+I know this is going to sound a tad adolescent but I was irritated, walking back from the supermarket to be assaulted (metaphorically) by a handwritten sign outside the local Methodist church which proclaimed words to the effect ’Thank God for seeing us through’ (i.e. Covid-19). Why do I still find this kind of senseless platitude so annoying, even if I believe (as I do) that people can believe whatever nonsense they want? These words and this poster will have a minimal impact on anyone walking by, indeed most will not even notice its existence. But deep down there exists, I am sure a belief that some form of authority is in charge—even if that same authority helped unleash the current plague without any clue what it was doing (God or Johnson). If religion has to offer something positive at this time, I much prefer the bell ringing at St Mary’s Church in Scarborough on Sunday mornings. Bells are very secular no matter who rings them.
+The UK stands on the edge of a no deal ‘bonanza’ leaving the E.U. after both sides of the negotiations seem to have reached an impasse. I am wondering if we have secret input on the U.K. side, helping us along to the worst outcome. Trump publicly castigated Theresa May for not following his expert negotiating advice. Is he now advising Johnson on the next steps? It may not matter much to U.S. voters in November, but another foreign policy ‘success’ which Trump personally directed wouldn’t do him any harm either. He could have one or two pictures of Johnson slavering at his heel, chewing on a chlorinated chicken at the same time. Johnson in the frame might look like a more impressive endorsement than Farage, after all.