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Kier Starmer & Ed Davey are already taking their idea of securing change at the next Election seriously. So why isn’t anyone who wants real change in our political system doing the same?

February 20, 2022 Leave a comment

Regrettably, a certain truth is that none of us will see or hear messages that we are not ready to see or hear, or that for some reason we want to avoid. This is especially so, when those messages are an uncomfortable truth that it suits our purposes to run away from.

No uncomfortable truth exists that is less uncomfortable for so many of us, than we have the idiots in politics and running the Country that we have, because we are the ones who made the choice to elect the politicians and all the political parties that we have already got.

Our memories are short. So short in fact, we have forgotten or overlooked that the political choices of the three mainstream parties or tribes that we have today are all the same. That these parties ultimately deliver the same thing. That it is only the branding, the words and the faces that actually change.

At election time, our interest in who the people really are who present themselves at our doorsteps promising this and promising that in exchange for our votes is breathtakingly short. As such, it has become all too easy to miss the reality that moving the cross that we mark on our ballot papers from one party or from one box to another, actually means that we are voting for the same things.

The same stories with the same unhappy endings for all of us are all wrapped differently and presented to us as change. But everything this political class does and believes is fundamentally the same – whether they are Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat in name.

Boris lies, they all lie. But when the time comes, will we opt to change anything?

If ever there was a time when more people are likely to become suspicious, it is during a period like now, when the experiences that we have been having at the hands of these charlatans over the past two years is leading to more and more of us to feel like we have started to wake up.

Those with power, sitting as MPs from all the Parties in our Parliament may well suspect that the tables are turning, even if they are too blind to understand why. They have much to lose if the system that feeds their self-interest collapses. They will do whatever they need to, to make sure that they can continue on behaving in exactly the same way.

So, when we see the news that Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey are working up a non-aggression pact for the next General Election, we should all be very concerned that the self-preservation powers of a dangerously self-serving political culture are already very hard at work.

Whatever Labour and the Liberal Democrats cook up between them in order to manipulate the outcome of any constituency vote when the next General Election comes, the outcome for us – whether Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem or any coalition government made up of the parties that we currently have, will inevitably be the same or even worse. That is, if they appear to be the only alternative to the Tory Government that we have currently got.

They will only appear to be the alternative to Johnson or whoever replaces him, if we don’t create the real alternative to all of them. Like Starmer and Davy are already doing – we need to be working on the creation and the development of that alternative RIGHT NOW!

Sadly, everyone who is out there and championing the fact that we need to have change, may well be one of those failing to understand that change will not just appear because we demand it.

Because with people in government today or at any time in the future who are fundamentally the same, with the same priorities and the same ways of manipulating everything at the level they are and have been doing blocking all the seats within our Parliament – the more things change, the more they stay the same.

You may not like to read or feel comfortable with what I am saying. But the chances are that you already know deep down that it is the truth.

The truth beyond that understanding of what the real problem with British Politics is now, is also that the kind of government that we need and that is worth having will not just arrive by chance. It will take a lot of very hard work.

The hard work that I am talking about is different. Different, because we are used to everything coming at us in politics from the top down.

This new politics must come from the grassroots and then go up. That is, if meaningful and beneficial change for us all is going to actually arrive at an election and then do all of its good work in the Parliamentary terms to come.

For as long as the narrative continues to be set by the same people that we have today, the same narrative will continue.

They may not be Johnson, Sunak, Truss or any other Tory buffoon. But Starmer, Davey and all of the politicians behind them are, think and stand for exactly the same – as well as a few well-known names leading other political groups and parties outside of parliament today too.

Because the shared rationale behind it all is built on self-interest, the direction of travel will be for things to become invariably worse, whatever happens next, without there being a genuine choice for change.

Every day that passes that the work to replace and provide a real alternative to all these clowns hasn’t begun, is a day nearer to us having up to five years more of the lack of understanding, the out of touch policies and a whole establishment regime that exists only to pursue what works only in its favour and best interests.

We need and we deserve a lot more. But the miracle won’t arrive until we have all done our bit to invite it into our lives and helped it start.

Your voice, your views, your experience are important.

Be part of the debate. Be part of the solution. Be part of what needs to start now.

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London Bridge is falling down: The behavior of younger Royals shows the days of unquestioned power and patriarchy are over and this kind of monarchy will die with the Queen

February 20, 2022 Leave a comment

We are experiencing great times of change, even if we don’t realise or accept it.

Many may not yet be joining up the dots, but there are links between the behaviour of the politicians and establishment figures, who have between them created the mess and mass of problems that lie for us ahead, and the issues that the once revered Royal Family now faces.

These issues have all been created by self-interest and the abuse of privilege, responsibility and power, that has gone to their heads.

Indeed, it is no coincidence that the second sons within the next two generations of the Royal Family, Princes Andrew and Harry have between them managed to create such a stink. And now, even Prince Charles has another finger pointing at himself, given the way that he appears to have allowed the privilege of his position to be manipulated to raise funds for his Foundation by taking Cash for honours.

As a society, we’ve forgotten who we really are. Whilst there have always been people in the world who fall into the trap of abusing the power that they have, a time when values have meant so little, and material wealth, personal gain and enhanced enjoyment have meant so much to so many has probably not existed like it does right now, at any time before.

There is a massive and prolonged cost that those riding this wave are incurring for everyone.

Nobody can create value from nothing and award it only to themselves or those like them, without there being consequences for others, and therefore for us all.

Money, behaviour; it doesn’t matter. There are always consequences to every action as a result of the choices that we make. Effects are never the cause.

Privilege has always brought with it a requirement for a very clear understanding of the responsibility that accompanies it.

Whilst the roles and responsibility of the Royal Family of today and those of the past may appear very different in the modern age, the roles that our current Royals have been born to have also remained very much the same.

The Queens greatest success is due in no small part to the fact that even at points when her Reign has been in trouble, she has always respected and remained true to the distance between people living normal lives and the Crown. It is the myth that has until now pretty much defined her role.

The Queen has accepted that the role of a monarch carries with it a peculiar form of magic. One that relies on everyone from outside of that mysterious bubble and those that understand it not ever being able to see or be able to make comparisons with the comparatively ‘normal’ life they have of their own.

Indeed, even those who suspect or understand the normality and parallels that sit behind the reality that a King or a Queen are still human, shouldn’t ever have to question the existence of the monarch. Because apart from public appearances, the entire world of the monarchy is or rather should be kept behind closed doors.

In the past, Royal Princes led and fought wars, and when it came to any form of exuberance, the world of lords, ladies and the landed gentry contained all of their shenanigans within their clique. Thereby keeping anything that would expose the reality that Royals are just the same, very much within a pair of very safe hands.

But the world has changed rapidly in the past Century. Particularly since Elizabeth II was Crowned as our Queen.

Whilst Her Majesty has kept this form of Monarchy alive for 70 years, this is due to her having not having her values set completely skewed by change and the modern age. It is because she has shone through and remained overwhelmingly true to principles that remind us all quietly of what once was.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of Prince Harry her grandson, or Prince Andrew or Prince Charles, her sons.

Unfortunately, what all three have in common with everyone else, as demonstrated through the recent events and stories that will help to define them, is they have so much already, but want more and more.

The problem for the three of them is that wealth and privilege has also evolved as a concept over the past 70 years. It has become very different to what it previously was and what Royal conditioning has clearly led them to believe it to be.

The era of invented money and manufactured wealth has corrupted the thinking of many. Whether directly or indirectly, our population is being manipulated and used by those who have power to create money at will. The greedy and influential few have built a great castle in the clouds with foundations built upon a myth that will stop working the moment the majority of us finds out.

With it has come the epoch of distraction, that cynically suits the purposes of those ‘in charge’. Under philosophies that have been employed by the elites since the time of the Romans, we are being enslaved under a premise of ‘give them bread and circuses’.

Low-cost money (credit) and every entertainment conceivable are thrown at us continuously, whilst we are literally being farmed for the interest that debt provides. All the while, this obsessive distraction quite literally contains the revolt that would occur tomorrow morning if everyone were to wake up to what has been going on.

You would have hoped that those in positions of assumed or automatic deference would know better than to get high on their own supply. But when it comes to the younger Royals, they most certainly do not.

Whilst Andrew’s defining crime in the public mind will be his having sex with a young girl who was trafficked to put her at his whim, it was in all likelihood his own greed and desire to attain more that put him at the mercy of people who had a much darker understanding of how the higher powers in the current world work.

Meanwhile, Harry has been led by the nose by an American climber who does little more than exude me me me wherever she goes. Together, they show zero respect for how anything they see beneath them and the way that age-old traditions work. It now appears they believe that almost anything can be bought, and anything that cannot (such as the support of the British Public) isn’t worth bothering about.

Then there is Charles, whose resentment at having to wait so long to become the next King seems to have bubbled for decades. He has managed to keep his desire to usurp the peaceful way that our current relationship with the monarchy works for the past few years. But his desire for monarchy to be done his way cannot be far from the surface. It may well be proven to have been demonstrated very well with him having fallen fowl of the system of deference where honours should have real meaning as a benchmark that so-called lesser mortals can look up to and believe in. Honours should never have become some kind of hierarchical qualification that can be bought corruptly then bestowed at whim.

Through their actions, these three ‘royal princes’ have destroyed the myth that has already given them such gilded lives.

Whilst there are few of us – even within republican ranks – who could find traction in our thoughts and words to speak out against the tenure of our Great Queen Elizabeth II, it is becoming ever clearer that the end of her Reign will inevitably precipitate the UK Monarchy’s fall.

Even without what we have recently seen from younger Royals, the way the world is changing and will now change as hierarchical structures come to fall, dictates that the existence of a family that ‘rules over us’ for no reason other than some archaic birthright, is now at an end.

Nothing should be taken for granted. The future of the new monarchy that follows Queen Elizabeth II Reign can only continue to exist on very clear and unbreakable terms. These must include the acceptance that deference is no longer any member of the Royal Family’s by right.

No. We may not jump straight to a republican structure of governance once the Queen has gone. But the reality is that the time has come for our monarchy to become nothing more than the civic symbol that it really is. Any form of power and special privilege that it attracts from our system of government, or the public purse should now be returned.

Our very wise and knowing Queen is already taking the steps necessary to pave the way for what comes next.

But while the Queen may be doing all that she can to smooth the passage of her Platinum Year – and perhaps her passing very soon too, her legacy will be her Reign and all that it gave us.

The Queen cannot determine or secure the future of her children or grandchildren, and she has no right to do so.

Once the falling London Bridge is finally down, the British Monarchy – or what’s left of it will have to take its place within a more egalitarian world – just like everyone else.

Buy Now, Pay Later is no solution to cost-of-living crisis. It is another device that will be disastrous for the poor and the depths of greed the rich have now reached have become a menace for us all

February 14, 2022 Leave a comment

People who lack the essentials of life – because they cannot financially afford them – are vulnerable to anyone who has a clever way to exploit that need.

It is a lesson from centuries of history that we should all be able to rely on that those who lead us will have learned. But regrettably, we cannot.

Indeed, government was created as a way for us to all collectively help others in a time of need. But the time when mechanisms such as the Welfare State and even the NHS were able to operate and fulfil their function without being exploited in some way, have sadly long since gone.

Like me, you may have noticed that so-called ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ ‘opportunities’ have started to appear and are available to cover the cost of some of the least expensive items that we have gone online and even to the high street or local shops to buy.

To those who have been fed the unscrupulous line that taking out credit and paying it off before you are charged interest is a good thing AND can do so, it is likely that just adding another way to delay paying bills with free money will be seen as no more than an added bonus. But what happens when these offers and the growing number of Buy Now, Pay Later apps are used to pay for food, travel or even energy that the people buying these goods and services don’t have the money to afford?

The willful blindness to a situation that politicians themselves have directly and indirectly created is not just a problem. It is fast becoming a damning indictment of how as a society we have become obsessed with quick money and the status that its fluidity affords us, when we believe we can afford it, whilst this obsession has picked up speed and just about enslaved us all.

The debate over whether the £200 relief on energy bills should be a Tory driven Loan or a Labour derived subsidy fails to even scratch the surface of the dreadful realities that increasing numbers of British people now face.

Food and the essentials that each of us need to survive and remain healthy each day are going up in price aggressively, whilst the value of the money we earn or are given is rapidly going down.

To add to the torment and human misery that little more than political stupidity and the greed of big business and bankers have created, the latter are now exploiting what is left for those who already have nothing left with this Buy Now, Pay Later trap.

They are doing little more than exploiting the vulnerability that accompanies need. All so they can continue to raise already bloated profit margins for themselves.

The travesty of this all, is that the money being ‘loaned’ to the people who will become debt ridden and then ostracised, by the very same commercial credit scorers who qualified them, doesn’t actually exist.

Our politicians have literally given these sadists a license to print money that they then loan out, charge interest against and simply destroy lives without any further thought, when it’s not paid back.

It’s all done as if the money was real, and they had been put at a genuinely loss and have reason to be aggrieved in some way.

This travesty is made worse, only by the reality that our Politicians either don’t understand how the perversity of this system now works, or that they do, but overlook it all on the basis that it either helps them to do so, or that it is too difficult to deal with.

To say that we are on our way to hell in a hand cart would be bad enough, if it weren’t for the fact that to say all this was avoidable for a very long time is the absolute truth.

Instead, we have politicians who are scraping around trying to fix life-changing problems for everyone by printing even more money whilst making them even worse.

Making life fair and affordable for all was always within our Politicians power.

They have either deliberately ignored the problems or are just too stupid to be aware of and face up to the true cause.

Where Confirmation Bias rules: Wrongs are invented, investigated and then used to destroy newly created sinners, whilst society becomes ever further divided and broken too

February 14, 2022 Leave a comment

Many find themselves scratching their heads when it comes to asking the question ‘who benefits from wokery?’ Because anyone with eyes to see and ears to listen already knows and understands that it certainly isn’t society or the common good at large.

Of course, in the troubled times that we have been damned by self-serving politicians to experience and navigate, we can always rely on our self-serving and inept ‘leaders’ to pick up any banner that produces enough clicks and adopt it as their next headline cause.

Whilst the Johnsonian Tories have repeatedly proven themselves the conservative sell-outs that they really are, it’s the rudderless Labour Party – still looking for that holy grail of election winning formulas – that retains the capacity to outdo even the most self-serving of its competition, by adopting more and more wokesim, and taking the divisive realities of the rights and diversity culture step after damaging step too far.

The realities that cutting £200 off energy bills without making anyone overtly pay for it being no better than political tit for tat,  when politicians actually have the power to do significantly more to help those in poverty and need besides, it was the announcement from Anneliese Dodds that Labour will end the systemic racism that doesn’t actually exist, that should perhaps fill any one who really fears for the future of our society with an even greater concern.

Labour was, after all, once considered to be the party of the people. Of the working classes. Of fairness and of equality. Of equal rights for all.

Yet in their anger and their resentment of the reality that the ideas their party is founded upon will never genuinely work, and that all the good the labour movement could do a hundred years ago has already been achieved and done, they cannot see that the rights and equalities culture that they helped create is in fact making the problems far worse. A point of balance was reached and a system had already been put in a place years ago, which in terms relative to the way we are governed today, was as good as it ever really could be.

The irresponsibility of statements like that which suggest the existence of problems such as ‘systemic racism’ by politicians who desire to be in government is as bad as it could possibly be.

The words these wannabies use are doing little more than fueling a woke-derived witch hunt that will serve only to make the innocent the worst of sinners. Not because they are bad people or because they genuinely set out to hurt or treat anyone prejudicially. But because they are human and they either aren’t self-aware or really didn’t think.

The rather sorry state and mess that the UK now finds itself in with rights and political correctness isn’t based on anything with meaning in the real world. It’s based on the emotions of people who see themselves as victims in some way. To avoid dealing with their own experience and putting it in a healthy place, they then make themselves the champions of causes they create, that they believe will help and deliver justice for others, whilst liberating their own pain in some way.

Whether positive or negative. Someone or indeed many will always end up being unfairly treated when we use discrimination of any kind.

In the fight that this Labour frontbencher now suggests they are going to enact on a problem that doesn’t exist, you can bet that if they were elected and able to do so, all they will achieve is creating injustice on a much wider scale. All through the displacement of people who have done nothing wrong, whilst introducing systems and tokensim that will create even greater divides in its place.

You cannot and will not remove the divisions that are created by difference, by elevating those who are different with divisive systems that tell those who are not different but are just as different, that their presence is divisive, and they are the ones who are wrong.

If Labour wanted to do something that would help people now, they could do nothing better than to break up their party and start all over again.

None of our Politicians are helping anybody but themselves whilst they block seats in Parliament that could be put to much better use by people who actually want to lead, rather than taking on board every form of tail-wagging-the-dog clickbait, and then proclaim and implement foolish ideas as their own.

Yes No10, we need a much smaller state. But it should be the consequence of reform and not just an aim that tells us you’ve really learned nothing from anything that you’ve already done

February 14, 2022 Leave a comment

The most successful lies are those that hinge on the tiniest of truths.

Regrettably, our current political class knows and understands this only too well.

It has sold itself continually on virtues and commitments that basically don’t exist.

Such promises have become the political charlatan’s get out of jail free card at its absolute worst. And as we see and experience Boris Johnson pulling just about every white rabbit possible in order to survive as PM, the cynical use of sops to address what are growing and highly destructive societal problems are only being outshone by the reality that none of our politicians understand what is actually going on.

In fact, so out-of-touch with the realities we all face are those who preach their vision and abilities in ways that suggest they are the only ones capable of ‘getting things done’, that the so-called solutions that they release to the world with ever greater fanfare don’t even scratch the surface. That is where dealing with the realities of cause, rather than effects are concerned.

Sadly, too many of us are unaware that politics in the UK is now all about doing and being able to continue doing the politics itself.

Politics is the end, rather than the means. This is why we have so many big ideas and projects being thrown around in the media that usually come with a substantial financial cost. But then don’t ever seem to work out or deal with the issues the way they were supposed to.

This week will apparently see the push to protect and sure up Boris’ tenure move in the direction of ‘smaller government’. Such a policy is of course ridiculously ironic, given the massive theft of freedom that two years of Johnsonian Covid Measures have effectively imposed upon us all.

Just in sense of the step back from the way that government and the public sector has behaved and treated people since March 2020 could see the end of Covid Measures in the next few weeks qualify and therefore spun as the delivery of a smaller state.

In terms of the miniscule truths that these incompetent leaders need present within a story to gain public acceptance that what they are doing is ‘true’, it is sadly the case that this in itself would be enough to make the lie work.

Yet the idea of a smaller state, where government and public service provision simply isn’t as big or doesn’t have the reach that it does now, is in itself a very good one. That is, if it were to be the consequence of well-intended policy implementation, rather than the defined and intended result.

This is because as with most things that relate to the ideas that drive this Government and the political class and establishment that sits behind it, there is always a much bigger self-serving philosophy or way of thinking involved.

Now, at a time of national crisis where the Tories default setting is to prioritise the problems being experienced by Boris, the lack of understanding and competence that these wannabies have is making them reach ever further into contents of a rotten suggestions tin.

That battered, rusty and hole-ridden tin is of course the one called Neoliberalism. One that has market freedoms and catastrophic practices like FIAT money and money printing at its root.

Those behind this drive have used every part of government to sure up the messes they had already made when the arrival of the Covid Virus threatened to tear their playhouse down. Yet they now want to push even harder to put everything and everyone at the mercy of big money and market forces. All the time paying nothing but lip service to what those who understand government would see as a happy consequence of genuine public sector reform.

What we are likely to see, if ‘delivering smaller government’ should turn out to be any more than words, will be the slashing of budgets, the closure of departments and perhaps even entire organisations.

Any real responsibilities will be palmed off or redefined, so that the mechanics of any practical or operational changes that come as a result of this further meddling will just become someone else’s problem and part of someone else’s job.

The march towards the systemic collapse that years of political meddling and mismanagement have created is not a practice that is restricted to Conservative Governments alone.

Indeed the last Labour Government between 1997 and 2010 created a seedbed of policy and public sector problems that have been coming into full bloom for years now, that makes the hypocrisy of Labour front bench ‘solutions’ to the problems that the Johnson Tories are out of touch with, significantly worse.

None of the politicians we have sitting as MPs, representing the Political Parties in Westminster have the commitment, desire or wherewithal to deal with the real issues that we face across the public sector, or indeed any of the problems faced where services for the public good are concerned.

In fact, they live in a permanent state of fear over the realities demanded of any politician who is prepared to face up and do all that is necessary to deliver bottom to top reform.

Only by dealing with the systemic issues – which are about people and they way they think, and cannot be addressed with new rules, new jobs or new structures of any kind – will any government legitimately deliver a genuine and realistic ‘smaller government’ in a practical and meaningful form.

We really are damned for as long as this political class continues to have entry to Parliament barred to any politician who really cares about the people they represent and has the leadership skills to deal with the turmoil these idiots have created that now lies ominously in store.

Until the time arrives when we have and can enjoy the benefits from what will be a genuinely representative government, our future will continue to be defined, corrupted and destroyed by the use of clever words that are unaccompanied by real and the purposeful action. Action that will be necessary at every step of the way if we are ever to have a fully fair and balanced way of being for everyone across the UK.

Socialism will always fail because there’s a capitalist at the heart of everyone

February 10, 2022 Leave a comment

We are told by socialists that the socialist experiment has only failed so far, because it hasn’t been done properly to date.

Like most things today, one of the biggest problems that it actually faces is that it has one name that has many different meanings, and the reality is that some of those meanings don’t even overlap, and very few look similar or are actually quite the same.

The truth is that the idea of socialism only works for people when it is perceived to be giving things away or making life in some way easy.

Such generosity is received well by the young (who are inexperienced) and by those who have a chip on their shoulder, an axe to grind or are angry with the world around them and how they see themselves to have been mistreated in some way.

Yet free rides don’t improve lives. They have a habit of just making your existence more comfortable, wherever it is that you are. And if you want to improve yourself and the experience you have, that will never be something that someone else will hand you on a plate.

Lying latent within everyone, is the sense that we can improve and better our situation, and that betterment requires more from us coming from within ourselves, than simply reaching out in any direction with a begging bowl or with open hands.

Capitalism is a muti-meaning and multi-faceted word too. One that misleads in the sense that it is commonly accepted to equate with the desire and greed for money, when the truth is that with morality, ethics and responsibility, it is the industry that capitalist thinking generates which is the powerhouse at every level within our communities that can ensure that each and every one of us has the opportunity for personal growth.

The badges of Socialism and Capitalism, with the meaningless nonsense attributed to them that we have come to know as left and right, are anachronistic and have no place in a balanced and equitable world.

The truth is that if we all adopted the approach of treating all others the same, of treating all others fairly, and of treating all others as we would ourselves wish to be treated the same, the unequitable nature of both socialism and capitalism as we know them would no longer be necessary and we would have a world that was balanced and equitable to all.

Deference should no longer be given just because of a job title, role or what people are. Respect should be given to everyone on the basis of who people demonstrate themselves to be

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

The general feeling of disgust with the way our Politicians behave and the contempt that they demonstrably feel towards the people who gave them their power, is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many.

There is a growing realisation amongst us that the people we have trusted to represent us and make decisions on our behalf, simply aren’t the people we think they are.

Yet this awakening to how things really work and operate is not restricted to the current tenants within our broken political system alone.

In fact, the behaviour and misuse of just about every public office or role of influence at National level and within our communities is coming into question. As more and more of the incumbents blur the lines between what their priorities should be and what they clearly are.

MPs provide the best example, because they are in one of the very few of these roles which can be seen and observed by everyone’s eyes.

But the departure from the expectation of what any position of responsibility to the public or to our communities requires of the individual is present at every level. Many of those who have taken jobs, appointments or voluntary roles that carry with them the ability to influence lives and our way of living for the better, are now simply not doing so. They have pursued these roles to gain benefits and advancement of their own.

It doesn’t matter whether they are MPs, Councillors, Mayors, Police & Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables, Government Officers, Academics, Charity Leaders or indeed any role that is there to work on behalf of us all or for the public good. Many are following their own agendas and motives.

This malaise is no small part the reason that public services and services run on our behalf don’t seem to work as well as they should.

Its why for some who have had their lives or businesses directly impacted by this self-serving madness, there is a simmering question of how things have got this bad and how they got this far.

If you are not already asking this question yourself, the chances are that you soon will be. And the answer includes facing up to the reality that we all share some of the responsibility when it comes to identifying who is at fault.

It’s not an act we have carried out or words that we have spoken. This problem that we have facilitated, boils down to the way that we think.

Many of us grew up and were conditioned to believe that any public-facing role within our communities would ensure that the incumbent was worthy of deference and our respect by default.

For a long time, that was certainly the case. And we also dealt with the odd case of deviance from that expectation by seeing it for what it was: the one rotten apple in the barrel, with no reason to assume the motives and integrity of the others had failed to remain on par.

But times have been changing without us seeing that change for what it was or what it means.

The past 5 or 6 decades has seen an obsession with money and material wealth take over as the driver for so much of what we all experience or do. As a direct result, the motives for people to pursue a role of public service – even in the commercial sphere – has evolved to being all about what people can get, instead of what those people can do.

Great people at all levels often suffer from what is known as imposter syndrome. They gain roles and responsibility through merit and hard work, but still feel that someone has made a mistake and that at some point they will ‘get found out’. Alternatively, they attain recognition they thought would be impossible to achieve and simply reward themselves by thinking that it must have been something that everyone could have done because they did it; not realising that they are the only one.

But now we have this problem across society, created by years and years of people climbing their way up the ladders of public roles and public service, just because they believe that getting that job or securing that role will be the one thing that will make them great.

Nobody explained to any of the charlatans we have masquerading as public leaders, that if you were not a great person or if you didn’t have the potential to be one already, you wont suddenly become great because you have a title, role or job.

Because they don’t have the ethics, morality, care and consideration for others that people who do the right things at every turn normally possess – because that’s the person they are, these humanesque cockoos function only to live up to what they think everything they do should look like, instead of concentrating on doing the best job that they can instead.

Whilst the idiosyncrasies, influence and responsibilities of each and every role that referred to here to may be different, there are distinct commonalities to the way that the wrong people getting themselves into the wrong jobs have evolved.

There is perhaps no better example of someone being in the wrong job, getting there for all the wrong reasons and then doing all the wrong things, than that of our current Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

For all his ambition and inspiration, or rather his idolisation of Winston Churchill and how everything about Winston Churchill looked, Boris’ understanding of the man, his motives and his work are arguably only surface deep and no more than a perception at best.

Indeed, there is little question that Johnson and the whole political culture behind him is driven by the idea that being an MP and Prime Minister is merely based on the perception that it is all about being a public figure. That there are other people around who are always there to do the real work, and that all you need do is play the part and talk the talk.

The problem with having MPs that should not be MPs is that their lack of understanding of their own roles and responsibilities mean that they leverage the advice, guidance, understanding and s0-called expertise of other people who have also lost sight of why they are where they are and what their responsibilities mean.

This is how we came to find and experience so much of the Government’s Lockdown Policies being led by Health Professionals. Public servants who may know a lot about health, but have zero understanding or perspective when it comes how anything else in the world works or how it should be.

We are now approaching a crossroads where we can no longer afford to listen to, trust or be led without question by roles and jobs with titles. Especially when it is clear that the people in them are not the people we think they really are or know they should be.

It is who these people are and who they prove themselves to be that is the beacon of respect that we should be following.

We can no longer afford to fall into the trap of believing that anyone can be relied on simply because of what they are.

When is comedy funny, and when is comedy not funny at all?

February 7, 2022 Leave a comment

With an eye on the stories in the media over the weekend, it would have been difficult to miss the crisis of his own making that Comedian Jimmy Carr is now facing, as he begins talking up fear of his own ‘cancellation’ over a ‘joke’ he made involving Gypsies and The Holocaust in a show of his being streamed on Netflix.

The fact that Mr Carr has actually been here before – when he found himself on the end of public disfavor over Tax evasion in 2012 – should perhaps be raising more of a smile than it actually is.

But then again, the whole matter raises the rather valid question ‘When is comedy funny, and when is comedy not funny at all?’

Don’t get me wrong. Some of the programmes that Mr Carr is involved in, such as the Great Big Fat Quiz of the Year are very funny. As are other shows and programmes that comedians of the same genre take part in. Because put in context and without exercising an obsessive desire to make everyone guilty for being a complete cock, the more general humour that comedy shows contain is usually a lot of fun.

That general humour I refer to here is observational comedy. Humour and comedy where the jokes are made about life experience which relate to the absurdities of existence that is experience by us all. They are not being directed at individuals or in anyway being unkind.

Sadly, Mr Carr is not the only comedian who has come to either rely upon or regularly test the water when it comes to victimising others to gain popularity. They quite literally up their wages over a joke that comes at someone else’s expense.

The problem is that it isn’t just real humour that makes people laugh.

When you have a captive audience that can come in many different kinds, the sad truth that many people will laugh at a comedian because of wishing to be seen as being part of the group or because of what they relate to being like the stupidity of some of the people they meet in normal life.

Regrettably in this case, it is knowingly being brought to the stage or to a public platform where it is being used to be deliberately unkind.

Funny or not. It would be better for all if we were to encourage each other to think and see comedy and any kind of joke made in poor taste for what it is, rather than doing the ‘group thing’ when it comes to pretending to take offence. It certainly doesn’t mean that the source of it should be ‘cancelled’ out.

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