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On September 20th after receiving a shocking letter from the Labour Party I posted the following to Facebook:

I wrote that :

Anyone who know me would know that I would immediately, notwithstanding any contrary advice, share this communication on social media. Anyone who knows me would know that this makes me extremely angry. I don’t like me when I’m angry. I do not like being in situations that make me angry and I am considering cancelling my membership of the Labour Party. I did not join this organisation to have my legitimate freedoms of expression curtailed.


I joined in order to make common cause with those I believe are working for the wellbeing of the people of this country and everything I have expressed on social media and elsewhere has been consistent with that purpose, and has been reasoned, courteous and non-threatening. I cannot say the same of the attached communication.


I understand that this is not the fault of the many good people in the Labour Party who a fighting to change it for the better. I understand that the purpose of this kind of thing is to drive from the Party those who want to support positive change. However I have no intention of submitting myself to the indignity of any ‘disciplinary procedure’ and unless an apology is forthcoming by the end of this month I will save all concerned the bother of such a procedure by cancelling my membership.


I will continue to support the efforts of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters to establish social justice in this country and gererally to strive for a just and peaceful world.
I addition to posting this here on my own page I will post this to the Newham Labour Forum but will understand if it is not published as it may be perceived as breaking rules.

I later wrote that:

… having slept on it, I now understand that, while everything I said above is true and the points are important, this situation is not particularly important to me unless I choose to give it importance and be stressed or insulted by it. To give it importance, to be stressed, to demand apologies etc would simply be a symptom of my own sense of self importance and colluding in giving the petty machinations of others more importance than they deserve. I am not standing for any office in the Labour Party so these sanctions have no particular effect on me. I am no longer in a huff and will not leave the party in a huff. What’s important is to work with people like you Tina who really want to make positive changes for our society, nation and world. I will continue to do that.

Today on my return for a ten day holiday abroad I found a letter from the Governance and Legal Unit of the Labour Party:

The letter had appended to it 14 Facebook posts made by me between November 2012 and April 2019. It suggests that these posts, which it terms my ‘conduct on social media’, may be in breach of ‘rule 2.1.8.’ (which it does not quote or explain in the letter). It asks essentially that I justify each of these posts without saying what they think is wrong with the posts.

These are the posts:

In an article by Gilad Atzmon published on 19th June, the Jewish Labour leader. Ed Miliband is quoted as saying at a…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's not just about winning elections … it's more important than that.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Sunday, August 23, 2015

In this interesting article Gilad Atzmon argues that 'political correctness' operates as a form of intellectual…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Thursday, November 1, 2018

I have to agree with most of what Gilad Atzmon says in this article but I disagree with his assessment of Jeremy Corbyn….

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Saturday, April 30, 2016

This talk by Gilad Atzmon is really interesting. Atzmon is commonly condemned as being antisemitic and a 'self hating…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Friday, May 27, 2016

Here's a link to an interesting article that argues intelligently that terrorism and the chaos in the Middle East are…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Zionism is to Judaism as Wahabbism is to Islam.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Profound. Zionism is not Judaism. It is a separate creed that is political rather than spiritual. Perhaps it bears a relationship to Judaism that is similar to the relationship between Wahaabism and Islam.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Is the world moving towards World War Three? A nuclear war? Someone recommended a video where David Icke, interviewed by…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Almost everything K said was utterly true and utterly contrary to how we actually think and act.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Friday, May 16, 2014

Some stuff on David Icke's site related to the Savile Paedophiles in high places scandal and citing Channel Four News

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Saturday, November 17, 2012

Whether Labour members should have a right to question Holocaust orthodoxy does not seem to be the relevant issue for…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Monday, October 1, 2018

These are the questions that the GLULP asks relating to the first four items:

It seems that the GLULP finds sharing posts from Gilad Atzmon particularly problematic. Evidently I have shared a number of Atzmon’s posts over a period of seven years. I do not intend to justify the sharing of these posts or of other posts since I am not aware that sharing his posts and/or discussing them is a crime. The same arument goes for the other items that the GLULP has cited. The reason that I share articles by Atzmon is the same reason that I share articles / posts / arguments written by anyone, it is because I find them interesting and thought provoking. What is asserted in these posts may or may not be true or may or may not be well argued or evidenced but I do not believe that they are in themselves hostile or derogatory to any individual or group of individuals though they may be critical of the behaviour of individuals or groups or nations. I do not necessarily share the views of anyone whose arguments and perspectives I present in a post

I have emailed GLULP today as follows:

Re. Your Letter sent 21 October 2019

REF: L1380465
Case No: CN:- 3641

Please note that I have been out of the country since 19th October and have returned just today. I wil respond when I have had time to read your letter properly.

Having read the letter I do not intend to answer the detailed questions that it asks beyond what I have stated above with regard to my motivations. I have more important, more urgent and more interesting tasks to undertake at this time. I believe that the same will be true of the Labour Party in general.

People reading this are free to judge whether my ‘conduct on social media’ is deserving of condemnation or commendation or neither.

The Countdown

50 days ago I resolved to do something personally useful while waiting for Brexit so I began a modest exercise and diet regime to regain some fitness. So far I’ve lost 10 lbs and am now 13 st 2 lb. I can push myself to 35 push-ups, do 5 chin-ups and run 5 minutes without stopping. I walk an average of 6000 steps per day, practice the Tai Chi short form every day and can touch my toes. This will not impress anyone who is themselves reasonably fit but it may impress those who have known my recent condition and physical laziness.

I look forward to stepping up my pace and improving over the next 49 days.

We must all do what we can to survive Brexit. Reducing dependency on food might help.

Freedom of Thought is For All

“..prospective students of Eton are then asked to imagine they are the prime minister and write a speech to explain how they would convince the public that they did the right thing.”

The full question reads:

The year is 2040. There have been riots in the streets of London after Britain has run out of petrol because of an oil crisis in the Middle East. Protesters have attacked public buildings. Several policemen have died. Consequently, the Government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but twenty-five protesters have been killed by the Army.

You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral.

https://www.indy100.com/article/eton-college-entrance-exam-question-army-killing-protesters-private-school-9090156?

Some people seem upset by this.

There are doubtless very many things wrong with this school but getting students to think about ethical and political decisions and decision making through presenting hypothetical situations, or examining real situations, is not one of those things. Questions like this should be part of the general education of students in all schools.

Inverness and Skye

At the beginning of this month Sandy and I flew to Inverness .. well technically we didn’t fly to Inverness as the EasyJet plane was late and then diverted to Edinburgh from where coaches were provided near midnight to take us to Inverness. It was a lovely trip, particularly our day tour to Skye. Here’s a short video here featuring Sandy meeting Aberdeen Angus cows and me wading in the Fairy Pools in Skye. Sandy did not go to the pools as it was a longish trek from the road and she wasn’t up to it

Interland

Interland is an interesting resource that gamifies teaching about online safety.

Sunday – Day 19 Lent

Sandy and I went to church today and then travelled via the riverboat to Leicester Square where we ate at Misato Restaurant.

The church service was a good one about inclusion and the church’s doors being open to everyone. I took communion, as I often do, even though I’m not a ‘confirmed’ member of any church. I can’t say that I’m a believer or a non-believer since I take much of Christian religious language to have symbolic rather than literal significance.

I read that today, 24th March is Telemann’s birthday.

Georg Philipp Telemann (24 March [O.S. 14 March] 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation: [ˈteːləman]) was a German Baroquecomposer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in MagdeburgZellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in LeipzigSorauEisenach, and Frankfurtbefore settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the five main churches. While Telemann’s career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann.

Wikipedia.

I listen to all the pieces recommended by Clemency Burton-Hill but only share those that I find particularly appealing.

21 March – Mendelssohn


Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, op.49 in D-minor

Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

Mendelssohn died aged just 38. But he had accomplished so much.

I am reading ‘Year of Wonder‘ by Clemency Burton-Hill. It looks at one piece of classical music each day. A worthwhile book, it prompts listening .. and that leads to more wonderful pieces.


Mendelssohns – Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (op. 25) , Yuja Wang, Kurt Masur (Full)

Equinox

I need this. We need this .. Renewal. Rebirth. Monteverdi is a Renaissance composer and this piece of music celebrates, O Zepher Return, celebrates the return to Spring.

From Wikipedia: An equinox is commonly regarded as the instant of time when the plane (extended indefinitely in all directions) of Earth‘s equator passes through the center of the Sun.[3] This occurs twice each year: around 20 March and 23 September. In other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the Equator. In the northern hemisphere, the equinox in March is called the Vernal or Spring Equinox; the September equinox is called the Autumnal or Fall Equinox.

Monday: Day 13

I prepare my meditation space .. but still much needs to be thrown out before I can meditate.

A letter to Stephen Timms

Handed in at my surgery on Friday. pic.twitter.com/CPf4GtJMdJ— Stephen Timms (@stephenctimms) March 18, 2019

There must be a minimum standard beneath which no person should be permitted to fall. Situations like this must be considered an emergency and be corrected immediately.

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