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Reflections on a week in December

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Reflecting on this week, I wondered about our local Christmas lights. They  aren’t much to shout about. I wondered if reflective ribbon could be used or fluorescent paint to make it look a bit more like Christmas. There are lots of lights they are just not very Christmassy. Maybe, we should all wear something reflective?

This week there was an important vote in the House of Commons concerning bombing Syria. There was a debate in parliament and another debate by the people in living rooms across the land and on social media. I was against bombing because I was aware of innocent people being killed by allied bombing in Raqqa. Where do I get my information? Where do we all get our information? The media, of course. The media can be a little biased, though. So do we read the gung-ho Sun or a more civilised newspaper like the Guardian? Actually, the day after the vote the FTSE 100 dropped by 2%, so I read a few stories in the Financial Times; not a paper to support the left wing loonies is it? The FT reports bombing of cities and also identifies the weapons being used by ISIS as Russian-made and US made. It seems they are using oil to buy weapons and ammunition from gun runners.

The media claim that British bombers won’t bomb the cities, but they will bomb oil installations. That makes sense doesn’t it? We really trust the British government to do the sensible thing and care about innocent  people, don’t we?

Reflecting on these issues, I find myself thinking that neither David Cameron or Jeremy Corbyn have sufficient credibility to convince the British people and so we remain divided on the issue, each believing what the media wants us to believe. I’m sceptical about everything and look for plausible explanations. There is only one thing I am sure of and that is someone, somewhere, is making a lot of money out of this little war in Syria. Is that Cameron’s mates or Corbyn’s mates do you think?

I remember when I was young everyone wanted to be a millionaire; these days they all want to be billionaires. It seems that Mark Zuckerberg has become a daddy he wants to use his billions to make the world a better place for his children. He must have done a bit of reflecting on life too. Well, you can’t take it with you can you? Now in Britain, the slightly aristocratic Cameron and Osborne would take the traditional view that one should leave one’s dosh to one’s eldest son and a few bob to one’s daughter so she doesn’t kick up too much of a fuss. Daughter’s are for showing off and sending to the debutante ball. Son’s are the ones to train to look after the gravy train after you’re gone. This is subject to the condition they don’t take away one’s 12 bore, once one develops Alzheimer’s.

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I nearly forgot. Some of the bombs that have been used in Syria are called barrel bombs.These are basically oil drums filled with a basic explosive, often made from fertiliser.  They are then packed with nails, nuts and screws and whatever else they can find to make a bomb. They sometimes add a few chemicals to burn the skin of their victims for good measure. These have been dropped by the Syrian armed forces from helicopters on the residential districts of cities, where they destroy badly built homes and kill off innocent kids. Cameron would never harm innocent children would he? Not unless they were disabled and a waste of resources…

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