“You must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil,” Lord Nelson said it two hundred years ago. “They are thieves, murderers, tyrants and infidels.” And now it’s on again. Brickbaits, slats and slurs are flying across the Channel in both directions as diplomatic relations between France and the UK go on the skids – as they often seem to be these days.
friend or foe
political magazineLe Canard EnchantmentGleefully reported that President Macron had recently referred to Boris Johnson as a “clown.” Awaiting British Prime Minister Liz Truss said she was not sure whether the French president was friend or foe.
long sign on english vowel hit back:
If France and Britain cannot say whether they are friends or foes, we are headed for serious problems.
… and as if to prove that he was merely playing a clown, his lame duck in fact the British counterpart used clown language to respond: “Emmanuel Macron est un Tres Bon Buddy de Notre Pays.,
Everyone knows that it is quite common for politicians everywhere to create these disorienting storms to divert attention from their problems.
And Blighty certainly has quite a few of these — with a lot more waiting in the wings. There is a wave of coordinated attacks on the railroad, airlines, Royal Mail, teachers, nurses and even barristers in the legal profession. Edinburgh Festival Saw a mess — and a worse smell — when garbage collectors went outside leaving mountains of smelly garbage on city streets.
Despite immigration “taking back control” after Brexit, dinghys full of refugees are arriving on South Coast beaches in increasing numbers. The NHS has serious budget, bed availability and staffing problems. And there is talk of general strike also.
But it gets even worse if seen from the perspective of the family
Rising inflation and fuel prices have resulted in an increase in the cost of living for the average family. And for October, the UK energy regulator has announced that household energy bills will increase by 80% – and again at the end of the year. For many families, this will mean choosing between eating and heating in the winter.
Not exactly the idea of Enid Blyton, who so many dreamers of Blighty. Those endless summer vacations where the kids groups of five or seven Enjoyed delicious Devonshire tea at the clifftop cottage garden. And saw the protective strip of bright blue water that kept all those shadowy aliens at bay.
All this while helping local boobies catch foreign smugglers on the pristine beaches below. A far cry from today’s reality of having more food banks across the UK than McDonald’s. And according to the Food Foundation, 2 million children live in homes with no access to healthy and affordable food. Also, about one in 20 say that in the last one month, the members of their household are going through the day without eating or drinking.
things crossing the channel
Then the problem is that sometimes just words don’t cross the channel. English stinks about post-Brexit Croats Washing up on French beaches. EU is under pressure to stop British discharge Raw sewage in shared water – a result of lower environmental standards since Brexit. Members of the European Parliament have warned that it is making bathing water on the French coast dangerous – and could also harm continental fishing and shellfish farming.
…and things look different in France
In this stretch of water the French call La Manche, only 33 kilometers away, things don’t look so bad. France’s largest source of energy is nuclear, which means it is less affected by increases in gas and oil prices. The EDF, or lectricité de France, is fully nationalized and the state has increased electricity rates by 4%.
That’s why fewer people in France will faint when faced with fuel bills in the coming winter. And this french health system Consistently high rate on international comparisons – WHO rated it the world’s best.
Meanwhile back in the UK…
Meanwhile, across the Channel, the famous (or infamous) Westminster system of government has crept in. Despite the problems building up on all fronts, it still takes weeks and weeks to choose a new prime minister. No one else has control over what’s happening – or what’s about to happen. The two contenders in the race – and their respective gangs of mentors, mentors, Toddy and followers – just keep parroting the same old mantra in response to any questions asked: “It’s the decision of the new prime minister.
And it won’t be long anymore. You just have to be patient.” “Not for long?” Good thing London isn’t burning. Or the country isn’t at war. But of course it takes a long time. It started on July 7. But Don’t worry, according to the Conservative Party Headquarters, everything will be finalized on 5 September.
So who will it be? And what will be his priorities?
Watch this space to learn more about this story, moving at a snail’s pace.
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