Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving Auntie Theresa!

I believe the title above sums up the mood for this unnecessary snap election. In the last two years, the same party has thrown away its landslide victory and advantages for getting the nation’s finances in balance by calling for a referendum in the midst of austerity cuts and so on.

GENERAL ELECTION: HUNG PARLIAMENT CONFIRMED

PARTY SEATS +/- VOTES VOTE SHARE % +/-
Conservative 316 -12 13,568,716 42.4 +5.5%
Labour 261 +29 12,824,737 40.1 +9.5
SNP 35 -21 977,569 3.1 -1.7
Lib Dem 12 +4 2,327,425 7.3 -0.5
DUP 10 +2 292,316 0.9 +0.3
Plaid Cymru 4 +1 164,466 0.5 -0.1
Green 1 0 523,269 1.6 -2.1
UKIP 0 -1 593,852 1.9 -10.8

My opinionated view is that the conservative party should have embarked on policies that will impact positively on people’s lives rather than seeking a huge mandate to govern or focusing too much on the Brexit negotiations (a soft brexit will be better for the country in the long run!). The populace understood that cuts have to be made, but introducing policies for the elderly to sell their homes to pay for an inefficient social care package amongst a badly rushed-out manifesto is a stretch too far.

What lesson(s) can be drawn from this result – I will advise the government that we are not going to get the perfect Brexit deals as there are other external factors that are now in play. First of all, we have a pro-EU leader in France, meaning that there is no #Frexit, nor #Grexit on the table. It appears that EU leaders are now waking up from their grandeur Brussels palaces that the people will vote against unpopular policies in individual nation states. Secondly, Trump America’s isolationism (Paris Climate Accord – a case in point) will strengthen EU leaders to get their house in order as recently noted by Chancellor Angela Merkel about the US reliability as an ally.

Other interesting notions I have drawn is that, as in in life as well as in politics, you cannot count yourself out of the game. No matter your current circumstances, you never know what tide will carry you in or out of the sea of life.

As emphasised by a man that I adore, Warren Buffet (the Sage of Omaha) said “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked”The tide has certainly gone out for conservative’s Auntie Theresa. Will Uncle Corbyn be ridden in on a tide of real change and hope. Well, we have to wait for the next elections maybe in six months time as I wrote in one of my blogs dated 17th May 2017 – Elections, elections and more elections – democracy galore!

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend…

Football: a unifying game @30,000 feet.

I am writing this blog from the comfort of my seat at 35,000 feet whisking across the Sahara desert enjoying a classic display from #HalaMadrid vs #ForzaJuve. It’s very funny how a football game can become an ice-breaker amongst strangers. I am chatting to other fellas on the plane I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to share camaraderie and a laugh with (and later sharing business cards).

Sports (football) in general brings out alot of emotions, we are all clapping and cheering on the players on this non-bi-partisan aeroflot. Football (soccer) is a sport accessible to every child all over the world, I think that is why they call it the ‘beautiful game‘.  I am a passive Chelsea fan – congratulations to the EPL champion this season, perhaps I will be writing my next football blog from a Russian city in next year #worldcup – Russia2018, supporting England and all African teams through the stages.

Enjoy a summer fest of sports from Wimbledon to the IAAF championship to the NBA Finals..

Have a great sporting summer.

Dubai, Lagos, Dubai…

Let the adventure begins I’ll say. I’m switching off from the hustle and bustle of daily life in central London. I want to cool down my nerves with some real authentic cuisines, some tropical breeze, some necessary vitamin D on the skin, and also to marvel at the increasing architectural skyscrapers of Dubai​ that has shoot up from the desert in the last 30 years (a vision to turn a deserted desert into an important tourism hub in the world. I think they have succeeded, as I watched with bemusement of different languages filling the air. It got me thinking, how would my vision impact the world positively as they have done here through job creation and other benefits for the populace.

Research has concluded that it is not the length of duration or the destination itself that is good for our well-being, but rather the anticipation of the impending travels. It helps to shift our minds from the mundane, the school runs etc.

It allows us to behold the beauty of the universe and creatures accustomed to different regions and climates of the world.

What am I saying? I’m saying go ahead and booked that trip, either a solo trip, with friends or family. It doesn’t have to involve air bounds, it could be a road trip to the next city.

Have you noticed that the very wealthy spending habits has declined on material things, rather they will go on expensive hols to re-charge their batteries, connect with like-minded people and more importantly to create great memories for their friends and families.

I wish you a great summer ahead.

Enjoy! 🙂

…Life goes on or should it? (4mins read)

Children’s lives have now been altered forever. The innocence that parents see in their offspring’s that sometimes make them to chuckle with silent pride and joy are now evaporating before their eyes.

Let me explain, the danger children encounters the world over are now truly global literally. In the years past, children in the West or in affluent economies or societies are shielded from the political and economic reality that children in other countries are exposed to on a daily basis.

Yes, you may say that children in the west are not exposed to child labour forcing them to work in an unregulated mine or in the plantation fields.

Yes, you may say children here are not being forcibly conscripted into a hidden militia in a despotic land or that they are not being put onto a dinghy boat to cross the rough waters of the Mediterranean Sea to safety and to seek refuge.

All of these are as a result of the politico-socio-economic failings in those countries, and children exposed to these elements are paying a huge price with their young lives.

Let me emphasize my point, the same politico-socio-economic assertions are impacting the lives of children negatively in the west as well, albeit differently. They are being impacted through the austere cuts to families and policing, security concerns; cyber-bullying…the lists goes on.

Children are no longer shielded from the impact of discrimination, intolerance and their ill-effects in their environments – they see it daily in the news, they hear it daily whilst playing innocently on the school playground. They see it planted on their mothers’ faces; they can hear it in the doubtful voices of the grannies and uncles. Oh no! The innocence has gone. CHILDREN HAVE BECOME ADULTS.

Our generation have let the youth down all over the world, as we have not taken enough responsibilities to confront the division in societies be it at home or abroad. We have done what we do best which is to transfer difficulties of our times to future generations. An example is the mortgaged-backed securities of the 2000s (2008 Financial Crisis), governments have borrowed to the hilt to avert those crises, only for the unborn to come into this world to pay it off.

What can we do individually and as a community to lessen the exposure that children faces all over the world. Yes, we must hold governments accountable to their part of the bargain to protect us and to create an enabling environment for children to grow up and to fulfil their potentials in safety and ease.

We must remember that these children are the policy-makers and leaders of tomorrow, and they will only enact laws and policies through the prism of their own childhood lenses.

I shed tears for the children of Manchester and around the world in this current climate of fear.

I wish you peace as you read and reflect on the issues of our times.

Ladies shoes…

I must have been dozing off when I reluctantly said Yes to the special one, yes as in I will follow her to the shops to buy another pair of shoes, yet again. I said, can’t you find a pair out of all the shoes neatly packed in their boxes in the attic. This time she’s looking for a pair that will match the turquoise blue ‘Gele’ (African headscarf) to go with her attire.

We eventually ended up at that fancy store off Sloane Street – a celebrity hangouts. Whilst there, I decided to take pictures of these lovely shoes.

Now I know why ladies love shoes more than their hubbies… Enjoy!