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Open Letter to the People of Great Britain

The NHS is Britain’s best loved public service and one of the benchmarks of our civilised values.
Successive Labour, Coalition and Tory governments have overloaded the NHS with red tape and allowed it to be abused as an international, rather than a National Health Service.
These politicians have failed the NHS with nine arduous top-down reorganisations since 1973 and a relentless cuts and privatisation agenda.
Between 1997 and 2010, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown contracted private syndicates of hedge fund managers, bankers and big property developers to design, build and finance new hospitals and run non-clinical services.
These syndicates charged interest rates so high, you might as well have called the scheme, “buy one hospital, pay for seven”.
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals financed £11.8 billion worth of new build but will ultimately cost the NHS £79 billion, 75%of the syndicates involved are based offshore, so they don’t even pay UK taxes on these enormous profits,
Politicians have allowed the wealthiest in our society to laugh all the way to the bank at the expense of the NHS.
We must end the use of PFI contracts in the National Health Services.
We now have the scandal of ghost patients, they don’t exist but the NHS pays £151 for each of them, over £3.6 million.
Capita were brought in to solve this problem, they were paid millions, but the ghost patients increased by 600 thousand.
With multinational corporations of this caliber helping the NHS, there is no wonder it is in crisis.
The problems caused by our disconnected health and social care system will not be resolved unless the two are fully integrated.
Perhaps it is time to establish a Royal Commission to find a way forward that allows the NHS to hold fast to its values while meeting the challenges of the future.
The welfare of the people and the caring for the sick should be the supreme law in this country.
John Booker.

RMT confirms action, goes ahead on Northern Rail tomorrow in fight over guards and rail safety as company refuses serious talks.

Hello Mick, thanks for your correspondence, I support you totally with these very important issues you raise.
Below is a NOM I submitted at Sheffield City Council  two years ago,  supporting your position.

Regards, Cllr John Booker.

(a) supports Mick Cash, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), in his argument that there is no basis for cost cutting on the North’s railways, and notes that, according to Rail North’s own estimates, passenger demand for the North’s railways will soar by 50% over the next fifteen years, and despite this, and the clear need for investment, the Government has stated that annual subsidy will be cut by £160m, or 53% by the final year of the franchise;

(b) believes there must be strong opposition to the cuts programme, attacks on supervisory and clerical jobs, the introduction of driver-only operation and increased casualization, arising from the re-franchising processes;

(c) further, supports a publicly owned “People’s Railway for the North”;

(d) believes that, for too long, British workers involved in the traditional industries have been ignored and not treated with the respect they deserve;

(e) further believes we must invest in more training of our youth to meet future needs, especially in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), increase places for medical training so we can be less reliant on foreign nurses and doctors, and provide more meaningful apprenticeships to support future growth; and

(f) pays tribute to the men and women that drive forward British industry and aims to protect workers’ rights from Conservative cuts [undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts]

Amendment / Addition to ‘Notice of Motion Regarding Transport Funding By Cllr Robert Murphy and to be Seconded by Cllr Douglas Johnson

Cllr Booker’s view from the back of the chamber on Wednesday 5th September. Full Council Meeting.
(l) Believes, a commercially viable, fully operational airport in Sheffield would be an enormous asset for the city.
(m) Notes, Sheffield City Airport was built as a CAP168 code 2C airport as per the agreement between, The Sheffield Development Corporation, SDC, Glenlivet Ltd, and Tinsely Park Ltd, dated 27th October 1995 and subsequent lease of August 1997. The definition of “Airport” for the purposes of the agreement is laid out in article 106 of the Air Navigation order of 1989 and is consistent with the definition as originally laid out in clause 1.17 of the  agreement between SDC and British Steel Corporation BSC. 
(n) Further Notes, 1997 Sheffield City Airport opened as a CAT 5, code 2C airport, which means it should have had, and maintained, all the facilities needed to cope with an aircraft capable of carrying up to 115 passengers.
(o) Also Notes, the airport started commercial services some three years earlier than originally planned, with the successful introduction on the 16th February 1989, of KLM’s three times daily Amsterdam service. This was an instant success with KLM saying it was their best start-up service ever. Services followed to Jersey, London, Dublin, Belfast and Brussels. In 1998, 75,157 passengers passed through its terminal.
(p) Recognises, the SDC estimated it would take at least seven years after opening before the airport would make any return on capital. This fact was well known and, indeed as early as 1990, had been referred to by the SDC.
(q) Is interested to know how, peel Holdings and the airport operator, just eight weeks after them acquiring one half share of the airport, were allowed to start downgrading it. Example,
(1) At the end of September 2001 they reduced RFFS cover from a CAT 5 to CAT 3.
(2) By the end of September 2002 they reduced  cover from CAT 3 to a CAT 1 and also turned off the I.L.S. ( Instrument Landing System).
(3) At the end of August 2002 they started turning the terminal building into a business centre (offices), without planning permission.
(r) Regrets, all of these actions were quite clearly contrary to the lease/ agreement as well as C.A.A. legislation for a code 2C airport and therefore are clear breeches of conduct and possibly illegal.
(s) Places on record, it is abundantly clear the intention of the Lease/Agreement was for a fully operational airport to be in existence for at least ” the reverter period” a minimum of ten years from the date of opening.
(t) Strongly asserts, rules and regulations should be abided by, the closure of SCA was done in a most irregular manner, causing Sheffield one of its worst civic lost opportunities. 
(u) Further Notes, SCA closed to all traffic in 2008. An area of eighty acres of prime development land, described as the best site on the M1 corridor between Leeds and Leicester was transferred to Sheffield Business Parks Ltd, for a notional £1.00, which has never been collected.
(v) Further regrets, the city has lost one hundred and twenty acres of land, and an airport, but has allowed Peel Holdings and its associates to make millions of pounds in land developments from land given to the people of this city by BSC, solely for the development of an airport in the city of Sheffield.

UKIP walk out in protest with the Greens and Lib Dems –

Yesterday’s full council confirms what l know to be true, and for me was the last straw that broke the camels back.

That’s why Ukip, Greens, and Lib dems walked out in protest.
It seems like any opposition in our council will not be tolerated by the majority of Labour Cllrs.

The head of the council Cllr Julie Dore will not allow anyone the right to have an opinion other than hers, she is very often rude to opposition Councillors and even the public.

In a nutshell the word arrogant sums her up as with many of the other labour cllrs .

Cllr Paul Scriven, describes our Labour Sheffield City Council administration as running it like Stalin did in Russia.

Sorry but after being a Sheffield City Councillor for 3 yrs,
l must agree.

I think they have forgot the people who voted for them.

This council is not democratic anymore l am afraid it’s run more like a dictatorship.

Our party didn’t come to UKIP as politicians, we came as workers and ordinary people, trying to deliver what people want, and we believe no one believes exactly the same thing.
Cllrs don’t have to be a genius, but they do need to be someone who their constituents trust to do the right thing on their behalf.

I know that in the last 3 yrs l have done my absolute best for my ward and will keep on doing it.

Kind regards
Cllr Pauline Andrews

UKIP and Rustlings Road

UKIP councillors have a lot of questions about what has happened to the trees on Rustlings Road. Please come to the Council Meeting on 7th December at 1pm to register your questions!! If you want to talk to any of your UKIP councillors about this give us a ring on 07583018336.

Angela Merkel surprised by massive protest march against TTIP in Berlin

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labor and environmental standards.

Organizers — an alliance of environmental groups, charities and opposition parties — said 250,000 people were taking part in the rally against free trade deals with both the United States and Canada, far more than they had anticipated.

“This is the biggest protest that this country has seen for many, many years,” Christoph Bautz, director of citizens’ movement Campact told protesters in a speech.

A police spokesman estimated 100,000 people were taking part in the demonstration which has been trouble free so far. There were 1,000 police officers on duty at the march.

Opposition to the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has risen over the past year in Germany, with critics fearing the pact will hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers.

“What bothers me the most is that I don’t want all our consumer laws to be softened,” Oliver Zloty told Reuters TV. “And I don’t want to have a dictatorship by any companies.”

Dieter Bartsch, deputy leader of the parliamentary group for the Left party, who was taking part in the rally said he was concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the talks.

“We definitely need to know what is supposed to be being decided,” he said.

Marchers banged drums, blew whistles and held up posters reading “Yes we can – Stop TTIP.”

The level of resistance has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government by surprise and underscores the challenge it faces to turn the tide in favor of the deal which proponents say will create a market of 800 million and serve as a counterweight to China’s economic clout.

In a full-page letter published in several German newspapers on Saturday, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against “scaremongering”.

“We have the chance to set new and goods standards for growing global trade. With ambitious, standards for the environment and consumers and with fair conditions for investment and workers. This must be our aim,” Gabriel wrote.

Businesses hope the trade deal will deliver over $100 billion of economic gains on both sides of the Atlantic.

“A fair and comprehensive free trade deal promotes growth and prosperity in Europe. We should actively participate in the rules for world trade of tomorrow,” Ulrich Grillo, head of the BDI Federation of German industries, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley and Reuters TV, editing by David Evans)

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‘Cameron’s deal with Europe is just smoke and mirrors’ Let’s put Great back in Britain

‘Cameron’s deal with Europe is just smoke and mirrors’ Let’s put Great back in Britain

THE panto season has just ended in Brussels. Sales were poor for the latest production.

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Perhaps it was the title, Dave And The Fundamental Reform Of Britain’s Relationship With The EU. Catchy it ain’t. Perhaps it was the “star”, “Dodgy Dave” Cameron. Unlike the supreme pantomime villain Tony Blair he has never quite mastered the art of faking sincerity. Remember Dave’s photocall as new Tory leader 10 years ago, ostentatiously pedalling to the Commons on a bike to curry favour with the greens?

Sadly, the wheels fell off in minutes when we discovered his shoes were being chauffeured behind him in his gas-guzzling government limo. The PM is all spin and no substance. Last week’s deal with Brussels is no different. He assured us he would demand a “fundamental reform of Britain’s relationship with the EU”. The package he has got doesn’t even rise to the level of trivia. Britain is in the middle of an unprecedented immigration crisis.

Migrants add a city the size of Cardiff to our population every year. In 2010 Cameron pledged to cut it down to “tens of thousands” a year. “No ifs or buts,” he said. What happened? It is up from 175,000 a year to 350,000 and rising. At least half of this is due to the EU. Five hundred million EU citizens now have a legal right to live and work in the UK. Our border isn’t the White Cliffs of Dover but the minarets a few miles from the Bosphorus.

If Cameron had really wanted “a fundamental change in our relationship with the EU” he would have restored Parliament’s power to decide who comes into this country. We need an Australian pointsbased system to cap the numbers and restrict entry to people with essential skills. Cameron didn’t bother to ask. He knew it was a non-starter with our masters in Brussels. Even if he had achieved the impossible and could scrap just migrants’ work-related benefits it wouldn’t dent the vast numbers of EU immigrants.

Romania’s average wage is £350 a month compared with £2,200 in Britain. Six EU countries have average wages of less than a third of the UK’s minimum wage and another eight where they are less than half. Poor people from Eastern Europe don’t come here for benefits: they want to transform their lives through higher paid work. Who can blame them? The rest of Cameron’s deal is just smoke and mirrors.

In fact, it is a bare-faced fraud and he knows it. Dave claims he will end the EU dream of “ever closer union”. Dream on. The Brussels express is still hurtling full-speed ahead towards the terminus of a United States of Europe. The failed single currency has devastated Greece and Spain where youth unemployment exceeds 50 per cent. They are now no more than German economic colonies.

All the big decisions are taken in Frankfurt and Berlin. Against this background Cameron’s claim to have won the day is laughable. He takes us for mugs. Repatriation of powers will never be conceded and that is why we must leave the EU. We would save £55million a day in membership fees for starters. Over just one year that is enough to pay for 70 new hospitals and 300,000 nurses.

We would also get rid of the Common Agricultural Policy which costs every household £1,000 a year extra on food bills. We could scrap the EU’s absurd “green” energy laws which force us to close cheap and efficient coal-fired power stations to rely on expensive and intermittent wind. EU-based energy taxes also add £200 a year to the average household electricity bill. Green taxes also devastate industries like steel, glass, aluminium and concrete.