Monthly Archives: April 2017

People of the United Kingdom, we are well and truly ‘procreated’!

Well may you ask where the fault lies.

Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it. Aung San Suu Kyi Discerning the difference between a dictator and a leader is quite easy. The former cannot help but see ‘leading’ and ‘serving’ as stark contradictions that by their very nature are utterly incompatible. The latter can’t tell the difference Craig D. Lounsbrough

When a nation leaves the fate of his country to an ignorant and fool person, then that nation itself will be remembered in history as an ignorant and fool nation!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

From Wikipedia we learn that: Dictatorship is a form of government where a country or a group of countries is ruled by one person or political entity, and exercised through various mechanisms to ensure that the entity’s power remains strong. A dictatorship is a type of authoritarianism, in which politicians regulate nearly every aspect of the public and private behavior of citizens. Dictatorship and totalitarianism societies generally employ political propaganda to decrease the influence of proponents of alternative governing systems.

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Really? Oops…………

The above tweet was spotted just minutes ago (@1950 prcisely)

One has no reason to question the validity of this story; so just who ‘signed off’ this deal, the UK Government or the EU?

In either case why should the taxpayer have to ‘pick up the bill’ – because it no doubt will as neither the UK government nor the EU has any money other than that forcibly extracted from taxpayers.

Just asking…………………….

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We, the electorate, are being taken for ‘suckers’

When a general election is called in this nation of ours, matters discussed/proposed by our political parties are highly complex. Without doubt the media has a special role to play in assisting the electorate to reach a well-informed opinion and thus make a reasoned decision at the ballot box. Actually, this does not just apply to general elections, but also in the period between said elections.

Reading the media daily, it becomes obvious that not only does it ‘home-in’ on emotional subjects and the plain fact is that the more ‘populist’ the issue – especially if it has an immigration slant – the more articles get written about it. Unfortunately, the journalists so doing are writing with what appears to be ignorance of the subject matter, mainly relying on the words of politicians who also exhibit a similar lack of knowledge. As a result such articles become endlessly laborious and/or futile in that they do not assist/educate the electorate on the matter in question.

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Something for the weekend?

To those readers of more tender years than I, that question was always the parting one of your barber as they always had a stock of male contraceptives; however this article is intended to make you focus on cerebral activity rather than those physical.

Some articles, over which you may wish to mull, are highlighted.

Adrian Vatter, Professor of Swiss Politics at the University of Bern, asks whether the Swiss Burka ban is a tyranny of the majority as it amounts to the discrimination of religious minorities. In response to that: If one chooses to leave one’s homeland and live in what is a foreign country, then is it not reasonable that you be asked to adhere to that country’s social requirements? If wearing a burka is that important, then are there not sufficient countries from which a choice can be made?

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So another charade is forced upon us

As we all now know Theresa May has called a ‘snap election’, citing the fact that in her opinion, whilst she avers the nation is pulling together, there is much discord within the political class.

While personally I tend to view opinion polls with a tad of scepticism, if the following from Mike Smithson can be believed then Theresa May is most definitely in ‘cloud cuckoo land’:

Where May’s comment about discord within the political class is concerned, while representative democracy prevails then there will always be discord because said discord is the result of different political parties seeking one thing; power; namely the power to dictate how the people of this nation should lead their lives.

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Yet more ‘Westminster Bubble’ twaddle – and similar ‘Bubbles’?

Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, writes in the Times Comments section that Westminster must now prepare to lose control.

HIs article commences: Ten months after the EU referendum, there is little overall consensus about exactly how the Leave side triumphed. No doubt, in years to come, screeds of academic papers and doctoral theses will seek to explain why a majority of voters chose to strike such a stunning blow against the status quo. They are just as likely to reach a myriad of contradictory conclusions……(never mind ‘in years to come’ – it is already happening – Ed.) He continues: The default constitutional setting for post-Brexit Britain is that we will continue to be the most centralised economy in the western world. Unless there is a deep, underlying and undetected love for the Westminster and Whitehall establishment among the great British public, the forces that led to the earthquake of the Brexit vote are likely to bring about a fundamental reshaping of our domestic governmental arrangements or, quite possibly, the dismantling of the UK altogether………..

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Dr. Helen Szamuely

It is with deep sadness that I read the following today on twitter:

It was a privilege for me to have met Helen Szamuely, mainly at Bruges Group meetings. She was a lady with a very sharp mind, a wicked sense of humour and a delight to have had the opportunity to have known.

She first came to my attention, as a new blogger, when she was co-editor of When I initially met her at my first Bruges Group meeting, some time later and introduced myself, she was immediately kind enough to welcome me and subsequently to include me on her blogroll – and when I moved to Co. Durham, followed me there.

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This nation of ours needs drastic surgery

CatoTheYounger (@catoletters) tweeted: Practical politics consist in ignoring facts ~ Henry Brooks Adams; to which I replied: Er, not quite true. Politics consists of ignoring facts: think Brexit. If politics did not do that then it would be practical.

There have been many comments that the United Kingdom will need an interim deal as negotiations to hammer out a free trade agreement will take far longer than the initial two-year period mentioned in Article 50.

Such an ‘interim deal’ was available and all it required was an application to rejoin EFTA and the EEA. Instead the UK is ‘lumbered’ with the ridiculous alternative that Theresa May has concocted, one no doubt aided and abetted by the all-knowing (not) of Davis and Fox. Having ruled out the EFTA/EEA’ interim deal’ and failing to get the free trade agreement within the timescale permitted, one of only two alternatives available to trade with the EU would be on WTO terms – terms which are not as good as EFTA/EEA. The other alternative is that the EU will devise some form of associate membership which will certainly mean that the referendum was a waste of public money as we would still be subject to all the laws of the EU and decisions of the ECJ – again, terms not as good as membership of EFTA and the EEA.

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Our Collie

Reverting to the article in which I said Helen and I had bought a collie pup, which we had named Fizz – because she did…….

On reflection I think we ‘missed a trick’ when naming her:

Perhaps we should have named her ‘Melon’ as in ‘meloncollie’ or even ‘Flower’, as in collieflower?

Just a thought…………….

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