The Great British Summer

We had a big storm last night. Today it is overcast, with drizzle, and more rain is forecast for the weekend. That could rule out any sortie into Central London.

On the news front, the authorities fear a measles epidemic. Apparently, parents are unwilling to vaccinate their children because of possible harmful side-effects. I notice that tuberculosis has also made a big comeback in the UK.

Looking for something for Mum in one of the wardrobes, I came across two albums full of beautiful old family photos going way back. I now have a scanner; I just need to find the time to use it.

My niece sent me an interesting item on Britain’s 646 MPs (Members of Parliament / House of Commons / Lower House). It included the following statistics:

29 have been accused of spouse abuse

7 have been arrested for fraud

19 have been accused of writing bad cheques

117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses

3 have done time for assault

71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

4 have been arrested on drug-related charges

8 have been arrested for shoplifting

21 are currently defendants in lawsuits

84 have been arrested for drink driving in the last year

My question is: are they different from for the people they represent or do they merely reflect the state of society in general? I suspect it is a case of the latter.

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3 Responses to The Great British Summer

  1. Hi Peter:

    Those statistics are very eloquent and show how politicians pollute the parties they represent.

    Good post.


  2. thebarrowboy says:

    Hi, Omar.

    I don’t enjoy posting negative stuff but people down South need to realize that things up North are not as great as they are cracked up to be.

  3. It’s true Peter. People living in underdeveloped countries have the erroneous perception that countries like the U.S., Canada, U.K. or Germany just to mention, a few are problem free.

    Reality is a different story. When I visited New York City in 1980, I couldn’t believe my eyes at the poverty scenes I saw just a few blocks from Broadway.

    Take care,


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