‘ Tories Plan To Make Striking Illegal Unless Given 50 Percent Approval by Members ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – July 19 – The Tories are planning the most significant crackdown on union strikes since Margaret Thatcher’s reign. Criminal offences for picketing and a demand unions seek 50 per cent approval from their members prior to industrial action are key.

Austerity Strikes

Following a recent walk-out by almost a million public sector workers, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a clear signal he would endorse stricter legislation governing strike action in the UK.

His rhetoric has already influenced the Conservative party’s manifesto for next May’s general election, which is coloured by far-reaching policy changes designed to make the organization and attendance of industrial strikes more difficult in Britain.

In light of these developments, Cameron has been brandished a “Bullingdon bully” by Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey.

“The whiff of hypocrisy coming from Cameron as he harps on about voting thresholds is overwhelming. Not a single member of his cabinet won over 50% of the vote in the 2010 election, with Cameron himself getting just 43% of the potential vote”, Mc Cluskey stated last week.

“The whiff of hypocrisy coming from Cameron as he harps on about voting thresholds is overwhelming. Not a single member of his cabinet won over 50% of the vote in the 2010 election, with Cameron himself getting just 43% of the potential vote”, Mc Cluskey stated last week.

Unite recently published an opinion poll highlighting a growing public distaste for criticism directed at unions. The survey revealed that a majority of the British public endorsed workers’ right to strike in the most recent dispute, backed a £1 per hour pay rise for council workers, and opposed public sector pay cuts.

Despite this telling tide of public opinion, Cameron’s party believes a pledge to introduce regulatory changes to mitigate industrial strike action will prove popular among potential voters.

Under this policy shift outlined on Friday, the Tories made an array of promises. Such measures include making industrial strikes illegal unless unions secure a 50 per cent vote in ballot form in favour of such action, reforming protest regulations, criminalising illegal picketing, and doubling the notice unions must offer employers prior to striking.

The cabinet office minister, Francis Maude, stated he had formerly warned that intensified efforts on behalf of union leaders to push for “disruptive strike action without even persuading a majority of their members to vote” would provide a strong impetus to respond with concrete regulatory changes.

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`Paul Flowers `Former Co-op Bank Chairman ‘ has been charged with Drug Possession ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN – April 16 – (BBC) – Paul Flowers, the former Co-op Bank chairman, has been charged with drug possession, prosecutors have said.

Mr Flowers was arrested in November following newspaper allegations he was involved in a drug deal.

He had stepped down from the Co-op six months earlier over concerns about his expenses. He resigned as a Methodist Church minister days before his arrest.

He has been charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and one count of possession of a class C drug.

Mr Flowers fought through the waiting photographers and TV crews as he arrived at Stainbeck Police station in Leeds earlier.

The drugs allegations put him at the centre of a political row as the Conservatives highlighted his connections to the Labour Party.

He had previously served as a Labour councillor in Bradford and on an informal board advising Ed Miliband on banking.

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#UK:` Financial Crisis for the Poor’ Meanwhile the `Wealthy Gain Rich Pickings’ from this Government’s Strategy’

#AceGuestNews says Financial crisis for many, bonanza for the few.  

Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist.
Published time: February 03, 2014 13:42
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Despite what the UK’s ruling politicians or statisticians from palm-greased think tanks may say, the UK’s economic “recovery” is visible nowhere on the country’s streets.

The opiate of Quantitative Easing (QE) or Printing Money, the £375 billion fraudulently spirited up so far, is making some of the figures look good, but it is killing the patient.

The effect of QE is to propel the nest eggs of the rich from prudent “savings accounts,” where interest rates are at an all-time low, into capricious stock and bond markets to be managed by hedge funds and other pushy players. Meanwhile, everything with half a brain that moves, including the Parliamentary Commission on Banking, chaired by Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, is demanding to see clear blue water between public-facing banks and the casino economy. However, precisely the opposite is happening, as billions of savings leaves the safe ground in search of higher returns.

The London media have no excuse to talk of a “recovery.” They don’t have to look very far to see the tell-tale signs of a nation falling apart: Try looking down next time you’re in the street. None of the infrastructure of the nation is being maintained. From jutting-out high street paving slabs to potholed roads and even silted up rivers in the Somerset Levels that have been flooded since Christmas, the vital systems of the nation are clogged and breaking.

For a country with one of the highest living standards in the world to have 20 percent of its population, ticking up every month, existing below the poverty line, something must be very wrong. And the “democratic” strings that are supposed to tie Britain’s 65 million people to the cosseted elite that spend the nation’s taxes are also horribly frayed. The period before a general election is when a government courts its voters.

And what is the role of Britain’s third-party in all this? The Liberal Democrats (with 56 MPs) hold the balance of power between Labour (256) and the Conservatives (303). Any party in such a position should call the shots, as Irish MPs did with the 1885 Ashbourne Act which forced absentee English landowners to hand over land to Irish farmers who had been impoverished by the famine: A dramatic change in ownership that was one of the main catalysts for Irish Home Rule.

A broken labour market

Like the “Balance of Payments,” which compares British exports to imports, taking stock of the “Cost of Living” has fallen out of fashion in the London media. Maybe it’s the lack of the feel-good factor in both sets of statistics – but that doesn’t make either of them any less crucial to understanding whether or not the economy is working. Cost of living is rarely mentioned because an enormous, economically driven, social engineering by the power elite has been played out in our lives in a generation. Britain has fallen from a high-wage, unionized, high-job security economy, from a developed world to a third-world economy in those 30 years.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFPSpencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

A broken housing market

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has a “great plan” to exterminate Britain’s welfare benefits. So as Work and Pensions Secretary he has put the onus on the claimant, however disabled, mentally ill or otherwise infirm, to prove they are in need, and many are struggling to do so. Scores have already taken their own lives because the vulnerable cannot endure his“survival of the fittest” ATOS test. Duncan-Smith’s own family, though, continue to receive around £1.2 million in annual welfare benefits – in the form of agricultural subsidies for their inherited land.

IDS’s other “flagship” policy is the Bedroom Tax. So vicious is this tax that it puts the most vulnerable in constant fear of eviction and, unbelievably, costs the government more! Both to pay the higher rents the private sector demands and in eviction fees. Meanwhile, Britain is encouraging mass economic migration and building fewer homes than any time since the 1920s, so as to keep property prices artificially high. Now Britons who don’t get Housing Benefit are, on average, paying a staggering 45 percent of their income on rent or mortgage costs.

A broken food market

The international grain trade, according to Oxfam, is now dominated by only five multinational companies. ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Glencore and Louis Dreyfus control 90 percent of this fundamental trade. Through the unregulated derivative markets’ ability to speculate on a future collapse in world food supplies, a hideous profit motive is being whispered of which enriches the few by pushing billions of people to the edge of starvation.

With the demise of the biggest traditional fish, meat and fruit and vegetable markets, deals are now cut behind closed doors for vast quantities of food, the economies of scale suiting buyer and seller alike. With only seven supermarket chains in the UK (Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) selling 85 percent of the country’s food they are able to coax almost every consumer with other basic essentials on the same site: petrol, banking and pharmacies, for example, driving traditional, locally owned shops to the wall.

As historian E.P. Thompson wrote in his 1979 book, “Writing by Candlelight,”quoting from an Elizabethan diary he found behind an oak panel in his library:

Fruit cannot go to Markett, not for Money nor even yett as Charitye for the Poor. Some say it be through a Sort of Monopolisers in the Dealing Trade, wch wd keep all Price at its Customary Heighth as it is set in any Leen Yeer. And that these Dealers wd rather that the Poor Starve, the Fruits fall Rotted and Wormey, and the Husbandmen & their Familys Toile & Swinke for no Reward – all so that their Proffits be not Sunke.

Prices paid to farmers today, they say, are driven down by the supermarkets while what the consumer pays is ratcheted up. The small grocers go to the wall and the poor cannot afford to eat, while the multinational food cartels become more powerful every day. With an exponential threefold rise in food bank use this Christmas, and food bank users set to top the 1 million mark in 2014, it seems that monopolies – after 400 years, the crooked markets of Elizabethan times – are back.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

A broken energy market

One of the most damning indictments of Coalition Britain is the obscene way in which the destitute have been quietly and gradually made to pay the energy bills of the rich. An investment now in an energy company of £20,000, peanuts for the rich, delivers annual share dividends which will pay the annual gas and electricity bill of the average two or three-bedroom home. That investment grows above inflation too and will provide a tidy sum if the investor ever tires of his free energy. Through the privatization of the utilities, indentured servitude has been hardwired into the economy and the suffering.

At the other end of the spectrum, those living hand to mouth are forced off cheap direct debit payment schemes onto key meter energy tariffs, where they can pay as much as double what the rich are paying, or not paying, for each unit of energy they use. Such injustice and cruelty is scarcely conscionable in a nation proud to suit among the top ten wealthiest in the world. One can only speculate that this must be worked out on average wealth, a handful of billionaires surrounded by hoards of 16th Century destitute.

Perhaps these markets are not ‘broken’ at all?

Given that Britain’s plutocrats are doing very nicely, thank you, out of the £850 billion bank rescue in 2008 and the subsequent financial “crisis,” and that their friends in the London media have promised not to tread on their toes, let’s take an educated guess at what the real game might be here.

Perhaps there is no democracy? Perhaps all the political parties are bought and paid for lock, stock and barrel by the power elite who have no conscience, letting accountants run their affairs.

And when they have filled all their garages with the most ostentatious sports cars money can buy, the next thing up the pecking order perhaps is a government department or a newspaper or two?

“Nobody wants a crash,” some might say. But they’d be wrong. One of the unintended, or intended, consequences of deregulation in financial markets is that it’s now easier than ever to make a fortune from betting on disaster. What Naomi Klein calls “Disaster Capitalism” – economic warfare and deliberate sabotage of a nation’s economy – is more profitable than ever before.

The ordinary people of the world had better wise up and look sharp, because we are swimming in shark-infested waters. What the power elite don’t seem to have realized, though, is that we are teaching our children to watch those overnight subjects like hawks. The younger generation are good swimmers, and getting ready with their rocket harpoons.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and full editorial rights to print have been obtained.

Though they do not necessarily represent those of: Ace New Group

 

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#UKGOVNEWS : ” Tories Hand Out Plum Contracts to `Private Firms’ in NHS”

#AceNewsServices says `Tories want to Privatise NHS’ as cuts fund profits for `Fat-Cats’ while `Front Line Staff’ struggle to cope.

Health not WealthIn an article today by the `Daily Mirror’  Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says huge payments to private agencies to cover understaffed wards is symptomatic of the Conservatives‘ long-term aims.

Before the 2010 election, the Tories promised “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS”. They were lying. They were secretly planning the biggest ever.

The shake-up, signed off by the Lib Dems, has cost £3billion and rising.

To pay for it, the PM took cash off the NHS front line he promised not to cut.

The result? Six-figure payoffs for hundreds of managers and P45s for thousands of nurses. It stinks.

Cameron’s reorganisation has left the NHS weakened, confused and short of staff.

And now the vultures are circling. Agencies are profiteering off the problems of the NHS by charging it exorbitant fees to fill a single shift.

And it only gets worse. Government cuts to NHS community services, mental health and social care are pushing more people to A&E, who in turn need more staff to cope. So our hospitals are trapped in a vicious circle as agencies keep raking in the cash.

Cameron’s reorganisation is giving private firms the green light to cherry-pick services.

 

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UK: ” Storms and Floods are `Wrath of God’ Due to `Gay Marriage’ says `UKIP’ Councillor”

#AceNewsServices says UKIP Councillor blames gay marriage for Britain’s ‘storms and floods’

Published time: January 19, 2014 02:13
Edited time: January 20, 2014 08:46
A flood warning sign sits in the road in Upton Upon Severn, England on January 4, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)A flood warning sign sits in the road in Upton Upon Severn, England on January 4, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)
The wrath of God has been unleashed on Britain after the government’s decision to legalize gay marriage, claimed a UK Independence Party member in an open letter published by an Oxfordshire newspaper.

UKIP Councillor from Oxfordshire, David Silvester sent a commentary to the Henley Standard, in which he blamed the recent heavy floods across Britain on the government and particularly the Prime Minister who has acted “arrogantly against the Gospel.” 

Since the UK legalized gay marriage last year, the nation has been “beset by serious storms and floods,”the councillor wrote, adding that it is Cameron’s fault that the nation is distressed by bad weather. 

Quoting the Bible, the politician went on to say that “no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it” and that “a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel will be beset by natural disasters.” 

In the publication, Silvester – who left the Conservative party in protest over the issue – states that he warned the Prime Minister that “disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill.” 

“Now, even as Cameron sheds crocodile tears on behalf of destitute flooded homeowners, playing at advocate against the very local councils he has made cash-strapped, it is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.”

In fact it’s so unbelievable that here’s the meat of it too! pic.twitter.com/7nKleh6HYA

— Tamsin Borlase (@Bosleypatch) January 17, 2014

A UKIP spokeswoman said Silvester’s views were “not the party’s belief” but said that any person in the UK was entitled to state his or her personal opinions. 

“That is what makes the United Kingdom such a wonderful, proud, diverse and free country,” UKIP replied to Huffington Post.

A Conservative District Councillor for Henley-on-Thames told Huffington Post that his colleague’s comments resembled Stone Age opinion.

“Playing ‘spot the wrath’ with pages of the Henley Standard is absurd,” William Hall said. “Many people around here appreciate a sound stance on cutting taxes and getting out of the EU but once you scratch the surface UKIP is a party that would take us back to the Stone Age.” 

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in parliament in July 2013 and is expected to be brought into force on 29 March 2014.

 

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#UKGov: “Using Immigration as a Scapegoat to Cover up Austerity Failures”

#AceNewsServices says having watched UK TV news yesterday evening and being told that people working for the “Immigration Services” will get “Gift Vouchers” that according to the Guardian [Incentives for officials who hit target of winning 70% of tribunal cases include vouchers, cash bonuses and extra holiday’s]  so this column according to John Wright in my opinions column of the local UK news.,just seemed the right one to print.

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Published time: January 15, 2014 15:15
Romanian children are moved along by their father as he arrives with some of their possessions at the Ozone Leisure Centre in East Belfast (Reuters / Cathal McNaughton)Romanian children are moved along by their father as he arrives with some of their possessions at the Ozone Leisure Centre in East Belfast (Reuters / Cathal McNaughton)
The poisonous climate which currently prevails in Britain on the issue of immigration reflects the extent to which the British government’s extreme austerity agenda has been responsible for a lurch to the right in British politics.

This has been most pronounced within the government itself as, under pressure from the upsurge in support for the anti-immigration politics of the far right UK Independence Party, it has embraced this until now marginal political party’s anti-EU and anti-immigration narrative.

Up to the last UK general election in 2010, which brought into existence the current Tory and Lib Dem coalition government, UKIP and its noxious brand of xenophobic and anti-immigrant views were considered beyond the pale by the political mainstream and the majority of people.

Three years later a recent poll of marginal Conservative parliamentary constituencies found that UKIP’s support had gone up by 8 percent since the last general election, while support for the Tories has plunged by around 10 percent. With the next general election now only 18 months away, the conclusion is clear – natural Tory voters have turned to UKIP in significant numbers, attracted by their more robust views on the EU and immigration – both widely though wrongly perceived to constitute a threat to the British economy, jobs, and a drain on the welfare state.

Such anti-immigration sentiment has grown in popularity and traction since 2010, which has been created by the government’s dogged determination to implement austerity, regardless of the damage it has done and is doing both to the economy and social cohesion in the wake of a relentless assault on public spending, wages, and the welfare state. It has given rise to fear, anger, and alienation among a large section of the population, making people more receptive to the scapegoating of immigrants as a consequence.

Most recently, the rhetoric from the government over the prospect of hordes of Rumanian and Bulgarian migrants invading the country after temporary work restrictions were lifted on January 1 in accordance with EU legislation – an invasion which is yet to materialize – is a case in point. Citizens of both nations have been slandered and smeared in a manner that can only be described as racist, with them characterized as criminals, thieves, and benefit scroungers. For any politician to descend to this level is a disgrace. For government ministers to do so is worse. It even produced a schism within the cabinet, when the Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable recently compared Prime Minister David Cameron to Enoch Powell, the notorious Tory MP of the 1960s whose infamous speech against the flow of migrants to the UK has gone down in British political history as a racist manifesto.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is shown around a house in Southall in London on December 18, 2013 which was raided earlier in the day by immigration officers. (AFP Photo / David Bebber)Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron is shown around a house in Southall in London on December 18, 2013 which was raided earlier in the day by immigration officers. (AFP Photo / David Bebber)

The truth when it comes to immigration is that it has benefited Britain. A recent study by academics from University College London’s Migration Research Unit revealed that over the past decade migrants have made a net contribution of £25 billion to the economy, with migrants from the EU making the largest contribution of all; according to the study they have paid on average 34 percent more in taxes than they received in benefits between 2001 and 2011.

One of the co-authors of the report was Professor Christian Dustmann. On its findings, he told The Guardian: “Our research shows that in contrast with most other European countries, the UK attracts highly educated and skilled immigrants from within the EEA as well as from outside. What’s more, immigrants who arrived since 2000 have made a very sizeable net fiscal contribution and therefore helped to reduce the fiscal burden on UK-born workers.”

He continued: “Our study also suggests that over the last decade or so the UK has benefitted fiscally from immigrants from EEA countries, who have put in considerably more in taxes and contributions than they received in benefits and transfers. Given this evidence, claims about ‘benefit tourism’ by EEA immigrants seem to be disconnected from reality.”

The idea of implementing a 5-year ban on migrants being able to claim benefits contains its own logic in the context of austerity, wherein a crisis of greed and recklessness in the private sector has been turned into a crisis of public spending. Immigration offers an easy scapegoat for the pain being felt by millions as a result of the extreme cuts being made to public spending, with the poor and low waged bearing most of the burden. However it sets a dangerous precedent, given that around 1.6 million British people are currently living and working throughout the EU. In other words, the scapegoating of migrants in Britain could result in the scapegoating of British expatriates overseas.

Demonstrators gather in central London on October 20, 2012, as they prepare to march against the government's austerity policies and call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs and growth first. (AFP Photo / Carl Court)Demonstrators gather in central London on October 20, 2012, as they prepare to march against the government’s austerity policies and call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs and growth first. (AFP Photo / Carl Court)

But by far the most worrying aspect of the poisonous turn which the debate on immigration has taken in Britain recently, is that it illustrates the extent to which mainstream politicians have failed to learn the lessons of history. During the last great global depression in the 1930s, the scapegoating of foreigners, and national, ethnic and religious minorities led inexorably to the rise of fascism and everything that followed. While we may be some way from that particular abyss today, the fact that the normalization of anti-immigrant sentiment in Britain has reached the point where it has been embraced by the government itself has to be a matter of deep and growing concern.

At the beginning of 2014 Britain is one of the most unequal societies in the developed world, with one in three children living in poverty, millions suffering fuel poverty, and the number of food banks multiplying up and down the country in response to growing demand. This state of affairs is not the fault of immigrants or immigration. This state of affairs is the fault of the rampant greed that has blighted British society over the past three decades.

The enemy of people in Britain is neither immigrants or immigration. It is the rich and a government that governs on their behalf.

John Wight is a writer and commentator specializing in geopolitics, UK domestic politics, culture and sport.

 

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Cameron’s Pledge to Keep the “Triple Lock System” but how long can his Promise Last!

#AceNewsServices says according to the latest BBC interview on the “Andrew Marr Show” David Cameron has pledged to keep the “Triple Lock System” his pledge.  Though he rejected suggestions it was a purely political move aimed at attracting older voters back to the Tory fold. but reiterated  the “triple lock” announcement as the “first plank” of the Conservative general election manifestoHe said it was “fair” to prioritise pensions even at a time when benefits for younger people were being slashed.

English: David Cameron's picture on the 10 Dow...

English: David Cameron’s picture on the 10 Downing Street website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Triple Lock Pledge: 

1. The state pension would continue to rise by at least 2.5% a year until 2020 if the Conservatives win the next election, David Cameron has said.

  1. The PM pledged to keep the “triple lock” system, which ensures the state pension goes up by whichever is higher – inflation, wages or 2.5%.

Under the coalition’s “triple lock”, the state pension rose by 5.2 per cent in 2012 – or £5.30, the largest cash rise ever seen, and by £2.70 last year, to £110.15 per week.

This would be a great trick if he can achieve it, as with rising house prices and a relaxed view on spending by the Chancellor George Osborne, then inflation is sure to rise in line with current spending ,even if austerity measures on the worst off continue.

Also as the pledge is aimed at a certain age group ,whose health declines in many cases in later years, this government will give with the right-hand and take it away with the left, as each time the pension rises, so does the healthcare costs, the last time the rise was £2.70 he says in this mornings Telegraph    but what he did not make clear was that £2.25 was taken back in “Healthcare” costs. Leaving a mere 0.50p for essentials.  

He maybe alright when he retires with his index-linked or final salary payment scheme, or whatever concoction this illustrious government dreams up in the future, but so many “Poorer Old Age Pensioners” will not be with ever rising food, energy and healthcare costs.

So if you make a pledge to the people on Britain ,then keep your promises and do not think everyone living here is not able to see that while your glass is half full their’s is well and truly not just half empty but, empty.                 

Note: Labour and the Lib Dems have yet to comment on the announcement, l wait with bated breath! 

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