THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER, BREXIT, AND THE PEOPLE. (Pt 2)

Following recent decisions by the House of Lords with regards Brexit, I felt it was only right to reblog this item, first blogged by me on 8th August 2016.

JUST WHAT WILL THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER DO WITH BREXIT?

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The Palace of Westminster

It has always been seen as a shining example of democracy to the world, but I fear that the occupants of this democratic palace may bring the meaning of democracy itself to shame when faced with the result of the Brexit referendum.

The problem is quite a simple one really. The British people voted in support of Great Britain leaving the European Union. (Just the EU – not Europe!). This should have been a clear instruction to our Government. But what has happened?

Well we now come to the dilemma. Both of the Houses of Parliament (The House of Commons and the House of Lords) clearly have  majorities within their Houses who wish to stay within the EU.

Therefore, for Great Britain to actually leave the E.U., both of these august chambers must vote against their own wishes. Is this likely to happen? No. Why not? Because too many within these houses have ‘had their snouts in the E.U. trough’ for too long, and one way or another it is not in their personal interests to leave the trough which has rewarded them so well for so long.

So this is the dilemma. Even if the House of Commons is convinced that in order to stay in power, the Government must pass the motion for us to leave the E.U., they can be fairly certain that it’s companion body, the unelected House of Lords, would reject the motion, preventing Government from following the directive given by the public. Just as effective as if the House of Commons had rejected it themselves.

This creates a major precident. The whole Palace of Westminster will find any and every way to delay and stop this motion from ever becoming law.

They have already put into place as new Prime Minister an anti Brexit. The Prime Minister will know that she will have the support of both Houses to stop this motion becoming law. Regardless of who she places in her Cabinet, in key positions, the final outcome will be the same.

The Palace of Westminster is now in direct opposition to the wishes of the people of the nation. This has never before happened in the nation’s history.

So what is the likely outcome?

I believe we will see delay after delay, and every effort to have a second referendum. Then if there is a second referendum, the winners of the first referendum will insist in a third referendum, and so on. Having a second referendum will open the floodgates to eternal delays.

It may come about that the House of Commons approves the motion, and passes it to the next stage, the House Of Lords, who have no electorate to answer to, and who will surely kill the motion stone dead.

It could well be that, seeing the way things are going, the E.U. itself could collapse before we ever get any motion through the Palace of Westminster.

The only other outcome is unthinkable. Clear public outcry for a General Election, and this situation would give powerful ammunition for those who wish for the total disbandment of the House of Lords.

It is quite possible that the outcome of this motion could successfully finish what Guido (Guy) Fawkes started on 4th November 1605. The destruction of the current British democratic Governmental system.

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The Gunpowder Plotters, 4th November 1605

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

I WAS THERE – WASN’T I?

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Photo Source: Telegraph

I know that I was there. The reports afterwards coming from the television news on the BBC seem to have been weirdly twisted, to what I found to be the quietest, most dignified, calmest demonstration I have ever seen, and I can remember the Poll Tax Riots, the City of London riots against banks and bankers, and of course the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’.

Seeing the original notice on Facebook this morning, I went along to Trafalgar Square, from where they were supposed to march to Parliament Square. Come 5.55pm there was no sign of anything other than many confused people, who must also have read the facebook item wrongly.

I made my way to Parliament Square, arriving there around 6pm where I found the square packed with around 1000 people.

There were was a small group of Holocaust deniers, who were quickly but politely and firmly informed of the true facts, in front of me.

There was also a small group of ‘keep your hands off Labour’ types, and a small inconsiderate group of anti-semites who seemed to be surprisingly quiet (that may have been as they knew they were well outnumbered) and remained there mostly out of curiosity.

Ironically nearly all of these ‘visiting organisations’ were all under the gaze of Winston Churchill. (His statue that is!)

Even with these groups around, there were surprisingly few flash points, and those that occurred were purely verbal, and there was no violence that I could see.

I know that I could see most of what was going on, because as I attended on my mobility scooter I couldn’t get onto the grass where almost everybody was and where everything was happening. I was reduced to riding around in circles on the paving surround, hunting for any familiar faces, but as there were so many attending, finding anyone in this crowd from it’s edge was impossible. The advantage of skirting around the area was that I was able to see most of what happened.

The police presence was mainly around the ‘opposition groups’, but I don’t believe they had many arrests, if any. I was chatting to a Police officer, who, on seeing the forces badges I wear and the veterans badge on my scooter, told me how he intended to leave the Police soon to join the RAF. (I think he’ll be a loss to the Met.) Perimiter security was carried out mostly by an organisation within the Jewish community.

The main memory I have of the event was of it’s dignity and the peaceful singing and dancing to traditional Jewish songs from Heenay Mah Tov, to Hava Nagila.

Something they could have done was to have everyone face the House of Parliament, and all sing something like Heenay Mah Tov at the top of their voices, as this would have been clearly heard in the many occupied offices, bars and meeting rooms in the Palace (of Westminster that is).

Everyone calmly dispersed at 7.00pm, as agreed.

On arriving home I was just in time to see the News on the BBC NEWS channel. Their report was made of exaggeration and highlighted a ten second verbal disagreement which was in reality a short loud verbal exchange, which soon calmed down. They also said that there were over 2000 demonstrators. Sorry guys, but you couldn’t fit over 2000 demonstrators on the green of Parliament Square.

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This is how the South China Morning Post see the protest.

I then switched to SKY NEWS which showed a high level photo (just over the heads) of the calm but resilient protesters and quite a few of their small plackards. Their report was more down to earth.

There were no running battles, scuffles or the like. At least when I was there, that is. I expect I missed the speakers as I never arrived until 6.00, but there couldn’t have been many or they would have still been going on!

I did eventually bump into an old friend, but he wasn’t at the protest, I met him on the train home!

I sincerely hope that we will see some measures to prevent anti-semitism within the Labour party, and soon. If there isn’t then there may be a case to hold another protest.

I know from personal experience that the Jewish community will put up with a degree of anti-semitism, as they know that it is a part of Jewish life, but there comes a time when they can take no more, and that is the situation at the moment. Everyone has their breaking point, and the Labour Party have gone over that limit, and must take corrective action, and quicky.

In all honesty, I don’t often wear my Magan David, but I did today. With pride and dignity.

HOW CAN BUSINESSES HELP REDUCE BREXIT PROBLEMS?

WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BUSINESSES BE TAKING

TO PREVENT POST-BREXIT TROUBLE?

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Right now every business in Great Britain is asking the same question. “How is Brexit going to affect our trade?”

There now seems to be a likelyhood that there will be a future tariff or tax on imports and exports from Great Britain to and from the E.U.

Those organisations, mainly larger ones who have the financial clout will by now have brought in advisors to help with this question. But what about all of the others, the smaller organisations,  what plans and preparations should they make?

Most people now realise that the manufacturing industry in G.B. has been on a steady decline over the last few decades. To survive Brexit, our manufacturing industry must have a chance to reverse this trend before Brexit Day, otherwise it could be unable to cope with the extra burdon placed on it.

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British Industry

This article is here to hopefully give some generalised and simplistic tips to help those who are still fence-sitting, unsure if they should react now or keep waiting for news. I will use the phrase ‘supplier’ and similar ones, but this applies as much to outlets.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?

  1. Identify all products, parts or components you source from within the E.U. (Other than those within GB).
  2. Without letting your E.U. source or outlet know, send out feelers to establish if it would be possible to source these items elsewhere*, even if there is a small increase in price, as this could be less than future tax and/or tariff. It may even be cheaper!
  3. At the very first opportunity, i.e. end of contract or agreement, change your supplier to a new one you found with your search.
  4. Look for additional outlets* for your finished products outside of the E.U.
  5. Come Brexit Day, you can sit back and have a little laugh at all of your competition struggling!

*TARGET ORDER FOR ALTERNATE SUPPLIERS/OUTLETS

 

  1. Within Great Britain. This will enable British manufacturing to reverse it’s current trend, and gradually grow at a sustainable rate before Brexit Day.Map of Great Britain 1
  2. Within the British Commonwealth. Don’t forget that countries like Canada and Australia would also be additional sources and outlets.British Commonwealth Countries 2
  3. Remainder of continents and non E.U. countries. Remember that places like China, the USA, and Russia would make excellent sources of components, and additional outlets, as each of these markets are larger than the E.U. individually!

I realise that these tips are very basic and simplistic, but I hope that someone gains the incentive to actually do something as a result.

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HAPPY BREXIT

 

P.S. The other EU countries to avoid sourcing from are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

 

 

BREXIT AND TRADE

HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT TRADE?

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There are many differing opinions as to just what effect Brexit will have on trade. The vast majority of these comments are politically biased.

Lets just apply common sense to this quandry.

It is well known that our current membership with the European Union places what are sometimes crippling restrictions to trade. Now lets just take a look at what awaits us when we leave the E.U.

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  • Everybody knows that the cheapest components for industry are manufactured in Asia and the Indian continent.
  • Britain has an excellent reputation for the quality of those products manufactured there.
  • Britain has many experienced workers currently unemployed because of the reduction in British industry.
  • Britain has many factories lying idle.

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Now we link these four together, and what do we get?

Currently, Britain is limited in where trade can be made outside of the EU. Once released from these restrictions, British manufacturers can order and import their components from China, India, Thailand, or wherever they can obtain their requirements from at a much lower price than currently available, and then finish the construction and manufacturing process in Great Britain.

This would help create millions of jobs in industry, and bring the now idle industrial properties back into production.

These items, made in Great Britain, can be made available for sale world wide. The largest markets are the obvious ones, the U.S.A. China and India, not to mention that we would then be able to export to Europe at much lower prices than they are currently! (This could well be one of the fears of the E.U. in their attempts to slow down or set limitations to Brexit)

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This is only my foresite of just how things could develop, if we follow plain logic.

In the end this could return the Great back into Great Britain, as long as Brexit is handled correctly.

I suggest you also read:

https://thethoughtsofmrbloggy.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/time-for-a-buy-british-campaign/

 

 

TIME FOR A ‘BUY BRITISH’ CAMPAIGN?

NOW IS THE TIME FOR A ‘BUY BRITISH’ CAMPAIGN.

SUPPORT BRITISH INDUSTRY

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How is British industry going to be able to meet the requirements which will be placed on them as a result of the impending Brexit?

I think everyone realises that the British manufacturing industry is in a sorry state at the moment. If it were asked to deal with an increased workload as things are, then we must accept the fact that it could not be met.British Egg 1

One way to help industry would be to start a “Buy British” campaign now, regardless of what the EU says.

If we start a campaign now, we will be supporting the national manufacturing industry by enabling them to gradually increase their turnover, allowing them to prepare for the forthcoming post Brexit demands without having a last minute panic to handle the increased demand.

I see this as a way we can all show industry that they have the support and encouragement of the British public.

If it should be found that there is not such a post Brexit demand, no harm will be done, as British Industry would have received a boost anyhow. Either way, British Industry would come out the winner.

SO LET’S DO IT NOW!

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MARITIME MUSEUM CON!

WHAT A MARITIME CON!

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Earlier today I visited the Maritime Museum at Greenwich. When I decided to have a cup of tea, I discovered just how much a con the price of tea is in the museum’s cafe.
I looked at the price list, and the only tea listed was “Loose Leaf Tea” priced at £2.60p. This I expected, as I have always argued about the price of food and drink in controlled monopolised locations, so I decided to buy one (reluctantly).
On being served I noticed that all they gave me for my £2.60p was a cardboard cup of water with a little ‘English Tea’ teabag in it, and a minature cup with some milk.
On pointing out that this is definitely not loose leaf tea, I was informed that this was how they always serve it.

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As the catering manager was in a meeting, I managed to talk to the supervisor, who informed me that they had stopped the loose leaf teas, but the price list had not been properly amended.
I pointed out that with ‘Loose Leaf Tea’ there is a higher level of service required than with the use of the much cheaper teabag service, and asked how much the price of a cup of tea will cost in the future. His answer to this was “The price will remain as it is, unchanged”
Thank you Maritime Museum. Next time I’ll being sandwiches and a flask!

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