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Refusing pay rises for Police Officers whilst printing money to firehose at every problem they cannot control tells us as much about the Government grip on reality as its obsession with power

Probably the greatest unspoken injustice facing society today is the cost-of-living crisis that affects the lives of so many, that government doesn’t even acknowledge to exist.

In an age when MPs and politicians are getting elected to be somebody rather than seeking public office so that they can represent somebody else, it is regrettably a fact that you have to have lived with the pressures that pretty much everyone without a stake in Westminster life has to deal with daily if you really want to even try and understand what is going on.

With so much reliance placed upon statistics, textbooks and the words of philosophers who have long since gone, we really do live in times where decision makers are creating public policy on the basis of ideals rather than any understanding of how real life, the real economy and the real world actually works.

When our MPs run the Country under the misapprehension that an adult can function and support themselves on £74.70 a week claiming Jobseekers Allowance, it is no wonder that they think anyone earning more couldn’t possibly have it worse.

As I argued in a recent blog, even a figure around the 12.5% that the nursing unions had wanted for NHS staff wouldn’t make any great difference to quality of life for many, when you place this in the context of how the prices and real cost of everything is today being manipulated at will, for the purposes of profit and for greed and no more.

Yet the real travesty of the Home Secretary’s refusal to give Police Officers a financial uplift, isn’t some lucid moment where Priti Patel has realised that a pay rise won’t make any difference in time, it is the outrageous fact that Rishi Sunak and the rest of this ridiculous Government have spent the past 17 months printing money and running up a tab so big that it is literally about to break the bank

Ah, I hear you say. With all the money spent on the Covid Pandemic, we are going to have to tighten our belts and pay it back in some other way. But the problem with what might at another time be otherwise very worthy sentiments is the bill is already too big to ever be paid back. What is more, the Government and Priti Patel in particular are still blowing massive amounts of imaginary cash to solve the problems that they themselves created. They are literally creating money to buy themselves more time in the hope that they can put off the impact of the problems they have caused for another day.

Blowing £54 Million on a negotiation with the French that clearly failed to stop illegal immigration, whilst at the same time trusting that our greatest antagonist over Brexit would shut up and let the UK control the narrative is ignorantly naïve. But that really sums up just how inept and incompetent the people running this Country are.

We are now on course for an economic crash when whoever has been left in charge will have to lead a revaluation of our currency, of prices, how businesses operate, how the public sector provides and how society functions and works.

It will be coming before long. And in the meantime, this reticence to pay out money that their actions have told us has no value, would do better rewarding the people who ARE doing what they can to keep this Country together, rather than pretending that valuing the efforts of public servants is something that we can ill afford

Everyday businesses cannot afford the pay rises that will make life affordable for all. But Government COULD change things so that everyone could afford to live on their wages and lead debt-free lives

No matter how you might feel about the role of the NHS during the Covid Pandemic, the ongoing calls for a pay rise by as much as 12% for employees has certainly brought the cost-of-living question into clearer focus. Especially as the Government is telling us all that 1% is all that it can afford.

The cost-of-living crisis surrounding all of us isn’t new. But like many of the problems that those on low pay, those living in the wrong places, those coming from the wrong backgrounds or those simply not having a story that the mainstream media can glam up negatively to sell, the harsh realities that a significant portion of society face each day are neither relevant nor understood by the people who should be thinking about them. Because the lives of those facing such difficulties are out of sight, out of mind.

We are living through an age where many cannot afford to live comfortably either without additional support or without getting themselves into debt. So, whilst a 12% uplift for an NHS worker might sound outrageous to those who should know better, for many with homes to run and pay for with spiralling credit card or loan repayment bills to pay, even an additional 12p earned on top of every Pound they earn today is unlikely to feel anything like enough.

Sadly, many of the MPs and policy makers that we have are not the thinkers that leaders they should be. Real life and what happens in the real economy is something that they neither understand, nor have the desire or motivation to do so either.

Over a period of five decades, politicians have bought into a range of misleading and dangerous monetary policies. They have actively encouraged what is little more than playing games with money with no consideration for the consequences of doing so. Indeed, the current Chancellor has driven a public spending bonanza by printing money in quantities and at a level that should only be considered normal in a time of war.

The Johnson Government response to the Covid pandemic and specifically their approach to what is in effect magicking money out of thin air to solve every problem rather than engaging anything near rational thought, has exacerbated an already serious problem. One that is making life increasingly difficult for the same people we are told all these fiscal measures are designed to help.

Not everyone is a financial geek or anorak – and neither should they need to be. Yet our MPs are elected to represent ALL of the electorate – whether people voted for them or not. And in the position of power and responsibility that they actively sought, the least that we can expect from ALL MPs is that they have a coherent and practical understanding of how everything that they collectively have responsibility for will actually work without causing more problems than they solve.

It simply doesn’t matter whether they are on Government or Opposition benches or somewhere in between. Representative responsibility for everyone is shared by them all.

Each and every MP should understand the real impact of printing money to solve problems, and the effect it has of devaluing the money that people like you and I have in our pockets. It means that the prices of the things we buy daily or each month that are necessary to survive, are quietly shooting up, whilst the media says very little or absolutely nothing about the struggles that even the so-called ‘middle classes’ are facing. MPs should not be playing any part – knowingly or otherwise – in this national travesty and the financial ineptitude of politicians is negatively impacting us all.

The other significant part of the problem we face, i.e., the key cause of the cost-of-living crisis, is the way that business and the banking and financial sectors have simply been allowed – often through deregulation – to inflate the prices of goods and services, often many times over as goods pass through the supply chain. These speculators calling themselves names like dealers and agents rarely add any value by what they are doing. But they have the effect of catapulting the value of end user prices, for no better reason than that they want more.

Common sense tells us that the way to counter the problem of rising prices is for workers to receive wage rises. But this is not how solving a massive problem like this works.

The financial problems that we face have quite literally been created by little more than greed. People in positions to play with prices, move manufacturing overseas and use many other clever, profit-focused devices that we are outwardly told will enhance UK business in some way. They are able to do so completely unhindered and do what they do, not because they have to, but simply because they can.

The reality underpinning this situation and the way money is being manipulated at every turn means that every wage rise given to the low and average wage earner is simply swallowed up by little more than profit-making of some kind. Meanwhile, the companies that directly provide the goods and services we buy put prices up, telling is that it is ‘market forces’ at work and that they have no choice to do so, whilst shareholder pay-outs and executive bonuses go on being paid handsomely. Not because its illegal, but because they can.

The instigators and people driving these inflated prices that are creating financial misery share one very clear thing in common with the Government and our politicians. They either have no idea what impact and consequences their actions and choices are having on the lives of others, or they do and simply do not care.

Either way, the misuse of such power either in the hands of business leaders or politicians is simply unacceptable. It cannot continue to go on.

The economic philosophy, ideas or textbooks that are being followed by politicians today have facilitated all of the money printing and financial wrongdoing over a significant period of time. Yet these really are just ideas that do not stand up to scrutiny over the long term, even if they appear to have worked over what has been multiple decades in time.

They do not work and are not working, because they neither exist nor operate for the benefit all. Here lies the biggest problem with how the financial and banking system, and our current system of government works.

Government DO have the power to change all of this no matter what MPs might say. But we are imperilled with the possibility of a very dark future for all of us, simply because the current ‘mainstream’ Political Parties have got the whole political system stitched up to the point that it seems impossible for any of this to work in any other way.

Politicians really do have the power to fix the way that money works and how prices are applied to essential goods and services. They can ensure that those on the lowest or average wages are earning enough each week or month so that food, clothing, transport, housing and the basic necessities of life are something that each and everyone of us can afford, without seeking help or going into any kind of debt.

They don’t, either because MPs and Politicians don’t understand the reach of their own powers, or because they have an interest in ensuring that the system continues to operate in exactly the same way.

If we want this to change. If we want prices and wages to work equally well for everyone. If we want everything to work equally well for everyone and in a mutually beneficial way for all, we must elect an entire Parliament filled with politicians who will represent us all properly, put everyone beyond themselves first, and most importantly not be afraid to do what is necessary or be open to any kind of influence that will have any kind of effect upon what they do.

The list of issues that need to be addressed is very long. It has been growing since long before the Covid Pandemic arrived, but that it was the public focus is currently all about.

There is no grand conspiracy at work. We just have politicians in power who are completely inept and very easily led, rather than being the leaders that they constantly work to try and convince us that they are.

People who have gained responsibility using the methods and the hand-ups that they have will not listen to or accommodate the needs, feelings and thoughts of others, especially when they perceive that doing so could risk the longevity of their position or role.

We can and will only achieve the very far-reaching changes in public policy that are now essential for everyone by changing our MPs and removing the Politicians and Political Parties that currently control almost every part of government.

This and the comprehensive reform of every part of government, NGOs and the Public Sector that we need so that they work for us all, has to begin with the change of the Westminster Government first.

The only way to do this democratically is to provide an alternative at the next General Election, because nothing else will democratically work.

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.

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