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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 45 - Rodney Atkinson - Political Economics and Constitutional Affairs

Doomwatch 45 - Rodney Atkinson - Political Economics and Constitutional Affairs

Friday 17th October 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM 

You are invited to join host alex:g and Guest Text Jockey Doc Mason for the 45th variant of the radio show DOOMWATCH The usual mix of news stories, comment and audience interaction, with special guests political economist Rodney Atkinson, who will be discussing the British Declaration of Independence (to be signed by all prospective parliamentary candidates), and Mike Robinson, of the UK Column newspaper, who will be discussing the Bank of England's interest rate plans and how TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) might be used for the benefit of fracking firms.

alex:g will be looking behind two stories on this week's BBC1 Watchdog show, involving water filters and mobile phone contracts.

Rodney Atkinson is one or the speakers at the "Your Constitution - Your Health" conferences, over the weekend of 1st and 2nd November 2014 at the Ramada Birmingham-Sutton Coldfield Hotel. "Your Constitution - The Day The UK Stood Still" - the Saturday part of the conference, is brought together by the British Constitution Group, will tackle some tough issues, without aligning itself to any political group or party.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to action by ATVOD, the 'Authority' for Television On Demand services in the UK, DOOMWATCH can only be watched in sound and vision LIVE by visiting www.ukcolumn.org/live.



Cameron’s lies about his EU budget ‘cuts’

In the BBC Today programme on 30th September 2014, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said, “People say you’ll never be able to cut the EU budget. I’ve cut the EU Budget…”

This is untrue. This story goes back to 2013. On 7th and 8th February at an EU Budget summit, Cameron and other EU leaders agreed a €908 billion limit for the seven-year period 2014 – 2020. This was 3% lower than in the seven-year period 2007 – 2013, which was then approaching its end. This was trumpeted as the first-ever cut in real terms spending in the EU’s history, with Cameron taking plaudits for his ‘tough talking’. But Cameron himself had no way of enforcing the agreement or of protecting the UK’s own share of the payments needed to cover the expenditure.

Unfortunately, the agreement of 8th February did not stick. A few weeks later the EU’s finance ministers had their own council meeting. On 15th May they in effect overrode what Cameron thought had been settled with Europe’s prime ministers.

A big increase in the 2013 EU Budget was pushed through, with the UK’s own additional bill in that one year amounting to £770 million. As the decision was taken by qualified majority voting, the UK could not stop it.



The British Declaration of Independence

Through membership of the European Union, the UN and other supranational organisations successive British Governments have given away your democratic rights and refused to govern for the benefit of the British people. Farmers, fishermen, businessmen, taxpayers and electors find that British ministers have delegated to others the powers which they themselves, because they are elected by us, should use to solve our problems. The British people cannot elect or sack those powers and therefore they no longer have any democratic control. If you can only vote for those who don’t govern then there is no point in voting.



British terrorists fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria could be tried for 'high treason' reveals Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

  • Hammond said ministers discussed trying returning jihadists for treachery
  • 'High treason' introduced in 1351 and carried the death penalty until 1998
  • Last person prosecuted for treason was Nazi propagandist William Joyce
  • 'Lord Haw-Haw' was found in Germany after the war and hung for treason



The Smith Commission

‘Scottish Devo Max’ - Lord Smith of Kelvin is one of the UK’s most experienced and senior chairmen, having led organisations in the private, public and third sector. Most recently Robert chaired the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 (Commonwealth Games) and currently chairs the UK Green Investment Bank and SSE. Robert is also Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and a Director of Standard Bank Group.

A chartered accountant by profession and formerly President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Robert has held a number of executive roles in financial services and has been a Governor of the BBC and Chairman of Children in Need, Chairman of the National Museums of Scotland, Chair of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum Appeal, and Vice-Chair of the Kelvingrove Appeal. He also chaired the process which produced the ‘Smith Report’ on guidance for Audit Committees, chaired the ‘Smith Group’ advising the Scottish Government on young people not in education, employment or training.

Last year, he chaired the committee which produced the Code of Governance for Higher Education in Scotland.

Smith Commission – quote from Lord Smith: “Following the referendum we have a willingness, shared by all five of Scotland’s main political parties, to strengthen the powers of the Scottish Parliament, within the UK. My job is to create a process through which politicians, civic institutions and the Scottish public can come together, work together and agree the detail of what those powers should be. To that end, I am working to one aim: to produce a unifying set of proposals by the 30 November 2014.”



Gordon Brown calls for devolution 'free of new conditions'

Mr Brown called on current Prime Minister David Cameron to stick to the "vow" made by pro-UK party leaders to deliver more powers. He claimed proposals for English votes for English laws would be "a reduction in the rights" of Scottish MPs. 

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael insisted more powers would be "delivered to the timetable promised".  Mr Brown presented a petition urging Westminster to keep promises on devolution, which has been signed by more than 120,000 people. The petition, organised online through the campaign group 38 Degrees, urges David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg: "Please stick to those promises on the timetable you agreed. Scotland won't accept less."

Mr Brown told MPs: "The people who signed it - 'Yes' voters and 'No' voters alike - are determined that the vow made by all the three main party leaders on Tuesday, September 16, before the referendum is kept."



Fracking firm lodging appeal after council rejects its planning application

West Sussex county council’s planning committee refused the application by Celtique Energie for oil and gas exploration near Wisborough Green, a conservation area just outside the South Downs national park, in July. The refusal, thought to be the first time a council had rejected a planning application by a fracking company, was welcomed by local campaigners and environmentalists. The county council said it turned down the application because Celtique did not demonstrate the site represented the best option compared with other sites, it had unsafe highways access and would have had an adverse impact on the area. The company has now said it is lodging an appeal with the planning inspectorate, claiming the council’s reasons for rejecting the application were “fundamentally unsound”.



Owen Paterson: fracking would be boon for poorest parts of the UK

Fracking could be a financial boon to poor and remote parts of the UK, according to former environment secretary and climate change sceptic Owen Paterson. The Conservative MP, sacked by David Cameron in July, also said the government was losing the battle to develop shale gas to a very powerful “green blob” of environmental campaigners.

Paterson’s remarks will intensify the fierce debate over shale gas exploration and echo the controversy that followed Conservative peer Lord Howell when he said in 2013 that “desolate areas” such as the north-east of England should be fracked. Paterson was giving a lecture on Tuesday at the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a climate sceptic group led by former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson.

On climate change science, Paterson said: “The forecast effects of climate change have been consistently and widely exaggerated thus far.” He said the atmosphere had failed to warm at all over the past 18 years, joking that the “pause” was now old enough to vote and join the army. This contention, and others, was rejected by the government official advisors, the Committee on Climate Change.



How Drinking More Spring or Filtered Water Can Improve Every Facet of Your Health

Last night’s Watchdog programme on BBC1 saw the Rogue Traders team deal with an errant company selling water filtration systems. They made wild claims about chlorine in tap water, using an American pool checking system incorrectly to put fear into their potential clients. What we saw them install was a single unit filter under the sink at a huge price for such a basic system.  In the tradition of straw men, the chlorine argument was rightfully demolished, but Matt Allwright, the presenter, was disingenuous to then make the leap to suggest there was no need to filter tap water, comparing such conspiracy theories about our water to man not landing on the Moon, Elvis still being alive, and reptiles having written the works of Shakespeare!

So, here’s the inside track from esteemed health website mercola.com:

Plain old tap water: It's easy. It's convenient and it comes right out of your kitchen faucet. However, most tap water is contaminated with a host of pollutants that increase your risk of serious health problems.

Arsenic - the level of arsenic in US tap water is incredibly high. This poisonous element is a powerful carcinogenic, which has been linked to an increased risk of the development of several types of cancer. In 2001 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the maximum level of arsenic permitted in drinking water from 50 ug/L to 10 ug/L due to the established cancer risk.

Aluminium - increases your risk for Alzheimer's disease, but did you also know that the aluminium found in your municipal water supply can cause a wide variety of other health problems? It has been linked to: Hyperactvity, Learning disabilities in children, Gastrointestinal disease, Skin problems, Parkinson's disease, and Liver disease.

Fluoride - If you still believe fluoride in your drinking water prevents cavities and helps build strong teeth, you've fallen for a cleverly devised mass-deception. As a recent study done on children in India showed, fluoride is anything but a cavity fighter. Fluoride is a well-known toxin that actually leads to an increased risk of cavities and can cause a wide range of health problems, including weakening your immune system and accelerating aging due to cellular damage.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs - You may have been told that if you dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the trash instead of the toilet that you do not run any risk of it ending up in the water supply. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to studies, human cells do not grow normally when exposed to even minute amounts of prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Some drugs that were never meant to be combined are mixed together in the drinking water you consume every day.

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) - Most tap community water supplies are treated with chlorine and although it may not be the healthiest element you can consume, it is far better for you than what is left behind. Disinfection byproducts are the result of disinfecting water with chlorine. It is important to note that while consuming chlorine is certainly not healthy, DBPs are TEN THOUSAND TIMES more dangerous! In addition to being a powerful carcinogenic, DPBs have also been linked to liver, kidney and nervous system problems.


While researching this article, we became aware of a PDF of a leaflet by the Drinking Water Inspectorate. In it they say: “Consumers should be aware that installation of RO [Reverse Osmosis] treatment on a metered water supply will increase water bills by up to one third because of the waste stream. Also by law consumers must give notice to their water company of their intention to install a RO system.”





Mobile phones not ‘fit for purpose’

Again on Watchdog on BBC1 last night, we had the tales of many people who could not use their mobile phone in their home, and small print in the contracts they signed with various mobile suppliers, we were told, meant they could not complain and get out of the contract.

This is obviously complete nonsense, and quite unbelievable that Watchdog would say this, especially when other consumer investigators have already said so. Dean Dunham, who runs the You and Your Rights website, even said so in an article that can still be found on the Daily Mirror’s website, dated 14 July 2013. He says:

“If your phone signal is really bad and you told the retailer/provider when you took out the contract and it turns out that your coverage is rubbish, it could mean the phone is not “fit for purpose” – which will be a breach of the Sale of Goods Act 1979. You can therefore hand the phone back and rip up the contract.”



Russian PM Medvedev questions Obama’s mental state

Speaking with CNBC, Medvedev said Obama was suffering from a “mental aberration.” He also blasted the US president for calling Moscow's actions in Ukraine a threat to the international community.

"It’s sad to hear President Obama say in an address at the UN that the threats and challenges facing humanity are, in this particular order, the Ebola virus, the Russian Federation, and only then the Islamic State (or ISIL)," Medvedev said. "I don’t want to dignify it with a response. It's sad, it's like some kind of mental aberration," he added.

The United States accuses Russia of arming and supporting pro-Russian forces fighting against the government in Kiev. The Kremlin, however, denies the allegations. The Obama administration has imposed sanctions against the Kremlin over the Ukraine crisis. The sanctions include restricting exports of American goods, services and technology to Russia’s largest oil companies.



Why is Children In Need sitting on a £90 million fortune?

Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, up from £81.2million last year. Another £2.2million is sitting in its bank accounts, up from £864,000 last year. The accounts reveal it paid £9,000 in fees to fund managers and made £893,000 in investment income.

In 2008 the BBC faced the prospect of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office after keeping more than £100,000 which should have been given to charity. The broadcaster admitted staff knowingly withheld money meant for causes including Children in Need and Comic Relief. The scandal emerged after auditors carried out an investigation into the BBC’s phone-voting systems.

The cash was generated by callers voting after phone lines had closed on about 20 shows, believed to include Eurovision and Fame Academy, between October 2005 and September 2007. They were still charged for their calls, typically around 25p a time, but the cash went into the bank account of BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, rather than the charities. An internal audit showed that a number of workers in Audiocall, part of BBC Worldwide, repeatedly kept money back. It has now been passed on, with interest. The BBC has said the ‘small number’ of staff involved face disciplinary action.

In 2006 TV viewers were warned against giving money to the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. An independent watchdog said donating to the charity was ‘a bad idea’ because of its huge administration costs – £2.4million out of a total of £33million raised at the time. Intelligent Giving said money is swallowed up by the need for two sets of bureaucrats: those who run the charity and those in charge of the organisations to which it gives money.



The Apprentice returns...

alex:g - Last Tuesday night, for some reason I decided to stop watching the international football (kudos to Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, by the way), and indeed Spandau Ballet on ITV, to watch the return of The Apprentice on BBC1. I think that will be the last time I watch. Maybe ever. There's only so many times you can view the same car crash motif and not be bored by it all. It's all the fault of those who select the candidates, of course.

Rather than showcase positive attributes which MUST be present in some who put themselves forward and never get onto the show, we have the same type of primates every series without fail. Their speeches to camera are embarrassing, full of testosterone-fuelled chest-pounding, and that goes for the girls, too (let's face it - they are NOT women, are they?). Pass the sick bag, and we're not even five minutes into the episode.

One day, wouldn't it be great for someone to say "I can lead a team, but I can be part of a team, too. Whatever the task, I will play my part, filling in where needed so that we win the task at hand. Trampling on the heads of others is never the way to get to the top, as there will be no-one backing you up if you fall. I want success on my terms, but not by being seen as a villain by my co-workers. I believe in me, and I always do my best. If that is enough to win Lord Sugar's partnership, I will be proud, but if not then it's not the end of the world, and another chance will present itself".


Bank of England’s Andy Haldane favours a delay in interest rate rises

The Bank of England’s chief economist said this morning that he now favoured delayed interest rate rises, having been neutral in the summer. This follows the longest sustained fall in UK real wages since records began.

Global markets have tumbled this week, with investors disconcerted at the lack of growth in Europe and especially Greece, the impact of Ebola, and worrying economic data from China and the US. Previously, UK interest rates had been expected to rise early next year.

Mr Haldane made his remarks at a speech to local business leaders in Kenilworth, where he described the UK's economy as "writhing in both agony and ecstasy". He said there were still plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Growth is set to be the fastest of any major economy this year and inflation and borrowing costs are low, he said. However, he said the "reasons to be fearful" included productivity and wages, which had not risen.  



Cut state pension in half and lower taxes, says think tank

The Institute of Economic Affairs, a right-leaning think tank, said the Government was "overstretched" in trying to fund "unsustainable" retirement payouts for Britain's ageing population. It said the Government should abandon its plan to pay around £155 a week "flat-rate" amount to future pensioners who have a full national insurance record.

The payout should be cut in half, it said, to around £75, and workers given annual tax rebates that vary according to age A worker aged 40 would receive around £3,000 a year as a result of paying lower national insurance, the think tank said.

The money could be paid instead into a private pension pot. Under reforms next April, savers will be able to treat such plans like bank accounts, withdrawing money from age 55 as they please.



We will continue to use Ripa powers against journalists, says Met's assistant commissioner

One of the Metropolitan Police's most senior policemen has said the force will continue to use the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) against journalists if they suspect criminality. Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner at the Met, insisted "nobody should be above the law" and said officers will keep using the controversial powers to "chase down criminals".

Mr Rowley added that if politicians wanted to instil greater "safeguard" for journalists it was up to Parliament to make the necessary legal changes. The defence comes amid outcry at revelations that police used Ripa powers to access the phone logs of reporters on the Mail on Sunday and The Sun to trace sources on two stories.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has ordered that rules around the use of snooping laws be tightened so they are only used to investigate serious crime.



NEXT WEEK ON DOOMWATCH – One of our guests will be Jayney Goddard, the President of The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA, website at www.the-cma.org.uk) which is the world's largest professional membership body for complementary medicine. She is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on natural healthcare, and is one of the speakers at the “Your Constitution – Your Health” conference weekend, happening 1 and 2 November 2014 at the Ramada Birmingham-Sutton Coldfield Hotel. Her keynote presentation is entitled ““Holisitic Immunology in Infectious Diseases”.

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