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A vaccination programme using vaccines that do not vaccinate is no vaccination programme at all

August 19, 2021 Leave a comment

As one of the few writing about what the Government was getting wrong with its response to the Covid Pandemic since before even the first Lockdown began, the subject of vaccinations and their use as the anchor upon which our ‘freedom’ laid at rest was one that I covered early on.

Given that we are continually told by the media that we are a significant way into a ‘successful’ Covid vaccination programme, it may seem a little odd that my greatest concern now is that the indefinite period of time it would take to create, test and roll-out an effective vaccine – if one could actually be found, then, is the very same one that I have today – some 17 months later, as we are continually bombarded with Government propaganda that keeps telling us that the so-called vaccines that are available, are being rolled out and are the only way.

The dictionary definition of a Vaccine is ‘any preparation used as a preventative inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease or agent, as killed or weakened bacteria or viruses, to stimulate antibody production.

Yet The injections that we are increasingly being coerced into receiving under the pretence of immunisation are not immunising us at all.

People who have received two jabs are still carrying and spreading the Covid Virus. They are falling ill with it, and in some cases are even dying from Covid after being ‘immunised’ – meaning they have not actually been immunised at all. The latest research released into the mainstream even tells us that those who have been vaccinated can carry the very same viral load as those who have not received any jabs.

What we appear to be experiencing, from all of the ‘Covid vaccines’ that have come to market, is the roll out and use of an injected agent that may only reduce the symptoms of any illness caused to the recipient by exposure to the forms of the Covid Virus that were known at the time the formula in use was created.

Reducing the risk of illness caused by the Covid Virus is of course a worthy aim in itself. As such, there remains significant potential value to the health of individuals from receiving medication of this kind if these ‘medicines’ have been fully tested and all of the potential outcomes are identified and known.

What we are actually being given and what the Government is telling us that we are being given as part of this so-called ‘vaccination programme’ are two very different things. Yet the Government’s ongoing approach and the legislation they are considering using, such as ‘vaccine passports’ and the requirement for health workers to be ‘vaccinated’ makes clear that they see them as being the same thing in every single way.

At this stage, it may be useful to make clear that I am not an anti-vaxxer. I have had two Pfizer jabs myself and did so because I believe that consideration for how the Government Behavioural Science programme has impacted people around me and the people I care about is just as important as how I might feel about all of this if I were able to look at it as if I were living in an isolated bubble and completely on my own.

However, we have been coercively sold the need for everything to hinge around the covid vaccine in the sense of it being a vaccination programme in the established or accepted sense. One that has fitted with the Government’s ‘Zero Covid’ approach, with the whole equation only having real value if both parts work exactly how they should.

With the so-called vaccine not being a vaccine and not doing what a vaccine should do in the accepted sense, it is clear that we are taking part in a vaccination programme using vaccines that do not vaccinate and are as such not part of a vaccination programme at all.

The Government Zero Covid approach is an absolute. With their commitment to it, it necessarily follows that any medical intervention they implement across the population to achieve this outcome safely must provide an absolute solution to the problem in order to achieve that outcome too.

Otherwise, it is regrettably all too easy to conclude that the result or aim that the Government are working towards could never have been the objective of their ultimate plan.

The alternative to this would be that the products the Government has invested so much public money in already are not suitable for the purpose intended. As such, the Government must either end the reliance on the ‘vaccines’ that already exist or come clean and make clear that this focus on a vaccination programme that can never deliver, will continue indefinitely until we reach the point where it does.

The situation that the Government is in and the danger or risk to us they have created is absolutely ridiculous.

Clinging to the wreckage of their flawed policies and committed as they are to the implementation of Vaccine Passports – when the vaccines aren’t actually vaccines at all – piles fuel on to the fires of the conspiracy theorists who are interpreting the chronology of events as all being part of a worldwide takeover or ‘The Great Reset’ under the auspices of the WEF.

The reality is, however, that the highest and most responsible public roles in this Country have been nothing but empty chairs since the beginning of the Covid Pandemic.

Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and all the other overly ambitious wannabe Ministers and MPs who covet the top jobs – but never the responsibility that it will give them, have been chasing their tails throughout and have been led by a full range of false prophets since this whole sorry saga began.

The whole response to the Covid Pandemic has been delivered on the basis of providing solutions that tackle everything that Covid could be, rather than what Covid is, or what it has already become.

Whilst a working, fully tested, fully researched and fully immunising Covid Vaccine should always have been a part of any long-term government plan, the reality at the beginning of the crisis was much then as it is now. The focus should be on doing everything to maintain normal life and the real economy throughout the UK, by making the response to illness and the support of those who become ill the very best that it can be, rather than making a virus that by its very nature is subject to continual change the god around which all thoughts on life must operate.

The choices the Government have made can only reflect a deliberate choice (conspiracy) or reflect that those making the decisions are doing so because they are incapably stupid (In the circumstances might be classed by some as insane).

There really is no conspiracy at work on the scale that a great many people who share the view that this Government must go, so ardently believe. The conspiracy that does exist is the way that our political system and access to the seats that are available for MPs to sit in our Parliament are being controlled by just 3 Political Parties. It literally means that the ideas and aims of just a few are being rolled out, repackaged and continually resold to us as if we are participating in and being cared for within a real democracy, when it would be accurate to use dictatorship as the better-informed name.

You cannot fix a problem until you have identified and accepted the real cause. What we are going to witness time and time again, often and as the coming weeks and months unfold, is crisis after crisis. Because we are being led by people who are unfit to lead us. People who can only be replaced by other people who are just as unfit to lead us. All because we will not collectively accept that it is only by creating an alternative to these people and the political machines that enable them that we will be able to finally unleash the yoke of government by stupidity and assume the rightful power to define life and ways of living that are fair and in the interests of everyone involved.

Money: The dream is dying (If it’s not already dead)

August 11, 2021 Leave a comment

You’ve gotta love the way that the mainstream media somehow manages to keep on missing the real news.

In a week when the plight of Geronimo the Bovine TB+ive Alpaca was creatively made to look like some 160,000 deaths of infected cows over the same period that his owner has been fighting Defra simply didn’t exist, the pillars of our information rich society managed to overlook the further £1.15Billion of Bonds that the Bank of England has bought, extending Rishi Sunak’s mammoth money printing and public spending spree into realms which really do now span into the complete unknown.

Don’t get hung up on who is buying or who is selling what to who, when it comes to any kind of financial ‘product’, when the Bank of England or the Government are involved. Either way, this is a process of injecting even more obscene amounts of cash into an already overladen economy – all of which is effectively debt being run up on the public tab.

The thinking that underpins financial jiggery-pokery of this magnitude isn’t only flawed; it is also exceptionally dangerous. The repeated bouts of money creation that the Johnson Government has instigated since the Covid Pandemic began are so high, there is no practical way that this Country can pay anything near the whole amount back.

There is talk that our children and grandchildren will still be paying the bill. But the Johnson Government really have gone too far.

What is more, they have done this not off the back of owning something secure like gold – that actually exists.

They have literally created all of this money out of thin air, all on the principle that the system will keep rolling, accumulating like a rolling snowball, and that as long as it keeps rolling in the same direction (That means the money available gets bigger and bigger), then those driving it and who are responsible for it will never suffer from a fall.

What this apparently bright idea overlooks is the stark reality that exits when the amount of money available increases exponentially, whilst products, land, houses and capital assets that we can actually own, increase at a significantly slower rate – that is, if the amount of them available actually increases at all.

Those at the top of the money chain – who always end up with the bulk of all this newly created cash, have increasing buying power that the majority of us can only dream of. Meanwhile, they push the value of everything up significantly – alongside all the others who are milking the system or taking out value without giving anything back – whilst those on the lowest wages and increasingly even the middle classes too, simply don’t get the wage rises that mean they can keep up with price rises just enough to stand still.

By now, you will probably have realised that this isn’t a Covid-related problem. In fact, this problem isn’t really that new at all. It’s been in the making for 50 years or more.

What’s different now, is the way that the Government and the Bank of England under its instruction, has upped and is continuing to spend.

It is a matter for debate whether the money pumped out to keep the economy moving during Lockdown should ever have been needed at all. But we are well past that point now. And if we go back to the snowball idea that I mentioned above, the reason that so much money is being created and pumped into the economy, is literally to keep the whole thing moving because the Government is terrified what will happen if the whole thing stops.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s going to stop. The snowball will stop rolling and will not be able to grow any more.

The financial system and the economy are going to crash.

It’s not an if. It’s a when.

And the only question that we and ideally the media should be asking, is which will be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back.

There are a range of different ways, and the list is growing. It could be the escalation of cost-of-living prices, like the energy price rises coming in the autumn, or even the flattening of the additional £20 per week allocated to families on Universal Credit as part of the Covid ‘bounce’. It could be a shortage of food on the shelves being caused by a shortage of drivers (that has more to do with the ridiculous standards and licensing requirements that the EU imposed on the industry rather than any lack of EU drivers caused by Brexit) and the unadulterated greed of shipping companies that have created a worldwide shipping monopoly that is seeing prices for goods transport go stratospheric – not for any good reason other than that they can name their price, based on making obscene levels of profit alone. Then there are the issues that are out of our hands such as the precarious state of the US economy, which itself is on the edge of a precipice so large, that it could end the US hold on everything economic as we watch the position of the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency simply implode.

Whatever tips the balance, it really doesn’t matter. The way that money and economics works today is already well and truly sunk.The neoliberal dream that money can be whatever you make it is dying. That is, If it’s not already dead.

Instead of using the borrowed time that the Bank of England and the Government has left to do anything that they might be able to try to mitigate or offset this coming disaster, they are instead upping the throttle and increasing the speed of compiling and contributing events, literally treating the whole thing as if a disaster is impossible and will never happen. They are working on the premise that they can literally fake it til they make it, by printing more and more money until they believe they will have completely weathered the storm.

Think very carefully about the relationships you have with the people, businesses and community members located around you. Do all that you can to cultivate and develop them in positive ways. Because a time will come perhaps very soon, when we will all have to trade, borrow, barter, help and support the people who are immediately around us – just as life for everyone in this Country once was.

Obsessed with big headlines and the powerful job titles that each and every one of them is sniffing out next, MPs and Government Ministers focus only on what bigs them up, rather than fulfilling the roles that they were elected for.

Foreign trade deals really aren’t going to help in a world that has to reject globalisation because of the fallout from covid and the fact that we are being woken quickly to the unfolding nightmare which is climate change.

Government should instead be investing the money it has available whilst it still has tangible value. Government should support the growth and sustainability of local economies and supply chains that really do away with every kind of unnecessary journey and make it both practical and cost effective for as much of the food we eat and the products we buy to have travelled next to no miles as possible.

We really should be taking this opportunity to focus proactively on going back to improved and better ways and models of working that value every form of human input equally, meaning that a happy debt-free, safe and healthy life is something that even the poorest members of our society and communities can afford.

These things can be done in ways that will remove a lot of unnecessary pain when they are done not by necessity, but by reasoned choice.

If you are worried about WEF taking control, why passively help them when you could be working to stop them and remove any Government stooges they might have?

We are living through and experiencing highly emotive times. Many of us are looking for explanations and even causes to blame for all the things that we are having to deal with.

In these circumstances it becomes a little more easy than it should to give credibility to the most obvious explanations, when we might help ourselvesand what we may see as our cause, by stepping back and having a look at the explanations that we may have overlooked. It’s worth doing, because conditioning or what we have learned to consider normal has given us a default understanding of certain things, leaving us with no discernible choice.

The way that the Covid Pandemic, or rather the Government handling of it has all rolled out, has been pernicious from the beginning. The effects of the decisions they have taken have been increasingly harder to deal with as it has become clear to many of us that policy is being enacted not through necessity, but because of what appears to be a political choice.

We grow up with what feels like a pre-programmed respect and deference for People in positions of responsibility, whether they are a GP, Dentist, Community Leader, Councillor or an MP. So when it comes to the Government and living through a time of national crisis that we today know as the Covid Pandemic, it is very easy to believe and even feel confident that there is genuine and thought out purpose to everything that those leading the Country do.

As the months have passed, what were coincidental mutterings about a ‘Great Reset’ coming from the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the start, picked up considerable credibility as an explanation for what was happening. Especially when the Johnson Government’s ardent misuse of Behavioural Science to control and manipulate everyone became very clear. And then the goalposts that Boris and his Ministers insisted were set in stone over vaccinations and data monitoring began to more at just about every turn.

I refer to this unhelpful intervention by the proponents of an exclusive club for people who think they are better and know better than anyone as a coincidence, because that really is all it need ever be.

Like most political conjecture wrapped up and sold as a policy proposal or plan, there is nothing so certain as the uncertainty of a successful outcome, and you can be sure that politicians and people with a public platform who know what they are doing will get in the way, if there is a way that they can.

Right now, because of their behaviour and commitment to very questionable ideas like Vaccine Passports and how it could lead to extensive personal data monitoring, it is very easy to believe that Boris and the ambitious zealots surrounding him are and have always been committed to a much bigger idea or ‘thing’. A thing that could easily be a ‘new world order’ along the impractically idealistic lines that the WEF suggest.

For the sake of argument at this point of my blog, let’s say that there really is a grand conspiracy and that the WEF leadership either created and spread Covid or used the opportunity it presents to take over the World. Doing so under the veil of protecting us and therefore making the whole thing resemble the creation of tyranny – all ushered in voluntarily, with our collective consent and therefore by choice – by the back door.

To do this, they would have to rely on us all being completely asleep and doing nothing to stop them. We would literally have to proactively fail to take any opportunity that we have to change the direction of the UK, so that we don’t arrive where they want us to be without even realising we had acquiesced and effectively made the passive choice to be where they wanted us to be.

If all of this is real – as I know many people genuinely believe it to be, it is very important to understand that attacks on those we blame on social media, public demonstrations and belittling anyone that we perceive to be against us is not helping our cause in any way. But it is playing right into their hands.

For better or for worse, we do have the benefit of a political system in place. For as long as that political system is still functioning, we have to let go of the arguments over who or what is right and making others wrong. We must remember that there are rules – or even a game to be played – that has to take place within an ecosystem that has rules that may seem archaic – but are nonetheless there. And that despite the heavy-handed and controlling way that the Government has been and still is behaving towards us, we do have a very meaningful choice.

The choice that we have – and it’s a good one – is to step up and do something constructive and proactive, rather than shouting and screaming in fear of what we think is coming, all because the government has pulled out a metaphorical gun.

No. I understand that talking to others online on social media, sharing our collective pain and then getting on a bus to march the Streets of London make us feel like we are doing something. But as soon as each of these acts of ‘defiance’ is over, we look up, we look back, we see that everything remains exactly the same. It’s just a different day.

This is how it will be again and again – not because we do not mean it. But because we are collectively failing to engage effectively and meaningfully with all the things that we must. That is of course, if we want to head off the looming disaster and ongoing enslavement that we are scared of and can accept that to change what others do, it is first necessary that we ourselves make a change.

Whether Boris the buffoon is just a puppet for a very sinister master, or the very stupid, ambitious and self-serving incompetent as I most respectfully believe him to be, making the choice that I am suggesting here will deal with either the WEF plan or remove this rancid political culture – irrespective of which future we are confident it is most likely to be.

The choice that we must make to take back control of our lives and put government and public services into the hands of people who actually care, is to look at all this in a different way, to think and believe that we are the political alternative to all of this. We must prepare to fight the next General Election together as that political alternative, and we must do everything necessary to build a grassroots-up rather than top-looking-down political movement that works for and embraces everyone, never questioning our ability to turn out when that Election is called and win.

If your car breaks, you take it to a mechanic. It’s vital to apply this practicality to winning a political fight too.

Having numerous well-meaning journalists, celebrities and other public figures heading up different movements that are developing in deceptively big echo chambers online may be resulting in lots of followers and a feeling that something is happening. But the egos, different personal agendas and failure to engage and work with others – ‘because they know better than anyone else’ is a guarantee that whatever they do independently will suffer from a failure to launch. It will mean that WEF and Boris (or others) as the perpetual world kings will remain our only choice.

Together, we must coalesce around a new movement. One that really does turn the concept that is todays British Political System on its head.

We need to build an organisation that generates its hope, purpose, momentum and strategies from the centre of each and every community, not just from an office in Westminster where real people have no influence, no power and therefor no choice.

This can all be done much more easily than you might think. It just takes the commitment that you might already be showing to bring truth and light to all of this darkness the Government is creating. You can use and contribute your energy and channel it into talking up, taking part and supporting this new movement for change in every way you possibly can. A serious and inclusive political movement that is something new, something good and something that has you, the people you care about and the communities you love, right at its heart.

PLEASE look beyond your anger with the Johnson Government. It is justified and it is very real. But it can be put to a much better use. A use that will help us all to deal with the fallout that the Johnson Government and many Governments before this one have caused. But above all, it will give us back the power of choice.

A New Party For All. Are you ready to make that call and start right here?

Best wishes to all.

#anewpartyforall

Yes, Boris’ ‘Pilot’ exemption from having to do what everyone else does may have been stopped. But it marks a sinister public upgrading of the contempt this Government has for us all

From before it all began, I did not agree that Lockdowns were necessary and certainly did not believe that the measures the Chancellor took to support people financially thereafter were either the right ones or that they would actually help everyone as anything done properly should have.

Many ‘lockdown sceptics’ have since concluded that there is something far more conspiratorial about the whole Johnson Government approach. But we have just been witnessing the behaviour typical of weak people corrupted by the power of high office. And everything we have experienced to date since Covid arrived is the blunt end of stupidity at its worst.

On balance of probabilities, Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and all of the politicians and the advisors in cahoots with them didn’t begin imposing ‘emergency legislation’ on us, thinking that they would get away with even a fraction of the things that they now believe they have.

But as the British people have repeatedly done the right thing and adhered to the outlandish measures they have imposed, the confidence of those who were never fit to lead the Country in the first place has grown. So much so that they have edged nearer and nearer to the point where the absolute power they awarded themselves has corrupted them absolutely.

Today, they finally reached the point where they felt they could pull these stunts publicly – and get away with it – because they and only they know what’s best for everyone and they and only they have what it takes to get things done.

The contempt for the British People that it took to announce that they were going to deliberately flout the very same rules they have imposed upon everyone else – with considerable cost to us all – is breath-taking in the extreme.

Yes, the reaction from the media calling them out precipitated a U-turn very quickly. But to see our ‘leaders’ reach a point where they are prepared to be so publicly obvious about their own abuse of the Covid rules now gives the lie to the legitimacy of the claims they have made about Covid and the robustness of the science they have used to justify imposing such damaging totalitarian measures upon us.

It was clear for some to see what the Johnson Government were doing right from the start. But we can all now see just how badly we are being governed by politicians who are unfit for the Offices they hold. We can see how far we are from governance that is morally right whilst those driving these dubious rules and using manipulation to scare us sail increasingly close to the winds of being legally wrong – if that’s not what they have really been doing all along.

The problem. The big problem that we all have to face is there is no way that we can remove and replace this Government anytime soon.

Yes, with the ability that Boris has to set the agenda and control the narrative, there is a chance his confidence will push him to call the next General Election long before 2024.

But we then have another massive problem to deal with: There is no political alternative to the politicians that we have already got – with all of our MPs – whether Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat or any other sitting or currently aspiring to be in Parliament being motivated by anything other than their own agendas – exactly the same.

It might not matter so much if the Covid pandemic were already over. But it isn’t.

Furthermore, the Johnson Government mishandling of just about everything – not least of all the impact of what has been systemic mental abuse of millions of now fearful and vulnerable people for no other purpose than social control – has created problems for us all. Many growing problems that are not even yet apparent to many yet are set to inflict a painful legacy upon all of us – perhaps for many years to come.

We are in a mess. A serious mess. And it will get much worse. For a start, the impact of the profligate spending and money printing that Rishi Sunak has burdened us with when it was not necessary is likely to feed into what is likely to be a worldwide financial depression. A crisis that will touch everything relating to money that will probably be set off by the collapse of the US Dollar – after the Biden government also embarked on a series of financial decisions that have echoed the absolute ridiculousness of our own.

Do we really want politicians like Boris Johnson or Rishi Sunak ‘leading’ us or even touching the levers of power in this Country if the problems we are facing because of them develop as they probably will?

Regrettably, we must accept that shouting, jumping up and down, or using every media channel to scream loudly how justified our arguments or how wrong what the Johnson Government is doing will not force them to listen and it will not create change. These are small-minded people with myopic outlooks, committed only to their own cause.

Boris and his chumocracy do not see any threat to their position. Labour are struggling under Kier Starmer, and a by-election victory in a historically blue constituency for the Liberal Democrats doesn’t tell a Party like todays Conservatives that the yellow peril is back.

Outside of Parliament there is lots of talk and the elevation of public profiles for people like Laurence Fox and Richard Tice who hold laudable but repellently focused goals that do not connect with the majority of people. Isolated political thinking – no matter the sense it makes will ever engage the Country in a way that will win a General Election.

Boris and his advisors look at all of this and believe they are untouchable. They really to believe that for the foreseeable future, the British political landscape is theirs.

However, the establishment of a new political Party for All or movement that is inclusive, addresses all the issues – and not just those that are Covid related, reaches right across our different communities and treats voters as adults and with the respect and empathy that they all should receive, will quickly be seen by those in Westminster in a very different way.

If people can come together, put the specific ideas and approaches that they cherish to one side, engage in open dialogue and then work together to formulate an agenda and manifesto that genuinely works for and on behalf of all, the next General Election will be there to be won, simply because the British People will be presented at the ballot box with a real and credible choice.

In the meantime, if things do change and take a turn for the worse, we will already have a movement of people brought together and motivated by the right reasons, ready to step in and lead if the Government collapses and there is a need for something that will be good for us all to fill the void.

The Nonsense MUST STOP. The UK cannot afford the unnecessary cost of Covid and we should not be led by impractical idealists who think every life can be saved without consequences for others

It feels like the level of ridiculousness the Government has reached may now have surpassed the point where everyday normal people feel compelled to ask others to pitch them so they can check they haven’t got it all wrong. We can see that whatever it is, it is all very wrong.

With this morning’s headlines telling us that 1200 doctors and experts have called the ‘unlocking’ next week ‘criminal’, piggybacking on the news that health workers are about to have their Covid vaccinations imposed upon them, the number of people who are still confident and comfortable with everything that the Johnson Government is has passed the brow of that hill called a majority and is quickly heading down to being the relative few.

There is very little that can be called practical where the Johnson Government’s approach to dealing with the Covid Pandemic has been concerned. In fact, pretty much every decision made has been for effect, rather than dealing with any of the issues caused by this crisis head on. This is a government that ducks and dives to avoid the real issues whilst using a subservient media to communicate a narrative telling us that they and their specialists are the only people who really know what’s going on.

Had it not been for the fear-driven ideologies of career conformists who suddenly found themselves elevated to a public platform against the backdrop of totally inept politicians without even the slightest idea of how to lead, Lockdowns would never have happened. We would now be living with Covid in the most practical ways possible, dealing with illness for those affected as it arises and otherwise getting on with life responsibility without deliberately projecting our fears onto others. We would very Britishly be making the very best of it as we possibly can.

There was always an alternative to Lockdown. And if Lockdown had really been necessary, there were much better ways to deal with the financial fallout from the crisis too.

Yet the laissez-faire hangover of the free-market ideology that the Government applied in its approach to dealing with business, financiers and the markets when they issued the first Lockdown orders meant that as usual when there is a crisis, the same people are being expected to pick up the bill, whilst others line their pockets. To the elite, this is apparently all very run-of-the-mill.

The question of social distancing measures aside for a moment, the bill that Rishi Sunak, Boris and all their chums have racked up on our behalf for no good reason is already much more than the UK can afford. The UK was already bankrupt before this money printing bonanza started when Lockdowns began, and the prioritisation of what might happen if we don’t eradicate a virus vs. the practical implications for every other part of normal life, means that the dangerous, myopic idealism that we are being subjected to by our leadership, is a form of tyranny that we can simply no longer afford to indulge.

No. This is not a question of not considering those who are clinically vulnerable or of ignoring those who have looked the worst part of Covid in the eye when loved ones have been lost.

The problem with focusing only on the views that come from personal tragedies is that for anyone experiencing vulnerability or the white-hot pain that grief gives everyone before time has allowed proper healing to take place, the response to what is going on around us is highly subjective. It is a situation that does not lend itself to the objectivity required for public policy making in just about every possible way.

The list of consequences for others is already too long to write. Many of those who have or will suffer will forever remain unknown.

Amongst them are depression, suicide, domestic violence, mental health issues, financial loss, loss of jobs, loss of business, loss of credible qualifications, loss of contact with communities and the ability to live socially in any kind of meaningful form.

The reason the Government and influencers around them fuelling their fears are inflicting all of this – is simply because they can. There is no grand conspiracy at work – even though the evidence can be interpreted to suggest otherwise.

However, being able to do something because you can, doesn’t mean that you should do it. And real power is as much about not acting as it is about acting. Leadership is about only doing the things that are objectively right, not about being swayed by what anyone with their own agenda says that they should.

Few if any and probably none of the decisions made by Government since March last year have been objective. They have not been made in our best interests or aligned with a real appreciation and understanding of what the role of Government and our Prime Minister is actually for.

If the naysayers with power continue to succeed in influencing Government Policy, keeping us restricted here or there in some way, or under Lockdown once again by the Autumn – as most of us expect – the financial crisis that is already looming. that has been exacerbated by what they have already done, is likely to arrive even sooner that it might.

It is then that the idealists pushing this nonsense where they can value one life over all others will really begin to understand the true concept of cost.

We need everything opened up properly as quickly as possible with no ambiguity over social distancing or ‘voluntary rules’. Leaving anything open to question for people or for businesses simply will not do.

Its time for us to live to learn with Covid as we always should have and would have done so if politicians who cared about what happens to us all had always been in control.

The Ping Pox is killing struggling businesses whilst the only thing Test & Trace is saving is a very dangerous narrative that’s on its way to dividing us all #pingpox

There was a moment – which it’s safe to say has long since passed – when for the many, Test & Trace still offered the feel of being a security blanket. Yet with more and more events opening up to large groups of people and many more people now behaving as if lockdowns have already ended, it stands to reason that a respiratory illness – rather more like flu than the Government will admit – is circulating around the population in a way which is touching just about everyone.

That moment or silent watershed was reached when the number of vaccinations given passed the point when the most vulnerable age groups had received both of their Covid jabs. Now, the data coming from tests is flawed simply because it exceeds the ‘data-not-dates’ perimeters that the government itself set. So much so in fact, that with Monday 19th July now keeping everyone hopeful, the medical bods have gone full-circle and are now threatening more doom and gloom unless we go back to hinging our freedoms on their data – just like we were committed to by Johnson before.

The problem for the hospitality industry is that businesses that have been targeted so zealously throughout are now falling foul of what has become little more than a ping fest. One where people who may be carrying Covid or who may have just been in contact with the virus – nobody is sure which – if at all – are triggering Test & Trace and condemning what is quickly appearing to be anyone and everyone who comes within Bluetooth range.

Test & Trace – notified via your smartphone only is advisory. This means you are not obligated to act upon what it says. However, with the way that the destructive Johnson Covid narrative has rolled out creating what has become for many an artificial, yet damagingly unretractable state of fear, the end result is a ridiculous number of staff working in public facing businesses and organisations who now feel obliged to exempt themselves from work.

Being pinged has quite literally led to an imaginary illness. The ‘Ping Pox’.

Private lockdowns the only symptom of the Ping Pox. And somewhat ironically, even the NHS is now under threat because of the way this fear-fuelling app is still being treated as if it is a bomb-proof way to identify threats.

If the app must be used – and that has always been and is becoming increasingly questionable – the advice must change from immediate isolation if you get pinged to go get a test and then follow it up in a few days or something very similar. Only a positive, documented test for Covid for an employee should lead to their exclusion from work or the closure of any premises – if that is ever necessary.

Pubs and licensed premises are already skating on ridiculously thin financial ice because of the shocking and unnecessary way they have been targeted. They are being pushed to the brink by nothing more than a political choice. Livelihoods and lives are being destroyed by the pressure and influence of specialists who see life for everyone under their own myopic terms.

Pub Landlords and the staff that have stuck with them in jobs that now have very little certainty are being punished for no good reason other than that local regulation and policing of the licensed trade has made it an easy and very visible choice. The industry is having to adhere to rules that are not fit for purpose. Staff, Owners and Managers are being excluded from working and trading because of an illness they themselves are unlikely to ever be troubled with.

Learning to live with Covid is the only way. It always was. But there is a massive disconnect between saying and actually doing where the Johnson Government are concerned.

Small businesses – and in this case the industries and supply chains behind them, need to be released from all restrictions. Businesses must be allowed to get on with doing all the things that they know how to do best.

Pubs, the hospitality staff who want to help all of us enjoy our lives and many others are suffering from nothing more than an imaginary Ping Pox. It is a condition that nobody other than our self-serving politicians can actually see or in their own minds benefit from.

Rather than stick to the narrative that they are continually aiming to control, Boris and his Government need to be big enough to let us all go free. July 19th is simply not soon enough.

The talk of 5 winters worth of social distancing simply will not do either. The Government has to grow up and be big enough to realise that you cannot please the loudest voices at the cost of the silent or forgotten majority all of the time.

Covid has changed not only the political terrain, but that for business, locality and the UKs relationship with the outside world too.

Narratives are all well and good for those who believe that image or what others see is everything. But the stupendous errors and mistakes that the Government made in calling a lockdown and then following up with wholly inadequate measures to support businesses and employees then unable to work set the Government on a journey where each lie they have told has had to be covered by many more.

Policy decisions have been made not in the best interests of everyone at the time, but what is best for a Government filled with politicians who are afraid to do anything that can be interpreted as wrong by the media and used against them. They believe that by controlling the narrative in every sense, they can create a legacy that will show them as being strong.

Covid is here to stay whether we like it or not. Zero Covid is a fallacy. It’s time for everyone to start living with this endemic illness and to get back to living life – just in the way that handled differently from the start – we always should.

The Ping Pox is a fake illness created by the Johnson Government that is causing problems for more and more of us in the real world.

Perhaps It’s time for Test & Trace and the NHS Covid App to be condemned to the recycling bin. Unless it’s just used like a game to be played in an imaginary world without the real-time imaginary friends.

UK self-sufficiency and localisation of food supply chains from British Farms should now be the Government priority. Not vanity-led trade deals that undermine them

Globalisation as we knew it before the age of Lockdowns is over. We may not feel it, understand it or in most cases even see it. But the World has been changed by the chain reaction that was set in motion by the COVID Pandemic.

Daylight is now beginning to shine upon all the hidden, self-serving and myopic powers that influence our way of life. They are coming together in a concert of chaos with COVID conducting the orchestra – right at the fore.

It may sound dramatic. But the subjectivity and focus we have on everything beyond our own lives and the bubbles we unwittingly live in make it easy for us to ignore how things really are at the objective level. We are and have been living through significant National and World events that have consequences neither we, but even more importantly our politicians, can or now will avoid.

Loss of the realism that a genuine overview provides leaves us out of touch with the reality of what is happening. We take for granted that daily life will always go on as it has and that everything continues in the same way.

Yet the assumption that an encyclopaedic range of foods and products will always meet us when we walk through the supermarket doors or click online is a storybook waiting for a bad ending. And that ending is now almost certain to emerge.

Whilst the Government, media and the establishment they serve tell us that everything will return to the pre-COVID ‘normal’, concocted narratives cannot change nor head off the impact and consequences of the decisions they made, the money they created then spent, and the stories they have told to control people during a pandemic.  

The change is already underway. We can already see it in the questions over home working and many revaluating where they wish to live. Change will touch everything, and this will include even the most basic parts of life, including the clothes we wear and the food that we eat.

We simply don’t need all the things that we buy, eat or drink, and many of us already know and understand this. Whilst it may sound moralistic to say so, it is certainly no coincidence that as a population we are becoming so unhealthy when we are happy sleepwalking through life in the way that we do.

The good, wholesome, locally and ethically produced foods that we genuinely need to live and feed ourselves would not be expensive if we prioritised production using the most localised supply chains possible. It could mean the ingredients of the meals we eat have not travelled outside of our own County boundaries or been carried much further on their journey from farm to fork.

Some may snort at the mere suggestion of returning to a world where butchers, bakers and every kind of traditional village shop or business sell you the produce and goods that have come to them for preparation from local farms and producers.

But this is the way that the world we know will go if it is again to begin making any kind of sense, and we do not need the Government or ambitious Ministers attempting to open up trade flow to Countries that will undercut our own farmers and producers. Indeed, the Countries that Trade Ministers are now talking to should be actively and demonstratively encouraged to develop their own enhanced forms of productivity as we all work towards the level of national and localised self-sufficiency that the post-COVID World and the collapse of global Supply chains will soon demand.

In the simplest terms, the rise and threat of what has been called the ‘Indian variant’ of COVID demonstrates some of the starkest lessons of how this virus works. The ZERO COVID solution that this Government has tied itself to will at some point have to be flipped to become one that we learn to live with it and treat it the same as we do the Flu.

Whether we continue going forward under the premise that COVID control is the only priority or change and accept that there are other ways to live, we can no longer allow or encourage the mass movement of people or encourage unnecessary international supply chains just for the sake of making profit in any way.

Borders will literally have to become borders once again. No matter how much we might we deserve that foreign holiday, we are no longer living in a world where there will continue to be one rule for ‘wealthy’ countries and another for all those that the ignorant and greedy thumb their noses at and call poor.

Viruses and the impacts of ill-considered human behaviour do not recognise boundaries. They have consequences for us all.

For better or worse, COVID is a virus that is here to stay. Global eradication is not possible with the political mindset that the world currently has, and we will soon have no option but to learn and act upon the realities that the spread of a respiratory disease through an interconnected version of the World presents.

Meanwhile, the decision making and behaviours of politicians, banks ad big business as they have struggled to maintain control during the Covid Pandemic has led them to supercharge the growth of the many problems that greed and profiteering have created.

Going local, real localism and putting our communities at the forefront of everything we build our lives around will now become key to addressing the change that events will create and to become happy and content in ways that we have culturally long since forgot.

Farmers, producers and those who run and maintain very local services and cottage industry businesses are going to be key. Allowing any foreign country to undercut local production of any kind – no matter our historic ties – will quickly become one of the greatest acts of economic self-harm in the post-COVID world.

This is not about having a downer on Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA or any Country with which we might have once found it desirable to extend trade with. All Countries across the World are going to have to face up to the realities of the step away from globalisation to closed borders and what this really means for prioritising local production too.

Self-sufficiency for food and essential goods must become both a National and Government priority for the UK. Within this, we must look to promote and encourage everyone to shop and focus what they do and the lives they live locally in pretty much the complete opposite way that globalisation and the greed that underpins it has done.

Government must guide and support the development of truly local cooperatives. Legislators must embrace and utilise the freedom we have following our unshackling from the EU to legislate in ways that mean it is both practical and cost effective for every service that businesses require to produce and manufacture locally will not only exist but will thrive in such ways that lead to local products and services being made available to everyone at prices even the poorest in society can afford.

Local Enterprise Partnerships or alternative bodies like them should be used to join up the dots and encourage this growth locally.

Instead of encouraging agriculture and food production to become ever more focused on ‘cost effective’ production that means they increasingly only become viable with the economies of scale and size, our legislators must look at regulating and restricting all of the malign influences that take money out of the supply chain, thereby increasing end-user cost. They are currently adding no value, as part of an equation that increasingly leaves heathy food being a luxury that only the financially wealthy can afford.

Farm shops, farmers markets and the systems of local production that can and must feed into them must be the direction of travel. We must reject the reliance upon retail giants and a system where shareholders and financial speculators make ridiculous sums of money after the companies they ‘own’ can appear to move goods around the planet more cheaply than our own producers can make them. The practice where supermarket buyers crush any farmers ability to both supply them and remain profitable must come to its end.

British Farmers are some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial members of society that we have. There is little doubt that if we both embrace and support the role that they can and will willingly then take within a new and diversified platform for UK food growing and production, the true value to us all of the wider rural and agricultural sector and the community that underpins it will come into its own and be good for us all.

For as long as Sturgeon frames the agenda as Independence alone, London can only dictate the terms of Scotland’s return

I believe in the Union and the United Kingdom. But even I have found myself questioning just how long the Westminster Government can resist the call of the Scottish National Party for Indyref 2 or a second Independence Referendum.

Yes. The English media spoon feed us the stories that make us love to hate Nicola Sturgeon and everything about the Party she leads. And if you should ever find 40 minutes to watch Prime Ministers Questions on a Wednesday Lunchtime, you will quickly experience how the SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford uses PMQ’s as nothing more than a weekly opportunity to get his face on camera to perform.

However. Like it or not, Sturgeon and her Westminster proxy are no different to any of the other politicians that we currently have leading us from Westminster. They are out for themselves and will do whatever it takes – often shamelessly – to further their own interests and ideas. Meanwhile, they tell everyone that they respect democracy and that doing what’s best for the people is their one and only cause.

OK. There are perhaps a few exceptions. But if so, they are incredibly rare.

Truly representative politics has not existed in the UK for a very long time – if it ever genuinely has.

The twist to this story is that Sturgeon may indeed be one of the most shrewd and adroit politicians of the current age. The SNP Leader may not use her skills for the right reasons. But she does a very good job of making the politicians who lead us look today like the wet-behind-the-ears students that so many historical pictures of them already portray.

The SNP Leader’s ability to turn any political situation or event into an excuse to call for another referendum on Scottish independence is phenomenal, if not an art in its own right. But the painful reality is that things should and could have never been this way – especially so, had localism and handing back power to local communities really been at the core of Devolution’s hollow heart.

The realities underpinning continued membership of the EU have been crudely exposed by the agility of post-Brexit UK Government to secure COVID Vaccinations, whilst the EU has suffered an exquisite failure to launch. Meanwhile, the destruction caused by devolution was itself the bastard child of the European monolith, simply repackaged and sold by Blair and New Labour as part of their unbridled ambition to win favour in Brussels and surrender to the assault of further integration of the UK, regardless of the real cost.

Indeed, the irony of Labour losing political control of Scotland both in Edinburgh and Westminster would be truly delicious, would it not have been for the harsh, stone cold reality that one group of inept and self-serving politicians had weaponised another to leverage power away from their own seat of power using the very same motives as their own, whilst the cost to voters and their communities continued to grow exponentially higher all of the time.

Devolution in the hands of Labour or the Conservatives has and never was about localism, bringing back or decentralising power to the people and the communities in which they live.

Had it been so, the platform of Nationalist debate in Wales, Scotland and to a different degree Northern Ireland would not have existed as it does today in any way – simply because power and decision making it facilitates would be undertaken as close to the people these choices effect as possible. That’s the place where power has always legitimately belonged, giving the real lie to everything upon which the SNPs policy of pursuing independence is formed.

It is troubling to say that the damage to the Union may already be irreparably done. For as long as Nicola sturgeon continues to frame the agenda of political debate and public interest in Scotland around Independence, this direction of travel is only going to lead to and end up with one thing and nothing more.

Yes, there is much excitement over the government now telling sturgeon ‘NO’, emboldened as they have been by the rise of a deceptively blue wall. However, the chances are that this will never be enough. And whilst we continue to have a political class that prizes the centralisation of power using pyrrhic political devices such as the creation of Metro Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners to suggest otherwise, the power, control and level of responsibility that could and should be devolved will never be handed back to the tiers of government that already existed before the devolution shenanigans began.

The excuse that all priorities focus on our exit from the pandemic will soon wear thin with the Scottish Electorate. The call of Indyref2 will become irresistible, and especially so once the painful consequences of such excessive and profligate public spending used to underpin the flawed lockdown policies of the Westminster Government begin to become evident. The SNP will simply sell this as a London-based ‘English’ problem and not one of their own.

The debate over another Scottish referendum and Scottish Independence has to all intents and purposes already been won – aided by the ineptitude of successive Westminster Governments who like the SNP want everything to run their own way and have no time for any cause other than their own.

The self-wounding that Blair inflicted upon the Union on behalf of the EU has been allowed to fester for so long that amputation may be the counterintuitive key to reestablishing and then developing a healthy democratic relationship between london and all regions of the UK in the longer term.

The only question that London can ask about its relationship with Scotland, whilst Sturgeon continues to frame the debate, is under what terms the exiled Scots will be allowed and encouraged to return, once the SNPs destructive dalliance with power and their misuse of responsibility has hurt the very people they lead enough for more caring minds to finally reject their dangerous brand of Nationalism and seek Scotland’s Union return.

Did China give us COVID-19 knowing it was no worse than severe flu; confident of exactly what weak-minded Governments in the West would inevitably do?

January 6, 2021 2 comments

Much earlier in the Pandemic, I wrote about the stupidity of trying to pin the blame for Coronavirus on China. I said that chasing reparations of any kind would never do anyone any good, and that the best value that the West could take away from the experience would be to conclude that the Chinese Government could not be trusted and we should not do or encourage business with them of any kind.

I have never bought into the establishment narrative of what Covid is and how it should have or now should be addressed, but I wrote this giving a nod to the possibility that the Virus could be different and significantly more severe than the ‘normal’ respiratory infections that we see each and every year.

What became clear very quickly is there is very little technical and statistical difference between the genuine impact of this respiratory infection and any severe seasonal flu, other than the classification and virus type itself. It is the way that it has and continues to be interpreted, translated and communicated that is key.

Uncomfortable though the truth may be, the only difference between Covid and a flu outbreak that we would experience in any year is the way it has been handled. COVID -19 has been publicised and pursued with the fears of weak- minded politicians and civil servants being dressed up and sold to us in a wholly indoctrinating, if not brain-washing form.

We live with threats that are much worse and much likelier to kill or even affect us in some way. We actively and willingly embrace many of them each and every day. But those threats are presented to us logically, without emotion and in ways that make sense of the level of risk in terms of what it takes for us to live and experience a ‘normal’ functioning life, accepting that there is an accompanying level of risk to us in virtually everything that we do. We drive or ride in cars, travel on planes and undertake jobs that make us vulnerable because that’s the only way the we get things done.

Stand back and view the Government response and reaction to Coronavirus objectively and in the sense that it could have been framed differently as something we would simply have to live with rather than than simply allowing it to dictate life.

You can perhaps then see how a real understanding of how the western mindset works could be weaponised against us or our political leadership, if it was played out and utilised against us and our leaders in precisely the right way.

This is where the real story of what China has done and why it has done it could begin.

It is difficult not to admire and have a very begrudging respect for the ruthless nature and strategic approach employed by the Chinese.

We have only recently been made very well aware of how they have embedded people who are friendly to their cause right across industry, academia and government, and the lessons that our Australian friends and cousins are now exposing through Chinese material interests in their Country point to a growing threat to western culture, business and freedom itself. All of it being levelled at us from the starting point of being an enemy already present within as we sleepwalk with the believe that Chinese money has a different value and is created differently to our own.

The Chinese have historically valued knowledge and respect the power that it gives them. It is therefore no great stretch of the imagination to be able to see and understand that they have been carefully observing our culture and our behaviours for a very long time. The Chinese have become very well aware of our weaknesses.

Our cultural susceptibility to manipulation using mass propaganda has been exposed along with how inept, self-serving and out of touch our political and government leadership has become.

The Chinese have been aware of the opportunity to destroy the West from within using the fat, entitled hierarchical structures that rule the entitled, take-everything-for-granted mentality of the West for a very long time.

With confidence in the knowledge and understanding that the Chinese have, it is far from impossible that they would see the overreaction of Western political leadership to a viral epidemic as the best opportunity to overtake the West without going to the lengths of having to engage in military conflict.

Yes, it all sounds far fetched. But the interest the Chinese have in its relationship with the West is in control and gaining that control in whatever way necessary to get the job done.

With their own people it’s easy for the Chinese Communist Government to inflict the authoritarian view. But without literally invading and taking over countries by using physical force, with consequences for their own Country that could easily destroy them, by far most sensible route to destabilise the countries that stand against them is to use the weaknesses of those countries to attack them from within.

In truth, we may never know the answer to the question of how or indeed why the COVID-19 pandemic began. It is not in the interests of the Chinese to provide Western Governments with any form of help that might prove to shine any spotlight on the truth of what really happened.

What we should keep in mind however, is that no country inclined to use aggressive force against others for the purpose of gaining control is likely to weoponise anything that it couldn’t either control or understand to be harmless to the people it considers to be a beneficial use.

Wuhan in China is now back to operating as if the outbreak from within its boundaries simply didn’t exist.

Today we should be asking ourselves who has most to gain from the deference paid to neoliberalism and the global economy if weak minded Western leaders come out the other side of this Pandemic and behave like nothing has changed and everything remains the same?

The Covid Crimes Tribunal is a very dangerous idea. One that could lead to a new Great Terror for the UK before our transition to the post-Covid age

December 30, 2020 Leave a comment

There is no joy in watching people whose views and actions you otherwise respect getting so bogged down in the detail of everything that frustrates them about this Covid-19 age, that they have become obsessed with ideas of conspiracy theories. It is truly disconcerting to see great people reduced to eulogising the idea of a grand plan underpinning the pandemic itself, and the arrival of some new world order designed and set-in motion by a high-level intergovernmental networker based in Geneva.

This downward spiral or process that has hidden the legitimacy of the antilockdown platform has been underway for many months. Until now, the most concerning milestone was the backing and involvement of David Icke. But that concern has progressed to full red-flag danger now that there is talk of a Covid Crimes Tribunal being set up to prosecute those responsible for making the decisions affecting us all since the Coronavirus Pandemic began.

With so much media coverage being expended on the Brexit deal and the roll out of the COVID-19 Vaccine, you could be forgiven for simply overlooking everything else. It would be very easy to fall into the open elephant trap of believing that these are now the only stories in town.

Very regrettably, they are not. And whilst it seems extremely hard to believe that anything worse than the cycles of lockdowns and going through Tiers could be coming our way, the personal and real-life impact of an ongoing chain of poor, non-consequential decision making and choices made for the sake of political expediency on the part of people who should know a lot better, have been hurting – and yes, even killing people since the very early days of when this horrific chapter began.

It is certainly true that there is no excuse for what the Government and their advisors have done.

There was another way. A way that would have avoided the destruction of the UK Economy, the business closures, the job losses, the mental health issues, the domestic violence and the suicides to name but just a few of the consequences of the decisions taken and what these people have done.

Indeed, if the media were to give as much time and coverage to the real-life stories of destruction caused by the Lockdown and Social Distancing measures, then those still supporting Lockdowns would surely gain a real perspective of the cost of overreacting to a virus that has an impact arguably no worse than a very virulent strain of flu. This real news would surely snap the greater majority of people out of the idea that the Government has done the best that it could on our collective behalf all the way along.

For many of those who can see this reality already – that these are the consequences of an entire political class going completely the wrong way – it is becoming easier by the day to conclude that those responsible must be punished for what they have done.

Yet we all share the responsibility for having allowed our system of government and democracy to deteriorate so far that we have such inept and ill-equipped politicians running the Country. People who genuinely believe they are doing their job but don’t have the background, life experience nor wherewithal to deal with a national crisis as they should. A culture that has taken over the British Political system and the process of democracy so comprehensively that there is no easy way to replace them with people who would take responsibility for those they represent and lead as they should.

Talk of punishment – however measured that talk might appear to be – is likely to prove prescient and as such a very irresponsible act as a restriction on its severity in these unchartered circumstances cannot be assured.

When things really begin to go as bad as they surely will, as 2021 progresses and as the furlough scheme and the false floor economy comes to its end, increasing numbers of people will become angry and start to look for answers. They are unlikely to be ready to listen to reason once focus has been redirected upon blame and their passion over this grand injustice has been inflamed.

The best and arguably most painful form of punishment that can be applied to the people responsible for all of this is for them to lose their jobs and power. For them to be replaced by people who will undertake the responsibilities of the very same roles in the way that they should have, and for all of them to never again be allowed take over public office of any kind and be allowed to use it for their own benefit.

What we don’t need to do is encourage a journey from one extreme form of consequential group prejudice to the another, just as wokeism, the rights lobby and political correctness has already done and is still determined to do.

Violence is likely to be an inevitable progression from talk of tribunals in the circumstances that we can expect to come.

No matter how justified it may feel to enact it upon those who have avoidably created and engendered such levels of harm, the damage some great and avoidable reckoning visited upon the proponents of the Lockdown and the Economic Crash will do to British society will haunt us in ways that are completely unimaginable. It will do so beyond all of our lifetimes, and like the French Revolution and the Great Terror it precipitated would probably do so for Centuries to come.

The kind of thinking at work here is short term in political terms. It doesn’t respect the rules of the political game that exists and is at work across the UK. One that dictates that you can only change the rules when you are in power and you can only gain power by playing by the rules.

Those currently focusing on the blame game would do much better to expend their energies proactively and start to work towards the creation and development of an alternative political force.

After all, playing the long game in politics will ensure that all the bases in the short game are properly covered too.

War would have been less damaging to our Country than the Government’s response to Coronavirus because people would at least still want to live

September 18, 2020 Leave a comment

As a regular walker, I am now used to the process of getting to know the people I meet regularly. Smiles become hellos. Hellos become a moment sharing the time of day or a view. Sharing a view becomes a discussion on a life and experience that you would never otherwise have known about.

One such series of encounters led me to become familiar with one old guy in the Village where I live, and as he regaled me with stories of the nights that he and his brother would catch a train from Gloucester to attend dances in the Village pub, it wasn’t the romantic idea of steam and a train station lost under the Beaching Act that captured my imagination the most. It was his memory of the time in the years after the Second World War when he said ‘We were glad to be alive’.

This was a conversation that came before Coronavirus and it did of course stir my thoughts on the entitlement and ‘take everything for granted’ culture that has been so prevalent, where young people don’t want to become Police Officers because they don’t like working nights, and soldiers are more likely to be experts at protesting the technicalities of their human rights after capture on a battlefield rather than pick up a heavy gun and fight and avoid being caught.

Yet since the Government’s response to Coronavirus began, what started as concern has been replaced with the utter disbelief that in only six months of a Conservative Government handling a ‘peacetime’ national crisis, people have been deliberately manipulated and conditioned so effectively that they are now afraid to live.

What is clear is the Government’s response to Coronavirus has been more damaging psychologically to the minds and thinking of British People and our national psyche than our direct involvement in a war would be.

In the 1940’s Blitz, as bombs dropped, neighbours and friends died, and houses, pubs and schools were completely destroyed, people still wanted – and were prepared – to go about their daily business in as normal way as possible. They looked each and every day in the eye and wanted to rebuild and rejuvenate the world around them so they could grasp everything and every opportunity that was there to be enjoyed.

Death was a regular visitor. But death was never inevitable for as long as people respected and worked on the basis that we were in in together.

Yet today, as we supposedly fight disproportionately against a cold like virus that the Government itself fears more than it understands, we are being forced to believe that by being together at any time, our early death is inevitable, whilst death itself is not present amongst us in any way that is different to what would be the seasonal norm.

What the hell have our politicians done?

How did they do it?

Why did they do it?

What does it tell us about the World to come?

Whilst fear makes the world turn at some level for everyone, many do not possess the awareness either to accept or to understand this.

Fear is the power that drives everything in this world at the deepest, most intrinsic level. And if the fear button is incorrectly and deliberately pushed, fear can do untold harm to anyone and everyone, no matter how rational they might believe or understand themselves to be.

If you have access to Netflix, you may have taken the 90 minutes or so to watch ‘The Social Dilemma’ which is a very recent release. It is certainly worth a view as it puts in perspective the harm that can be done and the consequences for us all when people’s minds are played with in the pursuit of profit when the only thing intended (and considered) by the Social Media platform is a fee-paying result.

The cultural use of Facebook, Twitter and just about every social media platform you can think of is having an adverse effect of some kind on all of our upcoming generations. And this is what happens when there isn’t the use of fear involved.

Flip the coin of behavioural control to its other side and you will find the pseudo science of Behavioural Economics or ‘nudging’ in order to achieve specific outcomes with people.

It’s what unscrupulous politicians who are only worried about controlling people would see as the easy way to ‘get things done’.

Social Media is filling up with discussion groups focusing on what is little more than a drive to change people’s behaviour without those same people being conscious that they are being influenced and changing the way they behave in any way.

It’s been a growth industry in recent years with No10 even having its own Behavioural Insights Team.

It was these guys who were called on when the Coronavirus Pandemic kicked into full swing and the Johnson Government – forever committed to controlling the agenda – decided that it was time to use their mind manipulation unit to get the whole population, rather than the virus, under control.

What the impact of Social Media on young minds, Behavioural Economics (or Insights) and Boris’ Lockdown behavioural controls on us all have in common, is they have a defined and measurable purpose. But the consequences or side effects of the actions taken are also not being given a second thought.

It’s a bit like the stories that you may have heard about live theatre shows where a well-known performer conducts hypnosis on members of the audience to get them to do things like barking like a dog or pretending to be something that they are not, whilst all the time they are ‘under’ and not aware of what they have done. Just as the hypnotiser can programme the person being hypnotised to do something with a trigger word at a future time, they can also be sewing all sorts of damage to the individuals mental health which can impact heavily upon their life to come.

The objective of the Government’s mind games at the beginning of the Lockdown, was control of the population. The method of hypnosis that they used was fear. The intended result was a population that would do what it was told wherever the words Covid-19 or Coronavirus were involved. The unforeseen consequence and the damage done is that people are now too afraid to live.

Whilst Lockdown and Social Distancing Measures of any kind continue to exist, it will be all but impossible to snap anyone out of the mind-meld that the Government has created, as continuation of these measures in any form will give legitimacy to lie that a real population-wide threat from Coronavirus continues to exist.

We are literally in the situation that until a responsible Government or Political Leader stands up and says this was all a crock of shit and that Coronavirus is just another illness that has to be treated and addressed quietly and without fuss just like everything else, this Government-inflicted malaise will continue and it will continue at rabid pace.

As we don’t have such worthy politicians in Westminster today, we are in effect staring into a void where none of the damage done can be reversed.

The damage was avoidable and should have been avoided. But this is what happens when irresponsible politicians get their hands-on irresponsible toys.

Whilst the political classes complain of the risk to their idea of democracy from fake news, it is the very same susceptibility to misinformation that people have that makes everyone vulnerable to what politicians have themselves done, just so they could retain the control they believed they had.

Any form of manipulation conducted deliberately will have wider and unknown consequences. Its use is therefore wrong.

Profit or control. The aim simply doesn’t matter. The cost is simply too high for the lives of those People involved.

As we go forward and we leave the days of this kind of government behind, this misuse of power and the roll out of this 21st Century ‘dark art’ must be regulated and kept under strict control.

The Lockdown measures have taken beneficial ‘nudging’ like the fly stickers in the urinals of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to a nefarious extreme. The ability to manipulate minds in this way is simply too much responsibility for politicians and business people without scruples to have.

There. Is. NO. CONSPIRACY. (Don’t get high on David Icke’s supply…)

August 27, 2020 2 comments

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Reason seems not only to have left the Government and the process of making decisions for us all. It also appears to have evaporated from the thinking of more or less everyone who has lined themselves up against the Government under the guise of being Lockdown Sceptics, Anti-Lockdown, Anti-Mask, Anti-Social Distancing or indeed any of the growing number of Anti-Government activist movements that the Lockdown has brought into being.

In what seems to have been a very quick turn of events – and when I say quick, I am numbering this development in terms of just a few days – what looked like it might become a growing legitimate campaign lining up against the injustices visited upon us all, has entered and then accelerated on a downward spiral of obsessing over conspiracy theories as a way of explaining and justifying its cause.

Trying to explain or find a way to explain events that appear to defy logic – as is the case with just about everything that the Government has recently done – is perfectly natural for all of us.

However, there is nothing for anyone to be gained by attempting to use conspiracy theories to explain the actions of very stupid politicians who have power and responsibility that they have no idea how to control.

Too many of us look for the most complicated ways to explain things we are unhappy with. Yet it is the simplest explanation that will usually do.

Hanlon’s Razer says ‘Never Attribute to Malice That Which Can be Adequately Explained By Stupidity.

Whilst it seems impossible to believe that we could have a completely inept, incompetent Government ‘running’ the UK today – especially in the middle of a national crisis, this is the reality we have to face.

We give politicians far more credit than they deserve and fall into the trap of believing that anyone who has attained high or elected office must surely be as clever or as intelligent as they come.

People can have the ‘best’ education, come from the ‘best’ backgrounds, have the ‘best’ connections and have lives that make it look like they have been privileged in every single way. But they can still be completely and utterly stupid. Being in politics and elected to high office does not make them immune from the moments or entire lifetimes of stupidity that can afflict us all.

This is about basic human behaviour. The way that normal people behave. The only difference when we consider the case of the people who lead us is the way those of us who outside the Westminster bubble perceive these ‘politicians’ to be.

There is no grand plan at work. Coronavirus is not the weapon of a clandestine secret world government that sits above Boris Johnson and his Government, actively pulling their strings.

Yes, the Lockdown and the Johnson Government’s actions in response to it are going to bring about a massive ‘reset’.

But those actions have caused the coming reset. The outcomes they have and will create were not in any way planned in advance.

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the fallout from their response to it is not something that Johnson & Co were equipped to deal with. It is not something that they have precipitated knowingly by choice.

Sadly, by failing to recognise that politicians cannot and will not change their direction and their way of doing things because they are behaving stupidly, many of the people who are talking up conspiracies to explain this stupidity are themselves behaving stupidly too.

This is bad enough. But when time is so short, when an alternative to the current political choices may be needed in just the few months ahead, the failure to step back and see that there is a bigger picture at work could easily close the minds of the many to what presented differently could easily become a highly credible choice to what we already have.

Aligning the ‘anti-government’ movement with voices such as David Icke will quickly make the alternative choice to the Government and broken political system they represent an impossible one for the majority of people.

People already are or very soon will be desperate for someone or something credible to fill the void that will appear the moment that the Government’s time is done.

The chaos, bitterness, hatred and anger that David Icke and his ideas represent are certainly not credible. They are not the solution.

The majority of people know this at a visceral level, without ever needing to give the matter another thought. And they will be switched off the moment they become aware that he is involved.

If Icke’s ideas were sold purely as metaphor and nothing else, some might argue that there is validity within the themes. There might even be recognition of some partial truths.

But they are not.

Icke’s ideas are sold as being unadulterated fact and that creates a danger in everything that he and the people who promote his ideas and way of thinking do.

There is great irony in Icke’s proclamation of being the son of God. The Church of England is a living, breathing example of how something in the mainstream that works well when it allows people to have ‘faith’ is then rejected by the majority when it presents metaphorical ‘teachings’ as absolute fact.

The British Public need a lot more than conspiracy theories to get them out of the hole that this Government and generations of politicians just like them have actively dug for us.

This Government is not going to listen to reason, to life experience or anything else that we outside the bubble know and understand to be perfectly reasonable expectations to place on public representatives. Because their stupidity and self-serving nature leads them to believe that they have a choice.

It is because politicians have not been listening to us for so long, that we have a level of stupidity in government today that makes rational people believe that the decisions being taken could only be the creation of a malevolent force that is deliberately intent on doing us all harm.

We have to remove the political culture that this Government represents from every position of public representation and public power or responsibility, so that selfishness and stupidity in decision making can no longer do innocent British People any harm.

But to achieve this, we MUST employ a reasoned and fully considered approach that includes and motivates everyone. Not just those who think that changing any of this is as simple as a political choice.

Conspiracies are not going to wash with the majority. Deep down, people know that basic human nature is pretty much guaranteed to be the underlying cause of anything that ends up hurting anyone. The default setting of the human condition is to be selfish and self-serving. Others become victims of these default choices as a consequence and rarely as a deliberate choice.

Of the growing number of people now lining up against this rotten Government and all that it does, it would only take a handful to begin building the movement for change that would have all the right ingredients required for success and to make it work.

The Chinese Government’s ruthlessness is a strategic risk empowered by the cultural fear Johnson & Co created to help their own plans for control

August 24, 2020 Leave a comment

Whilst conspiracists and even Governments see the suggestion that China deliberately unleashed Coronavirus on the World as a legitimate hammer to hit them with, there remain simply too many variables and unknowns for a Government as controlling as the Communist Chinese to indulge. That isn’t to say they are neither prepared nor are not already using their ruthlessness to gain a strategic upper hand against the West as our Countries go to pieces because of Coronavirus Policy.

Whilst our Prime Minister likes to think of himself as the Churchill of the modern age, he is presiding over what history is likely to record as one of the most destructive British Governments ever known.

Johnson’s Conservatives have turned a crisis into calamity whilst convincing a significant part of the population that it is no longer safe to live.

If every country around the globe were doing nothing other than dealing with Coronavirus, or rather pandering to the fear of it – as Boris and his Government deliberately are, it would merely be the financial chaos that they have unleashed without good reason in response to the Lockdown they created that would be the biggest problem we face today by far.

However, blame for the genesis of coronavirus, the Huawei 5G question and the South China Sea uncertainties aside, little attention is being focused on China, whilst it is pretty much steaming ahead with everything – like COVID-19 was a meaningless blip it has simply cast aside.

It’s as if China was on the pre-Covid world ‘ship’ with everyone, yet they have carried on accelerating output and enhancing both their economic and industrial situation, whilst all of the western ‘wet’, incompetent and self-serving governments have self sabotaged their own Countries and jumped overboard.

Why does it matter?

It matters because the world is not a happy place. The complacency that has taken over our lives has made both the UK and the wider world an increasingly vulnerable place.

Whilst political correctness and the woke age sees the lives of people cancelled simply for daring to express themselves freely, we have collectively entered a very dangerous time when we literally only see threats from people who dare to offend fashionable thinking and use their voice.

Regrettably, many of the people waking to the threat to our way of living that our own government has caused in their response to the Coronavirus Pandemic are falling into a trap of believing that there is some great conspiracy at work to create a deliberate reset that will enslave us all. Yet the real threat to the Western world is the new world order that the Chinese is already working strategically to impose and fully intends to head.

China is the industrial and economic powerhouse that we should fear, because the Chinese Government see no moral restrictions in their way to achieving anything they want.

Instead our gutless and inept politicians have spent years sucking up to the Chinese Government simply because our own politicians values revolve around money and China appears to be the one Country always ready to help out when there’s a need for ready cash with the seemingly bottomless pockets to go with it.

Beyond the responsibility and the guilt that growing numbers now wish to be attributed to the actions of Boris and Co. there is perhaps an even greater injustice than their catastrophic mishandling of the Coronavirus Pandemic: in terms of national security they and have been and are strategically asleep at the wheel.

There is no reason to not trade with any country if they have goods or services to offer, they we cannot produce in the UK.

Yet the globalist approach that has been part of this neoliberalist age has pushed manufacturing and jobs headlong into the lair of the dragon. Corporate greed and government incompetence have elevated the chase for profits into a different league, playing right into the hands of a regime that uses deception to gain advantage as its default choice.

As the UK and many other countries around the world begin their descent into an economic abyss that there was never a need for us to fall into, let alone be propelled there by the choice and actions of our politicians, the Chinese government is amassing strength in all manner of ways, aided exponentially by this now unavoidable demise of our own.

The Chinese are positioning themselves to exploit this situation to their advantage. They will quickly be in a position to militarily threaten us in the physical world as well as in the parallel cyber universe where their tentacles have spread far beyond our current national capabilities and probably even into our own homes.

Because of what our politicians have done or failed to do, the 1930’s age of appeasement under the threat of Hitler in Europe may well soon resemble a comparatively idle threat when you put in perspective what’s really involved.

Motivating an entire nation that has been brainwashed to fear death from a virus at every step will feel all but impossible to any genuine leader in itself. But having to face overturning the material effect of decades of Neoliberalism and Globalisation too, in order to restore our collective way of thinking, our motivation and our manufacturing capabilities – just so that we can actually respond when WE are the ones being threatened by war (and if the Chinese do not win without a shot being fired first ) – will be beyond compare.

We can only hope that the trajectory we now appear to be on turns out to be false or positively different than it appears. Otherwise the chances are, instead of being a great leader who preserved our freedom at all costs, Boris Johnson will he seen as the prime minister so obsessed with controlling people’s freedoms to preserve his own role that he gave away everyone’s ability to be free by choice.

A Gloucester shopkeeper has banned ALL customers not wearing a mask, insisting he is right to do so: This is what the Johnson Government has achieved by using fear to legitimise bullshit and lies

August 21, 2020 Leave a comment

As that wonderful West Country lilt boomed out of Alexa and Heart Gloucestershire’s News bulletin this morning, I began to realise that I was listening to the real damage that Boris has done to this Country, made real through the words and deeds of a Gloucester Shopkeeper.

“Nobody’s exempt from spreading a virus” said it all. As the local radio journalist reported that this shop owner was turning away anyone not wearing a face mask, including those who the Government had declared exempt.

The realty that there are now retailers willing to break rights laws to keep the virus that they have actively been encouraged to fear so passionately out of their store, tells us that the whole set of myths created by the Government for nothing more than political expediency are now well and truly out of control.

The problem is now unlikely to be tamed by anyone or anything whilst even the slightest remnants of social distancing and any form of the Lockdown remain.

Fear can do this to people because of the way that fear works. It permeates everything at some level within the human experience, basically motivating us all.

Just any old person rocking up and telling you that your life is at risk from something you haven’t heard of will most often be met with the scorn that such statements require when life experience or simple common sense will tell us what the risk of anything really is. But when so many people’s experience has been that the Government and the mainstream media are to be trusted above all else and they then tell us partial truths -intentionally knowing what the result will be, this manifestation of involuntary and unconscious stupidity is bound to be the end result.

Many, in fact probably most people currently inhabit an ideological no man’s land in between those who are against mask wearing, social distancing and everything about the Lockdown, and then what appears to be a group of zealots who clearly believe in the truth of what the Government is doing even more so than the Government does itself.

People who bolt on their own interpretation of these crazy rules to those pushed upon us by the Government are not only likely to believe they are doing the right thing. They interpret that they will benefit from the publicity that the story generates, as the establishment narrative suggests to them that others will come out in support of what they have done.

The big problem for us – other than the stupidity of the Government and the establishment itself, is that we are culturally in a black hole with a fear-based gravitational pull. Political correctness, wokeness and the ability of online activists to ‘cancel’ people just because they have decided that someone else could be offended by their words or actions have reached critical levels.

We are at genuine risk of this ridiculous Government adopting even more restrictive social distancing measures to appease these people, even though the Government knows that the whole thing was created for no purpose that was of public benefit.

Every additional restriction is a degenerative step against the cohesiveness of our society and the Government is on a very slippery slope to making this situation uncontrollably worse for us all.

The abuse of public trust and disingenuousness of the engineered manipulation that has been used by people who were given their power to benefit us – not control us, would be criminal if it had been carried out by anyone or any organised body other than the Government. This reality doesn’t excuse it. It makes what they are doing and what they have done even worse.

Activists such as those following #KBF don’t understand why people keep putting on masks to go into shops and are doing what they are told. But just like people pay their taxes every month, most law-abiding people don’t see there being any voluntary choice, or they would exercise it. That is why what Boris and his cronies have done is in effect systemic abuse of the masses – arguably only for their own gain.

Without a change in direction on the part of this Government or a change in the Government itself – which is likely to come anyway very soon, people are going to be increasingly divided between those who believe all of the Government myths and will then choose how to interpret them, and those who refuse to be ‘on board’ with any of what the Government and anyone supporting the measures they have imposed chooses to do.

This is now becoming a question of whether to live in constant fear of living to protect lives that no longer have value because of a myth, or better to just get on and live one.

Let’s just say the question would be on very questionable ground if the threat was real – which it clearly is not.

The only way for this madness to be stopped is for all of the Government measures for responding to the Coronavirus to be dropped and for Boris and Co to return to what they should have been doing in the first place. That would be to focus the considerable public resources that we have put at their disposal to manage any genuine cases of the Coronavirus Illness if and where they exists, as they would any one of the significant number of illnesses, diseases and conditions that kill many British people every day that we never hear about unless our own lives have been directly touched by loss.

To preserve our culture and retain at least a realistic level of humanity within our relationships with people outside of our own homes, we must get this ridiculous mask rule and all of the social distancing and lockdown measures reversed as soon as we possibly can. But we need to get rid of this Government, this political class and the establishment too.

Whilst it is easy to believe otherwise, the two are not mutually exclusive. The problems we have will just get worse and get more ridiculous in other forms for as long as these stupid politicians retain power to do more wrong.

The real game in town is replacing this Government with the right people, not challenging everything they are getting wrong

August 19, 2020 2 comments

One of the biggest challenges that anyone faces who doesn’t understand how the wheels turn in politics and government is that even when things look totally dire in real time, no matter what heads may roll in the meantime, the critical point of resultant change or to the time that the difference can be made often follows much later, possibly weeks, months or even years ahead.

It’s one of the reasons that you might have heard the expression ‘politics is a long game’. Regrettably, those of us at the point of literally just having been hurt or having experienced pain from what Boris and his Government of stupid politicians has done seldom have the patience to be able to stand back and review the options, and understandably so.

If you look beyond the establishment narratives that are being pumped out by politicians and the mainstream media, you will see a whole movement of activists developing, that is responding directly to the injustices that the Johnson Government is visiting upon us. Albeit it is a rather discombobulated one.

The inability of this movement to coalesce around anything meaningful at this moment in time is regrettable. The stakes for us all could probably not be higher.

Yet the obsession that many of the independently minded activists, this anti-establishment movement has with being right and therefore making the people they see as stupid wrong, is simply keeping the focus away from the bigger issues that are at work here. Eyes are literally being targeted at completely the wrong place.

Twitter this morning is full of normally very sensible and intelligent people comparing notes on being blocked, stressing how they were ‘having a genuine conversation’ before they were, whilst branding those who might be following the orders of a completely dysfunctional regime as being ‘wrong’, even though the people they are doing-down are technically or legally only doing what’s right.

That moment of self-congratulation that can only ever become real and ‘perfectly’ right once it has been shared with the adoration of the echo chamber does feel very real for anyone whose main objective is to be right, rather than happy, all of the time.

Trolling – which is what an obsessive need to keep ‘debating’ people online with the explicit purpose of making them wrong actually is – is borne from the reality that the ‘hit’ that comes from being ‘proved right’ is temporary and fleeting just like the abuse or habitual use of any drug.

Meanwhile, the bigger picture, the main story and the opportunity to do something positive and good is passing these self-styled activists right on by – Potentially this time at the cost of us all.

Regrettably, even a significant percentage of politicians, officers, civil servants and executives across government and the public sector do not understand how the whole thing really works. That is a very big part of the reason that the Country is in the mess that it is with the process of things coming to a head only having been sped up since the Coronavirus Pandemic began.

The things that Boris and his Government have done and the damage that they have caused us all cannot and will not be addressed by each and every one of us outside the Westminster bubble staring each other down and having a scrap over whether your position on supporting the Government or being anti whatever it is that you are actually against is right, wrong or the ‘truth’.

Of all the overpopulation of elephants that are congregating in this room, there is a comparative mammoth sat quietly in the background that is so big, it could eat not only the other elephants, but this whole room of chaos in one bite.

The reality hiding in plain sight is that all the problems can and will only be dealt with and resolved by a different government led by very different people to the ones that we have. Leaders who are motivated like none of the stupid politicians that we have elected before.

Focusing on the Lockdown, Social Distancing, wearing Masks, Exam results or whatever has affected you or those important to you in some way directly or emotionally won’t now change a thing.

The political class that we have is so stupid and self-centred that it can and will only respond to anything that it sees to be either an electoral risk or has the potential to get them where they want to be.

Fear breeds fear. It is the fear of losing control that led these very stupid politicians to unleash so many programmes of fear upon us all with the aim of controlling the public – because they believed they could – when they should have been using the considerable public resources at their disposal to control only the spread of Coronavirus. Regrettably, they are fearful of everything and believed that they could not.

As I wrote in my blog yesterday, there is a window of opportunity for a movement for change to come together now and everything right.

The Johnson Government will reach its implosion point probably withing 5 or 6 months at most. When it does, we the British Public need to replace them with people who are genuine leaders who understand the bigger picture in a way that many of us do not and should not have to. Leaders who can and will work tirelessly for us all until everything and every injustice is put right.

The solution will not come from any of the political groups or political parties that are at Westminster now. They and their people are all cut from the same cloth – no matter what colour the cloth has been dyed by their mealy-mouthed and dubious words.

Yet they – or people who are even worse than them – will step in and fill the void that the end of the Johnson Government will create, if we do not collectively start to look to play the game by the rules instead of endlessly running on to the field like puffed-up game birds that just get blocked by those we should be working with because there is no credibility in the way they play.

The first step to this is to stop looking to be right and make others wrong and focus instead on doing what is right so that we can collectively overcome all that is wrong.

This has to begin with a conversation, and until people are ready to listen as well as speak, and then open up to the reality that even those who seem to be completely right might be getting at least some of this wrong, the process of doing what’s right and dealing with everything that’s wrong for everyone cannot even begin.

There’s nothing humane about algorithms being used to make life judgements and the A’ Level grade fiasco should be a lesson to us all

August 17, 2020 1 comment

Regrettably, at the time of a National Crisis, it seems that the only thing original about the Johnson Government is its ability to repeatedly fuck things up.

I would like to be able to say that they have a legitimate excuse for doing everything that they have done since the Coronavirus Pandemic came into view. But they don’t. And whilst many still believe it right to support the Government because that’s what you should do, the real story and all the different truths that have ridden shotgun with the creation of this chaos will come to light, either when the public files are opened or this stupid political clique is replaced by someone who knows what politicians are actually supposed to do.

Of all the mistakes Johnson and his cronies have made so far, the one that illustrates the abject disconnect from all forms of decision-making-responsibility that is endemic within this political culture was that of using an algorithm to produce grades for our 18 year old, end-of-school students who inevitably see their A ‘Level grades as a pivot point where the success or failure of their entire lives is mapped out.

Without the intervention of school closures that were neither necessary and certainly weren’t thought through, the GCSE and A ‘Level exams process in the UK was already arbitrary in the extreme, overlooking the reality that many students are not academically inclined and of those who appear to be, some will never be masters of exam technique. But to then fully dehumanise the process and use an algorithm when another political choice meant that exams in the summer of 2020 could not be done is an injustice of an extraordinary kind.

Algorithms are great for working with number and sifting data of a numerical or quantitative kind. But they are next to useless when qualitative data or the real idiosyncrasies and circumstances of life are concerned and the only shortcut that this route was ever going to provide was one to treating all A ‘Level Students as if the history or chronology of the events, what they did and how they did it was identically the same – not to mention anything that is already discussed above.

Yes, the Universities application and offer process is annually constrained by numbers. But Coronavirus and the ridiculous steps that the Government has already taken meant that this was never going to be a normal year, and simply factors such as foreign student numbers no longer being as certain as ‘normal’ would have meant there are vacancies that our commercially focused Universities need to fill to make the sums add up – no matter the usual grades requirements involved.

There is no algorithm that can fairly explain or make account for the peculiarities of any individuals circumstances. It is both lazy and distinctly harmful to surrender human decision making to a machine when that machine can only ever account for the level of detail or date that it was programmed with.

Parents are naturally beside themselves right now and many have good reason to be. Young people who were about to break free of the perceptual barriers and ties of their background have been binned just because our politicians are not up to the job and incapable of thinking in a different way. But the real travesty beyond that which I hope as I write public pressure will force Johnson to fix, is the reality that algorithms are already playing a massive part in the formal electronic or -online’ relationships that we have everything from our use of social media, to how our job applications are managed giving recruiters an irresponsibly easy time to check that boxes are ticked and nothing else.

Algorithms and the people who use them to cut corners of make business processes ‘more efficient’ to cut costs are not only playing a massive part in the dehumanisation of relationships that has accompanied the internet age. They are also condemning people whose circumstances a computer code will inevitably overlook whilst denying the benefits of added value to businesses that before the created quasi sectors of HR and Recruitment evolved were always a major consideration of the employing managers – and still would be if they realised what a con and all-round injustice these algorithms and employing the services of the people who use them involve.

This corner cutting is pernicious and whilst the improvement in technology to in turn improve the user and end user experience is always something that we should aspire to, it should not necessarily mean that the advances are used to cut costs and jobs if that is what it can do. The quality of the relationship with people, the product and the all-round experience will always be compromised if it is indeed not lost and money or cost-saving should never be the basic law governing business when everything that we do in any business is ultimately always and universally about people and thereby the human relationship.

Johnsons ‘Conservatives’ can use Thatcher memes as much as they like. There is a BIG difference between doing what is right for us all and doing what is right just for them

August 17, 2020 Leave a comment

The Conservative Party is in the shit. Everyone knows it. Even Tory MPs themselves. One even accused the Government of ‘wanking into the void’ this past weekend.

So, what do Conservatives do when they need to look good at a time when they are looking really bad? They roll out memes of past Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talking about doing what’s ‘right’.

The first thing that should be cleared up before I get started is that the Conservative Party of Maggie Thatcher’s day was very different to the one that we have now. In comparison, the Conservative Party of the Cameron, May and Johnson epoch isn’t conservative at all.

As far as doing what’s right is concerned, even the great Lady herself failed to be right in the right way at least some of the time. But it is because she did have many of the principles of leadership right that the things she didn’t get ‘right’ turned out to be so wrong in the years that followed her premiership.

Decades of the wrong people being in politics for what they see as the right reasons have seen public policy across the UK going the wrong way for a very long time.

Sooner or later this political class were going to be found out. And whilst Brexit lifted the stone and shone a bright light on everything that is wrong with the system at Westminster, it was the Coronavirus Pandemic that has really exposed to the view of the world how poor our politicians really are.

People who are not real leaders of people emulate the titans of history that they and others look up to and are inspired by, in some bizarre attempt to reach out and convince the people that they are ‘just like them’.

Boris has been trying to spin this yarn throughout his public life. Now this so-called ‘Conservative’ non-government and those who support it are going through the sickening process of reprising our last great Prime Minister in the hope that it will transform the public opinion of what they do.

If this Government had been at least attempting to do what is genuinely right, the situation that the UK now faces could be a very different one indeed.

To be fair to all of the politicians who hold responsibility for creating the mess that we face, they probably did think they were doing what’s right. But the question of what’s right at the moment of any decisions can only depend upon what you genuinely believe that doing ‘what’s right’ is.

One of the great questions of human psychology is ‘Can anyone be fully altruistic?’. In the answer lies a significant clue to how we identify the people who should be leading this Country. It is only those who are committed to the principle that the answer is yes and are then prepared to take every step in public office to create solutions and the public frameworks, systems and processes to help people experience that this is right, that we will know the right decisions are genuinely going to always be made.

Generally speaking, there are three versions of doing what’s right. 1.) Doing what’s right for me. 2.) Doing what’s right for you. 3.) Doing what’s right for us all.

  1. Doing what’s right for us all: This is the real deal – or what it should be. Decisions are made with the consequences and the impacts on what the decision will touch – however many steps removed that impact might be. By far the most difficult because it requires the decision maker not only to be conscious of the implications of what they are doing whether they may seem disadvantageous for some, but also requires that they act upon it anyway. This is the real ‘bigger picture’ stuff that academia and speakers pay lip service but rarely does. At its extremes, this is Churchill destroying the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir or an MP employing an external applicant for a role a family member has applied for because they have the experience, track record and skills.
  2. Doing what’s right for you: This is the one where influence comes to bear. The one where lobbyists, well known organisations, media moguls, celebrities, corporate leaders and a range of bullies are able to exert undue pressure on weak minded politicians to get what they want because its good for them and/or whoever they represent or who follows them. It happens in the UK a lot more than it should (watch the documentary 3 part series on BBC iPlayer ‘The Rise of The Murdoch Dynsasty’ to see how this kind of thing can work}. Many don’t realise that doing what’s right ‘for you’, is actually the same as doing what’s right for me, because ultimately, such a choice is always made on the basis of what it will do for or how it will reflect on the decision maker.
  3. Doing what’s right for me: Sadly, this is the default setting of ‘doing what’s right’ for politicians and the leaders who populate the Establishment today. Its about how every situation will impact ‘me’ on a personal, financial, career or threat level. Actually, how the default position of human thinking works, the whole thing hinges on the natural propensity to be driven by fear in every respect at some level, usually without even being unaware that we are even doing it. For politicians this manifests itself most evidently today in their obsession in doing everything with an eye on the next election and nothing else. People who lack self-awareness to this degree should never be trusted with public office and we are now living and experiencing the consequences of politicians who simply have no idea or appreciation of life experience beyond their own.

Yes, the fact that I am writing a blog requires that I keep these descriptions succinct. But I’m sure you will get the idea.

Whilst many are obsessed with a perceived need for there always to be a plan or strategy in place before anything in the public sphere can be done, the reality of doing so usually means that there is an agenda at work which is based on the decision makers ‘need’ to do what’s right for you and/or for me. It’s all too often where everything begins to go wrong.

Some also fall into the trap of believing that compromise is always necessary in decision making. But this is at best a myth and an outright lie at worst.

If decisions are made on the basis of what is right for all by those we have elected to take them, they never have to compromise unless they want to (to do what’s right for me or you), and the perceived compromise only comes in the form of the acceptance of the change that is necessary when someone who has previously benefitted from decisions being made that were only right for them has to accept that any ‘loss’ the correct approach brings to them when taken for all is in fact no loss for them at all.

Regrettably, the Party now masquerading as a conservative Government simply isn’t capable of doing what is right for anyone other than themselves. This was obvious to those with eyes to see long before the Coronavirus Pandemic began and is now becoming evident to more and more normal people as every day of this travesty and catastrophic response of the Johnson Government goes by.

In the coming months it will become essential for us all to have the right people in place. People who have the level of awareness necessary to face the gravity of the situation that the stupid politicians we have today created as they made decision after decision that was only right for themselves.

Our new leaders must reliably and repeatedly take the right decisions at the moment they are required to do whatever is necessary – and right for us all – to get the turnaround, the reset and the realisation of a great new future emerging out this neglectful darkness done.

Nobody with any sense said these decisions would ever be easy – that’s why we elect people so that making big decisions that affect us all is not something that we all have to do. It is nonetheless essential that doing what’s right for us all is the default principle that guides our leaders in what to do.

These politicians wanted the job, the titles, the benefits and the glory that goes with it. But they never wanted or expected the responsibility and it has become plain for all of us to see

August 16, 2020 Leave a comment

Right now, we are collectively waking up to problems created by others that have already, or soon will affect everyone.

The difference with this process of mass awakening is that it will not be yet another where we believe that we are going through it alone.

This crisis, its impact and its immeasurable consequences will sooner or later be shared very publicly and by us all.

Some have said that the behaviour of our politicians echos that of the people. As if the way we behave somehow permeates its way up to the highest levels of society.

But as we pause to look at the loss of jobs, the closure of businesses, our children missing school and the grades that they should have had, the rise in food poverty, the growth of domestic abuse and an explosion of suicides not just amongst men but across society and including young people too, how could it be that the way these stupid politicians see the world is so very different to the view we have of our own?

Bizarrely, the suggested relationship may in many ways be true. Not because we can openly see any correlation between the choices that Boris and Co have made that we can either relate to or which we believe that in the same position we would do the same. But because of the similarity of the principles that are now culturally ingrained have and those Boris, Sunak and Government are still demonstrating through a prolonged period of national crisis that will get much worse and will not be ending anytime soon.

Have you noticed that very few of us choose to pursue a professional career or be in a job these days because we want to be the best at whatever that role delivers or what it requires – for instance becoming a lawyer because we want to see that the law is fair for all?

It doesn’t matter what the profession might be. The desire to be a top-quality vocational professional because you are good at what you do no longer exists.

Careers are now about the money. The image of ourselves that we perceive. The image of us that we believe others will perceive. The benefits, the lifestyle and just about everything else we think that it will provide and enable us to do.

The flipside of all this is the customer experience of this. Being on the receiving end is reflected in the focus of shops and service providers always being about creating the opportunity to charge us more. For example, lawyers happily destroy the possibility of amicable divorce settlements because the more hours they do, the more they can charge. Yet mediation – if promoted and pursued as it could and should be by the whole legal profession – would be a significantly less destructive way to conclude many legal confrontations for the clients who are involved before there is any genuine need for them to exist.

Likewise, if you are a pet owner, you may have noticed that many of the vet practices will now offer you more and more expensive ways to treat your pet when they are ill or manage their lives when they are not – all with little regard for the impact on your pets wellbeing or the impact on your wallet that might be involved. It is cynical financial exploitation of the emotional bond we have with are pets to say the least.

Sadly, our children have not escaped this cultural malaise either. Many of us beyond the age of 40 will have grown up knowing some of not all of those who taught us having been genuinely inspiring educators who believed passionately in what they did and made the learning experience a good one for many if not all. It is not the same today. And with conditions, pay and personal safety being the main focus for the hollowed-out ‘teachers’ who are wrapped in a deceptive blanket of overqualification, we are all experiencing the result of what happens when there is an excuse not to work but get paid in every way just the same.

Politics in the UK is supposedly about public representation. The concept of our democracy itself is about representative government at all levels. But this is not what today’s politicians do or are aiming to do. It is the same principles at work within this political class that Teachers, Lawyers, Veterinary Surgeons and so many have too that has brought the whole basis of Democracy in this Country into doubt.

Whether it’s perceived power, glory, or the money and book deals that are supposed to follow, the motivations that this political class had to get to Westminster are not about responsibility or doing what’s right for anyone but themselves.

Boris has spent his life wanting to be Prime Minister and had it mapped out that he would be the Churchill of this age. But it is clear that he also believed that he would get there by some kind of divine right, rather than because he had any kind of natural gift as a leader or because in a national crisis he would simply have the wherewithal, life experience and self-certainty to know what to do.

People, and above all our politicians – who should be setting an example to us all rather than simply being a mirror – have no concept of what it is to be someone who takes on a role because it is worth doing to benefit others. They only recognise jobs on the basis of what they can provide or give them.

This MUST change.

The coming reset is going to inflict hardship on all levels of society of the like we have never seen.

There is an opportunity for everyone to experience how everything and every part of society will work better for everyone and not least of all ourselves, if we focus on doing our jobs well, and the best that we can.

Our whole culture has for years been obsessed with material gain and what it means to be financially rich. This has resulted in a level of inequality that leaves people at one end of the scale unable to ever feel secure financially at one end, whilst those at the other simply accumulate more money than they or even their descendants could ever feasibly spend.

The opportunity is about to come calling where whoever is leading and in government will face the perfect set of circumstances that will provide them with the public will and support to put all of this right.

But to get there and to demonstrate by example how much better life will be when money and material wealth are no longer the default thought, we need new leaders running this Country who want to embrace the responsibility that the times we are living through require of them, rather than them being there because their only aim was to look great because they got that role or job.

This unintentional tyranny is the worst kind of all

August 9, 2020 Leave a comment

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Many intelligent people really do think they know and understand what living under tyranny would look and feel like. They snort at those who have awoken and are desperate to make sense of the chaos this Government has unleashed by falling back on conspiracy theories that are the first thing that make sense of what is happening and provide a tangible vision of the world to come.

You do not need to be in chains to be enslaved. Yet generations of politicians have allowed money to become the god of everything. Millions of us are in debt and now condemned to financial slavery for the rest of our lives.

You do not need to be behind bars to be in prison. Yet these politicians have placed such restrictions upon life that freedom is no longer ours. Indeed it has become a cause for nostalgia as we look back to the world before Coronavirus and Boris Johnson. We foolishly dream of having again what once was.

History demonstrates the harshest of lessons, When we look back at chapters such as the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930’s, it is easy for those very same intelligent people to question how a whole population could have been so oblivious to what was happening around them, when with hindsight everyone can clearly see that it was.

It’s rather like the victim of abuse who makes excuses for their attacker or looks inwards and tells themselves that it is they who have caused the problem or that it is them who read the situation wrong.

Even when subjected to things we disagree with at a deep level or even cause us considerable personal pain, it might not be until we experience the eureka moment where we are caused to stand back and look on from a distance that we begin to understand the bigger picture.

It is only away from being blinded by the detail that we recognise the reality of what is going on and can begin to admit to ourselves that it is wrong. Often by then the damage will already have been done.

If you have watched the BBC three-part documentary ‘Rise of the Nazis’, you will see how difficult it was for a regime to takeover and become functionally tyrannical, even when there was genuine intent on the part of its proponents to do so.

Yet when the genesis and evolution of a tyranny is created under what we are told was a very temporary measure to ensure the safety of the electorate, and the politicians driving it have no idea what they are doing and don’t possess the vision to see the consequences, the disconnect between what people will willingly accept at a time of national crisis because politicians are the ones we trust to understand and do what’s best, and what is really being done to us, is for many, way beyond any kind of rational thought.

We are being deceived by the way the establishment is framing their response to Covid-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic as being business as usual in a time of crisis – that is in the sense that they are completely in control and know what to do.

They don’t.

What is more, the priorities that these politicians have are covering one lie with many others simply to save their reputations and therefore their political necks. Yet they are precipitating an incalculable number of as yet unseen problems for us whilst they believe they have the consequences for themselves fully under control.

They don’t.

So entrenched have politicians become in the storybook they have created, they will not put their hands up and stop this juggernaut from moving and picking up speed.

This Country has already entered a new age of tyranny with many of us completely unaware that we are there. There is nothing normal about what the Johnson Government has done or what with its Social Distancing measures it is increasingly requiring us to do.

There is no scientific, logical or moral basis that gives legitimacy to anything that they do.

Coronavirus is not the problem. It is the politicians that we have and the Pandemic is simply the excuse they are now deliberately using to legitimise what are unnecessary tools of social control.

They will not relinquish these measures voluntarily and the levers of the power they are misusing will have to be wrestled from their control.

We all desperately now need someone or something big enough with enough sense and responsibility to do so.

Politicians who have no understanding of the consequences of their decisions and recognise no danger in their actions will keep going to the point that they do so or the point of destruction – whichever comes first.

Regrettably for us, the politicians we have are already making the UK socially unrecognisable for us all, whilst breaking the Country financially and destroying the economy as they do.

Conspiracy theories will help the Government, not the anti-lockdown cause

August 3, 2020 2 comments

img_8150Providing you don’t buy into any of the propaganda, social media feeds offer a valuable gauge and indicator of what is generally going on and what the different camps are thinking about everything.

Scanning across the top of the echo chambers and ecosystems that political parties, activists, academics, commentators and the mainstream media inhabit can provide a very useful and interesting insight of how real people feel along with the contrary view of what the establishment wants us all to believe is going on.

Right now, there are a lot of people losing their shit within the anti-lockdown contingent, particularly those who are supporting #KBF or Keep Britain Free. (KBF was the brainchild of businessman Simon Dolan who crowd-funded the legal action against the Government over the Lockdown that was subsequently lost).

With each and every measure that the Johnson Government shoehorns into our lives feeling more restrictive and more out of touch than the last, the frustration of anti-lockdown supporters grows with their disbelief and frustration that neither the government nor mainstream media thinking is falling in line with what they see as being a very logical and right cause.

The problem for any new movement that doesn’t understand or respect the political terrain it faces is stupid politicians are pig headed in the extreme.

Whilst Boris & Co just keep on moving in a direction that is destroying this Country with everything they do, the open discussion and accusations of there being a conspiracy driving policy direction only serves to make the Government look measured and sensible. Meanwhile those lining up against them look increasingly like they should only ever be the subject of a damn good laugh.

Culturally, the majority of people in this country will not blink in their support for the Government until what Johnson & Co have done leaves them burned at a personal level. This is increasingly likely to happen in the coming weeks and months.

The monster that the Lockdown released hasn’t even come into full view yet. It is only when the reality of the chaos that the Government has unleashed hits everyone that the change that increasing numbers of us know has to happen with the way that politics operates in the UK will have the opportunity to work.

Bang your head against a brick wall enough times and you are certain to go dizzy. This is what is happening right now with a great many otherwise sensible people.

The futile effort that they are investing in ideas such as Covid and the Lockdown being part of a deliberate strategy are becoming counterproductive towards the creation and development of the new movement that would genuinely be able to sweep aside the usual suspects and dangerous activist groups when the Johnson Government falls and then step into the void and do something very good.

Nothing the Johnson Government is doing is either fair or right. But this is not the time to have a shouting competition about who is wrong and who is right. This is the moment for everyone awakening to the injustice that is at work to take a deep breathe and step back. Because pleading for what should be happening isn’t the way to change things so that what is happening is at it should be.

As it stands, the talk of conspiracy theories is making Johnson look credible when his actions would otherwise be speaking very clearly to us all

 

Social Distancing and the ‘requirement’ for PPE will finish off many businesses that the Lockdown didn’t

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The only indicators of what is happening to business and our economy as a direct result of the Lockdown is the collapse of high street business names making it into the media and press.

They demonstrate just how vulnerable business has become to unexpected change in an age where for most enterprises cashflow is king and those big enough literally borrow money that sits in their bank accounts between payments from customers and the time its used to pay their bills.

Small businesses don’t have the luxury of such choices. Many get into enough trouble spending VAT and Corporation Tax (or the equivalent) using bank statements as their guide to what they can spend rather than management accounts.

No matter the method or morality of how businesses manage their finances, the Lockdown has created financial chaos for the majority that have had to stop or drastically reduce operations.

The cases where the Chancellors giveaway or Loan Guarantees would actually help businesses are few, because there is an assumption that trade levels will return to the level that they were before the Lockdown immediately when it is lifted. They won’t.

Some business owners already have no way forward. The debt created was never part of their strategy and is simply too big to service when trading will have dropped and trading figures before the Lockdown only just covered wages and bills.

Others will keep going, knowing that the debt may be repaid, but it will be a black hole they didn’t need preventing investment, pay rises and all sorts of positives that would have trickled down positively for customers, employees and suppliers.

It doesn’t stop there. Even business owners desperate to keep going – because their business is their whole livelihood – may negotiate the challenges the Chancellor created to find that their attempts to keep going are derailed by Social Distancing and PPE.

Take for instance the Dental industry. I am aware of a Practice forced to take one of the Government’s underwritten Loans in excess of £50K – a massive dent for any business to absorb, IF things had been the same when the Lockdown ends and the private business that they have developed over many years was set to immediately return.

The sting in the tail are changes to regulatory requirements likely to demand expenditure on additional PPE and the requirement to the lengthen of time allocated for basic procedures that may make private dentistry unaffordable for most.

What many don’t appreciate is Dentistry is already one of the most regulated workspaces already with standing requirements for PPE and procedural safety for commercial business that make them second to none.

Businesses will not survive in the long term if they are required to undertake procedures and provide equipment for which there is no evidential need, made mandatory by some bureaucrat who doesn’t understand the implications of what they are doing for the business and for customers and patients who will no longer be able to afford what they do.

This scenario is playing out over and over again. Not just in Dentistry, or in public transport that I have mentioned before.

Services we all need are being wrecked for no reason, contributing to an horrific mess where the basic requirements of life – like going on a bus or having a tooth fixed – will no longer be something we can afford.

We didn’t need the Lockdown. We didn’t need Social Distancing. We don’t need either to continue damaging life.

We need this fear-driven farce to stop before life as we knew it before the crisis is completely obliterated by the cure.

We need a good dictator

CycleThe disturbing thing about the mess we are now in is that many people – and in that number I include many politicians – don’t know that we are already in it.

Rishi Sunak’s prediction that we are heading into a very severe recession overlooks the reality that he caused it and that the financial measures he used to do so are fuelling the perception that nothing has changed economically.

Then there is PM Boris Johnson, who unleashed the Lockdown, using messages to plant the seed of Coronavirus fear in the minds of many that continues to grow and flourish like the most immovable of weeds.

Now that the questions are being asked and Politicians know that the spotlight is beginning to shine on their mistakes, we find that we are returning to what we experienced all the way throughout the Brexit impasse.

It was made clear that we have the wrong politicians in power. That the system only allows the faces and the words they use to change. The motives and the morality underpinning this broken and desperately self-serving culture remain arduously the same.

Democracy isn’t working in this Country. It will not do so for as long as the political system and the people who gain access to Government Seats and power remain the same.

It is a vicious cycle. We will not get the right people in politics whilst the wrong people hold all the levers of power. We will have the wrong people in power until we get the right people into politics.

We need single-minded, selfless determination at the top of Government, not just to get us through the crisis and problems that are now crossing the horizon, but to drive through the changes in public services that are long overdue.

To address the massive issues of inequality that exist from the top to the bottom of society, we require determination and a unique form of bloody mindedness, resilience and ruthlessness to see it through.

Leadership of this kind will not be possible under the system of Government and the democratic processes that we have whilst it remains under the control of the existing political parties who have a monopoly on who our controlling MPs will continue to be.

During the coming crisis, we need to turn away from this broken form of politics and embrace the political thinking and tools that are needed to facilitate the changes that we need to be made.

This can only be achieved with one person, one mind and one vision in charge of the Nation.

We need someone who understands the lives and thinking of people of all backgrounds, and how businesses and organisations work.

We need someone who can think through the consequences of government action before decisions are even made, and see problems on the horizon long before they come into public view.

We need someone who is confident in us as a Nation, respecting each and every one of us as the adults that we are.

Above all, we need someone who is detached from the siren call of the media, who thinks and sees everything, everyone and what they say generously, but critically, using facts and an understanding of human nature to determine what steps and policies are in the best interests of everyone for the Country to pursue.

In the times ahead we need balance and consideration in leadership above all else as we look to a better post COVID-19 World and the opportunities for something better for all that it will give us.

We have never needed a good dictator to take charge of our destiny like we do right now.

Now is the time to find that good dictator.

Pay rises ARE NOT a lasting solution for Key Workers and the low-paid who ALL deserve more

img_5939One of the few positives of Coronavirus has been widespread recognition that many of the workers who make much of life as simple as having to pay a bill don’t get nearly enough income so that they can live the lives they have outside of work in the same way as most would choose.

The emphasis has been on Key Workers and specifically the nurses, healthcare workers and medical support staff who work for the NHS. But refuse handlers, van and lorry drivers, shop assistants, shelf stackers, gig economy workers, takeaway staff and many more besides all do jobs that streamline and bring significant value to our lives.

Because we have been conditioned to believe that money is the only thing that really adds value to anything, there is a clear link between public acknowledgement of what these workers do and the growing clamour to provide a financial reward.

Yet the problem that is difficult for many to see is that by raising the salaries and hourly rates of the lowest paid or those we accept are not paid enough, we simply set off a chain reaction of price rises and financial benefits that stretches right back up to the top. It makes the money we have worth less and quickly takes the real-world value of the new higher wage back to where it was before.

The supply of money isn’t the best way to reward the people that we need to value more.

It is the money system itself that is the problem. The way that it is managed by Government that is broke.

As long as this continues, life will always be something that the low paid simply cannot afford.

Free markets and liberalisation of finance, big business and the banking system are a great idea if everyone working within them operates compassionately and considerately with the emphasis fully on service with profits playing only a happy and coincidental part.

That’s not the way that it works.

With Banks printing money at will, agents buying, selling and transferring goods before they reach us without adding value to the process many times, and a city that speculates on company and asset prices like the impact on users doesn’t matter, the real people who just want to earn enough to provide for themselves and have a life observe the rich who play with money getting so rich they cannot spend all they have, whilst the basics in life are all the low paid can hope for and little more.

The looming financial crisis created by the Lockdown will provide us with the opportunity to put all of this right. That’s as long as we have the right people with the right vision and the motivation to do whats right and see it through in charge.

The basic prices of goods, services and accommodation that are essential for the lowest paid worker to support themselves without help and live a life that is worth living now have to be controlled.

Only Government should have the power to adjust prices, print money or have the ability to manipulate markets.

The management of money and how it can be used against us should no longer be left unhindered in private, profit-hungry hands.

This is the way that every worker no matter what they do and where they do it can do their job and feel that they go home with adequate reward.

Let’s end the idea that more money can solve any problem and just change the way that life works so that it is something that everyone can afford.

COVID-19 has made No Deal a necessity for the UK as the EU clings on to the wreckage of its past

Whilst most people now feel like Brexit was something that happened to them in another lifetime, reality is different and UK negotiators have continued talking with the EU over a ‘trade’ agreement that would come into force on December 31st.

What we learned this week, beyond the 24hr Coronavirus show, is the EU still believes that post-Brexit UK will continue to accept laws and the supremacy of the EU Courts above our own.

Amid the head shaking and hand wringing, it is clear their approach to ‘negotiations’ is to see everything the UK has – or will have – as only ever being a concession from them.

For them, this is not a negotiation about a new relationship where the stepping off point is what’s ours is ours and what’s theirs is theirs. They don’t realise you don’t build an agreement by making set-in-stone conclusions about what will or won’t appear automatically in-between.

There is no point questioning whether the EU missed the point of the 2016 Referendum. They clearly did.

Now, with the world holding its breath awaiting the impact of the financial depression that has been triggered with an inextinguishable gunpowder fuse, their inability to see beyond the EU project is quickly becoming much more trouble than it is worth.

Either the Euro in part or the EU as a whole is likely to collapse as EU Member States realise that their immediate priorities lie beyond political agendas and that for very practical and human reasons, they must have flexibility to make decisions over public and fiscal policy within their own borders. Their futures are best served being alone.

For many EU Member States, the truth is they are tied too closely into the EU through the rigidity of a common currency. It appears impossible for them to go out on their own.

With the German economy being the Euro’s dead man’s switch, it now looks all but inevitable that their response and measures being taken in response to the Coronavirus emergency make it likely the EU will break up or there will be a return to national currencies that will lead to the same thing.

Either way, the building blocks that gave the lie to what has always been about creating a sovereign European-wide Government are in the process of being read the last rites.

With the financial problems and legacy that the Johnson Government has already bequeathed us over only 8 weeks, the last thing the UK needs is to be tied to an EU that is about to create an even bigger financial black hole as it rolls over and begins to die.

The so-called ‘No Deal’ scenario has previously been presented by those whose first loyalty was to the EU as if it were a choice and that it would be stupidity to complete the process of Leaving the EU if there was no trade agreement in place.

But the reality of the post-COVID-19 World is that we MUST put the UK, our businesses and our people first.

Anything other than a simple trade agreement between the UK and the EU will expose us to more problems than we can deal with anytime soon. It will be far more trouble than it is worth.

The Government would be very generous to our EU Member friends if it simply offered a free trade agreement on a take it or leave it basis with no strings attached.

So if the EU collapses the talks before June, they will be doing us a favour that we should thank them for and wish them well for however long it lasts.

 

 

 

 

Unions must be stopped from using fear to make this crisis even worse. The problem is they are capitalising on what the Government did first

May 13, 2020 3 comments

In the weeks that now feel like a lifetime since we officially left the EU, an even greater and potentially far more damaging divide has now been crow-barred throughout society than the Leave vs. Remain one that it replaced.

Today the UK is split between Corona-converts who see no value in anything other than having the whole Country led by fear of a very specific and low probability death, and those who want to be trusted by Government to be the adults that they are, to get back to work and to have a life worth living, knowing that they will deal with just another illness amongst many others, if that time should unfortunately come – as it often does.

This divide is the responsibility of Government mismanagement at its worst. Politicians and their expert advisors have rubbed the lamp of the mass manipulation genie to secure their wish of public compliance with the Lockdown. But what they have actually done is opened Pandora’s Box in its place.

Fear is much easier to install in a mind than it will ever be to remove. Like any bad case of confirmation bias or OCD will confirm, repetition and adding detail to the original message will often make it even worse.

What we didn’t need at a time when the Government has dug the Country into a hole that it doesn’t have the vision to get anyone out of is for the Unions to step in and exploit the emotional damage to the National psyche that the manufactured fear of COVID-19 has already done. Then for what are utterly self-serving reasons seek to make the impact of this completely unnecessary Lockdown even worse.

Threats to keep schools closed and now to shut down railways using the spurious suggestion that it isn’t sufficiently safe for their members safety to work, demonstrates that Unions exist today purely on the belief that employment rights are more of a priority than the reason for a service or a business to exist.

Be under no doubt, working conditions today are far better than the members of trade union movements that were genuinely needed a century ago could have hoped for in their wildest dreams.

This action or merely talking it up is malevolence in its greatest form. It demonstrates why the time has come for public policy covering industrial relations and unions in the workplace needs to be reformed with any right to strike being banned. Union barons should no longer be able to exploit opportunities to hurt commuters, parents and children under the dubious claim that they are standing up for something worthwhile when what they are doing is furthering their own cause.

Had the Johnson Government played the Coronavirus emergency the right way from the start, there would never have been the need to face down a difficulty like this that the Country wouldn’t have needed at any time and least of all now.

But because Boris and his Buffoons set the fear-ball rolling in the first place by creating such messages as ‘stay home, save lives’, then underscored it by putting social distancing measures in place that have highly questionable value when in use, it really should come as no surprise to him that the Unions that are the mainstay of his Labour Party opposition would jump at the chance to pick up that ball when it did come loose at the back of the scrum.

Support local shops, farmers and suppliers today so they are there for you when other options no longer exist

If things about this new life we are living make you feel uneasy, you have good reason to be concerned.

Beneath the veneer of slogans, the false security given by social distancing and the Government’s big cash handout given with a manufactured smile that is meant to tell us it’ll all be alright, trouble is brewing on an unprecedented scale not just across the UK, but the whole World throughout.

Policies like the Job Retention Scheme are creating a false perception of the condition the UK’s economy and businesses are in.

There is a genuine belief that things will just go back to how they were up until the 23rd of March, as if the Prime Minister has a great big UK On/Off switch.

Regrettably, this picture has been echoed by political ineptitude across the World and if tackling the Coronavirus Pandemic the way they have chosen to really was the war that politicians like Boris would like it pictured to be, in hindsight, the Lockdown and all the Social Distancing measures will become known as the phoney bit.

What is only clear to very few today, is there has been no comparable event in history that gives anyone an idea of how any of this can now actually work and anything remain the same.

The Lockdown has set off a chain reaction that will not only break the back of many small businesses and destroy the jobs that they provide, it is also setting off asymmetrical reactions and consequences in supply chains and big businesses not only in the UK but right across the World.

Because we have for so long taken for granted that we can drive to Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Morrisons and that our milk, eggs and sausages will have simply materialised on the shelves along with petrol at the garage to fill our cars, we have forgotten to look into the processes that get them there and just how complicated the supply chains are that make it look and feel like only simplicity is involved.

Greed on an unimaginable scale has meant big is best and global is even better. We don’t question the fragility of a system that had already become so dangerously convoluted before the crisis, simply because everything in these shops appears to be so cheap.

In the coming weeks and months, the appearance of everything going on as normal is going to crash spectacularly to the floor. The real damage that the Lockdown has created is likely to mean that the experience we had with there being no toilet rolls on the shelves at the end of March will expand to include many other ‘essential items’. Yet this time the shortage will be very real because the manufacturers and suppliers that the Supermarkets buy from can’t get the things they need for production, or they themselves will no longer exist.

Nothing is too big to fail, as many of the big companies whose only focus has been on profit are about to find out.

So if you want to be sure that you can put food on the table and get access to supplies and services that you genuinely need when things begin to get really hard as they soon will, buy whatever you need from your local shops, farms and suppliers of every kind today so that they are there and able to serve you with the goods and services you need at a price you can still afford when you have neither the option nor the choice.

The Government has Bankrupted Britain whilst jumping into a trap that it will not climb out of if it continues to behave the same way

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Somewhere in London, a new kind of reality has dawned. We may note ever hear it spoken about or acted upon in any way or sense. But rest assured, a new era has now been born.

Six weeks ago, the Johnson Government took a series of decisions that are about to have seismic consequences for us all.

It began with the Lockdown. It was aided by the clever and manipulative messaging that was purposefully designed to make normal people too frightened to go out. It then culminated with a series of financial ‘support’ measures such as the so-called ‘Job Retention Scheme’ that has failed businesses, workers and the Country at large whilst addicting many to ‘free wages’ and polarising them against returning to work.

The Bank of England has today announced that the UK is officially now in recession, and this my friends is just the start.

The Lockdown itself was unnecessary. It traded all the certainties and regularities of life that we had like going to work, the pub, the gym, the shops, catching a bus or train or visiting whoever we might like to as and when we wanted to, for a gamble on what stronger leadership would have known would be a futile attempt to control a virus which they could only ever manage – not control.

The use of Behavioural Insights and mass manipulation, aided by an out of control media to install fear, purely on the basis of getting people to accept and adhere to the Lockdown and the Social Distancing measures that the Government imposed was a textbook example of both what to do and not to do all wrapped up in one.

Use of terms like ‘Stay at home, save lives’, ‘Protect the NHS’, and go outside on Thursday night at 8 and clap for the Keyworkers succeeded in securing such rigorous levels of buy-in to the Lockdown, Social Distancing and the measures taken, that many people genuinely and sincerely believe that acceptance of any and all measures that the Government dictates will be the only way that they can remain alive.

Many will not willingly respond to directives that go the other way, simply because the subject matter of the manipulation used has touched on the promotion of measures to avoid death.

Death and its avoidance is the primary fear that drives many parts of life and sits within the subconsciouses of us all. It influences so much in life, but rarely finds its way coming into our rational view.

The financial package that the Chancellor followed up the release of the genie with was much too clever for its own good. It over complicated matters when there was always a simple, fairer and much less damaging way to mitigate the fallout from the lockdown whilst addressing the issue of income for us all.

It is unlikely that senior members of a national government running the UK Treasury would not have known about or discussed the alternative options that were at hand. So we must conclude that the absence of real leadership at the top meant that the Government yet again went for what seemed to be the easy option rather than the right one, and in so doing laid out a giant trap for itself into which the Country is now about to fall.

In the coming days it is likely that the ties of the Lockdown will be loosened. But with the same ideas and mentality driving the direction now as we have experienced since the COVID-19 emergency began, it is likely that in only a couple or a few weeks from now, the Government will have to return us all to the full Lockdown again of not something even more punitive, because these so-called leaders have still not faced up to their responsibilities or the most salient facts.

That is of course if the majority of people still agree.

You cannot inflict absolutes on a population to resolve an emergency when no absolutes about the emergency like when it will end and how it will be ended are known.

It takes real leadership to go against the media and say that it is unavoidable that people will die, but we also have to maintain a level of life and functionality across everything that lies beyond the emergency so that we can make it possible for everyone else to live.

But that is exactly what we needed from Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak at the beginning of the Pandemic, and even now, which such an incredibly damaging chain reaction for the economy now started and underway, it is the same thing that we need to hear them say.

COVID-19 is not going anywhere anytime soon and we cannot restrict every other part of life with Lockdowns and Social Distancing measures that are completely impractical until it has, just so the fearful believe that we have it all under control.

We don’t. We wont. And what the Government has been doing has been giving people they have deliberately worked up into a frenzy of fear false hope and a false sense of security. People genuinely believe that they will avoid death by following these measures without realising that they no longer have lives to live.

The Government needs to manage Coronavirus as the firestorm that it is. That means firefighting wherever the fire breaks out by focusing all the resources where necessary and not spreading them out so thinly that we will continually be overpowered by a Virus that they still don’t understand.

Only when the Government does this will they begin to be able to start addressing what is going to become the far more pressing crisis at hand: How do you manage an economic crisis when you cannot keep printing money and printing money is the only thing they can think of that will work.

 

We don’t want your App. We don’t want your Lockdown. We don’t want your manipulation or control. We want you to do your job or step aside so others can

May 6, 2020 1 comment

There is no evidence that the Lockdown has saved lives from COVID-19 that wouldn’t have been saved anyway, had the Government chosen to deal with the Coronavirus emergency in a different way.

One of the ways that the Government could have acted differently would have been to follow its own advice like South Korea did and use contact tracing as the basis of its response right from the start, when the Virus was not already circulating after touching 1 in 5 of us or possibly more.

To introduce an App and insist that we must all use it now, will, like the Lockdown, cause much more harm than good.

Coronavirus is everywhere. It is just not affecting everyone in the same way, and of many it is as if the Virus is just passing them by.

To begin policing contact with COVID-19 and treating it like it would be an absolute is foolish at best and wholly malevolent at worst.

The reality is that an App can no longer tell you where the Virus may or may not have come from. It could be on a doorway, a shopping trolley, the pint of milk you pick up or even just floating by in the air.

People who download and use this App voluntarily will quickly become the slaves of its use.

The monitoring will be just like having big brother in your pocket. It could very quickly become a way to provide documentary evidence to the authorities which will be used to keep us locked up on nothing more than the basis of our own honesty, when the accuracy or fidelity of the original information we give them with the intention of helping others may not be in any way accurate and cannot be relied upon fairly in any way. It is not impossible that many could be permanently locked-down in complete quarantine as a result.

The Government doesn’t know what it is doing now any more than it did do when this travesty and the COVID-19 Pandemic began.

The refinement of social distancing and use of false hope in the form of technology that can and so almost certainly will be used for purposes other than what we are being advised are just further ways that Politicians are attempting to control our behaviour and the way that we are responding to their handling of Coronavirus because it is something that they have no way to control.

The only way to get out of this now is to stop pretending that all these devices such as the Lockdown, Social Distancing, the number of Tests they can do each day and now the Smartphone App, can actually bring an and to a problem that needs to be managed and not held back until it can be fully solved.

The Country needs to go back to work and to be allowed to live life as best as people can. And if the Government cannot accept this and stop trying to control us in every way because it can, rather than admitting it cannot control the things that it can’t, it should step aside once and for all and allow us to put in place the people to lead us who can and will.

Getting through and out the other side of the financial catastrophe that will be here very soon is not something that can be dealt with by politicians who are so insecure that they are obsessed with our control.

The Johnson Government created the crisis that is coming and they should stop trying to blag their way through it by compromising our liberty and our lives as they do.

Suing the Government over the Lockdown won’t solve the problems and end the crisis they have created for us all

May 3, 2020 2 comments

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Lone voices shout against the crowd, trying to stop everyone walking onto the beach to see the spectacle of a disappearing sea before the overwhelming horror and force of the tsunami returns, overwhelms and destroys everything whilst it kills or injures people indiscriminately and at will.

No, this is not the tragedy and disaster of Boxing Day 2004 in the Indian Ocean. This is what we are experiencing and living through right now. Albeit within what feels like a parallel universe where it has become necessary to attempt communication in metaphorical terms because it has become too difficult to communicate with people who have been taken in by the Government narrative in any other way.

You will either get it or you won’t. But just because you don’t get it doesn’t make it untrue.

Those that do understand the crisis that the UK is facing and has faced from the moment that the Lockdown began and are prepared to speak or act publicly even now, some 6 weeks in, remain very few in number. But that isn’t to say that a great many more don’t agree at least in part with what is being said.

Yes, the momentum appears to be completely behind the Government.

So successful has their media campaign been based on propaganda and the misuse of behavioural insights, that terms such as ‘social distancing’, ‘stay at home, save lives’ and ‘protect the NHS’ have turned the general population into a zombie nation . One that has become progressively more fearful of catching this virus since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.

Not only has the Government imposed an unnecessary and dubious Lockdown with physical distancing measures that has seen social distancing becoming common parlance and accepted terminology for the 2020 police state in the UK. They have failed spectacularly to mitigate and insulate our businesses and jobs against the fallout from their mistake. They are now consolidating the problems they have caused and are in the process of causing by doubling down on the steps they have already taken, using lie after lie in the form of hollow advice and directives to give credibility to the giant ones they issued to coerce the British Public to accept the Lockdown in the first place.

Of those speakers and lone voices I have already talked about, names such as Peter Hitchens who writes for The Mail on Sunday and Laura Perrins who is co-editor of the website Conservative Woman have consistently questioned the actions or motives of the Government over recent weeks, often receiving much vitriol and scorn from the usual suspects on platforms such as Twitter in response.

Such commentary appearing on my own Facebook feed via a friend who was commenting yesterday drew my attention to the Court Action and related crowd-funding request that is being initiated by businessman Simon Dolan.

Mr Dolan has instructed Solicitors Wedlake Bell and Barrister Francis Hoar to begin proceedings to sue the Government over the imposition of the Lockdown and already drawn much derision for doing so.

Having seen it suggested by the twitterati that Ms Perrins was experiencing a mental breakdown when she Tweeted that (as an experienced barrister herself) she might well initiate proceedings against the Government in the future on a similar if not the same basis, its not difficult to picture how the court of public opinion is feeling about anything that goes against the official narrative that still remains in place – no matter how wrong or how damaging it is or will soon turn out to be.

The difficulty for Mr Dolan, Laura Perrins or anyone else who wants to tackle the ineptitude and ignorance of the politicians our system tells us we must call a government, is that the tide of groupthink that is carrying the establishment will continue to convince everyone who is travelling with it that both the Government and they are right until the very moment of impact when it is too late to head off the disaster that is now destined to come.

Suing the Government and its abuse of its responsibilities and powers to impose the Lockdown upon us all is certainly justified.

But when you are dealing with a Government and an establishment that is drunk on its own power and obsessed with the sound of its own voice, doing the right thing and in this case attempting to use the very legal system against it that we know it controls is not going to achieve the result that those of us who are awake already want, even though it is precisely what all of us – including those who are currently blind the realities of the Government’s actions – so desperately need.

Every day that this Lockdown and any form of the complete injustice that is ‘social distancing’ continues will be another day too many that has added damage to real lives, our economy and our Country.

It was avoidable at the start, but has for many already become irreparable harm.

The false populism that the Government created with the Media’s help has ensured that too many people believe everything they say. The same people will regrettably not see it differently until the tsunami hits them personally.

In the same way, the majority of us will not hear the alternative message, reality and truth – that opposes the one the Government is foolishly doing everything that it can to reinforce and to repeat – until the physical impact of that message has actually arrived in our lives.

Using the Courts to tackle a Government that is failing in its job whilst legitimising stupidity is neither playing the same game, nor playing by the same rules.

Court action will regrettably fail in delivering any beneficial purpose – even if the action wins, simply because it will come too late to turn that tide. It will only succeed in making an already inept Government lie to us again and say they will do things differently if the same thing were to happen again. It will not change the people we have in power nor the way that they think in any way.

With the Lockdown now having been running for 6 weeks already, the options for anyone who arrives in power to clean up the mess that the Johnson Government has created are becoming fewer and harder by the day.

Domestic abuse, suicides, evictions, debt, job losses, unemployment, abuse, safeguarding issues, divorces, anxiety, depression, long-term mental health issues, deaths, reduced standards of living, poverty, hunger and much more besides are already inevitable. They will not be changed or headed off in ways that they could have been if we had good politicians and a responsible Government from the start – One that would not have opted for the Lockdown as the route out of the COVID emergency in the first place.

To limit the pain from the problems the Johnson Government and the political culture they are part of has created, we need different leadership right now.

Democracy will not solve the crisis. Democracy cannot repair the damage that has already been done. Democracy will not put the UK back together and rediscover our place in the World once the fight against Covid is won. Because democracy in this Country has become a lie.

We need a government that will literally impose all the changes and direction across all areas of public policy that will be in the best interests of all, rather than trying to court public opinion and that of a media that will only appreciate the steps that have genuinely been taken in the best interests of all once we have weathered the storm. That can only come when everything has been fixed and the changes made have had adequate time to run their course.

The regrettable reality is that it is too late for this Government and the Politicians that we have to get any of this right. They are not wired the right way. We need people taking the lead who will weather this storm for us and on our behalf who really are ‘in the same room’.

Whilst we should wish Mr Dolan and his legal team all the very best with what they plan to do, the reality is that we will need the money that we have and our time and our support will be better spent placing focus and effort elsewhere.

We will only see the end of this narcissistic Government and stop the process of damage and harm this political culture is doing to us all once they are removed from power. They and the kind they represent must never given the opportunity to return to pay lip service to responsibility in the way that they are doing now.

Rioting, violence and public unrest will serve no purpose in the fight for our freedom and justice for all.

That doesn’t mean we have to continue to maintain our consent for the politicians we have to continue to lead.

We have to recognise and then break the herd mentality that we have all unwittingly become part of that has given legitimacy to the Lockdown and everything wrong with what the Government has done and will continue to do.

Their words mean nothing. They have no value to us all.

It is only by embracing herd immunity and the process that it will take to get us there that we can together again become strong.

So when you see local businesses reopening in whatever form the might choose, or see people out and about walking or in their cars in whatever way or at whatever time of the day they choose, support them. Applaud them. Encourage them to do more. Even if you are not yet ready to do it yourself.

The only way that we can be rid of this Lockdown, the police state known as social distancing and begin to turn all the problems in the UK around, is to ignore the politicians who no longer have legitimacy in power to lead us and ignore all of the ridiculous messages, actions and rules that this out-of-touch establishment continues to impose.

We need leadership that respects the realities of public consent rather than abusing it to extend their own purposes and selfish cause.

There was a time when it didn’t feel like it really mattered who was in charge because everything would always stay the same.

Now we know different.

We must withdraw our consent for politicians, who through a process of self-gratification, are masquerading as our leaders whilst getting way with treating us all like fools.

Let’s focus all our energies on doing what needs to be done to limit the damage before the tsunami that has swallowed the sea that is the Covid emergency returns.

Is this the zombie apocalypse in reverse?

April 29, 2020 1 comment

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Have you ever thought that the characters that find their way into our imaginations through films and storybooks are metaphors for the way certain people behave around us in real life?

Just as you are told you should never invite a Vampire into your home because it will enter and feed off your blood, you should always keep very negative people out of your day-to-day lives as familiarity with them can soon lead to them sucking away your will to live!

The really funny thing about the negative people I am talking about here, is that very few of them – when challenged and questioned about their behaviour –  will have any conscious understanding of how they behave, nor the impact upon others from what they do. The suggestion that some people are happy in their own misery is very true.

So does the same rule apply to other behaviours in other people and the ones that we ourselves exhibit or project outwards towards the world outside of us and towards everyone else?

Yes. And we certainly don’t know we are doing it most of the time when we are, because it’s the way that we have been conditioned to think!

So what has this got to do with the so-called ‘zombie apocalypse’ you might ask.

Well, the reason I decided to write about this today was the experience that I have been having since the Lockdown began, whenever I have had the opportunity to talk to other people either online, on the phone or at 2 metres beyond arms length.

The conversations have all been similar. Whether it has been the owner of a business employing 750 people, a neighbour or one of the floor managers at the local Tesco I often say hello to as I pass them by.

What I have learned is that what we all have in common is that we see Coronavirus and the impact of the Lockdown on our lives very differently to how it is being talked about, discussed and presented to us with images on TV and by the media. But there is also a compelling feeling that for the time being at least we have to go along with all the fuss about the NHS and the social distancing measures in some way – even though we are worried – if not already being hurt by what is happening. We certainly don’t believe that things can begin to get better before they have got a whole lot worse.

It seems to be the case that the Government and the media have become so good at creating a particular view or version of events, we really do fall into the trap of believing that what happens on TV is a real representation of what is happening to everyone in the world outside of our own families and homes. We really think that what we are experiencing personally or to those immediately around us is something that is only happening to us or is a feeling about everything that relates only to our own point of view.

We are all falling victim to group think and behaving like zombies in some way today, simply because we have learned to accept and respect whatever the media and the government throws at us as if it is the only reliable truth. So much so in fact, we even end up questioning ourselves!

The big problem for us all is the messages we accept as being 100% real about the world outside our door, about what is happening and about what everyone is doing are all contrived. They are a construct. A tall story. A script that becomes our reality just because we have always believed that we have to play along.

But we don’t.

When the Government and the media are actually getting a lot of their response to the COVID-19 emergency not only wrong, but very wrong indeed, we should perhaps all begin to question whether we are listening to the right sources of information for guidance.

We should be asking ourselves whether our gut feelings, our intuition or what the quiet and un-emotive voice in our heads is telling us about all that we are experiencing is actually right and much nearer to what everyone else is thinking and feeling about all of this than what the establishment would like us all to believe.

The Crisis that the Government is creating for us all as an avoidable response to a national emergency that would have only ever really hurt a comparative few, will touch us all very soon. That is if it hasn’t already done so for you yet.

When the time comes that we each realise just how hard things are now going to be for the foreseeable future, whether its because we have lost income, lost our job, lost our home, lost our business or lost something else that is important to our quality of life that we wouldn’t have lost if the Government had created the Lockdown, it is important to know that none of us is left thinking or believing that we are alone.

We are not.

The stories that the media and the politicians might be telling us will make it sound like everyone else is seeing things in a different way. But they aren’t right now and they won’t be then.

Instead of being turned into zombies by a virus like the ones we heard about in a storybook or on a film, this could be the reality where it all goes a different way.

Coronavirus and the Government’s response could well be the catalyst that flips us all into becoming part of a Country-sized national community where Government works openly for us all rather than being the false democracy that it is today, where the establishment manipulates the many for the benefit of only a few.

It could be the zombie apocalypse in reverse!

 

 

 

 

The Johnson Government will not be forgiven for harm it has caused us that it had the option to avoid

April 27, 2020 Leave a comment

The sunlight is now breaking on the damage that this Government has done.

Despite the protestations of the 1922 committee in recent days that many businesses are not going to survive, the Lockdown still continues as if the only game in town is those who are suffering with COVID-19 related illness and there is absolutely nothing else involved.

Whilst it will be foolish to try and blame the Government for the COVID-19 outbreak itself, the way that our Politicians have managed and continue to manage the emergency is a very different story and one that we will all become very concerned with in the coming weeks if we have not done so already.

Many suspect that things aren’t right. Other’s, that things don’t add up. Some already know that what the Government is doing is wrong.

When the questions start, these are the points where they are likely to begin:

Taking the Media’s lead

Whilst we can all see how difficult the media age has made it for almost everyone with the creation of the court of public opinion, we go to the polling booths at a General Election with the understanding that those who have put themselves foreword to represent the interests of perhaps 75,000 people in their own Constituency and many more if they accede to a role beyond that of just being an MP, will be discerning enough not to have their views and decisions swayed by those who make the most noise.

There is simply no doubt that many of the key decisions taken in the run up to the imposition of the Lockdown on 23rdMarch 2020 were heavily influenced by the noise that the media was making, which is driven by the most negativity that it can generate at best.

The weakness in leadership that the Government has shown by being led by the tone and approach of the media, at the most critical point of a national emergency when highly consequential decisions were made, has resulted in the UK being pushed into a dire situation that is set to get much worse – not because of the Coronavirus – but because of the impact of the decisions that were made in response.

Misuse of behavioural insights to ‘brainwash’ the population

Over recent years, the pseudo-science known as behavioural insights has become a population control tool actively used by Government at both National and Local Level, primarily through the use of messaging or marketing that encourages people to change their behavior in some way, usually without them realising what has been done.

Whilst this so-called science can be used to influence behaviour for the common good, it can also too easily be misused for non-direct aims and in the same way as decisions should be made on the basis of the immediate here and now, using behavioral insights with a view to doing something because you can whilst you have something else in mind means that those driving its use are likely to lose control of the result.

By creating the ‘stay at home’, ‘protect the NHS’, ‘social distancing’ mantras, the Government bought the participation of the masses in the dubious Lockdown by installing a level of fear of dying from Coronavirus for many of us like it has been installed like a programme.

What they have done is no better than brainwashing or mass manipulation – as illustrated best by the 8pm call to clap for the NHS on Thursday evenings and rainbow posters being put up everywhere like it’s the only fashionable thing, and that it would be somehow wrong for any of us not to be involved.

However, whilst many still think this all to be a good thing, the approach taken has been akin to letting a genie out of the bottle with the Government playing the role of an Aladdin that has no real concept of the trouble that it has made.

People may have accepted the unnecessary Lockdown on the basis of the manipulation as being the only way to deal with the COVID-19 emergency. But their reciprocation in going back to work as if the whole thing was done with an on/off switch will prove to be a very different thing.

It is highly irresponsible for a Government of a democratic country to deliberately influence people in this way.

In the coming weeks and months we will see the price that has to be paid.

A Lockdown that has caused many more problems than it could ever solve

So much has the Government and the Establishment bought into its own hype over the Lockdown and what it was important to do, the very people who should know better in an emergency have overlooked all of the out of sight things that needed to be considered as they rushed to show the media and the world around them what they were going to do.

On the face of it the Lockdown seemed like the ideal way to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The problem is that the spread of COVID-19 was not then, has not been since and never really will be the problem that needed to be the number one priority itself.

Responding to it in the way that the Government has done so has created a growing number of developing and already substantial problems that are far more serious than the Coronavirus emergency and are going to be very difficult to fix – especially if we still have the creators of that problem left in charge and running the Country.

  • Job losses
  • Business closures
  • Businesses becoming unviable
  • Shops refusing to take cash
  • Evictions
  • Debt
  • Depression
  • Suicides
  • Abuse
  • Safeguarding Issues

– are all issues amongst many more that are growing disproportionately in number as a direct result of the Lockdown, and would have been avoidable if the Government had not implemented the Lockdown by choice.

Financial ‘Support’ given in response to the Lockdown rather than imposing a corresponding Lockdown of the Economy 

The severity of the impact and the consequences of the Lockdown would have been completely different and arguably negligible if the Government had chosen to address the impact of the Lockdown on Businesses and workers who lost income – no matter their tax or employment status – by taking a blanket approach to all.

Instead of dolling out cash from the ‘magic money tree’ that the Conservatives have so mercilessly attacked the Labour Party over for years whilst stating that it doesn’t exist, the Government should have locked down the economic system for all those people and businesses who suddenly found themselves unable to earn as a result of the Lockdown and removed the need for them to pay any bills for goods or services that they have not ordered during the Lockdown itself.

As a temporary measure, this would have been the surest way to help and to be fair to everyone from the top to the bottom of the economy, whether they are a billionaire or they are unemployed.

Nobody would have had to pay the bills it would have been right to stop. So the only money that anyone would have needed help to find would have been for the basic necessities such as food and essentials each week.

Paying out something like £100 per week per person who had lost their income and for their dependents too would have cost the UK Taxpayer significantly less than the sums that have already been spent on a series of loans, grants and wage subsidies which hasn’t reached everyone and has left substantial gaps in the provision it was supposed to provide.

Businesses that couldn’t operate wouldn’t have had bills to service whilst they had no income and could have effectively been mothballed until life was ready to resume. The jobs they provide would then have still existed for all the many thousands of people who are now likely to have none to return to.

Some will argue that what the Government has done has literally been the way of the world in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the way that it has. But that doesn’t make it right.

If anything, it demonstrates just how dangerous the mindset and culture of national leadership across the 21st Century World has become when so-called leaders are too afraid to overrule economists and bankers because they are more concerned with the risk to themselves than the impact of getting it all so very wrong on the people they are there to represent.

After the impact of the mismanagement of the 2008 Financial Crisis when politicians lived up to the lie that the banks were too big to fail and then saddled the UK with unnecessary debt whilst the bankers took bonuses and were allowed to roll on like nothing had gone wrong, the stupidity of this Government in printing money to solve a problem like this that could have been solved differently is not just going to go away.

The Government has committed us to a level of debt that will hurt us all first through the damage they have done to the National Economy. It will then trickle down and hurt us all directly through the loss of our jobs and an even greater dependence upon personal debt when we cannot afford the debt and commitments that we already have.

The only way that the Government of the UK and possibly all Governments of the World will be able to address the mess that has been created will be at the very least to go through a process of significant debt forgiveness. Alternatively, they will have to conduct a complete reset of our economic system and revise the way that money is made so that basic living is something that an average wage earner and someone on benefits can actually afford, and money is available where and when it is really needed, rather than automatically flowing back to the pigs with their heads in the trough where it starts.

Straightforward as it might sound, if these problems were to be left in the hands of the clowns that got us to where we are now in the first place, it would make it all but inevitable that they wouldn’t get the cure to the problem right.

The politicians we have simply don’t understand or appreciate anywhere near enough about the people, the businesses and the way of the world over which they have responsibility to get any of it genuinely right – that is if they were able to think beyond the benefits of whatever they do for themselves and however anything they do will look.

Doubling down rather than turning around and being big about the mistakes they have made

It would be ridiculous to think that good leaders don’t make mistakes. They do, and they make them often too.

The difference between good leaders and the ones that we have got in Government today is that good leaders accept and learn from their mistakes and are prepared to change course or direction as soon as they do – no matter what anyone or in particular the media says.

We have been burdened at a time of national crisis, with so-called leaders who are obsessed with controlling how everything looks, rather than focusing purely on the robustness, reach and impact of what it is they do.

Even the biggest mistakes that the Government has made during the COVID-19 emergency so far such as the Lockdown and the so-called Financial Support Measures that they followed up with could have had significantly less impact if the Government had changed direction and done a u-turn after they had been announced and gone a different way.

What is clear is that the political class that we have just doesn’t do things that way. They see changing their minds as a sign of weakness and so double down when they are questioned or challenged – no matter what will be the outcome or cost.

Like everything political since spin took over in the days of New Labour and Tony Blair, the politicians we have are obsessed with the words they use rather than their actions, when actions will always speak to us much louder than any of the words.

The ongoing irresponsible use of propaganda.

Propaganda is now being used as the basis for the story rather than the story being used as the basis for the Propaganda itself

Talking up vaccines, antibody tests, contact monitoring, PPE shipments, the Nightingale Hospitals – to name but a few. All of these topics are being used to manipulate and persuade people that the Government has, is and will be doing much more than it actually does.

Whilst it is a poor illustration of the political culture that we have got, its use during ‘normal’ times would be questionable. But its use during a national emergency is knocking on the front door of it being a real crime.

The Government cannot cope with the responsibility that it has because the politicians within it are not of the quality or outlook of the politicians that we as a Country should have at any time, let alone a time of national crisis.

If they were good leaders, they would be able to work with reality as it is and use it to inspire and encourage the people as genuine leadership always will. Instead, they have to use trickery to make us believe that we are being led by a group who know what they are doing and actually have an end game in mind whilst they have the wherewithal required to get there.

Our politicians might not actually be lying to us in the strictest or black and white sense. But they are being very economic and selective with the truths that they are telling us and using them as smokescreens to hide the growing proof that will eventually come out and hurt them – but only after they have caused significant harm to all of us.

It will be all the worse because if they had chosen to come clean and stop spinning everything at any point since the COVID-19 emergency began, their honesty could then have prevented pain and even death from happening for others – instead of for what for them has been all about nothing more than consolidating their position and personal gain.

Letting ‘Experts’ lead a specialist response to a medical emergency and including everyone when a general approach of facilitation was what was needed

One of the worst things of all that this Government has done has been to fall into the trap of believing that so-called experts and specialists are the best people to call on for solutions in a crisis that reflect on everyone, when their experience and knowledge is subjective and the response requires a wholly objective view.

The role of good political leadership is to be very much like a grand facilitator or chairman of sorts, bringing together, discerning and recognising the value that comes from all perspectives and then putting it all together and applying it in a formula or policy that actually works.

The Government has not done that and instead has been swayed by listening to the most obvious voices rather than all of those that should have and should now be being heard.

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An increasing number of activists, commentators and writers are being vocal about the real depth and breadth of the problems that the Government has caused and is causing, and the realities that people are now facing and will have to face just to exist.

Some are already advocating legal action against the Johnson Government at the end of the COVID-19 emergency – whenever that time should come.

Whilst we might wish them well in the process of getting to the bottom of what was clearly done wrong, it would be much preferable that we do everything to head off as much of the coming catastrophe as can be avoided – rather than waiting until the only thing we have power over is the decision of who to blame.

This means that the UK must now look to doing Government in a very different way.

We cannot continue with politicians of the kind we have left in charge.

A new world is now set to emerge from the era of COVID-19 and the politicians we have are simply not equipped, of the quality or possess the ability that the UK needs to see us through the crisis for the UK that they have created, nor the impact upon us that is coming from the crisis that is set to engulf the entire world.

We cannot wait for the end of the existing Parliamentary cycle before there is the opportunity to replace them, as even then the system is so shut down and closed to new influences it will be impossible to displace their kind.

We need new leadership in the UK now. That new leadership must come from none of the usual suspects, but from people who might be just as skilled and as intelligent, but also care, love others as themselves and above all have the humanity to understand how the world works in different people’s minds as well as within the systems that we can openly see and interpret at work.

When the time comes for that change, those in the Johnson Government will not be forgiven for harm it has caused us that it had the option to avoid.

We don’t live to work Chancellor. We want our lives back, not some halfway house and police state where only some of us can work and nothing else

April 25, 2020 Leave a comment

With every day that passes, the more it looks like we are being ruled by the Government of Fucktardia.

The Lockdown, the so-called fight to ‘protect the NHS’, the Nightingale Hospitals, the Financial Support ‘measures’, the misuse of Behavioural Insights to manipulate people and the whole process of mismanaging the COVID-19 emergency so badly that the whole thing is escalating into a national crisis that will soon be out of control.

These are not the actions of a Government and senior Ministers who are fit to lead a Country at any time. Least of all now.

Yet with both the immediate and long term future now looking increasingly perilous for us all, it is clear that our Politicians are far from finished when it comes to making a bad situation even worse.

Whilst we have already been subjected to the restrictions of social distancing to try and give Politicians without imagination and ideas adequate time to come up with excuses that they confuse with what it takes to actually lead, the reality we all face – as we wake up to what they are doing, is that social distancing has been the creation of a police state with a different name.

With so many of us having been conned into thinking that this whole myth about the Lockdown being all about helping the NHS is real, we have also fallen into the trap of thinking that the wheels of life in this Country being stopped from turning was just a very temporary measure too.

The story and the reality are very different. And whilst the out of control media is now turning on the Government to keep the headlines going and voices of dissent against the Lockdown and the handling of the whole COVID-19 episode are growing by the day, the Politicians that we have in charge of the UK today still believe that they will ride the Crisis that they are creating to the end and come out on top simply by manipulating everyone into believing and acting upon whatever they say – whether it is good for us or not.

Neither the way that the Government has handled the COVID-19 Pandemic or the Lockdown itself has been good for us as the majority and population of the UK. We just don’t all see it, understand it or accept it yet.

What were the certainties in our lives have been made uncertain so that the Government  could attempt to make us believe that the uncertainties of the Coronavirus could be presented as certain.

This is irresponsibility from those who are supposed to be leaders at its very worst.

The only sensible way to have dealt with a medical emergency like this would have been to allow life to continue for everyone as normal and put the systems and procedures in place to address each and every case of Coronavirus as best as possible as and when it comes.

The Government could End the Lockdown and revert to a system like this right now too.

But instead, the Chancellor has now come out and suggested that the way they intend to move us out of the current depth of the Lockdown is to just complicate everything even more and move social distancing into every workplace, so that businesses can ‘reopen’ if no communal activities should take place or be in view.

Restaurants and meeting rooms will be banned if people can’t keep the prescribed 2 metre distance apart and you can quickly see how this arrangement will only work for some businesses and not others, and certainly not any of the ones where we can socialise, exercise or basically go to to have fun at will.

It is regrettably all too easy to see that this approach is more about the Chancellor attempting to save his own neck rather than give us our liberties back.

The realities of his failure to lockdown the economy by giving everyone and every business a payment holiday and instead try to replace it with an unaffordable giveaway that never addressed the real problems that the Lockdown has caused are a big burden to bear for everyone now – least of all him and his ego.

The reality of this approach will be to set in stone the police state approach to managing our lives in every way that we have been experiencing since the 23rd of March, and with it only a piecemeal return to work for some of us who work in sectors and industries where our jobs aren’t about facilitating anything that could remotely be regarded as being fun, enjoyment or in any way social for anyone.

This really is a fucktarded approach to employ as it is clearly the product of politicians and advisers who are either completely out of their depth or obsessed with ideas they have read in books or heard in lecture halls. It has neither been borne of understanding of the realities of leading a country and its people or indeed what the conspiracists will be falling over themselves to label as being deliberate intent.

Whilst some intelligent arguments are being made against supporting this Government in an election at any time again, we desperately need an alternative to all of the Politicians  that we have currently got.

They have all gained the responsibility that they have and are in many cases misusing through a political system that is so broken, it will continue to ensure that we keep getting a Government of fucktards, rather than the natural, strong, caring and compassionate world-class leaders and statesman that we actually want to have a safe and secure future and desperately need right here, right now, in this Country to deal with  with a real, grown-up crisis today.

Waiting for the next election for the opportunity to clear up a catastrophic mess then that was preventable if we had different politicians leading is today will not be enough then and it certainly isn’t enough now.

We need a new Government right now before the Politicians we have reach the end of the list of the things that they can and will royally fuck up for us all.

That means it’s time to go a very different way.

 

Using contact tracing with smartphones as the green light to end the Lockdown is dystopian measure and would consolidate the police state we are already in

April 24, 2020 Leave a comment

You can see that there is value in contact tracing for those affected by Coronavirus – or at least there would have been if the Government had set out to do this first of all.

With COVID-19 clearly now circulating at will throughout the population, there really is limited scope to achieve anything from trying to manage the spread of Coronavirus by monitoring contact and spread, unless it is of course just another excuse and part of the Government’s propaganda parade.

Worryingly, the Health Secretary has hinted that the Lockdown will not end until contact tracing can be carried out universally. To do so is just another attempt by a Government on borrowed time attempting to bolt the stable door after the horse has already bolted.

Worse still, the suggestion in the media that the Government may attempt to utilise smartphones to monitor contact throughout the population hints that there may be something far more sinister and darker at work in their approach or to fear from yet another thing they may be about to do without thinking it through.

With the UK already experiencing a police state – albeit in good humour because so far it’s been sold as a way to save life and labelled like it is still voluntary for us all in some way – it will take very little on the part of the Government or the Public Sector to misuse their trust and responsibility further and push down on the population of this Country very hard indeed.

The collection of data in this way and the opportunities to grab highly personal information in a much wider and potentially damaging way is not something that any of us should readily agree to – particularly when there is going to be no benefit to the fight against COVID-19 – no matter what the Government tells us.

The fairest and most sensible way to collect data on who has had Coronavirus would be to utilise the Government Portal and make it obligatory for everyone who has the illness to register that they have it, and issue a unique reference number to each person registered that they must then use to access COVID-19 sick pay or anything else related to whatever claim they might have.

This is the best way to get real data about who has, who has had and who hasn’t had Coronavirus that the Government can access legitimately using a system that already exists and will therefore cost very little to adapt of change for this use.

Sadly, the reality that our Politicians have no concept of cause, effect and the law of consequences and always choose the complicated solutions rather than the simple ones as they should, means that there is little or no mileage for a way of working that will help others but not make them look good themselves.

The Lockdown needs to end NOW and the Government should not be looking to continue with a Lockdown at any level, when it has, had and continues to have a much better choice.

Our freedoms are genuinely at risk with these Politicians in charge and we should all be thinking carefully about the choices we continue to make in respect of supporting a Government in the process of throwing us off a cliff whilst we still have the choice.

“Look everyone, we are testing a Vaccine” = Shut up and accept everything we tell you like the ignorant children you are

April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

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As I watch each and every attempt that the Government makes to convince us that it is in control of the Coronavirus emergency, it becomes clearer and clearer how much they really are not.

In fact, in their attempt to manage this emergency with white elephants like the Nightingale Hospitalsand stunts like the Lockdown and the financial support measures that they followed it with, they have created a complete circus of acts that are damaging the wellbeing of the UK audience daily. Worryingly for us all, they are far from being finished yet.

Believing your own hype when you are in a position of responsibility is a very dangerous thing. These are people who as elected representatives really should know when to stop digging the hole.

But they don’t. And just as things are starting to really become awkward for the Government – as the support for their propaganda to ‘protect the NHS’ diminishes and starts to wear thin – people are starting to see the Lockdown for what it really is. Others are becoming increasingly aware that there really is no structured or coherent plan or strategy in place, and the Government is now falling back on the establishments political playbook to try and regain some semblance of control.

Whilst there is no doubt that the day will come when a vaccine for Coronavirus will be found, we simply have no idea when that day will actually be. There is no test of antibodies available for us either and at present, the Government is only succeeding at completing less than 20,000 tests to confirm that patients have the Virus on any one day when they promised that they would be past the 100,000 mark only a week from now..

Yet all of a sudden, we are being told by the Health Secretary that trials of a Vaccine will begin within days. There are even adverts and links for volunteers to sign up via links on Twitter and get paid.

So let’s pause for a moment and take a breath.

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Before I say any more, could I ask you how that prospect makes you feel?

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The chances are that your concerns, frustrations and the questions or demands that you have not yet verbalised loudly about Coronavirus and how the Lockdown is affecting you and the people around you will suddenly have been reframed.

After all, why would you want to rock the boat, moan about anything that the Government is doing or demand that the Lockdown be stopped if the whole thing is already coming to an end?

Regrettably, the Lockdown isn’t coming to an end as it should. But making you think that it now is? – well that’s what a big announcement about Vaccine Testing is surely supposed to do.

Even if the Scientists have already found a Vaccine that has the potential to work, the time it will now take to test it, to be sure it is safe and then to mass produce it so that everyone could be vaccinated against COVID-19 – that’s just the UK – is likely to take many months at least.

Whilst to some in the Government the idea that the whole Country can be kept at a standstill until at least the Autumn might seem plausible. But the true cost of even trying to maintain the Lockdown for a fraction of that time will be so large – not just in economic terms, but the real life issues that it will create for many more than it will ever save – it simply doesn’t even bare thinking about.

We have a Government that is afraid to lead as it should. These Politicians would rather attempt to manipulate and coerce us all into playing along with their weak-minded plans  in the hope that the British People will consent to them remaining in power, simply by going along with whatever it is that they decide to do – however appallingly wrong and damaging it might be.

Politicians are literally playing us all right now by appealing to our better nature, at a time when they should be being honest and straightforward with everyone about how out of their depth they really are. They could be genuine in their aims and outlook – just the same.

The politicians, their advisers, the scientists, the economists, all of them have no historic records, anecdotes, statistics, or other sources of information about a COVID-19 emergency in 2020 UK that tells them what they should or even could do.

This isn’t just about a virus. It’s about everyday life and the different things that are important to us all. Our way of life as a Country. How we do business. How we earn money. What we do to function and to survive.

Yet to hear any one of the Politicians talking, this is all and has ever only been about the medical aspects of the Coronavirus emergency.

It is not. It never was.

Because they have treated it this way, the Government has taken a medical emergency for anyone unfortunate enough to catch Coronavirus and turned it into a life crisis for us all.

There was a different way available to the Government at the start.

There has been a different way available to the Government for all the time since.

There is a different way available to the Government now.

It’s called leadership and it doesn’t involve treating us all like we are kids.

 

Money is no longer god. Oil is just the start.

April 22, 2020 Leave a comment

If you had spoken to an economist just a year ago, they are likely to have told you that a situation could never exist where oil could not be sold. Yet that is exactly what has happened around the World in the past 48 hours.

Oil has long been known as black gold for good reason.

In its refined form it fuels and lubricates our cars, lorries, buses, trains and aeroplanes and is used in the manufacturing process for a seemingly endless number of different things.

Its sale, trading and transportation has become such a key part of the World economy at large, economists and industrialists watch both the price and the quantities being sold at any time very closely. Downward fluctuations in price are often a good indicator of the economy slowing down – simply because less production and use of oil means that demand for everything else has dropped.

Oil production has been used as an economic weapon for a long time. One of the most unsettling realities of the interest that the West has had in the Middle East and Arab States since the Second World War has been maintaining dominance of the control of the Worlds oil supply – as the taps being turned off would normally mean that everything else can be brought to a halt – or supply restricted to the point where the prices of everything go through the roof because of the key role that oil plays in the production of almost everything today.

Oil has always been about money. Those who own the oilfields or have monopoly over the supply have until now been guaranteed to be able to write what seems like an endless cheque.

Not any more.

Suddenly, the vulnerability of their bomb=proof industry can be seen for what it as and the role that it plays within our lives.

Despite the fear that COVID-19 has created, and the damage that is being done as a result of the very poor choices and decisions that our Politicians have made, there are good reasons to be positive about what the future and the post-COVID-19 world will hold for us all.

The stranglehold that big business, the banks and the finance sector has on us all because of the way that money is generated, manipulated and given false value by the trade in commodities like oil is being broken.

Right now their grip is being destroyed by a tiny little Virus that neither we, the Government nor they can control.

A great door has been opened and we are literally entering a different World to the one that we have all previously known.

Money is nothing. It is an idea. A construct and nothing more. Money only works because we consent to it being a means of exchange. Yet it has become so important in our lives, we have culturally come to the belief that the possession of money and the other trappings of material wealth are the only things of value and the only way that we can truly assess what someone is actually worth.

Having our lives shutdown by the Lockdown has began to show us all what money and wealth is really worth. We have a choice between attaining and attempting to keep a false material wealth that always sits outside of us, or recognising the true value within us all that is never in transition and remains and intrinsic part of us all.

No, I am not making light of the pain and anguish that many people are already or are likely to go through in the coming weeks and months simply because the Chancellor and the Johnson Government haven’t got the financial support for everyone who has lost their income right.

In fact, one of the most telling reasons that the Government has got this all so very wrong, is the inherent belief within the establishment that Money is the god that underpins all things and that it must continue to flow at all costs or everything will go wrong.

It won’t.

The lesson that the Johnson Government will soon learn if it has not done so already is that they should have used the responsibility and the power they have to bring the economy to a halt whilst they dealt with the COVID-19 emergency, instead of continuing under the ridiculous assumption that bailing out people and small businesses because they suddenly have no income was the right and only thing to do.

This Government has simply turned an emergency into a crisis and made things considerably worse for us all.

Because of what our Politicians have done, as individuals, as communities and together as a Country, we are now set on a pathway which is going to cause us all a considerable amount of pain.

The flip side is that we are already and will continue to look, feel and think differently about the World around us and the way that things are being done.

Our values are already changing and are going to change further still. Whether it’s as simple as being because we can now see how working from home can introduce a much higher quality of life, or that we don’t need the regular visits to restaurants, coffee shops and out-of-town shopping villages – simply to be happy as we once thought we did, we are collectively going to see life and everything around us through a very different lens.

We will no longer see celebrity and status as the be-all and end-all. Instead we will see the value in conversation and relationships with others around us in ways that we can already appreciate today, that before the Lockdown we never even realised we had.

The march of globalisation is now over no matter what any banker, economist or business leader thinks. Jobs once lost from the UK will ultimately return.

We are going to want to shop locally with local traders and local producers who we can trust to be there in ways that big business cannot. As we do so, we will help our local producers to produce more efficiently and more cheaply and we will see the value in consciously considering and supporting the use of shorter and more considerate supply chains for the provision of everything that we use in our everyday lives.

The political system in this Country will not survive what our current politicians have done.

The Political Parties we have are part of an establishment that is out of touch with the realities of life for those who are governed.

Those who govern us in the future will have to understand everything that they are working with around them in the sense of a genuine and empathetic three-hundred-and-sixty-degrees world view.

Governance is going to be about the consideration of consequences in all that a Government or Authority will do and no longer about what a politician can gain from getting a job, rather than what they are there to give and do on behalf of us all.

We are going to work together and see community and collaboration as a way to do things for the benefit of everyone, rather than just a way to further our own cause. The power that is there to be harnessed by working together will be beneficial for everyone, because it will no longer be about money and its imaginary value, but about caring and consideration for all.

Much too much credence and power has been given to people who call themselves specialists and experts in one or other field and they have played a significant role in bringing us to where we now are. They are usually highly intelligent people with qualifications as long as your arm. But intelligence given by anyone without care, consideration and thought for others is wasted. It will never account for anything of real value in whatever they do.

The real opportunity that has come from COVID-19 will be the fall of money as a god, the reevaluation of what real wealth really is, and with it the return to a way of being and seeing the world where everyone has value, no matter what it is they do.

2020 is going to be a big year for us all.

We need the government to change its approach or for there to be a change in government NOW

April 21, 2020 Leave a comment

img_5679The clock is ticking. Every minute. Every hour. Every day.

We are living through an extraordinary period of change.

As we all struggle to make sense of our new way of living, confined to our homes, passing each other at a distance and in many cases wondering how we will soon afford to live, it is easy for any one of us to allow national and world events simply to pass us by as if there is no risk that we will ever be found out.

Yet the problem that we all now face is the Government that is supposed to be leading us at this time of national crisis is doubling down on all the mistakes it has already made. It is on target to make things considerably worse for us all.

There is talk today on the media channels of apportioning blame to the Government for failing to take COVID-19 as seriously as it could have done at an earlier point in time. The difficulty in doing so is that the Government would still have taken the same disastrous steps that it has done since and would have done so then.

The inescapable truth undermining the Coronavirus is that there is no form of reasoned control of the epidemic that comes without the price being far too high for us all in so many different ways beyond the specific impact on health of the Virus itself.

Sadly, for many of us facing the struggles that we are, it is only with the benefit of hindsight that we will be able to look back at late March and April 2020 and see that the Government let the Lockdown go too far and didn’t do anything near enough to mitigate the losses that it has inflicted upon people, businesses, industries, sectors and the whole economy at large.

The Government isn’t coping with its responsibilities and it is not going to do so.

The Government is obsessed with the words of specialists and experts, and using data as the anchor upon which it can pin its decision making on.

Yet Coronavirus is new and there are absolutely no guarantees or anything set in stone about what will happen if it continues to prioritise the Coronavirus emergency rather than the crisis that it has created around us all at large.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a series of unknowns and variables from start to finish. This its nature and how it will all play out until a Vaccine has been found, produced and is in comprehensive use. Nobody knows how long this process will actually take.

Everything else across our lives was full of comparative certainties that give security to each and all of us simply because in general terms, we are focused on what we can all control, rather than the things that we can’t.

What the Government did by upending our lives with the Lockdown in the way it has – in a rush to try and control a Virus that it simply cannot control – has been to compromise us all, our jobs, our businesses, our communities, our industries, our sectors and our economy at large.

These Politicians simply weren’t big enough to make the right decisions for no better reason than that they would be unpopular and that to do so would be to go against the false populism that our out of control media has stirred up since the COVID-19 chapter began.

If the decisions had been made in isolation and there was nothing further for the Government to now do, the situation we are facing would be certainly not be looking as bad. But Coronavirus and the impact it has had on this Country and on the World at large is not now going to simply disappear and go away.

There will be decision after decision to be taken that will effect how we as a Country live with the Virus in the coming months and years. There will be decisions to be made about how we save our own economy and get back on track during a downturn that has all the makings of a catastrophe for the World economy too. There will be decisions about our relationship with the EU which may now need to protect us from what might be its imminent collapse. There will be decisions that need to be taken about the changes that we now need to our public sector, the way we work and live or what we know as the British way of life. There will be hard decisions about seeing off trade wars, re-localising our production, going green and significantly reducing our dependence on globalisation as the way to get things done. Above all that, the Worldwide changes that are underway bring with them a significant risk of armed conflict in the months and years ahead, especially with the rhetoric and even law suits being targeted at China, whom the small-minded and profit hungry are looking at to lay all the blame.

These decisions are just the start and are only but a few.

This Government has already proven that it cannot think ahead, work strategically, operationally, or simply to do what’s in the best interests of everyone right from the start.

With a growing list of historic decisions that will now have to be made, these are not the people we want to be steering the ship that we are all now sailing on.

This is nothing as simple as a change in political make up and a switch to the left from the right. Labour, the Liberal Democrats nor any of the existing political parties can offer anything  better than the Conservatives can. They have all been created, developed and have thrived within a system that has no concept of what is morally or ethically right.

Nor is this about a fall back position to a form of government made up of all the usual suspects, the bankers, the so-called business leaders, the rich, the famous, the people who have a name. They might all look different, but when it comes to power and responsibility, these are people who will continue to forget everyone but themselves like this Government has done – just the same.

We are now in the realms of needing a shake up of the whole establishment and the removal of those who have and won’t to be replaced by the people who can and will.

At first glance it would appear oxymoronic to even suggest that there could be such a thing as a good dictator.

But that doesn’t mean that one couldn’t exist.

We need real world views informing all that we now do as a Country. This cannot be achieved by people who have only had lives of privilege, don’t understand what it is to get their hands dirty and have no understanding of how everything in life is relative to experience for us all.

To get us all through the mess that is here now and the chaos that is coming will require single-mindedness with a healthy respect for all the ways of the world at a level that none of our Politicians will ever possess or be equipped to have by the advisors that they surround themselves with.

We need all of the voices for change heard, but not so prioritised that one voice for one issue becomes the voice that leads them all.

We need a form of government that works like a genuine committee, where all perspectives are heard, but treated equally, so that no undue influence can be given to whoever is liked most, can buy others or is most likely to return the favour if they are given undue support.

Above all, we need an executive decision maker who will answer to these real representatives of the people, but is ready and well equipped to make the decisions that need to be made in the moment and has the confidence to make them, knowing that they can be justified on the basis that they have done or will always do what is right.

Our democracy has been taken over by irresponsible insiders behaving like thieves in the night.

The political system that we have pays nothing more than lip service to Voters in return for the massive trust it has been given.

The establishment at large is not equipped to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, the crisis the Government is causing through its actions in response, nor the World-changing events that are now on their way and will come in the weeks and the months ahead.

We need the government to change its approach or for there to be a change in government NOW.

 

image of V’s mask from the film V for Vendetta. Thanks to unknown.

 

 

Politicians are using the Lockdown to play with our lives like it’s all a game. We need leadership at the top instead of privilege, and that change needs to happen before the UK as we know it is completely wrecked

April 19, 2020 1 comment

As you scan the Sunday Newspaper headlines today, you will see that the media is finally beginning to turn on the Government over its woeful handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the shameful Lockdown that is condemning more businesses to close and more people to lose their income, jobs and livelihood for every minute, hour and day that it goes on.

There is simply no excuse for the Government having taken the decisions that it has to shutdown the Country and then fail at every step to mitigate the losses and unserviceable costs both to employees and businesses alike for the whole time that the Lockdown continues and then for the resumption period that will follow it beyond.

This isn’t about it having taken time to realise what the Politicians are doing hasn’t and isn’t going to work.

With the Nightingale Hospitals clearly a white elephant vanity project that was all about the headlines that these Politicians could generate with a media which is as irresponsible as they are, the lie has been given to the call to action ‘protect the NHS‘ which was used to manipulate a trusting public into thinking that this attack on liberty and our way of life for years to come was genuinely justified and in our best interests to support it.

It wasn’t in our best interests to support the Lockdown at the start and it is not in our best interests to support the continuation of the Lockdown at any level now.

Our Country is rudderless and set on a path of destruction which is going to take the lives of people not affected by the COVID-19 Virus. Lives that would not ever have been at risk if the Country had not been locked down by the Politicians who are ‘in charge‘.

The Politicians we have today, who sought power through a political system that only favours its own – whatever political party they are from – are not equipped with the experience of life, the understanding of people or the wherewithal to lead anything. They do not posses the basic humanity and selflessness which is necessary for any national leader to have at any time to run a Country like the UK – not least of all during a time of national crisis.

These Politicians come from a political culture that genuinely believes that whatever they tell us will be so.

They have presided over the ascension of money as a god, and bankers, financiers and the heads of big business behaving as if they are the masters of the universe – all whilst everyday people have already paid an unfathomable cost for their shenanigans even before the Coronavirus Pandemic began.

The ineptitude of our Politicians over the Lockdown has now taken this lack of consideration for others into a completely different league.

This whole episode has now gone way beyond the need for basic political reform, where questions needed to be asked and action taken to stop the gravy train from flowing that keeps people who would be genuine representatives of the people from ever gaining public office because their way has been blocked by people driven only by self-interest, ambition, gaining power and the glory they covet which carries with it a level of responsibility that we can now see they have no idea how to use. (apologies – it was all said in one breath!)

We now need this political system replaced – not just changed.

We don’t need any more people who are in politics as a career and have no experience of life outside of think tanks, media jobs and the Westminster bubble beyond School and University.

We don’t need any more people who look good to the media because they have done this or done that, or look good because they represent this community, that community or anything else which is fashionable or politically correct.

Politics is about getting decisions right about every part of life right – not just one.

We don’t need any more people who say yes to all the right people at exactly the right time to keep power brokers happy. Our leaders need to know when and to whom they should say no and they MUST be prepared to do so.

We don’t need any more people who have read lots of books about political and economic ideas but have no understanding of how to deal with a crisis of any kind because that kind of management doesn’t come in a text book.

What do we need?

We need people at the top who put everyone first.

We need people at the top who know how to listen and hear advisors but not be swayed by one perspective when there are multiple voices and ideas to be heard.

We need people at the top who are ready and able to make each decision as it comes, not based on how it looks or how it will play out during an election in 5 years time.

We need people at the top who are not so fragile and insecure that they attempt to control everything and everyone.

We need people at the top who are big enough and confident enough to be honest and communicate to us all the things that they think we don’t want to hear as easily as the things they do think that we do.

We need people at the top who know how to represent others and have the life experience and wherewithal to represent. 

Ultimately, we need to do away with the party political system as it exists today.

We need to have a political party system that works to deliver public policy that works for us all as it should do. Not one filled with political parties whose role has become little more than one to prioritise anything and everything that will enable them to continue to exist and retain power in their own interests.

It would be great if each and every one of us were able to wake up tomorrow thinking as one and realise that the first and most significant step to change for all of us is for every one of us to responsibly withdraw our consent for the Government to continue as it is.

I’ve written in the past about Revolution being the last thing that we need. But times have changed.

The damage that the Politicians we have today are doing, coupled with the reality that the system as it stands will not allow or facilitate the change that we need means that now,  in a time of national crisis, we all must begin thinking about what good government looks like in a very different way to what we may have experienced in the past.

We need everyone and everyone’s interests treated equally.

We need public policy that reflect the views of all.

We need everyone to be treated fairly, even when for some reason, a decision made is something that they don’t personally like because it doesn’t favour them personally in some way.

We need people represented equally whether they are young or old by people who understand the perspective of all others, whether they agree with them or disagree.

The problems that this Government has created will not evaporate the moment that the Lockdown ends.

What the Government isn’t telling us is they have no plan to manage COVID-19 without the use of Lockdowns and the social distancing restrictions they have created continuing until such time as a Vaccine has been identified, tried, tested and rolled out – which could be many months or even years.

This crisis and the ongoing series of new problems that it is creating and will continue to create daily has only just begun.

We need leaders who can get their head down, forget about what makes good headlines and do whatever needs to be done to help us all.

The politicians we have now do not understand and appreciate that being a big beast in politics isn’t about winning a popularity contest. It is about taking decisions that you can justify and are prepared to stand by and see through from the start – when everyone including an unforgiving media says that you are wrong – because you know that what you are doing is right and in the best interests of everyone – even the people who don’t see it and will very loudly disagree.

My regret today as I look at what is likely to unfold in the coming weeks – unless the Government does a U-Turn of biblical proportions – is there is neither the time nor the rational thinking available to address the change in the way and on the timeline that would be ideal in the sense that it would achieve the democratic consensus that it could, should and in normal ‘peacetime’ surely would.

If the public withdraw their consent for the Government to govern, democratic elections will not be the next thing that fills the gap that it will create. Put bluntly, there wont be the time.

And here is the biggest risk. Like the Politicians we have who have attained their power without due regard for the responsibilities that would have, then made decisions that are going to hurt this Country more than they will help, simply because they couldn’t cope with a crisis, many normal people will behave in the same way in a crisis. They will look to the empty vessels that  make the most convincing noise for advice and direction when the shit hits the fan as it is likely to do in the coming weeks.

Without even thinking about it, we could easily see a populist dictatorship come into being in what we had before the Lockdown thought to be a model democracy. It will be led by a person or people around them who will prioritise keeping the power that this crisis will have gifted them – whatever the cost.

It doesn’t seem plausible that the Johnson Government could fall in the coming week but the reality is that if this Government doesn’t change tack on the Lockdown, the financial support it is offering to people and to businesses, and deal with Coronavirus cases as they arise – as it always should have done – then it really could fall.

What we should all hope is that if it happens, is that there is someone ready to step in and turn this all around and then see the whole of the COVID-19 Crisis through as a leader really should, whilst making the changes to the way that the UK works that will make things better for everyone for the long term future – as any good Government should.

In time, what would then be real democracy could then be restored – once the structure of the Country has been changed to work collectively and collaboratively to the benefit of us all, and not as it is now – just for the few.

Let’s hope for a responsible revolution and a return to new and better times which are human and considerate of all.       

Don’t assume the Lockdown and 5G are part of a Conspiracy when Government stupidity can be blamed. It would be better to ask why normal people are already thinking this way

April 18, 2020 2 comments

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People are looking for answers right now, even though it might appear that many are still supportive of the Lockdown and the so-called fight to ‘protect the NHS’.

They don’t realise it, but the lack of clarity, straight-talking and honesty on the part of Senior Politicians is making a situation that every one of us is finding tremendously difficult so much worse than it ever needed to be.

Unfortunately, the reason that Ministers behave as if they are the only people who know what to do in a crisis is that British political culture has conditioned ambitious, self-serving and weak-minded politicians to behave in this way over a period of many years.

Put simply, there is an inherent belief in today’s political culture that to admit, hint or suggest that they don’t know what they are doing or they don’t have the answer to any question at that moment in time will be seen as a sign of weakness and therefore something that they should never admit to – even on pain of death.

Conversely, the reality during a national crisis would be that for an MP, Minister or the Prime Minister to get up in front of a camera and say ‘we don’t have all the answers, but we are going to work this through and always do the best that we can’ would resonate with normal people in a way that would make perfect sense.

Instead, we have had our freedoms restricted and and the opening stages of a police state forced upon us by a Lockdown which is dubious at best and is in the process of leading to financial and life hardship for many millions of people – the number of which will completely eclipse any benefit that the Lockdown will bring.

The Government doesn’t know what it is doing. But believes its best interests are served by doing everything to make the public believe that it does.

The gap between what the Government says and does is growing. It has opened up what began as a simple communication void when they began telling us what they wanted us to hear and think about COVID-19 instead of what they themselves thought.

That void is now growing day by day.

Normal people like you and I are looking for reason and explanation to explain the experiences that we are having in our own lives that runs contrary to everything that we are seeing and hearing on the news, media and from the mouths of the Politicians themselves.

When we experience a void like this, it is natural to want to bridge the gap and make sense of what is actually happening.

The dots are literally not joining up for many people and what the Government is doing simply doesn’t make sense.

Into this gap jumps the conspiracy theories that make sense when other things do not.

Yes, many mock the tin-foil-hat brigade and speakers such as David Icke. But they may be having the last laugh when they are leveraging genuine truths – however small they might be for their own causes, when the Government is failing to even try to use the same information in honest and open communication to support good strategies and right-minded thinking.

Let’s take the 5G link with Coronavirus as an example.

In the weeks leading up to the Lockdown, the Government was engaged in a process of considering the purchase of 5G technologies from the Chinese firm Huawai. The concerns of a security risk were talked up amid the then almost certain reality that Huawai is to all intents and purposes a commercial conduit required to undertake the Chinese Government’s bidding at will. Having access to the 5G networks through hardware installation would facilitate access for the Chinese Government to otherwise secure private, commercial, military and government data streams, which could be repurposed for all sorts of malevolent uses – if dishonesty were to be their aim or way of working. Despite the advice, Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead.

Whilst this was happening, COVID-19 had began its pathway to the wider world from its recognised start in Wuhan in China. But instead of being open and honest, the Chinese Government obfuscated and covered up what was actually happening with Coronavirus on the Chinese mainland and denied other Countries around the World invaluable time to do more to prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus before it arrived both in the UK and became the Worldwide pandemic that it now is.

So when it comes to the spread of Coronavirus and the impact it is having here and in other parts of the World, China is being blamed.

China is being blamed because it has been dishonest about COVID-19 in its own Country – where it has open control of information, when days and weeks before this there was the suggestion that it would be dishonest and do dishonest things with information and spread viruses via a system that would secretly be under its control if it were allowed to be involved in UK 5G.

Fact: Telecommunications technology cannot spread a viral disease that affects the human body. But it can be used to spread viruses and other corruptive software through our computers and infect our online lives and potentially though 5G, our lives in every sense.

Laugh as you might, many people do not recognise a difference between a virus that is malware and a virus that will make you ill.

Likewise, when people hear lots of talk about China being allowed to install 5G against the advice of those who think they will use the access for dishonest means and then within weeks China is outed as being dishonest about the spread of an illness which has already affected us all in the UK in some way, it does not take a giant leap of the imagination to see and understand how some of us have built that bridge and joined up the dots.

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everyone else looks at life through the same lens that we do and that they understand everything in exactly the same way as we do ourselves.

But they don’t.

In fact the way we look at anything – no matter what it is – is always on the basis of the past experiences that we have had which relate to that subject before. It doesn’t matter if its food, money, relationships or what we understand a certain word like virus to mean, it’s all the same when it comes to the reality that we can all be looking at the same thing and each of us see it in a different way.

People need to make sense of the things that they don’t understand. So when the Government misuses the de facto position of public trust that it has been given through democratic process, those who understandably revere and trust the position and power of the Government will look for reasons that are unspoken to explain what the government is actually doing, when it isn’t talking, communicating or acting in a way that is coherent, makes sense, is honest and above all presents itself in a way that engages and allows everyone across our society to understand.

 

 

 

The Nightingale ‘Field Hospitals’ look more like a cynical publicity stunt by the day. No Government should treat the public like this at any time and certainly not during a time of National Crisis

April 17, 2020 2 comments

As white elephants go, the Nightingale Hospitals are likely to be the very worst we will ever see.

With a Lockdown imposed upon the Country that feels more and more like the early stages of a Police State than a restriction on daily life that is designed to help, the ‘temporary’ end of our liberty was firmly sold to us on the basis that it was the only way to enable the Government to do all that was possible to ‘protect the NHS’.

Of that dubious sales script, one of the most contrived-to-be-convincing excuses the Government made for the requirement of public support for the Lockdown was the time that it was going to take to set up, equip and then open the Nightingale Hospitals, the first of which was set up in an Exhibition Centre in London’s East End.

Once it had opened, it didn’t appear to be the case that the London Nightingale was immediately struggling from over use like many established NHS Hospitals around the Country that are still throwing everything that they have available at COVID-19.

In fact, some started to question how these ‘Field Hospitals’ would actually be staffed, given that the twenty thousand or so retired and de-registered medical staff who answered the call to come back could at best only meet what is known to be the NHS’s pre-Coronavirus and therefore immediate or existing staffing shortfall.

In the past 24 hours, the real story has began to find its way out.

Instead of the Nightingales being the genuine additional capacity to support the whole of the NHS to fight the COVID-19 Crisis that we were told by the Government that they would be, the facilities they offer are only being made available to specific cases and the patients who are most likely to survive. Furthermore, a place will only be offered if the transferring hospital provides the staff to care for that patient too.

On reading this, you are probably wondering to yourself ‘what is the point?’.

Well it’s a good question to ask. Because the pretence for this ridiculous Lockdown was all about helping the NHS to cope.

Now, with three weeks of this highly dubious Lockdown already passed, it is clear that the additional space to manage the so-called ‘peak’ of the Pandemic in the UK was put in place with the intention of it being no such thing.

If the Government is picking and choosing which patients its flagship ‘Field Hospitals’ are going to treat, it can only mean one thing: That the Nightingales have been set up as a publicity stunt to provide figures and data that can be manipulated to show that the Government is achieving results when all the time it is not.

Meanwhile, the Lockdown has already began to destroy jobs, incomes, businesses and lives as the support that the Chancellor has provided does nothing to help people and protect the economy in the way that it should.

Then there are the patients suffering medical conditions and diseases like cancer are being sidelined or their treatment delayed by Hospitals up and down the Country as existing staff and resources are re-tasked to concentrate on prioritising Coronavirus patients.

So even when it comes to addressing the medical aspects of this National Crisis, the Government is telling us all one thing, but doing nothing like what it is saying or indeed anything like what it really should.

There was no excuse to shut down the whole Country under the pretence of supporting the NHS in the first place.

But to have done so when the Government itself is not doing all the things that it should to help either the NHS or the millions of people and businesses that it has effectively put under house arrest offers no logical, responsible or even reasonable excuse.

The more we see of this Government and its clear inability to cope, the more we see the real truth unravelling and finding its way into the light. It is clear that these Ministers and their advisors are making it all up as they go along.

All they are doing is based upon how the things they do and say will look, rather than what the results will be. The Nightingales are a vanity project, clearly all about the Government being able to tell everyone how great they were at dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis.

But this approach is helping nobody. It is just another part of the almighty and escalating mess and chaos that the stupidity of the politicians who are supposed to be leading this Country has created.

For what is happening now on the Johnson Government’s watch, there simply isn’t any legitimate excuse.

The NHS has been in need of desperate top to bottom reform for years and successive Governments have failed to address the real systemic issues in the Health Service over a long period of time.

Good leaders would have recognised and accepted this in the early stages of the Crisis and done everything necessary to ‘come clean’ and explain to us all that there was simply no way that the resources and staff would be available or ready in time to head off or prevent every death that it might be have been possible to prevent, had everything already been in place.

Instead the Government has taken us all on a wild goose chase. They have given false hope and false promises, removed our liberties, set fire to the economy, and fired the starting gun on the destruction of quality of life for countless millions, probably for many years to come.

All because they have no idea what to do, and stupid is as stupid does.

 

 

 

 

 

Extending the Lockdown indefinitely until there is a vaccine is complete madness. This is not a war and the Government has choices that any Minister should be big enough to take

April 16, 2020 Leave a comment
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It is said that the best jokes always contain an element of truth. This one doing the rounds on Facebook captures the reality that too many people are scared to speak up and say: that fear of Coronavirus has taken over all logical thinking and is being used as the excuse to make what ifs real rather than it being ok to be honest about what is actually happening in other ways.

 

Stupid is as stupid does, and the Government is bathing in the glow of the flames from the British economy which it torched when it locked down the entire Country preaching to us that it had no other choice.

Of course, when you believe your own propaganda and you have embarked on a stupid course, it pretty much follows that you will then take further stupid decisions that will make the original decision even worse.

With Health Secretary Matt Hancock following up by confirming the content of an earlier Tweet from Nadine Dorries that was clear to readers that the Lockdown would continue until a vaccine for Coronavirus is ready, we can now be certain that this Government has stupidity at the heart of its Coronavirus strategy, where some simply refused to countenance the idea that it was anything other than intelligent before.

Contrary to the story these MPs are telling us when they are bugging themselves up, fighting Coronavirus is NOT the same thing as fighting a war. You cannot go on with an indefinite Lockdown to fight a pandemic simply because there is no need to do so, where as in a war you must go on becuase it is the only way to secure a result.

A vaccine will not be identified, tried, tested and rolled out for many months as a minimum and in all likelihood this is a process that could easily take 18 months to two years and possibly more.

This ‘how long is a piece of string’ approach to managing anything helps nobody becuase of the uncertainty that it creates. For a government to adopt it as policy to address a national crisis is crass stupidity at best – particularly when the Government has a different choice and a very different direction that it could and still can take.

It is simply unacceptable to destroy the British economy and with it the lives, jobs, incomes and businesses of so many with the untold consequences it will being simply on the basis that maintaining life at a standstill either fully or in party might prevent the death of a number of people who were already most likely to be nearing the end of their life anyway.

Yes, it sounds tasteless to put it this way.

But we do not elect MPs and Governments for them to get emotional and run away from difficult decisions that might sound unpalatable on the news or get some lobby or another’s back up because the Government aren’t instead heaping praise and preferential treatment on some specific demographic group that is a cause celebrate in some way.

People have died. People are dying. People are going to continue to die either way.

But the suicides. The business closures. The job losses. The domestic violence. The abuse. The hunger. The bankruptcies. The debt. The evictions and much more that could have been prevented. All of the things created by the lockdown and this Government’s failure to mitigate the effects of it’s actions are not inevitable and never were.

The developing crisis that is now cutting into all parts of our society was created by the Government’s choice. It will end in economic disaster for us all with personal consequences for so many that it doesn’t bear thinking about.

Waiting for the vaccine is not the answer. Neither is continuing with the Lockdown in any form.

People need to be able to return to work, to their businesses, to their courses, schools,  clubs, gyms, pubs, shops and evening walks.

Responsible government would ensure that a system of governance was in place to make sure the NHS can cope as best it can at any one time, but at the same time accept that some deaths are inevitable from Coronavirus and that it will be much better for everyone to treat people like adults and give them back freedom and choice.

The Government needs to wake up before its too late and accept there’s a different way.

The Government MUST End the Lockdown NOW and do everything possible to mitigate the effects of the problems that the Government has caused.

Nothing else will do.

 

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The Johnson Government is high on its own supply of Lockdown and Coronavirus propaganda and completely out of touch with what people beyond the media-baited false populism think

April 14, 2020 6 comments

What is clear if you either take the time to talk to other people, or listen to one of the media shows when it has a lucid moment such as the Jeremy Vine Radio 2 Show at lunchtime today, is the Government is falling very short indeed when it comes to providing support for everyone who has lost income from the Lockdown.

Whether they are catered for partially by the measures that have been introduced and the money simply will not gar far enough, or they do not qualify for anything as it stands and have basically fallen down the holes between the different policies, real people living real lives know there are massive problems with what the Government has and hasn’t done in it’s follow-up to the Lockdown.

Yet if you happened to read the messages spread across the media this morning, with polls backing up the Government propaganda that everything is hunky dory with the public view on staying at home, whilst senior Tories were suggesting that the public will be too afraid to do anything when the Lockdown ends, you might wonder just exactly what planet the Johnson Government is currently on.

What you can be certain of is its not the same world as the owners of countless businesses and the thousands upon thousands of employees who work for them who have been left dangling over a cliff by the Government. These are real people living real lives who know that in some cases days, in others weeks or months, the businesses that provide for them will shut down permanently – simply because a Conservative Government imposed the Lockdown without thinking through what they were doing then or what they have been doing since.

It would be comforting to think and believe that this situation is unique at this time of crisis. But we have been here before and recently too.

Yes, we have all seen the impact and consequences of a situation where the Government and the Establishment behind it has fallen into the massive elephant trap of their own making that opens up as soon as they begin to believe their own hype.

Brexit now feels like a distant memory, even though it is still chugging along gently behind the scenes. But in the entire run up the 2016 European Referendum, the Cameron Government and the May Government that immediately followed it bought into the same stories that they were telling everyone. They fell into that trap of being certain that the public simply thought and looked at the world in the same as they did and through a systemic reliance on confirmation bias to make policy decisions didn’t realise just how out of touch with and going against the flow of real feeling for the majority of the public that their approach and policy making had actually become.

So convinced of how correct their own thinking was, even after the result, the Establishment view that the UK should remain in the EU at all costs continued to drive the wrecking-ball approach into the last Parliament and wasn’t halted until the democratic position and view of the British Public on Leaving the EU was finally re-established with the re-Election of the Johnson Government and a working majority at 80-seats strong.

Regrettably, whilst it might seem obvious to some that Boris ‘got it’ when May and Cameron didn’t, the truth is much more likely to be that the Prime Minister saw the opportunity to ride the wave of genuine public opinion after he had seen it zoom past his Westminster window, rather than it ever being about something he personally understood or intrinsically believed.

Boris is not alone either. With a Government constructed of politicians who have in the majority come into politics out of ambition, self-interest and to further their own interests whilst courting the promises of power and glory along the way, it was always and only ever going to be in the time of a real crisis – when history-defining decisions need to be made hourly and not over many days – that the shallow and featherweight nature that underpins the ability and motivation of those would-be big beasts and political heavyweights who lead us would start to quickly become unstuck.

The problem for those of us currently Locked-down in the real world outside of Westminster is that the Government has really started to believe all of the medical advice, statistics, scientific evidence, personal stories and anecdotal information that it and its advisors are putting out and sucking up in a cyclical movement via a media that is and only will be invested in what it can itself spin into the most sensationalist and fear-provoking things.

There is simply no evidence to suggest that there is either critical thinking or even the touch of reality present in decision making that would come from getting out there and talking to real people about how the Lockdown is affecting them thereby informing Government views.

This is a problem for us all.

There is little doubt that all of the Politicians who are wrestling with a job they coveted but responsibilities they never considered they would have, will at some point realise that the Lockdown and Financial Support measures that they put into place didn’t do anything like what they intended they should do. In fact, the whole package of measures was not even in the same book – let alone chapter of the page where most people were left by the impact of the Coronavirus and the Lockdown result.

Whilst the result of the June 2016 Referendum was too late for Remainers to do anything about the result of the situation they themselves made, when this Government and caste of politicians wake up to the depth of the real crisis that the Lockdown is creating at pace this very second, it will be too late for them to even slow the momentum of the downward spiral they have created, let alone turn it around to minimalist the damage as much as the can.

Whether we think of ourselves as individuals, businesses, communities or as part of the Country as a whole, WE ARE ALL GOING TO GET HURT BADLY if the Government doesn’t instigate change.

‘Protect the NHS’, ‘Clap for the NHS heroes’ and ‘Stay at home’ may well be the messages of the false populism that the media has created about the Coronavirus Pandemic today.

But in the days and weeks ahead and as the full horror and nature of the catastrophe this Government has created comes fully into view, people will know for certain that we need a very different type of person in politics to the ones we have got now, who will thrive on being decisive as they lead at any time and especially in the middle of a crisis, rather than being flaky enough to big themselves up as leaders when it is they who are the ones who are being led.

 

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The NHS MUST be reformed after COVID-19 so that front line and clinical staff are valued as they should be whilst universal health provision for all remains something our Country can afford

April 13, 2020 2 comments

It is at the pinnacle of a National Crisis and not after the event itself that the most pertinent questions should be answered about how supply chains and service provision can be improved to ensure that the national response to the same thing happening again is future-proofed.

So much effort within, on behalf of and supporting the NHS and it’s staff is being expended during the COVID-19 Lockdown, that many people including the Media and our MPs too are failing to allow room to think about the lessons that should already have been learned.

From the responses to appropriate comments and questions on social media, that much is sure.

It is now essential for the Government to ensure that the future of our universal healthcare service for all is safe and that we can all be confident that in a time of a future medical crisis like there is with COVID-19 now – should a pandemic or similar be repeated – the Country will find it much easier to cope.

NHS Staff are doing the best that they can with the resources and the support that is available.

But the time it has taken to put resources like ventilators and PPE in place, the need for the recall of retired and specialist staff who had let their registrations lapse and the suggested need for the whole country to acquiesce to a Lockdown in order to ‘Protect the NHS’ speaks volumes about the problems that already existed within the NHS before the Coronovirus Pandemic began.

We must all ensure the Government is compelled to both consider and act upon these supply and resorting issues immediately and appropriately when the COVID-19 Crisis is over and done.

If the real and underlying condition of the NHS is not considered in this way now, the lack of political will to deal with real problems unless they are under the media spotlight will ensure that nothing like the change that has been necessary for a very long time will ever get done.

Don’t be deceived into thinking that the money and resources that are being thrown at our hospitals now without limit will make a difference to the Nurses, Doctors and health workers in the long term. It won’t.

The NHS has institutional and cultural problems that cannot simply fixed by providing the Health Service with more money at a rate that is neither sustainable or at a cost that the Country can actually afford.

What the NHS needs is complete bottom to top reform.

Comprehensive reform is the only way that real value can be given to frontline clinical staff and their support – both in terms of what they earn, the responsibility and influence that they have and the support they have from the Government and the Public Sector.

Money will never work as a genuine solution to the problems that the NHS has, even if it looks that way, because more money will simply maintain the service in the state and condition that it currently is. And the NHS is not a happy place to work.

What we have learned and are now likely to accept is the people who do frontline jobs in services such as the NHS, healthcare, waste collection, transport and working in supermarkets too all have roles which are just as important to our lives and existence as any celebrity, football player, company CEO, journalist or politician – if not more.

Everyone has a big part to play in making the wheels of the Country turn. Not even bankers are the untouchable gods that they would like us to believe.

WE ARE ALL THE SAME. WE ARE NOT AND SHOULD NEVER BE DEFINED BY WEALTH, JOB, INCOME OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY APPEAR TO MAKE US LOOK DIFFERENT TO ANYONE ELSE.

The Government must now take steps to ensure that REAL value is attributed to NHS Staff not only financially, but in the public policy and measures that the Government can take to support ALL people who are currently underpaid in relation to what it costs to live.

One of the most ridiculous things that I have read in recent days was that an advert had gone out from one particular Health Trust to employ a diversity officer at about twice the wage of a frontline NHS Nurse. This kind of stupidity in the management of political correctness applied in the workplace represents everything that is wrong with the NHS today. It has to stop.

This is part of a massive problem that the Government can and should be tackling head on.

Things that the Government should do include:

  • Placing a ban on the use of agency and contract staff to fill frontline NHS roles to be enacted within 18 months
  • Placing a ban on the outsourcing of management work to contractors, freelancers and consultants to be enacted within 12 months
  • Management of all operational functions to be placed back in the hands of experienced clinical staff
  • Rescind the European Working Time Directive and replace it with legislation that allows each individual to work the hours they choose to, providing their doing so will not put others at risk and that they can only work hours above those they are contracted to do so as a personal, non-coerced choice.
  • The creation of a parallel extended vocational route (a genuine apprenticeship or time served route) to degree qualification as a Nurse for non-academically inclined candidates
  • The cancellation of tuition fees for Nursing, Medical and other NHS-related undergraduate degrees for academic candidates
  • GPs, Drs and Consultants who leave the NHS after receiving a UK education and on-the-job training with the NHS to be required to undertake 10 years service in their post-trained NHS role after the completion of training before they can ‘go private’
  • That any employee transferring from a commercial sector role be required to undertake a minimum of 6 months clinical operations experience before being able to take up their new NHS role, unless they have gained worked within the NHS as a full-time NHS employee within the preceding 5 years.
  • That no Public Sector employee should receive bonuses for carrying out the function that they were employed to undertake.
  • All purchasing to be carried out for the whole network by a centralised service with ordering only carried out at local level
  • The NHS ‘internal supply chain’ to be managed and operated by the NHS and not contracted out to external suppliers
  • The cancellation of all existing PFI arrangements
  • Removing the ‘right to sue’ from anyone who has not directly paid for NHS care in the event of something ‘going wrong’. (Directly to include those receiving private treatment on a private healthcare policy)
  • Set up a specialist NHS Adjudication Service to make judgement on any negligence claims from patients who have directly paid for treatment
  • Setting a basic standard of living level, ensuring that the providers of essential services such as utilities are either in public hands or run on a strictly not-for-profit basis and resetting the property market to ensure that standard housing is affordable to all.
  • Remove the ability of Unions to call strikes or any kind of industrial action
  • Set in law the requirement that the CEO of any health trust cannot earn more than 10 times the wage of the lowest paid member of staff in the trust – including any enhancements that come with the role.
  • Pensions to be brought in line with general requirements
  • The changes made by Gordon Brown to Pension Funds in 1997 to be reversed

One of the most important requirements of successful change for the NHS and equipping our Hospitals to be prepared for all future events is the acknowledgment that the NHS does not stand alone.

A significant number of people work professionally within the NHS and its supply chain. But by its very nature as a public service, the NHS and the people who staff it are effected by Public Policy right across the board.

It is therefore essential that the Government no longer treat the NHS like it sits in an isolated bubble – just as people outside of it understand Westminster and everything political to operate..

What the Government does for or to the NHS will have an effect on other public services and industry, just like what it does for them will affect the NHS too.

Some of the changes that need to be made are specifically related to the management processes within the NHS. But not all of them, as there are many more.

Identifying and implementing policy for the NHS and its staff that overlaps with other areas of life is beyond essential.

Without it, the next time we need the NHS just as we do with the fight against COVID-19 today, it will have long-since been placed in critical care.

 

 

 

 

 

Some workers want this amount of money whilst others want more. But our needs are the same and government support is favoring some over others when we should all be getting exactly the same – not just in money but also support

April 12, 2020 1 comment

If you dare to look at the headlines or glance across the editorial of any of the national newspapers that might be worth reading, you will see today that there is talk within Government of there being Ministers who are doves and others that are hawks.

The growing argument between them is the subject of when the COVID-19 Lockdown should end. The so-called Hawks want the Lockdown to begin to end at the beginning of May, whilst the so-called doves want to wait until the Whitsun Bank Holiday at the end of May before even a loosening of the current restrictions can be allowed to begin.

When you have been writing about the massive holes and inadequacy of the financial support that the Government is providing since the Lockdown began like I have, as well as questioning the cost of the Lockdown vs. the benefit too, you might think it would be natural for me to be happy that at least some of our MPs are looking at all of this in the same way too.

I’m not. And the problem is that they are not even in the same room.

Whilst certain Ministers are clearly aware of some of the issues already being caused by the Lockdown – as they are being flagged by Civil Servants within their Ministries, they are not aware of others whilst many MPs are clearly unaware at any meaningful level of the real crisis that has been started by the Lockdown.

A personal and costly disaster is now starting to unfold in front of more and more of the people just like you and I and it is going to slowly but surely soon come into full view.

We have been conditioned to think and view certain behaviours as acceptable by the world around us. The behaviour of self-serving politicians, an Establishment that cares not for anyone other than its own, and a media that is so obsessed with the sound of its own voice have all contributed significantly to the selfish approach to life that we have which we don’t recognise as being wholly self serving – because right now its just the ways that life tells us things should be done.

As we look at the Locked-down COVID-19 UK, our thoughts will inevitably be about how the Lockdown is effecting us personally and the people around us, whether it is our jobs, source of income, the business we own and operate or any one of the large number of ways that each and every one of us has had our life affected or compromised in some way since life as we knew it changed in March and the Lockdown got under way.

No, it isn’t wrong to think about any of this chapter of our lives in this way. But as we fall over ourselves to shout about treating gig-economy workers the same as employees or to sign petitions to specifically tell the Government that we want directors of small limited companies to receive the same money as if they were an employee, we are collectively falling into the trap of thinking that different help and support for different people based purely on how differently they are employed will equate to the same thing. It won’t.

What we are overlooking is that all people share something very distinctive in common that makes us all the same. We all have regular bills that we need our incomes to pay and  the amount we pay is relative to what we normally earn.

It doesn’t matter what they are or how much those bills are for. Whether you are young, a Millennial, middle aged, retired or very old, there will be bills that you have to pay or have paid on your behalf.

Beyond the fact that we are human beings who live and die, what we all have in common is our shared reality that we always have to pay a bill each month and in some cases many of them. That’s how we are all the same.

If we were to genuinely be treated the same by the Government and a situation were to never to exist where any individual, social group of business sector were to fall through the gaps, the Government would by necessity be targeting the help they can give at us all in a way that was proportional to what we earn or the situation that we are in – but in a way that would actually treat us all fairly because it would support and help us in the very same way.

The very same rules apply for businesses and business owners whether they are limited companies or sole traders too.

For us all, the flow of money into and out of our bank accounts is what makes life turnover. And for business – who in this sense are exactly the same as people, cash flow is king – unless of course you are the bank or finance house which creates all the money and to where all the money we pay out in the form of each and every bill we pay will ultimately flow to and end up.

We pay our bills to a service provider or company that has provided us with goods or the finance to do it. It might be a mortgage, rent, for a car, our phone, TV, electricity and gas or many other things that we might either want or need.

The company, person or business to whom we pay that bill and the money we use to do it will be in exactly the same position as you and I are. What we pay them is their income, just like our job or business is ours. From all the combined income they receive, they too have to pay their bills.

In many cases, this payment of different bills and transfer of money happens over and over again at different levels in what might be a very long chain, until the flow of the money ends up in the same place: the banks and finance houses.

If the Government really desires to treat us ALL exactly the same as it should – that’s equitably and in a way that is completely fair – it would temporarily stop the need and requirement for that money to continue to flow where the chain is no longer complete or simply has no start, so that none of us have to earn anything at any level or any stage of that chain to keep paying bills to the people, businesses or companies that are in the next link of the chain above us.

With the need removed to pay our bills for items that we wouldn’t order or commit ourselves to having during a time that we couldn’t afford to or would be willing pay for because they are a luxury and not a necessity, the only problem for the Government would then be a question of how people pay for food and essential items that we simply need to meet our real everyday needs – not our ‘wants’.

If the Government did this, it would create a genuine level playing field in a time of National Crisis that would benefit us all.

Stopping the need for monetary flow would significantly reduce the chances that businesses will not reopen and that more and more people will lose their jobs and income permanently once the Lockdown actually comes to its end.

Be under no illusion. This action would prevent misery for many and save a significant number of lives.

Without a universal financial support solution of this depth and breadth in place to counter the effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown, the problems and very challenging life experiences that many people would not have been suffering before it began, are going to get much worse. The impact of what the Government hasn’t done will affect more and more of us as the length of the Lockdown rolls on.

The Government should End the Lockdown right now. But if it refuses to do so, it must at the very least change direction with the financial support that it is giving all of us and do it right away.

  • Job losses
  • Suicides
  • Hunger
  • Business Closures
  • Evictions from homes
  • Administrations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse and safeguarding issues
  • Debt
  • Insolvencies
  • Repossessions
  • Loss of custom and business
  • Debt and borrowing
  • Bankruptcies
  • Mental Health issues
  • Depression

And the issues that are the cause of any or all of these horrific life experiences are already on the rise as a result of the COVID-19 Lockdown.

No considerate and caring person would ever wish any of these experiences upon another human being. But the Government’s decision to implement the Lockdown, then failing to treat us all in the same way will ensure that a rise in these real-life horror stories is exactly what the UK is going to get.

No matter what the Media messages tell you or how unpopular TV presenters and Journalists may insist that the alternative to what the Government is doing will be, the Government MUST change direction and handle COVID-19 differently by bringing the Lockdown to a decisive end as soon as it possibly can.

If the Lockdown continues for any further time at all or not, the current system of financial support that the Government has issued doesn’t work as it should. It is creating many problems for individuals that not only include those mentioned or referred to above, but will in time be known to have caused many more whilst creating a national financial crisis and the accompanying personal hardship that none of us alive today will consciously remember having ever seen.

These wholly inadequate measures MUST be removed and replaced with a system that ends the requirement to pay bills for anything that has not been ordered or committed to during the Lockdown – with the exception of things like car insurance if you are continuing to use your car.

Despite the complication of doing so, the system should also be backdated to the start of the Lockdown (at least 23rd March 2020) and those who have been paid some or all of the £2500 per month average wage equivalent excluded from any weekly essential goods and food payment scheme until the equivalent of what they have already been paid through the current payments system from the start has been reached.

A £100 per week payment per person is enough for food and essential items for those who have lost all their income, have been furloughed or are not being paid during or as a direct result of the Lockdown.

Everyone who has been able to continue to work is doing a great thing to keep the Country moving when everyone else cannot. For them, having their bills stopped would be a payment holiday nonetheless. It would therefore be a financial bonus for doing their bit that would be fair and acceptable both to them and to all.

The damage that the Lockdown has already done to lives and businesses is already on target to be very severe indeed. But the cost of the Government failing to treat us all equally and in the same way will be catastrophic for us all.

Beyond a financial depression that is likely to be worse than the Great Depression of nearly a Century ago, the patience upon which civil order sits is already painfully thin, and the moves by the Police and even Supermarkets to behave like we have already become a police state does not bode well for the future of the UK if the Lockdown continues or continues without meaningful change to the system of financial support that is currently in place.

The lack of care and consideration for the impact of this Lockdown that has been driven by the advice of medical specialists, and measures to counter the impact that have simply not been thought through tell us that there is already a vacuum or absence of leadership at the top of the Government. This absence will help even less if that wafer thin patience is broken and the leadership void could easily be filled by alternative leaders who would happily expand and assert that police state deliberately.

Please don’t allow this to happen whilst we still have influence and a choice.

Let’s join together and tell the Government that the measures they have been taking aren’t helping us all in the same way that they would if they were fair.

Let’s also join together and tell the Government that its time to End the Lockdown now and treat everyone like we have the same value, whether or not we get talked about a lot on TV!

 

 

 

 

Media ‘celebrities’ are obsessed with being the news rather than conveying it. They hold a big part of the responsibility for the mess this Country is about to be in and its time for opinion dressed as news to stop.

April 11, 2020 5 comments

img_5628The chances are you will fall into one of two groups. Those who are watching the endless Coronavirus Show on the News Channels, or those who have all but switched off to the so-called ‘news’ programmes completely.

Watchers will either be cheering on the Government and all it does. Or most likely, they are too terrified by the messages that are playing hour by hour on what feels like autorepeat to miss a single moment or a minute of coverage that could end up making the Coronavirus Crisis even worse than it is already in some way.

Those who have switched off have long since realised how much destruction the Media is causing simply because they are being allowed to portray news in their very own distinctive way.

The Media – or rather the people they appoint to be their face – used to simply be Television and Newspaper Journalists. Not any more.

In their own minds the people who read us the news have become celebrities. They are no longer there just to ask the questions to find the answers that we all want to hear. They see themselves there to be the answer and therefore the news itself.

No better example of this exists than the preamble that Journalist Emily Maitlis gave at the beginning of Newsnight on Wednesday evening this week.

Emily has been lauded on social media for her sermon rubbishing the idea that Coronavirus is the great leveller and spelling out the story for what it is really is. Yet her speech to a captive audience was subjective, very little to do with what critical thinking would identify as news, and in layman’s terms was little more than opinion. All given to us by the shovel load right in the middle of a National Crisis when news and information is the one thing that the Taxpaying Public should be able to expect the BBC to be getting right.

The slant, shading, unsubtle nuances or spin contained within this specific tirade was very much in keeping with the message that the mainstream media has been propagating right from the time that the Coronavirus Pandemic took off in this Country.

A message that is wholly negative (because only bad news sells) and intended to deliberately foster fear about the Virus itself. It seeks to remove the boundaries of context and suggesting that ‘protecting  the NHS’ and the medical or scientific operation to address the health issues relating to Coronavirus are the only thing that the Government response should really be about.

Yes, the BBC and other mainstream channels have been carrying other news about what the Chancellor has been doing. But because they cannot sensationalise the worsening of life experience for the many people who were suffering in this Country already and the exponential rise in numbers of people who will soon live that experience themselves, they pick up these real life stories that are happening and drop it as quickly as they can so they can replace them with their idea of what could be.

Put bluntly in real terms, a newsreader cannot sell you suicide as a reason for you to be fearful in the same way as they can sell you a Pandemic because there is perceived to be an element of personal choice when someone considers killing his or herself, whilst catching a virus offers you no choice and so fear is sold to you in different forms as the only protection that there really is.

What the Media fail to recognise and therefore tragically overlook is that because they have worked so tirelessly to sensationalise the whole Coronavirus Pandemic using words and messages that are in most cases likely to be more than 95% opinion, they collectively hold significant responsibility for driving our Politicians to instigate this Lockdown without consideration for the real consequences.

The speed the Lockdown was imposed and the Government remedies came into being in response to noise the Media was making, provided us all with ill-considered solutions to the financial hardship that the Lockdown has imposed on people of all demographic backgrounds, career pathways and financial positions.

Regrettably we are not being led through the Coronavirus Crisis by the politicians that we should have.

We are being led by politicians who are the product of an establishment that sees no benefit or reason to be in touch with or to understand the people it is supposedly there to govern and care for.

Such is their inability to lead, our leaders are themselves being led by a media that has become wholly adept at creating policy by dog whistle without even knowing that they do so.

If real catastrophe is to be avoided across the uk, the Lockdown MUST be ended now.

However, to make things work as they should to benefit us all, it has become essential that the Media are pulled into line and reprise their true role as the providers of news and information rather than simply throwing out what they think we would like to hear and telling us all that its the same thing as news.

This is not about freedom of speech, freedom of expression or freedom of the press.

Real news should always be reported fully and without spin or angle. The only exception for us not to receive news would be when it is critical for the national interest to not do so.

This is about tackling misinformation and fake news at the highest level.

Make no mistake. Opinion in the place of news is what fake news really is.

The fact that this massive abuse of a position of public influence is considered legitimate doesn’t make what the newsreaders and journalists are doing any better or any more in the public interest than the stories of the conspiracists and social media channels where it is clear that the story being told has been built up on the basis of how the channel or username holder was paid.

The Government MUST stop prioritising the messages that it churns out on the basis of how newsworthy it is. The pre-briefings and copies of speeches that haven’t been given need to stop. Above all, the role of the Media has to be seen for what it is: a conduit and no more.

It is not the end in itself that those working as the names and faces of these Media outlets insist we should believe it to be.

To End the Lockdown in a way that causes the least pain that it can, the politicians need to start ignoring what the Media are telling everyone and start talking to the people who really count. Not just medical people or scientists who they tell us know what to do.

By taking then wider view and considering all elements of this very large equation, that’s how they can find their way to making decisions that are in everyones interests and deliver results that they cannot visualise now, but will turn out to be right.

image thanks to wikipedia.co.uk

 

 

PETITION: END THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN NOW

April 10, 2020 9 comments

IMG_5609In the eyes of the Media, speaking up against the continuation of the COVID-19 Lockdown is far from being a popular choice. But it has to be done.

NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO IS GOING TO STOP PEOPLE DYING FROM CORONAVIRUS until there is a tried, tested and working Vaccine that has been given to EVERYONE.

This is not going to happen in 3 weeks or even 3 months. If we are lucky, a Vaccine MIGHT be ready for production in 6 Months. Estimates suggest it’s likely that a Vaccine will NOT be ready for use for 18 Months.

18 Months is too long for the Country to be held at a standstill during a full Lockdown.

We already know that:

  • Job Losses
  • Lay offs
  • Businesses closures
  • Debt
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse & Safeguarding Issues
  • Bankruptcies
  • Administrations
  • Suicides

– are ALL rising as a direct result of the UK being in Lockdown.

This so far hidden crisis being played out behind closed doors in people’s kitchens and lounges across the Country today will very soon break out into the open.

It’s going to hurt ALL of us. And its going to hurt all of us a lot more as a Country than Coronavirus ever could.

The Government needs to prioritise the effects of COVID-19 on Everyone. Not just those who are critically ill or at risk of losing their life to this horrid illness.

It is vital that the Government ensures that those left alive are left with lives to live.

The only way this growing crisis can be stopped and the damage limited to the minimum that it can be is to begin to END THE LOCKDOWN NOW.

There are better alternatives to the approach that the Government is taking. It is essential that they immediately stop allowing Medical and Scientific Advisors to lead the Government Response to this National Crisis by considering it only to be a medical one.

Please SIGN and then SHARE the Petition to END THE LOCKDOWN NOW on Change.org  so that we can make our Politicians aware that its time to respond to the COVID-19 Crisis by making choices that are helpful for EVERYONE and not just some.

 

#endthelockdownnow

#endtheshutdownnow

#gettheUKmovingagain

 

 

 

 

Why it’s time to end the Lockdown & how to let life resume and face whatever happens next

April 6, 2020 8 comments

img_551713 days into this brave new world and you can see that the novelty of the Lockdown and social distancing is beginning to wear thin.

A week from now, the news that 3 weeks of this was just the start of something much longer will be beginning to sink in.

But by then the pain will already be less about being kept inside our homes. It will be more about how people can continue to live and the question of how businesses will survive an indefinite Lockdown, just so they can get to the end of the Lockdown and still exist.

There is a disaster unfolding behind the media coverage and focus on equipping and preparing the NHS to treat a significant number of critical-case Coronavirus Patients.

This real crisis is much bigger than many could comprehend, even if it was something that they could now visibly see.

Already there are businesses that have closed for the Lockdown that will never reopen. Others will close as the Lockdown continues. Some will survive until it is clear they cannot service a growing mountain of debt that accumulates daily, simply because the Government did not think through the implications of what a full Lockdown would mean on so much of our business sector and industry.

The Government has simply failed to comprehend how businesses and the people who own and run them need to be supported so that they will be there to provide services, products and employment for the many others who will need them when the time comes to restart.

Yet to hear the media and read the non-stop commentary wherever you look, the only game in town is ‘Protecting the NHS’.

Don’t get me wrong, we need the NHS to be fully equipped and ready to do the best for people that it can. But with Field Hospitals like the London Nightingale now open and others around the Country clearly earmarked for opening very soon, the political focus needs to move swiftly to the unseen crisis that is beginning to evolve across our Country.

The hard truth is that deaths that will sooner or later become inevitable anyway should really be a lower level priority against what is now set to become a very extensive list of problems that people attempting to live their lives are having to or soon will have to face.

It feels very unpalatable to even think, let alone say that you have to accept and be prepared to let some people die, so that the majority of others can continue to live.

The problem is that it is also the truth.

The Government has backed itself into a corner by implementing the Lockdown. There is no risk-free way out.

Coronavirus Testing will be too slow to be any help in reducing the time it will take to try and manage the process of infection for the whole population.

Using tools such as Immunity Certificates would create massive social problems – if the Government then used the force that would be necessary to keep people who haven’t had Coronavirus at home – which is what they would have to do if they let those who have had it are able to have lives and everyone else does everything they can to catch it, so they can do the same too.

Whilst no politician wants to hear it said of them that they deliberately let people die when some of them could be saved, the harsh reality is that if we are to get out of this Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic in the best shape possible, we must all accept that in the world we live in, a life isn’t life if a person cannot actually live.

It is difficult for some to understand this, because in the form of the personal tragedies that we see rolled out continually on TV and the stories of he NHS in crisis that we hear daily, Coronavirus has given the intrinsic fear of death that we all share both a face and a name. It has taken on a very visual and highly emotive form.

The reality is that people are going to die from Coronavirus with or without the Lockdown and it would be much healthier for people, the whole Country and our economy if the Lockdown was ended and we got life restarted as quickly as possible and then dealt with each case of Coronavirus and its respective knock-on effects as we go along.

The genuinely vulnerable members of our society who are likely to be most at risk will continue to be at the same level of risk until a vaccine has been identified, tested and administered to them.

The time that it would take as a minimum to vaccinate everyone – given what will be a worldwide demand – will simply be too long for any civilized Country to wait for whilst keeping a shutdown in place.

Our high-profile Politicians like to talk up the Crisis as if it is like fighting a war. In the Second World War when Campaigns such as Operation Overlord and the D-Day Landings were planned, Prime Ministers, Presidents and the advising Generals around them literally worked out how many lives they would have to sacrifice on the battlefield to get the job done, so that the wider populations of their Countries and the World itself would win the fight against oppression in the end.

Such responsibility and leadership in strategic thinking is required of the leaders that we have now. The Politicians have talked the talk to win power. Now they must walk the walk to enact that power and see this through.

The implications of the Lockdown would not have been nearly so bad, had the Government taken an even handed and fair approach to mitigating the impact of the imposed standstill on workers of every kind and businesses alike.

But they didn’t, and this means that how the end of the Lockdown and the restart of life is managed must take into consideration where things are right now and where they will be rather than where they were before it started, because this whole situation is evolving each and every day.

It’s time for the Lockdown to end now. It’s time for life to restart.

There is no perfect way to plan the fight against Coronavirus, or to put together a strategy for ending the Lockdown, letting life restart and managing cases of Coronavirus either now or thereafter. There are simply too many unknowns and variables within what is a live and evolving Crisis for that ever to be the way.

However, we can ask that the Politicians do their best, and in terms of ending the Lockdown now and getting life back on track, these are some of the key things that they can now do.

Notification of Coronavirus Symptoms

Perhaps the key factor or source of information that the Government needs going forward, is clear and decisive record of who has experienced Coronavirus Symptoms – even if no medical intervention has been involved.

  • Upon first experiencing Coronavirus Symptoms, individuals should be able to Register using their individual identification data on the Government Portal.
  • This responsibility to register would become that of parents, carers and guardians for children and vulnerable people
  • Nobody should be able to claim Coronavirus Sickness Benefit without having registered first.
  • In the first instance and until such time as it is confirmed whether Symptoms of Coronavirus could be suffered more than once, individuals would be able to claim only once,
  • The data can then be used to distribute the Coronavirus Antibody Test once it is universally available and thereby technically available to all
  • On completion of registration, the Government Portal should allocate a unique reference number for every individual to use to claim benefits such as Coronavirus Sick Pay and payment holidays

The NHS

It will remain essential to keep resources flowing towards the NHS so that it can manage the critical stages of the Coronavirus related illness that some people will inevitable suffer – just as they are now.

Field Hospitals, Intensive Care Units, Ventilator numbers and the recruitment rate of staff will have to continue to rise until the natural infection rate and the number of people it will effect critically at any particular time has been reached.

This will not be long once the restart has begun. But there is likely to be a period of time where it doesn’t look like the NHS can cope and numbers of people are dying who might have been saved, had more resources been in place.

‘Protect the NHS’ is the Trojan horse argument that led to the shutdown as the chosen way to attempt to manage demand in the first place. It’s where the Government went fundamentally wrong.

  • Local Trusts should set up Designated Reception Centres, separate to GP Surgeries and Hospital Reception areas used for other purposes
  • Local dedicated helplines should be provided to field calls from those with symptoms
  • Dedicated Ambulance provision should be put in place for Coronavirus sufferers
  • The general emergency Ambulance fleet should be kept separate.
  • Serious consideration should be given to requiring benefits claimants to report for duty as healthcare assistants, with full pay, work and training options to be offered after a qualifying or probationary period.

The Restart itself

The way to lift the shutdown isn’t to try and overcomplicate things by using terms such as calling it ‘gradual’ or ‘taking things in steps’, or anything else that even hints at there being some form of managed delay.

Whilst we might all like to think that the world as we knew it before March could just be switched back on at 9am on Monday morning it won’t happen no matter what we do. The time it will take those businesses still operating to return to full operation will take a lot longer than it took them to shut down. That is before you take into consideration the natural trepidation that many people are going to have as a result of the negativity and scaremongering that has taken place on the part of the media.

Even now, barely a fortnight in to the Lockdown, things will have changed markedly and they will continue to do so each and every day until the new norm for life begins.

People and businesses are going to work differently, travel differently and think differently. So the resumption of participating in everyday life will take time under its own steam, without anyone or anything else being involved.

Social Distancing

Social distancing in areas where people are usually in close proximity will be a good measure to retain formally, even though people are likely to keep their distance for some time as it has already become an accepted part of life.

Even if social distancing plays no further active part in dealing with Coronavirus – given that there are very recent suggestions that the Virus can remain active in air for up to three hours – it will help address any social awkwardness that will exist for some people once the Media’s negative messaging campaign is over and done.

Sick Pay

  • Everyone working who has unable to work because they have caught Coronavirus should be able to rely on having Coronavirus Sick Pay
  • The Sick Pay should last a calendar month from the date of registration
  • There should not be a laborious process of application involving claims for Universal Credit or applications via Jobcentres or the DWP.
  • The Coronavirus sick pay should be claimed on behalf of employees by employers and paid as part of the monthly PAYE process
  • The self employed and/or contract workers should be able to claim their sick pay back as part of their next Annual Tax Return.
  • The reference number allocated at registration should be used by employers for PAYE purposes and on individual Tax Returns.

People

Fundamentally, it is essential that every member of the population is treated like an adult, trusted to do the right thing and given no excuse to do otherwise. To support everyone, the Government must ensure that all practical issues people may experience if and when they suffer with Coronavirus has been mitigated against adequately and given added value as an incentive too.

Put simply, if there’s no way people can lose out, they will do the right thing.

  • Any individual, their parent, carer or guardian will register Coronavirus Symptoms using the Government Portal
  • Upon registration, individuals should be required to immediately self-isolate and remain isolated for a minimum of 14 days
  • Upon experiencing escalating symptoms, individuals should report to local NHS designated reception centres or call designated helplines if transport or an ambulance is required
  • All domestic bills, rents, leases, loans, interest and debt repayments to stopped for a month as a ‘Payment Holiday’
  • Individuals to use the reference number provided when they registered with the Government Portal to confirm they are on a legitimate payment holiday with debtors or those they should normally pay.
  • A payment of approx £100 per week to be payable to every individual Registered in the ‘Coronavirus Window’ for a period of four weeks to cover food and essentials

The Vulnerable

  • The vulnerable have to be allowed to make their own decision about the risk, about remaining in isolation, or returning to ‘normal life’. They should not be pressured to go either way.
  • Benefits Claimants without medical conditions and unemployed should be tasked with providing the support currently provided by volunteers.

For Business

  • Businesses of all sizes should be protected from the impact of the Lockdown for the period of time it will take things to return to or find the new normal, once the Lockdown has been lifted.
  • Where necessary support should be applied retrospectively to the 23rdof March 2020, if not the point in time before that when levels of business within marketplaces are recognised as having began to decline in response to the early stages of the Coronavirus Crisis.
  • All businesses should have a 3-6 months ‘payment holiday’ from rents, leases, mortgages, repayments, interest, debt
  • Heavy fines and/or jail terms should be immediately awarded by a District Judge without trial or appeal, to any Creditor, Company, Director or Partner thereof refusing to facilitate the ‘payment holiday’ and/or attempting to recover any related sums using other or additional debt devices or levying additional payments or raising prices relating to that relationship

Funerals

For the duration of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Government should intervene to ensure that the disposal of bodies is facilitated without delay, without price gouging or profiteering and is provided on the basis of a same-level, community service for all.

  • The Government should set a fixed, realistic cost for a ‘standard’ funeral with a transparent minimal fixed margin and no additional payments being made for anything not specified
  • The Government should pay the cost of ALL Funerals at the standard rate for the duration of the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Local Authorities should administer the allocation of care of the deceased and funerals to local undertakers on a take-it-in-turns basis
  • Local Authorities should administer payments to undertakers and make them immediately
  • All funerals should be provided on the same basis and not open to change or being ‘upgraded’ by additional payments from families etc
  • Funeral Insurance payouts to either be split with the cost of the standard funeral being returned to the Government and any outstanding balance returned to the family or estate, or simply paid out to the family or estate

The Media

Whilst free society needs a free press, the current approach, lack of ethical standards and reliance on dressing up subjective opinion as news requires that Government take a different approach and one that doesn’t play into the system as it is.

  • The forward briefing, advance copies of Government speeches and embargoed press releases need to stop.
  • Regulation needs to be introduced that requires news to be news, and for the mainstream media to promote the wider concept of the principle of charity in all things, rather than constantly looking for every opportunity to create negative spin.

#endthelockdownnow

‘Immunity Certificates’ will divide the Country socially and destroy it economically – if there is anything left to destroy

April 3, 2020 1 comment

Some of the ideas that the Government is coming up with are astounding. Not for their leadership. But for how shortsighted they are and how serious the problems are likely to be from the impact and consequences of taking these steps will create.

Nobody can argue that this is good time to be in Government. But the Politicians we have in these roles today found their way to having these responsibilities voluntarily and by choice.

As members of the Electorate, we should be able to rely upon and trust that ALL Politicians have the experience, motivation and outlook to make good decisions in a national crisis – without ever taking a second look.

Sadly they are not.

All of us are desperate for the shutdown to be lifted and for ‘normality’ to resume.

However, awarding ‘immunity certificates’ to those who have tested positive for Coronavirus Antibodies, certifying them ‘immune’ and able to return to normal life and work, will simply create a two-tiered system of life for us all.

If people are CV+ive, then all well and good. But what about the people who are not. Do they stay at home indefinitely?

What about the Companies who employ them. Do they replace them with other people who are able to leave home to work?

If this system proposed by the Health Secretary were actually manageable, all it would do is create different social castes. It would be little more than the creation of yet another divide between us, but this time worse – because it will have been created by the Government – and by choice.

The reality is that ‘immunity certification’ isn’t manageable.

If people are faced with the choice of being stuck at home or going out to socialise, shop and of course work, Coronavirus Parties or self-infection will become an immediate majority choice.

Beyond the effort to get the Field Hospitals up and running, the Government is failing spectacularly at every other Coronavirus Crisis-related choice.

 

100,000 Coronavirus Tests per day by the end of April sounds great. But that’s still 600 days or the best part of 2 years before each person in the UK has been tested just ONCE

April 3, 2020 1 comment

False hope appears to be the order of the day.

We are being set up for a fall over talk of Tests for Coronavirus and tokenism like ‘Immunity Certificates’ being the way that the Shutdown will be lifted.

But this is not the way that normality – if that’s what we are actually going to ‘return to’ – is going to be ‘restored’.

Testing is not going to help us all return to normality at the same time or collectively as one – even if it could be rolled out and all 60 Million or more of us could be tested and have the results come back on the same day.

If we were all required to test CV+ive for antibodies before we could come out of shutdown, lockdown, isolation or call it what you like, at a rate of 100,000 tests per day, it would be over 600 days before everyone in this Country knows if they have had Coronavirus, has Coronavirus OR will be expected to stay at home and wait.

This approach simply isn’t sustainable for us personally, as communities, as industries, as an economy or as a Nation and Country as one.

The Shutdown needs to end now and then we have to take what happens as it comes.

 

The Government & Media has already set all of us on a downward spiral. The complete shutdown must be lifted now if we are to find a minimum-pain way out

April 3, 2020 1 comment

download (33)FEAR rules everything in life, even though we are not conscious of it most of the time. The greatest fear of all is the fear of death, and when the prospect of a by-pass or a short route to dying comes into view, that fear can push us to do and accept very questionable things.

A little bit of fear can be a good thing. A civilised society does after all need to have and maintain basic rules.

But what the Government and the Media have been and are now doing to this Country goes beyond sense and logic.

The constant flow of negativity and highlighting of personal tragedies framed in a way that makes the idea that this is happening to everyone right now has created mass hysteria. It is only the presence of the walls that surround our homes caging us all in like rabbits in hutches that currently keeps our thinking penned in the same way as our bodies currently are.

The damage being inflicted on the economy by the shutdown is now increasing by the minute.

Across the Country, business owners are contemplating the reality of the Government’s game plan in stunned silence.

Yet the majority obsess about 8pm clap-from-your-doorstep sessions for the NHS that the media would have us believe has become obligatory for everyone to take part in. It will be frowned upon or considered to look churlish if you don’t willingly take part or become involved.

The Government chose to pursue a lockdown as a kneejerk measure, influenced in no small part by sensationalist approach that the Media has been taking.

The Government has made very poor decisions that already contradict themselves. It is clearly failing to think through the implications of much of what it is doing beyond tackling Coronavirus-linked illness itself.

Meanwhile the media is taking every opportunity to sow fear throughout the population by dwelling on what journalists believe it is in their interests to suggest that the Government isn’t doing well, rather than there being even the merest hint that they can, could, would or are capable of holding our political leaders intelligently and considerately to account for what they are getting wrong.

Neither the Public nor the politicians are in control of the direction of public policy as things stand.

The Media is using fear fuelled by subjective opinion to keep people glued to their non-stop Coronavirus Show, whilst the unbridled influence they have means that they have become in many ways the de facto leadership of this Country. It is neither democratic nor can it be in any way held to account.

The fervour that the Media has whipped up and the choices that the Government has subsequently opted to take does not follow any overarching strategic reasoning.

For instance, the shutdown of the kind we are experiencing has seen nearly a million people sign up for Universal Credit in the past two weeks, whilst a not dissimilar number have signed up to volunteer to help the vulnerable and the NHS.

The sheer number of forced-to-be-idle people who are now being put to work going back out to help others rather than doing their own jobs makes a mockery of the whole idea of laying people off because it’s safer for them to be at home.

However, short-sighted, fag-packet-derived policies from the Government and Media manufactured ideas about what people can or should do to avoid Coronavirus – have for no good reason – become accepted as the only way to do things – just because of the source from where the information has come from.

Subsequently, we now have a National workforce which will be reluctant to go back to normal working – simply because so much uncertainty is being promoted about what is to come.

Regrettably negativity of this magnitude does damage that will last.

No matter how positive and constructive the Government and the Media could and should be, from the moment the decision to lift the lockdown is taken, getting people back to work, into the shops, our businesses functioning and transport running anywhere close to where it should be to be considered ‘normal’ is likely to take many months – even if the employers, the businesses and the transport companies still exist at that point.

The latest news today about 100,000 Coronavirus Tests being done daily by the end of April and then the suggestion that once there is an antibody test people will be able to get a ‘Immunity Certificate’ issued – whilst everyone else stays at home is leading to false hope for people and for communities, whilst the long term strategy for both is a short-fused time bomb which is going to go off in weeks if not months.

With Field Hospitals now opening like the Nightingale in London and medical resources coming into place, this is the time to relax the Shutdown, restart the engines of everyday life around the Country and replace what was only ever a suggested need for being shut up at home completely with guidelines and procedures for people to follow if they feel unwell.

If the Shutdown isn’t lifted now, the damage that it is going to done to the economy and therefore to many lives is going to be something that even now it is very difficult for many people to comprehend.

Even with the Shutdown lifted now, it will take time for a feeling of normality to return.

The decisions made by the Government and the stories that the mainstream media has told have already caused irreparable damage to businesses and households, and put the fear of God into people when they simply should have not done so.

People will not find it easy to resume normal living at a restart anytime after this. With the time it will take to accommodate the impact that Coronavirus alone is going to have on society either way, there is no time to lose.

The restart of life after Shutdown is overdue.

 

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If you want to dob somebody in to the Police for doing the things you want to yourself – please don’t. Have a silent party in your head and celebrate that you have enough self control instead

March 31, 2020 Leave a comment

img_5432With a week of the shutdown gone and the shelves starting to look like they get restocked regularly too, it is the monitoring of the shutdown and social distancing rules that are perhaps cause for our most immediate concern.

You may think that I am about to go off on a tangent moaning about the overreaction by the Police. But in the age of political correctness where all public servants are afraid of their own shadow in case they should become accused of doing the wrong thing, the Police are likely to be doing what they interpret as being right. Sadly, the days when common sense ruled and worldly Police Constables would be encouraged to see most value in striking the fear of god into a miscreant rather than detaining, fining or giving points to them are over. We have simply reached a regrettable place where neither they nor we can win.

No. My reason for writing about this today is the changes to our behaviour since the shutdown began and the sudden urge or temptation on the part of some to pick up the phone or message the Police and dob in a neighbour or someone you know for going out too much, going the the wrong places in their car, or in fact anything they are doing agains social distancing rules that we would now like to be doing ourselves.

Right now, most of us are showing a lot of good will and patience to accommodate and support the social distancing rules. But it takes a lot of self control to simply switch off the freedoms that we had only days ago and observe them quite literally in the real spirit of how they have so far been laid out.

Yes you can call people selfish for not observing social distancing rules religiously. You can lose your shit with them and suggest that they are a threat to yours or others lives. But the reality is that none of us actually know what may or may not be motivating anyone to break social distancing rules – if there is indeed any reason for them breaking them at all.

What if they are suffering with mental health issues and are desperate to get outside? – please bear in mind that just because to you someone may look or sound perfectly healthy, you simply don’t know what’s going on for them inside.

What of they are trying to get a break from a challenging home environment and maybe domestic abuse? – again, few of us see, hear about or understand the realities of what goes on for others behind closed doors. Abusive environments are not always physical in the way that they work and both MEN AND WOMEN may be desperate to get out and get a break just so that they feel they can survive.

What if there are other reasons for them going out or doing what they do, that could be easy to understand and would be acceptable if they were happening to you?

Of course some of the people flouting the social distancing rules are either unaware of them, couldn’t care less or are simply stupid. But making any of them the guilty bastards for a situation that none of us chose to be in in the first place is not something that will end up being a happy choice.

Calling one of the Police ‘Coronavirus Hotlines’ might be your motivation and personal choice. But in these circumstances, the Police will feel obliged to come down heavily on people just because they feel that the (media) spotlight is now on them and that they therefore have no choice.

The Police do have better things they could be doing like chasing real criminals if their efforts are not required by the Coronavirus Crisis elsewhere, rather than punishing people for things that they would have no good reason to know about if someone had not decided to make them wrong.

We all need the Police resources available to be focused where they are needed most. Some of that effort will be spent on people who are not only flouting the social distancing rules, but are breaking them to hurt or endanger others, or to exploit the shutdown because criminality is their conscious choice.

Let’s not take any of our Police Officers away from where their attention and focus really needs to be. Doing so could really cost lives.

When the shutdown is finally over and things return to whatever the norm will then be, the chances are that any one of us would feel guilty for outing anyone during the shutdown for anything that when it has finished will no longer be wrong.

Save yourself the mental anguish and give whoever your sinners are the benefit of the doubt. Because for whatever reason they are breaking the rules, the chances are that they don’t have the level of self control that you have yourself.

For that reason alone, they deserve your understanding and humanity. Just like you and I   would want to receive it from others if we broke the social distancing rules innocently or for some overpowering reason that made it feel to us that we had no choice.

 

 

The World cannot stay stopped until a vaccine is found. Difficult choices need to be made

March 31, 2020 3 comments

No, the novelty still hasn’t worn off. We are being good humoured about the shutdown and it feels almost remarkable how quickly we have all adapted to standing in staggered lines, following taped distance lines on the floor, and stepping into the road to make space for other walkers or waiting for someone else to pass.

But this is now. Only 8 days have passed.

If you make the mistake of watching non-stop news coverage, you are likely to be slowly turning mad. The coverage is disproportionately negative or just focused on the personal tragedies and the challenges that are being faced by all the emergency service personnel and above all the NHS Staff who are involved.

Nobody could or should try to take away what is happening for the real people and patients on the front line. But a big problem for us all is that the very nature of media and television today gives the immediate impression that all of this is what is actually happening right now in our front rooms.

Yes, the risk that any of us could go through the same is very real. But the reality of Coronavirus itself is that it will not affect everyone the same.

However, the response, or rather the shutdown has already effected us all, and it’s going to affect us all a whole lot more. It’s affecting many people in ways that may not already, but soon will be causing them – and perhaps you – a great deal of pain. The chain reaction of debt, homelessness and businesses closing down is likely to become like a never-ending downward cycle where the impact will be multiplied as it ripples out more and more and starts to impact on all of us, not just as individuals, but as a whole.

Like most meanings lurking in the subtext and hidden in plain sight of all current political speak, the elephant in the room behind all the daily Downing Street Briefings is this shutdown in its current form cannot end either until everyone has caught the Virus (this dreadful term ‘Herd Immunity’), or a Vaccination has been found, tested and rolled out so that everyone is know to be immune.

Testing on the scale that would make it practical for everything to return to normal isn’t available and is unlikely to be so anytime soon. In fact, the Government managed to conduct around only 7000 tests last Saturday – whereas across the UK we have a total population of 60,000,000 or more.

When and if large scale antibody testing is available, the problem remains that many of us will to have caught the Virus and we still don’t know if people can catch Covid-19 multiple times. So if everyone were just allowed to return to normal at that point, there could again be a significant peak and demand for the NHS, and we could end up having a repeat of the shutdown any number of times.

Whilst the Government has the power to maintain the Shutdown or indeed to make it worse, it is very questionable for it to do so in these circumstances, because in terms of all of the knock-on effects, impacts and consequences that are hitting people and affecting our lives in other ways.

The Shutdown – or a series of them – cannot go on or be maintained for the many months that are now being talked about as a bare minimum. To do so will break what is left of the economy, any ability the Government still had to reduce the National Debt will evaporate and the inadequacy of the financial help given even to people who think they are safe now will make life difficult for so many people that the solution to the Coronavirus problem will have turned out to be significantly worse for the majority of people than it will have been to facilitate the cure or rather treatment of the few.

That is of course is if the consent of the Public for the Government to rule in this way should remain the same as it is now. Odds are that it won’t.

We know that many people have probably already had Covid-19, or that they will suffer very mild symptoms if they do. At some point soon, the emphasis will have to shift from everyones lives being stopped to focus on preventing people catching the Virus, to allowing everyone to restart and get on with life, then only focusing on what happens when they contract Covid-19 when they do.

The current approach is solely focused on preventing the NHS from becoming overwhelmed without real consideration for how the shutdown to facilitate this is impacting on every other part of life. The shutdown is based on too many variables, unknowns and the fear that has taken on a disproportionate value in the reality and thinking of politicians and their advisers who are only equipped to think subjectively and not objectively about the wider picture and the problems that their actions are going to cause.

As soon as the great British Companies and collaborations that have come together to build ventilators and support the expansion of the NHS effort have done their stuff and there are field hospitals set up around the Country to support a realistic level of critical need, it is essential that the Country be allowed to return to work and our normal activities are allowed to resume.

The hard truth is that not everyone will be ill at the same time, even with no social distancing in place, and that whatever happens a still significant number of the people infected with Covid-19 will regrettably die. We all have to accept that just like cancer, accidents, many other lesser-known diseases, illnesses and medical conditions – and of course the seasonal or winter flu, this is just another route added to an inevitable list of reasons from which all bodies will at some point die.

Rather than turning the UK into a Police state, it would be much better for the Government – to treat EVERYONE like the adults, responsible parents and carers that the majority are and put in place the systems and procedures that will encourage people to present themselves either for care and treatment or self-isolation as many already are. If nobody is going to lose out in any way by doing the right thing, it will work effectively and efficiently as everything restarts and keeps running. Then before you know it, ‘Herd Immunity’ or whatever you name you want to call the place where we actually need to be will become a real thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobody else will ever compensate the loss of a good or viable business in circumstances out of the owner’s control. A Government that champions itself as the party of business should know better

March 29, 2020 2 comments

img_5431Watching events as they are unfolding is painful, especially when you know they are avoidable and that our decision makers have alternative choices. It has prompted me to write passionately over recent days about how our politicians should be mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown.

The ‘help’ that the Government is giving people is not only piecemeal – leaving holes for many that it is supposed to be helping, but for EVERYONE and specifically the people who need help that the response to the shutdown doesn’t reach, what the Government is doing doesn’t go anywhere near far enough.

Everyone has something to say about all of this – especially those who have a platform on social media, in the press or on TV.

But the problem with the ‘profiled’ speakers who have been allowed to become too influential (Sadly there are too many to mention), and with it too fond of their own voices, is that the words they are giving us are usually little more than subjective opinion. What they pump out to every ear that will hear them is not based on experience or even getting out there and talking to real people, but how they look at the world and how they think things should be. It is based purely on the scope of the very narrow lens through which they see their own life.

Whatever our experiences of life up until we found ourselves at this point, we are all afraid. But we are afraid for different reasons.

My fear is not about catching Coronavirus and what it could do to me – as I’ve done the life-threatening illness thing before. It’s how the response to the Crisis is creating many more problems than it is going to solve, and that if we are together going to be able to make the best of the opportunities and positives that we have ahead of us once the critical stage of this Crisis is over, we do not have the right people leading us to make that either a practical or tangible option for us all.

The people I am most afraid for as I am writing this today, are the self-employed and the owners of small businesses who are likely to be sat somewhere right now on the verge of crying. Many are facing up to the stark reality that on one hand they have been stopped from trading for what in principle if nothing else is a good reason, but on the other they have had their ability to service bills, pay back debt and survive taken away from them without any bad decision on their part. This isn’t the result of something they have done, or could have planned for and there has been no opportunity for choice on their part.

What they are now experiencing is not happening in isolation. Many people will be affected by a chain of events that will start with them and cascade throughout our economy reaching every sector and every level of the supply chain.

People who work for them will lose their jobs. Suppliers and Service Providers will not have their bills paid. Customers will lose shops, their local tradesman and local services of all kinds that are not supplied by big business – because big business cannot offer the level of service and make the margins that their shareholders demand by offering customer experiences of this kind – whereas all these committed small business owners and self-employed people before Coronavirus did so willingly and by choice to build relationships with their customers and differentiate from the profit-led Corporate behemoths.

For those who have already lost or now stand to lose what was only weeks ago a good and viable business, no form of compensation will make up for the consequences of that loss, which will hit them very hard – especially when the responsibility for the loss sits squarely with our Government and the choices it has made.

From late 2010 I experienced what it was like to be in a very similar situation when the successful business I had set up and run for nearly 7 years had a key contract pulled from under me, simply because of changes to my customer’s marketplace. It was in no way related to the quality and value of the service I delivered.

Even though I had anticipated changes might come to the industry and I had negotiated clauses within our contract to make sure everyone would get paid and I would be left with enough to start again, I never anticipated that when it came down to it, a high profile customer like mine would refuse to pay a £six-figure final bill, simply because the legal system is such that it knew it could and would get away with it.

I was dropped completely, well and truly in the shit. Not because it was the conscious aim of the managers and lawyers responsible to get up and screw me, the people who worked for me and the people who supplied me that day. They did it, because the world we live in tells us we don’t have to think about the impact of what appears a sound business decision and has no downside or consequences for anyone else.

This is the kind of limited, self-serving and blinkered thinking that the Government is employing right now.

After months of fighting, I put my Company into Administration, not because I wanted to or felt it an easy way out. I did so because I simply didn’t have any other choice.

It’s because I’ve been in that situation that I can say openly that for many, that’s where the real problems begin.

Self-employment or owning and running a business is different for everyone and for different reasons we all find ourselves with the ability to contribute different things to what we do.

For some of those who are facing down the reality that the money the Chancellor has allocated won’t go far enough or won’t arrive soon enough, they will at least not have tied themselves into loans, leases or contractual arrangements of any kind to support their business.

The lucky ones -may have their day-to-day needs met fully.

But it’s more likely they will be met only in part by the money that the Chancellor has allocated to the self-employed.

All of the domestic bills like the rent, mortgage, phone and everything else still have to be paid.

But the people most likely to be able to manage on being given what is pretty much the average wage are the ones who are most likely walk away with a skill or trade still behind them that is always in demand by others. Put simply, if they’ve worked for themselves and had problems, it simply won’t be thought about.

However, as you scale up and away from the domestic bills that you may already be feeling left high and dry with when it comes to paying, for the self-employed who are directors, partners and company owners, there are further levels of commitment to meet and the reality they are facing is simply not the same.

Vehicles, Premises, Licenses, Fuel, Tools, Insurances, Loans, Vehicle Tax, Mortgages, Professional Fees, Bank Fees and plenty of other things need to be paid for – even if a business is standing still. So giving anyone what is the maximum of the average monthly wage who own and runs a business – if they qualify – is far from being a good start if the aim is to stop business falling over when you have told them to stop trading.

The people who own, run and set up small businesses without third party investor funding form the backbone of our business-based economy. They are the entrepreneurs and the people taking the real risks and there is a lot more to it than the tax status of being ‘self-employed’.

They are people who have really done something on their own who shouldn’t be treated like social pariahs or like they don’t exist when their business ‘fails’.

Beyond the financial hardship and turmoil that the Government is condemning them to face, there is a very harsh reality of how people in this Country judge what they inevitably assume to be failure, and in particular where the incorrectly but nonetheless interchangeable terms bankruptcy and administration are concerned.

Instead of looking further and more closely at the reality of why people may have found themselves dealing with the horrific process of managing their own bankruptcy or putting a company they own into administration, there is an immediate default assumption of wrongdoing on the part of those looking on, rather than even the merest hint of appreciation for the value of the experience and the lessons that will inevitably been learned.

Some businesses fold in ‘normal times’ because of stupidity or more likely because the person driving it is out of their depth and in a field they don’t understand. But for just as many if not many more, the reasons that have brought them to that place are simply out of their control.

These are people who would actually be an asset to any business because of their experience of dealing with these problems. Instead business all too often views them as being a risk and if there isn’t change in the way society looks upon the realities of business closure and what caused them, many brilliant people of exceptional understanding and talent will quickly join the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

It is not too late right now for the Chancellor and the Government to take a leap backwards, for them to review and restart the package of measures they are putting in place and this time get it all right from the start. I for one would certainly think it big of them if they do.

But as the days of this shutdown become weeks and the weeks then become months, good businesses and employers that were viable only days ago will be forced to close with companies going into administration and the owners declaring themselves bankrupt. Not voluntarily or because they didn’t know how to run their business. But because a Conservative Government didn’t understand the realities and consequences of the decisions it made in a crisis and wouldn’t consider the alternative choice.

Nobody in the supply chain of business, industry, services, property or anything else will lose out during a standstill, IF the flow of money throughout that chain is held up at every stage. Not just at the start.

Politics, political leanings and tribalism don’t count here. It’s simply about doing what is right.

The only way that EVERYONE who has lost their income as a result of the Shutdown can be treated fairly, whilst not being condemned to suffer or lose their livelihood too, is for the Government to stop ALL bill payments to ALL creditors, ALL interest payments and the accumulation of debt for EVERYONE – until such time as the Shutdown is over and EVERYONE has been able to return to work.

To not do so when it is a clear option shows an absurd level of inability on the part of Politicians to step out of their own shoes to taste and feel the reality of how the decisions they are making are going to manifest in our lives.

If businesses of the type, size and number that will be left to fail because the Government hasn’t taken steps to treat EVERYONE fairly, and above all THE SAME, the British economy is going to fall over a cliff in a way that will never allow business to operate in the same ways again.

What would be good to see right now is the politicians that we have elected doing the right thing and making the right choice. We are now in very different times, and if they do not do so, people will suffer the impacts of the choices that they have made for a long time to come.

When this Government falls or we have new Elections, the Electorate will not be forgiving.

The majority of the victims from the Coronavirus will not be the people who have died or have been personally touched by grief as a result of the illness it causes. Most will be created by the missed opportunities, poor decisions and the failure to act equitably on the part of politicians driving an avoidable tragedy for us all that would not have been necessary if the Government had thought differently and made an alternative choice.

To those reading this blog who may be staring down the barrel of the business closure gun, I sincerely hope that the Chancellor will have a lucid moment, grow a pair and reconsider his choice.

Please hang in there as long as you feel that you can do so, because we have to hope that this episode will be shorter than we all quietly suspect that it will be, and that the shortness of time will therefore make closure something you can avoid.

If it doesn’t, please be assured that there are many of us out here who care. Closing down your business will be tough for many reasons that days ago you would never have even dreamed of. But it will be easier for you to deal with and recover from if you are honest with yourself about what you can and should do, and take all the steps you can to see the process through in the right way.

I believe that the experience that we are all now commonly sharing is going to change the way that most of us view the World. The communities we live in, the businesses we work in, the people we interact with and how we interact with them are all going to change as a result.

I am hopeful that when we come out of the other side of this, we will all consider the impact of the way we think about other people and the way that we then treat them and we will all be open to an appreciation of the different circumstances people find themselves in, that they may not be responsible for and were never there by choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boris has gone too far with the Lockdown and nowhere near enough to mitigate the true cost

March 24, 2020 1 comment

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So Boris has gone for the full lockdown and the draconian measures to ensure that we all behave ourselves, do what we are told to and basically stay at home.

What is the aim of this and what is the benchmark that will tell him his plan has worked?

Nobody actually knows. Not even the specialists and experts advising him. It’s guesswork at best and pretty much down to seeing how the wind blows.

The Government is simply making things up as they go along. That much was clear from Michael Gove telling viewers on GMB this morning that children from split homes have to stay where they now are, and then went on the BBC shorty afterwards that it’s ok for children under 18 to keep on moving between homes.

Through fear and nothing more, the people of this Country have had their freedoms and liberty removed by a Government made up of Politicians who have only ever been successful by being part of a system that promotes self interest as their only priority and cause.

These should never have been the people we had in charge of our Country during a Crisis.

Boris has done everything to make us believe that he would be the next Churchill. But he has shown himself as the new Nero instead.

Yes of course they all pay lip service to doing what’s best for all of us.

But the decisions they have been taking in recent days are not about real leadership and if Boris really thinks he’s a great leader, he’s already failed the biggest test of good leadership itself by falling into the trap of giving the most credibility to whoever has the loudest voice.

Nothing that can be said will take away or offset the personal tragedy unfolding for the those affected directly by Coronavirus and those who have or will die.

But the number of people who will survive the Coronavirus Crisis and deserve to live lives that are manageable for both the duration and once it is all over is by far significantly more.

The measures our inept politicians have taken are inequitable. They do not reach everyone who already needs or will need help. The steps they have taken continue to play up to the false concept that money is the real god, that bills must always be paid on time, interest is always payable and that those within the finance and banking sector or have the title ‘economist’ can never do any wrong.

By shutting down our society and our lives purely on the basis of preventing the NHS from becoming overloaded using delays and playing a game with time, Boris is condemning a significant number of people to ongoing state of fiscal servitude.

The Johnson Government is actively demonstrating that we do not live in a Country that is governed by those who believe everything should be equitable and fair.

People have and will die from Coronavirus – that much we know to be inevitable, no matter how regrettable or sad.

But the damage this fear-soaked and gutless decision to close down an entire population because our wannabe leaders simply feel out of control, and do not have the wherewithal to connect with and consider ALL of the people they were elected to represent is going to hurt many more.

The cure to this Crisis is going to kill and destroy the lives of many more victims than the cause ever will.

 

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Please avoid the trap of blaming anyone for spreading Coronavirus – no matter how stupid their behaviour appears to be

March 23, 2020 Leave a comment

A lot of the things that we are reading and seeing online are understandable reactions and perfectly human where response to an unfolding crisis is concerned.

In fact, I said to a friend the other day that it feels very much like we are living through the opening scenes of one of those disaster movies that we have all seen where people are just going about their normal lives, doing normal things and expecting everything to remain completely normal as something somewhere that is going to escalate into a tragedy is unleashed at its start.

Coronavirus is still not real and will remain unreal for many until the time that the disease or illness itself has directly touched their lives. And at a time when people have so little confidence in politicians that we elected Boris in December on the basis that he was pretty much the best of a bad deal, and we have a media that overblown pretty much everything so that it can be used to scare us in some way, who could really blame them for picking and choosing their response when something genuine and very serious comes into play.

The establishment has been playing the part of the little boy who cried wolf for a very long time – just to get elected or to generate sensational headlines or create click bate in some way. Much of people’s behaviour that now runs contrary to establishment advice is therefore the fallout from this misuse of power and responsibility in some way.

Whether that be the case or not, the reality that anyone who has been touched by Coronavirus must face is that nobody they have been in contact with – whether they were there by design, because they had to be or for any other reason – should be identified as a source for blame or as the cause.

Nobody gets up on any morning and thinks to themselves ‘it is my intention to go out and hurt this or that person’. They are thinking about themselves and are unlikely to be thinking about any more.

Coronavirus itself is clearly transferable in many different ways. And so whilst it is an attractive option to blame the person or persons who we might consider most likely to have carried it into our lives, there are as many – if not more – methods that it could have been transferred and come our way.

Putting anyone on a guilt trip will help no-one and least of all ourselves. We all make decisions and do things that will have untold consequences for people that we might not even meet on each and every day.

Coronavirus and its spread as an illness is a difference, and just like we need to go about and be allowed to go about our normal daily business and do so in ways that consider the impact on everyone else so that we are not being selfish, in respect of who we may have caught or catch the disease from, we really do need to take a deep breath, face reality and get a grip.

 

The freedom of the media is driving the Public to be confined. There is nothing fair in the exchange

March 23, 2020 2 comments

The findings from the court of public opinion loom larger and larger in the views of our Politicians. It has reached the point where the messages the media carries and have now become our leaders driving reality. Media thinking and the influence it has upon them is the alternative to what should be having genuine public service at their heart.

Good leaders listen critically to everyone, discount the chaff and rubbish that comes with  any view or opinion and make use of all the facts.

But in an age when so much of the news is itself  little more than opinion – and subjective opinion at that, our politicians are driven by a lopsided way of thinking that isn’t based upon any kind of foundation or understanding of the World that public policy by its nature requires genuine representatives of the people to be there and ready to embrace.

The constant noise and demands of a media that has been allowed to big itself up as if it is a real entity in itself, rather than being the conduit and carrier of information that it actually is or should be, has taken over the place where conversation and interaction with normal people on the list of an MPs or Politicians priorities should really be.

The media are there and in everything. They give legitimacy to bullshit and fake news at the highest level. They have a monopoly on influence that now goes too far.

Their relationship with both the public and our politicians needs to be reviewed and taken right back to the start.

The non-stop presence of the media has pinned the Government and our MPs in. Politicians believe that the messages these self-proclaimed celebrities are now giving is the only game in town that there actually is.

So when we all see the pictures of stripped shelves and stories of personal tragedy paraded in pictures every half hour with the intention that our fears will keep the journalists popular and in pay, the Government and Members of it are seeing it too, processing it and responding to it in a very similar way.

The difference is that the responsibility and power that our Politicians have, but don’t actually see for what it really is, is to shutdown industry first and then society as a whole as we are now on the cusp of being confined to our homes.

Nobody would find the decisions that those in the key positions of power in Government are now having to make easy. But when you cannot move for the scrutiny that the idiocy of a media that thrives only on the negative angles and spins that it can sell, it is inevitable that it would be almost super-human to be able to look beyond it and take the decisions that might not look or sound right – but are nonetheless taken in the best interests of everyone.

The Government has taken the first steps on the pathway to implementing ideas and decisions that are going to hurt the people of this Country in many unfathomable ways and potentially for a long time after the Coronavirus has been and gone.

When the dust has settled and we are all living through the impact of the hit on our economy and so many of our businesses and jobs, the question will have to be asked about the role of spin, news and what the media do to justify the insidious nature of the fallout from their jobs.

 

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We ALL need bills & interest put on hold and enough money to eat and be clean. Government bullshit about Subsidies, Loans and Grants helping us now or in the long term is simply f**ktarded

March 20, 2020 15 comments

It doesn’t matter if it’s electricity, gas, water, credit card, a loan, a lease, rent, a mortgage, phone, broadband, TV streaming, contract subscriptions of any other kind, or anything else. It is the ceaseless demands of the private, profit-making interests in this Country being allowed to continue sucking money from our pockets that is the real problem people are facing now and will continue to do so long after Coronavirus has been put in its place.

Subsidies, Loans and Grants from the Government make great headlines when politicians are obsessed with how things look. But these hollow actions are giving legitimacy to the continuance of profiteering and endless money making on the part of commercial interests and what we have come to know as ‘the few’. All at a time when there is no longer any excuse for the people we elected to provide opportunities for the usual suspects to carry on making money at our expense, whilst we cannot earn, and as if they are entitled to act, behave and continue doing so like gods.

By allowing the economy to unravel, pretending it can be propped up by giving people the means to pay bills that could otherwise be put on hold so that everyone is in the same position, whilst pushing many people and businesses into what will quickly become unserviceable debt, the Government is initiating a downward spiral for this Country and what should be a robust economy.

The outcomes of this political ineptitude will be far worse for real people and for businesses over the long term than the outcome from the temporary hit that the Government should be taking on our behalf right now.

The pathway that the Chancellor has taken so far indicates that the Johnson Government is either incompetent and doesn’t understand the reality that people like small business owners, Deliveroo riders, people on zero hours contracts and those simply laid off from jobs in cafes and bars face, or they are intentionally using a crisis to assist in shackling all of these people and many more into forms of debt and the emotional bondage that accompanies it, simply so the friends and supporters of the Government can look at the piles of cash that they already have and smile as they start making even more.

Whether deliberate or created by stupidity and ignorance on the part of politicians who should always know better, the situation that this Government is now facilitating for us all will quickly become little more than profiteering from the misery of the many, simply to line the pockets of the few.

No matter what anyone says – whether they are an MP, so-called ‘expert’ or specialist, journalist or anyone else who has fashioned themselves as part of the ‘celebrity cause’, the solutions that the Government are now offering up do not go far enough in just about every way.

The PM, the Chancellor he appointed, the Government and the Politicians around him have the power and therefore the means to do whatever is necessary to help all of us and keep the Country in the best position going forward as it is possible to do so. But that is not going to happen if politicians are misguided by the self-interests and biases of the people and influences around them, rather than the Public at large – which should always be any Governments one and only cause.

Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures on the part of the people that we have elected to lead us.

This means they must step up, read the situation for what it is in reality for everyone – rather than what they think it might be or what their advisers are telling them – and adopt a much bigger, realistic and worldly view.

Economic thinking is just another set of ideas that become real simply because it is the line that people choose to believe.

Current economic theory is one founded upon the idea that money must be kept flowing at all times, just as if it is a blood supply that cannot ever be stopped. It works and operates on the basis that money and the systems that support its generation and movement are the only important thing.

They are not.

What economists and the people who have been influenced into thinking this way are failing to consider, is there is something far more important than money. That is the people and the communities that we live in. Beyond the thinking and the ideas that the ‘money men’ and their supporters choose to accept, there is most definitely another and very clear way to approach this crisis which is an option.

As such our decision makers are currently making a choice. One that is all about profit or all about them.

It should be people first. Money only when its sensible to return to it thereafter.

To deal effectively with the Coronavirus Crisis and without long term fallout for the many, the economy as it stands can be and should be shut down and stopped from operating in its current form.

Interest accumulation should be halted, and a payment or repayment holiday imposed on everything – whether it is for domestic use or for business – so that EVERYONE is being treated fairly and just the same.

The Government should temporarily renationalise all essential utilities and services – that’s the ones that were sold off and should be in the hands of non-profit making management and ownership anyway – and simply take the steps necessary to underwrite supply to ensure that the essential services the public need are simply provided for the duration of the Crisis without the need for anyone to worry about how they continue to pay.

For the people who have been laid off, have had to stop trading, have had their hours zeroed out or have had their incomes stopped by the Coronavirus Crisis in any way, there should be a basic income provided to cover the costs of food and essential items so that everyone is able to function in their homes and remain clean and healthy in every other way.

To do so would ensure that the people who have been left completely vulnerable and at the mercy of circumstances that they had no part in creating, are able to standstill and most importantly survive at the very least, without anything changing. They will therefore placed in the best situation possible to pick up and return their own lives to normality alongside those of everyone when the Coronavirus Crisis is accepted as being over and what will then become life as usual is once again ready to begin.

For the businesses and the workers who are able to continue working throughout the Crisis, the payment holiday that they will then all inadvertently receive will itself be a bonus and for many of them thanks enough.

Yes, the Government could and should now be doing this.

MPs, Politicians, Government Officers and Advisors must start thinking outside of their very tunnelled and out-of-tune Westminster box.

Just to begin with, these are preventative steps the Government should now take:

  • Ditch the £Multi-Billion plan for Grants, Subsidies, and underwriting Loans
  • Stop Interest payments and accumulation of any kind
  • Stop Loan Repayments 
  • Stop Mortgage Repayments
  • Stop Rent Payments
  • Stop Leasing Payments
  • Stop Utility Bill Payments
  • Stop Phone Payments
  • Stop Broadband Payments
  • Stop TV Streaming Payments
  • Stop Insurance Payments without penalty for any function not in use whilst maintaining ongoing cover for capital value without charge
  • Stop any other form of contract subscription which is non-essential in any form

And a here are some proactive steps that the Government should also begin by taking:

  • Provide a Basic Income to cover the cost of food and essential items for everyone, their dependents, and the people they care for, who has lost their income as a result of the Crisis 
  • Provide a top-up for anyone, their dependents, and the people they care for who’s income has been reduced to a level below that which matches that above
  • Take all former public services that were privatised back into temporary Government control
  • Provide gas, electricity, and water to every household for the duration of the crisis without charge
  • Create legislation that outlaws profiteering or price gauging of any kind, with companies, their directors or the individuals fined heavily or jailed when charged
  • Create legislation that prevents any commercial or private interest seeking compensation or interest of any kind from anyone or any business who has not paid them for the duration of the crisis, in the future at any time.

Setting any of us up to fail in the long term as a result of implementing policies during a time of crisis that have not been through will not be in the best interests of anyone. Least of all the Politicians who are failing us by coming up with such stupidity or lack of foresight in the first place.

Fundamentally, the approach currently being taken is morally as well as practically wrong.

This National Crisis and the future of this Country of ours simply demands thinking from them that is new.

The supermarkets will be able to deliver more online if they simply tell people when they will deliver rather than letting customers decide

March 19, 2020 Leave a comment

As someone who set up a successful distribution business by winning a contract with a large newspaper company and setting it up overnight, I’m well aware of how to make a delivery operation flow right for staff and customers in a time sensitive environment.

Of course, as a commercial provider to a business customer, my key considerations were very different to that of a supermarket supplying a weekly shop to a retail customer. Or rather they would have been in normal times.

One of the greatest inefficiencies of the way that supermarkets have been working, has been to give customers the freedom to choose their delivery time and fit the delivery of their online order around that specific requirement.

This in effect means that even with deliveries grouped as much as possible across the number of vans that any store has, they will be zigzagging across a district or suburban area most of the time, adding time and running costs to the journey which limit or short-change the extent of what the driver and vehicle can do.

With the landscape changing and the idea that the customer is always right having been exchanged for one where we will get what the supermarkets can give us at the location and time it is available, the retailers we use for food and essential goods have options to cover more ground in less time and extend their online delivery services during the Coronavirus Crisis in ways that at other times they never could.

It all boils down to just one thing. Telling customers when they will get their delivery rather than giving them options to choose in the way that they currently do.

People are working from home and not going far.

If customers want food and the goods that supermarkets can provide them they will be grateful to have them delivered during the crisis and won’t worry about what time.

By being able to group deliveries into the closest distances between a set of addresses in blocks over a few days, efficiency is certain to increase. Even one more customer per van per shift would help more people than the system currently is.

If the supermarkets start delivering around the clock on a 24hr basis – prioritising more social hours for the elderly, the vulnerable and reaching key workers between their shifts – the existing delivery system could be able to double deliveries and perhaps even more.

Yes, there will be a shortage of staff that needs to be filled. But there will also be many people willing to step into help where possible to do so. I for one would be happy to do a few shifts from a local store or even drive an artic from a nearby distribution centre to the supermarket back door if I can find a doctor to sign off the medical for my Heavy Goods Class 1 renewal once more.

In difficult and challenging times, business as well as politicians have to consider whats fair and best for EVERYONE. Not just those who pay, complain or can influence more.

But we ALL have an investment in the government, the public sector and the businesses working to keep us alive getting this right.

They cannot do it alone and need our support to get there – even if that means opening the door to an online supermarket delivery person at what feels like a very peculiar time.

WE ALL NEED TO GET A GRIP PEOPLE: Because this is a Government that could react disastrously wrong to what is now going on

March 19, 2020 Leave a comment

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Hands up. I’m not worried if I have to eat less or perhaps miss a meal or two and go without. The upside is that I could do with and would be happy to lose a few pounds.

But for my elderly mother (73) and her husband (87) who are as good as housebound and rarely go out, what those of us who are out shopping on behalf of the people we care about are experiencing has passed the stage of being ridiculous and has now become negatively profound.

Many of us have responsibility for someone else, whether it is each other, children, parents, relatives or someone else that we care for normally day-to-day.

But even if we live alone and have not one other person to think about, the reality is that the Coronavirus does not and is not going to recognise any of the differences that we might usually use to build ourselves up, to blame others or to simply use as an excuse to differentiate ourselves against others or to make ourselves out to be special or entitled in some or other way.

We really are in this together.

As I walked around the local Tesco Store this morning, looking for the aisle where the tinned potatoes should be available, I was already thinking the shopping list on the envelope containing the money from my own set of oldies was itself some kind of surreal joke. And as I stood there, looking at the collection of baked beans that at one end don’t seem as popular as the loo roll at the other, it became clear to me that the guy who was stood there surveying the carnage in the same way as me, was having the same, if not very similar thoughts. As he walked away, he looked at me, smiled and said “Thank God we aren’t at war”.

The whole experience, following on from the pictures of stripped shelves and queues of people with trolleys from across the Country made me realise just how shameful our collective behaviour has really become and question yet again how it is that things have really got this far?

We are not at war.

There is no shortage of food or essential items available to retailers.

Yet the experience that normal people are now facing in shops and supermarkets tells us something very different.

And it’s not that there is a shortage and we are demonstrating any form of rational need.

It says that the panic buying, fuelled by the non-stop ‘Coronavirus Show’ in the media and online, will quickly play into the hands of a Government led by politicians who got themselves elected for all the wrong reasons and are as fearful of the unknowns that are accompanying this dreadful outbreak as anyone else is including you and I.

Talk of being on a war footing and using emergency legislation to effectively turn this Country into a dictatorship – albeit an apparently temporary one – should be cause for concern in itself for us all.

But our behaviour, whether that be our attempts to fill up on everything at every opportunity – because those rules were meant not for us but for others, or because we are saying damn the ‘advice’ we have been given in London and elsewhere – because coffee, beer and socialising as if everything is normal remains the priority and overriding cause, is increasing the risk exponentially that the politicians who are leading us today will not only create but then use those very draconian measures to restrict all of our lives indefinitely and disproportionately. Simply because their own fears have been amplified by what is on the part of too many of us a self-serving, selfish and completely unnecessary response.

Think back to when you have been upset or you have been angry. Think about how you have spoken and acted. What was your response?

Did you ever get it wrong?

The politicians that we have today are no different. And when they cannot, will not consider or are unable to understand the bigger picture, the added pressure on them from the avoidable breakdown of what should and still could be a fully functioning supply chain today, to how we will choose to behave as the negative spiral that panic buying has started escalates into anger, frustration and potentially much more in the days and weeks ahead, will in all likelihood at some point precipitate a knee-jerk response from the people we have put in power, with consequences for us all that will be far-reaching and considerably much worse.

If we don’t do our bit to help others and to help ourselves right now by following the advice that we are being given – no matter how ridiculous or how it can only really be there for others as we might see it – we will all have played a part in giving our inept leaders reason enough to act in the way that you can be assured that they will do, just as soon as it is clear that they do not have any more options to try to get things moving and to get people to cooperate.

All-too-late, it will become painfully clear that our elected leaders simply lack the real world experience and understanding to think outside of the Westminster box, whether the Country is in the middle of a National Crisis or not.

The Chancellor’s failed attempt to help the majority of workers and businesses affected financially by Coronavirus this week has already demonstrated the lack of ability within this Government to step up and take responsibility because they do not understand the reach and depth of the responsibilities that we have entrusted them with, or will not make decisions to help the people who elected them that many of their funders and supporters simply will not like.

Either way, these are politicians that we cannot trust to act equitably, fairly and in the best or better interests of us all in each and every way that either they should or that they can.

However, surviving this Crisis is not about them. It is about you. It is about me. It is about the people we care about and know we can trust. It is about the power of decision that each and everyone of us has to do the right thing now on our own and with the people who are around us, that when taken and done together will become worth a hell of a lot more.

Let’s use the example being set by neighbours, by pubs and by volunteers across our local communities as the real guide. People like the Salvation Army man I saw with a shopping list and trolley this morning who are out there doing everything they can to fill the gaps and keep each other going in practical ways that are human and about a real sense of selflessness and community.

Let’s be inspired by real people helping other real people in real ways.

Let’s join them doing something that we all have the capability to understand.

The shop shelves will refill for us all if we stop overloading the trolleys and only take what we need for ourselves and the people we care for in the immediate term. That’s pretty much what we can carry safely in our own hands.

 

image thanks to The Sun / Mercury Press

The words added to the picture ‘There’s enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed’ is paraphrased from the quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi ‘The World has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed’.

Seeking financial reparation from China for Coronavirus would be ridiculous. The pay-off should be the warning that today they are not a Government the UK can trust

March 18, 2020 Leave a comment

One of the most rotten aspects of culture today is the overriding need that some people have to be able to blame someone or something external to themselves for everything that they consider that they have suffered in some way.

It doesn’t stop there.

Being able to blame someone or something else for the misfortune that they have suffered means that they simply must be compensated – most often financially – in some way.

Money is nothing. It is simply an idea. And giving it value as an emotional currency that can be used to ‘pay someone off’ is helping nobody and least of all the person making the claim.

In recent days, Twitter chat has turned to the subject of seeking reparations from China over the Coronavirus outbreak which we understand to have originated in Wuhan.

Whilst the cost to the economy and the Public Purse in monetary value and the far reaching cost to us all and not least of all those who have lost and will lose loved ones in emotional terms will be significant to say the least, that cost is not something it would be sensible to try and calculate and then present to anyone or any country to whom we might be able to attribute blame.

The reality is that whilst scientists have long suggested that a viral pandemic would be most likely to originate on the Asian Continent in some form, it is in reality just as likely that a problem like Coronavirus could have or still could originate from somewhere in the West in similar or alternative forms. Viruses by their vary nature constantly mutate and it is as feasible that an agent that exists in the UK and is currently viewed as harmless could at any moment change and mutate into a more virulent and malevolent form. All this without any attribution to the science of Porton Down and research into germ warfare being at any time involved.

Whilst conspiracists are already trying to gain traction with the story that Covid-19 was deliberately engineered by one or another Government and simply realised upon the World in Wuhan in its current form, the reality is that the location where this all kicked off was on the part of the Chinese simply a very big dose of bad luck. As such, this is not something in itself that any of us should be seeking to attribute blame or indeed seek reparations from them for.

We have been expecting a Worldwide pandemic for sometime and in the eyes of many, it has long since been overdue. 2020 has simply and unfortunately proven to be the time.

What we could and should be taking note of however, is the approach that the Chinese Government took to notifying and informing the World when the outbreak first took off, and how they may even now be approaching the management and manipulation of information and its flow even now.

Control is everything to the Communist Regime and it is very clear that they are involved in and have access to everything, no matter whether it is government, business or personal in nature – wherever they are involved.

The delay in providing accurate information to the rest of the World may well have prevented many Governments from being able to act sooner to address the spread of Covid-19. The reality is that we will never be sure.

But we should take the whole experience as a reference point for what the Chinese actually does, as opposed to what in parallel it desires us all to be told.

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