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May could face loss of seat over #Abbott comment electoral breach #GE17 #BBCQT

I doubt anything will happen as she is the sitting PM, however the pressure must be kept up

The SKWAWKBOX

As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Sunday, Theresa May has been reported to police over false claims she made during Friday’s BBC Question Time special about Diane Abbott and police DNA records.

May told the studio audience and millions of viewers around the country that Abbott had advocated the removal of the DNA samples of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases – an accusation that is completely untrue.

bbc qt croppedTheresa May during last Friday’s BBC Question Time special

Making false statements about a candidate’s ‘character or conduct’ during an election campaign is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

Paul Cardin of the Wirral in it Together blog reported the matter initially to the Metropolitan Police, as May is based in Downing Street, but the Met has advised that the matter needs to be investigated by North Yorkshire Police (NYP), because the programme was…

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The Prime Minister is not Credible on National Security, and Public Safety

You may remember back in 2015 George Osbourne announced that there would be ‘no cuts to the police’ BBC NEWS

This surprising announcement came about due to pressure on the chancellor and home office about the scale of the cuts that were proposed.

Why is this relevant today is because of this. The then Chancellor passed across to the Home Office their budget and the level of saving that they needed to make. The then home Secretary (Theresa May) came back with a scale of cuts which was primarily focused on cutting the front line police, and was far deeper than the chancellor had asked for.

Think about this for a minute – if it wasn’t for George Osbourne, and the campaign by Andy Burnham the situation facing us at the moment would have been far far worse than they are now!

So you wonder why George Osbourne was relegated to the back benches, and then why he chose to stand down this election. It is because even the architect of UK austerity, cannot stand Theresa May. That speaks volumes in itself.

But its not just this instance which shows us that she is not credible with the police.

 

She was warned by the police ( no less than a community award winner) that the cuts she was focusing on front line policing would inhibit the ability to gather intelligence and have real community ties and trust within communities.  Theresa May claimed this was scare mongering and the police crying wolf.

Looks like their fears were realised in the past 3 months. The Tories have gone on damage limitation, and have tried to even claim that they have increase the budget and numbers. This is laughable and only true if you look at it over the last 10 months, and even then its an increase on the previous period, but its still a case that more police are leaving the service then being recruited.

ITs poor planning and policy, if you have to cut only, to replace them later on. It provies that it was wrong to do so. The plans for the tories to bring the police numbers back up are actually spread out until 2020 and not like they are trying to make it shound from the get go.

This was from this weekend after the latest attack in London. The myth that there are extra police on the streets is a fallacy. Its a case that police are being sucking in from other areas and forces to make up numbers, leaving other areas dangerously exposed to both terror and crime. Police are working overtime and 16 hour shifts. This is not sustainable, nor is it putting more police on the streets. This is just Theresa May trying to paper over the glaring cracks in the service.

Don’t let it be used as an excuse that the cuts were from the last government and imposed by Cameron and Osbourne, That Theresa May was not responsible for them. She was and continues to be. As can be seen from this she is trying to take the public for fools. If she had her own way the cuts to the police would have been far far worse than they have been. This is a woman who cannot be trusted with our safety as her primary focus is how to line the pockets of her cronies.

Cheap? Effective and Supported by scientific research? Cut the Funding.

Education policy, the fickle mistress that makes up large proportions of a political parties manifesto. In the build up to any election, education policy buzz-words will be used more than the red pen Jeremey Hunt uses to cross out applications for NHS funding. But with all this talk flying around, what actually is going on in Education? What has the current Tory government done that they think is so great? And why do Labour hate it? So with that in mind, let’s look at something almost no one is talking about.

Sure Start. For those of you aware of it what Sure Start is then feel free to skip this paragraph, for the rest of us, Sure Start is a government run service for parents and children under four years old. Sure Start centres around the country offer multiple sessions daily where pre-school children are given a chance to develop necessary social skills, and may begin early academic skills. Basically put, parent and child come into Sure Start Centre, parent and child play with other parents and children, child learns valuable skills from other children and the staff there and parent secretly compares their child to the others in the room (Be honest, If I were a parent I would too). All of these great opportunities at affordable prices, most being just £1 a session.

One of the key things Sure Start do is involve parents. Parental interaction with children is vital, and more important than schools. In the first four years of a child’s life, the parents are the main educator, from “Dogs go woof” to “Don’t touch the burny thing”. Children also learn incredibly well from other children, social learning is key at a young age. Vygotsky, one of the great contributors to the field of pedagogy, wrote many books on how social interaction helped cognitive development. Many research papers, many psychological theories, many hours spent bored in a university lecture room have shown that children develop well with parental involvement and interaction with other children. Sure Start surely sound super right now? Cheap, Educational and with Psychological research to back it up? Surely no government dare cut funding to such a service?

Unfortunately, the UK Government does. Since 2010, 377 Sure Start centres have been closed down it what collates to £600 million in government cuts. £60 million more is planned to be cut this year alone. Now before you grab your pitchfork and march on your local council building, I should remind you the government did open up some new Sure Start centres.

Eight.

They opened eight new centres since 2010.

Now, it can be argued that maybe the government didn’t know how these centres assisted a child’s development, I mean, Vygotsky didn’t publish his ideas until the 1930’s, and It took me a whole five minutes to google every fact I’ve mentioned so far. Tories don’t have time for that, they’ve got foxes to hunt and junior doctors to alienate.

The science is there. The research is there. Sure Start centres work, and the government closes them.

 

Further Reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/02/sure-start-centres-300-closed-since-2010

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/sure-start-services

https://www.simplypsychology.org/vygotsky.html

http://library.bsl.org.au/jspui/bitstream/1/3644/1/Impact%20of%20Parental%20Involvement_Desforges.pdf