Sunday, July 17, 2016


            The advent of the smartphone with its in-built camera and the availability of Facebook and the mass media have become the tools whereby too many of us trivialise the suffering and loss of those we do not know. To stand and photograph men women and children laying dying in the streets in Brussels, Paris, or Nice rather than come to their aid if only to be with them during their dying moments is an indictment against all who have lost their humanity.
            We listen to the numbers of dead from the lips of the carefully coiffured TV announcers as if recording the result of some obscene game; one hundred and twenty three dead they gleefully announce as the mythical Devil licks his lips.
            Yet each is a father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son a living breathing human being with the same aspirations as the voyeurs who cold bloodily stand and watch.
            How have we forgotten that ‘there but for the grace of God go I?
Why doesn’t our humanity shout out and say?,
            ‘No we will not let their deaths be in vain.’
Later we stand and light candles and cry but where were we in their moment of need?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Brexit a disaster

            The Parliamentary Conservative party of the United Kingdom has made its decision. Two women, Teresa May and Andrea Leadson are now competing for the position of Prime Minister. It is has been left to the 125 thousand members of the grass roots Conservative Party to decide who will be chosen,
            They have been placed in an invidious position as a result of an asinine decision to have a Referendum to leave the EU. The resultant vote to leave was a mistake of the most far-reaching and catastrophic proportions. It has plunged the country into a sea of chaos with a falling pound, uncertain trade deals and an unchanged immigration threat.
            It could have been so much easier. Who in his right mind leaves a club that he wants to reform?  Who walks away from one of the world's largest trading blocks?  To trade with the EU we will still have to accept the free flow of EU citizens to the UK. 

The answer is the UK citizen