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The New Welsh Sphinx


Among this morning's Google selection of tailored appropriate advertisements, I find this one suggesting a trip to Wales. This might be a nice idea, but all I'm seeing is a gy-normous cat with a human head and hands. A latter-day Sphinx, maybe?

We don't need no education...

When Matthew Gloag (no relation to his namesake who founded The Famous Grouse distillery) was five years old, he wrote, in his exercise book, "My cat is a nice cat" and was duly praised by the teacher who, unfortunately, did not suggest the obvious improvement.
So it was that, satisfied with this construction, in his later school years Matthew went on to produce such sentences as, "The French Revolution was a very bloody revolution" and "The Tolpuddle Martyrs were notable martyrs".
Somehow, it matters not how, Matthew eventually found himself employed in a Health and Safety capacity by First Great Western Railways where, among other duties, he was assigned to produce platform signage. And that is why, on every lamp standard, on every platform between London Paddington and Hereford, we can read Mr Gloag's finest work to date:
THIS STATION IS A NO SMOKING STATION
We don't need no education...

Brexit, Bercow and Lord Krishna

The Blessed Lord Krishna said:
Know what your duty is
and do it without hesitation.
For a warrior there is nothing better
than a battle that duty enjoins.
You have a right to your actions
but never to your actions' fruits.
Act for the action's sake.
The wise man lets go of all
results, whether good or bad,
and is focused on the action alone.
The Speaker Bercow said:
The Government may not present
the house with the same proposition
that only two weeks ago
was rejected. Go think again!

A little domestic affair

I have been uncharacteristically quiet in recent weeks over the ongoing Brexit debacle. There are reasons for this and the most important one is: it matters nothing what I think, mine is a small voice in the wilderness, what will be will be, so why add to the fog of verbiage? That said, I feel moved to deliver myself of the following, on a take it or leave it basis, i.e. I'm not really up for arguing the points:
1. The 2016 referendum was ill-conceived and exacerbated by the then PM's complacency and lack of preparation. He deserved to lose, and did. So, there are consequences. 
2. A referendum should be a last resort and should be binding for a generation. As an example: Alex Salmond stated as much when he thought he was going to win Scottish independence.. When he lost, he reneged on this principle, at the expense of his political integrity.
3. I would have preferred to remain in the E.U. but I cannot see a democratically valid way to realise this. I also think it likely that a re-run referendum could unleash civil unrest in its wake, on a scale we haven't foreseen or prepared for.

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