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Our world in their hands - really?

Ambitious? Self-empowering? Is he it for purpose?

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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 and a huge step up the political ladder? 


 He famously made things much worse for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (held prisoner in Iran) stating she was there for research purposes, he insulted Muslim women saying that in their burkas they looked like letter boxes. He offended entire countries - China, Russia, France, Italy and Congo to name but a few and then back-stabbed his own leader and his own family. An inept combination of George Bush Jnr and Homer Simpson.


The man dresses like he just rolled out of bed, seems to comb his hair once a year (whether it needs it or not!), can hardly string a sentence together without fumbling and has stated that he will get us out of Europe with no deal at all, so long as we're out. He fails to explain how, though, except by suspending Parliament, undemocratically.


And now we have him as PM.  The real question is 'What will he do to mend this broken country after Brexit?' I would argue that Brexit itself is much less important than the misery and rising number of deaths reliably reported as a direct consequence of continued austerity. 130,000 has been reliably mooted recently. Let alone the growing number of knife crimes mostly due to the invisible police forces, the stupid law which only charges people for the second time they have been caught with a knife, the education and social care systems which have been dismembered and the failure of the courts system to punish these scum.


In his initial speech outside no.10, he promised to reach out to the whole of the country, not just the South, to fix Social Care, recruit 20,000 police, spend on health and education and tackle transport and somewhere at the back of all that was a small mention of climate change (which is far more important than all of the above).


He has picked a hard right team who's only focus is Brexit? Will Boris and his team look after you, your family and the desperately needy - young, old and sick? He wouldn't even support our own ambassador to the US.


Mrs May's date of 2050 is 25 years  too late for  effecting zero emissions. Brexit is irrelevant if we run out of food, drinking water, medicines, power and the ability to defend ourselves from extreme weather and floods


BUT: as the Telegraph asks "Could Boris finally be the one?" It would genuinely be brilliant if he is and sceptics like me will willingly eat our words and celebrate if he is!


Trump said, on learning Boris had won,  "I think he'll do a great job, he's like me." (confirmation if any were needed that this could all  be a monumental disaster). Trump thinks Boris will be his lapdog. One Trump in the world is bad enough, we don't need one here too.


The point of Brexit was for the UK to be independent, so we need to show some  b***s  and say no to Trump on many issues including Iran, Russia, China, banning Huawei 5G, importing US meat and food, giving the US access to our NHS supply chain and more.


 As far as Labour is concerned, no-one has a clue what they would do after Brexit (if it ever happens), or on their policy towards the US.


Corbyn refuses to clear up his ongoing antisemitism mess and now appears to stand on the defunct Remain platform!

Who knew?!

Risk Taking Sociopath? The world's most dangerous man?

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A sociopath is a person who has a serious 'Antisocial Personality Disorder' characterised by a cold disregard for others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behaviour, narcissism, egocentricity, blaming others for the results of their own misdeeds and brazenly lying to other people in order to achieve their goals. Sociopaths consider other people merely tools to be used at will. They are often successful and appear charismatic.


This one separates little children from their desperate mums & dads, promotes racism and sexism and puts the world at risk of war by alienating China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and now India, destroying treaties, waging trade wars, rubbishing the EU, the UN and making America the enemy of the world by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.


Don't be fooled UK, there are really no special relationships in Trump's world. It is to be hoped that more intelligent world leaders will wait out his term of office.


This is the man who said he could 'nail' Princess Diana and that he was sure she was up for it. He called Sadiq Khan (rightly or not) a disgrace for the knife violence in London, ignoring the deaths in New York being London x2 and the 42,802 shootings in 2018.


Trump has also meddled in UK politics, verbally supporting Boris Johnson and then rubbished Mrs May over Brexit and our US Ambassador over leaked private emails, the same as all ambassadors use inc the US. It's ok for Trump to openly insult others but he behaves like a spoiled brat when the tables are turned - he can't take it.


He is costing the American people and businesses billions with his daily alienations and tariffs that are rippling here, Europe and Asia. Shouldn't we should have refused to accept Sir Kim Dorroch's resignation and ignored Trump's belligerent paddy? Should we cave in to his childish playground behaviour, or stand firm and let him sulk? Is it trade with the US at any cost, even if it reduces the UK to being Trump's lackeys or should we have some backbone?


It seems he is now muttering there will be no trade deal with us if we don't 'fall in line' over China. There is no special relationship except when we bend to his strutting "I love me" arrogance.


 Arrogance led George Armstrong Custer to the Little Big Horn. Watch out Donald. You have very few international friends left in the world, you have de-friended  the Chinese and pushed them towards Russia, Iran and North Korea, creating a huge multi-national mistrusting foe, which was entirely unnecessary, terrible policy and bad business too. Custer learned the hard way, let's hope the same doesn't happen to DT because Custer caused the annihilation of his entire command, the 7th Cavalry. 


Trump's arrogance could cost the lives of huge numbers of military and non-combatants on all sides.


Let's face it, the US hasn't won a combative war on its own since the War of Independence some 300 years ago and the last thing our world needs is Baby Trump in  a tantrum causing mayhem, in addition to the even greater problem of Global Warming which this moron says is 'hoax'.


Now he's got his Lego set money so he can build his wall - Yippee!


Why, oh why, do we side up to this fool? The UK, as always , fails to get a grip of anything harmful until it is too late: drugs, knife crime, hate crime, vaping and the infinitely dangerous Trump.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Deforestation and fatally destroying nature's habitats for life, is a classic human case of genuinely biting the hand that feeds us. If we carry on, that hand will disappear. If we don't get tough and stop deforestation, poaching and and killing wildlife now, it may be too late.

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

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Perhaps the US needs to get its own house in order  before accusing the Chinese. Facebook, Instagram, Google, Big Banks, now another US giant Cisco, who is dominant in the UK too, are all guilty. The Huawei thing is just political.

not huawei after all

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

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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

please watch The david attenborough climate change video

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. It's time to stop talking and take urgent action.

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It was not our intention to become embroiled in copyright squabbles, merely to point out the message in the video to as many people as we can. We do not gain by showing the video, financially or otherwise. This is much bigger than who owns the rights to show the video - the video was surely made to reach out to humanity.

issue of the week - although past news, it is very current

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Youth climate strikes to take place in more than 100 countries

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

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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 . . . .

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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.

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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)

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!

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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 tracks 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.

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ARE 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. Is this dangerous megalomania, or completely acceptable? Email us.

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Government to remove Planning Permission need for Fracking

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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.

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HOW can any government justify this ?

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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."

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