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 EUReferendum.com. 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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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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