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I find myself in an extraordinary situation. The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) forms have arrived and my head is full of the silent sound of synaptic klaxon’s going off, screaming, ‘Danger, danger!’

To achieve this monumental task requires throwing any semblance of independence out of the window and to be compliant to a system that I know is entirely corrupt, brutal and, above all, is a source of the most absolute distress.

It is an existential crisis which involves walking into a vipers nest of skull fuckers and I know better than that. Except… in or out, I don’t know if I can survive this and it feels like a lose, lose situation in which my mental and physical health, which is what it is all about, are on the line and right now both are in really bad shape.

Internally it feels like a state of collapse in which I am hanging on by my finger tips, my guts hurt, my body is shaking, my eyes are burning and the pressure is beating down like a steam hammer.

It is a situation in which doing nothing is itself a choice which guarantees losing the support which they control. On that basis, I can end this just by writing to them and telling them to fuck off and accepting the consequences, which will mean accepting financial hardship which I do not know if I can manage or survive.

The other choice, which feels even worse, is to engage in a process in which I know my GP does not support me, getting reports from my therapist and the hospital who I know do, and filling in their filthy forms with forced attention to every minutia of detail in a system in which the stated purpose is, as the Independent reported (13 December 2012), ‘More than 300,000 disabled people will have their benefits cut when Disability Living Allowance is replaced by a new benefit, Esther McVey, the minister for disabled people, announced today’. Before a single assessment had been made McVey was telling parliament and us that the express purpose of PIP (the new benefit) was to cull the number of disabled people getting support and that was in just the initial stages of assessing 560,000 claimants, the reality of the roll out of PIP is even worse.

Worse still, this is all now being resided over by a prime minister with pitiless lizard eyes and a heart as black as the bottom most pits of hell, for whom lying is her native tongue and is corrupt to her bones.

And I am not even exaggerating.

PIP isn’t happening in a vacuum, its happening in the context of the worst government in UK history who laugh and jeer at the hardship they cause and give not one shit for the thousands of deaths they are already entirely responsible for causing.

I have to make a decision but am incapable of separating myself from the vileness of the current regime enough to do anything other than write this horrific shit out. I could cuss till my spleen turns blue and still not get the vileness out of my blood and bones.

My dearest friend Eileen has just sent me Harry Leslie Smith’s book, ‘Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future’, I haven’t read a word of it yet but I know it’s going to be soul food and that’s what I want to be in and doing with my time and energy, that’s where my heart is. That is what I WANT, not pulled between different degrees of badness where there is no balance and I’m just begging at the table of bastards who mean me (us) harm.

If this sounds remotely self pitying, I guess I am going to have to own that, it fills me with sorrow, this world that they have created which I oppose with every atom of my being.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/more-than-300000-disabled-people-to-have-benefits-cut-says-esther-mcvey-8413498.html

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I want to unravel the whole PIP thing a bit, along with some other stuff that I think needs saying and expressing.

Let me start with a question. Why is the whole PIP thing so fucking stressful?

The reason is that it falls to us to make it happen. Forget the ‘decision makers’ and the, so called, ‘health care professionals’. They don’t make anything happen, they are just bozo’s obeying the rules made by other bozo’s, ticking boxes drawn by bozo’s. Not thinking, not caring, not relating, not doing anything insightful or incisive or in any way talented or useful in any meaningful sense.

We make PIP happen in any and every meaningful way and it requires enormous amounts of our time and energy and skill to make it happen.

We are, and always have been, the doers, makers, producers, enablers, decision makers, the makers and takers of choices on which it all depends.

In every sense and sensible way we carry the buck and it stops right here, the buck is ours.

The real problem we face isn’t that we are dependent on these mindless drones to get anything done, we’re not, it’s down to us, but we do have to take them on. If we don’t do it and make it happen, all we get is meaningless drone decisions that don’t help us or anyone else.

What bears down on us, if we don’t see it for what it is, is the weight of the responsibility of getting anything done. The danger is of becoming penitents to drones, beggars to idiots. If we want anything done we have to do it ourselves or get some serious help from others to assist us through assessments, appeals, tribunals, gathering information, presenting that information and so on and on.

Think about ‘brown envelope’ syndrome. What it means is a call to action, and we have to find the energy, courage and fortitude to take it on. We know it’s loaded against us by drones, and there’s the problem, they aren’t doers in the way we are and have to be to get anything useful done. We know it is now like getting blood from a stone because they are instructed and forced to deny us what we need and require.

Think of it like this… Imagine the biggest dick head you’ve ever met, or jobsworth, or hidebound idiot, the task is to get that dick head to do something helpful and useful, and you know how hard that is.

In such circumstances it is perfectly natural to want to beat their heads against a brick wall. When has it ever been different when having to deal with idiots?

I’ve been disabled for a long time and I have known some wonderfully helpful people within the system, administering DLA, giving me advice and information and assistance and there are still people like that in the system, it’s just that the government doesn’t want them any more, the government just wants obedient drones who are as crap, senseless and stupid as they are.

When I was in the factory there was a practice with newbies called ‘sitting next to Nellie’. I was sat with an old hand at the job, not the foreman, the manager or the boss, but ‘Nellie’, someone who knew how to get the job done and could teach me the tricks, tips and skills of the job. In my case it was a fantastic woman, sharp as a razor with a wit that could take your skin off and as kind as a sunset, unless you were a cock sure smart arse, in which case you’d find yourself falling from a very great height. Any of you out there of a certain age will know exactly what I am talking about.

Times have changed, now the idiots have taken over. ‘Nellies’ are despised and it’s the managers, middle managers, paper pushers, jobsworths and entirely useless individuals who have taken over to our very great cost.

But some things haven’t changed, if we want anything done, we have to do it ourselves, it was ever thus. Jacob Rees-Mogg boasts that he’s never changed a nappy, well he wouldn’t would he? He epitomises everything that’s wrong. He’s not a doer, he’s a waste of space and heaven forfend that he might actually do something useful. He’s about as much good as a handbrake on a bowl of custard and that’s being kind. That said, it’s a sign of the times we’re living in that it is entirely possible that he might become the leader of the Conservative party, a party of pointless, useless relics led by the biggest relic of the lot.

It is likely that going through the PIP process will be a hard, gruelling, process, but it won’t be any fault of mine if it is because I’ll be giving it my best shot and if, ultimately, I don’t get the support I need, it won’t be for want of trying on my part. I don’t do anything with the intent to fail, I’m just not that stupid, but I do have to recognise that we’re living in the age of stupid and, as such, it’s bloody hard work to get anything useful done properly and well or in a timely fashion.

I was thinking only yesterday, remembering what it was like in Britain before Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the opposition, we were at a political dead end, there was no glimmer of light on the horizon, the Cameron’s, Osborne’s and Blairites were ruling the roost and what a hopeless lot they all were and are. Then, out of nowhere, taking everyone by surprise, we got Corbyn and everything changed. I’m not pretending that he’s any kind of saviour, but then he knows that and he knows that he can’t do it without us and that’s the point and that makes all the difference in the world and that’s why I back him, because he needs us to have his back if we’re going to recover from this mindless, senseless, age of ‘stupid’.

KOG. 13 September 2017

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Within Britain’s historic class system the idea of an upper class person getting a job was unthinkable, that’s what common people did. Today, within the Rees-Mogg household, the idea of Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher Rees-Mogg growing up and wanting a job would be a cause for outrage. It’s not the done thing, and ‘the done thing’ is everything. It would quite possibly be a step lower even than Edward going orf with that dreadful American woman.

Being an oik I can’t do justice to any attempt to plumb the depths of arrogance, bigotry and hypocrisy of Britain’s class system, except to say that it is very much alive and well today.

If an upper class person fell on bad times, the last thing they would think of would be stooping so low as to be forced to get a job, ‘We’re not that poor!’ they might cry.

Who knows? And yet in the mind of Rees-Mogg senior, getting a job is what the poor must do and if they must be driven into work through privation and poverty, so much the better.

It is impossible for me to get inside the mind of someone like Jacob Rees-Mogg, we might just as well be from different planets. He might, in his patronising philanthropy, visit a McDonald’s and get in amongst the hoi polloi to show them what a thoroughly good egg he is to attract their simpering votes, but it would be vast mistake to think he in any way regards us as anything other than working stock.

On food banks he declares, “I think it’s a very suitable role for the churches to be playing, to help those who find themselves in very difficult circumstances, doing the role the Church can do.. a very Christian thing to do.” Quite. It is not the government’s job to encourage the idle poor by offering any assistance, as his voting record shows (second link below).

No matter how we might view Rees-Mogg, in his own eyes he is as righteous as God. his beliefs are unshakeable and certainly not up for debate with the likes of you or me.

Whether we might think of him as an eccentric, his views are hidden in every Tory heart whether they admit to them or not. In their more (unwittingly) honest and unguarded moments, they can be seen mocking, braying and laughing in parliament at the travails of the poor.

When Debbie Abrahams spoke at a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Select Committee of the hardship and suffering of people under the brutal sanctions regime and said that people are dying, Iain Duncan Smith responded with, “Well can I just say, I don’t agree with any of that.”

The countless thousands of people now dead across the country, many taking their own lives, are a matter of insignificance to the government, not relevant enough to suggest that they are even regrettable.

Nothing shakes the gloss coating of their towering arrogance and self belief. They are quite happy for the ‘managed’ catastrophe of Grenfell Tower to disappear in the blanket haze of their complete indifference to our lives.

The Tory plan to ‘warehouse’ disabled people by forcing us into institutions is just the re-emergence of Victorian work houses by any other name.

Rees-Mogg, in his campaign for the Tory leadership, is not just looking credible but extremely likely to succeed as we descend ever further into the dictatorship of power of the Tories who are doing everything in their power to rid themselves of the irksomeness of democracy which they so utterly despise.

Andrea Leadsom is leading the way towards rigging parliamentary committees to rid themselves of the inconvenience of opposition to their appalling policies.

They have no interest in public opinion, so low in their considerations are we. Opinions? Who do we think we are?

It’s about as mad as asking a cow for its opinion of its treatment by the farmer. You don’t consult the stock, you merely farm them, and get rid if those for whom you have no further use.

Of course, it’s slightly tricky that we happen to be human stock, which is why they have gone to such lengths to strip us of the many protections we have fought so long and hard for in the past, but none of this is insurmountable as we witness on a daily basis.

Whilst they are perfectly happy to spend billions to refurbish the crumbling halls of Westminster and protect their hideous grasp on power, frankly we would do better to bulldoze the entire damned edifice into the ground.

Nothing will be right until we are rid of the Tories, hopefully once and for all. They are a stain on humanity and a blight on the lives of ordinary people. Their one avowed intent is to leech the life of the nation for profit. Our job, as difficult as it seems right now, is to stop them.

Jacob Rees-Mogg is an emblem of a past we cannot afford, which has cost millions of lives through cruelty, brutality, exploitation and war. They are dinosaurs long past their extinction date.

KOG. 10 September 2017

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2017/06/20/jacobs-crackers/

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24926/jacob_rees-mogg/north_east_somerset/votes

https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/2931-oldham-mp-tells-minister-people-are-dying-because-of-these-sanctions

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/25/disabled-people-disabilities-health-care-homes

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/09/09/tory-tyranny-now-they-want-to-overrule-the-result-of-the-general-election/

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Regular readers will know I lose the plot from time to time, but I have to say the last month has definitely been one of my more spectacular ones to live through. As a writer, finding I have nothing to say and no way to say it anyway, is itself a crisis. It’s like falling through a hole into another dimension where nothing makes any sense. The trouble is that looking back at the one I’ve come from, nothing makes any sense there either.

I picked up a sandwich in our village Tesco this morning and the guy on the checkout told me he’d just won a six month appeal battle for PIP for his disabled wife. I said I was delighted for them, but that’s the way the system is designed, and he said, ‘That’s why they’re called the Nasty party’. And that’s the point, if there is one, nothing is going to be right until we find a way to wrestle our lives back from the vermin who’ve taken over. And it’s global.

I’ve not been keeping up on the news, I didn’t want to read another news report that said the bastards are still bastards as they reveal their latest filthy trick. But what’s worse, far, far worse, is that 40% of the great British public would still vote for them. That’s the point where my brain falls over, done and busted. We’re living in la la land and 2 plus 2 means any kind of made up shit anyone wants it to.

Some MPs are to gather to hear the last tolls of Big Ben for many years. The BBC reports – “Prime Minister Theresa May has said “it can’t be right” that the famous bongs will not be heard again until 2021 and has asked for the proposals to be reviewed.”

Really? And where were any of them when the Grenfell Tower inferno crime eradicated a still unknown number of lives?

That ‘can’t be right’, they are gone for all fucking eternity, killed by criminal wilful neglect because poor people’s lives don’t matter. Not only that, but the money donated to support the survivors has been stolen by the council and is being denied the victims.

And 40% of the British public will vote for more of the same. That’s insane.

I may be bonkers, but I am not insane.

For Theresa May to say something can’t be right is the babbling dribble of a lunatic, she wouldn’t know what’s right if it hit her repeatedly over the head attached to a heavy club, though I heartily wish it would for the entertainment value.

The Tories are a lying, stinking, cheating, rats arse of a party with no legitimacy other than the super glue they’ve attached to their arses to keep them in power.

But above all, this is personal, day by day they drag us screaming on the road to ruin, life gets harder every day, by increments of wanton destruction.

And I see that Jeremy Hunt is still alive, what a damned shame. If there is a hell then a very special place should be put aside for all the thugs who are hell bent on global ruin and, by right of voting, everyone who supports their evil empire of thuggery.

And if you are inclined to mind slip, as I am, don’t fight it, the universe is probably trying to tell you something, and if you think that the universe speaking to you is mad, imagine if it didn’t and that all you had in life was a world inhabited by the Tories.

And that you voted for them. Now that’s mad.

KOG. 21 August 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40995854

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In the Tory mindset, the lives of ordinary people have no intrinsic value. Our value is measured only in terms of our utility in creating wealth, all other aspects of our humanity are treated as useless and a drain on the ‘free’ markets, including thought, child birth and rearing and our most basic human rights and needs.

The financial markets are treated as more valuable than life, yet without human life there would be no markets at all.

The Tories value as supreme those who control and hoard money and expect the rest of us to feed their greed. Anyone who is not participating in feeding market greed is treated as superfluous to requirements, humiliated, punished and eradicated through deceitful policies of attrition and persecution.

David Freud said, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks as they have the least to lose.” and he also said disabled people are, “not worth the full wage”.

Anyone who measures the worth of life in monetary terms is a stain and a blight on humanity.

Currently, the duplicitous National Living Wage, which is actually the new minimum wage, is £7.50 per hour for those over 25.

£7.50 per hour is an insult to our humanity. They are telling us that an hours labour is worth less than one bloody plastic DVD, less than a mass produced Aluminium 20cm Saucepan from Tesco. The current real living wage is £9.75 per hour for London and £8.45 per hour everywhere else, and that’s not much to write home and brag about.

We’re so used to being totally undervalued we undervalue ourselves. We’re treated like shit and the Tories get away with insulting us with £7.50 per hour and companies are doing everything they can to deny us full time work or even the minimum wage in Damian Green’s bastard (sorry – “exciting”) gig economy.

Britain is now a country where poor, disadvantaged, traumatised and destitute people must be punished and forced to pay a premium rate penalty for their poverty. The Tories are stealing even the basic necessities of life and then punishing those they already persecute.

Oxford is threatening homeless people with a £2,500 fine because they are “having a detrimental effect… on the quality of life of those in the locality”. When you are literally on the floor, homeless and destitute, non-people, persona non grata, only a moron or a sadist would think the solution is a £2,500 poverty penalty.

Let’s take it as self evident that Tories (who are barely holding Oxford) are morons but they are sadistic morons and they are running a pogrom of social cleansing. There is a magic money tree for the rich and eradication for the everyone else.

They began with poor, sick and disabled people (the war on the poor) and have been escalating it ever since. They have weaponised money and are conducting economic warfare. They have absolute, sovereign control of the money supply. If people go to the banks or money lenders for loans all they obtain is a debt plus interest. People bargain their labour for debt, and if their labour is so undervalued that it doesn’t even provide enough to live on, they become debt slaves. If people want an education, they now begin their working life as debt slaves.

We have been robbed of our bargaining power, health, safety and employment rights. We have no recourse to justice because justice is only available to those who can afford for it.

We are slaves to market forces, the average market rent is £921 a month and they have destroyed social housing.

A new indignity has just emerged, hygiene poverty, personal hygiene or eat and we even have a tampon tax.

All of this, all of it, is driven by government policy. There are no natural forces at work here, the natural primal needs of life are being wilfully denied and penalised. Living has become a crime for which millions of people are being punished, sanctioned and murdered.

And the only defence the Tories have is to lie about it, to parliament and via the media and their own propaganda in which they invest millions of pounds.

They have no legitimacy, they have attempted to buy what meagre authority they claim to have, they have no mandate, no manifesto. We do not have a government, we have a cabal of thieves, a mafia, an extreme terrorist organisation, on organised crime syndicate, a bunch of gloating, braying, thugs.

They won’t walk out so they must be pushed, by every means of resistance and protest we have available, words, non-violent action, resistance and civil disobedience. They have the means to resist violence and will not hesitate to use it, not least because our lives are so cheap to them and they have nothing but contempt for us. But constant, sustained and relentless pressure they cannot prevent and they cannot suppress. Freedom of expression is available to everyone, the right to speak, the right to write, the right to protest, the right to peaceful assembly, these freedoms exist by right of being alive, inalienable, self evident, contained in our being, constrained only by fear, expressed by boldness and courage in the face of an implacable, brutal, enemy. We can spread information like the plague or virus they think we are, informing others.

We have a government in waiting, a national leader worth having, supported by ever growing numbers as people wake up to the reality of lethal Tory brutality. It is only a matter of time. The Tories must go! If you will pardon me for stating what should be the absolutely bleeding obvious to anyone but a Tory, people must come first for life and living.

KOG. 27 July 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/23/lord-freud-welfare-poor-risk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-29630529/pmqs-cameron-and-miliband-and-freud-wage-comments

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/26/oxford-homeless-people-face-fines-belongings-doorways

http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/oxfordshire-county-council-elections-2017/

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/13/uk-average-annual-rents-fall-stamp-duty-hike-letting

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/27/poverty-driving-people-to-choose-between-eating-or-keeping-clean-in-kind-direct?CMP=share_btn_fb

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The pound, like all money, has no fixed value, it is changing all the time, predominantly downwards. Due to creeping inflation it is a shadow of its former self. An item costing £1 in 1973 would cost around £10.55 in today’s money. Odd, then, that pay has been ever decreasing for the last 50 years when we should be earning 9-10 times more than we earned in the 70s.

The value of the pound on a daily basis is measured in how much confidence the financial markets have in it, if confidence goes up , the value of the pound goes up and vice versa.

Money is an entirely human construct and the value of notes and coins is merely symbolic, they do not in themselves contain the value they represent. In the natural world they only have the value of the materials from which they are constructed, which in all cases is mere pence or even less, and in real terms, belief in money has more in common with religious faith than science or nature. It works because we all believe it works. We have faith *hallelujah*. A faith which we are discovering is increasing misplaced, as Germany discovered in 1923 when, through hyper inflation, the price of a loaf of bread went from 250 Marks in January 1923 to 200 billion Marks in November 1923.

Money is a really bad measure of the worth of anything, including human beings and the value of our labour and our needs for the necessities of life provided by nature, whether naturally occurring or through some process of manufacture.

Money has always been a means of oppression and workers receive pay, not based on need but on a scale of merit which has no bearing on our real value or worth. Cleaners, for example, are notoriously paid less than they need to live on and yet their value is incalculable and almost entirely taken for granted. From our streets to hospitals to CEO offices, without our vast armies of cleaners the world would descend into chaos in less than a day and the more urbanised our environment the more vulnerable it is to the never ending tsunami of filth, waste and rubbish.

What about human beings then? Like all animal life on Earth we have absolute needs without which we simply die and, no matter by what means we obtain them, the Earth, naturally, or through human ingenuity, provides everything we need for our survival. The price of a dozen eggs or a cabbage might fluctuate, but the real value of eggs and cabbages never does, because we grow or purchase them for their food value in enabling our survival.

It is astonishing that we can argue over whether we have a nationalised postal service, transport services and health services, but we never discuss nationalising food production which is as vital as the air we breath. Theresa May doesn’t even want our children to have a decent meal at school in the middle of the day. That may be because she is simply not right in the head, but if so, nor is the rest of her party of the privileged which is depriving people of the means of survival on an epic scale.

Which brings me neatly to the biggest problem we face today. The Tories have weaponised money and are using it as a tool of oppression to enforce compliance to an existence of want and brute slavery or perish.

The Tories have always had a vastly inflated of sense of their own worth and that of the privileged few and a brutal contempt for the lives of ordinary people, that is why the Labour party came into existence, to challenge the Tory orthodoxy of brutality and then, as now, the Tories have always held Labour and the lives of ordinary people in contempt. They simply don’t want us to get on in life, least of all flourish, they only want obedient worker drones

As a subjective measure of our enslavement to money, it’s imposed scarcity and means of ideological oppression, just reflect on many times and in how many ways you think about money in any one day? How much does worrying about money and your ability to manage in the 5th richest country in the world affect your life?

We have reached a stage in our human development when the old colonial attitude of conquest and domination has had its day. The Tories are a historical throwback and a terminal wrong in the world. Nothing will do other than their eradication as a political ideology. They do not mean us well and their removal from office cannot come too soon.

Money should be the servant of the people, not their master. It’s not rocket science, except to the Tories and their kind who seem incapable of any evolutionary progress.

KOG. 25 July 2017

http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/Media/Press-Releases/2014/lloyds-bank/value-of-the-pound-in-your-pocket-declines-by-over-90-since-1973/

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/31/real-wages-falling-longest-period-ons-record

http://www.moneysorter.co.uk/calculator_inflation2.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/germany/crisis1923rev_print.shtml

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/austerity-is-being-used-as-a-cover-story-for-class-war-against-the-poor-yanis-varoufakis-says-10516247.html

http://www.labour.org.uk/pages/history-of-the-labour-party

Kay Green

I’m delighted to have a guest-post here from Keith Lindsay-Cameron, the man who’s famous around social media for writing a letter a day to number 10. It is a fantastic addition to our information for campaigners and activists collection – KG.

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I very much doubt that I have this buttoned up yet, but this is a start.

In striving to understand how the economy really works as against the ridiculous fairy stories we are told to dutifully swallow, I have had to give up some cherished sacred cows which are tied in with my outrage against a government which is causing so many people hideous pain and suffering and driving many to their deaths.

When Theresa May stood up in PMQs, facing Jeremy Corbyn, and brayed that he’s, ‘waiting to bankrupt our country’, knowing that the Tories have created more government debt than all of Labour throughout its history, I want to be outraged at her egregious lies and to point out that George Osborne doubled the debt whilst promising and dismally failing to pay it down.

I have written about the great puzzle of the national debt, and asked where all the money has gone and who do we owe this mountain of debt to anyway?

To discover that this is all pantomime for the public and a complete sham is incredibly difficult to grasp as is letting go of the righteous indignation I have attached to it. I want reasons to be outraged, they deserve it. I want to expose them, and beat them with my anger and outrage and call them to account.

Yet I also remember George Osborne selling off the family silver and asset stripping the nation, to help pay down the debt, and wondering, as I did with the sell off of Royal Mail which was flogged off for a dismally undervalued price of £3.3 billion, ‘How is this going to help pay down the debt, the interest charges on the national debt will swallow these piddling sums in no time?’

But once I stopped frothing at the mouth and chewing my own spleen, I realised that what the Tories are up to is far, far worse than I imagined. Osborne wasn’t even trying to pay down any debt, he was just asset stripping the UK to enrich the vultures in the private sector. The answer to the question of where the money has all gone was simple, to the private sector. Austerity wasn’t about paying down the debt, that was the smokescreen for the transfer of public wealth into private hands. People were dying merely to feed the greed of the private sector, the amount of debt didn’t matter, it had nothing to do with anything.

Jeremy Corbyn has exactly the right answers to the problem in his fully costed manifesto. Invest in the public sector, build houses, create jobs, pay people a decent wage, take our NHS back, grow GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is what good government investment is about. The ratio between GDP and debt (investment) is that as GDP increases the debt falls (the investment pays off). Government debt is just the sum of its investments, the problem was that George Osborne wasn’t using government money for investment, he was using it to enrich his mates in the City, whilst cutting public investment to the bone. People were dying solely for greed, everything else was horse shit.

Whilst we’re trembling away or raging at the size of the national debt, coke head Osborne and the his equally coked up city boys were laughing their socks off as was every Tory MP with private interests in health care and everything else they don’t bother to mention.

Remember Theresa May telling the nurse, “there isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want”? Damn right. This is the party that’s privatising you, your grandmother and your children, not to mention your health and the cancer that’s eating you alive. The Mirror reported that Jeremy Hunt told the government Health Select Committee, ‘Britain’s care time bomb is “one of the biggest commercial opportunities” for private firms’. Boom!

When the government bailed out the banks, we all thought that we had to pay it back, because that’s what they told us, but that isn’t what happened, all the government did was shake the magic money tree, because the government is a sovereign money supplier.

We, the people, are not the provider of money to the government, we don’t make money, we make stuff and when we make stuff we’re paid in money tokens provided by the government. Have you every wondered where your next penny is coming from? That’s because we have no control over the money supply, we are not allowed to print money or magic it up on our computer screens. We do not make money and we do not supply money to the government, they supply it to us. Before we can ever pay any taxes, the government must spend money into the economy so that we have something to pay taxes with, because they won’t accept turnips or eggs, or any of the real stuff that we can make.

So what do taxes do? At a local level taxes pay for services from local government, because local government is not a currency provider and needs an income to pay for public services, like domestic waste disposal. Taxes also help keep the economy stable, in times of growth they are increased to prevent inflation and when growth falls, reduced taxes encourage spending and investment. Another vital use of taxes is to prevent inequality and too much wealth being drawn off into too few hands. Extreme polarised wealth is a drain on the economy, because all that wealth stashed away in tax havens has to be covered by some ‘body’ and that body is ‘government’. Money only means something if is backed by trust and certainty, and it is government which is the backer and which provides the certainty that money has any value at all. If money is just stashed away, gambled on financial markets, feeding itself and no one else, and not working in the wider economy, it is a net drain on the wider economy. Tax evasion is a rich persons gain for a poor persons loss, it costs all of us.

It’s easy to see how this worked in the banking crisis, the financial markets were in a closed loop, like tax havens, a boys own club, making obscene profits on dodgy bets. No one outside of this gambling spree was benefiting from it, least of all the poor buggers scammed into buying dodgy mortgages they could never pay back. When it all fell apart around the worthless bankers necks it threatened the stability of money, they had betrayed the confidence and trust that money must have for it to work. The only thing that could save the situation was for national governments, the sovereign suppliers of money, to step in.

Austerity, to pay down the debt, was a confidence trick Cameron and Osborne pulled, using the ‘crisis’ to further the gains of the super rich. Austerity was and is the most fantastically corrupt scam ever pulled by a government on its people and people have paid for that scam with their lives.

As best as I can tell at this moment in time, what happens to our real earned money that is taken in taxes is that it disappears, it’s written off. The government has no need of tax money for its own spending. Of anything that taxation can do, paying for government spending isn’t one of them. So taxing the rich doesn’t pay for the poor, it just prevents the extreme polarisation of wealth. It is the governments job and duty to relieve poverty, no one else’s. And, no, no knife wielding dick is paying for people on benefits or disabled people, or paying a coppers wages, or for immigrants, or for your health. It’s all a gigantic lie and it is time to call time on governments, and the Tories in particular, who propagate the lie and to sort the magic money tree out and make it work for all the people, not just the few.

Exactly what Jeremy Corbyn has promised to do… to the screams of Tory outrage.

KOG. 24 July 2017

http://calumslist.org/

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-40510376/pmqs-theresa-may-gives-a-warning-about-jeremy-corbyn

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34514024

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/03/01/conservatives-have-created-more-debt-than-all-labour-governments-combined-corbyn-tells-the-world/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jeremy-hunt-says-britains-care-7932080

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-nurse-magic-money-tree-bbcqt-question-time-pay-rise-eight-years-election-latest-a7770576.html

http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2014/05/taxes-mmt-approach.html

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The system is broken, and by that I do not mean accidentally, oops how careless of me, broken, I mean wilfully and deliberately broken.

I have lived my life with mental ill health and what I described as ‘social phobia’ years before any such description existed. Doctors told me I was agoraphobic, which then and now I refuse to accept, I am not afraid of open spaces, of the great outdoors, I am afraid of our system of inhuman society. What my mind and body has been telling me from a very young age was that there was and is something wrong with human society. I am not sick, or mentally deficient, my mind and body were accurately responding to a system that was and is exploitative and broken.

It is broken for many, if not most, ordinary people by design.

We are dangled a carrot of work for rewards which are inadequate to our needs. No matter how hard I worked, I had no control over the system that ‘rewards’ that work and so have spent most of my life living hand to mouth, and if something went wrong which required more money than I had available to fix it, I had no way to generate the necessary income to meet the need, other than by going into debt.

In the systems terms that is quite reasonable, and yet it is indisputably true that each of us is capable of creating more than we need to meet our own requirements, how else do companies profit from us? If the planet Earth were not capable of meeting all our needs, we simply would not be here. Forget evolution, if the abundance of resources are not there to sustain life then life does not survive. Had we husbanded the Earth well and wisely we would not now be facing the human made crises which threaten our future and life on planet Earth.

In Britain, one of the most fertile land areas on Earth, wealthy landowners are paid fortunes in subsidies not to produce anything of common usefulness from the land they own and the government will do everything it can to ensure that such subsidies continue after Brexit, as a matter of priority.

If you believe the world is overcrowded and we cannot feed the world, ask yourself how you know that? Where did you learn that from? If all the world’s population was gathered side by side, each taking up a square metre of land, we would occupy a space of 7,200 square kilometres, that’s over ten times smaller than Ireland at 84,421 square kilometres. It is estimated that it would take less than 10,000,000 square kilometres to feed the lot of us, roughly the size of the USA. It is, of course, a bit more complicated than that, but it gives something of a perspective on what we are told and many unquestioningly believe as written in stone. Remember David Cameron and his swarms of immigrants? It generates plenty of hate and very little sense or reason.

In January this year (2017) Oxfam reported that just 8 men own the same wealth as half the world. The report ‘details how big business and the super-rich are fuelling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages and using their power to influence politics’.

That is a system that is irretrievably broken with no political will to change it in the current government or amongst the super wealthy who milk it for personal gain. They are very comfortable with starving people to death to increase their wealth even more. Every time a million children die, by war or famine, it really doesn’t matter how, a rich man yawns, safe in the knowledge that he’s a few billion quid richer.

Theresa May said there is no magic money tree, well yes there is, it’s us and most especially the poorest. Harvesting the poor is very lucrative indeed, it’s been going on for centuries and it is something that pretty much everyone regards as normal, especially the harvested poor who are so successfully deceived they even vote for it thinking, ‘that’s democracy’.

By way of example, there is nothing wrong with our NHS, not with the concept, the founding, nor the enormous task of running it over almost 7 decades, what is wrong with it is the Tories and the corporations who want to suck on its teats and drain it for profit. Richard Branson, who has recently taken over much of the NHS in Bath, is a parasite, nothing more, a parasite who hides his wealth and lives in a tax haven. Branson has been given, or ‘won’ as the Guardian put it, £700 million to run 200 privatised NHS and social care services in Bath. Whatever motivates Richard Branson, it isn’t an overwhelming, altruistic, sense of philanthropy. He isn’t some kind of popular hero or man of the people, he’s a corporate blood sucker.

If you are reading this it won’t be on the mainstream media or reported on television, those billionaire owned, tax evading, corporate bastions of the status quo, which includes our publicly funded BBC, you’ll be reading it on Facebook or on my blog or the citizen media outlet, The Dorset Eye. And that is the proper place to be reading it, far from the corporate lobbyists and the dark influences of the likes of Rupert Murdoch and his evil media empire.

But for me, if we want to understand just how all this works and what we can do about it, than we can do no better than watch and engage with the banquet of corporate carnage and murder that is Grenfell Tower. We need to pay attention to what the priests of power are saying, certainly, but we should be bolted and riveted to what the survivors are saying, who refuse to be silenced. Grenfell Tower was state murder and the state is the last thing which should be trusted to investigate the murders they have committed. If the survivors want an inquest or investigation then the chair of those inquiries should be found in the angriest and most horrified residents, who should also be committee members, who will never fear to ask the most brutal questions, no matter how many times they must be repeated, nor rest until they have the answers, no matter how many times they must be demanded.

The system will never fix itself and if anyone who is not at least a millionaire thinks that Theresa May and her government has their back, then they are at the very least deluded and at worst complicit in a system that doesn’t give a flying fuck for the lives of ordinary people.

If Grenfell teaches us anything it is that the system is stacked against us and the only way to deal with that is to speak out and keep speaking out and not wait in an orderly queue for permission to do so. As the late Howard Zinn put it, “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

The question then becomes, can we change? And then, dare we change or are too many of us suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and siding with our oppressors? Because it will be a cold day in hell before there is any justice being volunteered for the people of Grenfell Tower from those in power. That’s why they and we must demand and keep on demanding until the system is so rattled and shaken it bloody well falls over.

KOG. 20 July 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/29/the-queen-aristocrats-and-saudi-prince-among-recipients-of-eu-farm-subsidies

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-01-16/just-8-men-own-same-wealth-half-world

https://snapzu.com/geoleo/how-much-room-the-entire-world-population-would-take-up-if-standing-side-by-side

https://www.quora.com/How-much-land-is-sufficient-to-produce-enough-food-for-10-billion-people-or-reduce-world%E2%80%99s-population

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/30/david-cameron-migrant-swarm-language-condemned

Fierce Writing

Let’s have a revolution for fun

New Statesman & Society 29th July 1994

Photographs by Dave Hendley

Awake. awake O sleeper of the land of shadows, wake!  expand!

I am in you, and you in me, mutual in love divine:

Fibres of love from man to man thro’ Albion’s pleasant land.

William Blake: Jerusalem.

There is a place where Contrarieties are equally true

William Blake: Milton.

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