Welcome to my day: 29 November 2021 – the sun is out, the sky is blue…

Good morning(ish) everyone, and welcome to another Monday. I had been hoping that this would be coming to you from Mumbai, as I was supposed to be at a family wedding on Friday, but something about a pandemic…

Ah well, never mind.

Today is the 276th anniversary of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army occupying Carlisle. They had also reached Manchester at this point, but the high water mark of that uprising wasn’t far away. The Sonderbund War ended on this day in 1847, when the canton of Valais surrendered to the Swiss Federal Army. And, one hundred years later, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted Resolution 181, dividing Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, and creating the International City of Jerusalem. It might be fair to say that this didn’t exactly work out.

The Government’s strategy appears to be to distract us from its many failings by focusing on migrants crossing the Channel in small boats. The facts that they aren’t “illegal”, that many safe routes to seek asylum have been withdrawn and that we’ve contributed towards the causes of migration through our support for unsuccessful interventions in such places as Afghanistan and Iraq are quietly brushed under the carpet by Ministers who are either happy to misrepresent the facts or simply neither know nor care.

The campaigns continue in North Shropshire and Old Bexley and Sidcup, so there’ll be more coverage of those as the week goes on.

We’ve already published an interesting piece by Chris Perry this morning, urging a different approach towards the health and social care crisis, and there are a number of articles awaiting editorial attention, so bear with me as we crash into the week head on.

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  • Matt Wardman 29th Nov '21 - 2:17pm

    So we are a few weeks from the anniversary of BPC getting to Swakestone Bridge and turning tail … 🙂 .

  • Matt Wardman 29th Nov '21 - 2:18pm

    Sorry – Swarkestone Bridge.

  • John Marriott 30th Nov '21 - 7:34am

    To finish the lyric, courtesy of the late, great Buddy Holly: “The sun is out, /The sky is blue,/There’s not a cloud to spoil the view;/ But it’s raining, raining in my heart” I sincerely hope not, Mark; but, if it is, could that be due to Brexit, Covid or missing that wedding?

  • Or,
    The Sun is up
    the sky is blue
    its beautiful & so are you
    dear Prudence won’t you come out to play ?

  • Not sure why Mark refers to, “Today is the 276th anniversary of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army occupying Carlisle”.

    Not so sure about the hereditary (these days, more likely to be the appointed or purchased) system, Much prefer Billy Connolly’s comment that, “Bonnie Prince Charlie was the only man in the world to be named after three sheepdogs.”

  • Mark Valladares Mark Valladares 30th Nov '21 - 8:32pm

    @ David,

    Because, if you read these pieces, you’ll note that I pick three historical events each day. They’re picked on the basis that they interest me – some have a vague personal connection.

  • @ Mark Valladares “They’re picked on the basis that they interest me – some have a vague personal connection”. Hmmmmm, I don’t suppose you’re a descendant of Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat (c. 1667 – 9 April 1747) by any chance are you, Mark ?

    He stopped off in St Albans (long before it became Daisy’s fiefdom) on his way to the Tower.

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