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poppy day is no longer genuinely meaningful for most of the present generation.

November 9, 2015

There was a time, when the poppy was the only badge-pin sold as a charity.
It was made by ex-servicemen, using wire, red-paper and a tar button.
My dad always wore one to commemorate the men he knew, who had died.
The reason I wear one is to respect my Dad and those he remembered.
Most of my dad’s generation have died and I’ve noticed that there isn’t the same respect shown poppy day, anymore.
The anti-war white poppy misses the point, entirely, but has, despite its disrespect for those who died, a certain validity in decrying the political realities, which led to those deaths.
To me. it’s like wearing a white golliwog badge to show that you oppose racism, or anti-clockwise Swastika to show you’re an anti-fascist.
I know that the wearer’s are all fervent supporter’s of the white poppy and their interpretation of its significance. It’s just sad that the original point of wearing the red poppy has been distorted to the point that they see it simply as a symbol glorifying war.
The reason that this has happened is that rembrance day has moved into the political arena.
Originally, the politicians attending the State-run Service were ex-servicemen, who, like my dad, were actually remembering those, with whom they had served. However, few, if any, of the present generation of politicians have any awareness of that era, when people stopped at the eleventh minute, of the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, without any bell, hooter, or klaxon to tell them that they should.
In fact, the generation, epitomised by Blair, show that Remembrance day has become more of a mock show of respect by those, for whom, it has no emotional significance beyond that of being seen to appear to be respectful.
It maybe that we should, within the next decade, drop the pretence of an emotionally charged ceremony, except amongst Service personnel.
I, personally, lost my respect for The British Legion, which administers the funds collected,when after the Falklands war, we were informed that disbursements were made according to rank. i.e widows of officer’s were paid very generous pensions but those of squaddies received nominal sums.
It would be nice, if we had a Government, which truly represented us and looked after those who placed their lives on the line to protect us.
It would also be nice, if our politicians saw our soldiers, as compatriots (true patriotism), rather than toys to be gambled/ expended in unnecessary foreign adventures.

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6/12/2008

December 22, 2010

How about tony on the 500 Euro, Mandy on the 200 Euro. Brown on the 100 Euro, Straw on the 50, Darling on the 20. Smith on the 10 and the Queen can have the loose change?

6/8/2008

December 22, 2010
Here, in the Greater Manchester area, we are being be-Labour-ed by a £3,000,000  advertising campaign to swing the referendum vote on the proposed Congestion Charge in line with the Government’s National plans.
The referendum has been, forced on Labour by non-Labour Councillors, who recently seized control of the G.M.P.T.E.
The campaign literature contains “inaccuracies” and, apparently (http://www.wigantoday.net/wigannews/Councillor-angry-at-30-voucher.4354350.jp?CommentPage=2&CommentPageLength=10#comments) even includes a hint of bribery and corruption, in the form of £30 vouchers being handed out to people who are prepared to listen to their sales pitch. ( a bit like time-share tactics).
A recent puff for the Congestion charge in The Wigan Reporter (July 31st) was disguised as a news item on the DfT report on Traffic flow.
Apparently the A49 , which is the old Roman Watling Street, which runs from Warrington, through Wigan, to Preston,  has the slowest peak hour traffic flow in the country.
This information was compiled using transmissions from Sat-Navs.
(http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/galileo/applications/road_en.htm)
This same technology is to be fitted in all new cars and will be used to roll out road taxing (Congestion Charges), everywhere.
Roads, such as the A49 will carry the biggest taxes per mile, because they will be the most “congested”.
Bear this in mind: Successive Governments relied on the Tobacco tax to fills its coffers, taking the high moral ground and refusing to accept any alternative solution to the health problems caused by Tobacco.
Road charging or congestion charges are the modern version of the tax on Tobacco.
Cars produce Carbon Dioxide, particularly when moving at a speed of 13 m.p.h. (D.f.T report mentioned earlier).
 
If there were more road capacity, allowing cars to cruise at 40 to 50 mph, this would be reduced to 5% of present (Global Warming ) values. 
If there were a a relatively cheap, reliable and relatively efficient public transport system, similar to that in London, People would use it, for commuting. This would leave the roads freer for all the extra buses that would be needed.
Clearer roads would allow the town centres to be better supplied by artisans in their White vans, who the Manchester Congestion Charge would perversely kill off. (take a ladder on a bus?)
Manchester’s trams, grandiosely named The Metrolink, no more offer an efficient public transport system, than would its proposal to extend Bus Lane philosophies / express bus routes.
Why does Local / Central Government have to be based in Urban Centres?
Historically Finance Houses, Embassies, Newspapers all needed to be near Whitehall and Westminster, so that messengers could carry communications between them all.
Modern technology makes nonsense of this. 
Move these people out to Business Parks and have Public transport, preferably free-at-point-of-use, linking us to them and them to each other.
I wonder about the value of an Oxford First Class Honours Degree .
Obviously writing a  damn good essay hasn’t fitted our present Cabinet for the task it is meant to handle.
 

buying back the UK

December 21, 2009

It seems that everything that can create wealth is or has been sold off to foreigners but everything that soaks up wealth and lets it moulder is being kept.

All the utilities belong to countries that do not have our best interests at heart and will no doubt pauperise us. Even the future expansion of nuclear power will only benefit American companies, who will build and run future power plants.  The only cash that will be staying in this country(apart from taxation) will be that paid to advisers, such as my local M.P…..(not advisor, as he has been bought by an American company),

Meanwhile a hoard of EarlyEnglish, Christian gold artefacts must be prevented  from being bought by the Vatican. Why? So some museum curator can gloat over it and , from time to time, put it on public display. Why does my tax money have to be spent on these items.

 I go to a museum and I’ll see what? Replica’s would be just as meaningful.

What about Churchill’s letters,” bought by the Nation”,. Why? His grandson is the only to benefit. I’m no richer for having some mouldy old bits of paper being stored in a temperature controlled vault. Even if I was interested in what he had to say, an on-line transcript would be just as good. They should have let whichever “more money than sense” private collector have them.

And all those pathetioc old daubs, hiding away in rich men’s houses, which we (the plebs, who’ve bought them) can only view if we write for  and receive a response to view at a time that is suitable for their possessors.

I’d sell all these artefacts off, replace them with facsimiles and use the money to buy shares in our utility companies.

A thought: As P.M. I could buy shares in companies that I was going to grant tenders to and do a little bit of market manipulation that would benefit the Country: a sort of reversed Nigel Lawson.

The collapse of the machine.

December 21, 2009

 

If there’s one thing that Science-fiction writers have taught us, it’s that Societies, which allow themselves to be governed by machines, will stagnate and ultimately fail.

This applies even if the machines are virtual: I.e. if a Society adopts a particular fixed set of rules, which have to be inflexibly adhered to.

The British have no written constitution but are tied down by custom and practice, which has allowed the emergence of a two party system, which has effectively led to a Plutocracy.

The United States has a written constitution, which has had various amendments attached to it, make it even more inflexible and given it an even more obviously Plutocratic Government.

What can we do?  Nothing.

We have to wait.

We wait until we see the same situation develops, as it did in Monarchist France and Communist Russia.

The Machine becomes corrupt and overly oppressive. The Economy collapses and the masses revolt.

A new machine is built and after a period of chaos and bloodshed, it settles down to a new idealistic form of Government, which, like the human body, begins to calcify and become mechanistic.

I assume that this is what the ancient Chinese curse refers to, by its malediction- “May you live in interesting times.”

from Prime Minister’s Office— petition

December 21, 2009

Government response to petition ‘Healthtelephone’‏

From: 10 Downing Street (number10@petitions.pm.gov.uk)
Sent: 21 December 2009 11:55:43
To: e-petition signatories (number10@petitions.pm.gov.uk)

You signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to “prevent local health
centres and hospitals from using 08 numbers such as 0844, 0845 or 0870.”
 
The Prime Minister’s Office has responded to that petition and you can view
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30/9/2008

May 10, 2009
The dithering reaction of the American Government, caused by partisan interests of member States, points out one disadvantage of the drive to a United States of Europe.
The fact that European countries are taking action separately gives one more confidence.
The U.K. may get it wrong with B&B. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg may get it wrong with Fortis. Germany may get it wrong with Hypo.  However, it’s more likely that these countries have a more intimate, local knowledge than some Super Bureaucratic European Governing Assembly would have.
 

8/9/2008

May 10, 2009
As a change from the usual dross on TV, I frequently watch the Parliamentary Channel.
Our M.P.’s are still on holiday, until school half-term time, and I’ve had to endure the empty rhetoric of American election addresses or the irrelevancy of the Scottish Assembly. 
It was, therefore, with some relief that the TUC conference showed on my screen.
It took some time for me to recognise the contrast with the situation in the Commons debates. Here was a full assembly, all attentive to the speakers and all showing an immensely impressive sedateness.
Of course they were all working for a common cause; the benefit of the people that they represented.
Who do M.P.’s represent?
 

24/7/2008

May 10, 2009

After channel surfing from the parliamentary channel to BBC2, I was struck by how perfect its program “return to…airport” was as an anodyne it was to the hollow rhetoric of opposition to the debate on the”anti-terrorist bill”. Having landed and lingered on the airport programs, many times, this particular program defined its appeal. There were four people who were good at their job and thus enriched the lives of the people around them. The outstanding star was Jeremy Spake, whose star quality was recognised by media pundits, who tried to use it to fertilise less relevant programs. Apart from the program, where he was able to use his fluency in Russian to humanise a program about Russian orphans, they miscast him. It was nice (!) to see him returned to his original milieu of Heathrow airport, where he will undoubtedly increase the quality of life of the people that he connects with: unlike the empty vessels filling up the hours on the parliamentary channel.

23/10/2008

May 10, 2009
There was a time when a story, such as that described by Virginia Blackburn, would have made me angry.
Nowadays, with the deluge of similar, or worse, stories, I merely register an emptiness in the pit of my stomach.
There can be no-one in the country, and I include the spineless voting fodder of Westminster, who do not know that the answer lies with the construction of more prisons.
Alistair Darling says we will spend our way out of recession.
I doubt that he means to build more prisons, or some other worthwhile venture that will benefit the British public.
I doubt that, when Dave gets in, the Tories will use public money to build prisons, either.
I feel as if I’m in a passenger on the Titanic, with the Captain and his crew seated in the Banqueting Hall, trying to get as much scoff inside themselves, as possible, before the ship sinks.