If you want to read a damning critique of New Labour’s social policies and a verdict on the awful Family and Parenting Institute (which is incidentally 90% funded by the taxpayer) then read this by George Pitcher. Brilliant, incisive commentary.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Back in August, Hull City Council Leader, Cllr Carl Minns, had his collar felt by the police for the crime of trying out his new camera and taking a photograph of the St Stephen’s Centre in Hull. He was initially stopped by a security guard and his details were passed in to the police. Click here to read the story.
Just like Cllr Minns, BBC photographer Jeff Overs, had his collar felt under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act. His crime was to take pictures of the London Skyline. Read about the story here.
I am certain these two cases are not isolated incidents. This will be going on every day of the week; innocent people going about their business and recording a few memories along the way are being treated as criminals. Will this change? We can only hope.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
When Daniel Hannan described the NHS as a sixty year mistake, he did something unforgivable; he dared to criticise a national institution. For over half a century we have been indoctrinated into thinking the NHS is the envy of the world. We have been indoctrinated into thinking if we take ill overseas, the standard of care will not be a high as it is in the UK. We have also been indoctrinated into thinking the only option there is to the NHS is the US system of healthcare provision. This perhaps has been the most sinister lie of those on the left, and it is this argument that is wheeled out every time some of us try and discuss the future of healthcare in this country.
The indoctrination worked very well for decades, until we decided to holiday in other countries, rather than Blackpool or Clacton. We found out the standard of healthcare was high in many other countries and people were not dying on the streets because they couldn’t pay their medical bills. Even though in our hearts we know this, the left still put the fear factor into play when we dare to criticise the NHS. We have become accustomed to the state doing everything for us, we no longer regard healthcare as our responsibility. The left knows this and they have been very successful in ensuring healthcare remains the biggest nationalised industry in Britain.
Occasionally, something happens to rock our faith in the NHS. If you want an elderly relative to meet their maker, so you can pick up your inheritance sooner rather than later, then all you have to do is encourage them to have an operation in Basildon. This is far cheaper than going to Switzerland and there are no legal ramifications for you either. The icing on the cake could be the compensation you receive after your dear great aunt dies from a hospital acquired infection. Not that Basildon should be singled out unfairly. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital will also put your child’s health at risk thanks to its poor infection control, even though they regarded themselves as doing everything they could to offer the cleanest and safest wards of any Children’s Hospital in the country. The list goes on and on.
Millions of people around the country are frightened to go into hospital for operations, fearing what happened in Basildon may happen to them. Yet we love the NHS. The twitter campaign a few months’ ago proved that; didn’t it? I don’t believe we love the NHS at all. What we appreciate is the notion of universal healthcare. We find ourselves reassured our credit card will not be hit if we fall ill. The Germans are also reassured by the that fact, but they don’t have socialised medicine. They have a cost-effective system that offers universal healthcare to its citizens and you don’t hear of wards being closed down all over Germany thanks to MRSA and other bugs. To find out how the Germans manage to do it, click HERE.
The Dr Foster Hospital Guide has highlighted what bad shape some of our hospitals are in. This would not be tolerated in most countries. Hospitals would go out of business. You would use your right to choose a hospital with a good record, and give other hospitals a wide berth. The market would ensure the patient came first and can do this without the need to have expensive medical bills or unaffordable insurance premiums. We have to move away from the notion it is the state’s responsibility to pay for everything and become more responsible for our healthcare provision, and this does not mean the most vulnerable in society are left dying on the streets. A safety net must always be there in any civilised society. It means a mixture of private and public money and resources should be used to deliver a healthcare service that it fit for purpose and could easily become the envy of the world.
This is the challenge politicians will never rise to. Gradually dismantling the NHS is a vote loser. Until it is possible to have a rational debate on the NHS, nothing will change and Britain will be poorer as a result.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Alan Johnson seems to fit the title: Jack of all trades, master on none. His time as Home Secretary has hardly been one of unmitigated success. It appears the Home Office is Labour’s equivalent of Northern Ireland. Prime Minister’s send ministers there when they want to end their careers in a very final way. If Alan Johnson does have hopes of being Labour leader, he has now found himself between the devil and the deep blue sea or more pertinently, between a hard place of his own making and Plymouth Rock, buckling under the pressure of a US government deeply embarrassed by the actions of a Brit.
Gary McKinnon (photographed above) has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is a UFO nut. Using his technological knowledge he managed to penetrate the seemingly impenetrable walls of the Pentagon. The Americans don’t like this. They want blood. They have already made clear they are going to jump over every legal hurdle to get their man. The only thing that stands in the way is British justice. We are now supposed to sleep well in our beds. The big bad wolf is not going to win. In fairy tales this is true, but we don’t live in a fairy tale and enter stage right, the Right Honourable Member for Hull West and Hessle. The High Court has refused Mr McKinnon the right to appeal to our Supreme Court. Alan Johnson, the postie done good, is now the star player. Is he going to do the right thing or is he going to blow the house down? Is he going to be the hero of the piece? No. Instead he is going to send Mr McKinnon to the US to face a prison sentence.
If I was a boffin in the Pentagon, I would want to get Mr McKinnon to explain how he did it. I would want to use his knowledge to make the computer systems secure. I would understand this man has a mental illness that makes him withdraw from the world we live in and live in a fantasy world.
Alan Johnson was the last roadblock to this extradition folly. He is the man who could have driven this runaway train into the buffers. He could have stopped this dead in its tracks. Instead he is the man who is so far out of his depth, he doesn’t realise the responsibility of a holder of one of the great offices of state. It is now up to us to remind him. Write to him and tell him how disgusted you are with this decision. Write to the press. Express your outrage. The only court that matters now is the court of public opinion. Even Alan Johnson has to bow to that court if enough of us nudge him into a corner.
It looks like it’s about to bite the dust. Gone. Out of our sight forever. As quickly as it came into our lives, it seems as if it is going to depart as speedily. The ‘Big Screen’ in Hull has been a source of debate since it was installed in 2004. I have always thought it looked like an enormous version of a television set people all over the country were throwing out to upgrade to a newer model. Aesthetically it is a carbuncle on the face of Queen Victoria Square. It could have been placed in a better location and it could have looked better, but alas our former Labour masters thought differently, if indeed they ever thought about it at all. The decision was made in haste in the Guildhall equivalent of smoke filled rooms.
Now we are told it is going to cost £250,000 to run over the next three years and this – according to our Liberal Democrat masters – is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. True, it has always been an expensive folly. Labour councillors seemed to be drawn into thinking Hull could somehow become Manchester with this monstrosity blasting out Look North around Queen Victoria Square, but I do have a problem.
Where is this television set, set for? Is it about to go to the technological graveyard in the sky, or is it going to be looked after in a benevolent council warehouse? Can it be resurrected at a future date, or has it already passed its use-by date? So much taxpayers’ money has been wasted thus far. It is a thorn in the side for the LibDems. A problem inherited from the former ruling Labour group’s profligacy. One can only hope that in the future Hull can move technologically forward in a planned and constructive way. As the UK faces bankruptcy thanks to national Labour profligacy, hope is all we have.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Over the years I have enjoyed visiting Christmas Markets the length and breadth of Germany. These type of markets have become popular in the UK too, and I am pleased to report this year Hull is also holding a Christmas Market. This is where we are off to this evening.
It is hoped the market will increase the footfall in the city and judging by how popular they are elsewhere – including Germany – this should be a welcome addition for visitors to the city.
So come to Hull and experience Christmas in a different and peaceful way and pick up some unusual gifts. There will be plenty of German food and drink to keep you warm too!
UPDATE: Well, I suppose there is still over four weeks to go until Christmas Day. We got there just after 6.00pm. The majority of the stalls were food and sweets and most were unmanned. The place felt like the ‘Marie Celeste’ with only a handful of people there. For it to have the feel of a German market, it should have fewer food and drink stalls and more selling Christmas gifts and decorations. I hope it gets better, otherwise it will be a damp squib. I was disappointed tonight.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Yesterday we had the rogue poll cutting the Tory lead to 6%. Now, yet another poll is released which will make Conservatives sleep a little easier in their beds tonight; Tories on 39%, Labour 22% and the Lib Dems on 21%. Others on 18%.
Two things worthy of note. Firstly, I have said for a quite some time that Labour and the Lib Dems are neck and neck on around 23%. This poll – taking into account the margin of error – suggests the same.
Secondly, the amount of people saying they will vote for other parties is increasing. This backs up my assertion the next election will be the biggest anti-government vote in a century. Once again, nothing in the polls – apart from the odd rogue poll – makes me think any differently.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Judging by some of the messages I have received about my last post, there appears to be some confusion, which I will now clear up.
During the next financial year – 2010/11 – Britain’s net contribution to the EU will be £6.4 billion. This is how much the British taxpayer will stump up after our rebate and receipts are taken into account. For more information, please read this article written by the renowned and respected economist, Ruth Lea.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Last night I was the speaker at a supper club meeting of East Yorkshire Conservatives in Bridlington, on the subject of Quangos. Most people there were genuinely shocked at the amount of money being spent by Quangos and how much our membership of the European Union costs us each year. I quoted the following from Dr Lee Rotherham’s book, Ten Years On: Britain without the European Union.
While you were watching the last Harry Potter, £1,891,998 was transferred to Brussels.
During the England footy match, £1,113,000 left the British bank account for good.
In the time that it took you to boil an egg, £37,098 was surrendered to the EU.
£12,366 in one minute.
£206.11 in the heart pump of a second.
And then another.
It made no sense at all. It was like forming a human chain to pass gold bullion down Blackpool pier and to dump a brick off the end every hundred seconds.
Every hour was a new Angel of the North being built by British taxpayers in another country.
The bill for just two days paid for the whole Royal Family.
Three days would have kept your local community hospital running for a year.
Five days of EU membership would have covered all the repairs needed to every cathedral in England, or paid for a new Kew Gardens.
Ten days would have bought a new Belmarsh prison.
Why not just cut out the middle man? Instead of handing over three and a half weeks of net payments, you could have simulated the financial loss by cutting down all the trees in England looked after by the Forestry Commission and ploughing salt into the soil.
For the equivalent value effect of five months of fees, you could have just burned every picture and every painting in the National Gallery. Or the Treasury could have taken revenge on international bankers, and paid the annual deficit by just handing over all the revenue of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Food for thought? The statistics are breathtaking when stated in a way we can all relate to. I would like to thank East Yorkshire Conservatives for their very warm welcome and excellent hospitality. I had a very enjoyable time in Bridlington and look forward to returning.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Looking at the pictures from Cockermouth brought back the unhappy memories of when we were flooded in June 2007. So many people have had their lives turned upside down and judging by the scale of the flooding, they will be out of their homes much longer than the six and a half months we were out for.
My thoughts also go out to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Bill Barker, whose body was found earlier today. His widow has said the died doing the job the loved. According to Sky News
, he had been diverting traffic off Northside Bridge near Workington when it collapsed, throwing him into the River Derwent. It shows the courage, bravery and sense of duty of all members of the emergency services. The magnificent job they do should make us all proud.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sir Stuart Bell, the MP for Middlesbrough since 1983, has had a long career as an author, journalist, barrister and parliamentarian. I know he is gripped by a love affair with the EU, no doubt brought about during his time practicing law in France. Listening to him in the Queen’s Speech debate though, I began to wonder if like the prime minister he has become divorced from reality,
The big story about the Queen’s Speech today is what is not in it. After the turbulent year MPs have had, one would have thought Gordon Brown would grasp the nettle and include some form of reform bill. This was not to be. Sir Stuart – quite rightly – said in the House of Commons this afternoon, the voters are not talking about MPs’ expenses and allowances. They are talking about other issues affecting them. He thinks the Commons will once again become a great institution without reforming it. At least not undergoing any major reforms. What he is forgetting is if it was not for the recession, the public would be taking MPs to task. Just because we in the grips of a recession does not mean politicians should sweep these matters under the carpet and hope they will go away.
Sir Stuart then went on to make the most nonsensical remark I have heard a politician make in a long time. To paraphrase him, he believes during this economic downturn, Britain needs the EU more than it has done in the past. How? Why? Do British businesses need more red tape; more bureaucracy; more rules and regulation? Do fishermen need the Common Fisheries Policy? Do we really need more decisions taken away from us; important decisions affecting our democracy and our economy?
Britain needs the EU like a hole in the head. To help us get out of this recession we need to throw off the shackles of the EU. British businesses need to freed from the red tape. If Sir Stuart Bell cannot see this, perhaps it is time he hung up his boots.
Cast iron promises from the Conservative Party aren’t what they used to be
Gordon Brown – House of Commons – 18/11/09
Britain is best placed to weather the economic storm. No more boom and bust. British jobs for British workers, to name just three. The prime minister seems to have a poor memory as well as a poor grasp of reality.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tonight, I have been reading a report on the Common Fisheries Policy. With the latest TPA campaign highlighting how life would be very different outside the EU, I have been looking at a policy that has had such a detrimental effect on the British fishing industry. Living in Hull, this is something important to the people of Hull and the Humber Region in general.
Once again, the Taxpayers’ Alliance is at the forefront of research into the economic impact the EU has on the UK economy. The UK fishing fleet, and associated industries have been crippled on three occasions in the past century: by the Kaiser, Hitler and the Common Fisheries Policy. On the first two occasions, the North Sea was a war zone.
To read the report I have been reading tonight. click HERE.
Following on from the cinema advertisement I posted yesterday, I realised I hadn’t posted the following video on EU Agriculture Fudge. Another great way to the message across of how just how much the EU costs us each year.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I don’t agree with him, but if you want to know what all the fuss is about, here is Rowan Williams’ full speech to the TUC today. Apparently taxation should not be regarded as an unreasonable burden and “tax is about corporate insurance … and is the essence of the democratic process.”
Just when you think you have heard it all, someone comes along with something new.
When I was growing up, the UK was part of the European Economic Community – the ‘Common Market.’ The EEC then transformed itself into the European Community. As part of this ongoing process, the transformation continued and the UK became part of the European Union. At no point during this were we the voters given the opportunity to have our say. Instead, those whom we elect to serve our interests, wilfully gave away huge chunks of our sovereignty to an unelected superquango in Brussels.
The advertisement at the top of this blog will be rolling out in cinemas nationally later this week. It gives you a glimpse of how much the EU costs taxpayers and businesses. It also promotes Dr Lee Rotherham’s new book, ‘Ten Years On: Britain without the European Union.’ It’s not just the financial cost though. Our right to govern ourselves as a free nation state has gone. We need to get this right back. This is just the start of a long campaign for democracy and freedom, but it is a fight we must win to rid ourselves of the meddling Brussels bureaucracy.
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Will Cameron's announcement last week pave the way for a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU?
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Worsley & Eccles South includes the wards of Worsley, Boothstown & Ellenbrook, Walkden North, Walkden South, Little Hulton, Winton, Barton, Irlam and Cadishead.
Worsley & Eccles South is a notionally Labour-held seat, but at the last local elections, Conservative candidates outpolled Labour across the new seat by 12%. The Liberal Democrats are a poor third and have no Councillors in the constituency.
Recent polls suggest a close contest between Conservatives and Labour - it's a two-horse race between Gordon Brown’s Labour candidate and local Conservative Iain Lindley.