Monthly Archives: May 2017

How education changes

The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.
H.L. Mencken

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As the pipers, should we not call the tune?


Yet more platitudinous crap from one who vies to be this nation’s next prime minister.

The British people may well be united in their resolve that terror will not prevail, however it is a great pity that our politicians, of which the originator of this statement is one, do not have the resolve to provide that on which the British people are undoubtedly intent.

If only we could resume democratic debate, but when have we had that? How can we have that when the leaders of political parties hold carefully stage-managed rallies which are packed with their party faithful?

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Manchester -a personal statement.

The recent event in Manchester resulting in the death of 22 people and the injury of some 50+ more, some of whom were children, is, of course, not only sad; but also sickening.

Sickening not just because of what occurred, but sickening as a result of the platitudes offered by those who bear the responsibility for having created the conditions which allowed it happened.

Statements such as: our prayers and thoughts are with those bereaved; we will not allow terrorism to win; those complicit in the act will be brought to justice; Manchester will ‘come together’ and be stronger; a public vigil will be held in their memory, etc, etc, are meaningless  to those who died or were injured – or their families.

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Oh for a little sanity……..

…..among our media and politicians .

@afneil spent the best part of  30minutes grilling Theresa May on her ‘U’ turn about a cap on a social care ‘tax’; not that she came out of this interview very well. Why she felt unable to say that the manifesto was not that ‘well-worded’, apologized and said she had clarified it, heavens knows.

Not that Theresa May is guilty of a ‘manifesto mistake’, as consider the Labour Party manifesto:

Page 28: Freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union.

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Coercion within postal voting?

The Electoral Commission (for what good they are) issues guidelines concerning the code of conduct for political parties, candidates, canvassers and campaigners.

An individual may not exert, or attempt to exert, undue influence to persuade or force someone to vote, not to vote, or to vote a certain way. Someone who prevents or deters the voter from freely exercising their right to vote, or attempts to do so, may be found guilty of undue influence.

The following has been received by someone I know (details blanked) and was personally addressed to them, using their Christian name. The first page contained what I consider to be untruthful/contradictory statements, but then what political pamphlet does not. What I find questionable is the second page.

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From cradle to grave – what are the benefits?

In the United Kingdom we are repeatedly informed the NHS is there to care for us from cradle to grave, yet all we read about is the ‘alleged’ shortage of cash that the NHS suffers coupled with waiting times in A&E and admissions to wards. One has to ask why politicians have allowed what has become an ‘institution’, an institution of their own making, to be still treated by them all as a ‘sacred cow’.

At its inception it was never intended to cater for the patient numbers that now exist. Why those numbers exist today  can basically be laid at the door of immigration together with the increased longevity of life, but, more importantly, also at the door of politicians who have done nothing to mitigate the situation in which the NHS now finds itself.

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Compare And Contrast: 2

From my early days of becoming interested in politics – which began when I first started blogging as Witterings From Witney, way back in November 2011, the one politician whom  I often quoted was Ronald Reagan.

Listen to his first inaugural address:

(text here) – and compare that with which our ears are berated today during the campaign season for the June 8th general election.

It is admitted that Reagan was, it could be said, operating under the system of representative democracy but with a slight difference in that, unlike the United Kingdom certain powers were truly devolved and free of ‘central government’ constraints.

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Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings……….

When looking at the forthcoming general election on June 8th, I have to ask myself: am I the only one totally bored with the run-up to the event, or even the actual result; because just what is the point of it?

What, exactly, are we voting for? What, exactly, will our vote accomplish? What, exactly, having voted can we do to change decisions made by the incoming government with which we may disagree, regardless of their hue? What, exactly, is the difference twixt any of the current political parties?

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She said, He said – They said, We said, You said, I said……..

Dear Agony Aunt,

All elections, be they general or local, result in a ‘slanging-match’, in respect of which the title of this article is but a summary.

In respect of Brexit; yes we have a ‘slanging-match’, of which this is one such article and this is one such speech. Within the UK political class I dare anyone to name one member of the political class who has any understanding of ‘matters EU’; because there isn’t one. Yet on this paucity of knowledge, aided and abetted by similar of the media, is the electorate being asked to make a decision as to which political party they should vote. That is democracy in action?

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