Those Scots can certainly curse

For example: "We voted to stay, you ferret-wearing, cheetoh-faced, tangerine flesh-bag!"

Carolyn Grant

In the horrific irony section of this week’s column, a Texas advocate for unlimited access to firearms — ‘I need to protect my family!’ was her rallying cry — was killed by police after she shot her family. I kid you not. Second Amendment protectionists immediately said it was obvious she had mental health issues, but did not answer the question of why she was allowed to have guns if she had obvious mental health issues. I can’t even …

Let’s turn our attention to Brexit. The historic vote that the United Kingdom leave the European Union has left the “United” in United Kingdom very much in doubt.

The economic news is not good. The Financial Times reports that companies are relocating their headquarters, investment is on hold, deals are being pulled and pounds’s fall has squeezed household incomes just as they were recovering.

And the Times put forth an interesting theory. The Leave side, they posit, wasn’t prepared to win. They thought they were going to narrowly lose, leaving them in a great position of having fought the good fight, keeping their ego-driven leaders, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage (poster boy for Punchable Face Magazine, according to comedian John Oliver) in a position of prominence.

But they won. And they don’t know what to do, the Times says. A lot of voters, experiencing a bit of buyer’s remorse, also said they had voted Leave more as a protest than an actual belief that it would happen. They didn’t think their vote would matter. A dangerous game of Democracy Roulette.

Both Johnson and Farage must have strained various muscles in their rush to walk back many of the promises they made to convince people to vote Leave.

The biggest lie, or “mistake” as Farage put it, was the promise that the $350 million pounds per week that England sent to the EU would instead be spent on the National Health system. Wow. That sounds good doesn’t it?

But when pressed after the vote, Farage said ‘no, I would never have made that claim’. Okay, you’d never make that claim, but you would paint it on the side of a bus. A bus! And because this is England it was a red, double-decker bus. And the side of the bus said, “We send the EU 350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead”.

You can see where people might have got the “mistaken” idea that there was a promise being made.

Another Brexit leader, Iain Duncan Smith said “our promises were a series of possibilities”. Wow. What cheek. Or seeing as we’re in the UK, what bollocks!

Perhaps the very unpreparedness of the Leave leaders to actually lead should be fair warning to our neighbours to the south that believing hyperbole, vague “us” versus “them” mutterings and no plan to speak of except making the country great again may not be the way to go.

The Donald himself was in Scotland during the vote promoting his golf course rather than trying to actually campaign for president when he was asked about Brexit.

“He said it was “great”. Well then, no need to worry. Of course The Donald then showed his great grasp of geo-politics by congratulating Scots for “taking their country back”. Except that the Scots voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU.

This would be the point in the column where I turn to Twitter and reprint some of the prize winning Tweets about what Scots thought about Trump’s statement. Except I can’t. All I will say is that the Scots are some of the most inventive cursers I have ever come across.

I’ll give you a brief G-rated example. “We voted to stay, you ferret-wearing, cheetoh-faced, tangerine flesh-bag!”

Short, to the point, and a suitable note to end on.

See you next week.

Carolyn Grant is the Editor of the Kimberley Bulletin

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Cranbrook Arts has opened the doors of their  new gallery space to the public with their inaugural exhibit, Kootenay’s Best.
‘Kootenay’s Best’ opens Cranbrook Arts’ new gallery

This exhibit has been in the works for the past several months and features the work of more than 50 emerging and established artists from across the Kootenays

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Most Read