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November 19, 2019

Human Rights; Bertrand Ramcharan

Filed under: Human Rights, Royal Society Edinburgh — derryvickers @ 10:45 pm

RSE – The Human Rights Idea in the Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment – 18 November 2019

Bertrand Ramcharan – One Time UN Commissioner for Human Rights – origin Ghana

A good active presentation – I wait to see the podcast

A few points in the meantime:

  1. Human Rights – as for the whole of humanity
  2. It’s Universality remains a worry
  3. Need for Responsibility and Voice of Conscience
  4. Long time in coming to fruition – Aesop’s fables
  5. Common Sense – not quoted but Thomas Reid
  6. Is a Western Idea? – No
  7. All nations bought in and confirmed recently (Date to be found)
  8. But have they touched the peoples of the world?
  9. Main problem will be AI – China and US
  10. The South China Seas are now in the Front Line
  11. Active problems: terrorism, rights of sovernty, Job Losses, Retraining people
  12. More generally the need to maintain / implement The Rule of Law
  13. Scottish Enlightenment as source of Human Rights
    1. Gershom Carmichael wrote it all including protection of Environment; against slavery, rights applicable to all humanity
    2. And BTW there was Hume with his Treatise of Human Reason
    3. Brody has reviewed it all
  14. US Constitution made use of the Ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment – but Thomas Paine helped
  15. Human Rights and The Future – very open – Impact of technology – ‘communications’

November 17, 2019

Looking for a Democratic Leader

Filed under: Brexit, Politics, UK Parliament, Westminster — derryvickers @ 9:21 pm

The Leader in today’s Scotsman

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/leader-comment-least-worst-leader-is-far-from-the-best-case-scenario-1-5047397.

“On the Remain side of the argument, the likes of Labour’s Keir Starmer, Anna Soubry, the ex-Tory who now leads The Independent Group for Change, and Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, who had the Conservative whip removed and is now an independent, have stepped up to the plate.

But Starmer has to cope with his boss’s obfuscation on Brexit, Soubry’s profile has slipped since she quit Johnson’s party and a single independent will always struggle on the national stage.

However, when Grieve says Johnson is an “extremely troubling” individual and that he has “never experienced a politician in modern British history who is so elastic with truth”, there are lots of Conservatives who will take that seriously and be worried.”

Happy to go with Starmer, Soubry or Grieve. OK, these are all Remainers.

But there is no one on the Leave side that inspires anyway.

November 16, 2019

Scotland declaring UDI

Filed under: Scottish Independence, Westminster — derryvickers @ 11:14 am

I refer to my recent blog

https://derryvickers.com/2019/11/15/1461/

and I wonder, should Scotland declare UDI, whether the UK government would charge the SNP ringleaders with Sedition and issue long prison sentences on each?

More Tower Block Cladding Fires

Filed under: Gaza, Jeremy Corbyn, Yasmin Qureshi — derryvickers @ 11:06 am

I note that the fire in the students’ Cube at Bolton East looks like a replica of the Grenfell Tower though thank heavens no one seems to have been killed there.

I note that the Labour MP is Yasmin Qureshi but is not reported to be yet on the scene; if so this a grave omission.

But I note that Yasmin fell foul of the media by seeming to compare what is happening in Gaza with the Holocaust some 5 years ago.

https://labourlist.org/2014/02/the-situation-in-gaza-is-bad-but-to-compare-it-to-the-holocaust-is-grotesque-yasmin-qureshi-should-apologise/

She has since apologised.

But I personally feel that the comparison has some truth even though subsequently removed, as the wars of attrition continue unabated between Israel and Gaza.  I note that only yesterday an Israeli plane killed a whole family in Gaza “by mistake”.

November 15, 2019

Clara Ponsati and Aamer Anwar working together

Filed under: Aamer Anwar, Clara Ponsati, Law, Politics, Scottish Independence — derryvickers @ 11:13 pm

I support Catalonia and consider the prison sentences on members standing up and trying to set up an independent Catalonia should be withdrawn; the sentences are horrendous. But they knew what they were doing and what they might expect.

I don’t think Clara should be extradited to follow suit knowing what would await her if she returned.

Aamer Anwar is doing a great job at defending Clara’s extradition at, I suspect, much reduced fees.

And he gave a great Jimmy Reid lecture.

See the video at

Clara Ponsati

Clara Ponsati with Aamer Anwar

Video of Aamer Anwar’s 2019 Jimmy Reid Foundation lecture

November 13, 2019

The Modern Messiah

Filed under: Brexit, Climate Change, Greta Thunberg — derryvickers @ 1:55 pm

The Twenty Century Messiah.

Greta Thunberg: Called out by the presidential Pharisees

It was ever thus.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/13/greta-thunberg-to-hitch-a-ride-to-europe-with-australian-youtube-influencers

November 6, 2019

Rees-Mogg impersonating Burlington Bertie from Bow

Filed under: Brexit, Music, Westminster — derryvickers @ 7:43 pm

Burlington Bertie

Rees-Mogg

October 27, 2019

Unthink the Britishness

Radical Independence Campaign Scotland [RICS] Event in Glasgow: 26/10/19 – a few comments
‘Unthink the Britishness’

From today’s Guardian

“I came to fusion because I passionately believe that it is needed – that it can change the world,” says Chapman. “I’m convinced that not only is fusion important: it’s going to happen.” We’re not on the verge, but it’s just about in sight.”

It could equally have been

“I came to Scottish Independence because I passionately believe that it is needed – that it can change the world,” says Lesley Riddoch. “I’m convinced that not only is Independence important: it’s going to happen.” We’re not on the verge, but it’s just about in sight.”

Is Independence an attitude of mind?

Getting the Referendum through, looks to be target of a lot of the people at the meeting yesterday.

It’s a little like the Leader poem by Roger McGough.  To ‘Wanna be Independent – I am Independent – What shall we do now’.

OK I stretch the point

Yesterday was a good event

Even though the hearing loop was not on – I continually hammer this with the organisers of the event I attend, and they all apologise and promise to better, I heard quite a lot.

I am now used to Aamer Anwar having been to his Jimmy Reid lecture and read his address on becoming Rector of Glasgow University, but his speech is still good with Hope at the end

Lesley Riddoch was good in the final wind up session even though we got a touch of the Nordics.

And I did like ‘Unthink the Britishness’

Get rid of the feudal society once and for all.  I could add: Eradicate David 1 who I am studying at a course given by Edinburgh University.

But it is not that easy.

“Unthink the Britishness”; but its more than that – its unthink Western Europeanism.  You will reply that Norway has successed and I hope they keep to it.  But Sweden is backsliding, and Denmark?

Are we fighting ‘Human Nature’?  John Gray take a very pessimistic view.  Dawkins- The Selfish Gene.  I much prefer the late Stephen Jay Gould.

But to closer at home; I note that for all the good intents of the SNP Government to move Scotland towards the constitution of the RICS it is failing, and this is NOT wholly Westminster’s fault.  It is more that the SNP are at best hitting their heads against Democracy and all its legal trappings as we know them.

It is unclear to me that Full Independence will resolve all the history of European Civilisation and reach the promised land of the RICS Constitution.  It’s the people who love to be in power; ‘power corrupts’.

As a small aside it could be that the small comings together of the townships such as Eigg and Knoydart are the nucleus of a new human society.  Gould put forward the concept of Punctuated Equilibrium that change takes place in small groups away from the centre but once these small groups become strong enough, they move back and take over the centre.

In my experience the small townships are as much populated from across the UK as a whole, as from just Scotland.

BTW Cat Boyd was one of last persons proselyting the original RICS Constitution.
Realism and Passion are uncomfortable bedfellows.

Find the RICS Constitution at:
http://radical.scot/about-ric/ric-constitution/

 

October 25, 2019

Immigration

Filed under: Immigration, Mary Dejevsky, Politics — derryvickers @ 8:52 am
Mary Dejevsky

A View on Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

 

A seminal clip

What role does the UK have in taking in immigrants?

Mary Dejevsky argues there is a limit. Any country has a right to decide, up to a point.

I remember at a Nordic Horizons, the Swedish official responsible for handling immigrant refugees from the Middle East said that Sweden takes a limited number of immigrants from Africa but it is limited, and at some point he has to say ‘enough is enough’ and he recalled the heart-breaking task if saying No to a desperate mother and child who if accepted would exceed his Government’s quota.

I dislike Priti Patel ‘of the smirking face’ and I certainly do not like the implications of stopping the free movement to and from the EU to the UK, but I do recognise that controls and documentation are necessary if only to know who resides in the country.
And providing an effective system which was honoured fully would remove cash arising from the smuggling in backs of refrigerated lorries.
And should eliminate the need for forces repatriation.
I would not be against an Identity Card scheme, but this would have to be universal and applied to All including UK existing residents.

But a blanket points system is abhorrent; for instance, it should be bypassed where unaccompanied children are involved who should be given automatic right of entry.

 

 

October 21, 2019

Italia Viva

Filed under: Anna Soubry, Italy, Politics — derryvickers @ 9:27 pm

Renzi launches Italia Viva

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsUZy80B1WE

Perhaps the Independent Group for Change needed to start this way

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