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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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Grenfell Tower’s Cladding May Have Caused Tragedy

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The tragedy at Grenfell Tower in West London was caused by greed on the part of the contractors who could have put up apparently fire-resistant panels for an extra £5,000. On a price of £2.6 million this is nothing.  Mind you those panels are banned in Germany and cited as 12mm board.

The problem was not only in the panels.  It was the gap between the cladding and the concrete building which caused a conduit for the fire.  A firefighter described being scared for the first time and thinking it reminiscent of 9/11 in America.

Personally,  I think that the building should be taken down and rebuilt with sprinklers as a condition of building. There should be directions to people to leave immediately rather than the current instructions to stay in their flats and await rescue.  I don’t think that the fire hoses could reach 24 storeys.  In a neighbouring building,there were no fire extinguishers to be seen and no fire alarm.  This may have been due to gangs in the area using them as weapons. The only solution to that is a crackdown on gangs, by using community and Special Police visible in the community.  It would be much appreciated by the residents.   It would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so sad that the owners of the building had so little care for its tenants and owners.

There are other high-rise buildings across the country with cladding like the Grenfell Tower.  All high-rise buildings, say above four floors, should be inspected immediately for fire conduits.  A solution could be to remove the cladding .  That would remove the conduit or gap between the panels and the concrete walls, apparently causing the fire to spread so rapidly.  As an Architect of Grenfell Tower said:

“We built a concrete building in 1974 and concrete simply does not burn like that. “  *

Sadly, local Councils across the country have been saying today that cladding on their tower blocks meet fire regulations.  This is the point.   In 1973 we joined the Common Market, later to be the EU.   The Chief Health & Safety Officer at the small company where I worked, told me that this was the end of British Standards, envied the world over.  We would in future follow the Common Market’s regulations, which were a lot lower.  And look what’s happened and what could happen.  So Councils, please don’t behave like the ostrich: take your head out of the sand and investigate all of your tower blocks, to give residents peace of mind.

‘Arnold Tarling of the Association of Specialist Fire Protections, said yesterday:

“When this block was built, it complied with the old fire regulations.  Had it been left alone, it would never have burned like this.  “ **

As a long-term solution, maybe the towers could be painted with fire-resistant paint? This could make them pretty for the residents.  I vaguely remember seeing a TV report about a high-rise block in London being depressing to look at and Councils must have then concentrated on the aesthetics.

The company involved in this cladding refurbishment in 2016 should never have been in operation.  Mr and Mrs Bailey were Director and Company Secretary respectively of Harley Curtain Wall, which went bankrupt in 2015, owing £1.18 million. Under UK law, if your company goes bankrupt, then Directors cannot hold such posts for five years.    However Harley Facades Limited, their other company continued in operation and indeed later bought Harley Curtain Wall back for £24,900.

It is a loophole in British business where companies can go bust and then start up again soon afterwards.  That is probably why the Baileys think that they are in the clear and they may well be as I am not an expert in company law. But they should never have been allowed to be Directors after going bankrupt. I do fear there may be a loophole within another loophole, legislation being what it is.  At the very least it merits investigation.

LucyLou

*(Sam Greenhill, Josh White, James Tozer – Daily Mail, 16 June)

** same article

 

 

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What the Extremists Don’t Understand – London 2017

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The solidity of support from around the world must be frustrating for extremists.  They have been brought up to believe that destruction causes disunity, when the opposite is true.

I was initially concerned that Mr Trump should make comments on our political system, but actually what he said, is right.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.” (credit David Morgan, Reuters)

Political correctness is seen as weakness by extremists and so is giving them housing and a free life.  It is a kick in the teeth for our hospitality and further claims for political asylum should be regarded with caution.  Employ more Civil Servants.

Public service job cuts came when David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered office.  Having been insulted by a senior Civil Servant ten years before, they took revenge and aimed to cut 100,000 jobs. Unfortunately, they decimated the safety net that everyone could depend upon during times of stress. Resentment led to a way into the Civil Service by sleeper cells. Hard to believe? Try reporting an extremist.

President Trump’s comment about stopping the terror “spreading to our (US) shores” shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how extremists work. They live insidiously in a country and await instruction, so let us please learn from history.  As long ago as World War II, we had protection from the Home Guard, widely ridiculed, yet very effective against a perceived threat.

A global response committee is in place.  In the UK, we need our Civil Servants back.   Could someone please replace them?  Many public services are stretched and too many good people are on the dole.

A Muslim has suggested before in media reports that they must ‘have difficult conversations’ with people about possible extremism.  We are currently past talking.  If a political party takes action against all threats, it will be busy till Christmas. Best leave it to ‘Britain’s finest’, the police, security services and agencies working behind the scenes.

It seems like an afterthought, which it is not.  I am almost sure we gave our condolences to Kabul, Afghanistan after a car bomb targeted Embassies on 31st May. (They have their own insidious battle against the Joyless Ones, aka the Taliban.)  Bombs have the same effect as suicide bombers have around the world.  They don’t work. Their best communicators need to be there and not former politicians, well-meaning if misguided.

LucyLou

PS  I have just realised that London Bridge Tube station was involved.  It is a transport hub, yet for me, it is  near the headquarters of a charity where I worked. I have walked in the area a dozen times and marvelled at the unfamiliar foods in the market.   No-one makes eye contact and I am the only white person for miles, yet I smile as I walk.

 

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The Call Of Politics – Again

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How is that we were kicked into a political mill less than two years ago and forced to choose between the good the bad and the ugly? I, for one, am so sick of hearing politicians puff off their views. Can it be that they cannot bear being out of the public’s sight for a minute? I feel as though we were settling down to working our way through Brexit and having our roads mended again.

Is Theresa May saying that there must needs be a political leader in the mould of President Obama, the former US President? On his gaining power, he called on ex-US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to help him gather support and experience in debates, so that America could grow under his leadership. We have many experienced and valuable MP’s from across the political spectrum. Could they be prevailed upon to come together for the good of the country? It is truly a strong leader who allows people of different political hues to speak in debate.

I was looking forward to a halcyon summer, free of the red-faced pestilence of politics dragging down our national morale again. Do I care who is standing? Well, yes, my own MP is a dope; he speaks with false modesty which makes me cringe at best. I must find another or shall I not bother to vote? If this election has truly been called because there are more Conservative MP’s accused of cheating us, by falsely claiming expenses, than there are in the Conservative majority (12), then we are in a calamity indeed.

The Scottish people would do well to keep quiet. They are just moving into an expensive new headquarters in London of all places and  doubtless paid for by British voters. Speak to Nicola Sturgeon and she can barely keep contempt of us out of her voice. And it makes me wonder why we have to change to British Summer Time and back when the only people to benefit are the Scots. Do they think we are stupid? Please do not let Theresa May make earlier colleagues’ mistake of thinking the electorate beneath their contempt or in some cases, beyond their comprehension.

We simply cannot afford to keep having elections just because those in power do not like the outcome of the last one. That is the attitude of dictatorship. Mrs Sturgeon, take note.

Those from elsewhere would do well to remember that you came here because you liked our way of life. Those from here should avoid false modesty at all costs. To Mr Corbyn: have you been to your allotment this year? Are they intended for people in your position? Please, no photographs of him next to a giant vegetable that he has apparently grown. The train fiasco was bad enough.

To everyone else, wish us luck. The whirlpool of politics has started again. In a sea of political conjecture, let us hope that there is no methane gas coming from below the waves, to sink our boats.

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Previous Post about the EU

I can belatedly, see that some people may think the post was racist but it was meant to be anti-racism.  We don’t need to  have bodies of every colour in advertisements; we should be more relaxed.  Of course, if I feel that my colour is under-represented, then I will not buy that product.  This is exactly the dilemma for advertisers.

We are all seeking calm from the political turmoil.  It is good for our political future that David Cameron still wants to stand as an MP in 2020, (as in The Evening Blend of The Spectator 12/07/20116)

There must be few countries where every political leader dives for cover at once.  However, the UK has solid systems in place.  If the Scots don’t make us pay for another Referendum, then we’ll be fine.  I am perturbed by the exclusion of Nigel Farage from Brexit negotiations.   I thought it was better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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Too Late But Show Energy In Remain Camp

It seems odd that Britain is accused of breaking up Europe when the concession that David Cameron elicited, was in practical terms, nothing at all. It has to be ratified by the European Congress, where everyone gets a vote.  Is it like Clement Attlee waving his piece of paper?  Will our actions send Europe to war?  It seems impossible; we are a tiny country compared to others in Europe.  Yet the presidency clearly sees the start of an exodus.  They know that they cannot cope alone, so suddenly Britain, being a damp squib, is now number one subject of discussion. The Netherlands is now poised to have its own Referendum.

Unfortunately, the poster displayed by Nigel Farage of UKIP, however distasteful, touched a nerve. It was a bully-boy tactic, worthy of the origins of UKIP.  The Remain camp should have come out with another one in support of itself, i.e., people working industriously.  However that’s not possible is it?  In stupid flack, poke yourself in the eye fairness, every poster must include white, brown, black, from somewhere else people.  The recent EU immigrants must not be insulted.  Hello?  This is about our country, our rule of law, no-one else.

We have let ourselves be sunk under immigrants because we try so hard to please them. Stop pleasing.  Start thinking.  It’s too late, of course, but I suppose other bloggers are brimming over with emotion today.

Tomorrow we stand together, shoulder to shoulder, just as it always has been and just as it always will be.

LucyLou

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What If No Explanation for Immigration, Economy

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I have been an EU leaver until yesterday, when I saw my brother. He has a whizzy job in London and he told me a story.

Think of Switzerland which is not in the EU. When a company wants one of their staff to go and work there, that person needs a Visa.  This takes 6 weeks.  In the digital age where we deal in everything being instant, six weeks is an impossible wait.

So what is the company forced to do? They choose a Swiss person, who is not a good match, because he or she is there and does not need a visa.  If Britain leaves the EU, then we shall all be like the Swiss.  Every person from every company will need a visa if we wish to work in Europe

Trading with the EU will be the same as new trade agreements need to be agreed. This apparently takes two years for a simple agreement.  We all know that is ridiculous.

My brother also told me that over half our trade is with Europe. Suddenly we will need a visa and a new trade agreement.  It will not work in the beginning and waiting more than a month of those two years will destroy us and collapse our economy.

What to do? The politicians have had a huge wake-up call.  They do not know their people and seem more inclined to listen to foreigners than their own.  This will stop when we make it stop, i.e., through political will and that of the people.

My brother told me that if an exit happens, our finance industry, which is a substantial contributor to our wealth, will go down to nothing in global terms. London has been a big financial centre for the last 10 or so years.  Why would we spoil it now?  Because we do not understand.  I cannot believe what a mess the politicians are making.  Get some real people on the TV.

My thought is to keep whingeing from within. The first thing to demand is for the European parliament to stay in one place.  Secondly, we must make life better in the countries that the immigrants are fleeing.  I had a comment here on the blog to suggest that Europe needed to change its ideology! So these people are not in the real world either.

If we do go out, nothing will be done right away and that will build civil tension. If the financiers lose their jobs it is 2008 all over again and everyone else will start losing theirs if not worse.

I have changed my mind and will be voting to remain in the EU.

As ever, your vote is your own. Good luck to you.

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