The ‘Aquarius’ Solution – Migrants

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Ten years ago, I was looking at the seaside of an English coast and saw a tanker with two anchors a mile offshore. I could not figure what it was doing. It was too close inshore to be emptying its tanks.

Ten years on and after reading an article today by Michael Peel in Brussels and Michael Stothard in Madrid (FT), I remembered that ship.

What if you could put migrants in ships in international or Mediterranean coastal waters?

We must be compassionate. Rather than cram them in and leave them to rot, Brussels could levy monies from EU members to teach these people a trade, IT, or seamanship and the languages of their choice. When they reach a certain examination standard, EU countries could take their pick of them as economic migrants. If they would like to take their skills back home, then that is a double winner.

David Cameron wanted to teach children towards a better life in Syria.  It was a heartfelt idea, but impossible to implement in a beautiful country crushed to smithereens. So, migrant ships are one avenue. If anyone wants to jump ship, send them back. It may be tough to implement, yet it is an act of compassion for people who have paid thousands to traffickers and just need a break.

If you can give a people a purpose in life, you can grow a country back.

LucyLou

 

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Congratulations to Mrs May

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Yesterday, Mrs May won a Brexit vote, with the majority of the House of Commons voting positively with her. Well done, great news  and to Mrs May, that was a thank-you from your MP’s for holding firm to your principles. Savour it. I hope it lifts your step in the negotiations to come.

Unfortunately, the SNP has sidled out of the Commons during Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQ) today, after a grandee of the SNP, Ian Blackford, was asked to leave, after refusing to sit down and to ignoring Mr Bercow’s offer of a debate and vote after PMQ.

Mr Blackford was demanding an immediate debate and vote on Scottish powers being returned from Brussels next March. (The Prime Minister and other MP’s voted for Westminister holding the powers last night, without hearing Scottish MP’s.) This is her democratic right as we are in the United Kingdom.

He ignored that Scotland is attached to England by a land border, which will cast up questions to be discussed and voted upon.

Lastly, he took for granted the new Scottish Parliament’s building,, paid for by English voters at £414 million.

It is worth noting that most Scottish MP’s will be raking in expenses for travelling to Westminister to give their votes. And there’s the rub.  If they accept those expenses, they are committing to the UK’s laws. Why do they have to be physically in Westminister in the 21st century? They could easily listen, discuss and vote by webcam and would save UK taxpayers a considerable amount of money. Of course, that would have robbed them of precipitating a paddy in Parliament,

Have an interesting week.

LucyLou

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Mr Trump 2 Times Jet Lag Equals … Boorish Behaviour To Sudden Statesman

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Oh dear, Mr Trump flew from west to east for the G7 Summit, known amongst travellers as the worst way to fly around the Earth.   It gives you bad jetlag.  East to West is more congenial. However he has just flown east again to Singapore.

Mr Trump’s jetlagged first leg made him show boorish behaviour. A breakfast had G7 leaders lining up to speak to him, regrettably.  Maybe they should have taken less notice of him. He has not hesitated to clobber the G7 countries with import tariffs.

Such behaviour will not be tolerated in Singapore. Give the President some sleep! It is imperative that he becomes a Statesman when meeting Eastern Presidents, Mr Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Mr Moon Jae-In of South Korea and Mr Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest serving post War (2nd World War) Prime Minister. All have shown great statesmanship during the last few months to facilitate this Summit.

It is now for Mr Trump to step towards a happier relationship. It is not about America the power; we all know that. Now we would be grateful if Mr Trump would declare world peace, at least in this part of south-east Asia. Be generous on sanctions;it is always remembered.

To a peaceful week

LucyLou

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Save Our Soul, Keep Theresa May As Prime Minister Plus Customs Union

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No Prime Minister is ever popular, as there are self-serving Cabinet members ready to take the role.  It is disgraceful that the new Home Secretary caved in to a suggestion to join the guys in the Cabinet.  Lobbyists may be  trying to destroy our democracy. Have they been investigated?  Do we know where they come from?

Mrs May is doing a fine job, which is generally thankless.  Thank you.  You have stood up for businesses and for the existing export route via Customs. Before the EU/Common Market, if anyone can remember, we had petty rivalries with the French. They refused our beef, so we went tit-for-tat and refused entry to the UK of their lamb.  We cannot afford to have that happen, with every product.

If it is true that 75% of our exports go to the EU, then we must preserve a fast-track Customs between us. 75%. 3/4, most of our trade. We will put our businesses out of business!

If it is also true that the UK would run out of food within days of no Customs Union, then we are doomed. Unless others in Cabinet put aside their wishes to pursue new  and perhaps lucrative Customs deals with countries outside the Commonwealth. The country and your constituents need you to stand with the Prime Minister.

Those who wish to make Customs Unions  with the USA should talk to Tesco. They had their fingers severely burnt after diving into the American market.   Fiercely, maybe half of the USA think the UK is in Europe and only as part of a tour.  Read not interested.

I don’t care whether there are splits within the Conservative Party. They don’t matter. Food does.  You have to keep happy every person who contributes to our GDP, from steel* to utilities to every person in a strained NHS, who turns up to work day in day out.

 

LucyLou

  • Don’t get me started on a ridiculous attempt at the US choosing to be introverted. Their problem is that they cannot manufacture the type of steel that we sell to them. £300 million odd? When we had an Empire, we sent our citizens to teach people in other countries how to trade with us.  We could offer the same to the US? Outrageous? So is chlorinated chicken.

 

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Marry In Haste, Repent At Leisure

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Softly does it and this is what we are good at.  Just as well that we have not attacked, as only now  does Russia’s battleplan against Britain become apparent.  Its soldiers have surrounded Douma in Syria and put it into lockdown.

Russia has now criticized the British directly of making up the chemical weapons’ attack in Douma. Russian Ambassadors have been trumpeting their innocence, even after we saw such sad images of poisoned children. Unfortunately for them, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reports from similar agencies of up to 500 people affected by a chemical weapons’ attack in Douma and 60 lives taken.

The International Inspectorate for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sent Inspectors to Douma. They will start work tomorrow 14 April, exactly a week after the chemical attack.  Speculation says that Messrs Putin and Assad have had plenty of time to clean up the chemicals and their residue.

So the Russian soldiers are to be protected by Mr Putin, except it is rather that the West does not want to bomb the Inspectors. Luckily we have not attacked. We would have been condemned worldwide if something had happened to them. I hope that they have bodyguards.

It is not bombs that are needed, but escorts for foreign aid to be distributed in Syria. The British are good at protection, yet we are treading on eggshells around the US and the Russians.  Why? How did we allow this to happen?

I would not like to have the US in my corner. Its President is volatile, unreliable and rapidly stopping his entry into war. Let the British go to war and the US can have its usual stance on the sidelines.  The British will be the fall-guy and maybe after its destruction, Russia and America will come to the diplomatic table.

Russian pride has been deeply bruised, after no-one believed them when they were accused of using chemical nerve agents on British soil.  The media says that there is clearly no other plausible explanation.

If the Russians are so innocent, why have they not tried to help children and the old with antidotes to the chemical attack?

Who and where are we supposed to bomb?  It is ridiculous. Protect and build relationships; that is what we are good at on the world stage. To keep that ability, we must steer clear of Messrs. Putin and Trump.

LucyLou

 

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Britain Will Be The Fall-Guy In Mediterranean War

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It appears that Mrs May can go to war without a mandate if she is doing it on behalf of the Queen.  It is risky for her to involve herself in politics, yet it is the British who have most to lose in these shenanigans.

Whoever thought it a good idea to pontificate on our Navy, makes it sound like a playground spat. If we initiate war, we will be crushed. We are piggy-in-the-middle here, with nothing to gain. If Mr Trump has played the great legacy, great country card, we should proceed with extreme caution.

I expect that Mr Trump will say that his aircraft carrier cannot manoeuvre between Cyprus and Syria as it would get stuck between two land masses. He will shrug and say that the British started it and he cannot protect them for fear of risking American lives. (He must be drowning Mrs May in charm.)

The strong response is to avoid war. It is not good to go to war with a lunatic and a French President, seeking what, exactly?

Which area will we hit with our weapons?  Do we have reliable Intelligence?

Who will be most hurt? The old, very young, very poor and children.  These are the people who were affected by a chemical attack, purported to come from Mr Assad of Syria.  Do we have proof? These are not people whom we have sworn to protect.  It is not our war! If we make it so, Russia will be delighted. As an aside, what happened to a man like President Assad to make him destroy his own country?

Has anyone noticed a pattern here? First North Korea and America swapped strong words. Then a threat was perceived to the South Korean peninsula where there is an American base. At that point, Mr Kim Jong Un, President of North Korea stepped up to statesmanship. He met Mr Moon Jae In, President of  South Korea and he made the first steps towards a US State Visit to North Korea.   The two Koreans have decided to have a Summit between them on 27 April, which is wonderful news.

So, the troublemakers looked for another target.  Britain and Russia threw out each other’s diplomats and so did our European allies over a chemical attack on English soil.

You have to think about consequences. Britain should not bomb a country, that is already in smithereens. We will be bound to hit innocent people. It would be better to send in drones with infra-red radar and discus results, before going in.

Mrs May’s reputation will sink massively. A consequence of going into someone else’s war may generate a General Election, as most of us are more tired of war than we are of Brexit, just. That the British have been in every war since the Second World War, does not mean we continue. I expected a woman to have more sense and analyse the problems and consequences.  It is a strong leader who stands back to look at the bigger picture. Leaping into war is for fall-guys.

So the Cabinet has, this evening, agreed to go to war. No surprise; they are mostly men, but what of the consequences? What do you do after levelling the parts of Syria, Messrs. Putin and Assad cannot reach?  Or worse. You cannot bomb a chemical weapons dump, for fear of releasing numerous toxic substances into the air. The whole Mediterranean area will be crippled, according to which way the wind blows.  We are fall-guys for this little Entente Cordiale between us, the French and the US. What does the French public say?

You cannot deter Russia from using chemical weapons. It has not worked here, has it? We do not need to respond to a threat, made worse by America.  Sending our young armed forces to war anywhere ; these ideas have to be well thought out. We never know which way Trump will jump.

Our international reputation will be in tatters. We are seemingly entering a club with a warmonger and the French. Why are we ignoring the UN and NATO? They will be with us after Brexit, but Mr Trump does not like them.  Please stop; standing up to him is a given. Do not give in. We should start thinking of ourselves. We are tiny in the world.

Our SAS are the finest in the world. Why waste their power in a place we cannot control and will do no good?

Of course, the Generals are ready and delighted to go to war.  Even they need a reason.  You do not play with the psyches of such brave men. I object to this war. What do you think?

LucyLou

 

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Fill In Our Potholes With Recycled Household Plastic

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The snow that visited us this year, has ravaged our roads. In a thirty-mile radius locally, cracks in the road have turned into miniature craters. We did not even have much snow, but the temperature was below freezing for a week.

There needs to be two things:

1) An electronic wand, hand-held, that can quickly map a miniature crater. Maybe someone can adapt the new hearing tests, which electronically map the ear.

2) There is a British start-up company, which is using plastic waste as part of materials to make roads. Cumbria is pioneering it. I know nothing of the physical and chemical makeup of roads, yet I wonder if plastic waste adds some elasticity? A pothole was filled in three times locally last summer and at the side of the road appeared a disc of tarmac and a hole. The bus went over it and out it popped.

3) Can it be used to fill in our potholes?

Macrebur is the brainchild of Toby McCartney and the key point here is that he has seen a version of it working in India. They use plastics to fill potholes and then melt it into place. His company converts waste household plastics to pellets, used in conjunction with bitumen, to make stronger roads.

It just needs someone with a bit of nous and money to help Mr McCartney fill our potholes.

Currently, the greatest fear is that motorists report genuine and opportunistic falls into potholes and the road budget for the year is soon exhausted. The country cannot afford these motorists to claim.

We need the pothole-filling programme to start now. Here’s the link:

https://www.curbed.com/2017/4/26/15428382/road-potholes-repair-plastic-recycled-macrebur

Please comment on the blog if you work for a County Council or a Borough Council. It just needs you to start a trend.

Thanks for reading

LucyLou

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