Thursday 10 January 2019

Bertie deconstructs Brexit, sort of...

Hmmm. It's hard for those of us who live in the UK to avoid the dread topic of 'Brexit' altogether, much though many of us would like to.

First let me belatedly congratulate my fox terrier brethren, pictured below, who took centre stage at a special canine anti-Brexit rally in the autumn last year. Well done my friends - I'm proud of you!

You will have noticed that one of the posters in the photo refers to Brexit as a 'dog's dinner'. Many a commentator over here has made use of the same phrase, or the morning time equivalent, 'dog's breakfast'.

While I understand that this is meant to imply that the whole Brexit business has become one colossal mess (which is undoubtedly true), please forgive me for being a tad pedantic here and regretting the implied slur on the eating habits of my species.

I for one believe that my customary dinner, which consists of kibble with maybe an add-in of 'Butcher's Tripe' for taste, should in no way be used as a metaphor for disorder and confusion.

In fact, I would suggest we might rather look at a certain human's eating habits in this context.

I guess the problem is that describing Brexit as: "A single woman's dinner after a busy day at work, resulting from her googling the random (and probably past their use-by date) contents of her fridge plus the word 'recipe', and conjuring up some bizarre concoction of dubious nutritional value", does not neatly fit into the space allowed for the typical newspaper headline....

If only we could all just agree to 'Remain'...


  1. I think all the people should more listen to the dogs to make things better...

  2. Bertie...this does sound like a big mess.
    But how dare they call it Dog's breakfast?!
    I'm sure they have no idea that you, a most handsome WFT, have steak and eggs each morning...all made by your personal Chef Gail.
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. We agree that seems like a dumb phrase. We would think saying Brexit is like just having vegetables for dinner may be true.

  4. Hari OM
    ...also what those pollied sometimes forget is that there are some folk in the world who will gladly eat that aforementioned dog's dinner as they have no other choice...

    I mistook my mouth when discussing this topic during the family gathering over the festive season. "Break s***" has become a bit of a catchphrase in the Mac Clan all of a sudden! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. 'Like a dog's breakfast' is used here, too. We don't understand as we only get a biscuit bone AND clean up each and every crumb!

    Sounds like the UK parliament is a 3-ring circus at the moment....well, two rings, anyway.

  6. We got a kick out of this post and an extra chuckle out of Aunty Yam's comment:) We have never had the pleasure of tripe in a can, just a freeze dried treat. That's the only way Mom could handle the smell:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  7. unfortunately the whole world seem to be in a big mess but we don't know how that relates to our meals
    Hazel & Mabel

  8. We can't believe they are comparing it to your food either...they should see what our Daddy eats!

    Mama also giggled at YAM Aunty's comment
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  9. Wall Brexit / Brexit Wall They should be facing up to the real issues and Bertie I appoint you to get them straighten out. Bertie A Dog For Political Reasoning.
    Your Friend
    Sweet William The Scot