Sunday, August 21, 2005
First a hot weather hiatus, although that's not really the cause of my cerebral drought....... then
But, on Monday we are off to Guernsey for some R and R.
So, posting next week will depend on :
*whither I can find a T'internet connection, and
*whether I have anything useful to say.....
Otherwise, enjoy yourselves, stay healthy - and look left (AND right) before crossing those busy roads.
Hopefully, I'll be back here the following week.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
First Robin Cook, now Mo Mowlem has gone too. Mo was a moral giant amongst her political peers; in the sense that people and principles mattered more than the party line and poodle politics.
Dr. Mowlem carried out a difficult task as Northern Ireland Secretary, using humour and empathy to make progress on the Good Friday Agreement against obdurate and entrenched partisan views. Arguably, we would not be where we are today with the IRA and Sinn Fein trying to lay old ghosts to rest in the name of Peace and Unity in Ireland, but for Mo's personal charm, energy and commitment to the Peace process.
In my view, the Good Friday Agreement may well be Mo Mowlem's legacy in politics; which makes even more shameful the smears and spin against her by Labour's Central Office and No.10 Downing Street, when she was weakened by her ultimately fatal brain tumour.
Mo was a people's politician. She had courage, principles and humility - and deserved better from Tony Blair than when she was suddenly replaced as N. Ireland Sec. with Peter Mandelson - (probably to settle an old score) or because she was more popular than Princess Tony. She was treated badly.
I hope Tony Blair does not trumpet false eulogies at her funeral. She deserves better than that. Especially from a *rent-a-quote-here* and *drop-a-principle-there* Mr. Blair.
I reflect at this point on the old saying "what goes around - comes around".
Mo Mowlem passed away 19th. August 2005 aged 55yrs.
Friday, August 19, 2005
There's no beating about the bush, I've been a bad boy for not posting in a while.
Sorry. I'm rubbish at blogging when Real Life (TM) gets hectic.
This man, Mr. D has
"....When life itself can chart the course
Then life's the product we endorse
When circumstances tell of death
We keep our counsel, save our breath
Our laughter rang around the world
When we were happy boys and girls
As now we baulk and hesitate
Encumbrance comes to those who wait
But when we're torn from mortal coil
We leave behind a counterfoil
It's what we did and who we knew
And that's what makes this story true."
Then the other Mr. D (Dury) quietly shuffled off his mortal coil on 27th. March 2000.
Doesn't seem five years ago. How time flies.
To quote another of his own song titles..."What A Waste".
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
It's been a long month away. Although at least I am able to return here, unlike the poor souls I last blogged about.
I have kept up with reading other blogs, but I just didn't feel able to add anything worthwhile here for a while.......