Thinking Allowed 09/07/22

Three Questions:

1. Why are the most unsuitable people (Boris Johnson & Donald Trump, for example) sometimes elected to the very highest office?

2. Why do their supporters minimise their personal failings and ignore their flawed actions and decisions, worryingly to the extent of not seeing or admitting the glaringly obvious?

3. Often, the most suitable candidates for leadership are the ones who are most reluctant to put themselves forward. Why do you think this is?

Thinking Allowed 01/07/22

Imagine you meet someone called Jack in a bank and, because of their chosen clothes and style, you’re not sure of their gender identity. Imagine then having speak to another person about them, in that instance knowing their personal pronouns will enable you to refer to them correctly, not make an idiot of yourself, and save embarrassment all round.

Indicating your personal pronouns is an act of courtesy. Respecting someone’s personal pronouns is an act of thoughtfulness. No one is forcing it on you or anyone. It’s nothing to get annoyed about. It’s about being better human beings.

Thinking Allowed 22/06/22

As someone who gave up the possibility of a high salary to serve others (for the majority of my working life) I’m grateful for the increase in the UK state pension, and I understand younger people feeling aggrieved. Life is very tough for most people right now, especially our young people. In that respect, I have a foot in both camps. My young children and grandchildren won’t have the opportunities I or my grown-up children had, and Brexit has only compounded the problems.

Thinking Allowed 10/05/22

Corrupt politicians want you to believe they’re ALL as bad as them. Don’t fall for it!

Most politicians are people of integrity who uphold the best democratic principles of Britain. They don’t trash British institutions because it suits their blatant lies or narrow ambitions.

Respect for ALL MPs who put democracy and integrity first.

Thinking Allowed 06/04/22

The divorce laws have changed today in England and Wales. I’ve noticed that people who have strong opinions about divorce and remarriage often haven’t been divorced. These life experiences usually bring better understanding and deeper compassion. Dogma can cause hurt. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Be kind.

Thinking Allowed 30/03/22

Whatever your views about the Queen and Andrew, I think there’s too much analysis and criticism. It was a family memorial service, he supported his mother via a side entrance, and left the others to do all the public stuff (including walking down the aisle). We’re not ignoring his past actions, but we can show some humanity and respect for the Queen.

Thinking Allowed 28/03/22

Chris Rock verbally assaulted Jada Pinkett Smith. Will Smith physically assaulted Chris Rock. Both assaults are unjustified and unacceptable. Both go to the heart of our human nature. We all have the tendency to act inappropriately. Equally, we can all make the choice to be kind. Let’s learn from both assaults and move on.

Thinking Allowed 24/03/22

Vladimir Putin isn’t at war with Ukraine. He’s at war with aspiration, creativity, democracy, freedom, and individual choice. He’s at war with any ideology that’s contrary to his own narrow and rigid dogma. He’s at war with all of us. Western democracy might be flawed, but it’s the best we have. He’s a global control freak seeking world domination. We are all Ukrainians. Love and peace, John.