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Brexit always needed just one person to get a deal

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Amber Rudd has thrown an angry and frustrated hissy fit and has put the cause of female MP’s back 10 years. For her, the end of her job has been coming since she was appointed Work & Pensions Secretary. A huge portfolio, full of lifetime payments, was cut severely by George Osborne and David Cameron.. It then became a cost-cutting exercise which caused huge distress. She just continued it and taking a step back to look at the bigger picture, she only had a 346 vote majority at the 2016 election..
Brexit always needed a tough Prime Minister, leading from the front. Boris presses the flesh and gives hope. It is the nature of the man that he sacked MP’s, as he has merely done what he warned them would happen. Theirs is a treasonable offence and could have landed them in the Tower … of London. But Boris has lost his flamboyancy as he knuckles down.
Parliamentary MP’s in a soft job were complacent until John Major took us out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992. He led by group decision yet had the casting vote and the sky did not fall in.
Big businesses seeing an end in sight will make their own deals. Man;y of them have already been made.
The new law, designed to stop Brexit, is scandalous for two reasons:
1) UK law must say somewhere that you cannot bring in a law, designed to flout parliamentary democracy, after a Referendum three years earlier;
and 2) Our 92-year-old Queen has been dragged into the furore, undeservedly and having to put it into law. It is probably very late to refuse and that may cause a constitutional crisis, or not.
How many MP’s can explain what Brexit means and the economic favours it will create for our country?
No deal is the EU’s problem. If Spain, for example, sells a million cases of tomatoes a year, where else will they sell them? At this short notice?  If they refuse to negotiate before 31 October, they will be one country and a big contributor fewer. Businesses need stability and Boris is promising that by keeping to 31 October 2019. ‘Prorogue’ is a convention for Boris to hold his nerve.

It is disgraceful that MP’s see a buoyant ship, yet try to tear it down. We have a lot going for us and sympathy in the EU, following Boris’ declaration that Mrs May had misled them about what MP’s thought about Brexit. She just cut them out of her thinking. Asked by Guy Verfhoedstat, the Lead Negotiator, when they asked about the Irish backstop, Mrs May said she hadn’t asked them. He was stunned. Three years on it is seemingly intractable. all you need is a satellite along the Irish border is a single point of entry. Truck drivers are given a barcode and press it every time they cross the border. Dairy farmers who take their milk back and forth over the border daily should be given their own barcode and then to pass freely. Technology should help here if put into the hands of ambitious Young Conservatives. They are a huge unused resource.bout the country. Is it because MP’s are secretly afraid of them? Pitt the Younger was Prime Minister at 24. Young blood required.

And finally, let’s be absolutely clear. Immigrants, first and second generation, will vote to keep us in the EU so that they can move freely. There does seem to be a lot of selfishness around.

Boris, keep your nerve. What else? Back to the EU? We were a laughing stock; now we are considered pathetic. If not prorogue, then what? The problem is when the deserters like Amber Rudd threaten our democracy by forecasting violence. Let’s hope the lemmings go home. We have had a civil democracy since the Second World War and once we are out of the EU, we can make plans.

Good luck

LucyLou

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Theresa May: a single statement may sink her

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I have never seen a politician say that they have made a mistake and then present a solution, apart from maybe Nick Clegg, who is a Liberal Democrat.

I am very worried by a single statement that Theresa May said to Jeremy Paxman,  a seasoned interviewer of politicians.  You see, she attacked her own voters, by saying that people could keep £100,000 of their estate but the rest would be put towards their social care when they are old. (You cannot buy a house for £100,000 unless you live in the sticks, where there is no mobile phone coverage.)  The Conservative heartlands were in uproar, but Theresa May skated through it and when Jeremy Paxman said incredulously:

“You’re not answering the question.”

She said that she was now putting a cap on the limit people would have to pay for retirement homes etc.  No details, but the odd thing was she has been out to meet the people in the north of England and attempted to win the Labour vote by saying she is taking from the so-say rich. Talk about below the belt; I was stupefied.

Well, I know how hard those so-called rich people work.  They take work cell phones on holiday and have to report in every evening.  That would be an hour’s discussion and organisation.   They work from 7.00 am minimum to at least 7.00 pm and the idea of going home early on a Friday is laughable.  (Sometimes it was 1.00 am finish on a bid and then back in at 8.30 am.) They are on call at the weekend.  You see Prime Ministers’ hair go white while in power. Take a look at the people in the City of London some time.

In return for working all of the time, they are well-paid.  But when do they spend it, exactly?  My husband was Operations Director of a FTSE 100 company and I remember that he even had to leave me at a company dinner dance because he had to discuss business. But he would take holiday and tell his staff to take holiday.  Unfortunately mobiles meant you were never out of touch.

But these fathers and mothers do miss out on things like picking children up from Cub Scouts.  I was the only woman there; the others were all Dads.  Oh and the working lunch doesn’t exist, but the working breakfast does.  They  love their jobs and they do them very well, for the company and the country.  So please, next time you think of people earning a lot of money, remember that their bonuses are only paid if the company does well and that they are being paid for last year’s efforts not the present year. I think shareholders’ meetings have ensured that there is more transparency, but do you want to give up your life for your job?

Back to Theresa May.  She has been seeing select groups as she goes around England.  The manifesto seems to have been concocted by herself and a tiny group of people.  Amber Rudd, Home Secretary was the only one facing the public this evening.  Where is the Cabinet? That’s what worries me, that Mrs May seems to be doing everything her way and taking southern England voters for  granted.  Well, I’m not voting for my local dopey Conservative MP.  Whatever job he is given, he makes a mess. Perhaps Boris would like his seat?

I think that Theresa May better to middle England and the south.  She wants the mandate for Brexit.  If that is conducted like the Conservative Manifesto, there is no transparency and opinions taken from two advisers.  We need to talk.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

PS My condolences to the people of Kabul who have suffered a car bomb that again killed indiscriminately. A man risked his life to say that the Taliban were not eradicated by the US/UK/UN occupation.  David Cameron was right.  Take the people back to their own countries and eradicate evil people from the ground up.

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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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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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David Cameron, a Moral Politician

David Cameron was right and took a politically courageous and moral position to state that it would be best for Syrians to stay in their country. This was said at a time when a hundred thousand refugees were headed to Europe, and people were being drowned on their way.

Television newscasts have shown 97 refugee families living in a partly-built shopping mall. On other days, some refugees have said that they love their country and do not want to leave. Now there comes the obliteration of northern Syria, a dramatic development, said to be Russian.

Can we in the peaceful world, carve out an independent Syria zone, made up of a 1000 km –wide zone somewhere west of the Turkish border, of land that is fertile, or industrial or electronic, or whatever the majority wants, to ensure peaceful living.

Russia, America and the West must cross their hearts and promise any God they believe in, that they will leave this Syrian zone in peace. There are those who want Syria as a strategic asset. No-one wants to be that. The zone will be carved by people talking. Let them be experienced diplomats and not old Western politicians. Too much is at stake here for mistakes. A good way to move forward,or not?

LucyLou

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Divert the £20 million to Hospitals

Incomers should learn our culture and customs as well as our language. Some other cultures try our patience.

“hash bit, hasbit”, the woman shouted at the bus driver. She sat back down.

“Hospital?” I ventured. She stared. “Sorry, but that’s in the other direction.”

“Hasbit, husband.”

Oh, your husband, as yet invisible, is coming to meet you. She drew a large-faced watch out of her pocket and frowned. The bus was running a minute late. Had someone timed her bus route in advance and all she had to do, was to get off at a certain time?

She jumped up again and pressed the ‘stop’ button. The bus duly drew to a halt at the next stop.

“Hasbit, hashbit.” She shouted loudly at the driver.

“I can’t understand what you are saying.” Said the bus driver, reasonably.

He waited for her to resume her seat. No such luck. By this time she was distraught and the passengers sympathised with her in a strange place and unable to communicate. Then she waved a dismissive gesture in our direction. The English think this is very rude. You simply do not do it, especially when someone is trying to help you.

I found a pen and notepad, but she just made the dismissive gesture again, which I was starting to find annoying. She stared at the pen and another woman passenger said that she would probably be unable to write it down anyway.

After some legitimate passengers stopped the bus, she continued to sit down and start up every time she saw something she thought she recognised.

Eventually we arrived at a bridge. She stamped wildly, gesticulating between the bus driver and the door.

“I am not allowed to stop here, Madam.”

She started yelling and thumping the door:

“No, no, no, no.”

He let her off. The rest of us sighed in relief. I thought that the bus driver had done a good job, yet he laughed it off. The woman looked Nepalese, religion unknown, with white lace held scarf-fashion with a curtain ring. Maybe she was not Nepalese and I do them a disservice. She was the first to display anger. Usually they are unfailingly courteous, at least in English. And there is the rub.

When they chatter in their own language, a colleague pointed out to me that they could be insulting us. That had not occurred to me, but she says groups of incomers often pass her and snigger in some unfamiliar language. She works in a hospital.

So I ask David Cameron to help these workers learn English. Hospital cleaners are largely foreigners. One, a Portuguese lady, wanted me to teach her English, but she could never find time outside my working hours and hers. If this money were allocated to hospitals, they could use a meeting room at a weekend and bring the workers in by free bus. The incentive is to learn English. Perhaps when certain levels are reached, there will be a nationally-recognised certificate. If the teaching of English as a foreign language, with words for specific disciplines, hospital wards will be a safer place for staff and patients alike.

Please would incomers remember that no-one likes people talking over them. Hospital workers often chatter away and leave the patient upset and out of the conversation. Here in the UK, we do not talk at patients, we talk to them.

Muslim women are not the only ones who need to learn English. Diversion of some of the money to hospitals will benefit patients and staff. It could become the difference between a good and an outstanding hospital.

LucyLou

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