Can You Believe It?

XpressWeather201707Despite years of contrary experience Grandad reluctantly agreed that the Express was right when warning of a Conservative melt-down. And so their journalistic credibility had been restored in our eyes.

In which case we simply had to believe their forecast of a 100 days of blazing heatwave – and planned for sweltering Summer.

But at less than halfway through those 100 days we find Rebecca Flood (did you spot that kiddies?) is forecasting 70 days of hail, rain and freezing temperatures instead.

With no way that both stories can be correct it’s back to bottom of the pile for the Express journalists. And perhaps Grandad’s biased prejudices were nearer to the truth after all.

Battery Backup

Anyone involved in commercial computer systems will be familiar with the use of batteries to protect against power cuts. But today sees an agreement to provide stand-by battery power on a much bigger scale.

The city of Adelaide and indeed the whole state of South Australia is confirmed as going ahead with a scheme to install an array of lithium ion batteries linked to wind turbines.tesla_powerpack_2w

This 100MW Tesla system is the world’s largest battery backup installation to date and should provide the state with some much needed reliability of supply. The hope is that the system will add some stability to the state’s famously temperamental electricity supplies before the expected peak demands around Christmas and New Year.

South Australia has plenty of sunshine and millions of hectares of land with little commercial or residential value so wind and solar farms face few obstacles. Which are much needed given that the state’s coal-fuelled power station stopped generation last year and is now being demolished.

So what does that tell us in the UK? Well even a 100MW system would not cover much of the UK’s daily demand and its $A33 million cost would not have any obvious savings elsewhere. However our lack of new power sources plus an increasing population means that the UK is likely to face power cuts eventually – even allowing for the promised savings of smart meters. Consumers in Adelaide already know that smart meters do little to reduce demand but do add to the total cost of the service. But here planners seem to have a strategy based upon hopes rather than reliable forecasts. And if the French Government changes its mind about funding British nuclear power stations then it may well be lights out for all of us.

Midsummer Meltdown

Later today the Queen is set to formally kick off the next session of parliament which is, this time, scheduled to run until 2019. The speech today will set out a much changed agenda from the Conservative manifesto of just weeks ago. A manifesto that must go down as one of the most misguided and least appealing on record. Considering the amount of work required to clear up Brexit and the inherited EU legislation – who thought it was a good idea to reopen old wounds with such a non-critical issue as fox hunting?  And who decided they would win more public support by threating pension cuts or disruptions to social care?

Revolting1Meanwhile down the road various agitators and opportunists are trying to overthrow democracy with calls for Class War and a Day of Rage march to parliament. As if the Met Police don’t have enough issues to tackle in London already.

Sadly Her Majesty’s official opposition have not condemned the march, its motives or its supporters – simply hoping take cover until the trouble has passed. Then to emerge from their bunkers and claim the political crown. Certainly some shadow Labour ministers are encouraging unions to maximise disruptions until they have forced themselves into power – especially if they fail to vote down key parts of the Queen’s Speech in the coming days.

So not much point in voting if the losers try to grab power through threats and violence. Perhaps the UK is now heading towards the dope-fueled anarchy that some citizens want … And that’s some legacy for Grandads to contemplate.

Would You Believe It?

After the shock success of the DE election prediction Grandad has had no option but to reassess his views. So now we are totally confident that suntan lotion, cold beers and loaded barbecues will be all that we will need for the next three months or more.

XpressWeather201706Meanwhile the politicians, civil servants and assorted activists can roast in the flames of the hell that they have created. Another fine mess where the UK political establishment is floundering around in La La Land while being attacked from both within and without. A farce where no one makes any useful progress and the only certainties are more taxation and broken promises.

What next? The EU asked to appoint a competent negotiator to act on our behalf – with Guy Verhofstadt as acting Prime Minister? Excalibur is found in a lake and used by Cornwall to declare independence? Greece finds a hidden stockpile of bullion and pays off all its debts? Tony Blair descends on a golden cloud and saves us all? Who knows …

From Frying Pan To Fire

But Grandad could be wrong, the DE spin could be proved right – and UK voters could cause another political surprise.” Grandad was wrong – the DE spin was right!

“But just imagine what could happen if we wake up tomorrow to the prospect of a hung parliament or a change in government … Gawd help us!” We really do need help … big time.

Not sure whether to just add a 1000s column to our Brexit scoreboard and wait or make our escape while we still can …

Little Progress

Back at our Leaving The EU Scoreboard not much has changed. In terms of regaining our independence from the EU that is. Another fifty days have gone by with the UK’s political parties spending their time – and our money – canvassing for our votes on their big issues; or at least their small issues made to look big.

Scoreboard3By late tonight the first of the general election results will be declared and who finally gets the short straw to handle the EU negotiations will be confirmed.

However all parties seem to be working on the notion that we have until March 2019 – or even later – to sort out a deal. Yet the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, was reported as long ago as last December as requiring a deal by October 2018 – to allow time for all sides to ratify it.

Considering that almost a full year has been wasted on diversions and squabbles, things do not look promising for a well thought out solution by then. And even though some actual negotiations are due to start this month there are already new excuses being found for more delays. For example the state opening of parliament has now been called for 19th June – the same day as the promised start of EU negotiations – and the German federal elections fall on 27th August so blocking any meaningful EU progress [Correction; 27-Aug was the earliest allowed date. The actual date is now set as 24-Sep]. But with the UK parliament due to have their summer break from July to September that’s just one more diversion. Meanwhile millions per day in EU payments are still being given away; with little regard for our ever increasing national debt.

But just imagine what could happen if we wake up tomorrow to the prospect of a hung parliament or a change in government … Gawd help us!

Not Just Weather Predictions

The headlines on two different websites give two different meanings to the same set of results …

Daily Exp v. YouGov
Two different headlines

The Daily Express has built-up a well deserved reputation, over the years, for silly weather prediction headlines – and a good line in wacko science fiction reports – but its political stories are just as far fetched.

But Grandad could be wrong, the DE spin could be proved right – and UK voters could cause another political surprise.

We will see by the end of next week.

Foreign Grievances

November 2015 – The terrible events in Paris on Friday night … July 2016 – The terrible events in Nice on Thursday night … May 2017 – The terrible events in Manchester on Monday night … NO MORE!

man9To repeat our early posts … only those citizens, residents or potential residents who are prepared to continue with, or convert to, our common values and norms should stay. Certainly we need no one with little gratitude for our shelter or who is contemptuous of our stupidity for giving aid to those who hate us.

Using English, treating men and women as equals and obeying our laws would be a good start. Hardly unreasonable requirements for living here – yet ones it seems that many object to.

Arguments that religious laws over-rule national laws are utter rubbish. All laws – religious or civil – have been written, and enforced, by the people in authority at the time. Followers of any religion can claim that their gods have directed their prophets, if they wish, but it changes nothing.

Arguments that British foreign policy is a valid excuse for attacks in Britain are also rubbish. Anyone in Britain has the democratic right to object – but criminal and treasonous acts should expect much harsher treatment going forward.

The Angry Old Men Gang

This gang are apparently shaping the future of the country against the inclinations of its youth – according to guest speaker Ian McEwan at an anti-Brexit conference last week. He reportedly went on to further rubbish oldsters with – By 2019 the country could be in a receptive mood: 2.5 million over-18-year-olds, freshly franchised and mostly remainers; 1.5 million oldsters, mostly Brexiters, freshly in their graves. Charming.

Cunning_Plan_160Now this theory that lost referendum votes – Scotland leaving the UK and the UK remaining in the EU – will be reversed by waiting a few years for a change in the population profile has already been reviewed by impartial analysts and found to be completely false. People are not machines with fixed profiles rather they respond to events and learn from their mistakes.

Now if these views had come from a broad survey of youths they might have been more understandable – even if wrong. But coming from anyone in Ian McEwan’s age group suggests that they have failed to grasp the irony of their own situation. Mr McEwan will be 69 next month; so being eligible for angry old men gang membership himself – along with other old men of the same opinion. Certainly Bob Geldof (65), Ken Clarke (76), Richard Branson (66), Tony Blair (64) and even Alastair Campbell (60 this month) could all join him in any oldster gang. All they need is a suitably clever gang name … suggestions on a postcard to Gina Miller please.