Archives for posts with tag: wealth-creators

homelessb

We have a problem and it’s one we need to fix urgently. Housing… to briefly put aside all the other myriad disastrous problems which lie securely at the door of the Tories and the neoliberal consensus.

I’ll begin with a proposition – no one should be evicted from their home for financial reasons, as a human right.

In May 2015 The Tenants Voice reported that evictions had risen 53% since 2010, with 170 tenants being evicted every day in 2015.

Money is increasingly weaponized on a daily basis targeting the very poorest people, yet Britain is the 5th richest country in the world but also one of the most unequal in which ‘the richest 10% own over half of the UK’s total wealth’ and the government is knowingly and deliberately pauperising increasing numbers of people with the purpose of increasing that inequality and the flow of wealth out of the hands of ordinary people.

The poor are being used and abused as wealth creators and yet are being denied any part of the wealth they are brutally forced to create. The most targeted group, of course, being disabled people about whom Priti Patel said, ‘cutting some disabled people’s benefits by £30 a week is justified as it will help those with a “limited capability” to work find a job’*. And, just for the record, Patel also thinks ‘the British are among the worst idlers in the world’, in a book she co-wrote with fellow fascists Dominic Raab, Kwasi Kwarteng, Liz Truss and Chris Skidmore,  in which they claim ‘that “lazy” Brits prefer a lie-in to hard work‘ and ‘criticises the “baby boomer” generation for seeking to raise taxes for young workers to pay for their lavish pension pots’*. (*my emphases)

This is the religion of the far right, who treat poor bashing as an article of faith, who would have pensioners working for the pensions they have spent their working lives paying for until death.

In a country in which depriving people of the means of survival and their economic rights is now routine, it is inevitable that, as a consequence, with zero income, people are wilfully prevented from paying their rent to which the answer is, eviction.

It is also inevitable that at the mere suggestion of housing as a human right and that no one should be evicted from their home for financial reasons, the intellectually supine and propaganda rags like the Sun, the Mail and Express, and other right wing, rage fuelling, toss rags, will cry, ‘Why should we pay for scroungers?’, to which I riposte, ‘We pay for the wealth snatchers every day, like media corps, but if people think it is the poor who are the problem, they are bigger fools than even the government takes us all for’.

A study by Crisis on the financial cost of single homelessness in Britain reports that the New Economics Foundation estimated, ‘a single homeless person, if they were homeless for one year, would cost the UK public purse between £24,500 and £26,000 more than other citizens’.

It is economically illiterate to evict people and force people into homelessness. How many times must we have these sad and tired conversations whilst the greedy stuff themselves stupid on the backs of our lives?

Full employment is both pointless and unnecessary, the problem isn’t worklessness, the problem isn’t the poor, the problem isn’t a lack of housing, the problem is wealth distribution and a world predicated on exploitation and the privatisation of resources, including people, and profit.

Millions of jobs have been automated out of existence, but what happens to the people who used to do those jobs, are they taken care of out of the profits from the automation of the work they once did? No, they are thrown on the scrap heap whilst all the profits from automation rise beyond the reach of ordinary people into the hands of the grasping few, often to languish in tax havens thus further avoiding any social responsibility for the distribution of their unearned, other than through exploitation of people, resources and technology, wealth.

However, if anyone is struggling, the DWP offered contracts in 2015 to procure ‘Online Supported Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ (CBT) worth £21 million to promote work as a health outcome. Bullshit!

We are drowning in bullshit, it is a tidal wave that is still mounting and people are dying in despair. The government wants us to rent out our bodies for less than it costs for us to inhabit our own bodies, for life. Our wages are asset stripped (as taxation) to support extreme wealth and corporations who hide their ill gotten gains in tax havens. And if we fail to juggle the impossible we are thrown on the streets to subsist or die.

We know the answers, we know exactly what is wrong and how it could be put right. We know who our enemy is and what they are capable of, and they are not done yet.

This is economic warfare and we are the target. None of this is happening by accident and nor is any of it unintended. We are certainly victims, but let us never make the mistake of in any way sympathising with our oppressors or making any excuses for them. There are no excuses.

Keep fighting and, above all, keep supporting and caring for those on their last legs who this rotten system has broken and if that someone is you, tell someone, as hard as that may feel, reach out.

KOG. 05 April 2017

Samaritans – free any time, from any phone on 116 123.

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/your_home/evictions-up-53-in-5-years/

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/feb/11/tenant-evictions-highest-level-england-wales-ministry-of-justice

http://www.cityam.com/227917/world-wealth-britain-crowned-fifth-richest-country-in-the-world-behind-us-china-japan-and-germany

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14296603.MP_Priti_Patel_says_cutting_some_disabled_people_s_benefits_by___30_a_week_is_justified/

‘Lazy’ workers: the ignorance and shamelessness of Tory ‘rising stars’

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lord-bichard-force-pensioners-work.html

http://www.welfareweekly.com/tens-of-thousands-of-disabled-people-hit-by-cruel-benefit-sanctions-dwp-figures-show/

http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/CostsofHomelessness_Finalweb.pdf

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/fcdf22ca-cac8-45da-a614-fbc5754de037

https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/hunger-homelessness-and-despair-the-stark-reality-of-the-benefit-cap/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/23/charlotte-sees-desperation-first-hand-job-centre-benefits-system

05_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,484

Tuesday 05 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I see that George Osborne is set to lower corporation tax to 15% and there are even calls for it to be lower to woo investors to Britain, not least from China.

The problem with overseas investment is that company profits are siphoned out of the country and corporate returns to the nation are minimised, if they even pay taxes at all and don’t indulge in tax avoidance/evasion schemes.

I am sure that you, or whoever we get saddled with after you, will tell us that these corporate immigrant gold diggers will create jobs, but they are jobs of the worst kind offering no hope to those forced to take them up. Grinding away on minimum wage and/or zero hours contracts, workers, the real wealth creators, will be exploited to the max and the ill gotten gains made at their expense will depart these shores, never to be seen again. What’s in it for ordinary people? Not a lot and we’ll be saddled with the shortfall in tax revenues into the bargain, plus fuelling the neoliberal ideology of the ever shrinking state for private gain.

What Britain needs is internal investment and higher wages, that way the fruits of investment, labour and wages boost the national economy and not the fortunes of global capitalists who have no loyalties beyond the board room.

If Mark Carney wanted to aid Britain’s recovery and ease the pain of Brexit, he could invest in the real economy via Quantitative Easing and such working money could provide schools, housing, flood defences, cleaner energy, well paid jobs and the like and would see, according to Positive Money, a return of at least £2.80 on every £1 invested. When Mervyn King gifted the financial markets with £375 billion of new money the return on that, again according to Positive Money, was a miserly 8p in the pound but saw a rise in the wealth of ‘investors’ of 20%.

Osborne is married to public debt for private gain, he talks about the Northern Powerhouse but perhaps he should go and ask the people of Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester and Ashton Under Lyne, to name but a few, just how they are getting along in his powerhouse. You claimed in 2015 that you’d created 1000 jobs a day since 2010, that’s a grand boast to dole out during Prime Ministers Question Time, but it fails dismally to answer whether a single person was lifted out of poverty by the types of jobs created. In fact in-work poverty now exceeds out of work poverty, so well done for that. It isn’t investors Osborne should be wooing, it’s workers, but frankly neither you nor he have much time for Britain’s workers. Whilst they are, indisputably, creating wealth, they just don’t get to take it home with them.

http://news.sky.com/story/1721185/corporation-tax-cut-to-cushion-brexit-blow

http://positivemoney.org/how-money-works/advanced/how-quantitative-easing-works/

http://positivemoney.org/videos/introduction/waste-375-billion-failure-quantitative-easing-video/

Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/mar/29/indices-multiple-deprivation-poverty-england

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/reality-check/2015/mar/31/has-david-cameron-really-created-1000-jobs-a-day

https://fullfact.org/economy/are-people-poverty-increasingly-work/

28_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,214

Monday 28 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You know, sitting, as you do, in the top 10% or 1% of society, or maybe in the top 1% of the top 1% (I don’t know), it is easy for you to judge us and hand down your judgement of us and exact your penances upon us.

You’ve made us slaves to debt. Permanent slaves to austerity. As if we’d had our evil way with the golden pig and now we must pay it back.

But we didn’t, it was not us. Pick out from us the bankers among us who porked the golden pie and, yes, by all means hold us to account, kill us, remove us, deprive us. If we did…

But we did not.

You have never lived or worked in our world, you have enjoyed all the privileges that accident of birth into the upper class could bestow upon you and yet you presume to dictate to us how we should live and to be the leader of the ‘party of working people’, an utterly ludicrous supposition, a fantasy made out of thin air and, of course, spin.

The working class and middle class are the nation builders, the teachers, bricklayers, nurses, doctors, cleaners, firemen and women, street cleaners and the myriad other jobs that create, build, and hold a country together, the wealth creators and those who maintain the entire structure of the world. There are millions in in-work poverty, underpaid and underfed, barely making the news unless it is to report yet another tragic death through poverty and despair.

It is amazing that the only political leader, with an overwhelming democratic mandate, to speak up for ordinary people, including the poor and dispossessed, in this country and this new century, is being reviled and demonised for standing up for social justice. An, as yet unnamed, general, has even threatened treasonous mutiny if Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister for opposing a weapons system which at best will never be deployed, and if used will bring about mutually assured destruction. How many people in the UK will needlessly die of poverty over Tridents 25 year, £100 billion, lifetime?

We, the people, deserve better than this murderous and inexcusable insanity. The markets that you serve so slavishly are not free, the human cost is incalculable. If there is any point to life it is life itself that should be revered not money and certainly not profit from human misery. It is long overdue that humanity grew up and that applies most to those who aspire to power with malicious intent.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32297199

http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/stop-work-poverty

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/armed-forces-would-mutiny-jeremy-6483522

http://theconversation.com/fact-check-will-renewing-trident-cost-100-billion-39002

30_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,101

Saturday 30 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I see that Andy Burnham is trying to out right wing you Tories. You must be delighted, the end of the Labour party is nigh. Order another case of Bollinger because let’s face it they’ll never out-Tory you Tories, try as they might.

Burnham said society’s wealth-creators will be valued as highly as NHS staff. Who does he mean by wealth-creators? In Burnham’s own words, “Far too rarely over the last few years has Labour spoken up in praise of the everyday heroes of our society. The small businessman or woman; the sole trader; the innovator, the inventor, the entrepreneur. The small businesses that become big businesses.”

There is no question that founding and growing a business is hard work. It’s a risk. It involves seemingly endless hours of work, worry, negotiations, loans, research, office work, organisation, premises, equipment, staff, more worry, more sleepless nights. Britain was described by Adam Smith and Napoleon as ‘A nation of shop keepers’. Quite why Britain was singled out for this accolade I don’t know. How did other nations survive without the plethora of small businesses that worked away to provide for the family and business needs of a nation? Nor can there be any question that a successful business should reward all that the founder/owner/risk taker puts into it. I’ve worked for enough small businesses to know that business owners deserve more in their pay packets than me, no question.

But here’s the thing, the point that you and Burnham miss. Business owners and staff are a symbiotic whole. If the business succeeds it is a team effort, treating the staff badly and paying them badly and walking off with a ridiculous excess of profits whilst workers live hand to mouth is despicable. Working together, they are all wealth creators and anyone who says otherwise is either a fool or a liar.

All you right wing blinkered half wits really need to engage your brains. Hint – it’s the thing that takes up space between the ears.

The Labour party was founded on the struggle to end exploitation in the work place. A fair days work for a fair days pay isn’t too much to ask for or expect. Making obscene profits whilst paying workers a minimum wage is rotten to the core. Poverty wages that see workers reliant on benefits and even food banks is criminal. We don’t need another Tory party driving ordinary working people into the ground, denying that they are wealth creators, allowing them to be ripped off, even one Tory party is too much. Surviving in poverty, that is truly heroic and requires a heroic effort.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32927139?SThisFB

http://www.poverty.ac.uk/report-poverty-work-poverty-housing-low-income-households/poverty-soars-among-working-households

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/22/food-bank-users-uk-low-paid-workers-poverty