Archive for May 2015
D’ya know, I have lived over half a century.
In that half century plus, I’ve seen good times, bad times, governments come and go.
My best times were in the 1970s; the unions were strong when the working man had a voice, and a choice.
I am, as many of you will be, afraid of losing my job.
But we have to make a stand, sometime, somewhere.
Now, or later, when it is too late?
What these people do not seem to realise is something I have said for decades.
A happy workforce is a productive workforce. Give us decent wages and conditions and the majority will be satisfied if they can pay their bills, save a little and enjoy a little. Trying to hold down wages to increase personal pelf and using the whip hand of job insecurity to ensure productivity results in an unhappy workforce that doesn’t give a damn about the quantity or the quality of the goods and services they produce.
This can be extended to the population in general. Give us decent wages and conditions, a welfare state that supports those that need it and that allows them some dignity, a decent education system for our children and most of us won’t care how rich you are.
But when an employer tries to crush the last drop from his employees for subsistence wages, when a government tries to enrich not only the bankers, industrialist and the idle rich but themselves too, all at the expense of the poor, they produce me and millions like me.
Militant trade’s unionists and socialists who want their massive wealth redistributed much further than allowing us a decent life would cost them.
“If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out.”
Nick Hanauer, billionaire and founder of amazon.com speaking at a TED talk in 2014
Former Tory and now UKIP opportunist Douglas Carswell, who has been whining in the press after being jostled and shouted at during yesterday’s fuck the tories protest, has got the world he wants. In a society where the poorest are ground into the dirt whilst the rich live in unimaginable luxury it is inevitable that the wealthy will become despised. As ever more people see their lives demolished by poverty pay, benefit cuts, forced work and soaring housing costs then it is no surprise that…
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Former New Labour minister Alan Johnson says Labour lost because it distanced itself from Tony Blair’s government
I say RUBBISH! Labour lost because they didn’t distance themselves enough.
As an ex-Labour voter and one-time party member, I struggled long and hard with my conscience, right up to standing in the ballot booth, pencil in hand before I finally put my cross next to our Labour candidate.
Why? Because I want a socialist government who will represent the proletariat, and only the proletariat’s interests- not the bankers and big business, hoping for- or lying about ‘trickle down’ wealth.
I finally decided to vote Labour because it was, I believed our best chance of keeping the Tories out.
Unless Labour distances itself from neo-liberalism, unless it embraces its roots and supports the working class, they cannot rely on my vote in the future.
It is being reported that the use of food banks will reduce dramatically under the new Conservative government.
Most of the people who rely on them will die.
Tories got 37% of the vote but 50% of the seats and ALL of the power
Only 37% of voters lent their support to the Tories on Thursday. 63% opted for other parties.
When you take into account the fact many people didn’t vote at all, the numbers get even more extreme. Only 24% of those eligible to vote actually put a cross next to a Tory candidate on their ballot paper.
That leaves a massive 76% of people do not support a Conservative government.
Only one answer- for the rest of your lives, fight these bastards, to the death if need be.
(not satire – it’s Cameron’s Britain!)
The Cameron government has not been clamping down on benefit fraud.
He and his ministers have been attacking genuinely sick and disabled people instead.
There are now numerous cases of terminally sick cancer patients being told by the DWP they are unable to receive sickness benefit and will have to work or starve because they are supposedly ‘fit for work’.
We also have parents of child cancer patients having to rely on food banks because the Cameron government decided being a carer means you will get no help from our increasingly non-existent welfare state:
Another example of a victim of the coalition government’s slashing of help and support for the sick, disabled and dying was Chris Smith, a plumber from Leicester with terminal cancer who sadly died recently:
The fact is, that under the Cameron government…
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