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Welcome

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Time to move on

My last post, ‘Save our Democracy’, was a departure from the normal content in this site. After an initial (single) ‘keep out of politics’ response, the comments received have all been very supportive. Thank you. It is time to move on but the political situation is so bizarre that I suspect that I will be pulled back time and time again to cover the many issues involved unless I ‘get it off my chest’ and try to ‘put it all to bed’ in this type of post. I start by setting the scene.

(1) A determination to avoid future wars in Europe led to the development of the European Coal & Steel Community and then the European Economic Community. The political and economic sense behind those moves was self-evident. The idea of transforming the EEC into a loose but slowly getting-closer European Union was a good one, but it should not have been rushed, just gently encouraged to evolve at a steady pace. * For some countries, the natural pace towards federalisation was fast (in particular, Belgium required a forum in which it need not fall apart and Luxembourg was desperate to preserve its status as a country even though it is nothing more than a county) but for others, including the UK, the natural pace was slow. * With different agendas, too many politicians in too many countries wanted to accomplish too much too quickly. I have never understood why so many were against having a ‘multi-speed Europe’ as that seemed to...

Save our democracy!

Whatever your views about Brexit, if you are British and are upset by the idea of a Prime Minister (of any political party) ignoring the wishes of Parliament, I suggest that you look at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/269157 and (if you are eligible) support that Petition. Those of you who know me will probably be surprised by my doing anything so 'political' as providing this message but this really is a step too far. Do not think of this as just a Brexit matter. Once a precedent has been set, future Prime Ministers could attempt to abuse their position even worse than this!

Some might argue that preserving the result of a referendum that involved millions of people is more democratic than giving precedence to the views of a few hundred MPs. However, that argument (which in theory I could otherwise support) fails when it comes to a simplistic 'nuclear options' referendum that was hastily called for narrow party-political purposes, that was heavily influenced by blatant lies that would never pass any modest advertising standard, and that has left us in a position that has already proved to be very different from what was promised. The fact that the referendum could be used to change the vary basis of our democracy, being that we are a parliamentary democracy and not one that should normally be easily swayed by potentially short-term populist sentiments, was certainly never given the attention that it merits. There are arguments for and against Brexit. There are no arguments...

Welcome

Welcome. If you are new to this site, please note that the Families Database is the focus of the site and that I use the Latest pages released page to advise people on what is going on with that database. That page is accessed through the Families Database Menu at the top of each page and (unless you are viewing this on a tablet or smart phone) in the Families Database - latest link at the bottom of each page. Do explore the pages linked to from that menu. Also: if you have any queries, check out the FAQs pages linked to from the top of each page whilst, if you have any problems, check out the Support pages.

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