Two by-elections on 20 October 2016


jdrgjIt’s purported about 1.5 million Muslims have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, unperturbed by 2015 stampeded which killed more than 2,000 people. The good news pilgrims face new safety measures, including tighter security and ID bracelets in a bid to prevent a report of repeat of last year’s disaster. The pilgrimage is among the largest religious gatherings in the world. The last time I went to Hajj was in 1990 and things have moved on since. I understand from friends the place of worship has changed and it’s a more environment friendly and after visiting the place more people still turns up as one set leaves it’s constantly business all the time.

Now we all have learned that David Cameron decided that he can’t take it any longer and will desert the ship before he is force to walk on the plank. It’s comes as no surprise that he threw in the towel and called it a day by resigning his seat in Witney Oxfordshire. What a chicken he is and the lame excuse he does not want to be a distraction for Ice Queen Theresa May.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has warned companies that there will be no hiding place if they exploit their workers.

It’s been alleged that families are being financially crippled by county court judgements they knew nothing about. Banks, utility companies and parking cowboys are obtaining the judgements at an anonymous building in Northampton over debts as small as 1p. Somehow I have a ugly feeling that the 1p debt could be written off and the county courts could use their time to chase those who owes much more money than targeting the less well off. This reminds me of a novel of Charles Dickinson of Oliver Twist and the Victorian times.

Chris Hopson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme that “something has to give” and there should be a debate about which services to sacrifice “rather than pretend the gap doesn’t exist”.

Figures show waiting times and delayed hospital discharges at record levels.

The government says it is giving NHS England the £10bn it asked for.

welfare1Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for a “seven-day NHS” since 2015 after his department concluded that there was a “clear link between poorer outcomes for patients and uneven service provision at the weekend” Introducing a seven-day NHS also formed part of the Conservative Party’s manifesto, and its based on data which suggests that patients are 16% more likely to die if they are admitted on a Sunday compared with a Wednesday.

However, the reasons for this have been contested, and medical professionals agree that people who arrive in hospitals at weekends tend to be sicker than those who do so during the week.

NHS Providers, the organisation that represents hospitals in England, says unless urgent funding is provided it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment, for example, of non-urgent operations.

It highlights that 80% of England’s acute hospitals are in financial deficit, compared with 5% three years ago – while missed A&E waiting time targets have risen from 10% to 90%. Mr Hopson said the NHS was under the “greatest pressure that we’ve been for a generation”.

He added: “Jeremy Hunt and others have made a very strong case for seven-day services, but it seems to us it’s impossible on the current level of staff and the current money we have available.”

Leaders of the cross-party campaign that persuaded the British people to leave the EU have dropped their pre-referendum pledge of a £350m-a-week spending bonanza for the NHS.

Many of those who headed the Vote Leave campaign, including its former chair, Labour MP Gisela Stuart, and Michael Gove, the Tory former justice secretary, are re-forming this weekend, creating a new pressure group called Change for Britain.

Other top names involved in the organisation, which says it is being established to help “deliver the UK’s referendum result in the most effective way”, include former chancellor Nigel (Lord) Lawson, Digby Jones, former head of the CBI, and David (Lord) Owen, the former Labour foreign secretary.

But despite the NHS pledge having been at the heart of their message in the run-up to the 23 June vote, and displayed on the official Vote Leave battlebus, the Change Britain website made no mention of the NHS in its manifesto about how to make a success of Brexit.

Instead Change for Britain said on its “Brexit Means Brexit” page that any savings made as a result of no longer having to pay into the EU budget (assuming the UK leaves the single market) should be spent on guaranteeing “continued funding for farming, science, universities and poorer regions of the UK”. The website was taken down, although cached versions of its pages were still accessible through search engines.

Anna Soubry, the pro-Remain Tory MP and former minister for small business, said it was outrageous that the Leave campaigners had “peddled that lie” during the campaign and were now quietly abandoning it.

The Remain camp argued all along that it was wrong to claim that the UK sent £350m a week to Brussels as this is the gross figure and does not take account of the large sums of money that come back in EU farm and other subsidies, including structural funds and education and research grants. The idea that so much extra money could be guaranteed for the NHS post-Brexit was also challenged as totally unrealistic.

Anna Soubry, a leading light in Open Britain, the successor to the Remain campaign, added: “They should all hang their heads in shame. There were many people, particularly in less wealthy areas, who were convinced by Leave’s claim that if we left the EU we would be able to pour millions more into the NHS. The danger now is these people will become even more disillusioned with all politicians because this lot misled them.”

Last weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking at the G20 summit in China, said she is unable to guarantee extra money for the health service post brexit came out against the points based immigration system which was the other central plank of the Brexit campaigners’ pitch to voters.

In an open letter, 30 Labour MPs – including former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw, former shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden and ex-frontbenchers Emma Reynolds and Chuka Umunna call on the Brexit campaigners to admit the NHS pledge was a lie.“ There should be no escaping this pledge for the Leave campaign they cannot walk away from it now, disown it or pretend it never happened. They must either admit it was a lie and apologise to their voters, or justify it.”

On Saturday Downing Street made clear its annoyance with Liam Fox, the international trade secretary responsible for negotiating post-Brexit trade deals, who angered businesspeople by suggesting British executives would rather play golf than export their goods and services

I could not believe what I read in a national paper the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox quoted Britain is “too lazy and fat” with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity. Maybe this obnoxious minister should get out more instead of remaining in the Westminster Village bubble. He should get out more and get some exercise instead of targeting the business communities.

I’m sure this will comes as no surprise when I say once a Conservative, always a Conservative. A Libdem peer re-joins the Tory party Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne has returned to the Conservative party 21 years after she defected to the Fibdems. She is quoted she will re-join the party next week “with tremendous pleasure”. Her energies were dedicated to fighting for our new PM and her policies.

Hate to say this again. A lack of resources in Whitehall threatens UK’s successful exit from the exit from the EU, the head of the senior civil servants union has warned. Brexit will mean a cut in public spending unless funding is increased.

Two by-elections have been called and will take place on 20 October 2016 in the constituencies of Batley and Spen (Jo Cox) and the other in Witney (David Cameron). This is a calling notice for all Labour activists across the U.K. to descend in full force in both constituencies to help out in both regions by contacting the Regional Office for further details. I hope to see meet up with all Labour Activists in both constituencies to turn it to a Labour area.

 

 

Conservatives should pay their own policing of conference from their fatcat friends


Here is a political broadcast for all to see:

Firstly, in solidarity with all who attended the pro-European protest march in London, calling for our nation to be strengthening its ties to the continent following the brexit vote. Our aim was to continue to apply pressure on the government to delay activating the formal process of leaving the European Union (EU).
I don’t normally concur with Ice Queen Theresa May but she does raise a point when she says “Britain needs to prepare for some difficult times” ahead as it leaves the European Union. This will not be plain sailing for the UK and that talks will be held in 2017 and that the process would not kicked into the long grass. However I don’t believe Ice Queen May rules out having snap general elections.

No surprise that the establishment will have to hire extra civil servants to cope with the “phenomenally large task” of negotiation brexit, a former top Foreign Office diplomat has said. Sir Simon Fraser was a trade negotiator in Europe and permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office and he is also quoted “serious thinking has barely began on the substantive issue”.

I’m glad that Ice Queen Theresa May acknowledged she has had a difficult start to the G20 summit as President Barack Obama said the UK would not be the priority for a US trade deal and Japan issued an unprecedented 15-page warning about the consequences of Brexit.

The prime minister had been hoping to pitch the UK as a global leader in free trade during her first major outing on the world stage at the G20 in summit in Hangzhou. However, she was immediately confronted with harsh warnings about the consequences of leaving the EU and diplomatic tensions with the Chinese over her concerns about their involvement in UK nuclear power.

After her first bilateral meeting with Obama, May was warned that the US wanted to focus on trade negotiations with the EU and a bloc of pacific nations before considering a deal with the UK. This was swiftly followed by a message from Japan to the UK that there could be a string of corporate exits from the UK unless some of the privileges that come with access to the single market are maintained.

The lengthy document from Tokyo gives a list of possible consequences of Brexit and a series of specific requests from Japanese businesses. About half of Japanese investment in the EU comes to the UK, including from companies such as Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nomura and Daiwa.

“Japanese businesses with their European headquarters in the UK may decide to transfer their head-office function to continental Europe if EU laws cease to be applicable in the UK after its withdrawal,” the report concludes.

It says: “In light of the fact that a number of Japanese businesses, invited by the government in some cases, have invested actively to the UK, which was seen to be a gateway to Europe, and have established value-chains across Europe, we strongly request that the UK will consider this fact seriously and respond in a responsible manner to minimise any harmful effects on these businesses.”

Earlier, Obama had promised to work hard to stop “adverse effects” of Brexit and assured the UK there was still a “very special relationship” between the two nations.

But he also raised the risk of some trading relations unraveling and made clear that it “would not make sense to put aside” existing negotiations with big blocs of countries in order to do an immediate deal with the UK.

Asked whether he stood by his warnings against Brexit and claim that Britain would go to the back of the queue when it comes to trade deals, Obama repeated his belief that the world would benefit from the UK being a member of the EU.

“I’ve committed to Theresa that we will consult closely with her as she and her government move forward on Brexit negotiations to make sure we don’t see adverse effects in our trading and commercial relationship. Obviously there is an enormous amount of trade that already takes place … That is not going to stop. And we are going to do everything we can to make sure the consequences of the decision don’t end up unravelling what is already a very strong and robust economic relationship.

“But first things first. The first task is figuring out what Brexit means with respect to Europe. And our first task is making sure we go forward on TTIP negotiations in which we have already invested a lot of time and effort.”

It comes after the prime minister warned on her flight to China that there would be “difficult times ahead” for the economy after leaving the EU.

The prime minister said the economy was in better shape than some had predicted following the vote for Brexit. However, May said she was not expecting an easy ride, as her ministers examine the possibility of a “fiscal reset” at the autumn statement – potentially abandoning some of the financial strategies and targets of former chancellor George Osborne.

Hey folks, it’s no surprise to read that Nick Clegg (Bed partner of David Cameron) spelling the beans on the former chancellor George Osborne of seeing welfare as a “bottomless pit of savings just to cut benefits to boost the Conservatives popularity”. This is in light of number focus groups suggested potential Tory voters were anti-welfare. He also claims that social housing created Labour voters. It’s no wonder the Conservatives are punishing desperate families by refusing to build more council housing. See article on my blog entitled Satire: shortage of housing and homelessness.

https://gordonlyew.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/satire-shortage-of-housing-and-homelessness/

Nobody likes to go on strike, this is a last resort especially when it comes at the time of austerity, I refer to our junior doctors five day strikes in England. Sure I make no apologies for saying I’m in solidarity with our junior doctors. Put yourself in their position, you have a contract that you were better than the new one would you hold on to it and fight tooth and nail to keep it or will you take on a new contract that will less attractive and more workload with less pay which one will you keep. The British Medical Association Members (BMA) voted to keep the current contract and the establishment decided to pull the rug under them what would you do. On August 31 the BMA council voted to endorse a programme of further industrial action, proposed by the junior doctors committee (JDC), just weeks before the first group of junior doctors are to be faced with the new contract. Strike action is planned for October, November and December.

Consultants and others medics not classified as junior doctors will be staffing the NHS, as was the case during strike action taken earlier this year, in order to ensure our patients are not left without medical assistance.

The media spin is once again in overdrive and on cue to portray junior doctors as reckless anarchists who are striking to the detriment of patients in order to score political points.

One does not need a medical degree to figure out that individuals who make immense sacrifices to get into and through medical school, to be followed upon graduation by further sacrifices to their free time, comfort, social and family lives (to the extent that their own physical and mental health sometimes suffers) in order to care for the sick, would suddenly choose to put patients at risk and lose a week’s pay while doing so. Junior doctors, like most other people, are only a pay cheque or two away from being unable to pay their mortgages or rent or put food on the table.  

I also use the NHS, as do my friends and family. As anyone who has visited a hospital during the weekend will tell you, a seven-day NHS already exists, albeit one staffed by overworked and overstretched staff.

Jeremy Hunt’s claim, based upon carefully chosen statistics, which an additional 6,000 annual deaths occur during the weekend, has been soundly debunked. Furthermore, a report leaked by the Department of Health earlier this year indicated that there was no evidence that increased staffing levels on weekends would actually reduce mortality among patients admitted during those days, removing a linchpin from Hunt’s argument that extra staff are needed.

The report also showed that if hospitals are to function on weekends, as they do Monday to Friday, an additional 11,000 staff (including doctors and nurses) would be required, on top of an annual cost of £900 million.

Further evidence indicating junior doctors are already overstretched is provided by the Mind the Rota Gap study which showed that in London, as across the rest of England, there is a massive shortage of junior doctors.

This often results in extra work being piled upon existing medics or gaps in rotas not being filled.

Further depleting existing junior doctor numbers Monday to Friday, in order to spread us out across the whole week, will not only put patients at risk during the first five days of the week but will also not reduce weekend mortality.

We all want to give our existing and potential patients, which include ourselves, our colleagues and our families, the very best possible care but we desperately need the additional staff and funding to do so.
Otherwise the NHS is being set up to fail in order to usher in a system of private healthcare, perhaps even a US-style healthcare system complete with the shortcomings for those unable to afford what is surely a human right.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry it’s been purported the establishment should ignore calls to limit future increase to the national living wage a think tank said. The Living Wage of £7:20 per hour was introduced in April, benefiting more than a million staff aged 25 and over. Some business organisations have been lobbying the government to restrain future increases in hourly rate.

It’s been rumoured that a construction of a UK funding a Great Wall near Calais. It will be 13 feet wall will run for 6 miles along both sides of the main road to Calais port. This does rings some alarm bells and reminds me of the Great Wall of China to keep illegal immigrants during the Ming period.

Like or loath Mark Carney he has hit the nail on the head, no doubt the Leave Campaigner want their pound of flesh as he defended his action to mitigate the impact of Brexit. He said “Timely, comprehensive and concrete” action, which acted to “support cushion and help the economy to adjust”. Last month’s rate to cut to an historic low of 0.25% helped support house prices and the wider economy, he added. He further added he was “absolutely serene” about the Bank’s preparations for the impact from the Brexit vote.

Since David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister after 6 years it has been alleged that enough local authority places to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next four years have now been secured. U.K. was on track to deliver on the promise by the previous prime minister. A total of 10 million has been pledged for language tuition to help refugees integrate. I bet my last pound that the likes of BritianFirst, UKIP, and BNP will be happy with this statement as they are more incline to send them back to their homes in the war torn country. Hope not hate is my message to those ignorant people.

I’m glad that Ice Queen Theresa May has begun to cast doubt on the feasibility of a points-based system for controlling immigration into the UK, one of the key promises of Leave campaigners during the EU referendum. She acknowledged people had voted for more control on the numbers of people moving to UK will work.

Here is something to remember what Theresa May said at the Police Federation Conference:

It is alleged that hate crime prosecutions in England and Wales fell by 10% last year even though the number of recorded incidents increased, figures have suggested. Freedom of information figures suggest hate crimes increased by 20% last year to more than 60,000 yet police referrals to prosecutors fell by 1,379. Experts say hate crimes are now at a more predictable level since the spike was reported around the EU referendum. If I’m honest I think if the Conservatives had their way they would be more than happy to get rid of freedom of information (FOI). Give thanks and praises for a Labour Government for introducing the act.

Conference, conference, oh before Labour delegates starts to get into panic mode I’m not referring to the Labour Conference. I’m simply referring to the Conservative Conference in Birmingham which will be held at the International Conference Centre for the next three years and to add insult to injury it’s the West Midlands Police has to folk out the sum of £1.5 million for safety operations. It’s estimated around £500,000 a timeworn the Fatcats meets in Birmingham in October and return in 2018, and 2020.

I understand that the Police Crime Commissioner has written to the Home Secretary Amber Rodd to ask for a discussion about a “fairer arrangement”.

As much one disagree that the West Midlands Police having to pay for this expensive junket in my opinion it should come out the Conservative budget. The money spent could be put to more use by recruiting more bobby on the beat. Yes, I like a good moan too and when I look around in the West Midlands Region with the increase in foodbanks and poverty in place and across the United Kingdom the establishment lives in their own bubble in the Westminster Village. The next time you speak to or visit your local councillors, Member of European and member Parliaments ask them what they have done to help feed the homeless and needy in their ward and constituency.

Satire: Shortage of Housing and Homelessness


Here is something the Ice Queen Theresa May will have to address as it continues to happen under her watch which she was a minister under the Tory Coalition to the present time:

Well what have here, the alleged Cameron guilty of pay cronyism to date when he left as Prime Minister if true then those in concerned should back it back. What are the chances of this happening your guess is good as mine a big no they won’t pay it back unless it goes to employment tribunal but even then they may or may not win their case. It is purported that the Civil Service World reported that seven Downing Street special advisors got raises as much as £14, 976 after last year’s elections on top of their salary.

It’s further purported that overseas investment into UK with a record number of investments were made by foreign companies up by 11% on the previous year. Not a lot have been mentioned about people who are on state benefits that had a £30:00 cut on their benefit per year. Well done Mr and Mrs Politicians for looking after yourselves and your fatcat friends whilst the poor get poorer. Foodbanks at a all-time high which most of my followers will know of someone who falls into this category. Then there is an endemic of housing shortage which parliament is happy to brush under the carpet and fail to acknowledge its happening on their watch which is current.

Ice Queen Theresa May is being urged to consider a policy under which housing rents would be linked to local wage levels.

The call, in a report suggesting the government consider a radical new policy of “living rents”, comes as the prime minister chairs the first session of her social reform committee, which will look into how to make housing more affordable for families.

The prime minister has put together a team of 11 cabinet ministers, including Sajid Javid who will oversee housing as communities secretary. She said the group would meet regularly to discuss making “life easier for the majority of people in this country who just about manage”.

As well as housing it will look at issues such as job security, education and the way that non-white people are treated by public services.

May said she wanted ministers to focus on vulnerable individuals but also a much wider group who just get by. “You might have a job but you don’t always have job security,” she said. “You may have your own home, but you worry about paying a mortgage. You can just about manage but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school.

See article below:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/01/theresa-may-consider-living-rent-policy-linked-wage

There are those who will openly say that Labour did not do a lot to address this issue after 13 years in power. Under their watch they did build some houses but it was out of reach of working class pockets. Since the Tory coalition they did not want to rock the boat but instead blamed Labour of mismanagement during their five years in government. Since last year the Tories came into power they are more than happy to continue to blame Labour. I hate to disappoint Ice Queen Theresa May since David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister over brexit the buck stops with you, you were on his watch too and had a hand in it. There is no getting away from it no matter how you rebrand it or no amount of spin will do.

They have the cheek to say the best solution to solve the social housing is to reintroduce the right to buy which was abolished under Labour. What is wrong about the right to buy you may ask. Councils across the UK have been held back from building truly afford housing which restricts them from building more houses. If I’m honest I say that a Labour, Coalition, and Tory Governments are to blame.

Successful governments in UK have failed to address mental health properly which is an added stress to local services ie Council Housing Departments and police services which are at bursting point. Since the introduction of Care in the Community the rate of mental health hospitals closed and offering very little support for them to integrate into the community. The government has a lot to answer for leaving people with mental health problems. Instead voluntary sectors that made a mint out of the situation during the late 1970s to 2010 then they soon realized the so called Big Society introduced by the coalition was a con they saw their funding cut and they had to lay off staff. Instead the coalition came out with a slogan “We Are All in It Together” which did not last for long.Council Housing Departments across the UK started to invest in Housing Liaising Boards the idea was to use them as advisory group to advise Housing Departments the unfortunate thing about them is the tenants have very little knowledge how to address the situations of mental health instead they are happy to give a good talk but with little action. Most of them talks about is housing repairs, bulk rubbish, anti-social behavior,  car parking and some are still happy with housing stock transfer. I do recall the three major trade unions were against the idea and the battle was lost as the tenants won the the day. There are tenants who have been on the waiting list to move to other property and when they see asylum seekers and refugees moving into some accommodation then resentment comes to play and they don’t know what their circumstances are on why they managed to move into the property instead of them. If the truth is to be told the establishment are happy to let the council estates to be run down so they can sell it to the highest bidder to build houses and flats only for the contractors to sell them to the wealthy investors from abroad and to UK citizens who can afford the inflatable prices. In some parts of London Councils are moving tenants out of their properties and moving them some 60 miles away and further. Oh before I forget not all council tenants are on full benefits as some of them do pay their taxes and they are still not receiving a decent housing service and some end up in hostels or even worse made homeless.

Although there is some evidence on a small scale that Housing Associations are building some housing they are still overpriced and they rather rent it to people on a certain income which means that working class don’t get a look in as they cannot afford the rent and to add insult to injury there is a benefit cap which disadvantage people who are on benefits. If you are on universal credit one of the idea is that people on benefits are to pay their own rent and council tax instead of the old system which made it easier for it being paid directly to the agencies from the Department of Works and Pension. Whilst I concur that, that people should be held responsible for paying their rent, and council tax directly to the various departments there are some people who does not know how to budget and I’m not saying this in a negative way there are people who are registered as Learning Disability and some have to depend on their carers to pay their rent, and council tax another forgotten lot which the establishment have misplaced also not forgetting people with physical disabilities and hidden disabilities.

See below a youtube on Supported Accommodation:

The government are also failing to address care homes which are both in Local Government, Health and Voluntary Sectors which are closing at an alarming rate only for the land to sold to the highest bidder for  multiplex projects which all monies to go back to central government instead of going directly to local government they are left to put in a bid just to get the money.

The establishment are still failing to address homelessness which has increased and charities started to feed the homeless and rough sleepers to provide them with a hot meal during the weekends out of humanity in some cases. But I do know of one charity that really does it out of humanity and this is not an easy task to do but give credit where it’s due they have been around for three years come rain, sun or snow they continue to provide food for the homeless and rough sleepers without central government, local government, or European funding they receive donations from the public to feed them which can be a thankless task.

Satire: who are you kidding Ice Queen Theresa May


Here is a Political Broadcast of what Ice Queen Teresa May will outline of a Conservative Government under her Leadership. You have been warned this will bring tears to your eyes:

Recently I had the opportunity to be invited to socialist wedding reception (not mine) which I was the best man. Intriguingly some people would say that there is no such thing but there is something called working man wedding to be honest I would concur to all. A group of us went out for a cigarette break and I declined but hopped instead to break with tradition I lit up a Havana Cigar for the occasion some of the wedding guests joined in the conversation about changing times both in Labour Party and the present Tory establishment. Such there are something we all concur with and we can all beg to disagree.

Tory, UKIP Greens, Libdems and Labour all claims to be the party of working peope the difference is it’s called re branding policies to convince their floating voters to hoodwink them vote for a particular party and after the elections it’s back to normal business again which is more of the same crap dished out in a package of deceit around the West Minister Village. In some part of the country politicians who are elected to represent the views of the constituency are not fully represented for various reasons and report back to the constituents. There are some Members of Parliament (MP) which includes local representatives (Local Councillors) that are good at using spin doctoring and some are very bad at it. And there are some Members of Parliament and Local Councillors don’t report back to their constituents let along to give a report back to both their retrospective constituencies and wards yet members still elect them to represent their views it’s just not good enough unfortunately this is a regular occurrence with all political parties.

There are issues I strongly have to raise an objection that a Tory establishment use their brand of spin to address the nation of Modern Day Slavery, National Minimum Wage National Living Wage, Academies, NHS and the list goes on as if it was a conservative Government introduced those policies when it was a Labour Government that introduced those act of Parliament then only for the conservatives to claim credit for it.

This comes as no surprise to all that under David Cameron government those Syrian refuges will be allowed to come to UK from the refugee camps and under Ice Queen Teresa May premiership that a report has said the UK Government is failing to meet its promise to accommodate 20,000 Syrians by 2020, and called the UK’s coastal security “under-resourced”.

The Home Office Select Committee report said that “there is scant evidence that the Government is on track to meet its commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrians by 2020”.

The report, which for the first time published the number of refugees placed in different parts of the UK, said many areas are “not pulling their weight” in accommodating them, and called on ministers to help bring more Syrian refugees into their constituencies. In September 2015 David Cameron told MPs the UK would accept up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years, and said the UK had a “moral responsibility” to those living in camps bordering Syria.

Here is song worthwhile listening to as it brings it home. Lots of people won’t get no super tonight and lots of people won’t get no justice tonight:

I have to say that one fully concur with the former shadow home secretary (Yvette Cooper) statement that  it is three months since the Dubs Amendment in the House of Lords forced the government to say it would accept some child refugees, but it emerged this week that fewer than 20 have arrived so far.  “Britain should be stepping up and showing leadership in the face of this crisis yet this report suggests we are set to miss the government’s target of resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees here in Britain by 2020.

“Three months after the Dubs amendment, hardly any children have been helped at all – it is shameful that the British government has done almost nothing to bring desperate child refugees here.

“Theresa May has shown no leadership on this issue, dragging her feet at every turn. As prime minister, she now has a duty to ensure the UK fulfils the promises we made.”

“Britain should be stepping up and showing leadership in the face of this crisis yet this report suggests we are set to miss the government’s target of resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees here in Britain by 2020.

“Three months after the Dubs amendment, hardly any children have been helped at all it is shameful that the British government has done almost nothing to bring desperate child refugees here.

“Theresa May has shown no leadership on this issue, dragging her feet at every turn. As prime minister, she now has a duty to ensure the UK fulfils the promises we made.”

Remember when Theresa May when she was Home Secretary she appointed a New Zealand high court judge, well it’s a sad day for the people who suffered child abuse again the person in concern handed in her resignation this is the third person to do so under the Conservative Government watch. The investigation was set up in March 2015 to examine claims made against public and private institutions. Judge Goddard was selected after two previous chairwoman quit.

How ironic can Theresa May get under a Labour Government back in 1998 the government at the time banned Grammar Schools now she is reversing the ban to expand the Grammar Schools  to please the Brexit MPs. Well done Ms. Politician for putting equality back to the dark ages of the Victorian years. Ask yourselves this question, why Ice Queen Theresa May did not get rid of Jeremy Hunt from the front-bench. I can only come to the conclusion that she and her associates what to privatise our beloved NHS by attacking our junior doctors’ contract here is an article which sums it up eloquently by Dr Rosena Allin-Khan:

Jeremy Hunt recently charged a group of junior doctors £150,000 to take him to court over the ­increasingly bitter contracts dispute.

This junior doctor, now an MP can’t be charged, won’t be silenced and is determined to speak out and spread the word.

As an A&E doctor at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, I, like many others, left my young children to work nights and ­weekends. My department operated seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Despite claims to the contrary, the Tories never had the best ­interests of patients or doctor at heart. Their seven-day week proposals were based on a false premise and flawed from the beginning. Recently leaked evidence actually shows them to be potentially dangerous.

I know hospital doctors who have finished long night shifts and gone straight on to the next day shift, ­simply because of staff shortages.

See the rest of the article below:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jeremy-hunt-putting-junior-doctors-8577838

So it no surprise that the Conservatives wants to continue with an another crake of the whip which dates back to the 1992 as they started to attack by closing down on Mental Health and Learning Difficulties Hospitals and by contracting out the cleaning services department by introducing Private Finance Initiative. Then when a Labour Government into power they continued using PFI on a much wider scale.

NHS faces having to close hospitals, cut treatments and make patients wait longer to save £22billion by 2020, a think-tank claims.

Without extra cash or reforms it will have to make “unpalatable” choices, the Nuffield Trust have said. See article below:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-may-shut-hospitals-make-8571045#ICID=sharebar_twitter

I do recall I did an article about housing crisis in my last blog https://gordonlyew.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/satire-housing-crisis/

This has now been reported that home ownership has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years as the growing gap between earnings and property prices has created a housing crisis that extends beyond London to cities including Manchester.

The struggle to get on the housing ladder is not just a feature of the London property market, according to a new report by the Resolution Foundation thinktank, with Greater Manchester seeing as big a slump in ownership since its peak in the early 2000s as parts of the capital, and cities in Yorkshire and the West Midlands also seeing sharp drops. Home ownership across England reached a peak in April 2003, when 71% of households owned their home, either outright or with a mortgage, but by February this year the figure had fallen to 64%, the Resolution Foundation said.

The figure is the lowest since 1986, when home ownership levels were on the way up, with a housing market boom fuelled by the deregulation of the mortgage industry and the introduction of the right to buy Council House Scheme by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

This will also come as no surprise to all of us coming from a troy government they refuse to abandon the “triple lock” for protecting state pensions would be a “grand betrayal” of pensioners, Labour warned.

State pensions increase annually by the inflation rate, average earnings or 2.5 per cent, whichever is highest, known as the triple lock. But Tory peer Baroness Altmann, who lost her post as pensions minister in Theresa May’s reshuffle, wants the 2.5 per cent safety net scrapped. She said she’d tried to persuade David Cameron to drop the “totemic” guarantee but thought it could be easier to get rid of under Ice Queen May.

Lady Altmann told The Observer the safety net “doesn’t make any sense” and would be “out of proportion” in a period of deflation.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “The Tories went to the country on a solemn promise to protect pensioners, saying their triple lock was guaranteed, that people could trust them, now we hear they’re considering dumping it.

“Make no mistake, this would be a grand betrayal a shocking broken promise hitting pensioners in the pocket.”

National Pensioners’ Convention officer Neil Duncan-Jordan in an interview has confirmed that “The fact is that the UK has got one of the lowest pensions in the developed world.

“Even now it is only £119 a week, and the 2.5 per cent guaranteed increase is the least people need to ensure their income does not fall any further.”

So it’s no wonder why that Ice Queen Theresa May want to distance herself from her Tory counterpart in the Lords.

Does this sends alarm bells ringing Theresa May wants stamp out modern slavery has been undermined by her shameful track record in tackling child victims of slavery during her tenure as home secretary.

The Prime Minister has pledged a £33 million investment aimed at clamping down on people-trafficking routes and has announced that she will chair a new task force set up to co-ordinate the government’s response to slavery.

The government has also asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to assess the police response to modern slavery.

However shadow minister for preventing abuse Sarah Champion, who said she is “not optimistic” given Ms May’s track record as home secretary.

She said the PM “should be ashamed” for not acting on the protection of children in the Modern Slavery Act.

Sarah Champion MP highlighted that last year 60 per cent of the 982 child victims of modern slavery went missing within days of being taken into local authority care.

She said the children are “presumed to be back with their traffickers, where they would continue to be exploited and abused. “This is simply not good enough.

“Modern slavery is on the increase but under Theresa May’s watch, the Police and Border Force have been cut and her government cut local authorities by over 40 per cent.

“If Theresa May is serious about tackling slavery, she needs to give professionals the resources to stamp it out.”

Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland also warned that child people-trafficking cases are not being investigated properly.

“What’s alarming about that is that we do have people reporting to the authorities, but then they are not being properly investigated,” he said.

Mr Hyland said that there were 986 cases involving children last year but only 928 recorded as crimes.

Ministers estimate there are between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of slavery in Britain.

A review by barrister Caroline Haughey to mark the first anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act found that 289 modern slavery offences were prosecuted in 2015.

She also found a 40 per cent rise in the number of victims referred for support.

How low can this establishment get by axing maintenance grants for the poorest undergraduates to replace them with loans will saddle them with “a lifetime of debt.

Now who is playing party political politics by ending the grants worth around £3,500 a year? It was announced that loans are available but would need repaying once a graduate starts earning £21,000 or more.

This change by the Tories will hit students from low-income families who are more likely to have applied for grants and are less able to afford high rents and living costs, critics say.

The NUS warned the new loans in addition to those taken out by students having to stump up tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year would put people off applying for university altogether.

Let us all be reminded that it was Labour that introduced the tuition fees, Academies, and the Conservatives continued with the policy from a Labour Government.

All of sudden Theresa May wants to “tackle corporate irresponsibility and reform capitalism to make sure it works for everyone not just the privileged few.”

She was responding to the joint report of parliamentary committees on the collapse of BHS, which held Sir Philip Green, other company directors and their financial advisers responsible for displaying the “unacceptable face of capitalism.”

Eleven thousand BHS workers are losing their jobs and 22,000 past and present employees have been robbed of their pensions to the tune of £571 million. Theft and fraud on such a scale should be a matter for the criminal justice system, not merely the subject of a squabble over whether to revoke one person’s knighthood.

But the likelihood in Great Britain plc is, of course, that nobody will go to prison over the BHS scandal. Whether it’s mis-selling pensions and insurance, rigging the financial markets or laundering the ill-gotten gains of overseas crooks and dictators, the corporate culprits are rarely, if ever, put in the dock, never mind prison.

Stealing a packet of food or a posh jacket from a high street store is far more likely to result in a jail sentence.

Prime Minister May is fully aware that big business capitalism is generating inequality and resentment among millions of people who share little or nothing of the wealth produced by the working class.

Two weeks ago, launching her Tory leadership campaign, she insisted that anger and frustration had played an important part in the EU poll result.

“Make no mistake, the referendum was a vote to leave the European Union but it was also a vote for serious change,” she told her audience in Birmingham. “The only surprise is that there is so much surprise in Westminster about the public’s appetite for change.”

I make no bones about it that I will never trust the Conservatives, Libdems, UKIP, or Greens to be the parties of working people  I rather have a Labour Government anytime of the day.

 

 

 

Homelessness on the increase whilst this establishment sits on their hands


Here is a video I came across please watch the good work they do:

Enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee in one hand and a banana bap in the other hand whilst having a sip started to reflect of yesterday events of homelessness, foodbanks, hate crimes, and mental health have been increasing. The nation has witnessed the coronation of a new Prime Minister (Ice Queen Theresa May) which the nation did not vote her to lead the country. I do recall the public voted for David Cameron to lead the nation.

Homelessness and food banks continue increasing they are the forgotten lot whilst those Member of Parliament (MPs) retreat to their holidays and in a position to have somewhere to rest their head every night and in the morning they walk pass them on the streets. Some people would argue that they can do more to help themselves to get on the council housing waiting list. This may be the case to argue this is more of a kind reminder at some stage of our lives we all faced being homeless at one stage and we would not wish our children to go through this in today’s world. Central government can do more to simulate our economy instead what are we witnessing is more businesses are closing down with little job prospects. Instead companies they are moving productions to other parts of the world all in the name of cheaper labor.

Ice Queen Theresa May thou art a boil as before for years I have mentioned that the day when we see a Conservative Government will reduce the minimum wage in poorer areas. See article below:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-economic-policy-george-freeman-industrial-policy-minimum-wage-workers-rights-innovation-a7154506.html
Most of the times many of us continue to read in the press and social media about UK going into meltdown during and after post brexit this does not help the ordinary person who have to depend on their job prospects they want to know they will be able to pay their bills on time and provide rice on their table to feed their family for the week or the month.  The outcome of last month’s referendum “adds to the uncertainty” for the global economy, the group of the world’s 20 largest economies said.

It urged the UK to remain “a close partner of the EU”, amid concerns Brexit talks could be acrimonious.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said Brexit had come up “a great deal” at the G20.

“The reality is there will be a measure of uncertainty continuing right up to the conclusion of our negotiations with the EU,” he told reporters.

Following the meeting in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the G20 group said it had the tools to cope with the potential economic and financial consequences from the referendum result. Other factors complicating the world economy include geopolitical conflicts, terrorism and refugee flows, according to the G20.

jpeg1The president of Germany’s central bank, Jens Weidmann, said there were no signs yet that economic development in Europe had been affected by the UK’s referendum on 23 June.

The G20 members agreed that despite the Brexit vote the global economy would improve in 2016 and 2017, Mr Weidmann said. However, new figures on UK companies in the three months to the end of June have raised concerns about the health of the economy before the Brexit vote.

Sixty-six UK listed companies issued profit warnings in the second quarter, which was the most for that period since the financial crisis in 2008, according to accountants EY.

Alan Hudson, EY’s head of restructuring in the UK and Ireland, said: “It’s been a dizzyingly unpredictable time since the UK voted to leave the European Union.

“What we saw in the second quarter – and are still seeing now – is the initial impact of this uncertainty.”

Analysts expect economic data on Wednesday to show the UK economy grew by about 0.5% in the second quarter compared with the previous three months. Its been purported that Last week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for UK economic growth, from 1.9% to 1.7% for 2016, and for the global economy, from 3.2% to 3.1%.

jpeg2On Sunday IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said the G20 had taken place at a time of “political uncertainty from the Brexit vote and continued financial market volatility”.

In a statement the G20 finance officials said the global economic recovery was continuing “but remains weaker than desirable”.

Separately, G20 policymakers said they recognised that excess steel supply was a global issue.

The excess capacity of steel has had a negative impact on trade and workers and requires a collective response, they said. It further alleged that  Britain just got its first concrete sign that the British exit from the European Union, or Brexit, will crush the nation’s economy after a grim set of PMI data released by Markit on Friday morning showed a “dramatic deterioration” in the economy since the UK voted to leave the EU.

Markit’s flash PMI readings for the UK’s economy showed that composite output fell to its lowest level since March 2009, during the tail end of the global financial crisis.

Here is the scoreboard:

Services PMI 47.4, down from 52.3 in June and at an 87-month low. The figure was well below the 49.2 forecast.

Manufacturing PMI 49.1, a 44-month low, and well below the expected 50 reading.

Composite PMI 47.7, a drop from 52.4 in June, and at an 87-month low.

The PMI, or purchasing managers index, figures from Markit are given as a number between 0 and 100.

Anything above 50 signals growth, while anything below means a contraction in activity so the higher the better.

The figures are a flash reading, meaning they could easily be revised upward or downward when final readings come in at the end of the month.

Speaking about the data, Markit’s chief economist, Chris Williamson, said (emphasis ours):

“July saw a dramatic deterioration in the economy, with business activity slumping at the fastest rate since the height of the global financial crisis in early-2009.

“The downturn, whether manifesting itself in order book cancellations, a lack of new orders or the postponement or halting of projects, was most commonly attributed in one way or another to ‘Brexit.'”

“The collapse in the composite PMI to its lowest level since April 2009 provides the first major evidence that the U.K. is entering a sharp downturn. If the PMI remains at July’s level in August and September, it will be consistent on past form with a 0.4% quarter-on-quarter decline in GDP in Q3. The confidence shock from the Leave vote might wear off over the coming months, but the decline in the new orders index to just 46.2, from 53.0 in June, points to even faster falls in output ahead.”jpeg3

Earlier Friday, Markit data showed that the eurozone economy was showing “surprising resilience” to the Brexit vote, with PMIs falling a little in June but beating the expectations of economists polled before the release.

This gets even better coming from the new chancellor of the exchequer is reaching for his own version that, in the wake of a massive fall in the purchasing managers indices (PMI) that measure business activity, he was considering a “reset of fiscal policy”. The new Government has already ditched its previous ambition of hitting a surplus in the public finances by the end of the decade. That much we knew already. Indeed, before he left office, George Osborne himself ditched that ambition.

But crucially, he said, that didn’t mean having to throw out his fiscal rules – the Fiscal Charter – which only insist you run a surplus if the economy is not facing a slowdown.

Since there is likely to be a slowdown perhaps a recession he said missing the surplus was entirely consistent with the Charter. The fact that the PMI surveys are now pointing towards a 2009-style slump would suggest that Britain may well be using that loophole – borrowing while growth is below 1% for quite some time.

However, what’s interesting about Philip Hammond’s comments is that he hinted he may well replace the charter altogether. He said that at the Autumn Statement towards the end of the year he will “have to put something else in place. Exactly what that framework is, we’ll see.”

So is the Fiscal Charter, the famous act that legally binds the Government to hitting a surplus, about to be axed entirely. Then again, we are in a chaotic period of Government – much that seems certain can crumble in the following weeks.

Even after the recession has passed, it is hard to see how Mr Hammond can easily spend billions more on investment in the coming years without falling foul of the rule.

So, at the very least, it is quite possible he modifies the Charter this winter.

For the time being all we have to go on is that word: “reset”.

A clever piece of vague political messaging Or a signal he really plans to throw out his predecessor’s golden rule.

I fully support the view of our Labour MEPs Labour MEPs have warned that Britain must continue to enforce EU anti-tax dodging laws in any post-Brexit settlement, following today’s announcement by the European Commission of new measures to enhance transparency in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

The main proposals include: better connecting anti-money laundering rules with anti-tax avoidance rules; improving information exchange on beneficial ownership; increasing oversight of the enablers and promoters of aggressive tax planning; promoting higher tax good governance standards worldwide; and improving the protection of whistleblowers.

Anneliese Dodds MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on tax, said:

“When we think about Britain’s post-EU future, we have to make absolutely sure that major advances like these in the fight against tax avoidance are not lost. The government should guarantee that, whatever the final shape of our relationship with the EU, the UK continues to uphold the very high standards set by the EU when it comes to fighting for tax justice.

“Today is a good day in the fight for tax justice. This is real progress, and shows once again that the EU is leading the way in the fight against tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. These are cross-border problems that require cross-border solutions in order to be fixed.

“For years now, Labour politicians in both the UK and Europe have been calling for more transparency when it comes to finding out who really owns our companies and trusts. It is only by having that information that we can stop people from using opaque structures to avoid the tax they should rightly be paying.

“Now the European Commission is proposing that all information about beneficial ownership of companies should be public, and that information about trusts should be available to anyone who can demonstrate that they have a legitimate interest in finding out more.”  Labour MEPs will vote for a report calling for further action to fight tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, including a blacklist of tax havens, investigations into the roles of banks and tax advisers, and greater international cooperation.

Payments from a £3bn European development fund were suspended indefinitely by the UK Government, just days after the vote to leave the EU. In a move that exposes the almost immediate impact of Brexit on the UK economy, businesses say they have been told they will not now receive money that was due to be paid out under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The fund, designed to promote economic growth, has to be matched by payments from member states and there was speculation the UK Treasury may be concerned about whether the Government can afford to continue paying its share, particularly if it had to meet any shortfall for schemes which extend into the post-Brexit period.

A letter to the then Chancellor George Osborne from a group of London-based companies, which has been seen by The Independent, appealed for the “pause” to be lifted. The letter – written by John Spindler, chief executive of non-profit firm Capital Enterprise, and signed by several other company bosses – said £3.7m in funding had been agreed in March 2016 to help provide expert support to more than 600 tech start-ups in the City under a scheme called CASTS.

“Until last week we were on track to sign the full funding agreement in mid-July,” the letter said. “So it was with alarm that we heard … that, because of the referendum result, the Department of Communities and Local Government has notified the GLA [Greater London Authority] to inform Capital Enterprise that ERDF projects like CASTS, were to be put on ‘pause’ for an indefinite period.

“We would urge you to unblock this funding which is vital to the tech community in London. [The referendum] result has created a lot of uncertainty and raised questions for what it means for tech businesses in London.”

It is understood the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Mayor of London’s office have also written to the Treasury asking for the suspension of payments to be lifted.

The suspension came into effect when Mr Osborne was Chancellor and whether to lift it will be a key early decision for his successor Philip Hammond to take. The Government is expected to make an announcement on the situation in the next few days.

The current ERDF began in 2014 and is due to run until 2020, by which point it is expected that the UK will have left the EU. The total amount available from the fund was €3.6bn (about £3bn), but about 20 per cent is thought to have been given out already. This means that just under €3bn (about £2.5bn) is left. However these payments must be supplemented national public  and private funds(In a nutshell PFI).

Mr Spindler said Capital Enterprises, which was set up by universities and others to help small start-up companies grow quickly, had already spent about £50,000 in expectation of getting the £3.7m and had 20 people lined up to start work next month.

He said they would look for new investors in the public or private sector if the money was not forthcoming. “It will have a big impact on the tech sector,” Mr Spindler said of the prospect of losing the funding. “Combined with the investment uncertainty after Brexit, it means the tech sector, which has been one of the drivers of growth, particularly in London, is not going to come grinding to a halt but will significantly slow down.”

It was unclear whether all or just some payments from the ERDF have been suspended by the Treasury. But there are increasing signs that the suspension is affecting a large amount, if not all, of the smaller funding schemes that receive ERDF money.

When I see people going hungry and homeless I would appeal to all to donate what you can no matter how big or small see details below:

Donate generously please:

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registered charity number for homeless heroes: 10229353

 

 

 

 

Satire: Housing crisis


Here is something that is worth listening to, I kid you not:

“Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country”

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”.

With this in mind I have to say I’m very disappointed with the establishment from all sides of political spectrum when it comes to building truly affordable and rentable housing which in my opinion they only pay lip service they rather give the talk but not do the walk hence public outcry from all sections of society this has been a pattern which dates back to the dreaded Thatcher years under her leadership under the conservatives when she quoted no such thing as a society then went on to decimated council housing  by introducing the right to buy scheme which led to few council properties to be built and made provision in legislation to make it harder for councils to build decent and rentable housing.

Fast forward to the year 2016 there is still very little evidence to  suggest that our children can afford to get on the property ladder as a first time buyer some will have to depend on their grandparent(s) unless you have parents who are from a  prosperous background I kid you not. When anybody visits council estates across the UK and Wales in some parts housing stocks

However it is worth noting that:

David Cameron has been slammed for “six years of failure” on housebuilding after figures suggested his record was the worst since 1923.

An average of 123,560 homes were built each year in England and Wales under the former Prime Minister’s watch, House of Commons library research has shown.

The figure is 14% lower than those built under Gordon Brown and 21% lower than under Tony Blair.

Astonishingly, only Tory Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin built fewer homes in the post war period – 86,000 in 1923 – according to the research.

John Healey, the former shadow housing minister who commissioned the research, said Mr Cameron boasted a “legacy of six years of failure” on housing.

He added: “Alongside reforms on land, planning and investment, Labour’s answer to the country’s housing crisis is to make the strong progressive case for handing out more power to local communities and regions.

“It’s not just more democratic, it’s also that good government action can often fix and shape markets better at a local than a national level.

“And hope that politics can help with the pressures people are facing is the best antidote to the fear and uncertainty which was both the cause and consequence of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

“With the Conservative failure on housing now fully exposed, a Labour alternative is more important than ever.”

But a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “The 2008 economic crash devastated the housebuilding industry leading to the lowest levels of ‘starts’ for any peacetime year since the 1920s.

“And since 2010 over 300,000 households have been helped into homeownership through government-backed schemes.

“The groundbreaking Housing and Planning Act will allow us go even further delivering our ambition to build an additional one million homes.”

Heck I don’t normally read the daily express they claim that:

House prices and mortgage lending continue to rise on the back of the Brexit vote as the UK property market goes from strength to strength.

Banks and building societies recorded their strongest figures for the month of June for eight years as they handed over £20.7bn of home loans.

That is a 16 per cent increase compared with May’s total of £17.8bn, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, showing how buyers and movers ignored the Project Fear economic warnings in the run up to the referendum.

And property prices across the UK’s major cities have failed to falter post-Brexit and continue to record double-digit annual growth in June. See full article:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/692037/EU-exit-house-prices-Owners-country-big-rises-Referendum-UK-property-market-Brexit

This what the The Federation of Master Builders has to say on remarks on David Cameron’s house building legacy:

Cameron leaves behind something of a mixed legacy on housing. The early years of his premiership were marked by economic stagnation, which saw the house building sector flounder. The firms who suffered most during the economic downturn were undoubtedly SME house builders, with the number of them estimated to have declined by around 50% in the years proceeding the financial crisis. This stark reduction in the country’s building capacity proved problematic once the economy began to recover and demand for housing rebounded.

Yet, Cameron’s deserves credit for the fact that it was quickly recognised what a serious issue this damage to the house building ecosystem had become. Having made housing central to his agenda once a recovery took hold, abetted by the Help to Buy initiative, Cameron oversaw much needed reforms to the planning system aimed at making life easier for developers in getting developments off the ground. His Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, was a great champion of local house builders, recognising their ability to build out sites quicker, and their potential to develop sites which would be of little interest to larger firms. Whilst the early years of Cameron premiership were a torrid time for the industry, a head of steam has been built up over the last few years and it’s this progress that must be continued with the new PM.

Whilst one acknowledge, dear I say this(Shh):

“It’s clear that the private housing market has failed people miserably. Government and policy makers need to learn the lesson. Public money should be invested into first class public housing and any help to bankers and builders should be conditional on them supporting a massive programme to build a third generation of first class council homes.”

“As the Prime Minister recognises local authorities are ideally placed. They can provide first class council homes with secure tenancies, low rents and managed by an accountable landlord using the best building methods and designed to the highest environmental standards with good community and transport infrastructure. That’s what Britain needs for the 21st century!”

“It is good to hear the Prime Minister explicitly breaking with government’s past dogmatic discrimination against council housing. But it’s less clear what he means about ‘investment aligned with reform’. Any attempt to introduce means testing or time limits on council ‘secure’ tenancies will be resisted.”

“It is now imperative that government ends the war on council housing and sits down with council tenants, trade unions, councillors, MPs and many housing professionals who support council housing to agree a common plan. Key will be agreeing a settlement for 2.5 million existing council tenants to the long running dispute over providing a ‘Fourth Option’

There is no doubt of the shortage of council, and private housing some tenants are on the waiting list and can’t get a house with a 3 / 4 bedroom then they see someone of different nationality moves into the area they start to bickering amongst themselves that they don’t get a let in to those property and they have not checked what was the reason why they got the property to some people strongly believes there is  dividing line is based on race, creed and culture which is sad really as they don’t know if they were born here as it is easy to make assumptions.

The shrinking stock of social housing is pushing more vulnerable people into an increasingly over-priced private rental market.

Slums may be re-emerging in the UK, with growing concern about the number of private renters living in hazardous or squalid conditions.

A dramatic increase in the number of renters and poor regulation in the private sector, are being exploited by rogue landlords, according to local authorities and housing campaigners.

Many blame a diminishing stock of social housing and the continuing unaffordability of homes to buy for pushing growing numbers of people, including low income families and vulnerable people, into contracts with private landlords.

One third of privately rented homes are non-decent, meaning they fall below the basic standard of health, safety and habitability set by the UK government.

One in every six homes  – or 740,000 – are physically unsafe, with severe hazards, including damp, cold, rodent infestation and the risk of falls and injury.

Yet rogue landlords are estimated to be receiving £5.6bn a year for renting out unsafe homes.

In the 1970s, social housing accounted for one third of the UK’s housing stock but by 2013 that figure had decreased to 17%.

Betsy Dillner, director of campaign group Generation Rent, said: “Rents are going up and wages aren’t.

“People still need to get to work, especially in high demand areas.

“Moving further away from the city is not an option because all that money you’re saving on rent is just going to your train fare, so people are willing to take whatever they can get in their price range and that creates an opportunity for rogue landlords to exploit.”

The new Housing and Planning Act acknowledges some of the problems in the private rental sector, introducing banning orders for rogue landlords and creating a blacklist to help prevent them from renting out properties.

But the Act also accelerates the sale of council and housing association properties, reducing an already dwindling stock of social housing which is likely to see more people entering the private rental sector.

The sector, previously dominated by young singles, is now half comprised of families.

Let’s have less foreplay start build more affordable hsouse for the many not the few.

Rise up be accounted by preparing to do battle with the nasty party(Conservatives)


Here is something worth listening to put it into prospective about the the Conservatives:

Well folks, one kid you not when the Tory establishment are preparing to do battle with our beloved public services. Oh do I feel my ears burning because I hit on a raw nerve which some truth in it. So let’s begin with my hobbit journey into it by stating the obvious first David Cameron is a coward, and so is his sidekick viz Nigel Farage they decided to leave a sinking ship instead of staying on board to ensure both the passengers and crew leave the ship first after the receiving the exit poll that the Leave campaign won. There are many sign to suggest that once the so called negotiations of brexit has been completed or about to be completed that Ice Queen Theresa May will be prepared to call a snap General Elections within months of excising article 50 as at the moment her leadership in some quarters is seen as her coronation although publicly she has said that she will not call one but be prepare to get another sting coming your way very soon as no doubt she will use every known trick in the book to trigger one which will come like a bulldozer.

Don’t believe Theresa May when she says she won’t call an election this year. Yvettee Cooper shadowed this new Ice Queen Prime Minister for many years and she know’s  how she works.

Those who think she is too risk averse are misjudging her she does take risks, she just takes care to calculate them first. Nor is she too committed to an election in 2020  she watched her do many strategic u-turns over the years.

Labour is kidding ourselves if we think we have four years to sort ourselves out we need to be ready fast.

Take a look at the economy its heading into recession and the EU vote was the tiger. Already tens of thousands of jobs have been lost. Some 700000 jobs that were being advertised were pulled because companies fear what will occur. Investment had dried up in many companies so that means no future jobs.

This is just a snippet of things going on. The media and news may get distracted with other issues, but it does not mean there are no major economic worries happening.  The economy will get worse and worse the more the talk is of leaving the Single Market. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. And the Leave camp was dishonest about the real affects that would happen to the UK.

Theresa May has not been slow in unwrapping the parting gift left to her by David Cameron, in the shape of a Commons vote on Trident. The PM has issued some strong overnight words, warning “we cannot abandon our ultimate safeguard out of misplaced idealism”, and that “the nuclear threat has not gone away, if anything, it has increased”. The vote itself will be at 10pm, but the debate will probably be cut short because it will start not at 3.30pm as planned, but 4.30pm or even later, as there will surely be at least one and possibly two Oral Statements on Turkey and Nice (will the PM do them both, with Boris away?).

The whole vote is of course symbolic rather than binding on any procurement decision. Which is why Shadow Foreign and Defence Secretaries Emily Thornberry and Clive Lewis are abstaining. More than 100 Labour MPs may back the Government. Thornberry told Today “money is important” at a time of financial stress. “It is reckless for us to plough ahead with the most expensive options”. Fallon was at his smoothest on Today: “We use our nuclear weapons every day..[by just having them, not using them]”.

Here is the results from last night vote in renewal of trident:

Votes as follow Ayes: 472
Noes: 117

MPs are voting on motion to renew Trident the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent

The motion supports the government plans to replace the four Vanguard class submarines with four Successor submarines

Tom Watson’s clear lead will give them some cover against the inevitable backlash from Momentum and other local activists who see Trident as a ‘wedge’ issue in the leadership contest. Corbyn will vote against. A poll of members this year found only 18% backed renewal. Meanwhile, there’s so much change around, it’s hard to keep up. Note that No.10 announced the rest of its new Government at junior minister ranks at around 7am yesterday morning, with typically little fuss. Lots of comebacks, plenty of rewards for May and Boris supporters, the promotion of George Bridges (one to watch) to the Brexit Dept. And today’s Order Paper already looks out of date. Pubs code regs are in the name of Sajid Javid, Andrew Percy’s adjournment debate may have to be abandoned (now he’s a minister).

Well both Boris Johnson, David Davis, and Queen Theresa May and other Bexiters should have a listen to this youtube:

Brexit Secretary David Davis made the claim that such a deadline measure could be put in place if there was a “surge” in new arrivals.

Mr Davis said he wanted to a secure “generous settlement” for EU migrants living in the UK and British citizens living in Europe.

But he warned setting a date now could mean a rush of people coming to Britain before any deadline – and any measures had to be within EU law.

Mr Davis said “If we make a very generous settlement as I’d like to do, then people are going to say, ‘Oh but then that’ll attract lots more people in because they want to beat the deadline’.

“And so what I’ve said is, let’s deal with that issue when we come to it.

“One way of dealing with it could be saying ‘OK, only people who arrived before a certain date get this protection’ – there are other ways too.

“But we’ve got to do it within the law as it stands because at that point we’ll still be within the European Union.”

Mr Davis also claimed Article 50, the two-year mechanism for leaving the EU, should be invoked by early 2017 – meaning the UK would be out by 2019.

He has been appointed by Ice Queen Theresa May to oversee Britain’s negotiations to exit the bloc following the referendum result last month. Mr Davis reasserted his belief the EU would grant Britain access to the single market as well as a suspension of free movement rules, something which European leaders have so far ruled out.

And he has insisted Scotland cannot have a veto over any deal to leave the EU despite Mrs May suggesting all of the UK should agree a unified approach.

Mr Davis dismissed suggestions made by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland could stay in the EU while the rest of the UK leaves.

This leads me to say this, the hidden agenda will come by attacking our beloved NHS and forcing through new contracts that all junior doctors are resisting then concurring to ensure TTIP will be force through parliament with the knowledge that Boris’s plane had to make an emergency landing at Luton Airport yesterday, so he made his way to Brussels by ’alternative means’. Nothing about Boris ever seems straightforward, but maybe his diplomacy will be straighter than many expect as he attends his first ever EU foreign ministers meeting. Carrying the full authority of Ice Queen Theresa May, and our referendum result, the new Foreign Secretary will probably resist the temptation to thumb his nose at long-standing EU foes and instead carry out the patient groundwork his boss wants for Brexit. His remarks about Hitler were shrugged aside by EU foreign chief Mogherini.

And the botched Turkey coup’s impact on the EU migrant crisis looms large. It’s a serious business today, not one for Boris quips or gaffes. In fact, theres’ a feeling at Westminster that Mrs May handed him the post in a challenge to prove he could effectively grow up overnight. Having been given this golden opportunity, any serious errors and he will be out, pronto. Yes, there may be a bit of ‘hail fellow, well met’, but the job in hand is the main focus.

Here is what we all have to remember that there will be a final countdown remember this golden classic:

 

Both Corbyn and Boris will probably be pleased by the overnight news that the EU-US TTIP deal now looks dead in the water, after the German SPD said they’d veto it. Good news for Liam Fox, who’s soon off to the US to explore fresh trade links. Hammond welcomed the £24bn Japanese takeover of ARM as proof the UK still had an ‘allure’ to overseas investors, post-Brexit vote. Not quite what he was saying before the vote, but shows he’s fully onboard now.

Still, ‘The Three Brexiteers’ this weekend proved they are a handful. The Mail on Sunday reported how Fox celebrated his return to Cabinet with bottles of Commons champagne at an event attended by Adam Werrity. Fox said: “My friends are my friends and I’m very loyal to them.” DD also signalled to the MoS (and Sky) that he wanted a phased process on EU migrants’ rights in the UK to avoid a ‘surge’ in arrivals.

The younger generation will have paid £44,000 more in rent by the time they hit 30 compared to their parents, according to new research which lays bare the cost of the Tory housing crisis.

Falling rates of home ownership among the younger generation and the rising costs of renting in the private sector have fuelled the increase, the Resolution Foundation found.

A drop in the number of properties being built over decades has also contributed to the knock-on effect on those who cannot or do not want to live with their parents.

Under-35s also face paying around £25,000 more on rent by the time they turn 30 compared to those aged between 35 and 50, known as Generation X.

Lower living standards and extortionate private-sector rents leave young people unable to afford home ownership, with the £44,000 figure for rent by the age of 30 outstrips the average first-time deposit of £33,000.

Around 60 per cent of Generation X had bought property by the time they reached 30, whereas around 42 per cent of under-35s have become homeowners by that age.

Sixty-three per cent of baby boomers  those aged 50 to 70  owned their home by the time they were 30.

The housing crisis is the “most visible example of growing inequality” between generations, said Resolution Foundation senior policy analyst Laura Gardiner.

She added: “Britain’s continuing failure to build enough homes means that, unless we change course, the struggle of young people to own their home is only going to get worse.”

The findings were published ahead of Monday’s launch of the foundation’s intergenerational commission, which will carry out an 18-month investigation into the extent to which young people’s living standards have been “permanently scarred.”

Well it comes as no surprise that  David  Cameron over-ruled senior civil servants to hand his political advisors inflated golden goodbyes worth over £1 million in one of his last decisions as prime minister.

Mr Cameron’s spin doctors and aides were already entitled to walk away from Downing Street with severance pay worth a total of £747,045  equivalent to 4.5 months’ pay each after their boss was forced to resign.

But before leaving No 10 he demanded that be increased so his political pals, who already earn up to £140,000 a year, get six months’ wages as an end-of-run bonus.

That means the Tory’s former team will pocket an extra £282,892 taking the bill for taxpayers up to £1,029,938.

The move was met with disbelief by unions representing rank-and-file civil servants, who have faced significant pay cuts and job losses since the Tories took power in 2010.

A PCS union spokesman said: “We’re appalled that Cameron would seek to reward his political staff in this way, as civil servants have been told they must face further cuts to their redundancy terms.

“It’s that kind of cronyism that gives politics a whiff of corruption and erodes public trust.”

Prospect deputy general secretary Garry Graham said it displayed “breathtaking arrogance, hypocrisy and disdain for civil servants.”

He added: “Cameron clearly feels guilty that his staff are losing their jobs because of his failures. Perhaps he could explain why he didn’t make a special case for thousands of civil servants who have lost their jobs since 2010 and left on reduced terms?”

Mr Cameron took the decision against the advice of Civil Service chief executive John Manzoni, who opposed the payoff in a frankly worded exchange of letters quietly released on the government’s website on Thursday.

“My strong advice is that we continue to abide by the provisions in their contracts of employment,” Mr Manzoni wrote.

“The contract itself is designed to provide some degree of security for individuals who take on these roles in the knowledge their appointments may come to an end at short notice.”

Mr Manzoni said he would only proceed with the bumper pay off if he received a “written direction” from the Prime Minister.

On Wednesday, Mr Cameron used his final day in office to order the payments through his principal private secretary Simon Case.

Mr Case wrote to Mr Manzoni, saying: “He is conscious that the situation they find themselves in is through no fault of their own.”

Labour shadow Civil Service minister Louise Haigh said: “It’s ironic that Prime Minister has finally recognised the problem of insecure work, at least when it comes to himself and his own staff, having done so little to help millions around the country who also face the threat of instant unemployment but have to survive on poverty pay and without any golden goodbyes.

“If only the government would take such decisive action to protect their rights at work.”

The Tories pledged to “cut the cost of politics” when they was elected but the number of special advisers has soared to 97, costing the taxpayer £11.1m.

Mr Cameron was warned his decision to boost redundancy pay could set a new precedent and cost taxpayers millions more in future. He now faces a probe by Parliament’s public accounts committee. As voters we all must do our part to hold this nasty establishment to account and rise up be accounted by preparing to do battle with the nasty party(Conservatives) as Ice Queen Theresa May does not have the full blessing of the nation with this in mind I say prepare for a snap General elections between October / November time.