Nearly all the commentators are viewing the Euro election results the
wrong way round. In the UK the electorate is split into two camps;
approx 70% are broadly in favour of the EU and 30% are against it. The
30% voted almost exclusively for UKIP, hence it won the majority of the
seats. It is the pro-EU vote that is split three ways - Con/Lib/Lab. Now
if the pro-EU parties would stop fighting each other and field a single
list of candidates then this new amalgamated party would be topping the
A recent government study has found that sales of Fairtrade-certified products from Uganda and Ethiopia are not benefiting poor farmworkers as profits fail to trickle down to much of the workforce, says a groundbreaking study.
The Fairtrade Foundation is committed to "better prices, decent
working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for
farmers and workers in the developing world". But a UK
government-sponsored study, which investigated the production of
flowers, coffee and tea in Ethiopia and Uganda, found that "where
Fairtrade flowers were grown, and where there were farmers' groups
selling coffee and tea into Fairtrade certified markets, wages were very
Christopher Cramer, an economics professor at the
University of London and one of the report's authors, said: "Wages in
other comparable areas and among comparable employers producing the same
crops but where there was no Fairtrade certification were usually
higher and working conditions better. In our research sites, Fairtrade
has not been an effective mechanism for improving the lives of wage
workers, the poorest rural people."
Researchers who collected
detailed information on more than 1,500 people said they also found
evidence of the widespread use of children being paid to work on farms
growing produce for Britain's leading ethical label.
started in Britain 25 years ago by development and consumer groups
including Oxfam and the Women's Institute, has grown into one of the
world's most trusted ethical schemes, with 1.24 million farmers and
workers around the world. Fairtrade products contribute to the funding
of schools, health clinics, sanitation and other "social projects" in
rural areas. To join the scheme, farmers must agree to meet social,
labour and environmental standards. In Britain it is a £1.78bn
enterprise backed by government, Comic Relief, churches and
So the question is what should we as consumers do ? Do we buy bother to buy Fairtrade or do we go with the alternatives?
So far I have not seen any figures as to the percentage turnout. Lots of stuff about UKIP earthquakes but nothing as to how many voted.. My guess is that it was less than 40% which means that democracy is the loser. Nobody really believes anything any of the politicians says.
If any of the leaders of the main parties had any sense of decency and honour they would resign.
Despite all the gaffes that UKIP are making support for them seems to be growing. My own view is that this is due to:
1. Many people are fed up with and disillusioned with the mainstream parties.
2. They want to punish the main parties.
3. They feel that the Euro Parliament is a joke and so will use this vote as a protest vote.
4. On all major things the mainstream parties are in broad agreement. HS2, immigration, membership of the EU, etc etc.
5. Political leadership in this country is the worst that I have know in the past 45 years that I have been able to vote.
Please think seriously about these elections and vote for whoever represents your own views.
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Downsizing event Audley Retirement
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Following the talks there will be a
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