Wednesday, 19 January 2011
The following letter was printed in this week’s Morley paper and I thought it was worth reproducing here.
The points made in the letter are correct of course.
The council tax precept is an additional tax that is levied on households within the Morley Town Council area. It is additional to the council tax paid by residents in Morley and throughout the whole of Leeds. Households that live within the boundaries of parish or town council therefore pay proportionally more council tax than household without parish or town councils. This fundamental truth is often forgotten, or, as is often the case, it is deliberately obscured by those with a vested interest in doing so.
With increasing numbers of local families struggling to get by and pay their bills every month, this precept will inevitable add to the debt of local households. As families become poorer, they spend less (and pay less VAT) and become more reliant on state benefits, so to try and portray the collection of a precept and its transfer to Leeds City Council as some kind of deficit-cutting measure is simply not credible.
Money is not ‘share’
IMAGINE the scenario.
You would like a new TV. You buy the TV and arrange to pay for it over 10 monthly instalments.
Then I come to you and say; “Listen, I will pay some money towards your TV.”
“Wonderful,” you think.
“Ah, but,” I say, “before I do, you will have to give me money on top of the cash you’re already paying.
“And I will use some of your extra payments to help pay for your telly and the rest I will spend on what I see fit.”
You would not think that I was helping you with your finances, I’m sure.
So the article last week entitled “Town council help for Leeds spending’ is, in gentle terms, inaccurate.
The £17,083 which Morley Town Council receives is not “their share of the city council tax revenue.”
It is a precept. A council tax for Morley which is extra to the council tax Morley folk already pay to Leeds.
This extra tax has been at approximately the same level for some years.
So the Town council is not helping to cut public spending. They have not ‘cut their cloth’ at all.
It is merely giving some of their income to Leeds for services the city council should already provide.
This is called double taxation.
MORLEY TOWN COUNCIL FINANCE CHAIRMAN 2002-2007
Monday, 17 January 2011
Here is some great footage from yesterday's Front National Tours Congress, which includes the declaration of the result (at about 14.18 minutes) followed by a speech by Bruno Gollnisch.
It is not necessary to understand a word of French to get a feel for the professionalism displayed at this event. This is evinced in everything from the impressive venue through to the positive and respectable image given by the delegates.
It is also in evidence in the way in which Bruno Gollnisch is received by Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen following his speech.
We can certainly learn a great deal from the Front National.
Enjoy the video!
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Marine Le Pen has been elected leader of the Front National with 68% of the votes cast, defeating Bruno Gollisch, the only other candidate in the race.
It is to be hoped that Mrs Le Pen is able to take the patriotic cause forward in France and I wish her and all our friends in the Front National the very best for the future.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
I have been keeping an eye on the Facebook page of the Front National today for updates on the all-important Congress of Tours, where it will be announced who has won the ballot for the leadership of the party.
The result will be officially announced at 9am (GMT) tomorrow and, despite an appeal for the results to be kept quiet until then, it is being reported by the BBC that Marine Le Pen has secured a clear victory.
I will reserve further comment until after the result has been officially declared tomorrow.
Friday, 14 January 2011
Michael Barnbrook (pictured second from left): The bane of corrupt politicians!
On behalf of the Yorkshire and the Humber region I would like to express my profound thanks to whistleblower Michael Barnbrook for the sterling work he has done in exposing the antics of a whole host of fiddling politicians.
Scalps collected by Mr Barnbrook so far include those of Brian Binley, Nadine Dorries, Harry Cohen, Sir Nicholas and Lady Winterton. It was also his complaint against Derek Conway that heralded the beginning of the whole MPs' expenses scandal. If you click on these names you will be able to read evidence which proves Mr Barnbrook's involvement, lest this ever be questioned by enemies of our cause who may feel the need to cast such inconvenient truths into the memory hole.
As we have learned over the past week, the name of Barnsley Central MP Eric Illsley can be added to the above list. This crook's imminent resignation will cause a by-election in one of the strongest areas in the country for our party.
Our hard-working Barnsley and South Yorkshire organiser, Ian Sutton, who stood in this constituency in May and took 8.9% of the vote, has pledged to increase our activity in the constituency with immediate effect. Barnsley is already a very active unit, but as of this week there will be some form of activity going on in the constituency every single day up to (and obviously including) election day, whenever that may be.
Details of specific activities will of course follow via the usual channels, but if anyone can help at any point from now on then please get in touch with me.
As we work through our plans for this by-election we should all take a few moments to reflect on the fact that this Labour crook was only exposed due to the hard-work and diligence of our very own members.
To Mr Barnbrook I say this: Keep up the good work exposing those corrupt politicians. The more of them you expose, the more hatred will be directed your way, but the hatred of such liars, perverts and criminals should be worn as a badge of honour.
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
I don't think that it is necessary to speak French to enjoy this campaign video from Bruno Gollnisch featuring footage and photos from the history of the Front National.
By the end of next week the Front National will have a new leader, and I will update readers of this blog as soon as the outcome of this leadership contest is known.