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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 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.Such5)

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Monday NEW YEAR'S EVE 2018

DECEMBER 2018
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 state of 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.

Vagaries will arise from time to time due to a variety of program upgrades that take awhile to interact.

Monday NEW YEAR'S EVE 2018

Monday 24th December 2018
A friend posted on Facebook. "Really very sad to hear of Paddy Ashdown’s death at 77. It was my absolute pleasure to have met him on several occasions (I even had dinner with him once). He was genuine enough to disagree with me on issues yet direct me towards others who shared my campaigning views so I could pursue them. One of my political favourites. If anyone could have done something with that Lib Dem party, it was probably him. Thanks Paddy, for the encouragement and for taking my teenage self seriously, for listening."
          A friend of hers commented. "Like him as well, a decent politician amongst many corrupt or useless ones! Now he's gone on to higher things." To which I commented. "Hopefully that's where we'll all aspire to as we progress at different rates, changing travelling companions along the way."
          Therein may lie the opening to a family record that has been plaguing me these last few months. Objective, informative family records are not easily compiled as I am learning in detail but that they should be compiled I am certain, if only in tribute to those to whom one owes one's own standing in life and is that standing of so little consequence there is nothing worthy of recording but then, is not the real record the one that one takes with one?

It is just over a week since I last posted. I seem not to have recorded dates since so it emerges as one long series of paragraphs into which I shall try and put meaning. There are times when The Guardian does burble an arrant load of twaddle. The problem with "no news" is that newspapers still publish and have pages to fill on a regular basis. All that is currently needed is "no news". The problem arises through some politicians determined to thrust their little egos in defiance of ability.
           There are, seemingly, no potential Ashdowns in government or even in opposition today. We were told we would be given the chance to decide our views on the EU forty years ago, through all of which time everyone has known the answer would be "no". That's why the question has never been asked previously. For those who uphold the EU, why do they ignore the EU's own opinion that our national traits are not conducive to the EU's thinking? They refused our entry twice. Some of our most pig-headed politicians persisted... to avoid dealing with the inadequacies of our own democracy. They preferred the authoritarian arrogance of the EU, based on the Germanic goose-step and the Napoleonic code. It simply is not our style. Our problems arise not from the Brexiteers but from the over-large body of today's nut-cakes in parliament, aping their historic predecessors, "we know better than the people who elect and pay us", which is why the EU structure is as disastrous as it is.

Trump! The man is determined to go out declaring his stupidity! What the hell does he want money for a wall for, he said Mexico was paying for it? It's his own party telling him that, the Democrats aren't in their seats yet, are they?

Good morning world. That momentary pause of gathering oneself and checking things over before launching forth. Presents for everyone? Details sorted, modus operandi confirmed? Today is crunch time, the changeover, the shortest day, the depths of darkness can get no deeper and last no longer than tonight. The Christ child ascends... four days late but then there is Advent, leading in, building hope for the Resurrection. A New Year, a new life but in a life time forgetting that every day is full of opportunity and so many wasted hours within each day, or so much less done than perhaps might have been?
           From now on the evenings grow lighter, the morning dawns earlier, a whole new life spreads before one's eyes with aspirations to be fulfilled.

Oh wow! Received this after-noon an absolutely lovely handmade card, in a brown envelope. Normally not liked, brown envelopes but this one was made from heavyweight paper and sealed with hot red wax, into which had been stamped a personal emblem... a dove bearing an olive leaf. The entire card absolutely handmade to a degree quite beyond my own previous efforts. You know who you are, a wonderful tribute, thank you.

A rational if somewhat depressing analysis but it is our own politicians in both parties who have betrayed the country. They always knew the EU was not for us as the EU itself believed and the reason it has taken so long is because egoists have always known they were wrong and the answer, when finally asked would be "no!" They held back from facing the truth. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/16/britain-has-led-a-charmed-political-life-but-there-is-a-price-to-pay-for-complacency

Yet another appalling misunderstanding. The question of immigration is suitability to vacancies: sourcing is irrelevant.

'People's vote' a statement of the argument being lost before it starts, so why waste time, be honest and say they want a second referendum. Why? Anyone casting a vote has a duty to that privilege previous generations have won for them to know what their vote means. Unlike some of our politicians who have wilfully manipulated us into accepting the EU, specifically ensuring we were not asked!

The EU has twice said they don't think we are nationally geared to accepting the EU's philosophy. They are correct. Some of our politicians pigheadedly decided we will be members which is why it has taken forty years to ask the question, when they said we would be asked within two years, they have always known being subject to the EU was not in our national interest.

Cameron, being so out of touch with the country he thought we would accept and is now purportedly advising May! Is she really that desperate?

Morning world. I hate wasting time, especially at my age but is it only productively pacing oneself? Apart from the regularity of my periods of exhaustion I suppose I am recognising that I have not been "ill" or "unwell" for some time. Have another medical appointment tomorrow requiring some travelling so I have to make sure `I'm on the ball', so spending today "crashed out". Damn, blast and botheration.

There are times when Rees Mogg appears vaguely intelligent contrasted with times when he appears over-educated for his intellect to manage, as with this debate on May.

Quite right, Blair is all Blair "Sod anyone or anything else but his ego". He was a bright spark initially but so many of Labour's bright sparks end up as dead ducks, like another albatross around Labour's neck. 's suitability. He's simply lost it.

How easy it is for modern society to crash backwards half a century! Central heating timer stopped working in the middle of the night, fortunately I left key details on engineer's web site so he was able to order clock without coming to look but compounded with my several hospital visits availability to repair limited. Today he rang to say it would be tomorrow (Sunday) when he would call, clearly obviously busy. Mine is serviced annually but clocks failing aren't servicing items. Coincides with an intense cold spell so reserve heating pushed, only three moveable radiators having to cope with the entire maisonette which are often used to support central heating at particularly intense periods of cold.

As regards hospitalization, likewise pushed to the limits but the staff: flexible, adaptable, malleable to circumstance. Pummelled around, something there that shouldn't be they were going to scan me Thursday, suddenly phoned Tuesday, "got a vacancy in emergency can you come now?" Of course I went. A third opinion sought for Friday. Three consultants, three different opinions. There now wasn't a problem! Can't remember the name but it was now perceived as a rare form of hernia: "That's me, unusual through and through!" Cross-referral to another department who will make contact in due time for an MRI scan, then review of overall situation as to what to do.
A full, frustrating but interesting week, all achieved through modern social tools. What of those lacking in them? Let's take the bull by the horns; go for "no deal" and start spending our money on our own social needs.

The CofE has created a new service for LGBTs. I previously indicated I supported but on second thoughts from where comes this idea that sex is relevant? We are talking of spiritual values. I have spoken to spirits that have expressed being of different sex in previous lives but also many with whom the matter did not arise. Surely, spiritually, it doesn't matter, one simply "is" which means maturity is expressed in a balance of both emotive experiences?

Memories: coal fires in living room grates; rubber hot water bottles in beds; damned cold elsewhere save, the kitchen, too small to be more than purposefully practical; avoiding lavatory until necessity commanded beyond endurance because of the cold. Suddenly I'm back to square one but fortunately there are moveable radiators, but still areas of cold even in a maisonette and it's having to get them going for some time before they are effective first thing in the morning. Decision made, I'll drive in tomorrow and hope I put enough pounds in the meter, still cheaper than taxi: hospital parking provisions!

Morning world! Exciting, challenging times, so I treated myself to an American experience—I went out for breakfast. Interesting experience to see how new car behaved. De-iced well, although I hate engine running while it does, forgot de-icer but of course I had it in car, just a matter of using it! Crow's Nest had a superb view across the misty Aylesbury Vale. Light day of easy matters but somewhat haphazard. Amazed to see refuse truck driving at 07.30, so must have left depot at 07:00! Brrr! Thinking of tomorrow, was going to walk to station, don't want to spend money on taxi but... I'm cold and hopefully engineer can call Saturday to fit new timer for central heating. Think I will have to leave electric heaters on over night so I start out warm for a "brisk" walk? Hairdresser, bank not open when returning from breakfast and some shopping required, otherwise I'll leisurely sort out accumulated mail.

Wednesday 12th December 2018
No one situation explains all and we hear of NHS tragedies arising from lack of resource. Here's my recent week. Background, diverse diagnoses. Living with them. Continually monitored. GP practice recently amalgamated. Specialist nurse sick (we forget they go sick too)! Appointment put back three weeks; that means wrong nurse appointed, admin apparently not fully sorted (they were then from the other practice and not familiar with what specialists were whom).
           Re-booked four weeks on, two appointments then lost but less experienced nurse thought I should see a GP beforehand. That doctor recommended samples (will take three to four weeks to get results). She didn't want extra detail so unable to discuss the second problem "book another appointment". Saw specialist nurse (non insulin diabetes), last tests all absolutely honky dory. Decided to wait knowledge of sample results to book double appointment for both conditions.
           Meanwhile, uncertain as to which of my two main problems, requiring different specialists, was the specific cause suddenly seemed exacerbated and I felt it appropriate to call an ambulance--4hrs delay. Paramedics confirmed need for hospital. All simple and straight forward. Watford's A&E completely chock a bloc but we filtered through. One consultant confirms my suspicions (my reason for ambulance, grumbling appendix can suddenly blow up); second consultant who would have performed the surgery concludes my other option, my abdominal problem was abdominal cancer. My current cancer is in the lungs and "holding", so is this likewise "benign"?
           They were going to fit me in Thursday morning for pre-surgery review. 'phone call Tuesday morning, "We've got a gap in emergency for a CT scan now, can you make it?" "Be with you in 45mins". Hadn't booked enough time in car park but fortunately no one seems to have picked up on it.
           Just heard now, (lunch time Wednesday) "Scan results have been examined, no immediate panic but it needs watching and we need to check whether it is separate from or actually attached to bowel wall. Can you manage Friday morning at ninish for further investigation?" "I'll be there!" Now working out my best plan of travel logistics.
           One example of NHS, under resourced but the people are superb and operate on basis of Flexibility, Adaptability and Malleability: all the reasons why we are best out of the EU!

Am I going doolally or simply momentarily thrown due to conflict of demands? I managed to arrive at church not for the carol service (next week) but to Berkhamsted Choral Society's annual show for which there was an admission charge. Fortunately I had collection generosity in mind and was able to pay. Choir was magnificent, programme superb, beautifully rendered with magnificent brass ensemble. It occurred to me there may have been a programming clash with the jazz concert at Aston Clinton, tonight as well. [Since discovered jazz at Aston Clinton follows such as to manage both events, so no cock up, they don't attend (my brother-in-law and 2nd wife) due to their employing brass from London rather than locally, whom they use for Bridgewater concert—-equally superb. Distraction with family problems (funeral) may have confused me... or am I simply becoming confused? Worrying. Except dropping into same persons yesterday clarified what was going on and apparently I had paid for and now had ticket. However, a superb evening, car working well. Tight parking and I used and needed my new sensors and screen cleaning (it is getting cold) worked well with direct sight hidden it was a tricky manoeuvre. I was pleased with myself. So, looking up. Good night.

Morning world. Unusually for me, consistency rules the roost! I think I am about halfway through my Christmas card list. Unless seeing someone regularly I usually adapt a letter to them, as many are irregular contacts through the year and its the "annual" update. For the moment the envelope addresses are handwritten and with my appalling handwriting that is a painstaking effort! Old fashioned is my approach. There is something about an envelope, especially if with stamps from overseas and a letter that is more meaningful than electronic media, even though I am fortunate to have a reasonable list, which is somewhat painstaking to handle manually but I seem to receive as many as I send, so hopefully I'm spreading some meaningful cheer. Cheers!

On EU. Delighted at so fulsome and arguable proposal and responses. After 800 years we still have not democracy properly sorted and the EU is a deliberately designed backward step. The EU is a thrust of ego-centric theorists which our own politicians have tried to cover up and force upon us, that is why it has taken forty years to ask the question because they always knew they were in wilful defiance of the voting public. The now revealed legal opinion states what I feared. I think May has done the best that could be done, the EU will not tolerate contrary opinions and with the backstop possibly lasting indefinitely, out without agreement seems the only way. Our own people of both parties have perpetually lied, delayed, avoided and misrepresented. We must have the courage to stand firm. NO!

Morning world. Jumping in furious. Don't usually follow ITV due to damned ads interrupting irrelevantly but there's a row going on that King's College choir should accept women. Damned fool twaddle as Widdecombe rightly says, although on this occasion she did not express herself that way. With choirs we are talking tonal values. A boy treble is nothing like a girl treble. There is nothing like a Welsh choir, it is unique to itself, as is the skirl of Scottish pipes as opposed to Northumbrian, Greek and Irish pipes.
           An all boy choir does not sound anything like an all girl choir or a mixed choir. A diesel engine is nothing like a steam engine. It is all as simple as that! There is no problem with all boy choirs.

The mist is thickening, my 4mile view down to perhaps 500yds yet, perspective. Mine is a first floor maisonette, so there may be problems with increased ill health with stairs to be negotiated but if stuck inside, even in mist that elevation lends a different viewpoint. That vastness of sky, even if only a wet grey sheet, throws a strong translucent light. The world is alive, if muted, brimming with hope.
           Rarely does it affect me, for I have my panoramic window on a four mile view and the weather is extraordinarily warm today but the shortening hours of daylight do have a depressing effect. Advent, leading us through December into the New Year with the daylight gradually extending noticeably helps to counter negativity.

The EU never takes anything seriously that presumes to disagree with it, such is the state of its insecurity, it is so unsure of itself it can only bluster.

Sunday 1st December 2018
Since I inadvertently posted my then "weekly comment" on the "moving on" page I might as well advise that that page has been updated accordingly, on Brexit, along with this page in its own right.
           Messing around as is necessary at the end of the month I discover that whereas in November I was slightly disheartened by finding callers had reduced to just under 5,000 (usually they are around 5,400) per month. This time I find callers last month approached 7,000. Presumably seeking my Brexit views. 
           Appropriate for Advent, I think on the lines of the sower parable. Why write as I do, unpaid? One knows not where one's thoughts may lead and to whom might they be passed? So, one writes to share and open debate, no more, nor less; one contributes to the overall debate. One is simply a part of life and being actively involved.

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.

 
 
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