NON-CONSERVATIVES: MORE CON & POTHOLES
In a staggering turnaround, the Conservative Party hold over Wealden was trounced during the May 2023 local elections. As you can see from the roster below, the Liberal Democrats have 13 seats, closely followed by the Green Party, with 11 seats. And then another blow came in the form of 11 Independent seats, with Labour bringing up the rear, with just 2 seats.
appears then that if Labour want to win at the next General
Election, they will have to do more to win over the public. At
the moment, Prime Minister Rishi
Sunack is under attack from rampant
campaign promises) that, according speculators is beyond control. As of
22nd June 2023, the Bank of England is said to be on track to
kick interest rates up to their highest level in over 23 years
in a bid to rein in inflation that is withstanding prior
increases to borrowing costs, markets are betting.
At a more local level, the executive housebuilding stampede championed by Wealden's planners, makes the area less viable in terms of supporting essential workers on a low income. Those already built, overloading waste treatment capacity, leading to illegal discharges and fines for , while straining the capacity of reservoirs at Arlington, that may lead to issues similar to that where at Swindon Magistrates court on 30 May 2023, Wessex Water Services Limited was fined £280,000 plus a £190 victim surcharge. Costs of £21,656.60 were agreed out of court. WWS pleaded guilty to an offence under section 70 of the Water Industry Act 1991 for the supply of water unfit for human consumption.
2021, Southern Water was fined a record £90 million having
pleaded guilty to 51 offences reported to involve the release of
between 16 and 21 billion litres of raw sewage into sensitive marine
All of these discharges come from planning consents for major housing developments, without the infrastructure to properly deal with the waste thus generated. In our view, that makes those granting planning consents without first obtaining confirmation of additional treatment capacity to accompany the increase if effluence, just as guilty as the water companies committing these crimes. Town and Country planners and planning committees, are party to these environmental offences. There is no other way to see it. All the more reason, for affordable housing units that are Off-Grid water and waste wise.
It is much the same with potholes and dangerously rutted highways. The roads servicing the additional traffic from new-builds, are simply not up to the task, as with water and waste shortcomings. Our little island is limited in size, and in danger of becoming one large toxic suburb of cardboard boxes. All of which to generate CIL payments, as a quick revenue top-up, followed by the excruciating death on the nation. Shades of Maggie Thatcher's council house sell-off. And her Poll-Tax.
CABINET & MPS -MAY 2023 - MUSICAL CHAIRS & A LOT OF NEWCOMERS BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRAVEL UP SHIT CREEK WITHOUT PADDLES
The 'Pothole Party' finally loses control in Wealden in 2023. Presumably, the electorate fed up with impotent politicians, perpetually lying to them bald faced, as their mates get planning consents, and others routinely frustrated in a war of attrition - as the ruts in their economic policies are revealed. Basically, business as usual. Monkey business.
The state of any country can be judged by the state of their roads, and National Health Service. Both of which have reached rock bottom in a not very United Kingdom, headed by an ageing King Charles, woefully less popular than his late mother, Queen Elizabeth. About time for a radical shake up, perhaps with a written constitution and Republic, instead of a Royal family alleged to have links with slavers such as Charles II, and his Royal African Trading Company. Financial slavery is rife, with the electorate having to work harder to service a staggering National Debt or £2.7 trillion pounds, as the 'Pothole Party' seek to extract every last ounce of sweat from those who work for a living. Farmers, Carpenters, Bricklayers, Electricians and Plumbers, to name a few.
Savings (pension funds) are reducing at roughly 10% every year. £1,000,000 million pounds saved with the Tories in power, is worth roughly £50,000 less each year, even earning interest. Meaning that the Pothole Party will have cost savers £500,000 over ten years. Raiding your piggy bank to pay for poor performance. All the while ramping up taxes, capital gains, VAT, including death duties. Making inheritances so much less. Except for the Royals, who don't pay death duties. A continuation of the class system, and slavery in principle.
Then, there is the cost of living crisis. Energy and food bills going through the roof, in an inequitable society engineered to make the rich, richer, and the poor, poorer. What a shower! There are no genuinely affordable houses, or rolling stock for self builds. What use is a register. We need plots of land, no need for services for stand alone, off grid units.
The real problem being who will replace the 'Pothole Party.' We don't want another cabinet of limp members from another party, equally stymied and conflicted. We need politicians with vision, who know how to balance the books and turn a penny, offer transparency in all dealings - and with no consultancy positions on the side to cause conflicts of interest. We aver politicians should be subject to strict checks against offshore investments, shares, property dealings, etc.
Is it too much to ask that Legal Aid is reinstated, and the Criminal Cases Review Commission is replaced with sensible statute to correct injustices long overdue for openness and redress, that will cost more in the long term, as each year passes without an effective remedy. A remedy, deliberately denied and removed, with corruption in the CPS and police forces, rewarded for helping the State to cover up planning crimes. No wonder there are so many sex offenders in the Metropolitan and Sussex constabularies.
The potential cure to these ails, is/are:
To make better use of the free energy from offshore wind turbines, perhaps by generating hydrogen for fuel as gas for homes, and to generate electricity for fuel cell vehicles, and hydrogen for IC engines like that produced by JCB, or produce green methanol for other road cars, such as to use the existing service station infrastructure. Unfortunately, that presumes ministers are up to speed with such developments. It also presumes that funding development grants do not go to those already in business, with conflicts if interest. Such as oil companies, or their subsidiaries.
By this means the UK would become a net exporter of energy and technology. The energy cost crisis would be averted. Energy companies that do not invest in renewables, would be fined, and/or lose their franchise. The 'Pothole Party' would need to enact urgent legislation, and not concentrate of secondary businesses and consultancy deals.
Where councils are not providing land for low cost housing (just about all of them), they should be prevented from granting consents for executive housing. Requiring statutory reform.
The simple act of retaining a register, with the get-out that they cannot provide land with services, is not a valid excuse for failing to provide the five year rolling stock of land. Simply because, once land is identified and made available by earmarking for low cost housing, flatpacks and other mobile units can be installed Stand Alone, and Off Grid. With the latest technology, water, waste, electricity and Wifi can all be provided without connecting to conventional services. Further reducing the cost of living. Councils will not like this, not getting such a big slice of the cake they are used to as Empire builders.
Forcing low earners to rent at market levels, is pushing vulnerable families into unaffordable debt.
The 2021 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides that there should be "Entry Level Exception Sites" (Section 65 (d)). And at Section 68 (a), where they have to identify Specific Deliverable Sites - for a five year period. Wealden District Council is just one geographical location taking advice from Local Government Association advisers, on how to avoid meeting their obligations.
Once again, this is a loophole that needs to be closed, via statute.
Money that goes to renting companies and wealthy landlords, frequently finds its way offshore, so out of the UK economy. Creating a loss of income, that would otherwise be spent on taxable goods. In Wealden, it is alleged that at least one senior councillor has registered her property offshore. It is unclear if this was to avoid registering conflicts of interest, or for tax advantage.
We need to encourage entrepreneurs in films and publishing. One thing we are good at is creating original scripts and producing very exportable actors. The James Bond 007 franchise is one such example. Film production in UK studios, provides jobs for thousands of skilled people. This should be encouraged, along with books and comics.
Sadly, we are no longer manufacturers. We are reliant on the import of cheap goods, and much of our food. We should encourage fish farming, vegetable and grain production, to reduce as much as possible, imports.
MILITARY - PROCUREMENT FRAUD
We do not need any more submarines. All such building should cease. We only need stocks of missiles and other armaments, as they might be used or supplied to allies in need. This need not halt research into lower cost defence options, such as long range ocean going drones and robotic infantrymen - sustainably powered. Robotic weapons could reduce overheads and saves lives. Aerial drones have already proved this. When developed, such weapons could be exportable to IP NATO allies.
NHS - FRAUD
Doctors should be monitored for time working, much as the Dental Estimates Board was used to identify dentist frauds. Contracts for medicines and consumables should be carefully monitored for conflicts of interest, such as the Underwear Queen, and her offshore account (£29 million), presumably stemming from fast track Covid procurement. Patients could be digitally monitored (something like smart watched) to build up a map of the health of the nation. Useful when calculating future NHS expenditure predictions.
GOLD STANDARD - OR AGRICULTURAL DOLLAR/POUND
We should not print any more paper money. We must not borrow any more money. These mechanisms are inflationary and contribute to over development, also increasing global warming. The economy needs to be scaled down, as it we were on a war footing. Where this is termed a recession, it is necessary to cool the super-heated economy that led to our staggering national debt. Eventualy, austerity measures will allow British people to breathe again. This is what happened in Greece.
One way of limiting artificial growth, is to tie the existing issue of £pounds sterling, to agricultural output & energy production.
BULLSHIT BOJO - Could the former PM have been the first Plastic Free member of the G20? Not a chance, he could not tell fact from fiction. President Joe Biden is also under pressure to do something to curb the rising tide of ocean litter that is killing marine life and poisoning the fish we are eating. In the lead up to COP26, in November 2021, we imagined that plastic and climate change would be linked, to the burning of waste that is producing carbon dioxide at accelerated levels - especially in developing nations. The short answer is NO. He failed on all counts, resigning in the midst of PartyGate claims, and lying to Parliament, allegedly. Great speaker, but no policies to back up his rhetoric and no gumption. All blah, blah, blah. Eventually, in 2022, this contender was exposed for misleading Parliament, with further investigations of that ilk pending in 2023. He failed to conclude Brexit, increased the national debt, following his allegedly fraudulent Big Red Bus campaign, having also lied to Queen Elizabeth about proroguing Parliament - yet was not ordered to stand down - calling for another candidate. The result Britain further in debt, and NHS procurement fraud revealed in the case of Michelle Mone, and oh what a coincidence, a Tory peer. Boris did nothing to prevent plastic accumulating in greater amounts, as confirmed by the UN's report. And failed to kickstart renewable hydrogen, to make the UK an energy exporter, where North Sea oil is dangerously polluting, and the UK is paying massive energy fines, to stop renewables from reducing the price of heating homes and factories. All of which is down to promoting fossil fuels. With Jeremy Hunt falsely rating nuclear power as sustainable - to encourage investment in dirty power. When everybody knows nuclear waste can never be made safe. And sustainable, means safe to use, as well as renewable. Did you know that the UK exports plastic waste, and then the receiving nation dumps it in the ocean. Is that not fraud?
CONSERVATIVES - BREACHED AIR POLLUTION LAWS
The Conservatives are a political party that are happy for people to die from air pollution to allow their mates to profit from fossil fuels. Oh, and how about some nice nuclear power. Lots of nasty radioactive waste, for the next 100,000 years and more, but what the heck, the label "conservative" is anything but. More like the "Spontaneous" or "Knee-Jerk" party.
Government knowingly relied on 'optimistic' vehicle emissions tests and ignored 'higher, more realistic' figures in order to delay action by up to a decade, judge says.
The High Court has ruled against the Government over its failure to tackle illegal air
pollution (November 2016).
The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:
POTHOLE POLITICS - Pothole politics is the kind of short term, idiotic, patch-work thinking that isn't radical or gutsy, and doesn't take the political risks necessary to really accomplish anything properly. What you get is year after year of minor, ill-considered repairs, which make the road more patchy, rather than less. Why are our drivers' lives being put at such risk? We suffering from a funding shortfall that: “is the elephant in the room that none of the political parties are talking about”, because the recommendations in reports on the subject would involve slashing numbers of local government posts.
Potholes are a common problem on roads: they get damaged in small areas as they get older and the road surface starts to degrade, and it annoys drivers because their cars' wheels go into these small, sudden holes when driving, which is uncomfortable and can damage tires/wheels/suspension, and cost money, or even be dangerous. It's especially bad if you have many of them on the same stretch of road.
CONSERVATIVE MPS 2017-2018
We are concerned with how the make up of the above parties and (reasonably) popular policies affects the Wealden district, because we are all brothers on two islands in the Atlantic Ocean and what we do or fail to do is likely to rebound on ourselves and our fellow man in other nations around the world. How we act today influences policies in other countries in our global community. It is not just about us and our patch despite BREXIT.
East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are:
There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.
As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.
THE GUARDIAN THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2018 - Theresa May has said her government is serious about improving the environment after pressure groups gave a lukewarm response to a 25-year green plan, praising its ambition but warning that it lacked sufficient proposals for immediate action. May’s proposals were also criticised by Jeremy Corbyn, who said her pledge to stop all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 was “far too long” to take action - and that may prove to be the case, but let us give her the benefit of the doubt for a while so that we can see some action, or not. What that could mean is that they want to appease the electorate and pass the problem onto the next generation - but - the whole point of taking action now is to try and stop the fish that we eat, eating the plastic in Marine Litter.