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Ronald Reagan’s Jellybeans & The US/UK Special Relationship

 

It would easy to criticize the way that President Ronald Reagan, USA,  did things, but now seventeen years after he left Office, his legacy of charm with fair-mindedness prevails.

For instance, every journalist of the twenty or so foreign newspapers lined up to see him, be asked to take a jellybean.  If you ate it you would have been in a pickle.  He used them as a way of being fair to everyone and not giving one person favouritism over another.

I will see the person with the yellow jelltybean.”

I remember thinking that was daft, but it is actually very fair.

One day he made these tough, global journalists laugh.  He said that he had written John Major, Prime Minister at the time (1990 – 1997) a ‘Dear John’ letter.  The British people present fell about laughing!  Okay, I can see that some of you will be bewildered, so let me explain.  Before the advent of email, if a girl sent a gentleman a letter, starting ‘Dear John’, it meant she wanted to dump him, excise him from her life.  Ronald Reagan was appalled and ever the fair-minded gentleman that he was, he uttered those seemingly immortal words:

“No, no.  The US and the UK have a special relationship.”

So it has been for 27 years.

Enter Theresa May who was captured on camera by the BBC, wondering where she should stand for the G20 members’ photograph.  She was alone; no-one else was there.  Why wasn’t she talking with anybody?  Angela Merkel and Francois Marcon were seen talking to her earlier in the G20 Summit.  (Fishing policy is the first policy to change, so that was good news before the Summit.  I am almost dreading her view on the G20 Summit.)

Enter Donald Trump, whose paltry excuse for not coming to see us during his world tour, was that he did not want to be booed.   He certainly got his comeuppance from anti-establishment demonstrators in Hamburg.  It seems that he has no political sympathisers old enough to remind him about the special relationship with the UK and he obviously sees us as a bit-player on the world stage.  He is mature enough to possibly blame the Scots who refused to take down a windfarm out at sea, as it destroyed the view from the golf course he wanted to build.

He should be reminded that the special relationship revolved around the American bases parked in our country, as part of their refuelling and firing strategy between the US and Russia. I never was keen on being the first country to be hit, should Mr Trump decide to press the red nuclear button.

Personally I think we should join the Trans-Pacific Alliance as soon as possible.  Let us consolidate our relationships within Europe, yet take other relationships  elsewhere.  Canada and Australia have both issued invitations.  I hope that we accept with grace.  The person who somehow thought it politic to mention Norway’s deal with the EU should be put in the stocks.

LucyLou

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The Last Crisis for UK: Step Up Or Fail

Hello Everyone

Two days ago I would have blogged that UK PLC was sailing into the wind, and was at that critical point where you use the sail to try to come about.  It then flaps wildly and you lose any advantage. You have lost the wind and in our case, we lost the plot as causes were thrown up in the air and fell into the laps of not one, but two Cabinet Ministers with opposing views.  They ended up spitting in the wind as the rest of UK PLC ripped their policies to shreds.

Today, we have reached the last crisis, not the latest, but the last.  We have to step up, not to accept, but to reverse it.   Neither one, nor two, but three Japanese banks are relocating their financial and investment hubs to Germany.  Frankfurt has been waiting in the wings for a decade or more to become premier financial hub for the EU and we have thrown it at them.  For some reason that I don’t understand, we and the rest of the world should watch what is happening to the Japanese economy.  They have slowing growth and an ageing population. In order to grow, their government wants to raise sales tax from 8% to 15% to help its economy.  As you can imagine, this is as popular with the public as a ton of bricks.  There is talk of economic failure otherwise between 2021 and 2023.   But there has been some muttering here about raising taxes to pay for the latest wheeze.

Does it occur to nobody that the rest of the world is looking at our government?  The £1 billion, set to become £1.5 billion given to the DUP, ensures votes with the government on certain votes, but not all of them.  It is the worst agreement that I remember and has caused the start of banks moving to Europe.  This is not a knee-jerk reaction, but one that is in response to our failing government.  Unfortunately Theresa May’s agreement sent a signal to global partners that the UK is a walkover.  She must resign immediately and long-term MP’s and MEP’s should guide us towards Brexit.  Find a new Conservative leader quickly.

We are failing Europe.  Whatever has happened fiscally up to now, should be discounted.  It is only important what we do from this moment.  Raising taxes is far too easy and unpopular with hard workers.  If they are penalised, they may well relocate.  We have long had the best talent and we need to keep it.

If you are reading, you may know someone who can fix it.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

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