Left-Wing People – The (unofficial) Ladybird Guide

I heart this. It is poignant, funny and sad.

Satire .. not quite dead yet.

Left-wing People In The Olden Days

Left-wing people used to like working-class people.

Lots of left-wing people used to be working-class people. These people were known as socialists and joined trade unions.

Sometimes working-class people used to frighten left-wing people, but they pretended that they weren’t frightened and were nice to them.

Left-wing people supported working-class people, gave them money, sat in rooms with them and wore badges to show that they cared more than right-wing people, who wore ties instead of badges and didn’t care.

militant.jpg Left-wing people used to support working class people


Nowadays, working-class people are bored with socialism because it hasn’t made them rich and happy.

Nowadays left-wing people are middle-class people. Working class people are a big disappointment to left-wing people.

Left wing people now think that working class people are:
a) Simple and easily led
b) Un-enlightened and susceptible  to short-term pleasures
c) Terribly sad and struggling…

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Danish Apple and Prune (and Fig) Cake

Batter cakes work. The sponge has defied for decades with most looking like erupting volcanos or flat pancakes. What I like about batter cakes is that although they are not the best looking cakes in the world, they are wonderfully moist and I love fruits and nuts in my baking. Here is my take on the Danish apple and prune cake. It’s gluten free too!

You will need

A good-sized round cake tin, lined and greased.

125g dairy-free marg (or butter)

170g sugar

2 eggs

100g ground almonds

80g SR GF flour

125 almond milk (or ordinary)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp baking powder

12 prunes and dried figs soaked in cognac overnight (or as they come)

100g chopped walnuts

2 apples peeled and sliced thinly


5 tsps sugar

Knobs of butter or marg

1 tsp cinnamon

What to do

Cream the butter/marg and sugar together, then add the eggs and mix. Slowly add the ground almonds, flour, vanilla, baking powder, milk and mix, creating a batter.

Oh! make sure the oven is heated up to 190C!

Pour the batter in the cake tin. Put the prunes on top of the batter. Then put the walnuts (chopped) on top of the prunes. Finally place the apple slices on the top. Pop in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.

Take the cake out and put on the final topping of cinnamon, sugar and butter. Bake for a further 15 minutes. Check the cake is cooked by inserting a knife in to the middle.

I suppose you should wait until it’s cooled down before taking a slice…

Danish Apple and Prune Cake