The Plastic Hippo

July 13, 2015

Absinthe drinkers

Via Edgar Degas 1834 - 1917

Via Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917

The thousand yard stare usually associated with unfortunate souls enslaved by addiction and substance abuse would appear to be increasingly evident on the benches of the House of Commons. Instead of derelicts and drunks, the people staring blankly into the middle distance belong to what was once known as Her Majesty`s Most Loyal Opposition. Addicted to unobtainable power, their behaviour has gone from erratic to unpleasantly anti-social.

The parliamentary Labour Party seem incapable of learning from past mistakes. The interminable process to elect a new leader is still set to rumble on for months exposing further internal divisions, acrimony and nastiness. (more…)

June 23, 2015

It`s called a bobble, Jonathan

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England victory via Getty Images

England victory via Getty Images

There comes a time even in the most secure of marriages, when a husband is caught bang to rights indulging in a furtive guilty pleasure. Thus, with more shame than apology, I found myself confessing that I was staying up into the early hours of the morning hunched over a computer watching groups of young, fit women throwing themselves into intense physical activity. Before attracting the attention of divorce lawyers or finding my few meagre possessions flung into the front garden, I should point out that I have become addicted to the football being played at the Women`s World Cup currently taking place in Canada. (more…)

May 30, 2015

They think it`s all over

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It is now

It is now

Not everything is clear cut and straight forward or a simple choice between right and wrong. For every dodgy refereeing decision, disallowed goal, off side flag and waved red card there are always two, or many more, sides to the story. Consider the newly re-elected President of FIFA; the remarkably resilient Joseph S Blatter.

Ignore the hysterical bellowing from the western media and imagine for a moment a man of vision and integrity that has delivered unbridled joy to billions of human beings across the planet. Smiling orphans in the developing world consider him a saint for bunging loads of cash in the direction of local sports ministers and territorial FIFA representatives in a fair exchange of great wealth for presidential votes. Imagine this great man as a victim of a Zionist plot to oust him before he ousts Israel from FIFA or as a victim of an elaborate CIA plot intent on ousting Vladimir Putin. (more…)

May 21, 2015

In Dublin`s fair city

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The tart with the cart

The tart with the cart

Any gesture of reconciliation, regardless of how small has to be considered as a very good thing if truth and peace are to be re-established. With the UK mainland media wetting its collective pants over a handshake and obsessing over a dead uncle, the really big story in Ireland has been almost completely overlooked.

Ten days ago, riding on the fast and frequent airport shuttle into Dublin city centre, every lamp post and tree and almost every other building was festooned with posters urging the electorate to vote yes. “Votail Ta” said the Fianna Fail posters; “Sinn Fein says vote Yes for equality”; “Fine Gael supports freedom” and “Labour vote Yes” suggested that all the major political parties were displaying unusual unity. I later read in the Irish Times that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, a practicing Catholic and former critic of equal marriage had changed his mind and was asking the populous to vote yes. (more…)

May 19, 2015

Walsall

Walsall Arboretum

For many blindingly obvious reasons, it was an absolute joy to spend last week away from the United Kingdom. As the aching disappointment at the outcome of the general election gave way to abject terror at what is likely to happen to this country now that Cameron has an actual mandate, boarding an aircraft and flying away has never been so pleasurable.

Mercifully missing out on endless post mortems, excuses and recriminations; the end of the road for the Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party tearing itself apart again and the Farage creature making a complete fool of himself by resigning and then not resigning, the overseas media hardly reported the tawdry UK bun fight. The only evidence I saw was in a crowded bar as the barista flicked through the channels looking for the Real Madrid Juventus game. He paused on a news report that showed smug Tory ministers banging the table as Cameron entered to chair the first meeting of his new cabinet. My heart sank and my flesh crawled. Juventus held on for a draw and I held on to the thought of not coming back. (more…)

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