The UK Government sparked off a revolt with announcing a possible increase of MPs’ salaries of £7,600. Especially the Unions objected and threatened a tidal wave of strikes unless ordinary workers are not getting a similar deal.

Many people pointing the finger at the Unions as troublemakers especially the Tories. However, the fact is if it weren’t for the Unions people would still be working in Victorian era conditions.  As it shows and proves again with this Tory Government the general public is forced to face austerity while the Elite gets away with all their wheeling and dealing and there is no other power or party who stops them. It is only the Unions who put the pressure on the Tories. During Thatcher’s time great force was used to break the Unions and some extent she succeeded, unfornutely. She paid the police heavily to counteract the demonstration against closures of mines, steel works and shipyards. Due to this rather unethical method the Unions lost some power.

It appears that the MPs increment would cost the country £4.6million which is unacceptable when the rest of the country live in poverty. Family have to go to foodbanks for free food to feed their family and the Pawnbrokers are rapidly on the increase again.  The charity of ‘Save the Children Fund’ announced that they have to appeal to the public for donation for the first time since their existented.  Their report spoke of incredible existence in the Midland and North of England. It seems David Cameron turning the country back to Dickens’ time and that in the 21st century.

The Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority claims that there will be cuts to the MPs’ pensions, “golden goodbuys” and some allowances which would reduce the annual bill by £500,000. Now this would really bring the deficit down after having spent £4.6million in the first place.

The proposal created a storm in Parliament and the three leaders had a job to survive it.

The Proposal:

–          MPs’ pay rise would be from £66,396 to £74,000 in 2015 or £7,604.

–          MPs’ pension will be a career average with lower contribution from the politician and taxpayer which results in reduced payments in retirement. Well time will tell and evidence speaks louder than words.

–          Resettlement grants of up to £33,000 will be replaced in 2020 by double statutory redundancy pay for MPs who fail to retain their seat. The maximum pay-out will be around £24,000. Surely this an unknown fact to most of the general public and no person whose lost his/hers job would be given any money for the expenses especially not that amount.

–          The evening meal allowance will be axed and claims for taxi home before 11pm or a hotel stay before 1am. Allowances for a person earning £66,396.

The general workforce would appreciate if they would get a pay rise of 11 per cent and 11 per cent on their salaries or wages would never reach that amount as of the MPs 11 per cent on £66,396. However, in view of the present one per cent in the public sector and two per cent in the private sector which is just a drop in the ocean. Most of them are even in a pay freeze.  This comparison is the reality of today’s Tories ‘politics and them and us. This division had been going on for three years since they are in power.

Labour Leader Ed Milliband announced that he will not accept it but Mr Cameron has not so far objected and Mr Clegg agreed with it. The next move will be a vote on the proposal and would it be very surprising if it were outvoted?

It is not these salaries plus the increase they receiving most of the MPs have a number of second jobs which brings in further big salaries. Mr Milliband spoke of it the other day and promised that if the Labour party will be get into power they will stop it.  He pointed out that nobody can do a number of other jobs without neglecting their own constituency.  He stated that some MPs earn up to £5million a year plus get a lot of perks. Therefore, at a time of economical hardship it is unforgivable if this proposal would go ahead but it would be very surprising if they turn their own salary’ increase down.

These two companies were making headlines several times before with scandals and wrong claims.

Auditors discovered that G4S charged for false tagging claims. They were either for dead people, in prison or for people never been tagged before.

G4S really excels itself with making headlines before. At first they let prisoner escape when in transit from prisons to the courts. Then they signed a contract with the government to provide security during the 2012 London Olympics but 10 days before they admitted that they could not provide the full security required because they couldn’t recruit enough staff. This was an incredible statement with high unemployment existing. Furthermore, a whistleblower revealed that their checking out details of people for security employment was appalling.

Serco also was in the News before for adding non-existing appointments in the medical section to meet the government’s target which entitles full payment.

David Cameron set up a tidal wave of outscoring work to companies.  He believes it is cheaper than civil servants and tries to convince the public. Of course, we do not have the full exact details of finance to compare but thinking logically these companies are all with shareholders expecting at the end of the financial year a very dividend which has to be paid by the taxpayers. Also their chief executives receives around £1million a year plus bonuses.  Also including a number of non-executives which hardly produce results but being paid substantially.  It is doubtful that the cost with civil servants would be that high. Is it not more likely that the Government receives chares in these companies and therefore another lump sum?

G4S and Serco are the countries biggest suppliers and the G4S contract is estimated over £50million for tagging alone. Serco’s contract is worth 4.9billion

Even Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was astounded about the wrongly charged fees. He assumed that the estimated sums would run into low tens of millions.  However, he straightaway soften the embarrassing  blow in stating that he had no knowledge of the two companies “knowingly”  have dishonourable practices.  Here we have to remark that auditors suppose go through the accounts every year. And then approve it or disapprove it.  Therefore it sheds some doubts on Mr Grayling’s statements.  Besides both companies were already caught with providing very unsatisfactorily work.

It also speaks for a number of contracts received from the Government and proves more than inefficient results. After all these constant scandals the Coalition, which is mainly Tories, decided to increase their outscoring contracts. Is there no let up of irresponsibility?

According to this report from Reuters the tagging scandal exists since 2008 in the Ministry of Justice.  This gives a record of five years and nothing was done. Yet Mr Grayling had the audacity to state he did not know anything about it.  Well as a Justice Secretary he better gets himself familiar with what is going on in his department.  After all it is the Government responsible for the work being done correctly when they outscore it.

Mr Grayling demanded an independent forensic auditor and Serco agreed but G4S insisted on their own investigations.  Since the previous scandals the long service chief executive Nick Buckley eventually resigned after great pressure put on his resignation.  Again David Cameron was backing him up for a long time.  Eventually Mr Buckley had to resign and was given a golden handshake. As always when they are found out about their shoddy work they resign only under pressure but receive a tremendous sum of money.

Serco CEO Christopher Hyman promised to repay any amount they received unjustified.  Due to all these investigations the bidding for the new contract for prisons in Yorkshire were being delayed and Serco withdraw from bidding for a new tagging contracts which is worth £150million a year.  G4S is still bidding for it but the MoJ is having doubts whether to reward it to G4S. However, would it be surprising if they still get it?

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DAMASCUS – CAPITAL OF SYRIA

 

UPDATE: 19 July 2013 —  After all the hope and prays for Britain not to get involved in the civil war in Syria it is decided now that Britain is preparing to go to war in Syria. The reason given was that if the Assad regime collapses they want to prevent the stockpile of chemical weapons to fall into al-Qaeda’s hands.  It sounds the same reason, more or less, Tony Blair tried to convince the public about Hussain’s chemical weapons. Yet, they were never found and the illegal war cost too many lives. One point I have to make here is why not support Assad’s regime to defeat the rebels and prevent the stockpile, if it exists, to get into al-Qaeda’s hands? The picture which is shown as ‘prove’  in The Sun’s newspaper shows drums marked ‘toxic’ but it looks like standing in a street with people in the background.  To any ones mind it should surely be in highly secured in vaults if it contains such a deadly weapon. However, the real reason for going into Syria will never be known. So much for David Cameron’s promised transparency.

 

There is no doubt the world holds its breath again. The confrontation in Syria seems to increase after Mr Assad’s government is accused of having used chemical weapons but like in any other war propaganda is always the best weapon to achieve getting people onto your side. It is always hard to prove the truth. It wasn’t long ago the USA spreading rumours by Mr Bush Iraq has chemical weapons. He roped Tony Blair in and a war was declared illegally costing money, lives and at the end there was not one chemical weapon found.

It doesn’t mean that this time the use of chemical weapons is not true but it should have been a lesson for the USA and the West to learn not to jump so quickly on the band-wagon. Apparently not because the “Friends of Syria” which includes US, Britain, France and Germany as well as Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan meeting in Qatar next week. The meeting is about to decide whether to supply the rebels or as they call themselves Free Syria Army, with arms.

On account of this meeting Mr Assad called on Hezbollah and Iran fighters. This escalation should make the US and West think twice to get involved. The Hezbollah is regarded in the West as a terrorist organisation.

Having pointed out it also has to said that the Rebels or “Free Syria Army”, according to rumours and reports is also heavily infiltrated with Al-Qaeda which does not give a genuine cause to their fighting for democracy as stated. Al-Qaeda aims to get Syria under their control, establish a strict Muslim country with Sharia Law.

However, Mr Assad’s army supposed to have used chemical weapons the rebels are no better in shooting a 15 year old boy because he supposed to committed offence against their religion. Other rebels cut out the heart of a dead Syrian army soldiers and ate it. Therefore, none of the sides are any better and can point a finger at the opposition. This alone should make them put down their weapons and create peace.

Another rumour was circulating recently contradicting the report that Mr Assad used chemical weapons but it was the rebels. The US who is always the main power should look closer into these facts. Surely they even know more than it is revealed to the general public.

William Hague, UK’s Foreign Secretary, gave a statement that the UK has not yet decided to supply the rebels with arms. Could it be another white-wash? On Friday, ahead of the meeting next week the rebels received already a substantial supply of new weapons which could change the outcome.

FSA spokesman Louay Muqdad confirmed that they received a quantity of new weapons and some of them the FSA asked for. This supply did not come from the US.

As always in any confrontation of top leaders it is always the people who pay the price. This civil war already costs 90,000 lives, untold life long injuries and untold amount money in the two-years. Do the responsible leaders really want to continue?

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Commission chairman Andrew Tyrie and Tory MP lays out several legislations to stop bank bosses “reckless misconduct”. He suggested that bank bosses receive either a jail sentence or up to 10 years postponement of their bonuses and pension claim. We, the public would even go a step further and stop them from getting any bonuses since they are responsible for bankrupting a bank or other illegal activities. Although they all denied any involvement but it is and was their job as a chief executive. What else are they there for?

At the financial crash in 2007 the public were told at that time it is a “Credit Crunch” which was accepted for a while. After just a short time it emerged that it was the bank bosses and financiers in the City being responsible. They were paid for a “shocking and widespread malpractice”. Not one was jailed or heavily fined. The Libor scandal when it was finally exposed, after years of practice, which surely a number of people were aware of and should have been responsible, not one was jailed or heavily fined or banned from the industry. They were even given a very a golden handshake when eventually resigned due to pressure from the public. The banks were fined heavily but this will eventually be paid by the taxpayers.

Mr Tyrie suggested: “Under our recommendations senior bankers who seriously damage their banks or put taxpayers’ money at risk can be expected to be fined, banned from the industry, or, in the worst cases go to jail. That has not been the case up to now. This deals with some of the senior people who many feel got off lightly last time and for whose mistake we are still paying.”

Mr Tylrie issued a 527 pages report pointing out the completely laps of standard which is too widespread to be acceptable. He also requested that not only the bankers have to change their way of practice. He demands actions on regulators and government because both are responsible for the decline of standard. The commission of MPs and peers calls for a great overhaul of top pay, with City regulators given new power to cancel pension rights and payoffs for bosses of bail-out banks.

This is the most sensible suggestion made for a long time and hopeful it will be enforced. However, looking back at the truck record of the government it is doubtful it will be passed in the House of Commons and Lords.  It is also well overdue in view of all the scandals revealed which costs the taxpayers billions of pounds at a time of great economical pressure.

Already it has been included that there will be no retrospect.

Sir Fred Goodwin who ruined the Royal Bank of Scotland receives a £342,000 a year pension for life.

James Crosby chief executive of HBOS receives £580,000 retirement.

John Cridland, director general of the  CBI, points out that there are tough criminal sanction already law in the UK. If they are they certainly were not enforced. In the last few years there were o the biggest scandals in bank’s history yet the bank bosses received golden hand shakes which was totally wrong, of course.

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UPDATE: 26 June 2013 — UK’s Prime Minister seems to be determined to go ahead with supporting the rebels. He is planning to hold a meeting between the spy chief, Ed Milliband the Labour leader and himself. This rare move of the Mr Cameron’s top briefing by the National Security Council is designed to win Mr Milliband support for forcing out Syrian Bashar Assad.

 

UPDATE:  22 June 2013 — Coming a meeting in Doha is planned to discuss and decide whether to give support to the rebels.  The countries will be US, Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. Already in advance the rebels received a quantity of new weapons and they stated that it was from the US. The rebels had recently some major defeats but hope now to turn the situation around.

Rumours running wild about chemical weapons and it looks like a copy of the time before the Iraq War.  At that time Mr Bush and his government sworn blind Iraq are stock piling chemical weapons.  The pressure increased and at the end ex-Prime minister Tony Blair fell for it and entered a war with the USA against Iraq.  Eventually, when they conquered Iraq no chemical weapons were found. Both Mr Bush and Mr Blair were never brought to justice in for being responsible of causing death, maiming and destruction in a country were they had no right to declare war.

Now again it seems a repeat of the same situation.  It is surprising that President Obama would repeat the same message that Syria’s President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons.  A few weeks ago it was said that the rebels using chemical weapons which ever is the truth it will most probably never be known.  However, it was also revealed Al-Qaeda is infiltrating the rebels to back them would be backing a terrorists group which the whole world is fighting against. If all these information spread around has any footing at all it would be wise to stay out of the whole conflict.

Why is Britain so hell bend to get involved again? There supposed to be a low economy in this country and the public is pressure into more austerity yet no hesitation in getting involved into another costly war which could even escalate into a widespread war.

If there ever was any irresponsibility shown from the government it will be this time.  Foreign secretary William Hague and PM David Cameron are determined for months to enter the Syrian civil war with again an accusation of chemical weapons.  Britain did not look victorious in the Iraq war, Libya and nor is it in Afghanistan. Therefore the question being asked and remains  – Why getting involved again only because Russia and American wanting another play-ground.

Every time these super powers and are not that glorious any more wanting another war game it cost nothing but lives,  injuries with getting maimed for lives and horrendous amount of money which none of these countries can afford.  So where is the sense and responsibility to their people at all?

A lesson should have been learned with Libya where the West was backing the so called rebels or freedom fighters. The moment they were in power they turned their back on the West.  Murdered the American Embassy staff, destroyed graves of the British fallen soldiers and never released the Lockerbie bombers or revealed any information

Mr Newark stated that Britain has a moral obligation to step in. How on earth did Mr Newark arrive at an idea like that? What moral obligation has Britain got towards Syria to scarify again their soldiers and huge amount of money at the time where British people starve and have to go to food-banks and have to make decisions whether to heat their homes or buy food.

David Cameron who has a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin tomorrow at 10 Down Street is believed to back the US.  Since it has been already hinted that the rebels are infiltrated by Al Qaeda it is sheer madness and irresponsibility to back them.

This news gives us, the public, some glimpse what really goes on behind the scene. Apparently 500 top business men joint into one “Business for Britain” to force the government securing a better deal for Britain in Europe.  They signed up for a campaign to achieve it.

The new group includes top management people from a wide range of companies starting from major blue chip firms to smaller companies. They support David Cameron trying to re-establish Britain EU membership in Brussels.  It is a cross party operation “national drive to renegotiate the terms of British members of the European Union.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has already given a pledge to return power from Brussels to Britain. He also promised an IN/OUT referendum on the EU by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next general election in 2015.

With all due respect but looking closer at each promise it does not give the public a great re-assurance. In the first instant, to wrestle back power from Brussels most people find it very doubtful since Brussels does not give up power very easily.  The promise regarding an IN/OUT referendum  looks like a method  to win the election. This promise was given already in the last election manifesto but the moment the Conservatives won by a minority and had built a coalition the promise was forgotten.  During the last three years the public kept demanding and a promise was given  again but when its deadline arrived, it was overlooked.

Therefore, it is doubtful the majority of people will fall for it again.  Mr Cameron has to look back on his track record and  learn from it that he can’t keep giving  pledges and promises and not keep them.

A spokesman for Business for Britain said: “As business and entrepreneurs are responsible for millions of British jobs, we believe that the government is right to seek a new deal from the EU and for the UK’s role in Europe. Far from being a threat to our economic interests, a flexible, compromising EU – with more powers devolved from Brussels – is essential for growth, jobs and access t markets.”

This statement on the surface makes great deal of sense but will Brussels let go of their power? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get out of the EU and spend the billions into the British economy? It would cut all the restrictions imposed by Brussels on British businesses and since  Britain was always a free trading state with a great name and respect on the world market for British goods it would regain it again

What is the reason for Britain clinging onto Brussels which waste billions of pounds each year, still asking for more and gives nothing but unreasonable rules and restrictions? Even the auditors refuse to sign their budget because there are over 84 billion Euros unaccountable and it is getting worse every year. Surely that is a big enough reason to decide to cut lose.

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UPDATE;  24 June 2013 — There are even plans made to make a statue and most properly put it in Trafalgar Square. Furthermore, a Margaret Thatcher Museum is planne. Most properly both on taxpayers’ money. Talking about insult upon insult to the people of Britain.

 

Her funeral is over and without any riots which is the best. It was a grand show as only the British can organise it and all to her wishes but it was a hollow celebration of her death.  250,000 people supposed to have lined the street, if the number is correct. A great number were standing, after the first row which were onlooker and admirer, from the second row onward with the backs to the funeral. A clever idea to show your disrespect which she really deserves.

How politicians and some people can whitewash what she had done is unbelievable. She destroyed great industries and couldn’t care less of workers lost their jobs and end up in lengthy dole queues.

She deregulated the banks and finance sectors and we, the public, still suffer today more than ever before, because of it. Bank chief executives earn not only £1million and over of salaries but two or up to five times of that in bonuses. She privatised gas, electricity and the railways. The shareholders jumping for joy about the great dividends but householders’ bills jumped from £250 to £1,400 per year within three years and her followers PM David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne do nothing about it because they receive the dividends.

As for PM David Cameron to declare “we are all Thatcherites” was not only in poor taste to make political hay while the sun was shining but also completely misjudged. He and his faithful might be but the great majority will certainly not. They have been hurt too much and their communities destroyed. Even today there are whole villages and small town turned into ghost villages and –towns. It is unforgettable and unforgivable.  Even in death she hurt those people again by making them paying for her funeral which is at least £10million.

If David Cameron and friends really want to go down in history as great leaders they should sit down and right what Margaret Thatcher done wrong. Even that is a bit too late after their axe was used too often and too much.

All people can do and show their great spirit which they always did in crisis like to stand together and closed the door on Margaret Thatcher. It is not meant to forget which is impossible but close the door on her death and throw the key away. Cameron has to make a high-speed U-turn to save this country from depression or inflation. Even the IMF told George Osborne for at least the second if not the third time to abandon austerity because it doesn’t work.

Will they do it and in time?