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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Tuesday 30thAugust 2016 [noon]

AUGUST 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 the Tories took too long to get round to doing so. Neither presented a 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.

Tuesday 30thAugust 2016 [noon]
ON FACEBOOK THIS MORNING from The Guardian Paxman on Pensioners
Interesting. He chose to make an "upon the moment" comment but failed to properly address the issue, nor did his contender Andrew Silk. No mention of the right to die, the necessary preparation and anticipation of these circumstances and covering contingencies for them, which we should all do and would be a more rational response.
      I am six years older than Paxman and have the warning signs of serious problems but they may be three years down the line or perhaps even ten. In the meantime, there is insufficient time in the day, shortened by periods of intense fatigue, the side effect of one of my accumulating problems. What time I have is insufficient, perhaps because I have floated through life and never got round to doing anything sooner, I don't know. I am astounded at those I hear of who are reasonably fit but complain they are bored! How? I live in a state of chaos simply because I have too much to do to bother with things called dusters and hoovers (I do have a Dyson), although I do claim to be decently hygienic.
      Paxman is an educated, enquiring mind so, Paxman, what about addressing this issue about the end of life? How should we prepare for it? Why is it not our individual right to determine how we wish to end it or have it ended for us as part of writing a Will? Deal with real things Paxman, not the bullshit of hyperbole.

Saturday 27thAugust 2016 [noon]
DO WE NOT ALL NEED SOME EXPRESSION OF HUMILITY?
Was it my upbringing; the period in which I was brought up; a combination of both; or the uniqueness of my family that would have so honed me as to be adaptable to meet whatever circumstance life required of me? Is that not the basic requirement of any parent, to produce children pre-adapted to the circumstance in which they will be required to survive and to be able to pass on the same principle of skills in their own turn?
     Note the change: from 'same skills' to 'same principle of' skills', for parental knowledge is less the requirement that once was thought essential, is now, arguably, a disadvantage to a child. Today's child requires the skills of tomorrow's worker; requires a parent to be living in, or at least for, tomorrow, so today's child is indeed tomorrow's worker, as opposed to being a forever, yesterday's person.
     I have written previously on the damage wreaked on society by religious concepts, their refusal to accept that Creation is a state of continual change through time. Secular thinking has been drawn into the same mistaken mould: rigidity, inflexibility across fluid diversity, as the EU persists in pursuing its dreamy endeavour, like the would-be rescuers in Italy, desperately seeking stability amongst a thousand after-shocks continually changing the landscape beneath their feet.
     'Ground zero' is precisely that, 'zero'. From that surety build securely, with each block clearly proven before being laid. So what does the EU do but, having proven the instability of its ground, it builds further stories?
     Over the last month or so I have been engaged in an inter-change of opinion with a friend of half a century's value, on the merits of Brexit who, being British settled in Canada, can offer an authoritative external opinion. An abbreviation of that exchange will follow in due course on my EU page.
      The core of that exchange revolved around who was better to run a country: the people who composed the country, or the people who offered to be elected to make decisions for those people, their self-appointed "professionals"? Is there a period parallel: scribes in monasteries copying bibles and legal documents, while the head of chambers pontificated and the peasants tilled the fields and heard their pontifications verbally in church?
      Is that not what the EU does: fill, at the electorate's expense, imperial monoliths like the pyramids of Egypt, again built at the taxpayers' expense without their being asked and used, just as past and modern dictators have done, as variable locations at which to flounce their courtly progress, laboriously over vast quantities of time across their vast acreage, acquired by deceit and stealth?
     It is not the obvious facts of Brexit, Trump in America, Crimea, Turkey, the Middle East that causes concern but the apparent wilful betrayal of our own "professionals". Does the BBC truly believe it is threatened by the government, or is it too easily a tight knit grouping of self-interested exclusives seeking their own perpetuation? Are the press barons more inclined than were their predecessors to push their own viewpoints, rather than their duty to render professionally researched objective news?
     My daily read is newspapers but if short on time then a different paper each day. One of my most trusted is The Guardian, yet in that I quote from Will Hutton: "Of course opinions vary. As you may have seen last week, Larry Elliott, the Guardian’s current economic editor, is upbeat about Brexit. I, a former one, am profoundly concerned. Readers in the years ahead will judge which of us was right." A clear statement that there is no clear "authoritative" viewpoint.
     Yet my friend's argument is that that is why the referendum should never have been held. If it had not been held, the cause of the chaos would still have emerged, because the "professionals' are simply not professionally competent. They do not understand basic management. Their principle objective is at all times to know the mood of their electorate. Even in that simplicity they have clearly failed. Many of them do not actually understand the full import of the diverse implications of the collective whole, yet that is precisely why they are there!
     Theresa May has just announced a review on how the diversity of our population is catered for across various government departments. Interestingly, it does not seem to include how MPs relate to their constituents and we are currently implementing a constituency review! When professionals do not understand the mood of their electorate and/or cannot relate the argument in a manner that provides the answer expected of "professional" judgment, then in my book that means the professionals have got it wrong and are not fit and proper persons to be MPs!

       Will Hutton,      Larry Elliott

Wednesday 24thAugust 2016 [early morning]
SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
A very valid point. Such children are quadruple victims: their parents have failed; their parents' families have failed (twice) for there are two families involved; the state has failed as it is the wicket keeper; and society has failed for that is the long stop resource providing the state with the resource to act effectively. In that last it is also society that has failed in the prison system.

REALITY DAWNING AND PANIC ALREADY SETTING IN!
Richard Branston is obviously convinced Jeremy Corbyn has an argument and will win an election as party leader, nationalising the railways. Why else would Branston be so enthusiastic as to try and counter Corbyn's public complaint at the inadequate way he runs his services? I myself have suffered the indignity of having a cheap ass pinch my morning breakfast roll because I pick up my Virgin at Watford and some snide little tike had the temerity to sit in my seat from Euston to Watford. Clear lack of attention by the carriage steward. That was why there were empty seats on Branston's CTV shots. For people pre-booked for getting on at a later station and Corbyn setting the example of leadership. Why Branston wants to show up the inadequacy of his carriage stewards I cannot imagine. His trains are often over-crowded and there is no proper management reservation protection in his carriages.

Wednesday 10thAugust 2016 [late after-noon]
DEPRESSION! A FACT IN ITSELF, OR IS IT THE WAY IT IS HANDLED?
An odd way to start the day, the week, the month, for it is only the tenth and only now have I started relating to the date. Last weekend was a superb "getaway". A family get together, used to be called a Christening but was a "Thanksgiving, dedication and blessing...". Reminds me of the service for "the churching of women" but not inappropriately so, for modern medicine in Europe tends to dismiss, arguably but understandably too easily, the potential threat that is childbirth. So, it is good to be thankful for a safe delivery, right to dedicate a new life form to the beliefs of the parents and their supporters and to welcome and bless the new arrival, making it very much a family affair to be trumpeted and shared.
     Consequently, I have rather drifted over the join of two months and been happy to "let things be", a somewhat more positively involved response to "letting things go", the more usual form of expression. The former implies that one considers oneself to still "be a part of the whole" rather than having "dropped out" or "given up", as the latter expression implies.
     I ponder this subtlety because a Facebook interchange implied a friend had submerged into the doldrums and I had no means through which to offer support, other than through encouraging Facebook words, the value of which were but chance drafts of air in what, to her, might be a gathering maelstrom.
     It may not be so much the fact of depression as the manner in which it is received or experienced by the sufferer. The diverse descriptions of the word detract meaning, whereas the specialised psychiatric definition implies a state of biochemical upheaval. In short, an emotional "stomach or head ache", reminding us we are but mobile accumulations of biochemistry and it is that which determines who we are and therefore our moods: or is it the biochemistry that determines our moods and therefore who we are? Why not fully extend the question, just who the hell are we all and why are we here?
     Pausing at this point, merely because I was already intending to do something else when I interrupted myself to write this; that in itself raising other questions, such as parallel running thoughts continually interchanging, meaning I often head for diverging destinations simultaneously in my thinking while still pursuing my original line of thought. Using road traffic analogy, that could be confusing for everyone else but having just left the Didcot rail centre my analogy is railway lines and multiple points. A form of freely interacting structural thinking, my thoughts being trucks shunted into different sidings to make up a range of several trains of mixed trucks scheduled for different journeys!
     So, what is my train and from what platform is it departing? 'Who the hell are we all?' I suppose is the main train. I have travelled on it all my life, so it must be classed as a slow goods, lugubriously stopping at every halt and letting off steam and seeming to get nowhere. Various trucks are deposited at these halts as they seem no longer a relevant burden to be carried any further. For now, I am left with biochemistry, neurology and psychology. Oh wow! All that has happened is that a  friend expressed a state of depression on Facebook and I felt obliged (as well as just wishing her well but wishing I could do something positive to help) and I have encountered a wealth of knowledge beyond the simplicity of understanding "just feeling down".
     This incident prompted my first exploration into a world beyond which I knew nothing but the simplicity of English language in everyday use: 'feeling down', 'depressed'. Major depression is the single most common classification of mood disorders affecting nearly thirty million American adults, many enduring multiple episodes through their lives. Nearly six million American adults suffer from Bi-polar (manic-depressive) illness and that is classified as 'less common'. [Bipolar disorder is a combination of extreme elation, which is known as mania, and depression.]
     So, why is so complex and, for many a major traumatic experience, so unknown in its full depth and ramifications to the rest of us? I recall my recent and still not fully followed through exploration into the fields of autism and asperger's syndrome. These too are conditions that are completely different between people yet all are generically labelled, which does not help in meaningful understanding of each individual, which can only be achieved through patient, personal, long-term acquaintance. Somewhat late in life I seem to be acquiring an awareness of too much that has been missing in my life's experiences. Another way of expressing that is admitting I am one of limited intellect and I have needed this amount of Life's time to acquire this much! What more can I do?
     Another train of mine is composed of religious trucks, frequently crashing into one another as a brake-shoe inconveniently sticks. The driving engine is 'spirituality' and I regard this as a 'through' express: diverse but sure wheeled with sleeker carriages, definitely Pullman class. How to relate such divergence of substances into a meaningful whole? That is precisely what life does and we individually shunt our way through the marshalling yards sorting out our trucks, or may be carriages, according to the engine we think we have got with which to drive. So, who is in charge? Is it the engine driver, or is it the signalman controlling the points and setting the signals?

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
 
 

(currently rated 305th out of 330 Trusts in the country) has so underspent its funds it has decided to aid the dramatic arts by employing an actor (presumably otherwise out of work) to teach medical and other staff how to speak properly, when answering questions from members of the Care Quality Commission. Presumably, the other 349 Trusts ahead of West Herts do know how to speak proper, or is it that they know how to answer questions without providing meaningful or understandable answers?
     Only a week or two ago the same paper announced that a council NHS chief had been promoted to a more senior role to advise nationally on the running of the NHS Providers Community Services Group. In terms of community provision Herts stands up well but would it not have been more sensible to move David Law down the road to managing West Herts Hospitals Trust, looking after Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead Community hospitals? I suppose we should be grateful that at least something works to a reasonable standard in Herts. At least my GP practice is rated 96.4% client satisfaction and is quite happy to push me into the Buckinghamshire NHS when I have needs.
     I had intended updating my NHS page but I remain waiting a response to my complaint, to an entity I do not know and of whom my GP practice had not heard (despite my being referred to my GP's surgery if I do not know what this entity is talking about). They seem keen to push me into an appointment about which I have no knowledge, especially since they have been very keen not to tell me to which discipline the appointment applies! I currently see separate consultants in odontology, ophthalmology, oncology, respiratory, haematology.


From http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21702748-new-divide-rich-countries-not-between-left-and-right-between-open-and?fsrc=scn/fb/te/pe/ed/drawbridgesup

"In 2005 Stephan Shakespeare, the British head of YouGov, a pollster, observed:

We are either “drawbridge up” or “drawbridge down”. Are you someone who feels your life is being encroached upon by criminals, gypsies, spongers, asylum-seekers, Brussels bureaucrats? Do you think the bad things will all go away if we lock the doors? Or do you think it’s a big beautiful world out there, full of good people, if only we could all open our arms and embrace each other?
He was proven spectacularly right in June, when Britain held a referendum on whether to leave the European Union. The leaders of the main political parties wanted to stay in, as did the elite of banking, business and academia. Yet the Brexiteers won, revealing just how many voters were drawbridge-uppers. They wanted to “take back control” of borders and institutions from Brussels, and to stem the flow of immigrants and refugees. Right-wing Brexiteers who saw the EU as a socialist superstate joined forces with left-wingers who saw it as a tool of global capitalism."

A complete misunderstanding. It is a matter of sound management rendering service to the payer who should always be in charge.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/29/beat-terror-understand-why-explanations-attacks-nice?CMP=fb_gu

 

Tuesday 19th July 2016 [morning]
DO THREE UNIONS IN DISUNITY MAKE SENSE?

too easily associated with religious concepts, in my view, a mere division of philosophy in

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-media-bias-attacks-75-per-cent-three-quarters-fail-to-accurately-report-a7140681.html