Walter 'Andy' Anderson is pretty fit for an 86-year-old.He lives on the Isle of Sheppey and has served with the Army in the Middle East and spent 25 years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police where he encountered some of Britain's toughest criminals.But he is now facing his biggest challenge. He wants a part-time job.The great grandad moved to Sheppey 16-years-ago and lives in Warden Bay Road, Leysdown, with his third wife Sandra.Life is good but perhaps getting a tad boring.Mr Anderson, possibly Britain's oldest job seeker, admitted: "There is only so much gardening a chap can do. Besides, I could do with the money."He popped into the office of our sister paper at the Sheerness Times Guardian in Sheerness High Street hoping to take out an advert offering his services as a handyman.He said: "I don't mind what it is. I can turn my hand to most things."But he added: "I haven't told my wife. She knows nothing of this. It will be a bit of a surprise for her. I don't think she will … [Read more...] about ‘I’m 86 and want a job … but my wife won’t be happy’
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The coalition lifeline that National will need if it's to have a chance at the next election looks set to come in the form of a Christian party led by one of its own, former Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro. Talk within the party's been rife for weeks now with Ngaro's plan being well received and with the possibility of National standing aside, possibly in the Botany seat, where it has the strongest party vote by far. The seat's currently held by rebel independent MP Jami-Lee Ross who himself can't take credit for the party vote. It was entrenched when the electorate came on to the political map in 2008 when it was won by Pansy Wong who, like the ignominious departure of Ross, also left in a blaze of publicity in 2011 over the misuse of Parliamentary travel expenses. There's a lot of Christian money in the electorate. It has a good number of Pacific Island churches in Otara to the west, a sizeable, conservative, Christian South African community and a significant number of Koreans and … [Read more...] about Could a Christian party be National’s saviour?
Socialist party of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez won election with 122 seats but fell short of a majority (176 seats). Sanchez to form alliance with at least one Catalan separatist party if he wants to remain in power. Vox party set to win 24 seats, becoming first far-right party to sit in parliament since 1982. Conservative Popular Party loses a massive number of seats in parliament. Left-wing bloc with 157 seats ahead of right-wing bloc at 146 seats. High voter turnout at over 75 per cent. A jubilant Pedro Sanchez addressed supporters in the early hours of Monday morning after his Socialist Party PSOE won the Spanish Elections. With all but a few thousand votes counted, results showed Sanchez gained the most with 123 seats but fell well short of a majority (176 seats). The right-wing mainstream conservative PP party were cut down to 66 seats, with centre-right Ciudadanos at 57 seats and far-right Vox at 24 seats. Far-left Unidas Podemos won 35 seats. The left-wing bloc … [Read more...] about ‘We will form a pro-European government’: Sanchez’s Socialists win in Spain
On March 17, the Israeli Supreme Court banned Michael Ben Ari, the leader of the extremist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party from participating in the April 9 general elections, arguing that allowing him to run for the Knesset would "legitimise racism". The ruling came less than a month after Otzma Yehudit entered into an electoral alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, causing shock and anger in certain political circles within and outside Israel. "The place of people who believe in the superiority of race is behind bars, not in parliament," said Tamar Zandberg, the leader of the opposition Meretz Party in a statement after the coalition was announced. Even the hawkish American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the influential pro-Israel lobby group and close ally of Netanyahu, seemed upset by the move. "The views of Otzma Yehudit are reprehensible. They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel," … [Read more...] about Hating Muslims, loving Zionists: Israel as a far-right model
Theresa May’s extraordinary statement last night made clear that she is determined to browbeat and bully parliament and the public into accepting her Brexit deal. Every person who considers themselves a progressive should take all available means to oppose it. Its passage would be a calamitous defeat for the left and wider society, depriving EU and UK citizens of long-held rights, reinforcing the EU’s anti-democratic grip on economic policy, and trashing national sovereignty. The attempt to deliver on the referendum result has imposed extraordinary strains on a Conservative Party that has ruled this country for much of the last 200 years. The Tory Brexiteers dreaming of “an outward-facing, liberal and global Britain” have been sidelined by the Prime Minister, as has the majority of British big business. Following the lodestar of her entire career, May has chosen to target and attack migrants, prioritising the ending of free movement above all other concerns. … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Brexit deal would be disastrous for a future left government