Sunday, 26 May 2019

Another Problem With Democracy

My main problem with Democracy has always been that once the person is voted in, they can be as awful as they like for the next four or five years and do untold damage until the election cycle comes around again before we can turf them out.
Placing a cross on a ballot paper every five years is as much say as we have and then we are stuck with them with no way to remove the party if its breaks its promises or u-turns on it's manifesto so i have often wondered if we could have a mechanism to call a General Election if countrywide support dips below a certain percentage but as i watched Theresa May quit, i pondered maybe there is another way, no elections at all.    
A leader is elected and as we have seen with Donald Trump in America, he set about dismantling all of which his predecessor had achieved and once Trump is removed, the next person will probably roll back on all his work and that goes on in every country as i expect the Labour Party will dismantle much of what the Conservatives have done over the last decade. 
With a four or five year cycle, the party in power only have eyes on the next election which leads to quick fixes and knee jerk reactions to get the public on side, such as Savid Javid's decision to remove Shamima Begum passport after an outcry, rather than dealing with the deeper issues.
If Governments are only looking and planning for the short term then long-term issues which they will make little political capital out of are forgotten, such as Climate Change, risky Ai or the pension timebomb which will effect the citizens of tomorrow.
The only way that i can see to stop this short term thinking is to have someone in post for a long time who will take a long term view, China being the obvious example with Xi Jinping being the latest who offers a long term plan for China and with the second largest economy and tipped to soon become first, they are a success story of sorts.  
Uncomfortably though, this does lead us into authoritarian dictatorship territory and the idea of a 'benign dictator', who can take the long view on multiple issues for future generations without having one eye on whether his or her decisions will prove unpopular and see them removed by the public and their plans scrapped by their predecessor at the next election. 
History has very few, if any, dictators who remain benign and enlightened for very long after gaining power so it probably isn't the answer to the problem of short-term planning and politicians only obsessed with the next election.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Call Out To Ken Clarke

By default, the leader of the Conservative Party will also become our Prime Minister so we all have a vested interest in who the Conservatives choose and looking at the motley bunch throwing their hats into the ring, it's not looking good.
The only Conservative i would be happy to see standing outside Number 10 is Ken Clarke as he is the only one on the blue benches who seems to have an ounce of common decency in him so it isn't even worth him running, which he isn't so we have a choice from Matt Hancock, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Esther McVey and Rory Stewart with Graham Brady, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and Liz Truss waiting to join the frey.
Almost half of them have either been sacked from Government (Pritti Patel, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson) or resigned from it (Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom, Ester Mcvey) so it isn't a very high quality pool of suitors that the Tories are picking from but you would struggle to find many decent options from the 313 Conservative Members of Parliament available.
Jeremy Corbyn is calling for a General Election but i'm not convinced that Labour would win it with him in charge as he is currently neck and neck in the polls with the worst Prime Minister in living memory with a Government that has heaped austerity and cuts on us with glee for the past decade.
The least worse option would seem to be Rory Stewart but he was a remainer and it seems they are going to look at a Brexiteer to push through their disastrous Brexit plan but the field will be whittled down as deals are done amongst themselves until the final two remain and if Rory Stewart is not there and those left are either Boris Johnson, Ester McVey, Michael Gove or Pritti Patel then
heaven help us all.
I have emailed Ken Clarke imploring him to run but i haven't got my hopes set too high, the nasty party are looking for someone who will continue the self-destructive trajectory they have the nation on and Ken was always too decent to be the type of right winger who rises to the top of the Tories.

Preparing Youngsters For Office Life

My job is to take young adults and give them the training and the tools to become successful employee's but something that we don't teach them is how to behave in an office environment once they gain that priceless employment.
It is something that we probably should because some of the tales i hear about how some graduates with little or no work experience conduct themselves in the office is quite eye opening.
These range from listening to music on headphones, turning up inappropriately dressed (low cut tops and mini skirts for girls, ripped jeans and sweary t-shirts for boys) to constantly being on their mobile phones or turning up late and going home early. 
Of course we never had formal training in how to behave in the office, we just picked it up as we went along, but while teaching students how to write a paper or the correct way to conduct a scientific experiment, we should throw in training in how to navigate office life rather than just hand them their certificates and then push them out into the World of work and expect them to figure it out.
It can only be helpful if we, teachers and employers, can give them some pointers on the workplace norms even if on the first day, during the induction process, it is spelt out to the newcomers what is expected of them to co-exist with managers and colleagues in the shared space where they will be spending at least 8 hours a day in.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Going After The Prime Ministers Job

Finally Theresa May has taken a hint and has decide that June 7th is her last day and then she is off to do whatever it is old Prime Ministers do once they retire.
The good news is that the job of Prime Minister will be up for grabs and as i'm considering a career change, i plan to throw my hat into the ring but the problem is i'm a left winger and the Conservative Party is right wing so i will need to somehow develop some right wing attributes.
There are many scientific reports that show that right wingers are not as bright as left wingers but i'm sure a subscription to Fox News and turning to the Daily Mail while continually banging my head against the fridge will shave enough points off my IQ to satisfy that criteria.
I like to read books while right wingers struggle to read even the most basic literature so out go the classics from my bookcase and it's only books with lots of pictures from now on and i'm sure that having no concern for my fellow man will be achievable once in situ.
Right wingers don't like to share so from now on my mantra is don't ask because being told to feck off may offend and i will have to stop recycling and as Downing Street is far enough away from the River Thames for me to worry about climate change, that's just for the plebs who were stupid enough to buy a house with a river view.
My doubts in the fairness of our Capitalist system should be easy to overcome on the Prime Minister salary of £150,402 per annum and as long as i say 'Not being racist but...' before saying anything racist i can hate on Muslims and foreigners like the best Conservative. 
Keeping the status quo by explaining that we have achieved equality while making things even more unequal and explaining that just because i am cutting welfare for the poorest while giving the richest tax cuts doesn't mean that i am not passionate about closing the gap between the rich and poor.
I think after a while in the right's company i can rid myself of any human decency to become a proper right winger who wouldn't let something like rising crime, a Health Service on it's knees or my voters forced to food banks to eat throw me off my right-wing agenda.
I think i could pull it off and just to make sure i will start wearing nylon shirts, patent leather shoes and start a campaign to bomb Asians who don't sell us their oil.
See you for the celebrations on June 8th.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

More Celebrity Conspiracies

Elvis is alive, Stevie Wonder is faking his blindness and the real Avril Lavinge died in 2003 are all celebrity conspiracy theories and who doesn't love a good celebrity story even if it is a likey as a Donald Trump diet video. 
In the shadowy world of Conspiracy, The Illuminati make a regular appearance and the people responsible for assassinating Presidents, starting wars or sparking revolutions include Nicki Minaj, Billy Joel, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z and Angelina Jolie and Madonna claimed that she’s not in the Illuminati,
although she would say that if she actually was, which means she is then.
As well as Avril Lavinge being replaced by a lookalike after she committed suicide in 2003, the same fate befell Slim Shady, Eminem, after he upset the Illuminati and the Beyonce we see is version 2 after she was replaced after dying while while Britney Spears was in the pay of the George W Bush administration who bankrolled her to have a meltdown whenever the President came under fire and her breakdown, 55-hour Vegas marriage, the birth of her son, and the Madonna kiss do happen to align neatly with some of George W. Bush’s more negative presidential moments.
Other notable theories include Lady Gaga killing a former up-and-coming pop star named Lina Morgana in order to steal her style while Katy Perry is actually a child beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey, who was murdered aged six while Rod Stewart had to have his stomach pumped due to semen ingestion, 3.8 liters (1 gal) of it after spending a night with some sailors in a bar in San Diego.
All wondrously nutty but there is one conspiracy theory that is all too believeable, that Melania Trump is being held hostage while her husband continues his presidency and when she does make  a rare appearance, it’s not her but rather a body double in the Trump administration’s employ.
Now that is one conspiracy theory that we can buy.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Why You Shouldn't Feel Sorry For Theresa May

It would be quite easy to feel sorry for Theresa May as she is battered from pillar to post and being openly described as the worst Prime Minister in living memory but before you have too much sympathy, lets take a peek at the latest UN report and see just how things have been under the leadership of her and her right wing Conservative Government.
It starts by comparing their welfare policies to the creation of Victorian workhouses and
warned that the awful austerity policies have left millions of Britons facing lives that would be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short and 'in clear violation of the country’s human rights obligations'.
Not a great start but maybe it gets better.
'Child poverty in Britain is not just a disgrace but a social calamity and an economic disaster' the report states and about the government’s decade long austerity programme he says led directly to a shocking rise in the use of food banks and rough sleeping, falling life expectancy for some, the decimation of legal aid, the denial of benefits to the severely disabled, falling salaries and the impoverishment of single mothers and people with mental illness.
The report ends with the UK government inflicting '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.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, i give you Government under the Conservative Party and the leadership of Theresa May, a disgraceful calamity and economic disaster.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Milkshaking

There seems to be a new craze in town, throwing Milkshakes over right wing politicians as Nigel Farage found out as he slimed away to get his suit dry cleaned after he became the latest victim.
Not the most obvious weapon of resistance, the milkshake shower has recently seen far-right dingbat Tommy Robinson (twice), the Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin (four times) as well as Farage have their picture in the papers looking less than pleased that their clothing now smells of banana and strawberry.
While it may be true, as some of the victims have pointed out, that attacking people you disagree with in the name of tolerance is a bit off, who couldn't fail to have their heart lifted by the sight of extreme right wingers being doused in milkshake. 
It has go to such extremes that a branch of McDonald’s in Edinburgh was asked by the police not to sell milkshakes on Friday, when Farage was in town although the offending salted Caramel and banana shake was from Burger King so that wasn't very successful.
A very mild and tasty form of violence against the country’s most divisive politicians is afoot but a quick look at the ingredients and the 430 calories in a milkshake, they are lucky it is only being poured over them and they are not being made to drink it which would be much more harmful.

Hurricane Season 2019

The main consequence of Global Warming is that it takes what Mother Nature provides and turns it up to 11 and never is this never more true than with Hurricanes which is bad news for The Caribbean and the East coast of the United States as we have just entering Hurricane Season in the Atlantic.
A large, rotating low pressure systems drawing upon the Oceans warming waters will be barrelling into land between now and November leaving bringing death and destruction in its wake but a warming climate doesn't mean there will be more hurricanes, just that the ones that do develop will intensify quicker, resulting in a greater number of the most severe category storms.
The Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index (ACE) shows that the proportion of tropical storms that rapidly strengthen into powerful hurricanes has tripled over the past 30 years and the warming of the atmosphere and upper ocean makes excellent conditions for fiercer, more destructive hurricanes that often stall once they hit land, resulting in torrential downpours that cause horrendous flooding.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) state that the intensity of hurricanes will increase by about 5% this century and there is the further problem of the rising sea levels which result in storm surge which can fan out across several hundred miles of coastline.
Meteorologists at Colorado State University have predicted 2019 will see a slightly below-average Atlantic season of 13 named storms, five of which will become hurricanes due to a mild El Nino further warming the Pacific Ocean.

Is It Safe To Come Out Yet?

You know that Iranian threat that the Americans responded to by sending an aircraft carrier to the Gulf although they refused to give any details or evidence to support the claims, well the Pentagon has announced that the threat we didn't know about has now diminished.
Erm...Thanks Uncle Sam, i guess.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Our Very Own Donald Trump With A Thesaurus

Such fun watching the Conservative Party pull itself apart over Brexit with the Prime Minister deciding that it is better that she jump off the cliff before she is booted off it by her own party so the jostling begins for her job and the bookies favourite is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, or just Boris Johnson to his friends.
I'm sure that his fellow contenders have their own list of the former Foreign Secretary's track record including the current criminal prosecution against him for misconduct in public office by misleading the public and his fathering of a child as the result of one of his many extra-marital affairs but just in case they haven't, ladies and gentleman, your wannabe next Conservative Party leader and therefore default Prime Minister, Boris.

'It's absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes' on Muslim women

'You know, £60m I saw was being spaffed up a wall on some investigation into historic child abuse' on investigating child sex abuse cases.

'The Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-wearing picaninnies' on the Commonwealth.

'Completely crazy and supported by corduroy-jacketed, snaggle-toothed, lefty academics' on the  protest against Israel actions in Gaza. 

'The pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and their tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles' on Tony Blair's trip to The Congo.

'The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge anymore' on Britain's former African colonies.

'Black American basketball players have arms hanging below their knees and tongues sticking out' on American basketball players

'The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers scrambled once again in her direction' on Britain's former colonies again.

'Orientals have larger brains and higher IQ scores while blacks are at the other pole' on Eugenics.

'For 10 years we in the Tory party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing, and so it is with a happy amazement that we watch as the madness engulfs the Labour Party' on the Labour Party

'A symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire' on Barack Obama removing the bust of Churchill from the Oval Office.

'No one obeys the speed limit except a motorised rickshaw' on speed limit laws.

'Face it. It’s all your own fat fault' on obesity in the UK.

'A wankerer who sowed his wild oats with the help of a goat' on Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

'People in Liverpool seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance about the rest of society' on the Hillsborough disaster.

He has been called Donald Trump with a thesaurus and with his racist views, stupid hair, serial lying and extra marital affairs they do seem very similar and scarily, he could very well soon be making decisions which effect us all if The Conservatives let him.