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So Much for Democracy

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

So here we are, another weekend nearer to the great EU Referendum. Will we, won't we? Well who knows, but what is for sure is that whatever my personal vote is going to be, whether to stay in the EU or go for the 'Brexit', I know that the decision will be based on my own gut feeling and not what I am being told in the media or by Politicians for that matter.

I have actually found the debate around this referendum a depressing mix of personal attacks and jibes, followed by spurious outpourings from a range of Politicians and pundits who are so entrenched in their beliefs that any form of debate is crushed into sound bites and platitudes. Oh how I crave some adult discussion on a matter that is of such gravitas that a wrong decision on my part, on all our parts, could shape the very fabric of the UK for decades to come.

The lack of sensible debate was never more evident than in Thursday's Question Time on the BBC where we were subjected to an hour of posturing and pontificating and the whole ETON Mess (get it) was capped off by the cream of UK Comedy (supposedly), Eddie Izzard, who threw his arms around and pointed fingers in the face of Nigel Farage in the way a teenager would in an argument on Politics with their parents. 

The state of democracy around the World seems locked into a series of comments and media appearances and everyone seems entrenched and incapable of seeing the other point of view. the result is that rather than seeking to convey a rationale based on the facts, Politicians, as is their want, just desire to 'win' at any cost, because winning is more important than the truth and what is best for the country it seems.

I will cast my vote in a few weeks, but it will be a gut feeling and not based on what these puffed up apologies for our representatives tell me. I will do my own research and I will make my own mind up.

Perhaps for the sake of democracy all these Politicians should just shut up and let the civil servants just relay the facts as far as they know them to be true, then the 'kids in the playground' can play again after the grown ups have made their minds up about what game we are going to play today and in the future.

Cricket Heros

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

So I said to my daughter and wife at the T20 cricket match at Hove last night, there is Alec Stewart. My daughter says that he was her childhood hero (now I feel old) and promptly goes over and casually asks for a selfie!! Mr Stewart was very kind and, I quote, 'a selfie?...of course you can'!! A Gentlemen and one of my sporting heros too.



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