President Macron’s Problems

The second round of the French Presidential election has run its predictable course and France now has a President Macron in no small part to people voting to keep Marine Le Pen out plus more than the 11 million who voted for her, either abstaining or spoiling their ballot papers. These elections have often in the past delivered a winner by default rather than a President seen as the “man for all of France” and this is really where the problems begin.

Equally of no surprise, along with a huge sigh of relief in Brussels, The Economist penned a ‘joyful article: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21721808-mr-macron-who-never-previously-stood-election-faces-divided-country-and-heavy Continue Reading →

The French Presidential Elections

The Presidential race did at least produce a ‘surprise’ in that the two candidates through to the second round are both outsiders to the mainstream political parties that have been in power for more than 50 almost 60 years. However between Macron and Le Pen in the second round, it must be certain that Macron will win hands down as the supporters of the other failed candidates rally around him just to keep Marine Le Pen out, it is the French way of doing these things. Continue Reading →

Quo Vadis President Trump ?

It has been an interesting week in terms of International politics and all centred on one man, the President of the United States, Donald Trump. I must be honest and say that to a large extent, I have felt rather cheered by events if only because he is demonstrating an ability to be a bit unpredictable and far more pragmatic compared with Obama and that has unsettled his adversaries.

But what is perhaps more interesting is the signs that Donald Trump is indeed learning on the job and making some positive ‘adjustments’ as he goes which is no bad thing either. Continue Reading →

A Change is Coming

I’m no fan of Donald Trump but to be fair to the roughly 50% of American voters that did bother to cast their ballot, they really didn’t have much of a choice as both candidates were distinctly lacklustre in one way or another. However unlikely it seemed 12 months ago, “The Donald” ended up with the job and has been duly inaugurated.

Clearly we have no idea what kind of President he will be, as I wrote to my Uncle who lives over there: “… either Trump is the thin skinned, egotistical narcissist he appears to be in which case and given “The American Way” of doing things, he won’t last long then it will be “Hail President Pence” or…he might turn out to be a very smart President who really achieves great things, only time will tell.” Continue Reading →

Remainers Having to Face Reality

It was reading an article on the BBC website written by Sean Coughlan in which he discussed “post truth” with “AC Grayling, public thinker, master of the New College of the Humanities, and Remain campaigner, who views the post-truth world with undisguised horror” that prompted me to pen this post. ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38557838 )

Essentially in reading the above it suddenly struck me just what is wrong with the “Remainers” who lost the referendum. It isn’t just that they haven’t accepted the result, it is much more than that, they haven’t even started to grasp the significance of the event in its British context which is surprising as so many of them would consider themselves far better educated than “those clods” who voted to Leave. Continue Reading →

Revising British Politics – OAPs

The New Year’s Honours have been greeted by some, one might say the usual suspects with disdain over the continued use of “Empire” in some awards plus the “buggins turn” whereby senior civil servants get an award just based upon rank and service rather than any attempt at justification by personal merit.

This post does not focus on the Honours System which much like the BBC gets hit as an Aunt Sally from all sides of the political spectrum when people feel disgruntled about something and for whatever reason. This post is focused on what reforms we can make to our political system so that it is seen as more relevant and more responsive to, more people. Continue Reading →

A Changing Pattern

Sadly, the majority of the articles published on the BBC website are rarely thoughtful let alone thought provoking but once in awhile, someone writes something good and Mark Easton has managed to do that: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38301495

Given that the vast majority of the metropolitan latte supping classes have yet to accept the result of the EU Referendum, it is a refreshing change to see someone especially from the BBC actually trying to grasp and explain the context in which that happened, well done and about time. However the EU result was just a beginning, it is not the end either for the UK, the EU or the Global Economy, lots more things have yet to take place. Continue Reading →

The Irrelevance of the EU and Globalisation

Perhaps the most interesting thing concerning Brexit, votes in the Commons on the Brexit timetable and the case at the Supreme Court is just how totally irrelevant it all is to our immediate future as too is ‘globalisation’. Although all the “middle class and better educated” cling onto the idea that somehow the EU and Globalisation are essential benefits to their ways of life in truth they are being total Luddites in their thinking.

Or if you prefer, they are suffering from the same lack of imagination that saw all the guns at Singapore pointing out to sea when the Japanese, being rather unsporting, attacked from the land side which it being the ‘Panto Season’, is definitely a case of “Look behind you white liberal idiots !” Continue Reading →

A Need for Common Sense

The British media, ever ready for any drama has a track record of photographers taking pictures of politicians carrying documents to and from meetings that can be clearly read when the images are enlarged. The obvious question arises is “Just how dumb are our politicians and their staff that this keeps happening ?”

This latest instance involves some assistant carrying hand written notes that ‘may’ indicate the UK Government’s desired objectives with regard to EU negotiations or ‘may well not’ but either way, their exposure should not have happened, folders are available and should be used. However this post is not so much about that specifically but more about what happens when people and ‘systems’ meet. Continue Reading →

Change Yes But Are We Ready

In my last post I did a “Baldy ramble” about upgrading some of my camera gear and although by the heading picture above it might seem that I am continuing that same theme, in fact I’m not. I will use cameras as an illustration of a basic idea, hence the picture but my primary focus is looking at the economic and political changes that seem about to break over us all and from there asking this question: Are we ready for change ?

However and whilst not going into too much detail, a video review of a particular camera that I saw today did provoke some thoughts I feel worth sharing using the camera industry as an example of how change will impact economies generally. Continue Reading →