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Started by Alex, March 19, 2020, 10:14:15 AM

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Alex

I volunteered to go with Ash's class for his first school trip since they were a bit short of people to watch the kids. It was fine. Few of the kids were ignoring the teachers / assistants (female) when they were being told to do something (or more often not to do something). Anyway, when I used dad voice the kids would instantly stop and do as they were told. This let to me being offered a job working with kids by the end of the day.  :bouncegiggle:

Also been offered a job at Kristi's work. I wouldn't start until the summer holidays are over, but they need people to come in and work at peak times. I'd be able to pick and choose when I want to or don't want to work, so on my 4 days off I could make some extra money. Tempting thought.
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Alex

Woke up this morning to find as I predicted, we'd had a change of government. Our moderate right wing administration which had allowed itself to become ruled by a fear of the extreme right wing has fallen and a moderate left wing (increasingly centrist though) party has now won, with the kind of landslide that hasn't been seen since the height of Tony Blair's popularity. The SNP in Scotland after a series of scandals has lost big, and seen the country return to voting Labour. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, if they have permanently regained their stronghold on the north or if it is just a temporary return to prominance.

What did suprise me is that our region (which thanks to having a military base in it has generally returned a tory MP) changed to an SNP gain. Douglas Ross who was a rising star for the tories has lost his seat (quite heavily and is now resigining as head of the Scottish tories (to be fair, there aren't really a lot of them. The tories haven't been popular up here since Thatcher got into power).

The former PM Liz Truss (whose premiership lasted a shorter length of time than a head of lettuce) has lost her seat. I wonder who she'll blame that on? The woman is incapable of accepting that she messed up and that her unpaid for tax cuts caused the economy to crash.

Despite the change of government I can't imagine things will change too much. Between the still lingering aftemath of the banks crash, Covid and the Truss's disasterous reign I don't think there is a huge amount of wiggle room in the economy to mess public finances around. The extra money the armed forces badly need to prepare for the future is unlikely to materialise.

There were some gains for far right figures like Nigel Farage, but his party only has 4 seats out of 650 so he can hardly claim to be a big part of UK politics. Lets hope this isn't a base they can build on. Jacob Reese-Mogg lost his seat (although he'll hardly be in the poor house) and Sunak has resigned the leadership of the tories. Good riddance to bad rubbish there.
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I'll show you lonely
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Rev. Powell

The UK is following the opposite path of the rest of Europe, which is lurching right. But you may just be ahead of the curve.
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Alex

The government went through 3 or 4 different leaders since the last election. They have ranged from being disastrous to at best, just being there. None of them really had a grip on the levers of power. Anything short of a landslide defeat for them would have shocked me. Our (now ex) PM whose personal wealth I believe is somewhere in the 100's of millions claimed that he understood peoples struggles because as a child he didn't have Sky TV. Showing how out of touch he was with the average person's reality was the final nail in the coffin. I'd have been happier if people like Priti Patel and Nigel Farage had lost their constituencies, but I'll take what I can get. I might not like the party that won last night, but I do consider them preferable to the alternative.

Politically, the UK tends to swing widely between moderate left and right every 10 to 15 years. I think the right was in power for the last 14 years (certainly somewhere around that), so it was due for the pendulum to swing back.
I'll show you ruin
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I'll show you lonely
A sorrow in darkness

Rev. Powell

#1159
Your moderate right looks like our moderate left here, though.

EDIT: Of course, I think the terms "left" and "right" are pretty much meaningless. Here we have only two parties, so by default whatever one promotes at the moment is "right" and whatever the other one believes at this time is "left."
I'll take you places the hand of man has not yet set foot...

Alex

Funnily enough much of Europe would say the same about the UKs left and right. Thatcher really did move the centre ground of UK politics to the right.
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A sorrow in darkness

Alex

It looks like France has also swung to the left.
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I'll show you lonely
A sorrow in darkness

Rev. Powell

Quote from: Alex on July 07, 2024, 11:33:46 PMIt looks like France has also swung to the left.

I don't follow French politics closely, but that seems like a bizarre result.

I wish the US had a parliamentary system.
I'll take you places the hand of man has not yet set foot...

Alex

I haven't been following it either (to be honest it was a surprise when I heard the french election results as I didn't even know they were having one). The right had been heavily tipped to win it seems but a combination of their support not being as strong as they thought and a united left swung things against them. Most of Europe was facing a widescale swing to the right, but the right wings general incompetance in dealing with covid has caused an early swing back to the left decades earlier than would otherwise be expected. I cannot say if this will be a long or short term thing.

Because several people have left recently work is currently a bit short of manpower and is discussing calling in standbys more often. Potentially this could cut my four days off down to one, depending on how training days fall etc. At that point I'd be looking at leaving myself. The big advantage in this job is the family time I get. Take that out of the equation and the cost is no longer worth the benefits. They can find other people to care enough about the country, NATO and all that jazz.

Went out with Tony for a couple of drinks on his birthday. We only had four, so hardly enough to get drunk on but we did have a pleasant buzz on. At least that's how I was. Conversation at some point got around to why didn't I get into politics, run things with common sense. I laughed and said that the last thing anyone would want is to have be in power. I was asked what things I would do that were so terrible? After I gave them a list of the things I would do, I was told that everything I suggested sounded great.

I wonder if they have any concept just how much blood and death you'd have to wade through to make that vision come true? How many people would be left at the wayside unable to keep up with the changes. Hah! Even with the best intentions you don't fix society without dragging it through hell first. Even then any new system is going to have all the old problems in different ways. It is a subject that have come up several times with various seperate groups of people. Quite why they think I'd be good as a politician I do not quite know. I am convinced that no one can get to the top in that field without having all their principals so thourghly compromised and corrupted as to be ineffective.

Anyway, after I got home it was something of a surprise when Tony's wife texted Kristi to ask her how much we'd had to drink. Tony had went home, needed to go to sleep and threw up on the way to his bed. Didn't think either one of us had enough to drink to end up in a bad way.

Over the past couple of weeks Tony has been chatting with me a lot about his future. Him and his wife have decided to move back down south as soon as they can get a posting (which will be about 18 months). I guess I've somewhat wasted my time investing in a friendship there, but hey ho. Fairly sure he is going to regret his decision to go back down south and be unhappy, but that is their choice.

*sigh* When you randomly look over at todays workmate (not Tony) and he is looking at porn on his phone. Well, there are only a few more weeks to go until he leaves. He has hallmark type movies playing on the tv. I've got my laptop on and am listening to music via my earbuds. Insulates me pretty well from the world around me.

Just the way I like it. The world is just so... uncool right now. People always are, but they really are doing a better than average job right now.

Looks like a nice day outside. A bit of a break from the rain we've had this summer. Pity I am only able to see it via a couple of cameras. Here is me stuck with porn guy, a rifle and 60 fast friends (no idea why we need so many, but that is what we have).

The SWO popped in to drop off his building keys yesterday. I greeted him in a friendly enough manner and he replied "Uh huh" in the same way that I say to Kristi when she says something I don't agree with or don't believe. I was fully expecting to hear that something was wrong with my uniform, or something but he didn't say anything else. We have a couple of civvies working in the front office. In theory this means we no longer have to issue passes and keys, neither of which is really our job but we've been doing it. The guy is an ex military police WO. Not sure what the woman was before. She has pinky/purple hair and wears dungarees with rainbow stripes all over them. I'm not sure what her name is yet, but I've nicknamed her lesbian truck driver in the meantime. Funny. When we are there we have to be immaculate in our uniforms to present a professional image to anyone arriving on base. Guess something like that doesn't matter for civil servants? Mind you I suspect they are on the lowest pay band for the CS. Pay peanuts get monkeys.

Or should that be elephants?

Thinking about taking Ash out on Saturday. Go somewhere different. Might try him back up at the mini-railway in Inverness. We've learned not to take Ash somewhere new as a surprise and that he needs to be prepped for going new places. It really is something we should have figured out a lot earlier. He used to cry when he was in his buggy if we took a different route from what he was used to.

With the manpower situation at work, they are talking dealing with the shortage of manpower by calling us in more on standby. I've said if you keep calling me in then you will have a shortage of manpower because I'll simply quit and get a new job. Kristi has ignored all the houses I've suggested buying or said she doesn't like them since I left the airforce. I very bluntly told her that she now either had to come up with a house that would be acceptable for her, stop just automatically turn down all my suggestions or that I will go ahead and buy a house without her and she can take whatever I come up with. Hopefully she will finally take getting our own place more seriously. She was seriously panicking during my resettlement period that we'd end up homeless (even though there was no chance of me letting that happen, I do have to come out of the military at some point). I've said I'd like to be out by age 55.
I'll show you ruin
I'll show you heartbreak
I'll show you lonely
A sorrow in darkness