Monthly Archives: July 2018

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.
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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.....