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If the Tories are Serious They Need to Stop Dithering and Get on with Lifting the Cap on Public Sector Pay and Ensure All Public Sector Workers Get a Fair Pay Rise: GMB

 


|| July 02: 2017|| ά. The GMB Union has pointed to the Environment Secretary Mr Michael Gove's hypocrisy after he told The Sunday Times that: "You've got to listen to the public sector pay review bodies...When they made recommendations on school teachers' pay I think I always accepted them."
The union called the statement 'a bit rich' given Gove had axed the national School Support Staff Negotiating Body during his time as Education Secretary.

The SSSNB was set up by the last Labour Government in 2009 to design consistent support staff roles and pay structures in all schools in place of the unfair and inefficient 'leave it to each school' approach, that had existed before, which, also, cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds in equal pay settlements. Ms Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said, "Mr Gove's Support for Public Sector Pay Review Bodies now is a bit rich after scrapping the national negotiating body for hundreds of thousands of school caterers, lunchtime assistants, dinner ladies, teaching assistants and caretakers.

If the Tories are serious, they need to stop dithering and get on with lifting the cap on public sector pay and ensure all public sector workers get a fair pay rise. Pay Review Bodies only make up 45% of the total public sector workforce. Approximately three millions workers are not covered by a pay review body.

Conservative MPs can't take to the airwaves one day to praise our frontline workers then continue to troop through the lobbies to deprive them of a pay rise another. It's time to end the public sector pay pinch."
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Industry-Funded Study is Game Over' for Bee-Killing Pesticides: Keith Taylor MEP


|| July 02: 2017 || ά. Mr Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, is joining calls for Environment Minister Mr Michael Gove to drop support for neonicotinoids as industry report shows the 'strongest evidence yet' the pesticides are killing bees. Two new studies on the world's most widely used insecticides leave little room for doubt that neonicotinoids are harmful to pollinators. One of the studies is the largest field trial to date, involving honeybees, bumble bees and solitary bees at sites across the UK, Germany and Hungary.

It was funded by the two biggest makers of neonicotinoid pesticides, Bayer and Syngenta. MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee, last week, defeated UK Conservative attempts to overturn the European Commission's proposed full ban on the bee-harming pesticides. The full EU-wide ban is due to be introduced in November.  The UK Government has opposed the proposals at every step, with ministers signalling that the restrictions will be scrapped after the UK leaves the EU. Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, said, "This must be game over for these bee-killing pesticides. If we don't have pollinators, we don't have food.

The industry has long denied that their toxic products have any negative impact on bee populations or our environment. But the study they funded has just added to the mountain of evidence that proves beyond any reasonable doubt that neonicotinoids are harming our pollinators. Corporate now lobbyists have nowhere left to turn.

Greens in the European Parliament have been at the forefront of the campaign to protect our bees; we will continue to push for the EU ban to be extended to include all uses and to be made permanent. It would be nothing short of ludicrous if the Defra Secretary Michael Gove didn't ensure that Britain follows suit. The Government must immediately drop its support for these dangerous insecticides. It must be the first step in ensuring we maintain and strengthen, rather than scrap and degrade, environmental protections after we leave the EU." ω.

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Labour Takes No Mandate Message to the Marginals: This is What Happened in Parliament This Week: Nurses in Our Hospitals Have Had a Real Terms Pay Cut of 14% Under This Government and Some are Even Having to Use Food Banks: Yet  the Government Refused to Back Our Calls to Lift the Public Sector Pay Cap and Recruit More Police and Firefighters: Jeremy Corbyn MP

 


|| July 01: 2017 || ά. The Labour Party was out in force from Saturday, July 01, promoting the message that the government has No Mandate. In the first day of national campaigning since the election result, over 400 Constituency Labour Parties were taking part in campaign activity, with Shadow Cabinet members out in every region across the country. As part of the national campaign day, Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, was expected to address a general election-style rally in Hastings.

The constituency of Hastings and Rye is Home Secretary Ms Amber Rudd’s seat and is among the most marginal in the country with a majority of just 346 votes. Mr Corbyn was expected to say, “I am proud to be here today in Hastings where you came within a whisker, 346 votes, of painting the town red and electing Peter Chowney as a Labour MP. Labour gained seats across the country at the last general election, in every region and nation of Britain. Labour is no longer just the Official Opposition, we are a government in waiting.

It is not good enough for politicians, including, your MP the Home Secretary, to praise the police, firefighters and NHS staff when they respond to horrific incidents like the recent terrorist attacks or the Grenfell Tower fire and then vote to make them worse off again year after year.

This is what happened in parliament this week. Nurses in our hospitals have had a real terms pay cut of 14 percent under this government and some are even having to use food banks. Yet, the government refused to back our calls to lift the public sector pay cap and recruit more police and firefighters.

You can’t keep our communities safe on the cheap. When you cut over 20,000 police officers, over 11,000 firefighters and leave our hospitals in record deficit having to cut back on services. We have to change our economic system so that it works for the many, not just a few.” ω.

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Dear Prime Minister: Grenfell Inquiry Too Narrow: Jeremy Corbyn MP Writes to the Prime Minister


|| June 30: 2017 || ά.  Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, has today, Friday, written to the Prime Minister asking for the terms of the Grenfell fire inquiry to be broadened and for residents to be heard throughout the process. In his letter, Mr Corbyn expresses concern at the narrow terms of reference, saying, “It is clear to me from talking to Grenfell residents that their concerns and questions stretch beyond these narrow terms.”

The Labour Leader suggests conducting a 'two part inquiry, with the first part looking at the specific issues around Grenfell and reporting back quickly and the second part looking at the national issues'. Mr Corbyn, also, urges an interim report, writing, “Ongoing uncertainty and long delays would add to the trauma Grenfell residents and victims’ families have already experienced.”

Mr Corby, also, asks the Prime Minister to commit to taking action now on areas not related to the outcome of the inquiry, including identifying all those missing or dead, amnesty for victims concerned at immigration status, providing permanent in-borough accommodation to all residents, committing up-front funding for councils and overhauling building regulations. ω.

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The Government Approach to Exiting the European Union Puts the Environment Laws at Risk: The Bar Council



|| June 30: 2017 || ά.  UK-EU-Exit could give future governments too much leeway over environmental standards, legal experts have warned, threatening to slam years of progress into reverse when the UK leaves the EU. The UK will need to sign up to international agreements on environmental standards after the EU-Exit, as they are critical to trade and investment, but senior barristers have pointed out that it is unclear whether the Government has plans on how the UK’s environmental obligations will be enforced once it leaves the jurisdiction of the Commission and the CJEU.

The  Chair of the Bar Council Brexit Working Group, Mr Hugh Mercer QC said, “International laws, that protect the environment only work when there is a body to enforce them. In most legal cases, a claim is made by a living person or a business, but with environmental law there is often no identifiable party with a justiciable interest. The Commission and the CJEU have done the job of compelling the Government to follow its own legal obligations, but current plans will see their jurisdiction and authority in the UK come to an end.

The big question is, who will enforce standards? The risk is that there will be no independent and effective body to ensure that the Government follows the rules. UK courts will have some power to hold the Government to account, but only to UK law. They will be powerless to hold the UK Government to account over international obligations that are the backbone of environmental standards and are critical to agreements on trade and attracting inward investment.

Unfortunately, the UK does not have a great reputation when it comes to following environmental law. Despite the UK’s agreement to the high international standards, successive governments have been slow or reluctant to implement properly or correctly to apply key European measures such as for example air quality standards. The UK, also, has a track record for trying to use cost and economic reasons to swerve its obligations under environmental law.

The CJEU has set it straight on more than one occasion, such as when the Government tried to defend the unlawful discharge of untreated sewage by claiming the costs of improvements were too high. If not by the Commission or the CJEU, the Government needs to spell out how it will be held to account for its international environmental obligations.”

Recommendations to Government

The Brexit Papers, published by the Bar Council, make a number of recommendations to Government. They include:

i: Create an effective, independent domestic enforcement mechanism to replace the Commission and CJEU, underpinned by judicial oversight and sanctions
ii:  Ensure that UK courts continue to recognise past and future decisions of the CJEU prior to the UK’s departure from the EU and subsequently take an approach consistent with EU law as it stands at the date of the EU-Exit
iii: Align UK and EU environmental standards to assist the maintenance of cross-border trade
iv: Ensure medium-term stability and investor confidence in the environmental sector by avoiding legislative gaps and uncertainties in environmental protection
v: Do not use the Great Repeal Bill as a mechanism for altering the UK’s approach to environmental regulation, either in the transition period or for the longer term. If the Government wishes to alter policy post-exit, it should do so through new primary legislation with full Parliamentary scrutiny
vi: Co-operate with the EU and other organisations to ensure long-term environmental protection and
vii: Adopt a long-term approach to environmental protection, with due consideration of binding targets, consistent with the approach currently taken by the UK as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008.

The Brexit Papers: The Brexit Papers: Third Edition, published today offer Government, parliamentarians, the media and the public a concise and informative evaluation of the legal challenges posed by leaving the EU, and their practical implications for the economy and society. A total of nine new papers are published as part of The Brexit Papers: Third Edition setting out in plain English the key legal challenges the Government will face on a range of policy issues including acquired rights, WTO, agriculture, fisheries, product standards, public procurement, environment, dispute resolution, and the CJEU.

The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes: The Bar’s high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services; Fair access to justice for all; The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad. The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board. ω.

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All-Women Exxpedition Setting Out Against the Plastic Pollution: August 07-September 05

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|| June 30: 2017: Plymouth University News || ά. A pioneering sailing expedition starting and finishing at the University of Plymouth’s Marine Station will see a diverse group of women sample the UK’s waters for plastic pollution and run awareness-raising events around the British coastline. The voyage, being co-ordinated by Community Interest Company eXXpedition, will take 30 days and incorporate high-profile events in Plymouth, Cardiff, Belfast, Arran, Stornaway, Edinburgh and London. This summer will be the first time they will have a crew sampling in UK waters and they will be sailing on board the 72ft challenge yacht Sea Dragon, owned by Pangaea Exploration. They will leave the Marine Station on August 07, completing their sail on September 05.

The female crew members include scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, business women, psychologists, ocean activists and sustainability professionals, as well as experienced sailors. eXXpedtion specialises in all-women sailing trips with a focus on highlighting the devastating impact single-use plastic is having on our planet’s oceans, ecosystems and on human health. It has run previous expeditions all over the world and previous research has highlighted the endemic nature of microplastics within our ocean environments globally and the increasing potential impact they have on human health.

Exxpedition Co-founder and Ocean Advocate Ms Emily Penn said, “After years of studying ocean plastics all over the globe I am so excited to be bringing this project home to the UK. The more time I spend at sea, the more I realise that the solutions start on land. We, may, be seeing the more obvious impact of plastic and toxic pollution in the more remote parts of our planet, but what is clear is that the pollution is coming from land, the UK included. We need to expose these issues and raise consciousness of the work to be done to solve them here in the UK.”

The University of Plymouth is renowned as a world leader in marine litter research, while its Marine Institute is home to around 3,000 academics and students working in areas including marine conservation, coastal science, marine policy and maritime business. Professor Richard Thompson, Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit at the University, said, ''The government’s inquiry into microplastics last year brought the threats posed by marine litter to wider public attention.

But there is still a great deal of work needed to understand the full scale of the problem, while identifying potential solutions that take both economic and environmental factors into account. We are currently involved in research and collaborations that seek to meet those goals, and this scientific voyage can certainly make a positive contribution to that work.”

Exxpedition are crowd funding for outreach activities at ports visited. All sailing costs are covered by crew contributions.
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This Government is Out of Control: With No Mandate for Continued Cuts to Our schools Hospitals Police and Other Vital Public Services or for a Race-to-the-Bottom Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn MP

 

|| June 29: 2017 || ά. Following the House of Commons’ approval of the Queen’s Speech, Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party said, “The Conservatives survived by the skin of their teeth today, supported by the DUP, but this is a government in chaos. The Conservatives are all over the place on Brexit, with ministers contradicting each other. On public sector pay, they say one thing and then do another, voting yesterday to continue the cutting the pay of our nurses, firefighters, police and other public sector workers.

And today, they were forced to finally promise that women from Northern Ireland will no longer have to pay for abortions on the NHS under opposition and public pressure. This Government is out of control, with no mandate for continued cuts to our schools, hospitals, police and other vital public services or for a race-to-the-bottom Brexit. Labour will oppose these policies every step of the way.

Labour offers a clear alternative, laid out in our manifesto, which would put wealth, power and opportunity back in the hands of the many not the few.” ω.

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Well There's a Chancellor in Office Doing Nothing But Complaining That His Records are Not Being at the Centre of Attention: So the People's Chancellor Has Taken on the Job of Laying His Records on the Table Item by Item So That It All Clearly Form a Frankenstein of Conservative Monstrosity Delivered Against the Majority of the Country Where 14 Million People are Forced to Live in Poverty

 

|| June 29: 2017 || ά. Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking in the Queen’s Speech debate in the House of Commons today, said, ''Thank you Mr Speaker, I beg to move the amendment in my name and that of my honourable and right honourable colleagues. I have been in the House now for 20 years, never have we seen such a threadbare scrap of a document as this Queens Speech. Let’s be grateful for small mercies, it’s a pleasure to note what has not been mentioned in this vacuous notelet.

Despite being promised in the Conservative manifesto, we have heard no plans for legislation to end the triple lock. We have heard nothing about legislation to end winter fuel payments. We have heard no legislative plans for the so-called dementia tax. Nothing of the policy to take food from the mouths of infants and younger primary school children. Even the flagship grammar schools policy seems to have been ditched from the Queen’s Speech. I want to thank the millions of voters, who rejected the Conservatives, they have prevented the Tories from implementing in full the cuts they promised. Instead the Government has been reduced to a grubby back-room deal and pork barrel politics in an attempt to cling onto office.

The result is that we have a Queen’s Speech devoid of content, which offers no solutions to the pressing issues facing Britain today. he Queen’s Speech says, and I quote, “My ministers will strengthen the economy so that it supports the creation of jobs”. The reality Mr Speaker, is that we are witnessing, to quote the Governor of the Bank of England, the weakest UK business investment in half a century. The growth of insecure, low paid, low skilled jobs. One million on zero hours contracts. The Queens Speech promises to 'invest in the NHS, schools and other public services'. The reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Spending per pupil remains set to fall. Police officers, firefighters and border guards will be cut. And the NHS, already at breaking point, has been promised no new money. Not our words Mr Speaker but those of the British Medical Association. The Chancellor has, in various interviews, bemoaned the fact that he was hidden away during the election campaign and that his record on the economy was not the central plank of the Conservatives’ campaign. I agree. I wish he had been more to the fore in the campaign and his record more widely exposed. Because if it had been, Labour would be in government now.

I don’t believe that, so far, the Rt Hon gentlemen has been afforded his proper place in history. For those Hon Members, who were not in this place eight years ago, let me explain that the Chancellor was, prior to 2010, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. And as an ardent neo-liberal, the Chancellor, in his role as Chief Secretary, was the Architect of Austerity. It was he who designed the detail of the economic programme rolled out by his mentor George Osborne after 2010. He has been at the heart of the Austerity cabinet throughout this period. He should not hide his light under a bushel.

In his recent Mansion House speech he referred to his Government’s record as, 'a record of which we are proud'. The foundation of the chancellor’s record is his adherence to neo-liberalism, trickle-down economics. A theory, which argues that, if you cut taxes for the rich and for corporations and turn a blind eye to tax avoidance and tax evasion, then somehow this wealth will somehow trickle down to the rest of society. The Chancellor has certainly adhered to tax cuts for the rich and for corporations. Corporation tax, capital gains tax, Inheritance Tax and the Bank levy have all been slashed. Independent analysis demonstrates that OBR costings of tax cuts introduced by the Conservatives on these four measures alone since 2010 will have cost tax payers over £70bn between last year and the end of this Parliament.

The corporation tax cuts were meant to lead to a large scale increase in Business investment in our economy. But last year business investment fell for the first time since 2009 and remains lower than in the rest of the G-Seven, with the exception of Italy. Corporations are now sitting on £580 billion of earned income that they are not investing. Some have been exposed as being involved in share buy-backs to boost performance statistics and bonuses. Seven years of Tory austerity have done nothing to address the grotesque and widening levels of wealth inequality in the UK.

A report last year by Credit Suisse found that the richest 01% of people in the UK now own almost a quarter of the country’s wealth. The Sunday Times Rich List told us that the richest 1000 families in the UK had more than doubled their wealth since the financial crash. This is the record of which the Chancellor is so proud. Let’s measure the impact of this record on the rest of society. It’s important we do because this Queen’s speech promises just more of the same. This could have been the Queens Speech that ended austerity once and for all. It certainly doesn’t. Is it a matter of pride for the Chancellor that nearly one and a quarter million food parcels were handed out by food banks last year?

Are we to be proud of a government that can’t feed its people? How can anyone be proud that over 77,000 households were in temporary accommodation this year, an almost 08% increase on last year? Rough sleeping has increased by 134% since this Government came to power. There are 01.2 million households on the housing waiting lists. Nearly 70,000 children are being brought up in temporary accommodation whilst house building has fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s? Are we to be proud that we have a government that can’t adequately house its population? Is it a proud record that four million children are trapped in poverty in our country? Two thirds of these children are in working families.

And it’s not just children. The latest figures show that 14 million people are living in poverty in the UK. This includes nearly two million pensioners, the very people the Conservatives were going to hit with ending the triple lock, means testing winter fuel payments and introducing a dementia tax. Over 80% of the austerity measures have fallen on women. But some of the hardest hit have been disabled people. According the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, almost half of those in poverty are disabled or live in a household with a disabled person.

The brutality of the Work Capability Assessment has been associated with over 590 suicides. Is it a record to be proud of that his cap on public sector pay has contributed to wages falling by 10% since 2008? We have witnessed the longest fall in wages on record. Nearly six million people earn less than the living wage. People were shocked when the RCN revealed nurses pay had fallen by 14%, forcing some nurses to rely on foodbanks. Is it something to be proud of that the UK is the only major developed country that has seen economic growth but falling wages?

Yesterday we had the chaos of mixed messages coming out from Number 10 and the Treasury over hints that the pay cap was to be scrapped. Last night the coalition of the Tories and the DUP voted down our motion to support public sector workers securing a fair pay rise. Ministers have been quick to praise the devotion and bravery of our emergency services in the aftermath of the tragedies we have seen in recent weeks. But last night they could not extend that generosity to give those men and women that put their lives on the line to keep us safe, a pay rise. The proper governance of this country is being undermined by the disputes between the PM and the Chancellor.

Let’s look at the desperate state of our public services. How can anyone take pride in: Spending per pupil set to fall by 8% between 2015-16 and 2019-20; Over 46,000 children’s operations have been cancelled over the last four years; Police numbers have been cut by 20,000 since 2010;  Firefighter posts have been cut by 10,000 since 2010; 20,000 soldiers cut from 2010.

So we have a government that can’t feed our people, can’t house our people or protect our children and older people from poverty. It cannot ensure that when people go to work they earn enough to live on. And it can’t maintain our basic public services. That’s a government that doesn’t deserve to remain in office. All this suffering by ordinary people under austerity to protect the rich and the corporations has been for what? On the government’s own metrics it has significantly failed.

They promised that the deficit would be eradicated in five years- now it will be 15 years at best. They have added £700 billion to the national debt, leaving £1.7 trillion of debt for future generations. In the first quarter of this year growth has fallen to 0.2% while inflation has increased to 2.9% - below wage growth. ast year saw the slowest rate of business investment since 2009. Wages are lower today than when the Tories took office in 2010. Unsecured debt per household will reach a record high this year. It’s not just the Labour Party that is highlighting the consequences of the Tories’ failed economic approach. Last week, the Governor of the Bank of England warned of 'weaker real income growth'.

He spoke about 'markedly weak investment' and 'rapid consumer credit growth'. And worryingly he warned that 'the extent to which the UK’s...current account...deficit has moved closer to sustainability remains an open question', as we continue to rely on the 'kindness of strangers' to fund us. The Bank’s Chief Economist said last week that 07 per cent of the entire workforce could be on zero-hours contracts in a decade.The Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies has called the lost wage growth in this country 'completely unprecedented'.

The IFS have also referred to the 'unacknowledged risks to the quality of public services' under the Conservatives, and judge that their austerity plans would be so harsh as to potentially be undeliverable. A Queen’s speech which is devoid of any serious measures to address the economic challenges facing this country and the pressures ordinary people and our public services are under. Austerity continues to impact on our schools, health services, emergency services and peoples living standards. In the Autumn Budget, it will be interesting to see how the Chancellor covers the black hole derived from his last disastrous budget. At least £2bn we are aware of and according to some commentators growing to anything up to £7bn.

In particular it would be helpful if the Chancellor explained today how he covers the cost of the £1b grubby bribe to the DUP to keep his party clinging onto office. £100m a vote the cost of the deal. If I were a Tory backbencher I would start to negotiate now for a slice of that action. After the miraculous discovery of funds for the DUP deal I don’t expect to hear much more about magic money trees from the other side. £1bn found for the DUP but nothing to address the fundamentals of our weak and precarious economy which is now faced with the challenges of BREXIT. Increasingly people are waking up to the fact that a government lacking a strong and stable leadership is incapable of securing a deal which protects our jobs and economy.

Divisions at the top of Government, a Cabinet divided. Rows between members of the Government’s negotiating team are breaking out on a daily basis as they position themselves for their own leadership challenges. As a result we witness weekly changes of direction in the Government’s own negotiating stance. That includes even changes in direction by the Chancellor. Only weeks ago he was threatening no deal, walking away to set the UK up as a tax haven off the coast of continental Europe. Now it is reported he is potentially looking to the customs union and a long and uncertain transition period. Only months ago he went along with the Government prioritising immigration control over the protection of jobs and the economy. Now he claims to want a jobs first BREXIT.

All this, the failed and deeply unpopular austerity programme, the deeply divided rudderless cabinet and the directionless Brexit negotiating strategy, a content-less Queen’s speech surely confirm it is time for this government to go. It’s time for change. As the Labour Party demonstrated during the general election campaign: there is an alternative. We can address the deep-rooted problems our economy faces. The Labour Party has forged ahead with a serious, credible alternative to the Governments failed approach. Our society can afford decent public services. We are the fifth largest economy in the world.

If we have a fair tax system, we can end the cuts in schools budgets. We can end the horrific sight of children sleeping on chairs in hospital corridors. We can end the bedroom tax and the punitive benefits sanctions regimes. And we can do that, as confirmed by the IFS, while remaining on target to eliminate the budget deficit in accordance with our Fiscal Credibility Rule. But it’s not just about a fairer tax system: we need a government to invest what’s needed to secure our future. Not the derisory numbers floated by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement with so little to back them up.

A serious, long-term vision of the economy which tackles the regional disparities and the changes taking place in the labour market. A commitment to drive up productivity by increasing investment, as demanded by the CBI and many others and delivering a serious industrial strategy. It’s a transformative programme we look forward to implementing in Government. This Queen’s Speech does nothing to solve our problems. It confirms a Government isolated from the real world in which our people live. Labour’s amendment today sets out the alternative our country so desperately needs. I urge all Honourable members to support the amendment.” ω.

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Consumers and the Climate Will Pay a Heavy Price for UK Exit From Single Market: Keith Taylor MEP


|| June 29: 2017 || ά. Mr Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, is warning that a Tory Brexit will 'increase fuel poverty' and 'kneecap action on carbon emissions', as a new study shows EU energy efficiency rules have forced down energy bills and carbon emissions. In its latest report, the Committee on Climate Change:CCC confirms that bills and emissions have been forced down since 2008 by EU energy efficiency rules but are set to rise post-EU.

At the same time, government statistics show that the number of households in fuel poverty rose by more than 02% under the coalition government, with the latest figures showing more than 02.5 million families cannot afford to keep their homes adequately heated. Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee and the European Chair of the Climate Parliament, said, "This is a shot across the bows of the climate deniers and red-tape fetishist Ministers in May's minority government, not only are EU energy efficiency regulations essential for driving action on carbon emissions, they help protect consumers from spiralling energy costs.

These regulations, which have been subject to sustained Tory attacks in Europe, must be maintained and strengthened post-Brexit. Although EU energy efficiency regulations have helped keep prices from spiralling, the Tory government is overseeing a shocking increase in the levels of fuel poverty in the UK.

The government's pursuit of failed economic policies, like an ideological commitment to austerity and the pursuit of an economically destructive exit from the Single Market and counter-intuitive energy policies, like scrapping renewables support and throwing good money after bad on frighteningly expensive nuclear projects, will continue driving down wages while driving up the cost of energy generation.

That more than two and a half million families in the UK can't afford to heat their homes is an outrage, Britain is the fifth biggest economy in the world. The climate and consumers will pay a heavy price if the Government insists on scrapping EU regulations and ejecting Britain from the Single Market." ω.

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Let the Country Make a Note of the Record That the Conservative Party Voted Down the Labour Party Amendment to End Cuts to Emergency Services and End the Public Sector Pay Cap



|| June 28: 2017 || ά. The Labour tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, which was a test case for MPs’ approach to austerity. After seven years of austerity, the amendment sought to force the government to end cuts to the police and fire service and lift the Public Sector Pay Cap to give emergency and public service workers a pay rise. Commenting on the amendment, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said, “You can’t have safety and security on the cheap. It is plain to see that seven years of cuts to our emergency services has made us less safe; it’s time to make a change.

Our emergency service workers make us proud at the worst of times for our country, such as the Grenfell Tower Fire and the recent terrorist attacks, and deserve the pay rise they have been denied for seven years. Conservative cuts have failed. Labour has a different approach, which values those who look after us and will transform Britain for the many not the few.” But let the country make a note of the record that this Labour Party proposal was voted down by the Conservative Party when it went to vote. ω.

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Northern Ireland Government Acted Unlawfully by Not Stopping Dredging at Lough Neagh: The Court of Appeal

 


|| June 28: 2017 || ά.  Friends of the Earth has welcomed today’s Northern Ireland Court of Appeal decision that the Northern Ireland government acted unlawfully by not stopping the dredging at Lough Neagh, one of Europe’s most important wetlands. The environmental campaign group brought the legal challenge over the Northern Ireland government’s failure to stop sand extraction from Lough Neagh, which has been taking place without planning permission and other authorisations.

Up to two million tons of sand is suction dredged from the bed of the Lough every year. This is the biggest unauthorised development in the history of
Northern Ireland. There is no bigger unlawful mine anywhere in Europe in a Special Protection Area. Commenting on today’s decision, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland Director, Mr James Orr said, “This vitally important wildlife site is supposed to be protected under local and international law, it’s a scandal that the Northern Ireland government has taken so long to understand its legal obligations.

It shouldn’t be left to groups like Friends of the Earth to ensureenvironmental law is followed, and people shouldn’t have to force the authorities to protect special places like Lough Neagh. This ruling by the highest court in Northern Ireland sends a powerful signal to the government to take our environment seriously, and to safeguardprecious natural jewels like Lough Neagh.

The Northern Ireland government must put in place a system to sustainably manage the lough and its resources. This is in everyone interests. The sand industry needs to know how much sand is left and the government needs to understand the damage the extraction is causing.”

Mr Craig Bennett, the Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, “This decision will be crucially important for the protection of all our precious nature areas. It, also, underlines the need for a better approach in the future. The case today was won because of EU law and demonstrates how vital these are in protecting our environment. The UK must adopt strong nature laws when it leaves the EU and ensure these are enforced everywhere. The public wants proper protection for nature".

All parties agreed that the sand dredging should have planning permission, an Environmental Impact Assessment and a Habitats Regulation Assessment, all of which are currently missing. Bordering five of Northern Ireland’s six counties, Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in these islands at 18 miles long and seven miles wide and the third biggest in Europe.

Lough Neagh has multiple environmental designations that include: an Area of Special Scientific Interest, A Special Protection Area under the European
Union Birds Directive, a Ramsar site protected under the international Ramsar Convention. In the 1980s the Lough supported the UK's largest concentrationsof overwintering water birds, including scaup, pochard, tufted duck. But the Loughs’s wildlife, birds and fish and water quality have been
deteriorating for some time due to a combination of factors.

Prior to the case, the Department of Environment had accepted there could be many significant effects on the lough and environs from dredging in a document called an EIA determination. Over 20 likely significant environmental effects were identified including pollution, disturbance of sand bars, disturbance to wildlife, depletion of a finite resource, sediment deposition from barges, traffic movements, and impacts on other industries such as fishing and tourism.

Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland exists to protect people and nature in Northern Ireland we have campaigned for many years to improve environmental governance in the country.
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Tory Coalition of Chaos Denies Almost £70 Billion to Rest of UK: John McDonnell MP

 

|| June 27: 2017 || ά. Research from the Labour Party, in consultation with the respected House of Commons Library, suggests that if the Tories’ sweetheart deal with the DUP goes ahead and rises as is rumoured to £02 billion, then it could mean that £68 billion in government funding being denied to the rest of the UK. Under the Barnett Formula an increase of £02 billion in funding for Northern Ireland would normally imply additional public expenditure in England of £59 billion, with Scotland getting an additional £06 billion and Wales £03 billion.

However, following such a drastic change in extra budgetary spending for Northern Ireland, the Conservatives have decided to not adopt an approach even similar to the Barnett Formula to increase funding across the board. Nor have they explained if this increase will be funded by borrowing, tax rises or spending cuts at the UK level. Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor, said, “The coalition of chaos that was set up yesterday risks increasing division in our society by easing austerity in one part of the UK alone.

We need to see an end to austerity throughout the UK not just in Northern Ireland and not just to prop up Theresa May and her failed government. Labour’s fully costed alternative programme of government stands ready to provide Britain with the leadership, that will truly end austerity and unite all nations and regions in our country.” ω.

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Persistent Poverty in the UK and EU: 2015: Can the Conservative Party Spin on This So That It Does Not Speak the Truth



 

|| June 27: 2017 || ά. 'Persistent Poverty in the UK and EU: 2015': ONS: Published on June 27:2017: Main points are i: 07.3% of the UK population were experiencing persistent poverty, equivalent to roughly 04.6 million people. Persistent poverty is defined as experiencing relative low income in the current year, as well as at least two out of the three preceding years. ii: Of the 28 EU countries, the UK had the fifth lowest rate of persistent poverty,  07.3%, but the 13th highest poverty rate of 16.7%, near the EU average of 17.3%. iii: From 2012 to 2015, roughly three in 10, 30.2%, of the population were at risk of poverty for at least one year. iv: a higher proportion of women, 08.2%, were persistently poor than men, 06.3%, a trend that has continued since data became available in 2008. In 2015, the poverty threshold in the UK was £12,567. This equates to a daily income of £34.43. Now, Reader, imagine one has to pay for gas, electricity and all other necessary bills and then food and drink and now tell the Conservative Party what persistent poverty is, which is just one type of many kinds of poverty,  and why there are Food Banks while they fox hunt the poor of this country.

v: The gap between male and female persistent poverty rates, 01.9 percentage points, was the largest it had been since data began in 2008. Just over a third, 35.8%, of persistently poor individuals expressed high levels of anxiety, compared with a fifth, 21.6%, of the population as a whole. In this release, individuals are considered to be experiencing relative poverty if they live in a household with an equivalised disposable income that falls below 60% of the national median in the current year. This is a relative low income measure, also, referred to as the 'at risk of poverty' rate, which measures income compared with other people. As such, being at risk of poverty does not necessarily imply a low standard of living. Experiencing persistent poverty is defined as being in relative income poverty in the current year and at least two of the three preceding years. Results are based on the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions:EU-SILC, a household survey conducted since 2005 in EU member states and other select countries. It is generally agreed that the effects of experiencing relative low income for long periods of time are more detrimental than experiencing low income for short periods. These measures are used by the European Commission as part of their indicators to monitor poverty and social exclusion across the EU.

A household’s disposable income is the money available for spending after Income Tax, National Insurance and Council Tax are subtracted. It consists of wages and salaries from employment and self-employment, investment income, private and state pensions, and other benefits. Equivalisation adjusts the income to take into account the size and composition of the household. Income in this analysis is equivalised using the modified Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development:OECD scale.

 

In 2015, the UK had one of the lowest rates of persistent poverty of all EU member states In 2015, the estimated proportion of individuals experiencing persistent poverty in the UK was 07.3%. As may be expected, this is lower than the UK poverty rate which was 16.7% in 2015. The UK’s persistent poverty rate was the fifth lowest of all EU member states, whilst the poverty rate was the 13th highest, the same as Germany and near the EU average of 17.3%.

The UK has a similar persistent poverty rate to Sweden, 07.0%, Hungary, 07.2%, Cyprus, 07.3%, the Netherlands, 07.3% and Slovakia, 07.3%, but has a comparatively higher overall poverty rate. Additionally, the UK’s persistent poverty rate is less than the rates for France and Italy. The gap between the UK’s poverty and persistent poverty rates 09.4 percentage points is the second largest of all EU member states, second to Latvia 12.4 percentage points. Where a country’s poverty and persistent poverty rates are close together, this suggests a large proportion of the population who were in poverty in 2015 had been experiencing similar levels of poverty for a number of years.

Comparisons of the poverty and persistent poverty rates suggest in the UK over four in 10, 43.7%, people in poverty had been experiencing some form of longer-term poverty. This is the second smallest ratio of poor to persistently poor individuals of all EU member states and is below the EU average of over six in 10, 63%, typically, individuals in the UK experience shorter terms of poverty than other EU countries.

Across the EU, there is a roughly linear relationship between poverty and persistent poverty rates – a trend that has been noted since the first collection of longitudinal European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions:EU-SILC in 2008. On average, the overall poverty rate was 01.7 times higher than the persistent poverty rate in 2015. The population of EU countries does not appear to have a relationship with the poverty and persistent poverty rates, with countries of all sizes experiencing low and high rates of poverty equally.

Since 2011, the UK’s poverty and persistent poverty rates have been below the EU average. In 2015, the persistent poverty rate increased for the first time since 2012. Long-term trends show that since 2008, the gap between the UK and EU average persistent poverty rates has been widening, in 2008 the gap between both rates was 0.2 percentage points, whereas in 2015 the gap was 3.6 percentage points.

Three in 10 people were at risk of poverty for at least one year between 2012 and 2015. Roughly three in 10, 30.2%, individuals in the UK were at risk of poverty for at least one of the 4 years between 2012 and 2015, which is the lowest estimated proportion of individuals in a four-year period since data became available in 2008. Of all EU countries, the UK has the largest gap between the proportion of individuals experiencing one year and four years of poverty from 2012 to 2015, 10.2 percentage points.

Almost three in 10 persistently poor individuals couldn’t afford four or more essential items in 2015. Material deprivation is a measure of whether or not households have the capacity to afford a set of nine essential items, the idea being that not being able to afford several of these items would indicate a deprived household who are at risk of social exclusion. The nine important items were chosen based on the idea they are somewhat 'essential' in modern everyday life and include:

to not have arrears on your mortgage or rent payments, hire purchase instalments or other loan payments
to afford a one-week annual holiday away from home
to afford a meal with meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent every other day
to be able to face unexpected financial expenses
to afford a telephone or mobile phone
to afford a colour television
to afford a washing machine
to afford a car
to afford to keep the home adequately warm

The EU’s main indicator of material deprivation is the severe material deprivation rate, which describes the proportion of individuals in the population who are unable to afford four or more of these essential items. In 2015, the UK’s severe material deprivation rate was 06.1%. For those individuals in poverty or experiencing longer-term poverty, higher rates of severe material deprivation were observed. In 2015, of those in poverty, 16.3% of individuals were severely materially deprived while of those experiencing persistent poverty, 27.4% were severely materially deprived. These increases in severe material deprivation rates are consistent with the idea that the capacity to afford essential items decreases as individuals experience longer terms of poverty.

The main items lacked by individuals in the whole population were the ability to afford unexpected financial expenses, 38.3% and a one-week holiday away from home, 26.1%. The largest gap between persistently poor individuals and the whole population was the ability to afford a one-week annual holiday away from home. Of the whole population, 26.1% could not afford a one-week annual holiday away from home, compared with 65.1% of persistently poor individuals.

Most of the population expressed an ability to afford a telephone or mobile phone, colour television and washing machine. For all other essential items, over 2 in 10 individuals experiencing persistent poverty expressed an inability to afford each of these items. A higher proportion of persistently poor individuals express low happiness and high anxiety. In the UK, participants of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions:EU-SILC survey aged 16 and over are asked four questions relating to their personal well-being. Respondents were asked:

overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? ω.

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Leading Doctors Back Calls to Decriminalise Abortion at the BMA’s Annual Conference

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|| June 27: 2017 || ά. With 2017 marking 50 years since the enactment of the Abortion Act, leading doctors at the BMA’s annual conference today considered the role of the criminal law in abortion and backed calls for the decriminalisation1 of abortion. Removing criminal sanctions specific to abortion does not mean an absence of regulation; limits could still be set, but subject to professional and regulatory, rather than criminal, sanctions. Doctors asked the BMA to give further consideration to the significance of viability in relation to the role of the criminal law.

Criminal and civil laws, that apply to other aspects of clinical care would, also, continue to apply to abortion. For example, supplying abortion drugs without a prescription would be a criminal offence under the UK-wide Human Medicines Regulation 2012. The debate today and the BMA’s new policy only relate to whether abortion should or should not be a criminal offence; it does not address the broader issue of when and how abortion should be available. The BMA has established policy on these issues, which remain unchanged as a result of this debate.

Following the result of the vote, Dr John Chisholm, BMA Medical Ethics Committee Chair, said, “This is clearly a sensitive and complex issue, on which doctors voiced a broad range of views during an informed and considered debate. Abortion is currently a crime, with exceptions, throughout the UK. Following the debate the majority of doctors were clear that abortion should be treated as a medical issue rather than a criminal one.

What must be clear is that decriminalisation does not mean deregulation. The debate today and the BMA’s new policy only relate to whether abortion should or should not be a criminal offence; the policy does not address the broader issue of when and how abortion should be available. The BMA has established policy on these issues which remains unchanged.”

The British Medical Association:BMA is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.

Induced abortion is currently a crime throughout the UK, although the Abortion Act 1967 provides exceptions to the crime of administering or procuring an abortion in England, Wales and Scotland and the common law allows some exceptions in Northern Ireland. Viability is the stage at which a foetus is capable of independent existence outside a pregnant woman’s uterus. The concept of viability underpinned much of the debate resulting in the current 24-week time limit in the Abortion Act. The BMA supports this time limit.
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The Theresa May Last Lost Cause Fund: £1,000,000,000: The Austerity-Victim-Nation is Human Fox-Hunted Again by the Conservative Party

 

|| June 26: 2017 || ά. So, the Conservative Party has got itself into a Con and Done Ugly Poisonous Deal. How much does it cost the people of the country? Well, the question should be how much money is one billion pounds: this much: £1,000,000,000! So they lost the election, they lost their majority but they will not accept that they have lost. Instead, they want to hang on and for that they need some propping up and so they found, as like finds like, their buddies in DUP and they tangled themselves into this poisonous deal and paid a staggering £1,000,000,000, that the people of this country must pay.

Is it legal? If there is such a thing as a 'political crime' than this is it. This is a 'political crime' for which there is no other enforcement authority or court but the people and this very people will have to suffer on the Conservative cuts and austerity as they show their ugliest mechanism, and yet, they will still have to accept and pay up this £1,000,000,000 so that the Conservatives can pay as bribe to their 'mates'. And yes, this is, this £1,000,000,000 is The Theresa May Last Lost Cause Fund: £1,000,000,000. All this shall be found in the next General Election, not in five years time but this year. Because this self-serving Conservative Party cannot go on human fox-hunting the entire nation. It simply cannot go on like this.

This Tory-DUP Deal is Clearly Not in the National Interest: Jeremy Corbyn MP

Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Conservative-DUP deal, said, “Austerity has failed. Cuts to vital public services must be halted right across the UK, not just in Northern Ireland. The Government must immediately answer two questions. Where is the money for the Tory-DUP deal coming from? And, will all parts of the UK receive the much needed additional funding, that Northern Ireland will get as part of the deal? This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest but in May’s party’s interest to help her cling to power.”

Let’s Call This Grubby Deal What It Is: This is a Straightforward Political Bribe to Desperately Prop up Theresa May in Office: John McDonnell MP

The Labour Party's Shadow Chancellor Mr John McDonnell, commenting on the Tory-DUP deal, said, “The price of Theresa May’s political weakness is now becoming clear. The same Conservative Party, which spent the recent election campaign saying there was no money available for the crisis in the NHS and schools has now found at least £01 billion to buy a Parliamentary majority, with some reports suggesting it could be as much as £02bn.

As this is additional spending beyond that laid out in the Spring Budget, the Chancellor must now come forward with an explanation as to how it will be funded. In the context of a forecast increase in Government borrowing this year, the public must be told whether this additional spend will be funded through spending cuts elsewhere, additional tax rises or more borrowing.

There are, also, important questions to be answered about the implementation and fiscal consequences of devolving corporation tax, VAT and Air Passenger Duty, as well as what this could mean for other devolved administrations. Let’s call this grubby deal what it is: this is a straightforward political bribe to desperately prop up Theresa May in office. This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest but in May’s party’s interest to help her cling to power.”

Does This Deal Help or Hinder the Process of Restoring Power-Sharing in Northern Ireland:  Owen Smith MP

Mr Owen Smith MP, the Labour Party's Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, commenting on the release of the Tory DUP Deal, said, “Labour argued at the election just a few weeks ago that public services require extra funding across the UK, so I welcome the announcement today that additional funding has now been found for Northern Ireland.

However, the deal between the Tories and the DUP throws up all manner of questions, not least, whether more money can now, also, be found for schools, hospitals, social care and emergency services in desperate need of cash in England, Scotland and Wales. Most important of all, does this deal help or hinder the process of restoring power-sharing in Northern Ireland? Already, it is clear that other parties in Northern Ireland consider the deal to compromise the ability of the British Government to be truly impartial as stipulated under the Good Friday Agreement.“

The Green Party Responds to Tory-DUP Coalition of Cruelty

The Green Party has responded to news the Conservatives have reached a deal with the DUP to prop up their minority Government. Mr Jonathan Bartley, Co-leader of the Green Party, said, “The coalition of cruelty deal has now been signed and the Tory Government stumbles on for another day. Theresa May’s claim her party shares many of the DUP’s values is alarming, which is she referring to?

Their opposition to equal marriage, abortion or climate action? The Green Party will always stand up against the regressive values of the DUP and work with others to stop a lurch to the right under a Tory-DUP alliance. The length of time it has taken Theresa May to reach a deal is a sign of the chaos currently engulfing her Government. The Tories are utterly hamstrung, unable to implement their manifesto plans, derided in the rest of the EU and incapable of properly-Governing this country in these testing times."

Mr Bartley pints out that the DUP has 10 MPs and received fewer than 300,000 votes in the General Election. The Green party returned just one MP, Ms Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion, despite getting more than 500,000 votes.

Outstanding Issues Must Be Agreed If Institutions are to Be Restored: Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Mr Gerry Adams TD responding to this morning’s deal between the DUP and the Tory government said: “If as they claim in today’s agreement, both the Tories and the DUP will adhere fully to the Good Friday Agreement and its successors, they need to deliver on this for the political institutions to be restored. There is work to be done by the DUP and only limited time to do this.

The Sinn Féin Leader said: “The price of today’s DUP-Tory deal is DUP support for continued Tory Austerity and cuts to public services. It provides a blank cheque for a Tory Brexit which threatens the Good Friday Agreement. The DUP have agreed to support the Tory Government on all motions of confidence; and on the Queen’s speech; the Budget; finance bills; money bills, supply and appropriation legislation and estimates and all legislation pertaining to British national security and Brexit.

The Tory government has slashed more than £1 billion from the block grant over the last seven years. The allocation of additional funds could help to ease the enormous pressure on our public services. The devil is in the detail. Sinn Féin will continue to prioritise the establishment of a credible, sustainable Executive which deals with all the challenges facing our society, including the failure to implement previous agreements.

Sinn Féin will vigorously pursue the rights of citizens currently being denied by the DUP and the British government. We are committed to equality. Sinn Fein will resolutely oppose any attempt to give preferential treatment to British forces, either in terms of legacy or the provision of public services. If as they claim in today’s agreement, both the Tories and the DUP will fully adhere to the Good Friday Agreement and its successors, they need to deliver on this for the political institutions can be restored.

So there is work to be done by the DUP and only limited time to do this. As they return to Ireland to meet with Sinn Féin and the other parties, the DUP should be minded of the words of Edward Carson speaking in 1921 on the Tory intrigues that had led him on a course that would partition Ireland: ‘What a fool I was. I was only a puppet, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland, in that political game that was to get the Conservative party into power’.”
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Health and Social Care Integration Needs the Right Resources to Succeed: BMA

 

|| June 26: 2017 || ά. Doctors at the British Medical Association:BMA’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth today have called on politicians from all parties across the UK to stop raising false expectations regarding what integration of health and social care can achieve when it comes to reducing the admissions of elderly patients to hospital. Doctors voted overwhelmingly in favour of supporting the principle of health and social care integration. But they called on government to provide enough hospital beds and social care to meet demand, acknowledge the need for adequate additional funding and for an open dialogue with the public and patients about what services the NHS should provide for the funding available and what services can no longer be provided by the NHS.

The debate was led by Dr Peter Bennie, a Consultant Psychiatrist working in the west of Scotland and Chair of BMA Scotland. Proposing the motion he said, “I’m a consultant in general adult psychiatry and for a quarter of a century I’ve been working in multidisciplinary teams with nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists. It’s what I do, it’s who I am, integration is a key part of my clinical work and has been for a long time. I started my psychiatry training in Glasgow in the early 1990s, a genuinely exciting time as we embarked on a full programme of deinstitutionalization and a move to community care.

Money and staff flowed from huge psychiatric hospitals to new expanded community teams and to supported accommodation projects. This worked. It worked because health and social care staff came together to make it work. And it worked because it was properly funded with bridging finance so that community services were up and running before the wards closed.

Right now, there’s a general sense amongst most doctors that integration is probably the right direction of travel, but there are also real worries about the implications of such significant changes when health budgets are extremely tight and the social care budget even more so.

“Factor in our medical workforce problems with consultant, specialty doctor and GP posts lying vacant across the UK and it’s clear that these may not be the opportune conditions for a widespread re-organisation of health and social care. Perhaps the greatest medical workforce concern is that recruitment into training posts is poor in several specialties - and that includes, crucially, general practice, at a time when we expect retirement rates to rise.

Here in England, the National Audit Office published a report in February on the experience of integration so far. Its key messages are arresting. The report speaks of over-optimistic expectations of the rate of progress, saying that it can take many years to amalgamate cultures and working practices; and it seems to me we’re already seeing this play out in Scotland.

The report draws specific attention to problems with incompatible IT systems and reluctance to share information between health and social care staff - again this is ringing bells for me. At my workplace we still have problems even between in-patient and community mental health arms of the same service, never mind across to primary care, never mind across to social care. And, most crucially, the report concludes that the existing evidence base does not yet support the proposition that integration saves money, reduces hospital activity or improves patient outcomes, and that, too, chimes with the experience of doctors.”

Commenting on the debate, Dr Peter Bennie said, “Each part of the UK has its own interpretation of how health and social care integration can be delivered. But what is clear is that whilst there is agreement that it is broadly the right direction of travel there remain significant concerns about the need for adequate funding and resources to deliver this policy effectively. New services in the community need to be properly up and running before the current in-patient services can safely be reduced or closed.”

The motion in full read as follows:

i: supports the principle of integration of health and social care; ii: calls on politicians from all parties UK-wide to stop raising false expectations regarding what integration can achieve when it comes to reducing the admissions of elderly patients to hospital; iii: calls for government to provide enough hospital beds and social care to meet the demands being placed on these services; iv: calls for government to acknowledge that this cannot be done properly without adequate additional funding; v: calls for government and NHS lead bodies to have an open dialogue with the public and patients about what services the NHS should provide for the funding available and what services can no longer be provided by the NHS. ω.

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In 21st Century Britain Class Inequalities in Higher Education Have Shifted From Being Primarily About Exclusion From the System to Exclusion Within It: Professor Diane Reay

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|| June 25: 2017: University College Dublin News || ά. Working-class students in UK universities are less likely to graduate and achieve the highest degree classes than their middle-and upperclass peers, according to educational sociologist Professor Diane Reay. The University of Cambridge professor was in Dublin to deliver the keynote address at the inaugural UCD Access Symposium at University College Dublin. ''In 21st Century Britain class inequalities in Higher Education have shifted from being primarily about exclusion from the system to exclusion within it.'' Professor Reay said.

These factors can have a significant negative effect on the academic performance of working-class students. Professor Diane Reay is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. The daughter of a coal miner, she was the first member of her family to attend university. Her research focuses on the UK education system and has investigated boys’ underachievement, higher education access, female management in schools and pupil peer group cultures. It has made a significant contribution to the understanding of educational disadvantage and social justice issues.

Speaking to delegates, she described some of the findings from her research on inequality and working class participation in UK higher education. She suggested the findings provide 'cautionary lessons' for the Irish sector. Professor Reay acknowledged the progress, that has been made in widening participation and increasing access to higher education. But she said that class divisions remained stark and the challenges facing proponents of widening participation were enormous.

According to Professor Reay, to achieve a more socially just higher education system, it is not enough to simply have more students from working-class backgrounds enter higher education without addressing fundamental social and cultural inequalities. ''Widening access to a very unequal, hierarchical field is a very crude response to an intractable problem, that requires a much more sophisticated, morally informed solution.”

“In our study, working class students were far more likely to be exhausted from part-time work, distracted by financial, health and family problems, and often lacking the confidence and self-esteem to be able to construct themselves as successful learners.'' said Professor Reay.

Organised by UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, the UCD Access Symposium showcased innovative research and practices in widening participation at UCD and other Irish higher education institutions. It, also, celebrated the achievements of students and graduates of UCD’s access programmes. ω.

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This is Now a Nationwide Threat and the Prime Minister Needs to Get a Grip and Lead a National Response: I Urge the Government to Make Sure All Necessary Support Including Crucially Financial Support is Urgently Made Available to Councils Across the Country So They Can Deal Swiftly and Effectively with the Scale of the Fire Safety Challenge: Jeremy Corbyn MP



|| June 24: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the evacuation of tower blocks in Camden, said, ''My thoughts are with all those residents affected by the evacuation of tower blocks in Camden. This is a disruptive and worrying time for them. The council has taken a difficult decision on the advice of fire safety experts, but the safety of residents must always come first.

Tower blocks across the country have now failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell tower disaster. This is now a nationwide threat and the Prime Minister needs to get a grip and lead a national response, including convening the Cobra committee to co-ordinate government and public action.

I urge the government to make sure all necessary support, including, crucially, financial support, is urgently made available to councils across the country so they can deal swiftly and effectively with the scale of the fire safety challenge.” ω.

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Cyclotron Arrives at UK’s First High Energy Proton Beam Centre at The Christie



|| June 24: 2017 || ά. An advanced proton beam therapy machine, the ‘cyclotron’, was installed at the specialist cancer hospital The Christie in Manchester yesterday, marking a major milestone in a national NHS plan to provide high energy proton beam therapy in the UK from next year. Proton beam therapy has been offered overseas to NHS patients, who are eligible for treatment in England since 2008 in a programme, that has to date supported approximately 1,000 patients. Together with the Department of Health, NHS England is funding the development of two world class centres in Manchester and London for NHS patients to be treated in the UK.

The arrival of the machine this week at The Christie is a major milestone in the delivery of the national service with the first patients due to be treated from summer 2018, with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following in summer 2020. When complete, they will each treat up to 750 patients every year. Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy, that targets certain cancers very precisely, increasing success rates and reducing side-effects. It targets tumours with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue and is particularly, appropriate for certain cancers in children, who are at risk of lasting damage to organs that are still growing.

While The Christie and UCLH centres are being built, all clinically eligible NHS patients will continue to be funded to travel overseas for treatment with NHS England’s established partner centres in America and Switzerland. The Chief Executive of The Christie, Mr Roger Spencer said, “To be able to offer the world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy through the NHS in the UK is a real step change for patients, ensuring they benefit from local access to this advanced form of treatment, with potentially better outcomes and less chance of long term side effects.

The arrival of the cyclotron is a huge milestone for the proton beam therapy project and brings us closer to the ultimate goal of being able to offer this treatment to patients next year.” Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England Medical Director, said, “We want NHS patients to receive the very best care possible, which is why we currently refer individuals who could benefit from proton beam treatment to centres of excellence overseas. The arrival of this key piece of medical equipment at The Christie marks an important step forward in our commitment to provide from summer next year, this potentially life-saving treatment closer to home.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Mr Andy Burnham said, “The Christie is a beacon of hope for people with cancer and their families. This new facility is another crucial step forward in beating this disease and to have it here in Greater Manchester, the first of its kind in the UK, is just fantastic. At the moment people have to travel abroad to receive this type of therapy, but soon it will be available closer to home. This will make a huge difference to people receiving treatment and their loved ones.”

The super conducting cyclotron is no bigger than a family car and due to its high tech design, is just a quarter of the weight of many other cyclotron models. The cyclotron, which was built in Troisdorf, Germany, is only the 14th of its kind to be built. Former patients Ms Lucy Thomas, 11 yrs old from Ramsbottom, Ms Emma Payton, also 11, from Gatley in Stockport will join forces to press an oversized button to start the 92 meter tall crane, the largest of its kind in the UK, which in turn will move the cyclotron into position above a 11 meter deep bunker.

The 90 ton power house has an iron yoke outer diameter of 03.1 meters, 10.2 feet and an iron yoke height of 01.65 meters, 05.5 feet. It is capable of accelerating a proton stream made up of ionised hydrogen gas to two-thirds the speed of light, over 100,000 miles per second. That’s fast enough to travel around the world at the equator in about a quarter of a second and fast enough to hit the moon in a little under two seconds.

The cyclotron needs to be very cold and uses superconducting magnets cooled by liquid helium -270 Celsius and coils of copper wire 25 miles long. The magnetic force of the coil would be able to lift the equivalent of 220 tons of scrap metal, 200 small cars. The cyclotron will supply protons to three treatment rooms at The Christie, and also, for research performed in collaboration with The University of Manchester.

In the treatment rooms the beam from the cyclotron is rotated on a gantry, which rotates the beam around the patient to achieve the best angle for treatment. A nozzle delivers the controlled beam to the targeted tumour.

A patient’s treatment plan is approximately six weeks long with individual treatment sessions of 30 minutes for five days a week. Much of the 30 minute treatment session is spent positioning the patient properly and adjusting the equipment in the treatment room, with just two to three minutes of that being when the beam targets the tumour.

Over the last century, The Christie radiotherapy department has pioneered many advances in radiotherapy. It already leads in advanced radiotherapy, delivering more complex treatments than any other centre in the country. The introduction of proton beam therapy will allow it to continue to make advances in this area and improve patient treatment and care.
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Unison: But If This Election with Increased Turnout was About People’s Voices Being Heard We Must Ensure That the Next Election is People’s Cheers of Hope: Hope for the Better Society That is Possible: Hope for the Better Country That We Could Be: Hope for a Labour Government That Will Bring Equality Opportunity and Prosperity: Jeremy Corbyn MP

 

|| June 23: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the UNISON annual conference, said, Thank you for inviting me here today to your annual conference. It is a great pleasure to be back in Brighton for the first time since the election. Not only did the Labour Party increase our majority in Hove from just over 1,000 to almost 19,000 but we also gained Brighton Kemptown. The brilliant Lloyd Russell-Moyle turned a Tory majority of almost 700 into a Labour majority of 10,000, the biggest majority that any MP of any party has ever had in that constituency. Here in the South-East overall, Labour increased its vote by a fantastic 63 per cent, a figure only beaten by the South West of England where we increased our vote by 73 per cent. These are figures, which show that there are no unwinnable seats for Labour now: from recent gains like Canterbury and Kensington to our Labour heartlands in the North

And can I say how glad I am that we have numerous new Labour Members of Parliament, who are from Unison, such as your former regional secretary, Eleanor Smith, who is now MP for Wolverhampton South West: a black woman elected in the seat once held by the Conservative MP, Enoch Powell. Theresa May and the Tories are now weakened and divided. The Prime Minister called an election to win a landslide and lost her majority and her political authority. Two weeks after the general election she has still been unable to stitch together a deal with the DUP to stay in office, while we have been strengthened across every part of the country in our drive to form a Labour government, deliver real change and transform people’s lives. Although, Labour did not win the General Election, there is no question that it was a real advance and success for the Labour Party and for working people across the United Kingdom.

Against the predictions of the experts, that was achieved by putting our manifesto and our popular policies centre stage. A message of how the country could be if it was governed for the benefit of the many not the few, we showed that the politics of hope can always trump the politics of fear. And by doing so we have created a movement: a movement of people of all ages, all religions, all ethnicities and all backgrounds. Our strength is our unity, our determination is to change this country for the better and to win the next election and form a Labour government. None of this will be possible without the huge support we get from the Trade Union movement and your members. Indeed, we would not be where we are today if it were not for Trade Unions, such as Unison, giving us fantastic support every step of the way. It is vital you get the recognition, that you deserve for being the bedrock of our party, in the knowledge that it is only a Labour government and not a Tory government, that will protect and deliver for your members.

During the election campaign, whilst roughly half of all the money the Labour Party raised was from private individuals, giving on average 20 to 30 pounds, wanting to help our national campaign. The other half came from Trade Unions. Whereas other parties rely on huge private donations and handouts from corporations, the Labour Party relies on smaller donations from ordinary people and the generosity of the democratic Trade Union movement to keep going and keep representing people the concerns and needs of the people of Britain. But it is not only the financial contributions but also the practical help and participation, which I must thank this union for. The Unison campaign, led by your General Secretary, Dave Prentis, and managed by Liz Snape and Lucie Hyndley gave a massive boost to the overall Labour campaign.

Whether it was articles or adverts in newspapers highlighting the need to care for our NHS and end the dangerous cuts to community policing. Or if it was your social media campaign and Facebook advertising seen by over eight million voters. Or just your targeted campaign on the ground, knocking on doors, listening to people’s concerns and letting people know about how a Labour government would end Tory austerity to benefit them and their families. So my thanks to everybody from Unison for all that you did to support our campaign and for all I hope that you will continue to do to ensure that a Labour government is acknowledged by all clearly to be now within our reach. Theresa May and the Tories are clinging to power by the skin of their teeth and at the pleasure of the Democratic Unionist Party, but Labour will oppose this weak Conservative minority government, both in Parliament and outside of it, every step of the way.

We are in Opposition but we are, also, now a government in waiting. We are ready for another election at any time to finish the job of beating the failed and clapped out Tories and form a government that works for all. The last week has shown why how necessary it is to do this as soon as we can. The Grenfell Tower fire should never have happened. Every single death could have been avoided. From Hillsborough, to the child sex abuse scandal, to Grenfell Tower the pattern is clear. Working class voices are ignored by the powerful and their concerns are repeatedly dismissed. The Grenfell Tower residents themselves had raised concerns about the lack of fire safety in the block. The Grenfell Action Group had warned: “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believes that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord.”

So not only should more have been done to prevent these tragic deaths but the Prime Minister has now had to publicly apologise for her government’s pitiful response in helping those who had lost their homes and lost their loved ones in the disaster. A tower block in flames due to poor building quality. A heroic response from the fire and rescue service who are dangerously overstretched and understaffed and a government and local government response that has left victims sleeping on the street and under bridges as they have nowhere else to go. Make no mistake about it, this is the brutal reality of austerity economics, that has failed in its own terms and leading to falling living standards, rising inequality and disasters. We have always known that austerity was a choice, a choice made by those at the top, which has harmed the lives of the many to maintain the privilege of a few but has had absolutely devastating and frankly inhumane consequences for those at the very bottom.

Of course, now the government offers warm words about the bravery of our firefighters and the commitment of public sector workers, who have worked around the clock to organise a response to Grenfell fire and other recent terrorist attacks. Only this week we have again seen the brilliant role by the emergency services in dealing with the terrible attack in my own constituency as well as the resilience and strength of our communities who refuse to be divided and set against each other. But it is not good enough to be grateful to our public sector workers only at moments of crisis and disaster. You deserve dignity at work and the public deserves the dignity of well-funded public services. It is the police and PCSOs that make our communities safer and it is their knowledge of their communities and local intelligence gathering that helps prevent terrorism. Terrorism is not defeated by tearing up our human rights or by dividing our communities.

There are now 20,000 fewer police officers than there were when the Tories took office in 2010 but when the Police Federation raised this with Theresa May when she was then Home Secretary she accused them of crying wolf. It is this attitude, the same attitude that we always see when this government dismisses unions such as Unison when you raise concerns about the brutality of austerity and the dangers of public sector cuts that have left us in the position that we are now in. That is why Labour’s manifesto for the recent election, ‘For the Many, Not the Few’, committed us to a fresh approach to policing: 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats under a Labour government, equivalent to an extra officer for every neighbourhood in the country. Whereas the Conservatives have cut the number of firefighters and closed dozens of fire stations, Labour would recruit 3,000 more.

This is the only way to keep people safe and ensure that current firefighters are not demeaned by being run into the ground with physical and mental exhaustion by excessive shifts. This is the investment that Britain needs: investment yes to create jobs and give people opportunities but also essential investment to keep people safe in their homes. You cannot protect people’s lives on the cheap. Not only do we need more money to be spent on our vital public services but we need more money to be spent on our vital public servants, too. A future Labour government will scrap the public sector pay cap. It is a disgrace that NHS nurses are paid 14 per cent less today in real terms than they were in 2010.

In Britain, in 2017, we have nurses and other public sector workers being forced to go to food banks, along with one million other people whose chances have been crushed in the name of austerity. When this was put to the Prime Minister she said that there are ‘complex reasons’ for people having to use foodbanks. Well I hope the Prime Minister is listening today when I say that there are not complex reasons for people having to use foodbanks: the only reason is that this government refuses to ensure people have enough income to feed themselves.

So ending the pay cap is a necessity. And, as our fully costed manifesto set out, our new spending commitments would be paid for asking the top five per cent to pay a small amount extra in tax, still with a lower tax rate than under most of Mrs Thatcher’s reign, and by asking big business to pay a little more but still a lower rate than any other country in the G-Seven. More funding would then be available for our children’s schools and for our NHS, this country’s proudest achievement, as well as its most socialist one offering universal healthcare for all on the basis of need: free at the point of use. This is a sacred principle for the overwhelming majority of people in this country. But is one that the Tories have seriously put under threat through chronic defunding and creeping privatisation.

Labour is committed to ending this. We will halt the dreaded and much derided ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ and would instead put over £30 billion in extra funding over the course of a five year Parliament. This is absolutely essential to ensure that NHS staff have the conditions which they deserve and everyone has the NHS services they deserve. We would protect people by introducing legislation and imposing legal requirements for minimum staffing levels in the NHS. Labour is, also, committed to re-introduce nurses’ bursaries and funding for health related degrees to encourage more people to train, as well as immediately guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals protecting the tens of thousands working in our health and social care sector.

Yesterday the Prime Minister put down her first offer in Brussels on the rights of EU nationals after Brexit but as our Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has said people should not be used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. And what she has floated falls far short of the full guarantee Labour would make. That isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the best way to guarantee the rights of British nationals living in the EU. Just as the 1945 Labour government created the National Health Service out of post-war ruin. The next Labour government will lay the foundations for a National Care Service in the aftermath of the ruinous austerity of the Conservatives.

We would ensure that all care workers were paid a real living wage, reaching £10 an hour by 2020. Improving social care is so essential in providing dignity to people in old age and giving independence to those who are vulnerable or have a disability or a mental health condition. Only a universal approach will be sufficient to tackle the problem. The election showed the Tories for what they really are: how they desire to introduce a dementia tax, to take people’s homes away from them purely because they have the misfortune of having to rely on social care. Losing so many seats at the General Election has forced the Conservatives into abandoning their social care plans, abandoning their plans to bring back grammar schools and to scrap free school meals for children.

The election showed that the public is with us. People know from their experience that privatisation has failed, that austerity has failed. It has damaged services and held people back. The Labour Party and the Labour movement exist so that working people’s voices are heard. Them dropping so many of their proposals shows they have heard us, and now the Conservatives need to hear us on declining living standards, falling wages, public service cuts, from the NHS to schools to social care. But if this election, with increased turnout, was about people’s voices being heard we must ensure that the next election is people’s cheers of hope. Hope for the better society that is possible. Hope for the better country that we could be. Hope for a Labour government that will bring equality, opportunity, and prosperity. Together we can make that happen, the Labour Party and the labour movement, united for the many not the few. ω.

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It is Essential That the Details of Any Agreement with the DUP are Made Public: John McDonnell MP Writes to Chancellor Philip Hammond MP Again



|| June 23: 2017 || ά. John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, has today written to the Chancellor, Mr Philip Hammond MP, calling on him to make public the cost of any secret deals the Government are making with the DUP. Calling it 'essential' that the details of any agreement are made public, the Shadow Chancellor lays out a number of questions that Hammond must answer around additional spending as well as the Barnett Formula implications of any potential deal.

Letter from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP to Chancellor Philip Hammond MP: Dear Chancellor: I am writing to call on you, in the interests of transparency, to publish the financial consequences of any electoral deal reached between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party. There has been speculation in the media about possible additional infrastructure and NHS spending for Northern Ireland, or reductions in Northern Ireland rates of corporation tax, VAT and/or Air Passenger Duty.

It is essential that the details of any agreement are made public, including any costing calculations and evidence for measures which are agreed, and how additional spending or reduced tax revenue will be affected by Barnett Formula considerations.

Specifically, will any additional spending or tax cuts offered to Northern Ireland be offset through reductions in the Northern Ireland block grant and if not how will additional spending be paid for?

Can you clarify whether any additional spending will be funded from general UK-wide taxation, or by increased borrowing, or by some other means?

Since your Spring Budget there has already emerged a ‘black hole’ of £2bn as a result of the Government’s U-turn on increasing Class 4 National Insurance contributions. Can you inform us how you are planning to plug this gap: with further spending cuts, tax rises, or additional borrowing? I note that this comes in the context of Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts for an increase in Public Sector Net Borrowing this year.

I look forward to receiving your reply,

John McDonnell MP: Shadow Chancellor: ω.

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The Elleesium Camden Council and Its Leader Georgia Gould Have Shown Leadership and Despite Being a Difficult Decision This is the Best and Right One That the Rest of London and the Rest of the Country Must Follow: Public Safety is Absolutely Paramount: Value for Life

 

|| June 23: 2017 || ά. Councillor Ms Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said, “Camden Council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent. Last night the Chief Executive and I led a public meeting to listen to the concerns held by residents of the Chalcots estate. Upon hearing from residents we immediately instructed a joint fire inspection with the London Fire Brigade. Today the London Fire Brigade completed a joint inspection of the blocks with Camden Council technical experts.

Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety. This means that we need to move residents from their homes and into temporary accommodation. We anticipate that these works will be completed within three to four weeks. We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this difficult time. The Grenfell fire changes everything, we need to do everything we can to keep residents safe. You will appreciate that this is an emerging situation and we will be providing regular updates.”

Camden Council and Its Leader Ms Georgia Gould have shown leadership in making this decision and in such a short space of time, undertaking the necessary prerequisite to ensure that the decision was based on valid concerns and evidence on the ground and, despite it being essentially a difficult decision, this is the best and right one; as there is nothing more paramount than to ensure people are safe. And this leadership of the Camden Council the rest of London and the rest of the country must follow. The few voices that were faintly being raised by some that it was a 'knee-jerk reaction' has no ground to stand on. No one, no person in responsibility, no agency or body with duty and responsibility must fail in this: public safety is paramount. Value for life. Camden has shown it is possible to act and act in the high-most-principle of humanity of value for life. Let the rest of London and the rest of the country follow suit. Value for life. The Humanion. Readmore

 

 

Editorial: Calling on the Opposition MPs to Rise to the Challenge and Legislate to Force This Government to Temporarily Re-house All Families Living in These Grenfell-Like-Cladded-Towers as a Matter of Absolute and Utmost Urgency While the Authorities Check the Safety of These Buildings: Do Not Let Other Grenfell to Happen

 

 

|| June 22: 2017 || ά. Stop everything. Stop everyone. Stop every place. Freeze. What Exit, what negotiations, what Queen's Speech! There has been developing an 'unseen' National Disaster waiting to happen, that only showed a 'flicker' through the most horrendous, most deadly and most cruel fire of the Grenfell Tower. Grenfell Tower should not have happened but it did because the UK has become a place, that follows the 'mantra', 'Value for Money'. But Grenfell has brought out the outcome of that 'Value for Money' 'mantra' and now the country is finding out how many Grenfells are out there and how many more thousands and thousands of families with babies, toddlers and infants and people with disabilities and elderly people living in them in a constant nightmare. This is a National Disaster that is preventable. These thousands of innocent people and families, who are now living in agony, who are apparently living in, what appears to be 'good' buildings, must not be let to live in such a perpetual nightmare. Deal with it now before further Grenfells devastate the Country. The Conservative Government is not dealing with it. It is time the Opposition takes leadership and deal with it, this National Disaster waiting to happen.

The Opposition in the Parliament must now unite and bring in Emergency Legislation requiring the Government to temporarily re-house all the families living in towers found to have similar combustible cladding as the authorities check them: Do not wait for other Grenfells and act now to force this disarrayed, dysfunctional and lost Government, that puts 'value' to money and allocates a 'price' for life: what is the 'price' of life that fell in the Grenfell Tower Fire? Well, the Conservatives calculated that it should be about £5,500'!  They are not going to act, they will find ways to linger and keep talking and making bravado but they are not going to do it. But people in 'power and in the establishment' must take note the fury, the rage, the expressions of that rage and fury, that erupted following Grenfell, will become infinite and no one can escape that national rage, God forbid, should something like Grenfell to happen again. The beauty of British democracy is  in this that one does not have to be in 'Power' in order to bring about a law in the Parliament. It is possible: but even if the attempt does not succeed in getting a Bill into the Statute Book, it still makes a record: it makes a statement and it shows the parallel realities of where a Government stands and where the country stands. What is the best of this initiative: it makes the Government become seen and found out as absolutely 'skeleton' that people could see through what it stands for and it becomes absolutely 'unsustainable' as a Government. Readmore

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Working Class People’s Voices are Ignored Their Concerns dismissed by Those in Power: Lessons Must Be Learned in the Public Inquiry and a Disaster  That Never Should Have Happened Must Never Happen Again: The Government Must Delay No Longer and Now Implement the Recommendations of the 2013 Inquiry Report: Jeremy Corbyn MP

|| June 22: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to the House on Grenfell Tower, said, ''Can I start by expressing my disappointment to the Prime Minister at the lack of advance sight of her statement. I met with the survivors of Grenfell Tower and those inspiring volunteers co-ordinating the relief effort for families who had lost so much. I hope the whole House will join with me in commending the community spirit and public support which helped so many traumatised families. Our love, our condolences and our solidarity goes out to those families again today and in the difficult days and weeks ahead.

They were, as the Prime Minister said yesterday, let down: both in the immediate aftermath and so cruelly beforehand. And the public inquiry must establish the extent and by whom. At least 79 people are dead. It is both a tragedy and an outrage because every single one of those deaths could have been avoided. The Grenfell Tower residents themselves had raised concerns about the lack of fire safety in their block. The Grenfell Action Group had warned, and I quote, “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believes that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation”.

The Prime Minister said, 'It is right that the CEO of Kensington and Chelsea has now resigned'. It may be, but why aren’t the political leaders taking responsibility, too? From Hillsborough, to the child sex abuse scandal, to Grenfell Tower the pattern is consistent. Working class people’s voices are ignored, their concerns dismissed, by those in power. The Grenfell Tower residents and north Kensington community deserve answers and thousands of people living in tower blocks around the country need urgent reassurance.

Our brave firefighters must never have to deal with such a horrific incident again. Those of us with over 30 years’ experience in this House would have struggled under the pressure generated by an incident of this scale. So as I said yesterday, my Honourable Friend for Kensington deserves praise for the tireless and diligent way she has stood up for her constituents. They need answers and the public inquiry must address: The apparent failure of the fire alarms at Grenfell Tower, which meant many residents reported they were only alerted to the fire by the screams of their neighbours.

Whether the advice given to tenants to stay in their homes was correct and what advice should be given to the people living in the 4,000 other tower blocks around our country. Why sprinklers were not installed and whether they now should be retrofitted into all tower blocks. Whether the cladding used was illegal, as the Chancellor has suggested, and whether it should be banned entirely and what wider changes must be made to building regulations and to fire prevention regulations, including the frequency and enforcement of fire safety checks.

Whether tenant management organisations are responsive enough to their tenants and what greater powers tenants need. Whether survivors and people evacuated from adjacent properties were re-housed promptly and adequately and whether they will all be re-housed within the borough with no increase in their rent. The resources available to the Fire and Rescue Service, and whether response times and capacity are adequate in all areas of the country, since the number of wards, in which response time targets are not being met has increased tenfold since 2011.

Lessons must be learned in the public inquiry and a disaster, that never should have happened must never happen again. The Government must delay no longer and now implement the recommendations of the 2013 inquiry report following the Lakanal House fire. The public inquiry into Grenfell Tower must, also, establish whether lives could have been saved if those recommendations had been implemented in full and if the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group had been heeded by government.

Fire safety measures cannot be left to a postcode lottery so I ask the government make available emergency funds as my Honourable Friend for Leeds West, also, asked yesterday, so that councils can carry out fire safety checks and install sprinklers and the timetable for that made known to residents. Will the Prime Minister, also, ensure that counselling and mental health services are available to all the residents of Grenfell Tower and those, who witnessed it unfold on the Lancaster West Estate, including the emergency services who responded. Mr Speaker, the public inquiry must report as soon as possible and changes, that can and should have been made already must now be made without delay.
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This Benefit Cap Affected 17,000 Families But in Order to Fight Every Day Injustices the Conservative Government is Not Going Accept the High Court Judgment for These Families: No They are Going to Appeal Against It: Today’s High Court Decision is a Further Demonstration of the Failure of This Government’s Austerity Agenda: The Prime Minister Should Accept the High Court’s Judgement and End This Discrimination Against Parents and Children: Labour Party


|| June 22: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on today’s High Court judgement that the Benefit Cap unlawfully discriminates against single parents with children aged two or under, said, “Today’s High Court decision is a further demonstration of the failure of this government’s austerity agenda. It is failing in its own terms, it’s failing our communities and it’s failing the most vulnerable in our country, including the victims of domestic violence and those facing homelessness.

Labour has stood against the benefit cap, its discrimination against parents with children and the government’s cruel austerity programme.  Our Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry MP, tabled an amendment to the Benefit Cap legislation to exclude families with children under two from the cap when it came before parliament. The Government should have listened to Labour then, but I am pleased the High Court has listened to these courageous campaigners now. The Prime Minister should accept the High Court’s judgement and end this discrimination against parents and children.”

Ms Debbie Abrahams MP, the Labour Party's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the judgement, said, “I welcome the court’s decision on the Benefit Cap today and commend the brave campaigners, who took this case against the Government on behalf of the 17,000 families affected.

This is another damaging blow to the Government’s failing austerity agenda. While many families have struggled to make ends meet, this Government has given hand-outs to some of the richest in our society. The social security system should be there for us all in our time of need.

For too long this Government has pushed children into poverty, as punishment for their parent’s circumstances. I, therefore, welcome the High Court’s judgement that this policy is unlawful, which marks another blow in their failing austerity agenda. Labour will transform the social security system so that, like the NHS, it is there for us all in our time of need.”
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St George’s Chairman Gillian Norton Awarded OBE: Dear St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: You Should Be ASHAMED of Yourself for Still Calling a Woman Holding the Position of Chair as Chairman: This Must Stop and It Must Stop Now: You are a Public Body and You Can Not Be So Blatantly Sexist to Women So That You Do Not Even Acknowledge That She is a Woman Who Holds the Position of the Chair

 

|| June 22: 2017 || ά. Ms Gillian Norton, 'Chairman' of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This is the news the Trust has put out on its website. And our congratulations go to Ms Norton. But it is absolutely unbelievable to see a public body, such as St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, showing such contempt and disregard to gender equality. Those, who are at the helm of this Trust, should be ashamed of themselves for still refusing to change their 'medieval', appalling and discriminatory 'designations' and still forcing a woman into being called a 'Chairman' when she can perfectly be called Chair or Chair Person or Head or President or Lead. The Humanion denounces this form of deliberate and contemptuous disregard and discrimination shown against women and calls on the Trust to put this right immediately and apologise to Ms Norton and all women, including those, who work at the Trust.

The Humanion further calls on everyone, who has a voice to raise them together, against this 'male-domineering' festering culture whereby many public bodies are doing the same thing. This is not acceptable and everyone must wake up and begin changing it for The Humanion will not stop until this is rejected and changed. This is not a trifling matter: if someone tells us that her name is Susan Sun and we keep calling her Siskan or whatever else comes to our head whenever we deal with Susan Sun, it simply goes to show the absolute disregard, contempt and deliberate mistreatment we offer that person. Or rather, how little regard we hold for and show to Susan Sun. When someone calls Ms Gillian Norton 'Chairman' what are they telling her? That they are 'kind enough' and therefore, will make 'allowances' to ignore the fact that she was a woman and 'promote' her into a 'man' so that, in their eyes, she can be 'deemed' able to hold the position? This very idea would, should make any honourable soul feel sick. Therefore, St Georges, please, do the public a favour and waste not the public resources in promoting that what should have been put in the dustbin of history. ω.

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Mr Speaker: This is a Government Without a Majority Without a Mandate Without a Serious Legislative Programme Led by a Prime Minister Who Has Lost Her Political Authority and is Struggling to Stitch Together a Deal to Stay in Office: From Cardiff to Canterbury From Stockton to Kensington People Chose Hope Over Fear: And They Sent an Unequivocal Message That Austerity Must Be Brought to an End. Seven Years of Conservative Rule Has Left Wages Falling Inflation Rising the Pound Falling Personal Debt Rising and the Economy Slowing: Labour is Not Merely an Opposition: We are a Government in Waiting: Jeremy Corbyn MP

 


|| June 21: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, responding in the House of Commons to the Queen’s Speech, said, ''By tradition at the beginning of each parliamentary session we commemorate the Members of the House we have lost in the last year. Sadly, Mr Speaker, this year we must also, mark the passing of those we have lost in the horrific events of recent days and weeks. The fire at Grenfell Tower in west London has killed at least 79 people. What makes it both a tragedy and an outrage is that every single one of those deaths could have been avoided. Something has gone horrifically wrong. The north Kensington community are demanding answers and they are entitled to them.

Thousands of people living in tower blocks around the country need urgent reassurance and the emergency services, especially the Fire and Rescue Service in this case, deserve our deep respect and support. I, also, want to pay tribute to my Honourable Friend for Kensington, who has, in recent days, demonstrated so clearly, why her local community put their faith in her. Her determination to ensure every family is re-housed locally is exemplary. Lessons must be learned in the public inquiry and a disaster that never should have happened must never happen again. The terrorist attacks in Manchester, at London Bridge and at Finsbury Park took innocent lives, caused dozens of injuries and traumatised hundreds of people, with a wilful and callous disregard for human life.

The attack in the early hours of Monday in my own constituency is a reminder to us all that hate has no creed, that violence has no religion and that we must stand up to hatred whoever the target and stand together against those, who would drive us apart. Our communities and our country are strongest when we are united. As our late colleague Jo Cox said, 'We have far more in common than that which divides us'. It is just over a year ago that Jo was taken from us by someone driven by hatred. Jo was driven by love and by an infectious energy. It was in the spirit of that energy and passion for people, life and justice that so many events were held in her memory around the country last weekend.

Muslim Welfare House in my constituency near the site of that vile attack just a day later had held a Great Get Together event at the weekend. Earlier this year we, also, lost the Father of the House, Sir Gerald Kaufman, who had served his constituents for nearly 47 years and previously worked for Harold Wilson in Downing Street. Gerald was an iconic and irascible figure in the Labour Party. He came from a proud Jewish background and campaigned to bring peace to the Middle East throughout his life and it was my pleasure to travel with him in that quest, to many countries in the region. I loved the lengthy conversations we had. Both Gerald and Jo will be fondly remembered by all who knew them and worked with them.

I congratulate the mover and seconder of the Queen’s Speech motion. First, I congratulate the Right Honourable Member for Newbury, on his speech. I want to thank him for taking time out from his considerable responsibilities, looking after his extensive property portfolio and tending to his directorship of the UK Water Partnership. I hope one day a Labour Government, may, soon, be able to come to the aid of his Newbury constituents, by taking water into public ownership and to the aid of his tenants by putting a responsibility on landlords to ensure all homes are fit for human habitation. I know the Right Honourable member will, also, continue diligently to pursue his other interests in Parliament; his interest in defence, in Africa and in rural affairs.

I turn now to the seconder of today’s loyal address: the Honourable Member for Spelthorne, whose speech was typically articulate and erudite, as would befit a former winner of University Challenge. Benjamin Disraeli once said, “If I want to read a book I write one.” Well, Mr Speaker, it seems that the honourable gentleman has taken the maxim to new levels, writing or co-writing six books during the seven years he’s been a member. Having looked though his back catalogue perhaps the one book that stands out is his 2011 book, ‘After the Coalition’. Now, I don’t want to cut across his present literary representation but perhaps a sequel, may be, in the offing; though, I understand the latest Coalition, may, already be in some chaos.

And nothing emphasises that chaos more than this Queen’s Speech. A threadbare legislative programme from a government, that has lost its majority and apparently run out of ideas altogether. This would be a thin legislative programme even if it was for one year but for two years it is woefully inadequate. Mr Speaker, it is, therefore, appropriate to start by welcoming what is not in the speech. Firstly, there is no mention of scrapping the Winter Fuel Allowance for millions of pensioners through means-testing. Can the Prime Minister reassure us that Conservative plan has now been withdrawn?

Mercifully, neither is there any mention of ditching the Triple Lock. Pensioners across Britain will, also, be grateful to know whether that Tory election commitment has, also, been binned? And older people and their families might, also, be keen for some clarity around her government’s policy on social care. Whether it’s still what was originally set out in the Conservative manifesto, whether it’s what it was later amended to, or whether it is now something else entirely? The Prime Minister might, also, like to confirm that the food is not, after all, going to be taken from the mouths of infants and that younger primary school children will continue to receive universal free school meals?

On the subject of schools, there was nothing about new grammar schools in the Gracious Speech. Does she now agree with her predecessor that it is 'delusional to think that a policy of expanding a number of grammar schools is either a good idea, a sellable idea or even the right idea'. Mr Speaker, the good news, may, even extend to our furry friends. If the Prime Minister can guarantee that the barbaric practice of fox hunting will remain banned? Mr Speaker, the government has recently embarked on what are likely to be very difficult negotiations, which the whole House will want to scrutinise. Unfortunately, there have already been some leaks with the other side in this process expressing dismay at the weakness of the government’s negotiating skills.

But enough about the coalition of chaos with the Democratic Unionist Party, we must get on to the even more crucial business of Brexit. Labour accepted from the beginning the decision of the referendum. We are leaving the European Union; the question is how and on what terms? This government could have begun negotiations on a far better footing, had ministers accepted the will of the House in July last year and granted full rights to EU nationals. I hope, the now minority government will indeed listen to the wisdom of this House a bit more and work in partnership with our European neighbours

It is in all our interests that we get a Brexit deal that puts jobs and the economy first. No deal is not better than a bad deal, it is a bad deal and not viable for Britain. We need full access to the Single Market and customs arrangements, that provide Britain, as the Brexit Secretary has pledged, and I quote, with the 'exact same benefits' as now. Neither must arbitrary targets for immigration be prioritised over the jobs and living standards of the people of this country. Let’s decide our immigration policy on the basis of the needs of our communities and our economy: not to the tune of the dog-whistle cynicism of Lynton Crosby or the hate campaigns of some sections of our press, whose idea of patriotism is to base themselves in an overseas tax haven.

And while we’re on that subject, let’s have no more dangerous threats of turning Britain itself into a tax haven, which would threaten people’s jobs and public services here, far more than in mainland Europe. We do not yet know the official title for the Government’s much trumpeted Great Repeal Bill. But if we are about ‘taking back control’ then Parliament must be able to scrutinise legislation thoroughly. Thankfully, the thin gruel of this Gracious Speech allows plenty of time for longer debates and greater scrutiny. That must include ensuring that the Human Rights Act and our commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights, remain intact.

It is our determination that by working with the devolved administrations, responsibilities, such as, agriculture and fisheries will be devolved to those administrations and not hoarded in Whitehall. And on the subject of devolved administrations, may I, also, wish the Prime Minister every success in reconvening talks with all parties to restore the Stormont Assembly in Belfast as soon as possible. We, also, very much hope that any deal done in this place respects the overriding priority of the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Speaker, a state visit from the Spanish Head of State was announced for July. But can the Prime Minister update the House on whether we can still expect the US Head of State this year? Mr Speaker, I said earlier that public service workers, such as our fire service, police and NHS staff, receive huge praise when they respond to terrorist attacks and other major incidents. But it is not good enough to be grateful to our public service workers only at moments of crisis and disaster. They deserve dignity. The dignity of fully funded services, the dignity of not seeing their jobs cut and their living standards fall.

There are now 20,000 fewer police officers than when the Conservatives came to office and when the police raised this with the then Home Secretary she accused them of crying wolf. I hope the current Prime Minister will correct the mistakes of the former Home Secretary. The Gracious Speech promises them 'all the powers they need' but what the police and security services deserve and the public demand, is that they have all the resources they need. What has been briefed to the media yesterday about scrapping the changes to the police funding formula is insufficient, as that will only move funding between rural and urban forces when the real issue is that £02.3 billion has been cut from police budgets in the last five years.

Our firefighters did an outstanding job at the Grenfell Tower fire but those firefighters worked incredibly long shifts, in part because there are 600 fewer firefighters in London; ten fewer fire stations in London. Cuts and closures forced through by the previous Mayor of London. We welcome the public inquiry but we can take action now and I pay tribute to Croydon Council for its commitment this week to install sprinklers in all tower blocks of ten storeys or more. But such minimal fire safety measures cannot be left to a postcode lottery. So will the Government make available emergency funds for councils to both check cladding and to install sprinklers?

The Government should, also, have committed to a Public Safety Bill to implement the recommendations of the 2013 inquiry into the Lakanal House fire and reverse its guidance that removed the requirement to install sprinklers in new school buildings. It could still do so and it would do so with opposition support, additional to any recommendations from the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

The Prime Minister says that legal support will be made available to the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. But they should have had access to legal aid beforehand, when they were raising their desperate concerns about fire safety and were ignored, by a negligent Conservative council. The lessons of the failed austerity programme must urgently be learned. We cannot have social housing on the cheap and we cannot have public services on the cheap. So will the Prime Minister now halt the cuts to the police, cuts that the former Met Commissioner this week called 'an absurdity'? The cuts have affected our prisons, too and HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has expressed his concern at the lack of a Prisons and Courts Reform Bill. One that could have implemented the Labour manifesto pledge to employ another 3,000 prison officers.

Our children’s schools are facing budget cuts. Can the Prime Minister confirm whether cuts to per pupil funding are going ahead? And can she clarify to the House the status of the National Funding Formula? The Gracious Speech mentioned legislation to protect the victims of domestic violence but does that mean restoring legal aid in such cases or restoring the funding to re-open the many refuges that have closed? We welcome reform of mental health legislation to give it greater priority and we would welcome an assurance that no mental health trust will see its budget cut this year, like 40 per cent of them did last year.

Will she call time on the public sector pay cap, which means nurses are 14 per cent worse off today than they were seven years ago. As the Prime Minister is aware, some nurses and other public service workers have been forced to resort to using food banks, alongside over a million other people in this country. With rising inflation, the effects of low pay and falling real incomes are going to hit even more families. The six million workers earning less than the living wage; the millions of people in insecure work; those subject to the benefits freeze and the five and half million public servants.

Labour won almost 13 million votes at the election because we offered hope and opportunity for all and real change for our country. The Prime Minister began the election campaign by warning that, 'If I lose just six seats I will lose this election'. When it came to it, she lost more than four times that many seats to Labour. From Cardiff to Canterbury, from Stockton to Kensington, people chose hope over fear. And they sent an unequivocal message: that austerity must be brought to an end. Seven years of Conservative rule has left wages falling, inflation rising, the pound falling, personal debt rising and the economy slowing. By no stretch of the imagination could any of that be described as strong or stable.

If you want to boost pay, the most effective means is through strong and independent trade unions. Workers collectively defending and improving their pay and conditions. So we would repeal the Trade Union Act and strengthen collective bargaining. Across Britain people have shown they believe there is a better way. In recent years this Government has thrown away tens of billions of pounds in tax giveaways to the very richest and to big business. It has done so while closing Sure Start centres, closing libraries, tipping social care in crisis and the NHS into record deficit.

Under Conservative rule, school budgets are being cut, college courses have closed and students are being saddled with a lifetime of debt while per patient funding in the NHS is set to fall for the first time its history. Our manifesto, For the Many, Not the Few and its popular policies, set out a very different path, which caught the imagination of millions. A way for the public really to take back control so that our key utilities and our railways are taken into public ownership and are run in the interests of the many; not to pay the dividends of the few.

We would end austerity by making very different choices: By asking the highest five per cent of earners to pay a little bit more, while still keeping the top ten percentage points lower than it was for most of Margaret Thatcher’s time in office. By asking big businesses to pay a little more in tax, while still retaining a lower corporation tax rate than any other G7 nation currently has. Austerity and inequality are choices. They are not necessities. They are not unfortunate outcomes. They are a choice to make life worse for the many; to maintain the privilege of a few.

If this government rejects austerity, challenges inequality, invests to expand and rebalance our economy, then it will have our support. But if it continues down this path of deliberately making people worse off. Of deepening division and of neglecting communities, that deserve support and respect, then we will oppose them every step of the way.
Mr Speaker, this is a government without a majority, without a mandate, without a serious legislative programme, led by a Prime Minister, who has lost her political authority and is struggling to stitch together a deal to stay in office.

We will use every opportunity to vote down government policies, that failed to win public support and we will use every opportunity to win support for our programme. Labour is not merely an Opposition: we are a government in waiting, with a policy programme that enthused and engaged millions of people; many for the first time. We are ready to offer real strong and stable leadership in the interests of the many not the few. And we will test this government’s Brexit strategy and what legislation comes forward, against that standard. This election engaged more people than for a generation, a tribute to our democracy. In the election, Labour set out a vision of what this country could be. It could be more equal, it could be more prosperous, it could have opportunity for all. That is what we will be putting forward in this Parliament and fighting for in this Parliament, what we will be demanding in this Parliament. ω.

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ONS Figure: £121.6 Billion Added to the National Debt Since May 2016: These Figures are Reminder of Chaos and Negligence of Philip Hammond and Theresa May Over These Past Seven Years of Tory Economic Failure: John McDonnell MP

 

|| June 21: 2017 || ά. Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the latest Public Sector Finance figures published this morning by the ONS, which shows that £121.6 billion was added to the national debt since May 2016, said, “These figures are a reminder of the chaos and negligence of both Philip Hammond and Theresa May over these past seven years of Tory economic failure; the deficit is still not been cleared as they promised it would be in 2015 and the national debt continues to rise.

Regardless of their broken promises on the public finances they will continue to pursue a failed policy of austerity while handing out massive tax giveaways to big business and a wealthy few, yet enforcing spending cuts on our public services. However, there is no longer support in parliament for a continuation of their failed austerity policies and if they cannot recognise this and change direction, then they should step aside and let Labour take charge.

As only a Labour Government will set out a serious plan for the public finances with strategic investment underpinned by our Fiscal Credibility Rule, to help build the high wage, high skill economy of the future for the many not the few.” ω.

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We Just Saw a Queen's Speech That in No Way Tackles the Challenges We Face as a Country: GMB


|| June 21: 2017 || ά. In a statement, followed by the Queen's Speech, Mr Tim Roache,  the General Secretary of the GMB Union, said, "If that's what the Prime Minister called a General Election for, she's wasted everyone's time. We just saw a Queen's Speech that in no way tackles the challenges we face as a country. The hypocrisy of proclamations on fair pay when public sector workers are buckling under the weight of year-on-year real terms pay cuts will not be lost on millions of teaching assistants, care workers and NHS staff.

And warm words on pay are just that. If the Government is really committed to making work pay and raising living standards, it needs to end the public sector pay freeze and introduce a real living wage. Let's see £10 an hour going into people's pockets. The clue is in the name; a living wage has to be enough to live on." ω.

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Stay Within the Single Market to Protect Our Steel Industry: Molly Scott Cato MEP


|| June 21: 2017 || ά. Ms Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West of England, has today welcomed the European Parliament’s International Trade committee’s adoption of a new methodology for calculating anti-dumping duties saying that it illustrates the strength of the Single Market to protect our steel industry. The new agreement would make it possible to protect against dumping of goods from countries that are not market economies, including China.

Ms Scott Cato said, ''This move is an example of how within the Single Market we can effectively protect industries, such as our steel industry, from China’s dumping. The EU is increasingly recognising the environmental, social and economic impact of dumping of produce such as cheap steel is having. As a result, we are now seeing the EU using the collective power and influence of those economies within the Single Market to push the WTO to act. If we left the Single Market through a hard Brexit, Britain could be left exposed and isolated.

“Left-wing Brexiteers like Corbyn, who support leaving the Single Market but who are, also, arguing that Brexit will allow us to support re-nationalised industries are at best naïve. To think that we can go it alone and not suffer the consequences of begging for trade deals from countries like China just shows how unrealistic the Labour Party’s position is.

Now more than ever, we need a strong, progressive and positive EU that guarantee our environmental and workers’ rights against the coming onslaught of unbridled globalisation. This is not about protectionism but it is about pragmatically protecting our basic environmental and workers’ rights.”

Last November, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to reform the EU Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Regulation, focusing on the methodology used to calculate anti-dumping duties. These reforms relate to the expiry of parts of Section 15 of the Accession Protocol of China to the WTO and the possible granting of Market Economy Status to China. This revised legislation would enable the EU to protect its industries from aggressive business practices by countries that are not market economies or that do not comply with international labour or environmental standards by imposing anti-dumping duties. Trilogue negotiations with the European Commission and European Council are expected to start in July.

Molly Scott Cato is Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar and is one of 50 Green/EFA MEPs in the European Parliament. She sits on the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee, PANA committee investigating tax evasion and the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Molly is parliamentary candidate for Bristol West in the June 8th general election. ω.

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Mrs Theresa May and Her Conservative Party Do Fight Against Everyday Injustices: Don't Believe It: See: £345 Million Cut for Over 200,000 People with Mental Health Conditions Under This Government: Debbie Abrahams MP

 



|| June 20: 2017 || ά. A new Freedom of Information response published today by the Department of Work and Pensions shows that over 200,000 people with mental health conditions will have their income slashed by Conservative cuts to Employment and Support Allowance introduced in April this year. This data flies directly in the face of the Prime Minister’s commitment to end the 'burning injustice' of the treatment of people with mental health conditions.

With the cut to Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group amounting to a £1,500 reduction per person, these new figures show that over £345 million will be taken from the pockets of people with mental health conditions. Ms Debbie Abrahams MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said, “These cuts to people with mental health conditions just go to show that you cannot trust a word the Tories say. They have boasted about offering ‘parity of esteem’ to mental and physical health. In reality this just means equal austerity for all.

Labour is committed to reversing the Conservatives’ pernicious cuts to Employment and Support Allowance, as well as the cuts to Personal Independence Payments introduced by emergency legislation in March also affecting people with chronic mental health conditions. We want to transform the social security system so that it is there for anyone of us in our time of need.” ω.

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The Conservatives Have No Understanding of the Depth of Suffering Stress and Insecurity Their Long Austerity Regime Has Caused: John McDonnell MP on Philip Hammond’s Mansion House Speech

 

|| June 20: 2017 || ά. Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Mr Philip Hammond’s Mansion House speech this morning, said, “The Chancellor has made clear this morning that the message remains the same, austerity will continue. The Tories have learnt nothing from the General Election and the last seven wasted years of economic failure. The Conservatives have no understanding of the depth of suffering, stress and insecurity their long austerity regime has caused.

And we have seen the Chancellor again trying to distance himself from the position of his Prime Minister on Brexit. It just shows further disarray at the top of government. The fact that there is clearly such a serious split between Number 10 and 11 is very worrying and only helps to undermine our country ahead of the Brexit negotiations. It further shows just how weak a position Theresa May is in. And raises the serious question of: how can she negotiate Brexit when her own Chancellor is so publicly disputing her position on Brexit and briefing against his own Cabinet colleagues?

The truth is that the Government’s spin of over a 'hard' or soft 'Brexit', is just a smokescreen to paper over the cracks of the divide at the very heart of this Tory Government. The reality is that they are really planning a Brexit for the few by turning our county into a tax haven off the coast of Europe, which diminishes workplace rights and undermines working people’s living standards.

Labour has called from day one for the Chancellor to act on gaining assurances over our stake in the EIB and it has taken him a year to raise a finger; and now he has, all he is offering businesses in our country in way of support to mitigate any risks from the loss of this resource is a drop in the ocean from the actual support they will really need.

Only a Labour Government will secure a Brexit for the many that will put jobs and the economy first, and ensure that working families and small businesses are protected from any challenges our country faces after leaving the EU.”
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The Signs of Poverty: The Signs of the Entire Financial and Banking System Set Against the Poor



|| June 21: 2017 || ά. The rich borrow to invest more than what they are able to invest and the entire market and market mechanism is falling all over the place to lend them as much as they want to borrow so that, once upon a time, the late Maxwell was able to borrow so much that he had, sadly, literally come to 'drown' himself into the debts. But most of the rich are drowned in borrowed money but they know how not to drown. But the poor do not get the same facility or treatment. The Mechanism lends to those who do not need to borrow and it does not do so for those who need to borrow. Therefore, these poor fall outside this market, where they fall victims of 'sharks' of all types. But, there are those, and they are many, who can borrow up to a point but for many reasons life falls out of their 'control' and they cannot cope and their debts seem to simply and literally strangle them into a downward slope and fall they will. In this, the government, the agencies, the laws and the entire system have failed these vast multitude of people.

And these people and they are in millions and their plight does not enjoy much political urgency. The entire 'System' is against these people. The following piece is about debts and it offers people information on how to seek and get 'neutral and bias-free' advice out of the dreadful maze, that the current system is. Debts, this kind of debts are nothing but the sign of poverty; people, who were not poor but are falling into poverty for many reasons as well as the multitude of people, who live in and with poverty and are drowning in debts. This later group borrows from the 'shark-end' of the market and from friends and families.

What needs to happen is a an absolute, thorough and fundamental overhaul of these laws regulating these areas of finance, lending and resolving problems and how individuals are treated by the system, organisations and agencies, as well as the entire system of personal finance, banking and credit referencing culture and system, all of which are absolutely designed to act against and destroy the poor so much so that once destroyed they cannot borrow from any 'legitimate source' and some even find they cannot even have bank accounts; so that an updated, humane and civilised system and mechanism can be established. This would require a serious and fundamental commitment from the political parties to take on this task and deliver a change that will humanise this system.

Now here is the piece: The Money Advice Service is today calling on friends and family to spot the signs that people close to them might be experiencing problem debts. Debt and money worries are often seen as a taboo subject in the UK so it is time to get people talking about their money worries and get them to advice earlier to prevent their debts becoming unmanageable. Around eight million people in the UK regularly miss bill re-payments or feel overwhelmed by their debts.

Of those, fewer than one in five seek advice to help their situation. This means a worrying 10% of the population could be suffering in silence with serious money problems, with young adults, people who rent their homes, large families and single parents noticeably at higher risk. Friends and family could make all the difference to break the silence and encourage them to get help.

New findings about the symptoms of problem debt by the Money Advice Service, found that debt problems often build up over time so people may not be fully aware of the full extent of their financial difficulties until they become a crisis. Identifying the signs and getting help early will prevent these issues becoming critical.

The signs someone is experiencing problem debt are often difficult to spot. They may be hidden due to embarrassment, to protect friends and family from the situation or because they ether don’t realise or want to confront the full extent of the problem. Signs will vary for each person. However, there are a range of physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms which can give friends and family subtle clues about behaviour which seems out of character.

These signs could include: They have been in debt in the past; They have had a recent life event, an event that has resulted in a loss of income or higher spending for example having a baby, being made redundant, illness, divorce or a death in the family; They are living beyond their means or over spending, they always seem to have the latest ‘must have’ items although they don’t have the income to cover this; They seem anxious, withdrawn or depressed, they have reduced time socialising, they are avoiding friends.

They may seem more secretive, starting to hide issues and avoiding talking about finances; They have changed their spending habits, either reducing spending, e.g going on fewer holidays or eating out less or overspending, spending without a plan for repayment for example putting luxury items on credit; They seem tired or are having trouble sleeping; Their weight has changed suddenly, either increasing or decreasing.

There are three simple steps that friends and family can take to help someone who might be experiencing financial difficulties: Start a conversation: 01: Use your own personal experiences to help get to the bottom of their financial worries, make sure you keep the conversation neutral and non-judgmental. 02: Talk to them about free debt advice: Help your friend or family member to understand that free debt advice will help them get their finances back on track. Ask them to make a commitment to seek free debt advice. You could also offer to help them by going along with them; 03: Use the Money Advice Service: Encourage them to use the Debt test to work out the best option to help them resolve their money worries and find free debt advice in their area.

Debt advice can have a massive impact on people’s lives. Within three months of receiving advice, 65% are either repaying their debts or have repaid them in full. 73% feel less stressed about dealing with their finances, two thirds, 62%, are sleeping better, over half, 55%, reported better physical health and 69% said their relationships improved.

Ms Sheila Wheeler, Director of Debt Advice at the Money Advice Service, said, “With one in six people in the UK at risk of a debt crisis, there is a high chance that someone close to us may be struggling with money troubles. We are calling on friends and family to watch out for the signs someone might need help and to support them to access free debt advice as soon as possible.

For people who are experiencing financial difficulties, we want you to know that help is available and you do not need to suffer alone. Friends and family will want to help and support you. Free debt advice is available now and will help support you in getting your finances back on track before your money worries become a bigger issue. Use the Debt test to find out how you can resolve your debts and find free, impartial help in your area.”

Ms Joanna Elson OBE, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said, “Friends and family members are key players in the fight against problem debt – and we need to raise awareness of how to spot the warning signs that something is wrong.

Struggling to cope with your finances can be a lonely experience, and support from friends and family members can be invaluable. The best thing you can do for a friend or loved one in this situation is to make sure they access the free debt advice they need and at National Debtline we know from experience that the earlier this happens, the better.”

Debt advice is provided by the following partners:

England and Wales: Citizens Advice, East Midlands Money Advice, Capitalise, Money Advice West, Greater Merseyside Money Advice

Scotland: Scottish Legal Aid Board:SLAB

Northern Ireland: Citizens Advice Northern Ireland

Additional partners: Step Change Debt Charity, Money Advice Trust

About the Money Advice Service: The Money Advice Service is an independent organisation. It gives free, unbiased money guidance online at moneyadviceservice.org.uk or via free phone on 0800 138 7777. Debt advice is, also, provided through a variety of partners across the UK. The Service was set up by Government and is paid for by a statutory levy on the financial services industry, raised through the Financial Conduct Authority. Its statutory objectives are to enhance the understanding and knowledge of members of the public about financial matters, including the UK financial system and to enhance the ability of members of the public to manage their own financial affairs. ω.

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If You Never Ask Questions: If You Never Challenge Yourself: You Will Never Achieve the Most Fundamental Thing: Progress: Says Who: Max Fordham Has Learnt It and are Now Absolutely Better for It

 

|| June 19: 2017 || ά. Max Fordham has been awarded the ‘Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2017 Consultancy and Engineering Awards. Hosted by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering:ACE the awards showcase best practice for the global engineering community. The award recognises the organisation, that has ‘diversity and inclusion at the heart of its business’ and seeks to ‘embrace the benefits of a truly diverse workforce’.

Senior Partner, Ms Tamsin Tweddell was delighted with the win. ''This award recognises the extent to which equality is intrinsic to the ethos of our partnership.'' she said. ''It, also, promotes the ways we have recently identified opportunities to continue to improve.'' She noted that recognition of this kind helped to inspire and motivate the practice to go even further to improve diversity in the workplace.

Partner and Finance team member, Ms Samiatt Onikoyi was equally enthused by what this award means for the future of Max Fordham. ''I feel really proud to be part of a practice that’s been recognised for championing diversity.'' she said. Asked if anything more could be done to further the gains made so far she responded, ''We’ve only just scratched the surface!''

The profession of engineering has long suffered from a lack of diversity. The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe, while minority ethnic engineers are even more under-represented. The industry still faces huge challenges in the visibility and acceptance LGBT+ people. Max Fordham has a partnership model similar to that of an ‘employee-owned’ business. Once an employee has completed four years with the practice, they are invited to become a partner. As such, the business of approximately 230 people has around 120 partners. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute to discussions on how the business should be run.

''A few years ago we didn’t think we needed to do anything about diversity.'' Senior Partner, Mr Henry Pipe explained. ''Doing the right thing is at the core of our values. We expected diversity and inclusion to be the natural consequence of employing people, who are deeply passionate about it.'' he notes. ''We were wrong.''

''Following a query from a young, male member of the practice as to why there were so few women in senior positions, it was decided to establish a Diversity Group to investigate. ''It forced us to engage with things we hadn’t fully considered before. We learnt that many other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:STEM companies had found evidence that they weren’t treating people as equally as they had assumed.'' Ms Tweddell pointed out. ''It was time to have a look at our own data. We were shocked by the results.''

The practice learned that female engineers were receiving higher pay raises less than half as often as male engineers. ''The process introduced us to unconscious bias, as well as identifying gender bias in self-assessments for pay rises.'' The practice put a plan in place to tackle unconscious bias. We trained all our assessors with methods to identify it and eliminate it.'' says Mr Pipe.

''We recruited a female engineer to our pay review group, updated our self-assessment guide, and  most importantly, published the data internally, in full. Our internal transparency has been a huge factor in making changes.'' The result? Since instituting the plan, female engineers have received higher pay awards slightly more often than male engineers in the two years since the initiative commenced.

These are the first steps at Max Fordham to ensure a fairer, more equal and more welcoming workplace. It’s something they hope becomes more prevalent in the industry. ω.

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Inhuman: A Decision to Deny Sufferers of Terminal Lung Disease Access to a Life-Extending Drug: British Lung Foundation



Penny Woods, Chief Executive, British Lung Foundation



|| June 19: 2017 || ά. According to the British Lung Foundation, the organisation was hoping the National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence:NICE would reverse their 2013 decision and allow all patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis , of which there is no known cause or cure, to be prescribed Pirfenidone. But in an announcement, posted on their website on the day the General Election results emerged, NICE stuck to their guns and shattered the hopes of the BLF and the 32,500 IPF sufferers in Britain.

That means it will still only be reserved for people with severe cases of IPF and not prescribed on the NHS for people in the early stages of this fatal lung condition, despite the fact that it could ease their pain and make them more comfortable and ultimately enable them to live longer. Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the BLF, said, “The decision by NICE to continue denying some IPF patients access to a life-extending drug until their disease gets worse is extremely disappointing. It is inhuman to require someone to slowly deteriorate and have a poorer quality of life before they can be treated and a choice that defies all common sense.

This is another example of where proven interventions for respiratory patients are not being prioritised. We need a taskforce for lung health to look at these issues across diseases and put in place a five year strategy to improve outcomes for the 12 million people affected by lung disease in the UK.”

Consultant respiratory physician Professor Toby Maher said, ‘’Pirfenidone is as effective with patients, who are in the early stages of the disease as it is among those, who are more severe. ’The drug extends life by years in patients with early disease and by weeks in advanced disease.’’

The lung disease, which kills 5,300 people every year, has a prognosis worse than many cancers, causing a build-up of scar tissue in the lungs which makes them thick and hard and less able to take in oxygen. People living with the condition will struggle to do everyday tasks, like walking up stairs, mowing the lawn or getting dressed without feeling incredibly out of breath.

Regardless of treatment, people with IPF on average only live for around two to five years from diagnosis. IPF is the commonest form of interstitial lung disease; a group of disorders characterised by inflammation or fibrosis of the interstitial space. Although considered a rare disease, IPF has become more common in both the UK and the US over the last 30 years.

During the last decade the condition has been responsible for one in every 100 UK deaths. The disease usually strikes those in their late 40s or early 50s and starts with sudden shortness of breath. It is first only noticeable on exertion, but within three to five years progresses to the point most sufferers develop respiratory failure and die of suffocation.

Scientists don’t know exactly how Pirfenidone works yet but they think it slows down inflammation and the build-up of scar tissue in the lungs. It is not handed out until sufferers have a 50-80% capacity remaining in their lungs, meaning many will be on their death beds by the time they are prescribed Pirfenidone.

A statement issued by NICE said, ‘’Our appraisal committee concluded that Pirfenidone could not be considered a cost-effective use of NHS resources for the full population specified in the marketing authorisation, that is, adults with mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. ’NICE assesses clinical and cost-effectiveness of drugs compared to what is already available on the NHS. Our technology appraisals recommend whether a drug should be routinely funded on the NHS i.e. if patients should have automatic right to it. ’Where we have said no or if we haven’t looked at a drug it can still be prescribed on the NHS. In those instances local NHS bodies decide whether to provide funding for the treatment.’’
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Basil Scarsella Appointed Chair of the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership

 

|| June 19: 2017 || ά. Mr Basil Scarsella, the Chief Executive Officer at UK Power Networks, is now the Chair at the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership. He has succeeded the former E.ON UK Chief Executive Mr Tony Cocker, who has held the role since the Skills Partnership’s formation last summer. The Skills Partnership comprises 29 leading utility sector employers, that have come together with a mission to 'ensure a safe, skilled and sustainable workforce provides the essential services, that our customers seek and meets the UK’s needs from the energy and utilities infrastructure'.

The energy and utilities sector needs to recruit 221,000 people over the next 10 years, with 20% of its workforce retiring over that same period. The sector has a critical role for the UK, delivering essential services to 65 million citizens each day and being responsible for 56% of the National Infrastructure Pipeline, a pipeline that underpins the UK economy. The Skills Partnership recognised the need for collective action and has made the case to show that individual business cannot be left to manage workforce resilience alone.

Mr Basil Scarsella said, ”I am delighted and honoured to take on this role, as I appreciate how important it is to develop a sustainable workforce in an industry that is essential to meet people’s everyday needs.

UK Power Networks has already trained more than 250 apprentices in the past five years to help fill the industry’s skills gap and we will continue to attract talented and promising new recruits over the coming months and years. Every company is only as good as its employees.”

Mr Tony Cocker, who stepped down as Chief Executive at E.ON UK in April, said, “I’m proud to have served as Chair of the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership, which has taken real strides forward is a relatively short space of time. Bringing so many leading sector employers together to publish the first-ever coherent strategic plan, the Workforce Renewal & Skills Strategy, is a major achievement and underscores the need for urgent action.

The Skills Partnership has since engaged with stakeholders, sector employers of all sizes, education and training providers and elected officials to encourage urgent action to be taken. Basil Scarsella takes over as Chair at a time of increased recognition of the significant contribution the sector can make to increased growth and productivity. I’ve no doubts that he’ll lead the Skills Partnership to build on these early successes and I wish him the best of luck.”

Energy and Utility Skills, the expert voice on workforce issues across the sector, has been the driving force behind the creation of the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership. Energy and Utility Skills Chief Executive Mr Nick Ellins said, “The Skills Partnership has been formed at a key time for the UK, and is focused on ensuring a resilient, skilled and sustainable workforce for an energy and utilities sector that is pivotal to the UK.

Tony Cocker has played a significant and valued part in building a strong partnership between all those involved and in securing tangible progress. This included releasing the first ever workforce renewal and skills strategy for the sector. We are delighted to have Basil Scarsella now take the leadership of the Chief Executive’s Council as we all drive the strategy and new initiatives forward.

We recognise the scale of the challenge facing the sector in ensuring we have the skilled workforce needed to constantly deliver vital services, safely and efficiently. We will be collaborating with the four UK governments to achieve this and in managing the emerging challenges such as Brexit and the ever increasing competition for UK talent.”

In February 2017 the Skills Partnership published the Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy, the first-ever coherent strategic plan for the continued delivery of essential energy and utility services to 65 million people every day across Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The sector accounts for 56% of the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan and requires a skilled, competent and sustainable workforce

Key among the Skills Strategy’s findings is that 221,000 vacancies will be created across the entire energy and utilities sector during the next decade. This will be made up of 100,000 existing employees who will retire, 90,000 who will move to jobs outside the sector, and another 31,000 that will be required to fill newly-created roles. The Skills Strategy highlights the need for the entire sector to source applicants with varied and often high-level skills to keep up with evolving needs.

The Skills Partnership’s members are collaborating on a series of initiatives to increase sector attractiveness and recruitment, maximise investment in skills and take a targeted action to address skills gaps and shortages.

Energy and Utility Skills is the provider of choice for guidance, employer solutions, setting, registering and assessing competency standards and bespoke consultancy. It helps employers attract new talent, develop their workforces and assure a high level of competence across their businesses. The Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership, is a collective of 29 leading sector employers that are working together to secure the continual seamless delivery of the wider sector’s services across the UK.
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The Finsbury Park Van Attack: London is All-Faith All-Colour All-Many All-Much in All-One: In Denouncing the Crimes of Those Drowned in Hatred and In Uniting in Community Spirit and Resolve

|| June 19: 2017 || ά. There does not appear to be an end to hatred and its deadly criminal dare to simply keep on attacking the innocent and this hatred has no boundary. The latest in this hatred-grown criminality is expressed in the van attack on innocent pedestrians, seemingly returning home after prayers. This time, however, the target was the innocent, who were 'Muslims'. Yet, the real term here, is not 'Muslims' but 'Innocent'; innocent people, those returning home from prayers. The hatred-drowned direct their crimes against the innocent but the innocent must rise to reject any other adjectives, that aims to isolate one group or another so to seek to divide but this: the innocent.

This innocent, these innocent, this community and these communities of London must rise, united and, reject this monstrosity, that simply says: because it hates it can 'terminate' whomsoever it hates. And to these cowardly, sickening and despicable criminals of hatred, the 'sprit', the 'power' and the 'strength' of humanity, community, common communal, social, human and spiritual bonds of London must form such a 'wall' that simply is an 'infinity' of love, that hatred cannot dare to attack, let alone hurt. Those, whoever they may be, whatever they call themselves, regardless of whatever they claim to be their 'cause', who, despired by hatred, take it upon themselves to attack, kill and inflict injury and pain to the innocent are nothing but the lowest kind of cowards and criminals. And they must, as always, be rejected with one and whole community spirit of London: London that is all-faith, all-colour, all-many, all much but all-one.

Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Labour Party Leader Statement on Van Attack in Finsbury Park: Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the van attack in Finsbury Park, said, “I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror. I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.

As the local MP, I have met with Muslim community leaders at the Muslim Welfare House alongside Islington Council Leader Richard Watts, the Council’s Chief Executive Lesley Seary and the Metropolitan Police. Richard and I will attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque later today. I appeal for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected. In the meantime, I call on everyone to stand together against those who seek to divide us.”

Mayor of London’s Statement on Terrorist Attack in Finsbury Park: In a Statement, the Mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, said, “The Metropolitan Police are responding to a horrific terrorist attack on innocent people in Finsbury Park. One person has died at the scene, eight more are injured in hospital and two more were treated for injuries at the scene. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. I am grateful to our emergency services, who responded quickly and have been working on the scene throughout the night.

I have been in contact with the Met Commissioner and senior officers and am being kept updated on all developments. I have also spoken with community organisations in the area, local MP Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the council Richard Watts. We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.'' ω.

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Letter From John McDonnell to Philip Hammond



|| June 18: 2017 || ά. Today Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party's Shadow Chancellor, has written to Mr Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, calling on him to make public the cost of any secret deals he has made with the DUP in order to prop up the Government in parliament.

The Letter: Dear Chancellor, I am writing to seek information on a specific element of the deal being discussed between the Prime Minister and representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party, which has emerged in the press. It is reported that the DUP is seeking the ending of Air Passenger Duty levied on passengers at airports in Northern Ireland.

HMRC estimated the total revenue from APD in Northern Ireland in 2015/16 to be in the region of £90 million.

This figure is an estimate and may need adjustment to take into account further devolved matters.

However a revenue stream of this scale is significant and would pay for the equivalent of, for example, an additional 2000 firefighters.

I am writing to ask whether the Government has been asked for this measure by the DUP, has agreed to it or is considering it.

In the interest of basic openness and transparency in government I am writing to ask that you publish any financial measures that have been discussed with the DUP and set out the financial implications of any measures agreed with this party.

I look forward to a prompt response given the considerable public interest in this matter and its consequences on our public finances.

Yours sincerely,

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chancellor

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Last Week at the European Parliament Theresa May Gave an Insight Into What a Tory Brexit Will Truly Look Like as Tory MEPs Voted to Water Down Measures to Clampdown on Tax Avoidance: John McDonnell MP



|| June 18: 2017 || ά. Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor, calling on the Government not to block tax avoidance measures at the European Parliament following a vote last week when Tory MEPs voted to water down country-by-country reporting, said, “Last week at the European Parliament Theresa May gave an insight into what a Tory Brexit will truly look like, as Tory MEPs voted to water down measures to clampdown on tax avoidance.

Once again the Tories have shown their true colours on tax avoidance and evasion by voting to grant potentially permanent exemptions from scrutiny for large multinationals. Theresa May could have instructed her Tory MEPs to support public country-by-country reporting but has chosen not to; as she continues not to lead her party, but to be led by it. While the Tories say one thing on tax avoidance when they think the public is listening, they do another when they think no one is watching.

Because deep down they really just want to turn our country into a tax haven off the coast of Europe. The Tories need to commit to stop using the European Parliament as a vehicle to block or hold up measures to clamp down on tax avoidance and evasion.

Only a Labour Government would be prepared to work with our European neighbours in clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance, and introduce our Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme that would end the injustice where a few big corporations in our country are paying lower rates of tax than many of their employees.” ω.

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Things That are Not in the News But Go on Regardless: Disputes Over the British Indian Ocean Territory

 

|| June 18: 2017 || ά. This briefing describes the main developments since mid-2013 in long-running disputes over the British Indian Ocean Territory:BIOT. In November 2016 the previous UK Government decided not to allow Chagossian resettlement. The status of the Marine Protected Area is contested. The UK and Mauritius have been holding talks on sovereignty but Mauritius says it intends to seek an advisory opinion on the issue from the International Court of Justice. The US military base on Diego Garcia is set to continue until 2036. Meanwhile, there continues to be litigation in the English courts.

Between 1968 and 1973 the British Government cleared the entire Chagos Archipelago of its inhabitants, in anticipation of a US military base on the biggest island, Diego Garcia. The Archipelago was made a colony, the British Indian Ocean Territory:BIOT. It subsequently became a British overseas territory. Two main disputes have arisen from these events. One has been between the Chagos Islanders and the British Government over the legality of their removal and whether they have a right to return. The other has been between the UK and Mauritius about sovereignty over the BIOT. In 1965 the UK undertook that it will cede sovereignty to Mauritius once the BIOT is no longer required for defence purposes.

A May 2013 Library briefing surveyed the origins and subsequent evolution since 1965 of these disputes, including past and ongoing legal cases brought before British, European and international courts. The briefing went on to explore potential ways forward for resolving these disputes by the time of the UK general election in May 2015. This update summarises the main developments over the intervening four years.
November 2016: the previous UK Government decides against resettlement

A fresh resettlement feasibility study has been carried out. It set out three resettlement options: large-scale resettlement; medium-scale resettlement; and pilot, small-scale resettlement. However, in November 2016 the previous Government announced that it had decided not to allow resettlement. The decision provoked condemnation from Mauritius and supporters of the Chagossian cause in the UK, and raised the prospect of further legal action. Since then, there has been debate about the best use of and motives behind a £40 million support package for Chagossians and renewed calls for the restoration of the right of abode as a prelude to a change of policy on resettlement.

A Marine Protected Area:MPA introduced by the British Government around the Chagos Archipelago, apart from Diego Garcia, where there is a US military base, in 2010 was ruled unlawful in 2015 by a Tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The UK has insisted that the MPA is still in place. The Tribunal was much more equivocal on sovereignty than the Mauritian Government, which brought the case, will have hoped. It declined jurisdiction on the issue but found that the UK’s 1965 undertaking to cede sovereignty to Mauritius when the BIOT is no longer required for defence purposes is binding under international law.

In 2015 a Marine Protected Area:MPA introduced by the British Government around the Chagos Archipelago, apart from Diego Garcia, where there is a US military base, was ruled by a Tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to have been established without proper regard to the rights of Mauritius. Some legal commentators have taken this as tantamount to saying that the MPA is unlawful.

The UK disagrees with this interpretation. The Tribunal was more equivocal on sovereignty than the Mauritian Government, which brought the case, will have hoped. It declined jurisdiction on the issue but found that the UK’s 1965 undertaking to cede sovereignty to Mauritius when the BIOT is no longer required for defence purposes is binding under international law.

In July 2016 Mauritius said that it would seek a referral by the UN General Assembly to the International Court of Justice later in the year in order to obtain an advisory opinion on sovereignty. Mauritius ultimately held back from seeking a referral and there have been talks between the two governments. But Mauritius set a deadline for progress of June 2017. On May 31, 2017, it announced that no progress had been made and it would now be putting the issue to a vote. A draft resolution is currently scheduled for discussion on June 22.

A decision on whether to extend the life of the US military base on Diego Garcia for a further 20 years had to be made by the end of 2016. The decision to do so was announced in November 2016.

In June 2015 the Supreme Court heard an application for the 2008 verdict of the House of Lords, which ruled that the use in 2004 of Orders in Council to prevent the Chagossians from returning had been lawful, to be set aside. In June 2016 the Supreme Court ruled against the application by a majority of three to two. However, the decision of the previous UK Government against allowing resettlement has led to an application for judicial review of the original ban. Supporters of the Chagossians hope that it will be heard during 2017.  The Supreme Court is to hear an appeal on behalf of Chagossians against the MPA in June 2017. ω.

Commons Briefing papers SN06908: Author: Jon Lunn: Published on June 09: 2017.

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Northern Ireland’s European Land Border Context to Be Priority in the EU Exit Negotiations: Northern Ireland Voices That the Government Must Not Ignore

 

|| June 17: 2017: Ulster University News || ά. A major symposium, organised by Ulster University, calls for decision makers to urgently consider solutions, that will address the ‘unique complexity of Northern Ireland in Brexit negotiations.’ Against the backdrop of a fragile political landscape and the urgency of Brexit negotiations, Ulster University has convened a landmark symposium of leading business people, academics, unions and health care representatives to ensure that Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK with a physical EU land border, works constructively to secure the best possible deal from the discussions.

Recognising that Northern Ireland has a wealth of talent and experience, that can help bring valuable insights and solutions to the Brexit negotiations, the event held at Ulster University’s Belfast campus, aims to give representatives from across all aspects of Northern Ireland’s economy and society, a clear voice and opportunity to present solutions and prioritise issues for consideration. The Vice Chancellor of Ulster University, Professor Paddy Nixon, who convened the symposium, said, “The land border with the Republic of Ireland is a strong physical reminder of Northern Ireland’s complex and unique circumstances.

Brexit brings major questions and concerns, which reverberate across the breadth of key sectors in NI and the wider UK, with our manufacturing, energy, agri-food, tourism, education and health sectors, amongst countless others, relying on the freedom of trade and labour. From restrictions on the free passage of goods to passport checks, a Brexit deal, that does not fully consider all the implications of a physical land border could have devastating consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods and potentially, for the peace process.

The real danger is that those, who have the most at stake, the businesses, universities like mine, the farmers, patients and more are forgotten because other complex issues take priority. Today more than 150 industry chief executives and community leaders have come together to work productively and inclusively to deliver solutions and identify opportunities.

We urge the UK Government to hear our concerns and utilise our knowledge. As Brexit becomes a reality it is our civic responsibility to support and encourage the innovation, leadership and vision needed to help Northern Ireland thrive and, provide solutions to even the most complex problems.”

The symposium is focused on delivering open discussions on Brexit and Northern Ireland with the aim of delivering solutions to key issues.

Open workshops with leaders from across industry and wider society will debate and generate workable solutions that could potentially safeguard the wider prosperity of the UK economy.

Organisations represented at the Symposium includ CBI Northern Ireland, Santander, Federation of Small Businesses Invest NI, Letterkenny Institute of Technology Moy Park, Department of Health, Translink, British Council, Strategic Investment Board, Hastings Hotels, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Education Authority, UNISON, UCU, Consumer Council, Open University, University College Cork, Catalyst Inc, Ulster Farmers’ Union. ω.

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GMB Calls for Urgent Action on the Cost of Living Crisis as Retail Sales Slump

 



|| June 17: 2017 News || ά. The GMB union has called for urgent action on the cost of living crisis as retail sales growth slumped to its lowest level for four years. Figures from the ONS show that the annual retail sales growth rate was the lowest since April 2013.  Non-food stores were the main contributing factors to this slowdown with an annual fall of 01.2% and predominantly food stores saw the lowest annual growth since July 2013 at 0.1%.

According to ONS the slowdown was due to rising prices. Average store prices, excluding fuel, increased by 02.8% on the year; the largest growth since March 2012. Mr Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said, “This isn't rocket science. Wages are going backwards so people have less to spend. At the same time inflation is skyrocketing, thanks to uncertainty in how the government will handle Brexit and the collapse of the pound.

Simply put, what little money people do have doesn’t go as far. The bottom line is, hard-working people are struggling and that's down to lack of action from government. There is a growing cost of living crisis in this country. Instead of pandering to those who already have more than enough,

Ministers need to end the public sector pay freeze and tackle the absolute scandal of poverty pay. That would be good news for workers and good news for the economy." ω.

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The Shortest Possible Editorial: With the Word Rage Homer Begins The Iliad: Let the Rage of the People of This Country Begin The Odyssey of the UK with the Word Terminate: Terminate the Phrase Value for Money and Enshrine Value for Life Into the Statute Book and It Must Be Done Now

 
 I am That Earth: An Animal-Soul Shattering Asunder

For the Entire Community of Grenfell Tower: A Poet Can Not Do Any More Than Let You See His:Her Soul So That You May See Yours

It is as if I am the earth that a farmer dug out and being resolute he
Simply would not stop so he keeps coming back and digs up again
And all I could do is gasp and howl like an animal for which none
There is music but a note that sounds as a soul shattering asunder

My brother my sister my cousins my nephews nieces grans nans
Who do not know me lived there where I walked in every space for
Years I may have seen them or even said hello or saw them go and
Cross the street with little ones asking questions that place a home

Where I walked worked prayed thought cried and walked more
Saw children going to school vans passing by going places being
There they used to live but now now they no longer do no more

That earth I cannot breathe for I do not know how they perished
My brothers sisters my family or how they are standing how torn
How shattered so I gasp howl an animal-soul shattering asunder

: Munayem Mayenin: June 15: 2017:

 

 

|| June 16: 2017 || ά. Rage: With the Word Rage Homer Begins The Iliad: Let the Righteous Fury, the Anguished and Shattering Rage of the People of This Country, Expressed and Demonstrated Within the Law and Through Democratic Manners and Means, Begin The Odyssey of the UK by Putting the Most Repugnant Phrase Ever Invented, Value for Money, Into the Dustbin of History and Sing in One Unison Voice: Value for Life: Value for People: Value for Humanity: Value for Community: Value for Society: Value for the Sanctity of Life:

The Iliad: Home: Stephen Mitchell Translation

The rage of Achilles-sing it now, goddess, sing through me
the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief
and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters,
leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs
and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.
Begin at the time when bitter words first divided
that king of men, Agamemnon, and godlike Achilles.

But hear my plea.
Give me back my dear child....The Humanion: ω.

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Jeremy Corbyn Writes to the Prime Minister Regarding the Independent Public Inquiry Into the Fire at Grenfell Tower: That We Will Do All in Our Power to Ensure That This Be the Last Such Tragedy of Its Kind in Our Country: It Now Appears That the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea May Not Be as Committed to Ensuring That All are Re-housed Locally: Your Public Re-commitment to This is Imperative



|| June 16: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, has today written to the Prime Minister regarding the decision to hold a full and independent public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower. Mr Corbyn writes, '' Whilst the inquiry should be limited to the awful events at Grenfell Tower, it must be empowered to consider all the steps that were, or were not, taken leading up to and contributing to this most terrible incident. It must also identify the urgent steps that need to be taken in relation to fire safety standards for other buildings of this nature. In addition to finding facts, the inquiry must be empowered to make recommendations for the avoidance of any similar future disaster – and in so doing, to consider recommendations arising from previous similar fire-related deaths.''

The Letter

Theresa May 16 June 2017:
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to note your decision to hold a full and independent public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower and to seek your assurance that the inquiry you establish will be held under the provisions of the 2005 Inquiries Act.

On the assumption that it is your intention to establish a 2005 Act Inquiry, I want to share my view that it is vital that the Terms of Reference be drawn with sufficient scope for the inquiry to establish all the relevant facts and to ensure that all necessary lessons are learned. Whilst the inquiry should be limited to the awful events at Grenfell Tower, it must be empowered to consider all the steps that were, or were not, taken leading up to and contributing to this most terrible incident. It must also identify the urgent steps that need to be taken in relation to fire safety standards for other buildings of this nature.

In addition to finding facts, the inquiry must be empowered to make recommendations for the avoidance of any similar future disaster – and in so doing, to consider recommendations arising from previous similar fire-related deaths.

It is very important that the Terms of Reference are drawn with sufficient scope to require the participation of all those with a legitimate interest – this should undoubtedly include the bereaved families, survivors and also individuals and organisations with a legitimate interest such as the residents’ campaign and representative organisations who were involved in the period leading up to these events. Their views and experiences are as important, if not more so, as the expert opinions of state actors and their service providing contractors.

I am also very concerned to ensure that this public inquiry is not used to delay any parallel actions which might be taken by interested parties. It is important that justice is served in as comprehensive and timely way possible. This must include, of course, ensuring that legal funding is available to support those involved in the inquiry and any inquests. I would also like to support the request of the Mayor of London for an interim report to be produced which I believe is important for the community to feel as if justice is being done in a timely manner.

Whilst I believe that the policies and priorities of your government in the arenas of social housing and public safety are legitimate targets for my criticism, I hope we both share a determination to discover the truths underpinning this tragedy so to avoid any repetition. For these reasons, in support of my hope to publicly welcome your decision, I would appreciate early consultation on your government’s proposed inquiry Terms of Reference.

In response to my question yesterday, the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service made it very clear that survivors made homeless would be appropriately and locally rehoused. This is imperative in order that they be enabled to re-build their lives and have some hope of recovery from these devastating events. It now appears that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea may not be as committed to ensuring that all are re-housed locally. Your public re-commitment to this is imperative as part of an unequivocal, wider statement that the government will do all it can to provide timely practical support to those who have suffered so much. In this context, I note the announcement of the first government investment of £5million. Given the magnitude and scale of the crisis, this will clearly not be sufficient and I therefore await information regarding further funding plans.

On a related matter, I believe that an attitude of generosity and compassion in relation to the costs of funeral expenses and ensuring that it is possible for families living outside the UK to travel here to attend funerals, as well as participate in the inquiry, is also warranted in such a tragic situation. This is particularly the case given the circumstances of many of the Grenfell Tower residents, including the number of bereaved families who may be resident overseas and the costs of burial and cremation. As was also raised at yesterday’s brief discussion in the Grand Committee, I would expect that the Home Office guarantees the replacement, as a matter of urgent priority, of all documentation for those affected.

Finally, on behalf of all those in the Labour Party, may I express our admiration for those in the emergency services who responded with the utmost courage and professionalism and share our deepest sorrow at these harrowing events – and commit that we will do all in our power to ensure that this be the last such tragedy of its kind in our country.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Corbyn: ω.

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The Government Must Lift the Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Cap to Free Councils to Undertake Urgent Retrofitting Work: John McDonnell MP



|| June 16: 2017 || ά. Mr John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the Grenfell Tower fire, said, “The tragic fire that occurred on Grenfell Tower must never be allowed to happen again. The lessons of Camberwell, Shepherds Bush and Southampton have not been learned and it is the responsibility of government to provide solutions.

The Government must now, as a matter of urgency, lift the housing revenue account borrowing cap to free councils to undertake the urgent retrofitting work required on all existing housing stock found not to meet required safety standards. Councils must, also, be given the power, as Labour’s housing manifesto pledges to do, to borrow to invest in council housing on the scale necessary to allow all those living in homes deemed to be unsafe to be properly re-housed.

The next Labour Government will take any and all steps required to address the critical housing crisis in our country. Labour have pledged to invest to build over a million new homes over the course of the next parliament. Within five years, our manifesto commits to building at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.” ω.

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I Feel Very Angry: The Residents I Met Today are Very Angry: They Asked Me to Speak for Them When I Get Back to Parliament and I Will Make Sure I Do: Some Hard Questions Need to Be Answered: It’s the Responsibility of Government to Tell Us Why the Lessons of Camberwell Southampton and Shepherds Bush Have Not Been Learned: Jeremy Corbyn MP



|| June 15: 2017 || ά. Following the London Grenfell Tower Fire tragedy Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Labour Party Leader has issued the following statement: “I feel very angry that it was possible for the fire to spread in the way it did. I feel very angry that so many lives have been lost when the system didn’t work. The many residents I met today are very angry, too; their concerns about the building were not responded to and their questions were not answered.

They asked me to speak for them when I get back to Parliament and I will make sure I do, alongside their new MP Emma Dent Coad. There are thousands of tower blocks around our country. Every single person living in one today will be frightened. They need answers to provide them with security and peace of mind. Kensington is a tale of two cities; it is among the wealthiest parts of this country but the ward where this took place is one of the poorest.

The judge-led public inquiry must be speedy and all residents should have access to legal aid and the support they need. Residents must, also, be re-housed, using requisition of empty properties if necessary, in the community they love. I would like to give thanks to the firefighters, who risked their lives to save the lives of others and the police and the paramedics, who did the same.

Some hard questions need to be answered. It cannot be right that in the 21st century a fire like this happens. It’s the responsibility of Government to tell us why the lessons of Camberwell, Southampton and Shepherds Bush have not been learned.

There must be a proper ministerial statement in the Commons when the Commons is once again sitting and the Government must, also, immediately make sure the families affected have the resources they need.” ω.

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On National Clean Air Day the Labour Party Reaffirms Its Commitment to a Clean Air Act



|| June 15: 2017 || ά. Commenting on the first National Clean Air Day in the UK, Ms Sue Hayman, the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said, “With nearly 40 million people in Britain living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution and more than 2,000 schools and nurseries close to roads with damaging levels of diesel fumes, the first ever National Clean Air Day today is a timely and welcome reminder of the scale of the problem of illegal air quality in the UK.

Labour welcomes this first National Clean Air Day to raise awareness about the need to cut harmful vehicle emissions and fight pollution. On this National Clean Air Day, Labour reaffirms our commitment to bringing forward a new Clean Air Act and calls on the government to stop ducking and diving on this issue and take responsibility to end the public health scandal of poor air quality.”
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Public Sector Pay Cap: It’s Time to Kill This Vampiric Policy Once and For All: GMB

 



|| June 15: 2017 || ά. New analysis from the GMB Union, the union for public service workers, shows the Conservative’s seven year squeeze on public sector pay may have cost them dozens of seats in last week’s general election. It comes as GMB, along with other unions, submits a pay claim for local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland seeking to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

The unions' claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £08.45 an hour, £09.75 in London. In addition the unions want all employees to receive a five per cent pay rise. It comes just after a day after CPI inflation shot up to 02.9%, reaching its highest rate since April 2012. GMB’s analysis of last Thursday’s results supports claims by Prime Minister’s Theresa May’s new Chief of Staff Mr Gavin Barwell, who lost his own Croydon Central seat last week, that the squeeze was a factor in the Conservative’s diminished electoral performance. 

Former Civil Service Head Lord Bob Kerslake has, also, since warned, following the General Election, that ‘the consensus on public-sector pay will have to be revised'. GMB is leading the campaign to ‘end the public sector pay pinch’, highlighting the impact the impact the Conservatives’ 10 year pay squeeze would have, with local government workers, school support staff and NHS public servants set to lose thousands in real-terms by 2020 under Theresa May’s plans.

Polling in March 2017 under taken for GMB by Survation showed three in four adults, 75%, would support an above inflation increase in public sector wages this year, with the move to end the public sector pay pinch gaining approval among those intending to vote Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour and UKIP.

Mr Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said, “The one per cent cap is sucking the lifeblood out of our public services. Theresa May should realise the catastrophic damage her refusal to change course on her pay pinch has done to teaching assistants, local government workers and dedicated NHS staff. It’s time to kill this vampiric policy once and for all.

Too many public sector workers are stressed, overworked, squeezed by pension hikes, at risk of job cuts, and yes, underpaid. They need fair compensation to catch-up with almost a decade of cuts to their living standards, which is why the joint local government and school support staff unions are demanding a pay award of at least five per cent.

Since 2010 the Conservatives have thought they could squeeze public sector workers till the pips squeaked. No more. Whether it’s through quiet contributions every day or the heroism of our emergency services during moments of national tragedy, the public sector has proved its worth.”
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The London Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedy: This Must Not Ever Be Let to Happen Again

 

|| June 13: 2017 || ά.  According to The Guardian report, ''At least 12 people have died after a huge fire engulfed a tower block in west London and the Metropolitan police have said the figure is likely to rise. The fire broke out shortly before 1am on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill.The tower is 24 storeys high and contains 120 flats. A local councillor said it is home to between 400 and 600 people. More than 200 firefighters tackled the blaze at its peak with more than 40 engines. London ambulance service said it was called at 1.29am and 20 crews raced to the scene. Firefighters arrived within six minutes of the first 999 call. The London ambulance service said 68 patients were taken to six hospitals across London, 18 of whom are receiving critical care, while a further 10 patients self-presented at hospitals. Eighteen remain in critical care. There have been multiple reports of people trapped in the blaze.''

This is unprecedented for the sheer scale, ferocity and speed of the fire and yet, it has devastated an entire community, hundreds of families are involved, the death toll of 12 is very likely to increase as the missing are accounted for and many have been injured and many are still missing and so many are in desperate search for their loved ones while so many more are made homeless, who found a sea of humanity and community in solidarity, sympathy and compassion from the very community they are part of. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in the community facing and bracing the aftermath of such a tragedy, that, according to many reports of angry residents and locals, did not have to happen, was 'an accident waiting to happen'. But this fire is not the only one. There were other fires in the same area before and in other parts of London. There have been fires: one happens, then another and another and after each one, however, there are investigations and reports and fines and paid fines and forgotten and 'put away stories'.

What stands out is this: that after each tragedy incessant voices say in unison that warnings had been raised and that those warnings  were either rejected or not acted upon and then there are calls for lessons to be learnt but they never are learnt. Further, the 'agencies' have been shown to use a 'stone walling tactic' so that people have to campaign for them to accept the truth, accept their mistakes. That's not all, these 'agencies', often they are public bodies, use public funds and fight the very people at courts so that they can escape their responsibilities as to what happened. They fight until they are forced to accept. This cannot go on and must not be let to continue. There comes a point, and for London and the UK, it is this point now, to say: enough! This latest tragedy, that has devastated hundreds of families and impacted thousands and touched, shattered and moved the entire city and the entire country, this Grenfell Tower must be the last fire of such public and community residences in the UK. This must not ever be let to happen again. The primary and urgent task, and it is a giant challenge, to support these homeless families, support the people, who have lost loved ones and who have loved ones struggling in hospitals and those, who are seeking news of their missing loved ones and arrange rehousing of these families. The emergency services were, as ever exemplary in their dedicated but desperately heroic effort to save lives and their hardest of works go on. But even they require support for fire is something that burns everything and those, who try to save those in fire are 'burnt' as well for they are and cannot but be human and they, too, are in need of support. All the emergency services must remember not to forget these astonishing people and the fact that they need support, too, and that they have it as and when they need it.

There are many reports of many investigations but what must happen is this that there is a National Emergency Public Inquiry into the entire health, safety, engineering, construction, use of materials, technology, management, servicing and maintenance of public residence buildings not just of London but the entire country, particularly, the large cities to identify not who is to be blamed or prosecuted but come up with evidence base, scientific, pragmatic and practical way forward including the setting up of a National Enforcement Authority on Absolute Public Safety, which must be given statutory power as if it is a 'Public Absolute Authority', a Kind of a Supreme Court Cell in the Strictest Possible Singularity of Purpose and with the Equivalent Power, to enforce the health and safety laws and it must have the powers to run periodic statutory unannounced spot checks and issues indentified in such checks are resolved within the shortest possible time frame. And this body must have power so shut down any 'business' or 'organisation' that fails any such test, immediately; simply by putting a sign: You are Ordered to Cease Business Effective as of...., as simple as that.  And there must be a new crime, 'Corporate Criminal Negligent Public Manslaughter' so that any person in their position in any 'body' can be prosecuted, if they are found to have acted against valid and legitimate concerns, against evidence presented to them by lawful stake holders and acted against evidence and science, particularly, in order to save or make money or simply did not care or show any regard for human lives. This is the only way the current 'corporate stone walling culture' can be altered, that must, must, must be altered. There can be nothing more absolutely fundamental and vital than public safety. The UK must make this latest tragedy as the last for this must never, ever let to happen again in the UK.

The Mayor of London Mr Sadiq Khan has said, after the Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedy, “I'm truly devastated to see the horrific scenes of the major fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. I have been in constant contact throughout the night with the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Dany Cotton, who has been at the scene. More than 250 firefighters are at the scene and there have been more than 100 medics in attendance, as well as 100 police officers. I want to thank our incredible firefighters and emergency services for their immense courage, dedication and professionalism.

“Tragically, six people are now confirmed to have died as a result of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower. Seventy-four people are being treated in hospitals including Royal Free, King’s, St Thomas’s, St Mary’s, Chelsea and Westminster and Charing Cross. The Metropolitan Police have warned that this figure is likely to rise as a complex recovery operation takes place over the coming days. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims and everyone affected.

“The Hammersmith and City and Circle lines are currently suspended between Hammersmith and Edgware Road and the A40 is closed in both directions between Marylebone Road and the Northern Roundabout. Bus routes are, also, on diversion. Please, check the TfL website for the latest travel information.

There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers. The emergency number for anyone with concerns about casualties is 0800 0961 233.” ω.

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May Needs to Deliver on Existing Deals: Michelle O'Neill

 

|| June 14: 2017 || ά.  Sinn Féin Leader of Northern Ireland Ms Michelle O’Neill has said that the British and Irish Governments must recommit to the word and spirit of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing an Executive in the North. Speaking ahead of talks with British Prime Minister Mr Theresa May tomorrow in London and incoming Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkaron on Friday in Dublin, Ms O’Neill insisted that any DUP-Tory arrangement should not be allowed to undermine the peace process.

Ms O’Neill said, "I will be in London and Dublin over the coming days for talks with both Theresa May and the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP cannot be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements. It's imperative that both governments recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing the Executive.

The power-sharing institutions collapsed because of the DUP’s RHI financial scandal and the refusal of previous Tory governments and the DUP to implement previous agreements.

Progress will not come from a deal between the DUP and Tories to prop up a government in Westminster with an austerity and Brexit agenda but through the full implementation of the agreements and an Executive that respects the rights and delivers for all in society.”
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National Clean Air Day: There Must Be a Clean Air Act Now



|| June 15: 2017 || ά. The UK’s first-ever National Clean Air Day is happening today, June 15. Co-ordinated by Global Action Plan, the day is a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action. Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. Unlike other risks to our health, lots of people don’t know what causes air pollution, what effects it has on our bodies or how to reduce our exposure to it. But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. That’s what National Clean Air Day is all about. It’s a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with your friends and colleagues, and take action to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

And as everyone gets involved in raising awareness about the absolute urgency to deal of the toxic air that the people are forced to breathe in, the demand for a Clean Air Act must gather momentum to force the political establishment of the country to act. It must be said clearly and in unison voice that it is no longer acceptable that people's very fundamental human right to breathe in clean air is being breached. There must now be a Clean Air Act to end the misery toxic air is inflicting on lives, particularly, the young and vulnerable. Mr Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation:BHF, said: “Each year in the UK approximately 32,000 people die from a heart attack or stroke related to air pollution.

This accounts for 80% of the death toll linked to poor air quality, therefore it is highly concerning that most adults don’t know the damaging effect that air pollution can have on the heart.

Although people should not have to risk their health because of the environment they live in, there are practical changes people can make - like cycling or walking - instead of exposing themselves to higher levels of air pollution inside a car. However, crucially we need to see the Government implement bold measures to protect the nation’s health against this hidden killer and we look forward to working with them to make safe, clean air a reality. ω.

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Dear Mr Speaker: The Country Urges You to Demand an Apology From the Prime Minister for the Language He Used in the House in Your Presence

Running Like a Golden Thread Through Labour’s Vision for Today as Throughout Our History is the Struggle for Equality. Rampant Inequality Has Become the Great Scandal of Our Time, Sapping the Potential of Our Society, and Tearing at Its Fabric. Labour’s Goal Isn’t Just Greater Equality of Wealth and Income But Also of Power. Our Aim Could Not Be More Ambitious. We Want a New Settlement for the 21st Century, in Politics, Business, Our Communities with the Environment, and in Our Relations with the Rest of the World. Every One of Us in the Labour Party is Motivated by the Gap Between What Our Country is and What It Could Be: Jeremy Corbyn

Dear Mr Speaker: This is why the British people are getting sick of politics and politicians for what is happening now is asserting once more that Westminster is not a place for 'good and decent souls' for look what has been happening there recently and what happened there today? This is not what we are saying but this is what the people would interpret all this as, since a 'good and decent man' is hounded the way this 'man' has been, tells the world that this place is not for 'good and decent souls'. For if it is, it won't treat a 'good and decent soul' the way it did today. And despite this 'hounding', this 'hunting' down, 'driving' out and 'tearing' apart, this 'onslaught' of relentless, sustained and orchestrated attack, this soul of a human being, who is a 'good and decent' man stands there with as much human dignity and composure he could muster out of his very innate goodness and decency and stands with his principles intact and he stands resolute to the promise he has given to the very people who had put their faith, hope and trust in him. He does not falter from his principles nor does he shift from his promise despite the entire earth he finds on top of him as if he has become Atlas. And, Dear Mr Speaker, this is the way, Atlas would hold the Earth. And you face Atlas and you would find Shelley's Prometheus: Nothing can kill Prometheus; for it is he who holds the light: the eternal light.

|| June 13: 2017 || ά. This piece was published in The Humanion in Last June, being republished here, to remind the country how Mr Jeremy Corbyn was viciously, mercilessly, ruthlessly, ceaselessly attacked, and yet, against all of which, he remained resolutely anchored to, who and what he was, that the entire country and the nation came to find he has been all along: an honest, honourable, inspirational, decent and good soul, a determined, principled, tirelessly committed public servant, one of the best human beings, this country has ever produced. Today, he attended the very House of Commons on standing ovation, where he had stood, almost a year ago, when he was mercilessly attacked, out of which, this piece was written, which The Humanion republishes here, today, to honour this soul, who is destined to do so much for his country, for his nation, for these beautiful British Isles, Europe and the world. Last year, on December 08, The Humanion declared: The Humanion Humanity of the Year 2016, made of eight human beings, to which Mr Corbyn was one: Angela Merkel: Aung San Suu Kyi: Hillary Clinton: Jeremy Corbyn: Dr. Kanayo Nwanze: Dr Margaret Chan and Professor Peter Piot. Therefore, here it is, from The Humanion Arkive, for and in celebration of the great human soul, that Mr Jeremy Corbyn is: Your work has just begun Mr Corbyn.

|| June 29: 2016 || ά. Dear Mr Speaker: The Humanion writes to you, to offer a different perspective of what is happening in front of your very eyes, with the hope that you would demand an apology from the Right Honourable David Cameron MP, well, that is how each MP is supposed to be referred to and that no one in the House can be addressed directly other than through your very self, is this not right, Mr Speaker?, who still is, despite losing many things, let alone the EU Referendum, and who is now, presiding over the very real danger of disintegration of the entire existence of the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister of this Country and is still an MP, who must seek to express himself, particularly, in 'the House' within proper decorum. He did it deliberately, almost out of breath and saying it under his breath, as if pretending that he had not said it and did it fast, so that he could not be 'reminded'  or redirected or in everyday expression, 'told off' for it by your very self, Mr Speaker, but a Prime Minister of this country, of this United Kingdom, an MP of this House of Commons, must not use language like this and must not speak the way he said: ''For heaven's sake, go man, go.'' If he had to say it, he should have had to say: ''Dear Mr Speaker, there comes a time, for a man to realise, for heaven's sake, it's time to call it day or go.'' Or, ''Dear Mr Speaker, Tell the Honourable Gentleman, for heaven's sake, it's time that he went.''  The Prime Minister was not at his university dormitory, he was not at his golf club with his golf buddies. He was in the very House of this nation that the entire country and the entire world see as setting standards and influencing good practice. This is simply not acceptable, Dear Mr Speaker.

Dear Mr Speaker: The Prime Minister might think this is acceptable a language, it does not matter what the circumstances are or were, a Prime Minister nor should an MP speak in this manner. Therefore, we urge you to demand an apology, not in writing, but in person, coming to the very House he should make this apology where he had spoken like that! And his apology should be directed to the country, to the very people of this country for it was and is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE the way he spoke and in the manner in which he did. And he got away with it. There is no other rational way of expressing this any better than saying: this is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE.

Dear Mr Speaker: No one should get away with behaviour like this. Therefore, we repeat to you, our request that you demand this apology from the Prime Minister on behalf of the country and the people.

Dear Mr Speaker: You have spoken, written and done many things, initiated many initiatives, particularly, seeking to inspire young people to politics and to the house, seeking to promote public engagement and restore some sense of purpose and dignity as to what a great job this House does and can do; and you would appreciate this when we speak out on behalf of the 'poorest souls of this country' who make the 'people', please, include us in with them: that the people inside this House, the way they behaved today, like a 'mob' turning on a 'man', whom, one of his adversary declared only a few days ago, 'a good and decent man'. You may not see it since you are drowned by the shouting and screaming but, Dear Mr Speaker, to the outside, to the people across this land, to the wider world, this scene of this House would remind everyone what a vicious, violent, abusive, hostile, negative, calculative, ruthless, hounding, inhumane a place this has become which is devoid of anything near kindness, compassion and decency. This very House was a solemn place that had gathered after the tragic and heart-wrenching loss of the life of a young MP and Mother, the late Jo Cox MP, not too long ago, who had been a victim of hatred, cruelty, violence and barbarity, this very same House became the very anathema of that day and  the spirit of that day! For what, Dear Mr Speaker! No one would like that but you go out there and stop a hundred British ordinary people and ask them what they feel about how a whole House turning into a 'mob', literally 'yelling and shouting' at one man, whom, we repeat, his adversary described as a 'good and decent man', and see what most of them tell you about this.

Dear Mr Speaker: It is not about that 'man'. For The Humanion is not adversarial and we do not support or oppose any Party or personalities and we do not do personal attacks but oppose all things that are on the dark side of goodness. Other than that we do not support any Political Party in particular. Therefore, this is not about that 'man' but that man, that 'good and decent' man, the way he had been treated inside that House, and he stood there with the dignity that he could muster out of his innate goodness and decency, would melt anyone's heart and soul with deepest of respect. For this man stood for his principles, he went to the people of his party and they voted for him as he made them a promise to carry those principles with their trust and that he still keeps: he still keeps his principles, he still keeps his promise that he has given to the very people who had put their faith and trust in him and he stands there, faced by a House, tearing down at him and no one has anything left in them that could make them see the feature and reality of this 'man', this human soul, this lone humanity that stands there, just stands there, as you have seen. This scene would and should remind you of any great Greek tragedy or even our own William Shakespeare and his Macbeth. And you do not find anything wrong in this scene, and do not see why this House is seen outside by the people as becoming a graveyard like the Coliseum of Rome? And does it not show you that there is something horribly, terribly, fundamentally, profoundly wrong in this fact that a supposedly democratic party finds majority of its MPs stand directly opposed to the very Party membership and Party they are supposed to be from and directly opposed to the very people who are supposed to be similar kind of working people as its members: the first did not vote any of them as leader nor did the second vote any of the MPs to do anything other than serving their 'interest', i.e, interest of the working people and families of the country?

Dear Mr Speaker: This is why the British people are getting sick of politics and politicians for what is happening now is asserting once more that Westminster is not a place for 'good and decent souls' for look what has been happening there recently and what happened there today? This is not what we are saying but this is what the people would interpret all this as, since a 'good and decent man' is hounded the way this 'man' has been, tells the world that this place is not for 'good and decent souls'. For if it is, it won't treat a 'good and decent soul' the way it did today. And despite this 'hounding', this 'hunting' down, 'driving' out and 'tearing' apart, this 'onslaught' of relentless, sustained and orchestrated attack, this soul of a human being, who is a 'good and decent' man stands there with as much human dignity and composure he could muster out of his very innate goodness and decency and stands with his principles intact and he stands resolute to the promise he has given to the very people who had put their faith, hope and trust in him. He does not falter from his principles nor does he shift from his promise despite the entire earth he finds on top of him as if he has become Atlas. And, Dear Mr Speaker, this is the way, Atlas would hold the Earth. And you face Atlas and you would find Shelley's Prometheus: Nothing can kill Prometheus; for it is he who holds the light: the eternal light.

Dear Mr Speaker: No one from under your eyes has said nor can say a word other than they respect the outcome of the EU Referendum. Why? Because the majority of the people voted for the UK to leave the EU despite the fact that the difference was almost 'negligible' if you factor in the fact that two entities of the four major ones of the UK voted to remain and the people who did not vote. Yet, no one said that they won't accept the referendum result. Not anyone. Why not? Why does not one say it? Because......

Dear Mr Speaker: Yet, against this very 'man' of the Labour Party, this man, called, Jeremy Corbyn, against whom the people who are screaming and everyone is joining with them, what are they doing here? Why is it that a leader who was elected with an overwhelming majority of their party and they simply won't accept it? They never accepted it. They sought a great opportunity to arise in the recent local government elections and they could not do anything since it did not turn out the way they had dreamt off. They kept at it and kept at it and here we now find this as to what is happening now. They did all they could and they planed all this, they calculated it, they measured it and they sequenced everything to the last detail to seek to continue the attacks flow in  and resignations followed, waves after waves, as by a calculated pattern to ensure being in the news and controlling the air waves: day after day, day after day and they were able to manipulate the entire media:and here it is a perfect example of Spin: so that the entire media simply forgot what actually has happened. And all that showed to the wider world where we the people live that it was absolutely meticulously conspired, planed in vigorous details, calculated with sharpest of precision and by determined minds, measured and orchestrated and it followed as it had been planned. Now they are seeking to establish themselves as if they are the mighty 'saviours' and heroes of their party. If they accept the Referendum result why didn't they, why don't they, why won't they accept the 'referendum' that their party members gave to  his 'man' Jeremy Corbyn? Why is it, Mr Speaker? Is it that the Labour MPs are made of superior matters than the 'ordinary' Labour Party members? And that it is not against democracy the way this 'man' has been treated, being treated and therefore, the very Labour Party members who had voted for him in their overwhelming majority are being treated? What is democracy, Dear Mr Speaker, could you shed some light on this so that the country may understand and learn and so that they can understand what is happening in that House for whom you are the the Right Honourable Speaker?

Dear Mr Speaker: This is not about the Labour Party nor is it about its Leader, Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn MP; but it is about the very House and what goes on inside it. This very house is sending chilling scenes to the country and believe you me, Dear Speaker, no young people would ever think they would even want to walk near this place, for this place is showing the world it is fast becoming a graveyard of what common decency and humanity is all about. An entire House becoming a 'mob' and yelling and shouting at a 'man' who is standing there, resolute in his dignity; in his very humanity against whom and against which this House behaves the way it did, and joined in it, the Prime Minister, using language that is not acceptable. It is simply not acceptable. And it is desperately, desperately, desperately sad.

Dear Mr Speaker: People get away with things: it was not Jeremy Corbyn who called the Referendum. It was not Jeremy Corbyn who, to use, the most polite expression, 'sold' 'inflated statements and opinions' that are far beyond from any relation to the truth. It was not Jeremy Corbyn who campaigned for leave. He campaigned for remain ''as best as he could' for proof, please, take a look here and here. And sadly, the truth is, and no one seems to care about the truth, the very 60% or so Labour voters who voted for him to be Labour leader, just about the same number of Labour voters, 60% or so voted for remain. And about getting away, you cannot ever find a better statement of facts about the EU and the Referendum but in this Treasury Select Committee Report in which, we are glad to say, the Committee was not as polite as we sought to be! And the irony is, no media outlet has time or energy or patience or interest to bring them to account and ask them questions as to what they did and how they did and why they did what they did: those who did the business of 'selling inflated statements and opinions' that have cost the country the state that we find ourselves in today. Editorial: United Kingdom:The Six Jeopardy and the Last Hope

The Treasury Select Committee Report: Costs and Benefits of UK's EU Membership

The Humanion Calls on Everyone in the UK to Invoke the Very Best of British for the EU Referendum

The Humanion Invites All the UK Citizens to Invoke the Very Best of British and Assess the High Magnitude Complexities of All the Issues Involved in the European Referendum Because One Does Not and Cannot Make the Best Decision for One's National Best Interest for Generations to Come When One is at One's Lowest

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. Right Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP, Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, that has just published the Report on Costs and Benefits of UK's EU Membership says the following which reads almost like a 'verdict' on the 'poverty' of the campaigns running opposing each other about the EU Referendum: "The arms race of ever more lurid claims and counter-claims made by both the leave and remain sides is not just confusing the public. It is impoverishing political debate. Today is the first day of the main campaign. It needs to begin with an amnesty on misleading, and at times bogus, claims. The public are thoroughly fed up with them. The public are right.'' || Readmore ||

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There Is None and Can Not Be Any Apology for the Mess the Conservatives Have Brought This Country Into by the Seven Years of Dogmatic Viciousness Cruelty Brutality and Inhumanity Done Against the Majority and Into This Mess They Shall Drown

 

|| June 13: 2017 || ά. Beware of the Conservative Spin-Machine: They are Seeking to Relaunch Themselves on a Sinking Boat of Apology, Made to Themselves: There Can Be No Apology for Seven Years of Dogmatic Viciousness, Cruelty, Brutality and Inhumanity Done Against the Majority. And All These are Expressed in One Word, 'Austerity', and It is Now Catching up with the Economy, Today's Inflation Figures are Showing That. You Cut the Hen, You Do Not Get to Reduce the Number of Eggs It Lays, You Wound It and It Gets Infected and It Might as Well Die Out of Those Cuts, Wounds, Bleeding and Infection as Well as Getting Shrunk, Losing Weight Physically as It Suffers.

You Imagine an Egg as the Economy and You Let It Grow by 100% and You Get Only Two Eggs, Even After It Has Grown 100%! But If You Have 100 Eggs and They Grow by 05% You Have 105 Eggs, 10% and You Get 110 Eggs and 20% and You Get 120 Eggs: Now From the First Example, That's Five More Eggs All Together in Addition to the 100% of the Whole: Now Compare the One Egg Growing 100%, Still Into Another One Egg, Still Making Only Two Eggs While the Other Grew by Only 05% Still Raising Whole Five Extra Eggs, Which is 500% of the One Lone Egg. One Egg Economy Grows 100% Into Another Egg and While 100% Economy Growing Just 05% Still Shows 500% Return Compared to the One Egg Economy. Who is to Tell These Conservatives to Learn Logic Before They Start Lecturing People About Austerity.

This is What the Conservative Dogma Has Been Doing to the Economy for the Last Seven Years Except the Majority of Society Other Than the Rich Paid and are Still Paying the Price. Therefore, There Can Be No Apology for Seven Years of Dogmatic Viciousness, Cruelty, Brutality and Inhumanity Done Against the Majority.

Against the Most Vulnerable, Against the Disabled, Against the Children
Against the Poor, Against the Working Poor
Against the Public Sector Workers, Against the Young and the Youth
Against Public Services and Against Investment Into the Future
Against the National Health Service, Against the Social Care Service and Against the Education of the Young
There is No Apology for Bringing the Country Into a Mess Where Food Banks Stand as the Proof of This Conservative Brutality
The Homeless Families, the Rough Sleepers and the Entire Millions of People, Who Live in Perpetual Persecution From the Private Landlords
And the Millions, Who Work and Cannot Earn a Decent Living and are Forced to Live in Poverty Despite Working
Against the Single Mothers
Against Working Families on Working Tax Credits
Against the Families on Family Tax Credits
Against the Families Who Despite Working Need Help with Housing Cost Through the Housing Benefit and Face Cuts and the Cap
Against the Elderly and the mentally Ill
Against the Young as They Find Cut Away From Housing Benefit Entitlement
Against Children as Their Child Benefits are Cut
Against Women as They are Forced to Feed Their Families with Less
Against Decency by Forcing Women to Prove That the Third Child for Whom They are Claiming Tax Credits is Conceived of Rape
The Families and Children and Disabled People Living in Poverty and Children are Going to School Hungry
An Economy Strangled and Getting Desperate with the Lowest of Productivity
And Economy in Which Incomes are Falling the Prices and Inflation are Rising
There is None and There Can Be Any Apology for That
Yes, the Conservatives Brought the Country Into This Mess and Into This Mess They Shall Drown.

Beware of Their Relaunching Attempts of Manipulation, Propaganda and Implantation and Beware of Their Media Conglomerate Seeking to Implant Cosy Images of All-Smiles and All-Go for These are the Same Suited Dogmatics, Whose Records Say Everything the Country Needs to Know and Must Not Ever Forget: That They are Dogmatics and They Live by Their Dogma, That is Built with and by Viciousness, Cruelty, Brutality and Inhumanity, Done Against the Majority So to Serve Their Masters: the Rich: And They are Ruthlessly Merciless in Following and Translating These Into Reality, Devastating, Disfiguring and Dismantling Peoples' Lives: Lives of Individuals, Lives of Families, Lives of Communities and the Life of a Civic Society. ω.

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Theresa May's Economic Credibility in Tatters as Inflation Now Highest for Five Years While Living Standard Plummet: GMB



|| June 13: 2017 || ά. The GMB Union has said in a statement that Mr Theresa May and the Conservative Party’s economic credibility is in tatters as inflation shoots up to 02.9%, the highest level in five years, while living standards are in reverse. The union is calling on the Prime Minister’s minority Government to end the public sector pay cap, which artificially keeps public servants pay well below inflation.

Public sector workers were already facing an average of £3,300 cut from their pockets each year as the Governments’ 01% pay cap means a real terms decrease in pay for thousands of frontline workers. Today's figures show inflation is now running at 02.9%, almost ten times its rate 12 months ago. The more inflation increases, the harder it becomes for those on low and middle incomes to pay the bills. Mr Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said, "Yet again, we are seeing the cost of living rise faster than wages. Inflation has risen to almost ten times its rate 12 months ago.

In the real world, that increase means that no matter how hard people work, increasingly they are struggling to pay their bills. Too often there is more month than money left after pay day.  This is further proof, if any was needed, that austerity has failed and that it's working people paying the price.

If the Prime Minister is to take anything away from her election embarrassment, it should be that people are fed up. They're fed up with working hard to stand still and with a system set up to benefit those, who already have more than enough.

Ending the public sector pay freeze and making sure all workers are paid a decent wage is an absolutely must and it needs to be on the agenda for the Queen's Speech."
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The Migrants: The Workers: The UK Agriculture: The European Exit: The Questions


|| June 12: 2017 || ά. 
This House of Commons Briefing Paper, published today, looks at the issue of migrant workers in the UK agricultural sector. The agriculture industry warns of post-Brexit labour shortages. This Commons Library briefing looks at the sector's reliance on migrant labour, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme and the implications of the UK's exit from the EU. The UK agriculture and horticulture sectors have long relied on migrant labour. This reliance has increased in recent years due to the seasonal nature of demand and falling unemployment in the UK.

Labour Force Survey estimates suggest 27,000 people from other EU member states worked in UK agriculture in 2016. A further 116,000 EU nationals worked in the UK’s food manufacturing sector. During peak seasons, the agriculture sector is further dependent on a large temporary workforce, thought to be around 75,000 strong, to supplement regular, permanent staff in harvesting crops. It is estimated that 98% of this number are recruited from elsewhere in the EU. A Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme was introduced in 1945 to address post-war labour shortages. Initially an exchange programme encouraging students to work in UK agriculture during harvest times, it evolved as a flexible tool to meet changing labour demands in the agricultural sector.

In its last phase the scheme allowed fruit and vegetable growers to employ migrant workers from Bulgaria and Romania to do short‑term, low-skilled agricultural work for a maximum of six months. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme was closed at the end of 2013 upon the lifting of restrictions on the free movement rights of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens.

The Coalition Government took the view that there are sufficient numbers of workers within the UK and EU labour forces to meet the needs of the agriculture and horticulture sectors. The present Government adopted this approach. The agriculture and horticulture sectors fear labour shortages once EU free movement law no longer applies in the UK.

Industry witnesses told the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee that a new Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme was needed in order to avoid a sudden recruitment crisis upon the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Government is yet to announce what its post-EU Exit immigration policy will be for citizens of the states remaining in the EEA. The points-based system applicable to visa applicants from the rest of the world does not currently cater for unskilled migrant labour. Tier three of that system has never been opened as it was always assumed a need for low skilled labour could be met by the resident workforce and EEA migration.

The Government has said that there would be no new scheme whilst the UK remains in the EU. Whilst stressing that it recognises the sectors’ concerns, the Government has disputed industry claims of labour shortages and has encouraged farmers to boost productivity by making full use of new technologies.
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Commons Briefing papers CBP-7987: Authors: Terry McGuinness; Gabrielle Garton Grimwood: Published: June 12, 2017.

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