by Bodwyn Wook
THE English Landed Underclass replies to-day to yesterday’s fulminations, here, against any sort of ‘principled’ consistency of standards in constitutional exactitude and forms:
IN Answer, one must say that one positively has not lived in the old land for years and years, and so one can of course have no feeling actually whatever, not really, for how dire the situation with you all may seem actually to be.
ONE However does perceive — and, on this point as on so many, the study of History doth offer consolation! — that as with all crime, there is of necessity always more-or-less an on-going constitutional ‘crisis’. It happens as a consequence of ordinary human psychological facts. It is a statistical matter. Simply, and as everywhere else, there are always bad dionysian people. In this case, they are in politics. Perhaps it diverts them from paedagogy and direct molestation of small children; and, so, ‘governance’ as a hedge against the other perversions is to be taken as species of disguised Sufi operation.
Quien sabe, as they say…?
ONE Question now becomes (clearly, the ‘more-or-less’ in this all is what has come to a head yet once again in the long story of our island):
MAY Not the existing documents as they be now of English Liberty be used to repeal and to reduce the sheer volume of arbitrary ephemeral statutes and state-administrative thuggery?
AND, Ought they not to be so used?
WHY, Indeed why, are they not now so employed?
TO Eliminate the over-written word of law, on law, on laws as much as possible seems at least the better course.
NOW, If your answer be No to any of the foregoing, do we not then run smack dab up against a melancholy fact about the general human character? And, especially that same average human character under rodentine or NuLabour, nasty-Tory, conditions of over-crowded media-driven rut & consumption?
AFTER All, Campbell in his Lives of the Lord Chancellors (1845, ca), did note that even the character of a Thomas More could not prevail against the collective low character of all the other players of the day; and that, likewise, under conditions of a widened franchise (pressure already then was building for the ‘reforms’ of 1867), the average character of men must inevitably decline.
TO Restore the worth of the free individual, therefore, may well be the way to any real revival of Liberty; and, not least, as a felt desire of ‘the people ‘.
‘THE People’ (and, most emphatically, these skunks & their stealing pariamentarians) after all embody the entire problem of Freedom. In answer to the question in the title supra, therefore, the answer must be that in England, to-day, there are forty-eight or sixty-four, or perhaps ’tis more, millions, hundreds and hundreds of thousands who all, daily and individually, are menaced and mis-led by Evil Temptation and the suasions of State Radio, to over-reliance at every compass point on the over-centralised pretensions of The Sneering & Jeering Professional Class.
AT The heart of the matter is simple personal laziness, moral and physical; and, a testimonial to the eternal fitness of malingering and sympathetic theft.
IN Closing, one does not — for sure, I do not! — say ‘you may not’ pursue your writing project, over there. But, here, ones thoughts revert to the great questions now (I certainly think them so!) of ‘devolution’ and de-centralisation. They are what first arose, really, and in the name of ‘states’ rights’, at the time of our great American civil war. And there is to this day, the union ‘victory’ for awhile in 1865 not withstanding, nothing to say that any parcel or a region, or any state or states, may not leave the federal union as it is temporarily constituted for just a little while at this time. After all, here at home in Old Squawbunion County in southern Minnesota, to be one of thirty thousand or so pretty un-cleanly dirt farmers does mean something. Not a lot it means, to be sure. But, ’tis more significant than jamming in the tube everyday to and from a bed-sitter in Haringey….
[Bodwyn Wook all rights reserved 23 May 2009]