In the UK, it was a week in which the dead cat strategy was replaced by a ‘live lion’ strategy and the fur began to fly.
The campaign team for the ‘leader of the free world’ didn’t understand that ‘free’ referred to ‘the world’ not to ‘its music’.
At the failed Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma the music was being played without the band’s permission.
After this latest complaint, the US media have started reminding readers and viewers that the Trump-ets / Trump-ettes have been sounding other dud notes, as Rihanna, Queen and Pharrell Williams have all objected, as have Neil Young, Brendon Urie and Tom Petty’s family.
Apparently, these musicians all detest the Trump using their music and withdrawn their permission from the campaign’s Music License for Political Entities or Organisations.
On behalf of the Rolling Stones, BMI has warned the campaign (in writing) that further use of the artists works will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement. (That’s legalese for “stop it, or else”).
Going, going, gone
With five slides and ‘led by the science, driven by the politics’, the PM proved that the we’d passed the tests and could be excused lockdown provided we kept “one metre plus” apart.
But the nation’s swimming pools were still closed so we went to the beach instead, where local authorities in Bournemouth, Brighton and Bognor were left to cope with the crowds without any extra help.
At Durdle Door, a local Councillor was spat at by an angry motorist. Last year, this was disgusting. This year it’s being punished by six months in jail.
But not forgotten
Last week’s hope that “Dependence day” would be the “dead cat” strategy that actually worked has been proved totally wrong as the number of articles about Dominic Cummings has risen sharply to 350 in the week just gone.
Enter the lion, and Cummings was determined to shake up the civil service; to reform the planning system; to add to his closing of the Department for International Development. By the end of the week the head of the Civil Service was gone.
Then there was the other fifty pieces with Cummings name (or a reference to him) as a behavioural byword.
All spirited stuff, helping us believe that Dominic’s in charge, driving the agenda, keeping things jumping.
And what of Dominic’s opinions on Boris you might ask ?
Probably much like King George V’s on Bognor (allegedly).
Council Leader voted out
On Thursday night’s Extraordinary Meeting of the Borough Council last week, the agenda was short. First item: remove the Leader. Second item: elect a new Leader.
In the end, the Leader resigned the day before the meeting so a Conservative who’d led the old spending spree and who became an Ex-Conservative on June 9th was replaced by a current Conservative to lead the … council
That was the Borough Council at Spelthorne in Surrey who, according to the 2019 year end report from the UK Debt Management Office has the second highest level of public debt-per-head in England, only neighbouring Woking … is higher.
Screw, Tin, Knee, Ring
Here in Wokingham Borough, the first of the Council’s virtual Scrutiny meetings got underway and finished a mere three hours later.
What was remarkable about the meeting was the way in which the public video managed to keep viewers in track with what was going on and where most of the active speakers were visible most of the time.
Amazingly either the individuals’ e-meeting discipline or the ‘electric string’ in and out of Shut End had been strengthened and everyone’s audio was audible and videos viewable.
The chairing of the meeting was good and the electronic “hands up” function worked well and was briskly managed.
Sincere applause for all involved – a real improvement on the Annual Council meeting.
Barbecue of the vanities – the broken promise
Back in 2016, late one night a Police Inspector was passing by the BBQ King van and noticed one of the staff’s cars illegally parked next to the van. Leaving an instruction to move the car and getting a promise that it would be, he was exceedingly disappointed to discover it was still there several hours later and that the bus stop lay-by had become a customer car park.