They claim Newport will be hit hard by the recession because our business base is not as strong as other cities. True, but our public sector base is far stronger that almost every other city of our population.
Yes Newport is way down on the set of criteria adopted. But if the city had been judged on the most successful in attracting public sector jobs, we would have been on the top of the table.
Newport is home for the Intellectual Property Office (formerly the Patent Office), the shared services of all UK Prisons, the Office for National Statistics and a main Passport Office. These are permanent offices of high repute that required highly skilled staff. It is hope that other public sector jobs will be attracted to the city.
BBC Wales swallowed the hook, line and sinker of the story. they need a few local voices to balance these misery mongers.
Why are you so silent Newport City Council?
War without End
To get more details of Victor Winstone book (see below) or go on to his website here.
I have tabled two EDMs to advance the cause of exposing 'The Pandemic that never was'. The British Medical Journal in December 2009, published a detailed account of how Tamiflu was sold on qusetionable arguments by the Drug company Roche.
Warnings of pandemics
That this house believes that exaggerated claims of the dangers of pandemics may undermine the public’s faith in warnings of future serious health emergencies : recalls the claims that SARS would infect 'up to one in four' of the population, Avian Flu up to 750,000, BSE/CJD 136,000, and that Swine Flu could result in 65,000 British deaths: notes that a maximum of 350 deaths have occurred, many of which involved patients with other health problems, concludes that the forecast of World Health Organisation (WHO), and fear mongering by the media, greatly overstated the risk, welcomes the investigation by the Council of Europe to ascertain whether the WHO’s declaration was determined on objective epidemiological evidence or on pressure from the pharmaceutical lobby.
That this House is concerned at the mass vaccination of children with the drug Tamiflu: notes that the USA Food and Drugs Administration has warned of fatal side-effects including heart attacks: is surprised by the report in the British Medical Journal that the data on nine of the ten trials of Tamiflu has not been published, verified or peer-reviewed and that the drug has not been shown to prevent flu complications: is concerned by the conclusion of Professor Nick Freemantle that the beneficial treatment effects of Tamiflu is ‘vanishingly small’, believes it is unwise to continue with the vaccination programme because of the uncertain knowledge of the safety and efficacy of Tamiflu.
There was a post here about Rod Liddle.
I have removed it because one of the comments attributed to him was a quotation that he was using to defend a football player not attacking him. I was mis-informed. I still believe that Rod was rash to express the views he did but I want to re-assess the posting to check its fairrness.
Opportunists and patriots
Political opportunists are fighting for position in the craze to put their names to the ‘Support our armed services’ petitions.
They jump on a popular bandwagon.
Who will dare gainsay the patriotic gestures, the determination to salute the brave warrior, whenever he or she comes within hailing distance? MPs of all parties, newspaper magnates, promoters of causes good and bad, anyone and everyone with a suit of cards in his hand dances instinctively to the patriotic theme blazoned from government handouts and BBC bulletins; to the hero chosen to fight the common battle 'on our behalf', usually it has to be said at a cut price provision of wages and equipment.
When the chips are down it's 'Tommy this and Tommy that' and with due acknowledgement to Kipling, 'Tommy how's yer auntie'.
Blow the bugle, draw the sword –
‘Strewth I shan’t forget ‘is face
Wet an’ drippin’ by the ford!
Ford, ford, ford o’
But is it not time for a question or two before we all submit to the weasel words of the warmongers, including the army's new Chief of Staff, General Sir David Richards, who if we are not careful will have us all signing up to a forty years war?
Why does nobody on this side of the debate ever ask the obvious question – What would we Brits do or say if the position was reversed, if we discovered that our land was occupied by uninvited visitors? What if we. arrived home to find that following a sudden and unexpected revolution our streets were policed and our homes occupied by trigger-happy Afghans?
What if we found Afghans crawling all over our homes, dripping with ammunition, armed with the latest weaponry, holding our mother or wife or sister in a corner of the living room, telling them in very impolite language not to move less a vital part of their anatomy be blown to smithereens if they were foolish enough to disobey?
A silly question? A position that no seIf-respecting
I pose the precise position that Afghans, and before them Iraqis, have found themselves in for almost ten years since the
Is it not time for a word or two of self examination?