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Democracy failing? Support for governments weakens

Is democracy failing? Democratic support for the government weakens

graph negativeDemocracy in the Democratic World

Is democracy failing or is it merely a calm before a raging uprising of a highly proactive generation of liberal democrats? In the UK there has been a generation of pro labour and pro conservatives. The last general elections saw an incredible level of young people turning up to vote and what a shambles that was. It quite possibly put a great many off voting at the referendum.

Opinions on the democratic government.

Having a look further afield, it seems that in Sweden, the Swedes may be having doubts about their own government’s capabilities and losing faith in the leadership. Their mistrust and faith of the government and its departments however is generally much higher than that of the UK. However according to a study done by the Swedish State Treasurer, faith in the government over the last ten years has been eroded.

Improvement of democracy.

Sweden is attempting to address these remarks, in a public consultation they seek to find out what the public opinion on how various different agencies are doing their job. This kind of information should be interesting to review and may be useful to be conducted in the United Kingdom. The results of which should be used to improve customer services of the government.

You might be thinking shouldn’t they be doing this already, and well , yes understanding the people you represent in parliament surely must be a critical importance to being a political figure. But alas, they do not do it that way here in the UK.

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Global strategic war declared on governments against Internet Liberty

Dilbert Data SecurityRecently I wrote about the UK Government’s refusal to upgrade the ancient obsolete browser known as Internet Explorer 6 and how they were citing Security reasons for remaining on the ancient browser. With the British government yielding the current Internet Villian of the Year, then they must be confident in their security.

Lulzsec and Anonymous however may be about to put that security confidence to the test, the two hacking groups have joined forces in a joint operation that they are referring to as Operation Anti-Security. They have openly declared war against organizations, with a particular emphasis on Government and Banks (although I am not sure why they want to focus on banks) which are known to have dubious reputations in the internet liberties front.

Taking into account the governments highly controversial digital piracy laws which would see users and companies struck from the Internet for downloading unauthorized files I expect Lulzsec’s glare may shift towards the insecurity of the British Government. Who knows, perhaps they may in co-ordinating strategic attacks against the government awaken a sleeping generation of non voters prompting them to stand up and be counted at the next general election.

Suggestions that it may be a plot to give governments an excuse to take more control of the internet seem to be unfounded. The two groups have been increasingly becoming more high profile with recent attacks. The two groups if they play wisely, should stay away from attacking banks, despite the world distrust of the banking sector, people are still financially motivated. Removing access to financial information by striking down banks will lead to the general public siding with the banks and government instead. Keep it strategic and go after governments and a good population will not be unsympathetic to the cause.

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The Inquirer |  PCMag | iGyaan

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Bickering within Labour shows they are not ready to lead

Ed and David MilibandLike children throwing a tantrum in a super market when their mothers are not prepared to buy them the chocolate bar they want, David and Ed Miliband have shown that the labour party is not yet ready to take on the serious issues of attempting to form a opposition party that will get rid of the Conservatives at the next general election.

Reports have spread that the brothers have been fighting each other since the decision to stand for leadership. It has been claimed that some of the ancient labour politicians such as Prescot and David Blunkett whom have even less of a clue on what the people want, are questioning their new leadership’s abilities.

David Miliband is reported to be wanting the top job badly, and is edging for his brother to fail miserably so that he can step in to “save the day”. Quite pathetic really, has anyone ever spoken to him to let him know what they are thinking in his constituency I’d imagine not since the whole party is not trusted right now.

David claims that the first he heard of his brother wanting to run against him in the leadership contest was when it was aired on TV, meanwhile Ed says he came to personally break the news. This comes at a time when what appears to be a deliberate leak on David’s part of a draft speech of what he would have given had he won has become public knowledge. This sounds suspiciously like a childish prank to me.

Meanwhile in the rest of parliament,  failure to stand up for the NHS that feels threatened by the Tories has lead to a number of high profile Unions threatening to drop support to Labour. The political fields are ripe for the picking by the rise of a new power, one in which politicians are rising to power to stand up for the people of this Kingdom. Supporters of the three parties are not clearly defined each party in its actions since the general election has damaged itself and voters are likely to switch to a party that will listen to them.

Lord Falconer observed that the fighting between the two have had a negative impact on the Labour Party. Surely, they must realize that in opposition as a party, the party must be united and needs to win back the support of the general public which they surely were elected by. “A house divided against itsself cannot stand” -Lincoln

The time has come for British political figures to stand up and declare in the top of their voice, I stand for the People of the United Kingdom.

Incidentally, on the democratic index of full democracies, we come in at a scary 19 out of 26. Even the United States is more democratic than the United Kingdom. Think about that when you next get to vote.

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The Independent |  Daily Mirror | BBC News

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Is the Irish government collapse a sign of what is to come in Britain?

Government ProblemsIreland is having a rough period it seems from financial collapse of the economy to the latest in a series of problems. The Irish Green Party has abandoned a coalition government which means the ruling party of Ireland no longer has a majority government.

In a face saving effort, worthy of what Gordon Brown should have done, the Fianna Fail leader and Prime minister has agreed to step down as party leader. He has however opted to remain as Prime Minister of Ireland until a general election – provided they last that long.

In response, Green leader Mr Gormley stated: “Our patience has reached an end”. Irish labour party has called for a vote of no-confidence later this week the result of which will likely cause a general election and a new government will be faced with many problems.

As part of a bailout for the financial troubles, the International Monetary fund and European Central bank has insisted the Government secure a substantial hike in Tax. If the government breaks up before that, negotiations may well need to begin once again to secure a financial bailout.

Comparing with the government back home, it is clear that a delicate balance between the Conservative and Liberal Democrats exists. The general consensus that most people voted against Labour rather than for the conservatives will not make the government’s position here any stronger.

In the event of a desertion of the coalition here, the opposition would likely be in a position to call for a vote of no confidence in the leadership here. The resulting general election would most likely swing back to Labour. The Liberal Democrats have a tarnished reputation mostly due to going against education like their pre-election promises.

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NewYork Times

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Fuel to rise, business to go bust, Government Happy.

Fuel prices to rise government bags all.Trains are overcrowded, late, and cant operate in the rain, snow , hail, wind or at least that is what Northern Rail wants us to believe. With the threat of a leaf on the track derailing a 100 tonne train it is no wonder people are turning to alternative means of transport.

Despite the railways shutting down for hibernation purposes, the daily commuter still needs to get from his snow blocked in house to work to feed himself.

We recently took on a US client, and we were discussing the cost of fuel – they pay on average just £0.80 per l for petrol meanwhile with the UK Government imposing Duty and VAT upon fuel the United Kingdom has the proud reputation as the second most expensive place in the whole of Europe (and perhaps the world) to purchase fuel.

Around 80% Tax (including VAT) means that the government is simply lining their pockets with huge sums of cash. Many business however especially small businesses who rely on vans for their work are facing going out of business as they can no longer compete with competitor companies.

One day, the Government must wake up and realise that by imposing huge taxes across everything we do has a negative impact on the economy. More people start looking at benefits so they can afford to work. Since 2004, there has been a 64% rise in the number of people claiming Working Tax Credits. So peoples wages are low, and getting a top up from the tax man to be doing what their wages should be doing. Then the tax man puts up tax on things we buy, so people need more working tax credits to pay for the tax rise. Circular tax logic can not serve a productive economy.

According to the BBC, Government ministers have been looking at a stabilizer system which would help ease the problem of hikes in the price of oil. However a spokesperson for the government said this might be complicated to implement. Surely however as a government duly elected by the people they have a responsibility (they certainly have the wages to justify it) to take these complicated decisions and do what will help the United Kingdom out of this.

Road map to put “Great” into Britain:
Free Education – Let people Learn skills and capabilities without a cost – get the bright guys in to boost the economy.
Nationalise Public Transport – Look at how other countries do it, Public transport in Sweden operates very well.
Reduce Tax on things – Reducing Tax by 50% will have the same effect as a 50% wage rise to every person in the United Kingdom.

When more money is in peoples wallets instead of the government, people will spend money in shops, shops will start paying huge taxes on  profits instead of fund raising for charity so they can claim tax benefits and reduce what they give to the government. This leads is to a positive incremental economy instead of spiraling down into despair and disaster. The sooner the government comes to realise this the better – there is not an infinite amount of time.
A CNN article had a comment which really shows how bad it is, unfortunately the article itself has gone, so I cannot verify this to be true, although I have a hard time believing otherwise:

I see in a CNN Business list that 4 of the 5 most expensive places in the world for petrol (gas) are in the UK.Nick Keith

Well, thats my 2cents for today I’m off to pay what little money I have to the Council Tax now!

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BBC News
The Filter
HMRC

eAcademy

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British Navy cuts already causing problems.

HMS Astute SubmarineThe government’s cuts are already having negative impacts, rather literally.  Early this morning, the most advanced Nuclear attack submarine in the British Navy found that sacking the Navigation officer to save money doesn’t really help with the strategic placement of a nuclear power.

The submarine during its seaworthiness trials found itself ran aground. Exactly how one manages to crash such an advanced submarine that claims to be difficult to detect (well, when not parked on the beach!) is shocking.

The Navy has stated earlier that there were no casulties and do not expect any long term side effects (well other than the humiliation of a nuclear attack submarine being stranded within British waters).

The proposed cuts of 5,000 personnel from the navy perhaps aren’t truly to blame for this, but its never stopped people blaming the government for lack of funding before. Given that they are seriously crippling the navy’s ability to wage a defensive war on future attackers by limiting its resources its no wonder this kind of problem is likely to occur.

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UK Government not prepared for Cyber attacks

Cyber SecurityIt seems that whilst London has been busy fighting over where money should be going they may have forgot there is a nation to run. This week has seen some serious warnings about the failings of the UK National security preparations. Government Communication HeadQuarters (GCHQ) director Iain Lobban has warned of a threat of cyber attacks on the UK infrastructure.

A former advisor to the whitehouse working now at security firm RSA highlights that international efforts must be made to deal with the threat of cyber attacks. There are countries that still turn a blind eye to the activities so long as that they are being directed from outside their borders. These nations must deal with activities such as this – and I suspect these countries may belong to the middle east.

The house of lords have also held a debate for 2 hours into the subject of cyber defense. How productive that may have been im not sure, but the conclusion was that the Government needed to take action so even if they are clueless the right advise was suggested anyway. The debate came about as a result of an EU recommendation of an NATO-EU joint effort to protect member states from such threats. Of course, that was published in May, so its good to see the Lords are up to speed!

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MoD Security breach – Government in chaos

A police investigation has been instigated to search the Ministry of Defense in relation to a leaked letter from Liam Fox to the Prime Minister. In his position as secretary of state for defense, this letter which reportedly he was not copying anyone else in, represents a major security breach for a department that privacy and security should be a number one concern.

He raises concerns over the ability of the MoD to protect the UK and its interests which in its on right is concerning. If the MoD cannot defend us with what resources we have then surely we should not be facing war on so many fronts as we have. The first step of the government should take in this aspect is to withdraw troops from invasion forces across the world. Bring them home and start working on a program that would allow us to defend ourselves with overwhelming skill in the event of an attack against the borders of the United Kingdom. We must become a neutral state and forge strong defense ties such as with Europe and NATO.

Last I checked, the UK Military expenditure came second only to the United States. Even the mighty Russian federation spend less than we do! Great.

If the government is serious about making cuts then they must do this, if they are not prepared to become a neutral state then we cannot afford to cut costs on the military we need the technology to ensure the troops are safe and able to perform their duties.

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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.

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The Telegraph

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UK Goverment Cancels the Queen

Big Ben and ParliamentIt seems there is definitely efforts with the coalition government to improve the political system within the UK. A bill passing through its second reading today is aimed at providing a fixed general election of every five years. This is apposed to the current system whereby parliament must call an election by the end of the fifth year but could happen any time during it.

The Fixed Term Parliament Bill, was sponsored by Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg in his role as deputy prime minister. The bill should it come to pass will set out that the general election will be on  May 7 2015. Subsequently every 5 year term following. It has been proposed that the parliamentary sessions be five 12 month sessions. However in may, they brought in an 18month legislative session. Now, they have proposed to cancel the Queens 2011 speech till the outcome of the bill has been decided. This would push the speech forward to 2012.

This is likely to produce much more interesting election campaigns; no longer will governments be able to call a general election with only a few weeks notice. Every party will know for the full session when the election is going to be, they can prepare and spread their efforts across the whole country.

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The Guardian
Parliament UK