THERESA MAY - MP for Maindenhead - The Prime Minister reshuffled her cabinet following the resignations of International Development Secretary Priti Patel and Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon.
Mrs May remained prime minister despite losing her majority in the 8 June general election, which she had called seeking a mandate for Brexit. She became the UK's second female prime minister in 2016 following Maggie Thatcher, after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the EU referendum result. She had previously been home secretary for six years.
THE GUARDIAN THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2018 - Theresa May has said her government is serious about improving the environment after pressure groups gave a lukewarm response to a 25-year green plan, praising its ambition but warning that it lacked sufficient proposals for immediate action. May’s proposals were also criticised by Jeremy Corbyn, who said her pledge to stop all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 was “far too long” to take action - and that may prove to be the case, but let us give her the benefit of the doubt for a while so that we can see some action, or not. What that could mean is that they want to appease the electorate and pass the problem onto the next generation - but - the whole point of taking action now is to try and stop the fish that we eat, eating the plastic in Marine Litter.
The use of words is typically "careful" Conservative speak, loaded with gray areas. Those caveats aside, one has to applaud the clear intention to respond to public outcry at the plight of our marine life. The opposition are rightly critical of the timescale, where we should have been doing something about this sooner. The Global Ocean Commission knew about this problem two years ago and came to the conclusion that not much could be done about it because of the scale of the problem. Maybe Britain should light a path that (hopefully) the rest of the world - and especially the developing world - will heed and emulate. Europe is already setting the pace with the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund putting out a call last year.
Mrs May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, responsible for making sure that Britain complies with the law of the land and international agreements that the UK has signed, such as the European Convention of Human Rights, United Nations and European Union targets concerning air pollution and the Climate Change Act 2008.
At the moment the UK is deeply in debt with other serious societal issues that Teresa's Government is having difficulty with, such as the lack of affordable housing and the need to import cheap labour to keep our economy afloat when the present (buy to let) economic' policies do not appear to be equitable - hence are unsustainable. The problem being that successive Labour and Conservative governments have sold us into slavery trying to keep their election promises - while the electorate blinked - or is that: were hoodwinked. The election promises were not possible without borrowing, and borrowing, and borrowing.
We wonder then how the Conservatives hope to dig us out of this mess, the result of what appears to be years of mismanagement at the top based on continuous borrowing, that any economist should have known would end in tears. No doubt they will borrow some more to mask their failures - unless there is a change of heart.
Who then is ultimately responsible. It is Her Majesty the Queen of England as the Head of State? Or is it the electorate for being so stupid as to vote for Labour and Conservative parties year after year. Or, is it the fault of the party/parties that made election promises that they knew deep down that they could never keep. Naughty! but one of the first requirements for any would be politician is the ability to be economical with the details convincingly.
LETTER FROM HERSTMONCEUX MUSEUM LTD 24-09-18
Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Dear Prime Minister,
INAPPROPRIATE VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT
We write to advise that we have asked three of your Cabinet to look at the matter of greenbelt development that has been procured in circumstances that bear investigation as to how it is that this council (and probably others) is passing planning consents that ignore heritage, planning and legal environmental considerations.
WELL, WELL, WELL - Councils that are strapped for cash may be cutting corners and granting consents where they would never have contemplated doing so before and that is because they have been directed to build huge numbers of houses where in the past they were only granting consents in small numbers to keep control over who got the cream. Wealden District Council are an example of a council that is known for corrupt practices. Via a partnership with Sussex police they were granted immunity to prosecution. Since 2015 they have been dishing out consents to developers in the rush to generate additional rates and Community Infrastructure Levy payments to make up for central Government cuts. This is regardless of the appropriateness of mass developments around villages of character and charm and urban sprawl. In the case of the proposed development above, this council is likely to become complicit in poisoning a public water supply from the only surviving well in Herstmonceux village in Sussex, as per the board above protesting as to the impending ruination of their water supply.
How will this affect Wealden's future solvency against criminal prosecutions for environmental offences and civil claims that are uninsurable? Nobody can say. But this council will be leaving the builders and occupiers of those homes built unlawfully to litigate for years to come as to selling houses unfit for purpose - and the council may be vicariously liable for failing to secure reasonable conditions.
Recently, the developers (Thakeham, Latimer and Clarion Group) admitted that they did not know that the well provided water to the public. But said that this was the proposal that the council wanted to see. Does that not smack of a done deal? Surely the committee make that decision, but where a proposal is for up to seventy houses on green belt, we would expect to see alternative scenarios with less houses to mitigate any environmental damage.
Two grants from this council that were challenged in the High Court were overturned by way of Judicial Review. These grants were by the same planning officer and committees as the above application. A water level management board has advised that the proposed surface water run off solution is not sound and will lead to flooding at a point where a sewage pump sub-station is to be located, potentially leading to foul water pollution to add to the misery of slowly poisoning those drinking from this well (they do not have a mains water supply) and destroying a heritage asset in the process.
MOD OVER SPENDING:
Have either the UK warmongers or NATO chiefs looked hard at how to curb their carbon output? Do they even care? By contrast John Kerry, former US Defence Secretary has looked at ways to reduce American energy use for their armed forces.
We think it is shameful that the defence budget for 2016 was £35.3 billion pounds when there are homeless on the streets. That makes the United Kingdom the fifth largest spendthrifts on defence in the world - when there are far more important things to think about than strutting about on the world stage pretending that we still have an Empire. We wonder how a country the size of the UK, with only 66 million people can afford such expenditure, that looks to be around five times the amount per person as compared to other countries. What happened to the Circular Economy, or does that not apply when it comes to the boys from BAE Systems?
THERESA MAY OR MAY NOT - According to numerous media article the Prime Minister is finding it difficult to concentrate on the main issues with so many pundits chirping up. If we are going to leave Europe, then we'd urge the Prime Minister to work from a tick list and agree one point after the other to achieve the most satisfactory outcome - not only for the United Kingdom - but also for our bedfellows in Europe, who after all are our neighbours that we must work with to defeat common perils such as climate change and ocean pollution.
It is true and we must face facts, that Britain is not as Great as it once was on the world stage. There are other super-powers now, but that is not the point. No matter how big or small a country may be, we can all play our part when it comes to a Circular Economy internationally. Europe will appreciate this with their Commissioners coming out strongly in favour of climate and pollution controls. It is not just about the money, important though financial (home) security is, food and energy security are more important. Europe in not about to let the UK starve when this country has so much to offer - once we stop fighting each other. It is the politicians who are opening old wounds long healed, in their muck-raking efforts to reverse the poll - unfortunate that the result may have been.
CONSERVATIVE MPS 2017-2018
The EU provides funding to its member states, guidance and support in return for compliance with rules that are made democratically by the European Parliament in Brussels.
MAIL 5-2-18 - LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE DISMISSED: JACOB REES-MOOG
CONSERVATIVE CLIMATE - Michael Gove has been summoned to Brussels because of his party's failure to meet air pollution targets despite warnings about which the Prime Minister was aware of.
The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:
We are concerned with how the make up of the above parties and (reasonably) popular policies may affect the Wealden district, because we are all brothers on two islands in the Atlantic Ocean and what we do or fail to do is likely to rebound on ourselves and our fellow man in other nations around the world. How we act today influences policies in other countries in our global community. It is not just about us and our patch.
East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are:
There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.
As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.