Monthly Archives: October 2017

Take the Americans to task, before they obliterate our trade

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We cannot slump out of Brexit, just because it seems too hard.  It has always been the case that an exit on any subject involves a British law or one that needs to be made.  Presumably, MEP’s are pulling their weight and helping to disentangle us.

The reality of building inland lorry parks before they can begin to transit UK Customs means fewer exports.  This is why we must stay in the Customs Union.  I do not understand why this is a sticking point as the EU will have the same trouble exporting here.  The worst case scenario is that they dismiss the UK market, as import levies and traffic-choked roads is too expensive and time-consuming.

Ah, why not have a Premium Service, which will fast-track regular importers and exporters?  This is designed to keep hauliers in business from Dover.

So what is the UK as a business entity?

We trade with the EU and across the world.  They trade back with us.

Our Financial Analysts are the best in the world (according to ‘The Times’, 8 October 2017).  Companies are ignoring Goldman Sachs slipping away to Switzerland and digging in their heels here, in greater numbers. Great, thank you.

Start-up companies increase year-on-year.

Manufacturing reduces in public spats like the US Department of Commerce, which has temporarily slapped a 220% import tariff on C-series jets to be sold to Delta Airlines, in the US.

The US aircraft company, Boeing, complained to its government at what it saw as unfair subsidy by the British and Canadian governments.  Since all multi-billion projects have inward investment, the complaint looks unfair, to put it mildly.  And that is the problem; we are being too meek, unsure of which way Donald Trump will jump.

A word for the Irish company,Bombardier’s 4,000 highly-skilled workers who make the wings of the aircraft.  Their highly specialised jobs are at risk and for every worker, there are apparently four outsourcing jobs which rely on them.  Northern Ireland needs the UK government to object more strongly.

Sir Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, said:

“Boeing is a major defence partner and one of the big winners of the latest defence review, so this is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner.”

We cannot have Northern Ireland’s economy take a dive, as we are worried about upsetting our American partners.  Hello?  They don’t want to be partners anymore.  The special relationship does not exist in the brain of Donald Trump.  We have to object, or better still, take the Defence Review apart and see where else we can give out contracts instead of to the US.  This attempt by Boeing, which has doubtless had US government subsidies before, to extinguish a competitor, reveals an inward-looking attitude.  This is bad news for trade.

Boeing is one problem.  The import tariff exacerbates it.  The short- and long-term trade with the US, shows where their heart is: in the US.  Britain has been disrespected as a trading partner. They cannot be allowed to get away with it.  Otherwise Boeing is only the beginning.

LucyLou

 

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Oh Blimey, An RMT Rally, Do I Have It Right?

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Oh, blimey, there is to be a demonstration and rally by the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Train workers), combining with other unions who want to join in.

The date is 17th October as published by Eamonn Lynch of RMT’s blog.

It will cost so much money to police, when we are reeling from expenditure on rooting out people who plan war against our country.   If the cost of policing is put against possible financial gain for Trade Unionists, is there any left over? Different budgets, they will protest.

I am not sure whether or not this is the object of the strike, but the management at RMT was talking about removing guards from trains.

May I suggest another way of using the guards, as Public/ LWT Marshals, who walk up and down the train, where possible, to identify suspect packages.  To yell, if need be, down the carriage to ask if customers can see one.  Essentially, the public needs Guards for protection against attack and also peace of mind that there is someone at the back of the train, who is taking their backs.

Lots of times in the Tube, I have seen a Guard help people onto the platform, including baby buggies and elderly people.  He usually communicates with the train driver, as to the status of the train and can it depart for the next station safely?  Often London Tube platforms are straight, but the railtrack is curved and there is quite a big gap between the train and the platform edge.

Otherwise, is the driver expected to leave the train to check himself? That is a wide-open choice for criminals.

Protection.  Call them LWT Care Marshals, give them a slightly different uniform, not to make them easy to single out, but to give them status.  I also want them given a higher salary, danger money and life insurance, as every day they are taking risks with suspect packages.

Virgin Trains has Advisers, who can be approached on all journeys for information and help.

I am sure LWT can do as well if not better than that.

LucyLou

 

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Trending: UK Prime Ministers

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I have noticed a regrettable trend in ousting British Prime Ministers.  Tony Blair (Labour, in power from 1997 to 26 June 2007), said that if someone did not kick him, verbally, during any day, it was rare.

William Hague (Conservative Leader, elected Leader of the Conservative Party at 36, in 1997), was hounded by the media and resigned in 2001 after a second Election, which resulted in the net Conservative gain of one seat.  Hey, that sounds familiar.

John Major  (Prime Minster 1990-1997) was called a ‘grey man’, although he extricated us from the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.  He did not agree with it personally, but had a mandate from the British people.  He also presided over the Maastricht Treaty (on European Union), but Conservative MP’s rebelled by twenty-two, when the then majority in the Commons was eighteen.

Mr David Cameron fell on his sword when the country mainly voted to leave the EU.  Now we have Mrs May, hounded by her Conservative minsters.  I think Amber Rudd’s face was anguished rather than stony at last week’s Conservative Conference.  Mrs May has been too proud to accept help on public speaking and from the SAS, on ways to be resilient. Please persuade her to take offers of help, for her own sake.

Mrs May has delegated, which means she is a strong leader.  She lets Cabinet Ministers research their own briefs, but the Brexit talks are more difficult than the people ever dreamed.  It seems that every decision has ramifications and a corresponding UK law needs to be re-examined.

Let’s touch on the Customs Union.  France blocked us in 1985 when they refused to import our beef and we retaliated by refusing to import their lamb.  It was the midst of the UK beef crisis, but the French acted immediately in their national interest.  That has been the same ever since, irrelevant of the EU.  How difficult is trade going to be if we have no laws and curbs to help our own export industries?  How does it affect agriculture?

I wonder whether the Prime Ministers now consults UK trade bodies, or relies on Civil Servants?  John Major overruled them in private and in public, when he initiated a key mechanism to stop BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy).  He prohibited the giving of cattle’s brains and spinal cords to healthy cows and sheep, which was later deemed to have succeeded in halting its progress. A friend of mine’s husband worked at a secret government facility and she was offered an instant abortion if some of the virus escaped.  It was irrelevant to her at the time, but showed how worried the government was about its human variant CJD.

It seems so much less important, but I wonder if Civil Servants have been overruled in the wake of the UK cars’ trade body being wrongfooted when the government announced electric cars only from 2040, I wonder what help the government is getting.

As of today, Theresa May is being asked about secret talks she had earlier about the legal potential of changing our minds over Brexit.  Thank goodness someone is being sensible. The public’s overriding concern was always being overrun by incomers.  Failing information to the contrary and a distinct lack of action on it, I think they are still concerned.  I cannot see how the vote would change on Brexit, as a result of this, but then you cannot have another referendum just because you do not like the results of the first one.  In my view, better concentrate on that first and then look at smoothing our exit from the EU.

Whoever knew that being a Prime Minister was such an exacting role?

Have an interesting week

LucyLou

 

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Which baddy is going to ruin our Christmas in 2017?

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Ironically, it is one of Labour’s biggest donors, the Communication Workers’ Union, which has called a strike on 25 and 26 November*, in protest at the planned closure of Royal Mail’s final salary pension scheme.

Last year, Royal Mail delivered 130 million parcels (according to The Daily Telegraph), but there may be darker forces at play here. The Labour Party uses a company called Whistl, for its own deliveries.  This could look like a calculated stab in the back for Royal Mail.  What if Royal Mail were to go out of business, as companies switch their deliveries to Whistl for a guaranteed arrival of presents?

Who is Amazon’s choice of delivery agency?  If it is Royal Mail, it would be useful for DWP staff to advise the potential strikers about the risks they are taking with their jobs.  Loss of business could overbalance Royal Mail, which has survived privatisation, due to some bold operating decisions.  Special Delivery and ‘signed for’ deliveries work very well and are profitable.

Larger companies, registered in the UK, have been closing final salary schemes, since 2000.  BHS, our beloved high street store, fell into administration last year, as its pension scheme was hugely underfunded. For some reason, The Pensions Regulator, part of the DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) decided to claim £350 million from Sir Robert Green, Chief Executive and that deal has concluded.  However it is not the full amount that was taken from the scheme. Just weeks later, BHS was sold to a serial bankrupt.  Are BHS employees being paid their pensions? What about future retirees?

Rifling pension funds was not supposed to happen after the tragedy of Robert Maxwell, who, in 1991, slipped off his yacht after weeks of slander in the media. He took £460 million out of his Mirror Newspaper Group’s pension scheme to repay other debts, especially in his American business.  His companies ended up having more debt than assets; a textbook business failure.  There were supposed to be laws to stop it ever happening again. However, then came BHS. And now Royal Mail.

Do you want Royal Mail to fail, because it cannot fund its pension scheme adequately to pay future retirements?  It has admitted to having to double its contributions from next year and cannot do it.  Therefore, it is commonsense to stop the final pension scheme now.  I am sure that someone behind the scenes has explained this to the CWU, but have they explained to the workers? They deserve explanation from the best : DWP staff, who are used to giving advice.

* These dates signal the start of ‘Black Friday’, the biggest online sales of the year.

LucyLou

 

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If There’s Any Sacking To Be Done – Insult To British Workers 04/10/17

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Boris Johnson’s Deputy is in the US.  With any luck, Sir Alan Duncan’s speech will largely have gone over the heads of the State Governors.

However, they know when someone takes a swipe at their voters.  The working-class, (now really a dead phrase to describe decent hardworking people), as Sir Alan Duncan ought to know, are quite often Conservative voters, as Conservatives are aspirational!

Perhaps the only tenet of Donald Trump’s government is to try and give the workers a better life. He is always positive and optimistic about Americans.  When the State Governors hear that Sir Alan thinks our people were ‘stirred up’ by the Brexit Campaign; well, we all were.  Shall we? Shan’t we?  We wanted plain information, but that was in short supply.

Mr Trump and the Senators will think that Sir Alan disrespects his own people, so how will he treat theirs?  What is he doing there, apart from causing a diplomatic incident?  He was at best patronising and at worst contemptuous of the workings of democracy (during the Brexit Referendum) and of the people. He described them as ‘throwing a tantrum’, which I think is tantamount to insulting our whole country.

So, Mrs May, or is it Boris who should respond?  What more damage can your Deputy inflict?  Bring him back home quickly and give him a job that shows him how to respect workers.  After all, they make our economy strong and bring us peace and prosperity.

LucyLou

PS I hope that no-one uses this to hurt Boris, as he gave a rousing speech to the Conservative Conference and kept delegates in a ripple of laughter, mostly at his wonderful use of the English language.  Mrs May is very clever to keep him as a support to the Conservative delegates.  Apparently they have been nodding a little at previous speeches.

LucyLou

 

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Mrs May – Help With Coughing

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Theresa May has proved to be a strong leader,  as she let her Ministers share the burden of talking to the  public and the Conservative Conference.  I don’t remember Maggie Thatcher, the only other female Prime Minster, ever letting her male Cabinet perform.

However everyone needs help sometime and Mrs May’s coughing could be a hiccup or tripping over an emotional blockage in her throat.  I think that most public speakers experience this at some point in their careers.

Think me crazy, yet she could look at Chakras, which are energy centres in the body.  You improve your throat, or fifth chakra by doing some quick exercises.  It clears any old patterns and emotional blockages.  More importantly, it does work.   Carol Tuttle is a Master Practitioner, found here:

https://my.liveyourtruth.com/dyt/chakra-healing-type-4-energy/

(This website popped up in my browser.  It is just a coincidence and is not intended to say that Mrs May is any particular type.)

I do wonder, however, why no-one in the hall thought to get her a drink.  Why was that so difficult?

I hope this helps everybody who has had a cough while speaking.

LucyLou

PS Let me add a late remark.  Theresa May naturally had access to a glass of water, yet once you have a cough, with laryngitis, it is difficult to stop.  A longtime friend dashed forward with a throat lozenge; what lovely gestures she has from old friends.

 

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