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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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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.

 

 

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.