YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

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Surprises galore from NATO summit.

Who would have believed that Cardiff’s traffic restrictions would be 40 times more severe than Newport’s?

Could any exaggerations be wilder than an anti-NATO website claim that world leaders are coming here ‘to plan their war on the world’?

Shame that the alternative conference has dis-invited parliament’s most persistent critic of Nato’s conduct in Iraq and Afghanistan and invited a pro-Putin Russian propagandist.

Who expected that Newport’s Summit would take key decisions on world crises? A possible civil war in Afghanistan looms. Russia’s land grab in Ukraine threatens Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with a new cold war.

The taciturn people of Newport are warming to the excitement of a once in a lifetime event. It will give us a chance to flaunt the city’s warm welcoming personality. More headlines? Anticipation arouses alliteration.

Pillgwenlly people power punishes pretentious petty politicians’ plans.

Surprise saucy super sausage salutes summit - significant, satisfying, succulent.

Preposterous prophecy of ‘20,000 protestors’ plummets-post public punch-up.

I have been a long time critic of Nato excesses. But I also recognise its key role against Putin’s and the Middle East forces of barbarism. I will not say ‘no’ or ‘yes’. Can I get a badge that reads, ‘Maybe to Nato’?

We smelt a rat. On the day that trade unions and I met the head of the company that owned Avana, the formation of a new company was announced. Coincidence?

We were all suspicious that setting up Food Utopia was a ploy that would not help the Newport workers to save their jobs. There was no explanation from the company. The hope was short lived. The lives of thousands of loyal workers will be devastated. The company will prosper.

It’s further proof of the state-sponsored weakening of the bargaining strength of employees called vulture capitalism.

A mystery man and former chairman of Newport Education Committee, died apparently penniless of hypothermia. There was no will or relatives to pay for a funeral or a gravestone.

Baptised as Alwyn John Rees he changed his name by deed poll to Vicomte Alwyn John Eugene Manso Reesare di Villa. He insisted on being addressed here as ‘Count’ and talked of his French vineyards. When he left for Nottingham, he dropped his title and added an OBE.

Although his life’s greatest genuine achievement was in Newport, he never mentioned his time here. His biographer is seeking information. Anyone remember him?

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8:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Not tried the sausage yet, but did try the burger which I found to be a bit dry, was that to symbolise the dry wit of the Newport people?
Not tried the sausage yet, but did try the burger which I found to be a bit dry, was that to symbolise the dry wit of the Newport people? VoiceOfDaPort
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11:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Once again someone has lost the plot ! retire man
Once again someone has lost the plot ! retire man Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

"The taciturn people of Newport are warming to the excitement of a once in a lifetime event."

The comment boxes on the South Wales Argus and the growing anger voiced in pubs suggests quite the opposite. While people were initially excited about the Summit, opinion has clearly turned against the event as the reality, cost and inconvenience become apparent.

But I dare say Paul Flynn's immediate group of supporters are excited about the Summit, so it makes sense to extrapolate that to apply to the rest of us, regardless of any evidence to the contrary.
"The taciturn people of Newport are warming to the excitement of a once in a lifetime event." The comment boxes on the South Wales Argus and the growing anger voiced in pubs suggests quite the opposite. While people were initially excited about the Summit, opinion has clearly turned against the event as the reality, cost and inconvenience become apparent. But I dare say Paul Flynn's immediate group of supporters are excited about the Summit, so it makes sense to extrapolate that to apply to the rest of us, regardless of any evidence to the contrary. DavidMclean
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2:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

I like Paulie with his "warm welcoming Newport..." joke,best I've heard for ages lol.... I think Celtic Manor is determined to NOT ally itself with Newport, and the reason Cardiff is taking extra trouble, is because the great and not too good are all going THERE, and not to Newport, what's to see but a building site ? Nearest they will get is Tredegar House (Protesters permitting !). Perhaps NATO thinks plonking a pointless talking shop near a run down council estate is being clever..... They put a fence around Celtic Manor so they don't have to see Newport.
I like Paulie with his "warm welcoming Newport..." joke,best I've heard for ages lol.... I think Celtic Manor is determined to NOT ally itself with Newport, and the reason Cardiff is taking extra trouble, is because the great and not too good are all going THERE, and not to Newport, what's to see but a building site ? Nearest they will get is Tredegar House (Protesters permitting !). Perhaps NATO thinks plonking a pointless talking shop near a run down council estate is being clever..... They put a fence around Celtic Manor so they don't have to see Newport. Mervyn James
  • Score: -1

7:20pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I'd be very suspicious of the true motives of an organisation which provides a platform to a pro-Putin propagandist. Since Putin's regime is homophobic, transphobic, sexist and misogynistic they need to make some sort of statement on where they stand on these issues because by remaining silent on such human rights abuses they become part of the mechanism that allows them to happen.
I'd be very suspicious of the true motives of an organisation which provides a platform to a pro-Putin propagandist. Since Putin's regime is homophobic, transphobic, sexist and misogynistic they need to make some sort of statement on where they stand on these issues because by remaining silent on such human rights abuses they become part of the mechanism that allows them to happen. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -6

8:17pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
I'd be very suspicious of the true motives of an organisation which provides a platform to a pro-Putin propagandist. Since Putin's regime is homophobic, transphobic, sexist and misogynistic they need to make some sort of statement on where they stand on these issues because by remaining silent on such human rights abuses they become part of the mechanism that allows them to happen.
Expect to be duly ignored, we cannot influence Russia. Why UK activists are determined to not accept the realities in our own country beats me. Britons care more about animal rights then people's rights e.g. The end product will mean free speech is illegal. Every single person here has some prejudice, or, as we like to put it, a right NOT to agree. If someone cannot stand gays or animals or even screaming kids and NATO, then they have that right, the only time a problem emerges is if they go out of their way to hurt people, but you cannot stop people having prejudice or a mind of their own, at least not yet. Should we have a right to refuse to accept gays ? erm.... most who don't want to, avoid them anyway, just as they pay lip-service to multiculturalism, they just ignore, whether that is 'acceptance' I think the jury is out.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: I'd be very suspicious of the true motives of an organisation which provides a platform to a pro-Putin propagandist. Since Putin's regime is homophobic, transphobic, sexist and misogynistic they need to make some sort of statement on where they stand on these issues because by remaining silent on such human rights abuses they become part of the mechanism that allows them to happen.[/p][/quote]Expect to be duly ignored, we cannot influence Russia. Why UK activists are determined to not accept the realities in our own country beats me. Britons care more about animal rights then people's rights e.g. The end product will mean free speech is illegal. Every single person here has some prejudice, or, as we like to put it, a right NOT to agree. If someone cannot stand gays or animals or even screaming kids and NATO, then they have that right, the only time a problem emerges is if they go out of their way to hurt people, but you cannot stop people having prejudice or a mind of their own, at least not yet. Should we have a right to refuse to accept gays ? erm.... most who don't want to, avoid them anyway, just as they pay lip-service to multiculturalism, they just ignore, whether that is 'acceptance' I think the jury is out. Mervyn James
  • Score: 2

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