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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Theresa May deceived by her apparent showing in the polls,

Prime Minister May refuses to rule out tax rises under future Tory government.

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Theresa May has refused to rule out any increase to the standard rates of tax and National Insurance, increases which are invariably accompanied with cuts to Corporation tax, while at the same time she has refused to restate a commitment to the "Triple lock" annual increase to the State Pension. There have been rumbling from the conservative benches for more than 12 months, that the "Triple lock" should in fact be scrapped altogether along with concessionary fares, television licences and winter fuel payments

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, at once condemned the Prime Minister's failure to rule out tax increases and the apparent abandonment of the "Triple Lock" on State Pensions and confirmed that the Labour Party would retain the Triple lock and the existing concessions for fares, television licences and winter fuel payments. John McDonnell said, 

"'Theresa May's refusal to commit the Tories to maintaining the pensions triple lock only further proves the Tories are abandoning older people. It's now clear pensions protections are now in jeopardy. Labour will stand up for older people by maintaining the pensions triple lock and by keeping the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes so that the elderly can go about their lives with the dignity they deserve."

It seems that Theresa May and the conservative party generally, have become increasingly mesmerized with their apparent showing in the polls, placing them anywhere between 20 or even 40 percentage points ahead of Labour. We should of course remember that opinion polls have historically been very wrong over recent times and rarely if ever present a true picture of the intentions of the voting public.Moreover, these polls are conducted by and on behalf of a particular political position and presented in media which is more inclined to support the government than to indicate any support for the opposition, particularly the Labour party. In consequence, we should take the current spate of opinion polls with a very large pinch of salt and allow the conservatives to be convinced by their own propaganda. It is for this reason that Theresa May and the conservative grandees and pundits seem convinced that the result of the election is a foregone conclusion and consequently they can refuse to rule out tax increases and in the same breath abandon the "Triple lock" pension increases and the other age related concessions.
What else then might we expect from a government which if re elected on June 8th, believes its position to be unassailable?
The NHS is already underfunded, understaffed and on the verge of collapse in many departments, not least of all in A&E, The programme of privatisation, which has advanced rapidly over recent months,will accelerate ten fold as the excuses of "failing hospitals", "missed targets" "growing waiting lists" will be pushed forward as reasons for selling our NHS to the private sector, not withstanding that the failures are solely due to intentional government policies implemented specifically to allow privatisation. Government funding for GP's, district healthcare, mental health facilities and after care welfare will all be cut back to allow the private sector to pick up chunks of the NHS at bargain basement prices.The Labour party will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure publicly provided NHS 
Hosing in both public and private sectors would continue to be neglected under another conservative government, with more and more people never having the ability to own or rent their own home. Labour will build a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million homes in social housing.
The conservative government would continue to favour tax avoiding companies and the wealthy,  with concessionary tax and the rich few at the expense of the many. The Labour party will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, act against executive pay pay excesses and shrink the gap between the highest and the lowest paid.

Just a few areas where voting conservative on June 8th will be to the detriment of people in this country for generations to come.The conservatives have  over the past seven years, destroyed large sections of our society, our transport services and our NHS. They have demonised and punished anyone dependent upon welfare payments weather or not they are in employment.
They have presided over an economy ravaged with the consequences of their austerity measures and yet they and their media masters would have us believe that over 45% of the voters will vote for them in the general election.

The arrogance and vanity of Theresa May and her conservative government is breathtaking.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

May's cynical exercise in political opportunism


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Within 12 hours of Theresa May announcing that there would be a General Election on June 8th, both Sky News and BBC News 24 had launched into their "election coverage", with glaringly obvious bias towards the government preferred issue of making the election solely about "Brexit", and their own long running campaign to undermine and smear Jeremy Corbyn. It was particularly conspicuous in the nightly "Newspaper Preview" item, where both sets of Sky and BBC previewers contrived within a few minuets of the start of their comments managed to link how an election would in fact strengthen Theresa May's position in the "Brexit" negotiations and how some mostly unnamed Labour MP's were allegedly, already saying that they would not support the leadership and would campaign on "their own manifesto's". We can confidently expect that over the course of the next few days and weeks, the tone of this two pronged bias to become even more hysterical and personal as conservative and media desperation with the prospect of Labour winning becomes more of reality. This morning, Victoria Derbyshire now infamous for her bias as shown in the Labour Party leadership debates of last year, lost no time in throwing in the barbed comments Corbyn's leadership if Labour lost or whether he would be Prime Minister if Labour won. This was amongst her almost incessant banging on and on about Brexit talking over who ever the question was directed at. The though crossed my mind as to why no one ever says to this woman Why don’t you just shut up and listen to the answers?". A very twisted and warped interviewer too obsessed with the image of her own importance.

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Over the course of the next 6 weeks, the conservatives and their media collaborators in the press and on television, will be seeking to provoke our candidates, party workers and supporters into stale debate on Brexit and the way in which negotiations should be conducted. The empty rhetoric and meaningless clichés which Theresa May spewed out from the podium in Downing Street failed to conceal the real reasons behind the about face of historic proportions which she performed yesterday (18th April). The decision was always about political opportunity and her vision of increasing the conservative majority in the House of Commons. She has responded to the picture in the opinion polls in a crude and cynical exercise in political opportunism, and no matter what her own MP's may say when dragged out to support her party line, the public recognise that this as a cynical ploy just to increase her majority and has nothing at all to do with National interest.

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We in the Labour party must ensure that we are not drawn into the narrow debate on Brexit or the party leadership. The people of this country have endured the oppression of austerity for the past seven years, the cuts to the NHS which has resulted in extended waiting times, less doctors and nurses, reductions in GP's and the invaluable service which they provide for our communities, the continuing cuts to social services mental health care and welfare, the never ending housing crisis, depriving families of any prospect of ever having their own homes. These are but some of the issues which we must drive home to the British people and ensure that we put the message across that there is another way forward and that there are alternatives to austerity. We must emphasise that the Labour party represents all society, not just a privileged few. A few sections of our society grow rich at the expense of the many and the sick, disabled, unemployed and those reliant on welfare are left behind. It is not right and it is not fair.

The Labour party offers an alternative to the status quo of past decades and it is our responsibility to ensure that message is spread to all corners of the country  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

We must fight the campaign on our agenda and not the negative agenda set by our opponents.

Between now and polling day on June 8th, the television, media and the conservatives will concentrate their attacks on two issues. The first will be a totally negative attack on Jeremy Corbyn and the leadership of the Labour party. An attack which the media and their television allies have been waging against Labour for more than two years. The second line of their campaign will be a continuation of the "Brexit" issue where Theresa May and her conservative government are in real trouble on their own benches and in the Lords. Both these issues are but diversions attempting to deflect the public away from the real issues facing the country today and the effect that years of coalition and then conservative government has had on the lives of ordinary people. We must resist being drawn into these sterile side alley's and we must concentrate our arguments on the real issues affecting people lives. We must concentrate our arguments towards our own programme and our own solutions.
1. Full employment and an economy that works for all:
“We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations and guarantee a decent job for all.
2. A secure homes guarantee:
“We will build a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy.
3. Security at work:
“We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights, including mandatory collective bargaining for companies with 250 or more employees.
4. Secure our NHS and social care:
“We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board and ensure parity for mental health services.”
5. A national education service, open to all:
“We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
6. Action to secure our environment:
“We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environment policies, and take our fair share of action to meet the Paris climate agreement - starting by getting on track with our Climate Change Act goals.
7. Put the public back into our economy and services:
“We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities, and increase local and regional democracy.
8. Cut income and wealth inequality:
“We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, act against executive pay excess and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid – FTSE 100 CEOs are now paid 183 times the wage of the average UK worker, and Britain’s wages are the most unequal in Europe.
9. Action to secure an equal society:
“We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice.
10. Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy:
“We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.

These points and others, must be at the forefront of our campaign to win the election and to fight the campaign on our agenda and not the negative agenda set by our opponents

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On June 9th,The Labour Party will form the next government.

May to seek snap election for 8 June

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The polls say that the Conservatives will win.
The reality is that the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn can now fulfil the potential and the promise of a new way for this country and its people. Now is the time for all Labour MP's and all those people who will become the new intake of Labour MP's on June 9th and all those party members and supporters who have been working for this new way for Britain to come together, rally behind the party leadership and evict the Conservatives who have destroyed large sections of our society, our transport services and our NHS.

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Together, we shall form the next government of this country and Jeremy Corbyn will be the next Prime Minister.

Vote Labour on June 8th.

Monday, 17 April 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 16 April 2017

Good morning everyone

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RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, US. Around 1500 passengers and crew, were lost with the ship.

For those lost and those survivors who have since passed away. R I P

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Sean Spicer
Donald Trump, that’s the President of the United States for anyone who had not heard of him yet, appointed a new Press Secretary to handle the media conferences in the White House and to be the interface between the press and the White House. It seems that the appointed person is another of Trump's less fortunate decisions with gaffes and goofs (and the odd untruth along the way), the new man is an embarrassment to everyone, not least of all to himself. There is not enough room in Spicer's mouth for another foot, and yet he finds enough space for more stupidity.
On top of his Hitler comments he reveals that the American goal is to destabilise Syria. Which we already knew, but it is comforting to have the Presidents spokesperson confirm the awful fact.
Come back Donald Rumsfeld, at least you were funny.

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Boris has not had a very good week, First, he failed to get the rest of the G7 on board to impose additional sanctions on Russia and then at the UN he was again isolated (apart from the United States and France that is) in a similar quest and even Theresa May distanced herself from his remarks. John McDonnell added his observation saying that Boris Johnson is a liability for Britain. 

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McDonnell is being kind to the former "Have I got News for You" Chair and panellist
Boris Johnson is far more than a liability for Britain, he is an unmitigated disaster and should have remained with HIGNFY as the butt of Paul Merton's barbed humour.

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The investigations into Conservative election expenses spending is now more than 12 months long and shows little sign of being resolved. This saga will drag on and on, being kicked into the long grass by an establishment and judiciary who do not wish to pursue the allegations of election "irregularities" against named conservative MP's . They fear that sitting MP's may be removed from office (or even worse) thus destroying the governments already slim majority.
Read the complete item at:"The "investigations" into the Conservative election expenses drags on and on". (
Copy and paste link.

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Meanwhile, back in Jersey or perhaps more accurately at some point between Elizabeth Terminal St Helier and Poole Ferry port. Condor Liberation has engine problems. The fast ferry services to and from the UK and Guernsey have been disrupted over the bank holiday weekend after a fault with one of the Liberation’s engines. The problem was discovered on Friday night and led to a delayed arrival in Poole. Saturday’s sailing times then had to be amended to ensure that the crew got enough rest hours before starting work again. Those delays, which have been compounded by tides, were also due to affect sailings scheduled for Sunday and Monday. All sailings have been delayed by around five-and-a-half hours. Engine and other problems, every year since in went into service. Déjà vu.

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Weather forecasting seems to be a very inexact science. The weather predictions vary according to which channel you choose to watch and even then which weather person is doing the forecast. Ten degree temperature variations from day to day, rain, sun, frost, fog and even snow and all within the space of 24 hours. I shall stick with my trusty piece of seaweed. Roll on summer.

Have a nice week

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The "investigations" into the Conservative election expenses drags on and on.

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This saga will drag on and on, being kicked into the long grass by an establishment and judiciary who do not wish to pursue the allegations of election "irregularities" against named conservative MP's . They fear that sitting MP's may be removed from office (or even worse) thus destroying the governments already slim majority.

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The protracted "investigation" into the allegations of election expenses fraud will continue until all those involved are either dead or singing "Under the spreading chestnut tree", in some community home in the country.
It is a scandal and an outrage and demonstrates quite clearly how the public are being deceived and ignored by the election authorities and the police.

Monday, 10 April 2017

New Agenda on Sunday is out. Edition of 09 April 2017

Good morning everyone

It seems that the "gremlin" has returned as I have not received "New Agenda on Sunday" in my e=mail box. Consequently. I have had to resort to the fix that I was using a couple of weeks back when the same problem occurred. Hope it still works.

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I note with disgust, that both Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury (to name but two) have dropped the word "Easter" from their egg ranges.
Now I am not a particularly religious person, but I will not be dictated to, instructed by, or otherwise taught how to behave by a bunch of self appointed, impertinent, PC brigade meddlers, who seem to have too much time on their hands and little else to do.I
shall continue to use the word "Easter" as I will continue to use the word "Christmas" at the appropriate time. Anyone who disagrees with that can get ........and go to ......
Happy Easter everyone !!.

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A group of schoolchildren were spotted beneath the cliffs at West Bay despite repeated warnings about the dangers of potential rockfalls. A 20-strong group, including adults, were seen taking measurements and examining rocks, apparently on a school field trip, they even stopped for lunch on the rocks.!
People have been killed in rockfalls at this spot. and yet children are encouraged to work beneath the cliff face. Sheer lunacy.

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Brian Moore, 55, former England hooker and one of the Rugby World Cup winning side of 2003 and now a member of BBC's rugby commentary team, is is intensive care after suffering a heart attack.
Hang in there Brian !
Best wishes for a speedy return to the commentary box and those caustic comments especially "feeding" at the scrum.
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Since early 2013, the American government closely followed by the United Kingdom government and with the French governments padding along at their heels like some well rained and obedient poodle, have been desperately seeking some justification, no matter how tenuous, to become involved in the Syrian Civil war. In this odious quest, they have been enthusiastically encouraged and supported by a media and television machine, frantically baying for the removal of Bashar al Assad and the Damascus government.
(Read the full transcript at "The hypocrisy of the Western Powers" copy and paste link)

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Timothy Peter Pigott-Smith OBE May 1946 – 7 April 2017 an English film and television actor and author.
I remember Pigott-Smith mainly for his brief appearance in Downton Abbey as Sir Philip Tapsell attending Sybil Branson in childbirth, and then as Brigadier Timothy Wilson in Foyles war.
In a career spanning many years in film and television, he was eventually recognised as one of the United Kingdom's great actors.
Tim Pigott-Smith. R I P

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Dr Rebecca Louise Ovenden 32, who wrote a viral Facebook post bemoaning the state of the NHS has been found dead.
R I P Dr Ovenden.

After a few days of record temperatures, the weather forecasters are now predicting a return of a cold front for next week. Astonishingly, one of them was even forecasting snow! Fortunately, I have not put the De Longhi's back into the garage yet.

Have a nice week