Sitting London ducks

2019-election-results-pic_editedJust reading up on ‘what the Tory election win means for your money‘ and find it has little to do with the practicalities of current financial realities.

There are these red specks in seas of blue. London is like an out-landish Labour bastion amidst the blue rural regions.

It seems to be the land- and property owners elections. Yet the young people, who want to get a fair outlook on life, voted Labour, those people who cannot count on their land-ownership and have to look at University fees and interest to be paid on those.

2019-cartogram_editedIt doesn’t even bring much relief to think that the Living- or Minimum wage will rise and get allocated to younger people because the rents are too high and the housing costs and also commuting costs swallow up all earnings, making people reliant on food banks.

I personaly shouldn’t really complain, my pension is set to rise and I get free travel in London.

This election win, will mean little change to our current infrastructure. The same old class tensions will exist and probably be intensified through problems created in Scotland – who want to strive for Scottish independence and Northers Ireland, which is predicted to become part of the Irish nation within the next few decades.

Perhaps that is the reason why the visit of Boris Johnson to her Majesty the Queen took so long because is there really any way to explain to the Royals that the age of discontent has really only begun, rather than healed off?

Obviously – in terms of Brexit – the Brexitiers have won for England and Wales. Perhaps that will shape the future of the United Kingdom, in that it divides the nation and split off Scotland and Ireland from the Union.

Boris Johnson’s bariton voice can of course soothe emotional alarms instantly but rationally and analytically looking at this mess will simple not heal anything.

Those who are fobbed off by Boris Johnson’s calming effect really miss out on the reality of the situation.

Yes, the election results will calm foreign investors, will ensure that business knows how to prepare for the next few years but very little is resolved in terms of infrastructure and the one-nation agenda.

 

2019 general election

On reflection it was very risky of the Liberals to choose Jo Swinson as leader when her seat East Dunburtonshire is located in Scotland, a home nation, with gains for the SNP. I reckon she would have been much more likely to win a seat in an English contituency.

SNP gained 48 seats compared to the 35 in 2017.

The overall voting pattern, giving the Conservatives a clear 47 seat majority, was probably the voice of the people trying to end the uncertainty and make it easier for today’s business to invest and to make some certainty for jobs clear.

For the long term, I still think that the Labour Manifesto was better suited. In a climate emergency business cannot make good decisions other than those that lead to monetary rewards for individual investors. I don’t think that climate change will be profitable for anyone.

Yet the world cannot imagine change and business cannot change.

It will be interesting to see what happens to those arch Labour supporters up in North England who voted Conservative.

 

 

living wage cancelled by stealth

The longer this Tory government is in place, the higher the food prices rise.

It is not just the basic price, it has now also become apparent that previously sold basic products have changed. Low-level priced, good quality products are no longer available in many stores.

The quantities sold previously and branding has changed and prices have tripled. Even basic medications like Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are now hard to get on a low price.

Poundland used to sell 3 packs per pound, the last time I looked it was 1 pack per pound.

Supermarkets now give away their unsold foods to charities instead of throwing the food away but the price of that is passed on to regular consumers, who do not rely on food banks to get their food. Poor people (including the working poor) now just wait for the free food from food banks and that reduces the income food retailers actually get.

There are now more food banks in Britain than there are McDonalds restaurants. Our economy is on the brink of collapse.

I am not entitled to use food banks and have to pay a very high price for just everthing. Prices seem to rise each week.

It’s the person who earns more who have to subsides those on low wages. People do not only pay taxes to support society, they now also are asked to donate to food banks and other charitable enterprises to support others.

Reliance on charitable donations exacerbates inequality. Schools who rely on parental donations have less money if they are with poorer parents.

Clearly it must be much more efficient to bring into place a regulated support system that allocates resources on a fair basis to those on low incomes.

Now we got the living wage but reduced hours, so that jobs are shared out among more people who all earn a fraction of the wages one person could earn. So in fact we all earn less because we need to support others more. The living wage has cancelled out by stealth.

Don’t vote Tory

Boris Johnson yet again hints at further tax cuts. Tax cuts mean cuts in services. Tax cuts mean subsidising business on the expense of the poor working people.

The different principle of Tory v. Labour is simply that Labour would nationalise key industries and services. The Tories would privatise everything.

Privatisation is people running a business that has to make a profit. The more people run our services the more profit they need to make to create a living from it. The more profit has to be made, the more expensive anything becomes.

To make a profit, the business pays as little wage as possible to its employees. Or to say it in better words, the business employs as few people as possible. This then forces those not in work to create their own business to do something.

We see the creation of the working poor, people who got jobs but can’t afford to buy food. People get enslave to work for those who create profits for themselves, from which they pay less taxes to provide services for those who need them.

Overall a government collects taxes to run services for the nation. The less taxes they collect, the less services they provide.

Of course those who make a lot of money from their companies, they couldn’t care less about services provided from the state. They simply buy their own services. Hence we see private health care, private schools, private homes. etc.

The poor and ever increasing poorer masses have to do with the small amount of services the state provides and share the spills of the rich, that they can get hold of. Because Tories reduce taxes, the services the poor masses get, become worst and worst.

On the other hand if Labour wins, we get nationalisation of services and utilities and that will make everything cheaper for all of us. Because if now 100 companies run a service, 100 companies will need to make a profit; we all have to pay for those profits.

But if a state runs the services, we just need to pay as much as it costs to run that service, the material and the wages of those running it, which is of course less than if private businesses run it.

 

 

Right-wing extremism

the development of which is a real danger for Britain today. The Big Society is the breeding ground for extremists of all sorts.

We cannot categorise a person as left- or right-wing whether they are white or not, we have to categorise them by religion and/or traditional behaviour towards their religious doctrine.

We need to re-evaluate the systemic fascist bevaviour that may or may not be religious because the orientation towards a god-like persona, whether living or dead is the main attraction in those movements. Domestic abuse is an indicator of wide-spread day-to-day facism.

Boaz’s book of ‘The politics of Freedom’ are a symphony’ to praise venture Capitalism and with it comes the religion of exploitation of the moment to help the venture individual become rich and successful.

With the Big Society, the Conservatives developed the red herring of Brexit, a concept that runs right through their tenure of government. Whenever they needed something to talk about, it was/is Brexit.

Newsnight’s data – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – revealed there were 322,250 RUI cases between April 2017 to October this year. Of these, 93,098 related to violence against a person and sexual offences cases.

All pressing current issues were ignored. Right-wing extremists are not necessarily white these days, they can come from all backgrounds and Usman Khan, the recent London Bridge terrorist is the dead proof of it. He got a ‘get out of jail’ card without proper scrutiny but it would have been apparent to specialists that he is definately a terrorist risk. Yet there was no money available to properly assess or monitor him as the government spent millions on Brexit preparations instead, putting all our security at risk.

_rui_offences-ncIn fact 93.000 suspectd violent criminals and sex offenders – were released since 2017 into society without restrictions. The government changed the rules on pre-charge bail in 2017. People suspected of offences including rape and murder have been among those “Released Under Investigation” (RUI). Such persons could have an immense effect on society because they may have a different attitude towards democracy and freedom of the individual among other things.

This means suspected offenders who could be part of a certain ideology could be released without jail back into society and severely affect the fabric of society.

Politics is evolving very fast and we cannot keep getting stuck to old and no longer reliable concepts. Multi-nationalism and international movement puts a stop to that.

Whenever I write to a government department, the answer that the minister is just changing prevents a meaningful dialogue. Many voluntary organisations are primarily staffed with those who can afford to spend the time and energy to do those roles. That in itself indicates, the persons are well off and from a middle to upper class background. There are a few organisations who meet through need like those around Grenfell Tower and victims of crime of some sort, who meet whenever they can.

The ability to organise these days is severely restricted through changing working patterns. The change in working patterns was orchestrated on purpose so the so-called working classes could no longer meet and organise themselves on a regular basis.

Only those who are established and well off can find the resources to dedicate themselves to the Big Society, they are also the least likely wanting to rebell.

Wealth concentration is spiralling towards a smaller elite whilst the masses are kept in some poverty and ever bigger dependance on the charity donations that fewer people are able to give.

The Labour policies currently pushed by the Labour Party are there to counter this development and it is necessary to re-establish some level of playing field for society to flourish.

 

Extremist capitalism

Just as I am reading “The America we deserve” from Donald Trump, I came across an interesting quote: “….because business is the task of linking private ambitions to social needs”.

That sounds very good indeed. Prof Colin Mayer, author of a new report on the future of the corporation for the British Academy, has detected that Britain has the most extreme form of capitalism in the world.

“The corporation has failed to deliver benefit beyond shareholders, to its stakeholders and its wider community,” he said.

The Academy’s report comes a week after the Labour Party manifesto proposed the biggest shake-up of how business is owned and run in decades. It included the nationalisation of water, rail, energy, mail, broadband and the forced transfer of company shares to employees.

 

Stop monopolisation of quality goods

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I am all for quality goods. The distribution of throw-away articles, which are of bad quality and mass-produced and imported at great cost to the environment because of the carbon foot-print does a lot of damage to our environment.

Unfortunately quality goods as – for example Louis Vuitton – are unaffordable for most. It is not possible to mass-produce quality goods and distribute them equally as fast as throw-away goods  because quality goods take much longer to produce.

However, they last longer. I think a Louis Vuitton bag can last not only for one but two generations, hence the carbon footprint of such a luxury item is very low indeed.

Louis Vuitton has just bought the luxury brand Tiffany for around £12.5 Billion. See original report here.

The luxury goods market is totally centralised and unaffordable for the majority of people.

What would be viable is, if more people get the skills and equipment to make high quality goods themselves and sell them for an affordable price or make themselves.

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I can knit a jumper or sew a dress and it will last for decades but if I buy a cheap one, it will be unusable within 2 years. Yet, I do have the skill to knit a jumper but how many people out there could do it? How many people even would have the time to craft something? They are all busy working on cheap products instead.

Crafts are dying out and what we need is crafts to slow the environmental impact that products production and transport has on our environment.

It is amazing that political leaders like Margaret Thatcher, who was the first major leader to address the UN on climate change, at the time when the Berlin Wall fell but who also failed to understand the correlation between mass production and carbon footprint. Luxury goods would have been right up her street.

The warm-up act

Jeremy Corbyn certainly doesn’t lack confidence when he described Boris Johnson as his warm-up act at today’s CBI speech.

Overall Jeremy Corbyn sounded more coherent and articulate and knowing a clear plan of what he wanted to achieve.

Boris Johnson brought on a lot of stammering and ahs but was honest enough to announce that the Conservervatives no longer want to cut Corporation tax.

So business is between a rock and a hard place but the Labour plan seems overall more business friendly because the free broadband plan and regulation of bus transport across the country will enable business and productivity across the country.

Obviously the free education for all will raise skill levels and participation in educational opportunities, a clear enhancement for productivity and skills development.

Overall the Labour strategy is more business friendly despite wanting to nationalise a few services because it enables business better rather than a conservative strategy, which allows only a few, very rich and large businesses to thrive on the expense of smaller outlets.

 

Don’t make us rely on charity

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I was amazed that Simon Cowell could just donate £25.000 for the BBC Children in Need appeal. Wonderful, some needy children will benefit from that.

What bothers me is that the amount of requests for charity donation has spiralled to immense proportions.

Now, since Facebook has jumped onto the bandwagon and lets people collect donations on their birthday, I am really in a jiffy because I have in excess of 800 friends.

Multiply the donations x 850 and I would find myself broke by Easter.

With the creation of the Big Society and the reducation in Taxes, essential services having to rely on donation rather than guaranteed support through the Funding Formula from Central government.

Yet people constantly fall into that trap, the lower taxes will get votes but in fact, our lives are much better when all those who need it get support all year round, which will reduce the crime rate, problems with care for people and maintenance of local areas and food banks and crowd funding.

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When we have a higher employment rate in the UK but most working get less money, then the tax income will fall lower because they won’t even meet the lowest tax thresholds for income tax. But they also do not earn enough to afford food.

Now we get so used to demands for money that it has become normal.

  • The beggar outside of supermarkets
  • The demand for Foodband donations inside the supermarkets
  • Constant demands for donations from online charities
  • Constant demands for donations in voluntary clubs and organisations.

Our incomes are vastly diminished through voluntary contributions, which are far higher than a regulated amount of higher tax.

Egg, emotional imbalance

A boiled egg, eaten on a commuter trains caused outrage recently. Somebody didn’t like the smell.

As I was in the process of finding work we were advised not to wear distinctive deodorants on our body because it could upset the interviewing panels, who do not like the smell.

Some interviewers do not like certain colours, hairstyles or other distinctive features of our appearance at the time.

Can firms even imagine how much talent they reject because their interviewers are choosing according to their own preferences?

Statistics show that around 66% of companies get unhappy with their new recruits once in the job. Only a third of US companies measure if their hiring technieques are good.

No matter what algorythms are used for job matching the interviewer will always be influenced by their own emotions and likes.

Obvioulsy head-hunting takes place but that is pre-determined and in specific social circles or using media in certain locations.

Back to the egg. Emotional balance is the word I am looking for. Only being happy if certain conditions are fulfilled like nobody’s eaten boiled eggs or other smelly foods, no loud noises, not allowed to wear green; there is always something somebody isn’t happy with.

That is the new way conditions are dictated by a few on the many and it is a new intolerance that I think we should reject.

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