Monthly Archives: August 2016

Thought of the day – but not just for today

It has become obvious that those in the world of media know no more about Brexit than those entrusted to enact Brexit – much to the detriment of those who must rely on the efforts of those entrusted to deliver the edict of our current Prime Minister, namely Brexit means Brexit.

Almost daily we are assailed with hundreds of words – if not thousands – written and spoken by politicians, journalists, think tanks, etc, ie ‘bullshit’; all of which cannot withstand rebuttal, said rebuttal containing detailed facts which have been carefully researched. Yet it is also obvious that those who have done the necessary research and can thus rebut the aforementioned bullshit, when given the opportunity so to do by the media to find their input curtailed/truncated to the point of inconsequence.

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PPI: aka Perpetual Political Idiocy

As a subject, Perpetual Political Idiocy is becoming as annoying as that of Payment Protection Insurance. Unfortunately whilst we can, to a certain extent, ignore the latter the former is becoming more and more of a problem.

On 27th June following the result of the referendum,  David Cameron, speaking in the House of Commons, said:

  …. But it is right that when we consider questions of this magnitude, we don’t just leave it to politicians but rather listen directly to the people. And that is why Members from across this House voted for a referendum by a margin of almost 6 to 1…..

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Who is this ‘We’, gentlemen?

It would appear that a  decision of the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, to pass a comment on the tax matters of the United Kingdom has outraged two of our finest among the political class.

Owen Paterson has reportedly stated: We decide the level of tax raised by politicians. It’s absolutely nothing to do with a foreign prime minister,  while Steve Baker, also reportedly, stated: Of course we need to negotiate in an atmosphere of good faith, but the bottom line is, we’ll set our tax rates, thank you.

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Rape of the Public Purse

The following news items caught my eye today:

  • Theresa May moves to cap the remuneration of Special Advisors (Spads;) except for ‘special’ cases;
  • The Honours System is in need of reform;
  • Journalists should stop asking politicians stupid questions.
  • The Batley & Spen by-election will not be contested.

In none of the above do the electorate,  who have a financial stake in all of them, have any voice whatsoever.

Why do politicians need ‘advisors’? Should said politicians not be masters of the brief they hold; and if they are not, why have they been appointed?

Why should politicians be able to reward, at the public largesse,  those who have supported them in their endeavours?

Why should not journalists ask politicians stupid questions; after all politicians are stupid people, are they not? On the other hand Journalists are stupid people  too if all they can think to ask are stupid questions.

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A Rhetorical Question

Paul Williams (The Boiling Frog) states on twitter (@PWilliamsTBF): Aside from Brexit, the referendum has really exposed MPs lack of knowledge on how our country is governed.

What follows is not a criticism of the aforementioned comment, being one that is perfectly justified – but it does beg the question of why this situation is allowed to persist.

It remains a matter of amazement/amusement/bewilderment to this blog that our media can remain ‘entranced’ with matters of ‘inconsequence’; said term being defined as characterized by lack of proper sequence in thought, speech, or action.

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Integration

We appear, within the United Kingdom, to have a problem with the integration of immigrants and said problem is one which is not helped by the ‘politically correct brigade’ who would have us believe that the right of immigrants to maintain their native culture is their right and one that is above anything else.

When moving to a new country is there not an obligation on the part of an immigrant to respect the customs and traditions of your new ‘host country’; is there not an obligation on the part of the immigrant not only to learn the language of the host country, but also not to make a blatant attempt to mark yourself as ‘different’ and in so doing ‘demand’ acceptance of your culture, citing human rights?

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A Brexit Question

Within the current system of representative democracy under which we are forced to live, we all know that our politicians are able to take decisions which we have no method of questioning or overturning if we consider them wrong.

To date, when we look at the question resulting from the decision of the people to leave the European Union we can be forgiven if we feel all is not well. So far we have had the likes of David Davis, Liam Fox, Boris Johnson, John Redwood, Bill Cash (the list is virtually endless), all producing ‘verbal diarrhoea’, giving the impression that they haven’t a clue about how to extract this country from the clutches of the European Union. They appear to be stymied about how to control immigration and simultaneously retain access to the Single Market.

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Who is the boss – bearing in mind who pays the bill?

On 25th September the Swiss people will decide, in a referendum, whether pensions should be increased; whether the powers of the Swiss secret service should be increased; and whether Switzerland should increase its carbon footprint.

Contrast this ability of the Swiss electorate to decide such matters compared with those in the United Kingdom where the decision is taken by their elected ‘representatives’ over whom they have no control whatsoever where the decision process is concerned.

With regard to the pension system in Switzerland it is well worth following all the links to understand the ‘three pillar system’ – which seems, to me, both sensible and workable. It also overcomes the problems caused by various governments in the UK who have ignored the increasing problem of an ageing population and how to cater for that, financially.

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Asleep at t’wheel – definitely not!

Readers may think that I have been asleep at t’wheel in view of the fact it is now nine days since an article appeared on this blog.

I shall be writing about home care agencies and the appalling standard of care which one agency has been providing to a 102 year-old over whom I have power of attorney. Presently I am awaiting a response from her Member of Parliament, namely he of the Witney constituency. Also, as that Member of Parliament does not appear willing to discuss with me the matter of social care in general, even though the two matters are inter-linked, I shall also be writing, in due course, to my Member of Parliament, he of the Easington constituency.

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