Lockdown 3 (Day 14): Morrison’s

A security tag is supposed to be automatically approved and cancelled when scanned at the till.

If it goes off at the exit, don’t worry. The security guard has gone home already and I know your face anyway.”

Great to know that the art of careless talk survives and no she doesn’t know my face as I always wear a face covering from neck to the bridge of my nose every time I am in the shop.

Coronavirus fatigue is kicking in. The vaccines are being distributed and the people are slackening their guards…and security guards.

Three of the points I raised yesterday are in the national news today:

  1. How much is a life worth?
  2. Who should be vaccinated first?
  3. What are the world’s wealthiest nations doing to ensure humankind all gets a fair share of the vaccines?

Meanwhile the UK had the highest recorded death rate in the world per hundred thousand Covid-19 infections.

Don’t even mention Brexit to me, please.

Alexander Johnson suddenly wants us all to be kind and civil when discussing political matters, so we are not like those ‘ghastly colonials’ (he implies).

Perhaps he might help by actually answering some very straight questions with some relevant answers?

I will stop there.


CLP 18/01/2021


Is it Balmoral of me to sit here

As neutral as Switzerland during the World Wars

Accumulating wealth

Whilst the United Kingdom

Is asset stripped by Austerity

Subjecting my subjects

To increasing poverty?


I would not like to Buckingham the trend

By intervening in such a way

Other than to maintain the status quo

I take guidance from my Privy Councillors

Whilst I sit on the throne

Trusting that they speak with honesty and truth

Although my Prime Minister is a proven liar


Like all my subjects

I am subject to the Sandringham of Time

That runs through my hands

As I slowly lose my grip on Royalty

And The Anarchy returns once more to these Isles

That divide on a question of sovereignty

Not Blois this time, but Brussels

For which there is no clear Windsor


n.b. Balmoral, Buckingham, Sandringham and Windsor are the best known properties of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II.

The Anarchy was a period of widespread breakdown of law and order in England from 1135 to 1153 when Matilda, daughter of the previous monarch was identified as the Queen of England, but Stephen of Blois felt, as a male relative, that he should have first dibs on the lands of Angleterre.

The country descended into chaos and it took 18 years for peace to return to this septic isle. The people saw that law and order were not respected by the rich and powerful as they plundered what they might, so following the principle that what is good for the goose is good for the gander, all hell broke loose as the Commoners strove to live as best they could, despite the vicious squabbling of the lords and ladies.

Let’s see how Brexit unfolds before we all get too twitchy, shall we?

n.n.b. Elizabeth Windsor (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) is only the 17th wealthiest aristocrat in the UK. She is “not as rich as you might think.”

CLP 22/09/2019