Monday, 18 October 2021

What should we say or write when we are upset?

Oh la la as the French say from time to time. The debate in Britain is getting hot under the collar. Well yes, so it should, you may want to know what it is about. It is about the language used towards politicians, by politicians and others, yes including me. It is a strange thing and I can only speak, write of my own experiences of course and that it is too easy to descend into vitriolic outbursts simply because there is no break. You sit behind the keyboard feeling upset in some way about something a politician has said or done, particularly a politician of a party you do not support and off you go. As you type the words spew out and you do not stop, out it all comes. Your frustration about your station in life, your salary level. The argument you had with the partner. I am sure there are many who then put all of that in a single line on Twitter. And what have we got? An expletive laced death threat you probably would never dare say face to face. And that’s the problem. When I have said in the past that I do not like politicians, what does or did that mean? Am I generally speaking or am I talking about one or two? It should be obvious that I am trying to convey my feeling about the level of public life I see and read about but that is no reflection on personal competence of politicians. It has to be understood that one cannot be talking about every single politician. We need to understand not everybody is like us. There are those who have a different opinion, a different attitude and a different station in life. Some are richer than us and more are poorer than us. It just doesn’t mean they are stupid or do not deserve to live. And if we are so angry that you must write about it, do so in acceptable terms and moreover look at what you write, would you say that to the person in question face to face? No? Then don’t write it! This is for everyone, every religious belief, every political view, every station in life. Obviously, there are some who are so warped they have lost all reality and live in a world that just does not exist. Perhaps for religious reasons or indoctrination, we know many such stories. Some of you know I am an Anglican Catholic. But do I think the Bible is the infallible word of God? No, I do not. It is the word of Man inspired by God. Therefore it cannot be infallible. So, do I now want to depose of everyone who has another view? No, I do not. I do follow a national party, do I want to dispose of those who are Labour or Conservative? Certainly not. I have had debates and what do you find? There are great similarities in views! Social matters tend to be very very similar. So there are areas of confluence, of getting together. With the present problems about global importance we certainly need to find such areas of similar views and act upon them, fast!

Edit - Oh yes nearly forgot to mention, people should not have the opportunity to be anonymous on the web. That would be up to the ISPs and to the platforms (Twitter, Facebook etc). Even though I use a VPN you could trace me through that if you really wanted to know. The browsers need to verify your identity, Firefox and Chrome etc do but the (in)famous Tor probably leaves a lot to be desired. Anonymity should be taken away. Simple as that.

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Complaining, complaining and more complaining...

Right then, the latest interesting woke bit reported. Some plonker asks for a battered sausage (for the uninitiated, this is an English lower class delicacy consisting of some low grade pork meat laced with fat and dipped in a mix of water and flour - Persons eating this on a regular basis can live to 55 years of age). Anyway, the man asks for a battered sausage and was told ‘Sorry, can’t do, too busy at the moment’. Now any normal person would accept this and either buy something else like an un-battered sausage or go somewhere else. Not this plonker, he goes onto social media complaining about customer service being appalling blah di blah, di blah. Most shopkeepers or in this case chip shop owners, would just shrug their shoulders and think the world is full of prats (A prat is an idiot in our vernacular). But not this one owner, he politely tells the plonker to stick the proverbial sausage up his backside (ass in the vernacular). And don’t ever bother to come back. I just love this story. Good on the owner. We have had enough of this complaining frenzy fought out on social media. Or even face to face. We have allowed all sorts of plonkers to shout off their faces about the most ridiculous things. Look, if there is a genuine complaint and I have had a few, then go and face the shop owner and explain in some detail what the complaint is about. If the shop owner refuses to listen or act, then tackle the factory where it is made and if that fails there is the Ombudsman. I know this takes time, Rome was not built in seven days, we should not start thinking that complaints will be solved on the spot. In many cases they are resolved immediately but not in all. Stay away from social media like Twitter with unfounded and frivolous comments. Stick to the truth and reality. So, as the chip shop owner said ‘ F..k off elsewhere in the future’. He could not be much clearer.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Another MP who has paid the final price....but why?

Terrible news today, yet another MP has been killed. As I have said before one may have differences, even dislike some other person but that is never a reason to kill, or should be.

I have a problem with some politicians and believe they should be doing something else with their lives but they do believe in what they are doing. Most have a great personal affinity with their areas of responsibility and a great public feeling of service. I also believe that lots of politicians, MPs in particular or Assembly members in the devolved countries such as Wales do not always agree with their respective parties, or even are opposed to them. In Wales Plaid Cymru favours independence from the UK. As does Scotland but their politicians are as divided on the issue as are their respective populations. The other issue that really bothers me is the vitriolic language now frequently used on social media. I know from my own writing that it is easy to descend into and use language that could be termed aggressive. But again, that must not include threats. Threatening to kill or maim someone is obviously a no-no at any time. To say to someone that he or she is an absolute idiot, well personally I have been called worse but that doesn’t bother me. I am no fairy with gossamer wings. And I would say to politicians generally, I admire your courage but perhaps you should talk less and do more. Obviously I am well aware that if you deal with say 2,000 constituents there will be 2,000 different problems, 2,000 different views on what needs doing and 2,000 opinions. These might not even coincide with the elected person’s views! So, yes there are great divides but again, never a reason to kill for. Not religious, or sectarian or for just simply held opposite views. It is a tragedy to lose a MP as indeed it is for everyone who is needlessly killed. Indeed a tragedy to lose any elected person in this way. If you do not like their work then don’t vote for them next time round. It is as simple as that.

Monday, 11 October 2021

Related? Yes everything is....

Has anyone ever thought how everything seems to be linked? I often note how people, generally speaking, are disassociated from nature. The way they act, the way they live. Truthfully I am the same although I try very much to limit my destructive behaviour. Destructive in the way I use things, buy things. Like plastic packaging. What we humans have seemingly forgotten is that we actually are part of nature, we are not outside of it. We need to be IN and part of nature. It is also why I think space travel is an anomaly. We cannot live anywhere else but Earth. Oh for a short time we could exist in a metal tube called a spaceship or even for a year on desert Mars but what would it do for our mental health? Mental health is the new 21st century disease. Prior to 2000 I had not heard a mention of it. Mental illness was something called in Dutch ‘krankzinnig’. ‘Insanity’ in good ol’ English.

But talking about how everything is related, putting in a lot of CO2 in to the atmosphere has the effect of trapping heat that normally would radiate out to space. It’s a human made problem. The Earth is heating up from below as well, most likely because the continents are always on the move but now they are so close that one or other must give way. You see this in the increased volcanic activity. The Sun also is going into another cycle and what that means we do not know just yet but we will soon I suspect.

The skies over the Rhondda are again cloudy or rather misty with exhaust gases from aeroplanes. Again because people still do not realise the impact flying has. The higher temperatures do not just have an effect on holidays when you can lounge on beaches but it will also have an effect of crops. The higher temperature already ensured much higher and stronger rainfall with hot and cold periods alternating at the strangest times stopping proper germination. or just interfering with crop establishment. This will simply result in higher prices everywhere. The present gas crisis is nothing new, it could have been foreseen politically. It’s cause and effect. The cause is twofold, firstly China now competes for Russian gas, our main supplier. The effect to curtail supplies would mean more income and political pressure to the Russian advantage. Some one asked me ‘Do you think the planet is in trouble then?’ Well no, the planet is not in trouble, it has had similar periods in past times but we are. We are simply changing the planet, if we cut all the trees, the resultant rain will simply wash the soil away to the oceans. The Sahara desert will grow to encircle the planet. Just hoping the camels will enjoy it.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Why do we need foreign workers?

Despite all the usual problems facing us, such as the energy crisis, the home building crisis, the mental state crisis, the China seas crisis, the grocery rising prices crisis, and my nightly waking up crisis, things are not so bad. But it is funny to look all around and see your environment changing and it is now happening faster than ever before. It seems we are at a crossroads and we don’t really know which way to take yet. We are dithering in the middle of the road trying to look beyond the horizon and not noticing the fast cars coming towards us. Watching the BBC Channel this morning, yes I know I am an idiot, the talk was about labour. Not the party but foreign labour in the UK to pick fruit and other things. I have always wondered why this was necessary? I do take it that employers, if it was unregulated, would love it as cheap labour would increase their profit margins. Even though government tries to regulate, it is quite obvious that in many cases it does not work. But taking away the profit motive what is the rationale behind all of this imported labour? There is obviously a need for agricultural workers. It has not escaped my notice that when you have seasonal crops, like strawberries or even hops on Kent farms you need a lot of workers but only for a short time. I remember in my younger days in Holland, people took a week holiday from their usual work to spend a week on a farm picking something or the other for a nice wad of money, possibly even tax free, and treat it as a holiday in the fresh air. There was no argument about foreign workers. If there were you would count them on the fingers of just one hand. So, why are we in the UK in this predicament? There are plenty on the dole, there are too many just work shy, there are many who have a bad back but can spend every morning in the local gym. We have become a nation of shysters who see the social security system as an easy way to make a living. Carefree. My solution is to send them, if medically fit, to pick the fruit and a slight increased allowance. Also our various political parties need to get away from the idea that all UK citizens must have a university degree. So far the result has been that we have an enormous number of arts graduates, but no scientists worthy of the name and few manual workers. You can easily see that why I have such a jaundiced view on politics and politicians. If you give something free, people will almost certainly abuse it. Just look at the NHS. I am going back to bed and dream about my week picking strawberries.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

The mental health of the world's politicians? Yeah, what about it?

You know we need less of the grandstanding and empty promises politicians make. Especially in the party manifestos and particularly so during the annual festivities called the Conference! Taking a point here, first Boris states that we will issue visas to foreign HGV drivers and some 5000 will arrive. Ehh? Anyway, the practical Keir countered by saying if he had been in power he would have issued some 100,000 such documents. Oh mama, get me home, what a load of bull! Is this politics today? Is this what they teach at Eton? As it stands two or three drivers have appeared. Well you can see how politics in general is today. It is called grandstanding and if you tell ‘m a lie ensure you do it often so people will believe you. 

Grandstanding also is a tool the Chinese love. We are now in World War 3 territory. A few ships, war ships to be sure, through the South China sea and immediately heavy talk ensues. That the Chinese have sailed through the English Channel (la Manche to the Frenchies) is conveniently not mentioned. Yeah, it is world political grandstanding. Makes you look good and strong, macho and virile! 

Just look at Macron with his empty threats. No food on the table at Christmas, EDF will stop electricity. Might I be amiss by suggesting these guys, these politicians ought to be sent to Broadmoor or foreign equivalent? To me I am beginning to see that there is something seriously wrong with the mindset of certain people. It might be because they are watching Facebook too much and want to be on TikTok. If you or I did these things, others would say we have a gross lack of care. Lack of care for our well-being.

Unfortunately we are stuck with these charlatans for the time being, well at least to the next general elections. Although would it change much? Over to you friends!

Ed - for the foreign readers, Broadmoor is a high security mental hospital in England (that means NOT in Wales or Scotland, just England. Does that say something?

Monday, 4 October 2021

Words, words, words....

Has anyone noticed the sort of language now used by reporters? Words like ‘ Bills have rocketed’ as one said glumly in front of a Manchester building during the Conservative Conference. Rocketed is more interesting than 'Gone up' or 'rising' I suppose. Words such as ‘massive’, ‘incredible’, and talking about the fuel ‘crisis’ you might ask what crisis? Then there is the word ‘calamity’ you hear a few times, although I must say if we are talking about the volcanic eruption on the Canary Islands, yes that’s a calamity. The facts are that in choosing these ‘strong’ words it makes reporting much more volatile. More ‘bone-jarring’. You may ask why? Is there a need to jazz up incidents? Simple reporting should be enough, it should not be about attracting more viewers. Surely we now have reached an impasse because we are now so used to the language used, it does no longer register. Personally I am just put off and only watch the news early in the morning. For the rest if I want to see something I just look on my mobile without the sound. I have to say that electronic gadgets now overshadow almost any other thing. This is another thing that bothers me. The use of mobiles by young people as they walk along the road! Hopefully they are just listening to music and not to the newscasts! Even so, I wonder how many will suffer an accident or are killed by such behaviour? That might be a hard-hitting, incredible, massive report showing the rocketing accident occasions all around us. Wow, a stupendous ordeal of the most grievous kind, the monstrous tyranny of the reporting style that will be the absolute survival of news stations in the whole world. It is a shocking acclamation of the most impressive kind ever seen or heard. Before you have a meltdown or cause a bloodbath and armageddon envelops us all, the bloodcurdling nightmare is not all that serious. It will not cripple you, it is not the catastrophe you expected, yet. So, switch off the TV, don’t watch the news and go back to sleep.