The Mayors for Peace international movement was launched in 2003 in
Nagasaki and Councillor John Merry enthused about it at Salford’s council meeting
on April 21st 2004 when he said:
“The Council is happy to support and associate itself with the aspirations and
principles of Mayors for Peace, for Peace in the World and Nuclear
C/O Democratic Services,
Salford Civic Centre
That’s not really true if you have a problem in office hours Monday to Friday you are ok as the residents of Claremont have found out. This year you can get a Green Candidate who offers service and a contact number that’s i new idea. any comments Mr Merry…
‘Sam and I are part of the sharp-elbowed middle classes’, claims Cameron as he defends cuts to Sure Start
David Cameron today claimed he and his wife are part of the ‘sharp-elbowed middle classes’.
The Prime Minister insisted he and Samantha are like millions of others, despite their reputed £30million fortune.
He made the claim during a PM Direct event in Manchester, the latest of a series in which he has opened himself up to questions by the public.
It was in response to a query about Sure Start centres, which were a Labour initiative and help to millions of families across the country.
Mr Cameron argued the centres often do not help the most in need, so lets cuts that as well. after reading this i was waiting for let them eat cake
So are these people all just lazy? Are they all just cheating the system? The evidence suggests not. It is no coincidence that one-fifth of Manchester’s population have no qualifications at all. It is no coincidence that they live in areas of high deprivation, high crime and short life expectancy.
Where exactly are the jobs for these people, who lack even the most basic skills? How much would it cost to help them acquire those skills? How long? And can they all really be blamed – and punished – for the wrongdoings of a few?
That’s the problem with cuts. We all know there are some people who deserve to be targeted in any clampdown. But designing a smart weapon that targets only the non-deserving is an almost impossible task.
The collateral damage, on the other hand, can be very high – in human terms, and in political terms.
When the new fitness to work tests were introduced, there were reports of people with advanced Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis being passed as ‘fit’.
Perhaps there can be built-in fail-safes to prevent that; but can there really be a system so sophisticated that it catches out the determined cheat, but is fair to the genuinely ill?
The issue, in a slightly different form, has already caused fractures in the coalition. When Mr Cameron announced plans to end lifetime council tenancies, the left-wing of the Liberal Democrats cried foul. Then – when it emerged that plans were being drawn up to limit free school milk to the poorest schoolchildren – the policy was quickly slapped down.
Talking tough on benefits is popular enough. But when the harsh reality of such ‘crackdowns’ becomes apparent – when real people are affected in entirely predictable ways – the nods can quickly become shaking heads. The coalition should be wary: if the riddle were that easy it would have been solved decades ago.
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