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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

09_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,517

Tuesday 09 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

It has come to my attention that depleted uranium (DU) is used in fracking in what are called Perforation Guns. Perforation guns are small explosive devices which when detonated fracture the surrounding rock formation prior to the high pressure injection of fracking fluid. Depleted uranium is 60% as radioactive as naturally occurring Uranium and has a radioactive half-life of 4.5bn years (which is the current age of the Earth). Whilst it is accepted that DU is toxic, just how toxic and how dangerous is a matter of ongoing study and dispute.

The use of DU weapons in Iraq has been widely condemned and official Iraqi government statistics show that cancers in Iraq have increased from 40 out of 100,000 people prior to the Iraq wars to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people in 2005. It is estimated that ‘350 tons of DU munitions (was used) in Iraq during the 1991 war, and 1,200 tons during its 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation’. So far as fracking is concerned it is clear that such concentrations would not occur nor spread so violently as in the insanity of war.

However, fracking involves the use of fracking fluid with is a toxic mix of chemicals and millions of gallons of water. It’s extraction rate from wells is between 20% to 40% leaving a significant toxic brew underground at each site (to go who knows where?), plus millions of gallons of toxic waste about which not a single informative word has been said by government about it’s safe disposal. Ineos, which holds 21 shale licences in the UK, has said that after ‘treatment’ the waste water could be dumped in the sea. Remind me, when was the last time anyone cleaned up nuclear waste via some kind of chemical treatment plant? I am sure the nuclear industry would like to hear from them.

In 2014 ‘radioactive water from Cuadrilla’s fracking operations was handled at United Utilities treatment works in Davyhulme’ and subsequently dumped in the Manchester Ship Canal leading to questions being asked by MP for Stretford and Urmston, Kate Green, demanding to know why.

The Independent newspaper guesstimates that families could receive between £5,000 and £20,000 in bribes to allow fracking in their areas, yet fracking is increasingly being banned across the globe. The hazards are legion. The UK has already had two earthquakes near Blackpool confirmed by Cuadrilla as being caused by their drilling site at Preese Hall. Families need to ask themselves what a potential environmental and human disaster is worth and what undisclosed motive you have for offering bribes? It is an unprecedented step and one that should be treated with the gravest suspicion. How much are our communities worth and how much is the future of our children worth? If anyone thinks they are worth putting at risk for £5,000 to £20,000 they need their heads examined. The Sun might be telling its readers that the bribes are worth it, but when did Rupert Murdoch and his rag ever give a damn about its readership? Fracking in the UK should be banned not foisted on us through corrupt bribes.

http://www.google.com/patents/US20110000669

http://www.echo.net.au/2013/07/depleted-uranium-used-in-fracking/

http://www.cnduk.org/about/item/580-depleted-uranium

Depleted Uranium And The Iraq War’s Legacy Of Cancer

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26703-iraqi-doctors-call-depleted-uranium-use-genocide

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Facts-about-Fracking-Fluid-and-its-Disposal.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/15/uk-fracking-firm-plans-dump-wastewater-in-sea-ineos

http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/news/10971603.MP_demands_answers_on_why_waste_water_from_fracking_was_dumped_into_the_Manchester_Ship_Canal/?ref=rss

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fracking-shale-wealth-fund-thousands-households-families-theresa-may-a7177136.html

List of Bans Worldwide

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21120-how-fracking-caused-earthquakes-in-the-uk/

The benefits of fracking to the UK are well worth PM Theresa May’s £10,000 ‘bribe’

15_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,465

Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In the years since WWII, there is one beacon that I can see standing out in which I cannot just see but experience the greater personal and public good, something that exists for everyone in this country in an everyday real and tangible way.

It’s something that you Tories can’t hold a match to and you modern day city puppets are mere juveniles overshadowed by giants that you despise.

In all the long history of these islands I do not think anything greater has ever been achieved for the common good than the post war consensus. In essence it lasted 34 years, from 1945 until 1979 (with the election of Margaret Thatcher), but you Tories were always its enemy, just as you have always been the enemy of ordinary people.

The founding of the welfare state, the NHS and a massive programme of house building at a time when we were essentially broke, should have been celebrated annually, perhaps as a public holiday, lest we forgot that phenomenal achievement and found it written out of history as you are seeking to do today as you oversee its destruction.

As this accursed referendum, which sickens me more each day, lumbers on, ordinary people, according to their lights, want something good out of it. Even the most rabid, xenophobic, racist, bigots want, in essence, something good for them. Yet I do not think anything more divisive has occurred in living memory, overseen and manipulated by those who care nothing for the common good, you Tories.

Rupert Murdoch and his shit rag Sun has announced his will, a billionaire media whore who lives in America and yet enjoys the ear of the UK government, wants Britain out of the EU. I am sure he does, but for reasons that will best serve himself, caring nothing for his readers other than the power he wields over them. Nothing says, in or out, more than vested interests, money, corporations, power, greed, the aristocracy of wealth in which ordinary people are but bit players expected to vote for some crumbs of meaningful worth and value. We are a nation divided and for what? So that we can watch the spectacle of fools parade themselves selling opiates to the masses? People begging for the one that offers the greatest pain relief and hating their neighbour just in case they get the better one or force everyone to have the worst one.

I was thinking today that the thing that would influence me the most would be knowing how many more people must die before Britain, in or out, finds sanity again and is rid of the most evil government in our history. The most attractive vote I can think of is whatever meant I would never have to hear or read the words Tory or Conservative again, because nothing good is ever going to come from a Tory unless it’s as history. If we vote remain for the protections that Europe offers the lives of ordinary people, let us never forget that does not compare with the phenomenal positive good of our post war achievements that, in or out of Europe, you are stealing from us.

http://www.britpolitics.co.uk/british-politics-post-war-consensus

29_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,417

Friday 29 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Following the absolute vindication of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster after a sustained police cover up and their deliberate lies, the fight is far from over because the battle is against unaccountable power which is as bad today, if not worse, than it was in 1989.

It raises, for me, other unfinished business, in particular the miners strike and the brutal and bloody Battle of Orgreave 1984 and the Battle of the Beanfield 1985 when the police were used as a state army to crush and brutalise the lives of ordinary people.

Following the Hillsborough verdict Kelvin MacKenzie who was the then editor of the Sun has claimed he “got caught up” in the Hillsborough cover-up. Call it what he will, it didn’t stop the usual inflammatory and the incendiary violence of the front page of the Sun at a time when all of Liverpool was grieving the loss of 96 lives. But what should we expect from someone who was really just a pimp for Rupert Murdoch?

If we want the establishment view we need to turn to Sir Bernard Ingham, Thatchers press secretary during the miners strike. It was Ingham who called the Hillsborough fans “tanked up yobs” and who refused to apologise after the verdict, thus revealing the triumph of prejudice over reason and even common decency, a prejudice which is displayed in parliament daily by you and your party of the ultra privileged in heinous displays of contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

Class warfare is alive and well, as Suzanne Moore wrote in the Guardian, “Finally, 27 long years later, the cold class contempt that Hillsborough came to signify is laid out for all to see.” Nothing has changed, mealy mouthed, two faced press statements from you, not the least, cannot disguise that the ‘long overdue justice’, as you put it, was hampered by an establishment which had and has no interest in justice for ordinary people.

The class war isn’t nearly done and the thought that in private you might consider justice to have been done is too ludicrous to contemplate. Bob Pearce has apparently asked you the same question 30 times in 20 letters over 3 years, “Mr Cameron, do you agree that the actions of the ordinary men and women at Hillsborough on 15th April 1989 deserve recognition in the form of a collective award in the same manner as other heroic acts? Yes or no?” Bob Pearce writes, “I have still had no answer.” Silence often speaks very much louder than words, Mr Cameron. Osborne wept at Thatchers funeral, but there will be no establishment tears over Hillsborough, just hypocrisy, because your government is the enemy of the people.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/28/hillsborough-could-happen-again-police-views-liverpool-fans

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/22/orgreave-truth-police-miners-strike

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/battle-of-the-beanfield/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kelvin-mackenzie-reacts-hillsborough-verdict-7839834

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/hillsborough-disaster-kelvin-mackenzie-apologises-for-hurt-caused-by-the-sun-s-1989-front-page-a7003031.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sir-bernard-ingham-who-labelled-7837120

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/the-hillsborough-verdict-shatters-the-fantasty-that-class-war-doesnt-exist?CMP=share_btn_fb

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/10258913/david-cameron-says-hillsborough-inquest-overdue-justice

Hillsborough Heroes and the ‘Silent’ David Cameron

29_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,386

Tuesday 29 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The problem with politics today is that we are being attacked by mad dogs and no one is quite sure what to do about it.

There is no political debate and there is no democracy, we are assaulted by a bunch of crazed mad dog politicians who by any definition of sanity aren’t.

You present a problem for the people of Britain that defies reason and rationality itself. It leaves me groping for words I do not have, or at least, I have plenty of words, but forming them in a way that deals with what is insane is a nigh on impossible task.

Jeremy Hunt blames junior doctors for being intractable and unreasonable, to say the least. The Sun, meaning Rupert Murdoch, viciously attacked junior doctors, accusing them of ‘launching an all out war on the Government using patients as cannon fodder’. Junior doctors, along with all their highly trained colleagues, are women and men to whom we, and indeed they themselves, surrender and entrust our lives at the point when we are in the greatest need of medical help which we cannot, and are powerless to, undertake for ourselves for our well being and survival.

Let’s see, who would I rather trust, Jeremy Hunt, Rupert Murdoch and his ding bat poodle journalists, or junior doctors? Tough call eh?

The fact is that junior doctors are the cannon fodder who Jeremy Hunt has all but accused of murdering patients at weekends.

The Sun claimed, “Doctors have no right to abandon emergency patients in order to swell their bank balances.” Murdoch indulges in mad dog journalism for vast profits and Hunt is hell bent on destroying our NHS for privatised health care and privately funded insurance schemes. Your government’s Health and Social Care Act legally abolished the NHS for market driven health care in 2012.

Somebody is of course lying through their teeth with malicious intent. Is it you mad dogs of government and the Murdoch press or is it the folks wearing the stethoscopes and who end up dropping with exhaustion at the end of insane shifts?

If we’re looking for liars, cheats, thieves and scoundrels, we need look no further than the Palace of Westminster and London Bridge Street.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/11/jeremy-hunt-junior-doctor-contract-_n_9212198.html

Tory mouthpiece The Sun launches another lying attack on junior doctors

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/how-the-nhs-is-being-dismantled-in-10-easy-steps-10474075.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-hunt-privatise-nhs-tories-privatising-private-insurance-market-replacement-direct-democracy-a6865306.html

27_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,071

Monday 27 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is a measure of how rattled and insecure you Tories are when the political debate is overtaken by the ridiculous and the absurd. The best that Rupert Murdoch and the Sun can come up with is that as a child Nicola Sturgeon once cut her sisters dolls hair, an early sign of her devilish ruthlessness which has propelled her to the top of Scotland’s politics. #DollGate is clearly the worst political scandal ever, even more shocking to the nation than the cultural crisis that occurred in 1990 when Mars rebranded its ‘Marathon’ bar as ‘Snickers’. Stuff like Plebgate and MPs expenses pale into insignificance compared to the terrifyingly demonic Sturgeon.

Meanwhile, venturing into the completely absurd, the Daily Mail reports Theresa May has claimed that an SNP-Labour pact would herald a constitutional crisis greater than the abdication of Edward VIII, to which Sturgeon bluntly responded, “Theresa May has made herself look completely and utterly stupid with ridiculous over the top comments like that”. Quite.

I suppose your party and the right wing media has little choice in turning to the ridiculous and the absurd given that five years of Tories has already driven millions of people into crisis. People in in-work poverty are now facing being punished with sanctions by Iain Duncan Smith in his relentless crusade against the poor which has already cost far too many lives that you choose to completely ignore.

Your catastrophic war on the poor has seen ever greater numbers of people driven into crisis and your party is the crisis in Britain today.

With 9 days to go to the general election, I, along with many others, hope that your entire campaign and hateful crusade against the poor unravels around your ears and I can only applaud your parties efforts in that direction as you employ the ridiculous and the absurd in your attempts to hide the indefensible.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/04/25/nicola-sturgeon-snp-_n_7141760.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/04/26/nicola-sturgeon-calls-theresa-may-utterly-stupid_n_7146854.html

http://www.lep.co.uk/news/business/business/part-time-workers-may-face-benefit-sanctions-1-6937080

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/14/dwp-inquiries-benefit-claimant-suicides

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/against-george-osbornes-war-on-the-poor-and-the-vile-stupidity-of-his-workers-vs-shirkers-narrative-8397330.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/homelessness-study-welfare-reforms-crisis