Backseat Drivers Beware!!

Economics, London Life

The prospect of a former chancellor ripping into the present Tory government’s practices are the stuff of political nightmares, I should think, and yet this is what happened this week.  With David Cameron now departed just before the housing market totally crashes (which it will shortly) the only person left to be a constant headache to the present May-led government is George Osborne, former failed chancellor. What is pertinent is to look closely at Osborne’s record as chancellor and note that he never missed an opportunity to punish the poor, sick and disabled for being so and relished every such chance along with his close chum Dave.

There’s the bedroom tax announced the same day the Queen was given a whopping 30% pay rise, there’s the much fantasized “surplus budget” he aimed for, which everyone knew was a fantasy.

What is interesting are Osborne’s comments during the 2008 collapse where he said, “The more the government borrows the less attractive sterling becomes. He said: “We are in danger, if the government is not careful, of having a proper sterling collapse, a run on the pound.” And yet he himself pursued the same policies. In 2010 he aimed to cut the deficit so that it only amounted to fraction of govt spending by 2015-16 this went pear-shaped as national debt tripled as more private firms were forced to the wall because of his “austerity” policies which only ensured misery for millions of people who were subsequently made unemployed and then vilified for having to depend on the state for handouts in their time of need, conveniently forgetting those same people had already paid into the system through their taxes for such assistance from the state.

Osborne also introduced a cap on the amount of benefits a family could claim from £25,000 per year to £23,000 per year. This may not seem like a lot, but when you have a family of 2-4 mouths to feed, clothe, etc it doesn’t go very far. He also cut the rate of income tax for the rich from 50% to 45% simultaneously slapping VAT on Cornish pasties, beloved by ordinary people to pay for this.

At every turn Osborne could not help himself to keep the rich even richer while taxing the poor who could ill afford more taxes. Osborne also managed to lose the UK’s treasured AAA financial ratings. The fact that this chancer was in government is probably the only way he is avoiding criminal prosecution as, anyone else caught doing what he is doing would end up in court with a jail sentence at the end of it.

The point of this story is that he is still preaching the policies of austerity to the current government, I just hope the current chancellor, Philip Hammond manages to ignore this chancer and does what he thinks is right. Also, Osborne’s comments on the Hinkley C project which was cobbled together by Georgie-boy and his mate Dave. PM May was right to put the brakes on this project for a while and scrutinise it properly because it has to be remembered that we have just got rid of the two most dishonest, unscrupulous, morally bankrupt people ever to be elected to high office who have not just sold the family silver but the kitchen sink and scales that go with it.

Unfortunately Hinkely C has gone ahead and the cost to the consumer will be too high a price to pay at £92.50 per megawatt of electricity generated and will ensure that many people will resort to going back to the old fashioned ways of amusing themselves by candlelight such as reading a book, knitting, jigsaw puzzles.

The only way I can see Teresa May offsetting such a high cost is by investing in renewable energies which she can do quite easily and will ensure our electricity supplies far better than nuclear power can. The technology is there also to be able to harness solar power in batteries (Tesla) or generators which can store this energy and release it when needed so it then becomes more reliable. Personally, if I were in government I would do two things, flatten huge swathes of what I call “below standard housing”, the two-up, two-down Victorian terraces as well as just about any building built before 1889 across the UK which just become slums, are difficult to heat properly, are prone to damp and just not able to be adapted to modern day living. In doing this I could then implement a house building programme which would enable better, easier to heat and better built to accommodate modern living which would give families, couples and single people a better standard of living with the emphasis on orienting buildings so the largest part of the roof faces towards the sun and all properties must have solar panels (now you can even get roofing tiles with solar panels built in, which saves a lot of faffing around having roofing tiles and then solar panels on top). Any buildings that have a lot of glass in their structure (office buildings for instance) would need to be covered in solar generating film. These would all feed into the national grid for 50% of capacity which would have batteries that could store these charges for release later on. Many homes would also have these batteries so that they could also benefit from storing their own electricity power. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is probably going to become incumbent upon many people to be as self sufficient as possible so far as generating their own electricity is concerned as the cost of power to heat, charge and enjoy the lifestyles we currently have is going to be that much more difficult after 2020 when this becomes operational. It must also be borne in mind that renewable energies such as wind and solar at present provides 27% of our energy needs with only a fraction of households having solar panels, whereas nuclear such as Hinkley only produces 7% of our energy needs. If the scenario I have outlined above were to be implemented we would easily have more than enough power to meet our needs and there would not be able question of national interests.

The Aftermath of Brexit, or is it?

democracy, democratic rights, Economics, trade agreement

As it is now just over a month since the seizmic vote to leave the EU I thought I’d take a look at some of the claims being made by the media in regard to the economy post-Brexit. Apart from the sharp dip in the value of the £ nothing else has really happened that wasn’t a feature previously.

Manufacturing has slowed down a bit, as has retail activity but that’s to be expected after all, its the holiday season. People have gone on holiday, kids are on their summer break and so there is slightly less money being spent in shops, the need for temporary staff is still present in certain sectors and where it isn’t then people are covering their colleagues’ positions, as is the norm at this time of year. In fact, its true to say that the armageddon that was supposed to be unleashed by Brexit simply hasn’t happened.

What has happened is there is a slow down in the housing market which has been happening for the last few months in any case and was caused by artificial conditions created by the Cameron government in not building enough new housing, encouraging speculation in the housing market (buy-to-let scheme among others). This particular pimple is taking a hit post-Brexit as there is a sudden realisation that the current levels of high prices for properties, many of them sub-standard, old buildings that should have been demolished years ago have reached their peak. Watch this particular space in the market as this one will take off in a spectacular way in the coming months.

Whispers about the viability of the banking sector is also coming under scrutiny from the ability and capacity of the ECB to prop up ailing economies, particularly those who are trapped in a never-ending cycle of debt are unable to grow their economies to a level where healthy tax receipts would be enough to pay off national debts over a longer period of time. Also whether banks have enough reserves to withstand any further shocks to the economy and the breaking story this week that Chrisine Lagarde would be required to stand trial for her role in a €400 million payout case when she was Finance Minister in France in 2008. It seems the chickens are flying the coop already.

Since 2008 there has been a catalogue of activity by the banking system whereby bankers have continued their activities as usual, despite throwing the odd scapegoat under the bus. The crooks have protected each other and the banks have just got bolder. Giving money to governments and banks who had no way of repaying that money that would just get swallowed up in a black hole of debt. Throwing people out of their homes for lack of money, starving people to death for lack of money, blaming people and governments for mismanagement whilst all the time encouraging those same activities of their victims in the first place.

As night follows day there needs to be a seizmic shift in how money is made, managed and utilised for the good of everyone on the planet. It cannot be that everyone is required to be in debt to banks and to give that power to banks to enslave people forever. This is a Jewish construct which may enrich them, but does not contribute one iota to the well being of communities or the world.

In the Rothschild fervour to enslave everyone in debt they have only brought death upon themselves as, having accrued all the money in the world and killed all the people in the world except for themselves, the goods and services they need as much as anyone else cease to be produced and they themselves die. For what? So they can comfort themselves that they are powerful, that they are strong? Pathetic. Time for change.

Lies, More Lies and Damned Statistics …

democratic rights, Economics, European Commission, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

It is becoming clear that our European Members of Parliament are now preparing the ground for the implementation of TTIP at the end of December and it is very interesting to watch this from a distance (in other words I’m not involved in having to directly implement this piece of legislation, although will be affected by it).

I have watched various discussion forums on social media between European and American luminaries nobody has ever heard of, but who are clearly implicated in the drawing up, agreement and, in their respective countries, implementation of these trade agreements and it is very clear that the US has no intention of meeting European social standards, but fully expects Europe to abandon generations of hard-fought and won rights that lead to a cohesive, peaceful and dignified way of life for all European citizens and extend those same rights to its own citizens.

In the last couple of weeks there have been riots in France against the proposals being pushed forward by the French President Francois Hollande, to substantially dilute workers rights and protections. It is widely known that workers in France enjoy some of the most detailed and protected rights of workers anywhere around the world. Clearly this is seen as an impediment to corporate interests being promoted by the likes of David Cameron on behalf of the US Government, who see that workers have no rights and can and should be hired and fired at the will of corporations as and when it suits them. So Hollande has declared that he will push through so-called “reforms” that will make life easier for corporations and to hell with protections for working people.

What is interesting is how quickly, decisively and determined European governments are when implementing legislation that will so quickly downgrade workers rights when for months on end these same politicians have sat on their hands and pleading impotence during the invasion of middle eastern “refugees” last year. The word that comes to mind is hypocrisy.

I think it is becoming very clear that the driving force for the destruction of Europe has been the USA through its mouthpiece of the UK. David Cameron is clearly a very dangerous proponent of US policies as he is part of the Rothschild family. Yes, the same Rothschild banking dynasty that has led to the collapse of economies around the world. It is also becoming clear that the fears of ordinary people regarding what TTIP means for millions of ordinary Europeans are well founded.

The politicians can be ignored as they all have vested interests in getting TTIP to be accepted by the European parliaments and national governments. Once these have gone through the legislature these same politicians will make their homes in “safe havens” where they will never be affected by the consequences of their decisions.

The tactic of taking out the biggest “obstacle” to getting TTIP through Europe and its member countries is absolutely classic. Once the largest “obstacle” has been removed, other countries will follow suit and all the blood that was spilled during WW1 and WW2 to protect ordinary people from tyranny will have been for nothing.

Like many Europeans I was born a free person. I grew up and was educated as a free person. I was never asked by a government anywhere in the world whether I would agree to become enslaved either through debt or by having my rights taken away from me. Rights that were fought for by previous generations. The right to vote, to a private life, to clean, safe drinking water, proper healthcare, good quality education, safe food, the right to earn a living wage and be treated as a human being rather than a “thing” that could be used and abused at the will of other people. My experience is common among so many people living today and yet under the guise of democracy this is what is happening under our noses right now.

This is too important to ignore and is intertwined with what is going on around the world in politics. The push against Russia, setting up NATO bases in Europe, encouraging the despotic Turkish government who in turn blackmails Germany that it will stem the flow of “refugees” in return for money and visa free access into Europe. All this because the USA is broker than broke and wants to exports it’s nightmare vision of what life should be like around the world.

You only have to look at reports on social media and non-western news sites to see that the USA isn’t a place any sane person would want to visit, never mind stay in for any length of time. And yet, there are those countries who would want to emulate that kind of life that divides, segregates, discriminates and leads to eternal poverty for its people with no hope of getting out. Then you need to ask yourself, “is this the kind of life I would want for myself, my family and friends?”. The answer you give yourself should inform the choices you make.

Europe is not a utopia, there are problems here as well, but “refugees” aside, we all get along well and co-operate with each other as we understand we all gain much more from each other when we co-operate than when we do not. There is so much to defend at this point in our lives that not standing up for our rights is unthinkable.

At the risk of being inflammatory, it is clear to me that these so-called “trade agreements”  being pushed forward by the USA are nothing more than Obama’s legacy of enslaving all white people as payback for the slave trade that was predominant from 15th to 19th Centuries inclusive.   This is both childish and unproductive.   None of us can change the past and we should not be held accountable for the sins of our fathers.  We do have control over what the future will be, and that is try to make life better for ALL PEOPLE regardless of race or religion.   That is the future, not petty, small-minded getting-your-own-back-because-I-can thinking.   All that does is drag everyone down to your level.  Obama’s legacy is that he has ensured the only black people that will ever enter the White House after his presidency, will be those that clean the offices and toilets.

The protests in France should be supported as they are the gold standard for workers across the world. If the French government capitulates, then what follows will be no less than what governments around the world deserve. It will also be the tipping point where Brexit will become a reality and the demise of the EU will follow shortly thereafter.

Chicken Brain or Intelligent Homo Sapiens?

democracy, democratic rights, Economics, European Commission, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

It seems that not just in Europe but across the world we are being increasingly told that in order for countries to survive those with a lower population must accept more people from abroad and not to do so labels those countries, their people and governments as backward and racist.   This is a subject that has been mired in misinformation and childish cat-calling which diverts attention from the reality of the matter.

After WW2 there was a “baby boom”, except in what are now called the Visigrad Four countries who were still under the yoke of communism.  From the 1970s onwards we in Europe have been repeatedly told there are too many people on this planet and we need to curtail the amount of babies each family have.   To this end women have enjoyed emancipation, contraception and the ability to choose if, as and when to have children.  Some women have had babies, raised their families and others have chosen to pursue a career.  We are now at a point where such choices no longer attract opinions as it is accepted women make a profound contribution to the workplace, but there is a fly in the ointment.

Women live longer than men, the majority of care still falls to women although men are also in this position.  In the interests of equality the retirement age for women was raised a few years ago so that many women now have to wait until they are 66 before being able to claim the state pension in the UK.
The Tory Party loves to paint itself as the Party of the Family and yet in the last 6 years and before that when Margaret Thatcher was PM, the Tories have torn families apart and undermined what small gains they managed to get in order to fulfil their ideological goals.

If the retirement age was reduced to 64 for both men and women then you would have proper equality.   Those OAPs (Old Age Pensioners) who felt able to work could do so, but it would free up work places for younger people and would allow grandparents to care for younger relatives if they were able to.  This would be such a saving to the government and would also bring more cohesion to family life in the UK.

The current situation in Europe regarding the Syrian immigration is also another fly  in the ointment.   Germany has a low population because the Germans aren’t interested in having children.  By contrast those former Soviet countries – Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, but particularly Poland, have increased their populations since 1990 and continue to do so.   Angela Merkel is accepting Syrian immigrants into Germany some of whom are genuine, others are not, on the basis that Germany needs immigrant labour in order to keep their economy afloat.   At the same time she is telling the Visigrad Four countries to also accept these immigrants into their countries, all of whom have, quite rightly said “No”.

As I have explained previously here in my blog, these countries recognise this as an invasion of almost military nature.   If the current and future EU is that where “further integration” means subjecting a country to the whims of a single country, then each country has the right to say “thus far and no further”.   Each country is just that, a country in its own right.  Not a state as the USA would have us.  As such each country has the right to decide who it allows into its own borders and under what terms.

However, yet another lie has been exposed for what it is, a lie.   If we need immigrants in order to keep our economies going, then we need indigenous people to have more babies and for the infrastructure of the same to be made available.   Unless, of course, the whole plan is to ensure white Europeans become extinct in place of everybody else!

Forcing mothers to return to work after having babies instead of supporting them at home should never be allowed.  Parents need to be able to have the time to bond with their children and build a family life.   There also needs to be more respect between the genders rather than looking at them as a means to an end.

Despite the Women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s, contraception and labour-saving devices work practices in the UK have not changed since the 1950s.  Work is still pretty much Monday to Friday 9 to 5 and if you want to get ahead you have to forget you have a family and home and put the hours in.
In order to bring some sanity to the work place I would propose that the working week is no longer than 20 hours in a week on full salary and with holiday, sickness benefits intact.  This would allow people to actually have a life, spend time with friends and family, care for younger or older relatives and more than likely ensure full employment for each country and the economy of each country would rebound.   Now if that was adopted across Europe there would most certainly be a vote to stay in.

A Cross Hairs Moment, The Most Important Decision for Humanity

democracy, democratic rights, Economics, European Commission, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

We have officially witnessed a watershed moment in history that has been building up for several years now, which is the massacre in Paris of 129 people by professional mercenaries who were armed and funded by the same people who seek proxy wars in the middle east, the USA.

Through having a proxy army in Syria, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia that calls itself IS, among other names from time to time, the US has encouraged a war of attrition, fear and utmost brutality that have put fear amongst the populations of these countries. The only countries with the willingness and capacity to eliminate IS, Russia & Iran are having some notable successes much to the chagrin of US policy makers.

The above has laid the ground very nicely for the next stage of the proxy war that the US has been pushing for in recent years, that is the war within Europe. By having young, healthy men of military age invading Europe in a concerted manner under the guise of, and among genuine refugees, they have come not just from Syria but across Africa in countries that have not been in occupation by EU countries, and Pakistan and Afghanistan. I’d like to know what geographical commonality there is (other than they are all muslim countries) that makes these people think they can just come along into Europe spreading their open hate of us & bloody wars.

Europe itself is now lost, to all intents and purposes.   Schengen has been disbanded in all but name. The only countries who are able to see this invasion for what this really is, are those who were occupied countries themselves until quite recently, i.e. former Communist bloc countries. Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Austria are the only countries whose people have not been brainwashed by political correctness and have no fear of the accusation of “racism”.

For the purposes of clarity, racism is a term used to prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. As it is the sole intention of IS to completely dominate, subjugate and annihilate the European people, who are the racists now?

This, together with the pincer movement of financial subjugation used by the ECB and IMF in Europe have now brought Europe and the world to a place where a careful choice has to be made between capitulating to the so-called “world order” as ordained by US strategists that will rain down terror, slavery and eternal poverty on its population (thereby ensuring that TTIP will be accepted as the lesser of two evils, even though the US will openly flout such agreements to its own advantage), or giving Washington the middle finger, aligning EU military efforts against IS with Russia & Iran as it seeks to rid the world of this evil scourge and seek to live peacefully within our own borders, trading with each other as we have done for centuries, in friendship and common purpose.

Poland has to wake up if it isn’t caught up in all of this, the Poles will realise soon enough what “good allies” the Americans really are.   President Putin has asked that those who desecrated the war memorial at Warsaw’s Skaryszewski Park be found and punished. This should be done. Although the memories are still recent and within living memory, it should not cloud the fact that Poland is now being frightened into activities against its own interests and against Russia.   It will need all the help it can get from Russia very soon and must now do what has been requested for the sake of good relations with its neighbour.

Polska musi się obudzić , jeśli nie jest się wciągnąć w to wszystko , Polacy będą realizować szybko, tyle , co ” dobre sojusznicy ” Amerykanie są naprawdę. Prezydent Putin poprosił, by ci, którzy zbezcześcili pomnik wojny w warszawskim Parku Skaryszewskim być odnalezieni i ukarani . Należy to zrobić . Mimo, że te wspomnienia są wciąż niedawno iw pamięci dziennym , nie powinny zaciemniać faktu , że Polska jest obecnie w działalność przeciwko przestraszył własnych interesów i przeciwko Rosji . Będzie to każda pomoc może uzyskać od Rosji bardzo szybko i musi teraz robić to, co jest wymagane w imię dobrych stosunków z sąsiadem.

On the Never-Never

Economics, European Commission, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

The US administration has agreed to double the debt of USA by the end of Obama’s term of office. The UK govt have doubled the debt in 5 years and plan to double it again. The EU has agreed to continue with QE and supporting negative interest rates officially, the consequence of which will be, if you have any money in the bank take it out or it will be stolen by government. It’s unofficially official – or rather the next logical step. This is amazing.

If you’re lucky enough to have your own home you can take out a mortgage against it, even several mortgages against it, although these days banks tend to be stricter about what you’re borrowing money for but I digress. At some point the banks will come knocking on your door asking for their money back and if you don’t have it, will take your home and throw you out.   I just wonder how long this is going to go on for before the big inevitable implosion happens? There are enough professional economists warning about the same thing, but from the ground up it doesn’t look good. Prepare for the worst and strap yourselves in for the ride, it’s going to be bumpy.

The Price of Everything is Money

democracy, democratic rights, Economics, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy

Is it me, or has everything shot up in price over the last few months? Around April/May I was able to afford one meal out per month on my modest salary, now I can barely make one end meet the other. I have cut back to the bone and will, in all probability not be able to pay my water bill this month.   I wonder how many other people have made similar connections in the UK or even around the world?

In the UK this phenomenon can directly be attributed to the Tories getting back into government in May as there were enough gullible people who voted Tory, and are now beginning to regret this.

Public sector workers are being made to pay for the profligacy of the bankers who are still laughing all the way to their over-inflated bank accounts.   The working poor across all sectors of society are being used as a scapegoat for all the ills of society. Those people who are unable to work through ill health are being demonised for being dependent on state benefits and help with daily living and yet instead of investing further in manufacturing and industry government has a “hands-off” approach and couldn’t give a damn. The only sector the Tory government are interested in propping up is the financial sector.

The slice of cake we all have in order to be able to live is getting smaller and smaller and we are told to make do with less and are a burden to society. I note sections of the press announced that the £100 heating allowance and the £10 Christmas bonus given to pensioners is going to be scrapped as “they’ll all be dead soon anyway and won’t be voting again” around the time of the Tory party conference didn’t even draw a murmur from commentators. I wonder whether that comment was to test the waters or whether government are seriously considering going one step further and culling anyone over the age of 65 regardless of their health.   To which my reply is as long as the Royal Family are the first to be culled in such a manner I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

In the previous 5 years public sector workers have been had to take a pay cut in real terms (1% of fuck all is still fuck all), tax credits are being cut back, tax relief on pensions is seriously being considered by Osborne (the next step is stealing pensions under the guise of a tax, it will come) the housing market is so overheated the bubble is about to burst, however I have been saying the same thing for the past 15 years, but it seems saturation point has been reached, there aren’t enough millionaires, never mind billionaires willing to buy properties at present. If they do buy to rent, when the bubble finally bursts (and it will, sooner than later) they will still be unable to recoup their losses through the rental market.   This is not a good time to buy property unless you are going to live in that property and aren’t worried about house prices.

Since 2010 MPs have awarded themselves a payrise in excess of 10% save for last year when it was “only”9%, the Queen has got a handsome raise in her allowance and a new state coach (why she can’t take the bus to open parliament I don’t know) and yet this week the EU and UK politicians have fiddled the financial figures to tell us mere mortals that inflation is at 0% – REALLY???   I have had to switch to using discounters in my weekly shop, I buy food I can prep myself, my list of “treats” has rapidly diminished and I still have difficulty in making ends meet.   Osborne has had his nose bloodied by the House of Lords for trying to cut tax credits to the working poor, yet I wonder how much MPs will award themselves this year?

If it is the case that the financial sector is the only one worth government putting any effort into, then it should be taxed so as to be able to prop up the rest of the country that either has work in other industries and the rest of society. In short, everybody should have a bigger share of the cake.   Payrises should be uniform across the board.  MPs are less skilled than many workers in the public or private sectors and certainly have no greater skills that give them the right to award themselves more money than the rest of us.

Telling the working poor they must make do with less money while the rich swan around in their limousines is totally unacceptable.   The rich have systematically stolen from working people and the most vulnerable in society and should return this with interest.  I think the time has come to discuss the prospect of not just a living wage in its proper sense of firms paying people a real salary as they did before the Tories came into government, responsible capitalism I think it’s called.   There should be a guarantee that anyone who is unable to work for whatever reason, bearing in mind there are fewer jobs around and less money to be spent in society, has a guaranteed baseline income they can live on to meet their obligations for rent, bills and so on.   At present I would say that threshold is around £30,000 per annum in the UK.   Public sector workers should also be supported as there will always be a need for these services, they are essential for the fabric of society to remain viable in all its forms.