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27 June 2016
Horse Poo Coup

The Blairite coup attempt against Jeremy Corbyn is clumsy, calculated, and more than a little pathetic.

Would like to have been a fly on the wall as they all discussed the plot.

"When should we do it?"

"Wont do unless you do first".

"Who goes first?".

"Hillary, you're a man, you go first".

"You tell him".

One of these ambitious young Blairetts would have us believe they came to this decision independently on the same day. This lie was of course a horse poo.

Corbyn has no mandate in the Parliamentary Labour Party and never had it. He does however have a glorious mandate of The Labour Party Membership, and one which is more convincing than any other political election of any leader of any party. More to the point, more impressive than the extremely narrow marginal referendum  marred by the lies and misrepresentation that affected the outcome.

Has also affected the Labour opposition response to a damaged Tory administration.

#referendum   #noBrexitplan

26 June 2016

Two Margarets

They can't get at Jeremy Corbyn for saying an unkind word about anyone, so his critics are now getting at him on extremely spurious grounds.

Margaret Hodge wanted Corbyn to impress the voters as competently as the Leave campaign, who successfully misled the electorate with lies and hyperbolic half truths.

How soon we forget that JC does not do that and that is why he was elected leader. Get over it, Margaret Hodge.

Jeremy was also heckled at a “pride” rally today and yes he was guilty of assuming all that are gay are genetically indisposed to appreciate being patronised by well meaning heterosexuals. Whatever demographic you choose somebody is bound to have adored Margaret Thatcher.

And yes the media agenda of insulting Corbyn now led by The BBC, which is so sadly lacking the integrity it once held, ... sucks.

Corbyn's first post referendum speech was cut in mid flow by the BBC news, and then later edited to suit the BBC commentary on, and opinion of, Jeremy Corbyn.

This is not the BBC I grew up with.
#referendum  #BBCbias #noBrexitplan

25 June 2016
Alienating the Bakery

Mrs Monk told me that the Polish girl serving in the Marks and Spencer bakery was tearful yesterday.

“Why do they hate me?” she said.

Yesterday would be the day Farage wants to call his Independence Day. He and the flag-wavers are clearly satisfied but in his ranks we see Daniel Hannan of all people, attempting to rationalise the awful consequences of what they and Boris and Gove have done and not just to the economy and the pound, but to the dignity of the Polish girl and all the German and Albanian doctors that we have alienated overnight, quite literally.

The half smart Brexiteers have changed their tone and they should tell the flag-wavers to shut up and put away their little Britain look-at-me flags before they do any more damage. Mrs. Monk took down our Remain poster, too soon I felt. I wanted to give an ounce of comfort to that Polish girl were she ever to walk by our house.

And for Jo Cox.

#referendum #JocoxMP #BrexitBananas

24 June 2016
Brexit Blues

The Brexiteers were so very much against foreign unelected bureaucrats telling us Brits what to do, we had a referendum and the result caused a run on the pound so serious that we needed the services of an unelected foreign bureaucratic bureaucrat to fix the problem.

But that won’t ameliorate the pain of Cameron or mop the tears he shed in Downing Street this morning.

Nor will it convince Morgan and Stanley to cancel the move of 2000 staff from London to Frankfurt.

etc etc.

The pain for the working poor will be so much more enduring .......slower. More horrible.


The list of consequences will be recorded and published on these pages.

There is no Brexit plan.

 #referendum #noBrexitplan

24 June 2016

Little Britain is more divided than united by this toxic referendum that has already damaged the economy.

The Brexiteers have no idea how to fix the mess our flawed “democracy” has created.

There is no plan.


23 June 2016


21 June 2016

Tragic Ironies

What Jo Cox was prepared to give and what Mair took, is on everyone's mind.

#sameoldtories  #referendum #JocoxMP

31 May 2016

Pictures of People

#leighonsea #london #photography

30 May 2016

Hippos and HipOps

#NHS #hunt #shoestringonline #saramo

These Pages are somewhat preoccupied with exposing Hippos' but ten years ago it was very much more about Mrs. Monk, also now known as Saramo on Twitter.

In 2010, I assembled a number of stories that said more about Mrs Monk’s unique qualities and less about Tory bashing.


I was surprised to discover that this old page, that has no current links to it, has had many visitors this last month.

Mrs. Monk had a hip op this week and would like to trumpet the NHS for eliminating the pain in her left leg after 12 months of gyp and pain killers.

Had this government funded the NHS properly her wait for the hip op would certainly have been lessened. “Never complain about the NHS,” she said today.

Certainly not!?

Only complain about the lack of Tory NHS funding and Jeremy Hunt who is on another planet.

29 May 2016

Democracy and The Flag-wavers

the oil slick of insincerity oozed

#sameoldtories  #referendum #toryelectionfraud

22 May 2016

Tory Spin-Mantra

on Marr

#NHS #tory #hunt

The Tory spin is that Jeremy Hunt has secured a "Seven Day NHS", when we do already have a seven day NHS, and the best the NHS could possibly afford to provide given the current  Tory funding.

The Junior Doctor’s dispute is not about pay, or the so called "Seven Day NHS", but nevertheless Andrew Marr's guests both recited today the Tory spin-mantra as if they were making complete sense and not the Tory lie.

17 May 2016


Art by Saramo

Mrs Monk has become active again and her new work will be found in this set of pictures.

#Saramo #art

15 May 2016

The Full Nazi

#Boris #Ken

Boris and Ken have now both done the Full Nazi hyperbole, but only Ken has been suspended. I almost did the Full Nazi when our new Aldi barbecue failed to work but I held myself back for fear of being suspended from lunch and causing offence.

Trump, Putin and Boris all favour Brexit.

Vote IN

Godwin’s Law

15 May 2016

Yet Another,  “Melbourne Moment”

Andy Murray crushed Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters Final.

Novak was keen to reference his defeat to worries about potential injury to his ankles, but only did so when Murray was about to serve and when Novak was about to lose.

In fact Novak had played badly, by his standards, all week, suffering, with for example an embarrassing bagel by the lowly ranked Bellucci from Brazil in his Quarter Final.

His hissy-fit designed to bully the umpire into calling a favaouble “time-out” rain delay was rejected, and was of course charectorised as yet another “Melbourne Moment”. The sin was componded by Novak’s  bouncing of a racquet into the crowd which may have deffaulted a lower ranked player.

Befitting a Roman coliseum, Twitter adjudged Novak with a resounding thumbs down, and the verdict: sore loser.

Murray enjoyed the conditions and was uncharacteristically calm because he was the better player in all departments  on this day.  



15 May 2016


Became the News for the wrong reasons this week. LauraK was an unpopular Tory person before I found out she was an unpopular Tory “woman”.


10 January 2016

Machiavellian Kuenssberg News



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

#Kuenssberg #Corbyn #BBC

10 May 2016

Syd Barrett Tribute

Nine years ago we Monks were privileged to see abundant big names perform Syd Barret Songs at the Barbican.

#SydBarrett #Tribute

10 May 2016


Charlie and the Pigeon

Mrs Monk captured this with my phone.

#Pigeon #Cat

9 May 2016

Trump the Blonde with Penis Envy

#knob #trump

Donald Trump is a blonde and he wants the world to know he has a large penis and that he is a billionaire with  "no problem" with women, and women have "no problem" with him, whatever that means.

The young women who share and adorn the presidential platform with him, do so because his pants are overburdened with manhood and cash.

Trump has still failed to share his tax returns, or drop his pants so on both counts the jury is out.

Trump is however pathologically fixated with his manhood. Any man, woman, or wildebeest would throw up if Trump forced them to bare witness to the status of his knob so I hope he keeps it in his trousers. In fact the very tapping out of this sentence is making me feel nauseous.

Trump continues to question Barack Obama's status as a US citizen in spite of the publication of  Obama's birth certification, this is because he is the idiot with a penis, who may become president of the United States of America,.

Trump told his supporters to punch his opponents in the face and he would pay their legal fees. The man who painted a picture of Donald Trump with a small penis was confronted by a mob of Trump supporters last week, and was punched in the face.

In solidarity with the Californian artist I created this accurate portrait of Donald Trump, albeit from a safe distance from Donald Trump, the Blonde with Penis Envy.

Grant Shapps Squirms

5 May 2016


At last The BBC acknowledges the allegations of Tory Fraud in the last election.

#Democracy #ElectoralReform #BBCBias

4 May 2016

Tory Fraud or Error?

BBC Bias or Objectivity?

#Democracy #ElectoralReform #BBCBias

If you search, "Electoral Fraud" on the BBC website you will not find any mention of the Channel Four allegations of Tory Fraud in the last election.

If you search, "Election Expenses Error", you will find the BBC discussions of the news story which fail to mention the keyword......“fraud”.

1 May 2016


If David Cameron and John Mann disagree with these gentleman does that make them both Anti Semites?

#hippo #torysmear #semantics

26 Apr 2016

Spin the Lie


Hunt and all persons Tory continue to spin the lie that the strike is about greedy junior doctors and not about the futility of an unfunded electoral Tory promise that cannot and will not be fulfilled, by this government.


Currently a popular story on these pages as follows.


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

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

#answerthequestiondave #pmqs

21 Apr 2016

Unhappy Ever After

An extremely vivid dream last night.

Where cool is meaningless and meaninglessness is ever cooler.

#dream #film #noir

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Cash for Votes

Dear Alan Mabott

Conservative Director of Organisation

#sameoldtories  #cashforvotes #electionexpenses


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

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

#answerthequestiondave #pmqs

Sand Dollars

5 Years Ago


“Who gives a shit?”

#Florida #Seashells

3 Most Read Stories   last 12 Months..  as follows...

17 March  2015

Goldfish AV and Amnesia

A fish called Colin

#PR #AV #SameOldTories

12 March 2013

The Filthy Rich


make the "market economy",  look extremely foolish.


 22 March  2015

NHS For Sale

The Special relationship and  where money is the object.

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories



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#sameoldtories #Britainforsale #Osborne

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When should we duck and cover under the table?

#sameoldtories #Fallon #Trump

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

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Toxic Tories

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

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories

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Revenge of the Telephobic Revisited

#coldcalling #telephobic

The Untouchables

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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

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