Alan Johnson is appointed shadow chancellor by new Labour leader, Ed Miliband, the BBC understands. That's what I read earlier. I can't say I'm surprised. After all, it's not very hard to understand, is it? The BBC is short for the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC understands. The BBC makes some television programmes, the BBC understands. Can they not say 'the BBC has heard'? Or 'the BBC has been informed'? Would that be too much of a commitment, such a degree of precision that it could get them into trouble, so that, in fact, they have to use a form of wording which leaves open the possibility that they may have received the information by way of their psychic powers? I'm pretty confident that the BBC do not possess psychic powers. I would furthermore suggest that they use some form of wording that does not leave open the possibility they they got the information via phone hacking. After all, the BBC do not have the government in their pockets and so cannot do that sort of thing with impunity the way their enemies can.
Remember what I was saying about honorary degrees the other day? Well done. What I didn't know when I wrote that bit was that Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen was about to give one to Donald Trump. I think it's for services to the three people in Aberdeenshire who would actually like a career shining the shoes of wankers at his tacky plaid-trimmed chromium golf course. The university's chancellor, Sir Ian Wood CBE, said "ooh Mister Trump sir, you are so great, may I shine your shoes?" Alex Salmond was unavailable for comment, as he's not that daft.
Before the mysterious powers of the BBC were saying that it was Johnson for chancellor The Guardian reported that Yvette Cooper was 'tipped' for shadow chancellor. They didn't put tipped in quotes, surprisingly, but they didn't actually mention anyone doing any tipping in the piece. They just said she looked to be in a strong position to become shadow chancellor, which is not the same thing at all. So what went wrong for her? Why did Johnson get it? I think the clue is in the very first line - "Yvette Cooper beats husband Ed Balls to win most votes in shadow cabinet elections". There's no excuse for that sort of behaviour. I don't even understand how that would get her more votes anyway. But tittle tattle paints Ed Balls as a bit of a thug, so maybe some of the more nasty elements amongst Labour MPs will vote for anyone that assaults him, unless there's more than one, then it would be whovever did it most, presumably. This saddens me. There's too much violence in the world, and there's too much cruelty in politics, we need less of them, not more. Whatever Ed Balls is like and whatever he has done, two wrongs don't make a right.
Oh, I nearly forgot, I went to my first fashion show last night, an Alice in Wonderland-themed show by Rag Tag 'n' Textile as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. It was ace, I hope they do another show next year.
I just remembered earlier that my daughter is doing a 15k sponsored walk with her school today. I was proud of her for a couple of seconds before thinking 'oh shit, I sponsored her a tenner'.
that's all from me for now
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