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In a new age of energy conservation, waste recycling and more, one would normally consider the advent of electric automotion cars to be regarded to be a 'good thing' and aiding the preservation of our environment but like 'Ying and Yang', it seems that virtually silent mobility brings surprising problems and in which up to 40% of such vehicles are more likely to hit a pedistrian on account of their quieter characteristics. In practice, we're not talking about slow electric vehicles of old, including that of the electric powered ambulance that carried a seriously wounded US President William McKinley to hospital after he was shot in Buffalo, New York State, in 1901. He died a few days later making him the third US President to be assasinated. John F. Kennedy would be the fourth.
In practice, we're ignoring the valient services performed by electric 'milk floats' used on a daily basis many years ago.

In sharp contrast. wholly electric powered vehicles like the 'Nissan Leaf' can attain speeds of up to 55mph and a have a range of about 75 miles on a single charge under the most idealistic climatic temperatures and circumstances. Trouble is; they're virtually silent! One man was apparently hit twice by the same car driven by the same owner and where the latter decided to sell it after the second incident. (Source:BBC). Such incidents has promoted greater scientific as to whether electric vehicles present a risk to those highly dependent on Guide Dogs and others with partial sight and/or hearing disabilities.

 



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Electric cars are 40% more likely to hit a pedestrian. One Midlands man was hit twice by the same car and the owner decided to sell it. Problem for blind dogs. Warrick University researching artificial noise which could be compulsory on electric cars by 2021.Despite my age or perhaps because if it, I sincerely doubt if I could ever be described as one highly interested in the field of politics despite the obvious effects that it has on all of our lives. These days, it seems to centre around 'career politicians' rather than the high number of experienced businessmen of yesteryear who typically occupied the leather seats in the House of Commons during the Victorian era and where vital decisions concerned, not just Britain, but the heart of the old 'British Empire.
Of course, these times have gone forever and perhaps for the best! In modern times, there are few industries of stature that can honestly proclaim manufacture within a single country or where the technology shift towards the Pacific Ocean rim nations has become more pronounced. Whilst the concept of Chindia (a portmanteau description first introduced by Jairam Ramesh as a member of the Indian Parliament and later supported by Deng Xao Ping of China) the relationship between Chinese and Indian industrial aims were often complementary to each other and often extends into the areas of commonwealth and mutual defence. China has its first aircraft carier whilst India is planning for six aircraft carriers in the near future with defence of it's long coastline with most built from indigenous resources rathar than buying from the olde World of European shipyards from where, almost aquarter of all ocean going ships, once sailed.
In closure, the story of Britain and of the European Union has been a miserable one during the last half century punctuated by factory closures, large scale industry shut downs and an expanding lack of knowledge as regards essential technologies.  I'm not surprised that we collectictively owe so much debt to others in the World! Britain PLC, if run as a company might have gone bust long ago. Trouble is that its hard to avoid purchase of foreign made goods in current times and where such multiple transactions often export another job to elsewhere in the World!

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I mention this because I received an unsolicited  telephone call from a prospective candidate in the forthcoming elections and where she asked if there were issues that concerned me. She asked the questions and I answered them but in retrospect, I feel the interview should have been the other way round and in which I should asked about her background, experiences and why she ought to expect my vote and support. Perhaps, I was supposed to know this already or else seek it out on the Internet? Even worse, as a local businessman, isn't it a bit late in the day to be asking such questions? Canvassing isn't what it used to be but one can never instantly reply to a note pushed through the letterbox. Frankly, I had the 'golden opportunity' but I blew it in fine style and largely because my mind was focused on the latest project schedule connected with my business and was still working on long after regular hoursand akin to so many other business associates that I meet on a regular basis. It's astounding how many clients that I can call in the evening and know for certain that they, like me, haven't left the office! I sincerely doubt if this is equally true of most politicians, councillors or other government operatives elected into their position and guaranteed payouts and enhanced pensions. In closing, I truly want to know who and what I am voting for. Is that so difficult to deliver without hyperbole and distortion of irrefutable factual evidence?








I doubt if I could ever be described as one highly interested in politics despite the obvious effects that it has on all of our lives. These days, it seems to centre around 'career politicians' rather than experienced businessmen of yesteryear who typically occupied the leather seats in the House of Commons during the most successful years of British export performance and industry. It's a pity that we can't entice Sir Alan Sugar, Richard Branson and others of note into this arena because I sincerely doubt the central issue of the national debt and the endless series of banking scandals would have been allowed to occur under a more professional leadership.
 
'The cycle of boom and bust has been broken' said Gordon Brown/Tony Blair after receiving one of the best treasury balances as engineered by Norman Lamont/John Major and despite 'Black Wednesday' and yet all of this was frittered away by generous 'tax credits' handouts under New Labour to many unwilling to work for a living. I remember my own income at that time and was envious of the recipients in receipt of more.

Looking back to five years ago, I'm glad that the same Labour administration made it hard for the Tories to cancel the building of the 'HMS Queen Elizabeth' aircraft carrier since it provided skilled work for ten thousand people. Sadly, it didn't stop austerity measures from making the ship far less than desired since it has no catapult or recovery system that would have made it more 'NATO compatible' with US aircraft and ships. Hopefully, that oversight will be addressed by a future government.
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Canvassing isn't what it used to be but one can never instantly reply to a note pushed through the letterbox. Unsolicited telephones from candidates don't impress me when they ask if I have issues worthy of discussion because I feel they ought to know them already and have plans to alleviate such difficullties if elected. As a businessman and self employed person for over fifteen years, it's lamentable how ignorant such candidates can be. It's astounding how many clients that I can call in the evening and know for certain that they, like me, haven't left the office! The central issues of national debt and affordability of the fourth largest manpower organisation on the planet, the NHS, will undoubtedly feature highly in this election but ultimately, it is business and employment that generates the national wealth and means to to provide for both contingencies. Greater productivity per person is needed in the UK but it'll be hampered by 'zero hours contracts' and a desire to buy cheap goods made elsewhere in the World. In an International marketplace, governments are less powerful than many of the global players and are incapable of delivering resolution.

In this new and harsh World, and in which the 'Arab Spring' has degenerated into a series of Middle Eastern Wars, our own political systems have been seriously affected by social issues brought on by immigration and where the voters have no connection to recent history in this land or even religion. It's not surprising to realise that former Labour Party strongholds and based on Union Power within tradtional industries like mining, engineering and ship building has declined within the last fifty years. It ought to have provided the Conservative & Unionist Party with the greatest lead and bonanza in their history but the policies of austerity may have backfired. The Liberal/Tory coalition formed in 2010 was ultimately necessary to form a government. It may be that way again with more junior parties needed to form an equally strong and workable coalition. The Liberal Party may suffer major damage in the next election despite the obvious improvement of tax threshholds which might otherwise might have been denied to poorer citizens under a purely Conservative administration. Without the Liberal infuence, I doubt if this would have happened and we'd all be much poorer as a consequence.





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On balance, it's been shown that such immigrants often contribute more than many others of traditional ethnic origin. Some of them,  


Victorian era. I mention this because I received an unsolicited  telephone call from a prospective candidate in the forthcoming General Election and where she asked if there were issues that concerned me. She asked the questions and I answered them but in retrospect, I feel the interview should have been the other way round and in which I should asked about her background, experiences and why she ought to expect my vote and support. Perhaps, I was supposed to know this already or else seek it out on the Internet? Even worse, as a local businessman, isn't it a bit late in the day to be asking such questions? Canvassing isn't what it used to be but one can never instantly reply to a note pushed through the letterbox. Frankly, I had the 'golden opportunity' but I blew it in fine style and largely because my mind was focused on the latest project schedule connected with my business and was still working on long after regular hours and akin to so many other business associates that I meet on a regular basis. It's astoundin
I sincerely doubt if this is equally true of most politicians, councillors or other government operatives elected into their position and guaranteed payouts and enhanced pensions. 
In closing, I truly want to know who and what I am voting for. Is that so difficult to deliver without hyperbole and distortion of irrefutable factual evidence?

 



 
 
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