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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.

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 PIBWORTH

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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.