SAVE A LITTLE MORE OF BBC TELEVISION CENTRE IN LONDON: The campaign starts ...




A campaign to save more of the BBC TVC Studios in London was launched last week to coincide with Stanhope Property Developers exhibition of development plans for Television Centre.

Ariel, the BBC Staff magazine, covered the story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/22292838 Planning permission has not yet been applied for, that happens in May, so the hope is with enough support they can be persuaded, with the BBC, to return more of the studios into service. Your support would be greatly appreciated.



JULIAN BRAY, Media, Aviation, & Travel Expert. Broadcaster & Journalist NUJ EQUITY UK Tel: 01733 345581 (isdn link on application)

Margaret Thatcher Dies Julian Bray recalls her first General Election tour




Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies

'Ceremonial Funeral' to be held says biographer Charles Moore

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

 "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully, following a stroke this morning."

Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

She was the first woman to hold the post.

Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.

Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975.

She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987. Charles Moore her biographer says there will be a form of a 'Ceremonial Funeral' but respecting her wishes "no lying in state."


Julian Bray recalls:

I first met Margaret Thatcher, during her first 1979 General Election tour, the Conservative Party had hired  British Island Airways to fly her around the UK, on a whistle stop tour in a 120 seater BA1-11.  



As a consultant to the Board of BIA, I held at the time top level go anywhere airside passes for both Gatwick and Heathrow.  

Sworn to secrecy, although we had the advance schedule for a few days, she turned up at Gatwick wearing  -- glasses. The first and last time, I had actually seen her wearing spectacles, and there is a Press Association picture to prove it.

Press & media would be at the back end of the single aisle plane, and Mrs Thatcher as she was then known, would call forward the media teams or individuals one at a time giving  them a strict three minutes, then she dive into a mountain of campaign papers. Dennis would be by her side throughout.  

The Thatchers lived at one time in Flood Street, Fulham, which was a few streets away from where I lived in SW10. She would often be seen in the local shops, chatting to locals, spending time with shopkeepers possibly recalling her early years as the daughter of a greengrocer. The Iron Lady clearly had a softer side in her private life, and liked to do her own shopping.

 Many say the shopkeepers of Chelsea and Fulham provided her with the inside knowledge, her Tory grandees at the time were far removed from and covertly actively campaigned against.



JULIAN BRAY, Media, Aviation, & Travel Expert. Broadcaster & Journalist NUJ EQUITY UK Tel: 01733 345581 (isdn link on application)

Speech on changes to the tax and benefits system Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP Sittingbourne, Kent Tuesday 2nd April 2013


"NIne out of ten families will be better off" claims the Chancellor 

Speech on changes to the tax and benefits system
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP
Sittingbourne, Kent
Tuesday 2nd April 2013


Good afternoon, thank you for inviting me to be here at Morrison’s today.

One of your company slogans - “every penny matters” - is a very fitting catchphrase for what I want to talk about.
I want to talk about the major changes we’re making to our tax and welfare system this month.
Changes that are all about making sure that we use every penny we can to back hard working people who want to get on in life. Changes that are all about backing people like you. For too long, we’ve had a system where people who did the right thing – who get up in the morning and work hard – felt penalised for it, while people who did the wrong thing got rewarded for it.

That’s wrong. So this month we’re going to put things right. This month, 9 out of 10 working households will be better off as a result of the changes we are making. This month we will make work pay.

Now, those who defend the current benefit system are going to complain loudly. These vested interests always complain, with depressingly predictable outrage, about every change to a system which is failing.

I want to take the argument to them.  Because defending every line item of welfare spending isn't credible in the current economic environment.  Because defending benefits that trap people in poverty and penalise work is defending the indefensible.  The benefit system is broken; it penalises those who try to do the right thing; and the British people badly want it fixed.  We agree - and those who don't are on the wrong side of the British public.  But this isn’t just an argument about whether these changes are fair or not.

It’s really about the future of our country. When I think about the future, I think about the kind of country my kids and your kids are going to grow up in. The world is going to be quite a different place.

We're facing more and more competition from vast new economies like China and India.

There are quite literally billions of people who are joining the world economy.  That's human progress.

If we're not careful, Britain risks being out-worked, out-competed and out-smarted by those hungry for a better life. Fortunately, this country has a lot of strengths. British people are some of the hardest workers in Europe.  Our companies produce some of the best inventions in the world.

But we aren't going be able to compete if politicians waste your money or we rack up debts we can't afford to pay off.  When I became Chancellor, we were forecast to have the biggest deficit of any major economy in the world. The deficit is the gap between what the Government spends and what it raises - and in Britain that gap got bigger than almost anywhere else.  By taking hard decisions in the last few years to save money, this Government has cut that deficit by a third. But it's still too high. Because of that deficit, seven pence in every pound of tax you pay is going to be wasted. It will have to be spent not even on paying off the national debt - but just servicing the interest on that debt.

You spend hours here working hard. You pay your taxes out of your earnings. I want every penny of that money to be spent on the things that matter to you and your family: a better NHS, good schools and policing, strong defence, and decent pensions. Not on paying the interest bills on the national debt.

Some politicians seem to think we can just wish away Britain's debt problem.  They want to take the cowardly way out, let the debt rise and rise and just dump the costs onto our children to pay off.

I don't think that would be fair.  And I don't think we'd get away with it. The interest charges would soar.
Interest rates would rocket.  People with mortgages would struggle. Businesses with loans would go bust. Jobs would be lost.  So we are making changes to our tax and benefit system so this country can live within its means and compete in the global race the Prime Minister has spoken of.

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