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I was watching an interview of the Paxman show on the BBC of Nigel Farage (UKIP), Peter Haine (Labour), David Davis (Conservative) and Paddy Ashdown (LibDem) about the European Union and the question of whether there should be a referedum on should Britain stay in the EU or not.

As usual when watching interviews of politicians its hard to cut through all the bickering and rubbish that spouts from their mouths but the one thing that struck me in the interview was the body language of the four interviewees on the platform, now for obvious reasons the host was separate from the rest and to the left and on the right all four were seated together.

But if you watch the clip you will notice that at first the men are all sitting normally but as the time goes by the Labor, Lib-Dem and Conservative representatives lean away from Nigel Farage the UKIP leader and sort of huddle together, this in itself might not mean much but when you listen to their arguments you will notice that it is clear the three mainstream party members are pro EU and I think feel threatened by the UKIP stance towards Europe.

Whats the Fear

This got me thinking why do they fear UKIP so much and more importantly whats the fear all about, of course UKIP are not a paramilitary organization so its not physical fear and they are not communist so its not political persecution fear then I looked at the biography of all four men and I noticed that Nigel Farage is the only member of the delegation without a military background, although this is not by itself relevant when you look at the class divides in the UK it becomes apparent to me that they are part of the Old School tie network and being a run of the mill commoner Farage is clearly not in their club.

The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour are three of the oldest parties in the British political system and are largely responsible for the current state of the United Kingdom for good or ill and more so the Conservatives and Labour as they have been the ruling parties for the best part of 60 years and in this time they have drip fed us into the European single market ever since the last referendum held in 1975.

From what I can see the battle to free the United Kingdom from the clutches of Brussels is as much a fight against the feudalistic class system here at home as it is against the EU itself, so question must be posed why do the old parties cling to the hope of a Europe United when its abundantly clear that the EU is heading towards a European Federation even though they vehemently deny that they want to be part of any federation.

Its not what they say

When looking at the old parties stance towards Europe it is not what is said but its not what they say that’s important, the avoidance of questions on the issue of the future of Europe should tell us more than what the politicians actually respond to. I am coming to the conclusion that our current leaders including the current coalition are happy to let the UK be dragged into a federal Europe on the future hope that they will become an integral and permanent part of any future federal government.

The problem is that here in the UK the politicians at the heart of government are a very select and close nit group of men and women who have become used to power and enjoy the macro management of the UK and would become a type of civil servant in the state of England and would become not only a permanent part of the system but also a powerful cog in the Federal engine of Europe this would pretty much absolve them of any real responsibility but with the main government so far away give them the freedom to do as they please.

I honestly believe that a Federal Government in Europe would not resolve the class issue but actually worsen it to the point of civil unrest by the way of wealth distribution through a very complex pro business and pro banking tax system that would leave the middle class decimated and the poorer classes in poverty with little or no social mobility.

Centralization is not the key

We have seen since the end of World War 2 a trend towards centralization of governments and wealth but as far as I am concerned centralization is not the key its a disaster. This type of system actually promotes inequalities in a society and a top down government mushroom not only fails to address the needs of the nation but also helps the redistribution of wealth upwards at a ever increasing rate through high taxes and low wages and pro business legislation.

We have become obsessed with the idea that big problems require an even bigger government to the point where nearly half of the British GDP is spent on the running of the state and its various departments, I used to think was down to the incompetence of the politicians I have since realized that it is a clever ploy to ensure the requirement of state intervention for generations to come and this is the danger of the Federal Europe becoming a bureaucratic hell that sees the average citizen forgotten and the voice of democracy pushed so far from the center that it is unlikely to heard.

Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour all favor this type of future for their own political gain, I for one think that the EU is a business entity with a corporate goal Profit and the drive for this goal the individual rights have to be put down to maximize profit and this is why I think we need to be reducing government intervention and to do this we must break the Union and that’s why I think we need common men like Nigel Farage and even more small political parties to help breed competition in Whitehall only then will we really see democracy for what it was supposed to be and the most important question now is should Britain stay in the EU or not.

 

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When looking at he European Union and the direction it has been taking for the past decade only the a person without an ounce of common sense could not have failed to notice that the EU has been heading towards a federal state and yesterday during the annual state of the union address the European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso officially called for a federal European state.

We have to ask why the sudden honesty and do the leaders of the EU think that Europe is ready to give up individual sovereignty in the face of the current financial crisis, unfortunately I think that the EU has called it right as many of the biggest countries such as France Italy Spain and especially Germany are willing to do just this.

State of the Union

You only have to look at the state of the union to see that something must be done both economically and socially, it was down to the nationalism of the European powers that resulted in two devastating world wars that wrecked europe and it this fear that brought the idea of a European Union into being.

In 195o the European Coal and Steel Community (ECC) was created to tie the European countries together and ensure that wars in Europe would become a thing of the past. In 1957 the Treaty of Rome was signed and this laid the foundations for the modern EU by creating the European Economic Community (EEC).Map of the European Coal and steel Community ECC

In 1973 a referendum was called in the UK and the British public was asked  “Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?” the British people voted 68% yes to stay in the EEC and this would be the last time the The British public would be allowed to decide their fate when it came to Europe.

The current state of the EU is mainly caused by the financial sector and its huge debts that governments thought was a good idea to push onto the tax payers of their respective states causing political rifts to widen enough to threaten the whole of the EU which has caused the new EU government to reafirm its position by making sure the timetable for its political coup is brought in before the whole system can collapse.

Collectivism Vs Individualism

The whole purpose of the EU was and is to create a common market in which all Europeans live a central run collective, so when we look at the EU and the future we have to look at the problem in the light of Collectivism Vs Individualism. Collectivism is the concept that we all live in harmony like were all from one big village but in order to achieve this you must first kill off nationalism and this is the role of social engineering through psychology which has been most successfully through the media.

Here in the west we have an extensive media system that uses TV, Radio and tcollectivism logohe Internet to bombard us daily with advertisements loaded with subtle hints all aimed at getting us to consume but not only this but to get us all to consume the same things and wear the same clothes, This is evident when you look across Europe and see major shopping chains selling very similar if not the same products in once very different countries.

What has all this got to do with politics well the short answer is that the closer our minds come to being the same in our private lives then the closer we are to a conscious connection and therefore will be more willing to accept loosely worded legislation that can fits across the whole of the EU effectively removing borders in our minds so they can be removed in the real world.

The opposite to Collectivism is Individualism this is the mind set that most people strive to achieve a sense of being the only one like you, the problem with this is that governing this type of population is very difficult as you would need different levels of legislation requiring local and regional governments and this would make global governance impossible. This mind set is seen as something of an enemy of the state and has been effectively stamped out in a way which tricks people into thinking that are individual when the reality is that majority of us live in a kind of uniformity and every year this uniformity is changed but is always the same as others in our society thus giving the impression of choice when actually there is none.

Another aspect of the individual mindset that troubles policy makers is the unpredictability of the individual resulting in a unpredictable population and this more than anything else is simple unacceptable to those who believe in long term plans as they are unable to plan effectively for the future. Blue box one indvidual and red box of a collective

Social freedom was something that the Soviet Union tried the best part of 40 years to destroy but even under the totalitarian control of the politburo this was not achievable and was the largest contributor to the final destruction of the communist state so it troubles me deeply that this is exaclty the model that EU seems to be following although this time it is being done via the fake label of freedom under liberal fascism.

Liberal Fascism

Over the past 60 years the people of Europe have become used to peace and social stability but this has come at German Reich eagle holding EU flaga cost and if Barruso gets his way that cost will eventually be total loss of sovereignty. Under the constant barrage of Liberal legislation being handed down in the name of a future European Federation the indvidual has less rights than our forefathers had before world war 2. I do not see this assualt on freedom to abate anytime soon and I predict that once are current heads of state become little more than legislators of a state rather than a coutry we will see an acceleration of this type of government mushroom.

Liberal Fascism is a smiley faced fascism in which the state controls all for the good of the people even if they do not want it, as the saying goes They’re doing it for you. We can see signs of this through the smoking ban and pro human rights laws that trump the rights of others or the newly formed anti-terrorism laws that allow individuals to be detained with little or no evidence on the premise that may in the future commit a crime.

The problem with this system is that it will always revert to tyranny at some point either in the near or distant future you only have to look at the thirties and forties to see this eventuality. Fascism does not mean racism like history has been written to make you believe Fascists seek elevation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people through national identity.  I don’t know about you but to me this sounds a lot like the European Federation’s vision.

Between Now And The Next Elections

The fact that this is now common knowledge means that behind the scenes the plan for the European Federation has already been set and we have between now and the next elections to get our leaders to hold referendums as soon as possible for the people to have their say on their future and the future of our children, I think that the process has been sped up because of France’s election of Francoise Hollande and his socialist pro EU stance the fear is now that the rest of Europe will be voting for leaders who are willing to stand up to the fiction that austerity will get us out of this financial mess.

I also think that between now and the near future we will start to see lots of pro EU rhetoric both from the media and our governments trying to convince us that the EU is the European utopia that they all want us to believe in. The main reasons for this are money the EU is an economic power house with the German superpower being the engine that drives us forward but this is all designed with central planning in mind and that is where vast moajority of the wealth will go to if you would like proof of this then read the European Stability Mechanism’s (ESM) mandate and you will see that once we have a central federal government they can activate this ESM and literally suck the states dry of capital making it impossible for them ever to escape the just like the US states are unable to break their unity.

Whats the Alternative

I know that I paint a bleak picture and I can hear you ask what’s the alternative to a European Federation, But this is exactly what the policies makers want us to think then we will have no choice but to stick together. But the truth is that we do have an alternative there is no reason why cannot have free  trade within Europe and return to our own currencies removing the Euro problem altogether and get rid of the European Union and return to creating our own laws with our own populations in mind but make sure that trade is controlled through European Trade Organization that can ensure we stay the economic power house that we are today.

European unity does not require a European Federation because if I know one thing from history is that today its united Europe tomorrow a united Asia and in the future a Global government. If this is what you envisage as good future then by all means promote the EU but if you think its difficult today trying to get your government to listen how hard do you think it will be when that government is not even on your continent.

I was reading a status update on a friends Facebook page and he was saying that we are already in slavery and I tend to agree but this got me thinking when was the British government for the people and I realized that it never was.

I am not quite sure when it happened but at some point in history the peasant class began to believe that the powers that govern us are there to serve us, in fact this a very clever ruse I am sure that when the Labour party came to power in the late forties they was very much for the people and more importantly for the workers but that soon changed.

The modern ruse of government for the people became essential after World War 2 when the middle and the upper classes had been decimated along with the rest of the male population and the population that was left was largely women who had been working towards the war effort doing the jobs that had been male dominated since the beginning and if the men and the government thought for one second that they would be willing to return to servitude of motherhood they had another thing coming.

The side effect to this was for the first time the lower classes had a very high opinion of themselves and was going to be heard and they did this by sweeping a party into power that was at first for them, this would result in the National Health Service plenty of social housing and a school system that was the envy of the world as far as poor people were concerned, this mindset would persist for at least the next 40 years but as time and governments have come and gone the erosion of the lower classes has been as constant as the ocean on cliffs.

By the 80’s the middle class had become much larger and the poorer in society had become used to moving up the social ladder but the rich would not sit idly by and let the class system be dismantled, another thing that happened was that most of people who remembered the bad old days of when the poor got sick they usually died were coming the end of their lives and with that generation went the will to change the political scene.

Counter Revolution

As far as the rich were concerned the poor had become to much effort and something had to be done the answer would be Margaret Thatcher she would lead the counter revolution against the poor and make sure that big business would be back on top in a secure position. She would do this by provoking the unions into industrial action and then use that as an excuse to demolish the trade unions through a mixture of propaganda and violence via the media and the police force as was seen during the coal miners strikes and the poll tax riots.

In the end Thacher won and the Trade Unions were vastly reduced and so was the pay of the commoner through the implementation of high taxes this brutal warfare left its scar in the form of the poor losing the political will to fight and this allowed the Privatization of the UK plc. Although this action did result in a initial economic boom and peoples disposable income was increased if you worked in the private sector but with this came the price of little or no job security and inflation would deminish what money people had available for all but the richest in these classes.

Things were about to get a lot worse in 1997 Tony Blaire blew the conservatives out of the water in a landslide election under the guise of new labor which would become more blue than the Tories and during his ten years in office Tony Blaire not only continued the anti union rhetoric but also implemented a very crafty piece of legislation The National Minimum Wage not only did this piratically stop most low paid workers pay rises but is also legitimized the continued persecution of the lower class by the private business.

New Labour’s biggest legacy would be actually be one of WAR and debt because in our alliance with the US we invaded no less than three sovereign countries resulting in countless deaths and a massive expenditure of public finances that saw many large British and American companies increase their balance sheets, mix this with the continued deregulation of the financial sector and you end up with the 2008 financial crisis.

Although it was the conservatives who gave us the current financial sector by selling off everything that the British government owned it was Labour that continued spending and shoring up big enterprises and then selling off over half of the British Gold reserves at a time when Gold was at its lowest, even the most green economist would have told you this is a bad idea.

Common Misconception

The common misconception that government is for the public is surprising when you look at the history of Britain many people would point to the signing of the Magna Carta when people were freed from serfdom and given protection of the state from persecution was the beginning of a free state for all people, but if you look at the Magna Carta you will notice that many of its clauses have been altered or repealed over the years and only the ones that would cause a revolt to repeal have been kept.

If you speak to a lot a British people about the days of the Empire and you will get this idea that people from all levels of society got something from the spoils of empire but again if you look past the rhetoric you will see that the empire was actually a collection of private business and financial institutions that ruled with an iron fist backed up by their friends  in Whitehall who used the  Royal Navy and British Army as enforcers for these extremely rich people. It was only when the American colonies decided they had enough and rebelled resulting in a brutal war which as we all know was won by the newly called Americans and is now called the revolutionary war of independence.

But this would not be the last time that the British would brutally try to put down any dissent shown by the locals such as the Sepoy mutiny where hundreds of thousands of Indians where massacred only this time the British were victorious. And the list goes on until the final dissolution of the empire in the fifties, and all of this was done by the current parliamentary system that we have with little or no consequences for the ruling elite. The Empire did enrich many British families but not the poorest in society and the most numerous of the country.

Back to the Present

Getting back to the present you can see that the British Government have been doing the bidding of the private companies ever since they had first refused to pay the kings taxes and depose him in a revolt that would allow them to create a system that would guarantee the families at the top could stay there.

The Parliamentarians created a government for the private business that was hijacked by the poor and the Americans created a government that was for the people but hijacked by private business’s and apart from a few set backs in the twentieth century you can see that the mega corporations are back in control and more powerful than ever, although the east India companies have long gone the families that run them live on.

The single biggest problem facing the free men and women of the UK is actually what is not being talked about, in 1992 our government and many others signed up for United Nations Agenda 21 this is the driving force behind much of the pro green pro business rhetoric in the modern western world and other global agreements which give the governments the framework needed to continue to take our rights for the greater good.

Where next

The answer is pretty simple we have become so disappointed with our leaders that we do not see the point in voting any more and not only is this exactly what was wanted but it also dangerous. In the last election nearly all of the middle and upper classes voted resulting in the current Conservative led parliament and it was only the students that upset the apple cart by voting in the LibDems in enough numbers to force a coalition. However due to the total lack of political will power the libdems have proven themselves craven and we are likely to see either a total conversavative or Labour government neither of which have our well being at heart.

What is needed now is a new political class one which is not arcane or corrupt the way the current parties have become and our predecessors showed after the war that this is not impossible and that we the lower and by far the largest section of society can influence the direction in which the country is being taken but first we need to forget the old corrupt parties and look for something new.

Their are many who get caught up in the right wing rhetoric but the truth is this type of mentality is exactly what the current ruling parties want because they know that although people may be angry they are not willing to risk a fascist Hitler style figure rising up and causing a civil war. Although immigration is a problem it is not largest problem facing the average tax payer.

What is actually needed is a party that will listen to what people want and allow the majority to have a say in events that shape all our lives and one that is willing to put into writing a Bill of Rights for the People. We do need a strong immigration policy but also we need expertise from overseas and yes we need to curb the ambitions of corporations while encouraging economic growth and yes we need a safety net of social welfare but only for short periods of time not as a lifestyle and lastly we need to feel safe but at the expense of our freedom.

If you want to change the country start small and big things will happen, any vote used is not a vote wasted just don’t vote for the corrupt mainstream parties that are only interested in keeping the status quo.

 

 

After a friend asked me if i am a member of anonymous (by the way i am not) it got me thinking abanonymous maskout activism and then onto revolution here in the western world and I can say with absolute truth the thought of revolution scares the hell out of me.

I can understand why a person reading my blog may come to the conclusion that I may be into some kind of political activism but there is a difference between being a kind political analyst and activist, I like to think of myself as a conduit for information to get people thinking outside of the box we currently live in.

When the Egyptian people stood up to oppression and stood shoulder to Tahrir Square Egypt protestshoulder against Mubarak they was able to shout louder than the national press a message of peace that went beyond the borders of Egypt and gave the population a voice and a legitimate claim against the oppression from the government that could not be ignored nationally or internationally.

But since then we have seen a hijacking of the Arab Spring from a voice of peace to a fist of violence that has been spread throughout the middle east with devastating consequences both politically and socially. What we saw in Libya and Syria is international powers playing politics in civil disputes with little regard for the people caught in the cross fire.

European Spring

Since 2007 we have seen a rising discontent as governments of all of the European nations stumble blindly on trying to save private investment banks from bankruptcy and in the process they impoverishing the working class for decades to come just to protect their future employers and six figure sum jobs.

Toronto Riots 2012 mounted policeUnless the ruling elite start listening to the people and remember that they are only supposed to be enforcing the will of the people for the people and not just fulfilling their own ambitions we will see major civil unrest in most if not all of European and north American states from the USA to Mexico and Canada.

But our political discontent is very different from those of the Arab spring nations and our gripes considerably minor in comparison to the daily persecution but our anger is no less. I am sure that most with the exception of  the most hardcore anarchists understand that although our society is broken it is certainly repairable and any calls for revolution are premature to say the least.

Wake up and fight

When I say you need to wake and fight I do mean this metaphorically, we do need to fight for our rights through mass protests and deliberation and diplomacy wile we still have this process available to us now there have been many times in history when normal men and women have had to take up arms to ensure freedom from oppression we saw this in the french, American and more recently Egyptian revolution where the ignorance of the oppressors becomes so much that talking will no longer work and violence is the only answer.

However here in Europe we are not even close to that stage yet and I hope for my children’s sakes that we never are. We still have a largely free judicial system and it is they who need to start ensuring that the politicians return to listening to the people and not the boardroom. The corruption in the west is deep and far reaching but it is a cancer that can be cured if people with courage are willing to take the actions required.

Mob Mentality No Thank You

The judges should start to reverse the rot by refusing to enforce ridiculous laws set down by half wits call for the rewriting of a bill of rights to ensure the citizens safety, only they can stop the slide to Anarchy and If you ask me do we need mob mentality I will say no thank you. When people start trying to enforce the law themselves all kinds of terrible things happen that further legitamises the elites way of thinking that we can not govern ourselves. In order to succeed however We are going to need to be structured in our thinking, clear concise and overall determined.

If we allow mob rule it will be a return to the dark ages and could mean the loss of nearly a thousand years of history and culture and a return to the feudalistic days of the 1500’s, this is not an exaggeration after the fall of Rome we went from living in stone towns with paved roads and sewers to mud huts and turf roads that turned to rivers every time it rained so as far as I am concerned a western revolution is the worst case scenario.

There are big social differences between Europe,  North America and the middle eastern nations here in west people have become slothful and relaxed over a generation of convenience and relative safety since our last war on European soil was sixty years ago unlike the middle east that has seen plenty of action.

Another important difference is our middle class we are underestimating the importance of having a small enough gap between the rich poor in Europe we can actually climb up the social ladder to a point that our lives can become considerably easier and we can pass that down to our children albeit very slowly but this allows people a life goal and from it a level contentment and from that point of view is extremely important to public happiness. In places like Kuwait Bahrain and the Saudi Kingdom the gulf between the rich and the poor is insurmountable to the point that the majority don’t even bother making any attempt to better themselves and this leaves room for a very unhappy but hardy lower class.

The European psyche simply can not survive the destruction of social mobility and this is why it is so important to stabilize the flow of money currently rushing upwards in ever increasing amounts. Removing this dream will be the underlying cause of a revolution on a scale close to the 1776 war of independence but unlike the colonies in the Americas modern people are heavily reliant on the government for food water and energy and any social unrest risks disruption to these essential services not just for convenience but literally our very survival.

Not only are we physically soft but we simply cannot feed ourselves due to having such a large population and very little if no farm knowledge or suitable soil to grow crops in while we fight for independence. The result could lead to many deaths simply from starvation not to mention untold numbers from conflict and disease.

And lastly but just as importantly over the last decade our western governments have been allowed to disarm us and monitor every aspect of our daily lives allowing them the type of intelligence that the middle eastern dictators could only dream of. If the government thought for one second there was even the slimmest chance of a mass insurrection they would swoop in and arrest and disappear anyone connected with the plans as was seen in the soviet west German state regularly by the stasi.

The resulting crackdown would lead to a cycle of distrust between the authorities and the electorate causing more yet unrest and then even more arrests effectively destroying the western way of life which we covet so much.

What do we the people want

The current round of distrust is because people are sick of being ignored what we the people want is a voice like the one the people in Tahrir square found and Sooner or later we will find that voice but I fear that the longer it takes the more likely it will sound like a violent shout and frighten the leaders in becoming defensive and even more prone to stupid mistakes that could inflame the situation. What the politician’s need to do is stop the austerity reduce taxes and let the market forces purge the toxic waste in the financial sector. Yes it will be hard and yes it will probably end up in that party leaders political suicide but at least it will not end in revolution or the collapse of society.

The basic belief in capitalism is the market decides what lives on and what dies out as necessity dictates unfortunately this rule has been abandoned with the dropping of the gold standard and the creation of the debt society created the elites superwealthy companies that manipulate the markets by keeping decaying old corporations rotting away the worlds wealth. Until we return to true capitalism and remove the government mushrooms we continue to slide deeper under the water line and sooner or later we will drown resulting in a Western Revolution that could drown us all.

The national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK is a national slavery industry, I remember it being hailed as a good thing when it was implemented but now older and wiser I see it as legitimizing forced labor in the private sector. I know many will say that I am focusing on the negative or over exaggerating the effect of the minimum wage but lets just break it downMan digging through the word poverty

  • Minimum Wage is £6.02 per hour worked
  • average week is 45 hours
  • That is a wage of £1094 per calendar month before deductions
  • So on Minimum Wage your likely to take home £750 roughly after Tax and NI
  • The Average Rent is £500-600 a month and travel £100-150

I am very fortunate at never having to have worked on minimum wage due to the fact that I was able to fall into a trade from school and by the time the NMW was introduced I was already earning £15,000 which was considered a good wage at the time, but many here in the UK are not so fortunate and end up working in retail and services which is largely minimum wage.

On paper the concept of forcing the employer to pay a minimum wage looks like a good idea but there were two unforeseen consequences by the original policy makers

  1. No effort was made to look at the cost of living and implement a minimum wage for each county/town so that in some areas people did well and in others people lost out.
  2. and two the NMW allowes companies to keep wages in areas artificially and unethically low while taking all rights under the law for the employee to question the set wage.

A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

Any politician that blindly defends the NMW should be forced to live on it for 6 months with no outside interference and I am sure we see them struggle even more than the average poor person is forced to live for the rest of their lives this would allow the policy makers to get a taste of their own medicine.

But it truly is a shame that this kind of situation has even arisen and even worse that the basic problems have not been sorted over a decade after the NMW was first introduced if we had policy makers that actually knew the plight of the poorest in our society blogs like this one would not exist.

In the next couple of years we are going to see the Tories making even deeper cuts into government spending and in response to this local authorities are guaranteed to increase taxes to keep their over inflated budgets and salaries rising well above inflation while the people at the bottom are on the verge of starvation.

Keep the National Minimum Wage or Get Rid Of It

So what am I advocating do we keep the National Minimum Wage or Get rid of it well above I pointed out some basic and serious flaws but nothing fatal that could warrant the legislation being removed no what is suggest is

  1. Amend it to be a Local Minimum Wage based the local cost of living
  2. Have it increase every year at the same percentage of the growth of GDP if negative then at 1% above inflation.
  3. Increase the tax threshold to £16,000 per year

This would go a long way to helping the people at minimum wage level increase their living standards as well as help the economy with as more people with disposable income will allow more spending and reduce the burden on the welfare state. On a final not I Man stacking shelvesthink that companies who decide to lay off staff because of the company losing money should have to prove that they are falling into negative income rather just just slimming their profit margins.

I think its disgusting that a company can lay thousands of staff but still make £20 Million pound profit to pay share holders as we have seen year in and year out since 2007. We should implement simple changes to the legislation to make the national minimum wage a national pride not the slavery that it currently is.

Osbourne Is As Clueless As Ever

George Osbourne the chancell0r of the exchequer today went onto the BBC Andrew Marr show and showed the country just how far from reality he is. He claims that the economy is healing and that we are on target to clear our

George Osbourne

deficit firstly our economy has had negative growth so far this year and our deficit has gone up not down so Mr Osbourne please tell me where you get your ridiculous idea that we are in a good economic position.

I am beginning to realize that Andrew Marr show is place for politicians to go and justify their actions with little or no interference from the media as Andrew Marr seems either unable or unwilling to challenge the idiotic statements put out by the leaders of our country. This is not a good thing because the media is supposed to challenge and debate on our behalf as the likes of the Prime Minister or the Chancellor would never be allowed to debate in an open forum because it would show just how little they know and how weak their policies are.

In regards to Osbourne he shows his mentality when making statements like “If there was a quick fix, or an easy road, I would be the first on it. There is no alternative easy road.” Firstly he admits that he doesn’t know what to do and is being forced down the path he is on and would prefer an easy life otherwise known as being lazy and secondly he says there is no alternative easy road but he fails to mention that there is an alternative hard road.

The other hard road is to force banks into lending by demanding the tax payers money back with interest if they do not loan and allow the rotten institutions with the bad debt fail. Reduce the size of government and reduce taxes to give people more disposable income to allow more spending. Reduce house prices by forcing Buy-To-Let owners to sell their properties and then follow this with massive investment into rebuilding heavy industry in the middle and north of England.

In the Mail on Sunday George Osbourne was quoted as saying “A key part of recovery is building the houses our people need, but a familiar cry goes up: ‘Yes, we want more housing; but no to every development – and not in my back yard’. Well Mr millionaire Osbourne (4.3 million) how about we come and dig up your mansions gardens and build a highrise building and see how you like it, rather than making planning easier on poor people’s properties how about forcing any one with over an acre of land to give some up for housing development. I am sure the rich would object a lot more to having the government force build housing properties on their land.

The Osbourne Legacy

So what is he proposing to get us out the mess we are in, Less regulation in planning authorities allowing the building of more houses, Firstly he fails to understand that we do not have a shortage of houses, we have a shortage of available housing due to the buy to let market sucking up all the houses and forcing working class people into renting for life, so rather than tackle that problem Osbourne decides to allow development companies a free reign on building over our green spaces and bulldozing over local peoples objections in the name of profit.

From what I can see the Osbourne Legacy is one in which the low wage taxpayer will be forced back into serfdom by increased Chained hands in slaverytaxes to pay for the mistakes of the financial sector and the misguided attempt of the Conservative party to save their friends from financial ruin while financially ruining the rest us for generations. So not only will we be unable to live a decent life outside our increased working hours which are sure to be increased but we will be trapped in renting while our parks and woodland are built over to make way for new houses for the already better off middle classes of the UK. The Legacy proposed confirms just how George Osbourne is as Clueless as Ever.

Metropolitan University Border Agency

In the news today is that fact that the London Metropolitan University (LMU) has lost its Highly Trusted Status (HTS) which is a system that allows the university to issue visa’s for overseas students coming to live and study here in the UK. Apparently it has lost this status on three accounts

  1. More than a quarter of the students sampled were studying at the university when they had no leave to remain in this country.
  2. A “significant proportion” of checked files found “no proper evidence” that the mandatory English levels had been reached.
  3. Universities must know that students are turning up for their course and are not using a student visa to enter the country for work, but more than half of the records sampled suggested the university “just didn’t know” whether students were turning up for classes or not.

These three items seem to me to be the most basic of levels that the University could have failed on so when they release a statement “The implications of the revocation are hugely significant and far-reaching, and the university has already started to deal with these. You can’t help but ask why wasn’t the issues addressed before the license was revoked even after a previous investigation had found similar failings 6 months before.

The University system has long been a way for people from all over the world to come and stay in the UK to earn qualifications and also use us as hub to go and visit the rest of Europe so it really is a great shame that this has come to pass and possibly dented the reputation of the British University system.

The Blame Game

I think the fact that this unprecedented decision has been handed down from the UK Border Agency less than a week after it was blasted for losing over 150,000 immigrants is a blatant attempt at playing the blame game and pushing the spotlight from itself onto the LMU which is not only harmful but a pathetic attempt to justify its own ineptitude.

When I see this story I have to ask the simple question of why are universities allowed to issue visa’s in the first place, the administration staff in these institutes are not trained in detecting anomalies or discrepancies withing the application and I would think that they don’t have access to other universities or immigration records to check for any deliberate patterns, this is something that the UKBA should be doing exclusively, that is what we should be asking why are private institutes acting on behalf of a government authority.

It was not so long ago in the news that people were gaining access to the UK via fake universities that had sponsored them and many I am sure are probably still here working full time, this latest story as far as I am concerned just shows that the UKBA has been asleep at the wheel for a long time so the blame cannot only go to the current set of ministers but the previous government also.

Its now time for the immigration minister Damian Green to wake up and start to look at this problem from a new perspective, revoking the LMU’s ability to issue visa’s should be suspended permanently and also the same should be said for all universities across the UK. When applying for courses all applicants should be first vetted before they can apply for the course that they want and the UKBA should have a serious shakedown getting rid of its incompetent managers who would rather push the responsibility on the universities than themselves.

Overseas students should also have a booklet issued by the UKBA which they have to log all hours worked and also the classes being taken and when so that any variances in attendance at both work and classes can be checked and if any student is found to be working instead of attending classes it should be punished with instant revoking of the visa and all future applications rejected.

I am proud of the United Kingdoms attitude to overseas students and that we allow people from all over the world to come over and I would not have met my wife if it wasn’t for this system but for to long we have allowed the British borders to be a sive for anyone who wants to come and stay on this tiny island. Well as far as I can tell the Metropolitan University Border Agency is one large hole that has been plugged and stay plugged.

I do feel sorry for the innocent students who have been dragged into this diplomatic tussle and I hope that all the students who are found to be genuine see their Visa’s reissued without charge and those who were found to be abusing the system they should be deported without delay and a automatic rejection list formulated as a warning to others that we will not tolerate abuse of our education system.