A Message for 2012……

31 Dec

First things First……

The world will not end on 21 December 2012.  If you are a suppositious slightly deluded individual with no understanding of how the Mayan calendar upon which this myth is based, go to the bookies tomorrow and put your life savings on it and don’t forget to cancel the milk and the papers.  Still sure the end of the world is coming?

Things that are Already in the Pipeline……

HMG is trying to wheedle its way out of accountability for its war crimes (Iraq, Afghanistan and the extra judicial rendition of  British citizens to CampX-Ray).  Please write or email your MP’s and sign the petition on the ‘Reprieve’ website to stop them giving themselves immunity from prosecution. http://www.reprieve.org.uk/events/greenpaperconsultation/

Get on it because the ‘consultation’ ends on the 6 January 2012……

HMG is also trying to legislate for a UK Human Rights Bill.  We have a perfectly adequate European Equality and Human Rights Act by which we are legally bound.  HMG’s proposal makes no mention of building upon the EEHRA and is an attempt to circumvent the current legislation because they don’t like it.  Again write or email your MP’s and tell them what you think.  The ‘theyworkforyou’ website will give you their details.  Ask specific questions and request a reply.  Include your name and address or you won’t get one……

You may, if your doctors have your current address, have received the all new NHS Summary Care Records information pack together with an opt out form.  This is a new nationwide database which will be compiled with ‘important’ information about you such as medications you take, allergies and other ‘useful’ information (unspecified).  I have spoken with nurses and care workers  who have said that this information would be quite easily accessed by telephone or email if you where unconscious and unable to advise the doctors yourself.  If you take a serious medication and have serious allergies you should wear a tag which medics can see should the worse happen.  I believe that HMG are not responsible when safeguarding databases as they have demonstrated many times in the past.  This is an opt-out scheme and you will be included if you don’t.  If you haven’t received the paperwork ask your GP or you can get one online (Google – Summary Care Records Opt Out).  The literature that comes with the pack states “you can opt out after the database has been compiled but if anyone (unspecified) wants to access your records they must do so in writing and an investigation will decide whether to allow access” (investigation by whom, again unspecified).  Does this sound like something to be used in an emergency to you?  Big Brother is watching……

Things to Watch out for……

 

The Benefit Reform Bill – This may not affect you now but considering the rising unemployment statistics it may in the near future.  By HMG’s own admission there are currently 2.6 million unemployed people and 400,000 available jobs.  This leaves 2.2 million people who are claiming the benefits to which they are entitled in our socially responsible society.  I received a letter in June advising me that the BRB will be debated in parliament in 2012.  This is an attempt, we are told, to simplify the benefit system.  However, why would the DWP send out a ‘warning’ a year ahead to advise you of a bill which has yet to go through the lengthy political process?  For anyone with any experience of the DWP, they offer no help whatsoever to find you work and their default position appears to be that everyone who makes a claim is a dole scrounger and has chosen this as a ‘lifestyle choice’.  I suspect that the new bill will contain time dependent sanctions in the form of deductions from a benefit which already makes any ‘normal’ existence unsustainable……

Worrying Developments……

HMG recently advocated the use of live ammunition in public order situations where people are put at risk.  This is as a result of the 2011 riots but as per usual they have not defined what constitutes people at risk.  To give the Met Police credit, they have treated this announcement with caution and have stated they do not feel that this would have been appropriate in the 2011 riots……

The announcement that there will be 13,000 troops (armed), 2 warships, surface to air missiles and Typhoon fighters deployed at the Olympics is a worrying development.  Prof. Nigel White from Nottingham University Law Faculty states that this is unprecedented outside of a ‘war’ (Eg; Northern Ireland).  Troops have been deployed in times of crisis i.e. strikes and natural disasters but states that this is taking things “to a whole new level”.  My advice:  avoid East London like the Plague.  It’s funny how when military operations have been active terrorist attacks seem to happen (9/11 & 7/7).  There should be a clear distinction between civilian security operations and military security operations (think Syria?).  But as is always the case HMG know stuff that we are not privy to and invoke the threat of terrorism to cover their covert activities……

And Finally……

 

Join the movement.  We are all aware that we are being shafted by the people we elected who have only one agenda and that is self serving.  The www is your gateway to join with others of like minds and offers access to those who serve us.  If it were not for Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela the world might be a very different place.  They had the charisma to galvanise huge groups to protest.  The www offers us the same opportunity……

 

Get Involved & Happy New Year……

Steve… xxx

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