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11.53pm Friday 6th December 2013
At a time when services are being cut the WAG announce that 5 million yes 5 million is to be spent extra on welsh language/
1.05pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
Wales still worst in UK in global school tests
8.23am Wednesday 4th December 2013
Hospital missed Newport girl’s broken leg
6.17pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
This should ring alarm bells. In England they improved on all three, Not as much as is needed but at least they are going in the right direction. In Wales we are going backwards and getting worse
One needs to consider that this will explain at least in part as to why Wales economy continues to under perform that of the rest of the UK, There is almost an acceptance that low standard are fine. It applies to Education, Economy & NHS amongst others
We have a very low standard or politicians at both the assembly and local councils and this will also play a key part in Wales underperformance
We just have to consider the Newport Redevelopment and the new bus station fiasco's to see just how low the standard of our politicians are
The above would be ideal use of the power to recall an MP or Local Councillor where the electorate found they were seriously failing
8.37am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Newport council makes redundancy offer
Hang about, they only advertised for a vacant £80k finance post last week. Surely that's the first to be cut before anyone else has to suffer?
12.03am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Newport County reject Portsmouth approach for boss Justin Edinburgh
Have you ever been a major employer?
The most conclusive solution was to let JE tell them himself. Believe me I've been there
This is the first of what will become a series of approaches until he leaves probably before the season is through
Handle every approach the same
9.54pm Monday 2nd December 2013
Risk review on Gwent police copter after Glasgow tragedy
9.33pm Monday 2nd December 2013
Bad tactics as I would have expected from Harris. Let the man talk to them, if he then decides no, he can be at peace with himself
2.12pm Monday 2nd December 2013
11.04am Sunday 1st December 2013
Commit to rail-link completion
A fair point. Sometimes people only look at the connection to Newport and Cardiff and not the wider links to the national rail network. Published national rail travel survey data indicates a significant number of people along the Ebbw Vale line travel by car to Newport station to catch trains going east. It also has the added bonus of making Ebbw Vale etc more accessible and an additional lever in attracting more investment and economic activity. However, the masters in Cardiff Bay are not always good at joined up thinking.The only viable link is to Newport. Having direct trains going beyond their is simply not viable there are not enough people travelling to further destinations
A single train can carry several hundred people. Capacity on the line is another issue and cost is by far the biggest issue. The subsidy would be massive
A fair point. Sometimes people only look at the connection to Newport and Cardiff and not the wider links to the national rail network. Published national rail travel survey data indicates a significant number of people along the Ebbw Vale line travel by car to Newport station to catch trains going east. It also has the added bonus of making Ebbw Vale etc more accessible and an additional lever in attracting more investment and economic activity. However, the masters in Cardiff Bay are not always good at joined up thinking.
1.41pm Friday 29th November 2013
9.49am Thursday 28th November 2013
Air ambulance called after three car pile-up on A48(M)
5.11pm Wednesday 27th November 2013
Leader Bob Bright leads Newport council in apologising for Chartist Mural debacle
4.08pm Friday 22nd November 2013
Mervyn James wrote:
It's like that European map they printed a few years ago,where wales was completely eased from the UK Map, after Gloucester we just saw the Irish sea.... . In WW2 the Germans had maps with no Wales on it either it was all 'England'.
4.01pm Friday 22nd November 2013
EDITOR'S CHAIR: If not this, then what? If not now, then when?
8.24am Thursday 21st November 2013
ARGUS COMMENT: £90m deal to get shopping centre built is worth the risk
3.34pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
6.40pm Tuesday 19th November 2013
MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: It's time County reviewed their sales policy
2.17pm Tuesday 19th November 2013
Recovering 'unlawful' payments could be costly - Caerphilly chief
"hinted that the May claim back some of the money" err no it was fraudulently claimed ie it was stolen!!! do these public sector workers live in cloud cuckoo land? if we fraudulently claimed this money not only would we be forced to pay it back, we would probably face jail.
11.28am Tuesday 19th November 2013
6.57pm Monday 18th November 2013
9.43am Saturday 16th November 2013
Not right lights
9.42pm Thursday 14th November 2013
9.40pm Thursday 14th November 2013
10.14am Wednesday 13th November 2013
Expenses not too large, says Gwent PCC
12.06am Tuesday 12th November 2013
Newport traders worried over future of business after bus station closure
12.03am Tuesday 12th November 2013
5.22pm Friday 8th November 2013
Keep Newport council away from new Chartist memorial, says campaigner
5.04pm Friday 8th November 2013
Ian MacKinlay wrote:
On 3 October 2013, the Chartist Mural, adjacent to John Frost Square in Newport, hereinafter referred to as the Mural, was recklessly and irresponsibly destroyed, clearly against the wishes of a very great number of people, who were actively seeking the means for a plan to be devised to save the Mural.
The contempt shown for the electorate, by their elected representatives, was virtually without precedent, and this disgraceful episode will certainly go down in the history of Newport, to be remembered in a thousand year’s time, as much as the event which is depicted in the Mural itself.
The Council offered in explanation, for its decision not to remove and retain the mural, that the cost of saving the Mural would be prohibitive, or at least unjustifiable.
The Council claims that it sought for, and paid for, professional advice on the possible removal and retention of the Mural.
The Council claims the advice given was that it would cost £600,000 or more to remove and retain the Mural.
I do not believe it would be difficult to establish in a court of law that this advice was completely erroneous.
When professional advice is sought for, and paid for, it would normally be expected that there would be legal redress, if the advice given was so outstandingly wrong, as appears to be the case with the advice given on the removal and retention of the Mural.
Whatever would be the point in paying for professional advice for anything, if it could not be reasonably relied upon, without the expectation that there could be some redress, if the advice given was so outstandingly wrong?
The whole point of seeking and paying for professional advice is to prevent ill-advised decisions being made by persons ill-equipped to do so themselves.
At the end of the day, the reason we have such persons classed as professionals, and institutions classed as professional institutions, is so that the relevant expertise is available, when it is required by Society, for various actions to be safely and reliably executed, and for Society to be adequately advised and reliably informed, when related decisions are to be made.
If the Council had gone ahead and demolished the mural, without seeking such professional advice from engineers and construction experts, that might be considered to be professionally equipped to give relevant and reliable advice in such matters as the removal and retention of the Mural, then the Council could have justifiably been criticised for irresponsibly carrying out such an action, without ensuring it had the appropriate professional advice.
If, as appears to be the case, the Council did indeed take the necessary steps to seek such professional advice, it then follows that it must now seek legal redress for the erroneous and unprofessional advice it was apparently given.
The damages that the Council should seek in compensation should be of a sufficient amount that a full-sized, accurate replica of the Mural can be commissioned.
An accurate replica of the Mural is what the people of Newport expect as an outcome of this debacle.
The means of paying for the eventual reproduction of the Mural is by the Council seeking damages from the professionals upon whose advice the ill-judged decision not to save the Mural was based.
1.49pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
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