An Ending

The Lib Dems used, rather ironically, Brian Eno’s ‘An Ending’ music in a party political broadcast five years ago.

I guess given the state of the party going into the 2015 election and the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson, now is as good as time as any to revisit a classic and now relevant Top Gear segment.



“Controversial ‘right winger’ Jeremy Clarkson caused outrage across the nation”, screams the Daily Mail. “His comments about shooting strikers sparked a massive national debate” it continues, “we know this because he trended on twitter causing it to go into ‘meltdown’.”

“Celebrities, MPs and Stephen Fry queued up to express their outrage…on twitter” cries the Telegraph, “John Prescott (former deputy PM) tweeted; ‘pleeease won’t someone think of the teachers…’, Tony Parsons tweets; ‘Clarkson should be shot for saying strikers should be shot’ and a former trade unionist tweets; ‘Thatcher dying of cancer jokes are hilarious, but Clarkson’s comments are nasty and cross the line’.”


Another way of looking at it.

It’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas, a BBC presenter has a new book and DVD out and appears on a BBC programme (Biased BBC could fill its blog on just the One Show alone).

Said BBC presenter then makes some mildly amusing yet knowingly controversial comments (where he was clearly joking), thus generating lots of useful and very helpful publicity.

If there’s one post I would recommend today above all others it’s this one from Richard North on the state of our media.

The Next President Of The EU?

As we know the democratic legitimacy of the current President of the European Council has often been called into question, however Lib Dem MEP Andrew Duff has put forward proposals that mark the ‘first step towards a directly elected EU President’. In the spirit of that, and for some fun for the bank holiday weekend, I thought I would conduct a poll from the following possible Presidential candidates on who’s most suitable to take the EU forward (when Rompuy’s time is up) into an age of openness and democracy:

  • Ryan Giggs: Known as the ‘Welsh Wizard’, Giggs is blessed with a rare footballing talent. A football veteran, one of the greatest Premiership players ever and a legend not only with Manchester United fans but with football fans in general. A player who has devoted his life to the game rather than the lifestyle he could get from it – a happily married man. Giggs has all the abilities of hard work and devotion to make the changes needed to give the EU a more respectable image.
  • Hugh Bonneville: A fine English actor, who is currently starring in the exceptional and popular ITV drama Downtown Abbey. Hugh plays the wealthy Robert, Earl of Grantham who not only is devoted to preserving the status quo in early 20th Century Britain but is a devoted family man. A proper English gent who would fit right in with the EU elite but will do what’s best for Britain.
  • David Threlfall: An English actor who plays drunk ‘Shakespeare quoting’ intellectual Frank Gallagher in Channel Four’s Shameless. Great for winding up those unelected EU officials.
  • Jeremy Clarkson: The thinking man’s loudmouth. Opinionated, right wing and anti-EU. Clarkson will do to the Berlaymont what he does to caravans – my perfect candidate.

Please vote in the right hand column.

Tea And Biscuits

I’m a bit late to this, but I’ve just spotted this fine article by Jeremy Clarkson in last weeks Times regarding the madness of legislating because of the actions of a minority. There is however one paragraph I take issue with (my emphasis):

In other words, the normality of dog ownership will be skewed. Instead of spending your free time with your pooches, throwing balls or tickling them under the chin, you will be forced to provide tea and biscuits for someone from the department of dogs while he inspects your cupboard under the stairs for evidence that they’ve eaten the cleaning lady.

Not entirely true. Some years ago I had a visit from the Vatman and, while he rummaged through all my files, I offered him a cup of tea. He refused. “I can’t accept because it could be construed as bribery” he said. Seriously. I’m not making that up. I wish I were.