Tag Archives: Democracy

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.....

Article 50 Revocation?

A few days ago I spotted this article that had been tweeted and the day after read this article on the website: The Participator. Both articles relate to the fact that legal action has been taken with a view to clarifying whether it would be legal for the United Kingdom to revoke its notification to leave the European Union given under Article 50 of the TEU.

The first link, which appeared in The Guardian was followed by another in the Scottish Legal News on the same day. The second link in the preceding paragraph contains a most intriguing scenario as to what will happen when the European Court of Justice delivers its opinion, one which is due in December this year. read more.....

Why do we bother?

It is ‘party conference season’ yet again; the ‘season of the year’ when political parties promise Utopia for the electorate, were they to be elected to power

We have had the LibDems and Labour, with the Conservatives still to come and without doubt the idea of the ‘sunlit lands’ will be presented to us yet again, albeit in slightly different words.

Political parties are, presently, in the throes of promoting ‘rights’ to this or that group. But a question: If politicians and pressure groups believe in equal rights, then what do ‘women’s rights,’ ‘gay rights,’ etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights. read more.....

‘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.....

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.....