Archive for May, 2009

26/5/2009

May 26, 2009

I can not vote Tory but I was very impressed by David Cameron’s Glasnost theme.
His Milton Keynes speech seems to be a response to many of the ideas that have been rolling around the web.
It’s in the rough and will need deeper thought but it points the way forward to a greater democracy.
He would need to address his intention of allowing parents to form and design schools of their choice, begs the question of Islamic fundamentalist schools.
Reducing the number of MP’s seems eminently sensible and might be best achieved by having voters assign one speaker from each Local Council.
He will need to overcome inertia within and without his party. Those placemen in local Education and on Hospital Trusts will fight any hint of elimination of their sinecures, as will “voting fodder” Councillors.
His suggestion that he will invite Headteachers to apply to Conservative selection lists, ignores the fact, that the Headteachers that he has in mind, were mostly forced into early retirement and replaced by apparatchiks. The same situation seemingly applies to police, fire, Social Services, etc., etc.
It will be interesting to see how far gets with his Glasnost.

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18/5/2009

May 19, 2009

M.P.’s are in a panic over the expenses scandal: Good.
Party leaders are in a greater panic: Better.
At last they are acknowledging that the electorate wants a “fourth way”.
Labour is shamefully playing the reverse racist card by claiming that non-Labour votes will lead to BNP gains.
Where a creditable alternative to the main parties exist, BNP support remains static, which is why parties such as UKIP and Respect  will win seats at the next election.
There are calls, by apologists for the main parties, to prevent the emergence of these “fourth way” parties.
They call for a restoration of public confidence and support.
They say many MP’s are above suspicion and that, anyway, new MP’s will be just as corrupt (!).
They say that Government will be weakened, as though this is a bad thing. This ignores the fact that it was strong Government that allowed Blair to take us into an illegal war and allowed Brown to drag us into national bankruptcy.
Even if, as seems likely, the Conservatives gain ascendancy at the next election, the emergence of the newer “fourth way” parties will keep a check on the extremes of  Parliamentary Democracy. MP’s won’t be so ready to tell us that they have a mandate to do as they please.

19/5/2009b

May 19, 2009

I’m listening to David Cameron and he’s doing quite a brave job of defending himself and trying to preserve the status quo.
He’s being helped by people’s tendency to attack specific cases, such as the £60,000 claim for his Wisteria.
The problem isn’t that he may or may not have thought that he was entitled to claim for his Wisteria removal, it’s that there is a culture in the whole of Parliament that encourages MP’s to believe that they are entitled to grab as much as they can.
The hired help in the Fees Office aren’t corrupting MP’s, because of some perverted wish to be nice to them. The hired help follows instructions.
The Speaker is responding to what he finds around him. His wish to stay on until the next Parliamentary session is because he actually believes that he is entitled to trouser, as will all members of the house, another year’s worth of salary.
This merely reflects what happened, years ago, when Labour gained power.  An election was, held over, by mutual agreement, until one week into the parliamentary session. Every sitting MP could then claim a year’s salary and a year’s pension.
MP’s decide their own salary and their own perks. They vote for exclusions from various taxes, from invasions of their privacy and probably many other little bonuses that we, the public, aren’t aware of.
Hold off the election until all the expense claims have been published and dissected.
If Constituency parties then re-select their MP, we will, at least get to see the nature of their Party supporters.
Vote for non-aligned MP’s, get rid of expense claims and any other special perks of the job. Bring in worksheets for them, so they can prove that they actually earn any entitlement to what’s in my trouser pocket.
Halls of residence, Rail cards and a typing pool would get rid of the opportunity to defraud and allow a true restoration of public confidence. A temporary tightening of the rules would merely encourage further but better disguised attacks on the public purse.

19/5/2009

May 19, 2009

Why have expenses? Why have Parliamentary Privilege? Why have exemption from various tax laws for MP’s?
A total Freedom of Information access, such as the Americans have, is contrary to the nature of British Government but has been proven, by the expenses scandal, to be overdue and to be essential to a true Democracy.
The nature of the expenses scandal demonstrates that MP’s can not be trusted to exercise self-control.
Replace expenses by purpose built accomodation, typing pool services and railcard travel.
MP’s have a very generous salary, which should compensate for and cover the cost of any other aspects of their role.

19/5/2009

May 19, 2009

19/5/2009
Where Martial Law is declared, then normal Civil Rights need to be stood down.
However; Human rights need to be preserved.
Killing your enemy may be unavoidable but methods causing unnecessary suffering are wrong.
Perpetrators should be neutralised and separated from Society.
Sending soldiers into battle, without the best possible protection and back-up care is wrong.
Perpetrators should be condemned and treated as traitor’s.

15/5/2009

May 19, 2009

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:
“It is crucial that we do everything we can to protect the public by preventing crime and bringing offenders to justice. The DNA database plays a vital role in helping us do that and will help ensure that a great many criminals are behind bars where they belong.”
But, presumably, not if they’re on drugs, or, if they’ve defrauded their expenses.
From: “jshale” <jshale@blueyonder.co.uk>
To: <DNAconsultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk>
Cc: <expressletters@express.co.uk>
Subject: DNA profile
Date: 15 May 2009 18:04

Unless a person has been convicted of a serious offence, or the Home Secretary has some prescient ability to predict that an individual is likely to commit a serious offence, then the public is not being protected by preserving that person’s DNA profile. Rather the public is being threatened by the laying down of the groundwork, necessary for establishing a police state.

15/5/2009

May 15, 2009

Prisons are allegedly full to capacity but we can not afford to build more.
Drug addicts commit most crimes and are stretching prison resources.
Solution decriminalise offences committed by drug addicts.
Everyone, who matters, is happy.
Next stage: prisons are still full and police resources are still overstretched because street gangs have increased and some are even providing protection services against drug addicts.
Decriminalise street gangs, knifings and drive-by shootings. In fact, why not institute a new branch of the Police Force. We could call them Hoodie Coppers.
Resolution: prisons now only needed for motorists and people who offend wheelie-bin ordinances. Police no longer needed except to guard MP’s and other people who matter.
Judges no longer needed, except for motoring offences.
Result huge savings on Judiciary, Home Office, Legal Aid, Police etc. etc.
Consequence; money available to build new prisons to house dissident electorate.

14/5/2009 tebbit

May 14, 2009
Lord Tebbitt’s suggestion, that reaction to the expenses scams should be limited to MP’s  being taken to task by their constituency parties, is flawed.
It is evident, from various reports in the local press,about Councillors’ expenses, that the same problem exists at this level too.
 
If there is a General Election, I suspect that most constituency hacks will exonerate their MP’s and tell their flocks to support him/her.
 
The only solution is to end all expenses and give themselves the salaries that they feel that we owe them.

14/5/2009

May 14, 2009

Did I hear correctly?
Did that BBC reporter say that McKay’s house was called “Double Dipping”.
Even when they’re accepting condemnation, they manage to lie through the teeth and, simultaneously, laugh up their sleeves.
The political leaders are jostling with each other to persuade us that they have matters in hand, whilst trying to maintain the status quo, but
no matter how many of their cohorts are thrown overboard, the ship of state is still riddled with corruption.
The standard con of appointing allegedly, independent advisers won’t wash.
People will vote for the alternative parties.

12/5/2009

May 13, 2009
Martin Townsend’s article, in the Sunday Express, sums up our parliamentarians, accurately, as shysters.
 
As shysters, their response to the public criticism  hasn’t been to remedy the situation  but to put forward proposals, which will appear to be a remedy, whilst allowing them to continue, as before.
 
Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell of the Speaker’s Commons Estimates Committee has suggested that another Committee be set up to oversee the administration of expenses.
This would be another “Arm’s length” arrangement.
So, the shysters would still have their hands on the controls.
However; they could now claim that not only had they not broken any rules but that this “independent” Quango had given approval to their greedy actions.
 
Get rid of all expense claims.

Basic accommodation (slightly upmarket Travelodge version) costs about £60 per night/room. For an M.P.’s normal working year, with full attendance, this would cost about £9,000.
Their salaries should cover any luxury extra’s that they might require and some costs could be met by letting rooms to the public, at weekends (Brill! I could see a show in London and check out what level of luxury my MP expects.)
Tourists, visiting during the Summer, could use them when M.P.’s are off junketting.
My M.P. claimed over £12,000 for travelling, last year. I can get a London return for £12 by train, or Megabus.
He obviously travelled in First Class but why not do a deal with British Rail and give these shysters a travel pass that has the allegedly high level of security that they claim for ID cards.
If Jacqui Smith genuinely wishes, as she claimed on BBC, to restore the public’s belief in the Integrity and Moral Standards of MP’s, the best course would be to end their access to the trough.