Thursday, 8 January 2009

News you just couldn't make up...

It has been a surreal day. Interest rates down again (because that helps?),porn barons wanting a bailout and The Pope comparing Gaza to a concentration camp and it looks like Obama is doing a Gordon Brown

Even Peter Hitchens thinks the Police are dodgy. I need a glass of something robust.

Update: I left out apprentice burger flippers...see burning our money.

23 comments:

Raedwald said...

The world's standing on it's head a bit, isn't it? You could add Labour (Blears) vilifying benefit claimants and the Tories (IDS) excusing them.

There are no certainties any more; everything's up in the air.

lilith said...

It certainly is Raedwald.

Philipa said...

Grr don't mention Hitchensblog to me. Grrr

"The Government will fund an additional 35,000 apprentices next year to strengthen the country's competitiveness and help beat the downturn. by paying McD's wages? Eh?? 404!!

Flipping burgers isn't a f***ing skill, any asshole can do that. It doesn't create wealth so doesn't help the economy AT ALL.

Being a boilermaker or blacksmith is a skill (not a farrier but that counts too). Sandcasting and steelmaking are skills. Being a wainwright, shipbuilder or welder is a skill but those jobs are as redundant in Britain as each other. Because manufacturing is dead in Britain.

Gordon Brown and NuLabour are wankers the lot of 'em. F***ing arseholes. Don't get me started I may be impolite.

Good post, Lils.

Bill Quango MP said...

Can I get an apprentice cleaner,or better yet, an apprentice butler on this scheme?

If we are planning on getting kids to do non jobs then we might as well be comfortable

lilith said...

Oh yes, Bill, an apprentice housekeeper would be good!

Pip, it is jaw dropping, no?

lilith said...

Btw Bill, food for thought your casual remark on Patently...George Galloway eventually to head the new Reich? Strange times, there are no certainties....

idle said...

I have decided to take up butlering if I fail to negotiate a decent remuneration package in the next couple of months, Bill. I once read that a reclusive billionaire had become so reliant upon his gentleman that he left him much of the moolah.

I could cut my teeth by ironing your Times and mixing you prairie oysters to help you face the day.

Tuscan Tony said...

The baron-business is especially odd for me as I haven't so far dared click on the various links to it, as I'd prefer to let my imagination boggle.

It does seem the end of times, lils, doesn't it. The moment reminds me of Ghostbusters II, where (for those who haven't seen the film) Goza, the end of the world god, is due to show up and will take the form of the first thing one of the Ghostbusters thinks of. They all try and blank their minds but, regrettably, Dan Ackroyd can't get the Staypuft marshmallow man out of his head, and so it comes to pass. I look on Gordon in the same way - hilarious to see and hear about, not nearly so amusing in practice.

Philipa said...

Who you gonna call?

JPT said...

Is blogging a skill?

lilith said...

JPT, for me blogging is not a skill. It is a virtual pub/confessional/soap box/diary. What is it to you, JPT?

electro-kevin said...

Peter Hitchens has long thought the police were dodgy.

It was me that put him onto it.
(I'm serious)

Scrobs said...

Absolutely useless wasteful government twaddle this is, Lils.

If they had bothered to ask any building firm that used to take on an apprentice and hope he - or she - would eventually become a craftsman, they would have found that it costs said firm acres of dosh to get the kid through training; usually with minimum tax help and loads of little CITB hitlers poking their noses in and the first thing the new 'craftsman' does when he gets his ticket, is move to another firm!

Why? Because the last thing he wants is to be regarded as the 'lad' in his firm any more.

It belies belief that Gordon's United (not) Kingdom (GUNK) could even dream that this is the way forward, but as nobody in government has ever held down a real job, I'm not surprised!

Philipa said...

For me blogging is therapry - I don't like to shout at the children and they wouldn't understand my more adult/sarcastic humour.

It also,occasionally, forces me to consider my spelling. But not always. Speech doesn't do that.

And you meet such nice people..

lilith said...

Well done for putting him straight E-K. I wish you had stayed in the Police Service/Force. I would have had some faith in it then.

lilith said...

You have to make it uneconomic for apprentices to leave their trainers,Scrobs, at least until they have repaid the cost of training them in useful labour, Scrobs. It used to be that way. Hurrah, an apprenticeship at Macdonalds will be the equivalent of 5 gcses. Fantastic. Even with 9 GCSE's and 3 A levels my girl couldn't get a job in the run up to christmas!

She is doing something useful now, using her sweet heart and enormous brain to homeschool a darling 12 year old. No money in it but at least it is giving her worthwhile life experience.

lilith said...

Pip, it is therapeutic too. My spelling has always been carp as I am a bit dyslexic.

JPT said...

lilith:
To me, blogging is a release, a safety valve even.

Trubes said...

I'd like to be an apprentice Dowager Duchess with Idle as my Butler.

Di.x

A Burke without a Peerage said...

Trubes: I thought a "dowager" Duchess was one whose hubby was dead. One hopes that you are not trying to do away with the inestimable Mr Trubes in order to get Mr Idle into your service???

Philipa said...

I'd like to be an apprentice Dowager Duchess.

Scrobs said...

Pips, I'd like to see John the Baptist's version of Grodern Bruin...

lilith said...

Idle, if I win the lottery you can be my butler...

Scrobs, do you mean Judith's version of John the Baptist?