The Last Laugh Looney Party has decided to continue with holding Prime Minister Bodj to account throughout 2020 to make sure he keeps his promises.  Otherwise there could be a French style revolution, complete with chopping off politicians heads 🤡

Bodj’s pledges in his election manifesto were typically not very specific.  Like all politicians, their promises always have enough wriggle room for them to be broken.  This is called Plausible Deniability, although you could call them downright lies.

These are some of the things that I intend to write about in this coming year in relation to holding Bodj to his promises :-


  • One of the things you can say about Prime Minister Bodj is that he certainly has a great sense of humour and I think this should be a theme for his term in office.  Bodj stuck on a zip line should set the tone for the new parliament and MPs should be given cream buns to throw at each other across the Houses of Parliament.   This should certainly be more interesting than many of the speeches they make.
  • BREXIT.   Former Prime Minister, Mrs Maybe-Maybe Not, famously coined the phrase “Brexit means Brexit”.  Except of course for her it didn’t.  Prime Minister Bodj added a deadline date to his Brexit, except it kept changing.  The latest deadline is 31st January 2020, but even if he keeps to that, nothing will change until the details are sorted out, supposedly towards the end of the year.  So expect Brexit to appear in this blog regularly in the coming months.
  • SOCIAL CARE.  This is the subject which is probably the most important to older people.  Sadly it’s the issue that politicians of all parties have failed to get to grips with for decades.  Its history is littered with Parliamentary Commissions, Green Papers, research reports, committee reports and reports on reports.  Proposals have been labelled as a “death tax” and/or a “dementia tax” and that guarantees that nothing will happen.  Now Bodj has called for an all party consesus, but there’s absolutely no chance of that happening.   So my recommendation is that older people forget about the Government helping them and sort out Social Care for themselves.


  • I don’t remember the word “packaging” figuring very largely in Bodj’s election manifesto, but he did refer to ridding the world of plastic which would be a jolly good start.  If we can get Bodj to wear gloves for the next year, no doubt he will come to realise that there is lots of other packaging that needs to be gotten rid of.


  • Unfortunately, small print didn’t figure highly in Bodj’s promises.  But I’m sure his advisors and civil servants will try and add as much of it as they can to Bodj’s “one line promises”.   As most old people don’t read small print, I will hold Bodj to the “one line promise”, without qualification.  So we expect to have “20,000 more police”, “40 new hospitals”, “instant GP appointments”, “a teacher for every child”, “prison sentences that last a lifetime” and finally “only a trickle of immigrants who will all have to be Nobel prize winners”.
  • MUMBLING.  This is a subject which I haven’t talked about before, but it’s one which excludes more and more older people from society.  Initially, I put it down to more and more older people being hard of hearing, but now I’ve concluded it’s not that, it’s the fact that young people talk too quickly.  And that people talk over each other on TV programmes.   And that background music is often louder than people talking.   And that rapping is completely incomprehensible.   And that people use more and more jargon words which are only understood by young people.   ALL OF THIS DISINFRANCHISES OLDER PEOPLE AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.   So I propose that the BBC loses £1 million of their Government grant for every 1000 complaints it gets about mumbling.   And ITV loses the same for each advert that older people can’t understand, which is probably most of them.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE.   This would seem to be one of the biggest issues the world has to face in the next decade.   Older people, with notable exception of Sir David Attenborough, seem relatively silent on the subject, presumably because they think they aren’t going to be around that long.   I think if they more clearly understood the subject, they would certainly be concerned for their children and grandchildren.   I will write more about this subject in the year ahead.


  • This has been a big subject in my blog for the last few years and it isn’t going to go away in a hurry.   However much I try to dispose of clutter, more steps up to replace it.   So I need a radical solution and here it is :-

      Pile it all up outside parliament or politicians houses and gardens.  That            will give them something to do rather than endlessly debating issues                    where nothing changes afterwards.   


  •  More and more old people have dogs as pets and they are definitely a             socialising influence as well as a guard against loneliness.   So expect             Coco to feature in my 2020 blogs.
  • SOMETHING ELSE ?   This is a space for the unexpected, because one thing you can be sure of is that something will crop up this year which forecasters didn’t forecast and the politicians didn’t pontificate about.  Nor did Google or YouTube or Twitter predict this the very beginning of the new decade.

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  1. SHoneiT, what a news sheet, not for hanging on that nail in the netty, but for a deeper read and understanding? By The Way HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! to all.
    With respect to ”something else”, we are at the start of uncertainty in the ‘MIDDLE EAST’ I just wish that our elected leaders around the world, can come to some sort of satisfactory resolution to this ‘sore bones’ issue that is festering in the .Middle East’.

  2. One of the more interesting aspects of the Blog-New years Revolution, and the word mumbling????
    This is a too edge sword for instance do:-
    1/ the political classes assume all those over 70 are old bumbling, mumbling non sensible senile artefacts, when in fact we could be alert and offer learned opinions,
    2/ As far as background noise is concerned, then like any other persons of sound disposition, we wish to know to whom we are listening, and replying to a concerned person who is listening with intent, and able to intelligently answer and question our reasoning with common sense.

  3. come forward please members of the LLLP [Last laugh loonie party], I need a giggle to start the Year OFF 2020, even if it is a ‘GUFFORE’ or a shout of ‘RUBBISH’?

  4. Drifter/dreamer
    It is revealing to draw back, and go through some of the ‘old poste’ on this blog site ‘’Smiles and Grumbles, or is it Grumbles Smiles, by John and his appreciative audience.’’
    As a retired gent with my wife at the gentle age of 65/67, we came into contact with ‘JOHN’ and his erstwhile mission to introduce the concept of a ‘Retirement Village, under the banner of ‘The Extracare Chartity Trust’, in 2004, and we have been living with and in the concept since 2007 July with much pleasure, and happy memories.
    Original Concepts-
    There would be a retirement village of some 254 Residences/apartments, some 2 bedroom and some one bedroom including a wet-room, kitchen, and a hall, sitting room/lounge, lobby, and a dedicated main entrance door, with a electronic key locking system. All apartment have a built in fire alarm sensing system in each room, and an emergency pull cord also in each room, with a dedicated built in say phone system [Emergency on site help]. With a management staff structure for support-health wise [24 hours], and an organisational management structure for day to day management/ problem solving/help, and including well being health issues, activities, reception, and corporate issues.
    1/- The village was designed to be occupied by residents who were made up of leaseholds 1/3- Share ownership 1/3 and 1/3 rental tenants {Social}.
    The care proportion of the village was designed and envisaged for a total of a minimum of 70 persons, [Just under a 1/3 of all residents.]=[254 apartment/3 comes to approx 70 persons, could be higher? On the EXtracare Care books, the total persons on care could exceed this value as the individual residents may have private heath support, or NHS support on a temporary basis.
    2/ Any registered resident was required to be above the minimum age of 55 years.
    3/ Initially on opening in 2007 there was an ‘’ ideal age profile’’ for the village, giving age ranges from 55 -65, 66-75, 76- 80 and 81+. The age profile was most important as it was seen by Extracare to encourage residents and friends of the village to take an active part in all aspects of village life, as a volunteer.
    4/- VOLUNTEERING- was seen as a positive activity, as it helps stimulate mental integration in the retirement village, and physical mobility, whether with or without a mobility aid, and or an infirmity.
    PERSONAL VIEW POINTS, with respect to living in a retirement village.
    Overall, the dream is alive and well, and to be enjoyed, I am now 77 years of age and my vision or thoughts for the future of my retirement village is reflected below, as I make my comments.
    A/= The age profile of a typical retirement village is difficult to manage as the village ages? For instance one cannot predict the age at the point of death, when encouraging new (friends of the village, and outsiders becoming potential residents, for which ever social 1/3 they may apply from to give the village its age profile? One of the down points with this fact of life is the new potential resident must have an active mental, and if possible mobility, infirmity, such that they can not only support the activities and the ethos of volunteering in the village to keep a positive attitude of mind that ‘ONE CAN DO’ or ‘WILLING TO DO?; to keep a older wiser independent attitude of the retirement village with independent thoughts of what is possible, not what has to be done! [ that is the role of the management structure?].
    B/= As one drifts into the latter years 80’s and so on I am amazed by the an antics of my grand and great grandchildren, and the younger mind of no inhibitions. Here I am brought back with a JOLT to ‘JOHN and the Extracare Chartible Trusts tales’ of the aspirations of their residents in 2004 in the ‘SCHEMES run by the Charity’, and their wishes of certain residents at there latter years of life having a wish list! To parachute jump from the skies, drive a tank across rough tor-reign-country, climb a rock face in a wheel chair, paddle a canoe, ride on a horse, take a trip on the ‘ORIENT EXPRESS, and a few more ‘bucket list wishes? John In His DAY achieved all of these for residents, Truely amazing!
    So What I see is that the mind is never shut out, and the body never denighed to try the delights of a positive ‘Bucket List`
    It is all a knife edge for residents and management to ride in the operation and upkeep of an active retirement village.
    IT is the responsibility of us all, and as we age; we must be active and help in our support in the way of life we desire, we cannot become 100% dependent upon mental and physical/health support in our chosen retirement village [environment], and yet there again as we come up to the close of play we may need total support? I only wish and trust that the ‘EXTRACARE CHARITIES TRUST RETIREMENT VILLAGE’, can maintain this balance of outlook on life, without the saddening of the retirement village becoming a ‘cabbage patch’ of old washed up persons.
    What I wish is a Retirement Village for the elderly which is to remain a centre of excellence. WE require more of these, and the Ideas of The Extracare Charitable Trust..,

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