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Opinion: Boris is copying Rodrigo now!

We are living in a weird world and a bizarre timeline in 2020. Just the other day Prime Minister Boris Johnson wanted to prove his health with push-ups on the floor. At that point he was copying Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. That was all over the front pages of a national newspaper and not a sketch.

Now Prime Minister Johnson is launching his: Build Build Build. He is launching his program of infrastructure spending like this: “ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans to spend the economy out of its coronavirus-induced crisis with a speech on Tuesday promising to fast-track 5 billion pounds ($6.15 billion) of infrastructure investment” (News18 – ‘ ‘Build, Build, Build’: UK PM Johnson’s Answer to Covid-19 Downturn’ 30.06.2020).

Also explained by the government like this: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today (Tuesday 30th June) announce a “New Deal” which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy. In a speech in the West Midlands, the Prime Minister will underline his commitment to ‘build, build, build’ in order to upgrade Britain’s infrastructure and skills to fuel economic recovery across the UK” (Gov.uk – ‘‘Build build build’: Prime Minister announces New Deal for Britain’ 30.06.2020).

If you feel you have heard the same before, then read this from the Philippines: “President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will soon launch the biggest infrastructure push in Philippine history to propel economic growth in the next five-and-a-half years. Big-ticket infrastructure projects, specifically roads and bridges, mass urban transport and alternative green city solutions are among the key investments to be made by the Philippine government. These are aimed at solving the problems brought about by traffic congestion, inadequate mass transport facilities, air pollution, and the lack of healthy, green liveable community spaces. The development mantra is: build, build and build” (Bases Conversation and Development Authority (BCDA) – ‘BUILD, BUILD, BUILD’ 25.10.2017).

So yes, the Prime Minister’s Build Build Build is copying Duterte’s Build! Build! Build! Programme. They are actually doing the same. Boris is copying Rodrigo. It is just like he will steal the paperwork from Manilla and change a few of the places and road-names. Then call it a day and loaf around in his apartartment.

I am impressed that Boris is copying the exact words. Just like he did on the pages saying it was taken inspiration from Roosevelt’s New Deal. That is fine and dandy, but saying Build Build Build after the Philippines has had this program for three years or so now. It is impressive, that he couldn’t mention that too. Give some credit, where credit is due.

I’m sure Manila isn’t the first place coming to mind in London, but they should maybe see what are doing lately. The PM is copying both a Ugandan President and the Philippines. Who is up next? Will he take the Big Four from the Jubilee and Uhuru Kenyatta too?

Johnson should step up and give credit where it is due. Especially, when his copying this easily from Duterte. If you don’t know, now you know. Peace.

Brexit: A Letter from Mark Francois, Chairman of the ERG to Michel Barnier (26.06.2020)

Opinion: The Tories wants to weaponize foreign aid now?

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.

The Dark-Side of the British Empire: Revived with tearing down the Colston statute

That statue is now under water, which is a piece of historical irony because undoubtedly people would’ve been thrown off the sides of the ships during that journey and there would be many African bodies on the bottom of the water” – Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees

There are certain aspects that remains, the legacy of the British Empire and the role United Kingdom played in the world. It is not the “free world” was that free, neither has the way the United Kingdom gotten wealth been the most humanitarian nor righteous. The United Kingdom wealth came from thieving, looting, destroying and conquering huge parts of planet earth.

That several of person used their station, their lives and their missions in destroying humanity for profit isn’t surprising. One of these fellows was Edward Colston. His legacy, which a vital part of the history of United Kingdom is filled with death, destruction and the despair. The damage and the hurt caused by men of Colston’s stature is hard for us to imagine. As he build his wealth and reputation around selling slaves, African slaves to Europe and the other colonies. The blood of Africans enriched this man.

The ones who wants to cherish this legacy because of his giving ways. That was tokens of silver coming from a man who sent thousands of innocent lives into the sea. A man who profited and worked with selling people like cattle. That is what he did and how he did it. Therefore, the ones brining it down. Only did a merciful thing and let drown like the man did several of unknown men, woman and children across the sea. Yes, vandalism isn’t a good thing, but neither is trading people like cattle. I prefer challenging the acts of betrayal of humanity over the destruction of monument of atrocities.

With that in mind. Here is some short clips of information on the man, that the Bristol City Council had made a statute and a plaque to commemorate, celebrate and have in the midst of the town. A man of such significance, that he was overlooking the town. Just read it and see for yourself.

Short history on Colston:

Colston’s business empire at its height included more than 40 ships which in total are thought to have transported around 80,000 slaves. Around 20,000 slaves likely died during the Atlantic crossing on Colston’s ships. Colston eventually became deputy governor of the Royal African Company, an institution backed by Charles II that was granted a monopoly of the British slave trade. It was through this company that Bristol gained much wealth with Colston’s dealings contributing to Bristol becoming the hub of Britain’s slave trade. Later, Colston would come to directly deal with the royal family and sold stock in the Royal African Company to king William III. By the 1690s Colston ended his involvement in the slave trade and instead became a money lender, granting loans to the government on several occasions” (Epigram – ‘Histories of Bristol: Edward Colston’ 26.06.2018).

Maximizing space in the slave ships:

To maximise profit, his ships divided their hulls into cramped holds, so they could transport as many slaves as possible. They were stripped and chained in leg irons – the women and children were caged separately and were frequently victims of sexual abuse. Unhygienic conditions, dehydration, dysentery, smallpox and scurvy meant mortality rates for the eight-week crossing were as high as 20 per cent. Slaves who died or refused to eat were thrown overboard” (Mike Gardner – ‘Edward Colston: The father of Bristol’s slave shame’17.06.2014).

So with that in mind and that perspective. It is easily to see that this man isn’t noble at all. His the soldier of fortune, his the merchant of death and so fourth. A slave trader and a man who had no scruples to ensure profits. This is the sort of man the United Kingdom trusted and appointed as part of the Royal African Company. Therefore, even as despicable as his actions was. They are connected with the whole United Kingdom. He served own interests by all accounts, but also directly as a public servant in the state owned enterprise.

That is why the Colston affair is a United Kingdom affair. It is darkness, the grim realities of the British Empire and how it brought wealth to the English people. This bloody enterprise earned him fortunes, glory and prestige. That is why the Bristol City Council at some point put up the statute, named a hall and schools after him. Because, in their eyes he was a noble man. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make it true, even if he used some of the spoils on some good causes. The business making it possible was devastating. 

Edward Colston was a merchant of death. That is the only way I can see it, maybe not with guns, but with the way he traded humans. This is the legacy he leaves behind. The charity that someone points out is pointless, as the blood-money used for good doesn’t equate the bad. The ones pointing at that does that to shift the narrative. Instead of looking at the core of his business model. A place where there are no redeeming factors. Only blood, sweet and tears.

Colston fate deserved this. The relic of a despicable enterprise should be destroyed. If not like Keir Stramer said that it could be put into a museum. As a poof and symbol of the slavery, which is a part of the history of United Kingdom. Therefore, it is not shielding it or forgetting it. However, not at the same time glorifying it and having it as a part of city life. It deserves to be put in a historical context at a museum. Because, the public should look up to heroes and not merchants death. Peace.

Brexit: Letter from Truss MP & Eustice MP to other MPs – Food Standards and future trade deals (05.06.2020)

Opinion: Boris will shield his consigliere

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.

United Kingdom: Douglas Ross MP – Resignation from the Government (26.05.2020)

Opinion: Dominic’s Law is not a good idea…

That Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team is shielding Chief Aide Dominic Cummings. This is after he took two trips to Northern England, Durham, which is four hours away from his homestead in London. Also, a business trip or a friendly moment of fun at the Barnard Castle. This is three instances where the Chief Aide of Prime Minister screwed-up and breached public trust.

As people where told to follow strict guidelines. Not even run together in the parks or be outside more than needed. The ones who could work from home, should work at home. The two things allowed for a citizens was to go outside for necessities and one time during the day jog. If you have symptoms and such, your supposed to be self-quarantined.

So, with the knowledge of this, how the government have blocked people from leaving their homes in the midst of the lockdown. The state has initially stopped people from criss-crossing the Kingdom. They have not had the ability to visit their loved ones, they have not been able to attend funerals or be with grieving relatives. The state has stopped people from being close to family members who also needed supervision or help. This was because the general public wasn’t supposed to leave their home address and go elsewhere.

Dominic meanwhile had both COVID-19 symptoms, as the Prime Minister and also Matt Hancock had both been testing positive. Therefore, he was supposed to be self-quarantined in his home. He both could have the disease and could spread it by his movement. Still, even with this in mind. He had the capacity and the ability to travel twice to his parents up-north and also a fun day at a Castle.

This is the sort of man Dominic is… that is why this is the Dominic’s Law. A law where everyone else has to abide to the quarantine and the lockdown rules. So, they are all strictly stuck at home and not going outside. While these rules are not regulated to the Chief Aide of the PM, because his above these laws and regulations.

Dominic don’t have to mind laws or rules, he can measure that himself. His such a great man, his the man whose only sided by the Queen. The rest has to bow to the greatness of Dominic. Cummings can breach regulations during a lockdown, because he can. His the epitome of a alpha male, the superior demi-god of the British people. The rest has to bow down and kneel to his grandeur.

Dominic’s law is that the rules or regulations doesn’t apply to him, but does to the rest. Dominic’s Law is based on the premise that Dominic is above the law and isn’t a subject of it. His just the uncrowned King. That’s why he could visit a castle without any repercussions or having punitive actions towards him. However, if a random bloke tried the same as him, they would be addressed with fire and fury only seen in Games of Thrones. Peace.

Opinion: Dominic’s ill-advised adventure

If I coulda done better, woulda got better

My brudda looked me in my face and said, “You’re not better””Stormzy – ‘Do Better’ (2019)

The Chief Aide for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings is in trouble and in question over his travels from London to Durham. By car google maps are saying the trip is about 4 and half hours to drive. That’s the quickest route and without any jam.

During lockdown and with stay-at-home orders, the self-quarantined aide of the PM should know this. Dominic knew perfectly well what he was doing and what breaches of public trust he did. If an ordinary person, a man with no title and no ranks within Downing Street No. 10. He would be sacked, axed and gotten dismissed. In some nations he would be fined and even gotten more punitive actions towards him.

Cummings might act stupid, might try to lay low. While everything around him is burning. The aide of the PM. The man who scheme with him and lays plans for him. The unelected crony of Johnson. The man whose both a gift and a liability to this reign.

Cummings should have stayed home and not moved for 7 days during lockdown. Especially, when he had coronavirus symptoms. Dominic should know this, as he has imposed the public with these terms and he knew perfectly well what he did. His not a ignorant hussy on Benefit’s street. No, his the chamber-mate of the PM and guides things together with him.

That’s why this is insulting. The ones are defending him, that he should go home and take care of his parents. Yes, in ordinary circumstances that’s fine and dandy. However, during lockdown, stay-at-home orders and quarantine needs to be respected by everyone. People are not seeing their loved ones dying in the nursery homes, at hospitals and elsewhere. As the rules are strict and public complies to avoid spread of the virus.

That’s why its damning that one of the most powerful, non-elected bureaucrats of the Kingdom travels around like normal. Even though he got the disease and has symptoms. Disregarding the lockdown measures and regulations. For his own selfish reasons. I’m sure that plenty of citizens wish they could do the same. That Colin from Newcastle would really enjoy to travel to his aunty in Brighton. However, that’s impossible as his a quarantined Geordie and isn’t allowed to move around. If he did he would break the laws of the lockdown and get into trouble.

That is it really. Someone like Dominic should know better and be better. However, his disillusion and deluded mind thought this wouldn’t have ramifications. Since this is a breach of public trust, also devious in the times of a pandemic and crisis in the Kingdom.

Cummings knew all of this and still disregarded the rules during the lockdown in March. Yes, normally its cool to take care of your parents and close family. However, when you have stay-home orders and shows signs of symptoms to COVID-19. It’s not cool to travel many miles away, up-north as the general public is stuck at home and has no choice of doing something similar.

Dominic knows all of this, but still acted a fool. He went on an adventure and it was ill-advised. He should have known better, but he didn’t, apparently. Cummings trip and move was wrong. He shouldn’t have done this, but he did.

As the Chief Aide of the PM he should be an example in a time of need. Not a self-serving prick who doesn’t follow rules. When everyone else is stuck at home and not allowed to leave their address. This is an despicable act and the aide should consider his role in government. Peace

United Kingdom: PM Boris Johnson letter to Sir Keir Stramer MP (13.05.2020)

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