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Take the Americans to task, before they obliterate our trade

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We cannot slump out of Brexit, just because it seems too hard.  It has always been the case that an exit on any subject involves a British law or one that needs to be made.  Presumably, MEP’s are pulling their weight and helping to disentangle us.

The reality of building inland lorry parks before they can begin to transit UK Customs means fewer exports.  This is why we must stay in the Customs Union.  I do not understand why this is a sticking point as the EU will have the same trouble exporting here.  The worst case scenario is that they dismiss the UK market, as import levies and traffic-choked roads is too expensive and time-consuming.

Ah, why not have a Premium Service, which will fast-track regular importers and exporters?  This is designed to keep hauliers in business from Dover.

So what is the UK as a business entity?

We trade with the EU and across the world.  They trade back with us.

Our Financial Analysts are the best in the world (according to ‘The Times’, 8 October 2017).  Companies are ignoring Goldman Sachs slipping away to Switzerland and digging in their heels here, in greater numbers. Great, thank you.

Start-up companies increase year-on-year.

Manufacturing reduces in public spats like the US Department of Commerce, which has temporarily slapped a 220% import tariff on C-series jets to be sold to Delta Airlines, in the US.

The US aircraft company, Boeing, complained to its government at what it saw as unfair subsidy by the British and Canadian governments.  Since all multi-billion projects have inward investment, the complaint looks unfair, to put it mildly.  And that is the problem; we are being too meek, unsure of which way Donald Trump will jump.

A word for the Irish company,Bombardier’s 4,000 highly-skilled workers who make the wings of the aircraft.  Their highly specialised jobs are at risk and for every worker, there are apparently four outsourcing jobs which rely on them.  Northern Ireland needs the UK government to object more strongly.

Sir Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, said:

“Boeing is a major defence partner and one of the big winners of the latest defence review, so this is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner.”

We cannot have Northern Ireland’s economy take a dive, as we are worried about upsetting our American partners.  Hello?  They don’t want to be partners anymore.  The special relationship does not exist in the brain of Donald Trump.  We have to object, or better still, take the Defence Review apart and see where else we can give out contracts instead of to the US.  This attempt by Boeing, which has doubtless had US government subsidies before, to extinguish a competitor, reveals an inward-looking attitude.  This is bad news for trade.

Boeing is one problem.  The import tariff exacerbates it.  The short- and long-term trade with the US, shows where their heart is: in the US.  Britain has been disrespected as a trading partner. They cannot be allowed to get away with it.  Otherwise Boeing is only the beginning.

LucyLou

 

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A Worldwide Failure in Computer Check-Ins – 28/09/2017

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Does no-one see this as a warning?  Last time this happened, a young man was sent to jail, extradited from Britain to the US, because he infiltrated their computer systems.  But he saved the world and hackers everywhere are rightly angry.  We need them on our side.  How about putting them to work on the space race?

Someone is practising disruption or testing a system.  Maybe they think that ‘network problems’, cited  everywhere by software company, Amadeus, will mean less concentration on security, so as to get harassed passengers off the ground.

It shows me that there should be at least one desk at check-in where passengers are processed manually, not a computer in sight.  It is then the customer’s decision whether or not to use a manual check-in desk. It depends on what section of the market appeals most to a particular airline. If a section of airline passengers worry excessively over travelling, that should determine the airline’s response.

The response to a threat is always to keep customers safe and broadly give them, with respect, the experience they want.  War is irrelevant in this context.

LucyLou

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Somebody was complaining in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ 1st September, about £100m being spent on Civil Servants who undertake overseas postings and take their families with them.  Well, that is a small sum compared to what it was, as its aim has been largely fulfilled in the public sector.  In the early 1900’s, Britain sent out its brightest Civil Servants to the outposts of the Empire and they would train up the locals to do his job and then they would be posted somewhere else.

Is the Telegraph saying that the families do not deserve somewhere to live, roughly appropriate to their English accommodation?  That their children do not deserve to be educated?  With education, doing well is a question of consistency in the way a child is taught and familiarity with that style will continue when they reach England again. The child is given a private education to provide stability through three-yearly contracts.  To my knowledge that was primarily in the military or teachers or the airlines.

Fifty years ago and more, the private sector in Britain wanted its Executives to have overseas experience.  My husband and I went to Portugal for three years. This meant that suddenly grandparents did not see the beloved grandchild for months and going out there was their only other option.  Uprooting from families and friends is something that you have to do, so companies will compensate with material things like paid flights home three times a year.  My expatriate life revolved around children and making new friends.

New people came out all the time as everyone revolved around the world, yet the friendships have lasted almost 30 years.  You need it to accustom yourself to a new life and I loved it all.

So £100m is good value for money.  It is much better to have children with you than sending them off to boarding school at seven years’ old.  Some of those girls suppressed their emotions so much in order to blend in that they found it difficult to have children.  Thanks Dad for coming home when I reached five. I would have been an entirely different person if I had had to go to boarding school.

LucyLou

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North Korea’s Dictator Kim Jon I Threatens Britain

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Look at this threat to our national security from Kim Jon I’s,(President of North Korea since 2011) point of view.

He made a threat against the Pacific island of Guam, where America has military bases, but America called his bluff.

Then someone had a much better idea.  Kim Jon I could send a nuclear warhead, fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, to Britain and hit two birds with one stone.  He would obliterate Britain and annihilate several American airforce bases at the same time.  No-one would ever be able to prove that his target was not really the UK.  It just happened to be conveniently placed for least damage to America or North Korea.

To provide a smokescreen, North Korea also threatened Australia.  Bombing them would be pointless as they are known for friendliness rather than as combatants, although they did very well by us in both World Wars.

Of course the drills are provocative!  What would anyone think if military exercises were conducted every year near their borders?  Those who insist they are not provocative, are treading water.

We need to make an end here to protect our own island.  Actually, if I were President Macron, I might make a call to Mrs May to mention that the French were not keen to have a resulting gaseous cloud blow over ‘la belle France’.  Likewise, the Netherlands,Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Scandinavia.

We must acknowledge, even if only to ourselves, that there is no chance of America coming to our rescue.  Donald Trump is more likely to push the red button just to see what would happen to North Korea. The few American servicemen over here would have to be expendable for the greater good.  Alternatively, they could go home.

Maybe the Japanese could get involved in diplomacy between America and North Korea?  They know best of how to deal with the after-effects of a nuclear bomb, although it may be unmentionable.  Interestingly I have just read in ‘The Daily Telegraph online’ that Mrs May is due to visit Japan next week.  Please have our finest diplomats go with her, although her hands-off style may chime with the Japanese’ exquisite politeness.

Firstly, relieve the few British servicemen who are taking part, even as onlookers, in the so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian Drills. Also, please relieve every other nation which neither has borders nor is geographically close to North Korea. We can direct our Ambassadors to South Korea to use diplomatic means to demonstrate our objection to being pawns.

There is no loss of face to stand our forces down; it is a brave leader’s action. Mrs May has guts.

Unfortunately, Mr Trump along with an extraordinary number of his countrymen, believes that America rules the world. The US bases here are on so-called US soil.  Better change that law quickly and silently; it is 70 years out-of-date.

As a first-world country, we must have a say in what happens to us.

Mr Trump is more  likely to use a hammer to crack a nut, by twittering:

“ Oh dear,  stiff upper lip, Reginald. You give us something,we give you something. We will look after you.

Our response: would old air-raid shelters do as protection against the end of the world?

If Mr Trump objects to having his will thwarted, there must be an ancient law to throw recalcitrant visitors into the Tower of London. There is plenty of space.

Let’s hope we’re still here next week. Unfortunately this is not a joke; the threat is real.

LucyLou

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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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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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Britain Does The Hokey-Cokey* With The EU

Hi, Britain is consumed by the EU Referendum. It is on television every night.
This evening, the EU President Donald Tusk said an exit by Britain will result in the break-up of Western political civilisation. We can read all sorts of things into that, starting with fear for his job. But how can this be? According to the EU, Britain has been an insignificant voice, one with little power. It is after all an island nation. I think that man has ignored what happened when his namesake, currently running for US President tried to shove his oar in, so to speak. How can I say this politely? Please do not preach to us.

“The EU is for the people.”

Normal people do not speak like that. It is politician-speak. The British people fear being overrun. If those in Newcastle, a salt-of-the-earth heartland think so, then it is happening. (TV News interview last night). The trouble is that politicians are making their first nationwide forays into speaking to normal people, rather than activists. They should have done the chats first, before making up their minds.

The majority cry for Britain to close its borders. Mr Cameron was wrong when he said that refugee camps would move from Calais to Kent. As Lord Hill, who sits in the House of Lords, explained, Britain has had an agreement about borders with France since before the establishment of the EU. Of course we have. I feel sorry for a man who has to take a hundred decisions a day.

So, after the vote, what do we want first?
Please close our borders except to decent people who have skills that we need.

I am voting to leave. Good luck to you with your vote.

By the way the Hokey-Cokey is a singing game and goes:
“In, out, in out, shake it all about. Do the Hokey-Cokey and turn around, that’s what it’s all about.”

LucyLou

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