I awoke on Christmas morning
Full of hope
Sought my stocking
Santa lost my list
No, it isn’t Santa’s fault
Or my parents
Love them all
The fault does lie with faces hidden
Bankers with ‘em
But for all their pelf and gain
I’d rather mine
Just the same.
Nice and warm in my house.
My cooker just went tits up; been out and bought a new one, cash money.
Felt a little aggrieved at having to spend so much money just prior to Christmas.
But I can afford it.
Now my thoughts go out to those who will have no Christmas dinner; those who have no home; those who will find little Christmas cheer.
And particularly to the children who will wake to little or nothing come Christmas day.
I weep; literally weep for those poor children and the parents who feel inadequate.
You should weep, David Cameron, Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne.
I used to drink with a highly, self educated man from the East End of London whose dad was a dustman.
He had been a teacher and army officer and was, at that time manager of a bank. While he never expressed his political leanings, it was clear from our many conversations he was a socialist.
He told me he had moved in those elite circles and that most of them, government ministers included were thick as two short planks, got the job because daddy worked there, or through the ‘old boy’ network.
Originally posted on Guy Debord's Cat:
Like many people, I’ve always thought the Tories were monumentally stupid. Many of them have the most expensive education money can buy and yet they trot out the most absurd and intellectually-enfeebled statements with nary a thought. A couple of years ago, David Cameron appeared on the David Letterman Show and couldn’t even tell his interlocutor what the Magna Carta was.
He went to Eton and Oxford, for chrissakes. But let’s be blunt: the offspring of this country’s wealthy and powerful don’t have to do well at school because they don’t need to. They know that they will land a plum job no matter how brain dead they are. Cameron is but one example. Osborne is another.
The Tories’ solution for dealing with the housing crisis was indicative of, not only their ignorance of the gravity of the situation, but also of their mindless cruelty towards those without the means…
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I am not a fan of Russell Brand, either as a comedian, actor or political commentator/activist.
I just watched a clip of him attacking Nigel Farage on BBC Question Time and have to say his comment “I’ve got money now, I’ve seen rich people, there’s plenty of money out there, It’s just not being distributed.” is something I have been saying, in one form or another for many years, even before Russell was born(!) because it is, in a capitalist system an eternal truth.
He went up a notch or two in my estimation.
I do, however find his reference to Farage as a ‘pound shop Enoch Powell’ somewhat distasteful. I was born and bred in Brum, a lifelong socialist and certainly no racist, and can tell you get away from such sound bites, study the man and you will find Enoch Powell was no racist and no ranting megalomaniacal Farage.
Far from it; he served for many years after the war in India, loved Indian culture and represented Wolverhampton, a constituency with a large immigrant population from 1950 to 1974.
He was a classical scholar and refused army promotions to serve in the countries he loved.
His great demise was his so called ’rivers of blood ‘speech which was taken greatly out of context and often quoted as evidence of his racism. Read the speech in full, as I have and I think you will come to similar a similar conclusion.
Anybody who knows me will know I am no racist and certainly no Tory! But when a truth is distorted, it should be shown to be so; when a man’s character is destroyed by a twisted media, it should be highlighted as so.
His politics apart, Enoch Powell was a great and highly educated man and probably one of the few politicians, modern or old school who was honest.
Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
Rupert Murdoch’s favourite climate change denier, Times columnist Matt Ridley, is not a climate scientist.
He’s a failed banker,
Before he reinvented himself as a supposed expert on climate change, the old Etonian, Tory peer was the hereditary* head of Northern Rock bank.
As its chairman – Ridley tapped the UK taxpayer for an unbelievable £27 billion in bailout money.
But despite Ridley getting £27 billion, his bank still failed and had to be nationalised anyway.
You’d think the anti-climate change establishment would have found someone a bit more convincing to persuade us against global warming.
Perhaps they thought we’d forgotten all about his past-life as a failed banker?
Unfortunately, this failed banker’s managing to influence government policy too:
* Hereditary because when it comes to picking leaders, it seems UK…
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During you Christmas celebrations, spare a thought for those less fortunate.
As I arrived home from work at 6:30 this morning, bitterly cold and glad I could afford the heating to have been on and walk into a warm house, I wondered how the homeless cope with this weather; where do they go at night?
I the thought of the old, the lonely who may also be cold, albeit with a roof over their heads and the lonely who can keep warm and eat well, but are nevertheless lonely at this convivial time of year.
I thought of the children who will have little to wake to on Christmas morning and the taunts of their peers, not yet old enough to understand that poverty is not a crime, save for it is a crime against the poor in a wealthy country, nor a lifestyle choice.
I thought too of their parents, who I know, as I did will feel inadequate and unworthy because they couldn’t give more. To those parents I say the most important thing you can give your children at any time of year is love and understanding.
So, as you begin your celebrations, sit down to your Christmas dinner with your wine and beer, put your feet up in front of your 40 inch widescreen telly in the warmth of your house and your companionship, spare a thought, and if you can a few bob for those who aren’t so lucky.
I’m not a young man; I’ve seen and experienced injustice for over 57 years- never did I believe in or advocate violent revolution- until recently.
Democracy does not work for the majority it claims to represent; the only way we can obtain democratic justice is to seize power, peacefully if we can, violently if we must.