The Case for Traditional Conservative Values – John Gelmini

Oliver Heald MP

Oliver Heald MP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thank Dr Alf for reblogging the article entitled “Two tales of the UK economy – national cheer and personal pain” by Peter Kellner in the Gurdian. As an alternative to the policies of David Cameron‘s Coalition Government, I would like to explore the return to traditional Conservative values in the UK.

Traditional Conservative values are about delivering a competitive economy with low taxes, strong defense, strong law and order, promoting traditional marriage and family life, economic competence,good Governance, social mobility, politeness and the promotion of a sense of history rooted in Judeo Christian ethics.

Neither the Labour narrative nor the Coalition narrative contains any of these things:

–Our economy is unbalanced, uncompetitive and in serious debt with few exports of substance

–Our Tri Forces are being run down,we cannot afford even a coastal protection vessel,we have aircraft carriers without aircraft and much of our overseas aid is wasted on corrupt dictators, despots, administration, lost /hopeless causes or is stolen by terrorists

–The police force is being privatized by stealth with investigative services going to ex policemen/policewoman being transferred to G4S, prison guard duties being undertaken by Serco and G4S and the police traffic department being replaced by the Highways Agency in 2014.

This will be backed by powers of arrest, seizure, the ability to levy on the spot fines and track people on a National grid of ANPR checkpoints.

All money raised in fines will go to the Treasury and all objectivity about traffic policing will be lost as the DOT and the Highways Agency administer what is to come,Road Pricing on top opf all other taxes”

–Family life is being traduced by both political parties(Non working mothers have made a lifestyle choice”–George Osborne), Gay Marriage was backed by both parties even though it was never in the Conservative manifesto, pre-cohabitation agreements and American style no fault divorce are coming next ,again with the approval of both parties and their fellow travellers, the Liberal Democrats

–Society is becoming more and more unequal and neither Cameron or Miliband have a cat,s chance in hell of slowing let alone stopping the process.

–UK PLC is a corrupt and badly run country, seemingly run by chancers, spivs, liars and Arthur Dailey like people who would sell their own grandmothers and do not know the difference between right and wrong.

Whilst my own MP, Oliver Heald, is an honorable and hardworking man, I sadly look at the Cabinet and the Opposition, and largely see a bunch of intellectual lightweights, with little grasp of economics, the scale of our problems and even fewer solutions.

Judeo Christian ethics are rubbished, along with anyone who believes in them, and is daring enough to say so, every day yet the COE other than Justin Welby, the present Archbishop of Canterbury, remain silent.This happens on the BBC, in left-wing media,in certain local authorities whose mendacity in this regard frequently knows no bounds and on radio stations.

Moral relativism, laissez-faire, chillaxing, Angry Birds, going on holiday, retail therapy,” larging it up”, slothfulness, greed, the prospect of instant riches or stardom,making bogus insurance claims and duvet days have replaced work, self-discipline, doing the right thing, pride in one’s work and planning in a new “Let’s be having it now” culture.

People see and sense the waste but reason that matters are beyond their control and because of the bad example set by those at the top,engage in all kinds of nefarious practices.

This on the basis of “If they can do it so can I”.

Those who own houses or are about to buy them feel richer and will be allowed to feel that way until it is time to vote again in 2015.

After that reality will kick in again regardless of who is in office.

For those who do not own houses and have no prospect of getting one, or who are jobless and without qualifications, life is going to get a lot tougher and even more unequal.

For those in the gilded cage, at the top, life will get even better until those below them say enough is enough.

John Gelmini


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Towards a Deeper Understanding of the UK’s Universal Credit Chaos – John Gelmini

English: Iain Duncan Smith, British politician...

English: Iain Duncan Smith, British politician and former leader of the Conservative Party. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thank Dr Alf for reblogging the Guardian article entitled “Universal Credit staff describe chaos behind scenes of flagship Tory reform”. From my perspective and deep subjective experience, I see matters slightly differently.

Duncan Smith’s idea for consolidating a plethora of benefits into 1 is deceptively attractive and is based on the assumption that benefit recipients are as a group capable of money management on a monthly basis in the same way as middle class people of working age who might be readers of the Guardian and the Telegraph or the other broadsheet newspapers.

The reality, as I have seen from my late father’s experiences of letting to such people over a period spanning the last 35 years, is very different.

Benefits are at the moment paid fortnightly, usually on a Monday which means that benefit recipients think in terms of 4 week periods rather than calendar months which the working population uses.

Benefit recipients frequently waste money on drink, cigarettes and various forms of wasteful expenditure such as lottery tickets and can be seen on weekdays guzzling beer outside the local Witherspoon public house whenever it is a hot or dry day or when their bank accounts have been credited with benefits.

This is a scene I often witness whenever I go to the bank, walk past the local Jobcentre and see these people in Letchworth, Hertfordshire spending their money.

Similar scenes can be witnessed all over the country, so there is nothing unique about my experience.

The amounts of benefit are small and the “cash in hand ” jobs that some of these people used to do to illegally top up their money now tend to go to harder working immigrants.

With fortnightly payments, these people can just about manage to scrape by but tougher rules on crisis loans have driven about 3 million of these people into the hands of predatory doorstep lenders such as Provident PLC and more recently Wonga which Justin Welby ,the present Archbishop of Canterbury wants to take on with credit unions of his own.

What will happen with the present and future benefit cuts if they are not combined with aggressive measures to generate jobs, increase exports and inward investment, enterprise and the means to pay for more modern infrastructure, high-speed broadband,is that benefit recipients will get into rent arrears,become homeless eat at Food Banks and turn to petty crime.

This will mean rents will not be paid and landlords will simply not rent to these people which will in turn increase rents in the private sector as there is no more building of any scale going on.

Dr Alf rightly cites all the faults with the delivery of Universal Credit along with a history of omnishambles, bungling and incompetence across a range of Government programs and procurement which in some cases I think is a deliberate attempt to create problems which can then be exploited.

Even with proper project management, a flawlessly executed roll-out plan and transitional relief from the Treasury Universal Credit will fail because Benefit Recipients will fail to budget and do not think like the rest of the population who have to try and pay their way.

Ian Duncan Smith is a religious and honorable man with good intentions but even with his military experience as an Army Officer he does not understand the true mindset and modus operandi of Benefit Recipents or the practicalities of renting via private landlords with local authorities involved. Often this involves local authorities deliberately keeping rents down to uneconomic levels thus creating a yawning gap between what the landlord needs to maintain the property properly and what the landlord actually gets.This simply encourages landlords to evict these people and only rent to working tenants who are usually much less trouble.

Eviction of non paying tenants under the present system and under Universal Credit is biased towards tenants because local authorities will not rehouse Benefit Recipients in receipt of Housing Benefit until the landlord has obtained a possession order,something which can take up to 1 year.

Universal Credit legislation does not address this problem and all the Universal Credit pilots show an 80% increase in rent arrears can be expected which will lead to homelessness and the need for more food banks.

Since the Knights of Malta announced a major initiative along with the Trussell Trust to build more food banks in the UK and Europe during the inception of these Universal Credit pilots,the timing to me looks strangely propitious.

Lord Freud, the former City grandee, who advised the Government on this and the Work Programme understands them even less.

Strangely enough, it was another grandee ,George Osborne,the Chancellor who expressed doubts about Universal Credit and the ability of Benefit Recipients to budget. He was overruled by David Cameron who took Duncan Smith’s side in a series of furious rows.

The chickens, as they say, will come home to roost along with all the unwanted consequences.

John Gelmini


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