EU COURT RULES
IN FAVOUR OF 'ROBIN HOOD TAX'
A 'Robin Hood'
proposed by Green MEPs and supported by Green councillors' across the
North West, is lawful. That's the ruling of the Court of Justice in
The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT); a small levy on financial
transactions designed to raise funds for public services while
'cooling down' the pace of the financial speculation and
bankers' gambling responsible for the financial crash of 2008; was
agreed by the EU last year. Initially, 11 countries; including
France and Germany; agreed to take part. But the UK refused to join; and immediately launched court action in a bid to block anyone
else from implementing it either, fearful that it could be imposed
on UK banks operating in the Eurozone.
London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert , said:- "This ruling is
really about whether or not we want to support speculative casino
banking with billions of pounds of public money when the bankers get
it wrong. In 2008, they got things spectacularly wrong, and we are
all still paying the price with recession and government austerity
measures. A 'Robin Hood' Tax would slow down the
gambling; and raise revenue for public services at the same time. I
can see why the French and German governments have embraced the
idea. I welcome this ruling, which takes us down the road of
delivering the more people centred banking industry the Greens in
Brussels are working hard for." It had been expected that the European Court of Justice would issue
its decision later this year. The UK Chancellor is expected to
appeal against the ruling.
Peter Cranie, North West Green Party European election candidate,
said:- "Greens in the European Parliament have been able to
make sure that ordinary voices have been heard. They have proposed a
wide range of banking reforms, such as a Robin Hood Tax and a cap on
bankers' bonuses. Many of these reforms have been supported by local
councils across the North West and it's fantastic news that the UK
has now been told that it in not illegal to implement this tax. The
government has been shown to be shirking their responsibility to
stand up against the bankers and protect our public services." The Green Party is the fourth largest group in the European
Parliament with 58 MEPs, working on issues as diverse as workers'
rights, energy, transport, fishing, international development,
environmental protection and employment. Peter Cranie lost out on a
seat in the European Parliament by just 0.3% of the vote in 2009 and
instead the British National Party's leader, Nick Griffin, became
the region's MEP. The Greens are hoping to break through this May
released after damaging burglary at Seaforth and Litherland Station
Detectives from British Transport Police have released CCTV images
of a group of men they would like to speak to about a burglary at
Seaforth and Litherland rail station. The incident happened at about
2.30am on Tuesday, 18 March, when a gang of four men smashed the
booking office window. DC Dominic Wilcox said:- "The men
smashed the window of the booking office and damaged the door to
gain access to the office itself. Once inside they ransacked the
office looking for cash, but were only able to gain £10 from an
employee's locker." Although the burglars weren't able to
steal large sums of money, the damage they caused was significant
and is estimated that the repairs would cost in the region of
£11,000. DC Wilcox added:- "The cost of the damage was
remarkable and those responsible were clearly intent on doing
whatever was necessary to steal from the booking office.
Unfortunately for them all takings had been removed."
Detectives have carried out a number of enquiries
following the burglary and have managed to isolate several images of
men they would like to speak to about the incident. DC Wilcox
added:- "I am certain the men in the images will have key
information about the burglary and I call on anyone who recognises
them; or who has any information which could assist the
investigation – to get in touch."
If you can help please call British Transport Police
on:- 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously via:- 0800 555
111. In all calls please quote log:- PSUB/B10 of 24/4/14.
CHAIRMAN TAKES ON GRUELLING CYCLING CHALLENGE FOR NHS CHARITY
THE chairman of
Southport based medical negligence and serious injury solicitors,
Fletchers Solicitors, is set to take on his toughest challenge yet,
all in the name of charity.
Rob Fletcher, 59, will be cycling the length of France, as well as
taking on Tour de France's most notorious mountain, to raise vital
funds for The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust's 'Home from
Rob will be joined in the saddle by Walton Centre Neurologist Nick
Fletcher and Neurosurgeon Andrew Brodbelt, as well as Southport
resident Richard Neve who works for Bolton based medical legal
report provider Premex Services.
Starting on the 19 June 2014, the team will cycle 628 miles across
France, passing Dijon and Lyon and through the Rhône Valley. The
cycling adventure will culminate at the summit of Mont Ventoux, the
6,273ft mountain made famous for its inclusion in the Tour de France
Mont Ventoux, translated as windy mountain because of the strong
gusts recorded from its peak, has been used in the Tour de France
route since 1951, and is regarded as the most famous and fearful
climb of the entire race. Rob and the team will be taking the Bèdoin
route up the mountain, which is deemed the most difficult course
Rob Fletcher said:- "I am a keen cyclist and I am very much
looking forward to this challenge. I have previously cycled to
Poland in a 7 day trip but this will certainly test my fitness
and endurance levels to the maximum. Fletchers Solicitors has had a
long association with The Walton Centre and the 'Home from Home'
appeal is an incredibly worthy cause. I am honoured to be able to
help them. I turn 60 in May, and this will be the perfect way to
conclude the celebrations."
The Walton Centre in Liverpool is the only specialist NHS unit for
neurosciences in the UK. Its specialisms lie in diagnosing and
treating injuries and illnesses that affect the brain, spine and
peripheral nerves and muscles. The Centre also aids patients who
suffer from long term illnesses caused by neurological disorders.
The majority of its patients come from the Merseyside, Cheshire and
Lancashire areas, but it also provides specialist treatment and
complex disorders from patients across the UK.
The 'Home from Home' appeal aims to
raise £1million by the end of 2014 to provide 8 ensuite bedrooms enabling families of patients
receiving care to stay at the facility, as many family members are
currently sleeping in chairs in visitor rooms. Some of the money
raised will also aid the development of therapy gardens and gym
equipment for the patients.
Rob aims to raise a minimum of £5,000 with a group target of
£50,000. To donate please visit his JustGiving page.
If you wish to get involved in the 'Home from Home'
appeal or would like more information, you can contact Kevin Byrne,
Fundraiser, on 01515295612 or send an
Parking Signs on
St Luke Church Road
have had many readers over the last few weeks' contact us after
seeing notices about parking and private property on Formby Sand
Dunes. We have contacted a range of parties including Sefton Council
for a response to your questions. We are running the full report in
next week's issue that should clear things up for you all. For now
part of the reply Sefton's Brian Goodwin, who is the Senior
Assistant Engineer - Public Rights of Way and Cycling, Highways
Development Control has said that:- "The Council does not have
the authority to permit or protect public vehicular use of the
private section of St Luke's Church Road. Albert Road and Alexandra
Road are owned by the Council. However, they are not public highway
and the public does not have a vehicular right to use them."
He also adds that:- "The Council is unable to comment upon
the appropriateness of the content/wording of the current signs as
they are sited upon and refer to access and use of this private
road." He also adds that the contactors used will remove the
signage that has been wrongly installed. To see the full letter,
please see next week's edition.