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.

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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?

Boris writes to Tusk

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Whilst yesterday the Brexit Secretary already signed the order to scrap all EU related laws being valid in the UK from 31. October 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to his Excellency Mr Donald Tusk on the same date to ask for a renegotiation of the Back-Stop.

Looking that the EU consists of 28 member states and all members have to agree to any deal and that the last deal took 3 years to negotiate, it seems just a tactical letter rather than one that is seriously meant to be expected to achieve a result.

The main reason to ask for renegotiations is the desire to keep relations with everything Irish smooth.

Yesterday I watched the documentary about the Lord Mountbatton assassination and the Bloody Sunday history and out of that came the Good Friday agreement.

Of course the follow on peace is something we all appreciate. I used to work in Central London when the IRA set off a bomb on a bus in Aldwych on 18. February 1996.

But on the other hand, border negotiations worldwide are usually concentrated on the basis of country borders and political or economical agreements.

Boris Johnson really just wants the EU to help the UK to overcome previous grievances with Irish inividuals, so that they do not re-emerge because of a hard border.

And whilst the UK is terrified to loose more territory, because Northern Ireland could try to follow suit with the Scottish Independance desires, I think asking the EU to change a deal because of emotional and internal problems is a bit much to ask.

The UK should chin up and rather try to engage with Northern Ireland and Ireland on positive momentums to draw them closer to us rather than expect the EU to be sympathetic.

It’s either remain or take the deal but not whinging and crying like a baby. That is what Boris Johnson’s letter really is.

I think Boris Johnson is trying to sell us a polemic no-deal outcome on the Brexit talks. As the EU is really not that bad, it is a force for good in Europe. It amalgamates a lot of states who strive for peace – at least amongst each other -, which is positive.

Trying to make us look like we are dependant on the kind mercy of the EU to manage our own affairs, is really not improving Britain’s status in the world.

 

Brexit Secretary signs order to scrap 1972 Brussels Act

Interesting, considering we have not even left the EU formally we are already repealing the Brussels Act, which stops EU law being valid in the UK.

But, the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 will take effect only when Britain formally leaves the EU on October 31.

So that is not taking one step at a time, that is going ahead of schedule. Link

Keeping the poor in poverty

This government’s employment, education and housing strategy is mainly aimed at keeping the poor in a position of legal servitude. We have entered the age of modern slavery.

“The government had an opportunity to help support the most disadvantaged people in the UK but has instead wasted over half a million pounds,” said Lord Jay, chairman of the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee.

The government even refuses to spend £3.5 Million of Eurpoean Union Funding for the alleviation of child poverty and already had to hand back £580.000 of unspent cash, given by the EU as funding to the UK.

So all those Brexit arguments saying we could spend money we give to the EU on ourselves, is simply a lying trick to hype up the Brexit agenda. They have no intention of making things better for our poor families.  See source article. 

It’s all about the money, money

Whilst the Taxpayers Alliance stimulates people to vote Tory to avoid higher taxes, tax payers are taken to the cleaners by private finance initiatives like ‘buying council flats’, which cost them loads more money than paying a little more tax. Many people have been defrauded by crooks exploiting vulnerabilities of private investors.

I am trying to keep out of current affairs, yet today’s politicians don’t seem to look further than just in front of their noses. There are no long-term goals indicated in policies.

It’s out of the EU, free trade deals with the US but no longer-term plans on how to avoid incremental costs with all those extra risk factors that are accumulated through trade deals with far-away countries.

There are talks about reducing carbon rich activities, but how does bulk trade with far-away countries reduce the amount of carbon that is generated through transport. How do we avoid bad-weather disturbances of container ship transports?

Unfortunately today’s politics do not ask people to look at the basics, but their minds get fixed on ideologically tinted ideologies.

It were American manufacturers who supplied most of that faulty cladding that adornes our tower blocks and which cost a fortune to leaseholders to remove. They also manufactured the faulty tumble dryers.

Leaving the EU in favour of American trade deals will be very expensive according to this social media profile: @BarnabyEdwards

Costs broken down per day, per person:

  • EU membership £ 0.35 per person per day.
  • Cost of Brexit since 2016: £ 0.91 per person per day
  • Est. cost of Brexit: £ $.15 per person per day
  • Est. cost of No-deal Brexit: £ 5.81 per person per day
  • Nigel Farage’s earning from publicity since 2016: £ 541.10 per day.

Whilst our current government constantly claims to deliver the cheapest options, I am not so sure that those following all the advice, especially including private ownershp of council homes, actually make much money out of it.

I think it would be much more sensible if the Americans (US) concentrate on improving relationships with their neighbours (like Mexico) instead of constantly building walls and the same should be said about every other geographical region. If all continents make strong relations within themselves, we will all have better chances of getting a better life.

We do need world-peace and will not achieve it if we cannot make peace with our neighbours.

It’s like a desease that everywhere we look there are these pockets of aggressive conflict and it seems to be catching like a virus.

Enlightenment

I love a book full of statistics. It saves me compiling them and luckily there are always plenty of published number crunches to relate to.

When I started reading Steven Pinker’s book Enlightenment Now, I started to feel, he was a little too simplistic and tries to make a case that the rich make the live of the poor easier and better.

I do however like the slant on Humanism in the under-title. And whilst I am now on the Environment chapter, I am starting to get interested.

Frightening though the samples Steven Pinker gives by quoting Paul Watson who wants to radically reduce humanity to fewer than one billion.

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I think that is a very dangerous approach. I belief that the Egyptian Pharaoh culture simply died because the Egyptians spent too many of their scarce resources  on building the pyramids. With the technology available at the time, most of the human labour available must have gone into shaping those stones and putting them into the triangular shapes that built the Pyramids. People didn’t have enough time to spend on planting, harvest and dealing with environmental emergencies or attacks from other forces. Nor did they have the time to develop better technogies.

If we reduce humanity to the bare existence level, we will suffer similar consequences by not being able to sustain technology, which was only able to develop because we have gotten so much spare resources laying around.

Our lifestyles now are becoming increasingly inflexible. We rely more and more on the same habits to do all things each day. We regulate every spare niche of our lives with increasingly complicated laws. This inflexibility in itself is a major hindrance on making real progress. We cannot possibly maintain all that technology with few people.

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We cannot possibly change our world by leaving it the way it is and try to reduce our carbon foot prints alone.

The fact that Amazon rainforest countries demand the right to develop their lands puts a big dampener on our enthusiams, which rely on the existence of the rainforest.

We need to come to an international agreement that we either re-settle all peoples who reside in current rain forest regions and settle them in other nations. Or another possibility is forcing all nations to have a certain amount of forest areas within each country.

The latter option will require a lot of loss of sovereignity of each nation on the planet. Whilst we cannot even cope with Europe at present, how are we going to enter world-wide agreements?

One major source of pollution is travel and air travel causes more air pollution than previously thought.

We need to radically change values and the calculation of wealth from purely being a plus in the bank acount to being a whollistic view on positive contribution to global wealth including the health of the planet.

Humanism is the best way to achieve this because we cannot continually kick each other’s backsides but believing that God loves us all whilst we destroy each other and the planet. For what, a better afterlife? The Egyptians beliefed in a great afterlife.

 

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