Sunday, September 30, 2007

tory naff game

Visit www.taxmangordon.com to play the game.

beyond me ..mind you that isn't difficult .....Brownie yor slipping don't you have a game .tomorrow ....ok then

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tell the people of Burma what to do, WHATS BEST ?

Whos pulling your strings......caution!!!! think about it carefully..............

Think back and be wary... have you a post military junta PLAN??? what next... is this the best way forward???

most brutal very bad leaders in burma..
most brutal very bad leaders in iraq...

iraq .. nothing to do with oil?
burma.... nothing to do with oil?

get rid of very bad wicked leader ... = peace and democracy in iraq now??? = DEATH for hundreds of thousands

Burma..The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they'd lost only hundreds of thousands and now 20,000
London...The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they lost? 'Million' march against Iraq war http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2765041.stm

There were also antiwar gatherings in Glasgow and Belfast - all part of a world-wide weekend of protest with hundreds of rallies and marches in up to 60 countries. They came as UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a speech warning of "bloody consequences" if Iraq was not confronted,
Public figures Former US presidential candidate the Rev Jesse Jackson - writer Tariq Ali, - ex-minister Mo Mowlam, Ken Livingstone, Vanessa Redgrave, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and Tony Benn. Harold Pinter made a rare public speech, saying America was "a country run by a bunch of criminal lunatics with Tony Blair as a hired Christian thug". Hollywood actor Tim Robbins, also attending, told BBC News the crowds were "what democracy looks like".

Berlin wall moment in London - GB?
Berlin wall moment in Burma?

Political parties in Wales all support the murder Academy .............http://www.nomurderacademyatstathans.com/ run by arms dealers..'Mc Mercenaries' MC = METRIX CONSORTIUM

Are monks and nuns somehow different to anyone else... are religious folk peaceful......ok to bless bombs??
Americans are the worlds most religious people and that doesn't make them peaceful home or away....
christianity isn't peaceful ?? and the bible says so or

Friday, September 28, 2007

Tesco wants to appear ethical?

She worked it out in the end ..good for you Katharine!! Takes some folk a while but as long as she got there in the end ...See here for the full story:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/09/28/cntesco128.xml

Designer Katharine Hamnett is to terminate a deal to supply organic and fair trade clothing to Tesco. The deal, which was one of a number of high-profile initiatives designed to boost Tesco's green credentials, has collapsed after only a year."I was initially really excited about the tie-up because I thought we could increase demand for ethical products," says Ms Hamnett in an interview published in Drapers, the fashion industry's trade magazine, today. "But I've come to the conclusion that [Tesco] simply wants to appear ethical, rather than make a full commitment to the range."A spokesman for Tesco said, “She really helped us understand how to transfer our existing knowledge of organics and fair trade into clothing but she is wrong to question our commitment. It's been an exciting year during which we have introduced many new organic and fair trade lines…”--
Soil Association organic textiles webpage: http://www.soilassociation.org/textiles

Woman prisoner SERCO prison van

Another woman prisoner dies in HMP Send.
Indymedia UK - UK
At 3.45 pm, a Serco prison van (BW04 VZH) was stopped as it attempted to enter the jail. The driver was informed that protesters considered the jail to be ...

Severn Barrage

I have been told that there is a better alternative + The government's love for big,
expensive projects means that is neglects completely the idea of tidal
lagoons in the estury and Swansea bay, which could generate the same amount
of electricity taking up a fraction of the area, not blocking off the estury
itself and having minimal impact on wildlife. There was a presentation on
this at Swansea conference which made any idea look silly in comparison.

Severn Barrage
GOVERNMENT UNVEILS SEVERN BARRAGE FEASIBILITY PROJECT

The Government has decided to carry out a full-scale feasibility study into a possible power-producing barrage across the Severn Estuary...
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/news/?1115315177021

Charles Clover: The alternative to a barrage is four new nuclear power stations. Anyone can see that is the less environmentally damaging option.

Telegraph 28th Sept 2007
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/09/27/earthlog127.xml

Letter: bewildering that Friends of the Earth are in opposition to this scheme on the grounds of damage to wildlife in the estuary. This could be a serious mistake. In my opinion (and that of the Government's chief scientist) global warming is the chief threat to mankind. And melting icecaps will not just end our way of life but destroy the environment of the birdlife in the estuary anyway.


Independent 28th Sept 2007
http://comment.independent.co.uk/letters/article3007097.ece

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Assembly Finance Committee to launch inquiry into Public Private Partnerships

labour in wales is different .. i hear distant echoes of clear red water .. was that R Morgan??/
And Plaid....surely not going down the PPP road..that has proved disastrous elsewhere. Nothing to do with St Athan of course...... is it.....tiding up after they welcome one of the biggest PPP ever..... noooooo................. whoops we mustn't have any loose ends that might scupper the might military academy.


FIN(3)-03-07 : Draft Agenda
Previous Month:
Thursday, 20 September 2007
FIN(3)-02-07 : Agenda
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 1 : The budgeting process agreement between the Scottish Executive and the Finance Committee (pdf, 52 kb)
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 2 : NHS Redress Measure
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 3 : Private Finance: Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 44kb)
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 4 : Inquiry into Public Private Partnerships - Terms of Reference
FIN(3)-02-07 : Transcript
FIN(3)-02-07 : Transcript (PDF, 180kb)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Iran strike next? Be afraid!

Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike
23 Sep 2007 The United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with "fighting the next war" as tensions rise with Iran. Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June. It reports directly to General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief, and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defence and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New Labour seats requiring candidates?

If you are a new labour person - helps to be ulta right wing, brownite, morgan mafia, pro war,
pro militarism, these are the seats for you ... but if you not already somebodys darling then you have no hope. Suggestions for contenders?

Seat: Blaenau Gwent Held by: Ind Majority: 2,488
2nd place: Lab
AWS: No - open selection
Closing date for applications: 12 October
Shortlisting: 14 November
Hustings: 5 December
Procedures Secretary: Lyndon Moore Ty Garth 8 Chapel Road Nantyglo Ebbw Vale GwentNP23 4NB

Seat: ArfonNew seat
AWS: No - open selection
Closing date for applications: 3 October
Shortlisting: 15 October
Hustings: 3 November
Procedures Secretary: Tecwyn Thomas 7 Constantine Terrace Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 2HLTel: 01286 673473Email: tecwyn@ukf.net

Hear the powerful stories of the Iraqi oil workers and trade unions resisting the military and economic occupation of their homeland . . .

HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL
Come and hear the powerful stories of the Iraqi oil workers and trade unions resisting the military and economic occupation of their homeland . . .

Tuesday 2 October at 7 pm WALLACE LECTURE THEATRE
Main Building Cardiff University Park Place (opp. Student Union Building)
Speakers- EWA JASIEWICZ UK rep for the Basra Oil Workers Union & founder member of NAFTANA, an organisation that builds solidarity with Iraqi workers.
+ Speaker from the Stop the War Coalition

About the Ewa Jasiewicz: In 2004, Ewa Jasiewicz visited Iraq to build links between the anti-war movement and Iraqi trade unions resisting both occupation and the corporate take-over of their counrty. She became the UK rep for the Basra Oil Workers Union, a militant trade union resisting both the sell-off of Iraqi oil to foreign corporations and the armies of occupation and helped organise Iraq's first anti-privatisation conference. Ewa has lived in Baghdad and Basra, supporting human rights groups, womens organisations, families, workers, trade unionists and Palestinian refugees. Her articles have appeared in Red Pepper, Electronic Iraq, Z-Net, Counterpunch, Infoshop, Occupation Watch and The Socialist Review in the US. This will be an important meeting to join the international campaign against the hydrocarbon law that aims to give control of Iraq's oil for the next 30 years to foreign multinationals.

About HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL

Hands Off Iraqi Oil is a UK coalition opposing any foreign exploitation of Iraq's oil reserves that rips off the Iraqi people. Members include Corporate Watch, Iraq Occupation Focus, Jubilee Iraq, Naftana, PLATFORM, Voices UK, and War on Want. For more info. about this event contact Adam Johannes on 07940108146

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Christopher Glamorgan?

Christopher Glamorgan is back boasting "Perambulating Wales, the Welsh, the United Kingdom, politics, humour, general philosophical commentary, and gossip. Oh!...and the professional bloggers down 'The Bay' - sparing much more than just a casual thought for the Kingdom that is United, for we are joined at the hip and rightly so!"

Love a bit of gossip.

Anti-APEC protesters: defiant and united

story from elsewhere!
There were at least 10,000 people gathered at 11am at Sydney’s Town Hall. Despite an intensive campaign aimed at keeping people away, and provocative policing on the day, up to 15,000 people come out on September 8, asserting their right to protest against US President George Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Hundreds of highschool students chanting “Troops out now!” joined with hundreds of trade unionists chanting “The workers united will never be defeated!” ensuredthat the crowd swelled onto George Street, sending the riot police scampering to take up new positions in front of their mobile prison buses.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Stark message for parties in green report

A coalition of nine leading environmental charities has produced a report rating each of the UK's three main political parties on their environmental credentials ahead of the party conference season.

The report, How Green Are Our Parties? The Green Standard Report, bases its assessment on criteria developed earlier this year by the coalition, which consists of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, the Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the National Trust, the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, the Woodland Trust and WWF-UK.

It finds that none of the parties has yet implemented policies and action “on the scale required to meet the range and urgency of the environmental threats we face”.

It rates the Liberal Democrats most highly, but describes the gap between Conservative aspirations and policy commitments as “stark”. Green Alliance director Stephen Hale said the charities were disappointed by the findings. “The environmental ambitions of the parties are very welcome, but the environmental beauty contest between them has, to date, been characterised by too much spin.”

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said there was nothing in charity law to prevent charities from trying to influence the policies of political parties in the interests of their beneficiaries. “As long as the trustees of these charities are confident that this activity furthers the objects, then this is perfectly legitimate activity for them to engage in,” she said
By Paul Jump, Third Sector Online, 17 September 2007

mercenary company Banned from Iraq!

interesting story .. anybody have info on this company?

US security firm Blackwater banned from Iraq 17 Sep 2007
US security contractor [terrorists] Blackwater has been banned from operating in Iraq, after eight civilians were killed in Baghdad yesterday. Blackwater offers personal security to US officials working in Iraq, and is one of the better known firms involved in what critics call the privatisation of the war in Iraq.
Iraq shootout firm loses licence 17 Sep 2007 Iraq has cancelled the licence of the private security firm, Blackwater USA, after it was involved in a gunfight [war crime] in which at least eight civilians died. The Iraqi interior ministry said the contractor, based in North Carolina, was now banned from operating in Iraq. See: Security contractors open fire in Baghdad, at least 9 killed 17 Sep 2007.

Friday, September 14, 2007

New Labour in denial - really?

Welsh Devolution report

No need to comment as the few elderly members and emloyees of new labour struggle. They are well out of touch.

Labour’s lousy report Sep 10 2007 by Martin Shipton, Western Mail

WELSH Labour’s performance during and immediately after the National Assembly election has been torn apart in an expert study.

And the men behind the new research say the party’s leaders are simply failing to face up to the shortcomings.

In a devolution monitoring report for the Constitution Unit at University College London, Dr Richard Wyn Jones and Dr Roger Scully of the Institute of Welsh Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, say many Welsh Labour members are “in denial” about the extent of their party’s decline.

The report says, “Although hardly helped by the fortunes of the UK-wide party – fighting an election in the dog days of the Blair government, with issues like Iraq and the ‘Cash for Honours’ affair continuing to rumble in the background – or by its concentration on Scotland and the English local elections, Welsh Labour fought a poor campaign. Expectations were absurdly over- inflated, co-ordination from the centre appeared weak, and the essentially nostalgic central message of the campaign seems to have fallen on largely fallow ground.

“The ‘Welsh Labour’ brand appealed to ‘classic Labour’ values. This may have helped shore up the party’s traditional base in the Valleys constituencies, but its broader resonance appears both geographically and socially limited. Furthermore, though the Valleys loom large symbolically – for both Labour partisans and their Plaid Cymru opponents – their real importance is limited and declining. While Labour can take comfort from the failure of other parties to advance in the Valleys, it faces a considerable danger of being pushed out of North Wales in the next Assembly election; it was wiped out in the constituency battle in the Mid and West Wales region; and it now faces substantial challenges in the metropolitan conurbations of South Wales. All this should surely give the party pause for thought. But it may be that Labour’s results, while poor, were not quite bad enough to force the party into undertaking the inevitably painful and divisive process of rethinking its stance and programme.”

Turning to events after the election, Jones and Scully write, “Labour’s election campaign was poor, but its performance during the post- election interregnum often bordered on the inept.

“ It seems extraordinary that a party long privately conceding defeat in key constituencies – such as Cardiff North and Clwyd West – had not done more to prepare the ground for a post-election situation in which it had fallen far short of an overall majority. But this is precisely what occurred.

“It is also extraordinary that leading Labour figures saw fit to both insult (describing as ‘inedible’ and ‘unpalatable’) and ignore (through Rhodri Morgan going on a post-election break) potential coalition partners in the immediate aftermath of the election.

“And it is inexplicable that Labour did not do more immediately after the election to try to secure a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, before the prospect of a Rainbow coalition involving the other three main parties began to solidify.

“In defence of Rhodri Morgan, however, it may be suggested that much of Welsh Labour’s problem is cultural, even psychological. Labour has long been the hegemonic party in Welsh politics, its dominance in terms of votes being underpinned and reinforced by innately disproportional electoral systems. And large and influential sections of the Welsh Labour party remain resolutely ‘in denial’ about the implications of devolution and its semi-proportional electoral system.”

The report adds, “ The many Welsh Labour parliamentarians who remain utterly unreconciled either to coalition with Plaid or devolution retain a significant capacity for mischief making.”

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/newspolitics/tm_headline=labour-8217-s-lousy-report&method=full&objectid=19761409&siteid=50082-name_page.html

The Freedom of Information Filer and Queen issues!!

The Queen on TheyWorkForou

Is this the first monarch with her own RSS feed? Would anyone really

care if she was? freedom of information
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/royal/elizabeth_the_second

The Freedom of Information Filer and Archie website is under construction. Aiming to make it easier to make freedom of information requests, and easier for people to find what other people have found out. If you have anything to contribute please either get in touch or leave your ideas on the wiki page here -http://www.mysociety.org/moin.cgi/FreedomOfInformation

http://www.spy.org.uk/foia/

Do your bit for freedom of information and go to Amnesty site
http://irrepressible.info/addcontent

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lookalikes

Warning! - this may make you ill!

Brown welcomes Thatcher to No 10 - Thought she had Alzheimer’s, but I'm sure there will not be any discernable difference.

Brown meets Thatcher:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6993269.stmstm

Maybe other friends will pop along!

Brown is a real sleeze.

Interview with Tony Benn which isn't so bad - kind of an antidote to the doting Maggie pic with Brown.

http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10071rg.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10071



Sunday, September 9, 2007

Act NOW!

Show solidarity and Support the Fremantle Care Workers

Fremantle is the Aylesbury-based "non-profit" outfit that was handed care of Barnet's elderly by the borough's Tory council. Some "charity" this is, sacking staff if they won't take pay cuts, taking away sick pay and holidays, getting rid of their union rep, and wielding legal threats to stop protest.

The GOOD NEWS is that by the time the legal threat took effect over 8,000 people around the world had already sent messages to Fremantle demanding fair treatment for its workers.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Cut the Carbon March Cardiff today

Saturday 8 September Rali Caerdydd/Cardiff rally with I Count 2:30pm
Cwrdd ar Lwybr y Taf yn Blackwier a cherdded i'r rali yn Cooper's Field (dibynnu ar drwydded)/Meet on the Taff Trail at Blackwier at 2:30pm to walk to the rally in Cooper's Field (subject to licence).
3:30pm Rali a chyngerdd/Rally starts Ffoniwch 029 2084 4646 am fwy o fanylion yn cynnwys man cyfarfod/Please call 029 2084 4646 for more details.

Appearances from Maggot (formerly of Goldie Looking Chain), Beth Elfyn, Radio One's Evening Session DJ, actress Greta Scacchi. Music from: Terra Naomi, folk singer Gwyneth Glyn Speakers: Cut the Carbon marchers, I Count (Stop Climate Chaos), Islamic Relief. Register online now - please let us know you're coming. Order rally posters

No influence for Labour Party members in policy making - nothing new there then!

When does extending party democracy mean exactly the opposite? When New Labour want to curtail members rights and influence even further.

Suggested motion for New Labour CLPs. "We, the undersigned Constituency Labour Party Officers, are alarmed at the proposals in the document 'Extending Party Democracy', that would remove the right of CLP's to send motions to our annual conference. Rank and file Labour Party members must have the right and ability to influence and direct policy within their own party if the party is to have any claim to democratic legitimacy. We have mandated our delegates to oppose any proposals which would threaten this right, and call on all delegates to do the same."

Alarmed at last? Bit late now!
As I pointed out below..
only 30% are delegates or Labour Party Visitors - LP visitors can't go in the main conference hall perhaps because they don't pay enough.
10% elected representatives
20% Media
and 40% exhibitor /Commercial/Corporate the Labour Party boasts so you can feel at home without worrying about pesky real LP members.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Cardiff bus sell out by liberals

Bus service could go private
PLANS have been unveiled which could lead to a sell-off of a slice of Cardiff Bus, netting tens of millions of pounds. more We want better services not worse!
what next .. this is a big mistake - perhaps the councillors who are on the board could have resisted this? Cllr Neale?

Protest planned for NEW Labour conference

Join Maya Evans and John Catt for mass civil disobedience in Bournemouth, outside the New Labour Party Conference, on Sunday 23 September. http://www.u-turnforpeace.org/

Over 100 peace activists from around the UK have pledged to take part in nonviolent civil disobedience outside this year's Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth see ...a sit-down protest in the road leading to the Conference Centre. Brown For further information visit: http://www.u-turnforpeace.org/

I note that new labour state that Deliveries due to security ... all vehicles, including courier deliveries, will need to assemble at the Remote Vehicle Search Site (RVSS) at Kings Park Coach Park (just off Kings Park Drive). We recommend you allow 6 hours to pass through RVSS before your event commences!!! Even protesters don't disrupt air travel or anything for quite that badly.

Did you know that only 30% are delegates or Labour Party Visitors - LP visitors can't go in the main conference hall perhapsbecause they don't pay enough.
10% elected representatives
20% Media
and 40% exhibitor /Commercial/Corporate
the Labour Party boasts so you can feel at home without worrying about pesky real LP members. No need to wonder any more why the hall is so full of 'happy' members ..because it isn't. Does anyone need to wonder why people are cynical about the political parties? Politicians want to involve the public ..it might be useful to have a conference where members, while there still are any, get to attend.

If you really want into the New labour Conference you can have a stand for minimum of £3,500 up to £13,500 and you get 10 conference passes for that, a relaxation zone and complimentary refreshments and wow - best stand awards. Love the competitiveness! Plus you could have a banner above for only £850 or £1000 for a big one.

Or you could sponsor conference events:• Annual Conference Dinner This unique and exclusive event offers a relaxed environment for guests including supporters and business people, who enjoy an entertaining evening with a special appearance by a guest speaker. ..who could that be? So egalatarian!

If they make money from dodgy firms at theis event its fine, no need to declare it! wouldn't influence policy a bit not even if it was property developers for example - The hire of conference exhibition space represents a commercial service at a fair market value and is therefore not required to be disclosed under the PPERA. - The Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act - Liberals on PPERA

The International Reception is one of the main events at conference runs the blurb. It is traditionally attended by all international visitors and past speakers and guests have included the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary, Secretary of State for International Development and Party Chair. This event is very informal and offers sponsors an ideal opportunity for networking and meeting new people. Prominent onsite branding including:• stair risers• banner sites• outdoor advertising sites. All prices vary. ...also offer exciting sponsorship packages throughout the year. ..Gala Dinner, regarded asthe party’s flagship fundraising event, is held in a prestigious central London location.. uck,uck, uck...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Petition to save trees in Penylan

31 July residents of Penylan were sent a letter from Cardiff Council informing them without consultation about their plans to remove 8 Crab-apple trees. The trees in question are in fact actually cherry trees and the beautiful blossom in Spring calls into question how 'diseased' as claimed by the Council they really are.
With each tree being 50 years old the felling would mean the destruction in one year of 400 years of tree growth.
Please sign our petition and send the link to anyone you may think would beinterested in supporting a worthy cause
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/penylan-trees
Further information
http://www.penylan-trees.co.uk/

Facebook group (you need to have a Facebook account to access this)http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5136685997

Background - Friday August 24IC Wales features the article 'Trees are healthy, so please don’t fell them'.
find out more at IC Wales

Fat Cats Protection League

The Fat Cats Protection League
Posted: 04 Sep 2007 04:16 AM CDT
Wherever you hear the words “free market”, you’ll find massive state handouts to corporations
Monn ..from Monbiot

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Largest coporations pay no tax

It was revealed last week that one third of the UK’s 700 largest corporations avoid paying any tax at all. Not only do they avoid tax bills at home, but many also dodge them in developing countries, depriving those countries of a staggering £250 billion annually. Join our call to the prime minister and demand an end to corporate tax dodging now. Once you have done that, play our new tax dodge game and put an end to corporate fat cats running off with the public’s money.

Take Action! Email Gordon Brown:Send an email to Gordon Brown to demand that he take action to stop corporate tax dodging.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Penatagon 'three day blitz' plan for Iran

How frightening and alarming is this?
Pentagon 'three-day blitz' plan for Iran 02 Sep 2007 The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran’s nuclear facilities. "They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said.

Will President Bush bomb Iran?

Poll: 71% of Israelis want U.S. to strike Iran if talks fail 18 May 2007 Fully 71 percent of Israelis believe that the United States should launch a military attack on Iran if diplomatic efforts fail to halt Tehran's nuclear program, according to a new poll.

All links and summaries to articles below are available here:

Saturday, September 1, 2007

New Labour Opposition seek popularity from those who care little for the environmenty

disgrace -Re-open St Mary St now, says opposition Sep 1 2007 by David James, South Wales Echo

THE leading opposition group on Cardiff council today demanded immediate changes to the “ill-thought-out” St Mary Street traffic ban.

Cardiff council’s Labour leader, John Sheppard, said the ban was “badly-timed, ill-thought-out and has been the subject of inadequate consultation”.

He demanded an urgent review and called for the bottom end of St Mary Street to be re-opened to reduce traffic through Grangetown and provide a better link between the city centre and the Bay.

He said: “Cardiff shopping centre is already under tremendous pressure from the major disruption caused by the new St David’s 2 development. The number of shoppers using Cardiff is significantly down and retailers are feeling the squeeze.

Help! First woman Tory MP in Wales predicted

VJust what weneed another preachy demon like Anne Widdicome who has just had a TV series in which she wags her finger at everybody from a hoody to prositutes and shrieks things like -why are you doing this - you need your bottom smacked. She will have a new friend if Brecon and Radnorshire vote for the wrong person!

WALES will have its first Tory female MP if Suzy Davies makes history and seizes Brecon and Radnorshire from the Liberal Democrats at the next general election. The newly-selected candidate has already turned her guns on the Lib-Dems for their role in the failed attempt to form a coalition with the Tories and Plaid Cymru. The Conservatives have been encouraged by a poll analysis which predicts the constituency would turn blue if an election were held tomorrow.
It has just dawned on Ms Davies that, if she is elected, a woman will have broken into the ranks of Welsh Tory MPs. She last night said, “I didn’t realise that until yesterday. I have never found being female a problem, no matter what walk of life I’ve been in.” _ I presume she has just been beamed down form another planet.
Story from David Williamson, Western Mail

Do US plans herald a new cold war? 3rd Sept Temple of Pewace Cardiff

CND Cymru - campaign for nuclear disarmament - yr ymgyrch dros ddiarfogi niwclear

US Activist Speaking Tour of Wales - Do US Plans Herald a new Cold War?

Bruce Gagnon, co-ordinator of the Global Network against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, is visiting Wales from the USA this week to speak in Cardiff, Bridgend and Aberystwyth about the dangerous and provocative US plans for National Missile Defence (NMD) in Europe.

Bruce is highly respected in both academic and radical circles in the USA. Raised in a conservative home, he joined the US Air force before 'changing his mind' to become a full time campaigner for peace and justice. He says that "The role of the US in the new corporate world order is going to be to 'export security'. The Pentagon will send our kids off to foreign lands to
suppress opposition to corporate globalization."

Peace and justice groups from nine European countries earlier this year agreed strategies and joint campaigns to oppose US plans for National Missile Defence. The US plans are to use radars to detect incoming missiles, and interceptor missiles to shoot them down. While the US claims this as 'defensive', it will allow the US to attack others without fear of retaliation. The proposal adds to global instability and tension with Russia and has led to a new nuclear arms race. And it may well lead to a new Cold War.

Britain already hosts NMD bases at Fylingdales and Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, without public or parliamentary consultation. Now, the US wants bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. This has caused considerable concern not only to Russia, but also to the populations of Poland, the Czech
Republic and across Europe.

Bruce Gagnon asks: "How will we ever end America's addiction to war and violence as long as our communities are dependent on military spending for jobs? We must work to convert the military industrial complex to sustainable technologies."

CND Cymru National Secretary Jill Gough welcomed anyone interested to come along to hear Bruce Gagnon this week. She said:"True security means ensuring adequate, food, education, shelter and human rights for everyone in the world; it means developing human understanding at home and abroad. "

"As with plans to build a 'Military Academy' in South Wales at St Athan, US National Missile 'Defense' plans have nothing to do with protecting people and their environment from future threats. Both may actually increase threats from terrorism. Despite this, the Welsh Assembly Government has blindly welcomed the increasing militarisation plans for Wales, the dangerous US National Missile 'Defense' plans develop apace and the British Government works towards the replacement of the British Trident nuclear weapons system."

"We must say no to NMD, no to a new nuclear arms race, no to militarisation
and no to a new Cold War."
Bruce Gagnon Speaking Tour of Britain [Welsh section] Monday 3rd September Temple of Peace Cardiff hosted by Cynefin y Werin (Common Ground) contact George Crabb
georgecrabb@ybontfaen.freeserve.co.uk 01446 7744 52

Tuesday 4th September Bridgend - Quaker Meeting House contact: Pete Thompson petethommo@gn.apc.org Wednesday 5th September Aberystwyth/Aberystwyth Peace and Justice Network contact: Lotte Reimer lotte.reimer@btinternet.com 01970 610 185

Thursday 6th September Oswestry/Oswestry Coalition for Peace contact: Margaret Clarke mgt2800@hotmail.com

Holy standards

Inquisition 2008: Candidates Get Grilled by the Media's Holy Standards
By Rob Boston, Church & State Magazine
Presidential candidates are getting barraged by the media on questions about their prayers, their sins, and their beliefs on religious doctrine --

Spare us -it will happen here next - we don't want 'happy clappies' or 'holy joes'! Do we?