Here We Go Again another General Election

I cannot understand why we are having yet another General Election when we should be having another referendum vote on leaving the EU.

You can rest assured that the politicians are once again going to spread their propaganda and no one is going, to tell the truth about the real reason that some people are so desperate to leave the European Union.  We will never be, explained what the consequences to the electorate would be and the long term effect that it will have on the United Kingdom.

Or people memory that short that they forget it was the Conservatives that brought in bedroom tax, universal credit, destroyed our benefits system and left the NHS so short of funds that they are struggling to treat patients.

When will people understand to the Conservatives is all about the money they do not give a damn about how their policies have left millions in poverty.  

Although I do not believe that we should have another General Election, it will give the country the ability to get rid of this Ad HocTory government and it the electorate fails to do so they will only have themselves to blame. When this country will go to the dogs, and only the well-to-do will survive.

 

UK In The Grip Of The Brexit Disaster

It stands to reason that when you achieve anything by lies, cheatings and innuendoes then sooner rather than later the whole thing will come tumbling down.

When the citizen of the UK voted to leave the European Union they did so with deceptive information. Since the 2016 referendum to leave the EU there have been two Prime Ministers that resigned countless moves made to get an agreement with the EU all of which fail.

In my opinion, if the voters were told the truth about what the consequences would be if the UK leaves the European Union we would never find ourselves in such a disastrous situation.

The credibility of the information that was used to make 51% of the UK vote to leave was more than flawed. The electorate was duped, deceived and now the politicians are reaping the benefits of not being truthful to the voters.

Millions of people, especially young people have taken to the street of London to protest. And parliamentary vote have now made it clear that the Prime Minister will have to go back to the EU and asked for an extension.

It is the time that the Prime Minister recognises that the voters are no longer blindly going along with the 2016 referendum and if he wants a peaceful end to this Brexit fiasco then he must give the decision back to the electorate now.

Boris Johnson, Becomes The UK Prime Minister

Quite frankly, I doubt if anyone was surprised that he would win the Conservative election to become not only their leader but the PM.

There was a time in politics that integrity matters and the people who were running for particular office were squeaky clean, with dignity, integrity and above all, honesty.

In my opinion, anyone regardless of their background can put themselves forward to represent the country and its people. It also appears that the electorate is no longer concern who represents them or speaks on their behalf. It is a testimony of the grave depth of the immorality of the world.

Unfortunately, as its Prime Minister, we will have to wait and see what new and, fresh ideas Boris Johnson is going to present the country. – However, if his reputation is anything to follow. He was never adequate, in my opinion, when he was the Mayor of London or Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

What his position on the chaos of Brexit is going to be, is something we once again have to wait and see. In the meantime, the country is in the worst state since the second world war and it, under the Conservative government is not going to get any better.

Why Would The BBC Scrap TV Licence for Over 75’s

A proposal by the BBC, according to media reports, to scrap or means test TV licence for the over 75’s is one of the most disgrace decision, in my opinion, an organisation with more money than sense could do this to our senior citizen in our community.

Now the question must be what the heck is the BBC thinking? There are many senior citizens over the age of 75 that their only means of connection to the world is through their televisions and some idiotic people who can afford much more than a TV Licence decides to the deprive our elderly of their TV licence privileges.

The mere fact that over 500,000 signed their signature opposing this idiotic decision is a testament that most decent people within our society believe that our protection. There is no doubt that some of the people who the BBC want to take away their free television licence are people who fought in a war to give these insensitive people the privilege to make these pathetic decisions.

To know that over 3.7 million senior citizens will be affected by this decision should it come in force in 2020 is frightening and an absolute disgrace. The BBC ought to be ashamed of themselves how archaic. But we should not be surprised because this is how capitalism works. Squeeze the already poor so that the rich can get richer.

Will Boris Johnson Become The UK Prime Minister?

Following the resignation of Theresa May as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister, the race is on to see who will be her successor.

According to media reports, the current front runner is Boris Johnson, who has 114 Tory members of parliament backing him. Although the race is in its early stages, several people believe that he will be successful in not just become the conservative leader but the next UK Prime Minister.

However there are several pitfalls before him, firstly if he becomes PM will he be calling a general election so that he can get a mandate from the British people. He accused Gordon Brown in 2007 of ruling the country by default and not the will of the people so will he honour his words and go to the country.

According to a media report, the Chair of the Conservative Muslim accused Boris Johnson of targeting the Muslin community so that he can acquire votes. He is also threating to leave the party should Boris become Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson as not state yet whether he will be calling a general election, so the comments he made back in 2007 about Gordon Brown taking over Downing Street, and it amounts to a ‘palace coup’ and that without him winning an election tantamount to massive fraud. It is something that we cannot call him a hypocrite for yet because we still do not know what his plans are.

In my opinion, any individual that takes over the role of Prime Minister by default must go to the electorate to get a mandate to govern and if Boris wins his party support and become PM and fail to do so would make him the biggest hypocrite of all time.

Israel PM warns of N-strike on Iran

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again raised the prospect of a military strike on Iran.

The PM has said Tehran will cease its nuclear program only in the face of “a credible military option”.

He declared yesterday that as Prime Minister he was the only person capable of bringing the Israeli public behind any peace deal with the Palestinians.

In a confident performance before foreign correspondents in Jerusalem, Mr Netanyahu also said he had made clear to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman his displeasure at his attack on members of Mr Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Mr Lieberman criticised members of Likud who are opposed to his proposal to investigate left-wing groups that he says are “delegitimising” the Israeli Defence Forces.

Mr Netanyahu was asked about an assessment by retiring Mossad director Meir Dagan that Iran is not likely to achieve nuclear weapons before 2015.

“Intelligence estimates are exactly that, estimates,” he said.

Of the UN economic sanctions against Iran, the Prime Minister said: “The only chance these sanctions will achieve their objectives would be to couple them with an understanding from Iran that if they don’t achieve their goal they would be followed by a credible military option.”

He said the only time Iran had paused its nuclear program was in 2003 when it believed there was a credible military option from the US.

Mr Netanyahu said there was no doubt the current sanctions had caused hardship in Iran “but they have not in any way altered Iran’s determination to pursue its nuclear program”.

He did not rule out a peace agreement with Syria but saw no willingness by Syria to break its relationship with Iran.

On Gaza, he said the economic circumstances of the Hamas-governed strip had improved since Israel had eased restrictions on imports but warned about consequences if the recent spate of rockets being fired into Israel continued.

“I think they will make a terrible mistake to test our will to defend our people. I think they will make a terrible, terrible mistake,” he said.

Mr Netanyahu was asked about comments by Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni that there was “an evil wave” sweeping Israel.

Ms Livni said Mr Lieberman was “harming the country” but held Mr Netanyahu responsible for rebuking his Foreign Minister for criticising Likud members but not for the substance of his proposals to target left-wing groups.

Ms Livni said Israel was “deteriorating and abusing the very values for which we want to fight”.

But Mr Netanyahu said: “I am committed to Israel as a Jewish, democratic state with democratic values.”

He contrasted that with the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah — “only 10 minutes from here” — where it was a law that anyone who sold property to a Jew faced the death penalty.

“Isn’t that worth reporting?” he asked.

British PM David Cameron and deputy Nick Clegg ‘not best mates’

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron said he trusted his deputy Nick Clegg but would not go so far as to say they were friends, in an interview out today.

Cameron told the Daily Mail newspaper that both his Conservatives and Clegg’s Liberal Democrats had taken a risk in governing together.

Asked if he would describe himself and Clegg as friends yet, Cameron replied: “Hmm. Well, we wouldn’t go to the cinema together, quite, but we’ve had him and (his wife) Miriam round for supper.”

Cameron has been accused of being closer to Clegg, in person and politics, than to some of his fellow Conservatives.

They are both aged 44 and went to similar high-ranking schools.

“Politics evolves. We trust one another. Both of us started off from the same position, taking a risk,” he said.

“It would probably have been easier not to do this, politically and personally.

“But in the end – and I don’t want to sound pompous or pious – you ask yourself if you are doing the right thing for the country. We both think we are.”

Cameron said he hoped the coalition would be about more than simply clearing Britain’s record deficit.

“I want this to be more than a ‘cuts-and-rescue’ government. I want this to be a genuinely reforming and modernising government,” he said.

Their coalition faces its first test at the polls on Thursday in a by-election in northwest England.

The opposition Labour Party narrowly beat the Lib Dems to the seat in the May general election, but bookmakers have Labour as the clear favourite to win this time as polls show Clegg’s party riding as low as seven percent.

Obama picks new aide amid debt challenge

BARACK Obama chose a new top White House aide overnight and challenged newly empowered Republicans to raise the US debt limit, as his foes vowed again to repeal his health care overhaul.

Obama picked William Daley, commerce secretary under Bill Clinton, as his new chief of staff, pursuing a staff shake-up that signals a potential change in course in response to his Democrats’ November 2 elections rout.

Daley, 62, is seen as a centrist powerbroker and has strong ties to the US business community, with which the president has had a rocky relationship, and has strongly backed efforts to expand international trade.

The move came one day after Republicans took over the House of Representatives and as US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner formally asked lawmakers to let the US government borrow more money – the opening shot in a political war over the massive and swelling US debt.

Geithner warned in a letter to senior members of Congress that failure to raise the debt ceiling from 14.29 trillion dollars could prompt a US default as soon as this March, with “catastrophic economic consequences.”

“Never in our history has Congress failed to increase the debt limit when necessary. Failure to raise the limit would precipitate a default by the United States,” and would “lead to the loss of millions of American jobs,” he said.

Republican US House Speaker John Boehner responded with wary support for raising the US debt limit, saying “America cannot default” on what it owes, but insisted on deep spending cuts as well.

“While America cannot default on its debt, we also cannot continue to borrow recklessly, dig ourselves deeper into this hole, and mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren,” Boehner said in a statement.

Geithner’s request, although expected, came earlier than many observers had anticipated, challenging Republicans who had hoped to put off that debate until after votes on slashing government spending to please their core supporters.

And the request was expected to get a chilly welcome from newly elected Republicans drawn from the ranks of archconservative “Tea Party” activists dead set on slashing spending and, in many cases, opposed to raising the debt limit.

Republicans were also struggling to beat back charges they were breaking their campaign promises for deep spending cuts, slashing the deficit, and bringing new transparency to the divided US Congress.

Top Republicans have abandoned their vow to slashing $US100 billion in government their first year in office, a figure drawn from their signal election campaign “Pledge to America.”

But they doubled down on plans to target Obama’s signature health care overhaul with a symbolic repeal vote next week – their victory in the House as certain as their defeat in the Democratic-held Senate.

Boehner charged the sweeping measure, designed to extend coverage to 31 million of the 36 million Americans who currently lack it, was “destroying jobs in our country” with onublican House Speaker John Boehner.

“I do not believe that repealing the job-killing health care law will increase the deficit.”

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Robert Gates unveiled deeper cuts in US military programs than initially planned, citing the country’s “dire” fiscal situation.

“The Pentagon cannot presume to exempt itself from the scrutiny and pressure faced by the rest of our government” to scale back spending, Gates told a news conference.

Later Democrats joined Republican to vote 410-13 to slice five percent from House expenses, a $US35 million drop in the roughly $US3.6 trillion bucket of annual US government outlays.

And House members also read aloud from the US Constitution – but omitted sections later amended, such as the original language defining black slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of apportioning congressional seats.

Birthright citizenship looms as next immigration battle

NOGALES, Arizona — Of the 50 or so women bused to this border town on a recent morning to be deported back to Mexico, Inez Vasquez, eight months pregnant, stood out.

“All I want is a better life,” she said after the Border Patrol discovered her hiding in the bushes on the Arizona side of the border with her husband, young son and a very pronounced abdomen.

The next big immigration battle looming centers on illegal immigrants’ offspring, who are granted automatic citizenship like all other babies born on U.S. soil. Arguing for an end to the policy, which is rooted in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, immigration hard-liners describe a wave of migrants like Vasquez stepping across the border in the advanced stages of pregnancy to have what are dismissively called “anchor babies.”

Still, Arizona — whose law granting the police the power to detain illegal immigrants is tied up in the courts — may again take the lead in what is essentially an effort to redefine what it means to be an American. This time, though, Arizona lawmakers intend to join with legislators from several other states to force the issue before the Supreme Court.

This coalition of lawmakers will unveil its specific plans today in Washington, but people involved in drafting the legislation say they have decided against the painstaking process of amending the Constitution. Since the federal government decides who is to be deemed a citizen, the lawmakers are considering instead a move to create two kinds of birth certificates in their states, one for the children of citizens and another for the children of illegal immigrants.

The theory is that this could spark a flurry of lawsuits that might resolve the legal conflict in their favor.

Most scholars of the Constitution consider the states’ effort to restrict birth certificates patently unconstitutional.

“This is political theater, not a serious effort to create a legal test,” said Gabriel Chin, a law professor at the University of Arizona.

Despite being called “anchor babies,” the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States cannot actually prevent deportation of their parents. It is not until they reach the age of 21 that the children are able to file paperwork to sponsor their parents for legal immigration status.

In April, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, one of those pushing for congressional action on the citizenship issue, stirred controversy when he suggested that children born in the United States to illegal immigrants should be deported with their parents until the birthright citizenship policy was changed.

“And we’re not being mean,” Hunter told a tea party rally in Southern California. “We’re just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen.”

Immigrant advocates say intolerance is driving the measure.

“They call themselves patriots, but they pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they support,” said Lydia Guzman, a Latino activist in Phoenix. “They’re fear-mongerers. They’re clowns.”

Obama gets help from Gipper

STUNG by criticism he is aloof and out of touch, Barack Obama has turned to the great communicator for inspiration.

He has used his Christmas holiday in Hawaii to read a biography of Ronald Reagan.

The icon of the Republicans and the Tea Party may seem an unusual choice of subject matter for the Democratic President, who spent the first day of 2011 with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha at Pyramid Rock, a secluded beach at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The first family then hit the tennis courts at Kailua Racquet Club, a private club near the neighbourhood where the Obamas are renting a luxurious ocean-front home.

Like Mr Obama, Reagan suffered a huge drop in popularity and heavy losses in mid-term elections, yet managed to bounce back to win a second term.

Reagan, like Mr Obama, endured what was until then the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s and saw unemployment rise to more than 10 per cent.

Voter disenchantment led to a large swing to the Democrats in the 1982 mid-term elections.

As the economy recovered, however, he went on to trounce Walter Mondale, his Democratic challenger, in the 1984 presidential election, winning almost every state.

Mr Obama’s approval ratings, at 47 per cent according to last week’s Gallup poll, are nowhere near as low as Reagan’s, which fell to just 35 per cent at the beginning of 1983.

Mr Obama, a former law professor who is regarded as distant even by his own staff, is studying how the Hollywood actor achieved his remarkable comeback.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs revealed the President’s holiday reading included Lou Cannon’s account of Reagan’s administration, President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime.

“Like Obama, Reagan greatly valued his privacy and was not naturally gregarious,” noted Bradley Bloch on The Huffington Post, adding Reagan was a master of “the personal relationship”.

“Reagan knew that at the end of the day politics — even (and perhaps especially) at the global level — is ultimately about people,” Bloch wrote. “As Obama looks to get his groove back, Reagan may be his most accessible role model.”

Perhaps inspired by “the Gipper” — Reagan’s nickname from one of his film roles — Mr Obama is expected to return to Washington tomorrow to start the second half of his presidency with renewed vigour.

Apart from the political biography, he has been reading Our Kind of Traitor, John le Carre’s latest spy thriller, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by the British author David Mitchell.

But golf has dominated the 10-day holiday. “His swing looks a lot better this year,” said Mark Sousa, the golf professional at the Mid Pacific country club in Kailua, where Mr Obama played several rounds with old friends from Hawaii.