Friday, 26 July 2019

What now for the human race?


Despite so many signs that the human race has arrived at the precipice, staring into uncharted waters and possible oblivion, it just carries on as nothing has changed. More cars, more planes, more deforestation, just to name the easily defined causes of carbon release. The warming up of the oceans and seas now release tonnes of methane gas into the atmosphere and frankly there is nothing we can do about that. In the UK we seem to be proud of our control of burning fossil fuels. True but in the context of the world environment it means very little if anything at all.
These are all already well-known causes. The world’s population has reached a border, to overstep it is just to hasten the finale. What the finale will be like we do not know but I’m sure it won’t be pretty. If the snowfall in winter in the UK empties every shelf in the supermarkets as it occasionally has done, you will begin to understand what will happen if we have to stop car and lorry driving, ground all planes among others. The infrastructure of social life will have collapsed. It sure is worrying. However it may not happen at all, we just need excellent leadership from the political establishment which to say in truth has been completely missing. Every MP needs to gear themselves up to serve the good of us all and not act as complete misinformed idiots. There is a lot of work to be done and done fast! It was good to hear Boris say just that. I know people do not rate him. I think they are mistaken. I am not a Conservative, I support Plaid Cymru with this exception I do not agree with the idea of independence for its own sake. The Scots and Welsh will be better off together with the English except to say the English need some thought to be given to cooperation and a fair distribution of wealth. A massive task is ahead of us all. We might go into the sunset, the planet will probably be better off although that is unclear. A runaway climate might in the end produce another Mars/Venus type planet and devoid of life as we know it or rather as it should  be. 

Ed: It is becoming clear that the ice on the poles and glaciers are melting faster than expected. It means higher sea-levels. Are the Dutch doing anything? What about the Polynesian low atols? If rising water is going to be only a metre higher the sun drenched atols will be gone. and the Dutch dykes need to be 5 metres higher and concrete re-inforced. Wow, thinking about puts hair on my teetth! 

Hello Boris, goodbye EU, it was nice knowing you..


So, it is Boris. Well, good luck to him, he will sure need it. I have never understood the MPs, there are those who are absolute in their determination to stop Brexit. But they seem to have forgotten that they as a Parliament had sanctioned the vote taken in 2016. They were going to abide by the result. Obviously that was a lie. Ever since we have had personal opinions, which mostly changed every time the wind blew in from a different direction. We have had endless posturing in front of TV and endless reams of paper with thousands of reasons why this or that MP said what they said. There has been enough hot air to power 20,000 homes and untold factories.
So, what next are we, can we leave as said by 31st October? I don’t see a majority for any deal in the House. So, yes we can leave but there will be no deal. Unless the EU will change its also idiotic attitude. They have been complicit in making a deal with Mrs May which to be fair was very one-sided. Now, this might have been Mrs May’s lack of negotiattng powers or her team was more interested in the quality of the lunch and wine? Who knows. That deal included an agreement to keep the Irish border open. Well, that I have to agree is impossible! You cannot be out of Europe and then let all goods in irrespective of checks or taxes due. The only thing that could be done is border checks. But you could set up a free port on the mainland, both Ireland and the UK for goods in transit from Ireland to Europe. Goods, would be transported in sealed containers to the Channel coast. But it will be a sticky point. It needs careful thought as to how this is to be done. We don’t want Ireland to descend once more in total mayhem.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Words galore...


WE should have a very strong look at the prevalence of strange words used by all of us in the UK, indeed in the whole world. It seems that whatever way and however words are used, someone or other feels aggrieved. Politics today is no longer an activity where people can say what I would term words of ‘normal’ usage.
For instance even ‘descriptive’ words are now circumspect. Words like Jew, Christian and other of that ilk are virtually unusable for fear of being called racist. Then you have words like ‘black’, ‘white’, ‘color’ (forgive me the American spelling or take me to court if you are offended), that are now taken as an affront to human existence. Almost all politicians now use the words ‘deeply offensive’, not just offensive, no ‘deeply offensive’. The use of adverbs is now pretty wide-spread in politics. Making descriptive words even more dramatic! I suppose in the end what is wanted is a dramatic response by the public, possibly orchestrated by the media. The thing is this, it all has little meaning. Facebook is full of ‘offensiveness’ (if that is a proper word) and Twitter can be even worse. I think we all have to learn to use words in their proper context and tone. If I said to someone face to face – ‘John, I am deeply offended by what you just said’, he would not say ‘How deep is deep?’ He would most likely just laugh and so would I. You would most likely say something like ‘Get away, you silly moron’, or words to that effect and we all would go home happy. But put them in writing and thousands will climb in the pen to say they are deeply incredibly, stupendously, and incredibly offended’. Take poor Donald from over the pond – his use of the wrong words to describe an action or event are legendary, yet he should have the right to do so, just as his adversaries have the right. About he persons he mentioned, they are pretty anti-everything. I would agree if you’re not happy where you are you have two options -1. Leave, and 2. Leave. But if you want to change something then propose your scheme of things, the things that need altering, the things that need to be disposed of etc etc and see if you can get anyone to agree and support. That’s democracy and don’t be surprised if there will be a clamour to get you keelhauled. So, the point is this, if you do not mind to say a few unpalatable words then clad yourself in some proper steel armor as what will be directed back will almost certainly be worse. Cheers and if you find it hard to turn the other cheek, just turn your back.