Sunday, October 23, 2011

No Fun Being Part of the Lower 99%

Occupy London - has arrived and looks like it is here for the duration. 

Peaceful demonstrations have been taking place outside St Paul's Cathedral in London and as more demonstrators arrive another camp is being erected elsewhere. Demonstrations that started in Spain by a group calling themselves "Indignados" and then spread to Greece and Europe, and then into Wall Street in America, before going global and spreading to 900 cities have now arrived in Britain. These "occupations" are a sign of growing anger against corporate greed and the banking industry that caused many of the world's financial problems and hardships. If our governments choose to ignore this rapidly growing movement, they do so at their peril. This is a sign that the "people" have finally had enough and are now attempting to take power back from "capitalistic greed mongers". This is a rapidly growing wave of anger aimed at social and economic injustice meted out upon the 99% by governments and financiers and corporations known as the "1%".

So now people can plainly see that it wasn't Gordon Brown and the previous Labour government's spending on schools, hospitals, nurses, midwives, doctors, teachers and police to the great benefit of the country and our people that caused the problems in the UK or the global financial recession and all the problems in Europe and the "euro-zone" after all. This was all lies, smokescreens and fabrications invented by the present prime minister, David Cameron, his chancellor George Osborne and lackey "pretendy" deputy prime minister, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg, in order to get their own greedy capitalistic hands on Britain's reins of power. In fact, despite coming through the worse global financial recession and banking collapse for over 100 years when Labour lost the general election in May 2010, they handed over the country's economy to George Osborne, David Cameron, and Nick Clegg  in much better shape than it is now! 

It has taken Cameron, Osborne and Clegg barely 17 months to ruin the economic recovery that was under-way under the previous Labour government and reverse growth, falling unemployment and consumer confidence. They were told repeatedly that their austerity measures were going too far and cutting too deep but buoyed by Labour's economic recovery they inherited, they thought they could afford to ignore all the advice from most the world's leading economists and still inflict their misery upon us all. 

George Osborne who is not and economist ignored world leading economists warnings, just like the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley who is not a doctor, is ignoring all the advice and warnings from virtually every part of the medical world in order to inflict his Health and Social care reforms bill upon us, Osborne and Lansley are from different departments but the agenda is the same  -  cuts and privatisation! The introduction into all our public services of the private sector, the big health care providers and financial corporations that actually caused the world's problems are now being encouraged to come in and take from the state even more money which will result in funds being diverted away from all public services, schools hospitals and the NHS in general and find its way into the bank accounts of these private corporation shareholders - the 1% which will cause utter devastation chaos and confusion in the NHS, education, police and all our public services.

The people profiting out of our misery in this depression are the very people who clearly caused the worse global recession for over 100 years, which are usually found among "friends of the Tory party", hedge funds, City analysts, bankers and greedy corporations. These are the very people who donate millions of pounds to the Tory party, see my comprehensive list of Tory donors and remember that these are same kind of "Conservatives" in other countries who run their banks, hedge funds and corporations who all go to make up - the 1%. 

The word "Conservative" is not just a political party in the UK; it is used to describe all those that live and die by the rules of "conservatism". Their rules are simple, Conservatives advocate the preservation of the rich elite at the expense of the 99% and they will give who they deem to be the underclass (the 99%) just enough to keep them solvent and now in these days of financial turmoil they are seeking to take away what little some have in order to make them pay to keep the 1% in their way of life. The British Conservative party and the British Government are part of the 1%!

The Conservative chancellor George Osborne came in after the election probably with an already devised plan to make 99% of people pay for what the richest 1%, better known as the financiers, the investors, the bankers, the corporations, the traders and those vile creatures - the hedge funders and all those that make money out of our debt and our misery had done to this country through their appalling greed and reckless gambling with our money which was/is deposited in their banks. Significantly it is now the very same people that caused our current problems who are now causing even bigger problems and it is those very same people who are now being consulted by governments to find ways of getting us out of the mess they themselves have created. It is like having a murderer investigate his own crime, or a wheel clamper in charge of clamping his own vehicle! These people are doing this while maintaining their own lifestyles and forcing us -the people - the 99%  in all countries into the harshest of austerity measures, cutbacks on public spending in welfare, health and public services and in each of these countries the dramatic cuts in public spending is having a catastrophic effect in the world's markets by choking off economic recovery and strangulating growth, and without growth, then the world is just going to keep going round and round and round on this gross financial nightmare merry-go-round. The people that will suffer the most will be the 99%. 

In the UK, George Osborne's plan to sack 500.000 public sector workers and civil servants is now in progress and with devastating results not only on those being sacked and their families, but on the nation as a whole and standards of living are falling dramatically. Not only has Osborne inflicted measures that are having a catastrophic effect on unemployment but he has also frozen wages of nurses and midwives, armed forces, all public sector employees and all civil servants, he has slashed benefits and services causing distress and hardship to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. It is bad enough to be a part of the so-called "99%" however, if you happen to be at the lowest or lower end of the 99% then you are going to be disproportionately affected by Osborne's austerity measures. The evidence is now clear, Osborne's plans are not working and it is the lower end of the 99% who are feeling the most pain, it is almost as if this Conservative government are punishing people for being poor, or sick, or disabled, or young, or female, or elderly.

For example we have reached a situation where disabled people feel they are being attacked not only by their government, but by others higher up the 99% chain. It works like this,  in order for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to get the electorate to accept their attacks on ordinary people, the vulnerable, the disabled, women, children and the elderly etc., all people that in normal circumstances most people would want to see protected and not damage their chances of re-election, David Cameron and George Osborne are employing the nasty politics of hate and envy and the old "divide and conquer" rule. They have set out on a mission to set person against person within the 99% group by encouraging attacks on each other, it's;

  • Private Sector workers....versus....Public sector workers
  • Able bodied people.... versus.... Disabled People
  • Haves...versus....Have Not’s
  • Employed...versus...Unemployed
  • Those not claiming benefits....versus....those forced to claim
  • Couples....versus....single parents
  • The childless....versus....those with children
  • The public school educated...versus...state educated
  • Society......versus.....society
The results of this appallingly dangerous policy of re-election that Cameron, Osborne and Clegg are playing can only be termed as nauseating and reckless in the extreme and will without a single doubt have a catastrophic effect on the very fabric of our society and if it is not stopped we will see the devastating effects in communities up and down this country and in record time. I state this without the slightest hesitation or exaggeration. We are all witnessing the stirrings, the beginnings of these very frightening phenomena on our streets, in our towns and in our cities. Cameron, Osborne and Clegg are playing to the very base instincts of frightened people, people that they (Cameron, Osborne and Clegg) have previous and purposefully frightened and deliberately misled.

Now that the dust has settled on the summer of rioting in the UK, take a closer look at "cause and effects" of the dangerous game that Cameron is playing with the 99% in this country. It is too easy for glib publicity seeking politicians like David Cameron to turn around and blame what happened on “poor parenting” and “lack of discipline in the home and school” and on “single parents” etc, yes some of it may play a part, however, the causes of such behaviour go far deeper than that, the roots of this behaviour are deep and they are now propagating and sending up shoots in the most unlikeliest of places. I believe the summer riots were an accumulation of many different factors within our society where smouldering resentment suddenly came to a head and caution, common sense and social responsibility went right out of the window which is why there were people from all walks of the 99% who would not normally even dream of becoming involved in those riots and that kind of behaviour became caught up in it all. It was as if something was triggered deep down inside their psyches and it all just boiled over into the street and it is all too easy to just attribute blame to those from poorer sections of society that behaved in this fashion as David Cameron has done, but it is not just them and if the lesson of the 2011 summer rioting is not heeded then repeats of it will become all the more frequent and it is probably all building up again as we speak. The unfortunate death of Mark Duggan shot dead by police was not the cause of the rioting but it was the catalyst!

So in the future if needed, how do the police forces of this country hope to be able to respond to such wide scale violent civil disorder when their numbers will be drastically cut by Osborne and Cameron?  Such violent civil disorder will almost inevitably be seen as the fruit of the seeds of resentment that
Cameron, Osborne and Clegg are sowing now as they seek to turn citizen against citizen, in order to carry out undisturbed their right win ideological agenda?

Especially when the Conservative government of David Cameron and George Osborne is being fully enabled by the doltish Liberal Democrats "pretendy" deputy pm and "pretendy" cabinet and government ministers in cutting at least 13,000 police officers and 18,000 backroom staff that enable  police officers to get on with the job of policing?  How will they flood the streets of London (or any major City) with 10,000 extra police like they were forced to do last summer when they have sacked 13,000 officers? How will the inadequately trained special constables which is policing on the cheap and policing on the free who are not, and will not, be riot trained cope with violent disorder on the scale we saw last summer? Will we be asking these people and their families to pay with their health or even their lives all in the aid of David Cameron's vanity "Big Society" project, where we the 99% give everything, even our lives and he sits back in Downing Street and accepts the plaudits?  Who suffers in clashes of violent civil unrest the most? Of course it is us, it is the 99%! We are the vulnerable ones, we are not able to sit in large houses protected by security guards high fences and electric gates, and we are those who are living in the towns and Cities on the roads and housing estates that will take the brunt of civil disorder and violent unrest.  Crime is already starting to rise again as a direct consequence of the Tory cuts in policing, the last time crime rose was 16 years ago, the last time we had a Tory government in Britain. 

Take a look at the situation in Greece; our government is fond of telling us if we do not accept these austerity measures they are forcing upon us then we will end up like Greece. This is just not true that is yet another complete Conservative/Cameron/Osborne/Clegg lie for a number of reasons, not least because our ability to pay back our debt in the UK was never in doubt and we are not in the euro and we set our own interest rates and the last Labour government handed over historically low interest rates, however, as the Tory imposed cuts in public services bite and unemployment soars and living standards plummet, what is happening on the streets of Greece will eventually reach this country as the government force more people out of work and people are forced to fight for their families and their very existence, in fact, with the peaceful "Occupy London" demonstrations, the fight back has already started, this the thinnest end of the wedge is already here and if our concerns and needs are continued to be ignored by government it will mushroom until our leaders concede that capitalism in its present state does not work, has never worked, and will never work!

When leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband, made his speech at the Labour party conference recently, he was shouted down very quickly, big business, bankers and the Tory party leading the shouts, this happened because they (the 1%) recognised something in that speech that chilled them to the bone. Ed Miliband said we have to find an alternative to the way we do business as a country and we have to have "ethical" trading, ethical banking and ethical corporations, notably the most outspoken critics of Ed Miliband's words came from the 1% and it came from them for the very reason that under a new working system of ethical business practices and ethical banking practices it will be this country's top 1% that will then become the hardest hit and if it spreads, so it would be in other countries too. Why should those people that run those corporations, which run the utility companies, be allowed to profiteer forcing millions into poverty and fuel poverty, forcing people to choose between heating their homes or eating?  In my opinion, far from being afraid to be seen on the left, Ed Miliband should take it and embrace it and combine an ethical left, with and ethical right and ethical green policies and some sort of Robin Hood tax, I believe he and others would be pleasantly surprised and would welcome a readjustment in the way we do business in this country, it is the way forward and I believe it is the way forward for every single country, including China and India, because without the rest of the world and ethical  global economy those two countries will not be able to sustain themselves either.

The realignment of the world's economy is taking place right now and if the 99% do not stake their claim then we will be left out again for the next 100 years, as the realignment is being influenced once again by the top 1%, we cannot afford to allow these people, the 1%, to take all of the world's wealth, this time it can and it must be distributed properly and fairly, everyone must feel part of our society and every one must be given the opportunity to work for a fair share in the stakes and the wealth of our country.

Without a doubt we are witnessing one of the most deceitful, corrupt sleaze ridden governments of all time, from Murdoch, Coulson to the Fox/Werritty affairs it is corruption on a grand scale and the people at the heart of it all are prime minister, David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne and the people picked upon so badly and "demonised" by this Conservative led government are, ironically, the people that could help us out of recession they are the ordinary people, the builders, the production workers, the small businesses etc., who would be gainfully employed by the state to build the things that this country really needs. The public sector workers and the civil servants, if they were not sacked they would be spending in the economy, houses would be being bought and built, extensions built, soft furnishings, DIY thriving, leisure centres bursting with life, theatres thriving, cinemas busy, shopping centres and high streets not resembling ghost towns any longer - we the 99% actually have the solution to our problems, but we have been fooled into thinking the solution is actually the problem and that is Cameron and Osborne's biggest and cruellest lie of all. We can get out of this position however, first the British have to grow a spine and stop fighting each other (as Cameron and Osborne wish us to), and stop believing Cameron who is the biggest liar in the history of British politics, we must make it known we have no confidence in this government who blatantly lied and tricked us into giving them power and demand a general election in order to get rid of this lying conniving Conservative government and throw out their evil forces of "conservatism" once and for all and this must take place in every single country. These are our countries they do not belong to the 1% the power is not their divine right the power is ours and we must take our destiny into our own control "United we stand divided we fall" has never been truer than it is today and for the first time we Brits must make a stand. We have to go for  something like Ed Miliband's vision of an "ethical" economy if we fail to do this, then be prepared for at least 100 years of abject misery and be prepared to inflict this pain upon our children, their children and their children and so on. We have to learn as a nation there is nothing wrong with a government in power hiring people to look after our people, there is nothing wrong with having an excellent and free health service, education service and welfare service, as is being proved now, none of us 99% know when we may be in need of it. What else do we actually want a government for? The choice is now bleak, it is ours and it is staring us in the face, do we choose to be part of the downtrodden subservient 99% or do we stand up to the 1% and take our futures and our future generations futures into the control of the people? Not Capitalism, not Communism, but an ethical green economy and ethical taxation system.

The way forward is ours we just have to seize it back from the evil that is the forces of conservatism!

1 comment:

Terry said...

Excellent article.