Sitting London ducks

2019-election-results-pic_editedJust reading up on ‘what the Tory election win means for your money‘ and find it has little to do with the practicalities of current financial realities.

There are these red specks in seas of blue. London is like an out-landish Labour bastion amidst the blue rural regions.

It seems to be the land- and property owners elections. Yet the young people, who want to get a fair outlook on life, voted Labour, those people who cannot count on their land-ownership and have to look at University fees and interest to be paid on those.

2019-cartogram_editedIt doesn’t even bring much relief to think that the Living- or Minimum wage will rise and get allocated to younger people because the rents are too high and the housing costs and also commuting costs swallow up all earnings, making people reliant on food banks.

I personaly shouldn’t really complain, my pension is set to rise and I get free travel in London.

This election win, will mean little change to our current infrastructure. The same old class tensions will exist and probably be intensified through problems created in Scotland – who want to strive for Scottish independence and Northers Ireland, which is predicted to become part of the Irish nation within the next few decades.

Perhaps that is the reason why the visit of Boris Johnson to her Majesty the Queen took so long because is there really any way to explain to the Royals that the age of discontent has really only begun, rather than healed off?

Obviously – in terms of Brexit – the Brexitiers have won for England and Wales. Perhaps that will shape the future of the United Kingdom, in that it divides the nation and split off Scotland and Ireland from the Union.

Boris Johnson’s bariton voice can of course soothe emotional alarms instantly but rationally and analytically looking at this mess will simple not heal anything.

Those who are fobbed off by Boris Johnson’s calming effect really miss out on the reality of the situation.

Yes, the election results will calm foreign investors, will ensure that business knows how to prepare for the next few years but very little is resolved in terms of infrastructure and the one-nation agenda.

 

Pollution in Tower Hamlets

Here is the most recent map on pollution in Tower Hamlets.

It shows, for example, that the location of Raine’s Foundation school is in a better spot than other schools near Commercial Road for example.

Yet the council will determine school quality only by the amount of academic results achieved and not by the health of the pupils as part of the equation.

My personal experience is that my daughter went to a school near Commercial road for 2 years and ended up having to get a brown inhaler for asthma. Then changing school to near Victoria Park at the north of the borough, was found to be healthy.

XR school strike this Friday

Just as all pupils in London either have started their GCSE mock exams this Monday, which will go on till the end of next week or start their GCSE mocks next Monday, Extinction Rebellion is calling for a school strike this Friday.

Why do this in the middle of the important GCSE mock exam?

It really is not necesary to prevent pupils from getting good grades by spending a day out of school at this time of year.

There are other, more suitable days – for example during holidays to do this.

The American conundrum

It is absolutely terrible that the current problems with

  • Prince Andrew’s alleged association with convicted American Epstein
  • The Dunn family and the American Anne Sacoolas

could be compared.

I don’t want to get into the like-for-like comparison because there is so much human suffering through wrong-doing involved.

But I can’t help noticing how Prince Andrew is being urged to volunteer his evidence to the American investigators, from the highest level whilst Anne Sacoolas has the support of Dominic Raab to stay where she is and not come to the UK for assisting the criminal investigation.

There seems to be no proper understanding on both sides of the Atlantic that both countries need to work together and volunteer for individuals involved in investigations to assist.

 

legalising Cannabis

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Unfortunately the Liberals stand for the legalisation of Cannabis for recreational use. The Washinton Post published research showing that the number of car accidents has risen in areas where cannabis was legalised. ““The combined-state analysis shows that the first three states to legalize recreational marijuana have experienced more crashes,” said Matt Moore, senior vice president of  the IIHS’s Highway Loss Data Institute, in a statement.”

So do we really add to the risk of car crashes in the UK?

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We are just about able to cope with alcohol consumption and mobile phone use. Adding cannabis consumption will significantly add to the pressure the police is under, which will wipe out any benefits that will be created from the planned Cannabis tax.

Whilst a new law will require the installation of alcohol brathalisers in cars to stop it from starting when the driver had a drink, was reported by the Express.

Yet the alcohol breathaliser will not work with Cannabis.

That is one reason why I won’t be voting Liberal.

looking after you

Just watching Reggie in China and it is quite amazing, the film about Shenzen, when the guy says: “we can’t wait for the old building to be pulled down because we want to see progress [sic]. The government will look after us and give us another place to stay until the new building is ready”.

night skyline skyscrapers shanghai

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So these people don’t have to spend hours and days and weeks looking for alternative acommodation and can go on deveoping brilliant new ideas instead.

The government quickly changed all public transport to electric and China has developed to the second largest economy.  Things get done very quickly there because the money is being made available centrally without much fuss.

Looking at the new technology they do, soon the world will be mapped in 3D and nothing will be hidden. Back to the old village atmosphere when everybody knows everything about everybody, just not by rumour mill but via CCTV surveillance.

I like it that robots will be used to recall data instead of a human having to memorize data because it uses too much brain capacity and there is not enough space left for creativity if we use all our brain for memorizing things.

A Chinese inventor believes that the world will be ruled by technology instead of by politicians. It’s probably much quicker to get Brexit done then, if that is appropriate.

Hong Kong students please consider

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Whilst I watched Newsnight, it just was unavoidable to think about those tragic Hong Kong Students who are unfortunately a perfect example how bad communication can only lead to doom.

People complain about algorythms on Apps but those students, who are in a compact environment, spend a lot of time together and most likely also use app communications hype each other on to more protests and stronger and stronger outbursts.

This can only lead to severe disruptions and destruction of the buildings and one interview with a students confirmed that there is a doom and gloom atmosphere, whereby a student said it is better to be dead than have live in the circumstances.

That is classical self-harming psychology and a message spread amonst students where it catches on like fire in their minds.

The obvious escalation of violence is not going to stop unless the law enforcement break up the protests.

The Chinese Ambassador was at the program and it was discussed that China promised to purchase some British steel works to save British jobs and that brings us on their side. Hopefully we won’t see another Tian’anmen Square disaster but that the Hong Kong police use a strategy that avoids death.

Hopefully the Hong Kong police can bring an end to the protests by using smart tactics.

This is not about the cause any longer its about the results that can be achieved and self-destructive methods are not a good lesson for anybody to follow.

 

UK failed to nominate candidate for EU Commissioner

Not only did this government fail to spend money provided by the EU for poor children, the government now also failed to nominate a candidate for EU Commissioner.

Without a doubt, that will cost the UK even more money.

So why does this government not follow the rules that are in place?

The Conservatives always talk about saving taxes but spend the money on EU fines instead and indirectly the tax payer will have to pay for this.

Now the European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the UK and the government has till 22. November to respond.

Measuring air quality

Just trying to compare air quality in various areas of East London because a comment to my last blog pointed out the good air quality at the northern end of Tower Hamlets.

So I used some air quality measurement websites to get exact results.

Using the London Air Quality Network, a message popped up that the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has opted not to be a member, so detailed information cannot be displayed. this service is run by Defra.

When I go to another site, addresspollution.org, all I can find is the same information for all areas of Tower Hamlets, an amber warning sign, saying that air pollution exceeds legal limits. The same message appears whether it is for E1 with the highly polluting Commercial Road or E2 near Victoria Park.

There is no distinction and that propably serves the current council strategy to deploy services by cost rather than distinct air quality.

This makes it very difficult for recent immigrants or residents of Tower Hamlets to actually know which areas are healthier than others. Just because a recent comment on my previous post pointed out that planners knew in the 19th. Century that the area around Victoria Park had health benefits.

So it is easy for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to argue that parents didn’t choose Raine’s because of the healthy location, because they make it impossible for peole to find out that the location actually is healthier.

Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change

30.000 people around the UK will get letters inviting them to workshops on Climate Change. The initiative has been brought by a cross-party MPs to determine what members of the public can do to reduce CO2.

That will produce a final panel of 110 people to meet in Birmingham. This will restrict the people who can actually come to this as a lot of people will be working and can’t make this.

It is always difficult to assemble panels of people to physically meet at the best of times. I  have been on many groups and availability to meet was always an issue.

If the group only discusses personal CO2 use by the public is a little too restrictive as what is important is what is on offer to actually purchase and use made available by producers, business and public services too.

Zero Carbon by 2050 is a lame approach, we need action now and we need it real and not just by speaking about it.

But the principle of Citizens Assemblies I welcome very much in more subjects than the environment.

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