The Anonymous Widower

Why Is Manchester The Odd City Out?

I find the different reactions of the large Northern cities interesting.

I have seen no comment and moaning from Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield, and Liverpool and the rest of Lancashire seems to have accepted their Tier 3. fate.

Only Manchester seems to have a serious objection.

I know Liverpool well, as I went to Liverpool University in the 1960s, met my late wife there and we lived together in the city for a couple of years.

I still visit the City regularly, as I like the city’s weather and outlook and do business with my old University.

I have visited Manchester many times, often for football (I support Ipswich, despite being a Londoner!) and I find the city very different to Liverpool.

But I don’t seem to warm to Manchester, as I do to Liverpool and the other large cities of the North.

Or is it Manchester doesn’t warm to me?

Andy Burnham is not a Mancunian and could it be, that his hard stand against the Government, is driven by wanting to be more Mancunian, than the Mancunians.

Manchester puzzles me, but it does seem to be out of step with the rest of the North.

October 16, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Trump and Biden – First Encounter

I once saw John Major operate in a ninety minute speech to the Cambridge Chief Executives Club, who were a radical bunch and probably not very attuned to the Tory Party.

He gave a masterful performance, that was both serious and entertaining, as would many top flight politicians, from all round the world.

Neither Trump nor Biden hardly made a serious point and they certainly weren’t entertaining. It was almost like a boxing match, where the referee won!

September 30, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pedestrians Get More Space In Dalston

I took these pictures in the Kingsland Road in Dalston this morning.

It will be interesting to see how this narrowing works out.

Not just for pedestrians! But for politicians as well!

There has been a certain amount of drivers against the narrowed roads. Who will they vote for in the next election for London Mayor?

 

 

May 19, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sadiq Khan Scraps Tube Fare Freeze In Mayoral Election Pledge To Only Freeze Bus Fares

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on ITV.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Sadiq Khan has announced that if re-elected as Mayor of London, he’ll freeze bus fares for the next four years and ensure any other TfL fare rises are lower than the rate of inflation.

When I first heard of Sadiq Khan’s fare freeze for the 2016 Mayor of London election, I considered it a blatant electoral bribe, as the finances just didn’t add up.

I’m not sure, who I will be voting for next year, but it will be a North London candidate.

Recently, there have been cuts to buses in North and Central London, but few, that I can ascertain in the South of the City. Could this be because, if a Mayor cuts buses or any other services in their area, they get incessant pestering, as they go about their business? So do Mayor’s cut, where they are not instantly recognised?

March 14, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Police Powers Bill

Type the name of this proposed bill from the new Government into Google and you only get a hit from The Times.

This is what the newspaper says about the bill.

Gives police greater powers to criminalise travellers who set up unauthorised encampments and allows them to seize their property and vehicles.

I used to live in rural Suffolk for forty years on farms and there will be lots of Suffolk residents who will welcome this bill.

Travellers in parts of rural England, are blamed for a lot of things that happen, like burglaries, theft of ride-on mowers and illegal coursing, often at night.

My properties never suffered personally, although we did have lots of lights and checked that everything was locked up. But others weren’t so lucky!

I also feel from talking to local people in both Suffolk and Dalston, that crime levels are lower here. We’ve only had one burglary in my road, since I moved in and that was when a guy left his keys in the door.

I also remember one of C’s stories.

One of her cases was a divorce involving the so-called King of the Gypsies. She thought it would be a difficult case, but he was an Honorable man, who lived in a semi in a local town. He complied with the Court’s orders and was the perfect client. On the other hand his hatred for the travelling, was on a stratospheric scale.

But I can’t stop feeling that this is going to be the Bill, that will give Boris Johnson, his biggest trouble in the Commons..

December 20, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

If You’re Gonna Go, You Better Go Now!

Suppose, you ran a public company or perhaps a hospital and you made a very big strategic mistake, you would probably resign.

The classic case is the career of Gerald Ratner, summed up in Wikipedia like this.

Gerald Irving Ratner is a British businessman and motivational speaker. He was formerly chief executive of the major British jewellery company Ratners Group (now the Signet Group). He achieved notoriety after making a speech in which he jokingly denigrated two of the company’s products. He currently speaks around the world at corporate and promotional events.

So wouldn’t you think after his disastrous policies and performance in the 2019 General Election, Jeremy Corbyn should have resigned?

After all in recent times, we have seen these political resignations after performing badly in General Elections or a Referendum.

  • David Cameron resigned after the EU Membership Referendum in 2016, went badly wrong.
  • Jo Swinson resigned immediately after losing her seat in Parliament last week.
  • Michael Foot resigned days after his heavy defeat in the 1983 General Election.
  • John Major resigned soon after his heavy defeat in the 1997 General Election.

But you have to remember that Corbyn is a Marxist and Marxists (and Fascists for that matter) hang on until they are forced out, die of natural causes or die of something much worse.

Take your favourite Marxist or Fascist dictator and answer these questions.

  • Did they ever moderate their views?
  • Did they ever resign gracefully?
  • Did they ever accept advice from elder statesmen with experience?
  • Do they ever listen to people with opposing views?
  • Did their country prosper, whilst they were in charge?

Most usually score straight Nos to all these questions.

Incidentally, I have never heard so many adverse comments about a party leader , who has just lost an election from his fellow MPs, as I have heard and read about Corbyn in the last couple of days.

As an example, the long serving Margaret Hodge said this.

Corbyn talking about a period of ‘reflection’.

I’ve reflected. You failed. Please stand down.

That’s pretty direct.

This saga is better than any soap opera.

Will the new leader support the The People’s Front for Judea?

 

 

December 14, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | 5 Comments

Tories Win Blyth Valley

Wikipedia doesn’t say when Blyth Valley, last elected a Tory MP. But it was before 1950.

The Green Party seemed to have polled more votes than was expected.

It has been suggested that the railways through the area, which were closed in the 1960s, when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister,  be reopened.

Did this have an effect?

If I was Boris, I’d make sure the railway lines in the area were reopened.

December 13, 2019 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Do The British Like Marxism?

If the Exit Poll produced by the BBC, ITV and Sky is correct, the Tories will have a majority of 86.

In the General Election of 1983, Michael Foot, who was not as far to the left as Jeremy Corbyn won 209 seats.

The Exit Poll is showing that Corbyn will win only 191 seats.

I don’t think the British public like Marxism, especially when it comes from someone in London, who went to a posh school.

December 12, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | 2 Comments

A Curious Election

I voted early this morning about 09:30

Because, the usual Polling Station in a school was unavailable, two stations had been combined in a local community hall.

Usually, Labour Party supporters are busy outside making sure that they maximise the vote for Meg Hillier.

But today there was no-one outside and the only greeting was from the Poll Clerk.

There didn’t seem to be too many people voting either. I don’t think it was as busy as 2017. And I always vote early!

Was it the weather, was I too early or was it some other reason?

All very curious.

The betting odds seem carious too! Both Tories and Labour seem to be dropping, with the others steady.

Does this say that the LibDems and others are getting squeezed?

 

December 12, 2019 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

Action This Day!

This was Churchill’s famous phrase and you can read all about it here.

I am getting sick of the indecision of Brexit and I suspect many in this country feel the same.

As I’m retired, it doesn’t make any difference to my business and those that I employ, as there is no business and no employees.

To my mind, Brexit must be sorted by the end of January at the latest, so that we can all move on.

  • If we vote in Boris Johnson with a large majority, we might leave, although I suspect there will be challenges in Parliament, the Courts and on the streets.
  • If we vote in Jo Swinson with a large majority, she will revoke article 50 and that could be the end of Brexit for at least a few years and hopefully for ever.
  • If we vote in Jeremy Corbyn with a large majority, he will dither and prevaricate for a few years years, before we get another close referendum, which gives us more of what we’ve had for the last few years.

As someone, who voted Remain and now quite frankly doesn’t care, I believe the only way to get us out of this mess made by David Cameron, is to hope that Johnson or Swinson get a majority large enough to carry out their stated policies on Brexit.

As for Corbyn, who has a Push-Me-Pull-You policy on Brexit, everybody should make sure, that whoever they vote for, consigns Corbyn, his apparatchiks and their crack-pot policies to the dustbin of history.

December 11, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 1 Comment