Posts Tagged ‘Brexit’

blog posts 10 (20/6/2017)

June 20, 2017

Letters to Daily Mirror with any printed versions

19/6/17
You report that no action can be taken against anyone, who might be destroying evidence, relating to the Grenfell Tower fire, until a court of inquiry has been set up.
I find this hard to believe.
It would be reasonable to believe that anyone destroying anything, which might be required as evidence, was deliberately trying to pervert the course of justice and guilty of a criminal action.
Regardless of this presumption of guilt, it should be possible for Police to be issued with warrants to seize potential evidence, whether, or not, an inquiry is called.

16/6/17
Do we really have to wait for an inquiry into the London Tower Block Fire?
There can’t be anyone, who has followed events, who doesn’t “know” that the cladding (banned in the USA and Germany after a similar disaster in Melbourne) was responsible for so many deaths.
We will be told that it is important to wait for an official verdict to avoid panic.
Yet, those in similar tower blocks will still be panicking.
How long will they have to wait, while another inquiry is set up and a report printed ?
Meanwhile; officials, politicians and contractors will take their time concocting a plausible, low cost solution to what they may see as merely an administrative problem.

14/6/17
Obviously the Media will focus on the immediate aspects of the terrible fire block disaster.
We’ll be told of the sequence of events, those who’ve lost their lives, the members of the emergency services and the Public, who have come to the aid of survivors.
But perhaps the Media could go further than just reporting such tragedies and task politicians on the long term effects for those who survived.
Locals have already made offers of accommodation but for how long?
We know there is a shortage of housing but it is clear that we need spare capacity for those who lose their homes in such events. Not just temporary housing but permanent homes, where families can close the door and try to quickly gather up the reins of their lives again.

 

12/6/17
How can we have tariff-free access to the European Market(Corbyn), whilst not being forced to stay in the Single Market (McDonnell).
These are the same thing, as far as I can tell.
What distinction are they seeing?
Labour needs to remember that the majority voted to leave EU control.
Popular support for Labour could evaporate overnight, if Jeremy Corbyn is made to look less straightforward than his present, very popular image.

Printed version
#How can we have tariff-free access to the European market, Mr
Corbyn, without freedom of movement?
Labour needs to remember that the majority voted to leave EU control.
Support for Labour could evaporate overnight if Jeremy Corbyn is made
to look less straightforward than his present, popular image.
12/6/17
I strongly doubt that Boris Johnson is correct in believing that the Public don’t want another GE.
I’m sure there are many, beside myself, who want this reverse Robin Hood party evicted, as soon as possible, and replaced by a People’s party.
Even if Theresa May’s Tory Government doesn’t immediately collapse, it will face large scale public demands as parents take their children back to school in the Autumn and see what this party for the privileged thinks of them.

9/6/17
he pundits are already squabbling over the meaning of the GE vote.
Whilst there is no doubt that Theresa May wanted it to be about Brexit, it’s quite wrong for the likes of Gina Miller to claim that the results prove that was the only issue voted on.
Brexit was important but the most vociferous people on Social Media were those with cause to oppose the Tory austerity issues i.e. the destruction of the NHS, the decimation of our police forces, food banks, tuition fees, disability allowances, the bedroom tax, the dementia tax etc.
These are still desperate issues for large portions of the country and Parliament needs to be confronted on all of them,continuously.
Only one aspect puzzles me; who’s voting Conservative and why?

#brexit @leave.eu I filched this from the fuller-money newsletter. Shows what the money men think of the EU

May 3, 2017
On a baking hot day in July 2015 Greece’s radical-Left Syriza government won a spectacular mandate to defy the austerity regime of the EU-IMF Troika.

Against all expectations, 61pc of the Greek people voted in a referendum to reject the Carthaginian terms of their latest bail-out deal, a scorched-earth ‘Memorandum’ described by a young French economy minister named Emmanuel Macron as a “modern day version of the Versailles Treaty”.

It seemed as if the long-running showdown between Athens and the EU authorities had reached an explosive juncture. Markets were braced for the ejection of Greece from the euro in short order. Monetary union was on the verge of break-up.

Yet the rebel victory instantly and inexplicably metamorphosed into surrender, and with it died the final hopes of the European Left. Premier Alexis Tsipras stunned his own people and the world by announcing that there would be no rupture with the Troika after all, and furthermore that he would join hands with the conservative cadres of Greece’s ancien regime.

The extraordinary developments are recounted by Yanis Varoufakis in his deeply unsettling account, ‘Adults In The Room, My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment’, published in extracts in the Telegraph. What the former finance minister reveals is that leaders of the Syriza government were seriously worried about dark forces in the shadows. They were frightened.

Vested interests with huge sums at stake – within Greece, and implicitly across the eurozone – were prepared to defend the existing financial order by any means necessary. The prime minister feared a military coup.

His warnings to Mr Varoufakis in soul-searching talks that night certainly raise eyebrows, all vividly narrated in a subchapter entitled ‘the overthrowing of a people’.

The final days of the referendum were surreal. Unbeknownst to the Greek people, Alexis Tsipras had called the snap-vote expecting to lose. Most of the Syriza leaders did not campaign. What they wanted was an “emergency exit”, calculating that a respectable defeat would give them a way out after boxing themselves into a corner.

But humiliated and long-suffering Greeks instead seized on the chance to express their defiance, rising to a “gigantic celebration of freedom from fear” in the final intoxicating rally at Syntagma Square.

And:

As the scale of the victory became clear on election day Mr Varoufakis penned a triumphant piece. “In 1967, foreign powers, in cahoots with local stooges, used tanks to overthrow Greek democracy. In 2015 foreign powers tried to do the same by using the banks. But they came up against an insanely brave people who refused to submit to fear.”

He then went to join the victory party at the prime minister’s Maximos Mansion, only to discover that the betrayal of the vote was already under way. “As I walked in, Maximos felt as cold as a morgue, as joyful as a cemetery. The ministers and functionaries I encountered looked numb, uncomfortable in my presence, as if they had just suffered a major electoral defeat,” he said.

Only he and his wife Danae were wearing jeans, once de rigueur in Syriza circles. “Sitting there, I began noticing things about the people around me that had previously escaped me. The men resembled accountants. The women were dressed as if for a state gala,” he said. They were like the pigs on two legs, drinking with men, glimpsed through the window in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Mr Varoufakis told the prime minister that it was his duty to honour the referendum, that he should seize on the thundering expression of popular will to escalate Greece’s war of resistance, and to present the ECB and Berlin with a stark choice. It was wasted breath. The decision to accept what he calls “unconditional surrender” had already been taken, and a new finance minister willing to go along with this volte face had already been picked.

David Fuller’s view

The EU has been a costly mistake since the launch of the single currency in 1999, without a Federal State to deal with the inevitable inequities between individual states (formerly independent countries) which would arise.  EU bureaucrats knew that they did not have the votes for a Federal Union.  Nevertheless, they undermined democracies in the region and also their economic prosperity by launching the Euro in an environment which several centuries of previous history showed was bound to fail.

Subsequently, unofficially centralised governance within the EU resembles a left-wing mafia rather than a healthy democracy.  That is what Prime Minister Theresa May faces, despite her best efforts to sincerely promote an agreement in the mutual interests of both a departing UK and also the EU. Fortunately, she now realises this, as do a sufficient proportion of the UK electorate to give her a significant majority.  That may not influence the EU but it will help the UK to first deal with turbulence following a hasty exit from the EU before fulfilling its potential in the global economy.

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December 10, 2016

letters to Daily Mirror, not published:

10/12/16
It seems obvious what Labour must do to wim the next general election.
Stop opposing brexit and start opposing the privatisation of the NHS.
Brexit is going ahead and whilst a soft brexit won’t win any more votes from Remainers, it will lose them votes from Brexiteers.
Jeremy Corbyn and all Labour MP’s must go on the offensive over the NHS.
Not just whinging about Hunt’s manic delight but promising to overturn all his actions and hit the privateer’s where it hurts.
Brexit can only win votes for Tories and UKIP
NHS can win votes from Tories and UKIP
 

9/12/16
I’ll agree with your reader on compulsory voting, if we can have a “none of rhe above” box on the ballot.
It’d be interesting to see how often it would collect the most votes.

9/12/16
Your Reader is wrong to say that we have a representative democracy.
If it were so, our MP’s would vote according to what they believe their electorate would wish them to vote.
We actually have a Parliamentary Democracy, in which MP’s only consider their own wishes and self interest.
Usually that means, in order of priority, the party whip (Leader’s views), a rich lobbyist, a political clique, or, when needing to be re-elected, what their party agent advises.

8/12/16
It’s sad, when a retired ship like HMS Illustrious ( Lusty ) is sent to the scrapyard but why is it invariably a foreign scrapyard?
In this case, a Turkish one.
Wouldn’t it make political sense to dismantle her in the same yards where she was assembled?
It’d create work for our domestic workforce, reduce the need for imported steel feedstock and enable ship designer’s to re-examine the viability of their original technique’s.

This was published as was a response but not my response Viz:

published
#|t’s sad when a retired ship like HMS Illustrious is sent to the scrapyard, but why is it invariably a foreign scrapyard (Mirror, Dec 8)?
Wouldn’t it make sense to dismantle her in the same yards where she was assembled, creating jobs for our domestic workforce?
John Shale, Wigan

published
SINKING FEELING
# John Shale of Wigan asks why HMS Illustrious was scrapped abroad (Madeuthink,
Decemberi 2).
In Hartlepool, Able UK scrapped ships and won a contract from the US to scrap 13 of its Navy ships. Four were brought to the yard. There followed a five-year legal battle brought by people who said it was dangerous to scrap ships in the UK.
The go-ahead was finally given but because of the case, the contract for the others was lost. I imagine no UK yard wants that sort of hassle.
Alan Short Redcar, North Yorks

Not published
Thanks to to Alan Short from Redcar for his letter on the response to my query about HMS Illustrious.
I was able to find details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-24636597
 It’s a shame that a compromise couldn’t be reached.
I’m sure that a British scrapyard would have been a lot more conscientious in the waste handling than often happens, elsewhere.
This BBC report suggests that the waste from the four ships, which were dismantled, was dealt with in a proper manner.
It’s also worth noting that the USA mostly handles the dismantling of old naval vessels in its own facilities, such as the Philadelphia naval yard (http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/scrappers.htm)

3/12/16

Brian Reade has correctly identified the problem with paedophiles in football.
It’s not that there are no whistleblowers but that those in authority have always tried to cover it up.
It is not a crime to do so and maybe it should be, at least in this particular case.
So, let’s make it a criminal offence to not report such cases to the Police.
The Police may not have sufficient evidence to take action but they can, at least, make the accused formally aware that the matter is on file.
To make it effective, it should also be a crime for any member of the police force to not log the accusations.
That way repeat offenders can become known and the newly created Police Commissioners can justify closer surveillance of suspected paedophiles.

2/12/16
Wonderful!
Scientists in Bern say that we could have a decade of of icy Winter’s bringing starvation and death.
 Perhaps we should re-open the pits?

2/12/16
Politically there are two main issues, which concern the UK electorate.
They are Brexit and the NHS.
The Remain political elite are saying they’ll accept a “soft” Brexit but, as seen on BBC Question Time, Brexit voter’s do not want that.
This would seem to indicate another “shock” vote at the next General Election with only UKIP offering a true , or “hard”, Brexit.
Then, again UKIP is happy with the privatisation of the NHS, so, many  won’t vote UKIP.
But what if it’s true, as some say, that the EU rules mean that the privatisation of the NHS can not be reversed.
No-one seems to be offering a re-nationalisation of the NHS, even Corbyn has stayed eerily quiet on that point, whilst Tony Blair has teemed up with Branson, who looks to make millions out of the NHS.
On polling day, politicians and pundits will be hoping that voters will go for a “soft” Brexit.
It all depends on whether voters are as simple as politicians are hoping they are.
As I said, a “shock” vote could be on the cards, despite Blair and Branson’s millions and their “not for profit” trust.

@DailyMirror publishes first puff piece in Blair’s campaign against populism

November 25, 2016

Tony Blair has begun his campaign to destroy #brexit,  with a puff piece in the Daily Mirror.

He begins by saying:

“When I say ‘let’s just keep our options open’, it’s condemned as treason”.

Straight in, with two lies in one sentence.

He uses his favourite impression  of “I’m just a nice, reasonable guy”

First lie is that he merely wants us to keep our options open, when he’s pushing  “The remain” option, as the one he’s wants to sell us.

M r. reasonable guy lays the ground for his second lie,  that this reasonable view has seen him condemned as treasonous.

No-one has condemned as treasonous for  wanting to keep our options open.

He’s been condemned as treasonous for the illegal Iraq war.

He’s also been condemned as anti-democratic in announcing that he’ll use his money and influence to try and overthrow the referendum vote.

This could be regarded as treason, depending on how he goes about it.

You have to look closely at everything he says.

That two-lie sentence wasn’t an off-the-cuff line.

It will have been carefully crafted, with the aid of his wordsmith, Alistair Campbell.

He’s announced that Labour has lurched to the Left and Tory’s to the Right, thus leaving the middle ground for him to step into and speak up for all those floating voters., who’ll buy what he’s selling.

It’s untrue that the Centre ground is vacant.

Corbyn and McDonnell may be old Left but they are heavily constrained by MP’s, who were raised to eminence under Blairite policies and who still occupy the centrist seat

(It wasn’t Socialists, who voted to bomb Syria).

For me , as a supporter of Corbyn, the mis-named centrist position isn’t a midway position, so much as a right of centre position and Tony Blair is a Tory in disguise.

Look at who he’s teamed up with.

Richard Branson isn’t a cavalier/hippy entertainments guy.

He’s the banker who’s buying up much of our NHS and is pushing to buy up more.

That’s why he’s linked up with Blair, who made his millions bringing “peace” to the Middle East and brokering deals for Haliburton and other US companies, eager to “help” in that region.

Listen to Blair but learn to recognise phrases that he repeats word for word, because they’re the one’s, which are selling the biggest lies

@BBCNews still suggesting #brexit is causing problems

November 17, 2016

BBC breakfast had a piece, this morning, on how #brexit will affect business.

It’s based around a sugar refining business, which confesses that it will benefit from the reduction on import taxes (EU tariff charges) for the sugar.

One of the managers agreed that there will be other aspects that will need to be considered.

He said things like the paper wrapping is imported from EU countries.

We’re left to assume that this is a worry, for us, when it isn’t.

It’s a worry for the EU, because Other countries can supply paper more cheaply, once EU import taxes are removed.
They mentioned Health and Safety legislation and Worker Protection legislation.

Again we’re left to assume that this is a problem for us, when it isn’t.

Apart from the fact that all such legislation has been enacted into UK Law, most of it came from UK law.
The CE standards mark has merely replaced the British Standards kite mark and, apart from some weakening of electrical insulation standards, it was a direct steal from the British Standards legislation. Again, worker’s rights etc. in the EU are just a watered down copy of what we already had. (remember we went in under our last Socialist PM., Harold Wilson, so we would hardly have agreed to any weakening.)

This is black propaganda, using the omission of facts and leaving the younger generation to infer that we will be worse off after brexit

Note: Harold Wilson beat George Brown to the leadership, because Main Stream Media said Brwn was more Left Wing.

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November 7, 2016

These were letters to Daily Express

4/11/16

A snap G.E is a dishonest way of resolving Brexit.

The vote would be on the NHS and Benefits; the Tories would lose and Brexit would be achieved in name only.
4/11/16

The BBC is to plan another Science program to, allegedly, encourage more youngster’s to go into Science.
If we really want youngster’s to become Scientists and engineer’s wouldn’t it be more attractive, if we passed laws enabling them to have full patent rights over their achievements?
At present, any breakthroughs are deemed the intellectual property of their employers.
A good example being that portrayed in the TV series “The Big Bang Theory”.
The argument that the company has paid for them to do this work is a falsehood, as the company has not lost anything if the advance is simply discarded by the employee.
A parallel could be drawn with the Music Industry, where many artistes were once very badly exploited.
Nobody would think it right that the TV programs, that started the careers of many of Today’s top artistes, were to claim all royalties from their songs.
Why bother to struggle through years of exams to achieve a degree in a Science, only to be saddled with a student debt and to be told that all you’ll ever get for any major advances you make will belong to your employers, who, once they think you’re past your best, will let you go, so they can buy a newer, shinier geek.

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November 7, 2016

Letters to daily Mirror : none printed

19/10/16

What was the point of having a referendum, if Parliament is now going to drop the pretence that we have a real democracy?
The EU referendum was the only time in most people’s lives that they had any say in how the country is run.
Now we are told that 660 (or maybe 600) MP’s are to be allowed to overrule that wish.
The notion of the Sovereignty of Parliament has changed from the people’s representatives overruling the Monarch to one where the people get a choice of two candidates for ersatz monarch, via the choice of their supporting courtiers.
Small wonder so few turn out to vote.
20/10/16

I’m no great fan of Sir Cliff Richard but I find it perverse that he can be named and shamed without evidence of wrong-doing, yet other rich celebrities have been able to take out super injunctions, which criminalise anyone, who publicly comments on their marital infidelities.
It is made more absurd, when, under EU law, people, guilty of marital infidelity, or worse, can prevent Google from displaying old news stories, or, as in one recent case, a current News story, published in Scotland, wasn’t allowed to be viewed by people in England.
Perhaps one of our numerous Select Committee’s could cast their eyes over these incongruities
31/10/16
Your piece about Hen Harriers being shot by gamekeepers, wanting to protect the grouse moors, points up that we are still a nation divided.
Not between the shooters and the conservationists but between those few, who see the grouse moors as their personal property, and the millions, who have never even seen them, nor are likely to.
Originally, those large area’s of our country were common land but are now privately owned by the rich and powerful.
It is more annoying with this little spat coming at a time, when people near here, in the North-West, are being told that some of the local Green Belt will have to be turned over to housing to accomodate the large numbers of young homeless and the anticipated influx of refugee’s.
We do need thousand of new homes.
We also the relevant infrastructure of roads, utilities, schools, hospitals etc. and NHS.
But paradoxically these are being slashed.
Now any little bits of open spaces, still left, will disappear, whilst vast swathes of land are kept aside for the pleasure and concerns of the minority, who rule over us.
It shows up the contempt of Government and The Rich, who care more for Hen Harriers and Grouse, than for us.
4/11/16

A snap G.E is a dishonest way of resolving Brexit.
The vote would be on the NHS and Benefits; the Tories would lose and Brexit would be achieved in name only.
6/11/16

According to My Supermarket website:
Snackrite cheese and onion crisps sell at 75p for 6 x 25g pack
Walkers cheese and onion crisps sell at £1.45 for 6 x 25g pack (nearly double)
Walkers claim, that the proposed 10% increase is about the cheaper £ raising the cost of raw materials, is a falsehood.
It’s about maintaining their already fat profit margin going back to Pepsico shareholder’s in the USA.
7/11/16

You report that Military Intelligence chiefs ask why the Government has no plans for a tank to rival Putin’s Armata, for at least 20 years.
It seems strange to me that our Military Intelligence chiefs aren’t up to the standards of the Russians.
The stand-out example of this was the development of Concordski.
Our Military Intelligence chiefs should already have the full specs on Armata and the Government should already have contracts on line for their construction,assuming our Military Intelligence chiefs actually think we’re likely to come up against the Armata.
Else why do we have Military Intelligence chiefs?
7/11/16

If Dr. Dirk Notz, of The Max Planck Institute for meteorology, is seriously concerned about Carbon Dioxide emissions from cars, then he should stop churning out spurious stats such as “every 2400 miles …creates 1 tonne”.
It seems climatologists prefer playing Cassandra to offering solutions.
Maybe it’s to do with drumming up more research funding from clueless politicians.
Carbon dioxiide from cars depends on engine size and speed, obviously.
More specifically, a car stuck in a traffic jam will produce 100x more for the mileage, quoted.
Instead of just attacking cars, which are essential to modern life, he should attack traffic schemes, which impede a smooth flow of traffic and increase stress for working people forced to commute over routes, inadequately covered by public transport.
It won’t get him any funding and it’ll irritate politicians but it would actually be a more socially responsible approach.
Government should play their part by encouraging more telecommuting.
E.g. why do MP’s have to go in to Parliament to debate?
Businesses could stagger working hours, so there is no rush hour.
Councils could stop blocking rat-runs and create more traffic overspills, instead of funneling them into bottlenecks.
More real solutions, not just plans for electric cars, which could well be a greater liability if stuck in a traffic jam and are, as yet, still polluting the Planet by relying on electricity produced by burning fossil fuels.

“Labour together” sounds good but can you trust a Lothario?

June 3, 2016
Labour Together has come too late.
Around here, there were four Labour clubs, within walking distance.
Three have been closed and demolished in recent years , with one taken over by the local community, as its only venue for a social gathering.
My impression was that New Labour no longer felt it necessary to nurture its core vote, having decided to become “Centrist” and chase the Tory voters, whilst trying to entice donations from Big Business
(instead of relying on the meagre income offered by a diminishing workforce).
Labour doesn’t have the money to replace these Labour clubs, where Councillors and MP’s could mingle with their electorate and learn first hand what they thought, whilst offering a place that fostered community spirit and a nursery for activists.
All that Labour Together can do is to continue their incestuous meetings in Whitehall and Townhall’s, assuring each other that they are all working towards a common end (behind Jeremy? or maybe Hillary, or Yvette, or someone more Right wing.) and that they have the key to understanding how to get Labour voters to want to not only want to stay in the EU but to want to bother to vote (mainly by autodial badgering).

 

If Labour pushes its core voters to turn out for the EU Referendum could increase the #Brexit vote

June 3, 2016
Labour’s stated intent of chasing their core voters to ensure they vote in the EU referendum could be an own goal.
From my experience of canvassing in such an area, many would favour Brexit.
Those voters would probably avoid committing to a choice, rather than go against Labour’s official stance.
But, if pushed to vote, they might not see it as going against Labour but going against cheap immigrant Labour.
It’s unwise getting them to think about what loyalty they might owe Labour or what Labour has, or hasn’t, done for them, in recent decades.
In fact, what is the present Labour party to them, except an alternative to their present ally, Cameron and his Tories?

 

#EUref #LeaveEU @UKLabour I just sent off my postal vote for #Brexit. This is partly my reason

May 27, 2016

trade 2015

We import more from EU than we export, so just on basic sums they need our trade more than we need theirs but the French will still buy our lamb and we’ll still buy their wine.

Then, again, we’ll probably sell them less lamb, because they’ll be slapping VAT on it. So rich, large farmer’s will have to sell more to us, at a lower price and Peta should be pleased that sheep won’t suffer long journey’s to French abattoir’s.

Wine should be cheaper, with no VAT, but I daresay The Chancellor will put another tax on “to help reduce boozing”.

There’ll be lots of swings and roundabouts, although overall, if sales stayed constant (Unlikely) , then theoretically, we the plebs, should find EU goods cheaper, because there’ll be no VAT.

Problem is, in reality, our Government will want to slap taxes on some imports, such as wine, and the EU won’t like that (hence lengthy trade negotiations).  Also, the EU will put VAT on our exports to them, which may impact jobs.  This complex. Consider Nissan making cars here for export to the continent. Their cars will be hit by VAT and sales may drop. Part of the EU deal was that Nissan use crap French components. This may no longer apply, meaning Nissan will regain its reputation and sales could rise.

There are lots of IF’s and BUT’s, which is why no-one can make an accurate prediction of what will happen.

Businesses with good management will make good decisions and lay out contingency plans during any transition. Bad ones will merely moan, give money to the Remain campaign and cross their finger’s.

Note also that we not only export more to non-EU than to EU but we also import less from non-EU.

We won’t be charging VAT on these imports, so they’ll be cheaper, so we may buy more from them, which could encourage them to buy more from us.

The only downside, I see here is where we buy things from the EU, add value and sell them on. They’ll carry some VAT, so will be pricier.

One other aspect of leaving the EU, is that we won’t have to accept subsidised tenders from their businesses, which should mean more jobs kept at home. E.g. trains not being built in Spain using Chinese steel.

It’s all complicated and for every swing, you can point at a roundabout but on the whole, those crude figures at the top of the page imply that we’ll be better off, or, at least, hardly any worse off than we are now.

And at least we know who our politicians are and where they live.