Here is a political broadcast for all to see:
Firstly, in solidarity with all who attended the pro-European protest march in London, calling for our nation to be strengthening its ties to the continent following the brexit vote. Our aim was to continue to apply pressure on the government to delay activating the formal process of leaving the European Union (EU).
I don’t normally concur with Ice Queen Theresa May but she does raise a point when she says “Britain needs to prepare for some difficult times” ahead as it leaves the European Union. This will not be plain sailing for the UK and that talks will be held in 2017 and that the process would not kicked into the long grass. However I don’t believe Ice Queen May rules out having snap general elections.
No surprise that the establishment will have to hire extra civil servants to cope with the “phenomenally large task” of negotiation brexit, a former top Foreign Office diplomat has said. Sir Simon Fraser was a trade negotiator in Europe and permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office and he is also quoted “serious thinking has barely began on the substantive issue”.
I’m glad that Ice Queen Theresa May acknowledged she has had a difficult start to the G20 summit as President Barack Obama said the UK would not be the priority for a US trade deal and Japan issued an unprecedented 15-page warning about the consequences of Brexit.
The prime minister had been hoping to pitch the UK as a global leader in free trade during her first major outing on the world stage at the G20 in summit in Hangzhou. However, she was immediately confronted with harsh warnings about the consequences of leaving the EU and diplomatic tensions with the Chinese over her concerns about their involvement in UK nuclear power.
After her first bilateral meeting with Obama, May was warned that the US wanted to focus on trade negotiations with the EU and a bloc of pacific nations before considering a deal with the UK. This was swiftly followed by a message from Japan to the UK that there could be a string of corporate exits from the UK unless some of the privileges that come with access to the single market are maintained.
The lengthy document from Tokyo gives a list of possible consequences of Brexit and a series of specific requests from Japanese businesses. About half of Japanese investment in the EU comes to the UK, including from companies such as Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nomura and Daiwa.
“Japanese businesses with their European headquarters in the UK may decide to transfer their head-office function to continental Europe if EU laws cease to be applicable in the UK after its withdrawal,” the report concludes.
It says: “In light of the fact that a number of Japanese businesses, invited by the government in some cases, have invested actively to the UK, which was seen to be a gateway to Europe, and have established value-chains across Europe, we strongly request that the UK will consider this fact seriously and respond in a responsible manner to minimise any harmful effects on these businesses.”
Earlier, Obama had promised to work hard to stop “adverse effects” of Brexit and assured the UK there was still a “very special relationship” between the two nations.
But he also raised the risk of some trading relations unraveling and made clear that it “would not make sense to put aside” existing negotiations with big blocs of countries in order to do an immediate deal with the UK.
Asked whether he stood by his warnings against Brexit and claim that Britain would go to the back of the queue when it comes to trade deals, Obama repeated his belief that the world would benefit from the UK being a member of the EU.
“I’ve committed to Theresa that we will consult closely with her as she and her government move forward on Brexit negotiations to make sure we don’t see adverse effects in our trading and commercial relationship. Obviously there is an enormous amount of trade that already takes place … That is not going to stop. And we are going to do everything we can to make sure the consequences of the decision don’t end up unravelling what is already a very strong and robust economic relationship.
“But first things first. The first task is figuring out what Brexit means with respect to Europe. And our first task is making sure we go forward on TTIP negotiations in which we have already invested a lot of time and effort.”
It comes after the prime minister warned on her flight to China that there would be “difficult times ahead” for the economy after leaving the EU.
The prime minister said the economy was in better shape than some had predicted following the vote for Brexit. However, May said she was not expecting an easy ride, as her ministers examine the possibility of a “fiscal reset” at the autumn statement – potentially abandoning some of the financial strategies and targets of former chancellor George Osborne.
Hey folks, it’s no surprise to read that Nick Clegg (Bed partner of David Cameron) spelling the beans on the former chancellor George Osborne of seeing welfare as a “bottomless pit of savings just to cut benefits to boost the Conservatives popularity”. This is in light of number focus groups suggested potential Tory voters were anti-welfare. He also claims that social housing created Labour voters. It’s no wonder the Conservatives are punishing desperate families by refusing to build more council housing. See article on my blog entitled Satire: shortage of housing and homelessness.
Nobody likes to go on strike, this is a last resort especially when it comes at the time of austerity, I refer to our junior doctors five day strikes in England. Sure I make no apologies for saying I’m in solidarity with our junior doctors. Put yourself in their position, you have a contract that you were better than the new one would you hold on to it and fight tooth and nail to keep it or will you take on a new contract that will less attractive and more workload with less pay which one will you keep. The British Medical Association Members (BMA) voted to keep the current contract and the establishment decided to pull the rug under them what would you do. On August 31 the BMA council voted to endorse a programme of further industrial action, proposed by the junior doctors committee (JDC), just weeks before the first group of junior doctors are to be faced with the new contract. Strike action is planned for October, November and December.
Consultants and others medics not classified as junior doctors will be staffing the NHS, as was the case during strike action taken earlier this year, in order to ensure our patients are not left without medical assistance.
The media spin is once again in overdrive and on cue to portray junior doctors as reckless anarchists who are striking to the detriment of patients in order to score political points.
One does not need a medical degree to figure out that individuals who make immense sacrifices to get into and through medical school, to be followed upon graduation by further sacrifices to their free time, comfort, social and family lives (to the extent that their own physical and mental health sometimes suffers) in order to care for the sick, would suddenly choose to put patients at risk and lose a week’s pay while doing so. Junior doctors, like most other people, are only a pay cheque or two away from being unable to pay their mortgages or rent or put food on the table.
I also use the NHS, as do my friends and family. As anyone who has visited a hospital during the weekend will tell you, a seven-day NHS already exists, albeit one staffed by overworked and overstretched staff.
Jeremy Hunt’s claim, based upon carefully chosen statistics, which an additional 6,000 annual deaths occur during the weekend, has been soundly debunked. Furthermore, a report leaked by the Department of Health earlier this year indicated that there was no evidence that increased staffing levels on weekends would actually reduce mortality among patients admitted during those days, removing a linchpin from Hunt’s argument that extra staff are needed.
The report also showed that if hospitals are to function on weekends, as they do Monday to Friday, an additional 11,000 staff (including doctors and nurses) would be required, on top of an annual cost of £900 million.
Further evidence indicating junior doctors are already overstretched is provided by the Mind the Rota Gap study which showed that in London, as across the rest of England, there is a massive shortage of junior doctors.
This often results in extra work being piled upon existing medics or gaps in rotas not being filled.
Further depleting existing junior doctor numbers Monday to Friday, in order to spread us out across the whole week, will not only put patients at risk during the first five days of the week but will also not reduce weekend mortality.
We all want to give our existing and potential patients, which include ourselves, our colleagues and our families, the very best possible care but we desperately need the additional staff and funding to do so.
Otherwise the NHS is being set up to fail in order to usher in a system of private healthcare, perhaps even a US-style healthcare system complete with the shortcomings for those unable to afford what is surely a human right.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry it’s been purported the establishment should ignore calls to limit future increase to the national living wage a think tank said. The Living Wage of £7:20 per hour was introduced in April, benefiting more than a million staff aged 25 and over. Some business organisations have been lobbying the government to restrain future increases in hourly rate.
It’s been rumoured that a construction of a UK funding a Great Wall near Calais. It will be 13 feet wall will run for 6 miles along both sides of the main road to Calais port. This does rings some alarm bells and reminds me of the Great Wall of China to keep illegal immigrants during the Ming period.
Like or loath Mark Carney he has hit the nail on the head, no doubt the Leave Campaigner want their pound of flesh as he defended his action to mitigate the impact of Brexit. He said “Timely, comprehensive and concrete” action, which acted to “support cushion and help the economy to adjust”. Last month’s rate to cut to an historic low of 0.25% helped support house prices and the wider economy, he added. He further added he was “absolutely serene” about the Bank’s preparations for the impact from the Brexit vote.
Since David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister after 6 years it has been alleged that enough local authority places to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next four years have now been secured. U.K. was on track to deliver on the promise by the previous prime minister. A total of 10 million has been pledged for language tuition to help refugees integrate. I bet my last pound that the likes of BritianFirst, UKIP, and BNP will be happy with this statement as they are more incline to send them back to their homes in the war torn country. Hope not hate is my message to those ignorant people.
I’m glad that Ice Queen Theresa May has begun to cast doubt on the feasibility of a points-based system for controlling immigration into the UK, one of the key promises of Leave campaigners during the EU referendum. She acknowledged people had voted for more control on the numbers of people moving to UK will work.
Here is something to remember what Theresa May said at the Police Federation Conference:
It is alleged that hate crime prosecutions in England and Wales fell by 10% last year even though the number of recorded incidents increased, figures have suggested. Freedom of information figures suggest hate crimes increased by 20% last year to more than 60,000 yet police referrals to prosecutors fell by 1,379. Experts say hate crimes are now at a more predictable level since the spike was reported around the EU referendum. If I’m honest I think if the Conservatives had their way they would be more than happy to get rid of freedom of information (FOI). Give thanks and praises for a Labour Government for introducing the act.
Conference, conference, oh before Labour delegates starts to get into panic mode I’m not referring to the Labour Conference. I’m simply referring to the Conservative Conference in Birmingham which will be held at the International Conference Centre for the next three years and to add insult to injury it’s the West Midlands Police has to folk out the sum of £1.5 million for safety operations. It’s estimated around £500,000 a timeworn the Fatcats meets in Birmingham in October and return in 2018, and 2020.
I understand that the Police Crime Commissioner has written to the Home Secretary Amber Rodd to ask for a discussion about a “fairer arrangement”.
As much one disagree that the West Midlands Police having to pay for this expensive junket in my opinion it should come out the Conservative budget. The money spent could be put to more use by recruiting more bobby on the beat. Yes, I like a good moan too and when I look around in the West Midlands Region with the increase in foodbanks and poverty in place and across the United Kingdom the establishment lives in their own bubble in the Westminster Village. The next time you speak to or visit your local councillors, Member of European and member Parliaments ask them what they have done to help feed the homeless and needy in their ward and constituency.