Crank Mills

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Crank Mills, Morley. This 1790 steam engine factory, built for the Earl of Dartmouth, the first such factory in Yorkshire. Not in a very good state of repair at the moment, even though it is a grade ll listed building.

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A Gift From The Tax Payer?

The United Kingdom has not always been a country obsessed with house prices. But the Housing Act of 1980, brought in by the Thatcher Government, changed the face of home ownership in the UK. Many former local authority tenants paid less than £10,000 for council houses, that would be worth 10 times more a decade later. The massive discounts, resulted in more than a million people getting a £10,000 gift from the tax payer. Margaret Thatcher was elected to Westminster for over 10 years on the back of this policy. The result was a prolonged boom in house prices along with a chronic shortage of affordable housing. In some countries, the offer or giving of rewards is referred to as “electoral treating”. Electoral treating is legal in most countries.

Clean Air

In a case before the United Kingdoms Supreme Court, the UK is being held responsible by the EU for not fulfilling its duties to allow its citizens clean air. The EU air pollution laws attempts to put an end to the decades-long scandal of air pollution, which kills thousands of people in Britain each year. Three years ago, Mayor Boris Johnson, published research showing that it caused 4,300 deaths annually in London alone, while the Government’s official air pollution watchdog later put the nationwide mortality figure at 29,000. One in seven British children have asthma. David Cameron has included “environmental legislation” among the areas for renegotiation where he believes Brussels has “gone far too far”. Yet polls show that UK voters believe Brussels has a “negative role” in areas such as health care, employment, inflation, housing and tax, but many people consistently say it has had a good effect on the British environment. The EU is widely credited with forcing the pace on improvements to the quality of air and rivers.

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