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A New Year Message from a Lucky Man

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This may seem a strange choice for a New Year song, but for those that know the words, I think you’ll understand. To those that don’t know the words, please listen and I think you’ll get it.


Well, 2014 is almost upon us and it seems only right to have a little say about the year past and the year to come.


The year past has, for me been very good having secured, for the first time in over 20 years reasonably well paid employment; this isn’t because of government policy; it is pure effort on my part, a touch of good fortune and the munificence of the man who interviewed me. This is the first Christmas for those 20 plus years I have had all the bills paid and a little spare cash in my pocket.


Yet, while grateful for my good fortune, paradoxically, I ask why should we be grateful, feel it is good fortune just to have a good job and a bit of spare cash? Surely it is something to which we all aspire, to which we are all entitled, and for those unable to work or unable to work full time, be it through circumstance or government policy, we should be happy to pay our taxes to support them- I am.


This administration, for that is what they are, unelected administrators would have us all doffing our caps, appreciative for our lot, grateful just for food on the table while they see their huge wealth and position as their god given right.


To that huge majority who have not shared my good fortune, for those for whom 2013 has seen them plunged ever deeper into poverty and despair, my heart goes out to you, and I genuinely wish I could have sent you all a share of my fortuity.


And 2014, what will that offer? I hope, on a personal level that my good fortune continues and somewhat doubtfully, hope that we can all see an improvement in our situation.


However, realistically, I see more deprivation, more poverty, more unnecessary deaths; and I do not feel immune from the possibility that 2014 will be a year of disappointment for me too. Job security is a thing of the past and I hope a thing of the future; it is not a thing of the present.


And yet, I feel compelled to say to you all, have as happy and prosperous a new year as your circumstances allow and with the will and the fortitude to carry us through, we shall overcome.





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31/12/2013 at 12:27 PM

Owen Jones- A Dickensian Christmas? Hardly.

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Here is a picture Owen Jones had published on FaceBook-

 owen jones xmas sleeping accomodation

It was accompanied by the following quote-

“This is where I’ve had to sleep over Christmas. Dickensian conditions up here at my folks’ place.”

After many negative comments, ranging from the dismissive to the outraged, the jovial to the sarcastic including my own-

“Stop whingeing about your own very small impositions, which by the way were not thrust upon you.

Think of the homeless, the children that woke up to little or nothing, the low waged who worked all year yet still have little.

My opinion of you is you are making political and economic profit from the misery of the impoverished and disenfranchised.



“Oh, additionally that room is about the size folk are paying bedroom tax for- yet your parents can afford to use it as storage?”

the post was removed from FaceBook.

Unfortunately, for Owen at least, it was not removed from Twitter… yet… which is why I have reproduced them here rather than linked to them.

If Owen believes I have infringed his copyright, my response is once published on Twitter and/or FaceBook, without notification to the contrary it becomes public domain.

If he insists I have infringed his copyright, I will take down the offending material with the proviso it is replaced with an explanatory message and description if he will explain why he would rather this be done than defend his posts.

I think it is a bit of a faux pas by Owen.

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28/12/2013 at 3:02 PM

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A Modern Christmas Carol (Due to circumstances beyond my control, too-whit the main character, a very short version)

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It was Christmas Eve and Iain Duncan Smith was a-lying in his bed. He’d been promised three ghosts by his mentor, Maggie whose life on the other side was one of torment and terror.

The first ghost arrived and said, unfalteringly “No hope for you, mate. I’m off.”.

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25/12/2013 at 6:25 AM

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The Little Boy That Cameron Forgot…

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Here’s a song that should rip the heart out of you. My mom used to try to sing it every Christmas, but could never finish it because of the tears. I always believed it was because dad couldn’t work due to his poor health and we had little. My older sister, Eileen says it’s because she was thinking of her son from her first marriage, my brother Jim. I prefer my version, but probably it was a little from column ‘A’ and a little from column ‘B’.

Whatever the reason for my lovely mother’s distress, there will be many more mothers in distress, many boys and girls Santa will forget this year.

Merry Xmas David, Iain and the crew.

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21/12/2013 at 11:14 PM

We’re All In (sh)It Together

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This is becoming something of a series. Maybe because of my good fortune in finding reasonably well paid employment, thus being able to get out and about more; maybe because things are getting worse and worse for the less fortunate.

Today, walking into town I met a neighbour. He’s 80 if he’s a day. I’ll never forget when my kids were young, coming from school if we ever met him he always had a pound each for them to buy sweets. He was by no means impoverished, but his story touches- if it doesn’t, you must be dead and nobody told you.

His first comments were my circumstances; how’s things, you alright? When I explained about my good fortune in finding reasonably well paid employment, his face fairly lit up. If ever a man was a socialist without knowing it, he’s the man.

The conversation then continued to his situation, which cannot by any stretch of the imagination be described as good fortune.

He explained his poor eyesight, age related, his deafness, age related and said there were operations he could have to improve, if not correct both.

His choices were, wait ‘til next year and we can do them- or pay £2,500 and have them done tomorrow.

My immediate rhetorical question was “by the same surgeon, in the same hospital using the same equipment?”

You know the answer to that one!

So this man, after a lifetime’s work, consequently a lifetime’s contributions now has a choice of pay again or wait.

We’re all in it together. Especially if you’re in the shit.

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21/12/2013 at 10:22 PM

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The Fight For Hearts and Souls

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The following is a précis of a conversation I had in one of my rare visits to the pub this afternoon. It is, perhaps a summing up of the attitude of too many selfish people; too many selfish people who are week or a month’s wage away from destitution. A week or moth’s wage from the circumstance they currently demonise.

The benefits bill is too high, we need to reduce it.

While the reduction of the benefits bill is a desirable aim, how we do this is debatable; the greater part of the benefits bill, over 50% is pensions. Similarly to me, I am sure you do not advocate the slashing of pensions to reduce the benefits bill.

The only way to reduce the benefits bill is to cut benefits.

Cut benefits how? Reducing benefits effectively would mean slashing pensions, which we do not want to do. We’ll all (hopefully) be pensioners someday.

We can no longer afford a welfare state.

Many benefits are in work benefits that actually subsidise the employer. So, a fair days pay for a fair days work would be a good first step to reducing the benefits bill. Then making sure there is well paid work for people would be a great help.

There are too many scroungers.

By the governments own figures, benefit fraud accounts for only 0.7% 0f the benefits bill. Chasing tax dodgers- call them evaders or avoiders, it amounts to the same thing in my book would be a more effective way to improve governments finances.

The Bedroom Tax is fair; why should we (I) pay for one person to live in a three bedroomed house.

Why indeed? Unless you are paying taxes for an MP to live on a country estate in a multi-bedroomed manor house, complete with moat and duck house and a luxury flat in London. Or even a footballer to rattle around a similar dwelling while claiming a council tax reduction, despite his huge salary.

Ultimately, you need to decide which kind of society we live in; an altruistic, dependant society where we do, whether through individual endeavour or communal taxation ensure the needy need no more; or a selfish, uncaring society where your ephemeral wealth is your only asset.

By no means a verbatim record of the conversation; it is, however, the general timbre of this and many more conversations I have had.

The fight for hearts and souls is far from won. It has barely begun.

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14/12/2013 at 8:14 PM

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I am a Communist, a Marxist.

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I am a Communist, a Marxist.

You can read all the literature you wish to in your quest for ‘communism’ but ultimately, you will know in your heart whether you are really a Communist.

Communism is an ideal, rather than a political, social or economic strategy.

I know in my heart and I believe, most sincerely in the redistribution of the wealth for the good of the people; I know in my heart there should be no reason for communism or the redistribution of wealth, for without the greed of individualism as an enemy to the common good, we would all be wealthy, as wealthy as our communal prosperity allows.

Communism has had, currently has and will continue to have a bad press, for the capitalists hate communism; they hate it because it takes their wealth, power and privilege and gives it back to the disenfranchised, the poor and the hungry; the very people who create the wealth, through their hard labour, their blood, sweat and tears.

You will be told, by the capitalists about the fall of communism. They will tell you how the Stalinist USSR fell; they will point out the bad things in Cuba and China.

They will not tell you Stalin was not a socialist, much less a communist. They will not tell you how the capitalist West conspired with him to create a divided Germany.

An isolated communist society cannot survive in a global capitalist regime; an isolated socialist agenda cannot prosper in a global capitalist world.

I can only say there are far more poor people in this world than rich; we have the power, if we have the will.

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07/12/2013 at 8:04 PM

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