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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CAR HIRE IN SPAIN - BEWARE


CAR HIRE IN SPAIN - CUSTOMERS BEWARE !

Most of the car hire companies at Malaga Airport such as Firefly, Gold Car, Record booked through Holiday Autos have found a new way of ripping you off.

In the past, you would have CDW - Collision Damage Waiver included in the price of the rental. Today, CDW is still included BUT here is the problem - you have an Excess Payment of 1,000 Euros built into the contract.
The Car Rental staff are now very well trained to emphasise that unless you take out their insurance for the duration of the rental, You are liable to pay for very scratch or damage to the car up to 1,000 Euros. They will have taken an imprint of your Credit Card, so you are at their mercy. They really try to frighten you and put you under pressure when you are tired after a long journey.

My wife and I have taken out our own Insurance policy in the UK for travel throughout Europe which will pay for any excess charges. The Annual cost if about £50. It costs slightly more for annual Worldwide coverage.
The rental company staff, recently Firefly, will warn you that you are still at risk because they do not think your insurance company will pay up in the event of damage or an accident. Once again, they put pressure on you to buy their excess waiver insurance.

So, what does their insurance cost ? A whopping 18 Euros Plus per day of rental. For a 15 day rental, that will cost you about 270 Euros plus. A massive profit for the car rental companies.

I think that this is outrageous. Can anyone do something about this ?

There is worse to come. We had to return the Firefly car to Malaga Airport at 5.30am. We were told to drop the keys and a copy of the rental agreement into a box, which we did. There was no damage to the car. I took photos of the car and the full tank of petrol.the time and Bay 75 Firefly. A wise precaution.
However, when we failed to take up their insurance, the sales assistant pointed out that if there was any damage to the car AFTER we had returned the car early morning.....we were liable to pay for any damage up to an excess of - you have guessed it - 1,000 Euros.
So, a Firefly employee could damage the car when moving it and we would have to pay. Once again, outrageous.

So, BEWARE if you book via Holiday Autos and Firefly, Gold Car, Record and others. Extra insurance costs could be as much as 400% more than the car rental .......if you fall for the sales pressure when you sign up for the rental.

My brother once hired from Record. As he went up the ramp to leave the car park, smoke came out of the engine. There was no oil ! Record argued that he had to pay because he had taken possession of the car. Beware, do we have to check for oil now ?

One final price of advice.... the lighting is poor in the car park at Malaga Airport when you collect your car early morning or late evening. Make sure that you check for damage. Does the petrol cap work ?  Are the locks damaged ? What about scratches on the roof ?
I suggest you take a torch with you. On out latest trip to Malaga Airport, we found a number of scratches that were not recorded.

Just in case you think excessive insurance is all you need to worry about, here is another cheeky policy.
Firefly and others now want you to bring the car back with a full tank of petrol. If you do not bring it back full you might find that you  have a surcharge of 50 Euros or maybe at least a charge of
25 Euros as a service charge for them having to fill the car up to full.

Maybe, taxis are the better option after all ! Or, the train.

Whatever you do next time ....BEWARE. They want your money !





       


PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE MEDIA


MEDIA BIAS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP OF THE USA

I have to agree with new President Trump of the USA that the Media seem to be biased against him and often twist the news.....Fake News he calls it.

The other evening I watched his 77 minute speech to the Press at The White House. I thought it was a brilliant speech in which he listed some of the positive  actions he had taken since election to honour the promises he had made to the American people.
These included a list of proposed Billion Dollar investments by a number of CEOs of American Car Manufacturers in cities in the USA. Wonderful news for American workers.
In the TV News on CNN and SKY, these investments were not mentioned at all. They concentrated on other issues mainly doubts about Trump Policies like Immigration Controls.
President Trump announced the renewal of the Canadian USA pipeline project which will create thousands of jobs and increase demand for USA Steel. A great Project.
The Media gave this low coverage or preferred to concentrate on environmental issues instead.
The Trump Policies to deal with the 11 Million Illegal Immigrants are presented as an attack on the freedom of all Immigrants.
How dare Illegal Immigrants think that they can enter the USA as they wish without any vetting or permission.
Trump wants to get rid of the drug barons, criminals and felons. I agree entirely. We have the same problem in the UK.

Also during this week I heard Vice President Pence deliver a very reassuring speech at NATO. He gave a forceful reassurance that President Trump and he wanted to assure NATO that the USA fully support them.
The SKY news report included the following comments.....
Did Vice President Pence really talk on behalf of President Trump ?
Did they really mean what they say ? Incredible ! How many times do they want the USA have to repeat this. The Media called the speech a Charm Offensive, a suggestion that American words of support was just that...A Charm Offensive.

Everything The President says, the Media are looking for something critical to say about him. It issuch a pity ! Give the man and his Administration a chance.
The Media say the He had has declared War on the Media. No, he only wants them to be fair and factual in their reporting.

The Media claim that the White House is in chaos. What rubbish.

Remember this Media.....President Trump is doing what he promised the American Electorate he would do. He is keeping his promises. Unusual for Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

President Trump's  wish to liaise directly with President Putin is a good thing. If the two leaders can forge a good understanding and avoid confrontation this is a good thing. If they can speed up the defeat of ISiS and radical Islamist terrorists, this is a good thing.
However, on many occasions this effort to talk to Russia is often presented by some of the Media as a weakness and a danger to peace.

I think that Trump  will prove to be a great President. What stamina and dedication he has shown so far. He has reassured Israel. He has forged a good relationship with Canada, Japan and the UK. He has even pleased China with his One China Policy affirmation. He has reassured Europe. He has reassured the American People. He wants peace with Russia from a position of strength.
He is standing up to the leaches and hangers on. He will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. He will help destroy Isis all over the free world. He is committed to trade deals with the UK.
Yes, he must deal with unfair trading deals across the World.
Not a bad performance for a few weeks in the job.

What more do you want ? Please Media......give more balance in your reporting, particularly SKY, CNN and BBC.

Trump is a man who is used to making big decisions. He is not afraid to trust and act on his own judgement. He is a Doer not a career Politician.





Wednesday, 1 February 2017

THE EU FEES FOR BREXIT EXIT


THE EU RIPOFF FEE TO THE UK FOR LEAVING

So, the threats and demands from the EU have started.

Some EU officials claim that the UK would have to pay into the EU
Budget some 60 Billions Euros as a condition of leaving the EU.
University Professors think it might be lower, around 40 Billions Euros.
TV Commentators think the UK through negotiations would only need to pay 30 Billions of Euros.
Who do you believe ?

I think the the UK should leave the EU no later than 1 April 2019.
This is how I think the argument should go from a UK perspective.
The UK should honour its commitments up to the 1 April 2019.
After that date, the UK should pay into the EU Budget - Nothing !
The EU will demand payments for commitments to EU officials Pension schemes. No way !
The UK should demand its % share of all EU Assets -  Buildings, Cash in the Bank, Investments, Loans to Member states. That should result in Billions of Euros rebate for the UK. After all, the UK has paid a share of these Liquid Assets and Fixed sets.

The EU hierarchy will not like this. What is the legal position ?
If a business is closed down or shareholders withdraw their shareholding, the Law will pronounce that this is legal for the shareholders to receive their share of the net assets.

The eternal Auditors have not signed off the EU Accounts for some 15 years or more.
The UK should refuse to pay any Leaving fee unless they are presented with Recent Audited Accounts.

The UK should insist that the Principle of Transferability of Pension Funds should apply to all the UK MEPs.

I have confidence in the UK Negotiating Team. If agreement cannot be reached, what Court of Justice will judge ? The European Court of Justice ?  I hope not !

The EU might also claim that since the UK agreed to the various EU Treaties, the UK must honour its commitments and pay up !
The answer is that the UK has lived up to its commitments WHILST it remained a Member of the Club. After it has left the Club, it does not have any more financial commitments.

If you had paid £1,000 to join your local Golf Club, what would you say if they said - You will have to pay £5,000 Leaving Fee. I think that I know what you would say to them ...?***!!!! *** ?

Perhaps the UK Negotiators will be a little more Polite !

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

THE RIGHT TO PROTEST


THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

Under DEMOCRACY, we all have the right to free speech and the right to protest on the streets.
What we do not have is the right to attack property, set fire to cars, throw stones and firebombs against the Police.
The Rule of Law must prevail. If we allow anarchy and criminal activities, we are on the slippery slope. So free speech Citizens Beware.

Recently, in the USA and the UK, there has been a dangerous pollution of free speech. Violence has erupted. Millions have taken to the streets to protest, for example against BREXIT and the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.

The Truth and Facts have been swamped with Lies and twists of the truth. Here are some recent examples....

In the USA and the UK Banners of Minority Demonstrators are held aloft saying.....

" Trump is not my President."
" Trump is a Terrorist."
" Trump is a Racist "
" Trump is against all Muslims."
" Trump is damaging the environment. He must be stopped."
 "Trump - the Friend and Ally of Putin."
" Trump hates Refugees "
" Let them in."

Fact -Donald Trump is the legally elected President of the USA.
These claims are false and misleading.The danger is that uninformed people might think they are true.


In the UK banners of Demonstrators proclaim...

" Save the workers from BREXIT."
" Protect Workers Rights "
 " Stop Brexit "
" The Conservatives are against Immigrants."
" Stop the State visit of Trump."
" Save our Jobs "

Fact - The Majority Referendum Vote in the UK was for Brexit.
Brexit will protect Workers Rights. The Conservatives want Immigration but they want the Right to control who can enter the UK. No limitless Immigration or Asylum seekers. Control of our borders.
The majority want President Trump to visit the UK. Tony Blair arranged for the Queen to meet President Asaad of Syria some years ago ! Jobs will be protected by increasing Trade across the World including the EU.

You even see on TV very young children carrying Banners with Lies scribbled on them by their parents. What do these children know about the Subjects ?

I could go on and on. When these Protests combine Untruths and vociferous chanting by Millions, the result is not a strengthening of our Democratic way of life but a threat !
We cannot stop people demonstrating in this way. However, we must speak up against them when they act against facts, mislead on behalf of their own Political Agenda and twist the Truth.

The main Problem is this. Politicians from Opposition Parties fester these Lies and Distortions of the Truth for their own Political gain.
The Media also tend to add to the fire of resentment and opposition. They say 1.6 Million sign a Petition to stop the State Visit of President Trump. That is the Truth. But, what about the other 63 Millions or so of us ?
Are we to have rule by the vociferous minority ?

My view for the future is simply....Give Peaceful Demonstrations
their RIGHTFUL opportunity to demonstrate but, let the Majority of Citizens and The Media remain vigilant in safeguarding the Truth and our Peaceful coexistence.

Speak out the Majority, The Government and The Media. Do not let TV images trick you. Make your own minds up.

DEMOCRACY...YES.  Anarchy....NEVER ! 







Sunday, 29 January 2017

BREXIT - THE LIES V THE TRUTH


THE REMAINERS TWIST OF THE TRUTH ABOUT BREXIT

I am an avid follower of Question Time, Newsnight and The Marr programmes on TV.
Many politicians from Labour, LibDems and Scottish Nationalists
speak with total conviction, twisting the truth and deceiving the general Public.
Here are a few recent examples.....

The Remainers say.......

BREXIT supporters are against Immigration. Immigrants contribute a lot to the British economy. Where would the NHS be without Immigrants ?
How would the Farmers in Lincolnshire cope without Immigrants ?
We need Immigrants.

The Truth

BREXIT policy is not to ban Immigrants from the UK post BREXIT.
If the UK needs Immigrants they will have Work Permits granted.
The  Policy will be Controlled Immigration. No economic Migrants.
Controlled numbers of Asylum seekers.
A fair Policy based on UK needs.

The Remainers say.......

The UK must remain in the Single Market or else there will be a downturn in the Economy and a loss of jobs.

The Truth

The EU will not allow the UK into the Single Market unless the UK accepts Immigration and the free Movement of Labour.

Yes, this is the Truth. So, how can the Remainers expect the UK to accept this ? BREXIT voters demanded an end to freedom of movement. So, the UK cannot remain in the Single Market.

Scottish Nationalists say that they want Scotland to remain in the EU and the Single Market.......

The Truth

Scotland is part of the UK. It is unlikely that the EU would accept Scotland as a member. If this happened, Border Posts would have to be erected between Scotland and England. Passport checks would be made at all UK airports. Work permits would have to issued to Scottish Nationals.
In any case, Scotland would not be able to afford to contribute to EU funding. Scotland would have to pay the UK, £Billions as their share of the National Debt. Tell that to the Scottish people.

Scottish Nationals say....We have the Oil.

The Truth

No they don't. The Oil Industry is complex when it comes to who owns what. Investments include...The British Government, International Consortia, Public Money. It is the British Oil Industry within British Waters. Scotland is part of the UK. They do not have Scottish waters !

Remainers say that the UK are abandoning Europe.

The Truth

Not true and very misleading.
BREXIT says No to the EU. Yes to Europe.

Remainers say that if the UK is not in the Single Market, the UK will not be able to trade with the EU.

The Truth

Wrong again. The UK can trade with the EU post BREXIT.
It is a question of the Terms of Trade. The lower £ might compensate for any Tarriffs imposed by the EU.
UK corporate taxes might also compensate.
Lower production costs and UK productivity is another possible winner for the UK.
The ability of the UK post BREXIT to forge Global trade treaties will be very advantageous to the UK.
Global Joint Ventures will also be helpful to the UK.

Remainers say....There will be a threat to Workers Rights......

The Truth

Wrong. The UK intends to incorporate into British Law, safeguards from EU Law. Workers will not be worse off concerning Labour Legislation.

CONCLUSION

Remainers are deliberately twisting the facts and are just lying.
The tone of their voices on TV gives the impression that they are talking facts.

The Truth

They are wrong time and time again. Citizens be aware.
Do not believe the Scottish Nationalists, the LibDems or Labour.

Yes, the Conservatives are speaking the Truth. That is RIGHT !







Saturday, 21 January 2017

GIVE DEMOCRACY A CHANCE


GIVE DEMOCRACY A CHANCE

DEMOCRACY as a way of Government and a conduit to Power, Peace and Freedom is not perfect but it is the best system of Government we have in this world. That is my view.
The foundation of our Democracy is Free Elections open to all, Free Speech for very citizen backed up with Freedom of the Press and The Rule of Law.

When the result goes against you, you have every right to express your disappointment, to protest in lawful marches in the streets.

However, if we want to respect The Rule of Law and maintain peace in our communities, you are not entitled to protest with violence on the streets, harming property by smashing windows of shops, setting fire to cars, looting, storming Government buildings, attacking Politicians and trying to overthrow the legitimate Government. No, you do not have the right to anarchy.

The recent protests in the USA against the election of President Trump and the Worldwide marches against The President are an attack on DEMOCRACY itself.
Any attempt to overthrow the verdict of the American people or in the U.K. to overthrow the verdict of Brexit are unlawful and is an attempt to dismiss DEMOCRACY as a way of life.

These well meaning but anti DEMOCRACY protestors are entitled to their opinions, but the rest of us who accept Democratic verdicts must be vociferous in our opposition to the Protestors point of view. Many of the current Protestors carry banners with slogans that are simple not true. They stoke up emotions in a very negative way. They want to overthrow the will of the majority of citizens who have expressed their choices in fair and legal elections. They have no right to resort to violence and threats.

If we allow the rabble to win the argument, we are in real trouble.

The TRUTH is under attack in so many quarters today.
Untruths, misleading articles in the Media and often corrupt views from Politicians who just want Power abound in our Democratic Countries  today. That is why we are seeing radical change in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Germany , just to give a few examples.

Change is a cry to protect DEMOCRACY itself. Power, Unfair Wealth distribution,  Political arrogance had gone too far. I believe that the reason Trump got elected was that the people wanted a non career  Politician to be the President of the USA. A pragmatic man who would not be afraid to take decisions and stand up for America and Democracy. A Leader of the People. When Trump said at his inauguration - America First - don't we want Britain First. Don't the French want France First ? Yes, we want to make sure our Nation flourishes but at the same time, we are strong supporters of Democracy wherever the people want it. We do not seek to impose Democracy on anyone in the future. The Vietnam War was a mistake. I was in New York at the time. The reasoning given for the War was - The Domino Effect. Some Americans thought that they should stop Communism from spreading across South East Asia.
What a mistake. We must not make the same mistake again.
In the world today and the future DEMOCRACY and Communism must exist and live peacefully side by side.

The new President Donald Trump and the new British Prime Minister Theresa May have one major common factor. They are under attack from opposition factions. Daily lies, ridicule, personal insults are dished out daily.
I say......Give Democracy a chance. Be reasonable and judge them on results.
Both Trump and May have ambitious plans for the USA and the UK.

Give these leaders a chance.

The alternatives could be very bad for all of us. Do we want rule by the rabble ? Do we want an Isis style Government who would cut off your head if you opposed them ? Do you want to live under a Dictatorship ? Do you want to live in fear ?

I do not !

So, give DEMOCRACY a chance. Be fair. Respect democratic outcomes. Protest but obey the Law and do not resort to violence.
If the leaders do not perform to your liking, give the Free Ballot Box a chance.

IT IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD.