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Living Wage Debate November 6th, 2014
UK MPs to receive 11% pay rise amid rise in malnutrition and mental health cuts
Living Wage Week Event with Caroline Lucas MP
Source: Occupy Welfare UK.
The million mask march in London, England, is tomorrow . . . -LW
Published time: November 04, 2014 15:23
It is unknown how many demonstrators will join the march, as pleas from police for information have remained unanswered.
In 2013 the event gathered crowds of more than 2,500. The Facebook event suggests over 6,000 people may attend this year.
Speaking to RT, an Anonymous source said the Million Mask March, a tradition began in 2011, was originally called OpVendetta, and initially only gathered a crowd of 50.
Within a year, the following had grown to 2,000, and in 2013 the decision was made to rename the march the “Million Mask March,” the source said.
1 million people expected to be outside Parliament
on Wednesday for the million masked march. Very keen!!
— Abby Webb (@abbyjaynew) November 2, 2014
In 2013, there were over 400 Anonymous demonstrations worldwide, held to coincide with the annual British tradition of Bonfire Night of November 5, the date on which a group of dissident plotters tried to blow up parliament in 1605. Attendants often wear a Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by the 2005 film V for Vendetta, which has become the group’s trademark disguise.
The global protests took place last year in various world cities including Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Paris, Chicago and Sydney.
— Gh05t0fC4in (@Gh05t0fC4in) November 6, 2013
RT’s Anonymous source said: “It’s a night of grievance on a night that’s historically about parliament and how it’s not always working in the people’s interests.”
“We burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a fire each year as a warning against standing against parliament so we just felt it would be symbolic,” they added.
In the lead up to the march, Anonymous sent a direct message to global bodies of power.
“To oppressive governments, we say this: we do not expect our campaign to be completed in a short time frame. However, you will not prevail against the angry masses of the body politic.”
The message further addresses the British government, saying they have “made an enemy of Anonymous,” and that they have “angered them considerably.”
This annual protest against austerity comes after a wave of protests and strikes swept through the UK during September and October.
On October 12, National Health Service (NHS) workers staged a strike over an ongoing pay dispute. The four hour strike marked the first time in history in which nurses have taken strike action.
— NO PULL OUT GANG (@__Grav) October 12, 2013
Three days later, on October 15, the Public Commercial Services union (PCS) walked out over a 1 percent pay rise cap – a pay cut in real terms. Some 200,000 public sector workers walked out for 24 hours, causing nationwide disruption to job centers, museums and courts.
More recently, police are alleged to have employed excessive violence against Occupy Democracy protesters in Parliament Square, forcibly removing tarpaulins and belongings and making over 40 arrests.
The Metropolitan Police say they wish to engage with Anonymous so they can“work together to ensure they can protest safely.”
Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said they are trying to contact Anonymous, but“no one has come forward.”
“We are keen to talk with them to ensure they are able to protest; it is important that they talk to us so that we can work together to achieve a safe and successful event.”
This man is doing his part to wake people up to the reality that our governments no longer care about us.
A man who was laid off at the end of his temporary job has been ordered by the Department for Work and Pensions to work for the same company for six months without pay.
Unemployed electronics specialist, John McArthur, 59, says he is living off 16p tins of spaghetti and has been without heating, after being sanctioned by the jobcentre when he refused to work without pay for Scottish social enterprise, LAMH Recycle in Motherwell.
While he says he was happy to work for LAMH under the now-defunct future jobs fund for the minimum wage between late 2010 and 2011, he now refuses on principle to do the same job without any pay.
McArthur says he is surviving on a monthly pension of £149 after the DWP stopped his unemployment benefit until January as punishment for refusing to go on the 26-week community work placement (CWP).
For almost three months, McArthur has spent each weekday between 7.30am and 9. 30am with a placard outside the plant reading: “Say no to slave labour”.
“It was simply a case of, ‘Go here, work for nothing and if you don’t we’ll stop your subsistence level benefit,’” he said.
McArthur, who says he has been applying for 50 jobs a week without joy, said the CWP programme was “entirely exploitative” and came at the “expense of poor people who’ve got absolutely no choice”.
“They [the government] deny it’s forced labour, that you can say no, but forced doesn’t always mean physical, it can be psychological or economic. The person who is trying to survive already on subsistence level welfare has absolutely no choice in the matter … especially if they’ve got young children to look after.”
LAMH confirmed it has 16 people working for six months without pay under CWP but added that since the end of June, six had progressed into paid employment.
The social enterprise, which repairs computers and recycles tin and cardboard, says it helps dozens of people each year who are long-term unemployed, many of whom have health issues.
Joe Fulton, the operations and development manager, said he believed the scheme “worked for people who want to make it work for them”. He added that out of the organisation’s paid workforce of 39, 25 had previously been unemployed.
McArthur said there were no jobs for someone his age in the Lanarkshire area. He said support for his placard demonstration had been overwhelming and just one person had objected.
Following conversations with local councillors, North Lanarkshire council passed a motion in October strongly objecting to forced employment schemes saying it would not get involved itself. “This council will not provide jobs or placements without pay as a condition of receiving benefits unless it is truly voluntary,” the motion read.
“We do not support any mandation of unemployed people to work without pay that puts their benefits at risk.”
The motion added such measures were ineffective and could “further stigmatise and demotivate” the unemployed in their search for work.
Last Wednesday, the DWP continued to battle the information commissioner and hostile judgments in the courts, ordering it to reveal where possibly hundreds of thousands of people are being sent to work without pay for weeks and months at a time.
At a tribunal on Wednesday, the DWP argued that if the public knew exactly where people were being sent on placements political protests would increase, which was likely to lead to the collapse of several employment schemes and undermine the government’s economic interests.
The DWP confirmed some of the UK’s biggest charities, including the British Heart Foundation, Scope, Banardo’s, Sue Ryder, and Marie Curie had withdrawn from the CWP scheme, causing a significant loss of placements.
Giving evidence, senior civil servant Jennifer Bradley confirmed that numerous charities and businesses were receiving cash payments as an incentive to take on the unemployed.
She said several DWP schemes used mandatory unpaid work as a tool to help people but stressed that it was written into the terms that charities and businesses could not use people out of work to replace their paid workforce.
The DWP said it could not comment on individual cases but added that community work placements “help long-term unemployed people to gain work experience which increases their confidence, helps them to gain vital skills and crucially, improves their chances of getting a job.
“We are not naming the charities and community groups involved in the scheme in order to protect them from those who seem intent on stopping us helping people into work.”
In a nutshell, the EU’s takeover of the UK by way of the Treaty of Lisbon is an act of treason, as defined by the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights 1689.
The right of the British Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, will be removed and be made subject to approval by qualified majority voting, or QMV,
There are 43 areas that will be affected where parliament will be unable to carry out policy changes, amendments, or repealing etc.
Each member state will lose the right of veto (constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a lawmaking body, exercise a veto against a decision or proposal).
The Treaty of Lisbon (initially known as the Reform Treaty) is an international agreement which amends the two treaties which form the constitutional basis of the European Union (EU) and signed on 13 December 2007, and entered into force on 1 December 2009.
The signing of The Lisbon Treaty is treason and can be proven with the Bill of Rights 1689 and still in force, it, by definition, cannot be removed, changed or signed away by anyone, least of all Parliament.
And I doe declare That noe Forreigne Prince Person Prelate, State or Potentate hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction Power Superiority Preeminence or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realme Soe helpe me God. – Bill of Rights 
In other words, we may not be ruled in any way, shape or form by any foreign entity.
When the British parliament and crown cease to exist, it is the Supremacy of the indigenous peoples that comes into immediate and factual existence.
At this point,the people can either continue as Citizen under the EU or declare themselves as ‘a sovereign indigenous man under the jurisdiction of Natural Law’.
On 1st November at Stonehenge, a declaration for the indigenous peoples of the Isles of Britain will be read by Nomine Deus and anyone can turn up and support the declaration.
Hear Ye Hear Ye Hear Ye all people who now inhabit the formerly known in ancient times the Isles of Prydian, latterly known by force and deceit as the United Kingdom
All people of the land Hear Ye this proclamation and Declaration
We the people of the land hereby solemnly make notice and Declaration that we are the Indigenous peoples of this land.
Further we declare that we are no part of the society which declares itself to rule over us the indigenous people, for they have attained their position and wealth by diverse acts of subterfuge and theft of the resources which are ours by right to share amongst ourselves without favour or profit-making.
We the Indigenous peoples reclaim our ancient birthrights and customs from the treasonous elites who have hidden the same from us for generations, seeking to enrich themselves from our common resources at the expense and ensuing poverty of the peoples whom have become enslaved in the system set up for the elites sole benefit. (read full declaration)
An online petition, WITHDRAWAL OF THE UK FROM THE EU USING ARTICLE 50 OF THE LISBON TREATY BY 1ST NOV 2014 (38.Degrees) has gathered over 11,000 signatures.
The petition is demanding the coalition government withdraw from the EU effective immediately.
The 43 areas:
1) Administrative cooperation, 2) Asylum, 3) Border Controls, 4) Citizens initiative regulations, 5) Civil Protection, 6) Committee of the regions, 7) Common Defence Policy, 8) Crime prevention incentives, 9) Criminal judicial cooperation, 10) Criminal Law 11) Culture, 12) Diplomatic judicial cooperation, 13) Economic Social Committee, 14) Emergency International aid, 15) Energy, 16) EU Budget, 17) Eurojust, 18) European Central Bank, 19) European Court of Justice, 20) Europol 21) Eurozone external representation, 22) Foreign Affairs High Representation Election, 23) Freedom of Movement of Workers, 24) Freedom to Establish a Business, 25) Freedom, Security, Justice, cooperation & evaluation policy, 26) Funding the Common Foreign & Security Policy, 27) General economic interest services, 28) Humanitarian Aid, 29) Immigration, 30) Intellectual property 31) Organisation of the Council of the EU, 32) Police cooperation, 33) President of the European Council election, 34) Response to natural disaster & terrorism, 35) Rules concerning the Armaments Agency, 36) Self-employment rights, 37) Social Security Unanimity, 38) Space, 39) Sport, 40) Structural & Cohesion Funds, 41) Tourism, 42) Transport, 43) Withdrawal of a member state
This is one of the reasons Scotland should have choosen independence and why the UK should withdraw from the EU.
The European Union has supremacy over British Law.
80 per cent of Britain’s laws are now made in Brussels and Parliament has no power to reject or amend them – Peter Lilley.
Wow! The corrupt banking stories are starting to focus on the City of London–the heart of the central banking cartel. We must be getting close to the end of this chapter… -LW
In her first public address since adopting the position of BoE Deputy Governor, Nemet Minouche Shafik denounced the actions of UK traders in foreign exchange, currencies and bonds markets, warning financial misconduct in these sectors goes well beyond a few rogue financiers.A top Bank of England (BoE) official warns widespread financial crime in the City of London is eroding public trust. The BoE’s criticism surfaced as it launched a review to tackle market manipulation.
Referencing LIBOR riggers’ behavior as unacceptable, she suggested fines for such fraudulent activity were inadequate and signified “salt rubbed into the wounds to public confidence in financial markets.”
— CXOAsia (@cxoasia) October 28, 2014
LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) currently determines the cost of up to $350 trillion worth of global financial products. While the 21st century has been littered with financial scandals, Libor rigging by leading global banks has been dubbed the most flagrant in modern history.
Approximately £4 billion worth of fines have been issued for the manipulation of core benchmark rates to date, and the City is expecting further fines for the rigging of currency markets to be publicly announced in November.
Speaking at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Monday, Shafik warned Britain’s financial system is rigged and characterized by disproportionate rewards.
“When people read of malpractice in financial markets, of trading profits being claimed through manipulation, collusion or dishonesty, they naturally wonder if they are one of the people who have been wronged,” she said.
Joel Benjamin, a leading researcher and campaigner at UK ethical finance group Move Your Money is investigating the impact of LIBOR rigging on UK citizens and stakeholders. Benjamin warns such rate manipulation is anything but a victimless crime, and those who have suffered most in its wake remain largely uncompensated.
“The real victims of LIBOR are pension funds, SME’s fraudulently mis-sold interest rate swaps, public authorities with cash investments in the banks, and LOBO loans and PFI contracts where interest repayments increased as LIBOR was rigged lower by the banks,” he told RT on Tuesday.
Shafik’s address at LSE accompanied the launch of the BOE’s long-awaited review of fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities markets, collectively termed FICC. The results of the Bank’s review, first announced by Chancellor George Osborne in June, are expected to surface following the general election in May 2015.
Commenting on the implications of rate rigging, Osborne warned on Monday that financial integrity is a vital prerequisite for a thriving British economy.
But Benjamin argues Osborne has done little to help small businesses and local authorities that have suffered as a result of such financial crimes.
“Instead of investigating victims of LIBOR fraud and pursuing compensation, George Osborne has handed LIBOR fines to armed forces charities. LIBOR fines should be going to SMEs defrauded by the banks and to fund public services ravaged by austerity cuts borne of the bank bailouts,” he said.
Reflecting on questionable aspects of Britain’s financial sector, the BoE’s deputy governor said the tired argument that financial misconduct relates to the behavior of a “few bad apples” is “no longer credible.” Shafik suggested UK financial regulation lacks efficacy and robustness, and a regulatory overhaul is needed to“fix the barrel and to get rid of the bad apples.”
— Jake Wellman (@jakewellman) October 27, 2014
Responding to the BoE Deputy Governor’s comments, Benjamin told RT the Bank must drive and oversee a dramatic shift in Britain’s regulatory architecture.
“If the Bank of England are serious about changing the culture of British banking, that means ensuring bankers take responsibility for their actions, and that regulators hold criminal behavior to account,” he said.
Benjamin warns that “deferred prosecution agreements” currently deployed under UK law are particularly problematic. Such legislation facilitates banks in avoiding criminal penalties and keeping damning details of fraudulent activity from public knowledge, he argues.
— Tim Frost (@FrostTim) October 27, 2014
LIBOR rigging is currently illegal under UK law. And the manipulation of currency and gold markets are set to be classified as criminal offences by the end of 2014.
But Benjamin warns political motivation to prosecute bankers responsible for rate rigging remains paltry at best.
“LIBOR was a clear conspiracy to defraud, and should be treated as such under UK law. But there is no political will to prosecute the bankers who provide over 50 percent of party political donations,” he said.
Benjamin argues that the City of London is characterized by a culture of impunity that reinforces the concept “that crime in the City by elites is tolerable and understandable, while crime on the streets is unacceptable – irrespective of personal circumstances and need.”
These Occupiers are seeking to change the relationship between government and the governed, not just “voter reform.” Maybe countries like the States and Canada should pay attention. -LW
Protesters from Occupy London have begun a week-long demonstration in Parliament Square.
The group have pitched tents and are displaying placards highlighting more action to be taken on a number of issues including the NHS, inequality and poverty.
A statement on the campaign website said: “The occupation will be the rallying point to join together from all our backgrounds, using the energy of the amazing actions that will be happening between now and then.
“It will be the start of a campaign for a sane and just democracy, that isn’t about just voting but about changing the conversation and mobilising people so those votes can really count.”
— Nina Tailor (@ninatailor2) October 17, 2014
The Met said they had tried to engage with the campaigners to discuss their plans for the occupation as bylaws in Parliament Square prevent people putting up tents.
A statement said: “Parliament Square is governed by specific legislation and local byelaws which prevent anyone from putting up a tent or other structure, having anything with them for this purpose, or any sleeping equipment. It also prohibits the use of any amplified noise equipment.
“Officers will be on hand to give out leaflets to demonstrators that wish to protest in Parliament Square. These leaflets explain the specific legislation that relates to Parliament Square and its surrounds.”
The occupation is expected to last until October 26.
Banks in the US and UK are planning a disaster recovery drill on Monday. What do you think they’re not telling us? Will this be a re-boot of the banks? Will this be the cover story for cleaning-out everybody’s bank account(s), like they did in Cyprus? -LW
Britain and the US will stage the first transatlantic simulation of a crisis in a large bank on Monday, in a sign of growing confidence that the authorities can now deal with the failure of large institutions.
All of the main players who would need to be involved in a failure of companies such as Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Barclays or HSBC will gather in Washington DC to make sure they would know what to do, who to call and how to inform the public.
The move reflects the authorities’ view that they are getting close to solving the “too big to fail” problem, even for cross-border banks, outside a full-blown system-wide crisis.
George Osborne, UK chancellor, announced he would be taking part in the “war game” along with Jack Lew, US Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve, Mark Carney, Bank of England governor and other senior officials from both countries.
The simulation will not mimic any particular banks but the authorities will run through the procedures they would follow if a large UK bank with US operations failed and those for a significant US bank with a British presence. Unlike domestic war games held before the financial crisis, Mr Osborne pledged to publicise the results.