Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The British Rebirth Of Tax and Spend

Jeremy Corbyn - in touch with the people (mirror photo)
A British Social Attitudes survey reports that nearly half of voting Britons today think that public spending should be increased by raising taxes  The BBC lists the main survey findings (see link below): 
  • 48% say they want higher taxes to pay for more spending on health, education and social benefits; 44% say they want it to stay the same and 4% would like to see taxes cut 
  • It is the first time since the financial crash of 2007-8 that more people want more tax and spending than want it to stay the same 
The survey follows only weeks after left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn won a vote share of over 40% in the 2017 general election.  An election that will surely be remembered as one of the worst political misjudgements by the Conservative Party in living memory and just before they intend to use their "expertise" in the BREXIT negotiations - BREXIT has been described as the most important issue for half a century.


BBC report on growing public support for Tax and Spend policies

Corbyn surprises the mainstream media with 40% vote share

2017 Election - Tory MP Grant Shapps Blames Manifesto For Tory Losses


"World's worst manifesto" says Shapps (mirror photo)
Grant Shapps, the Tory MP for Welwyn Hatfield, has said Theresa May had the "world's worst manifesto" to fight the 2017 election. Later the same day Tory BREXIT minister David Davis joined in, BBC reports:   Brexit Secretary David Davis has blamed the Tories' general election losses on a "badly designed" campaign and Theresa May's social care "U-turn". Mr Davis helped persuade Mrs May to call a "snap election" to strengthen his hand in Brexit talks. But he now says the party did not have enough time to prepare "and some very significant mistakes were made". It comes after ex-Tory chairman Grant Shapps called the party's manifesto the "worst in the world".

Grant Shapps MP, former International Development Minister and a former Conservative Party co-chairman, resigned his co-chair role after an article by The Guardian revealed he had been previously warned about "Tatler Tory" Michael Clarke weeks before the suicide of tory activist Elliott Johnson.

BREXIT minister Davis helped write manifesto
It wasn't the manifesto that lost you seats Mr Shapps it was the success of Jeremy Corbyn in securing a vote share of over 40%  when everybody expected him to lose heavily.  The tory manifesto was written in the arrogant belief that Jeremy Corbyn had no chance at all - it stands out one of the greatest political misjudgements in recent political history.

The Washington Post described the BREXIT vote as the most important vote in half a century- the Conservative Party have displayed gross political incompetence in their "badly designed" 2017 election strategy and now they expect to "move on" to claim "expertise" in the BREXIT negotiations - unbelievable arrogance that the EU negotiators will, no doubt, exploit fully at OUR EXPENSE !   

Politics Home article on Grant Shapps MP and 2017 Manifesto

BREXIT minister David Davis adds his own condemnation of Theresa May's campaign manifesto

May's cabinet split over BREXIT

BREXIT vote is most important vote in 50 years ! (Washington Post)


Grant Shapps - his appointment of "Tatler Tory" Mark Clarke and the suicide of Tory activist Elliott Johnson

Final moments of suicide victim Elliott Johnson's life

Guardian article revealing Grant Shapp's knowledge before suicide of activist

Tories Are Two-Faced On Support For Military Families

Lee Rigby's family angry at lack of support (Guardian photo)
Many Tories, including our own MP Andrew Rosindell, spend a great deal of time talking about their support for the military, police and the "public service" of the Royal Family.  The reality of their "support" for ordinary soldiers is very different say the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby. 

Lyn Rigby, the mother of murdered soldier Lee, said on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show “We never got the support, we were classed as a non-dependent family of Lee’s so we weren’t classed as Lee’s family,” She also said the main charities “didn’t want to know”.  Tories like Andrew Rosindell MP put great emphasis on the work of charities rather then the state.

Lyn Rigby said that the MoD had not only failed to support the family emotionally but financially as well, revealing that she sometimes skipped meals to ensure her partner and children could eat.

Manchester Evening News Report

Guardian Report

Simon Heffer writes on Andrew Rosindell MP and his many foreign trips (see half way into article under sub-heading "Our sun-seeking MPs"

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Recent London Borough of Havering Scandals

(photo from pressgazette.com)
The Havering Witness campaigns for a full criminal investigation into allegations of orchestrated criminality at Havering College of Further Education.  The Havering College scandal is, of course, not the only scandal involving the London Borough of Havering Conservative Party.

We have collected some press references on Havering scandals over recent years - you won't be surprised to learn that not one Conservative Party councillor appears to have been investigated.

The current MP for Romford Andrew Rosindell was himself a Havering councillor before becoming an MP, the Havering Witness is of the opinion that Mr Rosindell knows more about the Havering College scandal than he is prepared to tell.  Around the time of the Havering College scandal Mr Rosindell was an assistant to tory Vivian Bendall MP.

Here is a quick survey of reported Havering scandals:


Havering council fraudster repeats crime in another council !

Havering Police Officer guilty of fraud

Havering IT Contract Fraud Scandal

Havering's New Orchard Village Housing Estate - Sewage and Mould

Council forced to "buy back" flats in poorly built estate scandal

"Serious concern" as Orchard Village company gets further development projects !

Orchard Village on Wikipedia

Havering council staff involved in fraud scandal

Havering Housing Scams

Alarm over Havering Council pension fund "losses"

Havering Council "negligent" in icelandic bank investment

Money "wasted" on"quirky" street renaming plan

Bungled street work

HAVERING FORUM - Locals discuss Havering issues

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The ME / CFS Story - Havering was chosen for National ME Centre.

Prof. Leslie Findley, ME pioneer
The Daily Telegraph has chosen to draw attention to work done by scientists at the University of California on the "new" disease ME / CFS linking it to hibernation (!).  Followers of the ME / CFS story won't be surprised at yet another redefinition to the ME / CFS model. The "new" disease has had various names throughout its early development as it progessed into a mature medical movement:
  • Royal Free Disease - according to Black Medical Dictionary 38th Edition
  • Yuppie Flu - the 1980s gave the "new" disease impetus in seeking recognition
  • Social Change Flu - coined due to the psychological effects of huge economic and governmental change since the 1980s, moving away from the "yuppie" emphasis.
  • ME, the institutional formalisation of the "new" disease - an effort was made to increase the "importance" of the disease with the medical term Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
  •  "Relaunch" of ME as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) 
Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to the National ME centre said in 2010 "..a key point [is], that we have renamed and redefined this illness from ME into what’s now called “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, the term that the medical profession tends to use." 

 The Telegraph finds space for the ME / CFS "specialism"

ME / CFS carefully supported rather than scrutinised by the BBC

Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire Interviews ME / CFS Big Names

Havering gets National ME Centre - Why us ?

Is expenditure on ME / CFS justified in a NHS crisis ?