PM Johnson is claiming victory for the deal struck with the EU but isn’t all this, including the run up to the deal, just posturing. The whole thing has just been posturing or more clearly just a Pantomime from start to finish. There never was doubt that a deal was going to be done because it had to be done to save face. A no deal would certainly have kicked the Tories into political oblivion by an act of suicide. Now in truth the whole exercise just looks like a vehicle used by Boris Johnson to ouwst Theresa May and obtain leadership and power in a egotistical political quest that smacks of ambition more than to be a political servant to the will of the people.
So in the run up to the deal we witnessed tough talk but it was all just empty posturing done as an act of showmanship. It was a complete act but equally transparent like the script of a Pantomine. The whole thing smacked of being rehearsed and all the characters were transparent. The truth is that Bodge it simply had no choice other than to strike some kind of deal. The EU would also have understood this but went along with the show almost like an audience at a Pantomime, but all the while ensuring that they would be the real winners. So how does the deal compare to what was promised? From what I have read it doesn’t bear much semblance to what was actually promised. It puts Northern Ireland in jeopardy of seeking actual independence from the UK and could mean a reintroduction of the tensions and troubles as the possibility of a unified Ireland takes focus. Goods in the UK are likely to be more expensive as a result of added red tape. Fisheries have been thrown to the lions as the sacrifice for retaining tariff free trading. Not to mention the chaos for businesses and movement that will happen as a result of leaving a mere week (less if you take into account the holidays) to sort out all the additional details and protocol required, and all because Johnson and the government wanted to sort out the deal in the lowest possible profile hoping that it would slip by largely unnoticed. Bodge it was in a tight corner but as usual he is attempting to claim victory where in actual fact there has been none at all. The reality is that the whole thing has been a rather embarrassing fiasco showing up Bodge-it and his Government for what they are:incompetent.
Brexit was not a quest for Sovereignty it became a vehicle for personal political ambition and power
What Brexit has shown us is that, despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, Panto Season can go ahead anyway. In Panto timing is everything and so is the importance of having a predictable plot. So potentially the most important piece of economic news for Britain in decades was, in my opinion, intentionally released to slip by, almost unnoticed, in order to save embarrassment for this government and to stifle proper public scrutiny of the deal. The timing of the deal done on Christmas Eve of all days speaks volumes about how embarrassed about this deal the Tories and Bodge it really are about it. Although it comes as no real shock that the announcement of the deal was designed to slip by the majority of the British Public in such an anonymous manner really comes as no shock at all. To release the most important economic news for Britain when nobody is really paying any attention was shambolic and despicable but also calculated . This was no mere coincidence at all it had been planned to be finalised down to the day and hour when everyone had gone into holiday mode and had no interest in such matters and no time or resource to inspect the detail of the deal. This is what had been planned and calculated for all along in order to spare both the PM and the Tory Government from embarrassment. I seriously think that this was no mere coincidence and had been planned for some time. Up until that point we saw a charade of: posturing, gesturing and empty tough talk designed to hoodwink the public into believing that the PM had integrity on matters of Sovereignty when all the time we knew that Bodge it would be just a push over who would ultimately cave in to the more grown up and sophisticated bargaining power of the EU. The whole thing concluded on Christmas eve in an attempt by Bodge it and this Government to save face and avoid public scrutiny of the deal whilst the public was distracted from the whole fiasco by the holiday spirit and general lack of interest in current affairs.
Well some of us expected no less from the whole debacle and it was generally in keeping with the whole proceedings from start to finish. The Government’s hope is that the whole thing will be old news and forgotten about by the end of the holiday period after which the damage has already been done. Some of us already knew that a deal was inevitable because the alternative was disaster for Britain with a no deal so Bodge it, despite his posturing and any attempts at sham tough talk, really had no other options at his disposal and the EU knew this and exploited the situation. Boris knew that he must save political embarrassment through timing and the Christmas holidays gave him the ideal opportunity to do just that. Most people in Britain did not even know that a deal had been at all and as to the details of the deal they remain pretty vague even 3 days after Christmas. What we are coming to realise is that this deal lacks a commitment to the pledges and promises made pre election and falls far short of even the deal that Theresa May was promoting. The whole thing has just been deceit and illusion all the way to the final scene which in truth was just a disappointing conclusion made by a second rate illusionist.
The electorate were promised a Brexit Deal which now looks like a lie because there clearly was no ‘Oven Ready Deal’ there at all. The electorate were clearly misled about Brexit and hence about the consequences of a no deal scenario.
The Tories now need to be taken to account on misleading the public. A no deal will be hugely consequential to the British economy and to the Tories who have to take the blame for mismanagement of the whole fiasco. The blame can be traced back to the incompetence of Cameron who mooted the whole idea in the first place. There is no one else to blame for the consequences of a no deal except the Tories and Bodge it himself in particular. No deal will cost jobs and lead to misery and a recession. The Tories will not be able to weather the storm that is coming.
I have been following the development of amp modelling effects from the start. Many of which I have previously owned . I have found though that I get quite dissatisfied with them quite quickly not long after a struggle with them to get authentic sounding tones. All sounded quite digital, sterile and false
After a while I gave up on the hope of them ever sounding right. For me the frustration culminated when Line 6 claimed that the Pod HD was the business and a step up the modelling ladder from the earlier versions of Pod
This claim was quickly exposed as false and it actually proved to be a step backwards with inferior amp models and a poor choice of amps in both variety and functionality. It was this that exposed Line 6 as manufacturer willing to hype up their latest product with misleading claims. So why would I trust them with their claims regarding Helix? Many people have but are they giving an honest account of Helix’,s performance and capabilities? Customers don’t like to admit that they have been duped. Ghd Helix is a relatively big investment and it has been noted that the release of every new product had an incremental price based upon the manufacturer ‘s claims about how the new product stacks up against previous products. For these new units we have seen a massive price jump. Customers are now making bigger investments so is it any wonder that we are not seeing too many negative reviews because bond likes go admit that they may have been duped so they may well convince themselves that they actually got a good return for their investment. How reading between the lines reveals some dissent going on. Manh have said that they had to purchase 3rd party IRs to make Helix truly playable which suggests that the Cabinet IRs that are supplied by Line 6 are inferior. Chipping away at their armour then it appears that Helix may not be true to it’s claims of accurate representation of amps and effects. I personally would be disappointed to have to make additional purchases to make a product as expensive as Helix sound adequate. I know I am picking a fight here with Helix users who will and must defend their investment but many have broken ranks and expressed some level of dissatisfaction. So is Helix any better than offerings from cheaper sources such as Nux mg. I am personally blown away with the Mg. Having tried many from the usual suspects I can compare and say that the Nux Mg is so far streets ahead of this group although I cannot make claims in relation to Helix because I have no first hand experience of it!
Coronavirus will bring with it an economic depression that will be felt worldwide. It is certainly not a good time for Britain to be on our own in the world. We all face an uncertain future. Now is certainly not the right time to be antagonistic towards our current, existing trading partners, the EU. Coronavirus has certainly cast a shadow of doubt over the feasibility of Brexit. Without alternative trading arrangements in place Britain faces a very uncertain and unstable economic future. Despite all of this the Tories continue to aggravate the EU with a non negotiable stance which is likely to lead to a hostile set of difficult negotiations upon which the economic future depends. Still we have no signals of any phenomenal trading agreements with the USA who are most likely to sticking to a policy of America first. Without any viable alternatives we should be taking more care of our existing partnerships.
Following his interview on BBC News this morning I am recommending that Sadiq Khan be immediately elected to be Prime Minister of Britain because he speaks such sense and seems to be the only one who knows how to deal with the Coronavirus situation effectively and fairly.
£94 SSP is no incentive to self isolate against Coronavirus but it has highlighted how out of touch and unfit for purpose our Benefits System is. For years this has gone on largely hidden from public scrutiny as a result of concerted attacks by both the Tory Party and pressure from the right wing press in order to drive down the amount of support given to vulnerable people in the UK. Now, when a time has come, when this System is needed almost universally by all for support it is found to be wanting and outdated and to be offering only a questionable and inadequate level of support.
£94 a week is an inadequate sum that will not encourage people to self isolate against Coronavirus. This level of support and this amount show that our Benefits System is at least 20 years behind the current costs of living and has probably not been updated in all that time. The reality is that it should be offering at least £250 per week as a survival income. It appears that the government could easily afford to be offering that since it has recently announced that it could support workers salaries up to the level of double that amount and more (£2500 is the limit that it announced). Therefore raising SSP to at least 3x it’s current rate does not seem to be an unreasonable demand.
Continue reading £94 a week SSP is no incentive to self isolate against Coronavirus
Tories claim that they are being generous and responsible in bringing in measures to tackle the Coronavirus situation but on analysis their measures fall very short of supporting the hardest hit members of society. This government are providing a package of assistance measures that seem to be supporting the needs of big businesses whilst neglecting or even exploiting the poorer members of society. For self employed, gig workers, zero hrs contract worker, you will be entitled to the generous amount of a full £94 a week to cover your costs and your rent. You will be assured that no greedy landlord can boot you out for your rent arrears for at least 3 months but after that you either find the money or you will be destitute. So you had better save some out of the generous £94 that the government will provide for you so that you can pay your rent arrears. Well in fact you had better save it all and spend not a single penny of it because your rent, in itself, is likely to be 3 or 4x the amount you are going to receive. Even worse if you are not sick and self isolating claiming SSP you will only be entitled to the miserly, miserable sum of £57.90.
Continue reading Government will give you: £94, rent arrears, loan debts and ultimately destitution, to assist with Coronavirus
The last couple of weeks has not shown the British Public in a very good light, highlighting just how selfish we really are. Selfishly thinking only of themselves and completely oblivious to the fact that we are all in this together but instead we are seeing completely selfish individuals willing to put themselves first at the expense of others: it’s enough to make you feel ashamed of being British. It just makes you wonder if this government’s message will get through at all and it makes you realise that it’s simply not worth putting your faith in people at all. If this is the behaviour of the British at the very start of this Coronavirus outbreak what will it be like as the situation worsens? Will we see people being mugged in the street for their toilet tissue?
Another reason that I have to be doubtful that the government’s plans to tackle the virus, which relies on people first understanding the government guidelines about proper cleanliness, is an incident that happened to me this week. I am a taxi driver and over the weekend I picked up a fare. I noticed this young lady, I use the term in the broadest sense, was sucking a toffee when she got into the back of my car. Other than the horrible noise she was making whilst sucking on it, I had no reason to glance at her again. The next day I used the car for a personal shopping trip. I then had cause to go in the rear of the vehicle for some reason and as I surveyed the state of the car to ascertain if it would need to be cleaned, I couldn’t help noticing a half eaten toffee sweet, stuck firmly down on the carpet under the back of the front passenger seat. There was no doubt in my mind who had done this and left it there for removal instead of taking some responsibility for it’s disposal themselves. So how can we put faith in people doing the right thing and taking responsibility when amongst us here in Britain live this type of lazy individuals who care nothing for others and are quick to pass on their individual responsibility to others just because they are darn right too lazy to take any responsibility upon themselves and they are just fundamentally dirty scumbags. I can’t help thinking what a big mistake it was allowing people like these to determine the economic future of Britain. This last few weeks I have felt ashamed to be British and can’t help thinking that the EU must actually be sighing with relief and saying to themselves ‘thank God that they have actually gone’, now that we have left the EU. I for one am lamenting that I can no longer refer to myself as European and have now to defer back to being just British.
‘Putting faith in a selfish bunch of people willing to clear supermarket shelves to ensure that they don’t go without whilst many others may have to, as a result of their behaviour, seems simply to be a misguided strategy in the fight against Coronavirus.
Now that Brexit is done well in a manner of speaking, and Bodge-it has declared that Britain is now open for business you might, after all the talk up and hype, have expected to see much more interest from the rest of the world outside Europe. However Britain is open for business: but no one is queuing up seems to be the reaction. Britain is open for business but no one is particularly interested. Could be as I previously predicted that now we have departed from the EU others will wait to see how desperate we are before approaching us with their exploitative deals. Well that’s just business :always looking for the best deal. After all it is 47 years since we were on our own and the world has changed during that time. It’s like an adult revisiting a place from childhood. Things look similar but at the same time so different to how you remembered them. Places are often so much smaller than in your memories of them but the real reality is that we are just bigger and we feel just too big to fit in now. Let’s hope it is not a similar experience for the UK. The world market may be smaller than what we actually remember of it 47yrs ago. We have been promised a Utopia by various politicians but we may be forced to remember that we are really quite isolated on a small island just outside Europe in which the rest of the world has relatively little interest in.
The Conservative Party Political Broadcast last night was cringe worthy in true Boris style. It was more like a confessional and featured some sap that was prepared to go on national TV and admit that he had betrayed his working class roots by admitting to having voted Tory in the last election. The style of the interview was like a confessional having admitted to having committed the ultimate sin by voting Tory. Then to add to the public humiliation and embarrassment he then actually got to meet the ‘devil’ himself. The message seemed to be that you live on even after committing the ultimate sin and the devil welcomes sinners. The whole set up was so false and again deviates from serious politics in true Bodge-it style. That poor bloke who appeared in that garbage is going to have to live with that for the rest of his life and live with the knowledge of his very public betrayal of his working class background. No matter how you want to look at it, it is still wrong. Please do not wrestle with your demons in public it is embarrassing!