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Computer Crashes … Four Weeks Later …

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I was beginning to believe that I would never be able to access this blog again.  My dear old PC bit the dust and it has taken this long to find my way back.

I’m talking about the things, technical term, that I remember in the past four weeks, starting with the vision of Dr Liam Fox.  He was accompanied on a trip to the US by a team of career diplomats.  I read that some newspaper bemoaned the fact when I celebrated it .  Politicians only have experience of one or two treaties,  helped by people who truly do serve Queen and country through many governments.  In my experience, some politicans serve ego first, then Queen and country.

And the tragedy of Grenfell: there are still people waiting to be housed.  Of course the local housing list cannot produce accommodation out of thin air and some families have moved away.  Of course some want to stay and who could blame them?  Kensington and Chelsea Boroughs are amongst the wealthiest and thus most beautiful in the country.

My third alarm is over Mrs May, who continues to dig holes for herself.  She went to a State banquet and declared to the sophisticated and intelligent attendees about Russia.

“We know what you are doing.”

What?  Is this a playground?  It sounds like Trump-speak to me.  Mrs May is an intelligent woman and not prone to utterances like that. It is alarming that he has any influence over our politics when he has plenty of his own.  However, it is not just that.  It is that Mrs May has opened up another front to fight.  Do we learn nothing from Remembrance Sunday?  Hitler opened a second front by sending troops to fight the Russians and he promptly lost the war.

Mrs May’s attempt to govern whilst delegating responsibility to individuals in the Cabinet, has led to them either refusing to let anyone speak out from the armed forces (Sir Michael Duncan) or David Davies and his pontifications over Brexit.

I read with incredulity about the ‘no deal’ Brexit option.  It is stalemate.  Faced with the former Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson who demanded a Cabinet post on Sir Michael Duncan’s departure, we then find out that it was he who negotiated the deal with Ireland’s DUP and he who made the Queen late for Royal Ascot.  (She has few holidays, so to disappoint someone who only does good for us, is annoying.)  Of course, £1 billion to the DUP, unbalancing Irish peace is ridiculous.  You don’t give that sort of money to one political side! Is it like selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and finding out way down the line that they are using them to attack your allies?

Cross-party support and briefing should be in every meeting on Brexit.  That’s another post.

Wishing you well this week and so glad to be back

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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War Is Reckless For Planet Earth

I thought that Mr Trump wanted to keep his country safe and to give people better lives under his caretaking.  This is a point where all politicians have trouble.   They are not controllers of the world’s destiny; they are caretakers of it for the generation to come, the one after, etc.

I fully expected Mr Trump to take time and suggest more tourism around the States to make a happier population.    The vacation resort islands of The Bahamas and the Caribbean need help and the US has its fair share of rebuilders.

What the population does not want is another war.  No terrible weapons were found in Iraq, the Taliban was not quite eradicated in Afghanistan and is putting its head over the parapet again and Syria has been reduced to rubble.  Their populations are scarred by war and have come to the West to help make them better.

America is hardly the friendliest of nations towards Europe.  Americans talk of doing Europe: 22 countries in 21 days, oh and a hop to the UK.  When we had foot and mouth disease in the south-west of England, every city dweller had to walk through disinfectant to enter the States.

Now the Pentagon has jumped into a volatile situation  between two country leaders, to assure the President of its support; hardly what anyone needs at the moment.

To Messrs. Trump and Kim Jong-Un, please look to your countries.  Your people have faith in you to promote its economy and to safeguard its citizens.  In war, thousands will die.  What for again?  I have forgotten.

LucyLou

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Boris Has Pulled Back From The Brexit Brink

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Of course he has.  The newspaper article is the direct result of a valuable and valid member of the UK Cabinet being diverted and ignored.  He would have much to offer Brexit, but he has Mrs May’s original problem.  Brexit cannot be fulfilled by any one individual.  It needs experience from across the political parties.  Mrs May is delegating, I think.

Thirty billion pounds over 3 years in return for continued access to the EU single market sounds like a good deal.  Boris is used to that kind of negotiation; he held LWT’s unions off  for several years.

I look forward to him being given a valid job, in connection with the Foreign  Secretary role.  Outbursts of this kind do no-one any good, but they do make it easy for MP’s to act alone to give countries better oil deals etc.  The DUP that £1 billion promised, is fraying at the seams.  MP’s should only act on checking with and having permission from Mrs. May.

LucyLou

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The Honour of Ceremonies & In Praise Of Diplomats

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It is very tempting when travelling abroad to praise your ultimate destination a little too much, especially when your speeches are honoured, rather than criticised at every turn, as  at home.

Our diplomats from the Foreign Office etc., are with Mrs May in Japan this week, to advise on different customs and beliefs.  It is a brave leader who listens to experienced advisors and accepts that every statement could be ambushed by the less well-meaning.

Mrs May was invited to a Tea Ceremony, a high honour.  She was probably smiling and polite throughout, but that is not what the media chose to portray.

Yet we have other allies in Asia, notably China, who sends hundreds of pre-paying students to our blue-chip universities every year.  On graduation, they are much more fluent in English than at the start and go on to prodigiously contribute to our national economy.

I may well be missing something here, but I do not understand why Japan should be involved in Brexit.  The only thing that springs to mind is that Japan has freedom of the Customs Union when dealing with the EU.  We would do well to copy them, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.

LucyLou

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SAS May Go Into Afghanistan

Is it surprising that the Taliban has clawed its way back into  “every town and village” (The Sunday Times 27/08/2017)?

The problem with the Taliban is that it is insidious and creeps into the mind of men.  It makes them think that joy and laughter should be prohibited outside of the house and sometimes within it as well.  This shutters young lives and shatters others.

The Taliban represents an ideology and it is that which is difficult to eradicate.  But education for both girls and boys is a way out of serfdom, the sum of women’s lives once the Taliban assert themselves.

It is therefore ironic that a largely male force will be sent into Afghanistan to help free the lives of women.

It is also true that British soldiers, certainly, are known for helping civilians.  There also needs to be ideological help given from allied sources in the Middle East, who  may best be able to communicate.  It is right to want a different life and it is also right to want help to do it.

Can we help them to technology?  If a tribesman in South Africa can set up a bank account on a mobile, then Afghans could do the same in their marketplaces.  It gives individuals freedom and with that better lives for themselves and their children. Simple solutions often work.

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North Korea’s Dictator Kim Jon I Threatens Britain

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Look at this threat to our national security from Kim Jon I’s,(President of North Korea since 2011) point of view.

He made a threat against the Pacific island of Guam, where America has military bases, but America called his bluff.

Then someone had a much better idea.  Kim Jon I could send a nuclear warhead, fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, to Britain and hit two birds with one stone.  He would obliterate Britain and annihilate several American airforce bases at the same time.  No-one would ever be able to prove that his target was not really the UK.  It just happened to be conveniently placed for least damage to America or North Korea.

To provide a smokescreen, North Korea also threatened Australia.  Bombing them would be pointless as they are known for friendliness rather than as combatants, although they did very well by us in both World Wars.

Of course the drills are provocative!  What would anyone think if military exercises were conducted every year near their borders?  Those who insist they are not provocative, are treading water.

We need to make an end here to protect our own island.  Actually, if I were President Macron, I might make a call to Mrs May to mention that the French were not keen to have a resulting gaseous cloud blow over ‘la belle France’.  Likewise, the Netherlands,Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Scandinavia.

We must acknowledge, even if only to ourselves, that there is no chance of America coming to our rescue.  Donald Trump is more likely to push the red button just to see what would happen to North Korea. The few American servicemen over here would have to be expendable for the greater good.  Alternatively, they could go home.

Maybe the Japanese could get involved in diplomacy between America and North Korea?  They know best of how to deal with the after-effects of a nuclear bomb, although it may be unmentionable.  Interestingly I have just read in ‘The Daily Telegraph online’ that Mrs May is due to visit Japan next week.  Please have our finest diplomats go with her, although her hands-off style may chime with the Japanese’ exquisite politeness.

Firstly, relieve the few British servicemen who are taking part, even as onlookers, in the so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian Drills. Also, please relieve every other nation which neither has borders nor is geographically close to North Korea. We can direct our Ambassadors to South Korea to use diplomatic means to demonstrate our objection to being pawns.

There is no loss of face to stand our forces down; it is a brave leader’s action. Mrs May has guts.

Unfortunately, Mr Trump along with an extraordinary number of his countrymen, believes that America rules the world. The US bases here are on so-called US soil.  Better change that law quickly and silently; it is 70 years out-of-date.

As a first-world country, we must have a say in what happens to us.

Mr Trump is more  likely to use a hammer to crack a nut, by twittering:

“ Oh dear,  stiff upper lip, Reginald. You give us something,we give you something. We will look after you.

Our response: would old air-raid shelters do as protection against the end of the world?

If Mr Trump objects to having his will thwarted, there must be an ancient law to throw recalcitrant visitors into the Tower of London. There is plenty of space.

Let’s hope we’re still here next week. Unfortunately this is not a joke; the threat is real.

LucyLou

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