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Where now?

Let’s be positive.

Some would suggest, and as yet we have no proof, that Harry has, at last returned the Royal Family to the British. The Hanoverian link has been broken.

Whether that is true depends upon a DNA test, and despite all the rumours no proof that Harry is the legitimate offspring of the heir to the throne has ever been given. Plenty of bluster. No proof.

Someone could surely pick up a glass, or some object containing a DNA sample and have that examined. In a very British way eyes have been closed, and its all been tucked away, and not spoken about.

We live in changing times. Our sovereign is coming to the end of her superb reign. We like having a monarch. Imagine President Blair or some other tainted politician being the supreme authority, even if powerless.

Prince Charles is to be admired. He’s worked tirelessly for decades. He was forced, in many ways, to reject the love of his life. This he did, and that didn’t work out too well. At least we got an heir and a spare.

That potential King has now produced his own heirs. His brother, Harry, has slipped down the pecking order. He faces a life of representing our monarch for the rest of his life. He will be the best man,never the groom.

Couple to that his choice of partner. Meghan is a forthright young woman. She lacks the quiet sophistication of her sister-in-law, who will go on to become a consort we will all admire. The Duchess of Sussex has a past that will reverberate. She’s done little that any other exuberant young woman would not have done, but our press and media have decided she is persona non grata, and besides Harry is a nice bloke, but lacks the gravitas needed of a senior royal. That just means he will not put up with any nonsense. He will speak his mind.

This is all very modern. The United Kingdom is now in danger of fragmenting. Our glamour is tarnished. A frightening error has meant we will be thrown out of a cosy club where we have been happy enough for a long time. Our Queen Victoria produced children who sat on the thrones, usually as consort, of all the major sovereignties of Europe. That gave us power, so did our domination of about a third of the world. The European Union has been a suitable substitute, and it has kept the peace in Europe for nearly 80 years.

That may change. Europe is starting to shift. Dangerously it is moving to the right. At the same time a new social revolution is now starting. Work will no longer be the glue that held down the majority of the population. Automation, in all its forms, will takeover from the peasantry. We are already noticing that we have too many people in this world. That needs to be solved.

The USA believes it is the dominant force in the world. That is increasingly being questioned. China is acquiring control through acquisition not conquest. India is raising its head. Russia has increasing influence in the Middle East, and could well dominate Turkey to create a new power band across the heartland of the world. The USA has plundered and been increasingly arrogant. How much longer the world will tolerate this teenage upstart will be interesting to watch.

The United Kingdom faces a difficult time. Our new Prime Minister was born in the USA of Turkish parentage. He has no real allegiance to our country, except through attendance at a posh school. He appears at this stage to be relishing power. Whether that will prove satisfactory only time will tell.

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Phoebe Lockwood

Recording by George Ewart Evans of Phoebe Lockwood

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Phoebe Lockwood talks about her life

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Phoebe tells about cooking hares.

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Suffolk riddles

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Ideas for the Future

Trevor aged 45

Fortunately I’ve been given free rein to say whatever I like. At least that’s the way it is at present, it’s likely to change. I remember George Orwell, a visionary, whose works should now be taken very seriously. His book, 1984, may have been premature but it is finding its time now.

Rather than moaning on about what is wrong it’s time to broaden horizons; to think outside the box!

Let’s make a start; Nation State

Why are we geographically restricted? It makes little sense, particularly now that we have people moving all around the globe. There are 166 different languages spoken in parts of London. Why does geography play such an important place in our lives?

The Nation State has become an irrelevance. It is little more than a system of control.

In England, which is where I live, we have first past the post elections. In my county, in East Anglia, everyone is biased, so we always get the same political party in charge. That party is so arrogant that we now have an MP who had never been to my county before she was selected. Her CV (resume) was very similar to Margaret Thatcher, so she was liked. It must have been a paper sift because she has achieved very little for us, although she now holds a Cabinet post.

The Nation State is a means of control.

Our democratic system is no better. Of recent years boundaries have been changed. The excuse was to bring them all to the same population size. Untrue. It was to give the ruling party a better chance of winning.

A Solution

To make a start why can’t we choose which government to follow.? Even in Europe it is not too difficult to acquire citizenship. Belgium is probably the easiest but other countries do very well.

Elsewhere Russia is the easiest with Peru coming second. As a precaution why not apply for an e-residency in Estonia. For just 199 Euros you can start an Estonian company. No need to live there, although it is very pleasant, especially in summer.

Scotland are looking like a good choice (it is a bit cold for an East Anglian). The Northern Irish problem could be solved if the Protestants moved back to Scotland, as that’s where most came from.

Wales could also become independent. That would save money, as Wales is encouraged by government, probably to prevent revolts. Since the coal industry was taken apart by Thatcher Wales has been given state-run jobs; such as vehicle licensing. It keeps their heads down at desks.

These suggestions are just a start. Our aim should be World Citizenship. That needs to be taken very slowly. Too many cushy sinecures will be at risk.

Remember this is just looking outside the box.

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Brief Future

Trevor Lockwood

I’ve made a decision. I shall abandon politics. Instead I will take a philosophical approach to life. Look forward to a perfect society. There’s much to discuss. Why do we have nation states? Alternatives to capitalism. Is monotheism preferable? Population reduction. War or peace. Equality in economics. Saving homo sapiens (the planet will survive – it is us that needs to worry).

There will be much more if I last that long.

It is now clear, after a lifetime of trying to influence events, that I have failed. That’s OK, as I have tried.

Instead it will be fruitful to look outside the box. To stay constrained means that I will always be reacting to the ideas and actions of others. That’s not helped my soul.

Let’s look at life another way.

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Friday 13th

Now we have FIVE years of Boris!

Will Holland take me as a refugee?

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Conflict

https://soundcloud.com/trevor-lockwood/sets/polemia

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Nearly There

The Future

It’s getting tiring. We’ve seen and heard politicians lying, and there’s an approach that when being interviewed just keep talking, and ignore interruptions. It’s annoying and frightening.

Now we will settle down and wait for the result. If Boris the Turk gets in we will face the same future as the USA.

What more needs to be said.

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Nervous

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is reported to have suffered a nervous breakdown after completing a film.

I sympathise.

As we slide through this life we have ups and downs. Mine has been more down than up, but never mind, we survive.

I have one worry: that’s the survival of mankind on this planet.

That’s a serious concern. We have an increasing shift to the right in politics. In Europe we have experience of what that means. In the USA there is a simple-minded, yet arrogant President.

United Kingdom

In the UK we have an equally spoilt-brat as Prime Minister. He masquerades as British, that’s not strictly true. He’s a second-generation immigrant from Turkey.

That’s OK. The UK is now full of immigrants, and most are doing a good job. We need and welcome their enthusiasm. Perhaps the problems arise when their offspring, born in this country, are well-established and have money and influence. They become arrogant.

England (specifically) is a nation of peasants. Folk who have been under the yoke for many years. We’ve not had a voice that’s been effective. We tried in 1381 with the Peasants Revolt, but that failed.

Richard 11 faces the peasants

Richard 11, then just 14, met the peasants but the Mayor of London stepped in and killed the peasant’s leader Wat Tyler. Richard promised to meet the peasants demands: that all men should be free and equal.

So much for promises. Government troops went to the villages and hanged any man who took part.

We have promises from politicians today. With a coming election there will many of the people who choose to believe those who wield power. They may be wrong to believe promises.

The Chartists in 19th Century (1838) wanted constitutional reform, presenting six demands. They failed.

Chartists meet at Kennington 1848

Despite objections (10,000 extra police standing by) the Chartists presented a petition to Parliament, signed by 6 million people, it was largely ignored.

In a quiet way the same situation is occurring again. This time a Tory Prime Minister held a referendum. Read carefully it did no more than promise to look at the result. Unfortunately a small majority voted to leave the European Union (EU).

That cause consternation amongst the ruling classes. They were aware that the EU were changing the tax laws meaning that overseas investments would be taxed. For some that became a good reason to leave the EU.

Unfortunately, for them, this ruse was soon spotted. A new Prime Minister, Boris the Turk Johnson, is now holding another election. Which he hopes to win.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson was born in New York City on June 19, 1964. His great-grandfather was Ali Kemal, an Ottoman Turk. Kemal fled to exile in England in late 1909, They already had a daughter named Selma. Kemal stayed with his mother-in-law Margaret Brun (née Johnson). Is that where Johnson’s name came from? His nationality hangs on a thin thread.

Who knows what will happen on 12 December?

I have an evil plan: if Boris wins and we leave the EU I shall go to Holland and plead asylum as a refugee I have some links in my ancestry to Holland, and even more in France where my family founded a Christian order, which still exists today: https://www.lasalle.org

La Salle

I hope he loses. We need Europe, and Europe needs us.

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An Election

Twelfth of December: what a glorious day it will be.

Shall we have sunshine ?

Shall we have snow?

Chances are we will see Old England sliding down into the mire, with a golden wig draped over its corpse.

Somehow we have allowed a spoilt brat (where did his money come from? Well his grandfather was thrown out of Turkey for trying to become Prime Minister).

Another foreigner, called Farage, has buttered up the US President, and they are now good friends.

Glory be.

At least we can watch the rugby – we might even win!

England Rugby Team (against Ireland)
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New Approach

Catastrophe

Listening to the radio this morning, indeed most mornings recently, it would appear that the world is in crisis.

It’s too easy to consider the world from an English perspective, or even an European outlook (if indeed we can consider ourselves so classified these days), or a wider Western world, that includes other places, such as the United States of America and Canada.

The horrific picture shown above was found searching for one word: catastrophe. It was found by scrolling down through images, each of which showed screens for a TV show called (I presume) catastrophe.

That, itself, shows how indifferent we have all become. The tittle-tattle found on our screens is now more important than reality. That’s more the case in the West than elsewhere. The USA is now getting its share of extreme events, most of which disrupt the lives of its citizens. I’m not sure if they go so far as to disturb the US President from playing golf, or what’s happening in the latest soaps, but they may.

The European Commission has made many statements about climate change. They agree there will be problems if the world’s temperature rises by more than 2°C. They go further to say that as homo sapiens we cannot live in conditions that exceed 4°C – it will just be too hot for us to live. That’s an horrific prediction. It outbids the results of our top football teams.

That temperature rise is not much above our normal range – after all many of us stream towards the Mediterranean coast each year to bask in a warmer sun.

There are huge consequences from that small change, many of which we are already seeing:

  • the inundation of coastal cities;
  • increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer and wet regions wetter;
  • unprecedented heatwaves in many regions, especially in the tropics;
  • substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions;
  • increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones;
  • irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.
  • the inundation of coastal cities;

The unspoken consequence is that we may not be able to physically survive such temperature increases. We will all die!

It’s awful to speculate: but I will.

In foreseeable decades we will not need so many people in order to create wealth. Robots (to simplify a term) will replace many jobs. Obviously tasks in manufacturing can be replaced, and that’s already happening. Look onwards to replacing retail staff. Even accountants and solicitors can be replaced – more accurately and cheaply.

That list can be extended exponentially. People are becoming unnecessary. That statement extends far beyond over-population, which we have ignored for several centuries.

According to the OECD in 2012 the top 0.6% of world population (consisting of adults with more than US$1 million in assets) or the 42 million richest people in the world held 39.3% of world wealth. The next 4.4% (311 million people) held 32.3% of world wealth. The bottom 95% held 28.4% of world wealth (that ain’t a lot of cash to share around).

That disparity has only grown greater since 2012. It’s difficult to comprehend the logic that makes people seek more power and money.

This year, we are told, that the richest folk are:

  • Carlos Slim Helu. Net Worth: $57.6 Billion. … a Lebanese-born Mexican he does invest, and makes more money
  • Mark Zuckerberg. Net Worth: $65.8 Billion. …
  • Larry Ellison. Net Worth: $66 Billion. …
  • Amancio Ortega. Net Worth: $68.7 Billion. …
  • Warren Buffett. Net Worth: $81.9 Billion. …
  • Bernard Arnault. Net Worth: $94.7 Billion. …
  • Bill Gates. Net Worth: $105.3 Billion. …
  • Jeff Bezos. Net Worth: $107.8 Billion.

Bill Gates is slipping down the list. It is possibly because he is now recognising himself as a philanthropist.

How do any of these people sleep at night?

Perhaps they dream of folks sleeping on the streets of all ‘Westernised’ cities or imagine themselves over lunch in countries like Liberia (GNI per capita: $710), The Central African Republic (GNI per capita: $730), Burundi (GNI per capita: $770), The Democratic Republic of the Congo (GNI per capita: $870) or Niger (GNI per capita: $990) where their lunch may cost as much as a year’s income for the poor folk that surround them.

Switzerland has wealth per adult of $539,657, that means just 0.1% of the world’s population has 2.3% of the top 1% of global wealth, which makes a Swiss eleven times wealthier than the average world citizen. Belgium, Australia and New Zealand all do very well. The USA includes some of the richest folk but 20 million Americans have incomes in the lowest 20% of global wealth. Inequality is a curse that should, and can, be avoided.

These short paragraphs demonstrate the dangers we all face, and the savage inequalities that billions face every day. These can be avoided. If Jeff Bezos, and many others, paid their taxes and gave workers a fair return on the investments in labour, energy and life, we could all live a better life.

War could be replaced by Rugby, as the World Cup, now brilliantly organised by Japan is showing: https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/