Archive | January 2018

The Gentle Gentlemen

This blog grew out of two rather disparate things, a thread I followed on Twitter and a conversation I had with my second daughter over a cup of tea. Let me explain.

The thread began when somebody said they thought all living creatures had violence in their genes and that human beings were simply responding to the gene. I took issue with this almost at once, feeling instinctively that they were wrong and that there was nothing natural about human violence, although heaven knows there is plenty of it about. I tried to explain that many living creatures are indeed violent but always for a reason, in defense of their young, in competition for a mate – where the rules of the encounter are so obvious that it seems to me they are genetic – and in order to catch and eat prey. It was an interesting thread because we were all exploring the things we believed and testing them against one another’s opinions.

At one point one of the participants said that if you were a violent person and had hurt somebody else what you had to do was to say sorry to the person you’d hurt and go somewhere and get some help. ‘You are doing something that is perfectly natural’ she said. That filled me with horror, for I cannot see anything natural at all in one human being deliberately hurting another and I’m quite sure that all of us have inbuilt into us a tenderness and kindness that we saw during the Blitz and see now whenever there is a major accident or a terrorist attack. People rush to offer their help. They are kind and gentle.

But it wasn’t until I had tea with my daughter that my thoughts converged and made sense. We were comparing the behaviour of the men and boys in our family and it occurred to us that one of the nicest things they had in common was their capacity for affection and gentleness. We’d both seen it so often and sometimes in a very young little boy and it was a joy to remember it because we both knew where it had come from.

The two men I have loved most in my life were my son and my old darling and they both had it in abundance and gave it freely whenever it was needed, which is why we loved them so much. So I thought i’d put up a few pictures up of my gentle gentlemen. In this one they talking to one another in their gentle, intelligent way, as they so often did.

And the talk and affection began between them almost as soon as our son was born, I just love the total attention on my old darling’s face in this picture. It says it all.

So respec’ to all our Gentle Gentlemen. We are not all violent and you show it.

This entry was posted on January 26, 2018. 3 Comments

Daily Mail blows the gaff on Tim Heath!

This blog is for everybody who has been struggling to persuade Tim Heath to repair Blake’s Cottage.

First let me give you a bit of background information. Please skip this section if you know it already.

The Cottage has ‘belonged’ to the three man Blake Cottage Trust which is dominated by Tim Heath seen here on our left, for the last two and a half years, or to be accurate since September 2015, when they bought it ‘for the nation’. Absolutely no repairs have been done to it, although it is desperately in need of them and over 500 people in Felpham signed a petition to urge Tim Heath to take action.

Now this article, has appeared on page 5 of the Daily Mail this Tuesday and it blows the gaff on the reasons why, showing how little money Tim Heath actually has and what he has been doing since he bought the cottage.

He and his two brothers have been at loggerheads over the division of their mother’s estate since October 2015 when she died. She left her estate to be divided equally between her three sons, Jeremy aged 65, Timothy aged 62 and Dominic aged 53, it should be straightforward but the in-fighting about it has gone on for over two years and has finally ended up in court, where Tim’s two brothers had taken legal action against him to ask that he be removed as an executor of his mother’s will due to an ‘inherent conflict between his duties as an executor and his own personal interests.’ During the course of the trial some very interesting facts emerged.

For a start it transpires that Tim Heath has lived in the family house since he was ten, in other words for 52 years, and for 44 of them i.e. since he was 18, he has lived rent free and sponged off his mother. His brothers say he has never done a day’s work in his life, which annoys them because they are both doctors and have worked extremely hard. He calls himself a ‘self-employed creative’ but another term for it would be an idle scrounger. Now he wants to take a larger share of the inheritance than his brothers explaining that he ‘looked after his mother’ when she was very old, although as the court also heard, she had two £45,000 a year, live in carers, so he can hardly claim to have been her only carer.

I was very glad to read when I got to the end of the article that the judge had ordered Timothy to step down from his position as executor  and to be replaced by an independent solicitor. It cost his brothers £25,000 each in legal fees but it was a very good result.

So now we all know that Tim Heath has no income because he has no job, that when his mother’s house is sold he will have nowhere to live, that he has no money to repair Blake’s Cottage, no matter what any of us might say and just look at the state of it.


I hope that as many people in the locality and especially those in the Felpham Village Conservation Society will take advantage of the six open days at the cottage which have been organised and will presumably be run not by the Blake Cottage Trust and Tim Heath but by the National Trust (thank God!). The number to ring to book your ticket is 0344 249 1895.

It really is high time that Tim Heath stopped pussyfooting around with this prestigious property, admitted that he can’t afford to repair it, and handed it over to the National Trust, which is the only organisation in the country who could.

Pipe dreams and shilly-shallying have gone on long enough. I for one am heartily sick of them and I hope you are too.


This entry was posted on January 25, 2018. 3 Comments

We can get inside Blake’s cottage at last!



This blog is for all those people in Felpham and elsewhere who have been waiting in vain to visit Blake’s cottage so that they can see for themselves what a parlous state it is in. It was bought ‘for the nation’ two years and four months ago and since that time it has stood empty and apart from putting in steel supports to prop up the roof and the rafters, which were in danger of caving in and falling into the cottage, absolutely nothing has been done to repair the place. The three man trust who now ‘own’ the cottage, have held two open days during that time which was nowhere near enough to enable all the people who wanted to look at it to get inside.

Now, however, there is an exhibition of Blake’s paintings in Petworth House curated by a man called Andrew Loukes who works for the National Trust and under the auspices of that organisation the cottage is now going to be open on six days – no less! – during the running of the exhibition at Petworth.

Here are the dates and the link which will enable you to book your entry. There is no entry fee.

Don’t all rush!

Please don’t be conned by the BCT propaganda about the ‘wonderful, half a million pound, state of the art’ building they’re going to erect in the garden. From the tiny model on display at the exhibition it looks like two buildings, one a single-storey display area, the other far too much like a house. But then, they have always said that this new building would be a display area and RESIDENCE. The important thing, which they keep pushing to one side, is that Blake’s cottage needs repair urgently.

I shall be interested to hear what your opinion of the state of the cottage is.

This entry was posted on January 17, 2018. 1 Comment

Thoughts on a ‘very stable genius’

Since the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and the excerpts published by it by the Guardian, there is now little doubt that the President of the United States is a very, seriously maladjusted man. The Guardian headline puts it very neatly ‘Paranoia, fear of germs, burgers in bed and extra TVs: Trumps habits revealed.’ But the book itself makes it frighteningly clear that this is a man to be feared. He has his finger on an appalling nuclear trigger.

Bob @huntthesnark has given us all the chance to laugh at the man with his Gilbert and Sullivan lyric and I’m putting it up now because we need to be able to laugh.

I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius.
I have a mighty button and no problems with my penius.
I have no time for television, golf or social media
Since my brain is way way better than the best encyclopedia.

I’m cutting tax, I’ll build a wall, I’ll take away their medicare
You can trust me ‘cos I’m orange and I have the most amazing hair.
So with my total ignorance of matters heterogeneous
I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius!

Compared to other leaders, my behavior’s quite unusual
My twisted tweets and pissed-on sheets have managed to amuse you all
I have to drink two-handed ’cause my fingers are the teeniest
I need a sippy-cup with the inscription “Stable Genius.”

Written by Bob @huntthesnark 

But laughter will not save us if he decides to declare war on North Korea. What is needed if it can be legally and safely done, would be for this dangerous president to be impeached and as quickly as possible. Bandy Lee who is a world authority in psychiatry says ‘paranoia and feelings of inadequacy make powerful weapons very tempting to use.’  She says ‘to make a diagnosis one needs all the relevant information… but to assess dangerousness, one only needs enough information to raise alarms, it is about the situation and not the person’ and goes on to say ‘it does not take a mental health professional to see that a person of Trumps impairments, in the office of Presidency, is a danger to us all’.

I am extremely glad that the threat of demonstrations against him, should he visit this country, has persuaded him to change his mind about the visit to London to  which he was invited by Mrs May and which was to take place next month. It shows that the threat of a massive demonstration still has power. And we should all be paying great attention to this presidency and protesting against the man and his actions whenever and wherever we can.

This entry was posted on January 12, 2018. 4 Comments

Our NHS is NOW very near its final destruction.

I’m putting this blog up again for two reasons. The first is that it is now two years since I wrote to congratulate the NHS on its 70th birthday, the second is that there are still people who genuinely do not know or would prefer not to know that the Tory government have always intended to sell it off as soon as they possibly can.

Now it is very near its final destruction. So I’m devoting this blog to a few very necessary facts about our NHS and the government’s planned and deliberate destruction of it.

Mark Britnell chairman of KPMG global health, made it perfectly clear in 2010 what was going to happen when he gave a speech at a healthcare industry conference in the USA, in which he said that



He couldn’t have put it more clearly, although the big boys at KPMG tried to make light of it and claimed that he hadn’t said any such thing when the The Observer let the cat out of the bag.

Since then, there has been a steady drip feed of government propaganda, implying that the users of the NHS were getting everything for free. People like the Brexit leader Daniel Hannan went even further. He was scathing about the value of the NHS and said “The NHS is a relic and a 60 year mistake I wouldn’t wish on anyone.” 

So let’s knock this insulting idea that the NHS is a freebie which we donhs72yearsn’t deserve right smack on the head. From its outset our National Health Service was carefully costed. A special tax called ‘National Insurance Contributions’ was set up and began as soon as the NHS was created. We all paid that tax if we were in work and continued to do so from 1948 all through our working lives, accepting it as a sensible way to fund this great organisation so that we could use it whenever we needed to without the fear of not being able to pay for it which had been a powerful deterrent to a very large number of people before the NHS came in. Far too many doctors in those old heartless days insisted in their guinea or half guinea before they would even look at the patient. That is the truth about a) why it was needed and b) how we paid for it. Don’t let this government tell you that we are parasites getting treatment for free. That simply isn’t true.

What Mark Britnell said on the other hand has been proved true. We are now having to accept that costly private health provision has been allowed in secretly and by the back door and people like Richard Branson have already bought great chunks of our NHS or at least the profitable parts of it. That’s another fact. And here’s another one. Virgin Care Services have paid no corporation tax on their profits from the 400 NHS contracts he now holds. The turnover from these contracts is £200 million.

We also have to accept that the Tory Ministers of Health have been steadily running the NHS down, closing beds, maternity wards and A&E departments and sacking nurses and doctors. The result of all this destruction is now plainly obvious in the COVID-19 crises hitting our hospitals. These are not the result of too many people asking for help or health service departments not being properly organised, both of which excuses are heavily touted in propaganda statements, but are the direct and inevitable result of all those deliberate government cuts.

The thinking behind the governments activities is simple and simplistic.  1) Run the national health service down, 2) point out how inefficient it is and claim that it isn’t working, 3) announce that because it failing it will have to be privatized, 4) sell it off cheaply to your mega rich friends so that they can make a profit out of it.

Those of us who know what’s going on, and there are many of us both in and out of the NHS, have been struggling to keep the public truthfully informed, by demonstrations, letters and protests of every kind, like the demonstrators in these pictures.

It will take another general election like the one in 1945, to put things right. I wish!




This entry was posted on January 10, 2018. 6 Comments

The latest news about book 27 ‘Everybody’s Somebody’ and book 30.



Two bits of news about book 27 (cover picture alongside) and it’s sequel Citizen Armies, which is book 30.

Endeavour Ink sent me a message this morning to tell me that Everybody’s Somebody will be on a special offer of £0.99 for the next four days. The link is: So if you haven’t read it yet and want to, maybe this is the time to snap up a bargain.

They’ve also put up an excellent review of it which I’ve copied here.

Reviews can make or break a new book, so I’m always very grateful for a good one. Thank you Laurenae.

For those of you who have been asking if there is a sequel and saying they’re looking forward to it, if there is, the answer is yes there is and it’s now over half written and should be completed in the next fifteen weeks. I have called it ‘Citizen Armies’ because it covers the period in WW2 and the Blitz of London when citizen armies were formed and ends in 1945 when those self-same citizen armies ushered in the only bloodless revolution there has ever been, as far as I know. They didn’t look much like an army as you can see from my picture, but an army they undoubtedly were. Respec’!


This entry was posted on January 3, 2018. 1 Comment