The Bare Bones

Election 2

“Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” — Author Unknown.

The midweek Word Prompt on my partner GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Wishbone vs Backbone and is all about politics. We probably should have added Funnybone to the title because let’s face it, whether in Westminster or the White House, politics today is an unbelievable farce!

Last week I received a phone call from a Conservative Party member. He asked if I would allow a ‘Vote Conservative’ sign to be erected on the edge of one of our fields. I refused, and calmly explained the reasons for my refusal.

Over the years I have mostly voted Conservative, occasionally Liberal Democrats, and even Labour, but that was because I liked Tony Blair. I hold the view that it’s a mistake to vote for a political party just because you mostly always have, and I certainly don’t owe my loyalty to any party. 

The UK General  Election is all about Brexit;  we might as well have kept Teresa May because we are no further along than we were with her.

The Conservatives are responsible for Brexit, they created a confused and divided country and along with the awful Nigel Farage, set communities against each other and allowed racism to raise its ugly head.

Three and a half years since the ill-conceived Brexit referendum and Boris Johnson is still not to be trusted, and let’s not mention his man-crush on Trump, which apparently, is reciprocated.

The UK is America’s biggest outside investor, and America is our largest overseas investor, but surely a man like Trump (allegedly corrupt) who, incidentally at the time of completing this draft (Monday) is due to touch down in England at any moment, should not be allowed to advise our Prime Minister even if we do have a so called ‘Special Relationship’.

It was interesting to read that Boris is being kept away from personal meetings with the Donald, and that makes perfect sense, after all, neither man has an off switch, and the Donald is a loose cannon with a penchant for rattling off tweets without a thought for the consequences. On second thoughts, let them meet, the aftermath might be fun!

Moving on – I also received a call from the Liberal Democrats, this gentleman was conducting a survey, “May I ask who you are voting for in the General Election?” I told him that it was looking likely that I would choose his party. Well, Come on, who else is there, let’s at least give them a chance to end this mess.

In truth, most people think the Lib Dems are not strong enough to pull off a victory, and unfortunately, their leader, Jo Swinson, and this is purely my feminine perspective, is more often than not dressed more like a mum on the school run than the leader of a political party!

Perhaps Jo could take fashion advice from the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon, now there’s a woman who knows how to power dress, but I digress again!

The following day I was contacted by a gentleman from the Labour party and he too was conducting a survey. I told him it was doubtful that I would vote for the Labour party, and I explained why.

Jeremy Corbyn receives a ton of criticism from his Labour MPs and that sets off alarm bells. JC is indecisive and lacks leadership qualities, and annoyingly, avoids answering every important question; just how did he get to be Labour’s leader?

The man has been married three times and that in itself speaks volumes! Makes me wonder what is wrong with him? Okay maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt and say what his wives said, it’s not him, it’s them; that’s it then, he just makes bad choices!

One other thing, I wish he would invest in decent work clothes instead of those crumpled suits that look as though they’ve been slept in or left in a heap on the floor all night! If Saville Row is not his style, Marks and Spencer (M&S) do a moderately priced crumple free gentleman’s suit!

Enough with the bitching and opinionated comments, let’s conclude.

The gentleman from the labour party offered to bring the candidate to meet me and have a cup of tea (tea solves everything). I politely declined.

It was only afterwards that I realised I’d missed a marvellous opportunity, I could have invited the other candidates and hosted my very own Question Time!

© 2019 Word Prompt Wishbone vs Backbone from Weekly Prompts

Editorial Comment: If you’ve done your research, you will know that Boris Johnson and Donald Trump also have appalling marital records – I rest my case!

Picture Credit: Courtesy of Google

27 thoughts on “The Bare Bones

  1. This is a brilliant post, Sue. Having a very similar voting history to you, I could not agree with you more – except that I will not be voting in this pointless exercise at all. I have twice in the past voted Lib Dem, thinking this could be their year. Now I really don’t care who gets in – the system is broken. I would welcome any candidate at my door, but none have ever come here.

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    1. Thank you for your kind remark.
      I can’t work out why I’ve been targeted for the phone calls, let alone afternoon tea with Labour candidate. I think my vote is probably wasted but I could not bring myself to vote for anyone else. I now have a postal vote just in case I’m not at home at Election time, I posted it yesterday.
      Derrick, thank you so much for your comments. 🙂

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      1. A farm owner must be rich and therefore a Conservative. Let’s target her. To supplement income I did furniture removing on Saturdays during my young adulthood. An obviously loaded gentleman we were moving the day before an election said to me: “I expect you will be voting Labour tomorrow.” “No, Conservative.” I replied; to which he responded: “I’m voting Labour.”

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  2. Great post, Sue. Trump…it galls me every time he says ‘Lock her up!’ about Hillary. Look in the mirror, you bloated fool!! I am so hoping someone–anyone–beats him next year.

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    1. I hope that wish comes true. He’s the worst possible ambassador. He’s a two-faced liar with absolutely no redeeming qualities, I imagine his own mother found it difficult to love him.

      I’ve come to the conclusion that he has memory problems. This week he was live on TV telling us he’d NEVER had any interest in our National Health Service (NHS) and wouldn’t touch it even if it was on a silver platter! Yet Six months ago I watched him on TV telling us he wanted the NHS to be part of any trade deal!

      Thank you Lois 🙂

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Wow! What a terrific post. I must say, calling politics a “farce” is being incredibly polite. The word that comes to my mind begins with “cluster”…..and I’ll leave it at that. My apologies if that offends you or your readers.

    I have always voted for the person I believed was capable of doing the best job. I couldn’t care less what party they represent. The pre-election phone calls and mailings are enough to drive you to drink! Hmmmm, maybe that’s the solution ! 😂😂😂

    In this country, once a president leaves office, you don’t hear much from them or about them. However, when it comes to Trump, he will never fade away. He has the money and the mouth to be alive and well in all forms of media. God help us all!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Oh, I do so agree with you. I doubt anyone is offended by your comments either. I’ve already been driven to drink and it’s not tea! Thank you so much Ginger. 🙂


  4. A family member who wanted Brexit has a very good Lib Dem candidate in his area and asked what he should do. I said vote for the person, not the party as there are too many politicians telling lies at the moment and I don’t think it will be simple whoever gets in. Luckily our candidate is also worth voting for as he always does a great deal for the area.This mess is going to take years to sort out and will need wise and honest heads to get us through the storm to come.I just wish I could believe that we have the people to do it.

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    1. Far too many of them Julie. I agree with you about voting for the politician who does the most for your area and not the party. I really like our Labour Party candidate, but in this instance, given that Boris and JC are both so unsuitable to lead our country, it left me with no choice. Thank you Julie.


  5. This is really illuminating–both blog and comments! It is disheartening to have so many liars, incompetents and people out for their own interests out there. Or just attention. Trump displays many of the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder, but we are unlikely to be rid of him before the election (God help us if it isn’t then) even with the impeachment. I just don’t answer calls if I don’t know the number. But political parties here also text, which is maddening. It’s interesting they’re all calling you–probably because you have spread your votes around!

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    1. I haven’t spread them too much over the years, it has mostly been Conservative but I am thoroughly disappointed with that party.

      I do like your description of the politicians. Thank you so much for your comments.

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  6. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    This is a brilliant politically oriented post by my talented partner and better half Susan. The challenge this week was wishbone versus backbone with the American political candidates in mind. Her analysis of the candidates from the other side of the pond will tickle your funny bones because political candidates on both side of the ocean are political hambones. It is an entertaining read. 🙂

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  7. Ha! post AND a brilliant post, Sue!
    Right on!
    Oh, I love your idea for the The Question Time! You would ask some great questions and hear some great debate and/or fighting! 😉 Serve some alcohol instead of tea and things might really get good! 😉 😀
    I always wanted to get a group of politicians, or a group of religious people, together and say, “All of you want me to swing your way…so convince me of why I should?” Then just see what happen. I really would like to hear their answers and how they react to each other. How they act and react to each other would tell me a lot.
    I am saddened by how politicians/leaders in many countries are so focused on all the wrong things. I feel the world is taking steps GIANT backward instead of steps forwards. 😦

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    1. Oh, Carolyn, you are so right the world is taking backward steps, even leaps.
      Hosting our very own question time would be great fun; just picture Donald Trump trying to avoid answering our questions by insisting ‘I’m not going to talk to you This is Fake!’ 😂
      Thank you so much, Carolyn, for your great comments. 🙂

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      1. HA! We’d give him what-for! He’d leave with his tail draggin’! 😉 😀

        Trust me, seriously, I’ve got some things I’d like to say to his face. But, sadly, I think it would do no good. 😦

        You’re welcome, Sue! 🙂

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  8. We are doomed how ever the election turns out – A right wing joke or a left wing lunatic. Personally I like Nicola Sturgeon and may have to move if they get their independence and join Europe.

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    1. That’s exactly why my vote is not going to either of them.
      I like Nicola too, I don’t blame her for wanting to get the hell away from the UK Parliament. On the other hand I want us to stay a United Kingdom AND stay with Europe. Thank you for commenting, Louisa, it’s not often that family do. 🙂


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