‘F#?k off Jesus, no sandals’.

There was a satirical show on the BBC in the 1980s called ‘Not The Nine O’ Clock News’. Any person living in the UK will remember it as being hilarious.

Once they did a sketch to illustrate the absurdity of dress codes. A bouncer at a nightclub is choosing who to let it. Hitler walks up, dressed nicely in his Nazi uniform, and is admitted. Jesus is next up, and is not allowed because he was wearing sandles. ‘F#?k off Jesus, no sandals’.

This week a new Labour Party leader was chosen in the UK. He is on the left of the party, is in his mid-sixties, has a beard, does not wear suits, and instead wears jackets, sweaters and shirts which may easily have been purchased from a charity shop. He attended a memorial service for war veterans this week and his trousers and jacket did not match. This was seen as a problem by some of our media. It’s sure interesting that we judge (some) people this way. Richard Branson, a poster child for Mrs Thatcher, has never worn a suit and has a beard; he is cool.

The same Labour Party leader, who clearly has strong views, did not sing the UK national anthem at the service I mentioned above. He was described as unpatriotic, unfit to govern and disrespectful to the dead. The national anthem of the UK is a eulogy to the Queen/King, and the Labour Leader is a Republican. In a democratic country he has a right not to sing an anthem, with whose words he disagrees. I admire the fact he did not sing it. At least he has the courage of his convictions. His party have now said he will sing the anthem in future; shame. As a footnote, most national anthems are in praise of the country and its people, not some out-of-touch, unelected clowns. Rant over.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

2 thoughts to “‘F#?k off Jesus, no sandals’.”

  1. The sad truth is of course, and from whichever side of the political spectrum you’re from, the election of Jeremy from Islington has effectively reduced this country to a one party state. A parliamentary democracy needs a strong and credible opposition; I’m not sure we now have one. The joy at Conservative Part headquarters on Sun night must have been uncontained. They’ll do all they can to ensure he remains leader! Appropriate that he chose not to sing the National Anthem at a service commemorating events that led him being able to exercise his democratic right not to. Lets hope Dave from Witney has a sterner test at future PMQs 😊

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