Wednesday morning. Anger Management Man sees us. We've been greeting the old widows shaggy goat at the far end of the village. Shaggy goat is supposed to be kept in a fenced off area in the old widows garden but no one has told goat this. Today, he's out of his paddock and standing on his hind legs eating something in the garden planters.
AMM stops his car and lowers the window. He's annoyed. 460,000 cases in France yesterday. The morning news broadcast has broken the story that the Minister of Education has been away on holiday on ' the party island of Ibiza'. This is the same Minister who recently announced tight Covid restrictions for schools. AMM believes he should have been in Paris during a pandemic, not galivanting in a foreign country. The fact that AMM uses the phrase ' the party island of Ibiza' indicates that the Ministers Covid actions have entered into the psychological 'one rule for them, one rule for us' territory. In a land of Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite this is a big No No !
Angus wonders if Ibiza really is a party island in the depths of a January winter but keeps this thought to himself as AMM has by now started to gesticulate. He's also accelerated his speech so the words flow seamlessly into one another in a stream of consciousness style. It's quite possible that he's telling me that the local schools are closed. It's also possible he's telling me something about the Government Minister and fast cars. I catch the occasional word but it's difficult to string it together into a coherent narrative. Best at moments like this to furrow my brow and say 'How amazing' in a way that implies interest/concern but without eliciting any more details. AMM says something less than charming about the government and the President and drives off.
People drawn to political life are a breed, irrespective of their culture, nationality or language. Entitlement features large in their view of their place in the world. Elected to SERVE is an old-fashioned and outmoded view of the purpose of political life (unless it is to serve self.) Call us cynical old gits.... Mr T and F
Here in the UK, the current Downing Street shambles is enough to turn us all into AMM.
I can relate to your conversation with the AMM. How many times have I stood there nodding my head and saying "ah soo" in a way I hope does not reveal the fact that I am hopelessly lost? I have somewhat enjoyed reading about "the current Downing Street shambles," although I still don't think anyone can really top Ted Cruz going off to Cancun in the middle of a disaster.
How right Tigger is. The pandemic has shown that politicians will ignore the rules they voted to lockdown the country, whilst happily sneaking out through the back door and carrying on a normal social life. Oh, and we mustn't forget those parties at No 10 that have caused the PM to lie or show complete confusion.
Sophie looks as though she is above such things!
All people sound like that to the cute little girl,
Ah, Sophie...your life of sniffs and strolls and curly croissant ends is one to be envied in these tumultuous times.
Last night, in Rockford Illinois, a good sized American city, a coworker referred to the vaccine as the mark of the devil. That creeped me out more than anything in the last two years.
The "one rule for you, one rule for me" reminds me of the UK song, 1979 After The Fire [One Rule For You]
Yeah, I think a few of us or up with AMM on this one... YAM xx
Generally best to keep one's head down and keep walking. Not always possible, of course. x
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