Douglas Carswell’s Clacton victory speech: Why?

In his victory speech, the newly elected UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, said

We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons, first and second generation as much as every other. Our strength must lie in our breadth. If we stay true to that there is nothing we cannot achieve.

Why do we need to be told this?

Don’t all parties that make a claim to form a Government in Britain represent all Britons, all first and second generation Britons as much as every other?

By saying what the party ‘must be’, Carswells admits that he represents a party that is a party of racists.

The European Commission Pushing For Turkey To Be Admitted To The EU

Today, the Wall Stree Journal reports

BRUSSELS—The European Union’s executive urged member states Wednesday to advance long-stalled membership talks with Turkey but underscored the obstacles in the way by raising “serious concerns” about government meddling with the judiciary and restrictions on the press.

Eighteen months ago the Los Angeles Times reported that Erdogan was wrecking Turkey as any kind of democracy, as I wrote in an article about Turkey’s image as a model democracy.

And two years before that the EU was saying that Turkey would have to clean up its human rights record if it wanted to move forward on its application for EU membership.

And in 2010 the EU Parliament published a report that Turkey had a long way to go if it hoped for EU membership.

But Turkey has not improved its human rights record. The signs are that it is using IS as a tool to kill off Kurdish separatist aspirations.

So what has changed?

At a guess it is the worry that if Turkey is not brought quickly into the EU/Western camp, then it might be pulled into the vortex that Syria and Iraq are becoming.

The Coffee Died

You know what it’s like
You start out as a fresh young bean
And before you know it
You’re just dregs
ground up and spat out.

Adding Search to Brian Gardner’s Minimalist Theme

Brian Gardner made the BG Minimalist WordPress theme available for free through his site.

The theme is a child theme based on the Genesis framework, so you will need to get that from StudioPress in order to be able to use Minimalist.

It has no sidebars, which is fine except that there is nowhere to put a search widget.

Brian suggested one could create a page template with a search form, and then link to it in the menu.

I decided to look for a plugin that would do the job. And I found Widgets on Pages in the WordPress repository.

It hasn’t been updated since 2012 and I didn’t want to risk messing up something here, so I tried it on a test site first.

It works fine and I added a menu item ‘Search This Website’ to The Central Repository.

The Lights Of A Town

It’s funny how scenes stay in the mind, particularly scenes where there isn’t very much to see.

Lights from a town – by a lake, on a hillside opposite. I can see a couple of scenes like that in my mind’s eye even from years ago.

Somewhere in Europe by a lake. Northern Europe, but I don’t recall where.

Several towns on hillsides in South America, with the bus nearing my destination. When I think of it, it’s the lack of town planning that makes the ‘arrangement’ of lights attractive.

The houses grew – first one then another. So now there are all these lights dotting the hillside. They follow the sense of the hill, not some town planner’s dream.

The lights along the lake that I can see in my mind’s eye. It’s really bugging me where it was. I can almost smell the place. I can feel what it was like to be there, but I can’t remember where it was.