Pig Swill and a Dogs Breakfast

Economics, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

The conversations going around coffee shops in London are centered around the Brexit negotiations carried out by the UK government which is giving so many ordinary people and businesses scope for worry. Apart from Theresa May’s blanket dismissal of any foreign nationals entering the UK (which isn’t going to happen any time soon, the UK depends on clever foreigners who have had a good education to come and work) there is no clear plan as to what vision of a UK outside the EU will look like, except that the Tory party seem to think there is a free-for-all and we would be prepared to lower our standards of living in order to allow “free trade” at any cost. No so matey.

Enter that clever man, Mervyn King ex-Governor of the Bank of England. The man who pleaded that he could not forsee the train wreck that careered out of control in 2008 who opined that there seems to be a lack of Plan A, let alone Plan B within government circles. This I would agree with. Without wishing to diminish Mervyn King’s achievements he has hit one particular nail on the head.

The quality of persons heading our negotiations give the image of rabbits being stuck in headlights not knowing which way to turn. Every other day one minister will pop up and say something only to be contradicted by another minister. At present there have been pronouncements on how far foreign fishing boats will be able to fish from the UK coastline. Having left the London Agreement which effectively allows the UK to regain control of fishing within 12 miles of the UK coastline, Michael Gove said that maybe some countries will be able to continue fishing up to 6 miles of the coastline. The very countries who have decimated our fishing industry and was very much a point put forward during the Referendum. It makes sense, if British fishermen can fish up to 12 miles of the UK coastline and sell whatever they catch whether its in the UK or abroad that’s a good deal. Muddying the waters is just stupid and I wonder whether “a gossiping drunk” as he was described by Boris Johnson is the right calibre of person to be leading these negotiations. Likewise with farming subsidies. At present farming in the UK has become in pretty dire straits with many farmers finding it far too expensive to continue farming and selling up in recent years. Others have had a diversify into other areas. My impression is that farming subsidies allow farmers to barely break even and it would be disastrous to drop this altogether. We all rely on cheap food, affordable food which needs to be subsidised by the government to support and ensure we have homegrown food that isn’t dependent on fair weather and good friends abroad whose standards may be questionable.

Which neatly brings me onto the story of chlorinated chicken, a practice used in the USA, banned everywhere else in the EU and President Donald Trump’s insistence that we should accept these onto our supermarket shelves as they are cheaper to produce, even with shipment costs. One only needs to look at the people in the USA and how fat and unhealthy they are, how the use of pollutants in their water has rendered them ill and ask ourselves, do we really want to go down this path? I say no we don’t. I voted for Brexit and voted for a better life, one where young people can walk into well paid jobs at whatever level they are in their lives, earn the kind of money that would enable them to buy their own homes. I voted for a Brexit where the old, sick, disabled and vulnerable in society would have the help and support they needed. I voted for a Brexit where we would all feel safe in the knowledge that we had the best standards in many areas of life, from safe toys for children, to good, strong employment practices that ensured fair play between workers and bosses. I voted for a Brexit where old people could go out for a daily constitutional walk without fear of being mugged or attacked. I voted for a Brexit where ordinary people could have a guaranteed roof over their heads in the form of social housing, free education and health care as and when they need it. I did not vote for a Brexit where people who have such a high opinion of themselves would allow the rest of us to live in sewage, stoop to the lowest levels and then abandon us without a care.

The last sentence is where I fear the tories are taking the UK. The same way that the survivors of Grenfell Tower have been maltreated, abandoned, forgotten, washed hands off is how we will all be treated in years to come. This tory government could not care less about anyone who isn’t rich and will leave this country a dogs breakfast.

In future years their record should stand and be repeated ad infinitum. The tory party should never be allowed to govern this country again.

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…But are you worth it?

European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy, London Life

Every now and then a headline comes up that becomes the basis of government policy, if it’s appropriate. The headline this week is how much are people paid, in particular academics, and whether this pay is justified, and whether they, or indeed anyone else, ought to be paid more than the prime minister. The argument is one that is being used to justify the row caused by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, that public sector workers are overpaid.

Academics of universities are paid as much as they are worth, their pay is set by government or independent bodies and a quick look on the website of any university will show that lecturers and professors are paid well below anything the Prime Minister is paid. A few years ago the same argument was levelled at doctors. Again, their pay is largely set by government.

The Tory government have subscribed to the church of the “free market” and “privatisation” of anything that moves or can be traded, bought or sold. Pay is set by what can be afforded and the level of skill required to perform the tasks required of any particular job. Therefore it is absolutely correct that an engineer, architect, highly skilled construction workers, doctors, lawyers and lecturers should be paid a premium as the level of training, skill undergone by individuals and the level of responsibility not just to their colleagues but also to society as a whole. This is regardless of whether they work in the private or public sectors. After all, I don’t see many government ministers moaning about how much bankers and insurers get paid. Even the governor of the Bank of England earns more than the prime minister and, apart from a few cusory questions asked as to why he commanded such a high salary when Mark Carney took office, his appointment went without a murmur. Does anyone think he should take a pay cut?

Other jobs ranging from nursing, building trades, fire officers, police, teachers, health professionals right down to sales people are paid according to their levels of qualifications, skill and levels of responsibilities they are given. Teachers and academics are important as they train up the next generations of workers and, if the UK still wishes to sit on its laurels and pretend it has good schools that turn out highly education young people and in turn, lecturers and professors that turn out highly educated people ready to take their places in the world of work then they had better pay them properly and give them the means to do this without let or hindrance or the UK will sink as certainly as the Titanic did when she ran aground over 100 years ago. If the UK wants to maintain and grow the great public services that have been fought for by our grandparents and so badly let down by this shambles of a government then it needs to pay them better money and allow them to do their jobs.

By contrast let’s take a look at the skills needed to become prime minister, or indeed a government minister. The UK is supposed to be a country where anyone who has the ability can stand for parliament regardless of their background or where they went to school. However, there are obstacles in doing so. If you come from a wealthy family or are in one of the professions then it is easier to do so. If you are in a trades union they will give you the skills you will need to debate your point, will put you forward to be chosen by the Labour party (the Labour party is the only party of the working people and was originally set up and funded by the trades unions to give a voice for working people across the UK, and continues to do so). As an MP you will need to be able to make your point succinctly in argument and, at least, know what you’re talking about. If you have other qualifications such as a degree or masters in economics then that may help if you’re put in a position where you can use this knowledge. However, the most important thing is to be able to toe the party line at all costs and lie through your teeth even when you know what you’re saying will do more harm than good. Slavishly following the party doctrine in the face of evidence to the contrary is more important than having a conscience or working for the good of the country, although working for the good of your constituents is always to be lauded, after all, those are the voters who got you your job and who can vote you out if you go too far.

Becoming Prime Minister is a matter of luck, being in the right place at the right time and having enough people who will back you. Thereafter any skill there is, is to be able to do the job well. I cannot recall a time when a real visionary was an MP or even PM. There are those who will cite Margaret Thatcher, however, her “vision” was myopic and totally ruined this country for decades afterwards The current bunch of incompetent fools are only trying to complete the job she set out to do and in the process are coming apart at the seams.  I wholeheartedly wish they would go away and do it in private without subjecting the rest of the country to such a painful process. If government ministers truly wish to continue the fruitless discussion of who gets paid more than the PM they need to take a good long look at themselves and take a pay cut, because they are overpaid and woefully under performing in every aspect of their collective offices.

Honest Conversations

London Life

I’m old enough to recall when people were able to say what they meant without fear or embarrassment, however the creeping political correctness has meant that not only are people too scared to say things in case they are either misconstrued or labelled but that people have become too scared to have honest conversations with each other. Particularly in the age we live in where language has become so convoluted that what one person may mean is completely different to what someone else may mean and conversations at cross-purposes are all too common. No more so than in politics itself.

Politicians have long learnt the art of using soothing words that, on face value, imply that everything will be taken care of, people will have new opportunities opening up before them, the things that scared them silly wouldn’t happen and the electorate would not have to worry about ordinary day-to-day things that allow everyone to just get on with their lives. The most recent example is Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond has claimed that public sector workers are being paid “about 10% ahead of those in the private sector”. The main reason for this is that those in the private sector are paid no more than the minimum wage

Previously in this blog I have said that the economic drive of this country and, indeed across the world is to ensure that those people doing the main work that ensures companies make profits get paid no more than the minimum wage and, there is also a case for having a “living wage” which won’t do much more. The reason for this is that as the level of profits fall companies will do their utmost to ensure that their companies look good on the company listing of the stock exchange even if it means they have to break the backs of the workers who make it possible for the CEOs and senior management to have the positions they do.

The level of properly salaried jobs is now less than it was even 8 years ago. Teachers, doctors, fire fighters, even lecturers, legal staff are probably the only occupations that have salaries and those salaries have taken a battering in the last 8 years. The only salaries that have not just kept pace with inflation but overtaken it are those of MPs and the benefit handouts the Royal family get. Year on year MPs have voted in double digit wage increases and then bitched that they aren’t being paid enough for the responsibilities they have.

Most of the workers in the public sector do the kind of work where the level of responsibility is such that they have a real impact on the daily lives of those they care for, far more so than the incompetent, sleazy, heartless robots that fill the House of Commons who are only interested in furthering their own careers and filling their own pockets with our money paid in taxes.

Women are still paid less than men despite legislation to the effect that women should be paid equally for work of equal value and this is deliberate. Periodically there are articles in the media about this problem and the fact that in 50 years it hasn’t been resolved is not an accident. If women can be paid to do the same work a man can employers can get away with paying less and make more profit. Far be it for me to say that women should go back into the home, have babies and keep house, there is a case for women who have children to be able to stay at home and raise their children properly without feeling pressured that they should return to work because of employment practices or because of finances. There will always be women who have careers where that isn’t always possible and women who chose to continue with careers and have children, but there is a case for having more family friendly policies.

I really cannot understand how stupid those in the Tory party are, don’t they understand that if people don’t have enough money to ensure decent living standards the greater economy will not just stagnate, but will sink into a permanent depression.  This isn’t good for man nor beast, or maybe that’s the whole purpose for the Tories who have shown themselves to be utter parasites, feeding like locusts on the labours of ordinary people.

However it goes, the writing for the Tory party is on the wall and it really is only a matter of time before we have another general election. The tories are showing that they are not up to the job of negotiating BREXIT, they are no better than the average football hooligan but with better accents. The economic policies they are pursuing will make the UK much worse off than it is already, but I cannot believe that people are still stupid enough to vote for them instead of ensuring that they, like the LibDems, are consigned to the rubbish bin of history.

Hanging on by their Fingernails

democracy, democratic rights, London Life

Nearly a month after Theresa May’s majority was slashed by the electorate the Tories have returned to their usual tactics of telling ordinary people one thing while doing something else entirely. Prime Minister’s Questions today was very telling in this regard. Jeremy Corbyn questioned Theresa May on lifting the public sector pay cap, particularly in the light of recent terror attacks and the fire at Grenfell Tower and the unflinching service given to the public by fire fighters, police and medical staff. Theresa May rattled off meaningless figures that bear no relation to reality of how many nurses and teachers have joined hospitals and schools since the Tories took office in 2007 when the converse is nearer the real picture. Nurses who are having to use food banks to feed themselves and their families, teachers who have been straightjacketed in their ability to do their jobs properly and have left to keep their sanity intact. Police numbers that were cut by 20%, fire services who have been decimated by 50%. The United Kingdom remains decidedly united at this point in time. 

What is very obvious is that while canvassing for votes there were concerns about the money tree that was going to pay for all the investment the Labour party wants to put into the UK and UK jobs, it seems that its the same money tree the Tory government have been using to fund HS2 railway, renewal of Trident and £1 billion to keep the Tories in power. Its called the taxpayer.
The latest voices to wade into the argument has been the backseat PM David Cameron and the old stalwart, Ken Clarke, Cameron who actually called those wanting to end austerity selfish. What’s more astounding is that no sooner has Cameron spoken then reporters suddenly come to heel like well trained dogs and start questioning whether the pay cap to public services can be maintained.

To put the record straight. Public services have been paying for the greed of the bankers who caused the crash in the first place. Bankers such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and others who know full well that regardless of the mess they get themselves into, the government will always bail them out. In fact whenever there is a downturn in the economy its the public services that are made to pay for the failures of the private sector. I have argued that as many sectors of the economy rely on funding in some form or other from government and then bailing out when it all goes wrong, the paradigm between public and private sectors is a nonsense. The blame has been shifted over the years to various groups in an attempt to muddy the waters and confuse the electorate. Firstly it was the young, university fees went up, benefits were cut, benefits that would enable young people to qualify for a job in any sector were also cut; then it was the sick and disabled who had the hated bedroom tax foisted on them and the sick were sent on work assessments to see if they were able to work, many of those who were assessed by the company hired for this purpose were at the end of their life due to ill health but deemed to be fit for work, they died just a few weeks later.

The latest rumblings are that we are in austerity because people have the audacity to live longer and are being selfish in doing so, so in the election the Tories brought in the dementia tax where as people became more frail and unable to care for themselves they would have to sell their houses in order to get this care. They aren’t rich people, just ordinary people who have worked hard all their lives, paid taxes and the greedy politicians and business vultures want everything so that they can be even richer, and ordinary people are accused of being selfish for wanting to live a normal life. I just wonder what planet they think they are living on? The tories are weakened, David Cameron is not going to walk straight back in. If anything this whole exercise is showing what everyone has been saying for such a long time, ordinary people are being taken for a ride by these rich people who have never worked, don’t care about ordinary people’s lives and enjoy playing God with our lives. There has to be a discussion about the quality of person that is allowed to go into politics and wreak such havoc in people’s lives.

There is a school of thought that goes if someone is the son or daughter of a politician then they will do something similar either in politics or another “establishment” profession and doors will be opened to them regardless of their ability to do the job. There is another school of thought that goes give an outsider who looks promising a chance to come in and do the job, regardless of their ability to do the job. I wonder whether there are tests to weed out those people who are detached from ordinary life, who have a contemptible view of other people who aren’t as they are. I mean the psychopaths, the sociopaths and so on. If so, are they deployed and if so are people selected who test positive for such characteristics as there seem to be a great many of them in politics around the world at present.

A New Dawn Has Come

European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy, General Election

Well that was the surprise that wasn’t, at least not to those of us normal people who have been kicked around by the system over the last 40 years or so, all over the world, not just the USA. Donald Trump has made it to the White House and how the politicians around the world are howling in disbelief and horror, well not all of them, but there are many who are. Goldman Sachs is threatening to leave London and relocate in Germany to which I say “good riddance”. Any other banking institution that is going to do the same can also leave because in due course the EU will cease to exist. The natives are restless and that can only be the best thing to have happened in many, many years.

For far too long the world political game has been dominated by those with money who have removed themselves from the ordinary people whose votes they depend on to get elected. Those same politicians who then completely ignore the needs and wishes of the ordinary people who toil away providing for their families, paying taxes which are then mis-spent on pet projects or used to grease the wheels of politics. The same ordinary people who have become the playthings of politicians who take it in turns to provide employment one day, and then create the conditions that make those same people unemployed and dependent on help, charity, benefits. Those same people who are demonised, forgotten and held in contempt.

Here in the UK we had BREXIT on 23rd June which many of our politicians are desperately trying to wriggle out of because they realise that they will have nowhere else to go once they lose their job at the next general election (which is a good thing as they are completely unemployable and as useful as a chocolate teapot!). In America the decline in the quality of candidates has been pretty much zero for many years. Reagan was a puppet who would just read the lines given to him, the Bushes (senior and W) were a complete disaster and while Clinton may have done well on the economic front, but “that incident” will always overshadow any good he may have done. Obama only did one good thing and that was to introduce Obamacare, the affordable healthcare act. The rest of his administration was rudderless and littered with broken promises.

In the last couple of years the US has ramped up the rhetoric against Russia needlessly in order to prove how “strong” the US really is. Every step the USA has taken has backfired spectacularly as they don’t seem to understand that the Soviet Union has transformed into a modern, fully functioning country that it more than capable of giving the US a run for its money. History has shown that any country which has tried to wrestle the bear has failed. Now that Donald Trump has won the election there is a collective sigh of relief from many ordinary people that World War 3 has been averted. Had Clinton won I can only imagine there would have been a bloodbath that would dwarf the lives lost in both WW1 and WW2 in the last century. For that reason alone I can only hope that the whispers of Chelsea Clinton making a bid for the White House in future years remain just that, whispers. Apart from her mother I cannot think of a less suitable person to enter politics than her. A rich woman who has never had to work in her life, grew up in the White House, probably has servants to wait on her (nanny, PA, hair dresser, etc., etc., same thing) has no idea what it is to make a few dollars stretch from one end of the week to the next and whether there would be enough to eat, or pay the bills.

Over here in the UK and EU it’s interesting that there are those politicians, senior civil servants desperately clamouring to “teach” Trump about the policy towards Russia and then there’s the drunken Juncker in Brussels and Hollande (who will soon be out of office anyway) and the even more reviled jew dwarf Sarkozy (who is trying to get back in, I sincerely hope he doesn’t) who would like to school the Donald in how things are done in Europe. I think these political failures need to understand a few things.

1. BREXIT and the election of Donald Trump are not an aberration, not an accident, not a slip of the pencil in the voting booth. They are the lawful way in which the majority of people whose taxes are being abused by those in government to tell the politicians they are sick of being treated like shit, being lied to and taken for granted.

2. You don’t become a successful billionaire businessman by being an idiot, careless or not knowing what you’re doing. At 70 years of age Donald Trump knows his own mind and how he wants to approach matters. He may need to re-think some of his policies but on the whole I think he’s looking in the right direction. Scrapping TPP and TTIP as well as a host of other transatlantic treaties would be a good thing and needn’t take as long as some say it will. A simple repeal bill would do and I believe there is the theory of nullification which may also be used at the new President’s behest, whether that is the best way forward remains to be seen but there are always ways around most problems. Remember, what can be done can also be undone, so it’s not that big a deal.

3. Dealing with criminal elements coming into a country is also a legitimate way of preventing undesirable elements entering into a country, thereby keeping it citizens safe. This is something the UK wishes to do and something that was lost in the last couple of years through the Schengen scheme. Free movement of people who share the same values and outlook is perfectly acceptable. Europeans with Europeans is fine. Americans with Americans is fine. The moment you introduce an element that does not share your outlook or values there will be trouble. However much they complain Muslims are and always will be a problem. Like the Jews they feel they are “exceptional, special even”; they feel they should be given special treatment; they feel they should impose their ways and beliefs on their host country; they have no interest in integrating or contributing and consider paedophilia a normal way of life and also maiming and killing.

In this instance Donald Trump and Theresa May should have much in common as we’ve had similar problems since the ISIS reared its ugly head and there seems to be a consensus of muslims who think ISIS are a cool thing to be a part of.

4. Mending ties with Russia is probably the smartest thing a US president could do. Russia is a large country, larger than the USA and has a lot of clout, particularly in Europe. The sanctions have hurt the EU economies greatly and I am astounded that neither Germany nor France put their collective feet down and told Obwana to fuck off and not interefere in the EU economies. Had they done this then the EU would not be in the mess it’s in now. EU leaders, if you can call them that, are held in so much contempt as is the whole EU project that the only way forward is to reassert who we are. White Christian Europeans will not be part of the Coudenhove-Kalerghi plan. We will not be wiped out by savages and inbreeds, we will not interbreed with them.

I would put forward that the way out of this impasse which will now be given more impetus through Donald Trump’s election is that rather than relying on cheap immigrant labour, each country put more effort and money into family stability, not necessarily marriage, but committed relationships. Where children are the centre of family life, are given good, free education that equips them for skills they will need in their futures. Where mothers are not forced back into work only months after giving birth but allowed to bring them up and give children stable upbringing without worrying about paying bills, putting food on the table and so on. Where fathers are encouraged to remain in relationships for their own good and that of their families. In this way there will be more work, better paid.

Work structures also need to be looked at. If the normal working week was no more than 28 hours per week at full pay and benefits this would be more satisfactory for all concerned and would pretty much guarantee full employment, a proper work/life balance and thriving economy. People would work better because they had more energy, families would work better, children would be better behaved because they had their parents attention properly, people would have the time to have their lives and relationships. It makes no sense to have a dichotomy of either/or, it doesn’t work and disenfranchises people from the main system. Despite tinkering around the edges over the years, the work structure hasn’t really changed. If anything, it’s become more entrenched and either you work all the hours there are or you’re unemployed.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the American people for voting in someone who isn’t part of the system, who can bring much needed fresh ideas that have a better chance of working for the good of the many, the 99%, not just the 1%. Thank you.

Humanity Has Died, Long Live Human Beings

London Life

I haven’t posted for a while as there have been so many events in the last few months that would normally have elicited comment from me, but I felt it would be better to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, if there is one. However, today Sunday 30th October 2016 sees a monumental event in that CETA has finally been ratified by both Canada and all 27 European countries. Today is the day humanity and any rights for human beings died and the corporates have won.

This is part of the new world order movement so beloved of many conspiracy theorists, except its not a conspiracy. The new world order is part of the picture promoted by the Jewish people for the world for many years and it looks as though they have won.

Conspiracy theorists have mostly been ignored or called nutters and some of them are, many of them don’t check their facts properly, others paint such a fantastical picture it’s hard to believe what they say but that would be to dismiss them and allow the world to trundle onto the pre-ordained future that will be a nightmare that humanity will never escape from. The corporate dominance of the world really is upon us and this may be the last time that we normal, ordinary people get to vote for anyone important as elections the world over are, and have been, rigged to such an extent that they instill only apathy and disgust at politics and politicians alike. In the next 10-15 years whenever there is a vote for government anywhere in the world, I can pretty much guarantee that only corporations will have the ability to vote, that’s the way we’re headed globally.

The question is what can we do about it? Brexit in the UK is a powerful force but one that politicians are willing to overlook, at their peril, which gives you some idea how deeply they are invested in this new world order as they have done very well out of it and will continue to do so. The America elections give two not-so-good candidates a chance to do what they want, one is being investigated by the FBI, the other has a loose mouth that says quite inappropriate things but has nuggets of sensible policies that will turn the USA around. If I were voting I would go for the latter. There are also elections in the EU which will be interesting to watch, particularly Germany, but let’s see what happens.

What is interesting is that PM May in the UK is steadily unpicking most of the roadblocks that were thrown in the way of the UK doing well by David Cameron. He always talked about a “legacy”, well any “legacy” he had in mind is being eroded, as well as that of other politicians since the 1990s. Therein lies the answer. In the same way that those who espouse the new world order were allowed to set up associations, societies, make inroads into respectable life, those things should be taken away from them. Those associations and societies made null and void, all those who run or are associated with such things given the same treatment they wished for others and then those values that have been slowly eroded under the guise of “multiculturalism” and “tolerance” brought back so that we can be strong as a people.

Those who have a preference for multiculturalism need to understand that you cannot share in someone else’s values and ways of thinking if you don’t understand your own. It is by having a good understanding of your own place in the world that you can share this with others. This does not mean you have to segregate, although it is natural to want to live with people who share your own values and are culturally similar, but it does mean you need to know who you are and where you come from.

We don’t need to go to war as it serves no purpose for those fighting such wars, it only serves a purpose for those sending young people to war while they sit back in their comfortable lives and make the right noises at the right times. It does take some backbone, strength of purpose and a willingness not to be derailed from your goal to be allowed to live ordinary lives normally with a fair share of the spoils of our work. Those purporting the new world order realise the game is up, most people understand who they are and what they’re up to, and there’s nowhere for them to hide.

Autumn Fruits and Other Vegetables

London Life

The Conference season is upon us again and it’s an interesting way for the established political parties to set out their stall for the months ahead and reiterate the party slogan both to the faithful and the rest of the country.   Labour seemed desperate, but they have every right to considering the utter shambles they created for themselves over the summer months after the Brexit vote.   They are still deluded that anyone actually listens to politicans and believes what they say and still only interested in talking to each other in Westminster regardless of what goes on outside of the political bubble.   It is fair to say that Labour have now got their wish, they are completely unelectable for the foreseeable future.  Note to Jeremy Corbyn; don’t bother to put up prospective MPs in the next general election, you won’t be getting many, if any returners.

The Tories with their shiny new PM and cabinet had a chance to set out their stall for what they hope to achieve in the coming months and it all sounds bright and hopeful with lots of nice words and phrases, however the fly in the ointment is the ongoing dispute with Southern Rail which belies the true nature of the Tories and quite simply says, “business as usual”, so don’t be fooled.

For those readers living outside of the SE of England, there has been an ongoing dispute between Southern Rail who run the franchise of train services between the South Coast of the UK, so Brighton, Eastbourne, Portsmouth, Chichester and Hastings and London as well as the Brighton to Bedford Thameslink services which also go through London.

Those of us who are unfortunate enough to have to use Southern’s services in order to get to work every day understand how awful they are.  The daily delays to get to and from work are frustrating enough.  You’ve got the app on your phone, you check the services, the app assures you everything is running normally, you get to the train station the boards announce there are delays from 2 minutes, 5 minutes then going to 10-20 minutes (this is the same train, by the way), then the board announces that the train you were waiting for will arrive at the same time as the next train going to your destination which you know is a physical impossibility as two trains cannot arrive at the same platform at the same time, then the next train is also delayed after a few minutes and the train you were waiting for is cancelled.  Then the scenario is repeated but if you’re lucky the next train which is full of passengers who would have got the previous train actually bothers to make it out of Victoria and there is the possibility you may actually make it home tonight.  Whoopee.  At this point I have to stress to my readers who live outside of the UK I am talking about overground trains and not the tube, which runs beautifully, regularly.

For those readers who are not in the UK the background to this dispute is that while the UK was one of the first countries in the world to have a railway 200 years ago, there has been very little in the way of investment since, save for new carriages periodically.   This means that many rural and suburban train stations have platforms which are much the same size as when they were first built or are curved which have always necessitated a guard to be on the train in case someone tries to catch the train at the last minute and gets themselves, bags or clothing caught in the doors.   The suburban commute to work has always been an unpleasant, expensive and overcrowded experience, one to be avoided where possible and complained about frequently.

A couple of years ago Southern undertook a programme of extending platforms to accommodate longer trains, only by two carriages per train but it’s enough to ensure a small amount of space for passengers.  However some station platforms could only be extended to accommodate so many carriages so passengers are asked to disembark from the first 7 or 8 carriages.   All well and good you say, but Southern are now saying that guards on what they call “metro trains”, that is trains running from the suburbs into London, should not have guards.   Safety measures would argue otherwise.   These are the lines that need guards the most.  Notwithstanding that there are cameras placed at various points along platforms, when a driver’s attention is elsewhere (i.e. closing carriage doors and preparing to drive the train out of the station) he will be unaware of someone struggling to get on or off the train at the last minute (how many times do people gaze up from their iPhone to realise which station they are at and rush off, even when it is announced?), someone rushing onto the train at the last minute as described above?   These are situations that happen very easily and need an extra pair of eyes on board, and not all station platforms are staffed, even at peak travel times.   The key is safety.

If Teresa May thinks this is her Thatcher moment where she can discredit and get rid of the Unions she has picked the wrong fight.   I have only three words that sum up the consequences of such blinkered thinking and they are Clapham Junction 1988.  Having privatised British Rail the private companies did away with many of the usual safety practices and it was hailed as a huge success for free market thinking.   A crowded passenger train crashed into the rear of another train that had stopped at a signal, and subsequently sideswiped an empty train traveling in the other direction. 35 people died and 415 were injured.

The collision was caused by a signal failure due to a wiring fault. New wiring had been installed, but the old wiring had been left connected at one end, and loose and uninsulated at the other. An independent inquiry, chaired by Anthony Hidden, QC, found that the signalling technician responsible had not been told his working practices were wrong and his work had not been inspected by an independent person. He had also worked a seven-day week for the previous 13 weeks. Critical of the health and safety culture within British Rail at the time, Hidden’s recommendations included ensuring that work was independently inspected and that a senior project manager be made responsible for all aspects of any major, safety-critical project such as re-signalling work.

The RMT union is absolutely correct which many commuters understand and support the Union in this regard.  Unfortunately Teresa May is a small minded, blinkered, free market thinker who is trying to show who’s boss, in supporting Southern’s position in this, she may find it will cost her dearly at the ballot box.   The markets are not some panacea for common sense and respecting that people who travel on trains whether for work or leisure have the right to expect to arrive safely and in one piece.   If Teresa May has any political nous she should call in Southern’s boss and tell him to retain the guards already in place and increase station staff presence in suburban stations.  If it hits Southern’s profits, hard cheese.

Backseat Drivers Beware!!

Economics, London Life

The prospect of a former chancellor ripping into the present Tory government’s practices are the stuff of political nightmares, I should think, and yet this is what happened this week.  With David Cameron now departed just before the housing market totally crashes (which it will shortly) the only person left to be a constant headache to the present May-led government is George Osborne, former failed chancellor. What is pertinent is to look closely at Osborne’s record as chancellor and note that he never missed an opportunity to punish the poor, sick and disabled for being so and relished every such chance along with his close chum Dave.

There’s the bedroom tax announced the same day the Queen was given a whopping 30% pay rise, there’s the much fantasized “surplus budget” he aimed for, which everyone knew was a fantasy.

What is interesting are Osborne’s comments during the 2008 collapse where he said, “The more the government borrows the less attractive sterling becomes. He said: “We are in danger, if the government is not careful, of having a proper sterling collapse, a run on the pound.” And yet he himself pursued the same policies. In 2010 he aimed to cut the deficit so that it only amounted to fraction of govt spending by 2015-16 this went pear-shaped as national debt tripled as more private firms were forced to the wall because of his “austerity” policies which only ensured misery for millions of people who were subsequently made unemployed and then vilified for having to depend on the state for handouts in their time of need, conveniently forgetting those same people had already paid into the system through their taxes for such assistance from the state.

Osborne also introduced a cap on the amount of benefits a family could claim from £25,000 per year to £23,000 per year. This may not seem like a lot, but when you have a family of 2-4 mouths to feed, clothe, etc it doesn’t go very far. He also cut the rate of income tax for the rich from 50% to 45% simultaneously slapping VAT on Cornish pasties, beloved by ordinary people to pay for this.

At every turn Osborne could not help himself to keep the rich even richer while taxing the poor who could ill afford more taxes. Osborne also managed to lose the UK’s treasured AAA financial ratings. The fact that this chancer was in government is probably the only way he is avoiding criminal prosecution as, anyone else caught doing what he is doing would end up in court with a jail sentence at the end of it.

The point of this story is that he is still preaching the policies of austerity to the current government, I just hope the current chancellor, Philip Hammond manages to ignore this chancer and does what he thinks is right. Also, Osborne’s comments on the Hinkley C project which was cobbled together by Georgie-boy and his mate Dave. PM May was right to put the brakes on this project for a while and scrutinise it properly because it has to be remembered that we have just got rid of the two most dishonest, unscrupulous, morally bankrupt people ever to be elected to high office who have not just sold the family silver but the kitchen sink and scales that go with it.

Unfortunately Hinkely C has gone ahead and the cost to the consumer will be too high a price to pay at £92.50 per megawatt of electricity generated and will ensure that many people will resort to going back to the old fashioned ways of amusing themselves by candlelight such as reading a book, knitting, jigsaw puzzles.

The only way I can see Teresa May offsetting such a high cost is by investing in renewable energies which she can do quite easily and will ensure our electricity supplies far better than nuclear power can. The technology is there also to be able to harness solar power in batteries (Tesla) or generators which can store this energy and release it when needed so it then becomes more reliable. Personally, if I were in government I would do two things, flatten huge swathes of what I call “below standard housing”, the two-up, two-down Victorian terraces as well as just about any building built before 1889 across the UK which just become slums, are difficult to heat properly, are prone to damp and just not able to be adapted to modern day living. In doing this I could then implement a house building programme which would enable better, easier to heat and better built to accommodate modern living which would give families, couples and single people a better standard of living with the emphasis on orienting buildings so the largest part of the roof faces towards the sun and all properties must have solar panels (now you can even get roofing tiles with solar panels built in, which saves a lot of faffing around having roofing tiles and then solar panels on top). Any buildings that have a lot of glass in their structure (office buildings for instance) would need to be covered in solar generating film. These would all feed into the national grid for 50% of capacity which would have batteries that could store these charges for release later on. Many homes would also have these batteries so that they could also benefit from storing their own electricity power. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is probably going to become incumbent upon many people to be as self sufficient as possible so far as generating their own electricity is concerned as the cost of power to heat, charge and enjoy the lifestyles we currently have is going to be that much more difficult after 2020 when this becomes operational. It must also be borne in mind that renewable energies such as wind and solar at present provides 27% of our energy needs with only a fraction of households having solar panels, whereas nuclear such as Hinkley only produces 7% of our energy needs. If the scenario I have outlined above were to be implemented we would easily have more than enough power to meet our needs and there would not be able question of national interests.

The Worst Kind of Politician …..

European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy, London Life

I haven’t posted in the last few weeks as it’s been very quiet. After the excitement of recent months on the political scene across the world most people have been sensible and taken a break over the summer months to enjoy the weather and recharge the batteries. What I have noticed among the comedic distractions of the Labour party in so-called turmoil are the siren voices suggesting that the will of the people could and should be overturned by politicians in parliament over the results of the Brexit referendum. These voices belong mainly to those in the Labour-Lite Party and a few former civil servants.

What these blatant fools don’t seem to realise is that it reveals the worst sort of politician, the type that only believes in “democracy” if they are on the winning side and, secondly they are only interested in furthering their own careers. Brussels being the place to go for failed politicians who are unemployable anywhere else.

They also seem to overlook the point that all the hand-wringing in the world won’t change the result as Brussels has accepted the result that the British want to leave and that we will need to do this in an orderly manner acceptable to all sides, not just in Britain. For all the accusations of being undemocratic and ignoring the voice of ordinary people (which it does in spades), Brussels understands that if the British wish to leave the last thing would be to blackmail, withdraw favourable terms or even threaten with unfavourable terms or worse as that would most certainly just put people’s backs up and make them more determined to leave and trade with the wider world where such childish behaviour would be seen for what it is.

The Labour-Lite Party does not understand that there are times when ordinary people understand far better what is going on and will vote accordingly. Labour-Lite are only interested in talking amongst themselves, within their own little cliques, throwing out the odd statement to appease the masses, but see themselves as somehow above the “common people”. They honestly believe they are somehow”special”, set apart from the rest of us.

The Tory Party on the other hand absolutely get it. The vote to leave was unequivocally a kick up the backside to the Establishment. For so many years ordinary people have been put upon, lied to, kicked when most in need and then treated like vermin. This was the one opportunity that ordinary people could tell the Establishment that it was not all going to go their way. Its our country and we have a say in what happens as well. Without ordinary people this country is nothing. Its time the Labour-Lites just packed up and went home because we really don’t need any of them, not one.

The Real Battle Begins

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So the new battle begins to find a new leader for the Tory party and it brings out some very strange characters, each of whom is looking to massage their own ego.

On the one hand there is Theresa May who has been the most divisive, xenophobic Home Secretary I can recall in many years. This is the Home Secretary who has pushed through legislation that allows spying on ordinary people through computer and phone records on an industrial scale at the behest of the USA, who is happy to push through legislation that stops anyone putting up an alternative political party or giving another point of view during an election year. She would simply push for a totalitarian state Stalin would have been proud of. I simply cannot imagine a less suitable person to be PM and lead the UK Brexit talks to a conclusion that would benefit both the UK and EU. I dread to think how she would behave in a climate of foreign nationals having to negotiate a deal whereby Britain leaves the EU in amicable circumstances, I’m pretty sure she would do more harm than good.

Another candidate is Michael Gove the former Education Minister who tried to push forward education plans to further privatise education and dumb down the same for children from poor families. Failed

Jeremy Hunt the Health Secretary is another one who has thrown his hat in the ring, but I doubt will last the course. This is another minister who has bullied his way through trying to privatise the NHS and managed to achieve something quite extraordinary, junior doctors and other health professionals striking for the first time in decades in opposition to his plans and thinking that just because he is a minister he can simple force his plans through regardless of what others may think. Failed.

There are three other people largely unknown Liam Fox, Stephen Crabb and Andrea Leadsom. The only one of these who stands out for me is Andrea Leadsom who took part in some of the debates on the EU Referendum and was very much in favour of Britain leaving. If I were to make a decision as to who would be the most suitable person for leader of the Tory party at this juncture it would have to be Andrea Leadsom simply because she was fully behind the decision to leave the EU and would therefore have a full understanding of why so many people voted to leave. The others are simply careerists who have their own agenda and don’t give a fig for the greater good of the UK.

The media absolutely love Theresa May who remotely reminds them of Thatcher. However, the media do not run the country and the people will have their say. The appetite for another heartless, sociopathic robot as PM simply isn’t there, so even if she is voted in by fellow Tories, won’t win the public vote.

 

Tak więc nowy Walka zaczyna się znaleźć nowego lidera dla partii torysów i wydobywa kilka bardzo dziwnych znaków, z których każdy stara się masować swoje własne ego.

Z jednej strony jest Theresa May, który był najbardziej podziały, ksenofobicznym Home Secretary Pamiętam wiele lat. To jest minister spraw wewnętrznych, który przeforsował ustawodawstwa, które pozwala szpiegostwo na zwykłych ludzi za pośrednictwem komputera i telefonu rekordy na skalę przemysłową na żądanie USA, który jest szczęśliwy, aby przeforsować przepisy, które zatrzymuje ktoś stawiania alternatywną partię polityczną lub udzieleniu inny punkt widzenia w trakcie roku wyborczym. Ona po prostu dążyć do totalitarnego państwa Stalin byłby dumny. Po prostu nie mogę sobie wyobrazić mniej odpowiedniej osoby do bycia PM i prowadzić rozmowy UK Brexit do wniosku, że korzyści zarówno w Wielkiej Brytanii i UE. Boję się pomyśleć, jak będzie ona zachowywać się w klimacie cudzoziemców mających negocjować umowę, zgodnie z którą Brytanii pozostawia do UE w przyjaznych okolicznościach, jestem całkiem pewny, że zrobi więcej szkody niż pożytku.

Innym kandydatem jest Michael Gove były minister edukacji, który próbuje pchnąć do przodu planów edukacyjnych w celu dalszego prywatyzacji edukacji i niemych dół same dla dzieci z ubogich rodzin. Niepowodzenie

Jeremy Hunt Sekretarz Zdrowia jest kolejnym, który rzucił czapkę w ringu, ale wątpię, będzie trwał kurs. Jest to kolejny minister, który zastraszany drogę przez próbuje sprywatyzować NHS i udało się osiągnąć coś zupełnie niezwykłego, junior lekarzy i innych pracowników służby zdrowia uderzające po raz pierwszy od kilkudziesięciu lat w opozycji do swoich planów i myśli, że tylko dlatego, że jest ministrem potrafi prosta siła jego plany poprzez niezależnie od tego, co inni mogą myśleć. Nie powiodła się.

Istnieją trzy inne osoby w dużej mierze nieznane Liam Fox, Stephen Crabb i Andrea Leadsom. Tylko jeden z nich, który wyróżnia się dla mnie jest Andrea Leadsom, którzy wzięli udział w kilku debatach na temat referendum unijnym i był bardzo na korzyść Brytanii wyjeżdża. Gdybym miał podjąć decyzję o tym, kto będzie najbardziej odpowiednia osoba na lidera partii torysów w tym momencie, że to musi być Andrea Leadsom po prostu dlatego, że w pełni stał za decyzją o opuszczeniu UE i dlatego mają pełne zrozumienie, dlaczego tak wiele osób głosowało opuścić. Pozostali są po prostu karierowiczów, którzy mają swoje własne cele i nie dają rys dla dobra Wielkiej Brytanii.

Media uwielbiam Theresa May, którzy zdalnie przypomina im Thatcher. Jednak media nie działają kraj i ludzie będą mieli do powiedzenia. Apetyt na kolejny nieczułego, socjopatycznego robota jako PM po prostu nie ma, więc nawet jeśli jest ona głosowało przez innych torysów nie wygra głosowaniu jawnym.

Aftershock and Coming to Terms With ….

democracy, democratic rights, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy, London Life

It has been more than a week since the UK voted to leave the EU and there has been a largely upbeat view of the result with quite a few other EU countries also seeking to hold their own referenda on the same subject. In the UK the result has slowly sunk in with some people – predominantly those under the age of 40 thinking the result to leave the EU is a disaster and that all sorts of bad things will happen to the UK. These are the people who have never known anything other than the UK being joined at the hip to the EU.

In so many areas of life it is the convention that the future belongs to the young. It does, because they are the ones who have the energy, enthusiasm and ideas to shape the world how they want it to be. However, in this case the future still belongs to young people but not in the way they have become accustomed to it being, in this case those people do really appreciate what it really means to be part of an enslaved people that young people seem to be so willing to walk into. What is really annoying are people like the failed and largely discredited Tony Blair saying in effect that the British people cannot be trusted to know their own minds and the result should not be taken seriously. Again, it betrays the utter contempt people like him view ordinarly people.

My personal view is that once the political dust has settled in the UK, which probably won’t be for some time, that whoever emerges as prime minister of the UK after a general election should take stock of the result and not be in a hurry to envoke Article 50 as the EU would do its utmost to make an example of the UK in the manner it did of Greece; and yes, the EU is quite happy to cut off its own nose to spite its face as they are doing in continuing sanctions against Russia.

By continuing sanctions against the largest trading partner of the EU in Russia and looking forward to punishing the UK in similar fashion, Merkel, Schaubel, Juncker and others of similar mindset are putting in place the very same circumstances that will ensure that not only Europe is bankrupt but also the German economy will suffer as it did in the 1930s under the Weimar Republic, only who will they blame this time? The immigrants so welcomed by Merkel? The countries who decided that perhaps this isn’t the direction that Europe should be travelling in? Maybe even Merkel herself. Time alone will tell, until then so many people across Europe will have to suffer in order for this already failed social experiment to be maintained at all costs, after all, so many (failed) politicians jobs are at stake.

To było ponad tydzień od Wielkiej Brytanii przegłosował opuścić UE i nastąpił głównie optymistyczne widzenia wyniku z dość kilka innych krajów UE stara się również do posiadania własnego referendów w tej samej sprawie. W Wielkiej Brytanii rezultatem powoli dotarło z niektórych ludzi – przeważnie osób poniżej 40 roku życia myśli wynik opuścić UE jest katastrofą i że wszelkiego rodzaju złych rzeczy się stanie z Wielkiej Brytanii. Są to ludzie, którzy nigdy nie wiadomo, coś innego niż Zjednoczone Królestwo są połączone na biodrze do UE.

W wielu dziedzinach życia jest konwencja, że przyszłość należy do młodych. Czyni, bo oni są tymi, którzy mają energię, entuzjazm i pomysły, aby kształtować świat, jak chcą go mieć. Jednak w tym przypadku w przyszłości nadal należy do młodych ludzi, ale nie w taki sposób, że przyzwyczaili się do jej istnienia, w tym przypadku tych ludzi naprawdę docenić to, co to naprawdę znaczy być częścią zniewolonych ludzi, że młodzi ludzie wydają się być tak chętnie chodzić do. Co jest naprawdę denerwujące są ludzie tacy jak nieudanej iw dużej mierze zdyskredytowane Tony Blair mówiąc w efekcie, że Brytyjczycy nie można ufać, by poznać własne zdanie i wynik nie powinien być traktowany poważnie. Ponownie, to zdradza całkowitej pogardy ludzie tacy jak on zobaczyć ordinarly ludzi.

Moje osobiste zdanie jest, że gdy opadnie kurz polityczny w Wielkiej Brytanii, która prawdopodobnie nie będzie przez jakiś czas, aby każdy, kto wyłania się jako premier Wielkiej Brytanii po wyborach powinna dokonać podsumowania wyników i nie być w pośpiechu do envoke Artykuł 50 a UE zrobi co w jego mocy, aby przykład w Wielkiej Brytanii w sposób to miało miejsce w Grecji; i tak, że UE jest bardzo szczęśliwy, aby odciąć swój nos na przekór jego twarz, jak to robią w kontynuowaniu sankcji wobec Rosji.

Kontynuując sankcje przeciwko największym partnerem handlowym UE w Rosji i czekam na karanie Wielkiej Brytanii w podobny sposób, Merkel, Schaubel, Juncker i inne o podobnym sposobie myślenia jest wprowadzenie te same okoliczności, które zapewnią, że nie tylko Europa jest upadłość, ale także niemiecka gospodarka będzie cierpieć jak to miało miejsce w 1930 roku w ramach Republiki Weimarskiej, tylko kto będzie winią tym razem? Imigranci tak mile widziane przez Merkel? Kraje, które zdecydowały, że może to nie jest kierunek, że Europa powinna być podróży? Może nawet Merkel. sam czas pokaże, do tej pory tak wiele osób w całej Europie będą musieli cierpieć, aby ta już nieudany eksperyment społeczny być utrzymane za wszelką cenę, mimo wszystko, tak wielu (nie), politycy miejsca pracy są zagrożone.

The Two Witches of …..

democracy, democratic rights

The Brexit campaign has been the most divisive ever seen in this country and the sort of campaign that is becoming all to commonplace in recent times. It was duplicated in the general election, the Scottish referendum, the London mayoral election and now the Brexit election. The only ones who really lapped it up were the media who sought to divide the British public further and further to their utter shame. The Brexit politicians have lied, bullied and threatened the British public into voting how they want and now the British public have voted how they want overwhelmingly, the entire Tory cabinet, not just the faces at the top, must resign immediately.

What is most shocking is that there are two (so far at the time of writing) Labour MPs who have called for a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn’s manner of the Brexit campaign. These two represent a rump of *Blairites, as they are known, who aren’t interested in being in government to do something positive for the people of the UK but in furthering their own careers. They maybe joined by others but they are on very shaky ground as far as I’m concerned.

The Tory party have long had a fetish about voting to leave Europe which spans decades. This time they got their wish but in the process of this they have torn themselves apart. They have switched sides, obfuscated and deliberately muddied the waters and in fact have shown themselves unfit for the office they aspire to. In government they have heaped misery upon millions of people, forced austerity on the poorest and most vulnerable making the food banks a necessary part of so many peoples lives.

Jeremy Corbyn has actually been very astute in keeping out of the debate as much as he can. He set out his position in a series of interviews and was very careful not to share a platform with David Cameron even on issues they agreed on. The only time they were seen together was to lay flowers in the hometown of Jo Cox, the murdered MP a week ago.

Those MPs seem to be confusing voting for a party with voting in a referendum which are two very different things. In a referendum there was no party to vote for, simply to answer a question of whether to remain in the EU or leave.

We are very fortunate to live in an age where we have the internet and can gain so many different viewpoints on a subject as possible. It has been possible to research and learn facts and opinions as well as some surprising things we were unaware of previously. I think that when the dust has settled and a general election is called, we will find that Jeremy Corbyn will make a very fine Prime Minister who will do a good job for the country. In the meantime if there are any more Blairites who also want to challenge the most democratically elected Labour Party leader they need to make their way into the Tory party where they really belong or leave altogether. There is certainly no place for them where they are at present.

*Blairites – so called as they were loyal to Tony Blair when he was prime minister and still think he ought to be prime minister.

A New Dawn for the EU?

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23rd June 2016 was the day the UK voted to leave the EU and I am proud to be counted as one of those who voted to leave. For many young people who don’t have the benefit of recalling the UK as it was before joining the EEC as it was then, they are fearful for what the future will bring, thinking that if only we voted to remain things would turn out ok. For those who can remember the UK as it was before joining the EEC, its a very different story.

I am one of those who can remember the UK in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s before the EEC morphed into the monstrosity it is now. While it wasn’t a perfect country in terms of the economy there were real, skilled jobs with real pay and although people weren’t wealthy, most people were in better health than they are now as they ate better rather than relying on ready made meals from supermarkets, there weren’t so many overweight people as people did physical work. When women had babies they weren’t forced to go to work because food, goods and services were inexpensive enough a single wage from a married couple was enough to provide for a family and keep a roof over their heads. Young people could go to university and be educated for free. Those people who wanted to improve their careers could go to adult education classes and gain qualifications for a nominal sum of money, as most of the courses were subsized by the local government. It was unheard of for old people to be left without care when they wanted it or to have to sell their houses in order to pay for care when they became too infirm to care for themselves.

Working life was easier too, people were not expected to work all the hours of the day for next to nothing, to sacrifice family life. You worked a 35 hour week with an hour for lunch and felt you had the energy to do other things at the end of the day and week rather than being so exhausted you just don’t have the energy even to talk to people. Jobs were plentiful and you could walk out of a job and in a week or two get another one.

Certainly as someone who came from an immigrant family I didn’t have a problem with people as I was growing up. Occasionally I’d be told to go back to where I came from but I quickly learned to have an answer to those sorts of comments, such as, “you mean my mother’s womb?” I would certainly tell any Europeans here in the UK to remain in the UK and continue your lives as there wouldn’t be any backlash. You came legally, you work hard and the UK benefits from your quiet, good culture that emphasizes family life. This is very much respected. Those that do make life difficult are in the minority.

Writing this on 24th June the immediate effect has been that the stock markets have dropped dramatically. I don’t see this as a problem. We’ve had markets drop before and then bounce back. In this case what is dropping is the fact that those in the banking industry who have been chasing smaller and smaller returns hoping to somehow fool the rest of us into thinking that the economy is healthy are now having to face reality. It isn’t.

8 years ago when the banking sector collapsed because of failed mortgages when the banks were helped out by governments around the world, none of these institutions reformed their practices. It’s been business as usual and they have continued to print money like its going out of fashion. This kind of stupidity is now coming home to roost and there will be a bumpy ride for a while but it will even out and we can work out how banks and money should be a part of society that services it rather than inflating money out of all proportion and creating debt and misery and calling it “growth”.

In time these same markets will stabilise and life will be better than it is now, for certain.

What is so nice is that other European countries also want to have their Exit Referenda and I hope they get these and vote to leave as well. I have previously said that to expect 28 countries to all fit into one type of superstate is a foolhardy exercise. All 28 countries of the European Union have their own cultures, geography, traditions, language and food which is to be celebrated in itself, but to have a one-size-fits-all model for all of them and expect them to shoe horn themselves into is complete lunacy. Of course it provokes tensions.

The worst thing of course is that the Germans have been so obliging in ensuring the demise of the European Union itself by first of all continuing sanctions against Russia which is the biggest trading partner of Europe, and then for that idiot cow, Merkel to welcome the world into Europe, triggering the Caudenhove-Kalergi plan into action. The worst act of deviousness has been to bully Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic with fines of 250,000 Euros for each rejected “refugee”. For the last 250 years a good part of Europe has sought to kill off the Slavic people through wars, starvation and occupation and still we come back. Now they want to kill off what remains of the Slavic people through rape and interbreeding and head cutting by people who have no intention of integrating into society, but imposing their own beliefs, religion and traditions onto European and Slavic people.

Once Europe has taken back control of its own countries there will be repercussions for Germany and it will not be welcomed with open arms. Germans are a nation of bullies who should never be trusted with anything. Having now welcomed all these head choppers into Germany I hope they will learn their lessons well.

 

23 czerwca 2016 był dniem Wielkiej Brytanii przegłosował opuścić UE i jestem dumny, że liczy się jako jeden z tych, którzy głosowali opuścić. Dla wielu młodych ludzi, którzy nie mają korzyści z przypominając Wielkiej Brytanii, jak to było przed przystąpieniem do EWG, jak to było wtedy, że boją się tego, co przyniesie przyszłość, myśląc, że jeśli tylko głosowaliśmy pozostać rzeczy okaże się ok , Dla tych, którzy pamiętają Wielkiej Brytanii, jak to było przed przystąpieniem do EWG, jej zupełnie inną historię.

Jestem jednym z tych, którzy pamiętają Wielkiej Brytanii w 1960 roku, 1970 i 1980, zanim EWG przekształcił monstrum jest teraz. Mimo, że nie był to idealny kraj z punktu widzenia gospodarki nie były prawdziwe, wykwalifikowanych miejsc pracy z prawdziwymi wynagrodzenia i chociaż ludzie nie byli bogaci, większość ludzi były w lepszym zdrowiu niż obecnie, jak jedli lepiej zamiast polegać na gotowych posiłki z supermarketów, nie było tak wiele osób z nadwagą, jak ludzie zrobili pracy fizycznej. Kiedy kobiety miały dzieci nie byli zmuszeni iść do pracy, ponieważ żywność, towary i usługi były na tyle niedroga pojedynczy płac z małżonków było wystarczające, aby zapewnić rodzinie i utrzymać dach nad ich głowami. Młodzi ludzie mogą iść na studia i zostać wykształcona za darmo. Tych ludzi, którzy chcieli poprawić swoje kariery mógł pójść do dorosłych zajęcia wykształcenia i kwalifikacji zysk za symboliczną sumę pieniędzy, ponieważ większość kursów zostały subsized przez samorząd. To było niespotykane dla starców być pozostawione bez opieki, gdy chcieli, czy musieli sprzedać swoje domy, aby zapłacić za opiekę, kiedy stał się zbyt niedołężnych dbać o siebie.

było łatwiej też nie oczekiwano ludzie życie zawodowe do pracy wszystkie godziny dnia za bezcen, rezygnować z życia rodzinnego. Pracowałeś 35 godzinny tydzień pracy z godziny na lunch i czuł miałeś energię na inne rzeczy na koniec dnia i tygodnia, a nie jest tak wyczerpany, po prostu nie mam siły nawet rozmawiać z ludźmi. Praca były obfite i można wyjść z pracy i za tydzień lub dwa dostać inny.

Oczywiście, jak ktoś, kto pochodził z rodziny imigrantów nie miałem problemu z ludzi, jak dorastałem. Czasami chciałbym być poinformowani, aby wrócić do skąd jestem, ale szybko nauczył się otrzymać odpowiedź na te rodzaju komentarze, takie jak “masz na myśli łonie matki?” Ja na pewno powiedzieć, żadnych Europejczyków w Wielkiej Brytanii pozostanie w Wielkiej Brytanii i kontynuować swoje życie, gdyż nie byłoby żadnych luzów. Przyjechałeś legalnie, musisz ciężko pracować, a korzyści dla Zjednoczonego Królestwa od swojej spokojnej, dobrej kultury, która podkreśla życia rodzinnego. To jest bardzo szanowany. Te, które mają utrudnić życie są w mniejszości i zasługują na bity, skoro oni dostać ich osłów wyrzucony są mniej prawdopodobne, aby utrudnić życie.

Pisanie to na 24 czerwca Bezpośrednim efektem było to, że rynki akcji spadły dramatycznie. Nie widzę w tym problemu. Mieliśmy rynki spadku przed i potem wraca. W tym przypadku, co spada, jest fakt, że ci w sektorze bankowym, które zostały pogoni za coraz mniejsze zyski w nadziei, aby w jakiś sposób oszukać resztę z nas do myślenia, że gospodarka jest zdrowa muszą teraz zmierzyć się z rzeczywistością. To nie jest.

8 lat temu, gdy sektor bankowy załamał się z powodu nieudanych kredytów hipotecznych, kiedy banki były pomógł przez rządy na całym świecie, żadna z tych instytucji zreformować swoje praktyki. To było jak zwykle i mają nadal drukować pieniądze jak jej wychodzi z mody. Ten rodzaj głupoty jest teraz wraca do domu do gniazda i nie będzie ostra jazda na chwilę, ale nawet na zewnątrz i możemy dowiedzieć się, jak banki i pieniądze powinny być częścią społeczeństwa, że usługi to zamiast pompowania pieniędzy na wszystko odsetek i tworzenie długu i nędzę i nazywając go “wzrostu”.

W czasie tych samych rynkach ustabilizuje się, a życie będzie lepiej niż jest teraz, na pewno.

Co jest tak miły, że inne kraje europejskie również chce mieć swój Exit referenda i mam nadzieję, że się je i zagłosuj opuścić również. Już wcześniej powiedział, że spodziewać się 28 krajów na wszystkich pasować do jednego rodzaju superpaństwa jest ryzykowne ćwiczenia. Wszystkie 28 państw Unii Europejskiej mają własnej kultury, geografii, tradycji, języka i żywność, która ma być obchodzony w sobie, ale mają jeden rozmiar dla wszystkich model dla wszystkich z nich i oczekiwać ich do buta horn się w zakończeniu obłęd. Oczywiście, że prowokuje napięcia.

Najgorszą rzeczą jest oczywiście, że Niemcy zostały więc zobowiązanie zapewnienia upadek samej Unii Europejskiej poprzez przede wszystkim kontynuowanej sankcji wobec Rosji, która jest największym partnerem handlowym Europy, a następnie do tego idioty krowy Merkel na powitanie świat w Europie, wywołując plan Caudenhove-Kalergi do działania. Najgorsze akt przewrotności było zmusić Polskę, Węgry, Słowację i Czechy grzywną 250.000 euro dla każdego odrzuconego “uchodźcy”. Przez ostatnie 250 lat spora część Europy stara się zabić słowiańskie ludzi poprzez wojny, głodu i okupacji i ciągle wracamy. Teraz chcą zabić co pozostaje słowiańskich ludzi poprzez gwałt i krzyżowania i głowicy tnącej przez ludzi, którzy nie mają zamiaru zintegrowania ze społeczeństwem, ale narzucanie własnych przekonań, religii i tradycji na ludzi europejskich i słowiańskich.

Gdy Europa podjęła odzyskać kontrolę nad własnymi krajami będą reperkusje dla Niemiec i nie zostanie przyjęty z otwartymi ramionami. Niemcy są narodem zbirów, którzy nigdy nie należy ufać z niczego. Mając teraz powitał te śmigłowce głowę w Niemczech mam nadzieję, że nauczą ich lekcje dobrze.

Pensions, Work and Companies

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I’d like to talk about a worrying trend that is appearing at present that touches all our lives and that is aging and pensions. As time passes we get older and at some point in our lives we will become too old and worn out with the cares of life to work for a living and will need some form of financial support. In some countries around the world governments make provision for this and pay out state pensions, many other countries do not and workers have to make their own provision and take out a pension with a company or, if they are lucky enough their employer will have a company pension into which both the employer and employee will pay and at the end of which the employee will be able to take out his or her “pot” (as it pot of money) and get a pension.

In the UK there has been a mix of pension provision. The state pays a basic pension which in recent years has risen in line with those on the European Continent, but this is still quite basic. There are also personal pensions into which you take out with an insurance company and pay into every month, your employer can also pay into it, which of course increases the amount of money that can be invested and also grow your pension pot. There are also company pensions into which both employer and employee pay into, as described above. It is the latter type of pension that I want to talk about.

In 1991 a certain Robert Maxwell died at sea in the Canary Islands, falling off a boat. In the months that followed it transpired that the company pension into which 30,000 employees of the Mirror Group had faithfully paid contributions honestly thinking they would be able to be comfortable in their old age had been plundered to the tune of £440 million. The money was repaid, although not in full, partly by the Mirror Group and partly by the government.

All’s well and good you say. What has that to do with the present day? Last month a beloved shop that has been a feature of high streets up and down the UK, BHS or British Home Stores, as gone into administration. It was sold on 12 March 2015 by Philip Green for the nominal sum of £1. BHS opened its first store in Brixton in 1928 selling goods for a shilling (£2 in todays money) and was able to raise its price to five shillings (the equivalent of £10 in today’s money). As BHS went into administration it was also revealed that it has debts of £1.3 billion including £571 million in pension liabilities. It was advised by Goldman Sachs and, as a responsibility to the 11,000 employees that face redundancy there are questions that need to be answered.

Former owner of BHS Philip Green has been summoned to a hearing by MPs of the Select Committee at the House of Commons and has arrogantly called for the resignation of the Chair of that committee, Frank Field. Goldman Sachs has also been called to appear before the Select Committee at the House of Commons, they have declined and asked that written evidence only is given to the Committee. In effect these people see no reason to be questioned in person by a group of MPs who will ask what happened, why, which people played a part in the demise of the company and what steps will be taken to restore the pension fund of those past and present employees who have paid into it.

This raises the question at what point do pensions form just another asset that a company can use to shore up its financial difficulties without knowledge or permission of those who have paid into it in good faith? If it is the case that pensions are there to be plundered by whoever wishes to do so then those making the contributions are correct in saying the whole idea of making provision for one’s old age is a mistake as there cannot be any guarantee that there will be any provision when someone reaches retirement age.

At this stage the majority of the burden for providing a pension in old age should properly fall onto the state and government. Pensions should be raised to a level whereby people should be able to live comfortably without worrying that they cannot afford to heat their homes or eat, that when large expenses present themselves, they are able to meet them and just enjoy their lives. After all, people have paid taxes that governments have had the benefit of all their working lives, it is time for the Government to return some of that benefit to the people who have paid that money. We should aim to have an equitable society in which everyone is provided for.

Certainly in the UK we are asked to pay huge amounts of tax, much of which is squandered by MPs who seem to think it is their own private fund to do as they wish with, when a good part of it should be returned to people to enable them to live a good life.

It is also incredibly arrogant of companies who have spent years lobbying governments across the world for favourable conditions, subsidies and perks in order for them to start up and continue their businesses who, when things go wrong, consider themselves not to be accountable for their actions, but to leave governments to pick up the pieces of their bad management. Particularly so for banking firms such as Goldman Sachs who were happy to take out their begging bowls in 2008 when their bets didn’t pay off, asked governments to help them out. Those same firms are accountable not just to governments, but to their customers in the same way other institutions and businesses are. Admittedly Goldman Sachs didn’t need to take out their begging bowls, but so many other banking firms did. The banking sector has done nothing to reform itself since that time and has continued as though nothing has changed. Such arrogance will return to bite them when the time emerges for a further financial correction which will come sooner than we think.

Brexit and the Truth Behind the Real Europe

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At the risk of boring my readership, the current circus being conducted in the UK about the EU Referendum and our decision as to whether we remain or leave the European Union is entering its final couple of weeks and the arguments are coming in thick and fast.

David Cameron set out his reasons as to why we should stay, which were quickly and properly shot down by a TV audience of a mixed bag of voters, some pro, others against and some undecided. Quite a lot of pertinent questions were put by the audience, none of them properly answered by Cameron.

The usual Punch-and-Judy show between politicians and a swathe of politicians, luvvies and so-called business people have put forward their cases for and against remaining or leaving. However I think I have come to the crux of what Europe is really all about and it chills me to the bone.

For months I have said that the influx of “refugees” is false, many of them are not refugees but invaders. I urge you to look up the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan but for the sake of whetting your appetite will give you this quote:
The genocide of the Peoples of Europe

Illegal migrant trafficking and forced mass Immigration (into European Nations only) is now creating chaos throughout much of Europe, especially in Germany and Sweden, including parts of France and many other European countries too. A constant flood of boats arriving from mainly Africa reveals a structured network of pre-planned routes into Europe, with the eventual goal of completely displacing Europeans from their homelands, and replacing them with cheap labour from all over the third world. European Nations and their populations have already been dramatically transformed by decades of mass Third World immigration and the relentless promotion of ”diversity” and multiculturalism by the mainstream media and it’s ”progressive” agenda.

This is no coincidence, and was all planned many years ago as laid out in the Coudenhove-Kalergi plan, which is a plan for the systematic genocide of the native peoples of Europe.

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The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – The genocide of the Peoples of Europe

Mass immigration is a phenomenon, the causes of which are still cleverly concealed by the system, and the multicultural propaganda is trying to falsely portray it as inevitable. With this article we intend to prove once and for all, that this is not a spontaneous phenomenon. What they want to present as an inevitable outcome of modern life, is actually a plan conceived around a table and prepared for decades, to completely destroy the face of the continent.

The Pan-Europe

Few people know that one of the main initiators of the process of European integration, was also the man who designed the genocide plan of the Peoples of Europe. It is a dark person, whose existence is unknown to the masses, but the elite considers him as the founder of the European Union. His name is Richard Coudenhove Kalergi. His father was an Austrian diplomat named Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi (with connections to the Byzantine family of the Kallergis) and his mother the Japanese Mitsu Aoyama. Kalergi, thanks to his close contacts with all European aristocrats and politicians, due to the relationships of his nobleman-diplomat father, and by moving behind the scenes, away from the glare of publicity, he managed to attract the most important heads of state to his plan , making them supporters and collaborators for the “project of European integration”.

In 1922 he founded the “Pan-European” movement in Vienna, which aimed to create a New World Order, based on a federation of nations led by the United States. European integration would be the first step in creating a world government. Among the first supporters, including Czech politicians Tomáš Masaryk and Edvard Beneš and the banker Max Warburg, who invested the first 60,000 marks. The Austrian Chancellor Ignaz Seipel and the next president of Austria, Karl Renner, took the responsibility for leading the “Pan-European” movement. Later, French politicians, such as Léon Bloum, Aristide Briand, Alcide De Gasperi, etc will offer their help.

With the rise of Fascism in Europe, the project was abandoned and the “Pan-European” movement was forced to dissolve, but after the Second World War, Kalergi, thanks to frantic and tireless activity and the support of Winston Churchill, the Jewish Masonic Lodge B’nai B’rith and major newspapers like the New York Times, the plan manages to be accepted by the United States Government. The CIA later undertakes the completion of the project.

The essence of the Kalergi plan
In his book «Praktischer Idealismus», Kalergi indicates that the residents of the future “United States of Europe” will not be the People of the Old Continent, but a kind of sub-humans, products of miscegenation. He clearly states that the peoples of Europe should interbreed with Asians and colored races, thus creating a multinational flock with no quality and easily controlled by the ruling elite.

Kalergi proclaims the abolition of the right of self-determination and then the elimination of nations with the use of ethnic separatist movements and mass migration. In order for Europe to be controlled by an elite, he wants to turn people into one homogeneous mixed breed of Blacks, Whites and Asians. Who is is this elite however? Kalergi is particularly illuminating on this:

The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of today will gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples and the diversity of individuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will, refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as a leading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It’s not surprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became the spiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europe created a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudal aristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actions taken by the French Revolution]

Although no textbook mentions Kalergi, his ideas are the guiding principles of the European Union. The belief that the peoples of Europe should be mixed with Africans and Asians, to destroy our identity and create a single mestizo race, is the basis of all community policies that aim to protect minorities. Not for humanitarian reasons, but because of the directives issued by the ruthless Regime that machinates the greatest genocide in history. The Coudenhove-Kalergi European Prize is awarded every two years to Europeans who have excelled in promoting this criminal plan. Among those awarded with such a prize are Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy.

The incitement to genocide, is also the basis of the constant appeals of the United Nations, that demands we accept millions of immigrants to help with the low birth rates of the EU. According to a report published on January 2000 in «Population division» Review of the United Nations in New York, under the title “Immigration replacement: A solution to declining and aging population,” Europe will need by 2025 159,000,000 migrants.

One could wonder how there can be such accuracy on the estimates of immigration, although it was not a premeditated plan. It is certain that the low birth rate could easily be reversed with appropriate measures to support families. It is just as clear that it is the contribution of foreign genes do not protect our genetic heritage, but that it enables their disappearance. The sole purpose of these measures is to completely distort our people, to turn them into a group of people without national, historical and cultural cohesion. In short, the policies of the Kalergi plan was and still is, the basis of official government policies aimed at genocide of the Peoples of Europe, through mass immigration. G. Brock Chisholm, former director of the World Health Organization (OMS), proves that he has learned the lesson of Kalergi well when he says: “What people in all places have to do is to limit of birthrates and promote mixed marriages (between different races), this aims to create a single race in a world which will be directed by a central authority. ”

Conclusions

If we look around us, the Kalergi plan seems to be fully realized. We face Europe’s fusion with the Third World. The plague of interracial marriage produces each year thousands of young people of mixed race: “The children of Kalergi». Under the dual pressures of misinformation and humanitarian stupefaction, promoted by the MSM, the Europeans are being taught to renounce their origin, to renounce their national identity.

The servants of globalization are trying to convince us that to deny our identity, is a progressive and humanitarian act, that “racism” is wrong, because they want us all to be blind consumers. It is necessary, now more than ever, to counter the lies of the System, to awaken the revolutionary spirit Europeans. Every one must see this truth, that European Integration amounts to genocide. We have no other option, the alternative is national suicide.

Translator’s note: Although the reasons due to which Kalergi made the choices he made are of no particular interest to us, we will try to answer a question that will surely our readers have already asked: Why a European aristocrat with Flemish, Polish, Greek-Byzantine roots and even with some samurai blood in his veins (from his mother) was such body plans and organ in the hands of dark forces? The reasons, in our opinion, are multiple, idiosyncratic, psychological and … women.

Also the quote from Prof Noel Ignatiev (Sept-Oct 2002, Harvard Magazine):

“The goal of abolishing the white race is, on the face of it, so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed white supremacists …. Make no mistake about it: we intend to keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females too, until the social construct known as “the white race” is destroyed.

It should also be noted that Angela Merkel and Herman van Rompouy have both received the Coudenhove-Kalergi Prize. It also explodes any myth that Germany is in any way apologetic for what occurred in WW1 and WW2. It was planned and deliberate in the same way as her call for these invaders to come to Germany.

Germany may have a problem with breeding, but the same is not true for the Visigrad Four countries whose populations continue to flourish.

Politics is a long time in …..

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At the present time I seem to be concentrating on British politics as there is a lot going on, quite a bit of it not very pretty, or has the potential to be not very pretty that I feel needs commenting on, as it seems to be a symptom or response to what is going on elsewhere in the world, such as the EU Referendum currently taking place.

However, I’d like to talk about the debate that will be taking place this week about the place and abilities of the House of Lords to be a tempering effect on the legislature that the House of Commons is pushing through at any particular time.

Over many years the Lords have maintained and exercised the right to question, scrutinise and hold the government to account which has worked very well. However the newly elected Tory government had a good many of its proposed laws sent back for review last year and Tories do not like being told they can’t do whatever they want. It is an arrogance that stems from a privileged background and being told from an early age that it is your right to do as you please, when you please and to whom you please. At no point has any tory minister thought that perhaps quite a lot of the proposed legislation being put forward was badly thought through, misconceived and that it would hurt more people than benefit them.

That, surely is what the House of Lords’ function is there for.

The main point is that a great deal of the legislation being put forward by the tories stems from pure spite, which is why it is being sent back in a civilised, polite manner, and the arrogant pigs that currently form the tory government are being asked to think (yes, engage the grey matter between the ears) about what they are trying to achieve and how they are hoping to achieve it.

Curtailing any information about, opposition to the prevailing government during an election would also prevent smaller parties being formed, trades unions putting forward their own candidates and parties, charities funding newer parties. On the other hand it could also be read that despite “call me Dave” has said he supports Britain being part of the EU, the mainstay of campaigning to remain within the EU has been from those who support a British Exit from the EU (or Brexit as it’s become known). This means that Dave is being his usual two-faced self, telling us one thing but doing completely the opposite, but I digress.

Despite spending the first five years of the Coalition government trying to drive wedges into the British population to divide and conquer, he is actually uniting us against the small-minded, enviousness, petty, overbearing, presumptuous spitefulness of his government and himself. If ever there were a lame-duck prime minister it is David Cameron and the entire Tory Government.

A Small Chink of Light at the End of the Tunnel

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I know I don’t have a great many readers but find it uncanny that shortly after my plea for EU ministers to grow a spine and stand up to US bullying, the French foreign tradee minister Mattias Fekl has called a halt to any further negotiations with America on TTIP. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. Now that the suspicions of so many ordinary people have been shown to be true, that it is a bad deal for the ordinary people of Europe and bad for European businesses, I can only hope that this lone voice is one of many that will spread across the European continent and across Brussels.

This is one area we cannot and should not be bullied into. This is nothing less than the utter subjugation of people who have been borne free and lived lives as honestly as they and their circumstances permitted, for this abomination of an “agreement” to be foisted on us by unscrupulous politicians only interested in feathering their own nests and profiting from ordinary citizens’ misery is beyond the pale. Angela Merkel should be ashamed of herself. It is quite clear that the EU is the pet project of Germany and they seem to think they will run Europe as they see fit.

There is nothing of any value to Europe or Europeans in TTIP. Everything our fathers and grandfathers fought for in the last century is being dismantled in the name of greed and profit and under TTIP this would be eradicated from our history, our lives would become to resemble something from the 17th Century, if not worse.

There has been a disconnect between politicians and voters in recent years, with quite a few displaying psychopathic tendencies where they don’t care about the impact on ordinary people, only how it affects them, the image they are projecting. It is taking a Frenchman to show some steel and say there is something very wrong with TTIP. Thank you Mr Fekl, your honesty is appreciated and applauded. Please continue your work and garner support across Europe so that other politicians can also come to this common-sense approach that Europe is in danger of being wiped out, not by war or sickness, but by treaty from a country thousands of miles away who is not a friend to us anymore.

We must reinstate relations with Russia at the earliest opportunity to ensure our future economic well being and also that we can continue to mutually benefit each other. We must also align ourselves more closely with the BRICS countries as this is the future. Only by doing this can we be sure of ensuring our way of life as Europeans is maintained and improved.

TTIP and all it stands for must be resisted as it does not serve small and medium businesses and it certainly does not serve ordinary people. If America wants to have a scorched earth policy it can do so inside its own borders, but it does not have the right to violate the earth everywhere else.

Observation Confused as Prejudice

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There is a small, local incident in the Palace of Westminster that is being blown up out of all proportion and I’d like to add my twopenny worth. Naz Khan has been expelled from the Labour Party for comments she made before she became an MP saying she thought Israel ought to be relocated to the USA. A couple of prominent jews called the comments anti-semetic. The comments were about how US foreign policy is not just guided by, but directed by Israel. That Benjamin Netanyahu was confident enough to address US Senators in Capitol Hill while standing for election in 2015 in order to reiterate the close ties between Israel and the US is a matter of fact, not an anti-jewish accusation.

That the USA has pursued a policy of systematically destabilising the Middle East for many years which has directly led to the influx of Muslim refugees flooding into Europe is a matter of fact. Having caused such a situation both Obama and Clinton have declared that Europe should clean up the mess caused by the US policy have decided they will not allow too many to their country. In fact the US should take many, many more Muslim refugees waiting to enter Europe as they seem to have such an affinity with them, having bombed the living daylights out of them in their own countries.

Really, the Jewish community needs to be a lot less sensitive about name calling than it is. The observation was no more anti-semetic than describing someone as a black person is racist.

The Labour Party also needs to understand they are being played by the Tories who are desperate to deflect attention away from their nefarious off-shore tax avoiding issues. Jeremy Corbyn needs to push back on this really hard and not let the Tories get away with such disgraceful behaviour.

UPDATE:

The timing of this so-called “scandal” could not be more timely.  There is no real scandal, there were no comments that were “anti-semetic”.  However there is an election for a new London Mayor and local county council elections in 2 days time and the Tories are absolutely crapping themselves that they are not going to get any seats that could bolster their grip on established thieving, downright thuggery and complete dishonesty, having being exposed for tax dodging and supporting tax dodgers.  By getting Jeremy Corbyn to suspend MPs, particularly those who happen to be closer to his way of doing things rather than the Blairites who are Tory-lites, JC will be more isolated and it would be harder for him to get his policies across and implemented.   My advice is the same, push back and don’t be bullied by Tory thugs, whichever side of the chamber they sit in.

The Last Farewell?

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The Black Emperor is currently on a farewell trip to some of the key posts of the American Empire, Saudi Arabia (oil), Germany (military bases) and the UK (military bases & EU go-between) before handing the keys to the White House to someone else to mess things up further. Except he’s not an Emperor, just behaves like one.

In each of the above countries he’s shown where the real powers and problems in the world lie at the present time. Saudi Arabia is they key strategic ally so far as oil is concerned and also the eyes and ears in the Middle East where in the last 8 years there has been so many problems, uprisings, instability all feeding into the “refugee crisis” we have at present. The fact that Obama is so happy to help his Muslim brothers in their objective to swamp Christian Europe with so many Muslims who will impose their way of life on everyone else to the detriment of our own way of life is something we need to be very aware of and worried about.

Germany is so utterly lame. On the one hand Germans have this idea that they are somehow superior to everyone else in Europe and this gives them the right to bully, harass, discriminate against anyone they like, but on the other hand are supine in their willingness to take orders from another, larger country. After all, they will always be able to complain that “they were only following orders” just like they did after WW2. A good example is the unwillingness to reinstate trading relations with Russia despite Russia having fulfilled the criteria both in letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreement because the US doesn’t want it. It’s quite happy to see Europe go down the tubes financially so that it will be more compliant in accepting TTIP.

The UK has always had, and continues to have a colonialist mentality. Partly this is to do with its position as an island, partly to do with its history. In this it has been invaluable to the USA in being able to draw on past lessons in how to build an empire, but is now accelerating the downward spiral into a despot nation. This suits the purpose of keeping people stupid and uninformed (the real reason why governments want control of social media).

Obama’s visit is almost like a visit from the British royal family when they go to visit places such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the West Indies, India and so on, but in reverse. Weird.

I should imagine Obama is now putting what he calls “face time” to the finalities of the TTIP package in the EU and was very kind in letting us know that this is very much something that is in the US interests and the UK should continue to be part of the EU for that purpose. Its also very obvious that the “special relationship” so often talked about whenever US officials come over is only special so long as the UK remains useful to the US.

From the beginning I have said that any agreement that is being discussed in so much secrecy by governments cannot be a good thing for ordinary people. The fact that even the results of referenda are in danger of being completely ignored by politicians (as is the case in the recent Dutch referendum of whether to accept Ukraine as part of the EU) is worrying. It seems politicians have an idea of where they see the world going but are deliberately excluding the rest of us from negotiations and discussions, are so willing to bend over backwards to accommodate what will be lower standards, ordinary people have every right to be suspicious. This will not be a good thing for any of us. Ordinary people will be presented with a fait accompli and have no choice but to accept it.

That there are so many scare scenarios that are feeding through whether we leave or remain in the EU the most positive thing, so far as I can see, is that American interests will no longer have any forum either in the EU or in the UK. At a single stroke the UK will have done the world a favour.

The other troubling problem is Turkey. Turkey has not even been given rights to travel abroad and already Erdogan has called on Muslims in Rotterdam to report “any messages from people who are insulting our president, the Turkish nation or Turkey in general.” If this is happening at such an early stage they will completely take over the EU at the expense of Christians in the EU once granted the ability to travel wherever they want in the EU. In fact I will go so far as to say the reason they want this to be granted by the summer this year is so they can send all the refugees into Europe with valid papers and there is nothing the EU will be able to do about it.

The “refugee crisis” is not what it purports to be. Fighting in Syria stopped a month ago so why are people still coming? Surely the best thing is for them to return and build their own countries again? Many of those coming are from countries not in conflict, they just want to come in and impose their way of life on the rest of us. What they are unable to understand is the reason why their own countries are in such dire straights is because Muslims are incapable of living peacefully with each other. If they are not able to do this with their own kind how on earth do they expect to live peacefully among people with different cultures, religions and backgrounds?

Whilst there are many positive reasons to remain in the EU, the fact that TTIP is going forward at such a pace and in such a manner that ordinary people are disenfranchised from what is going on. That Turkey has to be bribed to take these pretend “refugees” to prevent them from swamping us is going to be a huge headache for Europe which has to close its borders now. At the present time I am still minded to vote to leave for the greater and more personal good.

Brexit, To Remain or Go?

democratic rights, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

There seems to be a lot of speculation on both sides of the argument of whether to vote to remain in the EU or leave and each side seems to have an agenda from politicians who simply cannot be trusted to do the right thing for the UK or its people, only to line their own pockets with taxes taken from hard working people and sell off every possible asset this country has, to corporations who are keen to exploit the same hardworking people by paying them next to nothing, in fact nothing at all if they get their own way for the ever-decreasing profits being chased currently by just about anyone who has a modicum of interest in the stock market.

In the last month or so the Leave campaign has been the most vociferous and passionate, but I have to say that against the backdrop of Cameron & Osborn’s tax evasion escapades (even though both seem to be in the Remain camp) I simply don’t trust either of them so far as I could throw them.   The remain campaign has been lukewarm in its arguments and not particularly convincing either, preferring to answer some of the more outlandish claims made by the Leave camp.

Just about every conceivable ill is blamed on Brussels, I would even go so far as to say that even bad weather would also be blamed on Brussels and that if we leave it would suddenly be sunny every day until Christmas.

However, I think the most convincing, factual argument not to remain comes from  a former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson in his Chatham House speech two months ago which is accessible on YouTube.  In it he gives a clear, lucid explanation of Britain’s role in the world at the time the EMU (European Monetary Union) was being implemented which preceded the ill-fated Euro when our trade links stretched across the world.  Not being in the EU would mean we could resume our membership of the WTO (World Trade Organisation) and renew links with previous trading partners New Zealand and Australia both countries provided us with stellar produce and I’m sure would do so again.

I am not someone given to speculation, supposition and the like but want to know more about the probabilities of what may occur.   I am old enough to remember when people in the UK first voted to join the EEC as it was then, although as an 15 year old I can only vaguely remember some things such as food was cheaper, there were plenty of jobs around, many were skilled but not massively well paid and the food was just plain boring.

Fast forward 40-odd years on and we enjoy much better food, easy to get hold of ingredients in our local supermarkets and shops, better standards of living, the ability to improve our living conditions if we adopt European house building models which are more energy efficient and sustainable to build and live in.  More and easier access to jobs abroad and yes, the argument that there may be some migrants who travel to the UK and have access to our benefits system, but is also works the other way around.  If you are unable to get a job in the UK but a firm in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany or any of the other EU countries will give you a job and relocate you, you are also able to access their benefits system, albeit after a qualifying period in many cases.

We also enjoy cheaper travel to European countries without any hassles, bring back duty-free goods to a greater level than was previously allowed.  We can even access almost free healthcare if we fall ill or have an accident whilst on holiday abroad (so long as you have completed the correct forms before travelling).

Furthermore the social aspect of being in the EU shouldn’t go unacknowledged.  The Working Time Directive which is in danger of being eradicated by TTIP and also our Tory government is a blessing.   It was the normal practice for junior doctors to work 100 hours a week and not unheard of for wrong doses of medication to be administered, the wrong diagnoses to be made from sheer lack of sleep.   The prevailing attitude among consultant doctors at the time was “Well I had to do it, so they should as well”.   Old people now benefit from higher pensions as a result of the social reforms that are standard in the EU.  The British government of all shades are obsessed by the idea that if you are old and infirm the remainder of your life should be spent in poverty not being able to heat your home and eat but having to choose between the two.  Any concessions gained by old people are also in the process of being taken back by the government while they hide their wealth in off-shore funds avoiding paying tax.

Children’s toys and equipment are also safer as a result of the EU directives on materials, lead-free paint and other components used in their manufacture.  These are changes to be applauded and we have and continue to benefit from them.

What has to be remembered is that many of those in the Leave camp already have plans that will not benefit the ordinary working people one little jot.  We would be catapulted to the age of the workhouse for the old, poor and destitute, the NHS would certainly be dismantled whereas even under TTIP the NHS does have a letter of comfort that excludes it from being sold off.
I have said this before, with the changes that have been flooding in over since last summer, we have been given a glimpse into just how undemocratic the EU really is, how it is run for the benefit for the few at present, rather than for the many, and how EU bearaucracts are impervious to how much they are hurting poorer countries.   This is mainly being caused by two particular villains, Germany and US meddling in Europe.

Germany has been under occupation since WW2, there has been a military presence there which in recent years has been reduced in number.   Because of the presence of the US Germany is bound to take “advice” from the US on certain matters.   The worst mistake Germany, and indeed the rest of the EU made was to impose sanctions against Russia.   This is the main cause of the EU economy tanking in the last couple of years.   Russia has implemented all of the requirements asked of it in the Minsk Agreement, Ukraine has not, but Russia is still being punished for Ukraine’s mistakes.   In fact the EU is serious considering admitting Ukraine into the EU as a full member.   This is a huge mistake and one that will guarantee the fall of the EU as an entity.  Ukraine is so broke it makes Greece look positively solvent by comparison.   If the EU has wobbled because of the Greek deficit last year, it would certainly implode on admitting Ukraine to the EU.  Ukraine’s debts and size are much bigger and the Ukrainians are, by and large, an agrarian country with few resources.  It would be like putting money into a bottomless piggy bank and it would simply disappear.

EU politicians really must grow a spine and tell the US to butt out of EU affairs, reinstate relations with Russia forthwith as it is the only way to restore the fortunes of all parties concerned.

Furthermore the EU must ditch TTIP, CETA and other such “free trade agreements” as they serve nobody but US interests alone.  We have all been born free people and are not to be give or sold into slavery to corporate interests.  The EU must also examine it’s own attitudes to member nations.   Currently there is a spat going on about Poland’s newly elected government and the Polish constitution which is heading in the wrong direction.  Hardly any mention is being made of the deal between Merkel and the Turkish President Erodigan.

Merkel is happy to hang out a German comedian to dry by using an ancient German law forbidding ridiculing foreign politicians but so quick to point out Poland’s faults.   Surely free speech is free speech wherever it is uttered.   If Turkey wants to be part of the EU it must accept that we have free speech here and it is absolutely correct for politicians and their beliefs to be ridiculed and told they are on the wrong path, otherwise we have a dictatorship not a democracy.    I don’t care about offending other people sensibilities when it comes to expressing my point of view, it is my point of view and my right to say so.  I do care about being told I cannot give my point of view because it offends someone else’s point of view, especially when they are a pathetic despot who locks up journalists because he doesn’t agree with them.  What is allowed for one side is certainly allowed for the other.