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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A long and rambling address to a packed but very quiet General Assembly

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I have just listend to the whole of Donald Trump's address to the United Nations.
Long and rambling, the "speech" seemed to last for hours and covered the usual "America does not wish to impose its values or way of life on other nations" and "America will do what ever is necessary to defeat the evil regimes of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria,the Iranian dictatorship, Terrorism, Al Qaeda" etc etc.
Trump also stated that America will totally destroy North Korea.
If he was expecting standing ovations every few minutes, he was sadly dissappointed.Only the occasional ripple of applause broke what was a very quiet Assembly Hall.
However, what became very apparent by the end of his oration was that not only is Trump a racist, a misogynist and a hypocritical war monger, he is also a very dangerous hypocrite and war monger.
The American people have elected a megalomaniac to the position of most powerful man on the planet and the rest of the world will pay the price.


Monday, 18 September 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 17th September 2017



Good morning everyone.


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I have tried, but Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes are just not credible as the characters they are supposed to be portraying. She is by far too pretty, pleasant and "nice" to be acceptable as the woman who was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later became Empress of India. He on the other hand wanders around the (not very convincing) sets gruffly mumbling in a (not very convincing) German accent, looking puzzled rather than a man seeking to be master in his own home. Compare these two performances with those of Robert Hardy and Annette Crosbie portraying the same characters in the brilliant television series "Edward the Seventh" from a few years past. I refer of course to "Victoria", the second series of which is now on every Sunday evening. I wonder if this serial will run right through events ending in January 1901? If so, they need to get the historical accuracy and chronology better than they have so far.

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Boris Johnson is bidding for the leadership of the Conservative party. no matter how often he or his cronies deny it. His latest 4000 word article in the Daily Telegraph outling his "Brexit Plan", sparked outrage in some parts of the Conservative party demanding that Theresa May should sack the Foreign Secretary immediately. The other half of the conservative party jumped to the defence of the blond bruiser, screaming that Boris is right and that May is too weak to remain as leader. Can the United Kingdom really afford to have a bunch of squabling egoists running the country at this momentus time in our history? Personally, I preferred Johnson as Chair or pannelist on "Have I Got News for You.

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Theresa May's sordid backroom deal with the DUP requires Parliamentary approval. Those Tories who were opposed to the shabby ploy will now have to face the reality of either sticking with their profound objections to being in bed with the DUP, or ditch their principles and support their Prime Minister.


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There seems to be a bit of a flaw in the character of Sebastian Vettel. After his outrageous tactic of driving into the rear and then the side of Lewis Hamilton's
Mercedes when the safety car was deployed in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku in June, he had a bad start from pole position in the Singapore Grand Prix and going into the first bend squeezed  Verstappen one of the Red Bull and team mate Raikkonen, in the other Ferrari, causing all three to go out of the race in a spectacular shunt. Again the FIA stewards found that it was a racing incident and no further action would be taken. In Baku, Vettel was handed a 10 second penaly which had no effect at all on the final placings. It seems that Vettel and Ferrari can do nothing wrong in the eyes of FIA. Hopefully, Vettel will calm down before he does some serious damage.

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US WARNS OF MILITARY OPTION IF NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR AND MISSILE TESTS CONTINUE
There comes a point in time, when threat, becomes no more than repetative empty blustering verging on the point of farcical absurdity.The United States is churning out the cliche and rhetoric, in the knowledge that the "military option" would be a disaster leading to a catasrophe not seen since the end of WW2.
Read the full post at:
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-only-solution-to-threat-of-north.html

It has become wet and cold over the past week with the Daily Star predicting "Polar chill to savage UK with SNOW, frost and hail. There is a chance of further snow flurries over the weekend"Oh dear. Thermal underware time has arrived


Have a nice week

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The only solution to the "threat" of North Korea, is the diplomatic one


US warns of military option if North Korea nuclear and missile tests continue

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There comes a point in time, when threat, becomes no more than repetative empty blustering verging on the point of farcical absurdity.The United States is churning out the cliche and rhetoric, in the knowledge that the "military option" would be a disaster leading to a catasrophe not seen since the end of WW2.
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The unstable Trump and the arrogant neocon Nikki Haley, must be made to understand that there would be no winners emerging from yet another American military adventure in a foreign country. The only solution to the "threat" of North Korea, is the diplomatic one. The sooner that the hawks in Washington, (and Seoul and Tokyo) come to understand this and cease their endless belicose threat and confrontation then the sooner a negotiated settlement may be reached.




Thursday, 14 September 2017

Homelessness has increased every year since 2010

Government spends four times more subsidising private housing than building affordable homes
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This conservative government and the ConDem coalition before them, perpetuate shameful policies to (a) create division within society and (b) ensure that the cost of housing in both the private and rented sectors remains artificially high.Divide and rule has always been the credo of the "establishment" in their dealings with ordinary people. It is a vile strategy executed by dispicable politicians to benefit their supporters and benefactors.In the meantime, more and more people are forced into homelessness because they are not able to afford the ever increasing burden of rents or the spiraling costs of house purchase. The National Audit Office criticises the government, reporting a sharp rise in homelessness over the past five years,brought about by increasing private sector rents and cuts in housing benefit.

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The report goes on to state that homelessness has increased every year since 2010, with rises in rough sleeping and households living in temporary accommodation. This situation is a direct result of government policies,which are subsidising high cost private housing for sale, to the exclusion of building affordable homes for low income families, for rent or assisted purchase.

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This callous indiference towards sections of our society, is an abdication of government responsibility and is directly responsible for growing numbers of people living in tents pitched on small areas of waste ground, or sleeping in doorways of shops or other public areas or living in totally inadequate "temporary accommodation". It is a situation whch no civilised should tolerate in the 21st Century. In many ways, this government is producing housing conditions not seen in the United Kingdom since the 1930's. It is a situation which we must resolutely resist and vigorously oppose.




Monday, 11 September 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 10th September 2017



Good morning everyone.

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There are probably not many other countries where you would find people taking on a hurricane by "planning to fire bullets into the storm or use flame throwers and lasers to show their resistance".
It is reported that local sheriffs have urged "thousands" of people, (the "Tennessan" is reporting as many as 70,000 in Florida), not to shoot at the hurricane.
The mind boggles (shakes head in disbelief)

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Amongst all the rhetoric and bellicose comments puring out of the United States and in particular Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations,with her "begging for war" nonsense, there comes a modicum of common sense from Russian President Vladimir Putin who says that " Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it’s a dead end," adding, "further sanctions would be “useless and ineffective”, and of course he is right.
At least one of the "world leaders" has managed to retain a grip on reality, and has not been absorbed by the tsunami of hysterical ranting and screaming for even more useless sanctions and even pre emptive strikes against North Korea.
Putin concluded with the comment " There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”
The world must hope that his words will be heeded and understood in Wasington and London.


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14 people, including an 11-month-old baby, were winched to safety by the coastguard helicopter after becoming trapped in Weymouth’s 174-ft Jurassic Skyline tower.
When this "attraction" was bulit and before it was open for public use, Eddie the Eagle tested escape facilities by abseiling to the ground via a hatch in the floor. Perhaps there was no rope aboard the gondola to allow at least some people off.
It seems to have been overlooked by the designers/builders/elf'n'safety people in the early days that young children, disabled or others who might be unable to do "the abseiling", would be aboard at some time.
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The Untited Kingdom governmet led by a lame duck Prime Minister, is falling to pieces as each new day passes. The performance at Prime Minister Question's yesterday (6th September) was even worse than her prformance prior to the election of last June when her evasiveness, lack of attention to detail and her ineptitude for office were exposed for all to see and comment upon. Yesterday, amid another exhibition of evasion and clumsy distortions, she managed to slip up on poor working conditions, claiming that only a "small number"number of workers were on zero-hours contracts (despite numbers soaring since 2010), and in another faux pas dismissed higher pay for nurses and other public service sector workers as "spending on “this, that and the other". Callous, uncaring, inept and completely out of touch, Theresa May has outstayed her shelf life by many months and has become an embarrasment not only to her party, but to the country as well.
Read the full text at:
https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-government-is-disintegrating-as.html

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Meanwhile, back in Jersey Liberation, the £50 million flagship of Condor Ferries, was unable to berth in St Helier on Friday due to "high winds". The Condor official satement said, "This afternoon, as Condor Liberation approached Jersey, she encountered previously forecast inclement weather which combined with unexpectedly high winds, gusting around 38 knots. On arrival in Jersey waters, the wind speed and direction, coupled with high tides meant that the Captain decided it would be safest to divert to Guernsey". Passengers due to embark for a trip to Guernsey or the mainland (including friends of ours) were stranded at Queen Elizabeth terminal and had to be rebooked on alternative ships or dates. Since Liberation came into service back in 2015, I, and thousands of others, have been arguing that Liberation is the wrong ship for these waters and climate and has had "problems" with wind, swell and wave heights on numerous occasions. This together with severe "technical problems" on the ship has resulted in delays, cancellations and slow crossings many times over the past two years. Condor bought Austal 102 Trimaran "off the shelf" where it had been for a few years, because presumably nobody else wanted it. The arguments in favour of operating conventional ferries between Jersey and the mainland are compelling.However, it seems that Condor has significant influence with those Senators and officers within the States who are responsible for the ferry operations, and are thus able to continue to operate a poor service with the wrong type of ship mechanically unsound and at the mercy of sea conditions.

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It is raining and it is windy but at least not as wet, windy and dangerous as it is in the Caribean at this time. We must be thankful that we do not have the same weather conditions as those unfortunate people living in the Bahamas, Cuba, Virgin Islands, Florida and all the other affected places. R I P for those already killed by the hurricanes.


Have a nice week

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Government is disintegrating as each day passes



https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/07/public-sector-pay-cap-theresa-may-under-growing-pressure

Brexit plans in disarray as Amber Rudd and Damian Green refuse to back 'toxic' plan

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The Untited Kingdom governmet led by a lame duck Prime Minister,  is falling to pieces as each new day passes. The performance at Prime Minister Question's yesterday (6th September) was even worse than her prformance prior to the election of last June when her evasiveness, lack of attention to detail and her ineptitude for office were exposed for all to see and comment upon. Yesterday, amid another exhibition of evasion and clumsy distortions, she managed to slip up on poor working conditions, claiming that only a "small number" number of workers were on zero-hours contracts (despite numbers soaring since 2010), and in another faux pas dismissed higher pay for nurses and other public service sector workers as "spending on “this, that and the other". Callous, uncaring, inept and completely out of touch, Theresa May has outstayed her shelf life by many months and has become an embarrasment not only to her party, but to the country as well.


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Earlier in the day, Defence SecretaryMichael Fallon  appeared on Sky television news defending the indefensible performane of Brexit Secretary David Davis and the "negotiating" position of the United Kingdom government in the discussions in Brussels which are rapidly turning into a pantomime. Fallon is famous for his ability to drop clangers in every interview that he takes part in and yesterday was no exception. When asked about nurses and the public sector pay cap, Fallon showed his complete lack of knowledge when responding with another classic blunder saying that the public sector pay cap "has only been in place for a couple of years".  He repeated this gaffe on BBC News 24 a few minutes later and when corrected by the news anchor that the cap had been in place since 2010, imposed some 7 years ago, Fallon compounded his blunder with the imbecilic comment that "of course that was something quite different".
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From there onward, the goverments day declined from bad to worse via Theresa May's woeful performance at PMQ's through the emerging relevations that Brexit and the "On / Off" discussions together with  "position" papers are tearing the government and its supporters to pieces by the hour.
Even the usually supportive media, are carrying stories of cabinet divisions and warfare, with ministers sticking their heads above the parapet in open crticism of the Prime Minister and her policies. It was not a good day for the government with numerous reports today of Industry leaders and employers criticising Home Offce plans for imigration controls post Brexit, as “catastrophic” for some industries.
Europe has always been a divisive issue within the conservative party and now Brexit has increased those divisions imeasurably, between those who will do anything to keep the United Kingdom within the European Union and those equally determined to sever all ties as quickly as possible, no matter what the cost to the British people and United Kingdom industry. The process of negotiating a deal acceptable to all parties in Europe and within the United Kingdom, was never going to be easy. However it is woefully clear that this government has no plan, no unity of purpose and no possiblility of resolving these momentus problems any time soon, but will continue to fragment by the hour.
The government is not acting in the public interest by seeking to cling to power when all their credibilty in the country and in Brussels, has been ripped to shreds.This is particularly the case, where the not very well hidden agenda's of those jockying for the position of Leader are clerly on display. Again, the conservative party place personal ambition and self interest at the front of their activites.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The United Kingdom should be persuing diplomacy not supporting belicose rhetoric.


North Korea: Theresa May calls Trump to discuss Kim Jong-un's 'illegal acts' after warning of UK attack


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When ever I read about Theresa May or any of her predecessors who have occupied the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, speaking with the President of the United States (whoever that may be at the time), I always recall Count Rupert Mountjoy, the Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, and his plan to build and maintain prosperity in his tiny country though the largesse of the United States of America. Count Rupert devised the strategy to invade the USA, lose, and thus acheive American benevolence. Since 1951, British Prime Mininisters have sought American benevolence by ensuring that the UK government will support the USA no matter what. The "Special Relationship" (whatever that means), "shoulder to shoulder" and all the associated nonsense that goes with it, has ensured that the United Kingdom has been party to some very dubious and even illegal events around the world from Chile and Panama to Iraq and Libya to name just a few.

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Count Rupert Mountjoy, the Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick,
Now, it is Theresa May's turn to throw the United Kingdom's "weight" behind the current incumbent of the White House in his most recent quest. The problem this time however, is that the President has demonstrated, during his short period in office, that he sees reality rather differently to the rest of humanity and his apparent determination to attack everyone from Syria and Afgahnistan and now North Korea is the route to catastrophe.
Surely the British Prime Minister should be seeking to avert the prospect of war with the PDRNK and arguing that more sanctions and belicose rhetoric will create more problems than they solve.
Count Rupert Mountjoy got it wrong with his scheme. We seem to be intent on persuing the wrong path as well.










Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A modicum of common sense

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/05/south-korea-minister-redeploying-us-nuclear-weapons-tensions-with-north


North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin warns of planetary catastrophe

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Amongst all the rhetoric and bellicose comments puring out of the United States and in particular Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations,with her "begging for war" nonsense, there comes a modicum of common sense from Russian President Vladimir Putin who says that " Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it’s a dead end," adding, "further sanctions would be “useless and ineffective”, and of course he is right.


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At least one of the "world leaders" has managed to retain a grip on reality, and has not been absorbed by the tsunami of hysterical ranting and screaming for even more useless sanctions and even pre emptive strikes against North Korea.
Putin concluded with the comment " There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”
The world must hope that his words will be heeded and understood in Wasington and London.

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 03 September 2017


Good morning everyone.


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It is now September, with nights drawing in (it is now almost dark at 8:15pm) fog on the bypass now becoming a regular occurance and colder nights prompting the thought that we shall need the heaters out soon and the fans will be stored away until next year. Still, I suppose that it is just possible that we shall have an "Indian Summer" within the next few weeks so the fans can stay out of their winter storage locations for a little while longer. I recall that the woman living at Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, once used the term "annus horribilis" to describe her experiences over the year. I know exactly what she meant and 2017 still has 3 and a bit months left.


Getting on with the job: May during a press conference in Japan PICTURE: PA

My attention was drawn to a story this week under the headline,"Defiant May tells critics: The public want me to stay"Should we be worried about the state of our Prime Minister's health? When leaders become delusional about their position and their grasp of reality seems to be slipping, perhaps it is time for some medical intervention.May is clearly "hearing voices" telling her what she wishes to be truth rather than the bleak reality which is plain for the rest of us to see and hear.

Guy Verhofstadt Brexit negotiator and Michel Barnier, 

The "Brexit Negotiations" continue in Brussels with David Davis apparently determined to drag out the proceedings well into next year with little sign of any progress.The EU negotiators become visibly more frustrated and even angry at the appalingly slow progress during the third round of talks. Where until recently Davis and the United Kingdom negotiators were viewed in Europe as comic and a bit of a laugh, as time moves on, they are now taken to be a collection of inept individuals without a script, sense of direction or any idea what they are actually seeking to achieve. Noboby ever believed that "the deal", for the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU was going to be an easy process, but this government has blundered forward without plan or objective.
The whole piece can be read at:
https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/it-was-never-going-to-be-easy-but-david.html.

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Meanwhile, back in Jersey. The Jersey Rugby Union side, "Jersey Reds" have renamed their home ground in St Peter the "Stade Santander International" keeping the hint of French in the new name. The side has been acheiving some success over the past couple of seasons and hopefully the new name will become as well known as "The Stoop" or "Sandy Park", or "Parc y Scarlets" or even "HQ" at Twickenham. !


Condor have been severly told off by the Advertising Standards Authority for running an online banner ad which included the claim ‘Condor Ferries – UK from £32 pp* each way with your car. Book now’. Condor have been told by the ASA that "the advert must not appear again in its current form".
I should imagine that the ruling struck fear and trpidation into the Condor Board room.
The weather continues to be predictable in its unpredictability.




Have a nice week

Friday, 1 September 2017

Prime Minister May has "no long-term future".


Theresa May will not lead us into next election, say top Tories

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Theresa May said that it was not in the nation's interest to call a general election. A comment that she repeated frequently.
In June of this year, she called a snap general election, almost four years earlier than the 2020 scheduled date. During that general election campaign, she said that "nothing has changed", when announcing a "U turn" on the conservative manifesto commitment on the so called dementia tax as part of the social care policies. Yesterday, (31st August), Theresa May said that she is “here for the long term” and will remain Prime Minister into the next parliament. Today, it is abundantly clear that "Senior Tories", Party Grandees, Conservative MP's and many conservative members have rejected her assertion and are seeking to replace her as soon as possible.
The Prime Minister has been in difficulties since June of this year as her untenable, weak position has become weaker by the day. Her performance as Prime Minister over her period in office has been poor and has declined even further since her disaterous general election campaign and result. The people of this country deserve better from a government, particularly during this time of Brexit negotiations. We must expect a change of leadership in the conservative party very soon, followed by another general electionperhaps as early as February of next year. A lame duck government, propped up by 10 DUP MP's in the House of Commons is not good for the country and must be replaced without delay.