With the General and local elections less than three weeks away, politics may seem to some to be the overwhelming factor. Yesterday it was suggested that the Potash Mine would be approved under a Labour Government? Erm, no it would depend on 'currency'. Eh? Erm, how to explain ... power is not all about politics, but, sticking to the suggested 'jobs?' - Yep, reply "jobs, resources, etc whatever exchange is considered most important - wouldn't worry too much - wiser heads than ours :-)
The forthcoming R&CBC decision on the York Potash mine is looming, this week, Thursday. It would seem logical once this decision has been made then the NYMNPA would be able to put forward its Agenda and decision date ...This R&CBC decision is imo the 'biggie' - its about the transport system, if you can't get the stuff out of the Park, safely and efficiently, then there is no need for a mine. The R&CBC recommendation is for APPROVAL but it is up to the Members of the Regulatory Committee to make that final decision. Foregoing the fact this is Boulby's old stomping ground there are other factors at play. It may be understandable to believe that this is a political decision, and note that Bingo Bob did indeed rally ALL of the political groups to co-sign a letter in support of this project.
Just to clarify there are 3 people allowed to speak for and against at R&CBC : http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcweb.nsf/BC9224DF7DCFD54A80256FF00...$FILE/Attendance%20and%20Public%20Speaking%20at%20Committee.pdf - I am very curious to know who these will be, but am 99% certain they will not be politicans.
Regardless, back to the politics and 'currency'. Politics is about perception. What is seen. Behind the scenes ... who knows? That is what I meant by currency. Policys are usually formed by the knowedgable and experienced, to be adopted by politcal groups as their manifesto, agenda. The fact that some of these politicians (decision makers) fail to understand or comprehend the basics is by and by. They are the public face, the front and the media fodder should they fail to deliver.
So, politics is only a part of the 'power' mix. Perhaps my term 'currency' could be misconstrued with 'money'. A dirty word ? Not so, it is important to everyone and allows people to trade. Usually an exchange for mutual benefit, otherwise its considered criminal. Perceptions vary but commonly cold hard cash is often considered the politicians, erm, exit.
So, lets exhange the word 'money' for 'commodity'. The commoditys market. Basically, the 'bread and butter', the grains, wheat, corn, rice, coffee, sugar the basics needed to sustain and nourish humanity. Also the oil, gas, coal, timber- the energy market. Far more exciting and interesting than the banking industry, its where the real money's at. It is the money that follows the commodity. Topical commodites - the energy we consume have been hyped by the media under the 'fracking' label. Into all of this we can throw in technology, the science, research and development - to ease the flow of commodites.
However, to continue the analogy on 'currency' there is also another important factor - the social. What is important to people? Is it topical? And this is where the politicians come in to sway public opinion - well the good ones (and they don't seem to be that many). To pin point, (I'd rather stick pins in my eyes) over the R&CBC decision on the Potash Project - it is in my humbly bumbly - futile. The commodity or product, is sold.
That, imho, is the beauty of the York Potash Project - it feeds into global basic human needs. The term 'currency' may have been misconstrued but I considered it worthwhile to explain. (I don't understand Twitter!!)
It goes above and beyond the 'local' and fits into the 'global' perspective ... apart from which lifes too short to keep explaining
Perhaps an example on 'currency' and the powers that be would be more useful, (tho perhaps not a very good one, hey ho) hmmm ... Stargate to Japan - a far flung place of mystique - beyond my horizons, but certainly current, along with an expected ripple :-)
Hmmm, still confused? - ok let me sum up in a few short words. 'Its not about us, its about them.' - (and I don't mean Japan, York Potash, Boulby, Sabic, R&CBC, NYMNPA etc etc) ...
All in my humbly bumbly - but if you ask me a daft question expect an answer. Not necessarily short & sweet ...
ps; on a lighter note or beyond the pale - is this for real? WTFDIK ... passengers ...