(LONDON) Conservative Environment Network (CEN) Report: A group of 116-green-minded Tory MPs says the government should fund environmental and social energy policies from the Treasury, instead of from consumer bills #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.09: The Conservative Environment Network (CEN), which includes 116 MPs, says the temporary measure would ease the surge in household costs: But the group opposes a separate proposal to abolish the 5% VAT on energy bills, saying it would effectively provide a subsidy for fossil fuels.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business News Report: Tories call on Treasury to fund green energy plans: The CEN is urging ministers to reduce bills and emissions in the long term by ensuring the UK’s homes are better insulated By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst

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PA Media A number of green energy products are funded through charges on consumers’ bills

The plea is endorsed by the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group – an alliance of businesses and charities who will write to the prime minister on Monday, arguing better insulation for people in sub-standard housing could cut bills by £500 a year.

But the current crisis over energy bills has revealed divisions among Conservative backbenchers. 

Energy market ‘madness’

The plan to scrap VAT on energy has been pushed by the Net Zero Scrutiny Group (NZSG) of Tory MPs and peers.

The caucus, with around 20 followers, has been linked to the anti-green pressure group formerly known as the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which was founded by the former Chancellor Nigel Lawson. 

Although its numbers are small, it is well connected in Conservative media.

Its leader, the Tory MP for South Thanet, Craig Mackinlay has regularly voted against measures to tackle climate change.

He doesn’t deny climate change science, but believes the costs of climate policies are falling unfairly on the UK.

In December, Mr Mackinlay tweeted that he blamed “the rush to Net Zero” for creating the “madness in the energy market”.

But this view is disputed by the industry body Energy UK, which says the rise in gas prices has caused the crisis, not Net Zero policies.

Craig Mackinlay leads the Net Zero Scrutiny Group of Tory MPs and peers

Sam Hall, director of the environmental CEN, pointed out that his organisation had almost six times more members than the sceptic NZSG.

He told BBC News: “A clear majority of Conservative backbenchers supports the government’s Net Zero agenda – the PM should know that we’ve got his back.”

The director added: “Last year, no Conservative MP voted against the government’s sixth carbon budget, which aims to cut emissions by 78% by 2035. 

“Although a small minority of MPs are raising concerns about the cost of achieving the target, it is perfectly possible to deliver Net Zero in a way that is fair and keeps down energy costs for consumers and businesses.”

Mr Hall insisted the solution to the global gas crisis “was not to deepen our dependence on gas by removing VAT”.

Instead, he said the Treasury must urgently devise policies to fund environmental and social energy projects for the long term. 

The government has accepted that its current system of loading levies onto the cleaner fuel – namely electricity – is perverse.

Mr Hall said when the price of gas settles, the levies should be shifted on to the dirtier home heating fuel, gas.

“Because of the government’s Net Zero policy, the UK is set to reduce its gas demand significantly over coming decades,” he said. 

“This will protect UK consumers from future gas price shocks by making us less dependent on volatile international gas prices.” 

‘UK should move first’

But Mr Mackinlay told BBC News he did not see any “conflict” between his group and the CEN, “nor anything to be gained by an ‘ours are bigger than yours’ approach”.

He added: “We all want to leave the planet in a better place than we found it.

“The key difference is our perception of how best to achieve a lower carbon UK and to inject some realism when the UK is responsible for 1% of global CO2 whilst China, India, Indonesia go gangbusters for new coal.”

Mr Hall said: “Every country will need to hit Net Zero – and the UK should lead on this to gain the benefit of going first to develop new technology and services.”

The government is urgently seeking solutions for the cost of living crisis, which is seeing bills and price tags rising in the UK.

The idea of targeted financial support for fuel bills – along the lines of the current Warm Homes Discount scheme – is emerging as a frontrunner to tackle a cost of living squeeze, which could see households £1,200 a year worse off as a higher energy cap comes in at whilst taxes rise for workers and employers.

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(LONDON) JUST IN: Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed at a church in Essex today Friday and one man has been arrested #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.15: Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea: They said they recovered a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News today Sir David Amess: Conservative MP stabbed to death at a church……..

Obituary: Sir David Amess

Sir David Amess

Essex Police: Leigh-on-Sea: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

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Updated Friday 15 October 2021 at 16:55

We are now in a position to confirm the man who died in Leigh-on-Sea today was Sir David Amess MP.

We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October) to reports Mr Amess, 69, had been stabbed.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, sadly, he died at the scene.

A 25 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

We have recovered a knife from the scene and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

We are continuing to appeal for anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to come forward.

We want to say thank you to the members of the public who alerted so quickly.

We need anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact us.

If you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Please quote incident 445 of 15 October.

You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Original release

A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

We attended and found a man injured.

He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.

He is currently in custody.

We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

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We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly.

We need anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact us.

If you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Please quote incident 445 of 15 October.

You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sir David, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was “a great man, a great friend, and a great MP, killed while fulfilling his democratic role”.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “The worst aspect of violence is its inhumanity. It steals joy from the world and can take from us that which we love the most.

“Today it took a father, a husband, and a respected colleague. All my thoughts and prayers are with Sir David’s loved ones.”

Anthony FitchArmed police were seen outside the church where Sir David met consituents

Sir David, who represented Southend West, was holding a constituency surgery – where voters can meet their MP and discuss concerns – at Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North.

Essex Police said they received reports of a stabbing shortly after 12:05 BST and found a man injured. 

He was treated by emergency services but died at the scene.

Sir David is the second sitting MP to be killed in the last five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016. 

She was killed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire where she was due to hold a constituency surgery.

Southend councillor John Lamb told the BBC that Sir David moved his surgeries to different locations around the constituency “to meet the people” and said the attack was “absolutely dreadful”.

“We’ve lost a very good, hard working constituency MP who worked for everyone,” he said.

“It didn’t matter who you were, it didn’t matter about your religion or your culture. If you had a problem he would work for you.”

MPs united in shock and sadness

Political differences have been set aside; MPs are united in expressing their shock, sadness and affection for a colleague and a friend.

Many of them will themselves have spent the day in church halls, supermarkets and high streets doing just what Sir David Amess had been: meeting their constituents face-to-face.

When you talk to MPs, they’ll often tell you that it’s a fundamental part of the job and one they really value. 

The death of Sir David Amess is both a personal tragedy – and a terrible reminder of the very real risks they all face.

Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “This is an incident that will send shockwaves across the parliamentary community and the whole country.” ……..He said he was shocked and deeply distressed by the killing of a “lovely man”, and said in the coming days they would need to examine MPs’ security.

Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “deeply, deeply saddened” and described Sir David as “a great public servant”.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said it was “a truly terrible day for British politics but most importantly of all our prayers are with all the people who loved David”.

Who was Sir David Amess?

A Conservative backbencher for nearly forty years, Sir David entered Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon. 

He held the seat in 1992, but switched to nearby Southend West at the 1997 election. 

Raised as a Roman Catholic, he was known politically as a social conservative and as a prominent campaigner against abortion and on animal welfare issues. 

He was also known for his championing of Southend, including a long-running campaign to win city status for the town.

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(SCOTLAND) #Coronavirus Report: Vaccine passports are to be required for entry to nightclubs and many large events in Scotland from later this month, Nicola Sturgeon has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.02: The plans will apply to indoor and outdoor events, and will need to be signed off by MSPs next week: Ms Sturgeon said the move was needed to help stem the recent surge in the number of cases…..

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that Nicola Sturgeon with support from Greens in their Power-Sharing have agreed to the need for vaccine passports for large events she said in Holyrood on Wednesday as a further 6,107 people have tested positive, with the number of people in hospital doubling in the past 10 days and several areas of Scotland are among the regions with the highest rates of the virus in Europe.

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The move means people will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before being allowed into nightclubs and many other events

The new vaccine certification rules mean people over the age of 18 will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to:

  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.
  • Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience.
  • Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience.
  • Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance.

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The new rules will impact on many sporting events in Scotland – particularly football matches – as well as concerts and music festivals.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said Premiership football clubs had “a significant number of questions and real concern” about the plan.

He added: “It’s not clear what IT infrastructure will be in place, what time-scales clubs will be asked to work to, or what can be done for those without smart phones.

“And it’s not clear if it’s going to cut across terms and conditions of seasons tickets already bought by people across the land.”

Ms Sturgeon said the hospitality industry as a whole would not be included in the certification scheme – although that decision would be kept under review.

And there are no plans to include key services or settings where people have no choice over attendance – such as shops, public transport, education and medical services. 

Anyone who has good reasons for not getting fully vaccinated – including children and people with particular medical conditions – will be exempt. 

People can already request a paper copy of their vaccination record to allow them to travel, and from Friday they will be provided with a QR code so they can download a copy of the record to keep on their phone.

Paper copies of vaccine certificates are already available for people who have been fully vaccinated

A similar scheme will be introduced in England at the end of this month, with people needing to have a “Covid pass” to access “higher risk” settings such as nightclubs. 

Several other European countries – including France, Italy and Ireland – have already introduced certification.

Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, said in July that he was “sceptical” about the case for vaccine passports, citing concerns that they “might increase the inequality gap, and there would be ethical issues”.

The country’s deputy first minister, John Swinney, also said he did not believe it was right to exclude people who do not want to be vaccinated after the UK government set out its plans to introduce passports in England.

In a statement at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that the certification scheme was now needed to “help protect individuals and the country as a whole and reduce the risk of further restrictions being necessary”.The first minister added: “Many of the events and venues that are covered by the certification scheme are important – they matter to our economy, and to our cultural and social life. “That’s why we want to enable them to stay open safely – but they are not essential services.”And the nature of them – which involves bringing many people together in relatively small areas – does mean that, despite their very best efforts, they can contribute significantly to the spread of the virus.”She also said it would be “grossly irresponsible” to rule out re-introducing further restrictions in the future.

The Scottish Greens are not keen on vaccine passports. The new minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants’ rights, Patrick Harvie, has raised concerns about their introduction before.In July he argued vaccine certification “would deepen discrimination against those who have not yet been vaccinated”.

Today the party’s health spokesperson, Gillian Mackay, said it was essential the Scottish government ensures the introduction of vaccine certification doesn’t adversely affect disabled people, those with underlying health conditions and those from the global south who may not be able to access proof of vaccination. But the Greens are now in government. Vaccine certification isn’t specifically excluded in the co-operation agreement they signed with the SNP and so the Greens are bound by collective responsibility on this issue and will have to support it when it’s put to the vote at Holyrood.

The first minister said it was a “significant move” and would need to be signed off by MSPs, with a debate and vote to take place next week.However the SNP has a comfortable majority with the backing of the Scottish Greens – who have previously been opposed to the move – and the cooperation agreement between the two parties commits them to working together on Covid-related matters.

The Liberal Democrats were the only party to hit out directly against the plans following Ms Sturgeon’s statement, with leader Alex Cole-Hamilton saying vaccine passports were akin to “medical ID cards”, adding: “

This is an illiberal step”.Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the Scottish government had “wasted months” that could have been spent making preparations, and was now “introducing vaccine passports at the last minute”.He added: “It’s a striking u-turn from what John Swinney said last month, where he emphatically claimed vaccine passports were “the wrong way” to go. “We need businesses to get in-depth guidance around these certificates as soon as possible.

They should be involved in the process and the government needs to clarify whether they will be expected to police these new rules.”Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the virus was now out of control and Scotland – and claimed the government had no strategy to deal with it. Case levels in Scotland are 80% higher now than they were last week, and five times higher than they were four weeks ago.

The number of people in hospital has more than doubled since 20 August, from 312 to 629.Intensive care admissions have not risen as quickly, but have still gone up from 34 to 59 over the same timescale.Meanwhile 4,108,804 people have had a first dose of vaccine, and 3,691,066 have had two.That includes 95% of people over 40 who are now fully vaccinated, as well as 71% of 30 to 39-year-olds and 51% of 18 to 29-year-olds.The Federation of Small Businesses said the many affected firms would not welcome the certificate scheme – but would accept it as an alternative to stricter restrictions. But it said the system needed to be user-friendly for both businesses and the public, and warned against a “rush” to extend the scheme to other settings. The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) said the scheme was a “threat hanging over the whole of the hospitality industry”, while the UK Hospitality Scotland said the move would “cause dismay amongst businesses” that had only recently been allowed to reopen.

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‘ 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.

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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.

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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.

RT: Get short URL

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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