There Are Winners and There Are Losers
But sometimes the losers think they are winners ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 13/06/2017 @ 8:00AM
Having watched last Thursday's General Election with a great deal of interest, it would be remiss of me not to make some sort of humorous mention of it here on my blog ...
There are winners and there are losers, but sometimes the losers think they are winners.
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My own constituency of Milton Keynes North had a large swing to Labour, but they didn't quite get in. It's been Labour in the recent past when the late Brian White was MP, and truth to tell, if it had been someone like him standing they'd have probably won it.
"I contacted Labour to ask if their candidate was a Corbyn supporter or not, which was a reasonable enough question from an interested voter."
I received the reply, "Don't know, don't care" from a canvasser, so it did occur to me that while they had plenty of people out and about canvassing for them, they were cheerleaders rather than political experts. However, the Conservatives didn't bother to canvass at all, which was an astounding way to go about an election.
'No-one versus useless' is quite a difficult one to call, but anyway, the Conservatives hung on by a much-reduced share of the local vote, which is about where it stands nationally, so we in MK are leading the way in some ways. I personally think the overall result was spot on. Give the Conservatives a damn good kicking but don't let any of them get much done.
Labour are calling this a victory which is slightly odd. While I see that they did extremely well, I still can't quite work out how they can claim it as a victory. I put £20 on a Labour win, but sadly for me, Ladbrokes don't agree that I should be able to pick up my winnings.
This win and lose thing could cause some consternation in 'The Winchester Club' where I play snooker. Up until now, we have always allowed the player who got the most points to call him or her self the winner, even if it were a close match.
It seemed logical. But given the mood swing on this matter we may have to change the rules and have special 'Corbyn' rules, which means that if you only just lose, you are allowed to witter on about it really being a win.
"Given how close most of the matches are, this could end up being a long running pain in the arse."
And I'm afraid that might be the case in the UK. Just imagine of there were another election later this year and Labour got most seats but not an overall majority which could well be the case.
Best of three anyone? Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.