This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Joy & hypocrisy

I might have a bit more respect for Nigel Farage and his bunch of acolites if they turned their back on their generous MEP salaries & expenses as well. Instead we get the ridiculous sight of UKIP MEPs ostentatiously & hypocritically turning their backs on the EU flag and national anthem in clothes paid for out of the salaries that they are not turning their backs on. If you don't agree with a parliamentary institution: don't take its money!

But of course they won't do this because they are free loading hypocrites of the highest order.

Here are some of the words of Ode to Joy / Beethoven's ninth symphony:
O friends, no more these sounds!
Let us sing more cheerful songs, more full of joy!
Joy, bright spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire-inspired we tread
Thy sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.
For me this song is about reconciliation and peace: referencing the fact that the Common Market/EU was, in part, established to repair and develop a continent divided & ravaged by war & hate. I think it is one the most inspiring anthems in the world. Watch this video of 10,000 people singing it and you will see what I mean...

What would you prefer: a Europe divided by national interests or one that is united in its struggle to bring peace, ambition and affluence to all?

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