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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

labour leadership

I see that Jon Cruddas has pulled out of the Labour party leadership.
I wonder why? Has he been warned off by by higher powers; higher than the Labour party executive, that are keen to see their man elected. John McDonnell is the only person standing against the Miliband brothers and I forecast that he too will drop out. Andy Burnham is yet to say whether or not he'll stand but I don't hold out much hope. You see, I believe that the powers that be in the Socialist Party, have enough confidential information on the aspirants to convince them it would not be in their interests or that of their family to stand.
Ed Balls is a different case. I would say that he too would pass were it not for the fact that he and Lord Mandelson have both attended Bilderberg group meetings. This secretive organisation is suspected of harbouring desires to rule a new world order, but it is shrouded in mystery. Have Balls and Mandelson another agenda. We'll have to wait and see
I seem to remember reading that Tony Blair accumulated information on each and every member of Parliament when he came to power. These privately held notes were, it was rumoured, to be used to control and manipulate members and I wonder if they are still being used.
Who are these powers that be? I don't know but if I had to speculate I would have to say it the usual suspects, headed by the Prince of Darkness himself.

BA / Unite dispute

The industrial action mounted by the Unite union on behalf of its members is rididculous. It is a throwback to a time gone by when the UK was coming to terms with the inequalities thrown up in the wake of the industrial revolution. Since then the world has moved on and global trading and the emergence of a new industrial order has renedered strike action as not only redundant but downright destructive.
It is no surprise that union leaders are keen to perpetuate the practice because their own future is questionable. They like to flap their wings from time to time to remind the nation that they are still about despite the mauling they received from Mrs. Thatcher in the nineties. Personally, and remember I was once a branch secretary for the IPCS, a civil service union, I could never understand why an employee had a right to strike but an employer had no reciprocal right to withhold the job.

BA has 40,000 employees which represents a large community and like any community needs to operate on a system of rules that are mutually acceptable to the leaders and the led. Surely the first of the rules should be that nothing should be done to risk the existence of the community. If anyone, management or staff don't like the rules they are at liberty to leave. No one is forcing them to stay. If the Unite union think they know better than BA how to run an airline I think we ought to be told. If they don't they should let BA get on with it. I would go further and say that under law BA should be able to take the union to court for malfeasance.
This is not to say that workers in the UK would necessarily lose out, as the unions would have you think. There will be NO work without business, but for efficient operations a happy workforce is a good workforce and the compromise should be reached. To reach this compromise the concept of fairness, a necessarily subjective concept, should not be factored into the debate. What definitely shouldn't be allowed is strike action, guaranteed to produce only losers. Can't the workforce see that their company, their community will lose customers and market share resulting in lay-offs. They are like the Lemmings voting for the Lemming party and self destruction. I say again to all BA staff: if you don't like your terms of employment, Leave and let the others get on to make a success of the company in a very difficult market.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Usual suspects

I see today that it was Alistair Campbell and Peter Mandelson, both unelected, who persuaded Gordon Brown to step aside, albeit in the Autumn, to facilitate a deal with the Lib Dems. What is the hold they have on him? Remember that Campbell quit being an adviser after the Dr. Kelly affair and Mandelson, although having to resign twice through malfeasance, still got a plumb job in Europe and a peerage. Not bad for a man dubbed the Prince of  Darkness. Even Tony Blair put in a brief, almost half hearted attempt at the hustings in a forlorn attempt to get Jacqui Smith elected. These people are desperate to retain power. Why? Their attempts to lure the Lib Dems into a coalition, when the odds are so stacked against them, is almost embarassing. It clearly is for the likes of Blunkett, Reid and Hoey who are recommending that the Socialist accept defeat graciously.
The usual suspects of Brown, Blair, Mandelson, and Campbell have something to hide. One day they will be found out and when that day arrives I hope that powers that be will take steps to secure Justice for the people of the United Kingdom.

Lemmings 3

The election is over. The politicians are saying that, in effect, the people have voted for a 'hung' Parliament, where no party has an overall majority; the first for over thirty years.
This is, of course, ridiculous. The people have each voted for a a party; it is the electoral system that has thrown up this result and signals, yet again how poorly it serves the populace.
The horse trading has begun with the Liberal Democrats talking first with the major party, the Tories and then with the Labour Party. The Liberal Democrats are looking for a guarantee of proportional Representation as part of their lending support to each coalition. Since this did not form part of the Tory or Labour manifestos, this is tantamount to holding the nation to ransom in their own interests and may backfire in future elections. The electorate will not quickly forget how their vote is abused. Following the politician's expenses scandal, the population is thoroughly fed up with the political process and this election will go no way to appease the feeling that they are all self serving trough feeders.
Whilst the politicians talk to one another in the hope of settling on an arrangement that enables a Government to be formed, the money markets are jittery and the pound sterling under threat. Democracy is not being well served by the process, Worse, observers at the election have said that the way it was conducted would embarass a third world country with voters being locked out of polling stations after 10pm.
As part of their bid to share power with the Lib Labs, the current PM, Gordon Brown has said he'll stand down in the Autumn. Is there nothing this man won't do to stop the Conservatives getting power?. What is it that he has to hide that may come to light under Cameron's administration? Dr. Kelly's death?

How much better this would be in a Meritocracy under the Crown. The Country would be Governed by a Cabinet of five appointed secretaries appointed by the crown, including a Prime Minister. One of the five would be the Leader of the House of Commons, where debates would hear elected representatives of the people. The leader of the House would inform the Cabinet of debate resolutions without guarantee of implementation.
The appointed cabinet would be people with a record of honesty and devotion to the nation of the United Kingdom without outside interest nor political or religious affiliation.

An elite who have no interest in the ordinary man or woman in the street? Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: "These results show clearly that the educational profile of our representatives in the 2010 Parliament does not reflect society at large."
54% Tories, 40% Labour and 15% Lib Dem returned to Parliament were educated at fee paying schools, representing 37% of all MPs. There will be 11 Old Etonians in Parliament and 102 Oxford educated MPs. Parliament is already elite and so it should be. Only the best should serve the people, but in my view there are a proportion that will not act, for a variety of reasons, in the true interests of the nation. The rulers must be appointed and not elected.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

The Scots welcome back the troops after supporting the man that cut resources

As the people of Edinborough turned out in their thousands to welcome back the 3 Rifles & 1 Scots Battlegroup from Afghanistan, I wonder what must have been going through their minds when they voted for Labour and Gordon Brown in the recent election. How could they vote for Brown, the Chancellor and Prime Minister that lied to the Chilcott enquiry about his cuts in spending for the army; effectively denying them the resources they needed to prosecute the campaign.

I'm sorry to involve the forces in a political debate but it's important the people of the country know what type
of man was asking for their support. That scotland voted overwhelmingly for the Socialists, responsible for so many unnecessary deaths, is a matter of regret.