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red bus on road near big ben in london

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The urban myth that you need a car in London to get around, is really a myth. Scientific examination of transport has proven the following:

The following numbers came up or moving people around town:

  • 22.000 people using trains
  • 19.000 people walking
  • 14.000 people cycling
  • 9.000 people using buses
  • 2.000 people using private cares.

Read about all the details on New Scientist from where I gotten those numbers.

I had a dad who worked just down the road and needed to take his car to drive there. So that car dependence is just a little bit of an addiction.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will let us have a car-free day on 22. September 2019. I love the idea, better than the whinging Boris Johnson always did talk about needing large family saloons all the time.

Apparently Talk London is consulting on having car-free days once a month. Bring it on.

London Transport is amazing, with Central Line trains running every minute.

 

 

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Conservative leadership debacle

What we should really look at is self-critical analysis of what appeals to us the most and how this can be used to play tricks on our minds into believing what we are being told.

Obviously the most experienced persons, e.g. Johnson, and other ministers are very well trained how to speak, be precise, say impressive soundbites with sincere voices.

And this goes down a treat, even if what they say is totally meaningless.

Then there was poor little Rory who has not gotten the speaking technique and his thoughts did not fit into one little sentence and he almost seemed to stammer at times.

I would feel exactly the same as him.

At this stage it is all impressing the masses and let the deep voice and looks play their part.

As after the initial selection, the two women and the one openly gay bloke were not selected, that left those on stage, which are the accepted chosen few by the party.

I simply do not believe the show any longer. I want to listen to the message, hear what it really means and Rory at least tried to express what the situation is for real. Yet there wasn’t really time to say anything of substance because this question time was all about fast sound bites. Nobody gave any proper answers to any questions. No yes or nos.

I am not sure whether reality would actually spring a chord with the Conservative membership.

Conservative members obviously only want to back the winner for the next election but since the general dissatisfaction is very large with either not delivering Brexit or the lack of social care policies, those who just make a no-hope promise will fail at the next hurdle.

I watch the debates and it has been said now thousands of times that the EU won’t re-negotiate, yet those supporting Johnson keep on saying that he will renegotiate the deal.

I think the whole EU system should be changed, the EU should make an endless membership into a fixed term membership and member states would have to renew their membership every ten years, and so make the membership actually a choice rather than push states into it just to make it impossible to leave afterwards.

The EU needs to be a democratic organisation.

But, it is amazing that none of the British politicians ever suggested such an idea, that the EU needs changing so that membership becomes easier rather than more doctrines being put upon us.

Yet those who argue that a new deal with Europe about this Brexit should be negotiated are the can kickers.

As we live in a democracy we constantly re-elect our government, that happens every 5 years. We would not argue that because we voted in one government that this is the will of the people and we could not change the government.

Yet this argument is held by the Brexit voters. They say, that because 51 % voted for Brexit in June 2016, which was now 3 years ago, we need to do it.

Unfortunately the referendum did not specify any Brexit conditions so that is what causes the problem.

Yet the EU itself tries to make leaving impossible and at the same time tries to tighten up the organisational ties between member states, with some leading nations being mainly in charge.

There are only two ways around that, either construct an US style amalgamation of states or make the EU a loose geographical alliance, which allows members options to leave very easily.

What about the fire service?

Currently the most powerful person in Britain is obviously the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, who said he will resign his Conservative membership if Boris Johnson becomes the new leader.

Mohammed Amin MP, will not forget what Boris said and neither should we forget that Boris Johnson is responsible for reducing the number of fire fighters we have in London and who avtively asked for the reduction in fire stations.

A loss of Muslim support will bring a lot more Labour voters at the next general election guaranteed.

That is especially important on the day that Grenfell victims hold a memorial service.

Unfortunately most Conservatives who voted for Boris Johnson in the leadership race so far, live in the past, they only remember the good old times but have forgotten what happened since the London Mayor Johnson.

Doing Brexit is not the most important issue in Britain at the moment. Causing widespread unrest in Britain with a Boris selections is.

And would Boris Johnson want to entice business to invest in climate friendly technology with his blank cheque offer of tax cuts for the rich?

 

The knife edge

Initially I supported the work program. I thought that is the way to keep people out of trouble, keep them busy and get them into work and it will then make the knife problem go away.

I even supported the reduction of police officers because I thought when people are in work, they won’t have any time to commit crime, they will be too tired.

It was one of the strongest arguments from the Tories against the previous Labour government that knife crime was so high.

But what headline do we have now?

Knife possession at 9 year high.

So the work program is not helping the wave of crime we are experiencing now. The reduction in police officer numbers also didn’t help.

And I am sick and tired of the tit for tat accusations between political rivals to accuse each other for being responsible.

I don’t even think that Boris can help the problem by reducing taxes. Especially not by reducing taxes. Though the aim is to make the poor better off without reducing the wealth of the rich. Yet, it doesn’t work. Dropping out of the EU will not work and getting the deal changed will not work. The early autumn will be very stressful for most of us.

I think Boris did well as London Mayor, he delivered the Olympics, sorted out a lot on London Transport, but that is it.

The situation now is different, he said a lot more that is offending a lot of people and all he can count on is his nice voice and his sincere personality and a lot of memories people have.

Of course he might get the top spot but that is because his party colleagues think he may help the Tories win the next general election. Dooooooo

Sorry Boris

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Souvenirs from Boris’s Mayoral election campaign with signed sweatshirt, though my name misses the h in Johanna

Souvenirs from Boris’s Mayoral election campaign with signed sweatshirt, though my name misses the h in Johanna

I just wanted to say sorry to Boris for not being able to support him in his try to become Prime Minister.

When Boris ran for Mayor everybody was very fed up with Ken Livingstone and his bendy buses. Yet design faults are not only Ken Livingstone’s fault, Boris then also made mistakes investing in the Thames Estuary airport scheme. The designers forgot about the fog on cold winter days. But Boris successfully delivered the 2012 Olympics.

Anyway at the time I helped Boris’s campaign. Who remembers having been given a Back Boris travel card at Canary Wharf? It was me standing at the exit of the Underground, handing out Back Boris travel card holders. Two can still be seen. Boris then also promised that the over 60s free travel would be continued and that was definitely a reason to support him.

Now however Boris stands for Prime Minister under an anti-EU flag and is supported by anti-environmentalists. Boris even mentioned dismissing parliament to force Brexit through and not permitting the House of Commons objecting. A no deal Brexit is very much on the table with Boris.

Boris still uses the Back Boris logo, probably cheaper if he can use the old logo. I must say though that children generally do not like the blue block printing, kids are put off by that.

I don’t think that I could ever again join any political party because I cannot trod along when a party has a policy that I cannot agree with. I just switch as we all do with energy suppliers; why not do the same with political support.

I had big arguments with some Labour Party members who called me a traitor because I left, saying that party membership is not for life. Party support is meant to support the party that makes the best politics. There is no incentive for political parties to change policies if supporters stand with them regardless.

Good point Mr Afriyie

He has got a good point, he has got a very good point, this government is creating  jobs for the boys. Problem for David Cameron is, he has got too many rubbish ministers on his cabinet, like Iain Duncan-Smith for example, who messes up all his public profile.

The only person who knows what he is doing and doing popularly is Boris Johnson, and Jo Johnson, Boris’ brother,  is the next best thing to Boris. Boris is of course busy running London, so he can’t step in to save David Cameron’s bacon at the moment.

But generally yes, this government is not better but equally worst to all other governments before it to create jobs for its allegiances.

Of course there is no wonder that Adam Afriyie feels overlooked, there are few black faces in this government and David Cameron certainly doesn’t risk training on a few in the job.

Margaret Hodge is another person asking to ban insider dealing in respect of accountants, but she has got a nerve to do so, when it was a Tesco chief executive that sat on the previous Labour government advising them, since he is off the job, Tesco’s profits have started to falter.

What all those critics really mean, is that they only want their own friends in positions of power, not those who support the other side.

It seems

Boris makes a stand

I must say I rather admire Boris’ attitude towards opposition that does not use quality questions and arguments to dismantle his plans. That is what I would have expected in a quality argument and political debate. Boris called them scientific names, oooh.

Much more important for us all, is the fact that Boris came out with information that he is following advice from senior London Fire Brigade leaders that recommended cutting down on fire stations and reducing the number of fire fighters in London.

Now that is something interesting. I just wonder where this information is, who are the senior officers that gave the advice? That is a basis to have discussions but not fast moving amendments that are based on the lack of or late attendance of a County Hall board member to move a vote.

I am rather disappointed with the general press reporting from the BBC. I have not had any decent tables, statistics from them but the usual lukewarm reporting that stimulates political adventurous argument with little substance.

Since yesterday it was also more difficult to find the actual article on the BBC website that explains why the Mayor rejects the budget change move.Of course Boris is under a clear duty to follow the advice of senior Fire chiefs, who recommend cuts in services. I want to know the details of those recommendations Boris, who said what and when. Perhaps it is to find on the LFB website where the policy papers are displayed. I have not read them yet, as I only have so much time to read and browse, I am already kept busy with BBC articles, from which I expect a certain depth and content.

Boris argues quite correctly that if he has recommendation from Senior Fire chiefs to cut services, that it would be a fruitless exercise to ask rate payers to pay even a penny more to keep services that are not needed. It would have been much better to bring quality questions to the Mayor to publicly demand those services stay with quality statistical arguments rather than move a fast motion. That doesn’t raise my confidence in the opposition at all.

PS: I am a little confused about the original article I read this morning because now an article appears, saying that Boris’ plans had been pushed back and there is now consultation.

A burning issue

The Mayor will have to take legal action against the Fire Brigade because the LFB refuses to comply to a requirement, set by the Mayor Boris Johnson, to carry out a consultation with the aim of closing fire stations in various London boroughs. The thought behind this is to cut 7p of council tax and also statistics show that the LFB attended less fires recently. LFB argues that a freezing of council tax will pay for the stations to stay open.

Yet it is quite clear that the fires they attend are often in multi-storey buildings, especially in London. Fires nowadays often need more than one engine because of our density of buildings and the high-rise nature of them. There is nowadays better fire prevention in wiring and most appliances and fittings are safer, but once something does happen, it tends to be enormous rather than little.

It is in a way good that the whole problem will come before a judge because both sides are heavily biased. The Mayor is obsessed with cutting council tax and the Fire Brigade of course doesn’t want to close stations or loose fire fighters. A court will put a very objective viewing on the problem.

Basic British decency

Yes,there is such a thing as basic British decency and the government has now been accused of trying to cross the line of what the British think is decent or not with their Welfare Reform bill. Trying to take the disabled benefits of cancer sufferers and young disabled by making it more stressful is quite wrong, so the Lord’s decided and turned down measures that were passed in the House of Commons.

So much for the Lords. Yet most of the Lords are still there by appointment and not voted in. I just wonder whether voting them in would change their attitude towards the basic British decency as Baroness Meacher puts it.

I just wonder whom the Conservatives think will support their national hysteria on welfare scroungers. After all it is the majority of people who get some sort of support payment or other. I think not a lot of the elderly who are all in danger of losing their free bus passes aged 60 will vote Conservative ever again.

I remember well the hype that was made during the last Mayoral elections where Labour spread the rumour that all 60 year olds will lose their free bus passes and it was then strongly denied that this would happen but it seems now that it will.

I don’t think that there is anybody in this land that could possibly support a political party that is merely there to support the interests of the rich.

What is being done effectively is that the government tries to swim against the stream of international finance policy and measures, which make an economy based on debt. Unless that system is changed we cannot save pennies by depriving the poor and needy from their benefits. What this government creates is a downward spiral of economic decline.

UK in breach of EU pollution rules since 2005

It of course does put the accusation of the Greens, during the last mayoral elections, in which they accused Boris of not caring for families, into a realistic context. Reading that the UK does not care about pollution levels, which causes a big health issue, hurts. I quote from the article “There are no air quality actions for Defra or the Department for Transport in their departmental business plans,”  and few government departments “appear to understand the importance of the issue”.

What is happening is that a few cycle lanes have been built, which are dangerous and already cost lives because recently 2 cyclists got killed within a week on those so-called safe cycling lanes in Bow.

The whole traffic infra-structure is not changing at all. The roads are made for cars and the congestion is still the same. I would not want to walk or jog near a busy road in London, which is chock-a-block with cars and lorries at most hours of the day.

The rule that parents should walk their kids to school is not enforced at all. Parents are allowed to park illegally outside of schools to drop off their children. Just in my locality cars are parked illegally every time there is a big event in York Hall. Traffic wardens could make a fortune for the borough if they towed away and ticketed all the illegally parked cars and so discourage them from coming on roads to the venue, but they don’t because if they come by car they come to York Hall.

There is no effort to effectively reduce car traffic in London at all.

It would be much better if traffic would change by reducing the amount of road space for cars and increasing cycle lanes to make them wider, therefore squeezing out car traffic because there is no proper indication that environmentally friendly cars are to be sold en mass.

Of course changing the road traffic structure would cost major investment and that is money the government doesn’t want to spend as cycling traffic doesn’t make much money and politicians do want their wages from tax payers. Politicians are the most selfish breed of employee I know.

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