Cliff Jenkins’ Policies, Independent prospective local councillor

Cliff Jenkins’ Policies

Independent prospective local councillor

Objectives. Cliff wants to:

  • Improve the aspirations and opportunities for our children,
  • Improve public transport services
  • Increase housing available for young people locally
  • Support local personal involvement
  • Reduce Council Tax by ten per cent whilst improving services

Cliff’s comments o local and Concerns.

When asked about three important topics…

  • Solving local problems with the local authority. “Too often genuine grievances are met with a combination of arrogance and ignorance. I intend to change that.”
  • Children’s education and welfare “Our children are our future, we need to give them as good a start as we can. I intend to do just that.”
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of the council “As a monopoly, it has no competition and therefore has no need to improve. I intend to change that.”

Cliff replied “In my opinion the key areas for debate and then action are:

What can we do to help society reduce their use of energy, fuel, electricity and other natural resources?
What can we do to improve the success of our schools and our children?
What can we do to help people to respect each other more?
How can we help people improve their self-esteem, to be proud of themselves, of their family and their community?

Finally how do we create the extra houses for our young people to buy or rent.”

As always the underlying questions are Who, What, Why, When, Where and How

Land, the peoples’ rights

Land, the peoples’ rights In the earliest times when there was loads of land and very few people, then the land was seen as a community asset, something recognised such that the whole community had the benefit of the use of the land. The whole community owned the land together.

Then someone, whether priest or king, decided that they were unhappy with their own land, because the water supply was unreliable or because their population grew so that the land could not sustain it, or just because they wanted to prove something. The neighbouring leader whether from the next valley or the next country, decided to invade and to steal your land and either drive you off it or make you into slaves or drudges.

That leader had taken your land from you, as a nation, by force. He had stolen it and that’s a crime.

In Britain we can identify specific land grabs and thefts:

  • The Vikings from Scandinavia
  • The Anglo-Saxons from what is now Holland or Denmark
  • The Romans
  • The French under William the Conqueror
  • Henry VIII in the dissolution of the monasteries and the Reformation
  • The Enclosure Acts, (Note 1)

The leaders of each of these took the underlying national land for their own purposes purely by theft, by having the largest army, and by being the strongest or the best equipped.

The leaders then gave so-called rights to use the land that they had stolen together with its property, as rewards in battle or in politics, for the new owners to use at their pleasure.

All land in Britain, even freehold land, is still owned by the “Crown” and the owner is allowed to use it. Note this only applies to the surface land, the subterranean ground is still wholly-owned by the Crown, and all mineral rights accrue to the Crown.

The people whose land they stole, whose lives they ruined, were seen as chattels, to be driven off their land or to be disposed of as the lords and kings felt (Except it was illegal for them to commit suicide.)

However the underlying fact is that their lands were taken from them by force, the land was stolen.

This was the case in Britain and it was the case in every country in the world. AND it still is the case. Everywhere there is a coterie of people who stole the land and who think they own the land.

Around the world the people have revolted whether the French, or the Russians or the Thais or even Mugabe recovering the land from the white settlers. Then you need to include the North American Indians, the Aborigines, the Canadian Indians.

As the lands are owned by the various nations, then each nation could say that an annual Land Usage Fee is payable set at 2%, a small figure roughly equivalent to the lowest bank interest.

It doesn’t matter how the current ‘landowners’ came by the land, its just a small fee for using it, everything else about their rights to dispose or use it as they see fit remain unchanged. At 2% the licence fee could solve a lot of problems for every nation and even encourage a more effective use of the land.

The Land Usage Fee should be very simple to calculate and collect.

The land was stolen and these people are continuing to benefit from the proceeds of a crime and that’s illegal and they could be prosecuted for dealing in stolen property and probably money-laundering. So the deal for them is to accept a simple Land Usage Licence Fee.

Note 1: The Enclosure Acts, when the price of wheat collapsed and the ‘powerful people’ wanted the land for herds, the peers of the realm changed the law so that they could ‘legally’ enclose the land which the community as a whole had previously used and enjoyed.

Corruption and dealing with corruption

Corruption and dealing with corruption

The OED defines corruption as:

  1. The destruction or spoiling of anything, especially by disintegration or decomposition; putrefaction
  2. Infection, infected condition; also figuratively contagion , taint
  3. Decomposed or putrid matter
  4. A making or becoming morally corrupt; the fact or condition of being corrupt; moral deterioration; depravity
  5. Evil nature
  6. The perversion of integrity by bribery or favour; the use or existence of corrupt practices
  7. The perversion of anything from an original state or purity

We are particularly concerned with “6, the perversion of integrity by bribery or favour”.

In England we, the people, have been struggling for a thousand years years to control and constrain the power of the conquerors and their leaders. We put into place government by people who saw it as their civic duty to help organise and support for the weaker members of their community.

The heart of the moral structure of the community was the integrity of the individuals, where integrity means soundness of moral principle,the character of uncorrupted virtue; uprightness, honesty, sincerity.

When people arrived in positions of power they saw that it was their responsibility to fulfil their tasks, in whatever their position in government, local government, business, education, without fear or favour.

Over the centuries there have been many many instances where where people have been bribed or have been the briber and where it is discovered the penalty is heavy with fines and imprisonment. Most recently the Chinese arrest them and have them shot.

Regrettably we have established some ‘legal’ bribery and corrupt practices for example Sect 106 Planning Arrangements which means a developer will receive a better hearing if he gives something to the betterment of the community whether a swimming pool or an allocation of ‘affordable housing’. The Local Authorities are supposed to do this from the Council Tax collected rather than accepting corporate bribes.

In the Royal Navy, which we own, where we pay the sailors and all upkeep, when it comes to helping our ships and yachts in distress the captain and crew claim salvage for their own personal benefit and they boast about how much they get.

Then we come to Members of Parliament voting in the House of Commons, where they vote in accordance with their whips’ requirements in order to achieve ‘favour’ for promotion or even to keep their membership of their political party and therefore their job. It’s a problem that only arose when a (fairly recent) government decided that being an MP was a job rather than a civic responsibility. By their action they destroyed the integrity we demanded from MPs.

The current international uproar is about, allegedly, two individuals being willing to place their vote in favour of the team who are prepared to pay for a new football stadium for them, admittedly one was for payment to his personal bank account.

Many countries of the world are really still ‘lawless’ as the laws are not rigidly enforced on everyone equally and as there can be wholesale changes of law and ownership following a military or tribal takeover. This means that there is no security of tenure whether of your house, your job or your position or rank in society. In those circumstances it is easy to understand why people would build personal wealth at the expense of the community as a whole.

The latest UK corruption legislation is a stick to beat business with because, as I understand it, it applies not only to your business but also to that of your partners, your agents and your sub-contractors and all their employees, wherever they are based. Until all societies change and this type of law can be enacted globally, it cannot be fairly implemented and if implemented harshly will just drive international companies out of the UK.

So how might we be able to change the global culture in relation to bribery?

I think a core problem is the jealousy that is engendered so that the statement “ I’d like a job where I can be bribed for a million dollars” becomes “How do I get a job where I can be bribed for a million dollars.”

It could arise just from falsifying or misrepresenting scientific data eg for the preferred location for a new dam or a new road or a new drug; or to maintain your research funding stream; or even to influence travel options; or in misrepresenting security and terrorist threats.

How can we persuade people that democratic power is to be used for the benefit of all the people generally rather than for personal wealth accumulation or personal aggrandisement.

I wonder what is the most important recognition to show how good their country or city is? I wonder if it’s being chosen for the global spot-light together with the money that flows from that. So it could be for motor racing, the Olympics, football competitions, the commonwealth games, the arts etc. Therefore that would be where to hit them.

We need to create public embarrassment in place of public acclaim.

We could just deny the selection of their country for any world event, let’s say for ten years, if any one of their citizens accepts or makes a bribe relating to any international activity. Naturally their citizens would still be able to compete.

WE just need all the sports associations to agree!!

BUT

The only people who can be bribed are by definition the ones who have power. Where does this power come from? In a corrupt society it’s either given in exchange for other favours or it’s taken by force or it’s inherited from predecessors. It comes from a toxic mixture of people who take power be it at a corporate, local, national or international level, mixed with the inertia of average people who just want to be left to get on with their life. In many cases in order to get that power they have to promise favours, invade, rebel, steal, kill, take by force. But the heart of that power is to control the land, normally by force or by ancient laws, because the land and the workers on it produce income or they mine the resources to produce income, or they fish the surrounding waters to produce income, or the powers collect a tax on every transaction related to the use of that land.

Everything else is minor in relation to that power, the power of land-ownership. It defines the ‘HAVES’ and by default it also defines the ‘HAVE-NOTS’.

To a large extent the easiest way to progress faster than your neighbour is to take a bribe. The only benefit of paying a bribe is that you expect to make more money and you can make that money back and more. The soul-destroying part is to have to conduct yourself in a manner which at heart you detest and which destroys your integrity.

That in turn lays you open to more corruption.

Keywords: corruption

Seeing the value of your money

Seeing the value of your money

One of the problems many members of our modern society encounter is in trying to get a grasp of the meaning and value of money, to try to get a direct link from earning a wage and then via the medium of money to getting real value of personal benefit to you for all your work.Let me try to explain. We all get a job – we all work – then on Friday, or at the end of the month, we get a payslip with some numbers on it. Separately from that we pay rent or mortgage, we pay council tax, we pay for electricity, water and gas, We receive bits of paper with numbers on it from our bank, showing numbers that came in from our employer and yet more numbers that get sucked out of our account without us consciously paying – “just numbers on a bit of paper.”

At no time do any of us physically receive the cash we’ve earned, so that we can consciously pay the cash for the rent and mortgage; pay the cash for electricity etc.; pay the cash for council tax. At no time do we see in cash, the balance of money left after these costs, which we then can use for food, clothing, mobile phone, cosmetics, medical treatment, entertainment.

Since about 1464 UK legislation has tried to ensure that employees receive their wages without payment in kind or without deductions, but even with the latest version in the Employment Rights Act 1986, there is still confusion as to what can be deducted.

This paper is trying to go beyond this stage, and to draw attention to the fact that ‘everything’ is deducted, even your credit card. No one ever sees much actual money, because it is costly for any business or organisation to handle actual notes and coins, and therefore there is no connection between being paid your worth and then seeing what your worth is and seeing the results of all your work. We are becoming more and more remote.

There seems to be two separate streams. On the one hand we earn and we do whatever you can to maximise what we receive. (Well after government deductions for tax and national insurance and also deductions for court judgements, for maintenance payments, for damage to employers’ property, for company fines, for additional pensions payments – it’s a long list.)

Then there’s the payment side with standing orders, with direct debits, with money just being pulled out of our account almost unconsciously. To maintain the fiction, if we ‘need’ to buy other things we then use a credit card (using money we may not have or indeed don’t have) and then transfer money from our bank account to cover it, if there’s enough there!

This is the problem that really leads people into overspending. The problem is the gulf between grasping the value of what we earn and bringing that into contact with what we are actually spending.

Not much more than fifty years ago, people were paid in cash, using wage packets and with your wage slip folded up inside the packet and with the real pound notes and coins. On getting home, in many families the money was split up and put in jars separately for the rent, for food etc. and spare money was paid into a savings account with the Post Office, a building society or a bank.

However there was a major problem of wages theft and of harm and injury to the wages people, let alone the cost and complexity of physically making up and distributing the wages packets. So it had to change. But have we got it right? Could we do it better?

Actually it’s more complicated than that because everyone wants you to spend more, that’s what all the advertising is for – the retailers want you to buy from them, the banks and credit card companies want you to borrow from them and the government wants you to do both because they collect tax every time we buy anything. Furthermore if we spend any money then someone else will earn some money and so in their turn they will spend money (and the more that this repeats, the higher the velocity of money and the more ‘they’ receive and the happier ‘they’ are.) The problem is that if we get our calculations just slightly wrong we’re in deep trouble, let alone having a huge mountain to climb to re-establish our equanimity and our ability to enjoy our worth.

WHAT COULD BE DONE?

1. What about a graphical presentation for your bank statement, summarised monthly, showing on the left a big block scaled to represent your incomings and on the right a series of blocks stacked one over the next for your total direct debits (the ‘must’ items you’ve paid,) your total standing orders (‘optional’ items you’ve just paid, which you could probably manage without,) your total other debit cards payments (the ‘routine’ items you’ve bought, for food, entertainment, and other random retail purchases, which you could control better) and finally a block scaled to show your payment(s) to credit cards, and showing as a final block your increase in cash worth, the balance remaining. Hopefully in green rather than red!

Alternatively and much simpler, because we can be using computers, we could revert to paying, all those who want to, weekly and also for the big charges e.g. rent or mortgage to be collected weekly on a direct debit basis. We can then debate whether the remaining services and taxes should be paid for by standing order or by direct debit – council tax, electricity, gas, water, county court judgements.

2. To help people receiving benefits these could be provided by weekly credits to special VISA cards where the funds can only be used for specified purposes.

I was one of the accountants who helped companies to get their staff onto monthly pay because the handling on the cash was such an appalling problem. The computer software we used was only set up to pay people monthly so there was no option for weekly payments. Essentially we had software for the monthly paid staff and we wanted everyone on the same system.

If the weekly earnings were to be paid in on a Thursday and if the crucial payments were all moved to a weekly basis (and payments collected early on Fridays) then people could get text messages every morning of what their bank balance actually is and they can then see how they are valued and work out how to enjoy their earnings… all they then need to do is limit their spend on Friday and Saturday so that they can last the full week.

For the economy generally there would be some constraint, some belt tightening as individuals could see more easily what they are spending and as a result they will stop borrowing more money. The banks and the government will not be happy!

Goppo’s rhyme and frosts for health and safety

Goppo’s rhyme and frosts for health and safetySo,Health and Safety here we go
Quite a comic tale of woe
Playing conkers?can’t do that
Save one wears a stiff hard hat
Rolling cheeses is tradition
Fill in forms and beg permission
Coastguards’ flares have now been banned
Torches must light up the sand
Acorns falling from the trees
Will surely bring you to your knees

Warning signs proliferate
Health and Safety’s in full spate!
‘Shingle beaches are not level
Venture there at your own peril’
And here perhaps the daftest yet
‘Care! park benches may be wet’!

Now in somewhat serious vein
We often hear this same refrain
Some hospitals are none too clean
Bring back Matron-that’s the dream
Potholes too are worth a mention
Causing havoc with suspensions
Now what’s this wheeze for saving lolly
Cut out street lights-oh how jolly
C’mon c’mon,make it hasty
Let’s have REAL Health and Safety

“Economic Incompetence or Economic Warfare”

Economic Incompetence or Economic Warfare”

Cliff’s view, 161110

So which do prefer?The easiest way to look at the situation is to look at the people who have gained most: Germany and China.

Germany was the main protagonist in favour of setting up the European Union. Crucially the EU then went on to set interest rates which suited the Germans at that time. Germany needed a financial stimulus because it’s economy was stagnant, it’s Deutschmark rate was too strong. So they engineered low interest rates for the Euro.

Ireland which didn’t need any stimulus was happily working with interest rates of 6% but on joining the Euro could borrow money at 3%. Inevitably everyone thought Christmas had come early and the Irish Tiger leapt into action. Just like Spain the Construction Sector went into overdrive building properties well in excess of actual demand. The Banks went into overdrive lending them the money to do it. The banks should have taken a caning for being incompetent fools but the Irish government stepped in and guaranteed everything in sight. The banks that lent to the Irish banks should also have taken a caning, for example HBOS.

Germany got on with exporting goods at ‘Euro’ denominated prices which were and still are very favourable to them, so favourable it’s put UK manufacturing under pressure and cost us jobs and an adverse balance of payments, whilst being told by the Germans how clever they are.

The results at the moment are that Germany has made an absolute killing and has slaughtered the PIIGS, Portugal Ireland Italy Greece and Spain. They are all being hung out to dry by the Germans because of their low interest rate. The PIIGS have been skewered on to a spit and are being roasted alive, slowly.

If the Germans want to avoid being skewered themselves, they need to take a good hard look at the damage they have caused.


China took advantage of the internationally agreed principle of ‘floating’ exchange rates by setting a low ‘fixed’ exchange rate against the dollar and also automatically against all the other dollar currencies.

It was already being done by some minor currencies but this was the first major currency to do it and America should have responded immediately with a ‘fixed exchange rate of its own or with floating tariffs to balance any unacceptable currency flows.

The result has cost the American people nearly five trillion dollars, that’s nearly twenty thousand dollars per person. It made China’s manufacturing cheap and any imports to China from the rest of the world very expensive. That sounds like a currency war to me.

China proposes to rebalance their economics at a rate that suits China and its unemployment risks.

The Chinese need time to prepare their peoples to buy their own locally manufactured goods rather than imported goods.

America needs to act on its own current unemployment situation and to set floating tariff rates that are due and payable whenever a ship or a plane lands in the US with Chinese goods on board. This means that as the currency flows start to match then the floating tariff rates will automatically disappear.

Presumably the American objective will be to recover their five trillion dollar losses. If China has invested this money in long term ventures then they will need to find some way of funding their shortfall.

It has been noticed, though not necessarily by China, that almost every country has suffered from the depredations caused by Chinese currency war, including the less developed countries like Africa and South America.

Extra cost-effective housing in towns and villages,

Extra cost-effective housing in towns and villages.

Update 16th Oct 2010. What space have we got in the centre of our towns and villages? For me the answer is the carparks whether as part of a shopping complex or the civic ones or corporate or office car parks, even better over pub and railway station car parks.. We could offer existing owners the planning opportunity for residential or small office or retail. In the event that they do not go ahead then the opportunity could be open to anyone to …. (see below.) And then again we could build over the traffic islands and the adjacent roads.


Original entry, 7th September 2010:

I was travelling through Steyning this morning and saw the large car park at the medical centre and also the fairly substantial village car park. Then in Shoreham By Sea I passed the staff car park for the Adur Centre and there are various shoppers car parks. Then there are the hospital car parks in Worthing and Southwick, plus the shoppers car parks at Holmbush. All full of cars.

I have been aware for many years that we are in desperate need of houses which can be reasonably afforded by our young people.

So I wondered if there might be a way to bring these two thoughts together.

I wonder whether we could offer a two hundred and ninety nine year leases (ninety nine years is too short) for the air above the car parks. The idea being to build structures where the ground floor is car parking, as at present, though with the upper floors available for housing. Let’s say three floors of housing. There should be no so-called “affordable housing” as these are effectively only available to ‘key workers’ (civil servants) which therefore makes it even more difficult for everyone else.

Whatever sites are chosen they must be served by public transport.

The result will be to bring people to live in the shopping areas, bring life into villages and enable our young people to buy their own homes locally.

Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. Options need to be created without preconceptions, indeed challenging existing habits.

Cliff Jenkins PPC, core policies as an Independent PPC,

Cliff Jenkins PPC, core policies as an Independent PPC.

090110 Now re-organised between national and local policies.

Local:

Reinstate the fact that an Englishman’s home is his castle.
Become more self-sufficient in food.
Improve Public Transport.

National:

Prosecute MPs and Peers for fraud and obtain full repayments.
Give English MPs double votes so they have the same value as Wales, Scotland and N Ireland MPs.
Control immigration, and if necessary leave the EU.
Withhold further payments to the EU until they produce audited accounts.
Institute an annual Land Usage Licence fee.
Eliminate Council tax and remove corporation tax, and increase personal tax allowances.
Install a Senate in the House of Commons and remove party whips.
Open the House of Lords to ”excellence” proposed by voters and remove “Old Cronies” and the “Enclosures people”.
Freeze the 1036 new imprisonable offences and also the 88,000 new laws brought in the last twelve years.
End prohibition on drugs and licence and tax them as for alcohol and tobacco.
Remove all employment legislation and NIC charges from companies with less than ten staff

Originally published June 2010.

Power and Peace, now published on Amazon Kindle

Power & Peace, 16297 words, the original work on which the Tomorrows’ fiction books are based.How do we get better than we are? WE – whether in Brighton, in Britain, in the ‘West’ or in the World. How can we go about the process of getting better.

This is a series of personal observations and interpretations by a person trying to understand how we got to where we are (Where are ‘we’? Who are ‘we’?) and to look at various scenarios for our future world and also of Britain’s role within it.

Whilst it’s as good as I can get it, I acknowledge regretfully that it’s an imperfect piece of work. Hopefully it is a thought provoking view which might cause some people to think about how they would want the world to work or how we can work together to look after our world; how we in Britain can organise ourselves; and hopefully to get other people to look at how they can best organise themselves.

This book is about picking up strands of evidence, interpreting them, interpolating them and trying to visualise possibilities and options for the future. It’s also about trying to find if there may be a rational philosophy for a vision for the future.

If I’m not satisfied that there is a god, as I’m not, is it possible to create a revised ethos for our society such that the whole world could subscribe to it and which could co-exist with the religions of the world.

If Christianity is supposed to be based on ‘turn the other cheek’ and ‘love thy neighbour as oneself’ why have half the wars, ever fought, been between religions (in this meaning ‘Communism counts as a religion, a state religion’) Come to think of it why do people feel they need to kill each other? Isn’t there a better way than this?

The Good News is that we do have the first plank in enabling such a society to come into being, for the first time in the history of the world we virtually all speak the same language. Without the English language the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2010 could not have happened.

Rather than be sad that an agreement couldn’t be reached we should be overjoyed that representatives from one hundred and ninety two countries met and talked in (largely) one language about one of the problems facing us all.

However will it ever be possible to achieve agreement across the whole world?

Well, we can move forward, we can talk to each other and try to learn how to agree, or at least to learn how to stop disagreeing so vehemently or so violently.

Facing us for the immediate future are the actual and possible risks of:
– continuous on-going minor wars
– food and water shortages
– power shortages
– major war

So we need to get better than we are.
So how do we get better than we are?


“Borneo Bulletin”, an extract, a view from the Far East.

Borneo Bulletin, 24th March 2010, a view from the Far East.

An English Language newspaper published half way round the world, half a world away.

You immediately notice that there are numerous words added to the English Language because they are needed for this area. You notice that the quality of the English used is not the same as the Daily Telegraph or as good as The Straits Times (published in Singapore..)

Unusually, and wholly correctly, Muslim names are quoted in full and this may require sixteen words. Regretfully Islam takes credit for work, products, pharmaceutical drugs and other items which they are just passing off s their’s or are implementing, for example the vaccine for fighting the H1V1 virus. There is no clear attribution to the actual developers and owners of the patents.

Good NEWS, 1. Sixteen North Korean asylum seekers made it through China and Laos, crossing the Mekong River and so into Thailand after twenty days of walking. 2. There’s a new hydro-electric Power Station just going live in Laos which will supply $2 Billion worth of electricity to Thailand. over the next twenty five years.

– Dubai has retracted a decision to implement a law banning the use of alcohol in cooking, instead these foods must be treated as non-Halal and kept totally separate before, during and after preparation.

– Scalloped smooth and great hammerhead sharks and Oceanic Whitechip sharks are freely used to make sharks fin soup. The fishermen even just cut off the fins and throw the damaged sharks back to the sea to die.

– Indian Military have give authority for the manufacture of Chilli Grenades, these grenades will include chilli powder from ‘bhut jolokia’ with a strength of one million Scoville units.

– Richard Branson’s VSS Enterprise had its first test flight and is due to start commercial operations in 2012.

– India launches its luxury Maharaja train service running from Kolcota to New Delhi and Mumbai to New Delhi.

– UN reports more deaths from unsafe water than from wars.

– Peruvians harvesting the water from coastal fog, using nets.

– Bill Gates with Terrapower and Toshiba are in discussions about creating a ‘city-sized’ nuclear power station’ using depleted trainband capable of running for a hundred years without refuelling.

– Mareta Suzuki produce one million cars in India last year taking fifty percent of the market.

– Hissa Hilal wins 47 out a maximum of fifty for her poetry entitled “The Chaos of Fatwas”. If she wins the prize is 1.3million dollars. Written in the Bedouin dialect poetry Nabati. She raises the issues of Wearing a full ”Abaya” totally cloaking her face, she spoke criticising strict segregation, blasting fatwas that reject allowing women to get jobs that are currently reserved for men only, fighting extremism. Some men do not even shake hands with female family members as they did in the past. About fatwas issued even just last month calling for those promoting mixed sexes in education and at the workplace to be put to death. No longer Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, now spreading to Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

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