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Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh

Today’s post is coming to you courtesy of BoJo and crew for giving us a strange few days after it was deemed that the Prorogation of Parliament in Westminster was against the law because he misrepresented the state of the UK to the Queen. Music is provided from that woman of substance Lady Day, with a damning indictment of life in the Southern USA after the Civil War.

From the introduction you could be forgiven for thinking that this is going to be all about Brexit and how they lied and cheated the British Public to give the rich victory. The truth is that, I may mention this in passing but it will not make up the bulk of this post today.

If you can help someone who is in pain (mental pain not the physical pain which people can see) would you? I noticed that there are an awful lot of ads these days (at least in the UK) of children suffering illness and disease causing a lot of health issues which have been eradicated here in the (supposedly) affluent West. At home, however, we have a lot of people who have mental illnesses therefore they look as though they are fit and healthy from the outside. Mental illness is much more dangerous than the Governments since 1979 would have you believe.

If someone with a broken leg is not given treatment their leg will still heal, however, someone with a mental illness won’t heal if they aren’t given help, their illness will grind them down day by day until they finally can only see one way out. That usually means they will take their own life eventually. Without easy access to a gun they will kill themselves, however, in the USA where almost anyone can get a gun, either legally by passing the vetting or illegally by borrowing it from a friend or buying it at a swap meet. This means that someone who feels cheated and suicidal in the USA can take their gun and go on a killing spree before either taking their own life or by committing suicide by cop.

This should be alarming those responsible for making the laws and getting them passed. However, in the USA there has been legislation waiting at the Senate door to be signed off by Moscow Mitch McConnell. He is sitting on this to force it to be time constrained so that the legislature doesn’t have to lose their right to buy and carry weapons of mass killing. With increased magazines allowing them to kill hundreds at a time. In the UK we used to have hospitals dealing with the mentally ill, however, rather than making them fit for purpose the Tory Government of the day closed them down and put all the mentally ill back on the streets to be cared for by their community. No training, no skills, no back up.

Which is the worst and most dangerous option? Selling or giving automatic weapons to mentally ill people just because they can act sane in the time it takes to hand their forms in? Or putting the criminally insane back into neighbourhoods and telling that community that they are responsible for looking after them. The Labour Government has funded help for the mentally ill and criminally insane, which has been eroded since 2010 to the state of affairs we are at today. If you do not have any physical symptoms then you are treated as fraudulently claiming benefits.

Of course, with austerity and it’s ongoing restrictions on state spending the poorest in our society have been shunned and vilified by the Government. However, those responsible for the mess (the wealthy bankers and hedge fund operators) escaped scott free. Since 2010 the wealthy have not been subjected to the same austerity measures as everyone else since they have been amassing ever greater wealth by gambling on the stock exchange and have now gambled billions on a no deal Brexit because they know BoJo has not spoken to the EU about changing the deal given to his predecessor. He repeats as often as he can get his face on tv that negotiations are ongoing, we all know this is a lie. He is not interested in obtaining a deal because that would mean the changes to tax laws would become law in the UK on 1st January 2020. His backers, those pulling the strings of his Premiership, including Dominic Cummings; don’t want a deal they are furious that there is a chance that no deal will be removed from the table with forcing it through seen as treasonous and against the law.

This is the real reason Parliament has been Prorogued now so that time will run out before 31st October 2019. Anyway, that is our issue for living in England since Scotland voted overwhelmingly to Remain within the EU and will leave the United Kingdom as soon as they can following this disastrous No Deal which the Prime Minister is so willingly pushing down our throats.

If people of colour cannot get justice because it is racist, what chance does anyone wanting to make a better life for their children have in the USA? Do we really have a fairer Justice system here in the UK when those in power can break the law openly and get away with it? Justice is now being sold to the highest bidder and tRump has his sights set on Scotland which (it appears to those reading the signs) is now on the table following the riots from a disastrous no deal exit from Europe.

It’s about time to wake up, people, if we unite and stand together we can change politics for the better. We can make a difference if we are all united. Divided we will fall, which is why those in power want to find scapegoats to blame for THEIR failings. Divide and conquer is the current situation, however, once they have removed all those who are the subjects of such hatred what then? They will come for others, all it takes for evil to flourish and thrive is for good men to do nothing. It is time now to make a stand and deliver the wealthy to face the music they are so desperately trying to avoid. Time and together we can do it, we can force them to pay their fair share of taxation so that the remainder can afford to collect their justice from this one small step.

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On this day… 18 years ago a cataclysmic shift happened in America

No music again since this post is about the tragic events which occurred today (at 9a.m. EST in the USA, 2p.m. in the UK) 18 years ago. Let’s never forget that this was an act of terrorism which left us all reeling but didn’t achieve what it set out to: bring down the economies of the West.

I wonder what would have happened to the planet if those atrocities of 18 years ago had never happened. Would we have had the recession of 2008 (now known as the Credit Crunch)? Would elections have been hijacked by hackers targeting (illegally) data giving tRump victory and Brexit a green light in 2016? Or would we have been targetted without realising what was happening and therefore tRump and Brexit going ahead without anyone telling us that they were hacked by Russian money?

Make no mistake, things happen with consequences. A butterfly flaps its wings in a forest in Malaysia and a tree falls in Hungary. Okay maybe they are not connected as in one follows directly from the other but they don’t happen together. There is still a lot we don’t understand in the natural world around us but don’t we owe it to life on this planet to find out what effects our actions will have?

I think it’s a travesty that our Prime Minister and the American President will uphold laws, as long as they don’t affect them and the other wealthy people in their respective countries, however, when it suits them they will both break the law to get what they want? They both behave like spoilt children when they don’t get their own way, tRump closed down Government for weeks (the longest in living memory) and BoJo closes down Parliament because he doesn’t agree with the law requiring him to go to Brussels and beg for an extension to Brexit so he can have a General Election.

Do this people not realise how little respect they, either of them, have left in their respective countries? Britain is ready for a change, America is heading back to the polls next year and tRump has already been told that in at least one State (CA) he cannot stand for election unless he releases his tax returns for the last 10 years (if that time frame isn’t right it should be). BoJo meanwhile is refusing to do what the law requires him to do, he has lost his first 7 votes in Parliament and the courts and could be facing jail time all the while doing exactly as Dominic Cummings has ordered him to do. Will Cummings face jail time? No, because he has not broken the law since the Prime Minister is the one who has been tasked with asking for an extension for Brexit.

All this to protect the status quo and keep the 1%’ers happy by killing off the poor. As long as they don’t have to declare any offshore money they have (the law is changing in January 2020 so they want to leave the EU before then without any deal so they avoid having to comply). Let’s not kid ourselves that this is the will of the people: It isn’t, it’s the will of the 1%. A Scottish court set out the reasons why the Prorogation of Parliament this week was a crime, BoJo has stated he will not reopen Parliament since the High Court in London ruled in favour of Prorogation (it didn’t). The High Court passed the decision over to the Supreme Court for a decision which is expected soon and is likely to agree with the Scottish court that BoJo lied to HM the Queen just to get his prorogation passed.

If our leaders have a blatant disregard for the rule of law why don’t we just do away with all our laws and have complete anarchy both here in the UK and in America?

And now for something different… It’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus

No music to accompany this post, but that’s because I decided to get back in the saddle and since there was no music with my last post I have decided not to put one here so the words can stand or fall on this own.

My good friend died on August 31, at lunch time. It hit me hard even though it was expected (not the date and time but the death) anyway, I came back on here yesterday to find so many messages of support when I was finally coming to terms with no funeral and beginning to remember the good times Lyn and I had spent in each others company. We used to spend hours talking at work (she worked in the typing pool (if you can remember what they were) and my boss would ask me to take some documents down to be typed up and we would talk while she was typing).

We spent almost every dinner time together in Edinburgh, going through the market stalls near Waverly Station or walking down the Royal Mile towards the Castle. On a few occasions (when I bought a new album) she would come round to mine, we would listen to the music and then go and grab a bite to eat at one of the pubs or cafes near me in Dean Village. She would often stay the night after wards but always slept alone in the bed as I would curl up on the floor. I never wanted to sleep with her as I didn’t want to spoil our friendship. I knew with someone like Lyn I didn’t have to play games and that if I asked her to she would have jumped into bed with me but that was never my intention with her as she was becoming a good friend who was going to be leaving for the bright lights of the big city within a few months of us starting to do things together so I thought if we kept in touch then it might happen when she returned to Scotland.

Unfortunately, I got a girl pregnant a few months after she moved down to London and ended up getting married so I stopped writing to her. In 2000 I found her again through Friends Reunited (remember that site?) and we started catching up again. I was always very happy to hear from her and when she lost her tongue to cancer I wondered how we would communicate other than by email or text, she found an app to allow her to type words and then these would be read by the app and relayed to the other person she was talking to. If we could continue catching up after all that then maybe we should meet up sometime.

This year, for the first time since 1973 I called in to see her at home while on my way through to visit family 9 miles away from her. She remembered me and I her and it was as if the intervening years hadn’t happened. She was drugged up to the eyeballs because her pain was so bad but we still had an enjoyable few hours in each others company, I introduced her to my wife (she was kindly taking me up to Scotland) and met her sister Rita and partner Jay that day. Jay was weird, partially sighted so everything had to be up close and personal with him or he missed it.

The next time we went to visit her she wasn’t quite as drugged up as it was a better day for her and she hadn’t had so many pain killers. We stayed there longer the second time and left when we could check into the hotel just ahead of Jay getting there, he was running late that day. Lyn was much more talkative and we had connected back as if we were in our teens again which was amazing. The passage of time had never stopped us from being friends and I’m so sad that I will never get to meet up with her again (I believe that when we die we are either reborn to correct mistakes we have made or else move onto the spiritual plane if we have learned all our lessons and made no mistakes).

Anyway, I just wanted to say a huge and hearfelt thank you to everyone on here who has been supportive of me and gave me hope for the future. Also to everyone who didn’t have anything nice to say to me so they said nothing at all.

I couldn’t leave without posting on here that BoJo the clown can’t even keep his cabinet together since Amber Rudd has announce she is leaving the Tory Party because of his lies and double dealing. That means he now has an even further reduced minority Government and he is still adamant he will break the law and force us out without a deal because that is what his puppet masters want him to do.

Another one down, another one bites the dust

No music to accompany this post since it won’t take me long to say what I want to say. This afternoon (actually yesterday afternoon since it’s now the 1st of September 2019), a really good friend of mine died of cancer. She was diagnosed about 20 years ago and went into remission for almost a decade before it came back last year. She was given 3-6 months by her doctor in September 2020 and held on until 31 August 2019.

I had known her since 1973 when we met in Edinburgh, both of us were civil servants working in the Scottish Economic And Planning Department. She was a typist in the typing pool, I was a clerical assistant to the head of the Rural Planning Department. I started spending more and more time with her since she was about my age (I never asked how old she was but I was 19). She had applied for a job in London and was accepted before we started spending every waking minute together.

I didn’t ask her to turn down the opportunity to go to London for 2 reasons, both seem silly now with us having renewed our friendship in the last 20 years (just before her initial diagnosis). Those reasons were borne out of self doubt (mine) and my track record to that point (I had never had a serious relationship). When we renewed our friendship it was almost as though we had done everything the same (almost anyway). She moved to London still working for the civil service, I followed her down there the following year. I got married, in 1973, and my daughter was born in London in 1974. Lyn was in a relationship with someone in London who treated her like shit and was desperately trying to get out of it.

I was divorced for the first time in 1977, she left her abusive boyfriend the same year and travelled back to Dunfermline, I travelled to Glenrothes the same year. She married in 1980 for the first time and I was living with the woman who became my second wife in that year. Anyway, this is not what I wanted to do today, I was not wanting to write an obituary or get things off my chest I just wanted to let you know that I may disappear for a while until I get over this latest death of a woman who was very important to me and I am very grateful to her for allowing me to visit her twice this year and see her again before the end.

I have not heard anything about the funeral, if there will be a funeral, but would like to attend if there is one. I think that will help me to grieve for her (it helped to attend my mum’s funeral in 1985 but I still miss her every single day). Anyway, this isn’t goodbye because I will be back in the future I am just taking a sabbatical to get my grief into the open and help myself heal. I will miss her terribly and I can’t say how long the grief process will take since it has hit me harder than I thought it would since I had been prepared for it.

Take away my right to choose

In honour of the death and bells tolling the end of British and American democracy, today’s post has music from the Fun Boy Three. Apologies if this doesn’t play where you are but the video is courtesy of YouTube and they have different rules for different countries.

With BoJo the clown forcing his hand and closing down Parliament for an extra 3 weeks in order to force through his disastrous No Deal Brexit and continue Selling England By The Pound I thought the music was appropriate, again.

I am not going to get into a discussion on the disaster facing England and Wales from this action because that would be going through the same old same old again. If you want to know how I feel about this read some of my older posts. Instead I want to tell you about my excursion to the Scottish Highlands last weekend. Arriving in Fort William was really strange because one minute you’re in the middle of nowhere and then you turn a corner and you find yourself in Fort William.

This was the most amazing trip I have ever undertaken, a nostalgic trip on a steam train (the one used in the Harry Potter films no less) across the viaduct made famous in those same movies what a head f**k that was. Especially when the end of the line was not Hogwarts but Mallaig. Wonderful town to be sure but not enough to keep someone occupied for 2 hours before the train heads back to Fort William. The smell of the sea water loch, the sounds of boats heading into Mallaig with their catch or tourists and the noise of those from the train looking for souvenirs or watching the boats, amazing.

Unfortunately I did not manage to get any shots of the viaduct because it was on the other side of the train and the same people jumped up to take pictures out of the open window in both directions. The highlight though was the afternoon tea provided at an additional cost when booking. The food was amazing and the staff were very helpful and every question was answered, no matter how stupid others may have thought them.

Fort William is a town with a history steeped in Jacobite lore (for those unfamiliar with British History and the Union between England and Scotland under James Stewart I won’t go into that just now but will below). Bonnie Prince Charlie and the clans loyal to the Scottish claim to rule their own country without interference from the English started their campaign in the Highlands at Fort William. There is still a lot of references around the area to Scottish Gaelic, Jacobites and the Rebellion and most road signs are in both Gaelic and English. The area also sees a lot of foreign tourists who come for the scenery, and there is a lot of beauty in the Scottish mountains around Ben Nevis. Without dwelling too much on the disadvantages of this scenery and the trees suffice to say that there are forests and then there are Scottish forests. The vegetation is so dense in places that you can only see the road ahead and nothing to either side apart from bushes and trees. Hence not knowing how close you are to Fort William until the sign comes up ahead of the houses and B&B’s which are almost everywhere. When you come into the centre there are hotels (with names like The Garrison and Alexandria Hotel) offering visitors opulence and cells (I won’t tell you which is which).

The scenery in Scotland’s Highlands, of mountains, forests, rivers, lochs and coast line has to be seen to be believed. I met a couple on honeymoon from Norway and they said it is similar to Norway but with much more green! If they were impressed then it has to be among the best places around on this planet. After all, Norway has beautiful fjords and stunning mountains.

Once again I fell in love with the country which adopted me at the ripe old age of 4, leaving me in awe at the splendour all around from the mountains in the Highlands to the meadows of the Border country and everything in between. I wish I had taken more pictures while I was there so I could share them with you here but, alas, I didn’t stop on the way up due to the amount of cars parked everywhere in every layby and wide space. I am still in love with my home town of Newcastle upon Tyne but there will always be room in my heart for the country of my clan, Scotland.

What a wonderful world this could be!

Today, I am beginning to look forward to travelling on the Harry Potter train next Monday (an English bank holiday). Like the majority of people on the planet I loved the stories of the boy wizard from his humble beginnings in the cupboard under the stairs. Expectantly waiting for the books to arrive after pre-ordering each and every one of them. Waiting expectantly for the films at the cinema and then waiting again to get them on dvd.

That’s why I’m looking forward with joy to the journey to Fort William, going up on Sunday and staying for 2 nights before heading home again. Tickets are booked for Monday afternoon from Fort William to Mallaig and return, with afternoon tea included. I am really wondering if the trip will be done in sunlight, or if there will be rain, however, no matter the weather the train is the main event of our trip.

I have been looking at videos posted by the Brexiteers who still haven’t learned that had Remain won using the illegal practices Leave used the referendum would have been overturned. These people are threatening violence if a no deal is not implemented when the only people who will benefit from this are the very wealthy and foreign landowners who have been taking advantage of the weak pound to buy up properties all over the UK.

We have to end the violence in this country and the USA by the Ultra-Right Wings, these fascists and Nazis don’t care about the rule of law, in the US their POTUS backs them with promises of a pardon if they are convicted. In the UK there are insufficient police left to keep order and the ones that there are often come under attack themselves. Listening to the rhetoric from the White House and 10 Downing Street it is obvious that the domestic terrorists in both countries are being egged on by those in power.

If you read the news there are attacks almost daily with guns in the US, white supremacist organisations (such as the Good Boys) are avoiding being declared as domestic terrorist organisations but that is exactly what they are. The same is true here, except our domestic terrorists are the Brexiteers, they are inciting violence against everyone who wants a deal or else to remain within the EU because their lies have now been proven without a shadow of doubt to be lies.

People are being stabbed using a variety of knives, screwdrivers and anything else with a sharp blade. The police are being quite successful in arresting people when videos of the crimes are being posted on social media showing the faces very clearly of the perpetrators. People, as long as they are as stupid as they clearly are, will not get away with crimes against people including attempted murder and murder. As I said there are too few police on the streets of Britain today due to the austerity measures started by the coalition Government of 2010-2015 (Tory Lib-Dem) and Tory Governments since then.

Here we all are sitting in a rainbow

Cor blimey, hello Mrs. Jones, how’s your Bert’s lumbago? No music again with this post, however, there is a song attached to the title. Prizes as usual for the first 4 correct entries opened on Monday 9 January 1966. Answers on a postcard or stamped undressed elephant to the usual address.

If there is no further concessions to be made before 31 October 2019, we should follow the same example followed by Greece following their General Election when the Grexit Party won a resounding victory, did Greece activate Article 50? No! Why didn’t they? They realised they needed the rest of Europe more than Europe needed them.

Brexit was fought on the grounds that the EU would give us a fantastic deal before we left (Remain told them that we needed the EU more than they needed us). We said and have been saying ever since that a no deal Brexit is not in the best interests of our economy, the United Kingdom or any of the individual countries which form the union. Those pushing for Leave stated this was fake and a deal could be struck with the EU. The truth is now known and the burning question now is: why don’t the Brexiteers want a second referendum since they are so certain they will win in bigger numbers than in 2016?

They are worried that without Cambridge Analytica (and Aggregate IQ are tied up in an appeal against the ruling they breached EU rules on data protection) they will either lose heavily or be forced to admit the referendum was won illegally and Article 50 will be revoked ahead of 31 October. Those wanting a second referendum, one that adheres to Parliamentary Rules of Engagement, is gaining momentum every single day. That has to worry those politicians now eager to suspend Parliament, do away with the voice of democracy and proceed to bankrupt this country with no regard to those poor who will die without the safety net afforded by the Benefits system.

Those who voted for Brexit in 2016 were fooled into thinking the world is still the same as it was in 1973 when we joined what was then known as the Common Market. The truth is the world has changed since then and what little was left of the British Empire in 1973 has now gone completely. The Commonwealth no longer need us or will support us while we are trying to negotiate trade deals with the rest of the world. It’s now clear that Europe will not offer us anything short of bankruptcy after we leave.

Of course within 2 years of Brexit, a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland that country will be lost to the Union. Scotland will hold another Independence referendum within 18 months and this time they will win, leave the GBP and join the Euro once they are welcomed back into the fold. That will not surprise anyone since both those countries voted resoundingly to Remain in 2016. The United Kingdom then will consist of only England and Wales, but Wales may decide that since the rest of the UK have withdrawn they should too. Their only option then would be to ask the EU to allow an independent Wales to rejoin in their own right.

Now, if there is any doubt about the sense of this take a look at the mood in Scotland, Northern Ireland and compare that with England and Wales. Scots are totally fed up that their currency, despite guarantees made by David Cameron during their referendum campaign, is still not welcomed everywhere in the UK. I live 90 minutes away from Scotland and some places here refuse to take Scottish notes, those which do are in the minority.

If politicians were to tell the truth I don’t think anyone would believe them anyway. Of course if the public don’t trust politicians then turnout is depressed for elections. If you don’t vote for anyone then you have no grounds for complaint since the result is your fault for not getting out there and voting in person or asking for a postal vote. There are other ways to vote than just turning up at the polling station and marking a cross on the ballot paper.

If we changed the practice of voting from paper to electronic, as they have done in the USA then we would be liable to hacking as the USA found out in 2016. Since there are so many people complaining that they are worse off today than they were in 2010 you would expect the next General Election having more than a 60% turnout. The more people who actually vote in a General Election the more likelihood there is that we will get a Government for the many not the few.

BoJo is proud of the fact that he was the only MP sticking up for the bankers who crippled the economy in 2008, caused so many people to be laid off following this and having to wait years before finding other jobs. Those bankers who crippled the economy and were bailed out by you and me by getting hand outs from our taxes, still receive millions in bonuses every year, more if they cripple the poor with outlandish bank charges and refusing to lend money to those who need it, since they will default somewhere down the line when the money they earn is worth less and less. The Tory Government introduced 0 hour contracts to get people off the dole and “into work” regardless of whether they are actually working or not.

We have to change the way this country operates, those who can afford it should be paying more tax, those who are struggling should be receiving more from the state to help them to make ends meet. People on benefits don’t have enough to live comfortably, they barely survive. Minimum wage is not enough to survive on unless you can work around 90 hours per week. We need a living wage paid to everyone, adult, child, pensioner. The pension is not enough to survive on and pension credit is no longer an automatic right if you have more going out than is coming in.

Brexit: The Uncivil War by Channel 4

I missed this when it was shown on British Television but managed to watch it on Netflix yesterday and it asked more questions than it answered. As a film it stands alongside A Few Good Men and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, for entertainment. As a documentary it fell short, it did not explain that the link between Aggregate IQ in Canada and Cambridge Analytica in the UK was much bigger than either company wanted to make public. On the Cambridge Analytica web site Aggregate IQ was listed as SCL Canada (SCL being the parent company of CA). Aggregate IQ has never accepted this as accurate although their hacking program was exactly the same code as CA’s. The two companies consisted of exactly the same board of directors but with different CEO’s (AIQ’s CEO was the CEO of SCL).

With every new revelation concerning, not only the Brexit referendum but also the Presidential Elections in 2016, is it any wonder that the tactics used by CA and AIQ have been questioned recently? AIQ is currently appealing against a decision of malpractice of user data usage in Europe against EU regulations. When this appeal fails, as it most certainly will, what then for the referendum results? Will the referendum of 2016 be, once again, declared illegal and overturned? What if we have already left the EU by then, will they welcome us back with open arms?

I think we should (at least our Government should) withdraw Article 50 until all the facts are known about the referendum and a final decision has been made as to whether or not we should have the referendum again or, as I suspect the Crown Prosecution Service will decide, that because of all the improprieties of 2016 we should never have another referendum in this country to decide anything as divisive ever again.

Since the referendum ended, we have become a divided and separated nation, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly to Remain with only England and Wales voting to Leave. During the campaign ahead of the Referendum we were told by every Leave group that we would receive favourable terms from the EU so a no deal would never be an option. Now that lie has been proven a no deal is becoming more and more obvious, with everyone telling us now that having to go to WTO trade agreements and tariffs will not affect the prices in the shops. Any economist worth their title will tell you this is bollocks.

When tariffs are added at the port of entry to everything coming into the country (and we import 95% of everything we consume) becomes more expensive in the shops. The average increase will be somewhere between £220 and £300 per week for every household. Who can afford that much of an increase every week for the next 20 or 30 years until we can negotiate trade deals with every other country on the planet? Not the ordinary man on the street, not the Leave voters who are up in arms complaining about immigration and not the few who are on benefits. Jobs will be lost with much greater impact on communities when companies move their production plants to continental Europe to avoid hefty tariffs on them being produced here. With less money to spend consumers of luxury goods will decline, more shops will close and high streets will become ghosts of their former glory before the credit crunch of 2008.

People are beginning to wake up to the fact that a no deal Brexit will cripple the economy, cause jobs to be lost when investors move to bigger markets (especially those which came to Britain in order to get a foothold in Europe). We have seen a mass migration of banks out of London, I still think that within 2 years of a No Deal Brexit the United Kingdom will be no more. Scotland has already been making progress with talks between some European Countries that they will be welcomed back into the fold should Scotland become a separate Nation within 2 years of Brexit. Northern Ireland won’t accept a hard border which a no deal Brexit will force. They will therefore separate from the UK, join with the Republic, and like Germany before them, re-enter the EU that way.

With the UK reduced to England and Wales I would be surprised if Wales didn’t leave as well so that only England will be left. If they then tried to rejoin Europe the gains that were made (staying out of the Euro, staying out of Schengen and limiting the numbers of EU migrants) would be lost. No English Government would ever be given the right of Veto after Leaving and a renegotiation to rejoin. As I said all the way through the referendum campaign the UK needed the EU more than they needed us, therefore any deal would not be acceptable to the Parliament parties or the masses of the electorate.

I was born a British person (mum was English, dad was half Scottish and half English), in 1973 I became European and want to remain European. I never voted for Brexit, I recognised the lies for what they were. I have seen the racism and violence that has erupted over the result. I did not predict that because I thought the referendum would have been fought legally by both sides. Because of the illegality of the Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns and hacking into Facebook members to target them with personalised advertising to push them into a Leave vote, I don’t accept the referendum result should stand.

As an economist I fear that this country will find out to its cost and detriment after a disastrous no deal Brexit, that they actually were much better off before leaving than they will be after leaving. The majority of Leavers voted that way because they believed the hype that Europe needed us more than we needed them. They now know that is a lie. They may have voted to leave to take back control but we will lose control when we are begging countries for trade deals since we consume more than we produce here. The current POTUS has said that any trade deal will take over our NHS, proving the lie that the money we send to the EU would be ploughed into the NHS following Brexit.

Farage has said we should dismantle the NHS in favour of the American Health Service model. This means that no one would be able to get Health Insurance to cover pre-existing conditions, the cost of medical treatments will sky rocket leaving the poor no access to any medical treatment at all. Boris Johnson has consistently voted to privatise the NHS as far as possible, leaving the most costly functions within the public domain. The NHS was designed by a Labour Government after the end of World War 2, this was only part of the whole socialist vision for a fairer Britain. The rest has been slowly eroded since 1979 and the first Conservative Government under Maggie Thatcher bought and paid for by the (at the time) top 5%.

Nowadays the Conservative party receives their funding from the top 1% and they want to keep control over the countries poor, forcing them to do as they are told. Anyone who doesn’t see this is not only blind but stupid (apart from the 1%).

Summer days are anything but lazy, hazy days

For a change to my normal posts, there is no music to accompany this one. I was going to write a post about the current state of affairs in the UK and the USA but decided against doing that since everyone knows what is happening in both countries today. I then decided to write a post about my state of mind today, but I don’t think that is very pleasant to share. This post will therefore probably be a short one.

My wife spotted some wind spinners which she decided to buy for our garden, it was therefore down to me to charge my drill, get them put up by putting up the holders on the fence. Placing the spinners in place and then closing the hooks so they wouldn’t blow off easily. She forgets how unfit I am and thinks the work should be done much quicker than I can manage it and also, because of me being unfit, results in me being short of breath and sounding as though I have run a 3 minute mile.

My nasal passages being blocked (they are within 5 minutes of using Olbas nasal spray) the sound is worse than it should be. My nasal passages have not been clear for several years and I still don’t know why. I feel that I have an eternal cold in my nose, not possible I know, but that lets you know how it feels to be me.

I am in a dark place but determined to keep going and I refuse to let it drag me down today. I need something more than I am getting but not sure what that is. I am keeping my vitamin C intake above the recommended levels. With no visible results in my breathing easing off. I would love to be able to breathe easily and then I might exercise more, the nurses at my GP practice have told me that exercising more may relieve the symptoms of my blocked nose. So far it is difficult to exercise a lot.

For those who know how this feels it is not very conducive to exercise, since breathing is difficult enough from resting, doing any exercise means that breathing becomes even more difficult. If anyone knows a work around for this please let me know. If anyone has any other suggestions for improving my breathing so I can go for longer walks, or leave more often to walk around here please let me know.

Life is one long enigma

No idea how this post is going to go (hence the title) a little known track from the late great Hari Georgeson, music copyright is owned by his estate (Dhanni and Olivia Harrison) as well as Universal Music/Apple/EMI and video is courtesy of YouTube so apologies if it doesn’t play where you are.

I had an idea today for a post and wanted to share it with you, now it may not take long as it is a very short discussion when it is one sided. The thing with a discussion is that it grows, we share ideas and then bounce off each other. With a blog it is only one person’s perspective and then we can read it and comment so the conversation starts there.

Here we have had some really hot days, temperatures up in the high teens Celsius. Today it is cloudy, rainy and the temperature has dropped to 18 C. My wife has read out a post from facebook and I would like to share it with you since I find it funny but would like to know what you think of it, feel free to use the comments to let me know if it offends you, makes you laugh or however it makes you feel:

America has a President named tRump which, here in the UK, is a polite way of saying bottom burp. Britain now has a Prime Minister who is called jOhnson and this is an American polite name for a penis.

Going with the politics for a few minutes (I promise it isn’t going to be a long winded affair today). I just read that Robert Mueller III’s sealed records have been requested, unsealed, by the House Judiciary Committee to see if there is anything contained in there they can use for impeachment. About time.

OK, this is the area I wanted to discuss now that “I Am Cait” is back on British tv, why is it that not every LGBT+ person speaking out on behalf of others receives praise for their actions from the LGBT+ community? I am asking because I don’t think it is fair. Cait is outspoken and is fighting for the same rights as every woman in the US. She is a woman and may not have been born a woman but that has no bearing at all on her gender.

If you disagree with me then tell me why you disagree, but she has been through the operations necessary to become the woman she always was. If you think that gender assignment should never be changed then tell me why you feel that way. If there was never a case for someone to be born with one set of genitals feeling that they were in the wrong body then I would probably agree with you.

I have never felt that people were wrong to be gay, after all, love is love no matter where you find it. When one of my friends came out as gay to me when I was 15 I said okay, but why are you making it a huge deal? I didn’t realise how big a deal it was in 1969, even today it is kind of a huge deal. It seems to be a bigger deal for black men than white men today, similarly for trans people to come out and date someone it takes an awful lot for them if they are black than if they are white.

I couldn’t care less about the colour of someone’s skin, to me they are a human being and deserve to be treated as such. I hate that some people on this planet look at someone and judge them on their skin colour, to my mind there are as many white criminals as black, in the USA today the chances of being found not guilty still often depends on the colour of your skin. This may be the status quo but it is not true to life. I have known white people who feel ashamed to speak of their feelings, but more blacks suffer racism than white. In the time I was living and working in London I felt I could go anywhere since going to visit a workmate (a man I called friend) one Saturday afternoon and walking down the street he lived on bouncing to the Reggae Music blasting from windows on either side of the street, until he came out and asked me what I was doing on the street. I told him I came to see him but was enjoying the music. I hadn’t noticed the crowd beginning to follow me down the street.

It was only when he waved and I turned round that I realised I had a following because they were not used to white people wandering into their area AND getting off on the music. When they all gathered round us, Glen said I was cool and they sat down with us on his door step and we talked for almost half an hour about music and the artists from Jamaica. Then Glen invited me in for a cuppa and to meet his folks. One of the most rewarding afternoons I spent in London.

As I said before, if we were together, sharing a coffee then the conversation would probably keep right on going, maybe change of topic coming up but the conversation would not be stopping here. Anyway, if you want to keep the conversation going please leave a comment and I will reply to you.