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
FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017 [morning]

MARCH 2017
AFTER THE EU, SEE MOVING ON

GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
THE EU QUESTION
and MOVING ON

NEVER FORGET
It was Labour and the Lib/Dems that denied us the political vote that turned commercial agreements on trade into political authoritarian diktat. As Churchill said "Trust the British people". Labour refused to do so and the Tories took too long to get round to doing so. Neither presented a 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.
  

FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017 [morning]
LITTLE GIRLS AND LITTLE BOYS WITH THEIR LITTLE EGOS
Is it due to having no model but men that able women fall into men's outrageous behaviours? Nicola Sturgeon and Arlene Foster have both diminished themselves and put their personal egos before their duties. Sturgeon has abandoned rationality for her personal and her party's ego, while Arlene Foster has failed to step aside, as would seem the proper protocol while the administrative financial mess which appears to be laid at her door is investigated.
     This immediately raises the question on Brexit... continued on my MOVING ON page.

SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017 [noon]
HONEST OPENNESS COMING THROUGH—SAVE FOR ARRON BANKS?
From the very beginning and arguably the cause of much reluctance at the time, The Referendum Party was always up front with its purpose: a referendum on whether or not to leave the EU. How that was implemented was left to parliament of which it was assumed the Referendum Party would provide the majority argument, or lay options for adoption prior to a second General Election. This is where the Conservative party has been a disaster and where UKIP has failed to be open and honest regarding the future. It has served its essential purpose but we do have to watch the progress of departure so its presence remains essential. Labour's present pondering is a recoverable situation. UKIP now needs the courage to address reality and adjust accordingly. It still has a purpose.
     Now Arron Banks comes on line pushing for a bye-election a man of money and ego in over ample supply. There is absolutely no need on grounds of precedent.

MULLING OVER NIGHT [morning]
All religion needs to be taught alongside lessons in objectivity and rationality.

FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017 [after-noon]
SEGREGATION/INTEGRATION/SOCIAL MECHANISMS
Loloa Okolosie writes in The Guardian of today's date that the default option is to expect foreign "imports" to make the initiative to integrate. Is that right? Surely it is the imports' responsibility to adapt to the host country but to what extent should the host country adapt to them? More over, is it not the responsibility of every parent not only to deliver to school an educable child but to ensure the education that child receives at home and school is such as to equip them fully for an involved, self-enabling, commercially competent life as to be able to hold their own in the society as it is most likely to be when they become adults?
     In her article she refers to Theresa May's intention to relax faith schools' admission requirements to enrol 50% of other faiths, if it really believes in social cohesion, it can and should drop such plan." Okolosie is right. I would go further. Something the EU got right but being the EU also got wrong, was the secular basis of society. Stupidly, it made an exception for religion in its ridiculous persistence in assuming men have a superior standing in too many religious societies. That is a fundamental immorality and wilful persistence with such diatribe goes a long way to causing our social problems. Certain religious bigotry is the root cause of much of our social divisions and until these concepts of male domination are completely eradicated nothing meaningful is going to be resolved.

THURSDAY 23rd MARCH 2017 [morning]
TOO MUCH FUSS?
The untimely death of one person is one person too many, especially if that death is horrific in its demise. Cool, calm, collected is the usual British way of handling such matters, supported by pure professionalism of the expertise required to cover any crisis according to its demands: that is the British way.
     Is it fair on those involved that their crisis and individual family trauma are not deemed of sufficient importance as not to be the centre of the newstory? For surely, that is how it may appear if there is no front page headline? Yet, if there is a headline, are we not conniving with the criminal seeking personal "glory" for their defiance of social normality? Is their "cause" so magnificent they wish to render themselves subservient to it and if so subservient, then is their individuality remotely meaningful and if their existence has no meaning how meaningless then is their act?
     If more than one, does it matter? The argument is the validity of the philosophy and if it is perceived the philosophy needs such acts, is that not a statement of the meaninglessness of the philosophy?

SUNDAY 19th MARCH 2017 [morning]
PLAYTIME FOR GROWN UP BOYS AND GIRLS
Tim Farron really did look like the young man, fresh from university, eager to tackle his first real job, which is the way in which I always view him, so far lacking the experience of actually instigating anything remotely relevant to real life outside the student common room.
     This has been the effect throughout the week of political conferences. Everyone saying anything to attract attention to their conference and allow the wild cats within their party to see their irrational screeching has been heard and appear to being given head room. That is the only possible excuse for an otherwise seemingly rational and intelligent woman as Sturgeon, to utter the irrational provocation she did, for a fight in the school yard rather than a sixth form debate in the school hall with Theresa May.
     Andrew Marr looks like being an interesting debate, with Blair trying to show he can be rational while his favourite boyfriend Gordon Brown has been ranting up north about how to make an even greater pig's ear out of government, post Brexit than he had managed to make of the UK's finances when last in government.

FRIDAY 17th MARCH 2017 [evening]
"RAM A BROOM UP MY BUM AND I'LL SWEEP THE FLOOR AS WELL"
Despite being incapable of properly organising their own party but showing their singular consistency by running the country equally badly, Conservative MPs are now keen to show how many jobs they can do at the same time... and why not?
     
George Osborne is coming under growing pressure to step down as Conservative MP for Tatton in Cheshire, after his surprise appointment as the editor of the London Evening Standard. Why? As editor, he will be paid a decent salary, as MP he is paid a decent salary and both jobs have contingency for related expenses. He can therefore afford appropriate staffing to ensure his constituency duties are properly covered. That seems to me a perfectly good reason for being excused from sweeping the floor. Multitasking is all the rage these days, it is what the Tories demand of nearly every government job. Where's the problem?

[mid morning]
LITTLE GIRL GETTING OVER-EXCITED

Basically I have been in full support of equality across the sexes from an early age when at school and technically my sister and I were prohibited from walking together in our own town's High street, despite the fact we were at sister schools, managed under the same charitable foundation. The same board of governors managed to agree that it was much more economical to have two sanatoria, one for each school and then, ten years later, agree it was much more economical to have one sanatorium to serve both schools. The reason for the first decision was that at that time the board consisted of so many creaking old farts they could not contemplate a situation where girls and boys and beds were under the same roof, despite the fact they were all sick.
     Despite being a proud Englishman, I have always felt a strong support for the Scots, or at least  the skirl of the Scottish pipes; as indeed for the Welsh and Irish: the Welsh for their unquestioned magnificence in song and the Irish, similarly so but blanched by, as my father expressed it, proclivity to maudling into drunken wailing. That was a soldier's experience.
     I therefore have never hesitated from giving clear support to any female who believes in making her mark, although sometimes querying the manner in which that mark might be emblazoned. Being a Unionist, I was fully supportive of the principle of the Scot's right to vote on independence and fully supportive of Sturgeon's initiative... until now. Now, she has diminished herself into the little schoolgirl excited at the ice lolly of "First Minister" and not too sure of what to do with its wrapper.
     Then SNP's Deputy Leader Angus Robertson shows the arrogance with which men have for so long presumed to outmanage women by proving to be even more stupid than she is, tying to hide the SNP's state of panic by hurling such accusation against Theresa May, who is simply holding her position with the quiet authority it states. May recognises the reality and responds to it as a leader should, not according to the proclivities of a little girl, trying to hide her personal intentions under the garb of national interest.
      May is objective and rational. Sturgeon has reduced herself to a panicky little schoolgirl who has been caught out of bounds; while Robertson is anxious to distract attention from the SNP's failure to address their failings in their own parliament, by trying to blame Westminster for the SNP's reduced political standing by losing its majority in its own parliament!
     A clear sign that everything in the SNP house is a pandemonium of emergency repair work and the immediate priority is erecting the site hoardings to divert attention from what is actually taking place. Local elections in due course (c. May) will begin to give us a realistic viewpoint.

THURSDAY 16th MARCH 2017 [mid after-noon]
CALAMITIES UPON CALAMITIES: IS IT US, OR ARE WE REALISING THE DAMAGE THE EU HAS SUBTLEY DONE TO US
OVER THESE PAST YEARS?
Basically we have lost all sense of business capability. Cameron has not the basic idea of management. He calls a referendum, proving himself so out of touch with the country's general feeling he assumed the wrong result for which he had made absolutely no preparation at all, having previously asked the EU to agree to no change when what his people required was a complete re-write of the entire structure.
     He thinks he's achieved something instead of having enraged opposition to ensure agreement was not going to go through and then walks away from the consequences of his failure, instead of getting down to putting it right, by doing what he was supposed to do in the first place.
     We have a woman again, not over-keen to be in charge but quietly confident of getting on with her lot, as are so many women in everyday life who is then failed by the men around her—some of them and while I accept there are capable women in the civil service (I have a cousin performing such excellent work) the civil service has consistently been keen to prove it is no longer capable, despite an established history of world competence in empire administration.
     Time has moved us on and we still do not command the basics, we have become that useless under the EU's "benevolent custody"! We have become neutered and virtually useless. It is failure at basic management. There was a sound argument for change on self-employed NIC. It wasn't managed, seemingly now through lack of knowledge but then compounded by handling the situation with plain fool stupidity.
     We now learn that the same party is at least consistent, it is equally incompetent at managing itself as it is in managing government. Prospective MPs for established political parties can "switch out" and leave administration to their party structure but in law they remain personally responsible. How many fully realise how serious that is? I've been there and without a structured party behind me. I've borne the brunt on my own and I know just how anxious the "established" parties looked at my returns, not that I was a serious factual threat to them but it was an easy way to try and de-stabilise me. This was particularly intense at local council level because there I was a serious contender, as I subsequently proved.
     It may have arisen out of utilising "whoever was available". Enthusiastic supporters though they may have been they did not understand just how serious these things are and how essential basic management is to the system—doing one's best is not good enough before the law and when you are on your own, which was effectively my case with The Referendum Party, it is seriously scary, however confident one is to stand on a platform and address public meetings with their inevitable roosters from the floor.
     I suspect it nothing more than crass stupidity and basic mismanagement due to inexperience than anything more sinister and all parties are prone to it, so sure are they of their political arguments and so failing, as they all are in their own ways, of their ability to manage competently. Is it us, as a country... or is it normal across democracies, in which case what the hell is really happening across the whole of the EU? That is what I find really worrying.

FRIDAY 10th MARCH 2017 [mid morning]
ADDENDUM
WHEN I casually mentioned, in an Fb post, that I would be extending my point further in a web page, Basically, we have lost all sene of basic business pracyice.I had no idea my week of turmoil would extend into a week and a half, nor that my report would be as lengthy as it was. Even then I left one or two things out!
      First, the Wednesday before the funeral Berkhamsted Citizens' Association held a meeting at which the former director of Berkhamsted Hospice, subsequently awarded an OBE and now advising nationally, gave a talk on the hospice movement. Interestingly, this was entirely upon the physicality and finality of death. On the subject of assisted dying, she said that she had often said to a terminal patient, "Imagine I have in my hand a tablet that will end everything, would you want to take take it?" 98 out of 100 decline but the issue is the right to choice, even if only 2 in 100 take the choice. It is not the right of the cowards hiding behind their screens of self-detachment and "objective philosophy" to deny someone they do not know, their right to choose. None of us know, until that critical moment, what our choice would be. What matters is that there is a choice and the freedom should be theirs to exercise it.
     What I also left out, not that it was strictly relevant, was the following Sunday, my reverend cousin had been invited to preach near his parents' home which coincided well with other members of his family, so there was quite an ensemble for lunch, a lunch which after general chatting at the church over coffee ran well into mid after-noon, at which I was happy to imbibe, it being one of those rare occasions when I was not expecting to drive until the next day!
     His son and current girlfriend were elsewhere, attending a Quaker conference. Another example of the singular diversity of my family ties, highlighting the very up and down and cross diversity of my week which i had found deeply, emotionally troubling. Still, far less trauma than some people will have been going through in their own lives and I wish them well through their own traumas.

FRIDAY 10th MARCH 2017 [early morning]
A ROLLER COASTER OF A WEEK AND A HALF!
THIS past week and a half has been very much a roller coaster of life’s realities: to lose one spouse is tragedy enough but to lose a second is not only a repeat tragedy but a reliving of the first, especially when the second was a replacement of the first deliberately closing that history as if it had never happened.
           Who we are is the history we accumulate as we progress through life and gaining a stepmother should be a building and development of established history, not a denial of it: “there is no death”.
            Eliot comes to mind: “Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future and time future contained in time past.” This came to the fore in a BBC programme last night on the science of the brain, dealing with many weirdly wonderful physical and biochemical accidents and how these events had impinged on one or two individuals, not only making them unique but also answering some previously known but unexplained anomalies. A reminder that science continues to find explanations for what had previously been beyond explanation.
            One individual had the ability to remember every detail through her life, highlighting that loss of memory in the average person was more a function of failing to remember, rather than memory loss being a natural state over time. For such a person, the ability to be in more than one frame of time at any time was a natural part of their being, in the same way that while the average person can see a million colours, one or two people have four light cones instead of the “normal” three, enabling them to see four million variations of colour against a single million for everyone else.
            I remember a lengthy discussion with a close friend, who possessed a mediumistic talent, on the philosophies concerning past lives, the nature of spirit, the nature of time and the “intrusion” of sex.
            Sex is a separation from the whole, which is spirit, the relationship being like the driver to the car. Who, or at what point is the driver defined? Likewise the car, how does the driver determine or has determined for him/her/LGBT a Rolls Royce, a motorbike, or a “lemon”, as the Americans call rogue products? Or is the sexual orientation purely the product of the physical, the driver spirit in its wholeness defined sexually, mentally and physically by the physicality of the vehicle?
            So, that was Tuesday before last. It was already a crowded week. Emotions across the family plain were all awry, as were time frames. The first of these two deaths was my mother’s younger sister some forty years ago, when medics had too little knowledge of cancer and not the slightest idea of how to handle death, especially the death of a parent to four pre-teenage children. It was the period when the only mention of cancer was “the big ‘C’” in conspiratorial whispers, as if some treason or heresy was being committed; the “stiff upper lip” and “fear to tread”, relying on privacy was the order of the day and no one seemed remotely open as to what the hell was actually going on with anyone.
            One has to bear in mind the persons involved and their ages; what that time period had inured into them by social convention. Everyone was “out of their depth”, diversely preoccupied with their professional lives, relying on “the professionals”, who lacked the honesty to admit they too were out of their depths.
            That emotion was now relived, through the different perspectives of their adult lives and the changing attitudes over time; individual life experiences making them now more themselves than the products of their upbringing but still damaged by the way they had been previously treated.
             The church was one in which my and their cousin, a retired Reverend Doctor would have been happy to preach, representing a familiar empathy with that aspect of the family which embraced a free church orientation. How odd then, the abrupt coldness with which the new regime announced its arrival, so many years previously.  
              The classic “statement” of this reality was the unexpected arrival of my uncle, after a 100-mile plus motorbike journey to see his nephews and nieces, his youngest sister’s children. “Hello and good bye” only, church must come first, what would people think, to miss church service for personal family relationships! The rote of ritual was the only reality, emotional love and instinctive response of familiarity was not relevant.
            Then there was the perspective of her family, their loss and she herself had been previously divorced, hence her own two sons and therein lay a problem. A situation had arisen in which hard-headed objective management was needed, which failed totally to take into account the highly sensitive emotions of diverse pre-teen children individually dazed with bewilderment.
            Christianity is driven by the coldly logical as well as the humanity of pure love and understanding of one another. They should go together but did not in this case. Here was the rigidity of “objective rationality” but not the emotional flexibility, adaptability and malleability of patient understanding that was so essential and so much part of their rightful inheritance.
            I am of diverse spiritual interests, which is why I do not feel at home under any specific label. So, leaving a ‘free’, modern church I continued on my business needs and ended up dropping in on the centuries old parish church, admiring its stained glass windows, its ancient pews and persistent smell of furniture polish, providing the music to the dance of dust in the sunbeams but no aroma of incense; another of my dichotomies.
            My own church is high yet personally, except for very special occasions, I am low, hence my current precipitation to the simplicity of the “free” church tradition, especially the general jollity of its “Salvation Army” type tunes (I cannot sing) and its easy-going style but I cannot travel the Evangelist road, a proclivity of which is another cousin’s preference, interestingly converting from Roman Catholicism.
            There is a movement, of which my theological cousin is a proponent, “Free to Believe”, an informal network of liberally minded Christians striving for an open, inclusive and thinking church. That reminds me, there is a book I am supposed to read before an early summer school of a few days in the Lake District but this is digression.
            Many years back, my recently departed friend in the States joined the Unitarian church with which he felt empathy, primarily for his daughter [his wife later became a minister] and to which he once delivered a talk on his personal spiritual experiences, about which he had previously kept very quiet.
            A Unitarian in Britain has posted that he finds great similarities with the Quaker philosophy, in which I have likewise had an interest but have never made any specific enquiry. That is probably the nub of my matter. I have too easily had much “handed to me on a plate” and taken matters too casually, almost flippantly.
           My personal experiences are not relevant here, other than as a background to the whys of a particularly demanding week. Through family and wider associations I have direct experience of a diversity of interpretations of the Christian message and generally conclude, “does it matter?” They are all “interpretations” based upon a fundamental belief that there is “something else”, so why not deal with “the something else” simply and straightforwardly: there is no death!
            For my father, my notice of funeral simply said “be not morbid in your attire, this is the celebration of a life.” I have only spoken to him once since, with both my mother and sister and the sitting was so excellent even the medium was overcome.
            Will I speak to my late friend? I will allow him to impinge upon my mind should he wish to do so but unlikely, as I have no need but physically to catch up on background information he was supposed to be sharing with me but never got round to doing. In any case such an amount of data is not practicable through a paid medium.
            Use your time well, every minute of every day and both of us were people accustomed to doing many things simultaneously, which is why I flannel around as the “author of six books, taken to various stages of incompletion, because the day job got in the way.”
            So, Tuesday was learning the arrangements being made. For reasons not relevant here I decided not to attend but spent the Wednesday and Thursday thinking through the various persons involved, their relationships. Empathising with their emotional concerns and how they will have adapted and changed over time.
            Hence Eliot: “Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future and time future contained in time past.” The BBC programme last night highlighting the scientific probability of reliving past events almost literally, as my friend and I had discussed, relating to spirituality generally. During one of those sessions, when I was in America with him, my aunt came through—my uncle’s first wife and the prime cause of my present trauma and contemplation.
            It was this unexpected and unsought event that turned my appraisal of possibilities in this field into accepting them as simple facts. My aunt was concerned about her eldest daughter and “would I visit and talk to her when I got back home?” It was not her directly but someone her side of the veil on her behalf. I knew not why but felt I would sense why when talking to her daughter. As turned out to be the case, her daughter at that time having no idea but that I had “simply dropped by in passing”.
             In my most recent experience, talking with both parents and my sister, which I had specifically initiated on impulse, because I happened to be outside the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain’s HQ and I had gambolled on a medium being available, the communication was so relevant and specific, there was simply no doubt in my mind that my friend and I had been rationally dealing with experiences which any of the scientifically examined BBC witnesses broadcast last night would have experienced in their circumstances.
            HSAM [Hierarchical Sequential Access Method in computing] biologically known as Hyperthymesia, is the condition of possessing an extremely detailed autobiographical memory.
            People with hyperthymesia remember an abnormally vast number of their life experiences. American neurobiologists Elizabeth Parker, Larry Cahill, and James McGaugh (2006) identified two defining characteristics of hyperthymesia: spending an excessive amount of time thinking about one's past, and displaying an extraordinary ability to recall specific events from one's past. Nowhere as distinctive as later, currently described, I submit that Eliot was thinking along such lines when he wrote that first poem ‘Burnt Norton’ in his Four Quartets.
            Friday was another contrast, an Old Boys’ dinner, bringing back different memories and a connection, my recently widowed uncle and his brother were also Old Boys but not as regular in following through as I have been. Being born in the town, lived in it all my life and having been, now some while back, its mayor, the school has been an integral part of my whole.
           Until then I had been on tenterhooks, was I okay for the weekend? My health was showing an up and holding, so weekend away with my mother’s family and the uncle with whom I have periodically talked about his own personal spiritualist experiences but whose experience with a London medium, one of the most well known at that time had been deeply disappointing. As the SAGB’s web site says, there is no guarantee of any outcome. These things are not for us to dictate, simply to be available, if required. So, a week of deep thought but my inherent mischievousness ponders, with amusement, whether there could be any empathy between the two women now they are both in spirit. If not, could it be because the first has already moved on, or been redirected and is back on this earth? Past lives… I have been informed of two previous ones of my own, through my friend’s mediumship.

 

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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.

 
 
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