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

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 eureferendum.com 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.....

Are all our MPs ‘Burkes’?

The question is asked in view of a statement attributed to Edmund Burke, namely:
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion. Another quote attributed to Edmund Burke is: By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

In answer to the first statement attributed to Edmund Burke perhaps they are not ‘Burkes’ in that they have not,  where Brexit is concerned, applied their ‘industry’ to the greatest advantage where our country is concerned; and their judgement cannot be considered as such because they haven’t a clue about the subject matter with which they are dealing. read more.....

What a waste of time

When one reflects on the events last night in Parliament it is logical to consider the question: what was accomplished?

Amendment i (Caroline Spelman) was carried by 8 votes, but is not binding on the government; so its purpose was what, bearing in mind ‘no deal’ is the legal default position if the Withdrawal Agreement is not accepted.

Amendment n (Graham Brady)  was carried by 16 votes and called for the Backstop to be replaced with ‘alternative arrangements’, but without specifying what the ‘alternative arrangements’ would be. read more.....

Is there anything original (2)

Sadly, today, the death was announced of Michel Legrand who, among music lovers, will be sorely missed.

This news reminded me of an article I wrote in June 2017 which I thought worth another airing.

Without accusing anyone of plagiarism I have to repeat the original suggestion of who ‘nicked’ what from whom; did Schubert ‘nick’ from Mozart or did Legrand ‘nick’ from Mozart or Schubert? Consider, when Liszt ‘transcribed’ the work of Schubert due credit was given to the original composer – not that I imply anything.
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A Connundrum

Readers will be aware that I am an advocate of FlexCit and direct democracy (including the ideas encapsulated in The Harrogate Agenda.

Unfortunately I am unable to accept the proposal that referendums should be only advisory (paragraph 4: http://harrogateagenda.org.uk/blogview.aspx?blogno=83222).

If we are to adopt the principles of direct democracy then referendums are the only means whereby we, the people, can instruct our government to enact the will of the people; and as such they, if accepted,  must be binding. read more.....