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A Drawing of Conclusions

It is surely still natural to respect a conclusion that is reached through cogent argument. Each stage of the argument leads to the next stage, like a series of links in a chain. The conclusion is given its authority, its right to be heard and accepted, by the strength of the links that have led… Continue reading A Drawing of Conclusions

The Dance of the Emperor who Wears no Clothes

The Brexit dance continues. And in London, a court case has just come to an end, in which lawyers have been debating whether or not Parliament should have influence over the Brexit process. We shall hear the result of that court case in the near future.

But its implications are profoundly important and the… Continue reading The Dance of the Emperor who Wears no Clothes

Can Liberal Democracy Survive our Tumult ?

Can liberal democracy survive our tumultuous, bewildering, frightening, dangerous times ? Can it surmount them ? Can it direct the flailing social forces at work towards positive solutions, a viable human future ?

As things stand, it seems not to be coping at all. It is surely in great danger of allowing and even… Continue reading Can Liberal Democracy Survive our Tumult ?

Democracy & the Lie: do they go hand in hand ?

During July, two articles by Andreas Whittam Smith appeared in The Independent newspaper on successive days.  Here are the links to them: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/broken-democracy-spin-doctors-destroyed-uk-politics-theresa-may-repair-it-a7135146.html ; http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/fix-broken-democracy-smash-political-class-two-simple-things-a7137131.html

Whittam Smith co-founded The Independent and his two pieces are worth reading. They explore the Brexit campaign’s “victory” and contain proposals for starting a process of… Continue reading Democracy & the Lie: do they go hand in hand ?

Report

I wish to report a strange man

of average height, indeterminate

skin colour but a knowing look

who sidled into town today

wearing an immaculate top hat

and shoddy trainers.

He said he was searching

for a convenient park

popular with the townspeople

where he could… Continue reading Report

Six Truth Works Three Tattoos

Here in the UK, recent elections and this Summer’s cataclysmic EU referendum have been opportunities for liars, demagogues and PR specialists to practice their skills on the population, in order to sway it to their will. The phenomenon is not unique to the UK, nor of course is it unprecedented.

But the pervasive dishonesty… Continue reading Six Truth Works Three Tattoos

Day Naught (Friday 8th May 2015)

We wake to fangs and lowered eyes
and a few new
sound-bites for breakfast.

Davie.orc sees true
that five more years
of effing tories

call for a sugary word
or two to sweeten the toad
of his venomous victory.

“Talk ‘fairness’ chaps,” he glows
to his new cabinet.
“Sound all nice again.”… Continue reading Day Naught (Friday 8th May 2015)

Re-uniting the United Kingdom

My partner has begun to dread the subject of Cameron. Cameron fills our heads and house far too often. What if, after all, Cameron retains power this Thursday, or sometime thereafter ? Another five years of this, she wonders ?

But what if Cameron doesn’t ? What then ? Where will all this anxiety… Continue reading Re-uniting the United Kingdom

Rule by Rude Boy ?

What has been the effect upon UK citizens of the behaviour we have witnessed during the past few days, as negotiations over the planned televised debates between our political leaders appear to have reached their climax ?

For me, the way Cameron/his Party/his hooligan Press have conducted themselves has been utterly astonishing. Obviously the… Continue reading Rule by Rude Boy ?

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