Monday, October 21, 2013

Welby wades in on economic policy

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is putting a bit of stick about, and rather impressively scoring some direct hits. Yesterday in the Mail on Sunday he took a swipe at the energy companies for their excessive price-hikes; today in The Daily Telegraph he's going for growth. Not in quite the same way as the Chancellor of the Exchequer might; more after the fashion Thomas Becket, meddling in matters of political policy where his interventions certainly won't be universally welcomed.

If his predecessor at Lambeth Palace suffered from being aloof and, at times, spouting utterly incomprehensible expressions of muffled theological verbiage which said nothing to no one, Archbishop Justin is laser-like in his precision, and catholic in the appeal of his message.

The latest wave of hikes on the price of gas and electricity by SSE and British Gas does indeed look "inexplicable". And he takes his traditional theme of the moral obligation to act justly rather than simply maximising profit. "The impact on people, particularly on low incomes, is going to be really severe in this, and the companies have to justify fully what they are doing," the Archbishop said.

He continued: "I do understand when people feel that this is inexplicable, and I can understand people being angry about it, because having spent years on a low income as a clergyman I know what it is like when your household budget is blown apart by a significant extra fuel bill and your anxiety levels become very high. That is the reality of it."

Indeed. Heating the very draughty Lambeth Palace was hard enough when His Grace was there: being obliged now to maintain minimum working temperatures for an entire staff must be a considerable financial burden.

Like all good CofE clergy, Archbishop Justin grasps the social dimension: energy companies must be "conscious of their social obligations" and obliged to "behave with generosity and not merely to maximise opportunity" because "they have control because they sell something everyone has to buy. We have no choice about buying it."

But he also grasps the ethics of corporatism and the market: "It is not like some other sectors of business where people can walk away from you if they don't want to buy your product and you are entitled to seek to maximise your profit. The social licence to operate of the energy companies is something they have to take very, very seriously indeed."

And he veers toward Ed Miliband's narrative, asserting that fuel poverty is "a very severe issue.. because real incomes are flat or declining and the cost of energy has gone up". This, "ties in with the food banks and the debt. They are all part of the reality of life for many people today."

All this sounds as though the Archbishop would support Labour's proposal to freeze fuel prices for 20 months should they win the 2015 general election. The proposal is popular, and CofE bishops like to jump on social-justice bandwagons, especially where the harsh 'Thatcherite' free market of the capitalist 'Tory Right' is pitched against the Socialist gospel of compassion. It isn't all about profit, but when a company that makes £2.7 billion for its shareholders decides to burden its customers with a 9.2% hike, there's more than a whiff of fleecing.

Of course, the fact that the the Church of England is itself a shareholder in Centrica (to the tune of £7 million) and SSE (£6 million) gives the Archbishop some clout for ‘active engagement’ with company boards. But the Church itself invests in these companies in the hope of healthy profits in order to meet its own financial obligations. Any bishop who believes these profits should be diminished is ultimately volunteering for a reduced pension (not to mention further impoverishing many elderly parishioners).

“A deep spiritual base in the Christian tradition enables (society) to shape its way of life and care for each other in accordance with the teachings of Christ,” the Archbishop says. But what irks slightly is the fact that he spares the politicians - in this case the hypocrisy of Ed Miliband who, as Energy Secretary, set the course for those very Green taxes which are now adding £100s to people's fuel bills. Government taxes - especially those introduced by the EU - are beyond the control of companies. If we are to have the “healthy society” the Archbishop desires, then the overall tax burden must be decreased, which is a moral pursuit. Of course wealth generation is not the be all and end all of human existence, but no true Conservative believes that it is. Economic growth is to be celebrated because it produces confidence, and that confidence provides jobs, and jobs give people security, and security leads to happiness and induces acts of philanthropy.

A righteous government will house the homeless, feed the starving, heal the sick and educate the ignorant. It will also decrease the deficit and pay down debt because you cannot morally share with the poor that which you borrow from your children and grandchildren without their consent.


Blogger IanCad said...

Do I see in this post a sentiment for the renationalization of the utility industries?

Let's put the blame where it belongs-- Idiotic government policies--- pandering to the green lobby.
Boy! have they made out like bandits or what?

21 October 2013 at 10:40  
Blogger Husky Red said...

Where did this come from? Why is a lower tax economy a moral pursuit?

Public spending is based on collective endeavour. We should fund collective endeavour wherever it will be better stewardship than individualistic endeavour.

The individualist market based healthcare of the USA for example costs twice as much, is rising faster, and is the number one cause of bankruptcy and thousands per year routinely dying from preventable causes when they cannot pay.

Most economies tax take is between 30% and 50% of the economy.

We should judge the right level of tax based on the outcomes for the poor, marginalised and vulnerable.

On that yardstick I would consider sweden light years ahead of the UK and USA.

21 October 2013 at 10:55  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Thank you Your Grace, especially as "good news" stories regarding any Church are not exactly thick on the ground of our generally sceptical to anti religious media nowadays. A little cheering up goes a long way. Also one trusts that the ethereal version of Your Grace is not over-vexed nowadays by troublesome concerns of the flesh like heating bills.

Anglicanism has always been concerned with practical schemes to improve the lot of the poor. So I hope that his ideas on combating punitive rates of interest on pay day loans succeed.
However energy policy and pricing is a whole lot more complex, intractable and political. Our membership of the EU is to blame to a larger extent. Then there's our politicians total lack of foresight coupled with their lack of courage in the face of the deep green eco warriors, who care not a jot for human flourishing. All this is, at bottom, to blame for the energy poverty of the poor and many of the problems of being competitive that manufacturing industries face, not specifically big business.

21 October 2013 at 11:18  
Blogger IanCad said...

Husky Red

While sharing your contempt for the failure that is the US medical system I cannot hold with the assertion that they are undertaxed.

Take a man; say a window cleaner, working for himself, eaning, let's say $40,000.00 a year.

With his federal self-employment and income tax he will be gelded at a rate of close to 36%. Add to that a further 10% if he resides in the great state of California and you are now looking at extortion.

From his meagre residue he will then have to cross the palms of countless state and local agencies in order to ply his trade.

Be absolutely assured. The USA is not the land of low taxation.

21 October 2013 at 11:47  
Blogger Martin said...

I find it strange that the ABC goes for businesses, it is almost as if he thinks that the mission of God's Church is socialism

He has remained very quiet on moral issues, such as 'gay marriage' and abortion. I haven't seen any challenge from him over the failure to prosecute those who have clearly broken the law by using pre-signed certificates. Perhaps he thinks that killing babies is acceptable.

One of the themes of the Strange Fire conference was the failure of the main stream Charismatics to rein in the clearly extreme wing of that tendency. Perhaps the ABC has a similar tendency to allow the CoE to move even further from the Bible than it has done already. He certainly does not appear to be in any way a spiritual leader.

21 October 2013 at 12:03  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

The USA is not the land of low taxation.

And, as we saw once again just last week, it doesn't score very high, either, on the last point that His Grace mentioned, about borrowing from your children and grandchildren without their consent.

21 October 2013 at 12:07  
Blogger David Anderson said...

Once again, the C of E has an Archbishop who is regularly in the papers discussing politics and economics; and never to be found there explaining the wrath of God, the necessity of repentance, the Lordship and authority of Jesus Christ, etc....


21 October 2013 at 12:59  
Blogger Nath said...

Personally I get a little vexed when clerics grab the headlines attacking conservative policies for allowing this and that...

Where was the moral indignation when at the heigh of our economic output Labour constructed a welfare system that tied millions into state handouts, which only managed to raise those in need £1 above official poverty levels? Where was the moral indignation for creating such an un-sustainable and inequitable system?

Then the world economy goes over a cliff and the poorly designed welfare state bequeathed the coalition consequently comes apart - suddenly the daggers are out for the coalition and Labour are forgotten.

Frankly I'm getting sick of the institutional CofE's left wing bias.

21 October 2013 at 13:16  
Blogger David Hussell said...

David Anderson,

As a traditionalist Anglican I agree that he does indeed need to preach the basics of the faith, repentance, salvation through faith in Christ as well as orthodox Christian morality. But as he has just started in this almost impossibly demanding global as well as national role, I am for the time being prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and wait patiently. Timing is after all most important in all areas of very public life.

21 October 2013 at 14:11  
Blogger Len said...

God has quite a lot to say about money.And I think Justin Welby has a perfect right to make comments on the economy and the way this Government administers the economy.How one deals with money matters to God because our attitude to money reflects the true condition of the state of our attitude towards others.
A' righteous Government' adminsters its policies with fairness and treats all equally.Is this happening?.
Utilities companies once having cornered the market should not be allowed to hike up prices to unrealistic levels merely to satisfy shareholders.This is where the' free market'displays all the worst aspects of capitalism.

The 'watchdogs' need waking up!.

21 October 2013 at 14:20  
Blogger David Hussell said...


As a right of centre Anglican I have some sympathy with what you have said. The problem is that there is a lack of political balance amongst the clergy and especially the hierarchy of the C of E , and they are often some distance from the political position of many of the rank and file laity. Indeed the C of E reflects a strong tendency in British society with a more common sense approach found in the lower and middle levels being ignored by left leaning elites.
The elites are failing to recognize that for growing the welfare bit, business as usual will not work any longer, as we are economically more precarious than before. Indeed the size of the public sector is now out of proportion to the private sector, and is endangering our overall prosperity and welfare. But in their protected, insulated lives, disconnected from the realties at street or business level, they continue pushing their dreams. Dreams are good, necessary even in a caring society, but they must be supported by a good dose of reality and supportable by a strong, globally focussed economy.

21 October 2013 at 14:23  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

They are robbing the poor to pay for the rich as usual so I agree with Archbishop Welby. The CofE can spread its investments as I'm sure it will now that there is a caring and competent Archbishop at the helm.

It's as broad as it's long, elderly parishioners' pension will have to be stretched to fund the higher energy prices. The people getting richer are the suppliers who are only middle men they produce nothing. I noticed that EDF a French energy supplier is to to build a new nuclear power plant for us and that Npower another French company are also hiking up their prices as will the German owned ones too. All our major decisions and lives are being step by step taken from us to be ruled over by that stranglehold the EU, see how they make us dependent upon them with outrageous taxes, their damn companies have taken over our energy supplies and our power generation too, I'm surprised the EU allowed George and Boris to be let loose on their own in China.

Energy price hikes also cripple our SME's who generate GDP for the country. And revenue from GDP means we can afford to invest in our own energy development projects. We shouldn't make ourselves too dependent upon the EU. Some things are not suitable being privately run, our nation's energy supply is one of them. Energy should be re-nationalised.

Suppliers now don't produce any electricity themselves they must have to buy it and why would the cost price be different for every company surely a cost price is what it costs to mine and produce energy and also the actual pipeline and cable supply to the door. Why should there be so many layers of private companies that don't actually do anything other than take our money?

The economy benefits if energy is cheap as people have more disposable income to spend and British businesses have more money to fund new products and services.

21 October 2013 at 14:53  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

If I may comment on the energy provision part of His Graces article. I would not think as myself as Left wing but I am uncomfortable with the countrys energy provision being supplied and controlled by foreign companies with, it seems, an emphasis on profits. The deal that has taken place to provide the new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point puts the burden of paying for it more firmly on the less well off by passing the costs on directly to bill payers. As for the deal and plant itself, it smells a bit sniffy to me, yet again it seems the green mafia are pushing up the cost of every form of energy to justify their silly windmills.
I am just a simple soul and don't pretend to really grasp the big picture but R North over at seems to be well tuned in to whats going on.

21 October 2013 at 16:55  
Blogger Perdix said...

ABC should ask people to car more for their neighbours and children. The state does not hold the answers.

21 October 2013 at 17:17  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Your Grace, the Archbishop makes commendable statements regarding the effects of higher energy prices will (and already have) on the poor, not to mention the overall economic health of your nation. A good beginning, one might say.

However, in for a penny-in four a pound as they say, so, by limiting his somewhat populist critique an solutions to the energy companies and without addressing specifically and in damning detail issues such as government interference in the form of excessive environmental regulation, unfounded panic over "global warming" (yes, my hobgoblin again) and its resulting restriction and preferences for useless and expensive solutions, the issues of cronyism, EU policies, protected monopolies and ever-multiplying layers of taxation, the Archbishop runs the risk of contributing only vague wafflings his predecessor was so famous for.

21 October 2013 at 17:21  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

One feels uneasy about the Archbishop’s involvement in economic matters. There is no fixed line to cross though, it being fluid, so one can expect the man to deny he is exceeding his remit, if he is called to justify himself.

He can escape any unwelcome criticism by not going in head first, but by the cunning swipe. The green taxes on fuel is an excellent example of social engineering. We saw the Labour party climb into bed with the green fascists and we were all warned it was going to cost us big time. And it’s no small amount - enough for the SNP to buy votes with. Then there is VAT at 5%. It all comes down to the government deciding electricity and gas is a rather good way to rook the public, which is rather perverse as those that can least afford these utilities tend to need them more.

So let’s hear less of economic growth from him - he has the spirituality of the taxes to go after. And there’s no one better appointed to do that, certainly not a politician, what !

21 October 2013 at 18:10  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Profit, green taxes and VAT account for at at around 25% of a average bill

Massive scope I would have thought for the enterprising politician to get some traction with the electorate from the right or the left.

One thing is for sure the Lib-Cons seem to have decided to put more holes in their own ship and baring a miracle, are out of it.


21 October 2013 at 19:43  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack doesn't know about economics but likes he this Justin fellow. For a little while he was in the big church on the hill near to where Jack lives. He is a good one and talks to all sorts of people and listens to what they have to say.

One day Jack was playing his guitar near the church and asked this important man if he had two fivers to change for a tenner. Jack tricked him because when he said he did Jack asked if he could spare one. Well he laughed and called Jack a "cheeky so an so"! Jack was only joking and told him he didn't really want his money but he gave Jack a fiver because he said it had cheered him up. Jack told him he was too kind to be carrying so much money on him and he should leave his wallet at home. This made him laugh again.

Jack misses him and used to enjoy seeing him looking all serious in his funny hat and carrying his stick.

21 October 2013 at 20:32  
Blogger Old Blue Eyes said...

I hoped we had got rid of the clergy meddling in politics when the bearded one retired. Some hope. Why don't they go the whole hog and form a political party of their own. After all their ready made candidates are used to spouting to sparsely attended meetings. No wonder that church congregations are dwindling as fast as the Guardian and Independent circulation.

21 October 2013 at 20:37  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

One presumes Jack is a happy lot because a) He gets social security hand-outs b) He does not declare his busking income c) He laughs as he schemes a fiver from a clergyman.

Does anyone else reading this feel as happy as Jack ?

21 October 2013 at 20:43  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

"Any bishop who believes these profits should be diminished is ultimately volunteering for a reduced pension."
Are we to take it from that statement that the bishops rather than the poorly paid clergy, had better make the right decisions for themselves and their pension needs that trumps the poor lower down the church hierarchy?.."not to mention further impoverishing many elderly parishioners" and perhaps these elderly parishioners will just die off this winter and stop worrying about the future, as they seem destined to struggle to cope, as they will have none!



My favourite bit of the post, "The proposal is popular, and CofE bishops like to jump on social-justice bandwagons, especially where the harsh 'Thatcherite' free market of the capitalist 'Tory Right' is pitched against the Socialist gospel of compassion." The whole point of a free market was to have a fierce regulator in charge to keep them honest and ensure that the market could not be rigged but this has proved a fantasy and for it to be 'harsh' was hardly the consideration in mind for Mrs Thatcher. She merely expected the Energy companies to be overlooked professionally for the benefit of customers however the Blair creature and Gordon Mc Maniac ensured that a 3rd way could be offered. For example, during John Major's premiership, PFI was given a lukewarm reception because the private sector perceived the risks as being too great. After coming to power, New Labour (The Terrible Twinns) not only abandoned the objections moved against PFI in opposition, but relaunched the project so as to make it more amenable to private investors.
As early as Autumn 1997, the Blair government changed the PFI terms in ways that transferred the risk back towards the public finances as they did with the energy sector where we now find that the poor old customer must mow pay for investment/cock ups for the 'Impoverished foreign owners ' of our energy infrastructure via guaranteed 'extortionate' rates for energy.
Saw EDF CEO smiling like all his birthdays had come at once. "Joyeux Anniversaire EDF and Monsieur De Rivaz", from the idiots this side of the channel .

We have forgotten that from 1945 to 1979 energy policy governance in the UK was characterized by ‘consensus politics’ where state-led energy regulation was a central hub within a system based upon the democratic provision of healthcare, education and welfare. A large part of the rationale behind the state ownership of energy utilities during this period was to ensure that every home could now be affordably
heated and lit (It appears that the UK must have upped roots and plopped down in the Caribbean) but this is no longer of any concern to anyone. Tragic!!!

21 October 2013 at 20:50  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! This afternoon at Signora Neroni's I learned that Bishop Fontwater of Barkingborough, whose diocese lies adjacent to Barchester, has followed the Lord Archbishop's lead and has joined the Board of Messrs. Clawback, Givenowte and Scammall's Bank. Three days a week (not including the Sabbath) his Lordship mans the counter, carefully checking the politics of each applicant for a loan and exhorting each depositor to adopt a black baby following the example of Lady Cordelia Flyte. Bishop Fontwater's first name is Fabian, which I believe speaks volumes in itself. I also understand that Bishop Fontwater is keen to establish an Interfaith Madrassa in the Chapter House at Barkingborough and has made contact with our very own Mustaffa Fatwah. Not something we would contemplate in Barchester, but some clerics prefer to swim with the prevailing current; others do give a dam.

21 October 2013 at 21:27  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Jack seems to have turned in for the night. Still, another day coming, and early to rise for another chance to cheat the system, what ! Did the Inspector type ‘cheat’ ? He of course meant ‘CHEAT’

It will be another day then before this man can communicate once again with a laid-back professional sponge...

21 October 2013 at 22:11  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Well said Mr Blofield, great post.

21 October 2013 at 22:36  
Blogger r33per said...

"Is security, after all, a cause or symptom of happiness? " - Kevin Moore.

With all due respect, YG, my experience is that security leads to paranoia which produces acts of selfish hoarding. "Happiness" - or, better yet, contentment - is found in Christ alone (Phil 4: v10-12).

21 October 2013 at 22:53  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Marie1797 said...

" Well said Mr Blofield, great post. ".

Well thank you, my dear.

Having fun on the internet listening to all those plonkers showing they know nothing about energy and why they are sheeple.

My favourite posting today. *Sniggers and chuckles*

"Waiting to hear David Cameron's full Sermon on the MOUNTing cost of energy....this is all I have heard so far...Blessed Be ;

...the poor in energy: for theirs is the jumper and quilt.
...those who mourn their energy bills: for they will be condescended to by Government
...the switchers: for they will shortly inherit huge price rises from the remaining 3.
...the meek: for they will be easily imposed on with increased Direct Debits.
...those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be let down.
...the unmerciful energy company: for they will be shown a blind eye.
...the pure with Hearth: for they will burn Wood.
...the p*%%takers: for they will be called P*%%TAKERS.
...those who are persecuted for not paying their energy bills: for theirs is an appearance at the magistrates court.

Have I missed any that others have heard from his blessed mouth??"

Do communicants know of other beatitudes that have tripped from the silver tongued messiah MK2??




How about Welby and CofE starting up an energy company for the vulnerable, needy and disabled?? Empowered Anglican..? The powers that be are ordeyned of God.

21 October 2013 at 23:32  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

"Mark Todd, director of independent price comparison service energy­helpline, said: “What it does show is that the Government believes electricity costs are set for dramatic increases over the next 10 years. This would take a typical electricity bill from £559, as it is today, to £1,108 a year.”"
This is when you know that even those that supposedly fight on the consumers side talk utter cobblers as well..£9 per month of this is qrtly charge 8 12 = £108 per annum leaves £451 per annum energy spend so / by 12 = £37.60 per month then /31 appro leaves £1.20 per day spent on electricity. TYPICAL?? * Cuckoo CUCKOO*

Ernst is sooooo as frugal to be a family joke yet his bill for leccy is £1084 per annum after moaning, at all who will hear him scream, to 'Switch It Off'

22 October 2013 at 08:02  
Blogger David Hussell said...

The recent history of UK energy policy acts as an essay telling the story of the incompetence of our political establishment, across all three parties. Divorced from the realities of life, including the needs of both the poor in a cold climate and our capable manufacturing industry for cheap power; incapable of persuing our own national interest but having to bow to foreign powers; over concerned with appeasing noisy tiny pressure groups at the expense of both common sense and the vast majority of the people, and with a dashes of political dogma from Thatcher followed by foolish recklessness thrown in by the Blair and Brown duo, we now suffer the humiliation of dependence on both foreign expertise and capital just to keep the lights on, and with only extremely expensive electricity on offer. What a catalogue of disaster !

Our creative, largely energetic country has been very badly led and governed by all three "main parties". Our energy policy over the last three decades stands there as an excellent indicator of the incompetence of the political "elites" of the mainstream politics.
Only UKIP has a British focussed, common sense energy policy designed to benefit our people.

22 October 2013 at 08:11  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

David H

Agree with all your sentiments, dear fellow but...
"Only UKIP has a British focussed, common sense energy policy designed to benefit our people. "

Never heard much about it to leave an impression on ol Ernst so I doubt it unlike the BNP's policy which is ideal but a vote for them would possibly be a vote too far?.


22 October 2013 at 08:32  
Blogger graham wood said...

David Hussell. Very good post and summary of the dire (and for some cold pensioners and others - tragic) situation.
The issue will never be resolved unless and until the ideological myth of "global warming and alarmist "climate change" is finally nailed for the gigantic scam that it is.
Fortunately there are some good and genuine scientists who have entirely demolished the warmist stuff churned out by the BBC, the politicos and the pseudo scientist community with vested interests.

Try asking your MP if he can succeed in "warming" his back garden - let alone man's feeble and negligible contribution to global warming and temperatures.

When will the mental retards at Westminster grasp the fact that cold kills far more people in the Northern hemisphere than hot summers when we get them.
Would that "global warming" was a reality - what a boon!

22 October 2013 at 09:00  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack thinks the Inspector was very rude to him last night and cannot understand why. Jack tries to go to bed early this time of year so his electricity card doesn't run out. Jack never cheats or steals and puts all his money in a bag for the lady at the office who looks after his money to count. She tells Jack he is too honest than is good for him. Jack thinks this is a very odd thing to say.

Happy Jack thinks Blowers is a funny man and has a good heart. He makes Jack chuckle. Here is one Jack would like permission to add to his list.

“Blessed are you when people insult you and lie and say all kinds of bad things about you because you cannot work and must take their benefit. Be happy and make ends meet while you can, for in the same way they bad mouthed those before you and it is about to get a whole lot worse.”

22 October 2013 at 12:26  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Way to go, Happy Jack, you met with the Inspector General's sharp teeth and his trial, the Inspection Process, and you stood up to the challenge, held on to your identity and even managed to nip back.

It is the Inspector's function here to keep our little herd healthy by keeping it alert, fit and on the move by testing each of us from time to time and culling the weak and diseased personalities. Many have wandered in to run out at the Inspector's first challenging growl; many we don't even know about have looked-in on the scene here, seen the Inspector in action and have moved on to gentler pastures and more nurturing herds; and many have landed here, pretending to be Alphas, to collapse at the first probing attack by the Inspector and to offer their necks to his toothy jaws. You did well, Happy Jack.

22 October 2013 at 14:27  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Yet another ABC that is NBG!

And poorly informed at that. It's Miliband's stupid energy bill that is behind all these outrageous price hikes.

22 October 2013 at 14:41  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Happy Jack

"Happy Jack thinks the Inspector was very rude to him last night and cannot understand why. " Dear Jack, lad. The poor chap never ceases to engage in blogging without first putting brain in gear as the poor fellow is half Buffoon/half Twit.
Tragic, tragic.
His buffoonishness has the tendency to act in a way that is insensitive to the feeling of others ..a disposition to be offensive through humour.
The poor fool does not realise that wit is well bred insolence that is appropriate at that moment and that those who joke in a tasteful way are called 'ready witted' rather than 'ready twitted'!!!

"Happy Jack thinks Blowers is a funny man and has a good heart. He makes Jack chuckle. Here is one Jack would like permission to add to his list."
How very kind and observant of you..what a fine discerning chappie you are.

"“Blessed are you when people insult you and lie and say all kinds of bad things about you because you cannot work and must take their benefit. Be happy and make ends meet while you can, for in the same way they bad mouthed those before you and it is about to get a whole lot worse.” Err..That reads more like a statement of the bleed'n obvious about life without opportunity to the enlighten unthinking morons, my boy.
Old Ernst was hoping it would be a parody within the framework of a Beatitude with a hint of Grouch Marx flippancy about it but ta very much anyway, that man. Hope life gets much better for you soon.

However you have made me think about the new ten commandments handed down to IDS at Mount Chingford (He had heard that his more famous and intelligent Patriarchs of the tribe, Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill, had received divine instruction here) that can be applied by IDSIAC Law and human sacrifice from the High Priest ATOS on behalf of the lost but chosen 'Hard Working People And Families' tribe.
It is declared from on high that shirkers, scroungers and the luckless are in their midst and must be dealt with as they wander towards the promised land of Silk and Money...It shall be a working project.


22 October 2013 at 15:26  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

There you have it, Happy Jack, an introduction to the goings on in our herd. Now, I like and respect both the Inspector and Mr Blofeld, even though the two are very different and are always at each other's throats. Nevertheless, when they get going, the two generate many a new and brilliant idea and not insignificantly, some of the most humorous commentary one may find anywhere on the Net...and I've been around to know.

To continue with the herd analogy, you may think of Mr Blofeld as the wary, seasoned, elder Alpha bull with big, wide, scary auroch's horns, who keeps a jaundiced eye on the wily Inspector. And while the two would never admit it...I dare to think that they actually like each other. Welcome to the Games and stay happy, Happy Jack.

22 October 2013 at 16:20  
Blogger David Hussell said...

I believe that this article is as much about Archbishop Welby as assisting the poor, so I feel justified in pointing to, especially for the benefit of any traditionalist Anglicans like myself looking at the website, the interesting and extremely heartening articles presently on Anglican Mainstream describing the power and resolve of the huge gathering of worldwide Anglicans from the orthodox Global South now occurring in Kenya.

It demonstrates that within that global expression of the Christian faith, Anglicanism, third in size after the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the followers of a traditionalist and orthodox orientation are firmly in the considerable majority, not the ever more liberal ones.
Whatever the subject in religion, our media always spotlight the exotic, the weird and the "edgy", whatever that is, and the abnormal, but always ignore the traditionalist, normative expressions of any faith. What strange people these media types must be !

22 October 2013 at 16:29  
Blogger Mike. said...

Pity he doesn't wade in with the Gospel of the grace of God for sinners. Jesus came into the world to save sinners, not save our economy.

22 October 2013 at 16:46  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

It is as you say, David. I have quietly listened with interest to discussions on this topic among my Anglican relations, finding a number of similarities and parallels in the goings-on within my own religion.

The million dollar question is what will happen when the liberal contingent of the Anglican communion clues into the fact that it is in the minority and that it is weakened and suffers under the weight of its hubris, in part fattenned by the liberal secular culture and its fawning media. Will this contingent be stung and offended by the ungratefulness of the "lesser people" who are expected to subsist on and be grateful for the measly droppings thrown at them and who reject the liberals' version of the White Man's Burden?

22 October 2013 at 16:57  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


"There you have it, Happy Jack, an introduction to the goings on in our herd." MOOO!

"Nevertheless, when they get going, the two generate many a new and brilliant idea and not insignificantly, some of the most humorous commentary one may find anywhere on the Net...and I've been around to know. " A sheynem dank!

"you may think of Mr Blofeld as the wary, seasoned, elder Alpha bull with big, wide, scary auroch's horns, who keeps a jaundiced eye on the wily Inspector." Tis all Ernst's playful 'shtick'!

" And while the two would never admit it...I dare to think that they actually like each other (RATEVET!)." Shhhh Avi. Lets keep that on the quiet ;-) Nobody does 'shmaltzy' quite like our favourite long distance lorry driver. *wiping a falling tear from me wrinkled old face*

Shalom, Biz shpeter!


22 October 2013 at 17:11  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Now, now, Mr Blofeld, let us stand firm and strong on our hoofs and let's have none of that! The image of a great big, greying aurochs patting a scented hankie to his weepy eyes whilst blubbering in Yiddish, the mammeloshen/mommy's language, is too much for this stern and hardened trucker to handle.

22 October 2013 at 17:28  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

O, yes, and sein gesund, Mister Blowers!

22 October 2013 at 17:29  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Avi, Happy Jack thanks you for your kind encouragement. He always speaks as he finds. Jack laughed when you said "Ex-fucking-cuse me?" somewhere else and didn't know such language was allowed here.

Blowers, Happy Jack enjoys his life. He wants to say too that he is not a shirker, scrounger or luckless.

How about this for your list:

"Blessed are the invalids, for they shall be declared valid and have their money stopped."

22 October 2013 at 18:16  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Happy Jack

" Happy Jack said..."Blessed are the invalids, for they shall be declared valid and have their money stopped." " Outstanding my fine lad.


22 October 2013 at 18:29  
Blogger Hannah said...

At least jack is happy

22 October 2013 at 19:00  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Then, rejoice, Happy Jack, for His Grace's kingdom is not of the mundane World, operating as it does by the will and whims of a long-ago carbonized martyr on the sublime electronic planes of, where our disembodied avatars know neither wealth nor poverty, brawn or disability, and where each man or woman lives by the fruits of their own character and wit, showing only that which can be set to words.

22 October 2013 at 19:02  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack likes to visit cemeteries and read the words on headstones. Some people think this strange but Jack learns a lot about people this way and their gods.

He sends this message to sorrowful Hannah:

Be glad the day you have sorrow
be glad, for then you live.
The stars shine only in darkness,
and in your need. I give my peace.

22 October 2013 at 19:37  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Well done that Happy Jack. You've passed the first test. You were able to reply quite eloquently.

You see, you aroused this man’s curiosity by your happy demeanour. In fact, he doesn’t mind sharing with you, and you alone mind, that he suspected you were on this site to {AHEM} “Take the piss” as the street types would say.

So there we have, you appear genuine.

Now, carry on as before...

Blofeld, you remain your despicable self. Thought you should know that...

Pip Pip !

22 October 2013 at 19:51  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! How lovely to welcome a happy person into our little community. Dear Jack, whenever you pass by our cathedral close here in Barchester, do feel free to knock on our door. My Lord's Chaplain, has a particular fondness for those whose innocence and trusting nature shines forth: without doubt he will clasp you to his bosom. I will provide Bath Olivers. But dear Avi, one feels somewhat ignored...perhaps I am losing my grip. No matter, a quick consultation with Wallis Simpson will put things right.

22 October 2013 at 19:57  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

And, dearest Avi, might I add that my avatar is by no means disembodied thanks to several yards of good honest whalebone...

22 October 2013 at 20:00  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack respectfully enquires of the Inspector if that is an apology or, as we street types say, "a crock of malarkey"?

22 October 2013 at 20:05  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Happy Jack. It’s an apology of sorts, son. Now, put it in your pocket, and wherever you go, it will bring you good luck, not that you seem to need any...

22 October 2013 at 20:10  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack says a big "Hello" to you too Mrs Proudie! Jack does enjoy a good bosom clasp. He also likes Bath Olivers, especially with a fine with cheese and country pickle.

22 October 2013 at 20:12  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear Jack, how gracious! But Malarkey is by no means a crock, dear boy. He's a residentiary canon here at Barchester and as far as I know, in excellent health.

22 October 2013 at 20:20  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Begging your full and ample pardons, Mrs Proudie, it was not my intent to ignore your dizzying presence, but merely my attempt not to crowd and stifle a Lady...or find myself ingloriously impaled on a loose whalebone bit in your corset. A risk, I note with avuncular pride, our new friend, Happy Jack, appears to willing to embrace rather manfully.

22 October 2013 at 20:36  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Worry not dear Avi, I have a packet of hobnobs here with your name on it. My pardons are usually ample, I'm pleased to say; its the bombazine that does it.

22 October 2013 at 20:43  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Kind Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack hopes he has not offended and that he might also receive a good bosom clasp from the canon should he ever wander into you Cathedral.

Happy Jack humbly thanks you Inspector and accepts your apology. Jack never collects apologies. He has no room in his pockets as they are full of Falling Stars.

22 October 2013 at 20:45  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Good Heavens, Mrs P, and I suspect "with my name on them" is not just a figure of speech but a literal, physical rendering of the expression. You're a femme fatal indeed....

22 October 2013 at 21:15  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hi Happy Jack,

Thanks for your nice poem for me and stuff (: !

Now don't be put off by Mr Inspector, despite Mr Avi's 'horror stories'. Despite his apparent bluff, jaunty musings, which can sometimes make him look like a racist, homophobic, sexist pig, I don't think he is at all any of these things, but that deep down there is a kind, tender, old fashioned gentleman like outlook that reminds me of how my uncle used to be like. So one doesn't want to hear a bad world against Mr OIG... however silly he sometimes gets with his stuff. I hope he manages to find a soulmate, who is fun, good looking and understanding (:

22 October 2013 at 21:46  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Dear all

Just heard astounding news on the wires..Vatican to form it's own cricket team and play CofE First XI at Lord’s in London next summer.
Hope His Grace still has influence for himself to go in as opening at..Ooops. You don't think the trophy will be called The Ashes and we may be asked to play on a sticky wind us up before entering the field??

Hmmm... must give this jovial opening from The Vatican some thought but in the meantime Baggsie the number 3 position in batting order!


22 October 2013 at 21:46  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hi Blowers,

Could you do a quip on the Israeli Cricket club verses the Taliban ?

22 October 2013 at 21:50  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


“I believe a lot of Jesuit schools in Argentina play cricket, but whether he’s actually been to a game, I’m not sure,” said Mr McCarthy, a former trustee of the legendary Sydney Cricket Ground." Jesuits...Cricket...Argies...Strewth it could a very short ecumenical match.



Uncle Henry said he'd commentate for a nice slice of cake and a cup of Darjeeling!!!

22 October 2013 at 21:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Hannah. One does believe you have the length of this man, if you would pardon the phrase. Can one inquire on how Lord Lavendon is ?

22 October 2013 at 22:19  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Lawks a mercy! My hobnobs are not lethal, dear Avi, so rest assured. Now, I do declare we have strayed far from the path of this posting, so perhaps we should honour our gracious host by returning to it. I understand the Vatican is experienced in banking, dishing out Ambrosia to those who travail and have fallen by the wayside, such as the ex-royal houses of Europe and those promoting 'what's ours.' I'm sure the curia would lend a hand - Mr. Slope swears he can pick up a cleric willing to do that on any old street corner of the capital.

22 October 2013 at 22:24  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Hannah said...

"Hi Blowers,

Could you do a quip on the Israeli Cricket club verses the Taliban ?" Indeed I could but would it not be better to first have to explain key terminology to the Taliban team, to ensure there are no misunderstandings that could lead to...err..problems??

Agricultural shot: this is a swing across the line of the ball (resembling a scything motion) played without much technique.(This does not mean using farming fertiliser and ball bearings to bring the match to an 'exiting' conclusion for the opposing team and fans)

Appeal: the act of a bowler or fielder shouting at the umpire to ask if his last ball took the batsman's wicket. (This is not something that Sharmishta Chakrabarti lodges on your behalf with the supreme court)

Anchor: a top-order batsman capable of batting for a long duration throughout the innings.(This is not something that one uses to weigh down material witnesses off the coast of Somalia nor is it the name of Infidel butter)

Approach: The motion of the bowler prior to bowling the ball. (This is not running onto the pitch with heavy laden rucksack shouting Allahu Akbar)

Asking rate: the run rate at which the team batting second needs to score to catch the opponents score in a limited overs game. (This is not you asking Mustapha how many infidels the Imam said it would take get you those virgins)

Backing up: The non-striking batsman leaving his crease during the delivery in order to shorten the distance to complete one run.(This is not you confirming that abdul heard right, the christian mentioned the name of Muhammad (peace be upon him), stone him)

Bail: one of the two small pieces of wood that lie on top of the stumps to form the wicket. See Appeal (This not something that Sharmishta Chakrabarti blah blah).

Bang (It) :Into bowl a delivery on a shorter length with additional speed and force. (You vile filthy man, may Allah have mercy on you for even thinking that is what it meant)

Bye: extras scored in the same way as normal runs when the ball does not make contact with any part of the batsman (bat, protective gear, body parts). ( This is not something you shout when you see the guided missile locked in on your position and coming in fast..Run Ahmed RUN!!)

Carrom ball: a style of slow bowling delivery in which the ball is released by flicking the ball between the thumb and a bent middle finger in order to impart spin. (This is not the annual dance of the busty burkhas at the Kasbah Nightclub in Kabul)

Charge: when the batsman uses his feet and comes out of his batting crease towards the bowler, trying to hit the ball.(This is not a detonating gently put the Semtex down very sllloooowly and stay calm, it was a joke)

Cherry: another name for the ball, typically Australian. (This is not the thing you take from one of those 71 virgins you may meet should you succeed in any dastardly plans against us.

Chuck: to throw the ball instead of bowling it. (Ahh, you know what this one means...Nooo I said BALL!!!)

Contrived circumstances: Unusual tactics which are intended to achieve a legitimate outcome, but result in wild statistical abnormalities; for example, deliberately bowling extremely poorly to encourage a quick declaration.( It does not mean that the pigeon that pooed on Yusefs head or the dog that tripped up Fatima was a Mossad operative)

See Hannah, I'm barely out of C in the glossary.

Let's just not play the's too time consuming and they'd only behead us all if we won. ;-)

22 October 2013 at 22:52  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

A misunderstanding, Mrs P, femme fatal in the sens of an alluring Lady who can lead an unwary Gentleman to stumble, or at east to ungentlemanly thoughts. I literally imagined my name inscribed in Hebrew, perhaps in the Rashi style, on your undoubtedly lovely, sweet hobnobs. (O for goodness sake, you naughty-minded Americans here! Look up "hobnobs;" a kind of cookie)

22 October 2013 at 22:54  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Hannah said...

Ps..Thanks, that reminds me, I am now going to watch Homeland episode 4..*Chortling*


22 October 2013 at 22:58  
Blogger Martin said...

Nationalisation is dead. It won't happen. Privatisation happened because of the EU, but we weren't told that of course. The EU cannot tolerate a monopoly that is restriv=cted to a single state within the union. Full Stop.

22 October 2013 at 22:59  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Miss Hannah, I had my suspicions yesterday when you mentioned a shivah and I mumbled the Hebrew formalities, but was afraid to ask.

It is your uncle, Lord Lavendon. Agh. This is shocking, sad news. I had a delightful rapport with him on almost every topic, everything from the composition of the universe, to the history of the table banana and his friend, Lord Cavendish, who brought it to the world in the form we know it. His class, perception and wit... Among the last of the true, old world nobility, a gentleman, a man of conviction, an admirable Christian with a love for Jews as a people and a tolerant, supportive love for his orphaned Jewish nephews and nieces. You and your entire family have my sincere, heart-felt condolences and sympathies for the incredible loss you must feel. I will presently raise a glass of whisky in his memory and read a few Psalms for the merit of his noble soul and bid all good evening and good night.

22 October 2013 at 23:10  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


"Miss Hannah, I had my suspicions yesterday when you mentioned a shivah and I mumbled the Hebrew formalities, but was afraid to ask. "

Goodness, where did that just come from?? I looked up the thread but nothing?

Sincerest condolences, Hannah my dear, on your loss.


22 October 2013 at 23:15  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Condolences, dear Hannah. We have not exchanged missives, you and I, but I feel for you and will pray for you when next in the Lady Chapel at Barchester.

23 October 2013 at 06:37  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Hannah:" I hope he manages to find a soulmate, who is fun, good looking and understanding (:"

I'm not available, in case he was wondering. ;)

23 October 2013 at 06:52  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Condolences, Hannah.

A great gentleman.

23 October 2013 at 08:25  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hello All,

Trying to get this all into a single post,so we don't get to 300 comments and way off topic, but -

To Inspector,

Thanks for asking, but unfortunately uncle's traveled to the undiscovered country.

To Avi:

Thank you for those kind words, & yes a few Psalms and whiskey sounds great, make it a good one (:

Explorer and Ernsty, thanks to you both for your kind regards as well & also to Ian Cad also expressed similar sentiments on another thread (I didn't realise, btw, that cricket was such a complicated game!).

Danjo, ROFL, that would be quite an odd couple pairing, so thankfully it seems like not an option! (:

23 October 2013 at 11:09  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Happy Jack

For all like you that suffer injustice and the cold heart of humanity.

And God spake all these words unto IDS, saying,

1. I am the Lord thy God of of the Hard Working People And Families' tribe. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (except Allah (Insha'Allah), and his followers.Natch!!).
2. Thou shalt not sell any objects in thy possession or any thing given to you by charity to make ends meet, to selleth upon ebay without contacting HMRC or Jobcentre plus first. The Lord thinks it is unlawful and could effect thy pittance from the Lord thy God of of the Hard Working People And Families' tribe. For I, the Lord thy God of the Hard Working People And Families' tribe am a jealous but just God, visiting the iniquity of the claimants upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of shirkers that doeth this; but showeth mercy and not a court hearing unto thousands of them that inform me and my agencies, and adhereth to my limitations of freedom (except Allah and his followers.Natch!!).
3. Thou shalt not claim the benefit from the Lord thy God in vain for thou art expected to attend in person weekly, no exceptions; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his benefit in vain (except Allah and his followers, who are begged politely NOT to attend in person at these Agencies as we at the DWP, are delighted to have you claiming.Natch!!). .
4. Remember the 366th day, to keep it holy. 365 days shalt thou claim ESA, and do all that the Jobcentre plus biddeth work, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art : But the 366th day is the cut off set by the Lord thy God: after it thou shalt not claim anymore benefits, thou shirker , nor thy shirking dependents, nor thy shirking pets within thy residence: For in 365 days did the the Lord the cut off the wherefore the Lord blessed the 366th, and enforced it, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art (except Allah and his followers.Natch!!)..
5. Honour thy father and thy mother as they may need to support you when should you benefit becomes zero after the 365th day, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art : so that thy days may be longer than 365 upon the land and thy hath a roof over thy head.
6. Thou shalt not have a life of thine own, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art, without a Jobcentre Plus agents' prior agreement (except Allah and his followers.Natch!!).
7. Thou shalt not dare go down the pub or a cinema or generally enjoying thyself, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art (except Allah and his followers who may have important busines to do there.Natch!!)..
8.Thou shalt not make univeral benefit claims without 2 medical letters (cost upwards of £40 each) with all supporting documentation, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art (except Allah and his followers.Natch!!).. .
9. Thou shalt not take any witness/es on thy ATOS interview or Jobcentre Plus assessments, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art (except Allah and his followers who are begged politely not to attend. Do ignore the letter.Natch!!).
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s without first informing Jobcentre Plus or ATOS of this change of circumstance as this will affect thy generous pittance handed to thee by the Lord thy God of of the Hard Working People And Families' tribe, as thou art a benefit claimer and a benefit claimer thou art (except Allah and his followers.Natch!!)

23 October 2013 at 11:30  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

and IDS did descend down Mount Chingford and all the Hard Working People And Families saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet from the Department of Works and Pensions, and the mountain at Chingford smoking: and when the shirkers, scroungers and luckless saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

And it came to pass, when IDS came down from mount Chingford with the two tables of testimony in IDS' hand, when he came down from the mount, that IDS wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

And when ATOS and all the worked on behalf of the DWP saw IDS, behold, the skin of his face shone; and the shirkers, scroungers and luckless were afraid to come nigh him.

And all the Hard Working People And Families who drew close, said unto IDS, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak direct to the shirkers, scroungers and the luckless, lest they hope in vain for money.

And IDS said unto the Hard Working People And Families , Fear not: for God is come to prove you right, and that his fear may be before the faces the shirkers, scroungers and the luckless, that they claim not.

And all the Hard Working People And Families answered together in one voice, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will make sure they do.

And IDS returned the words of the people unto the Lord.

23 October 2013 at 11:31  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

No thanks needed, Miss Hannah. So you should know, my toast in your uncle's memory in his memory, for which I was joined by my puzzled wife and my youngest:

"For my friend, Lord Lavendon, a true noble, a proud Anglican and a staunch friend of Israel, who I hope will not mind the raunchy Canadian whisky in this glass...but it's the only bottle that's escaped my raids. A brilliant, courteous witty chap, not easy to describe, but to say that he operated his own electrical dam on his lands and grew bananas, in England no less, would be a fair beginning. He was a True and Inimitable Character. A friend I never met in person and don't even know what he looked like...but somehow knew better than many. He was one of our own. I shall miss him and will always remember him. L'chaim and to simhas only!"

23 October 2013 at 13:17  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack thinks Mr Blowers is a bit of a rascal! He thanks him for making him chuckle with his pretend commandments.

Jack is very pleased to see that he is not forbidden to get a little by singing and making people happy. Or is this one of those oral rules given to IDS and part of this thing called tradition?

Jack has seen a nice lady from this ATOS place twice and didn't have to pay her. She said Jack was an "enigma". Jack didn't agree and said he wasn't that he comes from Cornwall.

23 October 2013 at 17:14  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Happy Jack said...

"Happy Jack thinks Mr Blowers is a bit of a rascal! He thanks him for making him chuckle with his pretend commandments."
Nonsense fella, twas your muse that inspired old Ernst.

Glad it put a smile on your face and showed how stupid the pronunciations of IDS are when parodied..It brings clarity, does it not?

Toodle Pip..


"Jack has seen a nice lady from this ATOS place twice and didn't have to pay her." Strewth, are they offering those types of services on the dole now.

Can't be long before OIG hands in resignation and trundles on down to Jobcenter (AHEM *Snort and Coughs*)...That must be what the Plus stands for after the term Jobcenter. Zowie!!

23 October 2013 at 18:01  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Hannah. A fellow stands stiffly to attention in memory of your uncle. An exemplary chap, and a sad loss for the comments section of this site...

23 October 2013 at 18:43  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hello Avi,

I think that was a wonderful toast!

So you can picture my uncle he had a baritone to bass voice, with the Derbyshire accent in constant conflict with Received Pronunciation; physically about 6 foot and a bit, with big shoulders, thin-ish with a craggy face, bright sapphire eyes and a mane of white hair, preferred braces to a belt, with a pocket watch and frock coat. I've been given his journals from 1st October 1938 to the present, as well as my grand, mum's and dad's diaries; about 140 years of stuff, but reading uncle's papers, I never knew how much, as a 15 year old could swear and rant about the Munich agreement.

Hello Inspector 'as you were' I think is the right phrase (:

23 October 2013 at 22:08  
Blogger bluedog said...

Hi Hannah, so very sorry to read of the loss of your uncle. You are lucky to have known him in person, but from his posts on this blog, one could get some small measure of a wonderful man. Condolences to your family, your uncle will be greatly missed.

24 October 2013 at 12:51  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hello Bluedog,

Thanks for that post.

25 October 2013 at 15:40  

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