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Looks like the UK needs to start preparing for no-deal Brexit after all.  Though the Prime minister has said that he would try and get a deal, the EU have refused to bulge.  I hear that the leader of the opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking help from the top civil servant to intervene to avoid a no-deal Brexit during the general election campaign.  This comes amidst report that MPs could back a vote of no confidence in the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson has written to the civil servants to prepare to leave the EU by the Brexit deadline of 31st October.  To this effect, their top priority and his is an exit without a deal. It’s also been reported that the government special advisers have been instructed not to take annual leave until 31st October.  Presumably, as the top priority of the government is now no-deal Brexit.

The government’s argument continues to be it’s the people mandate.  The people voted to leave during the referendum, and the mandate should be upheld.  What I find interesting is that the house voted down Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement three times, and the EU made it clear that they won’t be reopening the withdrawal agreement, most especially, now that the new Prime Minister has requested for the ‘Irish backstop’ to be removed from the Brexit discussion, the EU has gone completely quiet, and are also preparing for a no-deal Brexit. If EU stance is that the withdrawal deal cannot be renegotiated, the obvious options are no-deal or stay within the single market.  The MPs are of course very confused, and I wonder what actually makes them feel that another referendum will solve their mess.  A big shame that people voted at the last referendum not understanding what they voted for – but that a lot of people are clear on what it actually means to leave or stay, we may be shocked by the outcome of another referendum.  Nothing’s guaranteed at this moment!

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Political rhetoric has now become a new way to showcase bias and pedal the ideology that if people don’t do something about the infiltration of other races, it could get out of hands. It’s a subtle way of preaching and inciting hatreds and should carry the same criminal conviction as a hate preacher.  Where the words of a political leader encourage people to do something about a situation, which result in civil or criminal actions, such a political leader could not be removed from the situation, as they laid the foundation for such actions. 

It is political rhetoric that inspires extremists to carry out atrocities that produce shocks to spread fear, show their grievance and hatred for other races.  But it could also be argued that within this political rhetoric is found the bias of the political leaders themselves.  A political leader that’s naturally bias creates division with their rhetoric because they can only give what they have.  Their bias come out of their rhetoric and causes radicalisation. 

If a political leader isn’t bias, then they won’t see immigration as a threat but an opportunity that can be managed through an orderly and respectful process.  Rather, a bias political leader preaches negativity, as if the country does not benefit from migration. Consider how much immigrants pay to live and work in other countries.  Cost of application alone ranges from 100 – 3k per person, and in cases of special service up to 6k. Cost of studying from 10k and above with no recourse to public funds including Health Services.  They work and pay tax like a citizen of the country and yet treated disrespectfully by Political Leaders rhetoric.  All in the name of seen as doing something about immigration, and in some cases bias.  No one going to live in another country is ignorant of the immigration rules that exist in the country.

How many political leaders have actually made clear in their speech the benefits to their countries as a result of immigration.  All they ever talk about is ‘too much immigration’, ‘they are taking our jobs’ and many more.  I’m yet to understand how they’re taking jobs in countries where there are lots of jobs, yet skills shortage? These are some of the lies presented by bias leaders, when in fact, they aren’t true. Yet, they capitalise on the gullibility of their citizens to expand their propaganda and create a hostile environment.

But then also, are we so gullible that we buy-in to what the political leaders say or is it just a case of our own individual bias as well – that we choose to ignore the truth and accept falsehood.  We are bias against other people who don’t look like us, speak like us, act like us and many more.  But do they really need to look like us, be like us or even act like us?  What a boring world that would be – if we all look alike, talk alike, act the same!

I hope we would see events that have happened in the past, as lessons for the future.  I hope we would begin to realise that we all need each other to grow our societies.  Immigration is good and never to be seen as a threat, but an opportunity for economic growth, relationships, friendships, and variety, the spice of life.

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Right, we have 86 days to go until 31st October – Deal or No Deal.  So, what should we expect in the event of a No Deal?

  • Short term disruptions
  • No trade agreement with the EU and we will also lose associated agreements with about 70 countries.
  • UK returns to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms until it agrees new deals.

For British businesses trading with the EU, of which there are 250,000 of them – that would mean new customs and border controls and possibly higher tariffs.

  • Immigration rules apply. It will be up to each country to guarantee the rights of their citizens. 
  • UK stops making £9bn a year contribution to EU budget.
  • Likely price increase for goods and services.

The new prime minister has approved over 6 billion to prepare us for No Deal. It looks like we all need to start preparing too.

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We can and will stop this evil contagion. In that task, we must honour the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal, if we are divided. We must seek real bipartisan solution. We have to do that in a bipartisan manner That will truly make America safer and better for all.

First, we must do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs. I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with Local, State and Federal Agencies, as well as social media companies to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike. As an example, the monster in the Parkland High School in Florida had many red flags against him and yet nobody took decisive action. Nobody did anything. Why not?

Second, we must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately. Cultural change is hard. But each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life that’s what we have to do.

Third, we must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment, but where necessary, involuntarily confinement.  Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, Not the gun.

Fourth, we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms. And then if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders. Today, I’m also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation, ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty, and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively and without years of needless delay.

These are just a few of the areas of cooperation that we can pursue. I am opening ready to listen and discuss all ideas that will actually work and make a very big difference.

Donald Trump 05 August 2019

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Candidate One:  Jeremy Hunt

  • According to Jeremy Hunt, Brexit deal can happen by end of September 2019He plans to keep the insurance policy already agreed by Theresa May and EU to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit, and to maintain a close trading alliance between UK and EU in order to prevent border checks.  This sounds more like a tweak to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.  Anyways, whatever happens, the EU has said that they weren’t prepared to reopen discussions around the existing withdrawal agreement.
  • He agrees that 80% of the country voted for Brexit parties.  Hence, he has now suddenly become a Brexiteer! Once a remainer, always a remainer – the truth be told.
  • For Jeremy Hunt, additional 1.5% economic rate will give us an extra £20bn to spend. This is based on the US economic growth information.  According to him, the US is now growing twice the UK rate – about 3%, which if introduced into the UK economy will give the £20bn spend mentioned above. However, there are assumptions that this is very unlikely when tax rates have been cut. For instance, everything we currently produce in our economy is about £2.2tn a year.  1.5% of that is £3.3bn. If we increase this by 1.5%, we will get an extra £33bn of produce, given us £20bn in government revenue.  However, what he has failed to note is that the tax take is currently at 37% of GDP, while £20bn is 61% of the £33bn.
  • Mr Hunt has secured an extra 2obn a year, which he said was ‘the biggest single increase’.  Although, NHS won’t get this extra £20bn a year until 2023-24.  However, if we look at the increase percent until the date, which is 3.4%, this is lower than the post war average increase of 4.1%. 

Candidate 2: Boris Johnson

  • As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson cuts crime by 20%, and plans to replicate this in his role as Prime Minister.  However, this percentage has been compared to the 26% fall in crime in the whole of England and Wales. It could also be argued that his 20% was part of a longer and wider trend across the country.
  • Boris believes that the Irish Border deal be removed from the withdrawal agreement and should form part of a separate negotiation discussion after Brexit. The EU has reiterated severally that they will not accept a withdrawal agreement without the backstop in it. Best of luck to Boris Johnson on this one!
  • He thinks it might be possible to agree General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 24 paragraph 5B, as we Brexit that allows both UK and EU to continue to do a free trade deal. This will give them time to negotiate a permanent trade deal. As we’ve heard, this will only happen after a trade deal between UK and EU has been agreed in principle, and both UK and EU were happy to proceed with the Article 24. Also, Brexit negotiations can only go-ahead once issues such as the UK’s financial obligations etc are sorted. Furthermore, even with the Article 24, we would have only solved the taxes on imports (tariff issue).  It doesn’t resolve other blockades to trade such as: the standard product check, which requires UK to leave the single market.
  • Another one of Boris’s argument is that the EU has a substantial trade deal with the UK, which he feels they won’t be willing to jeopardise. Indeed, the EU had an overall trade excess in goods and services of £64bn with the UK in 2018. However, it is said that as a percentage of trade overall, the EU/UK trade is vital to the UK than to the EU.
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Britain’s second female prime minister resigned Friday, 24 May 2019.

The story of Theresa May fits the popular saying, ‘no one is indispensable.’  This means that the work we do can be done by someone else, and even better.  Think of the billions of talents that exist in the world today. Thus, if we are opportune to be in a particular role, it’s not because we’re the best; it’s just our time and we’ve been found.  Just as we were found, other people with the same skill sets will be found too.  Time and chance happen to us all. 

I get the passion, and especially when we’re on the right track, it becomes really painful when people cannot see it.  But this is where we need to do more around our commitment to team playing.  We can’t force people down our path, if they don’t believe it in.  This doesn’t mean they can’t change their mind.  But what it means is they’re not convinced and we need to get them to that place.

Consequently, It is important when we’re in a role to approach our work smartly and more flexibly.  There’s no point trying to prove anything to anyone working in isolation.  We all need each other to make progress in our work, and unfortunately, no matter how great our skills are, if we lack the skill to work closely with other people, we will struggle to make progress. 

Our prime minister worked really hard and we can see the passion.  A shame that most of her ministers, and other party’s ministers could not see it.  What they saw was someone who wasn’t a team player and that changed everything. Perhaps, if she had carried them along from the outset, might have been a different end.  Who knows, but for me, lessons learned!

Anyways, a leader out another coming in soon.  Watch this space… dpriority46 \ls

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What’s the world politics become? Headlines are running wild with political turmoil across the world.  From UK Brexit news to the unstable leadership in Africa.   Our political systems have become a ‘home system.’ Each leader gets in, run the system as they want; and leave the mess behind for their successors. It is a shame; a big shame indeed!

More interesting is that we are unhappy with the system, and yet still allow the system to continue.  Every time we vote for the same people or the wrong ones; we are allowing the chaos to keep on. Every time we support the outcome of a decision that’s not democratic- whether for our own selfish reasons, or due to ignorance, we are continuing to welcome more turmoil. This can be very unsettling, not just for the people we’ve allowed to run the system but for us too.  We get to the point where we begin to resist change and healthy competitions.

The question is how did we end up here?  Why are we allowing the turmoil to grow to the extent that we’ve become apathetic and are joining the club.  Every day, we live together in fear of our own actions; become unnecessarily suspicious of each other.  Indirectly rejecting political rightness and embracing our own selfish politics; politics targeting other people’s weakness, race, religion, culture, language, class and many more. Politics increasing poverty and economic decline.  Politics that’s moved us away from enjoying new experiences and the willingness to take risks that result in positive change.

It’s about time we put aside our fear of the unknown and choose for us the right political system.  If the leadership isn’t right; then we shouldn’t keep them there.  Let’s put the right people in the right position and not deny them the opportunity to create the change we want because we are too afraid to embrace new experience.  We only get to know people by showing interest in them. If we are too carried away with the fear of the unknown, we would always have to depend on the existing system to give us the change they don’t have. The result being individual decision that continue to create political turmoil.

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