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Save £1 billion To DUP From Addition To UK National Debt

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I am so disappointed and ashamed that the Conservatives, a party I have supported most of my adult life, has been dishonest, has taken a swipe at democracy.  If such an action had been taken by a dictatorship somewhere else, we may have said that it was typical of someone desperate to hold onto power.  That it has happened here may have reverberations, far beyond politics.  For example, if I was an incomer from elsewhere in the EU, I would be seriously thinking of leaving, so blatant is the bribery.  What sort of people are the British to accept it?

No-one is mentioning that the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont remains dissolved.  No-one has said that Martin McGuiness resigned because Arlene Foster DUP Leader and First Minister had become embroiled in a green energy for businesses scheme, which had been far too generous and was overspent by £490 million, hardly a trifling amount.

According to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, Northern Ireland politics allows a member of DUP to be First Minister, so long as the Deputy is from Sinn Fein.  When Martin McGuiness of Sinn Fein resigned, the legislature could not operate and was dissolved.

For a British Prime Minister to be giving one billion pounds to the DUP, is like jumping hard onto one end of a a seesaw and hope no-one falls off. Long have we been known for our fairness and fair play.  The EU politicians still make agreements with a signature and a shake of hands. EU countries like us and we like them, but we have voted to be independent again. That is all.

Let the incomers speak.  They came here because we are generous with our welfare benefits and let them go back home and still pay it at British rates.   We benefit from their hard work and contributions to our economy.  This power-grabbing leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Would I want my children to live in a place that pays bribes, without a second thought?  Middle-eastern countries are not strangers to bribes.  It’s just that I never thought it could happen here.

When you unbalance political power, you threaten democracy.  Politicians go to work in Parliament, away from daily life, but most of them are very hardworking and do their best for us.

The payment has to be stopped. Actually I am surprised that the EU Commission has not objected to it.  If this was a middle-eastern country, I am sure that our politicians would be outraged, (not that it is any of their business,) at this threat to the balance of power.

The Scots are objecting.  How much did we pay again for their new seat of politics? £414 million.  How much does it cost to run?  Well in 2009, it was £72 million and the rest of us are footing that bill as well.  And isn’t there somewhere for them to stay if they are at Westminster in the week? They have had quite enough of our taxpayers’ money.

The Welsh are forgiven their expenditure as they have succeeded in attracting Aston Martin to build its new car in Wales. Wow!

If the payment is withdrawn, I shall be happy and relieved.  Mrs May is dangerously clueless about Northern Ireland’s politics and does not seem to care, just so long as the DUP votes with her.

Let us be clear that the government must be borrowing the £1 billion.  Where else have they got it from?  Oh, I get it.  All Councils in England will have to curb spending on care of English citizens.  I could ask my MP to object to the payment, but the dolt seems to have favoured status, in a safe seat.  I voted Green.

Do you agree or  disagree? Comments welcome.

LucyLou

 

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The Losers Bring Britain Together

Hello, this post comes out with a heavy heart.

Our whole country feels sadness today, for those caught up in a shocking attack on Manchester, one of our greatest cities.  Mancunians are a breed apart: teenagers who are funny amongst themselves, yet who stand together against the world. And they care. That’s why we saw the people on the streets last night offering free taxis, water, food.

“Yes, love …” says it all to strangers and friends alike.

The tweeter earlier dealt the perpetrators a stunning blow in a nutshell.  That person said the Evil would always be thought of as Losers.  That is a teenager speaking.  It is followed here: The Losers.  Do not say where they come from or give a name to any who claim responsibility, as they crave publicity.

The Losers have claimed responsibility quite late, too late. It is obviously one person acting alone who has built a bomb and detonated it, quite forgetting to inform anyone.  Unlikely, therefore not a four-person cell?  Military acting alone?  Unlikely.  It must be Losers who seek to destroy lightheartedness, because they are afraid of freedom.

They will be caught.  We do not want them in British prisons.  Much infamy is bought in there.  Contract a prison to the Americans.  There is no freedom in their jails.  Put them on the bleakest, coldest, wettest isle of the British Isles.  Let it be shut down. No journalism allowed.

But today we mourn for lives lost young and older alike. We pray with mothers who have missing children.  We pray for the wellbeing of those in hospital.  Surely, if we all wish together and if we thank all Emergency Services and Intelligence Services for their swift response, it will make them feel better after seeing horrific sights and we can remember the victims in life. To bury a child is the worst scenario for any parent.  But any member of a family taken in such a way makes all relatives sad.    The act is done.  The Losers have sickened and appalled us, but it will bring the British together much more than any election could have done.  They lose again.

LucyLou

PS The European Union in Brussels has hung its flags at half-mast.  Thank you; it means a lot.

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Footballers Will Unite Against Terrorism

Hello, I’m back after a prolonged absence, but I owe it to my grandmothers who inspired the name for this site: Lucy Woodward and Louise (known as Lou to Grandad) Stokes.

You see, some crazy person attacked a football bus, Dortmund.  Have they never heard of football fans?  About 75% of adult men in the UK have some connection with football. To the terrorists, don’t even think about it.  They would find you and after that, who knows?

The other moot point is that they young men on the bus were made to play the next day, which seems so uncaring as to be incredible.  The coach of the other team had been Dortmund’s coach.  He said (in the Times, football section 14 April 2017) that he had seen delayed shock in the eyes of the young men he had coached.  Somebody got it wrong.  There is not bowing to terrorism and mental upset caused by such an incident. I hope that Dortmund’s coaches can make them strong again and get them some security. You would have fans competing for the honour.

See you next week, all being well as Grandma Lucy used to say to me.

LucyLou

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A Danger to Democracy

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On 18 July Jeremy Corbyn refused to read out Labour’s policy on nuclear armament as it did not agree with his own.  At that point, he was not acting as a public servant but doing what he wanted.  Furious heckling from his own MP’s showed their disillusion at a discussion that had been booked in 2015 and a Shadow Cabinet meeting had agreed to read out Labour’s policy.

I remember years ago that I was beaten in a show of hands, but I had to swallow and accept a democratic vote.  Apparently Jeremy Corbyn does not want to be disappointed, but that is not democracy.

For the record:

‘Labour remains committed to a minimum, credible, independent nuclear capability, delivered through a Continuous At-Sea Deterrent. We will actively work to increase momentum on global multilateral disarmament efforts and negotiations, and look at further reductions in global stockpiles and the numbers of weapons.’ (The Spectator 19 July 2016.)

What do you think?  Is there democracy in the UK?  In Europe?

LucyLou

 

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Who to sack, Junior Doctors or Jeremy Hunt?

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Jeremy Hunt, the UK Health Secretary, should be deposed for bigotry. It takes an intelligent man to make an election pledge then listen to the arguments. It takes a great man to then see insolvable problems and compromise.

The Conservatives, namely David Cameron and his old friend Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) have as a cornerstone of their beliefs that election promises must be fulfilled. That is a noble premise that we all want, but in the real light of day, there are longer term failings that may sink the NHS in ten years, long after these politicians have gone.

It all goes back to two young MP’s, one David Cameron and Nick Clegg, who were deemed not important enough by a senior Civil Servant to merit more than a shared cubbyhole office. At that moment they vowed to get rid of what they saw as useless Civil Servants when they themselves came into office. And so they did. They cut the safety net to the poor, low incomes and disabled people. Every service to the country had their services cut.

Junior Doctors are the most moral people in the country and unlike these politicians, they can see a consequence that they deem to be dangerous. They are best placed to know, not cowardly politicians who hide behind election pledges and general busyness. This is Jeremy Hunt’s field. Where is he?

Every person in the debate is passionate. Jeremy Hunt, the titular boss of Doctors should compromise. If he is a great man, he will do so. If he wants to compromise and is being muffled by David Cameron, then he should resign. David Cameron is not a dictator; he is an elected Prime Minister. So he has to go along with what most people feel. I, for one, would ask him please to listen more carefully to the Junior Doctors. I was appalled that there has not been a trial. The NHS has always, up to now, trialled any new idea. If it works, it is rolled out everywhere. There, that is a get-out clause for the government.

LucyLou

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Peaceful Consequences?

As always, it is cause and effect. You do something; it has an effect. For example, you bomb a country to smithereens and the effect is that its population flees.

No war exit policy has worked since the British went into Afghanistan. The bad guys, the Nailbat, are still there, mainly because it is about the bad people’s thought patterns, rather than physical obliteration. They are passed on, via the tradition of oral storytelling.

Educate the children to find longlasting peace in the way of that country and create diplomacy amongst the adults. Regrettably, that is another of Mr Osborne’s timebombs. Diplomats returned home after a visit to China, kept together only by their good judgement. They stopped George blundering into making the Chinese lose face and when they returned home, a stupidly ungrateful government announced diplomatic job cuts in the Foreign Office . Give us strength to outlast idiots.

Please do not let Mr Osborne, in particular and also his boss stumble into situations where they think themselves obliged to help out foreign billionaires where none is expected. The scar of HS1 and HS2 anyone? It has tracks and is being built by … you are so far ahead of me … a Chinese billionaire who favours German carriages while we sink into the mire of false gratitude.

LucyLou

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Consequences of Paying Too Little Wages

Hello, apologies that I have not been around for a while. I guess that I fell off my perch. Political and social comment continues apace.

On 27th November 2015, there was a huge UK internet Sale called Black Friday. It actually lasted the whole of that week and the following week. There were great deals and many people, including me, bought cumbersome electrical items, all delivered to any address.

Congratulations to Royal Mail who has adapted to carrying parcels ordered over the Internet. Stores have also benefitted from online shopping, as prices seem to be the same online and in store.

We are now at the end of March and the January Sales have become the Spring Sales. Yesterday, now end of March, British Summer Time started.
The Sales will stop when stores can no longer sell at reduced prices, as manufacturers are sent to the wall by hungry suppliers. They do not care as they can merely import more goods. Which will go out of business first?

I think it will be the suppliers, whose wage bills will go up 50p per hour per employee from April 2016 for those aged 25 and over. To be fair to the government, there has been a year for the suppliers to lobby against this rise, but they know that they have been paying too little for years. They have been relying on UK welfare benefits to top up the salaries of those with families, aged 25 and over, so that they can maintain a living wage. I have seen people working seven-day weeks and they are exhausted. Those employees can no longer go the extra mile required by his or her employers. Exhaustion is taking its toll across all industries. Hopefully this introduction will stop it.

LucyLou

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