Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday 9th May

Eddie Procter in his blog 'The Wake' sums up the feeling of the few who viewed with mounting despair the Election results yesterday, there I was waiting for a shake-up in the voting patterns it did not happen. We are condemned to five years of Tory servitude, my heart sinks, as the constant
background chatter of the commentators adjusts our nation's thinking to the 'safe option'.  Three leaders down, does not break my heart, I wanted a different pattern to appear.  Chaotic maybe, honest definitely, the ability to  look back at the 'State' which governs us and to really  put it through the wringer of truth, but no we get politicians who will sometimes lie, compromise on what should be done, but will we get fairness?


Enough, I have just found another character to love, John Thomas Blight, 1835 to 1911 antiquarian and draughtsman, he ended up mad in Bodmin Lunatic Asylum and finished his life there. It sounds a terrible place, but did improve in later years, John Clare the poet comes to mind, where does madness lie I wonder?  And why should I be thinking it on this post election day?  Two of his drawings he was also interested in the churches of Cornwall and illustrated books for them as well.



Two books to explore as well;  The first on Cornwall, the second on Dartmoor.


4 comments:

  1. We just had an election here in Alberta, and the Conservatives were ousted from their 44 year rule by the New Democratic Party (Socialist). One of the main reasons was that the conservatives formed a break away party called "The Wild Rose Party" which is extreme right wing and appears to believe that the disabled should get less money to live on because God must have made them disabled for a very good reason.

    It never occurred to them that by splitting the right-wing vote, socialism could end up with a majority (duh!). I don't think that a single NDP candidate expected to be elected at all. We have been starting to grumble about the conservative's rubber stamping big business to the detriment of the people here, and that added to the election results. The NDP were not so much elected in as the conservatives were elected out.

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    1. Hi John, the two party system should be dead by now, but everyone says that proportional representation does not work, yet given the number game in this last election, at least the green party could have got a couple of more seats, sadly so could the UKIP people, a frightening prospect. Perhaps we need a totally different approach and to quote Leopold Kohr, something I am in favour of by the way ;)
      "The new radicals are therefore the decentralisers, the federalisers, the regionalists, the regional nationalists (in contrast to to the centralising, expansionist and hence non-radical nationalistic power megalomaniacs) " written in 1966. Britain has been sold to any one who can buy, Canary Wharf was sold last week to Qatar for a couple of billion.

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  2. I cried on Friday morning Thelma. However, I was expecting it and have NO idea why anyone thought it would be any different. I felt the same way in 1992 amongst colleagues at the Theatre Royal Stratford East who were all convinced Kinnock would win. I didn't dare voice my fears then either!

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    1. Hi Em, the first words to greet me on Friday morning was my son in law's 'absolutely gutted', and that is for all the people he looks after in care, as this government cuts benefits (and I am not saying some benefits should not be cut but that is another argument). We have still to hear where the twelve billion pounds social cuts are to be made. But cheer up nothing is lost forever, we will just have to create our own communities. Don't let the bastards get you down ;)

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