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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN PARTY NEWSLETTER

For a Civic and Constitutional Republic

www.democraticrepublicanparty.co.uk 

 

Issue No 101 May 2012

This Week

  • HAMMER THE CIVIL SERVICE. HAMMER THE PUBLIC SERVICES

  • The Government's Big Austerity Lie.

  • HOUSE PRICE CRASH? IT WON’T BE THAT SIMPLE

  • Another Savage Legal Injustice

  • Other Recent DRP Facebook Postings


News Stories

Highlighting news stories important to the Civic Republican view, particularly those that are overlooked or little covered in the main media.

Read more latest Republican stories on Republican Party Facebook Page


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN PARTY

  • "The public are ready for a new party!"

Mark Alexander Smith shared a link

Disgusted voters give three main party leaders 'worst poll ratings in history'
www.dailymail.co.uk

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A survey yesterday put the negative ratings of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband at the lowest level ever recorded, a staggering -121 per cent.


PUBLIC SERVICES

  • PUBLIC SERVICES. THE REPUBLICAN SOLUTION

“Morale among state school teachers is at "rock bottom", according to a former chief inspector of schools, who speaks out as unions warn that a "perfect storm" of government meddling threatens an exodus of talent from the profession.”

We can no longer allow the public services to be a political football. 
The government is now presiding over and encouraging the demoralisation of some of the most important people in our society – our teachers

When things to go this badly wrong we have to look to a radical change

We need radical reform of how we manage the public services. 

For them not to be at the mercy of politicians and their faddish ideas we have to take management of public services out of politics

They should be managed by a constitutionally enshrined Public Services Board. To ensure ultimate democratic responsibility, the overall policy direction should be in the hands of the executive, the democratically elected president. To ensure republican checks and balances the appointment should be in the hands of democratically elected Parliament

Public services are a republican tradition.Only republicanism can organise them properly, with the right balance between professional and democratic control

The degradation of the public services and the dedicated citizens who work within them cannot continue. Public servants deserve to be elevated and respected. 

Without them we can never have the dynamic private sector that we also need to drive the economy and deliver wealth, security and happiness to everyone

Schools 'face talent drain' as morale of teachers dives

www.guardian.co.uk
Poll shows thousands are thinking of quitting as former Ofsted chief warns of widespread disillusionment


CIVIL SERVICE

  • HAMMER THE CIVIL SERVICE. HAMMER THE PUBLIC SERVICES

This has been the mantra of all governments since the post Thatcherite/ NeoLiberal consensus took over

Tony Blair always claims he should be remembered not for Iraq but for his public service reforms which attempted to introduce the private company ethos into them with his obsession with targets, form-filling and checking, delivered by armies of clipboard holders

We saw recently how demoralized the teachers are. Now we see the same thing in the civil service



The Guardian writes; “The survey revealed concerns among government workers that appointments were increasingly political. Around 55% of civil servants in both the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education felt colleagues had been employed on the basis of their connections to the Conservative or Liberal Democrat parties. This compared to an overall average of 22%, rising to 26% in the Home Office.

“The survey comes just weeks before the coalition is due to publish its controversial proposals for civil service reform. The government has said it intends to reduce the size of the service by about 25% over the next five years.

“They also want to commission more from the private sector, give greater powers to communities and councils, and take more "well-judged risks" in the pursuit of innovation.”

Why are neoliberal populist governments so obsessed with attacking civil and public services? Because the professionalism of the people in these two services threatens executive political power. This is why democratic politicians since Thatcher have been in a state of siege with them

Republicans have always recognised that the civil and public services are integral to the good working of the state and getting the balance right between their professional power and the elected politicians' political power is a prime factor in the design of the republican constitution.

Republicans recognise the civil and public services deserve respect and appreciation. They are a major component of the civil society that we depend so heavily on

Only the Democratic Republican Party has a policy for creating the right constitutional structure for these services. Then they will be able to work constructively with the elected and not have this endless denigration and devaluing of what the civil and public services contribute to the nation

They are not the private sector and never can be and never can be organised like the private sector

Passport row sapped Home Office staff morale, survey finds

www.guardian.co.uk
Department responsible for law and order, immigration and security is most demoralised in government


AUSTERITY

  • LIES, LIES AND COALITION LIES

The truth is that far from being slashed, public expenditures in the UK “have hardly been reduced at all”.

The official numbes show that real spending in 2011-12 was just 1.1% (£8bn) less than that in 2009-10. It was also £23bn or 3.4% higher than spending in Labour’s last year of office (2008-9). Savage cuts? Hardly.

All this, no doubt, makes sense from Number 10 and 11. After all, if we want to keep the bond market from pushing up interest rates, we need to keep up the cuts spin.

And of course, actually doing any real cutting is politically all but impossible. But can the government keep the big lie going?


The government's big 'austerity' lie - MoneyWeek
www.moneyweek.com

The government wants us to think it's cutting spending. But far from being slashed, public expenditure in the UK has hardly gone down at all.


DRUGS

  • PROHIBITION IS AN INSTRUMENT OF POLITICAL CONTROL

“Narcotics should be legally available – in a highly regulated market” says Otto Perez Molina, president of Guatemala

The only thing wrong with this statement is in the last word. We cannot have heroin, cocaine, and other dangerous drugs, available in the market place.

They should be made available at low cost or free on prescription to registered users in government created centres and the supply controlled. 

Prohibition means we hand over the production, distribution, quality control, marketing and retailing of drugs to the criminal fraternity. 

This in turn creates global crime syndicates and mafias which could not survive without Prohibition

The reason why we make no progress in Afghanistan against the Taliban is that the Taliban enjoys enormous income from the heroin trade. This funds the war and funds the corruption of the Afghan government. Our soldiers are dying because of Prohibition

Prohibition supports the current drift to concentrating money in the hands of superrich global finance for it creates an underclass in the rich drug consuming countries, destabilising society and making political progress for change difficult. And it reinforces the poverty and corruption in the drug producing nations so preserving the financial dominance of the rich countries and their banks

Prohibition also works in favour of the global superrich elite for the criminal gangs use the exact same financial facilities as them: tax havens, Swiss bank accounts and SIV's.

In challenging Prohibition we challenge some of the more powerful forces on the planet. Meanwhile, drugs are built up as a great intractable evil that threatens society.

The recreational use of dangerous drugs is not desirable. It is a vice and always will be. That is why it must be regulated which it never can be as long as it is illegal

We have to find new solutions to Latin America's drugs nightmare
www.guardian.co.uk

Otto Pérez Molina: Narcotics should be legally available – in a highly regulated market


JUSTICE

  • ANOTHER SAVAGE INJUSTICE REVEALED DUE TO THE “NEW EVIDENCE” REQUIREMENT TO EVEN CONSIDER APPEALS

This injustice could not happen in countries with a robust legal system. 

As we have said before, the need for new evidence in order for an appeal to be even considered assumes that the original investigation and trial were all perfectly executed. But we do not live in a perfect world and the legal system must accommodation this fact

The British legal system is designed on the assumption that courts and judges never make mistakes. That is they are not human like the rest of us

Note the condescending words of David Hannon QC, for the crown: "We have given this anxious consideration for a long time, and again today, and we are not in a position to oppose the appeal."

The implies that would dearly like to oppose it.

And nothing like an apology for wrecking a young man’s life

Note also that the blame has been put on the police not the court which failed to be savvy enough to see that the investigation was corrupt and the witnesses not reliable

We need to look at how we select our judges and make sure they have a normal person’s street awareness and common sense intelligence. An expensive private education is no guarantee of that and maybe works to the contrary

How many more innocent people are languishing in prison who do not have friends or family on the outside to fight for them over the gruelling years trying to turn up fresh evidence

There must be many cases where ALL the evidence was presented at the first trial and so the condemned person can NEVER be released EVER under British law however bad the original trial and investigation

Democratic republicans must stand up and condemn our rotten legal system

Sam Hallam released after seven years in prison

www.guardian.co.uk

Decision to release 24-year-old after appeal over 2004 murder conviction follows long legal battle by family

Sue Darton judges, monarchy, police, they are not for the people.....


BANKING

  • INTERNATIONALISM: THE KEY TO THE POWER OF BANKING

Fascinating article from Moneyweek. It shows how relevant history is to now

I suppose if you went back a bit further you could describe how the Templars facilitated international trade



The power of banks (or Templars, or Rothchilds) has always rested on their being international. This gives them a big advantage over national rulers who are limited, except for foreign policy, to state boundaries. With banks international is what they do.

This gives them a special strength in times of war as their international positioning becomes even more their unique province. Local wars are good for their business. World wars however disrupt everything including banking 

Today the internationalism of banking operations is even more extended and dwarfs the global reach of any nation

This is why politicians are so in awe of banks. Their international power terrifies elected politicians into tame submission to their will

How single cities grow to dominate global finance - MoneyWeek
www.moneyweek.com

Seán Keyes looks at how the world's financial capitals develop, and how power can shift from one place to the next with remarkable ease.


ECONOMY

  • HOUSE PRICE CRASH? IT WON’T BE THAT SIMPLE

This article reports decline in the market in most of the country – the exception being London

Throughout the noughties western economies were distorted by the influx of cheap good from the east, mainly from China. This created low inflation and stoked up the boom already engineered by the release by the banks of Ponzi money into the system by the speculative banks, i.e. all banks.



Now we are threatened by a different kind of influx from China, a wall of capital ready buy up property.

This morning I received a spam mail telling me this:

“China has over 1.1 million millionaires and they are investing 30% of their wealth into real estate. More and more cash rich Chinese investors are touring the world looking for investment opportunities in high-quality homes, safe investments and luxury lifestyle.

“China’s leading international property Show, LPS Beijing 2012 (www.lp-showcase.com) will once again present properties from all over the world to China’s elite. To be held on November 2-4th, 2012,”

It accentuates what was already becoming obvious to anyone watching the UK housing market. It is now subject to international forces. You can no longer draw conclusions about the direction of the market by looking at the traditional factors of domestic wages, interest rates and so on.

The influx of money from China will sustain those areas of the country subject to international forces and this means above all London - at least in the first place. Other locations may follow. This will turn push up rental prices and so a still heavier burden will be imposed on cash strapped wage earners. 

Where a “mini-boom” is already being reported it is due to foreign money, not any home grown prosperity

Even if the Chinese do not buy outside London there will be a knock on effect in some other parts, so many will be affected.

This kind of property market distortion due to international capital flows could be the big globalisation story in the coming years.

During the noughties the British had cash available (mostly borrowed, unlike the Chinese) and distorted the French rural property market. When their cash melted away, property values in some parts of rural France fell by 50%

Unlike the Brits in France and Spain, the Chinese are likely to be long term investors in western property, creating a permanent unwelcome distortion in an already unreal market.

House prices falling steeply, says Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
www.guardian.co.uk

Downward slide evidence of faltering economic confidence, says group, but London house prices experiencing a 'mini-boom'


CONSTITUTION

  • MASSIVE TURNOUT IN FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

The results of the first round of the 2012 French Presidential election pose many interesting questions for the future of Europe and the future of France

In Britain let’s for now just focus on one aspect – the staggering turnout by the voters. We don't yet have the final figure but it looks like it may equal or top the 84% turnout in 2007



For the choosing of the British head of state we rely on dynastic bloodline so the turnout here in the cradle of democracy is automatically zero

We managed only 65% for our elected house of commons in 2010 - a relatively high figure in general elections since 2000

The French system promotes interest and democratic participation. People vote because it is for a president with power that can and will make a difference.

We need a presidential system in Britain so that people participate and democracy can live

France set to vote for president
www.bbc.co.uk

France prepares to vote for a new president, with Nicolas Sarkozy facing a strong challenge from Socialist Francois Hollande amid deep economic woes.


SLEAZE

  • CITY BIG BANKS TO FUND TORY PROPAGANDA INITIATIVE

A "Big Society" quango is to be run by Nick O'Donohoe, the former JP Morgan speculative merchant bank global head of research, and chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of speculative private equity fund, Apax.

The fund will help local groups takeover post offices and provide capital for voluntary groups to win government contracts. 



In a separate story Ian Hannam, one of the City's most senior bankers, has quit his job at JP Morgan after being fined for market abuse, in a fresh blow for the reputation of the banking industry. 

David Cameron launches £600m 'big society' fund
www.guardian.co.uk

Fund will help local groups take control of their post office and provide capital for charities bidding for government contracts

 


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