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    Rate the last TV Show you watched

    Started watching 'Into the badlands' last night. I'm only two episodes in but already thinking of binning it. Does it get better? Or does it carry on in the same vein, just relying on the fight scenes?
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    Boris Johnson

    Even that cunt Max Hastings, arch fuck ferret of the fuckferret order is against Borris the baby fuckferret. I was Boris Johnson’s boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister Max Hastings The Tory party is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people. He cares for nothing but his own fame and gratification Mon 24 Jun 2019 16.20 BST Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first world war, titled The Sleepwalkers. Though Clark is a fine scholar, I was unconvinced by his title, which suggested that the great powers stumbled mindlessly to disaster. On the contrary, the maddest aspect of 1914 was that each belligerent government convinced itself that it was acting rationally. It would be fanciful to liken the ascent of Boris Johnson to the outbreak of global war, but similar forces are in play. There is room for debate about whether he is a scoundrel or mere rogue, but not much about his moral bankruptcy, rooted in a contempt for truth. Nonetheless, even before the Conservative national membership cheers him in as our prime minister – denied the option of Nigel Farage, whom some polls suggest they would prefer – Tory MPs have thronged to do just that. He would not recognise the truth, whether about his private or political life, if confronted by it in an identity parade I have known Johnson since the 1980s, when I edited the Daily Telegraph and he was our flamboyant Brussels correspondent. I have argued for a decade that, while he is a brilliant entertainer who made a popular maître d’ for London as its mayor, he is unfit for national office, because it seems he cares for no interest save his own fame and gratification. Tory MPs have launched this country upon an experiment in celebrity government, matching that taking place in Ukraine and the US, and it is unlikely to be derailed by the latest headlines. The Washington columnist George Will observes that Donald Trump does what his political base wants “by breaking all the china”. We can’t predict what a Johnson government will do, because its prospective leader has not got around to thinking about this. But his premiership will almost certainly reveal a contempt for rules, precedent, order and stability. A few admirers assert that, in office, Johnson will reveal an accession of wisdom and responsibility that have hitherto eluded him, not least as foreign secretary. This seems unlikely, as the weekend’s stories emphasised. Dignity still matters in public office, and Johnson will never have it. Yet his graver vice is cowardice, reflected in a willingness to tell any audience, whatever he thinks most likely to please, heedless of the inevitability of its contradiction an hour later. Like many showy personalities, he is of weak character. I recently suggested to a radio audience that he supposes himself to be Winston Churchill, while in reality being closer to Alan Partridge. Churchill, for all his wit, was a profoundly serious human being. Far from perceiving anything glorious about standing alone in 1940, he knew that all difficult issues must be addressed with allies and partners. Churchill’s self-obsession was tempered by a huge compassion for humanity, or at least white humanity, which Johnson confines to himself. He has long been considered a bully, prone to making cheap threats. My old friend Christopher Bland, when chairman of the BBC, once described to me how he received an angry phone call from Johnson, denouncing the corporation’s “gross intrusion upon my personal life” for its coverage of one of his love affairs. “We know plenty about your personal life that you would not like to read in the Spectator,” the then editor of the magazine told the BBC’s chairman, while demanding he order the broadcaster to lay off his own dalliances. Bland told me he replied: “Boris, think about what you have just said. There is a word for it, and it is not a pretty one.” He said Johnson blustered into retreat, but in my own files I have handwritten notes from our possible next prime minister, threatening dire consequences in print if I continued to criticise him. Johnson would not recognise truth, whether about his private or political life, if confronted by it in an identity parade. In a commonplace book the other day, I came across an observation made in 1750 by a contemporary savant, Bishop Berkeley: “It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbours should be true to the public.” Almost the only people who think Johnson a nice guy are those who do not know him. There is, of course, a symmetry between himself and Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn is far more honest, but harbours his own extravagant delusions. He may yet prove to be the only possible Labour leader whom Johnson can defeat in a general election. If the opposition was led by anybody else, the Tories would be deservedly doomed, because we would all vote for it. As it is, the Johnson premiership could survive for three or four years, shambling from one embarrassment and debacle to another, of which Brexit may prove the least. For many of us, his elevation will signal Britain’s abandonment of any claim to be a serious country. It can be claimed that few people realised what a poor prime minister Theresa May would prove until they saw her in Downing Street. With Boris, however, what you see now is almost assuredly what we shall get from him as ruler of Britain. We can scarcely strip the emperor’s clothes from a man who has built a career, or at least a lurid love life, out of strutting without them. The weekend stories of his domestic affairs are only an aperitif for his future as Britain’s leader. I have a hunch that Johnson will come to regret securing the prize for which he has struggled so long, because the experience of the premiership will lay bare his absolute unfitness for it. If the Johnson family had stuck to showbusiness like the Osmonds, Marx Brothers or von Trapp family, the world would be a better place. Yet the Tories, in their terror, have elevated a cavorting charlatan to the steps of Downing Street, and they should expect to pay a full forfeit when voters get the message. If the price of Johnson proves to be Corbyn, blame will rest with the Conservative party, which is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people – who will not find it funny for long. • Max Hastings is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and the London Evening Standard
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    Should the UK remain a member of the EU

    Good player, but a massive dick head.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Roy has been ruled out for the game V Australia tomorrow. Not good news.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    If that huge takeover happens at Newcastle you watch Mourinho snake his way in.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Australia and India will want to beat us regardless. NZ not so much, that is the last game and NZ should be safely in the Semi's. England are capable of beating all three, but it could easily end up in three defeats.
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    Boris Johnson

    If he becomes PM of the UK it will certainly take some heat off his Dad, Trump.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    I do hope he doesn't go to China to manage. He's only 59, got years left at top flight management. Toon fans must be gutted.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    They had their so called easier games stacked at the start, could bite them in the arse now. I fully expect them to win at least one of those final three games though, they might need to win two of them though.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Maybe's, but SA have major problems at the shorter game. Mind you, Steyn getting a lot of early wickets could have eased the pressure on their batsmen. De Villiers wanted to make a comeback from injury at this W/C but they left him out. Shakib made another half century, out now though. Bangladesh 143/3 off 29.1 overs.
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    There will obviously be teething problems, but the technology at hand will give them nowhere to hide. I'm sure the arrogance of the English F.A will want them to be seen as the organisation which implemented VAR better than others.
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    VAR will have a big say in that.
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    Should the UK remain a member of the EU

    It's amazing how all the thicko's compare fighting in two World Wars with a potential economic collapse and a severe lack of trading partners. They also seem oblivious to the fact the UK were labelled the sick man of Europe throughout the late 60's and 70's. Obviously the the winter of discontent, the three day week and the IMF bailout never happened.
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    That would make Maguire the most expensive defender in history. Madness. City would have four of the seven most expensive defenders in the World and quite clearly that is their weakest area, Maguire won't change that.
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    Women's World Cup

    He's revelling in the limelight and tying to make his presence more important than the team. He'll be after Southgate's job once the media turn on him, plus the incompetent F.A are probably planning on it.
  16. I wouldn't be happy about it, but the club and its future is more important than my own feelings.
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    Cancer

    Keep on fighting, Barry.
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    Should the UK remain a member of the EU

    I still see posts like the following on a regular basis. Think we’ve got to all start believing in ourselves, our friends, our neighbours etc. and supporting local business. How many mouths do they think local businesses can feed, how many people can they clothe, how many people can they supply with medicine etc.... Ironic that these posts are made using Hardware which is more than likely imported and using a Platform which isn't English. A lot of local businesses will also be dependant on current trade deals to survive. People are so stupid.
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    Boris Johnson

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    Boris Johnson

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    Women's World Cup

    She can use Dion's wonga like a lance and knock them all out.
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    Women's World Cup

    He's his muse.
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    Women's World Cup

    Just need the Cameroon coach to start on Neville here.
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    Women's World Cup

    Lost it again here.
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