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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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TRIED TO BUY TICKETS TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST / BAND, PAID ABOVE FACE-VALUE – SECONDARY TICKETING RIPPING OFF FANS

TRIED TO BUY TICKETS TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST / BAND, PAID ABOVE FACE-VALUE – SECONDARY TICKETING RIPPING OFF FANS

Over the weekend had a joy of sitting with an individual who is on a mission to bring change to the LIVE Entertainment Industry. He has made it his mission to bring change to the sector called “Secondary Ticketing”. His insight into the problem was remarkable, considering he is not from the music or live entertainment industry. He was drawn to the industry after watching a televised parliamentary debate in December 2016.

This individual was introduced to me by a close friend, who thought I would be interested in meeting a potential future figure. Who wants to bring change to the music industry (Live Entertainment Industry) and had other ideas for business growth and is view of the world was different to many. This business was looking to disrupt was a major problem faced by many people across the globe and it was worth billions. He had came up with a business model to bring change after watching a Parliamentary Debate and was not even from the Music Industry.

My friend actually sold this guy and I had to have a meeting to learn more.

Yes, on hearing this, I thought this guy was a bit of a nerd or had no life to be watching parliamentary debates. How wrong one could be, as this individual was far from this fact. Once, I got to meet him in person.

We met for a coffee and he bought me a breakfast, not bad as he was willing to put his hand in his pocket. He introduced himself and we just had a general chat.

Of course, I had a quick look at the information available across the worldwide web regarding this topic of secondary ticketing before meeting up and was flabbergasted, how big this problem was and how hard it was for a person to acquire a ticket to see the likes of Ed Sheeran or top flight star. If this individual is saying he could bring change, then a chat is a must.

Once, we got down to talking about the problem and solutions to bring change to the secondary ticketing, there was no stopping him. It was evident that he was passionate about this topic and had undertaken an in-depth review. This enabled him to establish solutions to bring an end or control the secondary ticketing.

It seemed the Ticketing of many events were broken down into two element and not a matter of one designated selling route or one sector. The selling routes were used as prescribed as follows:

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Ticketing agent licenced / contracted by the venue, promoter or artist to issue and manage initial ticketing, pre-sales and allocations. They release the Public Allocation via their ticketing platform

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Third-party ticketing companies, brokers, allocated ticket-holders given tickets through their relationship and contractual agreements. To release or sale via their sales platform.

It was evident that the “Secondary Ticketing” was a term used openly, as indicated there are platforms / websites available to enable the secondary ticketing holders to sell their tickets via “TICKET Exchanges” known as VIAGOGO, GETMEIN, SEATWAVE, STUBHUB, TWICKETS etc. These sites make their monies via service and delivery charges they place on the seller or buyer for re-selling their ticket and there is no law prevent individuals selling their tickets.

Biggest surprise was the majority of the tickets to an event were placed in allotments and allocated to different routes (sell). During the meeting a Taylor Swift concert was used as an example, concert capacity 13,900, there were only 1,900 tickets allocated to Public General Sale. It was estimated the 12,000 tickets allocated to sponsors, venue, artist, promotion, management team, media and industry persons etc. Which usually ended up on Ticketing Exchanges.

Tickets allocated to general public were sold out within one minute of release on the Primary Ticketing Agent website. While there were tickets available on the “Ticket Exchanges” with a price increase averaging by 200% of more, in some circumstanes tickets have been x20 face-value.

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It was pointed out that tickets have been sold out within seconds of being released on sale and this only indicates technology built into the worldwide web known as BOTS are being used, no ticket allocation for general sale or inside trading within the ticketing company. As it takes a majority of humans approximately 5 – 10 mins to complete the buying process on a majority of the primary ticketing sites.

Although these practises are unethical, it was evident that they are accepted by many in the music industry. Although they did not like the practises of ripping off their fans, they would not take any actions other than speak out from time to time. The main reason for the industry not actually taking action was they either could not or would not, as it would potentially bring financial difficulty. The majority of artists / bands rely upon the revenues produced by Live Entertainment as their mainstream income.

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This sector is controlled by the Promoters / Venue Owners / Ticketing and the term “Never bit the hand that feeds you” comes into play or rings true. There are monopolies formed within the music industry and secondary ticketing generates £1billion in UK alone. The monopolies support the secondary ticketing market and have business established to sell on their own ticket exchanges or others.

As we spoke, it become evident this point was an area that frustration, as it was indicated that having sat with many organisations working in the Music Industry and had been developed to bring change to this secondary ticketing. Were found to be reluctant to take action or support any business offering to bring change.

An organisation formed by artist management and industry insiders had a vision to bring change to the secondary ticketing market and challenge the leading promoters and ticketing organisation.

However, they stopped short of bringing any direct change or action and established a ticketing exchange of their own that enabled individuals to sell / buy tickets at face-price value or below. At a charge of 10% service charge, which just indicates their reluctance to bring change. They continue to pressure the UK Government to introduce legislation to eradicate the ticketing problem but did not want to be seen as rocking the boat.

Another frustration which become evident and highlighted during our chat was the term “TOUT”, it was said the term that the industry used openly and overused to deflect what was really happening in the industry. Any person selling a ticket and making a profit could be termed as a tout. Even the ticket exchange are touting tickets, as they are making money from a sale. Touts are seen and being perceived as the “EVIL” of the ticketing business. However, it is used as deflect, what is really going on. At the moment the only source of getting a ticket to an event is through a tout and this is because the primary ticketing agent cannot manage the ticketing system adequately.

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It was evident that during our chat that “Touts” were not seen as the problem and had a better understanding of the problems of the industry and what was really happening and was another way of the industry to deflect the consumer from what is really happening.

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Live entertainment industry across the globe is controlled by a select few within the industry, they have been allowed to grow and develop a monopoly, which they use to control the industry.

They have managed to prevent artist / bands from breaking away and trying to tour without them. There has been books and articles wrote about the problem, for example Dean Budnick & Josh Baron wrote a book – TICKET MASTERS – THE RISE OF THE CONCERT INDUSTRY AND HOW THE PUBLIC GOT SCALPED

This book, I have been told will give everyone an insight into the business and was part of the research process.

The meeting give me a great insight into the Live Entertainment Industry and how it can be changed if the industry wanted it changed.

Having reviewed the strategy and an overview of the business concept, change will come and a concert goers experience enhanced.

Wish to thank @CSfairmusic for taking time out and giving me an overview, change is due and would recommend any readers to  share and follow Twitter: @CSfairmusic

Who is trying to bring change and fight for transperancy and FANS of Live Music.

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…….

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.

UK is overspending funds that they have not got, the main reason for continue cuts / measures that have led to austerity

UK is overspending funds that they have not got, the main reason for continue cuts / measures that have led to austerity

Having reviewed the UK Spending over the last few weeks it is alarming to find that the UK Government is running into deficit every year, year on year. Although the figures shown are estimated and the true figures could actually paint a different picture, which could be more alarming.

It is estimated that government will spend £12,138 a year, per person (capita) to run and operate the services across the United Kingdom, this estimated total spends for 2017 is £784.1 Billion. However, the estimated total revenue that the UK will generate is £730.2 billion, this gives the UK a deficit of £54.1 Billion on the total spending for 2017.

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Well how many businesses do you know that actually operates year on year in the red and continues to increase the deficit on a yearly basis. The financial and economic system that was introduced over the last three decades ago has not improved the majority of the UK Population and only worsen their lives. They are working longer hours for wages that are below the rate of inflation. While food products in the supermarkets are being down sized for the same value, the money that many people have is far less value than it was a decade ago.

UK Government continues to allocate finances to different sectors, when it has not got the funds or they could be allocated elsewhere for a period to strengthen the UK Public Service and sectors. Examples of spending:

For decades, the UN has encouraged donor countries to contribute 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to foreign aid. In 2015 it was made a legal requirement by the UK government they actually give an estimated provisional figure of £13.3bn in 2016.

DfID-uk-aid_2526582bIraq are set to receive a loan of £10 Billion from the UK government. As they agreed to finance the loans to support infrastructure projects in Iraq over a period of ten years. The program will exclusively target and benefit British businesses looking to invest in Iraq.

On the 05th December 2016 the UK Government issued a report setting out over £500 billion worth of infrastructure investment published for the future.

  • Government releases details of its £500 billion-plus infrastructure investment projects
  • Projects includes major projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the rollout of smart meters, and upgrading the A14
  • Providing a single source of data for both government and the private sector, giving greater certainty for investors and suppliers

The government published a new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, setting out over £500 billion worth of planned private and public investment over this Parliament and beyond with more than 40% of the pipeline being delivered thanks to government investment. Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announcement of the new £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund.

This new fund includes infrastructure investments of over £2.6 billion to improve transport networks; a multi-million pound package to accelerate the future of broadband, and £7.2 billion to support the construction of new homes. The government feel investing in better infrastructure is at the heart of the government’s ambitious plans to close the UK’s productivity gap.

The new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline contains:

  • Over £500 billion of planned investment, with over £300 billion of this to be invested by 2020/21
  • Over 720 projects and programmes across transport, housing and digital to fire up the nation’s infrastructure
  • Around 20 new schemes have been added to the pipeline since March 2016, including the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

What is becoming evident by the UK government continuation to invest in infrastructure and new construction projects is that they are investing totally in the wrong areas. The UK Infrastructure and transport links are some of the best in the world and could be delayed and funds used elsewhere. Unfortunately, the housing, health services, education, public services, horticultural, manufacturing, IT Development and border control is where the investment is required, not the transportation and new construction projects.

UK government commit to building and giving monies away, rather than investing in the people that service the population. Majority of food products are imported, while the UK has prime agricultural land and only use a minority of it to produce food sources to sell to the UK Population.

untitledThe UK government needs to sit-up, as it cannot continue to keep going on a spending spree with monies it has not got, the people are suffering today through the cuts and drastic measures taken by the government to balance the revenue and spending sheet. These measures have led to austerity, the trickle-down system is not working for the population and only for the minority. There needs to be change now as the grandchildren of our kids will be in a worse position than we are today with the burden of escalating debit.

The position the government is in today, is not hard to rectify, there must be changes in the policies of the government. Trickle-down will not work in the manner it is being used and only makes the wealth even wealthier. Unfortunately, a fundamental part is missing from the system and was deliberately left out. This system was designed by the minority (wealthy) to benefit the minority, they did not implement the complete system, which would have meant everyone would have benefited, the minority should be taxed at a much higher rate and given potential tax incentives for investments into public projects, businesses etc.

To bring a change one of two things need to happen, either the government makes drastic changes, which include their salaries, perks and policies or an overall of the political system, including its politicians. One must understand that the people holding the power are responsible for the state the UK is in today.

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Some interesting figures (although some Guesstimated) by Christopher Chantrill

http://ukpublicspending.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/how-we-got-spending-data.html

Estimated Spending in 2017 – £784.1 Billion

Estimated Total Revenue 2017 – £730.2 Billion

Estimated UK Population 2017 – 62,500,000

2017 Estimated spending – £12,138 per person

Public Pensions   £2,416 / person

National Health Care   + £2,231 / person

State Education   + £1,314 / person

Defence   + £716 / person

Social Security   + £1,700 / person

State Protection   + £464 / person

Transport   + £448 / person

General Government   + £221 / person

Other Public Services   + £1,824 / person

Public Sector Interest   + £788 / person

2017 Estimated Total spending £784.1 billion  

Pensions £156.9 billion

Health Care £142.7 billion

Education £85.2 billion

Defence £45.6 billion

Remember, 2017 has nearly half a year to continue, the estimated value of spending could pass the £800 billion figure as there are dramatic steps have to be taken following serious events. This could easily raise before 2018.

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

UK Politics seems to be on its head. Does the Right-hand now what the Left-hand is doing. More games going on in the government than in a casino

UK Politics seems to be on its head. Does the Right-hand now what the Left-hand is doing. More games going on in the government than in a casino

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/series/politics-live-with-andrew-sparrow  

Absolutely brilliant porthole for most up to date information on the happenings in UK Politics – must say thank you to Andrew Sparrow.

Just had to have my say on a few items, sorry:

David Cameron’s – warning in his first post-election interview to the Tories, that they need to inspire more & modernise. Just shows how out of touch these politicians (ex-politicians) are with the people of the United Kingdom. How can he give advice, when he did not inspire or modernise anything when he was in power? When the going got tough, what did he do to inspire the UK Nation, turned on his heels sharpish and run the other way. Is he the type of individual that should be given advice on any matters concerning politics today as he let us down in times of need. In an event of war, he would have been shot by his men for running the other way.

Theresa May – telling her cabinet ministers not to speak to the papers or leak information regards her meetings. Well just shows she is not in-tune with her own cabinet ministers, if she is chairing a meeting and discussing policies etc. Then for cabinet ministers to openly talk about the contents of the meeting only tells us one thing, they are not happy with the way the meetings are run and feel that their voices are not being heard, hence the talking out to media.

TM needs to get a grip of her house and start listening to the cabinet ministers or acting by slapping them down, this sounds more like the meetings are held by dictatorship or people in the cabinet have other agendas. Remember majority of these so-called politicians do not care about their electors and only have one thing on their minds “how much money can I make, while in office” they are driven by greed and have no desire to improve the living of the UK Population by running the country correctly.

Brexit – negotiations should be undertaken by members from every political party this exit / divorce is the UK & Europe. Let’s get selected people from all parties around the table and discuss the terms and agree as one house how we intend to go forward. It seems the right-hand does not know what the left-hand is doing. To date it seems to be a shamble and just hit and hope approach. It will be no surprise if we are bent over the table and shafted by every European member and left with nothing beneficial for the UK. Jeremy Corbyn, Nigel Forage and more

Guy Verhofstadt extract below from the Independent is spot-on the money, this is from the other side, it makes you think if some of the EU Ministers should come over and run our country and we sack the crap we have in office.

“Brexit is about the whole of the UK. It will affect all UK citizens, and EU citizens in the UK. This is much bigger than one political party’s internal divisions or short term electoral positioning. It’s about people’s lives,”.

“I believe the negotiations should involve more people with more diverse opinions. Some recognition that the election result was, in part, a rejection of Theresa May’s vision for a hard Brexit would be welcome.”

Chris Grayling (Transport Secretary), about as much use as a chocolate fire guard promoting HS2 project go-ahead, he should be recommending for it to be put on hold. This is ridiculous considering the overspend this government continues to do year on year. There are more pressing issues that the finances could be directed to other than this HS2 Project. The financial year is only half-way through and the amount of borrowing that this Government must do for 2017 is far beyond, what anyone could imagine following the incidents in the start of the year.

It makes you think, how many backhanders or brown envelopes are being put under the political tables to get this passed. A project that will affect the purse should be put up to the public for a vote. Which could be done with the technology advances today.

UK Government has one chance to get things right and start to bring the country together, however, be prepared for the future, if they continue as they are at the moment the UK will be forced backwards. Poverty is really happening with majority of the UK Population feeling the pressures from the cuts and measures taken by the government to save money and bring down the deficit. Well that what they have you all believe; UK People are living below the rate of inflation. There monies have the same value as they had ten years ago. Supermarkets are either increasing prices on food or changing the packaging sizes and putting less. Food-banks are the normality for some, while others are less than one pay-check from being Homeless.

You may laugh at this, but it is fact, I sit in the parks on benches and watch the world pass by, sometimes lost by the propaganda, fighting between politicians etc. But I am fortunate to be given a gift of life and an insight through my experience to look outside the box. Watching the progressive destruction of individuals and countries by decisions of others. People all over the world are suffering poverty, while others are swimming in wealth bestowed upon them by others. Majority of politicians of the world today have one thing in common, to fulfil their own desire to be wealthy before representing the people that voted for them.

Today’s technology advances, our societies can be self-governed by the people, voting on policies and decisions through the multi-media platforms we have available. There is no need for 650 members of parliament, we should just have an elected party, the MP’s are elected for the positions and then democracy is managed by the population.