Comments for Government Online Government Tenders, Government News and Information Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:09:06 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Panorama confronts the Barclay brothers with tax revelations by Mike Wright Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:09:06 +0000 The BBC Panorama gave a good insight into The Barclay Brothers. But an unauthorised biography on The Barclay Brothers called Tax what Tax have released segments of the biography on the internet at: It now makes sense what The BBC Panorama was all about. They do need to be exposed.

Comment on Health ombudsman says complaints improve public services | Julie Mellor by Jane Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:32:27 +0000 Dame Julie Mellor should put her own house in order before criticising others.

The PHSO is the most arrogant, non-friendly complaints irganisation in the country, which only investigates 1.4 percent if complaints.

Comment on Blair Inc’s ‘baffling’ increase in earnings by John Brindle Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:18:23 +0000 “Blair’s spokesman said: “Across all of his activities there are more than 120 people employed around the world. The Windrush accounts are prepared in accordance with relevant legal, accounting and regulatory guidance. Tony Blair continues to be a UK taxpayer on all of his income and all his companies are UK registered.””

I don’t think this is true, and here’s why not.

As is now well known, Blair runs two exactly parallel Windrush and
Firerush structures, with their associated Bisham shell companies. In
the course of looking at their internet presence, and that of other
fascinated observers, I noticed:

1. Everyone agrees that he’s up to something other than simply seeking
privacy, as he claims to be. The man is a media whore; privacy is the
last thing on his mind.
2. The general feeling is that he’s offshore, although he denies it,
and claims to be paying 50% tax on his income.
3. He (Firerush and Windrush No3 LP -or TB Associates and Office of TB- is registered to trade throughout the EU and in at least some of those countries is registered as a UK company without a local office.

4. Everybody’s missed – as far as I can see – two companies. They are
Windrush Ltd (104738) and Firerush Ltd (104737),(NOT Windrush and Firerush Ventures Ltd which are UK companies) simultaneously registered in
Gibraltar on 23 Sept 2010.

While Windrush is a fairly common company name, with associations with
both Oxford and the Caribbean, Firerush isn’t. All the other instances
I have seen are Blair companies. And the coincidence is an interesting
one. Gibraltar has a 10% flat corporate tax rate applying to
registrations after 25th June 2009.

Also, since Windrush handles the charity side of Blair’s income, its opacity is intriguing….

Comment on Orange customer service is giving everyone the pip by kevin Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:19:27 +0000 There is no change then… Just google orange broadband (or mobile phone) problems – – has been around since 2006 !!!!!!

Comment on Why does parliament have a rifle range? by P V Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:37:11 +0000 Having made it virtually impossible for many British sportsmen to keep and use guns it’s (of course) perfectly OK for politicians to have such easy access isn’t it!

Perhaps it is so they can defend themselves when the general populous rise up against the undemocratic regime that now runs this country to meet their own ends?

Comment on Ban high-sugar cereals to tackle child obesity, says Andy Burnham by Campbell Keenan Fri, 26 Jul 2013 01:47:39 +0000 I agree fully with the remarks above. Also more and more studies show that exercise, especially a sport that the child enjoys, is complementary to good nutrition and importantly, it helps children’s cognitive development – they think more clearly, achieve better grades at school and grow into more balanced, self confident and happier adults. See

Child (or adult) obesity is a recent disease of affluence. Many parents themselves are afflicted by it and are obsessed about the difficulty of losing weight, whereas I believe the solution is quite simple. In the 3rd world, it is rare to see obese people. It seems most affluent humans can’t resist putting excess food of the wrong kind in their mouths.

As a kid, I grew up in New Zealand during the 2nd world war, when food was scarce and rationed. I remember only 2 kids out of 400 at my primary school who were overweight. One lived on a farm and ate dairy and other foods which were obviously not rationed or at least, were hard to ration by the authorities. The other had no interest in physical activity, but loved eating, particularly fatty fried food. Overweight adults were also a rarity.

I walk along the streets of Balmain in Sydney, after schools are out and most kids are eating ice creams, or consuming sugary drinks, bought for them by their mothers! When I grew up, the standard of living was much lower, but an ice cream or lemonade was a special treat, bought for me rarely.

Controlling a child’s obesity starts at home and parents need to set the example and use some old fashioned discipline. This is not always easy, but the ability to achieve it in a way that doesn’t turn children off is an art that parents can work at for a win/win result. Nutritious meals of a modest size, devoid if possible of processed or fast food is a great start. If the meal size is too large, parents should remove the excess and put it out of sight, as most people, including children (and me) can’t resist eating what is put in front of them.

Comment on E-cigarettes: no smoke without ire | Lionel Shriver by Https://Www.Facebook.Com/ Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:08:33 +0000 Yes, tell all your friends you know to look on the web for electronic cigarettes to see how large this industry is,
and how big the choice is for these excellent products is.

What really annoys me, though, are the increasing number
of articles in the media saying how deadly they are.
Apparently pharmaceutical companies – the producers of stop-smoking aids are putting their
money behind an anti e-cig war – less so the cigarette firms
(as you might assume) – as they tobacco companies are putting money into them.
I can really appreciate the health gains of e cigarettes.

Just FYI – that there is always a agenda with big companies trying
to censure e cigarettes … the EU people must do a lot more to help.
This makes me despondent. Thanks E-cigarettes: no smoke without ire
| Lionel Shriver – Government Tenders, Government News and Information – Government Online.

Comment on Leaving Europe would be bad for British business | John Cridland by Joe Thorpe Fri, 17 May 2013 14:58:33 +0000 We don’t get £9 Billions worth of influence we have a trade deficit of £65 Billion so we have live quite happily without ever trading with Europe we will have to make like Apartheid South Africa & start making things for ourselves again which is no bad thing, its not like our own internal market is insignificant & we can control who has access to it if we dont have access to their market & lets not forget our biggest industry I financial services which are still not a part of the “Single Market” yet we operate a free open market for all our European “Friends” to come along to & plunder!

Comment on Smart meter rollout delayed for year amid energy firm caution by David Havard Sun, 12 May 2013 07:46:10 +0000 I should think the energy companies want this roll out to go well, because the current technology is in a mess and needs to make a big leap forward, especially for pay as you go customers. I cannot top up online because I run an up to date PC and would have to downgrade it’s performance just for that service. The current PAYG smart-meters / paypoint technology leaks like a sieve!!

Comment on E-cigarettes: no smoke without ire | Lionel Shriver by Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:37:52 +0000 I’ve not had a real cigarette for 4 weeks now thanks to using e-vapes. I am now a supporter of these electric cigarettes. I tell everybody I meet to just search on Google for for electronic cigarettes to see for themselves how well rooted this industry is, and how big the choice is for these superb products is. What p*sses me off, though, are the increasing number of stories in the papers and tv saying how dangerous they are. Apparently pharmaceutical companies – the producers of quit smoking aids are backing an anti-e-vape war – not so much the cigarette firms (as one might presume), as they are putting money into them. I can now feel all the improvements of e cigs. Just saying – that there is always some secret accord with these self-interested faceless types trying to prohibit e cigs – our country’s legislators could do a lot more to support them.
It makes me so despondent. I will be bereft if they ban them.

Comment on Letters: Coal, dole and wasted North Sea oil by Joe Thorpe Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:51:28 +0000 Absolute rubbish, the miners were constantly on strike holding the entire economy to ransom which is why we had to call in the IMF. Our coal was expensive deep mine coal. We have miners whinging about lung issues yet saying they wanted to work under ground hacking coal, if they wanted to work they should have been working and extracting coal at a competitive rate allowing our other heavy industry to compete. Every union was in it for themselves & couldn’t care less about the economy so long as they were alright. Scargill still had his Union funded accommodation & “company” car while the workers he dragged out on strike were chopping up their furniture for heat. The NUM were producing coal the country didnt need thats why they lost their battle, the NCB had to stockpile coal that no one wanted in vast heaps & these stocks were used while they were on strike, they tried to use rent a mobs to stop these stocks being distributed to power stations & quite rightly the full forces of the law were used to stop them from blocking the highway & of other people from going about their lawful days work. Far more people will be dancing when Scargill has gone!

Comment on Evidence and education: It’s not about Gove vs Marx | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics by Jack Sills Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:27:59 +0000 I think there is a lot of evidence that it’s unnecessary: Look at all the well educated people who didn’t write until first grade. I never even went to kindergarten and plenty in my generation didn’t go, yet we are educated and productive citizens. I don’t understand the need for education reform. We are a literate nation. The lawmakers, who seem fairly well educated turned ort fine in our public system.

Comment on Train Wi-Fi and mobile access expected to be in Osborne’s budget giveaway by Joe Thorpe Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:40:54 +0000 We have had wifi on Irish trains for years & the buses, whats the big deal?

Comment on I signed a two-year mobile phone contract – and the price went up by Alex Bell Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:14:02 +0000 Orange have just done the same to me. Inflation was given as the reason. It was a Chritmas present for my partner. Funny how inflation doesn’t figure just before Christmas. Is someone checking the patterns of these price increases. Orange have just lost my loyalty. I was just about to renew my own contract with them but will now leave them. They have a little more squeezed out of me on one contract but will loose all of my other contract. A net fall of £32 per month for them. Sorry orange that’s inflation for you!

Comment on HS2: a ‘catalyst for economic prosperity’ by Joe Thorpe Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:09:20 +0000 Will this project go out to open tender across Europe in accordance with EU rules? EU rules should be ignored until the single market is functioning in services & utilities & this bias against the UK economy is ended.

Comment on Being self-employed: our readers respond | The people’s panel by Julia Ford Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:28:53 +0000 Great comments. I would say bravo to those embarking on being self-employed. It’s tough – but it certainly makes you work harder. Loved Juliet England’s elegantly written comment – a true writer there.

Comment on Dear Mr Gove new year special: Michael Rosen’s letter from a curious parent by Tim Delaney Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:27:31 +0000 I’m delighted to see that you are giving serious consideration to Dr Rosen’s proposals. I’m looking forward to seeing some of his ideas forming part of the government’s programme for education.

Comment on London housing: Boris challenged by boroughs over "affordable rent"London housing: Boris challenged by boroughs over "affordable rent" levels by Sam Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:09:38 +0000 A well written article. Local councils are more attuned with the needs of the people living in their area who are after affordable rent or social housing.

Housing associations have lost Government funding and have had to make up the funding by providing a portion of properties at market rent to those that can afford it.

There has been an 86% increase of working people claiming housing benefits since 2009 and this number will only increase.

Comment on Labour plans crackdown on ‘rogue’ landlords by Jan Cosgrove (Mr) Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:36:24 +0000 Cracking down on landlords …. AND Agents

Ed should look at:

1. Repealing shorthold tenancies and returning to the Rent Act 1977 inc Case 13 – that would allow appeal to the court except where the landlord proposes to return to their own home, or a close relation would occupy – that would be the only case for automatic possession.

2. Consider allowing those who rent-to-buy (mortgages by another name) to claim housing benefit – also would stimulate house building and home ownership.

3. Make it possible for a tenant to take an agent etc to court for failing to inform that it is possible for landlord and tenant under shorthold or any other -hold, when the agreement/tenancy ends to allow things to continue on the same basis as before whtout a new agreement/fees etc – it’s called ‘statutory tenany’ – agents never tell people, it’s a form of deceit. Neither tenant nor landlord gains by the constant game of new agreements – only agents do so and they fail to tell either side the truth. Fees first….

Comment on Arctic Convoy and Bomber Command veterans to be honoured by Paul Spivey Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:28:45 +0000 A little late for most. My Dad – 27 missions, DFM, has just gone into a musing home