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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…….

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Theresa May warns cabinet ‘there is no such thing as an unsackable minister’, then let’s sack the majority of the gutless, air stealing, penny pinching troglodytes.

Theresa May warns cabinet ‘there is no such thing as an unsackable minister’, then let’s sack the majority of the gutless, air stealing, penny pinching troglodytes.

UK Government is in disarray with the back biting and bickering, rather than fixing the problems and looking at bring solutions to ease the life of much of the population, who have become slaves to work and money. They continue with threatening their peers with termination, there is a problem at the top and they just do not want to listen

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The system in the UK was supposed to be democracy based, however, is more like socialist system that a select few in government control, there is no voice for the people as shown in the last few decades.

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There are six hundred and fifty Members of Parliament that are supposed to represent the UK Population, this all sounds great, but unfortunately there is an old van-guard that protects most of the troglodytes. When a new Member of Parliament enters the political ring, they are entering on the permission of the voter that elected them to be their representative. They enter this old institute of politics trusting they can bring change for the people they represent. However, how disappointed they become to find that the house of parliament is run by a select van-guard, they protect the old institute that generates wealth for the select few within the UK Population.

Overtime new members of parliament become dis-heartened with their desires to bring change and end up either joining many of the members and just want to enhance and protect their wealth. A minority of the members will speak out, however are weeded out or chastised for their disloyalty, if they do not toe the line then they are removed or disgraced from their privileged seats of power.

This institute, which has become driven by socialist values needs to be changed. As it is not benefiting most of the people of the UK.

With the availability of the technology advances in-today’s world there is no reason why the UK need so many members of parliament. By using the technology available the UK government could introduce a Direct Democracy system similar to  the Switzerland system, where the people vote on key items and budget orientated matters.

Today, with the technology availability, the UK should be considering issuing a national identification card via “Blockchain Technology” to accesses the public-sector services, this may well save on financial loss within the Health & Social Security sector. We should introduce health insurance for the population on an annual salary £45,000.

If the UK continue the path it is on at the moment then it is only a matter of time before the UK system completely fails and a massive uproar happens as it has previously, scenes from the coal miners, council tax riots will be seen again on the UK Streets. This time it will be worse as the enforcers of the law (Public Services) are being targeted by the governments continued penny pinching and will not standby during the uprising of the people.

Members of Parliament are walking a thin-line and need to actually listen to the majority of the people who feel they are the slaves to the UK Economy, due to the governments policies set over the last three decades.

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 PARLIAMENT VOTED TO CONTINUE WITH ONE PERCENT (1%) CAP ON PUBLIC SERVICES RATHER THAN SCRAP IT OUTRIGHT, BUT THEY CONTINUE TO LINE THEIR POCKETS

UK PARLIAMENT VOTED TO CONTINUE WITH ONE PERCENT (1%) CAP ON PUBLIC SERVICES RATHER THAN SCRAP IT OUTRIGHT, BUT THEY CONTINUE TO LINE THEIR POCKETS

UK PRIME MINISTER makes a deal with DUP to secure her position by offering an increase of £1 billion increase in spending for Northern Ireland for the next two years.

imagesI7HBRZHRHowever, she is reluctant to support our public service workers by lifting the pay cap of one percent that was introduced by Mr. George Osbourne in 2012 for a period of four years, this was extended in the Chancellor Budget until 2019.

On Wednesday evening 29th June 2017, there was a vote called in the House of Commons to bring an end to the cuts to the emergency services and an end the cap of one percent (1%) on pay by make amendments to the Queen Speech. The Members of Parliament (MP’s) showed their true colours and feelings during this vote towards the people that continue to protect and save lives of the people of the United Kingdom. As they voted to continue to keep the cap of one percent, in favour of cap was voted by 323, while against was 309, the government had a majority of 14 votes.

Meanwhile Downing Street signals, The limit on public sector salary rises could be reviewed, after attempts to scrap the 1% cap was defeated in the Parliament vote.

Do NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH!!!!!!!!

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Living standards for many of the public sector workers in the UK have suffered for years with the low or no pay increments. While inflation has continued to raise and is at two point nine percent (2.9%), as of 29th June 2017.

What is saddening part here is that a majority of the public services wages at least one or two times less than the basic wage of a Member of Parliament, which is £74,000 a year. This basic wage for MP’s is just the scratch of the surface as they and entitled to other expenses, see below.

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So, who is the most valued MP’s or Public Sector Personnel / Services. It is absurd that the FAT CATS that sit and argue like school children, rather than professional peers in the House of Commons They were elected to represent the people of the UK, but a majority seem to have no interest in what the people concerns and more interested in implementing further austerity measures that they continue to undertake and the lining of their own pockets, while the working class become poorer.

Unfortunately, class dived in the UK is extremely evident and there is only two classes of citizens, wealthy and working class, which are poor. Over the last month the Members of Government have shown through their lack of action, which they have continued to date, by not pro-actively supporting the working class (poor class) during the horrific incidents.

MP’s basic wages have increased by approximately 117% since 1996 and continues to raise further in the future. Although the previous UK Prime Minister David Cameron, on 24 May 2015 announced that he intended to freeze ministerial pay for the next five years. However, this was implemented as nine days later on the 2 June 2015 ministerial pay was to increase at the same time as MP’s basic pay was increased. Their basic wage can increase dramatically with the other expenses and perks that they are entitled to claim, see below.

Many MPs (ministers, the Speaker, senior opposition leaders, opposition chief whip, etc.) receive a supplementary salary for their specific responsibilities. As of 1 April 2015 these additional entitlements range from £15,025 for Select Committee Chairs, £74,990 for the Prime Minister.

  • Prime Minister’s total salary would therefore increase from £142,500 to £149,440.
  • Cabinet Ministers would increase from £134,565 to £141,505.
  • Total salary for ministers would increase from £89,740 to £96,375.
  • Total salary for parliamentary under-secretaries would increase from £89,435 to £96,375.

Unfortunately the full details of current ministerial pay at all levels have yet to be published on either the UK Parliament website or that of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Here is a list of other expenses that Member of Parliament are entitled to0:

Office expenses

  • Office running costs
  • Staffing costs
  • Travel: staff
  • Centrally purchased stationery
  • Postage costs
  • Central IT costs
  • Communications Allowance

Expense outside IPSA

MPs are entitled to claim £9,000 a year for postage and stationery (financial year 2015-16). This amount is in addition to any stationery and postage costs which Members may have reimbursed under the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s expenses Scheme.

Housing, second home, and travel

MPs receive allowances towards having somewhere to live in London and in their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency.

Cost of staying away from main home

  • Travel: car
  • Travel: rail
  • Travel: bike
  • Travel: European

Pension arrangements

Ps will normally receive a pension of either 1/40th or 1/50th of their final pensionable salary for each year of pensionable service depending on the contribution rate they will have chosen. Members who made contributions of 13.75% of their salary gain an accrual rate of 1/40th. State contributions for MPs are more than four times higher than the average paid out by companies for final-salary schemes, but they are not significantly more generous than most public-sector pensions.

If an MP stands down during the course of a Parliament for ill health reasons, an ill health retirement grant is payable, calculated in the same way as the Resettlement Grant (as well as an immediate pension based on the service the MP would have accrued if he or she had continued to serve until age 65)

Resettlement Grant and Winding-up Allowance

On leaving the House of Commons, an MP will be entitled to what is essentially severance pay.

Resettlement Grant

The Resettlement Grant is the name given to the MPs’ severance pay package. It may be claimed to help former MPs with the costs of adjusting to life outside parliament. It is payable to any Member who ceases to be an MP at a General Election. The amount is based on age and length of service, and varies between 50% and 100% of the annual salary payable to a Member of Parliament at the time of the Dissolution.

In the UK the first £30,000 of severance pay is tax free. As stated above, the amount retiring MPs, or those who lose their seats receive, depends on how old they are and how long they have served in the House. For example, an MP who stays in office for one term (say 5 years) and then leaves office will currently receive tax-free severance pay of 50% of his current salary, or £32,383 at current rates – equivalent to an annual salary increment of over £12,000 at current tax rates and pay scales.

For the 2010–15 Parliament, only MPs defeated in their attempt to be re-elected will get one month’s salary for each year served, up to a maximum of six months or over £33,000. From the start of the 2015 Parliament, it will be replaced by a “Loss of Office Payment”, at double the statutory redundancy payment. “For the ‘average’ MP, who leaves office with 11 years’ service, this may lead to a payment of around £14,850.

Winding-up Allowance

There is also up to £42,000 on offer to pay for winding up staff contracts and office rent. An allowance of up to one third of the annual Office Costs Allowance was paid for the reimbursement of the cost of any work on Parliamentary business undertaken on behalf of a deceased, defeated or retiring Member after the date of cessation of Membership. On 5 July 2001 the House agreed to change the allowance to one third of the sum of the staffing provision and Incidental Expenses Allowance in force at the time of cessation of Membership.

Summer Recess

Parliament takes a break of around 45 days for the summer. This is not only for holiday, but so that MPs can spend more time away from Parliament in their constituencies to do work there.

An MP’s term of office can be minimum of five years unless they become ill or do something dramatic that would affect their term. This position is a cash cow and they could earn £500,000 + in a term those take a place in the House of Commons. What becomes evident is that majority of the people who take up the position of Member of Parliament, actually join with the good intentions and have a desire to bring change and work on behalf of the people of the United Kingdom.

However, this soon changes as in every high-wage position, as a majority seem to change after a short period of time, once they realise that they cannot bring change to an institute that is focused on enhancing the wealth of their peers. This causes the new elected MP to become more interested in defending their position and protecting their enhancement of new wealth through their salary increment. Austerity effects the working class people of the UK and these continued measures of keeping budget cuts and caps on pay is in the interest of the UK Government Members of Parliament. Any increase in the taxes of corporations or high-net worth individuals will affect the Members of Parliament. This is why the current government is reluctant to raise taxes of corporates and high net-worth individuals

List of person voted to keep the pay cap, no surprises

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/public-sector-pay-cap-all-mps-vote-against-list-austerity-freeze-labour-jeremy-corbyn-conservatives-a7813706.html

Us & Them (USA v RUSSIA) – when is the propaganda going to stop

Us & Them (USA v RUSSIA) – when is the propaganda going to stop

Cold war was supposed to have dissolved on the 26th December 1991, but US continued propaganda would have you think otherwise. United States (US) Senior officials stating that Russia are just meddling in US and global politics.

There is no bigger meddlers than the United States in today’s world. These senior authorities in the US continue to slander and spread propaganda that has no substantial evidence.

However, there vast amount of evidence pointing towards the US meddling in Politics and other Sovereign States outside their jurisdiction around the globe and continuation of supporting or starting conflicts.

Unfortunately, 9/11 was caused by the US to enable their foreign policy to by extend across the globe. It is well known that US and Saudi Arabia Governments backed and supported the militant groups to fight Russia in the early 1980’s. They were very similar as the militant groups being trained and supported in the US illegal war against the Sovereign State of Syria today. ISIS, ISIL & Al Qaida all described by the US as extremist terrorist groups were decedents of the Taliban, who fought the Russian occupation in Afghanistan. They were supported and trained by America Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as directed by the President of America. But today they are know as terrorists and are the main reason for the “War on Terror”.

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Following 9/11, President of America lead a war on terror and invaded Afghanistan. This was predominately to fight the new terrorist organisation, who had removed the Russian occupation. Taliban setup the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in September 1996 this regime ended on December 9, 2001, after being ousted by the Northern Alliance, which had been bolstered by a US-led invasion  to take the Taliban out of power and hunt for the so called perpetrator that they once trained and backed to fight Russia occupation, known as Osama Bin Laden. pictured on right.

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Following the invasion of Afghanistan, in 2003 the US and Coalition turned their attention towards the Sovereign State of Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein. They indicated that the Iraqi leader was developing weapons of mass destruction and produced evidence that was unsubstantiated after the invasion and killing of the leader (Saddam Hussein). However, this invasion did not actually face any resistant as it did in the previous gulf war. As the Iraqi senior members of the home-guard forces and Hussein family members were removed from the country prior to the invasion and situated in other part of the world by other Middle East assistance.

Why did the US invade Iraq, well it was not weapons of mass destruction as they indicate, unfortunately it was because the Iraqi leader was intending to trade oil for euros, which was not in the interest of the US.

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Following the invasion of Iraq, coalition forces in the Afghanistan start to move to undertake different objectives. It become evident that the US Government were strategically more occupied with Iran, while the British Forces fought in the Helmand Provence.

While the US boost the protection capabilities of its Gulf allies by upgrade defence possibilities in the region and introducing missile systems in the northern part of UAE (Sharjah) and Bahrain directly opposite Iran. This surrounding Iran, all this movement was ready in the event of a future alia of US starting a conflict with Iran enabling the US to provide the necessary support.

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Unfortunately,  on the 17 December 2010  an uprising started in Tunisian effect spread strongly to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Iraq where either the regime was toppled or major uprisings and social violence occurred, including civil wars or insurgencies. Other Middle Eastern countries suffered demonstrations and minor protests this become known as the Arab Spring. Key area that was a concern to the US Government was the Egyptian upraising against its Government, which was supported by the US. However, this uprising of the people was strong and the people elected a new government from the “Muslim Brotherhood” who opposed the US Foreign Policy. This uprising shifted to other Middle Eastern Sovereign States including the oil rich Libya and Syria.

The US Government seen this as a double ended sword that had a negative and positive side for the US future plans. It quickly become evident that the potential for a alia to start a conflict with Iran would not happen as the US Government lost a key support, Egypt which was a negative.

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The positive was they had an opportunity to remove the Libya leader Col. Gaddafi (pic. left) from power. On the 21st March 2011 a multinational coalition lead by NATO backed and supported the rebel militants against the Libyan leader and government. This was done in the name of humanity, however, the true reason for the removal was again the Libyan leader was insisting on trading oil with gold instead of the petrodollar.

While the Libyan conflict was ongoing a conflict was waging between the people of Syria and it government, which started on the 15th March 2011. This conflict continued with NATO coalition watching from a distance and more concerned with withdrawing their forces from commitments in Afghanistan 2014 and Iraq 18th December 2011.

The western world was not interested in the conflict and continued to stay out of it until people of the western world and humanity groups raised concerns of innocent people suffering and they intervened in June 2015 (4 years later) with NATO Coalition and started airstrikes and supporting militant forces against the (ISIS & ISIL) terrorist groups and Syrian Government. While Iran and Hezbollah intervened in 2013 and supported the Syria Government fight against terrorist groups.

Russia intervened in Syria conflict on 30th September 2015 and coordinated between Iran, Iraq and Syria operations against Islamic State . Unfortunately, Syria had nothing that was of an interest and did not fit the US Foreign Policy, hence why the intervention did not happen until 4 years after the start of the war.

Unfortunately, today 28th June 2017 NATO Coalition and US are still arming militant groups. US have successfully engaged on Syrian Government forces ground troops, aircraft and drones. US have indicated the Syrian Government have used and intend chemical weapons on the people of Syria, with no evidence. However, the US have openly undertaken airstrikes on the people of Syria and used chemical weapons i.e. Phosphate on the people of Syria

Now if this is not meddling, what is. The biggest meddler is US Government they continued meddle with other sovereign states, it backed the conflict in Yemen lead by Saudi Arabia who supports Hadi Government.

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The Yemen and its people today 28th June 2017, face the worlds worst outbreak cholera. While in a neighbouring country, Qatar is in potential troubled waters with Saudi Arabian lead coalition, which is backed by the US for talk to Iran and it is alleged that the Qatar Government is supporting extremist terrorist groups.

This continued pointing of the finger at Russia and accusations meddling is absurd, considering there is no evidence, while there is a vast amount of evidence of the US Government meddling openly over the last 17 years and still continuing openly today.

Today, reports coming out of the White House stating that the Syrian Government intends to use chemical weapons, however there is no substantial evidence. Remember the US Government used phosphate during their bombing campaign, which is against Geneva Convention.

If this is not enough meddling then there is the IT Viruses which have targeted organisations on a global scale in the last three weeks. The electronic virus was developed as an electronic weapon by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and made available on the worldwide web for hackers to use. It would be no surprise, if these viruses were not released by hackers being paid by the US Government to spread more propaganda.

Again fingers are pointed to Russia and propaganda machine continues from the US Government and insistences of Russia hacking governments across the globe IT Systems.

Why does US attack Russia and a handful of countries in the world. It is because they do not bend over to the tune of the US Government. These are major superpower that are seen as a rose thorn in the side of the US Government, these governments do not agree as with the US Government intentions concerning their foreign policy.

People across the globe need to wake up to the games that the US Government continuities to undertake by releasing electronic weapons (IT Viruses). That have been developed under the NSA and distributed onto the World Wide Web.

  • US Government continue to fight illegal wars in the name of terror and support militant groups to fight sovereign states.
  • The continuation of printing fiat currency, along with trying to control and manipulating the commodity markets. Which is increasing austerity across the globe
  • Spreading propaganda across the multimedia platforms indicating that Russia is meddling in the politics of other countries by continue hacking.

A lot of people in the world and the US Government would insisted that they are innocent. Anyone speaking out or finger pointing in their direction would be  and argued down with and indications would be made towards conspiracy theory.

If the Russian Government wanted to hack or meddle with any sovereign states government they would be able to do it without any problems, as they have the technology and knowledge from the cold war. Remember Russia is a superpower who actually were very active and probably the leaders in the cold war operations regards infiltration and disruption.

The worse part here is the United Kingdom senior members of government making warnings on the global stage regards the use of chemical weapons and continued IT Threats, with no substantial evidence. Does this sound familiar, the UK Government making warnings that could lead to military action without any substantial evidence. This is what happened when we supported the US and the invasion in to Iraq.

UK Government represents the UK People they should not be making threats without the relevant evidence that has not been proven. People of the UK have had enough of the continued austerity, terror threats and incidents, which the government has been slow on uptake. This continue backing and playing puppet behind the US Government has to stop, if it does not your actions will lead to another potential WORLD WAR, which will be a technology war and have implications that could not be comprehended.

We have followed and supported the US Government into illegal wars / conflicts and supported militants who get used for the cause at the time and then turned into our enemies.

Please stop and think about your people.

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.