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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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Pride Comes Before A Fall

Senior UK Civil Servants and politicians must eat humble pie.  We are the tiniest of countries, compared with the US and post-Brexit, we will be of no account, unless we stick by our democracy and our principles.

UK law says that you cannot go to war unless you have parliamentary approval.  It does actually beggar belief that Parliament is on holiday, whilst the US tries to start World War III.  Mr Trump is not a fan of the UN and appears to think he is above international law and beyond them.  They are simply not as fast as Twitter.

Who knows, if by next week, he will want to use our forces in Cyprus (peaceful for 44 years, since the Turks invaded Cyprus), to launch US weapons of mass destruction?  Then his hands will not be soiled by war.

The delay in asking Parliament to vote for military action may save us.  At least, it will give us some time whilst we recall Parliament. Mr Trump has cancelled a state visit to South America.  Come back UK politicians, whatever hue, before Mrs May bows down to Trump and allows US planes to refuel on Cyprus.

Has anyone asked for Cyprians’ thoughts on being used to incite war?  If chemical weapons are being used on the children in Syria, then a reprisal to Cyprus would be made with a shrug of the shoulders. British citizens should leave immediately.

That the US sent home 60 Russian diplomats is perhaps in proportion to the size of country. We cannot be trumped by the US in Syria.  It is so much better to wait for the UN, whose peacekeepers work globally. It is a peculiar triumvirate here: the US, France and Britain against the world. We are signed-up members of the UN and NATO.  What does France achieve out of this? We all know that Mr Trump thinks he is leader of the world; maybe a misunderstanding, he should be a world leader.

It is also unhelpful for a former UK Prime Minister to advocate war when he made such a hash of it last time. No weapons of mass destruction, (the reason for our entry to war), were found in the desert and we were left with loss of such brave soldiers.  They must be given the respect of going to war, if the UN agrees and not on a Twitter whim.

So, to the Civil Servants: it is up to you to persuade your departments’ politicians to wait. Who is behind the chemical attack? I do not often agree with Jeremy Corbyn, yet here he is right about waiting for an investigation into the chemical weapons’ attack.  Then we can perhaps save some of the children.  Going blindly into war helps no-one and last time under Tony Blair, it did not work.

It is weird, under a Conservative government, to even consider going to war without the democratic decision of Parliament.  To a believer in democracy, it is worrying.

As a note off the subject, the US wants us to change our trading principles so that they can sell us chickens washed in chlorine. Give over; we’ve seen the scary smiles.

Lucy Lou

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Boris Banter

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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.

LucyLou

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Are we all fall-guys?

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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.

LucyLou

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Brexit: Do We Have Anything Or Nothing?

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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.

LudyLou

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

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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.

LucyLou

PS Grateful thanks to

http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/radwaste/history-of-nuclear-waste-disposal-proposals-in-britain/

 

 

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