November 5th

I wonder how many David Cameron effigies were burnt this evening? Many areas have always burnt a Thatcher one. I was at the infamous Lewes bonfire night (Sussex) afew years back and they lit an Obama one (amongst many others). Most though still stick with that bloke who was part of an extreme minority Catholic group who tried to blow up Parliament. Meanwhile the Catholic Church today gets on with some good work and rightly calls for implementation of the Living Wage (while the green/liberal mouthpiece Moonbat just talked shit about bonfire night killing polar bears):

”To coincide with Living Wage Week, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales together with three of its leading Catholic Agencies: the Catholic Education Service, CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) and CAFOD, have reiterated the Church’s teaching on just wages and its support for the Living Wage and its importance for the support of workers’ families.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Catholic Education Service have produced a Living Wage Resource encouraging Catholic organisations, schools and charities in England and Wales to work towards its implementation.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Catholic Education Service, CSAN and CAFOD are all accredited Living Wage Employers.

Quoting the resolution which the Bishops’ Conference passed in 2012, Mgr Marcus Stock, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said:
“The Bishops’ Conference fully endorses the principle of the Living Wage and invites Catholic organisations and charities in England and Wales to work towards its implementation.”

Paul Barber, Director of the Catholic Education Service, said: “We welcome the Bishops’ invitation to support the Living Wage. The importance of a ‘just wage’ can be found in Catholic Social Teaching, spanning over 100 years.”

“Schools and colleges play a central role in our Catholic communities and we recognise that, though schools often face financial pressure, this is one way in which we can live out our faith in service to the Common Good.”

Helen O’Brien, Chief Executive of CSAN, the domestic social action agency of the Catholic Church, added: “Many Catholic Charities are increasingly witnessing more families living in ‘in-work poverty’ and struggling to afford the very basic costs of living such as food, utilities and rent payments. We recognise the importance of just wages as well as fair terms and conditions of employment.”

“CSAN is committed to the principle of a Living Wage, which not only enables individuals to provide materially for their families but also allows them to spend quality time with their children”.

Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, commented: “Scripture makes many references to the importance of paying a right and just wage for work done. Although we were already paying the Living Wage for our staff before the joining the campaign, our Facilities Manager was also able to secure a Living Wage for the contract staff who deliver some of the services for CAFOD through third parties. We also feel that it was important to become a Living Wage employer as an expression of our solidarity with the principles of a paying a living wage and with those individuals and organisations striving to achieve fair pay.”

And more topical November 5th news from the Rail Campaigners who represent the wishes of well over 70% of the public and indeed a majority of Conservative voters:

”Today, 5 November marks twenty years since John Major’s government passed the opportunistic and short-sighted Railways Act, which permitted the breaking-up and selling-off of our beloved railways.

Since 2009, Bring Back British Rail has been working hard to ensure that the history of our once proudly publicly owned railway is not forgotten. With a fast growing network of supporters, the campaign aims to popularise the commonsense idea of re-nationalising the ludicrously over-priced and over-complicated system, which the people of Britain are now lumbered with after twenty years of privatisation – demanding a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit.

That’s 20 years of privatisation that has failed on all of its promises. Fares have rocketed, public subsidy more than doubled and there has been little in the way of new private investment. Instead we have a fragmented, complex and dysfunctional rail system that increases costs, confuses passengers and remains reliant on taxpayer funding.

At the same time, the private groups (and in some cases foreign governments) that own your train operating companies continue to earn huge returns on minimal investment, profits that would simply not exist were it not for public subsidy. Something is clearly wrong with the system.

Publicly owned railways in Europe cost less to run with lower fares. And every penny made on the railways gets reinvested for the benefit of passengers and taxpayers, not shareholders. Our research shows that £1.2bn a year is squandered through the fragmentation, inefficiency and cash leaking out of the service in the form of profits and dividends as a result of rail privatisation. That’s enough to fund an 18% cut in fares.

Public ownership of Britain’s railways could mean lower fares and your money invested in staff and services. That’s not only good for passengers and taxpayers but also our economy and our environment.
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But the disconnected shills at the City believe popular policies such as a living wage and public ownership are all part of some backwards commie plot and find majority opinion ”terrifying” as City AM reports today. The writer claims we need ”pro-consumer reform” for Railways but oddly doesn’t have much time for the consumer’s opinion on what needs to be done and finds us all ”shocking” while dropping the inevitable Soviet Union scaremongering. At least the writer is acknowledging where public opinion is unlike the coalition. The figures really don’t lie in this instance.

”No fewer than 45 per cent of the public believe that the state should have the power to control private rents, against 43 per cent who don’t; it was 74-18 for energy prices and 72-19 for public transport. Tory voters don’t support the first of these but back the other two.” Yes you read that correctly about Tory voters, that’s even those who plan to vote Tory at the next election. Yep. (

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