Tower bridge. This one is for my friend “Edith”. Complete with blue.
As Westminster debated today on Brexit (Again? I mean, make up your mind, Man!), I wondered why politicians of all hue and dye still think we are all dummies. And act no better than their politico counterparts in previous centuries. Lying, maneuvering and deceiving as true Machiavel pupils. Have they not realized that a most – single – important factor has changed over the past century or two? What can that be? See below.
Pont Alexandre III. The Grand Palais is behind the column.
So what has changed? Democracy? When I see some of the latest results I am beginning to have second thoughts about the reality of that. But yes. Ok. There are more “democratic” elections world-wide. But that is not the point. Yet.
Houseboat. Near King’s Cross.
What other – major -change? Women’s vote? Definitely. English women were awarded the right to vote in 1928. Not even a century ago. And the Brits – again – beat the French to the line. French women were not given the right of vote until after WWII, in 1946. One of my grandmothers never voted, she died in the winter of 1944. Yes, a major move. Until then half the adult population had no say.
Do not the dreary weather fool you. That is the Seine. Right bank, near the Alexandre III bridge. (I know I overdo that bridge a bit. But it is lovely)
Changes, changes… Lowering voting age from 21 to 18? Yes. But in the US, you can vote and not drink till 21? Contradictory “innit”?
David Cameron reconverted as a stone-cutter. (I may have done that – bad – joke before) 😉
Still can’t put your finger on the major change in human history Politicians worldwide are ignoring? Think, think.
Gare du Nord. Northern railway station, Paris.
“Theirs”. “Ours”. Not much of a difference is there? 🙂 London. 2016.
Paris. Theirs or ours? A very neat Land-Rover set up for antiterrorist operations. Paris, Av. Carnot. 2016. A short walk from l’Etoile. Walked by twice during the day. Not much anti-terrorist activity going on inside or around the vehicle.
THE Tower. I pray that a 5 star hotel will NEVER be built there, as in the Post Office in DC.
“Got it? Yes, the lady in the back?”
Le Pont des arts, in its new guise, padlock-free. The old wire-mesh has finally been replaced by(hopefully) scratch-free glass panels.
“Please hand the lady a microphone please. Over there. In the last row.”
“Yes! Thank you ma’am! A round of applause please for the lady in the back. Literacy is the major change.”
Maillol. Tuileries garden. Not ours. It is set in the gardens of the Louvre for the whole world to see.
“Literacy? What’sat got to do wi’ the price o’beans?”
Girl with a dolphin. Fountain by David Wynne, 1973. Title ‘not exactly creative, but the movement is graceful. Near Tower bridge. Again. 🙂
Literacy! Two centuries ago, in 1820, right after Waterloo, only 20% of the world population could read and write. Only 20%! Think about that. Only one in every 5 people could actually read or write. And that had been the way for centuries and centuries and saecula saeculorum. 1820? That was yesterday. Heads of state and ministers and so-called representatives and all petty rulers had a field day with an uneducated populace. Today only 17% remain illiterate. Only 17% can’t read a newspaper.
Do check that site. Great graphs. Easy to grasp. Who led the way in the fight against illiteracy? The Dutch, the Swedes, and the Brits. With Germany, France and Italy lagging a bit behind. Of course there are still wide variations worldwide. Not to mention the ever increasing proportion of people now completing higher education, college or grad school.
The people of today are by far better educated than our forefathers. Yet, when you look at politicians worldwide, they still hold huge meetings, lift their arms in triumph, promise the impossible, lie all the time, even about what they had for breakfast, and basically act as if – once we’ve voted for them – we, the People, are still a bunch of illiterate dummies who can be led by their nose.
Or maybe, we do ACT like dummies, by letting them get away with all their theatricals? And not demand scrutiny, accountability and professionalism? Or demand, as another friend put it, that, once elected, they do “act as a President”. (The latter is not exclusive of whoever you might have in mind.) Think about it, my beloved E-friends. Education has changed the world, it has to change the way we let ourselves be “ruled”. 🙂
Captain and crew once again thank you for traveling on the Equinoxio Channel shuttle. Until next time, fair winds.