Malcolm Rifkind is being allowed the dignity of ‘stepping down’, if that’s “what his colleagues (in the Intelligence and Security Committee) want him to do”.
Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw have demonstrably purchasable allegiance and are prepared to work, potentially against the interest of this country, in an undemocratic manner. As such they should be sacked without delay.
They are not giving away free burgers, they are actually offering to change the menu at the behest of a competing restaurant.
Background: Rifkind and Straw have been secretly filmed by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Telegraph, appearing to offer their positions and experience to benefit a fictitious Chinese firm in exchange for thousands of pounds.
Cameron has pledged that if he wins in May you can expect young poor people to be compelled to work for their benefits in charity shops.
Quite how other shops will take this is unclear, charity shops already pay no council tax, why should they also gain an army of free labour?
I can’t imagine charities wanting to be associated with such a scheme, anyway. It wouldn’t be becoming of Oxfam to campaign against forced labour in one country, whilst simultaneously using it in another.
No, the only companies who could take part would be the ones so mired in odiousness that they have nothing left to lose.
Imagine in a couple of years time, Tesco, still reeling from a baby-meat scandal, will take out a full page advert in the national newspapers saying how the revelations of forced labour have been “extremely upsetting” and that there were “challenges ahead” if they are to regain the public trust. The CEO will then be appointed government minister for Nazi-like tendencies and will immediately merge HMRC with HSBC and KPMG.
If my comments have caused you to splutter over today’s Daily Mail, then ponder for just the briefest of moments the disparity of opportunity between one of Cameron’s own children who could well land a year-long internship at one of the aforementioned gambling houses, and some kid from the poor estate who will be busy working for free most of the week selling brick-a-brac and secondhand clothes.
Such inequality is of course possible right now, I just don’t want it systematic, made normal, enforceable and routine.
Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons Health Committee, has enjoyed a storm of support for her critisism of the Tory plan to force poor people to take medical treatment or have their benefits cut.
David Cameron wants ESA claimants with chronic conditions to lose money if they refuse medical help, but Totnes MP Wollaston, herself a doctor, points out that treating a patient under this coercion would be illegal and counterproductive. Adding that the General Medical Council will take a dim view of any doctor who treats a patient in these circumstances.
Other critics of the proposal have condemned the idea that a person suffering from depression could be forced to take medication, or undergo other treatment, against their wishes. Wollaston believes that consent is crucial to the doctor/patient relationship, and stated that competent adults are allowed to refuse treatment even if that treatment would help them.
Follow Sarah Wollaston on Twitter and take a look at this interview between Jon Snow and Iain Duncan Smith, 2 minutes 50 seconds in
Conservative MP for Totnes, Sarah Wollaston, made clear at a recent public meeting her position on corporate tax avoidance: It’s OK because our corporations do it too. Instead she puts the responsibility on individuals to shop responsibly
“If companies carry out the bulk of their business in this country they should be paying corporation tax. There are international agreements that cover these matters and of course we have companies here do the same when they have branches in other countries too. So if we take a stance that is very strict, we might find there knock-on disadvantages for other companies. What we can do as individual consumers is make a decision not to shop at Amazon, not to buy coffee at Starbucks”
Her comments reveal a lack of motivation to plug the estimated £80 Billion gap between what corporations should be paying and what they actually do pay.
Dr Wollaston was speaking to a packed public meeting in Bridgetown Church on 17th September 2014