Good morning everyone
It is about time the law against using mobile phones while driving was actually enforced on our roads. 42 drivers using mobile phones at the wheel were caught on the first day of a police crackdown in Dorset as tougher penalties came into force. Yesterday, Tuesday, (yet another) moron using his mobile tried to undertake me on a roundabout after he found himself in the "left turn" lane on the approach. Pity there were no police around at the time. The same moron was still using the phone while tailgating me minutes later.
The bottom line of course is that Green has "got away with it" as he looks certain to retain his title (though not in my book) he keeps his yachts, helicopters and fleet of luxury limousines, his luxury apartments and his substantial bank balances. Whether or not all or even some of these assets are in his wife's name is immaterial, not necessarily in law but certainly in equity. The 19,000 BHS pensioners will be marginally better off, the 11,000 people who lost their jobs will probably shake their heads in disbelief while Green and his wife will no doubt pour themselves another glass of Dom Perignon 1934, gaze out from their luxury yacht and laugh all the way back to the bank. Green and his wife have done nothing illegal but if there were any justice and equity in this world of unacceptable capitalism, they would both be staring at the grey painted walls of a prison cell.
Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (known as Richard Drax), the MP for South Dorset, says that "the House of Lords appear hell-bent on thwarting the will of the people." This dramatic and hysterical piece appearing in Drax's Dorset Echo column this week is of course complete nonsense.
The House of Lords amendment, guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK as part of Brexit Bill, is not " thwarting the will of the people". The reality is that the amendment quite rightly and properly, seeks to give Europeans who in many cases have been living and working in the United Kingdom for some years, contributing to the British economy, paying taxes and filling important and useful roles in society, a guarantee of their rights following Brexit.
The complete argument may be found at http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/the-house-of-lords-are-not-thwarting.html. (copy and paste link)
A large question mark hangs in my mind regarding the new television serial "SS GB". Wooden acting and contrived story lines which seem quite different to the book that I read some years ago. It always seems that books are invariably better than their screen adaptations on television or cinema. I also watched "Prime Suspect 1973" this week. The young Jane Tennison is not quite credible and again the contrived connection between watching an attempted mugging from the top of a bus, a mastermind prisoner planning a robbery, another prisoner (the husband of the mugging victim) offering an alternative target for the robbery all became a tadd confusing. I shall pass on the new and last chapter of "Broadchurch" as we again had to resort to subtitles to follow the alleged plot and the dialogue of the main character. We shall see how these serials develop over the next few weeks, if I can endure them that long.
Meanwhile, back in Jersey, it seems that the number of holidaymakers visiting the Island in 2016 was the highest it has been for five years, at least according to tourist body’s chief executive, Keith Beecham, interviewed in the Jersey Evening Post. Only when looking at the figures a little more closely, does the picture become clearer. The number of staying holiday visitors from the UK increased by seven per cent from the mainland and from Germany by six per cent,(counting working people making return visits each week as "visitors"), while those from France declined by six per cent and from Guernsey by 22 per cent.
Have a nice week.