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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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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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/11/virgin-care-700m-contract-200-nhs-social-care-services-bath-somerset

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

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My grateful thanks to my friend Eileen for cutting through the crap and for her kind permission to use the following.

I’ve never heard of Aberfan. The photographer at Aberfan that day, David Hurn said, “In this case it’s pretty obvious what had happened was obscene; you wanted to show that this is exactly what happened so there could be no cover up, and that in my mind was a very powerful justification for what I was doing.”

The Grenfell Tower fire, just as obscene, was the same kind of man-made disaster-in-waiting as Aberfan, as Fukushima and Chernobyl, as Hurricane Katrina, as Deep Water Horizon, and on and on. People know.

“The tips are safe.” “The containment areas are secure.” “The levees will hold.” “The drilling is safe.” “We don’t need regulations.” “The corporations and the market will police themselves.” Then, how easily the excuses and justifications drip from the lips of the guilty, the negligent, the cost-cutters, the profiteers. As at Aberfan, so at Grenfell.

People know, before and after every disaster.

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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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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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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

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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

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Since the days of Margaret Thatcher what has become abundantly clear is that at the very heart of neoliberalism, the financial markets, the ‘free market’ ideology and right wing ideologues like the Tories, they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

The cause of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is not just a lack of human values, but absolute scorn for them and arrogant contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

Right now it looks as though the human tragedy in north Kensington might have the power to galvanise people to bring to an end a contempt for common people which stretches at least as far back as the Norman conquest of England which saw England carved up for the benefit of the invaders and home grown sycophants. Time passed and the Industrial Revolution saw the rise of another brand of brutal elites, the Industrialists who amassed enormous wealth on the backs of common people. Britain became the richest country in the world and amassed an empire, yet, then as now, that wealth was concentrated in the hands of the elite few, whilst the many lived as paupers, struggling for a daily crust.

In the last half of the previous century ordinary people saw many advances and improvements in life on the back of WWII which led Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to say in 1957, “most of our people have never had it so good.” There was much talk of the growth of technology, shorter working weeks, shared wealth from the machines which would do the work for our universal benefit. It never happened in the way it was imagined and fast forward to today, Tory policy is that ‘work makes you well’ and if you are not working you will not have support for even the basic necessities of life whether you are just unemployed for whatever reason, sick, disabled, young, middle aged or old and sanctions are routine and rife, depriving people of the means of survival. Whilst Britain is said to be in the top ten of the richest nations, ordinary people have no access to that wealth, it is exclusively in the hands of a very small elite from whom nothing trickles down to ease the age old burdens of ordinary people no matter how ‘hard working’ we are.

Grenfell Tower wasn’t a tragedy waiting to happen, Grenfell Tower was a killing field brought about by policy and wilful neglect and official malfeasance, by people who should have had a duty to make it fit for human habitation, to ensure that all reasonable safety measures were in place, to make provision for front line services which were fit for purpose and adequately manned, to legislate for health and safety, instead of tearing up the rule book for profit and private gain.

This is not, as they say, rocket science, it is ‘common’ sense.

So what do we want?

In the words of Jeremy Corbyn, ‘a fair, more equal and just society’. These are not difficult words to understand, they are kindergarten concepts made complex by adults. They are not weasel words uttered with malicious intent to deceive and anyone who does speak them with intent to deceive is a criminal, because that is what gave rise to the killing fields of Grenfell.

Grenfell carries the sympathy and the love of anyone with a heart for lives shattered by tragedy. The response has been overwhelming, donations are already in million of pounds, the community is overwhelmed with aid. That is what ordinary people do in times of trouble when they are free to do so and not beaten down by politics and a media more intent on spreading lies, hate and division than caring, mutual trust and support.

It can surely be no great mystery that people just want to live and get on with their lives in peace, security and in reasonable prosperity so that they have enough to live on and enough for a rainy day and a holiday, if they so choose. How hard is that to understand, and yet how hard it is to achieve in a country run by those who do not mean us well and who legislate against us?

We are standing on the doorstep of change, a change we must demand and keep on demanding until we, the people, get our way. We need a government that is on our side, with policies that can rebuild our beleaguered nation after years of right wing neoliberal oppression, neglect and destruction.

The time for that is now, the country is in disarray, the Conservatives are a failed party, this must be the end of their world and the start of ours. Nothing else will suffice and nothing else will work. We must have a country for the well being of the many and not just the elite few.

KOG. 16 June 2017

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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/over-2m-raised-by-evening-standard-appeal-for-grenfell-tower-victims-a3566571.html

https://www.gofundme.com/GRENFELL-BLOCK-LATIMER-FIRE-APPEAL

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/14/community-centres-churches-overwhelmed-donations-grenfell-tower/