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Blaming the Driver shortage and supply chain problems on Brexit is not only lazy, it overlooks just how serious the problems facing society across the UK are already and are now set to become

August 29, 2021 Leave a comment

Just so there is no doubt from the start, Brexit has contributed to the driver shortage and the supply chain issues that the UK is now experiencing. Of that there is no doubt. But to present the whole issue as being the result of Brexit, rather than Brexit just being a part – particularly when other Countries are beginning to experience supply chain issues just the same, is not only lazy, it demonstrates a lack of understanding of the much wider issues that the UK is facing. It pretty much sums up the myopic view of today’s decision makers – who may already be the most incompetent that we have ever had.

The driver shortage is more to do with the long-term influence of the EU than Brexit ever was

Yes, the driver shortage can be attributed to the ending of free movement and the absence of Eastern Europeans who were previously happy to fill the gaps within the UKs logistics and supply chain industry. But to end the process of consideration there is lazy because it naturally follows that the only reason that there can be a problem is simply because we left the EU.

It is an argument that suits Remainers who tend to be idealists who identify with the impractical idealism of what the EU represents and have lives that are untouched by the hard realities that underpin what is a UK driver shortage and the many other issues that are now feeding into and will soon explode a supply chain issues which is spreading like wildfire across the world.

The obvious questions to ask are why was or why is the UK so dependent upon a pool of foreign drivers in the first place, and why are the gaps proving so hard to fill right now, given the true state of the economy and how many people are looking for decent jobs today?

One of the key issues to recruiting professional Heavy Goods Drivers is the cost and time that it takes to gain a Class 1 License that will enable the driver to work where the greatest need actually is.

Somewhat ironically, this problem was first created or initiated by EU bureaucracy in the 1990’s when the UK was still very much a Member, and the Brexit vote was nearly 20 years ahead. The EU laid down the requirement that professional or vocational driving licensing would have to be harmonised across the EU. This resulted in drivers no longer being able to train and pass a test for a Class 1 (articulated) license in the first instance at 21 years of age, and instead required that they pass a Class 2 (rigid truck) test first, and that they then retrain and take the test for a Class 1.

As much of the logistics and supply chain industry relies on the use of articulated trucks and detachable trailers because of the capacity and weight allowances that they can carry, along with the universality that is possible when you can attach one tractor unit to many different trailers that can then be used for many different purposes, it is simply not cost effective to use rigid vehicles for so many different uses and purposes.

This reality created the first bottleneck for those seeking driver qualification. Double the cost and the need to be trained all over again with no guarantees in either case that you will pass.

The next bottleneck was the EU requirement for vocational drivers to obtain and maintain a driver CPC, which is effectively a driver good-practice qualification which is built upon the time spent in training, rather than the somewhat questionable content that covers most of the time spent within.

New drivers must do a week in the classroom (5 days) and then do the equivalent of another day every year (5 days every 5 years) in order to keep their vocational license valid.

Of course, good practice is essential for all drivers who are responsible for such large and dangerous machines.

But the approach taken by the EU and implemented by the UK Government was the work of the nanny state at its absolute worst. Anyone who has attended these courses will know that whilst well-intended, they really overlook the reality that any good logistics operator would insist on better standards from their staff just to keep their business on the road.

The cost of the training as part of obtaining a first vocational license and then keeping it going is inhibitive for the individuals who self-fund their training and add unnecessary costs to the bottom line of Logistics businesses who naturally pass those costs on.

Tax Law changes

If the end of Free Movement has reduced the UK driving workforce in any way, it is likely to be much smaller than those with an agenda for it to sound like it is would ever be big enough to admit.

Much more likely to be the real reason that so many Eastern European Drivers are staying away is the changes to the UK Tax rules in April and specifically IR35, which has made being a self-employed ‘contract’ driver a significantly less financially attractive job to have for those making the commitment to cross Europe and service the UK supply chain.

Heavy Goods Driving is a lifestyle job

Another big problem that the logistics industry has is that the work is unsociable. The hours are long and for many of the transport operations employing drivers, they cannot function economically unless the driver stays out on the road with the vehicle, maximising the hours that these expensive capital assets are working, whilst ensuring that the time and distance that lorries are running without any loads are kept to the absolute minimum. This means that drivers may be away from home every week for 4-6 days at a time.

Yes of course there are some drivers who love being out on the road all week and modern truck cabs are often very well equipped. But ‘tramping’ as this is called has a massive cost on family and home life which is not in any way covered by even the salaries that some companies have begun to pay drivers since the current driver shortage began.

Low wages & poor conditions

Perhaps the most complicated of the issues contributing to the driver crisis are wages or rates of pay. Industry today undervalues many of the roles that are key to their existence and vocational drivers are probably undervalued even more than most.

Class 1 ‘artic’ drivers can easily earn a daily wage of £150 in the current market, which equates to an annual salary of around £39K for a 5-day working week.

This sounds great until you once again bear in mind that even those drivers doing shifts and going home every night will often be out on 15-hour days, whilst those who are ‘tramping’ are technically out for a lot more. This means that more often than not, the real hourly rate that professional drivers are attracting before tax and deductions could be as little as £10 per hour and little more.

This exploitation is not limited to heavy goods operations either. In van-based ‘courier’ type operations of the kind you would come into contact with when you are perhaps having parcels from an online order delivered to your door, many ‘owner drivers’ are attracted into daily commitments of many hours that don’t have the same regulation underpinning them as heavy goods operations. On the face of it, they are offered what appears an attractive rate of pay – perhaps £15 per hour or more, without any reference being made to the costs of fuel, wear and tear and commuting to a depot that might be an hour’s drive to their delivery area being included in the rate they are being paid.

It really isn’t uncommon for the people who are being used by companies who can afford to pay them an appropriate rate to be earning less than what we know as the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage. But because the drivers concerned are ‘self-employed’ they have the choice of accepting the ‘work’ or going elsewhere – which is what they will increasingly do as they realise that there is a better level of ‘take-home’ pay to be achieved by working somewhere else.

Getting the UK Workforce into the cab

Various incentives are being paid to new recruits by large companies now. But the way vocational drivers are paid is not simply about the value of money that they receive alone. Drivers are not treated and valued as well as they should be, particularly by junior, mid and senior managers who have never done the jobs that they do, and this makes for a very challenging working environment in which to work.

There needs to be a change in mindset regarding the way that we value all ‘low paid’ employees, who are arguably carrying out functions that are equally important – if not more so – than the management roles that might fit within 5 or 6 tiers of management above them.

The Cost-of-Living crisis that is now underway without any real media attention being focused upon it doesn’t make driving an attractive vocation. Why would anyone want to work these kinds of hours week in, week out just to find that the money they earned and took home at the end of this month might be the same as this time last month, but it simply doesn’t go as far?

This problem will increasingly reach further and further beyond the driver crisis. Because the economic system that the Government favours is now out of control, they will continue to create more money using various financial instruments such as Quantitative Easing to do so. In so doing, they will make the wage problem worse and worse.

The wage rises needed for the lower paid simply to feel like they are standing still and to remain able to afford the same things that they could last month will grow and grow as this inflationary crisis deepens. But employers will not be able to keep up with the speed of the spiral as they have to compromise their businesses just to keep people employed. It will reach a point – probably a lot sooner than anyone thinks – where it is impossible for the system to go on.

This is all leading to an inevitable outcome. What happens after that is not and it will be vital for everyone that the opportunity that comes out of a very dark period of crisis for us all is governed and utilised by people who actually care about us all when they decide what should be done on our behalf.

What can be done to keep the wheels turning?

Sadly, the fire of inflation is not something that the Government will do anything to control, simply because to do so would be to admit that what they have been doing is fundamentally wrong.

This means that Companies will keep having to pay more and more to get goods delivered until such time as the economy crashes – as it is increasingly certain that it soon will.

In terms of getting more drivers behind the wheel of the vehicles that keep the UK supply chain alive, the simplest and most easy way to address the problem is to make it easier to get people qualified to fill the vacancies that industry needs to be filled.

We have to accept that International Drivers must meet the qualification and standards that any foreign country they drive in or across demands. However, for domestic journeys, there is no reason why the Government couldn’t immediately revert to the old system where car drivers could train and qualify for a Class 1 License first time.

There is also little practical reason for the 5-day Driver CPC to continue to be required as it currently is and this could probably be reduced to just one day’s training, which itself could be provided by Transport Managers and trainers working for the Logistics Company itself who have themselves gained a Management level National CPC.

The Government could also intervene to make it easier for lorry drivers to park more freely, perhaps creating a moratorium on overnight parking regulations and encouraging local authorities to open up existing car parks at night and provide facilities for drivers where they do.

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Very regrettably, there is an increasing feeling of inevitability about what is happening. Whilst there is a focus on a driver shortage, other industries are affected by shortages and more will soon join that list too. This is very much the thin end of the wedge and the early stages of problems coming to fruition, stored up over a very long period of time and only coming to the fore now because the Government handling of the Covid Pandemic and to a lesser degree Brexit have speeded the whole process up.

The movement of goods as we have known it is coming to an end. Supply chains will have to become much smaller by necessity as well as by welcomed design, and the days when a factory sends its products 400 miles up the Country to a Regional Distribution Centre, just so that they can come back on another truck to be delivered to the back door of a supermarket the other side of the road two days later will soon be gone. Big is not beautiful and the economies of scale are going to be outed for the con that they really are.

Instead of focusing on the effects of the problems that are now popping up all over the place, there is a need for proactive action to be taken to ensure that people within local communities will be able to function and eat. Government should be investing in farm to plate supply chains of all essential food stuffs and goods that are essential for daily life, by sponsoring and supporting cooperatives and socially-focused local business partnerships that work only to provide what the employees and managers need, whilst no longer being prohibited by providing good products to end users by many different agents inserting themselves into the supply chain at every opportunity possible, adding no real value but escalating the costs.

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We are heading into a new age when we will work only for our needs, not anyone’s greed

August 23, 2021 Leave a comment

Watching the world slowly tearing itself apart, with the Covid Pandemic putting a bomb under the whole process and pushing government to behave even more madly than it already was and speeding the whole process up, it has been clear that we could have changed direction and taken a very different route to the one that we are now committed to at many different times.

I have made no secret of my mistrust and concerns about government and the quality of the politicians that we have not only at Westminster, but in our Cities and Towns and within the various Councils and Legislative Bodies that bring the same poor form of leadership into our lives in a much more localised form too.

Indeed, it would be very easy to say that every problem we have can be laid at the feet of the thousands of politicians that we have ‘running’ government across the UK. And to a degree this would be correct.

Politicians are, after all, the people who are making the decisions and writing the cheques, supposedly on our behalf, to ensure that Public Services are rolled out and provide exactly what they are supposed to do so.

Yet we are the people who elect those politicians.

We are the people who give these very stupid people the mandate to do the things that they do.

We are the same people who put Boris Johnson, a completely inept and incompetent career wannabe into No10 with an 80 Seat Parliamentary Majority in December 2019, blissfully unaware of the National crisis that was about to unfold just weeks into what could still be a five-year-term that ends in 2024.

Life has increasingly become all about the self. As voters, we are rarely interested in anything going on in the world outside our bubbles. That is until whatever those issues are reach into our bubble and affect us directly in some way.

Whilst it is reasonable to expect that the politicians we elect would have an entirely different, considered and appreciative understanding of the different lives we all live, they don’t.

In fact, the only difference between the outlook of people who are wrapped up in careers making money, getting likes on social media, getting a profile and our politicians today, is that the people who have selfishly seen politics and public representation as a career, have just chosen getting a seat in Parliament as their way to achieve pretty much the same things as everyone else, without any appreciation for what their roles are really for.

All of this is important. We must understand and also accept that everyone has a stake in the pathway that brought us here to where we are now and what comes next.

It doesn’t matter if you voted for someone who didn’t get elected, voted Remain or perhaps didn’t even vote. We are all in this together, just the same, even though we have been conditioned by our pre-Covid way of living to believe that it is us against the world (with a few special friendships and relationships thrown in) and thinking that any other way of living our lives simply will not work.

Money has become our god. Its influence runs like a fat, pumping vein through every part of life. We judge others on how much money they have, how much money they earn, how much money they spend. In many ways we literally judge their worth on the basis of how much they burn.

Over decades, the influence and desire for money and the status that we believe it brings us has changed the dynamic of how the world around us works and how we value our place within it. And in business and finance, the obsession with making sums so large that the amount accumulated could never be used by the person who earned it has become so commonplace, that it is now a contingent part of the mess that we are now in.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself the question, ‘What do I actually require to live?’

Many of us have not. And as the search for wealth and riches has increased its pace, many businesses and providers of services have tailored their offerings to provide more and more expensive material items that aren’t actually required by anyone other than those who want to show the world what they believe they’ve got. These material items are just the things that someone with money to waste believes they need to be happy and to show that they are different, when none of us are different in any real way.

Sadly, the real cost of this process has been one that we can no longer afford. The obsessive behaviour by those in positions of influence to create an environment where banks and finance houses and the businesses they are closely aligned with can do exactly as they please just to make more and more money, has and is having an impact on everyone – apart from all those who are directly involved.

The obsession with money has conditioned us against valuing the things that really matter. Relationships, Community, self-respect, care for our environment, charity and the care of whoever may be vulnerable, social interaction and a genuine willingness just to take part have all been driven into the darkness of no meaning. Meanwhile, the self-styled masters of the universe who have created a ticking time bomb of money creation based on financial instruments that are deliberately complicated – just so we will not try to understand the simplicity of how they work – have been aided and abetted by a Chancellor, Prime Minister, Government and entire Parliament that is fully invested in the continuance of a system that doesn’t work for anyone other than themselves.

Books, videos and podcasts are available everywhere that can help you to better understand the complexities and the truths that underpin our current money-based reality, if you want to go in search of answers and knowledge as a personal choice. Read as many different sources as you can and don’t be put off by giving some of that time to sources that the establishment is doing its best to silence or devalue by bringing into question the propriety of the provider.

The reality is that the money and stock markets, the banking system as it works today, globalisation and many other terms that may touch your hearing or vision as you listen to or read the news are all part of a very elaborate con. One that has worked very successfully to keep making the rich and their kind even richer, whilst taking more and more of the intrinsic value that once existed for everyone living ‘normal lives’ in their ability to work, pay their way, stay out of debt, contribute to the community and simply have the kind of life that people who may seem materially poor but meaningfully rich can afford to live without getting into debt or being called upon by messages everywhere that tell them they must be something or do something in order to qualify as having value in the eyes of others.

The system has worked this way, continuing to damage lives, communities and even the environment for so long that it has become like an ecosystem in its own right. A system where nothing that works against it can be tolerated or allowed to exist.

Regrettably, this has extended itself into the political world. This is why it is rare to find politicians who haven’t been helped or elevated into their roles, when that role itself has any power or influence that can be interpreted as having some kind of value that is worth owning in some way by the political parties and the people who support and influence them in some way.

And it would have continued to be like this indefinitely too. That is until events that are out of the control of the politicians and the establishment take over and the whole thing is stopped, as it is being so now by the Covid Pandemic and specifically by the way that our politicians and the institutions behind them have responded to it and the measures that they have unthinkingly imposed.

As I am writing today in mid-August 2021, it does in many ways look as if the world is going to return to exactly the same way that it was. A big part of the reason for this is because the culture of interests that I have discussed above have a vested interest in things continuing just the same.

The media is heavily involved in maintaining this narrative too. That is why so many of the stories that appear are using previous statistics and values as benchmarks to tell us how well things are going, rather than bringing any serious kind of focus to the many smaller stories that are out there. Real stories that joined up would tell us all very clearly that the world is now a very different place to what it was in March 2020 and that things are going to change in ways that we could never have previously believed.

The narrative is quite literally based on ‘fake it ‘til you make it’. And the establishment really does believe that if they keep telling us that things are just going to go back to being ‘normal’, that is how they will eventually turn out to be.

Unfortunately, the tricks, the spin and the manipulation have been used upon us all one too many times. People are now rapidly awakening to the damage that has been done to the lives and wellbeing of people right across the UK by the inappropriate and misguided use of behavioural science to use fear to coerce and control people, just so that the ‘system’ can continue to work for those who benefit most from it.

The narrative must be maintained if it is to keep working. This is why we have found ourselves knocking on the door to the realms of the ridiculous with the coming implementation of vaccine passports and the talk of a ‘necessary’ booster programme for a population-wide vaccine roll-out using vaccines that don’t actually vaccinate, have very limited value in other ways, and as such, are vaccines don’t actually work.

But events are already out of government control. There are things happening in the UK and around the world that our government, no other government and even the feared World Economic Forum simply cannot control.

‘The System’ is going to collapse, taking all those so heavily invested in it down along with it too.

The lives that we have been conditioned to believe to be very easy – just because everything arrives quickly at the push of a button or the flick of a switch, will soon be a thing of the past.

Our ways of thinking will inevitably be forced to change because of the events that we are now destined to experience, and we are going to have to reassess and revalue all the things that are important to us – especially where money and everything it touches, or influences is involved.

This transition will feel hard to begin with. The process is going to include upheaval of a kind we are simply not used to and with it, suffering that we have not experienced before.

But through this unavoidable exposure to the realities of the consequences that follow repeated decisions being made by those in power that are not made in the best interests of all, we will find ourselves in a place where happiness and contentment find their way into our lives once more.

Of the difficulties we face, one of the biggest will be being able to see a better way to approach community, business and commerce in comparison to the way that everything seems to get done so beneficially for us as individuals right now.

Localism or the prioritisation of community and the places or even neighbourhoods where we live will be the basis upon which we will build our new way of thinking and of looking at the world.

This is not the kind of mealy-mouthed ‘localism’ that politicians have been using for years to sell the centralisation of political power and the strengthening of their political parties’ grip on power. It is localism in the genuine sense where all decisions and public-focused priorities are made with their real impacts not only in mind, but in full view by the people who make them, who themselves will be completely invested in the public representation and service that they provide.

Business and commerce will still be essential, but in a much more responsible and considered form.

One of the problems that has led to the place we find ourselves in has been the way that new technology has been harnessed not to improve products and the services on offer. It has been used ruthlessly and, in some cases, very inhumanely as a very brutal way to reduce the requirement for manpower and as a way to reduce costs. Those benefits have never been passed on to the customer or end user. In fact, the costs to us have continued to rise at every turn.

Just because we can do something or do things in a particular way, it does not necessarily follow that we should do so. Profit is not a good master of anything. The best master will always be the best interests and experience for all those involved.

Businesses will return their focus to the products and the services that they provide, rather than the profit they can make and the money that they can be ‘sweated’ to earn for the few.

There will be a conscious approach to continuing and even reemploying people to carry out jobs and functions where machines and information technology have taken over wherever there have been savings to be made.

Yes, owners and investors will be rewarded for the risks and the commitments that they make. But the days of pension funds driving once great businesses into the ground by stripping all of their qualitative or added value for the customer – where big industry is still required – are gone.

Money will return to its intrinsic value. The intrinsic value of money is nothing. Money is a medium of exchange and nothing more.

The mindset that experience will teach us to adopt and teach to others will be one that focuses on whatever we do for work being based only upon securing that which we require to meet our needs, the needs of those of who we care for, the needs of our communities and the businesses or organisations that we own or run. The days of our focus being only on what we want to make us financially or materially rich and therefore see ourselves as better than others, or more ‘qualified’ in the eyes of others – the days of greed – are done.

As value returns to every job, function and occupation and as we realise and accept the very important role in everyone’s lives that every role plays, the real value of small, cottage businesses and industries will be realised and appreciated once more.

Necessity will dictate that the world is going to seem much smaller. But we will see the value in all the things that are very close to us, and this will help us all to discover ourselves, or real priorities and what is really important about this lesson called life than ever before.

This new, people-centric way of living will have many positive consequences that can be directly linked to the way that we feel when we value ourselves and the role that we play in the lives of others and within our communities too.

Beyond the obvious benefits to mental health and physical well-being, the local, national and world environment will benefit too as we move from the age of ‘damn the consequences’ to one where everything we do will be considered in terms of the real and full costs. We are entering the age of consequence in more ways than one.

Of those who have read this far, some will be thinking these words and this view is just fanciful, But the reality is that this new way of living and the principles upon which our way of living will be based is no longer a choice.

The damage that has been done by lack of thought, lack of care and a complete disrespect for the lives of others over decades and possibly longer, carries with it a significant price that will have to be paid.

The establishment as it is today has literally driven us to the end of the road. Their actions have led to all that we will have to live through in the coming months and years. Meanwhile we will all fulfil our roles in the process of everything being reset and returned to the place where it should already have been.

As things change now and as they appear to get worse and worse, it is vital that we are not drawn in by the words of those whose words reach our ears or our eyes, simply because they have the platform of celebrity, fame or politics from the world as it has been and was before.

These are the people who are invested in keeping things the same as they have been. But they are also the sirens calling at the ship of change from very dangerous rocks that possess the power to sink everything. We must ignore what the messages they sing to us as the easy route back to all we knew, as the momentum from the sea of change will take us safely past without unnecessary effort on our part.

Listen to the words you hear or read. Follow the words that resonate. The messages that make sense to you, even when that sense cannot even be explained.

Trust your instinct in an unquestioning and committed way like you have never done so before.

The change that you desire is coming. You may not see it yet. But we have already passed the start.

A vaccination programme using vaccines that do not vaccinate is no vaccination programme at all

August 19, 2021 Leave a comment

As one of the few writing about what the Government was getting wrong with its response to the Covid Pandemic since before even the first Lockdown began, the subject of vaccinations and their use as the anchor upon which our ‘freedom’ laid at rest was one that I covered early on.

Given that we are continually told by the media that we are a significant way into a ‘successful’ Covid vaccination programme, it may seem a little odd that my greatest concern now is that the indefinite period of time it would take to create, test and roll-out an effective vaccine – if one could actually be found, then, is the very same one that I have today – some 17 months later, as we are continually bombarded with Government propaganda that keeps telling us that the so-called vaccines that are available, are being rolled out and are the only way.

The dictionary definition of a Vaccine is ‘any preparation used as a preventative inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease or agent, as killed or weakened bacteria or viruses, to stimulate antibody production.

Yet The injections that we are increasingly being coerced into receiving under the pretence of immunisation are not immunising us at all.

People who have received two jabs are still carrying and spreading the Covid Virus. They are falling ill with it, and in some cases are even dying from Covid after being ‘immunised’ – meaning they have not actually been immunised at all. The latest research released into the mainstream even tells us that those who have been vaccinated can carry the very same viral load as those who have not received any jabs.

What we appear to be experiencing, from all of the ‘Covid vaccines’ that have come to market, is the roll out and use of an injected agent that may only reduce the symptoms of any illness caused to the recipient by exposure to the forms of the Covid Virus that were known at the time the formula in use was created.

Reducing the risk of illness caused by the Covid Virus is of course a worthy aim in itself. As such, there remains significant potential value to the health of individuals from receiving medication of this kind if these ‘medicines’ have been fully tested and all of the potential outcomes are identified and known.

What we are actually being given and what the Government is telling us that we are being given as part of this so-called ‘vaccination programme’ are two very different things. Yet the Government’s ongoing approach and the legislation they are considering using, such as ‘vaccine passports’ and the requirement for health workers to be ‘vaccinated’ makes clear that they see them as being the same thing in every single way.

At this stage, it may be useful to make clear that I am not an anti-vaxxer. I have had two Pfizer jabs myself and did so because I believe that consideration for how the Government Behavioural Science programme has impacted people around me and the people I care about is just as important as how I might feel about all of this if I were able to look at it as if I were living in an isolated bubble and completely on my own.

However, we have been coercively sold the need for everything to hinge around the covid vaccine in the sense of it being a vaccination programme in the established or accepted sense. One that has fitted with the Government’s ‘Zero Covid’ approach, with the whole equation only having real value if both parts work exactly how they should.

With the so-called vaccine not being a vaccine and not doing what a vaccine should do in the accepted sense, it is clear that we are taking part in a vaccination programme using vaccines that do not vaccinate and are as such not part of a vaccination programme at all.

The Government Zero Covid approach is an absolute. With their commitment to it, it necessarily follows that any medical intervention they implement across the population to achieve this outcome safely must provide an absolute solution to the problem in order to achieve that outcome too.

Otherwise, it is regrettably all too easy to conclude that the result or aim that the Government are working towards could never have been the objective of their ultimate plan.

The alternative to this would be that the products the Government has invested so much public money in already are not suitable for the purpose intended. As such, the Government must either end the reliance on the ‘vaccines’ that already exist or come clean and make clear that this focus on a vaccination programme that can never deliver, will continue indefinitely until we reach the point where it does.

The situation that the Government is in and the danger or risk to us they have created is absolutely ridiculous.

Clinging to the wreckage of their flawed policies and committed as they are to the implementation of Vaccine Passports – when the vaccines aren’t actually vaccines at all – piles fuel on to the fires of the conspiracy theorists who are interpreting the chronology of events as all being part of a worldwide takeover or ‘The Great Reset’ under the auspices of the WEF.

The reality is, however, that the highest and most responsible public roles in this Country have been nothing but empty chairs since the beginning of the Covid Pandemic.

Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and all the other overly ambitious wannabe Ministers and MPs who covet the top jobs – but never the responsibility that it will give them, have been chasing their tails throughout and have been led by a full range of false prophets since this whole sorry saga began.

The whole response to the Covid Pandemic has been delivered on the basis of providing solutions that tackle everything that Covid could be, rather than what Covid is, or what it has already become.

Whilst a working, fully tested, fully researched and fully immunising Covid Vaccine should always have been a part of any long-term government plan, the reality at the beginning of the crisis was much then as it is now. The focus should be on doing everything to maintain normal life and the real economy throughout the UK, by making the response to illness and the support of those who become ill the very best that it can be, rather than making a virus that by its very nature is subject to continual change the god around which all thoughts on life must operate.

The choices the Government have made can only reflect a deliberate choice (conspiracy) or reflect that those making the decisions are doing so because they are incapably stupid (In the circumstances might be classed by some as insane).

There really is no conspiracy at work on the scale that a great many people who share the view that this Government must go, so ardently believe. The conspiracy that does exist is the way that our political system and access to the seats that are available for MPs to sit in our Parliament are being controlled by just 3 Political Parties. It literally means that the ideas and aims of just a few are being rolled out, repackaged and continually resold to us as if we are participating in and being cared for within a real democracy, when it would be accurate to use dictatorship as the better-informed name.

You cannot fix a problem until you have identified and accepted the real cause. What we are going to witness time and time again, often and as the coming weeks and months unfold, is crisis after crisis. Because we are being led by people who are unfit to lead us. People who can only be replaced by other people who are just as unfit to lead us. All because we will not collectively accept that it is only by creating an alternative to these people and the political machines that enable them that we will be able to finally unleash the yoke of government by stupidity and assume the rightful power to define life and ways of living that are fair and in the interests of everyone involved.

An Open Letter to all those who want change

August 17, 2021 1 comment

I’ve written a number of blogs that discuss the need for political change and the reality that we need a completely new, inclusive and all-issue-facing political party or movement to achieve this.

The challenge we face together is that too many of the people who feel passionate about that change believe that the next steps are all about dealing with politicians the way they themselves see politics to be, rather than taking all the steps necessary to tackle politics and the politicians we have the way that they really are.

We must be open to the ideas and efforts of others, whilst working collectively to channel and focus them all constructively so that we all approach the problems we face in the same way.

With this in mind, I have been very open to the idea of joining and supporting the work being done to establish a political alternative by others, and I recently responded to a call to action from someone with a public profile, who is trying to use their platform in a way they see as being beneficial to everyone.

With the experience and knowledge I have of politics, campaigning, activism and the workings of government itself, I quickly became aware that many of the others looking to become involved do indeed want change, but they want that change to materialise by staying within the safety of their own comfort zone sadly an approach that will not help anyone.

Regrettably, it is simply the case that tackling problems of the magnitude that we now face will not be achieved if everyone with a platform or an audience of some kind keeps demanding that everyone else has to do things their way, rather than doing them the way that will engage others and build a narrative that others will be committed to – because its something that they relate to and understand.

I felt it was right to lay out my stall. Below is a generic de-personalised and appropriately edited version of the e-mail that I circulated to the number of people who were given my contact details online:

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Hello Everyone,

It’s great to be in touch with anyone who is fed up, frustrated and angry about what our politicians have done and are still doing.

What is clear, from looking at the messages that are circulating out there on social media, and from the approaches taken by the alternative political movement that are springing up, is that there are a lot of us and our numbers are rapidly growing. But, we are on different trajectories with our thinking, and probably what we want to get out of working with others, or what we believe we can achieve out of it too.

This would be absolutely fine if we were all only motivated by trying to create some kind of social network where we all have some kind of common cause.

Instead, we find ourselves facing a national crisis where a Government filled with politicians who really aren’t fit to represent themselves, let alone anyone else, have responded to the emergence of a nasty virus by forcing solutions on us all that deal with how things could be, rather than how they really are. All of this – and there’s no quick way for any of these politicians to be removed!

Clearly, we are all really happy that more and more people are at least beginning to talk about the things that are wrong. Yet with the different ideas we all have right now, the problem that we face together is rather like the scenarios of the Marvel Films ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’, where Dr Strange foresaw 14,000,605 outcomes for how the future could unfold, yet in only one of the possibilities would the Avengers actually win the war.

Right now, the need for change that we all see is different. Some of us see change being about stopping Lockdowns. Others believe change is about getting rid of masks and social distancing. There are many others who have concerns about the vaccines and use of vaccine passports too.

Of those people, many think that because they see all these things as being wrong, that somehow, perhaps through protests in London and attacks through social media, there will be a change of mind at the heart of Government, and in the thoughts of the people we see wearing masks and pushing the Government agenda back at us each and every day.

Regrettably, this will not be the case.

The opportunity that we have to change things is based on everyone working together. It will not lead to the result that we really do need from this, if we all keep focusing on our own views and experience of the past 18 months and keep pushing for the 14,000,604+ scenarios, rather than working together to get our response right from the start and deliver the winning 1.

It is important to understand that other people will not change their view of Covid or stop wearing masks because they are ridiculed, continually told they are wrong or even if the uncorrupted science is fully explained to them.

People who have been deliberately terrified by the Government need other people like you and I to give them confidence to fill the gap between what they were told by politicians they should have been able to trust and what we have all known to be the truth all along.

You might be surprised to learn that the number of people ‘against’ us, is much smaller than thought. A great many of the people you might see wearing masks and doing whatever the Government tells them are just law-abiding citizens, doing what they believe necessary and right, in the same way as none of us want to voluntarily pay tax, but inevitably do.

So, the job to be done, might not actually be as big for us all as it could be. But with a great proportion of the people that we need to see something new differently and as being credible in the way that will make enough of them want to go out and vote, it does mean that we MUST get everything, absolutely right.

This means tackling the issues that affect everyone, every day, and not just anything or everything to do with Covid – because focusing only on the few issues we feel important right now is not the way to reach everyone that we need to.

What won’t work for anyone in any good way now, is for the conversation, dialogue and brain storming that needs to happen – and that we are on the verge of starting or making even bigger – to be kept shut away and hidden behind closed doors.

We MUST take the risk of engaging with people who have very different perspectives to our own and have enough faith in the same people we would otherwise happily drink with, shop with, visit landmarks with and share our communities with, that they have something important to say about all of this too.

By tackling all the issues that this political class has either spent decades running away from or glossing over with our money that they have willingly overspent, we will be successful in identifying the common ground that we all need for the future and success of our whole Country. Above all else is, this is the roadmap to being successful in bringing everyone together to make life better for all of us too.

I will not be offended if I never hear a word from you and you simply ignore this blog. It is simply the case that the aim of delivering something better for everyone – including fixing the disaster which is this Government’s approach to Covid has and is proving to be – can only be achieved if we really get to grips with the need to work together and then do so positively and proactively as one.

The opportunity of working with others to tackle the problems that those currently in our political system have created can only be addressed by creating A New Party For All. Building a movement that we all want to be a part of over the coming months. So, at the time the opportunity to change all this comes – which regrettably will be at the next General Election – we have the right people ready to run as Candidates in every Parliamentary Constituency, have done all the work necessary and have the support network in place throughout all of our communities, to ensure that the majority of voters in this Country do not see there being any other credible choice.

We have the choice to start work today, so that we can have the change we need tomorrow.

Change will not come before. And it will be a disaster for us all if we get to the next General Election, go to our Polling Station and find that Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, none of the above and any of the other Parties that have been set up to follow particular agendas or the aims and ambitions of the people who lead them are all that we have for a so-called democratic choice.

Please do read this Blog I wrote back in May HERE, or share and start following the social media @ANewPartyForAll – which could be used to provide the foundation of what we need.

If you would like to understand better what we really need from politicians, please visit www.howtogetelected.wordpress.com and read the list of pages on the right from top to bottom, all the way through.

Whatever you do, I wish you all well with your campaigns, and hope that we will have the opportunity to meet soon.

Best wishes,

Adam

Afghanistan: Poor Politics took us in, Poor Politics is taking us out, and still no recognition of the damage that Western Foreign Policy does to other cultures and to ourselves in between

August 13, 2021 Leave a comment

With the 20-year anniversary of the Twin Towers Attacks in New York fast approaching, the US Biden Administration has seen this date as an appropriate milestone upon which to hinge the final withdrawal of troops and a military presence from Afghanistan.

Yes, you might easily wonder upon the relevance and the link. But the War on Terror which followed the Terrorist Attacks on the United States in September 2001, was purposefully linked with Afghanistan. This land-locked, war-ravaged Country was selected by the ‘Western Allies’ as the place where the ‘fight back’ would begin.

The question that we should be asking, as we see Western Powers falling over themselves to get personnel out of the Country as quickly as possible – whilst the Taliban take over Cities and Towns daily, imposing their own medieval interpretation of Islam on a battle-weary population at every step as they do – is what exactly did we achieve by invading Afghanistan, and who really benefitted as a result?

Terror, or rather ‘Islamic’ Terror, hasn’t gone away. People are still being indoctrinated with this brutal take on an otherwise peaceful Religion, and the very same hatred of the Western World which was present 20 years ago is still very much in existence, if not even worse now as a result of the so-called ‘War on Terror’ than it was even then.

You cannot bomb or kill a way of thinking out of existence. If anything, extreme violence encourages even more empathy and support for what a very questionable cause might otherwise be, with the immediate question ‘what is so wrong with us that we are treated this way’, quickly giving way to yet more fervency of an ideology that sees justice in the pursuit of the destruction of Western thinking in every conceivable way.

Basically, our politicians and the strategists and advisers behind them, simply don’t think. They don’t think about the consequences of the decisions they make. They certainly don’t take time to think about the reality or many realities that underpin an ideology and mindset that drives other human beings to want to engage in terrible, violent acts and self-sacrifice, and why the behaviour of Western Governments over decades and possibly centuries too, has led other people and perhaps even entire nations to look at us all and think this way too.

Afghanistan is known historically as a graveyard for Armies. We, the British have been there before. So too have the Russians. And over the past two decades, even a substantial International Presence under the strategic ‘leadership’ of the United States has done nothing to turn what certainly appears to be an historic tide another and more peaceful way.

The flaw in the West’s thinking, is to look upon other cultures in Countries such as Afghanistan, and think that the way we live, the way we do things, the way we value money above all else, and the way we let business put their interests above all other interests is in some way enlightened. We believe that what we see to be an advanced way of living gives us the right to call ourselves civilised, whilst looking down judgementally on anyone who fails to share the same values or doesn’t prize the same things that we do.

The difference between what we have been conditioned to believe as perfectly normal and in everyone’s best interests, and the cultures that we see as backward shows that we have a complete lack of respect for reality.

We have the arrogance to look upon other ways of living and belief systems with a level of disdain that when thought about carefully really should be telling is that the backward cultures of the world are more likely to be our own.

Surely, we must be able to appreciate the level of hatred and the pain necessary, for the way of life that the Taliban, ISIS and Islamic State dictate to be attractive to bring enough people to their cause that they can take over entire Regions and Countries and remove the supposedly more civilised and Westernised systems that were previously in their place as if they never existed.

No, there is simply no excuse for the barbarity of what they do and the excuses they overtly give for doing so.

But until we manage any unavoidable intervention in a foreign land with a real respect for local culture and local populations in the way that we should do, rather than simply attempting to impose ways of thinking that mirror our own, we are destined to create even more disharmony, hurt our real friends and put enemies – and potentially violent ones in their place.

The trick was missed as soon as we walked into Afghanistan. Our politicians and their henchmen did what we always do at home. They snuggled up to the people with the platforms and the loudest voices who inevitably had their own agenda, rather than taking time to reach out, engage and build relationships with the people who have something worth investing in, but are inevitably hidden from view.

Despite many opportunities and hundreds of needless UK Service Personnel deaths, the approach that we took and the influence that we could have asserted on the US leadership, all we have left anyone in Afghanistan has been a sum total of damage and chaos along the way, with the final betrayal of leaving them at the mercy of the Taliban.

Both Biden and Johnson may believe that this is the end of the Afghanistan Chapter and that elsewhere, there are bigger fish for them to fry.

But there aren’t. All these foreign interventions without thought and consideration for the consequences do is cause more problems for the populations of those Countries, and inevitably a whole lot more trouble for us – no matter what our politicians do to hide it from our view.

The more sinister aspect of the Western ‘exit’ from Afghanistan this time, leaving the Country in the terrible state that it is and on the verge of all-out civil war with perhaps yet another attempt at a medieval-type Caliphate taking over, is that China is looking to develop interests there, and their involvement could easily bring legitimacy to an archaic form of despotism in a volatile part of the World and with a level of threat to us that we have never knowingly experienced before.

The chances are that in a world destabilised by the Covid Pandemic and the chickens which are decades of financial mindlessness and money printing coming home to roost, it will not be long after 11 September 2021 before our attention is drawn to the mistakes that our politicians have made and Afghanistan once more.

Money: The dream is dying (If it’s not already dead)

August 11, 2021 Leave a comment

You’ve gotta love the way that the mainstream media somehow manages to keep on missing the real news.

In a week when the plight of Geronimo the Bovine TB+ive Alpaca was creatively made to look like some 160,000 deaths of infected cows over the same period that his owner has been fighting Defra simply didn’t exist, the pillars of our information rich society managed to overlook the further £1.15Billion of Bonds that the Bank of England has bought, extending Rishi Sunak’s mammoth money printing and public spending spree into realms which really do now span into the complete unknown.

Don’t get hung up on who is buying or who is selling what to who, when it comes to any kind of financial ‘product’, when the Bank of England or the Government are involved. Either way, this is a process of injecting even more obscene amounts of cash into an already overladen economy – all of which is effectively debt being run up on the public tab.

The thinking that underpins financial jiggery-pokery of this magnitude isn’t only flawed; it is also exceptionally dangerous. The repeated bouts of money creation that the Johnson Government has instigated since the Covid Pandemic began are so high, there is no practical way that this Country can pay anything near the whole amount back.

There is talk that our children and grandchildren will still be paying the bill. But the Johnson Government really have gone too far.

What is more, they have done this not off the back of owning something secure like gold – that actually exists.

They have literally created all of this money out of thin air, all on the principle that the system will keep rolling, accumulating like a rolling snowball, and that as long as it keeps rolling in the same direction (That means the money available gets bigger and bigger), then those driving it and who are responsible for it will never suffer from a fall.

What this apparently bright idea overlooks is the stark reality that exits when the amount of money available increases exponentially, whilst products, land, houses and capital assets that we can actually own, increase at a significantly slower rate – that is, if the amount of them available actually increases at all.

Those at the top of the money chain – who always end up with the bulk of all this newly created cash, have increasing buying power that the majority of us can only dream of. Meanwhile, they push the value of everything up significantly – alongside all the others who are milking the system or taking out value without giving anything back – whilst those on the lowest wages and increasingly even the middle classes too, simply don’t get the wage rises that mean they can keep up with price rises just enough to stand still.

By now, you will probably have realised that this isn’t a Covid-related problem. In fact, this problem isn’t really that new at all. It’s been in the making for 50 years or more.

What’s different now, is the way that the Government and the Bank of England under its instruction, has upped and is continuing to spend.

It is a matter for debate whether the money pumped out to keep the economy moving during Lockdown should ever have been needed at all. But we are well past that point now. And if we go back to the snowball idea that I mentioned above, the reason that so much money is being created and pumped into the economy, is literally to keep the whole thing moving because the Government is terrified what will happen if the whole thing stops.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s going to stop. The snowball will stop rolling and will not be able to grow any more.

The financial system and the economy are going to crash.

It’s not an if. It’s a when.

And the only question that we and ideally the media should be asking, is which will be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back.

There are a range of different ways, and the list is growing. It could be the escalation of cost-of-living prices, like the energy price rises coming in the autumn, or even the flattening of the additional £20 per week allocated to families on Universal Credit as part of the Covid ‘bounce’. It could be a shortage of food on the shelves being caused by a shortage of drivers (that has more to do with the ridiculous standards and licensing requirements that the EU imposed on the industry rather than any lack of EU drivers caused by Brexit) and the unadulterated greed of shipping companies that have created a worldwide shipping monopoly that is seeing prices for goods transport go stratospheric – not for any good reason other than that they can name their price, based on making obscene levels of profit alone. Then there are the issues that are out of our hands such as the precarious state of the US economy, which itself is on the edge of a precipice so large, that it could end the US hold on everything economic as we watch the position of the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency simply implode.

Whatever tips the balance, it really doesn’t matter. The way that money and economics works today is already well and truly sunk.The neoliberal dream that money can be whatever you make it is dying. That is, If it’s not already dead.

Instead of using the borrowed time that the Bank of England and the Government has left to do anything that they might be able to try to mitigate or offset this coming disaster, they are instead upping the throttle and increasing the speed of compiling and contributing events, literally treating the whole thing as if a disaster is impossible and will never happen. They are working on the premise that they can literally fake it til they make it, by printing more and more money until they believe they will have completely weathered the storm.

Think very carefully about the relationships you have with the people, businesses and community members located around you. Do all that you can to cultivate and develop them in positive ways. Because a time will come perhaps very soon, when we will all have to trade, borrow, barter, help and support the people who are immediately around us – just as life for everyone in this Country once was.

Obsessed with big headlines and the powerful job titles that each and every one of them is sniffing out next, MPs and Government Ministers focus only on what bigs them up, rather than fulfilling the roles that they were elected for.

Foreign trade deals really aren’t going to help in a world that has to reject globalisation because of the fallout from covid and the fact that we are being woken quickly to the unfolding nightmare which is climate change.

Government should instead be investing the money it has available whilst it still has tangible value. Government should support the growth and sustainability of local economies and supply chains that really do away with every kind of unnecessary journey and make it both practical and cost effective for as much of the food we eat and the products we buy to have travelled next to no miles as possible.

We really should be taking this opportunity to focus proactively on going back to improved and better ways and models of working that value every form of human input equally, meaning that a happy debt-free, safe and healthy life is something that even the poorest members of our society and communities can afford.

These things can be done in ways that will remove a lot of unnecessary pain when they are done not by necessity, but by reasoned choice.

Rather than being what the news should be, GB News missed its opportunity from minute one because it only aims to give alternative perspectives to media opinions that already exist

August 10, 2021 Leave a comment

Like many others, I was very hopeful that the arrival of GB News would herald a very different approach to news provision across the UK. I can’t help feeling that what we have actually got from Andrew Neil’s Team represent a huge opportunity being missed.

In the current news and mainstream media climate, the challenge to under promise and over deliver should have been an open goal. We have a media obsessed with negative sensationalism and presenting opinion as factual news, all the time playing on the regrettable reality that the vast majority of people in this Country simply do not look at anything media-based, critically in any way.

Journalism has in many ways taken on the role of being yet another career calling for the metropolitan elite, and journalists themselves have become members of a pantheon of celebrity gods, where we have witnessed the evolution from reliable agents of truth to 24-hour ego displays where the individual has become the ongoing story, rather than anything remotely in touch with keeping us all up to date with reality and anything like the wider truth.

Simply giving us the facts and discussing the responses from Government or whoever else was closely involved in an open, unbiased and balanced way would itself have been enough to do all that we were being told that GB News would do from our pre-launch view of the can.

Yet the direction of travel became clear within minutes of Andrew Neil’s introduction on the evening that GB News was launched, when we were given an immediate back story for all the key new presenters – setting out a stall which somehow said ‘our presenters are better than the others’, thereby immediately falling into the same trap of it all being about the individual and who is better qualified to tell the news, rather than it being all about the news and why we can rely on this channel to keep us accurately informed.

Yes, you have to give a new news station the opportunity to get things right. However, excusable technical glitches aside, it appears that the moment Guto Harri took the BLM knee, the pathway was fixed, and GB News was set on a date with destiny that it has so far done nothing to try and avoid.

Indeed, whilst evening viewing figures around the time of the Nigel Farage Show might be rising, there is the inevitable question to be asked about it – which is Why?

The answer isn’t rocket science either. It’s because there are a lot of people who like to hear Nigel’s opinion. They certainly don’t tune in because they think he’s about to serve up a big helping of objectively delivered news.

On balance, those who have previously suggested that the whole GB News project was launched just so it would become the UK’s answer to Fox News could be right. The travesty of that is that since the Regional News Industry crashed overnight following Rupert Murdoch’s declaration that ‘the rivers of gold which once were classified advertising have dried up – we are going on the net’ (or words to that effect), the local and regional stories that many more people want to hear about and engage with have not been covered in anything near being a meaningful way.

The reality that Andrew and his strategy team might do well to consider is that the GB News Platform could have easily and very quickly have become the universal news vehicle of cross-demographic choice.

Personally, I’m hoping that it’s still early enough in the day for GB News to change. Like the politicians it spends a lot of time focusing on, the room for improvement when it comes to outreach and engagement with people, businesses and communities at a local level is so considerable, it is difficult to understand why it is not already the clear choice.

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Net Zero is not only possible, we MUST aim for it too. However, it is an objective that requires inspiration and true statesmanship to deliver and it’s foolish to believe it can simply be imposed

August 10, 2021 Leave a comment

Probably one of the most unhelpful arguments being conducted, then pushed by the media is the question over climate change, global warming and who or what is to blame or at fault.

It’s a dead cat debate, doing considerably more harm than good, simply because it is preventing reasoned discussion and action being taken to alleviate the impact on us all from the changes to the weather that are already evident and plain for us to see.

I cannot disagree with the concerns and arguments about the approach of big business and the consequences for the environment and serious risk to our quality of life from industrialisation, mechanisation, globalisation and the driving forces of greed and the motivation for achieving profit whatever the true cost.

But before we can even begin to tackle that problem in a way that will prove to be meaningful for all, there has to be an epiphany in governments right across the world. With it the recognition that public policy and the responsibility of government sits at the heart of the entire environmental debate, and that there are few areas of public policy which do not touch or fail to be influenced by the green question and environmental issues in some way.

The UK itself is already facing a range of problems from the climate changes taking place. A very good example of how different policy areas overlink in ways that are very serious, whilst being overlooked by our MPs and politicians would be the increasing problems that we are experiencing with flooding. Here, a rather large blind eye is also being covered over too, simply because housebuilding has become the obvious answer to a housing crisis that our politicians will not deal with in more appropriate ways. In so doing. Our political class are condemning existing homes, the villages, communities and towns around them to what might soon be very serious flooding problems, when taking responsibility and doing things differently could make this in many cases much easier to avoid.

Building green policy on what looks good in the media, what wins votes and what is easy to do is no way to tackle a worldwide crisis. One that will reach an inescapable point where its impacts are going to become very serious for us all.

Government cannot avoid the way the world works and why people and businesses are invested so heavily in things remaining as they are.

Ironically, the behavioural science that has been so heavily relied upon to coerce people into doing what the government wanted them to do as part of the political response to the Covid Pandemic, could be put to much better and constructive use. It could be applied to providing ‘nudges’ that govern the way people are thinking about their own impact on the environment and what they can independently do to help us all to go green.

However, using policies to force people to change does not consider the practical realities such as affordability, accessibility and what other policies green policy itself will impact – bearing in mind that you can be certain that with each step taken, there will be practical and in many cases hard-hitting consequences for us all.

To hear the Government, the media, the activists and academics preach, you could easily conclude that the UK is one of the worst sinners of the World. But it is not.

Whilst Government may feel galvanised in its ability to ‘impose’ green solutions on us all by the ‘success’ it has ‘achieved’ in forcing the UK to indulge all the unnecessary and costly responses to the Covid Pandemic it has imposed, taking this stupidity even further into the imposition of green technologies will end up in a disaster for this Country. One that will arrive much quicker and be far more consequential for all of us than the alternative of starting to deal with climate change the hard way and the right way. Currently, they are taking the easy route, as control freaks inevitably always do, concluding that giving this date or that date and a reliance on technology that doesn’t even exist, that future change is safe to impose upon us all.

In terms of the environment and the wider green issues that are involved, it is important to remember that the idealist’s viewpoint is that the problem will be solved with unilateral solutions that only affect people and businesses based in the UK. Yet isolated action will only hurt us, whilst doing nothing to address a problem that is the worlds, not just the UKs to own.

The reality is that we will not influence anyone or any other Country in a way that will be helpful to anyone, if our politicians just force through legislation such as heat pumps for homes, that are wholly impractical and consider none of the impacts on anything other than the environment itself – just as the Johnson Government has been doing by undertaking all policy decisions in isolation where Covid has been involved.

One of the biggest obstacles to progress on environmental issues worldwide, is the sordid fact that money is always and inevitably involved.

Money motivates people deeply in an emotionally entrenched way. And people who have lots of it and want more of it will not let issues that don’t agree with their own narrative get in their way.

Corporate interests are a massive part of the climate change problem. They will continue to be so until those responsible can be convinced that the same or more profit can be achieved for them, by conducting their business in a very different and environmentally friendly way.

Sadly, like most things historically, the biggest profits and margins are to be made when whatever you are doing means that you are in a position to exploit.

Morality and ethics are at a rare premium in business these days. It is the same people who are accumulating this wealth who already possess the deep pockets that our politicians suck up to and treat as if they are sacred cows.

There is as such a dangerous inevitability about the level of damage that is going to be done, before that moment of reason land collectively, and everyone starts working together voluntarily to address the issues and work better – because they have come to the decision as an informed and unselfish choice.

The saving grace to all this – strange as it may sound, may turn out to be the Covid Pandemic itself and the decisions that poor politicians have made in response.

Covid has literally seen governments around the world take decision after decision that has exponentially speeded up every problem that poor leadership has created over decades.

It means that a point is approaching where going greener will simply become the way that we all start to do things, rather than us having to wait on people who are so far choosing not to make the green choice.

Globalisation is over and done with in the way that we have known it before. The media are making very little of what is happening with shipping, supply chains and the provision of goods from around the world. But goods are not going to be available as they were before, and as the coming financial crisis beds in for the long haul, the realities of genuine localism, food and the supply of essential daily items from within a very local area, if not the immediate community itself, is going to become prevalent once again.

However, to make the very best of the opportunities that will come from a very serious crisis, it is vital that we have the right people influencing and making all of the key decisions that will need to be made.

Whatever happens next, it is essential that the decisions being made are not aimed purely at an electoral echo chamber as they have been now for decades.

Every decision being taken from now onwards will have very serious consequences for us all.

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‘Fake it ’til you make it’ is no way to lead a Country and we are now on the brink of seeing our financial and economic system implode

August 9, 2021 Leave a comment

Politics has for a long time relied on the occurrence of unforeseen events to let blagging politicians get themselves off the hook for problems they created that would otherwise be exposed and visible for the whole world to see.

When Covid arrived on the political scene, the scramble to cover up and utilise the dubious promise of an umbrella to hide all previous sins appears to have been too good and opportunity for our political classes to miss. In fact, so much so, the chronology of events makes me wonder if Boris rubbed his hands together at the first emergency Cabinet Meeting and declared ‘ladies and gentlemen; go ahead, go and do your absolute worst’.

Ok. So, the reality might not have been quite like that. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt here and say the response might not have been conscious or openly calculated at all.

The reason I say this, is because of how important it is to understand just how politics works in the minds of those who supposedly lead us. Especially when there is an entire Parliament full of MPs who should never have been elected and are incapable of really leading anyone. So, at the first sign of a crisis, they are inclined to reach out for any dead horse and flog it in the hope that it will work.

No, I realise that some of you reading this blog are convinced that there is a much more sinister plan at work that underpins everything during the Covid Pandemic that the Johnson Government has done. But we really do have a Government constructed of politicians who are so stupid, unread and inexperienced, that they will willingly embrace any philosophy or set of ideas that any overconfident SPAD or advisor confidently convinces them will work – that is, if they hadn’t found the same textbook first.

Oddly enough, the point I’m going to focus on here is not about the misuse of statistics and behavioural science to manipulate and coerce people to doing whatever or politicians so ruthlessly want. Enough has and will be said about that elsewhere.

No, the area of policy that I want to think about more clearly, is the financial remedies that our Chancellor Rishi Sunak invented. The printing of non-existent money to back the whole lockdown policy up. And the disastrous time bomb waiting to go off that has been building in size for decades but was turbocharged the moment that the Chancellor and the Johnson Government began its massive cash giveaway.

Contrary to the thoughts of many, the events of the past 18 months really are not isolated, other than there being the all-covering veil of a Viral Pandemic underway. The focus that Covid has been given created a cloud of fear and misdirection that has allowed an inept and irresponsible Government to hide or avoid many other troubling public policy issues as if they have simply been removed from the frame.

But money, the way it is created, legislated, revered and actually worshipped – like it is a god, isn’t just a problem making the rich even richer, whilst making life increasingly hard for the middle classes and poor. It is also the elixir of extended political life and longevity of power for gutless politicians with little or no wherewithal who believe there are no problems that cannot be solved if you just produce the public cheque book and don’t give a shit about the real cost.

In the decades up to the beginning of the Covid Pandemic, the recycling of this particular idea and the philosophy that underpins government economic thinking has been quite incredible. Based on flawed neoliberal thinking and the post 1971 FIAT money regime – where FIAT literally means ‘let it be done’, the bizarre approach to money and governance that ‘it will be this way because we say so’ has grown and grown in popularity with the political classes and has appeared to work effectively for 50 years. Incredibly, it even failing to be derailed when private banks that had been let loose from legislation as part of the same ‘free market’ thinking were bailed out with public money following the 2008 Financial Crisis – simply because politicians are so invested in the idea that the system cannot fail and therefore must be ‘helped’ to work.

To anyone who takes these things completely at face value – as the political classes have done – and says to themselves ‘it worked for 50 years, so it cannot possibly go wrong’, there clearly was no limit to what solutions could be conjured up in a crisis and sold publicly as beneficial to all. Whereas what politicians have really been doing with all this invented money – and particularly since the Pandemic began – is place massive bets on everything coming right if enough money is thrown at the problem for long enough. They literally believe that what they are saying, rather than what they are doing, will ultimately prove to be the truth, by faking it until they make it be so.

The money that the Government has been using to prop up non-existent jobs through a continually extended furlough scheme; the money it has used to underwritten crippling loans to businesses that will never be able to afford them, and the money it is now fire hosing at every public policy it thinks will get it out of trouble and win votes is all created – just like successive governments have been doing for decades before.

The money they are using simply doesn’t exist. Yet the politicians are so drunk from drinking at this poisoned well, all they can think of doing is printing even more.

Yes, there really is a philosophy behind all of this that the economists and academics that our politicians listen to insist really works.

You may even be thinking that if this is all true, what is the problem if it works?

The problem is that it doesn’t. It is imagination, dreamworlds and a visit to fantasy land writ large.

Whilst it is certainly true to say that neoliberalism has worked out well over 50 years for the few, it really hasn’t been working out very well for the majority of people. And if the economy were to be viewed as an engine – as it very often is, then just like keeping your foot down on a red-lining engine might see it keep going for longer than expected, the question is always when, not if the engine will blow, and when it does, it will be the whole vehicle that breaks.

Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson, this Government and the whole Parliament that has enabled them, have literally gone too far with a very dangerous approach to money and economics. One that may have been good whilst it lasted but is about to blow up and create a financial disaster of such epic proportions that not even the WEF are going to know how to pick up and rebuild the pieces so that they can press ‘restart’.

The public debt that is a real legacy of the Johnson era is simply too big for all of us to be expected to pay off this time. No amount of clever accounting and rebranding in terms of future GDP or other ways of calculating national economic output will make this ridiculous level of debt go away.

And Boris & Co. haven’t even done this on their own. Governments right the way around the world have been doing exactly the same things for all this time and have also gone into overdrive to finance an overkill response to a flu-like virus that was never necessary, could and should have been handled very differently and has now made it inevitable that we cannot go on as we have been.

We must rethink everything. And for us to get there, we are about to experience an incredible period of financially derived pain.

If you take the time and watch all the media available to you closely, the signs of what is coming are already beginning to unfold. But they are being covered by the mainstream media only in isolation – that is if they are even being covered by them at all.

The USA economy and the US Dollar’s collapse as the World’s Reserve Currency are looking increasingly likely to be the point where this dreamt up system can no longer function and the whole economic system explodes.

But that’s not to say that it couldn’t all kick off in the UK first. And stories like energy price hikes this autumn that they are that massive financial upheaval for us all is queued up and is about to start.

The biggest problem that we face today, isn’t finding a way to take a foot off the gas and calm the engine. Johnson and all of his chums have already driven the vehicle to the point of destruction and the momentum their policies have created will take this all over the point which was too far.

The problem we have is that when the engine blows, the wheels fall off and everything crashes – as we can now be almost certain that it will, we will still have the same politicians or politicians who will behave just like them left in charge.

The emperor has no clothes. You’ve seen what Boris and this whole sorry excuse for a Parliament did with their response to Covid. Just wait until the real trouble starts.

Politics & Wokeism now run on the same pretence: Not how things really are, but how things should be

August 9, 2021 Leave a comment

The term Woke feels new and as confusing as it is overpowering. It is presented by those with an agenda to push it as being the unescapable zeitgeist.

It is not. But that isn’t to say it doesn’t feel that way. Especially as there is so much going on across society and politics in particular, which is aligned with arguably the same thinking, ending up with impacts and consequences for us all in a surprising number of very similar ways.

If you took the time to ask everyone how they would like their lives to be and how they would like to experience the world, you would get as many answers back as the number of people that you ask.

In the majority of cases however, what they would have in common would be that they are based on idealism, rather than using life experience as the basis of making an informed choice.

This is how society increasingly thinks about everything today. If you were able to jump into a time machine and talk to people of the same ages and from the same kinds of backgrounds in the years that followed the end of the Second World War, answers would reflect a very different kind of choice. It would be informed from the experience that life can really be dark and terrifyingly hard. Many would have been very practical in their reflections, and the common message would simply be ‘it is great to be alive’.

Hardship is a reliable teacher for those who think they have nothing to learn. And as we approach nearly 8 decades passed since the end of that horrific war, it is a regrettable reality that many from within our younger generations are now obsessed not with what they have, but with how they believe their lives should be – without any respect for the rather large gap that sits between.

To be fair, idealism is a very powerful and passionate motivator, and the real reason why so many of the younger generations are left leaning or more socialist in their outlook. People become more right-wing or conservative in their ideas as they gain more experienced of the real world and adult life.

Today, things have gone much further than that. Many simply do not reflect upon what they have already got, overlooking a vital part of the process that helps us to become self-aware, instead focusing ever outwards for the answers to the questions about life that they have, whilst failing to understand how other people think, because they don’t even look at themselves.

People literally don’t live in the present, but have their thoughts focused in a semi-permanent state of anticipation about where things could be or should be, then falling into the trap of thinking that the desired state or experience is something that can simply be ‘imposed’ either by telling, or coercing people to live or behave this certain way, using rules or peer pressure to see the desired result imposed.

As time has passed since the 1940’s, the mindset that is the approach of dealing with life how it is with practical appreciation and understanding of how it works has been left behind and replaced with the approach of everything can be as it should be, simply because we say that it is – and what happened before doesn’t matter, because this is how its going to be right now.

The switch between the two was for a long time very subtle. It quickly began to affect decision making right at the top, but it wasn’t until the practical realities of decades of public policy being based on impractical idealism rather than practical reality was going to bite back, especially as we reach a point where those pushing this thinking hardest are literally punishing people with a different outlook for simply being who they are.

Even today, some 5 years since the European Referendum where ‘Brexit’ was ‘won’, even the political class itself cannot recognise that the whole European Union ‘project’ was based on a collective of ideas aimed at creating the ideal model of a European Superstate, with systems, procedures and governance not built upon the foundations of how life is for the communities, cultures and whole different Countries that the Bloc is made up of, but literally wiping that all away under the premise of how life should be with the only concession being a slow process of deliberate mission creep that hides the practical reality that imposing impractical reality was the strategy all along.

Brexit was won by the votes of people who have a clear understanding and experience of how life really is, as opposed to the alternative, which was always about endorsing a process which was always going to have serious consequences for the unnamed and unrecognised majority, because you cannot run an entire continent on the basis of how things should be.

At a time when the Government response to the Covid Pandemic is speeding up the arrival of a perfect storm of problems that have been in the making for decades, we are being forced into a culture war between what is and what should be, with seemingly no room left in-between.

Somewhat ironically, it is because we have had so many decades of everything being so good, that the impractical idealists championing woke thinking are able to behave as dangerously as they are doing so. The problem is that without respect for the practical realities of life and how the world really works, we are being set up for a massive fall, just as soon as the bubble bursts, and young people and those who are not appreciative of a more practical way of thinking are going to find the impact of the drop and the changes that it will require particularly hard.

There is nothing wrong with wanting life to be good, fair and the same for all. But the idea that this can be achieved by erasing history and anything distasteful, then making every part of life exactly the same for everyone is a recipe for disaster being cooked up and sent into a hurricane on a ship of fools.

We cannot escape the reality that we are living and experiencing – no matter how hard we might pretend otherwise. Changing it all for the better can only be achieved by looking at it, interpreting it and approaching it all differently. We will not do this by looking outwards and by hiding behind what should be. We have to look at ourselves, our history and the lives that we all live and move forward accordingly. It is we that must be the change.

The NHS is broken because every Government (and the EU) have added their own fix. If we don’t have leaders big enough to tackle all that needs to be done very soon, it will no longer exist

August 2, 2021 Leave a comment

Perhaps the greatest travesty of modern politics is the overwhelming desire that our political class have to keep interfering with the management of services which are paid for out of the public purse.

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that’s exactly what we elect politicians to do. But we don’t elect them to do that. It’s just what they want us to think.

Overall strategy of public services and how they are paid for is the domain of politicians. Operational management and day-to-day decision making are the preserve of those best suited to address the need or the problem. Operational management is not and should never have become a political choice.

The NHS is in serious trouble today. Not just because of the Covid Pandemic – which has had a big role to play. But because the whole organisation and framework has been a political football for much of the time that it has existed – simply because cynical, self-serving politicians have identified that it is easy for them to use the NHS to big themselves up and ‘win’ votes that way.

On the left, the Labour Party keeps shouting about privatisation. Yet the kind of privatisation that exists has come as a systemic response to the burden of employment rights and unaffordable working conditions that they and their love of EU rules so idealistically but impractically imposed.

On the right, a penchant for throwing money at all problems because there is neither the motivation or principle at work to tackle uncomfortable challenges head on (in case they result in a loss of votes) has meant that the Tories have just poured petrol onto a fire of increasing problems, making the greed and profiteering that drive staffing agencies and contractors legitimate. The most obvious result being that NHS staff don’t get paid as they should, whilst their contemporary temporaries cost more than the organisation or the public purse can normally afford.

It doesn’t stop there. The NHS, like all public sector organisations has become highly protectionist in nature, leaving staff to devalue the use of common sense and stick to the most basic requirements of their job descriptions in a way that would resemble the most effective type of superglue.

Passing the buck to someone whose specific job it is to do anything outside this Public Sector framework is commonplace. And when that doesn’t work, a new job is created, taking even more money away from the frontline and meaning that jobs that were once done by frontline staff or by their immediate managers may have now evolved into multiples of backroom staff or contractors in addition to that one original post.

To be fair to the left, there is no argument that can easily be made to justify the presence of private interests in the provision of public services that are paid for by the public purse. However, the stranglehold that the rights lobby, public sector pensions (and the damage that Gordon Brown did in 1997) and devices such as the EU Working Time Directive have made, make it feel much easier for those obsessed with avoiding difficult management decisions to avoid employing staff directly in a convoluted process that ends up looking like privatisation by choice.

The rich irony is that the NHS is on a precipice, but could be saved from going over, if we had leadership from government and politicians not obsessed with easy options and avoiding all risk to themselves and their position.

We need a Government that is ready to take on the many different agendas that are not patient centric right across the NHS, and replace self-centred thinking with prioritising what’s best for the patient and in the best interests of the public at large.

Otherwise, we could very quickly find ourselves in a place where healthcare provision either becomes tiered in its availability or becomes only accessible at a variety of levels based on ability to pay.

Once this happens, the NHS will be a service that will neither be universal nor public, because it is not something that we can all afford.

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A Vote is not a 4- or 5-year endorsement for a Political Party to do as it chooses. It is a gift of trust in a candidate and their party with an expectation that they will always do the right thing

August 2, 2021 Leave a comment

At a time when the issues that we face seem so pressing, and we are feeling so desperate for change and release from all of the blunt ended policies that the Johnson Government is inflicting upon us, the last thing that anyone wants to do is step away and start thinking and working proactively for what comes next. Especially not when it comes to a General Election, which could still be over 3 years away.

We are looking at everything the Government does in the moment, without considering the chain of events that led here, and certainly not with any great thought for the steps, processes and events that will come along in a random order that will look ordered but will be very random in terms their impact and effect.

Regrettably, because the way that our Electoral System works, it means that we elect a government to lead us and take care of our collective needs for a period of four or five years. But that decision is based only on a snapshot of policy promises made to us for perhaps 2 months leading up to a 15-hour opportunity to go and vote on that one day.

Using electoral promises and nothing else to determine which way we vote, is a decision-making process that is almost entirely flawed. Because no matter what any of the mainstream Political Parties promise us, they may not have enough seats in Parliament, once the votes are all counted, to deliver on any of those promises they have made to us anyway.

There is another, far more troubling flaw that we really should be giving more thought to. By voting for specific policies – no matter what they are or how good they might be for us personally, we are being short changed.

Rather than thinking about what we are being offered in terms of leadership, values and the way that our MPs and their party behave and think – In times of a national crisis, like now, we end up with leaders who are not suited to making big decisions or of being reliable enough to continually keep doing the right thing and what’s in the best interests of everyone rather than themselves.

If politics and the British Political System worked as it should, this type of thing really shouldn’t be a problem. Because real leaders and public representatives would be able to adapt to circumstances and would be prepared to do their very best for us in every way.

Unfortunately, the way that the British political System works today means that the three main Political Parties effectively control which person gains entry to Parliament and which person gets elected in each and every Constituency Seat. This means that the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats determine who sits in Parliament and runs the Country by their rules, not ours.

As the Political Parties are themselves flawed and all about what works best for them, the whims of their current leaders and what will gain and then keep them in power, rather than anything else, there is simply no way for us to get the kind of leaders that we now need in Parliament and running our Country. The next vote is already completely sewn up!

Counterintuitive as it may be, now is the time to be working on the alternative to the problem, so that when the next Parliamentary Constituency vote comes, there will be a credible alternative in place that people will want to vote for.

The importance of creating, developing and building an alternative political movement, constituted and led to work for all, cannot be understated in any way.

There are great problems coming and the Covid Pandemic was just a steppingstone along the way.

When those problems come – like a financial crisis of a kind that may never have previously before been seen, we will need leaders in place who can lead and deliver without a manifesto commitment to guide them, simply because they possess the qualities, life experience, values and love for all others that anyone facing the challenges of doing what’s right for 68 million People in a National crisis will feel normal and not something that can be influenced by the loudest or most threatening voice.

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