Jeremy Corbyn: Labour Leader, Lefty Loon, Terrorist

September 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I just wanted to put down my thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn’s outrageous victory on Saturday in blog format. Firstly, congratulations to him, to Tom Watson and Sadiq Khan for all winning their respective campaigns. I’ve not followed any of them too closely in all truth, I’m not a Labour Party member so I didn’t vote either.

As far as Jeremy goes, it’s going to be a rocky ride. But I think if the Labour Party can sit tight, hold together and redefine it’s purpose as Jeremy so passionately put it in his victory speech then they may well cause the Conservatives a fair few problems indeed. Whether that will translate into an election victory in 2020 is another matter though, and one that I find to be quite ludicrous to even contemplate right now. The focus from Labour ought really to be on it’s identity. The party of the people. Get back in touch with the people first, the election comes much, much later.

Of course he has some pretty ‘radical’ ideas, such as talking to to the ‘bad guys’, not bombing other countries willy-nilly and trying to make Britain a fairer, more just place to live. But what we’ll find out over the next year or two is that his ideals and world view are not as terrifying as the Daily Mail might have you believe. And given the competition in the leadership contest, you have to say it should have been obvious from the beginning that he would win. People are sick and tired of the status quo, particularly the grass roots of the Labour Party – the SNP showed us that.

So choosing Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, or Liz Kendall as leader would have sent a very clear message to the Tories: here’s to another decade of Tory rule. Why? Because the three of them are effectively Tory Light. They chase public opinion as described in The Sun, Mail or Telegraph and don’t really challenge it. Their version of the Labour Party, would merely be a watered down version of Cameron’s Tories, and that would have been a travesty. There’s that saying about arguing with idiots – Cameron would have dragged Burham, Kendall or Cooper down to his level, and beaten them with experience.

Corbyn on the other hand, offers something genuinely different. Despite his age, Jeremy is offering the Labour Party, and Britain as a whole, something new. He doesn’t want to go down the long-established route of politics. He wants to challenge public perception, he wants to help change it. Sure, the public won’t agree with everything he says, but at least he’ll say something worth taking note of. Can you remember anything the other three candidates said during their campaigns, or ever in fact? Probably not.

Already the Tory Propaganda machine has started up, stating quite unequivocally that Corbyn, and the Labour Party, are a threat to National Security! They guy disagrees with Trident, and wants a debate on it. Debate is a threat to National Security? Jeremy thanked Ed Miliband for the dignity in which he handled all manner of personal abuse from the press in the run up to the 2015 General Election, no doubt hoping for some help in dealing with it, but one thing’s clear: the tactics have changed.

Jeremy won’t be snapped eating a bacon sandwich or giving a homeless person a few pennies in change, because he’s not naturally awkward like Ed. No, instead he’ll be targeted in the same way that Muslims are targeted. If he disagrees with Cameron’s Tories, he immediately becomes a threat to National Security, to the Economic Recovery, to Humanity itself. If a Muslim disagrees with Government Policy, s/he could see themselves on some kind of watchlist, or reported as a non-violent extremist. It’s a way of silencing our disapproval of Britain’s foreign policy over the past two decades. Corbyn will now face similar levels of attacks, at a much higher level of course.

Though of course, the Conservatives know that nothing could be further from the truth. However, Corbyn is an incredibly dangerous man. He has the ideals to smash the status quo, to destroy austerity, to get people involved in politics again, to change the public perception on a range of issues and he has the beginnings of a following big enough to follow through. He did not refer to Labour as a political party during his victory speech, he called it a movement. This terrifies the establishment, both Conservative, Labour and the Press too. They will try to take him down, but Britain needs him to keep fighting the good fight, because we need his voice to temper the increasingly right-wing world we live in.

Cameron: ‘Get with the Fracking Programme!’

January 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

The BBC news website went a little bit bi-polar today on the Cameron Fracking story. It couldn’t quite decide which headline was better so went with three different ones:

Cameron Urges Support For Fracking‘ on the main homepage.

Then when you click through to the story: ‘Cameron urges Fracking opponents to ‘get on board

And on the ‘Most Read’ sidebar there was: ‘PM promises council fracking boost‘.

I wondered, momentarily, am I on the Conservative Home website, or am I on the site of the nation’s most-watched, most-read, most-listened-to news source? For those of you who don’t live in Britain, I am of course talking about the state-funded, state-run media giant that is the BBC. For whilst I’m not one to give conspiracies theories too much thought, I think this one isn’t all that far-fetched. Any self-respecting news outlet would at least question the use of Hydraulic Fracturing. It would least humour the protesters that have been encamped outside the Barton Moss facility in Greater Manchester and who knows, put across their side?

But they don’t. In fact, what the BBC have done with this article is with one hand practically admit with (one of) the headlines, David Cameron is actually bribing local councils who are willing to have the earth beneath their boundaries shattered and natural gas escape, of which only 2% or so is caught, yet on the other hand they forget to analyse this or ask any serious questions, for example Why do you feel the need to throw money at the issue instead of evidence? When Cameron is questioned, feebly, on the safety of such a procedure, we are given this as an answer:

The UK has the strongest environmental controls in place.” and that “Nothing would go ahead if there were environmental dangers.”

Given Mr Cameron’s high propensity to lie, and to throw a tantrum if people actually have the temerity to disagree with him, I think I’ll need a little more assurance than a few empty words. The very fact that David doesn’t like any form of dissent whatsoever can be highlighted in his wonderful plan to give money to ‘Fracking Friendly’ councils. Those who’d rather not entertain the thought of the potential for an environmental catastrophe are being given the political equivalent of the old playground favourite: ‘It’s my ball, I’m going home and you can’t play with it.”

And where are the bastions of impartiality and journalistic integrity? Probably in a back room somewhere, sucking Cameron’s cock in the hope of an ‘exclusive’ story before the rest of the press pack ahead of his next draconian policy.

Interestingly enough though, whilst the BBC attempts to be the mouthpiece for the ‘Coalition’ government, it actually reveals a high degree of nervousness and fear within Conservative (come on, Lib Dems? Ha.) ranks. All of the main arguments for fracking are financial. Promises of 74,000 full-time jobs, £3bn of investment, cheaper electricity, greater energy security etc etc. To me, this displays two things:

  1. The Conservative government are so weak they’d rather avoid debate about Fracking and steam-roller ahead with a plan to fracture large parts of the country without consideration for the environment, than actually stand up to energy companies and demand fairly priced energy. Whilst the big energy companies rake in £billions of profit annually, ‘Hardworking’ British citizens die each year through fuel poverty. Families face the awful decision of ‘heat or eat’, yet government allows Big Energy to do as they please, with the occasional public ticking off for show.
  2. The Government are terrified that Osbornomics just won’t work, clinging on desperately to any potential big cash windfall like a millionaire playboy whose parents have cut him off. They know that no matter how many cuts to welfare George makes, this debt isn’t going to get paid off at the rate they arrogantly promised. Fracking will help to bridge some of that gap, so debate is out of the question. It’s got to happen.

So do I support Fracking? On the face of it, no. But if there’s some actual evidence out there that shows it is 100% safe then fair enough. If Mr Cameron wishes to gain the support of the public and of local councils, the best thing to do is present us with this evidence, instead of handing out brown paper envelopes to willing councils and stifling public debate. Though to be fair, that does seem to be Modus Operandi for the Conservatives at the moment.

Oh, and in case you think it’s silly of me  not to believe David, our dear leader, take a look at this from Dr Éoin Clarke:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AvPxCSAhNlENdGh4V25RZGIzZklyNFV3RF83UXRCOUE&output=html

Now Frack Orf the lot o’ yer!

Strong on Benefits, Weak on Morals

November 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

David Cameron said today was all about sending out a “clear message” to people that the UK is no longer a soft touch on benefits. He’s definitely sent out a clear signal, that is for sure. But is it the signal he intended?

The first signal to me is that he’s definitely basing his stance on anecdotal evidence at best, xenophobic ideology at worst. People? What people? British People? Foreign People? Polish People? Romanian People? Bulgarian People? Muslim People? White People?

Additionally, how much of a real concern is this ‘Benefit Tourism’ he’s targeting? Well, take a look at this article from the New Statesman for a clue: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/eu-study-shreds-myth-benefit-tourism - hint: not all that much of a concern at all.

So there are some really clear signals being sent out by Mr Cameron today, and a few cloudy ones too. It’s clear that he isn’t acting on evidence, more so on what the Daily Mail says but it’s unclear as to whether he’s stupid, evil, weak or a horrid combination of all three.

British politics really is at an all-time low at the moment, it’s at a point where national newspapers run by ideologically insane editors are dictating policy of not only government, but of the opposition too. When the Daily Mail says ‘Jump’, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband all compete to respond quickest and loudest:

HOW HIGH YOUR LORDSHIPS?’

Instead of challenging the Daily Mail on it’s overtly xenophobic, narrow-minded and almost colonialist views and ideologies the politicians of today hop on to a metaphorical surfboard and attempt to ride the false-waves of public opinion. They don’t seem to be taking the time or effort to look over their shoulder and see that these aren’t natural waves they’re riding, these are waves controlled by a small but powerful elite looking to guide our country backwards into the 19th Century.

Public Opinion may well be stacked in favour of limiting the number of Bulgarians or Romanians landing on our shores, but the problem with that public opinion is that it’s so hideously misinformed. The public are being lied to by the majority of our news outlets, with just a few baby turtles trying to swim against this tsunami of lies, exaggerations and fear-mongering propaganda that fills the pages of the largest, widest circulated newspapers.

The problem that people with brains, eyes, ears and a connection between them are facing at the moment is that we can see and hear exactly what is going on. We can see that this Conservative Government (sorry, but the Lib Dems really do offer nothing whatsoever) have declared war on welfare, whether it’s essential or not. They’ve targeted benefits as a real vote-winner, because they know that at this very minute, life for a lot of working people is pretty fucking shit. They know that wages are increasing at about 1-3% while the price of essential services and goods is going up anywhere between 5-30%.

They can see that a lot of working people are pretty damned unhappy, and they know that there’s a heck of a lot of working people out there that need a focal point to direct their anger at. Usually, that’d be the government. Usually, we’d be out in our droves protesting at how sickeningly feeble our government is in the face of big corporations but of course any government faces a bit of a dilemma. We need voters to vote, but we need Corporate money. We can’t allow them or us to be the focus of anger, what do we do?

The answer is obvious. Divert the anger elsewhere, on to a much more palatable target. Initially, it was ‘This mess the Labour Government left behind‘, but of course that could only ever work as a short-term fix. Soon enough, the scum of the electorate would cotton on to this and say: ‘Hey, what are you doing about it now? You’re in power here!’ So new (or old) targets were found or dusted off. The EU is an easy one, nobody like the EU. But for ‘Hardworking People’, what’ll really piss them off most?

People that don’t work.

Hence we’ve had a relentless anti-benefits campaign from this government, dividing the 99% up into various different factions to stop these factions from knocking their heads together and realising that the problem is stood in the corner wearing a blue tie, eating Foie Gras and drinking fine Champagne. Yes, benefit claimants are the problem. Make the working people think that benefit claimants live a life of luxury, can afford holidays and plasma screen TVs whilst us working families can’t even afford to buy Kingsmill bread, we have to buy Tesco’s own brand (which still costs a fucking pound!).

Make the working people hate the non-working people. Make the disabled prove that they’re disabled. Make people with a spare bedroom move to a smaller property or cut off some benefits (despite there being no smaller properties available), make benefits pay out monthly so these non-working lowlifes have to manage their money monthly, not weekly. Make it more fucking complicated for these cunts. Make them stop having children. Make them want to die. Make them kill themselves. As long as the hardworking people hate them and not us, we’ll win in 2015.

Thing is though, many people who are not working, are hardworking. They are looking for work, they are single mothers, single fathers, carers for the elderly, carers for the disabled, volunteers in their communities, unable to find a job as there aren’t any, being forced to work for Tesco for free etc etc. Of all the people claiming benefits, how many actually do so fraudulently? How many don’t deserve them? How many actually need them? How many go on holidays to Spain every year? We’re being fed the wrong answers to these.

The Hardworking people of Britain (whether in employment or not) need to wake up and see who the real enemy is, and that enemy lies within the M25 and takes on many forms, be it Newspaper Editors or Politicians. The enemy is looking you in the eye and lying to you. Then when you turn your back, they go back to their Champagne, Caviar and Foie Gras and joke amongst themselves about how much money they made on the NHS and Royal Mail sell-offs. They laugh at how much money they’re making from their second jobs working for companies that are benefiting from their corrupt policies.

So yes, this Conservative Government is ruling the benefits system with an iron fist, nobody can say they are weak on that any longer. But we can say they are weak on morals. And not just the government, but the media and the submissive opposition too. Just remember the next time you do your food shopping. Was it the  ’spiralling benefits’ bill or out of control immigration that caused it to be more expensive, or was it greasy politicians and greedy corporations?

If you think for even a millisecond that benefits or immigrants had anything to do with it, you need to look yourself in the mirror.

A Party Political Broadcast

September 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

How many people turned out in protest against Tory Policy on the NHS in Manchester at the weekend? Well, if you live outside Manchester you’d probably find that the BBC weren’t exactly forthcoming with their coverage of the protest. The number was in the region of 50,000, and goes a little way towards explaining why the Tories have erected an 8 foot metal fence around the entire conference zone. One suspects the real reason is actually that they just wanted to be kept apart from the riff-raff. I mean, how is one supposed to sup one’s £250 a bottle champagne in peace if Bob the binman can wander on by just yards away without some kind of barrier to keep him out of ones line of sight?

So the BBC’s coverage of the event can be found if you navigate from the main ‘News’ page, to ‘England’ and then ‘Manchester’. Unless you live in Manchester, it wasn’t on their home page and couldn’t be found on the News home page on the day, or today. In fact, in the Manchester section today it’s the fourth story. At best this level of coverage of a major protest against an unpopular government who aren’t just making ‘difficult’ decisions, they’re making outright evil ones, is pitiful. At worst the BBC could easily be accused of joining the illustrious ranks of the foreign ‘State-run News Networks’ the Beeb so often takes delight in mocking.

The BBC has clearly decided to offer up its support to David Cameron for Election 2015 and it’s barely even hiding it. If it is attempting to conceal its treachery then it’s doing a pretty bad job of it. But let it not be said that the BBC is bad at hiding things, it hid the Jimmy Saviles and Stuart Halls of this world for 3 or 4 decades and to show us that this was no fluke and that it hasn’t lost it’s touch, it’s currently hiding the Conservative Dismantling of the NHS. If your news horizons don’t expand beyond the BBC or other Mainstream networks, you might say: ‘What dismantling of the NHS?’

In which case my response can only ever be: ‘Precisely’. Not only is the BBC actively hiding the destruction of the lifeblood of Britain, something that is so undeniably and unquestionably quintessentially British, free healthcare that is, it is actually aiding and abetting in the propaganda war the Conservatives have launched to ensure that when you do find out what’s been going on, instead of rising up in pure rage, you merely conclude: ‘Well, look at the recent failures. Probably better off in private hands.’

The BBC has been only too willing to eat up every single piece of negative news being fed to it by its Tory paymasters. Don’t get me wrong, there’s an awful lot wrong with the NHS. Too many managers, not enough beds, not enough nurses, not enough Doctors, debt-riddled hospitals, hidden scandals and so on and so on, but selling it off to profit-making organisations with shareholders leads only one way. It leads to the American system of healthcare. It leads to a two-tiered system, where those who can afford healthcare, get healthcare. Where those not in employment cannot get access to basic healthcare. It leads to a further expansion of the gap between rich and poor, and exacerbates the effect this has by commodifying a basic human right, the right to healthcare.

If the NHS truly is failing, it’s failing because every 5 years politicians make a raft of unsustainable, unattainable, inappropriate, self-serving promises to ‘change’ the NHS, to reform it, bring greater efficiency, reduce queues and costs all at the same time. Each party brings with it their own ideas, ideas that generally lack some kind of consultation process with the people that work on the front-line, day after day. These are the people who know what the real issues are, who know where the real savings can be made and where the service provided can be vastly improved.

And in all this, the BBC willingly assists the Nasty Party. Long ago the BBC reached the point of ‘Mouthpiece’ for this government. Long ago it stopped challenging its policies and long ago it lost the little credibility it once had. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, after all this is the same organisation that has a long history of firing females as they pass the ‘acceptable’ age yet retain ever grumpier males long past their sell by date. This is the same organisation that in its desperation to remain as unbiased as possible, flows along with ‘public’ opinion, with government agenda. Instead of challenging public perceptions and opening itself up to calls of bias, it follows public perceptions instead and actually is biased. This is the same organisation that refused to air a charity appeal for the people of Gaza when Israel launched a vicious attack on it.

In conclusion, don’t trust the BBC. It doesn’t act in your interests. It acts in its own, which is to protect and to serve the government of today. This Dickensian Government that seeks to demonise the poor and further enrich the rich.

When Turkeys Vote For Christmas

September 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I’ve not been able to catch a great deal of the Labour Conference this weekend, mostly because I don’t really have any affection for these events whatsoever. It’s an annual get together for people of more or less the same political persuasion, where the leader or key ministers make faux-impassioned speeches written by somebody else. I did however manage to catch just a bit of Ed Miliband’s ‘Britain Can Do Better Than This’ speech, and I have to agree with him. Britain can do better than this. Whilst I agree with his new tagline, I probably won’t really agree with everything beneath it.

Having said that, I think Ed is actually heading in the right direction. Even if I don’t like his style, there does seem to be at least a bit of substance to his words. He has made some promising promises if you will, about defending the NHS, repealing the bedroom tax and now freezing energy prices. I don’t think he goes far enough if I’m being brutal, but I can understand why he doesn’t. If he goes too ‘radical’ too soon, he’ll be obliterated in the press and we’ll end up with a Balls vs Cameron election. So yes, he doesn’t go as far as I’d like but does seem to be showing that he is far more in touch with common people than Cameron. In recent polls energy prices haven’t been considered as a key factor at all, but that’s probably because it’s still summer-ish and the big energy companies have largely been out of the news for a while.

But as winter draws ever nearer, Miliband’s promise to freeze energy prices will suddenly seem far more appealing. Perhaps I’m in a minority here, but I’d rather Ed campaigned on issues that actually make a positive difference to individuals and the nation as a whole like stopping NHS privatisation, repealing a crippling ‘tax’ and making energy just a little less unaffordable than for him to campaign on an anti-immigration ticket. If he wants to show strength, he’ll tackle the real issues and confront the false issues that Cameron’s (admittedly capable) spin-machine has created. If he wants to be a genuine alternative to this draconian government full of privileged multi-millionaires instead of tackling issues that might make the people angry (rightly or wrongly) he’ll tackle the issues that cause people to struggle. The jury is still out on that one, but he appears to be headed in the right direction. I still feel that May 2015 will be about the lesser of two evils, I’m not even considering the Lib Dems as a potential candidate, and I actually feel that Cameron may win. It’s like the Mark Twain quote:

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

If Ed decides that tackling Cameron’s false issues is the best strategy for victory, he will be soundly beaten. Why? Because Cameron’s cronies invented them.

So going back just a little bit then to the energy price freeze, I noticed on the BBC website they had ‘Miliband Promises Energy Price Freeze’ as the heading for their story with the ever-so-comical sub-heading: ‘But Energy Firms Criticise the Plan’. If ever there was a ‘No Shit Sherlock’ moment, that was it. Can you imagine the conversation between the Journalist and the Spokesman?

Journalist: So Ed Miliband is promising to freeze energy prices for 20 months if he wins the election, what do you think about that?

Spokesman: Oh yes it’s great news. I mean, it will hit our profits, our shareholders will be unhappy and actually our share prices will also drop but apart from that it sounds great.

What the energy firms have actually said is a whole load of guff that shows that privatisation of such a basic need as gas and electricity was a truly awful idea. The retaliation was: ‘the policy could lead to power shortages, and jeopardise investment and jobs.’ Three things that Britons don’t really want to hear at the moment. Power shortages?? Job Losses?? No investment (ok well probably not immediately bothered by that) but the energy firms have indulged in a little bit of fear-mongering in an attempt to derail Ed’s plan. It will be interesting to monitor Ed’s stance on this leading up to the election, particularly as you can almost cast-iron guarantee that these energy firms will donate funds to the Conservatives in return for a promise of no such freeze.

Politicking and corruptive practices aside, the big firms that play host to profiteering exercises in Britain can donate to whoever the hell they like. At the end of the day, it is the general public who turn up at the ballot boxes and place their votes. It is our responsibility to ask ourselves two questions:

  1. Which party will make my life better?
  2. Will others need to suffer in order for that to happen?

If you genuinely think that having less people of colour in Britain (which is what Immigration is really about) is far more important than affordable gas, electricity, free healthcare, free schools and a fair society for all then I think you might need to evaluate your life. And if you think that privatisation of the NHS is a good idea, have a look at how much you pay for Gas, Water and Electricity currently. Have a look at the profits these companies make, and the amount of money they invest into greener, more sustainable energy sources. You may point to fracking potentially bringing in £billions into Britain, but realistically that isn’t going to make a blind bit of difference to you or I. We’ll see no savings, no investment and another surge in Energy firms’ profits.

So the Energy Firms quite obviously don’t like Ed’s policy, just as Turkeys quite obviously don’t like Christmas. Though you can at least have a little bit of sympathy for the Turkeys.

 

Clegg’s Battle for Relevancy

September 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

In a way, you really have to admire Nick Clegg’s optimism. You see, he actually seems to think that people will vote Lib Dem in 2015. He thinks that after repeatedly breaking promises, after repeatedly voting for inhumane Tory welfare policies, after 3 years of practically nothing to show for their time ‘in power’ that people will actually turn up at the ballot box in May 2015 and put a little cross next to the local Lib Dem candidate.

Well, my personal hope is that the Lib Dems get obliterated at the polling stations. Clegg promised so much in the run up to the last election, he offered disgruntled and disaffected voters something that appeared to be a little different. He convinced many that he actually wanted to serve the people of Britain, to do all he could to get this country back on the right track. He persuaded us that he could end our stale two-party political system and bring about real change to the process. Then he took advantage of public indecisiveness – we wanted Brown out, but Cameron came across as a bit too much of a weasel to be trusted – and played at kingmaker for a week, looking for the best deal for himself.

He found it in a Whitehall back-room with Cameron, attempting to legitimise it by claiming that the Liberal Democrats will be the handbrake to the Conservative accelerator. Fast forward three years and four months and the conclusion is he’s been about effective as a ‘handbrake’ as an open-on-impact parachute. The Conservatives must have spent their time in opposition analysing the State, finding out what could be sold and what could be cut so that when Brown was deposed at election, they could set about dismantling it in double-quick time. Clegg was voted in on a Liberal ticket, so the electorate expected him to provide at least some resistance to the Conservative onslaught.

Again, looking back over the past three years, I find it difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that the Lib Dems have actually contributed whilst ‘in power’. They sit there in the commons, voting alongside their ‘coalition partners’ – a vomit inducing term if ever there was one – whilst simultaneously claiming in public that they are all for fairness, and laying in to Cameron’s policies. All the while it is them and their shady little back-alley deal with Cameron that allows him to say this:

“We have a clear mandate to…”

No. No David. No you don’t. You did not win a majority, you clubbed together with a seemingly diametrically-opposed party, who sold out on their voters, and you are now acting as a mini-dictatorship selling off everything worth a bit of cash to Tory donors!

You most certainly do not have a mandate to do that.

So the Lib Dems face a difficult task at the next election, because in all honesty, they’ve been in power for three years now and all they’ve done is given the Conservatives the false legitimacy they’ve needed to rape the State.

Well done Nick, here’s to 2015. ;)

The Establishment Urinates on the Electorate. Again.

August 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

The Government today announced another rise in ‘Regulated’ Rail Fares, and it won’t be the last either with further hikes built in already for 2014 and 2015. The stage is set then for Rail Fares to become a bit of a battleground for the main parties in Election 2015. Expect to see the three main parties include ‘Price-Freeze’ promises in their Manifestos, not price cuts (obviously), and expect to see the winner(s) break the promises. Also expect UKIP to team up with a nice British make-up company to announce a Foundation Shade-based ticket-pricing system, whereby the darker your skin tone, the more you pay – unless you buy a one way ticket on the Eurostar to Brussels or Paris of course.

Seriously though, much is being made of another inflation-busting price rise of 4.1% which is pretty hard to swallow, particularly as that’s just an average. Some fares will actually rise by up to 9.1%. That’s an astronomical rise considering the average wage in the UK rose by just 1.4% in 2012. I just don’t see how any Government could justify increasing fares by so much, I understand that there’s a huge national debt and a burgeoning budget deficit to be brought under control, but it could be argued that the majority of these rises will simply end up in the pockets of shareholders.

Rail companies come out in force promising more punctual trains, less delays and improved services but it just doesn’t feel like this is happening. I travelled on a train from Manchester to Bolton (final destination of Blackpool) during the week at 5pm. Around this time, masses of commuters filter out of the city heading for their homes in the relative quiet of Lancastrian towns and villages. I got on at Oxford Road, the stop after the main station at Piccadilly and there were at least 50 passengers waiting for the train. It was seven minutes late by the time it appeared around the bend with just two carriages. Most of the seats on board were already full and we could see that the gangways were also full. Bear in mind, there were another two stations within the City where commuters board before we move out into the suburbs and away from the City.

I know it’s a terribly British thing to do to complain about things half-heartedly and be self-deprecating and faux-grumpy about it. I also appreciate that rail fares in a ‘Developed’ nation such as Britain really are small-fry compared to some of the other concerns that exist around the globe, and perhaps that’s why we half-jokingly complain about our lot, but perhaps that’s also the very reason why successive governments don’t really give a damn about real-life issues that affect real-life people. Times are tough in Britain. Employers don’t want to pay us more, and at the same time expect their customers to pay more. Simple mathematics dictates this to be unsustainable for people living on or below the average wage. How can we expect to be paid less yet pay more?

This government, and the opposition too, are simply taking the p*ss out of the electorate. And quite frankly, we deserve to be taken the p*ss out of because we’re so stupid for sitting by doing nothing except pass our vote every four or five years. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to fall into that a caricature of a stereotype, the British person too stiff-upper-lipped to actually complain about something. We should get up and do something about it. But there’s something in that. We’re a nation that rarely does take collective action, the last major collective action was ‘Stop the War’ prior to Tony Blair steering us into an illegal war and before that who knows – Poll Tax?!

But why? Perhaps our ‘civilisation’ is a little more Orwellian than we’d care to admit, and not because of the recent spate of allegations against Intelligence Agencies spying on ordinary citizens. No, because anybody daring enough to actually think differently is ridiculed, mocked, oppressed or ignored. Their basic premise of an idea is mercilessly torn apart by agenda-driven media hacks, internet trolls or even broadcasters out for a cheap laugh.

I even think the so-called Arab Spring revolutions are being used as a bit of a tool to make us question whether collective action really works. The situation in Egypt is quite frankly bizarre to a complete outsider looking in. Huge amounts of people invested lots of time and energy fighting against a corrupt, autocratic government. Lives were lost in the pursuit of freedom and democracy, before finally the tyrant gave in. Elections are held shortly after, with the Muslim Brotherhood just shading it. Less than a year later further demonstrations are held because the new Prime Minister isn’t very good, so the Military stage a coup, insert the guy who lost the election as PM and promise more elections later on.

Obviously it’s more complex than that and there’s a lot more detail to go into, but this is the view that someone with just a passing interest will have. At the time of the initial revolution, many people in the west wondered what it’d be like if we had the same amount of people over here take such action against our own governments. The retort to that dream is simply ‘Look at them now’. Again it’s simplistic, it’s wrong and it’s defeatist, but it’s another reason for people to just lie down and let the tanks roll over them. Why bother? All that’ll happen is we’ll waste our time and nothing will change.

This is the British attitude, and before we can defeat our hideous government, we have to beat that.

Scapegoat Politics

May 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

David Cameron has been on the offensive this week after two of his frontline cabinet ministers almost sort of broke ranks at the weekend. Michael Gove and some other bloke who looks like your atypical Tory, and whose name is instantly forgettable, both declared they would vote to leave the EU if a referendum where to be held today.

This gave David an excellent opportunity to appear on his favourite mouthpiece, or rather TV channel, and give one of his endearing head-masterly type speeches where he left us in no doubt that there won’t be a referendum until 2017. I absolutely love watching our glorious leader’s appearances on the tellybox. He’s such a natural in front of the camera, his appearances are NEVER stage-managed unlike that odd-looking commie Miliband fellow and what’s more you simply cannot beat a leader who talks to his subjects like primary school children. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Sarcasm and sick buckets aside, Nigel Farage has really hit a big blue Tory nerve within the last month. You see, the thing about the Tories is they’re a bit like Millwall FC fans in a small way. They know nobody likes them, but the key difference (aside from the fact Millwall fans know what hard graft REALLY is) is that the Tories do care. To an extent. The Tories need us on their side for them to gain and regain power, but they know that their ideologies and policies if presented openly would repulse the common person.

One might think that the thing to do then would be to, I don’t know, change tack? They could adapt policy and/or ideology to suit the political, social and economic landscape around them to win public support. This way Britain would actually move forward and the general public would slowly begin to warm to this bunch of work-shy, trust-funded, elitist toffs.

What the Tories and to a much lesser extent, Farage’s UKIP, do instead is manipulate the political, social and economic landscape to suit their own ideology. A few examples spring immediately to mind: ‘This mess we’ve inherited’ was a phrase synonymous with the first 3 years of Conservative rule, EU bureaucracy accepted a part-time role initially but has sprung to the foreground more recently, the Welfare bill has been under attack from day one, Immigration has been an underlying theme to Tory ideology for decades and this week Boris Johnson said that laziness in the workforce is the reason for our economic woes.

All of the examples above may contain a tiny element of truth. Perhaps the outgoing Labour government did overspend a bit, perhaps EU Bureaucracy can be a little irritating at times, perhaps some benefit claimants do take advantage, perhaps some immigrants have hindered our cause and perhaps some of our workforce are a bit lazy. What Cameron has expertly done is manipulate the public to believe that these issues are far worse than they actually are, and that the only possible solution is his. Effectively he has engineered problems for which the only remedy is traditional Conservative ideology.

So for ‘This mess’ we have swingeing, indiscriminate cuts across the board as well as privatisation of the NHS; for EU bureaucracy we have pointless negotiations leading to an eventual referendum in 2017; for the welfare bill we have the likes of ATOS and Bedroom Tax (with Top-rate tax cuts somehow thrown in); for Immigration we have changes to welfare policy, immigration caps and more pointless negotiations with the EU on Bulgarians & Romanians and for the lazy workforce we have ‘Workfare’ or, as it is known throughout history, slavery.

Cameron has picked up on the media-driven public perception of ‘major’ issues and instead of confronting that perception with the cold, hard facts he’s chosen to buy a high-power wave machine to stir the waters and surf the resulting tidal waves. He then panders to the misinformed public by bringing in legislation that ‘fixes’ these scapegoats or faux-issues whilst the real issues lurking in the background continue to grow and grow. He is effectively the waste management firm that dumps rubbish in big holes in the ground and just hopes it’ll all just disappear. And for him it will, it’ll be someone else’s problem in 2015 or 2020.

What the public need to realise is that David Cameron, Nick Clegg and their respective parties are not actually making one jot of positive difference to this country as a whole, neither in the short, medium or long term. All they are doing is using scapegoats to buy time for themselves.

But why? Well Politics is about the gaining or regaining of power for personal benefit, the benefits of wielding power are enormous. Particularly if you side with big corporations over the little people. And that is exactly what modern Conservatism is all about, large corporations driving forever increasing profits from the pockets of the common person. Presently, the Tories are using scapegoats and false issues to make you think they’re helping you. Well they’re not, they’re helping themselves.

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