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."

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/liam-nolan-quits-perry-beeches-11315244

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/20/business-rates-blow-softened-budget/

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