Monthly Archives: January 2014

Aberdeen International Get It Right This Time.

Aberdeen International Get It Right This Time.

Not another new Cafe in Sight! Congratulations to the trusts panel for selecting proper use of their donations to proper and deserving causes.

Two Aberdeen charities are set to share in £50,000 thanks to the Aberdeen International Airport Community Panel.

A record number of groups applied to be part of the ‘Trust Challenge Fund’ late last year, a dedicated pot of money to be spent over and above the regular airport charitable donations. It was hoped that projects would come forward who could turn this donation into something aspirational.   After much deliberation, two projects have emerged successful, one to transform an old play area in Torry into a community green space, and another run by the YMCA to support disengaged and unemployed young people in Aberdeen.   The two applicants will each get £25,000 towards their initiative, after their applications were successfully scrutinised by the central LHR Airports Communities Trust.   The first of the chosen applications was from the Aberdeen Play Forum, and will allow them to redevelop Girdleness Road Park. The park itself is around 50 years old and this donation will allow for it to be totally rejuvenated. It will be fitted with new play equipment, natural and educational features will be installed, and it will be turned into a hub for the nearby community. It is hoped that this development will not only improve the physical health of the many children that live in the area but will also provide social and health benefits for their families who can all enjoy a fresh and inviting outdoor space.   Soozy Lai is from the Aberdeen Play Forum and she was delighted to hear they had secured the much needed funds. “This is truly fantastic news.  Outdoor play is absolutely vital for the healthy development of all children.  With the recent budget cuts, unfortunately many small parks have taken a hit.  Families without gardens rely on local green spaces to take their children to play.  The park on Girdleness Road has become so run down that it is no longer an appealing place for children to play.  Torry has a wealth of passionate and organised community volunteers who have shown strong support for this project.  Aberdeen City Council have are also giving a great deal of support to the project and will be working with Aberdeen Greenspace to deliver the transformative work.  We also have to thank Shell for funding the Aberdeen Play Forum to work in Torry – this is a project of many partners!  There are many young families living close to the park which will benefit significantly from this funding – we are all incredibly delighted and would like to thank Aberdeen International Airport’s Panel for supporting this valuable project.”   The second project to benefit from the substantial donation is the YMCA, for their work on a project called Maklab. This is a space to encourage people to make things. It has an emphasis on the creation of a low cost high quality digital printing process, also known as 3D printing, which will be used to give youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to get skills and qualifications. It would provide service users with entry level training in 3D printing, a virtually waste-free form of manufacturing, thus also reducing their impact on the environment. That, coupled with promotion of a “circular economy model” (where products are designed with a specific focus on how they can be reused) will give disengaged young people in the city the training and experience they need in the long term. Ian Marr is the YMCA Chief Executive. “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous award from Aberdeen International Airport Community Panel. This gives an enormous boost to our work in creating Maklab which will be an exciting, innovative and unique resource in Aberdeen.”   Lewis MacDonald MSP sits on the airport panel. Commenting on the successful applicants he said: “People in Aberdeen and the North East come up with some great projects, and these are the pick of a very good bunch. The emphasis on young people and children in these awards this year is spot-on. They are the future, and these innovative projects are well worth backing in this way. I am delighted for YMCA, who are breaking new ground, and for the young people who will learn new skills through this award. The kids in Tullos will be very happy too!” Sarah Rochester is the airport panel chair. “I never fail to be amazed by the wide variety of different initiatives that are happening for the good of the North-east. To be in a position to make dreams like these come true is very satisfying and I look forward to working with both groups as they get their ideas off the ground.” Work is due to begin on both projects in the coming months.

International Scotland stated we had full trust in the new panel to deliver the goods its just a pity they were not in place last time an award was made.

Press release by Aberdeen International Trust Fund 27/1/2014.


Tesco Guide Prices.


Tesco Guide Prices, any of our many readers know what this means?

Tesco has now joined the many thousands of high street rip off merchants by giving out miss-leading information on prices.

My son was wishing to purchase new head sets Turtle Beach x12 for his Xbox 360 and found that Tesco offered them as the cheapest in the country at £32 online so we tried to order them online and pickup at store next day, surprise, surprise it never worked, so we called our local store at Woodend, Aberdeen yes sir we have them in stock on the shelves.

Went in yesterday and they were in stock at £40 asked for customer services who stated that guide prices were only for main Tesco stores only and smaller Tesco outlets can charge what they like? What?

We asked how customers were meant to know which store was a main store and was told only Tesco staff knows the answer to this question which left us gobsmacked!

Nowhere on Tesco’s website does it state these important facts,

If your after a deal at Tesco’s in the future CHECK which store has the goods and at what TESCO GUIDE PRICES are before you make the trip?

Shame on you Tesco, sort it out please?




Thank you to Social Investigations blog for this updated eye opener;


MPs financial links to companies involved in private healthcare

This page has been checked and updated as of February 2013.

1. David Cameron: Nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat has given the Conservatives £209,000. The Ugandan-born dad-of-three has amassed an estimated £42million fortune as founder and chief of TLC Group, which provides services for the elderly. Mr Cameron made the businessman a peer shortly after entering No10 in May 2010, and Lord Popat’s donations include a £25,000 gift registered a week after the Tories’ health reforms were unveiled last July.
In 2005 Cameron received £1,500 from Care home property company Chiltern Care Holdings – electoral commission
2. Andrew Lansley: Architect of the Health and Social Care bill – John Nash, the chairman of Care UK, gave £21,000 to fund Andrew Lansley’s personal office in November 2009. In a recent interview, a senior director of the firm said that 96 per cent of Care UK’s business, which amounted to more than £400 million last year, came from the NHS. – Hedge fund boss John Nash is one of the major Conservative donors with close ties to the healthcare industry.
He and wife Caroline gave £203,500 to the party over the past five years. The “hedgie” is also a founder of City firm Sovereign Capital, which runs a string of private healthcare firms. Fellow founder Ryan Robson is another major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45. His donations included £50,000 to be a member of the party’s “Leader’s Group”, a secretive cash-for-access club. The would-be MP, who tried but failed to get selected as the election candidate in Bracknell, is managing partner at Sovereign Capital.
In 2008 Andrew Lansley received a donation from Julian Schild used to support his office in his capacity as Shadow secretary for health. Julian Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.

Andrew Lansley’s wife, Sally Low, is founder and managing director of Low Associates (“We make the link between the public and private sectors”). A Daily Telegraph report in February records that the Low Associates website lists pharmaceuticals companies SmithKline Beecham, Unilever and P&G among its clients. It also records Ms Low’s assertion that the company “does not work with any client who has interests in the health sector”. The website currently contains no reference to the drug firms listed above.
Circle the ambitious private healthcare firm run and owned by clinicians, has recruited a former aide to health secretary Andrew Lansley as head of communications. Christina Lineen spent two years working for Lansley, who became health secretary after the general election. The company’s income is derived from private patients, either on insurance schemes or paying for themselves, but it also treats NHS patients. –
Lansley was a paid director of the marketing agency Profero, who had Diageo Guiness as one of their clients. He gave up the director ship in 2009. In 2008, a senior NHS executive appearing in a commons committee, accused Daigeo of flouting voluntary agreements on responsible drinking labelling. In 2010 Lansley invited fast food companies and Diageo in for discussions on how to tackle obseity, and binge drinking. In 2011 Diageo were given responsibility to pay for training to offer advice on the dangers of alcohol. No, you couldn’t make it up.

3. Harriet Baldwin: Conservative MP for West Worcestershire. Former managing director of JP Morgan Asset Management. JP Morgan are major players in healthcareAccording to their website they serve: 1,100 hospitals, 10 of the top 10 health insurers, thousands of physicians groups, top five pharmacy benefit managers, six of the top eight pharmacy retailers. Has shares in JP Morgan Employee 98 Trust. JP Morgan heavily invest in healthcare.
4. Gregory Barker: MP for Bexhill and Battle. In 2008 held shares in HR company Penna plc. In February 2012, HFMA and Penna plc partnered to deliver HR services to the NHS – Was an operating advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP, a private equity firm with health companies in their portfolio. Had shares in Quester VCT 5 plc a venture Capital with multiple investments in healthcare companies.

5. Henry Bellingham – Conservative MP for North-West Norfolk – Shares in Lansdowne Advisory Ltd – clients include Cinven. Cinven has been involved in European healthcare over a 20-year period and invests in market-leading, cash-generative companies.’ Cinven is a leading buyout firm.

6. Jake Berry: MP for Rossendale and Darwen. Has registered interests in Top legal 500 firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (UK) LLP, as a consultant advising on client services, business development and on other specific matters. They work with multiple NHS trusts and local authorities regarding PFI and PPP programs.

7. Graham Brady: MP for Altrincham and Sale Former advisor on marketing and business strategy to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company. PA Consulting have worked with the new Clinical Commissioning GroupsOther NHS involvement includes, training, helping commissioners in North-East London, performance management. The company is not without criticism having lost a memory stick containing details of thousands of convicted people.

 Simon Burns: Chelmsford MP – attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.
9. Nick de Bois: MP for Enfield North – De Bois is the majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries, and whose clients include leading names such as AstraZeneca. The company was established by the Tory MP in 1998. Last year it had a turnover of £13m. Last April, Rapier Design purchased Hampton Medical Conferences to “strengthen the company’s position in the medical sector”. It is involved in running conferences and other events for private-sector clients, and for NHS hospitals.
A number of the company’s clients are “partners” of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), a lobby group supporting the health secretary’s plans. Rapier Design Group’s biggest clients stand to profit when the NHS is opened up to wider private-sector involvement. The GP commissioning consortium for south-west Kent, covering 49 GP practices and known as Salveo, has already signed a contract with the pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca aimed at improving diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
10. Andrew Bridgen: MP for North West Leicestershire – Non-executive chairman of fresh vegetable distributor company AB produce PLC. The company is listed on the NHS supply chain. In June 2011, Mr Bridgen claimed critics of the NHS reforms were made up of ‘Stalinist protectionist elements.’

11. Steve Brine – Mp for Winchester – According to the electoral register, received £14,999 in three separate payments £5,000 19/01/2011, £4,999 17/04/2012, £5,000 22/03/2013 from Mr James R Lupton who was appointed Conservative party Co-Treasurer in February this year, has also given £350,000 to Conservative central party in last three years.  He is Chairman of investment bankers, Greenhill Europe, who have considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Healthcare sector.

12. Aidan Burley: MP for Cannock Chase: Received six bottles of wine from Hitachi consultants for a short speech he gave to a group of consultants on 11th March 2011. Hitachi Consulting UK is a leading government consulting company with an 18-year track record in the UK. They have extensive knowledge of the public sector, and many of their consultants have experience in the NHS. In 2010, they announced the completion of a delivery portal for Commissioning support for London (CSL). The creation of the new secure online portal provides National Health Service (NHS) commissioners with access to a set of tools to help them monitor how their providers are performing. This is another example of private company benefitting from the immediate changes to the NHS.


–>Damian Collins: MP for Folkstone and Hythe – Between 1999 and 2008 Mr Collins worked for marketing agency M&C Saatchi. M&C Saatchi clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck. See Lord Saatchi section. In 2008 he joined Lexington Communications as a senior Counsel before leaving to become a MP. Lexington Communications have a healthcare section, which says ‘With the NHS never far from the headlines, our dedicated team of healthcare communications consultants can advise you on how to successfully interact with a diverse range of stakeholders – in Westminster, Whitehall, the reformed NHS, across the patient group community and in the private sector – to help achieve your goals… Help you build relationships with influencers at a national level.’

They have multiple fee-paying public consultancy clients in healthcare.
14. David Davies: MP for Haltemprice and Howden: Received a payment of £4,250 for a 6hr speaking engagement for Civica. (Registered 14 February 2012) Civica supplies software and IT solutions to over 250 NHS trusts in the UK. More than 70 NHS Commissioners use Civica Health & Social Care’s industry standard SLAM NHS Commissioning software to help manage service level agreements with providers, including Payment by Results, local tariffs, local agreements, block payments and other variants.
15. Jonathan DjanoglyMP for Huntingdon – His office received payment of £1,900 on 01/11/2001 and declared it on 30/01/2002 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, 310-312 Dallow Road, Luton. The company manufactures medical, orthopedic equipment and instruments for measuring and is part of Huntleigh International Holdings Limited of the same address. They are a member of the Getinge Group, a Swedish based group of companies who are split between Healthcare and Life sciences. The acquisition of Huntleigh by Getinge took place in 2007. In 2008, he had shares in private healthcare company Medicsight, and private health insurance Aviva PLC. In 2008 had shares in WPP Group, a marketing giant in healthcare.
16. Iain Duncan-Smith: MP for Chingford and Woodford Green. Has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, though no dividend received, which sells products to the NHS.
17. Philip Dunne: MP for Ludlow. In 2008 was a non-executive director for investment Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, and has shareholdings in the company, which according to its second-half 2011 report, has multiple investments in private healthcare companies including Vectura Group plc, Alere Inc, who work with many PCTs including the ‘healthcheck programme,’ and Tristel plc, a leading provider of infection control products into the NHS. Healthcare & Education make up 9% of investments.
18. Michael Fallon: MP for Sevenoaks – Former Director of Attendo AB – a Swedish private health company offering care and social care. The register of interests show, he receives an annual fee of £13,954.88 net, for approximately 20hrs work. Bridgepoint the private equity firm which acquired Care UK, whose chairman John Nash bankrolled Andrew Lansley’s office just prior to the takeover, has also invested in Attendo AB. Will they get contracts in the UK if the bill? Judging by this list of scandals, lets hope not.
19. Mark Field: MP for Cities of London and Westminster. Board Advisor to Ellwood and Atfield; a specialist recruitment firm in the public affairs and communications sector. They recruit for NHS positions as well as private healthcare. The MPs role according to the company website includes, amongst other things includes; ‘introducing the company to opportunities.’ Company recruits for some public affairs positions in the NHSIn addition they are currently seeking an interim government affairs Officer, healthcare. The job involves working with ‘Government, regulators and other stakeholders to help promote and influence the healthcare industry within the UK.’
The press release announcing Mark Field’s appointment as advisor said: ‘His experience, coupled with his political position, perfectly complements Ellwood & Atfield and reinforces the company’s position as the leading recruitment firm within communications and public affairs.’
On their public affairs page of their website they state: ‘With a careful, appropriate engagement strategy your organisation can thrive by shaping the political environment. Our network of contacts and relationships across this community in London, Brussels and Washington DC is unrivaled and we recruit more professionals in this area than any other firm in Europe.’

20. Liam Fox – Former Conservative MP – became shadow health secretary in 1999 – employs Adam Werrity as a paid intern in 2004 – by this time Adam Werrity becomes a director of health consultancy firm ‘UK Health Ltd’ (now dissolved), while Liam Fox was shadow health secretary of which he and Liam Fox were shareholders. Werrity owned 11.5% of UK Health Group and Fox owned 2.3%. In 2005 a researcher based in Mr Fox’s office worked ‘exclusively’ for the now closed Atlantic Bridge ‘charity’, which Liam Fox was the founding member; Mr Werrity became director, and which had links to radical right-wing neocons in the U.S. The researcher received funding fromPfizer Inc. He claimed ‘she has no function in any health role.’ The researcher was Gabby Bertin, who is now David Cameron’s press secretary. Received £5,000 to run his private office in October 2012 from investment company IPGL limited, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.

21. George Freeman: MP for Mid Norfolk. His own business: is a specialist adviser on Healthcare markets, Technology development, Business strategy & Venture financing, working with NHS trusts. Speaking in Parliament on 11 November 2010 during the Policy For Growth debate he said, “The third is the national health service. I know from my own experience that we are sitting on billions of pounds-worth of patient data. Let us think about how we can unlock the value of those data around the world.” See Hansard at
22. Mike Freer: MP for Finchley and Golders Green: Provides strategic marketing advice for Care Matters, a financial planning company for care, which includes care homes.
23. Richard Fuller: MP for Bedford: Worked for L.E.K consulting from 1984 and intermittently until 2007. L.E.K  consultancy specialises in helping private healthcare companies identify “growth and new business development” and “opportunities with the government”. Chairman of Enterprise Care Group Ltd. Listed as social work without accommodation. Appears in staff nurse for jobs for nurses.

24. Richard Graham: Gloucester – His constituency office received  received £3,000 from Circle investor, Mr Robin Crispin Odey on 03/12/2007. Richard Graham was elected MP for Gloucester at the last general election and like Odey has previously worked for Barings bank, which went bust in 1995. In total Odey has donated £222,000 to the Conservative party.

25. Dominic Grieve
MP for Beaconsfield: In 2008. Shares in Reckitt Benckiser (See Lord Boswell), GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo (See Andrew Lansley), Astrazeneca, Standard Chartered (Health insurance.)
26. William Hague: In 2008, William Hague was a non-executive director of IT company AMT-SYBEX, a position now held my Lord Coe. AMT-SYBEX is an IT supplier to the NHS. Former London Mayoral candidate Steven Norris is their chairman who sits on the Transport for London board.
27. Philip Hammond: Is a beneficiary of a trust who owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd. In 2008 he had shares in the company, of which he was a director from 1993-1995. The Castlemead website states: ‘By building partnerships with GPs and PCTs we are able to offer a range of design and procurement solutions in particular via the 3PD (Third Party Developer) route…Castlemead has an excellent reputation for working with the NHS and as a long term investor in the sector, endeavours to build a positive working partnership with all stakeholders in a project.’

28. Mark Harper: Forest of dean: Electoral commission records show his constituency office received £5,000 on 09/02/2010 from Circle investor Mr Robin Crispin Odey just 3 months before the general election.

29. Nick Herbert – MP for Arundel & South Downs – Received donations from Caroline Nash
– Ms Nash is the wife of John Nash who also funded Lansley’s office when he was shadow health minister. He was Chairman of Care UK at the time. The donations were £15,000 in 2008 and in 2009. Electoral Commission. Nick Herbert is also a founder of think tank Reform who have multiple healthcare members.

30. Jeremy HuntMP for South-West Surrey. Received a donation to his office of £3,000 in June 2012, just under 3 months from when he was made health secretary, from U.S-based hedge fund CEO Andrew Law. Mr Law is the CEO of Caxton Associates who as of November 2011, owned a market value of $217.659 million in healthcare. Andrew Law has given £231,530 to the Conservative party, all but £3,000 of this in 2012. Electoral Commission

31. Margot JamesMP for Stourbridge: Co-founded public relations company, Shire Health Group. The company was sold to business partner Ogilvy & Mather for £4 million in 2004, with the Conservative MP Margot James appointed Head of European Healthcare for marketing parentWPP Group. She stood down from WPP in 2008. WPP are a marketing giant with a massive list of healthcare clients. One of their companies, ‘Grey Healthcare Group, boasts having 14 of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies as their clients.

Quote‘GPs, nurses and patients need now to combine forces and ensure that the resistance to change they will encounter does not limit the improvements in care that are made possible by the Bill.’ This quote is taken from an article written by Margot James for Huffington Post titled: Tackling Vested Interests in the NHS. She failed to mention her former role as head of European Healthcare for marketing for WPP. ‘I keep saying ‘we’, but I’m not really part of the industry anymore, but I still feel it.’ – when speaking at a conference hosted by Healthcare Communications Association.’
She has spoken at Big Pharma conferences since the 2010 election, saying that “the pharmaceutical industry remained very important to her and has a very special place in her heart”.

32. Sajid Javid: Conservative MP for Bromsgrove – Received £11,000 from Moundsley Healthcare Ltd registered on May 29th 2013. Electoral Commission
Moundsley Healthcare Ltd run Moundsley Care Village Ltd, which is a nursing and residential carehome.

33. Jo Johnson: Orpington. According to the electoral Commission – the brother of Boris Johnson received £6,000 on the 19th July 2010, to his constituency office from Robin Crispin Odey an investor in circle who run Hitchingbrooke hospital.

34. Kwarsi Kwateng: Worked for Odey Asset Management hedge fund as an analyst who invest in Circle health who run the Hitchingbrooke hospital. The hedge fund is run by Robin Crispin William Odey who has donated to the Conservative party since 2007. Mr Kwateng received £10,000 from Odey Asset Management on 12th September 2011 for consultancy work for political advice to asset managers, which included ‘domestic affairs’. Register of interests

35. Mark Lancaster: MP Milton Keynes North – Non-Executive director Management consultant giving advice on strategy and business to property venture capital company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd. Palmer capital have funded Danescroft Commercial Developments Limited. Danescroft’s main areas of operations are the Midlands and South of England, focusing on office and mixed use development and more specialist sectors such as local/district centres and healthcare. (Resigned 4 September 2012) but received a donation of £4,000 from Palmer Capita, which was registered in 13th March, 2013.

36. Oliver Letwin: MP for West Dorset – in 2008, was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd up until 2009. Rothschild Group are one of the world’s largest investment companies and which invest heavily in healthcare. In 1986 he followed Redwood to the merchant bank N.M. Rothschild & Sons, succeeding him as head of the firm’s International Privatisation Unit.[5] He was a director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons from 1991 to 2003 and a non-executive director from 2005 to 2009.
37. Peter Lilley: Hitchin and Harpenden MP, Non-Executive Director of management software and systems company Idox plc. Idox provides local authorities with software & managed services, including the NHS Health Libraries Group, NHS Education for Scotland. TfPL part of the Idox Group, is a recruitment, training and consulting company, whose clients include NHS and private healthcare.
38. Tim Loughton: MP for East Worthing and Shoreham has shares in JP Morgan who are major players in healthcareAccording to their website they serve: 1,100 hospitals, 10 of the top 10 health insurers, thousands of physicians groups, top five pharmacy benefit managers, six of the top eight pharmacy retailers. Received 3350 from Cumberlege Connections for training sessions. Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.
39. Mary Macleod: MP for Brentford and Isleworth was previously a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture specialising in Banking and financial services as a senior executive. Accenture has gained from PFI contracts.
40. Francis Maude: MP for Horsham – was a director of Huntsworth plc in May 2005, a PR consulting company run by Lord Chadlington, and which has funded the Conservative party since 2008. Huntsworth plc are a group of companies, one of which is called Huntsworth Health, who are part of a lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association, who comprise of Communication groups involved in health and pharmaceutical companies. Francis Maude was the person fronted by Cameron in response to Peter Cruddas’s announcement that ‘premier league’ sums of £250,000 will get you access to David Cameron and affect policy change. Mr Maude stated the pronouncements were: “embarrassing and wrong, and not true…That’s not the way we do business and raise money, and we’re very clear about that.” Yet, they do receive money from Huntsworth, a company he was a director of, that is run by a Lord who is the constituency chairman of David Cameron. None of this was highlighted by the mainstream press as he defended Peter Cruddas. Maude was also a non-executive director of Incepta Group plc from March 1st 2004. During this time, in April 2005, there was an announcement of a proposed merger between Incepta and Huntsworth. The Office for Fair Trading decided it would not be referred to the Competition Commission under section 33(1) of the Act. The merger went ahead and Mr Maude became a director of Huntsworth.
Maude was Non-executive chairman of advertising group ‘The mission Marketing Group’. One of their agencies, Bray Leino Vivactis was also established as Healthcare sector specialists and a new expert team was created via a firm co-operation with the mainland European Healthcare Group, Vivactis.
Another company Maude was a non-executive director of, is a web management software provider called, Mediasurface, whose product Morello CMS is used by Astrazeneca and the NHS.  The company was acquired by content management solutions, Alterian, in 2008.
41. Patrick Mercer: MP for Newark. Advisor to Premier Composites Ltd, who design and build ‘healthcare pods‘ for some private healthcare buildings, including a care home in Scotland and a mental health lodge in Preston.
42. Maria Miller: MP for Basingstoke. Former director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, an advertisingand brand company who work extensively with clients in the healthcare sector. Former director of the Rowland Group, which became Publicis Consultants, who are also a marketing company working extensively with private healthcare.
43. Andrew Mitchell: MP for Sutton Coldfield. In 2008 was a Senior Strategy Adviser to Global management and technology company, Accenture, who have worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS. Pulled out of failed NHS I.T. programme, and gained form PFI contracts. In 2008 was a director of Financial Advisory and Asset Management company Lazard & Co, who work in the Healthcare and life sciences sector. Andrew Mitchell who is, the International Development Secretary, invested funds in a network of privately owned firms, which is now at the centre of a tax avoidance case.
44. Penny Mordaunt: MP for Portsmouth North. Became an Associate for Hannover Communications in 2009, who provide services across the spectrum of corporate communications, media relations and public affairs for businesses and public sector bodies. The company work in healthcare and states: ‘So whether you are seeking to shape the policy and operating environment, defend or reposition your organisation, or drive sales and uptake for your products and services – hanover can help you discover new ways to achieve success.’
The press release said: ‘Penny Mordaunt, joined hanover as an Associate to work on a range of healthcare clients delivering public affairs and corporate communications programmes. Key clients include sanofi-aventis, Schering Plough and HEART UK, where Penny will be providing senior strategic counsel.’ She supported the Health and Social Care bill.
45. Brooks Newmark: Braintree MP: Prior to entering politics, Mr Newmark was a senior partner that provided research and advice on investment opportunities in the UK and Europe to Apollo Management LP, both independently and through Telesis Management Ltd. The former are a private equity company, which invests in the healthcare industries.
46. Jesse Norman: MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire. Received payment given to charity for speaking at a Quiller event. Quiller Consultancy. Quiller lobbyist George Bridges, friend to George Osborne and Cameron’s former election campaign manager, as well as Theresa May’s ex-chief of staff, and an ex-strategist for the Chief Medical Officer. Quiller lobbies for among others, Capita, the enormous outsourcing firm which has its eye on running NHS Direct, and a private equity firm heavily invested in health. Quiller is owned by Huntsworth Group who are owned by Lord Chadlington. According to the Electoral Commission, Mr Norman received £5,000 on 30th June 2009 from Circle healthcare investor Crispin Odey to his local Hereford constituency.
47. Stephen O’Brien: Eddisbury MP: Stephen O’Brien’s office received three payments totalling £40,000 from Julian Schild. Mr Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology. Mr O’Brien was moved to International Development after the election. – In addition to this, Mr Julian Schild, of London, has provided financial support for research purposes, particularly in relation to an inquiry which Mr O’Brien was conducting on behalf of the Conservative Party into the NHS IT programme. (Registered 19 May 2008) – The MP for Eddisbury claimed the report of his links to the money donated by Schild was nothing more than a smear campaign as the details had been in the register of interests for ages. This attitude that registering your interests is enough and that the interests in themselves are not a problem is common.
48. George Osborne: MP for Tatton. Received donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters to run his office from Julian Schild. Julian Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology. A key figure in the Tory’s strategy team has also come from the lobbying world. George Bridges, who now works closely with George Osborne, used to be employed by Quiller, which keeps its list of clients secret. Quiller is owned by Huntsworth, a public relations firm headed by Lord Chadlington, president of David Cameron’s Oxfordshire constituency of Witney.
In 2008 received support for developing policy from The Boston Consulting Group who work extensively in healthcare – their website states: ‘BCG’s deep experience in the health care industry extends to having a sector dedicated specifically to payers and providers. Our collaborative network of professionals allows us to share relevant expertise that can benefit organizations involved in the financing, management, and delivery of health care services.’
In April 2011, the Boston Consultancy Group produced a press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Graham Rich as Director of Health Services stating: ‘We are delighted that Graham is joining us as we continue to expand our team and range of advisory services to the NHS.’ The press release also highlighted the appointment of former labour party secretary of state for Work and Pensions, James Purnell. Further support in policy development came from accountancy firm, Smith and Williamson, who do accounts in all sectors including Medical and healthcare. Additional policy development came from accountants Grant Thornton, whose websitestates: ‘Within the public sector, we advise at all levels of the UK healthcare system from central government to regulators and providers, as well as clients in the social care sector.’
In addition PricewaterhouseCoopers, which claims to have “been at the heart of shaping [healthcare] reforms and working with clients to respond to the opportunities they present”, are also listed as offering assistance in developing policy. PwC lead an alliance to aid the setup and support for the new GP commissioning groups.
49. Richard Ottaway: MP for Croydon South. 9-11 July 2007, visit to the USA to attend seminars and meetings with elected US officials and policy forums. His return flight and accommodation were financed by Atlantic Bridge and registered 4 years late on 20th October 2011. His reasoning for the late registration: “I have no idea why this was not done in 2007 after the visit.’ ‘It very much falls into the ‘cock up’ category of human error.’ ‘It was a low key, short visit 4 years ago when I was an opposition backbencher. Meetings were held with members of the Republican Administration and some policy forums. I have very little precise recall of the visit.’ Atlantic Bridge is a former charity founded by Liam Fox, who made a speech to Atlantic Bridge in 2003 asked: “How Much Health Care Can We Afford?” Members of the Galen Institute, a thinktank which promotes “freemarket ideas in health”, attended its conferences while the failed bank Lehman Brothers, sponsored at least one event, as did the powerful neocon thinktank the Heritage Foundation. (Guardian).
50. Priti Patel: MP for Witham In 2000, worked for drinks company Diageo (See Andrew Lansley), before joining Weber Shandwick, becoming a director of public affairs. Weber Shandwick wascreated and built by Lord Chadlington and has a specialist healthcare focus with companies including Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, and Roche, and also the NHS.
Quote: Just as history shows that Nye Bevan introduced the legislation to establish the NHS, it will show that this Secretary of State, through the Bill, has saved it for the patients who rely on it.
51. JacobRees-Mogg: MP for North-East Somerset: Partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, who have Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client, which invests inHealthcare. MP for North-East Somerset, has shares in Lloyd George Management Ltd; investment management, who invest in Healthcare. 

John Redwood: Wokingham: Chairman of Investment Committee of Evercore Pan-Asset Capital Management Ltd. Evercore are involved inhuge healthcare deals, and has shares in the company. In 2008, he gave speech at a working lunch to Gerson Lehrman Group, who provide access to a global network of more than 55,000 experts from across the entire healthcare industry including physicians, researchers, scientists, and healthcare industry executives. According to the electoral Commission, he received £2,000 to his constituency office on the 14th April, 2010 from Mr Robin Crispin Odey, a hedge funder who has invested in Circle healthcare.
52. Malcolm Rifkind: MP for Kensington. Member of Advisory Board, L.E.K. Consulting LL, which specialises in helping private healthcare companies identify “growth and new business development” and “opportunities with the government”. Non-executive director of Unilever, Unilever Ventures joined with a company called Vectura to form a pharma arm to their company.
Non-Executive Director of Adam Smith International; which has described the NHS as a “centralized tax-funded monopoly”. Instead it argues that the UK should “shift the balance of healthcare spending away from tax and more to the individual.” At the same time, it says “we need to transform today’s state monopoly providers into independent, competitive ones” – ie private for-profit healthcare providers. In addition they have produced a couple of reports on the promotion of dismantling the NHS called: The NHS need for radical reform, From cradle to grave: The death of the NHS?, and Good sense on the NHS. Included under this registered interest, wereAmphion Ltd, which has partner companies involved in healthcare including Firestar software,M2M, & Motfi BioSciences, Inc.

 Amber Rudd was selected for Hastings and Rye in 2006 and she moved to the old town in 2007. In 2008, her office received £3,000 from Andrew Law. Mr Law is the CEO of Caxton Associates who as of November 2001, owned a market value of $217.659 million in healthcare. Andrew Law has given £231,530 to the Conservative party, all but £3,000 of this in 2012.
54. David Ruffley: MP for Bury St Edmunds was a strategic advisor to Partnership Group Holdings Limited. Through it’s website, it offers residential care fee insurance, stating: ‘While the state can help with some costs, eligibility for help is limited and many people find themselves over the threshold for support so it is important to be aware of financial options available to you.’
The company are a subsidiary of PAG Holdings Limited, which is majority owned by Cinven Funds. According to its 2010 annual report, they initiated a direct sales channel for care annuities, as well as ‘provide competitive loans to people with impaired lives.’ On its website it states: ‘Cinven has been involved in European healthcare over a 20-year period and invests in market-leading, cash-generative companies.’ Cinven is a leading buyout firm, who bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa. Other UK investments include. Spire Healthcare, who run private healthcare hospitals, and whose clinical director Jean-Jacques de Gorter said the use of private sector would spiral as a result of Andrew Lansley’s reform proposals. General healthcare group, which runs healthcare services, and whose group includes: BMI healthcare. The other company isGénérale de Santé who is France’s leading healthcare provider.Mr Ruffley also received a £10,000 donation from Caroline Nash in 2009 – Ms Nash is the wife of John Nash who also funded Lansley’s office when he was shadow health minister. He was Chairman of Care UK at the time. Now Care UK have won contracts in his constituency.
55. Mark Simmonds: MP for Boston and Skegness. As a shadow health minister, accepted a trip to the United States to look at hospitals there from Bupa UK. Mr Simmonds missed out on a ministerial job in the government. Mark Simmonds, who was a minister when the controversial reforms were drawn up, is paid £50,000 a year to work just 10 hours a month as “strategic adviser” to Circle Health, the first firm to win control of an NHS hospital: – Mark Simmonds accepted a US trip to Boston worth £4,982 from private health provider BUPA.
Mark is currently a member of the All Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) acting as a co-chair to Baroness Cumberlege.
56. Chris Skidmore: Conservative MP for Kingswood who sits on the Health Select Committee received a payment of £3,500 for 4 hours work – giving speeches to STAC Consultancy which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products, strategic branding and medical education.
Chris Skidmore’s family also owns a company called Skidmore Medical, which appears to be solely selling a physiologic Vascular testing equipment. The company made a donation to him of £7,500 in June 2010 which also appears on register of members interests.Donations: Received £5,000 to his office in run up to the election in 2010 from Caroline Nash, the wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash –electoral commission
Quotes on the bill: ‘For me I feel the bill is a very positive thing.’ “One of the best bits about the Bill for me was the element of Any Qualified Provider”
57. Nicholas Soames: MP Mid Sussex: Senior Adviser, to MMC Group; Marsh & McLennan an insurance financial services company. In a review for the Department of Health of the NHS litigation Authority – written by Marsh Inc, it recommended involving opening up clinical negligence cover over to private insurers. Zurich Financial Insurers said they didn’t have the expertise but  the Marsh review envisaged opening up a dialogue which might eventually give them the information they needed. The DoH unsurprisingly accepted the large majority of Marsh’s recommendations. 

According to the electoral Commission, he received £2,000 on 11th May 2010, from Crispin Odey who is an investor of Circle Health.
Senior Advisor on Strategic Issues to Intrepid Capital Partners – their website states: ‘We seek companies with revenue of $15-250 million and operating profit of at least 10%’…in amongst other sectors…healthcare.
58. John Stanley: MP for Tonbridge and Malling: Consultant on financial services to investment company, FIL Investment Management Ltd, who invest in healthcare.
59. Andrew Tyrie: MP for Chichester. In 2008 attended the Ryder cup in his capacity as ‘Secretary of the Parliamentary Golf Society.’ His travel and accommodation was paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe. Humana started UK operation in 2006, in response to the framework for procuring external support for commissioners. Won two contracts with NHS Barnsley, and NHS East of England. Pulled out of UK.
60. David Willetts: MP for Havant and the Minister of State for Universities and Science. Former director in 2008, and has shares in Sensortec a company that owns Vantix which is working on a contract for a new product that can quickly detect MRSI. The contract is a Small Business Research Initiative – SBRI contract which provides opportunities for innovative companies to engage with the public sector for specific problems. in 1993 when Baroness Bottomley as Secretary for Health wanted to privatise wards and hospitals. Willetts supported the move, saying: ‘private companies will want to change NHS labour practices, and not want to negotiate with Labour practices.
61. Rob Wilson: MP for Reading East – In 2010, the MP for Reading East had registered shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.
62. Tim Yeo: MP for South Suffolk. In 2008 attended the Ryder cup. His travel and accommodation was paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe. (See Andrew Tyrie)
63. Nadhim Zahawi: MP for Stratford-on-Avon. Is a non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, who specialise in the Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology sector.
On the 4th April 2011 on a debate on the NHS ‘reforms’, When health secretary Andrew Lansley announced a pause in the Health and Social Care Bill, Zahawi reassured him that GPs were “absolutely passionate” about the reforms and described the plans as a “brilliant piece of legislation”.
Quotes on the bill: in full is: ‘Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon) (Con): I congratulate my right hon. Friend on engaging and listening. We have all received the 50 or so e-mail circulars from constituents who are concerned, but that does not reflect the evidence on the ground. GPs in Shipston in my constituency are absolutely passionate about the reforms and want to engage fully with them, as do 220 other groups-87% of the country. May I make a suggestion to the Secretary of State? Perhaps we should bring all those people who are passionate about this reform and want to take party politics out of it together with Labour Members on a platform so that we can take this forward without petty politics derailing a brilliant piece of legislation.
Liberal Democrats:
1. Menzies Campbell: North East Fife: Non-executive director of Scottish American Investment Company plc since 2007. The investment company took over one of the care homes when Southern Cross collapsed. His spokeswoman said: “It is Sir Menzies’ understanding that negotiations for another care provider to take over the running of the care home in question are at an advanced stage. Sir Menzies has no further comment to make.” Approximately 4.5% of the investment company’s equity is in healthcare.
2. Chris Huhne: Former Eastleigh MP: In 2008 private equity company, Carrousel Capital of London donated to his leadership campaign. Carrousel Capital have made multiple acquisitions in healthcare companies including: Axium healthcare pharmacy, MedData, Sotaria Imaging Services, Brasseler USA. He is left in because when the Health bill was passed he was in a position to vote on the bill.

3. (New)  Stephen Lloyd: Received £544.92 aggregated over time for office equipment fromPlaton Medical Ltd – who provide Ear, Nose and throat devices. Electoral Commission.

4. Robert Smith: Liberal Democratic MP for West Aberdeenshire and KIncardine – Has shares in pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Shares in Legal and General, which offers medical insurance.
GSK is the UK’s leading supplier of COPD medicines, supplies the NHS. Has shares in Legal and general, which offer private health insurance.

 David Blunkett: MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough – Received fee of £4,250 from Civica 28th January, 2013. More than 70 NHS Commissioners use Civica Health & Social Care’s industry standard SLAM NHS Commissioning software to help manage service level agreements with providers, including Payment by Results, local tariffs, local agreements, block payments and other variants.Received a fee of his apparent going rate of £4,250 for a speech at Runwood Care homes in December 2012. Recently acquired eight care homes from Warwickshire County Council.
2. Rosie Cooper: MP for West Lancashire – Paid by Cumberlege Connections for £300 for work with a focus group of health professionals. Company run by Tory Lord Baroness Cumberlege who broke the rules with this company in 2009, by failing to declare it in her registered interests, ran the business from her Westminster office. The company offers courses in power, politics and persuasion to leading staff in the NHS. Five Labour Lords, and several MPs have been paid for providing for her courses. The company is involved in bidding for the transition development of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
3. Simon Danczuk – MP for Rochdale –  Fees from Cumberlege Connections Ltd, (See Rosie Cooper). Received fee of £300 for speaking at Fringe meeting of NHS Alliance Conference. Hours: 1.5 hrs (Registered 8 August 2012) March 2012 , received fee of £300 for speaking at Westminster Experience training workshop. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 8 August 2012) June 2012, received fee of £300 for speaking at Westminster Experience training workshop. Hours: 3 hrs.(Registered 8 August 2012) 11 September 2012, received fee of £300 for speaking at Westminster Experience training workshop. Hours: 1.5 hrs
Non-Executive Director, providing business advice for Shine-Bid Services Ltd – Companyprovides support for bids which include the areas of healthcare procurement and PFI.

 Alistair Darling: MP for Edinburgh South-West: 7 April 2011, He received a fee of £10,200 for addressing a dinner organised by Cinven, London. Hours: approx 6 hrs. On its website it states: ‘Cinven has been involved in European healthcare over a 20-year period and invests in market-leading, cash-generative companies.’
Cinven is a leading buyout firm, who bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa. Other UK investments include. Spire Healthcare, who run private healthcare hospitals, and whose clinical director Jean-Jacques de Gorter said the use of private sector would spiral as a result of Andrew Lansley’s reform proposals. General healthcare group, which runs healthcare services, and whose group includes: BMI healthcare. The other company is Générale de Santé who are France’s leading healthcare provider.
Patricia Hewitt (see below) was an advisor to Cinven.
5. Frank Dobson: MP for Holborn and St Pancras: Received payment from Cumberlege Connections: (See Rosie Cooper)
6. Frank Field – MP for Birkenhead: Is a non-executive director of Medicash Health Benefits Ltd a private health insurance company – he was appointed Chairman of the board on 20th of June 2011. Frank Field has worked with Medicash for 8 years having first been appointed as a non-executive director in 2003. The register of interests says his role is to ‘attend meetings offer advice.’ For this work he receives a monthly payment of £1,030, which according to the Medicash website will be given directly to local charities. What’s the problem with this? Private health insurance companies are set to profit from a privatised NHS.
7. David Lammy: MP for Tottenham: Received several payments from Cumberlege Connenctions for participating in ‘Westminster Experience’ conference: (See Rosie Cooper). January 2011, received fee of £229.70 for participating in the King’s Fund ‘High Potential Executive’ Programme. King’s Fund are a charity that ‘shapes NHS policy and practice, provides NHS leadership development and information, and hosts health care events.’
8. Owen Smith: MP for Pontypridd. A former UK lobbyist for the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, where he was head of government affairs from 2005-2007. Director of Corporate Affairs and Health Economics for the UK’s biggest biotechnology company Amgen Ltd from 2008–09.
9. Gisela SuartMP for Birmingham, Egbaston – Speaking at seminars for Cumberlege Connections. (See Rosie Cooper). Her Cumberlege Connections work includes: Payment of £350 for taking part in workshop. Hours: 2 hrs. Payment of £900 for taking part in workshop in Winchester. Payment of £1,900 for NHS leadership programme. Hours: 2 days. (Registered 6 April 2012). Payment of £300 for parliamentary programme workshop. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 6 April 2012.
10. Shaun Woodward: Shares in J Sainsbury PLC. Sainsbury run pharmacies and provide food for the NHS
Other parties:
1. Dr Alasdair McDonnell: MP for Belfast South for Social Democrat and Labour party – has shares in Medevol, a small clinical trials company.
Ex MPs:
Charles Clarke – Former Labour MP for Norwich South – Promoted charging for ‘peripheral treatments’. In 2008 register of interests was listed as a consultant to commercial firm Beachcroft LLP, which offers incisive analysis on the full range of government, parliamentary and regulatory matters in the health sector. In 2008, was registered as a consultant to KPMG LLP, on the future of public service reform. KPMG are heavily involved in implementing changes in the NHS and its commissioning groups.
David Heathcoat-Amory – Former Conservative MP for Wells and a former Treasury minister, registered a payment of “£1,671.08 and health benefit to the value of £86.17” in July from Western Provident Association, which provides private medical insurance policies. The MP defended his work as a non-executive director for the firm, which pays him around £20,000 a year, saying: “The insight I receive from that helps me during health-related debates in Parliament and being part of the world of work and commerce helps me in scrutinising other parliamentary bills.” –
Patricia Hewitt, left commons – is a former director of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture – which has gained from PFI contracts – Former Labour Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has been an advisor to Cinven; – took a consultancy with Alliance Boots seven months after standing down and a £55,000 role with Cinven, which bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa –
Alan Milburn, has left commons – then Health Secretary for the Labour party, was a consultant for Alliance Medical’s parent company. Alliance Medical runs diagnostic services for the NHS, including in Birmingham[15] and Falkirk.[16] UNISON reported that services were giving patients sub-optimal care, losing the NHS money because of below-capacity uptake, and pressurising hospitals into using private sector treatments – – In 2008 his registered interests highlight: Member of Lloydspharmacy’s Healthcare Advisory panel paid in the region of £30,000. Also in 2008, a member of the European Advisory Board  of Bridgepoint Capital Limited, the private equity firm which acquired Care UK, whose chairman John Nash bankrolled Andrew Lansley’s office just prior to the takeover. David Miliband – MP for South Shields – received £10,000 from McKinsey and Co for a speech at a Global Business Leaders Summit in February last year. Also received a sum of £10,044 from the same company for travel expenses and accommodation in Singapore in March 2011. McKinsey & Co drew up loads of proposals that were accepted into the Health and Social Care bill. Senior Global Advisor to Oxford Analytica a business strategy company who have worked with healthcare giant GE healthcare. Received a fee of £12,500 on the 9th May 2012 from Bridgepoint, a private equity company who own Care UK. Received a donation from health insurance company, Prudential plc for two Olympic tickets.
Mark Lloyd Davies – Conservative failed candidate a French pharmaceutical company gave a job to this prospective Bristol South Tory – According to the Conservative website: “Mark is the UK head of the pharmaceutical government affairs and communications team in the world’s largest healthcare company [Sanofi-Aventis], so he’s already familiar with the workings of Westminster.”
Helen Whately 
Former Conservative parliamentary candidate.
 Has shrugged off any suggestion of a conflict of interest, after it emerged she works for the same consultants helping draw up plans which could see the A+E or maternity unit at Kingston Hospital removed.

 Her website states she works as a management consultant specialising in healthcare, mainly in the NHS but does not mention her employer McKinsey.
Robert Key – former MP for Salisbury – stepped down before the last election due to health reasons – 2-3 September 2002, panellist at Executive Brief 2002 at Gleneagles Hotel. Travel and hospitality paid by the organisers, AMT-SYBEX of Letchworth. AMT-Sybex Group, is IT supplier to the NHS. Lord Coe is now a Director of AMT-Sybex Group ensuring parliamentary access.
Ashley Fox Conservative; was an Associate at Morgan Cole until 2009. As a Conservative party member he fought the Parliamentary seat of Bath at the 2001 General Election. He has been the Councillor for Westbury-on-Trym on Bristol City council since 2002. After leaving Morgan Cole he was elected as a Conservative MEP to the European Parliament in June 2009 and was appointed Chief Whip of the ECR in December 2010. Morgan Cole are a partner in an alliance of companies developing the new GP commissioning groups led by KPMG.

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees.

International Scotland highlighted the problems of this initiative at inchgarth community centre last year it seems inchgarth wants to have another prelaunch as can be seen below.

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees

Most other countries have got rid of this stupid idea that is open to mega abuse!

The community centre has changed tact they are now claiming to give one a suspended coffee its an act of kindness so why don’t the practice what they preach?

If Starbucks or Costa was going to offer suspended coffees one can understand their prices because they have to pay for all utilities, electric, heating, staff and rates for their standard pricing.

Inchgarth has none of these overheads moreover they charge almost the same price as coffee retail outlets therefore their costs around 17p per cup (cost price) means they are getting over 800% profit on one cup of coffee yet they want users of the community centre to pay for another coffee to give to the notional have not’s  meaning they make 1600% profit on you feeling better about yourself is quite unbelievable and BAA wonder what all the fuss was about!

It gets worse inchgarth has the most expensive coffee of all 51 community centres in Aberdeen, fact, most don’t charge a thing, that’s right its free to everyone not just the poor!

For example Kaimhill learning centre next door offers free always on hot water in all their rooms why cant the best resourced centre in Aberdeen provide the same?

Inchgarth claims to give is an act of kindness (please help inchgarth double our profits even more) inchgarth also states there on a first come basis, how does that work, how does one jump on a bus or walk 3 miles or more hoping to get a free cuppa the whole thing is just plain emotional profiteering and complete nonsense, what proof is required to get a free cup of coffee please explain this to our readers?

For every suspended coffee purchased inchgarth can give away over 8 free ones not one yet inchgarth is said the be the biggest, most resourced centre in Aberdeen so why do they need to make 1600+% profit when they have no costs over their initial cost price of 17p.

Costa coffee retail can only muster 37% clear profit per cup at best, that’s over 19 times less than inchgarth!

This does not take much working out the reason why inchgarth has spent over £100,000 of other peoples money to invest in so many cafe’s builds within the inchgarth community centre over the last several years.

You might think it would be a good idea if inchgarth was a charity but its not, its meant to be a “not for profit organisation”, yes its hard to believe it, that’s what most people think to!

Great idea but badly executed!

They should practice what they preach and follow most other community centres and offer free coffes and tea to all their centre users all the time, why should they be allowed charge the full retail price in a community centre, FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE not for the manager and chairman.









PART – 1…

As Scots born and bred who have travelled and worked overseas including South of the border in England and witnessed what can only be described as transparent suspicion of anything Scottish.
If we had a Scottish pound for every time we have had hassle changing currency both South of the border and overseas we would consider it may be personal as well as discriminatory.
The suspicion and currency problems pale into insignificance when you consider how Scotland and it’s people have been treated over our lifetimes, let alone the turn of the century.
Please note; this is not meant to demean the English people, it is meant to point out the injustice that has smothered the Scots people for many governments, may they be Conservative, Labour, or even Liberals or whatever.
Scotland was the approved Conservative guinea pig stamping ground for the Poll Tax, which was played down and called the community charge – introduced in Scotland a whole year before anywhere else, by a Conservative Government – it’s worth noting at this point Scotland have never ever voted a Conservative Government into power – that is NEVER EVER! – England can take the blame for voting in every Conservative Government since 1762.


The Conservative and Liberal Government today was placed there by those voting South of the border again! Putting it simply, it does not and has never ever mattered, what or whom Scotland has voted for over the years – it may well have been a bunch of bananas political party, the outcome is always going to be made by English voters irrespective of how the Scots vote.


Voters should also consider that different political parties over the last fifty plus years have toyed with the idea of “Proportional Representation”, which if taken on board and put into practice would have given Scotland an actual voice in politics, and as for those unsure, “Proportional Representation”, allows individual voters the choice exactly whom or what party to vote for and existing bias towards English voters always getting their choice would be changed and the existing underhand methods would be shown as corrupt and devious.
Proportional Representation has always been a red herring for voters as when it came to the crunch it was always buried by different political parties intent on their own profit either financially or politically.
Do you want to continue being Lorded over by a London government for evermore? Of course you don’t, so do something about it on the 18th Sept 2014 and vote yes for Scotland’s independence. If you don’t vote “yes for Scotland’s independence”, we will not only be bullied worse than ever by the Westminster government, but the English people will take great pleasure in using it against every Scot that walks the planet. It will be a replay of the World cup brainwashing hypnosis all over again for the next three, four or five generations.
The vote for Scotland’s independence on the 18th September 2014 is Scotland’s chance to break free and have a voice of their own for ever – this chance may not come along for another hundred years .

Some of the missguided are even suggesting we have no right to vote for our own future.
People who squeal blue murder about Scotland’s inability to look after themselves are actually in a blind panic as they will have to find another method of employment – if Scotland voted for independence you could say that would be the end of those political parties who wish Scotland to be kept under the thumb.


I am not advocating the SNP will be in political power for evermore, what it will do is give the people of Scotland the chance and the choice to vote and their vote to be counted for once, just think, Scotland could vote for a choice of any political party and actually see them hold Scottish Government – every British government who have wielded power has literally been taking the mick out of the Scottish people for years and years, as these political parties knew the Scottish vote was only useful for the voting benefit of the Labour Party, if that is that South of the border voted for Labour.
Scotland is being held back by political propaganda and blatant lies and as the 18th Sept 2014 gets closer the political rhetoric will get more and more outrageous and impossible to see through the lies and utter nonsense, add to this the rhetoric and fairy stories from the bias press then it’s little wonder the voters are getting confused.
To clarify; this vote on the 18th Sept 2014 for Scottish independence is the most important vote that the UK will make in the last three hundred years – do not waste it, and more importantly vote “YES”, for independence for Scotland.
We will be voting 100% on the 18th Sept 2014 for Scotland to get its independence from the clutches of the government who care little for our beautiful country.
We can only hope that the those who really care about our country realise Scotland needs independence for our children and our grandchildren to be more prosperous and live better lives than their ancestors. The existing government is turning the U.K. into a third World country, it is up to us to try and change this.
Vote for Scotland’s independence and kick out the propaganda machine who would see us stay with the status quo while filling their own personal portfolio.

Aberdeen International Airport Trust Fund?

Aberdeen International Airport Trust Fund?

There is still no news regarding who has been lucky enough to who have been awarded the two grants of £25,000 each to either charities or community groups within the local area of Aberdeen International Airport.

Aberdeen International Airport Trust stated at the beginning of October 2013 that they had planned to announce the newest winners by the end of 2013, International Scotland fully supports all trust fund like minded organisations in their efforts to help communities and genuine charitable entities to reach for the skies, (pardon the pun)!

Last years winners got the £50,000 to build a new cafe mark 3 which replaced an equally very expensive cafe mark 2 of course at the time we were told the bulk of the windfall was for the cafe its self but since then we learned that the cafe was in fact funded by a franchise (nothing wrong with that) three doors got replaced and painted and a few toilets were upgraded in what was a building owned by Aberdeen City Council in the first place and if it required these works then there was agreements in place for the council to pay a contribution if the case was argued strongly enough, which never happened according to ACC.

Least we not forget the purpose of last years awards was to make it a dream come true for the local area, no one knows if it really delivered in its aims as the centre manager has already admitted and to be fair hes spot on because the centre already had over 70 laptops and large screen TVs at its disposal so adding 6 smaller screened TVs and 6 Ipads was never going to have the same impact as a community centre that had perhaps none at all to begin with!

International Scotland went on the record and asked difficult questions and in hindsight we think we were right to do so, therefore many charities and groups who badly require these invaluable funds must be hoping and praying this years awards are thoroughly thought through and given for the right causes and will bring dreams come through for the successful applicators and their supporters and users a like, we wait in anticipation to see who will win these latest Aberdeen International Airport Trust Fund Awards and wish all present and future participants our best wishes.

We know there’s a new committee in place this year with far more experience in all things funding matters and have supreme confidence in their decision making skills to make this a fabulous opportunity for two local groups to the tune of £25,000 each and provide better outcomes for all.