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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.

My thoughts on Local and Metro Mayoral Election results


It’s no surprise that Conservatives won four out of six new Metro Mayoral Elections which includes West Midlands, Tees Valley, Cambridge, and Peterborough. In kind, I take the view it’s better to have won two seats than none (Manchester and Liverpool). Some of our traditional Labour voters in some of our heartlands turned to UKIP as they were speaking their language then afterwards winning the Brexit argument they abandon them, they turned their attention towards the Conservatives which is very worrying times if Labour does not address this issue quickly.
There is no denying that the Conservatives have gained in council seats and mayoral elections by winning 11 new councils, and also holding on to their existing seats to form a majority, of course all the commenters will say that Labour will lose with high opinion polls indicating of high gains in the General Elections for the Conservatives. Intriguingly this reminds me of the old fart(Donald Trump) quoting fake news when he wants to promote positives and can’t get his way then he takes to twitter when he was receiving a battering in the opinion polls and the press. Well this is expected as the press and media are paid to sell their newspapers and to increase their readerships This brings me to the question how effective is any political parties with large membership if they don’t come out and help to get the votes for the political parties they are representing on the doorsteps to get any political party into power with a very clear message why they deserve your vote or have political parties gone very complacent to the extent they think that low turn outs is the business. Well I can put my hand on my heart and say this not acceptable and this trend needs to change now, not tomorrow. This election should have been about local issues such as street cleaning, investment in community centres, schools, parks, roadworks, nurseries, and street lighting but instead it’s been marred by national issues such as Brexit and personalities.

Here is a reminder to all feel free to watch this youtube:

It is alleged that local government elections count towards the results which party will hold the keys to number 10 Downing St, this is false on the grounds of its local parties decides what local issues that affect their wards which helps to build towards the local government policies to enhance to the quality of life in their wards. Most voters will vote on issues that impact on their lifestyles and what political party best represent them and when political parties get out of favour with the voters, voters are like marmite like it or not they get voted out to pave the way for a new government in waiting.
No doubt that there will be winners and losers in any elections which the democratic process has been resolved at the ballot boxes. The other side of the coin is some parties may continue to play the blame game and their lack of failures to look at the root causes of why they lost the elections and it’s just not good enough just giving a good talk and not taking action as voters will see through it they will vote for other parties with a heavy heart instead or they will refuse to vote. In all political parties there will be always be infighting between the so called left and right which really does not help as the public views it as a political party can’t get its act together. When this happens voters can only take so much before they vote for other political parties into office.
Not long ago the Conservatives were fighting amongst themselves and they were very unpopular at the time but they still managed to last for eighteen years in power. The voters in turn paved the way for New Labour to take office in 1997. They spoke in a language that the centre ground understood very well and they continued to vote Labour. About right now some people will be chocking on their breakfast, coffee, lunch, or dinner by mentioning this part of history that the Conservatives will want to bury and forget. (Nasty Party image)
Any political parties can have increase in membership, but does it really translate to influencing the voters to vote in a particular way. To the Jones and Smiths it means nothing to them unless it affects their bread and butter issues. Local turns out are different and normally lower than General Election turn outs.
I question what does taking back control of the UK means to you, as it mean different things to many things to all of us. Does it mean immigration or watering down workers’ rights, selling off our NHS, decreasing our Welfare System, more cuts to our public services or more of Brexit which are all vote winners depending which party will deliver.
The snap general elections was designed to cause maximum confusion for a Conservative win not just to the the traditional conservative heartlands but they had the intention of chipping away into Labour, Libdem, and UKIP heartlands, to win Local and Mayoral Elections Maggie Thatcher did very well during her time in office.
It is been alleged that more than 930,000 new voters have registered to vote in this forthcoming Snap General Elections of those, is said to be under 25s. The highest number of the registration online 147,000 and 3,364 paper forms being submitted was done during Theresa May speech and another surge on the day of local government elections on 4 May. Now is the time to go on Labour doorsteps to convince voters that Labour is the party for the many and not the few.
To put it very bluntly I don’t give a flying monkeys if you voted for Corbyn or not in the Labour leadership contest. What matters is we all have a duty to our party to get a Labour victory out to help form the next Labour Government on 8 June. Don’t let the Conservatives use the Ed Miliband’s tomb stone manifesto plan in 2015 to hoodwink the voters to gain a landslide victory for the Conservatives.

This is not intended to preach to the converted how to suck eggs, but to encourage the converted to take the message to the unconverted why it’s important not to lose their rights to vote in this snap General Elections called by the conservatives by stressing the importance of returning a Labour Government into office on 8 June as every vote counts for Labour leaving no stones unturned for this to happen both camps will have to work together for a Labour victory and don’t sit on the sidelines and play into the press and media just so they can sell their negative garbage to the electorates. Labour does have positive messages to promote and recognise they have a historical scale to win back power this can only happen when it’s members are united. It’s just not good enough taking selfies and thinking it’s good enough to win over voters or feeling safe over their comfort zone just being councillors or career politician. In a nutshell I urge all to put away your difference start to fight for the Labour Party. Remember “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”.
By my estimation we have four an half weeks to turn around some of the misfortunes that has accrued by learning from the lessons of Local and Mayoral Elections to convince voters that the Conservatives are for the rich and not for the working class and take the fight to the marginal seats to turn it into Labour seats. Let’s face it Ice Queen Theresa May is the reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher promoting Thatcherism in this election and make no mistake she will promote it for the 8 June Snap General Elections to gain a landslide victory. I’m sure as hell I don’t want to wake up on the morning of 9 June to see another Conservative in government do you, if not then now is the time to get active and do your duty for Labour by joining in our telephone banks, Branch Labour Parties, Constituency Labour Parties by actively helping out on Labour campaign trails for a Labour victory on 8 June

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.

 

 

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.

 

So called shared Society


Whilst I welcome with reservations Ice Queen Theresa May speech on Share Society over Mental a Health and housing she still failed to address homelessness.

This seems to remind me of the “Big Society” with a bit more spin by replacing it with the ism of “Shared Society”. Well I have news for all I rather have the “Good Society or Movement for Change” which addressed all sections of society both were Labour policies which the press helped to put a damper on them but instead promoted the “Big Society” on behalf of the coalition government which was the code word the “big con”.

Over the festive season I went on a few hobbit journeys across the some regions looking at homelessness, mental health, alcoholism, LGBT, young people zero hours contacts.

Whilst I’m happy that Jeremy Corbyn and John Healey both confirmed they will be highlighting the raising of rough sleeping levels were inexcusable and have announced they pledged to end the “national shame” of rough sleeping by doubling the number of homes available for use by homeless people across England.

I welcome a future Labour Government would ring fencing 4,000 new flats and homes for rough sleepers in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, and Liverpool. The properties would “genuinely affordable” rents, building on an existing scheme in London. See article below:

http://press.labour.org.uk/post/154885633364/christmas-message-from-jeremy-corbyn

http://labourlist.org/2016/08/john-healey-80000-more-families-could-face-homelessness-unless-theresa-may-reverses-cuts/

However I must stress that successive governments (both Conservatives and Labour) failed to address the Homelessness and shortage of housing issues and they chose to build properties for the rich could afford to buy and rent whilst working class who are on low incomes such as zero hours were left to fend for themselves.

Who would have thought in the twenty-first century that we will see more homelessness coupled by mental health, and the most vulnerable in society have been left to fend for themselves to depend on food banks and going to soup kitchens. Time and time again, I’ve heard quite comments made about homeless people being referred to as down and out or it was self-inflicted which they don’t have a clue or fail to acknowledge that it can happen to anybody at any stage in their life.jhnfjkertjf

Soup Kitchens and foodbanks are increasing on a large scale and what is the establishment doing to address this to be frank squat dilly is the short answer they rather pay lip service and look after their fatcat chums that provide funding to their political party in exchange for a peerage(Cash for peerage). They rather stave public services instead investing more in statuary services

Since the Care In The Community Act came into force under Thatcher and Major Conservative Government saw the closure of some Mental Health, Learning Difficulties hospitals outside agencies cannot cope on the grounds of lack of funding which came under the Tory and Libdems Coalition in 2010 using the Big Society gimmick which all the charity sectors were rubbing their hands on what they thought they were seeing ££££££ signs flashing in their eyes and at the same time rubbing their hands only to see the funding being pulled from them(Well done Mr and Mrs Politicians for selling out the country). Instead both the conservatives and Libdem coalition and the Conservatives still blame Labour for their incompetence.

Now that I’ve got this out of my chest and it’s about time that Labour has decided to hold the establishment to account on homelessness and start to look at ways how to address Homelessness which includes rough sleepers in their manifesto.

The people you are about to meet are invisible. Politicians don’t mention them. Much of the media ignore them. I can see why. To say such folk exist is to admit that much more is wrong in Britain than the gatekeepers of our national conversation will allow. It’s to accept that some of our prized insights about the economy are junk, and to understand, however fleetingly, how little stands between the rest of us and complete disaster.

For all that, they are as real as you or me – and they are fast growing in number. They are people who are homeless, even though they are working. See article below:

 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/20/working-homeless-britain-economy-minimum-wage-zero-hours

Somehow I feel that that this establishment is NOT taking Homelessness seriously enough and they are renagating on the cross party conscientious which they have done many research into homelessness  and i’m afraid to say are just playing lip service to play the fool to catch the wise.(To feign ignorance to one’s own benefit). see below:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmcomloc/40/40.pdf

Let’s not forget about  the Trade Union Congress(TUC)and another orgaisation called Crisis  produced a report on homelessness which in my strongest opinion sums up what is happening in the real world and yet the Conservatives fail to acknowledge. See link below:

https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Housing%20policy_0.pdf

http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/Homelessness_Monitor_England_2016_FINAL_(V12).pdf

Forgive me if one says I have no confidence in this current government when they previously talked about the Big Society let alone the So called Shared Society. I would urge people if they want to donate to a good cause, please give a donation to the Homeless Hero. See the link below:

http://homelesshero.org/about-us/?%3E

 

 

All eyes on Sleaford and North Hykeham By-elections


I pass my deepest sympathy to my American family and friends. Hope is lost desperation stupidity and bigotry has won. The world is bowing to the right which is becoming a frightening place of uncertainties as people idolise false heroes.jndgmg

All Brexiters should try explaining to your more than two million fellow workers, not born here, how they have benefited from the decision of the House of Commons 295 – 250 votes last week NOT to protect their right to remain, consequent on the referendum result. This out-trumps Trump in that it will mean the removal of entirely ‘legal’ workers whereas he is only threatening so-called ‘illegals’. Defend and extend Freedom of Movement of People! We know what horrors lay down the path of forced extradition

David Remnick and Peter Edwards from the New Yorker from Labour List sums up so eloquently and about the USA Election in reference to Donald Trump.

Peter Edwards:

The world is in shock today at the election of Donald Trump. Of course, many of the headlines here – and the horror – are driven by how a supertanned former reality television host was catapulted to the role of leader of the free world on the back of a nasty, divisive and dangerous campaign but there are equally troubling questions over where this leaves the left.

Firstly, the result Trump triumphed over Hillary Clinton after winning a handful of key swing states driven by votes from the white working class, who had abandoned a party of the centre-left.

The Donald won 48 per cent of the popular vote, one point ahead of Clinton, and delivered a further knock to the reputation of pollsters who had recorded a five point lead for the Democrat within the last week.

Trump’s win has been called a “Brexit-style” shock but the reality is it that it is far bigger. Britain can still proper in the aftermath of our decoupling from the EU but can the US economy, foreign relations and key left-wing reforms such as Obamacare survive this new Republican regime – indeed one led by a candidate who was such an embarrassment that even George W. Bush did not bother to cast a vote.

David Remnick:

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.

There are, inevitably, miseries to come: an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court; an emboldened right-wing Congress; a President whose disdain for women and minorities, civil liberties and scientific fact, to say nothing of simple decency, has been repeatedly demonstrated. Trump is vulgarity unbounded, a knowledge-free national leader who will not only set markets tumbling but will strike fear into the hearts of the vulnerable, the weak, and, above all, the many varieties of Other whom he has so deeply insulted. The African-American, Hispanic, females, Jewish and Muslim the most hopeful way to look at this grievous event and it’s a stretchis that this election and the years to follow will be a test of the strength, or the fragility, of American institutions. It will be a test of our seriousness and resolve.

Early on Election Day, the polls held out cause for concern, but they provided sufficiently promising news for Democrats in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, and even Florida that there was every reason to think about celebrating the fulfilment of Seneca Falls, the election of the first woman to the White House. Potential victories in states like Georgia disappeared, little more than a week ago, with the F.B.I. director’s heedless and damaging letter to Congress about reopening his investigation and the reappearance of damaging buzzwords like “e-mails,” “Anthony Weiner,” and “fifteen-year-old girl.” But the odds were still with Hillary Clinton. See article below:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/an-american-tragedy-donald-trump

It is said in some quarters thoughts on the Brexit debatet the Brexitiers want to ignore that over 16 million did not vote for Brexit. The tradition in the United Kingdom is that we have a PLURALIST society that means that the views of what in a substantial minority are taken into account when any settlement is made. If this is not so then we have what John Stewart Mill called the “TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY” and consequently, society would remain divided with the growth of intolerance and nationalism. khkhThe whole of Europe, including the UK has suffered with bloody wars for centuries caused by nationalism and we must be aware of their manifestation. The worry is that that Mrs May does not appear to have the intelligence to accept the ruling of the court and get a settlement that is acceptable to the whole of the UK people. What a disgrace our “British” newspapers are rottweilers how democratically accountable are they? What non-UK based interests do they represent and serve?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37888663

Respect to Gina Miller, I’ve got a lot of time for her by putting Nigel Farage in his place on the Andrew Marr show  one day I really  hope to meet her and shake her hand. In case you have not read the profile of Gina Miller here is a brief detail:

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

Gina Miller was the person who took the establishment to the high court for force the government to have a vote in parliament and her legal team won the case only for the government to decide to appeal the decision. See original case below:

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/judgment-r-miller-v-secretary-of-state-for-exiting-the-eu-20161103.pdf

Theresa May has insisted the government is “getting on” with Brexit, following a High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on when the formal process of leaving the EU can get under way.

The prime minister urged MPs and peers to “remember” the referendum result. But the campaigner who brought the High Court case said it would stop ministers acting like a “tin-pot dictatorship”.

Judges ruled on that Parliament should vote on when the government can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting formal negotiations with the EU. Mrs May has promised to invoke Article 50 by the end of next March.

The government argues ministers already have sufficient powers – under the Royal Prerogative – to do this without MPs and peers having a vote. It has vowed to fight to get the ruling overturned next month in the Supreme Court.

What a lark, for once I have to concur with Jeremy Corbyn team singing from the same tune which I never thought this will happen over Brexit and give them credit where it is due. This is very unusual on the grounds of there are many from the party that are from political ideologies and the establishment would have got away with murder if it was not for the them to actually unite on a common goal for the establishment to explain to parliament what is Ice Queen Theresa May to allow a vote in parliament over article 50. See articles below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-corbyn-wants-to-hear-theresa-mays-brexit-plans-without-delay_uk_581db3bee4b020461a1c7852

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yvette-cooper/article-50-high-court_b_12811676.html

Shadow Brexit secretary (Keir Starmer) says Labour will not frustrate the process of leaving the EU but wants government to reveal terms. Starmer did, however, say that the party could try to amend any bill to begin the process of beginning Brexit, and would seek to preserve access to the EU’s customs union and elements of the single market. He was speaking before the government’s official response in the Commons later on Monday 14 November 2016 to the court ruling, which said parliament must vote on article 50 before it happens.

The decision, against which the government will appeal, has prompted anger from some supporters of Brexit. See details below:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/nov/07/keir-starmer-labour-will-not-block-article-50-but-must-know-plan

It’s highly noticeable that the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State and Ice Queen Theresa May continued to be very silent on the number of abuse the three high court judges are receiving. Then all of a sudden they broke their silence coming out in support of the three high court judges after the many abuse they received well honeys it’s too late the damage has been done.

The director of public prosecutions is considering a complaint that voters were misled by the Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns, in contravention of electoral law.

The complaint about “undue influence” on the referendum campaign has been submitted by an independent group, spearheaded by Prof Bob Watt, an expert in electoral law from the University of Buckingham. Though most cases require a police complaint before evidence can be considered by the Crown Prosecution services see details below:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/nov/07/brexit-cps-considers-complaint-that-leave-campaigns-misled-voters

In another intriguing development Jeremy Hunt has admitted that the NHS needs more money and warned that this winter could be “very challenging” for the service.

The Health Secretary gave his strongest hint yet that he is urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to provide an emergency cash boost in the coming Autumn Statement.

Hunt also appeared to drop the claim that the NHS was already getting an extra £10bn from the Government, referring instead to “£4bn”, the figure that the Health Select Committee and think tanks say is the real number expected by 2021.

A trio of leading health bodies the King’s Fund, the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation will this week call for billions more to help the service cope with growing pressures from an elderly population and record budget deficits. Hunt conceded that he wanted both more reform and more resources for the NHS. “Many of these people are my dear friends and like me they are totally passionate about the NHS,” he said.

“We do tend to get in the run up to an Autumn Statement or a Budget, a coalition of people who do say that the answer to all the NHS problems is more money from the Government.

“The big question here is, does the NHS have enough money?  And the answer to that is we do need more resources.

“We are looking after a million more over-75s than we were five years ago…and that’s why we are putting in £4bn more.” See details below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-hunt-admits-nhs-needs-more-money-autumn-statement-winter-crisis-philip-hammond-10bn-4bn_uk_581f3c0ae4b0c2e24aafc910

Now that the nitty gritty is partly out of the way here something that many of us have been saying all along. UK households should brace themselves for a combination of rising inflation, low pay and increased debt that will squeeze living standards next year and push more people into financial difficulty, experts have warned.

Higher inflation, weak wage growth and rising levels of consumer debt are expected to weigh on households next year as the economy adjusts to the post-referendum environment.

Joanna Elson, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said: “The spectre of significantly higher inflation is a real concern. Many households have still not recovered from the last big squeeze on incomes in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The risk is that this new pressure on household budgets could tip many more people into financial difficulty. “As a society we need to prepare for what could be a significant increase in problem debt in the years ahead.” See further details below:

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/nov/05/higher-inflation-rising-debt-millions-fall-living-standards

THE Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this month comes at a crossroads for our country.

The new Prime Minister has sacked George Osborne but the government has not yet ended his poisonous policies.

If Philip Hammond wants to make any kind of mark at all then he must kill stone dead George Osborne’s austerity policies.

Remember, austerity was partly justified by Osborne in 2010 on the need to keep credit rating agencies happy and maintain the confidence of the markets — an absurd and flawed basis at the time which resulted in sluggish recovery, greater insecurity, a decline in wages and the erosion of public services.

Osborne’s justification was insincere and the motivation was ideologically driven by the interests of the 1 per cent. After the EU referendum we are clearly well beyond what the ratings agencies may or may not think. That ship has well and truly sailed.

The irony for Osborne and David Cameron is that their austerity policies created many of the conditions in which the Leave campaign prospered and finished off their careers.

No-one would have batted an eye at the bus adverts promising much-needed funds for the NHS if we believed it was already fully funded.

Instead it is a struggle to get appointments, hospital services are closing, blue-light ambulances are missing their targets, and the Health Secretary is driving doctors either out of the country or into early retirement.

Similar mistakes were made with housing. If the government had invested in council housebuilding after the financial crash and recognised the opportunity as well as the need, then not only would we have shorter waiting lists but housing would not be viewed through the prism of migration.

We’d also have many thousands more younger people employed working in trades.

There’d have been more of a sense among working-class people throughout the country that things could and would get better.

For many voters, voting to leave the European Union was presented as a solution to austerity.

We had Tory MPs and Leave campaigners promise that leaving the EU would mean an end to austerity. In April, arch-Thatcherite John Redwood wrote in the Guardian: “I want to end austerity. Voters want prosperity, not austerity … If we leave the EU we will regain control of our own money. We could increase existing budgets and end the upcoming reductions.”

I disagree with this analysis, which ignores the importance of trade to the economy. But the sheer cynicism is staggering and sickening given everything this government has put the country through, with those with the least paying the highest price of all.

Redwood is right about one thing voters want prosperity not austerity. Yet on Monday next week the Tory government will be ploughing ahead with an ever-lower benefit cap which will affect 116,000 families by up to £6,000 a year, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing. It will push 300,000 children closer to homelessness. It is cruel, it is distressing and it must stop.

There are no shortages of moral and political arguments for announcing the end of austerity, but there is a practical one too.

The government has said it wants to have an industrial strategy. It has even changed the name of a government department to reflect this.

Yet continuing with even more austerity measures will reduce the ingredients that are crucial for a functioning industrial strategy.

We won’t just see reduced spending, but lower demand, fragile confidence, insufficient public investment in both the economy and public services which invest in the people would continue to be undermined.

Given the uncertainty of the coming years, why would a company invest in Britain if its own government is not prepared to?

Industrial strategy relies as much on the classroom as it does on the boardroom. Throughout the 21st century, our young people are going to need to be trained and retrained countless times to meet challenges and create new opportunities.

Jobs that don’t yet exist will come and go through the course of their working lives. Further education is going to be critical to all our economic health.

Yet in the first five years of Tory-led government, adult skills funding didn’t increase it was cut by 35 per cent. Colleges have been pushed to the brink of collapse when they should have been flourishing and equipping us for today and tomorrow.

Politics is in a state of flux. Expectations have been raised through the referendum. If Theresa May falls short, then her honeymoon will come to a juddering halt. Our job is to be ready with the answers, the arguments and the organisation for the Labour alternative.

Conservative MP Stephen Phillips has quit over “irreconcilable policy differences” with the government.

The MP, who has held the Lincolnshire seat of Sleaford and North Hykeham since 2010, backed leaving the EU but has accused ministers of ignoring Parliament since the Brexit vote.

He said he was “unable properly to represent the people who elected me”.

It comes as Theresa May said she was confident she would win a legal battle over her approach to Brexit talks.

Although Mr Phillips represents a safe Conservative seat, his surprise departure increases the pressure on Mrs May’s government – which has a working majority of 17.

It is not yet clear whether Mr Phillips, who won the seat last year with a majority of more than 24,000, will stand as an independent in a future by-election although this is thought to be unlikely. This is a short profile of him in a nutshell:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Phillips_(politician)

Well folks, it comes as no surprise on which I’m backing in this by-election of course it will be our Labour candidate Jim Clarke. See profile below:

http://labourlist.org/2016/11/it-is-not-right-that-working-people-have-to-choose-between-heating-and-eating-labours-ppc-in-lincolnshire/