New deal – old concept

Whilst I missed watching the Brexit debate yesterday, I now watch the Youtube replay. Strikingly Boris Johnson mentions we need a New Deal. That reminded of the works program the DWP had as slogan.

Looking this up online, it appears that New Deal was first used by the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. That was between World War I and World War II.

There are no fresh ideas from this government, which is quite disappointing, perhaps that is a reason why Boris’ deal was voted. down.

That is now the third time that Britain recycles the New Deal idea.

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Keeping level-headed

81345182-1905041525+-+London+Regional+Summer+Championships+2019I was helping para-swimmers during the London Regional Swim England Para Championships at the London Aquatics Centre yesterday.

Whilst I had planned to watch the TV debate about the forthcoming Brexit date and had an invite to attend the huge demo in central London, I had completely forgotten that I had signed up to help out with the swimming event.

That is what’s really important that we keep services for people going and not disrupt everything like Extinction Rebellion obviously think is the right way to go about things.

Whatever somebody wants to achieve, the main objective always needs to be that whilst there is a long-term goal, we always need to be able to let those on the ground to get about their daily business.

Thankfully we have great laws and good rules in place, which prevent from crash-outs and catastrophic failures of our services.

Making sure there are food supplies, people can stay save, health care, education and communications stay in tact, are just a few of the things, which do not seem important but they really, really are.

Mesmerising EU negotiations

I was just getting ready to go to my Thursday walking group, when the news were announced that a deal has been struck.

I dropped everything and kept on watching.

Again the central issue of the backstop had been discussed and what the stance of political parties was.

Whilst the EU summit begins, Juncker rules out a Brexit extension, even if Boris sends that letter, asking, because the new deal is fair and balanced.

So that puts a stop to all those House of Commons commotions, the votes to stop a no-deal Brexit and ask for an extension if a deal cannot be verified by the MPs.

It also puts us under a lot of pressure to either

  • Accept the deal
  • Exit without a deal
  • Or remain

On the 19. October is the large Remain demonstration through central London. I shall be watching the House of Commons debates that are about to happen over the weekend and not miss a single word.

love your neighbour

There is this Poker game going on, Europe says, there will be no deal possible and UK is likely to drop out without a deal and UK says, we’ll drop out without a deal anyway.

It’s just like children trying to impress each other, proposing strength that just aren’t there really.

So the EU has gotten Britain over a Barrell because of the Irish and Northern Ireland border.

I am trying to get to find out what the history of this is and how everything went to pot in these areas.

I know something about a potato famine, killing many Irish people because the UK took all those spuds away as exports. Yet being an immigrant without any relatives in Northern Ireland or Ireland, the facts are hazy for me. But looking this up on Wikipedia it seems the Irish Free State got established in 1922, not that long ago. In 1949 Ireland became a Republic.

Well it seems the British government needs to have a look into the relationship with the Home Nations because we constantly see squabbling over Scottish or Welsh independence. Perhaps the Queen wants to stand down and allow some fresh thoughts into the debate, as longest serving monarch, perhaps she also has the most troubles over her reign.

It is very important to firstly get on with your neighbours and always keep friendly with them because if circumstances change and a country is under International law and regulations, then there is nothing that can be done.

Britain cannot blame the EU for applying international law to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to ask them to do so, would be completely crazy. Unless of course the UK has gotten a secret argument and asks the EU to join a British deal with Britain being in charge. Yet that would jeopardise all other arrangements the EU would have with other nations.

Whilst Boris says Britain can save 1 Billion per month, the Insititute for Fiscal Studies says it would cost business 1 1/4 Billion to deal with administrative and other changes.

A no-deal Brexit would push the borrowing requirements for the UK to a 50-year high. So where is the rational basis for wanting out of the EU?

 

The dictator’s speech

I think that the Boris speech at the Tory Party Conference was just an empty shell of promises, which were not even the most effective remedies for the ailments that society suffers from.

There is the promise to spend Billions on new hospitals. A real populist measure, that does not expect people to live more healthily but merely offers to treat their illnesses.

The promise of a higher living wage. This measure will drive up food prices even more and make it impossible for smaller businesses to continue trading.

The promise of a new EU Brexit agreement. It has already been rejected by the EU.

I must admit, I would be aroused by Boris’s speech had I been in the audience. But then if you watch the speeches of other dictators, who electrify large audiences, you will see that it is simply an emotional effect and psychological trick that makes people happy to listen to some speakers.

The reality is a different matter.

Honouring Jo Cox

Boris Johnson actually said: “The best way to Honour in Jo Cox’s memory is to get Brexit done”.

There it is again, the sheer repetitive intellectual poverty of those privately educated Tories who say the same thing again and again and again.

For years we heard as standard answer to all queries: “Yes but we improved the employment rate”. That was the one for all answers of all answers and it always worked. Whatever the opposition said, this one answer solved all problems.

Now Boris is the standard bearer for repetitive, almost notorious answers by saying, we need to get Brexit done, to every query put.

If an old person keeps on saying the same thing over and over, they get diagnosed with Alzheimers, Dementia and the like but if a politicians keep on repeating themselves in parliament, then it is a good thing. It doesn’t surprise me that Margaret Thatcher suffered from extreme Dementia in old age that is because of her working schedule and working methods. It cannot be healthy for anybody, having to repeat the same process over and over again.

Not being able to show compassion for people must affect your mental health.

We have automation for repeats even in production but for politicians they actually repeat the same phrases over and over again.

Against brothels

What I really hate is legalised prostitution. Having to sell your body is just about the one thing that people must not be forced to do. My biggest fear of Germany is that prostitution is legalised in that country and that is why I would never have had children in that country I suppose.

You just imagine, you send your kid to school and then, once they finished education, they get a letter from the Department of Employment telling them to go for an interview in a brothel and if they do not attend, they loose their entitlement to unemployment benefit.

How horrible is that!!!

Because if sex work is a legalised activity, then children will be groomed into the profession from a very young age, as it is already happening in India, where girls as young as 7 get prepared into sex work. Further up in Asia they sell girls from the age of 7 into marriage, a similar slave trait.

Personal freedom must be that the one bastion that is us, must be our body. Just as our home is our castle, so our bodies have to be our first priority to choose what we want to do with it or not.

We have some very good personal protection laws in Britain and we have to be careful not to overstep the mark and loose the right to protect our bodies from harm.

So being against Brexit doesn’t mean that I would want to accept German employment laws, I am only in it for the close proximity of land mass.

I have not heard much about that point in for or against Brexit discussions.

 

 

the undertone

I just can’t stay away from watching the endless and repetitive House of Commons arguments around Brexit.

Boris’s undertone is threatening, saying that bad twitter comments will last as long as Brexit is not delivered. Boris did not apologise to the MPs who were attacked by aggressive pro-Brexiteers. This is a surrender to those who haunt us to deliver Brexit or else.

As the law states, the result of a referendum is not a law in itself, it is simply an expression of popular opinion and the government can or cannot act upon it.

I this government would really respect democracy, they would speak in a more sombre tone and not expect that satisfying Brexit would silence all problems forever.

Of course the anti-Brexit club are less openly threatening and more polite, yet that should not be a reason to give in to the loudest voice.

As parents, we should not give in to temper tandrums, such as Brexiteers are like little children stamping their feet.

Calling the members of the lower house being part of a surrender bill and giving rise to thinking there are traitors in the house, is simply an abuse of position.

Even if Brexit is delivered, that will not stop the democratic process, there is almost half the population who want to remain, who will not be silent.

The current discussions seem to me like to men haggling for the price in a carpet. The silly games of Boris Johnson offering an election at a time, which could not be more unsuitable for holding one, shows that he is not in tune with the reality of the situation.

If Boris Johnson is so sincere, that he wants an election, he can simply stand down and resign. The whole government can resign and give people a chance to vote. Obviously that would be a great reason to ask for another extension for Article 50.

It is really concerning that the Conservative Party is so worried about the far right and the result no Brexit would have. Why are they so eager to please them?

As this government can ignore the homeless, the desperate, poor and sick day after day, they cannot ignore the loud voices of the right-wingers who demand Brexit. I think that people are now so thoroughly fed up with this Conservative Government that even the threat of Jeremy Corbyn seems reasonable compared to the endless repetitive rhetoric of Boris Johnson, who is of course a great actor, perhaps he should become one and make money from films.

But please do not confuse Boris Johnson’s acting with Winston Churchill, who worked in the film industry. Winston Churchill had to deal with a real wartime scenario and not with the imagination of war.

 

Boris lashes out at Supreme Court

In a live interview, Boris’s cynical position now actually calls the Supreme Court as having delivered a wrong decision. Is Boris plainly deluded?

Boris is most likely not going to resign, it is a current strategy of the Conservative Government to defy the negativity and carry on regardless.

Boris still wants to leave the EU on 31. October but parliament will return tomorrow at 11:30 to have the time in the Lower House, which is normally Prime Minister’s Question time.

He does behave like a Dictator, totally unphased by calls for him to resign, unphased by having broken the law, unphased by not having a parliamentary majority. Perhaps he lives in a parallel universe but keeps to the principle carry on regardless. But ‘Keep calm and carry on’ was supposed to be for activities in the national interest and not going against the lawful intentions of government.

Food scare

When we get terrorist attacks we usually also get advise to stock our larders just in case a public emergency comes up.

Some year ago now, I followed that advise and ordered a large amount of tins to stock up. What came from my online delivery service were some partly rusty tins and some were near out of date and the minority had longivity.

close up of meal served in plate

Photo by Chevanon Photography on Pexels.com

The next time we were told that there is a food scare was the 1. Brexit deadline. This time, I bought items and stocked up my larder personally selecting goods at the supermarket.

This time, the 2. Brexit deadline, I notice that the prices of tins of beans have gone through the roof.

Some 25 years ago we were sold tins of beans for 4 pens each and were able to collect tins of beef free of charge to clear the EU food mountain. That also contained free butter for all who wanted it.

Now prices are so bad that maybe that is the reason that people need foodbanks. It’s probably the prices have gone up so much that people can’t afford food any longer on their wages.

So who calculates the inflation rate?

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