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Greta Thunberg has been told to get an economics degree to be taken serious. Yet, going through years of some education may brainwash you into believing that the only way to do business is the old one.

There are sciences, which are pure and do not relate to current affairs but those decisions that need to be made in relation to climate change are actually not calculated on pure science but on the greed of those wanting to make profits.

Having listened to the Grenfell discussion on ‘politics live’ this morning, we’ve heard that some tower blocks are not so dangerous as they have night patrols. The answer was that many leaseholders cannot afford to pay for it.

Private ownership again hinders progress being made. Of course owning something privately means you rely entirely on your own resources. The smaller the building the less economical can it be to share and spread costs and if a private building owner has to replace a load of cladding on a building it becomes unaffordable.

Nobobdy questions the principle of private ownership, they question why the government hasn’t yet introduced laws to force owners to change the cladding. But this is a Conservative government, a government that supports private ownership.

Question the logic of this.

I don’t think there is a pure state in existance today that has a properly installed community government.

  • North Korea, is a kind of family tyranny, that starves it’s population but which tries to blow our planet apart with constant nuclear testing
  • China, a half-capitialist government, which is unelectable and relies on trade with capitalist countries
  • Russia, a pseudo communist country that charges a flat tax rate to all, regardless of income. Nothing is being shared around there.

This planet is being run into the ground by large money accumulators who run business and produce goods that keep us in employment, the economy moving and make them richer.

The poor have no choice but to work in jobs being offered as they have to work to be part of an acceptable community, which relies on taxes.

Round and round and round it goes.

People ask again and again why didn’t the German’s stop Hitler, ask yourself, why does nobody stop the destruction of the environment.

 

Bad debate – bad result

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I’ve now spent months watching politcal debate in Britain and it has occurred to me that this democracy is a mock-democracy.

A lot of words are being used to spew out the same thoughts again and again with no results whatsoever. In terms of the environment, Brexit is only important as to the production of extra Carbon Emissions because transporting goods further away will cause more.

The unilateral thinking always centres around plain numbers with little quality attached.

  • The level of poverty
  • the number of food banks
  • the level of crime
  • the level of employment
  • the referendum and numbers voted

In short it’s just a plain and simple numbers game around tax revenue.

Britain is s mock-democracy because there is no quality argument.

Instead of lamenting poverty, the opposition could ask questions around the quality of employment opportunities in Britain. Of course Johnson would come back with employment numbers but people would start thinking about whether it is feasable to employ people in making

  • single use plastics
  • exploit fossil fuels
  • producing alcohol
  • making cigarettes
  • making fuel guzzling cars
  • produce carbon rich products

The government is as good as the opposition allows them to be and in this ‘mock-democracy’ there is little quality opposition.

Not even the strong-sounding Scottish opposition has much to offer because much of the Scottish produce, they are so proud of is plain and simply Whiskey.

I tried some again yesterday and I am about to empty the bottle into the sink. My son once got at as Christmas gift at work and it just tastes awful. So why be proud of making something that has little health effect on people or the environment?

The one Green MP asks a few questions around the Green agenda but the Labour Party makes no difference because they do not question the investment in fossil fuels and the production of bad products and the people used employed therein.

Economics is sadly just about numbers. But the only numbers important to us should be how affordable healthy and low carbon living can be made for us. The majority of people are poor and purchase what is cheapest for them to buy.

Yet politicians only support the highest tax payers and those are the established industries who are based on fossil fuel exploitation.

Considering the

  • steel industry contributes 8 % of all global emissions,
  • energy makes up 72% of global emission.
  • Agriculture 11% of global emissions.

We should rationalise all arguments.

Because it does not help to switch car production from fossil to electric as electric cars will push up the 72% rate of global emissions even further.

 

Bad primal answers

The answer is always the same

  • less unemployment
  • better economy

Yet, the employment never gets compared to what type of jobs those in employment actually do in relation to the carbon footprint that their jobs actually achieve.

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To reduce our carbon foot print we need to change the things we produce and that will take more effort and cost than this government has failed to address.

Prime Minister’s questions has had only one question about reducing carbon foot print and that is about heating systems.

Yet all those answers relating to employment statistics are merely that. Number of people who do some job. That may be

  • producing single use plastic
  • working in coal mines
  • making goods that have a large carbon foot print.

There is absolutely no conscience about changes needed. Those changes may not allow a seamless transition with profit margins not dipping. It may not be possible to continue running the country on private finance only.

Even though Trump yesterday mentioned that he does not want to believe in the doom and gloom and that 3 billion trees worldwide will solve all our problems. But that is more than naive.

These profit oriented leaders only think about the clink and clank of profit in the tills. They make so much money they probably think, if it comes to the worst, they can buy their way out with a rocket to Mars.

That’s the only reason they keep the economy going as it is, so that they can make enough money to invest in space travel because once they ruined this planet, they think they can just move on to another one.

So what the Prime Minister should do at Prime Minister’s Question time, when he answers questions by saying how good employment rates are, he should state how much of those jobs are environmentally friendly.

Not so free after all

Having watched Charles I: the killing of a King, I got a sharp reminder how unfree Britain really is. Remember Extinction Rebellion have been listed as terrorist organisation and ‘order, order’ is the most important value Britain has.

I grew up in the 70s in Germany, the time of the student revolt. Despite never having even taking part in anyone of the many student demos, I was arrested and locked up for 3 months just because the security services felt like it. Of course they eventually came round to admitting that it was all a mistake.

My arrest came about because I was sofa-surfing and one address I stayed at for a few days was under the watchful eyes of the security services.

So, any individual can become over-scrutinised if a national security situation becomes frightful through activities such as XR these days do. Thankfully, XR has not committed any terrorist offences yet.

I saw it coming and I mentioned previously, do not get involved in those street demos of XR or XR as they will suffer the same fate.

Of course I am not certain whether they will eventually grow into a radical movement just as German students did with the Baader-Meinhof gang but the radical ideology is not dissimilar. Yet XR is funded by Western Billionaires and Baader-Meinhof were German rich kids too who gotten trained by Gaddafi and the like.

It shows ‘the being in 2 minds uncertainty’ Western power figures are. On one hand they are really powerful and on the other they want to throw it all over.

So what is the point in having even a monarchy. Either you have a monarch, who is a real ruler with all the power that comes with it or you don’t. Monarchs tend to be despots with no regard for the rights of their subjects. They just rule and abuse.

Today’s monarch seems more like a display of puppets who do a function, which looks good but has little power.

In fact looking at the reality of it, they can’t do much at all without being constantly watched, criticised and controlled.

Some would call it stalking. Yet, it is their job to be stalked and written about and having their photos taken and being discussed. If that was a private individual, they would have better rights.

Who is really pulling the strings in Britain. It can’t be the monarch, who despite having use of an impressive real estate portfolio has very little actual power but a mere ceremonial function.

Boris Johnson seems to have been selected into post only because of his personality. He comes across as somber and believable. You can hardly resist his voice. When he is together and has his suit on, on TV, Boris is a great actor.

The people of Britain are tightly controlled. Made to work all hours. Kids are taken from their parents at the earliest opportunity and stuck into schools for about 8 hours a day, making the influence parents actually have over their children negligible.

There is really no other way of making it in the public domain other than through kinky affiliations or by being a useful tool and doing what you are told by the ruling elite. And who are they?

I think Britain has a superb publicity machinery, which gives the impression that there is an actual democratic process but if you really look at it, its all talk and no input.

I won’t even go into how proper elections are but think people have not much real choice who to vote for. The public broadcasters and the press are all set to promote private ownership at present.

Whilst that is the mood of the moment, remember please once they stop making a profit from their businesses, we are on our own.

Whilst Labour with a nationalisation strategy gets ridiculed by the press, it seems the only viable solution to guarantee continuation of services when the going gets tough.

There is a general consensus, I would always support that we do like our basic strategy of personal freedom, and liberty of individuals, we should always defend it, that we do not enslave women and that we allow people the right to choose whether to have a religion or not but what seems the complicated part is how our life-styles affect our planet and those questions will rule our minds for some time to come.

We do need an army to defend ourselves from freakish countries like Iran and Northern Korea or Daesh because they are real dictatorships.

Yet so much relies on how our societies are run. Personal freedom often is only possible because we have the luxury of relying on services being available.

One always has to look at the greater scheme of things.

Something’s missing

The Labour Manifesto in itself is quite cool in my view but then I can imagine and know about political theory. But, I have plenty of experience in such matters. The young generation would not know what nationalisation means any longer.

Labour did completely fail to give any pointers of what life under this manifesto would look like. Labour fails to understand that these ideas must be sold to the electorate in practical terms. Labour needs to set examples so people can imagine what this brave new world would look like.

Whilst Labour continually makes the mistake of helping the Conservatives by prompts, Labour also fails to develop a confident strategy to smile people into the new lifestyles proposed.

The current government sets a lot of positive challenges. They use things that people like

  • low taxes, of course everybody loves low taxes, the sheer experience of having money deducted from ones earnings is a major nono for everybody
  • Charity fund raisers. What they do not make in taxes they raise in fund raisers and people just love to take part in those events, when they can sing, dance and be creative to raise money.
  • Entrepreneur economy. That is sooooooo satisfying if someone can have an idea and put it into practise, it’s like setting out on an adventure, being your own boss.

So that is a treble fun strategy. There is that flair of luxury, going on exotic holidays.

What does Labour propose, nationalisation and national broadband.

People cannot imagine what this would look like. The people up north only know that their jobs depend on the companies running businesses up there and providing employment and that employment pays for their mortgage.

Labour has not put to these people what other practical steps they’ll take to make their lives durable with the new proposed Manifesto.

The alternative would be being homeless. Labour has completely failed to address this in their election strategy. In fact most Labour Councillors and public figures ride along on the private ownership strategy pretty well.

Here in Tower Hamlets I am having problems finding a Labour councillor who hasn’t purchased their home or who doesn’t own a council flat.

So how about practising what you preach? In fact I do think that even Labour discriminates against people who do not have a mortgage. The thinking that you are only a good person if you own your home has been widely established.

Labour cannot ever win an election unless they completely change the thinking set that has been established. Unless Labour themselves promote the values they preach, they can only stay assistants to the Conservatives. In fact almost every argument in parliamentary debates has been won by the Conservatives with autmated answers like a rise in employment.

All Labour comes up with is increased homelessness but very little day-to-day solutions of how to actually end this. Labour are great lamenters, always playing victims and not being positive and enthusiastic.

Of course the press has a big role to play, they lament the bad public transport and there is a chance for Labour to argue that public ownership of the railway system would bring better and cheaper service and improve the lives of those who work there and depend on it.

Labour’s whole Manifesto and election strategy is mere lip service that’s why it doesn’t work.

That’s why Conservatism is so successful, they depend on their politics because their livestile is built in, they live what they preach but with Labour, they all adapt to the Capitalist lifestyle but preach that Socialism is much better. That is just a bodged politics.

Labour don’t have any type of coherent strategy.

No working scenario

Just read this interesting article that the working youth population has halved, according to the Resolution Foundation.

So is all this palaver, to getting better grades just a smokescreen to avoid a job?

Interestingly, Christine McInnes, Service head for children and families at Tower Hamlets Council and a member of the Partnership, had said, during one of the school governor meetings that pupils, who work besides doing exams generally get a grade lower.

That is an important and statistic based observation, knowing Christine, she wouldn’t just grab such a statement out of thin air.

But Ms Gardiner, from the Resolution Foundation added: “More and more of us are now working, with employment hitting record highs and worklessness hitting record lows, but despite this, around one in 12 working-age adults have never worked a day in their lives – a 50% increase since the late 1990s.”

Seems a stark contrast to those articles putting employment at a record high. So how well does this Conservative government help the work-life balance in Britain, is it all just a big con?

 

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.

 

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.

Wait for the manifesto

Quite right, lets not get swept away in a torrent of election promises. I would vote for Labour if they actually put the Free University education into their election manifesto. All the parties now start to outdo each other with promise after promise and that will of course steer the forecasts.

Yet all the other stuff, the increased living wage I am concerned about.

Since we have the living wage, I saw an immense rise in food and household item prices. Especially the low-cost budget items supermarkets had, have now doubled in price. This makes it even more difficult for those with income problems to survive.

When I was raising my children in poverty, I could manage on my benefits, which came on time and when they did not come on time, I once even went to the police station and accused the DWP of theft because they kept my benefits back. That was possible then because they had to pay your benefits by law within a certain time. Now they have changed the rules, they now can keep benefits back.

Strictly speaking I also was able to substitute my income on credit cards, and as I was very good with money, I always managed to pay them each month, with the minimum payment, which increased my interest payments astronomically. We then also had to pay the insurance, which was as much as the interest and doubled the payments.

But thankfully somebody then reaslised how wrong the PPI was. That happened during the Conservative government, that we gotten the chance to claim that back.

I could manage with the basic food items (that was all before the year 2000)  and my kids are all healthy. We had cheap fruit stalls in Bethnal Green, just opposite Tescos and the lady who ran it gotten up at 3am to buy from the fruit market and then sell it to us.

We could buy cheap household cleaners. The size of the cleaners has since doubled and so has the price. That is not good if you have to manage on weekly payments. A basic tube of toothpaste used to cost 20p in Sainsbury, now its 50p.

But now benefits are paid monthly and so they increased the sizes and prizes of goods. So now people end up having food banks; I never had any food banks, when I raised my children. We had benefits on time and cheap food in the shops.

Husbands could also get work on the grey market, which were paid in hand and that helped with the budget. That was then ended by stricter benefit laws. Then people started snooping on each other.

So lets wait for the manifestos to see what voting could be good. I need to see whether they claw back on the triple Pension and the Freedom pass to pay for some promises they make.

 

 

Labour can’t loose this general election

Corbyn has the winning formula.

He appeals to

  • the young by promising to abolish university tuitition fees
  • the middle ages by supporting young students and older relatives and by improving workers rights, health care and public transport.
  • the old by promising free health care.

Nobody cannot vote for this unless they are rich and do not rely on public services. Since the rich are in the minority, they cannot possibly win any election.

Even though I fell out with Labour big time some years ago, this new election manifesto is likely to be a big winner.

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We have listened to the repetitive speeches how the Conservatives increased the employment rate but forgotten to mention that those people also increasingly rely on food banks.

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