Let’s be honest, the Tories look at the disabled as a drain on the national purse, they look at working women with children and low income as a drain on the national purse, in fact they look at anyone who is not middle to upper class with an income bracket over £35000 with disdain. Why do I say 35,000? Well, it’s a good round number, which is ironically the income bracket they imposed on non EU/EEA foreigners coming to this country.
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In simple terms, if you weren’t educated at Eton and went to Cambridge or Oxford and have a high income, the Tories classify you as a drain on the public purse. The problem is that what we see to be the public purse and what they classify it as are two totally different things. We rightly look at the public purse as our money, being tax payers in this country. We work, we sell, we pay tax, we contribute to society and in return for our contribution to the national finances, we simply ask the Government to administer our money on our behalf. For that, we expect very little, simply that the public services we hold dear are maintained to a standard that they remain fit for purpose.
The tories, on the other hand, see the public purse as their own private wallet, a simple hedge fund to create things that they can then sell to their friends. They see it as a fund for them to make themselves richer, so when you hear the words “drain on national resources” they mean us and they mean “drain on their potential to make massive profit”.
I’m not pulling my punches on this one because I want you to be scared, not because I am trying to cause you undue distress or alarm but because I want you to wake up, if you are not already awake and take note that you are about to witness something which hasn’t been seen since the 1930’s and last time it caused a world war and millions of deaths.
Brexit is being sold to the population as a means to withdraw from the European Union and regain “independence” from the EU. They tout it as “reclaiming laws and powers” from Brussels but the fact of the matter is that we were never under Brussels thumb, only 13% of our laws are derived from the EU and those laws, and I cannot stress this enough, are the most important laws we have for the protection of our fundamental human rights and civil liberties.
To understand how much of a shafting we are all about to be subjected to, there are some basic fundamentals that you need to be aware of. The European Court of Human Rights is not some inconvenience which gets in the way of the UK Government doing its job right, it is an international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights. It hears applications alleging that a contracting state has breached one or more of the human rights provisions concerning civil and political rights set out in the Convention and its protocols. That means that it is the watchdog of your rights and freedoms and it ensures that the British State cannot interfere with those rights.
The court and the convention are set up in such a way that UK law is subordinate to it. This is not to interfere with the UK but to ensure that when the state tramples your rights, the courts have the power to tell the UK Government to get it fixed. If it were not for the ECHR you would not have many of the rights that you hold dear.
It is important to note that while being part of the ECHR is a requirement of EU membership, EU membership is not a requirement of ECHR membership. That is why many non-EU countries are also part of the courts as high contracting parties.
As long as the UK remains in the EU then your rights are protected by the ECHR. However, if the UK leaves the EU then ECHR membership is voluntary.
Theresa May and indeed many Tories want to Scrap the Human Rights Act in the UK. However, this Act of the UK Parliament is not, as many believe, a law protecting your rights which were created by the UK Parliament on its own. The Human Rights Act was created to bring the European Convention on Human Rights into UK Law. It is simply a mechanism which adopts the principles of the ECHR and seeds arbitration on matters which arise under Human Rights Law to the European Courts. This means that when the Courts in the UK (which are part of the UK system) make an error in favour of the government, depriving a person or group of people of their fundamental rights, these people have the ability to have the ECHR rule on the matter and duly overturn that bad decision.
Let’s not beat around the bush. The UK Courts system is corrupt. It comes down to who can afford the more expensive lawyer and with the charges, penalties, costs etc, no joe blogs has the resources to fight a long battle with the UK Government. In other words it comes down to who runs out of money first and considering the UK Government is using your tax money, we are pretty much screwed.
In a lot of cases however, rather than going to the UK supreme court to have the decision of lower courts overturned (which you actually have to ask the original court permission to do) the ECHR will look at your claim straight away if they believe and you can show just cause that a protracted battle in the UK supreme court would yield the same unfair result as before. This is specifically useful for those who are terminally ill who may never see justice under the UK Courts system.
By leaving the EU, the UK no longer has a requirement to submit to the ECHR in decisions and certainly not to EU Law.
This is more than problematic because that means that the UK Government has no oversight other than lords who sit in the Supreme Court and to be perfectly honest, if you are looking for justice from the rich legal elite in the UK then you are barking up the wrong tree. Anyone who says that Judges in this country can be trusted to render an unbiased decision in court that is not politically motivated need their head examined. You serve at their behest and not the other way around. The ECHR and the EU ensure that you at least stand a chance against the crushing weight of the British State.
The Tories have said that the ECHR will be replaced with a UK Bill of rights. Again, anyone who thinks that the bill of rights will be anything other than what the Tories want to give you needs to check themselves in to a drug rehabilitation centre. The Tories will give you what they want to give you and no more. The line in the sand will be to remove anything which interferes with their ability to extract as much wealth from the common worker as they possibly can and you as an ordinary citizen will have zero recourse.
The Great Repeal Bill, Henry VIII powers et al, as they are called are the proverbial trojan horse. People think that it is simply a mechanism to remove the UK from the EU. It is a lot more in-depth than that and there are a few serious issues you need to educate yourself about.
The withdrawl legislation for Brexit is the single biggest removal of fundamental removal of powers from the voter that the UK has ever seen. The Tories tout it as doing two things:
- That it allows them to negotiate with the EU to leave.
- That it transfers all existing law from the EU into UK law temporarily in order to give them time to “tailor” legislation and continue on to create new legislation.
To the outside observer (and the media have been useless at reporting it) you would be led to believe that the negotiations will happen, the powers will transfer and then there will be lots of debates, conversations, votes etc in parliament to give you, the voter, the rights and freedoms and to develop them to protect you better. WRONG!
Sorry to burst your bubble folks but don’t be thinking that your MP’s are going to save you, nor believe that they have the capacity to even defend you.
You see the way the Tories have rammed through the EU withdrawal legislation in record time. Indeed one of the bills never made it to a third reading in the House of Commons because the Tories voted down every amendment (which were about protecting you and I) and that resulted in no third reading being required. The last time that happened was just before World War 1 and it was the legislation that took us to war.
The bills that the Tories have rammed through transfer power from Brussels to the UK Parliament but what happens after that is down to the bit that they are not telling you.
THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE CREATED A REGIME WHERE THE CABINET CAN MODIFY ANY PIECE OF LEGISLATION……….WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Yes! You read that correctly. Theresa May and her cabinet now have us by the gonnads. They can modify and change legislation that they see fit without consulting Parliament. This is grossly offensive and totally out of order.
So put it together. The Tories outside of the EU, ECHR membership now being optional will opt to leave both the ECHR and the ECJ meaning no oversight in the court’s system from the international courts. Withdrawal from the EU means no legislation from the European Parliament which means working time directives, health care, social security, health and safety at home and the workplace and a raft of other legislation. That means no EU Political pressure or oversight.
Then we add that the Tories have the power to make, modify or remove any law they see fit without the oversight of the UK Parliament.
In other words, the conservatives have just proclaimed themselves as sole arbiters of your fundamental rights and freedoms. All of those people who the Tories see as an impediment to their ability to make a profit, the weak, the disabled, the elderly, the low-income workers – you are all expendable and nobody is there to go to bat for you!
You are now a cog in a capitalist machine which has only one goal, the transfer of wealth from us to them.
The EU was never a problem. The ECHR was never a problem, not for us anyway. The Tories made them the boogie man to hide their own inadequacies. You were duped. If it wasn’t for Europe and the European Courts you would not have the life you would have, life would be a scene from the movie Oliver. The British state likes to proclaim “but it was us that helped write and establish the ECHR” and that is 100% true, after World War II the UK did indeed help form the principles of what would eventually become the ECHR that we have today. But people need to stop dwelling on nostalgia and get it through their heads, what was is no longer! Just because the UK assisted in forming the convention back then does not mean that its Government today can be trusted to do it now.
If you need an example of this, then all you need to do is look at Margaret Thatcher. She had European oversight and while what she did was extremely bad in her time in office, she pushed to the point where Europe would snap her back. Now imagine Thatcher 2.0, Theresa May without any oversight and free to do what she wants.
what law makers did in the past has no bearing on their intentions for the future. You will have rights, only so much as they do not infringe on the lifestyle of the super rich, it’s that simple. They call it “competition” in the media, but conservatism is at its core “screw you, im looking after me”. Don’t expect compassion or a fair deal because you are not going to get one.
To look at the last time a European Government passed legislation that made them free from oversight you only have to look at Germany in 1933. Germany’s “Great Repeal Act” which obviously was not to leave the EU because it didn’t exist, but instead was the transfer of power from Parliament to the German Cabinet was known as the Enabling Act.
The Enabling Act was a 1933 Weimar Constitution amendment that gave the German Cabinet – in effect, Chancellor Adolf Hitler – the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag (The German Parliament). It passed in both the Reichstag and Reichsrat on 24 March 1933, and was signed by President Paul von Hindenburg later that day.
The act stated that it was to last four years unless renewed by the Reichstag, which occurred twice. The Enabling Act gave Hitler plenary powers. It followed on the heels of the Reichstag Fire Decree, which abolished most civil liberties and transferred state powers to the Reich government. The combined effect of the two laws was to transform Hitler’s government into a legal dictatorship.
The formal name of the Enabling Act was Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich (“Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich”). If you see the language in the names and phrases used here and compare them to the “Great Repeal Bill” and the “EU Withdrawal Bill” it is the use of positive language to try and plaster over the fact that it is effectively the creation of a legislative dictatorship.
The German Enabling Act was enacted by the Reichstag (meeting at the Kroll Opera House), where non-Nazi members were surrounded and threatened by members of SA and SS. The Communists had already been repressed and were not able to vote, and some Social Democrats were kept away as well. In the end, most of those present voted for the act, except for the Social Democrats, who voted against it.
The Enabling Act allowed the cabinet to enact legislation, including laws deviating from or altering the constitution, without the consent of the Reichstag. Because this law allowed for departures from the constitution, it was itself considered a constitutional amendment.
The Social Democrats (SPD) and the Communists (KPD) were expected to vote against the Act. The government had already arrested all Communist and some Social Democrat deputies under the Reichstag Fire Decree. The Nazis expected the parties representing the middle class, the Junkers and business interests to vote for the measure, as they had grown weary of the instability of the Weimar Republic and would not dare to resist.
Does that sound familiar? It was legislation created under the guise of making it easier from middle to upper-class business men.
Under the Act, the government had acquired the authority to pass laws without either parliamentary consent or control. These laws could (with certain exceptions) even deviate from the Constitution. The Act effectively eliminated the Reichstag as active players in German politics. While its existence was protected by the Enabling Act, for all intents and purposes it reduced the Reichstag to a mere stage for Hitler’s speeches. It only met sporadically until the end of World War II, held no debates and enacted only a few laws. Within three months of the passage of the Enabling Act, all parties except the Nazi Party were banned or pressured into dissolving themselves, followed on 14 July by a law that made the Nazi Party the only legally permitted party in the country. With this, Hitler had fulfilled what he had promised in earlier campaign speeches: “I set for myself one aim … to sweep these thirty parties out of Germany!”
Though the Act had formally given legislative powers to the government as a whole, these powers were for all intents and purposes exercised by Hitler himself. After its passage, there were no longer serious deliberations in Cabinet meetings. Its meetings became more and more infrequent after 1934, and it never met in full after 1938.
Due to the great care that Hitler took to give his dictatorship an appearance of legality, the Enabling Act was renewed twice, in 1937 and 1941. However, its renewal was practically assured since all other parties were banned. Voters were presented with a single list of Nazis and Nazi-approved “guest” candidates under far-from-secret conditions. In 1942, the Reichstag passed a law giving Hitler power of life and death over every citizen, effectively extending the provisions of the Enabling Act for the duration of the war.
I do not think that there is anymore to say so I shall leave you to simply digest this.
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