What a glories Bank Holiday weekend and not a rain drop in sight.
So this week a number of things have happened. I guess the first thing is earlier in the week I wrote about how the Conservative Candidate not only lied during the election, which he now admits, but also he broke election laws. I have been working with a top London Law Firm, Griffin Law, on the matter and they have done a fantastic job and report for me.
It is clear that they the Conservative Candidate didn't only break one law but we identified 8. Therefore makes for an incredible case to take to the Courts to get it overturned. However, had we been successful then I would have been left with a legal bill in the region of £25,000. Not worth it. But a number of other courses of actions were identified by the law firm and one of them I have dismissed but one I like a lot. Food for thought there.
First Council Meeting of Municipal meeting.
So this week saw the first meeting of the Full Council - just as expected it only last a few minutes. No debate, no discussion but this made it quicker for the Cllrs to go and get their free food and drink.
FrackingIn North Yorkshire Conservative Cllrs allowed Fracking and whilst this is not in our area it is worrying as Wigan has licences for companies to come and apply for fracking. There was a debate this week about Fracking in Wigan and we would fight this council on this issue if any company came to apply for Fracking in Standish or Wigan.
1984So we all know about George Orwell's 1984 book about being the Big Brother state. NO one really thought that would happen but this week it has been reported the wide, and increasing, abuse the state and this Conservative Government are carrying out. For example, ANPR cameras that look at your number plate and record where you are. There are now over 9000 of these cameras on our roads and increasing all the time. In 2012 the database was looked at 194,317. 2 years later in 2014 the records were accessed 300,758. And there was me thinking Conservatives were about little Government? How wrong!
The system was introduced in 2006 and recorded 35 million records that year.Currently the system is now recording 30 million PER DAY!!!!! That is well over 10 BILLION records now being recorded each year. These records are then held for years and the police and other services do not need permission to access them they simply go and look.
DevolutionDavid Cameron and his Government are saying that we are stronger in the EU and fighting for us to stay in this. But this week a House of Lords report says that the devolution process that this Government is taking the British Union for granted and it is being broken up piece meal. So if the Tories think that it is good to be in the EU why are they breaking up the UK in this piece meal way? The Lords says that it will risk economical and social elements of the British Union.
Labour was against this process. Andy Burnham was quick to say how he was against it and for once on this matter I agreed with him. He seems to have forgotten as he now wants to be Mayor of either greater Manchester or Merseyside. The first thing on this issue is that we had a referendum on this matter and the vote was overwhelming no to an elected Mayor. Tories answer tough we are doing it any way. Why ask people if you don't listen to them?