Do you have a license to use that screwdriver?

Great Britain seems to be determined to be a world leader. A world leader in bureaucracy, legal procedure, paperwork and over-complicating seemingly straight forward and simply actions or requirements. Even tradesmen like builders nowadays face the unnecessary scrutiny of having to sit tests over and over again to gain “qualifications” before working. In fact to get on the building trade today we need a CSCS card which cannot be gained (for longer than six months at a time) without a basic health and safety card! If you do have a basic health and safety card or certificate your CSCS card can last for five years a time.

Certain building jobs are even asking for NVQ’s and obviously personal insurance against potential damages caused by the employee. You need a folder of paper work just to get a job on a building site nowadays. Why? Does it help the customer? Not at all in fact it leads to lower work quality because qualifications that can be gained over a few week period tend to be preferred to experience by many employers mainly due to the fact the qualifications are health and safety qualifications (not building) and therefore it looks better for the employer if there is an accident that ends up in court.

Moving house, renting houses, claiming benefits, finding working, running a car and many other every day activities are complicated to the point of ridiculous and extorted from. Why do the governments do this? The answer is simple. By doing this they are creating jobs, budgets and places to spend tax payers money. Who do they spend the money with? The contractors, the organizations that control the health and safety certificates and tests. Who are the contractors that control health and safety certificates and tests? People with friends in high places, people with friends in the government.

Many businesses and organizations would not even exist if it were not for the over management of potential workers. The government create the need for a huge workforce at a huge expense to the tax payer that is actually completely unnecessary. We are creating a box ticking society and not to help me, you or the potential customer but to cover themselves.

If only these businesses and organizations scrutinized the government the same way that they scrutinize the people. Maybe the Grenfell Tower fire incident would never have happened. Maybe dozens of tower blocks that have only recently been refurbished at a cut cost would not have to be demolished or altered due to health and safety concerns.

Is it fair to blame the government for Grenfell Tower fire?

Grenfell Tower fire is now thought to have killed 58 people though the figure may grow according to the police. The fire has angered many people and the government are receiving much of the blame. Why would people blame the government for this accident? The government have implemented huge cuts to plans of redevelopment in to many of these high rise flats. They don’t “redevelop” these buildings they cover them up so that do not look like such of an eye sore. As explained by one the the residents “they didn’t even put a new lift in them.”

The government have also in recent years past laws that seem to allow landlords to rent out properties that are not suitable to be rented out. A large amount of MPs are landlords and there has been an arguement of a conflict in interest when it come to MPs and their properties for a while.

According to Guardian research, almost a third of MPs are now letting out their houses or flats, with 196 declaring rental income on the official register of interests this year. The majority of those are earning more than £10,000 a year from the property, topping up their basic MP’s annual salary of £67,060.

The Conservative party has the highest number of landlord MPs at 128, meaning 39% of Tory MPs are landlords, compared with 26% of Scottish National party MPs and 22% from Labour.

The research reveals a much higher proportion of MPs are landlords than the general adult population, in which just 2% are estimated to be renting out homes.

The Conservatives also voted against a Labour amendment to the current Housing and Planning Bill to ensure houses were kept to a decent standard by 312 votes to 219, a majority of 93.

Prior to the vote, shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce, who brought the amendment forward, told MPs: “Many landlords go out of their way to ensure that even the slightest safety hazard is sorted quickly and efficiently.

“So it is even more distressing when we see reports of homes which are frankly unfit for human habitation being let, often at obscene prices. Where else in modern day life could someone get away with this?”

Pearce added that some problems experienced by renters, such as mould on walls, would not be tolerated in other areas. She said: “If I purchased food from a shop and it was unsafe to eat I would not only get a refund but there is a high possibility the shopkeeper could be prosecuted.

 “Yet if I rent from a landlord, perhaps the only available property for me, and it was unsafe to live in then I can either put up or shut up. In a market where demand outstrips supply renters lack basic consumer power to bargain for better conditions.”

So people do have a right to be angry at the government on this issue but to blame the government for it completely is a bit unfair.

The government implemented these cuts and put themselves before the country again like they always do but they did it with the consent of the people. Its sad that it takes a disaster like this to make people take note of living conditions of families in the UK.