LETTERS FROM LONDON
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
3 December 2016
Good God!

Evidently God is assisting PM May in her relentless drive towards Brexit. In an
interview with the
Sunday Times Theresa claimed that her faith in God will guide
our path out of Europe. Come on now: “Oh my god!”

Theresa said: “There is something in terms of faith, I am a practising member of
the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do. If you know you
are doing the right thing, you have the confidence, the energy to go and deliver
that right message.”

Come on now: “What the f***?” Is this the same Theresa who was aligned with
Remain? Of course it was. Surely her God told her that to Remain was the right
thing to do. And how do we square that exactly?

“Let the little children come unto me and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of
heaven belongs to such as these.” Theresa? No Jesus. You know, that Jesus
the son of God. Oh Theresa. We have a problem here. Well, actually you have a
problem.

Theresa wants to hinder the little children chosen by her God’s son. Theresa
proposed – twice - to let the little children of illegal immigrants to be left out of all
British education. How? She wanted their passports checked. Really. This in
2015 and in 2013 when the staunch Christian was home secretary. Theresa was
reportedly “furious” when the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, resisted and
wrote twice to PM CallMeDave expressing strongly her “profound concerns”!
Undeterred, God-driven Theresa tried to coerce others to join her in her attempts
at Christian charity. Theresa has the full support of 48 percent. If you are one of
them, possibly it’s time to do a little rethink on that.

The National Audit Office has released a scathing report on the use of benefit
sanctions. The spending watchdog found benefit sanctions are being randomly
applied and the Department for Work and Pensions has done no analysis on the
impact of penalising claimants who are pushed to the edge. Think little children
here if you will.

More than a quarter of a million people in England are homeless according to
analysis from Shelter. The charity, calculated that there are nearly 255,000
people with no permanent home across the country. Here’s the best part: A
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesman said of
Shelter's findings: “We do not recognise these figures”. Well, try to.

Ready for Christmas cheer? Not for years to come. Remember Labour? Right. I
mean left – or rather the loss of the left. A poll this week showed the opposition
on 28 points and the Conservatives on 44 points. And where is the working
class? They are backing Theresa. Surely they aren’t buying (tis the season) all
that rhetoric about how she’s the leader for the workers? Evidently they are.

Where’s our Labour leader then? Oh look. There’s Corbyn leaving his house
proudly displaying his Moaist cap. How old is he? 12? 15? 19? Oh 69. Surely
having just genuflected, kissed, waved his cap, whatever to the images of Castro
he must have in his house. Comrade Corbyn forgives Castro for his “flaws”.
Erm. “Flaws”? Oh yes. All those murders and all that torturing. Oh must we
reiterate? Yes we must, but just a bit. We just couldn’t let him get away with that
could we? The answer is no.

In 2006 Forbes magazine listed Corbyn’s hero as one of the world’s richest
“kings, queens and dictators siphoning off the proceeds from state-run
enterprises, including a small gold mine." Our dictator in Havana angrily insisted
he lived on a salary of £20 a month. See where I’m going with this?

A lavish rather glamourous, indulgent, hedonistic, Versailles-lifestyle? Oh no. 20
homes, a private island, a luxury yacht, incalculable lovers, mistresses, ad inf. I’ll
stop at the private hospital and rooftop bowling alley. OK. I must add his own ice
cream factory. I’ll end this on JC’s praise of Castro’s “heroism, a champion of
social justice…it seems he has been with us for ever”. With you, Jeremey.
Enough said – surely.

Whew. Time for Christmas cheer. Indeed. H&M has chosen Wes Anderson to
do their Christmas advert. Adrien Brody is featured. Really. Clearly clever. But it
isn’t just the narrative, it’s the visuals. Visually satisfying. Worth the four-minute
watch. You will be cheered.

The Mail on Sunday reported a lovely Christmas tale. A former German prisoner
of war has left nearly £400,000 to a small  Scottish village for the kindness
shown to him during his imprisonment.

A former Waffen SS soldier during WWll, 19 year-old Heinrich Steinmeyer, was
captured in France in 1944 and held at the PoW camp at Cultybraggan near the
village of Comrie, Perthshire.

A few details: classified as a category "C" prisoner – a hardline Nazi - he was
held in Perthshire until June 1945 when he was then moved to another unit in
Caithness, then to a camp in Fife before eventually being released in 1948. After
he was freed, he returned to Comrie regularly and made life-long friendships in
the area. He died in 2014 aged 90. His ashes were scattered in the hills above
the camp. Lovely, right? There’s more.

Mr Steinmeyer's left £384,000 to be spent on local development for the elderly.
Ahhh. Part of his will reads: "I would like to express my gratitude to the people of
Scotland for the kindness and generosity that I have experienced in Scotland
during my imprisonment of war and hereafter".

Mr Steinmeyer made close friends with a local man, George Carson, who died
only two weeks prior to his own. Hmmm. Mr Carson's son told BBC Radio 4's
Today programme: "It sounds like an unbelievable story but it's absolutely true.

"My mother and her friends, all school children at Morrison's Academy in Crieff,
made friends with Heinrich through the fence of the Cultybraggan camp (little
children referenced here – did you notice?).

"I'm not quite sure how they communicated but during these conversations they
discovered that Heinrich had never seen a moving picture, so they went up with
their push bikes one morning and one of the girls had taken her brother's school
uniform and they smuggled him out of the camp through the chainlink fence and
into the cinema where he saw his very first film and he was absolutely blown
away by the whole experience.

"I met him a couple of times and he was a wonderful man.

"He had meetings with the Comrie Development Trust in 2008 and asked them to
manage his estate on his death.

"He was quite specific in his will that the money should only be used on the
elderly in the village (all those little children grown up – and old).

"This is his thanks for the kindness shown to him at the point of his life where he
was at his lowest and he just wants to say thank you to everybody."

Time for tissues. I hate to say ‘Christian charity’ because it goes beyond that
really. Not so much ‘good god!’ as good man. Eh Theresa?
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