And two weeks is an eternity. So I thought it long overdue to churn out some thoughts on events of the last couple of weeks. In no particular order:
- George Galloway. Yes, he was entertaining at the Senate hearing, and I’m sure they’ve never come across anything like him before in their prosaic environment. But the man is still an odious little turd. Let’s not forget, either, that he might have come away looking like the victor, but he ducked some big questions that day. Not to be trusted. (The entire transcript of that hearing can be read here. Quite interesting.)
- Liverpool winning the European Cup. A great match, and anyone who comes back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the final should be allowed to defend their cup next season. But they’re definitely not the best team in Europe, whatever it says on paper. Over the course of 38 games last season, they weren’t even the best team in Liverpool. Still, give them Man United’s place and we’ll say no more about it.
- Speaking of which, Malcolm Glazer’s protracted take over of Manche$ter United has been highly entertaining theatre and no mistake. Amusing to see these infuriated Man U fans spitting blood about somebody buying “their” club, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it has been a public company since 1991 so has not been “their” club for some time now. The flotation served them well in the 1990s as they became the richest club on the planet – weren’t complaining then, were they? So you can’t really be surprised when fat corporate scum like Glazer come over from the US with plans to make the company even bigger and richer. OK, he might fail and bankrupt the club if it doesn’t work out. But it’s not all good news. He might make them even more wealthy and successful than they’ve been already – look at his track record, not notable for his failures, is he? Now shut up with your whinging. Man Utd aren’t a football team, they’re a brand name with a football team tacked on the side. Zero sympathy.
- Looks like the French are going to return a resounding “Non” over the European Constitution, which might just derail the whole “European Dream”. Good. I’ve got issues enough with British democracy as it is without passing powers over to an even more undemocratic and distant bureaucracy. Call me old fashioned, but I like my governments small, efficient and transparent. Enormous, anonymous and based in Brussels? Non, non, non. Let’s keep the EU for what it was intended: an environment for economic cooperation and a free market. Ironic, seeing as France was a chief architect of the old Common Market, and their biggest objection to the European Constitution is that it will hurt their long-established protectionist economy. Fuck France and fuck a United Europe too. There, that’s me out of the Eurosceptic closet.
- Another bullshit ruling today on use of cannabis for pain relief. Bottom line: if smoking a naturally occurring substance acts as an efficient method of relieving excruciating pain without any toxic side effects, then it should be allowed. Moreover, if anybody wants to consume a naturally occurring substance for whatever reason, be it recreational or medicinal, it’s nobody else’s business. The arguments for its continued illegality are flimsy and the money and time spent enforcing the law could be better applied elsewhere. Full stop.
- The proliferation of teenage mums. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, we won’t get anywhere until we sterilise the working class.
- That last one was a joke, by the way.
- Bank Holiday Weekends. How I wish we had more of them. Hurray for the three day break, and just look at this weather. See you next Tuesday.