70-year olds, refuse age-discrimination

Hopefully some 70 year olds will fight this government’s blatant attempt to introduce age-discrimination and make it legal to stop all 70 year olds from leaving their homes.

It’s totally illegal now to discriminate because of age, so why should Corona Virus pave the way for the Conservatives to find a way to break the anti-discrimination policies we have today.

 

Corona virus used to restrict civil liberties

Every other news flash, article or mention is about Corona Virus. No wonder people are getting hysterical. Supermarked isles are bare, especiallly in the soap departments. I stood there, hand in my pocket to feel my sanitizer gel whilst other shoppers feverishly searched for some on the empty shelves. Remember so far only three (3) people died in the UK so far but look at the deaths from flu cases.

It is very concerning that we  get so much less fuss about the common flu.

I suppose I could have made a few quid if I sold my hand-sanitizer but hei, its worth more to me than the money I could make from it.

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Guardian article from 25. Jan 2018, shows the rise in deaths from the flu. Yet we never heard then about restricting mass-meetings or paying people for taking time off sick.

The Guardian article also mentions that the common flu is especially dangerous to children, yet we did not hear about closing our schools.

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BBC articleshowing cause of cases in China, affecting old and sick people in particular.

Whilst the Corona virus is especially dangerous to sick and old people we get constant warnings that we need to stop mass-gatherings, restrict public transport despite only 3 deaths in the UK so far.

 

Thinking about Heathrow

Extinction Rebellion is a movement sponsored by Billionnaires and those having gotten rich from the old way of doing business.

Now, come to think of it, Britain being an Island nation, relying on transport and especially so, air travel, Extinction Rebellion pours a lot of energy and money into fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport, just as Britain has left the EU.

Of course the Paris Climate agreement needs to be properly referenced in thecourt proceedings about a third runway, but the loss of the expansion case is only a temporary stoppage and will be addressed by the appeal that Heathrow Airport plans to do. It’s a matter of changing the wording and show proper reference to the agreement.

Whilst I strongly support the reduction of carbon emissions world-wide, which would include an improvement of air-travel for all countries. Extinction Rebellion spent and continuous to spend an awful lot of energy to concentrate on Britain, doing an extra sacrificial deed and asks us to cut off our almost only viable connection to the outside world.

Of course we do have ships, we do have the Euro tunnel to Paris and Belgium but why ask Britain to be the first to reduce commercial activity.

Of course if Britain cannot have air capacity, they would re-channel air traffic via France but the air travel as a whole will not be reduced.

It is a matter of changing methods of transport and trade world-wide, so that all nations have a fair amount of responsibility.

It seems doubly weird that Keir Starmer, prospective leader for the Labour Party, strongly supports Extinction Rebellion and so does Sadiq Khan. Is it any wonder that Extinction Rebellion now has put up camp in one of London’s most left-wing council’s namely Tower Hamlets and moved into our commutiy centre.

Apparently residents have not been consulted prior to this. Our local area is getting deprived of services and they get replaced by birds, bees flowers and fruit trees; and we hold a totally free, yearly fireworks extravaganca nearby. As if that will pay our council taxes.

I  suppose you can achieve sensible world-wide policies by supporting inventions that develop the new technology we need and not by stopping traffic. Extinction Rebellion put their eggs into the demonstrations basket. How crude.

Their radical actions are designed to actively disturb our economy by stopping traffic, interrupting public transport to weaken our economy but that does not help changing technology.

same lies

Whilst President Trump explains in his state of the Union speech that there is now record employment, also amongst the multi-cultural population in the US, the BBC reports that there is record child-homelessness in the US.

How does this all work out?

Obviously the wonderful world of high-yield economy should work for the people and not just for the employers.

The same strategy gets used in the UK. One of the most used arguments in parliamentary debate is, to rebuff Labour, yes, but the unemployment rate is very low.

Whether that creates the highest number of working poor and other problems does not seem to be the problem for the governments on either side of the oceans.

The standard of living is very important and voters really have to stop creating poverty for children.

Bound to the land

The United Kingdom has and always had the Islander psychology. It affects how a person thinks and feel, how big the landmass is, that they are standing on.

I watched Ed Balls travels to Europe and can see a distinct difference in attitude towards racial and human rights issues. The bigger the landmass the higher is the leaning towards a surpemacy of some kind.

Which one is all dependant on the region.

Whilst Boris Johnson, in his speech this morning, asks for science driven trade deals, he still fails to address distance.  Distance and travel causes huge carbon footprints.

I think the whole dilemma rests on the Islander psychology of the Brits, who live on the Isle of Great Britain, that they think differently towards other land masses and see themselves as something special and as in-betweeners the rest of the world.

Apparently the part where Ed Balls interviews the German Right-wing voters in a German village, reminds of my own village relatives. The German villages do not have any social provision, there is no council housing, no sponsored provision of any kind. In those regions you own a house and pay for what is happening around you. Hence people are feeling left out and feel forgotten. They don’t have immigrants settling there either.

I remember we had to rent a car and travel extensively just to reach the village my relatives live and work in as transport is very difficult or non existent. No wonder that all types of weird ideologies fester.

Britain in contrast is a small country with a huge influx of all sorts of races and ethnicities and they all have to share the ground that is government supported via social provisions throughout.

Britain also has the luck to be well connected to other world-wide nations through the British Commonwealth and that was only possible because the UK is in dire need of international relations to keep the trade going.

Countries with a bigger land-mass like Germany or France lost most of their overseas territories because the psychology of those countries are relying on their bigger landmass and is different.

I don’t think science hasn’t reached to come to those conclusions about how the landmass we live on forms our and influences how we think and feel.

It was the fear of running out of space that brought Britains to conquer other lands, with more or less repressive methods. Yet Britain is most successful in keeping many nations because they are more needy because the main British landspace provided by the United Kingdom is quite small. So Brits are more diplomatic and pleasing towards other cultures.

That’s why Britain has developed in such a powerful international peace maker and setter of standards. Britain needs to spread their wings whilst other bigger nations can just withdraw from international negotiations because they can live largely on their own products.

 

Not so free after all

Having watched Charles I: the killing of a King, I got a sharp reminder how unfree Britain really is. Remember Extinction Rebellion have been listed as terrorist organisation and ‘order, order’ is the most important value Britain has.

I grew up in the 70s in Germany, the time of the student revolt. Despite never having even taking part in anyone of the many student demos, I was arrested and locked up for 3 months just because the security services felt like it. Of course they eventually came round to admitting that it was all a mistake.

My arrest came about because I was sofa-surfing and one address I stayed at for a few days was under the watchful eyes of the security services.

So, any individual can become over-scrutinised if a national security situation becomes frightful through activities such as XR these days do. Thankfully, XR has not committed any terrorist offences yet.

I saw it coming and I mentioned previously, do not get involved in those street demos of XR or XR as they will suffer the same fate.

Of course I am not certain whether they will eventually grow into a radical movement just as German students did with the Baader-Meinhof gang but the radical ideology is not dissimilar. Yet XR is funded by Western Billionaires and Baader-Meinhof were German rich kids too who gotten trained by Gaddafi and the like.

It shows ‘the being in 2 minds uncertainty’ Western power figures are. On one hand they are really powerful and on the other they want to throw it all over.

So what is the point in having even a monarchy. Either you have a monarch, who is a real ruler with all the power that comes with it or you don’t. Monarchs tend to be despots with no regard for the rights of their subjects. They just rule and abuse.

Today’s monarch seems more like a display of puppets who do a function, which looks good but has little power.

In fact looking at the reality of it, they can’t do much at all without being constantly watched, criticised and controlled.

Some would call it stalking. Yet, it is their job to be stalked and written about and having their photos taken and being discussed. If that was a private individual, they would have better rights.

Who is really pulling the strings in Britain. It can’t be the monarch, who despite having use of an impressive real estate portfolio has very little actual power but a mere ceremonial function.

Boris Johnson seems to have been selected into post only because of his personality. He comes across as somber and believable. You can hardly resist his voice. When he is together and has his suit on, on TV, Boris is a great actor.

The people of Britain are tightly controlled. Made to work all hours. Kids are taken from their parents at the earliest opportunity and stuck into schools for about 8 hours a day, making the influence parents actually have over their children negligible.

There is really no other way of making it in the public domain other than through kinky affiliations or by being a useful tool and doing what you are told by the ruling elite. And who are they?

I think Britain has a superb publicity machinery, which gives the impression that there is an actual democratic process but if you really look at it, its all talk and no input.

I won’t even go into how proper elections are but think people have not much real choice who to vote for. The public broadcasters and the press are all set to promote private ownership at present.

Whilst that is the mood of the moment, remember please once they stop making a profit from their businesses, we are on our own.

Whilst Labour with a nationalisation strategy gets ridiculed by the press, it seems the only viable solution to guarantee continuation of services when the going gets tough.

There is a general consensus, I would always support that we do like our basic strategy of personal freedom, and liberty of individuals, we should always defend it, that we do not enslave women and that we allow people the right to choose whether to have a religion or not but what seems the complicated part is how our life-styles affect our planet and those questions will rule our minds for some time to come.

We do need an army to defend ourselves from freakish countries like Iran and Northern Korea or Daesh because they are real dictatorships.

Yet so much relies on how our societies are run. Personal freedom often is only possible because we have the luxury of relying on services being available.

One always has to look at the greater scheme of things.

Copy cat

Rebecca Long-Bailey seems to latch onto Boris Johnson’s success with Northern voters. Her being a northern MP of course makes a case for winning back voters by promising extra commercial activity in the area, if they only choose her Socialist scheme instead of Boris’s.

It is true that an important MP will stimulate an area and them going away will deaden the town. Just look at Kirkcaldy, the home-turn of Gordon Brown, that city centre died down once Gordon Brown hung up his coat.

I think promising a reverse Britain policy is just another pipe dream and not realistic. Unfortunately capitalists have nothing to offer that looks beyond immediate profits. But, what this country needs is a long-term government strategy that takes account of climate change structures like the widening of mouth of the river Thames.

Boris Johnson seems to love to Parallelise,

East from West in London with the airport plans

North from South with civil servants re-allocations.

The river bank and the buildings need to be re-allocated around London. There is no case for abandoning London as commercial and political centre.

Quite clearly because Capitalism, which is completely inflexible and unable to make structurally sound but momentarily unprofitable decisions, will bring the downfall of this society if we do not snap out of it.

A government-led sound strategy is the only solution.

The UK is a small country, the land-mass is about only double the size of land that is currently occupied by the Australian bush fires. There is little space to experiment. What needs to happen is that the Capitol London gets re-structured, with a re-allocation of the River Thames shore line and all buildings around it need to be shifted outwards.

Unfortunately Cross-rail has been built in a very short-sighted way and will become obsolete within 50 years. But that should become a reason to abandon London and shift all activities northwards.

We need to preserve the Greenbelts, the farming areas for important reasons. Shifting London northwards will destroy large swathes of our countryside.

Yes abandon the current Houses of Parliaments, built new ones further away from the river Thames, make a wonderful modern building that is not stuffy.

sweeping out

An exciting event after all that time of Conservative leadership races and stale elections. The Labour leadership contest breathes some fresh policital and human air into our environment.

Just read on the Guardian this morning, that they are planning to phase out televising royal weddings. No wonder, they are getting so many that we soon can watch Royal weddings 24-hours non-stop. Perhaps a Royal Wedding channel would be an idea for those trying to make interntional friends from it.

Rebecca Long-Bailey wants to get rid of the House of Lords and as things go on, I am in favour of that. Since the establishment’s only purpose is now to protect Billionnaire’s Row, I think we do need a new beginning.

Rebecca should strike a chord with the modern beauty movement and I am astonished that she is 40. She is in the young league of leaders. Other nations are well advanced in that; the Finnish prime minister is 34 and has already introduced the 4-day working week.

Perhaps British politics has to come out of the Westminster Palace as it preserves the old-fashioned sentiments. I like the pomp in a way but would like to see it with a modern twist but it seems people’s minds are firmly wedged in the spiderwebs of the old world. Anyhow Westminster has come to the end of its natural life-span, being built flush with the water level of the river Thames.

I just don’t think it is appropriate to drape the abandonment of a riverside building down to socialist ideals, it would have to happen anyhow.

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Flooding predictions for London for around 2080

The in between Capitalism we have at the moment, is just a big headache, it isn’t working. Living on a council estate I get to listen to the complaints of lease-holders on a regular basis.

Whilst Robo-cop Dominic Cummings, wants to built a civil servants super race, he seems to bank on electronic surveillance and processes. The Chinese are a shining example how permanent surveillance helps to control the masses. That is probably something the Conservatives and the new Socialists have in common.

Though looking at the above picture, that predicts London in 2080, I wonder how much joy London will be getting out of the Crossrail project.

Though it would be better to keep London as the central hub of Britain because it simply would not work to shift the emphasis out of London into the North. Boris Johnson always had a nack for trying to shift focus to the opposite side. Just think when he tried to build the Thames Estuary airport, which failed for lack of understanding of London weather conditions. He now wants to shift political life out of London up north.

Unfortunately the new Labour elite is in agreement with Johnson that administration should be moved out of London. Don’t forget people, Great Britain is a small country.

 

 

Indecision

It wasn’t about the policies, it was about decisiveness.  The prospect of another referendum, the not knowing for months to come was what lost Labour the election.

The policies I support, I don’t think Capitalism can cope with the policy changes needed to combat the climate emergency. It needs clear and concise policies to strictly reduce carbon emissions.

But Communism itself is not the answer either. China has the highest emissions on the planet because we get our goods from there. Even the US got 4 times more from China than they export there. Yet the US has the second highest carbon emission in the world.

This latest UK election has been about business and to please the investors and perhaps the North voted Conservative because some investors threatened to pull their investments and people faced job losses and their lifestyles.

The Scots didn’t need to rely on that venture Capital because the Scots already rely on Whiskey, Salmon and Chemicals and they have a steady stream of income from their own products.

London has a happy community of bankers who just love the place due to lifestyle and freedom choices. Yet all of us in Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas have no choice but to vote Labour because the Conservatives would eradicate our communities completely.

The hope that voters stay true to the Labour Party was always what caused me the most problems. During years of proceedings at the High Court, involving the Labour Party, it was actually voiced that I am perceived a traitor for relinquishing my party membership and looking at other parties. That philosophy that once Labour always Labour is what cost Labour the election because people just want to work and keep busy, live in happy communities and be healthy.

Labour in itself never was a true policital idea, it was borne out of defence against exploitation and a need to fight for workers rights in jobs that were provided by those who invented work.

The only true political idea that was put forward this time in 2019, was so out of touch with the actual reality of the situation that it was bound to fail.

Looking for political alternatives is not so easy as we need to keep going at this moment in time. Our children want to get educated and our people want to stay healthy and progress with life. There is little space for experiments.

Boris Johnson had to win as he was the only one, producing a strategy to get forward, to get some sort of a solution and certainty. That is all the Conservatives offer for now.

 

 

 

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.

 

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