Thursday, 20 July 2017

12 billion on foreign aid v 94 billion in tax concessions

12 billion on foreign aid against 94 billion a year in tax concessions to big corporations




Now whilst I don't necessarily agree with sending money abroad when we have problems with our own poor and homeless. The situation of our poorest people is one that has quite clearly been made worse by the Tories.  I've no problem with helping people,  I do have a problem with 94 billion being given away to rich corporations though.

Even if you don't agree with that statement you have to agree that giving away 94 billion in tax concessions that were neither asked for or required is...OK lets be nice .... Generous.

For a Country that's struggling to get control of a debt of now 1.7 trillion, yes the Tories have increased the Countries debt by over 800 billion in 7 years.

Its Generous in the extreme!

So if they hadn't given yours and mine money away we could have paid 94 billion off the UK's debt each year.  Or we could have paid 50 billion off the debt and 44 billion into the NHS. We could have paid 94 billion into projects that were going to generate money for the UK rather than foreign countries.

So as you are good at sharing memes complaining about foreign aid, why not share one about the 94 billion tax concessions handed out.

By the way the foreign aid budget is 11% of  the 94 Billion a year that big Corporations get handed each year courtesy of Osbourne.

Fight for the big money!





LINKS
https://fullfact.org/economy/uk-spending-foreign-aid/
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/07/corporate-welfare-a-93bn-handshake
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/uk-foreign-aid-budget_uk_57d953afe4b00f741735477f

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Chairman May telling more lies about Cladding



video

The 1984 Documentary That Predicted Grenfell Tower

At PMQs Today, Jeremy Corbyn launched an attack on the Tory government’s agenda of cuts to local authorities, and the effect they had on the Grenfell disaster, saying:
"When you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in safety.
Fewer inspectors, fewer building control inspectors, fewer planning inspectors. We all pay a price.
And Mr Speaker, those cuts to the fire service have meant that there are 11,000 fewer firefighters. The public sector pay cap is hitting recruitment and retention right across the public sector. What the tragedy of Grenfell Tower has exposed is the disastrous effect of austerity.
This disregard for working-class communities, the terrible consequences of deregulation and cutting corners, I urge the prime minister to come up with the resources needed to test and remove cladding, retrofit sprinklers, properly fund the fire service and the police so that all our communities can truly feel safe in their own homes.
This disaster must be a wake-up call."
Chairman May responded by claiming that the cladding of the tower blocks began under Tony Blairs New Labour government.


"The cladding of tower blocks did not start under this government, it did not start under the previous government. The cladding of tower blocks began under the Blair government."

The video above however, proves that the cladding of Tower Blocks started in 1984 and who was in power in 1984 ...... Margret Thatcher 1979 - 1989.

CONCLUSION
Chairman May lied on this point,  the cladding of Tower Blocks started in 1984 and Margret Thatcher 1979 - 1989 was in power.


LINKS
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-fire-1984-documentary-predict-disaster-north-kensington-a7811616.html
https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=01b_1498515562
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=153834
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/625609/Grenfell-Tower-fire-west-London-inferno-predicted-television-documentary-30-years-ago
https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/over-half-of-council-towers-pose-a-fire-risk/5205197.article
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/mar/28/lakanal-house-fire-deaths-prevented
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mUhdsCUjJeQC&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=where+was+cladding+on+tower+blocks+1st+used&source=bl&ots=jcw1GTfXAP&sig=y3sJa2KqLznKBEtXgpVDJV4ejM4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-zce_v-HUAhXkCcAKHUOBAAw4RhDoAQg1MAM#v=onepage&q=where%20was%20cladding%20on%20tower%20blocks%201st%20used&f=false

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

In light of the recent Grenfell Tower fire

Its always the way, horse, stable, bolted ..... my company and I'm sure others across the UK are sending out messages to staff starting something like this....
Dear Colleagues

"In light of the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London we are carrying out a review of Fire Safety to identify any areas we could improve on"

Here's a start

1hr Fire Door ... I don't think so

I was Manager at a Partitioning company back in my distant past and involved in designing a partitioning system including fire tests on various components including doors, so have some knowledge in the area of fire and fire tests.

Fire safety is a can of worms and just because a door, for instance, is supplied with a fire rating certificate, doesn’t mean it has a fire rating if its installed incorrectly. Doors and leafs are particularly difficult to get through a fire test and get a certificate. Adding vision panels only exacerbates the problems. Also every bit of door furniture cuts into the integrity of the fire stopping abilities of the door and has to be put back.

I had a quick look at one door in our building which on a stair well should be 1hr fire rated. I found three initial faults (there may be more I didn’t look that hard).

Faults as noted on the picture above
  1. Intumescent strip continuity has been broken at top of door which is worst point.
  2. Flush bolts should be bedded in intumescent paste.
  3. Hinges should be fitted with intumescent strip under both blades.
I wouldn’t bet on the door above lasting longer than 15mins before integrity failed at top of door and fire crossed over to other side.

The problem is this isn’t unusual and these type of faults can be found all over the UK. Installers only get asked to provide a fire certificate to cover the type of door installed, not the installation and I have rarely seen flush bolts or hinges fitted on site with intumescent paste or strip. Also how long the installation will last in a fire depends on the skill and attention of the person that fitted it.

At a previous place of work, the IT Department was situated at the end of a corridor with access in and out, down this same corridor. The wall on the corridor side should have been 1hr fire rated construction. Unfortunately over the years someone had fitted a glass sliding hatch into the wall. That means the integrity of the wall has been broken and a hatchway of this type would last a maximum of approximately10 Min's before fire crossed over. I pointed this out several times until eventually they got a fire officer down to look at it. He said it was fine. Go figure.

The problem is it takes something like Grenfell before people start questioning. History shows its only noises in most cases not much actual action will happen.

In the case of blocks of flats the profile has been raised to high on the back of many unnecessary deaths and changes are being made. But there will still be corners cut.

Time will tell as it has a habit of biting back.



Links
http://www.firesafe.org.uk/fire-doors/
http://www.firesafe.org.uk/fire-doors/ 

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Lies about Grenfell Exposed

The Comment

For all protesters blaming Theresa May. And for all Labour / Jeremy Corbyn supporters note the following facts.

Grenfell Tower built by a Labour Council, under a Labour Government ~ "Sorry Rubbish"

Sadiq Khan was the Housing Minister in 2008. As Mayor he produced a report saying the Fire Services DID NOT need further funding. ~ "Sorry Rubbish"

Emma Coad newly elected MP was on the board of the tenant management group who are now accused of not listening to the tenants. ~ "This has some semblence of truth"

The cladding (banned in the USA) was chosen by Ed Miliband to meet EU climate change legislation. ~ "Sorry Rubbish"

Time to look inward and stop shifting the blame elsewhere for political gain.

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So lets have a look at this because I like facts, when they are factual and not just being banded around for some political agenda.

Alleged fact 1

Grenfell Tower built by a Labour Council, under a Labour Government 

Fact
It was Designed in 1967, Council approved construction in 1970, Build Started in 1972 completed in 1974.
It was designed during Harold Wilson's (Labour) reign by Clifford Wearden and Associates
Construction was approved in 1970 when Edward Heath (Conservative) was in power.
The build was started in 1972 when Edward Health (Conservative) was in power.
Build was completed in 1974 when Harold Wilson (Labour) came back into power.

Was Grenfell Tower built by a Labour Council?  Since 1964 the Kensington and Chelsea council has been controlled by the Conservative party.

Was Grenfell tower built under a Labour Government? The majority of the construction if not all of it was during a Conservative Government.

CONCLUSION = MISINFORMATION

Alleged fact 2

Sadiq Khan was the Housing Minister in 2008. 
FACT: He wasn't the housing minister in 2008. That was Caroline Flint and then Margaret Beckett.

As Mayor he produced a report saying the Fire Services DID NOT need further funding. 
FACT: Im unable to find any documents or report where he said this.

CONCLUSION = SUSPECTED MISINFORMATION

Alleged fact 3

Emma Coad newly elected MP was on the board of the tenant management group who are now accused of not listening to the tenants.  
FACT: She was on the board of the Housing and Property Scrutiny Committee between 23/05/2013 - 11/06/2014

CONCLUSION = FACTUAL 


Alleged fact 4

The cladding (banned in the USA) was chosen by Ed Miliband to meet EU climate change legislation.
FACT: I can only find this comment from the chancellor Phillip Hammond “My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here.  I can find no evidence of it being chosen by Ed Milliband.

CONCLUSION = SUSPECTED MISINFORMATION



Links

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Possibly the best Tweet ever


Dear Theresa, it's not the number of MPs that counts it's how you use them. You have to do more with less that's all 😂👏👍




Nothing more needs to be said really.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

I Told You I Wasnt Weak


Interesting how things turn out. Chairman May just threw away the biggest poll lead any politician has ever had in the run up to the election.  All she expected to do was show her face briefly in a few well guarded places making sure no one could ask any embarrassing questions. Produce a manifesto with no costings in it and then ride the wave across the line. So what if we loose a few votes on the way were so far in front we cant be beaten.

Oh how wrong you were Chairman May.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn who has been vilified and misrepresented by the Tory press for two years. Got his head down refused to be beaten and had crowds of thousands coming out to hear him speak Ive not known anyone since the war that has been able to do that.

Oh how wrong the PLP were.

When the election campaign started we were hoping to limit damage, everyone thought that, noone predicted the result that happened.

Both sides lost or did both sides win?

The Tories got more votes but were short of the 326 needed to form a government so neith side crossed the finish line.

Now the Tories are getting into bed with the DUP an organisation with Terrorist roots. Lets see where the press goes with that after the Terrorist sympathiser claims.

At the end of the day Chairman May has proved herself to be anything but Strong and Stable .... Weak and Wobbly, Incompetent, Conceited, Vain, Self serving .... Im not sure which best covers it.

And were expected to trust Chairman May in Brexit negotiations .... OMG we are in the crap.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Theresa Mays throw of the dice gambled the UK


Lets just reflect on why this election was called. 

An election which will probably go down as the biggest failure that a party has ever made.To be so far ahead in the polls and to throw it all away by incompetance on a grand scale beggars belief.

Theresa May already had a majority and had stated several times there would be no election because

"What Britain needs is a period of stability in the lead up to Brexit"

Theresa May started her campaign on the basis of the "Strong and Stable" mantra which was quickly ridiculed and in a lot of cases, maybe not dropped altogether, but used a lot less than at the start.

David Cameron started all this with an ill thought out referendum, ill thought out because he was vain enough to think that he could win the vote, even telling EU leaders "Dont worry I can swing this". Ill thought out because he ran the referendum on a one vote can win it, no doubt because he thought he could win it by a few votes. The referendum a very important vote for the UK should have been on a 60% min to win it, that way you couldnt get a 50-50 split. Cameron lost the vote and split the country.

He then did the thing that he said he wouldn't and resigned.

Strong and Stable ..... Nope .... Weak and Wobbly

So back to Theresa May who campaigned to remain but now says shes the strongest leader to negotiate Brexit. Theresa May who didn't need to call an election as she already had a majority but called one after saying that she wouldn't. She then took her campaign around the country only visiting very protected sites where the audience was vetted to make sure there was no surprise or hostile questions. She also refuse to get involved in TV debates making herself look very weak. The u turn to have an election wasnt a Brave decision as some might suggest It was a vain gamble based on the polls at that time. We do not need a leader that takes vain gambles.

 Strong and Stable ..... Nope .... Weak and Wobbly

Theresa May has gambled on getting a majority of over 100 seats and ended up in a worse situation.  That would be OK if it just affected her but it doesnt it affects our position in the Brexit negotiations.

Theresa May is anything but Strong and Stable ..... Definately .... Weak and Wobbly and should resign.

Mean while Corbyn spoke to everyone, dealt with difficult questions and had crowds of thousands turn up to hear him speak whereever he was. He mobilised the young to vote for him and after two years of vilification and leadership challeges, Jeremy Corbyn has come through it all with dignity his tenacity is the mark of a real leader. He stood firm after a vote of no confidence and rode the waves of calls for his resignation. Whereas at the 1st sign of trouble Cameron resigned .... that is not a real leader.  

One thing that has come out of this Jeremy Corbyn has shown himself to be a real leader that can enthuse thousands.

The young may have changed history.