How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

When the ‘Maid of ‘enhead’ called the forthcoming general election in April, she and her party were, reportedly, enjoying a 20% lead in the opinion polls, which to all intents and purposes we are led to believe, has all but been wiped out. Ever since the 18th April she and her party have been, to coin a phrase, on the back ‘Michael’ foot in the ‘battle of the manifestos’ – what with ‘u’ turns and a mixed-message of her own making. One immediate thought is that if she cannot manage to produce a ‘cast-iron’ manifesto and run a successful political campaign, then how on earth can she present herself as a potential prime minister who would have to juggle far more balls than she would have us believe she has.

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Just whose money goes to running this country?

The question encapsulated in the title to this article is asked especially in relation to the, what must be additional,  costs incurred by recent events in Manchester and London (Westminster and London Bridge) No-one would quibble with whatever money that those three tragic events have incurred – or would they?

As Brendan O’Neill writes on Spiked-online,  Islam is a subject the name of which politicians ‘dare not speak its name’. As he points out we may speak of Christian Fundamentalists, Catholic paedophiles,  Buddhist extremists; Yet on Islamic terrorists – nope!

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A message to our politicians………

Can we dismiss politicians (and their sycophantic followers) from participation in the forthcoming general election? If we could then, just possibly, the electorate may well enjoy it. The suggestion is, no doubt, a tad late in proceedings, but then the best  ideas usually come with hindsight.

All we appear to hear from any of them is: our policy is better than your policy; no it isn’t; yes it is; no it isn’t – I’m telling my leader about you. At which point the respective leaders then repeat the same mantra. It is akin to listening to children in a playground squabbling over minutiae, the details of which matters not. All that is missing is a teacher, who to quell the growing ‘Tower of Babel’, would ‘bang a few heads together’ and ‘clip the odd ear or two’.

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And we do not live under democratised dictatorship?

If our life is ours and belongs to us, thus ensuring that only we can take decisions affecting the content of that life, by what stretch of the imagination does a politician justify attempting to control it?

Jeremy Corbyn is on record stating that fox hunting is barbaric and any government of which he is head would never allow ‘blood sports’.

By what right does Corbyn wish to ban something that should be a matter for those in a county or even a community to decide?

Labour are against privatising the health service, yet private medical heath care is available and one can even take out an insurance policy for the provision of same. Is someone who wishes to provide the means whereby he/she can decide to choose another path and enjoy an alternative aspect of society then to be considered ‘barbaric’?

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Just what is the point of voting (or leader’s ‘debates’)?

The questions are asked in all seriousness; although it is doubted that which I am about to raise has occurred to more than 10% of the electorate – and it certainly won’t have occurred to our politicians who are so obviously not of this planet.

The entire ‘panel’ – and I would also include ‘She’ who has deigned to make herself absent – know nothing about what should be the burning issue of the day, namely Brexit. They exhibit a total lack of knowledge on the subject; and ‘matters EU’ in general and consequently appear to go out of their way to ignore it.

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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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