Turris fortissima est nomen Jehova? *
HOW many older Plymouth school children will have heard of this Latin motto?
It underscores the official and ancient heraldic coat of arms of the once proud and key city of Plymouth, where now hypocrisy has become so much part of governance at national and local levels in the UK that the universities should offer a degree called Hippocratic Leadership.
It exists at every level of governance, from the village pump, through the lodges, the counties and the halls of the Harry Potter Parliament, complete with its gargoyles, sneaks and sinister leaders.
Back to the motto. Paraphrased, it of course means God is my strength and refuge.
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At school in the blitzed St Andrews and at Sutton High School, we kicked off each day with assembly and brief prayers, and looking back I realise that it somehow gave us the feelgood factor – which we certainly needed throughout the Luftwaffe Blitzkrieg.
Of course, since that time, under Parliament's decrees, there is an ultra-secular Britain and that kind of belief is what the old bent, grey people who still go to church, still pursue – to the howling regret and chagrin of Messrs Cameron, Osborne, Hague, Clegg, etc., who daily bleat and regret the persistence of those of us who continue to exist past the UK 'bin-by' age mark of 70.
I have news, nay, a revelation, for Mr Cameron. People in several countries know which money-frantic governments have their
plans for population reduction. While China is concentrating on limited pre-birth genocide programmes, others, e.g., the UK, may be working on plans to save money spent on treating the elderly (and usually abandoned) by accelerated attrition, or scheduled 'gericide' – of those deemed 'unfit for purpose'.
In passing, a rhetorical question for Cameron. Can he name one country which has a non-ageing population? All humans and animals tend to get older as the years go by, Cameron. But you, your cliqued Government and your agents in the 'shires', inflict premature ageing on the people who inexplicably voted into you and your party into office (not power, to serve).
Long suspected but now media-announced is the fact that the population of the UK suffers the highest levels of stress of any other country in the Western world. While all countries have been greatly stressed by the 'wealth-quakes' organised by Wall Street and the previously unheard-of incredibly and inexplicably powerful debt-chasing companies like Standard and Poor, Fitch, and Moody's (all with main offices in Tel Aviv and New York), local councils, following national directives, inflict specially-designed programs to ratchet up national stress levels.
The rush into privatisation has plunged millions across this country into debt, as local councils have seized opportunities to sell off the public utilities and liabilities which their members undertook to manage and safeguard in their electoral manifestos. And since endemic sustained stress depresses the immune system, chronic illnesses present in the UK far more than in other EU countries, and binge-drinking has become a major addiction.
There is something wrong with a succession of administrators of a city which uses a Blitz-gutted but still-standing historic church structure as the centre-piece of a traffic-confusing intersection (Charles Cross) and neglected to reconstruct it, and which destroyed other still-serviceable churches. It also boarded up many historic buildings and national treasures which had been untouched by the Blitzes, such as the Palace Theatre landmark, and the now rat-infested Gaumont cinema.
In Plymouth, obvious recent examples are the woeful degradation 'revamp' of Sutton Harbour, the destruction of what should have been retained as a national, working monument, the RAF seaplane base at Mount Batten, the shocking neglect (and dangers) apparent at Tinside beach, the closures of Freedom Fields, city and Royal Naval Hospitals, the virtual 'rape' (and plunder) of South Yard, the privatisation of Devonport Dockyard.
Finally, the latest act of incredibly poor decision-making and partner-choice: one of this city's potentially valuable and vital assets was sold off (or given) to a company which having failed to protect an internationally relevant historic harbour for both fisheries development and tourism, then delivered the city's airport for bulldozing and more dreary, non-productive speculative housing development.
This issue is now at the centre of a brewing storm, spreading from the city and perhaps to the European Union as a result of the question of EU funding, which earlier had seemingly been provided for Plymouth city, Sutton Harbour and Plymouth regional airport development over time.
Could it be that the city's rightful motto and its heraldic arms were too much of an embarrassment for this city's leaders and did corporate conscience come into play?
Herald readers have recently written in, pointing out a law which holds that if a petition to remove individual members of a city council or even the whole council is raised for valid reasons , and the list of petitioners exceeds 9,500, new elections may be permitted.
There is a strong and long-awaited case for a council which will save Plymouth from possible accidental nuclear spillage from ill-advised time-served N-sub scrapping operations, and the persistence of pursuing plans which head towards peril, economic and spiritual disaster.
Dare Plymouth hope for a recovery of official sanity? And the return of the city to its citizens?