Everything happens at once…

Finally, Amazon have dispatched my order of ‘Tales the Hollow Bunnies Tell’. Admittedly it was a large order: all the authors elected to be paid in books so I had to get a load in. I’ll have them Saturday and post them next week.

Smashwords keep asking for amendments to the ebook on their site, before they release it to other sellers. Damn. This hasn’t happened with any of the other books, only the one that was in before the deadline. It’ll get sorted out eventually.

Current projects are a biography of Han Snel, a Dutch painter, by Dirk Vleugels, Longrider’s short story collection ‘Blackjack’ and hopefully a novel that was sent in before Christmas. Margo, if you’re reading, I’ve sent email. I can’t progress that one without your agreement.

As for me, I’ve had the writing urge again. Writing until daylight returns – I shouldn’t do that too often, it’s knackering. Victor’s Will has made a lot of progress this past week. It’ll need heavy editing because there have been long dormant periods between writing sessions.

In May thee are local council elections here. I have taken great delight in putting the pamphlets through the shredder and watching the smug little faces turned into confetti. I’ll have to find the least bad one to vote for.

Then it turns out, I have to do it again in June because Tessie May, the Prime Monster, has called a very short notice general election. Why? Well, here’s the most plausible reason

The end of the likely tortuous Article 50 negotiations is a hard deadline set for March 2019.

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, that’s when the Tories would be starting to prepare for a general election the following year, with what one cabinet minister described as certain “political needs”.

In other words, the government would be exposed to hardball from the EU because ministers would be desperate to avoid accepting anything that would be politically unpopular, or hold the Brexit process up, at the start of a crucial election cycle.

Finalising negotiations with an opponent who knows you’re vulnerable would be a very bad move. The EU could pressurise the UK government into accepting watered-down agreements so they don’t spook the public and risk getting wiped out in an election the following year. Putting the next election a few years behind the end of Brexit gives them a chance to show their policies can work before they go to the polls again.

There’s more to it. Plaid Cymru claim that a lot of Welsh Labour MPs are vulnerable to losing their seats to Plaid. If true, this election would give Labour a right kick in the nads and even if the Tories don’t increase their numbers, having the main opposition party reduced would make things easier for them.

It’s possible. Labour voters in Wales aren’t likely to vote Tory, ever, but they are quite likely to switch to Plaid Cymru.

Tessie isn’t going to go for TV debates. The childish ’empty chair’ gambit has been rolled out by the other parties once more. They really think an empty chair is a major scorecard victory for them. It’s playground politics – but there’s a lot of that about now.

Meanwhile, north of Hadrian’s Wall, little Nicky the Fish claims the SNP are the only party who can stop a hardline Tory government. Well I’m not voting for you, Nicky. Not until your party learns to act like a government rather than a bunch of handwringing nannying fussbuckets. We vote for politicians to run the country, not to tell us how we have to live. We do not become your property when you take office.

This is a big claim for a little woman. The Tory presence in Scotland is minimal already and they are hardly likely to form the next Scottish Assembly. It would be hilarious if they did though. The wailing would be heard in Canberra.

The SNP presence in Wastemonster is similarly trivial. They are not going to be making a big impact there any time soon. No, Fishwife, you won’t be stopping anyone anywhere – except stopping people in Scotland enjoying themselves. It’s what you do best, after all.

Timmy Farron, the Liberal Democrat, also thinks his party is the only one who can stop the Tories. There aren’t many left in Timmy’s gang and there might be even fewer in June.

Tessie has gambled on winning this election and getting a bigger majority. She’s in with a chance but it’s still down to chance. The short timescale will make it harder for the fake votes to build up but it also doesn’t give much time for any party to put their case to the electorate.

I hope she wins it, and comes out with a huge majority. Not because I’m a Tory supporter – I’m a nobody supporter – but because it would be nice to have a government that can actually make a decision for once. And because it would make our stance in Brexit negotiations so much stronger.

Brexit is happening. It can’t be stopped. We need to get a good deal on the way out and a weak government will get shat on by the smarmy bastards in the EU parliament. We need a strong government at this time, no matter who it is, and a government that recognises that the people voted for Brexit and we will damn well have it. No matter what the whiners say.

It’s going to be an entertaining few weeks.

19 thoughts on “Everything happens at once…

  1. My son and family moved back to Scotland a year ago and have been trying to get me to move back but I wouldn’t consider it while the SNP run the Scottish government as a one party state. Their only real interest is independence, don’t do the job they are well paid for, do not tolerate any dissension in their ranks, seem to have the media cowed and of course bring in every killjoy measure they can think of. The MPs are an embarrassment, I cringe watching them. Still maybe there is hope, everyone I speak to is sick of them even my daughter in law, a lifelong labour voter as are so many in the west of Scotland says she is voting conservative this time and that is a miracle! Maybe there will be a few surprises this time.

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    • It was a surprise when the SNP took power. The system was rigged to make sure that didn’t happen but they did it anyway. Like any party in power, they think it’s theirs forever and that the measures they put in place will always be theirs to control.

      Nothing is forever though. Ask Rome 😉

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      • Hope it doesn’t take that long! I know that the system was designed to prevent one party being in control and when the SNP were in coalition they were quite good but once they were in total control it all went to their head. My son was able to buy the bigger house they needed at half the price here in Kent but he might one day be glad I stayed here if they need to escape!!

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      • The people who put the Scottish voting system model together never factored in the pigs ear that labour would make of things. Hence the SNP majority that was “impossible”, no longer a majority of course but propped up by the hypocritical Greens, and 56 from 59 MPs. I hope there is a severe correction in June and the noxious SNP get a good old slap down.

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  2. I think May has played a clever hand. For months the left has been whining about an unelected prime minister (Gordon Brown, anyone?) and now she has called an election they are all upset because they know it is likely to increase her majority. Despite my irritation at yet another election campaign, the fuss and fury from the usual suspects does raise a smile.

    As for the TV debates – puerile soundbiting by the media. Anyone over the age of twelve will refuse to take part or even watch the damned things.

    My writing urge seems to have ground to a halt. Rebellion has reached a point where I can’t quite decide how the story is going to develop. It would help if the characters didn’t get ideas of their own… Also, I think writing five stories for the Hollow Bunnies used up my juices for a bit…

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    • It does take it out of you, doesn’t it. I was like that last year after Anthology One.

      Very satisfying though.

      What would be really handy would be some – any – feedback, as I’m really new at this. I don’t need fake praise, nor did I need “writing tips”, I can get those online. But it would be nice to have an idea of what readers thought; what works and what doesn’t. Either constructive criticism of the writing style and/or content.

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      • I had some interesting feedback from my sister when she read Ransom. She said it was as good as any other similar crime fiction she had read and she liked it. That was pretty good feedback from someone who usually picks things apart. Then she said she would like a story about the detective who was a minor character… Sigh…
        Although I’ve seen a proof of Hollow Bunnies, I’ve not read it yet. I’m waiting for the paper copies. I really don’t like reading on a screen.

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        • >I’m waiting for the paper copies. I really don’t like reading on a screen.

          I don’t mind the screen; I use it for most things. But there is much satisfaction to be had from turning real paper pages, from the rustle, from the smell. And knowing it is something to which I have contributed.

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  3. I am almost convinced that the globalists are using the SNP to see how far they can go with the police state tactics before a revolution breaks out, although, unfortunately, that might also be part of the plan, to bring in martial law.

    Excellent comment spotted in the Scotsman this morning from one “Scotswhahaver”:

    We have already seen that the SNP are completely and utterly powerless at Westminster and simply embarrass Scotland with their attention – seeking antics in the Commons, their sharing of extra marital partners, their pending criminal trials and the vomit – inducing attempts of the alleged criminals in their midst to garner public sympathy.

    The SNP can never and will never have any influence on the Westminster Government and any vote for the SNP is a wasted vote!

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    • The SNP voters I know were really only interested in their independence drive. That’s all they ever really had. Even then, at the last independence vote, some staunch SNP supporters told me it was the wrong time, Scotland wasn’t ready – and they voted ‘no’.

      Most of the rest of the things the SNP has done has just pissed off the Scots. They won’t win a second independence referendum now and their supporters know it. Without that, they have no reason to be in power.

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      • My MP told me that ‘independence’ was the reason he entered politics, so I think that is the be-all-and-end-all of their personal political objectives. The obsession with controlling our lives is, presumably, due to orders from the ‘elite’ shadow government (or NWO or whatever one wants to call them).

        And yes, without ‘independence’ they are pointless. Unfortunately, almost everyone involved in politics up here seems to be a psychopath.


  4. The election has been called because the Tories are about to lose their majority with the upcoming prosecutions for electoral fraud. Anyone that thinks it is for any other reason is absolutely naïve and deluding themselves. I hope the Tories get kicked to the kerb. I don’t trust a staunch remainer to do what the public want as far as brexit is concerned. I would rather trust Corbyn…at least everyone knows that he has always been anti EU and is not just jumping on to the bandwagon.


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