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Home Rental

We have become culturally obsessed with the idea that homes are something that we need to own.

We don’t.

We should all have the opportunity to rent homes affordably.

But as homes are essential to our Basic Living Standard, home rental should only be available through not-for-profit and ideally community-owned providers, with there being no opportunity for any form of profit to be made from the transaction being involved.

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The key step to Levelling Level

Levelling Level is built on the foundation of life being affordable for all.

The key step to achieving this is recognising that it is both the influences around life that are the problem and the influences around life that will also provide the solution.

Both the Tories Levelling Up and the Lefts Levelling Down are obsessively focused on addressing the perceived needs of the individual, literally looking at the problem from the top-down.

Levelling Level is the process of creating a level playing field by ensuring that the stepping off point in our lives for everyone is exactly the same – in terms of the practical circumstances that we are in or would be in, IF everyone started off with nothing or no advantages of any kind.

Anyone, no matter their beginning, always has the potential to achieve the best they can do for themselves, provided the environment and circumstances around them do not obstruct them or disadvantage them in some way.

However, when the environment or circumstances around anyone place them in a situation where their priority is simply to exist or to survive, and every part of that system around them is set to work against them in ways that suggest the disadvantage they are experiencing is wrong, the people in that situation are effectively damned from the very start.

Whilst laws and regulations may make the many factors and behaviors of others who in many cases unwittingly control this process technically legal, there is nothing good, ethical, or morally right about the way that this works.

The real change for us all that leads to Levelling Level must be the change in the way that we view the problems of others.

We must accept that creating the level playing field so that nobody has to fight just to exist is the most beneficial way that we can come together to help others. Only then will everyone have the choice between existing happily – which should be everyone’s right to do so, or alternatively to take every step that they can to thrive – in so far as their own abilities and outlook at any time will allow.

The role of government or the community in all of this, is quite literally to become or provide the system of checks and balances to create this level playing field, so that Levelling Level becomes the change in the way that we all think, and we really do have a system that is genuinely fair to all.

Life must be affordable for all

It is the responsibility of government to create and police a framework for affordable life that works

The people whose responsibility to make sure that we don’t have to worry about prices, inflation and why everything inexplicably costs as much as it does, are our politicians – nobody else.

Our politicians are the people who put themselves forward to all of us for election on the basis that they are qualified, have the wherewithal or that they possess the experience, understanding and skills that are necessary to interpret everything that is going on in the world that impacts each and every one of our lives. They also do so on the basis that they have the vision and leadership skills to then come up with solutions and changes in the form of public policies that are not only fair and balanced for everyone – but they also actually work.

With the existing political culture that we have in power and occupying seats in our Parliament, within the devolved Administrations and within every Council across the Country today, none of the issues that are having a real impact on our lives that could be addressed, are being tackled as they should.

In fact, the majority of the politicians who have been elected by us, have no idea or concept of the power that they actually have and are entitled to use on our behalf.

Others willfully choose not to do so, because for reasons of self-interest or because they have been influenced wrongly by others, taking action that can actually make a difference to the people they are supposed to be representing is something that will not help them, themselves.

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.

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