Welcome to Bennett's World: a collection of articles and references covering a wide variety of topics in which I am involved. I am a very political person but I have no allegiance to any political party. Follow me on twitter @colinhove

Monday, April 16, 2018

Excessive Pay of Public Servants in the UK

The tax payers alliance have published a very informative report desrcibing the pay of public servants in the UK. Here is the link to the report:

Within that report is a link to a table of council by council information. 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

A reminder about campgaigning against the Israeli massacre in Gaza

 I think many will be interested in this email from Stop the War coalition there are many suggestions as to what we might to do to alert our country as to what is happening and to press the UK government to supine its attitude to Israel

Stop the War Coalition

*Newsletter - 3 April 2018
*Protest for Gaza: Stop the Killing
Saturday 7 April | 1-3pm
*Downing Street, London, SW1A 2

The issue of Palestine is once again in the headlines. On 30 March 2018, the 42nd anniversary of Land Day, unarmed Palestinian protestors were fired at with live bullets at the Gaza border by Israeli snipers. They killed 17 people and injured over 1500 people. The protest was the beginning of a series of events which will continue until Nakba day, 15 May. By selling arms and in other ways supporting the right-wing Netanyahu government, Britain has long been complicit in the Israeli state's war crimes against Palestinians.

Join us this Saturday to call for an end to the siege of Gaza and ask the UK government to condemn Israel's violent actions instead of facilitating them.

The protest is co-organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa and Stop the War.

Here are some of the ways in which you can help build this protest:

 * Invite your family members, friends and work colleagues to attend this.
 * Share the event link on Facebook and invite your friends -
 * Retweet this message to spread the word -
 * Donate to Stop the War to help us cover the costs of organising this
   - http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/get-involved/make-a-donation

*Organise a meeting in your area *

The remaining tour stops on our nation-wide tour of public meetings to demand an anti-war government include: Aberystwyth , Sheffield , York and Whitstable .

A new tour of events /"//No to Trump's visit: War and the special relationship//"/ is currently being prepared. If you'd like to organise a meeting in your area don't hesitate to email us at office@stopwar.org.uk.
**Join Stop the War*

*As conflicts​ are escala​ting across the globe and the drums​ of war at home ​grow louder, there has never been a better time to join Stop the War Coalition.

Our members are the backbone of the organisation, promoting the campaign in communities, colleges and workplaces across the country and providing Stop the War with its main source of funding. If you stand against war join the largest anti-war movement in British history today.
Become a member *here *.

Palestinian Lives Matter: National Demonstration 7th April

 The events in Gaza especially that of 30 March 2018 of great international importance but you wouldn't think so from listening to the BBC. Lets make this demonstration one that even mainstream media will find hard to ignore. 
Protest for Gaza: 7th April, 1pm - 3pm
Donate to PSC today (https://palestinecampaign.nationbuilder.com/regular_donation_new)
View this email in your browser (https://mailchi.mp/palestinecampaign/stoparmingisrael-hsbc-452789?e=ab86d850da)
National Demonstration for Gaza: Stop the Killing (https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/)

Dear ,

JOIN THE NATIONAL PROTEST FOR GAZA: STOP THE KILLING (https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/)
Saturday 7th April, 1 PM - 3 PM
Downing Street, London, SW1A 2, United Kingdom

In the worst single day of violence since the assault on Gaza in 2014, Israeli forces shoot 773 unarmed Palestinians taking part in a Land Day demonstration.

Thousands of Palestinians congregated in Gaza to start a series of protests called “The Great Return March”. Organised as a non-violent demonstration supported across Palestinian society, the protest is reaffirming the Palestinian right of return (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/refugee-factsheet-jan-2012.pdf)  (grounded in International Law), and calling for an end to Israel's illegal decade long blockade (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/PSC-Gaza-Factsheet-2017.pdf) of the coastal strip.

Last week Israel deployed hundreds of snipers along the border of Gaza, who opened fire using live ammunition on unarmed Palestinian civilians. Over 1,400 Palestinians were injured, with 773 being shot, leaving 18 fatalities. There was not a single Israeli casualty.

“Israeli soldiers were not merely using excessive force, but were apparently acting on orders that all but ensured a bloody military response to the Palestinian demonstrations.” - Human Rights Watch.

Videos emerging (https://972mag.com/videos-show-israeli-soldiers-sniping-unarmed-protesters-in-gaza/134282/) of the shootings show Protestors being shot whilst running away from the border, and in the act of praying. But most devastating perhaps are the images of young men, and women, walking calmly towards the border, waving the national flag, before being felled by sniper fire.

The Great Return March will continue until May 15^th  (coinciding with the 70^th anniversary of the 1948 “Nakba”), with more largescale demonstrations planned. The Israeli government, protected from international censure (http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-blocks-un-security-council-statement-gaza-violence-604066920) by the shield of western governments, has announced that it will continue to meet demonstrations with live fire.

The only thing that can prevent more Palestinians being gunned down in the coming weeks is the force and weight of international public opinion. Have your voice heard by writing to the Foreign Office (https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day) , and by joining the Saturday demonstration in London.

The organisers of the Great Return March asked that the only flag to be raised during the march is the Palestinian flag with no partisan or factional symbols. We are asking all those attending the demonstration on Saturday to respect this and bring no flag other than the flag of Palestine.
Write to Boris Johnson (https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day)