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Workfare
Sanctions
Jobcentres – Britain’s secret penal system
Zero hours contracts
Cuts to workplace protections
Cuts to legal aid
Gig economy
Getting rid of safety ‘red tape’
Scrapping social housing
Scrapping housing benefit for young people
Food banks
Child poverty
Extreme inequality
The ‘free’ market economy
Government attacks on disabled people
The intention to scrap the Human Rights Act
Grenfell – murder
War on the poor
Class war

The above is a list, just a list, although there are plenty of supporting links below, it is a list I am not going to expand on as I have been doing that for five years. The list uses words familiar to anyone paying attention to life in Britain today under the most brutal Tory regime since Victorian times when the poor were brutalised in work houses for the crime of being poor.

The end of the British slave trade was finally made law in 1838 through the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act, it was achieved only through bitter struggle against powerful resistance from those who reaped vast profits from slavery, including the British establishment, amongst whom was an ancestor of David Cameron, the clergy, small businessmen and a great many widows who, then as now, outlived their husbands.

The law, however, did not mean changed hearts or minds and abolition was only achieved by generous compensation for the loss of ‘property’ to slave owners. Slaves received not a brass farthing for their years of abject misery and the abolition of slavery was far from the end of their misery as no provision was made to aid them in their newly ‘given’ ‘freedom’ and they were also compelled under the Act to provide 45 hours of unpaid labour each week to their former masters for a further four years after their supposed liberation. So not only did they have to contribute to the cost of their own liberty, they were cast adrift with nothing, and plantation owners were quick to exploit them further.

It would be a mistake to think that the mentality of the establishment, the so called financial elites and the aristocracy has changed significantly despite hard won legal protections for ordinary people and since 2010, and exploiting the financial crash, the Tories have ruthlessly set about the brutal control and exploitation of the lives of ordinary people in Britain. Put the list above in a pot and shake it, tip it out and what will appear is ‘Slave Nation’. We may have moved on from bull whips, floggings and chains, but the attitude has not changed one bit, nor the desire to exploit and impoverish people for profit.

Whether it is Iain Duncan Smith and his bringing to the DWP the Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei”, in his own words “work actually helps free people”, from the German death camps in his welfare reforms, to Damien Green celebrating the gig economy and insecure employment as exciting, “Just a few years ago the idea of a proper job meant a job that brings in a fixed monthly salary, with fixed hours, paid holidays, sick pay, a pension scheme and other contractual benefits. But the gig economy has changed all that.” Adding, “The potential is huge and the change is exciting.” For him, maybe, for us, it means misery and exploitation.

At what point do we stop and admit what’s staring us in the face? Cameron used our money to pay off the bankers debts and then passed on the resultant economic black hole to us and introduced swingeing austerity. That is not in any degree anything less that a slaver would do to pay down his debts.

In 2015 after David Cameron had pledged not to cut Tax Credits, in his budget speech George Osborne said, “As Alistair Darling has said, the sheer scale of Tax Credits is “subsidising lower wages in a way that was never intended.” So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt.” At that time the Office for National Statistics reported that ‘Britain’s richest 1% own as much as poorest 55% of population’. Yet who did Cameron and Osborne target for living profligate lifestyles with their wide screen TVs and tattoos and their culture of entitlement? The poorest people in society, only swapping the bullwhip for food banks and sanctions and suicide. The rich got richer.

To borrow the words of George Osborne, those who oppose any suggestion that we are a slave nation will have to explain how on earth they deny the facts sitting right under their noses. Today’s slavers praise the bravery and courage of our frontline workers and yet cheer as they vote down a pay rise for them. Grenfell Tower was a scene of multiple murders because the lives of slaves don’t matter, their lives entirely expendable, deprived of the most basic protections, safety measures and procedures.

Modern slavery differs only in the means used to enforce it, our lives are just as expendable and our slave masters could not give one damn as long as they enjoy the rich rewards they steal from us to maintain their lives of luxury.

There are many, many reasons why Theresa May must go, along with the rest of her party of the privileged, but the main reason she must go is that she’s a modern day slaver driving Britain ever deeper into a slave nation. Today’s slaves don’t even qualify for food and housing.

KOG. 12 July 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefits-sanctions-plunging-claimants-into-hunger-and-depression-cuts-dwp-government-theresa-may-a7446166.html

http://www.boycottworkfare.org/event/day-of-action-against-sanctions-workfare-cuts-to-esa/

https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-rules-out-ban-on-zerohours-contracts-after-taylor-review-calls-for-action-to-protect-gig-a3585186.html

https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day/government-cuts-vital-health-and-safety-%E2%80%98red

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/oct/11/legal-aid-cuts-two-tier-system-amnesty-international-law-justice

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-gig-economy-damian-green-speech-holiday-minimum-wage-sick-pay-hours-a7421071.html

Government ministers ‘congratulated themselves’ for cutting fire regulations

https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/mar/10/scrapping-housing-benefit-18-year-olds-hammond-budget

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/04/end-of-council-housing-bill-secure-tenancies-pay-to-stay

https://www.trusselltrust.org/2017/04/25/uk-foodbank-use-continues-rise/

http://www.cpag.org.uk/child-poverty-facts-and-figures

https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/about-inequality

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/25/grenfell-victims-murdered-by-political-decisions-says-john-mcdonnell

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/fury-over-catastrophic-war-poor-12719128

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/12/british-history-slavery-buried-scale-revealed

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2015/07/summer-budget-2015-full-text-of-george-osbornes-speech/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/15/britains-richest-1-percent-own-same-as-bottom-55-population

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In 2010 the incoming government was handed a note penned by departing treasury minister Liam Byrne which read, “Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards – and good luck! Liam”. It was, of course, a joke, the kind of joke shared between colleagues which us Brits are, or were, rather good at.

We are known the world over for being self deprecating, we love to talk ourselves down, something that leaves many of our American cousins scratching their heads.

In the face of uncompromising disaster, some wag will crack a deadpan funny or make a towering understatement. as the Captain of the Titanic might have said to his First Officer that fateful day in 1912, ‘Well that’s a bit inconvenient, Bill’, to which the response might have been, ‘Indeed, Sir’.

Byrne’s note was a classic, an in joke, and when David Cameron made political mileage out of it, all he really did was reveal himself to be the crass opportunistic oaf he was and remains to this day.

Cameron went on to fundamentally change British politics and the social landscape with all the heavy handed crassness the worst of the privileged elites have to offer, epitomised by tales of burning £50 notes under the noses of homeless people. When Lord Ashcroft alleged in his book, ‘Call me Dave’, that Cameron had put ‘a private part of his anatomy’ into a dead pigs mouth, it was an act of revenge and bitter rivalry between posh boys, but entirely believable because that’s the kind of people they are.

Cameron successfully diverted the nations attention away from the bankers who had crashed the global economy and who had been bailed out by bewildered tax payers, money that paid for their continuing bonus culture and Stock Exchange gambling habits, to blame it all on the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. He paved the way for an obscene outpouring of poverty porn and lethal hatred of all those on benefits, in which the symbol of burning £50 notes under the noses of homeless people translated to, ‘Why should ‘we’ pay for scum?’

To succeed in the Tory long held dream and long term plan of ripping the heart out of Britain’s system of health and social care, frontline services, education, publicly funded services and to asset strip the nation, Cameron was the perfect front man, along with coked up fellow Etonian rich bitch George Osborne. To the mantra of ‘we’re all in this together’, Cameron launched an all out war on poor, sick and disabled people not seen since Victorian times.

The remit for hounding the poor to death, fell to David Freud, Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey, loathsome individuals who between them turned Britain’s system of social security into a secret penal system with the introduction of brutal welfare reforms, under the guise of Universal Credit, Fit Notes, sanctions, benefits denial and Workfare, 500 disabled people a week having their Motability vehicles stolen from them, and seeing off tens of thousands of lives.

In 2017 this is routine, even Frankie Boyle seems to struggle to find a joke about Britain under Theresa May who is now so inhuman she’s called ‘Maybot’ and listening to Tories speak, they wouldn’t even pass the Turing test as even remotely sounding like anything human. In February Jeremy Hunt went off to America for secret meetings with health care companies and our NHS stands on the brink of full privatisation. Iain Duncan Smith is rewriting history as if he was some kind of saviour of the poor and Theresa May is behaving like a tin pot dictator having a constant paddy that anyone dare question her divine right to rule as she sees fit, even declaring in Parliament about the prospect of a Labour government, “We will never let it happen.”

Meanwhile, in a parody of Labours Momentum, Jacob Rees-Mogg is running a leadership campaign called ‘Moggmentum’ which, astonishingly, is attracting a good many Victorian minded, cap doffing, sycophants for whom, doubtless, the reintroduction of workhouses might be seen as the solution to the poor problem, whom Rees Mogg has consistently voted against, from scrapping human rights to the imposition of mass surveillance, welfare cuts and against guaranteed jobs for young people. He’s a walking relic of a bygone era which the Tory party are hell bent on driving us back to, and for Rees Mogg to consider that his time has come says everything we need to know about the direction we’re headed.

In all of this, however, something is happening for which these hide bound privileged elites have no answer other than to hit back with vile slander and hate filled language. Ordinary people have had enough, and, despite the closed ranks of the privileged, are eloquent in saying so and if some speak out in affronted spluttering rage, better that than the deceitful xenophobic tones of spite with which our lives are scorned.

These days Britain is looking ever more like a monstrous Titanic and like the Titanic there are (seemingly) not enough life boats for the many, but unlike the real Titanic, those who are securing safety for themselves are the very people who are sinking the ship and care nothing for those who are losing their lives. Where once it was women and children first, these days, it’s the privileged and powerful first and only, the rest of us can sink or swim. It is impossible to imagine Theresa May saving anyone but herself. There can be no more horrifying symbol of this titanic and deliberate national injustice than Grenfell Tower.

Grenfell Tower should remain as monument of our times as a warning to future generations to never again allow humanity to become enslaved to money. Life is too precious to be allowed to be auctioned by those whose only god is greed.

KOG

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-put-private-parts-6484611

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iceland-has-jailed-26-bankers-why-wont-we-a6735411.html

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/13/poverty-porn-blights-the-lives-of-people-claiming-benefits

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/oct/08/david-cameron-speech-in-full

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/13/suicides-of-benefit-claimants-reveal-dwp-flaws-says-inquiry

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

https://www.thecanary.co/2017/02/06/jeremy-hunt-caught-secretive-trip-us-looks-like-bad-news-nhs-tweets/

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-accb-IDS-rebrands-himself-as-saviour-of-welfare-state#.WWOGbVGQyUk

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

https://sciscomedia.co.uk/earth-tories-launching-moggmentum/

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(This last week has been one of the worst I have lived through in a long time and I make no apologies that it is reflected in this piece of writing)

Here’s a very simple statement, the consequences, however, are anything but…

There is no democracy without accountability.

All too often the first casualty in elections is truth. If people do not know what they are voting for, or think they are voting for something which is a lie, then the election itself is not democratic, the entire process is a fiction perpetrated by power to serve its own ends.

A very obvious example is the EU referendum and the leave campaigns promise of £350 million a week for the NHS. Only a complete fool could now believe that the promise was an honest mistake and not exactly what it was, a deliberate. deceitful, lie.

In 2010 David Cameron published a signed contract to Britain which was a pack of lies, in fact false promises are so common in politics they are taken for granted, under such conditions parliamentary democracy is at best a sham, but is, in fact, non existent.

As we have discovered to our very great cost, since 2010 and an election fought on false promises, Britain is a hostage to power in which any semblance of democratic accountability has been entirely removed.

Many people have asked and continue to ask, ‘What can we do?’ as those in government drive us ever further into social breakdown.

We’re told to focus on policies and not indulge in feelings. I beg to differ. We need to focus on policies and LIES and that involves feelings, because I am livid: furiously angry. And that is absolutely the right thing to be.

In Prime Ministers Question Time this week, in response to Jeremy Corbyn saying, “We are a government in waiting,” Theresa May said, “We all know what that means – waiting to put up taxes, waiting to destroy jobs, waiting to bankrupt our country. We will never let it happen.”

“We will never let it happen.” What? Who the hell does Theresa May think she is? That is not for her or her party to decide. That is the statement of a despot.

Theresa May has no intention of making herself accountable to the people. She would never have called a snap election if she’d had any idea that it wouldn’t pay off, since when she has done everything in her power to strengthen her position, paying out a £1 billion bribe to the DUP even whilst sneering in the faces of public sector workers, denying them a decent wage and, in the recent vote to scrap the public sector pay cap, her party cheered when they voted it down.

I’ll tell you what democracy feels like right now. It is rock bottom, it is the belly falling out of life. Lead fingers trying to find words on my keyboard, and cursing at every clumsy misspelling and sitting waiting for words that are clamped in feelings of rage and hopelessness. It is staring at those who speak false words and meaningless bullshit, who lie as a way of life, who hold on to power by any foul means they can manipulate and enforce. Democracy is the voice that asks, ‘How do we end this?’ looking for answers that they have stolen from us. Their democracy is every broken life smashed down by vicious cruelty and uncaring brutality.

Real democracy is raging anger so deep it burns. Theresa May says she got the most votes in the GE, X’s in boxes, but what matters is what informs those X’s, and lies are not informed, they are the food of ignorance, division, deception and hate. The general election was not an election, it was a complete farce.

Living isn’t a static process. When David Cameron said that Britain is ‘for hard working people’, he created a myth out of nonsense the purpose of which was social division. Anyone not on his bandwagon of robotic idiocy was fair game for every attack that has since been launched against all manner of people, including single mothers, disabled people, old people, young people just starting out in life, even immigrants, no matter how hard working, they are not Cameron’s hardworking people, they are the job stealers from Cameron’s eugenicist, lunatic, white master race of complete idiots. Their victims bleed when the knife goes in, but they are non-people, they do not matter. Another useless life thrown overboard from the Tory ship of fools.

I weep for this country and all its people, unlike the emotionless freaks who are destroying it for profit. This last week has been absolutely fucking awful and I am glad because unlike the power crazed zombies in the Tory party, I am fully human and fully alive.

KOG. 08 July 2017

Here’s how spectacularly wrong the Brexit bus £350million lie was

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/politics-blog/11541708/The-court-case-that-proves-you-cant-sue-politicians-for-breaking-their-election-promises.html

http://blogs.ft.com/david-allen-green/2015/04/16/when-a-politician-breaks-a-promise-should-a-voter-have-a-legal-remedy/?mhq5j=e3

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/11/pre-election-pledges-tories-are-trying-wipe-internet

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

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/03/hardworking-people-conservative-mythmaking

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On March 17th 2012 I chose to enter the political ‘arena’ in a pro-active way by writing ‘a letter a day to number 10’. It was a personal decision because I had passed the tipping point in what I could stomach from a government which continues to have a callous disregard for the lives and well being of ordinary people.

The irony was not wasted on me that I was writing to the Prime Minister of a government which was implementing the final solution, the eradication of the lives of all those considered to be useless eaters, of whom I was one.

It was a refusal, on my part, to slip silently into the grave without protest. In limited circumstances the one thing I could exercise was my voice, as protest, and if the letters proved anything, it was in the lack of a single reply from the man responsible for what we now know was the implementation of a pogrom of genocide on the most vulnerable people in society.

Prior to Theresa May’s snap election in 2017 Disability activist and writer Fiona Robertson wrote, “Voting Tory in #GE17 is a vote to kill people like me, and you need to know why.” She went on to say that following the 2015 General Election, “Amid the elation so many in Scotland felt at the sweep of SNP seats, we disabled people also felt utterly betrayed and hopeless, because the population of the UK had voted to enforce extreme, frequently lethal, damage to our health.”

I watched on the Internet in the early hours of 8 May 2015 as the results of the General Election came in with the growing realisation that either through ignorance or callous disregard, the voting public had committed us to another five years of Tory misrule and the brutal destruction of our lives. I shall never forget the overwhelming feelings of despair and hopelessness that crushed me for days afterwards.

I wrote to Cameron on the 10 May, “For those who rely on help from society for whatever reason, another five years of you and your government is going to be an unmitigated disaster, striking terror in their hearts and facing the very real possibility of literally being driven to death. Austerity is merely the deceit of transferring financial risk to the poor. Capitalising on people who Iain Duncan Smith refers to as ‘stock’ and treated as expendable, after all suicide is good for business, getting rid of the high cost elements and concentrating on the stock you can manipulate, not the dead end stock, like the disabled.”

As the facts have emerged out of the Grenfell Tower disaster, it is clear that it was an act of genocide, a disaster that was waiting to happen for which warnings had been consistently given and ignored and even silenced, but worse, far worse, was the arrogant disregard for safety by those responsible. Cost cutting, corner cutting, disregard for safety regulations, meant that the disaster happened with all the inevitability of a killing ground by those who cared nothing for those who lived and died there. Grenfell Tower was social murder because, quite simply, the lives of those who lived there did not matter and everything that has happened since only serves to reinforce that simple but catastrophic fact.

So why write this, what can possibly be the point in writing about genocide whilst it is happening and will continue to happen whilst the perpetrators do everything to evade and avoid any form of accountability?

It is quite simply that, when representative democracy dies, killed by those who have set themselves above the law, only the people can resurrect democracy. When our lives become forfeit for the sake of profit and greed and the doors of the privileged and powerful in government are slammed in our faces, then we are the last and only bastion of democracy and its only hope.

I have lost count of the number of times I have been told to be silent, criticised for penning a letter a day to David Cameron, I was even offered a proper rewrite of one of my letters in the appropriate language to use to those in power, to which I have said every time, ‘I am not a democracy’. I did not seek anyone’s permission to speak out, nor offer anyone a vote on the matter, because I am exercising a right, as now, which is not subject to permit. Rights are sovereign, inaccessible to democracy, and yet are the heart, soul and expression of democracy. The absolute right of ordinary people is the exercise of democracy, and anyone who stands against that is a despot, a tin pot dictator, and, above all, a fool because they are seeking to destroy their own rights and their own freedoms by attempting to curtail mine.

Are we a ship of fools to stand silent whilst the boat is scuttled? Is that not absurd? The residents of Grenfell Tower were not listened to and are still not being listened to. Is the answer, then, to be silent? To give up? Surely the answer is to make such a noise and clamour that those who ignore us quake in their boots and if they are inconvenienced by that, good, so they damned well ought to be.

The powers that be, including Theresa May, have said there will be an investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster. Should the survivors of genocide be silent whilst its perpetrators investigate it? Is that a joke?

Several people have resigned in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, each of them to golden handshakes and doubtless gold plated pensions as well, just as David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister to a life of greater privilege and wealth, just as May will when she finally resigns or is driven out. Poor people can be sanctioned and deprived of the means of survival for being a minute late for an appointment at the Jobcentre, whilst those at the top are rewarded for the policies that kill poor people or cause them to take their lives.

Excuse me if I get above myself in saying that’s not right. They can call us all the names under the sun, rabble, ‘stock’, extremists, yobs, malcontents, Marxists, Communists, Corbynistas, socialists… Socialists!?! Is that meant to be an insult?

Writing in the Dorset Eye, Eddy Abs offered ‘A quick explanation of socialism’. “You know the way you love your family? The way you’d do anything to protect them? Extend that feeling to everyone else and that’s socialism. In a nutshell.”

If you want to know what democracy is, if your child is being bullied at school and you decide to do something about it to protect her, that’s democracy, in action. The exercise of an inalienable right when it is threatened is the expression of democracy. There are a million ways to express democracy, but few that suppress it and always by illegitimate force by those who pretend to legitimacy through the imposition of intimidation and fear.

Do I fear the government? Yes. They are horrifying and despicable. Should I be silent? No. Should I be cowed? No. Should I respect them because they are in a position of power? No. Should I do what I am told? Should I submit to their power? Should I forsake my own life in silence because they have the power to kill me? Isn’t it obvious? Do you need my answers? Are you a democracy? Or do you already know your own answers and your own mind because you are not a democracy? You, dear reader, are a sovereign being, just as I am and being a sovereign being can be very, very scary, but we are worth fighting for and we are worth fighting for our selves.

These are truly bad times and yet more and more people are waking up and realising that we are the people we have been waiting for. It has always been so. Whatever Jeremy Corbyn has to offer us, he cannot do it without us. The Tories have made it very clear that they can do without us and our inconvenient lives, whatever Jeremy Corbyn has to offer he needs us because we are the people who will make it happen. Who built the NHS that the Tories are stealing from us? Who teaches our children, who operates our frontline services, who make the wealth of the nation? It has always been us, even though we have been despised for doing so.

We may not have been consulted, but we bailed the banks out and saved the corrupt financial system. Did anyone hear a thank you?

KOG. 06 July 2017

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/social-care-scandal-tory-cuts-9836261

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10803/fiona-robertson-voting-tory-ge17-vote-kill-people-me-and-you-need-know-why

http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/matt-stadlen/grenfell-tower-a-ghastly-monument-to-england-2017/

http://www.neonnettle.com/news/2280-grenfell-tower-fire-blogger-silenced-by-government-for-exposing-dangers

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/1824/

http://www.dorseteye.com/north/articles/a-quick-explanation-of-socialism

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I would very much like the government to stop caring for me through the replacement of Trident and supporting a first strike nuclear option.

I would like them to stop pouring their concern and consideration on me through austerity and cuts to front line services and privatising my health care.

I would also like them to stop lavishing their sense of social responsibility on us all by driving people into destitution and homelessness, despair and early graves.

I can comfortably live without their evident joy at continuing the cap on public sector pay, their praise for food banks and even their proud attendance at opening new ones.

Their determined focus on young people starting off in life, gifting students with a lifetime of debt, helping young people to never have place of their own, starving children to improve educational attainment, and ruining our education system to improve life chances, I am sure we could all live without.

Improving the life chances of sick and disabled people, the unemployed and the in in-work poor by encouraging them to live on nothing or next to nothing, gifting people with sanctions and penury to improve life chances and promoting a positive mental attitude to being hounded to death, I could happily scrap with never a moments regret that no more would need to die unnecessarily.

Promoting mental health by destroying it seems an little too much encouragement for most people, although the government themselves might benefit by it.

I can happily live without having the nations wealth gifted to the already filthy rich whilst the government joyfully increases the national debt by more than doubling it and encourages the poor to be socially responsible and pay it off.

They really do not have to beat me because of the pleasure I might feel if or when it stops. As a man of modest appetites and needs they need not trouble themselves on my account by gifting me with less.

My simple pleasure in life would, however, be greatly enhanced if they would all bypass jail, which they so richly deserve, and go directly to hell.

KOG. 03 July 2017

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I spent last evening with friends at a barbecue where I was gently reminded what a green and pleasant land Britain really is.

This image I took is neither unusual or rare in Britain, it is the norm for most of these islands.

Britain sits on a sweet spot on the planet, a goldilocks spot, where the conditions for life are not just right, but pretty much perfect.

Travel any distance in Britain and you’ll find yourself travelling in a land which is predominantly green. Perhaps we travel too fast or are too preoccupied to properly notice, but it’s right there if we just glance sideways.

Many people think that Britain is overcrowded and have an urban mind set when in fact only 6.8% (2012) of Britain is urbanised yet 80% of people live in towns and cities, and not seeing the trees and lush greenery for the tarmac, bricks and mortar is a big problem, not least on immigration.

The empty but angry anti-migrant rhetoric which the right wing media and the government so delight to promote, is by no means restricted to Britain, it is exactly the same in America, yet when you consider the vastness of America by comparison, you get a feel for just how mind numbingly stupid it is. Another obvious similarity between Britain and America is that we are both mongrel nations, the only difference being that our mongrel history is just very much longer than that of the USA which we helped mongrelise into its current existence. In fact, the irony of mongrel Britain mongrelising America is not wasted on the first nations, who are the people who have paid the most bitter price for immigration, but whose genuine complaints are ignored to this day.

Of course urbanisation is related to work in which the Industrial Revolution played no small part, destroying cottage industries and forcing internal migration of people desperate for work as factories wiped their home grown industriousness out. What they discovered was an entirely new world of exploitation, of poverty and brutal conditions including work houses, whilst the new industrial barons amassed huge fortunes on the backs of their impoverished work forces.

Lest we forget, we are all inheritors of the past, whether we live in luxury or penury. Our struggles in Britain today are nothing new. What is new and astonishing, is that a system of exploitation which has survived for centuries and would have quietly continued for who knows how long, has been abandoned for naked greed and we now have a government which is, gloves off, tearing Britain apart for profit, consigning millions to ever increasing poverty and ten of thousands to early graves. Welcome to food bank Britain.

To describe the Tories as mad bastards would be a kindness, but they are not mad, they are vicious, uncompromising thugs in a country fit for all but denied to the many for the benefit of the extremist, grasping, few.

Wandering, relaxing and eating in green pastures in good company, gave me space to lay down my own burdens for a few hours and yet served as a vivid reminder of just how badly wrong life in Britain has become for millions of people and especially those who lack the succour of even a few precious hours release.

In 2015 £13 billion worth of perfectly edible food was thrown away as waste in this, one of the top ten wealthiest nations on the planet, yet instead of being the Goldilocks nation and a land of plenty, we have been driven into an Oliver Twist nation with millions in need of a crust to eat. It is no fault of the people that millions have no access to work, decent pay, land or resources, it is driven by government policy, knowingly, wilfully, deliberately, purely for self serving (and corporate) greed.

There are no possible excuses, no mitigating factors, we exist as many for the many by the very act of living. To be denied a place on Earth by those for whom greed is their master is a crime of unimaginable proportions in imposed suffering for absolutely no reason other than their xenophobic callousness and hateful greed.

There is enough for all and the serious business of fighting back is gathering pace at an enormous rate to drive the Tories out because they are not fit anything other than the scrap heap of history.

We shall recover, but not until they are gone.

KOG. 12 July 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-18623096

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/10/uk-throwing-away-13bn-of-food-each-year-latest-figures-show

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37763913

lionsb

The Conservative party has thrown all caution to the wind in their self interested pursuit of privilege and power over the cares, concerns, and needs of ordinary people and anyone who is not outraged at what they are doing fails the litmus test for basic humanity, as indeed do the Tories themselves.

The fundamental problem is that no one from the high table is going to lift a damned finger that might risk rocking the boat of their own privileged world on which they depend and is their reason for being.

The Tories are not so much the nasty party as the self interested party, being nasty is secondary, a mere consequence of the self perpetuation of their arrogant overweening narcissism and greed.

It is the perception or the rich that they are the ‘deserving rich’ and it is unsurprising that when the public ask for more money the Tories, the party of the rich, are affronted. Fire fighters, nurses, paramedics, police, can be heroes, but they have a damned cheek if they ask for more money. It’s the Oliver Twist moment, the masters have their hands on all the provisions of wealth and its distribution but god help the damned urchin who dares ask for more.

Indeed, they are shocked by such effrontery. It was plain to see when a nurse asked Theresa May for some more money in her pay cheque. May didn’t quite splutter with indignation, but it was barely controlled as she told the nurse, “There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want.” In her head, May, devout Christian that she is, was probably thinking, “Well really! The damned cheek of the girl, who does she think she is? She should take what’s she’s given and be grateful for small mercies.” It is likely that the reason Theresa May wanted no part in public debates was the admonition of her Lord not to cast her pearls before swine, because she certainly behaved that way.

Contempt for ordinary people comes easy to those for whom privilege is assured, who live a life in which appearance, position and status are everything yet who lack any of the real substance of humanity. ‘They’ do not believe, as an article of faith, that the common people have any right to speak in political debate in our rude voices and indelicate proclamations. It was just such a situation that led Gary Streeter to respond to admirably robust journalist Paul Mason by saying, “This is why i hate social media. It gives a voice to people who dont deserve one”. There can be no doubt that Streeter was also referring to you and me, people who are common, the uppity masses, who should not interfere in matters which are above them and which should be left to their betters to decide for them.

Grenfell Tower and the hundreds of missing, presumed dead, people, and the survivors are, shell, ashes and living, right now, a monument to the historic abuse of the ruling elites against the lives of ordinary people. The inferno and the human cost was a disaster waiting to happen, it cannot in any way be described as an accident. Nor was it in any way down to human failing, it was guaranteed to be a disaster through the knowing decisions of those who felt entirely at liberty to cut corners which made a human habitation ripe for exactly what happened. Not only that, but those residents who warned of the dangers were silenced and ignored and, now that the inevitable disaster has occurred, are still being silenced and ignored by an establishment that simply doesn’t give a shit. However, something else has emerged from Grenfell Tower, in the war being prosecuted by the ‘ruling elites’ against the lives of ordinary people, ordinary people are no longer willing to silently slip into our graves without demanding a reckoning.

The Tories are holding on to power through lies and deceit and, above all, their overweening arrogance.

In the beating heart of Britain, another disaster is happening, although far too many are still, as yet, ignorant of it. That ignorance is neither wilful nor neglectful, it is an ignorance manufactured and maintained by the policies of the Conservative government and the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt and his predecessor Andrew Lansley. Universal health care is being dismantled and destroyed by a government who care less whether we live or die in pursuit of profit. Public outcry is still muted, the government and Jeremy Hunt will never admit that they are presiding over the last stages of the privatisation of our publicly funded NHS. Jeremy Hunt is a liar and a thief who deserves nothing less than to be publicly tortured until he personally screams out the truth in Parliament Square. One of the richest people in the Tory cabinet inner circle, Hunt cares nothing for the health of ordinary people, he is lining up the vultures who hunger only for profit at our expense.

Whilst they despise our inconvenient lives and our human needs, they treat us a convenience for profit. The cancer living in my neck which will eventually kill me is just a rich source of profit for the likes of Richard Branson and Jeremy Hunt and all the financial vultures hungry for profit who are devouring yours and my NHS. Does that sound emotive, a bit too much, a rude statement, a bit common? Good, I am glad, it should sound rude. It’s the brutal truth.

Theresa May has bought herself a fragile space through betrayal, for betrayal. She has stolen a billion pounds from us to buy herself time to finish the job of selling us all for profit. We, the people, are just marketable stock in her eyes.

But here’s the thing. They are losing the war. The tide is turning right now. The dominant media voices are those of ordinary people. It’s messy, uncoordinated, good and bad, much of it rude, crude and a fairground for trolls out for a ride on nit picking personal insult and vitriolic hate, but that’s the icing, not the cake. In a world of form without substance, real substance is getting a grip and gaining traction and despite all the power and wealth being expended against it, it will not get back in the box of confinement in which the grasping elites wish to imprison it.

The powers that be are terrified of change, but change is the lifeblood of living. The world spins on the axis of change, the seasons, life and death, the weather and all we see and experience in the constantly moving shift of time. The last thing the Tories want is change, they want a frigid world of their own ideological making, dragging its knuckles in 19th century oppression, grubbing for wealth and resources that rightfully belong to us all, each and every one of us.

It can truly be said, these are the best of times and the worst of times, terrifying and invigorating. I produced a poster the other day because I am tired of seeing posters telling me to keep calm. My poster read, “Don’t keep calm – We are the people we’ve been waiting for”. The terrifying power of the many is the very last thing that those who consider themselves to be the masters of all and who profit from our lives want to see and they certainly don’t want to experience it, which is precisely why they should. They would like to maintain a world in which our lives are an irrelevance to them apart from the benefits they can extract from us for their personal gain, I think it’s long overdue the tables were turned for all our benefit.

KOG. 1 July 2017

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

https://www.joe.co.uk/politics/gary-lineker-tory-mp-social-media-131739

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/grenfell-fire-housing-policy-social-housing-tenants

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/the-political-kindling-of-the-grenfell-fire/530931/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jeremy-hunt-health-secretary-earn-17-million-nhs-hospital-crisis-sale-hotcourses-education-website-a7529006.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/06/rise-lions-after-slumber-why-do-jeremy-corbyn-and-co-keep-reciting-19th-century

maycb

The bible is a remarkable book, it has influenced and shaped world history for nearly 2000 years. It is an apocryphal tale which many believe is literally the word of God, yet even if taken literally, those who do so interpret it wildly to suit any agenda they wish to pursue, hence the many and diverse Christian factions and churches.

Whilst it is a very difficult book to wade through, it is a book I recommend highly to critical and wary readers (treat it with all the respect you might a stick of dynamite on which the fuse is lit) because we are all, to a greater or lesser extent, affected by its outworking in history to the present day.

Put very simply the bible is a book of Law and Grace and a tale of the abject failure of human kind to work out their affairs justly under the rule of law without the necessary application of grace, consideration and loving kindness. To this day it is easy to see that the world is dominated by biblical Pharisees, those who adhere to the rigid dogma of law and claim moral and spiritual superiority, against those of a more common and gentle nature who live by the virtues of loving kindness and social justice to whom moral and spiritual superiority hold no interest.

Today, then, I give you, the Tories and those who they consider to be ‘stock’ (especially those unable to work), the common herd, ordinary people. It is no small thing that Theresa May is the daughter of a Church of England Vicar, the Rev. Hubert Brasier, yet she exhibits all the traits of a brutal dictator and none of the virtues of Christ. Her religion is the religion of money, the unrestrained free markets, the destruction of public services, the robbing of the wealth of the nation and the deprivation, penalisation and hounding of the poor and most vulnerable people in society to death.

Recent events have shown that Theresa May is a horrific grasper after power at any price to pursue her dogma of social destruction and regression, the pursuit of the transfer of public wealth into private hands and the wanton destruction of our public services including our NHS.

It is into this social crisis that Jeremy Corbyn has emerged, against all the odds and political (including those in his own party) and media machinations and forces raised against him. A champion of the underdogs, defender of the rights of ordinary people, a fierce campaigner for social justice, a straight talking, plain speaking man of the people who has been accused of inciting religious fervour and even casting an ‘Orphic spell’ (by Boris Johnson) over the minds of the dumb masses and who ironically and coincidentally shares the same initials as the beardie chap of the biblical New Testament.

It is a modern epic of good versus evil and the stuff of every fairy tale since time began, except this time we are living it and the price for ordinary people is monstrous. On the one hand we have a conniving, lying, cheating, stealing party of the rich and powerful against Jeremy Corbyn and all those who champion social justice, in which I happily include myself, the cares and concerns of ordinary people and the well being and interests of the many and not just the privileged few.

For all those who see themselves small in their own eyes, who face the vast forces of modern day oppression, not knowing what to do, how to express their fears and who feel they have no voice and still less anyone to listen, a glimmer, and for many, a beacon, of hope has emerged. It is not down to one man and yet that one man has become, rightly, the political focus of millions. Everything that Theresa May aspires to in her wickedness and manipulation, and yet fails utterly, Corbyn achieves through plain speaking and shared humanity.

Every step of social progress we have ever made against rich and powerful interests has come through struggle, from the bottom up, through the engagement of ordinary people against the enormous power of the privileged few. That struggle is, I hope, reaching an historic climax, one that is long overdue. A climax that will not be the end, but promises to be a new beginning if we hold true to our vision. It is a struggle that needs every voice and the concerted action of all those who see themselves small who together can bring about the social change which millions of people in Britain and the wider world are crying out for.

This piece is entitled, ‘Who dares despise the day of small things?’ I have unashamedly ripped it out of any biblical context quite deliberately, and I apply it to my own faltering footsteps in life, and to every life struggling to take one step at a time in these unbelievably difficult times against the vicious forces which oppose us. I offer it as a compliment and a celebration of modest lives and modest aspirations, which collectively can make a difference. Those with power, through wealth, status and influence (by which I mean the mogul owned and driven media) will do anything and everything to crush us, as they have always done in times past.

Theresa May and the Tories know what they are up against and they are desperate, afraid and in complete chaos, even buying a few extra votes for a billion pounds. It is within our power to keep them in disarray and to oust them, let’s do just that, for all our sakes. The power grubbers hate Jeremy Corbyn with a raging passion, there is no shame in loving him and looking forward to him being Prime Minister.

KOG. 28 June 2017

 

IDS Calls Those Unable To Work ‘Stock’

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/social-care-scandal-tory-cuts-9836261

https://www.thecanary.co/2017/06/27/theresa-may-wants-shut-parliament-order-retain-grip-power/

http://theconversation.com/what-fairytales-can-tell-us-about-jeremy-corbyn-66646

aneurin_bevana

Whilst the right wing media still has daily fits over the rise of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservatives fall ever further into the abyss where they rightly belong.

At 66 years of age I remember the post war era, of moving from an ageing prefab to a brand new 3 bedroom house with a garden front and back, of visits to the doctor when needed and the dentist as a matter of course for regular check ups and treatment. I vividly recall a life saving operation as a child in London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, writ large because of the agony I was in and of being cared for at home afterwards by a district nurse. In the new, post war, world I grew up in we learnt to take such care for granted, available to us even though we were dirt poor.

So it is with some authority that I can say that what Jeremy Corbyn is offering us is not new, it has been done before in a time of immense upheaval in this country which had suffered what today in Britain is unimaginable destruction, save in the memories of those older than I am, and bravely survived.

In those days Britain had to draw on skills from across the world to realise the vision of a National Health Service and to run Transport for London. Without that influx of immigrant Labour the dreams would never have become reality and the NHS would have collapsed. Then, as now, immigration was a thorny issue, Britain has never shied away from hypocrisy and bigotry to serve its own ends.

Age provides a longer memory and a longer perspective, so imagine my rage when Theresa May was told by nursing staff on the election special of BBC Question Time, “My wage slips from 2009 reflect exactly what I’m earning today. How can that be fair, in the light of the job that we do?” and another telling her, ‘the 1 per cent cap on annual public sector pay rises had meant a real-terms decrease in his salary of 14 per cent since 2010, adding: “So don’t tell us we’re getting a pay rise”,’ to which Theresa May responded, “there isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want.”

First and foremost my fury was directed at the sheer arrogance and patronising contempt of Theresa May with which she insulted the intelligence of not just nurses but the entire nation, on prime time television, and then the fact that what May had said was an ideologically driven bare faced lie. There is more than enough money to do whatever her party wants to do, including MPs pay rises. Cut price, tax payer funded, sell offs to vulture privateers of national assets and public services across the board, tax breaks for the rich and for corporations, vanity infrastructure projects like High Speed Rail, with its tidal wave of unnecessary destruction on our tiny island nation which has no need of any such thing.

What Jeremy Corbyn is experiencing from the Conservatives and the right wing media is something about which, were he alive, Aneurin Bevan could share a tale or two about the bloody Tories of his time which led him to declare in bitterness and rage, in 1948 at a Manchester rally:

“… no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women, do not listen to what they are saying now. Do not listen to the seductions of Lord Woolton. He is a very good salesman. If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman. But I warn you they have not changed, or if they have they are slightly worse than they were.”

If Jeremy Corbyn had said the same at Glastonbury, Manchester, Liverpool, Gateshead or London, not a word of it would have been out of place other than ‘Lord Woolton’ who could be replaced by any Tory propagandist of our time.

It is a hatred that burns inside me today at the suffering and destruction the Tories have inflicted upon us.

The united voices of people chorusing, “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn,” is more than a cry of sentiment from the ignorant masses, it is a cry of protest that we’ve had enough of Tories lies and destruction. It is a cry of hope, aspiration and yearning the like of which has never been seen in Britain before.

Millions of people have had enough of Tory eugenics (what else can I call it?) which have cost tens of thousands of lives and “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” means ‘enough is enough’. The Conservatives do not serve the nation, they serve the interests of a tiny few, those interests of polarised wealth and greed, betraying the hopes and dreams of millions who just want to get on in reasonable prosperity and comfort, with the right to a roof over our heads and a decent meal on the table.

At 66 years old I do not aspire, nor ever have, to becoming a millionaire, what use would that be to me? I would like to end my days in peace, with enough to survive and thrive on and for any rainy days which inevitably fall, to attend my local hospital for vital treatments in the knowledge that such health care will outlast me for the future. That is no great ask, it is a modest demand and expectation.

Do not tell me it can’t be done. It has been done before and it can be done again. All it requires is the people’s will to make it so, to drive the Tories and austerity off the awaiting cliff and rebuild a better Britain for the many, not just the grasping few.

KOG. 25 June 2017

http://www.historyandpolicy.org/policy-papers/papers/immigration-and-the-national-health-service-putting-history-to-the-forefron

https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/assets/downloads/Generations.pdf

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://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10249815/High-speed-rail-scheme-cost-to-double-to-80bn-economists-warn.html

https://www.sochealth.co.uk/national-health-service/the-sma-and-the-foundation-of-the-national-health-service-dr-leslie-hilliard-1980/aneurin-bevan-and-the-foundation-of-the-nhs/bevans-speech-to-the-manchester-labour-rally-4-july-1948/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/social-care-scandal-tory-cuts-9836261

article-7644-herob

This is an incredible time to be living in, but what’s truly extraordinary is that there is nothing new here, nothing that hasn’t been going on for time immemorial. As the Band, Show of Hands, sang of ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’, the attitude of the ruling classes against ordinary people has been with us forever as has protest against it.

What was Wat Tyler facing in the Peasants Revolt in 1381 other than what we are still facing today?

Theresa May is nothing new, in fact she is just today’s poster girl for the historic abuse of the ruling classes. Grenfell Tower is the latest incarnation of the contempt and casual indifference that the ruling elites have for the lives of ordinary people.

At 66 years old I’ve been racking my brains and Grenfell Tower is the worst disaster in the UK since WWII, it is utterly horrific and yet, like the inferno and the circumstances leading up to it, the handling of it is a testament to the governments monumental indifference to the lives and well being and suffering and deaths of ordinary people.

This callous indifference was summed up by someone who chose to pick up her phone and call LBC radio to talk about how she felt if survivors of Grenfell Tower were moved into the block of flats were she lives, “I feel sorry for those people but my husband and I work very hard to be able to afford this. And for someone to get it for free, I would move.”

‘Those people’, Britain’s untermensch, those regarded and treated as racially or socially inferior, like rats, vermin, unwanted, their suffering a matter of complete indifference and, in fact, every effort made to sweep them under the carpet.

There is a reason that no one knows what’s happening in North Kensington, least of all the victims of the inferno, it’s because the lives of poor people don’t matter. As David Lammy MP wrote, “Grenfell Tower was a crime. Rich, powerful people often get away with crimes. We need answers, and we need justice.” The response to the disaster is itself a continuous, rolling crime in real time, a crime of arrogance, ignorance, greed and indifference.

The escalation of state murder has been going on since 2010, every provision of anything that provides for the well being of ordinary people in the UK has been and continues to be stripped to the bone and the poorest and most vulnerable people are being brutally punished and driven to their graves for simply being poor and vulnerable.

In 2015 David Cameron said, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.” And oh how true those words ring today. Not one of us is safe from these Tory murderers, to whom the law offers not the least obstacle in their inhuman attacks on our lives and which provides no protection for us.

They sneer at our protests and love to tell us how ineffectual and pointless protest is. I am very sure they would like us to shut up, how very convenient for them that would be. And if we did, if we obeyed these masters of arrogance, avarice and greed, what would be our reward?

To die in silence. To die for their arrogance, their ignorance and their greed.

Fuck that and fuck them. Think about this, someone signed off the flammable cladding for Grenfell Tower, signing the death warrants of all the victims of that act of obscene arrogance, cowardice and indifference. No one will step forward and take responsibility and they will for certain be working right now to cover it up. Theresa May has refused to commit to retro fitting sprinklers in all high rise residential accommodation despite the Fire Brigade Union stating that ‘there has never been a multiple death in a building fitted with sprinklers’, yet the government can find £1.3 million to fit sprinklers in the houses of Parliament. The government can use £370 million our money to refurbish Buckingham Palace, £7.6 million for Wentworth Woodhouse, but for poor tax payers, nothing, not even an honest death count for the survivors of Grenfell Tower.

And what can we do? Keep fighting and never stop. Never, ever, give up against these callously indifferent, bastard state murderers.

KOG. 23 June 2017

http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/shelagh-fogarty/if-grenfell-residents-move-into-my-flats-ill-move/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britain-is-too-tolerant-and-should-interfere-more-in-peoples-lives-says-david-cameron-10246517.html

May refuses to confirm she’ll fit #sprinklers to tower blocks #Grenfell

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/17/grenfell-tower-government-councils-fire-safety

https://tompride.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/government-to-spend-1-3-million-on-sprinkler-system-in-parliament-but-claim-not-enough-money-for-tower-blocks/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/18/buckingham-palace-to-undergo-370m-refurbishment

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/24/inside-wentworth-woodhouse-a-key-piece-of-northern-heritage