Our thoughts may roam freely but words when spoken or written can so often provoke anger in others; that anger has made us fearful of the backlash that can so often come in return – like a boomerang, yet we persist in believing that in a democracy – freedom of speech should be respected and a person’s right to that must be defended as well as respected.via Are there any safe subjects left?
I am at a loss to understand the reasoning behind the cuts that local authorities are prepared to make when it comes to the ordinary people in their communities; especially when I remember the elaborate and costly refreshments they were prepared to lay on when the occasion arose.
Equally, the pay for those at the top of the salary ladder has increased as the number of manual and maintenance in-house jobs have decreased and been put out to tender.for the private sector. This has corresponded with job-title changes; so Clerks to the Council have become Chief Executives and Heads of Departments have become Managers. The titles may have changed, the rates and scales of remuneration have increased but most certainly the services to the communities have deteriorated or disappeared.
The whole ethos of community service has changed as we have become progressively more commercially orientated and obsessed with materialism.There was a time when it seemed we had broken through the class barriers, but now they are becoming more evident as the poorer educated fall further and further behind in the welfare stakes.
It may be argued that they have had their chances and failed to grasp them, but it’s a bit like telling a blind man to grab a lifeline he cannot see; unless you actually put the line in his hand, he cannot take hold of it and be rescued. The uneducated cannot be expected to appreciate the finer points of education in so many words unless they are given visual examples of how their knowledge may benefit them.
So many visual examples were withdrawn when we stopped teaching children how to cook, sew, housekeep, or develop their carpentry, gardening and general maintenance skills at school; that led to the other big mistake; ending the place that technical schools and colleges played in everyday life. We need the skills of those who work with their hands as much as we need those who are academically inclined.
Perhaps that is why our politicians are now so obsessed with finance and cushy living rather than getting their hands soiled in the everyday, mundane tasks of life as lived by you and me – the man and woman in the street.Even the EU, envisaged as the open sesame to freedom of travel and trade between the countries and people of Europe, has turned into a power-struggle between avaricious politicians who are greedy for only one thing – power.
I wish I could pretend to understand this case, but it is an impossibility that beggars all but the convoluted minds of the Welsh police force involved, and the judiciary that is conniving with them in persecuting this octogenarian and former veterinary practitioner, aviator and eccentric who has been the subject of a vendetta by the Glamorgan police force for more than twenty years. If ever there was a case for the royals or those with influence – to get implicated – this is it . via Snap Shots of Machine-Gun Case Hearing
Face to face confrontations between victim and abuser are particularly painful and stressful for the victim, possibly for both, depending on the whether the abuser has any conscience about the alleged offence.
If there is any chance that the victim may be intimidated in any way, shape or form – then the protagonists should be kept separate, but there must be no doubt that all evidence is available to both parties; ensuring justice is done – and seen to be done.
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Our children and young people are in more danger than ever. They need a champion, but are in danger of being handed on a platter fashioned in Downing Street by a prime minister who is too concerned about her own survival to notice that the platter bearer is already tarnished by previous events. Perhaps she might not care even if made aware of the blemish.
Those in politics have a great facility to sweep truth under the carpet when it suits them.Concepts of honour and integrity died a long time ago among the ranks of those occupying seats at Westminster; perhaps the last remnants died with the recently deceased Lord Carrington at the age of 99.
Having already served in Churchill’s postwar government, this peer decided it was the honourable thing to do to resign voluntarily when Argentina invaded the Falklands on his watch as Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher. He believed that the honour of the country was more important than one man’s ambition or position. Boris Johnson – please take note.
If only her grasp of the wishes of the British public was as bold as the outsize necklaces she wears, Britain would be doing fine; as it is, we are floundering from one silly situation to another. As for Boris Johnson – God protect us from another crisis provoking Trump.
Where or where are the Statesmen/women/people that made Britain GREAT?????