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Maybe, just maybe

Day by day as the Brexit farce unfolds, as mere citizens we can only sit back in wonder at the sheer levels of incompetence of our elected representatives as they drive us towards some form of political Armageddon. Their complete and utter failure to understand what their responsibility was, based on the result of the Brexit referendum, beggars belief. Collectively they have presented themselves as self-opinionated, self-serving and self-promoting failures, whose only allegiance is to their decrepit political parties. Who knows what awaits us, but if somehow we escape this absolute farce, maybe, just maybe, there’s a minuscule hope that they could learn that adversarial, party-centric politics is not the solution to anything: it’s the problem.

Brexit – in two quotes

“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” Woodie Guthrie

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. Albert Einstein

Conclusion: our Prime Minister is not a genius, but is insane.

Fun runners in the London Big Half

Just another Sunday morning on the streets of London. Click Read More to view.

Images of London #2

The Millennium Bridge

A full set of these images can be found here: London Collection

Great Britain Ltd?

Was there ever a time when politics and politicians felt as totally and collectively incompetent as our current elected representatives?   Locked in divisive and failed ideologies, unwilling to change, intent only on, or bound by polarized party agendas that are out of touch with reality, and which ignore the basic principles of democracy.  For decades we have been increasingly treated by successive governments as clients, rather than citizens, subjected to agendas that feed the establishment and drive inequality, austerity, extreme poverty, and allow the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

No doubt, there are honest, caring and wel meaning members of parliament, but the established processes afford them little or no degrees of freedom to act as representatives. Anyone . . . → Read More: Great Britain Ltd?

Images of London #1

This is the first of an assortment of images I’ve taken in and around London.

St Pauls Cathedral in the early evening

A full set of these images can be found here: London Collection

Brexit: The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

It’s all ugly, it’s all bad, and the good? Well, John Crace gets the award. His regular column in the Guardian provides the only glimmer of sanity as the Ship of Fools heads blindly towards the Euro-iceberg, with dear Theresa thrusting gloriously from the bows, peering into the abyss, whilst the rest of her crew are busy re-arranging the deck chairs.

Read John Crace’s latest insight: A night to remember–  never mind about custom unions, backstops and amendments; enjoy, instead, a match made in therapy.

The Ship of Fools

The Houses of Parliament: the museum of British politics – a crumbling edifice, home to a crumbling government, devoid of responsibility, devoid of leadership, and devoid of respect. When was the last time our government did anything to make us feel proud to be British?

The Summer of 2016: Brexit and Rio

Sport and politics – an uncomfortable partnership: one has the ability to excite and inspire, the other the the ability to depress and confuse, but which?

This summer in the UK has been dominated by two major news items – the Brexit vote, which has left us all confused and frustrated, and in Rio, a remarkably successful performance by Team GB in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Brexit delivered an unexpected result, which we are trying to come to terms with. The outcome is generating all manner of speculation, doom-mongering and negativity. There’s a good few column inches devoted to analysing the result, and the emerging consensus suggests that the vote reflected an opportunity for the electorate to express an unprecedented . . . → Read More: The Summer of 2016: Brexit and Rio

Why the London Olympics were a gigantic waste of time and money. Oh really, Richard?

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are just days away – the perfect opportunity for the Olympic doom-mongers and nay-sayers to start the bandwagon up again. Just a few days ago Richard Williams let fly in the Guardian with an item entitled “Why the London Olympics were a gigantic waste of time and money“. It’s worth a read, if you have the time, and there are some real issues highlighted in the article, but if you think in terms of cause and effect, then most of those issues cannot be attributed to the Olympics. There are some fundamental issues with the Olympic Games, largely to do with finance, sponsorship and brand protectionism. But Richard Williams’ argument pinpoints trends in . . . → Read More: Why the London Olympics were a gigantic waste of time and money. Oh really, Richard?