Friday, 18 May 2018

The Levee of the Great High King


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 The Universe, O my brothers, is flinging wide its portals
for the Levee of the GREAT HIGH KING
.
Thomas Carlyle, THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

After the attrition of thirty humdrum years, he no longer loved her for her human qualities. He still found her attractive because she was as self-possessed as a cat. Observed or unobserved, wherever she was, she behaved the same, with the same rhythm and attention, a graceful kind of selfishness, true to herself, if not to him. 

Watching her brushing her hair, applying ineffable creams to her face and body, swiping her tablet as if it were a mirror to her other, secret selves, or eating her small helpings of balanced meals at the same table as him without once looking at him, he felt he barely existed.
He was not offended.
He admired her independence and indifference to other people’s petty jealousies.
When she came home in the small hours, without telling him where she had been,
he knew better than to ask.
She was her own damned cat.

On balance, he suspected that she wasn’t having sex with anyone else. She felt entitled to go where she pleased and would despise him for thinking badly of her. Honi soit qui mal y pense.
Showing his age, he preferred to think of the ancient chivalric motto in Sellar and Yeatman’s translation: “Honey, your silk stocking’s hanging down”.
So that’s what he said to her, and she smiled.


Noëlle Mackay, HUMAN RITES

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

What, in our house?

https://pipparathborne.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/what-in-our-house/

BRITAIN IS A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT,
IN DENIAL


Something has gone very wrong in our country, and like a terminally ill person in denial of their mortality, about half the British public aren’t admitting it. Such things don’t happen in Britain, they believe. It’s only other nations that commit atrocities, build concentration camps, persecute innocent people. “It wouldn’t happen here”. 

It is happening here.

“What, in our house?” enquired Lady Macbeth, on hearing of the murder of King Duncan, which she had just instigated.,,,Read full post

Monday, 12 February 2018

Make Democracy Work

Petition Parliament's vote on the Brexit deal must include an option to remain in the EU

"A lesser of two evils choice between a bad deal and no deal is not acceptable. Our country deserves better than Hobson's choice, and our MPs should be allowed to vote with their conscience to deliver what they believe is best for the country.

Government responded:

The British people voted to leave and the Government will implement their decision.The vote on the final deal will give Parliament the choice to accept the agreement or leave the EU with no agreement.
The result of the referendum held on 23 June 2016 saw a clear majority of people vote to leave the European Union. Parliament overwhelmingly confirmed the result of the referendum, on 8 February, by voting with clear and convincing majorities in both of its Houses for the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. The Government is clear that it is its duty to deliver on the instruction of the British people and implement the result of the referendum.

The Government has committed to hold a vote on the final deal in Parliament as soon as possible after the negotiations have concluded. The terms of this vote are clear; Parliament will have the choice to accept that deal or to move ahead without a deal.

We are confident that we will get the best possible agreement and one which Parliament will want to support.

Department for Exiting the European Union"

Thursday, 1 February 2018

New battle lines

Of course, Brexit was never going to be just about leaving the EU. Our internal political system is in turmoil. The fitness for purpose of our democracy is under question. Personal relationships have strained or broken.
 
Everything we took for granted about our country and our political beliefs is shaken. Britain - or more precisely, England - is in the throes of growing pains.
 
As soon as you hear someone say "Never since the Norman Conquest has England....." you know they are defending a castle in the air.
 
And yet.....there has been no confusion in England as great as this since the Civil War, which was not a simple battle between flashy Europhile Royalists and plain russet-coated English Parliamentarians, but a mess of ideologies, prejudices, opportunism, superstition, nostalgia, pragmatism, courage, cowardice, principles, convictions, compromises and betrayals.
 
The 17th century English Revolution was a great experiment in republican government. There is nothing great or experimental about Brexit - the right-wing reality is a reactionary coup d'état in the interests of the few, not of the many sincere democrats who voted for it.
 
There is no coherence, no leadership and no civil disobedience yet. If they come, let's hope they are not in battalions.
 
 Andrew Carrick Gow Cromwell Dissolving the Long Parliament in 1653.
Oil on canvas, 1907. Auckland Art Gallery. Image: Wikipedia
 
One of the most tortured bodies in this mess is the Labour Party, the country's only hope for domestic welfare and the protection of public services, which lost votes in the Election because of the leadership's fudged Referendum policy, and will be unelectable again if it doesn't support the Single Market.
 
 "Two things are now clear: Brexit involves a series of political choices, an our future relationship with the EU will be inferior to the one we currently enjoy. Sitting on the sidelines is therefore not an option.
 
For the Labour Party, the challenge is huge. The majority of Labour voters backed remaining in the EU, but a significant proportion did not. As a party we campaigned to Remain, and most of us do not believe the challenges facing the country are best solved by leaving – quite the opposite – but since the referendum we have failed to reach
a common and coherent position...
 
So, the choice is clear. We can sit back and wait for the consequences of a hard Brexit to become so severe that it topples this terrible Tory government.
Or we can stand up for those who will be worst affected and fight for membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
Future generations will not forgive us for inaction or for perceived complicity in a Brexit that damages our country and our economy." Catherine West MP
 
THE VITAL LINKS:
New report: Busting Lexit Myths

The Labour Campaign for a Single Market

and the leaked Government report on the adverse effects of Brexit on Britain


 Thank all our gods, he's here again to cheer up a dreary post:
the irresistible Will, of the People, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Manet
 

Monday, 25 December 2017