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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 fuodamentally 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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NOVEMBER 2017
ON 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.

 

Saturday 2nd December 2017
November closed with a variety of problems so those last few days of Novmber have been carried over into December's posts

Sunday 19th November 2017
A wasted day or a Sunday relaxing day? Much intended to be done but sidetracked and by chance discovered the earlier (1974) version of "Murder on the Orient Express", so now I let the tea bag brew, draw back the curtains.
          More light than I expected, dull, seemingly dead, brings back memories of leaving the sports field in sufficient light to walk home completely; then, later on, cycling but safety demanding lights despite less traffic; tea, homework, then bed. No tv then.
          Memories suddenly flood back and a range of times, feelings and emotions flood over me. Drain tea bag, show cup the milk bottle, sit down and contemplate. Interesting property in "The Gazette", Ayot Montfichet c.1485, nearly 13,000 sq ft, Jacobean with later additions, 27 acres, with two cottages and two flats for staff. No price. Such ads are intended to draw attention and see what is offered, may not actually be for sale, merely an assessment for probate or other Will/trust arrangement but interesting nonetheless. I'll imagine and dream over my tea and a slice of cream cake!

The Telegraph claims "Pro-Europe rebels are plotting to insert new “layers of rights” into the Government’s Brexit legislation and may be attempting to “torpedo Brexit”, two senior Conservatives have warned." Will the Tories never understand the country's problems? The last thing we want is "rights" that is a nonsense derived from the EU, what the country needs is social responsibility and accountability. Rights follow automatically when duty has been accomplished!

CHRISTMAS POSTING DATES

The suggestion has been made by John Naughton in The Guardian that modern CEOs bias to technology, lacking soul is having a serious antisocial effect In my view education is a preparation for life, that means the Humanities, fitness for sport and a study of philosophy NOT religion, unless it is comparative religion. Religion entails indoctrination, solely a family matter, it is NOT education. Technocrats, as opposed to scientists (many of whom have a clear dedication to concepts of a God) simply have no soul.

Saturday18th November 2017
FAILING TO CO-ORDINATE
A Facebook entry this morning. "Christmas is coming, ITV adverts are more than usually unbearable and the best Christmas entertainment anyone seems able to offer is repeats of past years’ brilliances! Not exactly down but clearly one of my slow mornings, a contrast from yesterday when I attended a public exhibition on the core borough plans for the next twenty years.
           Not impossible that I would be here then but in ten years at least, perhaps reviewing the next twenty years then. In consultation with one of the officials it came out that I had been on the town council twenty years earlier, “Oh yes, I remember you!”
          Aware there was a crowd behind me I stepped back to allow someone space to get to the panel before which I was standing, “Oh no, I was deliberately eavesdropping, you were specifically asking the questions he was hoping no one would, or certainly not in the follow-on way you did. I remember you too, you knew what you were talking about.
          Twenty years on and still unforgotten. A comfortable feeling. I cannot be involved in everything that interests me and increasingly I have to ration my time and reduce the depth of my diversity but I was glad to sense I was still meaningfully involved."
         So, locally and nationally we have an inability to co-ordinate. The conversation covered: an almost brand new Hemel Hempstead hospital being closed down and its facilities dispersed to a groaning, near collapse Watford General; a failure to connect between NHS and social services; all planning subject to diverse entities having different views not under a collective control.



 

 

Wednesday 15th November 2017
CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

It seems the British are very keen to carry on Carrying On, now that most of that professional cast are all but dead. Amateur thespians have been the hallmark of Englishness since time immemorial, when they realised they could make money out of it. Arguably that is our problem. The reality of our everyday is that its true history has become the aged backdrop before which we perform, regardless of the date on the calendar. Go back a century and has the script actually changed, the scenery probably hasn't?
          There is a case before the High Court on Scotland's desire for a minimum sale price on alcohol. Frankly, I thought alcohol was already too highly priced as I need to replace my port, a Martini and a Dubonnet, so I am seriously aware of prices. There is concern Scotland breaches EU law, a matter of complete irrelevance since EU law is not supposed to run in this land as we clearly said "no" to it. With its usual high handedness the EU ploughs on regardless deliberately putting our backs up when common sense would have expected amelioration. It is then surprised when we do get round to saying "no" to its wilful belligerence.
          The current fuss in parliament is an admission that our MPs did not do the job for which we pay them when all these laws were agreed with the EU. That was when all hell should have broken out. The histrionics currently are nothing more than an admission they weren't paying attention originally. The EU experience would appear to have taken this country back at least ten years, may be twenty and it clearly is not us who are backward. It stems from the EU. The EU wants to absorb diversity into an amorphous blob of conformity to then regurgitate into piecemeal bits called subsidiarity. Why on earth not leave individualities as they are, individual countries working together as themselves? So why does Scotland, that wants the EU walking all over it, set itself up with laws in opposition to the EU?
         Apparently it was the whisky industry arguing with Scotland and lost. That industry employs people, provides tax benefit and foreign exchange but... why should I buy alcohol? In summer with salads I rarely touch alcohol. In winter, why not forego and donate the spend? Hmm! Where does 'leading a life' become so luxurious that one is being biblical, rich kings despising the poor?

Monday 12th November 2017
ANDREW MARR MAKING A RIGHT PIG'S EAR

Gove performed superbly well. Those who supported him when I thought he was a complete babbling idiot has shown the values others, who knew him better in past times, had said about him. Today it was Andrew Marr who showed his inadequacies, whittling on about Boris Johnson's comment in Parliament on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's career, on which seemingly all British newspapers had reported as affecting her court proceedings in Iran. Gove firmly and clearly presented the facts that the entire British newspaper establishment seems unable to grasp. What happens in Iran is a matter for Iran. The idea that the rest of the world should adapt its life to the standards and fear of Iranian tyranny is perverse in the extreme.
          Andrew Marr's programme leads into the preliminary chat of the Remembrance service where change and continuity mingle easily. On the excuse of Prince Philip's retirement, Prince Charles will be laying the national wreath, an excuse to ring the changes for when he will be king? Of the service itself, all change and no change. The moment brings into harmony the diversity of human kind; brings uniformity across that diversity, a diversity of individual relationships between the living and with the dead, raising the fundamental question, what is death? A question asked down the ages, each age in its own time, all times held for the moment as one time across all ages, unifying the living with the dead.

Saturday 11th November 2017 [close of day]
EXTRAORDINARY... WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?
Clash, harmony, tolerance? In Westminster, capital of the country, one of the most significant cities in the world, the silence of remembrance, followed by hymns in Whitehall by the cenotaph. In the monetary centre of that same city, outside the official home of the city's new Lord Mayor, the same two minute tribute and then... the Lord Mayor's parade. Like so much of life, individual collectivity in harmony.
          So, with the season's greetings. Last night the new Christmas advertising was released by the main stores. Apposite, today is the feast of St Martin of Tours when meat for Christmas was prepared, a Scottish preference whereas in England the Michaelmas term is the start of the new school year (29th September, St Michael's day). Is Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas, starting the new church year) insufficient time to prepare in the modern world? I don't recall any earlier time to get presents for relatives overseas when most goods went by ship, although perhaps speeded by BFPO services (British Forces Post Office).
          Advent was treated like Lent, a period of four weeks of fasting during the Middle Ages, followed by what we now regard as the twelve days of Christmas, concluding with the feast of Epiphany on the 6th January. The crib is a medieval contribution, supposedly endorsed by Francis of Assisi. Although it was traditional in churches after Epiphany, to take down the decorations for Christmas, the crib was left until the feast of Candlemas (2nd February). This was kept as the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin when the churches' new candles for the year ahead were blessed.
          Associated with Prince Albert, the Christmas tree derives from the German feast of the Hunting God when greenery was cut from the forests to decorate houses with holly, ivy and boughs so the god would feel at home surrounded by familiar forest sights.
         Where then is the 'traditional' Christmas? Surely in the simplicity of love and affection of a new year and the chance to cast off waywardness and start all over again? I think on this in conjunction with the news on the world's unfortunates this country where so many families must be feeling disowned with all this spend on advertising of presents which they cannot afford, being barely able to manage a basic day's needs? It must be very dispiriting.

Friday 10th November 2017 [morning]
CHILDREN, CHILDREN!!
We seem to have descended into a period of childish stupidity. To put things into perspective it is good to recall Carl Sagan's observation: "For all our conceits about being the centre of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner ... on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. ... That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that". Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (9 Nov 1934-1996).
          Earlier in the week I debated "age of maturity" [below]. We now have witless warblings being given credence beyond credibility. Remainers are warbling "we can still stay" as complication follows complication in the Brexit talks but why are there complications in the first place? I do not recall these problems being raised when out politicians went in. Did they not properly look at what they were doing? Did they not properly discuss in the public rooms the significance of what they were doing and was this why they took so long to get round to asking us if what they had done was what we wanted, because they themselves did not understand what they actually had done?

Tuesday 7th November 2017 [morning]
WHO'S AN ADULT?
I have yet to be convinced that sixteens have acquired maturity of life to be properly fit to vote. I ask the question, are they competent to drive a car? However, as we have yet again had further evidence that many purportedly "mature" people, mostly men, have been keen to demonstrate in parliament that they are totally unfit to be trusted to buy the weekly shopping at the local supermarket, such is their inability at basic civil interaction between one another, is it unfair to continue to deny sixteen years old the vote?
          They will live in the world parliament creates but I am still of the opinion that the incapacity of too many "mature" people to act maturely does not counter the validity that the lack of experience of life in which sixteens are inevitably wrapped, especially with the seeming inability of our educational system to teach civics as a core subject renders them eligible. The appalling state of general immaturity and incompetence with which Westminster has been riddled for far too long, almost for as long as the EU has been wilfully thrusting its arrogance over us, proves the appalling unavailability of competent people offering themselves to render the required service the country needs.

Monday 6th November 2017 [midday]
Excellent address at the CBI from Corbyn. Both leaders addressed the situation firmly but May was "as expected", running along the line into the terminus; Corbyn was striding off with the navigators of HS2, over the hills... and far away?

Monday 6th November 2017 [morning]
Morning world. Feeling tickety boo! Car covered in frost but I won't need it until later on by which time it will have dissipated in the bright, warm sunshine. Sympathies for those going to work, no frost clearing of windscreen for me!
          Having spent the last weekend in one of my "crashed out" phases, this morning I'm bright eyed and bushy-tailed and optimistic of having living energy. Wow! Trouble is I've chores to do and they must be done! Damn!
          Helping the mood is that the heating is functioning. Clearly the weekend hiccup was due, as I had thought, to a power cut overnight, arousing the gas emergency cut out procedure.

Saturday 4th November 2017 [going to bed time!]
Good evening world, I wonder what tomorrow morning holds in store for me. This morning, just when the temperature seriously drops the heating had failed to come on; simply, it had just stopped. Incredibly it restarted once I had found the instructions, next to the boiler.
           It has been running all day. My only conclusion was that there was a power cut-off during the night, theoretically only four minutes according to manually set and automatically remote-operated clocks (tv) but long enough to cause the gas to switch out which won't restart automatically.
          Expensive but fortunately I have movable electric oil heaters, one for each room, the economy being to shut down central heating when I mostly occupy one room throughout the day. It had been serviced this year, having missed a year and although expensive I do have a duplicate heating system. I wondered how many have spare anything?
          I mention it as a reminder to people to check their emergency procedures with winter really coming on; to commiserate with those not so fortunate as to be able to afford emergency call-outs, let alone alternative options... and those unknown other than in vast numbers who are even worse off.

Saturday 4th November 2017 [after-noon]
I was rather surprised to find only half of October had been written up and realised I had been more preoccupied than usual—or more affected by my health than I thought I had been.
         Radio's Any Questions has just ended and so I look back to my accumulated notes/observations that have appeared on my Facebook page. An obvious question was public conduct and the impression of late is that adults have departed the Commons for indisciplined Sixth-form schoolboys not yet having attained their maturity, effectively answering another question, "should the age of national voting be reduced to 16?". "No", is my answer to that one. Scotland has for Scotland and I think that erroneous. Eighteen is the age of maturity and to change that must be seen in the context of all other matters that change at 18.
          Fallon quoted that his failings had been 10 to 15 years ago and further back than that! What was, was then, now is now but I do not accept that it was acceptable then. This is not the time for capable men to live yesterday today BUT it is important for our excellent forces to see that excellence throughout all levels, so he did have a point in resigning, although I think it an error of judgement.
          Regarding sexual conduct one simply does not presume unless a relationship has already been established. Are Conservatives really that simplistic in their minds? No wonder it took them twenty years to ask us if we wanted to be subordinate to a bunch of foreign fools keen to crush different view points, as Spain had just made clear on which the EU is in full agreement. No wonder Gibraltar gave an almost 100% vote to remain with the UK.
          That's how society developed, mostly from us because in this country we comfortably go our own way which is usually the right way and in that flexibility we cope with change. That is why EU is being difficult, they are panicked with people thinking differently to its preconceived concepts and the very physical nature of the UK and its history places it totally unlike any other European country.
           Writing of physicalities, a little humour on a serious matter. Rose Bird, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court (2 Nov 1936-1999) was recently quoted as having said, "We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it, chopped down its forests, levelled its hills, muddied its waters, and dirtied its air. That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago."
          Were it not for one past and one almost past generations we would no longer be in charge of our own country and running it as we wish... almost too late because the Tories are so dim and slow. Technically we have not had any say in the way we run our country because our own foolhardy politicians told the EU they could because they knew they weren't any good at it! Quite understandably the EU do not want to let go!

IN MEMORIAM
I have been unhappy with TV announcers wearing poppies when still in October. I see the change of October into November as deeply meaningful, across many moods of formality and informality. It is both a public and a private moment. I don't like the overlap across All Hallows and All Souls (Christianity created All Souls to counter All Hallows, looked upon as pagan); the festivity of Guy Fawkes, forgetting the prolonged, complex depths of intrigue and duplicity that is behind the celebration; then the sobriety of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Happening earlier this year (to my knowledge) is the debate about what the poppy means.
          [The red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn't have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.]
          There is a diversity of meaning in colour. "The colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic."
          Purple poppies are used in remembrance of animals. The forces still require vets (ceremonial and policing duties for horses) and sniffer dogs that still lose their lives in saving human lives.
           White is for peace, pacifism, truce, surrender and cowardice. Think of the white feathers some women foisted on non uniformed men of service age during the First World War. The next question is the purpose to which the funds are put. That is why the present debate on colour is so controversial, arouses contrary views.
          It is amazing what does not happen automatically. Perhaps it is time to fix BST as permanent, perhaps even adding an extra hour? During the war we were two hours ahead in the summer time and one hour ahead generally.

NOT GETTING OLD... BUT
I was tempted to spend £1,000 but fortunately ended up being realistic: a simple upgrade from my former mobile. I realised it was getting old when getting a new battery proved difficult, Samsung. A very good chap in their Milton Keynes store guided me rationally and I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I'm still not happy with smaller key space and too frequently mistype and these damned fool passwords get in the way of just getting on. I've now lost the "Home" key and i did not back up early enough to simply redownload but there are advances which sure I will appreciate, once I've got past "GO!"
          "Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness." Brenda Ueland, journalist, editor, and writer (24 Oct 1891-1985). 

THE STATE OF BEING POOR
I'm going to come charging in here. In The Guardian Giles Fraser wrote of a priest's experience of social welfare. I know Gauke personally over several years, he is my constituency MP and I have had cause to support him and also oppose him and his party. I was one of a group of independent business people who, after decades of Tory control, placed control of my home town into the hands of us independents, all new to council work. I just record the fact that such things can happen with the right people around you with the right attitude.
          Gauke is a straight man and I suspect he is fending an impossible situation as best he can, bearing in mind his own career prospects within the party [in my view a potential PM].
The situation has to be seen in context of the wider world which trumpets the stupidity of declaring us a rich country. We are not. We are bearing a national burden of the NHS unlike any other country. It is not extensive enough (bearing in mind the failure of social services interaction etc).
         Ability to tax has to be seen in the context of the market attraction behind which lies company financial manipulation. As a whole, living in debt, the country is merely a larger version of the priest's story: the principle is identical. There is no question major social change is required in fundamental attitudes of the country's socioeconomic politics. It has to come from the Tories, for financial security, Labour are too wobbly on national defence and financial management. They have one chance, the forthcoming budget. Let's hope Hammond has the spherical objects to be bold and get it right.

TIME
An appraisal. For the first time I could seriously consider permanent summer time plus! BST came in as a war emergency throughout the year, when we additionally had double summer time during the summer. Making it permanent again has been considered several times and I have been against it. For some reason I'm currently feeling inclined, probably because I am trying to get the hang of my new mobile. The larger face hasn't given me as much extra key pad space as I had expected and too much wants passwords every moment instead of just getting on with the job. Currently, I am somewhat put out but in other ways I have an advance without going over the top. Several things have changed automatically: mobile, tv; heating has come on an hour early, perhaps I'll leave it. I seem to be waking earlier, did so particularly this morning which I found most irritating.
     An HSL ad now becomes questionable. "Norman's in the garden shed with the other items I don't want in here!" Should we men take exception to this?

Saturday 4th November 2017 [mid morning]
"One P Such Esq reporting in", as my Facebook page would say! Autumn is definitely with us, although I recall no current mention of "Indian summer". More appropriately 'All-Hallown Summer' or 'St. Luke’s Summer', 'St. Martin’s Summer'. Neither the latter two associations mean a thing to me but 'All Hallows' seems singularly appropriate and I wonder why the American term has fallen into our use more easily than the 'Fall', the term 'Indian summer' having been used in the UK for at least a century, often mistaken as having derived from the British Raj rather than the North American Indians.
          Anyway, it is a gorgeous autumn day: no sun; grey; heavy mist; cannot see more than a third  of the way down the valley; the car washed but by too light a rain as to clean it. Not cold, despite potential warnings. It is autumn, gentle and static. I sense fully what it is to be a man of wealth. Wealth! What is wealth? It is to have no immediate concerns. It is simply 'to be' and in that state of 'being" to be content and contented. That, surely, is a rich person?
          My health is erratic but 'normal' life is not unmanageable, if somewhat reduced in activity. I am warm in my eerie, a firstfloor maisonette of no noticeable structure than a pile of bricks, the sitting-room of which looks out between the houses opposite, over their gardens, down the tree-studded valley, their autumn colours merged into shapes of various greys; like a line-up of chorus girls implying what might follow, or might not. As the eagle's eerie, the view is all, as long as the nest is secure, it is. I think of Forster's A Room with a View, or that phrase from de Quincey, although I cannot think of his specific use, "An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days".
          Retirement should be of such a description. Warm, comfortable in one's surroundings but having the energy to properly tidy up so that when the time comes to depart, one leaves not too great a mess behind for someone else to clear up. There have been two or three occasions when such considerations have been appropriate. Now they are all out of date and I am immersed in a diversity of incomplete 'messes' that must be worked on.
          I think the bottle-neck is one of my books. It is a family archive and it is handling family relationships in a particular context: to be factual when lacking facts where emotions over-ride objectivity and yet to avoid is to lie or misrepresent. Failure to state is no less a misrepresentation than wilful misrepresentation itself. For now, my chapter heading will be "Stalled", in which I will work through my conflicts and conclude with a change of book title to "My Family Album", or "Family Album, a personal Perspective". It is a different entity from an autobiography, which is also being worked upon. Suddenly, I feel able to address my dilemma. I have usually addressed 'writer's block' by turning to another book—I usually write two or three at the same time, as an incidental to earning a living, hence only one published work so far but... I am enjoying life. Most of my burdens I place upon myself: dreams/aspirations will be physically concluded.


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 pa  st 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
 
 

Saturday 1st JULY

 

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.

 
  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/dawkins-islamophobia-secular-liberal/ Hawkins