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UBUNTU I am because of who we all are.
Supporting the 2012 Olympic Legacy—I WILL be positive and endeavour to maintain the Olympians' love of life and its challenges
MALALA—a statement of the failure of religion:
religion that fails to pro-actively promote the absolute equality of male and female is fundamentally immoral and unfit for decent society.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)
Diversity within unity and change over time is the reality of Creation. Peter Such, poet and writer (1943–)
Neither praise nor shoot the messenger: the message is all.


Peter Such

Peter Such

A view of Great Berkhamsted from Cooper's fields.

 

 

Peter Such lives in Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
Formerly working in printing and publishing Peter Such is currently an occasional writer on diverse issues, as the mood takes him.
He has regularly put his views to the test of public opinion, which is how he twice ended up as mayor of his home town.
 He also stood for The Referendum Party in the UK General Election of 1997.

www.petersuch.org www.petersuch.com
Also on Twitter as Peewit2 (he doesn't take it seriously) and on Facebook as himself (Peter.Such.5)

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LAST PUBLISHED
Tuesday 13th February 2018 [evening]

FEBRUARY 2018
ON THE EU, SEE MOVING ON

GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
THE EU QUESTION
and MOVING ON

NEVER FORGET
It was Labour and the Lib/Dems that denied us the political vote that turned commercial agreements on trade into political authoritarian diktat. As  Churchill said "Trust the British people". Labour refused to do so and the Tories took too long to get round to doing so. Neither presented a state of competent argument.
We would have had a perfectly harmonious relationship with the EU had France not panicked over the greater empire and commonwealth that we created, for which reason they denied us earlier entry and ensured the rationality and logic we would have brought was excluded from the EU's basic structure, leading them away from proper objectives.

Wednesday 14th February 2018 [after-noon]
A DIFFERENT VIEW OF IRELAND
In the light of Northern Ireland not being able to form a government, rather than bothering Westminster for a purely "internal" matter would it not be rational to agree with the EU a 'complete' Ireland under the southern government, with Northern Ireland as a devolved government from Dublin, like Scotland and Wales is devolved from Westminster? Just thinking aloud. More EU matters on that relevant page which was also updated today.

 

Tuesday 13th February 2018 [evening]
RATIONALISING THIS ASSANGE CHAP
A British judge has decided to quash potential hold ups on an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than five years evading the law inside Ecuador's London embassy. The idea that evasion of the law will cause the law to become null and void is plain nonsense. It merely delays accountability.
      Assange's lawyers had argued that it's no longer in the public interest to arrest him for jumping bail in 2012 and seeking shelter in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors were investigating allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two women. Assange denied the allegations. Most people usually do, so nothing new there. His claim that the Swedish charge was false, created as an American request for later extradition could hold validity. Nonetheless, he did skip bail here and it is here we must uphold the law.
      Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled against all five of the challenges to the warrant brought by Assange's lawyers this afternoon, at London's Westminster Magistrates Court. The finality is simple. There seems no contradiction that Assange published confidential data to which he had no authority. Therefore stand trial. Where's the problem, one of only his own making. Get on with it. He has three months in which to appeal against this latest judgement.


 

 

Sunday 11th February 2018 [noon]
POLITICAL HAMS B*GG*RING ABOUT
What is really happening in Parliament? Although different individuals they are all parliamentarians representing themselves, their constituents, their parties and perhaps the country. That last could be argued consists of only a few of them who have ever borne country in mind for if, collectively they did, the NHS would be on a minimum of ten years planning; parliament would never have spent money or would have stood firm the moment we lost absolute sovereign control with the EU arrangement. The EU's refusal to accept us as we are but insisted we opened our doors to all and sundry without management control, when we had just decided we had to restrict Commonwealth citizens because we could not cope with the inflow, was plain stupidity. Now that we are coming out they realise the monstrosities to which they had previously agreed and start making a fuss about it! Theresa May is quite right, cut everything dead, get it all back under our direct control and then sort out the mess our own Parliament got us into because they delegated the running of our own country to a bunch of foreign fools whose sole purpose was megalomania of small time civil servants concerned with their egos and not the accountability of rendering service as we, the taxpayer directed. Now it turns out that Parliament, having only just got back, has gone into recess! No one seems interested in doing a meaningful day's work!

Friday 9th February 2018 [after-noon]
WILFUL MISUSE OF LANGUAGE
The Daily Telegraph reports that "Britain has effectively washed its hands of Isil executioners Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh. The two Londoners have been stripped of their British citizenship, rendering them stateless, and sources say it is "very unlikely" any attempt will be made to bring them to the UK to stand trial for their alleged part in the deaths of British hostages.
      The two men, who were captured by Kurdish forces in Syria last month, were part of a quartet of British jihadis nicknamed The Beatles by hostages because of their English accents. The notorious death squad [whose faces were always masked] is believed to have tortured and beheaded more than 27 victims including British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines and American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff."
     Let us get some facts right. They are not executioners but common, criminal murderers, the word 'execution' and its extensions apply solely to those sovereignties recognised by international courtesies and nothing more. The supposed "Islamic state" is a fiction of social inadequates: the question is how did such people grow up failing to understand and respect the basic decencies of modern life? Clearly, the initial charge is against the parents; the wider family life; the family's neighbourhood and then the country in which they lived. In short, society, us. We are all responsible. Even they are aware of their inadequacies, why else cover up, ashamed?
     For simplicity I will view things from a UK perspective. With great determination and not a few setbacks and hurt we have finally got religion to mostly deal with reality: that Creation is a state of continual change through time. The Church of England is the best exemplar but is by no means perfect and has its faults, despite which in its shadow have grown up the Free churches. Collectively, Protestantism has led the way to keep religion meaningful in an increasingly disbelieving world but not a world that has abandoned the moral arguments contained within the basis of most religions, though their passion for the strictness or definition of implementation varies widely.
     Has a liberal society gone too far? Has liberalism deposed God? Who or what is God? In an age of increasing mutuality between the sexes, why must concepts of God be male? Surely, solely because concepts of God were created in a society where men dominated by practical necessity and then wilfully abused their position? So, there is diversity of opinion feeling free to express itself, unfettered by established protocols. It can only be pure male arrogance that creates the imbecilities of irrational Islamists who have a never been properly tutored in the religion to which they claim a right and an authority of their own interpretation.
     Too many of those claiming to be authoritative Imans were brought over here not having a word of English or any understanding of the world in which their beliefs could hold a meaningful part and so failed to make any positive contribution to the new life and ways their congregations had decided to enter.

Thursday 8th February 2018 [noon]
FREE SPEECH!
From a BBC report "Jacob Rees-Mogg said that heckling can be good for politicians making a speech, in evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into free speech in universities. The Conservative MP faced protests last week when he spoke at the University of the West of England but he said that the wearing of masks by demonstrators was more "sinister". Sam Gyimah, the Universities Minister, earlier warned of a "creeping culture of censorship" on university campuses. Mr Rees-Mogg told the Human Rights Committee that "people shouting and heckling" is part of political life.
      Quite correct. I remember the first time I was elected as a councillor for my home town and I was chatting to a crowd outside the chamber after the first meeting and a woman passing by shouted out "I don't like you, I didn't vote for you!" I replied, "Delighted you're telling us, why don't you join us and tell us why, I've got an audience here, have the press here and I'm offering you a platform!" She scuttled away, not wishing to be taken on. Extraordinary, especially as I believe her objection was in protest that some business friends and I had chosen to give the consolidated, entrenched Conservative council "a kick up the bum" and the town had agreed, so we mish mash of business associates had become the town council!
     Rees-Mogg's objection to protestors being hooded is key. Clearly they were ashamed at their conduct so why behave like that? Stand up and be accounted, why else protest?

[Morning]
THE EU'S LAISSEZ-FAIRE RIGIDITY
We are experiencing the price of leeching government from the people. The sex scandals emanating from Westminster derive from that chamber being treated as of no major concern, as a consequence of delegating real government to a bunch of foreign fools across the channel, the EU. Consequently, supposed 'big' boys and girls are delegated to being no more than a local council chamber and behave like children in the kindergarten sand pit. Hence all the floundering over procedures on Brexit. The issues derive from MPs failing to take note of the implication of these complications when first implemented not fussing about them now, get them back en masse from the mess the EU has made of things and then sort out in a rational manner. That's why they have been behaving like children, they've been reduced to handling second rate issues.

Wednesday 7th February 2018 [morning]
Andrew Neil made a real hash of BBC Daily Politics this morning. He tried to insist both Labour and Conservative speakers make commitments upon a debate which can only be concluded during the course of that debate! For today he was clearly losing his marbles, not for the first time!

So, what has arisen of late? "EU demands sweeping powers..." The EU is in a state of panic, something is happening contrary to its egotistical wishes. Some of those who foot its bill are complaining which is the EU considers unacceptable, which is precisely why it is totally unfit for purpose. Government is directed by those who pay its bills, as they determine. The EU expects to incur costs regardless of the tax payer. It presumes to direct this country. This country has never accepted any EU direction. Our parliamentary servants failed to ask us what we wanted until twenty years after implying we would agree, presumably to give the EU the chance to show its inadequacies, so we could make a rational and objective decision. We have and the EU cannot accept the rationality that someone, least of all those who pay its bills should have an opinion independent of everyone else. That, little EU is the reality of life. A reality that male arrogant religion could not adjust to.

Monday 5th February 2018 [morning]
GENERAL BEHAVIOUR GETTING OUT OF HAND WHERE LIES THE BLAME?
An incident from my local paper. "In September 2017 he spat and slapped the woman before physically ejecting her from their flat, causing her bruising. Then a month later, while that incident was still being investigated, Sheikh punched the woman in the face following an argument. As a result she suffered a suspected fractured eye socket and detached retina. He then got into her car and drove it off before damaging it in a collision. Sheikh pleaded guilty to assault by beating, assault causing actual bodily harm and driving with no insurance. On January 25 he was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to a total of 21 months in prison for these offences and a further three in relation to previous unrelated offences."
     Working on a family history I am increasingly grateful for the diversity of family life with which I have been brought up and that is the point: diversity. There has not been any commonality but the basics of parental responsibility and recognising that responsibility in the social context of their respective locations and social historical period. Children of the children have been brought up the same way and all are within those ground rules of family respect and responsibility. I can say the same of all of my school, college and business associates and extended social interactions throughout my life.
     Why then is it only through the news resources do I learn of such activities and worse that I quote above? It is not ethnicity, is it solely the male arrogance that still does not understand its place in society?

Thursday 1st February 2018 [late pm]
I believe this holds an awesome truth. "To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favours among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. -Norman Mailer, author (31 Jan 1923-2007).
     Carillion's and Capita's woes lie fundamentally in common money-grubbers; shareholders failing to take active interest in the company in which they invest, or the professionals whom they employ to advise them; and those managers in those companies, who fail to meet their responsibilities and pay pensions FIRST, then other liabilities. The shareholders of those lending companies have a duty to themselves and their subscribers to properly monitor their investments.

EXTREMISM
Somewhat belatedly it has been realised that extremism is being taught in schools by omission of a wide and enquiring mindset. It is the failure of all religious teaching. By omission of all objective questioning indoctrination is inevitable. It is why religious teaching should be for the home and state schooling should deal with comparative religion, or basic philosophy. This raises the question as to when cultural proclivity becomes indoctrination, as in the case of cultural dressing and proclivity merges into directon as opposed to freedom of choice.

 

PREVIOUS MONTHS 
It was Labour's socialism that determined acceptance of the EU's diktats without argument because it took away their accountability for what they knew the country would not accept. All that is happening now is the rational debate Labour were not capable of holding.

PARLIAMENTARY WORK AHEAD

Boundary clarification. How many seats and what preferred size of constituency population?

Proportional representation. Which system?

House of Lords? Should it be elected or appointed and upon what classification? Originally based on the realities of the day: Spiritual; Legal; Defence; land ownership; hereditary entitlement.

Today? Spiritual but across the faiths (define), including pure secularism/humanitarianism (all appointed/elected by their respective churches); Legal, as is; Political (variable by proven worth, such as past ministers or retired professional senior civil servants and limited party nominations); representatives of Capital, Financial Services, Labour (all either retired or active, appointed or elected by their respective accredited bodies); Education (ditto precedents stated); Health (ditto); Other?

The whole re-viewable by a statutory committee reporting with recommendations to parliament on a ten yearly basis to cover relevance of classifications in the then current world. Modus operandi as at present.

 
 
WORKING NOTES
 
 

Anna Soubry, Chuka Ummunna, Andrew Gwynne, Dan Hanna v. Seema Malhotra, Barnier making an idiot of himself

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/opinion/my-daughter-is-not-transgender-shes-a-tomboy.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur idetity

I am delighted he demonstrates his Christian belief by showing his humility in acknowledging he's only of any use in second place.

He who blames his tools is admitting he's no damned good at the job.

Nice to have a journalist who has a trend to send himself up competently. Reminds me of one Talbot Rothwell and the actor Brian Rix who most successfully confused people as to which Whitehall theatre was providing the funniest show. Totally irrelevant to politics but a quietly amusing article.

What he is admiring is egocentricity to the point Blair filled MP seats with people following him not the party members who provided them with their opportunities. The LibDems are equally egocentric: determined to thrust their view in direct defiance of its rejection.

 
  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/dawkins-islamophobia-secular-liberal/ Hawkins  
 

Large industrial organizations have a long history of promoting pride and a sense of unity among the employees of the company, evidenced in the cultural productions of Victorian-era soap manufacturers as far apart as the UK's Lever Brothers (right) and the Larkin Soap Company of Buffalo, New York.


Unfortunately we should now be thinking of aspects of Islam as members of the Inquisition and it seems as if Russia is forming its own version!