Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Sleepy life in middle-England and the Dunkirk spirit
Us forty to eighty year-old inhabitants of Blogland have the same attitude to current affairs as they do in the rural, middle-England village of Ambridge - we don't often like them impinging on our little world of food, art and rants.
'The Archers' were/was heavily criticised by some recently, by actually reporting on the flooding of farms in Worcestershire as they happened, in real time.
Normally, a nuclear bomb goes off in Europe, and about six months later, Jill will say to Shula, "Wasn't it terrible about that nuclear bomb going off in Belgium? Those poor people - I feel quite sorry for them with all that mess to clear up."
This time, the hard rains were still afallin' when a handful of them rallied round their stricken neighbours about 40 miles away, and travelled off in two tractors to rescue sheep and take them to the higher ground of Brookfield Farm.
This was The Archers fulfilling their original brief to be a service to the agricultural communities of G.B. - a service which has, up until recently, been falling behind in favour of the sexier business of illicit affairs and cut-throat business practices involving sausages.
The agricultural advisor drummed-up a bit of Dunkirk spirit by encouraging the scriptwriters to force David and Tony to perform an act of altruism which they - under normal circumstances - would not be able to afford.
Well I don't know about you, but I'm rather worried about (as Mrs Dale used to say) the situation in the Ukraine.
I am no expert, but I feel I need to become one quickly, just in case that nuclear bomb really does go off in Belgium.
This is all I understand as of the present:
The Crimea is strongly pro-Russian, Kiev is not.
There are two major oil pipelines running through the Crimea which come from Russia.
Germany depends on Russia for 40% of all its oil imports.
Germany is the biggest supporter of the Ukraine becoming part of the E.U.
The USA resent the E.U. as much as they resent Russia, but have massive trade-deals in place which the E.U. would dearly like a piece of.
The Western part of the Ukraine would dearly like to become members of the E.U. and Russia would dearly like them not to.
The Crimea would dearly like to be aligned with Russia, if not return to Russian territory after Kruschev gave it away 60 years ago, and Kiev would not.
Yesterday, the British Government made it transparently clear (by accident/on purpose) that they would like to keep all their pet Russian oligarchs on board by opposing the Ukraine entry into the E.U. and opposing economic sanctions against Russia.