Monday, 29 February 2016

The EU Vote

The EU [European Union]

How times do change. Firstly, we are all Europeans. Secondly, we are close in heritage to Europe than we are to the USA, Australia and or New Zealand, the other "English" speaking nations. Thirdly, we are no longer an Empire ruling other nations by force.

To remain in an organisation or group means some of the time some of the rules and norms adopted by said group might not be to "our" liking. That applies from the family structure all the way through to global industry and commerce.

Does the EU benefit the UK? More than we realise if we look at the antics of our parliamentary elite over the last five decades. Bad enough they were tempered by EU policy without them being free unfettered by others more erudite and socially aware.

So why the bawling for a referendum to either stay in the EU or leave the EU? Real reason first is that the current PM David-call-me-Dave Cameron forgot what leadership is all about and has put the onus of leadership upon the civilian population regarding a very serious issue. Second reason is that David-call-me-Dave thought he would be PM for a short term so anything he did would have no real ramification in relation to him personally. Third reason is that David-call-me-Dave is totally ignorant of the EU and its mandates; as of course most of the current Con and Lab Party chaps and lasses; LibDem do not count as under Nick Clegg they threw away any long term chance of power in parliament after they were trashed in the 2015 General Election.

So having had the burden of making a leadership decision thrust upon them, without the salary, status and recognition that such leadership encompasses,  the UK citizen must vote - or rather should vote as there is no mandatory law that states a citizen in the UK must vote - to decide on the future of security, policing, finance, social and public policy, fiscal, industrial, technological and service trades and of course the red herring immigration and migration in relation to the UK and the EU we can ask which way "should" we vote? "We" being an all-encompassing term but meaning you individually as an eligible voter.

Personally, knowing that border control is the absolute responsibility of the UK government and nothing really to do with the EU in terms of who is let in and why, the UK has no open border deal with any country as it is not part of the Shenegen Agreement, one can say that being in the EU is better than being out of the EU. Most of the UKs political problems from business tax to the sex trade laxity via the police force and local authorities arise from the UK government not the EU. Left to their own thinking I doubt if the Cameron's, Osborne's and other chaps and lasses inclined to keep a tight grip, as in follow the leader, on the shirts of such unenlightened, inarticulate and puerile minded politicians of the day will be of any good to the UK.

The OUT bunch of MPs are of course just as bad in their unenlightened, inarticulate and puerile minded way. They have no idea as to what could happen, only guessing and gesticulation as they simply say OUT OUT and erm, OUT. They are in truth part of the problem as they have allowed the David-call-me-Dave to run amok without any thought of connective reasoning and or deductive analysing of the issues facing the UK. All mouth and no trousers as the saying goes.

The choice is not one of keeping those immigrants out - they can already be kept out. The choice is not one of keeping the social welfare for nationals only - that can already be applied. The choice is not one of "British" jobs for British workers - the British citizen can apply for and accept the same jobs under the same terms and conditions as the "foreigner" does.

The real choice is do we trust the likes of Cameron, the heir to Blair remember in both warmongering and mass immigration, to lead unfettered? If not then it is better at least for a few more decades to have more erudite people on the scene than not. In the political field in the UK there is a dearth of such chaps and lasses.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Being Lost

Julian's Blog looks at why God does not do anything about suffering. Because we have strayed away from God like sheep straying from their shepherd. We follow the wrong things or people. Like Adam and Eve we also blame other people for our behaviour - it's all his, her, their fault...

Truth is the world is full of temptation. The easy buck, the quick 'whatever'. All for one and all for me kind of attitude - government leaders obey that saying to the letter. The temptation of power and wealth, status and adulation. There is a cost to dishonesty and corruption but not often seen in reality. And that is the problem. Seeing for most people is believing. They see the me all activity as the winning activity - no holds bared and no accountability, not really, a slap down in the media maybe. Suffering comes from our desire to have whatever regardless of the consequences. From Israel and its land grab making hundreds homeless to the Muslim fanatic murdering an unarmed and always innocent person. Terrorists nor fanatics target the real angst maker - the corporate fraudster, the deceitful financier and the war warmongering political or religious leader. They use the cowards way of action - targeting the innocents knowing full well no government will do a thing about it and the corporates and financiers are making too much wealth to care about their actions. It is frustration that makes us act as we do. Frustration with others and with ourselves, our inability to change the situation.

So though we say God does not help - he allowed the crusades, the inquisition, the holocaust and Stalin et al to kill - murder - millions we fail to see that human nature to blame. Only leaders can call for war and get away with it. Political and religious. But look at our baying leaders. Comfortable and safe and so are their nearest and dearest. Yes we have strayed far from God into the idolisation of self-satisfaction, for whatever reason because wanting to be a martyr is a form of self-satisfaction, and Mammon.

WE certainly are lost.

Nothing Has Changed

Nothing has changed much since my last post - sadly. Violence reigns as does corruption fraud and greed.

We have allowed violence to conquer by not allowing others to defend themselves, or others in need of being defended. Yet governments wag war on those very premises.

Citizens need to stand up to violence and need to help stop the violence.

Punishment should fit the crime and restitution should be made the prior action of the offender - restitution to those he or she has acted against, not just 'society'.

Citizens need to make politicians and the anti-crime force accountable for their actions.

Governments must give back the right of the citizen to be able to defend themselves and others. Maybe then instead of an i-phone picture of a murder being flashed around the murderer will not be able to kill anyone else - or be prevented in the first place.

Citizens have got to stop being afraid of the bully boy and act out against him or her. 

Turning the other cheek is also a sign of defiance - old custom of making someone use the other hand to strike you, demeaning the attackers status - time to take that stand.

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Willingness Is Needed

As 2014 continues with conflict and political misadventure throughout the world we have to keep coming back to the fact. Without cooperation societies will crumble and fall.

All government and religious leaders need to back off from the teeth flashing, chest banging posturing and remember we are not apes still. We have progressed to developing societies that do harmonise and work well together. The few that are led by testosterone power craze and narcissistic visions of  self-aggrandisement should be smothered by the decent and sensible men and women who all too often allow apathy and ignorant indifference to get in the way of social and excellent agreed social order by allow such inglorious men, and women, to get away with their speech and actions.

Time to stop the rot and kick out the bad and rotten apples in our society - regardless what race, religion or class they are.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Flooding UK

The UK has had its fair share of tragic floods. With hundreds of thousands affected by such disaster the UK Government does nothing. Only Prince Charles, Heir to the Throne, has bothered to visit those affected by the deluge of water flooding their farm land and destroying their homes. CamCon and Co. are despicable insidious chaps who have proven time and time again they care not one jot for the citizens of the UK. Mind you both Clegg and Miliband have remained sat on their arses rather than visit the people who might one day be asked to cast their electoral vote for such miscreants. It would serve the self serving little chappies if people voted for UKIP rather than the main useless miscreants that we have skulking in parliament. It is time people took action against the corrupt and asinine political elite!

NB The politicos went welly walking at last! Too little too late boys. Too little too late.

Monday, 16 December 2013

December 2013

Yikes! Where did the year go?

It seems impossible that we are now middle of December heading for Christmas Day.

Talking of Christmas many views are put forward that we should not celebrate Christmas because (a) we do not know when Jesus was born, (b) Christ-Mass is related to Mass, death, so we seem to be celebrating Christ's death, as in Merry Death and (c) it is a pagan festival of Yule Tide that Christianity adopted in order to convert and subvert. I veer towards celebrating the notion of Jesus' birth and the seriousness of why he was born. I also like festivals and celebrations so celebrating Seasons and giving "alms" to those less well of or lucky or suppressed by the powerful elites and the spreading of cheerful messages is good by me. 

The commercialism of Christmas makes me baulk. So many families go into debt just to buy expensive presents for their children. The word presents should be present. And children learn values from understanding need and want and not being able to afford the latest and greatest. I want it all and I want it now has been the destruction of servility of the family, community and society.

I understand parents want to do well by their children but sensible attitude and boundaries have to be maintained and even explained. One good present or several smaller and cheaper presents should be good enough for any child. Loads and loads is not good. Not even for the rich to indulge in! As they create spoilt little boys and girls like the Cameron's and the Osborne's (George Gideon not Sharon and Ozzy).

So my wish for this Christmas is less commercial and more spiritual or social giving. Less people getting into unnecessary debt and more people relaxing with a nice simple but tasty meal with the family.

Merry Christmas & Happy Yule Tide.

Monday, 26 August 2013


What is the best form of welfare provision? Private or Universal?
Many free market thinkers immediately put up their hands to private. All well and good if you have the means and the insurances have no very small printed clauses. But universal has its own problems. Abuse and misuse and free-riders if there are no clauses relating to pay-in-get-out. Also it leaves those with less wealth less well off and those with less wealth or none in the same boat. So what's to be done?

Firstly one has to decide which of three things one is in favour of:

  1. Universal paid by tax.
  2. Private paid into insurance and or saving schemes.
  3. Means tested.
Of course there is no reason, and one I adhere to, that a mixture of all three can be utilised.

  1. [a] Minimum universal payment
        [b] Opt-out clause from universal payment
   2. [a] Complete private funded and provision of services
       [b] An opt-in clause to [3]

   3. [a] Every benefit is means tested to account for wages and savings
       [b] Every benefit is means tested to account just for wages
       [c] Every benefit is means tested to account just for savings
       [d] An opt-out clause to go into private funded and provision of service

At the moment in the UK there is only one real choice and that is universal payment, with private insurance an option as well if one can afford to do so.

My choice would be since I live in a welfare provided for State 3[c] & 3[d].
That way people have some choice. Private providers would need to provide according to the market and not remuneration from the state. Its an idea at least.