The middle ground

What an odd place we are in at the moment in the UK and especially UK politics.

The impasse over Brexit seems to have dragged on for far too long and thanks to the BBC and it’s brethren in the mainstream media most people are either bored silly or ready to ’strike up arms’ if things don’t go their way. I read today that one particular commentator thinks that if the PM cannot get the ‘deal’ through Parliament, she may call another General Election – the last one did not go well for her or the Conservatives as I recall! The trouble is, that even though the polls are showing that Labour are quite well ‘behind’, that may well prove wrong, as it has done before.

The worst possible scenario, however, is that if a Brexit ‘deal’ is achieved, but in conjunction with somehow Jeremy Corbyn and his marxist cronies gaining power. Can you imagine what that would be like in a post-Brexit world. If Brexit is to go ahead the one thing we need to is be more entrepreneurial as a nation and focus much more on business and enterprise – something that is rather alien to the Labour Party in its current form!

Everywhere you look, for example on social media, there are people crying out for the ‘middle ground’ and for a Party (new or existing) to represent the core values, needs and priorities of the majority, in a country where ‘minorities rule’ on virtually every level. Of course, this is unlikely to be achieved until a leader is identified who is able to bring this about. It is very difficult to identify such an individual at present!

What is it about celebrities and particularly those that are wealthy, ‘past their sell-by date’ and largely talentless, that makes them think that they should share their opinions on Brexit with a very gullible public. You don’t see or hear from them for years and suddenly there they are!

Well the ‘clock is ticking’ much faster than it has on Brexit, and even if the PM manages to get a deal that the EU are ok with, I cannot see her getting it through Parliament. Heaven help us then if she does ‘go to the country’.

The very last, last night of the Proms.

For the first time in decades, I did not watch the Last Night of the Proms – I remember going to the event on a few occasions in the 70s.

I have been aware for many years how the overall quality of the supposedly “greatest classical music festival in the world” has been declining, largely driven by the BBC in its desperate attempt to increase the size of the audience.

Given what I have read in the media this morning I did not miss much and it seems that the culmination of what is now a ‘Glastonburyesque’ event was politically hijacked by many and encouraged by the once great BBC. Frankly, I am surprised that the ‘chorus’ Oh Jeremy Corbyn has not been transplanted into the ‘traditional running order’ of the second half of the event!

For many years, the creeping ‘inclusivity’ of the event and the series as a whole has meant more and more non-British flags being waived by people who clearly don’t see or understand the significance of the words they are singing (or probably reading) in such as Land of Hope and Glory. According to a number of reports, the Union Jack was being sold outside the Royal Albert Hall, as usual, but this time alongside many people giving our free EU flags. So much for an un-biased BBC?!

Such is the decline of a once great, unique and patriotic event and series of concerts, the history of the dumbing down of which, can be linked closely to the ‘ownership’ and control of the BBC and its now wide and active participation in our social engineering.

This manufactured decline should be a sad day for us all, however we have now reached a point where most people have not even noticed what is happening.

Tommy…

Well, it seems as if ‘Tommy Robinson’ is out of prison, albeit on bail – despite how some are interpreting his ‘release’. He did not seem to say much on his way out of confinement, but posted a video of his seeing his children for the first time in a while at home – if anything I might question why he felt it necessary to post that on social media?

Then we have reports of the Judge laughing by a window – frankly I doubt that. If he was laughing – and Judges do laugh – I would be surprised that he would laugh at the release, or anything to do with it – and also be caught on camera.

I must admit that I am bemused and unclear as to what precisely – in simple and uncomplicated terms – Tommy Robinson stands for.

The BBC, of course, continue to label him “extreme right” and refer to his past (now divorced) associations in their own inimitable way. But it seems very difficult to understand, amongst all the/his outputs on social media, what exactly he is getting at. He seems to be saying, for example, that he has no problems with Muslims per se, but is concerned about Islam and especially its seemingly unambiguous connection with child abuse in many towns across the UK, as well as its connection with many ‘social ills’ such as FGM.

He also seems concerned about the lack/merits of Islamic ‘cohesion’ and ‘diversity’ and the inevitable ‘ghettos’ that are growing all the time across the UK. All this on a day when Sharia law seems to have been recognised in UK courts in a divorce case.

Reflecting on the issues mentioned above (and I guess there are many more) I find myself asking ‘so what is the problem’ with having views like this? I also wonder why he doesn’t manage to find some time to clarify really this/his position, so that those that support him from an extremist point of view desert him, those that criticise him for his ‘extreme right wing’ views back off and those that recognise his concerns (perhaps even the majority more generally) become more ‘mainstream’.

 

The state of British politics

This morning I listened to BBC Radio 4 Today to ‘catch up’ with what is going on in the world and especially in the UK. Anyone listening could not fail (as usual) to be worried by what they heard.

It seems to me that we are in a bad way on so many levels. Whether from a Party-political point of view, where the main parties are in various forms of chaos driven from within by scandals such as antisemitism in the Labour Party, or leadership problems elsewhere or because it seems increasingly unclear what the main Parties stand for, or clarity as to how they have really changed in recent years. I am confused and I am sure many others are as well.

Many Parties are now attempting to ‘buy’ support by offering short-term ‘bribes’, many of which do little for the long term or ‘broad well-being’ of the UK. There now seem to be so many minority groups and people pandering to them, that any clear view of the majority (and their common values) is becoming ever more difficult to see or understand. Then there is Brexit and what has, is or will happened since the referendum 2 years ago. It seems to infect (and arguably should impinge on) every aspect of our lives. The trouble is that many people (predominantly younger people) seem indifferent to/ill-informed about Brexit or, more worryingly, about politics more generally. Clearly, there are some younger people who are very engaged in politics, or what they see as ‘politics’, however they seem to be predominantly on the left of the spectrum and very gullible to/very short-sighted on the ‘bribes’ offered by Jeremy Corbin and his acolytes.

So why is no-one standing up and offering new alternatives or sorting many of these issues out within the Parties themselves? Why are the ‘majority’ (from ‘left’ and ‘right’) not ‘standing up’ and ‘being counted’?

With a General Election still a few years away, the opportunities for people to ‘go round in circles’ and basing their actions on the outputs or even fake news from various forms of media (that are primarily also doing lots of ‘naval gazing’ in an attempt to reconcile their position and responsibilities in the age and rise of social media) are undoubtedly rife in and potentially destructive of all established sections of the political spectrum.

Minorities and the BBC

Listening to and watching the BBC, it seems that the vast amount of their output of general programmes and news and news-related programmes, feature, advocate and disproportionately support minorities.

A big question for me is, if you added up most these minorities would that be or represent a/the majority? If the answer is yes, then thats fine – but if, as I believe the answer is no, then there is (and UK society has) a problem. The problem being that there is no ‘representation’ of ‘normal’, ‘middle of the road’ people and their values, beliefs or opinions – and that is just on the BBC, never mind politically or more widely.

I recall that when I worked in the field of management and leadership development, there was little or no media available on good and effective management or leadership. This was largely because that was not entertaining and even seen as boring. It’s the same with most ‘commercial output’ on ‘analogue’ or ‘digital’ media – and certainly the BBC. Where are the ‘normal’ characters and/or plots on The Archers, Eastenders or Emmerdale? There used to be a lot on Coronation Street but even that has changed.

Whatever the reason, the BBC are obsessed with representing what they see as reality, in and around Portland Place. regarding our obligatory and apparently inevitable ‘diverse’ society. Listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning, they had am ‘un-checked’ view from a representative of one of these minority groups “The way England is going to look in the future”… If that is not social engineering or brainwashing I don’t know what is. Then there was a feature supposedly about ‘classical music’ and even that was a thinly disguised focus on ethnic minorities.

There is, by the way, nothing inherently wrong with a ‘diverse society’, but not on this scale or so fast.

It is not necessary to name these key minorities, as anyone reading this will know and understand what and who they are. Amongst other things, the big issue seems to be, why are the publicly-funded BBC (and others) focussing on these groups – what is their motivation or objective in supporting, encouraging or possibly accelerating such social engineering and change?

Meghansyndrome

This time last week I sat down, with many millions of others, to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. It was a lovely event (despite the BBC being obsessed with her black heritage – actually only half black) and disproportionately focussing on issues related to that. Yes, the ‘sermon’ went on too long, but the preacher clearly felt passionately about his subject and that was, at least in-principle, a reasonable text to focus on, given the occasion. Otherwise, it was a very happy event.

Since then and seemingly increasingly, the wider media are also obsessing about her ‘heritage’ and every aspect of her past and present. There is even an US outlet asking (in all seriousness) what sort of Queen she will make. Others are saying that she is putting the Duchess of Cambridge ‘into the shadows’.

Initially, when Princess Diana married Prince Charles many years ago, things went well and, of course, we were in a very different world with regards to media and especially social media. Towards the end of her life, things really hotted up and the ‘paparazzi’ had a major role in her demise.

The effect that Diana had on our consciousness as a nation and more widely, has been dramatic, not so much in terms of the direct effects, but more in terms of societally. Our ’emotional incontinence’ has magnified and continues to accelerate so that in a relatively short period of time and right across a nation that was historically and traditionally recognised (globally) for its ‘stiff upper lip’. These changes continue unchallenged.

So the Dianasyndrome is alive and well whether, for example, on TV, at the Grenfell Tower enquiry or by the roadside, where people leave plastic flowers apparently in memory of loved ones. But we now have, additionally, Meghansyndrome, which is taking off nicely and, if it coincides with or overtakes Dianasyndrome, has the potential to be even more destructive for the UK as a nation (and possibly the Monarchy) on a number of levels.

The BBC Proms and all that…

Well, the big day for ‘music lovers’ has come…and gone. The programme for the “largest classical music festival in the world” is out today and continues the downward trend toward some form of ‘cross-over’ music prostituting itself under the guise of ‘classical music’. There are some truly ‘classical music’ concerts, don’t get me wrong, but there is no way that the entire programme is ‘classical’ or even in some cases “music” and then there is the usual liberal dose of BBC ‘virtue signalling’…which some may call propaganda or even brainwashing. It is so sad and the abuse of Sir Henry Wood’s concept for the Proms has been hijacked and polluted by the BBC long ago. He must be turning in his grave.

I switched on BBC Radio 4 as usual this morning to listen to the over-dramatised regurgitation of the same issues as yesterday and the day before…pretending to be NEWs. Suddenly and to my amazement, I heard the dulcet tones of Billy Bragg (who I can’t abide even for a few minutes) spouting his marxist theories for the salvation of mankind. Nothing new there I thought, but as always I wondered what he was ‘selling’…a lot of the BBC output these days are in fact trailers or adverts for their forthcoming programmes. So, I was firstly dumbfounded and then horrified to hear that this was indeed a trailer, but not for a BBC programme. It was in fact for a “speech” he was giving on (marxist) economics…AT THE BANK OF ENGLAND this afternoon, in London. I almost fell off my chair…as I did when I listened to his claptrap on YouTube this afternoon, which I did in order to reassure myself of my personal assessment of this dangerous man and his ideals. I can only assume he wrote the speech…because he read it…in his opulent study in his (by most people’s measure) ‘small Marxist palace’ or, perhaps, Dacha would be a better word.

Incidentally, Billy Bragg calls himself a “musician”, so it got me thinking as to whether he would ever appear at the BBC Proms, given the direction I mentioned earlier. Given the BBC and it’s ‘leftie’ views, I guess that is highly likely.