Sometimes in a crisis the country needs a good burst of old-fashioned common sense. And this week it came in the form of 83-year-old great-grandmother Maureen Eames.
Refusing to be screened and hiding at home, she told anyone who would listen – including millions of TV viewers – that she hadn't made fun of the new restrictions that she and her husband Michael were in on their home Yorkshire were imposed.
"In my life I would never have thought that I would feel in a country when Germany invaded," she said. "This is a free country, for God's sake, or I thought it was."
She spoke for millions of us when she insisted we have to get on with our lives through this pandemic and not have to be “tied up” in a house when the country needs us to get off our knees and move on.
Maureen reminded me more of my maternal grandmother, lovingly known as Battleaxe Blanche, who sent only two daughters to a monastery in rural Western Australia towards the end of World War II to protect them from what she feared the Japanese army approached.
Sometimes in a crisis the country needs a good burst of old-fashioned common sense. And this week it came in the form of 83-year-old great-grandmother Maureen Eames
Grandma's motto was to hope for the best, plan for the worst and make the best of it. Maureen says we cannot afford a lockdown life ruled by caution. Most of us agree – we no longer want to live in fear if we abide by the increasingly ridiculous rules and regulations of the government.
She has tapped a sense of rebellion among young and old that we will not leave our freedom to politicians and medical experts who seem to change their minds about the threat of Covid on a daily basis.
Families weren't allowed to meet, friends weren't allowed to share a drink, lovers said they should stay apart – what kind of world is this, what kind of life?
“There will be millions of people out of work by the end of this year,” Maureen said, “and you know who's going to pay for them? All boys. Not me, because I'll be dead. & # 39;
The former housekeeper has more sense on her little finger than the thousands of experts who decide the fate of this country.
Those of us who no longer trust those in power and are determined to maintain our freedom greet Maureen. We're not going to have raves, but we'll see friends and family. Most of all, we will get on with life – and be ruled by the common sense that our leaders seem to lack.
Not tonight, Ella
The first rounds of Strictly Come Dancing start tonight, hooray!
Although the girlfriend of former Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, the "famous" beauty blogger Ella Baig (no, never heard of her, either), who is known for her "naked clothes," says her lover's grueling training schedule for that TV dancing has taken its toll on sex life.
Too much information, Ella!
Feeling neglected: Nicolas' lover Ella
An early Christmas present for Kate
For the second year running, Harry and Megs are expected to miss the Queen's traditional Christmas party in Sandringham. Sad for Her Maj as she barely met her one year old great grandson Archie.
But am I the only one who could hear the screams of joy from William and Kate's Kensington Palace on the news?
What are you going to buy the world's most smug couple for Christmas when they've already cornered the market with burlap and ashes? Though a whoopee pillow might be the first laugh Harry had in years.
Jilly Cooper is still fabulous at 83 and continues to write bestsellers
Jilly meets with the footballers
Jilly Cooper is still fabulously lively at 83 and continues to write bestsellers. She was the first celebrity I interviewed for the Perth Daily News as a 21-year-old junior reporter. She encouraged me to write and we have kept in touch over the years.
I even met her husband Leo's mistress, Sarah Johnson, a greedy hollow excuse for a woman who was selling her story for a fortune, in my view.
Jilly forgave her husband and was with Leo until he died. In her latest novel, Between The Covers, about the world of football, she interviewed guys from her local team at length, as any eighty-year-old would.
Jilly is a brilliant storyteller and the woman who makes other writers jealous.
Miles King came up with the clever idea of posing with nine other black Oxford students in a parody of the infamous Bullingdon Club photo with Boris Johnson to empower black men.
He wrote: “As a black working-class man from south east London, there were certain structural economic and social pressures that the establishment unfairly placed on me. . . due to the combination of my race and the gender identified. & # 39; But how much more powerful the picture would have been if it had shown some black students.
A witness in the trial of 39 illegal immigrants suffocated to death on the back of a truck reveals that his family in Vietnam paid £ 13,000 to be smuggled into the UK on a similar trip. Rather, this refutes the theory often advocated by the left that these are all penniless victims fleeing persecution.
Football player Marcus Rashford's offer to extend free school meals during the holidays was rejected in the House of Commons. He is a hero, one of five children raised by his working single mother. Still, questions remain. Why should a family abandon responsibility for feeding their children? Why are absent fathers not mentioned? And why should the state always have to take over the bill?
Mother of four Ulrika Jonsson posts another naked picture of herself and says, “A note to myself – a reminder that my whole body is here, I have to reclaim it now and do something I've never done before : own it. & # 39;
She wants to send a message to her two daughters about empowerment. A fun way to love it. And it's surely a coincidence that Ulrika turns up the week John Leslie – the man falsely linked to one of her rape allegations – is acquitted of sexual assault.
Empowerment or naked opportunism?
Mother of four, Ulrika Jonsson, posts another naked picture of herself, saying, "A note to myself – a reminder that my whole body has endured it, I have to reclaim it now and do something I've never done before have: own it. "
- MANCHESTER Mayor Andy Burnham's magnificent eyebrows and his city's stoic defenses have tended to overshadow Keir Starmer and led me to place a strong bet on him to become the next Labor leader. Paddy Power offers 9/1, which could mean comfortable early retirement for me – and Keir – in a few years.
- During the debate about extending free meals, Labor vice chair Angela Rayner was reluctant to apologize after calling a Greater Manchester Tory colleague "scum". The tribal language of the toilet has no place in Parliament.
- Boris & # 39; very exotic adviser Jennifer Arcuri has confirmed that she had an affair with the prime minister while he was still married. She says they "bonded" because of their mutual love for Shakespeare, and he told her that she was "the mountain every man wants to climb". More likely, he saw her just as another notch on the bedpost on his way up to # 10.
Pay? Big chance
The UK's fattest man, Jason Holton, 30, who is 50, says he was determined to go on a diet after firefighters had to remove the front of his house to take him to the hospital.
His revelation came after he realized that eating multiple family dinners for breakfast wasn't good for him – he couldn't leave his house for five years because he couldn't squeeze out the front door.
No fat shame here, just a sincere hope that while the NHS decently bills Jason's care, we don't have to pay to renovate his house either.
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