Gordon Brown is
now running Britain.
His grip on power is being consolidated as he waits for Tony Blair to
formally resign and hand over the keys to No.10.
Tony Blair has
now been marginalised to the point that no new policy decisions are being made
Downing Street, all decisions regarding government are now
processed and approved at No.11.
It is now Gordon
Brown who is undertaking state visits overseas, having had meetings with the
Mexican government, the Pope and Romano Prodi in Italy, keeping his head down
and out of sight on domestic policy issues whilst in the background his aides
are launching political assassinations on anyone who could possibly be a threat
in the rubber stamp election for the leadership, due whenever Tony Blair goes.
Successfully neutralised by press campaigns so far are John Reid and Jack
He is also
ensuring that there will be no viable candidates for the Deputy leadership. In
conjunction with whisperings in the halls of power, a concerted press campaign is
aimed at all of the likely contenders for the post of Deputy Prime Minister, each
of which are going through press exposé one by one.
The plan is that
once in office Gordon Brown will declare that there are no viable candidates
and the role of Deputy Prime Minister will fall upon his chosen successor at
the Treasury, Ed Balls, bringing total power into Downing St.
The Treasury has also
been conducting consolidation exercises in taking control of all the major
policy and delivery mechanisms.
government source confirmed to me that there have already been a series
of internal briefings, to indicate that whilst the ID card will still be a public
facing priority, because of public backlash and now public opposition by the
Conservative party, the scheme will be quietly dropped at the front end, as an
apparent cave in to opponents.
The OGC is
currently appealing a decision of the Information Commissioner's Office that
its review of the government's National Identity Card Programme should be
published, at which time the government will announce that ID cards will be
What will still
be very much alive will be the National Register, but it will be brought under the control of the
Treasury and run by HMRC, confirming that it will become the core system in the
internal briefings, as they already have 98pct of the population on database,
and most of the information that is required, the ID card will be quietly
replaced by an HMRC Card.
The Treasury will
make it both compulsory to use and impossible to conduct any government dept or taxation business
without a tax card number, as taxation permeates in one form or another every government service.
In another Treasury
move announced last week, over 100,000 overseas and offshore bank accounts are
to be scrutinised by the treasury and HMRC. The government stated that it is
looking for funds placed outside of the UK tax system under now illegal schemes, and
has given itself powers to seize any funds it deems to be from illegal activity,
irrespective of any charges or court action. It is expected to generate £5
billion in tax revenues.
obvious fraudulent activity, this will also catch out the smaller overseas
pensions funds for people planning to retire to the sunshine, and the savings
of those who have worked overseas but now reside back in the UK.
The Treasury are
also setting up a new
body, The Major Projects Review Group (MPRG), to gain control of the OGC,
the government department responsible for all government purchasing and
contracts. This guarantees that Gordon
Brown and Ed Balls can personally oversee the awarding of government contracts.
In order to
ensure that Ed Balls is returned as an MP at the next election, a new safe seat
needed to be found that could be manipulated, as his current seat at Normanton will
disappear in the Boundary commission review.
At a Treasury
Select Committee hearing on 7th Feb, Sir Nicholas Stern revealed
that it was Gordon Brown who appointed Labour MP Colin Challen to a high profile
climate change taskforce – clearing the way for Brown’s close ally Ed Balls to
stand unopposed for the new Morley and Outwood seat.
Sir Nicholas also
admitted that he’d had no prior knowledge of the appointment until the
Chancellor informed him he’d be working with Challen.
The Morley and
Outwood selection committee had been infiltrated by Balls supporters, who were
prepared to de-select Challen should it be necessary, as Challen had said in
November last year that he would be fighting Ed Balls for the candidacy for the
new Morley and Outwood constituency, but the Chancellors offer pre-empted that
The Treasury has
since reneged on this deal and denied that Colin Challen will be working with Sir
Nicholas Stern, or that there is a role for him, and Colin Challen now finds it
too late to keep his seat.
In the first move
to use the IPCC report and the Stern Review to raise money on ‘green taxes’ the
London Mayor Ken Livingston under approval from the Treasury has prepared a
bill for parliament to start charging based upon exhaust emissions in London.
The scheme will
charge drivers £25 per day, will cost £600million to set up, but deliver just a
0.3% improvement on air quality, and is clearly seen as again using motorists as
a cash cow by imposing yet another stealth tax and hiding it behind a green
Gordon Brown is
going for total power. He wants control
of your money, in and out. He wants control over all the government contracts, potentially to favour his friends at the Smith Institute, and he wants control of
you, through the Tax ID card scheme. And he wants you to pay for everything in
triplicate, first with your taxes, stealth taxes to cover the cost of
implementation, and again to use the services.
And he wants to
do all this in secret, so watch out for some more FOI amendments to come
through the system soon. (more on that later in the month!).