Monday, 22 May 2017

How low can Oxford University sink? #LaviniaWoodward

Oxford University used to be a place of lofty ideals. Nowadays it is debased beyond recognition and sleaze would be a mild description of what goes on in the colleges. While applying policies of Blairite political correctness and equality above everything, the standards of behaviour and morals have sunk into the abyss. The students who run Cherwell magazine proclaim their right to do "sex work" i.e. prostitution, while pursuing their degree courses. The loudmouthed anti-social Annie Terriba is regarded as a student leader instead of being just given an ASBO as she deserves. Debates are closed down by furious mobs threatening violence because they will not tolerate debate on moral issues. Everything is about equality, not morality, and it is now so egalitarian that Lavinia Woodward, a female student who regularly takes cocaine and has been convicted for stabbing a man while she was both drunk and high, can go on occupying a place at the prestigious Christ Church college. After all, if that is her orientation, you wouldn't want to discriminate, would you?

                                                              Lavina Woodward.

Oxford Crown Court heard how Woodward had met her boyfriend, Thomas Fairclough - a Cambridge PhD student on the Tinder dating website.

During a row in September last year she punched him, slashed him with a knife and hurled a laptop, a glass and a jam jar at him.

It has also been alleged that it was not the first such incident and she had attacked him on two previous occasions.

She has two previous assault charges, and is described by her friends as a devious liar. She pretended to have cancer in order to hide her cocaine habit!
"Friends also claimed that the Oxford student pretended to have cancer to cover up a cocaine habit.
‘Lavinia told him she had cancer and was going to die and that just turned out to be a cover for the drugs,’ a friend told the Sun."
It is disgraceful that this trull has not been sent to prison. The Guardian drooled that she is far too brainy to be sent to jail - nice example of egalitarianism there. The judge at Oxford Crown court referred to her as having a "glittering career" ahead of her as a surgeon. Clearly she is fond of wielding a knife in or out of the operating theatre. Would you want to have surgery performed by a cocaine-user who slashes people in disagreements and throws laptops at them?
Degrees are now so dumbed-down that when you enroll on a course, they give you a laptop with all the course materials already downloaded onto it. All you have to do is switch it on, and read the pages displayed. I know that, because an Oxford student told me. It seems some students value the laptops so little they use them as missiles.
Last week there was a demonstration in Oxford outside the Islamic Studies centre when the Vice-President of Indonesia, V-P Kappa, visited to give a talk. Kappa's regime is busy cracking down on a wide range of democratic freedoms, and he is personally implicated in the jailing of a political candidate for his Christian beliefs. Yet not one single Oxford student turned up to the protest. Most of the protesters were Indonesians living in England, and a few were Christians from outside the university. The students were all too busy taking cocaine or scanning Tindr for new sex partners. 
    If you are walking near Christ Church College watch out for flying knives and laptops.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

#Brexit Bill? Wrong Way Round. Why the EU Should Pay Us Reparations.

The EU has had the cheek to suggest that Britain should pay it a vast lump sum as a penalty for leaving, and if we don't do so they will not even start negotiating. £60 billion? £92 billion? It's not a bill for anything, it's just sheer greed. Luckily, a lot of top international lawyers have assured us that there is no way that we can be forced to pay.
If I were negotiating, I would not just refuse to pay, I would walk in there with a large counter-demand. I would say we wanted reparations from the EU for the harm it has done to our economy. They have financed company after company to pack up and leave this country, destroying people's jobs, livelihoods and communities. 

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    I first became aware of this in 2010, when the Twinings Tea company moved to Poland with an EU grant of £10 million. It closed its plant at North Shields and halved the number of employees at Andover. Result: 400 jobs lost. And we had to pay to axe them.
   EU Regional Development Grants are not supposed to be used for just moving production from one place to another...but they are. The rules only apply to large-scale enterprises, so a subsidiary of Twinings in Poland applied for a grant in the guise of a teeny-weeny little local business, and that's how the rules are bent all the time, all over the place.
“It’s immoral that workers have to pay tax to have their job taken from under their feet – it’s a scandal,” said Derek Kotz, secretary of the Andover Trades Union Congress.

He might have said the same thing when the Ford Transit company moved most of its production from Southampton to Turkey in 2013 - with two generous cheap loans from the European Investment Bank. They totalled €290 million. Don't tell me the EIB is not part of the EU.  It is.

Jaguar Land Rover whose main British plant is at Solihull got a loan of £340 million in 2009 from the European Investment Bank  - and used it to build a new plant in Slovakia. It has just been completed. Meanwhile JLR has been steadily scrapping jobs in Britain and downsizing its production here for the past five years. Some might say that moving jobs to a region with cheap labour is inevitable - but why do we have to pay for it? That is what the EU has forced us to do. 

When Peugeot closed its Ryton plant, where they built the 206, and moved production of the 207 to Trnava in Slovakia, there was strong rumour that they had been tempted to do so with funds passed to them out of the EU's regional development fund. Officially it was denied but the allegations were strong enough to cause an EU enquiry to be held in 2006.  The British government was forbidden to provide Peugeot with any state aid  - that would have been against EU competition rules! - yet the Slovakian government was allowed to provide three successive injections of funds, to the tune of €105 million. The Slovakian government was also allowed to provide Peugeot with free land, construction financing, local infrastructure enhancements, tax breaks and labour training subsidies, which all amount to state aid - one rule for them, another for us.

A long list of other British firms have moved their production out of this country and shifted it to Eastern Europe. Gillette which moved to the Czech Republic in 2003 just before it was due to enter the EU, is one of them. Cadbury, which moved to Wroclaw in Poland, is another. These Eastern European countries offer cheap labour - at Wroclaw they are paid £2.35 per hour. And moreover Eastern European countries are all getting £billions and billions of EU money to invest in their infrastructure. Everything from their transport system to their energy production is getting lavish investment and huge subsidy. Poland got €67 billion in "cohesion policy" spending in the period 2007-2013. 
 The EU calls this fair competition. To me it looks like paying to export our jobs. And despite Article 50, we are still paying.
The EU has increased our contributions to fund vast bailout programmes for five member states - Greece, Portugal, Eire, Spain and Cyprus  - who were up the creek financially. Portugal in 2011 got €78 billion and meanwhile we are imposing painful cuts on everything in the UK, closing hospitals, starving schools of funds, snatching away pensions.
As company after company faced problems in the aftermath of the banking crisis, our government was banned from providing help to tide them over and save jobs. Tata steel in Port Talbot had to close in 2016 because any government help would have been again EU competition rules. And all industry in EU countries is now at a huge disavantage because of the stringent laws on carbon emissions. No wonder most of the world's steel production now 
takes place in India or China.
I haven't even mentioned how the EU has decimated our fishing industry. Will we ever be able to revive it? Only if we have a new generation of real men, who are willing to go oet it's not against Eut and do the sort of real jobs their fathers and grandfathers did.

   So all in all, I think the Brexit bill should be round the other way. We should be asking the tipsy Mr Juncker and the toothy Mr Verhofstadt for reparations and using the money to make up the shortfall in funding our own essential services.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Young Children being Slaughtered in the War on Christians

This little boy aged eight was one of the victims of the horrific bombing attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday. 

Every day brings more news of Christian persecution around the world. What excuse will the politicians make this time?


Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing at least 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government that led the president to call for a three-month state of emergency. 
​The two attacks were claimed by Isis. The first took place in the Saint George church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, north of Cairo, killing 27 and wounding at least 78, the Ministry of Health said.
Later, an explosion hit Saint Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt, killing at least 17 and wounding 48 just after Pope Tawadros II finished services.
His aides later told local media he had escaped unharmed. "These acts will not harm the unity and cohesion of the people," Mr Tawadros said later, according to state media.
Egypt's Interior Ministry said a suicide bomber tried to storm the entrance before being stopped in police. The ministry said three policemen were among those killed in the attack.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Don't Believe Labour's Promises

The alchemists of the Middle Ages used to claim they could make gold out of base metal, and Bill Asquith, the Labour Party candidate for Oxfordshire County Council seems to be making similar rash promises if his election circular is anything to go by.
He shows himself standing next to MP Andrew Smith - significantly there is no mention of their party leader, whoever that might be.

His first promise is that he is working to improve the condition of local roads - really? How is he going to get the money to do that, even supposing that he were elected as a Labour oddity on the overwhelmingly Conservative County Council? He would not be fixing the budget, and he couldn't do anything about Government caps or cuts.
Secondly he claims to be "improving education standards in schools" - and how exactly is he going to do that? Where would the extra money come from? I am a touch sceptical about education standards being improved when academies are run by the likes of Labour's notorious Liam Nolan. That's "superhead" Liam Nolan who has so far been convicted of nothing because he has faced no charges. Lucky man! Labour is responsible for our shocking decline in standards of state education and it's not simply a matter of funding  - it's a matter of wrong priorities.
Bill claims to be "speaking up" for the residents of this area. I can't remember him asking anyone's opinion or speaking up for it.
He claims to be "fighting to keep social care for children and adults" - without saying where exactly the money will come from, and "opposing further cuts to the County Council budget" - but that is a central government decision, something no county councillor has the power to stop.

  On the other side of his nice red card he assures us that he "has a strong sense of Oxford's tolerant and inclusive values", which I take to mean "Don't worry, we won't mention the grooming gangs. We'll keep nice and quiet, just like we did in Rotherham, Rochdale etc." Then he throws in a last-minute reference to "thriving local businesses" without saying exactly what he would do to make them thrive. Certainly he would have no power to reverse the business rates hike and he doesn't mention any actual policies - it's just meant to give a vague impression that he is all things to all voters.
  The only way he could implement any of these promises would be by imposing a massive rise in Council tax. That is against Government restrictions, so there is really no point in voting for Bill or even reading his nice red card. Throw it away - by which I mean of course put it in the correct recycling bin and put it out on the right day so that it blocks the pavement and forces people to walk in the road. 

Liam Nolan quits Perry Beeches academy chain following damning financial report

He faced questions over 'second salary' on top of £120k wage; Trust's debts estimated at £1.8m and growing

Birmingham "superhead" Liam Nolan has quit the troubled Perry Beeches chain of schools after a damning report found financial mismanagement.
A statement from Perry Beeches, The Academy Trust, confirmed his departure on Wednesday morning. He previously stepped down as chief executive following a report which found financial mismanagement and weaknesses in governance 
Mr Nolan had reportedly been on sick leave since Easter.  
The Guardian reported that one Trust staff member estimated its debts as £1.8 million and rising by "tens of thousands of pounds" a month.
It also reported that two new free schools – Perry Beeches VI and Perry Beeches primary school, which the trust had been granted approval to open by the DfE – would not now go ahead.
Pressure had been building on Mr Nolan over a string of revelations concerning the chain's finances. In March, it emerged five academies and free schools run by the Trust were to be handed over to new managers.
An investigation found Mr Nolan was paid an extra £160,000 over two years , on top of his £120,000 salary, via education company Nexus Schools Ltd. It supplied services to the Trust and, in turn, handed over money to a business of which Mr Nolan was the sole director.
He insisted there was no conflict of interest after an inquiry revealed he made a presentation to the Trust’s finance committee on behalf of Nexus in February 2014.
It also emerged that three Birmingham Labour MPs - Jack Dromey, Gisela Stuart and Shabana Mahmood - each received £5,000 in funding or support from Nexus.
But Birmingham City Council’s education chief Brigid Jones, a vocal critic, likened Mr Nolan to the infamous Kids Company and its charismatic leader Camila Batmanghelidjh in the way that he was feted by politicians, while there was apparent financial chaos behind the scenes.
Announcing Mr Nolan's departure, the Trust said: "Liam Nolan has presented his resignation from the post of CEO/Executive Headteacher at the Perry Beeches, The Academy Trust. He has made this decision to allow the necessary changes required to move the Trust forward. "He would like it known that he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Perry Beeches since joining in 2007 and that it has been a privilege to work alongside colleagues, families and young people in the schools. He would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the enormous support during his time at Perry Beeches and to wish everyone the very best for the future."

Thursday, 30 March 2017

We're On Our Way Out

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, there is an audible squeal of pain and fury from the contingent who have done so nicely for the past few decades with their noses in the EU trough. Prominent among them is the Green MEP Keith Taylor. It would be nice if we could sack our worse-than-useless LibDem and Green MEPs and use the money they cost us for some more constructive purpose.
It is impossible to get yourself off the mailing list of that dim, garrulous blob Keith Taylor. I have never asked to be on it, but anyone who has ever sent him an E-mail on any topic automatically gets put on it and kept on it no matter how often they request removal. This means they get his newsletters full of twaddle and self-important witterings. He is one of those who, unwilling to accept the outcome of the Referendum, resorts to inventing jargon such as "Hard Brexit" and "Soft Brexit". He claims that in voting Leave we didn't vote for "Hard Brexit" (meaning actually leave) but may only have meant "Soft Brexit" (which means stay in, pretend the Referendum never happened and shut up).

Like so many people he does not understand the difference between belonging to the EU "single market" and having access to it. The EU has actually got free-trade agreements with 50 nations that are NOT member-states but which have agreed to do tariff-free trade with the member-states. Why shouldn't the UK be added to that list? When we leave we will have freedom to re-negotiate any details of those agreements for ourselves but there is no reason why the countries that found it beneficial while we were in the EU should change their minds when we leave. If they plonk on tariffs we will do the same. Their politicians may talk about it, but their business community is dead against it, and knows how much harm it would do to them. 

Keith Taylor's idea of having a vote on the deal is a naive one - what would happen then is that the EU, which is desperate for us to stay in, would offer the worst possible deal in the hope that a second British referendum would reject it.

He does not even discuss the possibility that the UK will re-join EFTA, the European Free Trade Association, of which it was a founding member. It has access to the single market. This is not without some membership fees, but they are far smaller than those of the EU and members retain sovereignty and significant powers to make their own laws about control of the seas, their borders and free movement. Currently the EFTA states have 27 Free Trade Agreements covering 38 countries around the globe, and they have already signalled to us that they would welcome our return to membership.

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Currently, the EFTA States have 27 free trade agreements (covering 38 countries) with the following partners:
  • Albania.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Canada.
  • Central American States (Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama)
  • Chile.
  • Colombia.
  • Egypt.
  • Georgia.
EFTA member states are not subject to unlimited huge fines imposed in a dictatorial way by Brussels.
As for co-operation in matters of education, we should be trying harder to escape it. The Council of Europe (to which we still belong) has barmy plans to make all degrees into five-year courses. Those people who lament our withdrawal from the Erasmus programme (which benefits only a handful of British students per year) are the very same people who made degree courses here in the UK unaffordable. Nick Clegg, whose voice the BBC never tires of broadcasting, infamously broke his promise to prevent any rise in university fees. He totally failed to meet the challenge of funding Higher Education here for our own sons and daughters, but makes a song and dance about the loss of a very minor and incidental programme in which few participate.

If we value international education the first thing we should do is address our abysmal performance in language learning in schools. After that, leave it to the universities to arrange their own exchange programmes - and make it clear that we wont accept any crackpot ideas put forward by the Council of Europe at its endless conferences and talking-shops. After leaving the EU, escaping tyranny from the Council of Europe should be next on our agenda.

There are actually many drawbacks to so-called "free trade" especially if it is tied to free movement of all people, goods, investment, services etc. It is not free and it is a mixed blessing. Nevertheless I envisage that in ten years time, most of the countries of Western Europe will belong to some such community as EFTA or the EEA and the EU may well have collapsed. Greece desperately needs to leave. Italy has problems that can only be solved by leaving and escaping the €uro currency. France is tempted to follow our example. It has always had exemptions from a lot of EU legislation and even so, it is suffering in the straitjacket. Eire is restless. The Czech Republic leaders are increasingly critical of German domination. Poland and Hungary are defying German and EU dictatorship in a feisty way that is most refreshing and indicates that they will not accept political enslavement as the price of economic inclusion.

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Greens will continue fighting the Prime Minister’s extreme Brexit vision

We don't have to accept our fate, the fight against an extreme Brexit continues 

Keith Taylor writes:-
"Article 50 has been triggered and Theresa May is marching Britain one step closer to an extreme Brexit cliff edge, [ding-ding-ding-ding inflated rhetoric alert] but we don’t have to accept our fate, [the majority decision] there is still time to avert disaster.[ding-ding-ding-ding panic alert!] We must and we will fight on.[Meaning: I am desperate to keep my well-paid prestigious job and don't want to go back to being a nobody]
The Government’s proposals will send the country hurtling towards an extreme Brexit that will see Britain as the ultimate loser [because we in the Greens have the ability to foretell the future] in a global race to the bottom on everything from environmental regulations to workers’ rights.
Almost 80 percent of Green Party supporters, the majority of voters in Surrey, and East and West Sussex, and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and 48% of my constituents across the South East voted to Remain in the EU.
That doesn’t mean I am blind to the fact that a slim majority of Brits voted to leave the EU. [Well actually it does.] But it does mean that I won’t allow the voices of those who didn’t to be silenced.[In other words he simply will not accept the outcome of the Referendum].
The narrow referendum victory does not give Theresa May a mandate for an extreme Brexit. [Wait a minute - Leave doesn't really mean Leave does it?] The Prime Minister is attempting to conjure a phantom majority [so real people are ghosts now] in support of ejecting Britain from the single market; [He doesn't understand the difference between membership of the "free market" and access to it] sacrificing our economy at the altar of ending free movement.[Ha ha ha, Green of all people talking about sacrificing our economy. Their entire manifesto is designed to close it down]
We deserve better than this. Which is why I am fighting in the courts, through the so-called ‘Dublin Case’, for the British people [meaning the minority who agree with me] to be given the choice they are being denied. The EU referendum should have been the start of a democratic process, not the end of one [meaning we are angry we lost and we won't accept any outcome until it goes our way].
As Greens, we believe voters should have the final say on the Brexit deal, once it is clear what the outcome of the negotiations is.[meaning that we don't regard anything as final unless we win the vote] If people have changed their mind, they must be able to stop the process.[Really? So in that case at any point after ANY election if people don't like the result they should be able to say they've changed their mind and rescind the outcome? In that case can we all rescind the election of Keith Taylor himself - and of Tony Blair in 1997?]

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Conference: What Are We Teaching the Children?

When:       Saturday, March 25
Time:        10.00am – 5.00pm
Where:      The Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW

Cost:          Single ticket                                                          £35
                   Students and non – waged                                  £15
                   Double Discount                                                   £50  

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Of Particular Interest to:  
Head teachers, Teachers, School Governors, Educationalists, Academics, Church leaders.  And of course parents.
Come to Voice for Justice UK’s important conference examining the ideological reframing of education, and find out why you should be worried.  Get the tools you need to help shape future policy and safeguard the nation’s young.
(Resource pack, including complimentary copy or our latest book, retail price £12, What are they teaching the children?) 
Topics covered will include:
  • What is education? 
  • What, how and why do we teach our young?
  • How has education evolved in different societies, and what are the implications for us today?
  • What is the role of the family in education?
  • How does current education policy fit with the basic human rights of freedom of conscience, belief, and speech?
  • How is education being subjected to ideological pressure?
  • Detailed analysis of the impact of SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) and so-called ‘inclusivity’ on children and young people.
  • CHIPS – education or indoctrination?
  • Should daily worship in schools be mandatory, optional … or abolished?

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Petition: Remove Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London

The terror attack of 22nd March 2017 proves that Sadiq Khan has failed to protect London.
He has made unacceptable remarks that "terror attacks are just part and parcel of living in a big city" indicating that he condones terrorism and has no will or intention of opposing it.
We demand his removal  - now.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Labour keeping up its Tradition of Applauding Terrorism Corbyn and Leftwing Media Mourn Mass Murderer Martin McGuinness

Are you an aspiring terrorist who wants to get into government and be enshrined as politically-correct? Then join the Labour party, they will always be on your side. Jeremy Corbyn writes this week "Martin McGuinness played a huge role in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland. He was a great family man and my thoughts are with them." 
If being a great family man means murdering families, that makes perfect sense.

Labour's so-called peace process brought terrorists to power, gave respectability to mass murderers and rewarded those who rely on violence to attain their ends. McGuinness should have been jailed for his crimes. He never expressed any remorse, regret or contrition. Nor do any of his colleagues, Corbyn's chums.

The whole of our leftwing political establishment is determined to enshrine terrorists and applaud them, whether they are IRA or any other brand of thug. 

Sadiq Khan, Labour Mayor of London, has close links to terrorist groups. Not only has he several times chosen to defend Islamic terrorists in court, but in a letter to the Guardian in 2006 he publicly excused and justified terrorist attacks such as the 7/7 London bombings by blaming them on British government policy.

‘It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad,’ it said.

Khan chose to act as defence lawyer for Zacharias Moussaoui, who later confessed to being a member of Al-Qaeda.

And today's terrible events in Westminster confirm that Khan is a useless Mayor who has failed to protect London from terrorist attack. How soon will he and the rest of the Labour party send their warm greetings to the terrorist?

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Begging is a Criminal Offence - But Only if British People Do it

Homeless people who sleep or beg in the streets can be fined £100 by the local council under regulations passed as recently as 2014. 

The offenders can be served with a PSPO
(Public Space Protection Order) because of course it is a crime and a nuisance to be homeless or to beg. Unless of course you come from a distant foreign country in which case you are a "refugee" or "asylum-seeker" and entitled to generous state benefits, and free housing in a hotel with three meals per day and a free mobile phone. 

Most of the people begging in Oxford are begging for the money to stay in a night shelter, but even those are over-crowded and in this freezing weather there are still people sleeping rough. I wonder how this young man I photographed recently in Oxford would pay the £100? Presumably he has to beg in order to pay the fines for begging.

Friday, 3 March 2017

It is Time to Abolish the Westminster Drones Club

The silly performance of the House of Lords, messing around with the Brexit bill, has woken up a lot of people to the need for reform.

Why should anybody get paid £300 per day for sleeping? The term of a "life peerage" should be defined as lasting as long as you can stay awake while on the benches. Anyone caught dozing should be stripped of their peerage. Why not? It would happen in any other job. The House of Lords was reformed under Tony Blair but the result was as big a mess as everything else done in the Blair era. The Lords is now just a racket for rewarding retired politicians or donors to political parties who have never even stood for election.
They constantly complain that they don't get enough money when what they can claim in expenses is far above the average salary.
We cannot vote them out, which means that the LibDems are vastly over-represented in proportion to voting patterns, and Brexit supporters are vastly under-represented.

The Lords behaved irresponsibly by passing an amendment in favour of guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens working in the UK without yet having a signed agreement to guarantee the rights of UK citizens living and working in EU countries. It is a foolish and thoughtless thing to do. Over and over again the people who pushed it repeated the mantra that "EU citizens are not bargaining chips". 

But no one is saying that they are "chips". The point is that both groups involved in this situation must be considered equally and simultaneously. When you negotiate a deal, whether it is for importing goods, or for investment, or for employment, or even just for booking a holiday, you ensure that the interests of both sides are taken into consideration in a balanced way before any binding commitments are made. That does not mean the people are "chips" to use the idiotic phrase that keeps on and on being bandied about. It means they are people involved in a BI-lateral negotiation. The Lords want to make a UNI-lateral (or Loony-lateral) agreement that leaves our own citizens stranded, at the mercy of EU bureaucrats who will undoubtedly use them as bargaining chips. The people who have wrung every penny out of this long-suffering country for thirty years and bled us dry, cannot be trusted.
I am happy to hear that the Government does not have to accept the Lords' foolish and perverse amendment. I hope it is binned as soon as possible. The House of Lords is less useful now than it was when peers were hereditary. The hereditary peers never did anything I disagreed with. Now the Lords is full of horrid specimens like Peter Mandelson, the Kinnocks times two, Cathy Ashton, and so on, who all pocketed multi-millions from the EU. They are also contractually bound never to criticize or oppose the EU, on pain of losing their fat pensions. They don't need the handsome expenses the Lords pays them - they are already filthy rich - and their loyalties are not to this country. There are plenty of others getting subsidies, salaries, and backhanders from the EU in one way or another. They should not be allowed to vote on the Brexit Bill. They have got too much vested interest. 

Behind their lordships' ermine robes lurk some very unsavoury and corrupt people such as Grenville Jenner who should have been in jail, not Parliament,

The House of Lords has been described as the most expensive geriatric care-home in England. I don't agree with some of the anti--elderly language I have heard about them, but I do think it is time to kick most of them out. They will probably have to be replaced with an elected body. As a matter of fact, there are arguments for having a hereditary peerage, but that is another question altogether. It is not the policy of the English Democrats, and most people in this country would probably prefer to force members of the upper house to seek election. Whatever else, we must stop paying them £300 per day for just dozing on the benches. That is a scandal.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Plan to Abolish Oxford City Council

It is startling to hear that Oxfordshire County Council wants to abolish Oxford City Council. Most of us didn't realize it had the power to do that.

One of the nicest and most peaceful, altruistic people I know called Oxford City Council "ruffians". Local residents find time after time that unpopular schemes such as the Northway link road are just pushed through, all opposition is ignored and mysterious inexplicable Labour majorities continue to put the same people back in power. Facilities such as the much-loved and much-needed Temple Cowley swimming pool are closed. Money is lavished on a few pet voters. Assets such as community centres are sold off. The system of having local planning meetings for residents was just abruptly closed down. Time after time Oxford has been designated as a poor-value City Council.
Citizens right across the political spectrum have long regarded Oxford City Council as lamentable. Not long ago the Greens were circulating leaflets full of vehement protests about it and the way that is it run by what seems to be a tight little gang.
But is Oxfordshire County Council any better? I can think of a string of perverse decisions they have made. Banning buses from the city centre - selling off schools despite the fact that demand for school places is steeply rising. And when it comes to matters such as the hospital heat-pipe scheme, where a firm guiding hand is needed, nobody at all seems to be in charge. The hospitals just went ahead with a plan that disrupted the entire neighbourhood for months on end, a law unto themselves.
The new scheme is supported by Ian Hudspeth, and anything advocated by Ian Hudspeth is suspect. The ideal thing would appear to be both the City and the County Councils abolishing each other, but is there any hope of that?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

More Drastic Steps to Really Save the NHS

Patients are dying on hospital trolleys, left there in corridors for hours or days while staff are too busy and beds are not available... and Theresa May still thinks she can deny that there is a crisis in the NHS.

I like Mrs May and think she has a tough job, but on this matter I do not believe her, and think the valiant people campaigning all over the country to save the NHS are right not to believe her. While it is true that £ for £, government spending has gone up every year since the NHS was founded, it's also true that there IS a long-term plan to reduce, scale down, privatize and possibly sell 
off the NHS entirely.

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In a previous blog I suggested a few ideas and here are some more.

The NHS budget is well over £100 billion per year, so scrimping a few million here and there is not going to be enough to save it. Doctors, nurses and other staff are being told to make efficiency savings. That should surely be the responsibility of their notoriously overpaid managers and administrators? If it were up to me, I would take a look at cutting some of these management jobs, along with the diversity officers, assistant diversity officers, carbon reduction advisers and so on who are often paid far more than nurses.
Yes, we are short of doctors. Hospitals such as the Horton claim they are unable to fill posts. It is certainly true that one in eight GP posts are unfilled. The NHS is recruiting doctors from abroad and paying £120,000 recruitment fee to an agency for each doctor. Yet we are not prepared to pay university fees and subsistence grants to our OWN sons and daughters to train as doctors here in the UK. University fees are £9,000 per year and medical students, who have to study to six years minimum, are faced with a huge debt on leaving. This policy must change. We must bring back free medical training in this country for all who are British citizens and willing to work here afterwards. That is not saying we should be unfriendly or unwelcoming to foreign doctors - we should just be less reliant on them and we should certainly not have to pay to recruit them from abroad.

I believe that the Christian ethos in schools has an important part to play. Countless doctors and nurses in past generations were inspired to follow their vocation because Jesus was a healer, and they tried to follow his example. Bring this ethos back in the classroom. Tell children about high ideals instead of some of the rubbish they are taught nowadays.

Then we should look at the way that we source medications. Pharmaceutical companies make vast profits from the NHS which has no choice about buying a new drug if the less expensive older one for the same condition is withdrawn. When we leave the EU we will no longer be compelled to sell the drugs we produce abroad when we need them here - but what about setting up the manufacture of medications by the NHS itself, independently? There are plenty of drugs out of patent and opportunity to research rival ones. Old drugs could and should be re-licenced if it is in the interest of patients to do so.

Even that is not really drastic enough. We need to throw off the yoke of PFI. The Private Finance Initiative system has created an NHS crippled by debts of £222 billion. We are paying £ billions in interest every year on hospital buildings, and NHS Trust contracts often include unreasonable maintenance charges that are a sheer waste of public money. We pay more for PFI deals than the total wages of all midwives put together. Far more!

Basically, a PFI is like a mortgage that the government takes out on behalf of the public. The average annual cost of meeting the terms of the UK’s PFI contracts will be more than £10bn over the next decade.
And the cost of servicing PFIs is growing. Last year, it rose by £5bn. It could rise further, with inflation. The upward creep is the price taxpayers’ pay for a financing system which allows private firms to profit from investing in infrastructure.

Both Labour and Tory governments have allowed this to happen, and both parties blame each other. What I would like to see is some clever lawyers finding a way OUT of these contracts, and declaring them unfair and unenforceable. Most people did not understand what was happening when they were introduced, and most of the cost will be born by our children and grandchildren, who were certainly never consulted. Why don't the law lords who spend so much time and energy blocking Brexit do something useful for a change and find some convenient way of extricating us from a system that is unjust, onerous and exploitative?
At the very least, they should find some way to re-negotiate these contracts, in the same way as a deeply indebted individual can negotiate with creditors to reduce payments and extend time-limits. Unless we take some steps as drastic as this, there seems little hope that our children and grandchildren will be able to rely on a NHS that is still "free at the point of use".