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Friday, 5 January 2018

NHS IN CRISIS?

Every winter we have the same headlines:
"NHS IN CRISIS _ PATIENTS QUEUING IN CORRIDORS, AMBULANCES STACKED UP OUTSIDE A&E UNABLE TO OFFLOAD SICK PEOPLE!"
The Unions, Doctors, and, of course, the useless Labour Party are all screaming at the Government to put more money into this beleaguered service. The problem being that no matter how much money is thrown at it the same problems will arise again and again, year in year out.
You would think that with the amount of 'managers' populating the NHS it couldn't possibly fail. It does beg the question, 'why are so many people who are obviously no good at their jobs still employed by the NHS?' In any other failing industry questions would be asked and heads would, quite rightly, roll.
So, why are these people, most of whom enjoy ridiculously high salaries, exempt from scrutiny? This is public money and it is being mis-managed so someone must be held accountable. Its no good blaming the Secretary of State for Health every time Labour and the Left Wing Media cry for more, like some latter day Oliver with the needle stuck in the groove. The responsibility lies with the various Trusts under the auspices of NHS England.

The main problem we have in this country is a cowardly bunch of self-serving politicians all slavishly tied to the European Union who are unwilling to tackle the real problems. Instead they blame an ageing population, lack of doctors, lack of nurses, lack of beds, etc. etc.  The political blame game has become the 'go to' excuse for failure.
We even have a Prime Minister who, instead of ordering the various NHS heads of Trusts and Department Seniors to Downing Street for a dressing down, meekly sits in front of a TV camera and says. "I apologise". A hollow statement from a hollow Prime Minister.
There are at least six reasons why the NHS is failing;

  1. PFI repayments
  2. GP Contracts
  3. Immigration
  4. Health Tourism
  5. Gross Mismanagement
  6. Political interference.
The first four can be attributed to thirteen disastrous years of Labour in government and the last two are down to successive governments tinkering and fear of tackling the real issues within the Health Service.

How then can we improve this service?
Firstly, for all of us who have paid into the system for all of our working lives there should be a Health Card issued. If you have not got it with you or, haven't registered it with your GP Practice then you pay for treatment. The NHS, like the BBC, is a Public Service and should be treated in the same way, i.e issue a licence (medical card). 
Secondly, we must recognise the pressure that excessive uncontrolled immigration is putting on the NHS and put a stop to it. This is not 'easier said than done', it just needs the political will to do it. Politicians are the servants of the people, not the other way round and perhaps we should be more forceful in reminding them of that.
Thirdly, GPs could do a lot more to ease the burden on A & E Departments. Too many people are being referred to A & E when they could, quite easily be treated by their own GP. If it is the case that there is a gross shortage of GPs then the NHS should be training more or, asking the government to bring in more from the Commonwealth. However, the emphasis should be on home grown doctors trained by the NHS.
Fourth, stop blaming the old! We are lucky to live in an age where we do live longer and instead of using this as a political football we should all be joyous and embrace the fact. From the States point of view, growing old is expensive. I agree, it is but instead of giving money away through the Foreign Aid Budget to help despots and crackpot schemes abroad, channel it back into the Welfare System and help those at home who need aid the most! Whilst we are discussing the 'old', dental treatment, hearing tests, hearing aids and eye treatment are all areas where the older generation really suffer. The cost of these treatments is often prohibitive to the elderly and its no good the government saying, 'ah, yes but they can get financial help with all of that' because this help is means tested and the figure that the government say a person can live on is quite ridiculous. All these services, dental, hearing, eyes (spectacles) should be free to everyone over the age of 65.
Fifth, stop health tourism. Pay before treatment or be sent back to where you came from. It really is that simple. No excuses, credit card out or valid health insurance otherwise; bye, bye! Also, start suing those who have had treatment and not paid.

The Health Service is not sustainable and, if we are honest, we all know that. However the money that is put into the Service should be used more efficiently. More recycling of equipment where that is possible, better procurement procedures to ensure more value per £ spent.
Better use of staff and resources. Stop using A & E as a doctors surgery, it clogs it up!
More in-house facilities, e.g laundry, catering, maintenance.
More emphasis on cleaning and hygiene.
The argument will be that all I have suggested will cost extra money, I say, no it won't. Managers must take on extra responsibilities, earn the fat salaries that the taxpayer is giving you. Those at the top must lead from the top and stop delegating responsibility down the management chain unnecessarily. 

Do I see a phoenix rising from the ashes? No. But is is possible with a bit of forward thinking and better use of money and resources to avoid these, so-called, 'winter crises'. 


















Wednesday, 14 December 2016

May v The Will of The People




It is becoming increasingly obvious that the excitement of having Mrs May at the helm is swiftly turning to dismay. The longer she holds out on the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty the more annoyed and suspicious of her motives people get.

The argument being foisted upon the Nation by number 10 is that she is being naturally cautious because she wants the best possible deal for the UK. This is simply not true. For Mrs May and the majority of Tory Mandarins the best deal would be to stay in the European Union.
To this end she is delaying invoking Article 50 for as long as she possibly can.  Don’t forget for one moment that this woman is a very astute politician. She is in the job that she has always craved for and you can bet that she intends to be in it for a very long time. 
As Home Secretary she spent six years absorbing and deflecting criticism, Followed the EU diktat and reduced the UK Border Force to ineffective. Made swinging cuts to the police force and then had the temerity to criticise the police at their own conference for not doing enough to fight crime and, especially, for not doing enough to investigate crime within the Force itself. She announced that so concerned was she that she would put forward a Bill aimed at protecting whistleblowers within the police force.
In her we have a woman who is not afraid to face her critics and a politician with complete confidence in her own abilities so, when she says that she is in no hurry to trigger Article 50 you had better believe her. Telling the Nation that she wants the best possible deal is, as I have said just not true. She needs to invoke A50 as soon as possible in order for negotiations to start on the terms of the UK withdrawal.  The terms are dictated by the EU and we have no say in the matter so all of this globe trotting by the “Chosen Three” under the guise of pre-negotiation talks is just a crock of crap.

Read the following, taken from Open Europe, so as to get a better grasp on why I believe Mrs May is deliberately dragging her feet.

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union allows a member state to notify the EU of its withdrawal and obliges the EU to try to negotiate a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with that state – it involves five points laid out below.”
1 “Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2 A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3 The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
4 For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it. A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
5 If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.”


It is no coincidence that the Tory Party had no intention of letting the lowly membership have a say in who was to become their new Leader. It was pre-ordained, the writing was on the wall as soon as Boris Johnson and then Gove were ceremoniously sidelined. I have no doubt that in Mrs May's eyes, BREXIT does indeed mean BREXIT. But it will be BREXIT on her terms and her idea of BREXIT that we get. 
We must not allow this to happen and to this end the 17.4 million who voted to leave must be on her case day in day out.

The argument that we do not have the number of trained negotiators required to carry out the task of leaving the EU is another lie. We have been offered help by several of our Commonwealth partners, most of whom are eager to strike up trade deals with the UK and because of this they would obviously look to get the very best deal that they can. 
Theresa May must be pressured into invoking A50 before the end of the year, shortly before or, just after the Conservative conference would be good.
The longer this drags on the more the insecurities grow within the public and the business community. We have done the first part and now we must be strong enough to carry through the will of the majority of the people by making sure that the government keeps its end of the bargain.

The doomsayers argue that we are heading down a path of self destruction, heading into an unknown world whereby we (the UK) have no option but to fail. I say, rubbish! We are on the brink of greatness and only those with limited vision or snouts glued to the EU trough cannot see this.
Even the economists have had to admit that they were wrong in their estimates of how far we would fall economically if we came out of the EU. Major companies are eager to stay and create jobs, the financial situation is not as good as we would like but it is nowhere near as bad as predicted, plus the signs look good for future economic growth.

So, Mrs May, it is now too late to throw caution to the wind and do as Cameron promised he would do? Had he kept that promise Article 50 would have been invoked on June 24th. So it is now up to you as his successor to uphold the will of the majority and make sure that you carry out the people’s wishes. Your dithering has caused all of this uncertainty and the unnecessary court cases which are being lodged with the sole aim of delaying the triggering of A50!



Saturday, 12 November 2016

Where is the Middle?



In Western politics much credence is given to Right Wing, Left Wing, Far Right, Far Left, Left of Centre or, Right of Centre. The fact is, whether you want to believe it or not, since the Second World War we have all been voting for the Left in its various forms including Conservatism.
Even the UK Independence Party, hailed as the saviour of British politics by its members, is more Left leaning than it would care to admit. 

I do not advocate Nazi style Far Right Wing politics nor, for that matter, the Far Left of Stalin or Mao. What I am trying to say is that there is no balance, especially in British politics. Post WW11 Western Governments were so afraid of the Far Right that they virtually banned it. I would suggest that this is why it is now creeping back and getting stronger. It’s a bit like Japanese Knot Weed, if you don’t eradicate it completely it eventually comes back and is as invasive as ever.
To take this line of thought one step further; calling anyone who disagrees with your political views “Fascist” - a term invented by the Communist Bolsheviks - seems to be de rigueur nowadays. The truth is that although there are still true Nazis out there, they are few and far between. What they spawned though is an abundance of sick Left Wing political classes intent on pursuing the very insular politics that their predecessors fought so hard to eradicate.
There is no balance, only imbalance!

It is time for a new Right Wing Party, not Ultra Right Wing, not Far Right Wing, or, even, Right of Centre. Just plain and simple Right Wing, a movement that will, after nearly seventy years, give some balance to British politics.
The Left has totally lost direction and, more importantly, the trust of the people. Take the debacle that is BREXIT. He lied, she lied, the ebb and flow of public opinion often fuelled by a vitriolic Left Wing Press. A Government totally out of touch with the people that it is supposed to serve. A result that the Establishment did not want, the architect of choice gone like a thief in the night. Too afraid to stay because he only had a “Plan A”. 
A total dog’s breakfast.
More than ever, this country desperately needs a new Party, there is no “Middle Ground”, the scales are leaning ever more to the Left and the only ground to the Right  is barren. BREXIT is stagnating whilst the politicians fight amongst themselves, all blatantly ignoring the people.
It will take a brave bunch of people to set up a new Right Wing Party and an even braver person to be leader of it. They must all be prepared to be compared to the Nazi Party. Expect the usual epithets of hate and derision and through all of this they must compile a manifesto which appeals to the majority of the people.
Not an easy task but a necessary one. Every Government Department must be looked at and policies written to cover the activities of those Departments.  Energy, Climate, Defence, The Economy, Fisheries, Agriculture, etc. All must be addressed with sensible and affordable policies which must then be presented to the people.
The Party needs to bring a new form of Conservatism to the table, not the wishy-washy Left leaning tripe that we have grown up with but a fresh ideal favouring free enterprise and espousing a commitment to traditional values and new ideas. 
Institutions such as the NHS need to be completely restructured. It is and always has been a ‘political football’ and this helps no one. A start could be made by addressing the following: 
 No Privatisation for the sake of Privatisation, Every department to be thoroughly scrutinised and every penny spent costed and valued. Bring back in-house NHS laundries and housewifery to cut down on super bugs. Standards drop when tendering for services because of cost to the supplier. 
Procurement within the NHS is a notorious money wasting section. Departments are too big, drugs are brought at vastly inflated prices and all to the detriment of the patient. Equipment is thrown away when it is perfectly serviceable meaning more money is being wasted on the procurement of new to replace it. The list goes on and on and I haven’t even mentioned the unnecessary bureaucracy.

The country has been given the chance of a new start, a fresh beginning. I doubt the commitment of the present incumbents to carry out successful negotiations as we go forward but they are all we have. Now is the time to sow the seeds for the future, now is the time for a new style of politics. A politics open to scrutiny with politicians who see being a politician as a calling rather than a well paid job with benefits. A politics driven by the people and steered by the elected few. A government for all.

Utopia in a bottle, hidden somewhere in the barren expanse of the elusive Middle Ground. 





Thursday, 13 October 2016

LEAVE IT!




At the moment there is a lot of talk about ‘Hard Brexit’, ‘Soft Brexit’, confusion as to the terms of the UK leaving the EU, confusion as to who has a say on said terms.
I’m sorry but to me; and excuse me for being simplistic, but if I had joined a club forty years ago I would have first had to accept all of the rules of that club, agreed the annual fees and I would have acted in the best interests of that club. However, if said club had over the past ten years or so started to act in a manner that was not in my best interest I would have wrestled with my conscience and if I felt strongly enough about my mistreatment I would leave.
In doing so I would have severed all relations with that club and would be free to join any other club or institution at my will. 

The United Kingdom belonged to a club, a trading club initially but, it soon became apparent that the Officials who ran the club wanted it to be so much more than just a trading bloc. Their indifference to club members and the largesse afforded to certain supporters of the club led to widespread unease and distrust in the  management of the club. 
Fearing for his position as Prime Minister and also for his chances of winning a General Election, David Cameron gave the British people a referendum on the issue of membership of the EU (club). The questions were simple; ‘Do you want to remain in the EU?’ “Do you want to Leave the EU?”
As I said at the beginning of this blog post, to me the outcome of both questions is quite simple to understand. If the country votes to stay, then it stays as a member of the EU and accepts all rules and conditions associated with being a member. On the other hand, if the country votes to leave the EU then it does so on the understanding that it severs all ties with the EU and must stand on its own in the world.

The British people chose the latter and did so by a one million plus majority. To argue that because the margin between the Leave vote and the Remain vote was only just above 3% and that sixteen million people wanted to stay in the EU and this therefore gives these people a Right to have a say in the Terms of the UK’s departure is ludicrous!
Put simply, there are no ‘terms of leaving’ what is to be discussed are Terms of trade. This is not as big a deal as the anti Democratic Establishment MPs make it out to be. To listen to them one would think that the EU is the only trading bloc in the world and that we have made a drastic mistake in leaving it. This would only be partially true if that were the case. 
No, we now have a fantastic opportunity to get back onto the world stage proper. Like a Mandela being released after forty years of false imprisonment. This is the UKs “Rainbow Moment”! Taking the analogy one step further, it does mean that before the rainbow we will have to weather the storm.  So far we have been able to do so despite the whinging and whining from the unDemocratic Establishment figures who can see no further than their bloated egos.

We do not need to debate our terms of leaving, we do not need to debate what ‘model’ we adopt. What we do need to do is to get on with it and start the formal process. You cannot leave a club cleanly if the club management do not know of your intentions to do so.
Invoke whatever needs to be invoked, repeal the 1973 European Communities Act, Scrap the Common Agricultural Policy along with the Common Fisheries Policy and lets get on with it. As the they used to say in the old Wild West when starting a cattle drive. “Let’s git, daylight’s a wasting!’









Thursday, 15 September 2016

The State Of The Union


This United Kingdom, this union of four great nations is, at this momentous time in our history, being let down by the very people whom we chose to lead it for us. What is wrong with our politicians that they cannot ever see the wood for the trees? We have a fantastic opportunity to forge a safe, secure and prosperous future for our children and their children and instead of embracing it, Westminster has gone into meltdown!

The Labour Party, once a beacon of hope for both blue and white collar workers is in total disarray. It has returned to the tried and failed dogma of the sixties and seventies and the leading lights are squabbling over which version of apathy the Party should follow. They are not alone, The Conservative Party, whilst looking all rosy on the outside is having its own little war behind closed doors.

The problem for all the Westminster Parties is that they have been found out. By voting for Brexit the public has shown our politicians up for the amateurs that they really are. Whilst they could rely upon the cushion of the EU and the diktats and laws that flowed ever too freely from Brussels or Strasbourg, the Houses of Parliament became no more than a clubhouse for hubris.

“Brexit means Brexit”, I’m sorry but it does not! Until Mrs May goes over to Brussels and invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and informs the EU of our intentions it means absolutely nothing. Even then, she needs to get Parliament to repeal the 1973 European Communities Act before any real meaning of Brexit becomes apparent. However, if she really does mean what she says about Brexit, Theresa May has got to become dictatorial about it. Democracy is being cast aside by the Opposition Parties because they, in the main, want the UK to remain subservient to the European Union. They still do not get it, still do not realise why 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU. They can see no further than the buffers behind which the gravy train sits. Blind to the obvious and lost in a lexicon of lies, rhetoric, red-tape and EU jargon.
The message that the Electorate should send to these muppets is, “toe the Democratic Line, adhere to the will of the majority of the people or face deselection”! Perhaps then the penny will finally drop. Alas, that is but a pipe dream.

What is really saddening is that potentially the only real Opposition, UKIP, is doing its usual and tearing itself apart. With the prospect of boundary changes before the next General Election the UK Independence Party stands a real chance of breaking through and putting UKIP MPs in the HoC.


Nigel Farage, usually a Master of the Obvious, completely misread the signs and decided that now was the time to quit a leader of the Party. The Party, indeed the country, needs him now more than ever. Whoever is voted in as his replacement will not be “Nigel Farage” and there lies the problem. Like him or loathe him, his is the voice that people up and down the country listen to. He single handedly turned the tide against the Establishment and brought about Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Given the threats to himself and his family one can understand his desire to walk away and hand the reins over to someone new. Unfortunately there is no one who even comes close to fitting into his shoes. Surely, given the track record of threats against him and his stoic resilience when faced with them, he might have given it one more year before resigning. One more year in which he could have ensured that Brexit does really mean Brexit. After all, he indicates that he wants to be in the forefront until we actually leave the EU for good. What better position to be in to do this than at the helm of the very vehicle which started and ended the fight to unshackle Britain from the European Union?
The future of Great Britain is reliant, now more than ever, on good, strong leadership. The jury is still out on Mrs May but our future depends not just on her but on smart politics. The Parties have got to pull together on this, they have got to realise what the people voted for and act upon it accordingly. Without a cohesive Parliament, the EU will run all over us in the next two years and all those who still cling on to the fantasy of somehow remaining in this corrupt bloc will be very disappointed. The EU would give us very unreasonable terms of re-entry, one of which would be acceptance of the Euro as our main currency.

No, the people have spoken and the politicians have got to get behind the battle bus and push for the best possible deals to ensure our future prosperity. Anything less will see the demise of a once great nation. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Socialism - The Key to Excess!



The Labour Party wax lyrical about the benefits of Socialism, the need to bring back equality, the need for a more balanced society. All ‘pie-in-the-sky I’m afraid. Socialism in all its forms always hurts the very people whom it purports to protect. 
Stalin built the Soviet Socialist Republic in the name of Socialism but in order to do so he killed millions of his own countrymen and women in the process. The utopian ideal of everyone being equal is excellent but impossible to achieve. To use the old adage, “there will always be someone who is more equal than others”. Therein lies the rub, human greed and envy. To achieve equality you must work as hard as the next person in order to get parity. Unfortunately human beings are not all born equal, some are lucky enough to be born into great wealth and privilege, others are born with an inmate sense of belief in their ability to reach the top in what ever profession they aspire to. Still others are blessed with skills but no ambition. 
Forcing equality upon a nation only succeeds in making everyone as poor and dependent upon the State as his fellow countryman or woman. The result is apathy and it is this apathy that the State feeds on. It is easy when you control the money, the food, housing et al to control the minds of the people that you are ruling. Stalin, Mao and Castro all used this and in so doing instilled fear and suspicion of ones neighbours. Pretty soon, son was informing on father, brother on brother, niece on uncle, all to gain that extra bit of kudos from their Masters with the hope of rising in the ‘pecking order’.
Labour supporters will tell you that what I have described is Communism which is a far cry from the Socialism that they preach on the doorstep. However let us look at the definitions of the two theories:                                                                                                 Communism;  A theory or system of social organisation in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and need.                     Socialism; a political and economic theory of social organisation which advocates that the means of production, distribution and exchange should be owned by or regulated by the community as a whole.                                                                                           However, in Marxist theory socialism is a transitional state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realisation of communism.
So, a very this line indeed and one that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn have shaved ever thinner. Given that Corbyn wins his bid for leadership of the Labour Party, expect him to pull right away from the social democratic stance of 'New Labour' and veer ever more towards the far Left.

To say that the Labour Party employs the ‘politics of envy’ would be a lie. Most of the leading lights in the Party are millionaires so I would suggest that, rather than envy, they practice the ‘politics of hypocrisy’.  It is quite noble to sit on the moral high ground looking out at the underprivileged and the homeless, viewing the detritus in the wake of Capitalist enterprise. It must feel even more noble to eulogies about the plight of these people on the radio or TV. However, what follows is much less noble, drinks in the Green Room before being whisked off home or to the next media event in a chaffer-driven limousine. The irony completely lost because they are on a mission of mercy.

It is beyond sad that these people actually believe that they are giving a service to the communities of which they serve. As Churchill famously said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
Corbyn has released his manifesto for a fairer society:

1) Full employment and an economy that works for all:
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure, manufacturing and new industries backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy that ends austerity and leaves no one and nowhere left behind. We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive, and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises. 

2) A secure homes guarantee:
We will build a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy. We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership.

3) Security at work:
We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights, including mandatory collective bargaining for companies with 250 or more employees. We will create new employment and trade union rights to bring security to the workplace and win better pay and conditions for everyone. We will strengthen working people’s representation at work and the ability of trade unions to organise so that working people have a real voice at work. And we will put the defence of social and employment rights,as well as action against undercutting of pay and conditions through the exploitation of migrant labour, at the centre of the Brexit negotiations agenda for a new relationship with Europe.

4) Secure our NHS and social care:
We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board and ensure parity for mental health services.

5) A national education service, open to all:
We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market. We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.


6) Action to secure our environment: 
We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environment policies, and take our fair share of action to meet the Paris climate agreement - starting by getting on track with our Climate Change Act goals. We will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, and drive the expansion of the green industries and jobs of the future, using our National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy. We will deliver clean energy and curb energy bill rises for households - energy for the 60 million, not the big 6 energy companies. We will defend and extend the environmental protections gained from the EU. 

7) Put the public back into our economy and services:
We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities, and increase local and regional democracy. We will rebuild our economy with public investment to deliver wealth for all, across our regions and nations in a genuinely mixed economy.  We will act to ‘insource’ our public and local council services,increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country and expand our publicly-controlled bus network. We will bring our railways into public ownership and build democratic social control over our energy. 

8) Cut income and wealth inequality:
We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, act against executive pay excess and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid - FTSE 100 CEOs are now paid 183 times the wage of the average UK worker, and Britain’s wages are the most unequal in Europe. We will act to create a more equal society, boost the incomes of the poorest and close the gender pay gap. 

9) Action to secure an equal society:
We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice. We will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people. We will defend the Human Rights Act and we will guarantee full rights for EU citizens living and working in Britain – and not allow them to be used as pawns in Brexit negotiations. 

10) Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy:
We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis. British foreign policy has long failed to be either truly independent or internationally cooperative, making the country less safe and reducing our diplomatic and moral authority. We will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, honour our international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.

It makes for very good reading, the sort of manifesto that would appeal to all but those with a brain. It is when you actually study the content that you realise that this is a manifesto borne on the assumption that those who earn high salaries will pay dearly for those not so fortunate and for the infrastructure and services that Corbyn wants to obtain.
He will invest £500 billion in infrastructure, manufacturing and new industries, add this to the money he will need for his full employment scheme, his house building programme, his national education service, etc, etc and then add that to parts 6 - 10 of his manifesto and you soon realise that taxing the better off, (pre-supposing that they would stay in this country to see all their hard earned wages stolen by a greedy hard Left set of loons), will not go nearly far enough to pay for all of this.                                                                                                                          Once again Labour have employed the carrot and stick approach to politics. It looks good on paper, sounds even better when delivered from the lectern but in reality, like all Labour schemes, it is unworkable and will leave the country bankrupt. Echoes of the last Labour government under Gordon Brown.
Margaret Thatcher got it right when she said of Socialism; “it works fine until you run out of other people’s money!” 


















Wednesday, 31 August 2016

ETON MESS


One could be excused for believing that we have just held a referendum in this country on our membership of the EU. All the indications are that, even though the majority voted to leave the insidious institution that is the European Union, our politicians and all those still reliant upon the EU gravy train are doing all in their power to defy the will of the people. 
The Etonian bully boys, Cameron and Osborne have left the country in a mess, so confident of winning the referendum that they made no contingency plans should they lose. Their campaign of fear and smear still lingers on, perpetuated by dinosaurs like Ken Clarke and free-loaders such as Nick Clegg and Tim Farron. 
Cameron, still believing in his own propaganda concerning the EU, took the cowards way out and resigned. He had promised, (another of those cast-iron promises) to go to Brussels the day after the referendum result and invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty should the vote not go his way.  Theresa May, given Office by a spiteful and panicked Conservative government of Europhiles, should have done as Cameron had promised and beat a retreat to Brussels, as fast as her Jimmy Choo’s would let her, to invoke said Article. By not doing so she has opened a can of worms and her statement that “BREXIT means BREXIT” seems rather meaningless. The Jury, as they say, is still out! 
We now have to wait for a High Court decision on the legality of the Prime Ministers power to invoke A50 without the say so of parliament. A court action brought by ex-Pats who, whilst living the good life on the European Continent, still lay claim to all of the benefits of being British and see their particular gravy train being derailed by our exit. 
Listening to the BBC and the other MSM outlets one would believe that had it not been for the vote to BREXIT all would be well in the world. What complete and utter rubbish! The European Union is a failure, like Socialism the concept is good but impractical. One could be forgiven for believing that the EU was modelled upon the NHS, a burgeoning bureaucracy bedevilled by incompetence and overpaid unelected senior staff who see the whole system as their own personal pension fund whilst the rest of us ride on a second-hand tumbril to our own misery. 
Never has there been a better time for a new direction and a firm grip of the present political situation in which this country finds itself. UKIP, having driven the government to hold a referendum must now complete the mission and make sure that the will of the people is carried out. Easy to say but remember a few years ago the same was being said about the idea of holding a referendum. 

Everything is possible if, as Nigel Farage has often said, ‘enough little people get together and take on the Establishment’. The one UK Independence Party MP is, at best, part-time UKIP so it is down to the four hundred plus UKIP Councillors throughout the country who have the ear of thousands of “little people” to make the difference. Aided by the hundreds of UKIP Branches and members throughout this great land of ours. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

May v The Will of The People





It is becoming increasingly obvious that the excitement of having Mrs May at the helm is swiftly turning to dismay. The longer she holds out on the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty the more annoyed and suspicious of her motives people get.

The argument being foisted upon the Nation by number 10 is that she is being naturally cautious because she wants the best possible deal for the UK. This is simply not true. For Mrs May and the majority of Tory Mandarins the best deal would be to stay in the European Union.
To this end she is delaying invoking Article 50 for as long as she possibly can.  Don’t forget for one moment that this woman is a very astute politician. She is in the job that she has always craved for and you can bet that she intends to be in it for a very long time. 
As Home Secretary she spent six years absorbing and deflecting criticism, Followed the EU diktat and reduced the UK Border Force to ineffective. Made swinging cuts to the police force and then had the temerity to criticise the police at their own conference for not doing enough to fight crime and, especially, for not doing enough to investigate crime within the Force itself. She announced that so concerned was she that she would put forward a Bill aimed at protecting whistleblowers within the police force.
In her we have a woman who is not afraid to face her critics and a politician with complete confidence in her own abilities so, when she says that she is in no hurry to trigger Article 50 you had better believe her. Telling the Nation that she wants the best possible deal is, as I have said just not true. She needs to invoke A50 as soon as possible in order for negotiations to start on the terms of the UK withdrawal.  The terms are dictated by the EU and we have no say in the matter so all of this globe trotting by the “Chosen Three” under the guise of pre-negotiation talks is just a crock of crap.

Read the following, taken from Open Europe, so as to get a better grasp on why I believe Mrs May is deliberately dragging her feet.

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union allows a member state to notify the EU of its withdrawal and obliges the EU to try to negotiate a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with that state – it involves five points laid out below.”
1 “Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2 A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3 The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
4 For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it. A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
5 If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.”



It is no coincidence that the Tory Party had no intention of letting the lowly membership have a say in who was to become their new Leader. It was pre-ordained, the writing was on the wall as soon as Boris Johnson and then Gove were ceremoniously sidelined. I have no doubt that in Mrs May's eyes, BREXIT does indeed mean BREXIT. But it will be BREXIT on her terms and her idea of BREXIT that we get. 
We must not allow this to happen and to this end the 17.4 million who voted to leave must be on her case day in day out.

The argument that we do not have the number of trained negotiators required to carry out the task of leaving the EU is another lie. We have been offered help by several of our Commonwealth partners, most of whom are eager to strike up trade deals with the UK and because of this they would obviously look to get the very best deal that they can. 
Theresa May must be pressured into invoking A50 before the end of the year, shortly before or, just after the Conservative conference would be good.
The longer this drags on the more the insecurities grow within the public and the business community. We have done the first part and now we must be strong enough to carry through the will of the majority of the people by making sure that the government keeps its end of the bargain.

The doomsayers argue that we are heading down a path of self destruction, heading into an unknown world whereby we (the UK) have no option but to fail. I say, rubbish! We are on the brink of greatness and only those with limited vision or snouts glued to the EU trough cannot see this.
Even the economists have had to admit that they were wrong in their estimates of how far we would fall economically if we came out of the EU. Major companies are eager to stay and create jobs, the financial situation is not as good as we would like but it is nowhere near as bad as predicted, plus the signs look good for future economic growth.

So, Mrs May, are you going to throw caution to the wind and do as Cameron promised he would do? Had he kept that promise Article 50 would have been invoked on June 24th. So it is now up to you as his successor to uphold that promise and get yourself off to Brussels for a meeting with the unelected few.













Thursday, 28 July 2016


Qualified Majority Vote (QMV)


I find it really suspicious that Theresa May is dragging her Jimmy Choo heels over invoking Article 50. We all know, those of us who were part of the 17.4 million who voted to leave, that she is reluctant to leave the EU but on this issue she must uphold the will of the people.  It is also highly suspicious that she has not found a place for Nigel Farage, Gisela Stuart, Frank Field or Kate Hoey in her negotiating team. 
I always thought that Boris Johnson wanted BREXIT LITE and his vague statements since becoming Foreign Secretary seem to give credence to my theory. Fox and Davies appear, on the surface anyway, to be a strange fit for the positions that they have been given. I say this because despite their avowed dislike of the EU and their attested fervour to leave it, they have always been at odds with May and her Centre Left Conservatism. Time will tell as to whether my suspicions have grounds but I am not overly optimistic. Presumably they are putting together teams of negotiators whose task it will be to get the best possible deals for the UK whilst at the same time ensuring the best possible exit from the tentacles of the European Union. Surely though both are somewhat hamstrung because of May’s refusal to invoke Article 50. 

For those unsure of what Article 50TEU actually means, here is a summary:
Article 50 TEU: Withdrawal of a Member State from the EU 
Extract from;  EPRS / European Parliamentary Research Service. 2016

SUMMARY
The right of a Member State to withdraw from the European Union was introduced for the first time with the Lisbon Treaty; the possibility of withdrawal was highly controversial before that. Article 50 TEU does not set down any substantive conditions for a Member State to be able to exercise its right to withdraw, rather it includes only procedural requirements. It provides for the negotiation of a withdrawal agreement between the EU and the withdrawing state, defining in particular the latter's future relationship with the Union. If no agreement is concluded within two years, that state's membership ends automatically, unless the European Council and the Member State concerned decide jointly to extend this period.
The legal consequence of a withdrawal from the EU is the end of the application of the EU Treaties (and the Protocols thereto) in the state concerned from that point on. EU law ceases to apply in the withdrawing state, although any national acts adopted in implementation or transposition of EU law would remain valid until the national authorities decide to amend or repeal them. A withdrawal agreement would need to address the phasing-out of EU financial programmes and other EU norms.
Experts agree that in order to replace EU law, specifically in any field of exclusive EU competence, the withdrawing state would need to enact substantial new legislation and that, in any case, complete isolation of the withdrawing state from the effects of the EU acquis would be impossible if there is to be a future relationship between former Member State and the EU. Furthermore, a withdrawal agreement could contain provisions on the transitional application of EU rules, in particular with regard to rights deriving from EU citizenship and to other rights deriving from EU law, which would otherwise extinguish with the withdrawal.

My big fear has always been that no matter how big or small the majority for BREXIT, the usual suspects would still roam the corridors of the Establishment. So it has proved to be with the only difference being the re-shuffle at the top of the Tory Party and the debacle at the heart of the Labour Party.  My point is, the same people are still there and we now find the fate of the country in the hands of those who STILL do not want us to leave the European Union. 
For over forty years the Establishment in this country has been building a Minecraft type fortress linked by an underground tunnel to a similar but much larger fortress across the English channel. I use the analogy of Minecraft because of the propensity of the UK governments and EU Commissions to put up and take down barriers at will.  Within the walls of the fortress they have created a single market governed by a bureaucratic nightmare of red tape, terabytes and paper. So complex is this system that they have had to employ thousands of lawyers and legal experts to ensure its legality. This has resulted in a State of isolationism not seen since Stalin’s building of the Russian Empire or Mao’s creation of the Chinese Communist State. 
The argument that the UK has a market of 500 people in which to trade and barter has always struck me as being weak. Why, when there is a whole World to trade with, would you want to restrict yourselves to just one market? Every good business person knows that you never keep all your eggs in one basket, it does not make sound economic or business sense.
However, if you happen to have a EU “Gravy Train Carriage” with your name on it you will fight tooth and nail against anyone who tries to derail your little enterprise. This is why the Kinnocks', the Blairs and the likes of Mandelson and the SNP are all outraged at the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union. None can see further than the grimy sides of the trough into which their noses are permanently snuffling.
Those waiting patiently in the queue for their turn at the trough, those who are steadying the ship and keeping a circuitous course within the walls of fortress Europe, are doing their level best to ensure that we do not deviate from the Federalist plan. I put Theresa May firmly at the head of this queue, it was not for nothing that the Tories gave the illusion of a free and fair election process when Cameron ran off. It soon became apparent however that this was but a sham when the politicians chose the next PM as opposed to the people. Lets face it, the people got it wrong last time when they were given a chance to decide on the country’s future.
The idea that May and Johnson want some form of BREXIT  LITE is a myth. What they really want is for some form of reapplication at the end of this Parliament. Why the assertion that May is dragging her heels?

The reason is this, in a little over 240 days, on March 31st 2017, Article 50 will be subject to Qualified Majority Voting (QMV). This means that we will have to persuade a total of 14 EU Member States to support our decision to leave. This will not just apply to Article 50 but will also apply to the European Communities Act 1972 meaning that Britain will not be allowed to repeal it if the “14” vote against us doing that. So when Theresa May tells us that there is no hurry to invoke Article 50 she is lying. 
UKIP warned about QMV when it was first muted a couple of years ago, unfortunately the warnings fell on deaf ears. Back then we only had the promise of a referendum and no idea that we would actually have one or indeed win one. Now, the dangers of QMV are only too apparent or, they would be had they been as well publicised by the MSM as the arguments for and against leaving the EU.
The longer May holds out on the British people by not triggering A50 the worst it will get because once QMV comes into play our negotiating position becomes much harder. If she waits until after March 31st 2017 you can kiss the result of the referendum goodbye because Club EU will become prison EU and there will be very little chance of this country escaping.