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Take the Americans to task, before they obliterate our trade

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We cannot slump out of Brexit, just because it seems too hard.  It has always been the case that an exit on any subject involves a British law or one that needs to be made.  Presumably, MEP’s are pulling their weight and helping to disentangle us.

The reality of building inland lorry parks before they can begin to transit UK Customs means fewer exports.  This is why we must stay in the Customs Union.  I do not understand why this is a sticking point as the EU will have the same trouble exporting here.  The worst case scenario is that they dismiss the UK market, as import levies and traffic-choked roads is too expensive and time-consuming.

Ah, why not have a Premium Service, which will fast-track regular importers and exporters?  This is designed to keep hauliers in business from Dover.

So what is the UK as a business entity?

We trade with the EU and across the world.  They trade back with us.

Our Financial Analysts are the best in the world (according to ‘The Times’, 8 October 2017).  Companies are ignoring Goldman Sachs slipping away to Switzerland and digging in their heels here, in greater numbers. Great, thank you.

Start-up companies increase year-on-year.

Manufacturing reduces in public spats like the US Department of Commerce, which has temporarily slapped a 220% import tariff on C-series jets to be sold to Delta Airlines, in the US.

The US aircraft company, Boeing, complained to its government at what it saw as unfair subsidy by the British and Canadian governments.  Since all multi-billion projects have inward investment, the complaint looks unfair, to put it mildly.  And that is the problem; we are being too meek, unsure of which way Donald Trump will jump.

A word for the Irish company,Bombardier’s 4,000 highly-skilled workers who make the wings of the aircraft.  Their highly specialised jobs are at risk and for every worker, there are apparently four outsourcing jobs which rely on them.  Northern Ireland needs the UK government to object more strongly.

Sir Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, said:

“Boeing is a major defence partner and one of the big winners of the latest defence review, so this is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner.”

We cannot have Northern Ireland’s economy take a dive, as we are worried about upsetting our American partners.  Hello?  They don’t want to be partners anymore.  The special relationship does not exist in the brain of Donald Trump.  We have to object, or better still, take the Defence Review apart and see where else we can give out contracts instead of to the US.  This attempt by Boeing, which has doubtless had US government subsidies before, to extinguish a competitor, reveals an inward-looking attitude.  This is bad news for trade.

Boeing is one problem.  The import tariff exacerbates it.  The short- and long-term trade with the US, shows where their heart is: in the US.  Britain has been disrespected as a trading partner. They cannot be allowed to get away with it.  Otherwise Boeing is only the beginning.

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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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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How to scare the British

Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron who has secured the job as President of France.  He seemed right at home, talking to war veterans after laying a wreath with former President Francois Hollande.

Apparently a part of French voters wanted to make sure that Marie Le Pen did not succeed. I see a correlation with current British politics here.  Jeremy Corbyn is an untested leader, who has come out with such determined opinions that he is scaring the populace.  I did feel sorry for him, though, when a Veterans’ charity told him not to come calling to Labour voters because they did not like his vented opinions on Northern Ireland, namely the IRA.  This must be why politicians dislike putting their cards on the table, but in his case, it is better that we know now than have it inflicted if in power.

Can you see him talking to Donald Trump?  He is unlikely to get along with the capitalist and Britain’s special relationship will be pitched out of the window.  That includes the future of the US airbases in Britain for strategic purposes.  This election has ramifications in every direction.  Maybe it has always been like this and I haven’t noticed before.  What do you think?

Have a great week

LucyLou

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