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Take back control of our Public Services


As the year 2018 came to an end I reflect on wild weathers around the world and the every increasing of soup kitchens and food banks on the raise both in the UK and abroad. There is no doubt we had both good and bad weathers as we toast and roll in to bring in 2019 there will be a group of people who will be left out and many more will suffer due to losing out on their livelihood forced out of their accommodations and businesses which will leave some people to resort to rough sleeping, sofa surfing. Spare a thought for the rough sleepers and homeless people. Welcome to the year of 2019. I hope all enjoyed their Christmas and New Year celebrations.

A new report by Shelter shows Britain’s homelessness crisis is deepening – 320,000 people were homeless in Britain at the end of March this year, an increase of 13,000 people in just nine months. According to the latest official data, 320,000 people were homeless in Britain at the end of March this year, an increase of four per cent or 13,000 people in just nine months. That adds up to 47 people becoming homeless each day. See details via link provided.

https://www.bigissue.com/latest/there-are-now-more-than-300000-people-living-homeless-in-britain/

Whilst it’s true the only way is up when you are in employment the same is true what goes up must come down. This government says their employment records informs them that there is full employment and the dread sentence austerity is ended. Stop telling porkies if anything many people are still facing poverty and councils are being cut to the core bone which has led to closures to some services and it’s hurting and it’s not working.

Conservative Chancellor of The Exchequer continues with his predecessor (George Osborne) budget plans to increase public services workers pay with a measly 1% and in return more austerity towards public services and he is not backing down anytime soon which this serves to reminds us of he is a friend to all is friend to none. No amount of money thrown at our beloved NHS will solve the problem, whilst I welcome the extra 20.5bn I’m afraid its still not enough will fix it as it goes in one hand it goes out in the other hand to pay staff and equipments as our NHS modernise to catch with the rest of the world. Secondly there is no doubt the political money tree has found its way to fund our mental health services 2bn its still not enough as it does not cover Scotland. There is no doubt that free prescription fraud should have safeguards in place however I’m not convinced that Jeremy Hunt can solve this problem at a stroke of a pen. Prescription fraud cost our beloved NHS an estimated £256m a year. Jeremy Hunt solution is to introduce a new digitalise system to be piloted this year will mean pharmacies can intensify verifying who is entitled to free medication. The question need to be answered such as will system affect people with long term conditions such as mental heath, learning difficulties, diabetes, and how much will this cost the taxpayers for the systemic failure of previous software which the list goes on.

Children are the future of tomorrow they all should receive the best education that is available as they will be our future engineers, teachers, scientists, and solicitors to build our nation. It’s no surprise after the Chancellor of the Exchequer has anger teachers and parents by announcing a one off payment 400m for little extras. This is nothing more than a kick between the legs and an insult to our future generations by saying all you are only worth is four pence.

Is this chancellor of the exchequer having a laugh at the taxpayers expense by providing 7m for councils for elderly care and those with disabilities in England?

Hell has no fury as the chancellor of exchequer doesn’t recognise that councils are at breaking point. Frankly it would not surprise voters to learn that a conservative council gone bust and talk about mismanagement under the conservative and the prime minister has the gull to try put the blame on the previous government for their incompetence and mismanagement According to the Bureau of investigative journalism at least 499 homeless people have died in the UK during the last 12 months an investigation has found are the first attempt to catalogue the number of homeless people to die in a year. The ages of the deceased ranged 18 and 94 and 69% of them were men.

Councils up and down the country are facing a massive funding crisis. They’re reaching breaking point and the Tory government is to blame. Austerity has caused Huge damage to communities across the UK since 2010. It’s had devastating effects on key public services that protects the needy, children at risk, disabled adults, and elderly and basic services we rely on, like clean and safe streets, libraries and children centres. This is not project fear, this is reality and this is what the conservatives wants to promote by selling off the best bits of our public services.

What a utter disgrace has the day of reckoning arrived for this government who claims that austerity is over and exciting time are coming this sounds like a myth coming out of a dark corner of the wall in 11 Downing Street as if a magic money tree has reappear again . The Tories with the support of Libdems(previous coalition) and now  DUP bare the responsibility for the cuts in our public service to the bare bones and their expectation of public servants should carry on with their public duties like its business as usual. Let’s be very clear its hurting councils all over UK and Scotland and frankly its not working and the reality is, the worst is yet to come. Welcome to Australia and USA where most of their public services are in the private sectors hands they continue to milk the government(s) of the day under the guise of TTIP.

Tories tells us more porkies about their track record. The Prime Minister claims that austerity is over even while planning a further 1.3bn cut to council budgets this year. After 9 years of Tory cuts to local government many councils are now facing a crisis in funding. Tory Northamptonshire has gone bust. Even the Tory chair of the Local Government Association says “council’s can no longer be expected to run vital services on a shoestring” Its time that all elected members take back control of our councils via their Members of Parliament to get reasonable funding from central government to let our services continue to run smoothly.

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My reflections on various national party leaders at their annual conferences


It’s time for Theresa May to recognise the catastrophic impact eight years of uninterrupted austerity has had on local services and communities. By 2020, councils will have lost 77 per cent of their budget, leading to infrastructural and social collapse. We have already seen huge increases in crime, foodbank usage and homelessness, alongside a decline in life expectancy. All are ‘inevitable consequences’ of the cuts. I’m happy to show my unconditional solidarity with 60 other politicians from the West Midlands to write to Mrs May demanding an end to her ruinous austerity.  Cuts have consequences and the people have had enough.

So glad that Theresa May has come to Birmingham and is so happy with life that she’s dancing to Dancing Queen while our residents have to deal with the impact of a horrendous amount of public service cuts. I couldn’t give a flying monkeys about her dancing style, I’m sure many people on the poverty line will give her lessons any day, I’d prefer if she actually opened her eyes to what everyone else is seeing. Get real.

Here are my reasons why I will not kiss and go into bed with the Libdems, Tories, and UKIP:

76 residents died Grenfell unnecessarily because the regulations here not adhere to for the tenants’ safety which happened under the conservatives.

The lack of justice for the Windrush Generation thousands of commonwealth citizens were recruited to work in Britain. Under the current Conservative government they are being denied visas, passports and permission to remain. Many BAME communities who served this nation of ours in two world wars and when Britain went all over the world to call on those communities to serve this empire they came with their families to work in our public services they felt a sense of belong now they threatened with deportation.

The continuation of private housing is being used by some unscrupulous landlords to maximize rents and if you can’t pay it’s a case of hit the highway. This government alleges that they are building more housing every year. Frankly this is only for the rich and not for the many but for the few.

The concept of universal credit rolled all the benefits into one sounds like a good on paper but in practice it’s not working and it’s hurting the very people who depends on it. The average working people who are working receives their pay every four weeks under the new benefit system the unemployed receives theirs every five weeks instead of fortnightly. They have to wait six weeks for it to be process in the meantime they can take out to cover it until it reaches your bank account. It’s no wonder why people who are just starting out on benefits felt they are being short changed. On a average month there is 31 days, in some there is 30 days in a month and one month there is 28 days.

Philip Hamilton announced there is more cuts to follow at the Conservative conference see details below:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/philip-hammond-make-13billion-cut-13338183

I must say Bishop Welby hit the nail on the head and I dare anybody to challenge what he said is wrong at the TUC conference as I cannot see the Conservatives or DUP and Libdems putting this into action as the Libdems and DUP have lost credibility by jumping into bed with the Conservatives with their manifesto for the next general elections when it will be called. See article below:

https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/speaking-and-writing/speeches/archbishop-canterburys-speech-tuc

Thousands turn out in Birmingham to demonstrate against the Tory austerity plans as we all know that it is hurting and not working, as there is nothing left for future generations. Rather than running services into the ground we should keep public services public properly funded as a key asset. I fully concur with Sir Albert Bore analysts of the Jaws of Doom on the future of public services and how the delivery of councils has changed see article below:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-could-stripped-bare-minimum-15184598

I’m minded to remind Parliamentarians, Councillors from all the political parties that people felt their vote are taking for granted and they cant see any difference to their pay packets, all they can witness is the cost of austerity, unsympathetic policies and lack of understanding for the plight faced by everyday people is ruining lives. Teenage suicides in England and Wales have increased by 67%, rough-sleeping nationally increased by 169% as trends continue with detrimental increases occurring since 2010. The damaged caused in less than a decade is absolutely staggering. So much for austerity one has to wonder if this government and establishment really care enough for our communities. Is it a case of I’m alright Jack I’m doing well, I don’t really care what happens to you I have a roof over my head and I pay my bills on time, I have a rich wife or I have a rich husband that can provide for me and my family.

The effect of the funding cuts to public service shows itself of a daily basis. Im not at all surprised that both Councillors and MPs regularly have complaints from local residents about prostitution, anti social behaviour, and lower level crime which the police simply do not have the resources to deal with. However more can be done to help their constituency to address this by not paying lip services residents want to see more action by our elected members to improve their quality of life not just for them but for their children’s future.

I say to this Conservative Government until the government starts to recognise the root causes of wastage of food, increase of food prices, food-banks, soup-kitchens, mobile bills for those on contract, utilities bills, and petrol. They should not pay lip services with people’s lives rather than tackling the root causes.

This grieves me my heart to constantly read in all National Press, Opposition Parties, Council Leaders and Think-tanks quotes council bosses in UK say the worst is yet to come in cuts to services as the government further reduces local government funding. The County Council Network predicts unpalatable cutbacks next year as the councils identify at least £1bn savings to plug a £1.5bn shortfall by 2020. It also warns the risk of some councils stripping their services back to minimum core offer is growing.

I must admit I do-not belong to any of the fan clubs within the Labour Party and I will praise the leadership when Labour get its policies right and when they get it wrong I will criticise them over our public services like I have done over the years under the leadership of John Smith, Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Jeremy Corbyn. I do fancy Labour’s position on Public Services

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/21/jeremy-corbyns-spending-plan-for-public-services-backed-by-majority?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Let’s talk about Brexit for a bit, as I know you’ve not heard enough about it recently. I know there are some people who voted Leave and as well as people who voted Remain this post is for everyone.

Firstly, let’s be clear, this is chaos right now. Theresa May has finally been told to her face that the EU rejects her plan. We all knew it was going to happen, but apparently she is incapable of taking a hint. She has spent 18 months negotiating with her own party and the DUP about what Brexit should look like, came up with a plan that nobody in her party (or the DUP) liked, and then tried to convince the EU that a plan with details they have said from the start wouldn’t work would actually work. Doomed. Utterly utterly doomed from the start. The only reason she managed to get this far is because the Tories are scared of a Labour led government and they don’t dare challenge her. There is now no credible plan and Macron has told the rest of the EU leaders that after waiting 18 months for the Tory party to finish negotiating with itself, enough is enough and the EU has to put its foot down.

Secondly, the lies about Brexit in the referendum. I’m just going to talk about one the lie told to the BAME community by the Leave: “Vote for Brexit and it will be easier for people from India, Pakistan, and China to get visas, work, marriage, joining family, etc it’ll be easier.” And at the same time the Leave campaign was saying that the UK had too much immigration, and the Tory party still has a policy of slashing immigration to 1/3 of current levels. The Leave campaign won the referendum based on lies, and we can see now that those were lies and can not be achieved.

Thirdly, as many people will be thinking “all politicians lie to win elections” well, in the UK yes, but that’s because our political system is broken and our politicians are crap. It is clear that the Westminster political class have failed. Theresa May became Tory leader because all the other candidates stepped down and she was the best of a bad bunch. The Labour party is internally divided as well, with Corbyn seemingly unwilling to hold the Tories to account on Brexit, and many MPs scared to challenge the government on Brexit because they think their voters will desert them. There is no organised opposition and government is led by incompetents. Our media have the lowest level of trust across Europe and are run by millionaires who believe that their job is to disseminate propaganda, rather than report the news. And the BBC is scared of losing their licence fee income. Our political system is broken and our politicians lie through their teeth because they know the press won’t hold them to account and the electorate have no other options.

The EU has been clear from day one what our options are:

We can stay members of the Single Market and Customs Union.

We can have a Canada+ deal, with Northern Ireland having a special status to stop       a hard border.

The EU has been clear that they can not permit the integrity of the Single Market to be threatened – this is not being stubborn, instead comes from a clear understanding that the Single Market must survive intact and there can be no cherry-picking of elements of it. The EU can not compromise because it would lead to the Single Market starting to unravel. Those two choices offered by the EU are both still open, but Theresa May has refused to accept them.

So we have a situation now where:

(1) We are 6 months away from the Article 50 deadline, with no alternative plan to the one just rejected (David Davis’ plan that he was working on hasn’t appeared).

(2) Our government is incompetent, led by a PM who refuses to compromise and faced by an opposition leader who doesn’t want to hold the government to account on Brexit. Neither of those leaders look like changing in the near future, nor is it clear who would replace them.

(3) Our government is propped up by the DUP, who will never accept the sensible option of giving Northern Ireland a special economic settlement with the EU (although they are happy with the special social policy settlement that Northern Ireland has).

(4) We have a media who demonise the EU to the extent that even people who voted Remain believe that the EU is failing to compromise. This is not true. I can not repeat this enough it is not true. The EU is protecting the integrity of the Single Market and the leaders of the member states are all on agreement on that point.

This is not a recipe for the careful political debate and compromise necessary to reach a Brexit agreement that the EU can sign up to. British politics has failed and because of that, there will be no agreement reached with the EU. We are incapable of making the hard choices necessary to achieve that we have spent the last 18 months locked in internal negotiations and we have failed to come to a decision without any internal agreement, there can be no possibility of negotiating externally.

Whether you voted Leave or Remain, you have to understand this the UK is incapable of carrying through on the results of the 2016 referendum.

That leaves us with two choices:

(1) Cancel Article 50 and accept that the UK will not leave the EU.

(2) Crash out of the EU with no deal and cause huge damage to the British economy.

The extremists and looters are looking forward to the second result Tory MPs who want to turn us into a tax haven beholden to money syphoned through corruption out of Russia and China. But crashing out will hit us harder than the 2008 global crash, and we have no Gordon Brown to stabilise the banking system this time.

Cancelling Article 50 is the only sensible way forward, if only because of how broken the UK’s political system is.

See some of the article which makes the cases why this government must change directions:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/96457/are-we-sleepwalking-into-another-financial-crisis?_mout=1&utm_campaign=theweekdaily_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/public-health-service-cuts-council-funding-labour-warn-jonathan-ashworth-a8547496.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/local-councils-finances-budget-cuts-austerity-services-national-audit-office-a8242556.html

https://www.ft.com/content/9c6b5284-6000-11e7-91a7-502f7ee26895

https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/council-funding-be-further-cut-half-over-next-two-years-lga-warns

 

I have decided include all the three Leader speeches at this years annual conferences starting with:

Vince Cable Libdem annual conference speech in Brighton 2018

https://www.libdemvoice.org/vince-cables-speech-to-the-party-conference-in-brighton-in-full-58641.html

Gerald Batten UKIP annual conference speech in Birmingham 2018

https://youtu.be/55G888WDRpc

Jeremy Corbyn annual conference speech in Liverpool 2018

https://labour.org.uk/press/jeremy-corbyn-speaking-labour-party-conference-today/

Maybot Conservative annual conference speech in Birmingham 2018

https://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2018/10/i-passionately-believe-that-our-best-days-lie-ahead-of-us-mays-conference-speech-full-text.html

 

 

 

Where is the Conservative values, oh yes hit the plebs where it hurts who are on the dole


I salute all unsung heroines on the grounds of its a 100 years since women were first granted to the right to vote and proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with all women who use their right to vote, the downside of this women are still fighting for gender equality and equal pay. How long will they have to wait for another 100 years to achieve their aims and objectives surely this is not right. Women still face abuses and harassment from all walks of life even today which is wrong. Parliamentarians should do more to address this, sure there is legislation to address this but more needs to be done to address this in a form of zero torrence.

Debt crisis has increased by four times faster than wages in UK. Data published by UK Finance shows households had outstanding loans worth £37bn in 2016/17. It’s no surprise that Christians Against Poverty (CAP) said January 2018 was its busiest ever month for people seeking debt advice.

British companies are facing a recruitment crisis, with labour shortages hitting critical levels in some sectors, according to a business leader who has urged the government to produce details on a post-Brexit immigration system. The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce said the lack of candidates for some jobs was biting hard, and he warned ministers against bringing forward a “draconian and damaging” visa or work permit system.

Surveys by the BCC showed that nearly three-quarters of firms trying to recruit had been experiencing difficulties “at or near the highest levels since [BCC] records began over 25 years ago”, he said. Marshall said the failure of ministers to act swiftly could force companies out of operation. “The simple fact is that many businesses can’t afford to wait much longer for a clear UK immigration policy to emerge,” he said, pointing to further delays to the government’s immigration white paper, an early draft of which was leaked to the Guardian. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Angela Merkel has called for details on British demands after Brexit ahead of a meeting with Theresa May on Friday.

The prime minister went to Berlin for a bilateral session with Merkel, the German chancellor, which is expected to cover security cooperation and trading relationships. May is then due to give the next speech in the government’s “road to Brexit” series in Munich. Merkel’s spokesman said the EU27 wanted a close and deep relationship with the UK, but added: “It is important for us for Britain to make concrete its ideas.”

The moves by May and senior ministers to flesh out more details over the next fortnight, with a series of speeches and cabinet away-days at Chequers, has led to a spike in pressure for different outcomes after Brexit. Merkel’s spokesman said the EU27 wanted a close and deep relationship with the UK, but added: “It is important for us for Britain to make concrete its ideas.”

The moves by May and senior ministers to flesh out more details over the next fortnight, with a series of speeches and cabinet away-days at Chequers, has led to a spike in pressure for different outcomes after Brexit.

Well blow me over a Labour policy is being promoted by Nicky Morgan (Chairwoman of Treasury Select Committee) says the return of maintenance grants could also remove barriers. The Treasury Select Committee is unconvinced by questionable claims in support of charging up to 6.1 percent on loans that cover fees and living cost. The report comes as the government prepares to unveil its review of university funding in England. There is no justification for such high interest rates on student loans.

Very intriguing to see the Joseph Rowntree Foundation stating housing supply has falling short of demand by 30,000 every year since 2011. This cumulative shortfall could reach 335,000 by the end of this parliament trapping families in insecure housing as a result. The short fall of new affordable homes in England will soon be equivalent to a city the size of Leeds.

Theresa May is facing a growing revolt among party donors, with one senior backer warning that the Tories will be “decimated” at an election unless the prime minister ends her indecision and shows leadership. With mounting accusations across the party that May is dithering over Brexit and lacking an inspiring domestic agenda, Sir John Hall, the former owner of Newcastle United, told the press that the prime minister was facing a make-or-break period of her premiership.

The north-east businessman, who has given the Tories more than £500,000 since 2007 and helped fund May’s snap election, said the prime minister needed to make clear where she wanted to take the country, even if doing so led to her removal. “She’s got to take the bull by the horns and say, ‘this is the road we are going. Do your damnedest – if you want to vote me out, vote me out’,” he said. “But we have to appear stronger. And we have to appear that we are going to make change, because we are not even looking at domestic affairs.

“It is up to Theresa now to convince everybody that she can be the leader who can stay. I think that’s the way most people in the party are looking at it. Show us your leadership. This is the time to stand up and show it.”

He added: “If we tried to change the leader now, would there be a danger of having to have an election? If we had an election, I reckon we’d be decimated. To me as a donor, the Conservative party has to look at itself in terms of where we’re going. She has got to stay, in my view, to such time that someone else comes forward. A new leader has to emerge – or she has to come through very strongly.” Other senior Tory donors have become increasingly frustrated. Some who backed Remain are particularly concerned at the government’s performance during the Brexit negotiations. “It has been like a Premier League team playing their best against Tranmere Rovers playing their worst,” said one senior backer.

Queen May will attempt to deal with the accusations of indecision by making her long-awaited speech on her Brexit plans in three weeks’ time. She will deliver it after senior ministers set out Britain’s “road to Brexit” in a series of keynote speeches, beginning this week with Boris Johnson, who will attempt to make the case for a “liberal Brexit” designed to reassure Remain voters, followed by an address by May on security co-operation. Brexit secretary David Davis and trade secretary Liam Fox will also give speeches, but Chancellor Philip Hammond and home secretary Amber Rudd – the leading advocates of a soft Brexit – have not been included. David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister who campaigned for Remain, will give an address.

May’s allies said the speech would reveal more about the degree to which she wants Britain to diverge from EU rules. The speech will take place after senior ministers gather for an away day in Chequers, the prime minister’s country retreat, to hammer out a position they can all accept.

Concerns increased last week as government sources said little had been decided after two cabinet Brexit committee meetings designed to find a common position on leaving the EU. Britain’s relationship to the customs union remains a major sticking point. Attempts to find a solution tha removes the need for a hard border in Ireland have been deemed “unworkable” by some in government.

Hall said he was concerned by the lack of a domestic agenda and called on May to back “capitalism with a social conscience”. Having voted for Remain, he also said he would now back May walking away from Brexit negotiations if she believed the EU was trying to “blackmail” Britain.“When things are against you and you are carrying forward a lot of problems, which she has done, it may be time [for a new leader], but I’m not inside the party,” he said. “The way things are going at the moment, I am horrified at the way that we are destroying ourselves from within. I’ve seen it before with John Major’s government. We cannot have that.

“She’s got to convince myself as a donor that in a sense, she is going to take the party forward so we can get another four or five years. I’m thinking, ‘where is the party going to go’? They have to convince me they have the balls to win the next election. Labour does not have a big lead in the polls. It’s all to play for.”

A Tory donor has paid £55,000 to spend a day with Theresa May, in an auction at the party’s annual Black and White fundraising ball.
The event allows wealthy Conservative donors to spend time with cabinet ministers – as long as they stump up about £10,000 a table.
As well as the prime minister, senior ministers who attended the ball on Wednesday night at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington included the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the home secretary, Amber Rudd. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who recently topped a ConservativeHome poll on who should be the next party leader, was also there.
Stanley Johnson, the foreign secretary’s father and a former MEP, said a bidder had paid about £55,000 in the silent auction for the privilege of spending a working day with May. Other auction lots included a dinner at a restaurant hosted by Stanley Johnson and the Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo – who appeared together on the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity – which went for £15,000.  Johnson described the evening as a “wonderful event” and said he thought the prime minister’s speech about the benefits of Brexit was “very good”.

Frankly I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or bang my head on the wall, has our nation become a nanny state or a nation of dictatorship. According to a Conservative MP (Jeremy Lefroy) families should switch off their television(s) and play games together. TV and social media stopped families talking to each other. Family breakdowns were overlooked as a cause of mental health problems in children.

A million children whose parents claim Universal Credit will miss out on free school meals because of a new earnings threshold, it was claimed.  Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced children in Universal Credit-claiming families with net earnings less than £7,400 will be entitled for free school meals. Zahawi said the move will see an extra 50,000 children entitled to help. But the Children’s Society and Labour have described the move as “a huge step backwards” that will see a million children who would have qualified miss out. Every child whose parent claims Universal Credit was due to qualify for free school meals from April, but the Government decided to make changes. While the new threshold is £7,400 per year, ministers say once benefits are taken into account, a typical family earning that amount will take home between £18,000 and £24,000. A million children whose parents claim Universal Credit will miss out on free school meals because of a new earnings threshold, it was claimed. Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced children in Universal Credit-claiming families with net earnings less than £7,400 will be entitled for free school meals.  Zahawi said the move will see an extra 50,000 children entitled to help. But the Children’s Society and Labour have described the move as “a huge step backwards” that will see a million children who would have qualified miss out. Every child whose parent claims Universal Credit was due to qualify for free school meals from April, but the Government decided to make changes. While the new threshold is £7,400 per year, ministers say once benefits are taken into account, a typical family earning that amount will take home between £18,000 and £24,000.

Whilst I concur with the statement from a committee of MPs one thing comes to mind where is the magic money tree to fund this idea given that local government has been cut by around 80 percent in some cases. To me its just more lip service given our government keeps on harping on about austerity. A committee of MPs calls on government to develop a new national strategy to deal with older people’s housing needs. Proposals includes funding for handymen service age proofing all new build homes and a national helpline to offer advice on housing options. Older people should be given more help with housing to help them stay healthy and reduce the need for residential care.

The Government’s flagship welfare programme has been dealt another blow as it was revealed claimants who forget their log-in details for the website cannot easily reset them. Instead, universal credit online users have to attend a face-to-face interview at a job centre to receive a new password.

Ministers have been aware of the issue for more than a month but have refused to set a date to fix it. Ged Killen, Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said he was worried for claimants as his constituency was a “full-service” area for the universal credit programme. He had raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, urging Theresa May to set a deadline for fixing the service.

She should delay closing any more job centres, he said, until welfare claimants could perform “basic online functions” to manage their benefits. Mr Killen added that HMRC and some banks already offer such services. Mrs May responded by promising to ask Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey to “look carefully at ensuring a date is identified when that change is going to be made”.

The answer failed to satisfy Mr Killen, who said it was “beyond satire” that a “basic ‘reset your password'” function could not be added to the benefits online portal. “If your bank didn’t let you reset your password online, you might leave and find another bank,” he chided. “Universal credit claimants however are not given that choice.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions have replied by saying We are looking at updating our systems to allow a password reset function that maintains the highest level of protection for people’s personal information.” A source added there were “security considerations” and that other online services with highly sensitive information did not easily let people request new passwords. It is the latest in a series of controversies that has befallen the universal credit welfare programme, which combines six benefits into one single payment. For this reason I would urge all to vote Labour on the 3rd May 2018 in the Local Government.

 

 

The tables have turned against Tory In disarray with infighting


Notice how Cabinet Ministers are not willing to speak out against injustice and as soon as they get their marching orders back to the back-benches they decide to speak out against the injustices. Well Justine Greening falls in this category, she decided that maintenance grants should be reinstated for poorer students after being scrapped by her government last year and she is saying that she raised concerns about the level of interest on student loans and any student finance system needed to be progressive. Does anybody think that there will be another u-turn approaching anytime soon? I think not.

It comes as no surprise there has been another u-turn from Government Ministers in a row over paying Higher Disability Benefits to 165,000 people by saying they will not contesting a high court decision. Work and Pensions Secretary said she will not appeal December’s judgement over over payments to people with mental health condition. Me thinks ministers would lose face and they are in fear of losing votes in the next general elections in 2020 with the disabled community. Another major U-turn by the Tories who previously scuppered two attempts by the Labour backbencher to achieve this reform. Housing Secretary Sajid Javid’s declared backing for Karen Buck’s private member’s Bill to empower tenants to sue landlords for failing to keep homes fit for human habitation could be an important step forward. Karen Buck’s first bid to amend the 1985 Landlord and Tenant Act to require residential rented accommodation to be “provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation” was talked out by Tory MPs in 2015. There was a second bite at the cherry when Labour’s shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce took up Buck’s initiative, moving an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16, and a vote took place at least.

Infighting between David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg has shown its ugly head in the Tories Cabinet over trade deal pledge for UK. It seems to me as I read into it, it sounds like whatever gives them the briefing they decided to take it out on each other instead singing the same tune. Conservative backbenchers line up to criticised Philip Hammond for saying changes to UK – EU relation could be “very modest”

According to another Conservative Member of Parliament (Theresa Villiers) a former cabinet member “A real danger” UK will sign up to an agreement with Brussels which could ‘keep us in the EU in all but name” this comes at a time when Conservative party over Brexit. The question I put it to all conservative members and their supporters who is in charge of the conservatives is Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Jacob Ress-Mogg, David Davis or Theresa May as it seems to me that the left and does not know what the right hand and who is ready to stab their leader in the front or in the back. To save face David Davis is now saying there is no difference between himself, Philip Hammond and Theresa May. Sure for the many and not the few believes you Philip Hammond could it be that you are likely to lose your job at the next cabinet reshuffle and you are running scared if so keep on running away.

Here comes the charm offence from a Conservative Cabinet Minister(David Lidington) Conservatives must come together in a spirit of mutual respect amid a row over Brexit negotiations. All hand on deck panic mode is on from another ex-minister Anna Soubry she said the PM must not let the 35 Tory MPs dictate the terms of UK’s EU exit. Theresa May has been warned the UK risks disaster unless she sees off hard brexiteers in her own party amid continuing Tory divisions over Europe. She is willing to leave if the likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg take over. The Prime Minister’s red lines to leave the EU single market and customs union are wrong. I wonder what her constituents has to say about this and when last was she was seen in her constituency. A Tory peer (Lord Bridges) warned Britain can’t just muddle through brexit by keeping every option open is no longer an option. Ministers appeared unsure of what they wanted after leaving and the void was filled by conflicting confusing voices.

As much as I don’t vote or like any Tory policies I have to say that this chap has a point in a nutshell he is saying get your act together and bring forward a workable plan and stop pussyfooting around.

According to Robert Hannigan and Sir John Sawers the UK needs a data sharing deal with Europe to prevent serious problems for security and the economy the two former intelligence chiefs have said. It will be a mistake if the UK’s strengths in the field became a bargaining chip in Brexit talks. Former MI6 chief John Sawers said the talks were zero sum game. Ex-GCHQ head Robert Hannigan said it would not be ethical to threaten to withhold material which might stop terrorism.

It’s alleged that Treasury officials were trying to influence policy to stay in the EU Customs Union which a question was put to the Brexit Minister (Steve Baker) by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Is this some form of conspiracy theory I wonder, or is this another attempt to destabilise his dear leader Ice Queen (Theresa May) whilst she is touring China to drum up trade between the two nation.

Theresa May is under increasing pressure to set where she stands on Britain future trade agreements. She said Britain would not face a choice between a free trade deal with the EU after Brexit and striking deals with the rest of the world. This comes in light of Tory Eurosceptic MPs are claiming that she is heading for a Brexit in name only.

Another senior Conservative MP (Bernard Jenkin) alleged ministers are being vague and divided over Brexit and has singled out the chancellor for criticism urging him to back the Prime Minister to deliver a clean EU exit. Theresa May should stick to her present policy despite the Treasury having its own house view. This is in light of key ministerial meetings on the UK and EU relationship.

Michael Barnier was speaking in Downing Street the time had come for the UK to choose what it wanted after its 2019 exit. UK will face unavoidable barriers to trade if it leaves the customs union and single market.

A Facebook friend of mine Gary Hills sums it very eloquently in a nutshell when he said:

May is embarrassed – but I’m livid –

Even the British government is skeptical of Brexit, as it turns out. BuzzFeed News obtained a new government impact assessment gauging what life might be like after Britain formally leaves the European Union. It does not look pretty, according to the report:

“Under a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, UK growth would be 5 percent lower over the next 15 years compared to current forecasts, according to the analysis.

“The ‘no deal’ scenario, which would see the UK revert to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, would reduce growth by 8 percent over that period. The softest Brexit option of continued single-market access through membership of the European Economic Area would, in the longer term, still lower growth by 2 percent.

“These calculations do not take into account any short-term hits to the economy from Brexit, such as the cost of adjusting the economy to new customs arrangements…

“Asked why the prime minister was not making the analysis public, a [government] source told BuzzFeed News: ‘Because it’s embarrassing.’

It’s further alleged all Conservative members of a town council have resigned after bullying, abuse, and harassment of the former chairman and her family Jane peace stood down from Desborbough Town council in Northamptonshire 10 Tory Councillors have resigned from the 12 person council.

Intriguingly MPs are calling for government commissioners to take over the running of a county council which has banned almost all spending. Northamptonshire County Council has brought in a section 114 notice banning new expenditure. Despite this legal obligations have seen it issue a budget for 2018/19 allow a council tax precept to be set. The county seven MPs have confirmed they have lost confidence authority’s leadership.

This make a change that the press and social media are not gunning for Labour but instead they are more focus on the Conservatives. Lets hope this will continue to divide the Nasty Party. This year in some parts of UK there will be Local Government elections taking place this is the ideal time to make the changes in your community by voting Labour

 

Staire: Continue to Vote conservative and get more of the same


Many people doing such great things to feed and clothe and shelter the homeless and rough sleepers during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. What if we all pool our energy and efforts to support groups like Acorn and Shelter and other charities to say Housing and Services are needed now.

Whilst I acknowledge the Commonwealth games seem a great opportunity unless we deal with the very real tragedy of homelessness and rough sleepers (drugs, begging) literally on our doorstep are we going to end up with death squads clearing the streets so tourists (with cash) don’t have to see them. It is austerity and capitalism and rich people avoiding taxes that underlie these problems.

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry over the recent reshuffle one minute Jeremy Hunt is going as reported then it’s suddenly “Please miss let me stay and give an added responsibility by adding social care on top of my profile to say Heath and Social Care. In reply Ice Queen (Theresa May) yes my dear it’s granted. Poor old Justine Greening wanting to hold on to her post and stood her grounds only for her to leave in tears from Downing St by quitting before she face the sack.
The princess of darkness(Esther Mcvey) who is loathe by the disabled community takes on the post of DWP minister who is the former minister for employment.

Have a listen to this  about our beloved NHS Youtube:

Our NHS is in crisis caused by lack of funding, bed blocking, staff morale down, they are over worked and underpaid. The lame excuse from Ice Queen (Theresa May) was expected by giving a half-baked apology then then she has the gull to say that more investments has been put in NHS. This reminds me of a song Nick Clegg I’m sorry see YouTube below:

Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu according to Public Health England figures up to 78% in this week they suggest it could be the worst flu season for seven years.

Am I seeing doubles now, who remembers the advert on the Leave Bus campaign claiming our beloved National Health Service(NHS) will be better of by £350 million it now transpired its too low it should be £362 million and raise to £438 million by the end of the end of the post Brexit transition period see article below:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/15/leave-campaigns-350m-claim-was-too-low-says-boris-johnson

To sum it up nicely Paula Peters a Facebook friend puts it very eloquently in her poems:

The NHS is in Crisis Budget squeezed and now it is lifeless
21 NHS trusts declared a black alert The Tories excuses are bloody absurd Patients sleeping on corridor floors

Doctors and nurses working all hours, can’t take anymore
Operations cancelled, outpatient appointments too
Theresa May does not have a bloody clue

Patients denied the treatment that they really need
Tories cutting the heart from the NHS and watching it bleed
Many doctors and nurses positions left unfilled
Tories want private healthcare, where patients will be billed

Tories want Richard Branson and circle healthcare
Well we want the NHS, so stop right there!
Branson can’t run a GP service, or any health care trust
We must rise up in large numbers, put a stop to him we must

We all use a GP service, and may need an A and E
We may need orthopaedics and neurology!
We want the NHS fully staffed and fully funded
We want the NHS that Nye Bevan founded.

Iain Duncan Smith the architect of Universal Credit
Wanted everyone working, yes he said it
Designed with punitive punishment at its heart
Universal Credit is about ripping the welfare state apart

Work more hours! Go get a job!
Denying you support, DWP cheats and robs
Ramping up sanctions, they simply don’t care
They want you to work for nothing on workfare

Universal Credit is failing, many people say
But the Government are continuing the roll out, come what may
It is now the co production of the DWP and NHS
Universal Credit has had many delays, it’s a bloody mess!

It’s ramping up homelessness and poverty too
This government do not care what it will put claimants through
Abolishing severe disability allowance
We must mount the campaign to stop it and show the government defiance

Data sharing your information, checking if the claimant is cheating
Left with little money, making stark choices between heating and eating
Online forms that are completely inaccessible
Universal Credit is totally incomprehensible

DWP have the nudge unit and behavior compliance
We now see National Charity Mind and DWP formed an alliance
Psycho Compulsion and forced treatment, to target those with Depression
Go to the job centre for 6 CBT sessions

Making disabled people attend the health and work conversation
If you Do not attend it; your money will be rationed
Work coaches with 3 weeks of training
The questions they will ask will be intensive and draining

Do you see friends, do you see family?
What can you do to keep your sanity?
Have you any hobbies, what are you strengths?
Claimants lives turned inside out, the DWP go to any lengths

Can only claim for 2 children, you can’t claim for more
The nasty rape clause in Universal Credit can see your jaw hit the floor
A woman to prove she has been raped, pushed to the edge can’t take anymore
You ask what the government are doing it for

The answer a simple one, to shrink the state
It is ideological, claimants they hate
They want everyone working, not claiming a thing
Causing destitution in the process and the chaos it brings

If claimants give up not claiming, so much the better
Keep harassing the claimants with those brown envelope letters
Stress the claimant and make them cry
Deny support to disabled people and hope many die

Universal Credit is a nasty system, yes it is true
It is harmful and hateful and will put people through
Punitive punishment and sanctions ramped up
Searching for work for 35 hours, so here is a heads up!

We need to stop and scrap Universal Credit
Yes you heard right and now have said it
Universal Credit is unfixable, it now needs to go
Let us campaign together united, and make it so!

A close friend of mine Anne Marie Gallager sums it up when she says:
So all my life and now as a pensioner (ps it’s not that great – an ill health occupational pension after working very hard for decades on not great pay but that’s what most of us everyday people do) I have paid and still pay direct and indirect taxes.

But all I see and hear now after 8 years of austerity for most of us too few staff in schools, hospitals, emergency services, libraries wanting to charge old women for space for a sewing group community centres chucking out the old domino players as they can’t pay, libraries barely open, so called free Wifi of terrible quality, charities etc having to jump through hoops to get funding from the lottery. Homelessness and destitution is growing. Universal credit is a disaster. Places like homes and centres for the elderly and Ryton – either closing or threatened with closure if they don’t become businesses.

You can’t profit from public services they are a way to create common good.
I did not and never will vote to treat the poor in an evil manner. We all need basics we can afford those who are fit need work, work that needs to be done is there in plain sight.

Chris Lowe another friend of mine sums this up eloquently when he says:
Take back control” was one of the slogans of the Leave campaign – but who was control being taken back from? Although a lot was said about letting Britain make her own laws again, attacks like this on the role of parliament in holding government to account suggest that MPs are not supposed to be taking back control themselves.

The language then and since has suggested that a liberal ‘elite’ are seen as attacking against the interests of the ‘British people’ and more in the interests of the EU. The referendum is referred to as the ‘British people’ expressing their will and MPs are supposed to follow that decision.

Yet this simplistic appeal to ‘the will of the people’ has more in common with dictatorial governments (remember most of those engineer elections to give themselves a false impression of democracy) than with our representative parliamentary system.

The Daily Mail seems to be getting more rabid in its attacks on elected representatives. This kind of attack on parliamentary process is damaging to trust in our democratic system, and is something that we should all be worried about.

The Daily Mail is run by a tax-dodging elite who have had more influence on British politics over the last 40 years than any of the MPs on their front page today. If we want to find an out-of-touch elite who do not understand or care about the struggles of the ‘British people’, we need look no further than the Daily Mail. These attacks on British democracy are not intended to help us, but rather to weaken us and open us up to further rape by tax-dodging multinationals.

Have to say that that the London Mayor(Sadiq Khan) hits the nail on the head by stating that a hard Brexit could lead to a lost decade of lower growth. He said a no deal outcome in which UK left both EU customs union and single market could cost the country half a million jobs and £50bn in lost investment by 2030. The finding came from research he had commissioned from  analysis Cambridge Econometrics and he called on the government to alter its strategy in talks with Brussels.

Here are some facts that the Leave campaign does not want to admit to such as see link below:

Ten things the EU has done for you
Europhiles and Eurosceptics can argue until the cows come home about whether membership of the EU brings more benefits or disadvantages.But both sides can agree that many, if not most, of the laws passed in the 27 member states stem from EU legislation.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March, we note here 10 things the EU has done for the ordinary citizen.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6455879.stm

Here’s a song to sing along

Time to kick the Tories out, to the tune of John Brown’s body:

Chorus:  No more cuts to public services
No more cuts to public services
No more cuts to public services
It’s time to kick the Tories out

Universal credit’s not the welfare people need
It doesn’t fit the bill when there’s a family to feed
Six weeks to wait for money is a very long time indeed
And it’s time to kick the Tories out

Amazon and Google never pay their share of tax
They have their offshore havens where their millions are stashed
While thousands in our cities have no clothes upon their backs
And nowhere to lay their heads

They say that our prosperity depends on HS2
But libraries are closing and children’s centres too
I don’t think they’ll reopen when the train is coming through
At a cost of 56 billion pounds

It’s time to end austerity, it only causes stress
It’s time to build more houses and support the NHS
It’s time to end the pay cap for our nurses, teachers, YES!
It’s time to kick the Tories out

The Tories continue to fail young people on education, housing, employment and living standards. I can only conclude that a Labour government will scrap student fees, restore education maintenance grants & end the discrimination in the minimum wage.

This is in despite of all the gimmicks, the jokes and the distractions  today was a ‘nothing has changed’ Budget from an out-of-touch Government with no idea of the reality of people’s lives and no plan to improve them.

The Budget has confirmed what we already knew that we are worse off under the Tories and it’s set to get worse. Economic growth is the lowest since the Tories came to office, real wages lower than in 2010, and the failure to pause the botched roll-out of Universal Credit will cause real suffering. The Chancellor has completely lost the plot and failed to recognise the scale of the emergency in our public services and found no meaningful funding to address the crisis in our schools, hospitals or children’s services.

Make sure people know. Share the truth about this Budget now.

Labour would take a different approach and build an economy for the many, not the few. We would scrap the public sector pay cap for the whole of the public sector; pause and fix the Universal Credit roll-out; introduce a real living wage of at least £10 an hour by 2020 and an energy price cap. Together we can stand-up against this failed Tory Government. Get involved with an event near you this weekend. What a few weeks it’s been for the conservatives and one wonders if its business as usual for them as a growing number of MPs(Conservatives) are allegedly being investigated over their past conduct towards women. Let’s not forget an alleged conservative peer who is a tax dogger continue to make a large donations to the Conservative Party, what a lark. As usual austerity remains the mantra of the day or more of the same backstabbing shows its ugly face by the ranks of the backbenchers to sort out who will push the knife into Ice Queen( Theresa May).

So if people are honest and do work or care for others bring all the correct paperwork and documents they don’t get Universal Credit in 6 weeks if they are lucky if it’s 6 months from what I am getting to hear from close friends and others
This government is employing the Department Works and Pension to punish people and people are being made ill and will die. Like many people we did not did not vote for this and I doubt anyone else did. Poor people on low or no income will get into debt and despair.

It’s been alleged by the Resolution Foundation the loss of income due to benefit freezes would be in the sum of two hundred and twenty five pounds for a single parent in work and the chancellor of the exchequer should ease the squeeze on benefit household. Benefit freezes combined with the predictable raise in inflation could set some low-income households back three hundred pounds next year.

This smells of 1992- 1997 of the Conservative infighting and we all could see what happened then it was well come back to Labour all is forgiven in the guise of a spider called New Labour but on this occasion it will be in the form of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn Labour Government”. Oh where, oh where is Jess Phillips and others when we all need their loud gobs to crake the whip at the conservatives by shouting out “ Another one bites the dust”. Or even better throwing some rotten eggs at Theresa May come what may.

Our NHS is in a major crisis, as is social  services, ask anyone who works on the frontline and any patients waiting for treatment, or waiting to be transferred from hospital. Many hospitals have already stopped elective surgery to cope with the winter crisis, remember last year the humanitarian one declared by the Red Cross.

Even although their own NHS England chief has highly criticised them on lack of sufficient funding, the Chancellor has pledged £2.8billion for the health service in England, but only £350million of that will be available to hospitals this year!
Our NHS will get just £1.6billion extra in 2018/19 which is actually less than half the extra £4billion health chiefs have said is desperately needed.

Truth is as it was revealed earlier this month, sorry forgot where I read it,   that the UK is ‘suffering a significant drop in growth and productivity is stagnant, decimating tax receipts and government spending plans.’
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) stated that productivity   may have never recovered from the recession.

This in itself surely demonstrates the failure of Tory economic policy. Despite all those austerity measures where we all dutifully tightened our belts, with punitive pay caps and sanctions being enforced etc what has happened?

The debt is bigger than ever and our NHS, social services, welfare state and education etc all key drivers of economic recovery as they are investing in the people, are being made to fail.
It will be interesting to see what happens over the next year with the Brexit debacle thrown in the mix but for many I fear it will be a disaster, especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

Anger over Tory MP brexit hit list A Eurosceptic Tory MP has landed himself in hot water by writing compiling a hit list of university professors who teach Brexit subjects. It’s no surprise he received a fury reaction from the letter

According to Theresa May she has written to all EU citizens who resides in the UK here is a sample of the letter:

From:
Prime Minister’s Office
Ahead of EU Council, Theresa May wrote directly to EU citizens in the UK.

As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first.

I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. I want to give reassurance that this issue remains a priority, that we are united on the key principles, and that the focus over the weeks to come will be delivering an agreement that works for people here in the UK, and people in the EU.

When we started this process, some accused us of treating EU nationals as bargaining chips. Nothing could have been further from the truth. EU citizens who have made their lives in the UK have made a huge contribution to our country. And we want them and their families to stay. I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay.

But this agreement will not only provide certainty about residence, but also healthcare, pensions and other benefits. It will mean that EU citizens who have paid into the UK system – and UK nationals into the system of an EU27 country – can benefit from what they’ve put in. It will enable families who have built their lives together in the EU and UK to stay together. And it will provide guarantees that the rights of those UK nationals currently living in the EU, and EU citizens currently living in the UK, will not diverge over time.

What that leaves us with is a small number of important points to finalise. That is to be expected at this point in negotiations. We are in touching distance of agreement. I know both sides will consider each other’s proposals for finalising the agreement with an open mind. And with flexibility and creativity on both sides, I am confident that we can conclude discussions on citizens’ rights in the coming weeks.

I know there is real anxiety about how the agreement will be implemented. People are concerned that the process will be complicated and bureaucratic, and will put up hurdles that are difficult to overcome. I want to provide reassurance here too.

We are developing a streamlined digital process for those applying for settled status in the UK in the future. This process will be designed with users in mind, and we will engage with them every step of the way. We will keep the cost as low as possible – no more than the cost of a UK passport. The criteria applied will be simple, transparent and strictly in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.

People applying will not have to account for every trip they have taken in and out of the UK and will no longer have to demonstrate Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as they currently have to under EU rules. And importantly, for any EU citizen who holds Permanent Residence under the old scheme, there will be a simple process put in place to swap their current status for UK settled status.

To keep development of the system on track, the government is also setting up a User Group that will include representatives of EU citizens in the UK, and digital, technical and legal experts. This group will meet regularly, ensuring the process is transparent and responds properly to users’ needs. And we recognise that British nationals living in the EU27 will be similarly concerned about potential changes to processes after the UK leaves the EU. We have repeatedly flagged these issues during the negotiations. And we are keen to work closely with EU member states to ensure their processes are equally streamlined.

We want people to stay and we want families to stay together. We hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK. And I know that member states value equally UK nationals living in their communities. I hope that these reassurances, alongside those made by both the UK and the European Commission last week, will provide further helpful certainty to the four million people who were understandably anxious about what Brexit would mean for their futures.

If you still want to be kicked between the legs by the Conservatives continue to vote Tories in the Local Government Elections 2018, if you want hope for a better future vote Labour to make a big difference in your ward.

Satire: Tories are in trouble again


Here is something to remember about Ice Queen May see youtube:

I have to say that the media have been very biased towards Jeremy Corbyn over the past three years he has received more than his share of bashing, but when it comes to subject such as Brexit it is alleged he is very vague I would beg to differ this is on the grounds of when Labour tries to put their message across to the press, the press who are the Tories friends will put a different spin on it which will put a damper on it which is why Ice Queen has gotten away with murder. A lot of people fear the various spin on Brexit which may bankrupt the country and you don’t have to be brainwashed by any media to feel this way. What a fracking joke, hey mates wake up and smell the very strong coffee the table has just turned on Theresa May for a change. Who remembers the Tories promise that they will be the party that will cap care home fees 2020.  Well it’s no surprise that Tories ditch plan to cap care home fees by 2020. An absolute disgrace, this means, in essence, anyone needing care could unless extremely wealthy, lose their home; they struggled for years to buy. This must be opposed, enough is enough.

Cough, cough, cough, cough, cough oh why, oh why did a spider called Jeremy Corbyn came along to disrupt Theresa May by handing Ice Queen May her P45 whilst she was in full flow of her speech Jeremy Corbyn claimed that this P45 was from Boris Johnson. He turn to Boris I have given the P45 to Theresa. The speech was to relaunch her career and assert her authority as leader. Indeed, it was a disaster, and Theresa May, maybe gone within days or months. She started to cough her way through a set of weak, rehashed policies which was cherry picked of Labour policies and in Labour manifesto some by Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn. Strangely some of letters in the empty slogan behind her peeled off and fell to the floor.  In her conference speech the Prime Minister proposed to take just a few of our policies and heavily watering them down. That won’t work.

Check out this from youtube from a man that is very much liked

This will not come as a surprise to us remember two of Labour manifesto commitments to cap energy prices and build more council housing it transpires the conservatives were trying to outdo Labour by adopting labour policies have the Conservatives become the party for desperation to get social policies on their agenda that they end up announcing more u-turns by adopting Labour policies when it suits them Whilst I’m very happy for the conservatives adopting Labour policies at their conference at least give Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn the credit where its due instead of claiming it’s a conservative policy, I’m sure people will remember Trade Union Congress and Labour’s Living Wage policy only for the Conservative to claim it was their policy.

The Tory plan to roll out universal credit across the country may be a good idea in principal and in theory. However if I was a teacher and I had to mark it out of ten I would give five out of ten. I would consider the timing of it to ascertain whether it was wrong as one side does not fit all to individuals each case should be on merits not all individuals can budget on a monthly base. The idea that workers gets paid on a monthly bases is great the government seemed to forgot that there workers that receive their pay on a weekly bases as well. I foresaw the former coalition government wanted the universal credit implemented forthwith which was ill-judged and cruel for this reason I will deduct five points for causing misery to many people who are on benefits and low pay workers depends on benefits to help them out with child care and have to wait up to six weeks to receive their payment as an average worker only waits for four weeks to receive their salary. Councils and housing associations are braced for a surge in rent arrears and evictions as the introduction of the dreaded Universal Credit come into force. See the link below:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/08/councils-fear-surge-in-evictions-as-universal-credit-rollout-accelerates?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Now folks here is the burning question who do you think will take over the leadership of the Conservatives and hold a General Elections. If they are not ready then move aside and let a Labour Government run the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run,Madam May run, run, run away


Its about time that Theresa may take notice and do the nation a very big favor continue to run away.

Firstly, well done to Lewis Hamiltion for coming first place and took outright championship lead in the Italian Grand Prix for the first time in this season on Sunday 3 September 2017 with a four point lead and I wish him all the best for Hamiltion in the Singapore Grand Prix on 15 – 17 September. Now that I got this out of the way down to more serious business of the day.
Police morale is at a all time low among three in every five police officers. The Police Federation poll shown the treatment of the pay service as a whole pay and work life balance were having the biggest impact on morle. The proportion of officers planning to leave the service within two years was up from 11.8% last year to 12.3%. To top it off policing in England and Wales is facing a shortage of staff and raising crime. Policing services are based on fewer people working more hours and days. All the Home office can say in their defence policing offered competitive pay and a good pension. So in a nutshell take what you get from abusive public and get on with your job or else face the sack.
To be very frank, I whole heartily support the call from the NHS for a  bail out unless it is properly funded the service will be the worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. The cash is needed to pay for extra staff and beds on the grounds of extra attempts to improve finances have failed. The conservative government has given councils an extra one billon pounds for social care strives to help relieve the pressure on hospitals. The feeble response from the Department of Health the “NHS has prepared for winter more this year than ever before” is unacceptable in my opinion as it is opening the floodgate of backdoor deals to privatisation on a large scale so be warned.
There comes a time to say enough is enough to Jeremy Hunt and a hat tip to Stephen Hawkings for speaking out against privatisation of our NHS. Keep Public Service public which side are you on. See article below:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/stephen-hawking-blames-tory-politicians-for-damaging-nhs?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Well we all guessed what the reply from Jeremy Hunt would be and I would not expect anything else from the toffee nose which goes like this Jeremy Hunt has accused Stephen Hawking of a “pernicious” lie after the physicist said it seemed the Tories were steering the UK towards a US-style health insurance system. See article below:
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/19/jeremy-hunt-says-stephen-hawking-is-wrong-on-the-nhs?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

What a jerk Theresa May has become on the one hand she is trying to woo the working class by enticing them with left wing policies to make a convincing argument to gain our trust then using right wing arguments to win over natural conservatives its no wonder why she is under pressure from her backbenchers and she is doing what she can to keep her position and at the same time keeping her backbenchers at bay to maintain control of the Conservatives. Hence her speech in Japan she wants to stay as leader and Prime Minister into the next general elections. During her leadership for the conservative party in October 2016 she said that directors must be held to account and be transparent with their pay and under her leadership they will have to change alas this is not to be a sad day indeed. Sunday 27 August 2017 Theresa May took to the Sunday mail to write a hasty article by stating business who pay excessive salaries to senior executives represent the “unacceptable face of capitalism”. The “excesses” of some bosses was undermining confidence the social fabric of our country”. Firms should that face revolts over salaries and bonuses will be named on a new public register. If she thinks it will win over the minds of working class its no wonder that all the trade unions said it was feeble.
The nation is aware of a police are purportedly investigating the claims of a call centre in Neath to canvassing voters during the General Elections 2017 campaign. It’s no surprise the Tories quoting they don’t comment on a on going investigations.
Can anybody imagine United Kingdom divided over partition take for instance Pakistan, India, Bangladesh or Hong King are some clear examples which was part of British empire and dare I say it British imperialism. Whilst I acknowledge independence is important, there are nations are ruled by dictators and it’s citizens are monitored by the government. Citizens should not be afraid of its government but the governments should be afraid of its people. Governments continue to make promises and voters has to be reminded that a promise is a comfort to a fool.
It’s alleged that net migration has fallen to the lowest level for three years after a surge in the number in the number of EU nationals leaving the UK since June  Brexit vote. The net migration the difference between those entering and leaving the UK fell 81,000 to 246,000 in the year to march 2017. More than half that change is due to a decrease in net migration of EU citizens which is down 51,000.
High five and hat tip to Micheal Barnier the EU chief negotiator has raised concerns about the progress of UK Brexit negotiations. It’s just not good enough for Theresa May to appeal for unity from pro-EU conservative MPs as Commons is set to debate the government Brexit repeal bill. The bill seen as key plank of the government Brexit policy transfers EU law into UK legislation there will be proper scrutiny but some MPs fear it will give ministers sweeping new powers
I’m very glad of labour position of considering keeping the UK in the EU single market and customs union for a transitional period after leaving the EU. I’m even more intrigued by four articles by two Labour MPs and a Labour MEP see articles below:
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/21/chuka-umunna-labour-must-distance-itself-from-tories-on-brexit?CMP=share_btn_link

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/aug/26/labour-calls-for-lengthy-transitional-period-post-brexit?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/single-market-brexit-labour-keir-starmer-plan-could-cause-theresa-may-to-unravel-a7916606.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-housing-crisis-uk-just-lost-its-biggest-funder-a7909886.html

My message to Theresa May on her return to Parliament is continue to run around like a headless chicken and do continue to run, madam Theresa May run so a Labour government can get on with the job for the many and not for the few in the interest of our nation.