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An emboldened Conservative government would indeed be good news for ‘Strong and Stable’ funeral directors, as:

  • air pollution continues unabated,
  • the health service deteriorates,
  • the incidence of adult depression and mental illness in children grows apace
  • ‘moral fibre’ rots: latest indication:10,000 Britons signed up to one of the world’s largest paedophile internet networks
  • and others are debt-ridden due to the daily onslaught of consumerist advertising,
  • sedated by inane, often BBC-provided TV quiz shows
  • or led astray by a violent TV/online diet.

Tom Young says May’s ‘Strong and Stable Government’: (is) More Than a Tagline – indeed it is and a Conservative stabilisation unit would, in future, see an increasingly  heavy workload.

New claimants with a disability have just been hit by a £30 a week cut in benefits to save the government £1bn over four years even though their living costs are higher because of the need for assisted travel, hospital appointments, extra heating, etc., and they are likely to take far longer to find a job.

A Hall Green friend who intends to vote Labour writes of his issue with the Labour message: “it remains too rooted in struggle and injustice, and not enough in giving people a reason to vote if they don’t suffer or struggle”.

But many well-placed voters are deeply concerned when seeing others in difficulties. And a far larger swathe of the population is struggling than he seems to think:

  • graduates in formerly secure jobs are being made redundant,
  • people in their twenties and twenties now see no option but to live with their parents,
  • many people are suffering from urban air pollution and miserable traffic congestion,
  • education cuts will affect their children as the Public Accounts Committee has warned,
  • in some areas people in need of healthcare are affected by a declining NHS service.
  • mental illness, no doubt in part due to one of more of these factors, is rising rapidly in both children and adults.

Professor Prem Sikka sees the positive, constructive Labour message; U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn plans:

  • to raise corporation tax by more than a third over the next three years and plough the £6bn proceeds into schools and universities,
  • restore maintenance grants for the poorest students,
  • abolish university tuition fees
  • guarantee that five, six and seven-year olds will not be taught in classes of more than 30.
  • creating a National Education Service to equip Britain’s workers for the post-Brexit economy,
  • extend free adult education to allow workers to upgrade their skills,
  • raise the cap on NHS wages, and
  • to build up to a million new homes, many of them council houses.

If ‘the sums don’t add up’, a standard Conservative knee-jerk reaction:

Withdraw subsidies from fossil fuel & nuclear companies and arms exporters, jettison HS2 and redirect investment to improving rail and waterway transport links.

Sikka rightly ends: People are our biggest asset and only they can build a nation. We have a choice: Tax cuts for the rich or investment in our future to enable people to realise their potential.







bcn2A member of one of the city’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Patients’ Participation Groups responds to the news of the council’s successful bid for a Rough Sleeping Grant:

“It is good to see the May Government have relaxed their financial persecution of some of the Midlands’ local authorities and are providing cash to allow us to help rough sleepers more.

“Why are Birmingham South Central and (part of) Sandwell/West Birmingham CCG not on the list (like the Cross City Group)? These two CCGs will also have GP practices which have rough sleepers who need help.”

jc-2-housing-coverLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s housing report points out: “Homelessness is rising: Official figures show that sleeping rough in England is up 55% since 2010 (and up 78% in London); while families in temporary accommodation are increasing too”

He sees housing policy as a top priority and lists measures needed, including:

  • Addressing the issue of out-of-control private rents.
  • Ensuring that private rented homes meet basic standards of health and safety.
  • Building new council houses and other new homes that are affordable to rent and to buy.
  • Tackling land hoarding and land speculation.

As Cheapside’s Andrew Walton writes on the Bioregion Birmingham website: ”Everywhere you walk in the city centre there are rough sleepers. This is not hyperbole. You simply cannot walk around town without seeing people desperately trying to stay warm under sleeping bags, hiding in temporary shelters beneath staircases, or pleading for change from passers-by.


“It is absurd to contrast this image with artists’ impressions of how lovely Birmingham will look; once yet another functional building has been demolished and replaced by unaffordable luxury apartments or office and retail space”.


Read the Corbyn report here: 

Read a December article in the Guardian about Birmingham’s ‘rough sleepers’.