A March New Moon of Power

It is no coincidence that March’s new moon tomorrow comes just after the Westminster terror attack in the UK and the healthcare debacle in America, and just before the triggering of Brexit. This moon is all about the use and misuse of  power.

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The Pernicious Power of Fear

World events, currently, are not dull. There is much to take our attention as political, social, cultural and military upheaval confirm the imminence of major change that, one way or another, will affect us all. No-one knows what will happen, but it is clear that fear is being used as a weapon to try to control events and achieve a certain outcome.

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Kennedy and Blatter, United at the June Full Moon

This week has been remarkable for memorable events, most notably the scandal enveloping Fifa and which has seen the promised resignation of Sepp Blatter, and also, at the same time, the unexpected death of Charles Kennedy.

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Covering up Child Abuse

Rumours about child abuse, and more, involving senior politicians in Westminster were rife even when I worked in the City of London as the interface between Parliament and the banking world. It was startling to be told by insiders, almost casually, who was doing what and how, and for it to be accepted as a veiled part of parliamentary life.

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US Helicopter Crash – War and Peace Coming Together

There is an irony in the fact that the US military helicopter that crashed in Norfolk landed in a nature reserve near Blakeney – war and peace coming together. If such a sad accident had to happen, how much nicer for it to occur in a place of nature and of beauty, rather than one of jarring concrete and busy-ness. Further loss of human life was spared by its remote location, and I hope no wildlife suffered either.

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The Community Importance of Internet Voting

The ability of Britons to vote through the internet, at last, is gaining serious attention after the Speaker, John Bercow, announced, with determination, that he is commissioning research into how this can be achieved.

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Politics and the Police: Lessons from Plebgate

Politics and the police make uneasy bedfellows, and the unravelling story of how a number of police officers, fiercely opposed to government policy on police funding and cuts, may have lied publicly in order to discredit the Chief Whip and the government itself, demonstrates the dangers of political bias in enforcing the law.

It was an interesting reflection on society, at the time of Plebgate last year, that the media and opposition MPs as well as the police chose to believe the officers’ version of events which took place at the gates of Downing Street rather than the word of a senior member of the Cabinet, who lost his job as a result of the furore. While it is encouraging that the integrity of the policemen generally and these in particular was assumed, it is a pity that another example of public disrespect for politicians was so blatantly demonstrated, but this time unfairly. Once again, illusion and reality changed places to create confusion in the name of transparency.

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