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And so world leaders clap as England skips off into political oblivion behind Bojo the Clown.
Like the Pied Piper, maybe, but without his skill or art.

What happened at the UK election?
Did Brexit seal everyone’s fate, both Remain and Leave  supporters?
Did Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the only viable opposition, consign everyone to disaster?
(The Green Party conspicuous by their absence.)

Tell me, the much vaunted soundbite of being sick and tired of the Brexit rigmarole, was that the reason so many voted against their long held beliefs?

And so, Jeremy Corbyn et al wander back into the 1970s, which he never really left – his Manifesto was pure 1970s – with period PLO affiliations having morphed into unambiguous anti-Semitism. And to leave the vulnerable of society, and huge new abundance of impoverished, to further foodbanks, malnutrition, to a NHS that’s on the point of having to charge for admission to A and E, for general medical care (these last divulged  to us by a desperate NHS worker). And how many more Austerity-related deaths?
Thanks for that.

In the middle of our Austerity, when everyone was jumpy and panicky, our then PM David Cameron pulled out a bill from the European Union saying the UK owed £billions. ‘Look at this!, he said
He did not mention it was he who had withheld the yearly payments, so that the debt built up… and ‘Look at this!’
The result was the Brexit mess.

         Timing is all, of course; and politics is theatre. Here was proof of that.

There is a cartoon in the UK satirical magazine Private Eye, showing Boris Johnson with a mop – the caption: Only we can clean up the mess that we have made.
Which captures it all rather nicely.
Many populist politicians create a chaos to upset everyone, and then to solve, saying, See how good I am!
Needlessly upsetting everyone; just for their own poll ratings.

I wrote of the UK, but isn’t it really just England? And hasn’t it been just England for quite some time now?
I first became disgusted with the main political parties at the last Scottish Independence referendum – their attitude to Scotland, and patronising manner, was so open at last. And ever since, virtually everything that has come out of Scotland has been openly ignored.
Take this example: Glasgow has had a very successful programme for dealing with knife crime. Why not adopt it in England?
No, said Javid.
Consign everyone to further deaths and injury, out of sheer arrogance.

The Irish border – and deeper behind that let’s look, for example there, at the criminal proceedings for prosecution for the Bloody Sunday massacre: 13 unarmed killed, by British troops. And the English court Now will allow only 1 prosecution. How generous, how understanding – this crumb of regard from the great English table.

And, so, Wales – the heartland holds firm but the traditionally Englished areas of the south west, the borders (Monmouth, Radnor etc), fall-in with the big and more powerful English. Anglesey, though,  so dependent on finance from England….

Get Brexit Done – and let us get back to how we were.
Ah, no, sorry; none of that from now on.

Will vacuity be the new norm: heads-in-the-sand, fingers in ears, eyes tight shut?
‘What brave new world….’

Of course it suits President Trump mightily to have the UK split from Europe: weak, dependent, and no longer a player on the world markets.

Authority and the Internet

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Chat
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We needed to authenticate an historical detail for our research, we knew it had occurred but needed more information. Google it, we said. So we did, and nothing. We were momentarily stumped, But, there’s nothing… on Google!

How quickly we get to depend on these things. I was doing a Coursera course a while back and queried a point. Authority was based on Wikipedia. Another word/concept and its implications I was researching: I  emailed an authority on the subject. Google it, they replied, Wikipedia has a good definition.

A short while ago I would not have dared trust any of these sources for a thorough backgrounding in any subject.

Google is only as broad and as authoritative as the range of sites on the net. Not every point is covered, nor are the points covered updated sufficiently. Or in depth.

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In the novel Radiant Cool by Dan Lloyd there is a dastardly plot by a ‘foreign power’ to undermine the West. The foreign power has unlimited resources and time, and its plan to replace all web links and sites with their own subtly altered ones. The aim is to undermine Western knowledge and resources by presenting altered information. Not downright wrong, but altered sufficiently as to be off-kilter. They themselves then would be the only political power with the knowledge, and in this case knowledge would be power.

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How many PhD theses are online? How many open forums discuss in detail important topics of cutting edge work?

You still need your pincode to get to the useful stuff. What pincode? Your academic affiliation, your invite by persons on the inside, your proven credentials.

More often now I come across the comments: ‘X’s writing has a skewed knowledge/intelligence.’ Let’s not confuse this with reasoning, the toolbox of logic still usable, it is the premises the reasoning is based on that are skewed.

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This is one major problem with working Outside the Academy. Outside the Academy one is not only no longer au fait with the current thinking, but one’s own reasoning is unregulated, that is, there are little to no peer reviews to fill in the inevitable blanks or weak points. If one is aiming for a sound argument or viewpoint then these are essential.