Remembering.

This sculpture, by Ray Lonsdale, depicts a war-weary Tommy who sits thoughtfully, head bowed, rifle in hand, as he reflects upon the sheer horror of World War One during the first minute after peace was declared in 1918. Entitled 1101 by the sculptor, owing to the fact the armistice went into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918, the sculpture stands 9ft 5ins tall and weighs 1.2 tonnes. Originally lent to Seaham for three months, the townspeople liked what they saw and raised the £80,000+ price within the loan period, re-naming him Tommy. I pass Tommy every morning, Monday to Friday, taking Helen to work and each time I wonder what, exactly, he may have been contemplating. read more.....

The Mad Politician’s Tea Party

(With apologies to Lewis Carroll)

So we have another general election – which will be determined by the question of Brexit, whatever may be said to the contrary. Did we not vote on that matter in 2016; did we not vote on that same matter in 2017 and are we not doing so once again?

Today we see a list of current Members of Parliament who have stated that they will now ‘retire’ from politics; or is that because they fear they may lose their seats and thus their livelihood? But never mind, they will be replaced by other wanna-be career politicians who also are clueless on the matter of Brexit. read more.....

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Observation: if nontransferable and is the sole responsibility of the recipient, would Politicians of all levels, Charities, Do-gooders and Jobsworths etc, please cease telling me how I should live it! read more.....

Ignorant Knowledge

There is a great deal of ‘ignorant knowledge’ where Brexit and the EFTA/EEA ‘solution’ is concerned; highlighted today when this article by Greg Hands of 2018 was referred to on twitter; one which, to the disgust of one person on twitter, I described as crap.

I must perforce point out, yet again, that there is membership of the European Union and there is membership of the political construct of the European Union. What follows will, I trust, make the foregoing point clearer to those with ‘ignorant knowledge’ – such as Greg Hands. So let us take his article point by point. read more.....

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.....