Tuesday, 23 June 2020

My main job.

In case you didn’t know, I'm the government's Number One Salesman. Jason Bryggs. Appointed to sell whatever I can that's British, so the government can pay off the galactic National Debt with the proceeds. There wasn't much left to sell of the good old UK when I started, but thanks to my native creativity and true British grit, I've managed to sell the Isle of Wight, the SAS, Cambridge University, 800 churches, Philip Larkin, both Tates, Hackney Wick, and a few other assets which I'm not allowed to divulge under the new Freedom of Information Act.

As a result of my unstinting efforts I have a tidy little bonus. So I'm off as soon as this Covid stuff is over. South of France, and the PM can take his economic problem and spin it. I've run out of enthusiasm for being the Numero Uno salesman. There's nothing left to sell. Well, almost nothing.
In any event, I firmly believe the good old UK is about to be repossessed. What nobody knows is that, following the Covid mess, the PM has had to take out a mortgage on Great Britain with the Sino-Arabian Bank and the terms are not what you would call customer-friendly. In my humble, repossession is in the offing. So, it's almost time to shove off.

But until then I’ll keep on posting on this site what goes on behind Westminster’s virtual walls.

Monday, 22 June 2020

I've developed the following guide after much study...

HOW TO READ A MINISTER– A Guide for the concerned citizen.
With the obvious distrust amongst the public of everything said by Ministers,
here is a guide to what a Minister means when making a statement:
If he's acting jocular He's about to lie
If he adopts a serious expression He's about to lie
If he leans forward and looks sincere He's about to lie
If he uses the phrase 'my friends' He's lying
If he talks about 'healing Britain' He'll make it worse
If he says he's for the working class He's certainly not
If he says 'we're leading the world' We aren't
If he says 'The government has always been clear on (whatever)' It never was
And so on....

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Oxbridge Unis will Stay in EU

A news flash that has not yet been noticed....


OXBRIDGE UNIS WILL STAY IN THE EU.
 The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge announced yesterday that they will separate from the United Kingdom and remain in the European Union.

A spokesman said: The Council of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge voted unanimously yesterday to secede from the United Kingdom and remain members of the European Union. We recognise this may cause problems for the UK but we see no alternative. Our past and future contributions to the United Kingdom, should we stay, will be hugely under-rated and wasted in a diminishing economy.

We provide three quarters of UK judges, half of the UK's diplomats, two thirds of her Permanent Secretaries, a quarter of all MPs, nearly half of the House of Lords, and even half of all journalists and BBC executives. (This data can be checked and will be found correct and not an exaggeration.)

This achievement will be wasted on a country much diminished in every sense, with a faltering economy, a huge national debt, food and medicine shortages, rioting in the streets, further rising crime, and a general failure of an incompetent government to cope with the problems of the people they claim to represent.

We do not wish to waste our achievements and our future achievements in such an environment. We have therefore decided to take our talents and offer them to a welcoming Europe, rather than remain in the UK.”

The President of Christ Church College today said:
"We entirely support this decision. Our College has produced over the years 14 Prime Ministers and 4 foreign Prime Ministers, 17 Archbishops, 6 Olympic Gold medallists and famous composers, musicians, poets and businessmen too numerous to mention. Why should we waste our future on a discredited island country?"

The Prime Minister's office declined to comment.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

When Brexit Has Wrecked It.....


I found the document below in a senior Minister's waste paper basket.....

When Brexit has Wrecked it - this is what Britain will be like:

More expensive – the £ will dive even further – imported goods will cost more
Exports to EU will drop – EU customs duty will make them more expensive - with resultant unemployment here
Half of cars made in Britain go to the EU
Large amounts of paperwork needed by Britain's 250k small businesses to continue exporting to EU
Business says there will be mass redundancies
More expensive NHS – half of our medicines come from Europe; some are not made here – viz, insulin. Hopefully EU citizens will be allowed to work in UK – otherwise NHS will flounder with 10,000 less staff
Lorry queues across the south of England – food going bad? Already 1.6 million truck crossings per the tunnel per annum.
Government has promised troops will fight food riots!
Long delays at airports – while we re-negotiate with international airspace agreements
Our inexperienced Civil Service will spend £millions trying to build new trade agreements with 160 WTO countries, who know we need them more than they need us.
And to re-negotiate the 36 trade deals the EU has with others
Wage growth in UK is static – and cannot be expected to improve when trade falls and import costs increase
Current UK financial situation – National Debt £2.3 trillion, bank balance £114 billion in the red. Brexit is not going to improve this

Current trade with the world in £ billions:
EU £ 487 billion
USA 140
China 50
Aus/NZ/Can 26
Bra/Rus/Ind 43

Nobody is beating a path to our door.....
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We have to recognise that most of our problems are not caused by Brussels, but by chronic British short-termism and under-investment.” Boris Johnson 2013

Britain's prosperity will be more secure if we're in the EU.” Theresa May, 2016

Saturday, 6 June 2020


I overheard the following as I walked down a corridor in Westminster this morning:

Apparently it was the Prime Minister leading his team in a rousing chorus of      'Rule Britannia'.   It went like this:

Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves!
Britons never shall be EU slaves!

Whilst we shall flourish great and free,
Our cities shall with commerce shine,
But nations not so blest as we
Will enter into long decline.

Blest Isle, with superb leaders crowned
That haughty tyrants cannot tame.
No foreign foot shall tread our ground
Where burns our freedom's cherished flame!

Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves,
Never, never, never EU slaves!

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Interview - Taxing The Air We Breathe - after Covid.



TAXING THE AIR WE BREATHE after COVID

Transcript of an interview with the Environmental Minister on DeepHead TV's current affairs programme.

Interviewer: Could you please tell the viewers more about the government's proposal to tax air and replenish the national coffers, once the Covid virus is conquered?

Minister: Of course. This is a most exciting initiative. And Britain will once again be leading the world. As you know, the country's financial situation is extremely difficult, due mainly to the virus and the current turmoil in the European Union. As the government, we take our responsibility very seriously to reduce the country's debt and, as the Prime Minister says, to lead Britain forward again. We know, from our soundings up and down the country, that the people of Britain will welcome any initiative that helps to improve the country's economic situation. So we know that this carefully thought-out proposal to tax air will be gladly received.

Interviewer: How will it actually work?

Minister: People will pay a tax on the air they breathe, of course. Now, most importantly, we want this to be a fair tax – so there will be different levels of taxation.

Interviewer: Different levels of taxation?

Minister: Of course. You can't expect everybody to pay the same tax. There are different rates of use. There are different qualities of air. So we have taken these facts into consideration and our proposal contains the very best of British fairness. For example, old folk, over the age of 75, will pay less than others because they consume less. Young people between the age of 14 and 30 will pay more because they consume more air. People who live in the countryside and at the seaside will pay a small premium because their air is purer than elsewhere.

Interviewer: And what about London?

Minister: You are right to ask. It's most important that we get that right. Our proposal is to make no charge for it within the City, the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, and immediately contiguous postal codes.

Interviewer: You're going to refine the air in central London and make no charge for it?

Minister: Most certainly. We don't want in any way to displease the many resident billionaires in London who make such a huge contribution to Britain's economy and the Tory Party.

Interviewer: Let me see if I've understood that. You propose to tax the British people for the use of air – but not to tax the wealthy in London.

Minister: Quite so.

Interviewer: But that's outrageous and totally unfair!

Minister: Oh God! Another pleb! Where's my limo?