I think Russia are quietly beavering away with China and the Asian countries to bring about an alternative trading block and get that railroad built.
Obviously as tourists we ate very well in Russia. We did visit a Monastary on the Golden Ring, and generally people looked OK. There were some people lighting pallet boards on the side of the road and gathering round them. It would be difficult to know if this is a sort of ‘thing’ the poorer Russians do. I need to ask a Russian friend.
I am still dreaming of the gorgeous salad and cucumbers I ate. The wonderful smoked fish for breakfast. I also think I need to have a go at making the dumpling dish while Winter is here. I really enjoyed the food.
The point of talking about the food is that Russia has been sanctioned to the hilt. It has damaged European Farmers not to send produce to Russia. Also Russia has developed its agricultural policy, and probably won’t need to import food from the west of Europe. They now make their own cheese as well. Also the ethos is to keep the food and the land clean and stay organic. They had a huge grain harvest last season. They are in the business of feeding themselves, and will probably export more grain and produce in future.
Anyway it turns out that very little, almost too little interest was payed by the Russians for media stuff to sway the Brexit vote or the Trump vote. Whatever the Yanks did, they did it to themselves. I think they even fabricated the Russians who did meet up with Trump’s Son in Law. I did think it was a prank ages ago. The Russians do have a couple of pranksters who phone up heads of State, or notaries and get them to reveal what twats they are. Binomo was very funny.
So with that little preamble, what about that devilishly difficult decision?
The UK has been groomed in my opinion. By the USA. Who want to have a trade deal with the UK that splits up and runs the NHS, and all their services. The Brits are being driven towards this by the ‘Hard Brexit’ that I am sure they didn’t vote for.
The Brits voted to leave the EU. They were fed a cock and bull story by both sides about the issues, and the UK got into racism in a big way to pull off the divide and rule mandate. The Tories are divided and ruling the country like a ship load of mutinous pirates with the figurehead of the boat strung half way up the mast. She is either taking all the weather broadside, or being worshipped as the saviour of the vessel with the moral fortitude to stick at it when she is lashed to the wheel when no one else will stay on deck anyway. Career politicians rarely have true moral fibre and self sacrificing conviction.
The Labour Party are no better. I would not expect them to be able to organise a piss up in a brewery either.
There is the first of the devilishly difficult decisions. If I had voting rights in the UK which I don’t, I wouldn’t want to vote either Tory or Labour.
I suppose the best way of explaining how I see this situation is buying a large tray of eggs. Then deciding I want an omelet for lunch. The problem is not the decision, it’s the fact that I suddenly have a mad moment and whack every egg in the tray with a spoon and crack them all. I only needed two large eggs, and maliciously ruined a whole tray of 30 eggs.
That means I will have to carefully boil the ones that can be salvaged and probably make cake I don’t want to eat with the rest.
All UK and EU needed to do was agree that tighter border controls were needed, and re-negotiate what should have been dealt with by The EU as a block regarding migration. We all need inward migration. We all need Free movement, we all need the Customs Union, we all need comparative Legislation in certain areas. We all need each other as a trading block.
What we don’t need are restrictive practices regarding trade deals with non EU countries as a protectionist clause. That doesn’t serve anyone’s interests with the emerging Asian and Far East markets and routes.
We need joined up thinking, that isn’t at the heart of it, an exclusive club run by the economic powerhouses of Europe. We need localised agricultural and development policies that are going to work more efficiently.
We need to seek investment by people who have money, and are simply playing at being rich at the expense of the poor. On that issue I would say anyone who is a very rich person with a share portfolio and huge assets should be taxed to the hilt if they are not investing in capital infrastructure projects. If they do put their money and expertise into capital infrastructure on a basis that they do not own the infrastructure but have a tax rebate on earned income. Expect them to sit on a board of Governors for these projects, not as directors with huge salaries.
The Norwegians use a system where they build their wonderful tunnels and bridges and put a toll on them until they are paid for. Then when they are, the use of the tunnels and bridges is free, and the upkeep comes from taxes. So many infrastructure projects could be treated like this.
I am am not sure what my ideas would be called in political terms. I just think we have to find a new way of doing things that isn’t totally about making money. It should be with a real concern for what world we want to create for future generations. Greed has got us stuck up a creek without a paddle, and climate change has left the canoe high and dry. I am thinking about the lakes drying up in Israel and developing sink holes.
We have all got to look after each other. We have to look after our Planet and all the animals on it. We simply can’t carry on burying our heads in the sand while plastic washes up by the ton on our beaches.
Someone in the North of England is reclaiming plastic and making it into roads at last. The Chinese tried it out. I wonder if this may be the incentive to dredging all those gyres out and doing something about the plastic soup in the middle of the oceans.
I want future generations to be able to eat fish and seafood. Better to use glass and recycle it. At least if it does get in the seas it just tumbles to glass pebbles. Just be careful with it! Make it valuable and people will return it. Even broken glass could be weighed and credited against your rubbish tax now the computer age is here.
I suppose the devilishly difficult decision, is whether to negotiate Brexit as a divorce, or get down to some serious what will make the relationships better for everybody in the EU conversations.
I don’t think ‘One size fits all’ works for most countries in the block. Perhaps rather than end up with a lot of rotten eggs that will need ditching, Cake for some and not for others, or one very large, messy and overfacing omelette, we could all come up with a nice bright shiny new plan.
One where the tray of slightly cracked eggs gets shared out equally, and everyone gets to make their favourite egg recipe before it’s too late.