Monthly Archives: September 2016

Two by-elections on 20 October 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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


Here is a political broadcast for all to see:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satire: Shortage of Housing and Homelessness


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See article below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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