2018 Politics

The USA has in the past year revelled in isolationist policies, probably to the detriment of the rest of the world.  Hello USA.  There is a “rest of the world”, and it isn’t ALL anti-USA, but the proportion may be growing.

On the other hand the UK has agonised about its actual policies, trying to decide whether to be isolationist, semi-isolationist, semi-integrated, totally integrated or something in between.  

At home I listen to the news and analysis thereof.  I have decided that actually watching TV news is about 20% informative and 80% time wasted.

I wonder if the USA has an adequate system of regulation against the accidental election of an idiot to control so many national governmental institutions.  The USA of course has a defined constitution, amended over time to be highly detailed, but possibly still inadequate.   Any writer of rules must know that one cannot pre-regulate every possible situation.

I also wonder of the UK system of government is too tightly bound, in that nothing can actually be changed until sufficient elected members consider that there will otherwise be a catastrophe, and then it is referred to another, un-elected, group, many of whom are more experienced and less reliant on public opinion, to rationalise the decisions of those who are.  The UK famously has no written constitution, but law is based on expanding precedent.  Parliament has its own rules, sometimes outside general law.

Meanwhile, the Chinese appear to be the bogeymen for the USA, whereas Russia is the UK’s current nasty, with the EU as the focus of current attention.

Happy 2019 everyone.  I expect more of the same.

Brexit !!!

It appears that with six months to go, our British government has finally realised that we may have to leave the EU with no exit deal.

Should they not have been making preparations for this potential situation when article 50 was triggered around 18 months ago?  

When I voted to leave the European Union, I assumed that the UK would actually leave the European Union, as in: Goodbye, We are leaving, We are going back to the old EEC rules or even earlier.

The more I hear, the more I feel that we have been betrayed, and that the politicians are playing games to keep Britain sort of, partly, almost, in the EU, but with all the financial penalties and none of the benefits

And, as more than one Irishman has pointed out, the big problem is not the “Irish Border”, but the “British Border Across Ireland”.

Our planet, and how we could lose it.

Global scientists have once again released a report stating that we are destroying the planet.
In fact we are merely rendering it uninhabitable for our species. The planet will simply shrug us off as a temporary parasite.

But, one wonders, what is the point?
On a personal level, nobody to my knowledge has yet come up with an affordable electric car that can reasonably tow a caravan or a horse trailer over any reasonable distance.
Even if they did, what is the comparative climate effect and cost of generating and delivering the electricity, and providing the charging points nationwide?

On a global level, until the USA acknowledges the problem and Russia, China and India, along with a host of smaller  countries, achieve their ambition of catching up with “the West’s” power consumption levels, we are unlikely to make any local effect.

Maybe, having screwed the planet beyond our current abilities, we must either evolve to cope or die out as a species. We won’t be the first to be replaced, even on this planet.

I realise that we are merely the tenants of our environment, and custodians for future generations.  So the best we can hope to do is to limit the impact of the previous 2000 or so generations who had no idea what they were doing.