HONEY McBEE’S MEDIA BUZZ: THE 12 READS OF CHRISTMAS

We don’t know about you, but we’re already up to our knees in tinsel and wrapping paper, so here’s what we thought you probably wouldn’t want to miss while you stir the pudding and marzipan the cat.

In no particular order…

 

THE BEST…

Take aim, Fire:  Kevin McKenna in the Observer set his sights on all things Tory and the fringes thereof and opened both barrels; public schools, the judiciary, the Civil Service, you name it, he shot it down. “The arrogance of the Tories … rests upon this pattern of privilege and entitlement. All around … is the thrum of thousands of common people … disdained by genuine aristocrats but nevertheless retained and indulged as useful idiots”.  Yes, well.

 

When they were up, they were up:  Stuart MacLennan in Scotland on Sunday pointed out the challenges facing a Scotland trying to remain in Europe without independence.  Can’t be done, he says, so the SNP is merely leading supporters up the hill in the sure and certain hope that Westminster will bring them down again. And get the blame…

 

Wake up, Scotland:  Wednesday’s Scottish Review saw former Labour Minister Brian Wilson warning about the SNP’s centralising tendencies  – in particular the new overarching board announced by John Swinney at the end of last month, a super-quango gathering powers from the regions to the centre. If it goes unchallenged, says Wilson, local accountability will be lost forever…

 

The government has no money:  Former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and scourge of bureaucrats Margaret Hodge posted on Wednesday’s CapX about waste in the public sector and its inability to get value for money. Eye-watering…

 

Richmond doth protest too much:  Iain Martin in Friday’s Reaction  took a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the deprived electorate of Richmond. Remainers may be encouraged by Thursday’s by-election says Martin, but the message is unlikely to cut much ice in Sunderland ; the comfortable QCs, finance directors and television presenters on Thames need to get out more…

 

Moral Enemy No 1:  Darts champ Eric Bristow floated his opinion on the unfolding football abuse scandal into the public domain last week.  How he must regret it. Brendan O’Neill in Friday’s Spiked took exception to the way the “plummy, prissy Twitterati and media” went on kicking the man when he was already down – naming and shaming Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

 

As others see us: Rory Bloomfield has been watching BBC World News – and doesn’t much like what he sees.  On last Thursday’s Comment Central he maintained that programmes with a  constant left wing bias “gives the UK a bad name; it does the UK down and is an obvious play-thing for BBC staff who want to project their bias globally. ”  You may, of course, disagree…

 

Waiting in the Wings: John Rentoul in the online Independent painted a brief pen portrait of David Davis, the little known [at least in Scotland, we guess] Brexit Secretary. Davis, says Rentoul, is rising both to the job and the occasion, and might in time be a possible successor at No 10.

 

THE REST…

A Life on the Ocean Wave:  Who knew? Rob Edwards in the Sunday Herald reported on the social media network helping trawlers to evade Scotland’s three fishery patrol boats looking for those breaching quotas by taking ‘black fish’. [Warning – there’s some ripe language – even with the asterisks]. Two questions – is it ‘blatant piracy’ and how come it’s so easy? We only asked.

Rag, tag and Five Star bobtail:  Italy went to the polls this weekend. PM Renzi is now on the way out, so could the motley crew that is M5S and Beppe Grillo take over?  James Newell of Salford University analysed the chances in Thursday’s Conversation, as did James Forsyth in his Speccie Coffee House blog.

Trumped! The tentacles of the President-Elect‘s business empire go round the world several times. The New York Times took the trouble to find the where and [more interestingly]who with. It’s long. Arm yourself with a cup of coffee…

 

AND FINALLY…

Look away now:  those of you with delicate sensibilities might want to skip this one.  From Reuters, courtesy of Quartz online, we bring you a picture of the bee beard -wearing Egyptian aiming to prove how useful and beneficial the honey bee actually is. Quite. But there must be another way…

 

This is Honey’s last outing before Santa calls, so we’ll wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and Hogmanay. Eat, Drink and be Merry. God bless us, every one…

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