It is a reason why the European Union, the bureaucracy in Brussels shouldn’t trust London, Her Majesty’s Government and Whitehall. The 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson shows how devious he is this week. His using all terms and all ways to vilify the EU. Instead of looking into his own actions.
The EU didn’t force the Tories to sign and ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, an agreement the Tories in combination with the EU Negotiation Team made together. Which was revised between the Theresa May government, where Boris was the Foreign Secretary and his own term before passing it. This was supposed to be a “oven ready” deal.
The Tories, the ERG and all the Brexiteers has promised a simple and easy transition from being a member state to become “fully independent”. Alas, these folks have forgotten even though they are residing on a island. They are not living in a vacuum. These folks are acting like they can decide and that there is no implication from the other party. They are expecting the EU just to accept similar terms from a “third-country”. While the EU Members are supposed to swallow the bitter pill. That is how unserious and dumb the London regime is.
Boris is really acting a fool, when he late last year Accepted the WA, which was within boundaries, having safeguards and clauses to secure the integrity of the United Kingdom and the Good Friday Agreement, as the EU wouldn’t want to jeopardize the economy or the free movement from Ireland to Northern Ireland. That is just an simple argument at this point.
Still, the Tories is okay with doing something illegal, breaching international law and getting disrepute worldwide. They are willing to risk further trade-deals with all outside countries. Inflict even more damage, than what a no-deal would initially do and renegotiate after World Trade Organization standards. The UK really wanting to be a pariah state in Europe. Ensuring they are left behind and all on their own behalf. Becoming independent from the EU, but at a huge price.
Boris is playing with fire and won’t feel the consequences until the fire is put out. Then the investigations can say what has been damaged and estimates to rebuild. The UK are willing to risk all and also its reputation. There will be few who are willing to trust and even make arrangements. As they see months ahead of time. The UK might vilify and amplify own interests over the agreed upon agreement. That is how it seems now.
Yes, the UK could have been in another situation, if it never accepted the WA, but it did. They voted it in and ratified it. They negotiated the deal and the stipulated articles are written there after. Where it has safeguards and securities for both parties. This is known, but Boris wants to play out that its risking own “integrity” and “independence”. If it was so, why did you push it through Parliament and Prorogued it before voting it through?
Boris hasn’t really planned this. This will be a “victory” for the Brexiteers, but it will be a false one. It will feel like they won something to ditch the WA, but they are also a lost island. With every measure they will become alone. They are feeding the rest of Europe with disgust, because why should they trust London and the government there? When they can months apart, ditch agreed upon deal? Why should anyone trust Johnson and his cabinet?
The Tories are proving what they are capable of off. Using the Northern Ireland for their own games, instead of serving the needs of Belfast. They are willing to risk all for a quick and brief victory. Since, the cost afterwards will be enormous. The Tories will never state that, but the price of doing it will be big. The damage is epic and it was self-destruction, all made with the intent of delivering a no-deal Brexit. A Hard Brexit, which wasn’t made for the general public, but for a self-serving elite. Peace.
It doesn’t matter if there is unlawful practices with land-grabbing. If there is illegal procurements in the Counties. Funds goes missing. It doesn’t matter if one or two Eurobond scandals appear. Neither, if the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal happened twice. There is always some fishy non-existent corporations who needs a handout, who just happened to be owned by the elite and associates of the state.
This is just how things go. If there is procurement scandal within the Ministry of Health. Buying some phony units, which was supposed to mobile and easy access for the counties. These containers never came there. That isn’t an ancient scandal, but just mere years ago.
In all the years of Uhuru Kenyatta. There been open bazaar of greed. Where all cabinet secretaries, all departments and government enterprises have consistent of scandals and sudden loss of funds. There isn’t much space between or another get exposed. As the daily routine of skimming the state to enriching yourself. Is the sort of protocol for the high ranking officials.
Just like you can create false narratives to import maize and sugar. Hide them, import expensive maize from Mexico and call it a day. That is just what they do. Just like NYS scandal was to create phony companies to give handouts to loyal cadres.
So, when it happen that the news broke of stealing PPE, donations from Jack Ma and that it was sold in secret to Tanzania. You just know someone ate that money. In the middle of an pandemic. Someone still saw it fit to sell needed equipment. Saw the need to enrich themselves on necessary tools to battle the Coronavirus. That is the levels of thieving.
It is not strange that it happens. As they could hide UNGA and toy around the shortage. They could play the public a curse for sugar. The state could suddenly waste vast amounts of loaned funds in the Eurobond 1 and 2. They could create a white elephant with the Standard Gauge Railway and who knows, when it will make a honest profit.
That they stole and sold the donated PPE and COVID-19 equipment. Just show to what extent the officials and civil servants are used too. It is all “our turn to eat”. There is a self-serving appetite for a quick buck. Without consideration of the implications or the set-backs for doing so. It is not like gloves, face-masks and tests-kits are easily accessible for everyone. It costs and the short term gains will soon be spoilt. As the markets for these things aren’t slowing down until the pandemic is under control.
This just shows what sort of thieving there are in the state of Kenya. Everything is up for grabs. It is just about using your opportunity and find the perfect scheme. The state officials paying the right guys, give the sort of middle-men the thumbs up and then monies keep rolling in. Who cares at what cost and what aftermath. They enriched themselves, as people are struggling, the state lacks PPE and test-kits. But who cares, as long as the men of honour gets their well deserved pay-off.
The President knows this and is making his fortunes. The thieving is fine and dandy. He has let his cabinet secretaries and appointed committee leaders off the hook before. He will do it again. There is no permanent damage over this. It will be another scandal and others who are under fire. But he isn’t touched, even as all his minions are doing it and they allowed by him. If they wasn’t allowed, the authorities would be on their doors and be knocking.
Kenyatta knows, but he cannot hide. His allowing the theft and grand corruption. That is his legacy. Peace.
“Cash rules everything around me
CREAM, get the money
Dollar dollar bill, y’all” – Method Man on Wu Tang Clan’s – ‘C.R.E.A.M’ (1994)
I don’t know and I cannot count how many currency and monetary reforms that been since the launch of the New Dispensation from the Mnangagwa Government. What I do know? There’s been plenty and countless of initiatives in concern with the currency. Which was made to stabilize and supposed to ensure a steady rate in the inflation. However, that ship has sailed, as the rates are over double-digit and its not getting better.
The Zimbabwe government has stopped and reopened opportunities to have foreign currencies in trading. Today is not different. Just like a year ago in June they ceased to trade with United States Dollars. Today they are returning through bank action and able to show prices in Zimbabwe Dollars and US Dollars in the shops.
The return of this imminent. As the value of the Zimbabwe Dollars are depleting, the inflation is out whack. The money is getting devalued and destroyed. The state knows, the Reserve Bank knows this and the people know it too. This is not new, but the normal mockery of financial stimulus and fiscal responsibility, which causes this damage on a regular.
There is no trust in either the Ministry of Finance nor the Reserve Bank. All institutions are running a shit-show and hoping to trade insults to save their lives. They are all just pinning on duck and hoping it doesn’t quack. It is like an endless circle of Bond-Notes, RTGS-Dollar, Zimbabwe Dollar Notes and unattainable monetary polices in concern with the US Dollars.
In June 2019, the President proclaimed this: “ Except that if you want to transact in any shop, if you want to buy your tea and milk in dollar or euro, then you must go to bureau du change” (Mnangagwa, 25.06.2020).
Now a year later the opportunity to use US Dollars is back and the promise of “normalcy” is a far-cry from reality. As the state, the institutions and the men behind the monetary policies cannot figure out the trick of the trade. They don’t have the ability nor the slightest idea on how to stable the economy nor ensure any trust in the currency they are printing. It is like a gift of misgivings and lack of integrity.
The whole state could fix this, the men behind this could really try to do something. They should first quit their day-jobs, because they are not up for it. These people have tried and tried. Done so much work for nothing. They have been jibber-jabbing for so long without any luck.
So since nothing is working. We can all just put on the old classic Wu Tang Clan joint ‘C.R.E.A.M’ and sing: “Cash Rules Everything Around Me/Cream, get the money/Dollar Dollar Bill, Y’all”. Peace.
“The government department responsible for overseas aid is to be merged with the Foreign Office (FCO), the BBC understands. The move to combine the Department for International Development (DFID) and the FCO follows a review into UK aid spending by crossbench peer Lord Bew. Boris Johnson is expected to confirm the move, long mooted in Conservative circles, in the Commons later” (BBC.com – ‘International development and Foreign Office to merge’ 16.06.2020).
If your thinking the Little Britain is getting better on the world stage with the Tories in power. This sort of move is directly weaponizing foreign aid grants. Instead of having a separate department working on own terms to actually develop and make a difference. That is, if the ideal is to bring a change and making a difference.
This from the party that still clings on top the dreams and ideals of the greatness of the British Empire. An empire that is long gone and the powers of the United Kingdom has already dwindled. They will be even more weaken and lack soft powers internationally when they are finally left the European Union (EU).
The move is to replicate the Secretary of State in the United States. They are copying the mismanaged militarized state supported development schemes of the United States. That is not a good look. Especially, if the UK want to be serious actor on the world stage and look sincere in their motives. However this paradigm will be more of the political motivations at home and bring brownie points to the current leadership. Then actually make a change.
I don’t see any positive out of this, than they will make political moves instead of actually do what its supposed to do. We already knows there are strings to it and reasons for the development projects and aid. No money is free money, if you believe that. Then your lying to yourself and accepting money from someone. There will be something you need to do. If that is being accountable, prove the recites and that it actually was spent on intended projects. Hitting a set of goals and reach a set amount of people so the foreign donors can tell their tax-payers that it was worth giving this money away.
This is something we all know. If not … we are lying to ourselves and thinking the monies are giving away with naive intentions and can be used on ghosts without any fuzz. If it was so, then the donors would quit quickly and be hostile to continue the practice. There is a reason for certain measures and conditions for taking the aid and grants.
The DFID incorporated into the Foreign Office will only turn every move more political and the ambition of it will change. It will depend on whose in office and who is running the Foreign Office. That means the objectives will turn and will be what is benefiting foreign policy agenda. It will be more business oriented and towards the goals of the current leadership. Instead of being a supposed a long-term development tool in the world. It is not perfect, but at least have had some results and some positive use of its currency.
Now we can expect more political ambition behind the grants and the aid. It will be fitting with the additional pressure of the foreign office, instead of the concern of development or actually making a difference. Expect they will invest in a lot white elephants and waste as it fits the political agenda more than what is actually needed in the nation they are spending funds on.
That is my estimation of it. As well as they scrap a lot of projects, a lot of programs and participation as its not positive politically back-home. Even if it does something positive where these things are actually running day-to-day. Peace.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” – Matthew 7:11-12, New International Version
If it was any other nation, republic or place in the world. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and other agencies would be preoccupied with finding people, experts and a level-headed chief, a former head of state to run an operation into the demise, the failure to follow human-rights and escalating violence from the state authorities. As the curfews, the reports of killings, hospitalization and so fourth is coming in.
In this manner, the Organization of American States (OAS) would intervene. Send a former Latin American President and collect a team of experts to investigate on behalf of the UNSC. They would have configured a mandate, there would have been sessions with UNSC and the voting would have mandatory. The state then had to comply and let these experts into the Republic to investigate the matters of misconduct, wrong-doing and ill attempts of human rights violating, which in some instances has been lethal and fatal.
In this regard, there would also been missions from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and Gulf States Cooperation Council (GCC). They would all participate somehow. With observers and people reporting directly from all across. Some taking the Mid-West, others taking the Southern States. Others focusing on the Eastern Coast and finally someone looking into the actions made on the West Coast. That would all make sense.
However, this is not happening. There is a few small condemnation statements, but that is about it. It is not typical, but shows a signs of hope. That the world is not having it. Nevertheless, the UNSC and the other organizations needs to gather strength and push this. If the US can to this others, then it should be done upon them as well. That is only fair and square.
The US has always piled pressure, put into sanctions and done everything possible in the book. They have used all means to undermine sovereignty and integrity of other nations. This been done with intent of pressuring the states to act differently towards it citizens. Also, to show moral superiority. However, now, the King is undressed. The facade and the whole showcase has gone ballistic.
The triggers are off and the sparking violence is on the screens. It is filmed by the citizens, the open marginalization and lack of systems towards the minorities and African American citizens are clear as day. The is no shadow of a doubt. The evils of the society in the United States is appearing right in-front of our eyes. It is not hidden and needs to be addressed. There is no better time than now.
It is time to hook-up a AU, ASEAN, GCC or OAS with a Team of Experts, enlighten the world, the UNSC and condemn the White House and Trump Administration constantly. Even try to sanction or embargo something. So, that the police officers cannot get tear-gas or riot gear. Something to shield the citizens from this havoc. They deserve better, the US has told this to everyone else.
Now the world has to tell you the same. Because, you isn’t any better. You use the same tools you say others shouldn’t. That is hypocrisy and that needs to be said. Peace.
This is really tragic, but a reality. When is the Prime Minister such a weakling and lack of a visionary. That he cannot touch unelected bureaucrats and advisors. What sort of man is Boris Johnson?
Is he such a spineless and insincere man? That he rather safeguard a citizen whose inside his chambers and advising him. Instead of actually governing and leading by example. Acting reckless and brutal towards to Health Care Experts and Journalists. Because, their words are problem, not his closest ally and confidant.
This is the sort of problem only the Dons of Mafia Movies has issues with. Since, they need and sought after a certain level of loyalty. That their most honoured and made of honour outside the family and whose not a capo is the Consigliere. The man who the Don trusts and knows will give good advice. The “right-hand man” of the operation and the one who has a solution to the issues of the Mafia family.
In this regard, Dominic Cummings has become the Consigliere of Boris Johnson. His so vital, that the principal that everyone is equal under the law is a bygone. That the government isn’t accountable or needs to address the misgivings of him. This is because of his role and that his man who gives the best advice in the world.
Cummings is the mastermind, the man behind the scenes and the brilliant spin-doctor that can always sell a lie. Dominic can always come up with some sort of smokescreen or adjust the reality to his vision. So, now he just have to ride the storm and hope people let go off it.
Because, that he broke the lockdown rules doesn’t matter. Two trips to Durham and a visit to Castle. His the consigliere dammit, he needs to chill and test the newest glasses from Spec-savers. That’s what a man of his stature do.
The sad thing about this, that Boris isn’t a Don, but a Prime Minister. A head of state, his the one in-charge and in-command. He got such little will and ability to reign without his consigliere that he got to save him. Even when he breaks the laws and the lockdown regulations. He defends him and even does it without concern with what message that sends.
This shows that the advisor or Chief Aide has special unique powers. That the PM see so much in him, that his willing to breach with common sense and with how the law enforcement would have applied to the commoner. This is what his done.
Initially by doing this, the PM or the Don has shown the public that there are difference between you and them. They can be shielded and be above the law. They are the ones whose legislating it anyway’s. While you have to answer, if you dare test it or do the same.
The Consigliere is a lucky man. His an entitled man and apparently his above the law. Peace.