First we had Theresa May making false claims during a live BBC debate and now the above. Both are likely breaches of the Representation of People Act.
The Conservative Party contracted a secretive call centre during the election campaign which may have broken data protection and election laws, a Channel 4 News investigation has found.
The investigation has uncovered what appear to be underhand and potentially unlawful practices at the centre, in calls made on behalf of the Conservative Party. These allegations include:
● Paid canvassing on behalf of Conservative election candidates – banned under election law.
● Political cold calling to prohibited numbers
● Misleading calls claiming to be from an ‘independent market research company’ which does not apparently exist
It has emerged Gavin Barwell ordered a delay into high rise fire safety reviews back when he was the Tory Housing Minister.
Edward Snowden says “The idea this could have been prevented is shattering. The neglect here is inhuman”.
Barwell lost his seat to Labour in the recent general election and Theresa May has tried to make up for it by making him her chief of staff. Is she now regretting it?
While Gavin Barwell has serious questions to answer it is yet to be established who is ultimately responsible because it is claimed a blogger was gagged by the council for trying to highlight the issue. Backup to article.
Tory lie 1: Labour can’t be trusted with the Economy
This lie has really taken hold but public spending as a percentage of GDP was lower under the last Labour Government (37%) than it was under Thatcher (40%), John Major (38%), or the current Tory government (42%).
In fact, after a decade in power, the last Labour government had cut the deficit and cut the national debt making it the most prudent Government in modern times.
Granted, once the global financial meltdown occurred, public spending rose significantly as Labour fought to save the UK banks from collapse. It is worth noting that it still didn’t reach the high water mark of 1981-83.
If you believe the much repeated narrative that Labour can’t be trusted with the economy, first you should check out the data.
Tory lie 2: Labour destroyed the economy (in 2008) & left the country in a mess
The GLOBAL financial meltdown was caused by the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in the USA, causing a worldwide banking crisis. The meltdown happened as a result of high risk, complex financial products, undisclosed conflicts of interest, the failure of regulators, the credit rating agencies, and the market itself to rein in the excesses of Wall Street.
All Governments suffered at the hands of the banking crisis, no matter how strong or weak. Yet, the UK was one of the quickest to recover. In reality, swift action from then PM Gordon Brown prevented the UK banks from collapsing along with some of their American counterparts and other national banks.
It is worth noting that in the UK, the Conservative Party actually supported further banking deregulation prior to the financial collapse.
Tory lie 3: More Public Spending will Cripple the Economy
Running an economy is not the same as running your piggy bank at home. It’s probably fair to say that most people can’t get to grips with the concept of national debt being quite different from personal debt.
There are economic principles, such as ‘the paradox of thrift’ whereby spending less during an economic recession (such as the austerity measures deployed by the Conservatives) leads to a fall in aggregate demand. Hence a reduction in economic growth. This implies that spending less actually damages the economy and growth.
Another economic principle, the multiplier effect, shows that spending is better thought of as an investment to a healthy economy. The multiplier effect refers to the increase in final income arising from any new injection of spending. So for example, for every pound the government spends on building projects, not only will that spend stimulate the economy in terms of creating jobs and spending, it is likely that the overall tax return from the money working its way around the economy can be more than the initial spend.
In fact, many economists believe that public spending is the best tool available to inject investment into the economy from the bottom up.
This theory is underlined by the fact that spending had to rise at the start of the last decade to correct the neglect that had gone before. New schools and hospitals were built and as spending increased, so did our national wealth. The economy grew every quarter for 11 successive years primarily under the Labour government.
Esther McVey retains her Tatton MP seat after her April 2017 return but it remains to be seen whether she’ll be given back her DWP Minister position.
McVey was previously voted out of her seat in 2015 when the good people of Wirral West woke up to her dodgy antics.
In Tatton 28,764 people were mad enough to vote her in during the June 2017 election with a majority of 14,787.
“The Government is lying to the public”, he adds.
“Extra” officers on the streets were actually officers putting in 16-hour shifts or working on “rare leave days”.
Former Met Police chief Peter Kirkham has accused the government of “lying” about the number of armed officers on the streets, during an interview in the wake of the London terror attack.
“The Met is in crisis”
“We haven’t got enough cops to actually put people on the street, that’s the main problem really, the streets have been lost. And I would put it as strongly as that,” he said.
Statistics published by the Metropolitan Police show that:
- gun crime increased by more than two fifths (42 per cent) year-on-year with 2,544 offences recorded in 2016/17;
- knife crime jumped by almost a quarter (24 per cent), with more than 4,000 offences involving blades resulting in an injury;
- the total number of offences recorded by the force rose by nearly 4.6 per cent from 740,933 to 774,737;
- violence against the person crimes were up by 4.7 per cent while there were also increases in robberies (12 per cent), sex offences (9 per cent) and theft (7 per cent);
Theresa May was Home Secretary under Cameron and Osborne when she made drastic cuts to front line emergency services.