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:

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.


Satire: The state of our beloved nation

It’s worrying times to know that Queen Theresa May gets her coronation to be leader of Conservatives and Prime Minister of our nation. Let’s look at the wider picture we still have foodbanks, homelessness, big, medium, and small businesses going into administration just before and post brexit UK. Some parts of society will not recognise that Hatecrimes organised by far-right groups by using selective targeting both EU and Muslim disabilities communities in UK, UK football team knocked out of European Match which includes Wales. Intriguingly it’s been purported that some Labour voters have more confidence in Queen Theresa May as prime minister which is dangerous.
Here is something I remember listening to and it really hit some hometruths:

Now that I’ve got the pleasantries out of the way it’s time to be prepare for a snap General Elections after the vote in parliament on the referendum and article 50 see details: and the clown Boris Johnson should be held to account for his part of the Leave Campaign with some misleading quotes regards to our beloved National Health Service(NHS) and some inflammatory remarks on immigrants.

I do recognize that we have a fix term Parliament which was introduced by the nasty party whilst in a coalition with the Libdems however there has been calls from certain quarters for Queen Theresa May to call for a snap General Election as voters did not voted for her as Prime Minister and she has said she will not call for one that is her right to call the shots on this I won’t be one bit surprised that Tories will be mobilising from behind the scenes preparing for it. This sorts to remind me of one Gordon Brown who backed out from calling a snap General Elections. I’m sure this will be timed when they announce it at a time when they think the oppositions will be off guard which I would not put it pass her to do so.

How can I even forget this another song that hits home again:

Even at this moment it’s still not clear what the timetable of all the cabinet positions at the choosing of Queen Theresa May who will be the brexit cabinet minister he or she will have to produce the results of the will of the nation which is a minefield to for the Conservatives given half the party are very much split between remain and leave somewhat like Labour when it came to campaigning in the referendum. One thing is for sure David Cameron vision and legacy has been very much marred with increased foodbanks, homelessness, people with disabilities having money taken off their benefits, lack of investment in public service which have resulted in cuts and closures of some services. The contracts of junior doctors being ripped up and the possibility of imposition of a new contract this is so much for we are all in it together under conservatism one nation for all of us whilst the poor get poorer and the rich gets greedier with their wealth and very happy to stick two fingers at the establishment by putting it into off shore accounts.

What the nation can concur is that the Conservative have seen two women succeed as Prime Minister one dead(Maggie Thatcher) and the other as we know her as Queen Theresa May whilst in Labour a storm arises with the Parliamentary Labour Party between hurricane Jeremy Corbyn this must be a very bitter pill to swallow when 172 MPs resigns from shadow cabinet and a vote of no confidence. There is a two reasons why there is a vote of no confidence this is on the grounds of that Members of Parliament wants to see a change in the way how the leader operates and wanting to see a change of attitude in the leader or the working relationship is so unbearable.

I’m in the opinion that they wanted a change of direction in the leadership to offer more in policies and leadership. However the vote of no confidence must be used as a last result which seems to fall on deaf ears in some quarters of Labour. Let me make very clear that nobody should have their property damaged or be intimidated and any incidence should be reported to the relevant bodies investigate it instead of alleging which groups or fan club is responsible. Members will have a choice who they want to be the leader of Labour Party there may be a third candidate that has thrown their hat in the ring. I’m sure that Labour Party members have seen many leadership changes in the pass to last a life time and deep down did not want this to happen as we all know that passions are very high and at times get out of hand. Let us all have a comradely debate who will be the best leader to lead the party and unite and heal all the fraction(s) which I take no comfort in saying this publicly as one chapter closes and another one begins whoever wins the leadership I will continue to give my support to no matter during the bad, good, and ugly times of the premiership of Labour. The public does not want to see our party carry on  with the infighting as this will lose public confidence the party. When I receive my secret ballot papers one will accordingly and shall not divulge which way I voted in the coming elections of both leadership and Labour NEC.


More hate crime increased, What have our nation become since post brexit UK

Here some hard hitting facts that people have to face up to See Youtube:


It’s roughly 41 years ago that our nation vote for the Single market then history change in UK in the year 2016 our nation voted to leave EU courtesy of Conservative Party who caved in to a one man party aka UKIP with the help of their sidekicks Boris Johnson, Michael Glove Douglas Carswell and it’s highly noticeable that Boris Johnson pulled out of a leadership challenge at the last minute. I can only surmise that Boris Johnson has lots of questions to answer for sexing up the Leave Campaign.

For the full list of Member of Parliament who supported Leave and Remain in political party order:

Two leaders decide to resign viz David Cameron and Nigel Farage leaving a sinking ship post European Union referendum.  One saying that he wants to spend more time with his family which is very noble of him(Nigel Farage) and he will continue to serve his time as MEP in the European Parliament then went on to mock the leaders of EU. The other person (David Cameron) who after bragging to European Leaders that UK will lead to remain by 70/30 got egg thrown in his face by the voters. European Leaders has let it be known that UK should start to exercise article 50 to formally brexit of EU in light of the results of the U.K. instead David Cameron pass the buck by saying that it’s the next leader of the of the government for him or her to do so by justifying that he will continue to be the leader until a new leader is in place.

See article below make no bones about it this will happen:

The Stirling has drop to a new low since the 1980s post Brexit shares has dropped and investors are in panic mode whilst some people say that this natural  process after post Brexit.

See article below:

There are wide rumors of a snap General Elections to legitimize the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister. Well this comes to no surprise to us all the conservatives are putting their manifesto together to win over their party membership support.

See article below:

Then there is the internal fighting in Labour Party after the leader was elected almost 10 months. Hence all the shit hits the fan of the Labour Party. It’s well known what my position has been very clear on the leader of the Labour Party he was not my first choice, I stand by him as the leader of the party. I pay tribute to the Labour MPs who (wait for it) passed a commons motion calling on the establishment to urge government rethink on right of EU citizens in UK.

See article below:

Within 24 hours hate crimes begins to rear its ugly head again by a group of fascist and racist targeting EU citizens and place of worship by telling them to go back home and putting a head of a pigs outside of various mosques who helped to build our nation they pay their taxes and contribute to our economy post Brexit UK. I’m not for one moment naïve to think that there are some bad apples who abuse our welfare system which I’m aware it does happens in very small pockets in our communities but that is very few. This is the picture I’m receiving that EU citizens are being made to feel very uncomfortable but the vast majority of them are waiting to see what will happen when a new of the Conservative Party leader takes over from the party. In some quarters there have been suggestions of introducing a second referendum as it will be justified as public option has shifted against brexit over the weekend saw a number of gathering calling for a second referendum whilst I concur I must state for the record that my heart is willing but my flesh is weak. Frankly I cant see this happening at the moment

See articles below:

Am I ashamed to be a son of an immigrant. No

Am I ashamed to be proud of my heritage. No

Am I ashamed to be British born. No

Am I ashamed to have received an education in the UK and abroad. Resounding no as to educate a man is to educate an individual to educated a woman to educated and liberate a nation.

Am I ashamed to help those who seek my help to improve our communities. No

Am I ashamed to voted to remain in the referendum. Hell no I’m even proud that I did to make my vote count. And I stress “If a second referendum was reintroduced would I have a change of heart. Hell no I would do my honourable duty to remain in the EU”.

The next time an intellectually challenged shouts out to go back home you paki, chinkey, darkie, Jew or foreigner let them know that you are very proud to take the fight to those idiot(s) and most of all be very proud of who you are and be counted for your action not your cowardliness.

Have the so called rebels Labour fallen on their sword

Here is a letter from our leader of Labour party:

Dear Gordon,

United we stand, divided we fall is one of the oldest and truest slogans of the Labour movement.

After last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is split.

The Government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.

Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the Government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the Government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.

To do that we need to stand together. Since I was elected leader of our party nine months ago, we have repeatedly defeated the Government over its attacks on living standards. Last month, Labour become the largest party in the local elections. In Thursday’s referendum, a narrow majority voted to leave, but two thirds of Labour supporters backed our call for a Remain vote.

I was elected leader of our party, for a new kind of politics, by 60% of Labour members and supporters. The need for that different approach now is greater than ever.

Our people need Labour Party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite. As leader it is my continued commitment to dedicate our party’s activity to that goal.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Corbyn
Leader of the Labour Party

Well folks. I’ve been away and just catching on the news. It’s been purported that daggers are out again for Jeremy Corbyn this time the edges are very sharp this is on the grounds that team Corbyn did not do enough for the LabourIn campaign. If I have any decency of respect and honesty I will add my two pennies worth having been involved with the campaign from the moment it was officially launched nationwide. I did NOT see Jeremy Corbyn at the launch from day one. The Members of Parliament that were heavily involved were Alan Johnson, Emma Reynolds, John Healey and Neena Gill MEP the campaign began in the socialist republic of Birmingham and then it went very quiet for a while this was on the grounds of a Local Government, and Police Crime Commissioner Elections and the party did not want the voters to get confused which is very understandable.


If I’m honest enough the Stronger In for Britain had a very good start from day one they started their campaign in some parts of Birmingham which was a cross party led they received a better coverage across Birmingham and nationally compared to LabourIn campaign. I know that the chair of LabourIn (Alan Johnson) team was in daily contact with Team Jeremy Corbyn and they were giving very mix messages to Team LabourIn.  Valuable time was lost on all the council estates where Labour core support came from, whilst the Leave campaign capitalize on this and made gains during the in / out referendum on the days leading to the vote on 23 June.

It’s a bit rich to make claims that Jeremy Corbyn is a threat to the remain campaign coming from the hard left and they have no representation in Parliament considering that he only got involved with the campaign two weeks before the vote took place. The truth is in some parts of the country the Labour Party membership does not view Jeremy Corbyn as a statesman let alone holding the keys to number 10 Downing Street it’s for this reason there are many insider of Labour foresee a snap General Elections and a by-election being called at short notice. This has nothing to do with New and Old Labour the labelling must cease as if does no justices. Let’s not forget that Blair, Brown, and Miliband are no longer the leaders of Labour they are former leaders.

Jeremy Corbyn was only elected nine months ago and he still have lots to learn just like other leaders after all he is only human and like human being will make mistakes along his journey as a leader.  I was invited to a community event yesterday whilst at the event I was speaking to a Conservative member who lives up the road from me and he was informing me with glee that he loves it when our Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) continue with their antics as it helps his party to get elected so he thanks Labour for infighting keep it up. I recognize that Corbyn has offered an olive branch by offering cabinet positions to previous cabinet members and some decided to return to the backbenches which is understandable and some decided to remain in the front bench to help to bring about the new politics whilst this may work for the short term I’m more concerned about the long term of the direction of our party. Sure there are some things I will concur with and some I will disagree with like any other party members. I will continue to advocate when our party gets it policy right I will praise it and when the party gets it wrong I will criticize the policies like the rest of the membership this is called democracy and this will help the party. What I’m getting from my close circle of friends is what they are thinking about currently happening in the Labour Party. gkklpjhktyopukrtpuj

Many MPs were led to believe by some colleagues that Jeremy would go quickly if they went for a no-confidence motion. They were still in shock after losing the referendum and seeing Cameron immediately go.  But in spite of 172 MPs signing the motion, Jeremy wouldn’t budge. He has the mandate and if he stood again, would win big. So that’s why they kept trying to push him to go and not put up a candidate. However, it could be Jeremy was also staying on to buy time for another similar candidate so they could build support amongst the PLP to get enough signatures to get on the ballot. At this stage, that support isn’t there. So what we have is a standoff, with neither side publicly wanting to back down but privately wishing they could. But they can only do that if a compromise comes forward.

However I do not accept from the hard left argument that the REMAIN supporters deployed an argument in the EU referendum that a Leave vote would inevitably usher in a Boris Johnson-led government intent on igniting a bonfire of human rights. The Left Leave (Lexit) counter-argument was that defeat for David Cameron government’s Remain stance would set Tories at each other’s throats. There may be some evidence to suggest that hard-right maverick Johnson to be a front-runner in the Tory leadership stakes, but he has failed to make it to the stalls. My opinion is whoever becomes the leader of the Tory Party he or she wants to send Boris Johnson to meet the EU leaders and if anything on his return from his meeting with them they will consider invoking a further referendum to remain.

There many in Labour predicted correctly that Cameron’s defeat would spark Tory intercine conflict against which even rats in a sack might turn up their noses. Tory inner-party chaos should offer prime opportunities to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which has acquitted itself very well since his election last September.

Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell promised different politics and stood by it most decisively by declaring that austerity-lite Labour was henceforth an anti-austerity party. They dropped decades-long hostility to public ownership, insisting that Labour would renationalise our railways and enthused hundreds of thousands of mainly younger people to join Labour.jhirgjkl;

Corbyn’s Labour took a new approach in Parliament, exploiting Tory divisions to oblige Cameron and George Osborne to retreat on welfare cuts, compulsory schools academisation in England, Saudi prison contracts, an entire Budget and support for steel industry survival. Labour has thrived electorally, retaining office in Wales, winning four mayoral contests, increasing its share of the vote in parliamentary by-elections and all but emulating a previous high in English local elections.

Not a bad scorecard, after just nine months, to use as a launch pad for attacking a Tory Party holed below the waterline. But he faces sustained attack from his own side through a campaign of rolling resignations, carping criticism and relentless demands that he chuck in the towel because he cannot win a general election.

What upsets Labour most about Corbyn is not his supposed “un-electability.” Precisely the opposite. Well we will never know until this happens. There is no suggestion that Tony Blair, who is doubtless hoping that a Labour leadership election will divert attention from the Chilcot inquiry report. I will wait and see what the report has to say before commenting when it will finally be published Wednesday 6th July 2016.

So people are coming forward saying they are offended by my posts on Corbyn. The leader has lost the confidence of 82% of MPs, he appeared half way through the EU campaign (I did more work on the referendum than Corbyn), every other person I speak to in my ward cite him as the reason they don’t trust labour at the moment and the gap between us and the Tories on trust on the economy is widening.

Here is what some more people have said:

During  the campaign I went into my local shop who happens to be a Labour voter including his whole family to  pickup a few items and we got talking his actual words “ This Corbyn fellow all I read and hear  him say no, no to everything, when is he going to get off his backside and start leading Labour. He is useless get rid of him he can’t even organise a piss in a brewery let alone form a Labour Government and if he insist on not listening to soundings then we will not vote Labour”.

Then a couple that lives around the corner said “This Corbyn guy is not up to the job get rid of him he has no experience of front bench and we are disappointed in him give us an application form to join Labour and we will vote to get rid of him. We read the papers you know”.

I’m getting tired of the constant refrain from the disciples of the Blessed Corbyn that goes something like this:

“Jeremy was voted leader of the party with a huge mandate from members of nearly 60%. It is wrong for MPs in the parliamentary party to try to negate that election result by saying that they have no confidence in his leadership, and so putting pressure on him to stand aside.”

The primary purpose of the Labour Party is defined in the party’s rules as “to organise and maintain in parliament and in the country a political Labour Party”. The party’s leader is elected “from among Commons members of the PLP”.

The parliamentary party, then, is an absolutely critical and central element in Labour’s very raison d’etre. Without it, the party would be meaningless and irrelevant. But the system that the party has adopted for electing the leader now places significantly less importance on the role of this crucial element of the party’s structure than it previously did. It used to be the case that the PLP formed one third of an electoral college for choosing the party’s leader, the other two thirds being represented by affiliated trades unions and the membership at large respectively. This meant that the crucially important parliamentary party, with whom the chosen party leader would have to work, as well as inspire and command the loyalty of, correctly had a commensurate voice in electing the leader. Now, members of the parliamentary party have only the same individual vote as all members (and registered supporters) of the party. The PLP retains a secondary role in the election process in terms of providing the nominations that a candidate for the leadership requires to stand. In Corbyn’s case, this meant that he found it almost impossible to achieve the nominations that he needed within the PLP, and only scraped onto the ballot paper at the eleventh hour by appealing to the kindnesses of parliamentary colleagues who were unfavourable to his leadership aspirations and who would not vote for him, as well as finding the idea that he could succeed as leader not credible, but who nevertheless lent him their nomination because of a (misguided) sense of fair play.

As we know, Corbyn was then elected leader with an impressive majority of the voting members, and it is this nugget that the Corbyn worshippers cling onto with the iron grip of a limpet to a rock.

But the leadership of the Labour Party *cannot* solely be about the numbers achieved in a ballot to elect the leader. There is the matter of that leader’s performance in executing the role of leader – specifically, the absolutely critically, centrally important element of the role that involves leading the party’s elected representatives in parliament. That simply must be a consideration in any continuing assessment of whether the leader that we have elected is proving to be effective in the job – together with, perhaps regrettably, how the leader is viewed by the country’s electorate as being a credible Prime Minister in waiting. On the latter, there is considerable polling evidence, as well as other, practical evidence – I’ve lost count of the doorstep conversations I’ve had with voters who were viscerally keen to tell me that they cannot vote Labour with Corbyn as leader. On the former, there is no argument any more. Corbyn has lost the confidence of 82% of the parliamentary party. He has had to re-appoint virtually his entire front-bench team from the few members left that remain loyal to him. There is *no* leadership in parliament.

Those 172 members of the PLP that expressed no confidence in Corbyn’s leadership are not “selfish”, or “treacherous” or even “traitors” as some of the more abusive Corbynites would have it (as an aside, it is interesting that the “kinder, gentler politics” espoused early on by Corbyn has now been lobbed out of the window by many of his supporters). These are people who are deeply committed to the Labour Party and to the imperative of providing Labour representation to people that desperately need it – so deeply committed that they have been prepared to submit themselves to the interminable hoop-la that is the business of being selected as a Labour parliamentary candidate, and the grindingly endless slog of getting elected in their constituencies. They are people who have experienced at close quarters Corbyn’s leadership style, his effectiveness (or the lack thereof), his way of working, whether he inspires or whether he can take people with him. And they’ve sadly concluded – having tried, in nearly every case, first of all to make things work – that Corbyn’s performance in every one of those areas has fallen significantly, unacceptably short of the standard required. And further, that with Corbyn as leader, the chances of the Labour government that so many people so urgently need are so vanishingly small as to be non-existent. It is this, not “self-centredness”, that motivates them.

I think that rather than being reviled as they have been by Corbyn’s disciples, those members’ views need to be respected and listened to. If Corbyn stubbornly insists on remaining as leader in these circumstances, and on fighting another leadership election, which he may win, what then? We are exactly where we are now in a totally unsustainable position.

I’m very much afraid that if Corbyn knew anything at all about leadership, he would know that a key quality of a true leader is knowing when to relinquish the role. By insisting on remaining, he reveals why his leadership has been so poor.

Whatever happens, the party, if it still exists as recognisably the Labour Party when we are through all of this, will need to look again at revising the system of electing its leader. It is clearly unsustainable to retain a system that affords the party’s membership at large repeated opportunities to saddle the party in parliament with a leader who simply cannot lead.

What’s happening in the Labour Party? Can I suggest who’s ever side of the argument your on we auto raising it on such as Facebook Twitter etc. Members should attend ward/ branch meetings and debate if they wish then submit proposals to the CLP GMC who can then look at agreeing a position to send to the NEC.

We should be doing the opposition job of fighting for the weak and poor in society who will be battered whoever wins the Tory leadership, non are friends of the working people – despite their claims in the EU campaign – so let’s remember who the enemy is and fight them tooth and nail



Post In / Out Referendum

Well folks it’s no great surprise to all in my last blog post I mentioned the positives of what our EU funding has contributed  in the city of Birmingham in the West Midlands Region and I support the Remain camp.

Post in /out referendum what has transpired racism and fascism(intellectually challenged) has reared its ugly head in the most dangerous way by using selective targeting of Muslims and EU citizens who have helped to build our nation. Some will argue that it had began with the the death of Jo Cox when it was allegedly a member of the far right stabbed and shot a member of parliament which may or may not be true but for the moment I will wait for the court hearing to take place before commenting further out of respect for Mr. Brian and his two young children.jmfktgkh

Now we have learned that the great David Cameron has fallen on his almighty sword by taking the humph to resign yet he was the conservative prime minister that went to the European Parliament telling the European Parliament that the Remain will win it with a 70/30 hands down. Where I live the residence will say to him what a wanker to make such a prediction as the Leave campaign are having the last laugh at him and dear I say it Nigel Farage is rubbing it in the European Parliament then have the gull to say to his European parliament chums you have never done a days work in your life.

The Leave Campaign headed up by Boris and Gove was a racist as anything Farage could have created, it may not have used the words but it implied it day in and day out for weeks as all they ever talked of was immigration.

Yet because of their total irresponsible lying about Europe and of how people coming to the UK contribute to society and the UK economy, it has allowed the far right to start coming back.jidrgdtgko

The ugly disgusting scenes of people being abused and threatened by brain dead morons in the UK are a direct result of Johsons ambitions to be PM. He as a mainstream MP along with Gove new he was allowing the race card to be used but did nothing to stop it.

Now we are seeing violence and aggression not seen since the 70’s on the streets of the UK. So forgive me when I do not feel the referendum vote was fair or democratic seeing as it based on lies not facts, and that in splinting form the EU, we are now worse of and have lost our direction and place in the world.

Remember this when Boris Johnson wants to become PM, he never wanted to leave the EU, he was just using it as a means to raise his profile. So he even lied about that.

So the reality of the leave votes rolls on and this is just the start of the bad news. How deep and wide these cuts and rises will be will not be known for a bit, but its pointless to assume this will not happen and that austerity extra can be stopped.

The UK economy is heading into deep recession, there will be less money generated in trade and we may soon see massive job losses the closer we head to to the end of two years period. Companies will slow or stop investing and that will also mean less jobs being created.

I recall the Leave side saying this was just Project Fear? No this was what all the experts said would happen but because Leave only wanted to talk about immigration they ignored the warnings. Sadly millions of Brits also ignored the warnings too!

Nomatter what happens, despite the UKIP racist style leave campaign said, net migration to the UK will not be falling and foreign nationals will not be forced to leave as anyone who has lived here for 6 years will have a right to remain. However chances are freedom of movement will still be in place in full.

Far from leave the EU entirely we are more likely to opt to still be part of the single market. It will cost us more to trade; we will have far less ability to get our goods out. Big companies will still move their HQs to within Europe; this would also add to big job loses. And the UK would have to get used to having absolutely no say on any EU laws created because we would still have to follow them and implement them

That of course means to be in the single market you have to accept freedom of movement. Its only fair as that is the principles the EU holds and to be accessing their club it is what they require. We cannot just ignore the bits some people do not like and think it does not apply to us.

But given the nuclear scenario of withdrawing completely then we would be be mad not to opt for the Single Market approach, regardless of the referendum vote, the isolation approach just to avoid freedom of movement would cripple the UK beyond belief economically and would diminish family finances greatly.

So what was the point of all this pain? What has it achieved? Nothing. Not one positive can be claimed for leaving the EU. We are to be a poorer weaker nation, we are to have no influence and no say in Europe and we are to see living standards fall sharply. More suffering for those with little, less life chances for our young people. More cost to trade, higher inflation and higher interest rates, higher taxes, more austerity and less pensions and less sense of identity and a place in the world!

All brought to us by the lies and cons of the Leave camp!

I was proud to be British and proud that the UK was part of the EU. Now I am not sure what to be proud of anymore. This country has lost is way and lose its sense of values. Yet now is the time to pick up the pieces and find real leadership. It is time for those blocking progress to stand aside and put the nation above their own interests.

Though, Id put money on it, this country will start to regret ever voting to leave the EU and we will now likely spend the next 10/20 years trying to rejoin it!

Now we know what the outcome of the vote from the In / Out referendum in a nutshell of what I have seen on social media so far. I have seen trading blows of insults in both camps which I would be kind to say it a case of very high passions when the truth is nobody really knows the final outcome will be if we will be better off in or out. What I do know is that in 1973-1975 I did not have the vote this was on the grounds of me being a wee lad but I remember my parents took me out on various campaign trails to secure a remain victory. Some would concur back then that there was full employment then compared to today.

1975 may be a long time back, but while time has passed the issues of why the EU became a strong part of Europe, Jobs, and Trade and increase living standards. Within the Government leaflet the late Harold Wilson PM set out the reasons why the Labour Government in 1975 voted to stay in the EU the reasons are as clear as if they were written for today.

Little has changed in what we view as important in the UK from the past to now. We want a place in the world, we want to have investment so more jobs are created and we want better working rights and fairness. In fact what has changed with Europe was for the better. So now additional priorities likes the environment, animal welfare and how to tackle terrorism and global threats are now all part an parcel of our place in Europe.

The EU is no dictator, it does not stop the UK achieving but what it does do is stop are those with power and money from overriding everyone else. That is why some with vested interest do not like it and more reason why people like Rupert Murdoch should be ignored.

The UK needs the EU and it is that simple, rows about immigration won’t go away anytime soon in or out, but prosperity and living standards will be greatly harmed is we leave. Do we really want to see another big recession?

And do people really want to see Boris Johnson as PM? As a vote to leave will give a green light for that to happen? One Donald Trump in the world is more than enough. We do not need a British version.

Europe is positive, so use your vote today for a positive choice for the nation’s future. Vote to remain in the EU and secure Britain’s place in the world.

The understanding of the world and motivations of older people are rarely as selfish as suggested. Many who intend to vote ‘leave’ are hoping that doing so will help to return things to better times with secure well paid employment, decent genuinely affordable housing mostly public housing in their communities, socially cohesive communities for particularly their children and grandchildren children and publicly supported care and decent pensions for themselves.

As we continue to remember the life of Jo Cox and the feeling that politics and the public must change to reflect a more balanced democracy built on respect not hate. A reminder of the sort of trash that is out there who thinks threatening the lives of children is perfectly acceptable.

This idiot does not like Yvette Coopers stance on staying in the EU, so this is how he chose to have a go at her.

I hope this jerk is arrested and is charged and appears in Court tomorrow or the next day.

This type of view is unacceptable, there are no excuses for it and it’s a symptom of what is wrong with some of the British public in their attitudes towards MP’s. It is not just MP’s that have to change, the public must as well.

No more should communications like this be tolerated, regardless if a person means them or not, If you write it down it is a threat and given the cruelty to Joe, its a threat everyone should take seriously. If he ends up doing two years in prison then that is his own fault. I frankly do not care.

We have to get back to standards in how debate and communications are made; this is an example of how not to engage with an MP.

I wish Yvette well and hope she gets the police involvement that she deserves for herself and her family’s protection, she and all MP’s should not be subjected to such sickening abuse.

In the absence of these things, those who can will hold onto what they can so they can support their children and live a half decent life for themselves. That has been the position since Thatcher and her ‘there is no society’. It is a divisive fiction to pitch young and old against one another. How they explain the world to themselves and how they decide what is best way forward is a completely different issue and is the product of an ideological hegemony which diverts them away from the actual causes of their condition and leaves those in power to pursue greater power and wealth at the expense of all.

The continued grip of that Thatcherite ideological hegemony is, largely, a failure of the left and our inability to provide alternative explanations and courses of action. Instead we have allowed the main project of the right continue only alternating between more or less compassionate flavours. The fundamental problem with this referendum is that there is no option to give the whole establishment a well-deserved kicking merely a choice between to branches of it with, paradoxically, the nastiest presenting as being on their side.

Ironically if one decides to hold a proper debate with members and supporters of UKIP, BritainFirst, and BNP they always very quick of the mark to insult your intelligence by being very aggressive, rude and at worse at times intelligent challenged with their reply to the arguments that one poses to them. Or they are very quick to put the blame on European Union for their lack of comprehension such as education, housing, which they seem to not comprehend that it’s a UK government issue which has a track record of systemic failure of building of more affordable and rentable housing and if the establishment does build houses the price tag are out of reach to first time buyers and they will have to depend on their parents to dig very deep into their savings just to claim up the property ladder. Here is a very classic chestnut that schools are filled with immigrants taking our children places in school. I really hate to disappoint all with this myth. This has always been a far right argument to stir up hatred by using the divide and rule of the old Britannia example of under tone of racism to say I don’t want my children to mix with us foreigners. Let’s be very clear the last Labour government did a very good job of cutting class size down whilst they were in government. The formation of a coalition government (Tory and Libdems) destroyed class sizes by dismantling what was working so they could make way for schools to become academies so in a nutshell one size fits all.

I wonder whether there might be a better way to understand the vote to Leave in solid Labour areas than criticizing people as being anti-immigration and racist.

It is surely the combination of high immigration levels and six years of austerity that has fueled this reaction.

Immigration is high because of the economic depression in the rest of the EU and the stronger economy in Britain. Throw in austerity and you get a toxic mix. Reward the rich and make the poor pay, pose no realistic alternatives – and is it any wonder people go for the scapegoats.

The other big issue is the gross distortions in the UK economy. Huge infrastructure investment in the big cities like London and Birmingham. Charity shops and Pay Day loan sharks in the smaller towns. Where’s the hope in Stoke or Dudley?

People are disenchanted and no mainstream politicians have remotely credible policies to address their very real concerns.

That’s our job in the Labour Movement . Dare to propose a real house building plan. Dare to invest public money in industry. Dare to increase local government funding. Dare to increase the deficit and public debt to give the forgotten areas a future..

That’s the way to get our country back.

Come on Jeremy. Time to set out your stall. Now I have to declare a conflict of interest  I did not have Jeremy Corbyn as my first choice as Leader of Labour P  Party but I will continue to support him as the leader. the question is who will be the best person to be the next leader of Labour.

We’ have given many these people little to hope for. Little employment, poor job options when they do exist and a really shitty education system that doesn’t allow non-academic kids to learn really useful skills and survive.  the Metro elite have ignored the working class (mostly white ) vote for so long and taken it for granted and have invested little time in getting to know and understand and do something about places like Stoke, Hartlepool and other deprived areas.

The toxic mix of de-industrialisation and cheap labour from elsewhere is something to do with this result. Dudley and even my local place is a ghost town, we live in Pound shop England and if you ignore those who feel they don’t matter, they are going to turn their backs. Unfortunately they are at risk at being exploited by those with other agendas, as we have seen. I think the Labour party needs to stop its Westminster huddle and get out there and find out why so many wanted to give it a kicking and until it does it will remain out of power.

As much as we might not like to accept it there is a substantial element of the working class which is racist. Normally they sit at home and don’t bother to vote but with the rise of UKIP and others in the Tory party it has become main-stream to be xenophobic. The genie is out of the bottle, how do we get it back in.

So let me spell it out to all those who believes in the conspiracy theories that this referendum vote were rigged. Having been an election campaign manager, I can absolutely confirm that fiddling an election is virtually impossible. There is more chance of security guards stealing money from cash boxes than boxes being tampered with. The boxes are all security sealed with polling booth staff having no access. Each vote is cross referenced back to the polling data. Then under security the boxes are delivered, with the voting records to the polling records. Then under the scrutiny of the polling tellers from both sides, independent auditors the votes are counted and watched my tellers and Auditors and numbers checked back to the polling records. Any discrepancies result in s recount. The process is one of the most robust ever and impossible to defraud. Even if one vote was added, I am 99.9% certain it would be found as it would not have an aligned polling record. The papers are made with a special solution and a myth an X can be rubbed out. They cannot be and because of the seals on the boxes, impossible to be tampered with. The vote will be fair whether it’s remain or leave.

In/Out Referendum

Here is something to wet your appetite please take time to listen then lets debate about it:

I was once a euro sceptic but no more. I use to think the European Union was all about our fishing policies and a bunch of Germans who wants to maintain their world domination and this is why there want the euro so badly but when I was home after traveling from Europe with a trade union delegation to Brussels and totally forgot that my then partner was holding a house warming party a someone knocked on my door at about 8pm and this was the turning point of my life. A short woman who I recognise said “Hello Gordon it’s been a while since we last spoke”.

Obviously I was not going to let her stay outside and speak to me so I invited her and her colleague into my humble abode. The kettle was on and we offered them a strong cup of chai before the rest of our guest turned up whilst I was entertaining my two guest the conversation led to the European Union which I said to both Neena Gill and Michael Cashman MEPs that I have strong reservations about the current trend towards the European Union. They naturally reassured me that it was not all that bad and don’t believe all those scaremongering stories that you have read in the press and some trade union were putting out on their newsletters to members. Well I can tell all the hype at the time was very convincing and I almost fell for it.

jhirgjkl;To be frank I would say if you are not convinced about the European Union, I have to say that I live in the West Midlands Region in a city called Birmingham and I look around to see the benefits of what the European funding has provide which has been very positive:

Whether or not you are for Brexit or firmly in the remain camp there can be no doubt that the European Union has shaped Birmingham’s development with almost £1 billion of investment.

From the International Convention Centre during the early 90s to the recent Youth Employment Initiative, Birmingham and the West Midlands have enjoyed many benefits of European Union funding.

There are 15 items on our list of things the EU has done for Birmingham. Of course that is not the whole story, there have been many smaller projects and, at the same time, the UK Government has paid millions in to the EU.

jkkhklySo one question for the politicians is whether, should Britain vote to leave, the Government will step in and replace the stream of funding from Brussels and support Birmingham’s future growth and development. The EU chipped in £50 million towards the ICC and Symphony Hall which opened for business in 1991. It most famously welcomed global leaders, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin to the 1998 G8 Summit. Each year it hosts some 350 events including political and business conferences bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city.

There was further help for the city’s conference and exhibition industry with a £30 million cheque towards the refurbishment of the NEC – which of course is home to Crufts and many other major shows bringing thousands more to the city. Remember the upgrade of railway linking Birmingham to London, the North West and Scotland and reducing journey times in the process? The EU paid £66 million towards that.jdfjdgb

Those folks in Brussels helped Birmingham rid itself of one its biggest mistakes of the 1960s. It paid £9.1 million towards the redevelopment of Masshouse Circus in 2002, including the breaking of the Queensway flyover, known as the concrete collar, which had held back the expansion of the city centre for more than a generation.

Built in 1834 the Town Hall is the city’s premier historic building. But just over decade ago it was in a pretty sorry state, covered in soot and neglected. The EU, with a £3 million handout, was among a number of backers which saw it cleaned-up, its stonework restored and its interior refurbished and reopened in 2007.

The home of the Thinktank Museum and Birmingham City University was completed in 2000, it was, through a £25.6 million investment, the the UK’s largest ERDF funded project at the time.

Over £6 million invested in Innovation Birmingham, the former Aston Science Park, bringing digital and high technology businesses and jobs to the city.

Only last month the city council accepted a £33 million EU social fund grant towards its scheme to get 16,000 Brummies age under 30s into employment.urjg

Between 2007 and 2013, as the economy nose-dived, the European Regional Development Fund provided financial support for 24,910 West Midlands based businesses. At the centre of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter is the Assay Office, one of the few places that precious metals can be tested and hall marked. Part of the cost of its expansion and relocation last year was covered with a £1.5 million EU grant.

The collapse of MG Rover in 2005 directly caused 6,000 redundancies, plus many further losses along the supply chains. The task force was set up to create jobs, invest and help get those workers back into employment. More than a third of its £176 million pot came from EU emergency funds. In the West Midlands alone between 2007 and 2013 universities benefited to the tune of about £260 million, funding research into health, food, energy, climate change and transport. They are receiving similar amounts under the new funding package.

Grants totalling £741,000 over six years helped get the festival launched in 2008 and established. In 2014 the festival was estimated to be worth £2.6 million to the city’s visitor economy. The EU gave £530,000 towards the setting up of this vital community centre in Winson Green. The ERDF stumped up £2.5 million, of the £6 million cost of developing this facility for the Sikh community and wider population of Handsworth. It opened in 2006.ktkyh

I received lots of emails from Friday until today I have had a number of people email, text, call me on my thoughts around the EU referendum  so i thought it i best if i put my thoughts together for you all to consider.

On the 23rd June 2016 we have an opportunity to decide the future of our United Kingdom with the EU Referendum. It is a once in a lifetime chance, and we cannot afford to get it wrong.

I pondered over the last few 15 years, and like a lot of you I’m unhappy with the undemocratic status of the EU, the lack of credible accounts, wasteful neglect of our resources, and the perception of a wider capitalist agenda on the cards.

However I did my own research, listened to colleagues, and attended debates to reach the conclusion that despite the scepticism the alternative of not being a member of the European Union is far too risky, and something that we as a country can ill-afford. The cost of the membership is alleged to be approx £18.8 billion but we have a special rebate that returns allegedly in the approx of £14.4 billion out of which £9.8 billion is given to the farming industry, and £5.7 billion to universities. This leaves around £89 per head for EU membership which is minuscule in comparison to the fact that Norway for a mere trade agreement contributes approx £134 per head without having a vote or indeed much influence in the EU.

We have around 2.5 million British in the European Union, and a similar number of EU citizens here but overall they contribute more than £2.6 billion that access to welfare benefits which we hardly hear of.

Imagine if we left the EU, and car makers such as Jaguar Land Rover were forced to pay a tariff for every car exported to the EU who are our largest importers of goods. There was be no sound economical reason for Jaguar Land Rover to stay in the West Midlands and it would have a devastating impact on us.

The EU is not perfect but we can work together with other socialists within Europe to bring about a fairer more transparent, democratic Europe. I fear the far right will take hold if we exit.

TTIP is a threat either way but being part of a united Europe puts us in a stronger position to negotiate in our interests. I believe being out would give big corporations free reign and too much power see article below:

The EU in a rational and coherent manner. Whatever your final decision maybe, it’s important that you use your right to vote, having weighed up as much information as possible on this complex issue. The outcome of this referendum will affect us all for generations to come. Please vote wisely.

I cannot see how more than 40 years of EU legislation that has had an impact will unravel if we left the EU, and the consequences that would have on everyday life for us. I recently went to five events across the West Midlands and London all speakers agreed it would be very messy divorce indeed. I am voting Remain, alongside my three local councillors and Member Of Parliament along with my fellow Labour Activists on 23 June and urge all to vote Remain.