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Tories sold their souls to the devils


Here is short verse of Shelley:

‘Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number—
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you—
Ye are many—they are few.’

I had fond memories of one of my uncles who would take a book of the self, the book was full of dust he would clean the cover of the book with a clean cloth then he would sit us down to read the poem.
Andy Howe sums it eloquently in his article in Labour Uncut about high Labour expectations http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2017/06/28/expectations-for-labour-are-high-policy-is-the-way-for-jeremy-corbyn-to-meet-them/
Tories voted against Labour amendment to stop cuts to police, firefighters and paramedics and to end the pay cap on public sector workers including nurses. The Tories and DUP cronies got their majority to block Labour. Result – 309 – 323 (Majority 14) These Tories are not worthy of your vote and their words mean nothing to our brave firefighters, police, paramedics, nurses and public sector workers, next time the Tories seek your vote use every opportunity remind them of our public sector workers. Remember when Theresa May told a struggling nurse there was no ‘magic money tree?’
The Prime Minister has scraped together £1bn to spend on a deal with the DUP – but just 24 days ago she told a struggling nurse money doesn’t grow on trees
In the closing days of the election campaign, Theresa May told anyone who would listen that there was no ‘magic money tree’.
Some noted that the Prime Minister appears to have found one, because she’s managed to scrape together £1 billion to help her cling on to power.
She’s promised the DUP vast sums of cash to spend on projects in Northern Ireland, in return for which they’ve promised to prop up her minority government.
But just 24 days ago, she told a struggling nurse – who had seen real terms pay cuts for eight years – there was “no magic money tree.”
During a special edition of BBC Question Time, the nurse asked the Prime Minister: “My wage slips in 2009 reflect exactly what I see today – so how can that be fair in light of the job that we do?”Mrs May replied: “I recognise the job that you do, but we have had to take some hard choices across the public sector in relation to public sector pay restraint.
“We did that because of the decisions we had to take to bring public spending under control, because it wasn’t under control under the last Labour government.
“And I’m being honest with you in terms of saying we will put more money into the NHS, but there isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want.”
Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon denied the Prime Minister telling a struggling nurse that money doesn’t grow on trees was “patronising.”
He said: “She was honest about pay restraint within the NHS.”
He said using the phrase “magic money tree” was drawing attention to the “Christmas tree of presents” inside the Labour manifesto that are not costed.”
Hear Ye, hear Ye, on this day 26 June 2017 Conservatives sold their souls to the devil in return for a sweetheart deal viz Confidence and Supply for the sum of £1b to save face in parliament. Thou art a boil for doing this deal with the Democratic Unionist Party https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Unionist_Party
Thou art right to be outraged at the idea that such nasty, regressive bigots as the DUP should wield disproportionate influence over our government, but while people are waking up to how batshit northern Irish politics is, I feel they don’t realize how neglected and poverty stricken it is. Fully concur that the whole of the UK needs investment in its infrastructure, but it feels like dog-in-a-manger politics to begrudge investment that the poorest region of the UK so desperately needs.

I’m not surprised about May’s disgusting deal with the DUP. She thinks she has hoodwinked us all into believing she thinks that her deal is anything other than a shameful bribery to let her remain in power. £1bn for ten votes! Doesn’t that make you rage. Consider this it cost us around £16.66 for each individual UK taxpayer to fund the Tories clinging onto power. Theresa May said she wants EU citizens living in the UK to stay after Brexit as she announced plans designed to put their “anxiety to rest”. All EU nationals lawfully resident for at least five years will be able to apply for “settled status” and be able to bring over spouses and children.
Those EU citizen who come after an as-yet-unagreed date will have two years to “regularise their status” but with no guarantees. Prime Minister told the Commons that she wanted to give reassurance and certainty to the 3.2m EU citizens in the UK as well as citizens of the three EEA countries and Switzerland who she said were an “integral part of the economic and cultural fabric” of the UK.
However, she said any deal on their future legal status and rights must be reciprocal and also give certainty to the 1.2m British expats living on the continent after the UK leaves the EU. It’s all silent from Tory voters and members are they happy to purchase votes, and  that each vote from the DUP to prop up the Tories will cost the UK taxpayer £100 Million pounds to the DUP a BILLION pounds, yes a feckin BILLION pounds that could be used for education, or the NHS, or to invest in this country to get people back to work, and with Brexit coming up don’t we need that money for all of the UK. Tory members please tell us, is all this ok with you lot, and can you confirm that this Is what you voted for. So there is a magic money tree after all, but only if you’re a Tory buying votes from extremists..
One wonder how the Tories would feel if this £ BILLION pounds was going to the EU where at least we get something back for our money..
Honestly, whilst I feel like using stronger language I have to be mindful when a Government abuses its people in this way, a Government is so arrogant with YOUR money, when a Government buys votes for a BILLION pounds with money we so desperately need, when a Government takes the piss like this then there really is no other option, and it will be their own doing. People are sick of this constant abuse of our money by greedy arrogant Tory politicians.
Surely if the Conservative government were being honest and upfront, the other parties would by logic, support their efforts to govern, if it was in the Nation’s interest to do so. What is it that the Conservative minority government are afraid of when roughly half of the population are represented by other MP’s?
Why do they need to ruin their chances of a comeback at a subsequent general election by prostituting themselves to  the likes of the DUP-a party known for its links to protestant terrorism in Northern Ireland and for its anti LBG rights and its anti-abortionist views. Even the Conservative leader in Scotland has her reservations because of her own sexuality and those newly elected Scottish MP’s are now going to be in a dilemma when it comes to their government’s need for votes. The SNP will be having a field day with this over the coming weeks and months. It is a well-known truism that the Tories when faced with a problem they just throw money at it. One can see that behaviour in the antics of people like Johnson and other ex bullingdon club boys- I call them boys for that’s all they are in their level of maturity.
To resolve their dilemma at present the money they have slung in the direction of the DUP pales into insignificance when one looks at the amount of money they are going to have to dish out to appease the rest of the mainland populace. Their hope that they can ride out the storm of protests is likely to fail, as the security services, already hard pressed to contain society is bursting at the seams with discontent and skill and manpower shortages.
I expect that during the next few months, if they survive there will be emergency legislation passed and malcontents, disaffected and the like who strongly criticise this cuckoo government will see efforts to close down their avenues of dissent. Corbyn’s popularity has reached the point of no return and as long as he does not fall into the Beatles trap of becoming ‘more popular than Jesus’, his little red manifesto will stand the test of time.
He has some excellent people around him. I watched Keir Starmer yesterday with admiration at how he clinically destroyed the three Brexiteers and how he parried sniping from the tories so that their ammo puffed like damp squibs in the chamber. These people, rather than Labour will now feel the pressure as the Tory controlled main stream media begin their hatchet jobs. Corbyn, being the leader he is knows how they work and is no doubt primed and ready to keep opening that DUP sore until it festers in the body of the Tories and they become too weakened through the political infection that they finally capitulate.
They cling desperately to May’s apron strings but I fear that it will all be in vain as she herself is so weakened by her recent actions following on from flawed decisions. We just wait and adopt a siege mentality and sooner or later we will starve them out.
As you may know, the Conservative Party reached an agreement with the DUP today to ensure that they are propped up and kept in power. This has cost us £1.5bn. Questions need to be answered as to how much Wales will now receive outside of the Barnett Formula as well. It is unfair if one part of the country receives more funds just to prop up a minority government. Tim Connor wrote an excellent article about young people see article below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tim-connor/young-people-election_b_17321930.html

After weighing all the evidence I have to say it loud and clear that Tories sold their souls to the devils

Only time will tell if the prime minister survives


Theresa May reminds me of the original song of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Wow don’t know, whether to cry or knock my head around a brick wall over Theresa May apology to her cabinet ministers for her incompetence and mismanagement of the election manifesto. This remind me of a song Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
This is very rich coming from Gavin Barwell “Anger over Brexit and austerity caused the Tories to lose seats and Labour had tapped into concerns about the impact of years of years of public sector pay freezes and that his party must do more to listen to Remain voters concern”. Could this be his retaliation reply for losing his Croydon Central seat.
Got to hand it to May for wittingly delaying the Queen Speech on the grounds of she is afraid of going to the Queen to let Labour to form a government as her on ministers are very desperate to save face by wanting this sweetheart deal with Democratic Unionists Party(DUP).
It’s no wonder why Arlene Foster is alleged to say “deal between DUP and Tories could be a tremendous opportunity for Northern Ireland”. In other words kiss my arise first and give us more money to play with our voters and we will open up the heavens and bring forth rain to save you mam. This will come as no surprise that Scotland and Wales would want to benefit in a similar way for any cash boost as well.
Already we are seeing the cracks unfolded for ex-prime minister Sir John Major to say “he is dubious about the idea and its impact on peace process”.
John Major and Maggie Thatcher who were the former prime ministers were responsible for introducing and action PFI to sell of mental health homes, and hospitals, and ridding the cleaning services in NHS by introducing the private sector into the NHS to do the cleaning of hospital wards.
George Osborne also said “The government not to change its economic strategy after being left without a commons majority. A so-called end to austerity would lead to a loss of economic credibility”.
Cor blimey, I would never in a million years would I have thought that I would concur with the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne calling “Theresa May   dead woman walking” who now is the editor of the Evening Standard.
David Cameron also said “Theresa May will have to listen to other parties as she reviews her Brexit strategy in the wake of the election. There would be pressure for a softer exit from the EU after his party did not win an election majority.
It’s very noticeable the former heavy weights of frontbenchers in Conservatives are coming out in force shooting warning shots to Theresa May to get her act together. David Cameron who gave the nation the referendum vote and he lost the vote decided to resign from politics and sucking up to EU by informing them he will win the referendum.It is said that a week in politics is a long time. I would like some answers from any Conservative members is what do you think of your dear leader, who is weak and wobbly leader, are you just waiting for the backstabbing Johnson to take the helm which he can always deny as much as he wants. He will still be keeping his eyes on ways how to stab his leader with the handle of the knife from behind the scenes.
What I don’t understand is during the campaign trail your dear leader did not want to have a face to face debate with her equal which made her look like a sausage am I missing something as some of your Conservative Supporters have said quietly that she should resign post general elections?
To put the icing on the cake because of a hung parliament they decided to go into a sweetheart deal with the Democratic Unionist Party(DUP) which already a representative is in Northern Ireland wittingly that the DUP has a anti gay and abortion policies and the Scottish Conservative leader is in panic mode with all the assurances in the world you can’t change a leopard spots it’s like eating very soggy rice.
The tide has turned again we have another hung parliament, Conservatives were eight seats short of an overall majority and they turned to DUP have concurred in principle a confidence and supply deal to support a Tory government. This maybe a conspiracy theory in return it looks like two of Theresa May advisors had to be banished into the wilderness or face a leadership challenge by her ministers.
Forgive me if I have my doubts I don’t have any confidence of a Conservative Government on the grounds of witnessing 18 years of underfunding in our public services and decimation of the manufacturing industries during my teenage years as it was more about loads of money to the private sectors and most of all greed.
Question needs to be answered as to why thousands of votes were not included in the results in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, have I missed a trick or two or has the constituency have muggings written on their foreheads call me syndical for mentioning it in the public domain.
The Tories are on the ropes nationally and it looks like those who had previously refused to serve on Labour’s shadow cabinet under , are ready to serve now.
I don’t think Conservatives will last for very long it’s just not good enough to say “I got you in this mess and I will get you out of it”. Voters wants to see substances, job security, more investment in public services and local government.
Surely something must be done to address the rating cost of foreign package holidays and imported computer games help to push the UK inflation rate up to 2.9% last month from 2.7% in April. The latest inflation rate is the highest since June 2013, and above the Bank of England’s 2% target. The price of food and clothing also went up slightly but fuel is alleged to have fallen for a third month in a row. The pick up in inflation is likely to continue the squeeze on consumers. Theresa May need to address this urgently as foodbanks, soup kitchens, and homelessness continue to increasing rapidly people want action to be taken and not just giving the talk and not doing the walk.

The Guardian has been doing some analysis of the election result and has found some quite startling things:
Labour’s percent of share went up best in areas where the average income has risen the most since David Cameron’s Tories came to office in 2010. By contrast, the seats with the largest falls in income saw the highest increases in the Tory vote. The poorest seats in England saw the biggest Tory advances from 2015.
Turnout went up by the most in seats with a higher percent of young voters and students: this explains why Labour took Canterbury (For instance).
The education divide is also growing. Labour used to do much better with voters on lower education levels. However in 2010 and 2015, this pattern was reversed, and has continued to do so in 2017.
Give credit where it’s due, the Guardian puts it eloquently,” Britain’s class politics has been turned completely upside down in 2017. Wealthy professionals in leafy suburbs have swung behind a Labour leader who pledges to sharply increase their taxes, while it was struggling blue-collar workers in deprived and declining seats who were most attracted by the party of austerity cuts to public services and welfare.”
I would urge the Prime Minister should rethink its Brexit strategy, Social Care, more investments in public and civil services most importantly the disabled, mental health, learning disabilities, young and grey powers following last week’s election. For the PM to survive she should be more open and transparent to our nation if not she will not survive. On saying this I would rather have a Labour Government in power instead of a Conservative who are willing to do sweetheart deals with Democratic Unionist Party(DUP) only time will tell if the prime minister survives.

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


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

 

 

 

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

See articles below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nottinghamshire Police are yet to respond to the letter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who said these two weeks ago?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has George Osborne Opened a can of worms for his bid for Conservative Leadership


dkdkIt was refreshing to see Labour calling George Osborne bluff and chasing headlines and ideological assault on working families after he announced the slashing of tax credits in Wednesday’s budget.

The cheek of the chancellor to boasted that his budget would provide a so called new contract for the people of Britain. In a nutshell what he is saying is welcome back to the Victorian times of Britain if you are poor then go to the poorhouse to learn a trade or beg and get arrested.

So the golden boy has seemed to forget that working families on low incomes trying their hardest to do the right thing would be hardest hit.

kkksnThe office for budget responsibility claim that tax increases would be twice as big as any tax cuts over the course of this Parliament adding that it was a budget chasing headlines to support the chancellor to number 10 Downing Street.

It is widely suggested that as many 500,000 families would lose tax credits under the Chancellor’s plan adding that the so-called budget will expose the skewed priorities and failed to build a more productive economy.

It’s comes as no surprise as Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was jumping for joy in parliament when his chum announced the welfare cuts and his response to the chancellor the budget was a groundbreaking measure he introduced was enshrining the idea that if you work hard you should be rewarded.  Well Iain Duncan Smith can laugh now but remember this IDS those who laughs last laughs the best.

 

Here is a YouTube of all the Labour leadership contenders

 

Is no further surprise that when the Chancellor of the exchequer  and IDS attacks people for no reason other than it’s an evil beast, you put it down. When you have a politician that attacks disabled people and the poor for no reason, you make them Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

ndjfgklIain Duncan Smith (IDS) decides to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF). This fund helped disabled people pay for visits from professionals to carry out some of the more personal elements of their care. It also gave them the ability to employ staff who lived with them to support them. It helps disabled people to stay out of institutions and live relatively independent lives.

In its final weeks the £320 million ILF paid out an average of £300 a week to approximately 18,000 disabled people, but that’s too much to pay out. Much better to waste billions on some vanity project like a train line or new runway in London.Well, carers have seen similar things done with the “breaks for carers” scheme. That wasn’t ringfenced and there was a huge underspend which mysteriously vanished into someone’s pockets. As a carer I know that getting any assistance from councils can be a long process. Accessing one particular resource took me almost four years of constant fighting

Arranging for councils to take over the payments without ringfencing it?

kkdhfnThen we get IDS deciding to scrap the Child Poverty Act, the mentality behind this being that the numbers of children that are in poverty make the Conservatives look bad and there’s no chance of getting rid of child poverty so the best solution is to hide it. For me I have said that  Stephen Timms summed it up: “David Cameron’s government is trying to make child poverty go away by pretending that if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.” IDS’s reply was … well who cares what IDS’s reply was because it will have been lies and smears and misinformation.

Still, he can’t cause more misery can he? Yup, he sure can! It seems the BBC Today programme has a scoop that ministers are reviving a secret coalition plan to cut sickness benefits. It has a leaked Whitehall paper describing the Employment and Support Allowance as a “passive” benefit which does not “incentivise” people to find a job, and proposes abolishing the work-related activity group (WRAG) category. If scrapped, weekly payments would drop nearly £30, bringing it in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Yet again the Tories have managed to cure people with disabilities by cutting vital financial help. What a fantastic political party they are.

So the Conservative Party have got rid of child poverty and cured disabled people by cutting two vital benefits, round of applause for such splendid work. Now all we need is the report on how many people have died after being classed as fit for work, and we all know it will be a truthful piece of fiction, I mean accuracy that hides nothing, honest.hrmnud

When is Labour going to expose the actions of the Tory government? They can easily counter the Tories’ “Labour are the party of benefits” if they want to or have the inclination. It’s just that Labour seems content to sit on its hands and watch us suffer.

The film Brassed Off tried to show how the last Tory majority government treated our miners. The Mr Chuckles rant seems as relevant now as it was then: “So God was creating man. And his little assistant came up to him and he said: ‘Hey, we’ve got all these bodies left, but we’re right out of brains, we’re right out of hearts and we’re right out of vocal chords.’ And God said: ‘Fuck it! Sew ’em up anyway. Smack smiles on the faces and make them talk out of their backsides.’ And lo, God created the Tory Party.”

IMG_2534It’s very good to note that all four of the Labour leadership contenders have put themselves at odds with the party’s front bench after lambasting the government’s public-sector pay freeze yesterday.

Shadow ministers Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall all launched separate attacks against the four-year imposition of the 1 per cent annual cap that Chancellor George Osborne unveiled in Wednesday’s Budget.

Jeremy Corbyn, who has already vehemently opposed any public pay freeze, told the Star yesterday: “Public-sector workers have been hammered over pay and pension cuts, with threats of future job losses.

I put the challenge to the Conservatives to live on the 1% that our public services workers have to put up with whilst  MPs get a 11% pay raise  why not donate it to our public service workers now?

So this is what will happen  for the next Leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister George Osborne very soon if David Cameron does not watch is his own back.

 

 

 

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)


IMG_2041By my calculation after the general elections should there is a marjory or another coalition pack with conservative the jaws of doom will be implemented as the coalition would love to see a health insurance based in place. It’s no wonder why they are being supported by hedge funds in return for a piece of the pie in return to have parts NHS and Social services being partly privatise and more zero hour contracts will increase under conservative or conservative coalition.

Don’t be surprised the next time you turn up to the NHS or use social services they will ask to see your health insurance. With this in mind the nation will not recognize our public services as we once knew it. Naturally people are concerned about our public services which were the vanguard of our community.

Intriguingly this what the Conservatives say:

Chancellor George Osborne says he will put an extra £2bn into frontline health services across the UK, which he described as a “down payment” on a plan drawn up by NHS bosses calling for an extra £8bn a year above inflation by 2020. In England, everyone would be able to see a GP seven days a week by 2020. Recruit 5,000 more doctors.

Libdems say:

An extra £1bn for the NHS every year, to be funded by – amongst other things – making higher earners pay more tax on their shares. Half of this will go towards mental health. People who need therapy for conditions such as depression will be guaranteed treatment within 18 weeks. For young patients experiencing psychosis for the first time treatment will be provided within two weeks of being referred by a GP. This is all going to happen from April, with more mental health targets to follow if the Lib Dems return to government. Wants a cross-party review of the future of NHS funding.

UKIP say:

An extra £3bn per year in NHS funding paid for by quitting the EU and through “middle management” cuts. Keep NHS free at the point of delivery. Stop any further use of PFI, and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where it is affordable to do so. Ensure all visitors and migrants who have been here for fewer than five years have NHS-approved medical insurance as a condition of entry to UK, with £200m of the £2bn saved to be spent on ending hospital parking charges in England. Bring back state-enrolled nurses and return powers to matrons. Monitor and Care Quality Commission to be replaced with elected county health boards. Stop spending £90m a year on gastric band and breast enhancement operations.

The Greens say:

Funding to be diverted away from centralised facilities towards community healthcare, illness prevention and health promotion. Stop privatisation. Abolish prescription charges. Dedicated NHS Tax to go direct to the health service. Ban proactive recruitment of non-British NHS staff from overseas. A complete ban on the promotion of tobacco and alcohol products, including sponsorship.

Recently I wrote to my Member of Parliament regards to TTIP and the reply I received:

Backbench Business Debated on 15 January, Labour believes it is right that this important issue is debated in Parliament and they agree that those proposals deserve proper scrutiny at both a UK and EU level. Labour supports trade agreements which can bring significant benefits through boosting trade and growth, securing and creating jobs, and bringing down costs and extending choice for consumers.

The transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement between the US, the world’s largest economy, and the largest single market, the EU, has the potential to bring significant to bring significant benefits.

IMG_1997 The US is the UK’s biggest export market and likewise the UK economy attracts a significant level of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the Atlantic. That’s why Labour supports the principles behind those negotiations and recognizes that more and better trade is good for the UK.

However there are some concerns that Labour has in four areas:

Remember the wise words of the founder of NHS Nye Bevan

Public services:

We share the concerns about the impact that TTIP could have on public services encouraging commercialisation, particularly in NHS. Labour believes that NHS and all public services need to be more, not less, integrated. That is why we believe that the NHS should be exempted from the agreement. Other countries have sought to exempt areas from the agreement but this Government has not done this. Labour will continue to press for exemption.

Investor State Dispute Resolution (USDS):

There is a major concern that ISDS provisions could hinder our plans to reverse the privatisation of the NHS as it could result in those companies seeking compensation for loss of potential earnings. We believe that it is a right of governments to able to legislate in the public interest and this should be protected effectively in any disputes resolution mechanism. Labour will be arguing the government to call for far greater transparency around exclusion for legislation in the public interest, like the NHS.

IMG_2045 Standards:

The benefits of any treaty must filter down to employees and consumers. Treaties can cement and even increase labour, consumer, environmental, and safety standards. Concerns have been raised that TTIP could reduce standards, Labour will only support an agreement that avoids a race to the bottom and promotes decent jobs and growth and would safeguard standards.

Non-inclusion of the US State:

A significant stumbling block has been raised that the US states are not covered by the agreement and therefore procurement will not open up but not to the same extent in the US. This is important because significant procurement spend in the US is at the State level.

Great I got a response from my member of parliament there is still some concerns I still have which is:

If the Conservatives or a coalition pack with UKIP in the event do win a majority or a hung parliament  how fast will they implement TTIP which will have the knock on effect on our treasured public services both in local government and our NHS?

Who will hold the budget for NHS or Social Services and how will it be shared equally ensure we have a decent NHS and IMG_2050social Care which will be fit for purpose?

Many believe that one of the biggest prizes of the agreement for transnationals looking to expand will be the NHS. When it was first established, the NHS was set up on the basis of social solidarity everyone contributed to the cost of providing the NHS through taxes, and in return healthcare was provided by the state and available for those who needed it, when they needed it. But the Health and Social Care Act (2012) and the regulations for implementing it (especially Section 75) have changed the fundamental nature of the NHS. By fragmenting the NHS, opening it up to competition law and turning the NHS into a market in which private companies can nhscompete to get NHS funding for patient services, the HSC Act has turned the NHS from a social into a commercial activity.

Public services are normally protected from FTAs, However, because the NHS is now, in part, provided by commercial companies,
it will only be protected from TTIP if it is explicitly excluded from the treaty (which currently it is not).

gl17If agreed, TTIP will change the whole emphasis of NHS health care: the priority will become the rights of transnational organisations rather than the care of patients. TTIP will give transnationals the right to bid for government spending, including on health. It will put severe restrictions on the ability of the UK government to control costs (e.g. of medicines) and to regulate any transnational companies that provide health services.

I personally would not trust Conservatives, Libdems, UKIP or the Green Party with our beloved NHS and public services for the many as most has shown their hands on what they want to do to our treasured services as it won’t be at the point of need.

HarryLeslieSmithAsk yourself this question why is it important to save our NHS and remember the powerful speech by Harry Leslie Smith who said:

“As I stand here today, my heart is with all of those people from my generation who didn’t make it past childhood, didn’t get an education, grow as individuals, marry, raise a family and enjoy the fruits of retirement because they died needlessly and too early in another era of austerity,” he said.

“But my heart is also with the people of the present, who, because of welfare cuts and austerity measures, are struggling once more to make ends meet, and whose futures I fear for.”

“I am not a politician, a member of the elite or a financial guru, but my life is your history and we should keep it that way.

“So say it loud and say it clear in this hall and across this country, Mr Cameron keep your mitts off my NHS.”

Our free NHS is for all. Not for the few shout for it, fight for it, vote for it.

 

 

 

Is the green party the alternative to Labour Party


20141123I was sitting in my Living room trying to keep warm and I began to reminiscing about the so-called increase in membership of the Greens and their policies with some close friends some have been disillusion by the Lib-democrats, Greens and Conservatives. Yes the debate got heated at times and other the years we all have learnt to differ without malice. After they all left I began to summarize to  everything that we discussed:

Before I forget to mention it’s good to have good friends like Sue Jones who constantly reminds us all of the Green Party and we sometimes forget to give credit where it’s due as she sum them up so eloquently:

The Green Party have gathered up many disillusioned ex Lib Dem voters, the ones who haven’t learned from last time that like the Lib Dems, any party that tries to appear to be all things to all people is not being honest with you.

There’s something about the truth that badly disappointed idealists become the readiest disillusioned and resentful cynics that springs to mind, here. However, the Greens are very busy trying to hoover up the votes of all those disillusioned souls on the Left, and regardless of the potentially devastating consequences that may have on the election outcome.

The pressing issue for me is that people are suffering, some have died because of Tory policies, our society is being fundamentally damaged, to the point where it will soon be impossible to repair it in our lifetimes, the damage will last, probably for more than one generation. I care about that. I care about the suffering, the damage to our society and country. I’m a socialist because of those long-standing concerns, which transcend parochial concerns and party politics. I am also fundamentally cooperative and community-minded. I care about what happens to others. kfkfkThe Greens are not cooperative or community-minded. They are dividing our opposition to the Tories and risking returning Cameron to Office in May. That is not “socialist”.

How “socialist” is it to join ranks with the party inflicting all of that damage and harm on people of this country to attack and undermine the only viable alternative to the Tories? That’s not genuine politics, that’s electioneering. It’s not “socialist” at all.

You can’t claim to be a ‘progressive ‘ political party and at the same time advocate zero growth and parochialisation cut-off from global trade. The economy matters to every country in the world, and no growth or low economies increased inequality and absolute poverty. It’s not progressive at all to shut out the rest of the world, and a zero growth economy would be a disastrous experiment, just like the austerity measures have been with the same results.

The Green Party fail to show us any understanding of imbalances of power, they provide no class analysis, they aren’t connected with marginalized groups, they don’t reflect their needs and they clearly have no understanding of the mechanics and virtues of redistribution. greenThere isn’t a single policy currently in their manifesto that demonstrates a coherent offer of support to very poorest. That isn’t “socialist” at all.

The Greens grew out of the environmental movement, with David Icke at the helm as a spokesperson, well, until they got embarrassed by him and sacked him… As Suzanne Moore commented earlier, the incoherence is even apparent at how they fail to define the State .They offer the biggest of big-state polices with huge intervention in some areas, without specifying the role of the state except as a series of committees.

The Green’s “anti-austerity measures” seem to translate as “taking on corporations and vested interests.” But Ed Miliband has already explicitly stated (and shown) that he will do that (He already has Leveson, the banks, the big power companies, water companies, to name a few)

The Green Party’s key policy idea that of a Citizen’s Income for everyone whether they work or not  sounds so great on the surface. Just like a lot of their rhetoric and policies, it lacks depth and doesn’t connect up – lacks integrity and falls to pieces when properly examined. Many of the poorest households would lose out. Most wealthy households will gain. How does that address inequality something the Greens claim to be concerned about? If anything, this policy will extend inequality. That’s not very “socialist”.

“If you missed the interview with e leader of the The Greens on Sunday politics Show then checkout this”:

 

Many critics of the Green party point to their many failures in Brighton and Hove, where they couldn’t even get the rubbish collection right. However, the most damning criticism is their fundamental inability to run services for the most vulnerable is the one that ought to concern us the most. That’s not very “socialist.

It’s painful to say this; the Greens have some bonkers policy. With them in charge our Army, Navy and Airforce would be scrapped. There would be no arms companies producing arms in the UK and instead will be converted to make windmills? Fine you might say, but they claim instead of an army they will have a home defence force, (Dads Army springs to mind) but the Greens could not say how they would be armed or how up to date those weapon would be. Partly because they do not like trade and want to curb it.

What would the Greens do with the SAS, have them change jobs to be flower arrangers in a church? Now I am not overly keen on arms companies but only because of two things. I do not think arms companies should be allowed to trade with regimes with poor human rights records. Two, I do not feel guns should be made and sold for civilians to use. But other than that if you have an army which we do, then they need weapons.

But it’s OK why would we need an army anyhow as there will be no problems with terrorists or threats to the UK around the globe. As the Greens will make it legal to be a member of Isis or Al Qaeda. Yep that is right you will be encouraged to join a terrorist group. You are told not to kill anyone but you’re allowed to think it. You can also help in spreading the views of your lovely little terror group and help fundraiser for them. I guess if they do misbehave it’s OK the Greens will send them to the naughty step or stand in the corner.

The Greens also talks about a holy £72 a week for everyone to be paid regardless if they need it or not. Yet does not explain what that means. Would a person who gets that amount of money be classed as unemployed or employed? She then says if someone is rich enough they will still be given the £72 but it will be taken back in taxes elsewhere.

Oddly they claim that scrapping all benefits which I think was what was implied by the £72 would save £280 billion. Yet how they reach that mind blowing figure as they could not even say how.

However they also think we should not have to bother with some jobs and companies so people can chose to work part time. Sounds wonderful for most, but it also means half the pay and less money paid in tax. Just what it would do to business is anyone’s guess. Not good I doubt.

The entire Greens key on referring to was there was short term aims and longer term aims. The longer term aim came across as a fantasy world the Green has seen on a science fiction film.

Seeing as they hate trade then you can only what Britain would become under them. I have no problem in tacking inequality as its right that it is. But the Greens live in cloud cookoo. There will be next to no jobs, people would soon be sick to death of only having £71 a week to live on. They will be unimpressed as the Greens also want it seems lots of things not to be made.

I am not normally in agreement with Martin Neil but he was right in his questioning. Just wishing something is different amounts to nothing in a democracy. The Green are pure fantasy. In fact I’ll go as far to say they are not a political party as they lack basic awareness of what it means to represent all of society. Not just those views that suit them. They would do better to just become a lobby group. Only not on wider issues but just on environmental issues, they would likely achieve a lot more talking about wind and solar energy.

The Greens will give us £30 billion more in cuts to pubic services and welfare and cause thousands and thousands of animals to die for not reason due to blood sport and badger culling. Because to Vote Green is no change in politics it is to keep the Tories in office. For that is what voting Green will achieve.

It will not achieve helping one person from the Bedroom Tax, suffering from being treated like dirt by the DWP. It won’t create new jobs as the Greens are anti-growth therefore anti job creation. Voting Green won’t protect us from terrorist because they actually have a policy where it is OK to say its legal to join Isis, or Al Qaeda!!!

Is that the brave new world people want?

Did I also mention voting Green will not save one fox, one hare or one badger despite what they claim on animal policy. For the small reason in 2010 just over 265000 voted Green, even if they have a small surge it will add to little and will hugely unlikely to increase the number of MPs they have by one! IMG_2049And 1 MP is all they have; they may even lose that one because many people in Brighton are sick to death of the Green Council there.

So the facts remain, vote Green get Cameron I am glad I back Labour the Greens are scary.

 

 

 

UK political conference season has officially ended until next year let’s see what has happened since


3partiesThere have been alleged talks of a reshuffle from the three main political parties on the arising which I believe that when I see it actually happens.

In the meantime it is alleged by some sources that Ed Miliband Around 72% of the public believe that the Daily Mail was wrong to call Labour leader Ed Miliband‘s father Ralph the “man who hated Britain”, while about 69% of people in general and 57% of Daily Mail readers think the newspaper should apologise, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday.

The YouGov poll, conducted on behalf of the Sunday Times, came as about 200 protesters gathered outside the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday offices in London following the publication of the Ralph Miliband article last week, which the Labour leader said had left him “appalled”.

photo (1)The row over the treatment of Miliband’s late father, a Marxist academic, has reached a stalemate, with Labour demanding an apology but the Daily Mail refusing to retract its article.

Late Sunday the campaign group Hacked Off said it had written to the Daily Mail proprietor Lord Rothermere asking him to reconsider his rejection of an inquiry into ethics at the paper, called for by Miliband.

video-undefined-183AD0DD00000578-382_636x358The dispute will be a part of the context for a meeting of the privy council on Wednesday, at which politicians are expected to make a decision about the future of press regulation. They are likely to look at a royal charter proposed by the newspaper industry, which has been examined by eight Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs over the summer. If this is rejected, the privy council is likely to back a royal charter agreed by all three leading political parties but rejected by some elements of the press.

The press industry is likely to set up its own form of regulation, even if it does not receive the seal of a royal charter.

GL01In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Miliband said he would never disparage David Cameron in the same way that Miliband’s father Ralph had been by the Daily Mail, even though he believes the prime minister’s policies are “profoundly misguided”.

“I say judge him by his deeds,” he told the BBC. “Let me put it this way: I would never say about David Cameron that he hates Britain, I would never say he doesn’t want the best for this country. Of course he wants the best for this country. So what the Mail said about my dad, I would never say about David Cameron.”

Ralph_Miliband_in_1958At the protest outside the Daily Mail offices, demonstrators said they were expressing anger in the wake of the Ralph Miliband story. “The message is clear,” said the journalist and campaigner Owen Jones, addressing the crowd. “Enough is enough: stop your campaign of hatred.”

Jones said the newspapers had spent years demonising large sections of society, from public sector workers to women and trade union members. “We are speaking up for decency … this is a show of cheerful defiance by all the people who have been picked on by the Daily Mail.”

photoSome Tory politicians have expressed fears that the backlash against Miliband’s treatment will influence this week’s discussions on press regulation at the Privy Council. David Davis, a senior Conservative and former leadership candidate, said David Cameron had ended up being forced to accept newspaper regulation because he “didn’t know how to deal” with the phone-hacking scandal which led to the Leveson inquiry. “I think he didn’t know how to deal with it, truthfully. I actually don’t think this is what they planned. I think the idea was … I’m guessing what they thought was Leveson would come out with was a very ponderous and sort of sonorous condemnation of bad practices but the preservation of the free press – and in a way he sort of did – and that would be the end of it.

hacked-off-logo-2012-1“But actually the Hacked Off campaign, the Labour party has very strong campaigners – Tom Watson’s one good example – drove the issue I think to the wrong conclusion. Maybe with the best intentions, but to the wrong conclusion.”

David Davis, a senior Conservative and former leadership candidate, said the Daily Mail had been “horribly heavy-handed” towards Miliband but Labour is “wrong to go down this route” of pushing for strict press regulation.

The political “story” of July and August (there is always one that runs and runs) was of Miliband’s “lost summer”. Miliband was weak. Even his own people, all holidaying, seemed reluctant to help. Economic recovery had put all the political shots in Tory lockers.

AV-Ed-miliband_1861389iIt is foolish to overstate the importance of sudden political mood shifts, but conference season 2013 could go down as a defining one. Certainly it helped define Ed Miliband. It positioned Labour much more to the left, David Cameron‘s Tories a little more to the right, and the Liberal Democrats as the sole enthusiasts for a previously overcrowded centre.

No single leader (except perhaps Ukip’s Nigel Faragehad a bad conferenceNick Cleggsaw off Vince Cable and secured his position. Cameron played it safe and statesmanlike. But Miliband made strides, gaining a profile and framing the beginnings of a political message. Even Tory commentators welcomed him to the big league, as a considerable, if alarming, figure.

Just as the Tories’ 2005 conference propelled Cameron to the forefront in a flash, Labour’s Brighton gathering of 2013 did the same for Miliband. Conservatives said he had shifted the political debate. Spectator editor Fraser Nelson wrote that, while the Labour leader offered “ideas buried under four decades of dust”, he had “changed the record”. “The Ed Miliband we see before us is one of the most intellectually interesting figures in British politics,” said Nelson. Daily Telegraph columnist Peter Oborne showered him with compliments. “There was a real humanity about what he had to say today, and I think members of the metropolitan media elite who love to sneer at Mr Miliband may be missing the point.”

Nick Clegg arguably offered the freshest political message, giving his unpopular party a sense of purpose and self-importance. “Our mission is anchoring Britain to the centre ground. Our place is in government again” was how he concluded his Glasgow speech. No more the tricksy party of protest but, today and in future, and now mature, the nation’s essential safeguard inside government. Only Lib Dems could save the country from “heartless” Tories or “profligate” Labour.

But it was Miliband who moved the economic debate and, in so doing, threw his opponents. Conventional wisdom had it that economic recovery would be a disaster for Labour – and it may still turn out to be so. But for now at least it seems to have taken some of the heat off Miliband and Ed Balls.

The talk at Labour and Tory conferences was less of who would have the guts to cut the deficit, and who landed us in economic crisis – both terrible terrain for Labour. Suddenly it was about who benefits when things are getting better. Labour turned the debate from one about past failings, and the need to axe spending, to one about solutions to fill people’s pockets. Miliband argued that “the link had been broken” between growth and rising real wages. Wages had fallen behind inflation, he said, in all but one month since the coalition had come to office. The proceeds of recovery were going to the “privileged few”. Trickledown economics was not working. So if the market had failed, the state needed to move in. The “cost of living crisis” was the catchphrase of the entire conference season.

“If we win the next election in 2015, the next Labour government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017. Your bills will be frozen, benefiting millions of families and millions of businesses” was Miliband’s headline-grabber. It was a risky but popular move. “Red Ed: Return to Socialism”, cried the Daily Telegraph. But it was the one announcement in three weeks that really grabbed attention. Off the back of it Miliband began to benefit from what Cameron had enjoyed in opposition – the positive effects of being the new kid on the block with ideas.

At a ConservativeHome fringe meeting in Manchester, Lord Ashcroft, the former Tory deputy chairman, who now throws his money at polling in marginal seats and enjoys talking truth to power, sounded a warning. In many ways, he said, things were looking up. “There have been improvements for the Conservatives in nearly all the important measures, including leadership, competence, having clear ideas and being a united party, while Labour have fallen back.” But there was one important area where they were not – “the question of being on the side of ordinary people, not just the better off. We have made very little progress here and lag further behind Labour and the Lib Dems than at the start of the year. This is clearly an area Labour intend to exploit, and we need to find ways of showing it’s true of the Tories too.”

Miliband’s speech informed his every word. It spelt danger. Yet anyone hoping that Cameron would try to trump Labour with a counterblast on the “cost of living crisis” was left disappointed. The cabinet made a deliberate decision not to do so, partly because no announcements were ready and partly because the Tories had accused Miliband of an ill-thought-out stunt over energy bills and were uneasy about offering a batch of their own.

Manchester was chosen for the conference because the Tories are so weak in the north. Outside the conference hall people hurled abuse at “Tory scum”. Yet there was little to appease them. Instead Tory ministers offered more tough love. Iain Duncan Smith said he wanted to force jobseekers to spend 35 hours a week at the jobcentre to show they were not trying to “cheat the system”, while Cameron made clear that he would end housing benefit for the under-25s.

New Image1Cameron deliberately struck a statesmanlike tone in a decent pro-business speech in which he asked to be able to “finish the job”. Gone were the modernising messages and the “sunshine” of former days. The “big society” seemed buried and forgotten. His message was that only by helping business would jobs and wealth be created. You couldn’t create wealth from the bottom up.

The question posed by Labour – that these days too much of the wealth created by business goes to the few at the top, while the wages of the millions at the bottom lag behind – was left unaddressed as more clear blue water opened up.

370951Nigel Farage’s Ukip conference was an unmitigated disaster. He admits that it was torpedoed by one man, the MEP Godfrey Bloom, who hit a journalist round the head with a brochure and joked that a room debating women in politics was “full of sluts”. Not good for votes – particularly female ones – you would presume. Bloom will no longer stand under the Ukip banner.

But Farage, never seemingly bowed, moved on fast from his London debacle. To Manchester, in fact, where he held his own mini-conference on the Monday of the Tories’gathering, trying to mop up more Conservative support. He was cheered by many. The highlight came in an epic row with the redoubtable Tory Eurosceptic Bill Cash. Both tried to out-sceptic the other. Cash said he voted against the Maastricht Treaty 47 times, but Farage would have none of it, snarling that the veteran Tory had in fact sold out by voting with John Major in a subsequent vote of confidence. “You didn’t have the balls!” he raged.

Many members of the Thatcherite Bow Group, which hosted the Ukip leader and Cash, share Farage’s views on the EU. Despite its chaotic, ill-disciplined, and in a few cases seemingly racist, membership, Ukip remains a real threat to the Tories and to a lesser extent Labour and Lib Dems.

Our Opinium/Observer poll puts Ukip on 15% (down 2% on a fortnight ago). In with a chance of coming first in next year’s European elections, it has the potential to destabilise the Tories in the runup to a general election. Its opposition to the HS2 high-speed rail line threatens Tory seats and may persuade Cameron to drop support for it. Ashcroft says Ukip is a real force but still an unknown quantity, whose supporters are hardly interested in any issues apart from immigration, Europe and defence. The conference season has dented Ukip, but the most striking thing is its resilience when it has so little to offer.

Miliband is a more significant figure after conference season 2013. He has answered those who said he had no policies, and silenced, for now at least, some internal critics. Labour dominated Cameron’s speech – which suggests the Tories now fear him.

Miliband is expected to hold a reshuffle this week, or very soon, to further stamp his mark on the party. But he has also shown himself up for fights that his predecessors never dared to take on. His row with the Daily Mail over its claim that his father “hated Britain” is fraught with danger – but he can no longer be accused of lacking courage and belief.

Yet it is far from certain that his economic message of support for those struggling to pay their bills and his threat to repossess land so more houses are built will trump Cameron’s appeal not to give the keys of the car back to those who crashed it last time round. Labour will face a barrage from the rightwing press, which claims Miliband is taking the country back to the days of state intervention and socialism. He now has to prove that he can not only shift the economic debate on to new ground, and come up with ideas, but convince the public he is the man to deliver the new solutions he is suggesting.

The post-conference polls appeared to give Miliband a lift but have now reverted to where they were before. His personal ratings remain dire. Our Opinium survey gives Labour only a 5% lead, and it remains way behind the Tories on the economy. The conference has shifted much – it has changed the frame – but it offers no greater certainty about what the result of the next election will be.

In an alleged interview with The Independent, the Labour leader accused ministers of being too close to the Big Six energy companies. Analysis reveals that ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have met representatives from the energy giants on 128 occasions since the Coalition was formed in 2010, yet have held talks with the main groups representing energy consumers only 26 times during the same period.

Labour will table amendments to the Lobbying Bill, which returns to the Commons tomorrow, that would force all lobbyists to join the register proposed by the Government, including in-house lobbyists employed by the energy companies. The Bill currently covers professional “third-party” lobbyists who contact ministers and aides directly.

The Opposition will also demand a code of conduct with “real sanctions” and moves to prevent conflicts of interest when people switch between government and lobbying firms. The energy firms regularly “second” staff to Whitehall departments including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc), while some civil servants spend time working in the industry. The Big Six are drawing up a campaign to lobby against Mr Miliband’s pledge to freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months if Labour wins power.

Mr Miliband said: “The Government’s Lobbying Bill will not capture the big energy lobbyists, who will continue to escape scrutiny. We will bring in a universal register of all professional lobbyists, along with a code of conduct backed by sanctions.”

The Labour leader sees the crackdown on lobbyists as the next stage of his campaign to stand up to the “vested interests” in the energy industry.

Mr Miliband claimed: “We have an energy market that isn’t working for ordinary families and businesses. Yet rather than act, this Tory-led Government is letting energy firms overcharge millions of families who are struggling to pay their ever-rising energy bills.” He added: “With a cost of living crisis gripping Britain, hardworking people need a government that fights for them. Instead we have a Prime Minister who always stands up for a privileged few.”

Its further The Independent’s analysis found that since May 2010, Decc ministers have held talks with Centrica, the owner of British Gas, on 30 occasions; met Scottish Power 26 times; EDF 21; SSE 19; RWE npower 17 and E. on 15. In contrast, the ministers met Consumer Focus 13 times; Which? on 10 occasions; Energy Action twice and held one session with “consumer groups”.

The Bill was long-delayed despite Mr Cameron’s warning before the last election that lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. But the measure has won few friends because of its narrow scope.

After warnings by the industry that most lobbyists who meet ministers will be unaffected, Labour’s amendments say that anyone who meets the definition of lobbying, whether working on behalf of a client or an employer, should be required to join the register. Labour would also require lobbyists to declare the approximate value of their activity and to list the individuals involved.

Labour proposes an “enforceable code of conduct”, including a ban on inappropriate financial relationships between lobbyists and MPs or peers. Tough sanctions for breaches of the code of would include preventing the worst offenders from practising by removing them from the register.

The Opposition also wants to prevent conflicts of interests arising from the “revolving door” when ministers or officials join lobbying companies or lobbyists move to a job in government. It says appointments should be scrutinised by a committee, which could attach conditions to prevent those involved using their new role to further other interests.

Decc insisted on Sunday taht its links with the energy companies are “entirely above board”, saying that steps were taken to avoid any conflict of interest and details of meetings were published. A Decc spokesman said: “Keeping the lights on and delivering value to consumers is a vital job and it is perfectly normal for Decc ministers and officials regularly to meet with energy suppliers as well as independent players and environmental and consumer groups to discuss energy issues.”

The Government insists that it has listened to critics of the Bill. Andrew Lansley, the Commons Leader who is responsible for it, has announced changes after charities complained that they could be “gagged” by proposed curbs on political campaigning before elections. But umbrella groups representing these bodies said the amendments do not go far enough.

OuveNXDdPxqNVIM-172x172-croppedNow here is my two pennies worth of what I strongly feel:

My take on Nick Clegg insist that his party will be the king maker in deciding the outcome of the general elections should there be another coalition already there are cracks as both Conservatives andLibDems.

Labour has made it clear no to a coalition deal as they want an outright win. Cameron and the Daily Mail has attacked the Labour Party over smear campaigns yet all the Conservatives can talk about how to win back their donors who have defected to UKIP which is hurting the rank and file of the Tories.

In my mind there is doubt that Ed Miliband has up his game over the living standards and utility bills which left a big dent in the Tory conference. I’m not impressed with the actions of the dailyfail for trying to discredit Ed Milibands late father(Ralph Miliband) which the family has not received a formal apology. 

There is a oppressive stink of collusion here, between a press outlet and Tory HQ, as the steam begins to build for the next general election. I foresee that, just as happened last time a deeply unpopular Tory government was fighting for its life (and, thankfully, losing) the 2015 election campaign will be a series of smears and dirty tricks. This Daily Mail incident is just the first; of that I have no doubt whatsoever.

I am glad that Labour party is looking at “making work pay” means extending opportunities and GIVING something,, such as free child-care – the race to the top approach, whereas for the Tories , it means TAKING SOMETHING AWAY, such as benefits and basic subsistence awards. That’s the race to the bottom of the mire that the Tories are so fond of.

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Labour will tackle the cost of living crisis and make work pay by building an economy that works for everyone.

If you support a Labour government in 2015, we will:

Freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 to help families, pensioners and businesses

Cut taxes for 24 million working people by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax

Make work pay by expanding free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds to 25 hours a week for working parents

Get young people and the long-term unemployed back to work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee – a paid job they will have to take up or lose benefits

End the abuse of zero hours contracts and strengthen the minimum wage

Back small businesses by cutting business rates in 2015 and freezing them again in 2016

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