PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Great-grandmother Maureen Makes More Sense Than Our Leaders

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Sometimes what the country needs in a crisis is a good dose of old-fashioned common sense. And he came this week in the form of 83-year-old, frankly speaking great-grandmother Maureen Eames.

Refusing to be protected and hide in her home, she told anyone who would listen to her – including millions of viewers – that she “didn’t care” about the new restrictions placed on her and her husband Michael. at home in Yorkshire.

“When I was alive, I never thought 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 that we must continue to live our lives during this pandemic, not be “tied in a house” at a time when the country needs us. we got up on our knees and continued.

Rather, Maureen reminded me of my maternal grandmother, known affectionately as Battleaxe Blanche, who only sent her two daughters to a rural convent in Western Australia towards the end of WWII to protect them from what she feared was the approaching Japanese army.

Sometimes what the country needs in a crisis is a good dose of old-fashioned common sense. And he came this week in the form of 83-year-old frank great-grandmother Maureen Eames.

Grandma’s motto was to hope for the best, plan for the worst, and make the most of it. Maureen says we can’t afford a cautious lockdown life. Most of us agree with her – we no longer want to live in fear by obeying increasingly ridiculous government rules and regulations.

She has tapped into a sense of rebellion among young and old, that we will not surrender our freedom to politicians and medical experts who seem to change their minds about the Covid threat on a daily basis.

Families forbidden to reunite, friends forbidden to share drinks, lovers invited to stay apart – what kind of world is this, what kind of life?

“By the end of this year, there will be millions of unemployed people,” Maureen said, “and you know who’s going to pay for that? All the kids. Not me because I’m going to be dead.

The former housekeeper has more meaning on her little finger than the thousands of experts deciding the fate of this country.

Those of us who no longer trust decision-makers and are determined to preserve our freedom salute Maureen. We won’t be having raves but we will be seeing friends and family. Above all, we will continue to live – and we will be ruled by the common sense that our leaders seem to lack.

Not tonight, Ella

The first rounds of Strictly Come Dancing begin tonight, hurray!

Although former Olympic boxer Nicola Adams’ girlfriend, “famous” beauty blogger Ella Baig (no, never heard of her either), known for her “nude dresses,” says the workout her lover’s grueling for televised dancing took its toll on their sex life.

Too much information, Ella!

Feeling neglected: Nicola’s lover, Ella

An early Christmas present for Kate

For the second year in a row, Harry and Megs are set to miss the Queen’s traditional Christmas for the Royal Family at Sandringham. Sad for her major, as she barely knew her one year old great-grandson Archie.

Yet am I the only one who can hear William and Kate’s Kensington Palace howls of joy on the news?

After all, what are you buying the smartest couple in the world for Christmas when they’ve already cornered the market with sacks and ashes? Although a whoopee pillow could provide Harry’s first laugh in years.

Still fabulously dashing at 83, Jilly Cooper continues to write bestsellers

Still fabulously dashing at 83, Jilly Cooper continues to write bestsellers

Jilly scores with footballers

Still fabulously dashing at 83, Jilly Cooper continues to write bestsellers. She was the first celebrity I ever interviewed as a 21-year-old cub reporter for the Perth Daily News; she encouraged me to write and we have kept in touch over the years.

I even met her husband Leo’s mistress Sarah Johnson, in my opinion a hollow excuse for a woman who sold her story for a fortune.

Jilly forgave her husband and was with Leo until his death. In her latest novel Between The Covers, about the world of football, she interviewed guys from her local team at length, as any octogenarian would.

A brilliant storyteller, Jilly is the woman who makes other writers jealous.

Miles King had the clever idea of ​​posing with nine other black Oxford students in a parody of the famous Bullingdon Club photo, starring Boris Johnson, to empower black men.

He wrote: “As a working class black man in South East London, certain structural economic and social pressures have been unfairly placed on me by the establishment. . . due to the combination of my race and my identified gender. Still, how much more powerful the image would have been if it had featured black female undergraduates.

A witness in the trial of 39 illegal immigrants suffocating to death in the back of a lorry reveals his family in Vietnam paid £ 13,000 to have him smuggled into the UK on a similar trip. This rather refutes the theory, often defended by the left, according to which they are all penniless victims fleeing persecution.

Footballer Marcus Rashford’s proposal to extend free school meals during the holidays was rejected in the House of Commons. He is a heroic figure, one of five children raised by his single working mother. Yet questions remain. Why would a family repeal the responsibility to feed their children? Why no mention of absent fathers? And why, above all, should the state always take note?

Mum-of-four Ulrika Jonsson posts yet another nude photo of herself saying, “A note to myself – a reminder that despite everything my body has endured, now I have to get it back and do something I want to do.” never done before: own it. ‘

She wants to send a message to her two daughters about empowerment. A funny way to make love. And it’s surely a coincidence that Ulrika reappears in the week that John Leslie – the man wrongly linked to a rape allegation she made – is acquitted of sexual assault.

Empowerment or naked opportunism?

Mum-of-four Ulrika Jonsson posts another nude photo of herself saying: 'A note to myself - a reminder that despite everything my body has endured, now I have to get it back and do something that I've never done before: own it ''

Mum-of-four Ulrika Jonsson posts yet another nude photo of herself saying: “A note to myself – a reminder that despite everything my body has endured, now I have to get it back and do something I want to do. never done before: own it ”

WESTMINSTER WARS

  • The gorgeous eyebrows of MANCHESTER Mayor Andy Burnham and his town’s stoic defense instead eclipsed Keir Starmer and made me bet heavily on him becoming the next Labor leader. Paddy Power is offering 9/1, which in a few years could mean a comfortable early retirement for me – and for Keir.
  • During the debate over extending the free meals, Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner was reluctant to apologize after calling another Conservative MP from Greater Manchester a ‘scum’. The tribal language of the toilet has no place in Parliament.
  • Boris’ very exotic advisor Jennifer Arcuri has confirmed that she had an affair with the PM while he was still married. She says they “bonded” to their mutual love for Shakespeare and he told her that she was “the mountain every man would want to climb”. More likely, he just saw her as another notch on the bedpost on his ascent to No.10.

Pay? Big luck

Britain’s fattest man Jason Holton, 30, weighing 50, says after firefighters had to remove the facade of his house to take him to hospital, he is determined to follow through a diet.

His epiphany came after realizing that eating several family take-out meals for breakfast was not good for him – he couldn’t leave his home for five years because he couldn’t squeeze through the front door. ‘Entrance.

No big shame here, just a sincere hope that while the NHS should in all decency foot the bill for Jason’s care, we don’t have to pay to renovate his house either.

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