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As if Christmas rail strikes weren’t bad enough . . .
I am so angry I don’t know where to start. We received an unexpected invitation to lunch with friends in Salisbury on Saturday December 10 and were delighted to accept and planned to make the 45-minute journey by train. We are fortunate to have a station on the line (run by South Western Railway) linking Exeter with London and we use the car infrequently, preferring the train for all sorts of reasons. As the date of our lunch drew near rail strikes were planned but not for the day of our lunch date. When we went to the station to buy tickets we were told that the line was to be closed for works and that we wouldn’t want to take the two-hour bus journey and another two hours back again stopping at all the stations – quite correct. It was later announced that the bus service was cancelled because they couldn’t find enough buses.
Just how awful is this, that SWR has decided to close lines between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction for ‘planned improvements’ on Saturday December 10, Sunday 11, Monday 12, Thursday 15 and Sunday 18. In between, strikes by RMT have been called for December 13-18. RMT advise that a ‘severely reduced service will run on strike days’ but we are unlikely to benefit from even this because of the works taking place. ‘Please only travel if absolutely necessary on strike days,’ they entreat. December 18 to January 2, overtime ban by RMT and TSSA. This is nine days of strikes/works followed by 14 days with an overtime ban adding up to 23 days without an adequately operating railway right over the Christmas and New Year period.
Recently some friends went from Winchester to London by train for a celebratory tea, and reported that due to the planned strikes lots of people had cancelled Christmas shopping days out and lunches and teas and that apparently a number of shops, restaurants etc are struggling with the knock-on effects of these strikes.
How on earth has this been allowed to happen on the first properly open Christmas for three years?
Let the workers run the railways
Enough! Hand transport over to those who work for it. Get it out of the hands of both government and unions. I’m not talking about nationalisation, public ownership, socialism or communism, but rather an expanded version of ‘doing a John Lewis’. Let the workers own the hardware, manage the pricing, and benefit from their labour in real terms. Come to that, let the nurses own their hospitals on the same basis. It’s the people who need to ‘take back control’. We’re fed up being told what to do by people who do no real work (en passant, I wonder how many Diversity Managers would survive such a transformation).
Why are police going soft on illegal (and dangerous) e-scooters?
Tom McNeil, West Midlands assistant police and crime commissioner, is calling for a ban on the sale of e-scooters until the government decides on the regulations for their wider use. Over a million e-scooters have been purchased in the UK and are being used illegally on roads and pavements. There have been 12 deaths and 1,437 casualties in the year ended June 2022, a huge increase on the previous year of four deaths and 1,033 casualties. The Met confiscated 3,637 privately-owned e-scooters so why have they stopped? Politician interference? Why are other forces not arresting illegal e-scooter riders? Is it because they cannot catch them and they have no number plates? Is it because the green zealots think that e-scooters will replace cars and save the planet? There are 1,446 billion petrol/diesel cars in the world. Plans to make e-scooters legal on our roads in 2023 must be shelved before there are more unnecessary deaths and injuries.
How we can help poor Harry and Meghan
Poor multi-millionaires Harry and Meghan. Our petty problems, such as struggling to pay our bills, pale into insignificance when compared to their plight. There are several things we could do to help them. As well as the current petition to remove their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, is it not possible for Prince Harry’s birth titles to be removed and the couple just become Mr and Mrs Harry Wales? Then they would no longer be required to attend royal functions, such as next year’s coronation, since anything concerning the royal family is obviously so painful to them.
This is why the MSM are suddenly interested in China protests
So, suddenly, the ‘current thing’ is China and the protests there.
Many of us will know from proper independent news sources (and some of us from Chinese people we know) that protests have been going on for years in China, especially in the last two years.
I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to surmise that the recent reporting of it by the BBC et al is all to sell the narrative that ‘if you don’t take the proper Quackcine (ie our Frankenstein ones) to get your digital surveillance freedom pass app, then all you naughty people can expect a Zero Covid approach too (or insert name of new lab-made pathogen here) and suffer the consequences of all that.’
I have long argued that this is exactly the way that (Covid or insert name of new lab-made pathogen) is used to create the digital surveillance society. It’s a Trojan horse. And if that fails, possibly because people finally wise up to the dangers of these quackcines, they can also start surveillance of your carbon footprint via monitoring your spend on your controlled bank accounts too.
The irony is that the BBC report the way the Chinese crack down on protesters via their surveillance systems, but not long ago were keen to get us all to download the surveillance Health App – a colossal waste of £37billion that did not work and could have paid for one million nurses for a year.
Let’s have ‘Action this day’ on Channel immigrants
The UK has always welcomed immigrants who make a contribution to society, cherish British values, culture and everyday conventions, and integrate well. Alas, many immigrants form inward-looking groups who do not integrate, and place their own social norms above those of the host society. This was shown by Albanians blocking roads in London recently causing a breach of the peace, in the name of Albania Day.
It is perhaps unfair to single out one country but the fact is that many illegal immigrants are Albanian, enter the country via a smuggling operation and are heavily involved in the drug trade. Do correct me if I am wrong.
Illegal immigration across the Channel impacts social services, schools and health. Over 40,000 illegal migrants have been ferried into Britain by Border Force or RNLI, or gone the full 26 miles, landed on beaches, and scurried into the hinterland to be picked up by accomplices, arranged by mobile phone.
Successive home secretaries have promised to stop illegal entry. Prime Minister Sunak has said he ‘will do whatever it takes’. As Richard Nixon once said: ‘What does a politician have but his credibility?’ Over the years politicians have become confined by a narrow ideology and afraid to take decisions unpopular with the global metropolitan elites. But if you wish to hit your target you have to fly through flak.
While homeless people are left on the streets, including ex-servicemen with post-traumatic stress disorder, illegals are put up in hotels, costing the British taxpayer £4million a day. In Skegness, the local MP was shouted down at a public meeting when he claimed that these people are fleeing war and famine. They aren’t.
These mostly young fit men are paying traffickers to get them to Britain from a safe country, France. What to do? Churchill once said that if you couldn’t write a plan on a single sheet of foolscap it wasn’t worth anything. He used to head his daily orders: ‘Action this day’. Now, instead of action, we have review after review.
1. The French should make it illegal to purchase or be in possession of an inflatable or RIB without a permit. Permits should be issued only where a bona fide use can be shown.
2. Border Force officers should be instructed to halt the pick-up of migrants mid-Channel, where the traffickers cut the boats’ engines and wait for them.
3. The RNLI should stop assisting this illegal operation.
4. The government should withdraw from the outdated ECHR legislation which provides such rich pickings for law firms, paid by the taxpayer.
5. The military should start nightly ‘sail and slash’ missions to disable the smugglers’ boats.