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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
30th August 2013: Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing?
25th August 2013: Operation Yewtree has turned British justice on its head
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Why 'human rights' is nothing of the sort ...
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
6th August 2013: How the British nation treats its friends ...
8th July 2013: The BBC biased? How can that be? They're so NICE!
26th June 2013: Think this country is a bastion of freedom and justice and a shining model for the world? Think again.
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th June 2013: is the end finally approaching for this evil woman?
31st May 2013: Now it's official - the BBC really is a left-wing propaganda machine
31st May 2013: Those evil bastards are at it again. Yes, you've guessed it - social services!
27th May 2013: Well-known TV presenter talks sense. No good will come of it.
24th May 2013: British justice is best? Only for the very poor, apparently ...
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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We wrote this grump some time ago, but in view of the forthcoming farce sorry, election it seemed pertinent to bring it back to the top again.
 

 
"When governments fear the people there is liberty.
When the people fear government there is tyranny"
- Thomas Jefferson


 

"By a very conservative estimate, a hundred million people
have died at the hands of their own governments in this century.
Given that record, how bad could anarchy be?"
- Joseph Sobran


 
Two of the words most often bandied about these days are "freedom" and "democracy". George Bush in particular uses them as a kind of magic mantra to justify almost any despicable action (hands up all those who know which is the only country ever to have been condemned by the United Nations for terrorist acts? Yes, that's right - the U.S.).
 
Let's think for a moment about "democracy". The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English (1982) describes it as "Government in which all adult citizens share through their elected representatives; government which encourages and allows rights of citizenship such as freedom of speech, religion, opinion and association, the assertion of the rule of law, majority rule" (my underlining) "..... accompanied by respect for the rights of minorities; treatment of each other by citizens as equals and with absence of class feeling".
 
Here are the vote shares of the three main parties in the UK at all General Elections since World War II:
 
1945: Labour 47.8% Conservative 39.8% Liberal 9%
1950: Labour 46.1% Conservative 43.5% Liberal 9.1%
1951: Conservative 48% Labour 48.8% Liberal 2.5%
1955: Conservative 49.7% Labour 46.4% Liberal 2.7%
1959: Conservative 49.4% Labour 43.8% Liberal 5.9%
1964: Labour 44.1% Conservative 43.4% Liberal 11.1%
1966: Labour 47.9% Conservative 41.9% Liberal 8.5%
1970: Conservative 46.4% Labour 43% Liberal 7.5%
1974: Labour 37.9% Conservative 37.1% Liberal 19.3%
1974: Labour 39.2% Conservative 35.8% Liberal 18.3%
1979: Conservative 43.9% Labour 36.9% Liberal 13.8%
1983: Conservative 42.4% Labour 27.6% Alliance 25.4%
1987: Conservative 42.2% Labour 30.8% Alliance 22.6%
1992: Conservative 41.9% Labour 34.4% Liberal Democrat 17.8%
1997: Labour 43.2% Conservative 30.7% Liberal Democrat 16.8%
2001: Labour 40.7% Conservative 31.7% Liberal Democrat 18.3 %
 
Notice that in 1951 the Tories were able to form the government despite polling fewer votes than Labour. In fact, for the last 60 years we have not had a single government that enjoyed the support of even half the voters. Not exactly majority rule, then? By 1999 in the Reith Lectures Anthony Giddens had to come up with a rather different definition: "I shall mean by it the following: democracy is a system involving effective competition between political parties for positions of power. In a democracy, there are regular and fair elections, in which all members of the population may take part". Sensible man - that's a pretty fair assessment of the system we have. But does it produce the results we want?
 
It does not.
 
At any given time in the last 60 years, the majority of the electorate have voted against the party that actually came to power. Our system ensures that the electorate is powerless. We are at all times ruled by people we don't want to be ruled by.
 
That's not my idea of a democracy.
 

 
"Throughout our history, governments both large and small - autocratic, democratic, and totalitarian - have tried to shape destiny ... to change people's lives. But in the end we, the people, invariably manage to change government instead." - Billy Tauzin, "The National Retail Sales Tax"
 
Yeah, you wish.

 

 

 
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