Chance for Bridgwater youths to join the police

Bridgwater Mercury: Chance for Bridgwater youths to join the police Chance for Bridgwater youths to join the police

YOUNG people in Bridgwater can apply to become a police cadet in one of two new units which will start this autumn.

The Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadet pilot scheme saw 29 cadets, aged 14 to 17, recruited in South Gloucestershire last year.

Recruitment for the new units, based in Churchill in North Somerset and Taunton, will be between September 3 and 23.

Application forms can be downloaded from www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

 

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5:41pm Fri 7 Sep 12

*SomersetSocialistParty* says...

News Flash...News Flash...News Fl..

A daring raid by a ruthless and audacious gang of thieves has left police budgets throughout England and Wales in tatters.

The highly organised gang of thieves got away with a huge 20 per cent of all police budgets.

The reultant 20 per cent budget deficit has so far resulted in savage and damaging cuts being announced in each and every police force throughout England and Wales

So far, more than 30,000 police jobs cuts have been announced.

This figure includes more than 12,500 police officers and more than 16,500 police staff.

240 job cuts have been announced in the Avon and Somerset police force alone.


Senior chief officers in Avon and Somerset have announced that these soon to be 'superfluous to requirement' police officers will be replaced by unpaid volunteer 'cadets' aged 14 to 17.

Forensic teams examining the crime scene immediately discovered thousands of fingerprints.

The fingerprints have all been positively identied as belonging to the notorious gang of thieves known to the general public as the 'Con-Dem cuts coalition ', currently headed by the ruthless duo, named Cameron and Clegg.

Cameron and Clegg's savage gang of thugs, includes the particularly odious and vicious 'Slasher Osborne', last seen in public, being booed by 80,000 spectators angered by his surpise appearance at the Olympic Stadium.

Whilst the coalition gang have commited countless crimes against ordinary working people, resulting in massive pain and suffering , it is understood that they have 'merely' implemented 1/10th of their intended crime-wave also known as their Austerity Programme.

The criminal austerity gang trace their origins back many decades. One of their founding members was the reviled Margaret Thatcher.

After an eleven year-long crime wave Thatcher was eventually removed from her position as gang leader by the magnificent mass-non-payment campaign that involved 18 million people, including many tens of thousands of Bridwater Mercury readers. The gang later went into hiding in 1997 when they were elbowed aside by another vicious gang headed by the arch war criminal Tony Blair.

The austerity gang re-emerged in May 2010 creating havoc, pain and suffering in their wake.

It is understood that the gang fear the potential power of the organised working class population, and tremble at the merest suggestion of a 24-Hour General Strike which could easily inflict terminal damage to the cuts-coalition and drive them from their Downing Street bunker.

The general public have been made aware that these cuts-coalition gang members are highly dangerous and if seen, should be approached by large crowds, and loudly booed and heckled.

For further information or offers of assistance please visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
News Flash...News Flash...News Fl.. A daring raid by a ruthless and audacious gang of thieves has left police budgets throughout England and Wales in tatters. The highly organised gang of thieves got away with a huge 20 per cent of all police budgets. The reultant 20 per cent budget deficit has so far resulted in savage and damaging cuts being announced in each and every police force throughout England and Wales So far, more than 30,000 police jobs cuts have been announced. This figure includes more than 12,500 police officers and more than 16,500 police staff. 240 job cuts have been announced in the Avon and Somerset police force alone. Senior chief officers in Avon and Somerset have announced that these soon to be 'superfluous to requirement' police officers will be replaced by unpaid volunteer 'cadets' aged 14 to 17. Forensic teams examining the crime scene immediately discovered thousands of fingerprints. The fingerprints have all been positively identied as belonging to the notorious gang of thieves known to the general public as the 'Con-Dem cuts coalition ', currently headed by the ruthless duo, named Cameron and Clegg. Cameron and Clegg's savage gang of thugs, includes the particularly odious and vicious 'Slasher Osborne', last seen in public, being booed by 80,000 spectators angered by his surpise appearance at the Olympic Stadium. Whilst the coalition gang have commited countless crimes against ordinary working people, resulting in massive pain and suffering , it is understood that they have 'merely' implemented 1/10th of their intended crime-wave also known as their Austerity Programme. The criminal austerity gang trace their origins back many decades. One of their founding members was the reviled Margaret Thatcher. After an eleven year-long crime wave Thatcher was eventually removed from her position as gang leader by the magnificent mass-non-payment campaign that involved 18 million people, including many tens of thousands of Bridwater Mercury readers. The gang later went into hiding in 1997 when they were elbowed aside by another vicious gang headed by the arch war criminal Tony Blair. The austerity gang re-emerged in May 2010 creating havoc, pain and suffering in their wake. It is understood that the gang fear the potential power of the organised working class population, and tremble at the merest suggestion of a 24-Hour General Strike which could easily inflict terminal damage to the cuts-coalition and drive them from their Downing Street bunker. The general public have been made aware that these cuts-coalition gang members are highly dangerous and if seen, should be approached by large crowds, and loudly booed and heckled. For further information or offers of assistance please visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk *SomersetSocialistParty*
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7:37pm Tue 11 Sep 12

BaldCarl2 says...

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher

Just exactly who are the thieves?
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher Just exactly who are the thieves? BaldCarl2
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11:03pm Tue 11 Sep 12

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

BaldCarl2 wrote:
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher

Just exactly who are the thieves?
Is there a problem with capitalism?. Only that the poor get ever poorer, and the wealthy get wealthier. Do people REALLY want to see their son/daughter/mother/
father living (or dossing) in a doorway or under a bridge, while others live in a 100-room mansion?.
[quote][p][bold]BaldCarl2[/bold] wrote: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher Just exactly who are the thieves?[/p][/quote]Is there a problem with capitalism?. Only that the poor get ever poorer, and the wealthy get wealthier. Do people REALLY want to see their son/daughter/mother/ father living (or dossing) in a doorway or under a bridge, while others live in a 100-room mansion?. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth
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1:21pm Wed 12 Sep 12

Hombre says...

The problem with socialism is socialists - Me
The problem with socialism is socialists - Me Hombre
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12:06am Thu 13 Sep 12

BaldCarl2 says...

The son/daughter/mother/
father should pull their finger out, get a job, and maybe they wouldn't have live in a doorway or under a bridge
The son/daughter/mother/ father should pull their finger out, get a job, and maybe they wouldn't have live in a doorway or under a bridge BaldCarl2
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10:56am Fri 14 Sep 12

*SomersetSocialistParty* says...

First posted on 11 May 2012 at 13:00 GMT

Police demo shows that opposition to cuts is growing

On the same day as the public sector workers' pensions strike, 10 May, the Police Federation called a demonstration in London to protest at attacks to the police service.

Their issues included 20% cuts to the police service, which is leading to redundancies, opposition to the Winsor Report on the Police Service, which includes cuts to pay levels and conditions on top of a two-year pay freeze and increased pension contributions, and opposition to privatisation of core police functions.

Socialists who went to intervene in the police demo were wondering what the response would be. The answer surprised us.

An estimated 35,000 off-duty officers marched, fuming with the government over the above issues. So much so that they snatched all the leaflets from the handful of Socialist Party members there - we underestimated the response we would get! - and over 50 copies of the Socialist were sold.

Many officers politely declined to take leaflets or buy our paper. Some said they were non-political and were surprised to learn how many of their colleagues had bought a copy.

But there were very few hostile responses. And we made it clear to those who wanted to talk that we have strong criticisms of the policing of demos, picket lines and communities [see articles: Grim toll for hidden police racism and After the Riots)

But we welcomed any action that brought the Police Federation and ordinary police officers closer to the trade union movement if they are going into conflict with their employers, the government and police authorities.

We supported their right to strike, which they may ballot for soon and will have to fight for if they win the ballot.

But this is truly the sign of a government and capitalist society on the rocks when sections of its state feel the need to demonstrate against it! The police are used by the government to frighten people off from demonstrating, as brutally experienced by students in 2010, but developments like this could help to weaken their use against strikers and demonstrators in the future.
For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit:
www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
First posted on 11 May 2012 at 13:00 GMT Police demo shows that opposition to cuts is growing On the same day as the public sector workers' pensions strike, 10 May, the Police Federation called a demonstration in London to protest at attacks to the police service. Their issues included 20% cuts to the police service, which is leading to redundancies, opposition to the Winsor Report on the Police Service, which includes cuts to pay levels and conditions on top of a two-year pay freeze and increased pension contributions, and opposition to privatisation of core police functions. Socialists who went to intervene in the police demo were wondering what the response would be. The answer surprised us. An estimated 35,000 off-duty officers marched, fuming with the government over the above issues. So much so that they snatched all the leaflets from the handful of Socialist Party members there - we underestimated the response we would get! - and over 50 copies of the Socialist were sold. Many officers politely declined to take leaflets or buy our paper. Some said they were non-political and were surprised to learn how many of their colleagues had bought a copy. But there were very few hostile responses. And we made it clear to those who wanted to talk that we have strong criticisms of the policing of demos, picket lines and communities [see articles: Grim toll for hidden police racism and After the Riots) But we welcomed any action that brought the Police Federation and ordinary police officers closer to the trade union movement if they are going into conflict with their employers, the government and police authorities. We supported their right to strike, which they may ballot for soon and will have to fight for if they win the ballot. But this is truly the sign of a government and capitalist society on the rocks when sections of its state feel the need to demonstrate against it! The police are used by the government to frighten people off from demonstrating, as brutally experienced by students in 2010, but developments like this could help to weaken their use against strikers and demonstrators in the future. For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk *SomersetSocialistParty*
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11:07am Fri 14 Sep 12

*SomersetSocialistParty* says...

BaldCarl2 wrote:
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher

Just exactly who are the thieves?
Jail the bankers ... and nationalise the banks!

A multinational team of financial regulators, led by the US Department of Justice, is investigating allegations that some of the world's leading banks manipulated currency rates at the time of the credit crunch crisis in 2008.

It is alleged that while the world was struggling to avoid a global meltdown of the financial system the banks were making gigantic bets on currency moves, in particular between the dollar and yen, and then conspired with government central bankers to set interest rates that would move the currencies in the 'right' direction.

The Swiss bank, UBS, has been given immunity from prosecution in return for grassing up other banks but all those under suspicion have, somewhat helpfully, been warned to expect dawn raids by financial regulators.

When even Geoff Boycott is using a tea interval at the Lord's test match to call for Britain's leading bankers to be jailed, we can say that the public attitude towards high finance has turned decisively.

Trade unionists and socialists have a receptive audience for the idea of nationalising the banks and organising the financial system in the interests of working people.
For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit:
www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]BaldCarl2[/bold] wrote: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher Just exactly who are the thieves?[/p][/quote]Jail the bankers ... and nationalise the banks! A multinational team of financial regulators, led by the US Department of Justice, is investigating allegations that some of the world's leading banks manipulated currency rates at the time of the credit crunch crisis in 2008. It is alleged that while the world was struggling to avoid a global meltdown of the financial system the banks were making gigantic bets on currency moves, in particular between the dollar and yen, and then conspired with government central bankers to set interest rates that would move the currencies in the 'right' direction. The Swiss bank, UBS, has been given immunity from prosecution in return for grassing up other banks but all those under suspicion have, somewhat helpfully, been warned to expect dawn raids by financial regulators. When even Geoff Boycott is using a tea interval at the Lord's test match to call for Britain's leading bankers to be jailed, we can say that the public attitude towards high finance has turned decisively. Trade unionists and socialists have a receptive audience for the idea of nationalising the banks and organising the financial system in the interests of working people. For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk *SomersetSocialistParty*
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11:11am Fri 14 Sep 12

*SomersetSocialistParty* says...

BaldCarl2 wrote:
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher

Just exactly who are the thieves?
This is an extract of the speech given at the TUC congress by Fran Heathcote, group president of PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions, in support of a motion from the Fire Brigades Union on nationalising the banks.

PCS welcomes this motion from the FBU.

Much of the banking sector was nationalised by Labour in 2007-08 - not in the interests of working and middle class people but to prop up the broken financial system that was brought to the verge of disaster. To date this has cost £500 billion in total. But what have we got to show for it?

I live in the North East and Northern Rock was taken over in 2007 after selling dodgy sub-prime mortgages in the scandal that triggered the credit crunch. I'm sure we can all remember the queues of people trying to get their savings out. But last November, four years after being bailed out, the profitable half of it was sold to Virgin for £747 million - less than half of what the taxpayer injected into it when it was split in 2010.

80% of RBS has been nationalised yet it is being investigated as part of the Libor scandal which fixed interest rates between banks. The Libor also affected the mortgages and loans of ordinary people and penalised them. Small business people have been swindled, with one person reportedly paying back extra £70,000 on her loan because of the illegally fixed interest rate.

Incidentally, these are the people who can be won behind the union movement, when we take joint action and show that we're the most powerful force that can resist the Con-Dems and their rich friends.

Even Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oakeshott said this week: "It's time we used the stick on the banks we own and nationalise RBS instead of force feeding them carrots." Millions of our members are struggling to pay their mortgages or ripped off by the banks and small businesses who can't get credit wouldn't think that this is a radical motion.

If the banks were nationalised and democratically run, taken out of the control of the greedy fat cats, it wouldn't just open up the door to cheap mortgages and loans.

It could be the platform for a totally different type of society that represented the 99% of us who would benefit from the type of socially useful investment on a massive scale that could ensure decent jobs, housing and public services for all. This is our alternative to Cameron's austerity.
For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit:
www.socialistparty.o

rg.uk”
[quote][p][bold]BaldCarl2[/bold] wrote: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend" - Margaret Thatcher Just exactly who are the thieves?[/p][/quote]This is an extract of the speech given at the TUC congress by Fran Heathcote, group president of PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions, in support of a motion from the Fire Brigades Union on nationalising the banks. PCS welcomes this motion from the FBU. Much of the banking sector was nationalised by Labour in 2007-08 - not in the interests of working and middle class people but to prop up the broken financial system that was brought to the verge of disaster. To date this has cost £500 billion in total. But what have we got to show for it? I live in the North East and Northern Rock was taken over in 2007 after selling dodgy sub-prime mortgages in the scandal that triggered the credit crunch. I'm sure we can all remember the queues of people trying to get their savings out. But last November, four years after being bailed out, the profitable half of it was sold to Virgin for £747 million - less than half of what the taxpayer injected into it when it was split in 2010. 80% of RBS has been nationalised yet it is being investigated as part of the Libor scandal which fixed interest rates between banks. The Libor also affected the mortgages and loans of ordinary people and penalised them. Small business people have been swindled, with one person reportedly paying back extra £70,000 on her loan because of the illegally fixed interest rate. Incidentally, these are the people who can be won behind the union movement, when we take joint action and show that we're the most powerful force that can resist the Con-Dems and their rich friends. Even Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oakeshott said this week: "It's time we used the stick on the banks we own and nationalise RBS instead of force feeding them carrots." Millions of our members are struggling to pay their mortgages or ripped off by the banks and small businesses who can't get credit wouldn't think that this is a radical motion. If the banks were nationalised and democratically run, taken out of the control of the greedy fat cats, it wouldn't just open up the door to cheap mortgages and loans. It could be the platform for a totally different type of society that represented the 99% of us who would benefit from the type of socially useful investment on a massive scale that could ensure decent jobs, housing and public services for all. This is our alternative to Cameron's austerity. For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk” *SomersetSocialistParty*
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11:24am Fri 14 Sep 12

*SomersetSocialistParty* says...

BaldCarl2 wrote:
The son/daughter/mother/

father should pull their finger out, get a job, and maybe they wouldn't have live in a doorway or under a bridge
Con-Dems criminalise homeless people

A new criminal offence of 'squatting in a residential building', came into force on 1 September 2012 by way of section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

This vindictive piece of Con-Dem legislation will raise concern across England and Wales. For some, it marks a long-awaited triumph for private landlords, but for many others it comes as a serious threat to their basic need for shelter and a home.

The 'consultation exercise' that preceded its introduction saw 96% of responses 'not wanting to see any action taken on squatting'. Out of 2,217 responses, 2,126 of those were from members of the public concerned about the impact of criminalising squatting, and only ten people wrote in claiming to be victims of squatting.

Amazingly the Metropolitan police, the Law Society, the Criminal Bar Association and numerous homeless charities such as Crisis, all publicly opposed its introduction.

In the middle of one of the worst housing crises this country has ever seen, up to 50,000 squatters face becoming criminals because they are occupying empty residential properties in order to put a roof over their heads.

The number of private and public new homes has fallen to the lowest level since the 1920s. Consequently, homelessness rates are rising, a hidden army of 'sofa surfers' exist across the country, housing benefit caps are further tightening the screws on tenants, and remember, many of those receiving housing benefit are working.

Not surprisingly when squatting is reported in the media it often cites an example of the homeowner who 'goes on holiday, and returns to find his home squatted.'

Protecting profits
While sympathy can be extended in such cases, they are very rare and are often overplayed in the right-wing press for political gain. The reality is that for most people who squat it is because they do not have access to affordable accommodation, and it is in properties that have been abandoned for many years.

With a stroke of a pen thousands of ordinary working class people will possibly be convicted, facing up to six months in jail and fines of up to £5,000.

Serious questions need to be asked of this legislation. With 930,000 empty properties according to the Empty Homes Agency, who is this law protecting? As socialists we can only see that the new law protects profiteering landlords and property speculators. Properties are being kept empty to protect profits, and the new law does nothing but shore up this practice.

In fact it can be argued that the law is open to abuse by rogue landlords, which could even mean trouble for non-squatting tenants - who may have a tenancy agreement that the landlord will deny.

The attack against squatting is a marked shift not only in the campaign against people now facing homelessness, but one to defend private property rights over the human right to shelter.

For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit:
www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk””
[quote][p][bold]BaldCarl2[/bold] wrote: The son/daughter/mother/ father should pull their finger out, get a job, and maybe they wouldn't have live in a doorway or under a bridge[/p][/quote]Con-Dems criminalise homeless people A new criminal offence of 'squatting in a residential building', came into force on 1 September 2012 by way of section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. This vindictive piece of Con-Dem legislation will raise concern across England and Wales. For some, it marks a long-awaited triumph for private landlords, but for many others it comes as a serious threat to their basic need for shelter and a home. The 'consultation exercise' that preceded its introduction saw 96% of responses 'not wanting to see any action taken on squatting'. Out of 2,217 responses, 2,126 of those were from members of the public concerned about the impact of criminalising squatting, and only ten people wrote in claiming to be victims of squatting. Amazingly the Metropolitan police, the Law Society, the Criminal Bar Association and numerous homeless charities such as Crisis, all publicly opposed its introduction. In the middle of one of the worst housing crises this country has ever seen, up to 50,000 squatters face becoming criminals because they are occupying empty residential properties in order to put a roof over their heads. The number of private and public new homes has fallen to the lowest level since the 1920s. Consequently, homelessness rates are rising, a hidden army of 'sofa surfers' exist across the country, housing benefit caps are further tightening the screws on tenants, and remember, many of those receiving housing benefit are working. Not surprisingly when squatting is reported in the media it often cites an example of the homeowner who 'goes on holiday, and returns to find his home squatted.' Protecting profits While sympathy can be extended in such cases, they are very rare and are often overplayed in the right-wing press for political gain. The reality is that for most people who squat it is because they do not have access to affordable accommodation, and it is in properties that have been abandoned for many years. With a stroke of a pen thousands of ordinary working class people will possibly be convicted, facing up to six months in jail and fines of up to £5,000. Serious questions need to be asked of this legislation. With 930,000 empty properties according to the Empty Homes Agency, who is this law protecting? As socialists we can only see that the new law protects profiteering landlords and property speculators. Properties are being kept empty to protect profits, and the new law does nothing but shore up this practice. In fact it can be argued that the law is open to abuse by rogue landlords, which could even mean trouble for non-squatting tenants - who may have a tenancy agreement that the landlord will deny. The attack against squatting is a marked shift not only in the campaign against people now facing homelessness, but one to defend private property rights over the human right to shelter. For more information or to join the Socialist Party visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk”” *SomersetSocialistParty*
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11:32am Fri 14 Sep 12

*SomersetSocialistParty* says...

Hombre wrote:
The problem with socialism is socialists - Me
Somerset Socialist Party consider this 'deeply profound comment' to be unworthy of reply, so we will simply provide the link to our national website: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]Hombre[/bold] wrote: The problem with socialism is socialists - Me[/p][/quote]Somerset Socialist Party consider this 'deeply profound comment' to be unworthy of reply, so we will simply provide the link to our national website: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk *SomersetSocialistParty*
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