The Dutch election has been and gone; the French presidential election been and gone; our own county council elections ditto but how much do we care? The French presidential election saw 75% of the electorate voting. The UK county council elections less than 40%. Yet the air is thick with demands for accountability and responsibility of politicians – I suppose another way of putting that is that the electorate does not trust politicians. The vote is important but I do not think that is the most important issue. The real concern is where our sovereignty lies.
We are, after all, subjects of a monarch or a sovereign. A thousand years ago the sovereignty indeed lay with the sovereign and that power was absolute. Over the intervening time, the people gradually took back that power and so, indeed, the people became the sovereign power. Michael Portillo, among others, doesn’t like the idea of referendums because our way of expressing the power of our sovereignty is by our parliamentary democracy – our representative democracy. If we were to have more direct expression of our power, if, for example, the politicians were told, by the result of a referendum, to enact the wish of the people, would we be more likely to vote/participate? That is, indeed, a leading question, but the answer depends very much on the considerations and attitude towards who is sovereign!
Last Sunday strange noises emanated from the shrouded wreckage of “Joshans”. After the noise came the removal of the plastic overcoat that had hidden the roof and, as you can see, the front side of the roof has been repaired. As we write the rear roof is also receiving attention. Well done Mohid!
Wye Farmer’s Market is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to be their new Market Manager. Responsibilities include general planning and administration of the market, organising special events, sourcing new stall-holders and carrying out local publicity and marketing.
12 hours per fortnight including market days– flexible to suit your situation although attendance at market days is mandatory – £10 per hour
Excellent communication and organisation skills essential
Basic IT literacy important – experience of working with social media, websites and Content Management Systems useful but not essential
Must have own transport
Most importantly, must be “community minded” and comfortable interacting with stall holders and shoppers alike
For more information or for a detailed Job Description please email Mike Webster or send your CV or a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org . The post remains open until a suitable candidate is found.
In 2007 Mahidur (Mohid to customers and friends) Rahman invited us to share the warmth of his charm and his fine Bengali dishes. His staff, all young men from Bangladesh, always greeted us with broad smiles and stories of their homeland. What a disaster it was when fire consumed the roof. The damage is substantial and we would welcome some news from Mr. Rahman about the possibility of Joshan’s reopening? Meanwhile a few pictures to remind us of better times!
By the way, those of us that have to wander the streets of Wye late in the evening surely miss the sight of Mohid on one of his several phones?
To anyone who is still watching Wyeweb I would like to apologize for the lack of any new posts. Many years ago the then parish clerk who had her own ideas about web internet communications and did not like being thwarted accused those of us who wished for an independent web presence of running a blog. I am still not sure that she understood the differences among websites, but wyeweb continued for the greater part of ten years to be a local webpaper or webazine or something other than a daily diary of somebody’s personal experiences. It depended very much on either contributions or news items that interested the village. Today that has changed.
Oh there are still things that affect the lives of residents, though the demographics of the village have changed beyond recognition. No longer can we speak of a “Oxbridge in a Village’ and the local pubs are now either tourist stop-overs or chic wine-bars and, although the countryside is still very pleasant for the occasional weekend stroll with the baby it no longer gives Wye it’s special place in agricultural activity. No there are issues aplenty for the people of Wye. However, the issues that bound the people into a community have been relegated to the background. Perhaps, the highly individualized society has come to Wye and so we have, at best, a number of small groups with their own identities. The Wye Art Association, the Wye Historical Society, the various congregations – each serving its own self-serving objectives. For my part I have always been interested in my professional calling and I find increasing satisfaction in a greater community of scientists of like mind.
I had hoped to try and restore some of the historical content of Wyeweb but looks increasingly difficult and, assuredly, a labour of love worthy of the greater community. I will continue to try and restore some of the historical pages as long as I feel that the site serves a purpose but it may, in the end, turn out to be more of a blog than we originally intended.
We were, indeed, fortunate to be able to applaud the performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” as publicized on our website because of our inveterate Thespian, Jack Woodford. Jack, as we all remember from his time as a borough councilor is never afraid to step into the limelight. So, true to form, Jack joined the band of pirates and the pursuing policemen (not forgetting the aunts and the fair maidens) in what can only be described as a very impressive performance by the Deal Savoyards in The Astor Theatre Deal.