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

February 8, 2022 Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taxing us to pay for Social Care after the Government has created so much money to save their own necks is a sick joke indeed

September 6, 2021 Leave a comment

The Public Sector and everything within it is as broken as our system of Government. But we are way past the point where politically expedient ‘fixes’ will deliver even a fraction of the meaningful change now required and fire hosing more and more money at the problems will only galvanise the reality that in the hands of the politicians we have today, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’

The reform of social care across the UK has been a political hot potato for a long time already. Not because it cannot be reformed and have its problems solved. But because the political classes really cannot stomach the reality of the decisions and choices that they would have to make, all the time looking electoral risk in the eye – when it was they who have created all the problems that social care and the wider national Health Service itself faces – by meddling here and there to gain votes – pretty much all of the time.

Given the history of recent decades where all of the main political parties have been in Government, responsible and therefore fully involved, Johnson’s move towards problem solving with the default use of the public cheque book should come as little surprise.

Spending money has, after all become the go-to response for a political class that is incapable of leadership and doing anything other than making decisions based upon how the anticipated headlines and projected outcome will look in terms of days left until the next election.

It’s certainly no way to run a government. But what is different this time is the reality that Johnson is looking to go on another spending spree, funding it this time by raising taxes from a population which is already under attack from significant rises in silent inflation.

The Country is facing an avoidable cost of living crisis that itself has been jet propelled by the way this same Government and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have weaponised financial creationism to solve the problems they created by locking down the whole country.

They have indulged unnecessary money printing on financial remedies that wouldn’t have been necessary without them pursuing lockdowns and social distancing in the hope that they could take the easy path through a National Crisis, then present the story as fact in the way they told it and then go on to the next General Election in 2024 (or before) and win.

The scale of spending, based on the creation of money and money printing, is breath-taking in the extreme. The media and the array of political and financial pundits may not be talking about it in anything like the same way, but the damage that this Conservative Government has done is in the process of contributing to a worldwide crisis that is at some point very soon going to lead to a crash with fallout for us all on a level that the world may never have seen.

People are going to struggle in ways that it is even now difficult to even imagine, and by inflicting a 2% uplift is tax collection upon the very same people who are being punished by the impact of all that they have already done, they are wilfully committing to speed up and increase the level of misery across normal life that they themselves seem to have been so insulated from in thought, word and deed for so very long.

As I wrote on this site only back in the middle of May, the problems that exist within the whole system of healthcare require a very different approach to governance and responsibility to the public in this Country, if all the problems that feed off each other from the top to the bottom of the public sector and government and back again, are to ever be remedied and fixed.

The truth is that by seeking to inflict tax rises now, the Johnson Government is simply being cruel and in a way that demonstrates that none of those leading us have any conscious understanding of the implications of what they are doing and certainly not what they have already done.

Money is not the solution to all problems. But the saying that the love of money is the route of all evil is certainly true. And it is because the wheels of society are now fuelled by that same form of love, that leadership in Government simply no longer exists and the costs of everything are now spiralling out of control without there being any genuine explanation for why they really are.

Full and comprehensive reform of anything related to the public sector and the provision of services in the public good, along with the provision of monetary and fiscal products and services that can influence or alter the quality of life for anyone, but which is in private hands is now inevitable and therefore unavoidable. It is merely a question of when.

Everything in Public Policy is connected or interdependent and we can no longer exist and function as either a Nation State or the many communities within, if we continue to be led by people who can neither see this or are motivated to work with respect for it, instead being obsessed with easy decisions and the resultant ‘quick fix’.

Out of the chaos that is coming, an amazing opportunity for us all will exist.

The pain that these people will have inflicted upon the majority for no good reason other than their own cause, will take minds to the place where they are receptive and encouraged by what is really necessary for us all in order that we can have meaningful change that will be beneficial for us all.

When that opportunity comes, it is vital that we are led by people who respect, understand and can translate the system as it now is, but have the leadership skills, compassion for others and vision to take us through and out the other side of that chaos, rebuilding and reforming comprehensively as we go, to make the UK a Country that really is a happy place to live, where everything runs fairly and equally and government only extends its reach to the places where it really needs to be.

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