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Democracy- if you can afford it.

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This week Danny Alexander announced another ‘fall’ in jobless figures. The best Miliband could do was say it’s good news. No attack on the policies that force poor folk into virtual slavery, required to work for their entitlement taking them out of the equation.

And this is opposition?

Let’s have done with this farce of democracy; let’s have done with the illusion of choice.

The choice is accept this THREE party right-wing coalition or support a democratic socialist state where the rich and powerful cannot usurp democracy to their own ends because they cannot stand for election.

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21/02/2014 at 8:33 PM

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

Dennis Skinner: ‘The Beast’ Shows Softer Side

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This impassioned speech genuinely brought tears to my eyes. Such a heartfelt plea is rarely heard from today’s career politicians, whose focus is spin and deceit.

You will note how Cameron turned away from Dennis as he attempted to defend ATOS and his, his ministers and his party’s atrocious treatment of the sick, disabled and needy.

Despite the headline “Dennis Skinner: ‘The Beast’ Shows Softer Side” and despite Dennis’s reputation for his ‘no prisoners’ stance, this is a man of great compassion; of great feeling and of great caring. He knows liberalist socialism will not defeat the real beast of capitalism and greed. He knows that only a strong and wilful- and yes, sometimes aggressive opposition, not just in parliament but also to capitalism in general is the only way we will bring about a fairer and more equitable society. He know that in the fight for justice, as in any fight there will be casualties. He knows we must minimise the casualties, but the fight must go on.

But while we quite rightly laud Dennis, we must not fail by using this speech to merely advance our socialist agenda; we must not forget the poor man whose last year of life was not only ravaged by his medical condition, but then this burden was exacerbated by the ‘medical’ assessment that stripped him of the little help he deserved- and paid for throughout his working life. We must neither forget his poor widow, who lived this imposition with him and is now left alone to wonder why.

He is the last of the crusaders; the last of a line of great socialist politicians. I can only hope he instils in some young prospective politicians the will to continue the fight.

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19/10/2013 at 3:34 PM

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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Having thought further about Labour’s announcement they will repeal the Bedroom Tax legislation, and having read SPeye’s enlightening article here-

Labour to scrap the bedroom tax – a huge political mistake and huge opportunity missed.

It put me in mind of Lenin’s statement “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” And Margaret Thatcher’s acceptance of this philosophy when she answered what she thought was her greatest achievement with “Tony Blair and New Labour.”

I have long held the belief that Blair and his Blairites were the Tories answer to opposition, groomed to take over the Labour Party so that there would be no effective opposition to capitalism in this country.

Even if I am wrong and they were not ‘groomed’ for culpable opposition, certainly the face of British politics was undeniably changed because of New Labour’s acceptance of capitalism and globalisation rather than following it’s traditional role of opposition and education of the masses on the evils of capitalism.

How does this relate to Labour’s statement on the Bedroom Tax? Quite simply SPeye explains why the announcement by Labour is a political mistake since they will now have to argue their case on economic grounds rather than have the economic case pre-argued on the fiscal disaster the Bedroom Tax is; the Bedroom Tax costs the taxpayer more than Housing Benefit, therefore it’s repeal will save money.

What could this mean? A get-out clause for Labour if and when they are elected, on the ground’s they cannot follow through on their promise because it is not economically viable- or that if they do not have a big enough majority, they will not be able to push through the tax reforms they now have to argue will pay for it.

Either way, Thatcher’s greatest achievement could once again prove to be a favourable result for the Tory party and their wealthy cohorts.

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21/09/2013 at 11:36 AM

Labour to scrap the bedroom tax – a huge political mistake and huge opportunity missed

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The Labour Party has vowed to scrap the bedroom tax. They have finally said it after so long. A cause for celebration you would think but as usual the Labour Party makes a pig’s ear of it. Yes I have been calling for them to do it since day one but they manage to totally bugger it up.

To explain the Labour Party thought it necessary to say where they would find the money to do this? YET that is a tacit admittance that the bedroom tax does save money which it doesn’t – a huge political and frankly stupid mistake by Labour!

Reblogged from Labour to scrap the bedroom tax – a huge political mistake and huge opportunity missed 625 more words.

They have also failed to explain what they will do for people already displaced by the Bedroom Tax and what they will do about homes that have been sold after being vacated by tenants due to the Bedroom Tax.

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21/09/2013 at 10:25 AM

The best part of Nick Clegg’s speech: in defence of internationalism and liberal interventionism

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I enjoyed Nick Clegg’s speech to conference, which set out a clear path to Liberal Democrats remaining a party of government.

I thought his passionate defence of internationalism and liberal interventionism, drawing on his (Spanish) wife’s family history in pre-democratic Spain, was easily the strongest part. Here’s what he said:

via The best part of Nick Clegg’s speech: in defence of internationalism and liberal interventionism. 555 more words.

I have commented (currently awaiting moderation- though Nick Thornsby does not usually censor comments)-

“Is that like standing up for tuition fees; like being voiceless against the suffering of the poorest in our land; is the democracy he speaks of the kind where it works better if oiled with vast wealth?

I have said it from the beginning, the LibDems should pull out of this coalition and force an election now. But they won’t because if the Tories need them in 2015, they’re gonna be there, trampling over principle and promise, motive usurping manifesto to form another government so they can tell THEIR grandkids how Grandpa Nick led the Libdems to two terms of office.”

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19/09/2013 at 9:03 AM

United Nations Raise the Axe- Is this Goodbye to the Bedroom Tax?

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UNITED NATIONS special envoy Raquel Rolnik will call on the Con-Dems to scrap the tax, which she believes breaches the basic right to housing.

This is fantastic news!

Daily Record- United Nations Landmark decision on Bedroom Tax

The Guardian- UN expert says UK’s bedroom tax threatens human rights,

I have one issue with the decision and that is “…the policy breaches the basic right to housing as there are not enough smaller properties for tenants to move into.”

I would much prefer the decision to have been based on a basic right to stay in one’s own home irrespective of the changes to family that we all know will happen and without financial penalty and I would go so far to say, as the biggest under-occupiers in the land are fully aware, a spare room (and these rooms, as we all know are rarely ‘spare’ except by government definition) is not extravagant. This should have been catered for by retaining and increasing council stock to take this into account.

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11/09/2013 at 4:48 AM

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