Posts Tagged ‘Ed Miliband’

tail wagging the dog ~1@number10gov

December 11, 2012

Most people believe that we live in a democracy but there are people, who know that this is untrue.

These people are the politicians.
They know that they are the head of this compact and that they decide what the body, i.e. the people, must do.
If the politicians decide that the body must be slimmed down, the head will deprive the body of the sustenance it needs and they will give that sustenance to politicians of other countries, with whom they want to curry favour.
For those who still believe that we live in a democracy, that the dog wags the tail, consider membership of the EU (essentially a Franco-German alliance with Germany as top dog and France thinking it is).

This is  purely a political decision; no valid argument for this immolation has ever been offered that even the politicians, themselves, have found convincing.
Politicians have never asked us how we feel about being surrendered to foreign rule and David Cameron, is simply the latest in a long line of politicians, who have led us along this path.

There is no doubt that Ed Miliband, his likely successor, will continue along the same path, unless Nick Farage can trip him up.
The dog is snapping at its tail but the tail keeps out of reach and continues to point the way that the dog is being dragged.
David Cameron has offered a referendum in the hope of silencing the yapping but the referendum won’t be about changing direction. It will be about how fast we get dragged.
If the majority of us try to abstain, then like the PCC vote, the result will still stand.
If only 2% of the electorate vote to stay in Europe, from a electoral turnout of 3%, then this will be announced as an overwhelming majority vote in favour of the political decision. It will be proclaimed as an example of true democracy in action and the 97% abstainers will be shouted down as being anti-democratic malcontents.

This is not a democracy, it is an oligarchy and the tail wags the dog

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@Ed_Miliband Martin’s Money tips poll says re-nationalise Gas And Elec.

November 2, 2012

Mainly plebs like myself, who have to be careful with money and are actually more politically aware than most with PPE degree’s

Results

Nationalise – privatisation clearly hasn’t worked 5,210 votes (59 %)
Regulate prices – keep them private but the state should strictly control costs 3,082 votes (35 %)
Private wins – it’s a world market, we gain by keeping private companies 592 votes (7 %)

@Ed_Miliband. More banks? What for?

July 9, 2012

why should splitting banks up make me feel more confidence in them?

The only effect would be to create a facade of increased competition.

Increased competition will just mean more trotters getting in the trough, when they collude to rip us off.

That means they’ll want more slops to share out.

Fake competition hasn’t helped prevent the utilities from ripping us off; nor has it prevented Government from using them to extract more indirect taxation.

If Ed Miliband really wants to take action that will protect our interests, he should look to nationalise the banks and put bean counters in charge, in place of the Gamblers and the Spivs.

@Avaaz @Ed_Miliband @Number10gov #marr a fair political cap on donations

April 15, 2012

On the Marr show, Ed Miliband recommended that donations to political parties be limited to £5,000 p.a.

This is close enough to the State Pension to warrant the two being equated.

Tying the two together would ensure that the cap and the State Pension would be adjusted annually in a fair manner, commensurate with the wealth of the Nation.

Conservatives are critical of Labour being in the thrall of the Unions, by virtue of the political levy, whilst Labour will claim that this is the most cost-effective means of collecting the much smaller sums that their supporters can afford.

The solution could be to have a political levy attached to the annual paye form. a sum, payable to the party of their choice, of upto 1/52  x the basic State pension could be opted into on the annual tax form.

This could even be tax exempt, meaning that the donor, if a tax-payer, was actually not losing out.

An interesting conundrum would be raised by allowing those receiving untaxed welfare benefits, to forego a voluntary political donation.

Instead of opinion polls being used to assess the popularity of a political party, one would need only to look at a breakdown of the changes being made on political donations, which being made in April, would be a good indicator of the May Council elections.

I would also hope that such a system would incentivise politicians to pay more attention to employment levels and the growth of the National Wealth.

Political parties and pressure groups could still raise contributions (no tax relief) from their members but these would have to be notified to the Tax office to ensure conformity with the Cap and provide transparency.

This would apply to Director’s of companies, trying to use Company funds to augment their personal preferences.

@Ed_Miliband Dromey sets bad precedent.

January 20, 2012

Jack Dromey, husband of Labour’s Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman, has failed to declare payments from the Unite union.

He has been let off censure with an apology to the House.

I am unhappy with this for various reasons.

First; these people award themselves large salaries, because they are allegedly top quality people who don’t make mistakes, such as forgetting to declare outside payments.

Second; he is supposed to be working for his constituents, not a Union.

Third; this precedent allows even more suspect payments to others to evade full chastisement.

Fourth; Ed Milliband by his failure to take action, effectively condones this deceit for MP’s from all sides of the House and weakens his ability to attack the next Tory hack, who pockets a few £ million.

If there was a General Election Tomorrow, Ed Miliband would become P.M.

September 28, 2011

If there was a General Election Tomorrow, Ed Miliband would become P.M.

Despite what politico’s say about his conference speech, he has said enogh to convince a lot of core voters that he is not New Labour.

It doesn’t matter if he holds true to his unspoken promise.

David Cameron became Prime Minister because og Nick Clegg’s support and voter’s abreaction to Brown and Blair.

Lib Dem’s support will fade away, especially as they will have to campaign as a subset of the Conservatives.

Lost Labour voters will come out to vote against Cameron, his disdain for the electorate’s wishes and the old Tories that are emerging from the woodwork to feed on the public purse.

The only problem for Ed Miliband is his avoidance of talking about Europe.

 Any “we must stay in Europe” statement,  will send many voters to UKIP but they are still seen as also-rans and probably won’t affect the outcome by much.

David Cameron: saviour of democracy?

September 8, 2011

In a way, I’m almost glad that David Cameron is refusing to listen to popular appeals to exit the European madhouse.
All three leaders of our main political parties seem to share an almost axiomatic belief that the British voter has nowhere else to turn but them.

 Party may  leaders believe that voters, such as reader Alex Smith, may no longer vote for their traditional choice, but that they have no real alternative.
 
Cameron, Clegg and Miliband probably believe that the next election can be fought over the Economy whilst other issues, such as European Statehood can be ignored.
They believe that sufficient of their core voters will still turn out in support, if only to prevent their opponents gaining power.
 
My hope is that as the tax and service cuts bite deeper, as crime, illegal immigration and  street violence continue to rise and as European leaders get bolder in their crass demands, more people will realise that our politicians just don’t care about the meaning of Democracy. Their only concern is access to power and the riches that it provides.
 
My hope is that our political leaders will be rudely surprised.
A few voters may switch to UKIP and some may turn to the BNP but it’s also possible that the core Tory and Labour vote may simply melt away as most of the Lib Dem vote already has.
This could happen to a much greater extent than Cameron et al might anticipate, with many Backbench MP’s clinging on by the slenderest of majorities.
 
Perhaps a new Coalition Government could be formed but it would be unable to Govern without the support of the minority parties and their own Euro-rebels.
 
Although David Cameron may believe that he has a mandate for a few more years yet but he could well be mistaken, as events  seem to be unfolding that could force an early election.
 
Angela Merkel’s support is unwinding in Germany, as her coalition Government loses successive state elections.
The efforts to shore up the Euro, which have led to her loss of support, seem to be increasingly frenetic and despairing and
David Cameron could be left with Sarkozy as his only ally, in trying to maintain Rompuy as European President.
Cameron’s arrogance could be the saviour of British Democracy, as Europe becomes unravelled and more voters become aware of Mr. Micawber ‘s economic principles.

mechanisms for retaining the reins of democracy are needed

July 17, 2011

I’ve been aware for a long time of the hold that Murdoch has had on our Politicians, as have many others.

It is pleasing that this particular boil is about to be lanced (fingers crossed).

I like it that Ed Miliband has come out against any single person, or group, having control of more than 20% of our media.

He’s identified a mechanism that can be set up to limit  further abuses of Society by this particular form of power seizure.

But now we need others to come forward with other mechanisms to protect us from other ways in which the reins of power can be gathered up by the corrupt and greedy.

We haven’t really sorted out MP’s awarding themselves greater and greater wealth, via allegedly independent assessors.

Even now they are congratulating themselves on joining the pack in bringing Murdoch down, despite having years to initiate the kill themselves. They had two of Murdoch’s acolytes admit to bribery and corruption of police officers, yet did nothing. 

These self-serving reptiles are complaining that measures to rob the pension funds of other public servants should not apply to themselves. Despite retaining a final pension scheme, they are whinging about being asked to increase their own contribution from 3% to 5%.

A mechanism linking MP’s pay and conditions to those of other public Sector workers is well overdue.

I like the idea of limiting top salaries (inclusive of bonuses, perks and similar devices) within a particular sphere to a multiple of that of the lowest paid.

This mechanism could be extended to bankers and other businesses, reducing the present rush to achieve bonuses by swelling the ranks of the unemployed. High unemployment does not help Society and, in the long run reduces sales and defeating the intended purpose of increasing profitability. (my reduced Labour cost is your reduced Sales revenue and vice versa).

The damage caused by  fatherless families needs a new mechanism for preventing child poverty. Something more suitable than rewarding feckless females with a lifelong pension in exchange for allowing some mindless yob to get a leg-over.