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badger84imageSALAD, readers. Funny thing, salad. As the temperature above ground climbs up towards the giddy heights of the low seventies on the Fahrenheit scale, it seems that everyone becomes obsessed with eating raw leaves, tomatoes and hard boiled eggs — all topped up with the sort or salad cream best used as wallpaper paste. Now, rabbit food is all very well. Especially for feeding rabbits in the period of time before they enter their natural state: wrapped in bacon and served with shallots. But not for Badger. He prefers simple, wholesome food and traditional British food. Lamb pathia, egg rice, samosas, and a nice naan bread. That sort of thing. Tradition suddenly seems very important to some politicians. No sooner have a few swivel-eyed loons and non-entities won their expenses rations for five years, than out come the usual suspects to wrap themselves in the flag and rattle on about British values, the British way of life, their pride in being British.

The Prime Minister, the type of man possessed of the surface charm of a film of oil in a puddle, has taken to the right wing tabloids to proclaim the importance of British qualities and , without ever quite defining what they are, said he is proud to proclaim just how important they are. in David Cameron’s case the fact he can claim William the Fourth, by the Grace of God, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and also King of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick and LlIneburg as a five times great-grandfather rather gives him a unique insight into tradition. The tradition of inherited privilege and the burden of never having to work a day in his life. But that is not the issue which grinds Badger’s gears today, readers. Let’s put aside David Cameron and his jolly band of brigands for the moment. We will come back to them soon enough. British values. That is what Badger wants to talk about. Or at least its abuse by a hate-group of sponging, whining, paranoid fascists to promote their vile beliefs. Facebook is a wonderful toy. Badger uses it to chat to his woodland chums about all sorts of things.

He reads interesting articles helpfully flagged up for him and uses it to look at photos of the Welsh landscape, particularly that of Pembrokeshire. Readers, if you ever want to know just how magical a world it is up there on the surface, Badger suggests you look at some of the photographs of it and then go and discover the landscape for yourself. But something has appeared on Facebook which Badger wants to warn his readers about. There is a species of vermin that has appeared on Facebook calling itself “Britain First”. This band of neo-Nazi scum are so low as to leave no opportunity — not matter how low — to attract people to their Facebook page and like their content. They do so by way of publishing photos (for example of Lee Rigby) with captions such as “Click like if you support those who defend us” or “Share if you agree that pensioners deserve more than refugees”.

These cockroaches have even set up a PayPal account to solicit donations which are ostensibly for charities related to the photos and captions they display. They have pimped for contributions for sweatshirts and hoodies on the basis that the proceeds would go to support British forces and their families. Lies. All lies, readers. Do not be taken in, readers. Do not contribute to the coffers of an organization that exploits your sentiment to promote an abhorrent fascist agenda. Do not give support — even unwitting – to an organization so extreme that it split from the fascist BNP to follow an even more fanatical form of deranged white supremacism. It is all very well disapproving of animal cruelty, but not even the type of deranged ding dong who wears a tin foil hat to stop communication from the Planet Spog would have joined the Wehrmacht because Hitler was kind to his pet budgie. Britain First has practised — and set out to perpetrate — a fraud. Pretending to be one thing and being its polar opposite.

Samuel Johnson said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. Britain First and its motley band of holocaust deniers, bigots, football hooligans and assorted other pond life, have rushed to wrap themselves in the cloth of patriotism as flag of convenience. The Charity Commission is now investigating their “charitable” scams. The Electoral
Commission is now probing these lice on the body politic. And if you are in any doubt about how toxic this pack of jackals are, this is what Lee Rigby’s mother said about the way that the Electoral Commission allowed Britain First to put her son’s name next to their candidates’ in the European election: “Well yet again can anymore heartbreak be thrown at me and my family: so heartbroken tonight. Electoral commission phoned saying that a party in Wales has stood for election in the European parliament named Britain First using Lee’s name to promote their party and some f****r from the commission allowed it to go through but [they] cannot take any action till after the election which is held on my son’s anniversary of his murder.THEIR VIEWS ARE NOT WHAT LEE BELIEVED IN AND HAS NO SUPPORT FROM THE FAMILY.
There will be a family apology from the electoral commission but cannot be made public till after 22nd of May. Lee’s legacy will live on through Team Lee United Forces and all the good I hope to achieve xxxx” Badger doesn’t know what his readers, their parents, or grandparents did in the Second World War, but Badger knows damn well what his grandfather did – and what a soldier like Lee Rigby would have been doing; shooting fascists not unlike those behind “Britain First”. Readers: email Badger at badger@ pembrokeshi reherald .com if you agree.

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Castell Howell Foods highlights sector concerns over Covid recovery

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THE HOSPITALITY sector may be opening up, but transport and supply issues are hampering the industry’s recovery – according to Castell Howell Foods.

One of the UK’s largest independent food wholesalers, Castell Howell, has taken the step of contacting customers to highlight the significant challenges faced by the sector as it recovers from the pandemic.

While there is relief at easing lockdown and optimism for a busy summer with bookings for UK ‘staycations’ and leisure activities, pressing issues remain.

Shortages of key staff and problems faced by some suppliers have resulted in the Welsh wholesaler being forced to make some “uncomfortable” decisions and changes to its operation, including having to pass on some supply chain price increases.

In particular, a shortage of qualified delivery drivers has meant the Cross Hands based business has had to be resourceful to maintain its delivery frequency to its customers. To help bridge the gap in the short term, other Castell Howell staff who hold an HGV licence have been temporarily redeployed to the transport department. Among them are area sales managers.

Castell Howell Sales Director, Kathryn Jones, said “Unfortunately, due to the drastic reduction in sales in 2020, our workforce decreased by over 100 colleagues. Whilst we now need most to return to the workplace, many have found alternative employment; this is a common theme across the supply chain.

“We have been actively advertising and recruiting for several months. However, as highlighted in the press, there are over 75,000 vacancies across the UK for HGV drivers alone.

“We too are currently short of drivers, especially Class 2 HGV. Driving a multi-drop vehicle for Castell Howell is a very different proposition to driving a limited drop schedule. Consequently, as you can imagine, it has been challenging to fill these vacancies.”
Stock availability is also an issue, as some suppliers struggle to manufacture under new social distancing rules. Delivery to Castell Howell from suppliers is also being affected by the UK-wide shortage of haulage drivers.

Kathryn Jones said, “To build up buffer stocks, we are increasing our volume of orders, especially for commodity lines. We aim to mitigate future stock shortages the best we can. We are constantly seeking substitute products from manufacturers who have the capacity to deliver. However, this is becoming increasingly more difficult.”

Castell Howell has made changes to its ordering process to improve its own deliveries, with earlier cut-off times.

“These changes go against the grain and were extremely difficult decisions to take. However, it is imperative to implement these in order to continue operating under these difficult circumstances whilst still maintaining a high level of service. We are very grateful to our customers for their support, patience and understanding.”

For Castell Howell, the difficulties arising from the pandemic were exacerbated by the loss of business with SA Brain & Co. This loss occurred following the Welsh company’s deal with brewery giant Marston’s to operate SA Brains pubs from January 2021.

Before that date, Castell Howell had been the sole supplier to SA Brain since 2008, including supplying 80 of the Welsh brewery’s managed public houses.

Kathryn Jones said, “However, despite the challenges in the supply chain and deliveries, we remain optimistic that the sector in the UK will work together to navigate through these unprecedented times and have a successful summer.”

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Port boss: Pembroke Dock development full permission an ‘important step’

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THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Port of Milford Haven has welcomed a decision of “non-intervention” by the Welsh Government over plans to re-vamp Pembroke Dock’s historic port facilities.

The redevelopment scheme, approved by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planning Committee in May, will see some areas such as a dock covered with sand and “infilled”.

Plans also include the demolishing of some buildings, erection of buildings and ancillary works.
Despite planning being granted at council level, full authorisation to go ahead with the development was not to be issued until the Welsh Government made its decision regards the matter.

More about the planning application can be read here: https://www.herald.wales/west-wales/pembrokeshire/major-marine-project-causes-concern-about-visual-impact-and-heritage-loss/

Now that the Welsh Government has decided not to interfere with Pembrokeshire County Council’s grant of planning permission, the Port’s boss, Andy Jones, expressed his delight, saying: “This marks an important step forward in the development of Wales’ clean energy centre at Pembroke Dock.

“It will provide sustainable opportunities for the many people who rely on the activity along the Milford Haven Waterway for employment.

CEO: Port Authority’s Andy Jones (Pic MHPA)

“Pembroke Dock Marine will unlock new opportunities for young people to enter the maritime, renewable and engineering sectors, build resilience within Pembrokeshire’s business community, and make a positive contribution to our natural environment as we transition to a low carbon energy generation.”

Tim James, head of commercial and energy at the Port of Milford Haven called the project a “once in a generation opportunity to improve Pembrokeshire’s economy for years to come”.

Objectors had complained that the plans were too large and would damage the historic dockyard, as well as having a visual impact on the dock.

The was opposition from local heritage campaigners, with complaints over the size of two huge proposed hangars which the project’s critics said would impact adversely the landscape.

The economic benefits of the £60 million marine energy “far outweigh” any impact on the historic environment, a report earlier this year to council planners said.

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Medical evacuation from LPG tanker off St Ann’s Head

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ANGLE Lifeboat was launched on service at 12:59pm on Thursday afternoon (Jun 10) to assist in a medical evacuation from a LPG tanker 13 miles SSW off St Ann’s Head.

The coastguard helicopter from Newquay in Cornwall was also on route. With the poor visibility due to fog, Angle all-weather lifeboat was to stand by the vessel to provide an alternative route for evacuation if needed.

After a choppy route in the poor visibility the RNLI volunteers arrived on scene at 2:07pm.

At the time of their arrival, the paramedic from the coastguard helicopter was aboard the vessel preparing the casualty to be winched to the helicopter.

In less than ten minutes the casualty was winched up to the helicopter and flown to hospital, at which point the lifeboat and crews were stood down and headed back to the station.

After rehousing shortly after 3:30pm the lifeboat was washed fuelled and made ready for service shortly after.

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