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Boris Johnson, Political Death. Karma. Rebirth. The Buddha

I am in a Buddhist Centre in beautiful Bavaria. Nshorna, my daughter, sent me a brief text. “He’s resigned.”

The ancient Chinese proverb that the rotting fish starts from the head rings true
in the UK with the scale of political confusion, disarray and conflict sweeping through Westminster and the rest of the country. Continue reading 



USA, NATO countries and President Putin have much in common. They think and act in similar ways. What conditions can end the war in Ukraine?

Photo above: Russia bombing of Kyiv, capital of Ukraine.

Photo below: US bombing of Baghdad, capital of Iraq.

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Loving Kindness Meditation. On Tears and Terror in a European War Zone

Russian tanks entered Ukraine, population 44 million, second largest country in Europe, after Russia, at 3.55 am (CET) on Thursday 24 February 2022. 

Friday evening, 25 February 2022 via Zoom.  I offered a 30-minute a guided meditation for an international group of meditators. I spoke two or three sentences and then paused for around 30 seconds before making another contribution. This is an edited version of the meditation with some adaption. Continue reading 



Does both the Conservative and Labour Party need levelling up? Abuse of Power ends in Tears

Centralisation of power in the mind of the Prime Minister has long gone past its sell-by date.

Self-interest plays a major part in the mindset of the head of government. Popularity and personal prestige influence decision making over the interests of the country. Continue reading 



Democracy. Democracy. Where are Art Thou? Parliament needs levelling up

UK often boasts of its commitment to fair play. Fair play has become a claim of our national psyche.  Democracy and the election process seems far removed from fair play. Parliament stands as one of our oldest institutions.

Like other institutions, Parliament prefers living in the past rather than the present.

What’s fair about living under the control of a two-party state?

  • The Conservative Party received 13.9 million votes with 365 seats in the 2019 general election.
  • The Liberal-Democrat Party received 3.7 million votes and have 13 seats.
  • This means that the Conservative Party has 28 times as many seats as the Liberal Democrats while only getting four times as many votes.
  • The Labour Party received 10.2 million votes with 202 seats.
  • The Green Party received 860,000 votes in the last general election and have a single seat in Parliament.
  • This means the Labour received 12 times as many votes as the Green Party but have 202 times as many seats.
  • Green Party devotes its policies in its manifesto to a sustainable world for people, creatures and the environment.
  • The Green Party MP needs to be in the Cabinet and have an important voice in Parliament.

 Information on the British Parliamentary System for those who live outside the UK

The Prime Minister is the leader of the Government. He or she is the leader of the party that wins the most seats at a general election. After a general election, the Queen calls upon the leader of the largest party to form the Government. The Prime Minister, whose residence and offices at 10 Downing Street, chooses 22 Ministers from his Party to run the Government.

The Party Leader achieves his office as head of the government after winning most seats at the general election out of the 650 Parliamentary seats available.

British politics lives under the control of two parties with other parties in the British Parliament marginalised. This system of control takes place through the refusal of the two main Parties to reject proportional representation of number of MPs roughly parallel to the number of votes given to a party with a minimum of 5% votes from the electorate to win a seat.

Will the system change?

Odds are 200-1 against change.




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