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Monday, 26 June 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 25 June 2017

Good morning everyone

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The fallout from the disaster at Grenfell Tower continues to fill the news. The death toll officially stands at 70 but is expected to rise. Unofficial reports put the figure at more than 200 which is probably nearer the truth. However many the final figure is, a figure which may not be finally established, if ever, until sometime in the new year, this disaster was man made. The police have already stated that they will consider manslaughter charges where the evidence indicates such charges to be appropriate and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said that Grenfell Tower victims were murdered by political decisions. The full facts surrounding this tragedy can be revealed only through an inquest. An inquiry must be held of course, but an inquest is the only way to answer the questions and establish what happened on the 14th June and why. Attention is already focusing on the cladding and the insulation material.
Who specified it?
Who authorised the purchase?
Who supplied it?
Who passed the building as safe?
Who signed off the project at completion?
Where any "back handers" involved?
In the event that corruption and graft is established, those responsible and those who covered it up must be held to account.
For far too long the "authorities" in this and other areas around the country, have been getting away with it. They must be stopped and prosecuted now.

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Chaos and confusion as 5 London Tower blocks are evacuated


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Spending watchdog condemns 'risky and expensive' Hinkley Point.
Why do we have to wait for a report from the National Audit Office, to tell us something that we have known for years?
Many of us have been arguing for some time that the project is risky and expensive and would provide “uncertain strategic and economic benefits”, for Great Britain.
The British tax payer and the consumers who will eventually pay the price for this economic and social lunacy, have been sold down the river to RDF and the French government, who will make £ billions in profits from the artificially inflated prices for the electricity produced at the plant.
It is still not too late to cancel the whole project which has always been a scheme created for the economic benefit of the French and for the prestige and kudos of the British government. In the long run, it will be infinitely less expensive for the United Kingdom, than this economic, social and environmental monstrosity, sitting on the coastline of Somerset.

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After almost 10 years since the banking crisis, the United Kingdom finally gets around to charging a few of those bankers at the centre of the scandal with alleged criminal activity. These four former Barclays executives could face imprisonment if found guilty, but ironically Barclays was perhaps the only Bank which did not receive tax payers money at the time of the crisis. The bank raised billions of pounds from Qatar to avoid taking a taxpayer bailout and it is those transactions which have been under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, investigations which have now resulted in charges being brought.
These are the only charges so far against any British bankers arising from the financial crisis of 2008. This however should be compared with the fact that some other countries particularly Iceland, have charged bankers with criminal acts and have actually sent some to prison.
Perhaps the British Banks and the bankers involved in the scandal, RBS, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide and others only acted, in the best interests of their shareholders and did not indulge in any dubious activities. Or perhaps there is another reason why none except the "Barclays Four" have been charged.

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The Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere anyway arrived at 05:25 BST on Wednesday 21st June.
From then, the days get shorter and consequently the nights become longer as we move towards the awful day in October when that scoundrel creeps around in the middle of the night and vandalises all the clocks in the country (especially mine) causing disruption, inconvenience and body disturbance for the next six months. However, in what days may remain before the trauma of "clock change", let us enjoy the sunshine, the warmth and the occasional cooling drink. June promises to be the hottest for more than 40 years and there is every prospect that the heatwave will continue.
Happy days.

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I am no fan of this government or of Andrea Leadsom. By the same token, I am no fan of the media and television "news" reporters and presenters either, as they are on the whole, biased and partisan in their coverage. However, this is the second occasion within the last 2 weeks, that Emily Maitlis has managed to draw senior politicians into the open and expose either dangerous ineptitude and incompetence or the dangerous and sinister insinuation that the press and media should somehow report only that which the government finds "acceptable".

Read the full account at:
Government minister clashes with Newsnight presenter.

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I watched Alex Deane, (former Chief of Staff to David Cameron) on Sky Television News, morning papers preview section the other night.
Clearly the man is unwell. Missing the point of the conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Anna Jones on so many occasions, he frequently lapsed into an hysterical outburst of verbal outrage, particularly at any mention, no matter how tenuous, of the Labour party or Jeremy Corbyn.
His co presenters seemed uneasy and embarrased at Deane's outburst and quickly tried to change the subject, but he always managed to find some link back to his prejudiced position. All rather sad really, but I do wish him a slow recovery with lots of meditation in some quiet surroundings

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Wimbledon starts on the 3rd July. It may, or may not rain. Cliff Richard may or may not entertain the crowds on Centre Court, but Wimbledon without Sir Cliff is rather like Laurel without Hardy.
There may or may not be tantrums from some of the players regarding whether the ball was in or out or on the line.(More likely than not because there always is)

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What we do know is that the strawberries will be extortionately expensive, some women will wear very silly hats, some men will parade around in very silly fancy dress and that there will be wall to wall coverage on our televisions from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm That is eleven hours coverage, plus "highlights" every day!
Perhaps we need "Sir Cliff" after all.

The weather for the coming week is forecast to be wet, cold and windy. What ever happened to summer? Now when I as a boy.......................

Have a nice week