Marmite Wars (and Other News)

Tesco bans marmite from its shelves! The attention-grabbing headlines reflect a wider truth which is, funnily enough, exactly what any sane voter could see would happen. I voted ‘remain’ because to leave the European Union is likely to benefit the few at the expense of the many. There are some very undemocratic processes within the EU that need reform, but our departure throws out an infant blue whale with the proverbial bathwater. The pound depreciates. Food prices rise. No sugarsnaps*, Sherlock. More on this from the Financial Times:

https://www.ft.com/content/2c651be2-9228-11e6-8df8-d3778b55a923

*’sugarsnaps’: my word of choice. Polite yetersnappy.

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In other news, I continue to use the KonMari method of decluttering, along with the Sidetracked Home Executives method of home management. The household is becoming more organised and orderly, albeit at a slower pace than I would like due to my health (and certain messy members of the family who shall remain nameless). My lovely Fluff, now aged 13, has really taken the ideas on board and has been very helpful. I’m so proud of her. Her attitude to everything has changed for the better lately. Hurrah!

I’ve begun studying Data Analysis again with the Open University. It’s going well but I need to be extremely careful to stick to a schedule of study, housework and rest because if I don’t it will all fall apart (again).

My dear mother-in-law was poorly and ended up in hospital for a week but is back at the care home now. I think the dementia has progressed, but she is very well looked after. I’m going to crochet a cuddly animal for her, because often she needs to be comforted in a very basic way and what better than something to snuggle with? I’ve been crocheting away like mad, lately, ready for Christmas as money is a bit tighter this year (and because when I finally decluttered my craft stuff I found a huge stash of yarn). I’ve even been to a sewing class where I’m learning to use a sewing machine 😀

Prince has had a resurgence of the pain that made him stay off school for six months (from December ’15 to June ’16), so we have an appointment at the pain clinic for the beginning of next month. He asked me yesterday if I was praying for him. ‘Of course!’ was my reply but I was so touched that he thought to ask. Please pray, if you’re so inclined, that we get to the bottom of it quickly? His life is hard enough with the inevitable, near-constant anxiety that autism brings. 

How’s life where you are? I’d love to know.

To Brexit or Not?

Please vote if you are in the UK and on the electoral roll. Today’s may be the most important vote of your life. Make a difference. Get yourself down to the polling station. It takes seconds.

The right to vote was hard-won. Some people gave their lives for this right. Others suffered in prison. Please don’t throw away what they did.

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Things Politick

The whole notion of faction or party was thought by many to be wrong and unpatriotic. For an independent MP to arrive at the House of Commons, speak up for his constituency, vary his vote and mix it with all of the parties was therefore perfectly normal. 

~ William Wilberforce: Life of the Great Anti-Slave-Trade Campaigner

by William Hague

Strange, isn’t it, how things change? From widespread slavery and votes for rich males only, but without factionism, to the 21st century votes for all but with factions deeply entrenched. I don’t think we have figured out democracy, even now. As Churchill reportedly said, democracy is just the least worst option. As followers of Jesus, the process of democracy must never become more than, or equal to, our desire for God. No political party or faction will ever be able to represent Christ. I guess we – prayerfully – stick with this ‘least worst’ attitude towards governance. I write with both the UK’s impending referendum on whether or not we stay in the European Union and the imminent US general election in mind.

Incidentally, what an inspiring man of faith was William Wilberforce! And William Hague (yes, that William Hague) writes surprisingly well.