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It is some time since I blogged………

……but I hope you will read this;

When one gets into bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.
—Ron Paul, R-TX, US Congress.

whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
1611, King James Version of the Bible, Epistle to the Galatians, 6:7

Those of us who follow politics have long felt that the media per se are ‘in bed’ with our politicians, tamely repeating that which they are told and not questioning in any depth said content; and then presenting what they are told as ‘news’. Not that the ‘commentariat’ are any better, their views usually based on a lack of knowledge of the problem about which they spout, compounded by a lack of research. In contrast this blogger has devoted his entire output, since the pandemic of Covid-19 began, to that problem – but I digress slightly. read more.....

Cue the scam?

Other than those working in the motor insurance industry, I doubt that many motorists are aware of the Claims Underwriting Exchange. This is a data base to which all insurance companies are mandated to notify accident claims; and as such, is the source that is used to provide the information which is used to determine the quote you receive when attempting to insure your vehicle.

Briefly, in April 2018 it was alleged that I had reversed into another car (a blue Audi), a claim which was subsequently amended to my having twice opened my drivers door causing damage to a door of that vehicle. This incident was supposed to have occurred in the ASDA car park in Seaham. Whilst I do not deny being in the car park at the time concerned, I vehemently denied having committed the act of which I was accused, immediately forwarding photographs of my car (front rear and sides) to my broker. At my insistence it was arranged for an Assessor to visit me and inspect my vehicle, at which time no trace of blue paint was found. At the time of the initial claim I was informed the third party had a witness but no witness statement was ever produced, neither were any photographs of the alleged damage I was supposed to have caused. Eventually, after  some considerable delay, I was informed by my then insurance company that the third party had withdrawn their claim. in other words, logically, the ‘incident’ can never have happened. read more.....

UK: We have a problem

That problem is manifold.

Politicians of all parties promise to provide ‘this, that and the other’; yet no-one seems to ask from whence comes the money to provide ‘this that and the other’?

We have people complaining about electoral fraud in regard to postal voting with, it would appear, some justification; yet each local authority states their procedures are ‘correct’ and above reproach. On each occasion where electoral fraud is alleged we  have interminable  investigations, with it seems no ‘result’. read more.....


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.....