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
SATURDAY 28th January 2017 [evening]

JANUARY 2017
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 commoaustion.nwealth 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.
  

SATURDAY 28th January 2017 [after-noon]
MIXED FEELINGS!
Would have been "emotions" but with Trump in the news why not extend the imagination!?
      It may be no more than a passing phase. It could be an indication that the latest change in my medication is consistently effective but, as yet, it is too soon to tell. Fatigue is a disorder with which it is difficult to cope. It can be a symptom of many things. In my case, as is often the case with people of my age but not necessarily so, it is surprising how many, much younger, suffer multiple problems—is it a warning that we, social animals, are pushing our frames too far, causing stress for which we were not designed?
      However, there are several potential reasons as to why I live generally in a state of perpetual exhaustion, hence the need to mess around with different drugs, as well as the fact that different drugs do not work with one another while others can cause damage to various organs. My diabetes is probably due to Prednisolone, still needed but now reduced and compensated for by something else: 12 to 24 weeks before you will be aware of any effect on your body, if there is to be any!
      I develop this more on my Sjögren’s Syndrome page, an adjunct to other medical sharing, as no more than a contribution to the overall mass of information available to those new sufferers who like to see if someone else can put what they are experiencing into the context of meaningful, everyday living.
     Possibly emerging from a "crashed out" period, I wonder if this regular commentary of mine has any value, so why not use this necessary health pause as an excuse for not continuing? Then I looked at my statistics and found that prior to the Referendum my EU page had over 15,000 visitors. That page will be updated when there is something meaningful to say beyond weekly observations and if my health truly is on a long-term recovery then I can certainly cope, as well as catching back on what has been stagnating for far too long. I once wrote on a friend's "Get Well" card that the advantage of feeling ill was how wonderful one felt when once again one was well! So why not, simply continue on, ever forward?

FRIDAY 27th January 2017 [morning]
HELLO WORLD!
Good morning world, one P Such Esq is alive and kicking. He awoke, bathed, found he was still functioning, drew open the curtains and beheld his four mile view reduced to about a quarter of a mile where, behind a line of trees lay a thick blanket of freezing mist, his car, like the others in the road, covered in thick hoar frost. He breakfasted and now sits at his computer believing he may be vaguely "with it".
      He was like this a couple of weeks ago but not quite so surely. Then his oomph disappeared into semi-recumbency until now. Another momentary passing moment, or a serious recovery? "12 to 24 weeks before you can expect to notice any effect upon you, if the change on drug balance actually does have any effect upon you." Perhaps 16 weeks down the line and something actually is happening? Interesting. Ah well, grab the moment and plough on hopefully, enjoying what I can. More anon.
     It is amazing to what extent I seem to have been protected from much of the world's trials and tribulations

SATURDAY 21st January 2017 [evening]
HELLO WORLD!
Hello friends who compliment me by visiting here and those, somewhat more distant to me, discovering me on my own web site at http://www.petersuch.com/WeeklyCommentary.html. This monologue really should be simply referenced here to my web site. For obvious reasons I have chosen to publish the whole story in both places.
      I am about to shame myself. The reason for so doing should be apparent through what I write. A little history. A little while ago I gave some friends a lift in my new car. As a result of changing cars, my usual trivia was re-arranged and they immediately exclaimed, “Oh, you have a fire extinguisher in your car!” “I always have done, it simply had to be relocated because of the new layout. There is also a small hand device in the pocket of my door to enable me to break the windscreen, or any other window if necessary in an emergency. To me, it is all standard procedure, as in my flat, where there are three fire extinguishers, three smoke alarms and a fire blanket in the kitchen. To me, they are just basic contingency preparations. Who else has such “standard precautions”? I have replaced them over the years as their contents deteriorate and never used a single one, oh, yes I once used the car fire extinguisher when I was driving past a car pulled over with the bonnet open and smoke emanating! It proved cheap fire extinguishers were useless, buy only professional, proper equipment!"
      This after-noon, having shopped and re-arranged my larder, ’fridge and freezer, I sat down to watch some TV. The smoke alarm in the sitting room went off! Thinking it was some machine or other I had put on and had just completed a cycle I went into the kitchen where I discovered a group of three-foot high flames on the gas stove, where I had managed to put the electric kettle, now all ablaze.
      I rarely (and only when I am suddenly caught with the thought at an odd moment) think through my emergency procedures. I do check my emergency utility procedures once a month to make certain the main taps turn off fully in case of a water leak (or disappearance on holiday) to check they have not got immovably stuck but that’s it. When younger, I did think through getting out of a window and hanging by my fingers to the widow sill and if necessary, letting myself fall (I’m one floor up) but I prefer to make the stairs and fumble my way with the locks in darkness. I don’t do anything regularly enough but why should the home be less carefully thought through than a factory? After all, there is greater vulnerability in that one is asleep half the time and naturally confused if woken suddenly, especially if the lights won’t come on. Who has considered exiting each room in their home in the dark?
     Anyway, back to my catastrophe, I panicked! Could not think straight. Kettle to sink, using oven gloves. Didn’t dissipate the blaze, parts of the kettle had fallen away and were creating their own fire. Fire blanket was behind me. I’d never pulled it out before. It didn’t come easily, partly because it was not a firm lock to the wall and I had never made up my mind about my kitchen layout. The fire blanket did not put out the fire, primarily because of the gas rings and cooking supports, which meant no total oxygen exclusion and fire blankets can get very hot. Also, the blaze persisted with extraordinary ferocity! Powder extinguisher. Superb! What was all the fuss and palaver over? One whoosh and it was all over and done with, save my kitchen was covered in white powder and my clothes gave the impression of a snowman’s outfit.
      I need a new kettle, a new fire extinguisher (two spare elsewhere in the mean time), a new fire blanket perhaps firmly fitted, for the kitchen is now “finally” sorted and I may have to replace the gas ring top as plastic parts of former toaster were sealed to it. It will take some time to extricate all the dispersed powder despite a Dyson but fortunately I have all the necessities to wash clothes and dishes without too much hassle, just a damned nuisance as if I was not already over-loaded!
    Windows of course were locked and I had changed the key arrangements, which I had forgotten. Did think to switch cooker fan on to draw smoke etc. Smoke inhalation in the mean time. Did not think it too horrendous and checked web for standard smoke inhalation procedures and decided I did not warrant.
      Another thought in passing. The same friend, who expressed surprise at finding a fire extinguisher in my car, also commented unfavourably that I always drove with all doors locked by the master switch, by me, the driver. The reason was simply to cover the contingency of someone suddenly opening the driver’s door, pulling him out and making off with the car; or assaulting a passenger and stealing their bag or wallet when stopped in a jam. The same thing can happen through an open window in summer.
      I thought I was reasonably competent but except in a working environment, we mostly go through our lives in casually relaxed and unaware blissfulness. I did not think I performed as well as I had previously expected of myself but at least the basic essentials were to hand.

WEDNESDAY 11th January 2017 [after-noon]
HELLO WORLD!
Interesting day for a long time. Got going in one of my bemused states due to fatigue and decided to respond to the weather regardless. Forecast indicated wisdom of ensuring a full 'fridge, need a week of balanced food and emergency capability for another week—I do not live on a mountain, just a flat half-hour's walking distance from a major superstore but... due preparation needed to meet the potential of one of my bemused states due to erratic moods of fatigue. Preparation for possible snow and therefore ice on road and paths. Have not yet tried online sourcing but can their lorries make the road trip? Overly cautious but what about personal accountability? Road or personal slipping on ice and our hospitals are already overloaded? Ensure I can stay home until the weather improves is clearly my responsible contribution to society (I'm in my seventies).
     I almost walked. The sun was shining through my living room window and it seemed very pleasant but I thought (as in fact proved the case) that it would be a heavy shop; it was. What I had not expected so soon was the first signs of the forecast winds. I hate wind which proved indifferent to my flat cap which I had chosen to wear in place of my trilby. Most unpleasant but I was glad I had chosen the morning and its sun. Back home in time for PMQs (Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, for foreign readers unfamiliar with the acronym, broadcast live as part of "Daily Politics" on BBC1). A good performance by both key participants, highlighting we are continually plumbing the depths of failed basic management. Waitrose's car park was overfull due, I suspect, to the changed way it runs its car park and I don't think it has given due thought to other obvious results. More anon, dealing with ineptitude at both microcosm and macrocosm. For now, while fit and competent, I must return to HMRC's requirements. Mercifully I can afford and have access to someone competent whom I can trust to handle the mess my irrational brain has made of my affairs, due to the sheer exhaustion caused by my ill health problems.

TUESDAY 10th January 2017 [evening]
MORE THAN A PASSING MOMENT!
When such a cultured man condemns early there is cause for serious concern but, as I have written elsewhere, we collectively have allowed society to develop this way and the blood is on our hands: a fundamental restructuring is necessary and maybe Trump will be the wind his associates will control and the Constitution prove strong enough to withstand.

A PASSING COMMENT ON FACEBOOK
A report by The Guardian on browser autofill bothered me immediately and prompted this reply. "This is why the collective whole of criminality must be brought to heel. A principle aspect is "why criminality?" Answer: failure of society in education, including philosophy NOT indoctrination into a religious or other orientated cult but orientated to free, analytical thinking and the conduct of society in a manner that justifies its "rightness", which the Conservative Party has recently not demonstrated in its utter irresponsibility not to ensure a balanced referendum argument nor managerial competence in ensuring it was prepared for either answer. Is it not society that is failing and causing criminality,or at least responsible for much of it?

 

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