The Plastic Hippo

September 18, 2014

This is the day

Filed under: Literature,Politics,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 11:00 pm
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The polling places have closed, the ballots have been cast and the votes are being counted. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day but I have a bottle of Lagavulin, a huge bag of Twiglets and the day off tomorrow. By breakfast time, both the Union and I are likely to be wasted.

Shakespeare knew a thing or two about politics and statehood but even his fertile imagination could not have conjured up such an incredible plot. If MacDuff were to ask “stands Scotland where it did?” the answer would be “no”, or possibly “yes”. For the first time, Scotland`s fate has been decided by the pencil rather than the sword and the biggest loser regardless of the vote will be David Cameron. (more…)

September 17, 2014

Deep in the heart of Texas

Image via scotlandweb.be

Image via scotlandweb.be

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September 15, 2014

Good morning North Korea

Filed under: Fiction,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Via scotsman.com

Via scotsman.com

The BBC has today found itself at the centre of controversy as thousands of confused viewers and listener jammed the corporation`s switchboard with complaints of baffling, inaccurate and misleading news reporting. Concerned licence-fee payers noticed that erroneous news items were being broadcast that contained more than the usual disconnection from reality. Important issues were ignored and global events were said to be taking place in completely different parts of the world.

The transcript of one news bulletin obtained by elements of the subversive press indicates the seriousness of the problem. It reads: (more…)

September 13, 2014

Potpourri

Filed under: Faith,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:01 am
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Via National Portrait Gallery

Via National Portrait Gallery

To speak ill of the dead is usually considered disrespectful and to raise a parting glass to celebrate the passing of a former human being is, in some quarters, viewed as a mortal sin. So there will be no ill words here and any glasses raised will be purely in the name of alcohol addiction.

The eulogies and obituaries for the late Reverend Doctor Ian Paisley indicate a life lived in two, or possibly four, parts. In public life he is described as a firebrand, a campaigner, a man of God and in private life a gentle, caring and witty family man of God. Before 2007 he was an extremist and after 2007 he was a peacemaker. In life he preached hatred but now in death he is described as charismatic and charming. He was only 88 and had a dickey heart but he had so much more to give. In terms of reputation, dying was probably his smartest move. (more…)

September 8, 2014

Who`s afraid of Fiona Woolf?

Fiona and a friend via theguardian.com

Fiona and a friend via theguardian.com

There was a time when it was relatively simple to kick something toxic into the long grass and be fairly confident that the general populous would not notice the stench. These days, however, with the internet thingy having a long and possibly infinite memory, the rich and powerful need to be more creative when hushing scandal and keeping dirty secrets secret.

The next great big hole being excavated by the judicial JCB will bury once and for all inconvenient allegations of the historic sexual abuse of children by those in power or those close to power. It is impossible to give an estimate on just how high the stakes are in committing to a CSA inquiry, historical or not. The fall-out could be as noxious and have the same half-life of Uranium 238 and so needs a very deep hole and a sarcophagus of about 300 feet of lead-lined concrete. The tactics employed by Cameron and the Home Secretary were beguilingly elegant. (more…)

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