As both a blogger and a writer, my most annoying habit for the reader is likely to be the default setting I have for writing more than I should when trying to explain something that otherwise might fail to make sense.
With a view of the world and the subjects that I most often write about that currently sits outside the norm, I find myself doing this a lot.
But when it comes to lessons, guidelines or even rules for life, I absolutely accept that we all have to get to the top of the mountain that is every step in understanding the bigger picture, at precisely the moment that we are supposed to – and that means in our own sweet time.
TUG’S GUIDE LINES was going to be the structure of another e-book, right up until the moment that a good friend said that the titles or quotes I had read out to them word-for-word, were more than enough, just on their own.
So here we are. A deviation from guidebooks, collections of blogs, the proposal of new political philosophies and just sharing the basic nuts and bolts, wrapped up in 99 quotes that represent some of the key things that I have learned and understand about life.
The chances are that most, if not all of these quotes will make you really think – and that’s what they are there for.
I don’t expect you to agree with all of them. But that’s what the different journeys that we are all on are there for – and overlapping and finding commonality can be so much fun!
If you want to comment or talk about any of them constructively, please get in touch or comment online wherever you might see them.
We are experiencing and navigating our way through very challenging times.
But the problems we are facing as a Country, as Communities and as the People that we are, are not new. They have been getting progressively worse over a long period of time. They have been hiding menacingly in plain sight.
There has been no self-serving incentive for those who have the responsibility and power over our lives to take any meaningful steps towards finding genuine solutions to the problems that society faces. They are not equipped, skilled or motivated as they should be to do everything that is necessary to sort all of those problems out.
Whilst change is happening around us all the time, it often does so without us being consciously aware.
Sadly, we are unlikely to accept and embrace the kind of change that is now required voluntarily. The change required is so profound that it is only a unique set of circumstances that touch everyone and causes pain to each and every one of us in some way, that will provide the incentive for us to think differently in the ways that we can and already should.
Only then will we be open to a change in thinking that will create a much healthier way of living for us individually, as communities and collectively as a Country, making fairness, balance and justice a part of everyone’s life.
Such a unique set of circumstances or the direct consequences of certain events now exist and are underway. The changes to our experiences of life and our circumstance are reaching us all in different ways and at different times. They are touching us differently and this means we may not all realise and understand what is happening at precisely the same time.
A series of events, that began with Brexit, then The Covid Pandemic and then the Invasion of Ukraine, have become the catalysts that have precipitated and accelerated problems with everything that we know around us. We may not have been aware of them before, but the ignorance and stupidity of the governing classes has made it inevitable that the massive problems they have caused are on their way.
Today, the change is detectable in the form of the early steps of a Financial collapse and the collapse of Globalisation and the global supply chain. Whilst they are trying very hard to maintain control and convince us all of their power to do so, none of the current political elites have the power to control the collapse.
Ironically, it is the decisions that these same ‘leaders’ have made in response to these events that are the real cause of all the problems that People face today. This same malign influence has been at work, not just for the past six or seven years. This travesty has bee happening for decades in time.
Voices that represent these same few who are responsible for everything that is wrong, have been using the term ‘Reset’ or ‘Great Reset’ as a forewarning of how they intend to maintain the imbalance that gives them their power and wealth.
We will ignore these warnings at our peril.
Their misuse of these terms is a forewarning that the existing elites intend to use the collapse as an opportunity to reboot the existing system that has benefitted them so well, so that it will work even better for them. All of this will be under the auspices of what ‘is in our best interests’. But what it will mean, will be much tighter control.
However, what the elites haven’t banked on, is that things are set to change in such a way, and to such a degree, that all of the reasons and motives that drive these people – at considerable cost to us all – are going to be exposed to daylight. As some of them and what they have been doing already are…
The actions and motives of the elites will then be seen and understood by all.
The unsustainable ways that we have been living under their manipulative leadership will then come to an end.
We will be forced to revalue life and what the important parts of it are.
Times ahead are likely to be painful for us. But the pain of experience is how we really learn.
As we learn and realise what the basic essentials for life – in both a practical and mentally healthy way – really are, we will also understand what any of us would need if we found ourselves in circumstances where we were having to ‘just get by’.
The Tory Right named their latest response to it Levelling Up. For decades, Labour and the Left have responded to it with public policy that adds up to levelling down.
But what is ‘it’? Do our politicians actually know what ‘it’ is? What is ‘it’ they don’t understand?
Today, we find ourselves in the early stages of a cost-of-living crisis and a fall in living standards that is the worst since records began. But these are only some of the issues we now face.
Social mobility, debt, housing, energy, inflation or stagflation, healthcare, climate change, education, wealth inequality, fake news, crime, wokeism and many other problems join the list that’s fast growing into this out-of-control crisis that is touching everything we know, too.
Change is happening around us in ways that make very little sense. Yet the messages we hear in the media and from our politicians suggest that everything is as fine as it can be. It is leading many of us to assume that we are alone with our views and feelings; thinking that we must be going mad.
The UK is the person with major health problems. It’s in a beauty salon, where every wannabe politician must be seen as top dog by everyone. But this political class are just the Saturday morning trainees, only able to sweep up and comb hair*. They smile sweetly and tell the Country that having a great look is all it takes to fix the problems experienced by all. Meanwhile, what the UK really needs is every form of medical surgery known, with the mental health care and physical rehabilitation necessary to make every part of our system work together, returning the UK to full fitness and providing fair and balanced lives for everyone in the shortest time possible.
With an establishment obsessed with sound bites and messages, rather than public policy that has real depth, Adam Tugwell unpicks the realities of Levelling Up, levelling down and decades of mismanagement and self-interest from a political class that simply isn’t up to the job.
Adam demonstrates that the broken tools of a flawed political age will always leave someone, somewhere behind, and shows that our politicians are repeatedly failing to create the social backstop that the UK needs to stop anyone being avoidably disadvantaged.
Levelling Level focusses on the inevitable process of change affecting everything around us that underway today. It discusses how we can harness the experiences that will accompany the challenges that we face to make life better by establishing a Basic Living Standard for all.
Levelling Level proposes that it is not money and financial wealth, but people and the way that our society treats its poorest and most vulnerable that underscores our real value, success and health as communities and as a Nation.
Levelling Level is a solution to the UKs problems that works for all.
*The qualified hairdressers are the government officers and civil servants, or people who like to ‘nudge’