Voting today

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We are holding our third General election in five years in the UK today. That is Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

I won’t bore you with the politics but our parliament was opposing our prime ministers policies so he decided to try and get more politicians on his side by calling an election despite there being a previous one about two years ago.

What has ensued has been a bit of a farce, with politicians apparently going into hiding so they don’t cause problems by saying inappropriate things. The Prime Minister has hidden from journalists, and refused to be interviewed by senior journalists despite his opponents being interviewed.

The use of social media has also been questionable, with targeted information being pushed at voters. Most of the time you are in your own bubble, you don’t see what other party supporters see, some of this is from Trolls who stir up hate and animosity.

Last night in several constituencies posters of a very disturbing nature were put up. They could be classed as libelous. They were taken back down by the political party that was being attacked, but they must have been paid for by a concerted group of people and they may have breached rules about how much campaign’s are allowed to spend.

Whatever happened, or happens, the results are due to start flooding in later tonight. It’s been a cold wet miserable day, but there have been reports of queues round the block in some places.

I appreciate the right to vote. As a woman I feel privileged to have the right to do so, following the fight by the suffragettes in the 20th Century. To people in the UK, I would say its a miserable evening, but please use your vote and show you care about your fellow citizens.

Raining again

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The rain kept off till about 4pm, then it started to pour down. There are lots of flood warnings with 30 to 50 millimeters of rain expected in the next 24 hours. Then there are seasonal high tides due aswell. Water levels are expected to peak in the North East and there is talk of an evacuation in one costal area. We are in the North Midlands and are expecting heavy rain. It’s certainly changed from the hot and humid weather of a week ago. I guess though that despite being under a huge cloud we are lucky. There is early snowfall in parts of America!

Parliament is not prorogued

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I don’t often put news on this page but this is historical.

Our Prime minister, Boris Johnson decided to prorogue parliment for five weeks before it could decide what to do about Brexit, which is due to happen on 31st October 2019. (Brexit is Britain trying to leave the European Union). He did it to stop MPs meeting and stopping him from working towards Britain leaving without a deal although he said it was so he could write a Queens speech (when government say what the legislation in the next year will be).

This was challenged at the Supreme Court because the members of Parliament argued that this was wrong and had stopped the working of MPs.

After hearing the evidence last week, the Supreme Court (the highest court in the land) gave a unanimous verdict by 11 judges that proroguing Parliament was illegal because it stopped it doing its job. The prime ministers action was illegal and his advice to the queen to ask for permission to do it was unlawful .

Our government has been found not to be acting lawfully. The ruling means that parliament has not been prorogued, and that the speaker of the House of commons (the chamber where MPs sit) can recall it immediately.

This judgment reaffirms that the executive (the Conservative party) which is in power, is NOT above the law.

It is now being discussed on the TV. There is a lot of arguments, but it really is historical. Its very complicated but I hope I have explained clearly.

 

Proroguing Parliament

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Britain is in a fog, continent isolated. Which was something like a headline in the 1950’s?

Britain is due to leave the EU (European Union) on 31st October because some of the British people decided in 2016 that they wanted to leave.

But now our new prime minister has decided to prorogue parliament, that means stopping parliament meeting for five weeks to stop them fighting against brexit. It appears that he wants to leave Europe without a deal. That means we might end up paying tariffs to import or export goods, there is also a chance that our health service will be privatised further and difficulty importing medicines and food.

It seems ridiculous that this has happened. He’s even got the queen involved, asking for her approval. It’s madness.

So why prorogue? Our prime minister says he needs the time to announce new policies, funny, previous prime ministers don’t usually do that.

In the meantime there is a petition which has been going just today and has already over 596000 signatures. The madness in this country seems to be the populism that is washing over the world. Not just here but in America and places like Brazil.

In the time it took to write it the petition has topped 600000!

Looks like rain….. again!

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Rain, some people never get any, others get monsoons. Here in temperate Britain we get our fair share but the South East gets less. Up here in the Midlands we usually have reasonable amounts and we rarely have hose pipe bans.

This year we had a really mild February followed by a wet and windy spell. Now in June the temperature is lower than usual and we are stuck under a low pressure area, so it keeps raining. Don’t expect to get enough vitamin D either. It’s overcast and grey.

Apparently the Jet Stream in the upper atmosphere if swinging backwards and forwards, sending Low pressure areas down riwards us or up from the bay if biscay. High pressure and a stable weather situation seem far away.

The weather in the east has been very bad for a change and there are floods in Lincolnshire. Rivers have burst their banks, and as a lot of the land is below sea level, the embankments and river edges are overflowing. Homes have been flooded. Life is interesting.

Mad March weather

One minute it’s snowing, the next it’s cloudy, then it’s sunny and then we have a massive hailstorm. The hail has melted already because the sun has come out again.

That’s the thing about British weather, it rarely stays the same. In some places like Yorkshire or the Lake District you can buy postcards with mottos on them saying things like if you can see the hills now you won’t be able to in ten minutes because it will be raining or words to that effect..

I was going for a walk this afternoon but its blustery and cold. Perhaps if it improves in an hour or so I will go out. March winds seem to be in evidence today, it’s very gusty. In April we should have showers. Then summer arrives, in the past that’s when we used to get lots more gentle rain. Nowadays with global warming it seems we will get very hot weather or big thunderstorms, weather is never boring here, on some days you get all four seasons at once!