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Public Services workers deserves better pay which side are you on


Here is all us should not forget, the next time MPs and Councillors ask for your vote ask them which they voted on Public Services pay

London Mayor was right to call on Theresa May to appoint commissioners to run Kensington and Chelsea Council after its leader resigned over the Grenfell Tower fire as public trust could not be restored by other members of the council, residents quite rightly felt desperately neglected and wanted action. It is understood that Kensington and Chelsea have chosen a new council leader. Nicholas Paget Brown will continue to be in place until 19 July when Elizabeth Campbell takes over as new leader.
I’m glad that Justice Minister David Lidington has complete confidence of Sir Martin Moore-Bick(Grenfell Tower Public inquiry chairman) is prepared to be very broad when investigating the causes of the fire. He will be looking at the construction which dates back to the 1970s when the tower was built to examine warnings that may have been missed. It’s a pity that the inquiry will not include the social issues in Kensington and Chelsea. However, I have more confidence in Emma Dent Caod Labour Member Of Parliament said that Sir Martin Moore – Brick was a “Technocrat who lacked credibility and the victim lawyers representing some of the families called for him to quit.
It transpires the government has ordered a taskforce to take over parts of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The council has been heavily criticised for its handling of the disaster on 14 June that killed around 80 people and still counting.
Weak and wobbly Maybot promises housing would be offered by Wednesday 5 July 2017 to those by offering temporary accommodation but only nine have so far been accepted and many are still in hostels. The Grenfell Response Team allegedly claimed 139 formal offers have been made. But North Kensington Law Centre which represents many victims, said some had been offered homes in other towers, other areas, or without enough rooms.

English Local Authorities a £5.8bn funding gap by 2020 without new sources of revenue, council leaders are warning. Services are running on a shoestring and councils must be at the front of the queue for extra cash. Lord Porter(LGA) argue they must be free to raise more council tax and keep all businesses rate income.
Headteachers in England are calling on MPs for answers on school funding shortage saying that they are still no closer to knowing their budgets. About 4,000 heads across 17 councils, mostly in southern England wrote to their member of parliament warning that schools face job loses and cuts to subjects. They say that the current levels of school funding is unsustainable.
Here is another U-Turn from the Conservatives manifesto scrap free school meals Nick Gibb(School Minister) is now saying the government would retain the existing provision having listened very carefully to the views of parents checkout Conservatives manifesto on Restricting free lunches to infants from poorer homes with free breakfast for all primary school pupils funded instead
It was alleged to save £650M a year but was left out of the queens speech
What a joker the chancellor of the exchequer has become insisting that the pay policy has not changed and the right balance must continue to be struck in terms of what is fair for workers and taxpayers and he understood people were weary after seven years of austerity. He rejects calls to take the foot off the pedal. Government must hold its nerves in the face of calls for a different path of higher taxes and borrowing.
Notice how David Cameron joined the debate in defence of Maybot by stating opponents of fiscal discipline are selfish not compassionate. Those who believed in sound finances were wrongly painted as uncaring. The exact reverse is true giving up sound finances isn’t being generous. He was the former Prime Minister who introduced the pay cap for public sector.
Demonstrators marched against the UK government’s economic policies which started from BBC Broadcasting House to Parliament Square. All of a sudden senior ministers are calling to lift the 1% pay cap, but don’t hold your breath can’t see it happening at the present time as the chancellor of the exchequer is saying on yer bike and wait to the autumn budget. It’s no wonder why public service workers feels undervalued and leaving the services to either set up their own consultancy or work abroad to put food on the table.
All well and dandy, you may think what about those who has not seen an increase on state benefits in line with inflation as food prices, children uniform, and cost of living increases. Some people may think those people on state benefits receive enough already. The truth is those who pass judgement don’t know the full facts as to why they are on benefits as each case should be judged on its merits as one side does not fit all. There is a job shortage in the country to employ skilled workers and unskilled workers and the situation will get worse before it gets better. Instead successful Governments are happy to bash the unemployed to gain votes as this seen as vote winners.
Nasty Party has admitted that they have to change hard to win over young power who voted Labour in June’s General Elections. Damian Green is on a mission to tell his party after losing their majority to form a government.
It’s been alleged by John Chapman(former chief of staff) Maybot had implemented “red lines” in Brexit talks and has hamstrung David Davis on European Court of Justice and among other things. It is further alleged that Theresa May would not get a Brexit deal through Parliament unless she showed more flexibility. This sounds like a warning to David Davis if you want my job as leader of Conservative Party I’m ensuring that I will give you a very hard time and ware you down to keep my job. Therefore taking all into account I feel that public service workers deserve more than 1% pay rise

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My thoughts after general elections


Who can recall this message to the Nation from Ice Queen Theresa May:

Congratulations to those who refuse to vote and think everything will remain the same or continue to think that politicians are the same you have played right to the conservatives hands. Well done. In return the Conservatives continues to stuck two fingers at you and say thanks for the low turn out. Now you will have the following to consider of more of the continuation of the same of the Conservatives who just don’t care:

Brexit divided the country and will continue to be more of the same. I want to see the Nasty Party deliver a Brexit which put jobs, the economy and living standards first. Many EU citizens have made their Homes in UK. For the first time in modern history, the political and corporate elite who have ruled the UK for decades are edging dangerously close to being removed by the people.

After seven years of a Conservative Government, the majority of people in the UK are worse off. The poor have got poorer and those in the middle are increasingly finding it difficult.

Wages have stood still, while people in work have seen job security and working decline. Small businesses are struggling and cuts in welfare have hit working families who rely on tax credits, while many of those on benefits have been unfairly targeted and sanctioned.

Throughout the UK has been hit particularly hard by local government funding. This has put a squeeze on what can all city councils can deliver for local residents. Rent in the private sector are raising. Homelessness is increasing rapidly across all councils.

Anyone who works in the National Health Service or uses it as a patient, knows how stretched it is. It is harder to get a GP appointment and hospital waiting lists have risen. Meanwhile, £4.6bn in Tory cuts has created a crisis in social care.

The Conservatives are determined and eventually privatise state education. Forcing all schools to become academies bringing back grammar schools and selection and wasting vast sums on so called ‘Free Schools’ are part of their plans to end universal education for all which has existed for over 70 years.

Under the Tories the number of people on zero hour contracts has increased to nearly one million. These jobs give no security to employees and their families often leaving them at the mercy of unscrupulous employers. If re-elected the Tories will continue to destroy the rights which workers have painstakingly won over many years. House building has fallen to its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s. There are 200,000 fewer homeowners than 2010.

The Tory ideologically dislike public services because they believe that everything is run better in the private sector. They consistently undermine our public servants, whether they be nurses, teachers, local government workers, police, or member of the emergency services. They have capped public sector pay at a derisory 1% and yet they have no problem about hospitals buying in agency staff at much higher rates of pay.

Conservative Government under May would completely jeopardise both their domestic and international plans which have been in full effect since the Thatcher era.What has happened in Manchester and London is truly horrific and who’s responsible for it will probably remain unclear for many years to come.

One thing is for certain though, that this has come at an unbelievably ideal time for those in power and over the next five weeks the media will now be entirely focused on this terrorist attack and not the disastrous Conservative party campaign that was losing support daily. It will be entirely focused on using this attack as further proof of why we need a ‘strong and stable’ leader and not a man of peace with ‘terrorist links’. It will be focused on the need to get behind the party that will take the fight to the Islamic state and not the party who want to reduce military action in the Middle East. It will be used as proof of why we need to invest in nuclear weapons instead of social care.

Ultimately it will be used to further divide and conquer society and to try and stop the current progressive left uprising in its tracks. Don’t let this tragic loss of innocent life be used as a campaign tool for the people who inflict so much misery on the world. We need to double up our efforts and remind people of exactly why we need a government committed to equality and peace, not warmongering and western imperialism because the lives of people both here and overseas are depending on it more than ever. !

Are we beginning to see the first main signs of the Brexit recession? May likes us to assume there will rainbows everywhere and stardust will fall as rain by leaving the EU. Yet back in reality the economy is hardly ticking over, inflation is up and set to go higher! Peoples living standards are falling and wages for most are stagnate and below the rate of inflation. And when you take out the con of counting zero hour contracts as people in paid work unemployment is likely to be rising not falling.

May clearly is out of her depth with the EU negotiations, she stamped her feet and the EU just said, well you want to leave so its by our terms not yours. Of course May has no answer but to threaten to make us ridiculously poor and use World Trade Organisation rules. It’s a bit like saying if you do not give me all what I want, I will dump my car or van in the water, so there!

You can see the EU just yawning when they have to listen to Mays demands. And yet she makes out she needs a landslide to give her the ability to negotiate with the EU!!! Well Newsflash the EU have already said it makes not a jot of difference how many Tory MP’s there are when it comes to the negotiations!

Labour is now judged in two polls to be 5% and 8% behind respectively. That is an astonishing closing of the polling. Corbyn’s personal rating has improved significantly. All this is part of the mosaic of evidence that indicates Labour has conducted a far better campaign. Our policies are popular. The Tories’ are failed and uncosted. Everything they touch turns to dust. If Labour can deny May the landslide she craves we have done OK. If we stop her improving her number of seats, she is in trouble. If we deny her a majority, she is in crisis. That we are even talking about restricting her or even winning this election is evidence of a remarkable sea change. Nobody in the Labour Party should now be sowing disunity. We have a leader who is repairing our reputation after two demoralising election defeats and he is doing it on an inspirational and popular programme. This is an appeal, if you want to drive out this reactionary and weak government, join us out on the doorstep. When we talk face to face with the public we can correct the media lies. All out for the next two weeks. If you abstain, you will regret it.

The Tories are not being honest with people. Michael Portillo said David Cameron told him if people knew what he intended to do with the NHS he would not be elected because the British are wedded to the NHS. This is what David Cameron said in 2006.

“But when your family relies on the NHS all the time – day after day, night after night – you really know just how precious it is.  I know the problems. Turning up at A&E and the children’s one is closed. Waiting for the doctor when you’re desperate with worry. Waiting for the scan that is so desperately need. It can be incredibly frustrating. But more often than not, it is an inspiration – thanks to the people who work in the NHS. The nurses who do everything to make you comfortable. The doctors who desperately want to get to the truth. And the army of support staff who get forgotten so often but who make such a difference to all of us. For me, it’s not a question of saying the NHS is ‘safe in my hands’. My family is so often in the hands of the NHS. And I want them to be safe there.

Tony Blair once explained his priority in three words: education, education, education. I like to think I can do it in three letters. “NHS.” Who would have thought Tony Blair would use PFI on our the NHS to build more hospitals which was first used by a Conservative government to tender to the private contractors to rid the in house cleaning and catering services and then close Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Hospitals to sell off the lands to the highest bidders. Whilst those closures took place The then Conservatives introduced a bill Care into Community which opened the floodgate of increase demands in various communities which was not ready to accommodate the likes of support in the communities for mental health and learning disabilities.

It’s been alleged that this General Elections cost around £143 million an increase of 16% from £123 million it budgeted for the 2015 general elections. The price tag reflects the scale of operation to staff tens of thousands of polling stations, process millions of votes and distribution of candidates’ mailings. The EU Referendum was similar.

All the political parties uses the oldest trick in the world it’s more like a textbook example of this is, leaking documents to catch the attention of the press, social media, and bloggers to test the political climate then the party in concern will obviously will reply with textbook answers it’s like playing a game of(Chinese whispers). Voters are like marmite when it comes to voting patterns as they seek what political parties best represent them with their bread and butter issues and yes some may want jam or marmalade on their bread to etc.

Conservatives are famous for using the mantras that Labour is funded by the trade unions and Strong and Stable Leadership.

No doubt that Conservatives seem to forget that Labour born out of trade union movement which I’m proud to belong to a party for the many and not for the few. Labour believes by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we can achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few where rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.

Can’t help but to have a little dig at the Conservatives they claim to be the party of working class, it’s more like the party for the fatcats. In a nutshell it’s who is best at producing the best spin and who can donate more to the Conservative coffers as they don’t really care about working class, small businesses, homelessness or public services. If Theresa May lost the elections this would pave the way for the kiss of death(Boris Johnson) in waiting to become the new leader of the Conservative Party.  We are living in intriguing times post Snap General Elections was announced this was to cause the maximum effect just so the Conservatives receive a majority to railroad through the so-called Brexit negotiations in parliament and with the EU leaders by saying the people have spoken with one voice in Britain and so stick that up your pipe and smoke it.

I make no apologies by saying this elections was unwanted, unnecessary and opportunistic. The government had a working majority and nearly all votes in the commons by more than 30. There is no appetite among the population for a third national poll in two years. They were given a mandate in the referendum in June and they should carry it out. At the end of the negotiations process the deal should be voted upon in parliament and then put to the people through a general election or referendum.

Theresa May’s cynical decision is an attempt to eliminate dissent and to gain a larger majority in order to please the hard-right Tory agenda of dismantling the NHS, breaking up state education and undermining and selling off public facilities, while at the same time giving more tax cuts to the richest people. If this happens then inequality will rise even more dramatically and more and more people will rightly say that system is rigged against them.

All the political parties will have beaten their war drums to get their activists out on the doorsteps to promote their political parties who their candidate(s) are best to represent your area and of course it’s up to the voters to decide whether they will put their x on the ballot-box. The battle-lines had been drawn between the three main political parties this reminds me of a Chinese drama entitled Three Kingdoms where three kingdoms are at war with each other (Labour, Conservatives, and Libdems) who will best kingdom to serve the nation and the only way they can win is by using the best spin and which political parties has the best manifesto. Sadly there is only one winner which maybe or not be your choice of party that you voted in.

If any political party members are honest with themselves they will receive some negative views from various voters which include non-voters on the doorsteps then something needs changing to win over voters.  Like I mentioned in my previous article https://gordonlyew.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/my-thoughts-on-local-and-metro-mayoral-election-results/ I’m not preaching to the converted why they should vote Labour it’s the unconverted and undecided which include nonvoters that we all need to convince to vote Labour. I’m not for one moment indicating that Labour policies were rubbish if anything it’s policies which many would concur.

If there were a roomful of undecided voters both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn turns up into the room the undecided voters were put on the spot with a random question who do they feel safe to run the country and say if they all indicated  they will feel safe with Theresa May then there is cause for concern. In a nutshell it’s no good talking amongst ourselves and not listening to the voters as they will feel undervalued and less likely to return to Labour if we continue to ignoring them. That has now been eradicated. 

I’m very glad that the former Labour leader, Gordon Brown was incessantly vilified. His way of speaking was mocked. His efforts to offset the banking crisis created by casino style speculators in the city suddenly turned into blaming Labour for overspending on public services to create the deficit. Similarly, Ed Miliband was reviled as not being a ‘patriot’, for being unable to eat a bacon sandwich gracefully, for being too left-wing and lacking the qualities a ‘leader’ needs. The media had no interest in Labour’s policies. Now, in 2017, it is the same as it ever was. Unless Labour offers a right-wing, Tory agenda it will be constantly attacked as not fit to run the country. The ruling elite the establishment wants their Tory party in charge.

Gordon Brown is correct to say that Theresa May is “waging a war against the poor” and risks leaving the country more divided than at any time in 50 years. Poverty levels were set to eclipse those last seen in the early 1990s. “No Tory prime minister ever should be given a free hand”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39906815

I’m glad that Tom Watson has is sing the almost sing from the hymn book  in what I’ve been saying about a Maggie Thatcher Style majority by urged voters to back their local Labour MP in order to avoid Ice Queen Theresa May gaining a  landslide that would make it difficult to hold the Conservatives to account.  Labour’s deputy leader said the party had a “mountain to climb” over the four weeks until the general election and was lagging behind in the polls with all income groups, including working class voters.

See details below:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/12/tom-watson-labour-jeremy-corbyn-determined-to-stop-thatcher-style-tory-landslide

This to my followers who does not have clue who is Maggie Thatcher see enclosed bio:

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

Satire: Conservatives would rather you forget,cheer up old chaps


Who remembers this youtube. Oh by the way there is no shame to say I did not see this:

 

 

 

Compliments of Jeremy Hunt this happening on your watch let’s see you get out this one firstly you tell all of us to work like Chinese when you had to retract your statement. Then you try to force though your unworkable contracts with junior doctors and refuse to meet up with angry junior doctors. What a month it must have been for you then event that you had to attend had to be cancelled in fear having to speak to junior doctors who were willing to pay their £15:00 to attend the event to put some questions to him what a chicken he is with no conviction to man up to them. Hang on I’m sure after forcing the junior doctors to accept their contracts the next on the list would be the consultants, nurses, porters, cleaners and the list goes on and on. The chickens have come home to roost and he is running as fast as he can to the next conservative association.

See articles below:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/05/hunt-tax-credit-cuts-make-britons-work-like-chinese-or-americans

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/14/jeremy-hunt-ethical-columnist-nightmare-junior-doctors-dispute-impose-contract?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/14/junior-doctors-jeremy-hunt-conservatives-event-fareham?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H&utm_term=156774&subid=12019543&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-hospitals-pressured-to-cook-the-books-and-underplay-scale-of-their-deficits-says-whistleblower-a6875521.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-111-service-investigated-over-allegations-17-year-olds-answered-urgent-calls-a6876541.html

If you concur that Jeremy Hunt must go please sign this petition:

https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-hunt-mp-jeremy-hunt-must-not-impose-new-contracts-on-junior-doctors/share?tk=MYtfBzNrpNWQrn1rFVxt25doOf00rqMW6omwhjqXxc4&utm_source=supporter_signature_milestone_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_signatures_75000&utm_term=supporter_signature_milestone_email

 

The Conservative Party is the party of personal responsibility. They pride themselves on telling people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and jolly well get on their bikes to improve their lives. They love a bit of personal responsibility, just not personally you understand. They are completely incapable of taking any responsibility for the outcomes of their actions. Instead trotting out the same old “what we inherited from the Labour Party”.

I expect no difference with the Conservatives as they only put the lives of the most vulnerable at risk, because your silly party happened to be in power during a global recession.” Seriously Tories pack it in, go to your bedrooms, sit in the corner and have a word with yourselves. David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt make choices, simple as that. They have been making them for six years and they should take responsibility for them and stop blaming others like petulant junior doctors, nurses, and health workers. So, yes, when people commit suicide because of bedroom tax it is David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith’s fault as it happen to be their watch. When both David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt stands in the way of sex and relationship education reaching as many kids as it can, it is their fault when kids don’t know enough to protect themselves from abusers or where to go if they are victims. Yes, when hundreds of doctors and nurses walk out on strike it is his choices that meant your appointment was cancelled. It will be their fault too when the dangerous working practices of junior doctors kill people. They are more than happy to take credit for the good stuff you do. They’ll whip your personal responsibility away from you the second you get a job, or your kid gets an A at school. They will stand and say, “thanks to me, education is improving and unemployment is falling.”

Checkout this the conservatives want to be in power for a generation, and are fixing the system to make that happen. The Trade Union Bill includes a clause that is deliberately designed to cut off trade unions’ financial support for the Labour Party – while doing nothing to limit the hedge funds and millionaires that support the Tories.

Not enough people know about what the Tories are trying to do, so it’s up to us to get the message out there. That’s why we’re asking if you could take two minutes to help us spread the word in your community.

We’ve created a quick and easy online tool so you can send a letter to your local newspaper’s letters page, outlining the attack on democracy that the Tories are planning. Will you help spread the word by writing to your local paper?

http://action.unionstogether.org.uk/letter

In another intriguing development Charles Walker said claims by Channel 4 News that some bills were not included in local spending returns during three 2014 by-elections and in Thanet South in May’s election should be examined.

A Labour by-election candidate has urged police to investigate.

The Tories say all their spending was recorded in accordance with the law.

Channel 4 News said it had obtained hotel bills which suggest the party broke electoral rules in the Newark, Clacton and Rochester & Strood by-elections, the first of which the Conservatives won and the other two it lost to UKIP.

Campaign spending in by-elections is limited to £100,000 for each party But Channel 4 News says it has uncovered £56,866.75 of undeclared hotel bills in Rochester, which would have taken the party £53,659.83 over the £100,000 limit.

It found bills totalling £26,786.14 in Clacton, which would have taken the party £10,835.36 over the limit, and receipts totalling £10,459.30 in Newark, which would mean an overspend of £6,650.28.

Charles Walker, the Tory MP for Broxbourne, told Channel 4 News that the matter should be examined.

“I’m going to raise it at the board but I suspect others will be raising it at the board. These are serious allegations,” he said.

“I’m not diminishing the nature of these allegations. But the Conservative Party believes it has complied with election law.”

“Channel 4 appear to be in possession of documents which raise questions relating to spending by the Conservative Party during the 2014 Newark by-election; the questions raised allegedly relate to spending that appears not to have been declared,” he wrote.

“I am seeking assurance this evidence and matter will be investigated, and if necessary referred to the appropriate authorities in order to reassure the residents of Newark constituency that established electoral laws and procedures, which are designed to protect our democracy, have been complied with.”

Nottinghamshire Police are yet to respond to the letter.

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said it was aware of the allegations.

“Alleged breaches of the rules around candidate spending at by-elections or parliamentary general elections are matters for the police to investigate under the Representation of the People Act 1983,” he said.

A Conservative spokeswoman said: “All by-election spending has been correctly recorded in accordance with the law.”

I’m I going senile is Iain Duncan Smith reportedly demanded that those in receipt of benefits be removed from the electoral register, according to a letter leaked to the press. The Work and Pensions Secretary justified his request by arguing that it is unfair that people not currently paying into the system, either through working or by being high net wealth individuals, should be allowed to have a say in how public money is spent. His letter to the Prime Minister went on to suggest that withdrawing the right to vote in this way, would provide a “much needed incentive for the workshy, ill and disabled to find work”, and for those in work to stay “in work and off benefits”. The letter also questioned whether those under the age of 25, who tend to be “more prone to idealism”, ought to be permitted to vote, albeit with a possible exception “for members of the Young Conservatives.”

There is speculation in Westminster that the timing of this letter is related to the upcoming referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU, and a possible snap general election that some are predicting to take place thereafter. In this context, barring voters who are the least likely to vote for ‘Brexit or for the Conservative Party, may be seen by some as a useful measure.

A DWP spokeswoman refused to comment directly on the leaked letter, but told reporters: “Iain Duncan Smith believes that in a perfect world everybody would be able to enjoy a full suite of human rights, but with rights come responsibilities, and some rights should only be granted to those who have paid-in.”

Now we have at last, it’s called the in and out referendum the date has been set for 23 June 2016 right after the Local Government, London Mayoral, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and Police Crime Commissioner Elections. I seem to recall that some of us have been down this road before it was back in 1975 otherwise called Common Market which some of us were a wee nipper and didn’t have a vote or were not born then.

The argument back in the 1975 referendum was the Common Market see link below:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_market

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_European_Communities_membership_referendum,_1975

Who said these two weeks ago?

“In favour of staying, it is in Britain’s geo-strategic interests to be pretty intimately engaged in the doings of a continent that has a grim 20th-century history, and whose agonies have caused millions of Britons to lose their lives … [Leaving] would dismay some of our closest friends, not least the eastern Europeans for whom the EU has been a force for good: stability, openness, and prosperity.”

The Boris lies are at full flow but the last people he is concerned of is the British people. His stunt is all about him and him wanting to be PM. He will say anything and hope the British people are gullible in not looking close at what he says.

The reasons Boris is not standing for London Mayor again is because he knows he will lose. Londoners have seen through the shame pretense that he cares about their lives. So now he wants to con the rest of the nation and fool them into thinking he speaks sense. Well he does not, he never has. Acting like a bumbling idiot does not make him a towering personality, it just means he is deceptive and a con man. He is no idiot but he hopes many of the public are.

The EU matters to the UK, Boris and his ego do not. The issues for staying in the EU outweigh any gripe he has.

Would David Cameron ever demand such a move? No! He is too busy along with Osborne helping Google and other multinationals avoid tax! Well thankfully the EU is not so obliging. Europe matters because it has clout and can make a difference.

Finance Ministers from world leading economies have warned of alleged of shock to the global economy if the UK leaves the EU. The ministers gave their opinions in a statement released at the end of a two day meeting of G20 nations in China.

http://news.sky.com/story/1649951/pm-threatened-with-leadership-challenge-over-eu

As all the political party lobby for our votes let’s not forget there will be further cuts on the Horizon courtesy of the chancellor of the exchanger(George Osborne) for public spending in next month(March) budget.

This comes as the global economic turmoil and slow growth meant “We may need to undertake further reductions”.

It’s further alleged he slowed the pace of cuts in the last spending review, but suggested saving could be announced on 16 March Budget as figures showed the UK economy was smaller than expected.

Leaving the EU would be a total disaster; it makes no sense to walk away from having influence on a world scale. Jobs and living standards will suffer and the UK will be seen as no longer relevant by the US.

We as a nation get far more back then we put in and the idea that it would be wonderful if we were on our own is just not true. The UK is no longer an empire it is one small Island joined with a handful of others from a distant past. It needs the EU or the nation will forever lose out.

Let’s not be like Scotland and the SNP who want to govern a small piece of land yet have no answers to how when there is little money. Let’s not listen to Eurosceptic MPs and the biased press and the agenda of Europe hating Murdoch! Those views are based on self-greed or a misguided view that Britain still rules the waves.

Europe equals fairness in working rights and dignity, animal welfare protection and law, environmental protection, international crime detection with more ability to stop global crime. It means billions and billions in the UK on infrastructure and regeneration. It means the UK has a voice!

Let’s not throw that away on hearsay and made up rubbish in the press!

If I thought that Farage would disband and UKRAP would be no more, I would vote NO. However that would just disperse the bigots and send them into hiding and even disperse them where they might be absorbed into other Mainstream parties again. No!! Because I like to know where my enemy is and see the flag he/she marches under, I’ll stick with a YES at present

Here is what the Conservatives have to fail to mention again see youtube below:

 

 

“Instead of cutting the funding for charities that provide the most cost effective solutions to the increasing demand, why not invest prudently in a well-resourced health and social care system that actually works for the benefit of those that need it, whatever their condition” he asked. David Cameron dodged talks yesterday with the leaders of European political parties opposed to benefits cuts for migrant workers.

The Prime Minister was due to meet the European Parliament’s conference of presidents, which includes the leaders of all political groups.

But the Tory leader, who also refused to make his case for reform to an EU plenary session, pulled out of the meeting on the eve of his visit to Brussels.

Instead, Downing Street officials hastily rearranged individual meetings with supportive politicians.

He met Elmar Brok of the right-wing European People’s Party, Guy Verhofstadt of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Roberto Gualtieri of the Socialists and Democrats group.

A Downing Street source said all three had “committed to work hard to ensure that the relevant secondary legislation on the emergency brake and child benefit is swiftly adopted by the parliament.”

Mr Cameron hopes the meetings will secure the support of the European Parliament for his reforms.

Key parts, including the “emergency break” on benefits for migrants, will be voted on by MEPs should Britain remain in the EU.

But his snub to five of Parliament’s eight political groups – including the Tories’ own European Conservatives and Reform group – risked increasing resistance.

A spokesperson for the Green-EFA group said: “We are disappointed that David Cameron chose not to speak to the presidents of all the political groups.

In another development this what you can expect from a Conservative government which they are trying their best to conceal by attempting to justify the raising of council rents to market levels for households earning over £30,000, or £40,000 in London, the government constantly repeats the incorrect and insulting refrain that council housing is “subsidising our life-styles”

“The deal that David Cameron hopes to agree with his EU counterparts later this week is not the deal we would want, and he should certainly not assume that the Greens EFA group, or indeed the European Parliament as a whole, will simply rubber-stamp it.”

The Nordic Green Left group, who only learned the meeting had been cancelled through press reports, said the snub had  “undermined” the European Parliament.

President Gabi Zimmer added: “Mr Cameron’s requests to the European Union include deep changes to EU fundamental principles such as equal treatment, non-discrimination and free movement in which the European Parliament should be fully involved as it touches upon the Parliament’s prerogatives in its role as legislator.

“The EU would be well advised not to follow Mr Cameron’s most regressive requests in the field of social security and freedom of movement.”

Politicians from a cross party and even the ruling Conservatives acknowledge that there is a housing crisis in Britain.

They can hardly avoid it. Evidence that there is something rotten in the state of housing is all around us, and not just among the poorest. Children learn in schools about the squalor of the 19th century, the poverty-stricken slums where several families would be crammed into single rooms.

This misery made housing one of the great social issues of the last century from David Lloyd George’s promise of “homes fit for heroes” to the massive expansion of council house building pioneered by Labour from 1945. The post-war generation grew up in a Britain where, on finishing your education, you could expect to get a job and live in a stable home you could call your own, even if you were not the legal owner.

Just as the still ongoing devastation of British industry and manufacturing launched by Margaret Thatcher has made well-paid, secure employment a pipe dream for most young people, so has the (again, still ongoing) sabotage of our social housing sector she began with “right to buy” snatched from a generation the dream of an affordable home to raise a family in.

Increasingly, children are raised in cramped flats their parents share with other young adults.

Research from Shelter and YouGov published today demonstrate that over a quarter of families renting in the private sector have had to move home at least three times in the last five years hardly the secure environment most of us would wish to provide for our offspring in their early years.

People are forced to move because they are powerless trapped without adequate rights in buildings owned by other people. So much for Thatcher’s “property-owning democracy.”

That powerlessness fed the rage of the social tenants protesting at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square yesterday, because without their being consulted or even informed the trust that had owned their homes sold them on to property firm Butterfields E17, which promptly decided to sell up with no regard for the families whose lives it is wrecking.

It is no surprise, then, that the Scottish Greens have found 54 per cent support north of the border for councils to regulate private-sector rents.

Ed Miliband promised that a Labour government would cap rent rises by private landlords ahead of the last election. Tory ministers who were falling about laughing and shrieking “Marxist!” at this outlandish idea had to sit up and pretend they too had a housing plan when YouGov revealed 60 per cent support for Labour’s proposal across Britain  including 42 per cent support among Conservative voters.

Well, we now know what that “plan” entails the end to lifetime tenancies, the extension of the right to-buy disaster to housing associations, the injection of more hot air into a property and debt bubble which is speeding our country towards another crash.

The Tories are experts at divide and rule, and have sought to present the housing crisis as a battle between generations the ageing homeowners, who are statistically very likely to vote, and the youthful renters who are not and can therefore be screwed till they bleed.

But for Labour, housing can be a unifier. People are not the atomised individuals the Tories think they are.

The housing crisis affects the young people forced to stay with their parents but obviously, it also affects the parents forced to house their adult children indefinitely, and it affects the grandparents who feel they will have to leave their homes to their children but cannot do so because the soaring cost of care is swallowing them up.

Labour must offer its full-throated support to the Kill the Housing and Planning Bill march on March 13 and make sure its local parties are the champions of a new housing deal in every corner of this country.

This is crude demonetization. In fact, a council home normally pays for the initial investment in its building cost after 20 to 30 years and from then on the rents provide a continuous revenue stream for many decades to come.

So don’t be surprise when I and others say vote Labour in all the Local Government to ensure that Labour have a strong voice in Local Government which includes Police Crimes and Commissioners, London Mayoral Elections on 5 May 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservatives voted against Labour opposition day motion


Here is dreaded reminder why we should not trust the establishment they give in one hand and suck out the blood out of the other hand.

 

 

 

7 Jan 2016 saw the opposition day motion being voted against in the house the results were as follows:

Ayes: 273

Noes: 308

Motion on universal credit allowance:

Calls on the government to reverse its decision to cut the allowance.

The work allowance is the amount that can be earned before the universal credit benefit is reduced.

Whilst it’s disappointing news that the Conservatives and others voted against the motion there is a sense of urgency to continue our fight to highlight that this Victorian establishment is hell bent on carrying out their agenda to make the poor to suffer unless you are lucky to have a rich relative(s) that you can turn to in your hour of need to help subsidise your lifestyle when they encourage the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) to sanction you whilst you are on benefits.

Us plebs who depend on benefits to survive comes in two folds it’s either that a person who earn a living but have to depend on some benefits to top up your income. Or you lost your job and have to depend on benefits because of unscrupulous companies pays below the national minimum wage or living wage and they refuse to provide payslips so you can make a claim for tax credits and because you complain to the management of the company they decided to let you go. Then there is an untold stories that DWP, and press will not discuss the subject of Mental Health, disability or at worst domestic abuse when the service user(s) who depend on benefits which they seem to brush under the carpet so that they can meet their targets enforced by the Secretary Of DWP (Iain Duncan Smith) which forces service users hands to go to the Foodbanks until their benefits has been sorted out.

However there is a catch by heading to the foodbank you can only claim a food parcel three times. You will have to go to a money adviser, citizens’ advice bureau or your job centre to claim a voucher. After using the foodbank then you are left to fend for yourself to make ends meets this does not take into account that you have to top up your gas, and electric meters and look after your own personal hygiene or take your medication, pay your rent, and Council Tax.

 This what Margret Hodge had to say about Universal Credit:  

 

 

There is no doubt that Labour has campaigned against the establishment which forced them to postpone the unfair tax credits which help low paid workers make ends meet.  The u-turn only offers low paid workers a temporary relief. Be aware of the Greeks bearing gifts they give in the one hand and taking in the other hand by way of this government odious planning to introduce universal credit over this Parliament. This will mean that 2.6 million families are set to lose an average of £1,600 per year under the proposal of the new universal credit.

Be under no illusions this threat is real and low incomes of low paid working people has not disappeared with the hugely proposed cuts from this Tory Government.

Under this so-called proposal it’s alleged that six benefits will be rolled into one benefit. On the face of it, it sounds great but there are loopholes which need to be clampdown preventing fraud for the future for it can be fully implemented.

I don’t think the baby project of Iain Duncan Smith is going very smoothly in the guise of Universal Credit there have been wide criticism from all sections of parliament and I concur with Owen Smith when he said:

Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today’s OBR report showing the impact of cuts to Universal Credit, said:

“Labour warned last week that George Osborne’s u-turn on tax credits might not be all it seemed and today’s report from the OBR shows it was a total con job.

“It’s no wonder the government didn’t want to publish these figures last week and decided instead to sneak them out this morning.

“It shows clearly that the Tories are still taking £3 billion out of the pockets of working people, they’re just using Universal Credit instead of tax credits to pick those pockets.

“I’d urge those Conservative MPs who opposed tax credit cuts to look closely at this report and to reach the same conclusion that Labour has already reached – that cuts to Universal Credit are merely a re-branding of tax credit cuts. These cuts will drastically reduce support to working families and they should be opposed outright.”

It is said that Disability benefit assessment have doubled in cost to £579m a year but targets are still being missed the National Audit Office has said.

The spending watchdog found the quality of the tests was also not improving despite significant changes.

Meg Hilliler MP said the cost was “staggering” and sick disabled people needed “a better deal”.

One has to ask yourself this question is whether the changes to our welfare system especially to keep out EU citizens from claiming benefits when they arrive to the UK so it will make it difficult for them and us to claim benefits when we lose our jobs.

Currently wide speculation are coming from various so called sources stipulating that the establishment is trying to introduce the reforms so it is in line with the economy which George Osborne is claiming our country faces a cocktail of serious threats from a slowing global economy as 2016.

This what the Conservatives don’t want you to know, the deputy leader of the Labour party, Tom Watson, has accused the government of hiding essential information before the planned EU referendum by failing to disclose official figures on the number of migrant benefit claimants in Britain.

HM Revenue & Customs is refusing to disclose how many British nationals claiming tax credits are being counted as migrants. The number in question inflates the figure for immigrant families claiming in-work benefits and potentially means any policy aimed at restricting the benefits of EU migrants could hit thousands of Britons.

As the Guardian revealed last October, HMRC defines “non-UK families” as those where at least one adult in the claimant family is a migrant, meaning that mixed families where one partner is a British national are classed as immigrants.

Following that story, a freedom of information request was submitted to HMRCasking how many claimants classed as part of migrant families were British nationals.

Under FoI terms, a response was due by mid-November but the figures have yet to be released.

Although it claims it is dealing with the FoI request, HMRC has refused to say when it intends to respond. The tax office has also failed to explain why it missed the statutory deadline of 13 November or indicate any exemptions it may be considering, which should be communicated in delayed cases.

Watson said: “The fact the government has failed to respond to repeated freedom of information requests to explain how it defines an ‘immigrant family’ suggests it has something to hide. We can’t debate the UK’s place in Europe ahead of an historic EU referendum without accurate statistics on this and other issues.”

“The Freedom of Information Act was introduced by a Labour government because the public has a right to know about the decisions taken in its name.Labour would strengthen the act, but the Tories want to weaken it.”

HMRC’s definition of migrant families not only inflates the figure of 740,000 non-UK families claiming tax credits but also means that any policy aimed at restricting the benefits of migrants could also hit Britons. More than 7% of the UK’s 15.6m couples comprise one UK national and one non-UK national, according to analysis compiled by the Office for National Statistics for the Guardian. But when any such couples claim tax credits, they could be considered migrant families by the British government.

According to HMRC data there were 738,900 non-UK families (which include single people and couples) in receipt of tax credits as of March 2014, the most recent data released by the tax agency that includes a UK/non-UK breakdown. That is 15.9% of the total caseload.

Of the 738,900 non-UK families, 431,500 are couples while the other 307,400 are single claimants.

However, only 401,700 of all the 2.6 million singles (UK and non-UK) claiming tax credits have no children and receive working tax credit only. HMRC has also refused to say if it knows the number of cases where non-UK single claimants are claiming child tax credit and the other parent is a British national.

The vast majority of tax credit expenditure relates to families with children.

HMRC estimates that annual entitlements of families containing a non-UK national were £5.2bn in 2013-14 (17.4% of the total £29.7bn spend for that period). Of the £5.2bn, £1.2bn was paid to out-of-work families on child tax credits, £3.8bn to in-work families with children, and £200m to in-work claimants without children.

Last December, HMRC refused to disclose how many national insurance numbers issued to recent migrants were “active” (ie showed recent payments of tax or benefit claims) following an FoI request; the tax agency claimed releasing the information would be unhelpful to the UK’s EU membership negotiation process.

An HMRC spokesperson said: “We take our responsibilities under the FoI Act very seriously, and we make every effort to meet the statutory deadline for all FoI requests. Unfortunately, we are sometimes unable to provide a response by the deadline.”

Don’t believe the hype about the rollout of universal credit and how the Tories are finally “making work pay” – Iain Duncan Smith has presided over perhaps the failure of this parliament. Whenever I talk about the need for better representation of women and minorities in politics, there is a stock response. “Surely we want ministers appointed on merit?” people ask, making a serious face. And I always think, “So how do you explain Iain Duncan Smith, then?”

IDS is one of the great enigmas of modern politics. In person, he appears quiet, self-contained, borderline pious: stick him in a robe and sandals and he’d make a very good abbot. He has devoted allies who believe in him with quasi-religious zeal.

Yet welfare reform is perhaps the failure of this parliament, which has been allowed to go unnoticed because: a) it doesn’t really affect People Like Us and b) it is protected by a tedium shield three miles thick.

These past weeks, the spin doctors tell us, were devoted to trumpeting the Conservatives’ alleged success in saving the taxpayer sackloads of cash by chastising scroungers and layabouts into honest employment. Tory commentators are in ecstasies. “Like an unstoppable cyborg programmed with bourgeois decency – the Suburbinator – IDS has simply refused to give in,” swooned Matthew d’Ancona in the Guardianon 15 February. “His welfare revolution is potentially the most important achievement of the government,” wrote Peter Oborne in the same day’s Telegraph. (If only we could get all jobseekers to work as hard as the word “potentially” does in that sentence. I am potentially the most acclaimed supermodel of the 21st century. Tony Blair is potentially the man who will bring peace to the Middle East. Don’t all rush to Ladbrokes at once.)

Let’s start with Universal Credit, since that has apparently now been recast as a success. It is actually a failure: a good idea in theory that was horrifically bungled in practice. In 2010 the government quite reasonably acknowledged that navigating a maze of more than 30 benefits was causing huge problems for claimants. But ministers seemed less aware that the complexity would not go away under Universal Credit; it would merely be dealt with by a computer system instead.

There is a reason why “government IT project” rivals “rail replacement bus” as the most chilling three-word phrase in our language. This didn’t bother Duncan Smith and his circle at the Department for Work and Pensions, who were infused with a sense of divine purpose. Throughout the process, the department has made avoidable errors by insisting that all naysayers must be enemies rather than critical friends. In September 2013, a National Audit Office report raised alarms about “a ‘fortress’ mentality within the programme team and a ‘good news’ reporting culture”. The public accounts committee, led by the indomitable Margaret Hodge, reported in November that year that the team was “isolated and defensive” and “gave misleading interviews to the press” indicating that all was well. There were also some sharp questions about how well the £425m invested up to that point had been spent.

The problems are not confined to the distant past. In December, the Office for Budget Responsibility delivered an exquisitely crafted blow, saying, in effect, that it didn’t believe the department’s figures any longer. It cited “the recent history of optimism bias in Universal Credit plans and other projects of this sort”.

That optimism bias was still on show on 15 February as IDS announced the roll-out of Universal Credit. It might happen, although Labour says it will “pause” the programme if elected and George Osborne (who seems never to have rated his colleague’s intelligence or ability) may well find a way to kibosh it out of the spotlight of an election campaign. The Treasury has still not approved the business case for Universal Credit and the rollout has a host of exemptions. You cannot claim it if you own your home or are homeless, for example.

Even if it does finally emerge, Universal Credit seems unlikely to deliver the huge savings needed to slash the welfare bill to the levels demanded by Osborne. It might also have unintended consequences that haven’t been sufficiently offset. For instance, the vaunted ambition of “making work pay” – by stopping the steep reduction in benefits for those working just over 16 hours a week – might encourage claimants to take insecure, irregular part-time work and allow employers to get away with offering it.

Universal Credit is not the government’s only troubled welfare reform. The expanded work capability assessment backfired so badly that the outsourced provider ditched the contract. The Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) system has become incredibly punitive. Declan Gaffney in theNational Insti­tute Economic Review records that JSA sanctions are running at 6 per cent, the highest on record; among Employment and Support Allowance claimants (who are currently not fit for work), sanctions rose from 2,200 in the first quarter of 2012 to 15,900 in the first quarter of 2014. To gain public support for these measures, the government has relied on myths such as “families where no one has worked for three generations” (of which the Joseph Rowntree Foundation failed to find a single example).

The unpalatable truth is that a high benefits bill stems not from a badly structured welfare system but from a badly structured society. Take housing benefit: accounting for inflation, it has risen 150 per cent in the past 21 years. The answer is not to cut housing benefit but to build more homes.

Welfare reform in this parliament has been about running to stand still, huffing and puffing and achieving very little. As Gaffney notes, “Labour’s spending plans for 2014/15 were for £216.8bn, compared with the current forecast of £215bn.” I bet the Quiet Man won’t have much to say about that.

Now this rich coming from George Osborne to allege this year is likely to be one of the toughest since the financial crisis. This smells like the god of fear being branded around to maximum effect to show that the Tories are in charge which is more inline of the thinking of UKIP and their supporters just in case of a referendum is on the horizon.

 

 

Welcome to Jeremy Hunt’s Victorian Plan


Here is a song that sum it up in a nutshell about junior doctors:

 

I’m in solidarity of our Junior Doctors going strike action not because of my politics it’s more of the check of how arrogant Jeremy Hunt Is towards our public sector workers.

Is it trick or treat, oh wait Halloween of the past and present has Jeremy Hunt gone insane to suggest that non EU citizens should pay for their medical care. Yes I do. I feel my ears burning say Jeremy Hunt. It’s about time that he gets off his high horse and stop thinking he is living in the land of the Americas.

This is the sort of policy that UKIP would love to see in the UK. Oh yes with his ideology of Health Insurance which Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttal will be privately jumping for joy from behind the scenes then telling their members differently in their faces at all their conferences.

Another reason why we should support our Junior doctors see youtube:

 

Okay must admit that there may be some home truths that some tourist may abuse our NHS but they are far fewer than the numbers of people who uses our NHS. The NHS should be able to raise revenues from somewhere but should it be at the expense of these who can pay into the system via our taxes.

The British Medical Association (BMA) is correct to say that doctors are meant to treat service users and not act as boarder coppers or guards for the government.jjkdgb

Somehow my personal view is that we have not seen the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sun-dance Kid (David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt) to inflict further damage by heavily reliant on the involvement of the public sectors to do the work of the government to dismantle our Local Government, NHS and other public services in the name of austerity by throwing a few bits crust to the Local Government Association and British Medical Association (BMA) for their agreement to help the establishment.

To add insult to injury the very gull Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s claims there is a “Monday to Friday” culture in the NHS by posting pictures of themselves working this weekend.

Mr Hunt made the comment earlier this week as he outlined plans to impose seven-day working at hospitals across the country.

But in riposte medics have gone on Twitter to post pictures and messages showing they are working at the weekend, causing the hashtag #ImInWorkJeremy to trend on the site.

Neurosurgeon Mark Wilson wrote: “24 patients seen about to do neurosurgery operation straight 72hrs on call!”

Sebastian Nixon uploaded a photograph of himself in his green medical scrubs and wrote: “Sixth shift this week in the Derriford ED. Damn these lazy doctors and their extravagant weekends. #ImInWorkJeremy.”

Mr Hunt went on Twitter to answer his critics, writing: “To drs on shift 2day: thx 4 ur hard work. Now we need 2 reflect that professionalism wth modern contract 2 make NHS safer! #ImInWorkJeremy.”jhefh

But the hapless Health Secretary landed himself in hot water after tweeting a photo of himself in blue scrubs with doctors at University College Hospital in London.

The photo captured a board listing the patients on the ward in the background, and critics demanded Mr Hunt issue an apology for the apparent breach of patient confidentiality.

On this note I would urge all political persuasion to support to our junior doctors and don’t let  Jeremy Hunt off the hook by taking us back to the Victorian times.

Further Privatization of our public services Onwards


hhnfI would like to make it clear that I will take no lesions from a Conservative Government with their constant blame game of Labour Party whilst they are in power. If people thought it was bad enough having a Labour Government then I have to say that Labour did more good than a Coalition or a Conservative Government put together as evidence will show that Labour invested more into our public services than the present establishment. Conservatives have a vested interest by introducing the U.S. Style of privatisation of public services (NHS and Prison Service)

It’s no surprise that our services are the hardest hit with cuts in both Central and Local governments to make way for privatisation by contracting out to the private sector in return for them to cherry pick the best services for a quick buck. I can just hear people reading this article saying “here we go we’ve got another lefty nutter who goes not believe in progress and capitalism”. Well if it means to selling off our public services to the highest bidder than I’m a very proud to be branded a communist, proud to be born in our NHS, and proud to be a son of immigrants.

jfjmngI can see this so called establishment will introducing legislation to make it compulsory to buy private health insurance for the use of our beloved NHS which both UKIP and BNP will be jumping for joy. Our NHS was introduced by a Labour a Government after the Second World War free at the point of need. This government then has a cheek to say that “they are the party for the working people”. Like hell they are, they are hiding the fact that they are the party for the fatcats and billionaires. In other words as the American dollar bill says in god we trust which is the code word for saying in the name of the almighty dollar we trust.

Some will argue it was Labour Government that started the part privatisation during their time in office. This may be a half-baked truth in it. In actual fact it was under Thatcher and Major Governments that started the process by privatising our public services in the first place by closing down some hospitals for Learning disabilities and Mental Health this came about when Care In The Community came into force which opened the floodgates to the third sectors and private sectors who thought that they would make a killing on our health services and social services.

Oh have I forgotten about Private Finance Initiative(PFI) which was introduce by the Conservatives just before the last days in government they started the attack on the Cleaning, and catering Departments in the hospitals. by contracting out the services.jfngh

Let’s not forget our railways, water, electricity, gas, transport, and coal mining was once in public ownership now in the private sector compliments of the Conservatives between 1970s – 1980s. Can someone remind me which government introduced the right to buy council house. I wonder was it a Conservative Government and they failed to mention that they failed to build more council housing, so who was short memories now.

If voters want to throw rotten tomatoes and cabbages then throw them at the Conservatives for attacking our NHS in the first instance. It’s no wonder why doctors and nurses are leaving the NHS for better pay to apply their skills to other parts of the continent such as Austria or they open up their own private consultant services and reapply for jobs in our NHS as consultants with specialised skills that our NHS badly needed coupled by using nursing agencies and recruiting foreign nurses to fill post which not enough trained nurses are not forthcoming as this government has cut the nursing and doctors budget dramatically.

jkfgngWhilst most people will recognise that changes are needed and challenge to implement in order to save our NHS what most want a service will continue to argue that our service should be continued to be free at the point of need. And those who can afford to pay they should pay more to use our NHS.

The very cheek of  David Cameron to say child protection services are facing privatisation to “reform” public services and “streamline” government.

Speaking in Leeds yesterday, the Prime Minister claimed children’s services were an example of “state failure” that demanded “more ambitious reform.”

And, in a move that mirrors Tory schools policy, he threatened to strip local authorities of responsibility for social services and hand them over to not-for-profit trusts.

kjkfMr Cameron said it was part of his vision for a “smarter state,” where the government would “spend less and deliver more.”

“It’s not unlike business,” he said. “Businesses are constantly adapting and changing, using new technology or new methods of delivery to improve both their products and reduce their costs.

“I’m not suggesting we should run government exactly like a business. I just mean that if we use their insights, we can help develop a smarter state.”

Campaign for Public Ownership director Neil Clark said the prospect of “wholescale outsourcing and privatisation” lurked behind the Prime Minister’s reform rhetoric.

“The extremist agenda of Cameron and his government is very obvious it’s to destroy the last vestiges of the progressive post-World War II mixed economy.

“When he talks about a ‘smarter state,’ he means a state that can still afford to bomb Syria, but one which won’t provide libraries, social care and other important public services.”

Mr Cameron also asserted that he had a “moral imperative” to “streamline” government.jdvjsdv

The sale of public assets that are “no longer needed” is to be fast tracked, while public land will be flogged off with planning permission to make it more attractive to big-money buyers.

Power over fire services will also be handed over to police and crime commissioners.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said: “These are badly thought-out proposals from a government which couldn’t care less about emergency services or those they employ.

“Police are law enforcers, while fire and rescue is a humanitarian service with a very different remit and culture. Firefighters need to be seen to be neutral within the communities they serve.”

There is no doubt in my mind that this government is also set to introduce laws that will compel the police, fire and ambulance services to combine “back office functions.”

Having said all of this, now the question what will be Labour Party position on this will it is more of the same or will there be a change in direction as we all know that Labour has suffered two defeats from general elections 2010-2015.
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Labour needs to take a very hard look inwards and start to gain its grounds to identify what the party stands for and stop appetising to all. Now is the time to stop crying over spilled milk. Now is the time for our new leader and members of the party to unite and have a fundamental rethink on what lays ahead and be more consistent with the message that they are promoting and identity themselves differently from the Conservatives in the next local elections in 2016 on wards.

my thoughts on David Cameron on extremism


Please listen to this youtube:

The full speech:

New Government legislation will include powers to put non-violent extremists who radicalise young people “out of action”, David Cameron has said.

may-cameronThe action against Islamist “influencers” forms part of a five-year plan to crush the home-grown extremism which the Prime Minister said had led to up to 700 young Britons travelling abroad to fight for the Islamic State (IS) terror group and left Muslim parents “living in fear” that their children may be radicalised.

In a high-profile speech at Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green, Mr Cameron announced plans for a new scheme allowing parents to apply to have their own children’s passports removed if they suspect them of planning to travel abroad to join a radical group.

The PM said Britain must act to “de-glamourise” groups like IS by making young people aware of the brutal reality of life in the parts of Iraq and Syria which they control.

Mr Cameron announces that parents will have the power to cancel their children’s passports if they are worried about them travelling to Syria to join Isis.

He said: “I know how worried some people are that their children might turn to this ideology – and even seek to travel to Syria or Iraq.

“So I can announce today we are going to introduce a new scheme to enable parents to apply directly to get their child’s passport cancelled to prevent travel.”

And he said the UK should do more to promote its own creed of tolerance, democracy, the rule of law and freedom of speech and should make clear that the doctrine of respect for different faiths must be matched by those faiths supporting the British way of life.

Mr Cameron said it was not enough for extremists to say they opposed IS – also known as Isil, Isis or Daesh – for them to prove that they were not a threat. This would be setting the bar for acceptability “ludicrously low”, and groups should be expected also to condemn conspiracy theories, anti-semitism and sectarianism, he said.

“We need to put out of action the key extremist influencers who are careful to operate just inside the law but who clearly detest British society and everything we stand for,” said the Prime Minister.

“These people aren’t just extremists, they are also despicable far-right groups too, and what links them all is their aim to groom young people and brainwash their minds.

“Let’s be clear who benefits most from us being tough on these non-violent extremists – it’s Muslim families living in fear that their children could be radicalised and run off to Syria, and communities worried about some poisonous far-right extremists planning to attack your mosque.”

A new Extremism Bill will include “narrowly-targeted” powers to tackle thes e “facilitators and cult leaders” and stop them “peddling their hatred”, said Mr Cameron.

He also said the Government would take action to tackle sectarian and communal segregation in schools, and said the Government would give communications watchdog Ofcom stronger powers to take action on foreign TV channels broadcasting hate preachers and extremist messages.

Universities should be ready to challenge extremist speakers on campus and broadcasters should use a wider range of speakers from Muslim communities, rather than repeatedly putting extreme voices on screen, he said.

Mr Cameron said that too often the authorities had “turned a blind eye” to issues like forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM) for fear of offending cultural sensitivities.

Announcing a consultation on introducing lifetime anonymity for the victims of forced marriages, he said he wanted to see more prosecutions in cases of this sort as part of a drive to “enforce” British values and ensure they applied uniformly to people of all backgrounds.

“My argument with young people being sucked towards this appalling extremist Isil worldview is ‘You are heading towards a belief system that believes in throwing people off buildings, raping children, enslaving women’,” said the Prime Minister.

“The values of freedom and democracy are far stronger, far better than the values of Isil.

“We are not serving our argument or serving our country or serving new arrivals to our country if we don’t enforce these values uniformly.

“And here’s my message to any young person thinking of going out there. You won’t be some valued member of a movement – you are cannon fodder for them.

“They will use you. If you are a boy, they will brain wash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up. If you are a girl they will enslave and abuse you. That is the sick and brutal reality of IS.”

“If we have a situation where young people are being taken off and married against their will or having the appalling practice of FGM carried out on them, and the British state and the British Government and the British Parliament and police and courts look the other way, we are not showing great confidence in our values.

“Our values are so great that we should want to enforce them for all, including new arrivals, including people subjected potentially to those practices.”

My comments:

Firstly I would love to say in the Arabic phrase shown above is pronounced as Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim, and is a beautifully poetic phrase which offers both deep insight and brilliant inspiration. It has often been said that the phrase Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim contains the true essence of the entire Qur’an, as well as the true essence of all religions.

hdhdhMuslims often say this phrase when embarking on any significant endeavour and the phrase is considered by some to be a major pillar of Islam. This expression is so magnificent and so concise that all but one chapter of the Qur’an begins with the words Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.

The common translation:

“In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate”.

Fails to capture either the true depth of meaning or the inspirational message of this beautiful phrase.

In memory of those victims who lost their lives during 7/7 and 9/11 what took place is not recognized under Islam. Every time I read or hear those words recited I am humbled to know that the time has to come to address what establishment stance of extremism as the Koran addresses this issue as haram(Not acceptable and it is forbidden to take an innocent life no matter whatever your religious beliefs) .

On 20 July 2015 David Cameron will be addressing an audience regards to Muslim extremism yet he fails to mention that all forms of religious extremism is wrong. If you look around the world most of the crimes have been committed in the name of religious extremism ie Buddhism vs Muslims, Christians vs Muslims, Hinduism vs Muslims, and Sikhism vs Muslims.

If he wants to talk about British values and integration of the Muslim community, will he mention the fact Birmingham Muslims, despite fasting for 19 hours a day themselves, were feeding the homeless. Will he mention the fact that our forefathers sacrificed their life’s for this, our great country in WW1 & WW2 before any of them set foot in this country.

And how do British values differ from Muslim values? We have been taught and practice that Islam is a religion where we should help and protect our neighbour, before any other, irrespective of their faith. Is this not a British value?

David Cameron’s speech will not support cohesion but divide communities and isolate the British Muslim community.

Daesh has no place in society. They are not part of the religion that I practice.

They need to be condemned at every opportunity as does far right extremism which also threatens to divide our communities.

David Cameron visit to Birmingham and spew his highly problematic remarks about the causes of extremism today. He will focus on ideology; that all extremism is bad, and that it can lead to violent extremism; that the grievance issue is not important; that people do not want to integrate. It’s all completely upside down.

Years and years of research have systematically established the causes of radicalisation among Western European born Muslims. In a nutshell the issues are geopolitical, and failed domestic anti-racism and integration policy. Cameron is using his speech as a sideshow because all capitalist societies need enemies. Elite policymakers in Whitehall are just a bunch of self-serving dim-wits who have no idea of what it is like on the ground. It is tantamount to state racism of the most pernicious nature.

Moreover, those Muslims who start speaking on the behalf of HMG so as to supposedly help Muslim communities, some who start off with good intentions, only end up leaving or feathering their own nests, serving the interest of the elites every time. There is going to be a tremendous reaction to this. Birmingham will not roll over. Too many dedicated and smart activists, campaigners, and professionals, who are savvy and informed will come out responsibly to this. Members of the more intelligent sectors of the press will also report what is right not what powerful people want reported.

His obsession with demanding support for “tolerance, democracy, the rule of law and freedom of speech” sits poorly with the revelation that he authorised British troops to participate in US-led bombing raids on Syria despite Parliament deciding otherwise.

Tolerance, democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech are admirable goals, but they mean different things to us all.

Alarm bells will inevitably ring when Cameron, an inveterate apologist for Israeli war crimes, insists that opposition to Islamic State (Isis) demands condemnation of “conspiracy theories, anti-semitism and sectarianism.”

Who is he to judge when criticism of zionist colonialism descends into these categories?

More basically, when did thinking wrong things become a crime in Britain?

Some people harbour hateful attitudes towards black people, Jews, Gypsies, Travellers, lesbians, gay men and other minorities, but they are prosecuted only when their thoughts translate into action.

Many Irish people in Britain support the reunification of their homeland. Some were sympathetic to the military campaign waged by the Provisional IRA, but they were not persecuted for their thoughts.

There have always been Muslims in Britain and other states more sympathetic to a religious caliphate than secular democracy. They are a tiny minority within a minority.

The weight of the state should only be deployed against those seeking to turn fantasy into reality when they adopt violence.

It is distressing for most people not least the families of those involved — to see young people born, raised and educated in Britain opt to travel to Syria, Iraq or elsewhere to join the Isis death cult.

It reveals a level of extreme alienation brought about by a combination of factors that could include internet propaganda, contact with religious extremists and despair over what they view as this country’s anti-Muslim foreign policy.

Cameron dismisses the idea that a succession of wars launched against largely Muslim countries and ongoing backing for Israel’s murderous occupation of Palestinian land play any part in fomenting alienation.

For him, the problem is simply ideological  “non-violent extremists” who radicalise young people by grooming them and brainwashing their minds.

His stance with regard to Syrians who join Isis is fundamentally different, identifying a materialist basis for their doing so  his contention that President Bashar al-Assad is “the chief recruiting sergeant for Isil because of his butchery of his own people.”

Imperialism’s obsession with overthrowing Assad, assisted by funds, weapons and recruits from Nato’s Arab allies, has weakened military resistance to Isis.

There is little use in Cameron wishing for viable governments in Iraq and Syria or anywhere else in the region when it is US, British and French oil-influenced military intervention or support for medieval despots that has rendered it unstable.

His Extremism Bill will not destabilise Britain because the vast majority of Muslims perceive no unbridgeable gulf between their own beliefs and attitudes and those of their non-Muslim neighbours.

However, his half-baked dog’s breakfast of bluster, loyalty demands and ill-thought-through censorship proposals to “put out of action” those who he decides “clearly detest British society and everything we stand for” will not help matters.

What absurd level of supremacist thinking does Cameron’s statement that “our values are so great that we should want to enforce them for all” reflect?

His agenda will probably collapse under the weight of its contradictions, but until then it will aggravate the process of integration in Britain rather than help it.

Personally I concur with the response from Yvette Copper. See link below:

http://labourlist.org/2015/07/defeating-extremism-must-be-a-shared-endeavour-cooper-responds-to-camerons-speech/

Just wondering how many people had to opportunity to read the full content of the government response to taking extremism if you have not then here is an opportunity to read it. See link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263181/ETF_FINAL.pdf