Firstly an apology for the failure to post anything the past few days. There have been a few things that I have considered writing on during the last week, but none that I felt like devoting a whole post to. And with that in mind, I’m going to try something new and give some short opinions on a variety of topics in this post. It might work, it might not, see what you think.
Several newspapers and media outlets were enraged when David Cameron met Barack Obama last week. The source of the controversy was in Cameron describing the UK as the junior partner in the relationship between the two countries. Why I can’t understand, it is true. By the end of the summer America will have roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and around 50,000 in Iraq (down from 100,000 in May). Britain by contrast has about 10,000 in Afghanistan and 150 in Iraq at the turn of the year. Whilst I have nothing but support and admiration for our armed forces, the fact is America doesn’t need us in any more than a supporting role.
In World War 2 America did come to our rescue. BUT only after we fought Germany on our own for the early years of the war. Without the heroic efforts of our own soldiers and pilots we would all be speaking German right now. And such a pretty language it is too. However the fact remains that without America finally getting over their cowardly neutrality we would only have prolonged the inevitable.
The problem I have with Cameron’s speech is his calling us a junior partner back then. We showed more moral fibre and leadership than America, and stood alone against a fierce enemy. Now however, it is true, and we are not the force we once were. But I’d rather be a junior partner to America than a senior one to France. Lets not kid ourselves into thinking we are bigger than we are, but get a balance (you too Mr Prime Minister) – it is nothing to be ashamed of to reflect proudly on our history and accept the makings of the world at present.
Briefly, while on the subject of World War 2, I went to the Farnborough Airshow yesterday. I was fortunate enough to arrive during the WWII flyover with a Hurricane and Spitfire on either wing of a Lancaster Bomber. I know these planes hold bad memories of a dark time for a lot of people. But for someone like myself I just felt like a little kid again. The fact that the planes give me a thrill now and never fail to impress is an indictment of what an impressive piece of engineering it was to create these historic planes that won us the Battle of Britain 70 years ago.
Famous Nazi Nick Griffin of the BNP had his invitation to a Palace garden party cancelled. The photos of him all dressed up and disappointed were fantastic and I hope he felt like the embarrassment he looked. Officials gave the reason that due to his politicising of the invitation he had increased the security threat to other guests. I prefer to think it’s because he’s a racist shit.
Manchester City meanwhile continue in their attempts to buy the Premiership title. They could take their summer spending to over 100 million as I write this, apparently they are that close to signing Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan. Having already signed David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Yaya Toure this summer and still looking at the likes of James Milner and Fernando Torres they have become the new Chelsea, the club without a soul. A team who fast track their way to success by throwing money around. Like Chelsea they will win the title but they trade in everything it is to be a football fan this way. How good are the highs if you don’t feel the lows? Admittedly Manchester City have had a lot of lows in previous years but to win the title this way is like winning a Formula One grand prix only because your team mate has been ordered to let you through. Where’s the fun guys?
Also, team orders, ban them. You didn’t win that race Alonso, Massa let you.
Incidentally Joe Cole moved to Liverpool for football reasons last week and not for the 90,000 a week that wasn’t being matched by any other club. Football reasons. Yes, to a club that might yet lose its three best players this summer. A club he calls the biggest in England (after coming 7th last year) on the basis of two good decades in the 70s and 80s. A club who doesn’t have Champions League football next year. At 28 he should be trying to play at the best level. Even though he preferred to stay in London. Even though he had two offers from teams in the Champions League, one from Arsenal who I grudgingly admit suit his style of play and one from my beloved Tottenham, managed by Harry Redknapp who knows and loves Cole and would have made him pivotal in the team. It definately wasn’t the 90,000 a week though.
Simon Cowell is getting sued for 2.5million by an ex-contestant on Britain’s Got Talent. Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai thinks her hurt feelings are worth 300,000 (ten times the average national wage), for some reason she should get 1million compensation and despite being so bad that Piers Morgan and Cowell both buzzed her after just three words and Amanda Holden by the chorus of Westlife’s karaoke classic ‘You Raise Me Up’ she feels entitled to 1.25million in, wait for it, loss of future earnings. How deluded can you get? People know what they are getting themselves into going on these shows, so either deal with it or don’t bother.
And on a completely different note I saw Toy Story 3 last night. 11 years after the last film I am happy to report that it is as funny, charming and brilliant as the previous two. I might be 21, but I LOVE Toy Story.