Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lord Bonkers' Diary: We are not downhearted

It is time again to visit Rutland's most celebrated fictional peer.

We are not downhearted

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey; if the weather carries on like this, the Well-Behaved Orphans will soon be needing shoes. I sit by the Library fire as Meadowcroft dibbles and hoes outside – or whatever it is he does at this time of year. Flocks of hamwees are massing before leaving to winter in Africa, unless they have just arrived to winter here. Or are they wheways? I never can tell the difference.

Let us be honest: 2015 was not a good year for the Liberal Democrats, much as 1883 was not a good year for the island of Krakatoa. We are not, however, downhearted. The darkest hour is just before dawn, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (as Mr Mao who ran the takeaway in Melton Mowbray used to put it) and God moves in a mysterious way and all that.

Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South-West 1906-10.

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