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Thursday, 28 February 2013

The weekly visit to the Kintergarden.

 Questions to the Prime Minister.

Ed Milliband
David Cameron

Questions to the Prime Minister. The weekly excursion into the world of “Yaboo” politics where each side of the House of Commons can indulge themselves in mindless baying and snide remarks from one side, no doubt shouted in order to provoke reaction from the other side or to draw the “referee” Mr. Speaker to intervene with “Order, Order” or a phrase that Mr Bercow has taken to using over recent years of “The honourable member should calm down”.
Questions to the Prime Minister now demonstrates for around 30 minutes each Wednesday, everything that is wrong with British politics and why, generally, there is such disillusionment amongst many people in this country with the political structure. Scoring cheap political points or “landing blows” on your political opponents is not the way that we should expect our elected representatives to behave. In fact I would propose a plague on all your houses.
Prime Minister's Question's could, and should, be a very useful tool in the democratic process of this country and could provide the opportunity for backbenchers to interrogate the Prime Minister on his, or her, actions. All too often it becomes a forum for “planted questions” to be asked, giving the Prime Minister of the day, the opportunity to either goad the leader of the opposition or to “free publicity” to some new government proposals.
Yesterday's questions (Wednesday 27th February) were no exception to the usual circus. Cameron not answering Milliband's questions, except by asking questions of his own and Milliband pursuing  the cul de sac of, “Will he answer, Yes or No?”
This general preoccupation with point scoring amongst the members, leads to missing many issues which should be seized upon and expanded at the time. For example, in response some 13 minutes into the session from a question from Gordon Banks which related to food banks, the Prime Minister pointed out that the use of foodbanks “increased 10 fold under the last Labour Government”. A misleading response, seeking to score points and deflect from the issue.
The truth, which Cameron conveniently avoided in his answer is that in 2010 there were 79 foodbanks in the UK. Today there are more than 250.
Or to put it another way the number of people relying on foodbanks in 2008 t0 2009 was 26,000. In 2012 the figure was 128,607 and the estimated number for 2013 is predicted to be in excess of 200,000.
This fact should have been taken up at the time, or at least reported in the media, but as usual the issue became lost in the general “ya ya ya ya” from the Tory benches and the “No, rubbish nay” counters from the Labour benches.
All in all, an important subject to many people, but not it seems to the members of House of Commons (or the reporters from the media).It must be many years since a politician promised that the days of “Yaboo” politics in the House of Commons were over and that business would be conducted on a more professional level. A week is a long time in politics, and this promise has gone the same way as all the others.
A plague on all your houses.

The Cover up continues, but for how much longer?

The conspiracy of silence surrounding the events at the Haut de la Garenne children's home and the ongoing protection of those responsible, is a stain on the island of Jersey.
Haut de la Garenne

Savile at the Children,s home

 The "authorities" in Jersey, have managed to cover up the outrage of historic child abuse on the Island for many years. Through a combination of fear, threats and intimidation, those who carried out the abuse and those who have, and still are, conspiring to keep the abuse away from public scrutiny, the "secret society of Jersey has managed to destroy the lives or reputations of many who are either victims or who seek to expose the evil. There are those who are campaigning and working for justice for the victims and the exposure of the evil individuals, organisations and "establishment" figures responsible for these crimes. The guilty parties know that their days of hiding in the slime and shadows are coming to an end. 

Leigh LaFon
Stuart Syvret

Leah McGrath Goodman.

There are Blogs, Twitter pages and other social media outlets who are exposing the shameful side of Jersey society. Here are links to some of them: 

Leigh LaFon ‏ @DenverElle

voiceforchildren ‏ @TheVoiceJersey

Leah McGrath Goodman@truth_eater

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mansell museum: First Tower Jersey

A museum dedicated to F1 legend Nigel Mansell will open in Jersey next week. 


Jersey News from ITV Channel Television - f1 crash
Museum has a collection of F1 cars and many  trophies.
Nigel Mansell, F1 champion turned secondhand car dealer
Mansell Collection


It would cost Mum, Dad and two children £30 to see these exhibits. If the "children" were 14 on more then the cost would be £40. Now that seem a bit expensive to me. Another "Tourist attraction" that the tourists will think twice about, before visiting.

We're having the wrong debate about social housing

We need to set aside our anger at scroungers and calmly debate what’s best for our nation.

Heather Frost [Image © Rex]

 Heather Frost and her family are only one aspect of a significantly larger problem.

This is the first article that I have seen which gets anywhere near to being constructive about  the real issues. Far too many articles, television stories and politicians and journalists are more interested in demonising all benefits claimants that actually addressing what should be done to tackle the social housing problem of this country.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

"A leap of faith" or a personal aspiration?

 UK Independence Party MEP Marta Andreasen has revealed she is defecting to the Tories.

nigel farage and marta
Farage and Andreasen in happier times

I can understand someone "defecting" from one party to another, particularly on a matter of a difference in political philosophy or on a matter of policy, but this silly woman seems to have confused her own personal aspirations (she dismissed the party's chances of achieving real power) with commitment to belief in a political position. Her decision also presupposes two rather dubious propositions. One, is that David Cameron, or whoever is leading the Conservative Party at the time, will win an overall majority at the next general election, and consequently, will be able to secure the necessary legislation to proceed with a referendum.Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, she assumes that there will be some change in the position of other EU members which will allow sufficient movement in the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom. I am no great fan of either UKIP or the Conservative party. I merely comment that if you are defecting, at least try to make the defection credible and not copy the shabby justifications similar to those used by the "Gang of Four" and their followers back in the 1980's.   

Friday, 22 February 2013

Heather frost's new house: continued

Defiant: Heather says being a mum is a full-time job
Heather frost hits back at "sickening" abuse.

 "One bloke said on Facebook he wanted to put all my kids in a house and gas them. It’s just sickening.”

 If you saw Question time last night, and read this article today, you may come to the view that the original story as related by sections of the media, was not quite accurate. The "demonisation" of benefit claimants is a growing practice in the media and with some politicians.

Just in time for the holiday season.

 Sections of A35 are set for closure in May

FIND ANOTHER WAY: David Groves from Connect will be in charge of the work on the A35
David Groves from Connect will be in charge of the work on the A35

Road closures between Bridport and Honiton over ten days in May. It seems that many road closures and endless miles of traffic cones on each side of the workings, are always commenced during the holiday season. I know that there are valid reasons (?) why this particular work is scheduled for May (putting down a specialist surface that cannot be laid in moist conditions), but the chaos of diversions and hold ups is something many tourists, commuters and local residents are forced to endure in countless areas all over the country in the spring and summer months every year.

Miles and miles of cones.

How often have vehicles crawled for miles past the "Lane ahead closed" markings only to find when reaching the single file section, that there are a few miles of traffic cones marking the works area. No people or machinery, just miles of cones. Occasionally, drivers will pass a collection of rather bored looking workers, supporting picks or shovels with their left hands and a "door stop" sandwich with the other. (A little unfair perhaps, but if you have been sitting in traffic for a couple of hours, you will tend to spot these little details). The sight of road working machinery is something of a novelty and will sometimes result in some "rubber necking" and the resultant minor accident causing even more chaos.

We are advised that in this partial closure of the A35 will be complete for certain hours and a 67 mile detour for lorries and a 31 mile detour for lighter traffic will be in place for the duration, increasing journey times by at least one hour. These diversions will, of course be onto roads already taking substantial volumes of traffic the A37, A3088, A303 and the A30 are routes to many areas in the west country popular, with holiday makers and May is usually the start of the "season". (Other additional local diversions will be well sign posted !)     In this particular instance, I hope that the planners have taken into consideration that in May, in Dorset, it has been known to rain, and consequently their ten days has every probability of extending into something well beyond the original estimate. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

"The buck" does not even reach here it seems. 


Mid Staffs scandal: NHS chief must not be a scapegoat, says PM


Mid Staffs scandal: NHS chief must not be a scapegoat, says PM
 Mr Cameron insisted that Sir David, right, has  explained himself well

 Ultimately, Sir David Nicholson, the chief executive is responsible for what has happened and why it was not exposed sooner, notwithstanding that he was not CEO in the early days of the scandal. However, those individuals and those responsible for those individuals who were part of the abuse and the subsequent concealment of the truth, must be subject to disciplinary actions and where necessary criminal charges.
For Cameron to defend and support the individuals involved , demonstrates a complete disregard for the victims and their families.


Iain Duncan Smith looses his temper again.

 Iain Duncan Smith's Anger Over Poundland, Workfare And Cait Reilly

LBC's James O'Brien

Iain Duncan Smith lost his rag


Iain Duncan Smith is loosing his temper more and more often recently. Just listen to the supercilious Work and pensions secretary in this interview with James O'Brien.

  Duncan Smith's behaviour and outburst over the past few months is indicative of the fact the he is loosing it completely and slipping into a "through the looking glass" world of his own reality. Totally ignoring the questions and talking over any comments made by the interviewer, Duncan Smith rants on about "workfare", "the taxpayer paying her (Cait Reilly) wages", "jobseekers being lucky that they do not live in France or Spain" and other rambling nonsense. Thank heavens this wretched specimen of a paranoid politician  never became Prime Minister.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Hillary Mantel: A spiteful woman.

 Novelist Mantel criticises Duchess

Hilary Mantel branded the Duchess of Cambridge a 'shop-window mannequin'
Hillary Mantel

 I am no great royalist nor do I join in the euphoria surrounding the the Cambridge's and the expectancy of the new heir. However, I do recognise that this Hilary Mantel person (until today I had never even heard of her), is a sad and it seems spiteful example of a warped mind carried away with a delusional view of her own importance. Had a man made the same remarks, there would be an outcry of indignation with screams of "sexist", "chauvinist" etc. from some elements of society. To redress the balance slightly, perhaps the sad ugly specimen of Mantel could loose some weight, get her teeth fixed, and crawl off into obscurity and do something useful, like knitting baby mittens for example.

Heather Frost's new house and the bitchness of Andrew Pierce

 Heather Frost is moving into a newly-built home at taxpayers’ expense, and Andrew Pierce is furious..

Jobless: Heather Frost
Heather Frost

A controversial story which will no doubt, generate much debate.

However, the obnoxious little arse Andrew Pierce on the Sky news papers review last night(18th February 2013), was full of the most spiteful and venomous bile that has been uttered on television for some time.

Andrew Pierce: full of bile and bitchy rantings
The Sky news presenter and the other paper reviewer Kevin Maguire, were clearly shaken by the hysterical bitchy rantings pouring out of the mouth of Pierce, and they were obviously relieved when they managed to shut him up and move onto the next item. The little rat Andrew Pierce should be banned from appearing on any television channel until such times as he learn to control his behaviour and his nasty comments.     

Sunday, 17 February 2013

A £3million insult. 

Sandhurst 'betrays' heroes of Mons - for £3m donation from the King of Bahrain

Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa

The Retreat from Mons, 1914

This is an absolute outrage. Renaming the Mons Hall in an insult to all who were there, and those who remain there. Adding insult to injury by using the name of a blood soaked tyrant who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of his own people in the repression of demonstrations in Bahrain, is reprehensible. 

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

 This despicable despot should be refunded his "donation" (otherwise known as hush money) and told to "shove it". He should also forget his "jolly" for the reopening next month.

A conspiracy going back over decades.

A former minister is suspected of being part of a VIP ­paedophile ring that was regularly handed boys by child rapist and killer Sidney Cooke

Ex-minister: He allegedly raped a girl
Former minister is suspected of being part of a VIP ­paedophile ring

A former officer said up to 16 high profile figures were due to be arrested. But the day before they were to be carried out detectives were told the operation had been disbanded.

There is a great deal of evidence that abuse claims have been around for decades, but nothing was ever perused. Either the investigations were closed after a short time, or no investigation was ever started. This is a sinister feature, indicative of a conspiracy to cover up crimes of the most evil nature, and moreover suggests that the cover up reaches to the highest level of political, the judiciary and police levels. There must be the fullest independent inquiry into this conspiracy in addition to the pursuit and prosecution of those persons, or even organisations, involved in the historic child abuse crimes. 

Saturday, 16 February 2013

The issue is extradition not "sex crimes".

Metropolitan Police officers have been stationed outside the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge around the clock since June last year. It has cost taxpayers £2.9 million.

Julian Assange

 We seem to be loosing sight of the real issues here, and the British media and television are instrumental in leading the diversions. The fact of the matter is simple. The United States want Julian Assange in the dock standing next to Bradley Manning. It would be easier for Assange to be extradited from Sweden than here, therefore the objective is to remove Assange from the UK and get him to Stockholm.
If Assange has sex questions (no charges have yet been made) to answer, then the Swedish authorities should come here to carry out an interview. There have always been contradictory features surrounding the allegations but the smoke and mirrors created by the American, British and probably Swedish "authorities", have already succeeded in turning this circus into an "Assange is a sex criminal avoiding justice by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy" story, which too many people in this country now accept as truth. The "cost to British taxpayers" is an un necessary cost which the government has incurred and is being used as an embellishment to the "hiding in the embassy" story line for public consumption.
There may be some element of truth in the allegations, and I certainly would be amongst those demanding justice for the victims, but let us not loose sight of the fact that this situation is not about sex crimes, it is about extradition to the United States for a “show trial” because the American government and its excesses have been exposed though Wikileaks.

 Ecuadorian embassy: London

 "The Ecuadorian government is concerned by the significant cost to the taxpayers of London of policing the embassy at the present time. However, we believe this expenditure could be avoided if the UK Government would provide the undertakings that the Ecuadorian government has sort that there will be no onward extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

In defiance of United Nations Resolutions.

North Korea Nuclear Test: Pyongyang Defies UN Resolutions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 The thought often occurs to me how disgustingly hypocritical the "International Community" and its mouthpiece media circus actually are. I saw the contribution made by Susan Rice at the UN, and could not help but compare her comments and the philosophy behind them, between what she said about the Palestinian UN membership application (and the result), to what she said yesterday about the North Korean atomic test. 

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at a news conference after the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on North Korea s nuclear test on Tuesday morning at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice

 Couple this with the almost hysterical reaction from Sky News, BBC News 24, numerous other television channels and countless "newspapers" around the world, condemning North Korea's action and threatening all sorts of retaliation ranging from even more draconian sanctions to the implied threat of armed intervention with the words "to take all necessary measures" in response to "the defiance of UN Resolutions". To me, it is not a question of whether North Korea should or should not have and test nuclear weapons, or whether their testing of rockets is for military or civilian purposes. It is a question of double standards and hypocrisy, when it comes to the response to “defiance of UN resolutions”. We have seen this feeble cliché used as an excuse for going to war, as in the case of Iraq, or for the imposition of punitive economic and financial sanctions as in the case of Iran or Syria. The commonality about these examples, is the fact that sanctions will only apply to those countries considered by the “International Community” as a threat, implied or otherwise, to their position of influence in any particular area, and secondly that ordinary people will bear the consequences of the hardships resulting from the deprivation of food, medicines, and other essential materials from their every day lives.
Compare this to the growing list of UN Resolutions that Israel has defied or even completely ignored over the years. Resolutions demanding the withdrawal of occupation forces from Palestine, resolutions demanding the end of settlement building projects in the occupied territories, the lifting of the blockade of Gaza, the list is almost endless. All have fallen on deaf ears in Tel Aviv, and defiance of the UN by Israel continues. Yet, there is no demand by the “International Community”, for the imposition of sanctions or economic isolation of Tel Aviv to bring about compliance, or any implied threat of military intervention “to take all necessary measures”. Israel is an ally and thereby enjoys immunity from the criticism of the UN. As I said previously, the “International Community” is disgustingly hypocritical when it comes to self interest and double standards.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

£8 miilion salary is "modest".

Fury as chairman of shamed bank defends CEO’s remuneration to MPs


Stephen Hester, CEO of  Royal Bank of Scotland

Sir Philip Hampton RBS Chairman

Philip Hampton, Chairman of RBS is under the impression that Stephen Hester the Bank's CEO is "modestly" paid with his £8million per year salary. It seems that £8m is less than the going rate for running a crooked bank which has been fined for rigging the Libor rates and has been involved in other seedy practices at the expense if its customers. The British taxpayers who own this bank may have a different view