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Fiddling with (local) government

I read an article by Simon Cooke (The view from Cullingworth) and immediately thought: Here we go again: more plans to reorganize (supposedly), improve (supposedly) and empower people more (supposedly) are to be published.

Where changes in local government are concerned one only has to consult wikipedia, especially the year 1945 onwards. We must also not forget the attempts of Ed Miliband with his attempt of Unitaries and Hazel Blears with her Multi Area Agreements, when they were in government, Then of course we had the Cameron/Clegg Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), in yet another attempt to fiddle with local government. read more.....

If Only………

Last Sunday Switzerland held four referendums; namely the acquisition of a new fighter jet fleet, the Hunting Act, Paternity Leave and Tax Breaks. The first and third were accepted while the other two were rejected.

The holding of referenda is a means whereby the people can, for example,  decide how and on what they want their taxes spent, rather than, as occurs in this country, having to accept political decisions being handed down, a process over which the people have no control whatsoever. This applies not only to national matters but also to local ones. read more.....

Redemption From Consent

The event of Magna Carta was indeed historic; but little noticed it seems, then or since, is how ‘democracy’ and the implementation of same has remained within the remit of a chosen few, currently albeit an elected few. When, centuries ago, one man entered Parliament with an armed force to clear that place of corruption, the power that followed was defined by him. Since then politicians have ensured that the democracy they preach has not been democracy per se but a form of democratised dictatorship, defined by them.  Take some time out of the hustle and bustle of your daily lives and consider: is there not something terribly wrong with our country? read more.....

The Harrogate Agenda is not Democracy

For approximately 2/3 years I have been engaged in a discussion with Niall Warry, Director of The Harrogate Agenda,, which on some occasions culminated in fierce arguments, about The Harrogate Agenda and its progression coupled with some of its content.

The website for the Harrogate Agenda contains this preface, along with the six demands:

The premise on which our movement is based is that democracy means “people power”. The word democracy stems from the Greek word, dēmokratía, comprising two parts: dêmos “people” and kratos “power”. Without a demos, there is no democracy. But people without power is not democracy either. read more.....

We have only ourselves to blame.

A few days ago this article appeared on eureferendum.com in which the author complains about  political appointees and our form of governance in general, ending with the words: “Basically, we have too much government imposed upon us, at all levels, and not enough power vested locally or with the people. We need not cry for our servants – we should save the tears for ourselves.”.

It is a tad ironic that the author, following an article I wrote about democracy and using Switzerland as an example of ‘true’ democracy, then convened a meeting in Harrogate, one which subsequently resulted, over a year later, in the publication of The Harrogate Agenda (THA); which was then followed by a further paper called FlexCit (third entry: The Leave Alliance FlexCit v09) dealing with the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union; a document which relegated domestic reform to the last stage, namely stage 6. I have written previously castigating the author of The Harrogate Agenda and FlexCit, together with the Director of The Harrogate Agenda, for ‘parking’ THA; and, in effect, thus not progressing a cure to the problems of which the said author now complains. read more.....

Coincidence, or who copied whom?

Yesterday, whilst sitting in the garden, I was browsing Spotify for some relaxing orchestral music with a view to making a playlist of this genre. I came across a track by Anthony Ventura and his Orchestra, a tune called Dolannes Melodie released during 1976 (source)

By way of explanation, Dolannes Melodie was composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussant for a French film called Un linceul n’a pas de poches (No Pockets in a Shroud) released in 1974 and was made popular by Jean-Claude Borelly in 1975. read more.....

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.....

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.....