“I have many faults, but I am a man of ruthless honesty”. This is my often used disclaimer for when I am about to offer advice or opinion when I might not be the best man for the job.
Discipline is something I personally have always lacked. From a young age I rebelled, messed around and got in trouble with the law. Alongside this I ‘experimented’ widely with various substances and with zealous dedication to my science. I like to think those times are all behind me now though. I’m in no way perfect, but I am improving. Mostly, I owe my improvement to my Preparation.
This, I think, is one of the exemplary characteristics of Preppers worldwide; in the face of TEOTWAWKI (glossary) we go against the grain and prepare to face it down like men. When it does come down and people are running wild in the streets, looting and killing, it is the Preppers that will stand proud among men. It is the Prepared that will retain their dignity in the face of insurmountable odds.
In these troubled times when a man can’t get a job, when war is on the horizon and when people are so tense you can feel the anger on the high street, it can be hard to find a reason to get out of bed. Every time I open my eyes I seem to receive a Bill for something or other. Gas, Electricity, TV Licence, Council Tax, my nightschool classes, my (cell) phone, water rates, credit card bill the list goes onandonandon and on and on.
Seven UK water firms have stated that due to two successive unnaturally dry winters, hosepipe bans would be implemented across the UK alongside water restrictions because of low stores in reservoirs and aquifers.
The companies bringing in the bans and restrictions – to officially begin as of the 5th April – are: Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East. Collectively they service the majority of households in the south of England.
Unless there is a turn in the weather, bringing harsh rains in the next few weeks, the drought could spread as far north as Yorkshire and as far west as Hampshire/Wiltshire. The Environment Agency, the body that released the report, says that a drought would affect agriculture, pushing up the price of field-grown crops such as potatoes and vegetables.
But don’t worry. The Olympic Games will not be affected in any way. ಠ_ಠ
Neither will the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Meanwhile, for the rest of us, the restrictions could come into place as soon as the end of March. These would include bans on non-essential water use such as lawn maintenance and car washing.
The National Farmers Union has said that the restrictions would have a great impact on pastoral farming as well as arable, and has asked for restrictions to be lighter to protect their industry, having already reduced the area of land they have collectively planted by 20%.
In response the Environment Agency has issued advice to the farmers about water conservation. IMHO that is a bit of a cheeky thumb-of -the-nose, but who am I judge? The advice includes such obvious gems as:
- Farmers should attempt to improve their water efficiency now and set up groups to share what reserves are around.
- They should fill up their reserves before the bans and restrictions come into place.
- A fast-track system is being put into place for farmers to get water quickly when reserves are high.
If the unusually warm weather continues we could even see more extreme measures coming into play such as water actually being turned off in residential areas and public standpipes being brought in, like the 1976 droughts. Now, far be it from me to be suspicious of local councils, and by extension the government, meddling in peoples lives (I leave the half-paranoid conspiracy theorising for my own blog sevenjames.com) but if government is involved it is usually not in everyone’s best interests. For example: either the water could be heavily fluoridated or medicated – some government agencies have advocated adding Lithium to water in a crisis (and even when things are fine) to keep populations calm. Alternatively, a more sinister move would be to require people to accept vaccinations before getting their quota of water. They’ll say it’s to protect us from the nasty agents in the water itself, but in reality vaccines are designed to do almost nothing except overload our own, near perfect, defence mechanisms.
But I’m getting off topic. Pray for rain folks. Thanks for reading.
A joint committee consisting of MP’s and Peers, the National Security Strategy -NSS – has released a report to Parliament stating that a partial or full collapse of the single European currency was ‘plausible’. A little non-committal you might think, but they are politicians after all. Claiming that anything is 100% is anathema to them.
In the event of the collapse of the single economy, of which England is not a part remember, it is expected that economic migration and social unrest will rise. This will leave the UK ‘unable to defend itself’ as the economic crisis would force cuts in defence budgets for our already overstretched and nearly crippled military.
The NSS praised the fact that the report was published alongside the Strategic Defence and Security Review, but criticised the lack of an overall plan. The SDSR, according to former Foreign Secretary and the committee chairman Margaret Beckett, is not realistic, does not tackle the big questions and does not guide the choices available.
The report also brought up the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and United States, or more accurately, the weakening relationship between the two. The US is going through remarkable political changes at the moment and is increasingly taking it’s eye off of the UK and Europe as a whole. In a future where we face an economic crisis, the report claimed that the UK would need to adopt a more ‘partnership-dependant’ role in world affairs.
What that means is probably the centralisation of power in Europe into a central European Government out of Brussels. (Seven)
A government spokesman stated that ministers remained vigilant and were aware of “the changing global environment” and threats to the UK’s security.
“A strategy for Britain’s long term security and prosperity is at the heart of the government’s approach to foreign policy”.