Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -man-made or NOT? An interim UPDATE

 

THIS IS JUST A ‘QUICK’ UPDATE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING SITUATION AND OTHERS WILL BE ADDED LATER SO PLEASE  RETURN TO THIS BLOG LATER

The spread of coronavirus goes on unabated, doesn’t it? Yep, it originated from Wuhan China last December, but has travelled around the globe rapidly and relentlessly so has been identified in over a hundred countries of 6 WHO regions so far, yet no effective action has been taken to stop it by ‘anyone’, has it?

It inevitably reached and pretty quickly established outbreaks in all regions of the UK and cases are occurring where the person infected hasn’t been in contact with someone who has been overseas nor a known infected person, which is a worry, isn’t it?

MEDIA TO BE UPDATED LATER

Some people including even certain medical professionals say too much is being made about this virus in the media but that’s rubbish. It’s true that there is no need for the public to panic, nor for food stockpiling and clearing supermarket shelves, but the reason it is spreading more rapidly here recently and not being contained effectively in the UK, is that the population was not and is not worried enough, so isn’t taking simple health precautions steps to protect themselves and others, don’t you think?

Those of us who have been closely following the WHO stats have found it disturbingly difficult to keep abreast of it all as the situation changes so rapidly, and often there is different public information published from different sources

At 10 March 2020, 383 UK people [up from273] were confirmed as positive and Six patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died

 

[As of 10 March 2020, worldwide nearly 120,000 cases have been confirmed, of which 6,045 remain classified as serious/critical (down from peak of over 12,000), Major outbreaks have occurred in Central China [80,781 cases – 68% of all], South Korea [7,513 cases – 1% of all], Iran [8,042 cases- 7% of all], Italy [10,149 cases- 15% of all], France [1,784 cases- 1% of all], and Germany [1565 cases- 1% of all]. More than 4,000 people have died [a mortality rate of 3.6%) – about 3,100 [73% of all deaths] in mainland China and over 1100 deaths in other countries, but in total over 65,000 people have recovered [nearly 55% of all cases]

Here in the UK, we have seen an utterly ineffective government response to the grave dangers from this ongoing ‘of international proportions’ public health emergency and one which has involved a clueless Prime Minister, offering worthless platitudes of reassurance to the public and uttering the barefaced lie that Britain is well geared-up to deal with what will undoubtably be a killer pandemic, eh? That is crass political and health stupidity when the bulk of us know full well that the NHS is broke both financially and resource wise, so has been on its knees and trembling every year for decades now about the potential devastating impact on UK hospital resources of just an ordinary winter flu epidemic – moreover, even a PM spokesperson had warned that the coronavirus is likely to spread significantly.

Worryingly, despite the PM’s assurances about our resource capability, some people who are confirmed to have contracted the virus are now actually having to be treated at home rather than in hospital — some unfathomable and unsatisfactory change of policy, eh? Well, Germany has had four times as many cases as UK but a third of our deaths and Norway with a similar number of cases as us have had no fatalities – why, why, why?

In reality, the one and only practical thing that the UK government has done about coronavirus is to launch a minimalistic lacklustre campaign to advise people to properly wash their hands with soap and water – but that didn’t even attempt to properly explain the reasons why, so that message is likely to be ineffective, isn’t it? It’s even more unlikely that such a message

will be heeded when delivered by our ‘generally untrusted’ politicians – only health professionals should have been used for this important advice, don’t you think?

[Hand washing both helps people stop contracting coronavirus and also stop spreading it. That is because apart from being airborne, the virus can live on and be picked up on, or be deposited by, hands from surfaces, like say door handles or taps, and then gets ingested through eyes, ears, and mouth]

The dirty truth is that men are particularly irresponsible about hand washing after urinating using a public toilet, and the majority [63 per cent in 2015 study] can’t be bothered to even do that basic but essential act of personal hygiene, so they will inevitably leave bacteria, bugs and disease behind for others to pick up [while it is perhaps less significant, women at 39 per cent aren’t quite as bad]

[Reportedly, bathroom-door handles have so much bacteria on them, you could use one to colonize Mars, and additionally, flushing actually launches aerosolized toilet funk into the air, which can travel up to six feet. That means virtually everything you touch in the bathroom could be coated with a fine mist of invisible poo particles so when toileting, it’s possible to have faecal material and faecal bacteria get onto your hands,” (by-products of ingesting faecal matter include E. Coli and hepatitis.)]

With respect to coronavirus risk alone the government should have, as a minimum surely, provided and forced all public toilets to display their hand-washing message on a printed notice or even to have required an automatic recording to be played to everyone using the facility (as happens on some cruise ships)?

Its unfathomable why the British government didn’t at least screen in Britain those thousands of people who had flown back from Wuhan in January and entering the Country from China, when it became obvious there was a major coronavirus health problem there, isn’t it? Certainly, a student at York University and a relative brought the virus back from China by the start of February.

As there was a significant risk a month ago of the virus becoming more widespread, we might have expected the UK government to have advised then against travel to certain places and to identify the danger of going on cruises which heightens the risk of coronavirus infection as passengers can come from many countries and are contained in large numbers in an enclosed environment wherever the ship is heading

Another consideration has to be the cancelling events involving large gatherings of people which enable rapid inter-contamination, but so far the government haven’t done anything in that respect and indeed international canine event Crufts 2020 in Birmingham which around 160,000 people went ahead this week.

[COUNTRIES IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS

  • The Gulf countries have introduced range of measures like travel bans, stepping up screening measures at important entry points, and rescheduling and in some cases cancelling significant sports and cultural events. aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus
  • US has imposed new travel restrictions regarding Iran, Italy and S Korea
  • Italy has locked down much of the Country’s North over the Coronavirus – the restrictions affect Milan and the regions that serve as Italy’s economic engine, and are the most sweeping measures outside China
  • Europe remains open but the countries, and airports, with restrictions and preventive measures in place is increasing – anyone who has recently travelled to or transited through China (usually within the last 14-28 days) complete ban on entry to Australia, Bahamas, many Caribbean islands, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, Maldives, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, USA and Vietnam, among others; anyone who has visited Italy (usually within the last 14-28 days) complete ban on entry to Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, St Lucia, Seychelles and Turkey, among others. (All of these countries also have a ban on entry to anyone who has visited China); Passengers travelling from the UK (in the last 21 days) the only locations with a ban on people coming from the UK are the Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific (the islands of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae), the Comoro Islands near Mozambique – both of which have a ban on travellers from all countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus – and the Pacific island of Kiribati. Those coming from the UK will also face immediate quarantine in the Solomon Islands. North Korea has banned all tourists from entering the country; Poland requires anyone travelling from China, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea or Macao to fill in a health declaration form; some of the world’s largest and busiest international airports have announced preventive safety measures. Prague has designated separate gates for all passengers arriving from Italy or China. People travelling from those countries also face screening at Bratislava airport in Slovakia. Similar procedures are currently in place in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey; UK, airports are acting on the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and have introduced advanced monitoring at airports with direct flights from China. There are also health experts at Heathrow ready to support anyone arriving from China who feels unwell; The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US has increased screenings at 20 airports, including travellers having their temperature taken and filling out a questionnaire. Anyone with symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing has to undergo an additional health assessment. Passengers arriving in the UAE, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea will also face screenings, with each country varying in terms of flight origin

NOTE: In practice, virus travel bans and travel restrictions are inevitable but prove ineffective because they are imposed too late or because people circumvent them]

Furthermore, in an inexplicable dereliction of duty and care, the UK government abandoned and failed to urgently repatriate by air more than 70 British nationals trapped onboard for 2 weeks on the American run Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been held in ‘quarantined flawed’ conditions that turned it into an incubator, off the coast of Japan in the port of Yokohama near Tokyo since February 3, when basic decease control blunders meant that coronavirus spread like wildfire [some 700 cases/6 deaths] – mistakes like, so many people being kept herded together in one place, positive tested crew sharing rooms, toilets and dining spaces, the virus positive ship’s ‘quarantine officer’ going door to door checking on passengers, whence the dire consequence of all that far-off incompetence together with our government’s crass abandonment of our citizens, resulted more than a week ago there in a Japan hospital of the first British coronavirus death (a 80 year old man) who caught the virus on the stricken ship – some would say that PM Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab already have blood on their hands, eh?

When the government finally got their finger out a couple of weeks ago, much later than other counties, and rescued our citizens, those 30 repatriated faced another 14-day quarantine at accommodation at Arrowe Park on the Wirral upon arrival in the UK, but four of those cruise ship passengers have now actually tested positive for coronavirus so have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres

Last week, the first person to die of coronavirus in the UK was also reported (a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions who it was thought contracted the virus in the UK but had not been in contact with any other known cases) – most disturbingly her test results only came back after she had died. So much for Boris’ assurances that the NHS could cope, eh?

The second UK death occurred a few days ago (a man in his 80s who had underlying health conditions) – apparently work is now underway to trace people who the man was in contact with before he died (not very encouraging news or a sign that the government have got a grip yet, is it?)

On Sunday, a man in his 60s died, making him the third person to die in the UK after contracting the virus. He had underlying health conditions and had recently returned from Italy

    1. [There were 78 Britons on the Diamond Princess ship, 32 of whom were later airlifted home while four were taken to hospital in Japan wqhere one died]
    2. A second cruise ship Grand Princess with 500 passengers and crew on board of which more than 140 are Britons, are to be tested for COVID-19, is currently quarantined held off San Francisco US with 21 people including 19 crew members tested positive so far using the available test kits]

 

Well, coronavirus itself is a flue like respiratory illness with complications that include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, so those most at risk of serious illness and death are the elderly and vulnerable with an underlying medical condition, aren’t they? The young and fit are at much lower risk, as apparently are women.

It is called ‘corona’ as its image is likened to a crown and similar to the rarefied gaseous envelope of the sun, the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere, and other stars [the sun’s corona is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse, when it is seen as an irregularly shaped pearly glow surrounding the darkened disc of the moon]

[Coronavirus has evolved into two major lineages, the older ‘S-type’ appears to be milder and less infectious, while the ‘L-type’ which emerged later, appears to be far more aggressive, spreads quickly and currently accounts for around 70 per cent of cases, and it is possible to be infected with both]

This coronavirus disease was caused by SARS-CoV-2, and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The virus primarily spreads between people in a similar way to influenza, via respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing, with the time between exposure and symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, onset being typically five days, but ranging from two to fourteen days

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses which affect your lungs and airways that usually cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold, but this one COVID-19 is much more dangerous and is now named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) while the disease associated with it is referred to as COVID-19.

This new virus is the second time in 20 years that such an infectious disease emanating from China has hit the World. In 2002 there was an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in southern China that caused an eventual 8,098 cases, resulting in 774 deaths reported in 17 countries (9.6% fatality rate) with the majority of cases in mainland China and Hong Kong. No cases of SARS have been reported worldwide since 2004.] In late 2017, Chinese scientists claimed to have traced the virus through the intermediary of civets to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in Yunnan province.

Chinese officials have reported that several of the first cluster of cases of this latest coronavirus had ties to a live animal market where both seafood and other wildlife were sold as food. (The market has since been closed.) The market has become their leading hypothesis for how the virus made the leap into humans where it’s been able to spread efficiently ever since.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that that circulate among animals and cause diseases in mammals, and birds. After they have infected animals, they can eventually be transmitted to humans.

A wide range of animals is suspected to be the source of coronaviruses. For instance, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is said to have originated from camels and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from civet cats

However, to some of us, knowing that all superpower nations weaponize bioweapons, it is a strange coincidence that two new virulent viruses have seemingly jumped from wild life to humans, supposedly without human intervention, in the country of an oppressive militant major Communist power which is aggressive towards the West so has a vested interest in a resulting pandemic uniquely destroying the market economies and political power of the West, wouldn’t you say?

That is particularly so, when we know that Beijing is accused of a global cyber warfare espionage campaign against us in the West since 2006, evidenced in the US, Britain, Europe, Hong Kong, and Singapore, that sets out to destabilise government agencies, defence groups and to target high tech companies to steal trade secrets

For example, in May 2016 a cyber-attack on the British NHS crippled the organisation and cost it a hundred million pounds, and used the crypto worm malware ‘WannaCry’ (which encrypts data on infected Windows operating system computers and demands a ransom payment). It was the biggest global cyberattack offensive in history, and infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. It was launched from North Korea, China’s neighbouring fellow communist ally

In the US, conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, are promoted by some politicians and are prevalent in the news and on social media. Similar rumours have also been running rampant in online forums in China

One basic rumour is that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, started and was engineered by humans in a Chinese lab as a bioweapon (after being isolated from animals) and either then “escaped” or “leaked” because of poor safety protocol, and one common thread is that it originated in a level 4 (the highest biosafety level) research laboratory in Wuhan. In another version, the virus was being simply being studied in the lab, but then “escaped” or “leaked” – there is an array of circumstantial clues that Chinese labs’ handling of deadly pathogens can’t be trusted.

The latest rumour is that someone from the lab sold experimental animals to the live animal and seafood market and so “leaked the virus” from the lab.

[However, it turns out, that current scientific consensus in the West concludes that the emergence of this brand-new coronavirus in the same city as China’s only level 4 biosafety lab (the Wuhan Institute of Virology), is pure coincidence, eh?]

Nevertheless, some of us remained unconvinced by the scientists, as releasing a virus is something that China might be prepared to do in light of the US trade war, and not least to scupper the American dream, perhaps?

However, what we do know for certain is that at the outset the Chinese lied through their teeth [and may well still be doing so] to cover-up the true situation in January about coronavirus spreading in their midst, played down the seriousness of the outbreak, and tried to mislead the World about how many people it had infected in China, claiming it was numbers in the low thousands in the city of Wuhan, but as the carriers travelled abroad, our decease control public health experts soon calculated its true extent as being in tens of thousands by seeing its spread pattern to other countries,. Moreover, the Chinese authorities accused the doctor who disclosed in late December that this new virus existed in Wuhan, of spreading false information and they locked him up – then seemingly allowed him the die of the decease. WHY would they do any of those things if they didn’t have ‘something’ to hide, do you think? They need to come clean and give-out all the information they have, don’t they?

We also know that China’s scientists had the sequence of its genome, as by mid-January, they had shared it with the World Health Organization. [Did they really rush to uncover it as claimed  or did they know it by engineering it in the first place, eh?].

Conspiracy theories about manmade viruses are not new [eg HIV]. However, they are really quite dangerous kinds of things to get spread around and if they persist about the origin of the health crisis, can undermine trust in public health authorities, and unnerve their communities, so its helpful if they can be effectively debunked.

[Scientists say that the new coronavirus closely resembled viruses that circulate in bats. The genetic sequence of the virus, is closely related to a bat virus – about 96% the same, says the head of the Texas Galveston National Laboratory (a level 4 biosafety lab)]

Unfortunately, there’s a long history of these “spillover” events, where an emerging disease jumps from wildlife to humans, turning into a pandemic. And scientists say we should expect them with more travel, trade, connectivity, urbanization, climate change, and ecological destruction, if we don’t stop the drivers

Face masks

Wearing a face mask won’t protect you from the new coronavirus as a regular surgical mask will not help you steer clear of the virus

The thinner surgical mask is intended for surgeons, because these products do a good job of keeping-out pathogens from the doctor’s nose and mouth from entering the surgical field, and in some Asian countries, such as Japan and China, it’s not uncommon to see people wearing surgical masks in public to protect against pathogens and pollution, but those masks don’t help much in the context of a virus as they’re not designed to keep out viral particles, and they’re not tightly fitted around nose and cheeks.

However, while some people wear surgical masks because they are sick with a cold or the flu and they don’t want to get other people sick, it’s best just not to go to public areas and stay home.

People sick with COVID-19, however, should wear face masks to reduce the risk of infection to people around them. Health care workers and those “taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings” (at home or in a healthcare facility), should also wear face masks, but should dispose of them after each use

The best way to avoid getting the coronavirus is to, first and foremost, postpone any travel to places with known outbreaks. Also thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

A more specialized mask, known as an N95 respirator, can protect against the new coronavirus. The respirator is thicker than a surgical mask, but the experts at this point don’t recommend it for public use, as it’s challenging to put on these masks or wear them for long periods of time and specialists receive retraining annually on how to properly fit these respirators around the nose, cheeks and chin, ensuring that wearers don’t breathe around the edges of the respirator. However, the work of breathing becomes much harder, since you’re going through a very thick material, so you have to work to breathe in and out and it’s a bit claustrophobic, moist and hot in there – after wearing  one for about a half-hour you need to take it off and have a break to take some deep breaths, and cool off – they are intended only for medical workers and those professionals who need them

 

[Don’t expect the saga of coronavirus to fade quickly as there are sure ro be further daily twists and turns before the story ends]

 

 

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -man-made or NOT?

 

The spread of coronavirus goes on unabated, doesn’t it? Yep, it originated from Wuhan China last December, but has travelled around the globe rapidly and relentlessly so has been identified in over a hundred countries of 6 WHO regions so far, yet no effective action has been taken to stop it by ‘anyone’, has it?

It inevitably reached and pretty quickly established outbreaks in all regions of the UK and cases are occurring where the person infected hasn’t been in contact with someone who has been overseas nor a known infected person, which is a worry, isn’t it?

Some people including even certain medical professionals say too much is being made about this virus in the media but that’s rubbish. It’s true that there is no need for the public to panic, nor for food stockpiling and clearing supermarket shelves, but the reason it is spreading more rapidly here recently and not being contained effectively in the UK, is that the population was not and is not worried enough, so isn’t taking simple health precautions steps to protect themselves and others, don’t you think?

Those of us who have been closely following the WHO stats have found it disturbingly difficult to keep abreast of it all as the situation changes so rapidly, and often there is different public information published from different sources

[As of 8 March 2020, worldwide nearly 110,000 cases have been confirmed, of which 6,040 remain classified as serious/critical (down from peak of over 12,000), Major outbreaks have occurred in Central China [80,701 cases – 75% of all], South Korea [7,313 cases – 7% of all], Iran [5,823 cases- 6% of all], Italy [5,883 cases- 5% of all], France [949 cases- 1% of all], and Germany [939 cases- 1% of all]. More than 3,600 people have died [a mortality rate of 3.4%) – over 3,000 [85% of all deaths] in mainland China and over 550 deaths in other countries, but in total some 61,000 people have recovered [nearly 60% of all cases]

Here in the UK, we have seen an utterly ineffective government response to the grave dangers from this ongoing ‘of international proportions’ public health emergency and one which has involved a clueless Prime Minister, offering worthless platitudes of reassurance to the public and uttering the barefaced lie that Britain is well geared-up to deal with what will undoubtably be a killer pandemic, eh? That is crass political and health stupidity when the bulk of us know full well that the NHS is broke both financially and resource wise, so has been on its knees and trembling every year for decades now about the potential devastating impact on UK hospital resources of just an ordinary winter flu epidemic – moreover, even a PM spokesperson had warned that the coronavirus is likely to spread significantly.

Worryingly, despite the PM’s assurances about our resource capability, some people who are confirmed to have contracted the virus are now actually having to be treated at home rather than in hospital — some unfathomable and unsatisfactory change of policy, eh? Well, Germany has had nearly five times as many cases as UK but no deaths and Belgium with a similar number of cases as us have also had no fatalities – why, why, why?

In reality, the one and only practical thing that the UK government has done about coronavirus is to launch a minimalistic lacklustre campaign to advise people to properly wash their hands with soap and water – but that didn’t even attempt to properly explain the reasons why, so that message is likely to be ineffective, isn’t it? It’s even more unlikely that such a message

will be heeded when delivered by our ‘generally untrusted’ politicians – only health professionals should have been used for this important advice, don’t you think?

[Hand washing both helps people stop contracting coronavirus and also stop spreading it. That is because apart from being airborne, the virus can live on and be picked up on, or be deposited by, hands from surfaces, like say door handles or taps, and then gets ingested through eyes, ears, and mouth]

The dirty truth is that men are particularly irresponsible about hand washing after urinating using a public toilet, and the majority [63 per cent in 2015 study] can’t be bothered to even do that basic but essential act of personal hygiene, so they will inevitably leave bacteria, bugs and disease behind for others to pick up [while it is perhaps less significant, women at 39 per cent aren’t quite as bad]

[Reportedly, bathroom-door handles have so much bacteria on them, you could use one to colonize Mars, and additionally, flushing actually launches aerosolized toilet funk into the air, which can travel up to six feet. That means virtually everything you touch in the bathroom could be coated with a fine mist of invisible poo particles so when toileting, it’s possible to have faecal material and faecal bacteria get onto your hands,” (by-products of ingesting faecal matter include E. Coli and hepatitis.)]

With respect to coronavirus risk alone the government should have, as a minimum surely, provided and forced all public toilets to display their hand-washing message on a printed notice or even to have required an automatic recording to be played to everyone using the facility (as happens on some cruise ships)?

Its unfathomable why the British government didn’t at least screen in Britain those thousands of people who had flown back from Wuhan in January and entering the Country from China, when it became obvious there was a major coronavirus health problem there, isn’t it? Certainly, a student at York University and a relative brought the virus back from China by the start of February.

As there was a significant risk a month ago of the virus becoming more widespread, we might have expected the UK government to have advised then against travel to certain places and to identify the danger of going on cruises which heightens the risk of coronavirus infection as passengers can come from many countries and are contained in large numbers in an enclosed environment wherever the ship is heading

Another consideration has to be the cancelling events involving large gatherings of people which enable rapid inter-contamination, but so far the government haven’t done anything in that respect and indeed international canine event Crufts 2020 in Birmingham which around 160,000 people went ahead this week.

[COUNTRIES IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS

  • The Gulf countries have introduced range of measures like travel bans, stepping up screening measures at important entry points, and rescheduling and in some cases cancelling significant sports and cultural events. aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus
  • US has imposed new travel restrictions regarding Iran, Italy and S Korea
  • Italy has locked down much of the Country’s North over the Coronavirus – the restrictions affect Milan and the regions that serve as Italy’s economic engine, and are the most sweeping measures outside China
  • Europe remains open but the countries, and airports, with restrictions and preventive measures in place is increasing – anyone who has recently travelled to or transited through China (usually within the last 14-28 days) complete ban on entry to Australia, Bahamas, many Caribbean islands, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, Maldives, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, USA and Vietnam, among others; anyone who has visited Italy (usually within the last 14-28 days) complete ban on entry to Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, St Lucia, Seychelles and Turkey, among others. (All of these countries also have a ban on entry to anyone who has visited China); Passengers travelling from the UK (in the last 21 days) the only locations with a ban on people coming from the UK are the Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific (the islands of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae), the Comoro Islands near Mozambique – both of which have a ban on travellers from all countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus – and the Pacific island of Kiribati. Those coming from the UK will also face immediate quarantine in the Solomon Islands. North Korea has banned all tourists from entering the country; Poland requires anyone travelling from China, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea or Macao to fill in a health declaration form; some of the world’s largest and busiest international airports have announced preventive safety measures. Prague has designated separate gates for all passengers arriving from Italy or China. People travelling from those countries also face screening at Bratislava airport in Slovakia. Similar procedures are currently in place in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey; UK, airports are acting on the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and have introduced advanced monitoring at airports with direct flights from China. There are also health experts at Heathrow ready to support anyone arriving from China who feels unwell; The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US has increased screenings at 20 airports, including travellers having their temperature taken and filling out a questionnaire. Anyone with symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing has to undergo an additional health assessment. Passengers arriving in the UAE, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea will also face screenings, with each country varying in terms of flight origin

NOTE: In practice, virus travel bans and travel restrictions are inevitable but prove ineffective because they are imposed too late or because people circumvent them]

Furthermore, in an inexplicable dereliction of duty and care, the UK government abandoned and failed to urgently repatriate by air more than 70 British nationals trapped onboard for 2 weeks on the American run Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been held in ‘quarantined flawed’ conditions that turned it into an incubator, off the coast of Japan in the port of Yokohama near Tokyo since February 3, when basic decease control blunders meant that coronavirus spread like wildfire [some 700 cases/6 deaths] – mistakes like, so many people being kept herded together in one place, positive tested crew sharing rooms, toilets and dining spaces, the virus positive ship’s ‘quarantine officer’ going door to door checking on passengers, whence the dire consequence of all that far-off incompetence together with our government’s crass abandonment of our citizens, resulted more than a week ago there in a Japan hospital of the first British coronavirus death (a 80 year old man) who caught the virus on the stricken ship – some would say that PM Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab already have blood on their hands, eh?

When the government finally got their finger out a couple of weeks ago, much later than other counties, and rescued our citizens, those 30 repatriated faced another 14-day quarantine at accommodation at Arrowe Park on the Wirral upon arrival in the UK, but four of those cruise ship passengers have now actually tested positive for coronavirus so have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres

Last week, the first person to die of coronavirus in the UK was also reported (a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions who it was thought contracted the virus in the UK but had not been in contact with any other known cases) – most disturbingly her test results only came back after she had died. So much for Boris’ assurances that the NHS could cope, eh?

The second UK death occurred a few days ago (a man in his 80s who had underlying health conditions) – apparently work is now underway to trace people who the man was in contact with before he died (not very encouraging news or a sign that the government have got a grip yet, is it?)

On Sunday, a man in his 60s died, making him the third person to die in the UK after contracting the virus. He had underlying health conditions and had recently returned from Italy

    1. [There were 78 Britons on the Diamond Princess ship, 32 of whom were later airlifted home while four were taken to hospital in Japan wqhere one died]
    2. A second cruise ship Grand Princess with 500 passengers and crew on board of which more than 140 are Britons, are to be tested for COVID-19, is currently quarantined held off San Francisco US with 21 people including 19 crew members tested positive so far using the available test kits]

Well, coronavirus itself is a flue like respiratory illness with complications that include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, so those most at risk of serious illness and death are the elderly and vulnerable with an underlying medical condition, aren’t they? The young and fit are at much lower risk, as apparently are women.

It is called ‘corona’ as its image is likened to a crown and similar to the rarefied gaseous envelope of the sun, the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere, and other stars [the sun’s corona is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse, when it is seen as an irregularly shaped pearly glow surrounding the darkened disc of the moon]

[Coronavirus has evolved into two major lineages, the older ‘S-type’ appears to be milder and less infectious, while the ‘L-type’ which emerged later, appears to be far more aggressive, spreads quickly and currently accounts for around 70 per cent of cases, and it is possible to be infected with both]

This coronavirus disease was caused by SARS-CoV-2, and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The virus primarily spreads between people in a similar way to influenza, via respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing, with the time between exposure and symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, onset being typically five days, but ranging from two to fourteen days

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses which affect your lungs and airways that usually cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold, but this one COVID-19 is much more dangerous and is now named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) while the disease associated with it is referred to as COVID-19.

This new virus is the second time in 20 years that such an infectious disease emanating from China has hit the World. In 2002 there was an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in southern China that caused an eventual 8,098 cases, resulting in 774 deaths reported in 17 countries (9.6% fatality rate) with the majority of cases in mainland China and Hong Kong. No cases of SARS have been reported worldwide since 2004.] In late 2017, Chinese scientists claimed to have traced the virus through the intermediary of civets to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in Yunnan province.

Chinese officials have reported that several of the first cluster of cases of this latest coronavirus had ties to a live animal market where both seafood and other wildlife were sold as food. (The market has since been closed.) The market has become their leading hypothesis for how the virus made the leap into humans where it’s been able to spread efficiently ever since.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that that circulate among animals and cause diseases in mammals, and birds. After they have infected animals, they can eventually be transmitted to humans.

A wide range of animals is suspected to be the source of coronaviruses. For instance, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is said to have originated from camels and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from civet cats

However, to some of us, knowing that all superpower nations weaponize bioweapons, it is a strange coincidence that two new virulent viruses have seemingly jumped from wild life to humans, supposedly without human intervention, in the country of an oppressive militant major Communist power which is aggressive towards the West so has a vested interest in a resulting pandemic uniquely destroying the market economies and political power of the West, wouldn’t you say?

That is particularly so, when we know that Beijing is accused of a global cyber warfare espionage campaign against us in the West since 2006, evidenced in the US, Britain, Europe, Hong Kong, and Singapore, that sets out to destabilise government agencies, defence groups and to target high tech companies to steal trade secrets

For example, in May 2016 a cyber-attack on the British NHS crippled the organisation and cost it a hundred million pounds, and used the crypto worm malware ‘WannaCry’ (which encrypts data on infected Windows operating system computers and demands a ransom payment). It was the biggest global cyberattack offensive in history, and infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. It was launched from North Korea, China’s neighbouring fellow communist ally

In the US, conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, are promoted by some politicians and are prevalent in the news and on social media. Similar rumours have also been running rampant in online forums in China

One basic rumour is that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, started and was engineered by humans in a Chinese lab as a bioweapon (after being isolated from animals) and either then “escaped” or “leaked” because of poor safety protocol, and one common thread is that it originated in a level 4 (the highest biosafety level) research laboratory in Wuhan. In another version, the virus was being simply being studied in the lab, but then “escaped” or “leaked” – there is an array of circumstantial clues that Chinese labs’ handling of deadly pathogens can’t be trusted.

The latest rumour is that someone from the lab sold experimental animals to the live animal and seafood market and so “leaked the virus” from the lab.

[However, it turns out, that current scientific consensus in the West concludes that the emergence of this brand-new coronavirus in the same city as China’s only level 4 biosafety lab (the Wuhan Institute of Virology), is pure coincidence, eh?]

Nevertheless, some of us remained unconvinced by the scientists, as releasing a virus is something that China might be prepared to do in light of the US trade war, and not least to scupper the American dream, perhaps?

However, what we do know for certain is that at the outset the Chinese lied through their teeth [and may well still be doing so] to cover-up the true situation in January about coronavirus spreading in their midst, played down the seriousness of the outbreak, and tried to mislead the World about how many people it had infected in China, claiming it was numbers in the low thousands in the city of Wuhan, but as the carriers travelled abroad, our decease control public health experts soon calculated its true extent as being in tens of thousands by seeing its spread pattern to other countries,. Moreover, the Chinese authorities accused the doctor who disclosed in late December that this new virus existed in Wuhan, of spreading false information and they locked him up – then seemingly allowed him the die of the decease. WHY would they do any of those things if they didn’t have ‘something’ to hide, do you think? They need to come clean and give-out all the information they have, don’t they?

We also know that China’s scientists had the sequence of its genome, as by mid-January, they had shared it with the World Health Organization

Conspiracy theories about manmade viruses are not new [eg HIV]. However, they are really quite dangerous kinds of things to get spread around and if they persist about the origin of the health crisis, can undermine trust in public health authorities, and unnerve their communities, so its helpful if they can be effectively debunked.

[Scientists say that the new coronavirus closely resembled viruses that circulate in bats. The genetic sequence of the virus, is closely related to a bat virus – about 96% the same, says the head of the Texas Galveston National Laboratory (a level 4 biosafety lab)]

Unfortunately, there’s a long history of these “spillover” events, where an emerging disease jumps from wildlife to humans, turning into a pandemic. And scientists say we should expect them with more travel, trade, connectivity, urbanization, climate change, and ecological destruction, if we don’t stop the drivers

[Don’t expect the saga of coronavirus to fade quickly as there are sure ro be further twists and turns before the story ends]

 

 

 

The Labour Party died years ago, the LibDems are terminally ill, the Brexit Party suffered a cot death, the Tories now have dictatorial power, the Union is threatened, the EU still regulates – UK politics in freefall?

  

There have been a number of posts published here about the sad death of the British Labour party after one hundred and sixteen years, and indeed it was a full 4 years ago that one recorded it facing the last rites prayers following Jeremy Corbyn’s longest Shadow Cabinet reshuffle in British history.

Some six months later was noted as being Do Not Resuscitate ‘a very-very sad time for British politics as the party was in its death throes and cannot ever be saved – it can never ever win another UK General Election. It has alienated itself from those who could support it and vote for it’.

You see, when the party unexpectedly lost the 2015 General Election, it immediately suffered a heart super bug infection and infiltration of Marxism which wasn’t dislodged by an expulsion antibiotic.

In July 2016, a NEC meeting decided Corbyn could stand again as Leader without being nominated, despite his MP’s passing a vote of no competence on him, and it was recorded that ‘the Labour Party is in turmoil and facing certain death’, when Corbyn was ‘fighting for it to belong to him and the Parliamentary Labour Party is warring to deny him that right’.

Also, we have heard the death rattle with humiliations galore at all subsequent elections, haven’t we? Yes, and everything was compounded this time round by Corbyn ignoring those that told him the party’s BREXIT policy was crap and that it abandoned their core voters in the North, that plus Labour offering the Country an extreme socialism agenda, as demonstrated by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s mad manifesto proposals of widespread nationalisation coupled with wealth redistribution – akin to the social revolution enacted in Venezuela which in 20 years has turned the richest country in South America into the bankrupt poorest one

As Momentum is controlling treatment and with Corbyn and McDonnell acting as funeral directors for the past five years, the writing was on the wall for the 2019 General Election disaster, wasn’t it? So why has it come as such a surprise to the predominately anti-BREXIT media, eh? Voters in the traditional Labour heartlands reportedly have said “I haven’t left the Labour party, it’s the Labour party that has left me”

It’s too late to breathe fresh life into the Labour party corpse or for a defibrillator to work on it now, and there can be no hope of a new heart transplant either, because undoubtably it would be acutely rejected by the Marxist antibodies immune system.

The lack of any potential recovery is a sole destroying outturn for Great Britain because the wealth-creating capitalist pill needs a sugar coating of socialism to make it easier to swallow, doesn’t it?

The other essential ingredient missing in our politics these days is liberalism, which is no longer a force in our society. In this 2019 General Election the LibDems, the political party formed in 1989 by the merger of the Liberals and SDP, totally blew it big time when they had a unique chance of recovering some of the credibility, they lost in 2010 when their 47 MPs abandoned their principles for the taste of government in the Cameron-Clegg coalition with the Conservatives.

Despite the 2016 EU Referendum resulting in a ‘Leave’ decision the LibDems under leader Tim Farron announced they would not follow through with that decision but would instead keep the UK in the European Union if they could.

That total rejection of any concept of democracy was subsequently pursued next under Vince Cable and then since last July more so, by new leader Jo Swinson. The LibDems fought this election on an unhinged single-issue anti-BREXIT platform that ignored public opinion, or any future referendum vote on the issue if they didn’t agree. Well, that revoke BREXIT policy predictably insulted the electorate and alienated conscientious voters, so the feminist-style leader lost her own seat, and the party went down further from 12 to 11 MPs

Swinson had pursued a personal figurehead kind of campaign which seriously backfired, as unfortunately for her party, she actually grew less not more popular with greater exposure

Consequently, the LibDems are now intolerant and no longer a distinctive moderate voice, nor any longer warrant their name, and with their extreme BREXIT stance have brought great shame on an illustrious tradition – indeed many old-style liberal thinkers have abandoned the party. It used to be valuable as a pro-business and market solutions party that was committed to liberty, personal choice and individualism rather than conformity, together with free speech and civil liberties inside a fair, free and open society– it has to be said though that at times liberal ‘do-gooder’ interventions have done more harm than good, perhaps?

Sadly, seemingly the party has lost its soul, and is doubtlessly destined to be incarcerated for many more years in the political wilderness, eh?

On the 11 November, the Brexit party and its leader Nigel Farage made itself redundant and so will fold, when he most definitely won the election for Johnson by standing-aside candidates in all 317 Conservative-held seats to avoid splitting the leave vote, and dropping the plan to inform all voters by post that the Tory deal was not a real BREXIT. Farage is no political fool so he knew full well the monumental consequences of this betrayal of his stunned membership by allowing the Tories to con the public and gain an unprecedented victory.

Johnson has suddenly become immensely powerful and controls a juggernaut Conservative party that can now do whatever he decides on – who knows what that might be, as he has form in playing the game to win personally even if it means flaunting the rules, eh?

In Scotland, strident Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, intends to use their election landslide north of the boarder to force a break of the Union as a democratic right, despite the loss of their ‘once in a lifetime’ Independence referendum just 5 years ago. Although Johnson has vowed to block it, who knows – can he be trusted, do you think?

Make no mistake about it but the UK will remain for the foreseeable future in the grip of the EU. Johnson has promised a trade deal by the end of next year, but he has previously made promises he didn’t or couldn’t keep. The EU says it’s unrealistic, and anyway the only way we will get such a deal by continuing to allow them to steal our fish, hand Gibraltar over to Spain, abandon the people of NI and allow the Irish Republic to absorb it, and to accept regulatory alignment with the EU so all their laws and regulations are enacted here.

 

[UK politics has been in freefall, a two-party gladiatorial system is defunct, and BREXIT is simply symptomatic of that. The biggest problem perhaps is that politics is centralised on London with a powerful executive in Westminster prioritising the South. Rather than spending some £4billion on a renovation of the Houses of parliament, it would be better to turn it into a money spinning centre and build a new modern one on a green field site say in Derbyshire? MPs would ensure the area has new facilities and becomes accessible]

 

 

 

Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption – an ‘avoidable’ tourist disaster just waiting to happen?

At the best of times, volcanos are destructive beasts that when they erupt, brings devastating death and destruction, sometimes over an extensive area, aren’t they? Well, those of us that are able and sensibly fearful, give them a wide berth, eh?

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to spend some time in Indonesia and indeed also Java island, will know that it is in the Pacific Ring of Fire and hosts 45 active volcanoes, and that off its coast, Krakatoa is one of the world’s most famous volcanoes – it was not worth a risk tourist visit though, eh?

The 1883 major eruption of Krakatoa resulted in over 70% of the island of Krakatoa and its surrounding archipelago being destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. That eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history with explosions so violent that they were heard two thousand miles away in Australia, and some forty thousand deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis created.

It is still active and erupted just a year ago causing a deadly tsunami affecting some two hundred miles of coastline in Sumatra and Java, with waves up to five meters in height making landfall, resulting in a death toll of some five hundred with fourteen thousand injured.

Similarly, Iceland is a significant volcanic zone with about 130 active and inactive volcanoes, , with some 30 currently active systems, when over the past 500 years, their eruptions have caused a third of the total global lava output.

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano, completely covered by a 40sq ml ice cap, is about 75 miles from tourist popular and capital Reykjavik. Experience the summertime days when it will not get dark at night, but basic common sense determines that the volcano is not worth the risk of a visit though, since it has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010 and although relatively small for volcanic eruptions, its ash plume caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe for several weeks. It’s best to the follow in the footsteps of the locals and their city’s culture, and stick to one of Reykjavík’s numerous outdoor warm swimming pools, with their hot tubs and steam baths, all run on geothermal water from boreholes

Nevertheless, there are always idiot risk takers and their irresponsible employers, aren’t there, like James May who drove a car up that volcano for the Top Gear television show and reached the summit mere hours before the eruption began?

However, apart from their destructive nature, many millions of people today live uncomfortably close to volcanoes as they rely on volcanoes for their everyday survival. That’s because of a volcano’s geothermal energy, which nowadays can be harnessed by using the Earth’s magma heated underground steam, while they also attract millions of visitors around the world every year, plus their associated hot springs and geysers which also can bring in even more lucrative tourists. Steam can be used to drive turbines in power stations to produce electricity for domestic and industrial use – particularly, countries such as Iceland and New Zealand use this method of generating electricity.

Even from the earliest times though, the areas around volcanoes have been populated because they often contain some of the most mineral rich soils in the world, so weathers to form nutrient rich soil, ideal for farming as that can be cultivated to produce healthy crops and rich harvests – also the cooled lava from deep within the earth contains minable minerals such as gold, silver, diamonds, copper and zinc, hence often mining towns develop around volcanoes.

Last Monday, the New Zealand Whakaari or White Island volcano erupted, not unexpectantly it has to be said as there was a warning of unusual activity at the volcano a day or so ahead of it, which then released steam and volcanic gasses, thereby causing an explosion, launching rock and ash into the air with dreadful consequences.

Forty-seven tour participants or staff from half a dozen counties were on the island, some even walking in the rim of the crater, when the first large eruption occurred, a second eruption closely followed the first. Local helicopter operators saved many lives, but these events resulted in at least eight fatalities, eight believed missing and thirty-three injured, most receiving severe burns, many with burns on up to 90% of their bodies so may not survive.

Three days later, a snatch and grab, body recovery attempt was underway and finish last night, which deployed as few people as possible – those involved, three two-person teams, are believed to have been SAS members and they spent as little time as possible near the crater and recovered six bodies. There were numerous risks involved in that operation as there was a 50% – 60% chance that the unpredictable volcano could erupt again.

This Whakaari volcano is always active and the alert level had been raised last month, indicating heightened volcanic unrest, but nevertheless an eruption can occur at any volcanic alert level. It is known as the most active volcano, has been in a nearly continuous stage of releasing volcanic gas for 250 years, and indeed was in continuous eruption for 25 years before 2000 – the world’s longest historic eruption episode. It erupted 7 years ago and again just 3 years ago, so any sober village idiot wouldn’t have ventured near it this week, let alone climb into it, surely?

It is perfectly understandable that adventurist, inquisitive tourists would want the unique experience of personally scenically seeing an active volcano first hand, but certainly from a reasonably safe vantage point like a helicopter or aircraft positioned in, or flying at, a safe distance, wouldn’t you say?

Considering the predictable resulting absolute heartache of victims’ families, it beggars belief, not only that this type of crass stupidity tourism is allowed in New Zealand, but more so that it seems to be encouraged and sponsored by the State, simply to rake-in money from ‘risk uninformed’ tourists.

In Britain, when a member of the public is facing any kind of risk situation, like say a medical procedure, they have to be specifically advised by a professional of all potential risks and sign to agree to accept them, don’t they?

It is difficult to believe that those Whakaari tourists on Monday actually comprehended the danger they were putting themselves in, surely? It is much more likely that the tourist companies kept that high risk to themselves to protect their business, though of course the three or so guides involved on that day must have known the risks, particularly one that had been doing tours for the past 15 years. Is it feasible that the parents realised or were told about the dangers when they took their 13 and 16-year-old children sightseeing an active volcano, as a treat? They all perished.

When people join a guided tour to an access restricted place like the privately-owned White Island/Whakaari volcano, they will assume that it is a safe place, since it was run by a specifically registered and authorised tour operator, won’t they? After all it was a popular destination for day tours, was promoted as a living, breathing, geological giant and the world’s most accessible active marine volcano, but they were not truthfully about it being a potential death trap.

There is a significant problem when it comes to something like a dangerous tourist activity like that offered at Whakaari, which is that the operators and site owner making their fortunes, are not in the least accountable for putting their customers a high risk, are they?

No, and that is because of the New Zealand government’s, non-opt-out-of, reckless, accident compensation scheme that covers the cost of all treatment for injuries, but bars victims from taking legal action, or suing for negligence against operators or anyone else. That means that no one bears responsible for the safety of tourists on Whakaari or the like, and that the astounding brainlessness and irresponsibility of those who for years have encouraged unprotected and unsuspecting men, women, and children to explore a dangerously active volcano because it’s easy to reach and highly accessible right up to its crater, and that allows the benefiters to do so with total unaccountability or regard for human life, doesn’t it?

Yes, and that has underwritten and enabled the cash-cow adventure tourism industry, which has resulted in its massive expansion in the country that couldn’t have happened elsewhere – which would be fine only if those joining-in are made fully aware of the level of risk involved

 

[New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told her parliament on Tuesday that there were questions that must be asked about the eruption, and those questions must be answered, and that “our hearts go out to the families of those who are injured, missing or deceased”, but don’t hold your breath about the announced Police criminal investigation into the tragedy, will you?]

The 2019 UK General Election polls predict the result – DON’T BELIEVE IT?

Well, the Election is finally upon in the morning except of course those that have already postal voted – many fraudulently, perhaps?

Recently, every day or other day recently a contradictory election poll was published, wasn’t it? Why was that, and were they worth reading anyway, eh?

Well for start, there is a inherent error in polling, as there is even in any ‘scientific’ measurement and furthermore polling doesn’t even pass that critical test of repeatability by others, does it?

Moreover, people lie, misinterpreted the possibly loaded question, or understandably, quite simply change their mind at the actual time they cast their vote, don’t you think?

Do any of us actually care anymore? Aren’t we sick to the back teeth with politics, politicians, lying people and parties, BREXIT machinations, and General Elections in general, perhaps? Rather than suffer it, wouldn’t we all rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ as someone previously soundbite’d (i.e. lied)

The polls got in wrong in the 2015 election with a systematic overstatement of the Labour share and an equally systematic understatement of the Conservative one so failed to predict the Conservative overall majority, and for 2016 EU referendum when they failed to detect the ongoing swing and predict a Leave vote, and in 2017 election when they were uniformly wrong on Labour and also overestimated UKIP and the SNP.

This time round the polls have an impossible task not only because the minor parties have given-up trying to attract voters in favour of a Remain tactical voting ploy, but Labour’s Leader with an astounding head in the sand strategy pretends BREXIT isn’t an election issue when it is de facto centre stage, eh?

Increasingly the population and many politicians are recognising that our long standing British voting system is crap and not fit for purpose – the UK general elections are decided using the first past the post system, which singularly fails to reflect and take into account the wishes of large sections of our voters, who are now being pressurised into so called tactical voting which means voting for a political group they don’t agree with to block a different group they also don’t agree with. This is a mad idea and fraught with unexpected consequences, wouldn’t you say?

What the UK needs is a new modern world voting process – one that has been denied us by Tory and Labour parties jointly over decades, but one which retains the traditional constituency member principle where MPs have a strong local link with their voters – that would be a simple form of proportional representation known as the single transferable vote. This here would be one where voters have one vote but number their choice of candidates – their favourite as number one, their second favourite number two, and so on, and voters can put numbers next to as many or as few candidates as they like. Any candidate needs 50%+1 of the votes to be elected and if not achieved in any round, the candidate coming bottom is eliminated and their votes are reassigned in accordance with their voters’ preference

A shamed and out of touch past Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and an equally discredited and public mood challenged past Conservative one, John Major, have both crawled out from under their slimy stones, to wade into the election debate to make interjections urging voters to do just that and vote tactically, to vote against their own party of which they are still a member, and to instead back any bloody undemocratic extremist person prepared to block BREXIT.

Major has to be the most self-serving and scurrilous of the two though, as he is the one person most responsible for the massive chaos that has beset the Country for the past 5 years over the European union. Yep, it was he that took the UK from a Common Market organisation into the political union of the EU in 1993, without any referendum or approval of the British people, and indeed against the expressed will of Parliament, which had rejected the proposal. He signed the 1992 Maastricht Treaty that made the shift from a Community towards a Union and laid-out the foundation for life changing key political and economic changes, including integration of an economic and monetary union and introduced a single currency, the euro, as standard for most members.

After suffering defeat, he finally forced ratification of the treaty through the Commons the very next day, abusing his Conservative MPs by making it a vote of confidence in the government, so if they thwarted him, they faced certain removal of the whip, a General Election and if the confidence vote was lost and hence immediate political oblivion for them – one eurosceptic MP left the country to be deliberately absent and indeed had the whip withdrawn. Ex-PM Thatcher roasted Major on Maastricht saying that he had ‘put his head in the fire’ by signing the treaty, as he knew the EU could not be trusted on insurances it had issued him. Is it any surprise then that Major is desperate to justify his treachery by joining the airwaves to assert to the British public that leaving the European Union is the worst foreign policy in his lifetime?

Major’s other most memorable outrage was the botched privatisation of the railways, in which ownership and operation of the British Rail of Great Britain passed from government control into private hands [the Railways Act 1993], beginning in 1994 completed by 1997. Oh yes, that deregulation of the industry was initiated by an EU Directive of course – just another consequence of the Maastricht Treaty. It was opposed by Margaret Thatcher at the time and now even ardent capitalists want it renationalised. It was screwed-up because it was a rushed job as he feared being thrown out of Downing street in the 1992 election

The thing is that ex-PMs should be given two options when they go – voluntary euthanasia, or old fashioned banishment, but these days to a uninhabited desert island, one without communications or media access, and with plenty of paper and writing materials so they can spend the rest of their lives writing misleading memoirs of their imagined political successes, which we can then pulp unread.

 

[VOTE FOR THE PARTY ‘YOU’ BELIEVE IN, which has policies you favour, and don’t ‘lend’ your vote to a political group whose values you don’t hold and who can’t get the support of enough voters who do believe in them, and who can’t win the argument]

 

The polls close on Thursday at 10pm for the 2019 UK General Election – when though will you get the result in your constituency?

It would seem that some authorities take an excessive time to obtain and count our votes in the UK General Elections, don’t you think? How comes it takes only an hour or so in some places and some twelve hours in others, eh?

Logic makes one suspect that it is down to the diverse size of the constituency and or the number of voters, but in practice it doesn’t seem to be, does it? No, it seems much more to be down to a will, detailed planning, a clear setting of objectives, use of tools, experience, continuity, and contingencies arrangement?

That is why we find that Houghton and Sunderland South constituency and its predecessor seat of Sunderland South was the first one to declare its result, in the four general elections from 1992-2005, plus in 2010 and in 2015, and was scheduled to in 2017 but apparently was pipped to the post by Newcastle upon Tyne Central.

In this Country we don’t thank goodness have a computer machine voting result, but by the actual counting of paper slips and that takes organisation, people, and time – but at least it is exciting if you are around. Sometimes, if the result is extremely close there has to be one or more ‘recounts’ and that naturally delays the matter of a declaration – but increases the thrill of election events, wouldn’t you say?

 

THIS ALPHABETICAL LIST BELOW FROM 2017 GENERAL ELECTION SCHEDULED TIMES SHOULD ENABLE YOU TO GET AN ‘IDEA’ OF WHEN A RESULT IS LIKELY TO BE DECLARED IN YOUR OWN CONSTITUENCY, EITHER LATE ON THE THURSDAY EVENING OR OVERNIGHT ON THE FRIDAY

16 bellwether constituencies are highlighted

[In general elections, where the local result has a habit of matching the national result they are known as “bellwethers”]

 

Aberavon,                                            3am

Aberconwy,                                         3am

Aberdeen North,                                4am

Aberdeen South,                                4am

Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine,      4am

Airdrie & Shotts,                                3am

Aldershot,                                            3.30am

Aldridge-Brownhills,                          4am

Altrincham & Sale West,                  5am

Alyn & Deeside,                                  3am

Amber Valley,                                    3am

Angus,                                                  2am

Antrim East,                                        2am

Antrim North                                      1am

Antrim South,                                     2.30am

Arfon,                                                   2.30am

Argyll & Bute,                                     4.30am

Arundel & South Downs,                  6am

Ashfield,                                               5am

Ashford,                                               5am

Ashton Under Lyne,                           7am

Aylesbury,                                           5.30am

Ayr Carrick & Cumnock,                    4am

Ayrshire Central,                                4am

Ayrshire North & Arran,                   3am

Banbury,                                              5am

Banff & Buchan,                                 4am

Barking,                                                3am

Barnsley Central,                                3am

Barnsley East,                                     3am

Barrow & Furness,                             4am

Basildon & Billericay,                         3am

Basildon South & Thurrock East,    3am

Basingstoke,                                        5am

Bassetlaw, Bath,                                4am

Batley & Spen,                                    5am

Battersea                                             1am

Beaconsfield,                                      5am

Beckenham,                                        4am

Bedford,                                               5am

Bedfordshire Mid,                              5am

Bedfordshire North East,                  6am

Bedfordshire South West,                6am

Belfast East,                                        2am

Belfast North,                                     3am

Belfast South,                                     3am

Belfast West,                                      3am

Bermondsey & Old Southwark,       4am

Berwickshire,                                      5.30am

Berwick-upon-Tweed,                       12pm

Bethnal Green & Bow,                      4am

Beverley & Holderness,                    4am

Bexhill & Battle,                                 5am

Bexleyheath & Crayford,                  3am

Birkenhead,                                         4am

Birmingham Edgbaston,                   5.30am

Birmingham Erdington,                    4.30am

Birmingham Hall Green,                   6am

Birmingham Hodge Hill,                    5am

Birmingham Ladywood,                    5am

Birmingham Northfield,                    4am

Birmingham Perry Barr,                    6am

Birmingham Selly Oak,                      5am

Birmingham Yardley,                         5am

Bishop Auckland,                               3am

Blackburn,                                           3am

Blackley & Broughton,                      4am

Blackpool North & Cleveleys,          4.30am

Blackpool South,                                4.30am

Blaenau Gwent,                                  2am

Blaydon,                                               3.30am

Blyth Valley,                                        12pm

Bognor Regis & Littlehampton,       6am

Bolsover,                                             4.30am

Bolton North East,                             3am

Bolton South East,                             3am

Bolton West, Bosworth,                   4am

Bootle,                                                 3am

Boston & Skegness,                           5am

Bournemouth East,                           3am

Bournemouth West,                         3am

Bracknell,                                             4am

Bradford East,                                     5am

Bradford South,                                  6am

Bradford West,                                   5am

Braintree,                                            5am

Brecon & Radnorshire,                     3am

Brent Central,                                     3am

Brent North,                                        3am

Brentford & Isleworth,                      5am

Brentwood & Ongar,                         4am

Bridgend,                                             5am

Bridgwater & Somerset West,         6am

Brigg & Goole,                                    5am

Brighton Kemptown,                         6am

Brighton Pavilion,                              6am

Bristol East,                                         5am

Bristol North West,                            3am

Bristol South,                                      5am

Bristol West,                                       5am

Broadland,                                           6.30am

Bromley & Chislehurst,                     4am

Bromsgrove,                                       6am

Broxbourne,                                        1.30am

Broxtowe,                                            4am

Buckingham,                                       5.30am

Burnley,                                               2.30am

Burton,                                                3am

Bury North,                                         2am

Bury South,                                         2am

Bury St Edmunds,                              4.30am

Caerphilly,                                           2.30am

Caithness Sutherland & Easter Ross,   5am

Calder Valley,                                      5am

Camberwell & Peckham,                  4am

Camborne & Redruth,                       6am

Cambridge,                                          5am

Cambridgeshire North East,             6am

Cambridgeshire North West,           2am

Cambridgeshire South East,            5.30am

Cambridgeshire South,                     3.30am

Cannock Chase,                                  4am

Canterbury,                                         3am

Cardiff Central,                                   4am

Cardiff North,                                     4am

Cardiff South & Penarth,                  4am

Cardiff West,                                       4am

Carlisle,                                                3am

Carmarthen East & Dinefwr,            2am

Carmarthen West & Pembrokeshire South, 4am

Carshalton & Wallington,                 4am

Castle Point,                                        2.30am

Ceredigion,                                          2am

Charnwood,                                        5am

Chatham & Aylesford,                       6am

Cheadle, Chester,                               5am

Chelmsford,                                        4am

Chelsea & Fulham,                             4am

Cheltenham,                                       4am

Chesham & Amersham,                   4am

Chesterfield,                                       4am

Chingford & Woodford Green,        4am

Chippenham,                                      7am

Chipping Barnet,                                4.30am

Chorley,                                               3am

Christchurch,                                      3am

Chryston & Bellshill,                          3am

Cities of London & Westminster,    3.30am

City of, Chichester,                            5am

Clacton,                                                3.30am

Cleethorpes,                                       3am

Clwyd South,                                       2am

Clwyd West,                                        3am

Clydesdale & Tweeddale,                 3.30am

Coatbridge,                                         3am

Colchester,                                          4am

Colne Valley,                                       5am

Congleton,                                           7am

Copeland,                                            4am

Corby,                                                  4.30am

Cornwall North,                                  6.30am

Cornwall South East                          9am

Cotswolds The,                                   7am

Coventry North East,                         3am

Coventry North West,                       3am

Coventry South, Crawley,                 3am

Crewe & Nantwich,                           7am

Croydon Central,                                4am

Croydon North,                                  4am

Croydon South,                                  4am

Cumbernauld Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East,    4am

Cynon Valley,                                      3am

Dagenham & Rainham,                     3am

Darlington,                                          1.30am

Dartford,                                             5am

Daventry,                                             5am

Delyn                                                    3am

Denton & Reddish,                            6.30am

Derby North,                                       6am

Derby South,                                       3am

Derbyshire Dales,                               5am

Derbyshire Mid,                                 4am

Derbyshire North East,                     6am

Derbyshire South,                              3am

Devizes,                                               6.30am

Devon Central                                     7.30am

Devon East,                                         6am

Devon North,                                      5am

Devon South West,                            6am

Devon West & Torridge                    8am

Dewsbury,                                           5am

Don Valley,                                          4am

Doncaster Central,                             5am

Doncaster North,                               5am

Dorset Mid & Poole North,              6am

Dorset North,                                     6am

Dorset South,                                      5am

Dorset West,                                       5am

Dover,                                                  3.30am

Down North,                                       2am

Down South,                                       5am

Dudley North,                                     4am

Dudley South,                                    4am

Dulwich & West Norwood,              3.30am

Dumfries & Galloway,                       3.30am

Dumfriesshire,                                    3.30am

Dunbartonshire East,                        3am

Dunbartonshire West,                      3am

Dundee East,                                      2.30am

Dundee West,                                     2.30am

Dunfermline & Fife West,                3am

Durham City of,                                  3.30am

Durham North West,                         3.30am

Durham North,                                   3.30am

Dwyfor Meirionnydd,                        3am

Ealing Central & Acton,                     3am

Ealing North,                                       3am

Ealing Southall,                                   3am

Easington,                                           3am

East Ham,                                            4am

East Kilbride,                                       2am

East Lothian,                                       3am

Eastbourne,                                         4.30am

Eastleigh,                                             3am

Eddisbury,                                           4.30am

Edinburgh East,                                  4am

Edinburgh North & Leith,                 4am

Edinburgh South West,                     4am

Edinburgh South,                               4am

Edinburgh West,                                4am

Edmonton,                                          3.30am

Ellesmere Port & Neston,                 5am

Elmet & Rothwell,                              5.30am

Eltham,                                                4am

Enfield North,                                     3.30am

Enfield Southgate,                             3am

Epping Forest,                                    2am

Epsom & Ewell,                                  5am

Erewash,                                              3am

Erith & Thamesmead,                       4am

Esher & Walton,                                 4am

ewkesbury,                                          6am

Exeter,                                                  3am

Falkirk,                                                 2am

Fareham,                                             2am

Faversham & Kent Mid,                    5am

Feltham & Heston,                            4am

Fermanagh & South Tyrone,            5am

Fife North East,                                  2am

Filton & Bradley Stoke,                     4.30am

Finchley & Golders Green,               5am

Folkestone & Hythe,                          4am

Forest of Dean,                                   6am

Foyle                                                     1am

Fylde,                                                    4am

Gainsborough,                                    6am

Garston & Halewood,                       4am

Gateshead,                                          4am

Gedling,                                               4am

Gillingham & Rainham,                     6am

Glasgow Central,                                3am

Glasgow East,                                     3am

Glasgow North East,                          3am

Glasgow North West,                        3am

Glasgow North,                                  3am

Glasgow South West,                        3am

Glasgow South,                                  3am

Glenrothes,                                         2am

Gloucester,                                         4am

Gordon,                                               4am

Gosport,                                               3am

Gower,                                                 4am

Grantham & Stamford,                     5am

Gravesham,                                         5.30am

Great Grimsby,                                   3.30am

Great Yarmouth,                               5.30am

Greenwich & Woolwich,                   4am

Guildford,                                            5am

Hackney North & Stoke Newington,     4am

Hackney South & Shoreditch,          6am

Halesowen & Rowley Regis,             4am

Halifax,                                                 5am

Haltemprice & Howden,                   4am

Halton,                                                 2am

Hammersmith,                                   3am

Hampshire East,                                 4.30am

Hampshire North East,                     5am

Hampshire North West,                    4am

Hampstead & Kilburn,                       3am

Harborough,                                       7am

Harlow,                                                3.30am

Harrogate & Knaresborough,          3am

Harrow East,                                       5am

Harrow West,                                     5am

Hartlepool,                                          2.30am

Harwich & Essex North,                    4am

Hastings & Rye,                                  2am

Havant,                                                3am

Hayes & Harlington,                          4am

Hazel Grove,                                       5am

Hemel Hempstead,                            5.30am

Hemsworth,                                        5am

Hendon,                                               4am

Henley,                                                 6am

Hereford & Herefordshire South,   5am

Herefordshire North,                        4am

Hertford & Stortford,                        4am

Hertfordshire North East,                 3am

Hertfordshire South West,               4am

Hertsmere,                                          4am

Hexham,                                              5am

Heywood & Middleton,                    3.30am

High Peak,                                           4am

Hitchin & Harpenden,                       5am

Holborn & St Pancras,                       3am

Hornchurch & Upminster,                4am

Hornsey & Wood Green,                  3am

Horsham,                                             5.30am

Houghton & Sunderland South       11pm

Hove,                                                    5.30am

Huddersfield,                                      7am

Hull East, Hull North,                         3am

Hull West & Hessle,                           3am

Huntingdon,                                        3am

Hyndburn,                                           3am

Ilford North,                                        3.30am

Ilford South,                                        3.30am

Inverclyde,                                          2.30am

Inverness,                                            5am

Ipswich,                                                4am

Isle of Wight,                                      3am

Islington North,                                  2.30am

Islington South & Finsbury,              2.30am

Islwyn,                                                  3am

Jarrow,                                                 3am

Keighley,                                              6am

Kenilworth & Southam,                    2am

Kensington,                                         4am

Kettering                                              12.30am

Kilmarnock & Loudoun,                    2am

Kingston & Surbiton,                         5am

Kingswood,                                         5am

Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath,               2am

Knowsley,                                            3am

Lagan Valley,                                      1.30am

Lanark & Hamilton East,                   3am

Lancashire West,                                4am

Lancaster & Fleetwood,                    6am

Leeds Central,                                     4.30am

Leeds East,                                          4.30am

Leeds North East,                               5.30am

Leeds North West,                             5.30am

Leeds West,                                        5am

Leicester East,                                    7am

Leicester South,                                 6am

Leicester West,                                   7am

Leicestershire North West,              4am

Leicestershire South,                         6am

Leigh,                                                    2.30am

Lewes,                                                  5am

Lewisham Deptford,                          4.30am

Lewisham East,                                   4am

Lewisham West & Penge,                4am

Leyton & Wanstead,                         4am

Lichfield,                                              4am

Lincoln,                                                3.30am

Linlithgow & Falkirk East,                 3.30am

Liverpool Riverside,                           4am

Liverpool Walton,                              5am

Liverpool Wavertree,                        4am

Liverpool West Derby,                     4am

Livingston,                                           3.30am

Llanelli,                                                 2am

Londonderry East,                             4am

Loughborough,                                  5am

Louth & Horncastle,                          5am

Ludlow,                                                2.30am

Luton North,                                       7am

Luton South,                                       7am

Macclesfield,                                       7am

Maidenhead,                                      4.30am

Maidstone & The Weald, Manchester Central,      5am

Makerfield,                                         3am

Maldon,                                               3.30am

Manchester Gorton,                          5am

Manchester Withington,                  5am

Mansfield, Newbury,                         3.30am

Meon Valley,                                       7am

Meriden,                                              4am

Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney,             3am

Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East,       5am

Middlesbrough,                                  3am

Midlothian,                                         3am

Milton Keynes North,                        7am

Milton Keynes South,                        6.30am

Mitcham & Morden,                         2.30am

Mole Valley,                                        4.30am

Monmouth,                                         4am

Montgomeryshire,                            2.30am

Moray,                                                 3am

Morecambe & Lunesdale,                6am

Morley & Outwood,                          7am

Motherwell & Wishaw,                     2.30am

Na h-Eileanan an Iar,                         2am

Nairn Badenoch & Strathspey,       5am

Neath,                                                  3am

New Forest East,                                5am

New Forest West,                              5am

Newark,                                               5am

Newcastle upon Tyne Central         1am

Newcastle upon Tyne East               1am

Newcastle upon Tyne North,           2am

Newcastle-under-Lyme,                   4am

Newport East,                                    3am

Newport West,                                   3am

Newry & Armagh,                              4.30am

Newton Abbot,                                   4.30am

Norfolk Mid,                                       4am

Norfolk North,                                    5am

Norfolk North West,                          6am

Norfolk South West,                          6am

Norfolk South,                                    4am

Normanton,                                        5am

Northampton North,                        3am

Northampton South,                         3am

Northamptonshire South,                5am

Norwich North,                                  5.30am

Norwich South,                                  4am

Nottingham East,                               5am

Nottingham North,                            5am

Nottingham South,                            5am

Nuneaton                                            1am

Ochil & Perthshire South,                 3am

Ogmore,                                              4am

Old Bexley & Sidcup,                         4am

Oldham East & Saddleworth,          6am

Oldham West & Royton,                  5am

Orkney & Shetland,                           5am

Orpington,                                           4am

Oxford East,                                       2am

Oxford West & Abingdon,                6am

Paisley & Renfrewshire North,        3am

Paisley & Renfrewshire South,        2.30am

Pendle,                                                 4am

Penistone & Stocksbridge,               5am

Penrith & The Border,                       3.30am

Perth & Perthshire North,                3am

Peterborough,                                    2am

Plymouth Moor View,                       4am

Plymouth Sutton & Devonport,      4am

Pontefract & Castleford,                  5am

Pontypridd,                                         4am

Poole,                                                   5am

Poplar & Limehouse,                         4am

Portsmouth North,                           6am

Portsmouth South,                            6am

Preseli Pembrokeshire,                     4am

Preston,                                               3.30am

Pudsey,                                                5am

Putney                                                  1am

Rayleigh & Wickford,                        4am

Reading East,                                      6am

Reading West, ,                                 6am

Redcar,                                                 3.30am

Redditch,                                             4.30am

Reigate,                                                3.30am

Renfrewshire East,                            3am

Rhondda,                                             3am

Ribble Valley,                                      2am

Richmond (Yorks),                             5am

Richmond Park,                                  4am

Rochdale,                                            3.30am

Rochester & Strood                           6aM

Rochford & Southend East,             3am

Romford,                                             4am

Romsey & Southampton North,      4.30am

Ross, Skye & Lochaber,                     5am

Rossendale & Darwen,                     4am

Rother Valley,                                     3am

Rotherham,                                         3am

Roxburgh & Selkirk,                           5.30am

Rugby,                                                  5am

Ruislip Northwood & Pinner,           4am

Runnymede & Weybridge,               4am

Rushcliffe,                                           5am

Rutherglen & Hamilton West,         2am

Rutland & Melton,                             5am

Saffron Walden,                                 4am

Salford & Eccles,                                5am

Salisbury,                                             4am

Scarborough & Whitby,                    4.30am

Scunthorpe,                                        4am

Sedgefield,                                          3.30am

Sefton Central,                                   5am

Selby & Ainsty,                                   4.30am

Sevenoaks,                                          4am

Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough,    4.30am

Sheffield Central,                               4.30am

Sheffield Hallam,                                4.30am

Sheffield Heeley,                                4.30am

Sheffield South East,                         4.30am

Sherwood,                                           5am

Shipley,                                                5.30am

Shrewsbury & Atcham,                     3.30am

Shropshire North,                              4am

Sittingbourne & Sheppey,                5.30am

Skipton & Ripon,                                4am

Sleaford & North Hykeham,            5am

Slough,                                                 3.30am

Solihull,                                                4am

Somerset North East,                        5am

Somerset North,                                4.30am

Somerton & Frome,                           3am

South Holland & The Deepings,      4.30am

South Ribble,                                      4.30am

South Shields,                                     2.30am

Southampton Itchen,                        5.30am

Southampton Test,                            5.30am

Southend West,                                 3am

Southport,                                           4am

Spelthorne,                                         5am

St Albans,                                            5am

St Austell & Newquay,                      6.30am

St Helens North,                                 4am

St Helens South & Whiston,             4am

St Ives,                                                  7am

Stafford,                                               3am

Staffordshire Moorlands,                 4.30am

Staffordshire South,                          4am

Stalybridge & Hyde,                           6.30am

Stevenage,                                          4am

Stirling,                                                 2.30am

Stockport,                                            5am

Stockton North,                                  3am

Stockton South,                                  3.30am

Stoke-on-Trent Central,                    4am

Stoke-on-Trent North,                      4am

Stoke-on-Trent South,                      4am

Stone,                                                   3am

Stourbridge,                                        5am

Strangford,                                          2am

Stratford-on-Avon,                            4am

Strathaven & Lesmahagow,             2am

Streatham,                                          3am

Stretford & Urmston,                        5am

Stroud,                                                 4am

Suffolk Central & Ipswich North,    4.30am

Suffolk Coastal,                                  4.30am

Suffolk South,                                     5am

Suffolk West,                                      4am

Sunderland Central                            11.30pm

Surrey East,                                         2am

Surrey Heath,                                      4.30am

Surrey South West,                           4.30am

Sussex Mid,                                         5am

Sutton & Cheam,                               4am

Sutton Coldfield,                                4am

Swansea East,                                     3am

Swansea West,                                  3am

Swindon North                                   12.30am

Swindon South,                                  1.30am

Tamworth,                                          1.30am

Tatton, T                                              6am

Taunton Deane,                                 2.30am

Telford,                                                3am

Thanet North,                                     7am

Thanet South                                      7am

Thirsk & Malton,                                4.30am

Thornbury & Yate,                             3.30am

Thurrock,                                             2am

Tiverton & Honiton,                          6am

Tonbridge & Malling,                        4am

Tooting,                                               1.30am

Torbay,                                                 3am

Torfaen,                                               2.30am

Totnes,                                                 2.30am

Tottenham,                                         4am

Truro & Falmouth,                             6am

Tunbridge Wells,                                3.30am

Twickenham,                                      4am

Tynemouth,                                        4.30am

Tyneside North,                                  4.30am

Tyrone West,                                      1.30am

Ulster Mid,                                          3.30am

Upper Bann                                         2am

Uxbridge & Ruislip South,                4am

Vale of Clwyd,                                     2.30am

Vale of Glamorgan,                            4am

Vauxhall,                                              3.30am

Wakefield,                                           5am

Wallasey,                                             3.30am

Walsall North,                                     4am

Walsall South,                                     4am

Walthamstow,                                    4am

Wansbeck                                            12pm

Wantage,                                             6am

Warley,                                                3.30am

Warrington North,                             5am

Warrington South,                             5.30am

Warwick & Leamington,                   3am

Warwickshire North,                         2.30am

Washington & Sunderland West    12am

Watford,                                             3am

Waveney,                                            6.30am

Wealden,                                             4am

Weaver Vale,                                      4.30am

Wellingborough,                                3am

Wells,                                                  5am

Welwyn Hatfield,                               3.30am

Wentworth & Dearne,                      3am

West Bromwich East,                        3.30am

West Bromwich West,                      3.30am

West Ham,                                          4am

Westminster North,                          3.30am

Westmorland & Lonsdale,               3am

Weston-Super-Mare,                        4am

Wigan,                                                  3.30am

Wiltshire North                                  6.30am

Wiltshire South West,                       4am

Wimbledon,                                        2.30am

Winchester                                          5.30am

Windsor,                                              4.30am

Wirral South,                                      4am

Wirral West,                                        5am

Witham,                                               4am

Witney,                                                4.30am

Woking,                                               4am

Wokingham,                                       5am

Wolverhampton North East,           4.30am

Wolverhampton South East,           4.30am

Wolverhampton South West           4.30am

Worcester                                           3am

Worcestershire Mid,                         4am

Worcestershire West,                       4am

Workington,                                        3.30am

Worsley & Eccles South,                   5am

Worthing East & Shoreham,            6am

Worthing West,                                  6am

Wrekin The,                                        3.30am

Wrexham                                            1.30am

Wycombe,                                           3.30am

Wyre & Preston North                      3.30am

Wyre Forest, Yorkshire East           5am

Wythenshawe & Sale East,              4am

Yeovil                                                    4am

Ynys Mon                                            2.30am

York Central,                                       6am

York Outer                                           6am

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[Here’s hoping you gat the MP you voted for]

 

The Millennials indeed have the vote and will doubtless skew Britain’s December General Election – pity they know & understand nothing about the world of politics though?

A post here in April outlined some worries by Baby Boomers about the British millennials cohort, age from about twenty to forty, and their scant knowledge of the past and their abject unappreciation of our Country’s democracy and the sacrifices made by their ancestors to establish it, eh?

Well, the UK now faces ANOTHER General Election next week, which will be the third in just fifty-four months, which means an average of just 1½ years apiece for each government, when nowadays we are ‘supposed’ to have 5 years free of such national upheavals, aren’t we?

Nevertheless, that means we all, including millennials, need to caste our votes on 12 December, whatever our knowledge or political leanings, doesn’t it? Yes, but unfortunately, obviously with some exceptions to this overgeneralization, the millennials group of people have now only ONE WEEK to reeducate themselves on the major aspects of political doctrines, individual past records, and endemic economic success or failure, to avoid making silly errors when they vote, don’t you think?

For a start, do they know anything about communism (Marxism-Leninism), what it is, and what is its history and outcomes, when that ideology is actually implemented in society?

Well, communism/Marxism is a theory and method conceived by Karl Marx during the 19th century and is the total replacement of market capitalism by the establishment of a socioeconomic order structured society, with a utopian concept whereby social classes are eliminated, everyone is equal, nobody owns property nor anything else, the State alone makes the decisions in all matters and it governs the whole shebang and totally plans the economy, it itself controls the means of all production and services, everything is nationalised, and of course all religion is abolished – as then the State is the sole god eh?

It is a telling fact just how state communism was brought about, isn’t it? Yep, it resulted during the final phase of World War I from a 1917 revolution that included the assassination of Rasputin, but didn’t just end with the abolishment of monarchy but with the wholesale slaughter in a mansion cellar of the Romanovs family, even their doctor and servants– thereby commenced the communist tyranny that lasted there and in its ‘acquired’ republics for over half a century until the disintegration of soviet union in 1991

[Shocking wanton massacre:       ex-tsar Nicholas II, ex-tsarina Alexandra, their five children Olga [daughter 22], Tatiana [daughter 21], Maria [daughter 19], Anastasia [daughter 17], Tsarevich Alexei [son 13], family doctor Eugene Botkin, and their four remaining servants]

Unfortunately, the corpse of Russian communist tyranny has had new life blown into its lungs by Vladimir Putin who has circumvented its constitution to completely run the show for 20 years and has succeeded in exporting its vile influence around the World, and has established cold war2, while the forces of good appear transfixed, eh?

It only took half a dozen years for Stalin to grab total power in the Soviet Union and become one of the vilest murderous dictators the world has ever seen, as his regime was first estimated to have killed 20 million or higher, and later archival revelations detailed a minimum of eight thousand executions, over one and three quarter million in prison camps, nearly a million in forced resettlements, and at least six and a half million by famine, You see mass killing has always been the way of communists doing their business

There is a basic problem with communism in that despite its good intensions it delivers bad outcomes, and that’s primarily because it goes against the grain of entrenched animal behaviour and clashes confrontationally with basic human instincts and inescapable desire for freedom.

That means that whenever and wherever communism has been introduced, it has to be ‘imposed’ by force and violence, so it becomes a system with a police state, military control, firing squads, informers, punishment crews, jailed dissidents, labour camps, repression, one party state, political persecution, and socialist revolution, all inevitably accompanied by misery, poverty, and oppression

One wonders if the millennials have ever heard of the Berlin Wall or even understand the significance of its very existence or demise. That monstrosity delivers a very clear message and a telling example of just how communism fails its population, doesn’t it? Yes, because there we have there a very real comparison site result of the Marxist type of modern communism verses established democratic capitalism.

You see, at the end of WWII Germany was split in two – so twins by analogy if you like. So, we all have had an opportunity to witness one answer to the the nature versus nurture debate – one of the oldest issues in psychology. Half of Germany was acceded to the Soviets and became communist East Germany DGR, while the other half was retained by the Allies and was therefore a democratic Federal Republic FRG, plus that the city of Berlin, although located in the east half, was also divided and became East Berlin and West Berlin respectively

Well, the Berlin Wall was built in 1961 by the communists simply to stop their citizens escaping to the western sector – in a dozen years 15% of the East German population had absconded to the W est. The large concrete Berlin Wall was the world’s deadliest border, with guard towers manned by shoot to kill sentries together with its with dog runs, and accompanied by a wide area (later known as the “death strip”) that contained mines, anti-vehicle trenches, wooden fakir beds of nails, and other defences against ‘non-prisoner’ potential escapees.

However, after 30 years the people started smashing it down in November 1989 as their oppressors finally gave up when the East German communist system had suffered utter collapse as the country was bankrupt.

By then, the GDR ‘twin’ was both grimy and wretched, housing was without developed facilities, food was basic and sparse, and the scared people were poor, deprived, and without even the common things prevalent in normal society, and certainly most of them could only dream of owning even a ramshackle motorcar – well at least the roads were empty, eh?

That contrasts of course with the affluent FRG ‘twin’, with its people living in a relative paradise with their upmarket fast luxury cars and a Western lifestyle to match. Within a year Belin was unified, and it became the capital as East Germany was absorbed, and Germany became a single country once again.

If you need another example of twins’ different development, perhaps you could consider north and south Korea? They share a border and were once united but their system outcomes are as different as chalk and cheese

North Korea is now a communist country, one of the most isolated economies in the world today, reliant on Chinese support and led by dynasty politics, it operates under a command economy and suffers from economic mismanagement, applies a doctrine of songun (military-first), poverty is extensive with forty percent of the population living below the poverty line, food is problematic and there have been periods of mass starvation, pervasive censorship prevails and there is extensive media manipulation. Human rights are non-existent, as demonstrated by prison camps, torture and inhuman treatment, arbitrary detention, discrimination, absence of freedom of expression, violations of the right to life, no freedom of movement, and enforced disappearances, 200,000 prisoners incarcerated in camps that are dedicated to political crimes, and subjected to forced labor, physical abuse, and execution

Whereas neighbouring South Korea has gradually stabilised into a liberal democracy of a multi-party system with a President as head of state, executive power exercised by the government, and substantial development in education, economy, and culture. It is a mixed economy, combining free market principles with central planning by the government. It is a country that generally respects basic civil and political liberties, although however it reportedly maintains unreasonable restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Because of the Korean war the South was one of the poorest countries in the world for over a decade, but all that was changed through growth of the industrial sector and its transformation into a successful exporter of everything from consumer electronics and smartphones to kimchi food and K-Pop music, and now that tiny Asian nation it has even surpassed India on several socio-economic parameters

Then we have China, the world’s third largest country after Russia and Canada, which has established a major foothold of communism in Southeast Asia, and has followed the normal pattern of communist society with oppression of the population by military force, as exampled by power being preserved with tanks against student democracy demonstrators in the Tiananmen square of Beijing, the capital of China, in in the same year as the Berlin Wall came down. It was a tragic showdown with death toll possibly of several hundred to thousands and as many as 10,000 people were arrested – a disgraceful national episode that is still hidden by its government from its people by widespread rigid censorship.

As most recently exposed, leaked classified documents confirmed prevalent claims that China operates a vast prison camp network chain, which is used to detain at least a million people from the nation’s Muslim minorities. As you would expect from such a regime, it said they had been fabricated when we know well that the documents are consistent with mounting evidence that the country runs detention camps that are secret, involuntary and used for ideological “education transformation, eh?

Chairman Mao, a Chinese communist revolutionary, of ‘red book’ infamy, was the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, established through civil war of course, which he ruled with an iron fist from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. He has been blamed for a famine that cost up to 45million lives in China during the communists’ ‘Great Leap Forward’ between 1958 and 1962

[Today, other than Russia, the existing Communist states in the world are in China, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam]

Then of course there is Socialism, which shouldn’t normally be confused with communism, except that in Britain the socialist Labour party has been taken-over by the Marxists and its leader Jeremy Corbyn is are of that ilk. Six years ago second in command and now Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said on camera ‘Look, I’m straight, I’m honest with people: I’m a Marxist’, as well as at the same time he celebrated the global financial crisis that all but destroyed our lives, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, plunged our economy into a recession and forced our taxpayers to bail out the banks with his triumphant words ‘I waited all my life for banking crisis’

Socialism is at its core an economic philosophy, whereas communism is economic but overrulingly political, while extreme socialism verges on Marxism. Here in the UK, the socialists are intent of delivering the latter, and have been vocal advocates for the regime in Venezuela, which they have described as being socialism in action, but what has been the outcome for that country, eh?

Well, in Venezuela there is an ongoing, uncontrolled, and growing crisis, brought about by a extreme socialist regime that embarked on a disastrous social-justice escapade to redistribute wealth from business to the State with nationalisation, and well-off to poor, implementing a revolutionary ultra-left-wing ideology (Chavismo), which was enacted with brutal suppression and simply destroyed the former Venezuelan democracy, eliminated independent media, and controlled justice and the courts – implementing social policies that resulted in government uncontrolled overspending, which caused shortages, and allowed the inflation rate to grow like Topsy. So, while twenty years ago, it was the richest economy in South America due to its oil, with substantial production and massive reserves, today their democracy and freedom is in the gutter, there is hyperinflation of 10 million % the highest in the world, the community is largely poverty-stricken, and water, sanitation, electricity, medicine, money, and even food, are all either rationed or unavailable, the health system has buckled as there are no medicines, and the oppressed population have been on the streets demonstrating for 2 years, but in a premeditated policy of the authorities, they face illegitimate force, with violent and lethal acts [over 160 people have been killed].

On the other hand, free market capitalism brings its own problems, not least of which is that some get obscenely mega rich and indeed the wealth gap between rich and poor widens, but don’t believe a word of the crap propaganda that the poor get poorer, will you? The fact is that global extreme poverty has dramatically declined by half over 30 years so we are well on the way to reaching the UN goal of eradicating poverty by 2030, aren’t we? Market forces and commerce have not only significantly helped in that, but has fostered equality and health as well.

[Capitalism becomes more palatable when accompanied with a reasonable dose of socialism]

 

An essential guide to the UKs 2019 General Election – a brand new Christmas ‘Panto Day’ production?

 

It’s probably many years since most British voters attended a traditional Christmas pantomime, but most will remember the excitement as children watching and vocally participating, singing along, booing and shouting, “he’s behind you” as the baddies came on stage

Unfortunately, in this latest panto there simply are no goodies, but only the acts of the supervillains, eh? So, before Christmas we have to face-down the villainous living legends of complicity, deceit, lies, and unrealistic outcomes in the political fairy tales of the likes of:

Aladdin with Boris Johnson’, who from childhood wanted to be world king, is a loveable buffoon, and a smooth-talking serial philanderer, but in character is looking villainous while masquerading as Jafar the crown’s most trusted advisor, although also perhaps an evil sorcerer clearly plotting to rule, and a slick, deceptive, manipulative, and malicious advisor trying to bamboozle and influence a confused, politically exhausted by BREXIT, electorate, eh? Well, also he is a leader, who like his two predecessors, is adept at living the bare-faced lie that he has negotiated a DIFFERENT ‘good deal’ for the UK, but uniquely is now offering riches to the nation in terms of public spending, when the glaring truth is that the current party machine is doing nothing more than ‘proposing’ to restore some of what it has purloined from those least able to give, since 2010, eh? Furthermore, he has already reinstated 10 of the blocker MPs who halted his commitment “NO IF’S OR BUT’S” to leave the EU on 31st October, so four of them can now re-enter the Commons after the Election to replicate such actions. He not only promised something he couldn’t deliver, so excuses that by blaming parliament, but now he is claiming ‘You can do free trade deals based on zero tariffs, zero quotas, and most importantly the whole of the UK comes out, England, Scotland, Wales and northern Ireland come out together, and what it means you take back control as a country, your money, your borders, your laws”. Sound like what he previously offered the population, eh? He has now even abdicated responsibility to the Brexit party for getting re-elected and “getting BREXIT done“ by demanding that they don’t field their parliamentary candidates so he can unfairly win more seats, eh? Risking getting a majority is MORE important to him than delivering the BREXIT we voted for

Dick Whittington, staring the principal antagonist bad guy ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ as the Demon King who enters from extreme stage left, because left is traditionally associated with the devil, to terrify the voters in the street with a vision of social-justice socialism for Britain akin to that of ‘Venezuela’, eh? In a wealth redistribution escapade of just 20 years, a democratic oil-rich affluent country with the richest economy in South America, with its mostly urban and educated population having access to clean drinking water, sanitation facilities and electricity, has been transformed into a corrupt poverty stricken undemocratic land with no imports, £70billion in outstanding debt of which the bulk is in default so access is lost to international capital markets, featuring a ruinously crashed moribund economy with most businesses collapsed, an impoverished community facing water, sanitation, electricity, medicine, money, and even food, all either rationed or unavailable, a people unsupported by a buckled health system. [By contrast in this panto version there is no Good Fairy appearing from the right, eh?]

Cinderella, originally a mythical story of unjust oppression and triumphant reward, but here it’s a non- dazzling comedy with a cast of nobodies headed not by the title character, who doesn’t appear nor does the magical fairy godmother, but by an ‘uncanny’, wet-behind-the-ears, youngish Scot and apparent socialist liberalist ‘Jo Swinson’ as wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine together with the pair of truly Ugly Stepsisters in supporting cast. In standard panto the latter are played by men in frocks pretending to be ladies, who wear silly outfits and have lots of make-up on their faces and silly wigs on their heads but in this production however they are genuine females nevertheless with equally silly images, while their pretence is all about having any long-term relevance to UK politics – these are convincingly played though by its supposedly green committed, solidary MP Caroline Lucas, with her ‘ex-Eurosceptic’ party’s dubious aims to create a just, equitable and sustainable society, but is now linked with Liz Saville Roberts an MP who seemingly seeks independence on behalf of the Welsh whist instead remaining under control of the EU, but nevertheless leader of a party in the Commons that is so unpopular that it holds only 4 of the 40 Welsh seats there. So, these are three supposed parliamentarians who decry democracy because they disagree with the voters, and hence cynically have formed a ‘Remain’ alliance, albeit to the anger of many of their grassroots members, to try to thwart the population’s BREXIT decision

Peter Pan with ex-City trader and long standing brexiteer Nigel Farage MEP performing in the flamboyant villainous bad boy character of Captain Hook, swaggering about the country ship and sneering in an unmatchable way at all others, while strutting about and amply proving his unrequited ambition to be in charge of politics. He formed a new party that would be honest, controlled by its supporters, and unlike the existing ones could be trusted to do what it said. However, having already been rejected 7 times, he himself daren’t stand for parliament again, he demanded a clean break BREXIT and that the tory withdrawal agreement was ditched but then HE accepted it would indeed stand, then HE let his supporters and the general public down when he promised to field candidates in every constituency but reneged on that by standing down 317 being half of them at the twelfth hour when his bluff was called – today it is reported that he will stand down a further 43 candidates. Moreover, his character is tainted by his close friendship with and approval of sleezebag Donald Trump, instead of just appropriate, respectful, acquiescence, acceptance of the ‘current’ continuance of his US presidency, eh?

Robin Hood at some unfortunate places featuring the independent villains playing the evil Prince John and the even eviller Sheriff of Nottingham or just an outrageous Dame. These of course include MPs thrown out of parliamentary parties as untrustworthy and reneging on commitments made to their constituencies and who gutlessly refused to face their electorate until a General Election was forced on them, eh? Amongst them you will find euroman and ‘pretend’ Briton Dominic Grieve, a Tory ex-Attorney General, best known for over years opposing and scuppering BREXIT. He partly lives in France, and is of course as you might expect, the president of the ‘Franco-British Society’, a holder no less of France’s ‘Legion of Honour’, and broadcasts not in the UK but in French on French radio and television. He was deselected by his constituency party 3 months ago, but he as an independent now has the pledged support of the Beaconsfield LibDems who have withdrawn their candidate Rob Castell as they are grateful for his clandestine backing as a Conservative MP for their ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ campaign – don’t worry Grieve will simply be spending more time with his family and friends in his beloved France, eh?

Ask yourself this “Can you actually trust ANY of our political parties or our politicians”. Do you BELIEVE that the massive spending promises that are being made before the 12th December will actually be delivered in practice when power is achieved for 5 years, eh?

Perhaps you have pondered why in the UK we put a ‘cross’ ✖ in a box to vote for our chosen candidate in an Election, and not a ‘tick’✔ which is the normal checkmark of approval or yes, as opposed to that of the cross for non-approval or no, eh? Well, back as early as the 9th century, scribes validated documents using the sign of the cross, and in more recent ancient times a cross was written on documents as a proof of a person’s identity and intent when they were uneducated and couldn’t write. What does it tell us about imitation democracy in Britain when our elite politicians still put us voters in that category of being inferior beings? You see, the political classes resent and rue the reforms that brought about general voting rights and universal suffrage with voting rights for women – they hanker for the days when only the elite land owners and rich had any say in running the Country, and when MPs answered to nobody, as we voters don’t understand what we vote for, they say?

 

[It is imperative that ALL us voters exercise the right that others have died to give us, as otherwise it will be lost. But what do we do when placed in the predicament created by the current lot of politicians? Let your voice he heard – write on the ballot paper “NONE OF THE ABOVE”]

 

Remember, remember, the fifth of November – in truth ‘Guy Fawkes’ came to be toasted as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”

The ancient Palace of Westminster was in 1605 a jumble of medieval buildings [this drawing is of the foundation plan]

 

Today 5th November is of course Britain’s day of celebration of an event of 414 years ago, when a group of English plotters’ attempt to blow up the then house of Lords and its members with gunpowder, was foiled at the twelfth hour, so to speak, before the opening of the British so-called parliament of the times.

As you might guess, it was all about religion and involved about a dozen Catholics intent on overthrowing the Protestant King James 1, killing him and his lords, while intent on restoring a Catholic monarch to the throne.

Guy Fawkes also known as Guido Fawkes, is the one most associated with the plot as he was the only one actually caught, which was when in control of the gunpowder, as it was he who was set to detonate it in a ground floor storeroom [NOT a cellar as is widely recounted!]. Torture was ordered by the King and used to break him on the rack and so confess and implicate the others involved.

Fawkes was a convert to Catholicism and as we know only too well from Islamic jihadi terrorism, it is converts that make the most violent individuals in a faith. The plot wasn’t actually discovered by the authorities but came to light because a plotter tipped-off a Catholic peer to save his life, so the King found out that way and had a search conducted

Following the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot and execution of its ‘high treason’ participants, an annual ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ bonfire festivity by Londoners was stimulated by parliament [as ‘the joyful day of deliverance’], and indeed and this has evolved into a widespread bonfire and extravagant firework displays event, throughout the UK to this very day, and even to overseas colonies, including some in America

[Later in the 17th century bonfires were accompanied by fireworks and it also became the custom to burn an effigy of the pope, while in modern times it is a guy effigy, often created by children from old clothes, newspapers, and a mask]

However, it was a learned professor of history who recorded that Fawkes came to be toasted as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”. Many of us these days who have followed the disgraceful behaviour over many many years of MPs in the Commons and Peers in the Lords, would agree with that. Obliviously there was no democratically elected lower parliament in Fawkes’ day, as it wasn’t founded until over 200 years later

[The House of Commons, officially the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the upper house, the House of Lords, it meets in the Palace of Westminster rebuilt after a fire some 150 years ago]

Certainly many MPs seem to hold the attitude whereby the general population aren’t clever enough or well educated enough to dictate to them about how the Country should be run, so they will overrule the voters if they consider we have made a mistake or are misinformed – as we have seen over the past 3 years with their blatant refusal to implement the result of the 2016 EU Referendum, as they consider it bad for the UK – that would include the Scottish SNP who failed to persuade Scotland to leave the Union, but nevertheless believe they have the right to defy decisions of that very Union.

You see the elite and our MPs think they have the innate and divine right to rule and they hanker back to the old days without the binding inconvenience of democracy, and when ordinary people were serfs with no power nor say. Well, at least back to the time when only a few percent of the population had the vote and the British electoral system was totally unrepresentative – before 1800 probably only a quarter of a million people were entitled to vote and even large industrial cities like Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester did not have a single MP between them – and certainly not women [universal suffrage, with voting rights for women, though NOT for those under 30, only arrived here in 1918, didn’t it?

Certainly, Britain needs a completely new set of none self-serving, honest MPs who the people can trust, and ones who will implement the long-overdue changes that our parliamentary system requires. That would include getting shot of the ridiculous, non-elected, unaccountable,  over-populated, useless, expensive House of Lords – though that will take more than a couple of thirty-eight barrels of gunpowder that Fawkes intended to use, eh?

 

[A general election is upon us next month and hopefully the Country will get at least some of the right MPs this time]

 

 

 

Boris’ BREXIT Halloween Trick or Treat – TRICK?

   Tories still unreliable to deliver proper BREXIT