Relentless political activist John Elworthy (my opinion, he may feel otherwise) has popped up on Twitter railing against the “bile” that he feels is present in “some local town politics.”  He tries this a lot – apparently unaware that the game is up and most people are now aware of the political bias present in sections of our local press.  It’s not underground anymore, it’s pretty well known.

He isn’t entirely wrong though.  It sure is bitter out there.  It’s pretty unpleasant most of the time, but it gets a lot worse as elections loom.  Elworthy smiles and nods through the bile spewed by his pals, while trying to exaggerate comments made by those he appears not to approve of, or take them out of context.  Also, while casually ignoring the part he and his newspaper play in all this.

Prowling private feeds, the opposition (and, as everybody knows, I include the local Editor as one of that group) look for things to take offence to.  They get themselves mighty mixed up while doing so too.  This week, one pertpetually-offended member of the opposition got very upset about something somebody said on Facebook.  She demanded I delete it, even though I didn’t say it.  I took a look at the term used, which was “media whore”, and had a sense of deja vu.  This is because this individual got upset previously about the same term being used elsewhere and demanded it be immediately removed.  (Oddly, I was told I am “responsible” for what is said on “my blog.”  Except, it wasn’t my blog, or anybody’s blog.  It was Facebook.  And I’m certainly not responsible for what people say there if they are not me.)

Now the term “media whore” is commonly-used.  I could drop in a bunch of links of it being used in media, by judges, by journalists and in general parlance to demonstrate that it’s just a descriptor like many others which means “somebody who will do anything to get in the media.”  The complainer felt that it was “filth” – so I presume that the term was being mistaken for another use of one of the words.  Incorrectly so, I felt.  Either way, these weren’t my comments, they were those of private individuals.  The complainer has an overblown sense of paranoia where apparently everything is “set up” and leads back to me, somehow.  It couldn’t possibly be that people just don’t agree with her, could it?  Nope.  Apparently not.  It’s all some sort of diabolical plan*.

Anyway, she has been telling people that she has “gone to the Police” about something or other said on Facebook previously.  I don’t know anybody who has been contacted by the Police, so gawd knows what she is referring to.  But it has previously seemed to be the previous use of the term “media whore” which was made by a gentleman called Simon on a Discussion Forum.  They really don’t like being challenged, these people.  Their arguments fail pretty quickly when members of the public take them on, and so they seem to prefer to try and avoid scrutiny altogether through any means available.  I’ve had reports of private messages being sent either whining about “how sad they are about what was said” or making vague threats about the Police and stuff.  I don’t know if anybody  is intimidated by them, I hope not, since its a crock.

I could sit here and paste up a bunch of nasty and unpleasant comments made by members of the opposition.  I do have quite a collection of screenshots going back some time.  I could moan about the stuff that’s been said about me (some of it on the Facebook page and online letter responses on the Wisbech Standard) which are quite a lot nastier than “media whore.”  But that’s really not my way.  In the same way that I don’t run crying to the Standard’s Board every time Dave Patrick makes a personal attack, makes (incorrect) comments about my businesses, brings my family members into arguments.  In the same way that I don’t blubber like a baby when the opposition play silly word games to try and suggest unpleasant things about me.  I don’t expect an even hand from the local press – I gave up on that years ago.  I don’t even expect the truth, also a lost cause with these people.  Nor do I write letters demanding that they delete this “bile” that they spew and nor do I try and gain my own pet editor to fight my battles for me.

The truth is pretty simple.  Some people do their best to try and improve our town, to deal with policy debates logically and to be open and transparent.  Other people snivel, whine, pull the strings of their media puppets and declare themselves “victims” when they are the instigators of almost every mean thing that happens.  This is why you can determine where the “bile” began in this town.  It doesn’t take a lot of effort to look back and see just when the mood changed.  It was the arrival of a certain husband and wife team on the scene which changed the mood.  A husband and wife team with years of experience in politics at national, international and local level, who have a long record of falling out with folks due to their attitude and style.

The best thing about people like this is that they can put on masks and pretend to be something they are not and it works for a while.   But it does not work forever.  And when it does finally come crashing down it does so with a boom!  I hope its sooner rather than later.  But I have faith it will happen eventually.

Who Is Afraid Of The Purple People Eater?

Who Is Afraid Of The Purple People Eater?

Over on Twitter, the Bucknors have flown into “full defensive mode” after I pointed out (on this blog) how keen they seemed to be for a significant council tax rise.  Now, to be fair, I did make a mistake on the original post.  Michael Bucknor isn’t on the Overview & Scrutiny committee.  I think I get so used to thinking of them like a single entity that I forget where one ends and the next begins, but it was my error (now corrected.)  So apologies Michael, my bad.  Nevertheless, Virginia did vote for a rise.  So did almost everybody else, sure, but I never said otherwise.  In fact, I was quite clear that I was the only person on the committee who voted against.

Just a week or two ago newspaper Editor John Elworthy referred to my comments in this blog about Wisbech Town Council freezing Council Tax by demanding to know if I was going to “challenge a Council tax rise in Fenland as recommended to Cabinet at FDC.”  It’s great to see that all these people – the Bucknors, Taxi Dave, John Elworthy, those UKIP fellows, basically the entire opposition- read my blog.  I am very glad to be of service.  The answer, John, is “Yes.”  I am reliably consistent in my opposition to Council Tax rises.  I am always open to discussion and debate about it and I try to keep an open mind, but my general feeling in the last few years has been: “Let’s try not to do it.”  Everybody knows this, it is no secret.

Of course, O & S only makes a recommendation and the final decision about what the new level of Council Tax might be will be up to Full Council.  I’ll make the best case I can.  I don’t know what the outcome will be but I have faith that whatever it is – it will be after a serious and significant debate in the proper way.

Amidst the Twitter “storm in a teacup” of bitter Bucknoresque badgering Virginia accused me of being “scared of UKIP.”  She’s right, in a sense.  I do find them scary, as should anybody with half a brain who cares about fairness, equality, community and sensible policy.  But she wasn’t referring to their policy or record in local government, she was referring (I believe) to this year’s elections.  Now I am aware that not many of the local political groups are actually able to “run the numbers” and not many have the manpower or the organisation skills to analyse election results and canvassing.  But I think the Bucknors probably do.  In which case, they must surely know that the strongest ward for UKIP in the area, both on paper and based on recent election results, is Waterlees.  So if the Purple People Eater casts a long shadow anywhere, it must surely be there.

Maybe their sudden frenetic activity and desperation to accuse others of fear is simply a carefully crafted message?  “Nothing to see here.  Not in Waterlees.  Move along.  Nothing to see.”  Now UKIP may not be the most savvy of election analysts, and they weren’t even present at the County Council election count to see those votes pour out of those boxes – but I reckon they’d have to be pretty stupid not to know where the majority of their support came from.  Which maybe explains why Michael Bucknor has gone from calling UKIP people “bigoted racist extremists” to being remarkably shy about repeating his claims.  Which maybe explains why Dave Patrick – a long-time Bucknor ally – has moved to UKIP.  It’s all a bit desperate.  I can’t see UKIP falling for it.

Statistics – January 2015

Statistics – January 2015

I thought I’d have a quick look at the blog statistics today and I was pleasantly pleased by the start that has been made in 2015.  Given that I’ve not been able to blog as much as I sometimes do I’d expected a drop off in visitors but it’s been quite solid.  There have been 37,989 visits in the last month with most people spending about 50 seconds (about as long as it takes to read a blog post!).  So still comfortable resting at about half a million visitors a year, give or take some false positives and other internet tomfoolery.

By far the most popular post was Crying Wolf – which concentrated on Taxi Dave’s attempts to twist the words of the Mayor to his own ends.  I’m glad the truth about that has reached plenty of people.  The second most popular post was The Mysterious Meeting – also about Taxi Dave.  I think I should probably thank Taxi Dave this month given that he is providing such excellent content for me and bringing in so many readers.  Thank you, Dave.


Diary – 24th January 2015

Diary – 24th January 2015

This week has just flown by.

Monday I was at Overview and Scrutiny, where I was the only committee member to vote for a Council Tax freeze at Fenland District Council.  I noticed both Mrs. Bucknor voted quickly enough with her Independent allies to whack the sum up by 1.9%.  Yikes.  How come it is me left making the case for easing the burdens on hard-working tax-payers, while the Members for Waterlees happily vote for a hike that will surely be felt as hard in Waterlees as anywhere?  Disappointing but no need for panic – this stuff doesn’t get decided until Full Council and I’m confident that there’s a strong case for delivering a freeze so fingers crossed other Councillors agree.

Tuesday I was off to Hertfordshire to work in one of the businesses that Taxi Dave keeps telling me have “failed.”  Luckily enough, the staff remain quite busy and customers well-looked after.  But it’s hardly the first time the Cabinet Member for Taxis has gotten his facts completely wrong and I doubt it will be the last.  Clearly, my scrutiny of his activities is unwelcome so he’s turned to the personal attacks.  No doubt he’ll be telling the local paper how he is a “victim” shortly, while dishing out his bile.  I’m sure he thinks all this Machiavellian spin is some kind of Master Plan but I really don’t think anybody is fooled by it.  Like some kind of twisted Wizard Of Oz he continues to work his levers and trigger his smoke and mirrors without realising that the screen is down and his actions are plain to see.  Even the unconditional assistance of the Wisbech Standard is no longer sufficient cover, really.  Like I always say, the truth is out there.

On Wednesday I spent the day working in my other business that Dave Patrick keeps declaring “failed.”  It’s lucky he’s wrong, because gawd knows how I’d pay my bills otherwise. :)  Wednesday evening I was at the Area Conservatives A.G.M. where I have just completed my year as Deputy Chairman Membership.  I decided to step down, since I’m presently consolidating my work in my own District Ward.  I took many of these roles on before I won the Medworth election, so it’s useful now to free my time up again in order to be able to give more time and energy here at home.

On Thursday I spent the early part of the day catching up on paperwork and accounts and some Councillor casework.  Once that was clear I paid a visit to the gym and then went on to the Conservative Group Meeting at Fenland Hall in March.  I don’t think it’s any great secret that there have been a few disagreements over the last few months, but it was great to see the Conservative team back on track, working together and with a solid and positive plan for the future.  Every group is challenged from time to time – but the mark of a strong team is how they put differences aside under strong leadership and with respect for one another.

I had meetings with constituents in the morning on Friday, followed by a light lunch with colleagues.  This afternoon I was working on some campaign leaflets and other literature and then this evening I was the volunteer Quizmaster for a Fenrats Fundraising Quiz in Gorefield.  The quiz was well attended and I thoroughly enjoyed the company.

The Mysterious Meeting

The Mysterious Meeting

I promised myself I wasn’t going to write about Cllr. Dave Patrick again, but I just can’t resist.  Here he is “fuming” about how nobody turned up for his “meeting” about new play equipment.

Organiser Councillor Dave Patrick says, having spoken to Fenland District Council, he is still confident the park on Jasmine Close will get new equipment. But Cllr Patrick, who alongside FDC’s horticultural officer Kevin Wilkins also leafleted homes around the park area, is “disappointed” that the people of Walsoken didn’t come out to support the cause.

I like the term “organiser” used here.  What was organised, though?  An empty meeting?  Awesome.  He states that he leafleted all around the area in order to let people know that this meeting was on.  Yet immediately after the post in question  Helen Haestier says she did not receive a leaflet.  Meanwhile, over on the Wisbech Discussion Forum on Facebook, while Dave Patrick “fumes”, local people don’t sound immensely happy with him either:

Neil Huggins Didn’t know anything about it lol

Julie-Anne Wood I had no idea it was on until I read it on here last night.

Mike Carrington Maybe the event should’ve been at the weekend? (School children at school the report says). Or doesn’t the Councillor and Council Official work weekends? Perhaps the local residents were working on a week day? Just a thought.

Melissa Bullen Could have sent a leaflet home with school children to inform them….so many things in this town are so badly advertised…even if it’s in the papers, what you have to remember is….they are so picky as to where they deliver now as well

Kate Thorpe We haven’t had a leaflet at Krazy Dayz about this and we are just across the road we would have taken our children over from preschool as they would love to share their ideas. We have used the park for picnics but not much else to do there.

Rebecca McCourt I live jeffery avenue im.sure i never got a leaflet

Jo Newby I was about to ask if they went to the local schools and left leaflets to go in their book bags

Jo Newby Simple Lack of advertising then by the looks if it

Rachael Richardson Seem to be a lack of organisations as noone was even aware of event such a shame

Angela Wymer It says Councillor Patrick leafleted homes around the park. But one person in the area says they didn’t get a leaflet. So I can only surmise that Councillor Patrick didn’t leaflet enough houses but still wants a pat on the back for the few he did do.

Kim Taylor I’ve just been looking back over things and it doesn’t look like DP has done anything for Walsoken, maybe this is just pre-election stuff. Maybe he shouldn’t be blaming the people who he wants to vote for him!

Jamie Edwards My ex also didn’t receieve a leaflet I suppose he leafleted his own house.

Josh Garner Same old problem in this town, nothing is organised properly and nothing is advertised properly!

Rebecca McCourt My sister in law Michelle Bella Lloyd lives jeffery avenue too she didnt know about it either we would love to hear about whats happening for the kids

Dave continues to explain his “many years” of “badgering” for this:

He said: “Talking to Bob Ollier (FDC parks and open spaces manager), I’m sure there will be some play equipment for Walsoken but I’m so disappointed that with all the work that’s been put in – I’ve been badgering FDC for years about this – nobody could be bothered to turn up.

Nobody seems to have ever heard him “badger” for it before Rob McLaren began to mention it, but no doubt he has been doing so relentlessly “behind the scenes.”  He would have been in the newspaper about it, but he’s always so busy talking about other important stuff in the newspaper so there probably wasn’t time to fit it in.

“I know it was cold and children were at school but that doesn’t stop parents from coming along.”

True.  But never receiving a leaflet and knowing nothing at all about it might have stopped some of them.  Not the psychics, obviously, but surely some of the others?

Dave Patrick says: “At the end of the day, people say they want things but they really need to put in the effort to show they want things.”

Also true.  And some people only say they want things when there’s an election a couple of months away.  Strange.

A FDC spokesman said: “Some people have been asking for new play equipment in the park so the idea was to go along with pictures of different types of equipment and see which types people would like if we can secure external funding.”

So, back the the beginning of this article, when Dave Patrick said he was “still confident the park on Jasmine Close will get new equipment” what was this opinion based on?  Since the FDC Spokesman above is talking vaguely about looking at pictures and then potentially “looking for external funding.”  What is the cause of this sincerely held and clearly stated “confidence?”  It rather looks like presently there is no plan and no money.  I mean, sure, you have to start somewhere.  Fair enough.  I think I’d have started a few years ago myself, though.  What is it, six, seven years he’s been the Councillor for that area?  Clearly, he’s taking his new role as a UKIP Councillor seriously and following the Paul Clapp Method (tm) (patent pending) of getting things done.

Conference table



No matter how strong the foundations are, no matter how sound and long-lasting the structure – eventually everything reaches a point where it can no longer be patched back together.  Cracks and rents and small damage accumulates until what used to be easy to resolve becomes one major issue after another.  This is equally true of old machinery, old buildings, and even old institutions.

When is the breaking point reached?  At what time does the cost of repair outweight the value of doing so?  At what point do the custodians decide to just let it all come tumbling down?

Sometimes, if something is to survive it has to be allowed to fail.  So that from the wreckage, ground can be cleared, stock can be taken, and then the process of rebuilding from scratch can begin.  Either as a copy of the original form, or with changes and adjustments for the new time in which it is made.

Crying Wolf

Crying Wolf

And so it begins.  Election season has started early and all the usual tricks are in play.  We have the overblown claims of outrage.  The deliberate misrepresentation of what people say.  The demands for apologies.  Naturally all accompanied by the obligatory biased press coverage, zooming the favourites to front pages and places of prominence.

Check this one out.   Good old “Taxi” Dave Patrick is in the newspaper again and guess what it’s about this time?  It’s about taxis.  Of course it is.  Prime position on the front page is certainly valid for a simple remark made by the Mayor during a Council meeting which Dave decided was perfect for his purposes.  The purposes of maximum publicity, maybe?

The mayor of Wisbech has apologised to a taxi driver – and council colleague – after claiming cabbies charged “rip-off ” prices to customers on Christmas Day.

Except he didn’t claim “cabbies”, the plural, did any such thing.  He suggested that he felt the charge that one particular cab journey cost seemed to be a “rip off.”  Probably not a wise remark for him to make, but given that he was talking about a vulnerable lady suffering from dementia and a Christmas journey, I don’t think it’s unreasonable that he was concerned.

The comment was made at Wisbech Town Council on Monday when Councillor Michael Hill mentioned he had taken a woman to Peterborough Hospital on Christmas
Day to visit her husband, who suffers from dementia.  But UKIP councillor – and taxi drivers’ leader – Dave Patrick said the mayor’s comment was “offensive” and a “slur.”

Now hold on a second.  This is a UKIP Councillor?  Is this the same UKIP who are always complaining about “politically correct language” and always demanding the right to their “free speech?”  Yes, of course it is.  As usual what they seem to mean is “free speech” for anybody who is saying what they want to hear.  So let’s examine the claim.  How is this comment “offensive” or “a slur?”  In order to be offensive, there’d need to be a target to be offended by it.  The Mayor did not name any individual, nor did he suggest he was talking about “all taxi drivers” – so to whom is the comment offensive?  Only those determined to be offended, I would suggest.  To get the aforementioned media coverage.  If you talk about an anecdote concerning an individual case, but name nobody and suggest no individual as the subject of your comment, then it cannot possible be “a slur.”

Even so, when Dave Patrick leapt to his feet at the Council meeting and shouted about how furious he was, the Mayor was quick to point out he wasn’t referring to any individual, meant no insult to Cllr. Patrick and was happy to apologise if that had been misconstrued.  You’d have thought that Taxi Dave would have been happy with that.  But he couldn’t be, because if he had been happy to accept the clarification and apology he wouldn’t have been able to use his red hotline to get it on the front page.

Cllr Patrick said: “I believe his statement has brought his position of mayor and that of the council into disrepute.

Oh Yeah.  A personal anecdote about the cost of a taxi to an old lady with dementia at Christmas, naming nobody, is definitely “bringing the Council into disrepute.”  I tell you what does bring the Council into disrepute.  All these attempts to try and spin something out of nothing in order to get some cheap publicity.  For Goodness Sake give it a rest.

“He has also brought into question the integrity and honesty of all taxi drivers who worked hard on Christmas Day, giving up their own time meeting the needs of people wishing to visit their families.”

How has he?  He didn’t even mention them and he made no suggestion that his personal individual story related to all taxi drivers.  If this yarn is spun much longer it’ll have to be written up like one of the old Grimm tales, complete with a witch in the woods living in a house made of candy.

He said that many taxi drivers, including him, capped prices on Christmas Day taking a Peterborough journey down from a metered rate of £90 to £70.

Many?  So not all then?  Notice that slight twist of the word there?  “Many.”  Since he did not say “all” it is entirely possible that the Mayor encountered one of the ones who did not, isn’t it?  Is it not even possible that he may have encountered a rogue of some kind?  I don’t know, I wasn’t there.  But the way Dave Patrick seems to be calling the Mayor a liar is, in my opinion, bringing the Council into disrepute.  But don’t worry, I won’t take offense.  I’ve not mastered the art of being deliberately offended yet.

As an interesting aside, Dave Patrick popped up on Facebook last week.  We don’t often see him on Facebook so when he appears and posts something it’s a cause of interest.  This is what he said:

Utility bills namely electric and gas. Oil at its lowest for years at 50$ a barrel. Electricity and gas prices still to be reduced. While they are quick to put up prices have seen no decrease in home energy prices. It is the rocket and feather syndrome. Up like a rocket and down like a feather except the feather has not started to fall. RIP off or what???

So, you’ll notice the term “rip off” being used.  Isn’t that the exact same thing he is offended by when the Mayor said it?  So does this mean, as per Dave Patrick’s logic, that he has just delivered a slur to every single one of the tens of thousands of people working in the Electricity and Gas industries?  Has he brought the Council into disrepute by maligning them in this public way?  Of course he hasn’t.  He didn’t name individuals, and he’s entitled to his view – even if it is deliberately populist and sounding a little like it was delivered to his mailbox by Head Office.

If I understood his claim correctly, he was saying that the energy firms are “rip offs” because they are now paying less for one of the key items of expenditure involved in delivering their service to the public, but that they haven’t been quick enough to pass this saving on to the customers themselves.  A fair enough point.  So I suggested that there was another group who was also paying less for the exact SAME key item of expenditure and who had also not been quick to pass it on to the public.  Taxi Drivers.

Immediately Dave, and a couple of other Taxi Drivers, took offense at my comment.  (Though they stopped short of saying it was bringing the Council into disrepute.)  He wanted it to be an attack on Taxi Drivers and tried his best to take it that way.  Of course it was not.  It was simply a direct parody of his simplistic comment, using the precise same logic as he had employed.  The Taxi folk were quick to say that other costs to them had increased, that they were bound by bureaucracy, that times were hard.  I don’t doubt it.  I expect the energy firms would make very similar arguments, were they able to respond to his easy attack.  I know that the vast majority of our taxi drivers in Wisbech are decent, hard-working folk and we are lucky to have them.  I support them and the job they do one hundred percent.  I just don’t support their self-appointed champion and his poor attempts to create offense and drama where none was intended.

What I find telling, and it’s a shame the newspaper didn’t see fit to pick up on it, is this: Do you notice that Dave Patrick didn’t give a hoot about the old lady?  Wasn’t concerned that she might have been unfairly treated.  Didn’t want to know the details, or how she was, or how it all worked out.  He immediately sprung up to defend “all” taxi drivers against a remark aimed at just one incident.  No interest in the vulnerable old lady’s plight, not even prepared to consider that she might have been mistreated.  Don’t take my word for it – the article is clear.  He didn’t check, he didn’t say: “Give me the details and I’ll look into it.”  As far as I can see, he didn’t give a stuff.

What we have here is yet another case of Taxi Dave crying wolf.  Repeatedly.  I don’t blame him.  With the local newspaper complicit, he gets away with it and it serves him well.  For those people who like a little logic with their fairy stories, maybe it’s all a bit tiresome, but our new UKIP leading light is walking a well-trod path that he is remarkably familiar with.  He should remember the story of the boy who cried wolf though.  Eventually the community got tired of it and stopped listening, and that led nowhere good.

The boy who cried wolves - 'WAAAAAH, HAAAH, AAAAH!'

Having now heard a clarified version of this story, it was not the “lady” who suffered from dementia, but her husband.  She wanted to visit the husband in Peterborough.  I am informed that the reason Taxi Dave didn’t ask about the lady was because he already knew the details.  This would have been clearer if he had said so, rather than just shouting at the Mayor about how outraged he was.  The correct thing to do would have been to raise his hand to make a “point of clarification” and then to explain that he was aware of the situation and xxxx – whatever his points were.  Rather than to try and make it about “all taxi drivers.”

Council Tax Cut

Council Tax Cut

We had a great Wisbech Town Council meeting tonight. All sorts of interesting things, but chief one of note was the new budget delivered by Cllr Sam Hoy and agreed by Full Council.

I can confirm that Wisbech Town Council is delivering an (almost) 1% cut in Council Tax this year. Well, actually it’s a freeze, but it becomes a cut because of additional houses now paying tax in the area this year.

Still, good news, even if WTC is the smallest bit of the bill.

From The Lair Of Dr. Earth – Pt. 3

From The Lair Of Dr. Earth – Pt. 3

Previously on “From The Lair Of Doctor Earth” – Doctor Earth has set about terraforming NE Cambs in order to demoralise it’s electorate by putting hills in the way of their open views. 

“I think we need some more people, Mephisto,” Doctor Earth mused, stroking his black cat absently.  “I know we have Laurel & Hardy and that strange fellow who draws everybody, but we need to fill out our ranks.  I’ve been doing some research.  I think I know just who we need.”

“Meeeeeoooow,” Said Mephisto.

“It was quite clever, what I did.  I asked around and I said to people, who is the most hard-working conscientious and knowledgeable individual who I might be able to get to join my growing evil organisation?  I got a few names and crossed them all off the list.  You don’t want that sort – they might have their own ideas or something.  From the ones who were left, I asked myself, which of these is most likely to want to keep promoting their own private business?  Once I’d worked out the perfect target I sent Laurel around to see if he’d be interested.  And what do you know?  He was.”

The cat began meticulously cleaning its paws.

“Anyway, I was hoping to get a really big name super-villain to come down and announce my new recruit.  Doctor Doom, or the Red Skull, or that nice Magneto chap.  I even tried Hamburglar.  But they were all busy developing Doomsday Devices or stealing children’s lunches so I had to settle for that red-faced fellow in the tweed.  Never mind, make do and mend, I say.  Or better still, make do and destroy!”

Mephisto dropped from Doctor Earth’s lap and padded across the floor of the underground base towards his litter tray.

“No, no,” the supervillain cried urgently.  “Not there Mephisto!  That’s where I’m growing my new Fenland hills.  You’ll have to go outside this time.”

Mephisto gave him a hard look.

“Get over it, puss,” Doctor Earth sneered.  “I’m trying to conquer North-East Cambridgeshire.  I don’t have time for your delicacies.”

Oh don’t you?  Thought Mephisto, wickedly.  Well, we’ll just see about that….

… Next.  Mephisto’s Tale Tail.


All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Defining Incompetence?

Defining Incompetence?

This is UKIP’s main political website today.


It appears that the party who have the most representatives for the UK in the European Union and who aspire to run the nation, the economy, the NHS, our schools and our legal system have managed to forget to renew the domain of their main political website.

The adverts are funny  though, aren’t they?  “Looking For Older Women?”  “Search Death Records.”   But my personal favourite ad featured on UKIP’s political homepage today is “Be Seen Online.”  I wonder if, when you click the link, you get taken to information about how to renew domain names in a timely fashion?

Hat tip: Guido Fawkes.