A Time… to a Seize the Chance for Change!


Take Courage, and Seize the Future!

Take Courage, and Seize the Future!

“My  country, right or wrong” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”   G.K Chesterton

This is not a moment to be cynical… but to take the opportunity,  and to learn from the past; create a better future… as Dr John Davies expounded on his Scottish Independence in his speech:

“This is for the whole of mankind an inspiring example of a country inhabited by people basing their nationality, on civic  rather than ethnic identity.”

For any country in the world  to base its values on those of principle, rather than what has gone before… this is always a good thing!

 However nevertheless, personally… I do not wish to be part of a country, which thinks it even remotely acceptable that one million people visit food banks, and at the same time, we have more billionaires  per head of the population than anywhere in the world!

Or where the richest “1%” percent of Britain’s own the same amount of wealth as the entire bottom 54%  of the population. Although I refer to the term bottom  54% this of course staggeringly represents the ‘majority’ of our population, who are surviving from barely the crumbs, which happened to have fallen from the table of those at the very top.

 The Positive Future we could Seize…

The economy: We should be braver in respect of our currency concern, actually the
“Pound Scots” 
was the unit of currency in the Kingdom of Scotland before the kingdom united with England in 1770!

Can we ‘Scotland’ afford to be an independent country…

 “Edinburgh” is actually the richest city in the British Isles per head of population ‘not’ London, where there is more money generated but also has far more poverty and depravation!

 There is also a number of little told side to the economic story…

 By itself… Scotland, as an independent country rises  up many economic tables.

Also Scotland only spends 9.2% of the national average, but the country earns 9.9% therefore every person would be £800 a year better off in an independent country!

We also must ask ourselves do we also wish to accept the miserable record of inequality in Britain…? A testament to the divisive policies of ‘decades’  of Westminster Governments, under the Conservative, Liberal Democrats, and Labour?

Holding out for a Labour victory at the next election, well this same party has still allowed the crass ‘class distinction’ between those with  extend in the last 40 years! 

In fact it could safely be argued that we cannot afford to ‘not’ to be independent, when you consider we spend £127 per second on loans  Scotland did not take out, as you can read from this source:

The environment: We lead the world  in respect of renewable energy,  and countries from across the planet are investing in us, in fact we are hailed in many respects the… Silicon Valley of Renewables!

I wish those who are in a position of responsibility such as celebrities… would be aware of the historical facts before commenting on Scotland’s future. As Malcolm X   exclaimed in his renowned speech:

“We did not so much land on Plymouth Rock… Plymouth Rock landed  on us!”

They are the sentiments of many people living in Scotland; however when some misinformed celebrity, who I respect in many ways claims we should grateful for the Union, and being born English I am not particularly proud of my prior country.

The truth is, I love  England, but this is precisely  the reason why I am so unhappy with the actual direction the Westminster Government is taking, the austerity measures, which the Liberal Democrats did not believe in, until they had they took the opportunity power over principle, the attacks on our welfare system, and the underhand, but systematic attacks on our NHS, and the entire ravaging of the social fabric of British society.

Neither is it unpatriotic for someone born English to vote for independence!  The Union as it stands, from my perspective is more akin to an abusive relationship, where one partner dominates over the interests of the other. At the very best there are elements of co-dependency, which does not make for a healthy relationship, and in reality this is neither in the interests of Scotland or England!

Far better that we go it alone, and set an example for England, and instead represent those more noble traits of humanity, fairness,  and compassion and demonstrate how much better in reality things can, and actually should be. Otherwise there is little point in being alive, if we are merely struggling for money.

In this, as in everything in life people… Scottish and British alike, we should seek to…

Be your own heroes…?

Unlike others perhaps, I will admit there is some economic risk; however personally I would rather seize this opportunity… than live my life in regret!

And if you still have reservations, as to which way to vote… ask yourself these questions. Of the two camps yes and no,  of these, who demonstrates the most sincere passion, humour, zest for life, and vision in the future? Which of these two positions enthuses your own  heart… 

Whose argument, is based on hope,  and not fear?

Take courage, cast aside your doubts, and place your belief in those far more worthy and treasured of values: in hope for the future,  for your children,  and for your… country!

We deserve better…

Are we supposed to trust a “Westminster Government,” which…???

Things can be 'different' even perhaps... "better?"

Things can be ‘different’ even perhaps… “better!”

Are we supposed to trust a Westminster Government,  which has cut benefits for the sick, and disabled, have allowed ‘food poverty’ a fundamental human right – to increase a staggering…
100 000’s fold?

A Conservative Government, which says it will be the greenest yet, then has cut subsidies for Green Energy Alternatives,  and not to mention ‘fracking which has been proven to at times – create earthquakes… and poisons the groundwater we live  from, for thousands of years! Not to mention, it is also linked to reduced health, including respiratory problems, for those people to have the misfortunate, to be living in close proximity to a fracking site!

A policy, which I feel in reality actually  verges on the insane!

Not to mention the ‘huge’ social inequalities under this Government, as I said they are quite prepared to remove someone’s sickness benefit, resulting in people at least  a few dozen by the latest estimates… committing suicide, or dying belatedly on a hospital beds, after receiving a letter from the DWP expounding how they are ‘fit for work,’  both are cases which ‘have’  actually unfortunately happened, and too many times!

*Scottish father’s son suicide after ATOS test….

 However they then allow hunting rifles for the “elite plutocrats”  to be subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of £150’s ‘each!’

All this, ‘and’ we have more billionaires  in this country ‘per head of population’ than “anywhere” in the world, but Westminster allows grinding poverty, which affects the wellbeing of children, and in reality
our entire  society!

It was a while ago I composed this, however lucklessly  this is still very relevant, gives a broader picture in respect of the gross inequalities, which blight our society:

The crass inequality, which exists in Britain today…

And let us be honest, the Government cannot even stick to its own manifesto proposals! Take for instance the Liberal Democrats, and their stance originally ‘against’ austerity, then when they had a chance of power… not to mention their full U-Turn  on tuition fees.

~Personally, I do not feel there is much purpose of power… in ‘any’ place in life, if you have lost those most meaningful of all things principles,  which motivated a party to try make positive use of this position, and therefore make a meaningful difference! They at best merely represent a cheap shadowed parody of what they were, at the worst  they are actually contributing to the policies, and problems which they initially strove to challenge.

Also there is another side to this story, in which if we proposed to get rid of Trident, this will save us “billions!” Not only that, but this opens up an opportunity for huge investment and growth, as you can see from this Twitter…

#YESFACT: Potential Jobs Boost for Firth of Clyde.

This will potentially create thousands of jobs, and further create additional revenue in the millions, if not… billions!

Please ‘think’ and see the situation for what it is. There are some disadvantages, but “YES….”
in stark comparison to what Scotland in reality potentially stands to gain…???

Syria Dossier’s: Inaction will give the ‘green light’ to the Assad Regime to carry out – yet more atrocities!


Worst humanitarian crime ‘this’ century…
Yet once – Great Britain, has decided to turn
a blind eye. The Conservatives did actually try to act, but were blocked by Labour…

~ Over… potentially a thousand: Men, women, and children…  have been cruelly killed by a ‘gas’ attack in Syria on Wednesday 21st of August, and this is indeed… an exceptionally – terrible way to die! The very same day after – the British Parliament’s disgraceful voted  ‘no’ to taking military action – when this was placed before the Commons… in a snub to international opinion, and ‘basic’ humanitarian rights… a “primary school” in the North of the country was ‘napalmed’ by Syrian force’s jets.

         Yet still  even now… too many of the British ‘public,’ and elsewhere in the Western World… refute the need to take firm,  and decisive  measures – against the Syrian Regime!

          Those people who object to ourselves intervening, can we take it, in this case – that they would also have stood by during the ‘Second World War…’ when it came to the Jewish  people being “gassed,” in their millions – in the Nazi concentration camps? Because I… for one, do not see the difference… if you think there is, then you are evidently in denial – as to in real reality , and the dire dangers the people of Syria have in fact… been facing ‘every’ single day, for nearly three years; who let us not forget… and I know many people conveniently wish to do, but the Syrian people on mass  first began to fight for their freedom, by protesting… “peacefully!!!”

           There are far too many people speaking “blindly…” repeating the cliché mantra of – ‘no war!’ Do these individuals think the Syrian People like – war… absolutely not!  War was forced upon them, when they – stood up bravely… to speak out for the same freedoms, these people who wish ‘selfishly’ not to take action to defend the liberties of others… apparently take for granted!

*In conclusion: to deny what is actually happening in Syria – now, can be considered no better, and as misguided – in attitude  than those who were the at ‘best’ were described as the “holocaust deniers…” of the Second World War!

           At the very worst… this is an exercise in selfish self indulgent denial…  by those who are seemingly prepared to stand by, while men, woman and children – are slaughtered!

 ” If we do not learn from the lessons of history… we are doomed to repeat them! “

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Stephen Fry Urges David Cameron – To Ban Russia From Hosting Winter Olympics Over Gay Policies…

The International Olympic Committee - is a travesty, and a betrayal of the values to which it should espouse, and represent... 'with' a sincere sense of integrity openness , and most of all freedom...

The International Olympic Committee: is a travesty, in its betrayal of the ‘values’ to which it should espouse, and represent… ‘with’ a sincere sense of – integrity, openness, but…
most importantly – freedom!

The recent controversy surrounding the Russia’s Winter Olympics… not to mention continuing complaints as to the damage the construction work has contributed to the environment, and the races indigenous to the area of the development! Also, the Russian’s Parliament’s recent introduction of homophobic legislation; this makes it a moral imperative, that we take an equally strong stance against this country’s increasing anti-democratic governance.

In its all too familiar attempts to subvert the truth – the Russian Regime is carrying out a further systematic  crackdown on the freedom of the press in the country:

~Russia Silencing Journalists.

After all, Greece is actually not only the home of the Olympic Games, but it is also the original birthplace of democracy… but ‘every’ time the International Olympic Committee  – are morally required to take a stance for what is ‘right…’ instead they seek to pitifully  absolve themselves of responsibility!

But the Olympic Movement… in too many respects… has not been the ‘flag ship’  for democracy throughout recent history – it should have been… harking right back to even the Black Civil Rights Movement  in America; particularly the incident, which took place at the 1968 games, which absolutely epitomises the International Olympic Committee’s crass adherence to convention, and their overt misplaced concern that the Olympic Games has an easy  ride – at the expense of what should be the more important priority, the principle of courage,  and those who seek to stand for what they passionately believe in,  which is of course , actually the values the Games should truly  represent!

As you can see in this article:

Black America will Understand…

The Olympic Committee spokesman, said of these brave men’s gesture: “this a deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit.”

This is a absolute nonsense… the spirit of the Olympics should be ‘first’ and “foremost” the promotion of democracy, truth and the right to the peoples of the world to – freedom of expression. Whatever, the colour, race, religious belief, or of course ‘their sexual orientation!’

These are the “principles” the Olympic Movement… should be upholding, not in effect ‘colluding’ with the “blatant” prejudice and discrimination, which too many power corrupt regimes  of these countries are subjecting upon their ‘own’ people, and also therefore the… global community!

The Russian Regime is corrupt…  the false pretender President – Putin is  guilty of carrying out ‘all manner’ of abuses – against the people of Russia, from imprisonment to torture and murder!

# Here is a considerably lengthy  compendium – of the corrupt Regime’s abuse of power, and why we should ‘all’ be concerned about… the country, which is after all is still  – the second… in fact some would argue is ‘the’ biggest  – nuclear power in the world:

Mikhail Khodorkovsky,  arrested on “trumped” up charges of fraud, when he had challenged Putin the previous year about corruption in Russia, and actively supported & funded those who opposed the regime. As well, as many other brave individuals have fallen under his shadow. Yet we in the West we barely do anything, increasing the blood on our own hands. When Khodorkovsky was arrested we should have imposed some level of sanctions – then, instead of allowing Putin’s corrupt regime to remove dissent, and increase its power base, in the ten years – since.

He was arrested on 25 October 2003, to appear before investigators as a “witness,”  so right from the outset in this case, the Russian Authorities  behaved abhorrently dishonestly, and on a decidedly false pretence… as within hours of initially supposedly appearing as a witness, he was being taken into custody, and was charged with fraud:






Not forgetting of course… those outstandingly brave girls in Pussy Riot,  who since being shamefully and falsely imprisoned, have been assaulted and hospitalised for being overworked – at the jail they were in:


In fact what the girls are in reality having to endure amounts to little short of – torture; I just wish the women, and men – of the West, but particularly perhaps the… women of Western Europe… not in the least Britain – would realise what is actually at stake, and how much they risk squandering – when they do not choose to fully  fight for and progress their own rights, in a manner, which respects all of us… as equals. 

We must demonstrate the same spirit  and bravery Pussy Riot have, and others… around the world,
if we are ever to win ‘true’ freedom!!!  :


Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Nothing less than perhaps the very: ‘ Bear Necessities… ‘ of life?

Yogi Bear...  Runs amok - having depleted his last - picnic hampers!

Yogi Bear: Runs amok, having depleted the very last of the…
Yellow Stone’s Park’s tourists’ reserves… of ‘picnic hampers!’

~ Click the image above to watch the Video, and the links ‘below…’ one of which, connects with our favourite inimitable character: ‘Baloo’ from that classic… “Jungle Book!”    * Witness him swing – and indeed… ‘scat’ with redoubtable style and panache – all in the very same jaunty routine!

However, I cannot think why this Colorado restaurant, which specialises in German cuisine – 
is growling,  like the proverbial… bear with a sore head?’

#  This particular Grizzly is after all… I suspect, just ensuring he is gathering – in his rummaging, nothing short of the: ‘Bear Necessities!’

On a personal note: I’ve really acquired something of an inclination towards having my own pet:
Grizzly Bear… “ or giraffe, or perhaps an armadillo… there happens actually to be a particularly  fetching, although – irate example of one these critters… in my rather zany children’s book title: Quirky Claus!

However, I haven’t quite decided yet, which of these furry, and scaled, indeed a veritable – menagerie of options…  to actually plump for.

~ All donations towards this intrepid, and noble endeavour… will  be ‘gratefully’ received?

Pick-up-a… Pick-up-a… ‘apparently’ a “Cosmic-Penguin?”

Captain Jean Luc Picard... knew the Starship Enterprise, had discovered a unique phenomena, whey they stumbled across a 'giant galactic penguin!' Albeit,  he lamented... with no sight of his favourite brew - a cup of Earl Grey!

Captain Jean Luc Picard… knew the Starship Enterprise, had discovered a unique phenomena:
when they happened to stumble across a ‘giant galactic penguin!’
Albeit, he lamented alas…with evidently no discernable sight of his favourite tipple -
‘nothing less’ – than a piping hot cup of alluring… “Earl Grey!”

They may have coined the phrase the ‘Cosmic Penguin,’ for this astounding visage… but it hardly rolls off the proverbial tongue – now does it?

“ *As you can see – here… we have the spectacular sight of the magnificent…
‘interstellar constellations’ of: “

              ‘Taurus the Steadfast Bull; Leo the Brave and Fearless Lion; Scorpio… determined and reputedly the most #sexual of all the star signs,  and of course not forgetting – our most recently discovered edition to these heavenly bodies… the Perilous Penguin of Perpetuity : beware its floppy webbed feet, its inexhaustible predilection for krill, ‘and’ its predisposition for…
errrr  – falling over! ‘

# This… I can ‘personally’ attest to… myself being a Scorpio – an’ all!

Disclaimer: # Sexual of all the star signs   This comment is ‘solely’ the opinion of the writer, and has not been affirmed by any  hitherto – present, prior or some other inconceivable daft bat;  who may be unfortunate enough to ‘date’ the author… in the present, foreseeable; ooooh, let’s be honest – ‘very’  distant future… I mean we’re talking: time travel, and quantum singularities  ‘ere!

Read more at the HuffPost…

Most Voters… “Think Austerity Has Failed,” Recent Poll – ‘Clearly’ Demonstrates!

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Indeed… the previous Labour Government  admittedly made a few mistakes, but spending too much – was “not” one of these; particularly… when you consider many countries spend far more as a proportion of their gross income!

However, we got the ‘balance’ wrong… it is a disgrace that there are millionaires, and “billionaires” in this country, who even in the very midst of the recession – their wealth actually ‘increased.’

Doubly  a disgrace, that when George Osborne cut the tax rate for the very richest in this country from 50% to just 45%… the average millionaire would be £14 000 per week  better off! This at a time… when people’s disability benefits – are being threatened, and actually a number… too many of these desperate despairing citizens – are resorting to committing suicide!

In stark contrast, if you are on benefits – many of these people will not see £14 000’s in
an entire  year…

I wish people would “wake up,”  and be fully informed of  the circumstances, which created the crisis, which fundamentally down to the huge inequalities in our society. For instance in “2012…”  right in the eye of the maelstrom of this crisis – the very richest people in the world, actually increased…  their wealth by at least a staggering  “250 billion dollars!”

Too many people seem to all too conveniently forget, this crisis started with the bankers in America, not  actually with our ‘then’ – Labour Government.

Also people are inclined to believe the ‘easy’ & too  simple excuses the ‘right wing’ press spin – in many of the newspapers, which they ply the public with; instead of allowing the people to observe the actual  facts, and judge the situation for themselves!

The fundamental core of the problem – was not overspend… if it were – we would ‘not’ be living in a country, where people are sleeping homeless on our streets, and something akin to ‘1 in 5 children’  are still  born into poverty!!!

The problem in reality was, that ‘not’ enough “tax” was taken from the wealthy in Britain – to balance and spread this burden fairly, and pay for the improvements in services… the people of the British Isles required, and decisively  deserved.

*The Labour Government did ‘not’ spend too much, the problem is – the wealthy here… have for far too long been taxed ‘disproportionally’ not enough!

If this were not the case, the ‘bankers’ in this country, and others, would not have taken the risks – they actually did; risks  at times so momentously gigantean, that the average person in Britain – has been left feeling agog… at the nature of the figures speculated. In truth situation was… the bankers and those from a decidedly privileged background; who had so  much money… they did not in reality know the real value of this, and as a consequence – to the same extent, behaved equally irresponsibly!

Since… the financial sector of the economy and ‘particularly’ the bankers – who are more to blame than most, have in most respects – taken the least burden for the results of the crisis, but this more epitomises  the continuing gross inequalities, which pervades our society!

And, which I hasten to add ‘any’ mainstream party, and I include UKIP in that equation – particularly considering their improved poll standing, and also because many people delude themselves that ‘they’ offer an easy… simple solution to the crisis. This is simply not  the case, because as with ‘all’ the mainstream political parties, they are not prepared to tackle the greatest issue, which is without doubt – ultimately… the crass underlying social inequalities, which ‘insidiously’ eat away at Britain.

Even Labour – are more interested in appealing to those ‘most’ likely to vote – such as pensioners; I am thinking Hilary Benn’s objections to the rich and very wealthy pensioners continuing  to receive cold weather payments, and other benefits, whether they need the money or not.

This is actually absurd, when you consider that the Government is currently cutting housing benefits, which is directly contributing to increased homelessness in the British Isles; not forgetting other equally effected vulnerable segments of the population struggling to survive on benefits! Families, and those with children… who cannot even be guaranteed a decent upbringing, including the basic right… to have access to nutritional food, and sufficient heating, and not neglecting of course… a good education – so the future is therefore brighter for everyone in our social society!

~ All this lack of generosity of spirit, and downright penny pinching… which is literally costing lives, and this  in a country – where we are ‘still’ remain one of the very richest nation’s in the world!

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As Nelson Mandela dies… the historical leader of the anti-apartheid movement – who bravely fought his own battles… in his latter days with his legacy of respiratory problems; how does his legacy compare with Margaret Thatcher’s… who many believe was a tacit supporter, in her polices – at least, of the South African racist Regime?

*Thoughts: On the passing of Nelson Mandela, and his longevity... in outliving one of his fiercest critics - Mrs Thatcher, albeit struggling greatly in the latter stages of his life, and their 'starkly' contrasting contributions... to 'our' society, and in fact - the world!

 Add Media *Thoughts: On the passing of Nelson Mandela, and his longevity… in outliving one of his fiercest critics – Mrs Thatcher, albeit struggling greatly in the latter stages of his life, and their ‘starkly’ contrasting contributions… to ‘our’ society, and in fact – the world!

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing… and his memorial service – I believe it is time to consider the of this great man, and one of his notorious counterparts.

# Nevertheless, it is better I feel… to allow people to arrive at their ‘own’ conclusions in regard to what…

Margaret Thatcher’s legacy – should actually be?

However, for my own part, I do wonder if there is a sense of…  poetic justice?

Nelson Mandela – the man she actually branded a terrorist, who had his own health scare only recently and who has been struggling greatly since, but appeared for a time – to be on the mend, before ultimately taking his final bow.

He had nevertheless – outlived our own prior Prime Minister…. Mrs Thatcher!

Whom I believe – in effect, at the very “least” actually gave ‘tacit’ support… to racism and segregation in South Africa – by continuing to do business – as usual, with this regime; when decisive action  was required – not a state of at the very ‘best…’   almost – apoplectic apathy.

*An alternative perspective from a young African… ‘challenging, provocative and controversial.’

Or read more of the Article at HuffingtonPost:

Syria Uprising: We may cast a critical eye on the abuses of the First… and Second World Wars; however ‘we’ similarly neglect – to take action to prevent… crimes against humanity, which in many respects amounts to -nothing short of genocide!

The lies we tell ourselves to allow ourselves to feel - comfortable, while 'innocents' die "murdered" by cruel barbaric regimes!

The lies we tell ourselves to feel comfortable, while ‘innocents’ die… “murdered” by cruel barbaric regimes!

# ‘ It’s nothing to do with us…’  “apparently!”

How can we utter these monotonous narratives…   when children  are being forced to fight, because they  and actually their families  are struggling to survive, and otherwise facing… imprisonment, torture, murder,  and countless other crimes against the people of Syria?

Under such circumstances, placing a gun… in your child’s hands, is better than – that child facing these possible alternatives. For that matter, is there much point in you,  your family, and children… living, if they are unable to actually live – freely?

Nevertheless far… ‘far’   too many people with the Syria issue – have an attitude of:

“See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil!”

And instead of rightly being appalled at the plight of the Syrian People, and the subsequent lengths they have to resort to – just to survive, because we  are allowing  for this state of affairs to continue, and indeed in fact – deteriorate; I have actually heard on the contrary –  people crassly describing these brave citizens of Syria as terrorists…  which is the precise reason… I felt compelled to write this article.

Indeed, I think it would be another matter entirely… if it were people’s own  children, and their families, who were being persecuted – instead - ‘ here ‘ in the comparatively comfortable and safe West! If we are not prepared to care enough… to protect the rights and freedoms of others, then we are actually – equally…  not valuing our own rights, and by default – taking these for granted; therefore… as a consequence – risking the demise of our own liberties.

# In fact a report has said: the Syrian conflict was “disturbingly unique” in its deliberate targeting of children,  warning that ‘ no child was now safe.’

Too often, in regard to this topic, I see ‘over-riding’ ignorance prevailing, alarmingly similar as to the ‘millions’  of Jews being killed in concentration camps, which was apparent in the Second World War,  because we ‘chose’ not to act or certainly – soon enough!

As we see Samantha Cameron  visiting Lebanon – in the HuffPost article link at the end of this piece,
I would ask please for: ‘ Less words, and “more” action? ‘

We ‘should’ at the very least  instigate a “No Fly Zone” over Syria, and ‘neutralize’ once and for all…  the advantage of ‘air capability,’ this repressive undemocratic regime – has over those who sincerely desire, and are fighting with their lives – for the freedom of Syria!

The recent probable development of Assad using gas nerve agent – against civilians… let us not delude ourselves: these are no worse than any other heinous crime – committed during the First and Second World Wars, which the ‘world’ at the time promised  they would not ever  again stand by… and watch, while such atrocities are perpetrated, but seemingly – we are!

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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Arm the opposition? For those who ‘fight’ against the Assad Regime, ‘and’ seemingly now – Hezbollah, who are actively supporting this discredited Government!

Syria Man & Child!!!

*How on earth can people disagree with arming the Syrian Rebels?
Where in this great battle for the ‘right to the freedom of expression,’ and for the people of Syria to choose the course of their lives… where are ‘consciences,’ and the rightful sense of indignant injustice we should be feeling for the Syrian People’s plight?

             Where are…  our consciences?

One of the near countless  incidents, which sparked this war… was in fact a group of children who were caught by the Regime: scrawling anti-Assad messages on a wall, and were consequently captured and tortured – by having their fingernails pulled out!

              This is not a group of terrorists trying to overthrow a respectable fair minded State, a representative of democracy in any  sense; these are people fighting for their very existence, the right to govern themselves, and actually determine their own lives!

            The Syrian Regime, is committing genocide, murder, rape, torture, and imprisonment of ‘any’ and all of its opponents; what more atrocities does this cruel despotic Government have to indulge in exactly, for we – the ‘West…’ to finally get some backbone  and feel we must  rightly intervene?

            Those people in the West who lazily label the Syrian people as terrorists  - who are instead fighting for their lives and freedom; these people in the West who adopt the attitude of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,”  conveniently forget the Syrian people did  attempt a “peaceful” uprising, but were shot and bombed, and ‘worse’ for their brave stance against a dictatorship, which is intent on stamping out the merest sign of dissent! They, the ‘people of Syria…’ as a result were left with little alternative – than to bear arms.

            Not forgetting, when many members of the Syrian army, who ‘stoically’ refused to fight or carry out atrocities – in the name of Assad, and were usually consequently summarily shot on the spot!  Other brave individuals – deserted, taking up the cause, and forming the courageous ranks of forces ‘such as the Free Syrian Army!’

           On Wednesday hundreds were reported dead in an alleged gas attack A Call to Action…  by the Assad Regime on the suburbs of Damascus! This comes on top of a prior reported incident, only a short while ago…  yet another reported massacre of men, women, and ‘children.’

            In this conflict and these people’s brave and stoic fight for liberty against overwhelming odds…  this term has almost become a Cliché,  which is an atrocious indictment of the world’s crass indifference, and lack of meaningful action taken – in resolving this conflict.

           If the Assad Regime were to achieve victory, and I ‘do’ believe the human spirit will triumph, and this despotic dictatorship will  be overthrown! Nevertheless, consider for just a moment please… the consequences of the Assad Regime succeeding? This regime is supported by without doubt – those with real  terrorist links: Hezbollah, and Iran just to mention a few!

Also Russia… yet another Government, which murders, tortures and imprisons its opponents… has military installations situated in Syria and therefore is actively  supporting the Asad Regime.

           What is more… the fledging democracies of both Iraq, and Afghanistan have come under renewed threat recently, by internal struggles, and external pressures – including Iran, which attempts to subvert both of these countries, because in reality ‘many’ in the Iranian Regime, do not wish to have a democracy for their own people, and see such as these… emerging democracies as a genuine threat to their own repressive regimes; and what is more… they absolutely  are! They shine the light of hope for people, who wish to see a better future for not just the select few, but all!

           Yes, both Iraq and Afghanistan are admittedly endeavouring to evolve into mature democracies… in fact in many respects, have recently come under pressure like never before, and deserve our sincere and continued support. Nevertheless, they also have acted like a beacon of hope in the Middle East for the Arab uprising,  and those who protested in Iran after the ‘largely believed’ 2009…   flawed election.

            Please do not underestimate how much is at stake here; the Free Syrian Army, are not  just fighting for their people’s freedom, but also actually – in reality, the stability and the huge potential for a balanced, fair and open democracy – in the region of the troubled Middle East, and therefore of course, the future prosperity, and progress, of in fact – our own  society, if not the world!

             Ultimately we face a stark contrast, if Assad were allowed  to succeed, and this is what the fundamental question really boils down to… because we have more than the necessary capability to end this conflict – if we applied the will, and therefore the force of arms…  potentially within a matter of just a few weeks  this conflict could be over; leaving the Syrian People free to choose the course of their ‘own’ lives, which is a fundamental   human right! We must neither forget that – Hezbollah, who have now been classed as a terrorist  organisation by Europe… that they alongside others are supporting the Assad forces, but if  this barbaric regime – were to succeed, the ramifications for the people of Syria, and in fact the world… would be nothing short of a – catastrophe.

              This is not to speak of the fact… that AL Qaeda has also become increasingly  involved seeking to spread their influence throughout the world. AL Qaeda… were reportedly to have recently captured and tortured a little girl…  to death, due to the simple fact… her family happened to be of the wrong  religious grouping!

# Alternatively, if the Free Syrian Forces were to overthrow their oppressors… then this would be another significant turning point, perhaps even a tipping…  point for democracy – in not only the Middle East, but for ‘mankind’ throughout the planet.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt “Bans…” Gagging NHS ‘Whistleblowers!’

Whistle blowers bring much needed honesty, and transparency into the dark places of any and 'all' organisations; this should be respected!

Whistle blowers bring much needed honesty, and transparency into the dark places of ‘any and all’ organisations; this is a gesture of courage, which should be respected, and most certainly…  protected!

This move by the Government to prevent gagging orders, should be welcomed. To criticise this move regardless of its merits, because it has been enacted by an unpopular Coalition… is as misguided in many respects, as the multitude of actual ill conceived polices, they ‘have’ enforced.  We must not judge all politicians – as the same, for convenience, whichever their allegiance or colour happens to be. In effect this is ‘as’ mistaken – as staunchly following a party ‘blindly’ and portfolio of its policies, whether they are right, and happen to make sense, or not!

People should ‘objectively’ look at each policy and view it in context of what is best for the world, mankind, and our country, and therefore society.

In this case, whatever  reason the Government have deceased to stop gagging orders preventing whistle blowers – speak out, in the NHS… the point is – it ‘is’ the right thing to do!

Ultimately rather than criticising the moves of individual parties, and labelling all politicians as untrustworthy; if people are looking for ‘long term’ & meaningful change, then this will only ever take place… when there is a “fundamental” and ‘wholehearted’ reform of our electoral system, and therefore my preference is to choose for forging a better future: Proportional Representation  as the most ‘accountable and transparent’ of the varying forms of electing – what are after all are…
our  representatives!

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Here is my interview with Sebastian White

Sean Sebastian White:

This Sebastian White…

Evidently an ‘undiscovered genius!’

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Name Sebastian White

Age 44 (Ahem… you should never ask a ‘lady’ her age!)

Where are you from

Leeds, although it has been speculated that I may have harkened from some other inter-planetary body!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Jeez, that’s a big one…

Erm, I sorta just take one day at a time!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always been a writer, as with life… there’s no beginning or end apparently – bugger! Time is all “relative” an’ all that…

Who was it who said that? That chap with the big hair? He who appears to have been spending too much of his recreational moments… undertaking the work of an electrician, whilst evidently lacking in the necessary qualifications; or perhaps standing too long in the vicinity of a particular efficacious plasma globe!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Always have……

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Topless… Tunisian Femen Protester Amina ‘Admitted To Psychiatric Ward By Her Family…’

 A number of years ago…

I had a very, very  similar  experience myself – on a ‘Sanctuary Housing Association,’ estate in Leeds! At the time, I was writing my first book Quirky Claus,  which took nearly ‘four years’ to complete, but achieving this on a slump estate “riddled”  with alcohol and drug abuse… well to say it went somewhat ‘against the grain’ there – is an understatement!

This… on an estate, which disgracefully  had its freedom of expression in many respects…  thoroughly ignored and repressed, by those in a position of responsibility.

Well, you can imagine a man  writing a children’s book, being considered somewhat unconventional in ‘many walks of life,’ but on which, was without doubt myself living on an exceptionally socially dysfunctional estate…  well? I was ‘beaten up’ regularly by neighbours, and the police in ‘Leeds’ used one excuse after another to “not” do anything ‘meaningful’ about the problems, I myself and many  others faced on this estate. There was an endemic attitude of denial, which was staggering, and all the while… shameful – to behold!

In fact on one particular occasion… after being beaten up so badly, I had to call an ambulance; the police also arrived, but when I turned down the ambulance, as I did not wish to appear ‘diminished,’ or for that matter ‘beaten’ in both respects of the word – in front of these neighbours; instead I was “arrested” and I spent the night, one of a number – in a police cell!  For all intents and purposes…  the police in Leeds colluded  with – those who resorted to bullying on this estate.

Yet, some ‘two weeks later,’ I was still  experiencing symptoms of concussion…

On yet another occasion, I was busy writing my next book The Tallest Dwarf’  at half past ten on a Saturday night… when I similarly had the police call at my door, and I was arrested on a baseless accusation of assault, which was proven to untrue  in court – as much as could be feasibly possible, which under the circumstances… considering there were numerous neighbours – who cowardly involved themselves in this bullying… were prepared to say anything  to their shame and disgrace, in an effort to have myself convicted. Once more I had spent the night in a police cell, which you can imagine how aggrieved I felt – when I have spent years working on a weekend – up this point, and since. The police also wished to confiscate my computer, which I protested over vociferously… as this contained ‘all’ my writing, and I did actually win this small battle.. small victories  – as they say! However despite the fact, I had been before physically assaulted by an Officer on a false arrest  previously, and on this occasion, the police of officer in question – derided my first book… describing this as a ‘pamphlet!’ Well, six years later… Quirky Claus  as well as entirely selling out in dozens of stores, is in over 300 libraries, has been read by potentially thousands  of children, and in the last recorded year – the borrowing figures through libraries… were the highest  they had ever been!

“Another aspect of the cynical paradox of this situation was – in part, at the time I was visiting the Ilkley Literary, and people such as Dom Joly… partook of a copy of my book for his kids, and Joanne Harris – actually linked to my website – on seeing the story. ‘Here’ in these people – particularly Joanne… what I was trying to aspire to, was respected, and actively ‘encouraged’  but this should be the case throughout society, where anyone  strive to be a better person and improve themselves!’ Nevertheless, to instead return home in fear and apprehension, and conversely not even have your most… very ‘basic’ rights  respected, was abhorrently, and absolutely utterly wrong!!!

Can I also say please about those people who may have some prejudices about being ‘sectioned…’ that I actually became friends in there… and I had not realised this – until after my discharge, but the son of the actual Defence Secretary. The difference was – he committed himself, because he was not eating, due to personal issues; ‘I’ however was committed – I feel, for standing up for what I sincerely believed in,  and simply because… I was striving for a better life, not just for myself, but for others!

Additionally the ward, actually in the time… I was there, released  patients, who I considered were  possibly a potentially a danger to themselves… if not others:

For instance, and this was one of the ‘almost’ humorous  aspects of my internment – there was a particular patient who would follow me around the ward, and occasionally burst into song; apparently he believed I was “the” Secret Millionaire…  from the Channel 4 programme, and was intent on doing X-Factor style auditions – at every available opportunity. When he elaborated to myself – on one occasion – of leaving on the next Saturday, I genuinely  thought this was yet another – delusion of his, but sure enough they did  discharge this chap, while disgracefully keeping interned some – who I am sure were more sane, than some of those who were actually running the circus, show, sorry…  ‘ward!’

To summarize:  weird or odd has  to be considered in context: ‘odd’ in some places, and circumstances – is anybody  who happens to be only a little bit different  or even in just reaching for expectations and aspirations, which others may not recognise or be resentful of; even actually – just by the mere fact this person is exhibiting the courage in pursuing their dreams, they wish in truth – they could utilise that strength – themselves! We all in reality can do, all you have to do is believe…

Terry Pratchett expounded repeatedly on this misconception – on numerous occasions, in his Discword novels, that the perception between someone who is considered by society an ‘eccentric or conversely a ‘nut,’ and their social or class background, ie money!  For example Lord Tootle Royd the 453rd, and his wife Izabella  – can merrily spend their Sundays enjoying the many delights of indulging in their purpose built – funfair they have erected… ‘naked’ on a multi-acre estate; while Joe Bloggs on the local deprived… socially disenfranchised estate, could simply place a vegetarian sticker in his window, and be considered a ‘bit round the bonkers!’ * Since writing this latter remark, I have actually heard of story of a lady… who encountered much the same abuse as I did on a similarly deprived estate, because the locals had simply discovered… she was homeopath.

Disconcertingly from my own experience, something as simple as this, can be the catalyst and forerunner to years  – of abuse, because people, in such situations, the perpetrators…  usually feel excluded  from society – themselves. Worse, that mere act could lead to one person being unduly bullied, and then because the causes of these issues are not  recognised, and neither dealt with – other people follow like the proverbial unthinking sheep, because they know too often from experience… it is a case of bully or be bullied;  this then can escalates to ‘full’ scale abuse and discrimination, and the person with initially good motives and intentions, instead… ‘conveniently’ in the eyes of the police – who are supposed to of course protect such brave and aspiring individuals, are instead – considered the cause!

However the real source  of these problems… are in reality – the discrimination, and bullying, which exist on these estates – in the first place! The mistake the police are making is misdiagnosing,  and therefore unfortunately identifying these unfortunate individuals – as the cause; when all they happened to do, was to inadvertently bring it to the fore – just by their mere presence  – in just being themselves, and hence becoming the focus of this unwarranted attention. If a person’s personality is based on the positive strengths of being different, then they are left with nowhere else to turn! At times such as this, people consider suicide or actually commit the act, because they feel society is refusing to allow them to exist – for who they really  are!

We should all  be very, ‘very’ – wary, when society ‘any’ society – uses incarceration to silence dissenting voices, but perhaps considerably “more” so… when this is done under the guise or charade… of someone being mentally ill!

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Stephen Lawrence Family ‘Spied On By Met Police In Smear Campaign’ Says Former Officer Peter Francis

While, I’ve known a number of good Officers; however I have to say unfortunately… also been on the receiving end of – as nearly as many: bullying, ineffective, and incompetent Officers, who are equally as abusive, and at best… neglectful of their roles and duty to the society they should cherish; this was particularly  my experience in England.            

           For instance on a Leeds Sanctuary Association estate… I had to endure “years” of problems with neighbours, to the extent: I was verbally abused, beaten up on a number of occasions; the neighbours lied… and I was arrested by the police time and time again, on false  allegations. In fact, recently I have heard of a lady who was interested in homeopathy, and related subjects, and she received a similar level of abuse and discrimination!            

          For all intents and purposes, and I am being ‘diplomatic…’ but the police “colluded” with the neighbours, in the debacle. Not all of them, but the general ‘process,’ meant trying to seek the easiest  and simplest  solution to the problem as possible for ‘them…’ and their convenience – regardless of the consequences to the individual; and turning a blind eye – to the huge social inequalities, which were in many respects – the major cause of  the discrimination, and prejudice, and bullying, which were ‘rife’ on the estate!            

             To place these issues in perspective, and why there “has” to be nothing less than a complete ‘top to bottom’  overhaul of the police service! While I was going through the related court case, and had to stand outside these judiciaries waiting for my judgement, at this time I’d considered suicide – many a time, because of the injustice of the situation, and my innate anger. In fact amongst all these other people who were mired in the protracted ‘self serving’ bureaucracy of the legal system… there was a kindly elderly couple waiting also… , who appeared ‘entirely’ out of place – particularly considering the clientele – socially disadvantaged, and myself for that matter… to some extent: I cannot imagine the investigated – criminal profile  of someone who was being accused of going on a social rampage, and a housing association estate; to boot – a general menace to others, and himself, having the criminal profile on investigation of having of a children’s book writer, and the patience, and dedication which a person – has to commit to this.

In any  intelligent person’s mind… this hardly amounts to in reality to someone who is – intent on being a menace to society, the majority of writers… I would have thought, are actually quite the opposite, and are prepared to spend years  of their lives making the commitment they feel is their…  special contribution to our society.

Outside the courts… and I am not attempting to be disparaging in my assumptions… however most of these people were a hell of a lot younger… than this gentile couple, and unfortunately – fitted the usual stereotypes – at least in their manner and appearance! Nonetheless, I still maintain in large part, because the United Kingdom is a ‘class ridden’ country, with little chance of upward ‘social mobility,’ which has actually become worse  over the last ’30 years…’ that this is  the essentially the essence – of the fundamental problem!

# This article, and particularly  the cartoon – place the problem in stark  context… social inequality  not merely affects our earnest need and desire for a sense of fair play, but also ‘every’ area of our society including actually – economic growth… is negatively impaired!            

              However, not one to be deterred, I did make further enquiries and asked this elderly couple why they were present and mired in the protracted bureaucracy of the court ‘system?’ And it transpired – that they were here: because of all things… an Officer had said they had been abusive when they were arrested for speeding, and implied… from what I recall, they were charged with assaulting him. If you had seen this couple… who in their appearance were more reminiscent of a Werthers Original feature, you’d realise instantly  – the abject absurdity of this!             

              This incident… was actually going back months – apparently, as this couple expounded on further to the background of the case; they did not say as much – themselves, but what was suggested in reality is this: the Officer who had actually forgotten to process this case, had then confused the paperwork, and was covering himself to a large extent. Not realising probably that it was an elderly couple he was charging, and in the disgraceful protracted, and neglectful bureaucracy of the Crown Prosecution Service, they were still called to court, and obviously the case was ‘overturned!’  

             Their  circumstances were in a different context, but of a similar ilk: but consider a ‘young guy on social welfare,’  on a run down estate – riddled with drugs and alcohol abuse… who was experiencing bullying… because he was ‘different’ in aspiring  to just do more with his life, and refused to be pulled down, by the repressive malaise, which was insidious, and insipid – on this deprived estate.

              Notwithstanding this… still I managed to finish my first book *Quirky Claus  however in these circumstances, and it was my word against an Officer, or in my situation a ‘number’ of colluding Officers, who just wished an easy life, and followed the crass injustices of a grossly distorted system! Then I also had no one to particularly vouch for me, as writing is a solitary pursuit – on the whole, and therefore provide me with an alibi; also I have little family support – I can count on. Who would the court believe in such circumstances: however erroneous, misguided and – actually outlandish  at times – the claims were by neighbours, and the Crown Prosecution Service, and Officers… all of who allowed the ‘system’ to override any sense of fairness and justice?                 


              Due to the years of bullying I personally experienced, and this happened and was dealt with ineffectively in ‘several’ addresses for a considerable period – I had to then experience the indignity of receiving a charge of harassment from the police, because again – they did not really have the will and courage, to get to the real source of the problem! ‘Worse’ if I had not been aspiring in being a writer… to something, which others were resentful of, in a socially disadvantaged situation… I dare say these situations would not have occurred, and I would not be ‘still’ facing the challenges I am now.

It is a damning indictment on society, when those who risk ‘everything’ and put their soul into doing something to advance, not just themselves, but for the betterment of the culture they live in… that they are not only chastened, and ridiculed, but those who should be deigned to protect them – the police,  and other authorities, not only fail to do so, but actively collude to some extent – with those committing the  real  crimes, and perpetuating the abuse, and woeful hurt, which beget our society!                   

                  Nevertheless…  you take the charges of:  “cover up, abuse of position, and collusion,” which are arising in many parts of British Society now: everywhere from the NHS scandals  – recently, where it seems reports of bad practice were buried  to the extent – that this ‘has’ actually cost many lives; to allegations of our Government spying on its own people, and if this not horrendous enough – but also colluding with America in these activities; in fact – breaching the human rights of their own citizens.                   

                   It brings to mind the ‘extraordinary rendition’ of a Libyan Commander: Rendition-of-Abdel-Hakim  under the previous Labour Government, and the signing off – of this by Jack Straw, in which Abdel was sent back to Libya, after being in exile – where he was subjected to years…  of imprisonment and torture.                 

              #  These extreme travesties of justice are – all too real, whether this is the: Stephen Lawrence case, Abdel Hakim, or myself who experienced admittedly – the lower end of this… it still amounted to the same lack of integrity and principle demonstrated by others, and consequently turned my life upside down for years. It feels as a betrayal of – what we all should  ‘hold to be true…’ leaving something of a cold bitter taste – for a British society, I believe we should regard as an extended family  in a ‘healthy’ country, at least;  who are there to support you when life is difficult; not conversely seek to undermine these traits, which I sincerely admire in others, and therefore seek to reflect in myself, and hopefully extend that sincere belief to others! 

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..as an Author, when all else fails, yeez can retire to the back of yer own mind and there be content… #TBSU…

Sean Sebastian White:

Not sure what the ‘reblog’ function is… but I like this article!

However, Einstein ‘did’ get a lot of things wrong, and bizarrely refused to believe in Quantum Physics, which having understood this myself – I can understand why.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…he was supposedly regarded as slow, a bit backward at school, being a quiet, reserved lad… didn’t communicate very well… kinda introverted, not much of a mixer… the WURLD later came to know him as Albert Einstein… his mustachio-ed adorned upper lip would have served the Movember charity push proud… and his burgeoning riot of a hairstyle would have kept a team of trainee barbers going for weeks… his equation, E=MC2,  is recognised almost globally (although few could tell yeez what it actually means)… his IQ would prob’ly rip through the upper ceiling on Mensa test gauges… if he lived in this modern 24/7 chat-show channel age, there’s no doubt the television moguls would be clamouring to have him on screen constantly… except… except… the man was possessed of more than just intelligence… his genius of thought was coupled with an enormous dry wit, and an awareness of how…

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