Undemocratic Voting

Most of the people of the United Kingdom will today make their way to polling booths to vote for the election of members to the European Union’s Parliament nearly three years after the majority of the people of the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. This is hardly democracy in action.

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I’ll see you in court, but where is the court?

Bringing justice (or at least law) to the people has always been one of the prime duties of any government. Governments can only function on the basis that the law will mostly be obeyed and that the rule of law will prevail and that the rule of law is without exceptions; it applies to the ordinary citizen and to the government. If the people cannot have their cases promptly and efficiently heard, or if the hearing of those cases is too expensive for people to pay, then the rule of law is damaged, badly.

At one time governments organised the dispensing of justice to try those accused of crime and to settle disputes by arranging for a group of justices (with counsel and other legal people, to tour sections of the country on assizes. Continue reading

I read the News Today, Oh Boy!

If you live in the United Kingdom and read the newspapers or watch the news on television or listen to news on the radio you would be under the impression that the main item of news is politics and not even the events of politicians but predictions and opinions about politics. If politicians are about to make some announcement, that is news and trailed. When those politicians make the actual announcement, then that is also apparently news and is doubly reported; once the announcement has been made a commentator (inevitably a journalist ) opines on the announcement.

At one time, news was about Continue reading

The Old Forgotten Skills

The skills that human beings require change radically over the millennia. I would not be successful at hunting, farming making textiles or building a shelter any more than a person two thousand years ago could do any of the divers tasks that I have to do each day.  I suppose that I could learn skills that my ancestors had eventually and perhaps even make do after a fashion.

Today we teach the young to be adaptable because we expect that they will have to frequently learn new skills in order to make their livings.  Few are the jobs that will last a working lifetime. For example, surgeons, cooks, drivers of cars and lawyers will eventually be replaced (wholly or partially) by robots. Continue reading