United Against Terrorism

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Yet another terror attack has taken lives in streets of the UK.

A small number of extremists have yet again murdered innocents.

My thoughts are with the injured and families who lost their loved ones.

Election is the last thing in my mind; this post is not an attempt to score points either.

Instead, here are my opinions, in no particular order, from the moment I came to know about the brutal attack last night near London Bridge.

  • Nuclear weapons are not the answer for all threats; in fact, they were least useful yesterday – in all senses.
  • We need more police, more nurses, more doctors and even more emergency facilities.  Reducing these positions and services will only weaken our responses.
  • “Strong” words have little impact on radicalised, vicious minds.  Publically defeating terrorist ideologies via thought provoking discussions will have much better impact than “strong” words of retaliations – which only fade away as victim’s angry words coming from hurting sentiments.
  • Public sector services respond to terror situations and need more attention and investments.  Businesses and private sector focus on profitability, not terrorism.  Let us not forget the learnings we had from G4S scandal during Olympics.

Major parties have done the right thing by suspending election campaign for a day.  Hope a day’s deviation will make our political leaders think about priorities and considerations. If it could stop terror related deaths and carnage from our streets, that will be the best outcome of the day.

 

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UK Elections Topic #1: Ensure your vote counts …

In coming days, I will post my thoughts on critical polices that are being actively debated.

Let me start the subject with a news clipping from BBC; hope you have already seen this.

Nurses, police, teachers, fire service.. professions that are backbone of any community; professions that face cuts under present government.

My kids were born in NHS hospitals; they study in local schools, and I am proud of these professionals.

If these professionals are not paid enough to live a decent life, then we should be very worried about the future of our society.

Ensure that your vote counts, for your community.
Ensure that your vote counts, for yourself.

Yet another US aggression….

US has taken military action against Syria.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39523654

​I don’t support Assad and strongly condemn chemical attack on Syrian citizens.  

That said, the missile attack on Syria is yet another unilateral military aggression by USA on a middle East sovereign state, without any agreement from U.N. General  Assembly or Security Council.  US still considers itself as world police but in reality it’s nothing but an aggressive bully.  When will rest of the world have the courage to control this rouge nation?  

Theresa May’s “full support” is nothing but meak submission to the bully in front;  “Love Actually” PM-with-spine is still a distant dream for UK.

NATO – shouldn’t we veto?

“Nato is very important, Nato has been the bulwark of our security here in Europe and we work together in Nato.” – Theresa May, in Andrew Marr Show (22nd Jan 2017)

Wasn’t NATO irrelevant after culmination of cold war and Warsaw Pact?  It was.

Isn’t a military organisation the real threat to peaceful, diplomatic resolutions? It is.

Doesn’t NATO undermine and jeopardize the United Nations?  It does.

Then isn’t it time to disband Nato?  Yes, I think so.

 

 

 

 

 

BREXIT – What Next?

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We are in a shock, even at end of the weekend.

I will say a good, pleasant shock.

Shock from realizing the fact that it is possible to be strong to stand for what we believe in.

Strong enough to say no to establishment, no to the disconnected politicians, no to banks and economic institutions, no to the world politicians who want to impose their selfish decisions on us.

Against all these massive, imposing establishments we strongly replied with a “No, thank you”.

We, as a country, have spoken to stay away from EU.  The verdict is in.  Let us respect the verdict and move ahead.

The question is how?  How should we move ahead?  What are the immediate steps?

I could think of the following:

1. Heal the wounds

First of all, heal the self-inflicted wounds.  The referendum was not less than a fierce war.  Cabinet members against each other, party members against each other, friends against each other; people in all wakes of lives trading verbal – and even physical – blows against each other.  In hindsight, the referendum war could’ve been fought with much less animosity and hatred from both sides.

It is now time to remove the hate and anger against each other.  It is time to realise that democracy has spoken and we are in this together to move forward.

2. Give time for reactions to calm down

Currently, the fear, doubt, anger and frustration of all who stood against the Leave vote are in full play.  These emotions results in the reactive, negative responses.

Whether it is

  • rest of the world (market / pound crashes, negative ratings),
  • the Remain supporters (fear, resignations, unbelief, sarcasm)
  • European Leads (demands for quick action),
  • Countries participating in the UK (Scottish/Irish referendum asks to get out of UK) or even

Let us give them time to express their emotions and fears.  After the initial reactions, the emotions will calm down.  Once done, the brains and minds will regain control.  Once in control, logic will eventually kick-in.  The logic will shed light to facts on what UK is, and how much is in stake for all involved.

3. Give ample time to think what we want and how best we could achieve it. 

Ignore the warnings, threats and demands from the EU leaders on quick actions.  Heck, it is this arrogance and aggressive behavior we voted to come out of!  Are they trying to scare us with the same trick again?!

The Remain / Leave referendum was an internal affair to find out what we think as a country.  We have not yet given any formal information or notice to the “EU-elites”! Per books, UK is still where we were before 23rd June.

So take this period to think – all possibilities, circumstances and ways forward.

4.  Change the Government, cabinet and thus it’s through process.

The current lot stood too strongly for Remain and they are defeated.  It is not logical, fair or viable to expect that the group who were dead against an action will work towards fulfilling the same – against their wills.

At the very least, there should be a leadership change.  David Cameron, his Exchequer and the EU-supporting cabinet members SHOULD step aside.  Even better will be a general election, through which the public can elect a new lot to kick-start the next actions.

5.  Once all of above are in place, it is time to take each debated item, one by one.  

Once we are ready, it is time to take each debated item, one by one:

(a) Immigration: Debate, discuss and put in place a comprehensive immigration policy that is global based, controlled based on requirements and skills, at the same time compassionate on asylum seeks from war-torn countries and others with humanitarian requirements.

(b) Re-allocation of EU contributions to

  • NHS
  • Farmers / Fisheries
  • Education / science / research
  • Businesses  and industries that need support

I am not an expert.  It is the job for economists to explain how this can be achieved.

But I am sure of one thing.  If EU were able take money from us and give a fraction of it as giveback and satisfy above group of our fellow country-men, then we could surely be able to use the whole contribution to make their lives even better.

(c)  Co-operation with rest of the world – including EU

(d)  TU working rules, facilities and benefits

(e)  Industries, businesses and economic institutions.

I have a lot to write on each of these items!  On that in coming days/weeks.

6.  Invoke Article 50

Once we are ready, then – AND THEN ONLY – invoke article 50.

Per me, these are the immediate next steps to convert the SHOCK to STRENGTH.

There is nothing to lose, but a lot to gain, if we are TOGETHER.

We can successfully accomplish what we voted for, if we stand TOGETHER.

We can see the UK getting stronger, powerful in not very distant future – if we work for it, TOGETHER.

 

Pinnacle of Privatisation?!

The best joke I read today is from the BBC:

Downing Street said the issue of whether the Cameron family still had funds in offshore investments was a “private matter”.

Of course it is!

It’s only the money of Prime Minister’s family!  why should the public have an interest in the same?

Should running the country too, ideally, be a “private matter”?  Is this the pinnacle of privatisation?!

On a serious note, BBC says “More than 60 relatives and associates of heads of state and other politicians are also implicated.  Also mentioned are the brother-in-law of China‘s President Xi Jinping; Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko; Argentina President Mauricio Macri; the late father of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and three of the four children of Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.  The files also reveal a suspected billion-dollar money laundering ring involving close associates of Russia‘s President, Vladimir Putin.”

“The documents show that Iceland‘s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, had an undeclared interest linked to his wife’s wealth. He is now facing calls for his resignation.”

Does this news mean anything to UK Government and Cameron in particular?  May be, not.

While there could be nothing illegal in using offshore companies, more details should emerge to clarify – followed by further activities to reform – the operations of tax havens.

More details should come out.  While the Prime Minister is not named in the leaks himself, this should definitely not be a “private  matter”.  At least “private matter” is not how UK politics is projected to rest of the world.

What is your opinion?

 

 

 

Resgination? or a re-unite with lost conscience?

The major UK political news this weekend was that of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith from the position of Work and Pensions Secretary. I caught up with The Andrew Marr Show only this evening; it was amusing to see the frustration in face and words of IDS.

No doubt this was a “puzzling” and “disappointing” weekend for the Prime Minister and his Chancellor. Even a hard-core Tory like IDS have realised that this Government, in its desperate search for savings, is marginalising people who are sick and vulnerable.  On one hand, the agents of elite filthy rich heading this Government are cutting tax for the better-off, while on other hand, they are cutting benefits for the disabled people, branding them as people who “don’t vote for us”.

Resigned IDS is no saint. It was he who proposed and voted towards slashing £30 per week from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), along with a number of other high-profile Tories.  It backfired so much, so that MP Kit Malthouse had to resign as patron of Multiple Sclerosis Society; it’s members accused him of not being an “effective patron”, seeing his voting position.

That IDS too has found this budget to be totally unfair and immoral. While it is nice to see that IDS has suddenly re-found his lost conscience, it is high time Cameron and his Chancellor take a pause and analyse how their policies and positions are not only dividing this nation and its people but also their own party, its leaders and supporters.

Something Stupid…the lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f48fpoSEPU

I know I stand in line until you think you have the time
To spend an evening with me
And if we go someplace to dance, I know that there’s a chance
You won’t be leaving with me

 And afterwards we drop into a quiet little place and have a drink or two
And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like “I love you”I can see it in your eyes

 That you despise the same old lies you heard the night before
And though it’s just a line to you, for me it’s true
And never seemed so right before

I practice every day to find some clever lines to say
To make the meaning come through
But then I think I’ll wait until the evening gets late and I’m alone with you
The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get red and, oh, the night’s so blue

And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like “I love you”.

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All of above links are copied here only due to admiration towards these works, and with a sincere motive to let more people know about them (even though I am sure the whole world have read/heard them already!)

As they are readily available thoroughout the Internet in many forms, I honestly think I have not violated any copyright laws.  I would like to re-iterate that I do not intend to violate any copyright laws.   If there is any copyright infringement, please let me know and I will remove them as soon as I am aware of.

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First they came for Communists

Famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on those who are inactive and become boiled frogs.

First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out,
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out,
because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out ,
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out,
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me And there was no one left,
to speak out for me.

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Above are copied here only due to honest admiration towards these works, and with a sincere motive to let more people know about them (even though I am sure the whole world have read/heard them already!)

As they are readily available throughout the Internet in many forms, I honestly think I have not violated any copyright laws.  I would like to re-iterate that I do not intend to violate any copyright laws.   If there is any copyright infringement, please let me know and I will remove them as soon as I am aware of.

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