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Partygate — Meerkat Musings

I’m mad. I’m fuming. This is going to be an epic rant but a necessary one. It concerns the shambolic, deceitful hypocrites at the heart of this Tory government, and it concerns the opportunity the British public has at the upcoming local elections. Both PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have received fines for […]

Partygate — Meerkat Musings

Don’t ever let your country become like Britain, kids. :(

Death on Daytime

This expose of The Jeremy Kyle Show aired on Channel 4 yesterday. It made for difficult watching and invoked that all-too-common feeling of “Wait, this was happening in plain sight for ages and everyone just accepted it?” I never sought out the Jeremy Kyle Show but I always assumed from what I saw of it that everything was staged, not that people were being abused and belittled on a regular basis.

It sort of makes you wonder, which things that are currently commonplace are going to be seen as horrifying in a decade or so? I have a list. I hope I’m not doing any of them.

The Shame Of Britain — beetleypete

Originally posted on REDFLAGFLYING:

News today of an incident at Calais that rightfully shames the current despicable government running this country. 150 Ukrainian refugees escaped from their war-torn country. They spent days heading West, crossing through Poland and Germany into France. Their aim was to seek refuge with members of their families who were already…

The Shame Of Britain — beetleypete

As usual, I have no words, just the same old crushing disappointment and shame.

big jet tv

Storm Eunice is so bad it’s taken the roof off the Millennium Dome (see?) so now it seems like the whole of Britain is hiding inside and watching this fantastic madman livestream planes landing at Heathrow.

There are tiny horses in the field trying to eat his camera, random interruptions from people informing him just how world-famous he’s suddenly become, and professional news crews keep showing up to try and steal his thunder. (Pun not intended.) It’s amazing.

Backing up the BBC

Well, if you’re British you heard about the BBC privatization news yesterday. It is of course a distraction from Boris’s various outrages, but well, there you go. I know it’s been a right-wing mouthpiece for years now, but plenty of My Stuff is there (Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, Noughts & Crosses etc) and I want it back.

So I guess I figure, in the spirit of this blog… That if you have the ability to back up anything on the BBC that is/was helpful or useful, now might be a good time to do it. Download shows and websites and get them on a hard drive, because, you know, the BBC itself is famously bad at that.

Honestly… I’m also furious on behalf of the disabled children who watch CBeebies, which is incredibly diverse and inclusive. I don’t expect it will be spared from any chopping block that’s coming because we know how the Tories treat disabled children already.

20 May

It turns out that the Tories threw another big party in May 2020, probably attended by Boris Johnson, while the rest of the UK was on strict lockdown.

I’m all out of emotions because I know nothing will come of it and no-one will be punished. That’s the country we live in now. But I do remember that around that same time a 13-year-old boy named Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab died alone in hospital of COVID, and he was buried by men in hazmat suits, and his family couldn’t give him a proper funeral.

Because they were obeying the rules.

Downing Street party: No 10 staff joked about party amid lockdown restrictions — BBC News – Home

The video obtained by ITV comes after days of questions about the event that took place last year.

Downing Street party: No 10 staff joked about party amid lockdown restrictions — BBC News – Home

Honest to god, I’m surprised the BBC are even reporting this. Not that it will matter, of course. There’s footage of the Tories laughing at the rest of us while they break their own rules, and it won’t make an iota of difference. They will still win in a landslide next election.

Woman exposes self in public; complains people saw

Perhaps you’ve seen this story going round from, where else, The Daily Mail:

So here’s a little point-by-point summary of the actual story, which you can view on archive.org to avoid giving hits to the Mail:

-Woman is shocked to find men in what she “assumed” was a female changing room, without considering that maybe she assumed wrong. (All changing rooms have their own booths, so no-one would be changing in front of anyone else anyway.)

-Later this woman couldn’t find a changing room in Zara (unsurprisingly they tend to be pretty full around Christmas shopping time???) so decided to get changed outside one, which is a communal space.

-She refers to this as her being in a “safe space” which is weird because I remember the Daily Mail claiming safe spaces were for SJWS and snowflakes.

-She was shocked! SHOCKED! that people were walking around in this communal space while she was changing, and even more shocked that none of the men were actually paying attention to her.

But again SHE CHOSE to get changed in an area where everyone could see her!

-Later on in the article she brings up shops in areas which “are home to a large Arabic community” as if that has anything to do with anything.

-Apparently it is all transgender people’s fault that she was late to her office party, rather than her own poor planning.

I’m sorry, Charlotte, but this safe space you want doesn’t exist. And safe spaces are bad, remember? The people you work for have made that quite clear.

Nauseating.