My Big Fat Tory Funeral

I have taken to Muy bed with my iPad.

The scourge of retirement is that TV is pretty awful. Right now, all channels seem to rest showing a new Reality show called “My Big Fat Tory Funeral”. Big budget for it and they have been tempting us with previews for over a week. Chavs from Essex and Chelsea will love it. An excellent opportunity for Ant and Dec to showcase their talents…but the gsee has gone to Eamonn Holmes.

Seethats the difference between St Malachys and St Mary’s. Holmes is an alumnus of St Malachys and will clearly do anything to get on TV.

The pilot for “My Big Fat Tory Funeral” seems a bit long. But not even fans of this kinda thing will be thinking that it can be turned into a series.

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17 Responses to My Big Fat Tory Funeral

  1. factual says:

    Do you ever think about going back to work, as I think you said you are only 60 which seems too young to be retired.

    • Funny that you should say that as it pre-empts the Blog which I just signed in to write.
      I actually spoke at a seminar on Retirement yesterday. I actually retired when I was 52 and without going into details here, I have actually done a lot since retirement.
      The key thing about Retirement is not AGE. The key thing is CHOICE.
      There are lot of people over 60 who dread retirement.
      And lots of people under 60 who can’t wait.
      The people I feel sorry are those “forced” to work beyond 65 and the people who made decisions based on “certainties” about benefit levels or age entitlements. Incidently a pension is NOT a benefit.
      What I have discovered is that Retirement is LIBERATING. I answer to Nobody. And don’t want ever to be in that position again.

      • factual says:

        52? My generation will have to work perhaps 20 years longer than that. I can’t see how anyone could retire at that age, it’s virtually mid-career.

      • Factual…with respect you know nothing of the circumstances of my retirement. It might well not have been my “choice” Or a choic inflepuenced by issues outside my control. As recently as Wednesay I spoke at a seminar on Retirement. It was organised by a major Trade Union and attended by about seventy people approaching Retirement.
        Among the issues discussed…fuel poverty, benefit cuts, further education, my bus pass!!!, political activism.
        Next week I will be speaking to people about benefit cuts.
        You may be unaware that after I retired, I went back to university for the second time in my life emerging with a degree in History (and Politics) at the age of 57.
        Hence my involvement in further education for those who would not normally think of it,

        There is no magic age for Retirement. But I will make the observation that the Tories have raised retirement age and will do so again. They will work people until they drop. And they will present it as giving pensioners CHOICE. Andthey will seek to turn your generation against my generation by saying that your generation will pay for it all.
        Depressingly at these seminars, pensioners worry about their adult children, talk about the fear of loneliness, bereavement, nursing care, losing all they worked for (homes etc).
        And people talk openly about the fear of living too long.
        You might well think that your generation is paying for me to live in a life of luxury.
        But it isn’t.
        My only income for the next four years is my occupational pension, to which I contributed for over thirty years.
        And frankly with so many of your generation unemployed (I don’t know your age) and returning to live with parents, a whole generation won’t have jobs.
        Retirement is NOT about Age. It’s about CHOICE.
        And people retiring generally lose out.
        Including those retiring at 52 years of age.
        But just about everyone I know who is in their mid 50s would happily take a hit in income by retiring…if they thought it would open up job opportunities for kids in their 20s.
        But then that’s what parents generally are…people who work for the next generation.
        Bank of Mom and Dad.
        And the generation in their 20s…sadly too many appear to have your attitude.

      • factual says:

        Fair points FJH but there is a two-fold demographic imperative and economic imperative that cannot be escaped: (i) the rates of return on assets has fallen and (ii) life expectancy is growing rapidly. Taken together this means that if people retire at the old norm of 65, then the pension funds are going to be bankrupt. You grew up in a golden era – future generations will not be able to replicate that.

      • There was nothing gods about my era.
        The problem is not demographic.
        It’s about …money.
        Don’t Sinn Fein believe in socialism any more?

      • factual says:

        Socialism has “from each according to his ability” and its important that this part of it be remembered. Its not just about “to each according to his need”. With the ever-growing lifespan of productive workers, the production of goods using labour can be done over a longer life and that us not an anti-socialist position; what is socialist however in all of this is that the distribution of value that comes from this labour does get allocated fairly to workers.

  2. Sir Ike Broflovski says:

    You might like this if you’re still reclining with the ipad. FJH. I actually got a bit confused about who’s blog I was reading for a minute. Horse soldiers, personal reflections on old movies and a country fan’s interest in the civil war. I thought t I was still on yours.

    He’s got the clearest account I’ve read of what went wrong with the euro and the periphery further down as well.

    • The Horse Soldiers is my favourite movie.
      It’s actually a series of scenes and the John Ford Stock Company are in fine form. One Fred Kennedy a stunt man who plays one of the soldiers guarding the Southern Belle,Constance Towers…..lost his life in a fall from a horse in the movie.
      But Id argue that ALL westerns particuarly Fords characterise the winning of the west as northerner s and southerners fighting side by side against a common American enemy. ..the Indian, the speculator, the Mexican…blacks are excluded.
      Check out the Cavalry Trilogy….Fort Apache was the first…for civil war references.
      At theend of his career Sgt Routledge and Cheyenne Autumn were perceived setting the record straight…even apologising.
      But Horse Soldiers is subtle.
      William Holden delivers a baby in a slave hut.
      Blacks led by a Minister watch reverently as the Northern Cavalry goes by carrying the American Flag. The music is the Year Of Jubilo.
      In NewTon Station, the slave Lukey, played by Wimbledon champion Althea Gibson overhears talk about burning contraband “Contraband that’s me ain’t it?”
      But the deftest scene in the whole movie is the seemingly comedic scene where the Northerners come across two Confederate deserters…played by Denver Pyle and Strother Martin. We are enjoying the scene. We are laughing right up to the point where Strother Martin praises Denver Pyles marksmanship in dealing with runaway women slaves” I once saw him put a bullet right thru (her) head and the N word avoided by John WAynes fist.
      Brilliant movie.
      The Sergeant Major “Mitch” unable to ride because of malaria was played by Jak Pennick, Ford regular (actually more Ford movies than anyone) and Pennick was an expert in military protocol. He directed the Military Academy march. …and the scene where the Northerners ride out of La Grange.
      He also choreographed the Dance in Fort Apache.

      • Love the Horse Soldiers. The confrontation with the young cadets from the Confederate military academy is a great example of Ford’s ability to mix action and comedy. And as always Ford was the only director who could actually get John Wayne to act, and act well.

        Interesting to see the contrast with the similar Alvarez Kelly.

      • I actually think that is the leat convincing part of the movie.
        More Ford regulars there, Basil Rxxxxduyl (too lazy to look it up) plays the reverend principally of the Academy.
        But Anna Lee has a nice little cameo as the mother of Johnny the drummer boy.
        She was a Ford regular going all the way back to How Green Was My Valley and was Major Collingwoods wife in Fort Apache.
        Got herself blacklisted by Joe McCarthy and didn’t work for years. It was mistaken identity and Ford had to go personally to Washington to have it all corrected.
        Very strange man John Ford….and politically a contradiction.

  3. Sir Ike Broflovski says:

    Sounds like you and Prof Krugman would be BFF’s FJH. A couple of pinko cowboy movie fans.

    • She’s like Melanie Phillips for Protestants.
      Really in 2013…there is really no point in a newspaper columnist unless they have some expertise in politics or sport or whatever.
      I call this kinda column “why oh why….” As it invites readers to agree with her.
      Stephen Nolan is a “why oh why” radio person. He’ll will freeze over before I call him a journalist.
      Ms Walker would be unemployable if she tried to start a career in journalism now.
      But she has all the attributes to make an average blogger….just like me.

  4. hoboroad says:

    “Afghanistan is under occupation. If my country was occupied I would join the guerrillas and fight for its liberation.” Margaret Thatcher to Gorbachev.

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