Thursday, 16 June 2016

Bob Geldoff    v      Nigel Farage




         More on millionaire public schoolboy Nigel Farage's plans for his personal political career, built on the back of lies he has told fishermen, to come.

      By the way Iceland is a member of NATO and if we try to bully them into letting us steal fish from their territorial waters, it may not just be the Icelandic navy we face in the next round of Cod Wars, carrying on where we were before joining the EU.

      Our big efficient fishing fleet back then was so good it had taken all the fish worth taking from UK waters and more. 

      The remaining stock was too low to breed back to a sustainable level
      That was why our big effecient fleet, captained by brave independent men but mostly owned by the banks and large corporations that finance Farage and UKIP, looked further afield.

      That is why our fleet was sailing further and further and staying at sea longer to make their investment pay a large enough dividend and pay the wages of the men working on the boats they no longer owned....

      Men were lost at sea sadly. 

      Not through cod wars but overlong expeditions in inhospitable waters and foul weather.

      Having exhausted our own stocks, FishCo PLC discovered that fish don't just live in the middle of oceans, rather they live 'near' land.

      Or other countries as it is commonly called.

      Our brave corporate fleet naturally assumed the right to overfish these other countries territorial waters, exhausting their stocks and destroying the long term(and short term) fishing futures.

       Our brave corporate factory fleet moved up the North Sea being rebuffed by the Scandinavian and Baltic states at the cost of several international incidents and the taxpayer funding the Royal Navy to protect these corporate interests.

       Eventually our factory fleet ran out of North Sea, passed North over the fished out Scottish waters into the North Atlantic.


 “Heaving Codfish”

    On September 1, 1958, keen to protect both its fish spawning grounds and to preserve a large enough share of the catch for Icelandic fishermen, Iceland expanded its fishing zone from 4 nautical miles to twelve nautical miles. While other European nations which fished in the waters around Iceland decided to abide by this limit, Britain, which got roughly half of its deep sea fish in the waters around Iceland, “immediately announced her intention of defying” this limit. British warships would now protect British fishermen as they fished in the twelve-mile zone around Iceland

       Here they found an island nation that had lived off fishing it's entire history.

      They had carefully nurtured their fish stocks so they coiuld make a safe(ish) comfortable living and feed their nation permanently.
The Icelandic position was similar in all three conflicts. The major point was that Iceland depends on its fishing industry more than any other state in the world. Iceland has few natural resources, no timber, no fuel, little agricultural potential, and no mineral deposits. Its economy is uniquely dependent on fishing for survival and for exports, to fund the imports needed for the other parts of the economy. "Fish and fish products of one form or another...have on average accounted for 89.71 per cent of Iceland's total export in each year during the period 1881-1976." (3) Iceland argued, therefore, that it had an overwhelming need to ensure the survival of the fish stocks in its area.
In addition, Iceland stated that foreign fishermen, from the Faroe Islands, Belgium, West Germany, and the majority from Great Britain, were causing an over-exploitation of the fish stocks around Iceland. The tonnage of fish catches had been decreasing since a peak in the 1950's, even though technological improvements allowed greater catches for fishing vessels. The size and age of the cod caught had also steadily decreased over the years. This meant that there were fewer cod spawning, thus reducing the total population of cod existing. Stocks of cod had decreased by a third during the 1970's.(4) Iceland stated that fish catches would have to be reduced. Since Iceland's survival depended on fishing, it argued that other nations should bear the reduction of catches. Since Icelandic fishermen were able to catch all of the allowable tonnage of fish, all foreign fishing activity took fish from Icelandic fishermen, not in addition to the fish caught by Iceland.

       This had created a natural fish stock in abundance, the like of which the British fisherman had not seen for decades, since the creation of the corparate factory fleets.

       The CEO's, boards of directors and shareholders were ecstatic and sent their factory fleets to park permanently half mile outside territorial waters, sending the oversized trawlers into Icelandic waters whenever they thought no-one was watching, or at least couldn't prove it.

     This attempted rape of another sovereign nation's national livelihood and food upset the locals who sent their navy out to try and protect their rights.

      Of course our corporate interests called out the Superior British Royal Navy to protect their business interests and the taxpayer funded a permant naval prescence outside Icelandic waters, shots were fired froom both sides.

       That was the situation when we joined the EU.

       They imposed quotas designed to gradually rebuild our fish stocks (which has happened), partner nations generously allowed us quotas from their waters sufficient to maintain smaller, independent fishing boats but not the large corporate factory fleets.

       Fish stocks have now been rebuilt and Farage thinks the time is right to re- release the large corporate factory fleets that can industrialise our waters, and with UKIPs planned naval expansion, the taxpayer can once again pay to protect corporate interests, the industrialisation and rape of UK, colonial and any other national fishing stock and industry we can steal and destroy.


      That is the truth of millionaire, public, schoolnboy, gin drinking Nigel Farage who masquerades as a man of the people with a pint of beer he never drinks and his mission to rebuild the corporate overfishing industry.

      The destruction of the inshore industry by raw sewage pumped into the sea 1/4 mile from shore all round our island nation, as well as farming runoff, industrial 'leakage' and nuclear discharge is another matter for another time, when you are ready to understand that 90% of inshore cod were carrying meningitis back in the 70's

      Just realise that the EU has saved us from all this, cleaned our seas, beaches, rebuilt our fish stocks and helped the small scale sustainable fishermen, in the face of industry and government resistance.

      That is what Nigel Farage Johnson, IDS Gove etc are fighting for. 


      To remove that protection and give corporate profit free reign.

        The brxaters and grouties have been running a clever campaign, they accuse Remain of exactly what they are doing themselves.
       They have been running a scaremongering campaign for years, perhaps even decades, certainly long before this #EUref began ib earnest.
        They ran the story of 50 million Romanians all on the way here for years, before and after they actually joined and it was proved to be false.
       They are repeating the scare with 70 million Turks on their way here and it is just as false but repeated just as widely in the corporate right wing media.
       They have run the scare over the amount we pay into the #EU
and how it is used, with false figures for years.
        Now one after another sober, sensible, independent financial specialists from the Bank of England, Office for Budget Responsibility, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Interrnational Monetary Fund and many more have produced well researched, well thought through economic reports that show Groutie economics as opposite to truth and reality.
      The Grouties make no attempt to respond on an economic level and prove their figures. They just shout "scaremongering".
       At everything from economic data, to immigration figures, to political judgement, to the future economy, the Brexaters make no attempt to engage in serious, or even mild light-hearted, debate, they just shout scaremongering and the media accept that as a valid, balanced response to any and everything. 

       Perhaps they are as amazed as the rest of us because they give over an inordinate amount of time to repeating, over and over, scaremongering, as a balanced response, to any question. 

       At a time when the Naval budget is again being squeezed the cod wars show just how easy it can be for corporate and miltary desires to coincide and get out of hand very quickly. With Brexaters only promise so far is that they will conduct all negotiations by a denial of resolution until they get their own way, the stated intention to take us back to pre EU-negotiated settlements, the possibility of all sorts of corporate squabbles turning into armed conflict, handbags more than WW3, but military action all the same, is only too real.


    The National Office for Statistics have told them repeatedly, that the Outie's most basic figures are wrong and misleading.
        Outies continue to use them, have them emblazoned in 6 foot letters on busses and just shout scaremongering at one of the most essential, factual, independent government departments.

        They refused, repeatedly, to send anyone to a treasury select commitee to justify the figures they were using.
        George Osborne was called and attended to justify his figures. I don't like the man but he sat and answered every question he was asked for 2 hours. 
        One of the treasury questioners was Mr Rees-Mogg, a prominent Grouter, who at least had the grace to be embarassed that the Out campaign would not attend. 
       Not embarassed enough to take on the role and answer questions himself. 

          The Outies have refused to give even the most basic political, financial or cultural assessment of a future out of the EU, while at the same time completely rejecting any future plan offered by the current government. 
       They have demonstrated that they have enough parliamentary support to mount a silent coup d'etat. 
        So a leave vote, within weeks, will deliver the most extreme right wing government this country has known.
       Scapegoats are already in place and UK Plc will be sold off as fast as possible under an unelected government with no mandate for anything other than leave the EU.
       They are already preparing to label everything as "essential for leaving the EU", it is why they give no exit plan.
         The plan is to privatise the UK.
        That is the independence they offer.
        That is the sovereignty for the UK.
          Sovereign possessions of corporate entities.

         That will include not just physical assets such as buildings and business.
        It will include you, down to a DNA  level, being sold to private enterprise.


             Grouties will dismiss this as "scaremongering"
        I hope it is
        But I can see it happening with the media already leading the voters by the nose to slaughter

   This is my understanding of the history of the loss of UK fishing stocks, how this led to cod wars with Iceland and how membership of the EU helped resolve the conflict where NATO had failed. 

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Hi Did you miss me? Spinal surgery, flat pie and rice pudding!

      Well it's been a long time, various reasons for that.

                 Mostly health and I am sorry for not being here to keep you up to date.

          Most recent was spinal surgery in June 2015, on the lumbar 2/3 joint, a decompression with a bone graft to hold it apart. The joint had collapsed completely and was causing agony as it pressed down heavily on a nerve. Most strange was the pain felt as if it was largely in my legs because that is where that nerve carried messages from. It felt like a constant electric shock which got worse if I moved at all.
                      Please excuse these pictures if they are not to your taste
                                         (food pictures lower down the page)

 Of course because I live in a first floor apartment (second floor in the US) and wouldn't part with Tich, life became an agonising ordeal, 5 times a day taking her over the road to the park. This was from winter solstice 2014 run up until the surgery in June.


 I unfortunately did not record the surgery or my hospital stay and these are the only photos I have. These were taken when I went for the staples out, some 6 weeks later.

      Taken on my new phone, a Moto E which I have very recently upgraded to Android 5.1, a considerable improvement on earlier OS Many thanks to my daughters who gave it to me as a Christmas prezzie last year. The old nokia had been knacked for ages and I was reduced to a very old school nokia that was only any good for phone and text. Many thanks to them also for the help they have given me this year, when I have been broken and in pain, at my most helpless and vulnerable. 
                    They each know what they have done for me.

                     Surgery was in Ipswich hospital, Suffolk and my surgeon Mr Lovell did an excellent job. I cannot thank him enough.
     Also the anesthetist, the nurses and all the medical staff that looked after me so well during my stay and since.

            Unfortunately because of my previous cardiac problems I was high risk and he would only keep me under long enough to deal with the one joint. It was faraway the worst but unfortunately not the only problem joint. 

   I have had spinal problems for years and these were all exacerbated at the same time as I overdid things in the run up to the holiday season last year.
         This year I am taking it very easy, not only because I am still in a lot of pain and on very heavy painkillers, as well as using sticks to get about. I can feel that at least a couple more joints are only one foolish movement away from collapsing completely like the 2/3 did.

       I definitely am not risking that again

        Food wise I can't really remember what I have been making. I did get an ice cream maker earlier in the year and got the hang enough to make some cracking ice cream before the pain got too bad.
     Lemon and ginger was my favourite.
                   Unfortunately I don't remember if I took photos or wrote the recipe down, pain and painkillers will do that to your memory.

I have got myself down to a bit of a food routine now, to minimise the difficulty of cooking and associated pain. At the moment I am living on flat pie for dinner with a rice pudding for afters.
                         Flat Pie

This is flat pie, my veggie version of 
cottage pie for people who live in flats. Minimum preparation because the veg are all frozen or tinned. I took these photos today, although I cooked the pie yesterday, so it isn't looking it's best.  

 Simple recipe, whatever you have available varying around pulses and veg. This has red kidney beans, chickpeas, washed dry green lentils, carrots, green beans, peas, diced onion. All into the dish, mixed up and leveled out. 

     In a measuring jug, to 2 tins of chopped tomatoes add 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp turmeric, good shake of chili flakes (vary to your taste) mix well. Pour across the top of the veg and spread out level with the back of a fork.

       For the top, rinse 2 large tins of potatoes and put in large jug, add some milk then with a hand blender turn into creamed potato. Stir in some grated cheese             
         Spread out flat across the top of the pie and sprinkle liberally with more grated cheese before putting in the oven. About 40 minutes on a low shelf at 200C, keeping an eye on it. I put it in underneath the rice pudding and cook both together.

           For this pie I tried 2 top layers, one using 1 tin of potatoes, the other with some shop bought pre-prepared carrot and swede mash. Turned out nicely.

             Makes 6 good portions although I haven't yet divided it into storage tubs and put into the fridge freezer. Reheat thoroughly before eating. I find it goes well served up with baked beans.

           Coconut Rice Pudding. 

I prepare this and serve up with the dish on the oven shelf to avoid having to lift heavy weights

  300g arborio  risotto rice, 70g sugar, good shake of nutmeg to taste. 1.5 litres of semi-skimmed milk, 0.5 litres of coconut cream/milk I am using solid block creamed coconut which is mixed up with boiling water

Put all the ingredients in the dish and mix thoroughly. Put the lid on and put in the oven on an upper mid shelf at 200C for about 30 minutes or until the milk is starting to simmer. Take the lid off, stir thoroughly again and shake more nutmeg across the top to taste. Cook for another 40 minutes. Serve hot and still milky, with fruit if you like it.

    Replace top of dish and return to the cooling oven. You will find it like this when it is cold which gives you a variety of serving options. Add milk and mix the serve hot and cold, reheat with the portion of pie and reserve for desert (saves power) or just cut a slice and eat like cake.  
   A few test runs will get it just the way you like it.

        This also makes 6 good portions which should be divided and stored in the fridge or freezer, although you can see that my first portion of rice pudding was considerably larger than my first portion of flat pie. It is very moreish. I find the risotto rice makes a creamier pudding than plain pudding rice. They are both round, short grained rice and the recipe works just as well with pudding rice but timings may need to vary

     Well there you have it. 2 simple recipes that will feed you for most of the week. They both cook at the same temperature and can be cooked together. I get the rice pudding in for the first cooking stage then prep the flat pie. Move onto stage 2 cooking and slide the flat pie in beneath it. When the pie is ready, the pudding can be taken out at the same time, and kept out while the oven cools if you like. It all depends how thick you like it.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Pa’s Home Baked Gluten Free Biscuits - Blueberry Hearts, truly delicious

070820131134   Some very munchy  cookies for you today and gluten free as well Laughing out loud
    With all the wholesome goodness I have been cooking and eating lately I really felt the need for just some tasty biscuits to go with my cup of tea and these fit the bill just right. Working with gluten free flour again and that means you really have to pack flavour in.
    So that is what I have done and now I share my step by step recipe with you. It is very simple so please join me Winking smile