Sunday, July 05, 2015

Why the Palace of Westminster is falling down

A friend of mine who is a mason ( not a Freemason, a proper stone worker) tells me that at the time that the  Palace of Westminster was being built, Members of Parliament looked at the estimate was submitted, and saw that it contained an item titled "Beer Allowance" for the stonemasons.  Being Tories, they deleted the item. In response, the Masons supplied substandard soft stone, in order to see to it that following masons should be assured of plenty of work, even if they didn't get the beer money.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The NRA is mad

"Guns don't kill people . People do".

That is the mantra of the US National Rifle Association (NRA).

It is a lie.

Death by guns needs two factors: Guns and idiots.

Availability of guns contributes to death by guns.

The US has lots of guns, and lots of gun deaths.

Two events were carried out by toddlers aged two and three.

A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired.

3-year-old toddler shoots himself dead with mum's handgun

It was the availability of these guns which enabled these two deaths. The NRA will respond that the guns were not adequately protected. But the NRA also argues that every one should be armed and ready to "defend themselves" by firing their guns at terrorists (without hitting bystanders), so they have got to be available instantly.

NRA says these deaths would not happen if everyone was armed. A soldier shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others at the US Army's Fort Hood base in Texas before killing himself, Not enough guns there then?

The NRA is mad.Insane.

Guns kill people by being available. 

End of.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Attorney General should override Director of Public Prosecutions over Janner

I wrote to the Attorney General about the Janner case on 19th April as he is the chief Law Officer, responsible for prosecutions. No answer yet. This is a chase-up.

17 June 2015

Attorney General’s Office
Victoria Street

cc Caroline Lucas MP
John Penrose MP

Dear Attorney General

Reference: CPS decision on Lord Janner of Blackstone

I wrote to you on 19th April but have not had an acknowledgement or reply. It may be that my original letter miscarried so I enclose a copy.

Since I wrote, it has emerged that in June 2014 Janner was re-appointed to Parliament's joint committee on consolidation bills. There are only two explanations for this state of affairs. Either he is able to function on this committee, in which case he is not demented, or he is being given privileges and resources that should go to an able Parliamentarian, in which case there is a serious mismanagement of Parliamentary affairs. Which is the correct explanation?

You should know that there is a very widespread feeling among common people that Janner's case is evidence that there is one law for the rich and influential and another for the common people. You know that this perception leads to a dangerous sentiment that undermines respect for Parliament and Law.

Alison Saunders has clearly made an error of judgement in deciding against a Trial of the Facts in Janner's case. As you have supervisory powers over prosecutions, please take action to correct this situation.

I look forward to a timely response to all the points made in this letter and my previous letter.

Respectfully yours

Dr Richard Lawson

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Taming the UK media

In addition to constitutional and Parliamentary reform to eliminate the corruption, great and small, that infests our Parliament, we also need to reform the way the media is set up in our backwards country.

Yesterday I stumbled across the Media Reform Coalition, a group of 20 heavyweight NGOs. 

They have a worked out, reasonable Manifesto. Here is the summary:

Five main headings:
  1. Controls on media ownership
  2. Independent,  trusted and effective regulation of the press
  3. Well funded, independent public service media (ie the BBC)
  4. Protection for communication rights (against Govt and private snooping)
  5. Action on lobbying and transparency 
The manifesto develops these points, so I do not need to.

So there we have it. All we have to do is turn Parliament upside down and shake all the money out of its pockets, and tame the corporate media. Then we will be in a position to bring about changes that will allow our children and grandchildren to live decent lives.