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House costs: build versus buy shocker!

Ignore the ‘value’ of the land for a minute. Ground clearance, services, foundations, materials and labour to build a three bedroom house, with a life of around 200 years, comes out around £100,000. That’s under £10 a week. The mystery 95% is pure profiteering. The real ‘cost of living crisis’ post globalisation, is the capitalists don’t innovate any more, just clamour to get their precious returns, off our basic essentials.

A lesson from Michael Davitt’s Irish Land League

The most successful challenge to the British crown’s empire-winning landlessness strategy, to keep the poor on their knees, was in 1880s Ireland. Holding the balance of power, the Irish MPs of the 1880s teamed up with Michael Davitt and the Irish Land League to prize out of the government a series of acts of parliament converting the famine-era rack rents into title deeds for the old tenants. Government loans meant they could buy the land and build a decent farmhouse to replace their hovel, on almost every one of the Catholics’ modest holdings in the south.

Overnight, the desperate conditions of tenant farmers who’d been at the mercy of the absentee landlords’ factor, was transformed. And the loan repayments were a fraction of what the old rents had been. We need to take a leaf from the Land League’s book, to rid the land of these parasitic landlords once and for all, and convert those rents to housing cooperatives, tenant run housing associations or purchase agreements.

Rack Rents And Mortgage Payments Benind The Cost Of Living Crisis, Tony Gosling, Ian Collins Talk TV

What's really behind ‘the cost of living crisis’?
https://tlio.org.uk/pay-no-rent-how-we-can-permanently-fix-the-cost-of-living-crisis/

BRISTOL 18May22 by Tony Gosling – The cost of living crisis meme is being circulated by the London media since late summer 2021 to describe the disposable income squeeze. Basic costs like food and energy are projected to increase from anything between 25% and 150%, while wages are effectively frozen. On top of that, overall inflation is now 11%, so real wages are falling fast. A rude awakening for tens of thousands every week working all hours God sends but unable to pay the bills.

‘Work’, in the Tory parlance, no longer, ‘Makes You Free’, and is no longer be tauted as a route out of poverty. As Mr Micawber says in Dickens' David Copperfield, "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six: result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six: result misery."

But the increase in fuel and gas prices cannot be put down to ‘Russian sanctions’ or even the fact that Asia is buying more tanker-borne US Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). If market forces were behind these price hikes we would have not seen the skyrocketing of annual Shell and BP dividends, with combined annual profit now at around £50 billion. Not turnover, PROFIT! Its just good old commodity price fixing. Please, no windfall tax. These utilities need to be regulated back into public ownership. So the poor too can share in their success. Now.

GDP, the debt trappists’ god

Over millennia, the banksters and the racketeer rentiers they sponsor have sought to capture every institution that opposes them by trapping the target in debt servitude. Thomas Cook Travel, Four Seasons Healthcare, BHS, Laker Airways, even the mighty Carillion, all died this way Most of the developing world, with the notable exception of Gaddafi’s Libya, has been laid waste by unpayable debt. Now it’s our turn. And with the national debt now well over £2 trillion the British state is succumbing fast. A crash is inevitable. We need to ready Plan B’: To, over a year or so, make life’s essentials free....

Many blame Theresa May’s attempt to float a ‘Dementia Tax’[1] in the 2017 general election for her losing the Tory majority. But Labour went much further in proposals to make more of us landless. Corbyn’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, with adviser Richard Murphy and others proposed the Lifetime Gifts Tax (LGT) in the pre 2019 general election ‘Land For The Many’ report. Andy Wightman, Marion Shoard, Oli Rodker, Anna Minton, Simon Fairlie and others endorsed this wheeze, despite it raising the number of Brits slated to lose homes on the death of a parent (unless they had substantial savings to pay the tax) from 650k, up to 10 million![2] Authored by George Monbiot, Guy Shrubsole, Robin Grey and others, ‘Land For The Many’ should have been titled ‘Land From The Many’!

Contributor to the Land For The Many report, Professor Richard Murphy, was contacted for his response to press reports[2] saying the Lifetime Gifts Tax could bring twenty times more homeowners into inheritance tax bands which mean they could lose their homes. His response was 'If that's what you think, I have nothing to say to you', and put the phone down....

Ben Norton's Multipolar world blovodcast
https://thesaker.is/ben-norton-aka-multipolarista-interviews-michael-hudson-destiny-of-civilization/

after World War One, America had already achieved its industrial dominance. And it was after World War One that America said, ok, now our protective tariffs have enabled us to outproduce all the other countries, and our protectionist agriculture especially – the most protected sector in America, has always been agriculture, since the 1930s.

Basically it said, well, now we can outproduce other countries, we can undersell them, now we can tell them to go for free trade.

And after World War Two, the Americans created the World Bank for economic impoverishment, and the International Monetary Austerity Fund.

And the World Bank’s leading objective was to prevent other countries from investing in their own food production.

The guiding line of the World Bank was, we’ve got to provide infrastructure for building up plantation agriculture in Latin America, and Africa, and other countries, so that they will grow tropical export crops, but they cannot be permitted to grow grain or wheat to feed themselves; they must be dependent on the United States.

And so the function of free trade, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund has been to finance dependency, backed up by the American support of dictatorships throughout Latin America who agree to have client oligarchies supporting pro-American trade patterns and avoiding any kind of self-reliance, so that the United States can do what it has recently done to Russia and other countries, impose sanctions – say, well, now that you depended on us for your grain, we can now impose sanctions, and you can’t feed yourself if you don’t follow the policies we want.

That was the policy that America tried to use against China after Mao’s revolution. And fortunately for China, Canada broke that monopoly, and said, well, we’re going to sell grain to China. And China was always very friendly to Canada in those earlier decades.

So basically, free trade means no government, no socialism. It means central planning essentially by Wall Street – countries should let American firms come in, buy control of their raw materials, resources, control of their oil and gas, and mineral rights, and forests and plantations, and basically let other countries send their whole economic surplus to the United States, where it will be duly financialized to buy out other countries’ raw materials and rent yielding resources.

BENJAMIN NORTON: Yeah, and in your book, you have a very funny passage that I think really encapsulates this ideology that you’re talking about here.

You referred to Charles Wilson, who was the secretary of defense under Eisenhower in the U.S., and he was also the former CEO of General Motors.

And he famously said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” And that idea has morphed into the idea that, “What’s good for Wall Street is good for America.”

And then you note that “this merged with evangelistic U.S. foreign policy that says ‘What’s good for America is good for the world.’ And therefore the logical syllogism is clear: ‘What’s good for Wall Street is good for the world.’”

And you describe this, you link it to the new cold war, this idea that what’s good for the U.S. is good for the world and what’s good for Wall Street is good for the U.S., therefore, what’s good for Wall Street is good for the world.

You argue, “We must recognize how finance capitalism has gained power over industrial economies, above all in the United States, from which it seeks to project itself globally, led by the financialized U.S. economy. Today’s new Cold War is a fight to impose rentier-based finance capitalism on the entire world.”

And this is such an important analysis. Because among those very few people of us who

Prince Charles 'should abdicate' after comparing Putin to Hitler, says MP

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/21/prince-charles-vladimir-putin-adolf-hitler

Labour MP Mike Gapes calls for prince to 'abdicate and stand for election' if he wants to make controversial statements
Matthew Weaver, Rowena Mason and agencies
Wed 21 May 2014

Prince Charles is facing a call for his abdication and a frosty response in Moscow after reportedly comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Charles blundered into the international crisis over Russia's actions in Ukraine during a tour of Canada, when he spoke to a woman who fled the Nazis and lost family members during the Holocaust.

According to the Daily Mail, the prince compared the Russian president to the Nazi leader when talking to Marienne Ferguson, a museum volunteer who moved to Canada with her Jewish family when she was just 13. "Now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler," Charles is reported to have said.

Charles's remarks have been criticised across the political spectrum in Britain: the Labour MP Mike Gapes called for his abdication, while the outspoken Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, said the prince was wrong to get involved.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, pointedly refused to discuss the issue when approached by journalists. But the popular Russian daily Moskovskij Komsomolets (MK) said Charles's remarks risked "triggering an international scandal".

MK said Charles's comments risked complicating already "clouded" UK-Russian relations.

Peskov initially said he knew nothing about the comments, according to Sky News. He later told the BBC's Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg, the Kremlin was "not commenting right now" on the story.

Anti-Russia activists in Ukraine praised Charles's remarks. "Good old Charley," commented one contributor to the Facebook page of Euromaidan, which helped organise the protests in the Ukrainian capital Kiev that led to the ousting of the pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovych.

Labour MP Gapes, a current member and former chairman of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, said the prince should have kept his views private. The Ilford South MP tweeted: "If Prince Charles wants to make controversial statements on national or international issues, he should abdicate and stand for election.

Ukip's Farage is reported to have said: "There are times when it might be better for Prince Charles not to get involved in things like this."

Britain's former ambassador to Russia, Sir Tony Brenton, said it was a "grotesque exaggeration" to compare Russia's actions in Crimea with those of the Nazis. But he said Charles' intervention could help Russia reconsider its policy in Ukraine.

Speaking to BBC News, Brenton said: "It will be picked up in public circles in Russia .. The Russians have taken over Crimea, they are debating with themselves about where to go next. The fact that they have generated the impression in some minds that they are behaving a bit as Hitler behaved, while I think is a false judgement, will help [them] to reconsider a little bit."

Brenton added: "Hitler is the ultimate ogre in Russian public opinion ... The fact that Russian policy is generating these sort of reactions ought to have a calming effect there."

Brenton who served as ambassador to Moscow between 2004 and 2008 added: "Russia is having quite a nationalist moment, but the judgment that Putin is behaving like Hitler, is very mistaken. The annexation of Crimea was entirely illegal and wrong but to say that that leads us in the direction of a revanchist Russia - the bear being on the prowl again - is a grotesque exaggeration."

Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said Charles was "free to express himself".

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Clegg said: "I have never been of this view that if you are a member of the royal family somehow you have to enter into some Trappist vow of silence. I think he is entitled to his views. But I don't know whether those were his views because I just don't think providing a running commentary on what were private conversations is useful to anybody.

"I don't know exactly what he did or didn't say in that conversation because he thought it was a private conversation," Clegg added.

Asked if he agreed there were parallels to be drawn, he said: "I'm not going to start comparing one period of European history to another.

"People can make different comparisons from different periods of history if they wish. All I would say is that right now I think the behaviour of Putin is not only menacing to Ukraine but it is very destabilising for Europe more generally.

"That is why we continue to say to the Russians, continue to say to Vladimir Putin: step back, de-escalate. It's not in Russia's interests, let alone anybody else's, to continue ratcheting up this tension."...

Ben Norton's Multipolar world blovodcast
https://thesaker.is/ben-norton-aka-multipolarista-interviews-michael-hudson-destiny-of-civilization/

after World War One, America had already achieved its industrial dominance. And it was after World War One that America said, ok, now our protective tariffs have enabled us to outproduce all the other countries, and our protectionist agriculture especially – the most protected sector in America, has always been agriculture, since the 1930s.

Basically it said, well, now we can outproduce other countries, we can undersell them, now we can tell them to go for free trade.

And after World War Two, the Americans created the World Bank for economic impoverishment, and the International Monetary Austerity Fund.

And the World Bank’s leading objective was to prevent other countries from investing in their own food production.

The guiding line of the World Bank was, we’ve got to provide infrastructure for building up plantation agriculture in Latin America, and Africa, and other countries, so that they will grow tropical export crops, but they cannot be permitted to grow grain or wheat to feed themselves; they must be dependent on the United States.

And so the function of free trade, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund has been to finance dependency, backed up by the American support of dictatorships throughout Latin America who agree to have client oligarchies supporting pro-American trade patterns and avoiding any kind of self-reliance, so that the United States can do what it has recently done to Russia and other countries, impose sanctions – say, well, now that you depended on us for your grain, we can now impose sanctions, and you can’t feed yourself if you don’t follow the policies we want.

That was the policy that America tried to use against China after Mao’s revolution. And fortunately for China, Canada broke that monopoly, and said, well, we’re going to sell grain to China. And China was always very friendly to Canada in those earlier decades.

So basically, free trade means no government, no socialism. It means central planning essentially by Wall Street – countries should let American firms come in, buy control of their raw materials, resources, control of their oil and gas, and mineral rights, and forests and plantations, and basically let other countries send their whole economic surplus to the United States, where it will be duly financialized to buy out other countries’ raw materials and rent yielding resources.

BENJAMIN NORTON: Yeah, and in your book, you have a very funny passage that I think really encapsulates this ideology that you’re talking about here.

You referred to Charles Wilson, who was the secretary of defense under Eisenhower in the U.S., and he was also the former CEO of General Motors.

And he famously said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” And that idea has morphed into the idea that, “What’s good for Wall Street is good for America.”

And then you note that “this merged with evangelistic U.S. foreign policy that says ‘What’s good for America is good for the world.’ And therefore the logical syllogism is clear: ‘What’s good for Wall Street is good for the world.’”

And you describe this, you link it to the new cold war, this idea that what’s good for the U.S. is good for the world and what’s good for Wall Street is good for the U.S., therefore, what’s good for Wall Street is good for the world.

You argue, “We must recognize how finance capitalism has gained power over industrial economies, above all in the United States, from which it seeks to project itself globally, led by the financialized U.S. economy. Today’s new Cold War is a fight to impose rentier-based finance capitalism on the entire world.”

And this is such an important analysis. Because among those very few people of us who

BBC Radio Presenter Jules Serkin discusses the side effects w Mark Steyn GB News

GB News posted a video to the playlist Mark Steyn.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=679529906486086

'It's life-changing'
BBC Radio Presenter Jules Serkin discusses the side effects she says she's experienced since receiving her Covid vaccine.

Megalomaniacs Prince Charles and Klaus Schwab's WEF meeting this weekend. What's happened to Bilderberg? - WHO Looks To Dominate Global Health Policy, Tauts International Pandemic Treaty - NOT The BCfm Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling
https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/not-the-bcfm-politics-show-presented-by-tony-gosling-89/

Part One - News Review and Investigative Reports

Andrew Varney, Lib Dem Councillor for Brislington West, joins Tony and Martin. Lib Dems propping up Tories when they shared power. PMQs delays in processing passports and driving licences - cuts to civil service. PMQs immigration queues - firing civil servants. Migrants to Rwanda - may not work.

PMQs Kier Starmer - vulnerable people at sharp end of cost of living crisis. People living in vans in Bristol. 1300 empty military homes in Wiltshire - Karen Bell ITV report. Real wages declining. PMQs Ian Blackford SNP - latest inflation figures. Huge profits of energy companies - wind fall tax? Publicly owned energy companies in France. Boris on the cost of living crisis.

Bristol Energy failure and waste of money. Bristol Mayoral system voted out. Development planning in Bristol. Bristol Council Development Control Committee - plan for Silverthorn Lane on flood plane. PMQs South Warrington Logistics Hub plan on green belt.

Greg Reece on Infowars - WHO, WEF, Mayors, climate change part of NWO plan Public private partnerships. Rich should just pay tax.

WEF meeting this weekend. What's happened to Bilderberg? Happy City flags in Southmead. Sam Downey in 2017 on Common Purpose and Happy City. LINK**

Stella Morris, wife of Julian Assange, on Double Down News - fault of the media in failing Julian. Peter Oborne article in Guardian - Priti Patel to make decision whether Julian Assange extradited to US LINK**.

Israel clips Zarah Sultana MP and Crispin Blunt MP - on Israeli sniper killing of award winning Al Jazeera journalist Sharon Abuakle in Palestine.

Part Two - Ukraine/Covid/Climate Round-Up With End Times Prophecy Reports

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/614335

Chris Busby on his 'Ionising radiation and cancer' peer reviewed paper.

BBC radio presenter Jules Serkin on the bad effects the Covid jab had on her and others including stopping women's menstruation.

Bio research labs in Ukraine - Russians share evidence that Covid 19 mRNA vaccine firms Pfizer and Moderna were allegedly before 'pandemic'.

Diliana Gatashova's blog www.armswatch.org for sale. Sally Beck on James Dellingpole's podcast - details how Andrew Wakefield became wrongly 'discredited' for his brilliant work exposing harmful  vaccines. Neil Oliver on GB News - WHO and Chinese lockdowns. Russia withdrawing from WHO and other bodies. Neil Oliver on his own channel - the dominance of billionaires and philanthropy.

George Bush junior gaff this week - saying Iraq instead of Ukraine. RT - information warfare - Ukraine news reporting inaccurately. Azov Battalion and Nazi symbols.

Michael Hudson, author, on the world dividing in to two parts, and the US wanting the world to follow it's financial model.

WSouth African pastor Walter J Veith on the 15 Aug 1871 US confederate power centraliser Albert Pike letter to Italian power centraliser Guiseppi Mazzini - Albert Pike and Pike's supposed 'great plan' towards Satan being in charge.

Britain cost-of-living crisis
Rent & mortgage repayments UKs no1 killer but commodity sharks are now pushing millions into poverty

Tuesday, 17 May 2022
https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/05/17/682280/Britain-Cost-of-Living-Crisis

The UK is experiencing its highest inflation rate in decades as food and energy prices have soared dramatically since last year. A survey shows one in four Britons skip meals due to inflation while Bank of England has said rising food prices are major concern for the people and government.

Britain's Bank of England governor has also warned of '‘apocalyptic'’ increase in world food prices. Press TV interviews Fra Hughes journalist, author and activist from Belfast and Tony Gosling historian and investigative journalist from Bristol to discuss reasons behind high inflation in Britain.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

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Colour film and cockpit commentary of B 17 being shot down over German occupied Belgium (1944)

Tech Experts Refuse To Use Contact Tracing Apps - Tech Giants Cash In On Covid Fears - All Hail The Lockdown - Al Jazeera Eng - 08Jan2022
https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/all-hail-the-lockdown/index.html

#Aljazeeraenglish #AllHailTheLockdown #All_Hail_Al_Jazeera
Has capitalism turned the COVID-19 emergency into a disaster? | All Hail The Lockdown
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‘Exploit it’ - Protect the People or the Profit?
We were in a crisis before COVID-19 - a crisis of capitalism. Join Ali Rae in this first episode of “Al Hail The Lockdown” - a 5 part series exploring the complexities of our global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, Ali speaks with filmmaker and activist Astra Taylor, economist Aditya Chakrabortty and economic sociologist Linsey McGoey about disaster capitalism, philanthro-capitalism and how the structures of capitalism have left us ill-equipped to deal with the fallout of COVID-19.
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Crisis in Care: Follow the Money
Panorama
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0012cbj

Tens of thousands of elderly people live in care homes owned by international investors. Panorama asks how much money is being taken out of the system.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59504521

Care homes: Following the money trail

By James Melley & Alison Holt
BBC News Social Affairs Team

6 December 2021

Dale, son of Norman former care home residentImage source, Rogan Productions

The finances of some of the UK's biggest care providers should be investigated by the competition watchdog, according to the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Three of the UK's biggest care home groups are owned by private equity companies and are saddled with significant amounts of debt.

BBC Panorama has been looking at what this means for people living and working in the homes run by two of those groups, and for the future of care in this country.

"It's the Wild West out there," says Mr Hunt. "We need the Competition and Market authority to make sure that market is operating in the interest of consumers, particularly the very vulnerable people who need that sector."
Short presentational grey line

In his basement home office on the outskirts of Sydney, a short walk from the beach and the South Pacific, Jason Ward spends much of his time poring over spreadsheets and going through company accounts trying to make sense of how businesses work.

When someone says "follow the money", that is probably what Jason will be doing.

He works for an organisation called CICTAR - the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research - which is funded by trade unions and charities.

Jason has been investigating where money goes in the care industry in countries around the world - and in particular the role of private equity investment.

Typically, private equity investors are wealthy individuals or institutions who buy businesses looking for a better return on their money than from other types of investment.

They will often do this by making them more efficient, then selling it on at a profit.

In the UK, two of the biggest care groups, HC-One and Care UK, are owned in this way. And one of the other biggest groups, Four Seasons, was owned by private equity firms until recently.

Between them they have nearly 39,000 beds, and there have been concerns about the amount of debt they all carry.

Early this year, Jason Ward contacted Panorama about some research he was carrying out into the UK's biggest care home operator - HC-One.

HC-One was set up in 2011 from the ashes of care group Southern Cross - which was the UK's biggest care home company until it collapsed when it couldn't pay its rents.

Now, HC-One owns more than 320 homes and cares for more than 15,000 residents.

It earns on average £770 per bed, per week, from councils, the NHS and private funders, to look after vulnerable people.

Jason wanted to get to the bottom of where all this money was going.

Busy shopping street latest to be pedestrianised
https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/busy-shopping-street-latest-be-pedestrianised/

By Martin Booth, Friday Aug 13, 2021

A short section of a popular shopping street is set to become the latest road in Bristol to be pedestrianised.

The stretch of Princess Victoria Street in Clifton Village between Waterloo Street and Regent Street will be closed to motorists from 11am to 5pm seven days a week from August 21.

Mayor Marvin Rees said that the scheme is an example of taking “bold action”.

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But signs on a number of shops on Princess Victoria Street protesting against the proposed pedestrianisation show that there are still many dissenting voices despite the promised benefits of the scheme to trade.

More than 800 people have signed a petition opposing the plans and the city council has made it clear that they will be closely monitoring the impacts of the scheme, including traffic levels on adjacent and alternative roads, as well as opening a consultation for six months.

Princess Victoria Street is one of Clifton Village’s busiest roads – photo: Martin Booth

A consultation will be in place throughout the first few months of pedestrianisation – image: Bristol City Council

Planters, outdoor seating, cycle parking, and ramps for wheelchairs and pushchairs will be installed as part of the scheme.

Bristol City Council hopes that the pedestrianisation will reduce rat-running and through-traffic on the road, allow businesses to trade outdoors, improve walking and cycling journeys, and provide people with more places to stop and rest.

It’s the latest road in the city to become pedestrianised, following King Street, Cotham Hill and some of the Old City.

Rees said: “We are committed to delivering more liveable neighbourhoods with less traffic congestion and pollution, so I am pleased to back the request of the Clifton councillors to trial pedestrianisation on part of Princess Victoria Street.

“It is clear the local community want to see less traffic on their roads, to breathe cleaner air, and to feel safer when travelling on foot or by bike. We must take bold action if we are to deliver on these priorities.

The mayor added: “Our recent pedestrianisation schemes on Cotham Hill, King Street and in the Old City have proved to be very popular, and I hope to see the same benefits as we trial this scheme on Princess Victoria Street.

“I urge everyone to visit Clifton Village, enjoy the new shared space for pedestrians and cyclists, and support our local high streets as we rebuild from the pandemic.”

Paula O’Rourke (left) and Katy Grant (right) are the two Green Party councillors for Clifton – photo: Green Party

Clifton councillor Paula O’Rourke, said that she believes limiting through-traffic on Princess Victoria Street “will give residents and visitors the space to shop at leisure”.

Part One - Covid-19 Scamdemic Casedemic latest and investigations
https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/not-the-bcfm-politics-show-presented-by-tony-gosling-57/

Wholesale gas prices going up, gas distribution companies going bankrupt -

Another resignation from Starmer’s top team: Marsha de Cordova goes as Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary

Boris' speech on Climate Change

Chris Whitty wants Fluoride in UK water 1 - 4,500 Canadian scientists statement condemning fluoride use as a 'neurotoxin' LINK

Chris Whitty wants Fluoride in UK water 2 - The Fluoride Deception, book and film by Christopher Bryson

Chris Whitty wants Fluoride in UK water 3 - Interview with Joy Warren from Birmingham Against Water Fluoridation - and The Campaign For Pure Water - dangers of fluoride - plan for fluoride in British Water -

Chris Whitty wants Fluoride in UK water 4 - Christopher Bryson talks about Berneys marketing neurotoxic fluoride as a 'toothpaste additive' and 'water additive' to help the Florida Phosphate industry dispose of a harmful chemical which would cost for them to dispose of safely

French object to AUKUS deal by withdrawing their ambassador to the USA. US nervous of France now as a NATO intelligence sharing partner.

Boris tells Macron: 'Donnez Mois Un Break' and Prenez Un Grip'

Democratic party former runner for presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard

RIP Manfred Petritsch - asymmetric warfare and the West's FEAR of Russian military might over Ukraine and Germany -

Bitchute video of complete show

Part Two - News Review and Investigative Reports

Bill Gates - already planning for THE NEXT PANDEMIC

Dr Michael McDowell from Trinidad - the genetic bioweapons industry is a new arms race - and the six smoking guns of SARS-Cov-2

https://www.bitchute.com/video/pz1NQGjo9SSl/

Common Rights Holders Association - SH&DCRA Stephen Bocking - New money in Brancaster and surrounding areas pushing locals out - husband of the Parish Council Chair Bryony Bax is a wheeler-dealer in Archant newspaper group and there are questions over its collapse.

Covid measures came in on important pagan dates - such as solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter days - Rachel Elnough - UK Occult/Covid timeline

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act - Marc Willers QC and Rhiannon Craft Phd
https://vimeo.com/698135558

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Sam Downie on Liz & Mike Zeidler's Bristol Happy City, now Centre For Thriving Places DIALECT BCfm 93.2 - 28Jun2017

Is Bristol's 'Happy City' charity good value for the city's taxpayers?
Sam Downie gives us his personal view of the so-called leadership charity Common Purpose which acts as a self-selecting 'leaders factory'. Sam believes Bristol charity Happy City patronises the poor people, blaming them for not being cheerful enough. Are both charities giving value for money?
http://commonpurpose.org/united-kingdom/
http://www.happycity.org.uk/

What influences children’s emotional health
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/the-origins-of-happiness/

The final step in our book is the explanation of these child outcomes, using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which has surveyed children born in and around the city of Bristol in 1991/92. This is shown in Table 5.

Academic performance is the outcome on which most existing research has focused, and it is profoundly affected by family income. But the emotional health of the child is the best measure of the wellbeing of the child, and it is also (as we have seen) the biggest determinant of the wellbeing of the future adult. It is affected to some extent also by family income but above all by the mother’s mental health. The same is true of the child’s behaviour – which also affects the wellbeing of so many other people.

Table 5. How child outcomes at 5, 11 and 16 (averaged) are affected by different factors
(ALSPAC data, partial correlation coefficients)
How child outcomes at 5, 11 and 16 (averaged) are affected by different factors
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What about the effect of schools? In the 1960s, the Coleman Report in the US told us that parents mattered more than schools. Since then the tide of opinion has turned. Our data strongly confirm the importance of the individual school and the individual teacher. This applies equally to the academic performance of the pupils and to their happiness.

So in Figure 3, we look at the emotional wellbeing of children at 16 and show how it is explained. The top bar shows the combined effect of all observed family factors (treated as a single weighted variable). The next bar shows the enduring effect of the primary school a child went to (again a single aggregate of dummy variables) and the last is the effect of secondary schools. Schools really matter.

Putin Tricked NATO Into Seizing Russian Assets, Thereby Ditching Global Petrodollar Primacy - Italy's 1981 P2 Scandal Revealed Fascist Illuminati Secret Government, Confirmed By18th Century Masonic Writings - NOT The BCfm Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling
https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.com/2022/05/12/not-the-bcfm-politics-show-presented-by-tony-gosling-88/

Fabian Breckles Labour councillor for St George Troopers Hill ward joins Martin and Tony. What’s happened to the St George Labour Club, has it been closed due to the pandemic like so many other businesses? No, apparently its still open in the evenings but they use a side entrance now and meeting rooms are unheated so generally unused. Being badly run by the Labour Party owners of the building it seems.
Annual Levellers Day taking place in Burford, Oxfordshire 21st May 2022 with left-wing speakers including Richard Burgeon MP and musicians including Attila the Stockbroker. The Levellers were made up of parliamentary soldiers and writers who became increasingly alarmed as Cromwell’s nephew purged parliament of MPs who supported negotiating with the king. The Leveller soldiers in Burford hadn’t been paid but were being told to go and fight in Ireland so they left their officers and overnight in Burford they were rounded up and imprisoned in the church. Several soldiers were then executed for mutiny.
Bristol traveller Rhiannon Craft from campaign group ‘Vehicles For Change’ speaks to Mark Willers QC about Priti Patel’s new Police Crime Courts and Evidence Act which has just received the Royal Assent. The purpose being to hound gypsies and travellers off the road. Why is Bristol City Council hounding Bristol travellers when they are saving the council millions in Housing Benefit. Council should pay travellers because to the council tax they’re saving them and provide toilets and waste collection services. Pandering to Tory party members. Priti Patel the child of immigrants and a racist.
Ionising Radiation and Cancer - Failure of the Risk Model - Dr Chris Busby warns about the dangers of mini-nuclear power stations as he publishes his most recent paper on the vastly underestimated health consequences of nuclear power. George Monbiot and Mark Lynas’ books are those of an ignoramus. Atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in the 1950s directly accounts for the massive post 1960s explosion in cancer. Fabian says we need to decarbonise.
US Sanctions Ambassador Daniel Fried 1: US Lend-Lease $33bn, now $44bn to Ukraine. Ambassador Daniel Fried was sanctions coordinator for Obama and he appears on BBC News channel encouraging Europeans to pile ever more weapons and money into Ukraine and more sanctions on Russia. Will money bring a speedier end to the conflict. On screen a Russian tank begins firing at Daniel Fried’s head. Most of the Ukraine money will end up in the hands of US weapons manufacturers and many of the weapons will be sold on the black market. Republican Rand Paul in the US Congress has blocked the bill because its money for a foreign country. Saving Ukraine by dooming the US economy. We are in many ways
Putin’s Victory Day speech: War in Ukraine is a continuation of WWII. Unravelling secret geopolitics of WWII. Admiral Doenitz took over from Hitler because the Nazi loot and Uranium was in submarines heading for Japan and as of May 12th for the USA. Hitler Stalin battle was biggest military struggle ever in human history – roughly 30 million Soviets killed as against 350,000 British. Significance of the failure of the Canadian British raid on Dieppe which was betrayed to the Germans by British spy John Ainsworth Davis as explained in his book Op. JB.
Karel Von Wolferen talks to Catherine Austin Fitts – The US, London and EU fell into Putin’s trap when they seized Russian assets. They have sent a message to the world that it is not safe to leave wealth in Western banks – Rouble is now internally backed with gold that Russia has been accumulating over many years - Reset in Ukraine Part II Catherine Austin Fitts Karel van Wolferen. Saudi Arabia refuses to answer phone call from president Biden, it means Saudi and China are making deals but not with petrodollars. New reserve currency is emerging between the Chinese and the Russians.
Proof that the 1982 P2 scandal in Italy exposed a subversive fascist Illuminati Masonic lodge secretly running the country as predicted in leaked illuminati papers by secretary of the Royal Society in Edinburgh, John Robison, in 1793 - - In the Hamburg Political Journal, August, September, and October 1790, there are many proofs of the machinations of emissaries from the Mason Lodges of Paris among the German Free Masons--See pages 836, 963, 1087, &c. It appears that a club has taken the name of Propaganda, and meets once a-week at least, in the form of a Mason Lodge. It consists of persons of all nations, and is under the direction of the Grand Master, the Duke of Orleans....

Is Britain Fuelling The Hong Kong Protests?
https://www.globalvillagespace.com/is-britain-fueling-the-hong-kong-protests/
China, making a departure from its usual caution, has accused Britain of fuelling unrest in Hongkong. GVS analyses the background.
16 November 2019

China on Friday condemned an incident in which Hong Kong’s justice secretary was jostled by masked demonstrators in London, and accused Britain of fueling ‘pro-democracy unrest’ in Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the country. China blames the western countries for supporting protesters under the cover of democracy and freedom of expression. However, prior to the justice secretary’s incident, China did not explicitly name the United States of America or Britain for backing the miscreants.

China says Britain fuelling protests after Hong Kong minister jostled https://t.co/RjxQoV2j9n pic.twitter.com/Et8n6XdL3c

— CNA (@ChannelNewsAsia) November 15, 2019

According to media reports, Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong’s most-celebrated Secretary for Justice, fell while being surrounded by protesters as she prepared to attend an event on Thursday night in London. She regained her feet moments later and was escorted away with no visible signs of injury in video footage of the incident.

But China called it an “appalling attack” and has demanded Britain to offer security protection to the Hong Kong minister. “If the British side does not change its wrong practices, and continues to add fuel to the fire, sow discord and instigate others, and make false countercharges, then it will bring calamity on itself,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

Read More: Stop Glorifying violent Hong Kong Protesters: China blasts France and EU

Geng said that failing to act on “anti-China elements” in Hong Kong will not only cause trouble in the semi-autonomous territory but will also “cause serious interference and destruction to the international community including the United Kingdom.”

He called for Britain to “bring the culprits to justice, and safeguard the personal security and dignity of all Chinese personnel in the UK.”
Hong Kong: Brief Political Background

Hong Kong was governed as a British Colony, from 1842 when China defeated in the First Opium War had ceded Hong Kong to Britain through the “Treaty of Nanking” in August 1842.

Chinese sources told GVS that Britain tried making radical changes in Hong Kong’s political system through the “Reform Package of 1994” when Chris Patten was the governor.

This British mandate was expanded on surrounding areas for the next 99 years, through the “New Territories Lease” in 1898. In 1997 Britain returned Hong Kong and surrounding areas back to China under an arrangement in which China agreed to continue Hong Kong’s British created a political system for next fifty years in what was then called, “One Country, two Systems”

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Ionizing radiation and cancer: The failure of the risk model Christopher Busby Environmental Research SIA, Palejas, Kurmene, LV-5115, Latvia
This review presents evidence that the methodology that supports the current radiation risk model for cancer is insecure. As a consequence, the legal limits on internal exposures to certain common radionuclides are incorrect by several orders of magnitude. Because of this, hundreds of millions of people will have developed cancer due to internal exposures from atmospheric testing fallout, nuclear accidents, Depleted Uranium and releases from nuclear sites. There are fatal errors in both the mechanistic and epidemiological bases of the Linear No Threshold (LNT) Absorbed Dose model. The review discusses the history of the model and refers to published studies that clearly demonstrate these errors. It argues that the ways in which the models were constructed were arbitrary, capricious and unscientific.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468294222000557
3.4. Childhood leukemia near nuclear sites The issue of childhood leukemia near nuclear sites has a significant associated literature which began with the Sellafield reprocessing plant leukemias in 1982 and the subsequent government involvement [78]. Since then, childhood leukemia has been found to be raised near most of the nuclear sites studied [79]. The refusal of authorities to concede causation is generally uniform: the Dose is too low. However, the doses in the Chernobyl infant leukemia cohorts were comparable and there is no other explanation. The UK government funded committee COMARE assigned the task of examining the Sellafield cluster modelled internal exposures by diluting the alpha particle energy into a 9 kg “lymphatic system” and which resulted in a tiny dose of about 300microSieverts, about 1/8 Natural Background [80]. However, the exposures were to radioactive alpha emitting respirable micron and nanoparticles, like those in the Hiroshima Black Rain, but in this case resuspended from the intertidal coastal sediment. Childhood leukemia is believed to be a form of genetic or development effect. If so, then foetal death at some internal dose level will cut off the increase in leukemia with dose. Furthermore, examining rates in the 014 year-olds will lose any effect since these individuals were mostly in utero long before any exposure. Plotting rates by period of time of exposure rather than period of birth is not a safe way of examining the issue [17, 81]. There is direct evidence for increases in childhood leukemia in the 04 year age group following the high weapons fallout period of 195963 which the levels of Sr-90 increased in childrens’ bones. Fig. 4 shows levels of acute leukemia in the 04 year olds as published by the Danish Cancer Registry, the only registry with data that began in 1943

If internal exposures to DNA-seeking radionuclides and to particles carry a hazard enhancement, as the LSS low dose groups result suggest (Fig. 2), then it should be possible to see a cancer effect in those exposed to atmospheric test fallout in the period 195963 when the mean overall dose (driven mainly by Sr-90) was about 1mSv as calculated by the ICRP methodology [6,8,16,17,90]. Due to high rainfall, the population of Wales received about 23 times the Sr-90 dose calculated for England. The Standardised Incidence Ratio (SIR) for all cancer is available for both countries. From 1974 SIRs were similar and the trend was parallel. However, Wales SIR suddenly increased in 1978 relative to England. The England rates increased about 8 years later. The trend is shown in Fig. 6 [30, 31, 90]. These unusual effects were the subject of a 1994 letter in the British Medical Journal [31]. A regression of cancer SIR in Wales on Strontium-90 doses lagged by 20 years (fallout in 19591963) yields an error factor for internal contamination to fallout doses which is roughly 300-fold, in agreement with a similar analysis of other exposures to internal fission products and also to the LSS risks discussed above

ITV's Diana documentary viewers saddened by detail of her final stay in Paris
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/itvs-diana-documentary-viewers-saddened-24394116

ITV has aired its new documentary Diana ahead of what would have been the Princess of Wales' 60th birthday, with the film examining her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales

By Lewis Knight TV and Film Writer 24 Jun 2021
ITV viewers have been left highly emotional watching the channel’s new Diana documentary - particularly with a detail about her final stay in Paris.

The channel aired the film on Thursday to mark what would have been the late Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday next month.

It follows how Lady Diana Spencer’s life prior to getting engaged to Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981.

The pair’s fairytale wedding the same year saw the public fall in love with Diana and the royal becoming the focus of intense media attention.

In 1982, Diana and Charles eldest son, Prince William, and then welcomed their second child Prince Harry in 1984.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage has come under the spotlight of a documentary film again

Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage has come under the spotlight of a documentary film again

Diana went on to become the biggest star in the world but had been plagued by mental health issues including bulimia.

She was also unhappy in her marriage to Charles and was upset by his continued relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Ultimately, the Wales’s marriage collapsed and the pair officially separated in 1992.

Continuing her activism and support of charities, Diana remained a focus of media and public attention.

Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and the car’s driver Henri Paul.

Following her death, the world has never forgotten Diana’s impact - especially not her beloved sons Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Featuring interviews with people who had first hand experiences with the iconic royal figure, the documentary prompted quite the reaction from viewers.

Diana 9pm, ITV
Marking what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, this feature-length film, directed by Jemma Chisnall and produced by the team behind The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, delves deep into the archives to tell the story of Diana’s path from Pimlico nursery assistant to princesss. Contributors include her friend James Colthurst, who speaks of her motivations to undertake charity work, while newspaper clippings drive home the relentless ferocity of the tabloids’ obsession with her.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/jun/24/tv-tonight-dianas-story-on-what-would-have-been-her-60th-birthday

Wiltshire Council leader's anger at MoD as 1,350 military homes lie empty for years

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2022-05-10/anger-at-mod-as-1350-military-homes-lie-empty-for-years

West Country, Housing, Wiltshire Council Tuesday 10 May 2022
The leader of Wiltshire Council has described 1,350 empty military homes in the county as a "scandal" as more than 2,000 families wait for social housing.The empty homes, many of which have multiple bedrooms and large gardens, are dotted around civilian communities.The Ministry of Defence rents them from a private company, Amey, but council tax records show they have been empty for several years."I honestly think it's a scandal," leader of Wiltshire Council Richard Clewer told ITV News West Country."Taxpayers are spending money to keep properties empty, and I'm having to see green fields built on when we could be housing people in these empty homes."There is huge pressure on Wiltshire's social housing stock.Houses in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury attract more than 100 bids each and there are currently 2,400 families are waiting for one of the council's 5,000 properties.Some of the empty homes are falling into disrepair. The council is also building around 2,000 homes a year, many on greenfield land, to keep up with general housing demand.The Ministry of Defence told ITV News it keeps enough empty homes across the UK to enable 16,000 service families to be moved at short notice each year.It said it does hand back surplus homes where possible.

How the MoD’s plan to privatise military housing ended in disasterIn 1996, the Ministry of Defence decided to sell off its housing stock. The financier Guy Hands bought it up in a deal that would make his investors billions – and have catastrophic consequences for both the military and the taxpayerby Holly WattTue 25 Apr 2017 05.30 BSTLast modified on Tue 30 Jan 2018 11.32 GMTIn the village of St Eval, a former RAF base in Cornwall, the streets are named after aeroplanes. There is a Lancaster Crescent, a Lincoln Row, a Botha Road. The former officers’ houses are grand and generous, looking out over the village green. Other houses look west, across fields, towards the rough Cornish coastline. Spitfires once whipped down the runway, which now lies abandoned. “It’s a lovely place to live,” one resident, Trevor Windsor, told me last autumn, as he prodded at his pretty front garden. “You just hear the lawnmowers every so often, and the birds singing and the children up at the school. It’s a bucolic idyll, you might say.”Two decades ago, this idyll was disrupted by the noisy arrival of a lorry. Residents watched on as a team of builders proceeded to knock down the walls of one of the village houses, leaving the roof intact. “They lifted up the house roof,” remembered resident Barbara Hough. “Then bricked up the walls and put the roof back on top. They did that, one house after the next, all the way up Halifax Road.”Terra Firma boss Guy Hands.MoD lost up to £4.2bn through sale of military homes, says audit officeRead moreA few months earlier, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had sold all of its military housing in St Eval to a company named Annington Homes. This was part of a much larger nationwide deal, in which Annington paid the MoD £1.67bn for 57,400 properties that housed military servicemen and their families. In one swoop, Annington became the biggest residential property owner in England and Wales.For the MoD, the deal solved a mounting problem: tens of thousands of military homes across the country were falling apart, and the department didn’t have the budget to repair them. By selling the homes, the MoD hoped to make some quick money, while freeing up cash for renovation. After the sale, the MoD would then rent back the homes at a discounted rate....

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/apr/25/mod-privatise-military-housing-disaster-guy-hands

Bristol votes to reject US style mayor experiment and return to the traditional UK City Council committee system - Republicans win N Ireland Elections - THE PROBATE FRAUD EPIDEMIC: Karen Evans on her experience of allegedly impossible new wills being signed while her father was supposed to be semi-conscious - Russia Warns UK that England could be wiped of the map with a single nuclear strike, or 'submerged beneath the waves' by a 'Tsunami Nuke' - Freemasonry as the key hiding place for the CIA's criminal 2014 Ukraine Coup Plot Oligarchs and their Pawns - So, was Hitler's grandfather Jewish? So what if Zelensky is Jewish? - Profile of Ihor Kolomoyskiy, Organised Crime, TV Network, Nazi Gang Boss, The Privatised Oil Baron, Money Launderer Behind President Zelensky - NOT The BCfm Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling

https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.com/2022/05/06/not-the-bcfm-politics-show-presented-by-tony-gosling-87/

Russia has nuclear capability to destroy UK with a giant tsunami. Russian media threatens to wipe out UK with 1,600 foot tall ‘nuclear tsunami’ Russian state television host threatens Putin will destroy the UK with a “nuclear tsunami” that will wipe the country off the map. Russian state television threatened to destroy the UK with a “nuclear tsunami” that would wipe the country off the map. On Sunday, Channel One presenter Dmitry Kiselyov used his evening primetime show to boast that Russia’s Poseidon underwater nuclear drone could make Britain into a nuclear wasteland by creating a radioactive ocean tidal wave 1,600 feet high, The Times reported. Kiselyov, who is known as “Putin’s mouthpiece,” alleged that the bomb would “plunge Britain to the ocean’s depths.” His warning was in response to his claim that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was allegedly threatening to nuke Russia unilaterally, without NATO. According to the Daily Mail, that the drone can carry a warhead of up to 100 megatons, several thousand times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. He described the weapon as being able to “raise a giant wave, a tsunami, up to 1,640ft high.”

Profile of Ihor Kolomoyskiy, Organised Crime, TV Network, Nazi Gang Boss, The Privatised Oil Baron, Money Launderer Behind President Zelensky - Ihor Kolomoisky, The Ukrainian Oligarch Behind Zelenskys Rise To Fame, Bought a Midwestern Factory as part of one of the world's largest ever money laundering schemes and let it rot - Politico – Kolomoysky, Ukranian oligarch behind Zelensky’s rise to fame LINK**. Biden’s son’s involvement in Ukraine. Vox Magazine – weapons to Asov Battalion and other far right groups in Ukraine could create a monster that can’t be controlled . In subsequent efforts to seize the operations assets, American prosecutors laid out a theory that much of Kolomoiskys operation was overseen by Laber and Korf, who created a web of entities, usually under some variation of the name Optima, to further launder the misappropriated funds and invest them across multiple states. According to the DOJ, the funds lifted from PrivatBank bounced through a number of shell companies and offshore accounts, before being injected into the Optima network, and from there into assets around the American Midwest. And all of this took place while Kolomoisky now sanctioned by the U.S. for what the State Department calls significant corruption and ongoing efforts to undermine Ukraines democratic processes grew his power and wealth within Ukraine itself, creating a gargantuan private militia and reportedly manipulating elected officials along the way. The details gathered by U.S. and Ukrainian investigators and laid out in DOJ filings and court cases around the world, from Delaware to the UK to Israel, comprise what one analyst said might be the biggest case of money laundering in history.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying Hitler may have been part Jewish. Israel wants apology from Russia over Hitler remark

So, was Hitler's grandfather Jewish? So what if Zelensky is Jewish? The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine. I believe that Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people said that the most ardent antisemites are usually Jews. Every family has its black sheep, as we say. Let's cut to the chase. The identity of Hitler's paternal grandfather is unknown, and there is a plausible theory that he was Jewish. This theory in fact stems from Hitler's own attorney, Hans Frank, who headed the Nazi government in occupied Poland, and who was asked by Hitler himself to investigate the claim in 1930, reportedly after his nephew William Patrick Hitler threatened to expose the claim and blackmail Hitler.

Probate Fraud? Questions Over Karen Evans' Father's Solicitor and Accountant 06May22

Probate fraud: warning signs and what to do if you suspect it

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/all-notices/content/101098

Linda Cummins, of Goldsmith Williams, explains how to spot misdeeds in probate and best practice for dealing with them.While the majority of people are naturally upset when a relative or clipboardfriend passes away, this is not always the case.Some individuals see it as an opportunity to take advantage of the rightful beneficiaries, as well as the person – perhaps when they were close to death, ­­or soon after death – to commit fraud and help themselves to the assets, personal possessions and cash. To most decent people, this is unconscionable behaviour, but unfortunately, it does go on.According to a recent report by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the cost of probate fraud is predicted to be in the region of £150 million, some £100 million in excess of what was previously estimated. Indeed, one in two professionals consulted said that they have come across fraud in probate cases that they have dealt with.Anyone can commit fraud, from organised criminals to the people who are closest to the deceased and are in the greatest position of trust, such as family, friends, neighbours, carers and professionals. Executors, particularly with the control that they have, could also manipulate figures and help themselves to the estate. Indeed, there was a 30 per cent increase in the breach of fiduciary claims lodged at the chancery division between 2012 and 2013, according to a 2014 ombudsman report.The importance of being on your guard when it comes to fraud can’t be understated, particularly as the relatives involved may be trying to cope with their loss so do not notice something untoward happening since the death.Warning signs of possible probate fraudFactors to look out for:Changes to the will If the deceased changed their will soon before they died, naming new beneficiaries, or including people that the family aren’t familiar with. Did the deceased seek legal advice in making the new will, or create a homemade or online will? Could the deceased have been unduly influenced or coerced into changing their will, or have no knowledge that their will has been changed? Could the will have been forged?Changes in the deceased’s financial behaviour before or after death Any unusual or unaccountable cash withdrawals or transfers made from the deceased’s bank accounts prior to, or soon after, death. Withdrawals made when the deceased was physically or mentally unable to do so, for example, because they were in hospital. Another person being added to their bank account prior to death. An ‘unexpected’ attorney appointed prior to death. Have the deceased’s bills been left unpaid for many months before death? Are there bogus debts?Post-death, organised criminals and scam emails Have the beneficiaries been contacted by people purporting to be the solicitor or executor, or have there been claims by email for the payment of tax or funds to third parties to enable the legacies to be released? Have personal items been removed from the home of the deceased, or are they unaccounted for? The Law Society, the British Bankers Association and STEP have agreed the protocol to assist an executor or personal representative with regards to the banks’ requirements, to ensure that the deceased’s assets are dealt with as securely as possible.What to do if probate fraud is suspected Examine the previous wills and notes made, to gauge any changes and see if further investigations are warranted. Check the signature to the will compared with previous wills signed by the deceased, as well as the location in which it was signed. Check the witnesses to any new wills – would they have been known to the deceased or to the ‘new’ beneficiary? You can also obtain medical records and make enquiries of the relevant authorities and banks. If necessary, report the matter to the police.Solicitors carry out much in the way of due diligence before parting with estate funds to ensure the distributions from the estate end up in the right hands – obtaining proof of original ID and making Smart ID checks; bankruptcy searches against all beneficiaries; using the Consumer Bank Account Checker by Lawyer Checker for checks.It is good practice to offer storage facilities for clients’ wills and registration of the wills with a national wills register, such as Certainty, the National Will Register...

BBC Local Elections Analysis 2022 in Derby Georgia Roberts & Laura Kuensberg

As per tradition in the social media era, the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has been trending on Twitter today while the local election polls have been open.

Because dogs are largely not allowed inside polling stations across the UK, they are often spotted patiently waiting outside while their humans are casting votes.

Among those sharing tweets was Helen Kiernan, from Derby, who posted a picture of her six-year-old Labrador, Sandy.

#dogsatpollingstations #govote #Elections2022 you can always depend on Sandy the #labrador for your vote, she dragged me in and out the polling station, fastest vote ever #agility #derbycity #UseYourVote #dogsoftwitter #elections #Derbyshire #voting #hungry #pet #carrotnowplease pic.twitter.com/AjuBD1zkNL
— Helen Kiernan (@1979Yummymummy) May 5, 2022

Ms Kiernan told the PA news agency: “It was hilarious having her with me. She comes everywhere with me so it seemed natural to take her.”

She added that Sandy, who has accompanied her to vote “many times before”, had “dragged” her in and out of the polling station, leading to the “fastest vote ever”.

Politicians also joined in the fun, with both Sadiq Khan and his London mayor predecessor, prime minister Boris Johnson, taking their dogs out for a walk to their local voting venue.

London - local elections are taking place across our city today - and your vote matters.

It's never been more important to have your say about the future of our city.

Luna says #VoteLabour! 🐶🌹#dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/svuCBiYrXq
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 5, 2022

Mr Khan has a labrador called Luna, which has been part of his family since 2017 when she was a puppy.

Mr Johnson took his Downing Street dog Dilyn – a Jack Russell cross – to the Methodist Hall in central London to cast his vote.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/uk-election-day-2022-polls-close-as-boris-johnson-s-tories-brace-for-major-losses/ar-AAWW8yz?pfr=1

British government admits inability to help citizens with soaring prices

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/05/03/681443/UK-government-%E2%80%98unable%E2%80%99-to-help-citizens-with-soaring-prices

Tuesday, 03 May 2022

The British government has admitted its inability to help people overcome the current cost-of-living crisis, saying it has to be prudent with its spending to avoid getting stuck in the inflationary spiral.

In an interview on ITV on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was at pains to confirm that his government could not provide enough support to offset the higher costs immediately.

“I accept that those contributions from the taxpayer - because that's what it is, taxpayers’ money - isn't going to be enough immediately to help cover everybody’s costs,” Johnson admitted.

The British citizens are experiencing the biggest squeeze since the 1950s, with soaring prices and surging inflation targeting the low-income groups across the country.

Nearly a quarter of Britons struggling to pay bills, survey reveals

Nearly a quarter of people in the UK say they are struggling to pay household bills even before the new hike in regulated energy prices takes effect, an official survey from a leading body reveals.

British premier also warned of a “very severe” inflationary risk and said that the government needs to be wary of it.

“There is an inflationary risk and it's very severe, it could get worse and that knocks on to interest rates, and that knocks on to the cost of borrowing for everybody,” he said, adding that they have to be “prudent” in approach.

It comes after a revelation by ONS last week that nearly a quarter of people in the UK are struggling to pay household bills even before the new hike in regulated energy prices takes effect.

The results of the ONS survey showed that it was “difficult” or “very difficult” for around 23 percent of people surveyed in March to pay their monthly bills compared to a year ago.

According to official figures, consumer confidence in the country has also touched an all-time low.

British government admits inability to help citizens with soaring prices
https://www.urmedium.com/c/presstv/109219

Voters go to the polls on Thursday to keep or scrap Bristol Mayor
https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2022-05-03/voters-go-to-the-polls-on-thursday-to-keep-or-scrap-bristol-mayor

Politics, Mayor of Bristol, Bristol City Council, Tuesday 3 May 2022
As Bristol prepares to go to the polls on Thursday to decide the future direction of the city council's leadership, Richard Payne has been speaking to those on both sides of the argument.
They say a week’s a long time in politics, so what’s 10 years?
It’s the length of time Bristol has had a directly-voted Mayor, but could that be about to change?
Once again, Bristol is at the centre of a struggle for power. At stake, its very leadership in which direction the city will take for years, maybe decades to come.
We've been here before, of course. In 2012, Bristol was the only city amongst 10 to vote to have a Mayor. Six months later, independent George Ferguson was promoted to power.
He was replaced by Marvin Rees four years later and he won a second term - delayed by covid - last year. He's said he will stand down in 2024.
What voters are deciding is whether his replacement is another mayor or a council leader, appointed by councillors in City Hall.

The Choice
A Mayor would continue to be elected directly by the public every four years and carry the ultimate say on the city's priorities.
Fans of the Mayoral system say it's more visible and effective. Opponents that it puts too much power in the hands of one person.
The alternative is a series of committees on issues including education, transport and social care, made up of some of the 70 ward councillors, also elected by the public every four years.
Committee system supporters argue its more democratic, critics that only councillors would appoint a leader and political in-fighting would slow decision making.

What They Say
Perhaps unsurprisingly Marvin Rees supports the status quo, telling ITV News: "The Mayoral system was up for judgement last summer. There was an election and two of the candidates ran on a 'Scrap The Mayor' (campaign) and didn't do very well.
"I don't think people are rolling around thinking about the structures of Bristol City Council decision-making, they're thinking 'how am I going to put food on the table' and that is what is exercising us.
"It's not about me because I'm not running again. I am suggesting in the face of all those challenges the best model of governance Bristol can have is the mayoral one because it supports the city to make decisions in public."
George Ferguson made history as Bristol's first directly-elected mayor when he stood as an independent, introducing Residents' Parking Zones, fronting Bristol's successful Green Capital bid in 2015 and championed an indoor arena for the city centre.
But he now says the role is redundant because there is a West of England Metro Mayor. He says he would have stood for that position instead had it existed at the time because it has more financial support from government and has greater influence on a wider region.
"I won't regret the fact we had one and I'm proud of some of things I did but I do think it's an absolute game changer that we do have a West of England Mayor," said Ferguson. "We have a much more balanced council (Labour and the Green Party each hold 23 seats) which should be represented in the decision making.
"Look at Manchester, I hate to say it but Manchester's standing is far bigger than Bristol. The regional mayor (there) has made a huge difference, he's like the prime minster of the north. I think it's confusing and slightly demeaning to the metro mayor to have a competing city mayor."

So which system will win?
That's for the voters to decide, of course. In 2012, 24% of those eligible voted, choosing a Mayoral system by a 53% to 47% majority.
Polling is from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 5 before counting takes place overnight with a result expected in the early hours of Friday, May 6.

BBC World $33BN military assistance for Ukraine to use against Russia Joe Biden visits Lockheed Martin 03May22

Biden visits Lockheed plant as weapons stockpile strained
By AAMER MADHANI and BEN FOX 8 minutes ago
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-biden-kyiv-business-europe-70535a0ca1e616f387911c66451c8c51

TROY, Ala. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday credited the assembly line workers at a Javelin missile plant for doing life-saving work in building the antitank weapons that are being sent to Ukraine to stifle Russia’s invasion as he made a pitch for Congress to approve $33 billion so the U.S. can continue to hustle aid to the front lines.

“You’re allowing the Ukrainians to defend themselves,” Biden told the workers, his podium flanked by Javelin missile launchers and shipping containers. “And, quite frankly, they’re making fools of the Russian military in many instances.”

The president toured the Lockheed Martin factory in Alabama and said Ukrainian parents are naming their children “Javelin” or “Javelina” because of the weapons’ successes.

“Every worker in this facility and every American taxpayer is directly contributing to the case for freedom,” Biden said.

The president’s visit also drew attention to a growing concern as the war drags on: Can the U.S. sustain the cadence in shipping vast amounts of arms to Ukraine while maintaining a healthy stockpile it may need if conflict erupts with North Korea, Iran or elsewhere?

The U.S. has provided at least 7,000 Javelins, including some transferred during the Trump administration, or about one-third of its stockpile, to Ukraine in recent years, according to an analysis by Mark Cancian, a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies international security program. The Biden administration says it has committed to sending 5,500 Javelins to Ukraine since the Feb. 24 invasion.

Analysts also estimate that the United States has sent about one-quarter of its stockpile of shoulder-fired Stinger missiles to Ukraine. Raytheon Technologies CEO Greg Hayes told investors last week during a quarterly call that his company, which makes the weapons system, wouldn’t be able to ramp up production until next year, due to parts shortages.
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“Could this be a problem? The short answer is, ‘Probably, yes,’” said Cancian, a retired Marine colonel and former Office of Management and Budget specialist on Pentagon budget strategy, war funding and procurement programs.

He added that Stingers and Javelins were where “we’re seeing the most significant inventory issues” and that production of both weapons systems has been limited in recent years.

The Russian invasion offers the U.S. and European defense industry a big opportunity to bolster profits as lawmakers from Washington to Warsaw are primed to increase defense spending in response to Russian aggression. Defense contractors, however, face the same supply chain and labor shortage challenges that other manufacturers are facing, along with some others that are specific to the industry.

Biden noted that each Javelin produced requires 200 computer chips, but semiconductors are in short supply and limiting the availability of everything from autos to kitchen appliances. Biden is urging that legislation be approved to fund the manufacturing of computer chips in the U.S., though that is a longer-term fix to immediate pressures that militaries, businesses and consumers face now.

The war will mean increased sales for some defense contractors, including Raytheon, which makes the Stinger missiles that Ukrainian troops have used to knock out Russian aircraft. The company is also part of a joint venture with Lockheed Martin that makes the Javelins.

Lockheed Martin’s facility in Troy, Alabama has the capacity to manufacture about 2,100 Javelins per year. Biden’s trip overlapped with his push for an additional $33 billion in security and economic assistance for Kyiv. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday he hoped quick bipartisan agreement on the security package could be reached so the Senate could begin considering it “as early as next week.”

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Monday that America’s military readiness is not dependent on one system. He said that every time the Pentagon develops a package of weapons and systems to send to Ukraine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the department do an assessment on what the impact will be on readiness.

“It’s not about counting, say, Javelins and being able to say that when you reach a certain level then all your readiness is gone,” Kirby said. “The Javelin is an anti-armor capability, so we judge it all as a conglomerate of what’s our ability to meet this particular mission set, realizing that a Javelin isn’t the only capability you have against armour.”.......

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Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights campaigner, historian & investigative radio journalist.

Over the last 20 years he has been exposing the secret power of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and élite Bilderberg Conferences where the dark forces of corporations, media, banks and royalty conspire to accumulate wealth and power through extortion and war.

Tony has spent much of his life too advocating solutions which heal the wealth divide, such as free housing for all and a press which reflects the concerns of ordinary people rather than attempting to lead opinion, sensationalise or dumb-down.

Tony tweets at @TonyGosling.
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