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.

The tax payers corp

Does anybody else play the game Criminal Case? I have been playing it from the start and it is about solving crimes and finding the culprit. As the game develops – and I am now on level 472 – one of the judges, develops a Justice corps, which starts to kill those which are not complying with ever stricter legal requirements.

That reminds me of how the Tax Payers becoming more and more a law onto themselves. Many posts on Facebook are about how undeserving those are who do not pay a lot of taxes and that only those paying a lot of taxes are acceptable human beings. It’s really frightening.

A huge thank you for all the publishers who push the plight of poor families this Christmas. Metro is one paper who published about a family with 7 kids having had benefits reduced. thanks also to MSN.

At the beginning of our civilisation, all families owned a house and had three plots of land on which they grew crops in rotation and fed themselves. (see a study about this) That was an equal standing but since then society has developed away from direct dependance onto the land and society has industrialised and people have become dependant on centrally run systems. We now have huge wealth gaps and some can earn Billions whilst others work all day for a handfull of pasta.

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.

The worst outcome

Seeing the mood in parliament it seems to become a Home nations and Labour supporters versus the Conservatives.

But we do need certainty as business investment will rely on it.

As stated previously with a new election Boris Johnson wants to rid the Conservatives of those Members of Parliament who lost the whip and who voted against the government.

Experience shows that those standing as independents rarely win elections.

Perhaps those independents will find other mainstream parties to put them up as candidates.

I am in an unusual position. I am a pensioner and as such benefit from the triple lock Conservative policy, that raises pensions guaranteed but I am also solely in contact with young people all the time and get a good idea what young people and working people do not like about this government.

With all those new parties springing up and the Liberals getting a lot more support than before, which they lost due to the previous stint of collaboration with a Conservative government, I wonder whether we are going towards a repeat of exactly the last scenario whereby Liberals prop up the Conservatives again.

I think people want genuine change, better jobs protection, better housing and less crime.

Education has become a sore point because so many schools close and many others spring up with not enough regulation to ensure quality.

On one hand this government wants to tear education away from local authorities to get direct government funding for Academies but on the other hand the local authorities get more responsibilities to raise their own finance. So why do schools get taken out of the equation?

We do see the gentrification of local communities in the social sense but local councils are supposed to get more responsibilities running their local communities whilst the poor are moved around like pawns on a chess board.

The low tax, high wage economy is not working because crazy, unstable policies have driven business out of Britain and the home nations are in the mood to cry independence.

Our charities rely on individual donations and those attracting more money can care better for their needy but those failing to attract donations cannot provide services. This leaves whole swathes of needy people uncared for, hence a rise in crime.

Leaving things to sort themselves out is obviously not working.

 

 

Tax cuts are not cheaper

Just watched Boris Johnson’s first Prime Ministerial speech to the Conservative Conference. He is an excellent and enthusing speaker but what he said was fairly empty propaganda.

I have not heard anything reliefing the pain of those who suffer through increasing homelessness.

He just promoted higher productivity, but said almost nothing about environmental improvements.

The biggest mantra is always the tax cuts and I would say tax cuts increase the costs for all of us on a constant basis.

The requests for charitable donations have trebled in all our daily lives. We are also providing considerably more voluntary services since the Conservatives introduced the Big Society.

Housing costs have increased significantly for those who bought their dwellings through improvement costs, may that be because of cladding or repairs.

At the supermarket are the requests to donate to the local food bank and constant request to donate to charitable deeds either through sporting or social events makes significantly more dents in all of our pockets rather than having a higher but regular tax contribution.

Crowd funding is another indirect taxation on us all.

I ask all of you to work out how much you have actually spent on donations since tax cuts have been introduced.

The speech was very emotionally satisfying to listeners but contained little proper politics. A lot of empty spin nevertheless.

In contrast Diane Abbott, the first Member of Parliament of colour, at least made reference to a real person of achievement, Dina Asher-Smith who is winning medals at Doha at the moment.

It’s not about installing women prime ministers who make the typically male policies, to be progressive. It is about making life good for all of us.

 

 

 

 

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