Thursday Doors – 1 April 2021

Doors 143 – April Fools’ Day – some central Bristol doors.

Some of you may have seen reports of unrest being reported in Bristol over the last week or two. Such is the nature of the press in the UK at the moment that you’d think the whole of the city was in flames, and violent protesters lurk on every corner. It just isn’t like that.

There have been four protests now where citizens have taken to the streets to object to the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill which is passing through parliament right now. This bill along with others coming from the hard-line right-wing Home Secretary Priti Patel seeks to restrict human rights further and by doing so, cement central control over the people she is there to serve. The first protest ended with violent exchanges which is so deeply sad, because of the damage it did to the purpose of the protest.

You get what you vote for, and sadly it seems that people who voted for this Government have been happy to see our public services brought to its knees through the policy/ideological choice of austerity; our exit from a powerful trading partnership and the freedoms to work in and participate fully as citizens of Europe; a clamping down on our right to protest peacefully; a reduction in our overseas development budget at a time when wealthy countries should be stepping up and not stepping back; an Australian-style immigration system proposed to keep ‘illegal’ immigrants out of the country unless they have documentation that their lives are at risk (impossible for people whose lives are at risk… think about it); a perfunctory recognition that climate change is really important because we are hosting the COP 26 conference in Glasgow this year, not forgetting that many serving in this Government were climate sceptics only a few years ago, and some still are; a jaw-droppingly incompetent response to the Covid-19 pandemic with more than 126,000 people who have died from this deadly disease and a clown at the helm with nothing more important to himself than himself.

I would love to say at this point that I am only joking and that the above paragraph is an April Fools’ Day piece, but it isn’t, it is real, and it is our future. It is no wonder some people want to protest, and it is no surprise that this Government want to suppress any kind of objection or resistance or anything that might expose them as anything other than brilliant. Unfortunately they have Rupert Murdoch on their side and the full weight of his media holdings which makes it much easier for them to sway public opinion.

Oops… I appear to have gone off-topic, but I feel much better for sharing. I hadn’t intended to ‘go there’ but it just started to spill out. The point I was going to make was that the protests have ended up in one street, Bridewell Street, which is only a stone’s throw away from where all these doors are. Most of these doors are now entrances to pubs or restaurants where once stood banking and finance establishments. Our city centres are ever evolving and a further evolution is set to take place as many businesses leave their offices and commercial premises in favour of ‘working from home’ models.

I hope you enjoy my doors more than my rant, but both would be doubly satisfying… here they are:

Blue door, Clare Street, Bristol, March 2021
Blue door, Clare Street, Bristol, March 2021

 

Stunning door surround, Clare Street, Bristol, March 2021
Stunning door surround, Clare Street, Bristol, March 2021

 

Boys door, St John's Steep, Bristol, March 2021
Boys door, St John’s Steep, Bristol, March 2021

 

Metal and leaded window door, Bristol, March 2021
Metal and leaded window door, Bristol, March 2021

 

Carved wooden door and ornate surround, Clare Street, Bristol, March 2021
Carved wooden door and ornate surround, Clare Street, Bristol, March 2021

 

Garage door to Electricity House, Christmas Street, Bristol, March 2021
Garage door to Electricity House, Christmas Street, Bristol, March 2021

That’s it for this week, and I’ll try to steer clear of politics in the future – have a wonderful Easter/Passover weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

 

The disruptor departs

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Bugger off you git

and shut the door behind you

house of cards falling

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by Scooj

On the most excellent news that Dominic Cummings has left Number 10 with immediate effect. However, his legacy along with other politicians and advisors has left this country on the brink of ruin and isolated with very few friends and allies in the world. I hope he will be forever remembered as the man who brought our  country to its knees and bred mistrust and division with his ‘intellectual’ manipulation of messages and his lies. A terrible, terrible man.

PMQ*

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Boris obfuscates

in only the way he can

Russian involvement?

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by Scooj

 

* Another blustering/bumbling performance from Boris in the final Prime Minister’s Questions today. He really is a jumped up little school prefect with zero gravitas. How much the Malvolio quote from Shakespeare’s the Tempest resonates:

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”

The nightmare before Christmas

 

An election called

in the run up to Christmas

the work of a fool

 

by Scooj

 

I am dreading the result of the election. All forecasts have the Tories ahead. I am not sure how much more of Conservative values this country can stand. The poorest and disenfranchised have been conned into voting Tory (many for the first time) on the ‘get Brexit done’ agenda. A self-destructive act, like turkeys voting for Christmas.

How have these people become marginalised? How have they become poorer? How have they come to despise the established elite? One thing you can be pretty sure about is that it has been more to do with ten years of a Conservative government than it has been to do with 40 years in the EU. The cunning conflation of issues and deliberate anti-Europe narrative pushed by Farage and the ERG for many years has created a construct that people want to believe.

We have had decades of similar deceit from similar people on the issue of climate change. There was a time when climate change scepticism was trendy, particularly in Tory ranks, and these people were proud of that status. Where are they now? They were wrong then, they are wrong now.

Oven ready

 

What is it that they

admire about Boris J

a sound-bite fraudster

 

by Scooj

 

Sorry for getting all political, but I am utterly baffled by the adulation Boris receives. He has an abysmal record in high-office and yet because he promises to deliver one policy item (something he has promised and failed to do before) he is winning hearts (and minds?), but there is no scrutiny of the man and the damage he has done in the past and the damage he might do over the next five years if he is returned as PM.

Cult of celebrity. Enough said.