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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The 2015 General Election Campaign begins.


 Has David Cameron really created 1,000 jobs a day?

We don’t endorse Miliband, say firms quoted in advert 

Nick Clegg pledges improvements to mental health care

 

 

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On the first full day of campaigning for the General election, the three main parties trotted out the usual headline grabbing “policy statements” to add to the headline grabbing policy statements which they have been trotting out for the past months.

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There are others of course


The arrogance of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians who claim that they and only they have the solutions to all of the UK's problems, and promise "vote grabbing" fixes. How many times have we been told during the last few weeks that either Cameron or Miliband will be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ? As it happens, with our unique and unfair “First Past the Post” voting system, it is probably correct, but it leaves us with the awful prospect that we shall have one or other. In fact the marginally most popular of the two will take the prize. The election of the “lesser of two lessers”
Yesterdays inducements included:

The Liberal Democrats have pledged more than £2bn of extra funding for mental health.
Cameron reiterated his commitment to create two million jobs on top of the 1.9m jobs created since 2010
Gordon Brown (Labour) renewed Scottish Labour’s attempt to claw back votes in its former Glasgow heartlands by promising that his party would spend £800m a year fighting social inequality and ill-health.
Labour will cut business rates for 1.5 million small business premises and then freeze them.
No doubt more will be forthcoming over the next 5 weeks. Unfortunately, history tells us that most if not all promises, pledges or commitments will be forgotten in 6 weeks as the elected MP's return to the status quo of Westminster life.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Nick Cohen pushing personal insult and abuse.


 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/29/purple-revolution-nigel-farage-self-pity-nick-cohen



The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything review – self-pitying Nigel Farage




Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

 

I do not and never would vote UKIP, but are there no depths to which the gutter press and its venomous "journalists" would sink to demonise and discredit Farage with personal insults and abuse ?







 

This always promised to be a nasty negative election campaign full of slur and personal attacks, and we still have around 6 weeks to go. Things will only get worse and politicians, press and pundits wonder why so many people in this country, hold them and the political process in such contempt.

Tawfiq Abu Riyala, a fisherman from Gaza, killed by Israeli Defence Forces.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-gaza-fisherman-who-built-his-own-reef--and-was-shot-dead-there-by-an-israeli-gunboat-10141357.html

The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat







The barbaric blockade by Israel of Gaza, should have been lifted or at least scaled down as part of the ceasefire agreement to end the Israeli "Protective Edge" operation of July last year. The agreement provided for the opening of the border crossings to allow building materials, medical supplies and other essential materials into Gaza, the shrinking of the "buffer zone", around the perimeter of Gaza to allow Palestinians access to their farm lands, and the extension of the fishing zones around Gaza to 12 miles.
Due to the duplicitous relationship between the ruling clique of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt and the Israeli occupation forces in Palestine under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, none of these ceasefire provisions have been implemented. The western governments, again turn a blind eye to the flagrant disregard of agreements and Israel is free to continue is callous and inhuman treatment of Palestinians. The Palestinian people in the occupied territories and in Gaza have no choice but to resist the Israeli aggressors with what ever means may be available.



Protesters carry the body of Tawfiq Abu Riyala
Protesters carry the body of Tawfiq Abu Riyala




This latest atrocity in the waters off Gaza is just one instance amid thousands of instances where Palestinian civilians have been targeted by Israeli forces for no other reason than that they were Palestinians. Murder of unarmed civilians by the IDF or Israeli “settlers” is an everyday occurrence in Hebron, Nablus, Jerusalem, Gaza and a hundred other places in the occupied lands of Palestine.
The killing of Tawfiq Abu Riyala, a fisherman from Gaza, is only the latest killing in a catalogue of atrocities carried out be Israeli forces over many years. The mane of Tawfiq Abu Riyala will be forgotten as will the circumstances of his murder as he is added to the list of statistics in this wretched conflict which stretches back over decades.
The cumulative amount of war crimes and atrocities committed by Israel over the same period will live in infamy until they are finally brought to account.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

It is not just a conflict between Sunni and Shia.




The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss




An article by Robert Fisk, which proves and demonstrates how the "Imperial Powers" of Europe, namely the United Kingdom and France, completely botched the political structure and long term stability of the Middle East, in the years following the First World War. In recent years, United States foreign policy in the region has compounded and amplified an already volatile environment and made the situation even worse.
When drawing artificial borders to give effect to the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1915/1916, the map makers did not understand, or completely ignored, all those factors which since the beginning of time, have been taken as the demarcation lines between countries. Borders have historically followed the lines of rivers, or mountain ranges or other geographic features, but not in the case of the Middle East. It is only necessary to look at a map of the region, to see how a series of straight lines were artificially drawn to create the present day Countries. In addition to this no recognition or importance was given to the tribal and religious differences between the peoples of the region. Having created the "borders", western governments made another fundamental error by installing family dynasties in the new countries, not because the families were of the same religion or tribe or ethnic stock of the people they were installed to rule, but because the families were prepared to adhere to the policies of the west in exchange for military, economic and diplomatic support from London, Paris and more recently, Washington. The whole situation was and is a recipe for chaos and conflict, a disaster in fact waiting to happen.



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The complex geography of the Middle East

 
The position today is a hodgepodge of conflicting allegiances and rivalries, changing frequently as ally becomes enemy and vice versa, new enemies or allies emerge and with the western powers changing their position, to support which ever faction seems most likely to accept the “leadership” of the west. It is not as simple as friction between Sunni and Shia. The issues are far more diverse and complicated.
There seems to be little prospect of resolving the complexities of this spreading chaos without a lengthy period of intense conflict, any time soon. The choices facing the west in the resolution of this turmoil are both stark and limited. Either the conflict is allowed to carry on as presently arranged, the consequences of which are unknown but potentially cataclysmic or the warring factions are allowed to resolve their differences without any interventions from Europe or the United States. This is a Middle Eastern problem, created by Europe, and the countries of the Middle East must be allowed to resolve the conflict between themselves. It may well be that there will be great loss of life and widespread destruction during this process, but it will be far shorter than the prolongation of the current wars which will inevitably result from western attempts to cobble together yet another short term solution and which invariably holds the seeds of its own destruction.


Friday, 27 March 2015

William Hague. Plotter, conspirator and not very succesful politician, has finally gone.

 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/26/tory-backbench-rebellion-defeats-hagues-attempt-to-unseat-speaker-john-bercow#comment-49539278



Tory backbench rebellion defeats Hague's attempt to unseat Speaker




Hague attempted to oust Speaker Bercow


 
He was a grubby little runt when he addressed the Tory Party Conference as a self opinionated and conceited 16 year old in 1977. Now, he is a follicly challenged self opinionated and conceited 55 year old, who has clearly, at various times during his political career, been promoted to positions far above his mental and intellectual capability. This latest cringe worthy intrigue instigated as an attempt to oust Speaker Bercow, was described as a "grubby, squalid and nauseous plot", which seems a very adequate description. A fitting end to a wretched 26 year period of ineptitude in the House of Commons for this baseball capped Yorkshire man. He has now gone and the House of Commons might be a better place without him.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Even more "cringe worthy" than the safety video it replaces.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcKkFVDGpT0



 Condor Ferries new "Safety Video"



 

Are we really going to have to endure this rap (apologies for missing off the "C"), blaring out of the PA system on every trip? On balance I think that I prefer the rather childish animation complete with cavalry trumpet sounds for the rescue ship racing to the "emergency event" and the rather sinister bearded gentleman moving around the ship leaving the suspicion of being "a terrorist" in his wake.





Condor Liberation






 I appreciate that Condor Liberation is a new addition to the fleet and probably needs to have the safety video refreshed, but why not try just giving the information instead of resorting to juvenile gimmicks and and cringe worthy video's?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Swing low, sweet chariot

 http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/international/six-nations-2015-not-acceptable-rfu-chiefs-stinging-verdict-on-nearmiss-from-lancaster-10131429.html?icn=puff-9


 Six Nations 2015: Not acceptable: RFU chief's stinging verdict on near-miss from Lancaster


Stuart Lancaster





England managed a win at Twickenham beating Scotland and taking the Calcutta Cup. Mistakes, squandered try opportunities (not to mention 2 tries disallowed due to forward passes) and elementary errors meant that a scoreline which at 80 minutes showed 25-13, should have shown 55-13.
England came within 7 points, just 1 converted try, of winning the 6 Nations Championship.
However, too many mistakes during the match and certainly too many during the other matches in this seasons tournament, resulted in England being runners up to Ireland on points difference. A good final game and win against France but disappointment with how the Championship ended.
With this sort of performance, the rugby world cup is naught but a pipe dream. A few good performances, but too many people need to "try harder".


Swing low, sweet chariot.


Sour grapes and hypocrisy

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/mar/16/bernie-ecclestone-f1-red-bull-mercedes-australian-gp




Ecclestone backs Red Bull’s call to rein in Mercedes F1 dominance

 




Bernie Eccleston with Christian Horner


Mercedes leads Red Bull





When Ferrari dominated every race for season after season nobody said a word about "action to rein in" Ferrari's car and engine advantage and "make races more competitive".




Ferrari 1 and 2. The rest not even in sight


 
Now the "poison dwarf", Eccleston joins "sour grapes" Christian Horner seeking to "make races more competitive after a one-sided start to the season", by imposing restrictions on Mercedes!
The arrogance and hypocrisy of these two F1 connivers is breathtaking.
With the history of Eccleston and his "colourful" actions and ideas we should not be surprised but I would have expected better from Horner. He has always given me the impression of being knowledgeable and fair in his analysis and management of F1. Granted he has demonstrated a strongly competitive nature but that would be expected from a team boss.
For Eccleston to now join Horner's acrimony towards Mercedes indicates that all is not well in F1. Perhaps each of them have been in their respective positions for too long.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"National Security" used as justification for conspiracy to prevent investigation.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/royal-family-member-was-investigated-as-part-of-paedophile-ring-before-coverup-excop-says-10126864.html



Royal family member was investigated as part of paedophile ring before cover-up





Former officer claims the investigation was shut down for 'national security' reasons





The "establishment" have resorted to the "not in the public’s interest because it could destabilise national security" on numerous occasions to cover up scandal and corruption as well as allegations of criminal and sexual activity, so in this sense this story comes as no surprise. These rumours and allegations were well known at the time and have been festering in the background ever since. It is only now, as the layers of the wider conspiracy are being slowly peeled back, is the extent of historic child sexual abuse in this country ( and even murder), and still prevalent today, is slowly emerging from the buried files, records and secrets. The all embracing "not in the public interest" and "national security" justifications for preventing further investigations will no longer be tolerated by the public as acceptable reasons for protecting organisations or individuals from exposure and investigation.
The malignant scandal of the abuse and the stench of corruption in the echelons of the establishment including the aristocracy, has been an affront and insult to both the victims and the ordinary people for far too long and must now be completely exposed.
It must be clearly demonstrated that no individual, no matter what their position in society may be, is immune from investigation and, where proven, conviction for their crimes.The interest of justice are not served by preventing investigation.
The victims and the public demand full exposure 




Monday, 23 March 2015

The parents were right.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/ashyas-life-saved-by-proton-beam-therapy/ar-BBiAYbb?ocid=U142DHP


Ashya's Life 'Saved By Proton Beam Therapy'

 

Ashya King treatment in Prague
Ashya King with his mother

 

 
The parents were right after all. The "hissy fit" doctor(s) concerned (the treatment would be of no use anyway), the Portsmouth council officials who went to the courts attempting to stop the parents taking Ashya to Prague, the judge who granted extradition application, the CPS and police who with almost maniacal vigor pursued and persecuted the parents across half of Europe, some elements of the media who embarked on a campaign of condemnation and demonisation of the parents with little or no justification other than their own warped agenda's, should all read this story and feel shame at their attitudes and actions at the time. Ashya King is in remission now and may that continue. His parents have been vindicated for their actions in doing what ever may be necessary for the benefit of their children and our thoughts and best wishes should be with them.
I make no apologies for my remarks and criticisms of "the system", made at the time and which may be viewed at:
 
new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/medical-decisions-where-how-much-will.html

new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-treatment-of-ashya-king-and-his.html

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Israeli "settlers" attack Palestinian child.

 http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/national/9396-female-6-year-old-stoned-by-israeli-settlers


 Israeli "settlers" stone 6 year old girl.





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"Settlers" stoning child in Hebron

 
Why should we have any sympathy or express any support for Israeli "settlers" who occupy Palestinian land and attack Palestinian children?
The Israeli armed forces killed 2140 of which 513 were children, during operation "Protective Edge" in Gaza last July, adding to the thousands of children killed in Palestine during "Cast Lead" and other Israeli aggressions over recent years. It seems that the Israeli "settlers"  in Hebron, are following the example set by the IDF. 




The stench of scandal and corruption within the establishment.

http://exaronews.com/articles/5529/ministers-block-move-to-lift-official-secrets-act-for-csa-scandal#.VQ5qXuVzqoE.twitter

Government rejects immunity for public officials who "blow whistle" on child sex abuse.



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Home Secretary Theresa May



This is outrageous. Clearly there are still MP's, civil servants and police who are implicated in this abuse and the conspiracy to prevent full investigation and prosecution of those involved. The malignant scandal of this abuse and the stench of corruption in the echelons of the establishment including the aristocracy, has been an affront and insult to both the victims and the ordinary people for far too long and must now be completely exposed. Those Ministers and civil servants now preventing further investigations and revelations by threat implied or otherwise, blackmail and the use of the Official Secrets Act to silence those who would otherwise provide further evidence, is a sign of desperation and panic in government circles. It may also be argued that those involved could be accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and we can only speculate on what other covert motives these people may have. 



John Mann.Tabled an amendment granting limited immunity for whstleblowers


 The interest of justice are not served by preventing investigation. The victims and the public demand full exposure.






Saturday, 21 March 2015

Netanyahu wins and the peace process finally expires


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/20/inyamin-netanyahu-israel-election


Netanyahu sank into the moral gutter – and there will be consequences



Last week, the Prime Minister of Israel said that "there will be no Palestinian state if he wins the election". The voice and face of evil, at last confirming what everyone has known for years. His racist fascist ideology, has murdered thousands of Palestinian men, women and children in the occupied territories of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.



 
The face of evil

He won the election on Tuesday this week, and yesterday (Thursday), he says that he "wants a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution".
Netanyahu the cynic, liar and threat to the whole region.

The occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the blockade of Gaza continues almost 12 months since the ceasefire, which ended (for now) "Operation Protective Edge", when it was agreed that the siege would end and the borders would be opened.
Israel and Netanyahu lied then and the lies continue.
Writing in Haaretz on Wednesday ( March 18th), journalist 
Netanyahu will make Israel the Middle East’s next failed state"
This scenario could be the answer to the on going problem.
Should Israel become the regions next "failed state", then the "International community", would have reason, justification and precedent for invading in the name of spreading peace and democracy. The Palestinians would have their stolen, occupied lands restored, the blockade of Gaza would be terminated and the greatest nuclear armed threat to peace in the region would be ended.
In writing this article for Haaretz, Ravit Hecht voices what many Israeli's feel and fear in connection with the re election of Netanyahu and his next fascist racist government.

 Netanyahu and the people who follow him deserve no sympathy, nor should they receive any.


A "Knob", too big to be sacked?

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/20/jeremy-clarkson-bbc-top-gear



If you or I acted like Jeremy Clarkson, we’d be sacked. So should he

 

 


Jeremy Clarkson


 
 A tank on the streets of London in support of a "Knob".








An infantile publicity seeking stunt. A petition to the BBC for the reinstatement of the same "Knob". The signatures of almost 1 million people demonstrating how mass hysteria can blur and distort reality into believing that the aggressive obnoxious buffoon is in fact the "Good Guy".

Jeremy Clarkson. How is it that some people can get away (repeatedly) with behaviour that, in any other person in any other occupation, would result in instant dismissal for gross misconduct? A few years ago, when the banking collapse spread around the country, we were told that the £billions of our (taxpayers) money being pumped into the banks was because the banks "were too big to fail". Could it be that this overpaid, self opinionated "celebrity" is " too big to be sacked"?

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Coming out of the woodwork.




John Prescott links Tony Blair's Iraq invasion with radicalisation of young Muslims

Former deputy PM  believes the 2003 invasion of Iraq was 'wrong'



 
How strange and sad that the politicians (and others) now crawling out of the wood work to criticise Blair and the other warmongers for their illegal wars in Iraq and Libya and the folly of the Afghanistan invasion, have taken so long to speak out publicly. Had they had the backbone to take a stand against Blair and Bush and stay out of American interventions at the time, then perhaps this country would have been spared the consequences of these wars and many families in the United Kingdom would have been spared the trauma of losing loved ones in the pointless and futile conflicts. 



 


Even at the time, there was substantial public opposition to military involvement in the “shoulder to shoulder with the Americans” mentality, as incited by many politicians from all parties and much encouraged by sections of the media. That public opposition to the wars and hostility towards the politicians responsible for our involvement, has grown significantly over the intervening years and now it seems almost fashionable for those who peddled and supported the lies from Downing Street and Washington to distance themselves from any responsibility for those decisions which have cost this country so much and even now are causing anxiety and divisions within our society.
The motives which drive these individuals to now declare their original (but secret) misgivings and opposition to the policies can only be speculated on. Perhaps it may be something to do with the fast approaching general election or a recognition of the change in public opinion or even a realisation that opposition to the wars is now a potential source of popularity. Whatever the reasons, this change in position is too little, too late and exposes not conscience but cynical opportunism.
The hypocrisy of politicians is breathtaking and leaves many of us shaking our heads in stunned disbelief..

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Today's Labour Party is not the solution.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-divided-decade-the-rich-are-64-richer-than-before-the-recessionwhile-the-poor-are-57-poorer-10097038.html


Britain's divided decade: the rich are 64% richer than before the recession, while the poor are 57% poorer

 

 "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
 When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist"



This country desperately needs a Labour Party that actually represents ordinary people rather than the bunch of "champagne socialists" currently on offer under Ed Miliband who are in fact little different than the ConDem coalition. Today's Labour party offer more austerity, more cuts and more of the same but with minor variations in application.
We had a party once, but that party was betrayed and finally destroyed by Blair, Brown, Mandellson and Campbell following Kinnock and Smith. They called us Trotskyites, Militants, Commies, extremists, infiltrators, loonies and numerous other names which cannot be reproduced in this post. However, we believed in certain values and ideals which placed people before profit, rights before exploitation, common ownership before the excesses of privatisation and the rights of individuals before the secrecy and control of the State machinery.
The people of this country have been betrayed by the political parties and by politicians generally. It is little wonder that divisions within society continue grow.

The old master humbled by the pupils, all of them.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/cricket/england-need-change-paul-downton-peter-moores-and-james-whitaker-must-go/ar-AA9yze9?ocid=U142DHP

 

 

England need change



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The country that taught the world how to play cricket has (hopefully) learned the lesson.
Being obsessed with how much money can be made from match fees, wages, product endorsements, sponsorships, television deals and all the other financial benefits accruing from the game is not the objective. Far and away the most important factor is winning matches. (The misguided person who came up with the nonsense that "it is not winning that is important, but taking part and playing the game" was clearly not a Scorpio and did not understand that there are no prizes for being a good looser).
With any luck, the people involved in the organisation, management and playing of football and rugby will have seen this humiliation and will apply the lessons to their own sports. The rugby world cup is later this year and the FIFA world cup in 2018.Is there still time?