my thoughts on Tory cuts since they took office 2010 / 2017


  • Over 1/2 Million fewer homeowners than in 2010, monthly rent costs at an all-time high. 74,000 families made homeless every year and doubled the number of people sleeping rough than 2010. Around 120,000 children were homeless during Christmas 2016. Young people more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population the worst gap since the Tories were in power.
  • Scrapped Connections, career lifeline for many young people deciding their future and almost 1 million people on zero hours contracts, meaning no stability for workers and their families.
  • Oppose the NMW, introduced a fake Living Wage that is below the recommended amount. Number of employment tribunal cases fallen by 9,000 a month since the Government increased fees of up to 1,200 in 2016
  • Scrapped Educational Maintenance Allowance(EMA) and Treble tuition fees and School budgets down by 8% in real terms by 2020 and new funding formula expected to redistribute funding from inner city to rural schools in 2018-19 and Schools cutting staff due to funding crisis, almost 1/2 of teachers planning to quit in next 5 years.
  • Cut NHS budget by 1.5 in real terms and scrapped the nurse bursary, now over 6,000 fewer mental health nurses in 2010. Mental health spending fell by £600million in the last parliament. Mental health bed shortages resulting in teenagers unsafely being placed on adult wards.
  • 18,000 fewer police officers and more than 3,500 PCSOs lost their jobs in 3 years of the Troy Government. Violent crimes rose by 27% in 2015 alone and expected to do more for little and for nothing.
  • Around 5,000 fire-fighters jobs have been cut since 2010 and recruitment down. The Westminster government intends to cutit’s funding to the fire and rescue service by 20% during the course of this parliament. In the last parliament they cut it by 30%. As a result 10,000 frontline fire-fighters jobs have gone since 2010 – that is one in six. Stations, appliances and equipment have also been cut. Fire-fighter’s provide an all hazard emergency response attending floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spillages, civil contingencies, industrial disasters and terrorist attacks as well as fires.

English councils’ spending on neighbourhood services, such as bins, planning, potholes and leisure, has fallen by more than £3bn in the past five years. The huge cuts to funding and the wide variations between authorities in funding services were “changing the very nature of local government.”

The reductions amount to a dismantling of universal services that are the most high-profile, core functions of local government, the report says. “These services need defending in their own right as part of wider defence of local government as a whole.”

The most deprived council areas have seen the biggest falls in spending in these services – up to 22% on average over five years among the most deprived fifth of authorities, compared with just 5% among the wealthiest. The poorest areas had an especially sharp spending fall in, for example, food and water safety inspection, road safety and school crossings, community centres and services aimed at cutting crime – such as CCTV – and support for local bus services.

There were wide variations across the country, with some councils cutting neighbourhood services by 40% while others have increased these budgets by 20%.

Cuts to neighbourhood services have taken place against a backdrop of unprecedented cuts in local government spending as a share of the economy. In 2010-11, it accounted for 8.4% of the economy, falling to 6.7% by 2015-16. By 2020-21, it will be down to 5.7%, a 60-year low. Although much of the political focus of local government cuts has been on social care services, the impact on neighbourhood services, which include highways and transport, cultural services, environmental services and planning, has been far greater, the report says.

Spending on neighbourhood services in England fell £3.1bn, or 13%, between 2010-11 and 2015-16 at a time when social care spending increased by £2.3bn.

“Neighbourhood services should be on an equal footing to other public services and not viewed as a painless option for more cuts in local spending.” Council managers said there was a perception that funding for local government services was a “zero sum game” in which neighbourhood services had become collateral damage as councils sought to protect social care services. “In eight years, local government spending will have dropped from two thirds of that of central government’s to half. There is a slow but very harmful dismantling of neighbourhood services that marks a profound change in what local public services our communities can expect to receive. “From emptying bins to running swimming pools to providing high quality local parks, spending on these services which communities really value has been cut harder and faster than any other area of public service spend. Centrally driven austerity has fallen hardest on local shoulders. ”

Theresa May should not be adapting David Cameron’s tired rhetoric about “a strong economy, strong defence and strong, stable leadership” might not be a good idea?

Cameron’s didn’t help him when his European Union referendum gamble blew up in his face and he had to walk the plank. Constantly repeating an adviser’s soundbite would guarantee studio audience irritation and reveal an inability to move from scripted speech to impromptu discussion of key issues.

Theresa May’s refusal to participate in TV debates is a clear-cut admission of political weakness. Her suggestion that she will “get out and about and meet with voters” and will be too busy to spare a few hours in debate with Corbyn and others holds no water.

She will be protected from cross-examination except on her terms, concentrating on set-piece speeches surrounded by enthusiastic Tory activists to provide flattering short clips for news bulletins. The decision by ITV to press ahead with election-time leaders’ debates even if May refuses to take part is to be welcomed.

Other TV stations should take the same stance. No prime minister should have a veto on head-to-head political argument.

May’s reticence to cross swords with political opponents confirms that the Tory Prime Minister has not chosen to call a general election because of political strength but of weakness. Not only is she apprehensive about future support from her backbenchers but also over possible impending criminal charges over the Tories’ 2015 election expenses.

She has enjoyed a honeymoon period since sliding into the Tory leadership, being joined by the mass media, many Labour backbenchers, Scottish and Welsh nationalists and even the diminutive rump previously known as the Liberal Democrats in a free-for-all assault on Labour .

May wants to portray the June 8 election as a contest between her determination to honour the voters’ referendum decision and efforts by all other parties to sabotage that democratic choice.

I foresee more cuts to be announced after the snap General Elections should Ice Queen Theresa May receive a mandate from the the voters I kid you not this os on the grounds of pleasing the hard brexiters in the conservative party and their donors.

I rather see a return pf a Labour Government instead of a Conservative one.

Use your vote to vote a Labour Government into power on 8 Jun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theresa May Uturn


Drums will be beating very hard from now to the 8 June as General Elections takes place as voters goes to the polling station until it close at 10pm. 

All the political parties will be stating their case to the nation why they should be voted into office. This will be one of the prediction I said three weeks before David Cameron resigned as Leader of Conservatives and Prime Minister that a snap General Elections will be called the moment that Brexit was announced David Cameron went to the nation. I was laughed at, now I’m having the last laugh and it’s very loud. Theresa May took over the leadership of the Conservatives and  became Prime Ministers. She does not have a mandate by the nation. I was not surprised by the decision by Theresa May to hold snap General Elections to give her a mandate.

It’s been reported that around 50,000 disabled people have had specially adopted cars taken away since changes to disability benefits in 2013. The mobility scheme entitles disabled people to lease a specialty adopted new car, scooter or powered wheelchairs using part of their benefit. It alleged by a charity that around 51,000 people have had their vehicles taken away since the benefits taken away were changed in 2013.

It is alleged that two private firms that access people with claiming disability benefits will receive nearly 200m more than officials had originally expected figures suggest. The government had estimated that Atos and Capita would earn £512m for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) assessments between 2013/2017.

Who would believe that people with learning disabilities are missing out on vital health checks this includes blood pressure, cancer screening, and mental health assessments. Only about half of women with learning disabilities received breast cancer screening last year, compared with about 70% of eligible women overall.

Millions of students and former students in England and Wales will face a sharp increase in interest rates on tuition fees and maintenance loans. The interest rates are linked to inflation and are set to continue to rise by about a third from 4.6% to 6.1% this will be enforced in the autumn alongside an increase in tuition fees to £9,250 for universities in English.

It is purported that Housing problems in England are causing people to suffer anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

Of people who had experienced housing worries within the past five years, 69% said their mental health was affected, suggests research for the charity.

The researchers interviewed 1,050 people from across England who reported poor housing, rent problems or being threatened with eviction.

The polling company ComRes carried out online interviews for the report in February this year with a representative sample of 3,509 adults from across England.

Of these, about 30% or 1,050 people, said they had experienced housing problems within the last five years.

Among this group the most common mental health problems were:

  • stress – 64%
  • anxiety – 60%
  • sleep problems – 55%
  • depression – 48%
  • panic attacks – 30%

About one in 20 had visited their GP because of their mental state and a worrying minority had contemplated suicide.

Shelter says that if these figures were replicated across the whole of England’s population, one million people would have sought medical intervention because of mental health issues brought on by poor housing or worries about eviction or affording rent or mortgage payments over the past five years.

Additionally, one in six said housing worries had also affected their physical health, causing symptoms like hair loss, nausea, exhaustion, dizzy spells and headaches, while damp or mouldy homes can exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma, says the charity. Telephone interviews with 20 inner-city GPs highlighted the extent to which housing has an impact on mental health.

Housing difficulties can be particularly harsh for people “on the line of coping or not coping. Then, they really do tip over the edge”, said one London GP.

A Sheffield GP said parents could become depressed because “they’re unable to provide a nice environment for their children”.

“In the children, they tend to get a little bit, sometimes withdrawn, sometimes a bit anxious and angry.”

London GP Andrew Carr said housing was a major contributing factor to mental illness.

“With evictions on the rise in my area, I’ve seen people with acute anxiety or severe stress because they’re facing the threat of losing their home.”

It is alleged that around four million homeowners in England do not own the freehold to property new government estimates have revealed.

The government promised action, saying it will end leaseholds for new housing developments.

Well there is saying which comes to mind ‘A promise is a comfort to a fool’. This is on the grounds of government makes all sorts of promises in order to gain your votes. In a nutshell they are all talk but no action.

To be frank I would rather believe the Labour Party Shadow Housing Minister John Healey position who said those leaseholders are currently ‘unprotected from rip off raises in ground rents from developers or management companies and under a Labour Government will end this sharp practice.

It is alleged that our dedicated nurses are being protected with affordable pay and their jobs. What a load of hogwash if this was the case why is the government are cutting funding to our NHS and it’s no wonder the Royal College of Nursing are assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The union are asking 270,000 of its members across the U.K. whether they want to strike before deciding issuing a formal ballot on the grounds of pay freezes and caps on pay raise since 2010 have effectively led to a 14% pay cut due to the rising cost of living. This government just don’t get it, claiming that they are investing £1.4billon to ensure all children to get help they need. Children as young as four are suffering from mental health problems such as panic attacks, anxiety, and depression which is being reported by teachers. A survey done by the teaching union NASUWT suggest almost all of the 2,000 who responded say they had come into contact with mentally ill pupils. Members of the teaching union suggest schools are struggling to access enough support to deal with the issue.

When I look at all the u-turns that Theresa May has done such as:

  1. Not wanting to call a snap General Elections, she decided to call one.
  2. EU Citizens Right to remain during her leadership campaign she refuses to guarantee the right of EU nationals living in the UK, now she says they are allowed to stay.  
  3. Jeremy Hunt said that foreign doctors are not allowed to stay she refuse to say three times that they are allowed to stay.  
  4. Foreign Staff list purposed by Amber’s plan to force companies to publish how many foreign staff they employ has been kicked to the wilderness.  

For this reason the Conservatives with all the u turns its no wonder why they are in disarray and they cannot be trusted to run the nation. I would rather have a Labour Government and urge voters to create a political storm by voting Labour on 8 June.

 

 

George Osborne is having the last laugh


I’m reminded of a song I listened many years ago on one of my hobbit journeys recently with some fellow travellers we were having a discussion on various subjects from good friends we had and lost along the way, social mobility, mental health, post war syndrome, food, mobile, gas, electric, and oil price increases and Brexit, the list goes on. Somehow ‘Share Values’ came up and it sums up what our so called shared values in U.K. means in my eyes in a nutshell it’s called a rat race. See lyrics below:

Ah! Ya too rude
Oh what a rat race
Oh what a rat race
This is the rat race

Some a lawful, some a bastard, some a jacket
Oh what a rat race, rat race

Some a gorgan, some a hooligan, some a guine-gog
In this rat race, yeah!
Rat race
I’m singing
When the cats away
The mice will play
Political voilence fill ya city
Yea-ah!
Don’t involve Rasta in your say say
Rasta don’t work for no C.I.A.
Rat race, rat race, rat race
When you think is peace and safety
A sudden destruction
Collective security for surety
Yeah!

Don’t forget your history
Know your destiny
In the abundance of water
The fool is thirsty
Rat race, rat race, rat race

Oh it’s a disgrace to see the
Human-race in a rat race, rat race
You got the horse race
You got the dog race
You got the human-race
But this is a rat race, rat race

What a lark and see the hypocrites going along their way as they look down on people who are on state benefits. However there are some arguments that suggest that some people through no fault of their own who happens to be in certain situations which is the root cause of why they have ended up on state benefits such as they lose their jobs and mental health issues which can happen to any one of us at any stage of our lives. To be frank nobody likes to be on state benefits and it’s still shocking some people they view people who are on state benefits are of lower class and dare I say it as a way how parents educate their children to use say to their children to encourage them to use a form of caste discrimination to encourage their children to do better in their education to get a better job. The truth is this is one of the worse way to teach their children to discriminate against people who receive state benefits. Yes we can encourage our children to do better by showing them to study harder and reward them when they get a good grades result in their school report.

Changes to benefit rules coming into force this week could push 200,000 more children into poverty, say campaigners.

From Thursday, payments for some benefits will be limited to the first two children in a family.

The Child Poverty Action Group and Institute for Public Policy Research say some families will be almost £3,000 a year worse off under the new rules.

Ministers say they are determined to tackle the root causes of disadvantage and make work pay.

The changes affect families who claim tax credits and Universal Credit – which is in the process of being rolled out and is due to replace tax credits completely by 2022.

The new rules mean that children born after Thursday 6 April into families where there are already two or more children will no longer be counted in benefit payments to their parents, under either tax credits or Universal Credit.

And from autumn 2018, families making new claims under Universal Credit will only receive payments for their first two children even if they were born before Thursday.

However, children already receiving Universal Credit or tax credit payments will not lose them for as long as their family’s existing claim continues.

And child benefits which are separate will be unaffected.

The latest official figures show that 872,000 families with more than two children were claiming tax credits in 2014-15.

And a similar number of families are likely to lose out under the changes, the researchers suggest.

In 2014-15, two thirds (65%) were working families and 68% had no more than three children, say the researchers.

Based on those figures, the researchers calculate that once the new policy is fully implemented an additional 100,000 adults and 200,000 children could face poverty.

Among those affected will be families with more than two children who are not currently on benefits but who might need to claim in future because of unforeseen redundancy, illness, separation or death, the researchers warn.

They also suggest that the policy could:

  • Create an incentive for larger families to split
  • Discourage single parents to form new “blended” families
  • Penalise children in separated families who switch the parent with whom they live

“It may also leave women who become pregnant with a third child, for example through contraception failure, with a difficult choice between moving into poverty and having an abortion,” they add.

The researchers also criticise a lack of advance publicity about the change on the main universal credit website, particularly if the policy was intended “to inform parents’ choices about having children”.

Child Poverty Action Group’s chief executive Alison Garnham called it a “particularly pernicious cut because it suggests some children matter more than others”.

“It’s also illogical because no parent has a crystal ball,” she added.

“Families that can comfortably support a third child today could struggle tomorrow and have to claim Universal Credit because, sadly, health, jobs and relationships can fail.

“Surely children should not have their life chances damaged because of the number of siblings they have.”

It is claimed disabled people in the U.K. are ‘left behind in society’ and have ‘very poor’ life chances a report has found. 

This report by The Equality and Human Rights Commission said progress towards equality in the past 20 years was ‘littered with missed opportunities’.

It is reported on 25 June 2015 that the number of UK children classed as living in relative poverty remains 2.3 million, government figures suggest.

It’s been purported that the Department of Works and Pension annual estimate shows the proportion affected – almost one in six – was unchanged from 2011-12 to 2013-14.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said UK poverty levels were the “lowest since the mid-1980s” and showed government reforms were working.

But charities said proposed welfare changes would leave families worse off.

A child is defined as being in poverty when living in a household with an income below 60% of the UK’s average.

Average household income in 2013-14 – before housing costs – remained unchanged from 2012-13, at £453 a week – making the poverty line £272 a week.

Mr Duncan Smith told the Commons that government reforms of the welfare system were focused on “making work pay” and getting people into employment.

He said he remained “committed” to dealing with the “root causes” of poverty, saying employment was up by more than two million since 2010.

Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie accused the government of failing to make progress in cutting child poverty and raising incomes.

The figures represented a “depressing slow-down in the progress we should be making as a country”, he said.

Javed Khan, chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s, said every child living in poverty was a child that was being “let down”.

He said: “Government plans to cut struggling families’ incomes further by changing tax credits is deeply concerning… this government must ensure that change to the benefits system makes work pay for those on low incomes.”

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children’s Society, said there has been a “steady rise” over the last five years in the numbers of children living in poverty in households where parents work.

He said 200,000 more children have been pushed deeper into poverty over the past year.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said the figures made “grim reading”, adding: “The government is not going to meet the child poverty targets.”

It comes as the government has said it wants to change the way child poverty is measuredas it believes the current measurement is inadequate.

David Cameron’s official spokeswoman said the prime minister “remains committed to doing more work to eliminate child poverty and that is precisely why the government wants to look at having an approach that is focused more on tackling the root causes of poverty than treating the symptoms.”

It’s a sad day to every corner we turn we witness Junk Food Projects, Food Banks, Soup Kitchens and most of all the increase of homelessness, rough sleepers, mental health, learning disabilities, low income families depends on those new voluntary services to provide a service which in some cases lack funding and left to fend for themselves to raise the funding for a level playing field against big charities that receive the bulk of the funding from some councils.

What’s more disturbing is the government gives the talk but refuse to take action. It’s no wonder why some people who can use their votes refuse to hold both the government and the official opposition to account because of this, politicians are let off the hook and they are the ones who moan the most. To put it in a nutshell if you don’t vote, you don’t have a say.

There is a saying “People shouldn’t be afraid of their governmentGovernments should be afraid of their people.

I will continue to defend Labour Government record during 1997-2010:

  • Created the Future Jobs Fund, creating over 100,000 new job starts for young people, reducing youth unemployment.
  • Introduced Connections, a service for young people which gave advice and information on jobs, careers, learning and training.
  • Created the New Deal, which helped the long-term unemployed to find work.
  • Introduced the National Wage(NMW), now fighting for real Living Wage.
  • Introduced the right to 28 days of paid leave.
  • Equally of rights between full and part-time workers.
  • Increased paid maternity leave from 14 to 39 weeks, introduced 2 weeks of paid paternity leave.
  • 70% reduction in the number of people in the number of people sleeping rough.
  • 94% decrease in the number of families being placed into inadequate bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • Repaired and improved 1 Million council houses to meet the Decent Homes Standard for council houses.

Isn’t ironic Just over half of the people who have received taxpayers’ money to help them buy a home under a government scheme did not need it, according to research.

About 4,000 households in England earning more than £100,000 annually are in the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme.

Official figures to December 2016 show more than 20,000 households who are not first-time buyers have been helped.

The initiative, which started in April 2013, aims to make buying a home more affordable.

It is suggested that research for the Government found 57% of those who signed up to it said they could have afforded to buy without access to the scheme.

Help to Buy was launched by then Chancellor George Osborne to attempt to encourage more housebuilding.

The government offers a 20% equity loan to buyers of newly-built properties and 40% in London, on properties worth up to £600,000.

The buyers have to put down a 5% deposit and, when the property is sold, the government reclaims its loan.

This means if the value of the home goes up, the government will make a profit.

Similar schemes were set up and have now ended in Scotland and Wales.

Gavin Barwell, the housing and planning minister, said: “We’re committed to helping more people find a home of their own with the support of a range of low-cost home ownership products.

“Our Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme continues to make home ownership a reality for thousands of people, especially first-time buyers right across the country.”

The government said it had committed £8.6 billion for the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme to allow it to run in England until 2021.

Labour’s shadow housing secretary John Healey said: “While the number of younger people who own a first home is in freefall, the number of government-backed affordable homes to buy has fallen by two-thirds since 2010 and badly targeted schemes like Help to Buy are not focused on those who most need a hand up.

“Labour would change that and make helping first-time buyers on ordinary incomes the priority for Help to Buy.”

George Osborne faced a Tory rebellion on Thursday night which could block his plans to cut benefits to thousands of disabled people.

Scores of Conservative MPs warned the Chancellor that they will force him to roll back on controversial Government plans to cut the welfare claims of 640,000 disabled people to save £1.3 billion.

One prominent backbencher warned that Mr Osborne has “zero chance” of getting the measure through Parliament.

The rebellion is a blow to Mr Osborne’s authority and came as MPs also vowed to oppose the Government next week over European Union taxes on tampons, solar panels and home insulation.

George Osborne’s budget will disproportionately benefit the rich, with little if any help given to the poor, according to a review by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The richest 10% of Brits will benefit to the tune of £250 a year each from yesterday’s announcements alone.

And there was little or no benefit from yesterday’s tax and benefits announcements to the lowest 50% of earners – who will already be up to £1,500 a year worse off after tax and benefit changes introduced since May’s general election.

According to the IFS, some 43% of the population now don’t earn enough to pay income tax, and so will see no benefit from the Chancellor’s increase in the tax-free personal allowance.

But Mr Osborne tossed high earners a bung in the budget, by bumping the threshold for the higher rate of tax up to £45,000 a year.

Rich non-doms were given a year in which to sell or dispose of their UK based houses and assets before they have to pay tax on them.

Capital gains tax saw another cut, as did corporation tax which remains the lowest of any G20 country.

Those that can afford to save were given huge incentives to put money aside – with the Lifetime ISA offering a £1 bonus for every £4 saved up to £4,000 a year, and the upper annual limit on tax-free ISA savings lifted to a whopping £20,000.

And people living in social housing who have ‘spare rooms’ are still hit with the Bedroom Tax, owners of swanky second homes were told they could earn £1,000 tax-free by renting them out through AirBNB.

Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “Yet again the independent evidence shows hard-up households are losing most while the better off gain from tax cuts paid for by all of us.

“And in the pipeline there are cuts to universal credit which will further clobber low-earners just as the cancelled tax credits would have.

“If it wants to be the party of working people, the Government needs to deliver a real living wage and help with high housing and childcare costs.”

And today it emerged that some 290,000 sick, vulnerable and disabled people will lose £4,100 a year.

To put this all into prospective it’s no wonder why that Phillip Hammond and other senior Tory MPs were hoping that Ice Queen Theresa May would call for early general elections that was never to be. This is why George Osborne is having the last laugh at disabled people and people who are on state benefits.

 

Six test that should be met of article 50


This youtube that I have selected sums up what some feels about Unite for Europe march versus Carswell

I would like to make it very clear from my point of view that I’m Labour though and though and nothing will change my view.

I have been following Douglas Carswell career from the time he joined the Conservatives to the time he crossed over to UKIP then he decided to become an independent MP. It is claimed that he received lots of abuse from many top ranks of UKIP anything from he should be more radical on immigration to blocking a peerage to give Nigel Farage in the Lords.

My personal view is that not only have they(UKIP) has lost the only talented member of parliament they not no longer have any representation in parliament and three UKIP peers they have been caste to the wilderness. UKIP is more divisive and continue to remain a one issue party and since the triggering article 50 on Wednesday 29 March 2017 from the Conservatives. They have nothing more to offer to the nation since they won on the Leave campaign.

Recently I was part of team Labour in a by-election in Stoke on Trent Central where UKIP leader Paul Nuttall was the candidate who stood against our Labour candidate Gareth Snell MP. To my team and to me it was very apparently that immigration and Brexit was hardly mentioned on the doorstep in some areas where we went out canvassing. It was a case of they were more concerned with their bread and butter issue that affect them such as employment, the ceramic industry, regeneration, and more police on the beat. This was covered in our candidate’s manifesto, even better our candidate was a local person who lived in the local community and it’s no surprise that Paul Nuttall was caught out on national television on a number of porky pies.

As a diehard supporter of Labour I fully support the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan position when he said “It’s not in EU interest to punish Britain for Brexit vote:

A bad Brexit deal would hurt both Europe and Britain, Sadiq Khan has said.

Khan, London mayor, has described the European Union as a “symbol for how different people – and different nations – are stronger together than they are apart.” As such, he thinks it makes no sense to punish Britain for its vote to leave the union of European nations.

“Now is the time to be confident in the European Union. And to act with confidence. There’s no need – as some have suggested – for the EU to send a message – or to instil fear – by punishing the UK. Because a proud, optimistic and confident institution does not secure its future through fear,” he says.

At a keynote speech in Brussels, which saw terrorism itself in the last twelve months, he added: “The people of Brussels know all too well what it’s like to suffer from senseless terrorism. And I know we share a steely determination to never allow these terrorists to succeed. London, Brussels and Europe will never be cowed by terrorism.”

After his speech, Khan is due to meet with various high profile figures in the European Union, including president of the European parliament, Antonio Tajani, and president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger article 50, formally beginning the process of Britain exiting the European Union.

He said in his speech that he is speaking as a an ambassador for London, but also as a friend, colleague and proud European.

“The truth is that London will always remain a key partner for Brussels and every European nation long after Brexit is resolved,” he said.

“My city is not only the beating heart of Britain’s economy, but the single most important organ for growth across Europe. I say this with friendship and all due respect – but a bad Brexit deal that hurts London would hurt the European Union too.”

“I come here with a message of optimism and hope during gloomy times. Because I’m optimistic about London’s future and our future working together.”

“The EU has been criticised in recent times, with increasing calls for major reform. But we mustn’t forget the extent to which it’s been a force for good in the world. How much it’s achieved and how it’s transformed the face of Europe. The EU stands as a symbol for how different people – and different nations – are stronger together than they are apart.”

This is being suggested by UKIP what they want in their so called Brexit test from Ice queen Theresa May:

UKIP wants full “maritime sovereignty” and Parliamentary supremacy over laws, no “divorce bill” nor payments to the EU budget after the UK’s withdrawal.

Party leader Paul Nuttall said UKIP would act as the “guard dog” of Brexit.

This will trigger a two-year process in which the UK and the remaining 27 EU nations will seek to agree the terms of the UK’s exit as well as the outline of the UK’s future relationship with the union.

  • Full control of immigration, asylum and border controls
  • Restoration of full maritime sovereignty
  • A seat on the WTO with the UK free to do trade deals with whoever it likes
  • No final settlement payment and no ongoing payments to the EU budget
  • No impediments nor restrictions on the law-making supremacy of UK Parliament
  • Brexit must be over by the end of 2019

This is Labour position on the Brext tests which I fully support:

Keir Starmer’s six tests for the Brexit deal are:

  • Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?
  • Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?
  • Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?
  • Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?
  • Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?
  • Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?

 

Queen Theresa May really gives a flying monkeys about working class,small businesses, or homelessness


Theresa May is considered to be the hot potato in all the press releases Conservatives are “no longer a low-tax party”. It further says half of those surveyed are less likely to vote Tory after Wednesday’s Budget. The conservatives bare the scares of the miners’ strike, ending the manufacturing industries, the dreaded poll tax, selling of council housing, under-funding public services for 18 years,  stop and search, and Hillsborough Disaster to name a few. Over the weekend there was a march with tens of thousands of people including NHS staff, campaigners and union representatives to protest against “yet more austerity” in the health services.

Protesters on the NHS march wanted to draw attention to plans which could see hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England cut back.

So it’s no surprise many NHS services “are on their knees”. I rather trust the union leaders’ word more than the Department of Health alleged it invested an extra £4Bn in NHS.

I just signed the petition calling on the Prime Minister to properly fund the NHS.

For years now, our NHS has been starved of cash. There just isn’t enough money – or enough beds – to care for all of us safely. This January, several people died, stuck on hospital trolleys. They were desperately ill, but left waiting for hours in the corridor of their local A&E. There just weren’t enough beds for them.

This is what happens when the government refuses to fund the NHS properly. If enough of us add our names to a petition today, we can make sure that politicians hear our demand: the NHS needs more money to keep us patients safe. You can read more and sign the petition here:

http://bit.ly/2j99Tcl

This conservative government would have you believe that the sum of £2bn will solve the problems of our social care services, how convenient that they failed to mention that councils are force to increase their council tax by 5-6% to help pay towards social care services.

Welcome back to the year of Thatcherism, under ice queen Theresa May. Public Services are underfunded and councils are left to fend for themselves to raise funds for social care via council tax. Intriguingly the conservatives are now claiming to be the party of the working class and small businesses. Don’t be hoodwinked by the sound bites of the conservatives promoting centre left policies that are Labour policies. They are more interested in fatcats donation to their party.  

Former Tory Chancellor Lord Lamont has spoken out against the current chancellor Philip Hammond by referring to his budget as a “tax raid” on self-employed and “rookie error”. He further went on to say the Conservative election pledge not to increase National Insurance, income tax and VAT was a mistake and Philip Hammond should “drop” the NI increase. 

It now transpires a leak tape recording of a council leader saying he struck a deal with the government before scrapping a 15% council tax hike. No surprises that Ice Queen Theresa May denied any sweetheart deals with Surrey County Council. The question now is who is telling porkies or fake news is it the County Council leader (David Hodge), Theresa May or BBC.

Intriguing times we live in, the big six utility companies increase the price of gas and electricity, food price increase, low income become more dependent on junk food projects, foodbanks, soup kitchens, does Ice Queen Theresa May or Paul Nuttall really gives a flying monkeys about working class and small businesses?

The simple answer has to be be a resounding no they are more interested in fatcats in continuing to donate to the Conservatives.

 

No such thing as a society


Ever notice when you or your family are walking in any city centres there seem to be an increase of homelessness and rough sleepers with begging bowls. Some people will walk pass them, others will put a couple of quid into the begging cup but the vast majority would just walk pass them and roll their eyes. There is a saying “those who knows it feels it”

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In recent years we have the failure of the so called the “Big Society” in action, only for the government to try reinvent the big society under the guise of the so called “Share Society”. Let’s examine this for a moment and ask yourselves why are there so much foodbanks, soup kitchens, and junk food projects on the raise, could this be there are many people have become dependent on those services on the grounds of that the government and establishment are not doing enough to address why low incomes are turning to those projects which are low funding with no help from central and local governments or European Funding. Some parts of society are very quick to pass judgment on those people by saying “they brought it on themselves”

Do those high opinionated people really know the root causes of those people who are homeless and rough sleepers to make those assumptions?

Some of the foodbanks, junk food projects, and soup kitchens depend on people’s, churches, and supermarkets donations to help people just to survive or make ends meet by providing those services. To me those are the people who run those projects are the unsung heroes unfortunately the government pays lip services to them instead of helping them to promote those well-deserved projects. Take for instance well established companies puts a bid into the local government funding to help homeless and rough sleepers they make bold claims that they WILL provide a joined up services yet it seems a long wait and being bogged down with red tapes and yet after all of this they received the funding whilst the small projects get nil so much for the so called shared society.

The irony of this is when politicians are standing as candidates whether it’s local or general elections they all turn up to those projects to play lip services which is a insult to the organisers and on the odd occasions at full councils and in parliament opposition parties mention of those projects yet the current government airbrush it over with spin by claiming that they are doing more for homelessness and rough sleepers yet both previous and current governments still have not really addressed the real issues of homelessness and rough sleepers. If there is any white paper floating around there is very little that really mentions homelessness, rough sleepers, food banks, soup kitchens, and junk food projects however more can be done to address this by those project managers to lobby their MPs and local Councillors with their service users. jrtmym6

“Don’t you just like it when some people say “they don’t do politics” They rather go to the pub and spend a few quid on a pint of real ale with their friends. Well every thing involves politics even the very water you drink involves politics this is the hush reality and fact of life and there is no getting away from it.

Some people would say they are do gooders and part of a movement there may be some truths in this this but let’s be very clear they are few of those people around compared to the majority of our society. I could not give a flying monkey whatever their religious beliefs as they help to fill a gap in any community that has a need which the government has consistently fail to address. I feel there is a need for a movement of change to help educate those who close their eyes and walk pass homelessness. Furthermore, there should be a strong ethical policy in place to address this issue of homelessness and rough sleepers with mental health. I really find it ironic that Central Government has cut funding to local government that provide services to address homelessness and people with mental health they are left to fend for themselves in a heartless society which plays in to Maggie Thatcher ideology “No such thing as a society”

 

Second Brexit Challenge to High Court rejected


Who would have thought of Gina Miller would have the courage to take her case to the High Court on the grounds of holding our parliament to account and allowed a vote on Brexit debate?

Who would have thought that the old fart(Donald Trump) against all the odds was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America with the press against him?. 

Congratulations to John Brecow Speaker of the House for his strong opposition to the old fart addressing both houses. See quote below:

“I would not wish to issue an invitation to US President Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to UK.

“Opposition to racism and sexism” were hugely important considerations”

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This is one of the rare occasions I speak in favour or against Jeremy Corbyn but must say I do concur with his statement about the old fart(Donald Trump) travel ban and challenged the Prime Minister at Prime Minister Questions(PMQs) when she went to the United States under the guise of trade deals. I fully support the lifting of ban travel petition on the grounds of the old fart signed the executive order which is against the American constitution to discriminate against a religion.

Furthermore, I congratulate Ed Miliband for securing an emergency debate on the old fart #MuslimBan and Members of Parliament who spoke out against the #MuslimBan. Mark my words if the #MuslimBan goes ahead the next target will be #ChineseBan one kids you not. For the record let me be very clear I have spoken out against the human rights record in China, Russia and other countries which abuse their human rights record is placed on public domain.Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband speaks at the London Business School in London

If I’m honest I will continue to advocate that Donald Trump does not speak for me. He seems to be living in fantasy land; he is the sort of person who likes to hear his own voice and still thinks he is on a reality TV show to pander to the far right parties and organisations. The founding members of the America constitution will be turn in their graves for the old fart to try overturning the constitution.

The old fart should not be allowed state visit to address both houses and have the red carpet rolled out at the behest of Ice Queen Theresa May just to secure trade deals with our American cousins(American Special Relations).

Frankly with the feeble response from the unelected Prime Minister has convinced me that Boris Johnson is lining himself to secure his leadership challenge of the conservatives party in the event that she falls on her own sword. The daggers are out ready to stab her in the back. Jess Phillips MP once said “she rather stab Jeremy Corbyn in the front and not behind his back”. On this occasion I would place on public record to delete Jeremy Corbyn and replace it with Theresa May. Then reading in between the lines I see Boris Johnson MP operating from behind the scenes to ensure that he gets his pound of flesh by making sure he can secure his leadership challenge when Theresa May falls.jkgkgl

Returning back to the subject in concern over Brexit whilst I fully admire Gina Miller team for taking her case to the High Court to hold parliament to account I must raise my strongest objection in the most strongest possible way for unelected Ice Queen Theresa May(Leader and Prime Minister) Conservative Government to appeal against the verdict of the High Court to the Supreme Court it defiantly a wasting tax payers money which could be sorted out by not appealing to the Supreme Court to get their way instead they landed egg their face.

I’m glad that Emily Thornberry has clarified Labour position will not “frustrate” Brexit. Let me be very blunt Labour MPs should hold the Government to account. Let me further remind all our Labour MPs bluntly they are the official opposition party and they have a duty to their constituents to hold the government account and not let the government to ride shotgun by using their majority. I don’t say this lightly regardless of whichever camp they supported and voted in the referendum. I continue to raise my objections in the most possible way how the government are treating its citizens and caring more for their fatcat donors they rather stick two fingers at us plebs.mholylu

I fully support all opposition parties to put their amendments to the EU notification withdrawal bill to get a better deal but alas all the amendments were voted against with the conservatives majority.

Whilst I acknowledge that passions are very high and like to strike while the iron is hot for a fresh Brexit challenge at the high court for UK to stay in the EU single market arguing that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area in the High Court was rejected, they and including myself should continue to channel our energies to lobby their retrospective Members of Parliament to bring about changes before approaching the High Court.