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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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Cash Britain

Cash Britain is a new BBC program starting tonight following the pawn broking business in the United Kingdom but does this lighthearted show make light of a very dire situation people find themselves in, I have not watched the program but the very context of it as far as I am concerned is unethical.


The reason I feel this way is that institutions such as the BBC should not be making light of people inability to pay simple things like a train ride but mostly because this is a continuing effort from the media to say to people who are in financial trouble that it is ok to squander what little wealth you have by selling high value items at a fraction of their price for trivial things to be honest.

Free Advertising for Pawn Shops.

This documentary to me is nothing than free advertising for pawn shops and an attempt to remove the taboo around them, for decades shops like cash converters have been on our high streets but unless you literally have no where else to turn to these shops are largely avoided for the selling of items and quite rightly so they know that the people coming through their doors to sell are usually desperate and because the pawn shop is the last stop they always rip you off.

I have seen over the past couple of years since the 2008 crash that adverts are popping up all over the TV advertising we buy your gold and this is one thing because the companies are paying for these adverts to be aired but the documentary cash Britain is being paid for by license payers to the BBC and I don’t think that this show will show that the people who are using these services are being ripped off.

Ethical film producing

When making a documentary the ethics of the content should always be taken into consideration and in this case I don’t  that they have been, its bad enough that we have to sit through condescending adverts about how we can all be saved from debt by taking on more debt or suing the pants off anyone who breathes in your direction but when public corporations take it upon themselves to try and convince us that its fine to sell your family heirlooms at a fraction of their worth I find it upsets me. Many people will be watch this program because it comes from a trusted source and could well be swayed into thinking that its ok to sell what little security you have and that is what I find unethical. Cash Britain for me is the last straw in a long history of TV companies telling us its ok to sell everything that we own and all at a profit to the Auctioneers and now pawn shops.