Monthly Archives: March 2017

One for all and one for one!

Angela Merkel is quoted as saying the divorce bill must be paid before any negotiations about future relations twixt the EU and the UK can begin – or words to that effect.

Just who the hell is this woman but a consummate politician who, previously an advocate of socialist dogma in East Germany, following German reunification saw an opportunity to continue her political career and grabbed it with both hands?

Theresa May, acknowledged as having voted, supposedly reluctantly, to remain in the European Union, now presents herself as the champion of Brexit – who following the resignation of David Cameron, saw an opportunity to further her political career and grabbed it with both hands.

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There, is the problem

A few days ago I was sent this link, with the comment that it was thought this summary of where the world ‘is at’ very good and has a certain resonance to the THA as the quote from the article: You cannot influence people to volunteer for servitude and submission unless they are sufficiently terrified of the alternativ shows.

I replied that: While I can, to a certain extent, agree with the thrust of the article you quote, I fail to see any resonance with THA. The only alternative to servitude and submission must surely be direct democracy, so how can people be terrified by that?

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May we get a sense of perspective here – please?

No doubt, like many, I find the ‘faux’ eulogies for Martin McGuinness a tad misplaced if not a tad sickening. Condolences have been  expressed to his widow; yet I still wait to  see similar extended to the many, many widows and widowers  who were so created as a result of his earlier ‘career’.

Coupled with the foregoing, no doubt like many, I find the ‘witterings’ and ‘scribblings’ of our political class in respect of the tragic events at Westminster, likewise a tad misplaced if not a tad sickening.

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An early election? God forbid!

Rafael Behr, writing in the Guardian, reckons ‘Saint Theresa’ should do just that; adding that it is too early to write off a body that still has three years of its term to run.Behr also writes that: the Tory right has become less fastidious about parliament’s role as a check on the executive.

Never mind three years of a term still to run; we should be clamouring to write off a body that has, for decades, not been up to the job for which they were elected; especially since 1972.

Since when has parliament been a check on the executive; bearing in mind the executive is chosen from parliament – ie, the legislature. How can the legislature be an effective check on the executive when those in the legislature are doing all they can to become members of the executive – and thus further their careers at the expense of the people ?

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Missing the boat?

With the news that it appears Theresa May will be triggering Article 50 on 29th March – a ‘major’ birthday and ‘wedding anniversary’, so  it seems May has a warped sense of humour perhaps? – an action of which it would appear she and her government are nowhere near ready as they have no idea of what is involved, nor have any idea of how they can achieve their stated objectives – the media seems more interested in the following:

In the preceding article I questioned whether the media was crucial to transparency in this country, commenting on twitter that it was most obviously not on past and present performance.

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How crucial is the media?

An article in Swissinfo is headed: Media ‘crucial’ in creating transparency; from which one statement is worth repeating:

The motives for working as a journalist have remained the same: to inform, research, ask critical questions and create transparency. And to entertain people – Iwan Rickenbacher, communications expert and former party manager.

Unfortunately, in the United Kingdom, journalists (with the exception of Christopher Booker) do not inform, they obviously do not know the meaning of research, they would not know a critical question if it was written out for them to ask; and thus they do not and cannot create transparency.

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So, who can save the United Kingdom?

From this article comes the question above.

However prior to providing an answer to the above, let us pose another question to Tony Blair.  What is his answer to the the Pandora’s Box he opened with his half-arsed devolution programme in 1997?

Far to often we witness politicians making decisions for political gain, which have not been thought through; and which as a consequence, in time, then create yet further problems. By the time those further problems surface those who created said problem have since vacated politics and some other poor bastard has to clear up the resultant mess left behind.

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Af(fur)ming the minutae

When minutes of a meeting are taken they should: typically describe the events of the meeting and may include a list of attendees, a statement of the issues considered by the participants, and related responses or decisions for the issues (Wikipedia).

When someone, or some ‘body’ publishes minutes it can be held that they are asserting, or affirming, that said minutes are a true reporting of that which transpired.

In February a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) was held which specifically concentrated on the ‘fur trade’; of which the minutes can be viewed here (click on meetings and events – downloads as pdf).

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I did try to tell one idiot………

A couple of years ago, it may have been three or four – I’ve been to bed since then – at a Bruges Group meeting about membership of the European Union, I harangued  the panel (whilst I forget three attendees I do distinctly recall one of them was John Redwood) stating that I had never heard so much rubbish from four people who were supposed to know that about which they had spoken (which understandably went down like the proverbial lead brick).

One of the subjects I raised was that of air travel and the current rights of airlines to fly to and from other member states, making the point that if we just left the European Union without first negotiating access to those same rights, planes to European Member States, or overflying the European Union, would in effect be grounded.

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A few thoughts of the day

It is noted today that a survey conducted in the Netherlands – one commissioned by the Bruges Group – shows that more than 50% of those taking part wish the Netherlands to follow the United Kingdom and leave the European Union.

We all know that surveys of public opinion only reflect the small minority of the population that are questioned, yet they are invariably a ‘pointer’ to the overall view of public opinion – so let us, for the sake of this article, assume that the foregoing is the case.

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