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Monday, 27 June 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 26 June 2016

Good morning everyone.

The decision on our membership of the European Union has been made and this country has voted 52% Leave to 48% remain. Since Thursday last, our television screens social media and practically the entire press has been reporting the fallout and turmoil resulting from the "Out" vote. It is clearly evident that the arguments surrounding this issue and its consequences will be with us for some time. We have not yet heard the last of this debate.

I had occasion to visit Dorchester County Hospital recently, and again endured the trauma of finding somewhere to park. The frustration of this added to that of previous visits, finally compelled me to write a piece for New Agenda on Sunday which you will find under the title of "Parking for patients, visitors, staff and even local residents". The communications manager at Dorchester County Hospital NHS Trust, sent me a Facebook message, thanking me for getting in touch and advising that my message had "been passed to our Travel Working Group". The "Working Travel Group", is yet another group set up to "examine the problem" Long on rhetoric and hot air, but short on action, The parking problems continue with no sign of resolution.

After yet another mass shooting in the United States, the Senate has again failed to pass even limited gun control legislation due to a filibuster by Republican senators in the House. The NRAA lobby has to date been very successful in resisting any moves to pass any form of restriction on gun sales or ownership through the Senate. The continuing attempts by some senators and Presidents to reform the situation, is an example of "The triumph of hope over experience" as many (fortunately not all) Americans see themselves as some form of cross between John Wayne and Al Capone.

Sir Philip Green who was head of the BHS chain of shops, has recently appeared before a Commons Select committee to face questions about his handling of the company and its subsequent collapse leaving thousand of people without jobs. During his tenure as CEO, Green’s family received hundreds of millions from BHS in dividends and rent (everything is in his wife's name at their £million residence in Monaco). When the company collapsed, it was revealed that there is a £571 million "hole" in the BHS pension fund. Recently, Green has taken delivery of a Gulfstream G650ER, and a new super yacht, ( a four-storey 90-metre vessel built in Italy that is understood to have cost £100m).
Presumably, the pension holders of BHS are a little puzzled at Philip Green's latest additions to his fleet which already boasts, a speedboat, a helicopter and three yachts, to mention just a part of his transport collection.

England's Rugby team have whitewashed Australia and won a test series down under for the first time ever! Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

Apart from the Referendum, a very quiet week!

Still wet, warm and humid but becoming bright wet, warm and humid but getting colder by the end of the week. I still cant get my mind around the British weather,

Have a nice week.