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.

Taking us out of Covid Rules too quickly could prove as costly as it was to take us too far in. Boris is pulling political stunts that defy practical reality and the chances are it will result in more pain

February 10, 2022 Leave a comment

The chances are, showman or not, Boris Johnson has come to hate the weekly spectacle that is Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs).

As recent weeks and months have increasingly come to confirm that as a Politician and Leader, Johnson really is as vacuous as he looks, it has become apparent that the Prime Minister only feels at home in the spotlight, where he is the centre of attention and able to feel like he is fully in control.

Whilst Keir Starmer really offers nothing new or anything better than our Conservative Prime Minister, the Labour Leader has managed to outshine Johnson at PMQs and made it appear that he wasn’t expending much effort to do so.

Minded of this and the wider campaign that No10 is currently engaged in an attempt to make everyone forget Boris’ lies over Partygate, all without him either apologising or being cleared, it should perhaps be no great surprise that Wednesday’s 12 Noon focus of the News Channels would be seen as a great platform to produce one of those white rabbits from the hat, and end up killing two birds with one stone.

Getting to his feet in Parliament yesterday, Johnson opened by announcing that Covid rules would end a month earlier than the 24th of March as had been intended. In one moment, he effectively stole this week’s PMQs show.

On the face of it, the diversion worked a treat. There can be little doubt that as the Metropolitan Police Investigation grumbles on, the complete removal of anything left of the Covid Rules the Johnson Tories imposed before it ends will quickly become less than relevant in the minds of many. To them, the whole thing will be over and what Boris has done won’t matter anymore at all.

It’s a cynical ruse for sure. One that depends on the Covid Pandemic really being over. One that relies on there being no future Lockdown or series of steps backwards towards it brought about by another variant that causes massive problems. Problems that will be in no small part caused because of the way the Government has already messed with people’s heads.

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I’ve always been against Lockdowns and the unnecessary Covid Measures that followed and have been one of the few to have continually spoken out against them right from the very start.

My view has been based on practicality. With dealing with the realities of all the things that happen as they happen. Not as the Politicians have been doing, by building a strategy based on what ifs and things that haven’t even happened yet and in many cases never did happen or never will.

So, with this in mind, I find myself in the rather curious position of suggesting that lifting all remaining Covid Rules may not be the best thing to do. That yet again and in very polar fashion, Boris is not showing leadership and taking the practical approach to the situation that good leadership would. And that he may just be taking a massive bet with our future, in the hope that a lifetime of bluster will come to the rescue and this time deliver a Lazarus-esque personal win.

Practical reality:

That we are where we are in the UK today, is very fortunate given the way that other Countries are experiencing and dealing with Covid. Not least of all because the Government created a situation where so many people still believe that Covid is worse than any other illness like flu that have long been endemic. Instead, now requiring that special treatments for Covid be imposed upon the healthy many, rather than sensibly offered and given to just the poorly few.

Viruses continually mutate. Whilst the Omicron variant turned out not only to dominate the previous Delta variant, but also cause less problems for those who have been infected, the euphoria, celebrations and release from Johnsons Jail with out any kind of follow up, could, very regrettably prove to be very short lived. That is IF we don’t continue to take the minimum steps that we can to protect the UK, without them being a burden on normal or everyday life.

We have all lived through the experience of how quickly Covid spread across the UK, once we had let the virus in.

No new Covid variant that comes from any Country outside of the UK would be any different. And if a new Covid variant should prove to create outcomes for people that are more severe or complicated than the Omicron Variant, chances are that with each and every Covid rule removed, we could very easily find everyone, and everything being taken right back to Covid ground zero in no time at all.

Such an event would not be manageable in the soundbite-heavy ‘its time to live with Covid’ way that Johnson and his Government would like us now to believe. This is simply because of the latent fear the Government created that rests within the minds of so many. Fear that itself cannot and would not be mitigated because of the failure of the Government to refocus, reform and develop new and improved resources so that the NHS can cope with an upsurge in cases. A scenario that will inevitably lead our fearful political leaders to shut down the Country once again, just so our dysfunctional National Health Service can cope.

Lockdowns were never necessary. But the use of Behavioural Science made them so.

Furlough money, Covid loans, grants and subsidies were not the way to help and support businesses that couldn’t operate or employees that were unable to work.

Together, they have scarred and damaged individuals, businesses and the economic situation of the UK itself. There is no way that we can go through all of this madness all over again and come out of it in a way that will work.

Keeping our communities, regions and the Country able to function for however long it takes until Covid itself, or the way that people respond to are no longer a threat to ‘normal’ life should be an ongoing priority for the Government. One that is in the best interests of us all.

For instance, the situation no longer exists where international travel, shipping and holidays come without the obvious risk that a visitor to the UK, or a resident returning will bring a new Covid variant in.

Border checks and tests are a minor inconvenience for the small number of people who make the voluntary choice to travel. And it is only by restoring and keeping practical steps just like these in place, that Boris or indeed any of our political leaders can be sure of a real, people-focused win.

The Blairs, Majors, Browns and Heseltines need to shut up and butt out. They caused enough chaos during their own time, without making the unfolding travesty any worse within ours

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

In recent days, weeks and months, we have seen the reemergence of many of the political dinosaurs, taking to their soap boxes to give interviews and speeches proselytizing everything that is wrong, and what in their wisdom we should do now.

If we’d have had a political leader and Prime Minister within living memory who had done all the right things and delivered everything good for this Country that they could, we might now be looking back longingly at their tenure and be wishing that we could call on them to return to public service – knowing that on their track record alone, there would be a good chance that they could pick up and run with the mess that this current political class has made, sort it all out and do some good too.

Whilst such a situation might exist as some future time, it is a very long way from now.

What we don’t need as we face the abys of a systemic collapse and time of massive crisis and change ahead, are any of the wannabe clowns from the past, who have each contributed to the creation of the circus we are witnessing in some way, returning from the depths and giving us the benefit of yet another performance – as if it’s just another annual visit to the same old town.

It has been said in the media recently that every political career ends in failure. But I’m not sure I would agree that is true.

For if we had Politicians who were in our Parliament and in our Councils for all the right reasons, there is little doubt that doing right is what they would actually do.

When politicians are genuinely able, public-serving leaders, they will inevitably leave a legacy behind them that was not manufactured by design. But by the results of what they do.

If the time should come when we experience what true leadership actually looks and more importantly feels like for us all, rather than a continuation of this age of tokenism that benefits the few, then we might need the voices of the past to revisit us to ensure that we secure our future once more.

In the meantime, if voices from the past have nothing helpful to bring to the table, it would be better for us all if they had good manners enough to remain obscured from view.

The unethical rich control and are raising the prices of everything a struggling public needs

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

Those with the money either own the businesses that provide the things that we need or have significant if not disproportional influence upon them and how they work.

In a world now dominated by an obsession with wealth and profit, the motives that drive the businesses which have defining control over the way that industry and the markets work are solely focused on the bottom line. They drive the increase of net profit margins at every turn.

Man cannot have two masters. And any business that has lost sight of why it exists, whether it be to produce the best goods, the best food, the best services or the best experience, it will always be looking to make ways to improve those margins to keep feeding the greed and ambition of the people at the top or those on their way there.

In circumstances where commercial self-interest has consistently pushed an agenda of deregulation and so-called ‘freedom of the markets’, we find ourselves in a financial and economic maelstrom where companies at the top of any marketplace can charge and do what they want. Not because its morally right. But because the laws they have influenced into being, to be amended or to be removed tell them that they can.

The whole downward spiral is presented in the form of a narrative that tells the public at large that the markets will always look after everything if the reach of government is kept to the absolute minimum that it can be.

Yet this narrative fails to tell the same trusting public that it pushes power further and further into the hands and control of the very few who are at the top of this twisted money tree. And that the process of unhindered deregulation only leads to price rises and misery for the people at the bottom whilst the bank accounts swell and gift even more opportunities for control at the very top.

This system is based on the economic theory or philosophy called Neoliberalism. Ironically, even many of those speaking out against the way that Governments are working today, do not understand the realities of what giving control of the system to the bankers and the industrialists actually does.

The only saving grace – if you can call it that, is that the spiral downwards (which the neoliberals believe heads the other way for as long as they are in profit and making money) inevitably leads only to one place: A systemic collapse. Because you cannot break one end of a completely unbalanced society and think for even one minute that the other end of it can maintain its very questionable and unbalanced place.

The Cost-of-Living Crisis that our Politicians have caused: How can it be that we have less when we receive and spend exactly the same amount, whilst others seem to have a lot more?

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

To deal with the Lockdown and the related issues which were unnecessary and of their own making, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Johnson Government embarked on a profligate money printing bender.

It has been an obscene public spending spree that has not only led to the explosion of public debt. It has accelerated all of the deep-seated financial and economic problems that the UK already had before the Covid Pandemic arrived.

So, what has this all got to do with me, you might ask?

It’s a good question. Especially if you didn’t get any free Furlough money or didn’t have a grant of some kind that you didn’t really need or weren’t expecting to be fire hosed via the local council into your business.

Money is money and its value stays the same, doesn’t it?

Well, the answer is no. The value of money doesn’t ever stay the same – because money only represents value and is not the value of anything itself.

This is a crude example of what is happening, but it will hopefully illustrate the point:

  1. Let’s say that £1000 is all the money that exists. Alongside, there are £1000 worth of goods, £1000 worth of property and £1000 worth of services that have that have value, but that value can only be exchanged by using the £1000 that exists.
  2. You own £100 of the money that exists and that money is sat in your bank account or in bank notes in your hand.
  3. One day, you go out and buy £20 of property, £20 of goods and £10 of services and still have £50 left in your bank account or in banknotes in your hands, which at any time on that day will buy the same things all over again.
  4. The next day, you wake up to find that the Government has printed another £1000 of money and put it in someone else’s bank account or straight into their hands.
  5. But whilst the government printed twice the money, only the same amount of goods, property and services or ‘output’ exists.
  6. Because the total amount of money has doubled overnight, the value of those goods, services and property that exist have also doubled over night.
  7. Now, when you go out to shop for the £20 of goods, the £20 of property and the £10 of services you find that the prices have doubled, and you can no longer buy or afford the same that you previously had.

So, increasing the amount of money in circulation whilst there is no corresponding rise in production, goods manufactured in sold or service output simply means that there is more money available in proportion to everything that can be sold.

What makes the situation worse, is that most of the money that has been printed by the Government has gone into the hands of people and companies that are already very rich, who see and understand what the government is doing and then push up prices, knowing that the government will turn around and print even more.

Meanwhile, throughout this process, those on the lowest wages have effectively gained nothing. They instead find that the same amount of money they earned as last month, will no longer cover the cost of the same foods, goods and services. Sooner or later, they will have to borrow or go into debt, secure a higher income or apply for benefits. Or if that’s not possible, go with out in one or many different ways instead.

To call money printing to solve problems that could have been avoided and the Politicians themselves created is a travesty borne of ignorance, stupidity and self-interest, is only made worse by the reality that the political classes have colluded with the finance sector to allow banks to do exactly the same things, not just over the past two years, but for decades of real time.

Printing Money doesn’t solve problems – it just creates many more by helping the rich and punishing the poor.

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.

The introduction of Price controls on foods, goods and services may become essential as this cost-of-living crisis develops. We would be fools to rule out rationing becoming necessary too

February 8, 2022 Leave a comment

Yes, it does feel a bit like being the voice of doom and gloom as I write and produce videos about all the things that are going on and talk about what we can realistically expect as being likely to happen next.

The point is, that if someone like me can see what is happening and what is likely to happen next, the people we have elected as MPs have absolutely no excuse not to do so too.

In fact, our public representatives should be well ahead of the curve in both their horizon scanning and thinking than most.

Regrettably, they are not.

To be fair, the complexity of the growing problems and how each and every one of them interacts with the others is mind bogglingly scary to say the least.

Yet it is the culture of ‘let’s always take the easy option’ that exists, top to bottom within the British Political System, that has made the difficulties that are only just starting for us, significantly worse.

There are many people in this Country today who cannot afford to feed themselves, home themselves, clothe themselves, transport themselves or function normally in any way on the wages or income they have, without debt or benefits – or what is really a subsidy from the Government and therefore everyone else in some way.

Prices of the foods, goods and services that provide the basic essentials for life are spiraling out of control. Living at the standard we are experiencing even today, will soon become unaffordable for most.

Yet the complexities I mentioned above, all come back to just one thing: That the economic system we have today has been developed to benefit the self-interests of the few. That those driving it have continued to push prices up in the pursuit of ever-growing profits for as long as our stupid politicians have printed money and kept handing it out. When instead good politicians would have faced up to reality and dealt with the problems for wider society that have been caused by that same greedy few.

The Covid Pandemic has caused stupid politicians and greedy business and financial leaders to overplay their hand.

In fact, the inflationary spiral they have created together is now out of reach of any form of control they possess. Indeed, the only actions our weak-minded politicians have to address the issues are only serving to make the whole problem worse.

Events, or a coming chronology of them – which will have been caused by so many different profit-driven people with influence behaving in the same way, will combine to make basic food unaffordable where it is available. It will be absent from the supermarket and shop shelves where it would otherwise be not.

Food riots, as the system collapses and the old order makes way for a new one that will work for all will settle the mind of many. Especially the politicians that we have for the time that their waning power remains.

Greed, hoarding and any kind of self-driven prioritisation will have to go out of the window.

That will mean supermarket rationing as we experienced during the early Lockdowns. There will be an immediate need for Government to step in and fix prices along the entire food and essential goods supply chain, so that nobody can use this time of crisis to profit off the backs of us all.

Some of the more economically minded will baulk at the idea of any kind of price fixing, price regulation or price controls, because of its non-capitalist and non-market-friendly nature.

But the reality is that the epoch of easy money and making massive profits by exploiting the many to benefit the already bloated few, is now reaching its end.

A new system will emerge that will be fair to all. But it will not resemble anything that we’ve seen or experienced before.

As we walk the pathway to get there, it will be necessary to ensure that what we still have available – which will plenty for all of us without the influence or intervention of ongoing greed – will be made available fairly to all.

Money as we know it is likely to become only one of many different ways to make payment as change takes place. And it is therefore just as likely that rationing of the essentials that are available will also be necessary for everyone.

The times ahead may prove to be painful. But it’s the future which is possible for everyone once the change has been completed that we should look forward to.

The opportunities for a fair and just way of living, where everyone and everything matters are not just a pipe dream. They really exist and are there for us all.

After the pain, we have much happier times in store.

The cost-of-living crisis our Politicians created: Can they fix it? No, they can’t

February 8, 2022 Leave a comment

Inflation, cost of living, fall in living standards, foodbanks, debt. These are all terms that we are set to see and hear regularly on the news and across our social media feeds from now on.

In the past few days alone, we have had mealy-mouthed responses from the establishment to the news of skyrocketing inflation across prices and the cost of the goods and services that are basically essential for people to live.

On one side, we have had celebrity Kirsty Allsopp telling young people that dropping their Netflix Subscription will make buying a house something they can afford.

We have heard former Tory MP and Minister Edwina Curry evangelising that green living is easily affordable because a battery powered car only costs £249 per month.

Then we have the Chancellor and would-be-world-king, striding to the rescue of the very people he threw overboard with a solution to the obscene energy price hike, dressed as a subsidy that is in fact no more than a loan.

In amongst all of this sits the reality and truth. It has been these very same Politicians and the establishment that supports them who have created and facilitated everything that is now going wrong economically for normal people, our communities and the UK as a whole.

They are from amongst the team of architects who have built or paid lip service to the economic house of cards that is now crumbling. And we must ask the question, ‘Can the people who created this and the problems that are coming really be the people with the solutions that will ultimately put it all right?’

It is perhaps a little too easy to see everything that is happening today within the frame of the Covid Pandemic. In fact, our Politicians – who are proving themselves to have a rather distant relationship with the truth – are relying on it.

Yet, Covid itself has very little to do with the problems we now face.

Whatever the real genesis of the Covid Pandemic turns out to be, time will tell us that it was the Lockdowns and the Covid Measures that the Government imposed in response that were our real undoing.

These wholly avoidable Measures have proven to be the catalyst that brought together systemic problems with the way that our economy works that had been building up for years, creating a perfect storm that is set to explode.

The house of cards that I refer to, is one that has been building for decades. One that has been established on self-serving ideas. It does not have a foundation upon fact.

The ideas come under the guise of terms such as Neoliberalism, Modern Monetary Theory and FIAT Money and in all likelihood many other esoteric terms.

Yet they all funnel into just one thing: A system that works expansively to favour only the rich, adding money to their pile, whilst continually taking the value out of everything for everyone else.

The pivotal moment or crossing of the Rubicon came when the last Labour Government bailed out the mistakes of privately owned banks in the Great Financial Crisis of 2008. It set the precedent and created the false belief that Politicians could print just as much money as they liked to get out of trouble, without fear of any consequences. And it is this that has brought the situation to where it is today.

OUR FINAL BILL for this Government’s management of the Covid Pandemic is not even in. But in September 2021, the National Audit Office projected it to be a total of £370 Billion.

Without adding a penny more, this is rather troubling figure. As the fact remains that this expenditure and the National Debt is has created was unnecessary, and it was stupidity and mismanagement at the highest level that was its direct cause.

Its important to know and to understand this. Because, contrary to what our inept Political class believe, no decisions on public policy can be made without consequences.

When a Country prints money of an amount so big, the consequence is to push the boundaries of an already unequitable and broken system to breaking point that is set to make life unaffordable if not unliveable for many and potentially for us all.

That’s why the prices of everything that we need are now spiralling out of control.

Einstein said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. Yet that is what our Politicians are doing now, each and every time that they reach into the UKs empty pockets and try to solve an escalating inflationary problem – where people can’t afford to live, by printing money that neither exists, nor can it be tied to parallel production or economic output of any kind.

Our Politicians, the advisors, the experts and the establishment behind them don’t have solutions or answers to the problems they caused or contributed to and what is coming next.

They have got away with so much for so long, that when it really mattered, they simply went too far.

The question now is not if there will have to be change both at the top and how we do government and politics in this Country. It is merely the question of when.

When we’ve had enough of the pain that self-serving interests have caused that we will be collectively ready to decide.

Physically intimidating Starmer or any MP helps nobody. But all MPs should consider how people now feel about all that’s happened on their watch

February 8, 2022 Leave a comment

It’s easy for pundits and journalists with an agenda to make yesterday’s incident involving Keir Starmer and anti-Lockdown Protestors, all about Boris and the Jimmy Savile ‘slur’.

The story has been part of the headlines for the better part of a week. And the fact that an angry looking mob were using the story that Johnson had hypocritically conjured up in PMQs to attack the Labour Leader makes it all very easy, if not lazy headline news.

There is a rich irony involved in the way that Journalists and establishment stooges grab anything negative with an element of truth to create a narrative that suits their needs but will nonetheless be misleading in the majority of ways. After all, that’s exactly what Boris did when he was trying to use the Savile story as a get out of jail free card when Starmer had him under the cosh.

Mainstream Journalists don’t look for the real story anymore. They look for the one that will sell, ideally within the framework of the narrative that their establishment bosses want sold.

What doesn’t sit well with the establishment today, are the protests now germinating around the World. Set into being or inspired by Truckers in Canada laying siege to Ottawa. Normal working people who are being bullied by their PM, Justin Trudeau.

Whilst it would be foolish to equate the specifics of the rules that have accompanied each and every National Lockdown, the commonality of all of them – right around the World – does equate to just one thing: Massive, unnecessary and avoidable overreach by an out-of-touch and fearful elite. Totalitarian diktats from political ‘leaders’ who are too scared of their own shadow to have the decency to step back from the damaging narratives and destructive measures that they have all created.

This is the point that many of those in charge of this Country and the institutions and businesses that support this form of leadership clearly don’t appreciate or want to understand: There are a lot of very unhappy people in the UK – unhappy about everything that has happened in the past two years – and that number is growing by the day.

The appreciation and understanding that something is very wrong with the way this Country is governed is manifesting at a visceral and sensory level for increasing numbers. People understand that the rot and disease that has engulfed the British Political system is a long way from being only Tory deep.

They know and remember well – contrary to the short memories of the People that Politicians have been able to rely on as ways out of a problem before – that the Labour Party and in fact all of our MPs are up to their bloody necks in either helping to facilitate Lockdowns by doing nothing or by enthusiastically supporting and championing both the restrictions and the ill-conceived Covid Measures that quickly accompanied as each of them was born.

Starmer was an easy target for the Protesters in London yesterday, because thanks to Johnson, he carries a cross very clearly across his back, drawn with a story that is much easier to make sense of and therefore to explain.

The attacks, whether verbal or otherwise, don’t make the wrongs of Starmer, Johnson or any of our MPs, right. And those protesting now or who choose to join them in future, should be aware that by intimidating these moralistically vacuous people in any way, their targets will just see another excuse to award themselves further protections which will be added to the list of draconian measures that are already hurting or have hurt all of us in some way.

That said, there simply are no excuses for what the Johnson Government has done and what the Starmer-led Opposition has encouraged them to do.

The Lockdowns and the restriction of our freedoms were always wrong and unnecessary. But they were also just the start.

The Covid Measures themselves are a major contributory factor in every problem, challenge and difficulty that is on its way.

And as the cost-of-living crisis and the fall in living standards really start to bite, made worse by the financial crash that is also set to come, the chances are that the protests we are witnessing in the UK today, are just a very small taste of what is about to come.

It would, therefore, be prudent for all of our MPs to think clearly and very carefully about the part they have played in all of this; take the responsibility they have been entrusted with to at least begin trying to mitigate some of the growing issues in a meaningful way.

Above all, it’s time for all of our existing MPs to stop pretending that any of this is going to change with just the removal of the PM from his job.

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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