Forever in my thoughts…

It is nearly two years ago that my beloved stepfather passed away.

Mac, as he was affectionately known to his stepfamily and friends was a lovely man – very loyal to his friends and very loving to his family – he was adored by many, especially my mum and myself.

His headstone has finally been situated on his grave where his ashes are buried at the local cemetery… It captures who he was perfectly.

I will always love him and remember him with great pride…Mac's headstone

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Democracy in the UK is broken…

Chimp MPs
How some people see the politicians here in the UK (picture couretesy of ‘Banksy’)

Today was the day that the United Kingdom was supposed to leave the European Union.

We haven’t! On the 23 June 2016, a referendum was held in the UK to ask whether or not its people wished to stay in the EU or leave the EU. The result was confirmed by the British Electoral Commission as 52% in favour of leaving (17.4 million) against 48% (15.1 million) wanting to stay.

The prime minister at the time, David Cameron, who honoured is party’s pledge to hold the referendum resigned the morning after the referendum, after campaigning to remain. Within weeks, the governing Conservative party had elected a new leader and Theresa May became the Prime Minister.

Within weeks she had signed Article 50, the declaration to the EU that the United Kingdom intended to leave the European Union and because she thought she had public opinion on her side, decided to hold a snap general election – although she won, she lost her party’s majority in the House of Commons and had to go into a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland to just make enough votes to get her a working majority in the House.

Throughout the three years since the referendum there has been continuous negotiations between EU and UK officials on trying to get a settled trade agreement in place before we left, the official leaving date, was as mentioned above, 29 March 2019 at 11pm GMT. The default position was that if no trade agreement had been reached by this date, the United Kingdom would leave the EU with ‘no deal’ and would join the World Trade Organisation at 11:01pm on 29 March 2019, owing the EU nothing and starting fresh to make a trade agreement with them. But the UK parliament voted against this scenario, and ultimately, because of their vote in the House, the United Kingdom has not been able to leave on the agreed date.

To many of us who have voted Leave in the referendum of 2016, this looks like an act of betrayal, an antidemocratic way of ignoring the Peoples’ will in favour of their own needs – in other words, a dictator state where democracy doesn’t matter – this cannot and will not stand!

Parliament now has another three weeks, until 12 April, to get theirselves sorted out and honour the will of the People, otherwise they will find themselves at odds with the people who put them in power – and that is NOT a pleasant place to be in any country, let alone the mother of democracies finding itself in that position.

We had a civil war in the mid 1600s – the people won then – and throughout history, when people have stood their ground against dictatorship, the people have won… The people of the United Kingdom will prevail and never again will trust the political establishment of this country, if they do not honour the will of 17.4 million people who voted to leave the European Union…

Democracy, and history, is on the people of the United Kingdom’s side…

Birthday girl, Beth…

The 10th March sees my beautiful, lovely great-kid Bethany turn 12 years old…

She went out shopping with her birthday money I gave her with her friend and today she wanted a Sunday roast for her birthday lunch – along with her lepraucorn birthday cake she has had made her from her mum and dad.

Love her loads…

Beth on her 12th birthday
Our Bethany on her 12th birthday…

Birthday in the house…

On the 28th February my little great-kid Ryan turned three years old.

He wanted me to stay the night before his birthday and I also had to stay the following night as well, which I was only too happy to do.

I brought him a police motorbike that he can ride when charged and also put a bit of cash into his birthday card for him. I took him to see my Mam and a lovely time was had.

In the evening he had a little birthday party with his family and a dinosaur birthday cake. His mum and dad brought him a little Android tablet that he knows how to use better than we adults do – he’s an expert on Kids YouTube!Ryan Ryan

Mam & Ryan [February 2019]
Our Ryan on his 3rd birthday with his great-grandma…

Parliament’s ‘Brexit’ – let’s repair it…

brexit-uk-leaving-eu-image-450w-442004215.jpgThere is one way the government can help us get out of this Brexit mess, if the Prime Minister loses her Brexit deal in the House…

Call a ‘state of national emergency’!

Sounds radical doesn’t it? But in fact, it could sort out a lot of problems, especially against those Remain MPs who are trying to undermine democracy by trying every trick in the book, including the House Speaker, who has twisted democracy in a way to serve a majority of MPs who represent a minority of the population’s vote in the referendum.

With a state of emergency declared, the government could, and should, suspend Parliament. It would then allow the government to continue to function, without hindrance, to try and sort out a better deal from the EU or ultimately leave with a ‘No Deal’ on 29 March by default, with World Trade Organisation rules – for which in the long run wouldn’t hinder the country greatly at all.

The army could then be used to help protect and secure our border ports, airports and the Channel Tunnel, along with helping the underfunded and undermanaged police force on the streets, especially around Parliament, to help maintain peace and order until after the 29 March when we leave the EU.

Within a month of leaving the EU, the government could then end the ‘state of emergency’, get the Queen to recall parliament and then get back to the business for what the MPs are elected for… To represent the people – not their own self-interests!