The Labour Party wakens up to the Tories rapid expansion of the NHS privatization process.
If your stuck in a hole stop digging Willie
Privatisation of the NHS- Nurses
Private healthcare contractors have been experiencing some difficulty recruiting and retaining nursing staff due to existing legislation requiring students to register with the Nursing Medical Council and complete and pass an extended, (3-12 months) rigorous course of training and testing and supervised work. The foregoing will be, (from October 2014) replaced with an on-line multiple tick test and short oral exam, (which can be completed overseas. Problem solved. There will be an influx of NURSES, (of sorts) from overseas. This will make things so much easier for the Private Healthcare provider but place NHS patients at risk. Oh dear. Scotland, if you value our NHS in Scotland vote, “Yes” in the referendum. A, “no” vote will bring the NHS England down upon your heads.
The Tory Government – Peerages for the Boys & Girls who Matter – The Nonsense that is Westminster.
David Cameron & the Tories wrested power from a disgraced and incompetent Labour party in 2010 and returned to government promising a 5 year fixed tenure free from sleaze and secrecy,– Whoops!! Open Government. But as usual they failed to deliver. Many billions of taxpayers money has been written off against abject mediocrity and incompetence. Peerages have been granted willy nilly’ resulting in a so called, “upper chamber” larger than the Peoples Republic of China. Enough is Enough. Come the September Referendum and a “Yes” majority vote Scotland will be able to break free from the overpowering corruption that is the Westminster System of governance.
To substantiate the foregoing read the following account;
David Cameron wrote an article for the Telegraph in June 2011 entitled “We are creating a new era of transparency”. he made reference to the many virtues of transparency within government and expressed the desire to increase the amount of government information available to the public. This at face value appears to be a fine example of leadership and positive change. This incredible demand shows the power of transparency, and why we need more of it. Information is power. It lets people hold the powerful to account, giving them the tools they need to take on politicians and bureaucrats. It gives people new choices and chances, allowing them to make informed judgements about their future. And it lets our professionals judge themselves against one another, and our entrepreneurs develop new products and services.
Sometimes in government you do things knowing that if another party came to power they might try to reverse them later. Sometimes, you do things knowing that the changes you make are here to stay. In the years to come, people will look back at the days when government kept all its data – your data – in vaults and think how strange it was that the taxpayers – the people who actually own all this – were locked out. But this whole process isn’t something government can do alone – you need to play your part too. Use this information, exploit it, hold your public services to account. They are there for you, so make them work for you.
Francis Maude echoes and embellishes Mr Cameron whilst engaging with the British public in the Telegraph on the 4th of August 2011. In the last year, we have done a great deal towards the ambition that the Prime Minister set out: being the most transparent government in the world. We have brought a new openness to all areas of government, radically challenging the damaging idea that public data is owned by the provider, not the public. Together, we will make real our vision of more open, accountable and trusted public services. Inspiring words indeed a noble stated common purpose of achieving greater openness and accountability, a harbinger of positive transformational change should Mr Cameron and his colleagues be true to their stated intentions and goals.
However Mr Cameron seemingly has issues with sustainability of his stated purpose when his own actions as they pertain to party funding come under scrutiny.
It had been hoped that Mr Cameron was turning a new leaf following his role in an operation that resulted in the loss in transit of three nuclear weapons built jointly by Apartheid South Africa and Israel and the unexplained arrival via offshore bank accounts of some £17.8 million pounds into Conservative party funds.
Full Story. Excerpt from Hansard 22nd June 1993. Tory funding of their 1992 General Election Campaign – Origins of Mystery Donation of £17.8 millions – Column 197: I repeat: in 1992, the Tories received £20.7 million. When the records were checked by Companies house, only £2.9 million was shown in company accounts. That means that there is a deficit of £17.8 million. We want to know where that £17.8 million came from.
The other person is perhaps someone to whom my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) referred–Sir Brian Wyldbore-Smith. He is apparently a director of the Conservative Board of Finance–a curious name, but a curious job, too. Apparently, Sir Brian used private addresses to receive cheques–they were not sent directly to central office. They were made out to him personally, eventually passed on and often paid into an offshore account in Jersey, a tax haven. They eventually landed at central office with Lord McAlpine, whose office, I understand, was always kept locked except when he was in it, so that the secrets could not be given to the rank and file or to members of the Cabinet. Therefore, my hon. Friend the Member for Warwickshire, North (Mr. O’Brien) is right to say that Conservative Members do not know where the funding came from.
Notwithstanding the above and the still unexplained reluctance to engage the public with full information transparency in respect of the suspicious death of Dr David Kelly we note that both Mr Cameron and Mr Maude have seemingly failed to achieve the goals they aspire to as recently as this week. Following the revelations regarding party funding and access to the Prime Minister albeit whilst he was “off duty” but nevertheless ensconced in his taxpayer funded private residence.
The Daily Mail reports. Donors’ secret No. 10 dinners: How Dave and Sam’s meals with millionaires forced Tory treasurer to quit. Peter Cruddas offered access to PM in return for cash. He suggested donors who agreed to give £250,000 a year would have their ideas ‘fed in’ to Downing Street Undercover reporters told they could dine with Mr Cameron, George Osborne and senior ministers, ‘Bigger donors’ visited David and wife Samantha’s apartment, he claimed David Cameron was engulfed in a sleaze storm last night as it emerged he and wife Samantha have hosted secret dinners in their Downing Street flat for millionaire Conservative donors. Government sources were forced to admit the existence of the intimate dinners after Tory Party treasurer Peter Cruddas was secretly filmed boasting that he could provide direct access to the Prime Minister for ‘Premier League’ donors. Sources insisted that guests at the secret No 10 dinners were not invited because they were donors and they had no influence on policy.
According to the Guardian. Cash-for-access: Cameron meetings with donors would remain private. Government says demand for a list of visitors to 10 Downing Street is unreasonable but insists Tories have nothing to hide. Francis Maude says 10 Downing Street is David Cameron’s private residence, making demands for lists of meetings there ‘a nonsense’. Obsequious and evasive neither transparent or open. If the Tories as stated “have nothing to hide” then surely the smartest way to dispel public disquiet is to come clean and provide a full list of all visitors. This full visitor list will of course be available from those responsible for security at number 10 the information is but a cut and paste away from the public eye. As regards Mr Cameron he should consider his own personal skeletons, his “transparency”, his position and ask himself whether the interests of the nation might be best served by an alternative leader
Under pressure the list was eventually released, (nearly 2 year’s after);
27th March 2012. 10 Downing Street FORCED to reveal the full list of guests to dinner with the Prime Minister & his wife. In a U-turn from Francis Maude’s dismissal of the scandal as, “a bit of nonsense”, details of the PM’s “private” guests have been placed in the public domain, together with the amounts of contributions the esteemed guests coughed up.
July 14, 2010: A “thank-you dinner” inside Number 10 itself, while flat was being refurbished.
a. Anthony and Carole Bamford (£101,249) (and a further £2,425,066 from their JCB Ltd) Anthony Bamford: Chairman of construction equipment business JCB.
b. Michael and Dorothy Hintze (£1,453,280, and a further £2,500,000 in loans) Michael Hintze: The 913th richest billionaire in the world.
c. Murdoch and Elsa Maclennan (£33,925 for Telegraph Media Group)Murdoch Maclennan: chief executive of Telegraph Media Group
d. Lord John and Lady Sainsbury (£910,000) John Sainsbury: president of supermarket chain J Sainsbury
e. Andrew Feldman (£84,270 through company Jayroma) Andrew Feldman: Family owns Jayroma, a multinational textile company. Awarded a Knighthood 2010.
f. Jill and Paul Ruddock (£20,000) Paul Ruddock: Hedge fund chief. Awarded a knighthood 2012.
g. Mike and Jenny Farmer (£2,641,046) Michael Farmer: Runs London based RK Capital Management LLP, a metals-trading hedge-fund firm
h. Michael and Clara Freeman (£325,400) Michael Freeman: Successful property developer. Wife Clara: Marks & Spencer’s first female executive director
February 28, 2011: Downing Street flat
a. David Rowland and his wife. (£4,420,515.52) David Rowland: Property multi-millionaire
b. Andrew Feldman also attended (as above) David Cameron’s Mr Fixit.
November 2, 2011: Downing Street flat. Described as a “social dinner for strong and long term supporters of the party, with whom the PM has a strong relationship”.
a. Henry and Dorothy Angest (£9,950) (and £110,093 from Arbuthnot Banking Group plc), Henry Angest: Chairman and Chief executive of Arbuthnot Banking Group.
b. Michael Farmer and wife (£2,641,046, as above)
c. Ian Taylor and wife (£50,000) Ian Taylor: Chief Executive of the world’s largest oil trader Vitol. Funding the, “Better Together” and other associated campaigns in Scotland.
February 27, 2012: Downing Street flat. Said to have been a “social dinner”.
a. Michael Spencer and partner (£304,989.59) (and a further £3,637,642 from their IPGL Ltd) Michael Spencer: Chairman and Chief Executive of multi billion pound financial transactions company.
lunch at Chequers 2010-2011
a. Lord Ashcroft and wife: Lord Ashcroft – who has donated more than £10m to the party – visited Chequers for lunch on 6 June 2010. In December 2005 he became deputy chairman of the Tory party – a role he gave up in September 2010. Non-Domiciled in UK for tax purposes.
b. Howard Leigh and wife: The couple visited Chequers for lunch on 6 February 2011. Mr Leigh is also the chairman of the party’s The Leader’s Group. This organisation gives donors the chance to join Mr Cameron and other senior Tory party figures at events. He is also a senior partner at finance company Cavendish. Mr Leigh has donated to the party via his company Cavendish Corporate Finance. He has given the central Conservative Party more than £77,000 since 2006
Excellent site and loadsa great videos taking apart the recent condescending to women video Saatchi.
Lansdowne is one of the world’s leading alternative investment management organisations. Peter Davies joined Lansdowne in June 2001, he is a member of the Management Committee and is jointly responsible for the Developed Markets Strategy. Prior to joining Lansdowne, Peter was a Director at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM, previously Mercury Asset Management). He was best man for George Osborne when he got married . He made £36 million by selling off his Post Office shares.
Private health care firms with Tory links have been awarded NHS contracts worth nearly £1.5billion” by Carole Hawkins. This is frightening, but fore-armed is fore-warned. The NHS in England is no more. Scotland is next in line for the privatisation experiment. But we have the ability to stop them in their tracks. For yourself and your families future well-being vote, “Yes” in the referendum. http://www.labourleft.co.uk/private-health-care-firms-with-tory-links-have-been-awarded-nhs-contracts-worth-nearly-1-5billion
British care home scandal deepens. The Labour Party’s grubby paws all over this one. What a way to treat the elderly. Westminster politicians should be ashamed, but they are really only in it for what they can get. Patel was one of those individuals close to New Labour who personally profited from this process. He was involved in the development of the Labour government’s massive extension of the Conservatives’ Private Finance Initiative, which handed over chunks of the public sector to private capital and was awarded a CBE for “services to the development of social care policies” in 1999. He remains secretary to the pro-Labour Party think tank, the Institute for Public Policy.The only way to be sure our elderly are provided with the care they deserve is to vote, “Yes” in the referendum. A no vote will open our social services in Scotland to the leeches so desperate to gain control so they can make loadsa money for themselves. http://www.hc-one.co.uk/
The, “Yes” campaign faced the might of – The Abbotsford Team ( actively backed by the entire UK political system, the civil service, media barons, commercial and financial institutions, The City of London, Heads of State and senior politicians of countries world wide and just about anyone or anything that David Cameron and Sir Jeremy Heywood could muster in their mission to deny Scotland it’s rightful place in the world as an independent country.)
“The gathering.” At the beginning of 2012, (at his house in Edinburgh) former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling, David McLetchie, late Scottish Conservative Leader, David Cameron’s, Director of Political Strategy, Andrew Cooper, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, Shadow Defence Secretary, Jim Murphy and special adviser to the Scottish Secretary, Euan Roddin. met in secret with the purpose of, “preparing a battle plan” which when enacted would, “kill off, once and for all time”, Alex Salmond and the Scottish National Party. The meeting lasted over 3 hours.
It was readily agreed that the only way to defeat Alex Salmond was to put their party political differences aside and to join forces so that he would be faced with the full might of the, “Union”. The, “Abbotsford Agreement” was born. It was agreed the campaign would be coordinated through the Prime Ministers Office in London, but Mr Cameron would be kept well clear of any overt campaign activities.
The Abbotsford Team – Better Together – The Strategic Directors
Alistair Darling. Moving on to the Lords June 2015.
Jim Murphy. Defeated Labour candidate 2015 General Election
Andrew Cooper. David Cameron’s, Director of Political Strategy. Elevated to the Lords June 2015
Euan Roddin. Special adviser to Alistair Carmichael, ex Scottish Secretary. Leaked the infamous “Frenchgate” memo the week before the 2015 General Election. Rehabilitated to another £75K SPAD post!!!!!!
Labour Party Team
Mr Darling, considered more than a match for Alex Salmond would front the tri-party campaign and it would be run by Scottish based politicians. It was further agreed each political party would be free to run their own pro-union campaign. The meeting was then briefed that former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, had declined an invitation to join the, “Better Together” campaign advising he would restrict his role to the Labour Party’s own anti-independence campaign being reluctant to share a platform with the Tories and Lib Dems. Finance Available. Approximately £4 million. includes significant donations from Tory backers, senior financiers and JK Rowling, (author).
Alistair Darling’s Better Together Team
Blair McDougall. Campaign Director. Went on to become Head of Policy and Strategy for the Labour Party in Scotland, (reporting to Jim Murphy). Jobless after the 2015 General Election debacle supposed to be licking his wounds and writing a book about Keir Hardie.
Treasurer-Peter Dunphy: Lib/Dem activist for over 20 years, served as a Councillor, Parliamentary Candidate and Chair of both the Parliamentary Candidates Association and the Party youth section. Member of the National Secular Society. CEO of an international recruitment business. lives in Westminster.
Nosheena Mobarik: Formerly, Chair of CBI Scotland, Director of Better Together. Co-founder of Glasgow software company M Computer Technologies stirred up a considerable hornets’ nest for the then Labour-controlled Scottish Government when she, along with others, publicly criticized its procurement processes in a speech at a Business in Parliament conference. Got her reward. Elevated to the Lords as Baroness of Mearns
Craig Harrow; Convener and Vice President of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Bags of lobbing experience. His P.R. company hit the headlines in Scotland when it emerged the Coalition government had handed a £30,000 contract to it for “communications support” on the referendum.
Richard Baker: Labour member of the Scottish Parliament (List – MSP) for the North East Scotland region. Labour Party in Scotland losing candidate in the 2015 General Election. Advanced his name for the vacant post of Deputy leader of the labour party in Scotland. This chappie is an unmitigated disaster and his election t the post of deputy would be a gift to the SNP. See my article on him at:
Jackie Baillie. Has been a Labour party in Scotland MSP from the date Parliament first convened in 1999. An opportunist who sits in the background until an opening provides her an opportunity to claim other peoples work as her own. Not a nice person. See my article on her: https://caltonjock.com/2014/09/16/jackie-ballie-labour-msp-consummate-liar-exposed/
The Media Campaign Strategy
BLUE STATE DIGITAL – Official Obama and Blair campaigns contractors, awarded, “Better Together” exclusive media strategy contract. Blue State Digital is a USA media strategy and technology company specializing in online fundraising, social networking and constituency development. The Company provided digital strategy and technology services for the Barack Obama presidential and a number of Blair campaigns. directed by co-founders, Joe Rospars and Jascha Franklin-Hodge. The mission statement of the Company is;
“A full-service new media agency, Blue State Digital develops and executes multi-platform digital marketing and online engagement campaigns for non-profit and advocacy organizations, political candidates, causes, brands and businesses. Our work inspires and mobilizes people, increases revenue, and cements lasting support and loyalty.”
A Company insider quote; “Future elections will be won not because the candidate was anointed by a powerful party, but because he or she was best at using a Web and new-media strategy to rally the masses.”
Just who are these guys?
What about the Tony Blair’s link?
Blue State Digital-Better Together strategy – About Gregor Poynton – UK Director of Blue state Digital. Poynton, a former Labour party election strategy manager and Scottish Labour party organiser who is married to the MP Gemma Doyle, is from Falkirk and his parents still live in the town. One of those recruited last July, who asked to remain anonymous, joined because of a long standing friendship with the Poynton family. “I wanted to help them and ensure the town is represented by someone local,”
Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, declined the invitation to join the, “Better Together” campaign advising he would restrict his role to the Labour Party’s own anti-independence campaign being unwilling to share a platform with the Tories and Lib Dems. Retired from Westminster politics at the 2015 General Election. Reputed to have turned down, for now an elevation to the Lords. Might be waiting for the Chilcott report.
I compiled about 30 articles on Brown see here: