Political Illiteracy

It is very easy to take the piss out of MPs and their “familiars” of the Press as they get caught up in their symbiotic relationship and the consequent fantasies of the Westminster Bubble but sometimes they do make it all too easy. Grant Shapps who has been outed as the latest “plotter in chief” behind a not so subtle move to have Theresa May replaced as Leader and therefore PM is an example of total stupidity.

The Conservative Party should shudder to recall that this man was once their party chairman because he is totally politically naïve and lacking in the basic grasp of the real world of politics. This post is not a defence of Theresa May but I hope it is a realistic view of the status quo. Continue Reading →

How Not to Do It

Whilst the Catalan referendum on independence was illegal and a bit of a stunt, it is totally clear that the way the Spanish Government handled it was amazingly stupid as well as very violent, this is certainly not the way to handle these kinds of situations.

I am not sure about how the Latin temperament handles and processes these conflicts but highly emotionally seems to be the answer just like the Junta in Argentine and the Falklands war, it is a case of rash actions having negative longer term consequences so why do it in the first place ? Continue Reading →

Delusion by the Sea

Although it is easy to pick on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party Conference, there are a whole number of other ways in which people and the media seem to be interpreting recent events wrongly and in the process miss seeing what is actually happening.

Worse than this between Labour committing themselves to trashing the economy through renationalisation, the LibDems refusing to accept Brexit and some Tories imagining that Grammar Schools are the answer to better education, we clearly have politicians on all sides of the House that are not fit for purpose and therefore unfit to serve ! Continue Reading →

Post Florence

It has been quite interesting looking at the comments on the Economist website and on You Tube following Theresa May’s speech in Florence with regard to the Brexit negotiations. She laid out an outline for resolving current issues but also made an appeal over the heads of the EU negotiators directly to national leaders to get a grip and push ahead because quite rightly it is ultimately a purely political rather than a legal decision.

The comments from both the Leaver and Remain camps were predictable but in my view totally wrong because the game has moved on to such an extent that the default positions of both are no longer valid. Continue Reading →

Teamwork ?

It is always difficult to determine whether the average British journalist is entirely stupid or whether they are trying to be very clever by ignoring alternative thinking. A classic case is the current one concerning Boris Johnson, a 4,000 word article about Brexit in the Telegraph and all the fuss and headlines in the media concerning: “His personal political ambitions”, “Tory divisions over Brexit” and “Boris back seat driving” over Brexit.

Now whilst I will admit to having read Machiavelli when I was quite young and understood it, to my mind the British media are totally bonkers, all I suspect is happening is a bit of nifty teamwork. Continue Reading →

Another Sign of Changing Times

I have expressed the view before that one of the major problems over this last decade is a total lack of innovation in terms of consumer products and consumer services. Apple will shortly launch another upgraded iPhone, the eighth iteration and whilst there will be product ‘tweaks’ one has to wonder, as far as real technical innovations are concerned, why ?

The commercial reason is pretty obvious, they want more money and knowing that they cannot defy gravity in terms of sales volumes forever, want to milk the situation for as much as they can for as long as they can…BUT. Continue Reading →

Could She Remain Leader ?

An amusing fluttering in the dovecotes of the media today with the headlines of Theresa May whilst on a tour to Japan saying that she intended to lead the Tory Party into the next election so the questions one could pose on that might be “Is that possible ?” and also “Why say this right now ?”

The answer to the first is yes it is possible but whether it happens depends on many, mainly external factors. The second though is far simpler, we are approaching the Autumn Party Conference season so what else could she say ? Continue Reading →

Why Bother ?

It has always been the nature of the EU that little which is said publicly has much to do with the underlying realities and “drama” has to be injected into just about everything. A prime example at Council of Ministers meetings is the apparent need to hold “make or break” meetings well into the early hours to try and paint a picture of a “Titanic struggle to reach a final agreed position” when one suspects that it was all tied up well before hand by the civil servants before anybody actually arrived at Brussels.

With this in mind, what to make of the current state of the Brexit negotiations and if they are actually that bad, what is the best course of action for the UK to take ? Continue Reading →

A Total Failure But…

I know it is positively absurd to quote oneself but last November after Trump won the White House I did write a piece about it: http://baldysblog.co.uk/2016/11/09/trump-wins-the-oval-office/ and I ended it with the following which is worth repeating as we move forward :

“In the end, Trump may well surprise us all and get positive change going both at home and abroad, let’s hope so even though there must be a suspicion that he is likely to be just another windbag. Either way he is now on the big stage, it is now time for him to perform…” Continue Reading →

Future Photography Trends

The other day I read a piece on DigitalRev by a photographer called Ben Davis on what he saw as the future of photography: http://www.digitalrev.com/article/5-predictions-for-the-future-of-photography

Whilst some of his views I agree with, there are others where I don’t but that said the article did was to provoke quite a number of thoughts on the topic of photography, where it is today and where it may go into the future, it is almost a repeat of the early days of photography and fine art painting but artists still exist today though at the time it might have seemed extinction was a possibility. Continue Reading →