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Friday, 12 February 2016

Provocative and damaging

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-hunt-unilaterally-imposes-new-contract-on-junior-doctors-without-their-agreement-a6867106.html


Jeremy Hunt unilaterally imposes new contract on junior doctors without their agreement



Public overwhelmingly blame Jeremy Hunt for junior doctors strike.





Extreme and dangerous provocation from a moron who has completely lost the plot and yet sees himself as a saviour of the NHS. He seeks to be a 21st Century champion of "the market" and emulate Thatcher in "smashing the unions". this time the junior Doctors.
The TUC must now step up to the plate and call a General Strike in support of the BMA, the NHS and the Junior Doctors who are being victimised and persecuted by Hunt and the rabid right wing Cameron government.



Monday, 8 February 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 07 February 2016



Good morning everyone.



US Treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr (left) and British economist John Maynard Keynes conferring during the Bretton Woods international monetary conference
Keynes helped us through the crisis - but he's still out of favour




THE Cerne Abbas Giant's famous naked form has proved too much for a pub serving the country's MPs.
Political Correctness gone bloody mad. The Cerne Abbas Giant has been around for hundreds of years and although not specifically recorded prior to the mid 1600's reputedly has its origins in Celtic, Roman or even Early Medieval periods.
Obscuring part of the logo for The Cerne Abbas Brewery Ale is just a stupid gesture to a stupid idea of "decency". 


THE Cerne Abbas Giant



Boris Johnson seems to be the latest “anti Europe” MP to fall for “The Cameron Deal”.
The Cameron "rabbit from the hat", the "conversion" of the hard line Euro sceptics now getting on board with Dave, the usual headline stories from the pro Europe media and the usual headline from the anti Europe media.
All very predictable and fast becoming very boring. 


London mayor Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron at an election rally in May 2015.
Johnson near agreement with Cameron on "EU Deal"




Meanwhile, back in Jersey, freight services, (including Condor) the Airport and Harbour, are among areas to be “investigated” by the islands “watchdog” (The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities) during the course of this year. As with the available evidence from other “watchdog” investigations, there will be much gnashing of teeth, wringing of hands and the obligatory “lessons will be learned” comments. However nothing will change and the long suffering islanders will be left with the same raw deal from the operators and the same rhetoric from the States members and officers. Ces't la vie.

Storm Imogen is coming with 80mph winds and heavy rain. Batten down your hatches, but have a nice week.

John

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Cameron is fooling no one but himself.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/emb-0000-eu-referendum-david-cameron-closes-in-on-deal-to-allow-red-card-veto-on-eu-laws-a6847636.html



David Cameron closes in on deal to allow 'red card' veto on EU laws




Cameron with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk


Cameron, pushing out more meaningless rhetoric for consumption by the Euroskeptiks or so he would like. The EU is never going to agree for 1 country (the UK) to be able to "opt out" of European rules, regulations and laws when the objective of the EU is for greater political and economic integration.  
Cameron, is seeking a way to present his "deal" as salvation for Britain, allowing the UK to remain part of the European Union. He would claim the same "victory" even if the "deal" was no more than a blank sheet of A4 paper, which of course it actually is.


Monday, 1 February 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 31 January 2016





 
Good morning everyone.





Frank Finlay and Terry Wogan passed away this week adding to the list of “celebrities” including David Bowie to Alan Rickman, who have died in 2016 and it is only January. It may be imagination, or perhaps a factor of getting older, but it seems that the news of people passing away is about figures who I have almost grown up with. A sobering thought.


 'Sir Michael Terence "Terry" Wogan, KBE DL 3 August 1938 – 31 January 2016

Wogan will be missed by many people. R I P Terry.'                   'Francis (Frank) Finlay, 6 August 1926 – 30 January 2016.

Casanova (in the BBC serial of the same name), John Carter (in Cromwell),Father Geoghagen (in The Wild Geese), Peter Manson (in Bouquet of Barbed Wire), Frank Finlay has played these and many other many roles. A great talent. R I P Frank.'


February brings the 2016 Six Nations Trophy competition to our television screens. I shall liberate my England Rugby shirt from the wardrobe, and practice my rendition of “Swing low Sweet Chariot”, in the optimistic belief that England cannot perform as badly as they did during the World Cup competition last year. It may be a case of “the triumph of hope over experience”, but we shall see.

Meanwhile, back in Jersey in Jersey.

              

“The Living Legend” (or Jersey Experience), a once-popular tourist attraction enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers a year, has closed.
Not many places (if any) left for us tourist to buy the very low quality very high priced tatty rubbish in the "Sale" which lasts all season. They should restore the "Strawberry Farm" to its former glory.


 
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The technical problems which have plagued the “Flagship” Condor Liberation since it came into operation almost a year ago should be significantly reduced in 2016, one of the firm’s directors has said.
You may be forgiven for thinking that in view of the number of "issues" that this white elephant had in 2015 (it came into service less than 12 months ago) there could not possibly be more problems this year.
Could there?

No weather report or forecast today as my little piece of seaweed has dried up.

Have a nice week


Sunday, 31 January 2016

£31billion for 4 submarines while 1 million families rely on Foodbanks.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-could-boycott-trident-vote-to-stem-internal-rebellion-a6844071.html


The Conservatives want to hold a snap vote in the House of Commons to approve the construction of four new submarines




HMS Vigilant, one of four submarines carrying the Trident missile

 

The government can "find" £31billion to renew weapons of mass destruction, but cannot afford to build houses for people crying out for homes. They can find £31billion to build 4 new submarines, but cannot afford to adequately fund welfare for the sick, disabled and pensioners. The government can ignore more than 1 million families, reliant on Foodbanks and other charities, to fund a prestige project implemented with the ultimate objective of killing millions of men, women and children.
Rather than boycotting a vote in the House of Commons, the whole of the Parliamentary Labour Party, together with the wider Labour movement in the country and trade unions should be fighting this pernicious evil programme in the Houses of Parliament, in the work places and on the streets around the country.

Meanwhile in Jersey.




The end of an era as the Living Legend finally shuts its doors

 


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The centre, which opened on the site of the former Strawberry Farm in 1992

THE Living Legend – a once-popular tourist attraction enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers a year – has closed.
Not many places (if any) left for us tourist to buy the very low quality very high priced tatty rubbish in the "Sale" which lasts all season. They should restore the "Strawberry Farm" to its former glory.

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2016/01/26/the-end-of-an-era-as-the-living-legend-finally-shuts-its-doors/



Fewer technical issues for new ferry expected in 2016



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The £50 million vessel is currently in dry dock in Falmouth



THE technical problems which have plagued Condor Liberation since it came into operation almost a year ago should be significantly reduced in 2016, one of the firm’s directors has said.
You may be forgiven for thinking that in view of the number of "issues" that this white elephant had in 2015 (it came into service less than 12 months ago) there could not possibly be more problems this year.
Could there?

 http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2016/01/30/fewer-technical-issues-for-new-ferry-expected-in-2016/


Monday, 25 January 2016

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 24 January 2016





New Agenda on Sunday.

A round up of New Agenda and much much more


Good morning everyone.


Christine Lagarde at a press conference with Wolfgang Schäuble and George Osborne at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington last April
Osborne backs Christine Lagarde



Davos, a town in the Swiss Alps, boasting several ski areas, including Jakobshorn, Pischa, Rinerhorn and Parsenn, which have downhill slopes and cross-country pistes. It’s also home to a large natural ice rink and the Vaillant Arena ice-hockey stadium. At the moment, Davos is the venue for the "World Economic Forum 2016", which is little more than a "jolly" for "World Leaders", where loads of hot air conversation is intermingled with quaffing very expensive alcohol and consuming large quantities of rich food and "working lunch" sandwiches. The net results of these three days of meetings will be a few inches on the waistlines of many of the attendees, a few ruffled feathers of ego's and perhaps some severe hangovers. The effects of the meeting to ordinary people around the world will be at best minimal, as most of the "decisions" reached, never progress beyond the text of the print on the final "agreed" communiqué.
Nice few days away from the office then.

The oil companies are bleating about the cuts in their profits (albeit that they are sill making £billions of profit anyway) brought about by “plunging crude oil prices” in the markets. Apart from the gesture of some supermarkets to have a marginal reduction of their prices (down 1.5p per litre) I have not seen any evidence of “plunging prices” of fuel at the pump.

You may have noticed that the long predicted “heavy snow” which has been forecast for weeks, finally arrived, but on the East Coast area of the United States. Storm Jonas is now apparently racing across the Atlantic and is expected here on Tuesday! However, we need not worry about 40 inches of snow falling on us over a period of 24 hours. By the time it gets to the United Kinfdom the snow will have turned to rain. We may have to uncover the boats again.

Have a nice week
John