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Ronald Reagan’s Jellybeans & The US/UK Special Relationship

 

It would easy to criticize the way that President Ronald Reagan, USA,  did things, but now seventeen years after he left Office, his legacy of charm with fair-mindedness prevails.

For instance, every journalist of the twenty or so foreign newspapers lined up to see him, be asked to take a jellybean.  If you ate it you would have been in a pickle.  He used them as a way of being fair to everyone and not giving one person favouritism over another.

I will see the person with the yellow jelltybean.”

I remember thinking that was daft, but it is actually very fair.

One day he made these tough, global journalists laugh.  He said that he had written John Major, Prime Minister at the time (1990 – 1997) a ‘Dear John’ letter.  The British people present fell about laughing!  Okay, I can see that some of you will be bewildered, so let me explain.  Before the advent of email, if a girl sent a gentleman a letter, starting ‘Dear John’, it meant she wanted to dump him, excise him from her life.  Ronald Reagan was appalled and ever the fair-minded gentleman that he was, he uttered those seemingly immortal words:

“No, no.  The US and the UK have a special relationship.”

So it has been for 27 years.

Enter Theresa May who was captured on camera by the BBC, wondering where she should stand for the G20 members’ photograph.  She was alone; no-one else was there.  Why wasn’t she talking with anybody?  Angela Merkel and Francois Marcon were seen talking to her earlier in the G20 Summit.  (Fishing policy is the first policy to change, so that was good news before the Summit.  I am almost dreading her view on the G20 Summit.)

Enter Donald Trump, whose paltry excuse for not coming to see us during his world tour, was that he did not want to be booed.   He certainly got his comeuppance from anti-establishment demonstrators in Hamburg.  It seems that he has no political sympathisers old enough to remind him about the special relationship with the UK and he obviously sees us as a bit-player on the world stage.  He is mature enough to possibly blame the Scots who refused to take down a windfarm out at sea, as it destroyed the view from the golf course he wanted to build.

He should be reminded that the special relationship revolved around the American bases parked in our country, as part of their refuelling and firing strategy between the US and Russia. I never was keen on being the first country to be hit, should Mr Trump decide to press the red nuclear button.

Personally I think we should join the Trans-Pacific Alliance as soon as possible.  Let us consolidate our relationships within Europe, yet take other relationships  elsewhere.  Canada and Australia have both issued invitations.  I hope that we accept with grace.  The person who somehow thought it politic to mention Norway’s deal with the EU should be put in the stocks.

LucyLou

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Save £1 billion To DUP From Addition To UK National Debt

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I am so disappointed and ashamed that the Conservatives, a party I have supported most of my adult life, has been dishonest, has taken a swipe at democracy.  If such an action had been taken by a dictatorship somewhere else, we may have said that it was typical of someone desperate to hold onto power.  That it has happened here may have reverberations, far beyond politics.  For example, if I was an incomer from elsewhere in the EU, I would be seriously thinking of leaving, so blatant is the bribery.  What sort of people are the British to accept it?

No-one is mentioning that the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont remains dissolved.  No-one has said that Martin McGuiness resigned because Arlene Foster DUP Leader and First Minister had become embroiled in a green energy for businesses scheme, which had been far too generous and was overspent by £490 million, hardly a trifling amount.

According to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, Northern Ireland politics allows a member of DUP to be First Minister, so long as the Deputy is from Sinn Fein.  When Martin McGuiness of Sinn Fein resigned, the legislature could not operate and was dissolved.

For a British Prime Minister to be giving one billion pounds to the DUP, is like jumping hard onto one end of a a seesaw and hope no-one falls off. Long have we been known for our fairness and fair play.  The EU politicians still make agreements with a signature and a shake of hands. EU countries like us and we like them, but we have voted to be independent again. That is all.

Let the incomers speak.  They came here because we are generous with our welfare benefits and let them go back home and still pay it at British rates.   We benefit from their hard work and contributions to our economy.  This power-grabbing leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Would I want my children to live in a place that pays bribes, without a second thought?  Middle-eastern countries are not strangers to bribes.  It’s just that I never thought it could happen here.

When you unbalance political power, you threaten democracy.  Politicians go to work in Parliament, away from daily life, but most of them are very hardworking and do their best for us.

The payment has to be stopped. Actually I am surprised that the EU Commission has not objected to it.  If this was a middle-eastern country, I am sure that our politicians would be outraged, (not that it is any of their business,) at this threat to the balance of power.

The Scots are objecting.  How much did we pay again for their new seat of politics? £414 million.  How much does it cost to run?  Well in 2009, it was £72 million and the rest of us are footing that bill as well.  And isn’t there somewhere for them to stay if they are at Westminster in the week? They have had quite enough of our taxpayers’ money.

The Welsh are forgiven their expenditure as they have succeeded in attracting Aston Martin to build its new car in Wales. Wow!

If the payment is withdrawn, I shall be happy and relieved.  Mrs May is dangerously clueless about Northern Ireland’s politics and does not seem to care, just so long as the DUP votes with her.

Let us be clear that the government must be borrowing the £1 billion.  Where else have they got it from?  Oh, I get it.  All Councils in England will have to curb spending on care of English citizens.  I could ask my MP to object to the payment, but the dolt seems to have favoured status, in a safe seat.  I voted Green.

Do you agree or  disagree? Comments welcome.

LucyLou

 

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Unethical to Dive Into Ireland’s Politics

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Theresa May cannot use people for political expediency just because you are desperately hanging on to office.  It is unethical to dive into Ireland, without a by-your-leave and not care about all of the people who live there.  There is peace, yet these things are fragile and grabbing the DUP’s 10 votes, could disturb that fragility.  What right does a British government have to give the DUP’s its ear, when it stands as a neutral arbiter of northern and southern Ireland’s politics?  You’re correct.  It has no right.

I once met a very brave Englishman, whose hearing was destroyed by a bomb.  During the explosion he covered two children’s bodies with his own and saved their lives.  He was a hero. Those children were Irish, North or South?  He never said; they were just children.

The thing is, that Irish people have had a measure of peace after the end of the Troubles. The problem is that Martin McGuiness, (Sinn Fein) the Deputy First Minister to Mrs Foster (DUP), resigned in January this year, but passed away in March and no replacement has been discussed. He resigned because there was an initiative in green energy, overseen by Mrs Foster, which ended with £490 million overspend to businesses. He wanted Mrs Foster to resign but she refused. There was disagreement between the two biggest parties: Sinn Fein and oh dear, DUP.  One rule of the Good Friday Agreement (10 April 1998) is that if Mrs Foster is First Minister then a member of Sinn Fein must be her Deputy.

Asking the DUP to join the Conservatives is like Nicola Sturgeon asking for a second Scottish referendum.  Neither woman will accept that it will be a hollow victory if you force people to accept what you want, without thinking about consequences. Personally, I am horrified that the Conservatives are even thinking of talking to DUP.  Our General Election was democracy in motion.  The Scottish Referendum did the same when people voted to remain in the EU.  The ability to take a step back and look at the bigger picture is not always innate.  That is why we have discussion, in a Cabinet, for example.

The Conservatives do not have a majority and will have to work hard to ensure that enough MP’s of any party vote to get the Bills through.  Leave the diplomats to talk to Irish political parties to continue the Good Friday Agreement.  We want peace in Northern and Southern Ireland; there is no way any British government can interfere and not be partisan.

Besides, Theresa May is showing a strong hand in Europe with Brexit.  I would like her to continue with that.   There cannot be a deal with DUP alone.  The Good Friday Agreement is in place. Please stop meddling.

LucyLou

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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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