I’ve always supported free speech, away from censorship…. but people are using free speech to spread hate and disharmony. ALL lives matter, human animal and even vegetable all lives matter.
Our history good and bad is recorded in statues all statues matter good and bad. Its only through history that we learn our mistakes and we have all made mistakes “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”
As “WANABE” Buddhist I value all life and yes I value free speech as my blog www.crazybritblog.com should demonstrate (couldn’t miss the opportunity of a free ad).
But seriously, these ‘protests’ are so divisive they are going to backlash and that will only cause more pain and troubles for our world. WE/YOU have far more important issues to address than whether a particular statue offends you. IF it does ignore it! IF what people write ignore it! But IF you care check what you post, and as HH the Dalai Llama would probably say be happy.
I’m sure when we encounter what we believe is injustice whether it affects just ourselves or others most people would want to do something about it. I say most people because there are certainly those who’d rather bury their heads in the sand and believe the bad stuff will go away. I happened to have been brought up in an environment and with parents (in particular my dad Jack Chalkley) who fought for and felt strongly about the fight between right and wrong. He taught me the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling (enough said).
My Dad was a shipyard worker (a boilermaker) eventually he became leader of the boiler makers union in Cammell Laird (Birkenhead) just over the water from Liverpool and his big brother Albert (Bert Chalkley) rose the the height as General Secretary of the union based in Newcastle.
Now some people may not agree with unions, but believe me there was a time when even more than now they were needed. When we consider what has happened since the days of Margaret Thatcher (the Iron Lady)and her “union bashing” security in your job has gotten far worse with no contracts etc. (I happen to admire Maggie Thatcher so this isn’t an attack on her). Those who don’t recall may counter, well yes but the unions got out of control and to some degree I would agree, they became infiltrated by communist agitators trying to create unnecessary conflict where peaceful negotiation would have sufficed. But surely we need to guard against the pendulum swinging too far in the wrong direction. In a perfect world communism with a touch of capitalism would be a dream society (everyone being looked after whilst the entrepreneur was able to flourish), but unfortunately we aren’t in a perfect world.
Today big corporations rule what happens, profits before people, and the more money you have the more you continue to make its what I call “exponential growth”. And that’s when in the wrong hands this wealth and power can become a threat to us all, whether that be through the many conspiracy theories that surround people (like Bill Gates, the Rothschild’s,etc) or some lesser know but equally powerful multinational in the health field (sometimes referred to as Big Pharm). Indeed when it comes to our to to our families health (and safety) this is an area where most of us are our most vulnerable, we do everything in our power to make sure our family is safe. But Big Pharm is a double edged sword , why? Because in some cases for example some of what they do has saved millions of lives with vaccines fighting all measure of illnesses measles for example. But Big Pharm doesn’t just encompass vaccines and that’s where I can use my own experience to unmask what I believe to be the biggest scam and cost to health authorities and patients around the world by a company I have intimate knowledge of because I have one of their devices inside my body, and the name of that company and the evidence I’ve gathered is……..sorry you’ll have to wait for part 2, there’s more evidence to come.
Blind justice is a legal concept regarding the neutrality of the dispensing of justice, but should justice be blind?
I’ve experienced many interactions with the justice system in the USA the UK and Malta in most cases I’ve won my cause. As an ex volunteer cop and believer in fairness for all, I’ve been involved in cases against some very large companies and even when I haven’t ‘won’ the cost to one very large US company was in hundreds of thousands on dollars, and it cost me nothing apart from my time.
AT&T yes I won a case against them charging me for roaming charges when in the UK but the biggest case was when I went to the E.O.C (Equal Opportunities Commission) in a case I took against Nordstrom, one of the USA’s largest luxury department stores. The case went on for months, the FED agreed to support my case, however through some manipulation (which to this day I’ve never found out how) they got sidelined so I continued to pursue the case on my own. The reason why I was so incensed was that in the US if you suspect and don’t report child abuse you could face criminal charges and this is exactly what happened here. I had so much information that the Federal investigator said we had to narrow down some of the charges so we went with Discrimination. Once in the UK also in a previous job, I had to represent my company alone as our company in house solicitor was away. I won that case and recall the judge saying if the defendant refused to follow the contract he could be jailed wow rough justice maybe but it was well deserved.
Now this is not about blowing my own trumpet but I’m currently involved in a few skirmishes here in Gozo. I won’t bore you with all the details but one in particular involves one of the worlds largest manufacturers of Pacemakers. This company has flouted the rules around the world and I was the unfortunate recipient of one of their pacemakers which has since been removed (cut out) and replaced with another manufacturers device. I won’t name the company YET, however if they refuse to do the right thing then my campaign will continue.
This isn’t about just me its about all of us, we rely on the justice system to do the right thing, lawyers can be very tricky and I know from my US case the attorney (Kim) contacted me outside of the legal system, and being quite naive I gave her enough ammunition to save the company she was representing from being charged with a felony and that could have sent someone to prison. Clearly their chairman didn’t want that to happen and $000s were invested in the case.
Sometimes we have to keep an eye on what is really going on, as the saying goes “In the world of the blind the one eyed man is king”. Justice in all its shape and forms is essential for us all, it maintains our freedom. Now I was warned that if I published anything about this that I could be taken to court myself (but hey what can they do I’ve no money, I’m too old to be put in prison) and frankly my dear “I don’t give a damn”. Those of us that are in a position to speak out about injustice need to have our voices heard. And we need to make sure that this world is a better place for our children because “Children are our future”