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.
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.
We have suffered a tragedy this week. One of our public servants was shot and killed. In Britain guns are not our culture. MP’s and their teams are protected by democracy and the people.
The man who did it has been dismissed as one with a history of mental illness. Where is the truth in that? This is a man violently disturbed by what he read. Newspapers selling themselves should perhaps take note, but more importantly, the issue of mental wellbeing has shown it is impossible to keep people.
Mental health has been cut under the welfare benefits, but there are increasing numbers of people who have lost their Disability Living Allowance payments who have become desperately distressed. Mental unwellness will soar.
Also immigrants have been through severe physical and mental trauma by walking across the world to reach us. Can we deal with that whilst coping with our own people?
It is a terrible tragedy that they have taken someone who fought for the underdog, for what she passionately believed, was right. Now what? Violence never thinks of consequence.
It is possible that we could do something to avert future tragedies. I am not saying that Jo Cox died of blood loss, but could everyone carry a sachet of their own blood, with their type stamped on it? Maybe it would be phone-sized, but enough to help in an emergency such as this. Of course there would have to be connectors and it would be a very sophisticated piece of equipment, but it would help people anywhere.
Comments are welcome.