Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

From Thatcher to Elections: 480 Columns and Counting

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

From Thatcher to Elections: 480 Columns and Counting

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NOT counting this one, I have written 480 columns. That's one every Wednesday since April 2, 2008; not missed even one. 300,000 words not counting the headings which I don't write anyway.

I thought it might be fun to recall a few of the topics I've tried to turn my mind to over those last nine years or so.

Before I do that I can't let the British election just slip by without comment. What a complete political balls up!! Theresa May, UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2016! 60 years of age, born in Eastbourne Sussex, educated at St Hugh's College Oxford University ([pounds sterling]55 per night bed and breakfast) which might help explain the poor decision.

Formerly leader of a Conservative government with a very healthy majority and three years to run until another election had to be called. She is/was opposed by a Socialist Party led by one of the Great Unknowns of modern times. She is/was obsessed with the perceived need to further increase that majority to help her to slip into Brexit with a minimum of fuss.

So she calls a general election when she didn't have to and is totally stuffed by a result that makes it clear that she had not the slightest idea what her fellow Poms thought of her and her government.

Now, thanks to a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) she appears to have hung on to power. She looks like surviving thanks to the support of members of a right wing Northern Ireland Party flattered by the attention her stupidity has brought to them.

Gee I am glad I live in Australia. Our pollies sometimes do daft things but it's nothing compared with this recent UK nonsense.

Anyway please allow me to share a selection of my own nonsense kindly published by The Chronicle on various Wednesdays over the past nine years. …

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