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Friday, 31 August 2012

Taking loyalty to the extreme.

Paddy Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader, has made an impassioned plea for party members to avoid "short-term personal manoeuvring" and to stand by Nick Clegg after the first open revolt against his leadership.

 Paddy Ashdown

Loyalty may be admirable but this is really pushing it to the boundaries. Urging party members to avoid "short-term personal manoeuvring" and to stand by Nick Clegg demonstrates a remarkable lack of judgement and brings into question Ashdown's grasp of political reality. Clegg is a liar, hypocrite and self seeking individual who has prostituted every principle the Liberal democrats may have once had. As a post from one person commenting on this article suggests, Stand behind Nick Clegg, " And push very hard".

Wetest for 100 years.

 Forecasters have confirmed what many suspected: summer 2012 in England and Wales has been the biggest washout for a century.

 Cumbria train derailment

Let us hope that this is the right type of rain to enable us to avoid the water companies imposing a hosepipe ban next year. However, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that we will be presented with the water companies spokesperson saying that "water prices will have to go up due to the additional demands on our resources during the heavy rain in 21012".

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Clegg: Froth and no substance.

 Nick Clegg has called on Britain's wealthiest to make an "extra contribution" to the "national effort" of economic recovery.

Another meaningless soundbite from super hypocrite and traitor Clegg, full as usual of  froth and no substance. Who are "Britain's wealthiest"? Does he mean the large corporations, making £billions of  profits? Does he mean the Utility companies making £billions from ripping off their customers with ever increasing prices? Does he mean the banks who's greed and corruption places them in the position of demonstrating that crime does pay and very handsomely too? Or does he mean Mr and Mrs average who have the audacity to have an annual income of more than £50K?  This waste of space Clegg should really do everyone a favour and give up his day job, retire to the country and grow roses.

NO to Heathrow runway 3

 Capacity constraints at Heathrow Airport are restricting the UK's economic potential, a report by MPs has said.


 "Bad for business" !  Never mind the hundreds  of homes that would be demolished to make way for this monstrosity. Never mind the disruption to peoples lives with the increased pollution from noise, traffic and transport congestion. Never mind the devastating effect on the environment and wild life in the area. This and more is of little consequence to the business must come first lobby. For far too long, people have been dominated, abused and dismissed by the greed and self interest of the business community. The argument that developments such as the third runway at Heathrow is good for the economy, as it will bring jobs and increased trade opportunities has always been a load of garbage generated by the business community to conceal their real objective of generating more profit with the minimum of cost to themselves. More over, it is clearly obvious that these "developments" do not effect those people demanding the "improvements" or the vested interests of politicians supporting and lobbying for the schemes. Ironically, it is the people who are most effected who actually pay for the devastation in terms of taxes, compulsory purchases, loss of homes, loss of environment and facilities.Business and the pro lobby can take their third runway proposals, shove it.....and build another airport (if it is absolutely necessary, which I doubt) somewhere else.

Weymouth in decline.

WEYMOUTH’S high street has been dealt another blow as it is revealed a major retailer will leave town after more than 25 years.

Weymouth high street

The Next store in St Mary Street, Weymouth

Never mind the "Olympic legacy". Weymouth is dying. Charity shops and "here today, gone tomorrow" shops, in many cases selling only tack and cheap rubbish do nothing for the town. There will soon be yet another "To let" sign in St Mary Street.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A Labour Lib Dem coalition ? Not for me.

Peter Hain says Labour should get ready to do business with Lib Dems

I have never had a great amount of time for Hain, as it seems to me that he has always tried to fill the all things to all men role, changing his position as often as he changes his socks. "Blair was a good guy, Brown was a good guy, Milliband (David) was a good guy, (oops, he lost to his brother so) Milliband (Ed) is a good guy" does not demonstrate a consistent view. Now, Hain proposes a classic rightist option of getting into bed with a bunch of hypocrites and their leader who has prostituted himself and his party for a grubby chance of power. Hain now suggests that Labour should do exactly the same thing as Cameron did after the last election, and make a sordid grab for a majority in the commons, just to gain occupation of number 10. He should remember the "Gang of 4", and probably should have followed them to political oblivion. This latest suggestion pre supposes two things. (a) That there will actually be some Liberal Democrat MP's after the next election and (b) that there will be no single party with an overall majority. The question as to whether the Labour party as a whole would tolerate such a hypocritical and politically fraught arrangement with a minority party (who in any case are interested only in retaining their place in cabinet) is a moot point. It has always been my position that following an election  the Labour Party should form a government, even if that will be a minority government, based on its own agenda, and leave it to the opposition parties to take their own decision on the legislation proposed. Hain is reverting to the "power at any cost" argument so popular with the labour right over the last 60 years.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

The "Holocaust". A justification for aggression.

"Holocaust"How relevant is it in today’s society?

The relevance of the "Holocaust" is diminished every time it is used as a justification or reason for another act of aggression by Israel against Palestinians or some other neighbour.
The "Holocaust Card" has been played by successive Israeli governments since 1948 in order to generate a collective guilty conscience in the outside world with the purpose of giving credibility to the "right to self defence" argument, so favoured with numerous government spokespersons. As  former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni stated in an interview on Democracy Now," We always pull out the holocaust/anti-semitic trump card ". (You Tube video). Using the Holocaust as a justification for aggression against others is an insult to those who died during the Nazi period, be they Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, or any other of the ethnic groups, or the mentally or physically handicapped people.
The invasions of Lebanon, in 1978 and 2006, the invasion of Gaza 2008/2009 Cast lead and the killing of thousands of Palestinians which continues even today, the continuing barbaric blockade of Gaza and the on going occupation of land grabbed by the Israeli's in the 1967 aggression, are indicative of a nation driven by the objective of the creation of a "Greater Israel" using ethnic cleansing, apartheid and State terrorism as tools to achieve that end.
The "Holocaust" has become no more than a justification for aggression.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

A self-fulfilling prophecy

ORGANISERS of the failed Bayside Festival have apologised for leaving people out of pocket.
Joe Hall, managing director of Mainsail, the company that ran the stricken venture, spoke to the Echo as administrators for his firm announced it will go into voluntary liquidation at the end of the month.

from DORSET ECHO: 19th July 2012. 
"Weymouth and Portland Olympic travel advice row
It comes after hoteliers and traders told the Echo that radio adverts telling people the area will be congested has put visitors off. Weymouth taxi driver Eddie Hawkins fears the ‘fiasco’ will destroy summer-time trade as people will be put off from coming to the area at all.
He said: “The council have been telling people not to come in their cars and now South West trains are telling them to drive as the trains will be busy.
It is absolutely ludicrous. This advice really sums up the whole fiasco of the Olympics" 

Putting up signs on practically all main roads in Dorset advising motorists to avoid congestion in Weymouth and Portland, was never a good idea, because tourist and visitors did exactly that. Weymouth Council and the event organisers made a complete mess of the whole "Olympics event" , which the traders and people will be paying for over many years to come.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Smokescreen to hide a Conspiracy

An outrageous and vile example of how the media and some other individuals are attempting to turn public opinion away from the main issue of this whole argument and substitute Swedish allegations of a "crime" which had already been dismissed by the authorities some time ago. It was only recently that these "allegations" were reopened by two individual Swedish officials for the sole purpose of getting Assange back to Sweden where he could be extradited to the United States. If these individuals wish to question him let them come to Britain. This is NOT about allegations of rape, it is about,  Assange being EXTRADITED from Sweden and together with  Manning, being put on show trial in the United States.

Now, British media with Britain and Sweden in the service of the USA

The whole of the "Media" press and television, are doing everything possible to blacken Julian Assange and his refuge in the embassy. The whole "media circus" is a not very subtle assault designed to shift  public opinion towards removing him from the embassy and consigning him to Sweden where he can be grabbed by the United States for another show trial.
If the Swedish authorities are so desperate to interview Assange, they should come to Britain to ask their questions and drop the requests for extradition. Then any suspicion that Britain and Sweden are conspiring with the United States would be removed. Regardless of all the media hype and hysterical distortions to the contrary, the credibility of the allegations (no charges have yet been made) grows weaker every day. This whole situation is farcical and is perpetuated by the Swedish/UK subservience to American demands.
This pathetic Daily Mail article is indicative of the depths  to which the media is sinking and is indicative of a very unhealthy facet of reporting in this country.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

A stained glass window for St Tony Blair?

A comedian managed to walk past armed police and film inside Tony Blair’s home as part of a new satirical BBC series.

This poor wretch has been the subject of vilification and scorn (and rightly so, in my opinion) for long enough. He should be allowed to retire gracefully to spend his autumn years in a softly lit room in a very quiet building in the country, contemplating his deeds over the years since parachuting in to destroy the Labour party. He could create his own version of history and write a book full of fairy tales and quests for the lost dragons of WMD. Perhaps in this way, we could be spared of his popping up with monotonous regularity in some story or other in our newspapers. In the case of the Daily Mail, I use the word "Newspaper" in its widest possible context.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ignorant, self opinionated bastards.

The British are among the world's idlest workers, according to five up-and-coming Tory MP's.

Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss,

Ignorant, self opinionated bastards. The very essence of why the Tories have and will always be, the enemies of working people (and of the sick, disabled and pensioners) in this country. As long as evil morons such as these five exist and continue to spurt their pernicious venom, the Class war will endure and I for one will continue to oppose them.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Britain and Sweden in the service of the USA

Shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday, Ecuador announced that it had granted political asylum to Julian Assange.Twenty minutes later, the UK foreign office responded by restating its threat to extract Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Ecuador has requested that Assange be given safe passage out of the embassy, while the UK has said it will arrest him as soon as he sets foot outside the building.

So what happens now?

Tariq Ali suggested that Ecuador should grant Assange citizenship, and appoint him to a diplomatic post in the London embassy. Julian would then have full diplomatic immunity and could freely leave this country. Seems like a good idea to me. Hague and the government together with the Swedish government are blatantly Kow Towing to demands from the United States to do everything they can to get Julian Assange to America. It is outrageous, sickening and clearly obvious to all, no matter what Hague or any others may say to the contrary. Storming the Ecuador Embassy to arrest a man for "questioning" (no charges have yet been made), on a trumped up, spurious allegation by the authorities in another country would be an outrage and indefensible in any court in the world.(apart perhaps from the United States). Moreover, it would probably result and rightly so, with the storming and occupation of many British embassies in a number of other countries. Hague and the others must accept that the days of British colonialist dictates to other countries are over, America should realise that their "bossing around" of other nations can and will be challenged and Sweden should get some backbone and tell the Americans to go to hell. Rendition, no matter how you dress it up or what you call it, is no longer acceptable.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The "Beautiful Game"

 No one thinks the Glazers have any interest in football or the desires of the fans. They want to make cash, and have done so.

Football in this country died when money became more important than talent. At one time, players would have pulled on a club, or country shirt and played for £20.00 per week, or in the case of country shirt probably for the price of getting to the stadium, but Jimmy Hill changed all that in 1961. The first question that a player asks today seems to be "Will my match fee cover a new Ferrari and I also need a new WAG?". However, I think that even Jimmy Hill would be appalled at the obscene amount of money sloshing around in the game today. Television rights running into £ billions, franchises in the same amounts, transfer fees,"floating clubs on the stock exchanges of the world, clubs changing hands sometimes within months for huge prices, the list is almost endless. At the end of the line of course and as usual, are the fans. Paying huge amounts for their season tickets, and or ground entry fees, club shop item and "refreshments" at half time. The "Product" as the games are now called, seem to be declining in value either in terms of entertainment or even displays of skill, despite the attempts of the media to hype up the players in the eyes of the public. At the International level, the team is elevated in the media into a world beating machine that will win all forms of trophies, titles and other plaudits. Sadly. all too often the euphoria is swiftly replaced by a witch hunt to find a scapegoat for poor performance.
The fact is, that at International level we are not that good a side. At club level, success of teams in European competition, is all too often based around teams built on the strength of very talented players originating from countries outside the UK.

Merkel and the Greeks.

Merkel returns from holidays and wades straight into Eurozone row.

The demands of a German Chancellor seeking domination of Europe are well known. May she fare even worse than the last one.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Another Condor "engine problem".

Condor Ferries delays after engine refit

Here we go again. This type of ship seems to have had more than its fair share of "engine trouble" over the years. Back in the 1990's I remember a Condor Ferry out of Weymouth was running on only one engine for months as engineer's tried to repair it as the ship was on route. On more than one occasion, the ferry took 14 hours or more to travel from Weymouth to Jersey. Fortunately, if it can be called fortunate, the majority of ships my wife and I traveled on were only delayed by "a few" hours. Since then, there has been a series of problems annually, resulting in delays in both directions.
I have always been of the opinion that this type of ferry, albeit that it substantially reduces the travelling time by sea, is probably not the best solution for the UK, Guernsey/Jersey/France routes. Perhaps I am a bit of a traditionalist but I would dearly love to see the latest generation of Corbiere, Havelet or even Earl Godwin back on the route.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

"Centres of excellence" argument, a fallacious load of garbage.

Nation's top surgeon backs plan to axe A&E wards claiming it will SAVE lives


Professor Norman Williams insists the closure programme is good for the NHS' futureProfessor Norman Williams insists that the closure programme is good for the NHS's future.


Williams said creating specialist ‘centres of excellence’ would force patients  to travel further but would improve levels of care.

The "centres of excellence" argument, coupled with "forcing patients to travel further, but will improve levels of care", has always been a fallacious load of garbage. The overcrowded public areas  and the overstretched resources of facilities and staff demonstrate that closing facilities at many units to create one facility at another location is only for the benefit of dogma and cost saving.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Rachel Corrie: April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003

On August 28, 2012 at 9:00AM, the verdict in the civil suit filed against the State of Israel by the Corrie family is set to be announced. 
As the verdict approaches, we want to use this moment to reflect on Rachel’s life and work and want to encourage you to act in remembrance of her.


On March 16, 2003, an IDF operation in the land between the Rafah refugee camp and the border with Egypt was engaged in clearing brush, which the IDF says is necessary to destroy hideouts and tunnels  Corrie was part of a group of seven ISM activists (three British and four US) attempting to disrupt the actions of Israeli bulldozers. Corrie, who had positioned herself in the path of a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer, was fatally injured. She was transported to a Palestinian hospital. Accounts vary as to whether she died at the scene, in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, or at the hospital.

Christine Lagarde with her latest contribution.

 International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, has called for Eurozone countries to hand over more of their sovereignty to the European Union Superstate and the international banking system.

Lagarde has been quiet for a while. Now she crawls out from the woodwork with the latest  scheme to prop up inept politicians in the EU, and the duplicitous  banks who collectively caused this economic crisis in the first place. As usual, there is no consideration for the people of those countries who are being subjected to the evils of "austerity" in order to pay for the negligence and greed of others.

Christine Lagarde, the self appointed "World Protector", and leader of the unelected "IMF Supreme Council" again bidding  for the dominant role on the world stage.

Friday, 10 August 2012

New "research".

The cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by seven million people in the UK, costing the NHS £450million a year.

Last week, it was the effects of eating egg yolks on blood vessels. Historically, we have had coffee is good/bad, oranges cause /help, statins are harmful/beneficial, get out/get in the sun, use/don't use high factor sun cream,  the list is endless and the "advice" varies depending upon whether there is an "R" in the month or from where the "advice" originates. These "experts" with there never ending, costly and time consuming "research" really aught to find something more productive to spend their time on. Perhaps counting the pebbles on Brighton beach to a depth of 5 feet, (I do not do metric), may be a useful project

It seems to me that the cost to the NHS of £450 million per year may be a factor in the findings of the "new research". How convenient it is that most of the recent "research" points towards how savings could result from the findings.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

August 9th, 1945.

August 9, 1945, Nagasaki.
At 11:02, local time, for the second time in history, a nuclear device was detonated over a city. According to statistics found later, the death toll from the atomic bombing totaled 73,884,as well as another 74,909 injured, and another several hundred thousand diseased and dying due to fallout and other illness caused by radiation.

Only one nation has ever used nuclear weapons against the civilian population of another nation.

 The following is from BBC "On This Day 1950 - 2005. 9th August" BBC News.
1945: Atom bomb hits Nagasaki
American forces have dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki - the second such attack on Japan in three days. The bomb was dropped by parachute from an American B29 Bomber at 1102 local time.
It exploded about 1,625 ft (500m) above the ground and is believed to have completely destroyed the city, which is situated on the western side of the Japanese island of Kyushu.

In a statement issued from Guam, General Carl A Spaatz, Commander of the US Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific, said: "The second use of the atomic bomb occurred at noon, August 9, at Nagasaki. "Crew members report good results. No further details will be available until the mission returns."
Important port
American airmen flying many miles from Nagasaki have said smoke from fires in the city was rising 50,000ft (15,240m).
Nagasaki is one of Japan's most important ports providing vital access to and from Shanghai.
Three days ago a similar device was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Japan's largest island, Honshu.
The extent of the damage caused to Hiroshima is not yet known but Japanese broadcasts indicate that "enormous devastation" has been done.
No reaction to the Nagasaki attack has yet been given by Japan but pressure is growing on the country to surrender. Yesterday the USSR joined forces with the allies and declared war on Japan.
The Americans have also warned the Japanese people that further attacks of a similar nature will be made unless they petition their emperor to surrender.
More than three million leaflets were dropped over the country today from American aeroplanes warning the Japanese people that more atomic weapons would be used "again and again" to destroy the country unless they ended the war forthwith.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Laundering is not the only issue.

Standard Chartered, one of Britain's most distinguished global banks, has been accused by US regulators of laundering $250bn from Iran and behaving like a "rogue institution", in the latest catastrophic blow to the international reputation of the City of London.


This issue is much wider than laundering $250bn from Iran, and it is not only restricted to American "persecution" of British banks. Whether we agree with the practice of sanctions against Iran or not, (and personally I do not as, in my view, it is the combined interests of Israel and the United States, dictating to the world, to further their own agenda's, but that is another debate),  the Banking "industry" seem to consider themselves to be above the law in their day to day business practices. There are numerous examples of sharp practice or even criminal conspiracies across the whole banking sectors of the USA, Great Britain and even in Hong Kong and the far East. LIBOR, Sub Prime, miss selling and other scandals have been exposed recently, with perhaps more to follow. And it is not only restricted to the "High Street" Banks. It is clear that many of these practices are with the knowledge of or even the active involvement of the Central Banks of the countries concerned.  Perhaps some prosecutions and convictions followed by lengthy prison sentences for some of the banks executives may have a salutary effect on others in the banking sector of the world.

Monday, 6 August 2012

August 6th 1945

August 6th 1945.
80,000 people were killed instantly and thousands more have died from injuries or illness attributed to the attack.
Only one country has ever used nuclear weapons against the civilian population of another country.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Don't go to work on an egg.

 According to new Canadian research, the more egg yolks people eat, the worse the effect on blood vessels.

I may be the only one, but I am getting extremely irritated by the almost daily outpouring of new "research findings"  from different bodies telling me that I should (or should not) drink this, or should not eat that, or should stop doing something or other etc etc, only for the "findings" to be completely contradicted the following week by even more "research findings" form another body. In this never ending stream of public information, the question is who is paying for these faceless experts to sit around drinking coffee, dunking "soldiers" into their egg yolks, and playing with their pencils until the next batch of meaningless useless thoughts spring into their heads?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The gates of Weymouth's Bayside Festival are closed 

 A major attraction that was a part of Weymouth's celebrations for the Olympic sailing events has closed after lower than expected visitor numbers.

 The organisers of the Weymouth Bayside Festival have gone into liquidation.

On Saturday, June 9th I wrote on "New Agenda" under the title " Can the Olympics work for Weymouth ?" that , " No matter what the pro Olympics publicity machine may churn out for public consumption, there is not as much enthusiasm for the extravaganza as they would like us to believe.". Sadly, the closure of this attraction, results in traders and employees being left out of pocket. One trader said, "It's been quiet in Weymouth since the beginning of the Olympics but now there's nothing going on at all." It seems that after all the pre games hype, reality is now beginning to dawn.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Saving money is the real reason.

 Lord Darzi, said the state should ‘demand’ people take ‘greater responsibility’ for the health and social care of themselves and their families.

The House of Lords, seems to be populated with pea brained morons who occasionally wake up from their almost  perpetual state of semi comatose slumber to issue words of meaningless, ill informed garbage, before slipping back into their torpid state to dream about their next method of claiming expenses. For the benefit of Darzi , to read on his next visit to the real world, the majority of families already help to care for their elderly relatives. For those families who do not, it is of little value for Darzi to stamp his foot and mumble that, " the state should ‘demand’ people take ‘greater responsibility" etc., without sharing with us what measures the state should use to ensure that this happens. If families do not care what happens to elderly relatives, as Darzi seems to be suggesting, it would be difficult if not impossible to change their mindset. Again, we are subjected to empty rhetoric designed specifically for popular consumption rather that practical application. The REAL reason of course, is that it would save money, but Lords and Ministers are too cynical and hypocritical to say it openly.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Ministers plot end to Civil Service neutrality

Ministers could be given the power to dismiss their most senior civil servants and bring in US-style political appointees to drive through policy

Another step in the insidious advance of dictatorship in this country. Not only are they not content with having a 5 year dictatorship voted in  by less than 40% of the people, they seek to install lackeys and henchmen into the civil service.Soon they will be seeking to scrap elections completely and all in the name of "modernisation" and "reform".