So, it came as no surprise that, no sooner had the referendum finished than people were clamouring for a second one!
On Friday morning, pro-Brexit voters were already ruing their decision – how unfortunate that nobody mentioned, beforehand, that a Leave vote might result in massive currency fluctuations. One such creature, Adam (pictured soft right), told the Daily Mail:
I’m a bit shocked to be honest. I didn’t think that was going to happen. I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.
It’s that sort of thinking which resulted in Hartlepool electing a monkey as mayor.
Meanwhile, a vastly popular petition (Gabrielquotes passim) called for a re-vote. (A second, slightly cheekier petition added that the England v Iceland game should be re-played if we lose because that would be like well unfair.) The EU petition was signed by a curious number of people from outside the UK, including 39,000 from the Vatican City, which has a population of 800. Odd. Ironically, it was initiated before Thursday’s vote, by a pro-Brexit campaigner who was worried about a narrow Remain victory. Bet he’s not too happy now.
If you enjoyed this satire on the disadvantages of petitions, you might also enjoy this rant about the disadvantages of petitions.
A pizza the action
I blush to refer to our European partners in this post, but I do have to report that the Italian senate has called for pizza-making to be regulated and subject to formal qualifications.
According to the BBC:
Aspiring pizzaioli would have to pass a theoretical and practical exam after undertaking training.
The practical exam will last around 40 minutes and is said to include:
- The candidate demonstrating their skill at emergency topping
- 10 minutes of independent tossing
- At least one of the following manoeuvres:
- Successfully putting an egg on a Fiorentina
- Using one of those long wooden things in an oven
- Not falling asleep at the pizza wheel
- Selecting an appropriate bay
- Applying up to 15 minor toppings and no more than one major topping
One senator who opposes the plans, Pam O’doro, told reporters: “This is not necessary. Selecting meats, vegetables and salad leaves as pizza toppings is easy. It’s not rocket science.”
Police, camera, regulation
The College of Policing has unveiled new guidelines for undercover police officers, which specify that they may only engage in sexual activity with a suspect if “proportionate” and “to mitigate an immediate threat”. They should also only have sex “to the minimum extent necessary” and “must record it”. Sounds eminently reasonable.
The guidance also goes into detail on the process of “legend building” (aka. ‘telling porkie pies’) and helpfully warns:
All undercover staff should be aware of the dangers posed by exposure of their true identity on social media.
Time to delete those Snapchats then… (Yes Tom Watson that means you.)
Officers are also cautioned not to do anything which “could have a negative impact on the reputation of undercover policing” – though it’s hard to think of anything which could tarnish the reputation of undercover policing any further.
Jewish human rights klutz
The Fruitcake & Loony Association, trading as Jewish Human Rights Watch, has been slapped down by the High Court for appointing itself as a representative of the Jewish community and trying to stifle free speech within local councils.
JHRW and its director Jonathan Neumann (pictured far right) took Leicester, Swansea and Gwynedd councils to court in a bid to prevent them from passing resolutions boycotting illegal settlements in the West Bank. It never occurred to them that, er, dialogue and education might be more productive than a summons.
According to Neumann, a council boycott of West Bank settlements “amounts to a get-out-of-town order for Leicester’s Jews”.
He and his crazy friends are appealing Tuesday’s decision to the Court of Appeal, claiming that “councils can now call for a ban on homosexuals and for black people to have to leave town”.
Lucky there’s no hideous exaggeration or overstatement going on then.
JHRW, which has literally never issued a press release without some arbitrary reference to the Nazis, has previously threatened legal action against pubs for allowing pro-Palestinian activists to enter, and against the University of Cambridge for allowing its students to protest against Israel.
Although not a charity itself (and therefore under no obligation to disclose where it gets its vast budget from), JHRW has also reported anti-Israel charity War on Want to government regulators. The government will not accept such complaints unless the complainant has first “given the charity a chance to address the issue” – so Neumann duly recorded the nature of his dialogue and respectful engagement with the charity:
Demonstrations outside their offices and their Annual General Meeting. They were not interested in our concerns.
The assertion that JHRW consulted widely among the Jewish community before bringing the claim was not supported by any evidence.
Those Tory leadership candidates in full
On the subject of loonies, with Cameron gone, the ol’ Conservvies will need to select a new leader. As Ladbrokes is taking thousands of pounds on the outcome of the contest, Gabrielquotes takes you through some of the runners and riders.
- Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – Evens – as with Donald Trump, best known for his hair. Seems unwilling to make cuts.
- Theresa Icequeen – 11/4 – widely seen as a threat to civil liberties due to her tendency to turn her opponents to ice by giving them one of her trademark stony stares. Obsessed with power; can she Let It Go?
- Picky Morgan – 25/1 – as an Equalities Minister who opposes same-sex marraige, Morgan has a reputation for achieving the unachievable. Could she bring back the party’s glory days?
- Jacob Rees-Oligarch – 33/1 – appeals to the paternalistic, fox-hunting, ultra-rich, ‘we’ve been here since Anglo-Saxon times, haven’t you?’ wing of the party.
- Justine Greening – 50/1 – her revelation last weekend that she’s lesbian was hailed by George Osborne as “best news of the last 48 hours”. Could that slightly odd comment be a veiled endorsement?
- Katy Bourne-Conspiracy – 74/1 – politics has been called ‘the deadliest dance’ and who better to take it on than Sussex’s Police & Crime Commissioner née ballet teacher?
- Donald Tusk – 300/1 – the man to bring down the system from within?
- Jeremy Corbyn – 350/1 – he’s going to be looking for another job soon, and unlike any of the other contenders, he already has party leadership experience.
Jezza and out
On the subject of Jeremy – the London Corbital – I must be just about the only member of the Labour Party who has neither resigned from nor been appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in the last week.
Despite an unprecedented rebellion and vote of no confidence far in advance of the referendum’s ‘people has spoken’ 52%, Corbyn is staying on in office because it would be “a betrayal” to resign. Meanwhile, the party has (at time of writing) failed to challenge him for the leadership because the two most obvious contenders have been “unable to agree which of them should be the unity candidate”.
And there I was thinking that the hallmark of a unity candidate was that there didn’t have to be an almighty row to establish who it should be.
Not only have Shadow Cabinet ministers been resigning, but, according to various news sources, various “junior shadows” have also resigned, to spend more time with the Vashta Nerada.
(Put a joke here about how we’ve just done a second Brexit from the Euros. Bet no-one else will think of doing that. -Ed.)