The Year That Could Change Everything

The year 2016 will be remembered as one that changed all our lives, for better or worse. The UK voted narrowly to leave the European Union. We don’t yet know what that means, although it was 6 months ago. The effects of that vote is now being noticed by rising inflation and higher holidays costs. The fall of Sterling and the downward pressure on the London stock market are still having an effect on the prices in our High Streets and our pensions. The people that voted to leave the EU still feel it was justified. Those that voted to remain in the EU feel very strongly that the vote has divided everyone and has led to an increase in the fear of others.

We have seen the terrible images from Syria, and terrorist killings around the world. The terrorist acts have come from people born into that country, and also from people around the world.

Some of the weapons used in the middle east come from the UK, the UK has participated in bombings in that area that have led to millions of people fleeing for their safety.

The UK has had record numbers of inward immigration, which has fueled the UKs growing economy, but it has not helped to increase peoples living standards. It has exacerbated our housing crisis, with many young people excluded from the housing market.

So whilst we have some issues made worse by immigration, in 2017 our decisions need to be made in the interests of making the UK a safe and prosperous place to live. We must campaign to fix the issues caused by immigration, that is what our MPs are elected to do, but they are failing.

In the last three Westminster by-elections the Liberal Democrats have been the only party rising in popularity, although they only gained one parliamentary seat. The values of the Liberals Democrats are ones which will help to make the UK a better place to live. The old two party system seems to be waning. Vote for the wrong party and the result could be the election of the divisive right wing, or a wasted vote for the left.

Kind regards ..  Nigel

N Bywater

3 Oak Grove

Morley

Poor UK economy

The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney has given its starkest warning yet that a UK vote to leave the EU could hit the economy. Mark Carney, warned that the risks of leaving “could possibly include a technical recession”. We already have almost stagnation; In 2015, the UK’s current account deficit was £96.2 billion, how much worse can the balance in trade get?

Official UK CPI Inflation continues to hover just slightly above 0%, which is very close to stagnation, way off the Bank of Englands target of 2%. With a poor 1.6% GDP growth, most of that 1.6% is as a result of the UK population is increasing at the rate of around 1% per year, so in capital terms it means most people are actually going to feel poorer. Unless you are in charge of Beeches Academy Trust. An academy and free school trust praised by the Prime Minister has paid its chief executive a second salary passed through two separate companies, a government report has said. The UK economy only continues to grow, because of high house prices and  immigration, but in reality, that means the people of the UK are suffering.

New Broom Sweeps Clean?

Now that Michael Gove has been sacked from the Education Cabinet, perhaps his daft idea of fixed penalties for parents taking their children on term time holidays can be trashed too?

Fixed penalty notices for an average family with 3 children can amount to £720, just for taking them out of school for a few days during school time; compare this with other fixed penalty notices. The fixed penalty notice for shoplifting can often be £100, the same for being drunk and disorderly in public and the same £100 fine for use of motor vehicle without a MOT test certificate. Raising children is a very serious matter, but holidays can be very educational; so why our government thinks that parents should be punished more severely than thieves and drunks is beyond me.

Term Time Fines

We now have a new leader at the Department for Education, Michael Gove has been replaced by Nicky Morgan, but in the real world there is no change. Ordinary people that have children attending the local High School or Academy get fined £120 per child, per parent; which is £720 for a married couple with three children for taking their children on a much deserved holiday. The wealthy MPs at the Department for Education dont have the same issues, because for one, private schools are not covered by the same rules. The very exclusive Westminster School in London, that Nick Clegg attended, has a longer summer holiday than most, Wednesday 2nd June and returns on Monday 1st September. So no one will get fined there. So there is one rule for ordinary people, and different rules for the wealthy; people need to fight this Government, they are not on our side. All the MPs at the Department for Education attended private school, none of them even understand ordinary people.

Which Laws Should Be Enforced?

With all the complaints starting about the noise from fireworks, I was surprised to read on the Government web site about the restricted occasions that fireworks can be let off legally. Fireworks(including sparklers) can only be set off legally, on 4 days per year; Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am. The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks(including sparklers) in the street or other public places. So since many bonfires and fireworks displays don’t take place on bonfire night, and are often held in public parks, they are in fact illegal and could be opening the organisers up to litigation.

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