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Mick Harper
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Yes, I fear you are right. We must get used to having our leaders chosen by desk sergeants. It would make a difference if Starmer was personally popular or even an electoral asset. If he was either something would be cobbled together. As it is he will have to go with our best wishes while we wait to see what tomfoolery the Labour Party next serves up for our baffled inspection. But if you think he or she will be some incomparable combination of weirdness and dullness wait and see who Boris's successor will be.

Maybe our great offices of state should be lottery prizes. Not one of the big ones obviously but an alternative to, say, winning £250 on a scratch card. I'd do a six month stint as Culture Secretary for that. But I'd want my own desk and a subsidised canteen. And a car to and from. My back's been giving me awful gyp. In fact, sod it. I'm not going to do it. They've got a cheek.
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Mick Harper
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We must not be complacent Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education.

On the contrary, Nadir, that's exactly what you should be. Most of the harm done is when people panic and start looking at how to win over Mondeo Man or whatever. Whatever happened to him anyway? Bought by the Japanese I suppose.

Oh and by the way, Nads, you're next in line for PM so don't even think about scuttling off back to Iraq or whatever hellhole you come from. We've got all the harbours and airports watched.
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Wile E. Coyote


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Whilst I am always in favour of new thinking, Wiley can't help thinking that until Putin actually declares a war, his troops will struggle. Putin seems to have bought into this new idea of hybrid warfare (Gerasimov doctrine), and can't see that this might work in a messy chaotic civil war like Syria, but not in a more conventional war (for that is surely what it is) against Ukraine. If Russia had done the basics from the start, with declaring a war, mobilising both the Russian military and civilian population, using force maximisation, destroying key infrastructure, and logistics, etc they would, no doubt, have been in Kiev, knocking back vodka by now. Need to keep it simple and obvious.
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Mick Harper
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You're wasted as the CIGS of a small offshore island like ours, Wiley.
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Wile E. Coyote


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It won't be a small island, by the time we have retaken Angers.
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Mick Harper
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You twat. Now they'll be waiting for us.
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Mick Harper
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Ah, I see. That's what you want them to think. Clever.
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Mick Harper
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Does anyone remember Crossrail? I was reminded of it watching the new Secrets of the London Underground series and wondered what had happened to it. I'd even forgotten the name but I remembered it was called the Elizabeth Line so I googled that only to find that it is opening this month.

It is years late and all because of what they call 'signalling problems'. I pointed out at the time this was not possible because the amount of signalling complexity on such a simple system is negligible and signalling is anyway such a known art that they could have put in a slower, i.e. with less headway between trains, anytime they wanted. I'm saying all this because there's something up that they're not telling us about and maybe we'll find out now it's opening. But I doubt it.

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M J Harper
ex-Leading Hand, St John's Wood, Jubilee Line
ex-Station Supervisor, Ladbroke Grove, Hammersmith & City Line
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The rumour is that during the dig they uncovered an alien space craft. Fortunately the Covid bug was deadly to the invaders
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Wile E. Coyote


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The Russians need to declare a war. No doubt they were hoping to take the Ukrainians by surprise with their river pontoon crossings under potential enemy artillery bombardment, and feared that a "declaration" would signal to the Ukrainians they were trying for a massive breakthrough, but this has now failed twice. They are trying the most complicated stuff (surprise high risk river crossings) when if they have the overwheming numbers (this was after all the point of the "feints" to tie the Ukrainians to defend key cities like Kiev and Kharkiv) they really shouldn't need to do this. Why try risky stuff when you don't need to?

A good big guy will normally beat a small good guy in a fist fight, he doesn't need to be smarter.

Perhaps it is because Putin is only five foot five?
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