'opinions'

Everyday issues that are vital to each of us. Provocative? Contentious? Yes we hope so.

We are non-political and do not favour any political party. We tell it as we see it.

Email us with what you think. It is your 'opinions' that matter, not self-serving politicians.

Our world in their hands - really?

Stubborn, didn't engage with others & clueless?

image27

Anyone who got it wrong as many times as Mrs May - including seriously diminishing our police force (when she was Home Sec), misjudging the outcome of her own 'called' general election, failing to rally her party in the Brexit fiasco and refusing us a second referendum on the grounds that we had no idea of the huge implications of leaving Europe and how badly we were deceived the first time, was unfit to preside over anything. Worse than all that is the stupidity of dangerously hanging onto the coat tails of the USA & the erratic, untrustworthy and unstable Donald Trump. We should be closer to Europe not separated - we are not an all powerful empire any more. We should also be promoting ties to China, which is the emerging superpower and seeks to grow trade with us.


* We  need to tell Trump that we will not be dictated to and will not import their poultry washed in chlorine, or beef injected with hormones and we will not support Trump's blackmailing of China & constructed lies about Huawei. 

Ambitious Self-server?

image28

The verbal cock-ups uttered by this man as Foreign Secretary were innumerable. What was Teresa May thinking, giving this inept self-server the most important international job in our government? He was not fit for purpose. In these days of world tensions and unrest, surely we needed a true diplomat - capable of dealing at the highest levels with world leaders without causing friction and irritation. He insults Muslim women and entire countries - China, Russia, France, Italy and Congo to name but a few and then back-stabs his own leader and his own family. An scary combination of George Bush Jnr and Homer Simpson.


 Isn't he just another self-empowering narcissist after the PM job at any cost? Heaven help us all if he gets it. 


* No-one seems to have anything in their bags to contribute to the reduction of the considerable austerity and poverty problems the country continues to face other than argument and rhetoric, including Jeremy Corbyn who may not have joined the 21st century yet!

Risk Taking Sociopath?

image29

A sociopath is defined as a person who has a serious 'Antisocial Personality Disorder'. This disorder is characterised by a total disregard for the feelings of others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behaviour, narcissism, egocentricity and the willingness to use and repeatedly lie to other people in order to achieve his or her goals. Sociopaths consider other people merely tools to be used and abused. Many of us know one - they are often successful and appear charismatic. This one separates little children from their mums & dads, promotes racism and sexism and puts the world at risk of war by unrelentingly alienating China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and others, destroying treaties, waging trade wars and making America the enemy of the world by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Really, there are no special relationships in Trump's world, not with the UK or anyone, just his ego.


* Our government needs to distance the UK from this extremely dangerous man. Trump is pompous, like Custer - and remember what happened to him!

Advertise your business in this size! No printing cost so much better value. Same audience 24,000.

image30

OH NO !

image31

"The Conservative party is seeking a new face to lead us down the wrong path." Protect your backs oh honest and truthful (not) politicians – the knives are being sharpened again.

We, the non-complaining, are to be led once again by the inept and incapable down another cul-de-sac with scornful Europeans at the end of it waving a no-entry sign. Neither of the current crop of Conservative or Labour politicians are fit for purpose, are they ?

NHS 'in debt' news story

Source: BBC News.


Is it right that the NHS should be though of as 'in debt'? We all rely on the NHS for our wellbeing and frequently our very lives. Isn't it about time funds for foreign wars, bad political investments and decisions, as well as propping up 'doomed' businesses and banks ceased in favour of our health? Shouldn't the government's sense of priority be refocused? Tell us what you think. £20 if we publish your response.

real issues that affect us all . . . . not Brexit

Ridiculous US genuinely risks destroying The Arctic Sea & Ice

image32

Trump sees this as a way to open up the seaways for faster trade routes . . . . and we accuse Russia, China, North Korea and others of being dangerous ?

the ice man cometh

Schools to be accountable for the pupils they exclude

image33

Schools will no longer be able to ignore excluded pupils in reports to Ofsted and government, they will have to be responsible for all children in their care.

kids to be seen & heard

Humanity under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life

image34

Like the adjacent article about the Arctic - humanity seems hell-bent on destroying itself in the name of financial growth. As usual, greed is the motive.

brown sites spread

Nature's emergency: Where we are in five graphics.

image35

Deforestation and fatally destroying nature's habitats for life, is a classic human case of biting the hand that feeds us. If we carry on, that hand will have disappeared.

deforestation

Sinister secret 'backdoor' in Internet gear: No, it's not Huawei - it's US outfit Cisco!

image36

Perhaps the US needs to get its own house in order  before accusing the Chinese: Facebook, Instagram, Big Banks, now Cisco who are dominant in the UK too!

not huawei after all !

Trump’s antics on Iran have endangered us all. The stakes are now lethally high.

image37

In many ways, Emperor Trump is more dangerous than mad Roman Emperor Caligula. His sociopathic personality and gung-ho traits risk us all. He wants the US to control the world at any cost.

danger man article

if you do nothing else this week - please watch this :

We had intended to use this space to talk about all the current topics that are close to every one of us, but this item replaces all of it, because if we don't heed the proven warnings - nothing else matters. Faster trains, bigger planes, on-line shopping improvements, social care, health, wealth, education and jobs will all be irrelevant. This is not irrational scaremongering, it is real - except in the calculating mind of the constant worry that is Donald Trump and the mindless UK political morons who can't see anything other than Brexit.

W A T C H   T H E   V I D E O

It takes a few moments to get to the start of the video . . . .

issue of the week - the deadly threat

image38


Youth climate strikes to take place in more than 100 countries

 - - - - - - - -

Movement inspired by Greta Thunberg has snowballed, as Belgian workers join strike

 - - - - - - - - 

 

Hundreds of thousands of children are expected to walk out of their classrooms on Friday for a global climate strike amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle the escalating ecological crisis.

Children at tens of thousands of schools in more than 100 countries are due to take part in the walkouts which began last year when one teenager - Greta Thunberg - held a solo protest outside the Swedish parliament.

Since then the climate movement has snowballed with schoolchildren on every continent except Antarctica taking part.

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel peace prize

Friday’s strike is expected to be the biggest yet as evidence mounts of the climate emergency facing the planet. Amnesty International has warned that the failure of world governments to tackle the crisis could amount to “one of the greatest intergenerational human rights violations in history”.

Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said: “It’s unfortunate that children have to sacrifice days of learning in school to demand that adults do the right thing. However, they know the consequences of the current shameful inaction both for themselves and future generations. This should be a moment for stark self-reflection by our political class.”


Young people are expected to take to the streets in cities across Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and the US on Friday.

 In the UK more than 10,000 children walked out of class last month and 


It's shameful that children have to do this . . . .

image39



organisers expect Friday’s event to be even bigger with about 100 events taking place involving thousands of schools across the country. 

Anna Taylor, 17, who co-founded the UK student climate network, said: “Young people in the UK have shown that we’re angry at the lack of government leadership on climate change.

“Those in power are not only betraying us, and taking away our future, but are responsible for the climate crisis that’s unfolding in horrendous ways around the world.”

Taylor said the UK had been relatively shielded from the effects of the crisis so far, adding that “those least responsible for contributing to climate change are already suffering the worst effects”.

She added: “It is our duty to not only act for those in the UK and our futures, but for everyone. That’s what climate justice means.”

In Scotland, the Guardian is aware of strikes planned in 19 different locations, from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides to St Andrews on the east coast, with large gatherings expected in Glasgow’s George Square and outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh. 

One of the UK’s most prominent school strikers, Holly Gillibrand, will be taking  part, after staging a weekly action outside her school in Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands.

“It’s going to be quite impressive,” said Gillibrand of the School Strike for Climate movement, “and it’s incredibly inspiring that it all started with Greta striking on her own”.

Asked whether she feels optimistic about the potential of Friday’s protest, Gillibrand replied: “I wouldn’t say optimistic is quite the right word. It shows there are thousands of students out there who care very deeply about the environment and are willing to miss school to demand that politicians take this ecological crisis seriously.”

World leaders may listen to the school pupils taking part in one of the largest global climate change protests ever, but the key test is whether they take action, said the 13-year-old.

According to the Scottish Green party, nine councils – which cover 16 of the 21 Scottish locations understood to have schoolchildren involved in protests – have indicated in response to letters from their MSPs that they will not pursue punitive action against young people taking part.

. . . . because 'adults' have not and will not.

image40



Méabh Mackenzie is organising a protest with about 30 fellow pupils from Daliburgh primary school on the island of South Uist, with the express purpose of standing in solidarity with other threatened island communities across the globe.

The 11-year-old explained: “I just wanted to share what I believe in. Uist is really low lying and I really love the place and don’t want it to disappear.”

Some friends are “not into it at all”, she suspects because they do not want to go out in the cold – the forecast is for hail on Friday.

“I think all the striking around the world will let politicians and lawmakers know that they have to do something because it is falling down the list of priorities. They are arguing about things like Brexit but we need them to act now on climate change. because in 12 years we can’t turn anything back.”

In Belgium, thousands of workers will be striking to join the school students’ protest in locations such as Antwerp, Bruges and Liège, before travelling to Brussels for a large demonstration.

Blue- and white-collar workers are being mobilised across the Flemish-Francophone divide, after an appeal from the Youth For Climate campaign, which has organised weekly demonstrations of up to 35,000 youths since January.

Gina Heyrman, a spokeswoman for the 1.6 million-strong socialist trades union ABVV-FGTB, noted “similarities” with the Paris protests of 1968.

She said: “This is the first time we have had a political strike together with young people. Maybe we’re at the beginning of a new era. I hope so. Everyone talks about the climate now. Everyone is aware of it, thanks to the students.”

The rival CSC Christian trade union is also planning a “massive mobilisation”, although some of its workers cannot strike because of a strike notification law.

The CFDT union in France is also calling for every member to participate in Friday’s climate action.

Earlier this year Thunberg, who started the movement, told a gathering of political leaders and billionaire entrepreneurs in Davos: “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

(from The Guardian, March '14)

and this is our mindless home secretary's response . . . .

When will this worthless government and opposition stop playing with the comparatively unimportant Brexit, like quarrelling naughty children in the playground and do something to save the planet, including telling the USA that Trump is a moron who ignores the evidence from the world's scientists and the physical proof of climate change that is happening now. Why would anyone believe such a sorry individual? We could also move mountains to recruit the other key countries to take immediate action. If the useless Mrs May wants to be remembered for something - better to have success with securing future life for ourselves and our children on this planet, rather than failure with the depressing stupidity in the world of Brexit. BE REMEMBERED FOR BEING THE CHAMPION OF HUMANITY, MRS MAY - not the loser of Brexit!

image41
image42

Extinction Rebellion: Met to charge 1,130 protesters

BBC News - May 2019

 

The Met will push for the prosecution of more than 1,100 people arrested over last month's Extinction Rebellion protests, a senior officer has said.


So far more than 70 activists have been charged in connection with the demonstrations that brought parts of central London to a standstill.


Ten days of protests in April saw 1,130 people arrested for various offences.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the Met wanted to deter other groups employing similar tactics.


The group's tactics included asking volunteers to deliberately get arrested to cause maximum disruption at roadblocks on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch.

 

Mr Taylor said 70 people had so far been charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

"It is our anticipation that we are putting all of those to the CPS for decisions," he said.

Mr Taylor insisted the Met was equipped to deal with any upcoming actions and said officers from other forces would be called into action if needed.

 

He said the force was in discussions with the Home Office to review the current Public Order legislation with fears Extinction Rebellion's tactics could be adopted by other groups.


Mr Taylor added: "I'm not saying going to jail, but we would like to see consequences for any activity at these events that is unlawful."


"Protest is not illegal. There is nothing unlawful about protest."


Rainor Shine says:

It seems that entire cohorts of those who we, the population, employ to protect and act for us fail to understand that if climate change isn't halted in its tracts now, the result will be catastrophic for human life, animal life and all natural life the world over. Short sited no-hopers complain that they can't go about their normal work and home journeys because of a few inconveniences in London streets need to think what their lives will be like with floods, extreme weather, major shortages of food, no usable transport, a lack of electricity and gas, unbearable heat and the steady demise of plant life, vegetation and insect life on which humans and animals depend for life itself. This is not 'scare tactics' stuff, this is the reality we face from many many decades of abuse of our world if we don't take sufficient action now.


Trump has alluded to Climate Change as 'fake news' as he does with anything that doesn't suit his needs, but we are behaving the same way, by not acting right now.

Advertise your business in this size! No printing cost so much better value. Same audience 24,000.

image43

NOW - on a lighter note - WIN A PRIZE !

image44

Which famous person or celebrity do you think could successfully do these jobs?!

- Health Minister

- Education Minister

- Home Office Minister (Immigration,

- Security, Law & Order)

- Foreign Minister

- Transport Minister

- Defence Minister

- Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government

- Prime Minister


£20 EACH FOR THE FUNNIEST or MOST INTERESTING SUGGESTION and WHY YOU PICKED THEM. See the HOME page to email us.

(Nothing offensive please) 

ARE OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM THIS MAN'S abuse of power?

The every day published bullying, abuse, theft of our personal details, child grooming, drug dealing and weapons ads. The collection and selling of women's sanitary habits data from sites they have visited and the silence over the Christchuch live Facebook feed of the murders in New Zealand. Then there is the evil 'MoMo' saga that terrified many of our children. What do you think? Sociopathic obsession with self-worth and power? Megalomania? Acceptable and unimportant.

We no longer live in a democracy

Government to remove Planning Permission need for Fracking

image45

Our government is acting like a bunch of Medieval Barons with no ears for the people.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies, Preston MP Sir Mark Hendrick and Lancaster's Cat Smith all expressed concerns about taking exploratory drilling out of the Planning Permission process, which the Conservatives have proposed to speed up development of the shale gas industry.

Pushing more fossil fuel waste into the atmosphere, as if we need more up there.

Surely this is just another example of politicians riding roughshod over the people in the country in order that their policy can be driven through. These self-empowering, disinterested  ne'er-do-wells would do themselves no harm by realising that at the next general election, the populus will remember these actions.

Advertise your business in this size! No printing cost so much better value. Same audience 24,000.

image46

HOW can any government justify this ?

image47

Austerity in the UK

 "The UK government has inflicted 'great misery' on its people with punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found."

Read the article

get it off your chest !

image48

Send us your 'Rant'. We'll publish the most interesting and Pay £20 into the bargain.

REMEMBER - it must be legal decent, honest and true!

 A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and they made babies, and so on." The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mum was talking about her side of the family."

CLICK on Another SECTION BELOW - OR