The sons of an English expat who left his £389,000 fortune to the British National Party in his will are battling in the High Court to claim the money.
When Northumbria-born Joseph Robson died in Alicante at the age of 81 in March 2010, he bequeathed his entire estate outside Spain – worth £389,000- to the British National Party, leaving his two sons, Jeremy and Simon, with £135 between them.
After their father’s death, Mr Robson’s sons launched a legal challenge to his will, insisting that their father was barred from giving his money to a British political party, because he had not been a registered UK voter in the five years before his death.
”Being an incorrigible rogue”, under the Vagrancy Act 1824, is one of 309 offences to be repealed and removed from the statute book in the year up until May
Now what are we going to prosecute Tim Yeo for?
This is a very eclectic and wide ranging list, isn’t it?
Signatories include Grahame Morris MP of Labour Friends of Venezuela, Colin Burgon, Chair of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, filmmaker John Pilger and Frances O’Grady, Trade Union Congress General Secretary, alongside student leaders, peace campaigners, community represenatives and array of others from across British society.
In the political field, further signatories include MPs Dave Anderson, Michael Connarty, Frank Doran, Paul Farrelly, Hywel Francis, George Galloway, Fabian Hamilton, Kelvin Hopkins, Ian Lavery, John McDonnell, Linda Riordan, Jim Sheridan, Mike Weir, Chris Williamson and Mike Wood, alongside Baroness Margaret Prosser plus Elaine Smith MSP.
An impressive array of further supporters in the trade union and labour movement include the general secretaries Len McCluskey (Unite the Union,) Billy Hayes (CWU,) Steve Murphy (UCATT,) Bob Crow (RMT,) Manuel Cortes (TSSA,) Doug Nicholls (General Federation of Trade Unions) and John Smith (Musicians’ Union & President of the International Federation Musicians) plus UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger Mckenzie.
Other prominent people to add their support from across British society include filmmaker Ken Loach, actor Andy De La Tour, lawyer Louise Christian, plus a range of academic and writers including Professor Ernesto Laclau, Professor Doreen Massey and Dr. Francisco Dominguez.
Prominent campaigners for peace and social justice include Bruce Kent, Zita Holbourne (Black Activists Rising Against Cuts,) Salma Yaqoob, Maggie Bowden (General Secretary of Liberation,) Lindsey German (Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition,) student leaders Aaron Kiely (NUS Black Students’ Officer) and Matt Stanley (NUS Executive) plus Bob Oram, Chair of the Morning Star Management Committee.
They’re missing John Hari and Ritchie though…..
Quite. This country has been distinguished for more than three centuries by uncensored newspapers. Here are some more defining traits: equality before the law, without regard for birth, wealth or ancestry; the mass franchise; universal education; jury trials; regular elections. There are few places on Earth of which lefties should be prouder.
It’s entirely true: but asking for it a bit to say it in The Guardian.
And this is a great quote:
As Billy Bragg, a rare champion of leftist nationalism, puts it: “If there is a single trait in our character that has set us apart from other nations, it is our determination to limit the authority of those who rule over us”.
Which is why we can describe ourselves as lefties for opposing the Courageous State.
The Big Six energy firms have been asked to freeze prices by the Government until the middle of 2015, it was reported last night.
The Government is calling for energy firms to commit to an immediate freeze on prices as part of a deal that could cut bills for families across the country.
The country is looking for £100 billion to be invested in the energy generation and distribution system over the next couple of decades. And the idiots are calling for price freezes?
The loans are channelled through the Labour Party accounts into LPPL, a subsidiary company. It owns 20 buildings across Britain, including the Morley property, which is valued at £80,000 and carries a 2007 Co-op charge.
A commercial mortgage broker who inspected the accounts said: “This is a ratbag collection of second and third-rate properties, and any of my clients would not get money at that rate of interest out of any bank on the face of the planet.
“They are paying half the rate of interest that the rest of us would pay. This is not a genuine arm’s-length transaction – it’s far too cosy. Poor little Co-op bondholders who are taking a haircut should be asking why they are doing it.”
It does seem to be a pretty cosy relationship. And it is also true that those who are losing out are those bondholders….it’s not the only reason they’re losing money and it’s not even an important reason why they are but still….
“We believe that two of the victims met the male suspect in London through a shared political ideology, and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call a ‘collective’,” he said.
“Somehow that collective came to an end and how the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects.
It turns out there’s any form of socialism in that cult…..
Suzanne Moore: Racism works by denying the presence of race, the privilege being to not notice it
So if I deny the very concept of race, insisting that we’re all just human beings of interestingly different melanin levels, I am therefore a racist because I deny race?
It could be the first disaster to kill more than a million, and it could happen within our lifetimes.
Called socialism or communism to taste.
A new video that surfaced on Thursday showed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threatening to “murder” someone and “poke his eyes out” in a rambling rage, deepening the conviction among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to lead North America’s fourth largest city.
The mayor told reporters moments after the video was posted online that he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” in it and “embarrassed” by it. The context of the video is unknown and it’s unclear who the target of Ford’s wrath is. The video, which appeared at length on the Toronto Star’s website and in clips on the Toronto Sun’s website, prompted another round of calls for Ford to step down.
The controversy surrounding Ford escalated last week when police announced they had obtained a different, long-sought video that shows Ford smoking a crack pipe. After months of evading the question, Ford admitted Tuesday to smoking crack in a “drunken stupor” about a year ago.
Despite immense pressure, the mayor of Canada’s financial capital has refused to resign or take a leave of absence.
Why would anyone want him to leave? He\s not leaving himself enough time to try and pass laws, enforce regulations or otherwise fuck up the lives of the citizenry.
Perfect person to have as mayor I would have thought. At least he’s not trying to do anything.
Obama wasn’t aware of the NSA’s wiretaps on world leaders, says White House review
Is the community organiser in chief really that unobservant?
Every communication that he makes happens over encrypted lines. His mobile, his phone, his internet connection, his email: he knows damn well that there’s half an army of people trying to keep the other bastards out of the communications network of the President of the United States.
So why on Earth would anyone in that position not simply assume that his bastards were doing the same to the other bastards?
It should be obvious from the very moment that his advisers first pointed out that he’s got to use special phones that he and his were doing exactly the same thing to everyone else.
Flint said: “I am really shocked by these allegations. These companies say they want to rebuild customers’ trust, but with practices like this it’s no surprise people are mistrusting of the energy industry. It is simply not acceptable for suppliers to overcharge people on top of the extortionate bills they are already paying. When customers are in credit, this should be repaid. If companies can’t find customers to repay them, they should use this money to keep bills down or help other vulnerable customers, not boost their profits.”
Under the current system, energy companies estimate customers’ future usage and charge accordingly. If less energy is used, credit is built up which can be reclaimed or used to offset higher-than-expected subsequent bills.
The profits from “credit” were taken by British Gas in cases where private or business customers had been overcharged on the basis of estimated bills, and then changed to another supplier, or ceased using British Gas for other reasons, with the outstanding sum owed to them still on their accounts.
British Gas – which argues that it is unable to track down all customers who have left them, changed addresses, or gone bankrupt – used to wait six years before taking the cash. But the whistleblower claims a special team was set up – partly based at a Leicester call centre – to fast forward this process so that investigations to locate people would be launched, and the money then taken into company accounts over a much shorter timescale.
Under this new arrangement, British Gas then took years of accumulated credit owed on accounts to augment its income. While there is nothing illegal about this, the source said British Gas was apparently nervous about how the move would be viewed if it became public. “We were briefed about how sensitive this was and there was endless talk about how this would look if it ended up on the front page of a newspaper,” said the whistleblower. He believes that all the other power companies also take this kind of money back into their accounts as profit but only after six years.
British Gas confirmed that it had set up a team to improve its credit balances but declined to say exactly what contribution it made to the business. A spokeswoman said customers in credit could always ask for the money to be refunded. She added: “We did improve our revenue and billing processes and this was fully audited and highlighted in our annual report in 2011.”
Right, now try to think through this. Estimated amounts sometimes led to overpayment. That overpayment belongs to the customer, of course. Not all of whom can be traced. The traditional system is to leave it there for 6 years then, well, it’s an orphan payment, someone’s got to have it so why not the company?
British Gas decided that it wouldn’t just leave it there for 6 years. It appears that it tried to speed up this process. Note what speeding up the process means: trying to get those orphan payments back to their rightful owners faster. This new faster system also accelerates the finding that some of the amount is indeed orphaned: but note again that it speeds up the process of returning not properly orphaned funds.
And for this BG is being criticised?
By the way. Caroline Flint was a member of the Cabinet (I think? She was certainly a Minister and absolutely damn certainly voted for the bill that did this) when Gordon Brown accelerated the confiscation of orphan bank accounts. Some journalistic type might well want to contrast her acquiescence in that change with her horror at this one.
There are two types of human beings: people who want to interfere in the way other people live their lives, and people who are content to mind their own business. Which type of people do you think go in to politics?
Ed Miliband has revealed he is willing to go further than his planned freeze on energy bills and intervene in other markets to help bring down living costs.
The Labour leader said he is prepared to unveil more interventionist policies in the interests of the consumer, despite being branded “Red Ed” in the right-wing press over his proposals to shake up the energy industry.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5, Miliband said he would do whatever it takes to mend the link between growth and living standards, after winning popular support for his plan to freeze energy prices for 20 months.
Asked whether this could include intervening in other markets, he said: “Yes, we will be doing more to show the difference a Labour government would make … we will tackle the cost of living crisis and one of the ways we’ll do it is by making markets work in the public interest.”
It’s undoubtably popular and democracy is indeed that the people should get what they want. Good and hard.
Which is what everyone will have to spend the subsequent decade clearing up of course.
So if it all comes down to this: “Should the Leader of the Opposition be able to unseat a newspaper editor for being horrid about his father?” The answer must surely be no. Better a society where the Daily Mail is free to be nasty than one where its editor can be dismissed by a disgruntled politician.
I care very little for the Mail, for Dacre, and quite possibly even less for Red Ed and the socialist buffoon that sired him.
But I do rather care for the freedom to stand up and tell our rulers to fuck off. Which is what is actually the issue here. We’ll not be having with that, where we lose the right to say so.
One of his first acts in office would be to pass emergency legislation forbidding energy companies from increasing domestic prices, the leader told his party conference.
Price controls have always been so damn effective, haven’t they?
I’m entirely used to the idea that there are places in the world where they don’t have bog roll: there’s plenty of places poor enough that you have to make do with a handful of sand. I’m also used to the idea that there’s places rich enough to have wondrous phone networks with mobile internet and local developers creating apps. I’m just very surprised that there’s a part of the world that seems to have the apps and not the paper.
There are two conflicting stories here about why this shortage is happening. There’s the president, Nicolas Maduro, insisting that it’s all a result of the capitalists hoarding the stuff to make him look bad. Indeed, last week, the state media trumpeted the fact that specialist investigators had uncovered a cache of 2,500 rolls of the stuff.
Then there’s the economists, who are saying that because the State has fixed the price so low, no one is willing to either make or import the stuff at a loss. Believe who you will there, although I’m going with the idea that capitalist revolutionaries would be causing a bit more damage than just sticky arses.
As that froth-mouthed free marketeer, though, there’s an important underlying point. Even I don’t think that the free market unadorned always works in quite the way we’d want it to. I’m quite happy to agree that there are times when markets fail, when they’re absent, or where they’re very misleading indeed (say, over the incentives to pollute, externalities and all that). But on the flip side, I’d also insist that there are indeed times when those free markets, pure and unadorned, do indeed work just fine. Like in keeping the basics of modern life, the flour, cooking oil and loo roll that this app tracks through crowdsourced knowledge, on the shelves.
It might even be that some people in that country are too poor to pay the prices demanded for that available toilet paper. To which the answer is give them more money to purchase it, don’t screw up a functioning market by freezing the price so that no one can get it.
If your price controls lead to the price charged being below the free market price then there will be a shortage of whatever the good or service is having its price controlled. And if your price control is above the free market price then what’s the fucking point?
This is just arse dribble from the Miliboy. The only important question is whether he just thinks we’re stupid enough to fall for it or whether he’s actually stupid enough to have fallen for it.
The Greek government has hinted that it will seek to ban Golden Dawn after the far-right party was linked to the murder of a leading leftwing musician in Athens.
As violence erupted on the streets and demonstrators protested after the fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas, a prominent anti-fascist, the public order minister, Nikos Dendias, cancelled a trip abroad saying the government would table emergency legislation that would seek to outlaw the group.
Amid renewed political tensions between the extreme left and right, the new law would re-evaluate what constituted a criminal gang, he said.
“Neither the state will tolerate, nor society accept, acts and practices that undermine the legal system,” the minister told reporters, adding that the attack showed “in the clearest way the [party's] intentions”.
Are Golden Dawn fascists?
Pretty much from what I can see.
Does that mean that a party that is represented in Parliament should be banned? I’m afraid that I can’t see a useful version of democracy where such a thing can be done.
The background is that there was a murder by what appears to be a group of Golden Dawn thugs. This is certainly a justification for the prosecution and trial of those potentially responsible for that murder. And if it becomes apparent that officials of the political party planned or even turned a blind eye to such plans then yes, they should indeed be similarly tried.
But banning a political party because a member/some members murdered someone just doesn’t fly I’m afraid.
Yes, yes, I know about all the “no platform” stuff but everyone does indeed get the freedom of association no matter how vile their views. The various Stalinists, Maoists (there’s even a few Juche groups about) Trots and the rest get to form political parties if they so wish despite the vileness of the views expressed. Therefore so do fascists, racists and if there was a group that wanted to associate in order to promote the revival of chattel slavery then they too have the right to exist as a group and contest elections.
Another way to put this is that we don’t ban people for being fascists for the same reason that we don’t ban political parties for not being fascists. Because we’re not fucking fascists.
So, someone with a little life and vim to them (and, to be fair, slightly barking) manages to get elected as a politician in Oz. All the other politicians call for a change in the rules:
The result has led to calls to change the electoral rules, which allow parties to win the seats with as little as 0.2 per cent of the vote – or 1,908 votes – in the case of the Australian Sports Party. Another small party, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, is likely to win with just 0.5 per cent of the vote.
Parties running for the 76-member state-based Senate can “harvest” their votes and do numerous deals with other parties to swap unused votes. The complex system has even led to the emergence of a consultant, Glenn Druery, a skilled mathematician and political operative, who works for small parties to cobble together backroom vote swap deals.
Critics say the registration fees should be increased to stop small parties from running or that parties should only be allowed to swap votes with a limited number of other parties.
The point about democracy is that if you manage to get elected you are by definition suitable to be elected. It’s not a privilege that should be reserved for the right sort of people.
Given that I was falling in love with someone who was not my wife,
The News of the World sparked the end of my marriage,
Erm, don’t you think that falling in love with a woman not your wife might have had something to do with he end of your marriage?
The truth is, politicians are no more venal or self-serving than people outside politics, and often far more high-minded.
Can we lock him up again for lying again?
Shamed cabinet minister Chris Huhne has blamed the Press for sparking the speeding points scandal which led to the end of his political career.
The former Liberal Democrat, who was jailed for eight months in March for perverting the course of justice, claims a ‘new media aggression’ has become ‘a problem for us all’.
He accused two newspapers of targetting him, first to expose his affair with an aide and then to reveal he had passed off speeding points to his wife Vicky Pryce.
You might be able to blame Guido, a bit. You might be able to blame your ex-wife perhaps. Possibly even yourself for your own behaviour.
But you cannot blame “the media” because all they did is report on what turned out to be the truth.
You know, the fault is not in The Sun but in yourself?