The Anonymous Widower

Will We Vote For Cameron’s Deal On Europe?

I don’t know the answer and there are probably only a couple of people who can predict the result with any certainty.

I’ve just looked at the reliable Odds Checker web site for their Brexit Referendum Betting Odds and as I write this post, it is 5/2 On to stay in and 5/2 that we’ll leave.

If I vote and I probably will, as the first time I voted was for the EU Referendum of 1975, it will probably be to stay in, as I am a committed European in habit and probably culture.

I also think that we should be in a reformed Schengen Area and that we need a more flexible payment system.

Schengen is an ideal, but in the modern world of terrorism, international crime and immigration pressures, it falls down a deep hole.

What could replace it, I know not, but surely we can find something, that is better than what we have now.

Flexible payments will happen, as cash is replaced by contactless payments on cards and mobile phones.

How long will it be until I look at my credit card statement and see real -time transactions in pounds despite spending them all over the world in euros, dollars and Ruritanian groats?

We will be moving inexorably towards a World electronic currency, that appears to everybody as the one they want to use.

Let’s face it, it’s only software.

The currency merging will be led by the Anglo-Saxon English-speaking triumvirate; the US/Canada, the UK and Hong Kong/Singapore.

The Eurozone will be unable to keep the Euro out of this juggernaut.

Europe’s biggest problem is migration and despite what you read in the Mail and the Express, because of our island status, we are isolated from the worst excesses of uncontrolled migration into the European Union.

I think it will have further effects after it destroys Schengen in its present form.

There are elections in a lot of European states soon!

Will we see fruit-cake parties campaigning against more migration and for a renegotiating of their relationship with the European Union, as David Cameron has just done?

You bet we will!

David Cameron has truly opened Pandora’s Box!


February 20, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Has Cameron’s Honesty Settled The Election?

For a few years now, I’ve believed that whoever wins the election in a few weeks, will have a good chance of winning again in 2020. In Is George Osborne A Closet Trainspotter, I detailed all of the big rail projects finishing in the later years of this decade and said this.

Whoever wins the election in 2015, will be the biggest beneficiary of all this planned spending, as many projects like Crossrail, Thameslink and the Great Western Main Line, will be fully implemented just before the 2020 General election.

Cameron’s obvious desire to step down at the end of a second term, if he wins the election and lead a normal life, will give his successor a good hand for the 2020 Election.

His honesty has certainly put him in a totally different box to all of his rivals.

It may not win the Tories the election, but his decision probably will help many voters make up their minds.

Perhaps he also remembers that the last Prime Minister with a reasonable popularity level and a very supportive family, forced to call an election, won the resulting contest!

March 24, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

An Appalling Death Cult

Not my words, but those of David Cameron in this report on the BBC. These are the full words he used.

We all have a role to play in stopping people from having their minds poisoned by this appalling death cult.

I agree entirely.

If Islamic State was something like the movement started by Jim Jones, that ended so tragically in Guyana, we might have taken action earlier.

They say there’s one born every minute and religion certainly takes advantage.

What I find strange about religion, is that it often fleeces the poor of their money and sanity, but although the rich may leave their money to their church, temple or mosque, they generally don’t get fleeced in their lifetime.

February 21, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Are Politicians Stupid?

This report on the BBC web site, shows how the three major party leaders were photographed with a special World Cup promotion edition of The Sun.

The Sun is noted for various things, but faithful support for politicians isn’t probably one of them.

So why did the npoliticians ever let the photos be published?

Clegg and Cameron’s supporters didn’t seem to mind too much, but Labour Party supporters and especially those from Liverpool, are giving Milliband a hard time.

June 14, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , , | 3 Comments

An Inadvertent Inuendo

Caitlin Moran in The Times on Friday does her Celebrity Watch, which  I  generally read, as it lets me find out who the inconsequential idiots, like Justin Bieber, that constantly pollute news bulletins, actually are.

Today, she marks David Cameron down, because of an interview about his musical taste. She reveals that despite his profile, he still manages to sneak into gigs, like that of Swedish act; First Aid Kit at the O2 Shepherds Bush.

Caitlin has now got the phrase. “Cameron’s back entrance to the Bush” stuck in her mind.

January 31, 2014 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

Are Things Getting Better?

There has been a lot of discussion about whether things are getting better, with the government that things are on the up and Milliband saying they’re not. This article gives both views, with David Cameron being quoted in this way.

Most British workers have seen their take-home pay rise in real terms in the past year, the government claims.

It has produced figures showing all except the richest 10% saw their take-home wages rise by at least 2.5% once tax cuts were taken into account.

The article says this about Ed Milliband.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the figures were “dodgy” and ministers were out of touch with people’s lives.

I’m not going to take sides, but as I travel around the country, I see many things.

If I look at my situation, I think it has got marginally better compared to what it was twelve months ago.

I’m getting a slightly higher rate on my savings in Zopa, my energy is slightly cheaper since I moved my energy supplier to Ovo and running my household seems to be cheaper, as I’ve organised myself better. The latter is not down to the economy, but partly due to individuals and companies, launching new products and services.

One thing that hasn’t hit me, is the cost of motoring! Because I don’t!

I’ve just had February’s edition of Modern Railways and as in the last few months, there are quite a few articles about new stations and lines. There’s also been a few examples of new and refurbished trains being built or modified in the UK. But go to places like Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester and the transport infrastructure is much better than it was three or four years ago. Other places like Blackburn have got new stations. And there are quite a few new British-built buses too.

If the experience of the introduction into North London of the Overground, is anything to go by, where people have told me it has allowed them to get to new or better jobs, this new transport infrastructure can only be a good thing.

But if I go to places outside of London, it all seems much better. Surprisingly, there are quite a few bright, new shopping centres.

But then some politicians don’t want to be positive!

January 24, 2014 Posted by | News, Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

I’m Going To Follow David Cameron

On Wednesday, I seemed to get a bruise on my left wrist.

My Bruised Left Wrist

My Bruised Left Wrist

So I think, I’m going to follow David Cameron’s example and not where a watch. but then Sam Cameron doesn’t either and neither did my late wife.

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Health, World | | Leave a comment

Where Do New Buses for London Go On Holiday?

According to this story,  LT1 seems to be having a good time in the United States.

Surprisingly, it seems to have lost the green hybrid logos!

May 15, 2013 Posted by | News, Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Is David Cameron Satanic?

It has been reported that Anjem Choudary has called David Cameron satanic.

Quite frankly, David Cameron is one of the least satanic prime Ministers we’ve had.  I suppose though, he shares with John Major and Margaret Thatcher, no outspoken religious views, which must make him satanic to some.

Choudary was on BBC Radio 5 this morning and Phil Williams asked if he was on benefits. He refused to answer. Judging by the texts read out on the program,  Choudary doesn’t have much support.

Let’s hope it stays that way and we can file him and his movement in the same dustbin as those of the Far Right.

Surely though after another atrocity in Pakistan yesterday in the centuries-old feud between Sunni and Shia Muslims, Islam needs a few men of peace with vision. On the subject of the rivalry between the two parts of Islam, read this.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Should We Have An In/Out Referendum On Europe?

Years ago in 1975, I voted to stay in Europe, in Harold Wilson’s referendum. It was the first time I’d ever voted in any political election.

I look upon our membership of the European Union, with the mind of a Control Engineer.  Two things should be born in mind.

Uncertainty is one of the most difficult things, when it comes to making a system stable.  And I think, we’d all like stable lives.

Trying to take a system through a discontinuity is dangerous!  I use the example of riding a bicycle up and down a kerb.  Or if you don’t ride one, how about driving a car over a sleeping policeman.

For me, the best way to control anything is lots of little actions applied regularly and often.

Look at the serious discontinuities, the world has experienced in the last few years, like the attacks of September 11, 2001 or the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Our reaction was strong and as a control engineer, I think it could have been far too strong.  We just panicked and made things worse.

The referendum on Europe would be a major step-change for us all to pass through, with many in favour and many against. Just the holding of the referendum might have either a lot of large positive or negative effects.

Let’s face it Europe has a lot of problems.  Some like the budget and the non-sign-off of accounts are large problems in politicians of the out tendency, but they are the sort of problems, that in any large organisation, can generally be solved by hard negotiation.

One thing, that politicians seem to have ignored is the world in 2018, will be a very different place to that today. There is so much uncertainty!

The only good thing, is that a lot of that uncertainty will result in positive results for Britain, Europe and the whole planet.

Think about these issues before deciding on whether we should have a referendum.

1. Suppose Obama is replaced in 2016, by a very unacceptable president, who makes Mormon Mitt look like a liberal.

2. Will Scotland still be in the United Kingdom?

3. Will France be an economic powerhouse?

4. Will the banks still do all their traditional functions?

5. Wind turbines and nuclear power.

6. Airports and trains.

7. Where will the next big war be?

There is a lot of uncertainty, is the only thing you can say. And all  David Cameron is doing is increasing it!

January 23, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments