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Op-Ed: UKIP supporters, fans, members and twitter trolls will argue the toss with you that UKIP is not a right wing political party which is little more than an alternative Tory Party of the UK but that it is a people's army taking support from the traditional left and middle of the road of politics.
But what does news that wealthy Tory donors are supporting UKIP tell us?
Millionaire former Tory donor Arron Banks, a man who made his wealth out of insurance, has announced a tenfold increase in his planned donation to Ukip – to £1m reports the Guardian Wednesday.
Last weekend the Daily Mirror claimed "Almost £9 in every £10 is from ex-Conservative backers, with a shadow Cabinet minister saying: “UKIP is a party of Tory money, Tory politicians and Tory policies." As the title said "Former Tory donors bankrolling UKIP to tune of £2.25MILLION as it is 'real Conservative Party'.
After earlier Tory defections to UKIP "Former deputy mayor of London Richard Barnes has [now] also declared he is switching allegiance".
UKIP may not want to admit it is just another Tory party but with so many former Tory MPs plus donors supporting the party that is the only conclusion to draw.
Disenfranchised members of the UK electorate may look for a new political party, a different one, perhaps one that is not pro the EU and is also anti immigration and may therefore end up selecting UKIP but that does not mean they have not joined just another right wing political group.
Kippers who believe they have will be sorely disappointed sooner or later.
UKIP's leader since 2006 is Nigel Farage. He was a Tory MP until 1992 when he left the Conservatives over John Major's EU treaty. In fact until 92 he had been a lifelong Tory supporter since his school days.
Mr Farage tries to portray himself as just an ordinary bloke, which is why we often see him in TV news and the media with a pint of beer in one hand and a fag in the other. That carefully crafted image to appeal to the masses of the UK is however flawed.
According to BBC News "[Farage] attended fee-paying Dulwich College, where he developed a love of cricket, rugby and political debate. He decided at the age of 18 not to go to university, entering the City instead".
Perhaps in the end the whole of the Tory party will defect to UKIP enabling a full transformation. Until then do not fall for the spin. UKIP are as right leaning as they come.
If you thought a neighbour's house had an alarm ringing would you ignore it or get help? Do you make sure that you close inside doors at night?
What about your keys at night? How quickly could you get to them? That could be a matter of life or death.
Those are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself.
Check out the fire service for more advice and to arrange a home visit.
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Fourth of July, or Bonfire night, remember pets
Acting in a suspicious manner, the plot was discovered just in time. By the time Fawkes was discovered, 36 barrels of explosives had been taken into the building. As news spread, of the King's lucky escape, the people celebrated in the streets by lighting bonfires around London. This was the start of the Bonfire Night tradition.
Caught in the act as he was, Fawkes found himself hastily taken to the Tower of London and tortured. At the hands of the torturer, Fawkes was soon to name his accomplices. Some were shot and killed as they tried to escape justice. Other members of the gang joined Fawkes in the Tower, to ultimately share his fate. In January 1606, all of those found guilty suffered execution by being hung, drawn and quartered.
Fawkes remains were sent to the four corners of the UK as a warning to other plotters.
Some conspirators were already dead though, having been shot, but even they were not to be spared. Their bodies were exhumed, decapitated and their heads displayed on poles at Traitor's Gate, alongside the heads of those who had been executed.
The full list of those involved is:-
Robert and Thomas Wintour,
Christopher and John Wright,
Perhaps, this plot was carried out by the first ever terrorist gang?
Perhaps, it was also one of the first conspiracies? Some people believed that the whole thing was a set up so maybe it was one of the first false flags of history?
Conspiracy theorists thought that the purpose, of the plot, had been to blacken the character of English Catholics, so strengthening the Protestants hold on England. We shall never know the truth, now.
Bonfire Night Celebrations in the UK
On November 5, each year, Bonfires are lit around the country and fireworks shatter the quiet autumn air. Fifty years or so ago most streets had their own bonfire parties. Sometimes a huge bonfire would be assembled in the middle of the street. Street bonfires used to be built high, with residents unwanted wood and furniture, which had been collected and stored by local children. Families had small or large bonfires in their own gardens, or yards, and parents carefully lit the touch paper to a myriad of fireworks. Parks and recreation areas held organised bonfire celebrations but of course times change.
Bonfires traditionally have an effigy, a Guy, burning at the top. The bonfire Guy was initially an effigy of the Pope. The Guy often sits on a resident's old chair which is to be his throne. This stuffed effigy is usually dressed in a collection of old clothes. Before the Guy is placed on the bonfire he is usually used by the children to acquire some money.
Those children, who are allowed to, stand outside of public houses and at the end of streets, asking for "A Penny for The Guy". This varies depending upon the area and the parents. These days parents tend to accompany children due to safety issues and kids would be sniffy if you gave them a fairly worthless penny. The money raised will, more often than not, be spent on fireworks.
Bonfires are usually lit early in the evening, so that young children can enjoy the party atmosphere and firework displays. However, all age groups enjoy this special night. Celebrations, fires and parties carry on until later in the evening and the night sky continues to be lit up until the early hours of the next morning.
As society is more health and safety conscious these days, there are more restrictions on when and where such bonfires can be lit. There are some advantages to the modern day Bonfire Night, though. The 21st Century has brought some seriously spectacular fireworks. Gone are the small Catherine wheels, Rockets, Sparklers, Roman Candles and Bangers. These have been replaced by more expensive, noisier and amazing fireworks but they come at a huge price.
Although Bonfire Night is classed as an English event countries with links to the UK also mark the day.
Note: Ye Olde White Harte in home town Hull is incorrectly linked to Guy Fawkes. The plotting room in this Hull pub though is actually where the decision was reputedly taken in 1642 to refuse Charles I entry to the town. This sparked the first siege of Hull, which was the first major action of the Civil War.
Related at TEK:
Guy Fawkes, Bonfire night
Remember remember the fifth of November
Fourth of July, or Bonfire night, remember pets
Guy Fawkes Night a time for bonfires and fireworks
In these countries locals enjoy a drink or two whilst out and about and are not all sat huddled in a bar or pub while the rain lashes down outside. Lack of alternatives has meant that British people have grown up with drinking as a foremost pastime. There is the theatre and cinemas but even visits to any of these usually see people going for an alcoholic drink before, during or after the performance.
The Government as usual takes a two-sided approach, just as they always have with cigarette smoking. They greedily take the revenue from alcohol and so have in a way promoted drinking. Recent changes in the licensing laws have meant that the UK now has 24-hour drinking available for those so inclined.
In the past
Some of what is written above is why people binge drink in the UK today. It is easy to see that as many British children were brought up in households where the pub was the main form of entertainment, they were going to follow suit.
In my city the trawlermen who worked long and hard on vessels fishing in Icelandic waters, came home and played hard. Just about all of them would binge drink and some would waste all their hard earned money this way. Perhaps it was a sort of compensation for what they lost doing this work.
Going to the pub to wash away the day’s trials and tribulations was always commonplace in the UK.
The problem for drinkers remains knowing when to stop. Unfortunately all too many UK residents never know when they have had enough to drink. Some grow out of it, with time, no longer feeling the need to impress their peers by simply being able to consume vast amounts of alcohol; others don't and it is lifelong love of the booze; a shortened life of course.
Perhaps some of it boils down to the traditional British reserve. Maybe people were unable to let their hair down until the alcohol freed them of their hang-ups and reserve.
Whatever the reasons, binge drinking in the UK is different these days, but it is not a new phenomenon. One of the noticeable differences is that binge drinking is far more popular amongst young women than it ever was and this is worrying, for many reasons. Drunken young women put their health and safety at risk all too often. Yes women have drunk too much alcohol from time to time but not as openly and excessively as today.
In March the Mail Online reported "Deaths from liver disease soar 40 per cent in a decade: Heavy drinking and unhealthy eating will see number continue to rise"
So bear in mind if you eat and drink alcohol to excess, and smoke, you are heading for an early grave.
British Liver Trust here
Sir Bob said on Thursday night there were three “drivers” of reform, including economic growth, austerity and public trust but the “civil service is not and never was broken”.
Sir Bob is one of the lucky ones - he will "remain permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government until he retires at 60 in February" with a good pension and a golden handshake no doubt in tow. So yes he is still a Tory voice.
Citizens of the UK will have to work till 60 plus and even 68 in some cases before they can retire. The age though is set to rise further.
Kerslake told the think-tank it will get harder to explain or justify more austerity for public sector workers as time moves on and even tougher cuts are made.
We think it will be made harder by the current government who is planning to commit the UK to military action in Iraq which could last two or three years.
This issue will dog whoever is elected to lead the country in the 2015 election.
The conclusion on Iraq though must be that we made a complete hash of earlier conflicts in that country, we left before the mission was complete or we are responsible for the current crisis by our earlier deadly behaviour.
Either way the little man or woman on the street will be the real losers not those safely nestled in parliament.
In December 2012 Kerslake told the Telegraph "The public are “deluding” themselves about how they will pay for their retirement unless they are prepared to live more frugally and work longer" - as we now know, that from a man retiring at 60!
At that time he was being paid, we cannot bring ourselves to say earning, £200,000 a year and was on a final salary pension scheme. Changes in the retirement pension age mean he will not officially retire and qualify for the state pension until he is 65.
But if his final salary pension is in line with his predecessor he is set to draw a £105,000-a-year pension, at least.
Read the full report at the Guardian here
The fair was large and had many rides but it is massive now. The actual street is long, with a park at one end, the fairly new Hull City football ground and links two of the main roads of the city. This street has stalls selling candy floss, chips, hotdogs, novelty dolls, roast chestnuts and more. These line both sides of the street. The smells and sounds are always as much a part of a visit to the fair, as the actual attractions.
There was a time when Spring Bank West, during Fair week had twinkling lights along it leading to the fair. This helped build a feeling of excitement as you approached the bright lights of Hull Fair. The fairy lights sadly disappeared years ago.
HULL FAIR TODAY.
These days, as already said, the fair is brash and noisy, but it always was to those who dd not wear rose-coloured glasses.
The rides are expensive and the overly loud music hurts my ears. Still, I assume that older people felt just the same when teenagers, such as myself, hung around the rides whilst music of The Beatles and The Stones belted out across the fair-ground.
There was a time when I would never have missed the fair. I had to visit it at least once, each year. Of course, as a child, I had to visit much more often and usually did, living within a half hour walk. These days, although I do not live too far from the fair ground, I do not often visit. All I can see now is expensive, tacky goods and noisy, sometimes foul mouthed, people.
When I took a friend’s child a few years ago it was shocking to hear younger people swearing appallingly as they toured the fair in the early evening. This means that, even if you visit early children may have to suffer abusive language being bandied about. This was unheard off when I was young. This behaviour can give the fair an almost threatening feel, which is a shame. A larger police presence has improved some concerns.
Despite some problems the fair is still great fun for youngsters and really anyone who loves Fairs. As a travelling fair the rides are assembled for the week and then taken down, but generally there are no accidents.
Hull Fair now runs a day longer, as it opens on the Friday. The Lord or Lady Mayor of Hull traditionally open the fair.
The local bus companies run extended bus services for the duration of the fair and the council provides additional parking spaces. Visitors come to the fair from near and far.
From late September travellers arrive in Hull and park up their caravans at West Park, which is near to Walton Street. Once the fair is up and running the air is full of smells such as fries and hot dogs. If the wind is blowing in the right direction the noise, smells and chatter of what seems to be a million voices all speaking at once wafts on the air around streets. In our rear garden it sounds as if a million people are all chattering at once sometimes.
Local residents say in late September, “I can smell Hull Fair is on the way” and that “its Hull Fair weather”. I guess smelling Hull Fair is about associating it with the start of Autumn. Hull Fair weather means that it is usually wet and windy. Of course, when you are young the fair is fun even in appalling weather. For me these days it is no fun at all in such dire weather conditions.
Thinking of the fair as the time approaches though, brings back memories of my Dad, who died in 1969. He always loved the fair and all the rides. As children he took us on the Big Wheel, the Waltzers and many other stomach churners. Dad was a very religious man and never swore or cussed. I wonder what he would make of Hull Fair’s modern negatives if he were still around. I dread to think.
Hull City Council website:
The fair will run Friday 10 October 2014 - Saturday 18 October excluding Sunday 12 October
Opening Times for the Fair Monday to Friday are 2pm for Childrens rides and from 12 noon on a Saturday, then the full fair opens from 5pm.
On the opening night of Hull Fair Friday 10 October the fair will be open from 5pm
The Fairground pull on date is Thursday 2nd October from 9am
Walton Street Pull on date is Wednesday 8th October from 7pm
Walton Street will close on Wednesday 8th October from 7pm
Parking is available at the KC Stadium for Hull Fair, this is accessed via St George's Road then left onto Arthur Street left again onto Waliker Street, right onto Carnegie Street and then follow the road round this will lead underneath the Anlaby Road flyover, where there will be stewards in charge of the car parking. This site also accommodates disabled parking. There will be a fee of £5 per car however this could be due to change
Location Venue name:
Walton Street Car Park
Telephone:01482 300 300
Check out Hull Fair on Facebook
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Cameron as the Tory party leader and country's Prime Minister will try to utilise his position on beheadings by ISIS, the threat of militant Islamists, the jobless and inflation figures conveniently released this week that do not paint an accurate picture and anything that can be spun by his highly paid team.
Those chipping in next week for access to Tory leading MPs will of course also help swell Conservative election coffers which in turn will pay for campaigns to manipulate our minds and opinions.
In a country where it seems anything and everything is for sale, such as public services, energy and the NHS, should we surprised that the list includes access to ministers leading the charge into mass privatisation?
Perhaps not but that does not mean we approve.
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Our income down the years has varied from good to bad to terrible and back to good. But never having to consider the cost of buying running and maintaining a vehicle means we have always had cash for some of life's good bits.
Now we have free bus passes due to our age, unless our government decides to scrap them as predicted.
The wellbeing study in the UK however shows a huge decrease in physcal activity. These days people often grocery shop online. If not they drive to the supermarket.
They drive to the gym where they pay an expesnive membership fee. How bonkers is that?
Years ago a colleague could not fathom how we managed to supermarket shop without a car. I looked at her equally baffled. And no we never use taxis when shopping, barring in a crisis.
But our increasingly violent world could lead to less people venturing out on the streets and have a knock-on-effect of more violence.
If we begin hiding away at home the bullies and terrorists have won.
If you can incorporate a walk into your daily routine your health will get a boost. I could add unless you have an accident etc. but life is a risk no matter what you do.
You could be involved in a car accident that is not your fault and yes that happened to us when a relative was kindly driving us back from the airport a couple of years ago.
With no car though short walks for us happen constantly, usually without even thinking about it. Perhaps that is why we are still doing ok health-wise during our later life?
Many of our neighbours have surrendered their small front gardens for car-parking. As we all have garages attached to the rear gardens of our homes it is not necessary. Still it does mean they only have to walk a few steps before they are snug in their vehicle!
National Travel Survey
The deadline was that postal votes had to arrive at the local electoral registration office by 5pm on September 3.
On Fetlar island in the far north of the Shetland Islands Sky News reports that Islanders are angry that the "Yes and Better Together campaigns have "moved the goalposts" since they had their say".
The referendum and plans for Scotland were quite clear but as that country looked increasingly like it may split from the Union British MPs hot-footed it north of the border and Westminster ministers began making a range of promises if Scotland opts to stick with the Union.
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