Tag Archives: Democracy

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.....

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.....

My Problem – and that of others

About a month ago I posted a short poem about knowledge:

He who knows not, but knows not that he knows not, is a fool – shun him;
He who knows not, but knows that he knows not, is simple – teach him;
He who knows, but knows not that he knows, is asleep – wake him;
He who knows and knows that he knows, is a wise man – follow him.

We elect Members of Parliament who would have us believe they are endowed with the wisdom and ability to guide our nation to ‘Utopia’, a state in which all is well in the world and, consequently, those they profess to serve need fear no evil. read more.....

A ‘Posturing Palace’

Having watched Theresa May’s statement  to Parliament today, in regard to Brexit and the agreement of the European Union to our exit from their ‘prison’, I was struck by the fact that Parliament has become a ‘Posturing Palace’.

Watching May’s opening statement , which as usual was ‘commended to the House’, I was struck by how lie followed lie which, in turn, followed lie. Not to be outdone where fantasy was concerned on the part of May, I was also struck, in general,  by the paucity of the questions raised by our politicians. As usual, where pertinent questions were raised (few in number) , they were not answered. One can but suppose that politicians work on the ‘Goebbels Principle’: repeat a lie often enough and it then becomes accepted as truth. read more.....

The rape of a nation

‘Rape’ can be defined as an act commited without consent of the recipient.

For some time I have maintained that Theresa May had no intention of negotiating an exit for the United Kingdom from the European Union that would satisfy both Leave and Remain. Subsequent events showed that she had every intention of having the United Kingdom ‘shackled’ to the European Union for an eternity. What she has achieved is something that neither those that voted to leave, nor those that voted to remain, are happy with. On the other hand, as one who appears content to see our nation become a ‘vassel state’ of the European Union, no doubt she is extremely happy. read more.....

Trust in me – the entrancement by a snake

Well, yesterday was a day to remember – was it not? We had a spectacle of politicians who know nowt about the subject matter spending more than three hours questioning a prime minister who was likewise unknowing and who lied through her back teeth.

We had calls from some politicians stating that as they, the politicians, were unable to solve a problem which they had chosen to  solve and found themselves  unable so to do; they therefore wished to pass the buck back to the electorate. So those that know nowt ask those who also know nowt for an answer to their dilemma. read more.....

The time has come, the walrus said:

….To talk of many things,
Of Shoes- and ships – and sealing wax
Of cabbages and kings……… (source)

(Do read the words of Lewis Carrol – and then equate them to Brexit).

@RichardAENorth wrote in this article:
I am gripped by the overpowering urge to close down the computer and walk away, returning only after 29 March out of a sense of curiosity, to see what actually happened.

To which I replied, on Twitter:
You and me both!

I take off my hat in deference to those like Richard North who can, day after day, turn out articles which are ignored by those who profess to have the interests of their people at heart; but cannot, as they have not the faintest idea of that with which they involve themselves. read more.....

A nation of madness

Who, in their right mind, sits back and without any apparent opposition allows themselves to be led to ‘oblivion’, via Brexit,by a group of politicians who know nowt about the subject matter?

It will be recalled the ballot paper for the 2016 EU Referendum was:

This question was one in which David Cameron, who was Prime Minister at the time and who wished to ‘Remain’, no doubt had the final decision on the phrasing.

The question was ambiguous as, at the time of the referendum, there were two different ‘classes’ of EU membership – full membership and what might be called ‘partial’ membership’ namely EFTA;  the latter not being subject to the ‘political construct’ of EU membership. read more.....

Hark the Herald Angel(s) sing

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

From the Latin: in regione caecorum rex est luscus, credited to Desiderius ErasmusAdagia (1500). A similar (yet much earlier, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE) turn of phrase, and Erasmus‘ possible inspiration, appears in the Genesis Rabbah as “בשוק סמייא צווחין לעווירא סגי נהור”, meaning “In the street of the blind, the one-eyed man is called the Guiding Light”. In modern-day parlance this means that even someone with limited talent or ability is considered special by those having no talent or ability. read more.....