Posted by: madkentdragon | August 11, 2016

No Love Lost in Labour

So Labour has claim and counter claim in the courts, what on earth for? It certainly isn’t showing them as a unified party – even the unions are choosing opposite sides!

This isn’t portraying the party in a good light to the floating voter, is it?

Now I don’t care whether you’re Labour, Lib-Dem or even the Monster Raving Loony Party, I hope that you will agree with my opinion that every government needs a unified opposition as a counter-balance.

I don’t even care, for this example, which party is in power, but the opposition party is there to stop or moderate the more extreme acts proposed by the governing party.

You may not want to admit it, but the Lib-Dems did this whilst serving in the coalition – it’s obvious by what came out from the government once they were gone – that this did happen. So although the opposition was there, it had some of its job done for them.

Now we really do need a coherent opposition – not a bunch of in-fighting politicians. Even if you have a break away party – it’s happened before – let’s get this thing sorted before parliament returns. You may find it necessary to form an opposition coalition if there is a break away, just do it!

Come on children stop squabbling over the best apple on the tree, shake hands and play nicely – even if you sort out your leadership battle by “eenie, meenie, miney mo”!

By the way, I’m a floater – so I don’t care who is the leader – but I do care to have a well formed opposition.

Posted by: madkentdragon | May 27, 2016

Dear Boris and Dave

As you can tell – unless you’re from another planet – this is a whinge about the referendum.

I and most of the people I know are really fed up with this scare mongering.

You know what I mean – shock, horror if we leave the moon will fall – OK Chicken Little – if you say so.

If we stay, we can build a wall round Britain to keep everyone out – have a look at the Romans and how they built and maintained Hadrian’s Wall.

I want plain actual facts please. Facts like how much will we save/lose by staying in/going out and the facts and figures to prove it.

I want proven facts – not speculation – on what will happen if we stay/leave.

Where are these, please – because all we are getting is oration after oration on the (what was it called) – oh yes “Shock and Awe”!

Do you realise you have burnt our ears so much that we are only cherry picking what we listen to, and that is often down to personalities?

Yes, you have both shouted so much that a lot of people will vote on the person they like, or is in favour on that day.

I know how I’m going to vote, but that is – as it should be – between me and my postal vote.

So come on lads, give us REAL FACTS AND FIGURES – not speculation!

Posted by: madkentdragon | May 2, 2016

Hitler was a Good Propagandist, but not a Zionist

I’m really fed up with this Zionist versus anti-Semitism rubbish that’s going around. Let’s get a few facts straight shall we?

To call all Jews Zionists is the same as calling all British BNP – or whatever their latest incarnation is – to do this is a racial generalisation.

Now the claim that Hitler was a Zionist – forgive me whilst I burst out laughing! The swastika on the Zionist medal is as good a piece of propaganda as the swastika stamped on the back of some Royal British Legion badges – yes there are some like that.

The Legion badges resulted because of an initiative by WWI veterans travelling to Germany to meet with German WWI veterans they had all heard rumours of war and they hoped that if they combined against it, then perhaps it wouldn’t happen.

They were rather naïve as Hitler feted them, and being the prime propagandist he was, used it for his own advantage, I presume the Zionist badge probably suffered the same fate.

Hitler was no Zionist – he hated the Jews and did everything he could to make them uncomfortable in their own country, he just wanted them out!

After Hitler took power, he needed someone to blame for the hyperinflation and financial woes, so he blamed the small population of Jews. He hated them and wanted them out of his country, to persuade them to leave, in 1933 they were prohibited from any job in the civil service and he encouraged ordinary employers not to employ them.

This resulted in some emigrating, but to many it was a phase that would probably pass; more left in 1935 when they were stripped of their citizenship and it was the most stubborn, elderly and those who could not afford the fare to leave who were left.

Of those who left twelve thousand were Polish, four thousand were let in, the other eight thousand were left at the border in poor refugee camps – sound familiar. Of course when Hitler invaded Poland they were not safe any way.

They continued to live in the Jewish Quarters in each city, but then in 1938 came Kristallnacht which literally translated as “Night of the broken glass”. Encouraged by the SS, the German public attacked all Jewish property and with the shouted “Jews out to Palestine” destroyed all things Jewish and many Jews.

Retreating to the Jewish Quarter, the people thought they were safe, even if they had to live in the slums and poorer properties. These where the ghettos where the Jews tried to keep law and order, many still thought it would soon be over. After all concentration camps were for slave labour in the shape of political prisoners, Russian captives and “deviants”.

Well, they were right for a while, but as those pesky Jews were still in the country and weren’t f Aryan descent, they had to go – so they got rounded up – fittest first into the camps.

Of course if you became ill or broken because of the heavy labour, you could be killed. But the main extermination started in 1941, the extermination camps were founded to rid the country of all slaves who were considered unable to work – but the Jews formed the greatest proportion and were sent without medical examination to be killed.

I’m not going to recount all that happened next – you can look this up yourselves, but I really, really don’t think Hitler was a Zionist.

Posted by: madkentdragon | March 12, 2016

To a Grandson or Daughter from a Silver Surfer

 

From A Silver Surfer

 

Dear Grandson,

I know you giggle when you see me peer a little closer to the computer screen and my finger hovers a little too long over a button.

Be patient with me, you see you grew up with these wonderful things, learned them at school and probably played games on a computer before you were old enough to go to school.

When I went to school all I had was pen or pencil and paper, we didn’t have computers, Xboxes, mobile phones that seem to do so much and neither did we have computers.

I remember buying a calculator for your father and his brothers and watching them play about with them – making the word “ESSO” and other words which were a bit naughty when they turned them upside down.

I think your Dad and Uncles were about 11 or 12 when the first ZX computer came in and then they had an Atari – but this was more of a games machine. When they started work, they soon learned to use a computer; but when I started work we only had an adding machine that you cranked with a handle on the side – oh and a typewriter that didn’t have a spell checker!

So when you see me poking at the keyboard with one finger, remember I am learning what you knew from a very young age, in fact my generation have seen the world change a lot and it takes time to get used to it.

But, dear Grandson, remember this – your generation are using wonderful machines that were invented by clever people from my generation who only used pen and paper!

Love

Granny

 

Posted by: madkentdragon | January 16, 2016

No Fixed Date for Easter

I read with mounting incredulity that Easter is to be a fixed date and I found I had to write this:

I don’t often write about religion as I find it is so easily mis-read and misunderstood, but this trying to fix a date for Easter is so wrong. This will turn it back into the pagan festival that it is named after Eastre (which gives us Oestrogen) with the obvious fertility symbols we all know and love – the Easter Egg and the Easter Bunny.

According to the Bible, Easter is linked to the Passover, with Jesus as the ultimate Passover Lamb of God and should therefore be linked to this date. Why it was ever moved many years ago, I don’t know – but wonder if there was an anti-Semitism bias to it.

Please reinstate Easter in accordance with the Bible.

Posted by: madkentdragon | December 10, 2015

Make Of This What You Will …

Make of this what you will – it’s personal but may help others. No it’s nothing to do with my heart – am starting to get impatient over that – but what will be will be. Although as I’m on Warfarin, it’s a no Brussels Christmas – something to do with vitamin K so I’m told.

I have just donated over 500 books to a local charity – yes 500!

Why? Well I’ve finally realised that I don’t need them, it’s taken me 13 years to realise that.

It all started when I moved in with my now ex-husband, you see I brought my books with me in a little old fashioned book case. Within a year he had given it away, wasn’t sure why then – but I’ve come to the conclusion it was because it took my attention from him; he just about managed not to get too jealous about the babies, but books and magazines were definitely out. Newspapers were allowed, but he had to read it first.

As time progressed, I learned how to cope – you put the book down as soon as he walked into the room and sighed when he realised you had a few and they got sold at the local boot fair.

Yes, you’ve guessed it – when I ventured out into the world by myself, I started buying and reading books, lots of books and I couldn’t bear to part with them. A friend gave me a pile of Mills & Boon and I didn’t mind giving them away because my taste was mysteries and detective stories and did I enjoy reading them!

But something’s changed – make of it what you will – I’ve just given every tome away, well I’ve kept the one that my son James wrote and the one that’s got a short story written by me, a small book of poetry and my Bible; oh and the couple I’ve just bought. I promise I won’t keep them.

You see, this was an act of defiance which is now pointless – who do I have to prove anything to? I’m content with my life – well apart from my heart – so I’m just going to be me, hope you will be too.

Posted by: madkentdragon | October 31, 2015

The Ultimate Discrimination

So women have still got to pay a tax for being a normal functioning woman with VAT added to sanitary products (tampons etc.) but men don’t have to pay VAT on razors – but even there, there is a discrimination within a discrimination – change the colour to pink and as a woman you pay more!

This is the governments – past and present – breaking its own laws; it is, after all, illegal to discriminate against a woman for being a woman; and this is what is happening here.

I don’t want this made a party political thing – because to be honest none of the three main parties have done anything about this when in power, and it’s time it was made a free vote so that a woman’s human right to be a normal functioning woman is not penalised by this discrimination and voted on freely.

Come on you women’s rights groups, why haven’t you taken this to the European Court of Human Rights?

Of course, the other alternative is for every young woman to have a hysterectomy so that they don’t need these products –  a loss of that VAT? But this extreme method would mean no children to continue this country – even China have recognised this is a problem.

So come on government stop this discrimination!

Posted by: madkentdragon | October 26, 2015

Welcome To the Workhouse in the 21st Century

So the government want to reduce working tax credits for the “hard working poor” – sorry, weren’t they meant to be supporting them?

Shame they’re taking this money away before the new national living (ha ha) wage comes in, isn’t it?

So dear government:

You want to get people off benefits? Well come down from your ivory tower and consider this – what will happen when a large number of these workers decide to have their hours cut to under 16 hours a week – you know they can claim more then – don’t you?

Then the employers will have to look for more workers – but most will be too frightened that they won’t be able to manage so they will look to eastern Europe and employ them, they will probably get housing benefit as well and then they can claim child benefit for the children they have left with their mothers in eastern Europe. A bonus for them!

So now we have loads more Brits on the dole or working less hours and claiming benefits and housing benefits and school dinners as well as paying out monies for the new set of employees, housing benefit and child benefits – doesn’t add up does it?

Those who try to brave it out, well what if they don’t need the free child minders that you’ve promised (won’t they cost a lot?), will they get help with school meals, rent and council tax?

Sorry, you millionaires at the top who cannot see those you have turned your noses up at, you need to go to Spec Savers because you are going to see rickets and malnutrition and families out on the street as they can’t afford either the rents you laugh at nor the mortgages that you praise.

If you want to save money, look at the winter fuel allowance; the means test is already there – Council Tax Rebate is a fair one don’t you think?

If not – when will you be rebuilding the work houses – oh wait, when you have finally destabilised the NHS you can use the hospitals as a substitute.

Hello, my name’s OLIVER TWIST!

Posted by: madkentdragon | September 27, 2015

Discrimination or Political Correctness?

A man is injured at work and is rushed into the local casualty department wearing a boiler suit, a nurse takes one look at him and asks him to come with her to a more secluded area in casualty in case his boiler suit offends the unemployed/non-boiler suit wearing persons in the department.

Am I talking a load of rubbish? Well, No!

Substitute that boiler suit for the work uniform of the RAF and that is exactly what happened – how attitudes change!

The man who had been injured at work and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate; previously there had been problems with an “altercation” between a soldier and a member of the public there, but no one has told us whether they knew each other or what it was about. In fact, as the nearest barracks to Margate is in Canterbury, I would presume that this “altercation” was more about the man than the uniform.

However, in the work uniform that he had worn in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, this airman with burns to his eyes had to be moved! Political Correctness, Discrimination or plain ignorance? You decide.

But I will point out that it was not long ago that multitudes lined the streets in Royal Wootton Bassett, or in Oxfordshire to pay tribute to those who had lost their lives in that very same uniform.

In the year that we are remembering the Battle of Britain, have we learned nothing from Kipling’s days?

‘I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint of beer, /The publican ‘e ups and sez, “We serve no red-coats here.” /The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fir to die, /I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I: /O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, ‘a’ “Tommy, go away”; /But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play – /The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play. /O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play. ‘I went into a theatre as sober as could be, /They gave a drunk civilian room but ‘adn’t none for me; /They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls, /But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! They’ll shove me in the stalls! /For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”; /But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide – /The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide, /O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide…’You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all, /We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational. /Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face /The Widow’s uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace. /For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!” /But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot; /An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please; /An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!’

 

Posted by: madkentdragon | August 1, 2015

Finally, The Government Recognizes Operation Stack!

Wow! This Government has finally opened its eyes and recognized that we have a problem on the M20 in Kent.

I’ll be honest here, as it’s been going on since 1988, it’s all governments who failed to recognize we have a problem!

In the beginning Kent was the Garden of England, but then successive governments changed it into the through road of England, quickly followed by the fast train track of England!

I know that we have so many people and lorries and cars all wanting to get out and about and for most of the year our motorways and A-roads cope. But what happens when they don’t?

It only takes a strike over in Calais and there are no ferries – and the French strike frequently! Farmers blockade the port, ferry workers, port workers – even French lorry drivers have gone on strike and blockaded the port of Calais.

All British Governments have ignored this problem – local MPs have shouted themselves hoarse, but it was all in vain! In the first 20 years of Operation Stack was implemented 74 times!

OK, some of these were for bad weather, but most were because of industrial action, but no government has ever helped; Kent County Council have had to fund the police action and other costs from the council tax.

The modern phenomenon of the refugees/immigrants has made this problem so much worse and, combined with the My Ferry Link redundancies causing more problems, operation stack has been implemented so often that it is known locally as Operation Stuck – and there’s still no answer!

Highways England have refused to implement a contra-flow on the London bound carriage way – it has been used successfully before – but as yet they have not come up with another solution. Remember, the Motorways are not the responsibility of the County Council, even though they have to fund the fall out policing etc. If operation stack was on the M25 would they be so slow to sort it out?

What about the lorry drivers’ rest time? How can they, when they are sat waiting on this stretch of road which could move forward a few yards every 20 minutes or so? Come on Highways England – you are compounding tachograph crime!

One last point, whether the people in Calais are illegal immigrants or refugees, what happens to the under 18 unaccompanied minors? They are not taken into care in France or Italy – or if they are, not many of them – there are over 500 taken into care this year alone – all in Kent, all in the care of Kent Services – and these and the 100 or so each year since this problem started are all looked after and funded again by KCC with no government help!

This is not a local problem, there are national and international consequences with transport and other concerns, now you’ve woken up Government, help the people of Kent who are doing your job for you – and paying for it, now – not sometime in the future!

 

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