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I have noticed a regrettable trend in ousting British Prime Ministers.  Tony Blair (Labour, in power from 1997 to 26 June 2007), said that if someone did not kick him, verbally, during any day, it was rare.

William Hague (Conservative Leader, elected Leader of the Conservative Party at 36, in 1997), was hounded by the media and resigned in 2001 after a second Election, which resulted in the net Conservative gain of one seat.  Hey, that sounds familiar.

John Major  (Prime Minster 1990-1997) was called a ‘grey man’, although he extricated us from the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.  He did not agree with it personally, but had a mandate from the British people.  He also presided over the Maastricht Treaty (on European Union), but Conservative MP’s rebelled by twenty-two, when the then majority in the Commons was eighteen.

Mr David Cameron fell on his sword when the country mainly voted to leave the EU.  Now we have Mrs May, hounded by her Conservative minsters.  I think Amber Rudd’s face was anguished rather than stony at last week’s Conservative Conference.  Mrs May has been too proud to accept help on public speaking and from the SAS, on ways to be resilient. Please persuade her to take offers of help, for her own sake.

Mrs May has delegated, which means she is a strong leader.  She lets Cabinet Ministers research their own briefs, but the Brexit talks are more difficult than the people ever dreamed.  It seems that every decision has ramifications and a corresponding UK law needs to be re-examined.

Let’s touch on the Customs Union.  France blocked us in 1985 when they refused to import our beef and we retaliated by refusing to import their lamb.  It was the midst of the UK beef crisis, but the French acted immediately in their national interest.  That has been the same ever since, irrelevant of the EU.  How difficult is trade going to be if we have no laws and curbs to help our own export industries?  How does it affect agriculture?

I wonder whether the Prime Ministers now consults UK trade bodies, or relies on Civil Servants?  John Major overruled them in private and in public, when he initiated a key mechanism to stop BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy).  He prohibited the giving of cattle’s brains and spinal cords to healthy cows and sheep, which was later deemed to have succeeded in halting its progress. A friend of mine’s husband worked at a secret government facility and she was offered an instant abortion if some of the virus escaped.  It was irrelevant to her at the time, but showed how worried the government was about its human variant CJD.

It seems so much less important, but I wonder if Civil Servants have been overruled in the wake of the UK cars’ trade body being wrongfooted when the government announced electric cars only from 2040, I wonder what help the government is getting.

As of today, Theresa May is being asked about secret talks she had earlier about the legal potential of changing our minds over Brexit.  Thank goodness someone is being sensible. The public’s overriding concern was always being overrun by incomers.  Failing information to the contrary and a distinct lack of action on it, I think they are still concerned.  I cannot see how the vote would change on Brexit, as a result of this, but then you cannot have another referendum just because you do not like the results of the first one.  In my view, better concentrate on that first and then look at smoothing our exit from the EU.

Whoever knew that being a Prime Minister was such an exacting role?

Have an interesting week

LucyLou

 

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Petrol Or Electric – Fuel Payments After 2040

The UK  Carmakers Association looked wrong-footed when the government announced that there would be no more petrol cars after 2040.  Labour did not crow as much as expected, but it was just the timing of the announcement which surprised the car manufacturers.  And it really is exactly the sort of move Tony Blair’s Cabinet would have made.  He was accused on the invasion of Iraq of not thinking things through.

What happened to ThinkTanks? Or will Theresa May refuse to listen, as she knows best?  Labour has gone back to the Trade Unions for support.  I hope their members profit.

Michael Bradley, Chairman of the Australian Automobile Association thinks that electric cars will be slow to be purchased because of the large distances people routinely travel.  It is called “range anxiety”.

Some parts of Australia are already ahead.  The Queensland government has just launched its first “electric super highway”, which is 1600 km dotted with super-fast charging stations along its route.  Electric car drivers will be able to drive from North Queensland to the border of New South Wales, when it is complete in five months’ time, (credit ‘The Guardian’ newspaper 20/7/2017).

My idea is this:

To solve the concern about whether your car will reach the next charging station in time,

  • Satellites could sell as much electric charge as the customer wants. They input their card details or use a pre-payment card easily bought from neighbourhood corner shops. The satellite would read the card and beam down the bought amount of electrical charge.
  • Payment platforms are accessible by mobile phones. It is just another jump for those phones to access a payment platform in a satellite.

Or something on these lines?

Come on, carmakers, you have a great opportunity here.  Let’s discuss.  If you know someone already thinking on these lines, feel free to comment.

Have a good week.

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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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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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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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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