This morning it was assumed that there was a subject on which to post and the link was tucked away ready to be put into text. The item was to be a complaint that important matters were left out of consideration by the main media whilst other things of parallel importance were flogged to the bitter end.
But petrol was needed for the car first. At the garage amongst the newspapers it was evident that the media were discussing this same subject. A near miss, but it can happen. The scratching about for another subject found that the one preferred had already been well covered as well.
Then it occurred to me that the subject of The Romanian Invasion might be good for a few words, but there was a problem. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg (rhymes with “beg”) announced that the government estimates could not be published because they were essentially “Guesstimates”.
So what’s new, I thought, wondering what that meant. It may mean another horror story, or something that might just go away or wait for a busy news day. The other problem with this is that on Saturday we paid money to be in a large room being sung at for two hours by two Romanian opera singers in the principal roles and others.
They were very good indeed and fully deserved the rapt applause from a full house where not a seat was to spare. However, on the way to the station it did not stop me side stepping the Romanian sellers of the “Big Issue”, the magazine for the unemployed, and failing to buy a copy. There may just be a touch of the old double standards at work here.
The matter of the potential for numbers to come to the
from Romania and is one
that is causing debate. But it would not
the first time that Bulgarians were a key political issue. In the General Election of 1880, William
Gladstone in his Midlothian Campaign (see Wikipedia) made them central to his
appeals to the electorate. Bulgaria
Bulgaria was a , ruled over by Turks who did not take
kindly to opposition and who took violent action to control them. The Conservative Government supported the
Ottoman’s as a buffer against province of The Ottoman
Empire . So to appeal for support for fellow
Christians was a Liberal vote winner. Russia
Given that at the time there was economic and financial stress, British agriculture was going into steady decline as a result of Liberal Free Trade, impoverishing the countryside and all the Imperial activity,
and a few other places, the Bulgarian Atrocities was something to deflect
In the photograph in the Wikipedia article,
is shown with members of the high elite of the time, The Rosebery’s, with
inevitably one of the leading Rothschild’s in attendance, backing both sides as
ever. Not a lot really changes. Gladstone
What may happen with the Bulgarians and Romanians is still an open question. One man who could certainly advise the government is Boris Johnson, Mayor of
the great grandson of Ali Kemal Bey (see Wikipedia), a Turk prominent in the
affairs of the Ottoman Empire a few years
This one, like the opera, will run and run.