Hypocrisy seems such an innocent word now. Given that Theresa May and her be-suited coven are now so desperate for power that they will get into bed with the DUP, a party with honkingly appalling views, ('controversial' I believe is the accepted journalistic term). Such nasty anti human views that you would surely imagine not … Continue reading New Tories: Coalition of Utter Nutjobs and Tory Sanctimony
Donald Trump flies into Scotland today, his red hatted man of the people posturing at the ready. He is on a whistlestop tour to open a golf course in Turnberry, henceforth to be known as Trump Turnberry. In 2010, Mr Trump promised the people of Scotland he would ‘build the biggest golf course in the … Continue reading Donald Trump: Are there any shocks left?
The girl comes home from school her lip trembling. I ask her if she’s ok and she says she’s fine. We talk about school for a minute, then I repeat my question. She repeats her answer a little louder and shrugs to her room. The girl is just twelve but has become very private recently. … Continue reading That awful moment when you realise you can’t protect your child from pain and failure
One of my earliest memories as a Catholic girl was the bi-yearly visit of The Society of the Protection of the Unborn Child. In they would bustle, armed with large placards. I remember mum glaring at me because I pointed to one and said ‘that lady looks like Dick Emery.’ They seemed less concerned with … Continue reading Woman reported to police for not being sorry she had an abortion.
World Book Day 2011 Getting ready for work and on the phone to my sister about finding a suitable home for our rapidly deteriorating father. 'I can’t talk now,' I sigh. 'You can never talk,' says my sister, quite reasonably. 'Yes but now I really can't talk. My daughter is sitting on the toilet dressed … Continue reading World *Boak* Day
Remember Dr Raj Persaud? He used to be on television, a reliable, medically qualified psychiatrist who could explain complex medical issues on the Richard and Judy sofa, without sounding patronising. He also presented, All in the Mind on Radio 4. Then, in his book, On the Edge of the Couch, he admitted plagiarising Professor Thomas Blass, … Continue reading A plagiarism on both your houses
Surprise! Holidays can lead to rows, mainly due to expectations. Of what – having a nice time? Or the gap between hope and expectation. What do couples on holiday row about? The same stuff they row about at home – sex, money, food, tidiness, only with added heat, alcohol and togetherness. C and I don’t … Continue reading Sweary Sex Row and other Holiday Conflicts
Cherishing all the children, one unmarked grave at a time.
Pope Francis has made Saints of his two predecessors, Pope John, and Pope John Paul. It made me think about how as a Catholic child I would pore over my copy of Lives of the Saints, drinking in the miserable pain racked lives of these fiercely devoted, entirely disturbed group of people. Rose of Lima, … Continue reading JIggery Popery
Renewing your passport is a bit of a pain. You have to fill in the form in black ink – and of course there’s not a pen to be had in the house, despite buying 100 0000 pens a few weeks ago. Then you have to sort out a photo that doesn’t make you resemble … Continue reading I certify that I know this horrendously ugly person in the photo