Heed the words of a wise elderly man – Harry Leslie Smith

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/14/1939-second-world-war-fascist-thundering-approach-hitler

The Guardian has this opinion piece on its web site – see link above

Some 20 odd years ago I was given the privilege of getting to know a chap who was involved in the Second World War. Our close friendship sadly ended earlier this year when he died (well into his 90’s) but I like to think that I learned a great deal from listening to Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker about his wartime RAF experiences.

The piece above by Harry Leslie Smith deserves a wide audience because he can see what many of us may be ignoring i.e. that international leaders like Trump and Kim Jong-un (and others) may well be pushing us all towards another war.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Brexit – Just in case any Brexiters out there still think they may be right – They’re not! & The future of our vital financial sector post-Brexit – Warnings from Carney

www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/10/experts-strike-back-how-economists-proved-right-on-brexit

www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/03/britains-finance-sector-will-double-in-size-in-25-years-says-mark-carney

My friends Roy and Bob separately (but on the same day) drew my attention to two well thought out Brexit articles on the Guardian Web Site which you can read via the links above.

Both articles are economy related. The first shows why the predictions of economic gloom were are most probably right. The second picks up on the mad plan of many leading Brexiters to try to deregulate the financial sector again post-Brexit so that bankers can go back to playing fast and loose with the world economy again.

I must admit to have never being able to understand the motivations of those wishing to leave the EU. The concept just makes no sense to me as severe economic troubles were always to be visited upon us if we were daft enough to to decide to leave.

OK I’m not a racist, a Little Englander, obsessed by sovereignty or someone who has ever thought that the EU bosses us about so maybe that’s why I could not get my head around why 52% of those who voted in the Referendum did indeed want to leave the EU.

But what did those leavers really want or more to the point what did they expect to achieve by voting for isolation in Europe? I ask because what they wanted and what they will achieve may be wildly different! And where on earth are the Government and dear old comrade Jeremy Corbyn going with the ‘view’ of 52% the electorate? This wonderful ‘explanation’ of the muddle we are in just about sums up the hole the Brexiters have dug for us though:-

BREXIT – Here’s the thoughts of an an expert – Vernon Bogdanor

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/03/second-brexit-referendum-case-getting-stronger-political-deadlock-life-raft

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

If anyone understands the muddle (that’s putting it politely) that the UK is in following the EU Referendum then Vernon Bogdanor does.

Yes I know we are not supposed to take any notice of experts these days as we make up things to match our prejudices as we go along, but just for a minute please let’s consider that we are in a very deep hole and that the further digging of it by May and Corbyn just might not be in our interests.

Seriously, this article, which is a cut down version of Vernon Bogdanor’s major speech on this issue, is well worth reading if we really do care about what is happening to us.

Vernon Bogdanor is professor of government at King’s College London. The Guardian article is based on his Gresham lecture delivered in June.

My thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting

We are being ripped off but will Brexit Britain’s politicians actually doing anything?

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/03/britain-world-beater-ripping-off-citizens-rail-fares-water-energy-bills

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

Quote for the article – From energy and water bills to exorbitant rail fares, we’re all busy lining the pockets of wealthy ‘investors’

My good friend Roy Connell brought this to my attention and it resonates with both of us. Why not read this opinion piece it may resonate with you too.

Al Gore – Global Warming and how the rich are subverting our democracy

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/30/al-gore-interview-our-crumbling-planet-the-rich-have-subverted-all-reason-al-gore

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

Quote from the article ‘With the sequel to his blockbuster documentary An Inconvenient Truth about to be released, Al Gore tells Carole Cadwalladr how his role at the forefront of the fight against climate change consumes his life.’

I have long held the view that global warming is the greatest threat to the human race but it is often one that takes a political back seat in favour of less important but allegedly more immediate concerns. Just think how much you heard about it in the recent General Election – very little I would guess.

Yet ignoring it and denying it condemns future generations to a potentially hellish existence. That great mind Professor Steven Hawking predicted only recently that we will in effect destroy our home world and will have to find another one to ransack.

Anyone who is a climate change denier, in my view, is a threat to our future – end of.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this story

Parliament – Why it should leave London

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/17/brexit-britain-needs-mps-out-of-westminster-provinces-neglected

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

‘Parliament needs to leave London and reconnect with the people’ Simon Jenkins

This is an interesting read indeed.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting