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Quote [81] – Fighting Extremists: Retaining Principles & Believing In Values

On Nazism:

We are fighting the battle of civilisation against barbarism.  To do that successfully we must bring to our aid the spiritual forces in all countries.  We must see to it that in this contest we do not allow the evil things which we fight to master our own souls.

Our aims must be such as commend them to the conscience of mankind.  If we seek a peace wherein moral principles are to prevail, we must carry out those principles ourselves.  If we are conscious all the time that our practise is not in accordance with our precepts we shall be weakened.

As It Happened – C R Attlee

 

If we really believe in the supreme value of every human individual, and this is the core of our democratic faith, we must change a system of society which does not express this in its institutions.  We still live in a class society.  The recognition of equality opportunity for all has yet to be attained. As It Happened – C R Attlee

 

  One of the most difficult problems in war is to maintain civil liberty while ensuring the safety of the country As It Happened – C R Attlee

 

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2018 – NHS & Working.. A Solution

Social Media Is Filled With People .. Many People Are Thinkers And In Their Thinking and Their Reasoning They Come Up With Inspired Moments That Can Change The World Forever.

First You Learn From The Amish and You Draw A Specific Line In Time .. Before The Line Is The Before Time and After The Line Is The English Time.  None Of That Is Correct, Safe To Say However That The Wheel Is A Technology That Is Acceptable While The “L’EQUIP 215 XL JUICER” Less So For Them.
At Some Point There Was A Time When Discoveries Were Ok and A Time After Which New Discoveries Were To Be Roundly And Actively Disdained Against.

All Of Which Lacks Relevance Other Than To Show The Acceptable History Of Choosing Arbitrary Moments In Time And Predicating A Fair Bit Of A Premise Upon That Choice.

Enter Mr M Cooper Internet Thinker – From Wolverhampton
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Who Has, A Little Fortuitously Opted To Draw His Line For Before And After, Sometime After The UK Was  Done Retrieving/Re-homeing Assets From Fortunate Colonies, In Return For Them Being Allowed To Play Host To The Union Flag For A Bit.

But Why… Surely He Is Missing A Trick – The UK Famously Singled Handily Rescued The World In Past Times As Well.. There Was W.W.I.. And That Time We Saw Of An Asteroid By Sending Ben Affleck Into Space.

Imagine All The Outstanding Debts.. Well I Couldn’t.. So Better To Write Them Down:

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I have a few gaps in my calculations – missing events and some challenges establishing the exact values … all of which could add substantially to the total .. but it looks like we (the UK populous) are each owed in excess of £840,000.. im also thinking we should all forgo an NHS magic brexit contribution of around 0.54% – which will get us what that nice red bus promised for the next 100 years.. but if we can fill in the gaps im thinking we could well be in excess of 1.5 million each…

We Really Are Going To Have The Best Health Care In The World and We Can Chill .. Mr M Cooper – Internet Thinker – Of Wolverhampton .. He Showed Us And Now We See.

Greenpeace Re-brands Boris Johnson's Brexit Battlebus

What was the Thunderbird charge card for saving the world?

 

Quote [69] – Advise From the Past .. To Governments Of The Day

  Wise policy is setting priorities – differentiating between that which is merely important and that which is truly essential.  And it would be both callous and self-indulgent for those of us who sit comfortably at home to form policy without full knowledge and consciousness of the costs to others, young men and women and children, whose lives turn on the abstractions of our discussion. Politics – Government Make gentle the life of the world

Britain – The EU – And The Corrosion Of Society – Politics – Society – Politics & repeat

Due my own views the main outcome is much more than disappointing and a shock if not a surprise.. In that you can expect a thing but still find yourself in sense of shock when it does precisely that.

The other outcome is less disappointing but potentially more telling.  Leave have won, so the attention has turned to the profound, wide spread and deliberate lies and opportunistic tub thumping that they used to achieve this end… the end regardless of the road that got them there.

The idea then comes around that:
a) These people are to blame for the outbursts of the deeply unpleasant, offensive and ignorant views..
b) The legitimacy of the result is questioned.. called into question due to the size and number of lies that built the road that took us here.

The second of these is massively disappointing because the point of all this pain was to say clearly what the will of the people was and because above all things this was always going to happen. It was not reserved to the exit campaign to exaggerate, lie and use unfounded rhetoric and certainty of truth formed upon their lies .. both did it .. so we were guaranteed to end up with a situation where whomever lost will not have felt duly beaten but rather they were doomed by these antics to feel instead cheated.

This view that everything is an opportunity in the pursuit of power and personal advantage undermined the campaign in so many ways .. The electorate no longer believes anything anyone says, wont be led or advised by those who can be given no benefit of the doubt in being honest or in representing their interests ..

THE REMAIN CHAMPION :-/



THE EXIT CHAMPION ??

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/footage-shows-boris-johnson-supported-052043619.html

So what do you do now that you’ve manufactured a situation where no one will rest on the result.. You stand aside and leave it to other to resolve, to say things like heal the wounds, bring people together but people didnt loose, least thats no how they see it … they feel cheated .. Before the result was know and remain was believed to be the outcome it was clear some exit leaders were not going to be prepared to accept the result – now its clear the young, the people of Scotland and London, the people who want anything but to move forward with this outcome feel violated and robbed rather than beaten .. and its a problem

A problem which could continue it corrosive repercussion beyond this already seismic moment..

The people never blame themselves for their choices – so who will be blamed when the deal our representatives cant deliver everything they we’re promised with none of the costs they feel they wont need to pay …
What happens when the working conditions and employment opportunities of the already poor and oppressed dwindle and worsen ..
What happens when funding to the services they were told would be bolstered by not making contributions are actually cut to meet the demands of a shrinking economy and the political response to lower tax and protect that part of the economy .. someone always has to pay ..
What happens when Scotland decides it would rather be in a union with all of Europe rather than a lump of land to its south its long held with limited regard … and with whom it voted recently to stick with based on arguments that staying in the UK meant staying in the EU, when it very clearly now means quite the obvious ..

What happens to the lack of belief, the anger and disaffection then ? – let alone those like me who are and see themselves as European and feel horrified to be identified with with this small mentality, this damaging corrosive retrograde decision of our fellow island dwellers.

So what is this .. i was there and im not sure ..

Was it a demonstration against the result to claim a right to not uphold this outcome?

Was it a demonstration against the falsehoods that got us here? (& would have got us there had the result gone the other way)

Was it a demonstration to friends abroad that what has come to pass does not represent us all and this is not in our name?

I would like nothing more than to see this result turned around but i was not there to protest for this, for i fear that regardless of the historically damaging turning point that was this decision – it could yet be more scaring and dangerously undermining to seek to re-write a vote… People wont accept they were lied to until late, to use that now will see them feel utterly cheated and we will be at least as divided .. its quite the horrendous mess

In the meantime we have people chanting slogans like EU we love you at the demo .. how helpful is that? in most EU countries the EU is far from a popular establishment, indeed the suspicion is that similar referendums in other member states would render the same result as in the UK.

This is an organisation with a massive democratic deficit, that takes money from us all and hands vast amounts of it to wealthy land owners, subsidies vast food waste including failing year after year to address its policies that encouraged fisherman to through excess dead catches overboard .. an orgganisation that has never in all its history managed to have its accounts signed off by its auditors and yet invades the democracies of nation states … Yes we are better of in the EU, but we would all be better of, maybe not in this position and maybe not in worse positions in years to come if those pro-EU had done something real about its offensive and unnecessary short comings.

Instead we have political and media seeking to set an agenda and telling people what to think (though not a consistent message)

We have a people who when asked prefer to act out, responding in petulant rebellion, thus fueling increased mistrust by the ruling bubble, decreasing engagement while increasing populist rhetoric, decreasing trust and alignment and increasing petulant rebellion when eventually consulted and round and round …

I admit to not providing a solution but surely it cant come from further alienating the electorate, the politicians are the fewer, the more able to communicate and make a collective change than are the masses – for that reason above all others the onus is on them … but we all hold individual responsibility .. Those who opt to be ignorant and racist are not ignorant and racist because of what has happened, those reason lie elsewhere and deserve their own attention.  Those who stoke are not innocent but they are the creators of a far deeper illness

Britain peters out

Borders the arbitrary kind are a great aid to right wing politics.

Natural borders like those all about us in the UK with the salty fluids, they are somewhat more a given but no less of an aid.

For while people could seek ways to group themselves unhealthily into ‘us’ and ‘them’ in some form of involving a contemplation, the presence of borders reviews this most minor of inconveniences.

So while people might look to their wealthy near neighbours or their government or the tax avoiding blue chip on the local commercial area, they manage to avoid this.  Distracted by the far more acceptable notion that the cause of their suffering, the reason they dont have that which they might like to have, feel they ought to have are those who resemble them most closely but who appear on another side of one or multiple of these boundaries.

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So it is that the UK news reports people full of belief the immigrants and/or the EU are out to get their NHS.  An NHS that had been getting gradually worse.  A point could be made about the relative lack of funding, how services have been cut back due to health authority debts and central government funding but that’s difficulty, they voted for that government… the other lot might have made the tax go up to pay for things.. and anyway its just all to natural to know it was that blank unknown wrongness from over the shore that did …. whatever it might be that you care about ….

Its do predictable, humour could be found in it.. only right now i haven’t – right now we have been forced out of the UK by a populous that demonstrably have no clue what they were voting on.  The EU is a bit shit, it is, it lack democratic instincts, often seems more like FIFA than an accountable parliament … democratic deficit i believe its sometimes refereed to … so our very own democratic deficit is ours no more..

So we get to repatriate powers.. Sovereign powers .. because our governments define how things are to be right.

Governments never say things like:

  • We cant implement peoples rights/pay.. we’d love to but think about our national competitiveness, we have to be able to compete with our neighbours
  • We cant charge tax to the wealthy or corporations at a rate commensurate with the paid by the labour ranks, they’d just take their investment/business activities across one of those previously mentioned borders
  • The internet … access to information … dangerous and terrorists in some sort of varying sequence

We do have these sovereign powers, we do have that taken back control, very useful when the balance of power provides all these excuses and/or rationals for choosing that those powers are simply not the kind, repatriated or not that you care to be using.

This is a shameful day for all the small minded, exuberant displaying that is a poor imitation of genuine national confidence.  We’ve become old, infirm, looking back upon a younger selves with glorious rose tinted speckles to the worlds remember when we …. but we probably didn’t and if we did… and maybe on some we did …. at what cost, at was damage, destruction, theft and still visible scar to the world did we do this, in these glorious days of y’ore… all that apart, presuming it wasn’t don’t so, time has not remained still.. this didn’t choose stop being so because we magnanimously chose it to, it came apart because it had to, because time past and things changed…. but now through a barely considered act of self destruction we’ve found a portal through which to resurrect that place and time.. Behold world .. the UK is back and being great again .. Rejoice .. for the light you sought, if even you knew it no, it lit once more

The UK has resigned itself to decline and irrelevance in a way thats painfully clear but hard to comprehend.. The death rattle presenting as prideful defiance .. the hollow colourful display of the beast that believes itself beaten and is throwing what it has into one last forlorn hope .. to convince no assailant in this case but purely and merely to convince itself of a relevance it will never once more have and defy a lack of relevance it didnt but has now consigned itself to.

 

Catch up on naught

The conservative parties internal debate and point of schizophrenic break .. The EU .. brought unto the population as a whole to overcome their trauma.

While a legitimate point of debate for a country its swiftly descended into farcical spoutings of the highly  outlandish and absolutest kind… while the public demand facts – but what facts – what guarantees are they seeking ?

Economic facts about what will happen in the future?

Population growth and distribution patterns in the future?

Speed and nature of political agreements in the future?

There are no facts there are only  suppositions, notions, opinions and some well and some poorly grounded predictions.

Still it gives those with racists tendencies to loiter safely in the shadow of those with more practical and a less malignant existence – its become unacceptable to say some people who say not quite borderline racist utterances are racists.. no they are people with genuine and legitimate concerns .. people who suggest Britain’s place in the world has altered this its blood letting days of empire, innovation and bright exploration .. they dont believe in the UK, they are self hating brits – shame be upon them … Yes its a quality debate ..

and when its all well and done many things will have been thrown about and probably everyone on either side will feel cheated, lied to and less debating a fountain of things that weren’t … no one will believe the outcome is the will of the people regardless of what that outcome is ..

Guardian Cartton EU Referendum Labour

Guardian Cartton EU Referendum Tory civil war

Boris..ex Major or London..so unsure which way to go..Leave / Remain..up to the last, NOW converted to lead advocate and devout leaver… Teller of the things about how the EU foists banana controls upon us and diminishes our great light, casting us into their great sinking darkness.

Cameron .. least fit for office PM of UK … so unsure which way to go up until after the phantom renegotiation .. NOW converted to lead remain campaigner and no-er of the country destroying ills that come of leaving.

Then there was a marathon .. none participatory .. wouldn’t even make it the one mile.. not even close

London Mararthon ShardLondon Marathon RunnerLondon MarathonLondon Thames

London Marathon North Bank ThamesThames London London EyeBuckingham Palace London Marathon

British Museum Egyptian Things

Guardian Cartoon - Hunt Destroying NHS
Meanwhile as distractions unfold .. the government continues to cast health care to the private sector.. What profitable gift can be more relied upon to keep on giving more than that of health care provision ..

Fields and River Shire

Not quite the US republican debate ..  at which its still some some small relief to see even right winger of Europe seemly shocked and appalled .. but that doesn’t stop the Government reverting to .. vote for us – the other guy is a muslim & well you know what that means … campaign .. A new low invading a mainsteam political party who ought to take their responsibility more seriously and no better than to attempt such opportunism..

Thankfully it effectively killed of their campaign – London – no place for this sort of thing and guaranteed their own candidates demise.

Things to do in Zurich & If Switzerland did

If Switzerland did right wing isolationist parties they’d probably be the best backward looking, nostalgic fictionalising outsider fearing, political groups in the world

Sadly they almost certainly do
Unfortunately they have taken the ukip naming convention as a guide and named themselves CHIp – there should be chips party and by stereotypical rights it should maybe be in my other ancestral home of Glasgow but no need to be overly demanding.

There isn’t vast amounts happening for me right now in Zurich but come a time of finer weather the opportunities improve.
Lake Zurich is 30km long, it is not wide and a round trip probably means a cycle trip of about 65km or so.
Cycles can be picked up for hire for free with a deposit and an ID throughout the spring and summer from assorted locations, though they do run out of supplies at times.

At the other end is the old looking and much smaller town of Rapperswil. For those not so cycle inclined it connected by train but more interestingly by boat.
The boats use the same tickets as trams, buses and trains.
Admittedly this rather stretches Zurich but still .. On the south side of lake Zurich is alpamare a swimming leisure complex with agencies pool, slides, more slides, outdoor wild river rapids pool, sulphur pool and heated under water music pools and that’s going back the many years since last I got there – it’s a lot better than i make it sound and I’m sure it will only have gotten better, for the young or young of spirit. Maybe not for the older – regardless of inner age but that may be untrue.

http://www.alpamare.ch/?lang=en

Here abouts there is also a youth hostel and up in the hills is hoch ybrig – a little skiing area well within the limited commute circumstance of Zurich, where I learnt to ski, such as k have as a small person and worth a weekends visit.

In summer there are many places to stop off and swim in the lake. Some sun, ice cream and a cool off in the lake, I don’t do it justice.

Returning Zurich itself the Limmat river and its canals offer swimming with currents to overrating locals & random visitors alike.
Overlooking Zurich is Üetliberg, a hill that sometimes gets a white cap in winter and on a good winters day can be sledged down and trained back up – it’s a decent old run down.
In the summer you have the views all around and off Zurich from up there and some wondering around in hilly woodland opportunities.
There are also cycle path and a bmx off road track for adventurous cyclists to head down.

For people with little regard for interesting activities there are the extensive array of high priced brand shops in the city center along with some other genuine shops selling relatively normal stuff at swiss – oh my go is that the exchange rate – prices.

On the north side of the Limmat river in the town centre is the old town area – students and post work collectives congregate here among restaurants, bars, cafe and other assorted places.
The ‘day pass’ for public transport does not cover you past the witching hours – (so for those errant minded enough to choose to remain out when all fair minded, would certainly be home preparing for Tomorrows 6am start, through the medium of sleep) – they will need to pay a supplementary fare. They dont operate to standard day routes and the drivers seem quite unclear on the network being operated themselves, so it’s best to know what number is going your way and from where before hand.

Reflecting on 2014 a bit more …

What happened in 2014?

  • there was the rise of ukip… The party for those who aren’t racist, having as they did once met the black man or perhaps even once having had a friend who was from across the seas .. So how could they be, for as the bnp before them they could roll out actual representatives from the very groups that they had so diligently and scientifically identifies as being the causal effect of so many of our societies ills.

Take the Romanians … No I mean take the Romanians … Comedy gold – 1970s anyone

They are patently to blame for congestion on our roads, coming over here and discovering automobiles … Very exciting for them … Bouncing around our pothole adorned streets, all fuelled up on benefits and at the same time traveling around like a plague of littleest hobbos doing jobs for less than any respecting Englishman could afford to .. Simultaneously also causing the unemployment and the rise in benefits costs … They’re Wiley these Romanians that spend their days just snaring up our precious m25.

Congestion that has absolutely nothing to do with the large number of lorries migrating all about during peak hours, the delapidated, over priced, unreliable rail network that just about works if your willing to go the direction it wants to take you & has so wisely not been invested in as a primary mover of freight like those fools from across the waters … Romanians .. What are you going to do … Vote ukip – don’t be racist just be a little bit simple & they’ll make everything ok .. Just like in the old days

An unspecified – hither to undiscovered historic land and time where all the good things happened – and why not.

It’s good to see that a rightfully disenfranchised electorate has learnt the lessons of history by reaching for hope in an empty vessels of mean spirited blame & division..

I’m bias and am proving this by embarking on a plane to take me back to the land of my forefathers tonight – for chrismas – Switzerland –  so rarely blamed for coming over here will ill deeds in toe the Swiss & yet here I am generation later weeving myself into polite society and worse still driving my car on those congested roads.. Out of pure spite – I feel the shame but I enjoy it too much to stop

What else …

Our ever purple and ever shinny (cause this really raises up the quality of political debate) prime minister .. The almost royal, private school man of the people and defender of the NHS committee to further defending the health service through privatising or rather franchising out fair old chunks of it … The best form of defence is attack & a scuttled boat surely can not be taken by the enemy.

Then on the other side the spurious argument that you shouldn’t make money out if health … Nope you should not, it is other peoples most grievous misfortune and it is morally repugnant to seek profit from it … Totally but for who

  • for individuals like doctors or nurses selling their time

  • for pharmaceutical companies investing in new drugs and treatments while finding new and important ways to extend the patents on the old ones

  • cleaning / logistics companies

  • buildings providers

  • dentists / opticians

  • private hospitals and GPs practises

the problem with this is that it’s always been part privatised anyway – people have always I been making money from it – even if doing so wasn’t primary or even secondary in their motivations … This isn’t proof that further franchising off is fine … That it’s right .. It’s proof only that it’s not an absolutist discussion – the shades of grey matter, what society do we want – what kind of health care system we have, the details matter the choices – they define the world we will find ourselves living in & we’ve handed the keys to a purple man & his Etonian men of the people to decide for us … Because they represent the will of the people .. & against him we select another man of wealth with experience gained in that wide eyed alternative field of, investment banking – home of morality, last refuge from the establishment and well evidenced as the moral church of rectitude .. We do make such fine choices for ourselves and future generations .. As my train rolls into kings cross it almost makes me want to hoist the flag and sing … Sing … Sing

I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay – I work all night and I sleep all day …

But now at its end the corner is surely turned – for their has been a chuntering in the dark resesses of the internet – where a tree may fall an no one does hear it – the virtual equivalent of a mental having a fraught & animated conversation in a long since disconnected phone booth – oh yes that’s seen to it – 2015 shall be that new heralded dawn …