TIME TO PUT ED TO BED
Given the general dissatisfaction with the present coalition government, you'd expect Labour to be leaving the other parties standing when it comes to popularity but that doesn't seem to be happening. The biggest part of the problem is Labour leader Ed Miliband. Now I don't put a great deal of store by looks (with a fizzog like mine, you can't), but for me there are two types of 'looks'. One is physical features, such as whether someone has a large nose or crooked teeth but the other is far more important – looking the part. I was never a member of the Tony Blair fan club but whatever else you think about Blair, it has to be said he looked like a bloke who could be the Prime Minister – a bloke other leaders would take seriously. Probably his training and experience as a Lawyer gave him the necessary confident attitude.Ed's difficulty is that he looks like a teenage geek who is permanently bewildered. Even when he knows he's being filmed and even when he knows what he's talking about, he still manages to look bewildered, if not lost and scared. It's easy to see why many people think that if Labour wins the next election, Ed will roll over and allow the big unions to control Britain again. Sorry Mr Miliband, but it's time to make way for a new model.
SAY WHAT YOU THINK
Whatever happened to freedom of speech in this country? It's reported that Olympic Champion Usain Bolt said he was "not really" having fun in Glasgow and that the Commonwealth Games were "a bit s**t" compared to the London Olympics. Howls of outrage followed and Mr Bolt has denied uttering any such thing. Whether he did or didn't actually say that is of no interest to me but his right to say it – if that is his opinion – interests me very much. I repeat, what happened to freedom of speech?For the record, I reckon the games are extremely s**t because I have no interest whatsoever in sport.
SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE
The mural on the side of The Brunswick pub in Park Road resembles a vision of Puzzle Wood seen through a haze of magic mushrooms but if that's what floats your boat (or in this case decorates your pub) fine. However, I find it odd that similar paintings elsewhere in the city are regarded as graffiti and removed. Many years ago, a bloke living in a house at the junction of Kingsholm Road and Skinner Street painted its gable end with a collage of pictures depicting various sports. After a while, he was told to paint over it because he didn't have planning permission. How times change.
BELLE OF THE BALL
During last week's carnival procession, I noticed that Miss Gloucester, Juliette Crosby, was constantly being asked to have her photo taken with members of the crowd. When I realised that most of the requests were coming from young girls, I could understand why. They obviously thought she was Belle, from the 'Disney Princess' series!