Are The Tories the Sick Men of Europe?
Everybody knows the type. They’ve never got a cold but a flu. Never got a headache but a migraine. And when you ask them how they’re doing, they actually go and tell you. In horribly minute detail.
Well it seems that at some point in the last few years somebody made the mistake of asking the Tories how they’re doing and now they just won’t stop going on about it.
First they moaned about the neighbours, and then about the darkies. Then about those pesky kids and then about their workshy parents.
But seriously guys enough now. We get the point. Britain is broken. People are lazy, kids are evil and we’re all about to get sucked down into a euro-commie-islamic-recession-vortex.
Tory hopeful and self-proclaimed ‘old git’ Iain Dale really got into the swing of it today, stating on his blog that:
“I think 40% of children in Britain are born to single parents.”
The key part of that sentence being ‘I think’ of course. The most recent statistics put the figure at around 24 per cent. Not particularly brilliant you will agree but nowhere near as gloomy as the Tories would like it to be.
Because despite all of their worst wishes, Britain somehow manages to get through the day. And while they’re all whingeing from their sick bed, the rest of us are quite happy to get on with our lives.
No home can’t get the money to rent? no chance of getting on the housing ladder. Then don’t vote Tory it looks like they are against the Daft idea of building houses in Salford . Well Salford Tories pop down and see what it’s like in the real world when you have no where to live,we need houses for our people not flats on the quays.
nor do we support the Government’s daft imposed target of over 30000 new build homes in Salford which has caused these proposals to come forward. From Cllr Lindleys Blog. I suggest Cllr Lindley you look how many people within Salford are without Homes.
Government ‘maladroit’ on immigration, says Home Secretary
Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has admitted for the first time that the Government has been inept over its handling of immigration which has increased pressure on local jobs and services.
By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor
Published: 2:20PM GMT 02 Nov 2009
Home Secretary Alan Johnson: Government ‘maladroit’ on immigration, says Home Secretary Photo: REUTERS In his first speech on the subject, Mr Johnson said some parts of the country have been “disproportionately affected” by the influx of migrants and said his predecessors had ignored for “far too long” problems in the system that led to huge backlogs of asylum seekers and foreign national prisoners.
In frank comments, he said Labour, as well as previous Governments, had been “maladroit” in their handling of the immigration issue.
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Alan Johnson admits government has ‘coasted’ on anti-social behaviourBut he insisted ending immigration altogether was “no sensible argument” and became the latest senior politician to dismiss claims by a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett that the sharp increase in migrants over the last 10 years was partly due to a politically motivated to boost multiculturalism.
He told an audience at the Royal Society for the Arts in central London: “Whilst I accept that governments of both persuasions, including this one, have been maladroit in their handling of this issue, I do believe that the UK is now far more successful at tackling migration than most of its European and North American neighbours.
He admitted: “There are communities which have been disproportionately affected by immigration, where people have legitimate concerns about the strain that the growth in the local population has placed on jobs and services.”
The comments echo long-standing concerns from some local authorities who say their limited resources, such as housing, education and health, have been severely hit by sudden influxes of large numbers of migrants in to their communities.
SALFORD LORD IN EXPENSES ROW
Star date: 2nd November 2009
SALFORD HOUSE OF LORDS
Lord Morris of Manchester, former Alf Morris MP for Wythenshawe, is currently under media investigation for arguing that his small main home is in Salford, while claiming £100,000 in allowances for a second home in London.
Mum who’s had all 13 kids taken into care told her new baby will join them By Tom Pettifor 2/11/2009
The pregnant woman who has had all 13 of her children put into care has been told her 14th will also taken away after it is born.
Theresa Winters and partner Toney Housden will only have access to the child at supervised pre-arranged visits where their parenting skills will be tested by specialist staff.
A friend of the couple, both 36, said: “Toney’s not very happy because he says that after the last baby was taken into care social services said they didn’t need any counselling.
“He thinks they’re using this as an excuse to stop them keeping the child.
“They’ve been told they can visit the new baby at a special centre where social services can monitor how they interact with the child.
“Everything they do will be assessed including holding the baby, changing nappies and feeding it.”
Theresa told the friend she still intends to snub contraception after giving birth this month and refuses to be sterilised.
And despite the public outcry being a one-woman baby machine has caused, she has vowed to have more kids.
The friend added: “She says there’s no way in the world she will be sterilised.
“When I mentioned the possibility of her going on the pill or other contraception she didn’t seem that keen on that either.
“I asked if this is going to be the last baby and she said it all depends how this pregnancy works out.
“I think she means if they can keep this one then they’ll have more.
“But they’ve been told the baby will be taken away by social services after it is born so who knows what they’ll do when that happens?”
Social services have insisted the couple will need three years of counselling and assessment if they ever want to be allowed to keep a baby in future.
Theresa, who is eight and a half months pregnant, lives on benefits with Toney in a one-bedroom council flat at Luton, Beds.
Their latest child will be placed in foster care as soon as it is born at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
Despite knowing she will not keep the baby Theresa claims to have bought clothes on eBay in preparation for the arrival of their latest child.
The friend said: “She’s got stuff from the previous birth but says she’s still buying bits and bobs on the internet.”
Theresa continues to smoke ready-made cigarettes and roll-ups despite four of her children, aged one to 16, having been born with health
She hit the headlines in July, when she vowed to carry on having babies until she was allowed to keep one.
So far all of her 13 children – 11 fathered by Toney – have been taken into care over fears of neglect. The friend said Theresa’s latest pregnancy has been without complication.
Freeze in council tax may be hint of a Tory future
London residents are to have their council tax frozen next April as Conservative town halls lead the race to offer the lowest rise in household bills in the country. But many Tory councils have managed to limit tax rises only by imposing charges, privatising services or cutting jobs – a practice likely to spread if the Tories win the general election. Hammersmith & Fulham, widely seen as a role model for a Cameron government, will set the bar today by announcing a 3 per cent cut in council tax for the fourth year running, according to The Times.
SALFORD COUNCIL SECRETS
Star date: 2nd November 2009
ACCOUNTABILITY IN SALFORD DOESN’T EXIST!
Did you know that Salford Council is about to spend £131,509 and 93p doing up the ground floor of the Civic Centre in Swinton? Almost a month ago the Salford Star asked innocently what this was for. We’re still waiting for an answer.
In fact, we’re still waiting on answers to around twenty questions dating back over a month on seven different subjects ranging from Salix Homes to the future of Athole Street to the future of Higher Broughton. Plus there’s two Freedom of Information requests outstanding. And not one of our questions has been answered yet…
Given that there is barely any proper media left in Salford at the moment, you’d think that the City Council would be only too pleased to answer the concerns of its residents, filtered through the Salford Star.
For instance, we have old ladies panicking about the future of their homes – they don’t know whether their houses are staying up or being demolished. So they’ve ask us to try and find out, which we’ve done. But the Council doesn’t seem bothered about them.
We have a situation where 55% of Salford Council owned homes don’t meet the decency standard, with virtually no prospect of any funding to bring them up to a proper standard. The Council doesn’t seem to want to answer its residents’ concerns about this.
Meanwhile, in Higher Broughton the Council is being brought to the High Court by its own residents in two days time – but it doesn’t want to explain this either. And we have questions on lots of other stuff too but we’re just being blanked.
The Salford council press office has promised us answers to at least some of these questions but so far we’ve heard nothing. We’ve no idea what their game is but surely a city council should be accountable to the local media somewhere along the line. Or perhaps it just prefers to put out bland propaganda through its own Life in Salford magazine – of which we still don’t know the true costs because no-one’s got back re our Freedom of Information request.
So where do we go to complain? Opposition councillors? Government Office North West? The Audit Commission? The Government? Europe?
We can only tell Salford people that the Council – whose wages and expenses and `refurbishment costs’ we are paying - don’t want to be accountable in the slightest to anyone. Yet if the Salford Star writes an article without including a Council quote the article is seen as `unbalanced’.
What the hell is going on in StALinFORD?
* Salford Council is not alone of course – we’ve also been waiting for five months for an answer to a question put to the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency re the spending of public money, at least a year for a Freedom of Information request from the University of Salford…and nearly two years for a reply from our local MP Hazel Blears! British democracy – the best in the world eh?
Both he and my good friend Cllr Ferrer seem to be smiling