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Monday, 23 October 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 22nd October 2017


Good morning everyone.


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"Brian" arrived and has now passed into the North Sea. The storm did not, fortunately, cause as much wind damage and flooding coupled with the rain and Spring Tides as was intitally predicted but never the less did cause great inconvenience to many. Brian followed Hurricane Ophelia which lashed Ireland, killing at least three people and which I commented on last week. This is but the latest in the severe weather phenomena which seem to be occurring more frequently not only here, but around the world. Today, the sun is shining but is is very cold. The predictions are that this will give way to very warm air from the South during the week, with temperatures likely to be in the mid to high twenties. The man on the BBC weather forecast says that this is unprecedented for late October in the UK. Now all this raises the question, with me at least, whether this all is due to "Global Warming" creating weather extremes here and around the world.
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However, Donald Trump has tweeted that Global Warming is a Chinese hoax, created "in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive", and more recently "It's a hoax. I mean, it's a money-making industry, OK? It's a hoax". Now there are of course, other "Climate change deniers" who perhaps stop short of claiming it to be a Chinese hoax, but Trump is the President of the United States, (the country which comes second on the list of countries producing the most carbon dioxide emissions), so we should believe everything he says. (shouldn't we?).

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I have written on previous occasions about "Questions to the Prime Minister" or PMQ's as it is commonly known.The way in which the Chamber invariably conducts itself with interruptions from the Speaker with, "Order, Order" and the not infrequent admonishments to individual members for their behaviour or shouting, have often drawn comments from me that Wednesday PMQ's brings this House of Commons procedure into disrepute with members behaving more like very unruly children rather than adults who are responsible for the government of this country.
On Wednesday, (18th October 2017) however it was different.
Read the full posting at: https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/now-it-is-time-for-prime-minister-and.html

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Why is Sky Television News, some "pundits" on BBC news and the usual suspects in the media, so euphoric about the "agreement to accelerate Brexit negotiations"?
Everyone knows that the "negotiations" are in chaos the whole question of Brexit is a complete mess and that the government are fractured as to where we are and more importantly, where we should be going. There is not even agreement as to what "accelerate the discussions" actually means in any case.
Read the full posting at: http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/the-euphoria-of-some-of-our-media.html

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Another day, another "cabinet split"as Amber Rudd says "No deal Brexit is unthinkable". Within minutes of this revelation, television news is reporting that there is a "cabinet split" on the question of capping tuition fees! There is no end to this madness. For how much longer must this country endure a fractured and leaderless government?

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A final passing comment on the Express (who else) who are predicting in very excitable terms that 11 (yes eleven) more "Wild Storms" will ravage Britain "before the end of winter". This is coupled with another cause for concern reported in their "story", that " A COLOSSAL plume of freezing air will sweep down from the Arctic and in from eastern Europe THIS WEEK engulfing Britain in sub-zero temperatures until SPRING". Who ever it is that writes these Express stories seems to have a different brand of "ACME seaweed prediction kit", from everybody else.(Keep your thermals handy, just in case)



Have a nice week

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Another backroom "deal" to save Theresa May.

EU breaks deadlock to save Theresa May amid fears she could be ousted
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This is incredible. Moreover, it is dangerous and anti democratic, but this Prime Minister knows all about "deals" which are anti democratic.
Theresa May resorted to a seedy backroom deal with the DUP which contained a £1.5 billion bribe for the Unionists to keep her and her and her sordid "government" in power at Westminster. She now pleads with the EU for them to soften their stance on Brexit in order to save herself being ousted from number 10. We have yet to establish what inducement she has given to Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkle and the other European "negotiators", but it is evident that the "policy" of bribe and kickback has again rescued Theresa May, at least in the short term. Again, self interest and graft so common amongst conservative politicians generally, has prevailed and what is more the European Union in the form of Barnier, Juncker and Merkle have become accomplices in the charade.

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By propping up a lame duck Prime Minister, in the same way that the DUP propped up the government at Westminster, the European Union has lost all credibility in their dealings with this and any future governments. We can be certain that any "deal" which may ultimately be agreed will be in the best interests of the EU, the government of the UK and its fractured cabinet but certainly not in the interests of the British people. In the same way that the EU and the IMF chastised the people of Greece, Theresa May has given carte blanche to Brussels for them to punish the people of this country.




Friday, 20 October 2017

Now it is time for the Prime Minister and her government to go.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/19/theresa-may-seeks-brexit-deal-she-can-defend-from-eu27


Theresa May pleads with EU27 for Brexit deal she can defend


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I have written on previous occasions about "Questions to the Prime Minister" or PMQ's as it is commonly known.The way in which the Chamber invariably conducts itself with interruptions from the Speaker with,  "Order, Order" and the not infrequent admonishments to individual members for their behaviour or shouting, have often drawn comments from me that Wednesday PMQ's brings this House of Commons procedure into disrepute with members behaving more like very unruly children than adults who are responsible for the government of this country.
On Wednesday, (18th October 2017) however it was different. True there were the interruptions from members, the baying and shouting, the noise of unruly behaviour and John Burcow seeking to keep some sort of order, but this PMQ's session was different in the sense that the observer may well have take the view that this was perhaps not the last, but certainly very close to the last time that we shall see Theresa May at the despatch box trying but failing to convince her own benches, the rest of the assembled MP's and the watching media that she is in charge of her facts and capable of leading this country. She is of course adequately capable of answering the "planted questions",  from her own MP's sitting behind her, but in the "thinking on her feet" performances she demonstrates only hesitancy, confusion and ineptitude.
She already has had three dreadful episodes over the past few weeks. The Florence speech was poor in content and delivery, the speech to the Conservative party Conference was a disaster and last weeks PMQ's (11th October 2017), reduced the Prime Minister to second place in the performance ratings behind Jeremy Corbyn. Wednesday's performance continued this wretched path of a Prime Minister rapidly sinking towards the depths of obscurity leaving nothing behind except the sad memory of someone promoted beyond the level of their own competence. Struggling to find a response to questions on employment and falling wages leading to reliance on benefits, stuttering and evasive on criticisms of Universal Credit and its effect that delays in payments has upon thousands of claimants, a subject which will haunt her for the rest of the day and beyond, funding for the lifting of the public sector pay cap much talked about by Jeremy Hunt and the rest of the government brought about another oblique reference to the Prime Ministers now ridiculed "magic money tree", but no substantive answers, growing indebtedness, specifically of young people, drew the tired, pathetic and untrue cliche used by the Conservatives ad nauseum over the past ten years, of the "deficit that the Labour government left us" was the cause of all conservative economic ills, the Prime Minister was clearly relived when this initial examination was over and she was able to retire into the safer ground of the "planted" questions from conservative allies.


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The rest of the day ofered no respite from the embarrassment to this government and its embattled Prime Minister. The opposition motion on pausing the roll out of Universal Credits was passed by 299 votes to nil when conservative whips ordered their MP's to abstain rather than face a humiliating defeat. A tactic which drew criticism from Speaker John Burcow. Some hours after this debate, in a pathetic response, Theresa May's deputy Damien Green said, "All governments have to abide by the rules of parliament. We’re a parliamentary democracy, as the Speaker said last night, motions like that are non-binding motions, so they don’t engage government activity particularly. On any individual vote, the chief whip and the whips will decide what the party’s position will be, but, absolutely, we contribute fully to parliament and we obviously will continue to respect parliamentary rules.”.


Clearly, this government is in a shambles and the position of its leader is confirmed as untenable with each passing day. Scurrying off to Brussels for a "working dinner"with the other EU leaders, Theresa May sought to gain some support, pleading for a Brexit  "deal" which she can defend to voters back home. Again she was greatly disappointed when it was made perfectly clear to her that the United Kingdom has not made any real progress since her clarification speech and "proposals" in Florence.
There was perhaps the consolation prize of a hug and a kiss on both cheeks as she left the meeting, but she must have been very conscience of the fact that Jeremy Corbyn and his "Brexit team" were also in Brussels for meetings with Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Prime Ministers of other EU nations.
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The Prime Minister and her government cling on in the vain belief that things will improve.The United Kingdom is being led towards the precipice of a "no deal" Brexit and the government are unable, or perhaps more accurately unwilling to prevent that situation. The divisions within this fractured cabinet and government are tearing the country apart and Theresa May is powerless to stop it. It is time for the government to go and take this wretched Prime Minister with them.








    

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The War Game.



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An article in Newsweek under the heading of "Worried About Nuclear Explosion? Here's What To Do", caught my eye this morning. It brought to mind a television programme made in 1965, but which was immediately banned from being broadcast. This ban remained in place until 1985 when the film was finally released for screening. If you have never seen it you may wish to watch on this link.
Even today, although obviously now dated, it is probably the most powerful argument against nuclear weapons and nuclear warfare that has ever been made.


"09:16am. A single megaton nuclear missile overshoots Manston airfield in Kent and airbursts 6 miles from this position. At this distance, the heatwave is sufficient to cause melting of the upturned eyeball, third degree burning of the skin and ignition of furiture"




Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The euphoria of some of our media.



May and Juncker agree to ACCELERATE talks amid negotiation deadlock

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Why is Sky Television News, some "pundits" on BBC news and the usual suspects in the media, so euphoric about the "agreement to accelerate Brexit negotiations"?
Everyone knows that the "negotiations" are in chaos the whole question of Brexit is a complete mess and that the government are fractured as to where we are and more importantly, where we should be going. There is not even agreement as to what "accelerate the discusions" actually means in any case.
Rather than hailing Theresa May's meeting last night (over dinner of course) as a victory for the Prime Minister's diplomacy, this jaundiced corner of the British media should be more concerned as to how we can extricate ourselves from this chaotic mess and achieve a settlement which is in the best interest of people and business generally. It certainly will not be achieved with Theresa May at the helm and David Davis leading the negotiations.

Monday, 16 October 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 15th October 2017



Good morning everyone.


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Last week, the Daily Express was forecasting "heavy snow". They were wrong (again) it is, in fact a hurricane. Well, almost a hurricane as it "barrels" (why do the media use that word?) across the Bay of Biscay, heading towards Ireland. By the time it reaches County Cork and Kerry, sometime early on Monday morning, it will have lost its category 2 status and be "no more than" a severe storm. The South West will feel the effects of the 90mph winds and heavy rain, so if you live in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset etc, the advice is batten down the hatches and stop buying the Express.
Prime Minister Theresa May, completed the "hat trick" on Wednesday at "Questions to the Prime Minister". Following the disaster Turin speech and the even worse speech to Conservative party Conference, Theresa May probably came to the Commons with high expectations of dealing heavy blows to the Labour opposition with the support of a united cabinet and the baying, howling ranks of backbenchers as is normal at PMQ's behind her. Alas, in this expectation she will have been sadly disappointed
Read the full text at: https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/there-never-was-any-real-reconcilliation.html (copy and paste link)



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The road outside our cottage is quite narrow being no more than 12-15 feet wide (I do not and have never used the metre/centimetre nonsense) before it reaches the bank of the brook which eventually runs into the sea at WestBay about 6 miles away (I do not use kilometres either).
The road, according to the Post Office and all official bodies, is named "Main Street" though I defy anyone to find a sign to that effect as it is a very small village and is probably no more than a hamlet. The village is surrounded by farmland and is subject to the usual farm traffic which is normal for rural areas. However, over the past few weeks and certainly becoming even more noticeable over recent days, the tarmac road surface has disappeared beneath a layer finely chopped straw or hay covering which has been discharged from the large tractor drawn trailers passing at approximately three minute intervals on their way to and from some dumping ground at the Bus stop end of the village. 

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(Bus stop-Yes. Buses-No). This hay or straw covering, which is only marginally less offensive that the animal slurry which also frequently covers the road, becomes wet and sticky when it rains and then hardens off ready to receive the next days dumping to be dragged onto paths and into houses despite using the mats outside the front door. I appreciate that in rural areas this may be a common occurrence, but surely there must be a by law somewhere in the ancient laws which can prevent or control the excesses of this nuisance.


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I am becoming increasingly irritated by the finger glued to thumb gesture from the blonde/sand coloured hair (just about covering the grey), orange coloured skin megalomaniac who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,  DC. 
Following reports of the most recent temper tantrum reverberating around the corridors of the White House, Donald Trump appeared on television screens around the world ranting about how evil Iran is and how they are reneging on their commitments to the Iranian Nuclear Agreement.
Read the full text at: https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/the-latest-temper-tantrum-is-littered.html (copy and paste link)
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There is something very strange about the Conservative party. As each day passes, "several Tory MP's and even the DUP urge Theresa May to sack...........", somebody or other. The latest is the Chancellor Philip Hammond joining the list of Johnson, Schaps, Rudd, Davis, and others who over the past few days alone have incurred the wrath of one or other of the factions fighting for control of the corpse of the conservative party. Theresa May should do the decent thing and sack the lot of them, herself included and call a general election.

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After the strong winds and heavy rain, the predictions are that things will calm down, but become colder. However, avoid the Express as they are still carrying "Hurricane Ophelia: Troops on standby in UK & Ireland as Met Office warns of DANGER TO LIFE"

Have a nice week

John





Saturday, 14 October 2017

The latest temper tantrum is littered with falsehood and distortion.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/iran-nuclear-deal-trump-eu-federica-mogherini-netanyahu-israel-a7999556.html


World leaders have pledged their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal after Donald Trump withdrew his support for the landmark agreement.


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I am becoming increasingly irritated by the finger glued to thumb gesture from the blonde/sand coloured hair (just about covering the grey), orange coloured skin megalomaniac who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,  DC. 
Following reports of the most recent temper tantrum reverberating around the corridors of the White House, Donald Trump appeared on television screens around the world ranting about how evil Iran is and how they are reneging on their commitments to the Iranian Nuclear Agreement. He is wrong of course since none of the other signatories to the deal, China, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom and the European Union agree with him and have all stated that they consider that Iran is fully compliant with the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)" or Iran Nuclear Deal as it is commonly known, reached in July 2015 and which included the United States under the then President Barak Obama.  

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It therefore follows that Trump is mistaken in his assertions or perhaps more accurately, he is being deliberately mischevious and provocative by stating what he knows to be untrue in pursuit of (not very well) hidden objectives. 
Moreover, he throws in other falsehoods in justification of his allegations many of which are in fact not even amongst the terms or points in the agreement. 
His rantings did however fall short, but only just, of committing the United States to "totally destroying" Iran and therein lies perhaps the real motives for Trump's astonishing outburst. He has been frustrated in his aspirations to achieve American domination in the world by spreading "peace and democracy" through regime change in other countries. For this failure of American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, Trump blames Iran and Russia. The twisted logic of Trump's reasoning produces the solution that by reimposing even more severe sanctions against Tehran he can bring down the Iranian government. He refuses to accept the overwhelming evidence that sanctions did not work in the past and have had little effect in other disputes. More over, if he expected that the other signatories to the agreement would blindly follow America's lead, he is very mistaken.
It appears that Trump seeks to lead the United States into another war regardless of any consequences. For the moment, the question of North Korea is on a back burner as the President stokes the rhetoric against Iran and its people. In  connection with Iran, Trump has badly miscalculated and the indications are that he is miscalculating in respect of Korea.

Donald John Trump the 45th President of the United States, is a very dangerous man.