All posts by D.Blythe

Theresa May (Stupidity)

What idiocy, to take the public for granted and introduce complicated policies, all because she thought she was going to have a massive majority and she would be able to get anything through. Theresa May has made it almost certain that Brexit will be watered down, possibly there will be a Labour Government by the end of the year.

The only way to stop the nightmare will be to change the leader and have another Election, the sooner the better!

 

 

No Solution At All!!!

President Trump said today that he is not tied to a two state solution. How is that going to look to the Palestinians? If they are not going to reach an end point where they have their own state, what is the point of them going on with the peace process?

If the Trump Whitehouse follows this path, they have lost an opportunity to be the straight talking, no bull peace-brokers that I hoped they would be. Donald Trump had all the cards in his hands, he does not owe anyone anything, he is a Washington outsider. Why can’t he just tell Netanyahu how it is:

  • Your settlements are illegal
  • You are occupying land that does not belong to Israel
  • You have punched above your weight for the past 50 odd years
  • The U.S will be your ally but an honest ally

Israel behaves the way it does because America sits back and allows it to. As soon as the U.S starts treating Israel in a proper way, expecting it to act responsibly etc.. Israel will have to change the way it treats the Palestinians.

The Palestinians are not innocent bystanders, they have to recognise Israel and accept it’s right to exist. Crack down on terrorism and cooperate with Israel on security issues. The only real solution will be an Israeli state and a Palestinian state, anything else will not work and will not last.

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Pressure Cooker Beef Stew & Dumplings

Ingredients

600g Diced Beef

2 Large Parsnips (cut into 1inch chunks)

1 Red & 1 Green Pepper (sliced)

3 or 4 Large Carrots (cut into 1inch chunks)

200g Closed cup Mushrooms (halved)

2 Medium Onions (chopped)

1 Medium Swede (cut into 1ich chunks)

400g Tin of Butter Beans (drained and washed)

5 Medium/Large Potatoes (cut into quarters)

Enough beef stock to cover ingredients

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Cornflower to thicken gravy

2 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)

Frozen Dumplings (1 per person)

1 Teaspoon of Mixed Herbs

Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and brown the beef, once browned, add to the pressure cooker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, including enough stock to cover the ingredients, (never fill the pressure cooker more than 2/3).
  3. Place lid on pressure cooker and lock, heat pot and bring pressure up to high setting and cook under high pressure for 20 minutes.
  4. Release pressure using quick method and add frozen dumplings.
  5. Bring pot back up to high pressure for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Release pressure using the quick method and check that potatoes and vegetables are cooked, if not, cook under high pressure for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Release pressure using the quick method and mix Cornflower with cold water, use the correct amount of cornflower according to how much stock you added to the pot.
  8. Keep pot on heat and poor in the cornflower mixture, stir until gravy is as thick as you like it.
  9. Enjoy!

Teachers Wearing Surveilance Cameras

Today it was revealed that two schools in England have agreed to be part of a trial for the use of body cameras in classrooms. The cameras will be worn by teachers and will only be activated when the teacher feels the situation warrants it.

Mary Bousted, general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said the union did not support the use of surveillance technology to monitor children and staff.” All schools should be safe places for pupils and staff,” she said.”The evidence suggests that the best way to ensure children behave well in schools is for schools to have a good behaviour policy which is accepted by all staff and parents and is consistently applied in the school with sanctions all the pupils understand. If schools have good behaviour policies they should not have to resort to using body cameras or CCTV. We would not support schools being turned into prisons. CCTV can have a useful role in monitoring entrances and exits to schools to prevent strangers gaining access or vandalism, but we do not support their use in schools to monitor children and staff.”

According to The Guardian a department for Education spokeswoman said that it was, “a matter for the school.” and “The schools are acting within the law as far as we know, but we haven’t investigated this matter,”  

Mary Bousted is living in dream land, blaming a schools policies for bad behavior is a joke. It does not matter what the policy is or whether it is “understood” by pupils, pupils do not care as long as they can deny what they are accused of. Cameras in class is a great idea but I would say that it should not be up to the teacher to activate the recording process. The camera should be placed in the ceiling and should be on all the time. I am sure that parents would support it, why not, if your children are well behaved and have been brought up to respect their teachers, there should not be a problem.

It is a sad state of affairs when cameras are needed in classrooms but that is the situation we are in, it is no good wishing things were different. Schools have to live with the reality and deal with it.

Speaker should Resign

John Bercow should either resign or be removed from his position as Speaker of the House of Commons. The speaker should be impartial and should not make remarks that could cause embarrassment to the Government of the day.

John Bercow has made the most unbelievably political remarks for a Speaker and I cannot see how he can carry on. He is commenting on the immigration policy of another country. How can he stay as Speaker?

He should be forced to stand in Parliament and apologize for his remarks. The band-wagon around Donald Trump knows no bounds, even people in positions like John Bercow seem to want some of the action and grab headlines. What a pity The Speaker of the House of Commons couldn’t remain dignified and impartial, he has shamed Britain by being so ridiculous.

Netanyahu UK Visit

Theresa May should make it clear to Benjamin Netanyahu that Britain is against further Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Israel has been doing exactly what it wants for years and years. How can they say they want peace with the Arab nations and continue to behave like this.

The United Nations on 22nd March 1979 made itself very clear “that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East” It does not matter how many resolutions the international community passes, as long as Israel has the unbending support of the U.S, they will continue to do as they wish.

It is time now for the U.S to show the rest of the world, especially the Arab world that they treat all countries according to their actions. Donald Trump has a chance to change the Arab view of America by using his influence to change the direction that Israel is going in. Until the U.S lean heavily on Israel, Israel will continue to frustrate peace.

I am not against Israel, the fact that Israel has managed to survive and be strong while being surrounded by enemies is something that they should be proud of but for their own sake, it is time to seriously commit to the peace process.

Judge was wrong!

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The judge that decided to halt President Trumps policy banning admittance to the US from 7 mainly Muslim countries was wrong.

The policy which he ruled illegal was passed by Congress and Congress gave the president “the unreviewable authority to suspend the admission of any class of visitor”. I may be simple-minded but to my way of thinking, if something is voted in by the representatives of the people, in a democracy that means that it becomes the policy.

The only way this should be debated is whether it is constitutional and this would have to be examined by the Supreme Court. If they find that it is unconstitutional then fine, but for a judge to second guess Congress is wrong.

It is all very well for people to be complaining about this policy and I understand why. I bet the people of France wish that their Government had taken strong actions to protect them, perhaps their security situation would be better than it is at the moment. I personally would welcome strong actions to protect Britain if the Government felt that it was necessary. As long as there are safeguards in place to ensure that the Government is not acting as a dictator.

What Happened Miss Simone?

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“What happened Miss Simone” a new documentary directed by Liz Garbus available on Netflix is a joy to watch, Nina Simone’s  voice is unbelievable. You get to see how her life went off the rails and the pain she must have gone through when her career came to a stand still. All the fame and success was not enough, all she wanted was to behave how she saw fit and not conform to what was expected of her. Whether it was the expectations of her Husband, Daughter or promoters, in the end she could not give what was expected, she could only be herself, good and at times bad. At least she was free.

I highly recommend this documentary, it is so interesting.

Moan, Moan, Moan!!

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Just been watching Newswatch on BBC One and the people that write in to complain about Nigel Farage being given airtime this week should stop moaning. Nigel Farage was, at one time, a loan voice urging Britain to leave the EU and everyone said he was mad. In the week that Parliament passes the bill to trigger article 50, I cannot think of a more appropriate person to interview.

This week he was also a news item himself following his brilliant attack on the EU parliament as you can see here. On matters relating to Europe he is not given disproportionate coverage, in 2014 UKIP, the party that he lead, won the European parliamentary elections in the UK with 4,376,635 votes. Perhaps this is a case of those on the other side of the referendum still having the taste of sour grapes in their mouths.

France Terror Attack

How come this type of thing is always happening in France, the French people must be starting to get annoyed that, perhaps their security is not as good as it should be. Why are terrorists targeting France? Do they see a weak target?

I am not blaming France for the attacks, the blame is squarely on those that carried them out. I am just pondering aloud the questions that I would want answered by the British government if this kept happening in Britain.

The other European countries, especially those that share a border with France, must be very concerned that there is a weak link on mainland Europe where attacks could emanate from. No details yet on the nationality of the latest attacker, but it would be interesting to see if this was home grown or a migrant attack.