UK Independence Party overtake Labour!

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Nigel Farage, Leader, UK Independence Party, has good reason to look happy having achieved his first objective of taking his party into second place, well ahead of Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, Real Socialist and the host of other minor parties standing for election in Britain next week.

The opinion polls firmly show that the feared growth of the BNP and other dubious parties has been unfounded. It is a personal triumph for Nigel Farage who has done so much to take the UK Indpendence Party from single issue pressure group into a party with a full programme of policies.This is an historic achievement in British politics.

UK Independence Party reports:

“With polling day now less than a week away, today’s Populus poll for the Times shows UKIP on 19% of the vote. We are in clear second place and well ahead of Labour and the Liberal Democrats nationally. The poll merely confirms what UKIP activists across the country have been seeing for themselves on the streets. We are getting a fantastic reaction on the doorstep. The UKIP vote is increasing. The Labour vote is collapsing and the Conservatives are wavering. With Nigel Farage’s excellent Question Time performance on Thursday and an overwhelming response to our final Party Election Broadcast, we are certainly on a roll.

We can expect our opponents to attempt to throw all kinds of insults and accusations at us in a desperate last-ditch attempt to claw back votes. But UKIP have been a zero-tolerance party on misuse of expenses. No party is immune from scandal – it is how we deal with it that matters. UKIP have sent a clear message: no-one can treat the electorate with contempt and remain a UKIP MEP.

If we can hold firm, and manage one last push over the next few days then we will achieve the goal stated by Nigel Farage at the start of this campaign – to beat the government across the country at a national election. This has never been achieved by any ‘fourth’ party in history and could be the focal point for forcing a general election.

If you’ve been out campaigning, please keep up the good work – whether it’s leafleting, street stalls, internet forums or just persuading family and friends to vote UKIP – for a few more days. It may seem like a tall order but with our current momentum, we only need a further 5.5% swing from the latest poll to topple the Conservatives and win the European elections. How could they then deny us a referendum on EU membership?

We had planned to make no further appeal for funds during this campaign as our supporters have already donated massive amounts of money. But one last push now could make a massive difference to the future of our party, and our country. If you are in a position to help, please donate here or call Freephone 0800 587 6 587.

Yours,

 

Paul Nuttall (UKIP Party Chairman)

Jonathan Arnott (UKIP General Secretary)”

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Golden Opportunity – A Blow For Freedom

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In one week’s time, Britons go to the polls to vote in Local Government and European elections.

This is a golden opportunity to start changing the corrupt British and European Parliaments and begin returning power from an arrogant and out-of-touch ruling elite to the people.

In other European Union Member States there are similar opportunities to strike a blow for freedom from a corrupt and totalitarian system of government.

This is a low risk opportunity that potentially offers great gains for the people.

A vote for the UK Independence Party, which has campaigned to clean up the European Parliament, would increase the power and confidence of that party to work within the European Parliament, without any adverse effect on politics in Britain.

The Franco German Axis of Arrogance has been forcing Europe into a United States of Europe where politicians will be even more insulated than they already are from the wishes of the people they theoretically serve. It is a model that features gigantic waste and where corruption is endemic.

Root and branch reform of this out-moded and discredited political structure offers Europeans the chance of freedom and security in a strong economic environment.

In Britain the UK Independence Party offers a unique opportunity because it has a full programme manifesto but has its focus on reform of, or secession from, a corrupt system of European Government. It may develop as a serious national party within Britain but its aim is to develop a vibrant European economic partnership of free Member States. As such, it does not threaten to split votes at national level that might result in the creation of an unstable coalition of Lib Dems and Brownite National Socialists at Westminster, with a continuation of the sleaze and corruption that has marked over a decade of the Blair Brown Regime.

Whichever party eventually forms the next British Parliament, it should have a priority of reforming the European Union that costs Britain GB£40 million a day and directs between 80 and 94% of all British legislation. Without that reform, emergence of Britain from Depression will be painfully slow and unnecessarily costly for generations to come.

Even if the UK Independence Party has no effective voice directly at Westminster, a strong voice in Europe will exert pressure on any British Government to face up to the task of either withdrawing from the European Union or reforming it. It should also create debate in Britain over the future of European co-operation. A feature of the European Union is that any debate that does not support the narrow views of the Franco German Axis has been suppressed or discouraged. The result is that voters through the European Union have become increasingly fearful about its development in an absence of reasoned and informed debate.

The Party List system of election to the European Parliament provides the opportunity for the UK Independence Party to win seats according to its percentage of votes. In the British Local Government elections the task is much harder because the first-past-the-post system of voting favours a major established and tainted party. The real answer for voters is to vote for candidates that offer the best local solution as individuals and not as Party ciphers. That may mean voting for UK Independence Party candidates or for independents with no party affiliation. It should be remembered that the days when British Local Government provided a reliable service to the people was when representatives were not career politicians looking for advancement within a political party ahead of serving the people. Many councillors were Independents. They worked in the interest of the people who voted and were accessible to those people.

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Piracy off Somalia high on agenda as IMO Maritime Safety Committee meets

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IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization’s London Headquarters for its 86th session from 27 May to 5 June.

The packed agenda includes discussion on piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, the implementation of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, the development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

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Thieves target RNLI lifeguard equipment at Roker beach

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Date: 20/05/2009

Author: Deborah Heaton-Caffin, Lifeguard Press Officer
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Thieves have targeted a mobile lifeguard unit (MLU) provided for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s lifeguard service at Roker beach in Sunderland.

The MLU had only been sited on Marine Walk for three days when the thieves struck on Saturday night, removing a single solar panel, worth around £700 from the roof of the unit.

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Constitutional Crisis for Britain

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“Bottler” Brown expected to receive a caning when he attends an Audience with the British Head of State, HM The Queen on Tuesday May 19

The casual vandalism of the Blair Brown Regime has done much to seriously weaken the British Constitution and create the economic crisis that is so deeply affecting Britain. It has now moved to Constitutional Crisis and total melt-down as MP sleaze affects confidence in Britain.

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Speaker Martin seen across Party lines as a serious threat to Parliament and the Constitution

“Bottler’s” crony, and fellow Scottish MP, Speaker Martin, has been responsible for turning what would have been a major scandal into Constitutional Crisis. By fighting tooth and claw to prevent MP’s expense frauds and errors to be exposed under the freedom of information legislation, he has created the situation where a daily newspaper has begun a process of leaking the information slowly over weeks, producing universal revulsion amongst taxpayers and encouraging a lynch mob environment that could destroy all remaining confidence in the Parliament.

The reason for attempting to conceal the horrors by this very partial Speaker, at considerable expense to taxpayers in Government legal costs, is very simple to understand. Although the scandal affects MPs across Party lines, the overwhelming offence has been from Blair Brown Regime MPs and has included many Ministers with Brown and a number of Cabinet Ministers amongst their numbers. This betrayal of taxpayers is unprecedented. It is necessary to go back to the English Civil War of the mid Seventeenth Century to find any close parallels and a situation where a sitting Speaker has to be removed.

General Oliver Cromwell’s address to the Parliament that he was closing could have been delivered today with equal applicability and force.

An overwhelming majority, in opinion polls of voters, demands an immediate General Election to clean out Parliament and to start again.

Although that outrage is understandable, the most pressing task is for each Parliamentary Party to deselect every MP who has been involved in the most serious offences and who may in any event be prosecuted in the future. Without that stage, the electorate cannot be presented with a reliable choice of candidate at election. “Bottler” Brown’s attempts at a slow “official and independent” review and whitewash will only increase the risks to democracy.

The crisis has demonstrated that major reforms of Parliament and its payment systems are urgently required, but that can only be achieved by a new Government that has purged undesirable individuals, who sit in the current Parliament, before fielding carefully vetted candidates in the next General Election.

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Nigel Farage, Leader UK Independence Party is seeing huge and growing support ahead of the forthcoming European and Local Government Elections and is likely to end up in second place, close behind the Conservatives. Could The Forth of June become British Independence Day?

One opinion poll shows the UK Independence Party in third place and rapidly gaining on Brown’s discredited Labour Party. The Liberal Democrats are in forth place and the national socialist BNP is gaining on the Lib Dems. This is concerning because the forthcoming European Elections are held under a Party List Proportional Voting system that could see the BNP winning a number of seats for the first time. Less concerning is the rise of the UK Independence Party, because a strong UK Independence Party near, or on, equal terms with the Conservatives as second or joint first British representation does not automatically mean that it would achieve the same result at a British General Election, it is a moderate party that offers some very sane policies around its principle policy of withdrawal from the European Constitution and Union, it would strengthen a Conservative (British) Government’s resolve in dealing with the Eurocrats in Brussels. Equally, BNP gains in the Euro Elections are unlikely to be repeated in a British General Election where the first-past-the-post electoral system is employed.

“Bottler” Brown may be advised by HM The Queen to tender his resignation to her and call a General Election, but is likely to resist this to enhance his pension and expenses accounts by continuing until he is forced to call a General Election in 54 weeks time, inflicting further pain on the taxpayer through his incompetent and venial Regime.

Technically, the Monarch could demand his resignation and/or that of Speaker Martin but is unlikely to place the Monarchy in direct confrontation with the majority Party in Parliament. However, Her Majesty has been known to give advice that is irresistible and Monarchy is the only part of British Constitutional system of Government not to be tainted by the incompetence and sleaze.

Even if Bottler Brown bottles it and fails to force Speaker Martin to resign, support for a cross-party coalition to enter a vote of no confidence in the Speaker could dismiss him. He is expected to fight on because his gold plated pension would be tarnished and he would lose months of generous expenses claims. He may believe that he will also lose an automatic Peerage but it is increasingly unlikely that he will be able to look forward to draining public funds as a Member of the Lords, even though previous Speakers have been elevated to the Upper House when they cease as Speaker.

The very real danger is that Brown and Martin will hang on to the bitter end and more scandals will leak as they do so, increasing the mood for lynch mob justice amongst the electorate. Already, the taxpayers are confusing the greedy with the criminal. Very few MPs can claim to be completely untainted, but only a handful appear to have committed crimes of theft or fraud. There should be distinction between those MPs, who have deliberately set out to deceive the lax expenses system in acts that appear to be simple criminal acts to gain personal advantage, those who have stretched the system close to criminality, those who have taken advantage of poorly audited expenses beyond moral decency, those who have made simple errors through incompetence and those who are rare examples of ethical and moral behaviour. Already, those who have committed deliberate deception are attempting to hide behind the simply greedy in the queue to pay back ill-gotten gains.

The existing claims advice to MPs is very simple and states that expenses can be claimed where they are wholly necessary to the performance of the MP’s duties.

Most MPs have clearly made claims that are outside this advice although a calm review of what has happened may show that the majority have asked for advice from those administering the expenses system and made small claims that may have some vague element of justification. A much smaller number have been very greedy and failed in ethical behaviour but claiming where they must have realized that the claims were outside the advise and for sums that look excessive to any normal person. It is only right that the greedy and the naive should speedily pay back the money that they should not have claimed.

Then there is the start of criminality. There MPs who appear to have claimed for a number of identical items that not only are not required in the performance of their duties, but where it is most unlikely that a single item would not have provided a full service life. An MP claiming four or five high cost televisions in a few months is almost certainly being fraudulent, if at the lowest level of fraud, and undeniably being extremely greedy. In this category, but creeping into the next category of serious deception, is the money claimed by Bottler Brown for gardening and apparently paid through his brother to their mutual advantage. Some will argue that this is in fact direct fraud and definately a criminal act. The honourable act would be for the individuals to resign immediately from Parliament, although that might not exempt them from eventual prosecution.

Further up there are those who have ‘flipped’ their second homes in an attempt to deceive for personal gain, allowing them to play the property market. Several Cabinet Ministers appear to have made fortunes in this way. This may not be something that a fraud jury would convict on, but it is an act that should result in the MP being sacked, or forced to resign, immediately.

At the top there are what appear to be blatant criminal acts that involved large sums of money. Those who have claimed for mortgages that no longer exist are defrauding the taxpayer. Those who have claimed a property as a second home for expenses and as a first home for tax liability have clearly defrauded the taxpayer in one or both cases. Any other citizen would immediately spend time assisting the police in their investigations and facing criminal prosecution with the prospect of a custodial sentence.

Those who can be prosecuted for criminal acts should be and the fact that they might have paid back the money they took should have no implication other than as pleaded mitigation at sentencing.

Finally there is the unique situation of Tony Blair who has conveniently had his expenses claims shredded. As co-author with Bottler Brown of the corrupt environment that has developed, some serious attempts should be made to reconstruct the claims and any supporting receipts.

The Metropolitan Police and the Prosecution Service are establishing a team to review investigation and prosecution of the most blatant crooks in Parliament. Unfortunately, that is likely to further taint all MPs by association. If it results in very low electoral turn outs this could create circumstances similar to those in Germany during the early Great Depression when Hitler was voted into power with his Nazis.

It is looking increasingly likely that the UK Independence Party will prove part of the solution, drawing votes in June and allowing the main parties to begin the deselection of sleazy MPs and the appointment of untainted candidates ahead of a British General Election. The treat to the other Parties is that a rapidly strengthened UK Independence Party could prove so attractive that it is able to at least become the Official Opposition in the next British Parliament.

Would that be a bad thing?

Probably not.

A strong UK Independence Party in Europe and in Britain would ensure that the British electorate is not denied the right to vote for or against the European Constitution. The vote is most likely to be against, as in every other European Member State where the electorates have been given the opportunity to express their views on the European Super State and its arrogant Eurocrats with their own sleaze. It could trigger a genuine debate throughout Europe on the form of co-operation between European countries in the Twenty First Century and replace the current model which is a product of the mid Twentieth Century.

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ICO Statement Regarding Selection of European S-Band Mobile Satellite Services

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Reston, VA., (Business Wire) May 14, 2009 – ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (ICO) (NASDAQ: ICOG) learned today that the European Commission (EC) has not selected ICO’s subsidiary, ICO Satellite Limited, for S-band mobile satellite services (MSS). This process, known as Decision No. 626/2008/EC, was begun in 2008 with the stated purpose of selecting and awarding European-only mobile satellite services authorizations for an 18-year period.

ICO is challenging this process, having initiated legal proceedings in September 2008 in the European Court of First Instance seeking the annulment of Decision No. 626/2008/EC of the European Parliament. ICO contends that the Decision is illegal and should be annulled pursuant to Articles 230 and 231 of the Treaty establishing the European Community. As these legal proceedings had not been completed by the October 2008 deadline to submit applications to the EC to provide MSS, ICO Satellite Limited filed an application with the EC as called for in the above mentioned Decision, without prejudice, pending the outcome of the proceedings in the European Court of First Instance.

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International Conference on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, Hong Kong, China, 11-15 May 2009

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Conference to adopt ship recycling convention opens in Hong Kong

A Diplomatic Conference to adopt an international convention on the recycling of ships was opened in Hong Kong, China, by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, on Monday (11 May 2009). The convention, the first ever to address ship recycling issues, is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.

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Lend Us Your Vote

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Nigel Farage, MEP, Leader UK Independence Party

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David Campbell Bannerman, Deputy Leader UK Independence Party

Will the current scandal in Westminster help the UK Independence Party?

The UK Independence Party are presenting four messages, directly and by implication, in their election flyers.

1. They want voters from all Parties to lend them a vote on 4th June 2009 because the European Parliament is different from UK Parliamentary elections, with only the UK Independence Party putting British interests first.

2. UK Independence Party candidates are real people and not career politicians.

3. The UK Independence Party is not tainted by the Westminster scandals but is shocked by them.

4. UK Independence Party candidates are not out-of-touch arrogant politicians but people doing real jobs within the communities they seek to represent in the European Parliament.

What they do not say is that they will campaign against the corrupt practices of the European Parliament and European Commission, which were copied by the Blair Brown Regime in Westminster and are responsible for current public anger, but they might say that their objective is to give the British people the option to collectively express their anger at the corruption and waste in the European Union, seeing secession as the only way to achieve this.

Certainly, the UK Independence Party has been able to secure more ‘air-time’ since the last European Elections where they secured seats. Nigel Farage is becoming well-known in Britain and through Europe as a result of regularly giving interviews on radio and television, being reported in the press and participating in television panel shows. If he manages to lead his Party to an increased number of MEP seats, that coverage will increase further and provide the means to influence voters further. It remains to be seen how the Eurocrats and ruling elite would react, even if the UK Independence Party won every MEP seat in Britain.

At least the British electors are presented with a choice in June. The UK Independence Party is composed of independent people, does not offer extreme policies, is not part of the cosy Westminster environment of greed and excess, and a vote for their candidates in the European Election will not damage the prospects of ejecting the Blair Brown Regime in Westminster and in the Local Government elections.

Ironically, a strong UK Independence Party MEP group would strengthen the hand of any Government in Westminster in negotiations with Brussels because the alternative to giving ground to a reasonable British Government position would potentially then allow the UK Independence Party to expand its power base into Britain and give it the power to make or break treaties.

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Netherlands invests in encrypted telephony

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Linköping, Sweden, May 11, 2009 — The Dutch security authority continues to invest in encrypted telephony and has commissioned development of Sectra’s Tiger system to cover a broader range of Dutch requirements. The order is valued at SEK 15 million.

The Dutch security authority and Sectra entered an agreement as early as 2004 regarding adaptation of the Tiger system for national use in the Netherlands. Today, the Tiger system is used in all Dutch ministries and by the Dutch defense forces. Telephone calls between ministers, secretaries of state, government officials and other key persons are thus protected from eavesdropping.

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A Guide to British MPs

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Since a British newspaper decided to look into the money that Members of Parliament obtain for themselves from the taxpayer, there has been a growing tide of revelations, denials from MPs, and attempts to focus blame anywhere else.

As taxpayer anger rises with each revelation, and more news media space is devoted to this scandal, it is easy to lose track of what has been happening.

All MPs must share the blame for voting themselves such lavish remuneration. Unlike any other employee in Britain, MPs decide how much they can earn, how much they can claim in expenses (disbursements), what rules apply to their claims and how much tax they pay. The result is that almost every MP has awarded him or herself more money than the average taxpayer believes is acceptable and justifiable. Those who may have been too lazy to vote on pay and expenses, or were unavailable at the time of a vote, or who did not support the massive increases voted during the last ten years, have managed to keep their views to themselves. No MP has actively campaigned for a reduction in pay, a reduction or reform of expenses, or for an adequate system of auditing. In fairness, this would have been like turkeys voting for Thanks Giving and Christmas. Of those of us who are angered by this display of greed, many would be unable to resist dipping into a pot of gold if they thought it was there for the taking and their greed would be kept secret. MPs were able to keep this cosy arrangement entirely private and invisible to the taxpayer.

The Freedom of Information legislation created a right for the news media and the public to demand sight of documents, including MP’s expenses claims. It was a typical piece of Blair Brown regime legislation that was sloppily put together and introduced for party political gain, making it ironic that it is now the instrument for exposing Governemtn greed and incompetence. As soon as the Blair Brown Regime became aware of the danger of exposure through this legislation, every effort was made to exempt MPs from the legislation. The disastrous and partial Speaker Martin spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on lawyers to fight to keep the guilty secrets. Happily, his expensive lawyers failed and the information is now emerging.

The first exposure was of a Conservative MP who had paid his son as a researcher. There is nothing to prevent an MP employing members of his or her family as support staff, it is very common practice, and it can be argued that only close family would be prepared to work the hours for the relatively poor pay that support staff normally earn. Some MPs have said that the arrangement has helped preserve their marriages, because their wives or husbands have shared their, sometimes, very long and socially difficult hours. What appeared unacceptable was that this MP had paid above normal rates and there was no evidence that the son had done anything to earn the money.

The next revelation was of two Conservative MPs, husband and wife, who appeared to have charged the maximum in allowances as though they had no family connection. Although this may have caused public anger, it was within the established rules and it has become more common for families to hold several Parliamentary seats between them as was once common in the early Nineteenth Century when “Rotten Boroughs” were Parliamentary seats passed on through families and traded for gain until that form of corruption was eliminated by reforms. Many in the Blair Brown Regime are family teams, in one case attempting to secure safe seats for three generations of the same family, and several cases where voting irregularities have been alleged during the selection of candidates.

At this stage the newspaper investigation had shown apparent Conservative malefactors. Although the revelations terrified the Blair Brown Regime, for what they might expose in the future, the Regime was very happy to try to gain political capital by attempting to paint the Conservative Party as a sleazy group, while claiming that the Blair Brown Regime was whiter than white, outraged by Conservative sleaze.

After the first two isolated revelations and legal battles over access to information about MPs claims, an increasing flow of revelations began to emerge about Blair Brown Regime MPs, Ministers and even the Prime Minister. That tide has become a flood. In response, the Blair Brown Regime propagandists, and the exposed MPs, have tried every tactic to divert attention and blame elsewhere. They have claimed it is all a political witch hunt, that it is an unfair media campaign, that claims are all within the rules they set for themselves, that Conservative and Liberal MPs are much more guilty (even though so far there is not a shred of evidence to support this allegation), that expenses are just part of their salary, that there is nothing to see and we should all move on, that they were busy people and didn’t have time to check their claims before submitting them, that they just forgot something or are not good with money, that even if their claims were criminal or morally wrong, it was not their fault because the claims were accepted by the Commons authorities and paid. Not one MP or Cabinet Minister has stepped forward and admitted any form of guilt or expressed any remorse.

The only response has been to try changing the rules so that they can take even more money from the taxpayer.

What is rapidly being buried in the news about the scandal is that there are several levels of culpability.

At the top there are examples of Blair Brown Regime Ministers, including the Prime Minister, and Regime MPs, who have made claims that appear to be either simple theft from the public purse or fraud. In the commercial sector, the available information would have resulted in instant dismissal and repayment of the money claimed, probably with interest from the time of the offense. In many cases, commercial enterprises would have brought in the police.

The next level down are examples of Regime Ministers and MPs who have ‘bent’ their own lax rules so far that most taxpayers would consider the acts criminal, even if a court might not convict. A common example is ‘flipping’ second home allowances where as several Ministers have changed the premises they claim as their second home to increase the amount of expenses they can claim or to avoid capital gains tax when they sell property at a huge profit. Some have also toggled first and second home addresses or claimed one address as a second home to maximize expenses and then claimed it to the tax authorities as a first home to minimize taxes due.

The next level down are examples of Ministers who use the expenses system for first and second homes, while enjoying a ‘grace-and-favour’ home as part of their job. The Prime Minister enjoys 10 Downing Street AND Chequers as State-funded accommodation and several Ministers have the use of more than one State-funded accommodation. This has not deterred them from claiming second home allowances.

The expenses system has allowed MPs to claim for very large sums to pay mortgages, purchase furnishings and employ builders, plumbers and decorators, purchase garden equipment and pay gardeners. It the lower end of claims values, some MPs have claimed for trivial amounts that in commercial life no one with an expenses system would have bothered to claim.

By any method of measurement, serious reform of MP’s pay and allowances is long overdue and abuses are that much more dramatic at a time when taxpayers are suffering huge falls in property value, reduction in wages and loss of jobs, as a result of the incompetence of the Blair Brown Regime.

During the last ten years, MPs have voted for massive pay increases and unaccountable access to larger sums through a badly flawed allowances and expenses system that is open to widespread abuse. At the same time, those same MPs have been merrily passing increasing amounts of power and work to unelected Eurocrats in Brussels, making their own jobs that much less necessary and, within Britain, passing power to new Parliaments in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland which produces further highly paid MP jobs but has not reduced the number of MPs, from those regions, who attend in Westminster, drawing lavish pay and expenses. Those regions not only take control of their own affairs, but are able to vote on purely English affairs against the wishes of the English.

Having started by pointing out that abuse of the system stretches across Party lines, the Blair Brown Regime cannot escape direct blame for being the Party in power with a considerable majority, the Party responsible for wholesale damage to the British Constitution for narrow political advantage, maintaining control through patronage, which includes encouraging their own Ministers and MPs to raid the public purse. This encouragement may account for the considerable majority they enjoy in abuse of the pay and expenses system.

What has not yet been demonstrated is whether the Blair Brown Regime in Parliament has been using the same tactic that they have employed in Local Government, whereby their elected people are encouraged to claim the maximum in expenses and pay, from which they then pay a percentage to the Party funds. If that does prove to be the case, the scandal is even greater because it would be political advantage gained at public expense which is already a factor in the use of public funds to pay for Party propaganda, as exposed recently in the scandal of the attempted smear campaign that was to be run from the Prime Minister’s office by Party hacks who were on the public payroll as Civil Servants.

Sorting out the mess must be a priority of the next Government which will also face the huge economic priorities of sorting out the mess created by “Bottler” Brown as Chancellor and then Prime Minister. The great challenge will be in deciding where to start.

The first step for the Government-in-waiting will be to seek and publish a commitment from every one of their existing MPs, and every one of their new candidates, to accept a strict code of accountability and thrift in spending public funds on themselves.

If that Party then replaces the Blair Brown Regime, it will have to act swiftly to address all issues, but the danger is that widespread public anger may result in minor and dangerous political groups gaining seats as not being part of the Parties that have held seats in the current Parliament. If that happens, the next Government may not have the power to take the hard decisions necessary.

Of the hard decisions, the first has to be to make the Civil Service impartial once again. In addressing economic issues and reducing the size of Government, this could allow the most political and partial Civil Servants to be sacked. Some of them may be sackable without compensation because they have broken Civil Service rules during the Blair Brown Regime. A reformed and smaller Civil Service will then only spend public money on genuine public interest advertisements and the Government will have to pay for any political propaganda from Party funds.

The Constitution will have to be reformed to correct the many anomalies created by twelve years of vandalism by the Blair Brown Regime. That should result in a reduction in the number of MPs at Westminster and a fair balance being struck between the regions which enjoy their own assemblies, the English, and the national government on behalf of all regions of the United Kingdom.

There is a case for increasing the power of the Head of State because, out of the current sorry mess, the only part of the British system that has not been tainted by corruption is the Monarchy. That could directly address the issue of MP’s pay and expenses, because the Monarch could appoint a Royal Commission that is transparent and responsible for regulating pay, expenses and conduct of MPs and Members of the House of Lords. That Royal Commission, permanently sitting, could have responsibility for selection of Lords from lists present by political Parties and members of the public.

However reform is achieved, it must bring MP’s pay and expenses into line with the national situation and methods of accountability. It should not be necessary to publish detailed information on each MP’s expenses IF there is an impartial and effective system of approvals and audits.

Even more fundamental is the need to provide the British people with a free vote on the European Constitution, AKA Treaty of Lisbon, and return to Britain control over its relationship with Europe. That will strengthen democracy, potentially reduce unaccountable waste, potentially reduce taxes, and make British MPs at Westminster earn their pay by making British decisions.

Editor