Post by Mike McMillan
To make sure no-one is seeing my posting via eternal-september.org.
Sorry been a bit pre-occupied.
A week's holiday (now legal you know). Now the house is being painted,
Pawdee has come to stay and needs walking, the squirrel problem has
finally been eradicated and the burglar alarm decided to go off for no
reason, not to mention trying to catch up on all the jobs which were
left unfinished before I went Norf!
Did I tell you all about North Tyneside? It is a council on the Norf
bank of the Tyne and one of the delightful conurbations covered is
Whitley Bay wherein resides a Spanish City containing a good fish and
chip restaurant which has been reported as dining inside a tiered
wedding cake so sounded ideal.
Booked a table for, bowled along on Monday of last week, served a decent
fish dinner and enjoyed the building. We then returned to our temporary
residence in Newbiggin-by-the-sea - once a coal mining centre but now an
entirely delightful seaside town - where I decided to peruse the news
online whilst the good lady wife went to bed.
I then discovered that by Holy Writ of the Government on the previous
Friday they had decided that North Tyneside was not permitted for visits
or for travelling into or out from because the dreaded delta variation
was rampaging on the streets (they seemed quiet to me). Apparently
crossing the (unmarked) boundaries was totally verboten. Except that
Boris and Matt had forgotten to tell anyone (and 6 other equally rotten
boroughs were similarly to be avoided). None of the residents knew
either, nor the councils, nor the local NHS or indeed anyone - because
after all the whole of England is one tier and all that different
treatment has been ditched since we were opened up.
After several days had passed the Government decided that their
instructions were only guidance but it was still better not to visit
such places, which would be fine except the only way south to come home
is via the Tyne Tunnel which starts in North Tyneside.
When was it allowed that someone could publish something on a website
and not even bother to tell the House of Commons or indeed arrange a No
10 Briefing - after all hasn't someone just spent our millions on a new
briefing room so we can all have our briefs?
Kosmo Richard W