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If There’s Any Sacking To Be Done – Insult To British Workers 04/10/17

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Boris Johnson’s Deputy is in the US.  With any luck, Sir Alan Duncan’s speech will largely have gone over the heads of the State Governors.

However, they know when someone takes a swipe at their voters.  The working-class, (now really a dead phrase to describe decent hardworking people), as Sir Alan Duncan ought to know, are quite often Conservative voters, as Conservatives are aspirational!

Perhaps the only tenet of Donald Trump’s government is to try and give the workers a better life. He is always positive and optimistic about Americans.  When the State Governors hear that Sir Alan thinks our people were ‘stirred up’ by the Brexit Campaign; well, we all were.  Shall we? Shan’t we?  We wanted plain information, but that was in short supply.

Mr Trump and the Senators will think that Sir Alan disrespects his own people, so how will he treat theirs?  What is he doing there, apart from causing a diplomatic incident?  He was at best patronising and at worst contemptuous of the workings of democracy (during the Brexit Referendum) and of the people. He described them as ‘throwing a tantrum’, which I think is tantamount to insulting our whole country.

So, Mrs May, or is it Boris who should respond?  What more damage can your Deputy inflict?  Bring him back home quickly and give him a job that shows him how to respect workers.  After all, they make our economy strong and bring us peace and prosperity.

LucyLou

PS I hope that no-one uses this to hurt Boris, as he gave a rousing speech to the Conservative Conference and kept delegates in a ripple of laughter, mostly at his wonderful use of the English language.  Mrs May is very clever to keep him as a support to the Conservative delegates.  Apparently they have been nodding a little at previous speeches.

LucyLou

 

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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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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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A Danger to Democracy

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On 18 July Jeremy Corbyn refused to read out Labour’s policy on nuclear armament as it did not agree with his own.  At that point, he was not acting as a public servant but doing what he wanted.  Furious heckling from his own MP’s showed their disillusion at a discussion that had been booked in 2015 and a Shadow Cabinet meeting had agreed to read out Labour’s policy.

I remember years ago that I was beaten in a show of hands, but I had to swallow and accept a democratic vote.  Apparently Jeremy Corbyn does not want to be disappointed, but that is not democracy.

For the record:

‘Labour remains committed to a minimum, credible, independent nuclear capability, delivered through a Continuous At-Sea Deterrent. We will actively work to increase momentum on global multilateral disarmament efforts and negotiations, and look at further reductions in global stockpiles and the numbers of weapons.’ (The Spectator 19 July 2016.)

What do you think?  Is there democracy in the UK?  In Europe?

LucyLou

 

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Who to sack, Junior Doctors or Jeremy Hunt?

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Jeremy Hunt, the UK Health Secretary, should be deposed for bigotry. It takes an intelligent man to make an election pledge then listen to the arguments. It takes a great man to then see insolvable problems and compromise.

The Conservatives, namely David Cameron and his old friend Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) have as a cornerstone of their beliefs that election promises must be fulfilled. That is a noble premise that we all want, but in the real light of day, there are longer term failings that may sink the NHS in ten years, long after these politicians have gone.

It all goes back to two young MP’s, one David Cameron and Nick Clegg, who were deemed not important enough by a senior Civil Servant to merit more than a shared cubbyhole office. At that moment they vowed to get rid of what they saw as useless Civil Servants when they themselves came into office. And so they did. They cut the safety net to the poor, low incomes and disabled people. Every service to the country had their services cut.

Junior Doctors are the most moral people in the country and unlike these politicians, they can see a consequence that they deem to be dangerous. They are best placed to know, not cowardly politicians who hide behind election pledges and general busyness. This is Jeremy Hunt’s field. Where is he?

Every person in the debate is passionate. Jeremy Hunt, the titular boss of Doctors should compromise. If he is a great man, he will do so. If he wants to compromise and is being muffled by David Cameron, then he should resign. David Cameron is not a dictator; he is an elected Prime Minister. So he has to go along with what most people feel. I, for one, would ask him please to listen more carefully to the Junior Doctors. I was appalled that there has not been a trial. The NHS has always, up to now, trialled any new idea. If it works, it is rolled out everywhere. There, that is a get-out clause for the government.

LucyLou

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