Thursday, 23 November 2017

Tories policies have failed


The Tories policies have failed, the evidence is all around us. The have failed on every economic forcast and this isnt just because of the Finacial crash because pretty much every EU country is doing better. If that isnt an indication of failure then I dont know what is.



Weak and Wobbly the Conservatives of Chaos......
"UK is the worst-performing advanced economy in the world, official figures confirm"

"The UK is on course for its longest fall in living standards since records began more than 60 years ago, with real disposable incomes now set to fall for 19 successive quarters."

"We are in danger of losing not just one but getting on for two decades of earnings growth,"

"The latest official figures showed workers' earnings, excluding bonuses, rose 2.2% in the three months to September compared with a year ago."
"But they fell 0.5% in real terms when accounting for inflation, marking seven months of negative pay growth, according to the Office for National Statistics."

"GDP grew at just 0.2 per cent during the first three months of this year – slower than all other G7 and European countries, the Office for National Statistics reported"

 "The UK economy, which had held up better than expected in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, is now lagging behind all of the other countries in the G7 group of advanced nations and all other European countries."



LINKS
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42096806
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-economy-world-worst-performing-advanced-countries-state-g7-european-union-a7817046.html 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_governments

Thursday, 5 October 2017

What did Khan actually say about Manchester bombing



Sadiq Khan's statement in full

"London stands united with the great city of Manchester today after this barbaric and sickening attack. This was a cowardly act of terrorism that targeted a concert attended by thousands of children and young people.

"My heart goes out to the victims, their families and everybody affected. Once again we have seen the heroism of our brave emergency services. They have our full support and are in all our thoughts today.

"I am in constant contact with the Metropolitan Police, who are reviewing security arrangements in London. Londoners will see more police on our streets today.

"Manchester and the rest of Britain will never be cowed by terrorism. Those who want to destroy our way of life and divide us will never succeed."

Sunday, 17 September 2017

What do you call a pay rise that isnt




Lets spell this out simply ...

Since 2010 inflation has averaged 2.7%, according to the Bank of England.

So anyone who hasn't had a pay rise for 7 years has basically had a pay reduction.

7 years x 2.7% = 18.9%

Anyone who hasn't had a pay rise for 7 years has in effect had a pay cut of 18.9% on average.


Whilst any pay increase is not to be sniffed at its hardly a flag waving event when people are still on a pay cut.  Even if people achieve a pay increase of 4% they will still be sitting on a pay decrease of 14.9% over 7 years.

A proper pay rise would be 19% because even tho the actual rise is only 0.1% it would actually be a rise.

I'm not even sure what you can call a pay rise that isn't a rise.





















LINKS
http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/resources/inflationtools/calculator/default.aspx

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




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



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