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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Obey the Troika. No matter what the ballot box may say ?


Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure (says Sean O'Grady of the "Independent" )

Syriza party and its leader Alexis Tsipras gain decisive national election victory,


This Sean O'Grady "article" seems to be yet another piece of journalistic nonsense which is, unfortunately, becoming very common in the Independent over recent months.
The article argues that countries have no option but to succumb to the power of Brussels, Germany and the IMF. Countries must obey the will of the Troika, no matter what the people of the country may seek. The natural evolution of this proposition of course, is to dispense with elections completely,(whether they be FPTP or PR) disband or even outlaw political parties and organisation and accept that the "will" of the centre be it in Berlin or Brussels will dictate to the rest of us what we may think or do, and how we must act. In Berlin in 1933, another political leader made a speech extolling how the people of Germany and subsequently Europe must obey and succumb to the will of the centre. Perhaps this form of political leadership may appeal to Sean O'Grady and others at the Independent, but I for one want no part of it. Countries and the people within it must resist or capitulate. Perhaps I may soon join KS and I am sure many others, in the exodus of readers from the "independent".

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The new "Dictators" in Europe.

 "We can't allow these Greek people to win"
"The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country,"Alexis Tsipras

The obnoxious arrogance of some European pundits is breathtaking. I have just heard a comment in respect of the Greek renegotiation of their "bailout" conditions with the Troika.The Greek election happened less than 36 hours ago and this arsehole actually said, "Of course we cant allow these Greek people to win (the negotiations) as this would be bad for Germany, Holland and others.If they (the Greek government) are allowed to win, then other governments Spain and Italy for example would be queuing up to renegotiate their bail outs". 
This seems to be the dictatorial attitude of many in Germany, Brussels and the European banks, encouraged by the IMF. To Hell with the people of countries, it seems that only the banks and financiers are worthy of consideration in Europe.
If that is the way they seek to run their club, then I for one want no part of it.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Anothr Council abdicating responsibility

Cornwall Council refuses to house ex-soldier and family

Jamie and Charmaine Streets and their four children, Suvannah,  Briea,  Leo,  and Tyler

Since the mid 1980's Councils across England have been using the "intentionally homeless" reasoning to abdicate any responsibility for providing housing to families or even individuals, no matter what the circumstances of any particular case may be. Council housing officials often will say privately to councillors (I know because it has been said to me) that there is a chronic shortage of available housing due to government restrictions on building social housing.
This is, and has been for the past 30 years, an outrageous and unacceptable situation where ordinary and usually deserving families, are penalised for the failure of successive government policies in respect of housing provision.
I sincerely hope that Jamie and Charmaine Streets and their family will manage to resolve their current difficulties within a short timescale. It may well be that intervention from a Councillor or even MP, to have a "frank (and preferably one sided) discussion" with the relevant officials from Cornwall Council could impress upon these faceless bureaucrats that "meeting strict criteria" is a nothing more than a convenient cop out for housing officers who often cannot be bothered to find a solution. 
It never ceases to amaze me how, after interventions from third parties, a solution frequently seems to materialise from thin air as if by magic.
Good luck to Jamie and Charmaine.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

An unacceptable delay.

The inquiry completed its public hearings in 2011

Sir John Chilcot opened his two-year inquiry in 2009

There are a number of examples, particularly over recent years, where issues of great interest or even concern to the public, have been ignored, delayed or even stopped from investigation (as was the case of the BAE Systems involvement in bribery and corruption in Saudi Arabia). The badly worn clich├ęs of "not in the public interest" or insufficient evidence", have been trotted out by the "authorities" as if in some way these weasel words will pacify people into accepting the government or the DPP or who ever know best and we should not press the matter further. We all know however, that the reasons for delay or abandonment of investigations into these matters, is usually more to do with avoidance of possible exposure or embarrassment for government or individuals, than with informing the public of facts. The Hillsborough investigation is perhaps the most notorious example of delay.

The latest much publicised and important investigation to fall foul of this apparent establishment desire to delay exposure of probable wrong doing is the delay in publication of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war report which, apparently, will not be published before the election. Now it is very right and proper that those individuals named in the report should have the opportunity to respond to any comments or criticism in respect of what they did or did not do and their involvement in the events leading up to 2003 invasion, but it is stretching the borders of credibility to believe that an enquiry which completed its public hearings in 2011, can take more than four years to publish a report. Even now, there is no prospect of publication in the near future. Even after stating that the report would not be published before the next election, Sir John Chilcot qualified his comment by stating that “Until we have received and evaluated responses from all those who have been given the opportunity to respond, I cannot give an accurate estimate for how long it will then take to complete our work”. 


There has been much speculation regarding who may be involved with the continuing delay, ranging from Tony Blair (notwithstanding his denial of any involvement), various government departments and former Ministers to the security services of the United Kingdom and the United States. Whatever the real reasons may be for the continuing delay, this is not an issue that will go away if it is ignored for long enough.

The public generally and the relatives and friends of those killed during and after the conflict, have the right to know what happened, why it happened and who was responsible.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Blair and Gaddafi conspired over dissidents.

 Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret

This revelation should come as no surprise to anyone.
Blair was involved in and even instigated numerous breaches of human rights and abuses of power ranging from renditions, Guantanamo Bay and illegal invasions to stopping criminal investigations into corruption and the excesses of government departments . He is perhaps one of the most culpable alleged war criminals never to have faced trial and yet he still exerts influence in British political and social circles.
His involvement in the Middle East, both in his role as "Peace Envoy" and his cosy relationship not only with Gaddafi, but also with other equally repugnant regimes in the region are well known and have been the subject of comment and speculation for many years.
Today, notwithstanding all the mounting evidence to the contrary, there are still those who consider Blair to be one of the great British Prime Ministers. Leading "New Labour" to three general election victories, may well be an achievement according to the record books, but the cost of his Premiership and activities since his resignation from the post, have caused immeasurable damage both here in the United Kingdom as well as abroad.
The "Blair legacy" is not one for which we should be thankful.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Hypocrisy, greed and profiteering on the death of Saudi King.

 Oil prices surge following the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Of Saudi Arabia

The speculators and parasites never miss any opportunity to make money. The despot of Saudi Arabia dies and the price of oil surges.The connection between two unrelated events will be explained by the pundits as  "the markets do not like uncertainty"
All those tankers lying at anchor and full of oil waiting for the right circumstances to unload their cargoes, can now head towards the terminals and discharge the liquid. We can expect the oil companies to announce huge increases in profits at the next round of company announcements and in the meantime, the recent fall in the price of petrol at the pumps will be reversed within days if not sooner.
An enlightening perspective on the oil companies, dealers and speculators in a sick and greedy industry.

In the meantime,David Cameron pays tribute to monarch's 'work for peace' in Saudi Arabia.

David Cameron pays tribute to monarch's 'work for peace'
Clearly, Cameron is confused again.. What about Saudi intervention in Bahrain and other places? Was that Abdullah working for peace? He did of course buy a great amount of weapons, ammunition and other equipment from the UK. Perhaps Cameron meant to pay tribute to the despot for all the Saudi cash that was and still is flowing into the city and the British arms industry. The corruption scandal involving BAE and the Saudi's, outrageously stopped by Blair, will presumably go away as well now. Business as usual with the new monarch.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Delay, prevarication and cover up.

Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq war will 'not report before election'

There are many people involved (a) with the decision to take this country to war, (b) the "conspiracy" between politicians to manufacture justification for intervention in Iraq, (c) the disputes between the intelligence services of the United States and the united Kingdom and (c) the prevarication and delays in publication.

Too many people with too much to hide creating seemingly endless delay in order to prevent disclosure of themselves and their part in illegal war.

The report may be published "after the election", but personally I believe that further means will be found to prevent the findings coming into the public domain

Monday, 19 January 2015

The duplicitous hypocrisy of politicians.


Theresa May pledges extra police patrols to counter antisemitism threat

Eric Pickles and Mrs May hold up signs declaring 'Je suis juif'

It is a shameful act of duplicitous hypocrisy, when Theresa May and too many other politicians like her, spout pious rhetoric about " the risk to the Jewish community" and the measures to be taken to deal with hate crime.
These "political leaders" fall over themselves with acts of appeasement, and yet completely ignore the daily "hate crimes" against Palestinians in the occupied territories and the slaughter of more than 2000 women and children in Gaza during "Operation Protective Edge" in June/July of last year.
These politicians and their despicable hypocrisy, deserve nothing but contempt.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The triumph of hypocrisy and hysterical rhetoric.

The governments of the west, preparing us for what is becoming an inevitable clash of civilisations.

The governments in the West, particularly those of France, the United kingdom and the United States, are out of control and the media and television, so eager to absorb the latest round of “updates” emanating from the government propaganda machine, vie with each other to produce the most sensational or vivid headlines for the next edition or the next news broadcast on their channel.
In this respect, the media have done a first class job in persuading vast sections of the people, that the “threat” of Islamic extremism is so severe so as to warrant even more restrictions on individual civil liberties and to justify the proposition that government agencies, should without any checks, controls or balances, be able to monitor all forms of communications between people, by fax, e-mail, Skype links, telephone or any other means. In addition to this, government agencies are forcing Internet providers to be part of this population monitoring and to collaborate with the “security” organisations to provide the means to carry out this surveillance by passing on any information or data that the security services may require. The Gestapo, Stasi, BOSS, MOSSAD, NKVD and many other State Police or security organisations would or would have coveted such powers.
The reasons for these government initiatives, at this time may be explained by Carl Gustav Jung and his theory of “synchronicity”. The occurrence of the two or more events that appear to be meaningfully related but not causally related in this instance, could be the publication of cartoons in the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the terrorist attacks on the magazine offices and the Jewish supermarket and the hysterical eruption of outrage and grief in the media and on television screens around Europe and the world. Two or more events coming together at a point in time and providing the means or the opportunity for another related but not necessarily connected event.
In simple terms, the media, encouraged and fueled by governments, is pouring out the most crass and provocative attack on Islam and engaging in the most blatant hypocritical rhetoric.
Hiding behind the guise and excuse of “Freedom of Speech” the press and western government “leaders” demonstrate how freedom of speech applies only in one direction. Criticize or mock Jews and the cry of “Anti Semitic” immediately echo's around the streets and screams in the media, and many Jews not only in Israel are very keen to play the holocaust card which seeks to arouse the collective guilty conscience that too many people still carry. Israel is planning to demand an apology for a controversial cartoon mocking Benjamin Netanyahu which appeared in a British newspaper. Where is the consistency and balance of that? Or a Dutch court imposing a fine and 2 year probation order on the Belgium and Netherlands-based Arab European League for publishing a cartoon suggesting the Holocaust was made up or exaggerated by Jews. When handing down the sentence, the court stated that the cartoon was “unnecessarily hurtful.” Clearly, the principle of “Free Speech” is a one way street.   
Under the smokescreen of demonstrations, counter demonstrations, the “Je suis Charlie” the “Je suis Palestine” Western leaders gather in Paris for a photo opportunity under the banner of supporting “Free Speech”. Only when viewed from another angle is it possible to see that the “photograph” shows that the “world leaders” are in fact surrounded by security people and are completely segregated from the main demonstration.

There is a sinister and very worrying trend that has been growing over recent years and has almost reached fever pitch over the last week. “Anti terrorist” raids are taking place all over Europe with police and security forces on the streets of our towns and cities, guarding “vulnerable” targets. Special security meetings are taking place for governments to discuss and implement new security measures designed to combat the “terrorist threat” to national security. There is little doubt that there exists a threat of terrorism but there is also little doubt that the current threat is exaggerated.
The situation in the United Kingdom now, is not the same as when the IRA bombing campaign brought “The troubles” to the streets of Manchester, London, Coventry and many other towns on mainland Britain.
The governments of the west, are embarked upon a programme of preparation for what is fast becoming an inevitable clash of civilisations. A new “Crusade” against Islamic nations and peoples, using the justification of a “War on Terror” as the means to effectuate public support for such an enterprise. In this respect, the television and media are playing an enthusiastically supportive role with almost daily stories and features cranking up the Islamic threat. In many ways, today’s media is reminiscent of the German Press of September 1939 using hysterical rhetoric to justify an attack on Poland.
We have reached a very dangerous time in our history. The world is polarising between Islamic and non Islamic nations and this polarisation is clearly reflected in our own society. The voices of moderation and reason are being silenced by the sounds of sabre rattling and preparation for battle.
The years of hypocritical rhetoric from western governments seems to have prevailed and aided by the press and media, has conditioned many people to accept deception as truth.
We are still able to avert the impending tragedy, but time is running out. 


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The bias and hypocrisy of the BBC

Tim Willcox apologises to daughter of Holocaust survivor at Paris rally for saying 'Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well

Tim Willcox


I am not a great fan of Tim Willcox, and have frequently been very critical of his bias and general manner both in his reporting and news presentation.
However, why should he be forced to apologise or even resign for a remark which is demonstrably true and echo's what many people believe to be the hypocrisy of western values when discussing the question of Palestine.
The BBC again demonstrates their corporate bias and hypocrisy, this time directed at one of their own reporting staff. Clearly the concept of "Freedom of Speech" has been conveniently overlooked and emphasises the point that the BBC and other bodies, consider criticism of Jews as anti semetic (and a criminal offence) and yet defend criticism of Muslims as "Free speech".
The BBC, and its managing body, should apologise to Tim Willcox for their hypocrisy and implied defence of Jewish atrocities against Palestinians, but some how I think that such an admission will not occur.

Monday, 12 January 2015

The double standards of the western governments.

 Egypt to raze 2000 more homes for Gaza "Buffer zone"

Demolishing homes in Rafah

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, dictator of Egypt, who with American and Israeli backing overthrew the democratically elected President with a bloody coup, authorised mass arrests and show trials of journalists, political opponents,and dissidents continues with his programme of terror and punishment on the people of Gaza and Palestine.
Acting on "instructions from Tel Aviv and no doubt Washington, Egyptian authorities have begun implementing phase two in the flattening of large swaths of Rafah.
An evil cabal in Cairo conspiring with the evil Tel Aviv and Washington axis to inflict punishment, pain and misery on men women and children in Palestine.
The world says nothing in criticism of this shameful act.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A sign of the times

Milk is now cheaper than water but it’s driving farmers out of business

Milk is now cheaper than water but it's driving farmers out of business

Supermarkets exploiting milk producers with their purchasing power and water companies exploiting their customers with their excessive charges. A sign of the times in this age of corporate greed profiteering

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Hypocrisy is not truth

France to hold emergency meeting to avert future terror attacks




There is little worse than hypocrisy. The Western governments have for many years been engaged in the most crass form of hypocritical explanations of their actions, particularly in the Middle East. These governments pass laws which marks criticism of Jews as anti semetic and a criminal offence and yet defends criticism of Muslims as "Free speech". These governments condone the killing of thousands of Palestinians, men, women and children in Gaza with the cliche of "Israel has the right to defend itself". They defend the excesses and barbarism of the IDF in the occupied territories, demolishing homes, destroying crops and infrastructure and the killing of demonstrators as part of the "war on terror" preventing suicide bombers and "rocket attacks". The hypocrites of western governments promote division, bigotry and intolerance in order to advance their own perverse objectives. The great tragedy is that many people in the west are all too ready to accept warped hypocrisy as truth.

Friday, 9 January 2015

The share price rises by 15% as thousands of people could loose their jobs.

Almost 100 stores to close

What a sick and nasty world the speculators create and live in. On the announcement that nearly 100 Tesco stores will be closed, Head Office will be "relocated" , the employee pension scheme will be axed and that thousands of people will loose their jobs, the share price increases by 15%.
The financial "markets" make "loads a money" at the expense of peoples lives.
I have little sympathy for Tesco. My criticism is of the speculators making money from the share price increase as a result of people losing their jobs. As usual it is the employees who pay the price of management ineptitude and in the case of Tesco, boardroom practices which probably verge on illegality.
Personally, I never shop in Tesco for three main reasons.
The price of their produce is too high. The quality of their goods is  in many cases poor and their continuing policy of sourcing produce from illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine is not acceptable.
My sympathy is not with Tesco and its board, but with the people who, at the moment, work there.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

This is not a "New Crisis"

Why are we experiencing an A&E crisis now?

A very busy HNS

Since the 1980's, when it became the policy to close hundreds of the smaller hospitals and create super size “centres of excellence” at a few locations around the country with the rather naive assumption that “Bigger is better”, we have had an “A&E crisis”, which has not been limited to the A&E departments but has percolated throughout the hospital system. This A&E crisis, was exacerbated throughout the 1990's with the fallacious proposition, that in order to solve the problem it was essential to introduce more and more layers of management, introduce “targets” to monitor performance of departments and individuals, and to pour money into the system. A fiscal policy which mainly went into financing the expanding bureaucracy rather than improving the standards of care.
Over the past 15 years, the situation has deteriorated significantly with the drive towards making the NHS more efficient and cost effective, by cutting non essential services (what ever that means), closing wards, reducing bed numbers and provision of hospital services such as cleaning facilities and providing meals to patients. It is crass and unacceptable to load onto nurses and other medical staff the added responsibility for meal provision, cleaning wards and rest rooms, public spaces such as visitor rooms on top of their already more than full duty hours of providing care for patients and the endless demands of “management” for more and more statistics.
These comments, in no way detract from the selfless work of nurses, doctors and other medical staff, who everyday face an uphill struggle against circumstances not of their making. The way in which the NHS generally has become over years a “political football” with interference from successive ministers each with their own agenda's and reorganisation schemes all of which have been reversed or overturned by the next Minister of Health, is a scandal and a disgrace which should cause outrage amongst all of us. From personal experience and anecdotal reports, I am well aware of the high volume of work carried out both in A&E and on the wards, particularly over the recent holiday period. These staff should be applauded rather than be subjected to the implied criticism of politicians seeking to score points off the other parties over the past few days.
This A&E crisis, so widely reported in the media and on television has not suddenly come about since January 1st 2015. It is a problem and crisis which has been festering for decades and only now has been given such intense exposure. Forget the statistics trotted out over recent days. Forget the headlines Aging population, Winter illnesses, Cuts to social care, Long waits to see a GP, NHS 111and all of the other hysterical words designed to generate alarm. All of course true but they are not new! They have been around for some time but only now repeated with monotonous regularity for the sake of expediency.
Why are we experiencing a crisis now the article asks. The short answer is that we are not experiencing a crisis now, as the crisis has been with us for years. Only now in the election year of 2015 does it suit Andy Burnham, Jeremy Hunt, Nick Clegg large sections of the media, to argue that they and only they have the solutions to the NHS problems and seeking to convince the rest of us that we should vote for them on May 7th.
Andy Burnham & Jeremy Hunt

However, we all know that once elected, which ever party or coalition should form the next government, the crisis in the NHS will remain and we should expect the same or similar stories next winter and for the winters thereafter. The only scenario that the NHS has to look forward to is more reorganisation and more cuts in real terms no matter how much additional cash may be allocated for it.

Monday, 5 January 2015

The people of Greece face more intimidation as the election on January 25th draws near.

Alexis Tsipras or Antonis Samaras? Greece begins to weigh up the options



Antonis Samaras
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras

On Sunday, 17 June 2012, in response to a Daily Mail article, I wrote the following comment in the news paper, and posted it on the pages of my Blog, Hew Agenda”.

“When fear is employed as a weapon to influence voters, it is obvious that the scaremongers are very worried.
European leaders yesterday piled pressure on Greek voters to reject Left-wing parties threatening to rip up the country’s bailout deal – a move that could leave the euro on the brink of collapse." They now use fear as a weapon to conserve their untenable positions. The "European leaders" who in collaboration with the banks,the IMF, the speculators of the markets, caused and perpetuated this whole mess in the first place, and incidentally got very fat in the process, "PILE PRESSURE ON GREEK VOTERS" to elect New Democracy or any other party who will continue to impose austerity. These same "European leaders" who have no concept of the reality of austerity but theorise on the measures to enforce it, over one or more of their innumerable banquets at their endless stream of "crisis meetings". Their time would be better employed discussing austerity while standing in the queue waiting for a handout at one of the numerous soup kitchens in Athens. I sincerely hope that the Greek voters tell these "European leaders" that "enough is enough, austerity is the price of your incompetence and self interests", and elect Syriza.

It now seems that after the intervening 30 or so months since those last elections, the people of Greece are faced with the same situation. Threats and intimidation from the European Union, soon no doubt to be joined by Christine Lagarde and the other voices of coercion from the offices of the IMF, all directed towards the objective of ensuring that the Greek people elect a government which will maintain the status quo and unquestioningly, carry out the instructions of Jean-Claude Juncker and the Brussels cabal, and with the IMF lurking in the background. The Greek ruling class with the backing of the mandarins in Brussels, Berlin and the IMF in Washington, managed to secure a narrow victory which satisfied the vested interests of the banks, the speculators and the Angela Merkel led Troika, at the cost of even more austerity and hardship being enforced onto the Greek people.
On January 25th, the people of Greece have another opportunity to throw off the biting austerity perpetuated by New Democracy and its partner, the socialist Pasok who have caused the country’s great economic and social crisis. Provided that the electorate resist the threats and intimidation from outside, we will see the election of Syriza and its leader Alexis Tsipras.

For further reading see:

Troika win in Greek elections.
A coalition for Greece?
European leaders employ fear as a tactic.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Welcome to 2015.


 Happy New Year 2015


Happy New Year



The curtain has come down on the Year 2014 and we may now look forward to the new year 2015. May the aspirations, hopes and dreams of each of us on this 1st day of January, be fulfilled over the next 12 months.

To readers of this "New Agenda" Blog all Facebook "Friends", "Followers" on the Twitter account, readers of "New Agenda on Sunday" and any others who may venture onto any of the pages, I wish you and your families a very Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.

The United States is "deeply troubled"

Palestinian president signs up to join international criminal court

Mahmoud Abbas has signed the Rome statute, the ICC’s founding treaty


The United States is, according to the State Department, "deeply troubled" by the Palestinian move to join the international criminal court. Likewise, in Israel Netanyahu said,  Israel would take unspecified “retaliatory steps”. to maintain their occupation of Palestine and the expansion of their "settlement" building program.
It will be interesting to see whether the International Criminal Court will cave in to the blackmail, threats and other intimidation that the United States and Israel frequently employ against any country prepared to support the Palestinians, in order to maintain the subjugation of the Palestinian people by occupation, frequent use of military force and blockade.
We must hope and trust that the ICC is more resilient to "persuasion" than Goodluck Johnson and others in the "International Community"have been over recent times.