Britney Spears 2009

Some observations about life and a random collection of pictures

Or #mishmash

Sometimes The Simpsons and Mock the Week abandon their usual formats for shows and come up with episodes full of random content instead.

This week’s episode of Fiskal Policy is a bit like that because instead of just one theme there are quite a few observations about life from the past seven days, and some nice pictures I’ve found on Creative Commons.

Smack me in the mouth and call me any name you like but I think an endorsement by Philip Davies is worth as much in society as when Russell Brand endorsed Ed Milliband and said he should be the next prime minister, back in 2015
Hats and everything off to John Dalton for this tweet, featuring the godawful song with some visuals the Government pretends it isn’t like

To start with the UK had the horror show that was the One Britain One Nation day where children were expected to dress in red, white and blue and sing a godawful song.

It was the brainchild of an ex-copper Kash Singh back in 2013 (or thereabouts) and for some reason, maybe because it tied in with the 5th anniversary of the Brexit referendum result, the Department for Education got involved in backing it.

Yes, got involved in backing a day where children were supposed to sing even though the Covid guidelines say singing isn’t usually permitted.

My favourite quote was from the day’s inventor after he’d watched 300 to 400 children singing the song together.

He said it was a sight unlike anything he had ever seen in his years in the police. #noshitsherlock – It’s almost as if being a police officer is more about catching criminals and less about watching children sing.

North Korea flag
Some say (and they would be right) that the One Britain One Nation song is reminiscent of scenes in North Korea (“North Korea – Flag” by Roman Harak is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Stitched Panorama
This is one of the images which comes up if you search for One Britain One Nation in Creative Commons (“One Nation Under CCTV” by tj.blackwell is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)
Rodeo
This picture is here because the episode’s headline promises a random collection of images (“It’s just a hop a skip and a jump – The Skip – Parada del Sol Rodeo – Scottsdale” by Al_HikesAZ is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)

There was also the Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigning 24 hours after he was exposed as breaking all the Covid rules by cheating on his wife and being caught on camera kissing an aide in his office.

Yes, he didn’t think he should resign after the deaths of around 150,000 people in the UK and failing to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

But after being slightly pushed he has finally left the position where he was even worse than Jeremy Hunt.

Questions are now being asked about how and why The Sun was able to obtain the incriminating footage. I say great work by Harry.

I was today years old when I learned that Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid is partly responsible for penning Ed Sheeran’s latest song Bad Habits.

I never thought I’d see the day when an Ed Sheeran video is a part of a Fiskal Policy episode
Motherland: Fort Salem is definitely worth watching
I’m excited about what is going to happen in future episodes of Motherland: Fort Salem

It won’t come as a surprise to people who know me that I really don’t like Ed Sheeran’s music (but do approve of the good things he does for his fans) and touched upon this in an earlier Fiskal Policy.

I was delighted back in the winter of 2019 when he announced he was taking a break from music and I hoped he would make it permanent.

But I surprised myself when I heard the new track earlier and it’s not too bad. If it came on the radio again (and I bet it will a million times) I wouldn’t turn it off and if it was on while I was in a shop I wouldn’t abandon my purchases and leave the store.

Excitingly for this week Motherland: Fort Salem is back on TV in the States. If you read an episode of Fiskal Policy back in August 2020 you’ll know just how much I loved the first season.

It isn’t set to come to BBC Three for quite some time but I managed to watch it on Wednesday night and loved it (hit me up if you want to know how).

Modern Dance
Topless man alert (“Modern Dance” by Kevin Eddy is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Britney Spears 2009
This episode of Fiskal Policy didn’t even delve into the Britney Spears conservatorship case (“Britney Spears Concert – Inspired By Bollywood” by Anirudh Koul is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)
Portland Thanksgiving parade 2013 - 14
To give the context of why this woman is dressed up as a cat type creature – it is from Portland’s Thanksgiving parade in 2013 (“Portland Thanksgiving parade 2013 – 14” by Ed Yourdon is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Usually I’m worried about American TV writers who stretch out shows long after their best before date (I only watched the pilot of Lost and stopped watching 24 after realising there would be many more than 24 episodes).

But one episode in to the second season of Fort Salem and I’m excited to discover what happens. Just how will Tally, Abigail and Raelle fight The Spree and The Camarilla? What is going to happen to Scylla? I’ve got so many questions.

One non-Fort Salem question for all the couples out there: why when you are walking down the pavement holding hands can’t you release your grip and walk single file just for the brief seconds it takes someone to get past you?

We are still in a pandemic so still observing social distancing as best as we can so just some commonsense from couples would be massively appreciated.

If they think their relationship will suffer because they aren’t holding hands for just a millisecond then the chances of it surviving for a long time aren’t good at all.

Anyhoo,

Stay safe for another week!