Friday, 1 May 2015

12 Floréal CCXXIII

"The French Revolution caused great loss of life, liberty, fraternity, etc., and was, of course, a Good Thing, since the French were rather degenerate at the time; but Napoleon now invented a new Convention that the French should massacre all the other nations and become top nation, and this, though quite generate, was a Bad Thing."
Sellar & Yeatman, 1066 and all that

Next Thursday the voters of this land go to chose members of one of the most successful revolutionary institutions in the world. Yes I do mean Parliament, which was formed to restrain Plantagenet excesses,  and which has led two revolutions, beheading one king and overthrowing another and creating the means to hold Government to account. Well that's what it says in the textbooks and they wouldn't lie to me would they? Obviously all thought of revolution has gone out of the place, I hear the old building is nearly falling down (perhaps with the members still inside, perish that seditious thought!). But we live in troubled times, so they say, and this next parliament could see the exit from the EU, the break up of the UK and the immiseration of millions. Or not, as the case may be. Probably not, but I doubt heads will fall in any case that's not the style these days instead a place in the Lords awaits any failed minister.
Personally I’ll just sit here and watch the river flow, I hear Chelsea will win the Premier League this year, Hull look like staying up and did you see England win the cricket the other day, and will it be a Royal boy or girl and ain't it cold for Spring?

Today's image for the City Daily Photo theme of Revolution is from a ghost ride at Hull Fair, a celebration for the local yokels of things going round and round and getting nowhere at their own expense.


  1. It has a suitably demonic look.

  2. I agree with William ... very demonic.

  3. I enjoyed this post so much Bill, you have a way with words.. you may keep your head for a while longer :)

  4. You packed a lot into this revolutionary post!

  5. Well, the exit of the EU would quite stup.... I mean revolutionary!

  6. Hah! Loved it, BB. I like the text to be as good as the image, and bugger the rest of them. I have to give due thought to "immiseration" and whether you just concocted it. I note, though, that new words/expressions win awards, so praps that is your angle.

    1. Glad you liked the text. I'm guilty of having read too many marxist, trotskyist, leninist and the restist articles when young and some of their catchy cliches stuck in the memory. I thought 'immiseration' was too good a word to leave solely to Marxist scholars and the like.