Immigration, the NHS and the law of unintended consequences

In the days of the British Raj, the Colonial authorities in India were concerned by the number of residents dying from the venomous bite of the cobra.  In order to reduce the number, the authorities introduced a bounty on the body of a dead cobra; for killing a cobra you could receive a reward.  Cobras…

And now it is New Zealand

The Kiwi is a flightless bird native to New Zealand.  It is the smallest of the world’s flightless birds and is the bird that produces the largest egg relative to its size (ouch!).  The greatest risk to the Kiwi is from animal predators.  Now it would appear to be a suitable symbol for the Leave…

The Bullometer of EU Referendum News

The Mumbler has not updated The Clerihew of the Day for a while.  For the duration of the EU Referendum Campaign it will be superseded by the Mumbler’s Bullometer of EU Referendum News. Following the latest post on an analysis of farmyard manure, the Bullometer™ will replace the Clerihew.  The Bullometer is a finely tuned instrument designed to…

An analysis of farmyard manure

It is not uncommon to hear people disparaging the views of others to describe them as “bull”.  The word has been in common usage for about 400 years and derives from the French word “boul” meaning fraud.  The first trace of its being extended to “bullshit” was in the title of a poem by TS…

Trading insults

The grayling is a freshwater fish of the salmon family.  It can be found across Northern and Central Europe and in abundance in British rivers.  It was believed by anglers to limit the breeding opportunities for the more favoured trout, but recent research has shown that the two types of fish have mutually exclusive food sources,…

The gift that keeps on giving

On the BBC’s Question Time last night, Conservative MEP and devout Eurosceptic Daniel Hannan, stated that the austerity the United Kingdom has undergone over the last six years was not (contrary to received Conservative opinion) caused by Gordon Brown’s profligate spending, but by our membership of the European Union.  His logic was that every week, the…