EU Referendum – When those charged with ensuring a fair and level playing field tilt that same playing field!

The Guardian has the comment piece on its web site – see link below

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/14/judges-brexit-vote-eu-referendum-vote-leave

I must admit that when it started to appear that the Electoral Commission had acted in a less than even handed way over the EU Referendum my first thought was no surely not but as the whole saga has unfolded some very worrying aspects of the actions of the Commission have been brought to the surface.

I suppose the bottom line is how on earth could a body charged with ensuring fairness in our democratic process get itself into such a situation? It beggars belief frankly.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Has Brexit become more important than caring for the elderly?

Sadly it seems so, whilst the building and ever deepening crisis in our social care system gets worse every day. The Guardian has an opinion piece on its web site by Polly Toynbee on this matter, please have a read of it via the link below:-

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/17/brexit-crisis-social-care-workers-night-shift-pay-claim-quitting

To true Brexiters such as the majority of the Tory Party and the Labour Leadership it’s probably the case that they put leaving the EU before just about everything; it’s their cult-like religious goal and nothing can be allowed to get in the way. Of course in reality, not something Brexiter MP’s are often well acquainted with I guess, the big issues that Parliament need to concentrate on are still there festering away. And probably social care is at the top of the list of ignored crisis issues along with the related problems of our struggling NHS.

Yes I know, I’m a Remainer so I really don’t in any way understand why adult social care and the NHS crisis is less important than leaving the EU but I guess this is very clear to Brexiters?…

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

When the very foundations of our democracy are under attack

www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/08/electoral-law-broken-fight-for-soul-of-democracy

The Guardian web site has the opinion piece – see link above

Electoral fraud on a possibly industrial scale is indeed chilling as it eats away at our democratic foundations.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Brexiters – Why do they rage against everything British?

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/13/incontinent-fury-of-brexiters-who-rage-against-everything-british

The Guardian has the opinion piece on its web site – see link above

It is indeed utterly bizarre that many of those who made sure the House of Lords could not be democratically reformed are now attacking that very same institution because it’s trying to save the UK from a Brexit so dangerous to our economy, to jobs, to the NHS etc. etc. whilst the House of Commons falls behind May and Corbyn whilst not speaking out.

We live in very dangerous times when the House of Commons is so weak that only the unelected House of Lords is prepared to stand up for everything British.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Michael Morpurgo: My family fought for peace, not for Brexit

www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/07/michael-morpurgo-my-family-fought-for-peace-not-for-brexit

The Guardian has the article on its web site – see link above

This is a really interesting piece in The Guardian and it exposes one of Brexit’s must troubling questions. Why do Brexiters feel it OK to put peace in Europe at risk, be it in Northern Island or across Europe generally via their isolationist stance. Have they learned nothing from history?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Outsourcing and the (expensive) tangles it can get local government into

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/23/capita-carillion-outsourcing-local-elections-aditya-chakrabortty

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

I recall that during my time as a Sefton Councillor some work was outsourced to both Capita and Arvato with all party agreement. You may not be surprised to hear though that Sefton subsequently brought the Capita work back in house. The Arvato (part of the Bertelsmann Group) 10 year contract signed in 2008 seems to have been far more sustainable though. Here’s a link to the Arvato web page about Sefton Borough:-

www.arvato.com/uk/cases/sefton-council-cs2.html