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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.

 

 

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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.