A gardening/plant question

Can anyone enlighten me as to what this plant is?

Originally it was growing through a hedge and only ever produced a few leaves. I cleared the central part of the hedge to create another bed for plants.

Since then, in a matter of a few weeks it has begun to produce these berries.

One odd aspect is that birds have ceased attempting to ‘decorate’ the back fence and now concentrate on the side fence.

Any suggestions/comments will be more than welcome.

‘Knowing’ what to do……

Can anyone explain why, when someone dies, most of what he (or she – Ed) has saved up over a lifetime should be turned over to politicians, rather than to his (or her – Ed) heirs?
Thomas Sowell

Many stories have emerged in the media detailing how people who have  behaved financially, ie been prudent, have ‘lost’ their ‘assets’ (be that savings or ‘property value’, when they have needed ‘care’ in their final years (ie care homes).

I hold  Power of Attorney for a lady, currently 103 years of age, whose savings were just over the border line whereby she could receive ‘free care’. This lady,  who lost her ‘one and only love’ during World War II and never married,  worked all her life for one employer and by means of ‘due diligence’ accumulated what, to some, would be considered a small fortune. read more.....

Brexit: A ‘EUtopia’ that does not exist.

Recently Theresa May met Emmanuel Macron.

She warned him that Brussels faces a choice of a ‘Chequers deal or no deal’ as they held talks at Fort Bregancon. (source).

If this report is true:

Who gave this woman, with an inflated ego, the right to adopt this decision? Who, amongst those she is supposed to serve, gave her the right to issue such an ultimatum?

Theresa May has conflated ‘leaving the EU’ with ‘leaving the political construct of the EU’ – possibly deliberately, following a disastrous and totally inept  leave campaign – and possibly due to her having wished to remain in the EU. Who gave her the right to so do? read more.....

Crying Wolf/Shutting the door after the horse has bolted/Crying Rivers?

Pete North , has an article on his blog, the sentiments of which cannot be faulted.

To paraphrase two adages, I find it difficult to accept the ‘crying of wolves’ when ‘the horse has bolted’; ie, the first expression coming from one of Aesop’s fables in which a young shepherd keeps repeating that a wolf is threatening his flock so many times that people do not believe him, even when he and his flock are legitimately in danger. Likewise, If you say that someone has closed or shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, you mean that they have tried to prevent something happening but they have done so too late to prevent damage being done. read more.....

Does it matter?

Question: What happens if we lie to our government? What happens if our government lies to us? Does anyone care that our government lies with impunity & prosecutes people who have lied to it? Does our government work for us, or do we work for our government?

Does it matter who does the lying when one side can so do with impunity while the other gets punished, sometimes with imprisonment?

Does it matter that we appear to work for our government, rather than they work for us?

Does it matter when an ex Foreign Secretary makes his ‘Resignation Statement‘ in the House of Commons, one which contains so much inaccuracy yet still receives ‘audible applause’  (hear hear) from those who have no idea of the subject matter? read more.....

Who, exactly, is to blame for the state of our nation? (A republication – with additional comment).

When, six years ago, I felt so disillusioned with the state of our nation I wrote an article on Witterings from Witney. It would appear nothing has changed; so for the benefit of those who missed the original it seems pertinent to repeat that article.

So here it is.

I find it beyond unstimulating to be back in Britain. There is such a very limited spectrum of opinion here. Surrounded by sheep too docile to bleat out of turn, it feels extreme even to suggest there is some better way of living than time-share enslavement. * read more.....

So are the ‘innocent’ corrupted

The devil, they say, finds work for idle hands to do. If you want a concrete example of that just look at politics; an artificial Westworld where nothing is necessarily real and people play out scripted lives over and over again, presumably in the hope that this time it will work out better.

Now and again someone says something that is so fundamental –  and in a few words, rather than many – that one can but wonder why it has not been so succinctly put previously.

Take a look at our political cycle: the right gains power and introduces laws, which we all dutifully accept and thus follow. In time they get ‘thrown out’ and the left gains power, promptly annulling, or ‘honing’ those laws for their own ends. Again in time they, the left, also get thrown out and the right returns to power: and so the cycle of ‘swings and roundabouts’ continues. read more.....

The(?) Brexit White Paper?

I put a question mark after the word ‘The’ as this document is supposed to be the final proposal prior to the October (EU Council) meeting. Having had a quick first read of this document I tweeted:

Having had a quick read of the Brexit White Paper (which seems a tad Brown as it is ‘covered in you know what’, I too remain suitably unimpressed. She won’t even be able to pick the cherry of the cake! Why not just EFTA/EEA?

When this is reviewed by the EU Commission do not be surprised when it is treated like the ‘Beano’  and dismissed with contempt.- perhaps Theresa May is attempting to become Desperate May and eat ‘humble cow pie’? read more.....

Representative Democracy is dead

If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.
Attributed to Mark Twain

It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so. Attributed to Will Rogers

With the news this morning of the resignation by David Davis and the apparent clamour for the replacement of Theresa May and/or a general election; a few immediate thoughts.

Were there to be a general election it is quite possible that Labour could form the next government; and that party knows no more about ‘matters EU’ and Brexit than do the Tories; and whose arguments for/against Brexit are just as confused as those of the Tories. read more.....

Perhaps I have reached the end?

For some time now I have had great difficulty in writing anything of interest where politics is concerned – which may be the reason for the paucity of my output. I find myself suffering disillusionment, despair and disappointment for what passes as politics and journalism in our nation, but especially where politics is concerned. Two news stories, if they are to be believed, have deepened my emotions to a depth I did not believe possible.

The first is this ridiculous pledge of more money for the NHS as a result of what Theresa May calls the ‘windfall’ of Brexit, as reported in the Daily Telegraph (paywall). Because of her disastrous strategy where Brexit is concerned, anyone with a brain knows full well there will be no ‘windfall’. They also know that any such injection of money into the NHS must come from more borrowing or increased taxation. Once again the taxpayer will be presented with a bill to which they have never been asked if they agreed. Surely it is time that this ‘white elephant’ is ‘killed off’ as its  cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness. read more.....