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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Government minister clashes with Newsnight presenter

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/andrea-leadsom-sparks-backlash-after-calling-for-broadcasters-to-be-patriotic-over-brexit-a3572321.html

Andrea Leadsom sparks backlash


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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, as in the interview with Theresa May on the 16th June, following the disasterous fire at Grenfell Tower, or the dangerous and sinister insinuation from Leadsom, that the press and media should somehow report only that which the government finds "acceptable". In this respect, the media have over the past few years needed little encouragement to follow the government lead and have filled their political coverage pages with some of the most scurrilous and biased slanting of facts and personal attacks that I have ever seen in all my experience of political activity. However, this is the first time that a senior conservative government minister has hinted so directly and publicly, that brodcasters should slant their reporting and be "willing to be a bit patriotic" in their reporting.
Leadsom would clearly prefer, along with I suspect many conservative MP's and supporters, a totally controlled press and television,reporting only that which the government "Minister of Information" passes as suitable for public consumption, with broadcasters asking questions and presenting programmes using a prepared and approved script. It is the model used in many other countries as a "thought control" device to influence people and prevent dissent.
I recall a comment made by a resident of another country, to the effect that when the press, radio (and television today), periodicals, advertising, in fact everything that a person can see or read or hear all carry exactly the same message, it is inevtiable that the message is accepted as truth.
As much as I loathe and despise many of the "newspapers" currently available on the news stands (or the "on line" versions), together with television stations broadcasing, with one or two notable exceptions within the ranks of their presenters, a warped version of truth veiled as news, I have no wish to see the same situation occuring here.
Andrea Leadsom is floating an idea which is the thin edge of the wedge.We must never allow broadcasters, television stations or the media to become mere conduits for government propaganda.
The freedom of the press is a right which has been hard won and must not be allowed to be restricted or removed by Leadsom or any of those with similar thoughts.
We may not like what we see, read or hear in the media, we may not agree with much of the nonsense which they churn out almost daily, but it is the only media we have and for the most part it protects us from the excesses of government.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Chaos and confusion as 5 London Tower blocks are evacuated


Five London tower blocks evacuated over cladding safety fears

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Anger, frustration, confusion and fear amongst the residents of 5 London Tower blocks, evacuated almost without any notice or warning yesterday (Friday) afternoon and evening. Many of the evacuated people complained that the first that they had heard of the necessity to leave their homes, was when they saw the news reports on their televisions. The residents from the five high-rise blocks on the Chalcots estate in Swiss Cottage in Camden, were sent to leisure centres where blow up beds had been provided (but without the necessary numbers and withoit the necessary room to inflate them), while others were sent to emergeny hotel accommodation in other areas.
The "evacuation" became even more chaotic as council staff tried to assist the displaced resididents, but without clear guidance or any visible form of organisation.Many of the evacuated families complained bitterly that the situation was "shambolic" while others used stronger words to describe the events. Things seem to be little better this morning (Saturday) as council staff are organising and hiring London taxis to transport the effected families to "other areas".
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Clearly, if these Tower blocks have been found to be unsafe and a fire risk exists, there is no question that the effected families must be moved to safer accommodation while remedial work is carried out. The duration of this remedial work could be weeks or even months, which suggests to me at least that, some degree of planning would be essential in order to minimise as far as may be possible, any disruption and worry for the residents, particularly pensioners and any who may be sick or disabled.

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However, once again, a London council has been found wanting when it comes to the organisation of an undertaking, which by its very nature demands care and attention to detail. Residents, instructed to leave their homes with little if any warning but told to "pack everything for two to three weeks". One resident said, "I packed enough for a week. I didn't have a lot of space left, with my medication and everything. I've got to have it." adding "It's an absolute nightmare. The first I heard about it was live on Sky News. It's absolutely a shambles. They've got a massive team of people in place but nobody by the time we left had knocked on our door, I cried and cried and cried. I love my flat".
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There is something very wrong with the way in which the councils in the area have organised themselves since the disaster of Wednesday 14th June. Lack of planning, lack of leadership and lack of understanding of the issues involved or of the people caught up in the tragedy and its aftermath have all played a large part in the chaotic scenes which we have seen over reent days. The evacuation was clearly necessary but was "organised" in the most shambolic fashion imaginable.





Friday, 23 June 2017

The Conservative party machine is above the law.


Undercover footage sparks new investigation into Tory breaching Representation of People Act during 2017 general election

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The Heath call centre(but if aske say you are callig from Cardiff)
The conservatives are a law unto themselves.
First election expenses and now this, plus whatever else as yet undiscovered unlawful acts that they have got away with over the course of months or even years.
Thse responsible should have spent time in prison after the last discoveries were brought to light, yet they avoided prosecution.
Should these latest allegations be confirmed, then those people responsible must be prosecuted and imprisoned.
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Posing as Axe Research from Neath. (but say Cardif f if anyone asks)
The conservative machine becomes more like some sordid American political organisation with a bottomless pit of money, an unhealthy attitude to getting their candidate elected at all costs and a complete lack of morals, honesty or any understanding of right and wrong.
The "Things are only wrong if you get caught" mentality.
At some time no doubt there will be some form of investigation. It remains to be seen if their imunity from prosecutions persists.


Vdeo link to Channel 4 News at top of this page.

It is not too late to cancel a "risky and expensive" project.

Spending watchdog condemns 'risky and expensive' Hinkley Point

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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 Geat 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.

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It is still not too late to cancell 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 monstrocty, sitting on the coastline of Somerset.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

£2 Billion for the DUP to keep Theresa May in office




DUP broke off talks with Tories for 36 hours and demand £2billion for Northern Ireland

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As the "negotiations" were only broken off by the DUP for a period of 36 hours, we nust assume that the conservative "negotiators" caved in to this blackmail and agreed to pay the £2 billion for infrastructure and NHS projects in Northern Ireland.
While Scotland, Wales and England stuggle with the effects of austerity, cuts and reductions in government exenditure, the Conservative government can pay £2 Billion to meet the demands of the DUP in a squalid backroom deal purely to maintain their position of "power" and to keep a wretched Prime Minister clinging on to her office.

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This is a sordid exercise in hanging on to power at the expense of the country as a whole. It is a scandal and a disgrace. This dispicable government should resign and be investigated for their duplicity in this conspiracy.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Top bankers charged over financial crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/20/sfo-charges-barclays-bank-executives-ceo-2008-qatar-fundraising

Senior Barclays bankers charged with fraud over credit crunch fundraising

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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 center of the scandal with alledged 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 resuted 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.




Summer Sostice 21st June 2017.

The Summer Solstice.

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It has arrived. (Well almost as it is 04:53 at the time of writing this).
The Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere anyway arrives at 05:25 BST.
From today, the days get shorter and consequently the nights become longer as we move towards the awful day in October when that scoundrell creeps around in the middle of the night and vadalises all the clocks in the country (especially mine) causing disruption, inconvenience and body disturbance for the next six months.

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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 hotest for more than 40 years and there is every prospect that the heatwave will continue.
Happy days.