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Are we all fall-guys?


This article changed by the hour yesterday.

The problem with an ultimatum is that it annoys the other party, especially if it is a stolen nerve agent. Britain shouted a threat in his face and Mr Putin has swatted us like a fly, which should have been realized by Her Majesty’s government, before making a threat.

If Mr Putin has taken such a risk to have attempted murder on an exile living in Britain, so close to his own re-election, then he will have no compunction in pressing the nuclear button. To think otherwise would be a grave mistake.

What if the nerve agent is Russian made, but has been given to mercenaries: men paid to kill? Russia could trumpet that they did not send us a virulent chemical weapon, to kill one man and his daughter and scatter low-risk minutiae indiscriminately in Britain. Let everyone throw away their Sunday clothes and shoes to stop wider circulation.

Britain is now exactly where America and possibly Russia want us: piggy-in-the-middle.

We have dismissed 23 Russian Third Secretaries from London. This was done without recourse to the EU or the UN. Belatedly, at the UN Security Council last night, America spoke up for us.urther help from America is unlikely due to the volatility of its leader.

It is not for us to complain when the US brings in someone who agrees with its President. However, negotiations with North Korea are  delicate and just imagine if they decided to bring CIA opposite numbers into the talks; we would take it as provocation, Mr Trump’s new friend ought to be diplomatically retired, soonest.

Thanks to Trump, the world now relies on the statesmanship of Mr Kim Jong-Un and Mr Moon Jae-In.Recently, they have been far more statesman-like than communist and capitalist Presidents. East beats West for good manners, I am ashamed to say.

It is very worrying how desperate the Americans are to have us as piggy-in-the-middle. They trotted out some PR statement from the White House on 13 March, which identified our special relationship. Codswallop! That was dropped the moment Mr Trump won his election. It does not exist, except as a pipedream and as such, should be treated with extreme caution.

Oddly, Mrs May’s stance sounded more like Mr Trump than anything a British person would say. Was Trump dictating and Mrs May soaking it up?#Last night, two Presidents on opposite sides of the political spectrum, acted in the same way.  Mr Putin has sacked any credible opposition candidates and Mr Trump sacked his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, with contempt, by tweet. This is appalling behaviour, but not really our concern.

Last time a British politician fell at the feet of money and power, it was regrettably David Cameron. who was so delighted that a Chinese billionaire saved our steel industry, that he took a Trade Delegation to China to thank them. The Chinese were utterly confused as to who and why he was there and what he wanted. It took some high-ranking diplomatic talks to save the Chinese’ facc.

Chinese and Russian billionaires have nothing to do with their governments, yet Chinese and Russian billionaires spend vast sums on aeroplanes and boats, which adds distinctly to Britain’s revenue. They work very hard and live in beautiful London mansions, eat in our best restaurants and are plainly a valuable addition to our economy. They should be made welcome. Unfortunately, Mrs May mirrors the behaviour of other British leaders, who have never had jobs in the marketplace.

What are British exporters to Russia to do in the face of political threat from their own country? Russia is a BRIC country; one that is high-risk investment with possible high returns. Mrs May is threatening economic sanctions. Is that a joke? We are tiny compared with the rest of the world, yet we are good at making money. Why would we throw millions in Russian inward investment away?

As a young man said on television in Moscow last night:

“It will not impact on my life.”

Exactly. It is Britain who will lose out. If Theresa May is trumpeting Trump twitter and thinks that America will come to our aid when Russia declares nuclear war on us, it is wishful thinking. Trump will tweet that US soldiers must not return in coffins and we will be left high and dry.

Britain must be the most warring country in the world. Do you want to be wartorn?

We are only strong when combined with our NATO allies in a measured response, rather than a knee-jerk one. Too late. Twenty-three Third Secretaries  have to leave within 7 days. She also talked in Parliament about economic sanctions and cyber-attack. The latter depends on surprise.. Please do not respond to the American tweet, which Trump used yesterday to fire his own Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State! If he treats his own people with contempt, he would think it a great soundbite to refuse to help us.

There was a gross murder in a beautiful place. Make MI5 agents watch the TV News. There was a snippet about eyewitnesses seeing Mr Skripal yelling in the restaurant. Is it possible that someone had just sprayed him and his clothes?

Let us be discreet. We cannot give Russia a sample of the poison that was used so indiscriminately. They will find out how it worked or whether it mutated and that gives them a deadlier weapon. Shame on Jeremy Corbyn for not unifying all MP’s. We should be having no fuss, just discretion, our usual method. The UK has not retaliated until now, as the approach has been the survival of the many over the few.

We are a powerful member of the EU. Surely, we should have asked them for help first? And why is Mrs May talking about a nuclear deterrent? Not Trident surely?  First retired 35 years ago.  She sounds even more like Trump.

America and Russia would like nothing better than having Britain start World War III, on a vague, verbal, yet ethereal promise of aid. We  must neither fall for it , nor be the fall-guy. On both sides of the planet, these people are far enough away to be both uninvolved and unaffected by nuclear fallout. Our beautiful country of England will be wiped out.

Of course, if we have another hurricane, they will be responsible for signing a death sentence for the whole planet.

Please consider the consequences. It is boring, but we have already been caught out by being convinced by Mr Trump to talk about economic sanctions. This is a man who was born with £125 million, yet Trump Tower is no longer his. Why would we have such a man talk to us of economic sanctions. Let him destroy his own economy.. We are in great need of our career diplomats. If it is true, that their numbers have been cut by 25% since 2010, the young are diplomats-in-waiting.

We have to remember that there were no WMD.

Could all Londoners go to the seaside next weekend? Just in case.



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Take the Americans to task, before they obliterate our trade


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.



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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.


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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.


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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.


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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

Hi Everyone

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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