Robertson’s Rant

by duncanr

angry manI’m off to visit a blogging mate today, so will be offline for a while

to fill the gap, here’s a bit of a rant to stir up some conversation during my absence šŸ˜†

The UK Conservative Prime Minister David – ‘Dick in a Pig’ (allegedly) – Cameron has accused the new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn of supporting terrorists because he “thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a ‘tragedy’.”

Now it’s true that . . .

Corbyn described the death of Bin Laden as a ‘tragedy’ but it is mischievous of David – ‘I didn’t really stick my dick in a pig (I think – Gawd, I was so drunk that night) – Cameron to imply that Corbyn regretted Bin Laden’s death because he liked the man or supported his terrorist agenda

what Corbyn actually said was . . .

There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process.

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy… This will just make the world more dangerous and worse and worse and worse. The solution has got to be law, not war.

in other words, Corbyn was lamenting the fact that Bin Laden was assassinated and not put on trial in a court of law for his crimes – that we had given up the high moral ground and the claim to be civilised nations by descending to the level of the terrorist

This point of view is not unique to Corbyn – a somewhat similar view was once expressed by another UK politician who said . . .

Of course, it would be the neatest solution if the terrorist maniac were to be dispatched in the coming days, whether by an M16 carbine or a 10-rupee jezail.

But it would not be the best or most satisfying outcome. Bin Laden should be put on trial . . . He should be put on trial, because a trial would be the profoundest and most eloquent statement of the difference between our values and his . . . The whole point of the exercise, the whole point of the war against terror, is that we believe in due process and the upholding of civilisation against barbarism.” (Boris Johnson)

(source )

not much difference between these points of view, is there?

but Dave – ‘fuck me -there’s a photograph?’ – Cameron calls Corbyn a terrorist supporter, but not his friend and, some think, his successor as leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson

how odd is that ?

the latest attack on Corbyn is the accusation that he is snubbing the Queen by not accepting the invitation to attend a meeting of the Privy Council because he has a prior engagement . . .

Conservative MP Keith Simpson said: “It is a snub for the Queen in the sense that she is a constitutional monarch and she represents the constitutional way in which we do business.

“Either he has got a more important engagement – I can’t think what – or I suspect he is trying to delay the moment,

hhmmm, Keith Simpson can’t imagine a previous engagement that would take priority over a meeting with the queen

I suggest he asks the following members of his own party why they, like Corbyn, also were too busy to accept the queen’s first invitation to join the Privy Council

David – ‘who’s the bugger that dobbed me in?’ – Cameron, current leader of the Conservative Party

Ian Duncan Smith – past leader of the Conservative Party

Boris Johnson – Mayor of London and possible future leader of Conservative Party

Michael Fallon – current Conservative party Defence Secretary

Damien Green – current Conservative party Justice Minister

David Lidington – current Conservative party Minister for Europe

Sir John Randall – former Conservative party deputy chief whip

(source )

strangely, Corbyn has been accused by Conservative supporting media of snubbing the queen, but not any of the above mentioned Conservative MPs who likewise declined the Queen’s initial invitation to a meeting of the Privy Council

how odd is that ?

Corbyn declined to sing the National Anthem – proof that he is anti-british/traitor to this country

well, if he is, then so am I

I have never sung the National Anthem

I have attended swanky dinners where guests have been invited to stand and give the loyal toast to her majesty, followed by a few lines of the National anthem

I have remained seated – and got a lot of stick for doing so !

most Scots, but very few English, I suspect, know the history of the popular music hall song – later to be adopted as the National Anthem – that became popular in England during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745

who the fuck do the English suppose God was being asked to save the Monarch from?

who the fuck was God being asked to send her victorious over ?

the second verse – which (wisely) is never sung nowadays – offers a clue

Lord, grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
Victory bring.
May he sedition hush and like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush.
God save the King.

do you honestly expect me or my fellow scots to sing a song that was expressively anti-scottish ?

there are some folk who equate the Royal Family and the UK as one and the same – such that not supporting the Royal Family and singing the National anthem is a sign of being anti-british

this is absolute pish !

my dad joined the RAF during the 1939-45 war, yet he was the first to switch the TV off at home as the first few notes of the National anthem were played to signal the end of BBC1 TV broadcasts in the 1950s – and the first to spring to his feet and shepherd us to the exit, in the mad rush of the audience to escape the cinema before the national anthem played at the end of the credits to a movie

one can love one’s country without giving a fuck about a handful of folk who through luck of birth enjoy a life of wealth and privilege denied to the rest of us

does anyone really believe that all those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in countless wars did so for the sake of a parasitic royal family?

the Royal family, to me, are a joke

they have no function, no purpose in life that I recognise as worthwhile

as a Scot, I was brought up to believe I am the equal of any man, the servant of none – to respect others as I would expect them to respect me and not to fawn over those whose position in life, station in society, advantage over others is because of the family they were born into

You see yon birkie, called a lord,
who struts, and stares and all that.
Though hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a cuif for all that.
For all that and all that,
His riband, star, and all that.
The man of independent mind
He looks and laughs at all that.

A prince can make a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and all that,
But an honest man’s above his might.
Good faith, he mustn’t fault that!
For all that and all that,
Their dignities and all that.
The pith of sense and pride of worth
Are higher rank than all that.

for the life of me, I have never understood the serf-like, feudal attitude of those who worship the ‘Royal Family’ in this country

stop tugging your forelocks, folks – get off your bended knees

by ‘worshipping’ the Royal family you are explicitly accepting that they are in some sense ‘superior’ to you

Pish !

the royal family are no better than the rest of us

in fact, in some sense, they are worse off

I can’t help thinking of the poor buggers as animals in a zoo – wheeled out now and then to do our bidding in return for us providing them with food and a home (several in fact) out off the taxes we pay

the royal family are nominally above us all – the truth is it is we who hold the power – not them !

the royal family exist and enjoy the wealth and comforts they do, only because we allow them to

we are the power in this country, not them

if only more folk recognised this fact !

18 Comments to “Robertson’s Rant”

  1. Well said, sir.

    Well – apart from the bit about it stirring up conversation, that is. I don’t reckon our current clientele are particularly fussed about political debate.


  2. More of a good commentary than a rant, I should say. So many Americans (mostly women) are so enamored of the “Royal Family”–it’s good to read a viewpoint from an actual British citizen, especially a Scotsman.

    I hope your trip goes well!


  3. I think our National Anthem is really sad – hardly an ode to the strength and unity of the nation. The French got rid of their Royals, but unfortunately they’ve been replaced by democratically elected Presidents who behave like royalty and cost the taxpayer a mint as well.

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  4. Nothing more awe-inspiring than the sight and sound of a massed pipe band

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    • I keep telling folk I’m a pacifist and would have been a conscientious objector during the war, allesklar – but I’ve only to hear a massed pipe band marching down the street, kilts swaying, and the tingle goes down my spine, my heart bursts with pride, and I immediately feel invincible, 10 ft tall, and ready to take on the world – it’s no wonder the bagpipes have been declared a weapon of war ! –


  5. This bloke’s not bad on the pipes:

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  6. Here’s the answer – as proposed by a Scotsman.


  7. All this reminds me of an old-though-timeless joke:

    In Heaven:
    The police are British,
    The chefs are Italian,
    The mechanics are German,
    The lovers are French,
    And it’s all organized by the Swiss.

    In Hell:
    The police are German,
    The chefs are British,
    The mechanics are French,
    The lovers are Swiss,
    And it’s all organized by the Italians.

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