I'm just about to go out again this morning, traveling up to Odd Down. Must make sure I get a rosette this time.
Looking over their website, they say that they're against a hard Brexit, rather than simply against Brexit. But this is better than the Tories, and in my constituency of Bath the 2015 general election results were:
- Conservative 17,833
- Liberal Democrat 14,000
- Labour 6,216
- Green 5,634
- UKIP 2,922
- Independent 499
- English Democrat 63
People argue that the referendum result was the will of the people and parliament must comply with it. I feel that in this tussle between the referendum and parliament, ultimately parliament should decide. Referendums are never a good idea, and I was against a referendum right from the beginning.
If anyone's still reading, here's my main reason for wanting to be part of the EU. We've got to have some way of coexisting with other people, and democracy seems the least bad approach. Without the EU we'd have democracy up to the national level, but anarchy beyond that. As we know, in an anarchy, life is 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short'. Without an EU we've had two world wars; essentially European civil wars played out over the globe. On the other hand, with the EU we'd have democracy right up to the continental level, which is our best chance of peace.
This is my Louis XV chair, which with folies de grandeure I think of as my 'reading chair'. It's right below the window where the resident smokes his Galois and looks out at the Loire.
I went to La Souris Gourmande for lunch, and a fellow diner was a famous person. I didn't recognise him myself, but people came up to him and asked for selfies. All I can say is that he wore immaculately white trainers, and that he ate fondue with two friends.
You distracted me there, but in that chair I was reading C. P. Snow's The Sleep Of Reason. I think he may be one of my favourite authors. There's a bit where he says that free will may not exist, but you have to go in as though it did. It's not a very satisfactory answer to the problem, but it's the same (provisional) conclusion I've come to.
Well the task for me now is to find a suitable bar to watch France v. Romania in the opening game of Euro 2016.
I've renewed my friendship with the black Labrador called Jaeger at Les Blancs Manteaux, and thereby came to an act of civic heroism. An elderly man walking a small dog was trying to hold back the Jaeger, but was too frail. I promptly grabbed Jaeger by the collar and the old man gratefully carried on his way. The people of the town have commissioned a statue in honor of my bravery.
The Loire burst its banks in the deluge, and there are still parts of the riverside path that are inundated. Walking along, a woman on a bike stopped and asked if the way I had come was flooded. I replied that it wasn't flooded, and it was clear for her to keep cycling along. She didn't seem to grasp what I was saying, and so I became quite insistent that the way was clear. This went on for some time until she pointed behind her at a flood that I was about to encounter. It dawned on that she hadn't been asking me about her way ahead, she had been warning me about my way ahead. I laughed, but she did not.
Even though I'm a hypochondriac, I'm convinced I've got a sleeping disorder.
Kerry Barker (Labour)
Chris Briton (Green)
I voted Barker because of his policy of helmet mounted cameras, and Briton for his drug decriminalisation stance.
- Abolition of Class 2 National Insurance contributions. Good. National Insurance is a regressive tax, and should be abolished entirely.
- The threshold at which people pay 40% income tax will rise from £42,385 to £45,000 in April 2017. Bad. If there's money to spare for tax cuts it should be used to cut the taxes of the poor.
- Tax-free personal allowance to rise from £11,000 to £11,500. Good. This is cutting taxes for the poor, which tackles inequality.
- Capital Gains Tax to be cut. Neither. Capital Gains should be taxed at exactly the same rate as income.
- Annual Isa limit to rise from £15,240 to £20,000. Bad. ISAs should be abolished. They're bureaucratic and the money should instead go to abolishing taxes on the poor.
- New "lifetime" Isa for the under-40s. Bad. As above.
- New state-backed savings scheme. Bad. As above.