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Thursday, February 2, 2017, 10:54 | No Comments »
We stand at a unique moment in the history of our country.
Like it or not, we have this week resolved to sever a close international link which has helped to form our nation for the last half a century, and before. It had its good points. It had its bad points. In the end neither the pros nor the cons was enough to significantly outweigh the other, and a close decision brought us to this unique moment.

So, freed from the bureaucracy of Europe, where does our future lie?
We are caught pulling in two directions at once.

To the left is our on-going pipe-dream - the 'wonderland' as Ken Clark put it this week - of remaining a major market trader in the neoliberal global playing field, even though that field has suddenly got much less level. Our leaders show an alarmingly eager willingness to sup with cruel middle-eastern dictators and amoral western presidents alike, keen to press for new avenues of business with whoever with listen.

To the right is the determination to 'take back control' - a frighteningly narrow-minded and nationalistic tendency which blames and excludes vast portions of the global population and which history shows can be hijacked by those with extremely violent and racist views. If you want to understand more just look at what happened in the Weimar Germany, of the 1930s and compare it to 'Brexit' and Trump.

We want to have our cake and eat it as well, and if we are not very careful we shall end up with only crumbs.

But what if there was a third way? A way of peace on earth and goodwill to all.

What was it Shakespeare said about this nation?

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise . . .
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea. . . 
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

The teaching of 'the reason for the season' is a glimpse of Eden, of paradise. It is the handbook for the Kingdom of Heaven, the manual of how to build that kingdom on earth. As such it offers a vision of what this land could be like - a precious stone, a sceptred isle, - at the only point in recent history where we could head for it if we could only re-set our compass.

"I shall not cease from mental strife, nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, 'till we have built Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land."


Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 15:44 | No Comments »
So the idea has been floated and the website is up and running. 
What happens now depends on what interest it generates and who wants to participate. 
POEGTAP is a movement, and it needs support to grow. If you would like to add your support please let us know.
In the meantime Happy Christmas and POEGTAP!
Roger

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 23:23 | No Comments »

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