Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Our government over the last two weeks have been handed the Truth And Lies Report, signed by some 43 Bishops, the  House Of Lords have asked parliament to look again at their proposals regarding the nations budget and even financial experts have told George Osborne that his budget proposals are unworkable…….

And still parliament are not listening to the church, the Lords or financial experts…..don’t you think that it is time for a vote of no-confidence in our current government????

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During today’s PMQ‘s Mr Alexander (Rt Hon Douglas Alexander Labour Paisley and Renfrewshire South) said with regards to the Europe debate:

“The Opposition understand that the real agenda on certain Government Benches is not only to bring powers back, but to take rights away.”

Our government’s hidden agenda, would almost without a doubt, affect not only workers rights but those of benefit claimants too. Rather than change their new system to make it more fair and reduce the amount of claimants that have to appeal, they could take away our right of appeal, and without the European Court Of Human Rights to oversee our government, they will have full reins over the fate of all of us in England, no matter which party is in charge in the future.

And lets not forget who brought in the changes to our benefit system, it was the previous Labour government. Labour may well be saying that they want to stay in Europe but do they really? But then how could they be in opposition government if they agreed with what the coalition want? As Labour are mostly funded by Unions, do they want them to have to start fighting for workers rights again, our country will be moving backwards! Do Labour also have a hidden agenda?

People  have fought for people’s rights for decades and these could be lost in a matter of a couple of years if not sooner. In a nutshell, if we pull out of Europe, we are all screwed….aren’t we???

FM

Cameron and Co will yet take the credit over the next two years for a drop in youth unemployment!

However, this will be due to the fact that this years, school year 11’s will have to stay in education or training until they are 17 yrs old, which will take them out of the working age population, and then next years school year 11’s will have to stay in education or training until they are 18 yrs old. Thus taking another years worth of working age population out of the workforce making it look like the youth unemployment has gone down, but they are still in school/college/training!!!

I suppose this would be another way of fiddling the figures and twisting the truth, wouldn’t it???

FM

PMQs 19_12_12 _ Pat’s Petition and Victorian Britain in the 21st Century…

Commons Hansard for PMQ’s 19/12/12

PMQ‘s regarding Pat’s Petition

Q4. [134213] Ian Lavery (Wansbeck) (Lab): I have in my hand a genuine suicide note from a constituent of mine who, sadly, took his own life after he was informed that he was no longer entitled to employment and support allowance and disability benefits. Across the UK, more than 1,000 people have died only months after being told to find work. This is 2012—we are supposed to be a civilised society. We should be looking after disabled citizens in the UK. Will the Prime Minister listen to the 62,000 people who have signed Pat’s petition and please finally order an assessment of all changes hitting disabled people in this country?

The Prime Minister: I will look very carefully at the very tragic case that the hon. Gentleman has brought to the House. Everyone’s thoughts will go out to that person’s family because of what has happened to them.

What I would say to the hon. Gentleman is that the actual money that we are putting into disability benefits over the coming years is going up, not down. I think that everybody knows and accepts that we need to have a review of disability benefits. Some people have been stuck on these benefits and not been reviewed for year after year after year. That is the view of the disability charities and it is the view of the Government as well.

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With respect to the issue introduced by Ian Lavery MP; I too am sorry for the tragic loss of that family’s loved one, and all other families affected by these types of tragedies. So, Mr Cameron is going to look very carefully at the very tragic case that the hon. Gentleman has brought to the house; that’s very ‘nice’ of him, however, that’s just one case; what about the other 1,000 people that have all died, only months after being told to find work.

Stuck on these benefits,… stuck on these benefits…..we have been stuck with our disabilities our whole life, Cameron clearly hasn’t got a clue!

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PMQ’s regarding Unemployment has dropped another 60,000 people….BUT???

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con): As we approach Christmas, will the Prime Minister join me in celebrating the fact that there are more people in employment this Christmas than ever before in this nation’s great history?

The Prime Minister: My hon. Friend makes an important point. After all, the Leader of the Opposition said back in January that unemployment would go up. That was his prediction—he stood at the Dispatch Box and said that. The fact is that unemployment has come down, employment has gone up and we have seen a record fall in youth unemployment in the last quarter. All of those things are welcome, particularly as we are seeing growth

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in the private sector, because everyone knows that we have to have a rebalancing of our economy whereby we shed some jobs in the public sector but grow the private sector, and that is what is happening.

PMQ’s regarding Victorian Britain in the 21st Century

Q5. [134214] Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South) (Lab): Merry Christmas, Mr Speaker. [ Interruption . ] People realise, now, that the Prime Minister has a Dickensian vision for the UK: grandeur for the few, workhouse for the many. Why is he limiting welfare benefits for parents caring for adults with disabilities? Could we have an explanation from Ebenezer?

The Prime Minister: I say to the hon. Gentleman that it is probably a case of merry Christmas and happy speaking opportunities in the new year.

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FM

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We are raising more money for the rich

            Edward Miliband:
I must say, I have heard everything when the boy from the Bullingdon club lectures people on bullying. Absolutely extraordinary. Have you wrecked a restaurant recently?The Prime Minister does not want to talk about the facts, but let us give him another one. He is hitting working families, and the richest people in our society will get a massive tax cut next April—an average of £107,000 each for people earning over £1 million. Is he the only person left in the country who cannot see the fundamental injustice of giving huge tax cuts to the richest while punishing those in work on the lowest pay?
            The Prime Minister:
The tax take for the richest under this Government will be higher in every year than it was for any year when the right hon. Gentleman was in government. He has obviously got a short memory, because I explained to him last week that under his plans for the 50p tax rate, millionaires paid £7 billion less in tax than they did previously. The point of raising taxes is to pay for public services. We are raising more money for the rich, but where he is really so profoundly wrong is in the choice that he has decided to make. The facts are these: over the last five years, people in work have seen their incomes go up by 10%, and people out of work have seen their incomes go up by 20%. At a time when people accept a pay freeze we should not be massively increasing benefits massively, yet that is what he wants to do. A party that is not serious about controlling welfare is not serious about controlling the deficit either.
            Edward Miliband:
From the first part of his answer, it seems the Prime Minister is claiming to be Robin Hood; I really do not think that is going to work. He is not taking from the richest and giving to everybody else. Didn’t the Business Secretary give it away in what he said about the autumn statement? He said:“what happened was some of their donors,”—we know who he is talking about—“very wealthy people, stamped their feet”,so the Conservatives scrapped the mansion tax and went ahead with the 50p tax cut. They look after their friends—the people on their Christmas card list.Meanwhile, they hit people they never meet, and whose lives they will never understand.
            For the full article please got to Commons Hansard at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121212/debtext/121212-0001.htm#12121240000011

Or watch it here, at approx 38mins in:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pfs6b/Daily_Politics_12_12_2012/

It seems to me that no one, including the news, picked up on that sentence that Mr Cameron said…..

Thanks for reading!

FM

The following blog was written by columnist John Cassidy for the column ‘daily comment’ at The New Yorker.

 

It’s a great read!

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/12/austerity-economics-doesnt-work.html

FM

If the government want to cut the social security bill, then the government should stop paying top-ups to low wages and make employers pay a decent minimum wage. Why should the taxpayers have to top-up wages through paying into the system, when if public sector and private sector companies and employers paid a proper wage the taxes could be better used to heal the British economy. Instead, people on a low wage have to claim benefits to top-up their wages.

Once again it is the private sector that are raking in the money by being wage-shy, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

We are being made to pay for the irresponsible behaviour of our chancellor, with our taxes; and he still believes that his way is the right way.

Our great nation was built on the strength of a nations pride, and will be destroyed by ‘one’ man’s pride, George Osborne‘s.

In the aftermath the only thing that we’ll hear from our government is “Lessons have been learnt!” When will our government learn from the mistakes of the past?

P.S.

Max Keiser said on RT (Russia Today) on Sky channel 512 & 518
“If Britain seriously wants to increase GDP then they need to increase the minimum wage, in fact double the minimum wage!”

Please take time to view the following link  http://www.donharrison.org.uk/2012/12/05/idss-crocodile-tears/ it is a very emotional read…….

FM    >thumbsup<

2 hours ago

Lord Bach
Lord Bach said he was particularly concerned about the impact on disabled people

The government has been defeated by 201 to 191 in the House of Lords over plans to restrict legal aid.

Peers backed a motion by Labour’s Lord Bach accusing ministers of failing to honour a previous commitment on access to help in welfare cases.

Lord Bach said claimants appealing against a ruling on their welfare benefits would get no legal aid at the start of their case.

Ministers rejected the accusation and said no more concessions could be made.

Peers voted against the government on a piece of secondary legislation stemming from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which was passed earlier this year.

Former Labour minister Lord Bach said the government had failed to honour an earlier commitment by former Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke to allow support in “point of law” cases at the first-tier tribunal level – the first stage of the tribunal process.

He said he was particularly concerned about the impact on disabled people making their initial appeal against a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions on their benefit entitlement.

‘Highest priority’

“No government, whatever its colour, should be allowed to get away with this. An undertaking to Parliament must be kept,” Lord Bach said.

Liberal Democrat Baroness Doocey, who backed the motion, warned: “The government’s present proposals will be catastrophic for many thousands of people.”

She said ministers had not “honoured either the spirit or the letter” of its commitment.

“The conditions it has laid down for legal aid to be available require so many planets to be in conjunction that in practice it is doubtful that the vast majority of claimants could ever meet them.”

Justice Minister Lord McNally said the government had listened but any further concessions would “affect the fundamental objectives” of plans to cut costs – the government wants to save £350m a year on legal aid by 2015.

The Lib Dem peer said: “Having listened carefully to the arguments we agreed to make available legal aid for advice and assistance for welfare benefit appeals on a point of law in the upper tribunal.

“In addition we agreed to make legal aid available for advice, assistance and representation for welfare benefit onward appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

“At no point in progressing our… reforms did we say it is our intention for all first-tier welfare benefit appeals to receive legal aid.

“The government’s position throughout has been that in these economic times we need to target legal aid at cases of the highest priority and where it is needed most.”

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20588876?post_id=1321193785_514850055206664

The ConDem‘s have attacked just about everyone since the banks screwed everyone, and everyone is so busy fighting their own corners that no-one is sticking together and people are becoming more & more divided. This is exactly what the government want as it makes it so easy for them to control the populace. This country is becoming more & more of a dictatorship than has ever been known in British history. Is this what the government have really learnt from going into Iraq and Afghanistan? And we went in dictating to them that they were wrong?

I see other countries sticking together, like Greece, Spain and Portugal. Even having a strike and a protest march on the same day.

What is the point in unions if no-one goes on strike anymore, if striking is or becomes illegal and then job losses are imminent due to strike action then that’s another dictatorship control of the masses.

What happened to the Labour party, aren’t they paid for at least partly if not fully by the Unions. Where’s their support for people’s rights?

By keeping inflation high and pay rises low there are many thousands more just like you that also cannot afford to strike, we are all just accepting the austerity measures and will continue to do so until it all collapses in on itself. (Stiff upper lip, and all that!) The English are far too tolerant….

I have ‘hopefully’ attached a map that I got from  BBC news website, which shows the EU trade union membership (% of working population).
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It looks to me, that those countries, (Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Finland) that have a higher % of union members don’t have the problems that the rest of the EU are going through…..Just an observation….leading to an idea……get the union to recruit more members and use the austerity measures to bring in the young who don’t know what union membership is!

Our grandparents fought tooth and nail to give their future generations a decent life, and now all their hard work is being undermined every single day in parliament.