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Independence Day!


The Union Jack FlagFinally the UK regains control!

It’s been a long time coming but we now have control of our borders and our laws, without interference from unelected bureaucrats in continental Europe. No-one ever said it would be easy, and it wasn’t,  but nothing worth having ever is but we now have the opportunity to decide our own future.

Naturally EU leaders are displeased, not least because they’ll lose £Bn’s which we can now spend in our country, on our priorities. They’ll also be worried that other countries could follow the UK lead, eventually causing the demise of the EU itself, along with the many fat-cat jobs!

Still, that’s democracy at work! A phrase those in the “remain” camp that can’t accept defeat must swallow. The country has spoken, get over it!

I’m sure there’ll be much to come on this subject in the coming months but for now it’s time to celebrate a historic victory for freedom!

Update 16/03/2017


Queen gives Royal Assent to Article 50 bill


March 29 2017Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next Wednesday



Our best chance


Vote to LeaveFinally, we the British people will get to choose. Do we stay in the European Union, continuing to be ruled from continental Europe – and paying a small fortune for that privilege, or do we take back control of our country, our borders and our laws?

For years David Cameron has bowed down to dominant EU leaders like Angela Merkel & her French counterpart, while at the same time screwing every last penny out of the British people (to send to other nations!). Now we have the chance to end all that for good.

The case for leaving the EU is overwhelming and is well presented here. Many prominent government ministers are set to defy the prime minister and vote to leave, with more joining daily. It’s likely to be the only chance we’ll get to break free from EU rule, certainly for a generation at least, and we must take the opportunity!

Hotel Safety


Fire safety in hotelsThe question of hotel fire safety is one many people take for granted – until it’s too late!

We’ve all seen the notices about escape routes, assembly points and, of course, the “don’t use lifts (elevators) in case of fire”. Most often nothing goes wrong so we tend to forget about them, but we still need to have them so that if the worst does happen we can get out quickly, under our own steam.

But what if the guests are disabled or have reduced mobility? Clearly then the hotel is obliged to provide the required assistance, but in an emergency such as a fire hotel staff have many things to do. Are they able to help PRM guests?

Imagine a disable guest located on a high floor, who can’t use a lift. The problems are all too obvious.

Forward planning, both by the guests and the hotel, would be helpful. The guest would for example, when booking, advise the hotel of a disability. The hotel could then ensure that a ground floor room is allocated, thus alleviating the problem of stairs (one less issue). It would be easier and safer for both guests and hotel if this simple procedure was followed. So why isn’t it?

Most hotels, when accepting reservations, take “requests” for such things as views, room types etc, and for most people this is satisfactory. However, for disabled people a request (as above) for a ground floor room is more than simply a “would like” it’s a “must have”, yet hotels say they can’t guarantee such things.

Why not?

With the exception of walk-in guests, reservations are made in advance so hotels are fully aware of requirements at particular times, so of course they can allocate suitable rooms. The fact that they won’t shows that they don’t rate guest safety as a high priority!

As said, most times problems don’t arise, but travellers who are willing to take risks and accept less than satisfactory hotel policies are dicing with death – literally!

Isn’t it time legislation was introduced, & enforced, to make sure hotels safeguard guests in these situations? The same goes for travel agents, they too should do more!

In the meantime guests have the ultimate weapon, choice! Don’t accept unsafe practice, choose a hotel that cares about its guests!

French want rid of migrants


Calais chaosThe migrant chaos in Calais is out of control, everyone – apart from politicians – can see it!

It’s also common knowledge that the French want rid of those migrants, and the obvious way is through the channel tunnel in to the UK! Thing is, they can’t openly say that, though the distinct lack of effective preventative action speaks volumes. There is another way though.

As EU members, both France & the UK are bound by the “free movement” EU principle. So, if France issues the migrants with passports it effectively makes them EU citizens and, as such, they can simply walk in to the UK – quite legally! David Cameron is powerless to stop it.

There are already “help points” within the migrant camps giving advice on how to get in to Britain. How soon before we see the first French passport office too?

So much for UK border control. As EU members it’s non-existent!!!!

With friends like this…


CalaisScenes like these were commonplace at the port of Calais over recent days. Hundreds (?) of migrants from across Europe, and beyond, hijacking lorries bound for Dover, and what were the French police doing about it? Nothing!

In fact, in some cases they were actively encouraging it!

Migrants have travelled the length and breadth of Europe, through many counties, all with one aim, to get to the UK. Why didn’t they settle in one of the countries through which they passed? Two reasons; one, the authorities in those countries make it perfectly clear immigrants are not wanted, and will get no help. Two, it’s almost universally known that the UK is a soft touch, offering hand-outs to anyone who can get here (by whatever means) – at the expense of the British taxpayer!

Is this the “freedom of movement” the EU is always banging on about?

Why aren’t the French doing more to stop this criminal activity? Simple, it’s in French interests to get those migrants on to lorries and out of France, then it becomes someone else’s problem. In this case the UK – again!

The French are showing a real “spirit of co-operation” between EU partners. Total c***!

When are UK politicians going to adopt the same “look after No.1” attitude that other countries display? We need two things in the UK; a change of government to one who puts UK people first, and out of the EU! Then, and only then, can we control our borders and stop scenes like the ones above.

Life Means Life


Life imprisonmentLife imprisonment. Most people take this term to mean that the prisoner will spend the rest of his/her days behind bars, but not so. After a minimum term has been served the prisoner is eligible for parole. A “whole life” sentence however is a different matter. In this case the prisoner will never be released from prison! It’s this “whole life” sentence I will concentrate on here.

Ever since the death penalty was abolished in the UK there’s been controversy about “life” sentences. Recently the ECHR ruled that it was a breach of human rights, inhumane, to lock someone up for life, with no chance of ever being released. However, the Court of Appeal here in the UK overruled that decision (for once standing up to the EU) and said that British courts could sentence people to whole life terms, in the most severe cases.

That now begs the question “why lock someone up for ever?”

What happens when someone is locked up with the knowledge that they will eventually die in prison? To begin with, the victims family may feel a sense of justice, knowing that the criminal is serving a similar sentence to them, and that this person will never be free to walk the streets and commit other heinous crimes. But what about the prisoner? He/she knows that whatever they do in prison they can’t be punished more (leaving aside for now prison rules/discipline). Someone with nothing to lose makes for a very dangerous person! Dangerous to other prisoners and to prison staff. This situation makes an already dangerous work environment even worse. Also, there’s the cost. Keeping someone in prison, often for many many years, is very expensive; a cost that has to be borne by the British public.

So what’s the alternative?

Reintroduce the death penalty for such prisoners! This would take away the long-term dangers, save a small fortune, provide the justice many victims seek – “an eye for an eye” – and it would give the prisoner a closure point. Indeed many life prisoners do commit suicide (either because they can’t face the years ahead or because they feel deserving of such a punishment), and many others require special, long-term, attention to prevent such actions, which is itself a drain on prison resources.

This, I realise, is a very emotive subject, and there will be people out there with many reasons to disagree with me. However, as is my right, I am putting forward a point of view shared by vast numbers of the British public. So far politicians have shied away when it comes to this debate, but with large swathes of the world still having, & using, the death penalty how long can British MPs keep their heads in the sand?

What Was It For?


FalklandsRemember the Falklands war? Certainly the British people do! Unfortunately though our politicians have conveniently put aside the devastating costs paid by our armed forces in the protection of the Falkland Islands.

Despite the open hostility shown by Argentina on numerous occasions since that time, Cameron & Co are happy to shower £9M of taxpayers money on this enemy!

It’s unbelievable just how far this government will go to make themselves look good, or, without any kind of backbone, they probably can’t stand up to foreigners. Pity they aren’t as co-operative with the people who elected them. No wonder the rest of the world sees the UK as a soft touch!

It’s nothing short of disgraceful, and yet another reason why this government has to go!