The Death Penalty

They keep on executing people in the United States of America and in China and in other nations, but not in those of the European Union nor Russia. Texas recently executed a woman by lethal injection. She took twelve minutes to die, which is a considerably longer period than a dog takes to die when it is being “put down” by a vet. The more I practice law the more opposed I am to the death penalty, euphemistically also known as capital punishment.  Continue reading

Choosing Between Two Eggs

I woke up this morning to find that the United Kingdom is still the United Kingdom; my country had not lost a large chunk of it and there would not be several years of uncertainty which would affect my nation’s prosperity adversely, so for my own self interest I was glad that the Scots had decided to remain in the Union.  Continue reading

Constitutional Reform

It is possible that the referendum in Scotland, whatever its result may be, will lead to constitutional reform over the remaining parts of the United Kingdom. Certainly  there is plenty of scope for reform. The major institutions or practices that need reform or abolition are

  • the House of Lords; if the UK needs a second chamber then it should be elected, for better or worse, and not appointed.
  • the ability of elected politicians to appoint their cronies into offices of power without a proper application process.
  • the House of Commons needs to be elected by constituencies that have approximately the same amounts of voting populations. There should be fewer Members of Parliament who should be paid a decent wage and whose services should be provided by the government direct; we need to abolish the system of grants and allowances.
  • Members of Parliament of the UK should not be allowed to vote on measures that are devolved to their local national parliaments.
  • I would prefer the abolition of all titles, including that of the monarch and those of her family. However, i suspect most of the country would disagree with me on this point.
  • I cannot see the point of expensive to maintain holiday home accommodation for ministers. I know their jobs are important but they do not need to undertake them on estates of luxury surrounded by expensive art that belongs to the nation.

My prejudice is in favour of democracy. it is the least imperfect system of government and its main disadvantage is the insidious corruption that accompanies it, made easy by their being in the United Kingdom, a system to enable corruption to thrive in a perfectly legal way.

I insist on less colour

Rather like a television drama programme which uses background music to make sure that the viewer understands whether to feel sad or happy, our newspapers, and other news media use their own form of background sound and vision to make sure we understand exactly what they want us to understand. of course what someone else wants you to understand is unlikely to be the truth,; at best it is the communicators own vision of the truth. the truth is something an individual discerns by his or hers own thought processes; truth, like experience cannot be foist upon an individual. Simply some partial truths can be offered for acceptance or rejection. Continue reading

My Perfect Body

Of course, you may exclaim, my body is not perfect, even to myself but it is my body which contains, bride like, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, my ability to think and my body in common with the bodies of each human, is designed to enable me to think. It is perfectly designed for this process and thus it is perfect.. Continue reading

It must be tough to be Prime Minister

It must be tough to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom right now. Continue reading

Protein in the Beetles

There is a small chink of daylight through the prison door; it is cold and lonely inside and darker than before, so I can see the tiny stream of light which shines upon my chains, which wraps my body perfectly and keeps me thus restrained.

The warder  left my dinner in reach upon the floor, the flies and beetles feast on it and ate sometime before I could reach the plate and pull it to my mouth, but there is protein in the beetles and maggots in the broth.


Catalonia is an important part of Spain, comprising four provinces in the north eastern part of the country. There are only 7.6 million folk who live there so when on 11 September Catalonia day 1.8 million of them form an eleven kilometre line in the shape of a “V” to symbolise their wish for a referendum to decide whether Catalonia should be an independent nation, then it is clear that there are strong independence feelings in that part of the world.

Spain resists the legitimacy of any call for independence. This was the same reaction that the European union had to the referendum in Crimea, even though it was clear that a legal referendum would have had no different result from the referendum that was alleged to be illegal. The European Union is interested in expanding its borders and the authority of its government and not interested in encouraging or facilitating independence movements, unless it can expand into new territory.

Spain also opposes any settlement which would reduce the size of span; politicians like to govern large numbers of people in preference to small numbers of people.

The forthcoming referendum vote in Scotland will inspire the Catalans to seek their own vote. No doubt parts of other nations will find that there are secessionists who will seek their own referendum. The world has become a small place. If Scotland Catalonia and others become small independent nations (genuinely independent that is and not quasi independent) then the world will become a bigger place and a better world for that.

Let Copulation Thrive

There is a force between nature and living which directs, augments and controls nature. That force is the desire to reproduce, made sweet but the pleasures of the body, and made compelling by the ability to repeat and hone the pleasure sensibly and sensitively.

But the ecstasy when finished brings consequences; copulation thrives but so does the results of copulation and in reproducing we fill up our spaces, breeding ourselves to ruin. We love, we lust, and die, leaving many more to follow our lead, blind, powerless and confused.

Bomb Them

Mr Obama has developed a strategy to defeat the Islamic State. His strategy is threefold but that strategy only one part is new; Continue reading