Category Society & Sociology

BREXIT | TERMINATING MEMBERSHIP OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY


This morning I sent the following letter to the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association ————————————- At every election since 1975 I have voted Conservative; that’s 44 years of loyal party-political support. I’m a member of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association. I have canvassed for the Party and tramped around the streets delivering election pamphlets. […]

BREXIT | A FAILURE OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT?


Some years ago when travelling I met Frank Dowd IV and his brother Roddey. The Dowd family established the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry company in 1901 in Charlotte, North Carolina; Frank and Roddey are directors of the company today. Both men are interested in, and active politically in the USA. Recently, Frank shared with me an article […]

POLITICAL CLASS BETRAYS BRITISH ARMED FORCES (AGAIN)


The Betrayal As a measure of the extent to which the world has been turned on its head since I was a young man, the title of this post probably sums it up. Barely a day goes by at the moment when I don’t despair at the gulf in my country between those who govern […]

BREXIT IN NAME ONLY | DEATH THROES OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY


Today I wrote again to my Conservative Member of Parliament, Mr Douglas Ross MP. Here is an open copy of the letter. Dear Douglas You may wish to know that the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association wrote to me in April inviting me to renew my membership of the Party. At the time I wasn’t […]

BREXIT | A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT GETS IT RIGHT (FOR A CHANGE)


Simon Clarke is a Conservative MP: he was elected to Parliament just one year ago. He’s a 33 year-old solicitor. In Mr Clarke’s constituency, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland, two-thirds of the constituents voted for the UK to leave the European Union. In all of the arcane and invariably disingenuous waffle that the British political […]

MORAY COUNCIL | A CASE STUDY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE, UNFAIRNESS AND DUBIOUS INTEGRITY


expedience adjective: (of an action) convenient and practical although possibly improper or immoral noun: a means of attaining an end, especially one that is convenient but possibly improper or immoral What’s This Post About? This post is a story about the competence (or otherwise) and questionable probity of a local government authority, Moray Council; my […]

BREXIT: ANOTHER COCK-UP


This blog’s been quiet for a wee while, as we say in Scotland, but Moraymint’s been watching the world, as intently as ever, continue its process of unravelling in keeping with the trend since the turn of the century. Economically, politically and socially we live in interesting times (understatement). For example, yesterday’s Brexit nonsense was […]

SOCIETY & SECURITY IN EUROPE


It’s hard not to conclude that something weird is going on in Europe and the European Union at the moment. Not yet reported by the BBC, but the Parliament of the Czech Republic has just voted to enshrine in its Constitution (subject to Senate approval) the right for its citizens to carry arms. It’s done this […]

FACEBOOK AND FRIENDSHIP


‘Friendship should be more than biting time can sever’ T S Eliot Interesting Times We live in febrile times – or interesting times as the Chinese proverb would have it. That said, some folk choose to take little or no interest in current affairs compared to others who (like me) do take an active interest […]

MANCHESTER SLAUGHTER – TIME FOR A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE


The Attitude Problem When I was being trained as a young officer in the British armed forces, it was explained to me and my proteges that there were three elements to the process of training people; in our case, training people to take part in the conduct of warfare but, in fact, training people to do […]

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