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Monday, 16 January 2017

The Oak Tree

Imagine, if you will, an oak tree. See it, its trunk, its broad lower branches becoming smaller as your eyes rise towards the crown. See the thousands of acorns and the tens of thousands of leaves on the branches and imagine the hundreds of different species of animals to be found, living and surviving amongst the foliage. Get up close and touch the trunk, feel it, put your arms around it, smell it; use your senses to perceive this micro world in all its glory.
But wait; is all you perceive the full picture? Is there anything else; something that your senses haven't identified? Of course there is but we cannot sense it because it is out of sight, underground. Nor is this hidden part insignificant. It is a fundamental part of the tree; its very existence depends on the system of roots and other aspects that play a part in the health, growth and wellbeing of our oak tree. Indeed there is as much below ground as there is above and yet when we first perceived the tree it didn't register.
I believe that the same situation obtains with our universe; we are all aware of what we can witness with our senses but do we need to dig into the unseen, use our imagination, to find the full picture of our existence.
In my book, 'Spiritual Man: An Introduction to Negative Dimensions', I propose an alternative ideology, digging into the unknown in search of our sister universe, challenging the orthodox views of science and religion.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Drone swarms

It had to happen; the US army have developed a mode of warfare using drones to swamp the battlefield with overwhelming firepower. Relatively cheap to produce and operate, technicians, behind front lines can deploy thousands of armed drones in a swarm, killing everything in their path and destroying soft buildings. And why not?
These drones would do the same job, only better, as cluster bombs, designed to inflict maximum casualties on people, combatants and non-combatants alike, on the ground. Many countries including the UK signed a protocol prohibiting the use of these weapons on humanitarian grounds, arguing that their deployment was in some way a war crime. The US sensibly did not sign this protocol, recognising the simple truth that when you are engaged in warfare, nothing should frustrate your aim of winning.
I have said it before and repeat it here; warfare is the crime, all that happens on the battlefield is a consequence of this simple rule. When war is waged it should be as General Sherman recognised fought to win at ALL costs. Losing is not an option. This said, the responsibility for war must be on the leaders who declare (formally or not) a state of war. In effect, this means that the witch hunt against UK soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is perverse, when the leader, Blair, is free to earn millions despite widespread condemnation of his role.
War is the worst human condition. Fear of annihilation is a major factor in maintaining peace and drone swarms sound ominous. If they therefore prevent the outbreak of war, stop aggressors attempting a land grab, they could yet prove to be a force for good.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Is Michelle Obama also a twit

I recently wrote that I thought Prince Charles was a twit for his ambition to be 'defender of faith' rather than 'defender of the faith' on his gaining the throne. Now I see that he has been followed by Michelle Obama in imagining that a future of coexisting faiths will lead to a better, more integrated and cohesive society. Is she also being a twit?
Mrs Obama, in her valedictory speech urged the young to have hope that in the future there will be greater tolerance of faith, colour and creed. Since faith (in religious doctrine) and creed are similar, she is essentially talking about race and religion. Again, she is being more than optimistic if she believes that all the followers of Islam will want to dilute their devotions by identifying with heretics or even Muslims from the wrong tribe.
It won't be easy reducing tensions in the world, life remains a matter of survival of the fittest, but we can't even begin to make things better if world leaders continue with their self delusion, their worthless rhetoric, often to garner votes, and their incessant urge to sweep the inconvenient truths under the carpet.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Travel chaos

It's 2017 and the UK is facing a hike in the price of rail travel coupled with more disruption as the unions threaten more walk-outs. It is an age old problem but as congestion hits the roads and people have to travel further to work it can only get worse; much worse. What are the Government doing about it? Building HS2, another, very expensive and invasive, rail track.
What is needed is a brand new approach.
How would you like:
High speed travel to work with guaranteed seat.
A guaranteed service, free from union interference.
Affordable travel, safe & efficient.
No car crime. No driver based accidents. No car insurance problems or costs.
No drink-driving problems.
No parking problems. No rogue parking firms.
These are some of the benefits from the transport policy I described in a newspaper article in 2009 ( see here ) and outlined in my 2011 novel, 'The Lamb at Nettlesham'. I reproduce the article in full but of course things, other than the problems, have changed. So! Come on Mrs May, give me a call so that I can begin my transport revolution and make the UK world leaders in the new technology, exportable to every country on the globe.

Friday, 23 December 2016

I'm a monarchist but is Prince Charles a twit

Prince Charles has delivered a 'thought for today' on the radio (BBC 4), pleading for religious tolerance. In the aftermath of the Berlin bombing one must suppose he's trying to forestall a witch hunt against Muslims, since no other religion currently foments such opprobrium among the peace loving people of the West. He suggested that persecution of Muslims (and other religions) would echo the treatment of Jews under the fascist regimes of the 1930s and was to be regretted.
We owe it to the memory of those persecuted not to repeat the oppression and violence visited on the different religious groups, he pleaded. This despite being personally warned of the fate of Christians in Syria, where religious tolerance seems to be optional at best. It is almost as if the Prince is in some kind of bubble, separate from the rest of us, where he perceives a sort of wisdom that eludes our senses, bearing little resemblance to the life of 'normal' people.
It is as if he is somehow on a different plane from the rest of us.
Charles, it is said, wants to become 'Defender of faith' on his ascension to the throne, rather than 'Defender of the faith', a reference to the Anglican Church of which the monarch is head.
His reference to faith alone indicates a casual reliance on reason and logic. In a realm, to be his kingdom, where a survey has shown that only 28% of the people now believe in God, (50% in 1990) he seems further out of touch than usual and I wonder if a lack of reason and logic can be blamed. Can he, for instance, be ignorant of the history of Islam. Does he not realise that from the outset, the soldiers of Islam have set out to conquer the world, overtaking the Byzantine empire, extending their sphere of influence as far as Afghanistan in the East and courtesy of the Umayyad dynasty, up to the Iberian peninsular and the Maghreb in the West. And yet Prince Charles wants to trust his faith, to appease and turn his cheek at every affront to our heritage, tradition and culture.
Yes, I'm a monarchist but I do fear that Charles, when his time comes, may let us all down with his other worldly ambition.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Prison disturbances

Riots have broken out in a jail in Birmingham, once again due to failure to implement my plans for prison reform. See my blog of earlier this year.

We must protect prison officers and stop making prisons an easy option. If its hell on earth the guilty should bear that in mind before they commit the crime. No visitors; no association, no in cell entertainments except educational programs and selected books.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Plan for Brexit

There is a widespread call from all those europhiles that voted for remain in the EU referendum, for the Government to set out its plan for the Brexit negotiations. The Government has already said that the plan is to get the BEST POSSIBLE deal for the UK and that a debate will be held in the summer after Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty has been triggered by the end of March. They have already, and in my opinion, reasonably said that they are not minded to give a running commentary on progress. It would take up too much parliamentary time for one thing. However that has not appeased those who are resistant to logic and reasoning who want to debate every nuance of the negotiations irrespective of the widely held view that too many cooks spoil the broth.
But what is it that they want, exactly? The Government has from the outset said they would implement the result of the referendum. There was no talk of the populace voting for the destination not the journey, they argue, trying to muddy the waters. Surely the result of the 'in' 'out' referendum was clear; nothing matters except that the UK leaves the political entity that is the EU. There was no mention of 'hard or 'soft' Brexit; no mention of 'black', 'white' or 'grey' Brexit. The whingeing remainers want a plan; but what does that mean? Nobody has ever left the EU before; there is no pre-existing plan, this will be a blueprint. In any case what would this plan look like? I wager that if you ask any remainer what such a plan would like like-headings only will do- they wouldn't be able to say. In any case when we had a referendum to join the Common market there wasn't a call for replays. There was no appeal to the High Court saying that the Government had no prerogative powers to take us into the alliance, despite yielding Sovereignty.
I wish the Andrew Neils of the world would take a tougher line with those that want to undermine the will of the people and applaud Julia Hartley-Brewer for exposing the shallowness of the Lib-Dems. It was wonderful to behold.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The return of Blair

In a world where we are becoming aware that despite great world wars and the trouble in the Middle East, there exists so much evil in the world. We humans never learn. It's not only on an International scale, however. How can men, because it is mainly men, target old age pensioners online to steal their money; how can men, because it is mainly men, abuse young children and aspiring young footballers for self sexual gratification? How? They were schoolboys in shorts once. How can men, because it is only men, descendants of those from foreign climes,  gang rape young English girls without shame? Evil, unmitigated evil. Why must we share the planet and its limited resources with these men, because it is mainly men?
On top of all this we now learn that another man, Tony Blair wants to make a comeback in politics. Has this man no shame? A failure as a Prime Minister says more about those who elected him than anything else, a telling indictment of the frailty of democracy where the Stupid vote for the person who promises most or merely because they don't want the 'opposition' to get in on ideological grounds. Blair was also a failure as a Middle East mediator overseeing the onset and results of the Arab Spring, a disaster for the region and the world which continues to this day. How did he escape further censure in the wake of the Chilcot inquiry? How can he live with the death of David Kelly?
Blair's interference in Iraq had far reaching consequences in terms of evil; it was almost as if he was playing the part of the antichrist, strange for a man who took up Catholicism so soon after leaving office. Indeed when it comes to evil, there is no more vivid demonstration of man's ability to inflict it than in the aggression of ISIS forces, moving into the Iraqi power vacuum left by Blair's orchestration of Saddam's downfall, with their brutal persecution of non believers in the opposition and waverers in their own ranks. Despite being warriors of the Lord of Mercy, Giver of Mercy, they show none as they pursue their goal of world domination; a world dominated by 7th century, outdated  sharia law.
There have been signs that things are on the up. I believe that in Theresa May the UK has a Prime Minister with the Country's interest paramount; she is not looking to feather her own nest like, for example, the discredited socialist, Baroness Scotland. What is it about these Labour politicians? The UK has voted to leave the ridiculous EU with its overpaid politicians and unnaffordable policies. The English football and rugby teams are performing well, Christmas is coming, 2017 is a prime number; Donald Trump will be inaugurated President of the US. And then we get the news about Blair!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

An Imam speaks

This Sunday morning the BBC paraded an Iman to discuss the papers on their news program. I didn't catch the name but I doubt it would have made a difference if I did. He was dressed in tradition Islamic outfit of jalabiyah and taqiyah (knitted pill box type hat). He was jolly and appeared to be the sort of man to fit into UK life; a man whose company I might enjoy.
It was an ideal scenario in which to seek some answers to questions those of us who watch these topical programs wished the presenters would ask. The imam chose an article about Aleppo and asked why the airborne West didn't use their technology to drop food, water and medicine to the beleaguered citizens, presumably instead of dropping bombs. No reference to possible Islamic involvement, let alone responsibility.
At this point the presenter should have asked why not call on wealthy Saudi Arabia or the Emirates to help with humanitarian aid. Was it not surreal that the Muslims should seek largely Christian aid whilst secretly hoping the jihadists would crucify the lot of them.
Me? I'm a more thinking person, me. I shouted my philosophic question at the screen; where is God when all this is happening? Where is the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy when women and children are being killed indiscriminately? I doubt the imam would have answered because his faith forbids him posing these questions because to do so is to question the truth of the Qu'ran, an offence punishable by death. I would have liked to have put it to him that the world's wars involved relatively few Ennuits, Scandinavians, South Sea Islanders or people from Malta. I would have liked to ask the Imam why  it was the followers of the religion of Peace, the Muslims, who were responsible for almost all today's terrorism.
But no! The Beeb wouldn't want to ask an awkward question in case it offended a minority, albeit an increasingly militant and isolationist tribe, hell bent on doing God's will by killing Christians, Jews and non-believers. Oh! and yes, the Beeb for being so WEAK.
These questions must be asked and answered-soon, methinks.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The people fight back

It started with Brexit; the pundits and pollsters got it wrong because they failed to recognise the emergence of a class of people, basically honest, patriotic, hard working with a strong sense of justice despite having no university education. The Liberal left scoff at these people, regarding them at best as irrelevant but mostly ignorant because they don't share a world vision of multiculturism, gender equality and a rule of law dictated by human rights.
Their view of this class of people was reinforced when Trump an (Independant?) Republican succeeded in beating Clinton to the presidency of the United States. Such was the disbelief that followed the result, there was much public wailing and gnashing of teeth before a second phase of delusional denial chased around the globe. Now the EU 'remainers' are pushing for a rerun of the referendum despite economic data supporting the view that the UK will be better off out. Nor do these people see the eventual collapse of their flagship attempt for Utopia as other European Countries eventually pull out due to a disillusioned public fed up with the elite skimming off huge payments and pensions while the ordinary folk of Greece, for example, are made to grovel for handouts. I don't suppose the plight of these people is permitted to destroy the atmosphere at dinner parties of Guardian readers and the like.
They were at it again at the weekend, berating the normally sympathetic BBC for allowing political commentator, Andrew Marr to interview right wing French politician, Marine Le Pen, without biting her head off. Her stance on immigration and Islam upsets their vision of a world order where everybody is hopefully at peace whilst they reap the full benefits of the political classes paid for by the plebs, often with their lives.  To even suggest that world peace is threatened by the spread of Islam is unpardonable by these people, usually describing their opponents as fascists. It doesn't matter that no people have been killed by fascist Le Pen whilst the forces of Islam have slaughtered thousands and made hundreds of thousands homeless, it is Le Pen who needs to be stopped spreading the words on every decent French person's lips.
Now, it seems that Archbishop Welby has at last spoken up by arguing that religious leaders must take responsible for acts of terrorism perpetrated by members of their religion. It is, he says, no good Muslims arguing that ISIS are not followers of Islam when it is palpably clear that they are and their clear intent was to subjugate the world to their way of life. It needed to be said and repeated until decent people have their fears recognised and acted upon. We mustn't fear to offend, not least when tackling the Liberal lefties, left for too long to exercise their stupid world view on those who just wish to mind their own business with the expectation that they will be well and justly governed.