Hell.

Part 7 Seamus  Has Left The Building

Part 8 Cat and Mouse with Charlie

#Cats

 


 

3 Most Read Stories   last Two Month. as follows...

 

 

Miss Putupon’s Last Lesson

It was the last lesson of the afternoon before #Christmas.

19 December 2016

Andy Murray

Another first as the world No 1 wins the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year for the third time.

#Tennis #SPOTY

12 March 2013

The Filthy Rich

 

make the "market economy",  look extremely foolish.

 #SameOldTories


 

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Other Popular Stories  last 12 Months..  as follows...  

 

17 March  2015

Goldfish AV and Amnesia

A fish called Colin

#PR #AV #SameOldTories

 

9 July 2016

Trump the Blonde with Penis Envy

The billionaire with "no problem with women" and gun-toting violence.

#knob #trump #dallas #orlando #etc

 22 March  2015

NHS For Sale

The Special relationship and  where money is the object.

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories

29 January 2016

Osborne's Lesser Britain

The catalyst for the Great Britain sell off

#sameoldtories #Britainforsale #Osborne

10 January 2016

Machiavellian Kuenssberg News

Laura Kuenssberg’s spurious “news” about Jeremy Corbyn.

#Kuenssberg #Corbyn #BBC

 

Yo’ mama
says the NHS is underfunded and you should do better.

Yo’ mama
says don’t be a petulant brat.

#answerthequestiondave #pmqs

16 Aug 2016

 

Very Little Britain Beckons

12 months Ago

#GordonBrown #OwenSmith #ImWithCorbyn

21 July 2015

The Hard Disc

GPs follow procedures informed by a computer programme #alzheimers #NeverForget #NHS

Sand Dollars

5 Years Ago

 

“Who gives a shit?”

#Florida #Seashells

Cash for Votes

Dear Alan Mabott

Conservative Director of Organisation

#sameoldtories  #cashforvotes #electionexpenses

23 January 2016

Michael Fallon MP Secretary of State for Defence

Stranger than Strangelove

When should we duck and cover under the table?

#sameoldtories #Fallon #Trump

9 March 2006

British Gas, You’re Fired

A strangely popular but very old story. #Gas #Consumer

18 May 2015

Toxic Tories

So why are Tories so determined to find fault with the NHS?

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories

12 December 2009

Revenge of the Telephobic Revisited

#coldcalling #telephobic

The Untouchables

27 June 2013

George Osborne would rather choke on a pheasant than......

hard working privileges

29 September 2014

Pride and Privilege.

Osborne’s contrary rhetoric.

6 Aug 2015

Corbyn and The Processed Peas

Jeremy Corbyn is uniquely able to oppose the Tories.#Corbyn  #ProcessedPeas #BrianEno

27 December 2015

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I could not sleep and I could not stay awake

 

Miss Putupon’s Last Lesson

21 December 2011 It was the last lesson of the afternoon before Christmas.

#Education #DHLawrence


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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
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If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day         Leslie Monk

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