Escribir implica posicionarse frente la realidad, pero la realidad no siempre devuelve el guante. Los acontecimientos pueden desarrollarse en una dirección tan imprevista que muchas de mis columnas, con el tiempo, me parecen tontas, erróneas o ingenuas. La de hoy es distinta. Hoy soy consciente de que escribo desde la ingenuidad pero, a lo peor, no tendré más oportunidades. A estas alturas, parece evidente que los independentistas catalanes no aprecian nuestra compañía. La de quienes, fuera de Cataluña, pedimos un referéndum legal, criticamos las cargas del 1-O y la aplicación del 155, nos manifestamos a favor de la libertad provisional de los líderes presos, recibimos la formación del Gobierno de Sánchez como una buena noticia también para el conflicto catalán. Eso fue antes de Eslovenia, de la irrupción de Vox, de la llamada a las barricadas de los CDR. Ahora hemos aprendido que lo que nos parecía una … [Read more...] about Ingenuidad
Each year, on Christmas Eve, the family took Tom to ‘Lots Of Tots,’ a local respite care home for all its wonderful benefits. In addition to those identified factors, it served as an opportunity for all other family members could execute their plan of action.‘OK, so Tom’s gone. Cally, have you got those sweets he likes?’‘Yes, I have the sweets.’‘Good, he can enjoy them in the garden.’‘Wait a minute, could we maybe consider whether he could be WITH us this year?’‘Well, we’ve done that for at least two years now. We know he’s probably if not definitely going to go outside, so we can prepare, can’t we Mum?‘Absolutely! Good thinking, Cally.’‘Oh, but what about the sugar intake?’ asked Mum.‘Rubbish! He’ll be fine with or without them.’ Dad tried to say.‘It could affect him…’‘It does with most children,' again Dad attempts to chip … [Read more...] about AUTISTIC LINCS: An Autistic Christmas, part 2
Not one political party in Estonia supports mass immigration. That is a fact. There is not a single party here either that wants to open Estonia's borders to millions or hundreds of thousands of refugees. Likewise fact. And yet the UN migration compact, a global oganisation's attempt to agree on universal principles for migration, divided not only Estonian society, but also Jüri Ratas' government.And we haven't seen the trenches dug between the ruling parties grow over. Pro Patria still believes that the migration compact is a Trojan horse and is keeping its hooves to the fire ahead of the Riigikogu elections, but the Social Democrats together with the Centre Party see no danger in a declaratory document that does not affect Estonia's domestic legal area.Pro Patria politician Kalle Muuli recently said that should the Social Democratic Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser give the Estonian Ambassador to the UN the order to vote in favour of joining the migration compact at the … [Read more...] about Sildam: What will Pro Patria do after losing the migration compact battle?
"Your parcel is expected to be delivered on Monday." I received this email on Friday December 7. I couldn't remember what it was and there was no clue in the text, apart from a shipment number.Nervous about clicking on links in emails in case they are scams, I chanced it and realised it was a gift I was sending to Dougie's cousin, Gail, in Scotland. I messaged her to let her know it was on its way, in case she needed me to suggest a safe place or a neighbour or a different date. No worries, Monday would be fine.On Saturday morning, another email arrived: "We're on our way!" It was the same parcel but somehow it had travelled in a TARDIS and was about to land between 9.16 and 10.16am that morning. So much for my helpful communication the previous day.I also sent a hamper to Gail's father. This time, I confused the despatch date with the delivery date. Messages were flung backwards and forwards, not helped when I kept talking about Monday December 11 instead of Tuesday. I crossed my … [Read more...] about TRISH TAKES FIVE: Christmas is all about giving
How Sir Joe Bossano is breaking the civil service – a response to the political broadcast of December 10, 2018 by Wendy Cumming, President of the Gibraltar General and Clerical Association Sir Joe Bossano’s political broadcast was dramatic indeed. Starting out with a fervour of nationalism, it quickly evolved into a civil/public service denigrating exercise which we have heard so many times before, like a broken record stuck on replay. But the seemingly innocuous insistence on creating “efficiencies in the civil and public service” is underpinned by the same demeaning and derogatory attitudes displayed by Sir Joe Bossano in a leaked video in November 2015 where insulting language was used to describe civil servants. Similarly, the 2016 blanket ban on overtime by the current administration on the completely unfounded grounds of “abuse”, implied that civil servants were routinely committing fraud in their day to day work lives. It is in this … [Read more...] about How Sir Joe Bossano is ‘breaking the civil service’