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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.
Human rights are not a privilege they are a basic right of existence.


Peter Such

Peter Such

www.petersuch.org www.petersuch.com
Also on Twitter as Peewit2 (he doesn't take it seriously) and on Facebook as himself (Peter.Such5)            

A view of Great Berkhamsted from Cooper's fields

NOTA BENE

Fortunately Peter Such took the precaution of registering petersuch.com and petersuch.org [business & personal] in early web days. A subsequent change in procedures caused him to lose petersuch .com, which is doubly covered within Angelfire.com. It Is therefore not necessarily discovered on a wider web search as his. Meanwhile .org is not yet activated.

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.

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Friday 31st January 2020

JANUARY 2020
SEE MOVING ON for EU history

GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
THE EU QUESTION
and MOVING ON

     
                                          THE WORLD AT LAST RE-ENTERED  

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 just 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.

Friday 31st January 2020
Beeching was a general failure, he had no sense of vision but some of his clearances were rational and remember the obstructiveness of the unions at the time (like SW trains now) who made timing for interlinking separate lines unmanageable. [Considering coutering Beeching's railways line cuts]

People are people: I don't accept labels.

A typical British response, no reason, let’s just have a booze up! Why? What have we achieved? Nothing! We were manipulated into the EU by our own politicians, who specifically ensured we had no say in losing our national sovereignty and independence. Twice the EU said our ways of doing things was incompatible with the EU’s ways of doing things, so we weren’t fit to join. Our politicians persevered and entered us into an agreement with the EEC on which we were asked to vote and with which we agreed on those terms. The EEC then changed to the EU at which point our politicians specifically avoided asking our opinion, especially having voted to exclude our right to exempt ourselves from decisions on which we disagreed, again without asking us. From then on I was a EU sceptic. Why weren’t we ever asked for our opinions? The effective but not actual answer, by a respected local Lib/Dem politician was “biding time until the population has changed”! So here was admission that the EU was controversial, there were arguments against it and such debate was not going to be allowed nationally, in case the majority view was “no way!”
            Having got sufficiently riled by the local Conservative party that cavalierly rode roughshod over the local population and with the Lib/Dems standing a good chance to replace them, I stood as an Independent councillor and managed to gain a majority of Independents on the town council. The Lib/Dems gained control of the town down the road. They have since replaced the Tories in my home town. At this point an opportunity arose to stand for parliament, representing the Referendum party. I did not gain a parliamentary seat but we got the Referendum and so, Brexit.
            All that has happened is that sanity has returned. If Brexit means going without an agreement so be it, too much preoccupation has been taken up with the EU. What is important is putting right so much that is wrong with this country. The north/south divide must be healed, as must the poor/rich divisions. The poor/rich, north/south divides amalgamate in Scotland. We must ensure the Scots feel individually in control but collectively one United Kingdom. I am a little wary of devolving to the regions without reviewing our political system, perhaps bringing in proportional representation. The last time we tried this we could not agree which system to use and that result was pre-calculated by one or two options being left out, one of which was my preferred one, I recall the fact but now cannot remember my views.
            Another problem with devolving government is the arrogance of the EU that determined my home town was in East England. It isn’t, it‘s a Home Counties town in the South-East! Hence complete confusion all round locally, again due to the EU’s arrogance that insisted “all roads lead to Brussels”. For what reason? The EU sits in three different places: Brussels (Belgium), where meetings of the whole Parliament ("plenary sessions") take place, as also in Strasbourg (France)! Why incur costs of perennially moving around when we are all trying to conserve resources in a climate emergency? Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) is home to the administrative offices (the "General Secretariat"). Again, logic? Now, for the first time for at least four years will our politicians get down to understanding what a day’s work is all about and move their backsides. not waste time having a “knees up” with or without Mother Brown.

There are many occasions when I feel uplifted by your post, which this one is, as was incidentally, an earlier one quoting Clare.

Thursday 30th January 2020
“There are many truths and there are many ways of knowing. Each discovery contributes to our knowledge, and each way of knowing deepens our understanding and adds another dimension to our view of the world.” - Ann Hartman

[On a Facebook post about a shop collapse]. A unique institution for ever lost, but his books remain though I don't know if they are still in print. Fascinating man. He was a compositor at Clunbury Press and for several years held the record as the fastest Monotype key board operator in the country. His father died leaving him two tailor's shops, so he turned to tailoring, the other shop was near the Rex. He had a "founder's" type facility on the first floor, where he set the reports of the History Society and ran them off on a proofing press. Clunbury initially set and printed his books for him (histories on Berkhamsted). Glorious era during his life-time.

Wednesday 29th January 2020
Grow up this is a classless society--we ALL work!
[responding to a union claiminvg to represent the working classes.]

 

Tuesday 28th January 2020
But why are they shifting? Man's behaviour or changing weather patterns? If the latter should we disturb their "natural flow" in response? [on observation of birds changing flying courses]

Yes, Peter, again I totally relate; I woke up feeling all down, kind of I’ve had enough of all the sickness and treatments that haven’t worked for my Autoimmune Disease (ITP and Myelofibrosis), these last 2 and a half years. But a very dear friend messaged me and cheered me up a bit!
I had a CT CAP SCAN and tomorrow I’ll have a Bone Marrow Biopsy, all related to the ITP.
I will be thinking of you and praying for you, Peter!
Take care.

Bless you, thank you, in fact a more positive response this morning. My problem is not so deep-seated as your own but I suffer similarly with deep-seated chronic tiredness. As I said to my nurse this morning (routine test and blood leeching) the problem with tiredness is that "you can't think rationally" causing me to question occasionally am I actually at an early stage of dementia? Hospital this after-noon for hearing and end of week bone density test.

Monday 27th January 2020
Don't usually fall foul of depression, I usually easily rise up in opposition (ego crashing in) but today: flat upon my back through bad sleep; total exhaustion (not through lack of sleep); aches and pains, pain-killers aren't demolishing; a dull grey day enveloping all in a "sod it; damn it..." and other expletives I can't print", sort of mode! It is also Auschwitz commemoration and the basketball player Kobe Bryan killed in the helicopte crash, a daughter and others, all very depressing.

Anyone thought of using commas with emojis? Someone elsewhere was debating value of such things over text. I don't understand them, so prefer words which require grouping in a meaningful sense: such grouping requires punctuation and while I accept the Oxford comma has a rational argument, it is such a blatant affront before a conjunction I conclude such sentences demand re-writing.

Sun bright and shining. Brother-in-law turns up with ladder, he happened to have a van available. Ladder fits in neatly, still enabling me to manage stairs with shopping. Having made up my mind using Dulux (well, nearly) but that was based on someone else's brochure samples, I'll re-think. Exciting, save for one thigh muscle playing havoc with my mobility but I did manage to get in and out of the bath, just! Messy week with hospital appointments etc. Hopeful.

All because of the stupidity and arrogance of our own politicians, mostly (not all) socialists [LibDems have much for which to answer] never asked the question 40 years ago. Change from EEC to EU was substantial and therefore required a referendum then, the earlier referendum on the EEC was completely separate.

Sunday 26th January 2020
Written by Stuart & Jayne from the Woodstock Mountains album, 1977. Quoted in a Facebook interchange.
“I've seen the old man whittling wood,
I've seen the streets of town,
I'll pack my goods for the Arkansas woods,
and there I'll settle down.
Fiddle and a bow and the fire light's glow,
you can hear that lonesome sound,
I'll leave behind my trouble in mind
and go the whole world round.”

A diversion during ads, while watching the latest "Alice", itself a diversion from a slow day but something gradually moving forward. One of those quiz things "what type of vegetable are you?" First time something like that came up with something rational. Anyone want to contest me?
"Kale
Quirky is an understatement when it comes to you. And yes, it means weird, but in a good way. You’re not afraid to be who you are, meaning that you often introduce the people around you to new things, making you exciting to be around. You are known to have questionable conversations and a night out with you is never a dull one, but you also have a deep moral compass and are incredibly empathetic and loyal, making you a great friend. On the outside, you can be seen as ‘kale-ing’ it at life, but this means that sometimes you can put unnecessary pressure on yourself to be the healthiest, funniest, kindest and most successful you can be. Just remember, you can’t do everything, and sometimes it’s ok to be a potato every now and then."
Had to look up kale, totally unfamiliar with it. Having looked it up I would not like it but I like the description of me!

Down to earth practicality. Why come here if they did not want be here knowing before hand all that we are? The answer above applies equally well to all Christian countries, especially the United Kingdom. In reply to an Australian post on Muslims wanting pork removed from school meals. Yet another failure of Islam to allow choice.

 

Saturday 25th January 2020
Absolutely delighted for you. Completely understand your mixed feelings but there are times when a move becomes essential so as not to "get stuck" and be seen to be "too comfortable". I had such an experience, happy to stay on and on and promotion was there by implication of time but industry was changing technically, competition market was changing, where was my firm going/adapting; being too long in one place what was my wider experience? The first of two major moves in my career. [commenting on a friend having  decided to change her job, attending an interview at which she had not expected to be successful and then being offered it!]

Precisely my own thinking but not as a "development". That is the origin of all of us, the universality of spirit. Referring back to someone’s comment that she feels a woman spiritually: in my view sex is related purely to biological necessity; spiritually we should encompass both sexes. Spirituality encompasses the collective whole.
            “I feel genderless, spiritually. I am a life form with female reproductive organs. I don’t identify with the organs themselves - the notion of doing so is bizarre, to me.
            Your comments about religion being a society attempting to regulate itself, I like this, it’s an important way to see it.”
            That's an interesting way of expressing it, "genderless" rather than being "all embracing". I understand what you are saying but sense something is lost by being neither, as opposed to being both simultaneously. I was going to link it with current discussions on bi, pan and transexual physicality.

Good heavens: even time is being realistic! One week to Brexit.

The year moves on, worryingly but perhaps March will hit us with the year's reality! [Valentine]

Somewhat disorientated! The film of Anne Frank's Diary is on. I'm sure I have a copy of it somewhere, from an earlier showing. Found I could not continue watching, it's the negativity of it, although bright sparks shine through. I question if, in reality, we have actually moved forward, on a global basis and are not just living in individual dream worlds.

 

Friday 24th January 2020
That's the key DITCH the goddamned baggage THEN you might go places. We are ALL workers, stop trying to divide society. [to a trade union's self-promotion].

I'm loving this. Lindsey's got something moving! Depending upon responses, this may be just Part 1 of a contribution from me.
            In considering any religion we have to see the state of society at its inception, consider social development and above all note the growth of the average person's gathered knowledge from pre-history. In my view, that last explains the diversity of religious ritual across the world. Essentially, any religion is a society finding a way to regulate itself. Somehow religions have got confused between life’s reality, which is a state of continual change over time and a social construct resenting natural progression by lacking the fluidity necessary to interact with reality. That accounts for physicality. How then do we handle spirituality?

Thursday 23rd January 2020
Wilfully abused by legal "experts" who'd probably never had so much as a wank! [on Christine Keeler a famous trial that brought down a Cabinet Minister.

Pipe down CofE, you're not as bad as catholic priests in holy perversions but that is no excuse for you to pop your head above the parapet. Commenting on CofE's impertinence on a realistic matter on child abuse.

Raises serious concern over BBC's management ability. Failed to make proper provision for losing 75s income, then decided to demand it but then only partially re-applying it. State of chaos in BBC management.

The criticism seems fair and proper, he did not always act with the objective rationality one expects of the Speaker.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of others. Carl Jung
I am not what happened to me I am what I choose to become. Carl Jung

OnTrump in Davos https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-to-debunk-trumps-false-claims-about-the-economy?utm_medium=social&mbid=social_facebook&utm_brand=tny&utm_source=facebook&utm_social-type=owned&fbclid=IwAR0MgtjZCgZYUhtaDr0crNgQaO5jggOdNUnhTZaseSglRGWqyVE0xCGQ-9o&verso=true

Tuesday 21st January 2020
An extraordinary morning. Yesterday was a false dawn but today augurs well. Bed changed completely which requires energy: done and still carrying on. Heating cut out (naturally) over warm so window open! First time this year! Sun blazing through and a gentle breeze teases the senses. To say it could be April might be pushing things but I am at my desk, sorting through papers, harrowing the debris, partially listening to BBC 1 Politics having previously paid attention to Trump, a very confused little man, uncertain as to which audience he is addressing: the one in front of him; the one shortly to start in America (impeachment); limbering up for his re-election in November! Seemed USA's greater use of petrol and coal was notable, unaware or ignoring that Greta Thunberg is there but he had planted a trillion trees (perhaps he did know Greta was there) but no mention of wind motivation (other than him) but notably not taking press questions. Do I treat myself to a lunch out or catch my momentum and draw further upon it? Don't like turning my back on the sun but work has to be done, especially as brother-in-law just rang to say he was having to hire a van and therefore could bring a ladder over to me to store for his use to re-decorate my place. Things may be happening. I need to move on... moving on!

Monday 20th January 2020
What a complete blithering idiot! Leaving a car defrosting is an asinine way of saying he left the car empty, engine running for anyone to take it and they did! Then it turns out the fool who stole it can't even drive! Two clowns in a farce without an audience to whom to sell tickets, what a compendium of stupidity!

Absolute arrant twaddle. This is relevant since one of the contestants for Labour party leadership supports the Catholic church which refuses to accept women in the priesthood. People supporting such matters are questionable in their fitness for public office.

Sunday 19th January 2020
Morning world. Slow day but hopeful. Glorious sun shining brightly on heavy frost, dangerous for driving with low angle of bright light but clear skies means daylight breaks my bedroom darkness earlier. Spring soon which is encouraging.

She supports the Catholic church and that’s fine but remember the Catholic church does not support women priests, that is relevant! Rebecca Long-Bailey is standing for leadership of the Labour party.

Saturday 18th January 2020
After-noon world. Lightly loosened by a Guinness over lunch, wrongly, I thought I was going to do some work but... Late morning arrival and at 09:30 heavy frost was still on the parked cars, despite a strong sun and clear sky. Distracted by an update on the Titanic investigations, highlighting matters of which I had been previously unaware. The liner really was pushing the limits at the extreme of engineering knowledge, including the purity of the steel from which she was constructed, hence the twisting started before she sank and the gash was not a gash but a series of holes through which hundreds of tons of water rushed in under tremendous pressure. All pressures, stresses and strains were astronomical. She is disintegrating by being eaten! A new science is emerging in examining "rusticles" and their composition. So, "dust to dust" really is a truth for everything. The night closes in. I draw the curtains hearing the last of Chopin's Les Sylphides on Classic fm. Clear sky, going to be a heavy frost tomorrow morning. Am I breaking through? Clear headed despite Guinness, am I regaining physical endurance? I recall this start to last year! Everything simply dissolves and I suddenly feel "normal". Like a chick breaking through its egg? A pile of papers from two day's mail and an urge to do. Fingers crossed.

"The first minister also wants to avoid a hard border between Scotland and England." There is no border at all, so why create the danger? Do we have a universal world station trains run alongside one another?

The whole concept is damn fool stupidity. We're celebrating we're a year late and forty years late since, the question should have been asked at the beginning!

Typical damned fool stupidity: we're over a year late and we celebrate being incompetent!

Flexibility, adaptability, malleability: the reality of life! The EU is not real, it lives in its own dream world. Same mistakes as religion made "We are authority": rigidity of rules and regulations in defiance of Creation--a state of continual change over time. The EU has never accepted who we really are: globally orientated, a nation part of a global concept (the Commonwealth) looking outwards!

Quite right, damned fool stupidity BUT, why did so many socialists decide to defy a referendum of the people voting Brexit? LibDems said they would defy the people; Labour floundered so lost the election and who had a majority government? Interesting: 49% Brexit, as I had expected but also 47% for non Brexit reasons, that is what is truly telling. The current opinion of those who voted Labour 2017 and those not voting 2019

"Solidarity", "militancy": synonyms for no argument!

Friday 17th January 2020
On dismantling tall grain
elevators in Canada. Interesting debate. I wonder if anyone complained against their skyline intrusion when first built? They are a wilful intrusion upon the natural order, another example of man's arrogance? Having acquired reassurance from them, does their loss mean the continuing flatness which is the natural order, takes on its initial scariness? Some people cannot cope with vastness, emptiness while some people love it.

Bongs! What utter asinine stupidity. As daft as that LibDem leader who thought the best way to get elected was to do the opposite of what the electorate had clearly said they wanted!

Lesbian bashed up by common thugs. Wilful irresponsibility. A failure of policing. Stand firm lass, you're O.K. Not your fault but damned fools uneducated in life's realities.

All I can say is "echo", 5 years younger than I, very worrying. [So reported on BBC news but the BBC were wrong, Derek Fowlds was actually 82!] I remember being told when I was at Clunbury Press "you know whose chair you are sitting in?" It was Derek's! "I'm purely an amateur thespian, I'm not leaving!" I replied. He seemed to be employed nearly all his working life and admitted to 'I've been lucky' that luck relating to the "Yes MInister" and "Yes Prime Minister" series and I still enjoy him in the repeats of "Heartbeat". I wonder when they'll repeat "Yes Minister", perhaps in a month's time, his death is a good prompt.

Are you really that nuts? The last thing we want is damned fool advertisements getting in the way. Remember the only need to advertise is because no one wants what is being sold. I do look at Channel 4 News occasionally and ITV news channels and one or two other foreign sources as a check but basically I'm BBC because I can't stand advertising.

Thursday 16th January 2020
Good after-noon. Another lost day. Had a good sleep but woke up exhausted.  Managed a basic shop and returned… exhausted. However, brain still works if body effectively useless and I wandered the byways and back roads of my mind. Sir 'David Attenborough declares this is the time to do, my immediate reaction a week or two ago but beyond obvious common sense I am of no consequence so did not raise the issue. We have a new government with a handsome majority, now is the time to seize the day on controversial matters and bring unity across diversity. We can proceed for ourselves and get on with sorting out longstanding unattended matters. Out of the blue a friend posts concern over BBC funding; I too am somewhat put out that having determined over 75s needn’t pay a licence fee they suddenly determine that they should, broadcasting the BBC’s inability to manage finance.

For heaven's sake, certainly debating how BBC is funded but anything further NO WAY! Damn fool foreigners already think its a government station, which it is NOT! The purity of BBC independence, highlighted during Sir Hugh Carlton Greene's time as Director General [brother to Graham Greene, Dr Raymond Greene the Queen's gynecologist and related to the Greene in Greene King brewery] until the damned fool British government of the day supported Mary Whitehouse in her battle against Greene's determination to make the damned fool woman see sense.

Means society developed as it progressed despite frequent attempts to stifle by unions. {Related to class issues.]

Wednesday 15th January 2020
I realise I tread on delicate ground but writing as someone usually self-comfortable in most situations, I feel I can offer positive vibes. Primarily, that self-criticism is a positive virtue. In self-criticism one analyses, reviews and sees in perspective, promoting objectivity. It is that objectivity which I would suggest should counter the negative experiences expressed. Commenting on somone lacking self-confidence.

Tuesday 14th January 2020
Good after-noon. Rather than opening up, the evening is drawing in too easily with a heavy mist/light rain closing off the valley, losing detail into a general greyness. The bathroom window indicates the air is turning very chill, yet yesterday I was bemoaning the sight of catkins, presumably hazel but could be alder, showing too fulsomely and dangerously early for any sharp frosts. Over warm weather tests my ability to adjust to fluctuating temperatures, I like seasonal fruits in their seasons, although imported strawberries do tend to stretch my seasonal attachments!

Yesterday was a brief sniffle of reality, causing a trip to Aylesbury, which is how I noticed the countryside already showing too much green tinges, in my view.

This damned bong business, get real. We have allowed ourselves to be messed around for far too long with EU arguments and damned left wing idiots whose sole purpose is finding why something can't happen; but for them everything would have been sorted by now. Now is the time to move on, if Boris wants half a million from individuals fine, give it to the NHS or Universal Credit, for which purpose most logically raise taxes. With the numbers of people feeling left out of a reasonable quality of life, to spend half a million on a bong is the most inflammatory stupidity imaginable.

Keep to the middle of the road, be all embracing. Rebecca Long-Bailey determined to keep left!

Hmmmm! Each morning there is a range of comments from previous day's posts, usually inviting or provoking further comment. Weekend took more out of me than I thought (in no way regretted, it was a superb weekend, thank you everyone) and I realise we are in the second full week of the first month of the year... only 50 weeks to Christmas! I do feel old. However, much to do before I go or become incapable, so plough on... another family event to look forward to barely a month to go and even if not broadcast, it is important to feel things have progressed somewhat since last time we all met up. Cheers for now, have a good day, week etc.

Monday 13th January 2020
That is the royal's problem, they must be aware and appropriately respond to modern society. They were not moving fast enough, protocol falling down in its failure to stay awake to the world as it actually is.

The EU will do as it is damned well told, it has wilfully spent the last 40 odd years refusing to take account of the reality of who we are, living solely in its own dream world. We are a nation of a commonwealth of 25 nations around the world. Our interests have, for three to four hundred years been global, we have never been interested in the small time which is EU's bellicose preoccupation.

As did most, though many volunteered early as did my father. Contributing to the idea that a rather messed up small, rather inconspicuous family can seriously affect the UK monarchy is twaddle. A young girl, with an absolutely magnificent mother, who coped magnificently in a world in which she must have naturally felt totally out of it, has risen to her husband's needs and had the guts NOT to lose her own identity and stood by her own progressive growth and talent. I previously posted elsewhere that I felt the problem was the over slow response of protocol, that failed to properly observe the speed of social change and since they are aware of the inevitable monarch change (which still may be some while away, please God) it is of concern that this situation had not been previously anticipated and prepared for.

We are all working class, try and get a grip with reality might help. [Socialists trying to claim a need for promoting the "working class". We all have to work.

Sunday 12th January 2020
Beautiful. Well done. I was much moved too. This week is suicide week.

Iran is filled with incompetents not capable of doing anything rational, hence the arrest of our ambassador, precisely why this general had to be dispensed with, he was a lighted match dancing in a sea of oil!

It is all very unfortunate the collective whole but my personal view is that Charles may have plans for when he is king but does not wish to precede obvious events. Understandable but Harry and Meghan are living life which keeps on going and they need to move with life. Palace protocol would seem to be too damned slow for the modern age and that is the situation. The whole needs reviewing in context and as part of the collective whole they need to move on with mutual respect not authoritarian arrogance.

"and sod everyone else who suffers as a result", typical trade unionism.

Good after-noon world. A day to pause and review. Magnificent yesterday, celebrating Michael's birthday. A long, hard but pleasant day for me, 3hrs each way but pleasant journeying; revisiting aspects of London I haven't been to for years. Superb pub lunch [not telling, don't want it crowded out for our next time!]. Crowded anyway by the locals and their dogs (we had 2 with us). Beautifully organised by Lindsey Ilsley and Michael Camroux, a superb gathering concluded with a walk to the windmill (for those who could make it, did not include me!). Whether Margaret kindly chose to sit with me in the car, using me as her excuse, or not, matters not as we sat comfortably, chatting, listening to Classic fm. Then moving on to Lindsey's flat for tea and CAKE! I was out of my London comfort zone, so Joseph walked me on the bus to the nearest tube station and I was once more properly homeward. Thank you everyone for the generosity of your company. It was a great day.

The girl's plainly nuts! Reform YES, abolish and risk the possibility of a socialist monopoly, Labour will be out of government for fifty years! We need a viable, realistic and practicable Labour Opposition to keep the Tories in line, that means rationality not childish petulant twaddle. Replying to Rebecca Long-Bailey’s hysterical wish to abolish the House of Lords. Clearly the girl’s nuts.

Friday 10th January 2020
A Facebook post seemed to support: the Labour party, Militant and The Socialist party. For whom precisely would the electorate be voting? They seem somewhat confused as to who they all are and what any one of them represents. Apparently the Labour party is not just the Labour party but half-a-dozen other parties. Is this to confuse the electorate so they don't realise for whom precisely that are  actually voting?

CNN Youtube On Harry/Meghan
A very rational down to earth discourse putting the interviewer firmly in her place.

Conservative Self-congratulation on minimum wage increase
We need staff in NHS and rationalisation of the Universal Credit administrative hassle, Don't wallow in self glory move ass and achieve!

This is a very valid observation. Replying to a trade union’s observation that the world’s 500 richest people had seen their wealth grow by 25% and have reductions in tax when the poor have been seen to bear the burden.

Very trite, typical of Israeli supporters? Replying to an Israeli activist’s support for antisemitisms that “they had slaughtered Jeremy Corbyn” and caused Labour to lose the election.

Thursday 9th January 2020
On Harry and Meghan
This is not a "snub" to tabloids but an objective rationalisation of where they are in life and that has been wilfully mismanaged by press irresponsibility. Inevitably it raises the issue of the royal family itself and is part of the overall review the country is going through, resulting in the wilfully irresponsibility of too many "socialist" MPs regarding their little egos of more consequence than rendering service to the people (taxpayers) who pay them.
            All this would have resulted automatically after the Queen's death and I suspect Harry went outside usual protocols because usual protocols would not adapt, just as our own civil srvice has paid attention to the EU instead of our Commonwealth reality (hence the Windrush palaver) all due to the dreamworld of the EU which has never grasped precisely who we are.

Wednesday 8th January 2020
On Dog Control and Personal Responsibilities

You think he should shoot the owners? Not unreasonable but legally questionable.There is no question those in charge of animals have a duty of care to everyone else and their possessions. On farmland the first care is to the animals grazing. There is no other consideration, especially at this time of year when ewes will be pregnant and cannot safely run.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow business secretary
Where on earth do you gain this concept "working class"? This is modern Britain we are all working class to survive, we are a classless society; even those with money need to employ people to look after their assets. This concept of "class" has been mentioned before and I failed to pick it up then, not wishing to confuse issues. Socialism is still filled with all this archaic, backward looking negativity. Society needs to move forward.

Morning world, reporting in. Fascinating, 07:00, early for me and it is still pitch black yet so many travelling to work already, according to the news and kitchen lights in homes around me shows we are beginning to move. Enjoying my retirement and regretting my age: I just could not do a day's work now!

Tuesday 7th January 2020
On Yet More Refugees

What arrant twaddle! Yes, we are moving to world government but the difficulty is not in achieving it but in the way it is managed, hence Brexit, the EU has not got it right, insufficient flexibility to cope with reality. By definition of their action they have converted themselves into criminals and that is what we have to deal with. In reply to people that are saying “send them back etc “ lol all I can say is get "used to it".
If you don’t you're never going to cheer up! It’s a multi cultural world now. Wake up and evolve to modern times. Any other action and you are stuck in a state of ignorance.

Human rights are not a privilege they are a basic right of existence.

Monday 6th January 2020
This is an excellent article but change is needed and the acquired voters must be reassured they wish to stay. Change in the Conservative party is essential and must undertake a full review and implementation of NHS/social services liaison. In reply to [https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/06/tories-dilemma-change-lose-voters-brexit-working-class?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3Uj-xEDxe1ImIg6NqLN_gcCbdSTv_CVsNlg_BiXeQEKLzy4Z2QBukwR04#Echobox=1578303142]

Saturday 4th January 2020
Absolutely classic. I recall printing unions not liking women driving lorries and would not unload her. She proved more athletic than them and unloaded without a problem but then no one would sign her delivery note, at which point I arrived in the yard. I checked her goods, signed the note and wished her a good day at which point all the union men disappeared. She gave me a wonderful goodbye smile, showing that bulky 'farm girl' so she appeared she was actually a very attractive young woman and I was delighted to help her on her way. One of many reasons why I do not tolerate unions, as with SW trains. Always negative in their attitudes, like too many classes of religion. Their duty is to render service not get in everyone's way for their own self-important arrogance.
            [replying to another contributor] Well done! A down to earth reality. What is appalling is the number of people who have responded with incredulity telling me what I wrote is untrue but that negative attitude still exists in socialism, why else did Labour behave as it did in this election? More particularly, why did the LibDem leader declare they were going to stop Brexit, when the electorate had made it clear they wanted Brexit and she seriously thought she would win?!

Socialism is still devoid of common sense as I recounted from personal experience. In that case men could not countenance women working equally. Socialism cannot countenance Brexit, so they declare they will stop it and so expect to be elected! Still maintaining their thoughts forty years ago! More particularly, Labour made a point of not providing a Referendum, it should have brought it forty years ago but they knew the electorate's common sense would not accept it!

Is it anything to do with Iraq? Did he do it to counter his standing in his impeachment? On Trump.

Phasing himself out with a flourish of importance, showing the reality... he no longer is important. Replying to Corbyn’s request for a Privy Council meeting to discuss America’s initiative on Iran.

Friday 3rd January 2020
Morning world. No rhyme or reason, probably just perversity of my nature but I'm normal this morning and being productive. Might be that bombed general waking things up, new year new punch up looming already. I'm not a pacifist nor am I a war-monger (I don't think) but I won't take things lying down. If things have to be said they have to be said in a language with meaning. Anyway, the more I look the more I realise I am behind and things must move on.

Thursday 2nd January 2020
I had the same feeling when I saw the sign a day or two ago. [Waitrose offering Easter eggs (well, choclate bunnies)]. Rushing the year through before it's even started!

[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/01/questions-labour-win-party-defeat?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=
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On Labour’s future.

Crashed out day but a lot of reviewing of political and economic arguments and still quietly happy with my own diverse opinions. Now real switch out, a light supper and Bancroft part 2!

And the unions are still saying "sod the customer" [SW Trains].

Must be the SW Trains lot, anything to be bloody-minded, why Labour wanted the EU, they've the same union-based philosophy, let's mess up the customer and cause irresponsible chaos. Accummulative opinonsprovoked this response. Must be the SW Trains lot, anything to be bloody-minded, why Labour wanted the EU, they've the same union-based philosophy, let's mess up the customer and cause irresponsible chaos.

In response to the Labour source pleading for members to turn up and be involved implies the party is not responsive to its members, so wo ac tually controls Labour? You mean they are not turning up? Ever thought of changing your attitudes?

In whose public interest unions were regularly striking. Referring to the French which is in oposition to rationalisation of pensions just as we, for reasons of historical foul ups are trying to sort out our social services.

Extraordinarily rational from some one who seems to know what he is talking about.

They don't think, that has always been their problem.

Absolute arrant twaddle as a large sector of the electorate has made plain. Change attitudes if Labour ever hopes to become a government.

Breaking through, with some ability to over-ride inherent fatigue I discover Reith lectures series on legal aspects of society and moral values, which I find most valuable as they are delivered by former senior judges, so I allow myself to be distracted.

Wednesday 1st January 2020

Wallowing in nostalgia and a little personal sadness for diverse loosely associated reasons.

"I was going to college and getting extra spending money by modelling in fashion shows in one of the stores. One of the girls who modelled with me knew that Robert Wise, producer-director of The Sound of Music had been conducting a four-month search for someone to play the part of 16-year-old Liesl. My friend, without my knowing it, sent in my picture and explained in a note that I sang and danced. I received a call from Mr. Wise to come for a tryout. It took me completely by surprise."
Geraldine Chaplin had been considered amongst several others. I always felt a soft spot for Charmian Carr from first seeing the film (she was actually 22 when playing the 16-year old), died 2016 from frontotemplar dementia. So many passing on and I have still so much I want to do. Yet little moments awaken diverse associations and I bury myself in diversity, why I don’t get things done!

Monday 30th December 2019 to 1st January 2020
Just musing. It is a brilliant sunshine filled day and were I returning from Norfolk I would well divert to ensure a leisurely route home, enjoying the countryside, perhaps stopping off for a walk. Instead, loss of energy prohibits driving unless I take the fast way, periodically pulling off to have a rest. For me the new year starts on 22nd December and I am amused by the rest of the world gradually catching up!
            Having crashed out for an hour I’m back typing. The day has closed into evening and there may be a frost tomorrow morning, the sky is clear and open. So, one tidies. An invite to book a new appointment for an appointment I missed but the details of which I have not yet received raises further questions as to the value of private enterprises invading NHS grounds, although it was a private enterprise that pushed me back into NHS concerns, causing the original appointment. I ring immediately, no one available and I leave a message. I thought we were supposed to be fully digitised now so why not send an email?
           I discover an advert for the LibDems. “LibDems lead the way to stop Brexit.” This is one thing a majority of the country does not want, so how does this aid being elected? No answer provided. They claim the Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit. No, The Commons is broadcasting its inadequacies, led by the socialists (both Labour and the LibDems) who are taking us backwards, which is precisely what they accuse Labour of doing! So, we have a Conservative government with a large majority precisely because the Left orientation wanted to go backwards and intended winning by being wilfully obdurate with the electorate, persisting with precisely what the electorate so clearly stated it did not want.
           I now find myself writing on 1st January. Monday, at almost closing down time someone came back to me regarding my revised hearing appointment. The fact she is Service Manager “Designate” may have something to do with performance levels, or that there is a sudden availability Tuesday. I grab it. She emails the details. Reasons are irrelevant, we’re grabbing a moment, saving an otherwise blank appointment space and moving my situation on. New experience. This hearing test is in a soundproof box (previously I’ve known them as a soundproof room with the clinician with me. This time we are viewing one another through a glass panel in total isolation. We’ll see what his report details but we discussed the possibility of an intercommunication pathway problem. So, into New Year’s Eve and this morning. Another year completed, much to do, so stop this “I’m retired” complacency and re-establish a rational working pattern. 2019 will remain open until next week while 2020 is being prepared. Let’s try and force things to happen by starting 2020 in a business like manner.

                                               

 

 

WHERETO NOW? 
Labour has to sort itself out and adapt to the reality of the world at large. Now, get on with Brexit and manage effective and fairly. We must have a fair and reasoned society whatever the political philosophy of the government.