(written with the assistance of the Daily Express)
+His Majesty The King has scored a major triumph for Brexit Britain on his first state visit to Germany, where he went to see if the bomb damage had been repaired. At a state banquet Charles could be seen wearing a chestful of medals, some awarded for gallantry e.g. at Waterloo (until it was pointed out that Eurostar trains now left from St Pancras) and Gordonstoun. Other awards were made for him simply for being himself. In contrast, The German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, wore barely more than a cheesy grin as he realised he was outclassed and outmatched, wearing no medals at all, except for a couple of bits of tin further down his jacket. The occasion was slightly spoilt when it was noticed that neither the King nor the President had been able to get their bright red cummerbunds on correctly. Many of the King’s royal German relatives were present at the banquet, giving them the opportunity to discuss their close ties before the First World War, which they did so much to prevent. Once again, Brexit Britain has proven itself a winner without parallel in a world full of foreigners.
+I may have mentioned that I’m not expecting a reply to my letter (blog 27th March) to Keir Starmer re: Jeremy Corbyn. I was talking to another Labour Party member the other day who said he’d written eight times to Starmer (not necessarily on the same subject) and had never received a reply, even though the last time he had included a stamped addressed envelope. It makes me wonder whether the leader’s office (known as LOTO—not short for a lottery but the ‘Leader Of The Opposition’s office) has yet to discover artificial intelligence. If they had, they could easily bang out emails in response to all those received, in the style of the leader. Nobody would know the difference.
Interestingly (or not) I saw a bit of an interview the other day on the Nick Ferrari LBC radio programme with Starmer. He was repeatedly asked when—as in when actually—did he first approach civil servant and ‘Partygate’ investigator Sue Gray about working for him. He wriggled and squirmed and refused to answer the question, saying that everything was above board. Ferrari tried again—if it was above board why can’t you tell me when you first approached her? No answer, except that Sue Gray will answer the question herself when she has to officially report it as part of the senior civil servants’ protocols about moving on to another job. This is the same legalistic tactic Starmer used when prior to his election as party leader he refused to say where his campaign donations were coming from (all the other candidates revealed theirs) since they would be produced in line with parliamentary rules, which is to say after the election. Apart from simply being wooden, he seems intent on adding evasiveness to his persona. It’s not a good look, doesn’t inspire confidence and suggests a degree of vulnerability which will always end in shiftiness.