Save The Country And Thereby Yourself

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Allow me to suggest, belatedly,  to Theresa May, that we have been honoured by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, as he has spent the best part of a year, finding people who can best help the UK to leave the EU.

Time waits for no man and certainly not for us.  In the political murkiness which has followed this UK General Election, please surround yourself with MEP’s, who know the EU system.  Let us be assured that the EU is one enormous system and you don’t know your path through it.  It does not matter what political creed the MEP’s follow, only that they want the best for our country.

Surrounding yourself with people from across Parliament who are experts on Europe, each with their own speciality, is how we will leave easily. Unfortunately, according to The Guardian, (13 June), an EU Ambassador told them that we do not appear to know what we want let alone how to get it. I have wondered about that for a long time.

Our response looks  rough and ready, due to the lack of time between the Election on 8 June and start of Brexit talks on 19 June 2017. Negotiations are  best made by using the best people and never by one person.  That would be a dictatorship and we are a democracy.  Moreover the Referendum last year gave the majority to people wanting to leave.

We have a Department for Exiting The EU (DExEU) under Conservative MP David Davis. Unfortunately half of the Ministers have resigned, most recently the well-regarded peer George Bridges, against the wishes of David Davis, amid reports he had doubts about the UK’s Brexit strategy. Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a Treasury Minister in charge of communicating Brexit to the City also announced her resignation. (Dan Roberts, Daniel Boffey & Jennifer Rankin 13 June AFP News)

Now the EU insists on a formal opening of Brexit talks with a British Minister present, to lend credence, which is enough to annoy the calmest of negotiators.  The British wanted to get on with talks between officials.  The EU wants four-weekly cycles of negotiation, each one about one speciality.  That makes sense.

If Theresa May saves our beloved country by sorting out our policies and way forward for exiting the EU, then she will save herself as well.

Wish us luck.

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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Soft Or Hard Brexit

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What simple words we use to describe an enormous undertaking.

David Davis must start the talks in a few days’ time as beginnings are often ceremonial.

As this means such a lot to those who voted to leave in the recent Referendum, we really do need it to be steered by a cross-party committee.  Just because your shirt is red or blue does not indicate negotiating ability and we need that in spades, focussed brains on leaving in the best way for us.  Isn’t it great to think that the EU no longer has power over us.  We don’t have to think about whether what we do correlates with their laws etc.

There is concern over whether  we stay in the single market.  We can negotiate from outside it.  Besides, we have already been offered a seat on the Trans Pacific Alliance, which includes ex-Commonwealth countries.  It is generous of them considering the way we dropped trade with them following our entry into the Common Market, as it then was.

If a soft Brexit means happy landings, then I am all for it, but we must be inclusive especially of a new group of voters: young people.  Emboldened by Jeremy Corbyn, (that may well be his legacy) to vote, many for the first time means that we have to keep that interest.  They are the ones to be most affected by Brexit and all parents will know that anyone over 25 is a dinosaur.  Bluntly, they do not want Grandma making their life decisions.

It is ridiculous to suggest there will be no viable deal.  Theresa May has suggested this in the past, but I hope that she has dropped it. I find it difficult to believe that any politician who voted ‘Remain’ is truly able to negotiate a way out of the EU.

It is admitted by Theresa May that she made a mess of the Election.  It is just that she did not trust her Cabinet in the same way that many start-up business owners, find it overwhelmingly tempting to do it all by yourself, because you are the only one who can be trusted, right?  It is a hard lesson to learn.  At Prime-Ministerial level, there is no room for this and her Assistants were dreadfully arrogant to staff .  Madness indeed. There is no room for failure here and making a mess here would be catastrophic for us all.

So it does matter how MP’s voted in the Referendum and I ask you to please only have MP’s who voted to leave the EU. I was delighted to see in today’s ‘Daily Telegraph’ * that Labour and Conservative MP’s are talking to each other.  Hurrah!  They are putting our country first, which is what MP’s come into Parliament to do as part of their job.  It is not ‘cloak and dagger’ as the journalist seems to think.  It is normal for MP’s to discuss it with each other and take back their thoughts to the Prime Minister. She is not Maggie Thatcher who decided everything and neither is she John Major, who took us out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism on 16th September 1992.  (Actually we crashed out after the pound could not be kept above a pre-set rate.)  But John Major kept his nerve.  He believed in collective decision-making.  Theresa May will grow in stature if she takes their views onboard and hopefully continue as Prime Minister.  We just need faith.

We are caretakers of our beloved country. Every MP knows that and we rely on them to negotiate a graceful exit from the EU, for the next generation.

LucyLou

 

*(written by Kate McCann and Gordon Rayner)

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Hung Parliament 2017 Seeks Deal With DUP

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The Conservative government’s loss of seats in the General Election has ruined its majority.  Its knee-jerk response has asked for support from the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) seats in Northern Ireland..

This government cannot make a deal with any party from Northern Ireland.  This is because the British government governs Northern Ireland in the same way it governs England, Scotland and Wales.  The DUP has 10 political seats out of a total of 90 seats, almost 10% of the seats .The government cannot give one party an advantage over the rest.  It is unethical.

Usual moral ground would be to leave the DUP alone.  However desperately I may want my own choice of political party to be in Parliament, I cannot be doing with politicians who fling the high moral ground out of the window when convenient.

The morals of the current Conservative government have already been called into question during the election by allowing only three people to decide on the manifesto: Theresa May and her two assistants.   Now she wants the DUP and their 10 seats to swing to a majority in Parliament.

Our first priority should be for the wellbeing of the people of Northern Ireland.  The DUP are naturally jumping at the opportunity to be more powerful.  (Theresa May has no chance as the Irish are the best and loveliest talkers in the world and that accent ….)

I watched a documentary about Northern Ireland yesterday and it rivals England for beauty.  I never knew that.  Sixty years ago my father and his friends from Liverpool went on holiday by motorbike to Ireland.   When they visited the Irish parents of one of their group, the eldest son refused to stay in the same house as Englishmen.  Such was the depth of hatred for the British.

Lots of people have terrible memories of the Troubles 1968-1998, yet we have been at peace these twenty years.  How dare a British government put that at risk? It’s inconceivable and the thing is, my heart though true blue, is wobbling.

Having another election would be tumultuous for us all, but it may be the only honest way through.

LucyLou

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Thank You, Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande became known to us during a fabulous concert for Manchester, almost two weeks after tragedy struck the foyer of the venue.  She is a real gem.  Her kindness beamed from her in the photograph with Georgina Callender, 18, who sadly passed away.  When I first saw the photo, I did not know who was the popstar.  I had to look it up elsewhere.  It is because she is beautiful, like her fan, from within.

Your song ‘Over The Rainbow’ brought us all to tears.  Thank goodness for people like you.

LucyLou

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Thank You To The Police

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Two days to go to the UK Election and I want to say a huge thank you to the armed police on our streets, maintaining our way of life. They are truly ‘Britain’s finest’ and make me feel so safe.

However, the media is being unfair to keep saying that the attackers at London Bridge were known to police.  Even their own families did not know what was happening, as in the Libyan father of the Manchester attacker, who initially said that it could not be his son. I am not repeating his name; it is too shameful  to remember.

Theresa May has done a fabulous job talking to people on the ground and answering their issues. In retrospect it will be seen as a phenomenal achievement in such a short time.  In hindsight, she was right to avoid the television debate on 31st May, which she could see descending into farce.  Besides seven against one is unfair odds and having to constantly justify herself would indeed have been a waste of time.

I have made that most personal of all decisions and I want to say to all women: it is imperative that we vote, as the evil people in our country want Sharia law. I know that our security services and agencies protecting us, will come through with honour.

I wish you well.

LucyLou

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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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