I’ve received a few comments that I have been a bit quiet lately. I have not been that quiet, postings are still made via Twitter and Facebook, so if you’re not following on Twitter of liking on Facebook, please do so.
My reason for posting today is to get the following message to as many people as possible. Those of us involved in Nationalist politics are probably more acutely aware of the financial mess this country is in, but very few realise quite how bad it really is.
The following link is an advert for the reputable magazine Money Week, however, it is not just an advert, they spell out the true size of the mess. I urge all of you to read the link below and consider the future for you and your family, then pass it on to everyone you know. The saying goes Knowledge is power, Ignorance is bliss, however, ignorance in this case will almost certainly be very very painful.
Money Week: The End of Britain
Is it me or is there an increasing number of people who need to start thinking before engaging their mouths? On the way to work this morning, BBC Radio Northampton were reporting that housing developers are getting frustrated at the lack of new houses being built. Apparently the BBC even wasted some money investigating the developers claims and reported that the levels of new house builds are well behind schedule (which schedule is this?). Had the BBC dug deep enough (no pun intended) they would have seen that Developers are sitting on land in Northamptonshire which has been given planning permission to build enough houses to build a town the size of Wellingborough. So who are the developers blaming for the the lack of new houses being built? They are the ones who are purposely not building in the vain hope that house prices will start to increase, which of course they will not as the new houses they build will increase the supply and therefore further suppress the market.
Later today this appeared in the Chronicle and Echo; A Government Planning Minister, Nick Boles MP, is arguing that land alongside the proposed HS2 rail network should be sold cheaply for homes. The fool said he wants developers to buy land near the proposed line while it is cheap, despite warnings that homes on the route are becoming increasingly difficult to sell. I wonder if Mr Boles, MP for Stamford & Bourne – nowhere near the HS2 route, would like to move to a new house next to a railway line with his civil partner. In August 2012, it was revealed that he had claimed expenses for Hebrew lessons, which the Daily Mail and the Taxpayers’ Alliance stated was so he could talk to his civil partner.
If you live in or around Byfield Road, you may like to write to Daventry District Council to object to the proposal for 200 new homes. Further details can be found on the Woodford Halse website.
After all this talk of houses I feel a song coming on
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England looking into the ward size, names and number of councillors representing Wellingborough. It is likely that the ward boundaries will be moved and the number of councillors will be reduced from the current 36, although consultation has only just begun. My Crystal Ball would suggest that the wards would take into account the boundaries for the new NCC Divisions possibly with each split into two with 2 councillors per ward, reducing the number of councillors to 20… but that is just my prediction as the the likely outcome. If you live in the Borough Council of Wellingborough area and would like your views taken into account the current phase of consultation closes on February 18.
There was an interesting article in the Chronicle and Echo yesterday saying that the real value of average earnings has dropped by almost a fifth in Northamptonshire since April 2008. The study was undertaken by the GMB Union and whilst they may like to blame the recession and local employers, the reason that average earning have fallen is due to greater competition for jobs at the lower end of the market. The reason for this is thanks to Tony Blair and his Labour government for allowing unlimited access for the A8 accession countries to the UK jobs market. Average earnings have dropped in all areas where there is a high concentration of Eastern European migrant workers. Once the Romanians start to flood into the country the problem will be exacerbated.
Another story that caught my eye in the Chronicle and Echo was that the University of Northampton shelled out £1.2m on severance packages in the last year. I have noticed that the a certain Paul Crofts, the former Equalities and Diversity officer for the University was one of those laid off…I wonder how big his pay off was? The number of staff at the University reduced by 95 over the past financial year, some of these may have received no redundancy pay, but even if they all had, the average severance package would have been £12,631, not a bad sum of money for doing a non job.
All I’ve heard over the past few days is the people complaining that they are going to have their benefits capped to 1%. Having never received as much of 1p in benefit in my lifetime I am one of many people who have not had a pay rise for several years and would be quite happy to have a guaranteed 1% increase in their income. It is the likes of those that have had no pay rise that are having to pay for the 1% rise in Welfare for those receiving benefit. Yes I know it is more complex and those in employment receive benefits too, like Child Allowance, but I was just making a point, which rankles with many. However, all this tinkering with figures to save what is equivalent to £2Bn a year, is less than the rise in UK Foreign Aid for this governments term in office. In political terms, peanuts. Politicians on the left and right of the fence, and those that sit on it too have all said that there needs to be welfare reform, the problem is that you will not get any of them agree on what the correct level of reform is, or who should pay for it, yet the pile of money is sitting there as big as the Elephant in the room. Between 20-10/11 and 2014/15, the UK foreign Aid Budget will increase by £3bn to £10.5bn, at the very least the government could have reduced the increase in Foreign Aid, or better still scrapped it all together. Why is foreign Aid a protected and ring fenced pot of money especially when it brings little to no benefit to the UK as a whole. Why has no politician in Parliament stood up and said enough is enough, it is time to put our own people first? Labour politicians have said the capping of benefits is not fair and that the most vulnerable in society are going to suffer, but fail miserably to see the pot of money sitting in the corner. Labour may have said they have changed to a one Britain Labour, but their actions show that they are still the same tired old party putting others before their own. A person that earns an income of £25k pays £5,465 in Tax, of that £52 pounds goes to the overseas aid budget. I would rather that £52 went to help the needy and suffering in this country rather than helping to prop up corrupt 3rd world dictatorships. The government says in times of austerity that cuts and sacrifices are needed, after all we’re all in this together! Well it might help if they started cutting the right bloody things!
In an article in the Guardian today Nigel Farage yet again misleads not only the public, but also his fellow party members. The paper states:
He is, however, proud of a unique condition he has imposed on membership; “We are the only UK political party that bars you from becoming a member, let alone an officer or candidate, if you have ever been involved with the BNP.”
Mr Farage is lying. Firstly, UKIP do not know who has and who has not been a member of the BNP. Yes I know there are leaked lists out there, some of people who have genuinely been members, and others of names of people who had just made an enquiry at some point, but the fact of the matter is nobody in UKIP cannot be certain who was, or is, a member of the BNP, and secondly, I know for a fact that there are members of UKIP who have been past members of the BNP, I also know of three people in Northamptonshire alone that held memberships simultaneously of both Parties! Whether they still do or not I cannot say and would not even if I knew. I can understand wanting the soundbites to be consistent, but as usual he his full of bluster and bravado with little of substance.
It’ll be interesting to see what will happen to the English Defence League over the next few months after their leader Stephen Lennon was imprisoned for 10 months for using a friends passport to enter the USA. The plan seems very basic and if this has been figured out by the EDL, I think we can all be thankful that that we have seen no serious terrorist attacks in the skies between the UK and USA.
On a more local issue, the English Democrats will be holding a meeting on the 16th January to discuss plans for the Northamptonshire County Council Elections which are due to take place in May. If there are any people sympathetic towards the English Democrats that would like to know more about the party, join and stand in future elections please contact the County’s Development officer Kevin on Northamptonshire@EngDem.org. or drop me a message and I will pass it on.
Before I forget, Happy New year to all readers of the Northants Patriot. 2013 looks like it will be a very interesting year indeed with the local County Council elections in May with a reduced number of councillors, 57 from the previous 73…I can see a few more pairs of shoes may be needed to cope with the extra legwork!
The war of words between Northampton MP’s and elected officials in Wellingborough and Rushden continue about the proposed Rushden Lakes Scheme over Eric Pickles desk. Ask any politician in Wellingborough and Rushden and they’ll tell you it is what the local people want…well, it isn’t. I would have no objection if the £50m being invested in this out of town shopping complex was being invested to regenerate Rushden or Wellingborough Town Centres, and I find it hard to understand why the local Conservatives are so keen for this project to be steamrollered through when it is going to have a serious negative impact on several local town centres.
It is even stranger when Conservatives elsewhere in the county can see a massive con when it lands in the planning department table, no doubt the Labour Party in Corby will be bigging this one up as the saviour of the town, but it will make it the rubbish dump of the county if given the go ahead. Given Corby Borough Council’s history with recycling and waste management, it may be wise for this plan to never see the light of day.
I hope that all of you manage to stay dry and are not forced out of your home over the festive period through flooding and rising river levels. Maybe had our local politicians decided not to build so extensively on flood plains and then shore them up so they no longer flooded pushing the problem further downstream so other areas that traditionally saw little to no flooding now flood, they would have remained dry. For the Nene east of Northampton, things will only get worse over time with Northampton Borough Council having agreed to build on yet more flood plains at Upton earlier this year. Unfortunately people in Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire and beyond have no say over the idiots who run Northamptonshire Borough Council, but you can make your opinions known by voting for a party that wants to protect the both the people and the countryside of Northamptonshire in next year’s county council elections. If you want to make sure that people have an option to vote for someone different that the same old same old, put your name forward, we live in a democratic country and it is about time that the ordinary people in the street like you and I had our voices heard.
Northants Patriot would like to wish all our regular readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year regardless of your race, ethnicity, class or creed, as unlike some on the far left I could mention, we do not discriminate.
Wellingborough Council reports that they have completed the Compulsory purchase of a piece of land that was holding up the Stanton Cross development to the east of the train station. The development will see the size of Wellingborough increase by one third.
One can only hope that the application to extend the time limit, which is due to expire in February, for work to begin on anothjer greenfield site, the Wellingborough North development between Redwell and Little Harrowden, is refused now that the town is going to be expanding at such an alarming rate at the expense of the loss of vast swathes of arable farmland.
A good afternoon was had by all members of the Northants English Welfare Society that turned up for their Winter Social at the Lilacs Pub in Isham to see the Annual Dance out from various troupes of Morris Dancers from Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire. Morris Dancing might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have to say it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Some clips of the days events can be seen below