Can you believe that America has elected Donald Trump as it’s next President. Quite clearly the lessons of electing people based on the cult of personality have not been learnt after Ronald Regan. The American People seem to have such short memories either that or the over 45’s who will definitely remember or should remember Regan are just losing their marbles in the same way that he did.
I simply fail to understand that people cannot grasp this simple concept. Brexit will create high inflation and make us all worse off. The devaluing of the pound has made this quite clear in the run up to jumping off the cliff and if we continue then this situation will only worsen. Spelled out this means that we cannot buy our imported goods as cheaply as we do now. Since we rely so much on imported goods (no Britain could not achieve self sufficiency as many Brexiteers believe) so we will all have to pay more for these goods because of a weak pound. Now add on to this the hard Brexit that will occur because of our poor relationship with Europe and then you get Trade Tariffs as well. At the moment we have no Trade Tariffs with European Union. So slap that on the price of our imported goods and you have got to realise that everything is going to be so much more expensive. Inflation devalues your wages and makes you worse off. So is that clear enough now? Do you still want to get out of the European Union under such adverse conditions jumping from the frying pan? Are you willing to make yourselves worse off simply because of your dislike of foreigners and immigration? Yes there may be more jobs as a result of Brexit but you will also be giving the Conservatives the kind of climate they thrive in : namely a high inflation and low wage economy which gives them the opportunity to erode workers rights and working conditions and drive down wages. Britain will be going backwards to the 1880’s as in the Victorian Slum times again if we have this stupid Brexit either that or we all be living like Tom and Barbara from ‘The Good Life‘ TV sitcom because that is what these Brexiteers have envisaged for us : Britain on it’s own again living the self-sufficient lifestyle. Tom and Barbara’s attempts to be self-sufficient were the laughable subject matter for a slightly amusing TV sitcom and Brexit will have the same effect but extended far beyond Tom and Barbara’s back garden and make us all, here in Britain, the laughing stock of Europe.
Also do not look to the United States of America for help and special trade agreements. Donald Trump has been elected to President of the United States based upon his protectionist stance in terms of trade. In effect he is going to limit imports and force Americans to buy American made products. That is exactly how he intends to revive and re-energize the American Economy.
What has happened to British Potatoes and in particular what has happened to the British Maris Piper potato? They are so small nowadays that they are hardly worth peeling anymore. The Maris Piper potato is the quintessential chipping potato and has always been. But how can you make chips out of potatoes that when peeled are the size of peas? It may be only small potatoes but the demise of this once perfect chipping potato is a serious gripe for real chip affectionados who prefer to make their own chips rather than rely on a bag of frozen wannabes.
Nowadays I seem to spend so much time rooting through bags of this brand of potato on the supermarket shelves, looking for a bag with at least 2 reasonably sized potatoes so that I can make some chips. The rest of the bag is just either destined to be mash but the majority of this rubbish just ends up getting thrown away. So what has happened to the Maris Piper potato why is it being miniaturised?
Well in my opinion it is not. The Labour Party is no longer a Socialist Party nor will it be again until the day it brings back a proper obligation to follow the principles of Sidney Webb and adopt a proper Webb style interpretation of Clause IV of the Labour Party Constitution as it was intentioned. Until it does this it will be no more that another Party cluttering up the ground on the political right. I was hoping that Jeremy Corbyn might be the man to change all this. However this remains to be seen whether or not he has a strong commitment to do this.
Forgive me if I am wrong but I was under the impression that the Brexit Referendum was an Opinion Poll and if the result would be in favour then exit from the European Union would be investigated to see if an exit was deemed favourable to Britain socially and economically, then if these conditions could be satisfied then we would leave. It was never my understanding that the outcome of the vote had to be followed to the letter. It appears that instead we have a knee jerk reaction to public opinion so we go running off like a headless chicken running into the darkness of the unknown.
The Brexit Circus is the only Show in Town
It seems that Britain has been mesmerised by the stupidity of Brexit, Cameron and Farage to the point where we are no longer able to make rational decisions. Britain is now a headless Body: a mere avatar for Nigel Farage’s and Boris Johnson’s own political ambitions. Now we have let utter stupidity take over over from common sense in the same way that Hitler came to power in Nazi Germany. Meanwhile the Politicians are falling over one another like a bunch of clowns showing a total lack of judgement because they are more concerned about being unpopular, so they now work for the Brexit Circus following the Brexit opinion: their concerns are more about worrying about hanging onto power than making shrewd and correct political judgements that are in the best interests of Britain as a whole. They should realise that even though Brexit came in as a yes to leave vote that not all those that voted to leave would necessarily show the same allegiance to a singular political party in a General Election situation.
My advice is
‘Always keep an Idiot in your sight.’
Who the hell does Theresa May believe she is suggesting that she is championing the working classes in today’s Britain. It just goes to show how out of touch she is and her words are just insulting to working people. This is Theresa May’s attempt to brainwash the working class into believing that the Conservative Party led by her represent the interests of the working classes. It is patronizing, insulting and in bad taste. There are people in Britain who already work hard: damn hard in fact but who get virtually nothing for their endeavours. The Minimum Wage is just a joke and some in Britain are working 60+ hours a week just to scratch a living. Theresa May is now attempting to re-write the Conservative Party History by claiming it champions the working classes where in actual fact history tells us that the Conservatives have traditionally eroded workers rights over the years and took away power from the unions. You have to remember that it is only European Law that is defending the last battalions of Workers Rights and now consider that the Tories are the ones that will be taking us out of Europe. The right wing of the Tory Party have been trying to erode these Workers Rights for years and now that the right wing of the Tories are in total control this should surely be sending out some very strong Warning Signals to the Workers and Working People in the UK. If Not then Why Not?
It’s been a week now since the Labour Party Conference 2016 and I am still unclear about what Socialism for the 21st Century actually means. Socialism for the 21st Century is more than just this Sound Bite and Socialism is not just about being nice to everybody Mr Corbyn: it’s a system of Economics. Socialism does have the end result of being nicer and a whole lot fairer than Capitalism but that is only as a result of having real socialist policies to back it up. I just get the feeling that JeremyCorbyn’s interpretation of Socialism is just the end result without implementing the system to actually make it happen. Up to now and perhaps for sometime to come I will continue to support Mr Corbyn as the most viable left wing candidate but my support is not blind and there are limits. For me the limit is when I think and believe that Mr Corbyn cannot deliver a proper version of Socialism for the Labour Party backed up by an economic strategy to match the ideology. That time is getting close with this new development and lack of understanding shown by Mr Corbyn and his team who seem to have resorted to dropping in Sound Bites instead of real policy.
Is Mr Corbyn’s idea of Socialism just another Blair Style interpretation?
Jeremy Corbyn needs to understand that he cannot have the ideology and ambitions of Socialism without having some resemblance to an economic and fiscal policy that resembles in some way the ideas of Sidney Webb who introduced the concept of socialism to the Labour Party with an introduction of Clause IV as a part of its Constitution. It was only at this point that the Labour Movement actually became a Socialist Movement. Recent Labour Party administrations have attempted to retain the ideology of socialism and abandon the commitment to Clause IV and it’s economic and fiscal systems which it implies. Most notably Tony Blair but what you got in return was a watered down version of Socialism with an unstable fiscal policy and economic approach. This smoke and mirrors approach to Socialism is no longer viable because more often than not it ends up with a government which has lofty ambitions and ideals without any means to fund it’s ambitions. This, as we saw in the case of Blair / Brown, led to out of control public borrowing which eventually leads to a form of bankruptcy.
Even from beyond the grave ‘the Iron Lady’ still retains her grip on British politics. Nothing much has changed: well nothing radical in politics since the days of Margaret Thatcher and Britain seems either unwilling or unable to move on from the grip of Thatcher’s snatch and grab politics. Nothing much has changed even despite the interim Labour Government that ended her reign. Despite this her legacy lives on which was the end of socialism in Britain. This position was aided and abetted somewhat by the weak, poor excuse for a Labour Government of Blair/ Brown whose government actually changed very little because it had sold out on the Labour’s Party’s principles well before it actually got elected.
So why has the face of British Politics changed so little since the reign of Margaret Thatcher and in whose interests is this? Why do I get the feeling that she is still in control even from her grave? To my mind Margaret Thatcher and Adolf Hitler have got a lot in common. They have been the most divisive and right wing politicians in Europe of the last century but there the similarities end because The German Nation was quick to understand that after defeat in the War and the demise of Adolf Hitler it realised that it needed a new set of guiding values, principles and legislation. The old Germany of Hitler did not persist under new subsequent regimes. Germany had to re-invent itself and put right the wrong doing of those times and move forward. Conversely so for the U.K where the policies of a much despised premier have persisted outside her time in office through; a change in Tory Prime Minister, throughout a so called Opposition Government in office and well into the David Cameron years. In fact with Theresa May we can virtually guarantee that we basically get more of the same Thatcherite Policies. So what is it about our nation that makes us such suckers for this kind of grotesque punishment. Why can’t we learn harsh lessons from the past and move on in the same way the German’s did revoking the legislation that was immoral, covetous, harmful and divisive.
On 26th August 2016 Stephen Bear won Celebrity Big Brother showing the world that the U.K. celebrates and rewards bad behaviour, selfishness and a lack of self-control. Yobos rule and now it’s official! So this is what it’s come to here in the U.K. This is the type of role model we want and reward is it? Lets crown him the King of the New Pointless Generation whose values are simply their own ego, self-promoting arrogance, ignorance, gang culture, lack of morality and stupidity. Are these the qualities that we wish to celebrate well it would seem so?