Month: October 2019

Politicians’ Lips Are Moving!

And we all know what that means

as Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the prospects of a deal looked “more positive than they did last week”.

He continued “What’s happening is the Government made some proposals to the European Union and these are being considered and negotiations seem to be taking a serious turn and that’s encouraging. I think it’s always difficult to put specific odds on things, but it certainly looks a lot more positive this week than it did last week. We’ll have to wait and see what the precise details are, naturally in the middle of a negotiation these matters are extremely sensitive as everyone is compromising to some degree and therefore to give negotiations the best chance of succeeding, it’s best to be discreet about them”.

Pushed on whether the PM’s latest Brexit proposals could be similar to the May plan which he previously called “completely cretinous”, he said “We’ll have to find out in a day or two whether I’ll have to eat my words or not – time will tell. There’s a line from Churchill saying that he often had to eat his words and he found it to be a very nourishing diet, and that is something that happens in politics. But it is ultimately a question of trust about the direction of where we are going. I trust Boris Johnson to ensure the relationship the United Kingdom has with the European Union is one where we are not a vassal state”.

And he emphasised that he does not believe the Prime Minister would do anything to undermine the integrity of the UK “The Prime Minister is Minister of the Union and is deeply and personally committed to ensuring the union is robust and prosperous. And I don’t believe the Prime Minister would do anything that undermined the integrity of the UK.

We’ve got to see how the DUP respond to things when we know them as fact, not just speculation. The Prime Minister has made it clear that the United Kingdom will remain a single customs territory and that Northern Ireland will remain within a UK customs union. He’s been explicit about that”.

Rees-Mogg has claimed the Government could use European law to secure a no-deal Brexit if there is no agreement with Brussels. Signalling a potential way around the Benn Act, he said that “it takes two to tango and any extension has to be agreed by the council”. As Lord Owen

has said “On 19th October, on instructions from the European Union (Withdrawal) (No 2) Act 2019, more commonly referred to as the ‘Benn’ Act passed into law on the 9th September, the Prime Minister will be forced to write to the EU asking for an extension under the terms of Article 50. But issuing that letter cannot preclude the executive taking other legal actions to protect UK national interests. A rather neglected part of the full Supreme Court judgment on prorogation in paragraph 55 says remember “always that the actual task of governing is for the executive and not for parliament or the courts”. Extension is a device to delay again a decision. It probably does stop a so-called ‘no deal’ under Article 50 but it need not stop the UK leaving on 31st October”.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister issued the following statement “The Prime Minister updated Cabinet on the current progress being made in ongoing Brexit negotiations, reiterating that a pathway to a deal could be seen but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave on October 31st. The Prime Minister said there was a way forward for a deal that could secure all our interests, respect the Good Friday Agreement, get rid of the backstop and get Brexit done by October 31st so we can push on with domestic agenda, investing in our NHS, tackling violent crime, and dealing with the cost of living”.

Perhaps Frau Merkel in Paris to meet Macron knows a thing or two? “With the departure of Great Britain, a potential competitor will of course emerge for us. That is to say, in addition to China and the United States of America, there will be Great Britain as well”…Great Britain? She did not say we are the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland…perhaps she meant “until further notice!”.

Bercow Battered By Barrister

Top Barrister Slams John Bercow In Devastating Letter

It seems that Rebecca Butler

is somewhat of a TV & Social Media sensation with a viral appearance on Question Time as well as videos on social media slamming the betrayal of our veterans, and remainer politicians. She wrote to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards about Bercow.

Kathryn Stone OBE
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA

standardscommissioner@parliament.uk
9th October 2019

Dear Mrs Stone,

New Complaint; John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons

I write to lodge a formal complaint against the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr John Bercow. The role of speaker attracts a salary of £142,826 plus free residence and expenses. He is a public servant. As such, not only is he required to abide by the standards of the role he has acquired, but he is also bound by the Nolan Standards in Public Life.

My complaint against the speaker is raised upon the following grounds:

• Breach of Speaker’s duty to remain non-partisan:

John Bercow has shown a blatant disregard for this most fundamental aspect of his position. On 10th January 2019, Mr Bercow agreed to allow a vote on an amendment to a government motion tabled by Dominic Grieve. In doing so, he broke with precedent and ignored the advice of his officials when he approved a vote on the PM’s “Plan B” response.

I allege that he deliberately and arbitrarily changed the rules for the amendment. Business of the House motions are only amendable by ministers of the Crown, but this drove a coach and horses through accepted normal practice.

His motivation for this was to undermine the government who was pursuing an orderly exit from the EU. He appears to have no accountability to anyone but himself. His actions are Unreasonable and Breach a Legitimate expectation that he will remain non-partisan.

The courts have set a limit to the lawful exercise of power by holding that the extent to which the measure impedes or frustrates the operation of the relevant principle must have a reasonable justification. That approach can be seen, for example, in R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51; [2017] 3 WLR 409, paras 80-82 and 88-89.

Furthermore, Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court in the case of Miller v PM [2019] UKSC 41 at paras 49-51 clearly explains that prerogative powers and powers conferred by convention and the constitution are amenable to a (legal) test of reasonableness. (The Wednesbury Reasonableness test). So, following the most recent precedent, it is not simply statutory bodies who can be held to account in a court of law and the reasonableness of their decision making tested.

When a judge is challenged on bias, the law is clear. The test for apparent bias is ‘whether the fair-minded and informed observer, having considered the facts, would conclude that there was a real possibility that the tribunal was biased’ (Porter v Magill [2002] 2 AC 357). So, it is not simply a case that bias on its’ own is proven but that the “appearance of bias” is absent. It is averred that a standard applying to the judiciary, working as they do as public servants, with a duty to remain non-partisan also applies to the Speaker.

2. Breach of the Nolan Standard of Integrity.
The Nolan standard states that: “Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.”

During the lifecycle of the Withdrawal Bill through the House of Commons Mr Bercow has placed himself under an obligation to the members of the opposition parties and has demonstrated bias in so doing. He has been influenced by his own views on Brexit and proudly drives his wife’s car bearing a sticker “Bollocks to Brexit”. This alone undermines the dignity of the role of speaker. In performance of his role as Speaker, he should be required to publicly state and “declare” in the words of Nolan his own interest in and relationships connected with evading Brexit.

3. Breach of the Nolan Standard for Objectivity.

“Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.”

I refer to the Speaker’s conduct in the House of Commons generally and specifically his behaviour during the prorogation of Parliament. I attach for your reference a video clip of the Speaker during that ceremony on Monday 9th September.

He clearly insults and demeans members on the Tory benches. In so doing he undermines the dignity and role of the Speaker. He is and behaves like a bully. Seemingly never held to account.

Furthermore, on 9th October 2019 the Speaker met with his equivalent at the European Parliament to discuss ways in which the Government’s policy could be undermined. He openly admitted his role in facilitating what will be a second referendum on membership of the EU, having secured an extension.

His bias is plain for all to see. It is not his position to undermine or sway government policy with any individual and abuses his post in so doing.

4. Leadership

“Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.”

This Speaker repeatedly displays poor behaviour. He has many allegations of bullying against him, his manner is bullying and vindictive. In a world where all parties declare a desire to encourage women to participate in Parliament how can this man’s behaviour be said to be conducive to that? He is an abomination. How can he legitimately show leadership when his own behaviour is so poor?

Given that holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this (Nolan Principle 4) I remain confident that in your role you will hold the Speaker accountable for his actions.

I write this letter with the silent support of many people and look forward to your earliest response. I am, available to give evidence to your committee at your convenience. I reserve my position to elaborate on these complaints, should the need arise.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Butler
Barrister

Heseltine, Clarke, Adonis In EU Group Soros Cash Link

According to Wikipedia, the European Movement UK

is an independent all-party pressure group in the United Kingdom which campaigns in support of greater European integration and for reform of the European Union. It is part of the European Movement International which pushes for a “democratic, federal, enlarged European Union”. It is the most prominent pro-Europe group in Britain.

The President was Lord Paddy Ashdown until his death in December 2018. Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine was appointed as President in May 2019, and the current chairman (since December 2016) is Stephen Dorrell. The organisation promotes a “more democratic, effective and accountable” EU. It opposes Brexit.

The European Movement is the UK’s largest pro-European Network, campaigning for a People’s Vote on Brexit. As UNN exposed the other day, Jo Swinson’s husband works for an organisation called Transparency International that is an ‘anti-corruption’ organisation.

See https://westlancashirerecord.com/2019/10/10/google-duncan-hames-former-libdem-mp/

It is in receipt of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding from Open Society. Open Society is the organisation set up by billionaire ‘philanthropist’ George Soros that supports a vast network of liberal and left wing organisations around the world.

The European Movement says about themselves…Who we are “We passionately believe that any form of Brexit will be damaging for Britain. That’s why we are leading the fight for a People’s Vote with the option to remain. We are a truly grassroots organisation, with a community of over 10,000 campaigners and over 150 local groups across every nation and region of the UK.

The European Movement exists to promote European values of peace, prosperity, and international cooperation. Now we can also reveal that Open Society in their most up to date accounts donated $245,572 to The European Movement.

It is important to stress that there is nothing illegal about taking this money from the Open Society Foundation. Some countries have banned Open Society from operating in them as they believe they undermine national sovereignty. What has to be recognised is that George Soros is a significant contributor to a number of these pro-EU organisations that represent the heart of the establishment but try to portray they are grassroots movements. Why also does the mainstream media not expose the amount of international money that is coming in to undermine the democratic process through these astro-turf movements? UNN will continue to out and investigate where we see the MSM being either neglectful or deliberately ignoring important stories.

Do YOU want the future of the UK decided by Open Society and George Soros, or by a majority democratic vote of 17.4million UK voters?

Birch Green Ward By-Election

The By-Election for Birch Green Ward will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019.

The seat was last won by Claire Cooper

for Labour with 662 votes, a landslide victory. Whatever the reason for this by-election, it is once again a waste of council taxpayers’ money. Why not wait until May 2020?

Nomination period

Nomination papers can be delivered to the Returning Officer on any working days between Friday 18 October 2019 and Friday 25 October 2019 between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm.

Please contact the office on 01695 585014 or via elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk if you would like us to send you a copy of the nomination papers. Alternatively you can download a copy from the Electoral Commission, http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk

As a candidate you are entitled to request a copy of the electoral register to assist with your nomination. Please contact the office on 01695 585014 or elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk for further information.

Postal vote delivery

Postal votes are expected to be despatched on 8 November 2019. They are despatched using Royal Mail First Class service and may be delivered as early as 9 November 2019.

Count

The count will take place at Woodlands C P School, Heathgate, Skelmersdale after the close of poll.

Skelmersdale Homes Head West Lancs Planning Agenda

Place NorthWest

is reporting plans to build 190 homes in Skelmersdale and South Latham are recommended for approval at West Lancashire’s planning committee on 17 October.

An application, pictured

for 60 two-storey houses along with 12 allotments in Skelmersdale is on the agenda and minded to approve. Darwen based Southworth Construction’s 

plans for 21 two-bedroom, 28 three-bedroom, and 11 four-bedroom houses on the 2.5-acre site will be joined by the aforementioned allotments, along with 132 car parking spaces, a Scout Hut, and a communal building.

The site was previously home to football pitches, which have not been in use for over five years. Sports England has suggested a £290,000 financial contribution for the loss of the site as part of a Section 106 agreement. Objections have been raised to this scheme, with the council receiving 10 letters against the proposals which centre on its lack of support for local infrastructure including the police and healthcare, and its lack of affordable housing.

An additional five letters were submitted to the council in support of the scheme, which commend it for the benefits to the local Scouts, the opportunity to revitalise the community, and for the new housing in the area. The scheme has been designed by RPS Design Group.

Wainhomes’ outline application

for 130 homes on a five-acre site off Firswood Road in South Latham is also recommended for approval at the same committee meeting. The Firswood Road site, which was previously safeguarded and is pictured

was released through the Local Plan specifically for residential developments. The overall site encompasses 22-acres.

To the south of the scheme, Bellway Homes is delivering the first phase of the Firswood Road scheme with 94 homes. Details of layout, scale, appearance and landscape will be reserved for future approval. The scheme was designed by Baldwin Design Consultancy on behalf of Wainhomes, along with Emery Planning which acted as a consultant.

Is 153 Lucky For Lancashire?

No, it’s grossly unfair

says Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, who is also ‘disappointed’ at the ‘grossly unfair’ allocation of funding for Lancashire Constabulary compared to other police forces and wants 750 officers back.

But Jack Gilmore the Tory candidate for West Lancashire tweets

“Fantastic news” as Lancashire receives 153 extra officers. He’s easily pleased?

The Government has pledged to hire 20,000 new officers across England and Wales over the next three years. In the first wave of the roll-out, the Home Office said it will provide £750 million to support the 43 forces to recruit up to 6,000 new officers by the end of 2020-21.

Lancashire’s share of the allocated funding will see its police force benefit from the recruitment of 153 extra officers over the next 12 months. But this falls far short of Lancashire’s needs, says the Commissioner, who wrote to the Home Office last month demanding at least 340 extra officers as part of the government’s pledge to boost policing numbers.

Before the numbers were announced, Commissioner Grunshaw expressed his “massive concern” that the way in which the additional officer numbers may be allocated could leave Lancashire short-changed.

“The indication from government is that they are going to base the decision on the size of a force’s budget,” Mr. Grunshaw explained. “We feel that it would be far better if they allocated the new resources on the basis of where they have been taken from. So if they are saying there are 20,000 new officers available, we say we want 750”.

“Forces like Lancashire have been snubbed by the Government whilst more affluent areas such as Surrey, who have lost only 8 officers since 2010 due to their ability to raise almost double what we have through the council tax precept, have been gifted 70 officers in this first allocation, more than when austerity in policing began”.

Commissioner Grunshaw is expected to attend the Aughton Parish Council meeting on Monday evening. Perhaps Gilmore might also attend to explain how a deficit of 597 officers is such “fantastic” news for Lancashire, and how Surrey ends up with +62 than it had before austerity? Or perhaps he won’t?

At Last, Some Hope On Brexit?

“But let’s not speak too soon. Should this final push for a breakthrough fail, Boris Johnson will be in grave trouble. Unable to take us out with a deal and, thanks to Parliament, unable to take us out without a deal, either. He’ll be cornered. Trapped. Snookered.

“But maybe not. Because thankfully, there’s still one last-ditch way he could save his skin. It’s ingenious. Yet remarkably simple.

“Keep us in the EU, but tell everyone we’ve left”

All right, not absolutely everyone. Obviously the EU themselves would have to be in on the plan. The Prime Minister would pledge to continue sending them our membership fees on the quiet, on condition that they join in the pretence”…you couldn’t make it up!

But perhaps Boris has! It’s called La La Land!