Thursday, 12 December 2013

On what planet are the Committee on Climate Change?

I had thought that we were making some progress on the energy debate; much of the political flannel has been abandoned, and common sense seemed to be in the ascendency. There was consensus growing that de-carbonisation is a good thing overall, but not at any price – and the need to guarantee our ability to be competitive in a global economy should not be subordinated to the enthusiasms of the renewable energy zealots.

Indeed, the recent announcements by the Government on carbon capture and storage and clean energy infrastructure have been awaited by a number of us for a long time. The Chancellor appeared to have wrestled away some – though by no means enough – of the more ridiculous energy obsessions expressed by those Liberal Democrat ministers responsible for this area of policy.

And then there was the contribution of the Climate Change Committee. Now, I don’t object to everything that they say, but their assertion that an attachment to de-carbonisation at any price is absurd. Notwithstanding the implications for our economy of continuing the kamikaze mission favouring particular (and inefficient) technologies, the likely impact on the environment will be negligible, as jobs and manufacturing is, effectively, exported to other parts of the globe not attached to this nonsense.

The high priests of the Committee on Climate Change may feel that increased energy bills are a price worth paying to see our countryside littered with inefficient wind farms, but that is not a view shared among businesses and households across our country. They may feel that the fourth carbon budget (for the period to 2027) cannot be amended, but we need to shape our approach to de-carbonisation in response to the state of innovation and the broader context.

They accept that ‘significant costs’ will be incurred by acting sooner, but seem just to shrug their shoulders at the difficulty that imposes on many household budgets.

For me, this issue is not about a dogged attachment to any of the alternative visions which are presented by the various enthusiasts of any individual technology or approach. As a businessman, we must guarantee that the economic climate in which we operate is best shaped to ensure our prosperity and success.

I was never particularly comfortable with the zealotry associated with the Climate Change Act; and the obsession with renewable technologies has come at a very high price indeed. I wonder what use the Committee on Climate Change serves unless it takes a more considered view of the impact on our economy of the pursuit of its vision. My advice is for the Government to take this counsel with a very substantial dose of caution…


22 comments:

  1. I had some sympathy for Nigella following the publishing of photos showing her husband grabbing her by the throat. Cue nasty & expensive court case with bitter accusations and revelations from all sides. Not the appropriate moment for a Prime Minister to step in and take a side! But he did and once again he has demonstrated that his judgment is completely lacking and invariably wrong.

    Windmill Dave has got a track record 2nd to none for getting things wrong……….Brian I would love to think that much of the political flannel has been abandoned and common sense to be once again in the ascendency, but that is not realistically going to happen until Dave ‘retires’.

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  2. I have heard more than enough about how the nutty Lib-Dem Climate Change mob have been holding the Tory party back from making changes but the truth is it's EU policy and CONLIBLAB have ALL been holding us back with higher energy costs for businesses and consumers.

    Cameron is PM at present and like the American saying, 'The buck stops here!'.

    NO MORE EXCUSES.........

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  3. THIS GOVERNMENT SEEMS KEEN ON HS2 BUT HAVE TOTALLY IGNORED THE FAR MORE URGENTLY REQUIRED SOUTH UK AIRPORT CAPACITY PROBLEMS

    High-speed rail is "essential for the UK" and its completion should be speeded up, according to a report by a committee of MPs. The risk of not going ahead with the project "significantly outweigh the risks of doing so", the House of Commons Transport Committee has said.

    Sky News 2013 | Sky News – 3 minutes ago


    Campaigners have raised concerns the project will destroy vast swathes of England's countryside. The Woodland Trust has calculated that 21 ancient woodlands will be destroyed or significantly damaged by the first phase of the project.

    Joe Rukin, campaign manager for the Stop HS2 group, said: "Unlike the Public Accounts Committee and Treasury Committee hearings on HS2, it was clear that this inquiry was going to be a cheerleading whitewash when the Transport Committee only called people who support HS2 to give evidence.”

    Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh said: "Labour supports HS2 because we must address the capacity problems that mean thousands of commuters face cramped, miserable journeys into Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London.

    WHERE ARE THE HORDES OF TRAVELLERS WHO WISH TO GO FROM ONE END OF THE COUNTRY TO THE OTHER ON A REGULAR BASIS, SO MUCH SO THAT THEY CLOG-UP TRAIN SERVICES?

    MOST TRAINS FROM NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ARE FULL OF LONDON COMMUTERS AND PUTTING A HS2 TRAIN SERVICE IN PLACE…………W I L L N O T……….HELP REMOVE THE CONGESTION!!!!!!!

    ALL IT WILL DO IS BRING MORE COMMUTERS INTO LONDON FROM FURTHER AWAY…………..

    "However, three years of Government delays and mismanagement has caused costs to balloon. Incompetent ministers have only recently launched the consultation on phase 2 of the route, despite the fact that it was being worked on when Labour were in government."


    UKIP ARE AGAINST HS2………..VOTE UKIP

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  4. UK AIRPORT CAPACITY (OR LACK OF IT) HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR YEARS.............A BOLD NEW AIRPORT WITH PLENTY OF FUTURE CAPACITY SHOULD BE THE AIM..........NOT TACKING ON A RUNWAY HERE AND ANOTHER ONE THERE!

    We need to stop playing politics with aviation and go for growth

    by Allister Heath CityAM December 12, 2013, 1:43am

    IT is time for our political establishment to get its act together and take the tough decisions this country needs. The case in favour of airport expansion is overwhelming. Britain has failed to build a single new full-length airport runway anywhere in the South East of the country since the Second World War (City Airport, while great, has a very short runway which only accommodates smaller planes).

    Modern Britain – or at least its politicians – has an endless ability to dither when it comes to giving the green-light to infrastructure projects. The private sector would be willing to stump up the cash to build more airport capacity; the blockage is entirely political.

    Heathrow is now 99 per cent full; it has grown by 53 per cent over the past couple of decades, far less than Frankfurt (up 84 per cent), Paris Charles de Gaulle (up 142 per cent) and Amsterdam Schipol (up 160 per cent). Heathrow can no longer grow; but hub expansion at Amsterdam and Paris has been unconstrained. Gatwick will be full by the mid-2020s (and if new low-cost Transatlantic flights replicate the success of shorter-haul low-cost destinations, it could arguably fill up even more quickly). There is still capacity at Stansted but it specialises in low-cost European carriers, not in business flights.

    While there are plenty of daily flights from Heathrow to Hong Kong, the airport only offers 3-5 in total to Beijing and Shanghai. What about all of the other booming Chinese cities? Paris Charles de Gaulle boasts 11 flights per day to four Chinese cities; Frankfurt offers ten flights per day to six Chinese cities. Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Munich and Madrid offer more connections to half of the emerging market economies than London is able to provide; the same is true of seven of the eight growth economies identified by the IMF.

    I could go on listing depressing statistics but here is one last set: As the Let Britain Fly campaign rightly notes, London has no daily flights to 10 emerging economies and yet 26 cities in those economies are served by daily flights from other European cities. It is complete madness: we are shooting ourselves in the foot, reducing trade links with fast growing nations and hurting economic growth. We are also artificially restricting the growth of the aviation business, which directly employs 326,000 and supports an additional 600,000 or so indirectly.

    Why bother supporting new WTO trade deals – let alone sending huge delegations of politicians on trade missions – if we are unable to access newly liberalised markets because of artificial restrictions on aviation? Business travel is being crippled – and so is tourism, which ought to be one of Britain’s growth industries in the years ahead.

    The time wasting and the cowardice must come to an end; it is time for Britain to drag its airports into the 21st century.

    allister.heath@cityam.com
    Follow me on Twitter: @allisterheath

    - See more at: http://www.cityam.com/article/1386812600/we-need-stop-playing-politics-aviation-and-go-growth#sthash.1eEfatNS.dpuf

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  5. Continued.............


    TOP COMMENT:

    William Henwood

    Delighted to read this article Puts all the trash that we have from this government about wanting to create jobs into perspective.

    The only area of interest for capital expenditure is where the EU tells them to spend monies. There is no financial case for HS2 nor obvious benefits for the economy confirmed by the fact that the private sector does not want to get involved; however airport expansion will create jobs will be financed by the private sector so would be good for the country.

    Britain needs a government that believes in this country. The current government seems not interested in our welfare nor does the opposition. How do we get MP's that will bat for Britain is the million dollar question.

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  6. VOTE UKIP, IT IS THE ONLY PARTY INTERESTED IN PROMOTING GREAT BRITAIN!

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  7. A BOLD FUTURISTIC AIRPORT HUB IS REQUIRED & I’M WITH BORIS


    Heathrow cleared for take-off? Third (and even FOURTH) runway plans 'set to get green light in cynical Government report'

    By Sam Webb Daily Mail 15 December 2013

    A U-turn by David Cameron over Heathrow expansion could cause a huge political row with the Tory faithful who vehemently oppose the plans. It would represent an 'off-the-scale betrayal' which would cause voters across the country to question whether he could be trusted, Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith said, while London Mayor Boris Johnson has called the expansion 'wrong for the country'.

    The Government-appointed Airports Commission is due to outline its initial thoughts in a report next week. 'This review was always supposed to be an independent, arms-length review. It seems very clear now that it's nothing of the sort,' Mr Goldsmith said.

    The Tory MP has promised to trigger a by-election if his party's position changed and would not stand as a Conservative if the 2015 manifesto supported Heathrow expansion. 'David Cameron himself has to really think very carefully about this. Politically a U-turn on this issue would be catastrophic for him.

    'You have to remember it wasn't just a few party speeches, David Cameron went to every single constituency affected and stood up and said "no ifs, no buts, there will be no Heathrow expansion",' he said. 'If he does a U-turn on this issue it would be an off-the-scale betrayal and he will never be forgiven in west London.

    'People outside of west London who perhaps don't care much about Heathrow will also take note and they will wonder how many of the other promises we will hear between now and the next election can be trusted, how much can the Prime Minister himself be trusted if he is willing to break a promise that was so crystal clear?'

    And Mr Johnson said yesterday that any decision to base the UK's aviation policy on expanding Heathrow would be 'environmentally disastrous and wrong for the country'. Mr Johnson said: 'I've long thought that the purpose of the exercise (in setting up the commission) was to provide cover for a U-turn on Heathrow. 'Expansion of Heathrow would be wrong for London and wrong for the country.'

    Although supported by the last Labour government, expansion at Heathrow in the form of a third runway, was, initially, ruled out by the coalition Government in May 2010.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523951/Heathrow-cleared-Third-fourth-runway-plans-spark-fierce-political-row.html#ixzz2nXRoCDsE
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    -YET ANOTHER U-TURN AND BROKEN PROMISE FROM CAMERON
    -TACKING EXTRA RUNWAYS ON EXISTING AIRPORTS IS A SHORT-TERM, SHORT-SIGHTED ANSWER!


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  8. What Would Maggie do Today?

    Boris Johnson's speech at the Margaret Thatcher lecture - Addressing the Centre for Policy Studies in London

    “So far as the management of major capital projects by government is concerned our (Tory) vision appears limited and our purpose changeable…We started work on two large plans, the third London airport and the Channel Tunnel, only to cancel both.”

    Does anyone doubt that she would have the cojones to rectify that second mistake, AND GIVE THIS COUNTRY THE 24 HOUR HUB AIRPORT, WITH FOUR RUNWAYS, THAT IT NEEDS? When she was in power there were flights from Heathrow to more destinations than from any other European airport.

    Would she sit back and watch the rest of them eat our lunch – the French and the Dutch and the Spanish, the Finns, for heaven’s sake, who now send more flights to China than we do? She would understand that the plane is the 21st century means of travel, and the vital importance of connectivity to her vision of Britain: open, free-trading, as turned to Asia and Latin America as it is to its traditional markets.

    She would see that the best place to build that airport would be to the east of the city, which is, indeed, the area with the biggest potential for new homes.

    WHAT AN EXCELLENT SPEECH BORIS – WELL DONE!!!! BUT SADLY THE TORY PARTY IS STILL RUN BY 'WETS' AT PRESENT.

    "The amazing thing about the funeral of Baroness Thatcher was the size of the crowds, and the next amazing thing was that they were so relatively well behaved. The BBC had done its best to foment an uprising.

    With habitual good taste, they played Ding Dong the witch is dead on taxpayer-public radio. Asked to find some commentators to give an instant reaction to the death of Britain’s greatest post-war prime minister – an event that was not exactly unforeseen –they reached instinctively for Gerry Adams and Ken Livingstone, two of her bitterest foes – IF YOU EXCLUDE THE TORY WETS, THAT IS!

    As her cortege wound its way from St Brides to St Paul’s there were a few people so stupid that they heckled the mortal remains of an 87 year old woman. A few turned their backs. Some wore twerpish Guy Fawkes masks or carried signs saying“Boo”. But the mass of humanity was on her side, and when the dissenters erupted they were swiftly drowned by cries of shhh or calculated volleys of applause.

    I know all this partly from media accounts and partly because I walked through the crowds and I saw how various her mourners were. There were some tweedy types and some suited thrusters, and people who would generally not look out of place at a Tory party conference.

    But there were also people from all over London, immigrants of every race and colour – people that the BBC might not have marked down, perhaps, as natural Thatcherites – and yet who had come to pay their respects to a woman who spoke to them and spoke for them as no other politician has done.


    See the complete speech at:-

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/10480321/Boris-Johnsons-speech-at-the-Margaret-Thatcher-lecture-in-full.html



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  9. RACHEL JOHNSON: I'll get hate mail for this... Mandela was NOT perfect

    By Rachel Johnson Daily Mail PUBLISHED:15 December 2013

    TOP COMMENT:

    Northman, manchester, United Kingdom, 4 hours ago
    A balanced article that needed to be written. Like many I'm turned off by the days of blanket coverage and gushing hype. The BBC especially have gone completely over the top.

    I COMPLETELY AGREE – THANK YOU TO ANOTHER JOHNSON FAMILY MEMBER

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523782/Ill-hate-mail--Mandela-NOT-perfect.html#ixzz2nYEXrIU3
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  10. THE TORY ‘WETS’ HAVE DESTROYED THE TORY PARTY

    Since the 2010 elections when they failed to win an out-right majority they have:-

    U-turned on having an EU Referendum during this term & lost voters
    U-turned on building runways at Heathrow & lost voters
    U-turned on building on the Green belt & lost voters
    Bulldozed through highly controversial gay marriage legislation & lost voters
    Intend to bulldoze through HS2 development & will lose voters
    Inflicted £9000 a year tuition fees on all university students & their families & lost voters
    Inflicted higher energy costs on all & lost voters
    Failed to re-negotiate the UK’s membership of the EU & lost voters
    Failed to take the UK into war in Syria (thank goodness) & lost voters
    Continued to give millions in charity abroad & lost voters
    Continued to inflict mass immigration on all & lost voters

    THEIR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS NOT TO WIN THE NEXT ELECTION BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN’T WIN BUT TO DESTROY VOTER CHOICE – LABLIBCON ALL HAVE A SIMILAR PRO-EU, SOCIALIST AGENDA

    IF YOU DO NOT AGREE,……..JOIN UKIP………..VOTE UKIP………..& THAT INCLUDES TORY MINISTERS WHO ARE NOT ‘WETS’!!!!!


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  11. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, TOO PATHETIC, TOO OUT-OF-TOUCH!!!


    Benefit controls rushed through: EU migrants will now have to wait three months before they can claim out-of-work handouts

    -In the past EU migrants could claim benefits as soon as they arrived in UK
    -Now they will have to wait before they can draw on the welfare system
    -Other measures include cutting off benefits for migrants after six months

    By James Chapman Daily Mail PUBLISHED:18 December 2013


    TOP COMMENTS:

    Foz, EUSSR Formerly known as UK, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago
    3 MONTHS ........ So they can get the same as me who has paid ridiculous amounts of tax and National insurance into the system for 40 YEARS !!!

    3214 Agree with this comment


    Beau, London, 12 hours ago
    And it also means more beggars, pickpockets, campsites etc as they wait for the free handouts. Shameful.


    janet, Lot et Garonne, France, 12 hours ago
    It should be 6 months as it is here in France. As retires who paid tax and National Insurance in the UK during our working lives, if we returned to the UK we would not be entitled to any benefits at all for 6 months!


    Fiona, Northampton, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
    Don't like it? Then why did you vote CONLIBLAB? What are you going to do now?


    Fed up, Cambridge, 9 hours ago
    For forty years of paying in means nothing, you'll be regarded a layabout if you have to claim any benefit.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2525580/Benefit-controls-rushed-EU-migrants-wait-months-claim-work-handouts.html#ixzz2nqw6dyvZ
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  12. CHRISTMAS WISHES....................


    MAY THE GUILT OF GREAT BRITAIN’S DESTRUCTION VISIT CAMERON

    MAY A VERY SPECIAL ROASTING PLACE BE SET ASIDE FOR BLAIR

    MAY BROWN EVENTUALLY UNDERSTAND PENUARY

    AND TO ALL DECENT HUMANS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR


    Cut migration or I'll block Serbia and Albania from joining EU, warns Cameron

    -The poor Eastern European nations are next in line to join union, and Turkey and Bosnia could be next
    -PM said curbs were needed to avoid ‘huge mistake’ of unrestricted opening of borders to Poland and other countries nine years ago

    By Daniel Martin Daily Mail PUBLISHED:21 December 2013

    David Cameron threatened last night to veto any new members of the EU unless he won sweeping curbs on freedom of movement.

    The Prime Minister said he would block Serbia and Albania from joining unless there were stringent restrictions on how citizens could move across the continent.

    The poor Eastern European nations are next in line to join the union, and Turkey and Bosnia could be next.

    TOP COMMENTS:

    Koala, Kings Lynn, 2 hours ago
    Albania is trying to join too? Please, tell me it’s a joke!

    ann, essex, 2 hours ago
    Just get out of the E.U. NOW!!!

    Southdownlad, Sussex, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
    Cameron - YOU ARE NOT OUR DICTATOR It's not a question of what you want or will do! For heaven's sake. We simply need to leave this nightmare and once more become an independent nation. Just get on and give us our referendum. You along with Blair et al are an affront to democracy.

    mailman, london, uk, 2 hours ago
    Yeah whatever. Cameron is just a European poodle who can do jack about immigration because he, like the vast majority of MP's, has sold the UK out!

    Karl, London, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
    Don't bet on that Davy boy. The EU are already famous for changing any rules that don't suit their purpose. It's easy for them, they don't have an electorate to worry about.

    Poppy, Malaga United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
    Too little too late.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2527398/Cut-migration-Ill-block-Serbia-Albania-joining-EU-warns-Cameron.html#ixzz2o6ZGq9CD
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  13. 1 YEAR ON.........................


    BRIAN BINLEY, THURSDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2012

    Where Do We Go From Here?

    It’s been a tough year. The scale of the economic problems we’re facing is almost unprecedented. We’ve let Labour dictate the theme that the Tories are the Party of cuts and cruelty for too long. Now we need to seize the initiative and focus on the issues that actually matter. The number one priority for next year then must be to establish a narrative. We have to take control of the messages about what we’ve done and what we’re going to do. That’s where our focus should be – not gay marriage!

    The UKIP threat is also a serious one which needs to be addressed over the coming year. Even if they’re never likely to realistically challenge for power, their rise in popularity comes largely at the expense of Conservative votes. UKIP might be seen as a single-issue party but the rise of their star shows the strength of feeling on that issue in Britain. Europe and the EU should therefore be at the top of our agenda. People are fed up with seeing their taxes frittered away on bureaucrats’ bonuses. They’re fed up with the endless talking and pontificating without result. And they’re fed up of the European Court of Human Rights telling us how to run our country. It should be for us to decide whether our prisoners can vote – not some ex-academic in Strasbourg. If we want to deport a man as patently odious and dangerous as Abu Qatada then we should be able to. The fact that he’s still here and we’re still paying for his appeals is simply farcical. If we can grasp these EU issues firmly then people will be more inclined to look to the Conservatives on other issues as well.

    But of course there’s more to it than just Europe. People are leaving the Conservatives because they’re no longer sure who we are. It harks back to the idea of establishing a meaningful narrative. That’s where we’ve gone wrong this year. What does the Conservative Party stand for? Looking back over the past twelve months, a foreign visitor might conclude that we’re the Party of gay marriage and green energy, not low taxes and enterprise. The problem is that the leadership and those around them seem to have an obsession with chasing after headlines and fashionable fringe issues. Perhaps it’s a deliberate strategy to distract people from the state of the economy or the cuts we’re having to make, but if that’s the case then it’s not working. It just makes us look incompetent........................




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  14. Continued...............


    Another crucial part of establishing ourselves again as a conservative-minded Conservative Party over the coming year will be in how we define our relationship with our coalition partners. In short, we need to distance ourselves from the Liberal Democrats. Over the past two years they’ve wielded a disproportionate amount of influence in the Government to the extent where an outside observer would have difficulty working out which was the minor party in coalition. We may have to govern together but that doesn’t mean we have to agree and we need to be more forceful in showing where we differ. Too often the Prime Minister has appeared to cave in to Lib Dem demands. That needs to stop. Now that Nick Clegg has given his party free reign to cause trouble the PM must prove he’s not a push-over.

    Basically, if we’re to improve on 2012, David Cameron needs to be stronger. He needs to be stronger in standing up for British interests in Europe; he needs to be stronger in standing up to the Lib Dems; and he needs to be stronger in pursuing Conservative policies and winning back voters. He needs to communicate with those instinctive Conservatives from my sector of the community – the middle- and working-class people who might not be able to recite Party policies but who know at heart that the Conservative Party is the right one for them and for the country. If he re-connects with them then he’ll be returned as Prime Minister after the next election. But if he doesn’t then, quite simply, he won’t.


    SO, JUST WHAT DOES THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY STAND FOR????????

    AND WHAT HAS THE TORY PARTY ACHIEVED THIS YEAR??????

    ECONOMY 3 OUT OF 10
    NARRATIVE 0 OUT OF 10
    UKIP THREAT 0 OUT OF 10
    EU NEGOTIATIONS 0 OUT OF 10
    CAMERON STRENGTH 0 OUT OF 10
    DISTANCE BETWEEN COALITION PARTNERS 6 OUT 10!




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  15. http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/drunk-and-disorderly-britain-tackles-binge-drinking-462457

    This is not about alcohol; this is about the systematic break-down of family life which LABLIBCON government policies are aiding and abetting - welcome to the new EU world order.

    It's grim out there for most young people................they don't have what previous generations took for granted.............how sad is that?

    Thank you LABLIBCON for your 'liberal' lifestyle encouragements!




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  16. SO WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED????


    CONLIBLAB POLITICIANS THINK IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO SCAM RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE AND TO REWARD THE PROFLIGATE............


    Dithering over Dilnot

    We have to know how the state will help us as we grow older, if only to calculate what we need to do privately to guarantee our care

    By Telegraph View 15 Oct 2013

    One thing that people seek as they get older is certainty. Yet on the matter of financial security in old age – not least in terms of paying for the cost of care – the Government offers confusion instead. Two years ago, the Dilnot report recommended a cap on how much the elderly would have to pay for their care: a lifetime’s individual contribution would not exceed £35,000 and the state would pick up the rest. The Government endorsed the principle, but raised the cap significantly – although it later promised to ensure that pensioners with diminishing funds could defer care costs until their death.

    Now the Labour peer Lord Lipsey has revealed that, according to the fine print of the proposals, thousands of people will not qualify for the deferred scheme until they have run down their savings and assets to below £23,250. He claims not only that the Government has emasculated Dilnot’s plan, but that it has done it “in a back-door manner” that hid the truth from the public. This week, more than 200 peers demanded that the Government change the voluntary payment-deferral scheme to make it universal, but they were defeated in a vote in the Lords.

    Whatever the nature of the final scheme that comes into effect, people need clarity. We all want to know how the state is able to help us as we grow older, if only to calculate what we need to do privately to guarantee our care. Any amount of dithering or secrecy leads to greater uncertainty about what the future holds. Britain has an ever-expanding population of older people.

    Whatever system we come up with – ideally one that places a greater reliance on private insurance – there has to be a debate about what is fair and what is affordable, and it has to be conducted both with realism and out in the open.

    WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR NOSE IN THE TROUGH AND ANOTHER 11% IS FORCED DOWN YOUR THROAT THE EVERYDAY MATTERS OF ORDINARY FOLK DON'T SEEM TO BE OF MUCH IMPORTANCE!

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  17. HAPPY NEW YEAR – WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS!

    UKIP membership soars by two thirds in a YEAR while Tory numbers have halved since Cameron became PM (AND STILL THE TORY BACK-BENCHERS DO NOTHING……….)

    • Eurosceptic party said it was finishing 2013 with 32,500 members
    • Contrasts with dwindling grassroots support for established parties

    By Leon Watson Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 17:32, 31 December 2013


    The UK Independence Party hailed a rise of two thirds in its membership in the past 12 months as it gears up for European Parliament elections in May.

    Nigel Farage’s eurosceptic party said it was finishing 2013 with 32,500 members - up from 19,500 at the start of a year which has seen its profile rise significantly.

    It contrasts with dwindling grassroots support for the established Westminster groupings.

    CONSERVATIVE CONSTITUENCY MEMBERSHIP HAS ALMOST HALVED SINCE DAVID CAMERON BECAME LEADER IN 2005 – FROM 253,600 TO JUST 134,000 (THAT MUST BE A RECORD!).

    And while Labour’s membership rose significantly when Ed Miliband became leader and remains above its 2009 level, it has steadily slipped back to stand at 187,537 (WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS?)

    The Liberal Democrats said a sharp increase in new members (AND WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS?) in the final quarter of the year - reversing a slump in the first half - was proof of a 'feel good factor'.

    But its total of around 43,000 remains more than a third lower than the 65,000-plus levels it enjoyed before joining the Conservatives in coalition government in 2010.

    Ukip chairman Steve Crowther said: 'The narrative in Westminster seems to be that falling party membership is inevitable.

    'Well in Ukip’s case the opposite is true: our membership is growing faster than ever.

    'In May alone, the month that the council elections were held, Ukip membership went up by 2,500. We will now aim to continue that momentum and growth as we head into next year’s European Elections and the 2015 general election as well.'

    Mr Farage - who has predicted a political 'earthquake' in May when his party is tipped by some to win the election - said it was re-engaging people who had 'given up on politics'.

    'Many of our members are those who have never been a member of any political party before but who see that it is Ukip who is challenging the establishment on issues such as open door immigration, grammar schools and green taxes.'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531843/UKIP-membership-soars-two-thirds-YEAR-Tory-numbers-halved-Cameron-PM.html#ixzz2p5PdhZce
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    KEEP IT GOING DOZEY DAVE...........YOU'LL BE OUT IN NEXT TO NO TIME!




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  18. ANOTHER NAIL IN CONLIBLAB’S COFFINS………….

    Sold out! Flights and buses full as Romanians and Bulgarians head for the UK

    • One airline has even doubled number of flights to meet demand
    • Some one-way tickets are selling for up to £3,000 each
    • Buses leaving Bulgarian capital of Sofia until January 9 are fully booked

    By Arthur Martin and John Stevens Daily Mail
    PUBLISHED: 00:05, 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:08, 31 December 2013

    38,612 shares
    1771 Comments

    Bulgarians and Romanians were last night preparing to travel to Britain as restrictions on working here are lifted tomorrow.

    Almost all flights from Romania to England are full – even though one airline doubled the number to meet demand – with one-way tickets selling for up to £3,000 each.

    And all tickets for seats on buses leaving the Bulgarian capital of Sofia until January 9 have been snapped up.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531440/Sold-Flights-buses-Romanians-Bulgarians-head-UK.html#ixzz2p5VUfH5P
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  19. A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR???

    5 YEARS OF MASS UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION FROM 2008 TO 2013 HAS RESULTED IN A 20% REDUCTION IN AVERAGE UK WAGES…………THANK YOU LABLIBCON….…..JUST THINK WHAT ANOTHER 5 YEARS COULD BRING!!!

    MANY BIG UK COMPANIES ARE RECRUITING CHEAP LABOUR IN BULGARIA & ROMANIA INSTEAD OF BRITONS – THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE CBI IS GETTING ‘WORRIED’, PERHAPS HE REALISES THIS IS GOING TO BITE THEM VERY HARD EVENTUALLY.

    I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT A UK FAMILY FACED WITH A 20% REDUCTION IN THEIR WAGES IS GOING TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT WHERE THAT REMAINING MONEY IS SPENT, AND CERTAINLY NOT WITH UK COMPANIES WHO ARE ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST THEM.

    REMIND ME AGAIN HOW AN ECONOMY CAN ‘RECOVER’ WHEN MOST INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES HAVE 20% LESS MONEY TO SPEND……………………

    OR MAYBE THE CBI (KEEN EUROPHILES) REALISE THAT THIS COULD BE THE ‘LAST STRAW’ FOR MANY BRITONS WHO WILL HOPEFULLY REVOLT AND DEMAND TO LEAVE THE CORRUPT EU WITH ITS ‘OPEN BORDERS’ POLICY THIS MAY 2014.



    The average wage in Northamptonshire has fallen over the past five years by 19.9%

    Written by STEVE SCOLES, Mercury & Herald, Northamptonshire

    The real value of average wages in the county has dropped by a fifth in the past five years.

    The news comes as the director general of the CBI, John Cridland, called on businesses to raise the wages of the lowest paid.

    In his New Year message Mr Cridland said despite economic growth, there were “still far too many people stuck in minimum wage jobs without routes to progression, and that’s a serious challenge that businesses and the government must address.”

    It is an unusual message from the CBI which lobbies on behalf of Britain’s businesses.

    Mr Cridland is concerned that the benefits of economic recovery are not filtering down to all levels of society because pay at the bottom is too low. WHY IS THAT I WONDER?

    Figures published by the Office of National Statistics show that in 2008 the average wage in Northamptonshire was £27,229 but by £2013 it had dropped to £26,669, a fall of 19.9 per cent. It still stands up well against the average wage in the East Midlands which is £24,949.

    The average national wage for 2013 is £27,174.

    Andy Worth, GMB Regional Secretary for the East Midlands, said “These alarming figures show how hard pressed working people across the UK are struggling to pay their bills after years of wage decline and attacks on the living standards of families throughout the land. Working people deserve and need a decent pay rise to halt the drop in living standards.”

    Northampton South MP Brian Binley said: “First of all you have got to earn money before you pay it out. That is one of the lessons the Labour Government never learned. If you have not got the money you cannot spend it. HAS THIS GOVERNMENT EARNED SUFFICIENT TO BE AWARDED ANOTHER 11%?

    “We have a lot of people starting businesses in Northampton and when you work for yourself you pay yourself less at first.”

    Read more: http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/News/Northampton-News/The-average-wage-in-Northamptonshire-has-fallen-over-the-past-five-years-but-by-how-much-20131230172455.htm#ixzz2pLAIQUHe

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  20. ATTITUDES WILL HAVE TO CHANGE IN MIDDLE ENGLAND……………..ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!

    THE NIMBIES DON’T WANT TO JOIN THE REST OF THE UK AND WHO CAN BLAME THEM?

    BUT WHY SHOULD THEY BE ENTITLED TO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN PLEASANT & PEACEFUL ASPIC WHEN THE REST OF THE UK POPULATION DOESN’T?


    Tory MP faces 'peasants' revolt' over his mother's plan to build a housing estate just yards from conservation area

    -Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg proposed application for 19 new houses
    -Residents in Hinton Blewett, Somerset, are outraged by the plans
    -Her Ladyship's son is the MP for North East Somerset
    -Jacob Rees-Mogg said planning is 'a matter for the council'

    By Jennifer Smith Daily Mail Published 5 January 2014


    I HOPE LADY GILLIAN GETS HER PLANNING APPLICATION PASSED. THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN EVERY HAMLET, VILLAGE, TOWN AND CITY

    LET’S SEE HOW MANY IDIOTS DISAGREE…………

    Fiona, Northampton, United Kingdom, 29 minutes ago
    WHAT ABSOLUTE CRAP!!! 19 homes!!! this country will need thousands of new homes and the ONLY PEOPLE objecting are those who have homes already!!! The UK needs to build and build some more so that house prices become affordable for EVERYONE!

    8 Disagree

    3 Agree

    I BET THERE WILL BE SHED LOADS WHO DISAGREE………..& HOW MANY WERE TORY VOTERS I WONDER?


    HOW IS THAT MEANINGFUL NARRATIVE THING GOING?????????


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  21. STILL PROMISING TO CLAW BACK POWERS…………YAWN………THIS IS GETTING VERY MONOTONOUS……….HOW MANY POWERS HAVE YOU ACTUALLY CLAWED BACK?

    NONE……..I THOUGHT SO!

    I STILL DON’T BELIEVE A WORD OF WHAT YOU SAY CAMERON!

    I will stop child benefit being exported to Poland and the rest of the EU, Cameron vows as he sets out powers he wants to claw back from Brussels

    -Prime Minister says it is wrong workers in UK can send benefits home
    -Two thirds of all child benefit sent abroad goes to Poland
    -Deal would need to be struck with other EU countries or secure new treaty

    By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor
    PUBLISHED: 11:07, 5 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:08, 5 January 2014

    AND NEITHER DO OTHERS, JUDGING BY THEIR COMMENTS

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534058/I-stop-child-benefit-exported-Poland-rest-EU-Cameron-vows-sets-powers-wants-claw-Brussels.html#ixzz2pYjcXAvj
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    OBVIOUSLY THE EU BIGWIGS WILL HAVE TO LET YOU CLAW SOMETHING BACK

    JUST SO YOU CAN SAY SO TO UK VOTERS BEFORE THE COMING ELECTIONS

    OBVIOUSLY IT WILL HAVE TO BE SOMETHING OF NO IMPORTANCE WHATSOEVER TO THE EU


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  22. As predicted......

    Fiona, Northampton, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago

    WHAT ABSOLUTE CRAP!!! 19 homes!!! this country will need thousands of new homes and the ONLY PEOPLE objecting are those who have homes already!!! The UK needs to build and build some more so that house prices become affordable for EVERYONE!

    66 Disagree

    17 Agree


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