Day Two at Xoozya
Home! A cup of tea! Hmm, no milk. I took out a tea bag from the pot, made some black tea.
Interesting. Fair Trade English Breakfast tea tastes much better black. Ta da! Been in the UK for two years and I’ve struggled to find a tea I like. I’d been told it is the water that makes the tea taste funny. Maybe it is the milk. Black tea for me from now on.
News! The world has moved on while I had my head down preparing proposals.
The words of 29 April 2009
- Swine flu up to level 5 – pandemic imminent. British troops departure from Iraq is also imminent. Odd use of words don’t you think? Why didn’t BBC say British troops are close to leaving Iraq? Or preparing to leave Iraq?
- 27 Government MP’s broke ranks and voted against a Government proposal to restrict Ghurka residency in UK. BBC is saying the vote challenged the PM’s ‘authority’. Did they mean ‘control’? Surely I elect my MP to represent me and Parliament has greater authority than the PM? Authority = legitimate power and all the power is delegated ultimately from Parliament? The PM answers to Parliament surely? Well, I grew up in a republic so maybe I have this wrong. Correct me if I am, please.
- Obama’s 100 days. This time I liked the BBC’s choice of words. Something like – the sentiment in America is that “we have chosen the right person for the job”. Yes, much better.
We have chosen the right person for the job
Feel the tension fall away. We have chosen the right person for the job.
We the people have chosen and we are happy not just that we are right, but because in our rightness, we see, hear and feel our collective competence.
We notice the 2 long years we put into making our choice was a good investment. We notice the American people, man and woman, young and old have good judgment. We notice that the American people despite their differences are able to sit down and thrash out what needs to be done. We notice that even when times are hard and it would be oh, so, so easy to get it all wrong, the American people didn’t lose their nerve. We notice the American people invest in a collective agreement even though their own view, temporarily, may not dominate. And so our confidence rises that we can make another collective agreement, then another, and then another. (Yes, for the first time in my long life, I’m in danger of becoming an American groupie!)
I don’t like the current tendency in British politics to “play the man and not the ball”. I don’t like the rendition by BBC that MP’s triumphed “against” Parliament. No. The MP’s triumphed because they worked with Parliament.
Today should have been a celebration that we are able to discuss serious matters (very serious for the Ghurkhas and their families) without coming to blows. Today, we should be celebrating that Parliament works. Today, we should be should be celebrating that our chosen representatives can go to the capital and present our views. Our views. We the people.
A man from a neighboring village won his case last year to erect a small memorial on the bridge connecting our settlements. This memorial is to the soldiers of Richard II and Cromwell who lost their lives fighting for Parliament. Parliament was hard-won in similar battles all over the UK. Parliament is a hard-won right and should be cherished and celebrated with our cup of tea (without milk)!
A play on the Greek for authority. We the people. We the people are quite capable of sitting down to discuss our differences, even when our differences frighten us.
And we are going to need a little solidarity if this flu breaks out. I hope HR departments across the land are stepping up hygiene. Tissues and wipes everywhere. Rubbish bins cleared more often.
Time to check the share price for tissue-makers!
We the people have chosen the right person for the job.