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The ‘Aquarius’ Solution – Migrants

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Ten years ago, I was looking at the seaside of an English coast and saw a tanker with two anchors a mile offshore. I could not figure what it was doing. It was too close inshore to be emptying its tanks.

Ten years on and after reading an article today by Michael Peel in Brussels and Michael Stothard in Madrid (FT), I remembered that ship.

What if you could put migrants in ships in international or Mediterranean coastal waters?

We must be compassionate. Rather than cram them in and leave them to rot, Brussels could levy monies from EU members to teach these people a trade, IT, or seamanship and the languages of their choice. When they reach a certain examination standard, EU countries could take their pick of them as economic migrants. If they would like to take their skills back home, then that is a double winner.

David Cameron wanted to teach children towards a better life in Syria.  It was a heartfelt idea, but impossible to implement in a beautiful country crushed to smithereens. So, migrant ships are one avenue. If anyone wants to jump ship, send them back. It may be tough to implement, yet it is an act of compassion for people who have paid thousands to traffickers and just need a break.

If you can give a people a purpose in life, you can grow a country back.

LucyLou

 

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Save Our Soul, Keep Theresa May As Prime Minister Plus Customs Union

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No Prime Minister is ever popular, as there are self-serving Cabinet members ready to take the role.  It is disgraceful that the new Home Secretary caved in to a suggestion to join the guys in the Cabinet.  Lobbyists may be  trying to destroy our democracy. Have they been investigated?  Do we know where they come from?

Mrs May is doing a fine job, which is generally thankless.  Thank you.  You have stood up for businesses and for the existing export route via Customs. Before the EU/Common Market, if anyone can remember, we had petty rivalries with the French. They refused our beef, so we went tit-for-tat and refused entry to the UK of their lamb.  We cannot afford to have that happen, with every product.

If it is true that 75% of our exports go to the EU, then we must preserve a fast-track Customs between us. 75%. 3/4, most of our trade. We will put our businesses out of business!

If it is also true that the UK would run out of food within days of no Customs Union, then we are doomed. Unless others in Cabinet put aside their wishes to pursue new  and perhaps lucrative Customs deals with countries outside the Commonwealth. The country and your constituents need you to stand with the Prime Minister.

Those who wish to make Customs Unions  with the USA should talk to Tesco. They had their fingers severely burnt after diving into the American market.   Fiercely, maybe half of the USA think the UK is in Europe and only as part of a tour.  Read not interested.

I don’t care whether there are splits within the Conservative Party. They don’t matter. Food does.  You have to keep happy every person who contributes to our GDP, from steel* to utilities to every person in a strained NHS, who turns up to work day in day out.

 

LucyLou

  • Don’t get me started on a ridiculous attempt at the US choosing to be introverted. Their problem is that they cannot manufacture the type of steel that we sell to them. £300 million odd? When we had an Empire, we sent our citizens to teach people in other countries how to trade with us.  We could offer the same to the US? Outrageous? So is chlorinated chicken.

 

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Whatever Next?

“We should understand the way fascism arose in Germany and the circumstances that gave space for the Nazis to grow.”

On 26 January 2018, Mr Corbyn wrote that in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Memorial Day Book, remembered in the UK as a promise never to allow such evil against Jewish people ever again. He was at best disingenuous.  Has he already forgotten his attempt to build a student army, after promising to pay their current University charges?

Now he is being condemned for not mentioning Jewish people’s suffering in the Memorial Book. The Jewish Leadership Council said it demonstrated “a complete lack of sensitivity”. * It is also an exact description of Mr Corbyn and he appears to be using it, at every opportunity, to draw attention to himself.

Apart from Mr Corbyn, this government has just signed a treaty with Poland. What for? Is Russia going to invade? The Russian Ambassador to the UK was bordering on insulting when he laughed off the idea.

As intelligent people, we will not repeat history.  It sounds like dangerous posturing by some part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to stockpile weapons. If it is Procurement, replace them.  May I suggest that the new Defence Secretary compiles his own ideas, rather than parroting the views of Generals who are happy to go to war with anyone and spend our NHS millions on bombs.

And yesterday’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’ trumpets that Russia has attempted to infiltrate our infrastructure to find out how it works and then destroy it.  Do wake up.  This is the unpleasant facet of all major nations. Ultimately, they want to rule the world, so they start with this small country, which is ready to fight, even in the desert, to uphold its, what exactly?  Freedom? What freedom do we have when we allow the EU to steamroller us?

However, we could have a little joke with them.  They are rightly terrified of Boris. He may say something so complicated that EU translators will be tearing their hair out!  Put him in the UK Brexit team and he will force the Europeans to respect us.

Why did we help destroy Syria, a 3000-year-old trade route? Former Prime Minister, David Cameron had a paradigm shift of an idea, when he suggested that instead of invading countries outside Europe, we should use our skills to put them on a sound economical and cultural level.    Interesting culture means tourists will visit.

His idea could have worked, but sadly, he staked his leadership on remaining in Europe and the British people voted to leave, on immigration and not having EU control over our laws any more.  Not that we do have any control.  A little whisper said on a News programme, before Christmas 2017, that MP’s were sitting late into the night to put EU laws into UK justice.  Excuse me? I understood that UK MP’s were sitting late with a view to amending laws and not instating them left, right and centre.  This small island has the best skilled workers in the world and people come here to live, as they like us.  I hope that Lloyd Blankfein likes sausage.

LucyLou

*Birmingham Mail, UK,

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Earth 2017: Its Legacy

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What if Mr Kim-Jon Un’s greatest legacy, that would impact on his country for generations to come, is not destructive, it is growth?

Looking skywards and looking towards the Moon, where the West has postulated about building, without tangible result, our planet needs to discover its mineral properties and establish people on the Moon.  Maybe in an adapted spacestation.

It seems now that there is a possible new fuel to be taken from uranium dumps around the world.  North Korea’s Engineers have shown themselves to be adaptable by fitting a nuclear warhead to ICBM.  They will be able to build a station on the Moon.  The other day, there was some small announcement about possible water at its equivalent of Arctic and Antarctic.

The West’s position is to share, to keep peace for 70 years.  Will we ever learn that all countries do not think American or English or the EU? What if the first men living on the moon could be Korean?

Then in 20 years, if there is a global threat, Earth would be better able to protect itself.

LucyLou

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Brexit Unravels Due To Lack Of Planning

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Theresa May suddenly realised the scope and the detail of Brexit when she attended the G20 Summit on 7-8 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.  Up until then, she seems to have thought that she could manage it all by herself.  Her sacked Aides were known for their arrogance.  Has it masked ignorance?

In an effort to delegate policy of how to leave Europe she asked Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis.  However they argued over the detail, in public. Mr Hammond wanted a gradual exit to cushion the economy and Mr Davis stated also in public that the UK would leave the EU and Customs Union in March 2019.  She must have wanted to wring their necks.

Now the Gove, that elusive but confused chameleon has made the fundamental mistake of a Company Director out of his depth.  In February we all lauded settling of the EU Fishing Policy where we would have a 200-mile band around our coastline for us to fish alone.  (That does beg the question of our 22-mile barrier with France and does that mean we can fish 200 miles inland on their lakes?)

Of course a 200-mile barrier is daft in the North Sea but M. Gove told the Danes that they could fish in UK waters.  His office said it was about how near the British coast can they fish?  M.Gove sees this as a freedom.  When we all thought the fisheries policy was mainly settled, why must he muddy the waters?  The translation of the Danish meeting was made by a Scottish MP.

The tragedy for other policies is that during the 14 months after the UK voted to leave the EU, there was no plan made.  Theresa May’s boorish aides stamped down on discussion and were known for their arrogance.

Where are the female MP’s?  Women are just as good at arguing as their male counterparts and could spell triumph instead of the disaster we seem to be rumbling towards.

And whose stupid idea is it to leave the Customs Union? I remember 25 years ago in France, outside any Customs Union, having to stand up for the British government who refused to accept French lamb in retaliation for the French ban on our beef.   Please, we do not need repetitions of this childish apolitical behaviour.

We need a plan for each Department of Government and sharpish.  Is anyone listening?

LucyLou

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The Last Crisis for UK: Step Up Or Fail

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Two days ago I would have blogged that UK PLC was sailing into the wind, and was at that critical point where you use the sail to try to come about.  It then flaps wildly and you lose any advantage. You have lost the wind and in our case, we lost the plot as causes were thrown up in the air and fell into the laps of not one, but two Cabinet Ministers with opposing views.  They ended up spitting in the wind as the rest of UK PLC ripped their policies to shreds.

Today, we have reached the last crisis, not the latest, but the last.  We have to step up, not to accept, but to reverse it.   Neither one, nor two, but three Japanese banks are relocating their financial and investment hubs to Germany.  Frankfurt has been waiting in the wings for a decade or more to become premier financial hub for the EU and we have thrown it at them.  For some reason that I don’t understand, we and the rest of the world should watch what is happening to the Japanese economy.  They have slowing growth and an ageing population. In order to grow, their government wants to raise sales tax from 8% to 15% to help its economy.  As you can imagine, this is as popular with the public as a ton of bricks.  There is talk of economic failure otherwise between 2021 and 2023.   But there has been some muttering here about raising taxes to pay for the latest wheeze.

Does it occur to nobody that the rest of the world is looking at our government?  The £1 billion, set to become £1.5 billion given to the DUP, ensures votes with the government on certain votes, but not all of them.  It is the worst agreement that I remember and has caused the start of banks moving to Europe.  This is not a knee-jerk reaction, but one that is in response to our failing government.  Unfortunately Theresa May’s agreement sent a signal to global partners that the UK is a walkover.  She must resign immediately and long-term MP’s and MEP’s should guide us towards Brexit.  Find a new Conservative leader quickly.

We are failing Europe.  Whatever has happened fiscally up to now, should be discounted.  It is only important what we do from this moment.  Raising taxes is far too easy and unpopular with hard workers.  If they are penalised, they may well relocate.  We have long had the best talent and we need to keep it.

If you are reading, you may know someone who can fix it.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

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The First Steps To Brexit

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Theresa May has done well in her first foray into the Brexit negotiations.  She has made an offer to EU citizens, who have been here for five years, that they can have British citizenship and remain permanently.

The fact that the Court of Justice of the European Union  has immediately refused Theresa May’s offer, is what happens when people are depressed.  After thinking for a while, they tend to think that the offer is not too bad and with a little tweaking, they can accept it.

However, the Court of EU Jurisdiction wants to have power over EU citizens living here.  The most important feature of any deal is that a country withdrawing from a union of states will be free of any legal jurisdiction.  It is one of the features we hate most and being mavericks, we don’t like anyone wielding power over us, except our own government.

Theresa May’s offer is kind to EU citizens already here.  With luck, the fretting over Brexit will mean only those who are serious about making their homes here, will wish to stay.  The other reason is that various nationalities are having as many children as possible to anchor them here and also to claim UK Child Welfare Benefits when they go home.  It is ridiculous, but true and it’s bloodsucking in my view.

It is decision time for all EU citizens in the UK.

Have a reflective week

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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Save The Country And Thereby Yourself

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Allow me to suggest, belatedly,  to Theresa May, that we have been honoured by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, as he has spent the best part of a year, finding people who can best help the UK to leave the EU.

Time waits for no man and certainly not for us.  In the political murkiness which has followed this UK General Election, please surround yourself with MEP’s, who know the EU system.  Let us be assured that the EU is one enormous system and you don’t know your path through it.  It does not matter what political creed the MEP’s follow, only that they want the best for our country.

Surrounding yourself with people from across Parliament who are experts on Europe, each with their own speciality, is how we will leave easily. Unfortunately, according to The Guardian, (13 June), an EU Ambassador told them that we do not appear to know what we want let alone how to get it. I have wondered about that for a long time.

Our response looks  rough and ready, due to the lack of time between the Election on 8 June and start of Brexit talks on 19 June 2017. Negotiations are  best made by using the best people and never by one person.  That would be a dictatorship and we are a democracy.  Moreover the Referendum last year gave the majority to people wanting to leave.

We have a Department for Exiting The EU (DExEU) under Conservative MP David Davis. Unfortunately half of the Ministers have resigned, most recently the well-regarded peer George Bridges, against the wishes of David Davis, amid reports he had doubts about the UK’s Brexit strategy. Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a Treasury Minister in charge of communicating Brexit to the City also announced her resignation. (Dan Roberts, Daniel Boffey & Jennifer Rankin 13 June AFP News)

Now the EU insists on a formal opening of Brexit talks with a British Minister present, to lend credence, which is enough to annoy the calmest of negotiators.  The British wanted to get on with talks between officials.  The EU wants four-weekly cycles of negotiation, each one about one speciality.  That makes sense.

If Theresa May saves our beloved country by sorting out our policies and way forward for exiting the EU, then she will save herself as well.

Wish us luck.

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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