The Labour Party leadership contest continues with a three to one female to male bias in the runners. Bristling Brock can’t help but think that this is more to do with gender diktat from the NEC than it is to do with genuine talent and capability for the role. That’s not to say that the bias should be the other way around, rather it is comment upon the obsessions our institutions and much of our population have adopted in this sensitive politically correct domain - that of pushing a viewpoint on anything from gender, race, sexuality, faith and endless other subjects that are driven by fashion and collective band-waggoning. Being seen to be woke rather than having common sense and decent outlooks has transcended all cultural norms that would, under less scrutinised conditions, have served us much better. If you ain’t woke in todays Britain, then you are automatically labelled prejudiced. When BB looks around at our culture and civilisation these days and the people it glorifies as role models, he thinks it preferable to be unwokable.
Trumpy is in the midst of his impeachment proceedings, albeit that he is not there to participate in them. Again, it’s a numbers game, like two armies facing off - the weight of argument from Democrats against him and the weight of Republicans for him which will be translated into the numbers that vote to proceed with impeachment against those that would cast it aside. Whichever option, it’s a poor representation of what being the leader of the free world is all about. Bristling Brock is pretty convinced that the proceedings against Trump will be abandoned and, if the pundits are right with their predictions, he’ll be brought back for a second term. The theatre of Washington going through this charade is less than edifying on the world stage - whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation may be.
A beaming Boris signing off on the Brexit withdrawal agreement is significant - constitutionally and in terms of the political detachment from the EU it signifies. The deal is, of course, far from yet being struck in terms of trade and commerce and the perfidious French are already trying to insist on UK waters fishing rights across the EU membership being assured for the next 25 years. There was a time when we’d tell the French where to go with their demands - for in truth, French obduracy has caused us and Europe in general, much heartache throughout modern history - perhaps most strikingly in the case of Premier Clemenceau’s obsession with bleeding Germany dry through the Versailles terms of 1919. All of Europe saw and suffered the consequences of that stubborn stupidity in the shape of WW2. Let’s hope Boris keeps his mettle and fends off the petty mindsets of the French.
The arrival of substantial traces of plastic in the waters of Antarctica is concerning for us all. Yet the world is at variously staggered stages of development and the cessation of indiscriminate pollution is a hope that is looking increasingly far fetched - especially from nations that, almost by cultural position oppose the courses for remediation that are being proposed in the more developed areas of the world. Getting this to a position of common understanding is one of centuries rather than decades - even if the human species is still around in centuries ahead. Can we, realistically, change the minds of major polluters such as China, India and others when their entire way of life is geared so differently to those of nations in the West ? And who are we to preach that doctrine to them, for we started the whole world destruction process off less than three centuries ago. Goose and gander come to mind here. We wish for commonality of purpose across the globe. The truth, however, is that the discord’s that exist between nations and the resultant lack of collaborations are the result of what we are - being the human species, programmed by evolutionary influences to reach a point of extinction as the next chapter of the world’s history emerges. The extinctions of the past are not unique to those concerned - there is a clear and immutable course set by every species, and just possibly we are reaching the twilight phase of Homo Sapiens existence. Grim stuff, a hobby-horse topic for BB !!!
Enjoy the weekend....