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Sunday, 31 August 2014

A new recycling and rubbish collection service.

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/councils/new-collection-system-2018boosts-recycling2019-in-dorset 

 

 

A new recycling and rubbish collection service provided by Dorset Waste Partnership.







 There was quite a bit of vehicle congestion, at various times, around the lanes and in the villages of the Bride Valley yesterday (28th August). From mid morning onwards into late afternoon, Swyre, Puncknowle, Litton Cheney and  a number of other villages, became clogged with local and holiday maker traffic waiting patiently for the lanes to clear.The cause of all this congestion was three ( or maybe even four) large trucks completely blocking the lane, with only room for pedestrians to walk on either side. The trucks were all from the same contractor who it seems was on contract to the West Dorset District Council, or the Dorset Waste Partnership, (I can never tell the difference), and were delivering "wheelie bins" to every household in the Bride Valley and presumably at some time all the other households in Dorset. Not that these were the ordinary common or garden "wheelie bin", nor for that matter were there only one per house. There were in fact 4 bins per house. One large black one (Grey according to the accompanying booklet), one large Green one, one slightly smaller brown one and a smaller still brown one called a "kitchen caddy" to be kept in your kitchen and not put out for collection.
 



The "new bins"


 
There was also an optional wheelie bin with a brown lid for "garden waste" if you choose to spend an annual charge of £40.00 for someone to collect you grass cuttings once every two weeks. These "new" bins are of course in addition to the historic "green box", which has been clogging up the corner of the garage for many years to be filled with glass and bottles and collected every two weeks or so provided you have some to put out.

The reason for this congestion, and a large volume of bins being delivered, was in fact the introduction starting in October, of the new improved Dorset Waste Partnership, or District Council, household waste collection and recycling service. This new "improved" service replaces, with four or perhaps five bins what was until now, done by one bin and one box. The new boxes come with a comprehensive list of instructions or guidance, to ensure that we are all aware of what to do with the new bins. In addition there are two large sticky labels, to fix to the front of 2 of your new bins to ensure that everybody knows what should be in there. The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), are introducing this new improved service  to "increase recycling, reduce the rubbish we sent to landfill and drive down costs".
Drive down costs, a phrase much used by privatised industries as a reason for their existence and as an incentive for everyone to agree with privatisation. Unfortunately the truth is usually different.


New collection system ‘boosts recycling’ in Dorset



As is often the case, the "new improved service" entails more complications, more inconvenience, more "work", and certainly more financial cost to those who "benefit" from the improvements.
For example, all containers, tins, plastic punnets, ice cream or margarine tubs and any other such items must be washed prior to being placed into the green wheelie bin. Any of these items which are not suitable for the green bin, are to be placed in the grey (or black) wheelie bin. (For guidance, there is a list of items provided in the booklet.)
This may seem to be not unreasonable, but when it is considered that the list of things to be washed out has been expanded to include such items as margarine or ice cream tubs, ready meal containers for lasagne or chicken korma, raw fish fillet in some sauce or other or one hundred and one other items which were until now, consigned directly to the dustbin black bag, it is easy to see how the pile of "washing up" after practically every meal will increase significantly, as will water consumption and the already extortionate water bill.

Storage of these new bins will itself be inconvenient to say the least. Without the luxury of a garage or outside space in the garden, the households are forced into littering the lanes with these bins as the new service is a KERBSIDE collection, not a backdoor collection, as the "instruction notes" emphasise. This will of course be problematic for those who live in terraces of houses or cottages, not uncommon in rural areas, rather than in semi's or detached dwellings.A tour through what have until now been picturesque English Villages may turn into a drive past unsightly rows of bins, which will undoubtedly in some cases, be a bit smelly.

It remains to be seen if the new service will be successful and not, but from the available evidence it would seem that this is another example of the a council scheme this time under the guise of Dorset Waste Partnership, not being thought through to ensure that the advantages of the new scheme significantly outweigh any disadvantages.

There is undoubtedly a case to be made for more efficient and wider use of recycling of domestic waste, but any such scheme has to provide both incentive and good reason for making a change. Having to work out which combination of bins should be put out on the nominated collection day, can in itself be confusing. This would particularly be the case for the older or even the disabled residents living within the villages. Every week the kitchen caddy contents should be transferred to the brown lockable food bin which will be collected on your normal collection day each week. On alternative weeks the green recycling bin will be collected every fortnight. This is not be confused with the  wheelie bin with the brown lid, which will be collected every fortnight on the alternative week to the recycling bin, should you have elected to pay the £40 a year for the garden waste bin that will be collected fortnightly. There is no indication as to which day these bins will be collected,  whether it will be with the recycling bin or with the rubbish bin. Confusing isn't it.

The one good point about the new service, is the provision of a red plastic bag marked with the words "Battery recycling bag" and instructions to "simply place any unwanted household batteries in this bag, seal the bag and place it on top of the contents of your recycling box on recycling collection days".

Clearly this will be a case of "suck it and see". Any new scheme is bound to have teething problems, which will cause some confusion and result in frequent telephone calls at least in the short term, to Dorset waste partnership from people seeking clarification guidance or other instructions.We can only await developments.

   









Poverty and poverty related illness shames us all.

 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/30/child-poverty-link-malnutrition-rickets



Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable.

 

A queue of youngsters receiving their daily doses of cod-liver oil, from their teacher at Nursery School. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Helping to prevent Rickets at a primary school in the 1950's

 

 With their heads buried firmly in the sand (or some other location), the ConDem coalition government continue their drive for even greater austerity, and resolutely refuse to accept that their policies are forcing more and more families in this country to the point of poverty or even below the accepted definitions of poverty. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the ever increasing reliance on food banks, now totaling in excess of 1 million people, the rise in poverty related illnesses, the increasing numbers of homeless creating different but never the less significant problems for our society, and all the published evidence from recognised charities and institutions, yet  the government repeat that we are on the right course and that we must press on with "reducing the debt".



Boxes of food being packed for distribution at a food bank in the 21st century



Successive governments, Labour, Conservative and now Coalition have contributed to the current crisis by ignoring all the evidence and allowing "extreme poverty" to become a problem which threatens the social fabric of this country and now carries the additional threat of sickness and disease becoming an additional difficulty with the associated increase in costs to society and the NHS.
History will condem politicians of all political persuasions, who have allowed poverty and poverty related illnesses to become so widespread over the last fifty years and into the 21st Century.   

The European Union, NATO and the unfolding conflict in Ukraine.


 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-eu-summit-seeks-to-show-it-backs-kiev-9701806.html



EU summit seeks to show it backs Kiev

 

Pro Russia militia in Ukraine



Why is NATO with its mouthpiece Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the European Union, with as many mouth pieces as there are member states and not quite behind the scenes, the ringmaster United States, engineering a confrontation with Russia?
Rasmussen bleats that it is unacceptable for "foreign" troops to be in another country's territory and yet fails (presumably) to see the irony with the comparison to Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria. E U Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, mumbles that, "it isn't too late for a political solution", presumably with the implied threat that E U troops would go trundling over the border grab Ukraine (Unlikely, just looked what happened the last time a European "leader" had the same idea). All the while in the background some 3000 miles away, the neoconservative planners in the Whitehouse and in the Pentagon, move steadily towards their ultimate objective of absorbing Ukraine into their tangle of nations collectively known as NATO.




NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen



The television and media coverage for this American written script, ensures that the image of the Russian "Bear" Putin, is given prominence in this almost constant ratcheting up of tensions, fear and mistrust in the minds and opinions of the public, particularly in Europe who see this manufactured threat to their homes and safety as a stark reality. In fact, the threat is almost as real as the threat of Islamic State tanks and jihadist fighters sweeping across Europe and invading the UK.
The reasons for this constant scaremongering from the western governments is to (a) ultimately absorb Ukraine into NATO and to  (b) create an atmosphere of concern and fear in the people of Europe thereby generating yet another justification for the introduction of even more oppressive control legislation in their respective countries.The problem that the governments of the west now face is being able to find a balance between what the people will actually believe and tolerate, as against the "Boy who cries Wolf" syndrome, but in trying to find that balance, the western governments are losing. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Are we really back to where we started?

 

Life returns to Gaza as truce holds but Netanyahu faces criticism in Israel over the offensive.

 

Palestinians celebrate the beginning of the truce in Gaza City.
Palestinians celebrate the beginning of the truce in Gaza City


After 50 days of intense bombardment by Israeli military forces and fierce resistance from the Palestinian factions within Gaza, the ceasefire brokered by the Egyptians came into effect at 17:00 yesterday (26th August). Not withstanding what Mark Regev, the Israeli mouthpiece for Benjamin Netanyahu, may say to try to convince you otherwise, the ceasefire terms agreed to in Cairo are not the same as those that were "on the table", 3 weeks ago. By now of course, we are only too well aware of how Mark Regev, Peter Lerner,  Ron Prosor and other Israeli spokespersons are, without even batting an eyelid, able to turn fantasy and wishful thinking into their presentation of "fact and truth". Regev's phrase "and that is fact" after practically every sentence always had a hollow ring to it.
Mark Regev



A browse through this mornings Israeli newspapers particularly the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, demonstrate all too clearly the divisions within Israeli society following the announcement of the ceasefire. There are those perhaps in the majority, who believe that Israel should have done far more in destroying the so-called terror tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza. They believe that Netanyahu has cut and run in his eagerness to come to some sort of ceasefire arrangement with the Palestinians. In the Israeli cabinet there are divisions between those who agree with Netanyahu's position and those who believe that operation Protective Edge should have continued. On the other hand there are those within Israeli society and within government who believe that the past 50 days of intense fighting and more than 60 Israeli soldiers killed as not advanced the prospect of security or calm in Israel. Consequently, they are of the view that the offensive operation against Gaza should never have taken place and blame Netanyahu for bulldozing the military action through the Israeli government in July.No matter which way you look at it, Netanyahu's position within Israel seems to have become marginalised by both sides of the argument. His prospects at the next Israeli election must be very bleak.





Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, after explaining in a statement why Israel had agreed to the ceasefire.
Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu




There was no dancing in the streets last night in Tel Aviv, Haifa, West Jerusalem or any of the other towns in Israel, where a mood of sombre reflection dominated the atmosphere. Knesset member Danny Danon said , “Despite the heavy price Hamas paid, we did not defeat them. Fifty days of fighting, 64 soldiers killed, five civilians killed, 82,000 reservists called up, and in the end we’re back to the agreement from Operation Pillar of Defence.” These words, or something very similar, were repeated in towns across Israel. The Israelis do not feel that they have obtained a victory with the operation in Gaza, but despite all their military might together with all the damage inflicted upon the infrastructure and of Gaza, together with more than 2100 civilians killed, most of the people of Israel, feel that they have somehow been defeated, as they were with their disastrous invasion of Lebanon in 2006.The Israelis know that they have been forced to concede a partial lifting of the blockade with all border crossings between Israel and Gaza now being opened and the fishing limit off the Gaza coast being extended from 3 to 6 miles. These two concessions alone have completely undermined Israeli confidence and the credibility of the Israeli government in being able to achieve its objectives as stated at the start of the operation.

The celebrations in Gaza were completely the opposite of the atmosphere in Israel. Although undoubtedly tempered by the reality, that at least for now, the fear of Israeli air strikes and artillery bombardment had been lifted, the Palestinians were very much aware that big concessions had been extracted from the aggressor. The cost in human lives had been significant, and the destruction caused to homes hospitals, mosques, schools and infrastructure will require a great amount of cash and building materials which have so far been prohibited from entering into Gaza by the provisions of the blockade. The Palestinians in Gaza had taken on the might of the Israeli army and had continued to offer resistance for more than 50 days and now face the prospect of obtaining, more concessions during the negotiations commencing next month in Cairo, in respect of building an airport and a new deep sea port.


Gaza declares 'victory' as ceasefire holds



The international community have seen over the past two months, how the myth of invincibility surrounding Israel has been challenged, and Israel though perhaps not defeated militarily has suffered a significant setback in terms of his domination of the area.

Clearly it would be wrong to suggest that we are now only where we were two months ago. The concessions gained by the Palestinian resistance has given new impetus to the not unreasonable aspirations of the Palestinian people, in respect of their demands for a free port and airport allowing them to trade with the rest of the world. The negotiations in Cairo next month, must ensure real progress towards the expectation that a just settlement may be reached. In this objective the West, particularly the United States, must ensure that Israel will cooperate fully and negotiate in good faith with the Palestinians to make positive moves towards a resolution to this long-standing problem.in addition to the questions of lifting the blockade and ending the occupation of Palestine, there must also be positive moves towards theestablishment and recognition of a free Palestinian state,with full United Nations representation.

Notwithstanding the concessions already gained from the Israelis, unless the remaining issues are resolved within a reasonable period, a matter of months rather than years, we may yet see the continuation of hostilities between Israel and its neighbour with all the resultant killing,destruction and misery such a resumption would undoubtedly create.













Manufacture a "confrontation" to achieve the real objective.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/26/nato-east-european-bases-counter-russian-threat



NATO plans east European bases to counter "Russian threat"


NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen





 
It has always been about creating NATO bases in Ukraine.
The entire Kiev, Moscow confrontation has been engineered by "the west" (aka the United States and US dominated NATO), using the European Union links and ultimate membership dispute in justification.


NATO



The ousting an elected President (whether we like ,Viktor Yanukovych or not,), to install the pro western, pro European government of Petro Poroshenkoof is not an unusual occurrence or tactic in American politics. It is a foreign policy, still very much in use today, which has numerous files under the collective title of "Replacing a few enemies with a few friends". In the Ukraine, it is a not very subtle excuse being used as a front for basing American missiles and personnel along practically the entire Russian border from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Loaded questions to obtain the "right" responses.


Cameron says" We want to hear your views. Please take our survey to have your say" A contemptible exercise in public manipulation.





Take a minute to fill in our quick survey




A glaringly barefaced example of how questions can be "loaded", to ensure that only the response required by the questioner can be given.

Capping benefits to ensure that an out of work household can claim no more than an average family actually earns by working sounds attractive, but fails to address the stark reality that average earnings are being driven down by government policy, causing many working people to actually claim benefits. The government are using the decline in average earnings, caused by their own policies, to cut overall benefit levels. A vicious circle, which suits government and employers objectives.

Housing benefit payments are determined, not by those claiming the benefit, but by those setting the cost of housing. Landlords both in the private and the social housing sectors have enjoyed a steady source of income from local authorities paying housing benefit, often directly into the landlords rent account. In the case of social housing, the vast majority of such accommodation is provided by Housing Associations which have seen their incomes grow significantly over recent years.
It is the level of rents being charged in the rented sector which need to be controlled or capped, not the level of the housing benefit trying to keep pace with an increasing problem.

When workers wages and salaries are increasing by less than 1% per year, and yet inflation is running at over 3% per annum, (I use the real figure rather than the “doctored” RPI and CPI figures produced by government statistical departments), it is obscene to suggest that benefit levels are racing ahead of workers wages. For as long as earnings are held down by artificially contrived justification from public sector and private sector employers, then comparisons are malicious and produced only for mischievous and divisive purposes.

The “Help to work scheme” has been, rightly criticised, in many quarters as being nothing more that a wretched publicity stunt, produced by government to provide cheap or even free labour to employers and to allow the “unemployed and claiming benefit” figures to show a month on month fall, albeit that the reduction is marginal. Not that this would stop various government “spokespersons” to loudly herald that “our policies are working and this fall in unemployment is good news for the country”, on every television or media interview that they are invited to give. The fact that the “Help to work scheme” is underpinned by the most draconian and unfair sanctions ever devised and is administered by what in many cases has been demonstrated to be an inept and ignorant set of “assessors”, is conveniently ignored.



In this reprehensible “Survey” promoted by the Conservatives, it would be possible to respond “Strongly agree” to most questions asked as each point appeals to the emotions of the responder. That is the, not very subtle, reasoning behind the construction of the points. The government could then claim overwhelming support for their policies to “TO FIX THE WELFARE SYSTEM “, when in fact the complete opposite in the case.

A pathetic and contemptible exercise attempting to influence public responses from a pathetic and contemptible Conservative government.



Monday, 25 August 2014

British actor and director Richard Attenborough has died.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/richard-attenborough-dead-veteran-actor-and-director-dies-aged-90-9688669.html


A sad day for the British film industry




Richard Attenborough
 
Richard Samuel Attenborough, 29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014.
Brighton Rock, The Guinea Pig, Morning Departure, Dunkirk, Angry Silence, 10 Rillington Place, Great Escape, the list of acting roles is almost endless and as a director Attenborough will probably be most remembered for Gandhi.


Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale





His portrayal of Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale in Guns at Batasi stands out, albeit that the film did not achieve the same degree of recognition as many of the others.(See YouTube entries)
Richard "Dickie" Attenborough. R I P









Crime comes to Litton Cheney

A small village in the Dorset countryside.



"Main Street" Litton Cheney.

 

There are some really nasty people wandering around. Last night, a thief stole a wrought iron table and two wrought iron chairs from our front garden.
The furniture had been sitting in front of our cottage for around 7 years, in fact it is even shown in the Google street view. It is unlikely that anyone in the village would have stolen this furniture as it has become a bit of a landmark for people giving directions to others.
In the unlikely, (though not impossible), event that the thieving b*****d who stole these items reads this comment, my wife and I hope that you enjoy the use of the chairs and table, especially when having a snack or afternoon tea when we sincerely wish that you choke on the sandwich or biscuit. Give us a ring and we will pop round to see that you are all right.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

How the man without credibility or legitimacy becomes the "Good Guy"

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/west-poised-to-join-forces-with-assad-in-face-of-islamic-state-9686666.html


West poised to join forces with Assad in face of Islamic State




Bashar al-Assad




 
While we will be giving weapons and support to the FSA at the same time presumably. A truly remarkable piece of hypocritical contrivance. This is not the first time,nor will it be the last, when the arms trade has managed to sell weapons in this case via the UK government, to all sides in a conflict. Eighteen months ago we were arming a group, which is now called the Islamic State, as well as the Free Syrian Army, and numerous other splinter groups because they were opposing and seeking to remove Bashar al_Assad, a dictatorial President, who we said, who had "lost all credibility and legitimacy" as the leader of Syria. The British and the American governments were desperate (and still are, but that will have to wait as circumstances have now changed), to bomb Syria in support of the "rebels" and hasten the removal of al-Assad. There was even a conference convened in Geneva to talk about a "transition government" in Damascus.

Now it seems that we were wrong or at least the politicians and military establishment would have us believe we were wrong, or is it simply a case of expediency, a commodity in abundant supply amongst politicians both here and in the united States.
Today, Bashar al-Assad in "one of the good guys" and we must join forces with him to defeat the evil Islamic state. It may or may not be that the FSA and the many other "rebel" groups will join this "coalition of the righteous" to bring about the end of the so called Caliphate now stretching across vast parts of Syria and Iraq. Well equipped and well armed with American materiel obtained when the Iraqi army abandoned their positions (and everything else) in Northern Iraq, to add to the arsenal of weapons given to them when they were the good guys two years ago, Islamic State now it seems represent a threat to American and European interests even more dangerous than al-Qa’ida.
Over the past week or two we have heard, almost ad nauseum, the words "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", a phrase going back in history to the 4th century BC, with an English version being introduced in 1884 but made popular more recently by George W Bush and numerous other neoconservatives in connection with Middle East intrigues. The phrase is merely an excuse to justify expedient changes in relationships between hypocritical governments and it is no more true today than it was 2000 years ago.


History has shown us that politicians in "the west" will stoop to any depths to justify their duplicitous actions, particularly when seeking to influence events in the Middle East. The latest round of shifting relationships, spattered as it is with the rhetoric of "Apocalyptic." "End-of-days strategic vision." "Beyond anything we have ever seen." "An imminent threat to every interest we have." "Beyond just a terrorist group." "We must prepare for everything." demonstrates all too clearly that Washington,  London and Europe require a new ally in the region to combat the perceived threat. Bashar al-Assad fits the bill. The man who lacked any legitimacy as the leader of Syria, now through some remarkable piece of transformation and expediency, becomes our friend, because our enemy is his enemy. It has yet to be explained whether his enemy becomes our enemy as well. The complications of that scenario are mind boggling, but no doubt the script writers in the Whitehouse, Downing Street and the military establishment could crate an almost credible  interpretation should the need ever arise, even though the rest of us will not believe a word of it.
 

  

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Condor Ferries will cease operations from wymouth early neat year.

 http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/11420375.Condor_Ferries_to_leave_Weymouth_next_spring/?ref=var_0


Condor purchase new high speed Austal 102 trimaran 



 Sea Trials


 The "new" Condor Ferry:: Austal’s 102-metre trimaran


 Sea Trials




Why should anyone be shocked and surprised by this story?
On the 19th April I blogged this entry.

http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/201 4/04/the-writing-has -been-on-wall-for-al most.html

Today, channelonline.tv carries the following:
"Condor Ferries has bought a new £50 million high speed vessel.
The latest addition to the fleet will come into service in spring 2015.
The purchase follows the news Condor secured a ten-year licence to provide Jersey and Guernsey with ferry services.
The Austal 102 trimaran can carry 1,165 passengers, 254 cars and has a 630 nautical mile range.
The new licence allows for a rival operator to set up providing it can match Condor's services.
CEO James Fulford said: "I am delighted to announce that we are now proud owners of the Austal 102. This represents £50m of investment in our Islands and it will enable us to improve reliability, increase capacity, and give our guests a much greater level of comfort.
"We plan to introduce the 102 in spring 2015 and, in the months ahead, we will be sharing more details about this superb new ship and announcing ways in which Islanders can be involved in our preparations."

When it comes to planning, foresight and commonsense, it seems that the States of Jersey are streets ahead of the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Diversions, Delays and a 1992 Ballad.



 http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/18/chief-constable-handling-cliff-richard-investigation-police-bbc-search


Cliff Richard fans bid to get 'I Still Believe In You' to number one 

 Fans are campaigning to get his 1992 ballad “I Still Believe In You” to number one.

 

 The Cliff Richard "incident" is fast descending into the world of farce. As more big names from all walks of celebrity life, show business, politics, media and even television lead the clamour of protest from the "man in the street" about how the raid on one of the homes of Cliff Richard was carried out, it seems that the investigation is turning into allegations of police heavy handedness, BBC conspiracy and contrived complaints. It is debatable whether the same degree of protectionism would have been evident had it been  "Joe Soap", of Peabody Buildings, East Cheap (with apologies to any person of that name or address, as no connection is intended or implied) who had his home raided and "certain items" taken away.

It now seems that Cliff Richard has hired London solicitor Ian Burton, who has represented people including Harry Redknapp, PR agent Max Clifford, and former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Burton together with a colleague, visited Richard at another of the Pop Stars homes, this one in Portugal, and spent some 5 hours in meeting before returning to the United kingdom.
The allegations concerning Cliff Richard have been circulating for many years and not only on the internet but, as far as we are aware, this is the first instance of the police being involved in any investigation.

What is puzzling is the speed at which the BBC/police collaboration stories came to the fore, and the ferocity of the criticism filling the media and television, with cries of "witch hunt" calls for a public enquiry into the police handling of the incident and other "investigations" into the investigation. This seems to be verging on mass hysteria or even an orchestrated diversion. Notwithstanding all this agitation from the sidelines, the fact remains that an allegation has been made and has been followed by further "facts and information" coming forward, regarding historical sex abuse.

There is no doubt that Cliff Richard has a large fan club, both in this country and beyond, and has been an icon of the popular music scene for over 50 years. His recording work, together with appearances on television, film and personal appearances have created the image that is Cliff Richard. His charitable works and contribution to entertainment, have been recognised with a Knighthood and the OBE. However, the image should not and must not be allowed to somehow obstruct proper investigation into such serious allegations. Too often in the past, the persona of a figure in public life, be it politician, entertainer, or other "celebrity" has clouded, delayed or even prevented proper investigation. It is very easy in these circumstances, to forget that there are (alleged) victims in these cases who do not have the luxury of free publicity, legal representation, media help or other such means to present their allegations and are all too frequently ignored or otherwise silenced, for years.

It is in the best interests of all concerned, both those bringing the allegations and those who are the subject of the allegations, to have the circumstances fully investigated as soon as possible to resolve the subject one way or another.To have the matter dragged out and kicked into the long grass by those perhaps with their own agenda's, is not in the public interest, or the alleged victims nor is it even in the interest of the person against whom the allegations are being made.

It is time for those who are, by accident or more probably design, creating spurious delays and diversions, allow the investigation to proceed and be brought to a speedy conclusion.



Bring Back British Rail.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/19/labour-transport-campaign-fight-rail-fare-price-rises?commentpage=1

Campaigners step up rail fares fight as prices rise again

 

 

Fare to rise by another 6%

Average ticket price has gone up 25% under coalition government. So has the subsidy that the taxpayer gives to these privatised parasites.

 

 


 


Bring Back British Rail.
If we are going to give subsidies, then at least we should be giving them to an industry that we own rather than pouring our money into the pockets of private businesses and their share holders.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The latest "We are listening" myth

http://www.conservatives.com/survey 

An exercise in Public Relations.




"We are listening" myth



 
It is always the case that these "survey" invitations from any of the parties never provide a facility for comments or adding the respondent questions or opinions. Always loaded questions with standard "safe" response options. The political parties have little if any interest in the views of ordinary people. They produce this type of meaningless survey as an act of Public relations designed to promote the "We are listening" myth. If they really wanted an opinion there are other, more effective and efficient, ways of seeking responses.