Elections are wonderful things especially for those of us taking part. I am standing for re-election in the Barpool Ward of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and will be blogging fairly often on the Barpoolward Blog, link in the left column for anyone who may kindly be interested in my progress.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Gang violence and forgotten communities. The ex-gangster turned community worker speaking near the end of the clip clearly understands more about the causes of the problems in inner city Britain than any government task force or committee of MP's ever will. Will any of them take any notice do you think?
The socioeconomic realities of being part of the Eurozone are evident from the clip above. Though not directly a member of the Euro our future prosperity is hampered by it because of the treaties which bind us to bailing it out. Austerity measures implimented in the UK are more than compensated for by bailout guarantees to the EU/IMF debt factories.
EU - The only way is out!
Now it has been said with some level of accuracy that I am a very cynical human being. I take this as a compliment because once you look into it usually people are simply reflecting that I see through the rubbish quicker than they do.
The clip above demonstrates the living conditions becoming more widespread for retired people in California. Nobody wishes to live in their car but that is becoming the reality, and increasingly will continue to, for retirees who have been honest, honourable, hard working citizens as they watch their pensions depleted by Wall Street at the same time that landlords and care homes have to raise rents to pay the interest or dividends (sometimes both) demanded by Wall Street. The human cost is senior citizens, some of whom are disabled, living in their cars.
This could never happen in the UK will be the thought of many readers. Ten years ago they would have laughed like hell in California if anyone had tried to tell them what was coming. The largest component of our domestic economy is contained within the financial centre of the City of London. Our Wall Street. These organisations, and the ones behind them, control our political parties and our economy directly. In no measure can our 'real world' economy replace it, not now, nor for many years to come. There are scenarios which lead to people living in their cars here. It is true to state that there are some that don't. The people in charge have no more interest in your well-being once you retire than they do the good people of California.
There are parallels between the two. Homelessness in the UK is rising. The weather however does not compare.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
The date for closure of nominations has passed and the officially confirmed candidates for election to the post of Councillor to represent Barpool Ward in the chamber of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is as follows:
Name of Candidate:
Alwyn Mark Deacon
British National Party
Martyn Russell Findley
Independent (seeking re-election)
Gwynne David Pomfrett
Hayden Brian Walmsley
A quick internet search has confirmed my suspicions, aroused by the fact that no-one has ever heard of them, that the Labour and Conservative party candidates are both from CV11 post code areas. This means that they both live on the far side of town, are unknown politically to anyone that I know from any source, yet wish to claim the allowance for representing Barpool ward. Whether either of them actually has any connection with the area is I am sure something that they will make us all aware of during the election campaign. In previous elections I have been known to offer SatNav co-ordinates to candidates from other parties as they cannot find anyone from the ward that can bear to stand in their name. This is something that I may well find myself doing again. Time will tell.
Alwyn Deacon will need no introduction as we have both stood in Barpool Ward before. This time I, as the Councillor seeking re-election, am standing as an independent candidate whereas Alwyn is standing against me in the name of the party that I left last year.
The choice is yours!
If you are interested in view on the election and how it is developing I suggest that you check back to this blog regularly. Being a self-funded independent candidate I am extremely limited financially in the number of leaflets that I can afford to put out whereas the parties can respond to one leaflet with another almost at will. To alleviate this as much as possible I shall use this blog to keep you up to date with my responses to/opinions of any leaflets and slurs that I may come across throughout the election.
To most of you this will be as clear as the water around your favourite imaginary deserted desert island.
Why then do UK taxpayers get saddled with benefit payments for children related to claimants when it is known that the children do not reside here? This situation will not resolve itself and is only going to be exacerbated by falling European economies.
Who can blame anxious parents for dramatically improving their family standard of living, by legal means, when encouraged to do so? Not I! I am very contemptuous however of our home grown politicians who encourage this kind of thing. I have never agreed with it but at a time when the UK economy is barely treading water this millstone is overdue for removal from the necks of overburdened UK taxpayers. Anyone who thinks that immigration numbers can be meaningfully reduced with this system so well embedded is delusional: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/312438/-42m-benefit-bill-for-children-who-don-t-even-live-in-Britain
Sunday, 1 April 2012
It has been a strange week in politics what with one thing and another. Which idiot decided it was strong government to start a totally unnecessary fuel shortage scare we will probably never know. We do know which hapless minister turned himself into a jester on the matter but that idiot has received quite enough publicity without receiving further here. Pastygate was another episode that I wouldn't have believed had you predicted it a week ago. I wonder what blunder could come next? Ideas in the comments section if you have any humorous ones.