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20161128 How can we blame Society when the society we have is the one we've allowed to develop?

I started out, this morning, to write a funny piece. I noticed that most of my Commentaries lately have been political, in one way or another, or serious. That's not a reflection of the vast majority of my thinking or of my life. I laugh a lot and I have a lot of fun and people around me laugh at my antics and at the things I say.

But as I worked on the article, it did a sudden change of direction. Actually, it took a change of direction after about .. well, no, even that's not true: it changed direction while I was thinking how to start it, before I'd even sat at the table that, in my nomadic life, is today's desk. And then it changed direction again after the second paragraph, as it became obvious that, to get to the funny piece, I had to write background, then background to background...

And, before anyone reads the first sentence of this, the background to the background, here's some background to the background to the background: don't think that this article is anti-EU. It isn't; not in the slightest. I'm just using a specific European Council document to illustrate a global problem.

20150622 A few thousand demonstrators hit the news; many millions of workers don't.

#politicalrealitycheck

Yesterday was Sunday and, like millions of people, I spent the day at my desk, generating wealth for myself, my family and, because I pay taxes, society. No one asked me, or the millions like me for my story.

And yet this morning, the newspapers and broadcast media are focussing on the few thousands - if we are generous, the few tens of thousands - who demonstrated against "austerity" in various parts of the world.

The world needs a political reality check. Let's do a hashtag: #politicsrealitycheck.

 

20141217 As a UK election approaches, let's head off some political lies..

Ignorance remains the main weapon of Thatcher's critics.

The bandwagon of distaste for Margaret Thatcher to which the left - in all its forms - has hitched itself is characterised by rumour and untruth. Even those writing in respected newspapers would rather perpetuate falsehoods that have passed into public acceptance by repetition than to set the record straight - or at least decline to print it. Add in the comments which are being added to articles all over the web and social media is rapidly being demonstrated as the tool of the manipulative and the revisionary.