Gina Miller has stood up for our democracy when others have failed to do so

The Independent has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.independent.co.uk/voices/boris-johnson-general-election-brexit-courts-legal-gina-miller-a9218256.html

This woman is fearless and her determination to uphold the rule of law in the UK has been without precedent, but the fact that she has had to do this shows how weak our democracy has become.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

ITV dives straight into a huge General Election Brexit and even misogynistic hole

Well would you believe it? Sadly we probably would. ITV has announced that it will screen the first leaders TV debate on 19th November but that it will only include 2 men in grey suits!

Well done ITV, 3 of the main party leaders (Lib Dems, SNP PC) are women yet both the leaders picked for your 1st debate are male Brexiteers! No Remain Leader and no woman in your debate means it has no balance what so ever. Hang your heads in shame ITV.

But we can do something about this appalling decision by ITV which inadvertently or otherwise reinforces the two old party system. Here’s one petition already doing the rounds you can sign:-

www.change.org/p/bbc-demand-jo-swinson-is-included-in-tv-debates-in-the-run-up-to-the-general-election?recruiter=false&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=caa9fc20-fcc7-11e9-9425-cd57e2141ad6&share_bandit_exp=initial-18730819-en-GB&share_bandit_var=v2

I appreciate that the above petition is all about Jo Swinson being kept out of the 1st debate but she is the only Remain leader of a national political party. For goodness sake this election is supposed to be about resolving Brexit so why on earth have 2 grey suited male Brexiteers debating why their version of Brexit is better than the other one when the real choice is between Leave and Remain and 50 percent of the electorate is female.

Political Cultism – Is it akin to religious cultism?

Jeremy Corbyn is often referred to as having a cult following and the same is said of Nigel Farage of course. Brexit itself seems to be cultish too but our view of cults is often more likely to be connected with religious extremism rather than politics. So the question is do political cults have a commonality with religious cults?

According to Wikipedia in sociological terminology, sects are products of religious schism and therefore maintain a continuity with traditional beliefs and practices, while cults arise spontaneously around novel beliefs and practices.

Well Brexit certainly fits the ‘novel beliefs and practices’ definition as it is based very much on belief rather than facts/reality and it’s proponents (Brexiteers) can be fanatical in their following of it despite strong evidence challenging their often seemingly emotional based stance.

But what of Corbynism? Is it akin to say Thatcherism or Reganism in that its followers see themselves as the true believers whilst they look upon the scepticism of others who do not subscribe to their beliefs as being, in religious terms, heathens? Certainly, in my experience Labour Party members and supporters who see themselves as Corbynistas will often refer to anyone else, even fellow Labour members who are not in the Corbyn sect, as ‘Tories’, the political alternative terminology to the religious heathen I guess. Subscribers to the political sect known as Blairism are particularly hated by Corbynistas yet both Blairism and Corbynism have both been the majority view within the Labour Party in the past 20 years. I’ve heard it said that some Corbynistas hate Blarites more than their traditional ‘enemy’ Thatcherites!

Interestingly though, Johnson, whilst probably being more of a Brexiteer than any members of the Brexit Party, does not seem to have a cultish following. Indeed, he seems to be widely unpopular other than with extreme right wingers. Is that because he switched from being an EU supporter and because he is seen to be a politician who follows the crowd. In other words not a true believer in Brexit?

What makes some of us look upon Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters as being akin to cultists is that they will back their leader no matter what. No criticism of him is acceptable in any form from any quarter and they ‘know’ that anyone who does question Jez is a ‘Tory’.

As a Liberal who likes to hold a healthy scepticism of all political leaders, often particularly Liberal ones, this defence of ‘The leader’ come what may is hard for me to get my head around. I think I smelled something worryingly like cultism with the people who surrounded Nick Clegg during the Coalition Government days. They, like Jez Corbyn’s backers, were not for hearing the noise outside of their seemingly closed group and the consequences were dire for liberalism as it is now starting to prove for Labour too.

To conclude I think it is perfectly possible for political cultism to exist as an extreme form of the political sects which clearly exist within some political parties. The other interesting point to consider here is that those who look to be backing what seems to others as being a cult will probably deny that they’re cultists. Is that because they don’t see themselves as cultists? Is it only those outside of a cult who can see cultism for what it is?

And finally when does a sect, political religious or otherwise, become a cult?

What was Johnson up to when he made his ‘Burka’ remarks?

My first thought is to say it’s no one’s business what I wear and I have no right to push what I believe are the ‘correct’ things to wear on anyone else. But of course I worry that some, maybe many, women who wear the Burka in its various forms are doing so because of male oppression rather than personal choice.

But what worries me even more is the casual identification of Muslims as though it’s OK to make out that they are all potential criminals and terrorists. That line is utterly appalling and its one that Johnson was clearly peddling. Remember he compared Burka wearers with bank robbers and in my view he was deliberately calling out to the kind of people who would want to hear that appalling message.

I agree that religion should be up for having jokes told about it in a free society and maybe some who know me would counter by saying that I would say that as an atheist. But seriously we should be able to take satirical knocks, just look at Dave Allen and Father Ted as examples of the Roman Catholic religion being ridiculed unmercifully.

Our problem is that we have some very unprincipled politicians and a section of the press who delight in feeding prejudices. The fact that they are creating situations where Muslims and others who look or speak differently to the white British ‘norm’ are being attacked in the streets more regularly due to this propaganda is why we are becoming less tolerant, less inclusive and more hateful as a society. There’s nothing at all be proud of, by sailing in that direction one day it will be the minority that you are a part of which will be singled out!

Brexit – Boris talks more nonsense and Labour, who back Brexit, attack him!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42698981

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

That Boris is off on one again is no surprise to anyone but what on earth are the Brexit backing Labour Party up to? They are either with Boris or against him; can’t they make up their minds?

On votes in Parliament Labour nearly always back our Bluekip/DUP Government over Brexit yet they then attack the very same Brexiters they vote with over the appalling consequences of us leaving the EU. What a mixed up and muddled world the Labour leadership must live in.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Brexit – Let’s face it the wheels keep coming off this ridiculous car

www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-chaos-as-top-official-oliver-robbins-quits-after-one-year-in-the-job-a3637166.html

The Evening Standard has the story on its web site – see link above

Leaving the EU has always been about the internal troubles of the Tory Party and what’s going on today is all part of that same internal Tory power struggle.

This latest twist must surely sober up the more sensible Brexiters as they head lemming-like nearer towards the cliff edge, yet will it? May talks of having a great relationship with the EU when we leave but that’s like getting divorced and then continuing as before without being married – what’s the point?

The UK is lurching around making a bloody fool of itself with no idea what to do next in this mad Brexit farce. The lack of a credible official opposition with a clear head on this most vital of issues just makes it all the more dangerous for the UK.

There’s nothing to be optimistic about no matter how you voted it that fateful referendum.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting