Hot stuff

So the UK in general and the south east in particular is suffering a major heat wave. As I said before elsewhere, this is definitely unusual and something we tend not to prepare for.

Sure we sometimes get a few hot days in the summer, but the UK is a moderate country weather-wise. So if you expect air conditioning, well, you may find some, but not everywhere, especially not in people’s houses.

The drain and water main system is London is relatively old, but is being modernised, and somewhat wasteful. We don’t actually have a hosepipe ban, but it will surely come. Gardens are suffering. There has been most recently a pea shortage.

In the meantime, QVC the shopping channel is having a full day of Christmas stuff, and at least one channel on tv is showing continuous Christmas films. Nothing like starting early.

Top Trumps


Some time, a long time ago, I made a comment here that, no matter how bad it had got for the USA President, he always had the ability to make it worse. And he has, this week, hit a new low so far.

If you are interested, you will already know, and if you are not, then you won’t care anyway. I have nothing extra sensible to say about it all, except plainly Mr Trump is a bully and bullies tend to be the most scared of people when threatened. The people around him in The White House may do whatever he wants regardless, possibly because he has dirt on them all, who knows. But faced with Mr Putin, he just crumbled. Bigly.

Watch the extracts of the press conference that Putin and Trump had, and you don’t see Mr Putin saying anything. Meanwhile, Trump digs his hole.

There could be many reasons for this. I suspect the press saw an opportunity. Was Mr T going to criticise Mr P to his face?

No, of course not, he just crumpled. Having got back home, he tried to deny what he said. Say you didn’t do it loud enough, and people will believe you. Except, they don’t. Even the Republicans don’t for the most part.

I once suggested that people who had voted Trump into power should be held responsible for his destruction of their country. I still think so. They are certainly making America great again, right? Meanwhile, the rest of the world looks and laughs.

Brexit II

So, there can be a vote of no confidence in the PM. People say that the number of signatures required (48) is gettable.

Mrs May was still putting on a brave face and is determined to see it through and complete her time in office, something which is admirable, Mr Cameron, but maybe foolhardy. She can leave before it really gets bad, get a nice book deal and relax.

Mr Trump has been weighing in, saying Boris is a big chum (chum, as in friend, not “chump”) and he hopes to meet him this weekend.

Nigel Farage is also still around. The rest of this paragraph is censored.

I am writing this late Tuesday, for early Wednesday. Who knows what will happen in the meantime. Odds are there will be a leadership challenge, sooner rather than later, and an election. Davis, Johnson, Ress-Mogg stand. Boris wins.

A friend said to me “I don’t know where this country is going”. I do. Downhill, rapidly.