Satire: Conservatives say “On Yer Bike if you are disabled and homeless”


Here is something we all should not forget in a hurry:

Forgive me for being an old fart and a so-called loony left-wing which so people who may think I am which is very far from the truth.  What annoys me more is that we have all witnessed successful governments come into power all claiming that they will address the root causes of homelessness and they fail to grasp the nettle of how serious the problem is and would rather brush it under the carpet.

Let’s us all go back in time to the year of 4 May 1979 and 28 November 1990, when a woman called Maggie Thatcher who led a Conservative Government came to power she made claims There is no such thing as a society here is the full interview dated on 30 October 1987 with the Women’s Own Magazine:

“I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it.’I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”

See link below:

http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~alexss/thatcherism.pdf

The reason why I and many others refer to this interview on the grounds it fundamentally changed UK with the housing, NHS policies in regards to the way how they housed people based on their income and not really taking into account people with disabilities which included mental health, alcoholism. Thatcherism basically caused the coal mining, manufacturing, housing, and hospitals to close on a full scale and start to thinking of rebranding the market which left many to be made homeless and jobless to the extent the then conservatives could not give a flying monkeys as long as you are a millionaire then it was a case of welcome to Britain if you have money in your pocket jingling.

Thirty years later we have seen a Labour, Coalition, and Conservative government with a society still being discontent to see increase in foodbanks, soup kitchens, high unemployment, homelessness which is endemic and not withstanding zero hour contracts. All incumbent governments use language to hookwink the so called intellect challenged into believing they will build more house, hospitals, and create more jobs.  Voters and non-voters are seeking answers to where are the new houses and jobs. If they build houses it is not affordable rent and the prices for the new homes are unaffordable to the average Joe Blog unless they have rich parents who will help them on to the ladder to buy their first property.

So it comes as to no surprise when Local authorities are unlawfully resettling homeless families in temporary housing far away from their local area, forcing them to spend hours travelling to schools and health services, a study has found.

The housing charity Shelter says some council are guilty of unsafe practices by pressurising homeless families into accepting unsuitable housing up to 100 miles from where they live, causing them unnecessary hardship.

It is alleged in one case, a woman made homeless in West London who was told relocation to Hastings on the south coast would keep her “close to London”, had to make seven-hour round trips back to the capital to take her ill baby to weekly hospital appointments.

Other cases include relocated families who arranged for their children to stay with grandparents or friends during the week so that they could remain at their old school. Other reported embarking on school runs lasting up to two hours.

Despite official guidance requiring councils to place families where practical in the borough in which they are resident, Shelter says authorities in London are now moving households out of area “as a matter of course”.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Faced with severe budget cuts and overwhelming numbers of homeless families coming to them for help, it’s sadly not surprising that overstretched councils in London are failing to meet their current legal responsibilities.”

Latest official figures show that 17,150 households were temporarily housed out of area in 2015, up from 5,330 in 2010. Over 90% of placements were made by London authorities, who say their hand is forced by high rents, housing benefit caps and affordable housing shortages.

Oh let’s not forget that Homeless disabled people are increasingly being turned away by cash-strapped councils as officials find reasons to avoid treating them as a priority, according to lawyers mounting a potentially landmark legal challenge.

The Supreme Court will consider decisions by local authorities to deny housing to a man with learning difficulties and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), another with mental and physical health problems and a drug addict who has been homeless since 2005.

One activist condemned the current system, saying it allowed councils to abandon people to a life on the streets, where the average life expectancy is just 47.

Housing applicants are considered to have a priority need if they are vulnerable, for example because of old age, a mental health problem or a physical disability. Local authorities test vulnerability by comparing applicants with “an ordinary homeless person” and considering whether they would be less able to fend for themselves.

The three-day Supreme Court hearing, will examine the way this is done and any change could have nationwide implications.

In one case, Southwark Council in south London decided Sifatullah Hotak was not a priority despite his PTSD, learning difficulties and symptoms of depression. They agreed he was vulnerable but said his brother Ezatullah Hotak, also homeless, was able to look after him. Mr Hotak, an Afghan national in the UK legally, relies on his brother to wash and dress him and make sure he goes to medical appointments. Both men live in a hostel but the council decided Ezatullah would be able to cope even if they were on the streets. In 2011, the council said: “On his own and street homeless, Mr Hotak may also be at risk of harm insofar as it may have an impact on his health. However, we are satisfied that his brother is capable of providing continued housing and support if they were street homeless together.”

Mr Hotak’s solicitor Pat Wilkins said her client’s situation was part of an increasing trend.

She said: “It’s getting more difficult for [vulnerable] people to get housed. I think there is a general shortage of housing and therefore local authorities have had to become much tougher about their decisions on how that housing is allocated.

“The most vulnerable people tend to be those who [do not] have the loudest voice, who aren’t able to make the case that others can.”

In a second Southwark case, Patrick Kanu was refused housing despite having a mental health disorder and a number of physical problems. In 2012, the council argued his conditions could be controlled by medication and his wife and grown-up son could help him.

Mr Kanu’s solicitor, Stuart Hearne of Cambridge House Law Centre, echoed Ms Wilkins’s comments. “There has become a noticeable increase in local authorities refusing to accept people with significant mental health problems [as a] priority need,” he said.

In a third case, Solihull council decided that Craig Johnson, who has a history of drug use and has been convicted of 50 offences, mainly petty theft, was not vulnerable enough to receive priority housing even though he has been homeless since 2005.

Jon Sparkes, of homelessness charity Crisis, said the current system was “unfair and wrong” and a “long-standing injustice”, arguing all homeless people were vulnerable.

“The resource level of the local authority shouldn’t be material in the decision about how vulnerable someone is,” he said. “While I can see some logic in there being priority and lower priority, having a system which enables a local authority to turn someone away to a [place] where their life expectancy is 30 years lower than the general population, I can’t see how that person is not a priority.”

Southwark’s housing spokesman, Richard Livingstone, said in both of its cases the Court of Appeal had found that the authority acted correctly.

“If a different view is taken by the Supreme Court, then this will be taken into account,” he said. “This is a much wider issue than decisions made by individual councils and we welcome the focus Crisis and Shelter are bringing to the national legislation and the questions raised.”

Solihull council declined to comment until after the hearing.

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “Housing authorities must ensure that suitable accommodation is available for people who have priority need.”

What the then Labour Government want us to believe:

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/labours-legacy/6509704.article

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premiership_of_Tony_Blair

http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/spcc/wp02.pdf

http://www.general-election-2010.co.uk/50-labour-party-achievements.html

What the then Conservatives and Libdem Coalition Government want us all to believe:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-housing-for-older-and-vulnerable-people/2010-to-2015-government-policy-housing-for-older-and-vulnerable-people

Now that we have a Conservative from 2010 –to present they say that they are introducing housing benefit caps and suppose to build more houses:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-rented-housing-sector/2010-to-2015-government-policy-rented-housing-sector

https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

Establishment Need To Address Homelessness and Not pay Lip services


Here is a sort youtube for all to watch:

I recall some time ago whilst on my train journey(six years ago)  I was in discussion with a colleague on our way to Westminster Village my colleague commented that a woman in £1,000,000 crown decrees that Britain to ‘Live within its means’. Then she left Parliament to return to her £1 billion house. Was there anything in the speech about Building social housing, help for citizens needing food banks, soup kitchens and getting our vulnerable and homeless, rough sleepers of street into safe environment with own space with own front door key. Political establishment elite dictating policies of Austerity and deep cuts onto the UK citizenship while they increase family fortunes and Westminster getting higher wages all paid from the Public purse, the very people they socially, financially attack and the list goes on.

Reflecting back then I thought my colleague made sense and sometimes we all need to pick sense out of nonsense to have a sense of purpose to continue to campaign that was 6 years yesterday while deciding to write this article rest assured the opportunity came when I received a call from my long standing friend (Javed Iqbal) called me out of the blue said to me meet him in Birmingham City Centre. The next day I was in the city centre to meet up with him. What I did not know that he wanted to bring to my attention of a project that he with the help of family and friends got together to take some positive action to feed the homeless people in Birmingham after talks failed with the city officials.hdnrit

There is no surprise this is still occurring in 2016 which continues as public services continue to receive cuts from Central Government and Local Government. Hey who am I, or anybody else to judge others by the circumstances of individual lives comes to mind sure I could mind my own business and let it go undressed.  Do I hear some people say what a disgrace the establishment are doing “bugger all as they are more concerned of keeping up with the smiths or jones this kind of reminds us of a British sitcom called Keeping up with appearances sure we all could have a few laughs but does this make it right. Of course not. See details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeping_Up_Appearances Sure they are more than happy to use photo opportunities to say what a wonderful thing they are doing to help the homeless”.

Sure politicians are more than happy to use photo opportunities to say “what a wonderful thing they are doing to help the homeless”.

Granted homeless comes in many forms and various issues of their circumstances to top this of many feel that the government are paying lip services towards homelessness  to assist them back into society this the general feeling that is floating around by some community leaders that I have spoken to just yesterday. It’s about time that the establishments take the bull by the horn to combat homelessness instead of paying lip service as there seem to be a crisis on the increase throughout the UK. What both Central government and Local Government have put on paper is fine and dandy but it more froth than action unfortunately. See links below:

http://qni.org.uk/docs/mental_gealth_guidance_print.pdf

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34790094

http://socialwelfare.bl.uk/subject-areas/services-client-groups/children-mental-health/mentalhealthfoundation/1531562006_making_the_link.pdf

http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/document_library/research/service_access_lit_review.pdf

http://www.mungos.org/documents/5390/5390.pdf

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/Mental_Health_and_Housing_report_2016_1.pdf

http://www.homeless.org.uk/sites/default/files/site-attachments/Evaluation%20of%20the%20Homeless%20Hospital%20Discharge%20Fund%20FINAL.pdf

Intriguingly this establishment makes claims that they are providing assistance to the homeless with mental health. See link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-fund-to-improve-the-health-of-homeless-people

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/412047/150309__homelessness_change_prospectus_full.pdf

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1223587406195&ssbinary=true&blobheadervalue1=attachment%3B+filename%3D894519FINAL_Homeless_Health_Report.pdf

Well I’m sure that I am not the only one to say where has our tax money have been invested as there is still homelessness across the UK and Wales as to-date there is no improvements out there and Central Government are very quick to say that Local Government has the responsibility to ensure they use the funds to ensure that they clear up the problem. On the other side of the coin Local Government and charities are singing the same tune by claiming that they are not getting enough funding to continue with the services and they have to cut back on services to homelessness and they are expected to do more for little and nothing.  The sad thing about this it took a person like Javed Iqbal and friends to come together to provide this sort of service through the kind donations of friends, relatives, and the public to help the provide goods and by using all the social media to bring this to the attention in the public domain. I give him a hat tip to him with the help of friends and family.

If people wants to help with the donations please see link below:

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/javed-iqbal

Then ask yourselves this question why you voted for your Local Councillors in the first place and if you come to the same conclusions as I have it is for them to represent YOUR views and communities then this what people can do to help is to write to the Birmingham City Council Labour Group Leader or lobby your Local Councillors:

John Clancy Labour Group Leader

Council HouseVictoria Square Birmingham B1 1BB

Email address: john.clancy@birmingham.gov.uk

Telephone: 0121 464 4000

The contact details can be found on:

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/wardcllrs

 

 

Satire: Has tories fallen on their own sword


Just last night after reaching home from campaign trail I could not get a tune out of my head which I kept sing to myself. With this in mind I decided to share it with everybody as it is still relevant today as it was in yesteryear’s  See the youtube below:

 

Intriguing to put the blame on all immigrants like they take over our:

Public Services

They work on the cheap to undercut us

They claim benefits and they can afford to drive 4×4

They have two or three iPhone

They are at it like rabbits

They are now taxi drivers and fiddling the system

Well I can say without a doubt the majority of immigrants do work and they contribute to our economy.

It has been rumored by some quarters that lessons for Labour to learn from IDS and the Tory fallout-look outwards, not inwards. Factions fall out, and-like family quarrels, the hurt and disappointment lingers and poisons long after the cause of the quarrel is forgotten. Do what Dennis Skinner says find the Labour candidate and rally round them. And find comrades you can work with it does not matter so much if you disagree about some matters. Too many meetings looking inwards are destructive and harm ourselves. Voters do not just look at our policies what we have to offer. They look at how we behave with each other. Well I say that as much as I love Dennis Skinner and he some wonderful catch phase it needs more meat on the bones and remember that policies is one thing but it also the way how the policies are being delivered and the presentation of the package to sell to the voters that we mean business to tackle the Conservatives.

I’m sure most of us was watching Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) defending his position on the Andrew Marr show. He is arguing that the Conservative government has abandoned One-Nation Conservatism and is no longer trying to look after the people who won’t vote Conservative. This is something that Labour has been arguing for a long time. The fact that IDS has now said this clearly needs to be pushed out to the nation again and again and again.

Cameron and Osborne are trying to smear IDS as quitting purely for Brexit reasons. It is important that we don’t let the nation buy into that narrative.

The European Union (EU) Referendum is the actual reason Ian Duncan Smith resigned. His clap trap and that of his allies is pure fiction. All and every nasty policy against the sick and disabled the Government has enacted since 2010 has his name all over it because he set the policy. So let’s not be drawn in with the complete porkies that he resigned because he thought the policies are too cruel. He could not give a flying monkey about the suffering he inflicted for the past 6 years.

The Tory Party the real reason is an obsession and petty hatred of Europe and that was his motivation. He deliberately chose the moment to seek to undermine Cameron and Osborne because of the Referendum vote. Here is the issue, while I and others have no like or support for Cameron and Osborne, I and others will not let a vile man like IDS dictate to his view that we should leave the EU. Why on earth should anyone give time to what he thinks and who was obsessed in bringing fear and suffering to sick and disabled people.

The European Union and Britain being in the EU is important, despite the bogus spin against it the UK gets back almost £10 for every £1 it puts in. The views of IDS and those from the right screaming to leave and stamping their feet are not.

 

I say to all beware of the Conservatives bearing gifts and warned they give in one hand and take with the other hand. I’m not really convinced that we have seen the end of the welfare cuts with the replacement of Iain Duncan Smith. I kid you not as the next person who takes over IDS place is more right-wing conservative(Stephen Crabb) and they will argue that he is from a working class background to make it for Labour difficult to argue. I say what a load of clap-trap once a Troy always a Tory as he or she does not change their colors overnight. Just to be very clear the Tories always gives in the one hand and takes in the other hand with a nasty sting with this in mind don’t be hoodwinked.

The new DWP Secretary Stephen Crabb announced that:

The Government will make no further cuts to the social security budget beyond those already legislated for, ministers have said.

Stephen Crabb confirmed that cuts to the Personal Independence Payment would not go ahead  but also ruled out making any more broader welfare cuts.

The Government pledged to make £12 billion in welfare cuts before the general election as part of its plan to meet a self-imposed spending rule – and has already legislated to bring in significant cuts.

Cuts already legislated for that are yet to come in include £5 savings from less generous Universal Credit payments, cuts to the tax credit income disregard, and cuts to the Employemt and Support Allowance disability benefit.

“I can tell the House that we will not be going ahead with the changes to PIP that were put forward,” Mr Crabb said in a statement to the Hosue of Commons. “I am absolutely clear that a passionate and fair welfare system should not just be about numbers behind every statistic there is a human being and perhaps sometimes in government we forget that.

“I can also confirm that after discussing this issue over the weekend with the Prime Minister and the Chancellor  we have no further plans to make welfare savings beyond the very substantial savings legislated for by parliament two weeks ago which we will not focus on implementing.”

The new Secretary of State, who replaced Iain Duncan Smith, said he believed the Government’s total welfare spending cap was right in “principle” but that it would  be reviewed at the Autumn Statement.

How to people feel that George Osborne has told MPs he was “sorry” Iain Duncan Smith resigned and was “proud” of their work together was being sincere.

Defending his handling of the economy ahead of a vote to approve his Budget, the chancellor said Treasury talks with departments had often been “robust”.

But where mistakes were made he was ready “to listen and learn”, he added.

Labour said Mr Osborne would have to raid the welfare budget further or “ditch” his self-imposed cap on overall benefits spending.

George Osborne’s Commons performance came after Mr Duncan Smith’s post-Budget decision to quit, with a blast at “indefensible” changes to disability benefits.

How many of us really believe that George Osborne confirmed he had dropped planned cuts to Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) and said no further welfare savings were anticipated beyond the £12bn already approved by Parliament towards his target of balancing the books by 2020. To be honest I think only a hand full of people do compare to the many just don’t trust him.

However Angela Eagle wound up the opposition response to George Osborne’s shambolic Budget with a stinging assault on George Osborne which I thought good on her for doing so as all I could see that reaction of George Face which was not pleasant and the fact that Angela Eagles did a wonderful job I think made lot of people happy but there some you can’t please all.

Jeremy Corbyn was right to be in full throttle by seeking answers which the reply was half baked answers from the conservatives for this very reason I will never vote for a Tory Government let alone a Tory Council. Like him or loath him there must something about Jeremy Corbyn is attracting new blood back to Labour Party and it is on public record on how I voted during the leadership contest and I still think that for the cynicism in some quarters of the party it’s about time all in concern should unite as we have local govt, Police Crime and Commissioners, London Mayoral, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly Elections to contest and after that in June we also need to be unite over whether we remain in or out Europe.

Remember “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

So let the Conservatives fall on their sword

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satire: Let’s look into the crystal ball of osborne budget has decree


This really sums up what the establishment budget is all about checkout this and feel free to share widely:

I love my country but hate what this establishment do on almost anything but to hand our children and grand children’s education over into the hands of corporate big business and be accountable to no body is about as low as it gets. Yet another major change that got absolutely no mention in their manifesto.

A Tory future is a very dark place unless you’re a wealthy Tory everything folk have fought for is being thrown down the drain by the Conservatives.

This reminded me of a short documentary the other day I was invited to watch courtesy of some of my Syrian friends which the children sum it up what they had to struggle to reach to the UK under the so called invitation of this current establishment and how they and their parent struggle to get into a school.

It with sad heart to say if children are the future of tomorrow, what future does the children of Syria has today with the constant bombardment of bombing from both sides something has to give to have any hope of any peaceful solution to allow children to be safe and attend schools and feel safe to learn.

On saying this I’m wholeheartedly support the part withdrawal of Russian troops out of Syria and let there be a good working relationship can hold and democratic elections can take place with a diplomatic solution.

The hard reality is those who are already in the UK some will return to Syria and some will remain in the UK as some have restarted to rebuild their lives and have young families. I can’t see them living to return to a country that does not have the capacity to rebuild their homes from scratch it cost a fortune and whoever is elected as the democratic government has their work cut out for them.

It’s like me saying I long to return to our land(China) when we have a democratic and free elections knowing full well it’s just a pipe dream and acknowledging it’s our people that needs to have a will to do so.

Hence the heart is willing but the flesh is weak I kid you not. Oh let me take a look at my Crystal Ball I see the nasty party budget decreeing:

That they will introduce a Sugar Tax on soft drinks raising £520 million which will allegedly spent on primary school sport.

Now the establishment has over step the line by introducing legislation to turn all schools into academy.

This includes £500 million to ensure fair funding formula for schools in England.

Plans to enable all pupils to study maths until 18.

The Conservatives seem to fall into the trap that one size fits all and in actual fact this is not the case as what the Conservatives want us all to believe. Don’t be hoodwinked into believing this.

Libor funds to be spent on children hospital services specifically in Birmingham Manchester Sheffield and South Hampton

Somehow my personal view is we have not seen the end of Jeremy Hunt backing down on a 7 day NHS services and he still does not get it or refuse to comprehend that there is not enough doctors to run a 7 day NHS in England as the current posts are left vacant and are not being filled and gaps in rotas are being seen and I will continue to say solidarity to all junior doctors in their case against Jeremy Hunt.

It’s no surprise that fourteen leading doctors have formally written to George Osborne asking for further funding for Social Care. They have highlighted cuts in social care funding were putting real pressure on NHS, they also highlighted social care was vital to the success of the NHS. Whilst I concur with the leading doctors speaking out let’s not forget that it’s not just the NHS in this predicament it also applies to Local Government as they too are underfunded with social care. It’s hurting but it’s not working so my message to all is to lobby your local member of parliament to lobby the establishment to put more investment to Local Government Social Care.

The Money Advice Services which has provided financial advice to consumers since 2010 is to be abolished.

You’ve heard of stealth taxes? Now there’s stealth austerity.

The £1.6bn cuts to business rates for small a business which means £1.6bn less funding to local councils. And that means more cuts to services that vulnerable people rely on.

Stealth austerity brought to you by George Osborne in ‪Budget 2016. Few people seem to have picked up a flaw in the Chancellors sugar tax. He has announced this fanfare tax but giving the sugar donors two years to address the problem of over saturated sweet drinks. In the same breath he tells us that he will collect over half a £Billion pounds from this tax. How does he know that he will still be able to collect that tax if he is giving them 2 years to reduce it which means nothing adds up but then again nothing ever does with this Chancellor.

As if this not bad enough we see that Tory front bench left ‘ashen-faced’ in response to Corbyn’s attack on Osborne’s disability cuts  Cameron, May and Osborne were left ‘completely ashen-faced’ as Mr Corbyn raised the issue of cuts to benefits for disabled people that will see some claimants lose £30 per week.

Corbyn said: “Earlier this month the government pushed through a £30-per-week cut to disabled ESA claimants.

“Last week we learned that half a million people will lose up to £150 per week due to cuts in personal independence payments.

Simple question to the chancellor if he can finance the giveaways he has put in his budget to different sectors, why can’t he fund the need for dignity for disabled people in this country?”

More of this please, Jeremy week in, week out; in season, out of season until the truth is rammed home to everyone in the UK who has ears to hear, a mind to understand and a heart to care.

This is the sixth year of George Osborne’s tenure as Chancellor. This is the sixth year he has delivered the budget. And this is the sixth year that he has blamed the ‘last Labour government’.

But, today, we have learned that the Chancellor has failed on debt. In 2010 he vowed to eliminate the budget deficit.

Six years later, he has failed in 2010 George Osborne gave a cast iron promise to tackle debt. Six years later, he has missed his own targets. Forecast debt as a share of GDP has been revised up in 2016-17, in 2017-18, in 2018-19, in 2019-20 and in 2020-21. He has broken his promise, he has missed his targets and he has failed to tackle debt.

On the 16 March 2016 George Osborne did what he does best he blamed the ‘last Labour government’. But six years of failure on the economy are catching up with him and now he needs to take responsibility for his own actions.

“In fact, we heard his warning today of the potential for another ‘global economic crisis.’ It seems that he’s getting his excused in early. In 2008 there was a global economic crisis and he blamed it on the Labour government. I wonder if he will blame any looming global economic crisis on this government.”

So we have had the budget we know how cack-handed this government has become

We know that have not got a Martin Luther King, or a Malcolm X to help us or lead us out of darkness.

We have to look at what is inside ourselves, ask yourselves what I can do to help campaigns, help and support others. The power is in us each one of us can and does make a difference never ever forget that.

Turn the anger into action and rattle them some more today and until the give in to submission there is a way around it by naming and shaming every MP with vested interests in private health care companies, got their fingers in the profit pies, keep naming and shaming MPs who voted for ESA Cuts,

I think that we should show up all MPs up in regards their expenses, their massive house of commons bar bill. Or we can get creative, imaginative and let’s show this underhand government enough is enough is enough.

George Osborne should be judged by what he promised. In 2010, he said he would get rid of the deficit in five years. By 2015, there was a black hole of £18bn in the public finances, while the deficit was going up and had reached £90.2bn.

He promised a “march of the makers”. He promised that manufacturing would lead the recovery in our economy. But manufacturing is in recession and we have a growing trade deficit, meaning we are not exporting enough and are importing too much. The difficulties in manufacturing are a big part of the problem. Meanwhile, construction output fell in January of this year. He has failed to support key parts of our economy and both manufacturing and construction are struggling.

In 2011, he first announced the electrification of the railway from Leeds to Manchester. Last year it was paused, without having started. His talk of a Northern Powerhouse, has been just talk and a shortage of technical skills means that he cannot deliver his promises even if he wants to.

He promised to crack down on tax avoidance and tax evasion. Yet, he has done a deal with Google, which generated £130m while the Italian government is set to collect £1bn. Meanwhile, small businesses see tax increases and cuts to grants including the growth accelerator, which have been successful at supporting manufacturing and jobs in small and medium sized firms up and down the country.

The chancellor has given councils in the wealthiest parts of the country like Surrey, millions of pounds more, with not a penny extra for Merseyside. Sefton Council has had its budget cut by nearly half. In Liverpool, it’s even higher. Yet the extra cash went to councils who had had no cuts at all.

Meanwhile, the chancellor gave tax handouts to those being paid more than £150,000 a year while cutting the pay of 2 million of the poorest working families by £1,600 through cuts in Universal Credit.

George Osborne has failed on his own measures. And that failure is being paid for by the many working people in this country and by businesses.

We need our government to invest in skills, in transport, housing, broadband and energy. We should support responsible businesses of all sizes who want to create good well-paid jobs.
Government’s priority should be a successful economy, supported by high quality public services.

The Chancellor has refused to borrow to invest in the infrastructure of our country. This is one reason for his failure to deliver by his own measures. There is a compelling business case for investment at historically low interest rates, which will produce a return on investment for our economy. Businesses borrow money to invest.

Home owners borrow money to buy a house. Both do so having demonstrated the ability to repay money. Governments should do so too and this government is making a big mistake in refusing to take a business like approach to investing for the future.

The approach of the Chancellor shows he is out of touch and unable to deliver for young or old, those in work or in retirement, for businesses, public services or for the voluntary sector. We need a change of approach, which invests in our economy and in our future. Sadly, the government record so far is heading in the wrong direction.

Satire: Conservatives would rather you forget,cheer up old chaps


Who remembers this youtube. Oh by the way there is no shame to say I did not see this:

 

 

 

Compliments of Jeremy Hunt this happening on your watch let’s see you get out this one firstly you tell all of us to work like Chinese when you had to retract your statement. Then you try to force though your unworkable contracts with junior doctors and refuse to meet up with angry junior doctors. What a month it must have been for you then event that you had to attend had to be cancelled in fear having to speak to junior doctors who were willing to pay their £15:00 to attend the event to put some questions to him what a chicken he is with no conviction to man up to them. Hang on I’m sure after forcing the junior doctors to accept their contracts the next on the list would be the consultants, nurses, porters, cleaners and the list goes on and on. The chickens have come home to roost and he is running as fast as he can to the next conservative association.

See articles below:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/05/hunt-tax-credit-cuts-make-britons-work-like-chinese-or-americans

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/14/jeremy-hunt-ethical-columnist-nightmare-junior-doctors-dispute-impose-contract?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/14/junior-doctors-jeremy-hunt-conservatives-event-fareham?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H&utm_term=156774&subid=12019543&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-hospitals-pressured-to-cook-the-books-and-underplay-scale-of-their-deficits-says-whistleblower-a6875521.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-111-service-investigated-over-allegations-17-year-olds-answered-urgent-calls-a6876541.html

If you concur that Jeremy Hunt must go please sign this petition:

https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-hunt-mp-jeremy-hunt-must-not-impose-new-contracts-on-junior-doctors/share?tk=MYtfBzNrpNWQrn1rFVxt25doOf00rqMW6omwhjqXxc4&utm_source=supporter_signature_milestone_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_signatures_75000&utm_term=supporter_signature_milestone_email

 

The Conservative Party is the party of personal responsibility. They pride themselves on telling people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and jolly well get on their bikes to improve their lives. They love a bit of personal responsibility, just not personally you understand. They are completely incapable of taking any responsibility for the outcomes of their actions. Instead trotting out the same old “what we inherited from the Labour Party”.

I expect no difference with the Conservatives as they only put the lives of the most vulnerable at risk, because your silly party happened to be in power during a global recession.” Seriously Tories pack it in, go to your bedrooms, sit in the corner and have a word with yourselves. David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt make choices, simple as that. They have been making them for six years and they should take responsibility for them and stop blaming others like petulant junior doctors, nurses, and health workers. So, yes, when people commit suicide because of bedroom tax it is David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith’s fault as it happen to be their watch. When both David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt stands in the way of sex and relationship education reaching as many kids as it can, it is their fault when kids don’t know enough to protect themselves from abusers or where to go if they are victims. Yes, when hundreds of doctors and nurses walk out on strike it is his choices that meant your appointment was cancelled. It will be their fault too when the dangerous working practices of junior doctors kill people. They are more than happy to take credit for the good stuff you do. They’ll whip your personal responsibility away from you the second you get a job, or your kid gets an A at school. They will stand and say, “thanks to me, education is improving and unemployment is falling.”

Checkout this the conservatives want to be in power for a generation, and are fixing the system to make that happen. The Trade Union Bill includes a clause that is deliberately designed to cut off trade unions’ financial support for the Labour Party – while doing nothing to limit the hedge funds and millionaires that support the Tories.

Not enough people know about what the Tories are trying to do, so it’s up to us to get the message out there. That’s why we’re asking if you could take two minutes to help us spread the word in your community.

We’ve created a quick and easy online tool so you can send a letter to your local newspaper’s letters page, outlining the attack on democracy that the Tories are planning. Will you help spread the word by writing to your local paper?

http://action.unionstogether.org.uk/letter

In another intriguing development Charles Walker said claims by Channel 4 News that some bills were not included in local spending returns during three 2014 by-elections and in Thanet South in May’s election should be examined.

A Labour by-election candidate has urged police to investigate.

The Tories say all their spending was recorded in accordance with the law.

Channel 4 News said it had obtained hotel bills which suggest the party broke electoral rules in the Newark, Clacton and Rochester & Strood by-elections, the first of which the Conservatives won and the other two it lost to UKIP.

Campaign spending in by-elections is limited to £100,000 for each party But Channel 4 News says it has uncovered £56,866.75 of undeclared hotel bills in Rochester, which would have taken the party £53,659.83 over the £100,000 limit.

It found bills totalling £26,786.14 in Clacton, which would have taken the party £10,835.36 over the limit, and receipts totalling £10,459.30 in Newark, which would mean an overspend of £6,650.28.

Charles Walker, the Tory MP for Broxbourne, told Channel 4 News that the matter should be examined.

“I’m going to raise it at the board but I suspect others will be raising it at the board. These are serious allegations,” he said.

“I’m not diminishing the nature of these allegations. But the Conservative Party believes it has complied with election law.”

“Channel 4 appear to be in possession of documents which raise questions relating to spending by the Conservative Party during the 2014 Newark by-election; the questions raised allegedly relate to spending that appears not to have been declared,” he wrote.

“I am seeking assurance this evidence and matter will be investigated, and if necessary referred to the appropriate authorities in order to reassure the residents of Newark constituency that established electoral laws and procedures, which are designed to protect our democracy, have been complied with.”

Nottinghamshire Police are yet to respond to the letter.

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said it was aware of the allegations.

“Alleged breaches of the rules around candidate spending at by-elections or parliamentary general elections are matters for the police to investigate under the Representation of the People Act 1983,” he said.

A Conservative spokeswoman said: “All by-election spending has been correctly recorded in accordance with the law.”

I’m I going senile is Iain Duncan Smith reportedly demanded that those in receipt of benefits be removed from the electoral register, according to a letter leaked to the press. The Work and Pensions Secretary justified his request by arguing that it is unfair that people not currently paying into the system, either through working or by being high net wealth individuals, should be allowed to have a say in how public money is spent. His letter to the Prime Minister went on to suggest that withdrawing the right to vote in this way, would provide a “much needed incentive for the workshy, ill and disabled to find work”, and for those in work to stay “in work and off benefits”. The letter also questioned whether those under the age of 25, who tend to be “more prone to idealism”, ought to be permitted to vote, albeit with a possible exception “for members of the Young Conservatives.”

There is speculation in Westminster that the timing of this letter is related to the upcoming referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU, and a possible snap general election that some are predicting to take place thereafter. In this context, barring voters who are the least likely to vote for ‘Brexit or for the Conservative Party, may be seen by some as a useful measure.

A DWP spokeswoman refused to comment directly on the leaked letter, but told reporters: “Iain Duncan Smith believes that in a perfect world everybody would be able to enjoy a full suite of human rights, but with rights come responsibilities, and some rights should only be granted to those who have paid-in.”

Now we have at last, it’s called the in and out referendum the date has been set for 23 June 2016 right after the Local Government, London Mayoral, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and Police Crime Commissioner Elections. I seem to recall that some of us have been down this road before it was back in 1975 otherwise called Common Market which some of us were a wee nipper and didn’t have a vote or were not born then.

The argument back in the 1975 referendum was the Common Market see link below:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_market

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_European_Communities_membership_referendum,_1975

Who said these two weeks ago?

“In favour of staying, it is in Britain’s geo-strategic interests to be pretty intimately engaged in the doings of a continent that has a grim 20th-century history, and whose agonies have caused millions of Britons to lose their lives … [Leaving] would dismay some of our closest friends, not least the eastern Europeans for whom the EU has been a force for good: stability, openness, and prosperity.”

The Boris lies are at full flow but the last people he is concerned of is the British people. His stunt is all about him and him wanting to be PM. He will say anything and hope the British people are gullible in not looking close at what he says.

The reasons Boris is not standing for London Mayor again is because he knows he will lose. Londoners have seen through the shame pretense that he cares about their lives. So now he wants to con the rest of the nation and fool them into thinking he speaks sense. Well he does not, he never has. Acting like a bumbling idiot does not make him a towering personality, it just means he is deceptive and a con man. He is no idiot but he hopes many of the public are.

The EU matters to the UK, Boris and his ego do not. The issues for staying in the EU outweigh any gripe he has.

Would David Cameron ever demand such a move? No! He is too busy along with Osborne helping Google and other multinationals avoid tax! Well thankfully the EU is not so obliging. Europe matters because it has clout and can make a difference.

Finance Ministers from world leading economies have warned of alleged of shock to the global economy if the UK leaves the EU. The ministers gave their opinions in a statement released at the end of a two day meeting of G20 nations in China.

http://news.sky.com/story/1649951/pm-threatened-with-leadership-challenge-over-eu

As all the political party lobby for our votes let’s not forget there will be further cuts on the Horizon courtesy of the chancellor of the exchanger(George Osborne) for public spending in next month(March) budget.

This comes as the global economic turmoil and slow growth meant “We may need to undertake further reductions”.

It’s further alleged he slowed the pace of cuts in the last spending review, but suggested saving could be announced on 16 March Budget as figures showed the UK economy was smaller than expected.

Leaving the EU would be a total disaster; it makes no sense to walk away from having influence on a world scale. Jobs and living standards will suffer and the UK will be seen as no longer relevant by the US.

We as a nation get far more back then we put in and the idea that it would be wonderful if we were on our own is just not true. The UK is no longer an empire it is one small Island joined with a handful of others from a distant past. It needs the EU or the nation will forever lose out.

Let’s not be like Scotland and the SNP who want to govern a small piece of land yet have no answers to how when there is little money. Let’s not listen to Eurosceptic MPs and the biased press and the agenda of Europe hating Murdoch! Those views are based on self-greed or a misguided view that Britain still rules the waves.

Europe equals fairness in working rights and dignity, animal welfare protection and law, environmental protection, international crime detection with more ability to stop global crime. It means billions and billions in the UK on infrastructure and regeneration. It means the UK has a voice!

Let’s not throw that away on hearsay and made up rubbish in the press!

If I thought that Farage would disband and UKRAP would be no more, I would vote NO. However that would just disperse the bigots and send them into hiding and even disperse them where they might be absorbed into other Mainstream parties again. No!! Because I like to know where my enemy is and see the flag he/she marches under, I’ll stick with a YES at present

Here is what the Conservatives have to fail to mention again see youtube below:

 

 

“Instead of cutting the funding for charities that provide the most cost effective solutions to the increasing demand, why not invest prudently in a well-resourced health and social care system that actually works for the benefit of those that need it, whatever their condition” he asked. David Cameron dodged talks yesterday with the leaders of European political parties opposed to benefits cuts for migrant workers.

The Prime Minister was due to meet the European Parliament’s conference of presidents, which includes the leaders of all political groups.

But the Tory leader, who also refused to make his case for reform to an EU plenary session, pulled out of the meeting on the eve of his visit to Brussels.

Instead, Downing Street officials hastily rearranged individual meetings with supportive politicians.

He met Elmar Brok of the right-wing European People’s Party, Guy Verhofstadt of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Roberto Gualtieri of the Socialists and Democrats group.

A Downing Street source said all three had “committed to work hard to ensure that the relevant secondary legislation on the emergency brake and child benefit is swiftly adopted by the parliament.”

Mr Cameron hopes the meetings will secure the support of the European Parliament for his reforms.

Key parts, including the “emergency break” on benefits for migrants, will be voted on by MEPs should Britain remain in the EU.

But his snub to five of Parliament’s eight political groups – including the Tories’ own European Conservatives and Reform group – risked increasing resistance.

A spokesperson for the Green-EFA group said: “We are disappointed that David Cameron chose not to speak to the presidents of all the political groups.

In another development this what you can expect from a Conservative government which they are trying their best to conceal by attempting to justify the raising of council rents to market levels for households earning over £30,000, or £40,000 in London, the government constantly repeats the incorrect and insulting refrain that council housing is “subsidising our life-styles”

“The deal that David Cameron hopes to agree with his EU counterparts later this week is not the deal we would want, and he should certainly not assume that the Greens EFA group, or indeed the European Parliament as a whole, will simply rubber-stamp it.”

The Nordic Green Left group, who only learned the meeting had been cancelled through press reports, said the snub had  “undermined” the European Parliament.

President Gabi Zimmer added: “Mr Cameron’s requests to the European Union include deep changes to EU fundamental principles such as equal treatment, non-discrimination and free movement in which the European Parliament should be fully involved as it touches upon the Parliament’s prerogatives in its role as legislator.

“The EU would be well advised not to follow Mr Cameron’s most regressive requests in the field of social security and freedom of movement.”

Politicians from a cross party and even the ruling Conservatives acknowledge that there is a housing crisis in Britain.

They can hardly avoid it. Evidence that there is something rotten in the state of housing is all around us, and not just among the poorest. Children learn in schools about the squalor of the 19th century, the poverty-stricken slums where several families would be crammed into single rooms.

This misery made housing one of the great social issues of the last century from David Lloyd George’s promise of “homes fit for heroes” to the massive expansion of council house building pioneered by Labour from 1945. The post-war generation grew up in a Britain where, on finishing your education, you could expect to get a job and live in a stable home you could call your own, even if you were not the legal owner.

Just as the still ongoing devastation of British industry and manufacturing launched by Margaret Thatcher has made well-paid, secure employment a pipe dream for most young people, so has the (again, still ongoing) sabotage of our social housing sector she began with “right to buy” snatched from a generation the dream of an affordable home to raise a family in.

Increasingly, children are raised in cramped flats their parents share with other young adults.

Research from Shelter and YouGov published today demonstrate that over a quarter of families renting in the private sector have had to move home at least three times in the last five years hardly the secure environment most of us would wish to provide for our offspring in their early years.

People are forced to move because they are powerless trapped without adequate rights in buildings owned by other people. So much for Thatcher’s “property-owning democracy.”

That powerlessness fed the rage of the social tenants protesting at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square yesterday, because without their being consulted or even informed the trust that had owned their homes sold them on to property firm Butterfields E17, which promptly decided to sell up with no regard for the families whose lives it is wrecking.

It is no surprise, then, that the Scottish Greens have found 54 per cent support north of the border for councils to regulate private-sector rents.

Ed Miliband promised that a Labour government would cap rent rises by private landlords ahead of the last election. Tory ministers who were falling about laughing and shrieking “Marxist!” at this outlandish idea had to sit up and pretend they too had a housing plan when YouGov revealed 60 per cent support for Labour’s proposal across Britain  including 42 per cent support among Conservative voters.

Well, we now know what that “plan” entails the end to lifetime tenancies, the extension of the right to-buy disaster to housing associations, the injection of more hot air into a property and debt bubble which is speeding our country towards another crash.

The Tories are experts at divide and rule, and have sought to present the housing crisis as a battle between generations the ageing homeowners, who are statistically very likely to vote, and the youthful renters who are not and can therefore be screwed till they bleed.

But for Labour, housing can be a unifier. People are not the atomised individuals the Tories think they are.

The housing crisis affects the young people forced to stay with their parents but obviously, it also affects the parents forced to house their adult children indefinitely, and it affects the grandparents who feel they will have to leave their homes to their children but cannot do so because the soaring cost of care is swallowing them up.

Labour must offer its full-throated support to the Kill the Housing and Planning Bill march on March 13 and make sure its local parties are the champions of a new housing deal in every corner of this country.

This is crude demonetization. In fact, a council home normally pays for the initial investment in its building cost after 20 to 30 years and from then on the rents provide a continuous revenue stream for many decades to come.

So don’t be surprise when I and others say vote Labour in all the Local Government to ensure that Labour have a strong voice in Local Government which includes Police Crimes and Commissioners, London Mayoral Elections on 5 May 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satire: Jeremy Hunt must resign forthwith


Wow how brilliantly put by a Junior Doctor which you cant blame her saying this:

 

Isn’t it wonderful when our trade unions and employers can sit around the negotiating table to work out the best term and conditions and ends well with both staff and employers are happy as many would say we all laughing all the way to the bank. Whilst I support the negotiations with the trade unions and employers as it brings harmony in the workplace it’s when it is done properly everybody is happy. Then there is the other side of the coin where it can go horribly wrong where both the employers and trade unions are at stalemate this where the good relationship has broken down then it’s up to ACAS to sort out and it still can’t be sorted out then you know that further action is required. Welcome to the socialist republic of the Soviet Union comes to mind Jeremy Hunt who is the Health Secretary of England and Wales and is imposing unworkable working conditions to put both patents and juniors doctors at risk which compromise their health and safety.

I’m sure like many people including myself who has the passion of our NHS we like to see NHS staff and the organisation working in harmony.

But when there is two vile people like Kate Hopkins and Jeremy want to do damage the prestige of our service no doubt that privatization is on its way they might as well be married to each other. See the two links below:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/katie-hopkins-brands-junior-doctors-7343345

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/12/health-chief-letter-whatever-necessary-contracts-not-agreed?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Like myself and others who are feeling so horrendously and deeply saddened by Jeremy Hunt decision to press ahead with the junior doctor contract. He is one of the most loathed men in Britain. He has sounded the final death blow to the NHS today.

Nye Bevan would be spinning in his grave over this.

Despite 68 years of the NHS the Tories still fail to understand its place in society. Instead of working to improve the service they work to privatize it. They lie about the reasons they seek change, fearful of the reaction of the public if they told the truth.

Jeremy Hunt is known to be a self-confessed hater of the NHS and wanted to see it broken up and sold off to private companies years ago. Yet Cameron put him in place as Health Secretary. So it shows how little regard Cameron has for a public service that everyone needs and relies on.

Mr Hunt is telling porkies to all of us about these contracts, they want to spell out to the private sector who are dying to cherry pick certain weekend services. Conveniently Jeremy Hunt and Co fail to mention to all of us while they will stretch our  Junior Doctors to cover more time they are not paying for more nurses, porters, admins or security. So the service you get on the weekdays will still not match the weekend. The reason being Cameron likes the spin of creating 7 days but does not want to pay for it.

If Cameron was really serious about making the weekend like the weekdays in the NHS he would have to provide several extra billion each year. But he is not doing that. No instead what the NHS would be left to do to cover the weekends is to use their budgets from the weekdays to plug the gap. Thus stretching NHS finances and resources even more and putting more pressure on a service already neglected by the Tories.

I support 7 days a week NHS service, but if the Government really did they would pay for it which they are not prepared to do then our Junior Doctors are 100% right to fight these plans because they are unsafe for patient care and fail to respect them and the NHS. The Tories need to rethink because they will lose this battle.

Oh wait a minute have all forgotten that Jeremy Hunt was supposed to have a event A drinks and canapés evening featuring Jeremy Hunt has been cancelled after reports junior doctors might attend and ask him questions about their new contract.

The Health Secretary had been due to mingle with Tory activists on Friday night over nibbles and wine at a party fundraiser, until the event’s open invitation began to circulate on social media.

Some junior doctors and their supporters, who say Mr Hunt has refused to speak to them directly, said it would be worthwhile buying tickets to the evening and engaging him in debate about his new policy. After the invitation began circulating Fareham Conservatives, who organised the event, abruptly posted a message on their website announcing its cancellation.

A local party staffer confirmed that the fundraiser had indeed been cancelled.

Asked why the event was cancelled, the staffer said: “I’ve got no comment on that”.

Asked specifically whether it was cancelled because junior doctors had decided to come, the member of staff said: “I can’t say.” It is not clear how many, if any, junior doctors had been in touch to purchase tickets to the £15 gathering.

Mr Hunt announced on Thursday that he would unilaterally impose a new employment contract on NHS junior doctors without their consent – but doctors have accused him of refusing to face their arguments directly.

A video emerged this week showing Mr Hunt ignoring and walking away from a junior doctor asking him questions about the new policy.

The King’s College registrar could be seen walking briskly after the Health Secretary in the halls of a television studio in central London.

Apparently Mr Hunt was “too scared to come and talk to junior doctors”.

The Government says the new contract will improve patient care at the weekends but junior doctors say it will incentivise unsafe staffing rosters and put patient care at risk.

The British Medical Association, which has been leading negotiations on behalf of junior doctors, said it would look at all options available to it in order to prevent the contract from being implemented.

Junior doctors have staged two days of strike action as part of negotiations; those who voted were 98 per cent in favour of taking action.

Fareham Conservatives said they would provide a further statement on the event when one was available

 

 

 

 

 

Satire: Who are kidding conservatives


Hey folks have a listen to this, this will want you to join the Junior Doctors Strike:

 

Recently the establishment decided to curb charity organisations from using funds they received in the form of grants whilst I have always highlighted this in the public domain and I agree with the sentiment somehow I can’t help but feel this government has a hidden agenda. Ah do I hear people saying. Yes you are reading correct the establishment has got it partly right they do need to close the loopholes from some charities abusing their funding. How do you distinguish which is private funds from private organisations that is the question.

The Tories are using the Trade Union Bill to try and break our relationship. Hidden in the Trade Union Bill is a clause that is deliberately designed to restrict trade unions supporting the Labour Party financially – while doing nothing to limit the hedge funds and millionaires that support the Tories.

The union activists who set up the Labour Party all those years ago did so to ensure working people had a voice in Parliament. The Tories are trying to silence that voice. The Bill is not just an attack on the relationship between the unions and the Labour Party, but it’s an attack on our democracy.

Just like those activists in 1901, we have to pull together as working people to protect our voice in politics. That’s why we’re asking if you could take two minutes to sign and share the petition against the Bill –

http://action.unionstogether.org.uk/democracy

Well it’s not surprising from this government that they want to curb trade union funds which has been on the cards for a long time coming. Even during the Thatcher years there were talks of this happening ever since the miners’ strike which was but on the back burner then it came back to life again from 2010-16 under the Conservative coalition and a Conservative Government does this have a familiar echo within the trade union movement.

Now the establishment wants to subsidised rents for households earning more than £30,000, or £40,000 in London, will be scrapped in April 2017.

Social housing tenants will be asked to pay rent at or near market rates.

Ministers say it “better reflects people’s ability to pay” – but Labour and the Local Government Association say it would hit hard-working families.

The department for communities and local government argues that is “not fair that hard-working people are subsidising the lifestyles of those on higher than average incomes, to the tune of £3,500 per year”.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said people who could afford to pay more in rent “should do so” – but it would be graded, so that those on lower incomes would not have to pay full market rates.

“We have always said we would consider carefully how much more people pay as they move through the pay scales, once they get over £30,000,” he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Pienaar’s Politics.

He said the government would “listen to what comes in before we make a final decision in the period ahead of us”.

According to the LGA-commissioned study, almost 60,000 households in England will not be able to afford to pay rents at the market rate or take advantage of the right to buy.

Councillor Peter Box, housing spokesman at the LGA, which represents hundreds of local councils in England, said: “Many social housing tenants across the country will be unable to afford market rents or take up the offer to buy their council home under this policy.

“A couple with three children, earning £15,000 each a year, cannot be defined as high income. Pay to stay needs to be voluntary for councils – as it will be for housing associations.

“This flexibility is essential to allow us to protect social housing tenants and avoid the unintended consequence of hard-working families being penalised, people being disincentivised to work and earn more and key workers, such as nurses, teachers or social workers, having to move out of their local area.”

The LGA figures, compiled by the estate agent Savills, show that almost 215,000 social housing tenants will be affected by the “pay to stay” policy.

The policy is expected to save £245m a year by 2019-20, ending a situation where higher-income social tenants benefit from taxpayer-funded subsidies of up to £3,500 per year.

Former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, now a crossbench peer, will attempt to amend the housing bill, which is being scrutinised next week in the House of Lords, to place the scheme at the discretion of local authorities.

The peer, who is now chairman of the Peabody Trust housing association, has warned that the proposals were part of a package that could “threaten the future of social housing”.

“When this was originally discussed in the coalition government, it was intended to deal with the very small number of high earners on over £60,000.

“The current proposals will affect a lot more households with earnings of half that.”

Well it likes the Tories out to get David Cameron between the legs and it seems that Tory MP David Davis said news of the proposed in-work benefits ban could encourage workers to head to the UK.

Sir Eric Pickles, a Eurosceptic who supports Mr Cameron’s reform proposals, said action had to be taken to prevent a “new influx” of migrants.

The ban has to be agreed by all EU nations at a summit on 18 February.

It will be graduated, so that the longer migrant workers stay in the UK, the more in-work benefits, such as tax credits, they will be entitled to, in order to top-up their wages. Mr Cameron says the move will “make a difference” to high levels of immigration by reducing a “pull factor”.

But it will have to be agreed by member states, as part of a wider package of reforms to Britain’s relationship with the EU, and will only apply for a temporary period as an “emergency brake”.

If Mr Cameron can get a deal on his reform package in two weeks’ time at the Brussels summit he is expected to call a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in June.

David Davis, a former Tory leadership contender and leading Eurosceptic, said eastern European newspapers had carried numerous stories about the plan to terminate in-work benefits for the first four years after a migrant’s arrival in the UK.

At the same time, he said, Brussels has suggested the scheme could take 12 months to implement.

“Under such circumstances the incentive for anybody wishing to come to live in the UK will be to come as quickly as possible to beat the deadline when any such restrictions come into effect,” he said.

“Accordingly we are likely to see a surge in migrants in the next 12 months.”

Mr Cameron has suggested the “emergency brake” could come into effect within three months of the UK applying for it.

Eric Pickles defended Mr Cameron’s reform deal, on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, saying: “What we need to be clear is, we’re not trying to prevent people moving inside the European Union.”

The reforms were instead aimed at preventing people gaining “something for nothing” by claiming UK benefits before contributing anything in tax.

But  Sir Eric. a Conservative former cabinet minister, said action was needed to prevent a surge of migrants: “Clearly as part of the negotiations we have to ensure that that doesn’t happen.” Meanwhile, speculation is continuing about whether a big cabinet name will lead the campaign to take Britain out of the EU. Other potential Tory “outers” include Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Employment Minister Priti Patel, who have said they will make their position clear when they have seen the final deal.

The hot potato of the day was on Sunday 7 February 2016 on the BBC Andrew Marr Show I did not know whether to laugh, cry or bang my head on the wall like many of the junior doctors when Jeremy Hunt quote that the British Medical Association(BMA) of being “totally irresponsible” over a lengthy industrial dispute. The doctors union had refused to sit down and talk about improving patient care and had spread “misinformation”.

Okay now that I’ve got this out of the way, I say what a load of poppycock or what a load of pile of manure coming out of his mouth. No doubt he is promoting a great message by using spin doctoring to put patents lives at risk and he think we were all born yesterday thinking we all will believe him when he says that hospitals should be open 24/7. Er we all know that hospitals are open seven days a week all year round. Don’t be taken in by this spin doctoring by Jeremy Hunt.

Well Jeremy Hunt to put it in a nutshell it’s okay to put health workers lives in danger by this he pointed the finger at the BMA for the breakdown in negotiations, sticking to the mantra of blaming patient deaths on NHS “inefficiencies,” rather than on the cuts and the need for more doctors and NHS staff — but at the same time he announced some shiny new baubles.

Hunt has continually misrepresented independent studies to claim that the 11,000 extra deaths per year over weekends compared to weekdays is as a result of a “five-day” service and the existence of “excessive overtime rates.”

On the Andrew Marr show he managed to twice misquote the contents of the report while trying to claim he hadn’t been misrepresenting it.

“If the government want more seven-day services then, quite simply, they need more doctors, nurses and diagnostic staff, and the extra investment needed to deliver it,” the BMA retorted correctly.

“Rather than addressing these issues, Jeremy Hunt is instead ploughing ahead with proposals that are unfair and could see many junior doctors voting with their feet.”

The cornerstone of his new strategy appears to be the announcement of a fresh round of investment into upgrading and “modernising” the NHS’s IT infrastructure.

Workers are well inoculated to “modernisation” programmes being used as cover for a fresh round of public money being forked over to the usual rogues’ gallery of privateers — an alarming number of which have former government ministers on their boards.

But the potential for abuse and massive waste of expenditure without any substantial improvements is rife, particularly if it’s left to the usual PFI which was introduce by the Conservatives in 1992 under John Major  or PF2 as the government has now rebranded them contractors to deliver.

When the Labour Government came to power in 1997 it continued with the Tory’s PFI project NHS programme for IT provides a stark example. It took nearly seven years to complete at a cost of an estimated £10 billion most of which was pocketed by IT companies and PFI specialists before finally being abandoned.

But the Tories themselves already have form in this particular area. Under the coalition government, they attempted to introduce their own version of the NHS programme for IT in 2013.

The then health secretary claimed that the goal was to “go paperless across the NHS by 2018.”
The first element of this, the care.data project which aimed at creating a national database of health records that could be shared across the NHS in England, was quietly dropped in the run-up to the last general election after two years of failing to address critical concerns of campaigners and health professionals.

It was their steadfast refusal to drop the selling of this information on to the private sector that killed off this potentially life-saving project.

Lest we forget, the then health secretary in 2013 is the same as the current one — Jeremy Hunt.

But perhaps poor old Jeremy is suffering from a dose of selective amnesia due to the strain he’s been put under over the last few months and forgotten this.

Selected patient information is already made available to certain private medical research companies through the Health and Social Care Information Centre by many NHS trusts, raising questions about data security.

Aggregating of information and data mining have become a booming international market worth billions. And these are far from shadowy companies operating on the fringes of legality. One of the most notorious British-based data miners, Dunnhumby, is owned by Tesco.

The Tories’ unswerving commitment to the neoliberal mantra of “private good, public bad” will ensure that this latest programme is doomed before it begins.

Now that I have got all this my chest i urge all to join the Junior Doctors strike on 10 Feb 2016.