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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?



David Cameron Must Go, I’m Backing Ed Miliband

medwaycamOver the last few days one went into reminiscing mode over the Byelections in Rochester and Strood after doing some campaigning with various Labour activists across the UK helping to get our Labour candidate Naushabah Khan elected on the day. In my mind I thought her campaign team ran a very good campaign unlike UKIP and Conservatives who ran a very negative ones as their main aim was at immigration which they fail to address the positives of having immigrants who helped to rebuild our economy.

I have to give the labour team full marks for it as feel that she is a very remarkable woman which helped to make her shine like a rising star in 6 months time should she decides to re-stand again in the general elections 2015.

83XCVEFwIn true style of our Labour candidate this is what she had to say:

Thanks everyone for your kind words. Although I am disappointed that I will not be representing Rochester & Strood as an MP, I am proud of the campaign we ran and the incredible work everyone put in. I am not going to name names now, but there are those who clearly went beyond the call of duty and I am in awe of your dedication and enthusiasm.

A big thank you to all who helped with the campaign but also those who sent their messages of support. The last two months have been a bit of a whirlwind and a stark reminder of how important friendship and family are. I feel truly blessed to have such fantastic friends, family and colleagues.

I have to give a hat tip the leader of the Labour group Vince Maple had to say which sums it up for the Labour movement:

I am very proud to be Leader of the Medway Labour team today. Although we didn’t get the result we would have wanted in Rochester and Strood, there can be no doubt in Naushabah we had the best candidate (as stated by the Sun, the Spectator, the Guardian and many others). We ran a passionate positive campaign, listening to thousands of residents who are concerned about our hospital, our schools, the road system in Medway, decent housing and many other issues.

My personal thanks to all those who gave their time to assist us in both Rochester and Strood parliamentary and also the Peninsula by-election with our great local candidate Pete Tungate.

We will move forward towards May 7th next year where we will be united, fighting with our outstanding team of council candidates and our three brilliant parliamentary candidates looking to bring change to both Gun Wharf and Westminster.

IMG_1818Let’s not forget it was a sitting member of parliament who was a Conservative who was in fear of losing his seat had decided to defect to UKIP to save his seat so to me it was a waste of tax payers money in the first instance as they have only gone and elected the same person but under a different party name to help them gain credibility which they would not have stood a chance to win the seat which this reminds me of another gutless member of parliament from Clacton  who did likewise in fear of losing his seat too. So in effect they allowed the fear of UKIP to dictate to them who are their master are and when Farage says jump they shout out “How high master”

UKIP now has two MPs compared to the Lib Dems (56), Tories (303) and Labour (257) respectively but you could nearly be fooled into thinking that they’ve just sown up the general election instead of winning a by-election. I’m disappointed by the results and increasingly anxious at the prospect of UKIP doing quite well in May (although by-elections are rarely accurate bellwethers of voter intentions in my experience) but it certainly won’t impede my determination to expose its corruption, deceit and hypocrisy.

IMG_1826Owen Jones, yet again right about the forces behind the emergence of UKIP – and also about the way we resist their rise. It won’t be done by either pandering to their agenda or by tinkering at the edges of a system which has failed so many voters. We need to inspire people again – with a vision of a better, more equal and democratic society. That requires an appeal to people’s emotions and sentiments rather than relying on the cold, tired and on-message story being told by safety-first Labour MPs up and down the country:

Despite all the utter rubbish in most of the press, ie boring overblown pictures of flags that were not as bad as has been implied! The reality is Labour is still doing well and ahead of the Tories. Sure it would be nice if that lead will go up a couple or 3 % points more. But it’s still enough for Labour to win given its current boundaries.

It is worth remembering that before `1997, the aim was at least to get a majority of one! It may seem crazy now but back before 97 in the run up to that election Labour was for most of time it was unsure what majority would be possible.

So if Labour had a majority of 1 in 2015 so be it, a win is a win. But in reality Ill put Labours majority at anything from 25/70.

IMG_1804 (1) “What lessons for those who resist the Ukipisation of British politics? Easy to feel mortified, depressed, despondent about the direction the country is heading down. But lessons have to be learned. The debate over the future of Britain will not be won by facts and mere details. We now know that sentiments matter. If a populist-minded left would learn these lessons – well, perhaps the rise of Ukip would not seem quite as irresistible as it seems today.”

There is hope for humanity and decency yet. Stopping the pure trash that is UKIP needs to happen. Ed needs to start fighting and get some more passion. Take on Farage and show how pathetic, ignorant and weak he is. There will still be enough voting for them to hurt the Tories. But do not let them into Labours backyard.

IMG1Any party that gets active support from the Nation Front (aka Britain First) is unfit to have any position of authority anywhere in Britain and in the EU. And UKIP has had just that. Many of their candidates have also come from the BNP. I’m with the 85% who do not want raciest twerps getting a say they do not deserve.

I looked into the voting pattern in the constituency from the 1868 -2014 interestingly it was also been a conservative seat except in in 1906 it went to the Liberals then 1922, 1929, Liberals again then from 1931 to 1935 it went to the National Liberals after the byelections 1954 it went back to the Conservatives until 1997 it went to Labour till 2005 it went back to Conservatives. Details can be obtained via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harwich_%28UK_Parliament_constituency%29

I love my country but of lately I have walked the streets in almost every towns and regions all I can witness is more of the same from this ugly ‪#‎coalition which makes us all chock and we have a duty to honour by voting in a ‪#‎Labour Government and its time to stand up and say to the nation ‪#‎CameronMustGo

Who is UKIP kidding coalition with Labour Party

NF2Many of us in the Labour Party will be campaigning for a Labour majority in General Elections 2015 and will not want to seek a deal from UKIPPERS as it goes against the core values of Labour. UKIP cannot even match up to Labour policies so by all mean sell your members down the drain UKIP as we all know what the Faragegate stand for to do a deal with the devil in order for the UK to come out of European Union and sell off our NHS to private insurance companies like the American style system. Now that UKIP has been caught out its all of a sudden oh no we changed our mind. It’s little wonder why UKIP is called a wishy washy party first UKIP claimed they are happy to form a coalition with Conservatives, now they want to be bed partners with Labour it’s no wonder why UKIPPERS can’t be trusted to help run the country or be trusted in a coalition with any political party.

NF1We are consistently being deceived by UKIP and the Tories who both want an American led private health system but dare not say so as 99% of the public want to keep the NHS – Cameron lied when he said that there would be ‘no top down reorganisation’ and he is lying now when he says that he wants to protect the NHS On 9th September 1982 Thatcher proposed the dismantling of the NHS but the majority of her cabinet were horrified and rejected the idea the minority have been planning ever since to remove your rights to free health care.

Hey folks let’s not forget a youtube from 2012 proposed private insurance company based system of healthcare to be introduced in NHS see appendix 1 below:

Oh what a coincidence for the Farage brigade tried very hard to deny that they want to privatise our beloved NHS alleging policies develop and change over time. Here is something else that UKIPPERS don’t want you all to know there is a letter sent to to the leader of UKIP see appendix 2 below:

Dear Mr Farage, 

Yesterday you claimed “Ukip will keep the NHS free at the point of use”. Why should anyone believe this is anything but an opportunistic attempt to cover up your and your party’s longstanding conviction that the NHS should be privatised?

Will you answer the following specific questions about the NHS:

Did you tell a meeting in September 2012: “I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare. Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value if I was able to do that through the market place of an insurance company than just us trustingly giving £100bn a year to central government and expecting them to organise the healthcare service from cradle to grave for us”?

 Can you confirm that your Deputy Leader congratulated the current Government on “bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered National Health Service” and warned that “the very existence of the NHS stifles competition”?                                                                                                                                                               

Do you disagree with your new recruit Douglas Carswell who in 2012 called for “open market” in healthcare contracts and in 2013 he supported the Government’s catastrophic top-down reorganisation of the NHS, even calling it, of all things, “modest”?  

Will you instruct Douglas Carswell, who voted for the Health and Social Care Act, to support Clive Efford MP’s Bill to stop the privatisation of the NHS?

Why did you endorse a 2013 article from Jonathan Stanley in the process describing him as “A UKIP health spokesman” – in which he suggested allowing GPs to “charge a flat fee to see non-emergency cases”?

Did you, in 2013, when speaking specifically about jobs in the NHS say, “there is plenty of room for cuts and efficiencies”?

 It is clear you have long believed cutting the NHS even further, increasing privatisation and charging patients for vital health services.

Labour, by contrast, has a costed plan to boost the frontline, which you refuse to match.

 Yours sincerely,

Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Health Secretary

UKIP continues to be economically with the truth by nicking some of Labour policies which they fail to inform their membership the whole truth and have the gull to claim they are the party of working class is so laughable. Here’s is a classic example for you all; UKIP says that they want to implement the Australian point system in UK for their immigration policy. The sting to this is, it’s a Labour Policy which they failed to implement during the last days of a Labour government.

nf4Lastly why we are not surprised by the desperation of UKIP put a legal challenge to prevent UK from continuing to comply with the European Arrest Warrant which failed.

Three high court judges rejected the Treasurer Stuart Wheeler’s bid to block moves to rejoin the scheme which facilitates cross-border extradition.

Wheeler tried to argue that under existing UK law there should be a referendum before such a “transfer of power”.

nf5He seems to conveniently forgot about Members of Parliament voted to support the warrant and 35 other EU justice powers on 10 Nov 2014 and Labour will put forward a motion on opposition day The EU Arrest Warrant on the 19 November 2014 just before the Rochester and Strood by-election which I’m almost sure will be supported by cross party voting for it.

Many of our Labour supporters has a very strong message for ” UKIP “On Yer Bike you must be desperate to sell your members to the devil. Not in my name”



Boycott Israeli Goods does it really serve its purpose?




Recently a formal and informal request was put to Birmingham City Council to raise the Palestinian flag at half mass in respect of innocent children who died in the cross fire between Israel and Palestine unfortunately this request was turn down by Birmingham City Council and the following statement was given:

Birmingham City has a long-standing protocol for the flying of flag from Council House.

Ordinarily, the council flag flies and the only exception to this are visits by the monarch (when Royal Standard flies) and birthdays for the Royal family (when the union flag is raised). Flags fly on national days such as St. George’s for England Scottish for St Andrew’s and Welsh for St David’s. City council flag is lowered if a serving or past member of the council passes away.

Yet whilst I may or may not concur with the statement of Birmingham City Council statement some Councillors with and members of the public came up with a brilliant  idea of holding a silent vigil during lunch time and another on the same day for workers who could not attend during the lunch time which in my opinion effective.

I salute all councils which hold managed to raise the Palestinian flag at half mass in respect of the death of innocent children who are our children of the future as they are not at fault of the conflict.

Many of us hopes to see that both children live, and stand shoulder together one day. Some may say that this may never happen in our life time but our children’s life time is one possibility and as long there is a way there is a will for this to happen.

I long to revisit Palestine one day to show my son and his children to the Palestine where many trade union delegations who met Yasser Arafat and he invited us his compound to take a look at the damages that was done under Arial Sharon army then the delegation proceeded to visit Jennin, Ramallah, Rafar and the list is too long to comment which will have my followers in tears.

Endless excuses from Israel and not one can justify their actions. This image sums up why Israel is so wrong. How can Israel keep bombing and shelling peoples homes. These buildings are not military buildings or army barracks because Hamas have none. The buildings we see being destroyed are were people live or where they work. And yet just look at this image, even when the killing stops how can Palatine recover?

Israel should pay for the destruction but above all Benjamin Netanyahu should be brought to justice by the Hague.

Some groups have called for the boycott of Israeli goods there seems to be many companies and supermarkets who supports and stock Israeli goods see below:

The peaceful way.
Shops & Clothing:
– Starbucks
– Tesco
– M&S
– Disney Shop
– McDonalds
– Hugo Boss
– Sunglass Hut
– Giorgio Armani
– Calvin Klein
– Ralph Lauren – Playtex
– Banana Republic
– River Island
– Timberland
– Coca Cola
– Fruitopia
– Fanta
– Kia Ora
– Lilt
– Sprite
– Sunkist
– Evian
– Volvic
– Nescafé
– Nesquik – Perrier
– Vittel
Foods & Chocolates:
– Nestle
– Maggi (Noodles)
– Buitoni
– Crosse & Blackwell
– KitKat
– MilkyBar
– Quality Street
– Smarties – After Eight – Aero
– Lion
– Polo
– Felix (Cat Food)
Makeup/Perfumes & Health:
– L’Oreal
– Clinique – DKNY
– Prescriptives – Origins – La Mer
– Bobbi Brown
– Tommy (Perfume)
– Bumble & Bumble
– Kate (Cream)
– Johnson & Johnson (Baby Oil)
– Huggies
– Garnier
– Arsenal Football Club
– Time Warner Time Life Magazine
– Barbie
– Intel – Motorola
– Kotex
– The Sun
– The Times
– Australian Newspapers
– National Geographic
– Star Channels (Indian)
– Sky
– Fox
– Nokia
– Standard Newspapers
– New York Post
– The Telegraph
– Independent

Whist I may or may not agree with boycotting Israeli goods some people put on my Facebook the following:

You are fools with no brains do,you realise who the main employees in Israeli factories or other companies located in Judea and Samaria actually are? It is true that the management is usually Jewish, but the people working on the floor are mainly Palestinians. So by boycotting Israeli companies with factories in Judea and Samaria, you will actually cause more harm to Palestinians. In a lot of cases if they don’t have work for their Jewish bosses, they would be unemployed, which means no income for their (Palestinian) family. By boycotting these factories you are really not helping the Palestinians, but rather hurting them, more than the Jewish management. A company can always change location, but it is harder for the Palestinian families to move. So please, European politicians, academics and other “smart people” who feel sorry for the Palestinians, start to think about them and let them keep their jobs

Here is one solution that all Muslims should start to perform

Here in the UK we should bring down groups organisations bodies that represent these so called rulers

If the Muslim world just for one year did not perform Umrah or Hajj & donated that money to Palestine

Saudi Arabia’s rulers would change in their attitude

If the People of Pakistan and Turkey really voiced their concerns

And the same in Egypt and North Africa and Middle East

These leaders would with one phone call bring Israel to it knees

And the beauty is no one needs to resort to violence

Maybe it’s time for the billions to become United

We call for peace in Palestine and Israel conflict

I recall during my time as a very active trade unionist which I’m proud to been part of trade union delegation who was invited to visit Palestine organised by the Friends Of Palestine even then  it was a desperate situation. Waiting for the next wave of attacks is no way to live and, like many other onlookers, we feared where this was going to end.  Almost all the casualties so far have been Palestinian civilians. They were bearing the brunt of this bloody escalation.  At the time we sincerely hoped that  all sides would stop firing its rockets and that the Israeli Government can be persuaded to stand down. The Israeli bombardments are indiscriminate and lethal. The tragic loss of civilian life in Gaza and Jenin at the time. Former Member of Parliament Lynne Jones, Birmingham Selly Oak, 1992–2010 and other trade unions lobbied The British Government to do all it can to bring about a ceasefire and prevent further loss of life.

Benjamin-Netanyahu-Israel-Ban-Ki-MoonI could still recall the United Nations, Security Councils, and European Parliament passing resolutions after resolution to end the ceasefires but did Israel heed as usual they stuck two fingers to the world that called for a ceasefire it was during the time of the leaderships of Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat  unfortunately it was to continue until the death of  Yasser Arafat then after the burial Hamas and Israel continued unto the present still with no solutions from both-sides.


demoThe UN has called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”, allowing for the delivery of “urgently needed” humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.

At an emergency session in New York, the security council adopted a presidential statement – one step below a legally-binding resolution – urging Israel and Hamas “to accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid period and beyond”, the BBC reports.

However, the Israeli and Palestinian envoys to the UN both criticised the presidential statement.

The Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor said: “Miraculously, it doesn’t mention Hamas. It doesn’t mention the firing of rockets. You don’t have to have the IQ of a rocket scientist to understand that if rockets are falling on you, you are allowed to defend yourself.”

We stand together and we call on World Leaders to unite to call for the immediate ceasefire on both-sides of the conflict

We stand together and we call on World Leaders to unite to call for the immediate ceasefire on both-sides of the conflict

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative, said he was “disappointed” a formal resolution demanding Israel withdraw its forces from Gaza has not been agreed. “They should have adopted a resolution a long time ago to condemn this aggression and to call for this aggression to be stopped immediately,” he said.

The UN’s statement emphasised that “civilian and humanitarian facilities, including those of the UN, must be respected and protected”. It also stressed an urgent need for “immediate provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip”.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama called for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire during a phone call to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday.

More than 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been killed in the fighting.

UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon has called for an urgent “humanitarian pause” to the fighting. “On this, the last Friday of Ramadan, I call for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian pause in the fighting in Gaza and Israel”, he said. “This pause would last through the Eid al-Fitr holiday period”.

Meanwhile, there are reports that John Kerry had presented both sides with a new ceasefire proposal today and is awaiting a response before he flies back to Washington tonight.

This follows yesterday’s mass protest where Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) clashed with Palestinians in the volatile area around a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.Over 10,000 people took to the streets to protest against the bloodshed in Gaza. Protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and blocked a road with burning tyres, while IDF says it used “riot dispersal means”, a term used to cover weapons such as rubber bullets and tear gas.

More than 15 women, children and United Nations staff were killed and 200 injured yesterday when a school used as a UN shelter was shelled in Gaza, the fourth time in as many days that a UN facility has been hit.

The UN has rejected IDF claims that it gave occupants time to leave before the attack. The UN says it made repeated attempts to negotiate a period of time during which people could safely leave the area but none was granted.

According to the UN, more than 118,000 people are now sheltering in UN schools and people are running out of food. More than 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have died since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on 8 July.

Hamas has said it would consider a ceasefire if Israel agrees to lift its blockade of Gaza, but the organisation wants the terms to be agreed before it lays down its arms.

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza following the bloodiest day of the two-week conflict.

More than 500 people have been killed and more than 3,100 injured in Gaza since Israel launched its operation against Hamas militants, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

At least 100 Palestinians were killed yesterday alone as Israel escalated its military onslaught. The bodies of women and children were said to be strewn in the streets of Shejaiya as people fled their homes.

Following an emergency closed-door meeting, held at the request of Jordan, the UN Security Council expressed “serious concern at the escalation of violence”. It backed efforts by Egypt and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to broker a ceasefire deal, including the “withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip”.

But Riyad Mansour, the Palestinians’ UN representative, said he was disappointed that the council had not adopted a resolution to “stop the aggression against our people”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described the Israeli attacks as “crimes against humanity” and called for urgent talks. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue operations “as much as we need to” despite the death toll of Israeli soldiers rising to 18 at the weekend.

Twenty Israelis, including two civilians, have died in total, including two Americans fighting with the Israel Defence Force. The Guardian says the rise in casualties on Israel’s side could “increase pressure inside Israel for an end to the fighting or harden determination to inflict a decisive blow on Hamas”.

But Hamas has already cast doubt on the agreement, denying that a deal has been reached but saying talks are continuing in Egypt.

According to the Israelis the truce will begin on Friday at 6am local time (4am GMT), and if honoured will build on the temporary “humanitarian pause” both sides undertook today. But fears remain that one or both sides could renege on the agreement.

Israeli security forces say that Palestinian militants fired three mortars at Israel today, despite both sides committing to a five-hour cessation of hostilities on humanitarian grounds after four boys were killed playing football on the beach yesterday.

According to reports from Palestinian medical officials and journalists who witnessed the attack, the four teenagers were killed by shells fired by an Israeli naval gunboat.

“Children and adults scattered as the first shell struck, with a second and third hitting as they ran, setting fire to the palm-thatched shack
UN  figures cited in a Human Rights Watch report yesterday, suggest that more than three quarters of the Palestinians killed have been civilians, including 36 children, and that approximately 7,500 people had been displaced in the bombing campaign.

“Israel’s rhetoric is all about precision attacks, but attacks with no military target and many civilian deaths can hardly be considered precise,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director of Human Rights Watch.

Well hopefully we all live in the hope that both Palestinian and Israelis will live in peace one day and hopefully a two state solution will be possible which may or may-not happen during our live time but may be possible through the eyes if our grand children.



Some thoughts why so many went on strike

Why are the many not surprised by the actions of this Coalition attacks on public-sector pay have robbed workers of enough cash to feed their families for eight months straight from now until the general election.

 If I’m honest enough I would say that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) researchers said on 8 July 2014 that public-sector workers had lost the equivalent of £2,245 a year through freezes and below-inflation rises since 2010.

Official figures put the cost of a typical family’s weekly shop at £60 — meaning that the lost wages would have kept kitchens stocked for 37 weeks.

The TUC’s shocking study comes on the eve of tomorrow’s enormous strike over years of real-terms pay cuts.

Workers across the country from school crossing guards to NHS staff, teachers to refuse workers walked out to demand an end to the government’s assault.

Two million people belonging to unions including PCS, GMB, FBU, RMT, the National Union of Teachers, Unison and Unite are set to join picket lines.

“Wages are falling further behind the cost of living and in the last four years some civil servants have seen their income fall by 20 per cent,”

“The meagre economic recovery is only benefiting the rich we need a recovery for everyone.

photo 4“We need an alternative to cuts where we invest in public services to help our economy to grow, where jobs are created, not cut, and where we clamp down on the corporate tax dodgers who deprive our economy of tens of billions of pounds a year.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the coalition’s vaunting of an economic recovery had brought no “let up” for ordinary people on their payroll.

“Instead several more years of penny-pinching and frugal living lie ahead,” she said.

“In local government and right across the public sector — workers believe that ministers neither care about nor understand the pressures on their already stretched household budgets.

“Meanwhile the government seems happy for the public purse to miss out on billions through income tax cuts for the wealthy and corporation tax reductions for big businesses, yet says there’s no money to give a decent pay rise to struggling care assistants, nursery workers, dinner ladies and other local authority employees.

photo 2“Public servants have understandably had enough  now is the time for ministers to start listening and to realise that it was never going to be possible to keep the lid on the public sector forever.”

Many are not surprised by the actions of coalition to say they support the right to strike but never support any actual strikes? From the Telegraph’s splash:

“A million pupils face being turned away from classes on Thursday as teachers go on strike based on a poll of just a quarter of union members two years ago. The Prime Minister pledged to overhaul an archaic law that has allowed members of the National Union of Teachers to disrupt children’s education without any fresh ballots. The move would put an end to union powers to hold an unlimited number of ‘rolling’ strikes based on a single vote that has enabled the NUT to take action three times this academic year alone.”

I will give my reason why I went on strike on 10 July with my trade union colleagues:

1. These workers keep your services going day in day out, despite savage government cuts to vital services and jobs. They look after the elderly, the vulnerable and help educate our children. Almost half a million jobs have gone with those left doing far more for far less.

2. The current government offer leaves most workers with pay worth almost 20% less than in 2010.

3. Falling pay also means loss of pension for the rest of these low paid workers lives.

4. Another pay cut won’t save jobs – despite a pay freeze, jobs have gone and services continue to be stripped to the bone, privatised or stopped all together. There’s no reason to believe a pay cut will stop this.

5. Low pay is bad for workers and bad for the economy. That’s why politicians from all parties are calling for an end to low pay. Many local government workers rely on benefits to pay bills. Right now, the taxpayer is subsidising local government to pay poverty wages.

6. Paying all local government workers a living wage will boost Treasury coffers by around £0.9bn every year from increased tax and national insurance take – shifting many off in-work benefits and reducing the bill to taxpayers.

7. Over 100 councils already pay the living wage. If these councils can afford it, why can’t every local authority? Our claim would make the living wage the minimum pay rate for every council and school support worker.

8. The UK is the 7th richest nation on earth, surely we can afford good social care, housing and libraries while paying workers a living wage?

9. Councils have got over £19bn in the bank. Some of that could be spent on paying a decent wage, which would give workers more money to spend on local goods and services, helping local businesses and creating jobs.

10. The pay and conditions of local government workers are the worst in the public sector  from top to bottom. It can’t carry on.

11. One of the biggest programme of cuts and privatisation in public and welfare spending since the Second World War is well underway and starting to have serious even fatal consequence for lower, and middle incomes.

12. Suicide rates among the unemployed are climbing whilst central government forcing councils to implement the dreaded bedroom tax  some people with disabilities are having their benefits stopped for no apparent reasons in which time they face debts, poverty and the possibility of homelessness.

13. Child benefits, educational grants, family credits, pensions, and social facilities are under attack by this coalition in the mean time our libraries, youth centres and fire stations are closing down.

14. Our education system is being hammered and privatisation contractors are creeping in from the backdoor who has been given a free rein to loot the best services like our NHS to gain massive profits at the expense patient care.

15. Moreover, as social services disappear the cost of living is going up whilst public sector pay are stagnating and in some cases going down. Unemployment and underemployment are endemic. Over 10% of workers and 25% of young people are unemployed and many more can’t find work that pays enough to live on.

16. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment at a time of crisis how many success governments both previous and present continues with the blame game ie it’s Conservatives or Labour fault yet they both forget it’s the voters who all suffers. The problem is not one of “limited resources” since 2008 crash bankers and their excessive bonuses have become the targets of much anger. It certainly easy to hate and blame immigrants for the politicians fault who gambles with our economy but we must be careful not to mistake a symptom for a cause.

17. Regulation could not have prevented the crash. “Sensible, regulated banking practices” inevitably lead to fevered speculation as production outstrips consumption and market contact. In my opinion there is no such thing as capitalism without crisis; no such thing as capitalism without crisis and collapse.

18. The establishment have made it clear what their intentions are they hope to pass the burden of their latest crisis onto the backs of the voters through austerity and war saving their fortunes and their system at our expense. They do not give a monkeys what catastrophic effects their self preservation strategies have on the planet let alone of humanity.

What a cheek from David Cameron, and Francis Maude to say that the ballots were not valid lets not forget the 11% pay raise that Members of Parliament enjoy whilst the likes of teachers, dinner ladys, firefirers, local government employees gets a 1% increase. Furthermore the elections did not get 50% of the voters. So we don’t need no lessons from both ministers who are well off with their 11% increase and living in their mansions. What the this coalition should be doing is to bring in the mansion tax which this coalition will not touch with a bargepole.

Yet Almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week, a study into working practices has suggested.

Work pressures and easy access to email through smartphone technology leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted hours, the study found.

Around 13% of managers work two days unpaid overtime per week, the Institute of Leadership and Management said.

“When you add up all the skipped lunch breaks, early morning conference calls and after hours emails you see just how widespread the extra hours culture is within UK business,” said ILM chief executive Charles Elvin.

“Of course, all organisations face busy periods when employees will feel motivated to work above and beyond their contractual hours.

“But excessive hours are not sustainable – there are only so many times you can burn the midnight oil before your performance, decision making and wellbeing begin to suffer,” he added.

An online survey of 1,056 ILM members found that 76% routinely work late in the office or at home, 48% regularly work through their lunch-break, and more than one third work at weekends.

Smartphone technology has added to pressures to work, with some managers “obsessively” checking email outside of office hours, Mr Elvin said.

“We all know how stressful it can be to receive an urgent late night email when you feel compelled to respond immediately,” he said.

Research body the Work Foundation said that overwork can lead to underperformance.

“When you work excessive hours this can lead to employee burnout, increased stress, depression and physical illnesses,” said Zofia Bajorek from the Work Foundation.

However, if smartphones are used to allow flexible working hours, this can support the organisation, the employee and the customer, she added.

The employers’ organisation the CBI said that businesses investing in employee wellbeing “is not only the right thing to do, but it also has real business benefits.”

“Having healthy staff is an essential part of running a healthy business,” said Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills.

“Businesses are looking at how they can work with employees to manage workload and we’re already seeing many firms focusing on health management and building employee resilience to help keep their staff happy and healthy.”

Around two thirds of UK managers feel under pressure to work extra hours from their employers, the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) said.



Coalition runing round like headless chickens

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Millions of people unemployed or under-employed, homelessness numbers increasing, child poverty levels rocketing, pay cuts for most workers, childcare costs soaring, fuel and food prices outstripping inflation figure, housing costs becoming more unaffordable…..and what does this Govt do about it ? It gives us 1p off a £3+ pint of beer and cuts the tax on Bingo Hall owners !!!

And you want to vote for this bunch of….?


Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday confirmed that the ruthless Con-Dem assault on the poor, the low paid, the unemployed, the sick and the disabled not only continues but will escalate.

There will be no reversal of the austerity drive against public services, welfare benefits and the employment terms and conditions of public-sector workers.

Why so?

photo (2)Because, as last weekend’s Scottish labour conference recognised, austerity is indeed working – for the rich and big business. It was never intended primarily to reduce the state’s financial deficit. If it were, City of London bankers and other speculators would be punishing Osborne for his spectacular failure.

In his contrived “emergency” budget of June 2010, the Chancellor had boasted that annual government borrowing would be reduced to £60bn (or 3.5 per cent of GDP) by this year. In reality, it is now £108bn (6.6 per cent of Britain’s economic output).

The national debt would reach 70 per cent of GDP and begin to decline. It currently stands at 75 per cent and is rising not falling.

Osborne has little or no hope of eliminating the deficit in 2018 as planned (but orginally set for 2015), without even deeper cuts in public spending, probably combined with further rises in regressive taxation such as VAT and excise duties.

Imposing an annual spending cap on welfare – currently set at £119bn in real terms – throughout the next parliament will be central to this intensified austerity drive.

Astonishingly, the Labour “opposition” wants such a cap – albeit set at a higher level – to include the state retirement pension, so that it can be under the cosh as well.

How the cap will be used to clobber various unemployment, disability, maternity and other payments will doubtless be unveiled in another “emergency” Budget after the 2015 general election.

In the meantime, Osborne will pretend to be “upset” that the news headlines concentrate more on his tax relief for bingo, beer and cider than on his strategic genius.

No, the City is pleased with this latest budget. All those donations to the Conservative Party represent money well spent.

The austerity strategy is delivering lower taxes on the rich and big business, more loot for the banks in the shape of “quantitative easing,” weaker bargaining power on the part of organised labour and the privatisation of public services including Royal Mail, probation services and, in England at least, the NHS and secondary education.

photo (3)Despite rampant crookery, fraud and incompetence in the City of London, the banksters are being shielded from the retribution they so richly deserve.

The overall result has been a substantial depression in real wages (by an unprecedented 9 per cent since the coalition seized office) and – for most monopolies in most sectors of the economy – the maintenance or expansion of profits.

All the talk about banking reforms, tighter regulation and clampdowns on corporate tax avoidance and bonuses has been just so much hot air.

As usual, the main winners in this budget are big business and the super-rich.

A fresh series of tax relief measures will enable manufacturing and energy corporations and the property developers to boost their profits still further. Cuts in corporation tax and final abolition of the top rate of income tax will proceed as planned.

Just as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is about to publish its most alarming findings so far, the Chancellor proposes to scrap the “escalator” increase in tax on companies with high carbon emissions.

While some of the world’s most eminent scientists warn that higher temperatures, more floods and wilder weather will chop crop yields, spread water and air borne diseases and displace millions more people, Osborne does Prime Minister Cameron’s bidding to “get rid of all the green crap.”

Interestingly, the Chancellor subsequently blamed the EU emissions trading system for placing British firms at a disadvantage, thereby requiring his tax relief. That the ETS is a racket, giving EU monopolies a licence to speculate while buying pollution rights from the Third World, was evident from its introduction in 2005.

Predictably, with next year’s general election looming ever larger, Wednesday’s Budget contained some sweeteners for the electorate. These include a higher starting threshold for income tax – due to kick in on the eve of polling day on May 7 – and a package of state subsidies for childcare.

Reforms and tax concessions relating to personal savings will, by definition, benefit only those people who can afford to save up to £15,000 a year.

Crucially, many of these will be key electors in constituencies where the electoral struggle will be between the Tories, Lib Dems and Ukip.

The Help to Buy scheme which subsidises buyers of new houses and guarantees repayments to their mortgage lenders is being extended for four years beyond 2016, even though the consequences might well be a housing price bubble followed by a slump and negative equity.

The Treasury reckons the scheme will stimulate the construction of 120,000 new private-sector houses over the whole period.

Yet Britain needs 250,000 new homes to be completed every single year. Most of those have to be affordable for people on low and middle incomes.

So far, the government has pledged to ensure that just 150,000 of these are built throughout the whole current parliamentary term.

Public spending on new council and social housing has been cut since 2010 by at least half or almost £2bn a year even with the New Homes Bonus, while tenants face higher rents to make up some of the shortfall.

Incredibly, the government is placing its faith and public money in property developers and the private rented sector, for example through the £1bn Build to Rent fund.

In response to the Budget, some of Labour’s anti-toff rhetoric has been magnificent but it is not class war.

It needs to be translated into policies. At the moment, the Shadow Cabinet is committed to maintaining the public sector pay freeze, abiding by Tory-Lib Dem spending plans for one year after the general election and sticking to a welfare spending cap for the entire parliamentary term.

This will not set the voters on fire to ensure a Labour victory at the polls. But it underlines the need to build the Labour party into a powerful mass movement against austerity and privatisation. In alliance with the trade unions, it will be needed as much after May 2015 as it is today.

In the meantime, there is vital work to do, persuading people across Britain that austerity is not necessary and that there is an alternative, embodied in the policies of the Labour party and the will of the peoples power to come out to vote Labour.

Well many of you may have read in all the right wing rags that Boris Johnson will or being encouraged stand as Member of Parliament. Some say it’s a gimmick to boost the Conservatives who knows what’s taking place only the man himself and he is keeping it close to his chest.

Could Boris Johnson be the next leader of the Conservatives and the LibDems are in panic mode as they know full well that their days are over. I’m sure many Conservatives both publicly and privately would enjoy the return of Boris as that would put a real dent to George Osborne, and Teresa May campaign for leadership challenge to David Cameron as he is not popular with his party.

David Cameron takes the view it’s better to keep your friends close and to keep your enemies closer to your chest. I’m sure many would have read and watched the budget most of the budget is geared up to sure up the Conservative votes which would have gone to UKIP which I have to say nice gimmick to try win back their voters.

hatedimagesFor this reason the LibDems are looking to Labour for a sweetheart deal. However there are many on my side of Labour Party will feel betrayed if and when a deal takes place with the LibDems and many have said both publicly and privately not in our name although it’s still early days yet.

Douglas Alexander is correct in saying He said he was “working and planning for a majority Labour government”.

Douglas%20Alexander_Glasgow%202014_145He called the Lib Dems “the enablers of the Conservatives” and said Labour would hold them to account for policies such as raising tuition fees.

Mr Alexander, who is directing the party’s election strategy, spoke at the Scottish Labour conference in Perth.

In an interview last month, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg talked openly about the possibility of a coalition between his party and Labour, saying the latter had “changed”.

nick-clegg_1573856cBut he insisted his first demand in any coalition negotiations would be: “Don’t break the bank.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was not “interested” in discussing the possibility of a coalition. Mr Alexander told the conference on Saturday the 2015 election was “quintessentially winnable” for Labour.

He continued: “The Liberal Democrats want to pretend that they are the internal opposition to the Conservatives – they’re not the internal opposition, they are the enablers of the Conservatives.

“The reason David Cameron is sitting in Downing Street is because Nick Clegg is sitting next to him at the cabinet table.

“It was Nick Clegg, Malcolm Bruce, Robert Smith, Danny Alexander, all the rest of them, they voted for the bedroom tax, voted to triple tuition fees, and have got it wrong on the economy month after month after month. We need to hold them to account for that.

“In that sense anybody who suggests we should try and have a coalition with them, it’s nonsense.”

The shadow foreign secretary said Labour would “build momentum” for the election from this September’s referendum on Scottish independence, adding: “We will deliver a majority Labour government.”

He said the Tories were “in wholesale retreat across the United Kingdom”, with only one MP in Scotland and no elected councillors in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield or Newcastle.

He added that “the cost of living crisis” would be the “beating heart of our campaign” and “the defining question of the general election.”

Which leads to another subject matter Lord Tebbit has called on the government to investigate if people using food banks are in fact spending their money on junk food.

Speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday night, the Conservative peer dismissed the growth of food banks, saying “there is always a near-infinite demand for valuable goods that are given away free”.

“One can notice it even in the catering departments of this building,” Tebbit continued. “If food is given away at prices grossly below market value, more is used. Would my noble friend initiate some research into the sales of junk food in the areas where people are relying for their basic foods on food banks?”

Earlier in the debate, Lord de Mauley, the Tory environment minister, told the chamber that he did not believe the government should get involved in the growth of food banks. “Britain has a great tradition of charitable giving, and it would be a bad day on which we started to interfere with that,” he said, drawing gasps from several peers.

He rejected Tebbit’s request for an investigation into junk food purchases in the areas where food banks are growing.

Tebbit’s comments echo those of Lord Freud, the millionaire Tory minister, who in July last year told the House of Lords that there is no evidence that the growth of food banks is linked to growing poverty and hunger – merely that people wish to get food for free.

“Food from a food bank—the supply—is a free good, and by definition there is an almost infinite demand for a free good,” he said.

The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks, has previously categorically denied free food, rather than desperation, is the motivation for people to visit their facilities. “Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline organisation, people can’t just turn up asking for free food,” the Trust said.

“If someone does come to a foodbank without a voucher, the foodbank will talk to the client about why they need the foodbank and put them in touch with the most appropriate agency to help them.”

Over 50% of referral agents to the Trust’s food banks are statutory agencies and referrers include doctors, social workers, schools liaison officers and Citizens Advice Bureaux staff.

Tebbit has been outspoken this week on his opposition to the Bedroom Tax, allying himself with Labour leader Ed Miliband on the issue. “I worry about what Labour chooses to call the bedroom tax,” he said at a Bow Group meeting. “Because so often what is a spare room is in fact a vital part of the looking after an elderly person. It enables their relatives to come, it enables carers to be there.”

He added: “I think we introduced that rather without thinking it through very well, and I think that’s costing us.

Is Lord Tebbit right in thinking about the Bedroom Tax when he said:

“I worry about what Labour chooses to call the bedroom tax,” he said. “Because so often what is a spare room is in fact a vital part of the looking after an elderly person. It enables their relatives to come, it enables carers to be there.”

He added: “I think we introduced that rather without thinking it through very well, and I think that’s costing us.”

Tebbit made the comments on Wednesday evening at an event in parliament held by The Bow Group. Delivering the conservative think-tank’s first Annual State of the Conservative Party Address, he said the chances of the Conservatives winning the next election were “not looking too hopeful”.

Under the coalition’s policy, families receive less housing benefit if they are deemed to have more bedrooms in their home than they need. Ministers insist the change is necessary to reduce the housing benefit bill and also free up much needed living space.

Tebbit’s comments ally him, unusually, with Ed Miliband. The Labour Party has said the measure unfairly targets poorer people as well as the disabled and has pledged to abolish it should the party win power in 2015.

The veteran Tory peer, who is no cheerleader for David Cameron or the coalition, told Conservative activists that the leadership of his party needed to woo back Ukip voters if it had any chance of winning the next election.

“David Cameron could only manage 10.7 million [votes in 2010], that was simply not good enough, there was really no excuse for it,” he said.

“His efforts to gather Lib Dem support meant he reinforced the conviction of Lib Dem voters that the Lib Dems were right and we left many of our voters lost.”

Cameron alluded, perhaps unintentionally, to his failure to secure a majority at the 2010 election during prime minister’s questions on Wednesday when he conceded to an MP that he was “not the world’s biggest expert in campaigns”.

Tebbit is a fierce critic of Cameron’s attempts to modernise the Conservative Party and blames the strategy for the party’s current inability to overturn Labour’s poll lead.

He said that should Ukip come top in this May’s European elections, as is widely predicted, then the Conservatives would need to sign an electoral pact with Nigel Farage to prevent Labour winning in 2015.

He said local Tory parties should look at whether it was the Conservative or Ukip candidate that was most likely to beat the Labour or Lib Dem challenger – and then vote accordingly.

“Where we look at a constituency we should say who has the best chance of ensuring we do not get a Lib Dem or Labour member elected,” he said.

“If it’s a Tory, Ukip ought to withdraw, if it looks to be Ukip then we should withdraw and tell our voters they should go that way.”

Tebbit also said that the coalition had been a mistake and the sooner it was ditched the better – even if it meant forcing a general election. “The coalition has gone past its sell by date, it’s beginning to smell a bit,” he said.

However despite his hatred of the coalition, Tebbit said he did not object to all the Lib Dem ministers in government. “The chief secretary to the Treasury is one of the best of them,” he said. The compliment is unlikely to be received warmly by its target, Danny Alexander, who has in the past been accused of being too close to George Osborne.

Whilst Staffers from the Conservatives Cabinet ministers have given personal staff huge pay hikes while restricting public sector workers to below-inflation rises.

The meagre increases for workers mean they are taking a pay cut in real terms – while some special advisers are enjoying bumper rises of more than a third of their salaries.

The special adviser to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith received a massive 36 per cent salary boost last year.

David Cameron’s chief of staff Ed Llewellyn got a hefty 12 per cent increase from £125,000 to £140,000 – which means he now earns more than twice the £66,396 salary of an MP.

And Home Secretary Theresa May’s private office aides Fiona Cunningham and Nick Timothy enjoyed whopping 14 per cent rises, taking their pay from £65,000 to £74,000.

Special advisers, known as “spads”, are temporary civil servants who give political advice to ministers.

Mr Duncan Smith bumped up his spad Philippa Stroud’s pay last year from £69,250 to £94,000.

Mark Serwotka, general ­secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace.”

A Cabinet Office spokesman explained that pay rises for spads have to be approved by a special committee, which is chaired by Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

He said: “The pay of some individual advisers has been ­adjusted to reflect an ­increase in responsibilities.”

Although the Tory-led Coalition had promised to clamp down on spads, their numbers have soared since 2010.

Shadow Cabinet Office Min­is­ter Chi Onwurah said: “Ministers are happy to sign off on massive wage increases for their political ­advisers.

“Yet nurses and thousands of other health workers are ­singled out not to receive a one per cent pay rise.”

Earlier this month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt flat-out refused an across-the-board ­salary rise, recommended by an official pay review board, to thousands of NHS staff.

Pay increases for junior public sector workers have been below inflation for four years.

That means they are taking real-terms wage cuts while the cost of living in Britain has soared over the past few years.

As a result, the average public-sector worker is £3,700 worse off over this period, ­according to research by experts VocaLink.

But top civil servants pocketed more than £140million on top of their pay last year – despite a Government promise to end Whitehall’s bonus culture.

Almost 900 members of the elite Senior Civil Service received bonuses averaging £9,700, with one Ministry of Defence ­mandarin getting £62,422.

photoLabour MP Keith Vaz said: “Senior civil servants should not receive special treatment.” So its no surprised that public sector workers are very angry with the coalition.

So do continue to run around like headless chickens coalition and many of will be voting for Labour come 22 May 2014 in European and Local Government elections.