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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?

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?

David Cameron imagined that he could achieve better regulation from Brussels even after Brussels already stated that there will no room for special wishes. Is Mr Cameron really so blind and deaf that he can’t hear the message. It stands to reason that if they give Britain special treatment then all the other countries will demand the same. Even if Germany and France agree to it, it still takes another 26 countries to do the same and that is not possible.

Why is David Cameron still talking about getting powers back from Brussels? Surely he must be more aware that it is impossible.

Barely a day or two past after the great speech was delivered Brussels threatens Britain with a £250,000 a day fine if they do not comply with the rules laid out by the EU regarding the gas and electricity. Britain had received these regulations in November 2011 but did not all implement them. The reason was that it would increase the prices of gas and electricity still further.  Now they have to face the dilemma either imply these rules or face that very heavy fine.  Brussels seems to show its teeth more and more.

Let’s face the facts. People are struggle more than enough to pay the gas and electricity bills any more and nobody can effort to use it but Brussels is not worried about that. They wouldn’t know what it means to pay bills.

Another absolute shocking revelation Brussels are plotting to restrict Press freedom.

The plan is that each European Union state introduces a media watchdog. They have to power to strip journalists of their licence and impose heavy fines.

It all comes from high above group dealing with media and freedom and pluralism and is organised by European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes.

First of all it will be a cutting down on Press Freedom which is highly praised by many countries which are political controlled. Secondly it will be another huge body to be paid for by the public.

It had also been stated that the EU hates free press and that is obvious when they now trying to control it. This will be another violation on the freedom of Britain after Law and Justice completely taken over and destroyed; free trade and industries suffocate under the burden of rules from Brussels and now the press Freedom.

How can anybody still belief in the EU and Brussels after reading for years about mismanagement, interference and constantly escalating high cost?

Britain surely has to come out now before Brussels complete destroys this country. An in/out referendum has to be done now and not after 2015 which most properly turns out to be another blatant lie like in the last Election Manifesto. David Cameron really thinks people are that naïve and backward for them still to belief in that.

It wouldn’t be surprising if he signs another new treaty on the quiet which would be for another seven years.