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The HS2 conspiracy

This week HS2 was given the go ahead sanctioning a new high speed rail line that will cut through the country from south to north destroying ancient woodland and communities in it’s path. Besides it’s cost which will probably be in excess of 100 billions, there are other lines being built and upgraded along the route to link up with High Speed 2. Huge amounts of government money will be spend which will follow on from a period of austerity that caused misery for the poorest in society. Is there a HS2 conspiracy to force the poorest in society to use public transport? All the planned new buses and cycle lanes suggests some kind of conspiracy to end the days of private motoring.

HS2 conspiracy


Unacceptable beliefs and behaviour #racism

I was saddened to see the reports this week from Bulgaria where the England football team was subjected to vile abuse from fans with far-right beliefs. I’ve experienced abuse from people with similar beliefs. I’ve even been harassed in the street twice while I’ve been taking photographs by someone who was described as a ‘patriot’. Those fans need to be banned from football. I’m not sure how you change their beliefs. In China, they would put them into re-education camps. In this country, the rise of right-wing and left-wing extremism is encouraged by an irresponsible media. Even the soaps on television are hour-long dramas of constant confrontation. We are promoting the politics of confrontation. Both the far-right and the far-left have beliefs that are unacceptable to decent people.


Those little irritations #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Mostly my hospital appointments and other things I have to do this week. I seemed to have a lot of little irritations this week. Those little irritations can build up until you’re close to despair. My first irritation was my watch going slow, then as I was unplugging my phone that was charging the lead was really hot. It turned out the battery on my watch was on the way out and the battery on my phone had shorted and so also needed replacing.

those little irritation


Gaslighting the nation #politics #psychology

Wikipedia: Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief.



Brexit, what are their hidden motives? #politics

We know what Johnson and Rees-Mogg want. They want to turn Britain into an off-shore tax haven and cut taxes for the rich. What taxes will they put up to pay for their tax cut? What are their hidden motives? Well, Johnson has recently said that 60 billion pounds is cheap for HS2. The Tories in favour of public transport? What’s going on? We know that the roads are congested and I have a theory.

hidden motives


The power of social media influence #politics

There is something of a revolution going on in politics with major splits in the Tory ranks and now a big split in Labour between the moderates and the Corbyn supporters. MP’s have left the major parties to join a new independent group and Labour councillors who have been deselected are talking of standing as independents. The extremists causing the divisions seem to forget that these councillors have influence and in particular social media influence.


Out of the frying pan #politics

So Theresa May is giving up and waiting to hand over power to a new leader, but who? I think if it’s bumbling Boris it could be a case out of the frying pan and into the fire! Iain Duncan-Smith had his chance at the leadership but he has all the charm of a rattlesnake. Could pompous Jacob Rees-Mogg take the reins? I doubt if he would be popular with more moderate Tories so they will be stuck to find anyone with the authority to take over. Brexit is a shambles so who would want the job? I feel a little sorry for Theresa May, she tried to clean up a mess created by Cameron.

out of the frying pan


Political delusions of grandeur #politics

Yes, leave the European Union and we can get our empire back and everything will be hunky-dory. Britons shalt not be slaves to Johnny Foreigner and we will not accept their benefit scrounging scum in our green and pleasant land. The reality, however, is that we need the immigrants because we didn’t train enough doctors and nurses for our needs. Cameron dresses up in Victorian garb for the Lord Mayor’s Ball and slips into the delusional belief that we still have the empire and can still rule the waves. The reality, dear boy, is that we are a tiny island that has to do deals with other nations to survive. We are now in the process of breaking the biggest deal we have ever signed to appease the nationalist bull-shitters of the European Research Group. These are political delusions of grandeur on a grand and destructive scale.

political delusions


Are they bullies? #Wednesdaywisdom

The President of the United States has flown out to the Far East to meet with the leader of North Korea. According to the American President, he is negotiating from a position of strength. That might be interpreted as using America’s military might to intimidate and bully the North Korean leader. It is a situation that is worrying because most bullies are either psychopaths or sociopaths with very little empathy for others. They are the people who start the wars. Are they bullies? I think so.



Futuristic ideas #life #culture #politics

This is my first post on futuristic ideas. What will the future be like in 20 or 30 years? Our roads are congested now and young people can’t afford to buy homes because too much money is chasing too few homes. We also have problems with obesity as people choose to drive around in cars rather than walk. Can we persuade young people to walk more and eat healthier? How would we even begin to do that?



Why are there so many haters? #politics

I read this week that Nigel Farage has left UKIP because it has become too right-wing even for him. UKIP now has a special advisor in Tommy Robinson (not his real name) who is quite good at making excuses for his racist and xenophobic views. I am getting really sick of people who hate other people. My photo today is of Noddy Holder who I photographed at the hospital four years ago. That was a nice friendly occasion and Noddy is one of the good guys. Why can’t everyone be kind? Why are there so many haters?

Why are there so many haters?


Can the Brexit disaster get any worse? #politics

The stock market took another hit this week as some kind of deal appeared to have been stuck between the government and the European community. This really is a Brexit disaster from start to finish. David Cameron negotiated on the wrong issues. We do want to run our own affairs, but not everything. We are happy with the EU regulating our medicines, for example. It is efficient for one agency to regulate the whole of Europe and it gives us safe medicines. However, some things are primarily of British concern and the EU Commission recognised that and so promised subsidiarity.

 Brexit disaster


Subsidiarity and Brexit #politics

The principle of subsidiarity is defined in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union. It aims to ensure that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the possibilities available at national, regional or local level.

Specifically, it is the principle whereby the EU does not take action (except in the areas that fall within its exclusive competence), unless it is more effective than action taken at national, regional or local level. It is closely bound up with the principle of proportionality, which requires that any action by the EU should not go beyond what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Treaties.


Rule Britannia! #politics #GE

Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves.

Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

Except we are slaves. We are mostly slaves to debt and credit. Most Britons have mortgages or credit cards and so are slaves to the bank or building society. We strive for freedom not by opposing our oppressors but by playing the lottery hoping to win enough to buy our freedom from serfdom.


The post-truth era #observation

The Oxford English dictionary has a new adjective:


  • Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief:‘in this era of post-truth politics, it’s easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire’‘some commentators have observed that we are living in a post-truth age’



Revolting British #ramble

It is Sunday morning and the sun is shining here in the Black Country despite everything. So I will start the day by sharing my thoughts with my readers because the news was a little revolting. I’ll start with a nice picture to cheer you all up.

Moorcroft Junction


Referendum: real issues

The two camps as designated by the Electoral Commission have debated the issues of EU membership and tomorrow the people decide. The two camps being Stupid and Even More Stupid, of course. How should we vote in the EU referendum? What are the real issues?



Brexit phobia #investments

Brexit phobia?

The EU referendum debate rumbles on and the stock market suffers and so do the balance sheets of investment funds and pension funds. Record low-interest rates have also been hitting pension funds. With half of Britain’s savings wrapped up in these funds and many of them facing bankruptcy we should be worried. Most people don’t seem to worry,  nationalism has taken over their brains. It is the people with real money at stake that are suffering Brexit phobia. (more…)

A walk in the park #life

a walk in the park

It’s Sunday morning again and so once again I let you into the innermost recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you on this sunny Sunday morning. I am, of course, thinking about the weather, we have more showers forecast. I want to go out and take photographs.  A walk in the park? Maybe not…  (more…)

Decision making in Britain #life

Decision making

Decision making

In Britain, we have to make decisions all the time. Do we support the government over the junior doctors strike today or do we support the doctors and the British Medical Association? Who has the best evidence-based arguments? Who has the best track record for caring about us, the general public? We rely on the press to a certain extent to check the evidence for us. Can we trust the press and can we still trust BBC news? (more…)

Symbols of status #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so this must be my Sunday ramble when I let you into a more mysterious area of my mind and ramble on. What am I thinking about this week? The daffodil should give you a clue… (more…)

There may be trouble ahead…

Thrifty Thursday

You might think that the government, the banks and the global business community know what they’re doing with all the supercomputers and experience they have. You only look at government and the banks and you will know that they can mess up big time and we the people pay for it. (more…)

Reflections on a week in December

XMAS LIGHTS 2015 (187)

Reflecting on this week, I wondered about our local Christmas lights. They  aren’t much to shout about. I wondered if reflective ribbon could be used or fluorescent paint to make it look a bit more like Christmas. There are lots of lights they are just not very Christmassy. Maybe, we should all wear something reflective? (more…)

Common-sense ideas #politics



I’m starting a new theme on my blog today. Common-sense ideas! I thought I would start with politics, because as we all know politicians have little common-sense and we have shed loads in the Black Country. (more…)

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