Prorogue or not prorogue ?

From: Mike Kormanic
To: John Keegan

Hello John,

I don’t know how you feel about the declaration from Boris Johnson re closing Parliament at this critical time in order to fulfil the aims of his niche of the Conservative Party vote.
But I think it is nothing short of criminal!
All this shouting from the battlements about respecting democracy is finally being shown for what is really was, self interest.
Whether or not you voted for Brexit I think is immaterial at this juncture, I think this is a far bigger issue about democracy and voted local representation being allowed to participate in the future of our Country.
I would encourage anyone similarly outraged by the high jacking of our Democracy to lend their voice to the following petition;

I would be grateful if you would post this on the Whittington Blog.

Kind regards

Mike Kormanic

From: John Keegan
To: Mike Kormanic

Hi Mike,

Nice to hear from you.
In fact, I believe that it is a stroke of a masterpiece. Parliament has hung up Brexit for three years because, after deciding to ask the people what they wanted via the referendum, and passing Article 50 which set the wheels in motion and took it largely out of Parliaments hands, they proceeded to renege on the direct (not Parliamentary) democratic decision of the people and tried every foul stroke in the book to  thwart their decision.
Parliament has refused to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement. They have voted for nothing positive, merely against every conceivable option available. They are nothing but “Jobs Worth’s” who are hanging on to their jobs and pay, in the face of public opprobrium.
The Remoaners have complained that BJ has no mandate and that he was not elected as PM. We do not elect Prime Ministers. The ruling Party does that and always have. Boris won by a landslide and has taken the necessary decision to have a Queens Speech, which Theresa May should have done but got herself so snarled up in Brexit that Parliament bypassed conventions, until a PM having the strength of character to knuckle down and get the Nation back on track, came along.
The naysayers have shot themselves in the foot by ignoring the instructions that they asked for, and have refused to implement. However, we now have a Captain at the helm and the ship is back on course.
I say this as a traditional Liberal who was Vice Chairman of the YES campaign, with Willie Whitelaw, in 1975. The EEC (latterly the EU) has been a massive disappointment. We did not vote to become part of a Europe wide Republican movement, we never voted to join the EU, we voted to be part of the Iron & Steel Community the European Free Trade Area and the EEC, but we never voted for Maastricht.
The Japanese have a saying (intended as a put down) “May you live in interesting times” (おもしろい時代に生きてください). Well, they certainly got that right!

Rant over.  All the best.

John Keegan

Fillet Steak in a Madeira Sauce

Fillet Steak with Mushroom & Madeira Sauce

This premium cut of steak teams brilliantly with the velvety mushroom and Madeira sauce. Just half the recipe ingredients if you’re cooking for two on a special occasion like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.

Ingredients – Serves 4

3 tbsp olive oil
4 fillet steaks
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
250g chestnut mushrooms, thinly sliced
150ml Madeira wine
100ml beef stock, made from half a stock cube
50ml double cream
2 tbsp parsley, chopped


  1. Heat a large pan to a moderate heat. Rub 2 tbsp of the oil over the steaks and season well then cook them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on their thickness and how you like them cooked. Cook the edges too, turning them to seal well. If your pan isn’t very big, only put in 2 steaks at a time; overcrowding the pan will cause the heat to reduce and the meat will stew instead of fry. Transfer the steaks to a warm plate, cover in foil and rest for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Return the pan to a medium heat. Add the remaining oil and cook the onions until they’re translucent – this should take about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms, season to taste and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown.
  3. When the mushrooms are cooked, add 100ml of the Madeira wine. Scrape the pan well at this point so all the flavour from the steaks mixes into the sauce.
  4. Continue cooking until the sauce has reduced by half, then add the beef stock. Once the liquid has reduced by half again, add the remaining Madeira and the cream. Lower the heat and stir well. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley.
  5. Return the mushroom sauce to a medium heat and pour any resting juices from the steaks into this.
  6. Place the steaks onto warmed plates and top generously with the sauce.

PC Communications

Communication in the community

At the beggining of August the Parish Council posted the following message on this Blog.

In order to enable the Parish Council to keep you updated on future Parish events, we are seeking permission to hold email addresses of village residents.

If you agree please email us on

This will enable us to keep you up to speed with news and social events in our parish.

Please include in your email permission for the Parish Council to hold your contact details. Be assured your email address will be used for Parish news and events ONLY.

There has been a good response to the PC’s plea but Colin Hall has asked me to remind those of you who have not yet contacted them that there is still time to do so.

Can I suggest that you include the following text (which you can copy and paste) in your Email

“I ….[NAME]…. confirm that my email address is as follows: …..[EMAIL]…., and that I agree to the Parish Council holding my details on record for the sole purpose of providing me with details of news and social events and matters effecting myself and fellow villagers.

(Optional) “My house address is ….. [ADDRESS] …..”

John Keegan

Sea Defences

This photo was taken by the daughter of Rt Rev Gordon Bates, one time resident of Loyne Park and retired Bishop of Whitby.

Maybe you need to be the same age as me in order to remember the coastal defences and air-raid shelters of WWII but in fact, we British have been building defences against European invaders since the Napolionic iEra.