Follow by Email

Monday, 27 February 2017





Good morning everyone


Image result for referee Romain Poite England Italy 26 feb 2017




Swing low sweet Chariot.

England 36 pts Italy 15 pts.

A game of two halves where for the first 40 minutes the Italians stood off most of the loose play, the referee ran around shouting "Tackle only...tackle only", in his French accent, (but I freely admit that his English is far superior to my non existent French) the English 15 wandered around scratching their heads in puzzled bewilderment asking referee, Romain Poite what was going on, only to be told "I am referee not coach".
See full text at http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/a-game-of-two-halves.html (copy and paste link)


Image result for bill paxton apollo 13Image result for bill paxton titanic


 Two names from different worlds passed away over the weekend.
I only remember seeing Bill Paxton in two films. Titanic and Apollo 13 playing Fred Haise, lunar module pilot. In Titanic as Brok Lovet the expedition leader he had the truly memorable line "and that make you my new best friend" when speaking to Rose about "The Heart of the Ocean" diamond.

William "Bill" Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017[1][2]) American actor and director. R I P


Image result for gerald kaufman





From politics, Sir Gerald Bernard Kaufman was a British Labour politician who served as a Member of Parliament first for Manchester Ardwick and then for Manchester Gorton.
One of the most recognisable Labour party MP's
Gerald Kaufman R I P.




Related image



Why would an MP of any party, seek to filibuster and destroy a bill demanding the ratification of a treaty on domestic violence? What hidden agenda can Philip Davies possibly have, for opposing any measures aimed at preventing violence against women and domestic violence?


Image result for Pauline Latham




Another conservative HP who certainly raised my eyebrows this week, with her instruction to the rest of us to "Stop being sentimental about child refugees". How indicative her views are of Conservative government policy on this issue is not clear, but certainly her abhorrent remarks demonstrate a callous and uncaring demeanour to a tragic situation which the United Kingdom government and Latham, chooses to ignore.
Latham went on to say that, " if children were living in “rat-infested” shelters with no mattresses in Greece, that was not Britain’s concern.
An incredible attitude


Related image




Sky News is the limit. If at all possible, it is becoming more "Americanised" very hour.
Not content with using "Skedule" when they should use "Schedule", this week they referred to a "Lewtenant" rather than a " lieutenant". Sky news is full of people who should be working in the States rather than contaminating my television. An awful "news" channel in any case they should be closed down as to continue operating as a broadcaster is "not in the public interest".

Today it is raining, as it rained yesterday and probably will tomorrow as well. The "pundits" and weather presenters are forecasting for this week, a mini heat wave, or another storm, or snow or fog or a combination of all four depending on which channel you watch or which paper you read.
Perhaps they have all run out of seaweed,


Have a nice week.




A game of two halves




England suggest Italy’s no-ruck innovation could kill rugby union
Image result for england 35 Italy 13 26 feb 2017


Swing low sweet Chariot.

England 36 pts Italy 15 pts.

A game of two halves where for the first 40 minutes the Italians stood off most of the loose play, the referee ran around shouting "Tackle only...tackle only", in his French accent, (but I freely admit that his English is far superior to my non existent French) the English 15 wandered around scratching their heads in puzzled bewilderment asking referee, Romain Poite what was going on, only to be told "I am referee not coach".



Image result for referee Romain Poite England Italy 26 feb 2017



Leading by 10 pts to 5 pts at half time, the Italians must have been feeling very pleased with themselves as they trotted of for a cup of tea and an orange.
The fly on the wall of the England dressing room however, must have been very embarrassed as the air probably turned blue as Eddie Jones, England head coach treated his players to his frank opinion of what he thought was going on and what they should be doing about it.
The second half was different and within a few minutes England were leading 17pts to 10pts as they learned to pick up the uncontested ball (the Italians were sticking to their game plan) and drive through the yawning gaps in the Italian defence line. On a few occasions, even perplexing the visitors as the English pack stood off the loose play to hear the "Tackle only...tackle only".




Image result for referee Romain Poite England Italy 26 feb 2017



After that it was almost one way traffic as England shredded the Italian defence, scoring more tries to run out worthy winners.
The next game is the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland in two weeks followed by a trip to Dublin for the last match of this 6 Nations tournament against Ireland. From the way Scotland beat Wales by 29 pts to 13 pts and Ireland beat France by 19 pts to 9 pts, on Saturday, England will have to improve a number of areas of their game and sharpen up on their thought processes to have any prospect of winning the 6 Nations trophy let alone the possibility of a back to back Grand Slam's a feat not achieved since 1997 and 1998 when France took the title.



Sunday, 26 February 2017

John Rentoul still predicting the end of the Labour leadership


That is the end of Jeremy Corbyn, then. 

says John Rentoul of the Independent.

Image result for john rentoul
John Rentoul: "Journalist"
Rentoul has been agitating, pushing and encouraging the removal of Jeremy Corbyn since the day following the Labour leadership election of September 2015. As perhaps the most high-profile defender of Tony Blair, Rentoul describes himself as "having a slavish admiration" for the former Prime Minister, which probably explains his constant and usually distorted reporting on the Labour leadership. Rentoul was a vocal and enthusiastic supporter
of Liz Kendall in the first leadership election and supported Owen Smith in the 2016 election, thus is it not difficult to see where his political preferences lie.
The article contains the usual distortion and biased slant as is common in the vast majority of John Rentoul's "articles" concerning Jeremy Corbyn.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Conservative MP says that child refugees are "not Britain’s concern".

Stop being sentimental about child refugees, says Tory MP

Image result for Pauline Latham
Pauline Elizabeth Latham OBE


Pauline Elizabeth Latham, Conservative Party politician, the member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire, adds her contribution to the debate on child refugees. How indicative her views are of Conservative government policy on this issue is not clear, but certainly her abhorrent remarks demonstrate a callous and uncaring demeanor to a tragic situation which the United Kingdom government and Latham, chooses to ignore. Latham went on to say that, " if children were living in “rat-infested” shelters with no mattresses in Greece, that was not Britain’s concern.
When it comes to indifference and insensitivity, conservative MP's have few equals.



A practice which should be banned from Parliamentary debate.

Tory MP in 90-minute attempt to talk out domestic violence bill
Related image
Philip Davies: The"expert" at the filibuster 
Why would an MP of any party, (this one just again happens to be a Tory) seek to filibuster and destroy a bill demanding the ratification of a treaty on domestic violence? What hidden agenda can Philip Davies possibly have, for opposing any measures aimed at preventing violence against women and domestic violence?
It is not the first time that Davies has used the tactic of filibuster to hinder and sometimes even prevent the passage of legislation through the Commons.
He employed the odious practice to block a Bill which would have prevented landlords from evicting tenants for requesting vital repairs, a bill to compel landlords to provide accommodation fit for human habitation, a proposed bill that would have given free hospital parking to carers, and other measures, some of which were later revealed to having some connection or even interest for the member for Shipley.
The use of the filibuster is a reprehensible practice and has frequently been criticised by the Speaker (not only John Bercow) and being undemocratic and bringing the House of Commons and Parliamentary Democracy into disrepute and ridicule.
Philip Andrew Davies,Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Shipley in West Yorkshire, is an expert in the art of filibuster which he employs on numerous occasions. It is a practice which should be banned from the floor of the Commons.




Monday, 20 February 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 19 February 2017



Good morning everyone



Image result for tony blair

Tony Blair (and who could forget him as he pushes himself into the media almost every week), entered the "Brexit" controversy this week, suggesting that those people (the majority) who voted to leave the EU did not really understand what they were voting for, and called for "millions to rise up against Brexit" adding " we have to build a movement which stretches across party lines, and devise new ways of communication.” He just fell short of demanding another referendum (but only just) as he patronised those who for many different reasons, had voted to leave the EU. His intervention on this issue, proved yet again that Blair is interested only in self and the advancement of his long held ambition to be "President of the United States of Europe". He must have been very shocked and saddened that even those MP's considered to be "Blairites" have criticised his plea for the Brexit decision to be reversed saying that his press conference and his words were "unhelpful" and that his dismissal of the referendum result is a rejection of the democratic process. Perhaps Blair will finally get the message and go back to his retirement growing roses and making millions of £ and $ or whatever currency he can get his hands on, writing his perverted version of history.



Image result for fish and chips


A report in this weeks media, warned of an increase in the price of Fish and Chips in the local chippie, due to a strike by Icelandic fishermen. The thought occurred to me that this story is not really about the price of a large cod and chips. The issues are much deeper and raise questions associated with the destruction of our fishing industry over the last few decades. Men who used to fish the waters around the UK but who now stack shelves in Tesco or draw unemployment benefits.
Read the whole story at http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/the-destruction-of-another-historic.html, "The destruction of another historic United Kingdom industry ". (copy and paste link)

Image result for old people in weymouth and portland

Older people in Weymouth and Portland, could lose the privilege of free seaside deckchairs under a council money-saving move. The lengths that some councils will sink to in order "to save money" is really breathtaking. I suppose the pensioners could stand to eat their chips or ice cream or whatever.

The weather continues to meander from very cold with frost and fog, to very mild with windows having to be left open to reduce indoor temperature. The vagaries of the British "climate" has all extremes. They are now predicting a mini heatwave in February. Ces't la vie.


Have a nice week.


A rejection of the democratic process

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/16/tony-blair-remainers-rise-up-brexit

Tony Blair calls on remainers to 'rise up in defence of our beliefs'.



Related image


Tony Blair (and who could forget him as he pushes himself into the media almost every week), entered the "Brexit" controversy this week, suggesting that those people (the majority) who voted to leave the EU did not really understand what they were voting for, and called for "millions to rise up against Brexit" adding " we have to build a movement which stretches across party lines, and devise new ways of communication.” He just fell short of demanding another referendum (but only just) as he patronised those who for many different reasons, had voted to leave the EU. His intervention on this issue, proved yet again that Blair is interested only in self and the advancement of his long held ambition to be "President of the United States of Europe". He must have been very shocked and saddened that even those MP's considered to be "Blairites" have criticised his plea for the Brexit decision to be reversed saying that his press conference and his words were "unhelpful" and that his dismissal of the referendum result is a rejection of the democratic process. Perhaps Blair will finally get the message and go back to his retirement growing roses and making millions of £ and $ or whatever currency he can get his hands on, writing his perverted version of history.



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The destruction of another historic United Kingdom industry.


This is not about the price of Fish and Chips.

Related image

We have fishing boats in mothballs for many years or broken up for scrap. We have men from the fishing ports of Grimsby, Hull, Fleetwood, Whitby and a hundred other ports around the country who used to fish the waters around the UK, but who now stack shelves in Tesco or draw unemployment benefits. Our fishing industry has been systematically destroyed, not in the name of conservation, but to meet "quota's" imposed by European bureaucrats who no nothing about fishing but much about regulation. Regulations, which in any case have historically been ignored by French fishermen and other European partners, with no visible sanctions taken against them. In the meantime, the "regulations" have enforced the grotesque "policy" of throwing Cod, Haddock and other fish back into the sea for no other reason other than the quota had been exceeded.

Image result for fishing boats dumping fish
Seagulls follow a fishing boat to pick up fish thrown back into the sea
An outrageous and extravagant waste of food resources, at a time when people in the United Kingdom rely on charities and Food-banks for their next meal. This is not about the price of Fish and Chips. It is about the wanton destruction of an industry which has been part of the British way of life for a thousand or more years. It is about the societies where outside regulation has shattered the lives of fishermen, their families and those industries indirectly reliant on the fishing industry. No where else in the world is there an island nation with no thriving fishing industry, nor has there ever been.
Of course, there is always the question of conservation of fish stocks and we must always be mindful of the consequences of over fishing. However, as the United Kingdom has no real fishing potential as more and more boats are scrapped and those that remain are handicapped by the quota system, we must draw the conclusion that "over fishing" is the consequence of actions by others.
The politics of Europe and successive United Kingdom governments, have destroyed another historic British industry and we have allowed this to happen. Forget the price of a large cod and chips and think instead of a once thriving industry, which is now but a shadow of its former self. Think also of societies where the decline of the fishing industry has condemned thousands to a life on benefits both for this generation and many to come.
The steel industry has been destroyed as has the coal industry. We still have time to save the fishing industry, provided of course that we have the will to do it.



Monday, 13 February 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 12 February 2017





Good morning everyone



Related image


Swing low, sweet chariot. England beat Wales 16 pts to 21 pts in what was a really good, thrilling game. Last week, after their performance against the French, I wrote that England will have to significantly improve their game to make any impact on this seasons 6 Nations competition.
On Saturday, at the Millennium Stadium, or he Principality stadium or even Cardiff Arms Park (or what ever it may be called this week), England did just that, but left it until the last 4 minutes of the match for Elliot Daly to go over for the match winning try with Owen Farrell adding the extra points. There is no question of divided loyalty in our house (my wife is from South Wales) England were second best for some sections of the second half, but in the end ran out deserved winners.
We can improve on this performance and we will have to against Scotland, Italy and particularly Ireland.



Image result for Pembroke College student Ronald Coyne
Ronald Coyne and chums.

Pembroke College student Ronald Coyne sparked outrage across the country after being filmed burning a £20 note in front of a rough sleeper who asked him for help.
Make a note of the name of the "Tory Student", reported burning the £20 note. One day he may be the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, following in the footsteps of previous caring, compassionate incumbents, like Iain Duncan Smith or Stephen Crabb. I have never been able to understand how some people can be so selfish and obnoxious to behave in this and similar ways towards their fellow human beings.



17399146
Derelict site in Terminal building

Meanwhile, back in Jersey, Elizabeth Harbour the St Helier Ferry Terminal, remains without a restaurant for the fourth summer in a row. Four years after the old restaurant closed, the site for the new 250 seat facility to be called the Terminal GBJ, remains derelict. The next time you are passing through the terminal, or stranded there waiting for a cancelled ferry, there is a small kiosk owned by operated by the same person who will operate the new restaurant. That is provided that planning applications are eventually submitted to the States and "Terminal GBJ" actually gets built. In the meantime, if you want a "proper" meal while waiting for your ferry, you will have to stroll into St Helier about a 15 minute walk!

Image result for gorst chief minister
Jersey Chief Minister: Senator Ian Gorst 


It seems that pay restraint is not part of the Jersey political scene. A report by the States Members’ Remuneration Review Body has concluded that the Island’s most senior politician should be given a 15 per cent pay rise from 2018, while other Members’ salaries should be kept at £46,600 a year. You may draw your own conclusions.


At last the much heralded snow arrived on Saturday (11th February) morning. I counted at least 35 flakes drifting past the window with some actually settling! I shall be able to build a snowman soon! Hang on a minute. The forecast is for warmer weather coming in on Wednesday.






Have a nice week



Monday, 6 February 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 05 February 2017

https://paper.li/f-1346065353#/


Good morning everyone



Image result for england beat france 19 16

Swing low, sweet chariot. England beat France 19 pts to 16 pts which is a flattering score line for the team in white shirts. Kicking the ball away at almost every opportunity and giving possession back to the French is a tactic which is difficult to understand.
During the course of this 6 Nations, England might play better than they did yesterday and loose.
If they are to retain the Grand Slam honour, let alone the Tripple Crown or Championship, they will have to improve their performance significantly.

Npower energy bill





The price of your electricity and gas is to be increased by as much as 15% adding an average of £109 per year to domestic bills which are already above £1100 every 12 months. That is of course if your supplier is the German owned NPower who have announced the price hike as from next month. The fuel price cartel amongst the other companies, British Gas, E.on, SSE and the others will follow suit within the next couple of weeks, so there is little point in "switching". The never ending price hikes of energy and the fallacy of "switching" suppliers.
Read the full story at: "Another price hike from a privatised foreign owned energy supplier" http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/another-price-hike-from-privatised.html
(copy and paste link.)


Image result for david beckham email rant



It seems that David Beckham (the former football player for those who may be living in a bubble and have never heard of the tattoo covered other half of the former Spice Girl) is a tadd miffed because he has not been given a Knighthood. Remarking about this rebuff Beckham has been ranting that it was, "A F***ing joke.”and branding the honours committee “unappreciative c***s”, all in a series of e-mails sent out by him. How strange that this UNICEF Ambassador, major contributor to numerous charitable organisations, guest speaker at many fund raising events and many other good works during and since his football career, should be so upset at being overlooked for membership of an outmoded, irrelevent and bankrupt honours system.



Image result for sea bass


Meanwhile, back in Jersey, tough new rules limiting the number of commercial fishermen who are allowed to catch bass and banning recreational anglers from keeping the fish have been introduced. I have always been puzzled by these sort of regulations, not only in Jersey but elsewhere where these unenforceable rules have been imposed. If fishermen, commercial or otherwise find Bass in their catch, are they expected to toss the dead fish back into the sea?
By 2100, seal levels around the island are predicted to rise by up to 1 metre (That's 3 feet 3 inches or so in real money). If I am still around by then, I may have to find another place to soak up the sun and watch the sea go by or risk getting my feet wet.

It has been a funny week. with rain, sunshine, cold, frost, fog, humid warmth and all points in between. No sign of snow yet (apart from that on the Somerset side of the A35) so the snow shoes and wellies, stay in the garage.

Have a nice week


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Another price hike from a privatised foreign owned energy supplier



Npower is to increase its electricity and gas prices for 1.4 million customers



Image result for Npower is to increase its electricity and gas prices for 1.4 million customers


One of the greatest lies ever foisted upon the British people was that repeated almost daily during the 1980's by the Thatcher government. The deception, which gave proof to the theory that if you tell a big enough lie and repeat it often, people will accept it as truth. The great falsehood filling the media, being repeated at every opportunity by conservative politicians and being driven by those with their own, not very well hidden agendas, met the conditions for forceful propaganda, being short and easily remembered. "Privatisation introduces competition, drives down costs and improves services". The history of privatised industries since 1980 is littered with examples evidencing that far from being the great blessing for the consumers as promised by the hype spewed out at the time, the customers and the workers employed in such industries, have invariably been given a very raw deal for the benefit of the company and its shareholders. Prices have risen significantly, usually well above the rate of inflation, and the number of people working for these companies have been substantially reduced. At the same time, the profits accruing to the businesses have continued to rise year on year as the services provided have deteriorated. The link between rising prices, reduced staff levels and increasing profits, is not a coincidence.

The latest "twist" in the annual round of price hikes, is that revealed yesterday (3rd February 2017) by Npower, a subsidiary company of RWE AG, a German electric utilities company based in Essen, announcing a 15% increase in electricity prices and a 4.8% rise for gas, earning the company an additional £152 million per year, and raising the average annual household bill by £109 to £1,187 a year. The industry "watchdog" OFGEM has called on Npower to “justify the decision”, demonstrating yet again that the "watchdog" for this and other privatised industries have a whining, whimpering bark but few (if any) teeth with which to frighten those responsible for the profiteering.
Three of the other big suppliers, British Gas, E.on and SSE have their prices fixed until the end of March, but will no doubt announce price hikes shortly thereafter in April, followed by the other energy suppliers who have not already put forward their own price increases by that time. This regular procession of "follow my leader", makes a mockery of the advice usually spewed out to the effect that consumers should switch suppliers for the best deals. When all suppliers are profiteering with cartel like price increases, the only winners in this charade are the energy companies, invariably foreign owned, themselves who are raking in the excess cash.

The latest price increases, and those certainly to follow, will only increase the incidence of fuel poverty in this country as more people fall into the trap created by profiteering companies and a government which shows a callous disregard for the hardship which they have created. Those least able to afford the higher charges, the sick, those on benefits, our pensioners, the disabled will be faced with the choice which has become even more prevalent in society today. Heat or eat, is not a catch phrase to make a point. It is the reality facing more and more people in our country today and is a direct consequence of the lies spread by government of the 1980's.