Airlines on the forefront of freedom fighting

I am really glad that Ryanair take up the fight for a freedom to travel. As much as I do not fly nor have a car, I defend the right of everybody to move freely.

As the BBC reports, a conglomerate of travel industry owners are taking the government to court over restrictions and the government’s method to determine who is save and who isn’t.

They rightly question whether there is a secret political agenda, which that implies in my mind, in the government’s ideas.

Just as Boris Johnson tried to close down parliament, now he tries to stop travel.

Just as I am equally concerned about focussing on cycling, which the Labour Party now pushes. Closing down roads stops vulnerable residents from getting deliveries of food for example .In some areas, delivery firms refuse to attend because they cannot get to the addressee.

It’s all good to say that people should walk and cycle more but what if you can’t? If health conditions stop you from cycling or walking, what are you supposed to do.

There are quite a lot of articles online, which actually find that the Green movement has been founded by the Nazis. The idea to isolate yourself away from the world, stopping free travel and communications stems from that ideology.

Even as I do not own a car, I definitely rely on car transport, for deliveries and travel if I want it.

Being stopped from commuting, if you do not use a cycle is taking people’s rights away.

Remember what brought Ken Livingstone down where the bendy buses and I reckon once the LTN schemes are installed, that is what will bring Sadiq’s reign to an end.

I can only see what Khan does to Neighbourhood Safety in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He has created a totally secretive system, which does not give any notification to residents on how it works.

Committees are established, which do not even circulate minutes of meetings.

The Police and Crime Commissioner in London should not be the same person as the Mayor of London, this should be politically independent, instead Khan aims to politically control policing and safer Neighbourhoods.

We are told not to take part in anti LTN demos as that would be political, but isn’t it political to stop deliveries, free travel to keep locals dependent and remove their ability to get food?

What this shows is that both Labour and the Conservatives now try to restricts freedoms, which is a bad sign and may point to conflict, which always removes people’s freedom to move.

More and less, it’s a con

Since the dismantling of Council run schools has progressed, we see the growth of free and private schools. But, those are no longer the luxury, lush kind, they are often in inadequate premises and with a lack of facilities.

There is no mod con, it’s just con.

Weren’t we all jealous of these luxury, pads in rural environments, castle-like structures, promised luxury upbringing for the wealthy.

Unfortunately today’s Conservative policies have ensured that private schools now means, paying more for getting less.

Those old council schools were purpose built and could house pupils in adequate rooms and facilities but today’s free schools just mean free to charge a lot for less.

My local private school promises astro turf facilities for sport but in fact they take their pupils to the local park and make them race on asphalt pavements on lanes, not wider than 60cm.

There are free schools in former office buildings, that do not have any sports facility but a roof top or another simply sticks their kids in an underground car park for break.

When I saw on TV yesterday that Tony Blair was the only successful Labour Prime for a while then I must say, he probably did more harm to Labour than good because he helped the Conservative establish their current modus operandi.

I now find myself, having to contact social services because I am concerned about a lack of care for children in private school facilities.

My local council is busy housing the poor in far away areas whilst the new residents of Tower Hamlets, who work and earn have to pay through the nose for small private schools, that have to rely on local parks to even have somewhere to take their kids in their breaks.

My local private school has put razor wire all around the premises but uses our local parks as outlet for their lack of space.

But, it is the local residents who pay through their service bills for the up-keep of parks and streets. ASB charges for leaseholders have trebled when in the past the Home Office just paid for police officers to be placed in localities around the city. Now police officers have been reduced and local residents have to pay to fund council employed police officers and ASB patrols through local landlords, when in fact a lot of ASB is being brought on by commercial activities in local parks, which attract drug dealers and hooligans to come into our neighbourhoods.

Incredible flexibility

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has shown incredible flexibility – for a government – and altered decision making to fit the need of the people. That is something he should be praised for. They listened and acted to come up with best possible solutions.

I am also blaming the media for making a circus of it and stipulating calls for resignation rather than having some kinder comments to make. Perhaps that doesn’t attract readers.

Nobody could have anticipated the chain of events that happened after the realisation of Covid-19.

Unfortunately some opposition politicians critisize for the sake of making points and opposition instead of looking at the issue.

Especially in government departments like Education, we do not want a constant change in the ministerial lead. All those who communicate with the Deptartment of Education see how frustrating it is to get those notifications, that correspondence cannot be answered at the moment because of a change in leadership.

I very much welcome it that he doesn’t resign.

 

UK v. China

The latest diplomatic row is merely based on the territorial dispute around Hong Kong. It makes sense to discharge the Extradition deal on that basis. The UK can hardly be expected to extradite protesters from Hong Kong, which fled to the UK or associated territories.

I just don’t like that the discussion gets based around policies to do with repression of populations in China.

Both China and the UK have policies to reduce population growth.

China houses people but doesn’t allow them to have children, whilst the UK doesn’t house people and allows them to have children.

On my council estate a lot of the 1-bed or 2-bed flats are occupied by single house buyers. Those flats would have been allocated to young mothers or young families who were given a start in life with their children.

As these flats were taken off the social housing register by selling them, we have in effect made it impossible for poor young couples with children to get social housing as easily as it used to be.

Also people who bought a small flat, let’s say 1-bed, they then decide to have kids. The flat soon becomes too small but they work in a town. They cannot sell the flat and buy a bigger one in the same location. They cannot move away without losing the job, so they are trapped in that small flat with children.

Yet the bedroom tax does not solve those problems, yet some Labour politicians do not argue to get rid of it. Overall the decision to sell council flats was the worst decision ever made. Removing the pool of council flats restricted choices for most.

In effect Chinese and British policy has a similar outcome. Only difference is in Britain if you manage to get rich, you can have as many children as you can afford whilst in China, they restrict children to almost all but now rural populations.

There we have the class inequality again that two-class sytem is alive and well in Britain.

As Tony Blair is just as enthusiastic about Margaret Thatcher as Boris Johnson is, the consensus of stopping the poor in Britain from having kids is not just in the domain of the Conservatives.

Hence Labour does not have a policy that is defending the poor to have equal rights for all, so for many, there is little point in voting for Labour.

The desperate time government

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Hard shoulders are used as driving lanes on many motorways now. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

They call it gender discrimination but in the times when women stayed at home to look after the kids, we could manage when a school closed. Now all are drafted in as workers and when the workers fall ill, there is nobody to run services and nobody to look after children.

Not even in an equalised society, lets say dads or mums can stay at home any longer because parents have to work when a child is 5 now, and can no longer wait until they reached the age of 13.

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Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

If you have people idling around, they can be seen as potentially spare workers but if the country already uses the last man standing to work on, then in a crisis, we have no reserves left and start to panic.

The removal of hard shoulders on motorways, showed all drivers that the non-contingency policies lead to serious problems. If a car breaks down on a lane on a motorway where all lanes are in use, emergency vehicles cannot reach them.

If all parents are working and schools need to close, then who is going to look after the children? Or if workers need to stay at home with children then who is going to do the work?

Supermarkets are our best friends, because they charge the same price whatever the demand. In some unregulated remote, local shops, owners just double and treble prices, during the Corona Virus crisis,  because they just want to make as much as they can out of a crisis.

But what is disturbing, is that quantities are not regulated and those unfortunate enough, not being able to get to a supermarket at 7am in the morning will find empty shelves.

At the Sainsbury’s superstore, there were exactly 8 loaves of freshly baked bread in the shelve at 7:15AM. There was no pasta, no toilet paper at all.

Amazingly people do not opt for the fresh foods. Salads, fruits and veg are the only thing you can do to strengthen the immune system. Eat them regularly to stay healthy.

Oh BBC

Massive changes to the BBC set-up are pronounced and led by John Whittingdale, the culture secretary.

Working for BBC radio as production secretary was my first job in Britain. It was hugely under-paid, as women usually were in those days and I could not live on my earnings.

But, I worked at Bush House and Bush House hosted the World Service radio stations, which also included a German Service, now dissolved.

I read through this article citing reasons to curtail the BBC but if anything, I think the BBC indirectly helped the Conservatives win the election because they made so much negative propaganda about them, that the constant mentions attracted more people to vote for them than not.

Obviously the BBC broadcasts did not stop the Conservatives from winning the elections with a landslide. Programs like Daily Politics, a discussion forum at lunchtime invited two right-wing bloggers on a regular basis, people like Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes.

I do agree that the world service should be the main focus of the BBC, to broadcast about cultural matters and political freedom. That was always the main cause of the BBC.

The programs shown now are cheap productions, which are educational but for example the re-make of the Pale Horse in two instalments is unneccsary. Constant antique sales are on throughout the day.

We are now forced to subscribe to TV channels just to get a fairly balanced viewing experience. I could not manage on the BBC alone.

And its because the cost of TV viewing is pushed up by the subscription services, the BBC license fee seems more expensive now. We now have to pay for SKY, Amazon TV, Netflix, Disney and other channels. The BBC fee is just on top of that.

It’s just another expression of ridding the nation of government run services. Another privatisation.

But what free viewing will be made available for pensioners once the BBC license fee has been dismantled? So the whole discussion about the BBC being responsible for free licenses to pensioners was a waste of time?

What this dilemma also shows is that if a government has the power to dismantle services without an independent scrutiny available to object, we are forced into ‘say as you are told or close’ situation. It’s an assault on democratic principles.

Whilst Victoria Derbyshire is already closing and the BBC says, she will be deployed across other programs, how feasable is that when the whole license fee will be scrapped?

Will we be able to see any critial programs that deal with shoddy services, faulty legislation and general problems people have?

I’ve never earned much money from the BBC but found it really important that people gotten an outlet to voice their concerns and that the publishing power of the BBC actually made service providers scrutinise and force changes on care homes for example.

What’s also worrying is that changes to the BBC website will mean that probably many documentaries will no longer be life to view on the website.

BBC Actionline also provides an important social service though it could be argued that such a service could well be run via the NHS online services as it is a public health service.

 

 

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.

 

 

No working scenario

Just read this interesting article that the working youth population has halved, according to the Resolution Foundation.

So is all this palaver, to getting better grades just a smokescreen to avoid a job?

Interestingly, Christine McInnes, Service head for children and families at Tower Hamlets Council and a member of the Partnership, had said, during one of the school governor meetings that pupils, who work besides doing exams generally get a grade lower.

That is an important and statistic based observation, knowing Christine, she wouldn’t just grab such a statement out of thin air.

But Ms Gardiner, from the Resolution Foundation added: “More and more of us are now working, with employment hitting record highs and worklessness hitting record lows, but despite this, around one in 12 working-age adults have never worked a day in their lives – a 50% increase since the late 1990s.”

Seems a stark contrast to those articles putting employment at a record high. So how well does this Conservative government help the work-life balance in Britain, is it all just a big con?

 

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