Monday, 18 May 2015

Oh when the Saints...

"The saints are the sinners who keep on going."
Robert L. Stevenson

... to Louise Mensch

Hi Louise,

Apologies for the late reply but I had a bog standard long day at the office and only now I got time to resume our little "skirmish" from yesterday, as I feel I had no opportunity for a "last word".

It was quite endearing how the news of the canonization of two Palestinian nuns by Pope Francis went semi-viral. Funny how a society that is so detached of Roman Catholicism and Religion in general, suddenly had to pontificate (boom boom) about a subject they know so little. I would had given a little miss on this "contest" but then I came across your tweet:
Non-Cathoilc media including BBC shows its utter horrific ignorance by calling these nuns first Arabic speaking saints - google broken?

This made me smile (no not ignoring the spell check on Catholic)...there was a mix of BBC bashing, Catholic hat dressing, Middle East languages, Internet savvy all condensed in the straight jacket limit of 140 characters, the essence of Twitter.

I had to reply, I had... could not let this go past. So I threw a wobbler just for testing

Milking it a little bit aren't you Louise? If you read the Gospel all the Apostles spoke Arabic so stop nit picking.

Disappointing reply...

none of them spoke Arabic. Embarrassing fail for you there. Aramaic is not Arabic.

I don't know what hit you... maybe you checked my profile and thought that I would need to be taught that Aramaic is not Arabic; or for "illustration purposes" to your followers, to show of your knowledge in Christian Dawn languages. But you missed it by a Mil(e). You lost immediately your Catholic hat, your Internet kudos, your Middle East awareness and your Faith became... faith.

In the meantime there were people raging that St. George was the first Arabic speaking Saint, a bit a la Goodness Gracious Me "Everything Comes From India", in a bizarre contest to demonstrate that the patron saint of England was Syrian and would speak Arabic???? Why??? No need for WMDs from Tony Blair if only he would have been aware of this little fact.

What did you miss then? The Bible, and don't get me wrong I am no religious zealot, I just like stories. If you remember this one (as a good Catholic?) at Pentecost:

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontusand Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

The devil is in the detail. The 12 Apostles spoke Arabic unless I "had too much wine". As I said, language is not what you convey, it is what you perceive and they should be one and the same.

See you around...

PS: To finalise my "last word" against your "Got it? good" should be
نعم ماجستير

Sunday, 10 May 2015


Goodbye England!

"Don't look now but there's one too many in this room and I think it's you." — Groucho Marx

The results of last Friday morning could not be more clear. Scotland nation is on her way out... and yet still on Friday morning, exactly in the same way as the other Friday morning after the Scottish referendum, David Cameron came up with "promises that he will govern as a party of ONE nation". These words sounded ominously like Vladimir Putin's stance toward Ukraine. ONE nation means the English nation, the Westminster Establishment.

Unfortunately there is no such thing, there has always been TWO nations, England (and Wales) and Scotland. Cunningly the Act of Union has permitted for centuries to dilute the presence and cohesion of Scottish MPs by splitting them into established Union parties and making them feel (through bribe and flattery), that they are part of a bigger picture, a better together, a union of equals. That has now ended and the 56 SNP MPs represent a new paradigm that the United Kingdom will be unable to digest.

On my previous blog entry I said that the Cameron's words of the referendum "being a choice of a generation, put this to bed for hundred years" were spoken from the point of view of the abusive husband receiving his estranged and battered wife back home, after she dared to flee for a couple of days. Life should resume as usual or worse after this daring stunt.

I also mentioned that the referendum could be recalled at anytime and the first test would be this General Election. The SNP passed this test with full marks and could and should take ownership of this fantastic turn of events. However calling for a referendum is ill advised... and here is my penny for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP...

As the full representative of the Scottish voters in Westminster, you have now a highly visible mandate to do what you were voted for. You were not voted to make deals with Westminster, you were voted to leave Westminster. Trying to get Cameron to fulfil his promises on devo max is playing devious corridor games and that is not what you were voted for. It is a game where there will be one loser only, Scotland.

Now... the 56 SNP MPs should rescind the Act of Union publicly making it null and void. Some will say that there is no such get out clause on the Act, which in a way will reinforce even more its invalidity. The Scottish independence should now be fought in the Courts of Law. A battery of Scottish constitutionalists and law makers should enter an Act of Rescission immediately in the Scottish Supreme Courts. If favourable, that would automatically mean Independence.

Please do not misjudge the undercurrents of Westminster. I can foresee people on the streets in Edinburgh and Glasgow followed by tanks and riot police and the odd bomb attack to justify a military presence and compliance of Scotland. I would not be surprised in the near future some Shetland and Orkney militias returning to the Highlands to defend the "self-determination" and rights of the local population. Ah and the odd airliner being shot down for the sole purpose of playing the blame game.

If the above suggestions are a bit far fetched do not ever call a referendum for independence (why call for something that is outright yours?). Just call a succession of mini-referendums (once a month) like:

  1. Should Scotland raise and manage their own taxes?
  2. Should Scotland have their diplomatic corps and raise their own passports?
  3. Should Scotland have their own Armed Forces (or have Armed Forces at all... a Switzerland model would be most appropriate)?
Have you thought how much you are going to charge for renting the Faslane Trident Submarine Naval base?

It is all in your hands now. Don't loose it.