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The link here is full of facts and figures from respected independent institutions. Even with some of us that are genuinely concerned for ours and others circumstances it’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ to read.

However, it is a good concise article, and yet more evidence if needed, of the negative fallout this current government policies are creating in the UK.

Where it should be studied, by I presume people with a professional interest, are the opposition political parties.

In particular, the one that is still considered the main opposition, the Labour Party.

The record of opposition parties in challenging the current government borders on a dereliction of their duty.

Time and time again the likes of Cameron, Osborne, Duncan Smith and Hunt have been let off the hook by Labour.

Information such as in this article should be studied, disseminated and modified into short sharp campaign messages easily understood by the electorate.

Ministers throats at the despatch box in Parliament should be gone for by a salvo of hard undisputed facts and made to either explain or wither under the onslaught of irrefutable evidence of the negative effects on the majority of the population.

As we continue to be adversely affected by the policies enacted in our name we run the risk of the most downtrodden and affected feeling bereft of anyone truly fighting their corner and advocating sound sensible and fair alternatives.

Although I hope it doesn’t happen, should this continue one long hot summer in the near future could well see an explosion of anger and despair culminating in sustained civil unrest from an increasing percentage of society feeling they have nothing to lose.

If this happens Labour and all the other opposition parties must also bear some responsibility for what at least kindly can be described as an inept performance of such magnitude that if they were a new employee in a probation period they’d be collecting their P45.

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This article just shows what compromising your political core beliefs may lead to.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/26/labour-bloodbath-scotland-general-election-2015-snp-westminster

This article shows what can be achieved by a political party with a set of policies encompassing a doctrine which places the principles of emphasis, maintenance, expansion, fairness and equality to all it’s citizens – and the guts not to compromise or give in.

Pity we don’t have a political party in England like that which is prepared to stand up to and not ally themselves to self interest groups, organisations, businesses and financial institutions that place money and profit for the minority over the majority and less fortunate in society.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/15/cameron-darling-referendum-english-votes-snp

David Cameron has overall been a lucky Prime Minister and it continues on the same path. He probably couldn’t believe his good fortune with the ‘perfect political storm’ of a situation being morally right and advantageous to the Tories at the same time.

Yes, you will hear about the Conservatives needing to fight to regain a base in Scotland, but it’s nowhere near as vital to them as it is for Labour.

So in return for even greater powers to Scotland, plus the billions already and to be poured into north of the border – and in recognition this may make the English finally arise from their apathy and shout “enough!” –  the Tories now attempt to redress the balance with English Votes for English Law (EVEL).

But joy upon joy for Cameron, this at the same time creates the possibility of Labour suffering a severe mauling by the SNP in Scotland, thus compromising their ability to gain enough MP’s to add to the ones from England and Wales, to mount a challenge to take power.

The medium and long term political, constitutional and social ramifications of this is for another time, but for the relative here and now in political terms, it’s a potential goldmine for Cameron as it suits him in terms of political expediency.

Labour missed the opportunity far too often when in power to moan about it now. Unfortunately for them it shows them up as making sure their status quo was kept intact instead of looking at ways England got a fairer deal.

It makes them a mere shadow of what the Labour Party was originally created for – fairness and the rights of the working majority and less fortunate in society.

Before and after the United Kingdom officially came into being with the Act of Union between England and Scotland in 1707, England has often seemed to be unprepared in historically significant events or periods.

The Empire came about more by accident due the consequences of the huge expense of developing the Royal Navy and them needing to recoup back to the Treasury the vast sums spent. To put this into perspective, at it’s height the Admiralty’s expenditure accounted for 10% of GDP of the country. This was the primary reason the Admiralty encouraged the system of the a Royal Navy ships Captains being able to retain the percentage of any ‘booty’ they brought back to share with himself and his crew. A state sanctioned ‘piracy’ if you like.

As with many European countries, any land area they docked at which had the potential of riches was ‘claimed’ on behalf of the sovereign to protect the assets discovered. In the example of India, a reciprocal arrangement was developed with the British East India Company. In effect a trading company with a private army that eventually led to the whole of India being under British control.

It was a successful blueprint similarly adopted that eventually comprised of overseas possessions and trading posts that ruled or administered over approximately 458 million people (an estimated 20% of the world’s population at the time) covering over 13 million square miles.

Historians can argue for or against the rights, wrongs etc but two things cannot really be disputed.

1) From all over the vast areas there had to be a central point everything went back to. That by logic was the capital city of the ‘Mother Country’ London.

2) The United Kingdom Governments took full advantage of the ‘spoils’ from those regions, and the effect of what wasn’t given back in return resonates with the consequences of this to the present day.

Closer to home, the pulling in of controlling power by a centralised government also became a legacy we have to the present day.

We were pathetically unprepared at the outbreak of the World War 2 in 1939, but the replacement of a Prime Minister totally unsuitable for the time in Neville Chamberlain, and the pure luck of an American President who wasn’t an isolationist and prepared to apply a Lend Lease policy helped us get out of being overrun by Germany.

After the end of World War 2 in 1945 Central Government in London held on to this. Even the possibility it could be diminished after 1945 as it was being justified less and less with the break up of the Empire wasn’t going to stop them.

However, over the 69 years of no worldwide conflict the requirement of the Central Government to centralise the financial, fiscal and legislative powers in London has become less and less relevant.

The mobility of the population in relation to moving and working in another part of the country from where one was born and raised hasn’t diminished the flourishing of the identity of the many regions in the UK. The phrase “once a Yorkshireman, always a Yorkshireman” could well be applied to anywhere else in the country by simply just changing ‘Yorkshireman’ as appropriate to the specific area concerned.

That term “we’re all in it together” for the financial crisis and cuts used by the Government simply doesn’t resonate with many because it’s plainly not true.

The resources spent per head in London far outweighs other parts of the UK, but the financial contribution from these other parts of the UK in return to Central Government in London greatly exceeds what they get back.

When you bring into play the current legislative powers of the Scottish Assembly to use for the benefit of it’s people, plus London expecting the English to accept MP’s from Scotland who can vote on English matters in the House of Commons, with the reverse not happening, is a classic case of their insular attitude.

A political arrangement by the way only for the benefit of the main parties to ensure they didn’t lose representatives from north of the border. This of course also applies to MP’s from other regions of the UK where they have a legislative body.

This is further compounded by the slashing of the budgets in real terms of all government departments, to also include the English County Councils downwards making the population of England suffer more than anywhere else generally.

Even today a vast majority, if not all, of the revenue from local taxation goes back to the Treasury who in turn then allocate a sum back that the English Regions have to fight tooth an nail for. They exercise near 100% financial and legislative control over the English regions purely by the fact their responsibilities issued by Central Government ensure the Councils require two thirds more revenue than they raise. Nearly every £ given has a caveat of what can be done with it and it is Central Government who decide how much your local government will receive.

The choice of cuts is left at local level but the amount of money they receive to maintain the services is decided in London. And when it’s announced an Adult Social Care respite establishment is being trimmed back or closed down, who do the local residents petition, protest and blame? .. not London.

When a major problem arises such as the floods it’s left to the local government authorities, rescue services and agencies to deal with until they are at near breaking point. Only when it beings to maybe look bad for London will they react.

The period of inaction from London to flood affected areas such as Somerset is a typical example and symptomatic of the attitude to the rest of England. I can’t imagine the Scottish politicians allowing such a situation to go on so long without intervention.

Central Government in London is like the old UK with it’s Empire, carry on regardless and get the most out with as little input as possible. The grand announcement that another £130 million is being allocated to battle the flood defence situation rings hollow with the leaked information the Environment Agency in England have heavy budget cuts imposed by ministers meaning it will have to shed about 25% of its staff, including frontline flood staff. This is despite pledges by its chairman that reducing the agency’s emergency response was a “red line”  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/10/floods-environment-agency-staff-cuts

With all the evidence over the years of climate change and the almost guaranteed weather to some degree of the type we are now experiencing nearly every year, they have actively decreased the capability of a government agency whose primary remit is to hold back nature. Replace the environment agency with the downsizing and lack of modernisation of the armed services between up to 1938 – when it was as plain as day the likely intentions of Hitler in Germany by his actions between from 1933* – and one has again the totally unprepared scenario.

Prime Minister David Cameron is our Neville Chamberlain of 1939, but the question of why we need all the power centralised in London is being asked in Scotland, and the same question is being asked more and more all over the shires of England.

* Build up of armed forces in direct contravention of 1919 Treaty of Versaille – Annexe of Alasce and Lorraine from France – Annexe of Austria – occupation of Czechoslovakia. All prior to invasion of Poland in 1939 

I do wonder sometimes if these reports are just a way of the establishment – who lets face it have no idea what real life for the majority is really like most of the time – of getting one of their ‘own’ to confirm what’s happening with the ‘plebs’ out there.

After all, the establishment were all too happy to accept the blatant lies from their ‘own’ lower down the ranks (South Yorkshire Police, local politicians and Sheffield Wednesday FC etc) that it was the fault of the fans on the day. This was irrespective of the statements of the surviving fans and the hundreds of people directly connected to the those poor 96 lost souls.

23 years of lies and cover ups to protect their ‘own’ have ensued and I wonder how many of those actually responsible on the day and thereafter have gone to their graves having lived a good life whilst families of the 96 lost have grieved, campaigned and suffered the enormous frustration of their loved ones having been found ‘guilty’ by proxy whilst they knew 100% they were the innocent victims.

There can be no more delay. Irrespective of the legal chances of success, the Home Office and DPP have a responsibility for once to put the families and rest of us first and sod their ‘own’ by going after like a pack of wolves any persons still living who were responsible for what happened on that terrible day.

In addition, there can be no more delay for all football supporters in the UK to show we are better than these lying deceitful collection of individuals to allegedly ‘serve the public’ – as long as it suits them to do so – by showing our solidarity with those deceased and surviving Liverpool supporters and families in remembering them in the appropriate respectful way.

Justice for the Hillsborough 96

Not content with the current cost cutting, such as allowing essential services prices rises like utilities and train travel, plus tax hikes….all affecting the less well off by taking more and more of the proportion of their meagre salaries (if lucky enough to have a job)….we have a minimum price on drinking possibly coming.

Apparently it’s due to the increase year on year of anti social behaviour and associated health issues. Perhaps politicians should be asking themselves the reasons why people feel they want to go and get lashed and have what they consider a good time away from their problems for a short while.

Perhaps they think it’ll be preferable the far ‘better orf types’ in society do this sort of thing. I mean if one has a bit of a problem with disorder caused by drink it will be much better for the police to confront a middle class twat speaking the Kings’ English.

This is preferable to the effing and blinding poor sod out for a good Anglo Saxon/Viking type drink session….(our genetic historical heritage and we drink far less than hundreds of years ago)….as a respite from a crap week in a poxy job earning thousands less than the mean average £26,000 per year.

Oh no old chap…..can’t have the plebs being able to afford too much  alcohol…..want them having to pay a far higher proportion of their wages for it…..just as they do with the essentials of life in the UK…..and working until they drop far earlier than the retiring age whilst making more profits for heads of banks and business to pay out taking HMRC big hitters to lavish dinners in Michelin 3 Star restaurants…..what what!