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The north of England has been run down by London governments deliberately ever since they decided to side with international finance and banking against home industrial production. This was started at least two centuries ago and continues now at a pace
The industrial revolution was born in the Northern England and... it was all but snuffed out by the City of London. Being beholden to the banks the northern industries were forced to pay low, practically slave, wages, bringing industry into disrepute. But the fault was with the government being in bed with the banks
The last thing the north needs is more policy and handouts from Whitehall to sort itself out. It needs a federal solution where it has its own parliament. tax raising powers and a degree of fiscal autonomy.
Alexei Sayle: Whatever the politicians say, Liverpool has been in 'managed decline' for decades
AN INSULT TO OUR CITIZENS – AND OFTEN THOSE MOST DEPRIVED THROUGH GOVERNMENT POLICY
Professor Steve Field, the coalition's NHS troubleshooter who heads the NHS Future Forum, said all healthcare professionals – not just doctors and nurses, but also midwives, physiotherapists and pharmacists – should pro-actively raise the issue of lifestyle every time they see patients.
But if people are obese, it is because the government does nothing in the schools to promote healthy grown up eating. Adverts for junk foods (even by BBC sports personalities like Gary Lineker) are given free reign. People struggling on benefits and low wages just cannot afford to eat well
Field said: "In future if you come for your flu vaccine at a GP's surgery or pharmacy, the health professional should give you your injection but also use the opportunity to talk to you about your diet, smoking, alcohol intake and how much exercise you're taking, discuss any anxieties you may have about these, and offer and advice and support. Similarly, a podiatrist who's looking after the feet of a diabetic patient has an absolute responsibility to talk to the patient about their smoking, because smoking makes diabetes worse and means the patient is more likely to have a foot amputated."
This is insulting to our citizens who deserve support not humiliation
NHS report advises talking routinely about diet, smoking and drinking even if the patient is suffering from an unrelated illness
BANKERS DESTROY £7 FOR EVERY £1 THEY CREATE
Bankers may be good at making money for themselves - and sometimes for their banks - but they are a drain on society, a study has found
Mel Hepworth Cleaners are more valuable to society than bankers. So let's extrapolate the findings. Nurses are more valuable than Royals, teachers are more valuable than Lords, and firefighters are more valuable than MPs.
UNDER EUROPEAN STABILITY MECHANISM (ESM) “NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS WILL INDEMNIFY CAPITALISM AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR”
Quote from article "The long-running corporate coup d’état being carried out in Europe has intensified with new treaty proposals that would impose a common EU austerity policy across the Eurozone.
... Having removed the elected governments of Greece and Italy and installing corporate gauleiters, the EU junta is seeking to grab control of the budgets of all member states trapped within the Eurozone.
The objective is to undemocratically force through a fiscal, monetary and economic union of the 17 euro member states.
The ESM will be based in Luxembourg with a board of Governors appointed by eurozone states and operate outside the EU. Article 27 and 30 of the ESM Treaty grants the institution and the officials "immunity from every form of judicial process". The ESM and staff will be exempt from taxation and normal rules for financial institutions.
In other words the ESM will be a law unto itself and a parallel government to the EU in Brussels over the eurozone and national budgets normally the prerogative of parliaments."
The long-running corporate coup d’état being carried out in Europe has intensified with new treaty proposals that would impose a common EU austerity policy across the Eurozone.
The EU is trying to save the euro to “stabilize the markets”.
But look at how an investment commentator looks at the matter. He is betting the euro will be finished within a year
The politicians and the speculators/investors are nowhere near being on the same page.
So who is dwelling in the real world and who in a fantasy world? You decide
Meanwhile, Cameron’s big mistake was not using his veto at the European summit, but using it for the wrong reason
He used it loudly and explicitly to “protect the City of London’s interest”. This made him look like a Little Englander.
He should have used it because the fiscal restraints in the new treaty/pact are savage and unworkable and the euro is going down the pan and the EU should accept this reality
The collapse of Europe's single currency is inevitable, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he outlines a simple trade to profit from the breakup of the euro.
AVERAGE TAX pa PAID BY BANKS DURING BOOM = £28billion
PAYMENT BY TAX PAYER TO BANKS FOR BAILOUT AFTER BUST = £289billion
Claims that the City of London contributes to the exchequer are rubbished by report
Aditya Chakrabortty: Is David Cameron's kid-glove treatment of the City remotely justified, when it neither pays its way nor lends effectively?
BRITAIN CANNOT BE SUBJECT TO THE DECISIONS OF THE NEW EUROPEAN PACT
As Peter Kellow wrote in the latest Republican Party Newsletter No 87, Britain should seize the initiative and challenge the EUs legal right to ignore Cameron’s veto last Friday.
Otherwise we are going to be trampled on. I repeat : if 23 or 26 members of the EU wish to form a “pact” to impose sanctions and make policy then they... are free to do so. But only for themselves
THIS PACT IS NOT THE EU. It is something else. It can only be considered a new improvised body made on the hoof. Britain cannot be subject to the decisions of the Pact.
A Dutch MEP said on Newsnight last night that the veto was like a nuclear weapon. “You’re not supposed to use it”. What is the point of having the veto if you cannot use it?
Commissioner Olli Rehn says City of London will still be subject to regulation from Brussels
Michael Crahart All the EU is doing is enforcing Maastricht, which we signed up to. Cameron's actions leave the UK out in the cold. He's dug us into a whole we'll struggle to get out of.
THE TORY PROBLEM WITH HUMAN RIGHTS
Watering down British laws 'would send a dangerous signal to undemocratic states', says Thomas Hammarberg
Watering down British laws 'would send a dangerous signal to undemocratic states', says Thomas Hammarberg
For students of vexillology, the photos that David Cameron is using on his Christmas cards has significance.
One reason why many of us regard the Union Jack as an abomination is that it includes the cross of St Patrick – a diagonal red cross on a white background.
This stems from the time when Ireland was ruled from Westminster and now is anachronistic.
It is makes the Union Jack seems jingoistic for it is claiming a land Britain no longer has jurisdiction over. (The Northern Ireland flag has nothing to do with St Patrick).
The Union flag painted on the face of the Camerons’ son does not include the flag of St Patrick. This is a step in the right direction although the Republic will need a completely new design.
Was this a conscious diplomatic statement, or just a slip?
George Orwell fought in the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War to re-establish the Spanish Republic that had been usurped by Franco’s fascists
Following the death of Franco the Royal family under King Juan Carlos recreated Spain as a constitutional monarchy. This was contrary to Franco’s wishes but the old man was successfully tricked by the king
Praise is also due for the way the monarch allowed Spain to develop as a federal state giving vent to regional feelings
But the Spanish monarchies time may now be up. Spain was a republic in the 1920s. Many Spaniards are now demanding it should be again
Britain and Spain can march in tune as the twenty first century first two new great Western European republics
King Juan Carlos's son-in-law is alleged to have cashed in on the family name as support for the monarchy wanes
RIGHTS FOR DISABLED CITIZENS.
When the government neglects the disabled it is small wonder this sentiment becomes more widely echoed. Where nature, accident or war has disadvantaged citizens the state must do its utmost to help. All the focus has been on adapting the environment to be “wheelchair friendly”. This means the cost falls on private businesses not the government.
We now have the technological possibility to provide real mobility for many disabled citizens. We could produce super “Segway” type machines that go up stairs and lift the person to near normal eye height with rechargeable points everywhere. With government backing this could be profitable.
Ian Birrell: There is a climate of hostility towards people for whom life is already difficult and it is being fostered by politicians and journalists
Jon Risdon Military conflict is usually used as a convenient justification for medical and other technological advances, I'm afraid. Recent BBC propaganda programme is an example.
Mark Alexander Smith What I always think about Peter is the billions and billions of pounds wasted on these wars that could be spent on scientific medical research to regenerate damaged spinal cords, new limbs and skin. Medical breakthroughs that may otherwise take up to 50 years or more could be reduced to about 10 if the amount of money wasted on the military industrial complex was redirected to a medical manhattan project.
TWENTY-SIX HEDGE FUNDS DEMAND OVER £1BN DEBT REPAYMENTS FROM AFRICA'S POOREST COUNTRIES
--- more than twice the International Red Cross budget for Africa this year. They are using legal loopholes around the world, including the Channel Island of Jersey.
Funds who buy up debts of countries mired in war and chaos have received payouts of $1bn and are due a further $1.3bn.
Greg Palast reports in a special investigation by Guardian Films and BBC Newsnight
Campaigners demand Jersey legal loophole be closed as financiers seek $100m from the DRC
INTERESTS OF ORGANISED CRIME AND SPECULATIVE BANKING ALIGN PERFECTLY.
This is why the politicians will not get involved in the debate on drugs prohibition for without prohibition international organised crime would barely survive. Its demise would be detrimental to the interests of global speculative banking which favours offshore tax havens, secretive bank accounts, SIV’s, rootless ownership, corruption of third world politicians, amongst other things.
Observer editorial: Must we rely on big business, not our leaders, to pave the way when it comes to tackling a narcotics industry that is ravaging Latin America?
EU LAW TO MAKE PUBLICLY OWNED RAILWAYS ILLEGAL
The European ‘parliament’ will vote later this month to commit member states to hand over all publicly owned railways in Europe to private speculative finance capital.
This in spite of the fact that under rail privatisation in Britain in the early nineties subsidies have quadrupled, while profits for the monopolies running public transport have soa...red alongside rail fares.
Now all EU members will be forced to follow this model
Unbeknownst to most rail workers, passengers and politicians across Europe, the European ‘parliament’ will vote later this month to repeal EU rail directives 91/440/EEC, 95/18/EC and 2001/14/EC and ‘recast’ them in order to ‘establish a single European railway area’.So in one poorly attended, crushi...
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