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What the Extremists Don’t Understand – London 2017

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The solidity of support from around the world must be frustrating for extremists.  They have been brought up to believe that destruction causes disunity, when the opposite is true.

I was initially concerned that Mr Trump should make comments on our political system, but actually what he said, is right.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.” (credit David Morgan, Reuters)

Political correctness is seen as weakness by extremists and so is giving them housing and a free life.  It is a kick in the teeth for our hospitality and further claims for political asylum should be regarded with caution.  Employ more Civil Servants.

Public service job cuts came when David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered office.  Having been insulted by a senior Civil Servant ten years before, they took revenge and aimed to cut 100,000 jobs. Unfortunately, they decimated the safety net that everyone could depend upon during times of stress. Resentment led to a way into the Civil Service by sleeper cells. Hard to believe? Try reporting an extremist.

President Trump’s comment about stopping the terror “spreading to our (US) shores” shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how extremists work. They live insidiously in a country and await instruction, so let us please learn from history.  As long ago as World War II, we had protection from the Home Guard, widely ridiculed, yet very effective against a perceived threat.

A global response committee is in place.  In the UK, we need our Civil Servants back.   Could someone please replace them?  Many public services are stretched and too many good people are on the dole.

A Muslim has suggested before in media reports that they must ‘have difficult conversations’ with people about possible extremism.  We are currently past talking.  If a political party takes action against all threats, it will be busy till Christmas. Best leave it to ‘Britain’s finest’, the police, security services and agencies working behind the scenes.

It seems like an afterthought, which it is not.  I am almost sure we gave our condolences to Kabul, Afghanistan after a car bomb targeted Embassies on 31st May. (They have their own insidious battle against the Joyless Ones, aka the Taliban.)  Bombs have the same effect as suicide bombers have around the world.  They don’t work. Their best communicators need to be there and not former politicians, well-meaning if misguided.

LucyLou

PS  I have just realised that London Bridge Tube station was involved.  It is a transport hub, yet for me, it is  near the headquarters of a charity where I worked. I have walked in the area a dozen times and marvelled at the unfamiliar foods in the market.   No-one makes eye contact and I am the only white person for miles, yet I smile as I walk.

 

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Who to sack, Junior Doctors or Jeremy Hunt?

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Jeremy Hunt, the UK Health Secretary, should be deposed for bigotry. It takes an intelligent man to make an election pledge then listen to the arguments. It takes a great man to then see insolvable problems and compromise.

The Conservatives, namely David Cameron and his old friend Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) have as a cornerstone of their beliefs that election promises must be fulfilled. That is a noble premise that we all want, but in the real light of day, there are longer term failings that may sink the NHS in ten years, long after these politicians have gone.

It all goes back to two young MP’s, one David Cameron and Nick Clegg, who were deemed not important enough by a senior Civil Servant to merit more than a shared cubbyhole office. At that moment they vowed to get rid of what they saw as useless Civil Servants when they themselves came into office. And so they did. They cut the safety net to the poor, low incomes and disabled people. Every service to the country had their services cut.

Junior Doctors are the most moral people in the country and unlike these politicians, they can see a consequence that they deem to be dangerous. They are best placed to know, not cowardly politicians who hide behind election pledges and general busyness. This is Jeremy Hunt’s field. Where is he?

Every person in the debate is passionate. Jeremy Hunt, the titular boss of Doctors should compromise. If he is a great man, he will do so. If he wants to compromise and is being muffled by David Cameron, then he should resign. David Cameron is not a dictator; he is an elected Prime Minister. So he has to go along with what most people feel. I, for one, would ask him please to listen more carefully to the Junior Doctors. I was appalled that there has not been a trial. The NHS has always, up to now, trialled any new idea. If it works, it is rolled out everywhere. There, that is a get-out clause for the government.

LucyLou

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Western Retailers Versus China

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When will the West realise that it has to help stop China going into recession? For the first time in a thousand years, China has attempted to mould its economy into a workhorse for other countries in order to make a contribution to world power. Their almost limitless supply of cheap manpower made them very popular with Western retailers.

Twenty years ago, Western retailers whooped for joy as they had found a place where their products could be manufactured and transported cheaply. Their profits surged accordingly. However there were problems in the consistency and quality of the product, due to communication issues on all sides.

If you come from a society where you mend things if they break down, then the British and Chinese have much in common. However, Britain has British Standards and all products must conform to them. In the latest case, of the Hover toy made in China, when they came to fit the standard moulded plug, the fuse was too big to fit, so the Chinese inserted it another way. There were presumably no checks made beyond that it worked. Only when the device was put on charge, did the failure of the fuse become apparent and the device burned out. Consignments were refused entry to Britain by Trading Standards.

The product was made in good faith, so the problem must lie in Quality Control. To help China, the West must offer help in this area. If it is permitted, they could offer help in building a new industry where every product passes the safety requirements of the receiving country. Apple has a manufacturing and Quality Control facility in China. Other western retailers must do the same. They cannot demand a perfect product without putting in their own checks.

Time was when the British had an Empire and sent its Civil Servants to help train up the indigenous Engineers etc., and then moved on after three years. Maybe this is an alternative course. Unfortunately David Cameron has sacked a hundred thousand Civil Servants and Britain may be taking its own shortcuts, which show up in the Foreign Office diplomats being made redundant following a trade visit to China. They have to be there in the long-term for this to work.

The one thing stockbrokers cannot do, is to wring their hands and wail that there is a Chinese slowdown, without helping to end it. They must do this without causing the Chinese to lose face. No man likes that. Maybe you could also involve women, who have brought up a successful generation of Chinese people and now look for another challenge. Just a thought.

LucyLou

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British Philanthropy in Nepal

Where better to put British philanthropy to work than in Nepal? Generations of Gurkhas have helped Britain defend itself since the early 1900’s and soldiers sending money home was a boost to the Nepalese economy.

An earthquake in April this year left about 9,000 people in shelters of corrugated iron that offer no protection from the winter cold and a generation of young men, forced to make the difficult decision to make a living in the hot desert countries like Qatar, building the football stadium or staying at home. He would be the single man out of twenty-five originally in the village to stay and rebuild his home. Now there is even less choice as the electricians and plumbers have all left to earn money abroad.

It is apparent that they live on tenterhooks, as the football stadium in Qatar is being built for the 2022 World Cup and the row about corruption continues. Meanwhile it is a lifeline for Nepal.

Could the British send electricians and plumbers to Nepal? It is a huge job, but one that Britain used to do, when it had its Empire. An army of Civil Servants was recruited to train up the locals to do the jobs and then they would move somewhere else where they were needed. They helped countries to prosper. Can Britain do that again now? This time thousands of Nepalese people will die in the winter cold, without fuel or electricity to warm their homes.

Looking at that, it is easy to understand why Nepalese families came to Britain after their military service ended. But are they happy or would they rather be back home in their communities? Has anyone asked them?

Thousands in Britain support charity. Let us take that charity to Nepal and build them a better life.

Article acknowledgement : Kieran Cooke, BBC News, Nepal

LucyLou

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