Boris Banter


It behoves Mr Johnson as part of Her Majesty’s government, to avoid repeating someone else’s soundbite. Now all the enemy need say, is that the jibe about Football’s World Cup this summer, was started by Boris. He ought to deny it vehemently as he should deny all questions about security.  He would be wise to avoid the subject all together, otherwise we risk digging ourselves into a bottomless pit. Do you want to be on the wrong side of a man who spends his weekends chasing football? Their wives would also be disappointed if Boris spoilt their days out whilst husbands are away.

I did have to look up ’emetic’. It means sickening. Maybe Boris’ speeches should be important for what they leave out and he can retain some dignity.

Sorry to be suspicious, but M. Barnier suddenly beaming over Brexit makes me think that we have given them a huge amount of money, that we don’t have. As a voter, could we please skip Brexit in the News and save it up for the next day. Everyone I speak to, is being bored to death over something where we have no voice or control. Do not say that we had our chance to vote. The UK voted on immigration, which has been, at best, skated over.

Have a good week.



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Are we all fall-guys?


This article changed by the hour yesterday.

The problem with an ultimatum is that it annoys the other party, especially if it is a stolen nerve agent. Britain shouted a threat in his face and Mr Putin has swatted us like a fly, which should have been realized by Her Majesty’s government, before making a threat.

If Mr Putin has taken such a risk to have attempted murder on an exile living in Britain, so close to his own re-election, then he will have no compunction in pressing the nuclear button. To think otherwise would be a grave mistake.

What if the nerve agent is Russian made, but has been given to mercenaries: men paid to kill? Russia could trumpet that they did not send us a virulent chemical weapon, to kill one man and his daughter and scatter low-risk minutiae indiscriminately in Britain. Let everyone throw away their Sunday clothes and shoes to stop wider circulation.

Britain is now exactly where America and possibly Russia want us: piggy-in-the-middle.

We have dismissed 23 Russian Third Secretaries from London. This was done without recourse to the EU or the UN. Belatedly, at the UN Security Council last night, America spoke up for us.urther help from America is unlikely due to the volatility of its leader.

It is not for us to complain when the US brings in someone who agrees with its President. However, negotiations with North Korea are  delicate and just imagine if they decided to bring CIA opposite numbers into the talks; we would take it as provocation, Mr Trump’s new friend ought to be diplomatically retired, soonest.

Thanks to Trump, the world now relies on the statesmanship of Mr Kim Jong-Un and Mr Moon Jae-In.Recently, they have been far more statesman-like than communist and capitalist Presidents. East beats West for good manners, I am ashamed to say.

It is very worrying how desperate the Americans are to have us as piggy-in-the-middle. They trotted out some PR statement from the White House on 13 March, which identified our special relationship. Codswallop! That was dropped the moment Mr Trump won his election. It does not exist, except as a pipedream and as such, should be treated with extreme caution.

Oddly, Mrs May’s stance sounded more like Mr Trump than anything a British person would say. Was Trump dictating and Mrs May soaking it up?#Last night, two Presidents on opposite sides of the political spectrum, acted in the same way.  Mr Putin has sacked any credible opposition candidates and Mr Trump sacked his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, with contempt, by tweet. This is appalling behaviour, but not really our concern.

Last time a British politician fell at the feet of money and power, it was regrettably David Cameron. who was so delighted that a Chinese billionaire saved our steel industry, that he took a Trade Delegation to China to thank them. The Chinese were utterly confused as to who and why he was there and what he wanted. It took some high-ranking diplomatic talks to save the Chinese’ facc.

Chinese and Russian billionaires have nothing to do with their governments, yet Chinese and Russian billionaires spend vast sums on aeroplanes and boats, which adds distinctly to Britain’s revenue. They work very hard and live in beautiful London mansions, eat in our best restaurants and are plainly a valuable addition to our economy. They should be made welcome. Unfortunately, Mrs May mirrors the behaviour of other British leaders, who have never had jobs in the marketplace.

What are British exporters to Russia to do in the face of political threat from their own country? Russia is a BRIC country; one that is high-risk investment with possible high returns. Mrs May is threatening economic sanctions. Is that a joke? We are tiny compared with the rest of the world, yet we are good at making money. Why would we throw millions in Russian inward investment away?

As a young man said on television in Moscow last night:

“It will not impact on my life.”

Exactly. It is Britain who will lose out. If Theresa May is trumpeting Trump twitter and thinks that America will come to our aid when Russia declares nuclear war on us, it is wishful thinking. Trump will tweet that US soldiers must not return in coffins and we will be left high and dry.

Britain must be the most warring country in the world. Do you want to be wartorn?

We are only strong when combined with our NATO allies in a measured response, rather than a knee-jerk one. Too late. Twenty-three Third Secretaries  have to leave within 7 days. She also talked in Parliament about economic sanctions and cyber-attack. The latter depends on surprise.. Please do not respond to the American tweet, which Trump used yesterday to fire his own Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State! If he treats his own people with contempt, he would think it a great soundbite to refuse to help us.

There was a gross murder in a beautiful place. Make MI5 agents watch the TV News. There was a snippet about eyewitnesses seeing Mr Skripal yelling in the restaurant. Is it possible that someone had just sprayed him and his clothes?

Let us be discreet. We cannot give Russia a sample of the poison that was used so indiscriminately. They will find out how it worked or whether it mutated and that gives them a deadlier weapon. Shame on Jeremy Corbyn for not unifying all MP’s. We should be having no fuss, just discretion, our usual method. The UK has not retaliated until now, as the approach has been the survival of the many over the few.

We are a powerful member of the EU. Surely, we should have asked them for help first? And why is Mrs May talking about a nuclear deterrent? Not Trident surely?  First retired 35 years ago.  She sounds even more like Trump.

America and Russia would like nothing better than having Britain start World War III, on a vague, verbal, yet ethereal promise of aid. We  must neither fall for it , nor be the fall-guy. On both sides of the planet, these people are far enough away to be both uninvolved and unaffected by nuclear fallout. Our beautiful country of England will be wiped out.

Of course, if we have another hurricane, they will be responsible for signing a death sentence for the whole planet.

Please consider the consequences. It is boring, but we have already been caught out by being convinced by Mr Trump to talk about economic sanctions. This is a man who was born with £125 million, yet Trump Tower is no longer his. Why would we have such a man talk to us of economic sanctions. Let him destroy his own economy.. We are in great need of our career diplomats. If it is true, that their numbers have been cut by 25% since 2010, the young are diplomats-in-waiting.

We have to remember that there were no WMD.

Could all Londoners go to the seaside next weekend? Just in case.


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Brexit: Do We Have Anything Or Nothing?


As usual, Mrs May’s speeches say a lot about nothing at all. American gurus are good at that, but this is a Prime Minister speaking. The problem is that all of the men lost their nerve and agreed. Half of Conservative MP’s had already seen it before she spoke. I wonder whether two little words were implied: ‘General Election’, unless they agreed.

What we do not have:

  1. The European Court of Justice is superior to the UK Supreme Court;
  2. The invasion of people from everywhere, all insisting on having their own laws above UK ones, has not been addressed.
  3. The single EU market is to be denied to us – don’t be ridiculous. EU trade, both imports and exports, can be measured as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product). The EU maket is extremely important to imports and exports. The UK will go bust before even the EU hopes, so that she can go crawling back to the EU. Then what? Whatever they propose will not be to our benefit;
  4. UK businesses, including finance (making 25% of our GDP) have been left to flounder, mainly as politicians do not understand making money. If they had, Carillion would not be in this mess;
  5. No Customs Union? Please understand that after we depart this union, everyone who wants payback from the UK will simply hold up our goods in Customs. This last happened in 1979, as far as I know. The French refused to take our beef so we retaliated by refusing to take their lamb. A stand-off. Playground antics by bullies.
  6. Items 1 and 2 were the subjects that the UK voters decided on. A short statement about if you are here already, you are okay, whispered to the media. .

I do not see any female negotiators in the Brexit team. Women think and act differently. the playground antics would not happen.

Please make sure that a Customs Union is in all of our interests.  That Mrs May saw fit to say that what happened to Norway, would not happen to us, was unkind. That leaves them high and dry, when they would only be trying to help us.  Similarly, Canada, a nation whose wondrous natural resources make it a good market for us. We want Norway and Canada on our side and do hope that they will forgive us our daily shenanigans.

Oh and Ireland. Whilst living by the sea, I saw a man with a hand-held thing that you sign for delivery, only he was trying to reach a satellite. He told me that the satellite would receive his inputted figures and the supplier would receive fast, accurate data.

What if a microchip was implanted in all new vehicles that would be picked up by a satellite and sent it to Irish databases, one in the south and another in the north.  We must remember that southern Ireland is not in the UK’s jurisdiction, so any agreement must be made with honour.

Finally, there is a real possibility that the UK will go bust. Why has no-one looked at it? Mrs May’s negotiations to date are frightening: £1 billion to the DUP to vote her way.  Unfortunately they have been intransigent.  Hopefully, the money will be paid in stages, signed off by a businessman.  She also gave money to Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon.  I expect her MP’s bowl down to London, stay in a good hotel and vote as they think best rather than to shore up the Conservatives.

This is worse than a war over desert weapons that were never found. This is selling out our children. If nothing else, ask the Young Conservatives for their opinion on all of the above.  And let us listen to our children.  Let us hope that we will not be crying over spilt milk.


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Brexit – French Hypocrisy March 2018


Has no-one looked at Brexit from the EU’s point of view? France has been given £40 million for a refuge at Calais and now Michel Barnier and Claude Juncker have the cheek to say that we are setting out the wrong decisions for a future EU with the UK.

Firstly, the Customs Union. Before it was set up in the EU, I worked for a French company in the UK, whose products were often held up or lost in Customs. This made everyone lose money from the French manufacturer, the subsidiary and as it happened, British Aerospace. The Customs Union must have been a boon for the EU.

From a viewpoint on the chalk cliffs above Dover, in 2010, I watched ships entering the port laden with goods and leaving again with the plimsoll line well above the waterline, therefore empty. That meant that we were importing a lot more than we were exporting. Is that still happening? If so, this is a huge advantage to us when dealing with the EU.  If they put prices up for import to the UK, we can just trade elsewhere, The Trans-Pacific Alliance, for example.  Also, attacking our red lines in the sand makes  M.Michel Barnier look hypocritical, not the behaviour expected of statesmen.

And M. Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at our English language being first in the world.  Some French purists have always thought that, but you are making plans for the future, for our future citizens.

I am fed up with the EU’s top men (both French) riding roughshod over the UK and it is time we fought back. We should have demands about the Customs Union and trade with the EU, not timid murmurings that if it is alright with the EU, ‘x’ is what we should do. We are on the front foot here!

If prices from the EU go up, we will look elsewhere to trade.  That is the EU’s real fear; they cover it in rhetoric.

My view? Yes to the Customs Union in that there should be no blockage of trade, yet our UK laws will supersede those of Europe. Yes to clarity for UK’s service industries, including finance, subsidies for agriculture and exporting and importing from the EU.

Brexit? We are sliding when we should be attacking. It has been on the News so much that I await tomorrow’s speech from Mrs Theresa May for clarification.

Let us hope that we have the courage to move forward with confidence. It is just a decision.


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Oxfam’s Recovery


Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, tried to justify himself today, never a good idea. After public outrage concerning his comment that aid workers had not ‘murdered babies in their cots, his apology compounded the mistake.

We always hear about fat cats and people earning vast amounts of money, but when something bad happens, it is precisely their job to talk their charity out of the situation. Making a comment like that cannot be excused by being under pressure. Everyone feels pressure sometimes,  but are not paid £128,000 a year to make the situation better (although below what he could earn in the private sector). Not making comments like that is what he is paid for!

Yes, it is very tough at the top and lonely. Unfortunately, his position today may be untenable. The statement from one MP that this did not happen under his tenure made the poor man look away. More people, namely the Executive in charge of Haiti should be brought to account. Using Haitian citizens as prostitutes after a devastating earthquake is appalling. (Please do not let any MP and certainly not the Prime Minister apologise.) We want action. Who is the UK Minister for Charities? That looks like a crisis waiting to happen; a fundamental ignorance and sweeping under the carpet of everybody in the voluntary sector.

Every Oxfam employee apologised in front of the Parliamentary Select Committee today. It must be a record, but very frustrating for the listening MP’s. Oxfam’s Trustees will be busy, doubtless, in setting a new Charity Charter with the help of the Charity Commission.  As a minor volunteer, I would be aghast if anything happened to the detriment of a charity and so must Oxfam’s volunteers be thinking. So, some donors have run for the hills.  Corporate donors, however, can see the bigger picture that Oxfam is a world giver, founded in Oxford, England in 1942. Now it is a confederation of 19 different charitable organisations, operating around the world, under the banner  of Oxfam.

Mostly, it will be the corporate donors, Trustees, workers and volunteers who will help Oxfam to recover. I think we can expect more claims as the media chases charities for comment.

But today, my heart sings as recognition that North Lanarkshire Council in Scotland has been offering free school meals for primary school years 1-3 since 2015. Now it hopes to offer free school meals to all children 365 days a year.  Holiday and weekend lunches will be served in sports halls and community centres.  They noticed that children from deprived areas were underfed and the Council decided to make a difference, not only to the children, yet to their exam results. Let us hope there is agreement  to implement the groundbreaking scheme at the Council meeting next Tuesday.





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British Earthquakes And What To Do With Everybody’s Nuclear Waste


The first thing that I thought when I heard about the earthquake in Wales, UK, was where is the nuclear waste buried? I think the optimum place has granite as bedrock, with a host of other requirements such as ecologically ordinary environment.

As for the earthquake around Swansea, that hit 4.4 on the Richter scale and lots of people fled into the streets. That much we have learnt from other countries’ misfortunes. It is also true that a fault line from trenches off China, north to Hawaii and south along California’s sea border has resulted in earthquakes all down it in the same week as ours. This one registered walls shaking and ornaments falling off shelves. This same thing happened to a relative attending the University of Sheffield in 2004. Four girls clung together in the house, then ran outside, thank goodness. They said that the house shook.

I had no idea of the turbulence around choosing British sites for Low Level Dumping (LLD) and Intermediate Level Dumping (ILD).  Uranium and plutonium is extracted and this can be reused to make new nuclear fuel, which is then returned to nuclear power plants around the world. The remainder is then waste in a liquid form. Most of it is stored above ground at Sellafield and that is the preferred option to dumping it underground and letting it disseminate into the environment for  ‘x’ years. At least above ground, our children will have access to it, so offloading a decision.

May I make a suggestion to send all high and low level nuclear waste to the Moon? It would be a refuelling station for onward exploration of other planets. Doubtless, they will create more efficient fuel.  Let us not fight about who does and does not have rights on the Moon.  Let us use it for the common good. Scientists, explorers and a few comedians should inhabit the Moon, if only to alleviate the mix of people essential to a society.

A decision was taken recently to cancel extraction of uranium and plutonium to make money for the extractor, namely Sellafield in the UK.  This is against the opinion of every scientific community that reads about it. My final suggestion is that all disciplines, including writers, artists, creative people and thinkers should look at the problem.

Have a good week.


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Whatever Next?

“We should understand the way fascism arose in Germany and the circumstances that gave space for the Nazis to grow.”

On 26 January 2018, Mr Corbyn wrote that in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Memorial Day Book, remembered in the UK as a promise never to allow such evil against Jewish people ever again. He was at best disingenuous.  Has he already forgotten his attempt to build a student army, after promising to pay their current University charges?

Now he is being condemned for not mentioning Jewish people’s suffering in the Memorial Book. The Jewish Leadership Council said it demonstrated “a complete lack of sensitivity”. * It is also an exact description of Mr Corbyn and he appears to be using it, at every opportunity, to draw attention to himself.

Apart from Mr Corbyn, this government has just signed a treaty with Poland. What for? Is Russia going to invade? The Russian Ambassador to the UK was bordering on insulting when he laughed off the idea.

As intelligent people, we will not repeat history.  It sounds like dangerous posturing by some part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to stockpile weapons. If it is Procurement, replace them.  May I suggest that the new Defence Secretary compiles his own ideas, rather than parroting the views of Generals who are happy to go to war with anyone and spend our NHS millions on bombs.

And yesterday’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’ trumpets that Russia has attempted to infiltrate our infrastructure to find out how it works and then destroy it.  Do wake up.  This is the unpleasant facet of all major nations. Ultimately, they want to rule the world, so they start with this small country, which is ready to fight, even in the desert, to uphold its, what exactly?  Freedom? What freedom do we have when we allow the EU to steamroller us?

However, we could have a little joke with them.  They are rightly terrified of Boris. He may say something so complicated that EU translators will be tearing their hair out!  Put him in the UK Brexit team and he will force the Europeans to respect us.

Why did we help destroy Syria, a 3000-year-old trade route? Former Prime Minister, David Cameron had a paradigm shift of an idea, when he suggested that instead of invading countries outside Europe, we should use our skills to put them on a sound economical and cultural level.    Interesting culture means tourists will visit.

His idea could have worked, but sadly, he staked his leadership on remaining in Europe and the British people voted to leave, on immigration and not having EU control over our laws any more.  Not that we do have any control.  A little whisper said on a News programme, before Christmas 2017, that MP’s were sitting late into the night to put EU laws into UK justice.  Excuse me? I understood that UK MP’s were sitting late with a view to amending laws and not instating them left, right and centre.  This small island has the best skilled workers in the world and people come here to live, as they like us.  I hope that Lloyd Blankfein likes sausage.


*Birmingham Mail, UK,

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