Thursday, 15 December 2016

Dysfunction and Brexit!

BLOG 5 15/12/2016


Many presume- those of political orientation, if they don’t like one side the other must be right or correct! Another example of binary thinking!

Criticism of one faction will designate you as being a member of the other. This binary process of right to left, then left to right, is and has been an expensive unproductive process. That is for most -other than for the political party favoured at the time, and their friends!

As each side has become entrenched, it appears, at this time, each has become more extreme. I have often visualised this as two people looking through a drain pipe! One looks up and believes they should have it all and the other looks down! At present “the worker party” who cares for all the down-trodden and blames the greedy business people points in clear direction to more and more strikes!

The other, more a Right faction of the Tories nostalgically looks back to the ‘greatness’ of Britain. It appears expediency is the name of the game. With a long line of the ruling class they have little need to question anything, their track record being to divide and rule. If others are at each other’s throats- they have little challenge to their own lofty position.

Sadly neither group serves the Country. I am not alone in being somewhere in the middle. Aware and unbiased most people recognise it is necessary to have business and commerce to make the Country thrive. They also see a caring society which keeps poverty at arms-length is good for the people and good for a civilised country. (I like to think so?)

We are blindly approaching a commitment to Brexit, although its significance has not been realised. It is probably the most important “decision” if we can call it that, to have faced the country since our commitment to WW2.

The present Right wing faction of the Tories is reactionary. These people believe in ruling Britain, their treatment of the Scottish Government illustrates this attitude. These are the same people who have created mayhem and bloodshed throughout the world! Look at the Partition of India- the bloodshed, look at Israel, apartheid and continued friction/wars in the Middle East.

Look at the Labour party, or part of it. We have extremes within both Parties calling the shots -not representative groups. They are so extreme they are counter-productive for the Country? One wants strikes (or more money for workers -at whatever cost) and has embedded itself within the Public Sector to promote itself : it is unclear what the Right intend as they are less than candid in longer term view.

But it is clear that the Country is dysfunctional. Although the Government may assess what is a problem and what needs to be done- they appear totally unable to implement. This is, I believe due to Mr Brown embedding the Labour Party within the Public Sector when they spent tax payers money on reassessing job descriptions within that sector: it meant placing themselves in there too! Some, I believe are afraid of that Party and afraid of losing their jobs and afraid perhaps of the unions.

It has been expedient for the Labour party to prove just how uncaring the Tories are! Whatever cuts there are, by creating the greatest disruption, and inconvenience to the Public, they can then blame the Tories.

These are merely some differences creating dysfunction. We face the dogma of the Paper Article 50 being signed in March and no one knows or quite frankly seems to care (no one in the prospective parties). The Government wishes to appear decisive- whatever the cost to the rest of us, and the Labour (both factions within, find it expedient for their Party) to go along with it!

Is the significance of the occasion somewhat being slighted? There are so many different points of view in our Country: this may be seen as a threat by some of the Right. After Brexit we may be obliged for the economy to develop much closer ties with America. There is already talk of a trade deal, Is America better for us that Europe? America is preparing for war in Asia by the already installed military bases around China. Continual War and production of armaments economically favours a few and requires greater amounts in spending on “security” at the cost of Freedom and free speech. The NSA has full access to our emails if not everything else. Why it requires storing everything from all of us means perhaps anyone not agreeing with their system can be singled out – potentially?

The track record for British firms in the US is unfavourable, with endless expensive legal battles, which usually always conclude with them winning and large pay-outs from our side. BP is an example, Halliburton built the base of the rig in the Gulf, many of the individual claims made against BP were proven bogus but were still sustained? Standards of food and quality of life are something many British aspire to on the Continent: whereas American standards differ.

Sympathy with having a large bomb to give this Country standing have already been expressed. Is this really what people want? Sadly significant issues are rarely aired publicly.

Repetition of news not put in context distorts the picture. Experimentation in Canada by a Scottish doctor, using tapes and repetition, experimented with this idea: it apparently works, if people are told something enough times, they start believing it! The Oscar Awards and the BBC seem to have embraced the idea with gusto!

It is not clear when that paper is signed in March: what will happen. It appears clear the cost of everything will go up. It is likely some of those who voted for Brexit will change their minds. Whether it is possible to renegade on that agreement is unclear. It is more than likely people will want a General Election. This probably will be too late. It will delay and be indecisive for business and all Markets and make a Brexit even more damaging.

I believe smaller Parties voicing different opinion with close ties to their constituents and a form of proportional representation would serve the country better. Where MP’s vote according their consciences and constituents, rather than what their polarized party wants: would help this Country move forward.

Parties working together with common interest rather than polarising each other with continued jousting/quibbling/shouting/pointing in the Commons most people, I think- are extremely tired of.
A General Election before Article 50 would help to unify by giving voice and re-instate democracy: expressing a new awareness within the country and help all to move forward. Common interest requires nurturing rather than division.

My view is whether for or against “Brexit” this is secondary and a distraction- the issue is – is the implementation of a Brexit worse than staying in Europe and negotiating with our neighbours? We now live in a more Global world which is an opportunity?

Monday, 12 December 2016

Film, 'The Coming War...', Pilger, and more....


BLOG 4                                                     (07/12/2016-12/12/2016)


 Coverage of the dire situation in the Yemen has been limited. When mentioned, we see as always; it is the unprotected, women children invalids who are destined to suffer most. The unprotected sadly are the payers. Britain although aware of the destruction of hospitals/ schools-all the rest has implied this will be investigated, however apparently continues the supply of arms to Saudi Arabia.

It is difficult to see that the arms are to do with Defence and especially in regard to Iran? Looking at the picture of the destruction of the Yemen, how this can be termed defence? Yemen is yet another country being devastated by the supply of armaments by the West. Resorting to a ma- Yemen lies to the south of Saudi Arabia not between it and Iran. Ports on the Arabian Sea between the Suez Canal and the Persian Gulf may be of interest?

The idea as, I suspected is yet to bring another country, in the longer term: Iran to its knees. Israel voiced this some time ago. We will be told and have been: Iran is a danger to us, as Iraq was.

I look back nostalgically now to the Cold War. There was a balance between the amount of destruction the Soviets and the American could inflict. That was possibly one of the reasons we did not have total destruction. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 and the disintegration which followed of the Soviet Union, there has been no balance. The American/West became the over-riding power. Since the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the world has been so horrified about the idea of more nuclear horror this had become anathema.

After the Soviet Union’s fall the World has become much more dangerous. There has been no other Country keeping Washington in check. A Cold War peace was achieved through fear: fear of the bomb, the fear of total destruction. Leaders apparently display an awe and respect publicly of a Nation whose strength is to unleash poison- perhaps to the destruction of all life as we are able to see it today.

Previous civilisations have usually excelled in developing learning, language, industry, art- only plunderers like the Huns went in for death and destruction, and offered no replacement.The film last night on ITV by John Pilger “The Coming War on China” confirmed Washington is expanding its nuclear arsenal. It excels in making arms, which it depends on for its economy. There is a necessity, as it views it - to try the latest out. This formula has worked in the past so they have little reason to think outside the formula and think of other creations for the betterment of human kind, only to destroy it, or more exactly everyone other than themselves- or maybe those of use.

Bikini Atoll is part of the Marshall Islands where nuclear testing starting in the 50’s has continued - poisoned it and, its inhabitants (who had to leave) and continues to terrify them by testing missiles sent from California at a regular intervals. This is all part of a plan said to be named 'Full Spectrum Dominance'.

The islands were taken over in 1946 as a Trust with the welfare of islanders guaranteed. The 23 islands are now the most radioactively contaminated on Earth. Every day for 12 years a Hiroshima equivalent bomb has been dropped.

Initially inhabitants imbibed or were injected with radioactive substances. They have been monitored and assessed by US scientists over this time. “Guinea Pigs” is the term given, and how the Islanders who are left view themselves and their dead family members. Some were treated to see the sights in the US and assessment of radioactivity was made, the sufferer having to sit in a metal box. Early on the Marshall Island inhabitants were termed “Savages”.

The Marshall Islands with their fish, and fruit could have been termed a paradise prior to the US and their scientists. These islands had sustained themselves for thousands of years. But strategically placed between US and the East Asia they were of interest, to be used as a pivot to Asia: and far enough away not to contaminate other land masses where there could be potential for complaint.

Numerous US air bases and missile sites now encircle China and many war ships patrol the waters. The film explains Vision 2020; the number it is intended to happen. A bit like 11th September which was the date the Generals in Chile launched their attack on the civilian population. This was deemed the first war against people who could not protect themselves. It is interesting the one in NY on the same date decades later, was the trigger for the war on people who could not protect themselves in the ME.

Returning to the horrendous continued suffering by inhabitants of the Marshall Islands the big hydrogen bomb Bravo, and the massive fall out inspired 'the Bikini'. The Bikini was named as a celebration and there were live comments about creating explosions around the females wearing them when it was first introduced!  Bikini Atoll, the island is no longer habitable.

China’s economy could take over number one position in the World. The Generals and men in the Pentagon perceive this as a threat. Recently I have observed men, or some- are linked into a binary system. It is them or someone else. It cannot be both.

I believe this is to do with the propagation of their DNA. For some reason also when they win they take all and they like to see the loser has nothing  - and suffer! This is especially apparent in the White male and those prone to schadenfreude.

As unruly children squabble without the ability to share and treat others with the same respect it is so with particular nations. The advancement of technology especially nuclear with the potential of destruction of all life: together, with this continued mode of thought does not bode well for the future of life, as we know it on this Planet.