Lib Dem FightBack

Immigration Good but not for all. What Business can do to stay in EU

June 12, 2016


We stand on the brink of a Brexit and the real possibility of Right Wing Coup. Ultra Conservatives like Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove , Liam Fox and others are preparing to strike down the Prime Minister and form the kind of Blukip Coalition we were warning about in May 2015. Those seeking to Leave the European Union have failed to put forward the kind of 650 page prospectus offered by the SNP in 2014. They have lost the economic arguments in a tidal wave of economist, banker and business hostility. Boris Johnson has claimed that EU Membership has not helped exports & that 27 Non-EU Countries have done better in export growth than UK. He is lying with statistics.One of the countries he mentioned, cited in the Civitas Report was Vietnam which outstripped UK's 81% export growth 1993-2011 with a wapping 544%,impressive until you discover Vietnam's tiny 1993 exports, make 2011 figures massive. 19 of those 27 countries are developing countries and had miniscule original trade. Of those Developed economies while some have seen higher export growth, UK remains the single biggest exporter of goods to the EU, outstripping China & US. Some Non-EU European countries like Iceland saw 41% smaller export growth than UK, as did the export powerhouses of Japan & Tiawan. Leave also seem happy to see the value of the Pound in people's pocket slump by 30% and some Leave economists are not worried about the service economy being locked out of the single market or Manufacturing being wiped out or a house price crash. 
The cunning plan of Leave promising an Economic plan but not providing one, is that lacking hard data to analyse, experts like the IMF,IFS,Treasury,BOE, CBI had to make projections which have been rubbished as Project Fear scaremongering. Still Remain have won the economic arguments, in a possible pyrrhic victory.

Yet Leave's real "Trump" card is Immigration. Since they played it last week, Leave has seen a rise in support. This could be Remain's Achilles heal as while Immigration benefits all overall by filling worker skill gaps, tax income, economic growth and productivity, some low killed & vulnerable workers do lose. Data shows that EU Immigration is for work, not benefits. Either European Graduates or low skilled workers provide a vital job in NHS, Agriculture, Engineering,Tech, Food, Construction & Hospitality industries. Yet not all win. But why has Industry hired some 1.9 million EU workers in preference to British graduates, unemployed & workers? The Answer is threefold. EU workers are better skilled, harder workers & are willing to do dirty & dangerous jobs for less pay. Conservative Governments have watered down Safety,discrimination & fair pay regulations, and cut back on enforcement & prosecutions.
In the NHS EU & Non-EU Doctors were working without vital English Language skills, and following public & BMA concerns 1,000 doctors were replaced.

Not only rogue employers have given preference to EU workers. Finally there have been regulation changes to ensure jobs are advertised by agencies & employers locally as well as in EU countries such as Poland. 
Business wants to stay in the EU & especially the Single Market by a ratio of 8:1 for big business 2:1 for Small Business. Leave claim to be able to fix Immigration but actually want to increase the 200,000 Non-EU immigrants by an Australian Points System. Despite Leave's false claims Governments cannot control who is being offered employment contracts.Business decides who it wants to recuit. Business  can by creating a level playing field for British Workers, not discriminating in favour of EU workers, under paying or avoiding safety rules.

Industry is alarmed that access to the Single Market is about to be lost, which will lead to redundancies,relocation,lost orders and cancelled investment.

A vow from Industry to recruit workers on an fair basis could ensure that more British graduates, apprentices and workers are hired to redress these issues. It is vital for those votes needed for Remain to win.

 

#Libdemfightback in Newcastle University

January 28, 2016

Tim talks to a room of students – and energises the #LibDemFightback in Newcastle

Students at NUSU Tim Talks

Of all the drops in the Liberal Democrat vote in May, the drop in the 18-24 vote was harshest. From 30% of the total vote of this age group in 2010, our vote collapsed to just 5% in May. Hope springs eternal in Newcastle, though – and we were delighted to welcome our leader, Tim Farron, in hosting a ‘Talk to Tim’ event at the New...


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Defeating ISIS, standing by France

November 14, 2015
In the aftermath of the shocking ISIS attacks that have killed 127 people in Paris, it is now time for Britain to show a strong signal to the world, our allies France, NATO and the USA and fellow combatants against ISIS , Russia and Iran that Britain will oppose and defeat this vile mass murder and the ideology which under pins it.



Up to now we Liberal Democrats at Libdemfightback have while supporting legal Airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq , since September have  questioned the legality, utili...
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The Libdemfightback & the Moderate Majority

November 6, 2015

Following Justin Trudeau's stunning General Election in Canada in October, Liberals in Britain are taking heart that a restoration in the political fortunes for the Liberal Democrat Party is taking shape as the EU Referendum approaches in 2016. Under Tim Farron's leadership we have scored a number of Council byelection successes winning 13 seats and holding 13 seats since May. Recent victories such as Torbay, Inverness and Essex show a UK wide trend towards upsurge with some swings in excess ...
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Evidence of BBC Media Bias against Liberal Democrats ?

September 30, 2015
For many of the BBC viewers & licence fee payers watching and funding BBC Question Time : the perplexing issue of Political Bias on the Question Time Panel is becoming acute. While the Conservative Party & Labour each have a panelist each week, other political parties with millions of votes have to wait up to 8 weeks to hear their representatives, while private media commentators appear in pairs each week. The net effect is often a right wing panel. The SNP is often on panels in England where...
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Labour rejects moderation

September 14, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's Stunning Victory in the Labour Leadership is a victory for grassroots, non-machine politics. People are crying out for authentic politics which puts people above vested interests. That is why Tim Farron won the Lib Dem leadership in July with a massive margin of support. Many of Corbyn's ideas merit cooperation : Opposition to Airstrikes, Opposition to Fracking, Opposition to HS2, for example. However most of Corbyn's Radical solutions are insane. Leaving NATO, Leaving the EU,...
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Why Lib Dems should vote against Airstrikes in Syria

September 10, 2015


Would Charles Kennedy have backed Airstrikes in Syria today? We will never know but If we are serious about defeating ISIS and creating safe conditions for Syrian refugees, then it is time for evidence based policy and some clear thinking.  Despite 6,700 US & Coalition airstrikes with $4 billion spent ISIS continues to destabilise the Middle East. Pressure will be maximum this week on Parliament after decisions by France and Australia to join Airstrikes in Syria. Yet clear analysis by milit...


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Syria: Long Term Answers – not Cameron’s Chaotic Dundering

September 7, 2015


Lets be clear, the Conservatives are desperate to use the tragic death of Syrian Kurdish Refugee Aylan Kurdi to get public approval for airstrikes in Syria against ISIS and probably the Assad Syrian Government forces too. In 2013 Lib Dems ensured that airstrikes in Syria were blocked .  Also too Cameron is refusing to give sanctuary to desperate refugees who have fled Hungary and at Calais but a tiny 4,000 per year selected by Britain from camps in Turkey.  Cameron has already allowed RAF pil...


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A visit to Calais - Migrants, HS2 & Fracking

August 19, 2015
Calais
August saw one Libdemfightback member visit Calais. Tim Farron's recent visit to Calais in July highlights the human plight of refugees, Migrants and asylum seekers who wish to risk their lives to come to help Britain and seek sanctuary from racism and violence.  

The BBC Songs of Praise visited St Michaels Migrants Church in Calais which inspired Christians and Liberals to redouble our efforts to oppose the Conservatives Xenophobic policy in Calais. These people are inspirational in the...
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#libdemfightback :After the first week – the way forward

July 24, 2015


What a week, Tim elected, Labour loses the plot and their last vestiges of credibility and moral authority. The Conservative machine trundles on towards the BBC, HRA, FOI and every part of Liberal Britain.  Some brief points of strategy in the path ahead.

Strategy

1-      Media – it is clear that the BBC is running so scared of the Tory threat to smash them that they have already turned into the State Broadcasting Corporation. We must defend the BBC as it was. Tim Farron’s election wa...


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