Posts Tagged ‘austerity’

People power wins.

People have often said; “you can’t just ignore Europe, you can’t just do what you want”.

Well, in desperate times, a sovereign people can indeed do what they damn well want!

61percent of the people of Greece voted “OXI” or No!

What did this mean? Well…

A quick summary of the GREECE issue

Obviously, this is not too dissimilar to what is happening in Britain with the advent of Chancellor Gideon “Cokehead” Osbourne’s austerity budget on Wednesday July 8th, except that UK voters masochistically voted for yet more hammering by the elite bankers propping up the Tories!

Compare the Greek debt (about 370 billion) – which the European Troika and international banks are refusing to write off – with the amounts of money received by those same banks from taxpayers in bailouts:

compare Greek debt to banks

The debt that these banks have accrued have been as a result of repeated Quantitative Easing, in effect the (Rothschild’s) US Federal Reserve Bank creating electronic money out of thin air!

Piling on the hypocrisy (a great word of Greek origin) Germany has never paid its external debt, and is directly profiting from Greece’s woes. – Who says?

Thomas Piketty. The Author of the best selling economics book of the 21st century so far, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the Piketty is considered one of the most influential economists in the world.

I this interview with German newspaper Die Zeit View at Medium.com

translated into English from http://www.zeit.de/2015/26/thomas-piketty-schuldehttp://www.zeit.de/2015/26/thomas-piketty-schulden-griechenland/komplettansichtn-griechenland/komplettansicht Piketty forcefully challenges the German position and calls for an international conference on Debt.

It is estimated that Germany actually OWES Greece 11Billion Euros since in 1943, Germany forced the Bank of Greece to lend it two loans worth 11 billion euros equivalent in today’s money and has never made any reparations. However, this money is not war reparations, which are a separate and much more complex issue. The debt is a straightforward loan from Greece to Germany – albeit a forced one – which the Germans have not bothered to repay.

All kinds of walks of life are being hit by vicious ideological austerity cuts and organisations such as Cardiff’s People’s Assembly have asked to stand in solidarity with the people of Greece at demonstrations on Wednesday timed to coincide with George Osbourne’s emergency budget. Cardiff P.A has organised a “WEAPONS OF MASS PERCUSSION” DEMO where everyone is encouraged to bring pots, pans and something to BANG them with. I intend going. Pictures to follow no doubt.

weapons of mass percussion

In the meantime, look beyond the headlines of the mainstream bullshit media. Solidarity with the people of Greece! #OXI!


The following is a link to a blog exposing the lies we are being told about the situation in Greece.

TRUTH and SATIRE https://truthandsatire.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/greece-the-one-biggest-lie-you-are-being-told-by-the-media/

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, we assembled at the statue of Aneurin Bevan at Queen St, Cardiff at 1pm. The procession ended outside the new Library in the Hayes, Cardiff.

radical workers bloc

anti austerity march

Cardiff’s People’s Assembly group organised Saturday afternoon’s event, which saw up to 1,000 protestors march from Queen Street to Cardiff Library where several speakers addressed the crowd.

Speaking in the shadow of Cardiff Library, Sue Leader of Unite said:

“We face 259 more weeks of the Tories in power and I will not be wasting those weeks away.

“We have it within our power to challenge this government at every lousy step it makes. I urge you to be Mr and Mrs Angry from Adamsdown, be Mr Peeved from Penarth and Mrs Evil from Ely.

“Cardiff, trust me, we have got the love to see this through.”

Dominic MacAskill, of Unison, added:

“Austerity is robbing us of our collective worth, and selling our public assets, with our libraries and leisure centres closed or privatised.

“We cannot rely on the once-in-every-five-years election, based on the views of 20% of people eligible to vote – it is a broken democracy.

“My one message today is to join a union and use your mass organisation for a better Wales and a better Britain.”

Len Arthur of the People’s Assembly Wales added:

“Another term for austerity politics is class war, but their class war is full of problems – for one, there is the anger that it’s going to make.

“In Wales, we did not vote for a Tory government. We need the Welsh Assembly not to implement these cuts, even if it leads to a constitutional crisis.”

The hundreds of protestors had marched to Cardiff Library via police escort, chanting:

“Tories, Tories, Tories – out, out, out!”

and

“when they say cut back, we say fight back.”

Young and old held banners urging an end to austerity, with one inscribed with the words: “happy community = austerity” and another: “Austerity kills.”

The rally ended with organisers saying they want to take at least five buses full of people from Cardiff to London on June 20 for the UK-wide protest, urging people to sign up for the event.

communist party wales banner

The march ended with poet Patrick Jones reciting an anti austerity poem and speakers from campaigning and trade union movements .

Me talking to Pippa Bartelotti of the Green Party.

Me talking to Pippa Bartelotti of the Green Party.

The message was clear the Resistance starts now!

Mark summed up the abject failure of Miliband’s Labour in this video.

They never stood with the people at parliament square, the anti-austerity, They never stood with the firefighters, They never stood with the nurses, They never stood against ideological austerity, They never stood with the underground strikers, They never stood with the evicted Mums at Sweets way estate in London… BUT, They stood with the TORIES over Yes Scotland​ and everyone saw THIS.

Labour is a busted flush. It’s had it’s time. Socialism needs to radically alter to meet people’s needs not the needs of career politicians and councillors and assembly ministers and Euro-MPs. The arseholes in suits no longer represent anyone but their own interests.

I’m despondent. Yes.

For what it’s worth, I have repeatedly said voting isn’t the Apex of political activity, as the majority in Britain think it is, voting is just part of the engagement.
Tony Benn said, we have to keep fighting the same battles over and over again because the generations coming along, keep making the same mistakes as those before them…

Or alternatively we could sell our souls and remain as worthless wage slaves and sheeple – useless eaters and stock, as Iain Duncan Smith refers to anyone who isn’t him…

It was always going to end like this for the Ed Miller Band, not even the most deluded fan saw him as leader of the gang.
What this election of, Call Me Dave Part Deux, is going to do is turn Britain into something like the 80’s of mass unemployment, a health service that cant cope, and a rise in the super-rich LOADSAMONEY class in the South.

A lot of people in this country should now be ashamed of themselves today, many of them will be the worst effected, but they won’t of course.
Another sad day in the decline of Britain.

Only a true Independent Scotland will save the day for socialism.

England is fucked, it will descend into violence, nationalistic and racial. 3.8million nationalistic UKIPpers voted with just one seat, they will realise 1.4 millions Scots voters got 56 seats, there may well be riots, but for the wrong reasons.

Wales will be forgotten, it already has been. Truly fucked.

"Intolerant Bastards: if this is Man, then what?" - Discordion, 2014.

“Intolerant Bastards: if this is Man, then what?” – Discordion, 2014.

These Tory quacks and charlatans are beyond belief


For some time now, Conservative strategist Lynton Crosby has been reassuring his adopted party they will reach “crossover”. This is the term he’s been using to describe the moment when they take over the lead from Labour in the polls and push ahead.

The date of crossover, rather like the rapture, keeps being pushed back. It was meant to be Christmas last year, but nothing of significance happened then apart from a particularly good Dr Who special. January was also disappointing, February was frigging desolate and March passed without a squeak.

Now we’re in the middle of April, what TS Eliot described as “the cruellest month”: for the Tories that’s proved true, with Labour and Conservative still stuck on more or less 33%.

It would be easy then for David Cameron to give up on Mr Crosby and his promise of good polls ahead; except, he can’t. Lynton Crosby is his Designated Bastard, the man his party has paid fistfuls of money to order all of them about and get them to do whatever it takes to win. It’s the stuff of tradition for Tory governments to get in an expensive Designated Bastard at election time; it’s the line of life, a cycle of comfort. The Designated Bastard arrives, tells them not to be pussies, puts up posters about Labour’s tax bombshells, flashes up cartoons of the Labour leader in the pocket of someone, or being the poodle of someone, sitting on someone’s lap, wearing someone’s hair, or being stuck up someone’s arse.

Usually, the party pays devoted attention to the Designated Bastard.

First, because he’s so expensive but really because he’s such a Bastard. He gets them to do things they’ve spent the past five years being ordered not to under any circumstances. For five years, they’ve been clenching their teeth and talking about partnership and coalition. They’ve been pushing Big Societies and feeling everyone’s pain by sobbing that we’re all in it together.

Except, this time, it seems not to be. Lynton Crossover hasn’t worked.

And that’s a problem, since there is no plan B.

The Tories believe in tradition and the tradition has always been that being a Bastard works.

So panic sets in. Once panic starts, rational political behaviour falls apart. Hence the true “crossover” we got last week – the much commented on swapping of clothes brazenly taking part in the Labour and Conservative manifestos.

Labour painted themselves as the party of fiscal rectitude, while the Tories went crazy on uncosted spending commitments. In this crazy looking-glass politics, Labour turn out to be the party with the most conservative financial commitment to the NHS, while the Conservatives are the most profligate.

This muddle has been a long time coming. For decades now, each main party has been defining itself on how similar it is to the other and how different it is from its own past. New Labour stole Thatcherite prudence and Cameroonian Conservativism detoxified its nasty image by going green and socially aware. Like two galaxies drawing closer to each other, it’s no wonder they ended up in a massive swirl of confusion.

The spinning can’t be stopped: if anything, it gets faster and faster until you can’t tell which one is which.

Labour’s paranoia about looking like Old Labour I can understand: battered for so long by a mostly rightwing press, it still clings to a suspicion that even in this digital age the old tabloid headlines still affect people’s opinion.

The Tory volte-face I find truly extraordinary, though. Normally, this type of trickery is done with just words. Last election, it was the verbal gymnastics contained in such slogans as “Vote Blue, Go Green” or that most perfect of semantic paradoxes, “Vote for Change: Vote Conservative”. It’s a basic trick with words, in which you take a word and insist it means its opposite. The more you insist, the greater chance people will believe you. (We know it as Orwellian double-speak)

This time round, though, there is something desperate about the trick.

  • They will “spend” on the NHS more than Labour, but that spending will be funded by carrying on with their “track record” on the economy.
  • They’ll block Scottish MP’s voting on certain tax laws but that will somehow keep the UK united.
  • They will rail against recklessness, but concede a European referendum (to stave off a threat to their support)
  • and pledge billions in public spending based on no more than an inkling the economy’s going to keep growing.

All this time, they’ll muffle this panic with words such as “steady” and “on course”, words used to conceal an unsteady veer away from stability.

They’re like bad magicians who, at the moment of subterfuge, simply shout: “What’s that?” and point to the other side of the room in the hope we’ll turn away.

This isn’t wordplay – this is charlatanism pure and simple.

David Cameron is indulging in basic quackery, trying to sell you stuff he knows doesn’t work. He’s doing it with our money and he’s conjuring with people’s lives.

We know there’s no magic; the money will come from the cuts and deficit reductions and benefit targets and financial squeezes on those Cameron knows won’t be voting for him anyway.

It’s the bastardly misuse of the public purse and the final proof, if any were needed, that he is unfit to lead his country and his party unfit to govern.


Mark McGowan

Katie Hopkins is the typical private school toff.

Her parents never cared about her much, never said they loved her, and packaged her off to some boarding school aged 7. She’s a twisted victim of her upbringing. She sees the world as cold and loveless as her childhood and realised a great way to get attention is to spit bile and vitriol and draw shocked reactions to her attention seeking. She should be in a psychiatrist chair not on tv and in newspapers. She is mentally unstable, possibly sociopathic, and is being exploited by Murdoch media for entertainment.


I still Don’t care” is the ideology of David Cameron and Katie Hopkins, it is the message of our time.


The David Clapson story  – David Cameron left furious after the Andrew Marr interview

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-left-furious-andrew-5551652

David Cameron was left fuming today after being grilled on live TV over the death of a diabetic ex-soldier whose benefits had been stopped.

The angry Prime Minister’s “lips went thin” with rage after he was quizzed about tragic David Clapson, according to witnesses.

Downing Street did not deny the PM was angered by the questions but rejected suggestions he “stormed out” of the studio after filming finished.

The Mirror told last summer how David, 59, died with just £3.44 in his bank account after his £71.70-a-week Jobseeker’s Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment .

Tests show he died from diabetic ­ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin.

His devastated sister Gill Thompson said he may have stopped injecting himself with the lifesaving drug after becoming so desperate over his lack of cash and work.



Article in today’s Guardian online…

Independent review of benefit sanctions urgently needed, say MPs
Cross-party report comes amid concerns that financial penalties have been issued inappropriately and caused hardship and destitution

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/24/independent-review-benefit-sanctions-urgently-needed-say-mps

My thoughts:

How is a job seeker who has lost all financial control and is told constantly (mostly passive aggressively through media and societies controlled perception) that they are useless & worthless, supposed to then find the motivation and self belief needed to sell themselves at a job interview?

The government want to encourage personal responsibility and get rid of victim status (I am all for that) yet at the same time help to strengthen “victim status” mentality by making people feel powerless and depressed.

Surely positive encouragement is needed to motivate people to get help get a job?

Their main priority seems to be punishment for the people abusing the system – which I actually believe are few and far between and is backed up by statistical research – but their current system punishes every person on benefits;

  • The people who have had jobs all their lives and paid into the system only to find through no fault of their own they’ve been made redundant.
  • Graduates leaving University and looking for their first professional job having now experienced the entire GRADUATE PREMIUM Myth!
  • People with genuine disability who have been treated absolutely disgustingly by this government, etc, etc.

You’re always going to get people who abuse the system including those who work within it! Sanctioning just weakens a persons resolve to find work but I can’t help thinking that’s what they want anyway!?

The people who they’re taking the power away from are the same people who have the power to oust them!

It works in the government’s favour to make people as passive as possible their very political survival depends on it.

ANOTHER FANTASTIC MUST READ ARTICLE By George Monbiot!

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/18/corruption-rife-britain

 

It just doesn’t compute. Almost every day the news is filled with stories that look to me like corruption. Yet on Transparency International’s corruption index Britain is ranked 14th out of 177 nations, suggesting that it’s one of the best-run nations on Earth. Either all but 13 countries are spectacularly corrupt or there’s something wrong with the index.

Yes, it’s the index. The definitions of corruption on which it draws are narrow and selective. Common practices in the rich nations that could reasonably be labelled corrupt are excluded; common practices in the poor nations are emphasised.

This week a ground-changing book called How Corrupt is Britain?, edited by David Whyte, is published. It should be read by anyone who believes this country merits its position on the index.
Would there still be commercial banking sector in this country if it weren’t for corruption? Think of the list of scandals: pensions mis-selling, endowment mortgage fraud, the payment protection insurance scam, Libor rigging, insider trading and all the rest. Then ask yourself whether fleecing the public is an aberration – or the business model.

No senior figure has been held criminally liable or has even been disqualified for the practices that helped to trigger the financial crisis, partly because the laws that should have restrained them were slashed by successive governments. A former minister in this government ran HSBC while it engaged in systematic tax evasion, money laundering for drugs gangs and the provision of services to Saudi and Bangladeshi banks linked to the financing of terrorists. Instead of prosecuting the bank, the head of the UK’s tax office went to work for it when he retired.

The City of London, operating with the help of British overseas territories and crown dependencies, is the world’s leading tax haven, controlling 24% of all offshore financial services. It offers global capital an elaborate secrecy regime, assisting not just tax evaders but also smugglers, sanctions- busters and money-launderers. As the French investigating magistrate Eva Joly has complained, the City “has never transmitted even the smallest piece of usable evidence to a foreign magistrate”. The UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Luxembourg and Germany are all ranked by Transparency International as among the least corrupt nations in the world. They are also listed by the Tax Justice Network as among the worst secrecy regimes and tax havens. For some reason, though, that doesn’t count.

The Private Finance Initiative has been used by our governments to deceive us about the extent of their borrowing while channelling public money into the hands of corporations. Shrouded in secrecy, stuffed with hidden sweeteners, it has landed hospitals and schools with unpayable debts, while hiding public services from public scrutiny….

State spies have been engaged in mass surveillance. And the police, adopting the identities of dead children, lying in court to assist false convictions and fathering children by activists before disappearing, have infiltrated and sought to destroy peaceful campaign groups. Police forces have protected prolific paedophiles, including Jimmy Savile, and – it is now alleged – a ring of senior politicians who are also suspected of the murder of children.

Savile was shielded too by the NHS and the BBC, which has sacked most of the those who sought to expose him while promoting people who tried to perpetuate the cover-up.

There’s the small matter of our unreformed political funding system, which permits the very rich to buy political parties. There’s the phone-hacking scandal and the payment of police by newspapers, the underselling of Royal Mail, the revolving door allowing corporate executives to draft the laws affecting their businesses, the robbing of the welfare and prison services by private contractors, price-fixing by energy companies, daylight robbery by pharmaceutical firms and dozens more such cases.

Is none of this corruption? Or is it too sophisticated to qualify?

It just doesn’t compute. Almost every day the news is filled with stories that look to me like corruption. Yet on Transparency International’s corruption index Britain is ranked 14th out of 177 nations, suggesting that it’s one of the best-run nations on Earth. Either all but 13 countries are spectacularly corrupt or there’s something wrong with the index.

Yes, it’s the index. The definitions of corruption on which it draws are narrow and selective. Common practices in the rich nations that could reasonably be labelled corrupt are excluded; common practices in the poor nations are emphasised.

This week a ground-changing book called How Corrupt is Britain?, edited by David Whyte, is published. It should be read by anyone who believes this country merits its position on the index.

Would there still be commercial banking sector in this country if it weren’t for corruption? Think of the list of scandals: pensions mis-selling, endowment mortgage fraud, the payment protection insurance scam, Libor rigging, insider trading and all the rest. Then ask yourself whether fleecing the public is an aberration – or the business model.

No senior figure has been held criminally liable or has even been disqualified for the practices that helped to trigger the financial crisis, partly because the laws that should have restrained them were slashed by successive governments. A former minister in this government ran HSBC while it engaged in systematic tax evasion, money laundering for drugs gangs and the provision of services to Saudi and Bangladeshi banks linked to the financing of terrorists. Instead of prosecuting the bank, the head of the UK’s tax office went to work for it when he retired.

The City of London, operating with the help of British overseas territories and crown dependencies, is the world’s leading tax haven, controlling 24% of all offshore financial services. It offers global capital an elaborate secrecy regime, assisting not just tax evaders but also smugglers, sanctions- busters and money-launderers. As the French investigating magistrate Eva Joly has complained, the City “has never transmitted even the smallest piece of usable evidence to a foreign magistrate”. The UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Luxembourg and Germany are all ranked by Transparency International as among the least corrupt nations in the world. They are also listed by the Tax Justice Network as among the worst secrecy regimes and tax havens. For some reason, though, that doesn’t count.

The Private Finance Initiative has been used by our governments to deceive us about the extent of their borrowing while channelling public money into the hands of corporations. Shrouded in secrecy, stuffed with hidden sweeteners, it has landed hospitals and schools with unpayable debts, while hiding public services from public scrutiny.

State spies have been engaged in mass surveillance. And the police, adopting the identities of dead children, lying in court to assist false convictions and fathering children by activists before disappearing, have infiltrated and sought to destroy peaceful campaign groups. Police forces have protected prolific paedophiles, including Jimmy Savile, and – it is now alleged – a ring of senior politicians who are also suspected of the murder of children. Savile was shielded too by the NHS and the BBC, which has sacked most of the those who sought to expose him while promoting people who tried to perpetuate the cover-up.

There’s the small matter of our unreformed political funding system, which permits the very rich to buy political parties. There’s the phone-hacking scandal and the payment of police by newspapers, the underselling of Royal Mail, the revolving door a llowing corporate executives to draft the laws affecting their businesses, the robbing of the welfare and prison services by private contractors, price-fixing by energy companies, daylight robbery by pharmaceutical firms and dozens more such cases. Is none of this corruption? Or is it too sophisticated to qualify?

Among the sources used by Transparency International to compile its index are the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. Relying on the World Bank to assess corruption is like asking Vlad the Impaler for an audit of human rights. Run on the principle of one dollar, one vote, controlled by the rich nations while operating in the poor ones, the bank has funded hundreds of white-elephant projects that have greatly enriched corrupt elites and foreign capital while evicting local people from their land and leaving their countries with unpayable debts. To general gasps of astonishment, the World Bank’s definition of corruption is so narrowly drawn that it excludes such practices.

The World Economic Forum establishes its corruption rankings through a survey of global executives: the beneficiaries of the kind of practices I’ve listed in this article.

Its questions are limited to the payment of bribes and the corrupt acquisition of public funds by private interests, excluding the kinds of corruption that prevail in rich nations.

Transparency International’s interviews with ordinary citizens take much the same line: most of its specific questions involve the payment of bribes.

How Corrupt is Britain? argues that such narrow conceptions of corruption are part of a long tradition of portraying the problem as something confined to weak nations, which must be rescued by “reforms” imposed by colonial powers and, more recently, bodies such as the World Bank and the IMF.

These “reforms” mean austerity, privatisation, outsourcing and deregulation.

They tend to suck money out of the hands of the poor and into the hands of national and global oligarchs.

For organisations such as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, there is little difference between the public interest and the interests of global corporations.

What might look like corruption from any other perspective looks to them like sound economics. The power of global finance and the immense wealth of the global elite are founded on corruption, and the beneficiaries have an interest in framing the question to excuse themselves.

Yes, many poor nations are plagued by the kind of corruption that involves paying bribes to officials. But the problems plaguing us run deeper. When the system already belongs to the elite, bribes are superfluous.

 

I came across a jaw-dropping programme on BBC Radio 4 that was almost totally hijacked by middle class pseudo-poor.

The presenter asked her listeners about changes they’d had to make because of economic hardship and the low wages they were paid. Instead of hearing hardship tales of queuing at food banks all the callers I heard HAD money in their banks.

The first caller I heard’s name was Angela and austerity really wasn’t fun because her sons’ deposit on a house had used some of her money.

The second caller was Ben who loved to travel overseas but he could only have two holidays and not the usual three!

Is the BBC now openly in league and on-message with Tories who think they’re “hard up” when they can’t send Tristrum to Daddy’s old private school? Has Aunty Beeb turned a blind eye to the reality of the many, now that the hands that hold her purse-strings are attached to Tory grandees?

The third caller was Roger and was proud of all he’d saved into his pension from his working days – now he could have all that he craved. When fourth caller, an old dear called Geraldine (who was worried friends would scoff because she couldn’t go to Harvey Nicks) rang, I was so fucking riled I reached for the OFF switch!

But! But! But…. then a BBC intern on the switch board must’ve got it wrong (they surely would have lost their job if it wasn’t for the fact they were trust-funded and working for free?) THEY LET A REAL PERSON ON-AIR!?!?
and before they shut her up;

  • She explained that she survived on just one lowly meal a day,
  • She heats it on a one ring stove.
  • Her days are very grey,
  • She was living in a wheelchair in a second storey flat,
  • When the lift breaks down she can’t get out,
  • She has a broken back.

On the occasions that she’s ventured outdoors in the last 2 years she’s endured some nasty comments from her neighbours who she fears.

They tell her that she’s lucky that she has a disability, she’s lucky that she cannot walk as “now you live for free”. They say she has no worries unlike the rest of the English, who have to pay their bills and tighten belts just so they can manage. She told the BBC that this was all a new phenomenon.

That she’d only suffered this abuse since the days of David Cameron. Since the red tops blame the weak and poor for taking too much money and the bankers who started the mess still live the life of Riley!
The presenter cut her off quickly, so missing the real story – her journalistic instinct crushed by corporate mediocrity.

But it was too late, I’d listened and heard the truth of modern Britain: Our values are so perverted that it’s not the Billionaire super-rich, city bankers or tax dodgers… it’s the weak in Britain, that are now the villains.

BBC Radio 4: Home of the pseudo-poor.

Keith Linday-Cameron is a social justice activist who has set out to write a Letter A Day to David Cameron

Here I have reproduced today’s edition as “Shares are encouraged and welcomed.”

A letter a day to number 10. No 980

Tuesday 20 January 2015. Civil disobedience should be taught as an art form.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

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http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

Dear Mr Cameron,

Oxfam reports that by next year 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%, that is 1% owning more than half of global wealth which in 2013 was given as $241 trillion, that’s $51,600 per adult in the world.

In Britain, which you say is for hard working people who want to get on as you commit to full employment, you fail to mention that more and more people are living and working in ever more insecure circumstances. You have removed safety nets at work and cut safety nets in welfare with yet more cuts on the way as the wealth divide increases.

In Britain you have created, austerity, insecurity, poverty, workfare and sanctions for the poor and ever increasing wealth for the rich. Worse still, you treat us as less than human, forcing people to take any junk job, zero hours contract, dead end, nil satisfaction, grafting for peanuts, drudgery, under threat of sanctions. Iain Duncan Smith even had the appalling temerity to invoke the dreadful sign over the gates of Auschwitz, ‘Arbeit macht frei’, saying that “disabled people would be made free by working”.

Sack the vile man!

I must say the British public has been very generous in allowing this state of affairs to continue as long as this.

I have no idea why there isn’t a much greater national outcry and action against you, the banks, debt agencies, interest charges, pointless and useless jobs, the welfare penal system and the outrageous demands on the poorest to pay off Britain’s debts which they had nothing to do with creating.

Apparently the boss of one of the world’s biggest banks last year described the UK as; the world’s “biggest, most developed tax haven” with London being the millionaire capital of the world.

There is no trickle down effect and you are making damned sure it stays that way, the money is siphoning upwards at an unbelievable rate thanks to Osbornomics and it’s time Britain engaged with civil disobedience as a national past time because that’s the only way we are going to see any social justice in this country.

As we generally seem to be unsure about civil disobedience in Britain, it should be taught in schools and colleges as a creative art.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/global-wealth-oxfam-inequality…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30875370

http://classonline.org.uk/…/low-pay-and-increased-job-insec…

http://www.theguardian.com/…/wealth-inequality-uk-ticking-t…

http://www.mirror.co.uk/…/poor-poorer-britains-richest-40bi…

http://www.theguardian.com/…/jobseekers-zero-hours-contracts

http://socialistreview.org.uk/350/work-makes-you-free

http://www.jrf.org.uk/…/households-below-minimum-income-sta…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27187398

 

Black Friday, is peak abhorrent behaviour.

We look on with a mixture of disgust and voyeuristic pleasure at the ‘dregs’ of society battling it out for a pointless piece of shit bargain. A friend of mine pointed out the hypocrisy of “middle classes” judging the scrums from their armchairs (like myself).

“A question for those who were disgusted by peoples’ actions: What’s a more blatant example of rank consumerism – cramming into a supermarket in the middle of the night to get 70% of a vacuum OR cramming into a German Xmas Market stall on a Saturday and Sunday morning to pay £8 for a hotdog and £50 for an ornament your four year old could make at school for a fiver?”

There seems to be a Gladiatorial element to this, the rich watch on and tut and giggle as the plebs fight for the scraps, like the Cambodian pauper children paid to beat the hell out of each other for pennies. This doesn’t explain or excuse the vileness of Black Friday though.

The scenes across the UK show signs of a society that is sinking past the ability to make any common emotional connection on the basis of anything other than fetishisation, competition and ownership of objects. The, must have, society of the spectacle.

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Instead of people working together to provide for each other, have a nice time and a festive season, our consumerist system has managed to bring us to its’ desired conclusion. We are not to feel sensible or rational any longer – we are to fight like dogs for pieces of trash that will never fill the emotional void, the Lacanian lack, in our lives – or ease the ever diminishing bank account.

We punch and kick each other to buy things we don’t need! with money we don’t have! for a festival we’ve long forgotten the meaning of if we ever knew in the first place!!!

Funnily enough up until the Victorian era, Christmas had little to do with presents, and it was deemed too pagan and too Catholic to celebrate for centuries after the Reformation.

Cynics are not wrong to suggest Christmas was a holiday built up in the Victorian era to sell picture cards, though thanks to Dickens it was given a charitable feel.

Dickens’ popularity re-introduced the ideas of festivity, gift giving and charity. So Christmas is a weird hotch potch festival, of northern European paganism, Catholic Christianity and Victorian charity and revival.

The only Black Friday I’d ever heard of was the last day of work when all the factories and industry clocked off early and everyone went binge drinking in the towns and the violence and wife beatings that followed gave the day it’s name!

Consumerism and inequality has always been at the heart of the modern Christmas as well, though – Christmas trees were introduced by the German/English Royal Family and copied by the populaces of the US and Europe and St Nicholas (Father Christmas) had his coat changed from green to red by Coca Cola’s advertising company!

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For many, and definitely me, modern consumerism is just too much. Unlike the middle class arbiters of taste, I actually don’t have two pennies to rub together. Never have had much.

When I was married and working full time in R&D we were still up to our eyes in debt. For many people it won’t be a holiday. Most of us have to force ourselves through a mire of family politics, separated from children, ranking presents and a constant eye on the bank account.

For others it will be a lot worse, old people freezing through winter, deciding to heat or eat, women and children in sheltered homes, homeless people trying to find a place to sleep where they won’t be beaten up, or moved on by police and have their belongings confiscated.

The last two months (at least, probably three) was non-stop buy, buy, buy, like in someway it’s going to fill the gap that a genuine connection to other human beings might fill.

It is an old familiar trope, and we’ve all heard it before, whether we’re buying our German Xmas hotdog, or our shite ASDA widescreen TVs, we don’t seem any happier. And we certainly ain’t better off.

I don’t like the imported concept of Black Friday. I think it’s a shame that it’s a fad over here now. But I acknowledge – People feel poor. When things are cheap (especially before Xmas), they buy them. It’s a shame that we live in a society where we are defined by what we own,

It is easy and enjoyable to feel superior, and tut and scorn, but, let’s actually try and challenge the conditions that create this need and desire for cheap goods. We need to organise, not moralise.

I hear that there will be a push to organise for an austerity Christmas next year – BUY NOTHING, support strikes for the living wage, spread solidarity. Now that’s a Christmas I could enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RLHsH7XAkc&app=desktop
A nearly 3 hour film called “Consent of the Governed”.

It is the story of YOUR enslavement.

“Consent Of The Governed: The Freeman Movement Defined” covers a wide range of topics that effect and hinder our human freedom when dealing with civil SERVANTS who seek to claim authority over us. I suppose it could be put under the category of highlighting Structural Violence in our everyday lives.
(so be prepared to set aside some educational viewing time.)