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A seasonal argument

“A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.”
Helen Rowland

“All men are created Equal. Some just have more Splenda.”
Jarod Kintz

Two politicians, Andy Burnham and Jeremy Hunt, today became embroiled in a discussion about the need to regulate the amount of sugar and salt in food. The former is of the opinion that government should regulate on the subject and the latter being of the opinion that if the food industry did not take action voluntarily then he would so regulate – although not without scoring a political point by asking his opponent why he had not so done when he was in power. This provoked a minor twitter-storm directed at both politicians, a summation of which can best be encapsulated in the two words: “Foxtrot Oscar”.

We are told that obesity has a cost to the NHS of approximately £5billion per annum and that drives the wish of some to decide what we can and cannot eat. Sugar and salt are no more than a seasoning put on food to, in the mind of the person consuming said food, enhance the taste. Were government to so regulate the quantity of salt and sugar in food products, just how would they then regulate the amount of both that people added in their own homes? How would they regulate those that ‘cook from scratch’? As with most legislation it would appear that little thought has been applied to the problem and that it has not been thought through. Of course, where children are concerned, if the political class had not sold off school playing fields, not banned certain forms of sport in schools for reasons of health and safety – but I digress.

In a recent article in The Times (£) Camilla Cavendish wrote:

“These are cheap industrial substances that prolong the shelf-life of products such as cereal, doughnuts, processed meat, ready meals and crisps, and give them more bulk or texture. Hydrogenation turns liquid vegetable oils into harder substances that clog our arteries and are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and the increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. They were named as a toxin by the World Health Organisation in 2009……..I have just looked to see how many trans fats lurk in my kitchen. A packet of crackers states reassuringly that it contains 0g of trans fat. But it lists ‘shortening (hydrogenated vegetable oil)’ as an ingredient. That is trans fat. If manufacturers are still misleading even conscientious consumers, the Government is being nowhere near tough enough with the food industry.”

When one considers that there is far too much interference in our lives by the political class, coupled with the fact that they lie to us left, right and centre on just about every subject under the sun and thus mislead us, methinks it is about time the electorate become a lot tougher with the political industry – but the electorate won’t, they’ll just, metaphorically, swallow their medicine and then have a spoonful of sugar to take the bitter taste away.

 


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Breaking: Political elite suffer catastrophic speech impediment

“A spokeswoman for Jeremy Hunt says claims that the Culture Secretary sought private advice from a News International lobbyist are “completely inaccurate.” Politics Home Dashboard

 Are we to assume that after providing second homes for the majority, a generous expense system for all, an over-generous pension scheme for all, free iPads for all, subsidized food and drink for all, paid for ”jollies’ to foreign climes for all, a job for which no formal qualifications exist for all, no compulsory hours of work for all, no performance standards for all; fate has conspired to strike them dumb?

A spokesman for ………. says …………..?

“A man’s character is his fate.” Heraclitus

It will be – come the revolution!

 


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The cost of ‘tittle-tattle’

The political class are currently animated with aspects of the Leveson Inquiry into the affairs of one Jeremy Hunt and that of his Special Advisor, Adam Smith, in relation to their dealings with News Corporation.

The Leveson Inquiry is not the first that has taken place during the premiership of David Cameron – the actual number of which I have, understandably, lost count. What seems to have escaped the notice of the general public is the question of who foots the bill for these inquiries.

Reverting to the subject of Special Advisors, we learn from Wikipedia:

“A special adviser works in a supporting role to the British government. With media, political or policy expertise, their duty is to assist and advise government ministers. Special advisers are paid by central government and are styled as so-called “temporary civil servants” appointed under Article 3 of the Civil Service Order in Council 1995  They contrast with “permanent” civil servants in the respect that they are political appointees whose loyalties are claimed by the governing party and often particular ministers with whom they have a close relationship.”

This begs the question of how they can be styled as civil servants, temporary or otherwise, when civil servants are supposed to be apolitical (yes, alright – save the comments….) yet their loyalties lie with a political party and that particular party’s member? A further question arises, which is why would a politician need a special advisor with – leaving aside the aspect of media and political expertise – policy expertise? Are not politicians holding ministerial positions supposed to have some knowledge of the subject for which they are responsible? If not, then why the hell are they in post? Yet a further question is what knowledge do they, special advisors, possess of the subject for which they act on behalf of their minister? It would appear that the answer is none; and that they are purely employed to ensure that any news in relation to the minister, to whom they are responsible, is presented in the best possible light – in other words they are no more than what is commonly referred to as ‘spin doctors’; an art in which truth matters not. 

It will not have escaped the notice of readers that special advisors are paid by central government, yet we all know – or should know – that central government has no money of it’s own, only that which they extract from the people by means of some form of taxation – in other words special advisors are paid by taxpayers. Yet where in any party’s manifesto was there mention of payment for special advisors or inquiries and the need for the funding of either? This would of course be part of any budget, one which Richard North, EU Referendum, quite correctly states should receive the agreement of those who will be providing the money. Of course, were those appointed to ministerial office to hold any experience for the subject for which they are responsible, then the need for special advisors would be negated; likewise errors of judgement would be negated and the requirement for inquiries would be negated.

That our political class are animated with matters ‘tittle-tattle’ can come as no surprise as ‘tittle-tattle’ is all they have left to occupy their time, having ceded governance of this nation abroad. That they conveniently overlook the cost of their indulgence in ‘tittle-tattle’ is but to be expected – when have they ever considered the cost of that which they impose on the electorate?

Don’t you just love representative democracy democratised dictatorship an elective dictatorship?

Just a few thoughts whilst, as I believe the French say, Je suis être seul………..

 


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Fox Hunt – the pack is in full cry

Well, it was obvious that you can’t snare a Fox without a Hunt – and with the latter you need a pack of dogs. The politicians, together with the media, are in full cry today baying for blood and what a disgusting, despicable display it presents to the rest of the world where the standing of our nation is concerned.

The probity of not only Jeremy Hunt has been called into question, but also that of David Cameron – and with the evidence of Rupert Murdoch to follow at a Select Committee hearing it could well be the list of politicians involved will grow. Harriet Harman tweets this morning: “We have to ensure that never again do we allow a media mogul to get so powerful that he subverts the political process.”; and as nothing is certain, she may well regret that tweet as events unfold. 

Richard North, EU Referendum, in a post today talks of cyclical politics and therein lies the problem with the political process that we currently endure. Since the Liberal administration early last century, governments of this nation have been formed by either the Labour Party or the Conservative Party; and thus has this nation been no more than a ping pong ball whose direction of travel has been at the whim of two players who will use any cheap shot to ensure that they win.

The two players involved in this game possess no sense of fair play, no sense of honour and no sense of principle – and, unfortunately it seems, neither do those players waiting in the wings for their turn in the arena. It is ironic that Harriet Harman declares that which she has when it is the politicians who have themselves subverted the political and democratic process – something obvious to anyone with any nous.

The future of democracy and this nation can only be considered as dismal – and frightening – if this game of political ping pong is allowed to continue; dismal for the spectators as it is becoming boring; and frightening because as the spectators leave in droves due to the boredom, the players will be able to bend the rules even further to their own advantage without an audience to shout ‘foul’.

Of course the audience do not realise that they do have the ability to control the game in that they have the ability to set the rules by which the game is played – sadly and more importantly, neither do they appreciate that that which they consider a game is anything but. Our politicians have been extremely astute in ensuring that the system of representative democracy under which we live is the only system of which the public are allowed to be aware.

When the people are made aware that other systems of democracy do exist, that they can control the political class, then they will cease behaving as compliant sheep and rediscover that they are in fact lions – and that is what, I believe, the Old Swan Manifesto will accomplish. On the basis that the fire of true democracy is now but an ember, I am reminded of a verse by J.R.R. Tolkien that is quite pertinent:

“From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring,

Renewed shall be the blade that has broken,

The crownless again shall be King.”

 

 


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