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Lord William Hague, who was a great favourite of Margaret Thatcher which is not a compliment, said that the world does not belief a Brexit will happen.

This is the latest in a long row of various remarks and hints of hopes Brexit will change into Bremain.

Chancellor Philip Hammond already announced that Brexit ‘might’ be extended to 2022 from 2019. The speed they are going, purposely, it will be extended again in a few years and so go on. Is it a plan for the public to lose interest and eventually the whole thing will weasel out?

Even David Davies turns up at a EU meeting and sits down with not one page of paper in front of him while the other EU negotiators had thick files in front of them. This fact must have raised questions about Mr Davies’s attitude of serious negotiations.

Then there are remarks coming like having another referendum, people supposed to have changed their minds and would vote to remain, Brexit is bad for the economy when UK leave the EU market and so on.

One argument against it is that the UK economy is bad and getting worse by the months despite of all the promises Tories made in the last two elections. Well this situation can only get better when Britain is trading with the world again of which EU put a stop to it for certain countries and products.

Is there a plan, behind closed doors, to stop Brexit? The effort David Davies, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and PM May are making suggest it.

Are the Tory’s Government quietly going against the people whose majority voted for Brexit it would be another nail in their coffin?

Britain was always a free trading nation and their products had a great name in the world. Of course, all the great names of manufacturing where either destroyed of sold off by Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron and now PM May which is a crime.

No matter how efficient Chinese are but the average people will not have the full respect or assurance of quality if it is Made in China not Made in Britain. Of course, people are forced into it by need to consider the lower price since their financial situation was cut back severely.

The complete cash-strapped public’s buying power will also have a reflection on the Chinese market especially the car industry. It might not seem such a great  bargain when they bought MG, Range Rover and other British top name products.

A fine example is Waterford which was the ultimate in crystal. It was also sold to China and Waterford, with label Made in China, went bankrupt. The highly qualified people lost their job and all due to the top management and politicians. It will happen to the car industry and other manufacturers.

This brings us to another point. Since the Tory Government keeps financially screwing down people more and more, especially after the further £12bn Welfare cut, it bound to have a backlash on the economy. Will the Tory Government not blame it on Brexit and use it as a good reason to reverse Brexit? It would not be a surprise.

On the quiet, they are bent-over backwards to stop it. They must be losing somewhere, politically, financially, otherwise they were not so determined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 28 July, 2017 — Looking back at this report nothing has changed despite PM Cameron resigned in 2016 and Theresa May is now the new Prime Minister. If nothing it has gone even worse. She introduced a £12bn Welfare cut on top of people are already starving and homeless.

MPs still get a 10 per cent rise every year despite the Tory Government introduced an austerity for every one else. It is a typical double dealing which is totally wrong and unacceptable.

At the moment the people biggest hope is Jeremy Corby, Labour, who is totally committed to the ordinary people and their rights.

By now, there are three million people living in poverty and relying on Food Banks in a country which is the sixth richest in the world.

It is a crime and the Government is still planning further cuts on poor people, disabled and pensioners.

The UK Government sparked off a revolt in 2013 by 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?

 

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.

 

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