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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Thursday 29th June 2016 [mid-afternoon]

JUNE 2016
THE EU QUESTION

GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
THE EU QUESTION

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 remains frightened of such a debate.
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.

Wednesday 29th June 2016 [late evening]
DAY OUT, LOVELY LUNCHTIME MEETING AND GOOD NEWS

One of my reasonably good days. Leisurely getting myself together and walking along the canal to the station, as a light rain and strong wind countered the use of an umbrella—so I ploughed on without coat, relying upon the shelter from the cut (a colloquial expression for the canal). No wind in the cut but despite trees an umbrella was needed.
     Suddenly a routine journey was no longer routine. I could not remember how long it had been since I had last made this journey. Things had changed. The coffee shop had stopped selling newspapers. Damn!
      I was aware of the newly installed lifts. [In my childhood days there had been one central pulley lift, for heavy luggage and disabled people and then a porter-supervised quick walk, across the railway lines to the other platforms]. I used the modern lift to platform 4 where I met a few other former colleagues, heading for the same lunch.
      An ordinary suburban train journey (delightfully in a recently delivered new train) suddenly came alive, no longer casually assumed. A straight run into Euston and then a short walk almost straight across Euston Road to the Wellcome Trust.
      What was once our head office is now the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, itself massively reshaped after the Trust who owned the Foundation (our working company) took it over, having acquired the two buildings next door and turned them into another building with limited connections to the older building. The entire block now being the nerve centre of the second largest charitable foundation in the world, its speciality being medical research and human welfare.
     The gathering was like any retired employees gathering: similar and yet unique. A very reasonable mass à la carte menu: salmon, slow-cooked beef, fruit platter being my choices and having only the train to tumble back on (and I did treat myself to a taxi at Berkhamsted, I was that far gone, although it may have simply been tiredness) wine flowed freely. So, of course did conversation. There is something uniquely amiable about a volume of lively, diverse conversation that creates its own unvaried continuity. It  made me think of the second movement of Smetana's Má Vlast. What particularly attracted my attention was the youth of the waitress nearest to me. As I had guessed she was still at school on a short-term contract. My own old school encourages sixth formers to interact with their permanent caterers to gain experience of business life and help their pocket money.
     She was of particular interest. She was Czech, spoke impeccable, fluent English and both she and her family back in Prague supported Brexit. I said to her, "This room is filled with people of diverse ethnicity who had worked for the company. The British people here had worked from offices in this building and although based here were extensively experienced, literally world wide, not just with a small group of nations across the channel. You are working with an international company in the fullest meaning of internationalism. Nothing remotely small-minded here." I told her. "I know", she said "that's why I'm so grateful for this opportunity. Neither I nor my family are afraid of Brexit."

Tuesday 28th June 2016 [midday]
CATCHING UP!

In Sunday's The Observer an article is headed, "Despite £12m in EU funding..." There is a picture of a sign saying "EU Funds: Investing in Wales", such blatant misrepresentation says everything about the EU, it is our money coming back to us plus, perhaps, funds from other sources. Why not the honesty to say so? Ebbw Vale is shrewd enough to know the truth, so had a majority for leaving.

Monday 27th June 2016 [early evening]
STILL THE 'ME, ME, ME' STYLE OF POLITICS

The Conservative party seems to be moving with business-like realism while the Labour Party is filled with egoists. It was known from the start that the PLP did not want Corbyn but it is the membership who determine the leader. It is my view that both sides have been preparing their ground. The PLP has trickle resigned, Corbyn has anticipated and lined up more junior people to gain experience, thus widening experience within the party.
     What lies behind this is some idea that there will soon be a General Election. Why? Understandably Cameron has resigned, so the Conservative party needs a new leader. It is the people who determine the party in power and the party who determine who does what in the party. 2020 remains the likely next General Election. It appears that the PLP, which arguably was manipulated by previous leaders into its seemingly egotistical mode was wilfully in opposition to the Labour party membership. Corbyn seems determined to return power back to the party's base. Good for him.

Monday 27th June 2016 [late morning]
WAKING UP AT LAST!

It is astounding the number of people who appear not to have taken the slighted interest in their country's politics for so long. The inability to appreciate that the Leave campaign guaranteed nothing, save to present the government of the day with a direction, is extraordinary. However, it does raise the issue, will such government issue a referendum on the terms of accepting the changes necessary? The key issue is that we have suddenly been brought up short and factually having to address what sort of country are we and where are we going? No problem in principle and arguably long over due. It is not that we sleep walked out of the EU but that we have been sleep walking with the EU for ta least the last twenty years and have finally recognised our responsibilities. It is NOT the EU into which we were asked to accept and this situation should have been realised twenty years ago, as the Conservatives knew full well. It will be interesting to hear the PM's view on what preparations he had made to meet with what he did not expect.

Sunday 26th June 2016 [after-noon]
TOO MANY GETTING OVER EXCITED ALL READY!

"The Liberal Democrats will fight the next general election pledging to take Britain back into the European Union", party leader Tim Farron says. Sheer witless stupidity, these fools have done nothing but begged the EU to walk all over us because they themselves are not up to the job of government.

Sunday 26th June 2016 [early morning]
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

Living history, we've been here before. Another reason why holding the Referendum twenty years ago would have been more rational... but the Tories are not the most rational of people, unfortunately.
     Those extra twenty years mean fewer of modern youth have been brought up with the reassurance of the old brigade to help "steady the helm". I was horrified to read that sections of the Civil Service are out of touch with the practicalities of some of our own trading and industrial divisions, such is the state of chaos the EU has wreaked upon our basic administration. It does appear that Cameron has been singularly inept in not making adequate preparation for a Leave vote when it was he who organised the Referendum!
     At least the Labour party is beginning to organise itself but even that seems not to understand what is going on within its own organisation. I have previously written that the university toffs put in a Parliamentary party unrepresentative of the membership. Now, when the party should be preparing for potential government, the PLP demonstrates it still does not understand its own party!
     The Referendum highlights that Corbyn represents the membership and as I have previously written, I am convinced Corbyn would have voted Leave and would have advised the party to vote leave, had it not been for the unrepresentative Parliamentary Labour party, which he was not yet ready to replace.
     Now, off their own back (for purely egotistical reasons) they are clearing the decks for him. Shortly, perhaps this week, we will see Corbyn effectively taking charge. The potential for a Labour government in its own right within six months suddenly becomes feasible. Society is ready for it. My own personal experiences indicate private attitudes in the NHS aren't working competently and the American/Australian relationship between three companies, in a transfer of management responsibility for my main internet server, has written up UEB over everything (Unexploded Bomb, for the little boys and girls learning about the real world).

 

Friday 24th June 2016 [early morning]
DECISION MADE SO LETS GET ON WITH PROPER GOVERNANCE–2

Interesting that the constituency (Dacorum) for which I stood for the Referendum party twenty years ago went 51/49 for Leave.

Friday 24th June 2016 [very early morning]
DECISION MADE SO LETS GET ON WITH PROPER GOVERNANCE

Well, it always was a difficult decision and I, who for twenty years have been demanding a referendum now know where we stand, as we should have known twenty years ago. The Conservative party can be extraordinarily slow in knowing where it is going. Labour has rarely known where it is going while the LiberalDemocratics have always been keen for the rest of the world to walk all over us.
     First priority is preparation for 2020 vote, which means a referendum on the options for proportional representation and the constitution of the Lords which is not so urgent.

Monday 20th June 2016 [mid after-noon]
TRIBUTES TO JO COX

Regretfully, I did not cross over channels early enough to know if others had already been as irresponsible as Stephen Kinnock. He tried to wrap his political argument into his eulogy. Would Jo have done that? She had a clear sense of what was right and I am inclined to think not. The reason for her death is not yet confirmed, nor has the mental stability of the man committing the act been confirmed. The political argument requires no emotion from either side, it simply requires unemotional dispationate assessment of the argument. This was neither the time nor the place for political argument. He sullied the proceedings.

Monday 20th June 2016 [noon]
WARSI, COMPLETE IDIOT

Her claim to change sides in the EU debate because of a poster raises serious questions as to who is saying what for what reason? The way of expressing something is completely irrelevant to what is being said, in this particular context. Either the cause is right or it is not. Either Warsi has changed her mind but does not want to be honest about it, or she is on a self-attention mission and wishing to kick out at what she now considers a seriously valid argument that is winning ground against her arguments.
      Remain really panicking. Lady Warsi illustrates the abysmal inadequacy of inspiration within the Conservative party. That somone of this calibre should have been considered competent to be a party chairman is beyond belief.

Sunday 19th June 2016 [morning]
WHAT IS GOING ON?

Ten days ago my heading was "Is society falling down?". With a trial pending there is inevitably a delay in factually knowing exactly what caused the death of Jo Cox. The early impression is that the incident is "no more" than a madman let loose and inadequately monitored, implying insufficient financial support for mental health. There seems, at the moment, insufficient support for declaring it a "political" crime. The suspect's declaration at his first magistrate's hearing appears to be no more than mere public attention seeking or a possible solicitor inspired suggestion as a start to pleading insanity for a shorter sentence on conviction.

Wednesday 8th June 2016 [morning]
IS SOCIETY FALLING DOWN? [This blog is also available on
THE EU QUESTION
The Civil Service cannot maintain a web site! At the crucial moment, the web site for registering for voting crashes. This happened a year or two ago with the HMRC web site, so they have experience and should have anticipated. Root cause? Individual failure: we are all to blame.
     Parents have failed in ensuring their children are aware of their inherent responsibility to register as soon as they reach the eligible age. Have those parents also failed to instil regular awareness through their own voting habits?
     Has our education system failed in not providing sufficient Civics classes, as I had in the VIth form? Does our education fail to provide sufficient British history?
     It is purported that the government feels those disadvantaged would have voted its way, rather than vote for "LEAVE". Were that a valid argument why is the referendum so late in the first place? Nearly twenty years ago, a largely past and present Tory party membership gathered a movement for a referendum party, to force the Tories to wake up. to their responsibilities. I was part of that and the Tory party refused to wake up until now, nearly twenty years too late!
     What no one appears to be taking into account is that extending the period means that those who might have registered may not and those who would not have registered may now do so. Consequently what ever result transpires is sullied by doubt!

 

Friday 3rd June 2016 [late after-noon]
SORTING WHEAT FROM CHAFF
From Nick Clegg today:

From Nick Clegg in automotive cost-effective style.
"Hi P,
Britain is at its best when it shows leadership in the world. By leading in the European Union we can shape Europe over the next four decades, the way we have shaped it in the last four decades."

REALITY: we have had little influence as Cameron did not ask for half of what he should have asked for and didn't get half of that. The EU panicked at having to think rationally. Why is Clegg only looking ahead forty years? Is he panicking the EU won't survive longer?

"Our membership of the EU is about safety in numbers. The fact is we are stronger together and weaker apart. Just as that was true to say in 2014 when Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom was at stake, it is just as true today for our membership of the European" Union. "

REALITY: The fact there is a bulk of people in the crash does not determine who is protected in the middle and who is on the fringe being damaged! Where is the panic? Define the danger we cannot meet, why can we not meet it and since when did flexibility with separately negotiated relationships prove weaker than an en masse agreement which is too inflexible to meet the continual changes over time that is the reality of life?


"Britain has always been a proud, outward-looking, internationalist nation. And the Liberal Democrats embody that as a party, fighting for an open, liberal and tolerant society."

All the EU has done is to get in the way and it rejects most of the rest of the world. We in this country have always dealt with the whole world except where the EU deliberately interferes to stop us, because the EU is not up to our caliber of flexibility and diversity. There is little open about the EU.

"To be ambitious for Britain we must be ambitious for Europe too. Together we can meet the big challenges that face us and the many more that will test us in the years to come. Alone we are less equipped to do so. By leading in Europe Britain can remain one of the world’s strongest economies and most influential nations."

We do not lead in Europe because the EU gets in the way and it is only a PART of the world with which we are accustomed to dealing as a matter of course and have done for nearly half a millennium. For the EU this is a proposition too vast for their intellect and self interest to comprehend because we deal worldwide, not just across the channel. The EU cannot cope with such vast realistic ideas.

"For the past six weeks, Liberal Democrat campaigners all across the country have been taking to the streets fighting the #INtogether cause and putting forward the best argument to remain in Europe."

Your support means we can fight that battle even harder.

What ever you donate will be matched by a group of very kind large donors. From Nick Cleg"

In short it is simply an advert, "please give money".[we are running out!]

 

Wednesday 1st June 2016 [mid morning]
DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS!
We are involved, whether we like it or not and have no choice but to recognise our responsibilities and give an account of ourselves. The EU question is merely one of many, for all of society is in a state of flux and that is a part answer to the EU question. Life, the future, today is a state of continual change. Why then; where is the logic, in making rigid rules across the diversity of continually changing living reality? FAM: Flexibility, Adaptability, Malleability are the only constants and certainties of any future. Conan Doyle Had Sherlock Holmes say frequently to Watson, "You have seen but you have not observed." Like a policeman, the responsibility of management is to see, to observe and having observed, to deduce. Having deduced, one perceives, interprets and prepares. Such is the responsibility of government and the laws it proposes to parliament, devolved from its open-minded manifesto of intent prior to election.
     I am horrified we are in June, halfway through the year. The leaves are darkening in their maturity, as we reach our own majority. I have been appalled at the panic that has been shown, regarding our standing alone and rowing our own course. That is not the UK into which I was borne, of resilience and self-reliance. Making do, making ends meet. Looking ahead and preparing for whatever contingency Life may throw at us from the opaque fluidity of Time's mists. We have grown soft on the underbelly of debt without serious intent to pay it back, because we simply are not. We are already long past the time when we should have tightened our belts. Now is the time to hold fast and take serious stock before it is too late and there is no muscle or nerve left to stand up straight and meet the world eye to eye with the responsible leadership we have shown for the last nearly half a millennium. Time to take account and be accountable. More on my EU page THE EU QUESTION.

 

 

 

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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.