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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.
Also on Twitter as Peewit2 (he doesn't take it seriously) and on Facebook as himself (Peter.Such.5)


Thursday 29th December 2017 [evening]



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.ssummer holidays
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.
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Monday 11th December 2017 [evening]

Why exchange the diversity of world-accepted traditions for the banality of "Happy Holidays"? That is the same mistake the EU makes as did religion, determining uniformity of interpretation. Why should there be a debate over Christmas as opposed to any other world religious festival? What is wrong with the well established "Seasons' Greetings"?
     From where has this banal expression ‘Happy Holidays' derived? It could be used for any 'Bank Holiday, or just the "summer holidays". 'Seasons' Greetings' recognises the specific festivity without mentioning it but highlights the believer's recognition that the person greeted is not of that yet, extends courtesy of involvement in general conviviality.
     It’s a simple way to be polite, maintain the inclusivity and acknowledge the huge diversity of society.
     There is a perception that this is an increasingly secular society. Is it? Is the truth more that society is stripping itself of religious regimentation and rediscovering the fundamanetal spirituality that underlies all religiosity: the spirituality of eternal, all-embracing love?
      Does not formulating "Happy Holidays" as a concept create a problem that wasn't there?

Thursday 7th December 2017 [evening]
[Disability charities and activists called on UK chancellor Philip Hammond to withdraw comments implying Britain’s sluggish productivity could partly be blamed on more disabled people in the workforce]
     This is not the subject on which we require over-excited response without deep thinking. Factually, it is common sense that someone less able than someone else more able will not arithmetically perform identically. However, that is the challenge of society. We need to restructure our society. Economic argument is based upon a criterion that wilfully ignores social responsibility. We need to re-adjust our approach to life.
     Cost-effectiveness and potential profit should be based on everyone's responsibility to everyone else. The costs of social welfare are not currently borne in mind as a cost in production but as a charge after profit. We need some re-adjusted social thinking. Also, we need to question the profit value. There is diverse opinion on "acceptable" profit. Basically it derives from the church's tithe, 10%. The motivation was keeping the clergy fed and also male control of society, reducing the congregants social independence. Five percent might be more reasonable, bearing in mind the church always disdained usury.

Wednesday 6th December 2017

A petition calls for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to replace Thérèse Dreaming by Balthasar Klossowski, which shows a girl with her underwear visible. "Archaic twaddle!" I riposted on Facebook, It's the same Nabokov argument [author of the novel Lolita] going back nearly 100 years. I doubt if there is a woman taking part in the argument which is no more than a group of immature men unable to cope with the realities of life and their own sexual hang ups. Grow up!

Also displaying in fan tal ism is parliament's mess over Brexit. Members of both parties have shown appalling childish stupidity over the last twenty years which the rest of both sides of parliament have been at pains to emulate. Having declared there would be a referendum the EU should not have implemented anything until that referendum had been presented. Likewise the British government of the day. Parliament should not have passed the tangle subsequently now being disentangled, which is merely showing its pure indolence over the previous twenty years. The local LibDem leader admitted to me, "delay is necessary so the electorate changes". A clear statement they knew the politicalisation of the Common Market would not be accepted. They preferred to create the tangle we are now untangling!

Cameron addressed the immorality [probably for political advantage than moral integrity] but failed to show any managerial nous in properly preparing a rational, balanced argument and totally failing to prepare what the country needed rather than expecting it to agree with his personal presumption, which is really why he got out so quickly.

However, as I have just experienced in my domestic world, things going wrong can often lead to better outcomes than otherwise would have been achieved. The Irish question might not have come about so successfully but for the EU common ground and provided the DUP do not behave wilfully with small-time arrogance, the final result might be the most successful opportunity.

Tuesday 5th December 2017
It comes down to one mistake, allowing British law to be countered by foreign upstarts. Pure trade presented few problems then EU arrogance pushed UK into the stupidity of an agreement that was never rational. That is the point the whole cavalcade should have stopped or at least the UK stood firm. The UK failed, as it so often does before finally (usually) getting it right. What is being untangled is the failure of our own politicians to properly monitor the EU and to stop at the time implementing that which is now having to be untangled. By "delegating" to them they failed to act in a competent manner regulating the EU as it should have done. At lunch time, still no illumination.

Sunday 3rd December 2017 [early evening]
There was a Facebook comment that Andrew Farage had not served the country in his stand on Brexit. [To the gentleman who objected] he is still misunderstanding the whole thing. Brexit is putting right what our own politicians created so wrongly, giving unelected foreigners dominion over our sovereignty and never asking us if we agreed, until nearly too late and then only because Cameron does not understand basic management and is so out of touch with the people he leads he didn't know what they thought, because he himself never did! The EU, knowing our position was weak stole advantage instead of acting responsibly and holding back until we had been asked, now they are really showing their true colours. They know the EU argument does not hold water and they are desperate to block that reality being proven. That is the truth of what all the fuss and palaver is about.

Extraordinary, a momentary malaise and activity suddenly distracts the mind: depression. "feelings of severe despondency and dejection. Self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression". That word "self-doubt" is perhaps the most meaningful. For "to doubt" I have generally regarded as a strength. To doubt is to question, therein lies the courage and strength to investigate; to branch out independently but perhaps I overlook the "self" bit? There may lie the tripping stone, for to doubt oneself comes close to doubting the whole of existence, could that be why so many suicides derive from depression?
     Synonyms: melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessness; the slough of despond; upset, tearfulness.
Informal: the dumps, the doldrums, the blues, one's black dog, a low; the blahs, a funk, a blue funk; the mopes.
      Technical: clinical depression, endogenous depression, reactive depression, postnatal depression, dysthymia, melancholia; literary dolour.
      Archaic: the megrims.
      Rare: mopery, disconsolateness, disconsolation
"she ate to ease her depression".
      Two of my several recurring problems, which can be caused by any one of my several health problems, so I am often unclear as to what precisely has caused any "current" distraction are: fatigue and depression. Fatigue is more easily quantified but depression is the sleeping monster. It comes suddenly, stealthily, creeps up on one and suddenly encompasses the whole and one senses one is sinking into somnolence which one tries to fight but in fighting sink deeper, yet is never quite lost merely floundering the more.
      Panic not, anyone reading this by chance. I am exploring, consciously out of curiosity. Fatigue can cause depression and being depressed one can quickly feel fatigued! I have had a diverse week of highs and lows, so been glad of meeting with friends and frustrated with technical problems that cost money to put right, all from a preoccupation to "get on" and consequently put myself back in time lost.
      My technical problem was an ill-managed major operating system upgrade which has thrown some key problems, causing me to rummage in the back system of my web site wherein I discover my statistics. They have been higher but generally revolve around 4,000 views a month. 160 people popped in yesterday and last month over 5,000. I must be writing something worthy of reading. Interesting.
      It remains a still, milder, grey day but I suddenly realise that my critical pains and aches have receded. I must be recovering but have just remembered an art exhibition I had intended to visit, requiring a day out, lunch out and meeting friends. Damn but I'm beginning to realise I'm feeling "normal" again. Interesting.

Sunday 3rd December 2017 [morning]
is a heading I used yesterday, in relation to two irresponsible policemen who felt they could abuse their position since they had retired. I use it now following Alan Milburn's resignation from the Social Mobility Commission, whose resignation was immediately followed by the remaining sheep he was supposedly leading. This is the miniscule thrusting their little egos over life where the EU represents the maximal of life, both bodies, small time people, mostly male social inadequates. They use their positions to thrust their egos, hidden within the roadshow of entertainment called "running things", such as the EU Commission, which has done nothing but oppose anything practical that would move Britain's exit towards conclusion. The reason is that the process shows the irrelevances and inadequacies of the whole enterprise. They also show what has been apparent every day over the last twenty years, how totally inadequate it is structurally. That is what they are really afraid of, the process is showing up just how inadequate and wrong is the whole EU principle. As a straight forward trading arrangement it was perfectly sensible, in the main but turned into a legalistic structure of "we run everything" is totally unacceptable. That is where our own past politicians failed us abysmally, in failing to see where things were heading or, if being experimental and "trying something out" failed to present the Referendum at the time least damage would be caused.
     Of course everything has been put on the back burner while the EU persists in wasting everyone's time on petty irrelevancies before we had even been asked if we wanted any of them. The arguments over taking into English law EU law as a temporary measure shows how inadequate our people have been over the past twenty years. What was accepted through the EU should never have been accepted in the first place, that is the gist of their argument. Just get on with it.

Saturday 2nd December 2017
My heading from yesterday, applying now to November closed with a variety of problems so those last few days of November have been carried over into December's posts

I had been looking forward to the 28th, a lunch-time meeting with friends of long-standing through Hayley Westenra in London. It was the first 'winter' day so I pulled out my country coat (brown tweed), discovered a hat i had forgotten I possessed which was then remarked upon approvingly by several people through the day. Gloves worn for the first time since last winter, scarf muffling up neck and mouth. A bright morning seemingly less cold than yesterday, observed through lack of frost on my car  but the air made its coldness felt through the light wind that pushed into me but not through me. The towpath was more muddied than I had expected  and splashed the bottoms of my trousers with mud, as I discovered at the end of the day when I got back home.
          New style electronic 'card only' ticket machine which by the time I had painstakingly read, being new to it and worked through the procedures, I had obtained my ticket as the penultimate person to where I would have been had I queued for the manual office left with hers, so arguably a slight gain and next time would indeed be quicker. At the time I thought "how convenient" one could pay for the car park but at that time overlooked the need to walk back to the car and place on windscreen. There are car specific card facilities at the car park. One new facility was to buy a week's ticket but I did not notice if that applied to the car park, if so much improvement since my last use of rail facilities.
          It was good being in London again, he sort of day when   would have bene happy to jump on and off buses as the mood and chance took me and simply enjoy the breadth and diversity of London. I had deliberately allowed myself time to saunter and walked down from Oxford Circus where I had alighted from a quick Victoria line run down (two stations I think) from Euston.
     I had expected to be the first there but had been pipped to the post and tables were already organised for six, which was a reasonable crowd, the hard core of Hayley Westenra supporters who had started the HWI web site before her arrival in the UK at 16 on a £multimillion contract with Decca that had started her international career, each parent taking it in turn to chaperone her while the other was in New Zealand to look after her two younger siblings.
     Of late she has been concentrating on contracts in southeast Asia where she seems t be enjoying the celebrity status she once enjoyed over here but all of us, none of us having seen her personally for some time, had found common interests beyond Hayley and irregularly met up in town to retain that commonality. 
     It was a basic pub lunch but the company was all in a pleasant first floor room near Green Park. It was a great relief to be taken away from my home problems. I had the day before deposited my Macbook with my preferred software specialist and that I am now working on my Weekly Commentary indicates I seem to be working well again. Some while back I had deliberately held back from going on to High Sierra as two of my main programs had not yet adjusted to that system and I wanted to avoid any holdups. A reminder suddenly emerged from Mac and foolishly, having forgotten the upgrade, I clicked on its download which then, without warning, installed. Forty-five minutes later everything went haywire! It wasn't an update but a major change and I had several programs running, the one thing one does does not do when changing operating systems.

Simon Jenkins in his article in The Guardian illustrates the angst of little people not reaching as far in their careers as they think they should have achieved, so throw stones from the safety of retirement, rather than doing their job properly at the time. Not only is their conduct unacceptable but more to the point how could such an inadequate achieve as high a state of office as they did. Clearly they were not up to that job and speak without the authority to which they might otherwise have been accorded. Clearly the dead duck brigade raises questions of general competence within the force that allowed them to get as far as they did. Disconcerting.

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.


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.


Saturday 1st JULY 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. Hawkins