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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?

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.

For a start the public demanded for years to stop the sky high bonuses. The top bankers are all earning around £1million a year which is more than adequate.  Many time David Cameron was pressure to step in and stop these bonuses especially now where the economy is in a terrible situation.  Mr Cameron kept promises but as most of his promises were never kept. He pointed out that it would take time to bring in a law through Parliament.

This whole situation was only brought about since Margaret Thatcher de-regulated the banks and ever since their salaries rose astronomically. Then also the bonus started.  As before the banks of Britain had a great respect and their names were respected all over world.  Companies were investing in British banks because of it.

When the public realised their demand will not be med by David Cameron and his government they formed a group called OCCUPY. This group started to camp in the city but then was moved on and put their tents up in front of St Paul’s’ cathedral. They endure harsh weather day and night to make their point.  Since the place in front did not belong to the city of London the government could not do much about it. They approach the Dean of St Pauls but he agreed with OCCUPY and there was quite noise about till the Dean of St Pauls resigned.  David Cameron soon found a way and in no time the court brought out a LAW for OCCUPY to be moved.  So much so for disagreeing with sky-high bonuses being paid to bankers and city financiers.  It was amazing how quickly this law could have been brought thought but not a law against bonuses paid.

Now a report in Daily Mirror shows that again and still huge bonuses are being paid. In spite of bankruptcy, rigged libor, mis-selling PPI and scandals about money laundering by criminal cartels for which top banks were heavily find their debts are paid by taxpayers.  It is incredible to say the least and unacceptable that the Chief executives of these banks are paid at least £1million bonus after such scandal which cost the banks a fortune.

Again David Cameron and his government who practically owe these banks because of the taxpayers’ money invested do nothing and still does not stopped it. All you read about that the public and shareholders are putting pressure on these executives have so much decency to return the bonus.  Even if they are willing to drop the bonus there is still a regulation for a so called long-term bonus which again will be paid by taxpayers.

To summon it up These chief executives are receive around £1m salary, a bonus of  about £2 to £3million, a long-term bonus which surely must be also start at £1million and upwards plus huge dividends from shares given to them as part of their contract while most of their banks went bankrupt and held up by taxpayers’ money.  The economy being in a dreadful state and yet bankers and city boys take millions out without trying to improve the economy  and even fiddle the libor, mis-selling PPI, and money laundering  for criminal cartels.

If somebody cooks the book in a company they are instantly dismissed. These people were involved in huge criminal activities and do not get dismissed and if they due to public pressure they walk away with millions of pounds as a golden handshake plus super pension.

 

 

Well the Saturday’s papers are out and full of scandals and promises from the Conservatives for the next general election. The biggest shock was that David Cameron decided to axe the RED ARROWS. They are such a legendary institution and national pride it would be more than scandalous to ground the last of the British legendary symbols.

The Conservatives have during their last reign in power destroyed so many British companies which were unique to Britain and the envy to the world. Just to name but a few was the steel industry, a number car makers for which only Britain stood as an example, ship industry which was always a legend, the railways and the coal mines. This term of government the Conservatives have managed to reduced the police, RAF, Army and navy which again received admiration from the whole world.

Now to ground the Red Arrows which are symbolic only of Britain and being admired by the rest of the world would be a crime.

All these action are so controversial to the very title of the Party and their constitution established by the Tories decays ago. The party pledge was to conserve and maintain traditional values and institutions. They certainly went completely from this pledge. These days they only give the impression anything as long it save money with which their pockets gets filled.

Most of the top Conservatives went to top class school and it is shocking and amazing that they have not more pride in their nationality and country.

Apparently they are already in full swing to gain the majority in the next general election. The cutting back and also destroying certainly way of life won’t go down lightly and people do have a long memory. All the new promises for if the Conservative come into power again will not easily believed since the last promises were not med leave alone those horrific cut-backs on the public. It was a great surprise that they mange to get into power again, even as a minority, after the last distraction to the country.