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How Many Houses ‘Dave’?

In an interview with ‘call me Dave’ Cameron in The Times recently, Cameron seemed confused over just how many homes he owned! Is it mearly two, including the modest one in London valued at £1million, or is it four…. or? I’ll leave it to you to make your own mind up, or not as the case may be.

” So how many properties do you own? “I own a house in North Kensington which you’ve been to and my house in the constituency in Oxfordshire and that is, as far as I know, all I have.”

A house in Cornwall? “No, that is, Samantha used to have a timeshare in South Devon but she doesn’t any more.” And there isn’t a fourth? “I don’t think so – not that I can think of.” Please don’t say, “Not that I can think of.” “You might be… Samantha owns a field in Scunthorpe but she doesn’t own a house…”

The rest of the interview was punctuated with Cameron’s nagging anxiety about how this exchange was going to make him sound: “I was wondering how that will come across as a soundbite”; “Not that I can think of’ makes me sound… I am really worried about that…”; “I am still thinking about this house thing”; and his parting shot was: “Do not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses I’ve got.”

PRAT!

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Fishing Quota Waste

A Cornish fishing and fish auction company has been found guilty of importing fish over and above the European Quota.

Now, it is true it would seem that the company has indeed broken the law and it looks like they will receive a hefty punishment but just think for a moment. Had they followed the law what would have happened to the tons of fish that were caught over the quota? Trawlers can’t help catching whatever gets into their nets but the law says they must throw back any excess. These perfectly edible fish are dead and will simply provide food for sea gulls or rot on the seabed! Throwing them over side will do nothing at all for preserving fish stocks. What a bloody waste!

More Health Privatisation

Here we go again, more privatisation of the NHS on the way. This time it’s the Ambulance service, with plans to put the non emergency sector out to tender. This means for example collecting infirm patients from their homes and taking them to hospital for treatment or to see a specialist.

British AmbulanceThe usual argument is put up of getting value for money. Yes, at least in the first instance, a private company will offer to do the job more cheaply but does this mean value for money? I think not. All drivers and co-drivers currently doing the job are trained ambulance people with experience and a huge fund of knowledge to draw upon from their colleagues in case of a problem. Let’s not forget that a lot of the people requiring this service have complicated medical problems even though they can live at home.

Ambulance drivers and paramedics are an integral part of the NHS, a service which up until recently at least, existed purely for the benefit of society as a whole and not for the benefit of the shareholders of private companies. Privatising (= selling off) this important part of the ambulance service puts at risk the comradeship and shared knowledge of the teams and destroy the sense of purpose and caring that currently exists. Some things you just can’t value in monetary terms.

Dead Dolphins (Part 2)

Back in June freethinkeruk reported that large numbers of dolphins were  beaching themselves just inside the river at Falmouth Cornwall. Twenty six dolphins died and up to two hundred were saved by the RNLI and other volunteers and an estimated 80 other dolphins were traumatised.

Freethinkeruk and his partner were sailing the coast and witnessed many navy ships with helicopters in the area engaging in some war games.

Dozens if not hundreds of other yachts and boats were in the area and navy warnings to keep clear were regularly given out via marine radio.

Virgin Media

Virgin Media

Despite all this, the navy denied exercising in the area. A week or so later they admitted that their ships were indeed in the area but denied using sonar or anything which could have an effect on the extraordinary beaching of dolphins.

As now reported in The Cornish Guardian 1st October, some four months later, the MOD under pressure from the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that 20 Royal Navy ships plus submarines, plus foreign navies, plus sonar ‘dipper’ devices from helicopters were used along with firing 4.5″ shells.

It appears that the freedom of information act worked on this occasion but I can’t help but wonder if there hadn’t been so many witnesses would the MOD have admitted being there and even so they haven’t admitted being responsible for the slaughter of these lovely creatures.

pc Osama Bin Laden

‘Political correctness’ is changing the character of Britain or more accurately of Britons. Take the latest bit of nonsense. A middle ranking police officer in Cornwall, Ch Supt Colin Terry, dressed up as Osama Bin Laden complete with a face mask that can be bought in any joke shop and went to a small town carnival where he was collecting for charity. He has now been sacked from his temporary EU secondment to Afghanistan where he was helping with setting up police security. Well maybe that is just about understandable. He has also now been reported to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) and likely to face disciplinary action from the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.

For goodness sake, we in Britain have historically poked fun at those who we percieve to be our enemy or those who become pompous or set themselves above the rest of us. It cuts them all down to the size that they truly are.

Wind Turbines

At a public meeting called by the Parish Council in Davidstow, Cornwall, recently, there was overwhelming opposition to a proposal to erect 20 wind turbines on a brown field site on Bodmin Moor. In fact only one person out of the 150 people present spoke in favour of the project.

These turbines would produce enough electricity for 9,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by about 30,000 tonnes. Apparently the main cause for concern expressed at the meeting was the possible effect on wildlife. How short sighted can people get? Reducing carbon emissions and thus slowing and hopefully, eventually reducing global warming must surely be of greater benefit to wildlife. Animals and birds quickly learn to adapt to changes in their landscape. For example we’re all used to seeing birds sitting on overhead power lines, they do not sit astride or alongside the insulators and risk electrocuting themselves, do they? There was a time when Britain, indeed, Europe, was practically wall to wall windmills and water wheels for grinding corn and other industrial uses. The wildlife simply adapted so why should albeit modern designed turbines be any more of a threat. They may be bigger but they don’t turn appreciably faster than the old windmills.

What these NIMBYS and Luddites fail to appreciate is that if we fail in our attempts to supply electricity through renewable means then the Government will be only too  happy to provide nuclear power stations instead. How about one of those on Bodmin Moor.

Wind Turbines

At a public meeting called by the Parish Council in Davidstow, Cornwall, yesterday there was overwhelming opposition to a proposal to erect 20 wind turbines on a brown field site on Bodmin Moor. In fact only one person spoke in favour out of 150 people present.
These turbines would generate enough electricity for 9,000 homes and stop the emission of about 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Apparently the main cause for concern was the possible effect on wildlife.

How short sighted can people get? Reducing carbon emissions thus helping to slow and hopefully eventually turning back global warming must surely be beneficial to wildlife.  Animals and birds quickly learn to adapt to changes in their landscape. For example we’re all used to seeing birds sitting on power lines, they do not sit astride or alongside the insulators and electrocute themselves do they?

There was a time when Britain was practically wall to wall windmills for corn grinding and industrial use and the wildlife simply adapted so why should modern designed wind turbines be any more of a threat. They may be bigger but they don’t turn appreciably faster.

What these nimbys and Luddites fail to grasp is, that if we fail in our efforts to supply electricity through renewable means then the Government will be most happy to provide nuclear power stations instead. How about one of those on Bodmin Moor?

Dead Dolphins!

Twenty six dolphins died and at least forty were rescued and shepherded back to sea when they became stranded in a creek off the river Fal, near Falmouth in Cornwall UK.Acknowledgement to BBC Cornwall

This is a most unusual event for dolphins and the Royal Navy was quick to say that they had no warships in the area at the time. Funny that ‘cos Freethinkeruk was sailing along that coast and there were warships all over the place. Frigate Helicopters were in abundance and they are known to use sonar detectors while hunting for submarines. Live firing and missile launches also took place on Monday (no good them denying it, freethinkeruk was there and saw it) so may we expect more dead creatures?

In a recent update the Ministry of Defence now confirms ships were in the area after all.

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