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BRITISH PEOPLE AGAIN LET DOWN BY A PRIME MINISTER & GOVERNMENT WITH NO BACKBONE

BRITISH PEOPLE AGAIN LET DOWN BY A PRIME MINISTER & GOVERNMENT WITH NO BACKBONE

Theresa May UK Prime Minister calls on the support of her Members of a special Cabinet sub-committee on Brexit for their support at a two-hour meeting in Downing Street. She has proposed increasing her initial divorce bill offer of £18bn to around £35bn. However, EU has said it is looking for around £50bn. On top of this offer, she has wrapped it up with potentially allowing European Court of Justice’s to have jurisdiction in the United Kingdom

Well this just shows her levels of incompetence and true intentions to potential give away the United Kingdom to Europe Union (EU).

Did the people of the United Kingdom really vote to leave the EU or was it just dream.

While the UK is slipping further into recession caused by the austerity cuts introduced by this Government. Education, Health, Defence, Emergency, Border Control and Social sectors continue to suffer from the lack of finances introduced into the sectors, reasons given is the there is no monies available. But today she can give commitment to double the divorce pay-out to leave EU.

It seems the only interest that a majority of these elected members of parliament is their own wealth or interests. Where is this extra monies coming from to pay the divorce bill, yes you have guessed it correctly. There potentially will be measures taken to push the people in the UK further into poverty.

EU have been delaying on trade talks, as they are more interesting in establishing the best for the EU. This is evident by their actions to date and the UK Government have fallen for it, playing straight into the hands of the EU negotiators.

UK should have took the upper hand and walked away from the Trade talks, as EU have more to lose.

This little island was once known as the United Kingdom or Great Britain, our politicians lead from the front and stood up for the people of the United Kingdom. They were not driven by their desire achieving as much wealth as they can during their term in Politics.

Veteran Eurosceptic Peter Bone said: “One pound is too much. There is no legal obligation whatsoever for us to pay any money. We are net contributors, over £200bn over the years to the European Union super state. If anyone should get any money from this divorce, it’s us. The idea we would pay £38bn is absurd.

Theresa May & her members of the special cabinet also wrap the financial offer with European Court of Justice to have a say in enforcing the rights of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit. Well this is just absurd and shows the incompetence of our Government.

Our fathers and their fathers fought for the people of the United Kingdom for freedom and to govern our own destiny as a country. It actually feels that the people who give their lives or suffered to ensure the people of the United Kingdom did not suffer. Today, it feels these individuals, who were proud and willing to sacrifice their lives to stand for the British people’s rights and freedom were sold down the river by the Politicians representing the Great British people of today.

We have had Prime Ministers over the last three decades who have been useless and only interested in lining their pockets, one of which was will to commit war crimes and sacrifices the lives of our forces and commit them to war on a lie. Each one of the Prime Ministers have been willing to sacrifice the welfare of the British People through their deception and continued support of capitalism measures. Treating the British citizens as a third-party citizen by putting people the wealthy and individuals from before its own citizens.

What the European Union Members seem to forget is only some 74 years ago the men, women and families of the United Kingdom. Deployed to their lands and sacrificed their lives to liberate the European countries from the strong hold / grip of then German Forces, which invaded their lands.

Today, they treat us as their enemy for wanting to leave a union, which the UK has been committed to more than many of its members.

UK Parliamentary Members need to stand tall and remember the words of one of our best Prime Ministers – Sir Winston Churchill. He lead by example and never backed down, so why should you back down and roll over, is this what our nation has become over the last 70 years. Did our loved ones sacrifice the lives for our country to be weak and frightened to stand-up for the rights of the people?

If you think the latter is true then step down, as you’re not worthy to represent the people of this nation. Start to lead this country and put the “Great & Union” back the respective titles.

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REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND (COME & GONE), WHAT DID IT REALLY MEAN?

REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND (COME & GONE), WHAT DID IT REALLY MEAN?

11th November every year is a prominent time across the globe, especially in the United Kingdom (UK).

2017 is no different to any other time everyone pledges their gratitude by obtaining a “Poppy” by donating money to the “The British Legion” and everyone stops for a period of time “Before & After” and reflects on the persons who have given their lives for their Country (Members of Parliment).

Today, classified as a “Veteran”, I signed to serve my Queen & Country, was willing to give my life to serve and protect humanity and freedom. Proud to say that, I served my country and crown in conflicts in foreign lands.

However, over the last few years having had time to reflect on life past and present, especially in the United Kingdom, my view has changed slightly.

After attending various remembrance services over the weekend of remembrance. It is saddening to say that one feels let down, the charity that operates the poppy appeal have become a commercial enterprise. As a veteran, I refused to wear a poppy or give a donation to the British Legion, I have my reason which are revealed later on.

rah_32637301428While attending the Royal Albert Hall Remembrance evening it became evident that the Poppy Appeal is just a PR Gimmick and money earner. The organiser and charity actually put on a great event with stories and reminders to promote the Poppy Appeal, the PR is absolutely outstanding and very affective visually.

What is the real cost of this and is this money better spent to help our services personnel past and present. While sitting amongst my brothers / sisters proud to be in their presence of so many great people listening to the stories of past and present. This started to generate overwhelming feelings for me and I wanted to stand up, interrupt the live televised broadcast and speak out.

Actually struggled to fight off the urge that was building inside and speak my mind. This is the first-time that I have ever had this urge and it actually scared me, had no choice but to leave before the end of the show.

Reason for the urge to stand-up and taking this action was the poppy appeal has lost its appeal. It is a PR stunt, we reflect on our brothers / sisters / mothers / fathers / grandfathers / grandmothers and friends who have sacrificed their lives in conflicts or luckily still here today, but are combating with other pains from their times in service. For a very short period of time there is reflection on their lives and a reminder of the reason these sacrifices were taken to protect humanity and the freedom of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth people in World War I & II.

untitledTBWe reflect on the losses in the most recent conflicts in the Middle East. However, we seem to forget a majority of sacrifices in the Middle East were because the Politicians of the time were influenced by America Government to send us to war that was structured and prefabricated by America. This war was on so-called terror and WMD’s, which is far from the truth. Men and women lost their lives, while others returned with serious life changing injuries that they continue to battle with today. Unfortunately no persons or politicians have been held accountable for putting us to war without clarification of the facts. They actually have either become wealthy individuals in the top-tier of society or still in government in influential positions of power, slowly destroying the UK.

organize-and-take-the-big-bagToday 2017, a majority of the people who have sacrificed their lives one way or another would not be happy with how the United Kingdom has turned out. Veterans and active service personnel are not priority or looked after by our government, worse still the people of United Kingdom are divided and while the Elected Government Members protect the wealthy and enhance their revenue the majority of people are continually suffering through the austerity measures that are taken, the world economy suffered a recession in 2008 and have still not recovered. The country is slipping further in to recession but is being flowered up or polished to look as if we are pulling out. Majority of the people of the United Kingdom are treated as 3rd Class Citizens in their own country, as the wealthy are priority, followed by the refugees and asylum seekers.

Refuges, asylum seekers and others from outside the United Kingdom take priority. Our national service systems are at breaking point and the systems are near failure. Majority of the United Kingdom people live in poverty or below the line of poverty.

d216b6c5-17d6-4235-be7f-65d6c38bd8b6-homelessmanWe have veterans, who are fighting their own battles / war after leaving the services. There is an increase of veterans living on the streets, in prison, suffering mental health issues and unfortunately taking their own lives because they cannot continue the fight any longer, without support.

Since 2007 there is 187 Registered Charities that state they are raising funds to support service personnel, families and veterans such as the Royal British Legion that generate large sums of funds through charity, their tag line is

“We help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen”.

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However, the UK Charity Commission has openly stated that a majority of the Charities hold back up to 80% of the funds.

British Legion itself has sat on funds and has on numerous occasions been contacted by veterans or charities looking for assistance, as they are suffering hard times and need little help. But were turned away as they were not seen as their preferred case study.

People close to a veteran suffering will tell you that they will not ask for help due to pride or until they are pushed. When a veteran ask for help nine of ten times it will be serious, majority of them will not ask due to their level of pride or feel that they will be seen as weak.

Main reason a vast amount of charities (187) have formed since 2007 is they felt that the existing charities were not providing the necessary support.

Having been homeless and reaching out for help by contacting various Military Charities, I was let down by many including the RBL. However, was lucky to be captured and assisted by one great organisation. During my time spent under the support system of the charity, it become evident that there were other veterans that had approached other charities and RBL, but refused support or assistance. Saddening part is that genuine Charities even struggle to secure support from RBL, who is the UK Government elected Charity.

During my time under the support structure of the Charity is that monies is raised from different sources and the Regiment that you served actually provides a portion of the funding as well as the charity.

untitledgtHave actually witnessed many commonwealth brothers and sisters, who have undertaken active service in conflict zones, return home to the country they defended and were willing to give their life. Refused UK Citizenship unless they undertook the citizenship test and paid the relevant fee.

This is ridiculous and should have more entitlement than many others arriving in the UK, as they were willing to give their life for Queen & Country. These individuals should be given exemption from the citizenship test and given a British Passport if they served minimum set time of service or in a conflict zone.

imagesRTLOS1JUActually a former Prime Minister, who has never done anything courageous for the United Kingdom apart from lined his pockets as do many other politicians in the UK failed the Citizenship Test.

 

It is saddening to watch people who have become homeless and actually turned to drugs and alcohol to take away the pain of the cold and embarrassment. It is saddening to see ex-veterans being treated from time to time as a 3rd & 4th class citizen in their own country that they were happy to give their life to defend.

As a veteran we are willing to give our lives to protect the Queen & Country and ensure the freedom and humanity of life or follow orders.

Everyone overtime stated Adolf Hitler was a tyrant, which he was at the end. However, what a lot of people do not know was, that he was employed by the government to infiltrate the German Workers Party and gain intelligence during a time of great depression. He received a copy of his pamphlet My Political Awakening, which contained anti-Semitic, nationalist, anti-capitalist, and anti-Marxist ideas. This become a moment that would change the world forever and turn the once solider into a Political Leader. In 2017, a lot of people could say we are in a similar predicament in the UK and western worlds, due to the actions of our western leaders over the last two decades. The only difference is the Anti-semitic is replaced with Anti-islam.

While serving in a conflict zone in Europe, during a board game of chest with a Yugoslavian gentleman was told the next world war would occur in the Western World (United Kingdom). This was his opinion, his reasoning for this statement was due to people uprising against the governmental way. He openly stated the immigration and policies will lead to the UK Population becoming unhappy and being undervalued, which in turn will cause an uprising.

It is saddening to think that this Old Man’s words may come true in the near future, if the Government continue as there has been discontent shown in the past 12  – 24 months.

People of the United Kingdom and other western countries have come together and raised their concerns regards the decisions and direction their Elected Governments have taken over the last few years. Everyone seems to raise their voices from time to time. It seems it is only a matter of time before an individual or party with the support of the people will throw the UK Politics in to turmoil.

More concerning and saddening part here is the next Tyrant could be bred and born in the United Kingdom. People will clash and the next uprising could lead to a war….

Our Queen and her family need to take a stand for the people of the United Kingdom, as our government seems to be out of touch with the majority of the people suffering day in, day out. Poverty is around the corner for a majority of people, debt continues to grow out of control with bills continuing to grow. Today, the UK People cannot get value for money, with food packaging shrinking and pricing increasing on a weekly and monthly basis.

The one thing with the people of Britain is we will take a lot of crap. But there will be a point when the people will say, enough is enough. Remember, the British people are strong, full of pride and when they bite back it will hurt everyone in position of power or on the other side of the divide. The longer this government and corporate powers continue to treat us as third class citizens the more respect is lost and deeper the bite will be.

We were once known as “Great Britain and United Kingdom” today we are neither as we are not United or Great. Individual’s who we actually remember on the 11th November, who give their lives in past wars and conflict did not fight or give their lives for the citizens of the UK to become a third class citizen. REMEMBER, they fought for freedom, humanity and to bring an end to suffering.

People in power need to stand up and start repairing our country and bring back our values that were the foundation that made us “Great & United”. Our services from emergency, education, housing, health, immigration, border control and armed services are at breaking point with continued influx of people into the country, austerity cuts and giving of relief to the wealthy, corporate organisations and other nations.

WE NEED TO THINK BRITISH FIRST, WE VOTED TO LEAVE THE EU, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HAD ENOUGH OF PUTTING OTHERS FIRST, it may have been a wrong decision but only time will tell.

Today our active service personnel actually do not know if they have a secure future with the continued cuts.

In all the time the people have suffered the austerity cuts, we have never seen a Member of Parliament, Lords or Banking Industry suffer any financial cuts they have enhanced their levels of wealth, while everyone else suffers cuts.

If you read this blog, thank you. Please understand this is my opinion and everyone has one, some may not like it or agree, but there it is and thnk you again…….

HS2 Routing  to disrupt people’s lives, remove housing adding to the continue lack of housing and cost an estimated £56bn. No project ever comes in on budget lets watch this price enhance to £100bn + by the end.

HS2 Routing to disrupt people’s lives, remove housing adding to the continue lack of housing and cost an estimated £56bn. No project ever comes in on budget lets watch this price enhance to £100bn + by the end.

UK Government again just going ahead with ludicrous plans, which is going to cost and cause further turmoil to our struggling economy.

Chris Grayling (UK Transport Secretary) said:

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“Britain’s new railway line will bring huge economic benefits across the country and help ensure this government delivers on its promise to spread wealth beyond London and the south-east,”

This comment just shows this cabinet minister is either delusional or taking some form of medication that is making him hallucinate. The government promised to spread the wealth in the 1980’s with the introduction of the “trickle-down economics” system. Today the only individuals to have benefited from the government incentives are corporate organisations, wealthy individuals and minority of politicians.

Majority of the people of the UK have not had a pay increase over the last decade and are living on similar wages that they were on a decade ago. However, this time the true value of the pound is not the same, as it is weaker and the cost of living has increased dramatically.

While the politicians have had large increments in their wages since 1996, last-one in 2015 which was at least 11% raise in pay, as highlighted in previous blog.

The people who provide services of security, save life, educate our children, ensure the country is run correctly and fight illegal wars on behalf of the politicians get pay caps / freezes below the rate of inflation and cuts to services, which effect their lives, enhancing their workload and hours. Although the government continue to give false promises of raising or removing the pay restrictions in times of need as they did recently for the emergency services, but was found to be just false hopes or blowing wind up the people’s backside.

It is a known fact that construction projects on this scale never finish within the estimated budget and always far more, the projected estimate could be easily above £100bn.

Further statement made from the Cabinet Minister:

“We will now press ahead with building the line, while continuing to ensure affected communities get appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect.”

It is great to now they will continue to ensure the affected communities get appropriate support and treated with fairness, compassion and respect. While to date, they have not been treated as the statement implies, this has come to some as a shock. UK has a housing shortage, it is in turmoil with regards housing people and this railway route will pass through areas with proposed and new housing developments. However the railway route has taken president over the housing and the developments will be stopped and new housing or housing obstructing the route demolished.

This is not benefiting anyone other than the minority class and minority of politicians on the receiving end of back-handers. The vote held in 2016, when the construction estimate was £30bn was a majority thought it was not absurd

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Same wording in the statement above “while continuing to ensure affected communities get appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect” was said with regards housing the people displaced by the horrific fire and aftermath of the tower inspections. Unfortunately, these people are still fighting to be housed and feel they have been forgotten, this government are using words but finding it hard to take physical action, as they do not care about the people that are effected by their plans.

Residents of the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough have disputed that only 16 houses will be demolished by the new line. Karen Schofield, whose family farm is also on the proposed route, told the BBC that the government’s decision was

“Unthinkable”. “It’s the worst possible news that anybody wants to hear, that you’re going to lose your family home, which my husband and his brothers… they bought, what, 40-odd years ago,”

“There’s horses, there’s stables, we’ve provided employment for local communities… and it’s ok HS2 saying they’re going to compensate like-for-like… we’ve invited them to come down here and have a look what we’ve built up over the years.”

Although the government has setup a compensation scheme that will offer homeowners the “un-blighted” value of their home plus 10%. This will not be enough for persons to buy in the same areas. There should be no statutory compulsory purchase schemes, the residents of their homes, which are their castles should have not have been put in this predicament and the government should be re-routing or upgrading existing lines if they feel they need too.

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Minority of the Members of Parliament have spoken out, Labour representative for Doncaster North Ed Miliband has spoken out and said putting the line through his constituency was “wrong and perverse”.

“It flies in the face of evidence, logic, and above all, the economic needs of South Yorkshire, the government and HS2 should be ashamed about the way they have gone about this decision. Their arguments do not add up, the consultation was a sham, and the residents have been ignored,”

While Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, states openly that the overall HS2 plan would be of benefit to the country. By freeing up the capacity on the East Coast Mainline, West Coast Mainline, through the HS2 route we’ll be able to shift some of our freight network onto the rail network from the road network.

Does she not think the rail network that we have in place today could be modernised to take freight from our road network, we do not utilise the railway and transport links we have in place today. Being realistic the majority of the freight received today is transported on the roads, however the number of good vehicle licences continue to fall. With HGV traffic is now below its 2007 pre-recession level. It is a known fact that the Logistic sector is suffering from skills shortages, which effects the efficiency of the business and operations. Another concern with shifting freight from roads to rail is cost, considering the price of using the rail infrastructure today and potential increase.

In addition if this is to benefit the people of the UK, what about West of England, Scotland and Wales, should the lines not be directed towards these parts of the country as they will probably lose out economically?

One of the strongest arguments against HS2 is the opportunity cost. Spend £56bn on HS2 and that’s £56bn gone from other projects. The UK is heavily in debt, public finances are stretched so spending is carefully prioritised and cuts to emergency and public services. But the government has failed to

Although the government will insist that the “High speed rail is the right answer for Britain.” it may be in the future when the country has not got major deficits in its revenue. In 2017, we cannot afford to keep our basic services in operational condition and continue to rob one sector to pay another sector, this is a money pit that will swallow up finances best used elsewhere.

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Theresa May, must have magic money tree or gene in a lamp, the UK need to stop this pantomime and come to reality. Money is not available for these fantasies project, especially when we have future costs that will affect our budget. Nobody knows the true pricing of leaving the EU or replacing all the cladding on the Tower Blocks across the UK to date, let alone any other surprises we have around the corner

This HS2 project should be put to the public vote, as it affects our future in the UK and not everyone is backing it, the government have a agenda and has tried to sneaky this project under the radar, as MP’s were not informed of the go-ahead formally and there was no discussion.

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The best part here is Chris Grayling is another Member of Parliament that has taken advantage of his position in the past and claimed tax payer’s monies (see link below) for his gains. How can we trust these people to work in the interest of the voters, when they are only interested in enhancing their wealth?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5305242/Chris-Grayling-claimed-for-London-flat-despite-nearby-constituency-home-MPs-expenses.html

Austerity / capitalism causation of trickle-down economics introduced by world leaders over three decades ago and still being enforced today.

Austerity / capitalism causation of trickle-down economics introduced by world leaders over three decades ago and still being enforced today.

Today in 2017, the UK and the USA have similar economy, which splits the population by favoring the high net-worth individuals. While it deprives everyone else not lucky enough to sit in the high net-worth part of the population and makes them poorer.

The economy scale has tipped in the favor of austerity and capitalism.

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Unfortunately, in the UK this system that lead to the austerity and divide between the population is due to the Members of Parliament continually supporting the system that benefits the high net-worth part of the population and deprives the rest.

This system was introduced in the 1980’s by the relevant leaders, Margaret Thatcher (UK) & Ronald Regan (USA), the system was known as the “Trickle-down Economics System”.

The main foundation of the system was to Trickle-down, which can be (very loosely) characterised as the idea that reducing the tax burden on the high net-worth and wealthy individuals, in the end, is good for everyone.

They felt that the wealthy person’s taxes being reduced will increase their disposable income. This will then enable the wealthy person to spend the extra income on a new mansion, or luxury goods, or lavish holidays. Which in-turn will benefit the estate agent, the luxury manufacturer, tourist resorts and service providers profits increase, this increasing their disposable income and continue the trickle down processes. The profits will also enable the people to invest the profits, expanding their capacity, creating new jobs in the process. That additional investment boosts income and employment. This then will grow the economy, bringing in more tax revenues (more, indeed, than were forgone through the initial tax cut). The size of the state is reduced, the freedom of the population grows and general prosperity is enlarged.

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Although this system / model sounds good, it is fact that it does not work and the only individuals who benefit is the wealthy. As they make the profit and continue to purchase expanding their wealth, the wealthy individuals are owners of the product ranges, estate agents and brands etc. that they initially make their purchases. So the money they spend just keeps going around in circles increasing the wealth dived.

Two well-known former government purse holders from the US & UK have commented on the system and agreed that is failed the majority of the country’s population.  Larry Summers (US Treasury Secretary) and Ed Balls (UK Shadow Chancellor) have stated openly and in reports

“That tax cuts for the rich do not inexorably result in more economic activity, but create a growing income gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. The rich tend to save more of their disposable income and growth slows down.”

An academic and popular economic writer from Cambridge University – Ha-Joon Chang,  states “The trickle-down argument crucially depends on the assumption that, when given a bigger slice of national output, the rich will use it to increase investments”, he has written. He describes this as “an assumption that has not been borne out by reality”, and goes on: “Once you realise that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are: a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer.”

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Individuals who have worked in high-level positions within the government or who have become experts on the subject. Believe that higher wages for ordinary workers, higher rates of tax on the super-rich and corporations, as well as a co-ordinate international closure of tax loopholes, with the money used to finance more public infrastructure investment.

This trickle down system was introduced over three decades ago, it was not subscribed to by the population and no open discussion or review of the system has been undertaken to establish the areas of failings. Main reason for this is the individuals who introduced the system (Members of Parliament) are actually benefiting from the system, they do not want change as it will affect their wealth.

There is no record of any serious free-market thinker ever outlining that cutting tax rates on high earners is good because it encourages the rich to spend,” argues Ryan Bourne of the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank. “Free-marketers don’t believe in low taxes because of their effect on spending. They believe in low taxes because they provide a strong incentive to earn more income in the first place.”

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Only in the last week Philip Hammond (UK MP & Chancellor of Exchequer) spoke out in cabinet meeting that he felt that Public workers are overpaid. This just strengthens the notion that the only system that is of any interest is the one that protects and enhances his wealth. When considering he and a majority of the MP’s representing the UK Population benefits greatly from the “Trickle-down System”. Philip Hammond, who has an estimated wealth of £8.2 million in 2014. He has previously been caught-out for avoiding tax’s http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/millionaire-tory-philip-hammonds-200-3231876 .

In early 2017, Philip Hammond was challenged by an opposition leader to publicly publish his tax return, but he refused. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-corbyn-publishes-tax-return-chancellor-philip-hammond_uk_58bc41b7e4b0b998941837c6

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he has “no intention” of making public his documents since “my tax affairs are all perfectly regular and up to date”. This just shows that the person to set the UK Budget and control the purse, cannot be open and transparent with his earnings or income. Which are most probably ten to twenty times more than any public worker and only shows his real intentions to enhance his wealth and support the minority of the population. MP’s serve the UK Population and should be accountable to the people, then why are they not showing their annual earnings by issuing the tax return publicly.

Income inequality has reached excessive levels and is now effecting the majority of the UK Population and growth in the public services and economy. Rather than stimulating spending by the wealthy it is doing the opposite, which in-turn is forcing much of the population to enhance their levels of debit.

Remember, majority of the Members of Parliament, who represent the UK People are receiving financial rewards of more than £100k year with salaries and expenses etc. Probably a majority have been fortunate to have generated a wealth through their careers in the government sector and do not feel the effects of austerity or capitalism.

Legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion is costing the UK billions a year and effecting the public services and population. Estimated cost in 2014 estimated at

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UK GOVERNMENT BLASÉ ATTITUDE TOWARDS SAFETY COULD DRAMATICALLY COST FINANCIALLY AND ADDS CHAOS TO AN ALREADY SOCIAL HOUSING CRISES

UK GOVERNMENT BLASÉ ATTITUDE TOWARDS SAFETY COULD DRAMATICALLY COST FINANCIALLY AND ADDS CHAOS TO AN ALREADY SOCIAL HOUSING CRISES

26th June 2017, the UK Social housing is in turmoil, as tenants of four tower blocks are told to leave their homes with no contingency plan for re-housing. The occupancy of a further estimated sixty tower blocks is questionable and some may have to leave their homes due to the tower blocks being inhabitable due to poor standard of safety.

The main area of concern is regards the cladding found on the external part of the building, which is found to be combustible due to the polyethylene core sandwich layer. After the government instructed all tower block owners to submit sections of their cladding for testing in laboratories, majority of the tests have failed the testing regime.

Cladding caused a fire to spread and engulf a tower block in the last fortnight, which was horrific and one of the most tragic fire incidents in a long time. The occupants had raised their concerns and complained on many occasions of the lack of safety management in the common areas. However, there complaint were ignored until it was too late.

Following this horrific fire at Grenfell Tower on the 14th June, all social housing similar were told by the government to undergo inspections of the external cladding and internal common areas.

Unfortunately, over sixty towers across twenty five regions have now been found to fail the fire tests and inspections. On top of this decision the UK Government on the 25th June 2017  requested the hospitals across the UK covered with similar cladding to be inspected.

On the 23rd June Camden Town Council in London, actually evacuated four tower blocks containing approximately three thousand people in eight hundred occupied flats. The evacuation was done as they failed the cladding and fire safety inspections and the risk was to high for families to occupy the residential tower blocks and that maintenance would start immediately to bring them back to an acceptable standard within two – four weeks.

The first block was evacuated early Friday evening and continued through to early hours of the morning, this was done by people knocking on the flats and telling tenants they had to pack somethings and leave.

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Camden Town Council took these steps as they felt there was no alternate due to the risk of fire being very high as advised by the experts. The decision was taken following the tower blocks being inspected by the Local Fire Brigade and fire experts earlier in the day, who found the building to be lacking or in a poor standard with regards Fire Safety. It was felt in an event of a fire that the building could not be evacuated completely and there was a risk of a similar fire occurring that had occurred on the 12th June at Grenfell Tower.

Today, we have families refusing to move out of the Camden Town Council tower blocks. While other families have been housed in temporary accommodation, which consist of hotels, blow up camp beds in their local sport centre, other temporary flats or moved in with their families.

The families that refuse to leave maybe moved through legal proceedings, which is saddening to say the least. Although all the families have been told that the maintenance may take up to four weeks, being realistic this project could take up to eight to twelve weeks.

The worse part here is the UK has already got a housing crises, following the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower the people of that tower block have not been re-housed or really been taken care of to date.

At this moment in time there seems to be no firm direction from the government and they just continue knee jerking and re-active measures following a major incident.

Unfortunately, there were indications prior to this horrific fire. The residents raised concerns to the lack of safety standards and were just ignored.

There was a fire in 2009 in Lakanal House, Camberwell, London. Inquest to the fire incident found the cladding panels were non-fire retardant and the landlord did not undertake any fire safety checks / inspections. Following a ten-week inquest by a corner a report was issued with recommendations towards standards of cladding to be used in the construction or re-development of buildings, fire services visit high-rise blocks to learn their layout and landlords consider fitting them with sprinkler systems.

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In addition to the recommendations in the report, it also suggested residents should also get better fire safety information. This report was submitted to government, house of parliament with recommendations but no actions taken.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of speculation on the lack of fire safety legislation. However, this is not the problem with regards these drop in fire standards. It is blatant that there has been a lack of enforcement of the safety legislation and management. If the basic elements of the legislation were undertaken i.e. risk assessments, management plans, inspections, audits, training and communication etc. then the steps taken today may have never had to be taken and the incident may have not occurred as relevant control measures would have been installed to mitigate the risk or likelihood of the horrific fire.

Main contributing factors here is negligence, the saddening part is that there is no individual or organisation to blame. Everyone from the owners, developers, architect, CDM Coordinator, facility management through to Government have played their part. At one time or another they have been negligent and have contributed to these catalogue of failures leading up to these incidents, there has been a cumulative of failures.

Although there has been comments of potential charging individuals or organisations following a complete investigation of the original incident under Corporate Manslaughter Regulations. Being realistic and based on fact, this may not happen, as these failings cannot pinpointed to one individual / organisation, as there is not just one area of failing here, as there are many underlying causes and contributing factors.

What has become evident through the actions taken following the incident to prevent a re-occurrence by other Landlords of Tower Blocks with similar build in the UK.  Is that they are all failing to meet the legal requirement regards UK Legislation and Standards. This incident could have occurred in any one of these tower blocks, anywhere at anytime under the same circumstances and would have been just as horrific, as they failed the inspections and testing regime.

Question has to be asked today, is the local governments and owners of these tower blocks ready for future civil action from the residents. As the Landlord’s Legal responsibilities have not been undertaken, what duty of care has been given to the tenants of these tower blocks.

The tenancy agreement is a contract between the tenant and landlord. It sets out certain rights and responsibilities under the contracts. Question, has your landlord contrived section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 – which means that the landlord is responsible for keeping in repair:

  • The structure and exterior of your home, for example, the walls, roof, foundations, drains, guttering and external pipes, windows and external doors
  • Basins, sinks, baths, toilets and their pipework
  • Water and gas pipes, electrical wiring, water yanks, boilers, radiators, gas fires fitted electric fires and fitted heaters.
  • For tenancies that began on or after 15th January 1989, these repair and responsibilities extend to the common parts of the building for example. Entrance halls, stairs and lifts.

Landlords have legal responsibilities outside of these tenancy agreement as they have obligations from other areas of Law, which is they have blatantly not complied with by the actions they are taking following the incident.

The next few months will be interesting to see the direction the UK LAW Firms head, especially the “No Win, No Fee” as these tenants have potential claims for negligence or private nuisance direct with their Landlords.

Unfortunately, based on experience there are three areas that are seen as a drain on monies within businesses and organisations throughout the United Kingdom and across the globe, these are:

  • Health & Safety
  • Quality
  • Security

Although they are seen as a drain on the budget and time, when an incident occurs what transpires in the incident investigation. Is that there was a failing concerning one of those three elements, as either corners were cut or they were not enforced or managed. On occasions the three elements may be contributing factors for the Incident.

The saddening part is the attitude that majority of people and organisations have is similar. They see health, safety, security and quality requirements as a burden on their time and just a treat it as a paperwork or tick box exercise. That is until something goes wrong, as proven again.

More upsetting is the way people following an incident and the way their actually change in attitude and they start deflecting responsibilities and finger pointing.

This behaviour can be contributed by the attitude of the UK Government has had regards health, safety and security over the recent years. Through the actions they have taken to remove legislation and cuts in our emergency services and enforcing sector for health and safety (HSE Inspectorate). They have stated openly in the House of Commons that Health & Safety is a burden on businesses financially.

This attitude has unfortunately disseminate across the people and organisations of the UK population and is going to be costly for the government and the UK Tax payer. Let’s hope that these lessons are learned and actions are taken to prevent any re-occurrence in the future, which could be in other areas of industry or sectors.

Fire safety is taken for granted and people’s attitude is, that it will never happen, this needs to change, today ask yourself a few questions:

  • When was the last time you tested your fire alarm / equipment at home, have you took the battery out of the alarm because it keeps going off
  • Does everybody know how to get out of the building in event of a fire, do your kids know the way out of the house in event of fire, if you are enable to help
  • Why do you not take notice of a fire alarm going off and wait for someone else to take action or tell you to move

We can all think back at one of these questions and remember a time that we have sat back and ignored the safety aspect or done something we should have not. Second item was an eye opener that a lot of people do not even think of educating their family members.

Remember, other sectors have had incidents that could have been horrific i.e. food safety over time has had problems and IT Security in NHS. All could have major consequences and occur to failing of management or lack enforcement of legislation.