Re: King Battistelli
There is a fundamental difference, Voland:
In fascist / socialist states the only ones who can safely spout against things are the ruling elite or their pet parrots, and that is usually followed by repression.
What we saw in the UK this week was a series of angry comments / rants from various sources, many of whom could hardly be called part of the "Establishment", AGAINST part of the "Establishment".
And those sections of the media are still freely publishing.
Personally, I would have preferred more serious and considered analysis of the legal options, rather than vitriol. There are serious legal issues at issue, these need to be carefully examined and discussed.
Unfortunately, the nation is not being served well by journalism these days. Possibly it's got the press it wants and deserves. If so that's frightening - A strong, independent, honest press is vital to help safeguard our freedoms.
It would appear that the root cause of the current fracas is the inability of Davie Mcshiny and his administration to pass clear legislation. Whether deliberately or through incompetence is left as an exercise for the reader ...
Unfortunately, the nation is not being served well it's politicians these days. Possibly it's got the "leaders" it wants and deserves. If so that's frightening ...
In a free society is right and necessary that court decisions should be open to examination and comment, but it behoves everyone to do this in a way which is both critical and respectful.
In our society we have a long history of usually peaceful critical analysis and protest, which has bought us the freedoms we hold today. How dearly do we really hold them? Inevitably the line between that and anarchy and subversion is not always clearly drawn and It behoves us all to be always vigilant - including trying to analyse the motives behind deeply held views, including our own.
The situation in the EPO is what occurs when, for whatever reason, someone or some organisation or government is able to set themselves above the law and become unaccountable.
Which situation is far to common in the EU, and is, I suggest, why so many people, in spite of rather than because of the propaganda from both sides during the referendum, seeing no realistic chance of reform, voted to leave.
Which may be why passions run so high.
>> You'll need one after parsing the penultimate sentence above >>