"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Serious Sunday

Londoners take precautionary measures as the Thames Barrier fails:

Transport for London refutes claims that overcrowding is a problem:

Cameron's Big Society message takes off in Tower Hamlets:

A food processing factory in Somerset takes delivery of organic beef fillet steak:

The Great London Fun Run: Just shout, "Allah is a tosser" and off we go.

The BNP Fun Run: A muslim has died whilst training to be a skydiver. The BNP's School of Diving said they had no idea why his snorkel and flippers failed to open.

It's an unfair world: When a man talks dirty to a woman its considered sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man it's £3.50 a minute (charges may vary).

If you truly want to be grown-up-serious then read THIS. It's being reported that the Portuguese government could fall after the Constitutional Court ruled austerity measures 'unlawful'.

I wonder if the Portuguese Constitutional Court has the same remit as our Supreme Court.  A great deal of constitutional change and damage to our country took place under  the Blair and Brown governments - we must never forget and never forgive.

I'll be glad to leave London behind (I was born in Yorkshire so it holds nothing for me apart from my children, whom I'll miss very much but the devil is driving).  London is nothing to the rest of England now; it's completely separate and anomalous - a state within a state.  London has openly reverted to its original status: own laws, own police force, own chosen people.  It doesn't deserve to be the Capital of England and, despite the meme going around that we deserve the government we get, we don't.  Really we don't.

All we did was trust.  It's easy to laugh and deride voters now but we didn't walk in their times and it's unfair to judge them by today's mores and standards.  They'd been through two world-wide wars in under forty years and the death toll was terrible: households throughout the country were without husbands and sons.  The wars had a devastating effect on the socio-political context of our country.

In some ways, what makes it worse is people's increasing ignorance of history.  I heard a chap on the radio last week complaining about the First World War.  He said it should never have been called the Great War because no wars are 'great'.  He didn't know the historical context of 'the war to end all wars' or why it was called the 'Great War' because he is a stranger to these lands, despite having a British passport.

It's time we recovered.  And we would have, had it not been for the piss-poor education of our children at the hands of the State and the widening of benefits under Thatcher when the unemployed were side-lined on the sick-list to benefit official statistics.  Governments since then have only changed departmental names and enlisted more think-tanks and lobby groups to source OUR opinion at our expense.

Smoke, mirrors, mirrors, smoke is all our politicians and media have ever given us.  That and a boatload of foreigners.

Apart from that, all's well: heating off, windows open and London awaits a long, hot Summer.

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