23/04/2017

LET'S ALL GO ON HOLIDAY


So, let’s get this right.
A Labour government would seek to create four new UK-wide bank holidays, according to the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Those holidays would be on each nation's patron saint day - St David's Day on 1 March, St Patrick's Day on 17 March, St George's Day on 23 April and St Andrew's Day on 30 November.

According to the statement he made this morning on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Mr Corbyn believes the move would "celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations".

If that policy had been in place this year (2017) that would mean that St David’s Day (1st March) would have been a Wednesday, St Patrick’s Day (17th March) would have been a Friday, St Georges Day, (23rd April) would be today, Sunday and St Andrew’s Day (30th November) would fall on a Thursday!

Not very convenient for shops and businesses to close down and stop production mid-week. So invariably the days would be shunted around to different dates and tagged on to the nearest weekend! – Making a mockery of “celebrating the national cultures of our proud nations”, as Jeremy puts it!

Now, as a man who never lets an opportunity go by to criticize the current educational policies of opportunities for all, one would assume that the Labour leader would be emphasising the importance of regular education and the effects of a child ‘missing school’ may have on their future successes.

According to the Department for Education, they are adamant that: "It is irresponsible to take a child out of school without good reason. Every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil's chance of gaining good GCSEs, which has a lasting effect on their life chances. Following our reforms there are now 200,000 fewer pupils regularly missing school compared with five years ago."

In fact, as it stands, parents who defy the law and take their children off on holiday or allow day’s off can, and frequently are, fined by their local authorities.

Department for Education figures show councils dished out 157,879 fixed penalty notices in 2015/16, and 151,125 the year before for unauthorized term-time absences (so not just holidays).

But now, with an election on the near horizon, Jeremy is desperately looking to the popular vote by promising them anything!

Suddenly, children’s education is flexible and taking another 4 days off their schooling really takes second place to getting his feet through the door of No10!

If he really wanted to put the education of our children back on the right track he should start by creating policies that prevent the ability to fire useless teachers and the inability to exclude seriously disruptive students. We all know of schools where teaching is first and foremost an exercise in crowd control.

Freedom of choice for the schools and the especially the parents is what is needed.

So it begins, weeks of concocting half-baked ideas and yielding, for the sake of popularity, to the selfish emotions, passions, and greed of sectional groups, that, together with Labour’s crackpot Marxist economics would bankrupt the economy.

Chris Leslie, the former Labour shadow chancellor, said of John McDonnell’s economic policy: “It’s the magic money tree that will make all our dreams come true. You’d have to double income tax, double National Insurance, double council tax and you’d have to double VAT as well.”

And that comes from someone in his own party!

God help us if this chap ever the key’s to Downing Street.

 

09/03/2017

IF A JOB IS WORTH DOING, IT'S WORTH DOING WELL …unless you live in Tameside!

Local councils have a duty to maintain the roads, but they can only fill a pothole if they know about it.

A good friend of mine emailed me yesterday to tell me how he had contacted ‘the council’ regarding a series of pot-holes that had presented themselves outside his house.

The problem was, every time they filled with rainwater, passing vehicles splashed the water across his front door.

To his amazement, two days after leaving a message on the council's website, he returned home to find ‘the men from the council’ had apparently dropped everything and effected urgent repairs, seemingly by dropping lumps of tarmac in the holes and stamping the black stuff down with their size nines!

It's now worse!
The sad truth is the road was only in bad condition because they did such a shoddy job the last time they patched it up.

Still, it’s good to know where our 4.99% council tax increase is going!

26/02/2017

THE BANNING OF THIS YOU-TUBE VIDEO SPEAKS VOLUMES


On the Saturday 15 June 1996, a massive bomb devastated the busy Arndale shopping area in the centre of Manchester.
Many of you will remember it and I suspect many will know of friends, neighbours or loved ones who were caught up in the carnage and massive devastation.
Thankfully, no one was killed, but over two hundred people were injured in the attack, mostly by flying glass, and seven were hospitalised, who at the time were said to be in a serious condition.

The two Jerry's
The attack was carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and to this day the 1,500-kilogram (3,300 lb) truck bomb holds the iniquitous record of being the biggest bomb to be detonated in Great Britain since World War II.

Shortly after the cowardly atrocity, the then rebel Labour backbencher; now Labour’s Leader in opposition, was interviewed on radio, where he refused several times to condemn the attack.
This is the real Jeremy Corbyn. The man our Labour councillors now follow as their ‘party leader’ and who the voters of Tameside have, albeit in diminishing numbers; have voted to run our borough council since 1979!

During that time we have seen massive council waste, they’ve presided over deteriorating town centres, orchestrated the demise of our towns’ markets, roads deteriorate, libraries lost, iconic buildings left vacant and allowed statutory services to diminish. All this while we see our council taxes raise!

In Tameside it's not 'Do more for less' its Do less for more'

Their biggest trick is to get armies of unpaid 'volunteers' to fill the void, whilst blaming their inefficiencies on others.
This just illustrates how ordinary people in the street have been left so apathetic and existing in a state of total indifference that they can’t be bothered to say, ‘enough is enough’ and vote to invoke a change.  
They just don’t realise the true nature of the type of people who have, after years of infiltration, taken over the Labour Party, both nationally and locally!
These so called socialists have seemingly lost contact with their roots. They appear to have lost touch with their core values and listen only to so called policy experts from 'London based think-tanks' rather than listening to the concerns from ordinary men and women from small towns throughout the UK, who are struggling.

Today’s Labour politician not only wants to tell working class people what's best for them, but what they should and shouldn't think.

Well, this lack of meaningful political opposition, party infighting and general lack of ideas backfired greatly in Copeland, where incidentally, the Denton & Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne was Labours campaign manager!
This May, as the local elections come round again, it’s your opportunity to start to stop the rot here in Tameside, where we need fresh, common sense thinking from new people who display civic pride in our towns and put the local needs of their constituents first, rather than passing the baton of office to other members of their dynasty!

 

 

17/02/2017

YOU'RE ALL THICK, NOW LISTEN TO ME...


According to today’s news media, Tony Blair has graciously emerged from his multi-million pound mansion in Buckinghamshire, in order to ‘embark on a mission’ to tell us in his usual snake-oil, patronizing fashion, that those who voted to leave the EU are educationally lacking and if the pros and cons were explained to them in words of one syllable, there should be yet another referendum and the Brexit result could and should be reversed.
 
The pre-briefed quotes to the early day newsrooms go from mildly condescending – “The people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit” – to full on contemptuous superciliousness: “Our challenge is to show how this decision was based on imperfect knowledge which will now become informed knowledge, to calculate in easy to understand ways how proceeding will cause real damage”.
THE BLAIR MANSION
Meanwhile, that so called impartial BBC has ‘obtained’ a localised breakdown of votes from nearly half of the local authorities which counted EU referendum ballots last June and chosen to reveal the findings, quite coincidentally with Blair’s reincarnation.

Apparently, this information provides a much greater depth and detail in explaining the pattern of how the UK voted. The key findings are:

  • The data confirms previous indications that local results were strongly associated with the educational attainment of voters - populations with lower qualifications were significantly more likely to vote Leave
  • The age of voters was also important, with older electorates more likely to choose Leave

A statistical analysis of the data obtained for over a thousand individual local government wards confirms how the strength of the local Leave vote was strongly associated with lower educational qualifications.

Also, age as a second factor significantly helps to further explain voting patterns. Older populations were more likely to vote Leave. Education and age combined account for nearly 80% of the voting variation between wards.

So, Tony Blair and the BBC both believe all ‘Leave voters’ were all stupid, ill-informed and ignorant, and, what's worse, are members of the contemptible lower classes!

Blair seriously believes the British publics minds can be changed if the case to ‘Remain’ is explained “in easy to understand ways”.

Let us not forget, this is a man who, after his supposed retirement from politics, won a £5million advance on his Downing Street memoirs, a £2.5million salary after being signed up by the U.S. investment bank J P Morgan, and £2million for an adviser's role with the finance firm Zurich.

Tony Blair deceived us on weapons of mass destruction. He should be held responsible for the conflict. He lied to his cabinet, to his government, to parliament and to us.

Now he wants us to trust him again.

Yeah, right!

26/01/2017

BREXIT AND MORE POLITICAL SCHEMING


The fact is this.
The UK has voted to leave.
 The EU wants the UK to remain.
So we have to negotiate the best deal possible as we leave and take control of our own country once more.
 But the EU bureaucrats can’t afford to be seen to give us ‘special terms’ despite how much damage it may do to their countries’ economies and businesses.

They only think in political terms and they are preparing their political traps.

Recent history tells us – when a vote goes the wrong way from a Brussels’ point of view, citizens should be given the opportunity to ‘correct their mistake’

That idea has now been outplayed by the British Supreme Court ruling on British law ensuring that the British parliament is sovereign.

If we’d listened to the likes of those who were calling for a second referendum (the likes of Tim Farron, Nick Clegg, the Sturgeon woman and co’ - who who seem to believe that their individual wisdom trumps the combined wisdom of the British voting public; and are doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to try to thwart Brexit) we will be disadvantaged. Remember, it’s not in the EU’s interest to agree a mutually beneficial compromise. If we were to hold a second referendum, based on the ‘deal’ - they would offer the UK the worst terms they could imagine. Then sit back and wait while the second vote overturns the first referendum. They would get what they wanted all along, the U.K. remaining trapped in the EU.

However, now that the Supreme Court has delivered its verdict: 'Only parliament can grant rights to the British people and only Parliament can take them away" it now goes to Parliament.

It must also mean that the SNP who are threatening another Scottish independence referendum and those calling for a second EU referendum, have been hoisted by their own petard, as highlighted in  the Supreme Court ruling that the EU cannot make or take rights away from the British people unless it is done through Parliament.

The UK Parliament is sovereign!

Now it’s all on MPs to vote on triggering Article 50. There can be no further legal redress sought by the ‘remainers’ who have been short-circuited by this decision.

Listening to the popular media, many MPs (who not long ago voted 6 to 1 in favour of a referendum) are now announcing that they will still vote against Brexit and ignore the democratic process, regardless of what their constituents voted for!

Well, I say let battle commence on the understanding that constituents and local party associations deselect any MP who tries to thwart the will of the people.

13/01/2017

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, IT’S SNOWING!


Quick, post it on Facebook, tell everyone you know on Twitter, and capture it on your Smartphone!

OMG - the world's coming to an end! Everyone run for your lives!

Scientists say that it’s all due to “global warming” but hang on, it wasn’t that long ago that the very same scientists told us that it is not supposed to snow nowadays! Mind you, they’ve also been telling us for decades that ‘butter’ is responsible for everything from obesity to heart disease.

Now, it’s making a comeback as a “health food.”

If you don't believe me, look it up.
Monday, 20 March 2000. According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climate research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, said, "Within a few years, winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event! - Children just aren't going to know what snow is!"
 
Wrong!
 
People wake up. It's January. It's winter - snow is not unusual!
 
One wonders how those living in the far Northern hemisphere, like Russia, Sweden or Finland cope! - It was about -20 °C in Helsinki on the 7th of January when the Christmas holidays ended.

Today, it’s not too bad, According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, it’s a comfortable -13 °C .