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Thursday, 02 January 2014

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As you look around the world and see the different attitudes and practices in religion, politics and the ethics and morals that shape them it is possible to think that in many cases the UK as a nation and society have been there done that. Much that gives us displeasure and fills us with disgust and what we often describe as barbaric are that which we have been guilty of in our past. We have had despotic rulers, war lords, religious zealots ready to murder in our gods name and have been as corrupt and as incompetent (though one has to argue that is still the case)as any of them. We are as a society still no where near perfect and no doubt have a long way to go yet to be able to attain perfection if it is even attainable must be in doubt. It therefore begs the question do we have the moral right to sit in judgement of others. Certainly we have the right to force those from different cultures who come to reside in the UK to abide by our standards and values and feel no guilt for doing that as some mostly of the left would have us feel. However what Johnny foreigner gets up to in their own country should be up to them and free from outside interference. Influence them if possible yes and be thankful that unlike us they have more enlightened societies from which to learn from.

Entirely right, Antis. You remind me of that witty line from the film 'Teahouse of the August Moon' which was set in Japan during the American occupation and in which a (sort of) Gen. MacArthur-type officer said, "I'll teach these bastards democracy if I have to shoot every one of them!"

No, unless they threaten our national interests then let them go to hell by whatever route they choose.

In some of the English constituencies, women heads of household had the vote. They'd largely be widows I dare say. The custom was abolished in the Great Reform Act.

It's interesting that none of the English colonies in North America adopted the custom. Or did any?

Hmmmn! Not so 'great' then that Reform Act! Don't know about the colonies.

If you are interested in more observations on the way Muslims (used to) socialise, and its significance, I would recommend William Gifford Palgrave's two volume book on his travels through Arabia in the 19th century (it's been scanned into a pdf and is free). He can be quite pungent!

Thanks for that, 'H', I've bookmarked it for later.

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