Boris's draconian Covid tests:
a huge tax on holidays abroad - which only the rich can afford to pay
When the "traffic-light" Green list was announced by Boris Johnson on the 7th of May, it was soon clear there was something odd about this list of twelve "safe" holiday countries. Portugal and Gibraltar were the only normal holiday destinations. Australia and new Zealand - on the other side of the world, long-haul, very expensive - no good for the half-term break.
But it's five places at the bottom of the list that are the most revealing. The Falklands, South Georgia, Ascension, Tristan de Cunha and St Helena are all in the far South Atlantic; in the case of South Georgia, nearly at the South Pole. (Why didn't they just add Antarctica to the list as well? That's how remote these places are.)
There's NO tourist flights to any of them. These aren't holiday places for ordinary Brits to go to. These are off-the-grid , Bear Grylls trekking destinations. South Georgia can only be reached by ship, from the already-distant Falklands. There's no airport there. And if there was - it would have to be staffed by penguins - because nobody lives there. All these places need special travel arrangements, including travelling on RAF planes.
And then you realise - this list was drawn up by people on a completely different planet than the rest of us. Conservative ministers on £150K salaries (some of whom are also millionaires several times over.) These are holiday destinations for very, very rich people.
Fast-forward to "Freedom Day" and the latest changes to the traffic-light setup. Loads of ordinary working people, who had no holiday last year, are desperate to get a couple of weeks of sun and sand. Don't forget - OK, we are told that the rest of the world is burning with Global Warming, but in the UK we've had a succession of cold, wet, miserable summers.
Millions of these families are now in Spain and Greece, but when they start to return home they're hit by the nightmare of Boris Johnson's Covid test compliance - the pre-departure test, and the Day 2 PCR test. The government won't disclose the scientific justification for these tests - that's because there isn't any. These are simply a tax on travel (the government gets 20% VAT on every test kit); implemented in a specially cruel way. You have to book AND PAY FOR, the tests before you leave Spain (or wherever) - or you won't get on the plane; and can't go home. A family of four gets hit with a bill of several hundred pounds. And the goalposts are being moved after holidaymakers have already gone abroad. Mexico was suddenly changed from Amber to Red with almost no warning. One young woman on minimum wage, who had scrimped and saved for her break in the sun, got hit with a £1750 bill for hotel quarantine.
Our Tory masters like Johnson and Sunak aren't being deliberately cruel. They simply live on a different planet to the rest of us; a world where you never run out of money at the end of the month. What's your problem bro? Just transfer some funds in from your savings account! It never occurs to them most of us don't have that kind of money available at the drop of a hat.
Wouldn't it be nice to one day, have a government that's NOT run by millionaires? (And that rules out Keith Starmer by the way - he's a millionaire too).
"YOU'RE TOO WHITE !" DIVERSITY TSAR
TELLS OUR OLYMPIC HEROS|
Sport boss Chris Grant's astonishing outburst, insulting our Olympic squad
There's been nothing but praise all round the country, for the wonderful achievements of our young athletes. Until that is, an astonishing, hysterical outburst of sour grapes from Chris Grant, a "Diversity Tsar" at Sport England. Our GB Olympian heros and heroines, he says, are "too white". MAINSTREAM wants to ask Grant "Which ones should have been left out?" Answer that buddy! Which of our squad who - by accident of birth - have white skin, would YOU have told to stay home, to be replaced by non-white men and women? To satisfy your woke obsession with "Diversity". One of the above maybe?
Scottish runner Laura Muir? Boxer Pat McCormack from Sunderland? BMX Wonder Woman Charlotte Worthington, the chef from Manchester? Or maybe swimming superstar Lucy Hope (another Scot). Grant is saying, because they've got white skin, they should have given up their places in the Olympic squad (which they won on performance), to non-white men and women who performed less well in the Olympic trials. So he can get his correct "Diversity mix" of skin colours. Suppose these "surplus" white Olympians like those above, were to hear about Grant's outburst - how must they feel? An insult to their amazing dedication, courage and the endless hours of hard work they've put in.
This deranged individual has literally gone through the photos of our entire Olympic squad, checking on their skin colour - like some manic Apartheid-era official in South Africa. He probably uses the Diversity Woke colour chart, so each of our athletes can be "classified" and placed into their correct "racial group". (Didn't Hitler do something similar, checking people's head measurements, to see if they were pure Aryans or not?). For each event in turn, he counts up the different skin tones and compares them with some fantasy "correct percentage" taken from the Diversity Nazi playbook. Is the Asian percentage too high or too low? Is the Black proportion correct? Grant even wants events like rowing to be CUT from the Olympics - because all our rowers are white! Our rowing, swimming and cycling squads are, he says are "far too white". Imagine the outcry if somebody suggested the GB sprint squad was "far too black"! That maybe white sprinters should get a ten metre start - so our sprint medallists had the correct mix of colours, as set down in the Diversity Playbook. Outrageous! That's what happens when you enforce "equality of outcome" (sometimes called Equity).
Once you go down the road of removing events because their participants are all one colour, where does it end? An Olympics with only sprint events, boxing and basketball? Why can't people like Chris Grant accept that all Humans are different, we have different strengths and abilities. In part this is down to physical differences. An olympic wrestler needs a very different physique from a sprinter. A shot-putter would be hopeless in the gymnastics team. We all have different preferences. An activity that is exciting and interesting to one person, to another seems like a waste of time and dead boring. You can't force people to take up a sport that they're not interested in.
But these Diversity Dickheads don't look at people's talents, abilities, or preferences. They don't judge people by their behaviour - good or bad. For the woke extremists, there is only one thing that matters with every human being on the planet - what colour skin they've got. These people are worse racists than the Ku Klux Klan ever were - but amazingly, they don't realise it!
For the Majority,
not the minority
Why can't there be a party that gets 60% of the electorate's vote? We all have different views but there are plenty of views shared in common by at least 60% of the people. "What unites us is more than what divides us".
In opinion polls you include the 'dont knows' - or the poll is meaningless. So in analysing actual election results, you must include the 'no-shows' - those who stay at home instead of voting. They're just as important as the ones who turn out to vote. So percentages must be based on the whole electorate, not just those who vote. Non-voters are NOT lazy young people who can't be bothered to get off the sofa - they're people who would LIKE to vote - if only there was a party / candidate they could support! They in effect DID vote - for 'none of the above'.
In the 2017 snap election called by Theresa May to 'improve' her position, but which turned out a disaster for her, the Tories were marginally the most popular party but with just 29% of the electorate's votes. And Labour who came second, got 27% of the electorate. No party gets even half the electorate's support - nowhere near! This continues the trend for the last 40 years . Is it any surprise when you look at how out of touch ALL of Parliament's MPs are, with ordinary people?
MAINSTREAM is a project to create a new, centrist political force in the country. To address the dissatisfaction with our current political parties, drawing like-minded people together, with the aim of a new democratic force which is unashamedly populist - so it can get a majority of people's votes. But also, a party open to new ideas and big changes - not stuck with the old political baggage of our existing establishment parties. A popular party, a people's party, to represent the majority who don't identify as either 'right' or 'left'. A political force for the centre ground, for the political MAINSTREAM.
"NO to Ex-treme"
"YES to MAINSTREAM "
Could Boris be gone BEFORE 2024?
After the surprise Christmas election tory win Boris Johnson crowed "we're in power for ten years now". (Working on some weird theory that an overall majority of 80, takes more than one election to be wiped out. Really? Could someone Explain ?)
At the Coronavirus outbreak, Johnson had a commanding lead in the polls, helped by his own hospitalisation and near-death experience, and becoming a father again. But his shambolic, chaotic "management" of the pandemic has totally lost the public trust. The final straw was to continue to back his non-elected number two, Dominic Cummings, saying he believed Cummings's 'eye-test' explanation when he knows, as do all the rest of us, this was a pack of lies.
Many tory MPs are furious, at least one having considered resigning the Conservative whip to become an independent - this after just four months in the job. Don't forget - for every one MP the tories lose, their majority gets cut by two. It only needs 40 MPs to defect as Independents, and Johnson would lose his majority and be, like Theresa May, leading a minority administration.
Could this actually happen? Back in January you'd have said "impossible". But now, with the economy totally wrecked for the foreseeable future and all the worst decisions and U-turns on Covid - added to the possibility that the current protests could turn into large-scale riots this summer - anything becomes possible. Johnson could be toppled as leader by his own party; or even - yes - another general election BEFORE the set date of December 2024.
Changing the EU from the inside is IMPOSSIBLE. Now we can put pressure on them from OUTSIDE, to return to the original Free-Trade, free movement zone, an assembly of sovereign states each with its own laws and parliament, WITHOUT the EU 'directives' and 'Parliament' . ANOTHER EUROPE IS POSSIBLE.