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Name: David Sydney Halpin
Message : What is Archbishop Welby's response to these acts? Thank you.
Cheer with the Givati brigade for the demolition of the mosque at Khuzaa **
Imagine if this was, say, the Finchley synagogue, or St.Michael's in the centre of our parish here at Ilsington (vicar copied). I imagine that Archbishop Welby will be speaking out against the destruction of people, the temples of the family - the homes, their hospitals, the schools in Gaza, and of lesser importance, the destruction of their places of worship. You will know that in addition to the destruction of dozens of mosques, some churches were also damaged. The church in the centre of Gaza City gave shelter to ALL.
You will know also that the occupier, the Zionist entity, is bound in international law to ensure the safety and welfare of the occupied people. The US and the UK failed to do that for the German people after the defeat of Germany in WW2. As with Gaza now, collective punishment was meted out.
Jon Snow, the lead journalist on C4 News, returned from Gaza a few days ago. It was clear from this blog and in the one written as he flew back to Britain that he had been deeply affected by the deliberate injury and killing of children in Gaza. This was evident too in his colleague Jonathan Miller, and in Lyse Doucet of the BBC.
Last night he tried to elicit truth from Michael Oren aka Michael Scott Bornstein, on C4 News. Oren was 'Israeli' ambassador to a surrogate US until last year. He is described as an historian and in the Wikipedia profile as being one of the ten most powerful Jews in the US. There is no hint as to how that is measured.
Mr Stuart Barker Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services in the County of Devon.
Thank you for your prompt reply. Although I speak strongly my motives are good. You know that. People who put themselves up for election to public bodies often become Aunt Sallies; many of the people chucking the wet sponges would not take on such responsibilities themselves. I know that local government is imprisoned by several vicious circles. For instance, you end with
'This (1.9% rise) raised just over £6m but we lost £3m because by raising council tax we lost the government council tax support grant so the net gain was just over £3m – it doesn’t go far towards the £110m.'
I thought this exemplified some of your difficulty. Kafka portrayed it in The Castle - Das Schloss.
Thank you for your letter, it is difficult to disagree with the direction of your comments, the position we are in isn’t something that I would, or have chosen. Having been fighting to maintain budgets and to deliver new services for the last five years it is very hard to find that the money available is no longer there having been taken away by circumstances out of our control. I could not agree more with your comments about looking after very elderly frail, vulnerable people. These are very difficult and emotional decisions which nobody should have to consider, however, if we want to continue to fund as many people as possible for as long as possible then we cannot carry on the way we are. If you remove a third of the money from your pocket what are you going to do if you want the same things you have worked for but find some of them are costing twice as much as they would if you bought elsewhere.
Regarding the announced policy of closing Devon County Council Care Homes
Mr Stuart Barker Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services Devon County Council
Having attended the Health and Well Being Committee last Monday afternoon, I later saw you on BBC Spotlight SW announcing the closure of 20 care homes in Devon. I was angered by the manner of the announcement and very disturbed by the content and rationale.
This letter is no attempt to 'shoot the messenger' but to question what is going on in our country as presently directed by a Coalition government where no party gained a majority, and by your council, in this large and wonderful county.