Tag Archive | Margaret Thatcher

I Think I Am ‘OK’ With “Boris Johnson’s” Monumental Win In The UK — Because I So, So Badly Want ‘Brexit’.

by Anura Guruge


From the BBC. This was an historic win.


Click to access my post.


I wanted ‘Brexit‘ way back 44-years AGO in 1975. Yes, 1975 — 44-years ago.

I proudly voted ‘NO’ in that 1st ‘Brexit’ referendum in 1975. I was among the 20% who wanted to leave at that juncture. But, WE, obviously, were RIGHT. It took the others 40-years to realize what we already knew.

I like open-borders BUT do NOT agree that being part of the EU is good for my Britain.

As such I am glad that Boris Johnson won and that he COULD now make Brexit a reality — though I am not, yet, convinced that it is a forgone conclusion. Anything could still happen.

I am infamous in the U.S., over the last 17-years as a bleeding-heart democrat. But, NOTE I was careful to say 17-years.

I was a Regan-worshipping Republican prior to that — and I used ‘worshipping’ advisedly.

Way back, before I turned 21, I was a Bernie Sanders! Yes …

But, then I started making money. SMILE.

I was accused of being to THE RIGHT of (Dear) Margaret Thatcher.

Though I became a Democrat in the U.S. (and worked like a black to get Obama elected), I have never sympathized with ‘Labor’ in the U.K.

Crazy, isn’t it.

But, the UK and US political spectrums are different. For a start the UK already has a sacrosanct single-payer medical system open to all, the NHS. So, come UK politics I have never had a major issue with the UK Conservatives.


Click to access my post.


Boris Johnson is going to be GOOD FOR I. The UK Sterling Pound will be stronger which means that the two pensions I get from the UK will be slightly higher. It is not much so the increase will be marginal. But, better than a kick in the teeth. Boris will also be good for the stock market.

But, Boris scares I. So, I will have to keep an eye on him. Let’s start with Brexit. Lets see if he can make it happen.

Fingers crossed.

For NOW I am happy.


Related Posts:
Search ‘Brexit’.


by Anura Guruge

Margaret Thatcher (My 2nd Favorite Female PM) Was Born This Day, 92 Years Ago; October 13, 1925. (It Was Not A Friday).

by Anura Guruge




Having, as a student, led a protest march against her I became one of the staunchest supporters as I aged — and started making some ‘serious money’! Yes, I was an out-and-our Conservative by the time I was in my mid-20s.

She was a GREAT Lady.

The 5th female Prime Minister.

I never realized that she was ‘that’ old, i.e., born 1925.

She will be remembered. She did some good things. Got me into the stock market — if nothing else. {Smile}


Related Posts:
>>>> Search ‘Thatcher’ >>>>
++++ Check Category ‘Events’  >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Irony Of Theresa May’s Embarrassment, Margaret Thatcher Had A Landslide 34 Years & 1 DAY Ago!

hjby Anura Guruge


June 8, 2017 vs June 9, 1983.

What a difference.


June 9, 1983 with Margaret Thatcher.

I voted, for her, in this election, in Harpenden, Herts.

Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_1983


June 8, 2017 with Theresa May.

Though eligible to vote, I did NOT because the U.K.
does not have a good mail-in balloting scheme.

Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2017



Quite a difference. Maggie walked away with 397 seats. May has 317. That is a 80-seat difference.

To be fair Maggie had the BRILLIANT Falkland Island victory to bouy her.

Wonder if Theresa gave the June 9th date any thought when she called the election for June 8.


Related Posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Events’ for other related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Margaret Thatcher (My 2nd Favorite Female PM) Was 1st Elected Prime Minister This Day 38 Years Ago; May 3, 1989.

hjby Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_1979


From the Wikipedia post as above. The ‘Blue’ was Thatcher’s Conservative Party. It was pretty much a landslide. I voted in ‘West End’ — to the NE of Southampton. I marked it on the map. It was a pretty BLUE area. {SMILE}


 

I do remember this. It was a big day. I voted. Made sure I did. Those days I never missed a chance to vote.

Wow. 38- years ago. Seems like a long time ago.

THANK YOU Mrs. Thatcher. You were great.


Related Posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Events’ for other related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

The Start Of What Would Be The ‘Falklands War’ Happened This Day, 35-Years Ago — March 19, 1982.

hjby Anura Guruge







What a WAR!

It was the only war that I was totally and utterly ‘invested’ in emotionally.

I so wanted us, THE BRITS, to prevail and prevail big.

I followed every twist-and-turn, despairing when we suffered a loss and jubilant when we enjoyed a success.

The night of the victory, June 14, 1982, I was hosting a pre-arranged customer dinner (as was a part of my job) at a restaurant on the outskirts of London. It turned out to be quite the party. I was buying drinks for all. Didn’t care about the cost. I did have a ‘no questions asked’ expense account for entertainment BUT I think I paid for that money on one of my credit cards. It was well worth it.

What a glorious victory.

THANK YOU Mrs. Thatcher. You were great.


Related Posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Events’ for other related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Britain’s Once Mighty Coal Industry — King Coal — Is Sputtering To An End.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
.
.
.
.

.
by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>>
 British Pride.
>>
 British English quiz.

>> English grammar from Britain
>> Britain on ‘Poppy Watch’
>> Trevor Noah pokes fun at the British

++++ Search ‘British’ for MORE posts >>>>


coalmines

Click image to access British Sky News original.


I get British Sky News on our Roku and I try to watch as much of their news as possible since unlike the extremely parochial U.S. cable news the British news agencies make a point of covering the world.

Friday evening, with their being no new cricket of worth to watch, I spent even more timing browsing through the Sky News clips. Then I saw the above.

I was shocked. Wow.

Coal mining, for so long, has been such an integral part of our heritage. Funnily enough, just last week, the Cambridge Revels in their outstanding “Welsh Celebration“, highlighted the importance of coal mining in Welsh culture. One of the major stage props was a huge slag pile — the slag the byproduct of mining.

I still distinctly remember the coal miner strikes in the early 1970s and Margaret Thatcher’s mighty attempts to tame the unions. Those transformatives events for me.

There was the saying among cricket circles how clubs in the Midlands and Yorkshire could just go to the nearest coal mine and whistle down the shaft to recruit a fast bowler. All of that is going.

Cheap coal and natural gas from the U.S.! And they are now talking about Fracking in Britain!

Shame. Yes, mining was a hard, cruel profession and so many, for so long suffered from all the diseases associated with the coal dust. But it was a proud and well-paid profession. It is all coming to an end.

End of an Era.

Though I have no connection with miners I feel the loss. This is so much a part of our heritage.

I wish all the current miners and the ex-miners, and their families, a Merry Christmas and a hopeful 2016.


Oh How I Wish Janet Yellen Was On A Testosterone Boosting Regime.

dowsep182015
.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail

.
.
.
.

by Anura Guruge


Other Related Posts:

**** Check Category ‘Investments’ (on sidebar) >>>>


DO NOT ENLARGE this image.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Janet Yellen and was totally supportive of her replacing Dear Ben as the Federal Reserve Chairperson. What is there not to like about her?

BUT after yesterday’s momentous decision by the Fed’s NOT to raise the Fed Interest Rate I just wish she had more testosterone in her system. What we saw yesterday is the, rightly, much vaunted trait of females not to be as aggressive, confrontational and ‘in your face’. BUT in this case that is really what we needed. We needed Janet to be a Margaret Thatcher or my Aunty Bandaranaike — strong female leaders that were willing to make hard decisions.

We need to get this interest rate fiasco out of the way!

To be honest it bothers me NOWT! As somebody with an incurable addiction to option trading I LOVE the market volatility. Large market swings make me smile all day — not that I am not smiling most of the time anyway. I just feel bad for those that just ride the market and watch helpless when their IRA goes down. I just heard on CNBC this morning, bamboo stake up his derrière, “I tell God what to think every morning”, Ken ‘pompous’ Langone, bemoan how the ‘zero’ interest rates are crippling retirees on a ‘fixed income’. I had to laugh. Typical of bloody Langone. Clueless. I am retired BUT I wish my income was ‘fixed’. SMILE. Never understood that expression. “Fixed Income”. If you are salaried aren’t you also on a ‘fixed income’? Well, what can I say?

This interest rate ‘fear’ is such a joke. 0.25% or even 1% Fed interest rates are NOT going to kill anyone. They will, as CNBC correctly points out, NORMALIZE matters — and the markets — and GET one unnecessary Ken Langone like gorilla ‘out of the room’.

So PLEASE Janet go get some shots. Lets raise this damn rate SOON — definitely before Christmas. PLEASE let us NOT go into 2016 with this hanging over the market.

I just do NOT know whether I could tolerate that much FUN!

Janet, I am sure your Health Insurance will cover the costs of the shots. If NOT I will, on behalf of the entire World, gladly pay for them.


%d bloggers like this: