I fail to see how this is democratic
Brexiteers tell us that despite the developments in the last three years it would be undemocratic to hold another Brexit referendum to establish whether leaving the EU is still the will of the people.
As there have been no comments from them, I assume that they consider it perfectly democratic that 120,000 members of the Conservative party should select the next Prime Minister.
Mrs May was not even elected by the party members and was rejected by the electorate at the election she called.
She used our money to bribe the DUP into supporting her.
So, in fact, we have the membership of the party forming a minority government selecting our PM.
I fail to see how this is democratic whilst another referendum would be undemocratic.
Perhaps a Brexiteer could enlighten me.
Reducing taxation is almost infantile
I worry about our future in this country when I see the almost nonsensical promises that the Tory leadership candidates are putting forward.
Any idea of reducing taxation in the light of the lamentable underfunding of all our public services is, in my opinion, almost infantile. This is actually what some of the hopefuls are actually suggesting!
I think that whoever wins this contest will undoubtedly seal the fate of this Conservative party.
The sooner they disappear, the better.
Strong Europe vital for 74 years of peace
With the 75th anniversary of D-Day this month, as we honour those who fought for freedom in Europe, it is timely to remember the key lesson drawn from the war by the man at the centre of it all; Winston Churchill.
After the mass slaughter of two world wars, how could we ensure that it never happened again? Churchill’s answer to this question was clear; a strong, united Europe, binding former enemies together, was the best guarantee of peace.
If you doubt this, read or listen to his famous Zurich speech of 1946. Look at the history of the European Movement, which he founded.
Better still, if you have the chance, go, as I did recently, to the beautiful beach at Ouistreham in Normandy. Today its vast sweeping sands are peaceful. But this was the scene of heroism and horror on D-Day. For this was Sword beach, the easternmost of the landing beaches used by the Allied forces.
There, on a simple but moving memorial, you will find these words from Churchill: “Men will be proud to say: I am a European. We hope to see a Europe where men of every country will think as much of being a European as belonging to their native land. We hope that wherever they go in the European continent, they will truly feel here, I am at home”.
Churchill was a proud Briton and a proud European. He saw no contradiction between the two. And he was right, a strong united Europe has indeed been crucial in bring 74 years of peace to our war-ravaged continent. Lest we forget.
We knew right from wrong in staid days
We all did some silly things when we were young, but knew what was right and what was wrong in the so called staid 1950s.
Of course the Chapel, the Church and religion was to the fore to guide us. I, for one am thankful for that; although ‘disgusting’ and ‘disgraceful’ even ‘outrageous,’ was used much too often to describe anything out of the norm. That was the way of things then, and it did need a ‘loosening up’.
I used to love going to the pictures, where mostly the nasty criminal was always shown in a bad light. On our way home, we felt safe in the knowledge that society was against such goings on.
Not so today. The permissive society saw to that. There were some things that was admirable about it, but there was (in my view) an overwhelming flood of things that slowly ruined the intrinsic goodness and decency that is in most people.
Bad example is everywhere. Foremostly television, then politics.
Cheating, lawbreaking is rife. Knives are blamed. What nonsense. It is the person and persons behind the knives, the rudderless immoral (through no fault of their own) young person who watches and learns from a society that s has seemed to have abandoned decency.
If they have had the chanced to see decency, good, in the present moral climate in some areas, that may be questionable.
What worries me about the example of Mr Gove is that there may be many impressionable teenagers who may think it OK to do what he did, and that is sad, and against the law. As for the undoubtedly clever Mr Johnson, the old adage comes to mind, if you cheat on you know who, will you cheat on others when it suits. I am not convinced by either of them.
Horses and bananas – yes there is a God
WHETHER there is a God or not is insoluble. I contend that there has to be some sort of grand designer, a power beyond our comprehension. As Exhibit A, I submit the horse.
When humanity first appeared, there already, both willing and able, was a magical, made-to-measure mode of transport, a flawless piece of engineering. Even when the combustion engine arrived, its capacity was labelled horsepower. Watching Trooping the Colour on Saturday brought these magnificent creatures into sharp focus.
A platoon marching in majestic unison is no big deal – the Chinese are masters of the art – but throw horses into the mix, well, now you’re talking. Yes, there were a few fractious steeds on Saturday – half the population will blame Brexit, but the rest of us will shrug and understand that if finely-tuned athletes can have an off day, so can expertly-trained horses.
I particularly enjoyed observing the commanding officer reverse his horse across the parade ground, something so unnatural for a horse to do. And best of all, when the lone drummer breaks away to take up his new position between the escort and the commanding officer on his horse, and then as he beats out the Drummer’s Call, the horse spontaneously swivels its head to watch him… and when the drumming stops, the horse returns to its default posture. That was one piece of intellectual property theft even beyond the Chinese.
By the way, we know that dairy cows find listening to Classic FM reassuring, so should we presume that horses are similarly affected by marching bands?
Following the Trooping I switch to ITV, and there I watch horses doing something completely different. At Haydock Park, Maid In India beat Lady In France into second place. Yes, there just has to be a DG, a Director General, hiding somewhere out there, pulling the strings.
As Exhibit B, I submit the banana, another masterful example of design and purpose – but that will have to await another day.
Where will electricity for cars come from?
I perused the National Grid website at 5.12am on June 10.
Due to calm weather, thousands of UK wind turbines are currently generating a paltry 650 Megawatts in total, whilst in a few hours, when the country starts work, around 35,000 MW will be required. On a cold winter’s day, UK demand could be 60,000 MW.
Michael Gove wants to be Prime Minister. He also wants to scrap the UK manufacture of diesel and petrol engine cars in favour of battery powered electric cars in a few years time.
Common sense dictates that would require at least another 30,000 MW available in the National Grid, just to charge those vehicles, at around this hour of the morning.
Can he please explain where that electricity will come from – even on a June day – let alone on a cold, calm winter’s day? 90,000 MW will be needed then.
After all, the government also wants to close our fossil fuel power stations in favour of UK wind energy!
Michael Gove needed an amazing seven attempts to pass his driving test, so he is obviously not a very practical man, or did cocaine befuddle his brain at the time? Has it also had a long term effect on his common sense?
How on Earth do you power millions of electric cars without electricity from the National Grid?
Mr Lyn Jenkins
Praying for civil war?
So, Dominic Raab wishes to suspend parliament in order to push through his perverted vision of Britain’s future. Can anyone point out to me, what exactly is the difference between this man and Charles I? Am I missing something, or does he pray for civil war?
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