DOZY’S RAMBLES: Get ready for one of the best events of the summer

Mike Mendoza
Mike Mendoza
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As the Labour faithful get ready to vote for their next leader, Jeremy Corbyn has emerged as the hot favourite.

I must say that he is a breath of fresh air when it comes to British politics.

Dragon boat races at last year's RiverFest S34689H14

Dragon boat races at last year's RiverFest S34689H14

Love him or hate him he has some pretty powerful and popular ideas, very much in line with UKIP policies!

I have known Jeremy (off and on) for a long time.

He is a well-versed politician who has found himself in a position that I don’t think he ever expected or wanted.

Jeremy Corbyn is passionate about what he believes and is extremely knowledgeable on many matters.

Many describe him as a hard line left winger, the Labour type of old.

I like the idea he has of returning the utility companies to government ownership, re-nationalising the railways and so on.

Those alone will give him a great following.

When you see him taking part in a television interview, he is a natural, and he has not been schooled in the way that Miliband and Burnham have been.

He has an answer for everything, including immigration and how to deal with ‘illegals’.

Jeremy Corbyn has been an MP for many years – he has been the Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983 – and now several of the biggest unions in the land have come out in favour of him – that could of course be the kiss of death, as the unions backed Ed Milliband!

It certainly looks like he will be the next leader of the Labour Party.

Will he be the saviour or go the same way as Michael Foot did all those years ago?

• Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust reported 160 physical and 233 verbal assaults on staff, compared to 117 and 58 the year before.

Even one assault on those who are there to help is unacceptable. It’s down to the courts to throw away the soft options and make examples of those who carry out the assaults and abuse.

All those who work in hospitals are under a massive amount of pressure.

The majority are caring and considerate and, in cases of emergency, precious.

Please show them all the respect they deserve.

• RiverFest is on the way to Shoreham, and it is going to be one of the best events of the summer.

Make sure you get your entry in for the dragon boat races – details at Suters Yard in Shoreham High Street.

Already many grudge matches have been declared, especially amongst the variety of drinking establishments in the district, and several other business including estate agents.

This year’s event will be held across the town (East Street, Coronation Green, Beach Green and Adur Rec), and celebrations will include a vast range of events, featuring live music, the arts, food and drink markets.

As I mentioned, there is the dragon boat race, as well as a swan race and a special addition for this year, a classic car show.

There will also be live music and arts and crafts workshops on Adur Rec.

RiverFest organisers would like everyone in Shoreham to join in the spirit of the festival over the weekend, by dressing in a seafaring theme – pirates, sailors, fishermen or frogmen.

All profits go to charity.

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