The nonsense of the recent silly season has passed and the question on my lips is now: Where to begin the New Year? In the words of the unnamed Irishman when asked for directions to Dublin, he replied: It might be better if you didn’t start from here. That’s roughly how I feel about January 2017.
Everybody knows that there have been only two major stories worth following during the month of January. The first was the American Presidential election and the second was the High Court ruling in London concerning EU Article 50 – and I’m heartily sick of hearing about both of them. (And that’s from an avid ‘Leaver’!)
While we were distracted by Christmas and New Year celebrations, the world continued to turn. Politicians of all persuasions and nations continued to peddle their self-
In my humble opinion, nearly all of it is avoidable and overcome-
I thoroughly enjoyed our family and friends Christmas gatherings and I happily welcomed 2017 fast asleep, as befits someone of my age. The New Year, however, didn’t get off to a good start. I wrecked our family car right here in Newport Pagnell High Street and suffered body shock as a consequence. No blood or broken bones, thankfully, but swollen and painful feet, which my GP diagnosed as shock induced gout. For what it’s worth, my blood-
During the run-
It is a remarkable document and it begins:
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Did you see what I saw in this document?
All men are created Equal and we have rights, including the right to change government when the need arises – not just when the government of the day says it is time. When this equality is undermined (abuses and usurpations) men have a right to do something about it. We are endowed with Rights (I’ve touched on that subject before now) and that among these Rights are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. For all men. For some people that can be a big ask. My January question is:-
WE would do well to observe that the American declaration, written after a bitter war with King George and his troops, has its roots in our own Magna Carta 1215, which was the product of another unjust King, King John. The people (barons) resisted King John’s tyranny and settled the matter with that document which King John affirmed should exist in perpetuity. QUESTION: Why, do you suppose, our lawmakers today would argue that King John’s gift isn’t applicable today? (Tony Blair was notable in this regard). ANSWER: Because if it is acknowledged it automatically curtails some of the powers that Parliament, the legislators and the lawyers have assumed for themselves.
Back to January 2017. I have just listened to the Supreme Court ruling (not unanimous) expressed by Lord Neuberger as head honcho. More than that, I’ve listened to newspaper, V-
The first lie is to claim that we have no written Constitution. Four copies of the original Magna Carta 1215 exist and, as I’ve noted already, formed the basis of the American Declaration and Constitution, as well as the basis for the constitutions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, amongst others. The Magna Carta wasn’t just a gift to the people of England by their King. It was also an echo of the existing customs and practices of many of the peoples of northern Europe.
The second lie is to claim that Parliament is sovereign. It isn’t true and it behoves us – you and me – to examine why so many Parliamentarians insist that Parliament IS sovereign. Think about it.
Could the Freedoms and Rights bestowed on English people by their tyrannical King, have become the property of a tyrannical Parliament because of our own carelessness? It seems so. At least, that is what some Parliamentarians seem to think.
We, the People, grant to elected members of Parliament (the legislators) the right to publish laws and regulations. But we reserve the right to change Parliament when its members fail in their service TO US. Additionally, we have been given the right in perpetuity to annul inappropriate laws by means of Trial by Jury. This right is the essence of Democracy. And I emphasise that Parliament is supposed to serve the people, not the people serve Parliament.
Understand, if you will, that suffrage (the right to vote) is not democracy. Dictators across the world permit citizens to vote and then overturn the results when it suits them. Just as they do in EU.
Voting for a party is not indicative of a democracy. The party system permits vested interests to determine a so-
So, think about this, if you will. If the constituency electorate becomes disaffected with a party-
When I look through my window to the big wide world outside, what evidence is there that people have Life, or Liberty, or are pursuing Happiness? Not much, I suggest. Too often I see those with jobs are living a life of drudgery. Not always, but definitely too often. (drudgery is defined as: menial, distasteful, dull or hard work). Liberty appears to be a figment of our imagination. (Liberty is defined as: 1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control. 2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence. 3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice. 4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint).
And Happiness? How are we doing with happiness? In the minds of many, too many, happiness seems to be about acquiring things or struggling to acquire things. Where did that idea come from/from where did that idea come? We weren’t born with it, were we? Yet the tiniest babies show all the signs of wanting freedom in its various guises. Watch them and tell me I’m wrong. After essential well-
Most people will acknowledge that THIS DECLARATION is based upon our own Magna Carta 1215 – King John’s gift to the people in perpetuity. Having been given, willingly or unwillingly, I put it to you that no man or organisation has the right to determine that the people may not have it. King George III’s efforts to stifle the freedom and pursuit of happiness that colonials at the time sought, through his use of punitive legislation and taxes, brought about the exercise of King John’s gift.
I put it to you, dear reader, that if we treat this gift lightly and without proper consideration of what it is, we do so AT OUR PERIL.
THINK ABOUT IT! PLEASE! and if the ideas expressed here resonate with you, get in touch with me, please.
I’m so pleased that I had written (above) before hearing Barack Obama’s farewell speech last night (10th Jan). Speaking in Chicago, he said:
“This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it. After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea – our bold experiment in self-
Oh! My word! When, I wonder, will our own Prime Minister refer to, defer to and reflect upon our own Constitution in this way? Might it happen before her own farewell speech, do you think? Don’t hold your breath. And, by the way, keep in mind that our Prime Minister wasn’t elected to that office by THE PEOPLE. She was elected by the Parliamentary party to be THE PARTY LEADER. How tenuous is our grip on democracy?
Here is another thought: What might happen if she decides the whole struggle for Brexit is more than she can stomach? What if, secretly, she has a different agenda? What if she does a David Cameron and resigns? What if President Trump puts a rhetorical flea in her ear when they meet? What if her own government continues to take steps to ally our UK military with EU military, as they are in the process of doing right now? (An indication, I suggest, of less than ardent commitment to exiting EU). How much uncertainty about what might happen next do the bleaters need -
How much more time or evidence do you NEED before you are persuaded to join me and others in trying to change these things?
There is a two-
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