ARGUS COMMENT: Bringing the Nato summit to life

First published in Gwent news by

NEXT month's Nato summit in Newport will undoubtedly disrupt many people's lives for a few days.

There will be road and school closures and delays on the M4.

So we are delighted the organisers of the summit, backed by the city council, have come up with the idea of a one-day festival on the bank holiday weekend at the end of this month.

It is easy for ordinary Newport folk to feel the summit has little or nothing to do with them.

Now there will be an event that will help to bring to life a massive worldwide event for many people.

Of course, those who are against Nato and the summit will maintain their opposition, and we fully support their right to protest.

But we think many people will enjoy the activities planned for the city on August 23.

There will be food and drink from Nato countries, a sky-diving display from the Red Devils parachute team, and a fly-past by Second World War Spitfire and Hurricane planes.

Cynics will say this festival is a ploy to get Newportonians onside ahead of the summit.

They are right, of course. But we think some positivity around the meeting of world leaders is no bad thing.

It is a good idea and we hope it is well-supported by the people of Newport and the surrounding area.

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9:46am Sat 9 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Hilarious! Who was it said "from tragedy to farce" while the Argus shouted, "More please!" Cmon Kevin tell us this is all a joke? Nato comes to town and WW2 Spitfires loop over Ringland! No Junkers 88 in 'solidarity"? Hey, where's the Douglas Bader look a like contest? Dame Vera? We've got to have DAME VERA if its Nato! Maybe Charlie Church in her union jack frock then?
Hilarious! Who was it said "from tragedy to farce" while the Argus shouted, "More please!" Cmon Kevin tell us this is all a joke? Nato comes to town and WW2 Spitfires loop over Ringland! No Junkers 88 in 'solidarity"? Hey, where's the Douglas Bader look a like contest? Dame Vera? We've got to have DAME VERA if its Nato! Maybe Charlie Church in her union jack frock then? KarloMarko
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10:14am Sat 9 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"It is easy for ordinary Newport folk to feel the summit has little or nothing to do with them."

I do not believe there is any such thing as 'ordinary' folk, Kevin. You, me and every human being on this planet is a unique individual and each and every one of us is, therefore, extra-ordinary. Leaders need to sleep, eat, drink and take a poo just like the rest of us - and we all die in the end and will be equally dead no matter if we are buried in a mausoleum or dumped in a pauper's pit. If NATO truly represents an organisation that protects democracy then it should be fully aware that we are its bosses and its leaders are only in such positions with our permission.
"It is easy for ordinary Newport folk to feel the summit has little or nothing to do with them." I do not believe there is any such thing as 'ordinary' folk, Kevin. You, me and every human being on this planet is a unique individual and each and every one of us is, therefore, extra-ordinary. Leaders need to sleep, eat, drink and take a poo just like the rest of us - and we all die in the end and will be equally dead no matter if we are buried in a mausoleum or dumped in a pauper's pit. If NATO truly represents an organisation that protects democracy then it should be fully aware that we are its bosses and its leaders are only in such positions with our permission. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -3

12:39pm Sat 9 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Just bought a hard copy of today's Nato Argus (everyday is Nato day) for its superb front page! A classic of comedy journalism that looks as if it was cut and pasted from a "Thunderbirds are Go" colouring book. Or should that be "Spitfires are Go"? Many more please Kevin, you know you have it in you! Can we have a Lancaster over Afghanistan next week? Well OK, Bettws then.
Just bought a hard copy of today's Nato Argus (everyday is Nato day) for its superb front page! A classic of comedy journalism that looks as if it was cut and pasted from a "Thunderbirds are Go" colouring book. Or should that be "Spitfires are Go"? Many more please Kevin, you know you have it in you! Can we have a Lancaster over Afghanistan next week? Well OK, Bettws then. KarloMarko
  • Score: -8

12:50pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Okay. . .let me get this straight. We're having a festival about a group of rich people with arguably blood on their hands incapable of changing the world's problems, holed up in a posh hotel while their hoards of entourages play golf while we "cynics" as Kevin calls us, celebrate our children off from school, massive traffic jams and police being taken from our towns and cities to cover this? Oh yippie! Look everyone, the Red Devils! And they float down. . and down. . yay.
Okay. . .let me get this straight. We're having a festival about a group of rich people with arguably blood on their hands incapable of changing the world's problems, holed up in a posh hotel while their hoards of entourages play golf while we "cynics" as Kevin calls us, celebrate our children off from school, massive traffic jams and police being taken from our towns and cities to cover this? Oh yippie! Look everyone, the Red Devils! And they float down. . and down. . yay. Paxman's Army
  • Score: -4

12:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Kevin, in his lousy prose, writes "we think some positivity around the meeting of world leaders is no bad thing. " Tell me something Kev, what sort of "positivity" will come from this? Worldwide coverage of Chicago-like protests? You really think people watching on television will say, "Ooo. . . that Newport looks like a happenin' place?"

Do me favour Kev. . .when you say that us cynics are right. . . can you be more clear about that? And I'm not against the NATO summit. . .I just don't see the point of holding it HERE. Why can't they hold it at Camp David? The 18-Holes not good enough there?
Kevin, in his lousy prose, writes "we think some positivity around the meeting of world leaders is no bad thing. " Tell me something Kev, what sort of "positivity" will come from this? Worldwide coverage of Chicago-like protests? You really think people watching on television will say, "Ooo. . . that Newport looks like a happenin' place?" Do me favour Kev. . .when you say that us cynics are right. . . can you be more clear about that? And I'm not against the NATO summit. . .I just don't see the point of holding it HERE. Why can't they hold it at Camp David? The 18-Holes not good enough there? Paxman's Army
  • Score: -6

2:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Harry Drivel says...

Let's hope this is much better than the frankly embarrassing effort that was put on in John Frost Square for the Ryder Cup - I've never seen a major event 'celebrated' in such a shoddy, cheap and frankly insulting manner. It's as if the companies involved were just going through the motions to fulfil their contractual obligations.

Come on people of Newport - you deserve *much* better so start demanding it!!
Let's hope this is much better than the frankly embarrassing effort that was put on in John Frost Square for the Ryder Cup - I've never seen a major event 'celebrated' in such a shoddy, cheap and frankly insulting manner. It's as if the companies involved were just going through the motions to fulfil their contractual obligations. Come on people of Newport - you deserve *much* better so start demanding it!! Harry Drivel
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

One positive arises (at least). Those who'll be at Brockenhurst for the Carnival or Pennington for the Beer Festival that weekend can enjoy themselves, secure in the knowledge that all the yah boo smellies ("peace camp") will be in Newport and nowhere near the South Coast.
Does Marko have a generalised fear of everything? I'd call it omniphobia if that weren't a horrible Greek/Latin hybrid.
One positive arises (at least). Those who'll be at Brockenhurst for the Carnival or Pennington for the Beer Festival that weekend can enjoy themselves, secure in the knowledge that all the yah boo smellies ("peace camp") will be in Newport and nowhere near the South Coast. Does Marko have a generalised fear of everything? I'd call it omniphobia if that weren't a horrible Greek/Latin hybrid. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

2:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Au contraire. I am now revelling in the hilarity and general absurdity of Nato's dumb and dumber circus act. Who's handling their PR account? Jim Davidson? Nick Griffin? Biggles?! As for the Argus, that Spitfire front page and copy is straight off to Private Eye on Monday. Prize winning stuff. MUCH more please.
Au contraire. I am now revelling in the hilarity and general absurdity of Nato's dumb and dumber circus act. Who's handling their PR account? Jim Davidson? Nick Griffin? Biggles?! As for the Argus, that Spitfire front page and copy is straight off to Private Eye on Monday. Prize winning stuff. MUCH more please. KarloMarko
  • Score: -4

4:38pm Sat 9 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

I used to have my Fish and chips in the Argus. excellent stuff
I used to have my Fish and chips in the Argus. excellent stuff thomas35
  • Score: 3

10:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

Newport Spark says...

World leaders?....The world leaders puppets. Cameron,Obama and their ilk will just be doing there masters bidding.
World leaders?....The world leaders puppets. Cameron,Obama and their ilk will just be doing there masters bidding. Newport Spark
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Newport Spark wrote:
World leaders?....The world leaders puppets. Cameron,Obama and their ilk will just be doing there masters bidding.
There-where? But do tell-who are their masters? I do love a good conspiracy theory.
[quote][p][bold]Newport Spark[/bold] wrote: World leaders?....The world leaders puppets. Cameron,Obama and their ilk will just be doing there masters bidding.[/p][/quote]There-where? But do tell-who are their masters? I do love a good conspiracy theory. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

4:35pm Sun 10 Aug 14

paddyparry says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Newport Spark wrote:
World leaders?....The world leaders puppets. Cameron,Obama and their ilk will just be doing there masters bidding.
There-where? But do tell-who are their masters? I do love a good conspiracy theory.
Dai, I think he's referring to the World Jewry-Militray Industrialist-Financ
ial Market plot to take over the world on behalf of the Facist-Alien Moon People Alliance. That makes as much sense as anything else he says.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newport Spark[/bold] wrote: World leaders?....The world leaders puppets. Cameron,Obama and their ilk will just be doing there masters bidding.[/p][/quote]There-where? But do tell-who are their masters? I do love a good conspiracy theory.[/p][/quote]Dai, I think he's referring to the World Jewry-Militray Industrialist-Financ ial Market plot to take over the world on behalf of the Facist-Alien Moon People Alliance. That makes as much sense as anything else he says. paddyparry
  • Score: -3

3:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

"Cynics will say this festival is a ploy to get Newportonians onside ahead of the summit."

I dare say the organisers themselves would admit the same, but would of course not use the word 'ploy'.

The planning conversation would have been along the lines of 'what can we do to engage the local people ahead of the Summit?' That's a fair enough thing to try and do.

I'm certainly no fan of the Summit coming to Newport, and have been critical of the nonsense 'great opportunity' promises trotted out from the start by politicians and business leaders trying to grab a quick PR hit. But if the Summit really wants to butter up the communities that have to tolerate it, they should really start thinking in terms of legacy instead of just throwing a quick street carnival and hoping for the best.

Why doesn't NATO do something really useful, such as pay for a new hospital, nursing home or school? Something that would last long after the event? A combined whip-round donation by all member countries could pay for it.

By contrast, a flypast by antique aircraft, a marching band and a couple of pie and mash stalls is only ever going to be fodder for ridicule.
"Cynics will say this festival is a ploy to get Newportonians onside ahead of the summit." I dare say the organisers themselves would admit the same, but would of course not use the word 'ploy'. The planning conversation would have been along the lines of 'what can we do to engage the local people ahead of the Summit?' That's a fair enough thing to try and do. I'm certainly no fan of the Summit coming to Newport, and have been critical of the nonsense 'great opportunity' promises trotted out from the start by politicians and business leaders trying to grab a quick PR hit. But if the Summit really wants to butter up the communities that have to tolerate it, they should really start thinking in terms of legacy instead of just throwing a quick street carnival and hoping for the best. Why doesn't NATO do something really useful, such as pay for a new hospital, nursing home or school? Something that would last long after the event? A combined whip-round donation by all member countries could pay for it. By contrast, a flypast by antique aircraft, a marching band and a couple of pie and mash stalls is only ever going to be fodder for ridicule. DavidMclean
  • Score: -1

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