Monday, 17 July 2017
Many benefits are expected when electric cars are eventually mass produced. The benefits are regularly highlighted worldwide by "green" political parties. What is neglected is the havoc which will be caused by the regular production and development of electric cars !
Every electric car produced and sold logically means one less petrol driven car will be bought ! Will ALL current car producers then have a competitive electric replacement to maintain their own production lines ? Or will they slowly be obliged to close their plants ?
There are Companies which have subsidiary production plants in several overseas countries ! Will these "subs" remain viable and in operation ?
Electric cars need batteries, which will need recharging. Will there be sufficient "recharging points" conveniently available everywhere, just like the petrol stations at present ?
Ultimately, will cars not be developed to have two batteries, one for current driving usage and one for recharging itself while the car is moving ? Is this not THE ultimate future aim ?
Finally, will Governments not lose an important amount of tax at present levied on Petrol for cars ? Could they impose an equally heavy level of tax on Electric cars ?
Could there also not be havoc in the area of "Unemployment" ? Already Governments seek to reduce their overhead costs, but will they now also plan for the foregoing problems ? Probably not !
They will leave that for their elected "successors" in the late 2020's !
Furthermore, Totalitarian Countries are perhaps better placed for long term planning. They have fewer election problems.
Friday, 7 July 2017
A meeting of all 28 EU Ministers of the Interior has taken place in Tallinn, the Capital city of Estonia, to discuss problems provoked by the increasing number of desperate "migrants" from Africa arriving on the shores of Italy.
The number of migrants who perish at sea is also rising despite valiant international efforts. BUT, how many active and rich "refugee smugglers" have been brought to justice ? How many of their Vessels have been destroyed ? Statistics are not often published !
Is the time still not yet ripe, for all the "Leaders" of the EU to meet, to formulate and adopt an Official Policy which selects and defines which Migrants are permitted to enter the EU ?
How can the EU pretend to be a "UNION" when external and interior Borders are not securely manned ? Any migrant once in the EU has the freedom to circulate and settle anywhere.
Why do some countries refuse EU Migrants or new arrivals ? Germany needs labourers for its factories, but does it also welcome relatives ?
Should the stay of Refugees from the Middle East War not be limited, to encourage them to return later to help rebuild their country ?
The EU alone cannot, without the active help of African and Middle East Countries, solve all these problems. EU rules appear to be stop-gap solutions : in fact, basic EU Rules and Principles enshrined in Treaties need to be updated and modernised, to permit the adoption of a comprehensive Policy on the control of Migrants.
When could one expect action on this question ? This is not clear, because General Elections in Germany and Austria are imminent and will also take place in Italy next Spring ! No Leaders want to "rock the boat" !
Thursday, 6 July 2017
After its disappointing 2017 Presidential and General Election results, it would appear that the National Front (F N) could now abandon its fundamental Election Promise, to do a "FREXIT" ! At the time, this meant that France would "exit" the Eurozone and would then adopt a new French Franc as its currency, to ensure a more prosperous, economic future for France !
Neither Marine Le Pen nor Florian Philippot the vice President of FN, were capable of explaining the technical means to Electors of how France could leave the EU and successfully adopt the Franc ! Likewise the "Cost" of the operation of leaving the EU, was never explained either !
As early as January 6, 2017, the first of three articles in this Blog (1) forewarned FN leaders what to expect, if Electors were not informed how leaving the EU would be satisfactorily achieved !
During the "Inquest" by FN of what went wrong in the Elections, several other points will be raised but the FREXIT disaster should not be ignored !
(1) - "FN must explain any "Frexit" hopes !", dated 6/1/2017.
- "France : National Front (FN) makes 144 "Promises", dated 12/2/2017.
- "Could France leave the EUROZONE ?", dated 3/5/2017.