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Op-ed: OK let's cut to the chase.
Thursday the Hull Daily Mail went with "'They've messed it up' - anger after Hull rail electrification is cancelled" as the Tory government pulled the plug.
Yes government Northern Powerhouse spin is just that - spin. The truth is more like the Northern Poorhouse some have used as a satirical poke at the Tories.
But Friday news that Buckingham Palace is about to get a tax-payer funded refurbishment even made right-wing celebrities like Piers Morgan respond angrily.
Morgan tweeted "On Children In Need day, the Royals get handed £369m of taxpayer money to refurbish Buckingham Palace. Is this a ****ing joke?"
Yes it is. It is a sick joke.
Unelected Prime Minister Theresa May appears to be going for broke committing to all that SHE holds dear while she is in office.
She is tying the hands of future governments and doing so with intent.
She met with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and others in Berlin this week. Yes world leaders once again fail to live up to their words about the necessary changes needed to address climate change.
It seems only we the people will take up the slack.
World leaders, their entourages and mainstream media representatives have huge carbon bootprints and make a mockery of us all.
But Ms May committing to a 10-year refurbishment of Buckingham Palace at a cost of £369m could be the straw that broke the camel's back.
The work will begin in April; April Fool's day would be appropriate.
The Queen will stay in residence apparently, phased works with workers pussyfooting round the family maybe, but hey she and the rest of the gang have enough other residences to use if they fancy a change.
The work will be undertaken room by room surely extending the time frame for the work and upping the costs?
Some of the work such as improving heating, pipework and electricity will reportedly be the first for 60 years.
Presumably the Royals thought it was best to wait until the country was truly cash strapped, people were experiencing financial pain, the country faced an uncertian future and there was an unelected Prime Minister before any work commenced?
Homeowners know that home repairs need to be nipped in the bud. Procrastination costs much more money in the long run.
Still unlike we the people of the UK the wealthy Royal Family do not have to foot the bill - we do!
Friday is Children in Need. A host of celebrities will take over BBC TV airtime in order to raise money to help children in need at home and abroad.
Next week Chancellor Philip Hammond will unveil his first budget. Watch out for the fine detail and more financial pain hidden or masked by smoke and mirrors.
As for the Queen and her handout from her people let me know what you think in the comments below.
We the people have not been consulted on this huge spend. We did not elect the current government.
Parliament will now vote on the proposals.
The number of homeless people in the UK continues to rise and affordable homes are few and far between. Add to that the devastating Bedroom Tax which reduces the Housing Benefit of claimants who dare to have at least one spare bedroom and if you are not angry WHY?
We are expected to fund the refurb of a Royal Palace indirectly or directly?
Come on Mrs May you have to be taking the proverbial.
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The decision to undertake the building works was made after an independent report found that without urgent work there is a "serious risk of fire and water damage".
That means the Treasury will have less money to play around with.
It also means the refurnishment is likely to be ready for the next in line to the throne when he or she takes over.
With many people wanting a referendum on the future of the British Monarchy post Queen Elizabeth II there could be many reasons for this huge spend.
But if the SNP thought the Tories of England would really allow them full membership of the Commons they were, as expected, mistaken. Tuesday the Guardian reported:
The similarities between the word Evel and Evil must be noted.
It does of course mean that the Tories will almost have a free reign to introduce legislation without recourse. Unless backbench Tories protest and do not support their party legislation such as removing the hunting act will go ahead unchallenged.
The Tory majority may be slight but take the SNP out of the equation and it is ample.
It has never been more important to have an effective Labour leader in place and soon but the 'right' leader in every sense except for that person's political persuasion.
Labour leadership candidates are now on their own campaign trail talking to Labour supporters around the country in the hope of selection as party leader.
Recant reform means that the selection process has changed somewhat and Labour supporters can register online for £3 and have a say in the matter. That leaves this writer with concerns about 'ringers' who may do the dirty on Labour.
If you are a paid up member of the Labour Party you automatically are eligible to vote.
Days after the July 8 budget this writer is joining other Labour supporters at a local event where Andy Burnham one of the labour leadership candidates is appearing.
It looks set to be an interesting event but will it be well supported?
In the UK we have many armchair revolutionaries but not enough people who are prepared to make even a slight effort to ensure a free and fair government is running the country. That is proved by the turnout at each and every election from local to national level.
That and others issues must change.
The Labour leadership candidates are Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn and include the left of left-wing, left-wing and left of centre of British politics. The leader will be elected in September.
Open letter to The Labour Party
Note: Expect a report from the Hull Andy Burnham event. He has already faced a bumpy ride at some events - Andy Burnham jeered at first Labour leadership hustings over benefits cap.
How will he fare in this tough northern city?
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