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Thursday, 31 March 2016

British government sacrifices thousands of jobs and families in the steel industry as a thank you to China,


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/30/britain-sacrifices-steel-industry-to-curry-favour-with-china/


Britain sacrifices steel industry to curry favour with China


"The British are sacrificing an entire European industry to say thank you to China for signing up to the nuclear power project at Hinkley Point, said one official in Brussels bitterly.





















If we can bail out the banks with £ billions to save a few bankers and hedge fund managers, we can invest in our steel industry to save thousand of jobs and families. Thousands of British jobs put at risk at Tata Steel, because this government refuses to intervene in any positive way. Thousands more jobs put at risk in associated and other business reliant on the demand generated by steel workers families.

This government should stop the dumping of cheap steel (predominately by their new friends in China) onto our markets, subsidise production of steel to reduce the costs of our steel, take Tata into public ownership and generate demand for steel in our own economy.
The HS2 rail link will require thousands of tons of steel for the project. It already widely known that the Chinese have been  requested to provide bids for the supply of steel with complete disregard for the UK steel industry..
Conservative governments have historically paid little heed to the pain and misery caused to working people and their families Tory obsession to the "free market" and the non intervention (except where their banking and hedge fund friends will benefit) dogma not withstanding that other countries subsidise and support their own industries to our expense.
When the government trumpet their "economic success" of their austerity measures they should be condemned to eternal shame with the abandonment of yet another British industry, sacrificed on the altar of Tory political dogma and the outrageous bribery, this time, of the Chinese.



Monday, 28 March 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 27 March 2016



https://paper.li/f-1346065353?edition_id=e847fca0-f424-11e5-bcdf-0cc47a0d164b&utm_campaign=paper_sub&utm_medium=email&utm_source=subscriptionGood morning everyone.





Sanity has returned !!






The mischief caused (to me at any rate) by the person or persons who sabotaged all the clocks last October, has been rectified and we are now back onto the correct time.
Clocks forward 1 hour!





F1 a television favourite of mine, is removed from my screen (apart from the British Grand Prix) by the greed and self interest of Ecclestone, and the "power" of Sky Television.
I totally refuse to put even more money into Murdoch's pocket by purchasing his "Sky Sports" packages (or any of the other packages) just to watch one series of events and will stick with "Freeview".
The spread of Sky television into all aspects of viewing is, I would suggest, depriving me and thousands of other people the pleasure of watching popular programmes as a consequence of the pure greed of the television company and various sports organisers. Some people will not buy Sky television as a matter of principle and others will not buy simply because they cannot afford it. The time may come when the only viewing on Freeview will be Tiddlywinks competitions or shopping channels. When that day comes, I will throw my television set into the recycle bin and go on line.




 



Meanwhile, back in Jersey.More problems for Condor (and those who sail with her), as fast ferries are cancelled for Saturday, Sunday and probably Monday and Tuesday. This time it is the weather. We can't blame Condor for wind and rain but perhaps they should have thought of that before spending £50 million on a new ship (well almost new, it had been "on the shelf in stock" with Austal for 2 years as nobody wanted to buy it), rather than invest in conventional ferries which will sail in wind and rain.




Nikki Morgan






Following her disastrous appearance on BBC Question Time, Nikki Morgan addressed the NASUWT Conference in Birmingham.
She has said that she does not want her children to be taught by teachers who are tired, stressed and working too many hours .
Presumably she is happy to have her children cared for by Junior Doctors who are tired, stressed and working too many hours.







Storm Katie has nearly reached the village. Wind. rain dustbins flying all over and the almost guaranteed power cuts. There seems to be no end to this weather. Its only March and we have already reached "K" is the alphabetic allocation of names for storms. Have a nice week.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Another favourite disappearing from many television screens.



 

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/23/sky-buys-exclusive-rights-to-all-formula-one



Sky buys exclusive rights to all Formula One 

 

 


 



F1 a television favourite of mine, is removed from my screen (apart from the British Grand Prix) by the greed and self interest of Ecclestone, and the "power" of Sky Television.


Rupert Murdoch

Bernie Ecclestone















I totally refuse to put even more money into Murdoch's pocket by purchasing his "Sky Sports" packages (or any of the other packages) just to watch one series of events and will stick with "Freeview".
The spread of Sky television into all aspects of viewing is, I would suggest, depriving me and thousands of other people the pleasure of watching popular programmes as a consequence of the pure greed of the television company and various sports organisers.






Some people will not buy Sky television as a matter of principle and others will not buy simply because they cannot afford it. The time may come when the only viewing on Freeview will be Tiddlywinks competitions or shopping channels. When that day comes, I will throw my television set into the recycle bin and go on line.




Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Osborne: An incompetent coward, not fit for office

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/21/stephen-crabb-government-u-turns-disability-cuts-leaves-budget-disarray

Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find





The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Stephen Crabb 


The government is in a complete shambles and this budget is descending into meaningless farce. The "one nation government" argument has been exposed as a cynical lie, and Osborne has been  revealed as the incompetent charlatan that many have always considered him to be. Moreover, he has demonstrated a complete contempt for Parliament with his failure to appear in the Commons to face questioning and in sending a substitute in his place.



George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer 




 By this act of cowardice alone, he has demonstrated that he is unfit to hold one of the three great offices of State (or any other office for that matter) and should be sacked from his post.




Sunday, 20 March 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 20 March 2016




Good morning every one.

Anthony Watson scores England’s third try against France, giving them an edge that in the end enabled Eddie Jones’s side to win the Six Nations grand slam.


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot !!
England, Grand Slam winners 2016. Perhaps not the greatest game of the 6 Nations Tournament this year, but certainly the most satisfying result. Congratulations to Eddie Jones, the staff and and all the England players.
France 21pts, England 31pts..


Condor Liberation


Meanwhile, back in Jersey (well Poole actually but Condor probably do not know the difference), the £50 million Flagship "Condor Liberation" was "arrested",
earlier this week. The ship was suffering from "substantial deficiencies" and was detained in Poole by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for passenger safety concerns. Repairs and modifications have been carried out and the ship is now back in service. (Well until the next breakdown anyway). A curious development is a press release by Condor, announcing that the double rotation sailings planned on Saturdays from 28th May to 17th September on the route between the Channel Islands and the UK  have been withdrawn from the 2016 schedule. Cutting the summer sailings timetable by 50% is not a good sign.




The list of personalities who have died this so far thisyear continues to grow. Sylvia Anderson (Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds), Frank Sinatra Junior, Cliff Michelmore and Paul Daniels have all passed away this week. Perhaps it has something to do with age but it seems that more well known names are appearing in the obituary pages, a phenomenon which became apparent last year and has continued this year.



 


Iain Duncan-Smith has resigned from the government. My observations on his departure may be read at, "The hypocrisy of Iain Duncan-Smith" in New Agenda on Sunday.



No weather report/forecast this week as my seaweed has dried out. It seems that Carole Kirkwood et al at the BBC are having the same problem.

Jave a nice week

Saturday, 19 March 2016

The hypocrisy of Iain Duncan-Smith

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/18/iain-duncan-smith-resigns-from-cabinet-over-disability-cuts


Iain Duncan-Smith has resigned as work and pensions secretary over cuts


Duncan-Smith resigns. 



Iain Duncan Smith said that "he was stepping down because Osborne’s cuts were for self-imposed political reasons rather than in the national economic interest". He also said that “I am unable to watch passively while certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,”.
In other words, Duncan-Smith has come to the view that austerity is not an economic necessity. Austerity is a political choice. It is strange indeed that the man who has over the past eight years, imposed cuts of over £30 billion on welfare spending, condemning thousands of people in this country to hardship and misery and even driving some to suicide. This "road to Damascus" conversion for IDS,,has the stench of hypocrisy and self interest from the person who so assiduously and publicly celebrated the cuts in the 2015 Budget.


Duncan-Smith "celebrating" cits in 2015 Budget. 





Iain Duncan Smith, the hypocrite, liar and enthusiastic architect of policies which have destroyed many lives and adversely affected thousands has gone,
I for one am pleased to see his departure.If there is any justice in this world, he should today be followed by Osborne and Cameron






Monday, 14 March 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 13 March 2016







Good morning everyone.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.





England 25 Wales 21. England took the Triple Crown at Twickenham yesterday defeating Wales in what was probably the best England performance in this years 6 Nations. The scoreline tends to flatter Wales as they managed to increase their points total by 14 points only when England were reduced to 14 as Dan Cole was sent to the sin bin with just 10 minutes left on the clock. Another of Craig Joubert,'s bizarre decisions. Only France now stand between England and a 2016 Grand Slam.
Late news: England are the Six Nations Champions for 2016 after Scotland win at Murrayfield. Only the match against France remains.


Sir George  Martin
 

Sir George Henry Martin CBE (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016) was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician and "5th Beatle".
Great talent R I P.
A video of one of his best arrangements (In my opinion) can be viewed in the Video section of New Agenda on Sunday.
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Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham

Meanwhile, back in Jersey.
The Jersey Evening Post, known locally as the JEP, is reporting that Condor has not been "given two weeks to sort out service".
In fact they have been given two weeks to come up with a "plan to improve their service". This is in addition to all the previous plans, produced with monotonous regularity over the years, to add to the mountain of excuses, reasons, justifications and all the other weasel words used by Condor to vindicate their existence as the only ferry service provider for the Channel Islands, United Kingdom St. Malo (France) routes.
What is staggering is that over the years, the Jersey States have been gullible enough to believe the mitigations trotted out by this wretched company and have accepted their words as plausible thus allowing the company to carry on with pathetic performance and the money grabbing extortion of their customers.
In fact, it is so staggering that people may wonder if there is some covert agenda lurking in the background.

Following on from the hailstorm of last week, we had another downpour on Wednesday. Yes it was bad. I had to use the A35 to Poole .It was "challenging" in the morning and even more so coming back in the afternoon. Today, the sun is shining!
Oh the vagaries of the British "climate".

Have a nice week.

Monday, 7 March 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 06 March 2016




Good morning everyone.

It is March already the 3rd month of 2016 and even with the extra day, the year seems to be hurtling by at an even faster rate than last year!


John Longworth
BCC Director general John Longworth

 Which ever side of the European debate you happen to sit on, it is outrageous that you can be suspended, and ultimately loose your job (did he jump or was he pushed?), for suggesting that Britain would be better off outside the European Union. This high handed, arrogant and dictatorial behaviour, demonstrates the lengths of bullying that the pro EU lobby will employ to frighten the people of this country to vote "Stay" in the referendum. There is even growing speculation the Downing Street was involved in this hounding of British Chamber of Commerce Director general John Longworth. The referendum debate is fast becoming a sordid scaremongering farce, with each side throwing out smears, threats, bullying and disinformation to blacken their opponents and few actual facts to support their side of the argument. It is a depressing thought that this pantomime will continue right through till June!



Going in for the tackle during a secondary school rugby match.



Some doctors and “health experts” have called for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. More Pc garbage. Rugby is a contact sport and as with all sports of that kind will contain an element of risk. The 70 doctors and "health experts" are trying to create a nation of wimps. They would be better utilised doing their knitting and playing Tiddly Winks.


Ginger Nut Cookies
Ginger nuts


You will be pleased to learn, (well I assume you will be pleased), that McVitie's ginger nuts are to return to the shops and supermarkets after a three month absence following flooding at one of Britain’s biggest biscuit factories. This “staple” of the British diet will be available from the middle of this moth. I shall place an advance order with our supermarket.




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Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham


Meanwhile, back in Jersey.
Is someone in the Jersey States legislature finally beginning to see the light? Condor Ferries have been taking the p**s and taking the money for years.
“Time is running out for Condor” Senator Lyndon Farnham the Island’s Economic Development Minister warned this week following a weekend of technical issues and cancellations.



We had quite a hailstorm on Wednesday morning, with winds over 95mph recorded at Portland.
More to come and even worse so they say.
This weather seems to be the norm now rather than the exception.
Ces't la vie.


Have a nice week.