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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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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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How exciting that we will have a spaceship to Mars within 5 years

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I love ‘what if’ scenarios.  Elon Musk of Tesla and now SpaceX has imagined a colony on Mars and is thinking of using the same rocket to go from New York to Beijing in 39 minutes.  Wow!

It is super-fast rocket travel between continents.

Is that an electric rocket?

Could we put electrical charging posts on planets on the way to Mars, so that we can bounce between them?   Or is it methane that could be part of the rocket fuel to make it go further, faster?

I am so excited by the ideas.

And NASA as agreed with Russia to deploy a space-station in deep space, to use as one such recharging station. Peace reigns.

Have a great weekend

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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What happens when you bump into something? It hurts and results in a bruise.

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What happens when you touch a bruise?

Every time you touch, it hurts and then you start recalling the badness that went with it.

A bruise is the past.

Some people are addicted to touching their bruises, like our constant recalling of the Second World War.  We have fought in 30 wars since and are known for pitching into any war; just call us.

Only this time we have not yet been asked.  How silly is that?  We are not going to be asked for help by America, one of the biggest countries on the planet.  President Trump knows that if we do not.  We are seen as a tiny island.  Only suddenly we are strategically placed in the middle of the Earth between Russia and America.

Tit for tat: offer the British bridge-builders into Afghanistan and the Americans will leave their airforce bases to protect us.  Hogwash.  The Americans win both ways.  Mrs May will have to stop listening to the Generals and bring in experienced Intelligence Officers. The Army  has done as it wants in those 30 wars and has lost the habit of listening.

It is becoming apparent that leaving the EU may not have been a good idea after all.  Britain could have been under protection from Europe if anyone practised nuclear bombing.

And we also seem to have negated NATO, our allied defence organization, which has served us very well by keeping peace in the West for 70 years.

I would say that we are in quite a lamentable hole right now politically and economically and it is time to ask the whole country to pull together to get us out of it.Unfortunately politicians will be asking a population, struck by workers: 2 for the price of 1, as those who have jobs are doing the work of two workers.  Their families are being taken off welfare benefits and they are often exhausted.

Politicians are lamentably unable to envisage consequences to their actions.  This is because they have sacked civilian advisers in every department of the Civil Service.  There are also political experts in the Commons, who are waiting to be asked.  Maybe they ought to put themselves forward, whatever political hue.

We are not at anyone else’s beck and call.  Unfortunately we may have given that impression.

Bridge-builders, an easygoing nature and Intelligence.  Everything is up for grabs.  We may have our best ever bargaining position, right now.

I still think that Americans over here must mothball their operations or disseminate them locally. Instead of jumping into every war, let us ask us what will be the consequence?

Late Sunday afternoon in Eastbourne haze drifted into East Sussex from the East, i.e., from the English Channel.  The beaches were cleared at Eastbourne and hundreds of people went to hospital complaining of streaming eyes, irritated throats and some breathing problems for those with underlying conditions. Speculations such as a tanker flushing its tanks illegally or a long-buried shell that mixed with seawater and gave off a smell of burnt plastic.  Unlikely.

A more substantial theory came from algae that had drifted en masse into the Channel and bloomed all at once. I feel like I am writing a James Bond film or natural catastrophe.   Hopefully the Police will investigate it properly as we do not want repercussions.

It is the time to show other nations our strengths.  Is this incident, bullying?  Do ‘x’ or else? East Sussex is a particularly beautiful part of Britain. We will not stand for its desecration. It does not mean that we want another war. Peace be with you.

LucyLou

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Petrol Or Electric – Fuel Payments After 2040

The UK  Carmakers Association looked wrong-footed when the government announced that there would be no more petrol cars after 2040.  Labour did not crow as much as expected, but it was just the timing of the announcement which surprised the car manufacturers.  And it really is exactly the sort of move Tony Blair’s Cabinet would have made.  He was accused on the invasion of Iraq of not thinking things through.

What happened to ThinkTanks? Or will Theresa May refuse to listen, as she knows best?  Labour has gone back to the Trade Unions for support.  I hope their members profit.

Michael Bradley, Chairman of the Australian Automobile Association thinks that electric cars will be slow to be purchased because of the large distances people routinely travel.  It is called “range anxiety”.

Some parts of Australia are already ahead.  The Queensland government has just launched its first “electric super highway”, which is 1600 km dotted with super-fast charging stations along its route.  Electric car drivers will be able to drive from North Queensland to the border of New South Wales, when it is complete in five months’ time, (credit ‘The Guardian’ newspaper 20/7/2017).

My idea is this:

To solve the concern about whether your car will reach the next charging station in time,

  • Satellites could sell as much electric charge as the customer wants. They input their card details or use a pre-payment card easily bought from neighbourhood corner shops. The satellite would read the card and beam down the bought amount of electrical charge.
  • Payment platforms are accessible by mobile phones. It is just another jump for those phones to access a payment platform in a satellite.

Or something on these lines?

Come on, carmakers, you have a great opportunity here.  Let’s discuss.  If you know someone already thinking on these lines, feel free to comment.

Have a good week.

LucyLou

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