Category General

UK Election – Parrot Prognosis

Thinking of the election due later this coming week, and of the likeliest result, I fear for the parrot. “He speaks all languages aptly,” wrote Skelton, implying that the parrot hears everything and can keep nothing out. So what will be swirling about in his brain by Friday morning ?… Continue reading UK Election - Parrot Prognosis

The Toad Negotiates with the Underworld

This week Mr Trump (“the American Minotaur”) was in the UK for a meeting of NATO leaders. Then he got the hump because people were laughing at him and he left early.

Not long ago, Mr Johnson (“The Toad”) did a Putin with a… Continue reading The Toad Negotiates with the Underworld

The Toad Goes Hunting for Votes

Toad’s progress around the country this election is always, of course, more a search for images which might benefit him, than a chance for real encounters with real people.

And, to date,  that search has come up with some striking images, which would appear to be considered appealing to us. There… Continue reading The Toad Goes Hunting for Votes

The Parrot Overflies the Flood

The stanza was written a day after we had heard from some pollsters that the Tories had increased their lead, with just three weeks to go before the General Election. And this was the day on which Mr Toad was about to launch the Tory manifesto. And there was… Continue reading The Parrot Overflies the Flood

At Last the Toad Reveals Himself

The other night, in Sheffield, there was a BBC Question-Time session, in which the audience was able to question four UK political leaders in turn, only one of whom is a worthy leader, the one not eligible to be the Prime Minister. Nicola Sturgeon’s presence there was puzzling but useful… Continue reading At Last the Toad Reveals Himself

Of My Neighbour the Severn

I live in the West of England, near the Severn Estuary, where the river begins to narrow. Here above, is a picture of it, taken by Nicola Knoop. I am close enough now to see it a few times most days, and to be aware of it, all the time.

The… Continue reading Of My Neighbour the Severn

The Parrot from on High Speaks of Democracy

As our General Election continues, and in the light of much of its content, we might ask this question : what is the difference between an election and an auction ?

Answer 1 : at an auction, cheats need to be more careful than at an election, as we punters get… Continue reading The Parrot from on High Speaks of Democracy

The Parrot Views the Earth from Afar

The UK General Election presently in progress begs the question whether there is any difference in quality of democratic process between a Referendum and an Election.

Both seem to involve a lot of lying at high volume, a lot of propaganda ditto, and various other forms of manipulation and trickery –… Continue reading The Parrot Views the Earth from Afar

The Parrot Reports on the Launch of a Toad

What’s that I see up there in the sky ? Is it a bird ? Is it a plane ? oh no ! It’s a high-flying, high-lying Hoodlum Toad !

Just as I was uploading this, it was being reported that the Toad was going to press for a December General… Continue reading The Parrot Reports on the Launch of a Toad

The Parrot Considers the Right Wing Press

The right wing press were chorusing their criticism of Parliament for doing its duty in examining the work of our dodgy Executive and holding it to account. According to the press, MP’s were betraying “the will of the People” by not rubber-stamping what Mr Toad has come up with –… Continue reading The Parrot Considers the Right Wing Press

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