The point about liberals are relaxed about crime until it affects them. Then they become “murderous with rage”
Today people protested around the world, how can this offensive use of force go unchallenged, state terrorism?.
You have a view and you comment,of course you will get a lot of people that will always know better than you.But i say let the people decide who was right or wrong. Of course you can trade insults but i don’t think i would wish to waste my time.
I think over the next couple of months we will see revelation after revelation coming out in the press, the ordinary working man and women will suffer and certain members of our society will profit.With luck we may see the rise of people with passion and not camp followers.To often we see people who preach what’s right and wrong and still self indulge. I hope more people sit up and start to take note. Then we may see some change from the same boring rubbish we have to sit and listen to week after week,
But the council don’t have that sort of money to put in to projects do they i here you say.
Well they would if you took away the amount of money paid to Councillors as special allowances. And guess who claims the lions share, guess right?
Just think for one moment.
- How many pot holes would that fill
- How many part time jobs could that create.
- Perhaps fund a couple of youth clubs
- How about an old peoples centre
- A couple of extra street cleaning machines
- A play park.
- Fund some street wardens
- Teenage pregnancy advice centre
- Drug and alcohol advice
- Central fund for employers to use for job creation.
The list could go on perhaps you could think of something, No one should be out of pocket for doing the job, but £300,000 pounds goes to far,
It’s been great to have a break but it’s back on the road next week. It’s been a pain waiting for some of the team to come back from holiday. My thanks go out to Reg for buying the folding machine it makes life a lot easier. I met with some activist last week my thanks for the invite,i was amazed how many people are out there who are so passionate.One thing that did strike me was how many environmental issues are ongoing i think i must have been going round with my eyes closed. We hope to see as many people a round the city over the coming months i think we have our work cut out but at least by next may we should have a serious base.And the way the Con.Lib coalition seems to be going we should not be short on things to write about.
The way the other half live
It’s been a bit of a rough start for our new coalition government as far as its personnel is concerned and it didn’t look to be getting any better at the weekend.
Firstly, Tory leader David Cameron was handed a personal kick in the teeth when Sir Anthony Bamford, the chairman of the JCB construction equipment firm and Mr Cameron’s personal nomination for elevation to the House of Lords, was blocked from becoming a peer because of apparent concerns on his tax affairs.
Sir Anthony had his nomination rejected by the House of Lords Appointments Commission when the tax authorities declined to support it, although neither they nor anyone else has made any suggestions of improper conduct.
He had been a generous backer for the Tories, with his firm contributing to the tune of a cool £1.5 million and the knight himself coughing up £86,000.
So no seat in the Lords for him, then.
And it left the Tories even shorter in the upper house when Lord Laidlaw, another of the Tories’ big backers, who has contributed more than £3 million to the party’s coffers, forfeited his seat in the Lords because he was unwilling to lose his non-dom status and face the resulting tax bills.
The noble tax exile apparently promised to become resident in Britain when he took the title in 2004, but has never honoured that pledge.
Mind you, it’s not surprising, because he’s worth £700 million and would face a £50 million tax bill if he had.
And, of course, we’re still waiting with bated breath to see if Tory donor Lord Ashcroft follows suit or if he values his Lords seat enough to come back and cough up.
But it’s not just the nobility or would-be nobility that is giving the coalition problems at the moment.
The new austerity seems not to have sunk in with the new ministers in the Commons and that’s left egg on a few faces.
Defence Minister Andrew Robathan raised more than a few eyebrows when, instead of following the new ministerial guidelines about using public transport wherever possible, he took a chauffeur-driven government car across the Channel to attend the veterans’ anniversary assembly in Dunkirk – a means of transport that he described as “appropriate and inexpensive.” ‘Nuff said.
And now, as if all that wasn’t sufficient, Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws has had to resign after it was revealed that he had paid £40,000 of public money claimed as expenses to his partner James Lundie for renting rooms in Mr Lundie’s home, in clear breach of the Commons rules on expenses.
The expressions of support for him have been effusive, from both Tory and Lib Dem sources, but he has admitted his guilt and is repaying the claimed cash.
That won’t give him many sleepless nights, of course, since he is, like so many others in this government, a millionaire in his own right.
But it really can only be in this coalition that you can cheat the taxpayer out of £40,000 and be described by the Prime Minister as a “good and honourable man.”
Mr Cameron was joined by Business Secretary Vince Cable in his appraisal of Mr Laws, saying that “it is a big loss, but he has done the right thing.”
The right thing? Ripping off £40,000 of our money and only owning up to it when exposed by the press?
And to cap it all, Iain Duncan Smith says that he “has the talent to come back.” Words fail.
So, when you next hear that we’re all in it together, that a new age of austerity has dawned and because of it your wages are cut or your job vanishes, bear in mind that the “all” who are in it together excludes Tory donors, tax-dodging multimillionaires, filthy rich “sex addicts,” coalition ministers and all the rest of the rag-tag bunch of money-hungry parasites grouped around this disreputable coalition of profiteers and big business stooges.
We’re not all in it together. They are in power and in the money. We’re in trouble and being squeezed until the pips squeak. It’s a great world in Cameron’s coalition.
Mr Lyons is expected to spend several months investigating Mr Laws and will then report his findings to a parliamentary committee.
Under rules to be introduced by the Government, if he is found guilty of serious misconduct he may be “recalled” by his constituents and face a by-election.
Mr Lyons is expected to focus on two aspects of the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s expense claims.
The first will be the monthly rental payments Mr Laws made to James Lundie.
The Daily Telegraph expenses files show that from April 2004, Mr Laws claimed £700 a month rent for a room in Mr Lundie’s south London flat. The MP’s monthly rent rose to £780 at the beginning of January 2005 and then to £920 in February 2006.
In 2007, Mr Lundie sold the flat for a profit of almost £200,000 and bought a house nearby for £510,000.
Mr Laws rented a bedroom in this property for £950 a month.
During the five-year period, Mr Laws’s rent claims came to more than £40,000.
The Liberal Democrat MP said he had paid rent to
Mr Lundie since at least
2001, when they became lovers.
In 2006, the parliamentary authorities banned MPs from paying rent to “partners”.
Sir Thomas Legg who conducted the expenses inquiry ruled that such arrangements, even before 2006, were
unacceptable. He described such transactions as “conflicted”.
Mr Lyons is also expected to study a series of other claims made by Mr Laws.
Between 2004 and 2008, Mr Laws billed monthly for maintenance, repairs, telephone bills, food and utilities.
The claims were typically in “rounded” numbers and receipts were not provided.
Over the four-year period, the claims for such items totalled more than £30,000.
The MP was also facing questions over whether he should have declared an interest when hosting an event in the Palace of Westminster for Edelman, a lobbying firm that employed Mr Lundie.
The official list of functions sponsored by MPs shows that Mr Laws hosted a dinner for Edelman with 14 guests on Sept 7, 2004.