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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Empty rhetoric on easing council borrowing restrictions will not produce any Council houses.


Hammond set to announce badly needed boost to council housebuilding

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In next week's Budget, Chancellor Hammond will propose "lifting the strict borrowing caps imposed on local authorities", in order to boost council house building. Empty rhetoric from a bankrupt government, devoid of any intention of actually getting to grips with the nationwide housing crisis, but seeking some headlines with soundbite and spin. The Hammond "initiative" pre supposes that those councils actually allowed to "borrow money" will take up the privilege and moreover will allocate the "new money" to the provision of social house building.
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The historic evidence of easing restrictions on Council borrowing, tells us that such councils invariably resort to projects which are most likely to increase council balances in the short to medium term and are usually concerned with building offices and hotels rather that housing. Where any houses might be built, they are usually for "low cost, affordable homes", which are of low cost and affordable only to the first purchaser, and are quickly absorbed into the inflated "housing market". In any case, even these houses are of such miniscule numbers as to be totally insignificant to the overall numbers required.
As usual the government pays lip service to a problem, then proceeds to produce feckless phrases and words which they champion as the panacea to the crisis.The solution to the housing crisis, requires the building of homes on a scale not seen since the end of the Second World War.
A few throw away lines and empty suggestions from the Chancellor, who even as he utters them are known by everyone to be no more than a gesture and meaningless inanity, is not the solution to this 21st Century scandal.






Investigation into Damian Green grinds to a halt.



What has happened to the Damian Green investigation?


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Any other person, in any other job, would, by now, have been sacked for gross misconduct and misuse of company facilities. (The porn Green was allegedly viewing on a daily basis became illegal just a few days after the discovery).
Damian Green remains in position and the "investigation", being carried out by Sue Gray, one of the most powerful officials in Whitehall, seems to have ground to a standstill.
Could it be that as Damian Green is effectively the Deputy Prime Minister and one of the few remaining close allies of Prime Minister Theresa May, it is deemed to be more important to keep Green in his position at the cabinet table than to conclude the investigation?


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The stench of political expediency has often wafted around Downing Street and Parliament, but the clear demonstration that one set of rules applies to Green and other people in privileged positions within government, whilst the rest of us are subject to the full authority of management and due process, is yet another example of the shameful way in which the government of this country is implemented.
The wretched way in which Theresa May clings on to office, supported by discredited cabinet members is shameful and brings politics into sordid disrepute.



Friday, 17 November 2017

The housing crisis will not be solved with platitudes or blaming others.


Theresa May vows to personally take charge of the UK’s housing crisis


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Theresa May vows to personally solve the housing crisis in the United Kingdom. One of the first measures she announces is to remove housing association debt from the government's balance sheet, meaning it will no longer qualify as public borrowing and effectively remove Social Housing from the public sector and hand it to the private sector as a "give away" which, she tells us will " free up associations to build more homes". Complete nonsense. The reality is that it makes "the governments books look better" and gives the private sector another avenue of opportunity in their quest to make even more profits from the housing crisis and its victims.This is against a background of the fact that the number of council homes in Britain has fallen to a new record low, with fewer properties to rent from local authorities than at any point in almost 50 years.

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Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, wades in with his contribution calling on older people to stop blocking badly needed new developments and lambasting baby boomers who believe young people could afford a home if they cut back on nights out and avocados. The arrogance of Javid with his ignorant comments, matched by a Prime Minister with her condescending remarks, demonstrate the continuing tactics of a bankrupt government who offer nothing but platitudes and a not very well hidden objective of a divide and control policy, pitting young against the "baby boomers" in a feeble attempt to divert attention away from the real problem.
Shifting housing association debt from one account to another and blaming one generation, creating a scapegoat for the failure of housing policy, is not the answer. As someone recently said, “We know what you are doing, and you will not succeed,”

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The solution to the housing crisis, which has been neglected by successive governments for decades, requires the building of homes on a scale not seen since the end of the war. Building a minimum of 1 million homes over the course of a Parliament, 80% of which must be home specifically for rent, will go some way to relieving the acute problems faced by thousands of families in today's Britain.The people of this country have a right to decent living accommodation at affordable cost and can no longer tolerate a government offering nothing but platitudes and division.




Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Telegraph crosses the line. Abusing the privilege of their position.



Daily Telegraph accused of 'blatant bullying' 

In any other forum, this atrocious front page and its subsequent "story", would be condemned as blatant bullying and intimidation.Those producing such material in print or in speech, would quite rightly, be hauled before disciplinary bodies of their respective organisations or bodies, and subjected to sanctions and other measures designed to punish and deter others.

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Not so with the Telegraph and the other rabid right "newspapers", who today fill their wretched pages with government propaganda to discredit and intimidate any MP's who now, or will during the future passage of the EU withdrawal bill, dare to vote against the governments ill considered and dangerous proposals. The Conservative whips will be working overtime in the coming weeks, in their quest to push through legislation which is both irresponsible and absurd. In this, the hysterical press led no doubt by the Telegraph will hound, insult, abuse and intimidate MP's who oppose the legislation and vote accordingly. The astounding thing about this outrageous attack on the Democratic processes of this country, is that the press slink off and hide behind the argument of "Freedom of the Press" as they throw their snide and disparaging comments over the parapets of press immunity. It is abhorrent that there seems to be no sanction or other measures that can be taken against those newspapers who regularly abuse the privilege of their position.


There is a line between support for a particular side in any argument and outrageous and abusive intimidation and bias. The Telegraph has crossed that line.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Double standards in the International Community

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/myanmar-military-exonerates-itself-in-report-on-atrocities-against-rohingya


Myanmar military exonerates itself in report on atrocities against Rohingya

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I find it very sad, if not tragic, how the world and its media can, quite rightly be incensed and outraged by the ethnic cleansing being inflicted upon the Rohingya people by the military and government of Myanmar and yet at the same time be completely insensible and silent on the ethnic cleansing being carried out in Jerusalem and the occupied territories of Palestine by the Israeli government.

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There are indeed double standards being exercised by the international community for the last 70 years concerning the plight of the Palestinian people.

Scrapping the barrel

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-russia-election-meddling-warning-cyber-warfare-latest-uk-a8053161.html


 "We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed".

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Prime Minister Theresa May, is really scraping the barrel in seeking to find any scrap of "news" with which to divert attention away from her own pathetic performance and difficulties in her government.
In the usual deed of those seeking to deflect attention away from their own deficiencies and failures, May trots out the insults and venom directed toward the old chestnut of "reds under the bed". When in doubt, blame the Russians for everything from fake news, Crimean aggression, and Syrian civil war to floods and famine in Bangladesh and vote rigging everywhere.
Create a Russian scare and the rest of us will not notice how she, her government and her woeful bunch of ego maniacal ministers are disintegrating every day. A pathetic tactic from a sad and wretched Prime Minister trying to cling to office.


Monday, 13 November 2017

The shameful hypocrisy from successive British governments


The largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.



Saudi Arabia, assisted by American airstrikes are systematically killing Yemeni men, women and children in their war against the Houthi "rebels". Over 70% of the Yemeni population – are in need of humanitarian assistance that is being blocked by the Saudi coalition. Seven million Yemeni's are on the brink of famine brought about in great part by the blockade and and the constant attacks by the Saudi war machine.

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The United Kingdom wrings its hands, says how awful the situation is and at the same time continues to pour weapons, aircraft and munitions into the Saudi regime while banking £ billions of blood soaked money paid to the arms manufactures. The reason for this shameful hypocrisy from successive British governments is that Saudi Arabia is a close friend and great ally in the region in the fight against terror.

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The abuses of civil liberties in Saudi and the state terrorism inflicted by Saudi against its neighbour and the impending war with Lebanon, is of little effect when our government make so much money from arming and supporting rogue states. Shame on our government and on those who support Saudi Arabia.




Saturday, 11 November 2017

Saudi Arabia: A dangerous and destabilising player in the Middle East.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/it-looks-like-saudi-arabia-removed-lebanons-prime-minister-%E2%80%94-and-it-may-be-the-first-move-in-starting-a-war/ar-BBEPTyH?li=BBoPRmx

Saudi Arabia removed Lebanon's prime minister — and it may be the first move in starting a war


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Saudi Arabia is currently leading a war against the people of Yemen, killing men, women and children with indiscriminate bombing and covert land operations. The British government support this aggression from a corrupt and dangerous regime with £ billions of arms, logistics and intelligence on the basis that the Saudi's are a great ally in the West's "war on terror".


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The Saudi Arabian machine now seeks to start another war in Lebanon and pull in the Israeli's to fight the Lebanese government and Hezbollah.

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Saudi Arabia is a dangerous and aggressive nation threatening neighbours and other countries in their expansionist ambitions. 
To the eternal shame of our country, success British governments turn a blind eye to the crimes and continues to support them.


November 11th 2017

        
In remembrance of those who fell in the Great War 1914 to 1918.


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               Cy Daniel

Cy Daniel was a drover,
A simple cattle drover
Contented with the only life he knew.
By a field he lived alone
In a shack that was his home,
Always smiling ’though his pleasures were so few.

Then one day the army came
And they called Cy Daniel’s name
For they needed him to help to fight a war.
“Every able bodied man
Has to fight the best he can,
It’s his duty” said the sergeant, “and the law.”

Although much averse to killing
He accepted his King’s shilling
But Cy Daniel felt an ache within his breast.
While the people who defiled him
Only rubber stamped and filed him.
Now he was just a number like the rest.

They also took the cattle
To sustain the men in battle.
Very grateful that their stomachs would be fed,
In a cart the soldiers piled them
Then they rubber stamped and filed them.
Cy Daniel, he was overcome with dread.

When the captain gave the order
To assemble on the border,
Cy Daniel, he marched forward with his gun
And, positioned with the others,  
All the fathers, sons and brothers,
Together they fought bravely, every one.

As the seasons came and went
Many soldiers’ lives were spent
But Cy Daniel bore a wound that didn’t bleed.
With each foe man that was slain
’Twas his soul that felt the pain
Of his anguish as he carried out the deed.

Then the enemy retreated
For their army was depleted.
All ‘survivors’ gladly took the homeward road.
Now hostilities were over,
Not the soldier but the drover,
Cy Daniel, too, returned to his abode.

There a bitter blow was dealt
For the shack where he had dwelt
Was no longer in its place beside the field.
Cy Daniel’s mind was crazed
When he found it had been razed,
And this, the final blow, it never healed.

Too much for him to take,
(Even stronger men would break)
Cy Daniel, he completely lost his mind.
He wandered driving cattle
…Imaginary cattle…
The doctor said, “Committal must be signed.”

When locked up in that asylum,
(Where they rubber stamp and file them)
Cy Daniel found his own peculiar peace.
In his tiny, airless cell,
Not the drover, but his shell,
Tended cattle night and day ’til his ‘release.’

Yes; he died in that asylum,
(Where they rubber stamp and file them)
Then Cy Daniel he was covered up with earth.
’Though his country he had died for
There was not a man who cried, for,
Being strangers, they had never known his worth.

His mortal life is over
But the simple cattle drover,
Cy Daniel, he looks down upon the crowds.
In the company of others
All the fathers, sons and brothers,
Tending cattle in the fields above the clouds.


Sandra Yates   

Friday, 10 November 2017

Joining a cabinet of chaos.


Penny Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel 

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Theresa May has chosen another non entity to join her cabinet. It seems that Mordant's only qualifications for the Department for International Development position are that she will maintain the gender balance of the Prime Ministers fractured cabinet and that she was a Leave campaigner in the EU referendum. Talent and competency for a ministry have no place in today's government, where clinging to office is the Prime Ministers over riding consideration.
With two ministers gone in less than seven days, and where more ministers are either under investigation or prone to increasing numbers of gaffes and errors of judgement that their positions are to all intents and purposes now untenable, cabinet meetings will soon be attended only those MP's who will prop up Theresa May's position rather than provide drive and leadership to a ministerial post. Even then, May is in trouble as the MP's who are likely to provide her with personal support are diminishing as their numbers grow fewer every day as each new crisis unfolds.This is not the way to run the country and government, especially when the country is supposed to be engaged in negotiations to leave the European Union.The scandals, sleaze and conspiracies are dominating the agenda leaving no room or time for anything else, including Brexit.
The clock is running down and this incompetent government with its lame duck inept Prime Minister, is jeopardizing our future for generations to come, in pursuit of their own ambitions


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Theresa May on borrowed time. Conservatives give the Prime Minister until Christmas following second Cabinet departure

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2017/nov/08/priti-patel-secret-israel-meetings-politics-live

Priti Patel forced to resign over meetings with Israeli officials

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Another one bites the dust.
That leaves only Johnson, Green, Hunt, Davis, Gove, Fox, Hammond, Leadsom and of course May herself, to take the long walk of shame away from Downing Street to the "early bath" in the Members Showers and changing rooms opposite the hairdressing salon in the North Curtain Corridor by
the Terrace Cafeteria. (Members Handbook: Page 88).



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"A week is a long time in politics" or in Theresa May's case, every 24 hours is a long time. How many of this band of inept and treacherous miscreants will still be in office by Christmas?



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The "authority" of the Prime Minister crumbles to dust.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/07/the-guardian-view-on-boris-johnson-and-priti-patel-incompetent-insubordinate-and-still-in-office

A prime minister drained of authority struggles to hold her party together.


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When a Prime Minister is too weak or too afraid of the consequences to her own position, to sack two ministers who are both incompetent and treacherous, then the country is in a very poor state.
The buffoon Johnson, who has been committing gaffes since his first appearance on Have I Got News for You, and Patel who has always had an unhealthy attitude of her own importance, seem immune from any consequences resulting from their latest blunders.They cannot, it seems be sacked and they are far too arrogant and self opinionated to resign. 



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Theresa May is presiding over a government which is full of MP's who are pursuing their own ambitions and agenda's rather than acting for the benefit of the country. As each day passes, the ineptitude of this Prime Minister, her cabinet and the government becomes even more apparent as the demand for resignations and a general election becomes compelling.



Monday, 6 November 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 5th November 2017




Good morning everyone.



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Theresa May picks chief whip Gavin Williamson as replacement Foreign Secretary.
Gavin who?
Most of the world have never even heard of this non entity, while most of the conservative MP's are very unhappy that this tarantula breeding "whip", who has little if any experience and even less charisma, has been promoted to one of the four great offices of State. Theresa May is really scraping the barrel to fill the posts in her now discredited and fractured cabinet as more and more MP's refuse to be associated with or take posts in a government cabinet, which has lost all legitimacy under the "leadership" of a lame duck Prime Minister.

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Gavin Williamson's promotion is of course a direct consequence of the sexual harassment scandals currently sweeping the corridors of Parliament, the political parties and beyond. There is no doubt what so ever, that harassment of any description is intolerable and should be removed, with those responsible for such abuse being dealt with most severely. It does however strike me as a little odd that the allegations seem to be subject to investigation by "internal" Parliamentary or Party bodies when the most appropriate investigatory organisations must and should, in my opinion, be the police.
There is however, one aspect of this unravelling scandal that causes particular concern. The way in which television and the media generally are seeking to drag "politics", into their coverage is both sinister and distorting. Both Labour and Conservative MP's and party workers are involved in these sordid events but which political party they may belong to has no bearing on the case. The media generally, particularly Sky Television News, relish in reporting the latest scandal emphasising the political party, especially if that party is Labour, to which the alleged perpetrator is a member of.
Sexual harassment and abuse carried out by those in power, is a crime by one individual against another regardless of any other consideration. Television and the rest of the media world should bear this in mind when preparing their reports.

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A report in the press which caught my eye came from the new book by the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In an extraordinary "allegation" Brown now accepts what many of us have been arguing for years. He states that "The US defence department knew that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction but kept Britain in the dark" and "war could not be justified as a last resort and invasion cannot now be seen as a proportionate response”. This evidence was never examined by the Chilcott Inquiry and thus contributed to the wishy washy conclusions. Brown stops short however of speculating or confirming that Blair knew all along and took this country to war on a fairy tale and a pack of lies.

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Meanwhile, back in Jersey, even the State police are being forced into cost cutting measures. The latest way to save money comes from the Island’s deputy police chief, Julian Blazeby said he would examine a range of options to make the force ‘more effective and efficient’. One measure he suggests would be to encourage islanders to wash police patrol cars and other vehicles. He does not say if the volunteers will be providing their own water and chamois leathers.

The Express is still predicting heavy snow and penetrating frost. Ces't la vie.
Have a nice week

John


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sexual harassment and abuse is a crime regardless of any other consideration.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/04/sexual-allegations-westminster-scandal


Theresa May picks chief whip Gavin Williamson as new Defence Secretary.

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Gavin Williamson's promotion is of course a direct consequence of the sexual harassment scandals currently sweeping the corridors of Parliament, the political parties and beyond. There is no doubt what so ever, that harassment of any description is intolerable and should be removed, with those responsible for such abuse being dealt with most severely. It does however strike me as a little odd that the allegations seem to be subject to investigation by "internal" Parliamentary or Party bodies when the most appropriate investigatory organisations must and should, in my opinion, be the police. 
There is however, one aspect of this unraveling scandal that causes particular concern. The way in which television and the media generally are seeking to drag "politics", into their coverage is both sinister and distorting. Both Labour and Conservative MP's and party workers are involved in these sordid events but which political party they may belong to has no bearing on the case. The media generally, particularly Sky Television News, relish in reporting the latest scandal emphasising the political party, especially if that party is Labour, which the alleged perpetrator is a member of.
Sexual harassment and abuse carried out by those in power, is a crime by one individual against another regardless of any other consideration. Television and the rest of the media world should bear this in mind when preparing their reports.




Friday, 3 November 2017

Theresa May angers Conservative MPs: “her biggest and probably last mistake”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/02/theresa-may-angers-tory-mp-with-choice-to-replace-disgraced-fallon

Conservative MPs brand the appointment of Gavin Williamson as ‘disastrous’.


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Gavin who?
Most of the world have never even heard of this non entity, while most of the conservative MP's are very unhappy that this tarantula breeding "whip", who has little if any experience and even less charisma, has been promoted to one of the four great offices of State. Theresa May is really scraping the barrel to fill the posts in her now discredited and fractured cabinet as more and more MP's refuse to be associated with or take posts in a government cabinet, which has lost all legitimacy under the "leadership" of a lame duck Prime Minister.

Monday, 30 October 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 28th October 2017


Good morning everyone.


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Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton who has taken his fourth F1 world title (it should have been his fifth but for some skulduggery a few seasons back) to
become the UK's most successful Formula 1 driver ever, ahead of Stewart, Clark, Hill and Mansel. Like him or loathe him, he is a great driver who in my opinion stands with Fangio, Prost and Senna.(I still do not rate Schumacher as a "great" driver). Again congratulations to Hamilton who takes the title with 2 races still remaining.

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The mystery surrounding the assassination of J F Kennedy remains even after more than 50 years.
I have always held the view that any enquiry or report which raises more questions than it provides answers or explanations, has to be suspect and taken with a large pinch of salt. Thus it was with the Warren Commission Report, presented to President L B Johnson on the 24th September 1964, less than 12 months after the events in Dallas in the previous November when President J F Kennedy was assassinated. The same criticism can be levelled at practically every report, enquiry, congressional review or other examination of those events of November 22nd 1963 which invariably conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination and that there was no conspiracy.
Read the full post at: http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/after-more-than-50-years-cover-up.html

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Meanwhile, back in Jersey (well Poole actually but the facts are the same), Condor "Liberation" is out of action again and will not be seen on the high seas until sometime in November. Austal Shipbuilders in Henderson, Australia certainly saw Condor coming when they finally got rid of this ship for £50 million. (It had been "on the shelf" for four years).
From its maiden voyage in 2015 "Liberation" has had a catalogue of failures and breakdowns.much to the irritation and even anger of Channel Island residents and tourist passengers alike. The ship should be scrapped and replaced as people have been arguing, but Condor and the States do not take any notice. Now why is that?

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I am still waiting for all that snow and ice which the Express promised last week. The thermals are ready as are the heaters and food supplies for the first signs of the white stuff falling from the sky. Could it be that the Express was indulging in a little bit of exaggeration?


Have a nice week