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25th June 2024 5:23 pm

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This week, somebody mentioned Prorogation on the radio and I started to reflect on the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2019, which found that BJ’s decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful, because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions. Therefore the prorogation was “void and of no effect”, meaning Parliament had not been suspended. On the following Sunday Dominic Raab told Andrew Marr; “Of course we will respect whatever the legal ruling is from the Supreme Court….. there may be different permutations as to what the Supreme Court may or may not decide… later in the week, we’ll obviously want to look at that very carefully.

This was all said as though constitutional crises happened every day in Tory land, and it was all perfectly normal. In some spin, it was simply the Government trying to do its best for the people of Britain.

In derivation, prorogatio was in ancient Rome, the extension of a commander’s imperium beyond the one-year term of his magistracy, usually that of consul or praetor. Prorogatio solved the problem of an over-expanded Roman Empire that had discovered that there were more annexations than elected officials. Inevitably civilians became involved, based on their local knowledge, becoming super-rich very quickly and corrupting the system, leading of course, to civil wars and local uprisings as they became ever greedier.

The failed prorogation however did reveal the path chosen by The PM at the head of an unelected coterie of SPADs, private advisers who weren’t Special, bankers and corporate figures.  A path that had nothing to do with the advancement of democracy, but everything to do with the acquisition of control. A path that also included a review of the future of The Supreme Court – with the intention of its replacement or closure.

Just six months later, the Pandemic arrived and it became obvious that the PM’s plans were best served by an alliance with Public Health, a collective of bodies, institutions and large corporations, that is ever greedy for power and money. PH formed 20+ advisory bodies and the PM would refer back to them when it suited and overrule them if some other unseen siren had found his ear. This manifested itself – despite assurances to Parliament that all decisions would be placed before it – with every piece of business being leaked early and then run up the media flag-pole, where it is either saluted or decried. The saluted bits are presented to Parliament and the decried objectives are reshaped for future use. All of this – and I do mean all – hides behind a Public Health facemask. It is been a 16-month programme of management by fear and of the quite deliberate manipulation of the population by the health industries, through often wildly inaccurate statistics and simply wrong data. Bizarrely we simply don’t appear to care.

Public Health is an industry. It is entirely apolitical – because no political party can deny it. In order to achieve its aims “for the public good”, it must have the legal authority and, for the public good, be entirely authoritarian. When bits don’t follow the internal guidelines, think PHE, it is replaced. The monolithic Public Health will in future continue to extend the powers it gained during the pandemic to decide how much you eat, how much you drink, how much you sleep, how much you work, how hard you exercise, how much insurance you should have, whether you can drive, go out, have sex, breed, bet. Taken to its natural conclusion Public Health will decide that the country can no longer care for over 90s, then 80+, then 75+. Got a serious illness. Peaceful termination on the grounds of cost. I know, my dear, but it is for the best.

To take our mind off all this – and exactly as in the Old Roman Empire – we will have our games restored and great new monuments built. But you will eat what you are told and you will drink only when allowed. For the good of the people of Britain. The fixed-term Parliamentary act will be abolished and the PM will be given the mandate to set Public Health on the road to total power. For the good of Parliament and the people of England. Don’t go away – spend your money here. Don’t go to a pub and spend money, you’ll die. Don’t eat Curry, you’ll be fat. Spend more on the NHS. Live longer. Unless you’re a burden. Not this year, but sooner perhaps than you think. Don’t read Capt Kneesup tips, he’s encouraging gambling and loose living and thus causing mental anguish.

You could of course start the process of objecting to this, by sending a note to your MP demanding the absolute restoration of all civil rights to December 31st 2019 and the cessation of all Public Health programmes that directly impinge on personal freedoms or are designed to remove choice.

Talking of mental anguish and other matters, Mrs Trellis of North Wales complained about my highlighting the Gay and Amazonian Fest, that is the Eurovision Song Contest. I say Amazonian because this year I am transfixed by a blonde presenter who must be 6’4 and who could lift a horse – and quite possibly eat it. Several blonde chanteuses have appeared who are no strangers to Botox Fish Lips, and there are several who have shares in Macdonalds. You might remember I mentioned the Popbitch Eurovision Song Contest Guide – possibly not as important as War and Peace, but considerably funnier. It can be found HERE. I only ask that you play fair and register to get their email. Trust me it will keep wrinkles at bay, and will appal your young who will not understand how you know such things!

So Mrs Trellis, come Saturday night, one of us will be laughing from the other side of Maltese Mary’s many chins, or whistling the Ukrainian howl, or even counting our winnings from today.

Talking of burdens… here are today’s FREE (nota bene Mrs Trellis) suggestions.

1:40 GOODWOOD MansionBet Watch And Bet Hcap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m6f 8 run

NUITS ST GEORGES needed the run LTO and is only 3lbs shy of his last winning mark. HOCHFELD will be the worry, based on his 3rd in the Chester Cup. He has experience of ground with cut, and he has a win and a place over C&D


1:55 HAYDOCK Casumo Horse Racing And Sports Betting Hcap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 7f 13 run

MOLL MEMORY must have a squeak, as she has been busy running on better ground and coming down in the weights. However, I see that COLD STARE has been hunting for the right ground and comes here instead of Goodwood on Friday. He has won here twice before.


2:10 GOODWOOD MansionBet Beaten By A Head Festival Stks(Listed) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f 5 run

AL ZARAQAAN pulled too hard LTO in the G2 Jockey Club Stakes and he both in class and distance. Hopefully, they’ll run him from the front rather than keep him covered up. He has got a motor on him when allowed to use it.


2:25 HAYDOCK Download The Casumo App Today Hcap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m 10 run

FRANKENSTELLA was very unlucky LTO when badly hampered and she benefits from having bottom weight in this marathon. She has won 3 times at around 2m and if ridden closer to the pace, must go close.


2:40 YORK William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stks(G3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f 7 run

BELIEVE IN LOVE Won a G3 in St Cloud perhaps a shade cosily, while I’m not sure that MAKAWEE is a Group horse. MIGHTY BLUE won the Listed Vintage Tipple Stakes at Gowran Park LTO going away to win by 7l, I just think the selection will come out on top.


3:00 HAYDOCK Join Casumo Today Silver Bowl Hcap Cl2 (3yo) 1m 10 run

Three fit the bill here, and my instinct says WOBWOBWOB who owes us nothing and ran a blinder LTO when we backed him. NEBULOSO has e/w possibilities and then TEODOLINA who is a C&D winner on Soft last season, and one is hoping that she has more in hand. Obviously, we can’t forget that Mark Johnston runs HEADINGLEY, which given his trainer’s successes in the Silver Bowl must give him a chance in this. You might remember that he ducked violently left in running at Goodwood on his handicap debut and maybe it was the track, a bird, a bee, we have no idea. I’d rather however find that out another day.


3:20 CURRAGH Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) (Colts & Fillies) (3yo) 1m 12 run

Almost anything can win this wide-open Guineas and Jim Bolger’s MAC SWINEY will like the testing conditions and has decent form. He has beaten WEMBLEY, and he won the G1 Futurity Trophy Stakes at Donny on bottomless ground in October. POETIC FLARE is attempting a Guineas double – and strangely is a bigger price than LUCKY VEGA who he beat at HQ, but who was making his seasonal debut. But will he handle the ground? At a price the one perhaps to consider is BATTLEGROUND, last year’s Vintage Stakes winner, who was fancied at HQ, but was kippered by Newmarket’s dip.


3:35 HAYDOCK Casumo Bet10Get10 Sandy Lane Stks(G2) Cl1 (3yo) 6f 11 run

THE LIR JET has lines of good form and the drop to 6f on this ground is a sound move. 3rd in the Greenham LTO, he benefits from Osin in the plate and 13/2 looks a fair e/w price. However, the one I really fancy is ISABELLA GILES who has bags of stamina but was possibly overraced last season. She was 6th in The Greenham on ground that was too fast, 3rd in a Lingfield G3 under a G2 penalty and I’m hoping that on this ground today, she’ll be seen to best advantage.

THE LIR JET and ISABELLA GILES dutch the pair.

NOT ON TV 3:40 Newmarket

Roger Varian runs ZEEBAND in this, who is an absolute giant of a horse and like all big chaps, (I speak from personal experience), it takes some time to develop into the athletes we should be. He got a huge bang in running LTO at York which I felt denied him a position in the run-in and he cannot be ignored in this.


3:50 YORK Best Odds Guaranteed Hcap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f 14 run

HURRICANE IVOR makes his debut here for William Haggas, having been considered a black-type horse quite early on. Ann odds-on favourite in a G3 on his second start and then showed nothing in a Listed, and the assumption is that Haggas has weaved the spell. On this ground, he must be an e/w shot. PENDLETON is Dod’s Wokingham horse and is obviously a good ‘un.  MAKANAH e/w had a high draw at Chester LTO, which scuppered any chance he might have had. but must have a chance on the previous form and is only 1lb below his last winning mark. SPOOF trained by Charlie Hills, won three times last season on a variety of grounds over 5f. The market liked him LTO at Epsom – but he is not an Epsom horse and I think York might suit him.


4:10 HAYDOCK Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Temple Stks(G2) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f 7 run

LIBERTY BEACH is nothing if not consistent  – especially on this ground. She is 12R – 5W – 4P handles a break was narrowly beaten in the Abbaye… what’s not to like?


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