Twitter account locked.

I woke this morning to find that my twitter account had been locked for violating their rules against abuse and harassment. The offending tweet read:

Perhaps Americans have a problem with understanding the use of our language, specifically where idioms are concerned. To say that Theresa May should be shot for her incompetence is, in effect, another way of stating I thought her actions were extremely unreasonable.

In view of not wishing to further sour Anglo/American relations I have deleted the ‘offending’ tweet, but note that it took them nearly 10 months to discover it. It should also be noted that I received no notification from Theresa May that she felt abused or harassed, so have to wonder why Twitter appear to have ‘got their knickers in a twist’* read more.....

Bercow Resignation

With the announcement by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, that he is to resign no later than 31st October 2019, a number of questions are then raised.

  • Why should the Speaker of the House be an MP;
  • Why should he have a ‘residence’ (Speakers House);
  • Why should the Speaker not be liable to ‘recall’, as are now Members of Parliament;
  • Why cannot the Clerk to the Commons not perform such duties? He/She is, after all, the principal constitutional adviser to the House, and adviser on all its procedure and business, including Parliamentary privilege; coupled with the fact that he/she is required to be, politically, entirely impartial – and is not a civil servant.

When considering the above points it should be remembered that:

  • Anyone in receipt of remuneration from the public purse should be answerable to those that fund his/her remuneration; ie, the people;
  • Should those that form what amounts to a ‘select club’ elect he/she that will ‘rule’ on their proceedings when their vote for a speaker may well be influenced by political party considerations to the detriment of those that fund them ;

This article is deliberately short to prompt debate, so the comments section are yours, dear reader.

Footnote: These are the type of questions that one would expect the Director of The Harrogate Agenda (THA), @NiallWarry – coupled with @RAENorth –  both of whom have ‘sidelined’ this movement, to ‘jump on’, but when said people are, it appears, ‘brain dead’ and/or have hidden agendas, perhaps that is expecting too much? read more.....

A missed opportunity to influence Brexit.

When the history of Brexit comes to be told, it should include a strong comment on the failure of the media, from its own resources, to research, analyse and report on the predictable consequences of a no-deal Brexit.……” (Source).

It is with a heavy heart that I take issue with a follow blogger, one who I admire for his depth of knowledge on ‘matters EU’ and his ‘research ability’, both of which are second to none.

However, if a history of Brexit is to be written then it must include the subject of The Harrogate Agenda (THA) and since it’s conception, the subsequent failure  to influence the outcome of Brexit. read more.....

I weep for my nation

We are led by politicians who present themselves as guardians of what was once a respected nation but who are not fit for the job to which they have been elected.

Not only are our politicians unfit for the position they occupy, but we have a media who so obviously appear unable to hold politicians to account on our behalf.

We have a democratic system in the grasp of what amounts to a cabal, one more intent on cementing their dictatorial power; and one which relies on being re-elected by an electorate who fail to understand that for which they vote. read more.....

Christopher Booker – a personal tribute

I was ‘introduced’ to Christopher Booker by Richard North when, writing on my previous blog Witterings from Witney about the apparent failures in our child protection system as highlighted by Christopher Booker, I had a meeting with my then MP, David Cameron, on the subject. This lead, totally unexpected by me, to a long telephone call one evening from Christopher Booker, following which he most kindly mentioned me in his Sunday Telegraph column as I noted here.

Tributes have been paid by Richard North, and The Daily Telegraph (paywall) – to mention but two. Following the aforementioned telephone conversation, I had the pleasure and honour to meet this great journalist on three further occasions when he always remembered me and always enquired after my well-being, whilst assuring me that ‘Witterings’ was one of his many ‘daily reads’. Those of us who cry out for factual, well-researched journalism have now, sadly, lost a great proponent of this art. read more.....

The reasons ‘why’………

When I voted in the 2016 referendum I voted to leave as I wished to ‘escape’ the ‘political construct’ of the European Union, whilst remaining a member of the Single Market and leaving our nation with just having to accede to approximately 25/27% adherence to ‘EU Regulations’.

For this reason I had hoped, futilely as it turned out, that our politicians would opt for EFTA/EEA (as @Richard~AENorth has stated: ‘whilst this is the optional route, the ‘Norway Option’, as such, has only ever been a partial answer. It is the raft of additional bilateral agreements, on top of customising the EEA Agreement, which will be needed to make for ‘frictionless’ trade’. read more.....


Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. It is the first film in what became a large Alien franchise. Based on a story by O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, it follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo who encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship.

Where this article is concerned I have to ask from what planet is the author? Whilst possibly an ‘alien’ and deadly, due to his sycophancy of his ‘Guru’, unfortunately where the progression of direct democracy is concerned he is not sufficiently aggressive due to the fact he appears to lack a mind of his own. read more.....

That told them – not………

Following this article on by @RichardAENorth I took the liberty of sending an email to Andrea Leadsom and Rachael Long-Bailey ‘hammering home’ the points he made.

At the outset I made the point that whilst not a constituent of either, they had made a public statement and were thus liable for rebuttal from any member of the electorate and that in view of that I hoped for a response.*

I ended the email with the following words:

“With the utmost courtesy I have to say were you to repeat those statements in the House it might be considered (if only your fellow MPs were aware of ‘matters EU’) you had misled the House, which I believe is a grave matter; yet that pales into insignificance when compared to misleading the public, as you both did on Marr. Also I must point out that it beggars belief that two ‘senior’ politicians know so little about that which they would have us believe they know all. read more.....

The Harrogate Agenda

For the last 2/3 months I have been authoring @the_harrogate Twitter feed on behalf of The Harrogate Agenda (the account is now deleted for reasons which will follow). Whilst ‘managing’ the account an attempt was made to ensure that the word ‘I’ was never used, instead using the word ‘We’ when suggesting changes that were needed to our form of democracy. The reason for attempting to keep my identity ‘secret’ was to ensure that no opening was made for people to infer my views, on my own twitter account (@scribblinseaham), were those of The Harrogate Agenda. In that regard I can but hope that I was successful. read more.....

A Northern Joke

Some of my readers may have already seen the following on Facebook, but as it made me chuckle I thought I would repeat it.

A young Arab boy asks his Father: What is that strange hat you are wearing?
Father: It protects our heads from the intense heat of the sun.
Son: And what is that long flowing robe you are wearing?
Father: My son, it is very simple. This is a ‘djbellah’, In the desert it is very hot and the sand is always blowing. The djbellah protects my entire body.
Son: But what are those shoes you have on your feet?
Father: These are ‘babouches’. While the desert sands are very beautiful, they are extremely hot  and they keep my feet from burning.
Son: So tell me then,
Father: Yes my Son?
Son: Why are you living in Bradford and still wearing all this f***ing shite? read more.....