Monday, 27 June 2016

Shevington Primary Schools Consultation

So Wigan Council are now carrying out a consultation to reduce the number of primary schools in Shevington. Here is the link to that document.

Many believe it is obvious that the school that the Council will close is Shevington Community School on Miles Lane, Shevington. They believe this because the Council has put out a press release and just talking down their numbers.

At a recent meeting for parents and their Cllrs, all 3 District Cllrs, said that they were fighting to save ALL 3 primary schools (Shevington Vale, Shevington Community and Millbrook. Great news! However since that meeting Cllr Paul Collins has emailed the Parish Council and says that the Councillors are now not looking to save all schools. This is shocking! If they tell parents they are then they should do what they say and if they have changed their minds they should tell parents.

In the email Cllr Collins says, and I quote, "

As a governor on the federation I was in a position of possible conflict of interest and legal issues so made an appropriate response when called by reporters at the time.  However since the article was written I have stepped aside from the governing body in order to maintain impartiality and remove any possible conflicts of interest.
My colleagues and I have held several meetings, with parents and residents from all of the affected schools and will be meeting with officers amongst other activities and methods of raising awareness and encouraging anyone with an interest to participate in the consultation. We will be taking the position not to protect all of our schools and can report back to the community once we have more information from our enquiries"

Interesting last line. I now believe the 3 District should tell all 3 schools parents what their position is and not to string them along.

I have also heard that the school to close could well be Shevington Vale. The doctors at Shevington are buying the clinic next door and knocking that down for extra car parking places and then they will move the clinic into the Shevington Community School. The Council could move the children from Vale to Community - after building 2 new classrooms, then sell then the land at Shevington Vale for houses as it is in the middle of a housing estate and probably meet less resistance for development.

The uncertain the council is now allowing to happen is worrying for these parents and children of Shevington Vale and Community and therefore it should be the case that the council now comes clean with their intention.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Make Parliament recognize EU Referendum Vote

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Mandate must stand!

Now we know the outcome of the EU referendum is the Country getting silly? We know are seeing numerous petitions saying to have another referendum, call for another General Election and then get MP's elected who will ignore the vote and not start the Brexit process.

The first thing we need to do is recognise democracy! Whether people like the result or not there was a vote decided. Each vote counted as one vote and now when I hear the argument that younger people are upset that the older generations took us out. So what is that saying? That younger people's votes count for more than older people's vote? That is crazy. If the younger generation were not happy they should have been working to get their generation out and vote. For what ever reason they didn't.

The SNP are saying that now they have the vote they should have another referendum. Really? Did they not know that this referendum was on the cards because the Tory's always said that it was on the cards if they won power. On that basis they knew that there could be a change and they voted to stay in the UK.

David Cameron said he will stay on as the PM for the time and then get a new leader for the Tory's. Then that person will have to work the process for Brexit through. Some are calling for another General Election and that way they could change the PM again. That is crazy again!

No matter what people thoughts are on the vote or state of the parties the people have voted and decided and therefore the mandate has been given and now must happen otherwise when people don't get their own way a call for another vote will be called and we could keep going all day long. I mean what would happen if another referendum were called and it was still Brexit? Would the remain people want another vote?

The best thing that could happen is the 1922 committee in the Tory Party to set out the time frame for their new leader and move forward with it as quickly as possible. I also believe that Boris Johnson, Micheal Gove, Nigel Farage and also Gisela Stuart to be given leadership of the negotiations on Brexit. They are the ones that surely have the mandate to start the conversations with the EU. That will also help EU know that something is happening as they are keen to get rid of us very quickly before the whole EU project falls apart. From a negotiations stand point this has to be a good point to start with us getting a great deal for the UK.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Is this the end of the EU?

Yesterday, Thursday 23/06/2016, the people of the UK went to the polls to decide if they want to remain in the EU or come out. People, inc the Leave camp, thought the Remain camp would win - just! However, I always said that people would keep quiet if they were going to vote out as they didn't want to be classed as a racist. Not that they were but they wouldn't want others to try and put a label on them. So when the polls before the vote where neck and neck I knew there was a large number of people that would not say if they would vote out and say which way they where going to vote.

One of the things that struck me is the fact that there are a number of other EU countries are now calling for their own referendum. Netherlands, Sweden and even Italy. Donald Tusk, President of European Council, said about the result of the UK referendum was that he would be meeting with the other 27 EU Countries to keep them together. It is like the captain of a ship being told that someone has jumped over and then the Captain saying stop others doing the same rather than trying to save the person that has gone overboard.

There now will be a stronger and louder voice in other EU countries for their own referendums and could well be the start of the break up. If this happened then all the fear theories that we would not be able to trade with the EU would not happen.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

EU referendum Debate

With the EU Referendum in a few days and still there are people undecided. I have done  Clip on different aspects, inc, Jobs, Economy and other issues and see what the different outcomes would be whether we stay in or come out.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Save the Rec

We have been contacted today about someone has been knocking on doors in Southlands Ave, Standish asking if residents don't mind if they mind the Rec being turned into a car park. Obviously this is where Con Cllr Ray Whittingham wants to turn into a car park as in his election campaign he said he had found a piece of land that he wanted to turn into this car park.

The Standish Independents Cllrs, Debbie and George Fairhurst are strongly opposed to this and will fight this land being concreted over.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

What? Please pay for your baby????

So this morning whilst doing some work at home I had the TV on and This Morning was on. On came a section called Pay for my baby. I thought what? The section was about a woman, that had been paid to appear on the show, to discuss the fact that she has 12 kids and now wants another one and looking for a sperm donor.

It said that she was on £40K in benefits and immediately I thought this isn't true, as I believed the Government had capped benefits at £26K. This was raised and what soon became clear, due to the woman admitting on live TV, was if she works 16 hours then this gets around the law and therefore having a part time job for 16 hours gets around this and she can claim more than the £26K max. Blood boiling at this point.

Then she said that she, and her 12 kids, went on holiday and the Paps turned up taking pics and she didn't like it. Her reasoning was that although she fully understands why people might be upset at her it is not the kids fault and they shouldn't have that level of intrusion. Hmm, she may have a point - albeit a small one.

Then Phil and Holly asked if she feels guilty or if she struggles to sleep at night about it? No she says, and believes, that what she is not breaking the laws and she does not make the laws so therefore what she is doing is OK.

Blood boiling again but she does have a point to a degree. The Government make the rules and she is playing the system, which may be technically legal, it is ethically wrong. The Government does make the rules and when such people like this come out of the woodwork and tell how they play the system then they should stop it. How?  The Government had a crack down on people that used legal loop holes to pay less tax. They used phrases like in the spirit of the rules. Well surely this person, whilst not technically breaking the law, is not claiming her benefits what she is entitled to in the spirit how they are meant to be. Therefore if George Osbourne can clamp down on tax avoidance people then surely he and the other relevant dept can clamp down on people like this.

The worrying thing now is the cat is out the bag she has just told a host of other scrounges how to play the system and, unless the system and rules, are changed we will be paying for a host of other people's kids.

Here is the full section of the programme.

Here is a clip from the programme.