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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NOVEMBER 2015
GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
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 with the LibDems Labour STILL refuses to do so, hence our present mess.

We would have had a perfectly harmonious relationship with the EU had they done so, for the British people would have demanded the basic common sense that is our inherent nature before agreeing anything. Clearly neither Labour nor the Lib/Dems possess the necessary courage... or is that simply arrogance, or fear of contrary opinion due to their own uncertainties?

Monday 30th November 2015 [evening post]
EGO AND REALITY: COULD SENSE FINALLY WIN THROUGH?
The UN conference in Paris, planned for a fortnight’s duration, has opened optimistically. Its timing coincides with the Labour party debate in the UK and the latest antics of some criminal gangs noted for their total abandonment of sense and sensibility—the Irresponsible States of Islam, responsible for diverse atrocities across a region that resembles the high seas of seventeenth century piracy. Such is the state of world civilisation: in microcosm and macrocosm a harmony of division between the haves and have-nots; between the civilised and uncivilised; between the bullies and the bullied; between the irresponsible behaviour of the responsible and the ego of those who would control others while themselves not being remotely competent for any authority at all.

This is not a mess! This is the surface interplay of the world’s continual battle between good and evil: a concept muddled almost universally by religion that has persisted in broadcasting its complete misunderstanding of so called Creation with an authoritarian arrogance beyond rational comprehension. Creation is not a one-off that was but a continuation of accumulated history: it is a battle between the individual ego and the rendering of service to the comprehensive whole: the anteater or the ants.

The UN climate conference starts with a seeming desire for harmony, individual national interests looking to support the collective whole but a large part of the collective whole are the haves and have-nots of tomorrow already arrived, not through climate change but through the wilful trumpeting of diverse egos, causing a breakdown in an equilibrium of social understanding. Where religion failed to move fast enough with growing universal knowledge, so mammon seems to be rushing ahead without properly thinking through not only the consequences of change and what change should be steered through but also failing to realise the change that was on the horizon: the same manifestation of yore—pure evil.

It was ego that caused the British Labour party to deny the British people a vote on whether politicisation of Europe was right for them, hence our present mess. I am personally confident that had we been asked we would have said “no”. We would now have a different type of Europe with which to handle our present refugee crisis, created solely by a desire to render service, as opposed to the promotion of self-interest of a particular elite.

Europe would either have been keen to have us in and would have adapted to us which I suspect, with an understanding of the benefits to be gained from the right relationship, we would have worked to achieve, therefore not needing to radically revise things now and Cameron does not appear to be asking for the major revision that is needed. The empty-headed fools would not have proceeded with a currency based in cloud cuckoo land which they then pretended was fit for factual earthly use, nor would they have aped the American pragmatism of the previous couple of centuries,  “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” [This was written for Americans, inviting them to subscribe to the plinth on which the statue of liberty stands and was only later fixed inside the statue to commemorate the writer’s death [Emma Lazarus]. Nor would the witless dreamers in cloud cuckoo land have determined that good people management was best achieved by not having any borders at all, let alone non-guarded ones. Consequently, we have everyone everywhere and no one having a clue as to who is where and whether or not they should be. It is on the basis of such assured figures countries are supposed to plan population growth and the resources need in anticipation of their requirements. Such is the EU’s understanding of basic management, quite apart from its persistent determination to stop anything productive happening if it hasn’t been sufficiently made immovable by irrelevant red tape.

This wilful irresponsibility of the purportedly rational objectivity of a secular society compounds the wilful irresponsibility of religious minorities who have gaily abandoned their marbles for a world of their own creation, in principle, not greatly different from the cloud cuckoo land of the borderless Euro: neither entity being remotely relevant to the practicalities of everyday living.

Potential Saviour Lost
The current UK news bodes ill for immediate resolution and the much-needed break through of sense and sensibility. It appears that Corbyn has bottled it. He had the chance to show he was indeed a potential PM in waiting. On the information available (and there is still the two day debate he wants) he should have stood as a real leader in a time of national crisis: declared a three-line whip for “NO”” and calmly accepted any resulting resignations. He is right, his opponents are wrong. It is not just his party he has failed, it is the country as this was the time to show the country it really did, at last, have a serious alternative government in waiting. At least we have found that out now, so there is time to get it right. The man is not up to the job.

Monday 30th November 2015 [morning post]
IS IT ALL CHANGE ALL ROUND?
At 11:44 I wait to see if Daily Politics will have news of Corbyn’s decision regarding Syria. I portend it will determine if he could possibly make PM. He either stands and the fallout will ONLY be those whose arrogance over-rides their good sense, effectively declaring my own suspicions that for the last many years the Labour party and the Parliamentary Labour Party have been nothing but a gathering of individual over-inflated egos incapable of rendering service to what they purportedly claim to be representing.

Corbyn IS the Labour party as truly representing its members who joined because they thought it still was what it purported to be: trades union sponsored politics. Unfortunately, those same trades unionists could not get their heads out of their overalls and espouse the mentality required of politicians to be meaningful to the general voting public at large. It was the party’s entrenchment in those who could not get their mentality off the factory floor that allowed the intellectual college kids to gain a grip and change things to the advantage of their particular egos: they themselves equally unable to understand the factory floor.

 

Sunday 22nd November 2015 [morning post]
GOD'S DAY SEEMS A GOOD TIME FOR GOD'S PEOPLE TO MAKE A BOOBOO!
The Church of England has the temerity to blame others for its continuing appalling ineptitude. The priest in charge of public relations apparently did not understand that the entity handling cinematic advertising has a policy of not promoting political or religious advertising, so why may a religious advert for it, especially when the church is supposed to be short of money? Is he the right man for the job, which begs the question, is religion relevant today? As a constituent of the glue needed to weld a society into some sort of cohesive whole, "yes" but it does mean that religion needs to ensure it is itself part of the whole and while I support religious involvement in life generally, that does also mean religion has to be relevant to life and to understand that equally as well.

Following on ""All advertising is hype and an admission of the failure of the product to sell, does religion want to be so associated?"

 

Wednesday 19th November 2015 [late morning post]
YOU STOLE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
On Friday night you stole the life of an exceptional being, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you won't have my hatred.

I don't know who you are and I don't want to know - you are dead souls. If this God for which you kill indiscriminately made us in his own image, every bullet in the body of my wife will have been a wound in his heart.

So no, I don't give you the gift of hating you. You are asking for it but responding to hatred with anger would be giving in to the same ignorance that made you what you are. 
You want me to be afraid, to view my fellow countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my freedom for security. You have lost.

I saw her this morning. Finally, after many nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago. 
Of course I'm devastated with grief, I admit this small victory, but it will be short-lived. I know she will accompany us every day and that we will find ourselves in this paradise of free souls to which you'll never have access.

We are two, my son and I, but we are stronger than all the armies of the world. 
I don't have any more time to devote to you, I have to join Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely 17-months-old. He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either. 

 

WHICH WAY’S BEST? [morning post]
This way, that way, all around about… We have the tube workers arbitrarily deciding to cause the lesser paid wilful aggrovation in preventing them from getting to work, or causing them to incur expenses they cannot afford because they themselves are over paid and can afford to have days without pay. Now we have junior doctors wanting to call a strike to cause mayhem throughout the NHS. These latter are supposed to be sufficiently responsible people as to have people’s lives in their hands.

In principle there is no difference between their respective claims, save possibly the need of wider society. Economies can be made on the tube but the NHS is already in desperate demand for more money, does that make the doctors’ demands more unreasonable?

The key similarity is the deliberate use of “sweet talking” to avoid the fundamental issue that these are both issues of blackmail. Each side believing they can bully the other side to meet their egoistical self interests: no difference at all from the Paris terrorists, save they did not give any prior warning or attempt to discuss and these contestants are not intending direct physical harm. ‘Intending’ possibly being a key word but ‘risk of harm’ is unquestionable, since both scenarios cause unknown persons to take routes or act in manners different from their ‘normal’ intentions, therein lies culpability for consequential actions.

However, in the doctors’ case we have a 76% response and 98% of those participating saying “Strike!” That is a meaningful statement. We all need to seriously consider where we are and whether we now have to consider an increase in taxes to ensure we do have the NHS we were all brought up to expect to have from our taxes as an inherent right at birth.

Monday 16th November 2015 [evening post]
ANOTHER WORLD
“We have all been placed on this earth to follow our own path and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.” So wrote one Gregg Braden on Facebook today.

Now that raises a number of issues, not least of which is the diversity of ‘essential’ diversions that have brought me down from the attic, with sufficient finality as to close the trap door, remove the ladder and be immersed in the everyday junk of practical living, horrifyingly I find now some months ago and in which state of everyday I remain immersed. Wherein lies the balance between the ego and the community in which one lives and what is that community: the street, the town, the county, the country?

Although its states are the size of countries was the United States of America ever other than one country and I do not pass cavalierly over its early history, before the settlers moved in, where there were tribal origins before the inevitable westwards expansion? Evolution clearly defines separateness of expansion and the inevitability of supremacy through natural development, as Homo sapiens spread out from Africa, believed to be that animal species’ original home.

On this particular day, in mid November 2015, I am forced to take stock of practical circumstances which have determined to thrust themselves upon me. Delayed and side-tracked by ill health but mercifully, although originally potentially serious, mere inconvenience when compared with so much trauma with which so many are faced, I have reached that point when it suddenly dawns on me that I am not the person I was and always believed myself to be throughout my life, from the moment my youth so easily transitioned into my present maturity. Likewise, age descends unnoticed, until a momentary distraction brings everything to a halt and we have to say to ourselves, this really is it! What is truly most important to me and my life’s testimony? What likely time do I have to complete it and therefore what must I urgently put aside to have a reasonable chance to complete what I currently believe is most crucial to have done before I pass over?

So my mind empathises with the Paris minute silence for those 129 who so far have lost their lives from last Friday. More particularly for those loved ones trying to cope, not only with their loss but more particularly in the manner of their loss. We all assume there is a tomorrow, let alone a planned end to our day but for many there is no after-noon to the day’s morning.

Facebook also brought to me today the quote from Bertrand Russell, “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” My comment was, “If there is any accountability for our lives at the end of them, even if it is only our own judgment, there is no point in ending life sooner than need be, unless there is a very sure and absolutely certain reason. Likewise, there is no point in hanging on to life, if all reason determines there is nothing more that one can do with it, so there is no conflict in accepting assisted suicide.”

 

 

Saturday 14th November 2015 [morning post]
FAILURE, FAILURE, FAILURE!
The inadequates of society desperately declare their despair and desperation at their perpetual failure to have meaning in life. Clearly, the world suffers; France suffers; Paris suffers; individual families are devastated, causing individual tragedies to be worked through. The Paris events are simply years of every day life brought into a few moments of one enormity but precisely what is that enormity?

The enormity is no more than the enormity of one life, each individual’s life, their progression through three score years and ten to a conclusion of some learning of what Creation is all about. Some learn from direct tragedy, more learn through the hearing of and understanding of those individual tragedies: so we all move forward through time and society and collectively life overall improves.

Four centuries ago the Christian world turned on itself with its own sado-masochistic sexual and other perversions, floggings, burnings, decapitations, just as some perverse followers of Islam proceed with such national vigour today but western Christian society has moved on. We do not decapitate, we do not even hang and we do not flog, although in the UK our prisons are in as appalling a state as before the Victorian social reformers and we still have not learned how to use prisoner time productively, with education and encouragement to earn a productive role in life after prison.

All of these advances would have happened far sooner if religion had not got in the way. Religion still gets in the way: the Roman Catholic church still cannot stomach women priests; some aspects of Roman Catholicism (Opus Dei) persist with sado-masochism, such as self flagellation and so still holds back society, through the negative social effect such attitudes have on society as a whole.

So it is with Islam. Islam is as riven within itself as Christians once were and arguably still are but on the more sophisticated plane of verbal discourse. Islam is still frightened of moving forward and instead of leading society forward in line with the continuing progression of Creation as we learn more about it, Islam persists in holding society back from progressing forward by persisting with archaic Mediæval traditions, in particular the arrogant presumption of men’s “we are in charge” twaddle and Islam’s own sado-masochistic proclivities for public punishment.  

For many, many hundreds in France, there is the trauma of personal family and individual friendships lost but in each case no more than most suffer through a lifetime. The miseries of living in this plane are known to all of us directly in different guises: a child, born with a back to front heart surviving beyond her expected four years to five times as long and raising £7million, for the health of other children equally condemned to as short a life, through ill health or misbirth.

Such is the contrast between biochemistry and the spirituality believed. In earlier societies we did not possess the opportunity to bring as much fulfilment to the blind, the deaf and those suffering ever further disadvantages as we do today. Society was not geared so philanthropically, it depended upon the rich to express their consciences as insight developed in them and through them gradually society learned collectively.

So, in perspective, what actually has happened in France? A few emotionally inadequate little people have expressed their angst against a section of society that they perceive has “done them down”. No particular section, no particular grouping of people, just a random, chance selection of particular groupings, each in their own way representing the collective world order. What claims the more intellectually able might have, that they are promoting the “right” philosophy, are lost by the very fact of their actions, demonstrating they have no argument to put forward in social debate, only the destruction of any opposing views—the ultimate admission of failure and inadequacy of their beliefs.

However, in their blind ignorance it is they who perceive the world order to have failed, just as so many failed to heed the examples of the few with the insight and awareness to offer succour in past generations, as society gradually acquired a social conscience. Are these murderers to be blamed? Christ’s words on the cross, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”

If they have been deliberately indoctrinated, then why has society allowed such indoctrinators? As aspects of yesterday’s society, with the insight to act meaningfully for the disadvantaged, did and still do, leading the rest of us, so today’s society in larger formations, attempts to perceive the consequences that follow irrational behaviour and take steps to counter.

Trying to bring forward the benefit of today’s knowledge to the archaic wanderings of minds entrenched in yesterday’s beliefs is not easy and society moves forward in fits and starts, section by section. We dabble with good intent in other societies but do we charge in without fully thinking through the consequences? Do we take the trouble to fully understand into what we are entering, or do we colour our perceptions with our own bigotry and self-interest in our perceived outcome?

From what age is the child truly accountable for its actions? Physical age does not necessarily bear any relatedness to mental capacity to understand, nor the mind necessarily biochemically developed as might be expected. Then there is indirect social awareness and the extent to which society has got out of kilter with too great a divide between the haves and have nots. This generates a sense of grievance but the great claim of Victorian society was that the poor were honest; it was the rich that were deceitful.

The answer is that we are all involved and it is up to us to recognise that accountability, to keep ourselves in step with the collective whole of society and make what contribution we can when we are able.

In principle, Islam is going through nothing different from that which Christianity went through four centuries ago; what the secular western world went through during diverse western wars, all over seeming trifles, retrospectively. This is no collapse of society, no greater tragedy than that reaped in the UK by the IRA, the turmoil with Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, in which Islam collectively and in its own way directly is involved, failing to move not with the times but with the greater knowledge of the intent and purpose of Creation itself, which too often it similarly wilfully refuses to acknowledge. Islam is frightened of examining itself, just as Roman Catholicism fought and argued with Protestantism.

World society is like an ice flow. It reaches the sea and breaks off in different sections and different slices at different times, as progression pushes the whole slowly forward.

 

 Monday 9th November 2015 [evening post]
WINNOWING THE NEWS: ON FACEBOOK
RESPONDING TO A MOAN ABOUT TUITION FEES

We should be working for free education and child support to first degree level. The problem is that Labour lumbered us with debt and there is no point in continuing paying financiers interest instead of investing in capital and social needs, provided such needs are indeed valid. Labour were quite happy paying people more than the average worker earned, such was Labour's total inability to understand hard finance.

Labour ithself admitted it had failed to correct the change-over and so aggravated a bad situation which they had created. That Greek debt is (for the moment) sustainable is entirely due to the very financiers you are implying you hate. You can't have it both ways. Solvency is the only rationality and that means the ability to sell, at a price market conditions allow.

Change the social economic fabric. Communism did, and failed. Private dictators likewise. Religion likewise. We are still not addressing climate change and the planet's finite resources. Corbyn is asking the right questions, so give him time. In the mean time, wilfully obstructing that which itself is already obstructionist (students are thinking of striking so we pay lecturers to have another holiday!) is not going to help matters progress. Look at the tube people. What the hell do they care for people like you trying to get to work? Remember who is in the moneyed class you wish to denigrate, over-paid trades unionists who have specifically struck in the past to stop women being paid equal pay to men!

 

Saturday 7th November 2015 [evening post]
WINNOWING THE NEWS: STEPHEN WILMOT IN INVESTORS CRONICLE IS ALL FOR CONSUMER PURCHASE
10% reduction in an already seriously reduced steel employent adds further to a manufacturing sector already 6% smaller than in 2008 (if inflation is taken out) but the services sector is 10% larger. Are we specialising in too much flannel and not enough oooomph? What about household consumption, reducing savings rather than exporting industrial technology? Why are we so bad at manufacturing and exporting when once we were the world's workshop?

Wilmot's argument essentially is that we are concentrating on what we are good at but steering clear of what is challenging, as a result there are too many eggs in one basket but to spread the risk there appears to be inadequate apprenticeship resource in manufacturing generally. This raises the question, are we educating appropriatesly? Ironically, I reflect his very view in my own porfolio spread, smsll tough it is and Wilmost arouses the realisation that I too must take stock: faced with indecision on social welfare (the need for a bachelor to take care of his already questionable health) and therefore make appropriate due provision while at the same time endeavouring to live a life he wants!

Friday 6th November 2015 [after-noon post]
WINNOWING THE NEWS: EUROPE
Niall Ferguson, a nom de plume for Professor A Tisch of Harvard, is a controversial historian, who viewed the British involvement in the First World War as "the biggest error in modern history", arguing that we could have lived with a victorious Germany, as Britain would have been much stronger militarily and capable of handling Germany in our own time much later on, instead of charging in too early completely unprepared. My agreement with his article "The Degeneration of Europe" in November's Prospect no doubt classes me as another "firebrand against the ‘inconsequential quibbles’ of the left and our prevailing culture of Correct Politicalness", which is an interesting way of viewing our forced PC world.

It is interesting to realise that EU and UK are trying to resolve the same problem from different directions. "...Everybody, it seems, is going to have low, maybe even negative inflation if they want to be a part of the Bundesrepublik Europa. ... leaving individual countries  to regain competitiveness by driving down wages and or raising productivity." Cameron is determined to raise wages and reduce social support. UK and the US have parity in that foreign-born workers are no more disadvantaged in employment than native-born workers. In Germany unemployment rate for foreign-born is 74% against 5% for native-born workers.

He notes, essentially, that the rest of the world is catching up with western Europe's meteoric advance over the last five hundred years. Now it is toppling back, degenerating: generationally; managerially (all pettifogging rules and regulations); legally (the details of the letter not the spirit of intent); fourthly, the pre-eminence of the state as opposed to the voluntary nongovernmental agencies generated through the nature of society.

As well as these threats from within, Ferguson also perceives serious threats from without, through Islam: the spread of extremism within Europe through established immigrant communities, inflamed by radical preachers funded at least partially by Gulf states; contamination of nonMuslim by extremist proselytising and conversion; the import of extremists in the guise of immigrants; and fourthly by the free movement of people, especially Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. He quotes 4,500 as the figure of Europeans who have left the EU for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to join the new style caliphate in an attempt to turn the clock back to Muhammad's time. He calls this "misguided and murderous" but are such people not simply ahead of events? Can we continue to improve output? Can we continue to increase demand? The world is finite in its resource. What are we actually doing about climate change? Will entirely electric cars and lorries ever be economically feasible?

Niall Ferguson concludes by asking "Can Europe withstand the new ideological plague of Islamic extremism?" Without radical institutional reform and a revival of a belief in the values of western civilisation itself, he doubts it. Precisely why I am open-minded about the Corbyn trend. People are stirred to think but to what extent? On Daily Politics this lunch time a representative of the mass gathering last night (which apparently was somewhat down on expected numbers) turned out to be as gormless as most yahoo protesters usually are; the riot itself was just senseless mayhem about so many diverse views it was really no more than a collection of shouters shouting individually rather than having a remotely coherent joint message; apparently Labour MPS emailing the new supporters, inviting them onto the streets with the regular canvassers received no notable response from any of them. The message, by default of no positive statements, is that the madness of religiosity may well descend on Europe all over again, putting civilisation back at least half a millennium for perhaps another half millennium. Such is the sheer lunacy of religion and the failure of present day politics nationally to give the 'kick up the bum' I and some friends managed to do at town council level. Will Corbyn do it? We have some interesting and potentially volatile times ahead!

Friday 6th November 2015 [morning post]
WINNOWING THE NEWS: MALALA
I have been promoting Malala since she first came to world prominence and have a lot of respect for the way the Harry Potter principals have moved forward but have also been concerned about a male’s place in positively supporting feminism: that is ‘appropriate’ feminism rather than the placard yellers. 

From: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/05/malala-yousafzai-tells-emma-watson-im-a-feminist-thanks-to-you?CMP=fb_gu “…Yousafzai began speaking out on education for girls in 2009 when she was just 12. She was 15 and on her way home from school in Swat valley, Pakistan, when she was shot in the head in October 2012, for speaking out against the Taliban and its ban on female education.

Yousafzai said her father, Ziauddin, had been an “example to all men” and called himself a feminist. She added: “It has been a tricky word. When I heard it the first time I heard some negative responses and some positive ones. I hesitated in saying am I feminist or not?

“Then after hearing your speech I decided there’s no way and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So I’m a feminist and we all should be a feminist because feminism is another word for equality.” Men “have to step forward” to promote equality of the sexes, she said.

Watson posted a video of the interview on her Facebook page and said she found Yousafzai’s admission moving. She said: “Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself.

“Having seen that she hadn’t, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself. Maybe feminist isn’t the easiest word to use … but she did it anyway.
“I’ve spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalised movement it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal.
“Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let’s join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you.”
Yousafzai has been living in Birmingham with her family since the assassination attempt. She is studying for A-levels in history, economics, maths and religious studies and plans could include going to Oxford University, or Stanford, in California.

WINNOWING THE NEWS: CORBYN AND BRITISH LABOUR
So, what has November’s Prospect to say about Corbyn? The issue seems a deeply researched series of articles concluding that he is unlikely to win but voters like many of his left-wing policies. For once, I seem to be in the middle of the stream of public opinion, proving that the Tories, with a workable majority but an insufficient majority to be irresponsible, is no bad thing. The previous arrangement with the Lib-Dems was too inflexible, this arrangement should lead to more rational and consistent government.

I think it was Harold Wilson who said “A week is a long time in politics.” Corbyn has three and a half years to convince his party he can see them through and to build a solid team to face the fateful answer. In my view, it is not impossible. There are one or two aspects which he has got to sort but there is time to deepen and widen the debates: Trident; nationalisation; tax and social restructuring. We could end with an evenly balanced political see-saw which will be influenced by one of three events: a personal banana skin; the EU decision and the effect on the Scottish question; a world event.

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 [evening post]
A RETIRED GENTLEMAN'S INDULGENCE
It is not a question of arriving at a state of retirement but a matter of adjustment to an inevitability one has known was always there by implication but questionable, as one got closer and saw more and more of one's acquaintances fall off along the way. The earlier loss of members of ones' own family and of others' loved ones, especially when gone far too soon, were personal tragedies seen more for the actual loss of the departed than for the full import of what it meant in the wider gamut of the spirit plane.

Three score years and ten is Man's allotted span: three score years to learn and to work and ten years to reflect, the Christian philosophy claims. To reflect on what? In principle, to rethink what one knew when deciding to be born and to evaluate how much use one made of the opportunities this physical life has prepared oneself for returning home, wiser and more mature, more able to be of use on that plane with which one is supposed to have such knowledge but of which one has no certain recollection. Therein lies the field of philosophy, on which vast plain theories engage in conflict with one another, warmongering into armies of opinion, from which 'authorities' rage rampant with their arrogances of all encompassed 'knowledge', which time alone vanquishes with the quiet realisation that knowledge known is no knowledge, when seen in the light of new knowledge one realises is still to be gained.

So, I am in reflective mood. I have enjoyed a weekend away with one aspect of my family (the oldest and longest, most deeply meaningful aspect of family). One usually thinks of the male line being historically most important but due to circumstances, in my case it is the female line that holds the spiritual strength and it is the underlying spirituality that is the key to my learning purpose in this plane of existence. Through various interactions it has been intimated to me that I previously existed in Egypt during the Pharaoh times and again during the English civil war. In both occasions I have some friends today who were with me in both those times. Interesting.

So, it is Tuesday and the need to stock the larder having deliberately run things down prior to going away. A short break but sufficient to restore the batteries and relive one's life refreshed. A thought that connects with recent arguments over Sunday trading. Forget the Christian Sunday, just call it a rest day. We all need rest days but we all need the rest of the world to carry on living: people die unexpectedly, or are simply taken ill and might die out of their expected time frame if not attended to immediately. I have never worked shift hours but have embraced short sessions of unusual timings. Some can cope easily with such contradictions to 'normal' working, others less easily. We each need to pace ourselves and the key is that we are allowed to pace ourselves to our individual needs. Amongst those needs are those who have to cope with unusual demands caused by diverse health situations. Flexibility, adaptability, malleability. So, what is the problem? Are we all so daft we cannot pace ourselves to our bodily needs of rest work and play; energetic pursuits of sport; quiet contemplation and country walks? Each to their own. That is how priests have demonised religion. Falsely regimented life, contrary to the inherent natural way of the world they have chosen to misinterpret: the natural bochemical life into which our spirits have been imbued

So, I am in Waitrose, minding the shop. I am at the magazine stand, trying to remember if I have already bought November's Mac Format. The magazine seems to publish a month ahead and I should be seeing December's issue. Ah well. I buy and in that moment of irresponsibility, not having first checked if I already have a copy of that issue, I cast my eye over the other magazines. Country Life has a freebie Gentleman's Life. I am tempted. I do not normally buy TV magazines (except at Christmas and Easter when I usually buy both) but this week's Radio Times has a special feature on Downton Abbey, so I have to buy! Prospect's front cover asks "Could Corbyn Ever Win?" In my view he could but the debate is complex and exciting, so I buy. New Scientist leads with "Seeds of Revolution: How Civilisation Took Root All Over The World". I have to buy. Investor's Chronicle "Britain's Unbalanced Recovery: How to Invest in the UK's Thriving Consumer Economy". Disconcerting, if we are relying on consumer's—public opinion is very volatile! The Economist "How the technology behind bitcoin could change the world". Have to keep up with things. Country Life, as already mentioned had a special magazine and inside Gentleman's Life is an article about 'good books' which every gentleman should have in his library and 'yes' libraries are still an essential gentleman's acquisition! The article is by Jonathan Self.

His selection is The Code of the Woosters and he quotes "'There are moments Jeeves when one asks oneself, "Do trousers matter?" "The mood will pass, sir."'. Letter to D by André Gorz which Self describes as a book "... every gentleman should read in order to understand what love really is." Who has not read Lady Chatterly's Lover? Self quotes a reviewer's opinion at the time, reviewing the book for Field & Stream. It is hilarious. "... one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour these sidelights on the management of a Midlands shooting estate and, in this reviewer's opinion, this book cannot take the place of J R Miller's Practical Gamekeeping". For this offered title quote alone, this magazine was worth buying. A Grief Observed by C S Lewis is an understandable choice. Interestingly, Self then recommends Black's Veterinary Dictionary for its advice ranging from "... rabbit syphilis to potato poisoning but provides lots of useful "how to" information." A Tale of Two Cities, well, who does not have a copy? The Histories, for being the first history book ever written which immediately tells you it is by Herodotus. Again, who does not have Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. Poetry? I am delighted he chooses Betjeman's Collected Poems. I really must persevere to get my own second volue out. Self's tenth book is Hal Iggulden's The Dangerous Book for Boys of which neither the book nore the author had I ever previously heard. Self describes it as an invaluable reference work that every gentleman should possess, as it describes how to fashion a rude catapult, set up a tripwire and a  variety of other skills that are essential knowledge for every gentleman. Interesting.

 

INDEX

The general conclusion appears to be that we need to increase taxes on those who can afford to pay and NOT reduce the cost of aiding those in need.

That would seem to include a proper provision for our military needs and ensuring extra taxation to meet revenue costs derived from taxpayers' REVENUE income.

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 reviewable 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.