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What has the Liberals done for you?

Houses of ParliamentRecently I was accused of being a retarded liberal probably by a Member of the British National Party or at the least a conservative. It made me realize that people in the UK really are forgetful of what their predecessors have done for them, and equally important that most of the changes to the laws that we take for granted came under Liberial believes.

During the reign of King Edward VII Britain voted overwhelmingly for a radical statesman to become the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His name was Sir Henry Cambell-Bannerman and he was leader of the British Liberal Party.

Under his primership, trade unions got the protection of the courts that they should have – no longer could a trade union be sued for damages by the employer over a dispute for say unfair pay. People could start moving away from open slavery in the corporate work space – companies would be responsible for their own staff.

Providing something that the conservatives are now considered to get rid of, Free School meals for children. Can you imagine it an era where children could afford to go to school and permissibility get a better meal than what they had at home in those days.

When the leader of the conservatives resigned the Liberals formed a minority Government, and what was the first action they took? They dissolved parliament and called for a general election. That is something that Gordon Brown would never have done, likewise, David Cameron would keep his teeth in parliament as premier as long as he could. You really should be asking yourself here, is that the type of person you want to represent you?

His successor was successful at reducing the power of the House of Lords which the Conservatives had used to block motions by the Parliament under the Liberals. With the reform it meant it was possible for Woman to receive the vote.

Other interesting acts of Liberal Government:

  • Medical Reforms leading to the NHS
  • Free Medical Inspections
  • Protection of Children from irresponsible parents
  • Pensions for Old people

So, is being liberal really such a bad thing?

I would commit to producing a party neutral flow on this subject, but tomorrow, it would be the conservative party’s turn and I am not entirely sure i’ll be able to say anything nice about them so keep an eye out see what comes through…

References
Number10 Modernist Journal National Archives

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Tories Scrap Child Benefit to save money by replacing it with a new benefit

The government seem to be divided about what their goal is are they trying to save money or are they trying to generate a new welfare state? Either way its failing right down the middle. Critics of the plans to cut the child benefit have lashed out about it being unfair. Which apparently it is.

High income earners such as families earning £88,000 a year, if both parents work, will lose the child benefit. Single working families will lose out after the £45,000 a year mark. So now that the chancellor has saved all that money, David Cameron is stepping in as a knight in shining armour to save the work at home mothers from their distress of only having the husband’s £45,000 a year to spend (I wish i had that “little” ). So to deal with this huge deficit in over spending mother’s budgets, he will insist that a new benefit be created, I guess we could call it the Mother’s benefit that will provide them with extra tax breaks to cover up the loss of the child benefit.

So the government will cost £1.1 Billion to save £1 Billion

References
The Telegraph

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Government: Sorry, we cant afford the justice system its going.

Cold Dark WorldThe latest news of cuts does not look encouraging for the UK. With some of the agencies under review or to be abolished I for one am struggling to see the current government as a practical approach to running the UK.

The plan to deal with the huge deficit in the UK budget may see the debt paid off in full by the end of the year. Unfortunately, there would not be a country left to run after it has been. The government needs to seriously consider what it is doing carefully or face a prospect of a country that business and even the people do not see as a viable country to operate and trade in.

There are literally hundreds of bodies currently stated funded that are bracing for abolishment. Some of these I have never heard of, some sound very important and should not ever be meddled with. The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council – they over see the Administrative Justice System. They are now on the list to be abolished – I mean who needs justice anyway?

The Courts Board and Crown Court Rule Committee are on the way out as well, the HM Inspectorate of Court Administration might want to update their CV too.  Legal Deposit Advisory Panel, Legal Services Commission and Legal Services Ombudsman – they probably don’t do anything either? Maqistrates’ Court Rule Committee we must have too many court staff lets just get rid of due process we’ll go straight to the chopping board instead – it’ll save money and time.

It doesn’t stop there, the crown prosecution service is to be fiddled with too likely reduced in size which is probably a good thing we wont have any courts left to send the criminals to trial to anyway. Especially with the UK Supreme Court under review for the ax too! One of the most important changes in UK Justice in many years and they think they can just abolish it shortly after it came into existence unbelievable. The Civil Justice Council faces the same review.

Numerous committees looking into infections and health and a few dozen other miscellaneous bodies ranking from historical ship wrecks to Disability Employment Advisory Committee. I presume we don’t need to teach any more in this scary future because the General Teaching Council of England is no longer to exist too.

Equality and Human Rights Commission  and the Office for Fair Trading do we honestly want to drop them? But they are in review so there is hope.

Whilst you consider your thoughts on this I’m going to find Excalibur I think the hour of our greatest need is fast approaching.

References
The Telegraph

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United States to say no to Justice

“The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”

-Winston Churchill

The Extradition Act 2003 (c.41) of The United Kingdom has problems. The leaders of the Liberal Democrats and Conservative Parties in the coalition both acknowledge this. They want it changed.

Controversy

There have been a number of issues with the act. It took 3 years for the United States to bow to pressure from our little island and actually ratify the bill. This suggests that the US Goverment is not as interested in Justice being that they are a super power and think they can do what they want.

Moreover, The USA only needs to have a suspicion in order to justify the request of extradition, most other treaties require at least reasonable suspicion. This may have been due to the UK having equally low requirements against the United States. It is in the intrest of justice that this be resolved in both directions – a revisal of the treaty would be able to do that.

The most concerning fact is that they may extradite on the grounds of actions taken by UK Citizens Inside the UK that had a ramification on the US. This could be extended to the point of extraditing in cases where a crime was not even commited in the UK! This surely cannot be allowed by any country.

Scales of Justice Reports from US Goverment officials seem to be suggesting that the US belives that the treaty is completely fair, in that way that only can be sumerized by The Prime Minister in Love Actually:

: I love that word “relationship.” Covers all manner of sins, doesn’t it? I fear that this has become a bad relationship; a relationship based on the President taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to, erm… Britain. We may be a small country, but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that. And a friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward I will be prepared to be much stronger. And the President should be prepared for that.

The United States wishes to extradite Gary McKinnon for hacking into their computer systems. The crime was commited here, and as such should be tried in the UK under UK law. Furthermore, given the US law includes penalties such as Death, extradition to the United States should be viewed as a last resort and even then only when strong evidence exists. In the case of Mr McKinnon, a legall recognized mentally ill person, this should be enough reason to justify denying the US extradition.

If the newly elected Goverment wishes to keep themselves in power, now would seem like a good time to put the foot down. We are in Europe, let us grow stronger special relationships with those that are just hours away and let the Super Power stand alone.

References:
ComputerWorld
The Telegraph
Wikipedia – Extradition Act