Loganberries and politics

Our loganberry bush never ceases to amaze me at this time of year. Over the last month or so new shoots have thrust forth, now towering over my head, over 8 feet tall. At the same time, last year’s stems are prolifically fruiting, yet at simultaneously dying, increasingly showing brown and wilting leaves.

It’s all just in time, as the new growth soon begins to overwhelm the old and deprive it of light. This is life – the old life fruits and matures, giving way to the thrusting energies of new life.Read More »

Honourable members?

This is not really a political blog, but immersion in the current national soap opera does tend to be a bit all-consuming.

Of particular interest from my perspective is the personal values of our political leaders and how they reflect back to ourselves and society. Members of the UK parliament refer to each other as ‘honourable members’. Are they in reality acting with honour? Let’s just look at a few examples from the current national shambles.Read More »

Why the storm and why now?

The sound of axes and knives being sharpened – the fuss about what Ken Livingstone said becoming a media storm about antisemitism in the Labour Party. The Labour leadership accused of not reacting quickly enough.

There we were enjoying the spectacle of the Conservative Party in civil war over Europe, and Labour’s candidate Sadiq Khan was favourite to become London mayor, which might just boost Jeremy Corbyn’s standing as Labour leader. Then the fuss.

Could it be a coincidence that the Tories needed a diversion from their European divisions, and ‘New Labour’ and the Establishment really wanted to discredit Corbyn, and the mayoral elections were nearly upon us?

Who said anything about dead cats being thrown on the table?

Incidentally, according to Wikipedia,  “the Haavara Agreement was an agreement between Nazi Germany and Zionist German Jews signed on 25 August 1933…  designed to enable Jews fleeing anti-Semitic persecution under the new Hitler regime to transfer some portion of their assets to… British Mandatory Palestine.” Now didn’t Ken say something like that? Not very diplomatic, but Ken is Ken.

Featured image of Mummyfied cat (Senckenberg Naturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany),
courtesy of Hannes Grobe and Wikimedia Commons