Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Take from the young, give to the elderly - good politics, but terrible leadership

The Prime Minister is continuing his elderly voter giveaway ahead of the election. This may be good politics, but it is terrible leadership. The UK should expect more from its Prime Minster than simple Tammany Hall politics.

I've previously blogged about Osborne's pensioner giveaway, signing us up to £500m more in interest payments on our national debt than the market required. This was in effect paid for by scrapping Child Trust Funds. Money taken away from the young, and given to the elderly.

Now we have a commitment to no means testing of pensioner benefits. So the winter fuel allowance, free bus passes, and TV licences will continue to be funded for those on final salary pension schemes, with a Jag in the driveway and a Sky Sports subscription.

For comparison, this is the government that scrapped the means-tested Education Maintenance Allowance for those aged 16-19, introduced a decidedly cack-handed means testing of child benefit, and withdrew funding from SureStart.

Many commentators suggest that policy choices such as this reflect the fact that the elderly turn out to vote and the young do not. Many even fawningly applaud the leaders for smart 'politics'. However, many of the young people affected by cuts cannot vote. They are the under 18s, and they need leaders to have a view beyond the next election cycle.

This is why it is terrible leadership. It is pandering to those that can vote, at the expense of those who cannot. 

The young need political leaders to stand up for them, protect them, and invest in their future. They are not enfranchised to do this themselves. Cameron and Osborne have instead decided that power itself is more important than what you do with it, and are mortgaging their future to buy off voting pensioners this May.

I'm reminded of a Mr Burns quote from the Simpsons, at a time when there was a power shortage in Springfield,
"We've syphoned extra power off from the orphanage. Who are they going to complain to? Their parents?"

Monday, 16 February 2015

Windsor Labour Annual General Meeting 19-2-2015 8pm

Labour Party Members are warmly invited to the Windsor Labour Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19th February 2015. 
It will be held at Clewer Lodge, Mill lane, Windsor SL4 5JG at 8pm 


DIRECTIONS:
Drive into Mill lane, passing the Swan Pub on your left.
200 meters further on you will see a small Church like building on your right, that is Clewer Lodge.


As usual the AGM business will be concluded in an efficient and timely way then we will move on to discussing the election campaigns and other exciting developments!


Sunday, 25 January 2015

PEOPLE'S MARCH TO SUPPORT THE NHS


COME AND JOIN OUR ‘PEOPLE’S MARCH’ TO SUPPORT NHS STAFF ON 29TH JANUARY 2015
SUSPENDED
DO NOT GO TO HEATHERWOOD HOSPITAL ON THURSDAY



On the Thursday 29th January 2015 many NHS staff will be striking, they are simply asking for a small payrise to help them pay the bills and to stop their colleagues leaving nursing and other health professions to go to better paid, less stressful jobs.

I support the NHS and believe that the staff should be paid better than they are; so to support the staff I will be marching from Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot to King Edwards Hospital in Windsor on the morning of the 29th. A distance of just over 6 miles.

You don’t have to be a walker to support ‘The People’s March:’ You can come along to Heatherwood Hospital simply to take part in the rally at 9am or you could join at King Edwards Hospital to welcome us there, we expect to arrive at 12 noon.  

The route follows a main road that runs right through the heart of beautiful Windsor Great Park and it will be mostly down hill. The views are lovely as you walk over the brow of the hill and look down over the park and Windsor and lots of passing traffice will see us.

9am: Meet at 9am at Heatherwood Hospital: If you are arriving by train, The hospital is a 20 minute walk from Ascot Station on the Reading/Waterloo line. Please allow time for this. MAP. 

9am to 9.30am: Opportunity to display banners and flags, press photos etc. I will be there but please congregate on the pavement outside the entrance where passing traffic can see you and make sure pedestrians can pass if they need to. 

9.20 am: Rally and speech at Heatherwood in support of NHS staff.

9.30am: Start the march; we will follow the main road for 6 miles down to Windsor and King Edwards Hospital. MAP.

12 - 12.30  We will be met by UNISON pickets and will rally in support of NHS staff. Some people may leave us here but others may join.

All being well we will march through the town ending at the Mainline Windsor and Eton station on the Reading/Waterloo line. MAP. Brief rally to thank everybody at our stop point then we will disband.  

If you let me know you are coming I will try to provide a high visability waistcoat for you. Wear trainers or your favourite walking shoes or boots. We are planning to walk on concrete and short grass so comfort is more important than high tech’ boots. Plenty of warm layers and a rain proof layer just in case! A small day back pack is a good idea for your spare layers/gloves/chocolate etc.

Thames Valley Police are aware of the march and want us to keep ourselves as safe as possible. We will walk 2 abreast for the march and those who want to, can carry banners or flags. About half the route has a pavement and half not: On the section that has no pavement we will still walk 2 abreast but one will be on the grass verge and one right on the edge of the road facing the oncoming traffic on the right hand side (so that we can see the cars that pass closest to us). High vis’ jackets and banners will make us very visible to traffic. I have checked the route and this is the best option.

There is nothing like a bit of positive action and a walk in the park to boost our morale as we get going on the 2015 campaign to save the NHS from underfunding, from break up and from privatisation. Please support me with this day of action; for more info and offers of support my email is fionadentlabour@btinternet.com  Remember you don’t have to be a Labour supporter to come long and support your NHS staff: you can keep track of my campaigning at www.facebook.com/fionadentlabour and www.fionadentlabour.com My number is 07824953354 if pickets, supporters or press want to contact me. Also I will be contacting the press separately. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 29TH!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Osborne's pensioner giveaway, paid for by the children of the UK

Over the weekend George Osborne celebrated the initial success of his Pensioner Bond giveaway. Over 10% of the £10bn allocation for the bond, which returns 4% p.a. over three years, has already been taken up. But while this may be clever electoral politics, it is a bad policy by any other measure.

This is a redistributive policy that gives money to wealthy pensioners, paid for by the rest of us in the form of above-market debt interest payments. That cost is estimated at £300m a year more interest than if we had borrowed £10bn from the gilt market. The hypocrisy of this from a Chancellor committed to cutting the deficit is clear for all to see - even the Taxpayers Alliance have lined up to criticise the policy.

For a comparison, one of the coalition’s first acts was to scrap Labour’s Child Trust Funds. These funds were given to a parent on behalf of every child at birth, maturing on the child’s 18th birthday. They were modest, but intended to encourage saving by the family for the child’s future.

Scrapping these funds saved £320m a year in 2010 and 2011.

In effect the coalition took money away from every child in this country, including the most deprived, and redistributed it to wealthy pensioners in a pre-Election giveaway.

Another insight into the Conservative’s priorities for this country.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Local Council fails the electorate.


On the first working day of the new year I phoned RBWM to ask how many registered electors there are in Windsor and they were clearly in the midst of working frenetically to solve their problems with the switch over to the new system.
I felt sorry for the staff I spoke to but I am worried that many people, particularly young adults, will lose their vote in this fiasco.
Fiona Dent
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Windsor Constituency.

Here the Windsor Express takes up the story.
CLICK on the article.




Friday, 28 November 2014

THE NHS WITH LABOUR IN 2015




 A very informative and lively meeting with LORD PHILIP HUNT in West Windsor tonight (27th November 2014). 

We talked about the mad rush to privatisation that this government is leading, how it is being starved of the support it needs and how Labour can repair the damage if elected in 2015. People came from far and wide to hear him speak and ask questions. Members of the public raised difficult issues and some carried on talking long after Philip left (photo below). A very worthwhile and enjoyable evening! 




Wednesday, 26 November 2014

NHS PUBLIC MEETING 27th November 2014




WINDSOR LABOUR will be holding a public meeting
on the future of the NHS. Our key speaker is LORD
PHILIP HUNT
, Shadow Health Minister; he was born
locally, is looking forward to spending some time with
us and will be answering questions. Please give him a
warm Windsor welcome by coming along.

YOU WILL BE MET WITH NIBBLES,
REFRESHMENTS, A BAR, GENERAL GOOD
HUMOUR AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
WELCOMING YOU!

What: PUBLIC MEETING ON THE NHS,
When: 27th of November 7.30pm
Where: New Windsor Community Association
Centre On Hanover Way, Clewer North,
Windsor SL4 5NW
Who: Fiona Dent, your Prospective parliamentary
Candidate will host the event.

FREE ENTRY!
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