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Brexit – A Message For Young People

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, England, European Union, News, Old Age Pensioner, Parliament, Teens with tags , , , , on 29/06/2016 by floroy1942

So Brexit has won and now the whole country is going mad – why? Our young people are up in arms because they lost the vote to stay in the Union, but it seems that not one of them has evaluated the situation properly.

In my view they should all calm down instead of demonstrating outside Parliament, and wait and see what happens, as should many other people who were against the break. At the moment we have no idea what will happen in the near future, but I can assure you that when all the hubbub dies down and reason returns, things will not be as bad as they currently seem. The reason I say this is because the Union has as much to lose as we do.

Brexit!Firstly, we have to wait until the negotiations with Brussels begin to see how things turn out. Once cooler heads start talks we will have a better picture of how the future will look. As you would expect, there is a lot of disgruntled people in Brussels who are saying they will make it hard on Britain to leave.

Most of those are people in the Commission who are deadly afraid that other nations will follow Britain and hold a referendum. They are desperately afraid of the results, which could mean that many other countries will follow Britain’s lead.

If the European Union collapses completely this would result in them being out of a job and lose not only their power, and but also their numerous monetary benefits. You have to remember that none of these people were voted into power, and indeed, have no right to run the Union. Why nations have accepted this up until now is beyond me.

Our youth voted to stay in because they are totally unaware of what is happening to the the Union. We are coming more and more under the control of Brussels as are all the other countries in the bloc.

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As the above graph shows (Official Figures), Britain is rapidly losing its capacity to govern this country as more and more regulations and decisions are made in Brussels. They are slowly taking over all decisions and dictating to us what we should do, and how. Anyone dumb enough to think that this will stop is a fool, because it will never end, and they will finally be in complete control of our country. We have to make those who are demonstrating against Brexit aware of what is really happening.

This is one of the reasons why older people, who are much more ‘world wise’, voted against the E.U., for many have the life experience and knowledge to see what is happening. You cannot say that about the young, for they have not yet learned about the way the world works.

All the cries to hold a second referendum will do no good, for the leaders in Brussels have already said they will not honour the result of such a thing. For them the die is cast, the people have spoken and that is an end to it. So what we need to do now is sit back, relax, and see what comes out of the negotiations.

Airbus WingsI don’t believe it will be that bad for Britain because the Union has as much to lose as we do. Trade may change a little, but there are many companies in Europe that rely on our goods, and will not want to start searching for new sources of supply. Airbus have already said they will not search for new manufacturers of wings for their Airbus planes, and there are many more such companies.

One of the big things in our favour is that countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many more look forward to doing business with us again. It may take some time after the Brexit becomes final, but trade will pick up and we will be doing what we did before the European Union came along.

Already the pound and the FTSE are beginning to rally after the huge drops we saw immediately after the results of the referendum were made known, and as I said before in previous posts, we may go through a hard time, but it will be short and we will come out much better off than we were before.

It doesn’t help to get all ‘hot under the collar’ and start screaming for a new referendum, because all we need is a little patience and the whole problem will sort itself out. I firmly believe that this country will be far better off, and have a much better future once we get out from under the jackboot of the E.U.

My advice is to relax and see what comes out of the negotiations with Brussels in a few months time, for it may not be as tough as many people think.

Roy.

Then Versus Now!

Posted in America, Children, England, Environment, Europe, Health, News, Parenting, Senior Citizen, UK with tags , , , , on 25/06/2014 by floroy1942

A friend from many years ago sent me this and I thought I would pass it on. Many people will agree with this, but it may confuse the younger ones who have never experienced life as it was.

My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread  butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no  bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning..

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper  in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember  getting e. Coli. Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the  lake  or at the beach instead of a  pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

We  all took PE ……. And risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop  sand shoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air  cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small  car. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because  they tell us how much safer we are now.

We got the cane for doing something wrong at  school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the  rules and to honour & respect those older than us. We had 50 kids in  our class and we all learned to read and write, do maths and spell  almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct  letter……., FUNNY THAT!!

We all said prayers in school irrespective  of our religion, sang the national anthem and no one got  upset.

Staying in detention after school caught all  sorts of negative attention we wish we hadn’t  got.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish  something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can’t  recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo,  X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. We weren’t!!

Oh yeah … And where was the antibiotics and  sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played “King of the Hill” on piles of gravel  left on vacant building sites and when we got hurt, mum pulled out the  2/6p bottle of iodine and then we got our backside spanked. Now it’s a  trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of antibiotics and  then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a  threat.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had  ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we  possibly have known that?

We never needed to get into group therapy and/or  anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societal  ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking  Prozac!

How did we ever survive?

After reading this you may begin to agree that we are over-doing things these days. I guess it all depends on your point of view.

Thanks Geoff.

Roy.

Ms. Atkinson – Another Raving Nutter!

Posted in America, Britain, Child Abuse, Child Discipline, Children, News, Parenting, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 01/01/2014 by floroy1942
Another Stupid Do-Gooder

Another Stupid Do-Gooder

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has said that the smacking of children in all its forms should be banned in the United Kingdom. Is this woman a raving nutter or what. Parents have little choice anyway over what punishment they can hand out to recalcitrant children, which is clearly evident in the way children behave these days.

Well, Verbal Discipline Sure Didn't Work!

Well, Verbal Discipline Sure Didn’t Work!

Tell your child to do, or not do, something these days and you are more than likely to get a mouthful of abuse back or be completely ignored. Children realize at a very early age what they can get away with, and any parent who wishes to bring up their children in a proper way, i.e., teach them respect and honesty, can do very little to enforce life’s rules on a child.

Stings A Little But Very Effective.

Stings A Little But Very Effective.

Currently, you are allowed to smack, but only if you do not break the skin or cause a bruise. Many will say this is enough, and they may be right up to a point, at least with any but the most hardened cases. Look around you as you walk the streets of any town and see the gangs of youths standing around on street corners.

Remember the Bulger Murder?

Remember the Bulger Murder?

Britain has the highest rate of youth crime in Europe and ‘it ain’t going away’ as they say. Look back over the past ten years or so and think of how many murders alone have been committed by children under eighteen. Some of them are as young as seven or eight, with many being eleven to thirteen. Now think a little further and ask yourself, with which generation did this unruly behaviour begin?

They Way They Want It Done?

They Way They Want It Done?

It began with the generation that grew up during the smacking ban when all the country’s do-gooders (many without children) jumped on the bandwagon and started proclaiming that smacking children is wrong. These idiots did their best to remove any form of chastisement to children, but guess what, children learn faster than you think.

Ever Felt Like This Under The ,No Smacking, Rules?

Ever Felt Like This Under The ‘No Smacking’ Rules?

Eventually some form of common sense did arise from this stupidity and the current no bruising or broken skin law was passed. It at least allowed some form of discipline with children. When you think of it, how else do children learn except from their parents. Today of course we suffer more and more from parents who don’t give a damn anyway, and allow their offspring to do as they please so long as they are not disturbed.

Yes Sir, My Dad Hit Me!

Yes Sir, My Dad Hit Me!

Now this stupid woman comes along and says we should ban all forms of effective punishment for children. No smacking – Ever! She also advocates criminal prosecution for parents who break this law. I can see this leading to many a disgruntled child turning up at the police station falsely claiming to have been struck by a parent just as a means of get back at them for something: “If you don’t let me go to the party I’ll tell the cops you hit me!”

I'm Not Sure Ms. Atkinson Would Have Success With The London Street Gangs!

I’m Not Sure Ms. Atkinson Would Have Success With The London Street Gangs!

So what are parents to do, those that care at least? Well, for a start I would drop this stupid woman off at some London East End housing estate one evening and leave her to the tender mercies of the local yobbo’s for a day, and then see what she thinks of disciplining children. That is always presuming she comes out alive and sane that is. Ms, Atkinson shouts loud and clear that she used to be a teacher and “never having had an issue where I’d need to use physical punishment”.

Classroom violence in the USA.

Classroom Violence - Not Always Against Teachers.

Classroom Violence – Not Always Against Teachers.

I guess that must have been a long time ago, for nowadays teachers are often threatened, and do suffer physical violence from pupils in school. A report I read last year indicated that as many as fifty percent of teachers had at some time or other been threatened with harm. Food for thought Ms, Atkinson?

Laudable Goals, But Don't Allow The Children To Rule!

Laudable Goals, But Don’t Allow The Children To Rule!

As you would expect, the NSPCC jumped on the bandwagon saying: evidence is building that smacking is “ineffective and harmful to children”. Ah well, then I guess generations of parents must have been wrong to give their children a wallop to teach them how to behave and make them do as they are told. Well, I will say this, I was brought up with the old methods and it never did me any harm.

Old Style Discipline

Old Style Discipline

It did teach me to respect my elders (not that there are many of them around now) and it taught me to be truthful and honest in all I do and say. It has never crossed my mind to pull a knife on someone I disagree with, or to steal from shops or vulnerable people like old age pensioners. I never felt the urge to hang around on street corners wearing a hood that all but covered my face, and with my mates scare the living daylights out of anyone passing by just for fun.

Good Luck With That Method!

Good Luck With That Method!

The NSPCC is also quoted as saying: “There are more positive ways to discipline children and a clear message that hitting anyone is not right would benefit all of society,” All I can say smarty pants is: Why don’t you come and tell us what these ‘more effective’ measures are! Perhaps this idiot means that children will automatically respond well to you telling them to stop whatever it is they are doing wrong. We should perhaps sit them down and explain in simple words why what they are doing is wrong and plead with them not to do it again. Maybe we should make our thirteen year-olds stand in the corner for an hour as punishment, or tell our fifteen-year-olds to write a hundred lines. Ha! I would love to see the NSPCC try that out on a bunch of kids from a housing estate. It is doubtful any such idiot would see another day.

Nice To Have Well Behaved Kids

Nice To Have Well Behaved Kids

Naturally, there are many children who come from good homes and learn the necessities of life without severe punishment, but for every one of them there is perhaps five who come from under-privileged homes and don’t give a toss for any form of discipline.

Child Abuse - It has To Stop

Child Abuse – It has To Stop

One point I do have to make clear is that I do not condone in any shape or form brutality towards children. I had enough of that in my own childhood, but I do know that it is possible to chastise a child effectively without brutality. The important thing is to start as soon as they are old enough to understand. You don’t smack a fourteen-year-old, but a mild smack when required on the leg of a one-year-old would make that unnecessary, because later the child would already have learnt right from wrong.

In conclusion, I am happy to say that it seems no-one is taking much notice of this crazy woman’s ravings, for a government spokesperson said: “While ministers did not condone violence towards children, they did not wish to criminalize parents for issuing a mild smack”.

Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said some time ago that he smacked his own children when they were young and defended the right of parents to smack their children. The Conservative minister, who has two grown-up children, said, “You chastise children when they are bad, as my parents did me. I’m not opposed to smacking. It is to be used occasionally. Sometimes it sends a message – but I don’t hanker for the days when children were severely beaten at school.”

From a Movie But You Get The Picture.

From a Movie But You Get The Picture.

On that subject I will say that ‘six of the best’ across the buttocks or hand made darned sure you never made the same mistake again, but that is for school only.

Happy New YearEnjoy 2014! May your children always listen when you tell them off, and grow up to be fine upstanding citizens of the future.

Roy.

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