The Aftermath of Brexit, or is it?

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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.

What We Want and the Expectations of a New Government

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In the weeks and months ahead the UK will seek to encapsulate the messages behind the huge vote to leave the EU and try to crystalize them into a coherent plan or strategy that will formulate the needs of the UK in divorce negotiations with the EU. Some will claim they voted to leave the EU because of immigration which was the main line of argument being put forward by the media who are only interested in stirring things up and dividing people into neat, manageable pigeon holes. However I think many were more swayed by the economic argument that there are no, or very few real jobs in the UK anymore. Most jobs are in the service sector which are casual by nature and badly paid.

Up until 6 years ago young people were full of enthusiasm for their lives and went to university believing that if they got a degree they would get a better paid job. Tony Blair expanded the subjects students could get degrees in, so quite a few were/are useless. Subjects such as media or film making are the kinds of subjects that should be taught on the job or at least be learned as a BTEC subject (higher education), which partly denigrates the status of a degree.

However successive governments of all shades in the UK have dumbed down education to the effect that I can say that when I took my O’Levels they were replaced by GCSE’s by the Thatcher government, thereafter things rapidly declined to a point where employers have absolutely no confidence in the quality of job candidates applying for positions in firms.

Fault also lies with lazy employers who are only interested in what they can get out of a person, rather than what they can invest in a person that will make them more effective in the workplace. This goes across both private firms and public sector industries.

Fault also lies with townplanners and developers across the UK. So many times planning permission is given for residential flats and housing estates with little or no provision given for the corner shop, schools, nurseries, local restaurants or cafes, libraries, community centres, doctors and dentist surgeries as well as somewhere safe to actually walk not just use the car. These are the integral parts that build communities and allow congregation and familiarisation of people in neighbourhoods. Without them new people coming, wherever they come from whether its across the world or from the next town will cause tension in competing for local services that are completely unnecessary. This was understood by philanthropists in the Victorian era. However, it seems politicians these days have had their heads turned by more sinister ideas being forced upon us and them.

Another huge worry was TTIP. Many people have become aware of it through public campaigns and were hugely thankful when Barak Obama said the UK would be at the back of the queue when negotiating trade deals with the USA. TTIP is one deal we are very glad to be at the back of the queue. Any UK politician should steer well clear of TTIP, TISA and other such “trade deals” as they have nothing whatsoever to do with trade and everything to do with giving up sovereignty, which the British people have spoken on loud and clearly.

The United Kingdom and the people within it are very far from being free. In fact we are as “free” as the Americans. Americans are enslaved people, the UK in its bid to be as close as possible an ally of the USA is happy to emulate so many of its ways, to the detriment of our own. We are not the 51st state, nor the 52nd and have no wish to be so.

Another thing people were seething with anger about was and is the micromanagement of human behaviour that attracts ever increasing legislation that is completely unnecessary. What time you put your bins out to be emptied, how your rubbish is to be sorted, what you can say or think, you can only do so as directed either by Brussels or by the pigmies in Westminster. This is why both Westminster and Brussels got the full brunt of the seething anger of the British people where it really counts. 6 years of unrelenting pushing against those who have the least, are the most vulnerable and who have been asked to sacrifice the most built up to a crescendo that was unleashed on 23rd June. The new PM will very much be judged on her performance like no other PM before her. This is a healthy dose of realism borne out of those 6 years of suffering. Under the new government people won’t just melt into the background grateful that the previously hated jingoistic liars and thieves have gone, we want a government that actually works for ordinary people and puts ordinary people first. If that means that Article 50 isn’t invoked at all, then so be it. The EU can go to hell in a handcart.

A Small Chink of Light at the End of the Tunnel

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I know I don’t have a great many readers but find it uncanny that shortly after my plea for EU ministers to grow a spine and stand up to US bullying, the French foreign tradee minister Mattias Fekl has called a halt to any further negotiations with America on TTIP. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. Now that the suspicions of so many ordinary people have been shown to be true, that it is a bad deal for the ordinary people of Europe and bad for European businesses, I can only hope that this lone voice is one of many that will spread across the European continent and across Brussels.

This is one area we cannot and should not be bullied into. This is nothing less than the utter subjugation of people who have been borne free and lived lives as honestly as they and their circumstances permitted, for this abomination of an “agreement” to be foisted on us by unscrupulous politicians only interested in feathering their own nests and profiting from ordinary citizens’ misery is beyond the pale. Angela Merkel should be ashamed of herself. It is quite clear that the EU is the pet project of Germany and they seem to think they will run Europe as they see fit.

There is nothing of any value to Europe or Europeans in TTIP. Everything our fathers and grandfathers fought for in the last century is being dismantled in the name of greed and profit and under TTIP this would be eradicated from our history, our lives would become to resemble something from the 17th Century, if not worse.

There has been a disconnect between politicians and voters in recent years, with quite a few displaying psychopathic tendencies where they don’t care about the impact on ordinary people, only how it affects them, the image they are projecting. It is taking a Frenchman to show some steel and say there is something very wrong with TTIP. Thank you Mr Fekl, your honesty is appreciated and applauded. Please continue your work and garner support across Europe so that other politicians can also come to this common-sense approach that Europe is in danger of being wiped out, not by war or sickness, but by treaty from a country thousands of miles away who is not a friend to us anymore.

We must reinstate relations with Russia at the earliest opportunity to ensure our future economic well being and also that we can continue to mutually benefit each other. We must also align ourselves more closely with the BRICS countries as this is the future. Only by doing this can we be sure of ensuring our way of life as Europeans is maintained and improved.

TTIP and all it stands for must be resisted as it does not serve small and medium businesses and it certainly does not serve ordinary people. If America wants to have a scorched earth policy it can do so inside its own borders, but it does not have the right to violate the earth everywhere else.

Late September 2015

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It’s been another week where the machinations of government have revealed themselves to us mere mortals with interesting conundrums posed each day they go on.   The wave of refugees flooding into Europe in ever increasing numbers have set off a panic among Europeans not just because of their sheer numbers, but also because so many people making these treacherous journeys in are viewed with suspicion. It is very much about what kind of people will be your neighbours with who will you be building your communities.

With the first tens of thousands of refugees Angela Merkel decided she would open her arms and welcome these people thinking that would be it, there would only be a finite amount of people coming through. When it emerged that these tens of thousands of people would be joined by tens of thousands more the idea of quotas was voiced.   Now Merkel is being plainly insensitive to historical events, just over a hundred years ago the Ottoman Empire was thwarted in its efforts to dominate Europe and export Islam into Europe. Whichever it is, it is her decision alone to accept these refugees into Germany and the consequences of them.

However what happened next reveals Germany’s true nature to dominate Europe without mandate, without sovereignty.   Germany decided it would cut funds to those poorest European countries who have only recently emerged from conditions endured under WW2 by political design who are ill equipped socially or structurally and certainly have no wish to live under Islamic influence.  Before  starting to assume this means those countries who lived under Soviet rule have racist elements in them I would like to remind them that in the middle ages when much of Europe were busy kicking out the Jews, Poland offered them a safe haven.  Not only were Jews welcomed with open arms but they were allowed to have their own businesses and live with Talmudic law alongside Polish law, so such a label does not apply in this instance.  Those dues have been more than met, there is no need to prove anything to anyone anymore.

First of all, Europe cannot and should not take in whole populations of countries outside of the EU just because they happen to land on our doorstep. Would anyone take in a beggar just because he/she knocked on your door and asked for food & shelter?   Of course not. Maybe some food if you could spare it, but not shelter.

Many of those coming in under the radar are better clothed than many Europeans, have the latest smart phones and are openly aggressive towards Europeans once they reach Europe.   This does not bode well for future relations.

Europe may feel bad because it has colluded with USA actions in the Middle East and feels now it owes a debt to them. This is true, but only to those who have been affected.   To the many coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan and surrounding areas there is no such obligation and they should be processed and returned.

If it is the case that countries and the people within them have the freedom to self-determine what kind of place they wish to live in, then Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria & Poland have the right to determine they are exclusively Catholic countries without being punished by the withholding of much needed funds.   Germany, France and the EU have no sovereign mandate or authority to dictate to other countries how they should live nor how many “refugees” it should take.

This, along with the EU handling of the Greek crisis is pushing Europe to breaking point. If the reality of the EU is that we have to fit into some kind of idealised American version of a union where one-size-fits-all, as seems to be the case, the EU will be very short lived. I certainly don’t forsee this institution remaining as it is for much longer and I think the countries within it will be much better off outside of its grasp.

While there are some good things about the EU such as better workers’ rights and so on, it is becoming a straightjacket nobody wants to be in. As an aside, I watched a speech in the EU by Jean-Claude Juncker where he spoke to each country’s MEP in their own language and in English made it very clear he was in favour of TTIP.   The manner in which he said this made me think, he’s been bought off, been given a back-hander. The applause given was very muted indeed and rightly so. A piece of legislation being discussed in secret across both sides of the channel must be viewed critically as it does not benefit the inhabitants of Europe.

A Vote for Common Sense – At last

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Jeremy Corby has officially won the leadership election of the Labour Party by a whopping majority of 59.5% of the vote. Such a resounding vote puts paid to any notion of a second vote and any desperate cries of ruination of the UK firmly in the past.

Jeremy Corbyn is the right man for this time and in the Labour party.  After decades of divisive politics that have pitted one section of society against each other, men against women, rich against poor, sick against healthy, those needing the support of the state against those who can live comfortably and celebrated these divisions, Jeremy Corbyn will now show us his vision of the kind of society we can be again. The kind of society we were in the past but didn’t appreciate and I can’t wait for him to get going.

I look forward to the purge that ensues in the coming weeks & months of undercover Tories in what was the New Labour party which has now been unquestionably buried by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership election. This whole leadership campaign has shown these people for what they really are, Tories who are only interested in the Tory agenda, not the rights and protection of the working people. I’m sure they will be given a warm welcome on the tory benches but they should not be in any doubt that the real opposition has begun.   So far the Tories have had an easy ride – no longer is that the case.

I have previously written in this blog that the only kind of politics that will fire people’s bellies is one where the politicians have a vision of what the UK could really be and deliver that vision in full. What voters are utterly sick of is the double-speak.   The prose that paints one kind of picture that actually means something else entirely.

Six years ago when Cameron talked about his vision for a Britain where ordinary working people could have a share in society he meant the opposite. Those hard working people were thrown out of jobs, out of their homes, marginalised, called scroungers because they needed help. Exploited by companies who would only offer zero hours contracts on minimum wage (frequently less than minimum wage if they could get away with it). This went across occupations and trades, from a school leaver trying to get a few quid to make ends meet, to older people with families to support and also in, what have always been considered respectable professions, doctors, lawyers and so on.  This vision has been exposed for the lie it really is and yet he was voted in again because the “opposition” was nothing of the sort, Tory-lite.

Now we have a full-blooded opposition that actually means something and so many people want to see this come to fruition. I think we have turned the corner in the sick, sordid, depraved governance of our society that resides in Westminster, media and other institutions that promote the gloss and present it as reality.   I wish Jeremy Corbyn well and sincerely hope he delivers in full what he sets out to do.

I have also got to comment on the snide remarks made about Jeremy Corbyn even after such a resounding vote for him from reporters of the BBC.  It confirms that the BBC is simply the mouthpiece of the establishment and no longer deserves to be paid from licence fees.  If the BBC wants to have a future it must make its own way as other commercial stations do.  I certainly will not be adding any support to it or its employees.  The BBC promoter of child paedophiles and sordid creatures paraded as human beings.

In the mix

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The deadline for Greece to make payments has yet again been delayed with a view to hammering out a new deal to keep Greece within the EU.  The IMF & ECB have made an “extraordinarily generous offer” to the Greeks which include deeper, rather than just new spending cuts, cuts to public sector salaries and pensions, a special benefit paid to low paid pensioners to be scrapped and a wider VAT base.  the IMF & ECB are against tax rises for companies and rich people.

Alexis Tspiras is very right to hold a referendum on the situation for the Greek people and calls it a humiliation of the Greek people.  It also betrays the true nature of the intentions of the banking world.   These proposals are not about relief of debt and looking after the poor and disadvantaged (the rich will always be able to take care of themselves and need no special favours), this is about bringing about the situations that have plagued the African continent for decades and continue to do so; namely division between those who have and those who do not, famine, ill health which will ultimately lead to unrest and civil war.   Or to put it another way, the decimation of the human race in Europe.

It is interesting that the Human Rights Act which is a fundamental part of the EU and how it views how citizens are treated by it’s own criteria are so blatantly flouted while EU politicians stand by shrugging their shoulders as though there is nothing they can do.

This is a foretaste of what is to come if TIPP is to be implemented.  We are being broken down so the corporates can come in and take what is left to create their nightmare of a world.    The government bonds are made up of bad debts created by bankers such as Goldman Sachs, who are running the whole show now.  These bad debts are worthless to begin with, therefore these “debts” are a figment of the imagination of the bankers who created them in the first place and do not need to be repaid by anyone.  Greece is not defaulting on a legitimate payment made by banking institutions who are solvent, but telling the broken banking system who creates these worthless bonds, it is not selling its people as slaves for the bankers to do as they wish with them and the bankers can take their “debts” with them.

I wish him luck and support his endeavours.  People like him, who have the guts to stand up and question the motives of the corporates, and so revealing their true intentions are few and far between.   I applaud his efforts and wish him every success.

The Fight Goes On ……….

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Very pleased to be able to report that in Brussels this week we saw that democracy in its purest sense actually working.   Although elections are held regularly in the EU, how MEPs are actually grouped together in parties does not seem very straightforward; furthermore with all the directives that are issued by the EU to member countries it sometimes feels quite remote from how people live their daily lives. On Friday the vote on TTIP was postponed until over the weekend.   This is merely a pyrrhic victory as there is a long, long way to go before this particular issue has been dealt with satisfactorily.

Over 200 amendments had been tabled to a wide-ranging package of recommendation on TTIP which would feed into the EU Commission’s negotiation with US trade officials.   Few MEPs have ever seen such wholescale opposition to an agreement that would singularly wipe away all the rights and protections in health, education and employment that have been hard won by generations of Europeans.

There have been widespread anti-TTIP marches against this agreement across Europe among a people from many different backgrounds.   Unfortunately this will have to go back to the EU parliament’s trade committee for redrafting next week (June 15-19), but these drafts will need to be incorporated and discussed among MEPs at all levels. This is an issue that will not go away.

I was also very pleased to read that Obama has been roundly defeated 302 vote to 126 to fast-track the trade agreements TTIP, TTP and TiSA by the US Senate which will encourage a breathing space for those in the USA to carefully consider all the oppositions, points and amendments raised and their ramifications.

Although I understand that these trade agreements have been put forward as a counter to President Putin’s successful implementation of BRICS and other trade agreements with Russia’s Eastern Asian countries, they are also designed to undermine the countries TTIP, TTP and TiSA party to those agreements.   I have plainly stated that these supposed “benefit” to EU counties so far as TTIP is concerned is so miniscule as to be insulting. The benefit is not about trade, but about the ability to seize assets, plunder resources and enslave people for the benefit of corporations.

That EU MEPs seriously think that by stalling, holding negotiations in secret is something the EU electorate would take lightly is a serious mistake. This is not the time to take a breather, but to keep pushing, pressurising MEPs to retain our standards, our rights to good education, healthcare, environments, food and water, homes and uphold our rights with regards to the Human Rights Act.

US interests wish to water these down and our own weak, ineffectual UK government may be happy to enable this, but more than ever it is important that the foundations on which the EU was built should be upheld and the EU Parliament should grow a pair, tell the USA, IMF, WTO, and other quasi-organisations to get lost and stop interfering and undermining what is a pretty good working relationship with each other.

Where do I Begin?

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This week has been very interesting and provided a lot of material that should keep everyone engaged in the political scene for some time to come.

America’s continued meddling in the world’s affairs as it alone sees fit remains unabated. That great arbiter of lawlessness and cavalier attitude continues to wreak havoc and undermine the Minsk Agreement by continuing to arm and support Ukraine’s war-like intentions and dragging Europe’s main battlefield into its murky intentions by staging NATO exercises along the Polish border.

Desperate to sustain its hold over the world as a superpower despite its financial problems, pursues European assets through Greece even though Greece can no longer repay its forced loans from the IMF, Obama attends the G7 summit to urge maintain sanctions despite the fact they have no effect on Russia at all. If anyone is suffering it is Europe alone.

I find it hard to believe our so-called political leaders are so utterly spineless when it comes to nurturing Europe’s interests and those of its citizens that it is happy to be led by the nose like a docile bovine creature. Surely it cannot be that the entire world is dependent on the IMF for its continued survival at the expense of its own citizens? If it really comes down to this then we really are lost as a species.

I would like to know how many violations of protocols, agreements, treaties does it take before EU leaders finally realise there is nothing to be gained from aligning itself with USA interests which serve only America’s elite? There have been the NSA revelations by Edward Snowden showing that Angela Merkel’s phone conversations were being monitored (and probably still are), the complete undermining of Minsk 2 Agreement by Ukraine which is dressed up as Russian aggression. Not to mention the rape and pillage by the IMF and former Goldman Sachs employee Mario Draghi, now head of ECB and the complete capitulation by Brussels to US interests in TTIP which effectively sells every European citizen and descendants into slavery which has been negotiated in secret and about to be voted on simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic.

What is amusing is that this last week the Patriot Act was effectively filibustered by Rand Paul which breaks the legality of NSA activities. This is indeed enlightened (for once) and only the idiot dinosaurs in the American Congress bleat about “national security” being compromised. The fact that not a single “terrorist” has been caught by such tactics is irrelevant to them.   This is about fear and control.   That it coincides with Theresa May asking for more powers for GCHQ to allow more spying against its citizens under Emergency Surveillance is really too much and must be resisted.

Which brings me to another, rather chilling story about the next USA elections being chosen not by the many, but by a very few qualifying voters.   Whole swathes of people are being denied the opportunity to vote for the next president of the USA in what are called “minority voting” such as poor people, students, people of colour, among others.   I would be happy to hear from any readers of this blog to let me know the veracity of these reports.   It belies the propaganda that the USA is a democratic country. This is the lie it has pushed for decades across the world and now is being exposed for what it is. America is NOT a democracy. It is very much Anti-democracy. It is a dictatorship and sees itself as the arbiter of how other countries should conduct themselves.

Wherever America has conducted war it has not left anything of value in its wake, only destruction. At the very least where Hitler brought Nazism, the trains ran on time and he created the autobahns, the Americans have no such positive attributes. Iraq is still decimated by the American occupation and ISIS now holds large parts of it, along the north African border chaos rules with various factions making life hell for their citizens causing them to flee into Europe for safe haven.

One has to ask “What are the Americans afraid of?”

It is happy to send its citizens into battle to defend its warped idea of democracy. It is happy to profit by taxation from the labours of these same minority citizens, but denies them the vote.

By the same token one has to question what is the real motivation of TTIP? Through the IMF, the ECB, the forced loans and imposed sanctions against Russia which have no effect on the USA itself, it is seeking to separate the EU from a valuable source of revenue, make it more dependent upon American patronage which will only come in the form of more war and economic hardship. Far from raising standards America’s lack of standards would drive down standards across Europe which is why we are seeing a race to see how quickly various standards can be dismantled in the name of “free trade”.

If Russia feels itself to being “got at”, it has a right to.   Far from cowering into a corner Russia, through President Putin, has reached out into the world and made alliances with neighbouring countries and those further afield with whom it can do business and build mutually beneficial relationships. When President Putin says it has no intention of invading Europe I believe him as it would not benefit him to do so. The world has changed a great deal in the last 20 years, it’s a pity the American mindset hasn’t kept up with the rest of the world. It is stuck in a time vacuum of the 1950’s. The Cold War has ended, its time America realised that.

Snapshot of Current Political Landscape

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We have some interesting debates going on here in the UK. On the one hand we have David Cameron campaigning in Europe to change fundamental things such as the basis for the Lisbon Treaty which advocated ever closer union between the EU countries which would include fiscal, banking, military, taxes and judicial convergence; on the other we have the Labour party doing a bit of soul searching and still going in the wrong direction with some of their candidates.

 

I’ve already written my views about where the Labour party should go and how, despite hearing people on the doorsteps of Britain during the election hustings in the last month, very few politicians have actually listened to what was being said. Labour no longer connects with the ordinary working people, but seem intent on talking to themselves in Westminster, bugger the rest of the country. How much further do they or we have to go before their realise they are simply unelectable in their present state?

Cameron on the other hand is facing a very daunting prospect of renegotiating treaties signed up to, Maastricht and Lisbon among others. I think it is unheard of for an incumbent Prime Minister to decide that they would like to make amendments to existing treaties signed up to by Prime Ministers decades previously.   It is also a very dangerous path for Cameron to tread as he could find himself in conflict internationally (these same treaties have a bearing on agreements closer to home such as the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland), but that if politicians can pick and choose which treaties they will abide by and which they won’t, anarchy will truly prevail as, surely the rest of us can choose which laws we will and won’t abide by?

This is also very closely coupled with the Tory party idea of unhitching the UK from the Human Rights Act 1999 and goes some way to unveiling the real plans behind the future of the UK when TTIP comes into force shortly. At present there is a great deal of antipathy towards TTIP and the idea of corporations having a greater say in the lives of ordinary people above our elected representatives both inside Europe and also in the USA.   There has never been a time where anything other than those who are directly dependent on the support of the people, whether they are monarchy or government, seem to think they should direct how people should live. This isn’t merely a small change that will barely have any difference to how we live, but will impact on so many areas of our lives.

Furthermore the “sixty bastards” referred to by Paddy Ashdown during the election are threatening to resign if they don’t get their way. Utter arrogance and Cameron should call their bluff. Question is, where would they go? UKIP have been reduced to one MP from two, so clearly not as popular with the electorate as they like to imagine. Setting up a rival anti-EU party will equally go down like a ton of bricks with voters.   I think these politicians forget they are only where they are because the British public voted for them and they can vote against them in an election, so really they can’t do very much, but so predictably arrogant of them to imagine their considerations weigh far and above those of the electorate.

The Juridical Persons so often mentioned in TTIP (third party, or shell companies acting on behalf of a main company) will do all they can to avoid and evade liability. All the more reason to resist such entities.

My apologies if I appear to talk about little else than TTIP and the Human Rights Act at present, but these are so absolutely fundamentally pivotal to how we live our lives at present and how we also fear the HRA will be compromised by TTIP, as well as the looming deadline in both the USA and Brussels of voting this agreement into the statutes of both the USA and Europe; not to mention them as is being done in mainstream media would be criminal in my view.

A New World beckons, or does it?

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So after the excitement of a general election we are left in the situation of the morning after the night before of facing the fact we have a tory majority government who are now hell bent on unleashing their version of what the UK should look like. The nightmare begins. I just hope those who voted tory can feel justified in doing so in 5 years’ time.

The first act of the new government is to repeal the Human Rights Act. This is an act that has been demonised in the UK press as a “get out of jail card” for unwanted criminals to continue being a nuisance to the UK justice system. However what is overlooked by many is that the HRA actually protects citizens from the worst excesses of the executive (government) and gives a framework of agreed standards that everyone should be treated as. This is actually a good thing as it prevents the more rabid elements of government which seem to exist these days much more often, from over reaching their powers.   My fear is that all too often those in government become drunk on their own ego and power and somehow think they are invincible when they were elected to act for the good of their voters

This is particularly evident in reigning back redundancy payments for those who are made redundant. In the 1980s when whole swathes of industry were shut down under Margaret Thatcher, house prices were much cheaper (you could buy a decent 3-4 bedroom house for £30,000-£45,000), those who lost their jobs and very often had held those jobs for several years were entitled by law to receive redundancy payments of £30,000-£60,000 depending on the length of service. The idea of that level of redundancy payments was to allow you the ability to support yourself until you found another job elsewhere, which is perfectly reasonable. Many people at that time used that money to pay off outstanding mortgages which again, is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. This was reported in the press as something astonishing and should be banned. Redundancy payments are now a small fraction of what they were, which means that anyone with an outstanding mortgage is unable to secure their own home and if the worst comes to the worst, they are forced to live on the streets. This is seen more recently in the introduction of the hugely unpopular Bedroom Tax where sick and disabled people are forced to pay extra if they have bedrooms that are not occupied by family members. Often these spare rooms are used by carers or equipment needed to keep these people independent and mobile, rather than in hospitals and institutions.

This is the real politics of envy. The small-mindedness of those who have, that will not allow a shred of decency to those who have fallen on hard times, that they have to pay for the misfortune they find themselves in.   That somehow they deserve to be in the position they find themselves in.

The reality is that the tory government is emulating UKIP who, far from gaining seats in the general election, found their votes were dismally low, certainly not enough to return the same number of MPs they started with (2) now they only have 1.   Surely the message is clear. While there is a rump of dissatisfied, uneducated bigots they are outnumbered by those people who clearly see the danger of the point of view UKIP propose and would clearly lead to another holocaust as happened in Germany.   What is worrying is there are plenty of people who are happy to back such views

It will be interesting to see how Cameron thinks he will uncouple the UK from HRA and the European Convention of Human Rights without triggering an exit from the UK or Brexit as it’s popularly known. By returning the UK to an island rather than part of the European Continent, Cameron again demonstrates his poor judgement and the complete breakup of the UK, which will come sooner than anyone wishes.

The aftermath

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I didn’t post yesterday as I’m rather shocked, as are a lot of people in the UK.  We’ve elected yet another tory government, only this time there won’t be much of an opposition to stop them implementing what will be the harshest, most divisive programme of legislation ever devised anywhere, except perhaps the USA.

I can’t quite come to terms with it and I’m still trying to make sense of it all.  I suppose you can only say that the “opposition” in the form of UKIP which allowed the tories to lurch even more to the right than they already were, were finally outed as just being anti-foreigners.  Farage blamed everyone else but himself for his rubbish performances, like a petulant child (a bit like the tories in the last 5 years).  Labour were absolutely abismal.  Mr No-Personality (Miliband) was a disaster from the start.  No backbone with the looks and manner that just turned my stomach and made me want to physically vomit.  I would not be able to put up with having him as PM for five years.  The LibDems were wiped out completely as I’d predicted.  Although they finally managed to get their act together from the second year in, they made the fatal mistake of capitulating on tuition fees for students and the British public never forgot and didn’t forgive this at the ballot box.  It’ll be a long time before they will be allowed anywhere near the number of seats they finally managed to get together after 100 years

Still, the good part of it is the opposition, such as it was has diminished hugely and there will be a lot of soul searching among them, particularly the LibDems and Labour.  Both parties forgot what they were there for and why.  The Labour party was set up as the party of the working people. Under Tony Blair the Labour party became the Tory-Lites, trying to be like the tories but not as nasty.  It lost the support of, and forgot about working people.

If the Labour party really want to reinvent themselves they need to remember this.  The fact they rely on the unions for their funding is no bad thing.  They are not in the pockets of the corporations and can honestly say their funding is based on the wealth and production of working people and because of that it makes them free-er to shape policies geared towards making life better for working people.

Of course working peoples lives should be aspirational, they should go to universities and evening classes to pursue qualifications that will further their careers and pursue interests. But it is by making working peoples work pay proper wages and salaries that more reflect the value of what they produce, giving working people a better quality of life that isn’t all about working until we drop dead, that there is the time for family committments which enhance communities, make lives richer to the point where everyone benefits in society.  While the UK is an island, as people we are not individual islands.  We rely on each other for things we use to make our lives better, on services that make our lives easier and stronger.  This is the world we need to build if we really want to go forward as a species.

Musing on Politics in the UK & Elsewhere

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Listening to the leaders debates again on UTube and other sources has made me think away from the tired old stereotypes we’re being fed, vote for the red/blue team we’ll do things differently (I’m glad they can spell that, but I doubt they understand what it means).   Several things stand out for me.

  1.  We’re being told the same old story that if we work hard, we’re honest, pay our taxes, “do the right thing” we’ll be taken care of.  The trouble is what are we working for?   Whether you’re in a salaried job, on zero hours contracts, part time work, we’re all working bloody hard just to stay afloat. Unless you’re working for yourself (which means you directly benefit from your own labours) or doing a job that benefits society in some way (teaching, medicine, social care, producing goods or services other people want/need) you’re only working to benefit the rich.  The reason why in the UK the Tories and UKIP are so keen to decimate the social infrastructure is because it takes wealth away from them and their rich sponsors.  It doesn’t benefit them in any way.
  1.  The elephant in the room is that all the political parties, apart from the trade union-backed parties such as TCSU and to a greater extent, Labour, are being funded by big donors, wealthy, rich business people, the same people who don’t pay tax to the UK treasury, employ people on zero hours contracts and on minimum wage (lower if they can get away with it).   The idea that we live in a democracy is the biggest lie there is.   The party that gets in has already been chosen, the media are trying to steer people in the direction of an overall majority for the tories (as usual). Question is, will we follow again as we’ve done previously, or will we decide on something else?
  1. For longer than I can remember, there has been a choice between 2 or 3 parties, the smaller party being squeezed into the background.  In recent years new parties championing issues ordinary people feel are important have arisen. Some have fallen by the wayside as they are just single issue parties, others are local parties and therefore limit themselves to local issues, such as Plaid Cymru (Welsh Party). Now they are gaining a greater voice as people realise there is no real choice between right and left wing, they are each as extreme as the other, both are the same parties wearing different colours. Will we vote Labour (red) or Tory (blue)? The eternal Punch & Judy show.  In the vernacular, two cheeks of the same arse.

Here in the UK we have had tactical voting where you vote for the least disliked party in order to keep the party you really dislike out.   Trouble is, it doesn’t always work like that, you get the results you hadn’t bargained for.   The way forward from this is to vote for who you think would best represent your interests. If there is a possibility that an extremist party would get in, then you vote for the party who would mitigate or cushion the worst aspects of that extremist party’s policies.

It looks as though the UK election will produce another coalition and, as a nation we have to consider which party would mitigate the worst effects of whoever is the main party. Whichever party gets in red or blue for sure I will be voting Green. I think they have credible policies that will counter either red or blue party worst excesses and would benefit ordinary working people the most. That’s what would get up the noses of the rich most of all, the fact that ordinary people were being benefitted rather than them.

The current political situation was most eloquently expressed by Marine Le Pen of the French National Party in a recent interview when she said “the choice is not about left or right, the choice is about corporatist or nationalist”.   Do we want to go down the road of certain South American countries where corporates have the ultimate say over what happens to whom, where people are just numbers, a necessary nuisance nothing more; or do we go down the road of improving the lives of those we live within our own communities?  The dignity of being able to provide for yourself & your family, a good education, decent housing, proper sanitation, sustainable power sources?  These are the real choices facing us at present.

The ideal manner of governance would be for each area to elect its own representative (MP) to represent them in parliament and for voters to be consulted in weekly (or even daily if events allow) referenda which can be conducted quite easily through the internet. For those MPs to remember they work for the voters not their rich sponsors. However at present this is the system we have and we have to work within it to our own advantage. That is the reality of the situation.

2nd TTIP of the Iceberg

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Having read through the remainder of the preamble of TTIP I have it goes into further details about the film industries of European countries, telecommunications, transport, hospitals and that standards already in place to be maintained, or not.

However, one particular point in mind, particularly during the campaign of a general election in the UK are assurances of the NHS, which are conspicuous by their absence.

There is a side letter from Cecilia Malmström, a member of the European Commission negotiating TTIP, in which it declares that there is no provision for the takeover of publicly funded healthcare systems such as the one in the UK (NHS) by private companies, that any such takeover is at the behest of the government in question and it is for the government of that country (UK) to make such recommendations as it sees fit.   This puts the ball very firmly in the UK government’s court.

There are MEPs (Member of the European Parliament) of all political shades represented in the European Parliament and it is utterly shameful that for all the stirring up of feelings for the NHS by the media and politicians themselves. One can only conclude it is because the UK government is hell bent on privatising the NHS for its own ends (usually for their own personal gain once they have finished with politics, i.e. a director’s position with commensurate salary & share options). This is utterly disgraceful and underlines that none of the major parties now seeking voters’ approval have the interests of the UK at the core of their policies or business.

I haven’t published the second part of my examination of TTIP when I said I would and I’m glad I hadn’t as something quite extraordinary has happened which hasn’t been reported in any of the mainstream media in the UK, that is the USA has said it will accept TTIP in its entirety as it stands. When I read this I was and still am, astonished. This is unprecedented and really good news. This means there will not be the usual amendments, adjustments, playing with words to ensure paragraphs are palatable to the electorate over years which for once, will mean the protections sought will be kept, but there are enough concessions to ensure that America can continue its expansionist programme, which is worrying in itself.

It seems that America’s attitude is surely changing towards the rest of the world and I hope this continues. We all inhabit the world, but we are not all enemies.

 

The TTIP of the Iceberg

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I feel I have to apologise to those readers of my blog that it has developed into a blog of political news and views, but there are events that are happening in the world at this time which I feel are of tremendous importance and if not aired, are likely to be either ignored or high jacked by those who state they have our interests at heart, when nothing could be further from the truth.

A couple of weeks ago the rightly maligned BBC published an excerpt from the forthcoming Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership.  Despite the many protests about this on this side of the channel, there has been a deafening silence about this since publication which I find astonishing.

I can only comment that anyone who has printed it out and read it is confused on reading it, as it reads as a preamble, or introduction to a document that is well advanced in its discussion and written form, and doesn’t quite know what to make of it.

Having worked for more than 13 years in law processing legal documents I can get an understanding of what it is trying to say and what it means.  While not entirely comprehensive I shall try my best to explain what it means for ordinary people and countries as a whole within the EU.

TTIP is a very long, detailed document dealing with many aspects of modern day life and the agreements, caveats and reservations under which this document is being discussed, which has presented a problem in how to bring this to a social media forum.    This is probably the reason why it’s not been discussed in any great detail.  I shall explain this by the most relevant sections, stating pertinent points of each, but would very strongly recommend reading this alongside the actual document itself.  Hopefully one will bring clarity to the other.

Section A, Reservations

Acquisition of Real Estate

The right is reserved to adopt or maintain measures … and each country (not UK) states its reservations.

1. Agriculture, hunting and forestry

The right is reserved to adopt or maintain measures … and each country (not UK) states its reservations.

3.  Mining and Quarrying

4  Manufacturing

Manufacture of refined petroleum products

The EU reserves the right to adopt or maintain any measure with respect to jurdical persons controlled by natural or juridical persons of a non-Community country which accounts for more than 5% of the EU’s oil or natural gas imports.  No direct branching is required.   (A juridical person is controlled by other natural or juridical person(s) if the latter has/have the power to name a majority of its directors or otherwise legally direct its actions.  In particular, ownership of more than 50% of the equity interests in a juridical person shall be deemed to constitute control).  In other words, companies outside of the EU can control more than 5% of mining and quarrying regardless of where in the world they are based.

5. Production, transmission and distribution on own account of electricity, gas, steam and hot water.

The EU reserves the right to adopt or maintain any measure with generation of nuclear-based energy.  Nuclear based energy production is prohibited in some EU Member States.

The EU reserves the right to adopt or maintain any measure with respect to production of electricity, transmission and distribution of electricity on own account (part of ISIC rev 3.1: 4010)

and so it goes on.

Time and again the phrase “the right is reserved to adopt or maintain any measure with respect to ….”  In this case the privatisation of privately-funded ambulance services.   Also, any measure with respect to all social services, whether public or privately funded.  (CPC933).  The right is reserved to adopt or maintain any measure with respect to publicly funded social services and to privately funded social services other than services relating to convalescent and rest houses and old people’s homes (CPC933).   While the phrase above may seem innocent, it would seem that changes would be put into place where previously held standards would be abandoned in order to accommodate the interests of US “investors”; or as now, are impossible to attain thereby paving the way forward to privatisation.  Both Labour and Tory parties in the UK are committed to this course of action at the expense of its voters.

The crux of the document lies in the words juridical person.  Even I had to look this up.  According to the Law Dictionary it is: “Entity, as a firm, that is not a single natural person, as a human being, authorized by law with duties and rights, recognized as a legal authority having a distinct identity, a legal personality. Also known as artificial person, juridical entity, juristic person, or legal person. Also refer to body corporate.”

Paragraph 19 says the EU reserves the right to maintain or adopt any measure with respect to telephone answering services, mailing list compilation and telephone-based support services.  In the UK there are mechanisms whereby you can ask to have yourself removed from lists that are used for the compilation of mailing lists so you don’t receive unwanted junk mail, which has been a problem in the past.  If a US based company decides to ignore this we are back to square one, more junk mail.

So far the worst I’ve seen is in Paragraph 19 section B which says, “In PL (Poland) … for all sectors except legal services and services provided by healthcare units, non EU investors may undertake and conduct economic activity only in the form of a limited liability partnership, limited joint-stock partnership, while domestic companies have access also to the forms of non-commercial partnership companies (general partnership and unlimited liability partnership).   This means that foreign companies are given preferential terms to conduct business over Polish nationals.   A limited company can only be sued for what it owes and can be closed down, whereas an unlimited liability company your business can be closed down, your personal property, car, possessions can all be taken from you whereas the outsider only having limited liability is still smiling.  Poles can sometimes really be their own worst enemies.  By allowing the US to base soldiers in Poland, the Polish government is stoking up problems for the future and by throwing its own people to the wolves, does itself no favours.   Little wonder so many Poles decide their lives are better in the UK.

However, it is in the acquisition of real estate that this agreement really goes to town.  In Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia there is no limit to the amount of land US “investors” can take.  Well done.  Former Iron Curtain countries and those the EU wants rid of can be swallowed up by these “investors” who can do as they want with them.  Those countries that had to endure hard times under the Russians have no idea how much harder times will be once US “investors” have ruined the beautiful countrysides of these countries.  Ancient forests will be felled, fisheries and aquifers will be poisoned, there are no bounds for the amount of land that can be taken for mining, extraction of petroleum and natural gas (fracking), mining for metal ores, other mining or quarrying.  It also explains why David Cameron was so keen to revoke any ownership of private property that might stop fracking companies in their search for oil or gas.  Any rights any individual has over freehold land would have the right to ask for compensation from the companies for spoiling their land and extracting a commodity.   Indigenous natives would be marginalised to the same extent as Native American Indians who are only permitted to settle on useless, infertile land while white Americans have taken all the fertile lands they can for themselves.  Think Polish Corridor and you get an idea of what is in store for EU countries.

Impressions & Recommendations:

The idea of sovereign countries or states are at an end.   The idea of democracy is, and has been false.  TTIP, TISA, TPP and other such “trade agreements” are nothing of the sort.  These are documents that will make corporations of countries, worker bees of its people, but where worker bees are rewarded worker bees will not be so.  Any protections so far gained will be swept aside if it means the corporations (sorry, outside countries (USA)) are prevented from making a profit.

Basically, this is rape and pillaging on a massive scale by way of legal process rather than by invasion and war.  The result is the same.  The USA wants to ensure that whatever Europe has the USA will take and ensure it is utterly dependent on what the USA allows it to have.   That’s the real condition.  Europe is agreeing to be slaves to the USA.

One has to ask, who do these agreements benefit?  If you subscribe to the idea that when you vote for a person to represent you in government, or senate, parliament, it is that person’s job to stand up for your interests and those of your community.   The fact that all these agreements are being discussed in such secret talks not even elected representatives of countries involved are allowed to see the documents as they are being discussed and make recommendations, one can be sure these documents are not being negotiated with the electorate in mind or their benefit.

One has to ask what benefits are there for those people discussing such agreements, how are they going to benefit?  If it is the case that any money made from the firms “trading” in the new corporations (not sovereign countries anymore) are going to be funnelled through tax havens to avoid paying tax whilst the burden of paying taxes to treasuries of former sovereign countries will fall to those of us working for pennies while governments continue to rack up debts for vanity projects and award themselves handsome pay rises at the expense of those who actually do the work of maintaining the infrastructure the rest of societies rely on, who exactly are they serving?

US companies have no respect for the land they have, habitats of whatever age and regardless of how unique creatures maybe will be ruined.  I wonder whether there is a link between the decline of the bee population in the USA, fracking and loss of habitat that would accompany that.  Might be worthwhile studying that.

This is also why Jean-Claude Juncker recently announced it might be a good idea to speed up the process where individual countries that make up the EU become one superstate with a single army, taxes and so on.  It might be easier for the Americans to deal with us as one conglomerate, but those of us in each country would object most strongly.   Each member state has its own language, customs, traditions, methods of working according to geography. Trying to homogenized 28 countries into one would be an impossible and foolhardy exercise.

It may seem as though those parties in Europe saying that perhaps we need to put our own people first even if it means leaving the EU may have a point.

It seems that the true reason for the unrest fuelled by the USA towards Russia is very plain.  Russia has no interest in being taken over and its people marginalised by foreigners, even if it means having to endure sanctions to show this.  It’s a shame the spineless politicians in the EU have no interest in protecting the very people it relies on making the EU work.  Marine La Pen is correct; we now have to decide where we want to go as individual countries as well as a whole.  Do we become corporations or remain as people?

It is clear the financial experiment is now over, the Euro as a currency is unsustainable and measures used to prop it up with pretend money printed, devalued, worthless will only drive EU economies to bankruptcy, which is where America is.  This is why the likes of Mario Dhragi and Mark Carney are keen to promote QE (quantitive Easing).  There is no effort in producing pretend money, producing “debt” with pretend money that doesn’t really exist and telling ordinary people they have to pay the profligacy of those in government.  This is not democracy, this isn’t even slavery, it is theft pure and simple.  Theft of hard-earned money from ordinary people’s labour, their dignity and freedom to choose their own paths.

This is the time we need to consider where the world and EU needs to go.  Like sheep to the slaughter as the EU Commission would have us go, or down the road of self-government where we can decide to work together for the benefit of ourselves and each other.   The EU as a trading block within itself and other countries is a good thing, this is where we need to return to, to get the benefit of what we can achieve.  Surrendering nationality, property, land and resources to others who would not appreciate these things in the same manner is the road to destruction.

This is by no means the only article I will write on the matter, as I  have stated before, there is a general election in the UK in a few weeks time and I will try to highlight as many paragraphs as I can which will have a direct bearing on promises being made, that politicians know full well there is no possibility of being made good when the votes have been counted.  What a sham!!