Monthly Archives: May 2015

The EU and Scottish Question

Last week, David Cameron persuaded U.K. voters to give him a second term as prime minister with a surprising (according to the pollsters) overall majority. The big question now is what challenges lay ahead. The first, is likely to be the battleground of the EU which again will raise the spectre of an independence vote in Scotland with the SNP leadership consistently requesting an independence vote for any change in the UK’s status. Indeed some political commentators are suggesting that she (Nicola Sturgeon) will request a vote every Thursday until she gets the result she wants.

The Conservatives’ surprise (according to the pollsters) win came after a campaign that saw Cameron’s pledge of a referendum on EU membership by 2017 “sold” alongside his record of delivering economic stability. Cameron, who has said he wants the country to stay in the EU, will first seek to renegotiate Britain’s membership terms.

So what should the Conservative Government try to do? Perhaps bring things forward as Tim Bale professor of politics at Queen Mary University in London  suggests when he states  “(they) may even try and bring things forward to stop this wrecking the next two years for them,” “It’s a very tight majority which means he will have to make promises to people and do things to keep them on board on Europe, in particular as Cameron has a record of backing down under pressure to euro skeptics.”

Initial optimism, such as the pound surging on Cameron’s victory may melt away just as quickly as a EU referendum draws closer into view. Indeed the continuing lack of stability in Scotland where the SNP achieved 1,454,436 (and 56 out of 59 seats) but continue their relentless march for independence and arrogantly claim to speak on behalf of the Scottish people ( Pop of  5,290,000 – so less than one third of the population) .

Only time will tell of course, but could “Initial short-term cheer could be followed by a medium-term chill,” as Fabrice Montagne, an economist at Barclays Plc suggests, come true, especially with the “Scottish question” apparently still outstanding.

My own prediction, Britain to vote to remain in EU, narrowly, the SNP to use this as justification for a second referendum (don’t look for a logic in this, they will change their views to suit the situation) and the UK to have broken up by 2020. As an aside, the IMF having to be called in to govern Scotland’s affairs by 2023.

Utilising your workforce

In terms of your small or medium enterprise (SME), the ability to save money on labour costs without sacrificing productivity can have a huge effect on both your main concern and your future as an organisation Consider the choice of options which would allow you to save money, obtaining the same amount of profit, without compromising on quality.

Keeping your workforce adaptable There is a movement towards zero hours contract in the UK which gives the business complete flexibility but do you get the best out of your employees? Advisers or consultants use can also help reduce the burden of overhead costs such as the full-time rate of pay and the office space, but again, what loyalty do you get.

Streamlining your office space Are you wasting your floor space and therefore are paying more than you need? In this online world, do you really require “high street” offices or could you work from a garden office or even a “basement”. Other options of course would be to consider subletting land to earn an income  until you can use it or put it to better use.

Britain and the Royal Family

So what is happening in Britain? The birth of a baby princess of course! More importantly what will she be called. It may be a traditional English Girls name with a number of people hoping for Alice or Charlotte. However, we will need to wait and see. So what is the history of names for Royal babies?

The names’ given to a prince or princess and any royal subject in United Kingdom can be described as a rite that carries a certain significance (which we are soon going to remark upon) and is also deemed to be sacred by the weight of its royal attributes. This cultural ritual of naming has been delegated from generation to generations. I must mention here that the names given to princes and princesses posses also a characteristic of not standing alone.

As a matter of fact, it comes with a prefix and they start being addressed by these prefixes most times, just few days after birth; with the mention of titles like “PRINCE”, “PRINCESS”, “LORD”,”LADY” and such prefixes are added before the mentioning of or writing down their first names. Some known ones in the last decade and a bit or so, just to hit blank are “Prince Michael”, (British Queen’s First Cousin) “(the late) Lady Diana” (Ex-Wife of the prince of England, Prince Charles. She is the mother of Prince Williams and Prince Henry widely known as Prince Harry) and they are expected to be addressed by their title whether they are in their casual domain or in a formal function. In fact, it is even in a formal setting or when they get married, and if it is a first born male, married, (he inherits the ducal title) he automatically attains office and that is when his names become longest and his union by marriage, causes their spouse’ children and children’s-children up till their extended relatives’ to have an addition of title to their names. Following this reason, they are now introduced by or referred to, by their “Official Designation” plus their Prefix, their First Name, their Family Name and their position in their generation… in this format (just to further buttress): “The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael, and Grand Son of King George IV”

In Britain, whence you either through birth or by proxy become a Royal “Entity”, you are automatically stripped off The Freedom of Religion. You have no right to choose a religion; you are rather subjected to carry on with the tradition of the monarchy. The religious orientation in the British Monarch System is Christianity. Emphasising on denomination at this time is ancillary because we want to endeavour to concentrate on names more than any other thing. So, arriving at this conclusion, I can tell you without an iota of doubt that first names of babies from the British Monarchy are selected from two different nomenclatures mainly, which are Christian based or Decent English names. Name like Edward, Alexandra, Arthur, Elizabeth and Philip just to mention a few.

Finally there is about a hand full or so of times when there is marriage union between and English Royalty and a foreigner, by default the foreigner begins to enjoy all the entitlement and heritage and titles of a monarch. The Duchess of Gloucester, Her Royal Majesty, Lady Brigetta Evan from Denmark who married the Duke of Gloucester is a good example that comes to mind when asked to give an example of that sort of union involving one from a British Royal Family marrying a foreigner.