Opher talks to Opher about Democracy and Government.


What is actually being said, is that no form of Government is totally good, so make the best of what you have.

I also agree that the party system is not fit for purpose as when there is a Party it has been formed for a reason, but in time the way the party is may not be totally in tune with the original reasons for which it was created.

Why is this?

Well situations could change with the passage of time and the changes that have taken place, within the country, Society, the population, etc could mean that the original reasons are no longer relevant.

Or perhaps, the persons in control of the Party are no longer wishing to abide by the original reasons

or other reasons and maybe a mixture.

For myself I do not agree totally with any current Party and with some, virtually nothing they stand for.

I also query the political system for what or whom do we vote for.

Do we vote for a Party or a persons, well currently, it appears both for when it suits it could be a Party or a person.

If we vote for a person then the winner, the MP is supposed to be the MP for all the constituents irrespective of whether they voted for the MP or not, and not just the people you voted for the MP. For the result depends on a number of things, like turnout, percentage of turnout who voted for each candidate.

Turnout could be between say 50% to 70% , so a MP could win a vote by much less than 50% of the total persons in the constituency.

Also not all constituencies are of equal numbers of eligible voters.

So, that is another problem as not all persons within a constituency will be eligible to vote.

None of this shows who voted for the Party and who for the individual candidate and why they voted. Did they like the look of the candidate, like their views and were the views theirs or the Parties.

When people vote did they read the parties manifestos, if so, did they understand then or agree with everything within the manifesto of whom they voted for.

Should the party system be abandoned for voting for MPs and maybe just used for electing a Prime Minister.

Could the Government then consist of the best people for each Ministerial position, irrespective of the Party they belong to.

Just some points to consider.

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You don’t like Democracy do you?

No I don’t. I used to but not any more.

Brexit – with all its lies, division and propaganda has clearly demonstrated the flaws. The wealthy elite and those with vested interests ran the show. I do not believe the majority understood what they were voting for. They were carried along on a nationalist narrative fuelled by xenophobia and racism.

Propaganda won.

Why is that?

Well I used to have faith in people but I don’t any more. I guess that I think that half the population have an IQ below a hundred and are much too influenced by the media. They are largely ignorant on many matters, poorly educated and gullible.

The problem with democracy is that the vote of a stupid and ignorant person is exactly the same as that of an intelligent and knowledgeable person.

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Asia Bibi – The Intolerance of the Extreme Muslims.


intolerance in any religion should not be tolerated and there needs to be universal freedom of speech.

Pakistan needs to be brought into the 21st century, but also do many other countries.

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The whole business with Asia Bibi has displayed the rank intolerance of the Extreme Muslims in Pakistan.

For a supposedly civilised country this has been an appalling display of intolerance and injustice.

What started as a minor dispute was escalated into a death sentence. Asia is a Christian and was working with in the fields Muslim women from her village. These women refused to drink from a water bucket that Asia had touched because they claimed it was now unclean. They demanded she convert to Islam and she refused. In the heated argument that followed they claimed she insulted the prophet Muhammad.

Asia was arrested under blasphemy laws and absurdly sentenced to death.

This is not the only travesty of justice. In 2009, politician Salman Taseer was shot dead by his own bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri, after he spoke out in support of Ms Bibi and openly condemned Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The…

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Women’s rights – A list of countries showing when they allowed women to vote.


So approx 45 countries throghout the world have introduced Voting Rights for women, what about all the others. Also are their any restrictions on these rights for if women have voting rights it should apply to all women.

How secure are these rights, can they be easily withdrawn.

Equality should be engaged everywhere and not only with regards to voting rights, but, I assume, you have to start somewhere.

Yes, what about Switzerland why did it take them so long.

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It is quite sobering to look at the year when women were allowed the vote.

Here is a list. It’s a bit crude because there are instances where aboriginals were still denied voting rights.

It is quite shocking to see countries such as Switzerland not allowing females to vote until 1971!!

To think that some countries only gave women the right to vote in the last couple of decades!!

There is much that needs doing in order to gain equality throughout the world.

Well done New Zealand!! Shame upon so many countries!!

  • 1893 New Zealand
  • 1902 Australia1
  • 1906 Finland
  • 1913 Norway
  • 1915 Denmark
  • 1917 Canada2
  • 1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia
  • 1919 Netherlands
  • 1920 United States
  • 1921 Sweden
  • 1928 Britain, Ireland
  • 1930 South Africa3
  • 1931 Spain
  • 1934 Turkey
  • 1944 France
  • 1945 Italy
  • 1947 Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan
  • 1949 China
  • 1950 India
  • 1954 Colombia
  • 1957 Malaysia, Zimbabwe
  • 1962 Algeria

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A Second Referendum – the final decision.


You have a good point, but which of those will the EU allow and none of them mention the right of the UK to decide who comes and who stays within the UK.

I am not adverse to immigration provided the immigrants come to work and are prepared to contribute to the UK and abide by our rules of law and Society.

If some do not work and/or commit crimes then they should be deported irrespective of their family life here.

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Now we know more about what is involved with Brexit I think it is only right that we have a democratic say. As there are a number of options I would suggest that instead of a binary decision we allow the people to decide what flavour we prefer.

I suggest a referendum based on the following:

a. A complete break from the EU.

b. We break with the political union but stay within the Single Market and Customs Union.

c. We break with the political union but stay within the Single Market.

d. We break with the political union but stay within the Customs Union.

e. We remain within the EU.

I think that might give us a better idea of the thinking of the British people. What do you think?

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Why I do not like Donald Trump in a nutshell!


Quite agree

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In my view Donald Trump is a liar and a populist who has used the poor and desperate to gain power and promote his own interests. He sides with the fascist groups and promotes fear of terrorism and hatred of Muslims in order to gain support. He thrives on racism and xenophobia.

What I dislike about Donald Trump in a nutshell:

a. Climate denial and closing down all climate monitoring
b. Doing away with environmental protection
c. Doing away with health and safety regs
d. Cutting corporation tax
e. Cutting tax for the rich
f. Taking away funding for contraception
g. Taking away funding for abortion centres
h. Having a racist immigration policy with blanket restrictions
I. Building a ludicrous wall
j. Producing America first isolationist policies
k. Shutting down Science centres
l. Promoting evangelicals
m. Supporting white supremacist groups
n. Retweeting extreme right-wing racist propaganda
o. Goading North Korea

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Is religion defunct in this day and age?


My own views on religions are contained in my post from 2012, Religions, what are they for? and in many ways my thoughts have not changed.

So I do not wish to remove any religions from today’s world, but they all do need to reflect how their supposed original teachings or basic concepts relate to the world as it is now. None should debase the others and their followers need to act accordingly as tolerance and understanding of others points of view should be, always, the way forward.

PEACE

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The three Abrahamic religions started up way back in the dawn of time – in a time of medieval ignorance.

Judaism has its roots 3000 years ago.

Christianity 2000 years ago.

Islam 1500 years ago.

They originated in nomadic tribes of Arabs in a small area of the Middle East renowned for its many sects and religious fanatics.

They all claim that ‘God’ spoke to their originator when they were alone in a cave, up a mountain or in the wilderness – with no witnesses.

None of the originators wrote anything down.

The writings in the holy books were either accumulated from the prevailing genesis stories or myths or written down generations later from accounts passed down by word of mouth. Yet the adherents claim they are the exact word of God (despite the inconsistencies, obvious social context pertaining to that Arab culture, ambiguities and contradictions).

These holy words have…

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Trump’s Achievements in a nutshell!


Not even a week as gone, but Trump is causing problems that we may never recover from, America what have you done.

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These seem to be some of the main proposals:

  1. To bring back torture
  2. To intensify the war in the Middle East (a second war on terror? – didn’t the first one spawn ISIS?)
  3. To alienate Iran
  4. To build a pipeline regardless of environmental impact and treaties with the native Americans
  5. To tear up environmental treaties – denying climate change, environment destruction and pollution
  6. To do away with Health Care for poorer people
  7. To do away with legislation on health and safety, work standards and pollution
  8. To reinvigorate dirty polluting industries (coal, oil, gas, fracking ……)
  9. To bully Mexico and start a trade war so he can say they paid for the wall
  10. To ban Muslims from a number of countries from entering America
  11. To build a wall
  12. To tear up trade deals
  13. To ban all forms of protest and marches
  14. To bully the media, call them liars and brand the media…

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The Reasons for Brexit, Trump and the rise of Fascism


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There has been a huge swing towards extreme Right-wing policies in Europe and the USA. We have the re-emergence of the Ku Klux Klan and White supremacists, heartened by the election of Trump, we have the resurgence of Fascist parties in France, Austria and Holland and left-wing/centralist governments being under threat from right-wing groups, emboldened by the potential break-up of the EU. In Britain we have had Brexit and now have the most right-wing government since Thatcher. Labour is trailing 20 points behind in the polls. Things look dire.

So what has gone wrong for the whole dream of equality and liberalisation? Is it over? What about empathy, compassion and equality?

Well if we are going to get back to a compassionate liberal society we have to look at the reasons why people have turned to fascists like Trump and believed the lies of Boris, Gove and May. Things have…

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Public Services are in the process of being destroyed!!


Well said and I agree wholeheartedly.

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Not safe in the hands of Tories?? The proof is in the pudding!!

Social Services – Crisis!

Mental Health Services – Crisis!

Care of the elderly – Crisis!

Nurses – Crisis!

GPs – Crisis!

Hospitals – Crisis!

A&E – Crisis!

Ambulance Service – first response by firemen without equipment! – Crisis!

School funding – Crisis!

Teachers – Crisis!

Councils – Crisis!

Crime – rising!

Policing – falling!

Armed Services – Cut to the bone!

Disadvantaged and disabled – blamed and impoverished!

Cut upon cut upon cut – expensive new systems, expensive and useless reforms, pay freezes, pension cuts, job losses, underfunding, change for the sake of change, no rational thinking, creeping privatisation …………. and a bunch of cynical ministers who are totally out of touch, out of their depth and applying large doses of dogma!

When it goes wrong they blame it on the staff or suggest even more expensive…

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Castro dead – It is somehow fitting.


Why can not humans be content with their own life, why should they interfer with the lives of others, especially when there has been no request to do so.

This has been evident from the start of time, by wishing to have what is not theirs, the abuse of power, the need to seek adventure, the desire to control, to possess for should we not be content with what we have. Is it not better to give than take?

But then is giving always right for there is giving and there is giving.

When the Western World took on Christianity, did we not wish to give this to others, whether they wished to receive it or not. When we set forth to find and explore the New World, did we understand what we were doing or going to do. We went to explore, but in doing so did we not invade, decimate the native inhabitants and impose our will, culture and beliefs on them. Then where there was resistance we would kill, maim and suppress the will of the people and eventually enslave them and we called this progress, but for whom.

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Following the visits of the Rolling Stones and President Obama it seems fitting that Fidel Castro should bow out. It is the end of an era.

Fidel was a benevolent dictator. There were lots of good things about him and some bad.

He ran a left-wing, one-party State that was opposed by the USA who tried everything in their power to bring him down. They applied a stringent (and illegal?) trade embargo and attempted to undermine and disrupt his administration in much the same way that they had done in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Unlike with those countries they did not succeed. Castro survived invasion and 8 assassination attempts.

On the positive side, despite the isolation, he ran a successful economy. He did not flout his position and live in luxury like a billionaire creaming off all the wealth. He lived modestly. The country had a superb health and education…

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