Honest Conversations

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I’m old enough to recall when people were able to say what they meant without fear or embarrassment, however the creeping political correctness has meant that not only are people too scared to say things in case they are either misconstrued or labelled but that people have become too scared to have honest conversations with each other. Particularly in the age we live in where language has become so convoluted that what one person may mean is completely different to what someone else may mean and conversations at cross-purposes are all too common. No more so than in politics itself.

Politicians have long learnt the art of using soothing words that, on face value, imply that everything will be taken care of, people will have new opportunities opening up before them, the things that scared them silly wouldn’t happen and the electorate would not have to worry about ordinary day-to-day things that allow everyone to just get on with their lives. The most recent example is Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond has claimed that public sector workers are being paid “about 10% ahead of those in the private sector”. The main reason for this is that those in the private sector are paid no more than the minimum wage

Previously in this blog I have said that the economic drive of this country and, indeed across the world is to ensure that those people doing the main work that ensures companies make profits get paid no more than the minimum wage and, there is also a case for having a “living wage” which won’t do much more. The reason for this is that as the level of profits fall companies will do their utmost to ensure that their companies look good on the company listing of the stock exchange even if it means they have to break the backs of the workers who make it possible for the CEOs and senior management to have the positions they do.

The level of properly salaried jobs is now less than it was even 8 years ago. Teachers, doctors, fire fighters, even lecturers, legal staff are probably the only occupations that have salaries and those salaries have taken a battering in the last 8 years. The only salaries that have not just kept pace with inflation but overtaken it are those of MPs and the benefit handouts the Royal family get. Year on year MPs have voted in double digit wage increases and then bitched that they aren’t being paid enough for the responsibilities they have.

Most of the workers in the public sector do the kind of work where the level of responsibility is such that they have a real impact on the daily lives of those they care for, far more so than the incompetent, sleazy, heartless robots that fill the House of Commons who are only interested in furthering their own careers and filling their own pockets with our money paid in taxes.

Women are still paid less than men despite legislation to the effect that women should be paid equally for work of equal value and this is deliberate. Periodically there are articles in the media about this problem and the fact that in 50 years it hasn’t been resolved is not an accident. If women can be paid to do the same work a man can employers can get away with paying less and make more profit. Far be it for me to say that women should go back into the home, have babies and keep house, there is a case for women who have children to be able to stay at home and raise their children properly without feeling pressured that they should return to work because of employment practices or because of finances. There will always be women who have careers where that isn’t always possible and women who chose to continue with careers and have children, but there is a case for having more family friendly policies.

I really cannot understand how stupid those in the Tory party are, don’t they understand that if people don’t have enough money to ensure decent living standards the greater economy will not just stagnate, but will sink into a permanent depression.  This isn’t good for man nor beast, or maybe that’s the whole purpose for the Tories who have shown themselves to be utter parasites, feeding like locusts on the labours of ordinary people.

However it goes, the writing for the Tory party is on the wall and it really is only a matter of time before we have another general election. The tories are showing that they are not up to the job of negotiating BREXIT, they are no better than the average football hooligan but with better accents. The economic policies they are pursuing will make the UK much worse off than it is already, but I cannot believe that people are still stupid enough to vote for them instead of ensuring that they, like the LibDems, are consigned to the rubbish bin of history.

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Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide

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At last the long awaited Chilcott Report has been published and although the media have largely skimmed over the main points, the findings mainly confirm what has been known in the public domain already and that is that the war on Iraq was pre-planned, the “intelligence” was talked up, the allegations of weapons of mass destruction were false, the UN inspectors were not allowed to finish their job, war was not the last resort and Saddam Hussein posed no threat to America or the rest of the world.

Tony Blair was made to face the press and the families of those soldiers who lost their lives as well as Iraqi families who also lost loved ones in that conflict and as much as he played to the camera with his quivering lips and tearful eyes, the message was the same, he would do the same again, he made the best decision he could in the circumstances and he believed the world was a better place for the decisions he made. It was all about him. He was not in the least sorry nor was he contrite about his actions, he just looked like the cornered rat he is.

Well Mr Blair the evidence is stacked up against you. The man is not only deluded but completely maniacal, psychotic even. This mindset has taken hold in public life like a virus right across Parliament across all parties. There are just a small handful of truly decent people in the House of Commons and they are being forced out by those who also have psychotic tendencies. There is a good case for everyone wishing to be elected to parliament undergoing extensive psychiatric and psychological assessments for several months on end, so they can’t just give glib answers, so they don’t get to put the rest of the population in such positions again.

What makes my blood boil is the notion put forward by one parliamentarian that Blair would not face the full force of the law as there is no case to answer and its never been done before. I would beg to differ. King Charles I was beheaded for behaving like a tyrannical absolute monarch, among other things. I wonder what planet these people think they are on? If a King of England can be beheaded because he overstepped his powers then a government minister, a Prime Minister can also be tried in a court of law and imprisoned or worse (and I am of the mindset that a public hanging is very applicable in Tony Blair’s case).

On the evidence presented to the Chilcott Inquiry it has been shown beyond reasonable doubt that the Iraq war was pre-planned by at least 8 months beforehand. This proves mens rea or intention. The arguments and sending soldiers into battle gives actus reas or the act of. Both of these are necesary components in criminal law and I would say that Tony Blair committed an act of murder by government by planning and bringing together all the elements needed to put forward the case for war and then sending people into another country that Britain had no business being in and killing thousands of civilians who did not ask to be killed.

I would go further and say that the fitting punishment for someone in his position would be a public execution, even though hanging was outlawed in the late 1950s, I think we can make an exception in Blair’s case. I would force every MP, every top civil servant to watch Blair hang as a warning to all of them not to overstep their authority and certainly not to go on misguided adventures at the expense of other peoples lives. Another would be that all the money Blair has made throughout his life, and his wife as well, all the properties he owns be sold and the funds distributed to all those in the Iraq war who lost loved ones. I would leave Blair with only his underpants, destitute and homeless for the rest of his sorry, miserable life.

I totally get why the Americans feel so angry about the Iraq war, although it doesn’t excuse George W Bush from his part in the whole sorry story. Tony Blair was seen as someone who seemed intelligent and his wife is a barrister who subsequently became a QC, so even if Blair was sold on the idea of going to war and backing Bush, his wife should have counselled him against doing so, so she too is culpable. Again, the fact that the whole Iraq invasion was pre-planned shows that 9/11 was an inside job and that George W Bush should also be tried for first degree murder. The punishment they meter out is for the American people to decide.

The saddest thing is that both Blair, Bush and other politicians fail to see or understand is that when Tony Blair and George W Bush conspired to go to war and effect regime change in another country they effectively killed off any notion of democracy. That was when not only people lost their lives, people also lost the way they lived their lives and the effects of this are still with us today.

Lies, More Lies and Damned Statistics …

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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.

Politics is a long time in …..

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At the present time I seem to be concentrating on British politics as there is a lot going on, quite a bit of it not very pretty, or has the potential to be not very pretty that I feel needs commenting on, as it seems to be a symptom or response to what is going on elsewhere in the world, such as the EU Referendum currently taking place.

However, I’d like to talk about the debate that will be taking place this week about the place and abilities of the House of Lords to be a tempering effect on the legislature that the House of Commons is pushing through at any particular time.

Over many years the Lords have maintained and exercised the right to question, scrutinise and hold the government to account which has worked very well. However the newly elected Tory government had a good many of its proposed laws sent back for review last year and Tories do not like being told they can’t do whatever they want. It is an arrogance that stems from a privileged background and being told from an early age that it is your right to do as you please, when you please and to whom you please. At no point has any tory minister thought that perhaps quite a lot of the proposed legislation being put forward was badly thought through, misconceived and that it would hurt more people than benefit them.

That, surely is what the House of Lords’ function is there for.

The main point is that a great deal of the legislation being put forward by the tories stems from pure spite, which is why it is being sent back in a civilised, polite manner, and the arrogant pigs that currently form the tory government are being asked to think (yes, engage the grey matter between the ears) about what they are trying to achieve and how they are hoping to achieve it.

Curtailing any information about, opposition to the prevailing government during an election would also prevent smaller parties being formed, trades unions putting forward their own candidates and parties, charities funding newer parties. On the other hand it could also be read that despite “call me Dave” has said he supports Britain being part of the EU, the mainstay of campaigning to remain within the EU has been from those who support a British Exit from the EU (or Brexit as it’s become known). This means that Dave is being his usual two-faced self, telling us one thing but doing completely the opposite, but I digress.

Despite spending the first five years of the Coalition government trying to drive wedges into the British population to divide and conquer, he is actually uniting us against the small-minded, enviousness, petty, overbearing, presumptuous spitefulness of his government and himself. If ever there were a lame-duck prime minister it is David Cameron and the entire Tory Government.

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.

The Last Farewell?

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The Black Emperor is currently on a farewell trip to some of the key posts of the American Empire, Saudi Arabia (oil), Germany (military bases) and the UK (military bases & EU go-between) before handing the keys to the White House to someone else to mess things up further. Except he’s not an Emperor, just behaves like one.

In each of the above countries he’s shown where the real powers and problems in the world lie at the present time. Saudi Arabia is they key strategic ally so far as oil is concerned and also the eyes and ears in the Middle East where in the last 8 years there has been so many problems, uprisings, instability all feeding into the “refugee crisis” we have at present. The fact that Obama is so happy to help his Muslim brothers in their objective to swamp Christian Europe with so many Muslims who will impose their way of life on everyone else to the detriment of our own way of life is something we need to be very aware of and worried about.

Germany is so utterly lame. On the one hand Germans have this idea that they are somehow superior to everyone else in Europe and this gives them the right to bully, harass, discriminate against anyone they like, but on the other hand are supine in their willingness to take orders from another, larger country. After all, they will always be able to complain that “they were only following orders” just like they did after WW2. A good example is the unwillingness to reinstate trading relations with Russia despite Russia having fulfilled the criteria both in letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreement because the US doesn’t want it. It’s quite happy to see Europe go down the tubes financially so that it will be more compliant in accepting TTIP.

The UK has always had, and continues to have a colonialist mentality. Partly this is to do with its position as an island, partly to do with its history. In this it has been invaluable to the USA in being able to draw on past lessons in how to build an empire, but is now accelerating the downward spiral into a despot nation. This suits the purpose of keeping people stupid and uninformed (the real reason why governments want control of social media).

Obama’s visit is almost like a visit from the British royal family when they go to visit places such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the West Indies, India and so on, but in reverse. Weird.

I should imagine Obama is now putting what he calls “face time” to the finalities of the TTIP package in the EU and was very kind in letting us know that this is very much something that is in the US interests and the UK should continue to be part of the EU for that purpose. Its also very obvious that the “special relationship” so often talked about whenever US officials come over is only special so long as the UK remains useful to the US.

From the beginning I have said that any agreement that is being discussed in so much secrecy by governments cannot be a good thing for ordinary people. The fact that even the results of referenda are in danger of being completely ignored by politicians (as is the case in the recent Dutch referendum of whether to accept Ukraine as part of the EU) is worrying. It seems politicians have an idea of where they see the world going but are deliberately excluding the rest of us from negotiations and discussions, are so willing to bend over backwards to accommodate what will be lower standards, ordinary people have every right to be suspicious. This will not be a good thing for any of us. Ordinary people will be presented with a fait accompli and have no choice but to accept it.

That there are so many scare scenarios that are feeding through whether we leave or remain in the EU the most positive thing, so far as I can see, is that American interests will no longer have any forum either in the EU or in the UK. At a single stroke the UK will have done the world a favour.

The other troubling problem is Turkey. Turkey has not even been given rights to travel abroad and already Erdogan has called on Muslims in Rotterdam to report “any messages from people who are insulting our president, the Turkish nation or Turkey in general.” If this is happening at such an early stage they will completely take over the EU at the expense of Christians in the EU once granted the ability to travel wherever they want in the EU. In fact I will go so far as to say the reason they want this to be granted by the summer this year is so they can send all the refugees into Europe with valid papers and there is nothing the EU will be able to do about it.

The “refugee crisis” is not what it purports to be. Fighting in Syria stopped a month ago so why are people still coming? Surely the best thing is for them to return and build their own countries again? Many of those coming are from countries not in conflict, they just want to come in and impose their way of life on the rest of us. What they are unable to understand is the reason why their own countries are in such dire straights is because Muslims are incapable of living peacefully with each other. If they are not able to do this with their own kind how on earth do they expect to live peacefully among people with different cultures, religions and backgrounds?

Whilst there are many positive reasons to remain in the EU, the fact that TTIP is going forward at such a pace and in such a manner that ordinary people are disenfranchised from what is going on. That Turkey has to be bribed to take these pretend “refugees” to prevent them from swamping us is going to be a huge headache for Europe which has to close its borders now. At the present time I am still minded to vote to leave for the greater and more personal good.

And the Hits Roll On …

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The Panama Papers as they have become known have unleashed a massive backlash against the political establishment worldwide which has already claimed its first scalp, that of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson as his wife, not he, had investments in Panama.

It turns out that our own David Cameron has been a direct beneficiary of his late father’s ill gotten gains from investments his father did not pay UK taxes for 30 years on not just in his will but also as a result of off shore investments in Panama. George Osborn is also implicated. It just gets better as several other Tory ministers also have such investments.

Cameron campaigned for the City of London to be excluded from scruitiny or checks when EU ministers were tightening legislation against bankers, stock brokers and commodity brokers, among others, so for him to say he has done more to sweep away bad practice is a bare faced lie and one he must pay for with his position.

What is interesting is that while fingers are being pointed just about everywhere else, there seems to be little in the way of reporting any such discrepancies of US politicians which, as there is an election taking place right now, would make perfect sense to ask those politicians to also publish their tax returns or the US equivalent thereof.

The point is that politicians are elected to do the best for their countries and by way of each sharing their own burden in the form of taxes, it is incumbent for voters to know whether those same politicians who are so keen to tell everyone else how their lives are going to be managed, to be scruitinised by the voting public so that it is apparent that politicians’ own affairs are in good order without any shady dealings.

I still say David Cameron’s position is untenable and so is that of the Tory party which is in the process of imploding over Brexit. Both sides are getting more and more heated about something that is designed to distract us from Cameron’s own wrongdoings over the past six years that it is inevitable there won’t be much of anything left by June. I look forward to casting my vote at the next General Election in November.

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave …..

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The dirt is finally being dished on those who truly deserve our disgust.  After six years of being told by government ministers that we, the voting public must endure austerity because there is no money in the pot papers have been obtained by journalists that throw a light on just how many world leaders have managed to stash away vast fortunes at the voting public’s expense. Not just here in the UK but also around the world.

When the story first broke British journalists did some muck raking by trying to put Vladimir Putin’s name in the frame and concocting stories that various friends of his have made a lot of money and put it away in offshore accounts. That’s as close as they were able to get without legally slandering President Putin. Putin’s hands are clean. As someone who has shown impeccable statesmanship over the past two years despite ongoing goading from the Americans to get Russia to start WW3 it could never be in any doubt that President Putin could stoop to such a low level as to not pay his taxes in the country he governs, its unthinkable. In fact British journalists threw any famous name they could think of in order to deflect attention away from the most obvious.

The same could not be said for several members of the Tory party past and present who have and continue to use offshore tax-evading accounts to squirrel money away. It could only be a matter of time before questions were asked as to the names of specific people in the British Establishment who used such instruments to avoid tax and lo and behold David Cameron’s name is up there with so many other names of politicians around the world.

So many donors to the Tory party election machine last year and six years ago have been exposed. Quite a few of these have either held government or party posts such as party treasurer held by David Rowland who donated £3million, Lord Ashcroft who also donated millions to the Tories and was deputy party chairman, Lord Flight who was also a former Tory party chairman.

However the most interesting thing is that David Cameron’s own father made a living out of tax avoidance for his clients and did not pay tax in the UK for over 30 years. On Ian Cameron’s death he left a fortune of £2.74million, £300,000 of which was directly left to David Cameron. When asked directly did he benefit from his late father’s ill-gotten gains David Cameron said this was “a private matter”. A bit rich coming from a PM who is pushing through legislation that will ensure not a single British citizen will have any right to privacy – a fundamental human right.  The fact is he did directly benefit from this money as he was given £300,000 of it as a beneficiary of his late father’s will.

That David Cameron is desperately trying to deflect questions of benefit shows just how deeply he is mired in this. However desperately he says he has not broken any rules the law states otherwise. If I were not to pay my taxes as an ordinary working person you could guarantee that HMRC would hound me and take away any assets I have in order to ensure that taxes I owed were paid. I would also be hauled up before the courts as it is a criminal offence not to pay taxes in the UK.

Never has a government been so tarred with sleaze, hypocrisy and criminal activity as the present Tory government. This Tory government has tried to do its best to cover up activities of paedophilia among its own members, has been the subject of bullying grass roots members, accused of heartless policies towards the poor, unemployed, sick and disabled, discrimination against women and children by withholding benefits and stealing pensions, selling off anything and everything it possibly can in the name of ideology handed down by Margaret Thatcher. This is the ultimate and lowest level of these characteristics the Tory Government has stooped to.

There are three words that perfectly describe the Tory Government and they are “conflict of interest” in just about every sphere of life they have touched and demanded voters do as they are told or there will be consequences. No more so than in the present climate where the steel industry faces complete collapse. With these revelations it is clear the position of the current Tory Government is untenable and they must now resign forthwith and call a General Election.

This should be a warning to all Tories and would-be tories now parading as ministers in the Labour party, pretending to be one of the working classes.   I have news for them.  They are not and never will be working class.  The Labour Party was founded by working people for working people, so people like Tristram Hunt and other public school types need to find themselves another job elsewhere forthwith.

The Nature of Politicians and Politics

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Why is it that the only sorts of people who get elected into high positions in politics happen to be those who are psychopaths who aren’t particularly bright people? I refer to politicians across the world not just those who are parading themselves around in the USA for elections in November. The only sane politician in the US is Bernie Sanders. He is the only person who talks like a normal person and is interested in the plight of the common people. Hillary Clinton has been bought by the establishment as is Donald Trump, even though he is funding his own campaign, they both want the same things just in a different form.

The Donald’s latest pronouncement that Europe and the UK are not safe places for American’s to travel in is absolutely correct. The reason for this is that America alone has forced policies upon the rest of the world that have been to the detriment of those countries and have made them less safe than they were previously.

Having said all of the above, here in the UK we have our own problems with the Tory party who are no better than football yobs and have the same sensibilities, busily stuffing their pockets with the taxes being collected for just about every activity you can think of, even some you can’t, while telling the electorate there isn’t enough money to pay off the massive deficit that has been accumulated in 6 years of proper fiscal management by the Tories themselves. I just wonder who they think they’re kidding. I don’t think I can remember a government who have had a declaration of no confidence in the same year they were elected, but David Cameron managed to achieve that particular accolade.

Angela Merkel is another politician not fit for the office she holds either. Merkel “Mrs Bossyboots” was very keen to tell the Greeks they must pay back what they owe to the Troika and not leave the EU, then she invites the hoards of refugees, some genuine, others not so, into Germany declaring at the same time that other EU countries must also take a share of these terrorists. Merkel then goes to Erdogen to bribe this madman with 6billion Euros to keep the muslim “refugees” who are not genuine in Turkey. It’s been known for months that Turkey is an ISIS stronghold and the gateway through which ISIS has been able to transport oil, thereby getting funding for their terrorist activities. This is something Europeans are supposed to accept in its entirety.

The craziest thing is that Merkel also bows to Washington when it comes to sanctions against Russia. When sanctions were first put in place against Russia I said it would mainly hurt Europe as Russia is the largest trading partner for Europe. Each time the deadline has come and gone to re-evaluate the sanctions, Washington has said “no” and Merkel, Hollande, et al have cowed and agreed to this.

What is particularly galling is Hillary Clinton’s announcement last week that she thinks Europe should clear up the mess made by America and the policies that were engineered by Hillary Clinton herself. She made it very clear on many occasions that she wanted regime change in Syria, wanted to oust Assad and put some puppet in his place. I seriously don’t understand why there isn’t a single politician with the balls to tell America to get lost and leave well alone. America should look at its own backyard before it starts telling everyone else how we should live and I honestly hope that enough Americans are able to see through the vaccuousness that is Hillary Clinton and vote for Bernie Sanders.

Here in the UK I certainly will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn when elections next come round and this may come soon than anyone thinks, particularly when the results come through and there is a vote to leave the EU. That it will break up the EU much sooner than will otherwise happen is probably no bad thing. It will mean that European countries can then regroup, probably along historical alliances and in 20-30 years some other kind of European alliance can be forged, one that is looser and does not require a superstate to be cobbled together, but one that does share a common purpose (which has always been evident) and where the Germans do not play such a dominant role, which is to everyone’s detriment.

Full Term Report, Must do Better

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Its been interesting reading Obama’s musings on his time in the White House and to note what a selective memory he has. Despite all the rhetoric against Russia over the years and the fact the US continues to try to undermine President Putin’s efforts in combating ISIS on a professional level Obama has nothing but praise for President Putin. I just want to know how he manages to look at himself in the mirror each day without feeling utterly repulsed.

Obama and his henchmen continue to expand their sphere of influence across the world and it seems everyone is fair game. These are the last few months in office and Obama is going to make the most of them by stirring up as much trouble as possible. The Chinese, Russians, Syrians, Libyans, Iranians, Europe, UK; is there anyone I’ve left out?

I cannot comment on the situation in the China Seas but it does seems there is quite a bit of flexing of muscles with the US military trying to show their strength.

Russia is another matter. Obama has wanted to diminish the Russian economy through sanctions, it’s not working. It hurts Europe a great deal and will take some time for that to recover. Russia has side-stepped just about every move the Americans have made and come out smiling. If anyone has been diminished in the last few years it has been America and its interests. However, being the coward Obama really is, hasn’t got what it takes to walk up to the Russian front door to pick a fight, no. He wants others to take up the fight on his behalf to cause a war where the Americans can ride in like the Cavalry to save the day, except it’s not happening like that.

Europe’s problems have been caused by and enlarged by the Wall Street crash, the IMF, the ECB and the small enclave of secretive unelective politicians within Brussels under the guidance of the US (and I use the word guidance loosely). Not content with driving the PIGS countries to the wall (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain).

Notwithstanding this the USA under every US president in the last 80 years has fuelled wars in the ME, Africa whether by outright supply of arms and training or funding of these. The latest wars in Lybia, Egypt and Syria to name a few have spilled over into the biggest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since WW2. What does Obama do? Keep going, pushing for more weapons to be sent to ISIS, teaming up with Turkey’s PM Erdogan who is making Hitler look like a Sunday school teacher. Erdogan is instrumental in supporting ISIS, helping them transport oil across Turkey and being used as a conduit for re-arming them.  The fact that Obama is so openly supportive of such a dictatorial terrorist I’m afraid taints the US as a terrorist organisation.

Now I understand there are those people in America who feel that Obama should be tried for treason. I would add that George W Bush and George Bush should also be among those tried for treason. I don’t think Hillary is going to let up on what’s being going on either. She will also support ISIS and further interventions into breaking up Europe and other countries.

It seems that America’s mission in the world is to wreak death and destruction at every turn because it can and because it wants to. It is the bully boy in the world and the world is getting tired of the bombast, rhetoric, anger and sheer venom it spits out at the world. America needs to take a hard look at itself and those who have been put up as candidates for the November elections. They are all as bad as each other apart from Bernie Sanders who really is trying to steer America down a different, kinder path that would allow America and its citizens to have a voice in the kind of nation it wants and the place it has in the world.

I will add one further statement which applies to governments all around the world as standards for office has fallen so low.   In the months when an outgoing government is busy causing mischief it is unacceptable for incoming governments to pledge that they will continue the work done by their predecessors thereby ensuring nothing really changes.  This is an insult to the intelligence of the electorate and makes all the promises at the hustings null and void, nothing more than the promises of an insincere lover.   If people are going to stand for government then they must be able to deliver the promises made.  Those who do not should be voted out forthwith at short notice before too much damage is done.   To this end I think an annual appraisal should be undertaken by the electorate (who are the only legitimate ones to be able to do this).  There can be representatives at Parliamentary level who could do this on the electorates’ behalf and then have a vote via the internet as to whether governments should continue their work or receive their notice.

Chicken Brain or Intelligent Homo Sapiens?

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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.

David Cameron and THAT Deal

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Apologies to all my regular readers, I’ve been away on some personal business which is now (hopefully) sorted out and I should be able to write more regularly.

Well the press in the UK have been frenzied with excitement at the prospect of negotiations between David Cameron and our partners in the EU and it’s very clear that the UK Government branch of the Rothschild dynasty has only been interested in securing jobs and investment in the City of London, bugger the rest of the UK.   What scant information there is at present has changed considerably from what was first presented back in November 2015.

The main points that have been reported are that there will be a limit on the amount of child benefit an EU worker can send back to their home country, equivalent to the amount that would be paid in their home country for the first four years.

There would be an emergency brake on paying benefits to EU migrants if there is a severe (no definition of severe) strains on public services.   Why does Cameron assume everyone is on benefits?  The vast majority of EU migrants, particularly those from what is termed the Visigrad Four countries, that is Hungary, Poland, Czech and Slovakia come to the UK, work hard, pay taxes and do the jobs the English have no interest in doing, but it’s ok for the UK government to take tax off those hard-working Slavs.  How typically xenophobic and small minded of the English.

There is an exclusion from the UK having to integrate any further into the EU, and does not include being part of any future treaties.   A “red card” to slow down any future EU legislation if acting in unison with other EU nations, but no veto to prevent legislation going through.  Having said that he has been given short shrift over the EU Working Time Directive which he wanted to change (presumably so that he could ensure that doctors would work an 100 hour shift every week as they used to before the Directive came into force).  I’m actually glad this wasn’t conceded as there is an enormous battle being played out at present regarding NHS junior doctors.   The Directive has no doubt saved many lives as doctors are no longer tired beyond belief and making mistakes in diagnoses and treatment as they did prior to this piece of legislation.
However one important concession he has managed to get is that the UK will not be part of any further bail-outs for EU countries and if those countries receiving bail outs default the UK won’t be penalised.

Having said all of this I don’t think there has ever been a prime minister who has set the bar for negotiations so low that even the meagre “victories” he has managed to obtain are largely muted and confined to peripheral areas where the EU could actually just throw the odd bone in the hope the English electorate would be happy to settle for so little.  What has to be borne in mind is that the current government of the UK are no better than football yobs with posh accents, and it shows.  They are appealing to the lowest common denominator.

Since the mid-1990s I have observed the UK becoming less and less tolerant of migrants.   This has been strongly encouraged by the popular press who have regularly run stories about “work shy migrants” who are on benefits and  how migrants were bleeding the UK dry.  The scary thing is, the working class English actually believe this, I’m talking about the not very well educated, not well off English who blame migrants for all the ills the politicians have heaped on them.

The question that needs to be asked is if the Tories are so keen to ditch Europe what horrific alternative have they got in store for the UK in the months and years ahead?

We’re pretty much on the same path we were a year ago, at that time people voted for the devil-you-know because the alternative was so bad it couldn’t be considered seriously.  This time there IS an alternative, one we should consider because if we don’t we will slide back into the 1970s and life won’t be so rosy when the Brits decide to holiday in Ibiza, Athens or the Dordoigne and bring back their Duty Free goodies.

The Whipping Boy of Europe

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I love it when there’s shit going on in your own back yard but the attention is diverted elsewhere in the world. At present we have the spectre of David Cameron flitting around Europe talking with various heads of state about accepting his xenophobic proposals against European migrants (who are intelligent, highly skilled and hard-working) to bolster support for Europe in the up-coming EU referendum in the UK; we have the influx of Muslim migrants into the EU which is causing one almighty headache after another; we have tensions within the UK stoked by comments this week by David Cameron that Muslim women must learn English if they want to stay in the UK with many agreeing (including in the Muslim community) against those who are pussy-footing around saying this is racist. We also have a mounting fiscal problem that is far from being addressed, but more on that in another article and then the big story of the past couple of weeks is gaining traction, that is Poland is the cause of concern in the EU political sphere because it has decided to do its own thing rather than conjoin in the comfortable, rather grubby, clubby game the rest of the EU countries take part in and take control of its own media and government appointed judges.

Admittedly, I am on record saying that the latter is cause for concern as it points to a potential corruption of the judicial system, but then the greatest nation on earth America, has had government appointed judges for many years, so Poland is simply following its example. After all, how bad can it be? Surely if it’s ok for America to have politically appointed judges then why can’t everyone else? Why single out Poland?

If it’s ok for the likes of Rupert Murdoch to own more than half the world’s media and regularly, openly decide which candidate he will throw his weight behind in a general election, bend stories to suit his own agenda, trash innocent families who have lost loved ones who have been brutally murdered, then why can’t the Polish government decide what news to publish, have their own agenda and so on, after all the British government do this all the time with the BBC which, as it is funded by taxpayers and government and gained its charter from the Queen should be impartial, but in the last 20 years or so has seen a visible shift in how it presents news, the slant it takes and what stories it airs either by radio, TV or website. Now more widely known as the Tory Government mouthpiece.

From the EU there is not a word about the activities of the UK Tory-led government on how in since 2009 it is systematically eroding human rights by the enactment of the hated Bedroom Tax, is on the verge of displacing social tenancies from council estates to make them homeless, many of whom have children or are elderly. Not a word either of the Snoopers Charter put forward in the House of Commons by Teresa May allowing unfettered access to metadata gathered across all UK citizens in the name of combating terrorism by GCHQ, the latter despite concerns from the USA agencies who did the same thing themselves and conceded that it has no effect on catching those who do go onto perpetrate such crimes.   Neither is there any word against the most spiteful piece of legislation going through the House of Commons at present, that is the Trades Union Bill.

The EU has long been held up as a beacon of civilisation, particularly in Germany where Trades Unions are seen as a partnership in employee relations and, as we have seen in recent months, what Germany advocates for itself, other countries must follow suit.   This singular piece of legislation will erode all the employment rights and good practices it has taken generations to build up, fight for recognition and replace them with something I think only Stalin would be proud of.

There has been a lot of talk, mostly badly informed, of left and right politics.   They are the same. The practices being forced through the UK parliament at present would be very familiar to those who lived behind the Iron Curtain, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia (as it was then), Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.   The UK is currently under the most ideologically driven government in generations that is hell-bent on harming the foundations of democracy attracting the voices of Amnesty UK, Liberty and the British Institute of Human Rights but not a word from the EU about this.  (the cynic in me asks whether this is in anticipation of proposals being put forward in TTIP that will, when ratified be incorporated into UK practice and legislation?).

But because Poland dares not to toe the line and strives for self-determination, however clumsily, it is criticised and threatened.   The latest news maybe more revealing than one thinks.   David Cameron has agreed to send 1,000 troops to Poland to train Polish troops and bolster NATO presence in Poland in, wait for it, 2020. By that time the UK will be out of the EU, the EU itself will have imploded under the sheer weight of incompetence, intransigence across so many areas. It is a monster that is unable to move in any direction politically, logistically or financially (save for simple trade) simply because of the fact each member “state” is in fact a country in its own right.

For the sake of completeness and understanding the EU is simply a trading bloc, nothing more.   It can never be a United States of Europe. It is too cumbersome, there are too many factors pertaining to each country to ensure that legislation is equally applied across the board. What works well for one country will not work in another. Certain standards and guidelines can be applied, but politically? Forget it.

I wonder whether this is simply something to take the minds off those in Brussels from more pressing matters, or whether any spark of individuality is seen as a threat. Having listened to the debate in the European Parliament between Beata Szydlo and MEPs there has been a gross misrepresentation of the Polish situation that yet again, for all the fine words the world has for Poland and its people, still considers Poles to be the niggers of Europe.  Barbaric, uncivilised, incapable of proper democratic self determination.   It is also an increasing desperation of not just Europe but its US “masters” that such inappropriate language as “Putinisation of Poland” is used.

America desperately needs a war to break out somewhere in the world so it can justify military spending on an ever increasing scale. Anywhere in the world and so it pushes in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Ukraine, China and now Europe.  So far nobody is taking the bate.

The question is, does the world want another war on its hands to play into America’s hands and allow its unfettered domination gain further momentum until the entire world is destroyed according to its’ own philosphy, or will Europe as the mature nations of the world decide their own fate, settle the Syrian question with President Putin putting in as much effective effort as possible and return the Syrians to their own countries with the assistance of help in rebuilding and resettlement therein?

Just for the record the current government in power in Poland has corrected a situation created by the outgoing government that put in place judges of its own political leanings, and amended it with five judges of the political leanings of its own, thereby ensuring a fair and balanced outlook and outcome of proceedings.

News Alert – Mass Delusion Sweeps the UK

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If ever there was a man completely deluded in his mission George Osborne is that man. It seems the current Tory government are continuing in their myopic quest for total annihilation of Great Britain, its people and economy in the quest to reinstate feudal governance.

Since being re-elected with the slimmest of majority in May last year he together with his accomplices David Cameron and other members of the Tory government have gone hell for leather to implement this policy. Welfare has and is being cut for the poorest and most vulnerable, the NHS is being starved of new resources to the point where just prior to the last general election it was announced that no further junior doctors would be trained up by the NHS, any doctors coming through now will be sourced from abroad. Junior doctors are now being presented with a “take it or leave it” cut in pay, longer hours and systematic downgrading of their skills and working lives forcing them to strike, something junior doctors are very reluctant to do.

Whole industries are being taken over by asset strippers, asset stripped (including pensions workers have paid into all their working lives), workers laid off without redundancy pay.   In the case of manufacturing even size makes no difference as demonstrated by the largest steel factory owned by Tata is closing production in Scunthorpe and Scotland due to the drop in the price of the metals commodities market and yet the government of each shade of the political spectrum stands by wringing its hands, saying it is unable to help.

I have said this before, there is little faith in the labours of the British people by successive governments even where they have been well trained and are highly skilled at their respective jobs. The current government is hell bent on decimating the UK, its industries and to ensure the British people (and I count those Europeans who have come to the UK to work and make their homes here) are reduced to nothing more than servants and slaves.   Why is nobody saying anything? Why are the few voices that do speak out silenced or drowned in a sea of propaganda?

The so-called “great and good” who are the pillars and guardians of the masses are conspicuous by their absence.

The Tory tactic of blaming everyone else in order to deflect attention away from their own inadequacies has been stripped of all pretension and is clear to see.   The policies of running down industries that would enable Britain to produce goods the rest of the world would want, be they renewables, design, technology, scientific breakthroughs are deliberate. The policy of ensuring the banking system runs as before (“business as usual”) is deliberate. The policy of ensuring the people of Britain are brainwashed into thinking this is the new normal is deliberate. The policy of returning Britain to a feudal society is also deliberate.

The supposed checks and balances of advice from the monarch are a flagrant distortion of what really goes on and another layer of lies the public are fed. The monarch is a tory and very much in favour of a feudal society. She and her family are tory supporters through and through. This is evidenced by how little she pays her staff (much less than the minimum wage), that she takes kick-backs from the government in the form of a raise to the Civil Purse and, of course, how can anyone miss the shiny new state coach she was given over a year ago? I’m afraid the only people who will shoulder the blame for the crash when, not if it comes will be the tory government alone and Elizabeth Windsor and her family of in-breeds.

Britain is in an even more precarious position in terms of being able to sustain itself and grow most of it’s own food.   This week it was reported that Britain imports over 52% of the food in our shops. At the same time farmers are finding it more difficult to make ends meet and many are giving up farming altogether leaving land that would previously be used for grazing or growing to be bought up by developers and built on, sometimes the same land is unfit for developing hence the use for either growing or grazing.

The current downward trend of the shares and commodities markets will continue.   They have become overheated, overinflated and have run out of steam. What goes up must, invariably, go down. The laws of gravity as purported by Isaac Newton are about to be played out in the most dramatic fashion in the coming months and yet I would bet a fiver Cameron will cling onto his position in the face of growing evidence that the economic “miracle” of austerity is not working.   I have said this before austerity is an illusionist trick of smoke and mirrors designed to fleece the common man and woman of what small comforts they have worked hard to provide themselves with. A con trick, nothing more. By extension this makes the Tories thieves, conmen, spivs, shysters, crooks, liars; those supporting and colluding with them are tarnished with the same brush.

I just hope when the inevitable happens we have the balls to do what Iceland did.   Then and only then will Britain and other countries in Europe have the capacity to emerge into stronger, more capable countries, able to sustain themselves and trade with other nations.

31st December 2015

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2015 is coming to an end and it’s been a very interesting year in that so much of the mechanics of how the world is run has been revealed in the most challenging of circumstances, and continues to be revealed.

At present my fears that another world war was imminent are subsiding, at least for the time being which I’m very glad of. The inner workings of intercontinental governments were also revealed in those darkest moments and continue to do so. We are not yet out of the woods, but merely have a chance to draw breath before seeing how matters will play out on the world stage. This is much needed.

However financially the world remains fragile and the small corrections experienced in the Chinese market maybe a forerunner of things to come in the months ahead.   David Cameron has announced today that the inquiry into the banking culture, pay and behaviour of staff working in many of the banks that led to the meltdown we are still all paying for as a society will be shelved.

Just before the UK went to the polling booths to vote in May this year, there was a meeting between Cameron and those in the banking industry which was reported as an aside, a thrown away sentence or two.   I should imagine that this is the sort of thing that would have been discussed at such a meeting and here it is.   The banking industry have magicked money out of thin air, call themselves solvent now and its back to business as usual, make of that what you will.

I wonder how long it will be before rising interest rates and the kind of behaviour that led to the banking crisis in 2007 results in a catastrophic correction that will have many people with massive mortgages really worried.

And then of course we have the other slow, inevitable, lingering car crash of the European economy and the EU itself.   Firstly the Greek financial crisis revealed that the EU is not answerable to its citizens but is like one of those Russian dolls which just gets smaller and smaller, there is the government we all see in the Brussels chamber which meets and discusses important issues, there are other smaller committees pertaining to the various areas of governance and there is the secret inner sanctum and probably an inner, inner sanctum of government where no minutes are kept, no account is kept, there is nothing to say these inner sanctums even exist and yet the most important ideas are formulated for countries to implement. This was revealed by the former Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis who acted as whistleblower after his resignation and I am sure many ordinary people are grateful for a light being shone in such a dark corner of society.

While all this was being discussed the Syrian situation brought with it an influx of migrants the like of which has not been seen since WW2. But it is the manner in which the influx happened and those of us who were suspicious had these confirmed in the most horrible manner in the massacre in Paris on 13th November.

Angela Merkel was happy for these refugees to enter Germany as the birth rate is very low there. That’s entirely her business. What is not her business is for her to proscribe that other countries also take in refugees, particularly when they are neither wanted nor is there the political will to accept them.   Those who are genuine then of course they must be helped, but to accept the sheer numbers of healthy, young men coming from as far as Pakistan and Afghanistan is not.

That it took three whole months for the EU to respond to an emergency while countries were forced to take unilateral decisions about their own borders. Schengen is dead, the EU is dead.   Groups of European countries who have long held ties with each other are looking to renew those ties. Countries are voting in governments who will ensure their people are at the forefront of governance rather than the bureaucrats in Brussels, even if it upsets them in Brussels.

In the meantime many countries in Europe in the aftermath of the Paris massacre are being extra cautious and pushing through draconian laws limiting peoples rights which is why Teresa May announced beefed up online surveillance by GCHQ, MI5, et al last month.

So where does all leave us now at the end of 2015? I think we are looking at the beginning of the disintegration of many institutions that have enjoyed anonymity at taxpayers expense and use hastily considered laws and financial penalties to bully ordinary citizens into submission.   Seven years of austerity that has devastated much of Europe, a ramping up of the war machine by the US and UK government and people are sick and tired.   I have said this before people do not have a problem with each other but governments have a problem with people living peacefully and getting on with their lives. They cannot be manipulated into doing despicable things they would otherwise not do to each other.

I’m not a crystal gazer so cannot give an idea of what may come, but whatever it is, it has to be better than what we’ve gone through this year. Happy New Year.

Voting for WW3? Not In My Name

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However much the UK government wants to bomb IS, ISIL, ISIS or whatever other name these terrorists call themselves this week, the reasons for doing so are at best tenuous. That we should worry of what other people might think is not a good enough reason to ask young men and women to throw away their lives.   The 77,000 names of terrorist groups that have been conjured up by Cameron have the familiar ring of WMD and we all remember how well that went down! In this I fully support Jeremy Corbyn in his opposition to wanting to bomb terrorists in Syria.  The UK should lend backroom support but bombing is not on, especially as the UK arms manufacturers have equipped and made money from these groups.

Has the British government in tandem with the US government not done enough damage in the Middle East with their founding, training, equipping and funding of such proxy armies? The claim that “Oh well, once we’d trained and armed them they just went elsewhere and sold the equipment” is not just gross incompetence, it is a flagrant disregard of the consequences of even thinking that such an “army”(and I use the word loosely) would be happy to be the puppets of such two-faced governments.

President Putin is doing a stellar job of targeting these groups and treating them as equal. Pushed to define “other terrorist groups,” Sergei Lavrov said: “If it looks like a terrorist, if it acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it’s a terrorist, right?” There is no such thing as a “moderate terrorist”.   Today he may fight your cause, tomorrow someone else’s, what’s the difference? You’re still counting dead people who have nothing to do with the argument you have with the world.

 

A Cross Hairs Moment, The Most Important Decision for Humanity

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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.

An End to All Wars

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

Ahead of 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when WW1 officially ended, in the UK as in other parts of the world, heads of state and political leaders commemorate those who lost their lives not just in that war, but in WW2 and subsequent wars since.

This year has seen an unprecedented amount of such “commemorations” where WW1 has been used as an excuse to ramp up the talk of war across the world with devastating effects. It is very clear that whilst heads of state and political leaders look solemnly at the various monuments dotted around the world, laying poppy wreaths, paying tribute, behind the scenes they continue to prepare for a war nobody wants.

Rhetoric from 10 Downing Street and the White House is about “the need to defend against terrorists”. Pots are stirred all over the world in the China seas currently, across Latin America and the Pacific Rim through “trade agreements” and military posturing; in the Middle East, in Europe through stirring up unrest in the ME forcing millions to flee their countries stretching the boundaries to which Europe is able to accommodate and assist these people. The pot is particularly being stirred in Poland fermenting fear towards Russia which is the big target, along with China.

The hypocrisy of these bloodthirsty bastards who have never seen conflict personally and, because of their positions, will never be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice themselves is breathtaking. Who do they think they are that they can meddle in the affairs of countries unilaterally without permission killing at will? So far as American politicians are concerned the world maybe the chess board and nations chess pieces, but many politicians are the kinds of people who should NEVER be in the positions they are in as they are mentally deficient, characterless deviants whose legacy to the world and humanity is one to be ashamed of.

Its easy to commemorate dead people, they will never demand anything from society.   They won’t grow old, won’t have families, demand healthcare or pensions but politically are very convenient.

As you look at the faces of these politicians and heads of state, don’t be fooled by their expressions. They will do what needs to be done and then go back to their warm, cosy lives of wealth and privilege safe in the knowledge they can plan the next campaign across the world wherever it might be, moving the next chess pieces along the board for their own amusement.

  1. A pot-stirrer or shit-stirrer is someone who goes around picking fights with people, or spreads lies among people with the result that people will argue about what was said rather than turning on the person fermenting the trouble. Its a cockney saying.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November

Autumn, Celebrations, democracy, democratic rights, London Life

On the day when the British celebrate Guy Fawkes and that the English government (as it was then) outfoxed his plan to blow up parliament, I think it is fitting that we remember that the real power lies not with governments but with us all.

At a time when governments in the Western hemisphere behave with ever more outrageousness curtailing human rights our forefathers and mothers fought hard to gain in the first place, the day after the British Tory government announced it is seeking to extend surveillance powers over ordinary citizens to see what websites we visit through provider companies, we should remember that a man who had the gumption to stand up for what he believed in and go to extraordinary lengths to gain his objective was caught and punished as an example to us all.

The modern day Guy Fawkes’ now are Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and countless others. These are the people shining a light into some very dark corners of humanity, particularly those dark corners where governments like to hide their nefarious secrets. We need to wake up and realise what is being done while we are busy working for a living, trying to have a normal life and make things better for our families.

Interestingly I read a description of Guy Fawkes earlier today and he was described as a terrorist. Growing up in the UK his story was told to us children regularly but it never dawned on us the enormity of what he actually did, it was just a story and we could have some fun with fireworks and enjoy baked potatoes baked in the embers of the bonfires and toffee apples. The meaning Guy Fawkes rebellion gives is more poignant meaning at this point in time.

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.