Monday, 26 October 2020

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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHOPS
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One of the posters put out by the NLP in support of Local Shops

The Sunday trading laws were waived because of the Olympics. Now the Coalition want to waive them permanently, which might be seen as a further nail in the coffin for small family shops! A report in the Sunday Telegraph suggests that such moves will be fought by an alternative coalition of unions, small businesses and the church! Multiples (Supermarkets) are allowed to do some limited trade on Sundays at the moment but that is not enough as it seems that the government wants them to be open 24/7 and 365 days a year!

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The bigger picture is a declining number of shops (and pubs) as town centres slowly die or survive around a supermarket. It is the way modern society has gone, cheaper and convenient. Yet, the loss of our town centres as thriving shopping centres has other negative spin-offs, increased vandalism, a shrinking community spirit, reduced choice and a larger carbon footprint as we travel further afield for our purchases. The shopping centres played an important role as the glue that help maintain our community spirit.

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The National Liberal Party has campaigned in favour of small shops as we believe they are part of the that mix. We would like to see a balance restored where these can centres thrive again. Councils and government can play a part through tax breaks and investment and you can do so too by, wherever possible, shopping local!

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NLP Man Slams Banking System!
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DAVID KERR – a member of the National Liberal Party’s Steering Committee – has slammed the banking system!
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His comments come in the wake of both the Libor scandal involving Barclays Bank (and the ongoing computer glitch which has caused problems for thousands who use the Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiaries, Nat West and Ulster Bank.)
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Mr. Kerr said:
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“Barclays has just been fined a record £290million for its part in the Libor scandal. This is where they rigged the lending rate, which has affected millions of homeowners and borrowers.”
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The NLP man noted that – in the past – many people had just focused on the enormous salaries and bonuses enjoyed by those at the top of the banking system.
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“However, it now appears that people are going to have to look a little bit more at the entire banking system. For instance, is this manipulation of bank lending rates just the tip of the iceberg?”
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He also pointed out that around 20 other banks are also under investigation.
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“According to many media reports, these include such well-known names such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and the HSBC.
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With this in mind, is it any wonder that many people believe that these private banks should be nationalised and amalgamated into one National Bank?”
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Tough Going for Pensioners

THE CON-DEM CUTS seem to be affecting every social group in Britain. Ordinary working families, the unemployed, the disabled and youngsters have all been hit hard. However, spare a thought for Britain’s pensioners who are really finding it tough going.

According to the Mail Online (1) many pensioners have seen the cost of living rise by nearly 20 per cent since 2008. This means that “they are having to find an extra £1,000 per year to maintain the same living standards. It compares with average UK inflation of 13 per cent over the same period.”

The Mail report notes that this increase is due to the fact that pensioners tend to spend more money on heat, electricity and food. As these items have all soared in price, Senior Citizens have been hit badly.

For instance, “Gas tariffs have leapt by 25.3 per cent in just the past year, while electricity is up by 15.5 per cent.”

Cameron and Clegg also cut the Winter Fuel Payment for all OAPs. Those over 80 had £100 docked (with their WFP being cut from £400 to £300) whilst other pensioners faced a £50 deduction (from £250 to £200).

We feel that pensioners represent one group of people who we have a genuine responsibility to care for. To us, the actions of this Con-Dem government represent a national disgrace.


(1) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086480/Elderly-hit-20-rise-living-costs-Pensioners-suffering-household-bills-soar.html

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See and hear our National Secretary explain why you should read our latest ideological journal the New Horizon….



For your free copy CLICK HERE

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NLP says create jobs – don’t destroy them!

National liberal partyA SPOKESMAN for the National Liberal Party has called for the Con-Dem government to stop its ‘slash and burn’ policy. Instead Cameron and Clegg should concentrate on creating – and not destroying – jobs. He also called upon ordinary workers – especially those who would regard themselves as nationalist and liberal – to join Britain’s only independent, patriotic and libertarian Trade Union.

In a wide ranging statement NLP National Secretary Glen Maney said:

“Cuts involving the public sector – the very backbone of Britain – seem to be in the news every day. Jobs in health, welfare, schools and transport seem to be going by the shed load. This, in turn, also has an effect on the private sector – look at how some well-known high street names have recently gone into administration.

This government must be mad if they think that throwing people onto the scrapheap will solve anything. All Cameron and Clegg are doing is creating untold misery for hundreds of thousands of ordinary working people.”

Tackle unemployment

M r. Maney said that the NLP has many ideas which would tackle unemployment. These included a system of limited protectionism, meaningful training schemes, apprenticeships and a jobs creation programme.

He noted that “we’re always being told that Britain’s public services are at breaking point. So why not train up more doctors, nurses and other health care workers? Why not train more lecturers and teachers?”

The NLP man also suggested an emergency programme of national works:

“This would include re-building our transport infrastructure, cleaning up our towns and cities, making all dwellings fit and habitable and tending to the land”.

He also posed a question about lowering the age of retirement. “If we allowed workers to retire earlier – and paid them an adequate pension – how many thousands of jobs would that free up a year?”

Money wasted on foreign wars

He also reiterated that the National Liberal Party was opposed to Britain’s role in foreign wars. The money spent interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign nations would be better spent bailing out Britain.

“I can’t understand that, when it comes to war – be it in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya – the government always comes up with the money. Yet, for some bizarre reason there’s nothing available to get our own people off the dole and back into work!”

Returning to the theme of slashing jobs in the NHS, education and transport, the NLP General Secretary said “I can’t understand why the Con-Dem government is targeting the public sector. After all, it was the private sector – the banks and the speculators – that got us into the current financial mess. Therefore, I feel that we need to have a root and branch investigation into whole banking system.”

He noted:

“We’re supposed to be living in one of the richest countries in the world. So why do we have endless cycles of boom and bust? We need to find out why we have poverty in the midst of plenty.”

Progressive in nature

Mr. Maney concluded by advising workers – especially those who would regard themselves as liberal and patriotic – to join Solidarity Trade Union.

He said “I now, after extensive research because I didn’t like certain alleged links to the BNP in its’ early formation, view Solidarity as Britain’s only independent, patriotic and libertarian Trade Union. It’s free-thinking and non-dogmatic in outlook. I believe that it was once seen as simply a nationalist (perhaps even far-right?) union, but in reality it is very progressive in nature.

It’s pan-nationalist – in that it recognises patriotism is very much a ‘broad church’ – and seeks to accommodate those, like myself, who regard themselves as both patriotic and (politically) liberal.

For instance, it represents all British workers – it doesn’t discriminate on grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, sex, religion or politics. It is currently representing British Muslim, Sri Lankan and Pakistani members as well as others in cases where they have been oppressed or discriminated against.

We all have individual rights whatever our political views

I know it is controversial, in that it will also defend the rights of workers whether they are far-left or right. It would be easy to walk away from an organisation that represents the interests of those workers that I/we are politically opposed to, but I’m taking a principled stand here. Either we all have rights – or none of us have rights.

In these uncertain economic times, I’d recommend that ordinary British workers join a Trade Union, especially Solidarity Trade Union, to give them an extra level of protection. I know the latter’s track record in protecting the rights of workers – it is second to none”.

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March against the cuts!

David Durant

NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY National Secretary Mr. David Durant has called upon ordinary working folks to support the forthcoming TUC march and demonstration to oppose the Con-Dem cuts. Called the March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice, it will be held in central London on Saturday 26 March.

As well as being a local Councillor in Havering, Essex, Mr. Durant also serves on the National Executive of Solidarity Trade Union. Solidarity describes itself as “a independent, libertarian and nationalist union.”

Mr. Durrant said that it was important that as many people as possible attended the event. He noted that:

“It should give ordinary working folks the opportunity to show Cameron and Clegg how angry they are at their plans to cut public services to the bone.

Those who want to attend the march should assemble at 11am at Victoria Embankment (between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges) in central London. The march starts at noon and ends with a rally in Hyde Park starting at 1.30pm.”

Whilst on the subject of the Con-Dem coalition, he also reminded people to sign the NLPs petition against the proposed new Employer’s Charter. As our article Who took the Liberal out of the Democrats? of 31/01/2011 – explains, this is stacked against employees, who will loose out in cases of unfair dismissal.

The NLP petition states:

“We are concerned to hear that the Government is considering introducing an Employers Charter which includes proposals for increasing the period at which an employee is legally protected from an unreasonable employer from one to two years.

This is a fundamental attack on employee rights. We are particularly dismayed to learn that this has the backing of the Liberal Democrats. We urge the Coalition, especially the Liberal Democrats, to think again and to withdraw this specific proposal and retain the one year protection from unfair dismissal which applies in most cases.

Further we call on the ConDem coalition to abandon plans to introduce a payment into court before an action against an employer can be brought.”

It can be signed here
GoPetition

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