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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SATURDAY 3rd JUNE 2017 [after-noon]

MAY 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.
  

 

I'VE FORGOTTEN BUT I GUESS SATURDAY DAY TIME JUST INTO JUNE!
Andrew Neil. Of his three interviewees to date Nicola Sturgeon proved the best so far. Surprisingly he allowed her to skate over the hard reality of the setback caused by current pricing on oil and the fact that relying on that for surety of income was a fallacy but she did brilliantly, he had her on edge several times but the best interviewee so far.

SUNDAY 28th MAY 2017 [after-noon]
MADNESS?
Here's the first sentence of law.com's lengthy definition:
      "Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behaviour.
     
Insanity is a concept discussed in court to help distinguish guilt from innocence. It's informed by mental health professionals, but the term today is primarily legal, not psychological." 
     Alternatively, in everyday English (selecting from Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries) "Extremely foolish behaviour; A state of wild or chaotic activity; the state of having a serious mental illness".
     So, where does this place Salman Abedi? It must have been the Metro, which I do not seem to have retained, which published three photographs alongside one another: him, his elder brother and their father. Immediately, the same level of vacuous imbecility stared out at the reader. This was particularly poignant as news of twenty years old Damon Smith's sentence was being announced. He was caught on CCTV dumping a bag containing a home-made bomb and deadly ball-bearing shrapnel and leaving it on a Jubilee train with a detonator clock timed to go off 13 minutes later. Fortunately, he clearly had not a clue as to what he was doing as the device did not activate. In still and video shots his face bore that same empty-headed vacuity.
     There is, however, a major difference. Damon Smith suffers from autism. First, the court will have taken such things into consideration. Second, society, somewhat late in the day and still in an appallingly haphazard way is beginning to be more open-minded about the diversity of ill health and especially looking at those illnesses affecting the mind and social behaviour, or the inability to handle social circumstances in the accepted "main stream" way.
     We must, therefore ensure that anyone so medically classified as Damon Smith are not in any way stigmatised by his actions. At the same time we must be aware of the intense family care that is needed for such people and appropriately bear in mind the diversity of disadvantaged people and their inherent right, as those of us fortunate to be "specifically undemanding" through life,
expect as a matter of course as we go about our everyday affairs.
     Back to my starting point, Abedi. We have no idea as to when or how such photographs were taken and we can all appear in spontaneous moments caught on camera as not ideally presented. It is quite possible some or all were carefully selected for an editor's viewpoint relating to the story's slant he wished to present. In my view, these news stories provide an opportunity to review the collective state of where we are as a society, at a time when we are considering the nature of the government we want for the next five years.
     As so often happens, options counter one another. We cannot have a realistic coalition. It simply would not work. I have previously, nationally voted Labour, certainly when it was Harold Wilson (for him twice or once for someone else) that other occasion now eludes me.
     Corbyn is the man Labour should have promoted two to three governments back but failed to render the service to their members the party was supposed to provide. As I have written previously he is the right man with the right policies for the wrong election: in that with which we must deal and get right he lacks the experience and could be an absolute disaster.
     In the mean time May has shown herself extremely capable of losing an election for whom all the tidings were flowing in her favour. She is studiousness to a Thatcher 'T" but unlike Thatcher not accustomed to swinging her handbag, loaded or otherwise, at anyone. One fears such a swing would catch her off balance. Thatcher would have stood steadfast and been prepared to follow through with a right hook. Of the two of them, Corbyn or May, she has to take prime position what ever else has to fall by the wayside as a consequence.
     Regarding the terror atrocities that prompted this intervention, May has the decisive rationality of forethought essential for international interaction, if not the instantaneousness of spontaneity, which is fine for a passing headline but at home we do need the humanity of the common man and perhaps she is just too hard and seemingly uncaring. The Tories must drop this ridiculous attitude of reducing taxes without cause or reason. Yes, internationally we have to see ourselves in the world's light but in so far as we can, those who can must contribute more for which there must be the protection that sale of property need not be resolved until death of the second partner.
     Back to my starting point, the balancing of financial ability/need with the humanity of social care/hard-headed reality of living. I will quickly dispense with the moral issue by referencing Stanford's Cyclopedia of Philosophy.  More mundanely I will go straight to the nub, moral values. This article directly questions the relevance of religion. So why this over-excitement between people of different political persuasions? Is it fear at personal accountability, so defer to an amorphous entity?
     In the preceding article hyper linked in 'moral values' "... the problem with religious morality is evident: it’s frozen in time. If morals came down the mountain with Moses or through an angel’s pen, progress makes no sense. That’s precisely the stand that ISIS and Christian Reconstructionists take."
     So, practicality. This is not the election to reconstitute the Labour party into a form of rational socialism, the wider world demands priority of attention but that does not mean we cannot run parallel with a re-assessment of our home needs of practical socialism in life's essentials. Borrow if need be but we need to define what is essential medicine for all, then worry about specialist medicine for the 'nonessential illness' and define what needs to be directed to private health insurance. I do not like it, I am affected but the key is to ensure one does not have to sell until dead or one's partner has also died.
     Looking at those of younger age who are bringing up young, seriously disadvantaged children, they should be enabled not only to cope without unnecessary stress but also be able to look ahead, as other unsaddled young people, in seeking their own homes or other aspirations.
     Of the autistic and similarly challenged families, we must enhance social familiarisation so that people normally unaware of these situations until suddenly confronted with them are pre-warned as to what to expect and how to behave towards them.

TUESDAY 23rd MAY 2017 [morning]
WORLD STATEMENT OF FAILURE AND INADEQUACY
One wonders at the thinking that lies behind any public announcement of "look how inadequate we all are", for that is the statement that has just been broadcast from the Greater Manchester Arena by one individual totally at a loss of any sense of value to society. That anyone could be so despondent about their value as a person is indeed sad, especially when it is in the face of a society as great as that as the Mancunian spirit that has poured out so spontaneously in response to such despondency of feeling and desperation.
     As the Prime Minister said in her first address after her Cobra meeting this morning, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and the families and friends of all those affected.
     It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack—an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.
      This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom. And although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England...
      We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately. The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert, which was attended by many young families and groups of children.
      All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice—deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives...
      We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish, but as an opportunity for carnage.
      But we can continue to resolve to thwart such attacks in future, to take on and defeat the ideology that often fuels this violence, and if there turn out to be others responsible for this attack, to seek them out and bring them to justice..."
      If one is looking at the sense of worthlessness that must have driven this presumed one person, it is not unreasonable to assume his intent was to thrust the same sense of despair that he (currently so presumed) was feeling in his sense of worthlessness, by creating misery on the parents and friends of the murdered young people. That society can create such sense of desolation in anyone is a cause for all of us to question why this should be. For now, too little is known about the instigator to question further his journey to such a state of desolation and despair.
     A Daesh gaggle now appears tp be claiming influence on the Greater Manchester outrage. Probably no kore than a chance to get their name in the paper.

WEDNESDAY 10th MAY 2017 [early morning]
JUST SHARING A THOUGHT AND EXPERIENCE FROM MY FACEBOOK PAGE
Hello world, being personal for a moment in the hope I may stir some people's thinking. Would not have occurred to me until now and I regard myself as a belt and braces man, generally speaking.
      Front door key. What happens if the lock jams and you are outside just returning with the shopping and can't get in? Another good reason for ensuring your phone is always with you.
      Coolly and calmly I checked the web and located a local chap. Hopefully he will turn out to be o.k. having quoted likely cost, so his number is now in my phone's address book, just in case for another time. He turned out to be an employee so quite a large company; very nice fellow and they may go further afield than his address implies. Chesham 01296 422 123 http://www.yourlocksmiths.co.uk/contact/. Warning signs—key getting stiff when inserting and withdrawing, implying the tumblers are due to slip. If you have double locking as I have, you can lock the Yale not operating and rely on the heavier other lock, rather than risk locking yourself out until you can get someone in without emergency attendance charges. Also on the web you can check their authenticity, this one is registered with the police and two security agencies. Just sharing. By the by, he was prepared to take a credit card. A clear indication this is a "straight down the line" set up, no fiddling the yax man to whom we all contribute our share!

MONDAY 8th MAY 2017 [after-noon]
TIME TO PAUSE AND THINK
This morning was very frustrating, aggravated by general frustration throughout my life at the moment but In the circumstances, nothing to worry about. I think of those who have just had their entire family life over-thrown. No world tragedy, just down the road last night.
     It was a simple trip up the road, across the valley, to drop a repeat prescription in the surgery. Behind that lies another kerfuffle. I could not understand why every route into town that I wanted  to take was full stop blocked. Then it dawned on me they'd closed the A41 by-pass. Fuming at idiots that can't drive properly with due care I thought they must have had to resurface, hence the complete closure. I picked up the news by chance from a local newspaper's public email.
     Two people have died in a crash on the A41 and a 17 year-old has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Not this morning but last night at 11:25pm. "... a silver Nissan Micra and a silver Peugeot panel van. Two people who were travelling in the Micra sadly died at the scene." The mind can wander and jump to conclusions. By implication, what on earth was a 17 year-old doing driving a commercial vehicle at that time of night, if at all?
      Returning from my extended morning trip, traffic along my home road was at a snail's pace, presumably for a learner. It turned out to be a Probationary driver, reminding me I had not seen someone using green P plates for a long time. He was driving more like a learner out on his first trip than a driver who had convinced an examiner he was competent at the wheel. Having been held up by two such people within the previous half-hour, I felt I was qualified to know! Worrying. One might suppose the two deaths were husband and wife and one might feel thankful for them but that is supposition. Who could be so irresponsible as to allow a seventeen year old drive a commercial vehicle and at night when in both circumstances he would have been wholly lacking in experience?

SATURDAY6th MAY 2017 [after-noon]
INTERESTING CONTRAST BETWEEN US AND UK ON ELECTIONEERING
In  response to a Treen held ump Executive The Wall Street Journal stated "When President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively lifting the ban on tax-exempt organizations, like churches, endorsing political candidates, a cheer went up from the clergy members assembled in the Rose Garden...
     ... "Some pastors, rabbis and imams also fret that engaging politically could create fault lines in their congregations, and could drive people away. They were also wary that major donors might now, in some cases, expect them to endorse candidates or distribute literature in exchange for big gifts. And some said that aligning with one political party or another—even a single candidate in a single election—would dilute the force of tihtheir moral message."
     That last is the key in my view. While one might expect a priest and their church to speak the same moral line, the first question is, does this lose the churches their financial advantage? If so then they are no longer moral arbiters, simply another form of commerce.
     In the UK, Labour wishes to interfere with charity law status, a very dangerous practice in principle. Regarding the UK, the CofE is a state church but does have an obligation to advise and guide the Queen and her government on moral issues and therefore its wider congregation.
     An ITV report quotes concern of both archbishops (Canterbury and York) on poverty and an obligation on the electorate to vote. The 2015 letter was 53 pages and much criticised, this one a mere three, [in pdf form] which is more rational. It deals simply as the CofE should deal in such matters. Unequivocally straight down the line.

TUESDAY2nd MAY 2017 [noon]
JUST BEGINNING TO TALK SENSE
I reply to Owen Jones in today's The Guardian.
     I have a lot of respect for Owen Jones, primarily for his appearances on BBC TV as well as for his socialist bias but in this case he is taking his battle cry out of context. I have previously stated that Corbyn is the right leader for Labour and with the right policies but unfortunately he's fighting the wrong election, due to Blair making sure Labour MPs were totally unrepresentative of the party that had created the funds and effort to put them there.
      This election requires a government capable of battle preparedness against an institution before which our political leaders on both sides have historically shown their complete ineffectiveness. This is due to their appalling mismanagement. All three traditional parties are solely wrapped up in egocentric tantrums for the next election, none of them have a clue about planning twenty to thirty years ahead. This is why it has taken so long to get to the obvious follow through of asking the electorate "what do you want?" When they did they made a complete pig's ear of it. That Cameron, as PM could be so out of touch with the country he seriously thought it would be a "yes" is staggering but that is how out of touch so many purportedly "political representatives" are, in this modern age of diverse news gathering and publishing.
      In my view, the result was "as expected". May sussed the situation from the first as I had expected, having met her once personally at a public function. She is impressive. She is initially a Remainer, as I voted although at heart being a Brexiteer. The reason was to give the EU one last chance to be rational. It is clear it has no intention of such sensibility. Too many career orientated egotists are determined to stop sense and sensibility, preferring their own grandiloquence.
     Therefore, as with Corbyn, Owen Jones is out of his time frame, supporting the right things at the wrong moment. We need May and May needs solidarity firmly behind her.

TITBITS ALONG THE WAY
From the very beginning there has been extraordinary presumptions of the outcome. No election is certain until it is over. Labour, regretfully but at last, has the right man in the right position with the right policies. Unfortunately they brought him in too late, but for the wrong election! See my comment on Owen Jones article for The Guardian, above.
      Corbyn has always been up to it, it is just that too many toffee-nosed uni types have wilfully tried to abuse the party for the entrenchment of their on egos. He is the man the party wanted but MPs refused to have as leader in previous elections. Now, we want the EU out and that has always been riddled with unrealistic socialism so Labour will be cast in that mould. What is wanted now is sound rational management, hence May.

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
 
 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/opinion/my-daughter-is-not-transgender-shes-a-tomboy.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur idetity

I am delighted he demonstrates his Christian belief by showing his humility in acknowledging he's only of any use in second place.

He who blames his tools is admitting he's no damned good at the job.

Nice to have a journalist who has a trend to send himself up competently. Reminds me of one Talbot Rothwell and the actor Brian Rix who most successfully confused people as to which Whitehall theatre was providing the funniest show. Totally irrelevant to politics but a quietly amusing article.

What he is admiring is egocentricity to the point Blair filled MP seats with people following him not the party members who provided them with their opportunities. The LibDems are equally egocentric: determined to thrust their view in direct defiance of its rejection.