Pig Swill and a Dogs Breakfast

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

The conversations going around coffee shops in London are centered around the Brexit negotiations carried out by the UK government which is giving so many ordinary people and businesses scope for worry. Apart from Theresa May’s blanket dismissal of any foreign nationals entering the UK (which isn’t going to happen any time soon, the UK depends on clever foreigners who have had a good education to come and work) there is no clear plan as to what vision of a UK outside the EU will look like, except that the Tory party seem to think there is a free-for-all and we would be prepared to lower our standards of living in order to allow “free trade” at any cost. No so matey.

Enter that clever man, Mervyn King ex-Governor of the Bank of England. The man who pleaded that he could not forsee the train wreck that careered out of control in 2008 who opined that there seems to be a lack of Plan A, let alone Plan B within government circles. This I would agree with. Without wishing to diminish Mervyn King’s achievements he has hit one particular nail on the head.

The quality of persons heading our negotiations give the image of rabbits being stuck in headlights not knowing which way to turn. Every other day one minister will pop up and say something only to be contradicted by another minister. At present there have been pronouncements on how far foreign fishing boats will be able to fish from the UK coastline. Having left the London Agreement which effectively allows the UK to regain control of fishing within 12 miles of the UK coastline, Michael Gove said that maybe some countries will be able to continue fishing up to 6 miles of the coastline. The very countries who have decimated our fishing industry and was very much a point put forward during the Referendum. It makes sense, if British fishermen can fish up to 12 miles of the UK coastline and sell whatever they catch whether its in the UK or abroad that’s a good deal. Muddying the waters is just stupid and I wonder whether “a gossiping drunk” as he was described by Boris Johnson is the right calibre of person to be leading these negotiations. Likewise with farming subsidies. At present farming in the UK has become in pretty dire straits with many farmers finding it far too expensive to continue farming and selling up in recent years. Others have had a diversify into other areas. My impression is that farming subsidies allow farmers to barely break even and it would be disastrous to drop this altogether. We all rely on cheap food, affordable food which needs to be subsidised by the government to support and ensure we have homegrown food that isn’t dependent on fair weather and good friends abroad whose standards may be questionable.

Which neatly brings me onto the story of chlorinated chicken, a practice used in the USA, banned everywhere else in the EU and President Donald Trump’s insistence that we should accept these onto our supermarket shelves as they are cheaper to produce, even with shipment costs. One only needs to look at the people in the USA and how fat and unhealthy they are, how the use of pollutants in their water has rendered them ill and ask ourselves, do we really want to go down this path? I say no we don’t. I voted for Brexit and voted for a better life, one where young people can walk into well paid jobs at whatever level they are in their lives, earn the kind of money that would enable them to buy their own homes. I voted for a Brexit where the old, sick, disabled and vulnerable in society would have the help and support they needed. I voted for a Brexit where we would all feel safe in the knowledge that we had the best standards in many areas of life, from safe toys for children, to good, strong employment practices that ensured fair play between workers and bosses. I voted for a Brexit where old people could go out for a daily constitutional walk without fear of being mugged or attacked. I voted for a Brexit where ordinary people could have a guaranteed roof over their heads in the form of social housing, free education and health care as and when they need it. I did not vote for a Brexit where people who have such a high opinion of themselves would allow the rest of us to live in sewage, stoop to the lowest levels and then abandon us without a care.

The last sentence is where I fear the tories are taking the UK. The same way that the survivors of Grenfell Tower have been maltreated, abandoned, forgotten, washed hands off is how we will all be treated in years to come. This tory government could not care less about anyone who isn’t rich and will leave this country a dogs breakfast.

In future years their record should stand and be repeated ad infinitum. The tory party should never be allowed to govern this country again.

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Honest Conversations

London Life

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.

Pensions, Work and Companies

London Life

I’d like to talk about a worrying trend that is appearing at present that touches all our lives and that is aging and pensions. As time passes we get older and at some point in our lives we will become too old and worn out with the cares of life to work for a living and will need some form of financial support. In some countries around the world governments make provision for this and pay out state pensions, many other countries do not and workers have to make their own provision and take out a pension with a company or, if they are lucky enough their employer will have a company pension into which both the employer and employee will pay and at the end of which the employee will be able to take out his or her “pot” (as it pot of money) and get a pension.

In the UK there has been a mix of pension provision. The state pays a basic pension which in recent years has risen in line with those on the European Continent, but this is still quite basic. There are also personal pensions into which you take out with an insurance company and pay into every month, your employer can also pay into it, which of course increases the amount of money that can be invested and also grow your pension pot. There are also company pensions into which both employer and employee pay into, as described above. It is the latter type of pension that I want to talk about.

In 1991 a certain Robert Maxwell died at sea in the Canary Islands, falling off a boat. In the months that followed it transpired that the company pension into which 30,000 employees of the Mirror Group had faithfully paid contributions honestly thinking they would be able to be comfortable in their old age had been plundered to the tune of £440 million. The money was repaid, although not in full, partly by the Mirror Group and partly by the government.

All’s well and good you say. What has that to do with the present day? Last month a beloved shop that has been a feature of high streets up and down the UK, BHS or British Home Stores, as gone into administration. It was sold on 12 March 2015 by Philip Green for the nominal sum of £1. BHS opened its first store in Brixton in 1928 selling goods for a shilling (£2 in todays money) and was able to raise its price to five shillings (the equivalent of £10 in today’s money). As BHS went into administration it was also revealed that it has debts of £1.3 billion including £571 million in pension liabilities. It was advised by Goldman Sachs and, as a responsibility to the 11,000 employees that face redundancy there are questions that need to be answered.

Former owner of BHS Philip Green has been summoned to a hearing by MPs of the Select Committee at the House of Commons and has arrogantly called for the resignation of the Chair of that committee, Frank Field. Goldman Sachs has also been called to appear before the Select Committee at the House of Commons, they have declined and asked that written evidence only is given to the Committee. In effect these people see no reason to be questioned in person by a group of MPs who will ask what happened, why, which people played a part in the demise of the company and what steps will be taken to restore the pension fund of those past and present employees who have paid into it.

This raises the question at what point do pensions form just another asset that a company can use to shore up its financial difficulties without knowledge or permission of those who have paid into it in good faith? If it is the case that pensions are there to be plundered by whoever wishes to do so then those making the contributions are correct in saying the whole idea of making provision for one’s old age is a mistake as there cannot be any guarantee that there will be any provision when someone reaches retirement age.

At this stage the majority of the burden for providing a pension in old age should properly fall onto the state and government. Pensions should be raised to a level whereby people should be able to live comfortably without worrying that they cannot afford to heat their homes or eat, that when large expenses present themselves, they are able to meet them and just enjoy their lives. After all, people have paid taxes that governments have had the benefit of all their working lives, it is time for the Government to return some of that benefit to the people who have paid that money. We should aim to have an equitable society in which everyone is provided for.

Certainly in the UK we are asked to pay huge amounts of tax, much of which is squandered by MPs who seem to think it is their own private fund to do as they wish with, when a good part of it should be returned to people to enable them to live a good life.

It is also incredibly arrogant of companies who have spent years lobbying governments across the world for favourable conditions, subsidies and perks in order for them to start up and continue their businesses who, when things go wrong, consider themselves not to be accountable for their actions, but to leave governments to pick up the pieces of their bad management. Particularly so for banking firms such as Goldman Sachs who were happy to take out their begging bowls in 2008 when their bets didn’t pay off, asked governments to help them out. Those same firms are accountable not just to governments, but to their customers in the same way other institutions and businesses are. Admittedly Goldman Sachs didn’t need to take out their begging bowls, but so many other banking firms did. The banking sector has done nothing to reform itself since that time and has continued as though nothing has changed. Such arrogance will return to bite them when the time emerges for a further financial correction which will come sooner than we think.

Brexit and the Truth Behind the Real Europe

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

At the risk of boring my readership, the current circus being conducted in the UK about the EU Referendum and our decision as to whether we remain or leave the European Union is entering its final couple of weeks and the arguments are coming in thick and fast.

David Cameron set out his reasons as to why we should stay, which were quickly and properly shot down by a TV audience of a mixed bag of voters, some pro, others against and some undecided. Quite a lot of pertinent questions were put by the audience, none of them properly answered by Cameron.

The usual Punch-and-Judy show between politicians and a swathe of politicians, luvvies and so-called business people have put forward their cases for and against remaining or leaving. However I think I have come to the crux of what Europe is really all about and it chills me to the bone.

For months I have said that the influx of “refugees” is false, many of them are not refugees but invaders. I urge you to look up the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan but for the sake of whetting your appetite will give you this quote:
The genocide of the Peoples of Europe

Illegal migrant trafficking and forced mass Immigration (into European Nations only) is now creating chaos throughout much of Europe, especially in Germany and Sweden, including parts of France and many other European countries too. A constant flood of boats arriving from mainly Africa reveals a structured network of pre-planned routes into Europe, with the eventual goal of completely displacing Europeans from their homelands, and replacing them with cheap labour from all over the third world. European Nations and their populations have already been dramatically transformed by decades of mass Third World immigration and the relentless promotion of ”diversity” and multiculturalism by the mainstream media and it’s ”progressive” agenda.

This is no coincidence, and was all planned many years ago as laid out in the Coudenhove-Kalergi plan, which is a plan for the systematic genocide of the native peoples of Europe.

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The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – The genocide of the Peoples of Europe

Mass immigration is a phenomenon, the causes of which are still cleverly concealed by the system, and the multicultural propaganda is trying to falsely portray it as inevitable. With this article we intend to prove once and for all, that this is not a spontaneous phenomenon. What they want to present as an inevitable outcome of modern life, is actually a plan conceived around a table and prepared for decades, to completely destroy the face of the continent.

The Pan-Europe

Few people know that one of the main initiators of the process of European integration, was also the man who designed the genocide plan of the Peoples of Europe. It is a dark person, whose existence is unknown to the masses, but the elite considers him as the founder of the European Union. His name is Richard Coudenhove Kalergi. His father was an Austrian diplomat named Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi (with connections to the Byzantine family of the Kallergis) and his mother the Japanese Mitsu Aoyama. Kalergi, thanks to his close contacts with all European aristocrats and politicians, due to the relationships of his nobleman-diplomat father, and by moving behind the scenes, away from the glare of publicity, he managed to attract the most important heads of state to his plan , making them supporters and collaborators for the “project of European integration”.

In 1922 he founded the “Pan-European” movement in Vienna, which aimed to create a New World Order, based on a federation of nations led by the United States. European integration would be the first step in creating a world government. Among the first supporters, including Czech politicians Tomáš Masaryk and Edvard Beneš and the banker Max Warburg, who invested the first 60,000 marks. The Austrian Chancellor Ignaz Seipel and the next president of Austria, Karl Renner, took the responsibility for leading the “Pan-European” movement. Later, French politicians, such as Léon Bloum, Aristide Briand, Alcide De Gasperi, etc will offer their help.

With the rise of Fascism in Europe, the project was abandoned and the “Pan-European” movement was forced to dissolve, but after the Second World War, Kalergi, thanks to frantic and tireless activity and the support of Winston Churchill, the Jewish Masonic Lodge B’nai B’rith and major newspapers like the New York Times, the plan manages to be accepted by the United States Government. The CIA later undertakes the completion of the project.

The essence of the Kalergi plan
In his book «Praktischer Idealismus», Kalergi indicates that the residents of the future “United States of Europe” will not be the People of the Old Continent, but a kind of sub-humans, products of miscegenation. He clearly states that the peoples of Europe should interbreed with Asians and colored races, thus creating a multinational flock with no quality and easily controlled by the ruling elite.

Kalergi proclaims the abolition of the right of self-determination and then the elimination of nations with the use of ethnic separatist movements and mass migration. In order for Europe to be controlled by an elite, he wants to turn people into one homogeneous mixed breed of Blacks, Whites and Asians. Who is is this elite however? Kalergi is particularly illuminating on this:

The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of today will gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples and the diversity of individuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will, refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as a leading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It’s not surprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became the spiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europe created a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudal aristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actions taken by the French Revolution]

Although no textbook mentions Kalergi, his ideas are the guiding principles of the European Union. The belief that the peoples of Europe should be mixed with Africans and Asians, to destroy our identity and create a single mestizo race, is the basis of all community policies that aim to protect minorities. Not for humanitarian reasons, but because of the directives issued by the ruthless Regime that machinates the greatest genocide in history. The Coudenhove-Kalergi European Prize is awarded every two years to Europeans who have excelled in promoting this criminal plan. Among those awarded with such a prize are Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy.

The incitement to genocide, is also the basis of the constant appeals of the United Nations, that demands we accept millions of immigrants to help with the low birth rates of the EU. According to a report published on January 2000 in «Population division» Review of the United Nations in New York, under the title “Immigration replacement: A solution to declining and aging population,” Europe will need by 2025 159,000,000 migrants.

One could wonder how there can be such accuracy on the estimates of immigration, although it was not a premeditated plan. It is certain that the low birth rate could easily be reversed with appropriate measures to support families. It is just as clear that it is the contribution of foreign genes do not protect our genetic heritage, but that it enables their disappearance. The sole purpose of these measures is to completely distort our people, to turn them into a group of people without national, historical and cultural cohesion. In short, the policies of the Kalergi plan was and still is, the basis of official government policies aimed at genocide of the Peoples of Europe, through mass immigration. G. Brock Chisholm, former director of the World Health Organization (OMS), proves that he has learned the lesson of Kalergi well when he says: “What people in all places have to do is to limit of birthrates and promote mixed marriages (between different races), this aims to create a single race in a world which will be directed by a central authority. ”

Conclusions

If we look around us, the Kalergi plan seems to be fully realized. We face Europe’s fusion with the Third World. The plague of interracial marriage produces each year thousands of young people of mixed race: “The children of Kalergi». Under the dual pressures of misinformation and humanitarian stupefaction, promoted by the MSM, the Europeans are being taught to renounce their origin, to renounce their national identity.

The servants of globalization are trying to convince us that to deny our identity, is a progressive and humanitarian act, that “racism” is wrong, because they want us all to be blind consumers. It is necessary, now more than ever, to counter the lies of the System, to awaken the revolutionary spirit Europeans. Every one must see this truth, that European Integration amounts to genocide. We have no other option, the alternative is national suicide.

Translator’s note: Although the reasons due to which Kalergi made the choices he made are of no particular interest to us, we will try to answer a question that will surely our readers have already asked: Why a European aristocrat with Flemish, Polish, Greek-Byzantine roots and even with some samurai blood in his veins (from his mother) was such body plans and organ in the hands of dark forces? The reasons, in our opinion, are multiple, idiosyncratic, psychological and … women.

Also the quote from Prof Noel Ignatiev (Sept-Oct 2002, Harvard Magazine):

“The goal of abolishing the white race is, on the face of it, so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed white supremacists …. Make no mistake about it: we intend to keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females too, until the social construct known as “the white race” is destroyed.

It should also be noted that Angela Merkel and Herman van Rompouy have both received the Coudenhove-Kalergi Prize. It also explodes any myth that Germany is in any way apologetic for what occurred in WW1 and WW2. It was planned and deliberate in the same way as her call for these invaders to come to Germany.

Germany may have a problem with breeding, but the same is not true for the Visigrad Four countries whose populations continue to flourish.

Lies, More Lies and Damned Statistics …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Politics is a long time in …..

democracy, democratic rights

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

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

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.

Brexit, To Remain or Go?

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There seems to be a lot of speculation on both sides of the argument of whether to vote to remain in the EU or leave and each side seems to have an agenda from politicians who simply cannot be trusted to do the right thing for the UK or its people, only to line their own pockets with taxes taken from hard working people and sell off every possible asset this country has, to corporations who are keen to exploit the same hardworking people by paying them next to nothing, in fact nothing at all if they get their own way for the ever-decreasing profits being chased currently by just about anyone who has a modicum of interest in the stock market.

In the last month or so the Leave campaign has been the most vociferous and passionate, but I have to say that against the backdrop of Cameron & Osborn’s tax evasion escapades (even though both seem to be in the Remain camp) I simply don’t trust either of them so far as I could throw them.   The remain campaign has been lukewarm in its arguments and not particularly convincing either, preferring to answer some of the more outlandish claims made by the Leave camp.

Just about every conceivable ill is blamed on Brussels, I would even go so far as to say that even bad weather would also be blamed on Brussels and that if we leave it would suddenly be sunny every day until Christmas.

However, I think the most convincing, factual argument not to remain comes from  a former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson in his Chatham House speech two months ago which is accessible on YouTube.  In it he gives a clear, lucid explanation of Britain’s role in the world at the time the EMU (European Monetary Union) was being implemented which preceded the ill-fated Euro when our trade links stretched across the world.  Not being in the EU would mean we could resume our membership of the WTO (World Trade Organisation) and renew links with previous trading partners New Zealand and Australia both countries provided us with stellar produce and I’m sure would do so again.

I am not someone given to speculation, supposition and the like but want to know more about the probabilities of what may occur.   I am old enough to remember when people in the UK first voted to join the EEC as it was then, although as an 15 year old I can only vaguely remember some things such as food was cheaper, there were plenty of jobs around, many were skilled but not massively well paid and the food was just plain boring.

Fast forward 40-odd years on and we enjoy much better food, easy to get hold of ingredients in our local supermarkets and shops, better standards of living, the ability to improve our living conditions if we adopt European house building models which are more energy efficient and sustainable to build and live in.  More and easier access to jobs abroad and yes, the argument that there may be some migrants who travel to the UK and have access to our benefits system, but is also works the other way around.  If you are unable to get a job in the UK but a firm in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany or any of the other EU countries will give you a job and relocate you, you are also able to access their benefits system, albeit after a qualifying period in many cases.

We also enjoy cheaper travel to European countries without any hassles, bring back duty-free goods to a greater level than was previously allowed.  We can even access almost free healthcare if we fall ill or have an accident whilst on holiday abroad (so long as you have completed the correct forms before travelling).

Furthermore the social aspect of being in the EU shouldn’t go unacknowledged.  The Working Time Directive which is in danger of being eradicated by TTIP and also our Tory government is a blessing.   It was the normal practice for junior doctors to work 100 hours a week and not unheard of for wrong doses of medication to be administered, the wrong diagnoses to be made from sheer lack of sleep.   The prevailing attitude among consultant doctors at the time was “Well I had to do it, so they should as well”.   Old people now benefit from higher pensions as a result of the social reforms that are standard in the EU.  The British government of all shades are obsessed by the idea that if you are old and infirm the remainder of your life should be spent in poverty not being able to heat your home and eat but having to choose between the two.  Any concessions gained by old people are also in the process of being taken back by the government while they hide their wealth in off-shore funds avoiding paying tax.

Children’s toys and equipment are also safer as a result of the EU directives on materials, lead-free paint and other components used in their manufacture.  These are changes to be applauded and we have and continue to benefit from them.

What has to be remembered is that many of those in the Leave camp already have plans that will not benefit the ordinary working people one little jot.  We would be catapulted to the age of the workhouse for the old, poor and destitute, the NHS would certainly be dismantled whereas even under TTIP the NHS does have a letter of comfort that excludes it from being sold off.
I have said this before, with the changes that have been flooding in over since last summer, we have been given a glimpse into just how undemocratic the EU really is, how it is run for the benefit for the few at present, rather than for the many, and how EU bearaucracts are impervious to how much they are hurting poorer countries.   This is mainly being caused by two particular villains, Germany and US meddling in Europe.

Germany has been under occupation since WW2, there has been a military presence there which in recent years has been reduced in number.   Because of the presence of the US Germany is bound to take “advice” from the US on certain matters.   The worst mistake Germany, and indeed the rest of the EU made was to impose sanctions against Russia.   This is the main cause of the EU economy tanking in the last couple of years.   Russia has implemented all of the requirements asked of it in the Minsk Agreement, Ukraine has not, but Russia is still being punished for Ukraine’s mistakes.   In fact the EU is serious considering admitting Ukraine into the EU as a full member.   This is a huge mistake and one that will guarantee the fall of the EU as an entity.  Ukraine is so broke it makes Greece look positively solvent by comparison.   If the EU has wobbled because of the Greek deficit last year, it would certainly implode on admitting Ukraine to the EU.  Ukraine’s debts and size are much bigger and the Ukrainians are, by and large, an agrarian country with few resources.  It would be like putting money into a bottomless piggy bank and it would simply disappear.

EU politicians really must grow a spine and tell the US to butt out of EU affairs, reinstate relations with Russia forthwith as it is the only way to restore the fortunes of all parties concerned.

Furthermore the EU must ditch TTIP, CETA and other such “free trade agreements” as they serve nobody but US interests alone.  We have all been born free people and are not to be give or sold into slavery to corporate interests.  The EU must also examine it’s own attitudes to member nations.   Currently there is a spat going on about Poland’s newly elected government and the Polish constitution which is heading in the wrong direction.  Hardly any mention is being made of the deal between Merkel and the Turkish President Erodigan.

Merkel is happy to hang out a German comedian to dry by using an ancient German law forbidding ridiculing foreign politicians but so quick to point out Poland’s faults.   Surely free speech is free speech wherever it is uttered.   If Turkey wants to be part of the EU it must accept that we have free speech here and it is absolutely correct for politicians and their beliefs to be ridiculed and told they are on the wrong path, otherwise we have a dictatorship not a democracy.    I don’t care about offending other people sensibilities when it comes to expressing my point of view, it is my point of view and my right to say so.  I do care about being told I cannot give my point of view because it offends someone else’s point of view, especially when they are a pathetic despot who locks up journalists because he doesn’t agree with them.  What is allowed for one side is certainly allowed for the other.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On the Never-Never

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

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

The Price of Everything is Money

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh Dear, Here we go again

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Our inept PM has been playing host to the Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week and while, for once, he didn’t embarrass himself, he managed to sign an agreement for a joint venture between France and China to build a nuclear reactor to supply energy where the Chinese will have a free hand in the modality of its construction.   The news on 31st October is that a building collapsed in Beiwudu in Wuyang County killing 17 people, leaving 23 injured.   I wonder whether Dave might want to reconsider such a partnership scheme as there won’t be a UK if this goes ahead. I would certainly have reservations that below-standard building techniques could be used which would be disastrous and cause another Fukishima.

I have previously stated my preference for renewable energy to be nurtured as it is quicker, easier and more effective to get up and running and there is a long-term pay off for these. The same cannot be said for nuclear which, by its very nature, needs to be carefully managed at every stage and I wonder if Dave has thought this through thoroughly enough.

 

Stop Press, Move to the Left, Move to the Right

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I just have to post a quick comment on the anticipated results of the elections in Poland and the results in Portugal.

Whilst I’ve never been a fan of the Duck Brothers (Kaczynski)* when Lech and Jaroslaw were in parliament together, considering them to be country bumpkins who lack finesse in some of their ideas and in foreign affairs and in some of their views, Jaroslaw seems to be on the verge of pulling off a big result.   As his views are rather more than simply eurosceptic as in the UK, he would be joined by other smaller parties in Poland advocating heavy taxes on banks and higher spending on welfare for the majority of its people.   In this he seems to have hit a cord with the electorate.  However it turns out, I wish Poland well in her pursuit of self determination.

Portugal on the other hand left me absolutely gobsmacked when Anibal Cavaco Silva, Portugal’s constitutional president, took the unprecendented step of banning eurosceptic parties and any move to the left, even though the anti-austerity parties won a staggering 50.7% of the vote.  Led by the Socialists, they control the Assembleia

Anibal Cavaco Silva declared “Democracy must take second place to the higher imperative of euro rules and membership”.   He is terrified that any deviation of the path laid down by the Troika will spell years of further disaster for Portugal, but 7 years of utter hell for the Portugese people and they, among others have had more than enough.

There seems to be a trend started in Greece at the beginning of the year and it shows no sign of stopping.   It will gather momentum until each country in Europe can determine for themselves how they wish to live.   It does not necessarily mean enmity, but a necessary respect that is currently not there and certainly not something any politician in Brussels bothers themselves with.

I have said this before, the financial experiment is over in Europe.  The fiscal discipline is more than can be borne by any country other than Germany, in which case Germany is welcome to it.  By trying to sneak in a kind of statehood of Europe by the back door is the most stupid thing that anyone could even think of doing, and yet, here we are.   The Lisbon Treaty, the Fiscal Compact, the Growth and Stability Pact are works of fiction and unsustainable.  Each country has its own history, culture, language, traditions and topography within which it works and lives and each citizen of these countries is very proud of, and rightly so.   To think that Europe can be one homogenous mass beyond a trading partnership is an exercise in the foolishness of politicians.

*kaczka is Polish for duck, the name Kaczynski is a derivation of that.