So people can no longer afford to buy a house – Whose fault is it really?

All we keep hearing is :

There are not enough houses being built for the number of people who need them.

The government should do more to provide more housing’

Builders and developers are sitting of plots of land and not developing them even after planning permission has been given.

People will never be able to pay the mortgages because of the price of houses.

So what is the situation, who has a part to play in this scenario, is anyone at fault?

Let’s take a look at this more closely

Yes the government has a role to play, when council houses were first put on the market the money they generated was supposed to provide more social housing;  that was the Margaret Thatcher era and yet successive governments have failed to reinvest in proper social housing, choosing to go for the new terminology of ‘Affordable housing’. This raises the new question – affordable to who??

Then we have had – the rise of the new landlords, the portfolio builders who are buying up all of the houses first time buyers used to buy and ‘do up’. Affectionately known as the ‘doer uppers’, these landlords then they rent them to people for exorbitant and immoral rents that leave the tenants so fleeced their chances of ever being able to save for a new home are gone. Who are these landlords – well there seems to be 3 main categories:

We have the likes of Cheri Blair and son Ian who have swept the country buying up whole streets – because as she once revealed she is scared of being poor – well she doesn’t give a shit about who she might make poor!! No this is not fear, this is greed!

Then we have foreign landlords who have never set foot in the county and who have people finding properties for them to buy, which they then rent out at disgusting prices and they do not even pay tax on the earnings they get from the rent. Many of these individuals are also using the housing market to launder their own ill gotten gains.

And lets not forget those who are investing in housing so that they can leave their children well off – their children could of course get a job! But many of these people are the 30+ professional group who are selfishly happy to buy up housing stock through the bank of mum and dad, then they to go for the over priced rent.

I think that covers the vast majority of the landlords, but I am sure there will be a sprinkling of others who do not fall into these categories. Essentially we have a situation where everyone is looking to make a fast buck and couldn’t give a shit about how that affects others, it’s the ‘all about me’ campaign again!!

So what should we be doing? Well these are my thoughts, I am sure others have their own views;

There should be housing available where people do NOT need to find a huge deposit before they can rent the place, and they should be rented at reasonable rates, so that people on low incomes can afford them.

Non residential foreigners should not be allowed to buy more than one residential property, and they should pay the tax on any income they earn from that property at the higher rate.

Perhaps UK residents who are landlords should have to rent one house out at a lower rate for people on lower incomes and they register that property with the local council, the system could be that the first house you buy to rent out goes on the open rental market but second one goes on the council list of restricted rents.

The council needs to do 2 things build more proper social housing and manage its existing stock better than it currently does. There are large council properties with one elderly person in them who is unable to get upstairs or to manage the house. They need to be building 1 and 2 bedroomed bungalows and sheltered maisonettes/ flats in all areas so people can downsize but not move out of their immediate area, meaning they do not suddenly become even more socially isolated and they are still with neighbours they have known for years and who they trust. This would release many family homes, and might reduce the number of families sofa surfing/ living in bed and breakfast accommodation.  There needs to be a much wider range of council accommodation available and the council DOES need to be providing homes because the past 30yrs has shown just how the underlying greed of humans has reeked havoc in the housing market.

As to the builders and developers, they need to firstly be building houses that are suitable for family life, currently the living areas are so small a family of four is crowded in their own lounge, so everyone goes to their own room – hardly promoting good family life and quality time. There should be a minimum size of footprint for a house living quarters, i.e a minimum for a 3 bedroomed house, a different one for a four bedroomed house etc.

Those builders/ developers sitting on land where development had been agreed should have an agreed number of months in which to start the development with an agreed completion date; failure to meet these dates should incur a very large fine which should be paid to the local council.

So who’s fault is it – well clearly contrary to the opinion of the press there is no single guilty party, there are many people who are causing this problem which is compounded by the fact that we have had thousands of people come here to live and obviously they also want a home. They did not arrive unexpectedly, we knew they were coming so again successive governments AND developers/ builders have failed to make adequate provision.

The reality is that the builders and developers need to start pulling their fingers out and building, the government needs to look at who is accessing the help to buy scheme as currently tax payers money is helping to fund homes for young professionals who CAN afford to buy, and what return are we getting on or money??

I await with keen interest to see how Andy Burnham the Manchester mayor is going to resolve the homelessness problem in Manchester!! Perhaps he can come up with a model for everyone else.

But we all need to look at our priorities – there is no good spending £15000+ on a wedding if you cannot afford somewhere to live, that £15000 could have been your house deposit! Young couples do need to look at the money they waste on stag nights/ hen nights/ weddings and honeymoons, yes by all means celebrate but cut your cloth accordingly!

And lets look at the figures of low paid workers

paid on average £7. 15ph for a 40hr week =£300 per wk

= £15600 per year minus tax and national insurance = approx £14000 per year

= £1204 per month – rent £650 per month = £554 to live in, pay bills, clothing etc for the family!!

NOT A PRETTY PICTURE!!

 

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So people can no longer afford to buy a house – Whose fault is it really?

Good for you Jimmy Tarbuck!!

Well done Jimmy Tarbuck!!!

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/comedian-jimmy-tarbuck-defends-presidents-club-dinner-and-calls-on-critics-to-look-at-hen-parties/ar-AAvdmB6?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=HPCDHP

At last it seems that the male species is beginning to respond to this constant vilification of men.

Yes Mr Tarbuck is quite right the rules should apply to everyone!!

Are all men guilty of sexual harassment or sexual abuse?

Are these accusations justified??

Is Jimmy going to be left to stand up for justice on his own?

Are men going to continue to take these accusations and this tongue lashing without an attempt to defend themselves!!

Or are they going to get behind Jimmy and defend themselves??

To ignore what is being said is to confirm it’s accuracy.

Is abuse in all it’s forms a male characteristic only, and are women the innocent victims of such behaviour

OR

Is this more a case of social boundaries have fallen to such a degrading low that it is time to redefine the rules and boundaries for people of all sexualities?

 

Discuss!

Good for you Jimmy Tarbuck!!

This witch hunt has to stop!!

Today I find myself getting increasingly frustrated by people alleging to be feminists – are they really feminists?

Do they really have the interests of women in general in mind?

Is this really about fair play and equality.

I bloody well don’t think so!!!!

We are currently facing a huge number of claims of historic sexual abuse from both men and women so why is it that the women seem to think it’s all about them when it should be about the sexual behaviour of everyone. I’m not seeing the male victims all clamoring for inclusion, in fact I’m not seeing much support for the male victims at all.  You don’t get the same media coverage,  could that be because it is now mainly female journalists???

NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT!!

We have females who have chosen the ‘ladette’ world but only on their terms i.e  I will go out and get drink and wear almost no clothing, I will lose control of my ability to make sensible judgements and decisions then when I don’t like the consequences, I will blame someone else because it certainly couldn’t be my fault.

As was recently stated by a celeb – when women said they wanted equality no-one was expecting them to behave in an immoral and ladette fashion, but having chosen to do that no-one was expecting them to claim it was the fault of everyone else.

Has no – one watched the reality TV program following the police on duty at weekend in a city centre? If you haven’t then you should, it’s an education in just what today’s feminism is getting women

It is called taking responsibility for your own decisions – if some guy goes out gets drunk and makes some crass decision I don’t see everyone saying “well he was drunk, someone should have stopped him” No he’s told ‘ Sorry mate, you chose to drink, now you have to pay the consequences’.

The bottom line is that everyone should behave in a sexually respectful manner towards others irrespective of their sexuality, and as adults everyone has responsibility for their own decisions. Damn it everyone should be respectful in All of their behaviour.

For the many female celebs who are ALL now claiming to have been assaulted – I DON’T THINK SO!! If things are so depraved in your workplace then why have you still encouraged your OWN children to join this toxic and clearly perverted world?

And what gives you the right to hound and victimise other female celebs who claim they were unaware of this behaviour. You do not know what they saw or did not see.

For those of you who are trying to equate having someone touch your bottom or back to the rape of one of your peers SHAME ON YOU!! You are a bigger insult to the seriously assaulted person than if you had just kept quiet. All of this ‘#me too’ stuff smacks of ‘I want to be part of this and if I just show this I can be a part of it without ever having to explain what NEVER happened’!!

So why am I having this rant – because now it is about sacking people from their job simply because they attended the Dorchester event – NOT because they did something wrong! Namely the vice principle of a university, I don’t know this individual, I am responding to a news report where a feminist student is demanding he is sacked-

NO the guy has done nothing wrong!

So does this mean that if I go to a friends wedding and the best man starts to behave inappropriately I should be sacked for being there? Because that’s where this is going.

NO, I’m sorry this is completely wrong, this whole business is getting completely out of hand and reminds me of the allegations of witchcraft that tore families apart in the early 1990’s, when social workers snatched a huge number of children from their beds in the middle of the night on some flimsy, and in many cases malicious allegation, but with no real evidence.

It is also reminiscent of the situation when other children were removed from parents who were accused of sexual assault, based on the say so of one doctors flawed method of medical evidence.

The children and the families in these circumstances were never shown any evidence and many never got their children back DESPITE them being proven innocent – because the state had given the children to adoptive parents!

HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING? WE HAVE A JUDICIAL SYSTEM FOR A GOOD REASON, IN THIS COUNTRY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

So do stop this complete and utter nonsense IF someone has done something wrong then the law says they should go through a just process where the evidence should be presented and they should have the opportunity to defend themselves. Employment law demands the same thing. And let’s be honest if it was any of us we would be looking at industrial tribunals for unfair dismissal.

WELL I’VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU ALL THE LAW IS THERE FOR EVERYONE NOT JUST THOSE OF US IN THE LOWER JOB ROLES OF SOCIETY.

The young women who were groped at the Dorchester SHOULD press charges against the perpetrators, this should not all be dealt with on the say so of one undercover journalist who admits she was not personally subject to any of the serious abuse.

So to all the feminists out there

Stop hounding people out of their jobs just because they are male, you would not want that to happen if it were females involved. We should be investigating ALL allegations properly. As recent legal cases have shown not ALL allegations are true!

Stop trying to further your cause by demanding scalps for everything; you lose your own credibility, get out there and find the evidence, then go through the proper channels.

To the media –

You need to remember you are there to inform us of what is going on not to twist everything to suit your own agenda. You are supposed to give a fair and balanced report – so why do we not have the male journalists following the all women parties/ LGBT parties? You are partly responsible, as over the years you have paid millions to women only to willing to reveal their sexual behaviour for a price.

You are happy to print pictures and hound celebs, you are also happy to print/ report whatever gets the cash in.

My message to you is – remember hacking phones!!

To ALL the petition signers-

To those who sign these pathetic and completely falsified petitions – why don’t I set one up to have some random shop assistant/ teacher /nurse removed  from their job because I don’t like them or better still just because I can, after all I can put any reason I like on the petition, I don’t actually have to prove it happened to get you all to sign it!! Think about it – signed any petitions recently? Did you see or check the evidence before you signed??

To the women out there

Can you in all honesty say that the current climate being applied to all men is fair? What happens when your husband/ partner/ father/ brother is sacked on the say so of a female who was then not expected to provide evidence because the affected man will not be getting the chance to defend himself.

Let’s not all do a Hilary Clinton  -when it affects her husband the woman is basically a tart who was not worth the air she breathed, but when it affects other men the women have been abused. Now there’s a double standard from someone claiming to support the feminist  cause and rights of women, but hey, like the press she is using it to try to further her own agenda.

See Jan 26 2018 New York Times – politics section

And finally to the men –

‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ – you should be out there demanding the same equality the women want, you should be defending your rights instead of simply buckling under.  Just going along with this whole business is no longer an option.

Challenge the bad behaviour of your peers and press charges on females who sexually assault you – has any female  put their hand on your knee/ touched your bum/back lately uninvited??

Anyone see Tom Cruise on Graham Norton show where Rebecca Ferguson couldn’t keep her hands of his leg, haven’t heard any outcry, but then neither should we. But if it had been the other way around – well can you imagine what the press would have to say ????

 

 

 

 

 

 

This witch hunt has to stop!!

All women want is fairness, equality, less sexism, no misogyny and a bit more respect

Well it would be fair to say the ladies have been grabbing the headlines this week as they demand more respect, fairness, equality, less sexism and the end of misogyny!!

Whoopee!!!

I can’t see anything wrong with that, after all aren’t the first 3 points a legal entitlement under the Human Rights Act???

Should we be applauding these ladies who are standing up for their rights and who are banding together in sisterhood, surely they deserve a huge amount of credit as they have raised the public awareness of the more seedy behaviour of their male counterparts,

or

Should we be defending those on the receiving end, those men who have lost their jobs/reputations/ income/ social standing based on allegations rather than the facts from any investigation?

Is there really any room to sympathise with these tawdry self serving, clearly ‘guilty’ males; after all many of these women have spent years being disbelieved isn’t it time the men found out what that is like?

Are women really demanding too much or are their demands not only reasonable but highly desirable? Well lets look at what they are asking for

Fairness in all aspects of life.

To be treated with respect.

To be able to walk about in public at any time of the day with next to no clothes on.

To be able to stand in front of the TV cameras in see through clothes without anyone looking at their body or commenting on it.

To get rid of the pay gap.

To be free from unwanted sexual remarks being directed at them.

Not to be sexually harassed.

To be spoken to in appropriate terms

To have flexible working so they can fit it around home life.

To be able to get as drunk as they wish without being at risk of being abused or assualted

To say they do not want sexual activity to continue and be listened to.

To make physical contact with men as and when they choose.

Not to be stalked/ hit.

They want the right to anonymity if they have reported a rape.

Well with the exception of the lack of clothing or the issues around see through clothing (which I agree might just be an issue for me), they don’t seem to want anything outrageous. Obviously this is not an exhaustive list so lets just look at some of the things the desire for equality, respect and fairness might include, because lets be honest these women are only asking to be treated in the same way they would treat others, and why should men have greater advantages?

So let’s continue

They want to be able to

Abuse / hit their male partners without it being seen as unacceptable and without it affecting their job/ social standing/ income.

Although they could share maternity leave with their partner – no they want the maternity leave AND the promotion.

They want to be able to go on a girls night out and use foul language directed at anyone within earshot.

They want to be able to have a girls night out where they can grope young men or make personal and sexual comments about them.

They want to be automatically seen as the preferred parent in cases of divorce and child custody.

They want the right to decide when to get pregnant without consulting the prospective father and then

They want the right to have the father pay maintenance for the next 18yrs if they do not share the parenting.

They want the right to decide to have an abortion or not, after all it is their body.

They want men to be dressed when in public areas.

They want the right to anonymity when they  falsely say they have been raped.

Well the list could go on and include both the acceptable things and the questionable things women want, but if women are genuinely seeking to have equality, fairness and respect they need to get off the moral high ground because they are not all innocent just as not all men are guilty.

Anyone compared the behaviour of a hen night with the reported behaviour at the Dorchester hotel event? If you did you might be able to find quite a lot of similarities.

I wonder was this more about the fact that this was rich men having a men’s night out rather than the behaviour, all of which you could find being presented by all sexes at any bar, in any city on any Saturday night. It doesn’t make it right but it equally doesn’t make it a ‘male only’ issue

    Ladies don’t forget it is a two way street.

All women want is fairness, equality, less sexism, no misogyny and a bit more respect

Is This a Social Experiment?

So I got up this morning and completed my usual ablutions then after dressing I had a hearty breakfast of a banana and a yogurt – so far so good. I checked the emails on the dreaded machine and listened to the local and national news as I sipped my morning mug of tea. A normal start to the day for me.

As I listened to the TV my interest was increased by the presence of the musician Professor Green, he talking about the paucity of opportunity for young white working class males and their falling levels of aspiration when it suddenly occurred to me, we have stopped talking about ‘the working class’, ‘the middle class’ and ‘the upper class’ and instead for some reason have turned on ourselves by redefining everything by gender, sexuality, race, culture and economic situation and as a consequence we have fragmented out society even further which has only had the result of weakening the position of the working class and reducing the opportunities for everyone. We have reached a stage where you have to have been seen as being a member of a ‘disadvantaged group’ to be given any chance in life, in other words we have become so self centred that we are at risk of losing the greater benefits of operating as a bigger group – as a community – as one of a large social group irrespective of our differences.

Surely it is time to move on and stop trying to gain benefits from social history’s affect on one particular social group. By this I mean we need to live in today’s world and look to securing the future instead of using perceived/ real historical wrongs to try to gain some advantage for our social group. Lets be honest none of us were there, times were different, social behaviour and norms were different, education and understanding were different and heaven forfend that any of us should suggest it, but the truth is always tainted by the bias of the storyteller. In other words there is always more than 2 sides to a story and irrespective of how many sides you identify there will always need to be the addition of ‘the truth’ – a concept we like to talk about and each feel we are exceptionally good at maintaining but in fact we are none of us as truthful as we like to think, everyone of us irrespective of who we are only ever tells the truth from our own perspective.

There are so many examples of ‘apparent truth’, we have the Scottish dislike of the English based on the belief that Scotland was invaded by the English, however when you research this you find a different background, and yet here we are today where some shops in Scotland will sell every world football team shirt EXCEPT and English one – WHY??

Then there are the lives still being affected by the North / South Irish history, surely there is a need to bury history there as well. All it is doing is damaging today’s communities, and you can guarantee half the stories told are embellished to the advantage of the storytellers agenda. Do people really want their great grandchildren to still be dying for something that happened long before they were born and is continuing to have an impact simply because people cannot bury the hatchets, but instead insist on reopening old wounds. Burying the hatchet is not saying it doesn’t matter or it didn’t happen it is simply saying ‘whether it happened or not I’m not going to let it continue to affect today’s community and life’. Whilst people continue to scratch the injuries they will fester and that will serve no positive purpose but to continually generate divisions and frictions. Look at the people who are usually at the front leadership of these movements, once they get in power then the ’cause’ is stopped, it is no longer important – food for thought and I like to give lots of that.

We talk about the horrors of black slavery and lets be honest it was horrendous, it was barbaric but it was not the actions of the entire non black community and it definitely was not down to the decisions of today’s society, so is there really a need for today’s society to apologise for the fact it happened and to tear down statues? Surely we should be looking at slavery as a whole and not just the slavery of one ethnic group. Nobody can deny that Africans were the greatest numbers of slaves transported across the globe but they were not the only slaves, there were thousands of white /Asian/ eastern slaves transported across the world and like Africans their own social groups were party to their enslavement.

Slavery affected many people, many were kept as slaves in their own country, look at the indigenous peoples of places such as Australia/ USA/ Canada, whilst others were transported – again it gets down to do we continue to plough our energy into getting apologies about our slavery history or dare I suggest it, do we look at our past experiences/ behaviour and plough our energy into preventing slavery happening today.

Yes for all the noise about the past actions of society slavery still exists in EVERY ethnic group. It could be the businessman of whatever ethnicity who pays poor wages and conditions to the individuals/family units from a whole range of ethnicities who enslave children and young people for sexual gain, or domestic / economic gain and I am talking world wide, this is not a concept/ practice peculiar to any one race, gender, sexuality, culture, country /economic group. Surely the greatest apology we can make for ALL previous slavery is to root it out and stop it happening today and to do that once again it gets back to working as a community not fragmenting the issue. Our predecessors I am sure would feel much more at rest if we stopped slavery instead of tearing down someones statue.

Anyway enough for now, just a few points for consideration, surely it is time to move on!!          

Is This a Social Experiment?

Have I missed something??

Has there been another election since Mrs Mays impoverished result last year?? If so when did it happen and why didn’t I as a voting member of the public know??

Have we had another referendum on BREXIT?? Again I have to ask when did this happen and why was I not given a vote??

Is Mr Barnier negotiating BREXIT with the government or every other person who wants a say, because if so why have I not been invited?? Believe me I would have a few things to say particularly about his arrogance which for any BREXITEERS will do nothing to warm people towards Europe, instead it is more likely to rightly/ wrongly confirm their beliefs.

When did Mr Barnier start to say what is best for our country, isn’t this the very reason many people voted to leave because they felt Europe was interfering in UK policies/ laws etc?? Why are we continuing to give this man the upperhand in any negotiations?? By doing so are we not feeding the belief that Europe is running this country?? And I see Mr Macron is flexing his oral muscles again demanding that we increase the number of refugees we take from Calais. I have to ask why are these people deliberately trying to alienate the British people because their behaviour is hardly going to change the minds of BREXITEERS or encourage others to want to stay. In addition Mr Macron needs to check up the meaning of child and refugee, he may find he needs to be using term such as young adult and economic migrants.

If we are ‘all in this together then why do I feel that I am in a country being usurped by the very people who claim to have out best interests at heart?

Surely whatever your position, it is now time for everyone to stick together and get the best deal for the UK instead of alienating potential foreign interest and trying to undermine current BREXIT negotiations.

Everyone is rattling on about Donald Trump, frankly I am fed up of hearing about the guy, he is a transient person, by the time Brexit is completed (given current time scales) the USA will be voting for a new president. Let’s be honest he is NOT our president, he was the Americans choice – get over it, and with regards to his visit to this country I can only say we have entertained worse in our time and we need to look beyond the person to the purpose. However you have to give Mr Trump some credit, if nothing else he has certainly increased the American people’s interest in politics. Also given their choices what were they to do? Continue to hand power to the corrupt elite of USA because the power of the USA is held by a minority group of families not the people – even the Obama’s were closely linked to the Kennedy’s, so hopefully if nothing else we will see new families coming to the White house in the future and today’s young American might think there is a chance they could be president, but hey that’s a different issue.

I feel Gina Miller made an excellent point on question time last week when she suggested  our politicians did not seem to know much about how to negotiating deals?? You cannot afford to disclose all your cards in the opening gambit, god help this bunch if they ever get into a game of Poker!

Has London become an independent state with its own prime minister in the form of Mr Khan? – I thought he was only the Mayor for the city of London, who is he to try to determine who visits our country? He needs to be aware the UK exists beyond the city of London. The lack of awareness that the UK is not all about London is a serious issue for those who live outside the hallowed area. It is NOT for Londoners to decide who visits our country a point Mr Khan would do well to take note of if he is aiming to work for the UK as a whole.

Let’s be honest WE the BRITISH people from the ENTIRE UK bailed out the banks and our thanks – to expect us to help bail them out with Corillion and to threaten to leave the UK if BREXIT goes through. Well thanks for that guys, you really make me feel appreciated as I continue to try to live on what was probably about one twentieth of your annual bonus!! You’ve got a bloody nerve!!

What I really want to know is what is the approach each party is taking, I apologise if that makes me seem completely thick but my understanding is as follows

Conservatives claim to be going for Brexit whatever the outcome – then we see these turkeys going off to have backroom chats with Mr Barnier, so what’s really going on there?? Is this called ‘you took my job away so now I’m not happy with you’? Well looking at the Corillion situation it looks as though someone’s job needs to be looked at – oh but I’m forgetting we have done that by looking at the lowest common denominator – the brickie, plasterer, cleaner etc

Labour – well I believe they intend to carry through with some form of BREXIT but seem incapable/ unable/ unwilling to explain what form their BREXIT would have, although be sure it will include continued immigration and membership of the single market – so is it BREXIT or not?? Time to put your cards on the table chaps, or are you more interested in making the UK a socialist state and if so I would like to know of an example where this has been a good thing for THE PEOPLE, I agree that in common with every other form of politics the leaders always do well out of it, but what about us pawns on the board of life, we are usually worse off under a socialist strategy so what will make it different this time??? You are already trying to make sure Mr Corbyn can only be replaced by a socialist – now that hardly bodes well does it??

To be fair to the Lib Dems they have at least said categorically that they do not want to leave Europe and will have another referendum – at least they have pinned their colours to the mast rightly or wrongly, depends on your point of view.

Plaid Cymru – well they want another referendum and want to stay in Europe – an interesting stance since the majority of Wales said leave. So who are they actually representing.

SNP – want to stay within Europe – again interesting since when they were campaigning for independence they were quite happy to give up membership to get independence, then try to get separate membership but with Europe telling them no chance, that did not deter their campaign, so what’s changed there? What is their real agenda?

The greens have had some strange approaches which shouldn’t surprise us after their former leader announced all white women should only be allowed to have sex with men of colour as that would eventually get rid of racism – a strange view given that racism is not all about skin colour. So what do they really want?

DUP – they claim to be supporting the BREXIT agenda through their paid for alliance to the conservatives, but are they really?? Or is there too much history there for that to be a productive alliance, they certainly like to be seen to be making the conservatives squirm before they give their support – not a helpful approach, so what do they really want??

Sinn Fein – Now what is their agenda for Southern Ireland?? Neither them or DUP should be using this crucial negotiation to determine what happens to the UK as an excuse to further their own Nth/ Sth Irish agenda, and perhaps the Southern Irish government needs to think back a few years and ask themselves who financially bailed them out when they were in trouble with the Euro?? It certainly wasn’t Europe. So again we don’t really know what their agenda is.

Now call me simple minded I really don’t care, but I do care about the future of this country and take this opportunity to remind all mp’s you are being paid to represent the people of this great country not to grind your own axes, looking at the summaries above, god forbid,  you really do not give out much hope for any of us

So  Have I missed another vote on the future of this county and if so why and when was it??   

Have I missed something??

Here we go again – learning to live with democracy

Can’t believe the year is only into day 2 and already the anti- Brexiteers ( in the form of Elouise Todd) are rattling their sabres and gnashing their teeth. I thought they would have learned what a democracy is by now, but I should have known better after all these are the same people who grew up being told there were no losers at sports day and living in the age of immediate gratification. And before you all start assuming which side of the argument my loyalties are with that is entirely irrelevant this is about the need to preserve our democracy, a democracy that has served this country well over the years. You only have to look at what is happening in countries where there is no democracy to see where we could end up if we continue this nonsense.

We don’t have much to choose from really, we have the rich conservatives who invariably have to save us from the wild extravagances of the labour party but then use them as the excuse to continue to squeeze the population dry – they should look around them and see the common factor in worlds areas of insurgence is the evidence of huge disparity between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, there is only so much people will put up with.There needs to be a rebirth of philanthropy among our wealthy citizens instead of the current ‘ I’m alright Jack attitude’.

As an alternative we have the so called labour party who have got us into so much debt in the first place – yes Tony Blair I am talking about you and your mob, you people who like to pretend you are not the wealthy elite whilst your wife and sons sweep the country buying up all the cheaper properties so that you can do them up and ask extortionate rents – because you fear being poor!!   The same labour party now headed up by a socialist leader pretending he is the man of the people, yet he is also one of the elite wealthy – he doesn’t mention that much. And his promises of a better future all based on vague innuendo and no substance. But all credit to him he is a great campaigner especially as he pretends he is going to give the young free university education. This is the same man who is promoting a political ideology which has been shown over time to produce even more elite wealthy individuals in government who look after themselves at the expense of the rest of us; we can already see the embers of that fire glowing as he talks about ensuring he can only be replaced by another socialist leader. I defy anyone to name me a socialist country where there is not an elite wealthy political class and where there is still a democracy.

Then there are all the other parties and essentially most are so ideologically based they will only ever appeal to the few and never serve the many. The reality is that if everyone looks at the interests if the country instead of their own ideals this mix of ideologies should enable us to have a great Brexit and future.

BUT having said all of that being a democracy means we still get to vote and whether a party wins by 1 or 600 votes we have to learn to live with it, believe me I have faced many disappointments in my time and so it is with Brexit. The Brexiteers won and the remainers lost, and that is the reality of life so trying to overturn the vote is really about trying to over rule the democratic process; and to make comments such as the Brexiteers not understanding what they were voting for is pure arrogance, all because they did not vote remain it does not mean they don’t know what they were doing, time may show that the remainers had it all wrong or that everyone was wrong however that doesn’t matter now, what does matter is that the time has come when we must get behind the Prime minister and go with the democratic vote so we can make the best of the situation to ensure that there can be a very good outcome.

This is not a time to be so divided as it gives the EU the upper hand, a good business negotiator would never reveal his/her hand until they have to and so in a democratic way we need to pursue the interests of OUR country – don’t let us be deceived by the EU who have a long term plan of their own which may challenge the very basis of our democracy, the more I hear of Europe’s plans for their single European future the more I fear the Brexiteers may be right. We could be damned if we stay and equally damned if we don’t. The fact that the government has a mix of Brexiteers and remainers should ensure a fairly balanced approach to the exit from Europe. This negotiation needs us all to work together – you know the old adage regularly tossed around the workplace about ‘TEAM WORK’!

So Elouise Todd whilst leaving the EU might not be what YOU wanted, you are one of a minority group, you will do better to try to positively influence the final deal rather than attempting to reverse the process, because for good or bad we need to keep our democracy. At the moment a key question to be asked is whether we want the government or the media to decide this country’s future and I for one would prefer to throw my hat in with the government.

It’s time to make this a great Brexit deal by not allowing the EU or the media to call the shots, that would not be democratic.

 

Here we go again – learning to live with democracy