At the End of the Day

Citizen solidarity in the West: moving from stale ideas to fresh initiatives

For the second year running – for some unfortunates, the second week running – their homes in North West England have been devastated by flood waters. For the second year running, David Cameron has donned his green wellies and wandered about looking concerned.  But whichever way you cut it, the vast majority of the rescue and remedial work is being done by the locals…not the Government or its agencies.  Cumbria and the surrounding areas are in this mess because of a silly idea saying that there is no such thing as society. We are getting perilously close now to a situation where there is no such thing as government….let alone government for the People by the People.

A devastating report on the NHS by the Nuffield Trust shows clearly that The Slog’s prediction after the Autumn Statement was correct: despite his purring reassurances, Jeremy Hunt hijacked emergency funds off Osborne because the NHS is in crisis. Most important measures were down, most failures were up. It is in this mess because of silly ideas propagated by Dan Hannan and Hunt himself about private insurance and an expansion of the private sector being the answer….in an environment where over 70% of middle-middle Brits couldn’t afford the policy costs, and nobody on a State pension could get anywhere near even dreaming of such a luxury.

Daft ideas that survive in the face of contrary science are something in which we British excel – the CBI, the TUC, paedomania, foreign-owned media, first past the post voting, closed shops, the race relations industry, joint enterprise, Harriet Harman, gender politics, uncontrolled immigration….we invented all of it – but they’re not restricted to our shores.

The ignorant, one-size-fits-all oil obsessed foreign policy of the US is another, as is the pretence that a slimeball like Recep Erdogan can be trusted and should remain in NATO….or that NATO itself any longer benefits anyone beyond the Pentagon. All have produced thousands of stateless and dead people during 2015. In the EU we have negative interest rates, multivariate unelected Presidents, a 100% unaccountable Central Bank mafiosa, economic recovery  based on austerity, and solutions to Greek unaffordable debt built entirely on more unaffordable debt.

It all comes back again to ideology….the stultifying econo-political magnet that sucks the herd into blind belief in a discredited coda of ideas.

Such vile human experiments (and yes, I would put some of them alongside Nazi medical lunacy for sheer cruelty) nearly always fail, but must not be seen to fail – until such time as something or somebody snaps, and then they are no more….after a few million more dead.
They produce societies where almost everything is out of wack.

Instead of the BBC bravely analysing what dumb policies led to a Syrian bloke losing his wife and seven children in the Med, the crew take the poor bastard and ask him how he feels – on camera. They don’t even have the right to ask him in camera. But nothing – no sense of limits – stops them:
“Alright love, very good on the grief, but we need to be ECU on the tears this time, yes? And let’s have a second rig on his hands…. zoom on the wringing hands love. OK, lighting, are we on Tarquin? Sound? Right let’s go again”. It’s like something out of Drop the Dead Donkey.
They produce crimes like those where four scammers literally ruin the lives of dozens of old couples, but all the tabloids can think about is the length of sentence: what about investigating where that sort of sociopathic goggle-eyed SS mentality came from in the parenting, education, peer examples and general desocialisation of the scammers? What about wondering whether there is a snowball in Hell’s chance of the scammers finding the road to a more caring life during their prison term?
Very few politicians think like that. In relation to a 2007 case  of manslaughter that somehow (under tabloid pressure) turned into a tragic murder case, David Cameron thought only of the leg-up this would give him to the power he thinks is his right as a member of the Upper Crust. He callously used the incident as an example of his mindless ‘Broken Britain’ mantra before the 2010 General Election. He marshalled the Digger’s forces to vilify the kids involved…..and disgracefully misrepresent the facts of the case.

As a direct result of this, 21 year old Jordan Cunliffe – almost completely blind – languishes in prison, where he has been since the age of 16….convicted of Joint Enterprise in a murder he couldn’t even see, from which he was never less than five metres away….and which – given the health history of the victim – should never have been classed as murder in the first place.
The diluted legal aid system let Jordan down. The lawyers he was given for his defence let him down. The CSA let him down. A grubby deal in Court about non-disclosure let him down. The Judge’s summing up let him down. David Cameron – who could’ve helped – used Newscorp lowlife to help himself. Only Jordan’s mum, his open-hearted stepdad and real fighters for justice were there for him. But Jordan Cunliffe is still there, in prison, a wasted youth wrongly convicted because of a daft – and dangerous – law.
I have said many times that ‘join up the dots’ is a sloppy way to investigate any injustice. But the dots leading to the truly guilty in this case point directly to the rise and rise of Chancers in Downing Street. With role ‘models’ like Cameron, Hunt, Osborne, Burnham, Hilary Benn, Shapps, May, Trump, Draghi, Venizelos, Clinton, Schäuble, Obama, Balls, Miliband, Cowell, Murdoch, Brooks and 10,000 other misanthropes to ‘guide’ them, how can any kid anywhere these days look up to those in charge?
My view remains the same: nobody can look up to people who look down on them.

And that’s the core of the problem. At this particular juncture in the terrible history of democracy handing power to plutocrats, the most urgent need is to clear out the self-aggrandising and arse-covering elements in government and politics…regardless of their self-assigned ‘allegiance’.  But as I posted a few days ago, the control-freaks are very careful to only alienate one small group at a time.

For those seriously interested in socio-constitutional resistance and reform in the UK, the task is abundantly clear: to be more organised in how they go about doing that. If Corbyn wants to survive the fatcat bounce inside the UK Labour Party – and go on to win in 2020 – he must work more on the sourcing of many crowds of commonality at home, and talk less about  disparate minorities abroad. He must break one piece of bread at a time, not choke on the complete baguette. This is one of  those times when the defence of genuine, direct democracy in the UK should be a higher priority than the arguably dubious rights of Hamas in Palestine.

I don’t mind Mr Corbyn giving straight answers – I find all that uplifting, and long-overdue eye-poking stuff. But there is a real cultural opportunity in 2015 Britain that is the diametric opposite of political opportunism. This is to leverage a positive wave of dissatisfaction in order to turf out the anti-socially self-satisfied: to recruit the many minorities suffering at the hands of greedy neoliberal materialism, and turn them into one majority.
Nurses, the aged, the chronically ill, the decent intelligent, the alienated poor, the junior police officers, the ethical civil servants, the charities, the SNP, the unjustly pauperised, those who fume at above-the-law privilege, the unsung poorly paid lawyers uninterested in ambulances, the ecumenically campaigning journalists, the accountable ethnic community leaders, the moderately apolitical religious opinion leaders and the desperate young: these people add up to the majority.

But far too often in the past, when Labour talked about being ‘socially inclusive’, it was Orwellian Newspeak  meaning ‘excluding all those who don’t buy into our ideological inclusivity’.

That tribalism handed the last Election to the Conservative Party, and the numerical analyses prove it: had Labour not alienated the working class UKip voter and – five years earlier – failed to engage with the LibDems, nothing could’ve stopped a Labour victory. Speaking in a personal capacity, I’m relieved that we are not now being ruled by Two Eds Muddle. But the irony here is that Corbynism has a greater and more egalitarian appeal than Muddleband MetroLabour.

Caught on the back foot, the Corbynistas find themselves pilloried by the Establishment media. While that should concern them, it shouldn’t ensnare them in the Blairite bear trap of pretending they’re nice and fluffy and benign sweet little bearcubs.  There is a sick society, a deranged economic model, and a depraved political class that must be faced out, and then faded out. The genuine majority of those entitled to vote need to be enthused, inspired and encouraged to kick out the past and get real about the future.

Only by ruthlessly interrogating knackered ideology (and having the bravery to change the fulcrum of politics in a post-Thatcher world) is any Opposition going to return power to the direct majority….and then change the discredited models of education, public ethics, aspiration and  healthcare to which the current Blairite/Camerlot axis cleave. It’s a big ask; but as an American once remarked, “If you don’t aim for the stars, sure as hell your ass will remain in the ditch”.

Related at The Slog: New lessons from Oldham

20 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. The libertarian small state stand on your own mantra,the reality is a lawless unjust anarchy of depravity!where laws benefit property over humanity were fraud & tyranny thrives & even the state is pathetic,40k insurgents controlling the size of England,the population the approx size of Grantham holding sway against 13 of the G20,every general worth their salt throughout history must be turning in there graves,but that anarchy is a good place to hide fraud & tyranny! welcome to the dark ages of the 21 st century

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  2. ‘But there is a real cultural opportunity in 2015 Britain that is the diametric opposite of political opportunism. This is to leverage a positive wave of dissatisfaction in order to turf out the anti-socially self-satisfied: to recruit the many minorities suffering at the hands of greedy neoliberal materialism, and turn them into one majority.’

    Don’t mind me – I’ll just be outside, until it decided I’m too dangerous there as well. Then… who knows *shrugs shoulders*

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  3. Great stuff John. On the matter of the “four scammers”: one appears to be a Corbyn constituent. Corbyn wrote a letter of support for him to remain on bail throughout the trial (“roots in the area”) and has now compounded what many would see as a serious error of judgment (not just on Corbyn’s part) by supporting an application for him to received bail after being found guilty before sentence in the New Year. The others have been detained throughout.

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  4. A more accurate news source shows that the trial judge was consistent: the other three men had originally pleaded guilty. Corbyn only wrote one letter of support.

    Dahir’s defence barrister Patrick Harte told the court his client had a letter from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “setting out his roots in the area” of Islington.

    The letter had been sent as part of Dahir’s earlier bail application, Mr Harte told the press.

    Judge Anuja Dhir QC remanded all four convicted men in custody ahead of sentencing on a date to be fixed in the new year.

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  5. Fiscal Eugenics… Looks just like Morlocks v Eloy part Deux.

    When you have lost the hope of anything. Then you have nothing to lose.

    (Same again tomorrow though, said Zebbody… Boing!
    )

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  6. I fail to understand corbyn’s appeal or even talent in politics. Angela Eagle could change labour party futures.
    If a party cannot plan it’s own structure, they will never govern.

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  7. Well written JW. I’d add this to “Jeremy Hunt hijacked emergency funds off Osborne because the NHS is in crisis.”

    What I discovered from “rebooting my health” (eating fresh fruit and veg + a meditation practice) is that if you get off carbs you don’t actually need a health service, at least not a health system which invariably treats the symptoms of society’s ills and not the causes. Since the 1930s it has been known that wheat/sugar would harm the population especially in German scientific circles but powerful interests prevented this knowledge from getting out, preferring “cholesterol blah blah” health stuff which has been a disaster.

    What’s the point of defending a nation if the population is fat and ill all the time?

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  8. We need not look to the next vote for our voices to be heard.
    Martin Luther King over 40 years ago suggested our voting exists in the spending or not of the cash in our pockets.

    Gandi (non violence) + Martin Luther King (vote with you 1p) = a good start.

    ELECTIONS are PR for people who can wait for 5 years and accomplish Jack Shit , although with Cornyn I’m hopefull but I will ultimately be disappointed.

    It appears Cadburys have paid jack all tax since being taken over by a US company. Anyone see the coach potatoes stop buying Cadburys in the run up to Xmas and send them and the politicians a message that is really is us who hold the power?

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  9. re NHS I still find it extraordinary that government can print squillionsto bale out feckless banks or wage a war but when it comes to building hospitals we have a PFI and have to go to the market for finance and be royally shafted.ludicrous,but hey we can probably reduce cost by more cutting the cleaning bills or upping the parking fees.

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  10. The thing you need to realise Mr Ward is this: every time anyone comes up with fresh initiatives, the two main parties steal them and try and make out that they believe in them. Try it mate. See what happens. Ask who starts hacking your computer so that if you write anything down they are stealing it by keystroke worms in real time.

    You have a zero chance of initiating ‘new initiatives’ because the Establishment is all about controlling who initiates anything. If you’re in it, you can steal whatever you want. If you’re not, you can have 100 great ideas and all will be taken from you.

    The problem with democracy is that you have to bludgeon your opponents to pulp before they will let you initiate new initiatives.

    In case you haven’t noticed, when you cross that rubicon, your ability to retain humanity, decency and sanity rapidly disappears.

    100 years of SigInt by the UK ‘Establishment’ is what Britain is all about. Stealing the world over using electronics.

    Nothing unique about that. The Russians, the Americans, the Chinese, everyone else is at it.

    Thing is: what’s the point of anything new if the Establishment is all about inducing ‘initiative abortions’ ad nauseam??

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  11. Personally I dont give a toss whether the government is Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem, UKIP, black, blue, purple or pink – I just want a government that is going to put this country and its people first.

    Last night was a miserable evening in London and I gave a homeless ex-soldier and his dog a tenner to get something hot and perhaps some hostel space for the night (and yes, I am sure of his bona fides and he is a Falklands vet.).

    When there appears to be plenty of money to drop bombs on a foreign nation; send foreign aide to countries so corrupt that the money just goes into the pockets of the ruling class; agree to accept thousands of migrants in to the country, I have to ask why TF is this man sitting in the pissing rain when he has put his life on the line for us?

    My anti-refugee stance is not racism or xenophobia, its common sense. We are a country with finite (and rapidly decreasing) resources. Refugees arrive with few belonging, clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. English is at best a second language and they have nowhere to live. These deficiencies have to be paid for from a budget that has already been slashed.

    Lets make a guess at the cost: the non-London UK living wage is £8 per hour. Lets assume a 12 hour working day so £96 per adult = £192 per day for a 2-adult family = (192*365)/12 = £5,840 per month to subsist. This should include housing costs (non-London average monthly rent is £750pm) but factor in ‘government efficiency’ and you can double average rent so lets put another £300 on top for the landlord’s ‘uplift’. So to feed, clothe and shelter a 2-adult family (not factoring-in child costs, etc) is going to cost around £73k per year or £730 million per annum for all 20,000. Of course, we could just not pay for this and let them roam the streets – at least they won’t get blown up!

    Trouble is, no politician has the balls anymore to stand for what is right and hold their ground. Those who support the acceptance of 20k ‘refugees’ should submit their names and addresses and a refugee family will be assigned to them. They can then feed and fund them from their own resources. Or perhaps that will focus their minds on tackling the reason for their ‘refugee’ status : BRITISH BOMBS FALLING ON THEIR HEADS!

    We have critical services (NHS, police, fire) that are woefully under-funded and the government wants to invite an additional 20k people into the country – people who are going to be traumatised, perhaps radicalised, will have integration issues, and few prospects for self-support.

    To me the agenda is clear: consumer capitalism requires constant growth, that growth funds dividends which puts money into the pockets of the elites.

    As an aside, how many times do we hear news such as: ‘…terrible results for so-and-so company reporting profits down by 10%…’. NO! That’s not terrible news, they still made a profit, they still paid all of their costs and salaries and came out with money in the bank – just not as much as last time. That’s not terrible news you greedy fcukkers!

    Ahem… so… for consumer capitalism to work people need to spend. For people to spend they need income, which they derive from either work or benefits. Only when people spend do the elite get their profit and the government get their taxes (on profits, wages and VAT). The taxes go back into the system as benefits (or other ‘spending’ schemes). Trouble is, to increase profits you have to increase revenue or decrease cost. You can’t increase revenue because your competitor will undercut you and steal your market – so cost has to decrease. You can’t squeeze materials suppliers because they will squeeze back and you find yourself unable to produce, so you cut wages. But you cant cut wages in a high-benefits environment because people just wont work. So you can only cut wages if benefits are cut also. But when you take workers and push them down you encounter worker dissatisfaction, low morale, strikes etc, all of which hit production and profits.

    What better than to import desperate people and ‘lift’ them up. Who is going to be more inclined to work for £2 per hour – the worker previously earning £20 per hour or the poor soul who has lost everything and has nothing?

    The herd is being culled and it is the well-seasoned mutton that is no longer cost-effective to keep. Farmer Corp is bringing in leaner, keener and, most importantly, cheaper new blood to keep the corporate machine running.

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