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Things will get worse and worse until they can get no worse. Only then can the change we all so desperately need begin

If you are following the Conservative Leadership ‘race’, even from a distance, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that things really will change for the better. Just as soon as the new incumbent (aka Prime Minister), has been appointed by Tory Members, the world-famous door to No.10 has opened, and they have very publicly walked in.

SPOILER: It won’t.

In fact, if you have been listening, hearing, and really thinking about all that the two wannabes and ALL of the politicians across Parliament are telling us – that is, if you feel genuinely able to keep engaged – you will quickly realise that there is nothing new in anything that we are being told.

In fact, all of the bullshit we are having pumped at us from every direction only confirms that what we can expect is just the same and nothing more.

ALL of the politicians, the parties and the people who have held their seats and roles before them have been doing exactly the same things as today’s politicians are.

Our politicians are motivated by ambition, by wealth, by celebrity and basically by anything and everything that they can secure for themselves. It doesn’t matter the party or tribe to which they belong.

The divorce from reality and the real world that you and I live in, which even the most well-intended of these politicians inevitably suffer – because they are so committed to doing what they are told – has meant that those behind the scenes, at the top of business and across the establishment, the people who have agendas, have been able to influence the legislation that controls just about every part of life and the way that public policy works.

The elites have literally been aided and abetted to create a system that filled their pockets. Whilst the helpful idiots that have infested our political system, keep peddling the myths that everything is being done in our best interests and that we should accept it all as being right.

The slavish way that our MPs are motivated and behave, means that whoever is in  power, forms a government or is sat in No.10, there will be no meaningful deviation or change in policy that moves us away from the very same narrative that overrides and feeds into the way that the UK has been disasterously  for decades.

Tory, Labour, Liberal Democrat and other politicians have managed and made each and every choice, decision, action and event which has led to the problems that many of us are already experiencing now, along with the even bigger issues that we now inevitably face.

It really is already ‘baked in’.

This whole narrative has regrettably played continuously to the darker side, desires and wants of human nature. Sadly, we have all, at some level, bought into the money focused world.

Even now, we all continue to bear responsibility for the damage that is being done by selfishness and greed at every level of society. Even when increasing numbers of us recognise that the process of an horrific crash of our system and everything that we know is already underway.

Good, responsible politicians, who are genuine leaders and public representatives, would have anticipated and stopped the fall that humanity is now going through, long before now.

Instead, we have people running the Country who quite literally think leadership is as simple as being the one who has the title and the job. That everything else just falls into place. That everything will work better and as it always should have done, simply because they as individuals are better than everyone else. And now it’s their turn.

After all, how could anything fail when everything in the whole world is just about them?

If you can stop and find a moment to reflect on what some of the people you may have already passed in the street today are already going through in terms of going hungry, not having enough money and looking at unnecessary price rises that are weeks away that are going to destroy lives. If you can start to visualise how events and the challenges we face are going to get worse and worse for a rapidly growing number of people from all areas, all social groups and all colours. If you can see that this is the greed of corporate monsters filtering through, whilst our MPs do nothing more than create more money for them, whilst continuously devaluing everything that we have. You will soon realise that the frustrations and anger that is brewing will very soon go beyond a problem that can be reconciled by the establishment politely suggesting that everyone outside Westminster should do no more than bite their tongues and count to ten.

The politicians that we have today will not change their path, nor their direction. Not until the situation and circumstances for us all are seen and accepted by everyone to be outside of their control.

It doesn’t matter that many of the problems manifesting around our lives now tell us clearly that this has already happened. That this political class are already well and truly out of their depth.

Whilst the narrative tells us this is normal. Whilst everything continues to look like its working. Whilst we continue to believe that this system is still working for us. The downward trajectory and process of destruction that our politicians started to facilitate decades ago will continue. The only change being that it will pick up more and more speed.

When you have no money that anyone wants. When you cannot buy the food that you need just to eat and survive. When you understand what the real value of caring for and about each other and the world around us, rather than how people see us, or what we have is what life is really all about. Perhaps then you will be ready for the change that we not only need, but which these people who have run the Country (and the world) into the ground have now made inevitable.

For as long as these very stupid and selfish people or anyone like them remains in control, it is only after everything has crashed and the system has completely collapsed that we can begin to look at anything getting better, of us all taking back our control and of building our new world from the grassroots up.

We are in the End Days of a Money Based Order or System

The World is now in a period of massive and irreversible change. Change that has come about because of years, decades and yes, centuries of political and government mismanagement.

Leadership right across the World, has increasingly got its values and motivations completely wrong, leading up to and funneling into the massive crisis that we are facing right now.

This age of public policy mismanagement is based upon and has revolved around one thing: Money.

Today, we are experiencing the death throws of the Money Based Order.

Money Based, because the desire and pursuit of wealth, influence, power and everything that goes with it, all feed into the same perverse and twisted reality. One that over a period of many generations, has led to money becoming the benchmark upon which we measure the value of everything in our lives.

The greed that the creation of the Money Based Order unleashed could never be satisfied by the actions of those addicted to it.

Generation after generation of wealthy and powerful people, who have then handed that wealth and power down, have always wanted to accumulate more and more, with the next generation inevitably wanting to outdo the last.

What the elites responsible for all this have neither realised nor appreciated has been the true cost. The fact that every product, industry, profession or any other innovation or tool that has been created, that they have then harnessed purely with the intention of increasing the bottom line, has always come at an increasing level of human cost. One that could never be offset by the redistribution of even the largest sums of the profits they have made.

Through the cycles of the industrial ages, leading right up to everything and every innovation that we are experiencing now, the exploitation of the poor or poorer by the rich or the richer, has always been cleverer and better hidden than it ever was before.

The Money Based Order has gone through an entire process of evolution that began with slavery and people quite literally being physically shackled, through a process of evolution to the contemporary equivalent that we know as debt and every kind of financial misery that go with it.

Our plight today is arguably even more sinister and cruel. Because the prison cell is our mind, and the shackles hide in plain sight.

The absence of real values are the terminal flaw of our greed-driven Global Supply Chain

What is missing from the Global Economy. What has always been missing from this Globalised Economy are the real values that underpin stories of real, genuine human success. Experiences that are built on our care and consideration for others.

Where the Global Economy and the Global Supply Chain is concerned, their only values have been profit, advancement and greed. The Global Economy has only functioned because we have forgotten and actively been encouraged to forget who we really are.

There has been nothing about the creation of this ‘Global Economy’ in terms of care, consideration or love for our fellow man, that exists in the system we have today.

It has worked for as long as it has done, because it has played to the same self-interest that distracts everyone of us for as long as we believe we are benefitting, whist completely blinding those at the top for the care and responsibility that is required from privilege towards everyone.

Like the money that the Global Supply Chain and Economy has always been about, the whole thing is a house of cards, waiting to be blown down. The whole thing is a lie that only works for as long as enough people believe that the benefits to them of it existing and being used in the way that it is continue to outweigh the disadvantages – which have been for too long not talked about, or deliberately hidden from our view.

The Supply Chain Break-Down that’s beginning to happen right now

You might have already noticed that different things that you usually or often buy when you visit the local supermarket or shop online are unavailable for some reason.

You might not have worried too much, simply because at the time you usually shop – let’s say late on a Saturday afternoon – you have become used to some of the shelves seeming to be a bit bare. It’s been a busy day, after all, right?

For most people, the experience has been a little different. In fact, no matter when people have been shopping, certain items have increasingly been absent from the shopping list. Perhaps temporarily – with them returning. But then they have been disappearing all over again.

The reason for this is that the supply chain for some foods and some goods is already at breaking point. Like a broken car, the supply chain keeps stopping and needs to be restarted or fixed, before it will work for whoever is running it again.

The problem for governments and big business, is that both the Global and National supply chain break down is not symptomatic or just a direct result of recent global events. And it is not just about the way that they have responded – although this has actually made things much worse.

The problems with the Global Supply Chain are all about the system now crashing.

Whilst we might see it as being possible to go without an expensive bag, a new smartphone or even a brand-new car for a short time whilst someone else solves the problem – as they always do, things are going to feel very different when the shortages start affecting all the basic essentials we need to live each day, and specifically food.

No, you may not believe this is going to happen. We are all, after all, used to and we take for granted that things can continue to go as well as they have been doing. That just like the shortages that happened during the Covid Lockdowns, after a few days, the problems will just go away.

They won’t.

The problems that we are only beginning to experience with shortages aren’t going to go away.

The only similarity to the experience we had during the unnecessary Lockdowns was what happens when certain things like toilet rolls and foods like flour and eggs suddenly disappear from the shelves and other people begin to hoard more of them than they could ever need or use, because they are terrified of going without.

Welcome to a drawn-out Global Supply Chain Crash. Welcome to The Great Reset. This is just part of what all the problems we now face are going to be about.

If the Great Reset is already happening, why can’t I see it?

There are a lot of very big political, business and financial interests who believe that they have a massive amount to lose if the system that’s already in free-fall around us, does reach the point of a completely non-functioning crash.

This is why politicians, the media and all of the big interests that are behind them are doing so much to avoid changing the narrative, saying anything or even doing anything that suggests that a systemic collapse is now under way.

To speak of it would be to admit to it or acknowledge that the collapse – which makes The Great Reset necessary – is underway.

By doing so, they would ultimately be admitting that they all have responsibility for everything that is now going to unfold.

If you continue to listen to all the messaging that comes from politicians, big business, and the media, you are likely to suffer a lot more than any of them will, when part or all of the collapse finally steps right into your life.

These interests are very powerful. That is why things seem to be ok for many of us right now, because they are doing all that they can to keep the plates spinning.

The intention is that they will be able to weather what they hope is just a storm and then put everything back to where they want. They intend to continue doing it quietly and without too many of us being aware of what they are doing behind the scenes.

For the purposes of clarity here, behind the scenes really means the truth, rather than what we actually believe. Because the signs that the collapse is happening – like the cost-of-living crisis – are happening right now, but because they haven’t directly touched us yet, we don’t believe there’s anything to fear – and the collapse is as such being successfully hidden in plain sight.

What is really happening now, that makes ‘The Great Reset’ something that we actually need?

The problem for the politicians, the elites, the people who like trips to Switzerland to have expensive dinners around a table with their chums at the WEF, and ALL the people who remain ambitious to be where they are and just like them – is the system they have created has always been flawed, and because of the things that they have done, it has become inevitable that it is going to completely crash.

  • Nothing is going to work as it has been.
  • The Global Economy and Global Supply Chain is collapsing.
  • The Markets – based on ‘FREE’, non-existent money, are going to crash.
  • Selfish ‘commercial interests have control of all the services, products, manufacturing and services that everyone needs to live and enjoy a basic life – meaning that self-serving individuals and private interests – rather than public representatives – can dictate what qualifies as a ‘good life’ and what should be its £Price.
  • Businesses can no longer sustain the rights and regulations that have been imposed universally, but only work and exist to benefit big companies that are usually shareholder (market) owned.
  • Real life for everyone and the communities that we live in is no longer sustainable, because we have completely lost touch with and don’t even understand the lives and experiences of our own neighbours.
  • We are having our ability to think as individuals labelled as a crime and are instead having our ways of thinking dictated to us by people we will never meet or never know, who appear to speak on behalf of everyone, from an app that everyone seems to have on their phone.

The list goes on. But none of it is sustainable or in the best interests of us ALL.

When the system has crashed – or rather, once enough of us have been touched by any one or a number of the many things that we cherish, suddenly coming to their end, that is the time when we will realise and have the opportunity to understand that none of this is what our lives are really about.

That’s when we will understand and accept that we really do need wholesale change. It is when we will know that the days of the top-down hierarchy have to end.

The Great Reset and the collapse of this broken system is already underway

Many of us cannot see that the collapse is already underway. Simply because we are still tied to wealth and material things that we cherish and are emotionally tied to, that we still believe we possess.

We literally still have skin in the game, for as long as we believe that the system continues to be beneficial in some way.

The really frightening thing is that for many of us, that perceived benefit is likely to be very small.

Why our broken system has lasted for so long

Some of you, probably many of you will be thinking that a system that works ‘successfully’ for over 50 years, cannot really have all that much wrong. But that will probably be because you haven’t yet been knowingly touched by the fallout from the collapse of a system built only on greed, as you can and will be.

The foundation of this entire system, has been making money and how to improve or develop the ways to make more and more money, along with ways of increasing the profit margins from what everything within the system already does.

Rather ironically, it has been the same time and distance from the hardship caused by wars and nationwide events that allowed the ‘elites’ to manipulate us all into believing this created world was real, that wooed them into their own false sense of security. One that encouraged them and the people desperate to be and become like them, to overlook the basic rules of contingency planning, of making reasonable provision against risk and of not doing things to make even more money – not because they should, but because they can.

The whole global economy or global economic system has been built on luck and not judgement. The luck being that until 2020, there had been no nationwide or world events that had been big enough to blow the whole house of cards down. That is, before some other clever device or fudge could be invented that could arrest the timeline decline of the system, or keep it going long enough so that the incumbent elites could wash their hands of it, pass it on to the next generation of greedy bastards and proclaim ‘keeping the lie going is now your problem, not mine’.

What’s Really Happening

Everything in our lives is interconnected with everything in everyone else’s lives in some way.

Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, all the different parts come together to make one big picture.

But the parts are always changing (people, technology, thinking etc). And as we can only look after or move the parts of the puzzle around which are our own responsibility within our own lives to do, we have been led to believe that it has become necessary to trust others with responsibility for the parts that we believe to be beyond our own control.

Over time, that trust or rather the power over others that it commands has corrupted the people that hold it. Yes, that’s our politicians. But more importantly, it’s the people leading business and finance who appear to have or possess all the things that our politicians believe that they need to have or possess – just like we have all been conditioned to think we need too.

There are NO MPs in Parliament today who would be better than Boris as PM. But that doesn’t mean any of them should keep their seats either

April 20, 2022 Leave a comment

It seems extraordinary that we have a Prime Minister running the Country who despite breaking the very same laws that he was responsible for, will not under any circumstances accept that he’s done anything wrong.

Yet for all those running around, waving their hands in the air, shouting blasphemy and calling out that this is just not proper and not in any way what British Politics is all about, there is a distinct absence of recognition of just how much the Johnson Government has already done that’s wrong and that it appears to have already got away with. That it is this and nothing else that has made good old Boris feel emboldened and given him the belief that his position remains very strong.

Just how much damage has been done by the approach or rather the response that the Johnson Conservatives and the whole Parliament that has supported them have inflicted upon all of us with their Covid Measures is only just beginning to become clear.

But the fact that through nothing more than what our weak minded politicians will have interpreted as being little more than whimsy, they were able to shut down life and change our whole way of being through the implementation of Lockdowns and many unnecessary social distancing tools, whilst they then printed off and distributed money like it was some fuel that could just be burned, has made these foolish and self-centred people believe that they can do anything. It has galvanised the long-held view of the three ‘main’ political parties that the power they hold is theirs by right, and that it isn’t something that they now have any reason to return.

Like it or not, Boris Johnson really was the best that was on offer from this entire political class, right from the moment that David Cameron resigned in the hours following the Brexit Vote results on a Friday morning in June 2016 – and perhaps even before that too.

The problem for all of us is not that a Foreign War we are not even fighting is going on in Ukraine. It is the fact that we have nothing to choose from other than more ‘what cost-of-living-crisis’ out-of-touch Tories and an excuse for an opposition led by yet another establishment wannabe in the form of just another gutless shit wizzard called Keir Starmer, who leading a supposedly different government has the potential to propel the UKs direction towards the coming crash even worse, and at best will keep the downward trajectory just the same.

How easily and how quickly we forget, when the issues are no longer pushed into our faces by the media for us all to view.

The reality is that we need the politicians we have in power and our parliament today, in the same way that we need a hole in the head. And for as long as any of them continue to hold or influence the reigns of power, whether Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat – or in whatever form the same kind of thinking and behaviour comes – it is as the result of having the hole in the head of the UK that this political class is – or a vacuum at the top where good leadership should be, that the genesis of all our problems and the absence of any solutions that work for any of us will continue to lie.

Thank you for your support – Here’s the best way to get value from Levelling Level:

April 11, 2022 Leave a comment

Before anything, a big thank you to everyone who has visited Levelling Level here (in its Blog form) or has already downloaded the Book.

Since I began to publish the Book broken down into blogs last Tuesday, the number of visits has been more than I had expected. I have really appreciated the likes received from some of you, that have reflected a lot of interest in pages such as Food: What we need and The Basic Living Standard. This has been rather heartening, bearing in mind that creating and then maintaining The Basic Living Standard is what Levelling Level is ultimately all about.

Clearly, many of the ideas and suggestions I have made in Levelling Level stand up on their own at first glance, to those of us who are already receptive in any relevant way to the need for change.

Yet I am acutely aware that the complexity of the problems that we all face together are such that we cannot and will not succeed in fixing them or implementing real solutions that will work, unless we take a very different approach to the one that has led us here. We must seek to address each and every problem in its own right, but also in relation to each and every other problem, one-by-one and one-and-all, as never before.

The fact that even people who have a vested interest in rejecting a Basic Living Standard do at least unconsciously appreciate how it would work was illustrated very well to me just yesterday, when I went out for an early morning walk. Bumping into a very successful business owner who I have got to know by passing the time of day, the subject of us not meeting over the past 6 weeks came up and I told him that I had been writing and publishing the Levelling Level Book.

Their rejection of the idea that everyone should have a fighting chance of success as a stepping off point, instead of so many of us having lives that revolve only around a lifetime of fighting to keep our heads above water (and in many cases failing, as the system has developed to so easily allow us to do) was palpable, just because they had experienced a very challenging start to life.

Once we had passed the accusation that I could only propose such things because of the privileged position that I now had, and that had been put to bed by referencing the back story that I have had, we very quickly moved into a number of suggestions that they were making – which are a natural follow through of where we really are all now heading – but which from their current perspective, they were adamant would never be practical or work.

As things still appear to be for many people today, they certainly appear to have a point. The intrinsic values crisscrossing society are all based on what we have or what we can get after all.

In fact, before starting only to touch the nuts and bolts of what Levelling Level is really about, I had already warned them that they might find what I was about to say controversial in some way. And that’s why I have written the whole proposal, suggestion or philosophy that is Levelling Level in the way that I have.

Levelling Level is about the present, immediate and longer-term future of my Country, The UK. But the principles and suggestions are relevant to wherever you live or may be.

Levelling Level is written as a book that journeys through how we got to where we are today. It covers the role that events such as Brexit, Covid and Ukraine have played as the catalysts of a massive change that has been in development over decades. It then discusses how we will have to change the way that we live and everything that we are used to in order to survive and manage through the challenges and difficulties that we will experience in many forms as events force everything we know to change.

Levelling Level reaches its conclusion discussing how we can harness the learning from the experience that this challenging time will provide us to mould a better way of living for ourselves, whilst ensuring that there is a genuine safety net in place to ensure that nobody is from that point ever left behind.

Through the lens of the very material and money-oriented world that still surrounds us, the numbers of people receptive to the change now required may be growing. But for the majority, that need for that change will not be accepted or real, until events have led them personally to experience the pain that lies ahead.

When that pain arrives, it is essential that we harness the power of an opportunity to change life for the better that can only come at that flashpoint or seminal moment. A point in time when everyone will know and accept that the way we have been living and treating each other is unsustainable and can no longer go on.

From this perspective alone, I will make a suggestion: That any of you who are already receptive to the level of change that events and circumstances will soon force us all to embrace, will benefit most from reading Levelling Level in its original book form.

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Thanks again for reading. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Adam Tugwell

Sat in a Starbucks in Cheltenham, UK. Monday 11 April 2022

De-Globalisation: The End of Globalisation is already underway

Globalisation and the model of global business and supply chains that existed at the end of 2019 – before the Covid Pandemic hit us, no longer exists as it did then, in either functional or operational terms.

In the same way that our system of government and the political system that supposedly drives it has built itself by putting sticking plaster on top of sticking plaster when it comes to public policy and building it into the dysfunctional system that exists today, the way that industry and the global business system has been developed has also been without thought for the consequences or impact at even the closest degrees of separation.

What we have ended up with is a so-called ‘Global Economy’ that is in fact a house of cards that has little in terms of foundations and is already on the verge of collapse in many different ways.

The Basic Standard: what everyone should have – and be able to afford to have

Change will define what we need, rather than everything being about what we want

The point we shouldn’t miss is that a Financial and Systemic collapse of the kind where everything we know changes, will result in everyone having to share what is available. Access will not be based on what anyone can or cannot afford.

The coming changes will necessitate not only restrictions on what we have available to eat and to use, but in some cases will remove access to them altogether.

The experience will enable everyone to understand the difference between what we need and what we want. It will define what each of us needs as being what each of us should be able to afford.

The collapse around us will precipitate changes, not only to what is available to us, but also what we should no longer think of as goods and services that ‘we need’ – and which we actually just ‘want’.

Price Controls

Greedy influencers hate price controls, because they effectively tell them how much they can earn.

Indeed, it would be rare for anyone who reacts with stories of how everything goes wrong when prices are controlled or set by a government, to acknowledge the impact on end users and just about everyone that sits within or at the end of a supply chain, when prices are unrestricted, ethics have gone, and greed is in control.

During the period of change that lies ahead, price controls and rationing will be necessary too.

However, once we emerge on the other side, it will only be the factors that influence prices that will need to be controlled by legislators – as it is their responsibility to do – and not the prices of the goods themselves that will directly need to be controlled.

The collapse of everything we know will teach us about the essential basics

The process of everything changing around us that is now underway will lead to what some will recognise as a wartime economy – whether or not we have by that stage become involved in any larger conflict that has been set off as a result of the response to the Invasion of Ukraine.

The availability of foods and goods and the prices of those foods and goods that are available to us in anything like the way that we are used to will diminish and this will quickly lead to empty shelves. Shelves that will not be replenished with the same products that they previously held.

The twist to the evolution of this situation is that it will in effect recreate the ground zero for the provision of what we actually need to live. Rather than what we believe that we need to obtain in order to maintain the type if lifestyle that we believe that we are entitled to.

Whether it is food, water, waste care, communication, clothing, housing, transport or anything else, circumstances – that have been created by the long-term mismanagement of life by politicians and influencers with vested interests – will create the experience that will demonstrate what is actually important for anyone to have available to them as a basic standard.

This real-time demonstration will prove to be a genuine reminder to everyone of what people really need available to them to be able to function and exist at a time when they are down on their luck.

This demonstration will show us what everyone needs to be able to have as a basic requirement to live and will illustrate in a very practical way just what anyone should be able to buy or pay for without debt, support or subsidy, on a basic full-time wage.

What will in effect be a return to rationing will indeed have a significant silver ling in terms of the process of Levelling Level.

The outcome of Levelling Level will only be achievable because the majority of people will have no choice but to experience the basic hardship that is now inevitable, before they will understand, accept and then embrace the change that will ultimately benefit everyone fairly and in a very balanced way.

Business as usual, is over

Perhaps the most critical dimension of writing Levelling Level, has been the challenge of putting on paper what some will read or perceive as being predictions at best and complete nonsense at its absolute worst.

However, all of the information and evidence that now makes Levelling Level necessary has been hiding in plain sight for as long as the decisions and actions creating the need for change have one-by-one, taken place. The direction of travel is very real indeed.

People are very comfortable with the way that the world has been working for a period of time that for many equates to the same thing as living memory.

Let’s face it. When things are good, why would you believe that they could ever change?

Of course, just like the enjoyment of alcohol and the massive influence that it holds on the lifestyles of so many of us, when we are enjoying something, we rarely think about or acknowledge the harms that it may also be doing us too. Yet these are real harms that far outweigh what are only the perceived benefits that we only believe to be making us happy, but are in fact storing up disasters for us in a myriad of other ways.

The obsession with material wealth and the use of money and finance as the benchmark of life that it has become, revolves around the very worst and self-serving aspects of capitalism.

Through the manipulation that underpins consumerism and fashion, unchecked capitalism has effectively taken control of our lives – even dictating the pain and punishment that arrives by default, at the doors of those who for whatever reason cannot afford to actively take part.

To many, this is just the way things are, or what some see as ‘Business as Usual’.

Yet what those of us are so heavily invested in this way of living and what we believe to be the benefits it gives us don’t yet accept or understand is that Business as usual is already over.

The collapse that will lead to this all changing is already underway.

A systemic collapse lies ahead that results from years of political self-interest. It wasn’t planned, so trying to prove it’s all a conspiracy will just help the establishment make us believe it was

February 2, 2022 Leave a comment

People are waking up to the wrongs that our Government and the establishment they represent have done in large number today, purely because the political classes have gone too far during the Covid Pandemic. The elites still believe that they are entitled to continue behaving the same way without excuse – all whilst they and their ideas are systematically driving our country and democracy into the floor.

Frustratingly for some, the growing number of people with their eyes open to just the some of the things going on is still a very long way from reaching any kind of critical mass. This means that whilst the few signs of change – marked by Government U-Turns such as the mandated jabs for NHS Staff turnaround – is looking good, the UK is actually remaining a very long way from where it needs to be. And that’s just looking at the situation right now, today, with things as we are experiencing them and as they stand.

The problem that we have and the difficulty for us all, is that with the diversity of opinion on how the Government is working and how it has behaved over the past two years very divided, the reality is that even with those apparent leaps backwards, the inept and draconian Johnsonian Narrative, and with it the very self-serving, yet rudderless form of leadership that we have had throughout the Covid Pandemic remains.

People genuinely believe that because Boris Johnson and the Tories remain in power, and continue to do whatever they like unhindered, because there must be some kind of conspiracy at work.

Furthermore, many of those same, very sensible people are buying into the idea that the words spoken by the World Economic Forum (WEF) that created the Great Reset Narrative, and with it phrases such as “You will own nothing and be happy” means that tangible evidence exists that everything happening now has been planned and that there is a worldwide, world-government-creating conspiracy well and truly underway.

To be quite fair about it, the stunts that the Johnson Government have pulled such as playing with the vulnerabilities of normal people by elevating the fear of Covid to that of instant death are very sinister to anyone who has taken a breath and taken a proper look. Continuing on to then implement many draconian measures just to keep their neck-saving narrative functioning and at work, does indeed look like the work of Machiavellian tricksters who are in no doubt about what they are doing.

Yet the real reason that the Tories and all of the political parties that are seat-blocking good leaders from being able to get into parliament and make our democracy work, is the wrong people have been in power and positions of influence for a very long time.

Indeed, those across an establishment of politicians, industry and banking leaders have made it their goal to assume more and more of the powers that should collectively be ours, whilst making every challenging situation that we face across the UK go from bad to worse. It just doesn’t look that way because politics is now the end in itself rather than the means, and the truth about the results that follow so many big words have a strange habit of never really looking all that good.

Every public policy or policy of any kind that affects the public has consequences for us all.

We have had decades of rules, regulations and laws made at the centre, by those in Government to benefit the MPs and Political Parties themselves, as a minimum to get themselves into power or reelected. But most of the time, it has been to benefit and support their friends and the people they want help from or want to impress.

Meanwhile, the results for everyone else outside this golden circle have been to create more and more pain, inequality, less opportunity, poverty and even hunger, when none of these problems have ever been necessary at all.

The unsustainability of the situation was for a very long time simply hiding in plain sight. But then Covid came along and put afterburners on a plane that was already on a downward trajectory and heading for a horrific crash.

It is easy to believe that a world that appears run in every way possible just to benefit the few at the expense of the many, is built upon bomb-proof strategic plans and systems that once in place are locked-in and cannot be undone.

But this is all a delusion. At best, the system they have built upon greed and the belief that money and material wealth are everything is nothing more than a house of cards.

The system they have created bit by bit is best described as being a massive chain of dominoes. One that was put in place, decision by decision, choice by choice, time after time.

There are no foundations or glue sticking any of those dominoes in place and as soon as the first one falls – just as if it were to be flicked by someone deliberately setting the whole chain in motion – they will fall one after one and the whole system will go.

Selfish, self-serving, greed and profit-orientated decisions have ruled the motives of the elites in politics, industry and banking for pretty much as long as anyone can remember. Everything they have done, everything they have changed or influenced any politician to do, every rule they have created to favour their sector, has put one of those dominoes in place.

FIAT money, quantitative easing, globalisation, neoliberalism, centralisation, lean manufacturing techniques, global supply chains, credit scoring, hedge funds, central banking, just in time, too big to fail, cheap money, endless debt, monopilisation of traditional (mainstream) media, minimum wages, complicated tax laws and regulations, life on benefits, privatisation of genuine public services, devolution, creation of the European Union and just about every system or way of doing things that has already or is contributing to making life feel very unfair, have all come into being because somebody with influence has changed the way that the world works for us all so that something somewhere works even better for them in some way.

Bit by bit, it has added up to wholesale change. But there was never any design, and it has been lucky for those benefitting and tragic for everyone else that it has taken this long for the end to be in sight in this rather troubling way.

The more savvy of those riding high off the power trip that this heavily funneled system gives them at the top know and understand the fragility of the system. They live in genuine fear of what happens next if the unsustainability of how everything works collapses, and their power to control us all goes.

It is no coincidence or accident that the announcement of ‘The Great Reset’ came from the WEF in the Summer of 2020, once the Covid Pandemic – and the measures that many different governments around the world imposed, were in play.

The self-serving at the top knew immediately that the myths of global trading and manufacturing, worldwide travel, cars for everyone, cheap energy, mass movement, low cost everything, cheap money were about to be exposed.

The self-serving at the top have realised that to retain their power and control over everything that happens next, their priority would have to be the creation of a narrative that makes everyone (who isn’t in on it) believe that the hell we are already starting to go through is all part of a plan.

The self-serving at the top have concluded that their future power and control is based on the very clever premise; That as and when we hit the bottom from the coming crash and begin to climb back up to whatever our ‘new’ world looks like on the other side, the changes in the way that we live and interact with each other – which their greed and stupidity have now made inevitable – have all come about because of their own careful design. And that successful buy-in of this message using their traditional media to convince everyone will mean they have the right to retain power and remain in control.

The conspiracy narrative therefore serves their purposes extremely well. Conspiracists do after all spend the majority of their time talking up and trying to convince everyone else that the conspiracy exists.

Meanwhile, none of the conspiracists are taking steps or any kind of action to focus on the opportunities that the now inevitable change will bring. They certainly won’t be doing anything constructive to start building up any kind of political vehicle or movement that the elites will know and identify as being a threat to any of the political parties that their influence owns.

Just as waiting for a bus for hours and then three turn up at once makes the passenger standing in the rain wonder what the hell they had themselves done to deserve such bad fortune, there are many different and very complex factors that have influenced all the things that are going on around the world today.

But it is chance – not design, that has turned them all towards the point in the same direction and to have created a situation where they all appear to have turned up on the very same day.

The only factor that really is random in all of this, is what will turn out to become the event or trigger that will be the one that proves to be the first domino to fall. The catalyst that then in turn pushes quickly against them all, one after the other, leading to the systemic collapse that comes when everything that has been built up for all the wrong reasons over many decades has come into play.

Will it be war in Ukraine or Taiwan. Maybe the collapse of Chinese Company Evergrande. Perhaps the collapse of the US Stock markets. Or could it be something else that the mainstream media isn’t even really talking about that will prove to be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back?

We simply don’t know. And whilst it would be silly to try and even predict dates, the one thing we can be sure of is that this inevitable systemic crash is coming soon. Life as we know it even now after 2 years of Covid mismanagement will quickly begin to look very different for everyone, just as soon as it has.

The choice that we all have relates to what we do and what we accept from the people who lead us today, when that period of pain, revaluation and the time for necessary change comes.

If we accept the establishment narrative – or what we should perhaps more accurately call the truth of the elite, it is the same few and the same faces that will continue to hold all the levers of power. The self-serving at the top will be happy to dictate the rules of a new age. One that will continue to be all about them, what they can gain and how they can control us to keep achieving it.

However, if we snap out of this and refuse to accept the narrative that the establishment wants us now to believe to be our own truth, and instead accept that we have the power and the opportunity to create our own, we can build our new future together. We can make the best of the changes and difficult circumstances ahead that will return our sense of proportion, fairness and care for all others and use these rediscovered community values as the building blocks of a system that is there to help and look after everyone, but above all, a Country built on local communities that all work fairly for us all.

What the Carillion collapse tells us about the unspoken truths governing public sector contracts

January 18, 2018 Leave a comment

Carillion

Carillion is the big news this week, and is likely to remain on the media radar for some time, given the impact that the collapse of a Company of this size is almost certain to have on commercial relationships that are now an integral part of the public sector.

Moments like this are important for reasons which go way beyond the impact that Monday’s announcement is already having on jobs and the potential closures of many small businesses.

It is providing one of those very rare opportunities to glance inside the incestuous workings of contract delivery on behalf of government and gain an invaluable insight into why private interests working at any level within the public sector is in clear conflict with very ideals of what public service delivery is fundamentally about.

Regrettably, the clear focus of the media and political classes has already fallen upon the question and avoidance of blame. Yet if they were to begin to look just a little further and be open with what have for too long been the unpalatable truths, there would be just the merest hope that questions such as whether there can be a future for the NHS when it remains in a perpetual state of financial crisis could perhaps be genuinely answered.

So why are contracts going to private companies outside the public sector?

The best place to begin thinking about the contracting or privatisation problem is to look at why private business is really even involved in the delivery of government services of any kind, when government exists to operate for, on behalf of and for the benefit of only the public.

Man can only ever have one true master after all, and if money is the true motivator, then public service will at best become an oversight – the unwelcome relative left trailing way behind.

Whilst it may feel counter-intuitive to believe or accept it for many of us, the ‘privatisation solution’ has been in the main part created by Conservative governments in response to the consequences of policies created typically by Labour in order to enhance the rights, working conditions and influence of public sector employees.

Positive discrimination and rights, enhanced working conditions, gold-plated pensions and union indulgence within public sector organisations all cost an ever evolving sum of money in an increasing number of different ways, which usually create even more roles and dilute responsibility further and further still.

The cost of employing people within the public sector on conditions which exceed those of the private sector outside – even when salaries appear to be less, has simply made the delivery of services too expensive for government itself to provide.

Against this backdrop, all areas of he public sector have had to go in search of more cost effective ways to deliver services, and have had to do so in ways which also meet the rigorous requirements of providing services and employing staff as a government based organisations.

This has made the ‘marketplace’ fertile for the entry of private contractors who don’t have the same considerations as these former public sector based service providers.

When you consider that private contractors are providing arguably the same level of service, just without the same levels of bureaucracy – whilst making what in some cases is an outrageous level of profit besides, you can soon begin to see that something is inherently wrong with the way that the government system is now designed.

So how does public sector contracting by private contractors become a problem?

Business loves a contract. Contracts give surety. Contracts themselves can be used as a solid-gold guarantee – and particularly so when they are agreed and signed with government. This gives business confidence which can be misplaced, misused, abused and is almost certain to breed a feeling of complacency.

After completing what should be a rigorous ‘tender process’ – the company will sign a contract with the government organisation which agrees what, when and how the ‘contractor’ will provide a service, whether that just be 1 person to sweep a street or 32 bin lorries to collect your rubbish every fortnight for 5 years. On signing this contract, the company will know exactly what it will be paid, know what it will in turn have to spend, will have worked out its costs and borrowing, should have kept back a little for a rainy day and then know what it will make in profit – from which it will pay bonuses to staff and dividends to shareholders after it has paid any tax requirement.

Good managers know that some things change during the lifetime of a contract – such as fuel prices going up, which would be a real concern for a bus service provider or a private ambulance services. But contractual devices or clauses that allow for some variation in charges are usually built in to any contract to allow for this.

As such, genuinely unforeseen events or those which could not have been predicted by anyone within the contracting company itself are very rare to find.

What government contracts don’t allow for however, are lack of knowledge or understanding of the service delivery area on the part of those designing and agreeing a contract. They don’t make allowance for unmitigated trust on the part of either party. They certainly don’t consider the potential greed or indeed malpractice of a contractor or its decision making staff, which cannot be planned for or predictably defined even within the scope of a government contract process.

When a contractor has only a single contract, transparency is bizarrely much clearer and for the management, much more important and kept clearly in mind.

But when you have many more and perhaps and ever increasing number of contracts, the potential for complacency and overconfidence can lead to otherwise unrealistic opportunities, which in more focused circumstances would have been denied.

It may be as simple as paying senior executives massive, over-inflated salaries. But it has the potential to be much much more in terms of investment, questionable projects and big payouts for shareholders when little in terms of adequate checks and balances has allowed an adequate safety blanket to be retained from payouts and quietly put aside.

The overriding problem with a company which has grown to the size, reach and responsibility of Carillion is there is so much in terms of questionable financial activity that it has the ability to very easily hide.

The responsibility for contract design and management doesn’t just fall on contractors themselves however.

In the background to all this and within the protectionist culture in which contemporary public sector commissioning is currently enshrined, purchasing officers simply don’t have the motivation or willingness to do their jobs as effectively as they should. When the money you are allocating isn’t yours, public service and best value isn’t always the overriding priority. Sometimes it’s all about doing anything which proves to be easier, and who gets what doesn’t always work out exactly as it should.

Whether its building maintenance, bin collections, public transport, prison management, forensic services or interim and temporary staff services that contractors provide, contractors are all making unnecessary profit at the ultimate cost to us as taxpayers.

So what can be done to solve the problem and when will anything happen?

What has been outlined here provides little more than a simple snapshot of a very big and complex problem, which those in power are through their actions are continuing to deny.

For these problems to be addressed, it would first be necessary for politicians to accept that the whole system of government delivery is broken, riddled with management focused upon self interest, making decisions based on theoretical premise, and that there are simply too many people operating within the system who are ultimately being allowed to take us all for a ride.

The ‘too big to fail’ mindset has now permeated through political thinking to a level where contracts are being awarded despite very clear warning signals which would tell even very junior civil service staff that something is not right.

This is no longer a question of let’s bail them out so that they don’t fail like Labour did with the Banks in 2008; this is all about awarding contracts because there is a view that they never will.

Solving this problem is far from simple. It is not just about political thinking. It’s about getting the market’s to think differently. But just as much, it’s about getting employees to see their roles differently; to accept that they have a part to play too.

In simple terms, the free for all has to stop.

This bonanza based on self-interest is no longer sustainable.

The perpetuation of the lie that government genuinely works selflessly for everyone has got to be stopped.

No business can perform effectively on the basis that it prioritises the working conditions and needs of its staff before the priorities upon which it was created to deliver. Yet this is how liberalism and rights culture has manifested itself within all parts of government and the public sector.

Not only has the NHS become hamstrung by lack of staff and inefficiency, it is being cut up by the cost of the staff it hires through contracts – thereby being destroyed by the supposed solution itself; by the very respite that additional money is supposed to provide.

Meanwhile local government has its own substantive bogeyman too, finding itself tied up in knots by the cost of the local government pension scheme – the destination of the better part of our council tax, in many of the Boroughs, Cities and Districts where most of us reside.

Then there are the PFI contracts upon which the last Labour Government so heavily relied. A coarse, deceptive instrument designed to hide public spending, whilst fire hosing cash at private contractors over 30 year terms. Just another financial time bomb legacy like the raid on pension funds by Gordon Brown which we overlook daily on the basis that out of sight is very much out of our minds.

The power rests with government to change all of this, if only they would try.

Regrettably, the will doesn’t even exist to even begin doing so today, even if the Government could begin doing so – something that a hung parliament which could last until 2022 will simply deny.

With a good chance that the next Government will be based upon or built around a militant form of Labour, the chances are that politicians will only continue to try and hide the truth thereafter, because action which doesn’t just look responsible is not a pathway to which they are inclined.

As Jeremy Corbyn made clear in his questioning of Theresa May at Wednesday’s PMQ’s, the answer is just to do everything to return everyone to employment in government jobs. No doubt based upon further borrowing, which to those who don’t understand business or economics is a perceived as a policy which when sold looks bullet proof.

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