Why politicians welch, and why we need to make them choke

mesnip62 families – about 550 people – call the worldwide wealth shots, and the majority are American. The average EU bureaucrat’s pension is 60 times that of the average EU  citizen. The 1% who own half the world’s capital are driving 85% of the Referendum narrative and suggesting Brexit is a risk. The EU and the US are rapidly morphing into corporate States that exist for the 1%. If you want to be part of a wedding between them, vote Remain. If you want a return to freedom and equality, vote Brexit.

One very notable thing about US Presidents is how generous they are in their promises to the less well-off before the election, and then as the Second Term draws to a close. Two days ago, the Black Dude had this to say:

We can’t afford to weaken Social Security. We should be strengthening Social Security. And not only do we need to strengthen its long-term health, it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous, and increased its benefits so that today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they’ve earned. We can do this by asking the wealthiest Americans to contribute a little bit more. They can afford it. I can afford it.
Spoken like a man heading towards the horizon with a legacy in mind, and ‘The End’ inscribed on his back. The problem is that Otombama promised to do those things in both 2008 and 2012, and then started doing the opposite….until the likes of Bernie Sanders campaigned in Congress to embarrass him about it.
Now that Sanders is raising all these things in what’s left of his bid for the Oval Office, Hillarybilly is being forced to match his demands. She’ll renege on them as well – just like her husband did during his time spent exploring what wags in Washington began calling the Oval orifice. Ironically, Reagan talked like a neoliberal but spent like a Kennedy democrat; Bill Clinton balanced the books like a good Republican.
Following a pretty tacky period of Labour ministerial sleaze, mishandling of social care, ourageous techno-failures in the NHS and then banking disaster, David Cameron scraped into power via first a Coalition….and then what looks increasingly like some electoral jiggery-pokery. Cameron told us he would protect the vulnerable, make British society decent again,  eradicate the budget deficit, get tough with the EU, strengthen our police battalions and prove his personal commitment to the NHS by making it “world class”.
The fact that he and his ministers have done the precise opposite makes Britain a near-perfect mirror of the events in America.
In France, Hollande vowed to protect French culture, strengthen workers’ rights, resist Anglo-Saxon austerity and – by implication – get tougher with Berlin. Instead he let in the Troika by the back door, applied austerity, and then found himself trapped in a wave of strikes to protect the very thing he’d promised to safeguard. In Greece, Tsipras said that the popular vote would teach Brussels a lesson. It did – twice – but Alexis too has done the obverse of what his coinage suggested.
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Why do politicians welch? I think there are many reasons, but four of overriding importance:
They’ll say anything to get into power
This is the most common voter complaint, and by far the most often stated reason for electoral apathy and abstention. But it’s an observation of symptoms, not a diagnosis of the disease.
My own fairly broad experience of legislators over 45 years has been that the vast majority of them are talentless bombasts and fundamentally mediocre petty crooks with avian tendencies: that is, they parrot ideologies and feather their nests. So yes, they seek power through bullying pomposity, but are birdbrained when it comes to the relevant execution of that power.
Those who slither up the greasy pole do so because they grasp more quickly than most how the system works, and then exploit it in their own self-interest. It’s their correct grasp of how the system works, however, that is the key to what keeps going wrong – not the self-centred personality traits they have per se. Ego is endemic in those who seek office: if it wasn’t, even less of any value would get done.
The two things they grasp about how the process works are unelected money and unelected privilege. The first group drive anti-social policies; the second acquiesce in these policies, and often block any policy genuinely designed to be more accountable to the electoral majority.
Unelected money
During the 1950s, most political Parties in the West still relied on membership subscriptions and voluntary help  to achieve power. As technocracy arrived and intrinsic socio-economic problems became more obvious, this changed. Rich businessmen, bankers, trade unions, media owners, admen and marketing gurus took over the role of The People in supporting this or that ideology. Globalisation increased both the reach and the sheer size of the donations from such quarters, while marketing communications specialists – in the absence of any policies for The People – schooled politicians in how to sell élite policies to The People.
We can see this in at times almost obscene form in contemporary public life – although much if it is hidden until brave jounalists and bloggers make it public. Taking the current UK Brexit referendum, the European HQ of Bloomberg has donated £250,000 directly to the Remain budget. This – plus the entire output of Bloomberg TV – is used to present the obvious case for rowing away from the Lusitania as an acttion doomed to disaster. The argument is literally, “OK, there may be a torpedo hole bigger than a funnel in the ship, but you’re safer on a ship than in a rowing boat”.
American globalist business wants one selling point as access to the largest monied trading bloc of consumers in the world. The American military wants that bloc federalised as a bulwark against Russia and/or Islamism, and as a solid contributor to NATO’s obvious goal – perpetual access to oil-based energy. And both sides want a trade deal that maximises their economice of scale for both buying and selling.
There can only be two obvious results of that policy: workers’ rights and wages will be decimated in the mercantile war against Asia to keep production costs down; and entrepeneurial SMEs will be crushed by the global accountants who need them dead. The first is bad for society, the second is bad for healthy capitalism.
All of this explains why (1) Obama pitched up to say “either remain in the EU, or get to the back of the queue” (2) the ECB keeps churning out drivel in the face of a basket case eurozone (3) there is a virtual media blackout in the UK about real events in Italy, France and Spain (4) Mogherini the Mad’s Barmy Army is being played down as a likelihood (5) hardly anything appears about the intransigence of Poland and Hungary on border control policy (6) both the scale and tension surrounding mass migrancy is being fudged (7) the UK media are in denial about the scale of Erdogan’s perfidy and dictatorship and (8) since the campaign began, not a single peep has been heard from unser geliebte Fiskalfuhrer Wolfgang Schäuble.
Unelected money explains why Cameron was forced to eat sh*t by the EC élite and then come back with the ludicrous assertion that it was in fact smoked Parma ham. Unelected Lord Ashton’s money explains why the entire Cabinet fears his market research insights. Unelected Murdoch money explains why, having failed to capture the BBC or Sky, Newscorp is now gradually infiltrating its news output. Unelected HSBC money explains why nothing nasty about the world’s most corrupt bank ever appears on the BBC.
That paragraph could go on for pages. Donations, lobbying and assorted campaign contributions explain why the Clinton health plan failed, Slick Willy abolished Glass Steagal, US and UK banking reform have achieved so little, and today, why George Osterity the Chancellor inflicts such needless pain on welfare users…because unelected bond money insists he does, or he must be punished. The same unelected market was used to force Hollande down the austerity path in France: because Wall Street attacked France’s most vulnerable bond yields.
Take the money out of politics – and or boycott the sleazebags  providing it – and within five years Western politics would be changed beyond recognition. Every time that is suggested, however, in come the troll swarms with this spurious argument about “the taxpayer having to support politicians”. We have to anyway: but extending that to their ability to organise transfers the power back to The People, and away from the 3%. And in case you hadn’t noticed, legislation is already being prepared to remove the rights of citizens to boycott large companies. Just fancy that.
Unelected power-privilege
The British Left continues to obsess about the cost of the Royal Family. I’m not particularly royalist myself: I yawn at the amount of media coverage they get, and Charles in particular has done some rather grubby security service deals to protect The Firm’s privacy. But turning Britain into a Republic would represent nothing more than feeble window dressing.
It is unelected bureaucratic power that rips the Citizens off in the UK and the EU, not Royal Families. A vote to Leave the EU threatens their unearned privileges like no other single act – because within two years, the Brussels raison d’etre would cease to exist in the face of freedom contagion.
You may think this is overplayed as a factor. You would be wrong. Today, it is commonplace for ‘retiring’ civil servants in the West to join the Boards of élite companies and banks run by the 3%. Such moves taint the objectivity of ‘public’ servants indelibly.
As for the levels of bureaucratic corruption involved, let me tell you that the Greek, Italian, UK and EU/EC debt problems would be greatly reduced if they had honest administrators.
At some point during 2005 – when Whitehall mandarins feared disaster from impending bank meltdown – somehow their pension emoluments and commitment doubled. The amount added to their pot was £750 billion – one third of the UK National Debt. Every UK Budget document now contains the phrase ‘unfunded civil service pensions’. None of it was approved by Parliament in total or the PAC team. It was sheer embezzlment on an unbelievable scale. But Whitehall was able to pull it off, because Whitehall knows where all the bodies are buried.
And the British civil service is solidly pro-EU. As indeed are the security services….because they too are civil servants who benefitted from the heist….and also, they dare not say no to NATO;
In the EC as a whole, bureaucrats there pay just 11% to the final sum for their pensions. Just funding these costs the EU £36 billion a year…for 202,000 employees. The cost of State pensions for all 500 million EU citizens is £1,516 billion a year. Thus, £187,217 for every bureaucrat, and £3,000 for every citizen.
EC bureaucrats end up with pensions 60 times bigger than the citizens do
The three most powerful institutions in the EU are the EC, the ECB and the Eurogroupe. None of them are accountable to any elected official anywhere.
The lack of accountability allows the Commission to produce ‘information’ such as last year’s classic, ‘As of May 2015, all countries but Greece have recovered from their debt crisis’….a phrase I note has now turned up in its Wikipedia entry. None of this output is vetted by the European Parliament. I wonder, for example, how many British people realise that as and when the TTIP US/EU trade straitjacket is signed off, not a single MEP or Member State legislator will have been involved in seeing it.

 

A  historic shift in monied power
The fourth reason why The People get the crumbs and their ‘representatives’ only listen to the 3% is a long term shift in money ownership throughout the West. The movement away from mass labour salaried money towards rich élite capital is unequalled by anything seen in modern human history.
From around 1800 until the late 20th century, approximately two-thirds of the income of most developed nations went on paying salaries and wages for people who work in some form of ‘labour’, while one-third went to pay dividends, capital gains, interest, rent, etc. to those owning substantial amounts of ‘capital’.
From 1995 to 2005, the share held by capital wealth doubled. From 2005 until 2016, it doubled again. In the entire thirty year period – with eerie consistency throughout the West – the real value of salaries earned by the labour force fell by 30%.
In January 2016, 1% of the world’s population owned 41% of capital wealth. But if you take all forms of ‘wealth’ – trusts, assets, salaries, dividends and so forth – a staggering 50% of global wealth resides in just 62 families.
The extrapolation is not a difficult one to make. Sixty years ago, around 3 billion electors in democracies held their governments to account in terms of votes and subscriptions. Today, roughly 20% fewer of them bother to vote, and political Parties can very easily pick up all the funding they need from roughly 500 ‘buying points’.
It’s no contest: 3 billion people making government accountable have become 62 families who allow them zero accountability….just so long as they are ‘looked after’.
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The political class itself has now become so dependent on the influence of corporate wealth for its power, the power no longer resides there. We are becoming corporate States.
This is why politicans break promises made to billions in return for blood money recieved from hundreds. It’s why our salaries are falling, our benefits are being reduced, our social living costs are going up, and our pensions are being delayed prior to being phased out.
It’s also why the US recovery keeps petering out, the eurozone economy is flatlining, the UK economy is dangerously biased to financial services, and China’s growth spurt has decelerated by 40% in five years. The salaried wealth of the mass consumer has been gobbled up by the capital wealth of the 1%: and 1% of the population cannot restart a mass consumer model economy.
All these macro and micro realities are connected very clearly by a series of developments. The most obvious symptom is that politicians lie to us and give to those they serve.
If we stay in the EU corporate, unaccountable State, and sign a deal with the world’s biggest corporate, unaccountable State, you can kiss welfare, retirement, freedoms and direct democracy goodbye forever….or rather, until such time as the whole ridiculous construct cannibalises itself.
Brexit is not a risk, it is a responsibility. We must shoulder it now, for it is the last chance we shall get.

Related at The Slog: 188 reasons for Brexit

33 thoughts on “Why politicians welch, and why we need to make them choke

  1. These news items and probably many more just like them are very relevant to the Brexit vote but they are apparently not the sort of information that the U.K. government or the mass media think the citizens of the U.K. need to know about.

    https://mishtalk.com/2016/06/01/brussels-extends-juncker-plan-outside-eu-to-immigration-projects-uk-the-biggest-contributor/

    https://mishtalk.com/2016/05/30/erdogan-says-contraception-is-treason/

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship

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  2. ‘American globalist business wants one selling point as access to the largest monied trading bloc of consumers in the world.’

    But, by your admission, there aren’t any now, or going to be in the future consumers, and as you rightly point out, it’s only going to get worse so, by that very fact it is self limiting, it can’t continue indefinitely. They take our purchasing power with one hand, and raise the cost of basic goods with the other, how’s that supposed to continue? I believe that’s what the spark was for the Arab Spring? Unable to afford a loaf of bread?

    ‘as a bulwark against Russia and/or Islamism,’

    Well, we all know that Russia is militarily superior and, Islamism? Bit like bolting the stable door after the horse has slung its hook methinks.

    The more I read these days the more I think the EU is the least of our problems, we need to look to Washinton, therein lies all our evils.
    I wonder just what they have in store for us next?

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  3. @KFC1404

    It is not about solving the problem it is about preparing for the end consequence.

    There is no way out of this mess and the best you can hope for is keep your sovereignty because of the inevitable end and as the wheels come off the wagon train to Washington we at least would have self determination still in our hands.

    What happens if we were to give up sovereignty? Well in the last actions of an appointed collapsing system you will be thrown under the wagon train to Washington as a last ditch effort to prop up the system and no protests allowed.

    The rapidly growing number of failed states / destroyed democracies globally is a remarkable measure in how corrupt the system is and even I was shocked when the Philippines considers assasination of corrupt journalists that I would now term that nation a failed corrupt state now. The new guy learned well from Erdogan a NATO friend as to what atrocities you can get away with in the world today all elite approved of course.

    As for the BREMAIN / BREXIT! Why does Cameron need a BREMAIN need a vote if we are already in? You can see it we are already in all we are voting for is wether we want out but the whole scenario has been commandeered by the undemocratic BREMAIN gansters.

    Answers on a postcard to 10 Downing Street, the population only ever signed up to the Common Market and all the rest is odious signatures as in debt of traitorous politicians where never once was the population consulted.

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  4. Incredible. Pure genius. This work of art has made me “get it” more in 30 mins (read 3 times) than I have since the day I thought, “Jeez wasn’t that cSavile just that creepy DJ on TOTP I never liked anyway? What’s that they’re saying he did?” That was the start of it for me, looking into that/the establishment, growing more horrified by the minute at how different the world I thought I knew all my life was to the one going on behind the façade. But I digress..

    I’m going to retweet this of course John as I do all yours but you know twitter, so “in-the-moment” in the few mins it takes to get up and make a cuppa you’ve missed WWIII (and DC got a right drubbing for that one on last night’s #InOrOut!)

    I’m getting round to what I want to ask, trust me 😂… would it be ok if I took ‘snippets’ from the article and posted along with the link of course , is the objective – to repost and repost as I want everyone in the whole world to read this amazing article. Some of the snippets are quite large which I know because I’ve already snipped them in the hope you say yes and in truth could have every single word – that ok too?

    I’ll check back…

    Seriously… Outstanding! 👏

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  5. Great post John. These 62 family’s and their patrons in politics never seem to get around to talking about birth control. The reason being is that poor breeders are needed to provide competing workers and customers for the 1% and their enterprises. .

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  6. Liz – I think it was Saville’s death which was the turning point for many of us, also. I refer you to Needleblog which studiously follows the fallout behind the dark arts since then. I was quite traumatized by that event and the awakening process therefrom. I bet many of us were.

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  7. Wrt re-posting articles and snippets therefrom on various social media, sloggers should be aware that on 31 May a new “code of conduct” for all online media was announced by the European Commission.
    In partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, it unveiled this “code of conduct” to combat the spread of “illegal hate speech” online in Europe. It requires “offensive” material to be removed from the internet within 24 hours and replaced with “counter-narratives”.
    The next day, Facebook suspended the account of Ingrid Carlqvist, Gatestone’s Swedish expert, after she posted a Gatestone video to her Facebook feed — called “Sweden’s Migrant Rape Epidemic.”

    Here’s an excerpt:-
    “”The IT Companies share the European Commission’s and EU Member States’ commitment to tackle illegal hate speech online. Illegal hate speech, as defined by the Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law and national laws transposing it, means all conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin….”

    Opponents say the initiative amounts to an assault on free speech in Europe and that the EU’s definition of “hate speech” and “incitement to violence” is so vague that it could include virtually anything deemed politically incorrect by European authorities, including criticism of mass migration, Islam or even the European Union itself. Some MEPs have described it as Orwellian. Douglas Murray says ” it appears to include anything critical of the EU’s current catastrophic immigration policy.”

    The EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vĕra Jourová, is in charge of overseeing this initiative. Hands up anyone who even knew the name of “our” Commissioner for Justice? As to her qualifications for this position, see Wiki – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C4%9Bra_Jourov%C3%A1

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  8. The oxygen of publicity, like this great piece, is what’s needed to choke the bast*rds, and plenty of it. Spread the word, don’t shine the turd.

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  9. kfc
    Have you heard of MAD?
    MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION.
    There are no winners ………………………not one. Lights out.

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  10. You paint an horrific picture John… And yet we long time sloggers should not be shocked. There is no answer to the problem so far as I can see unless it is international revolt. There are a few folk who need to discover that they cannot take it with them.

    I just wonder how low things have to sink before the unthinking and uncaring reach the poll tax point.

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  11. I think if you remove the right to boycott large companies, people will simply kill executives of those large companies, kidnap their kids and grandkids and tell them to back down or lose their family.

    If there really is an executive sick enough to think money is more important than family, the sooner they are dead, the better.

    I don’t approve of killing or kidnapping senior executives, but if they tell me I cannot boycott their products, I have the right to kill them. I don’t care what the law says, they have said that the law gives me no rights. So they have no right to protection from me under the law, as I no longer have any right to protection from them under my own independent will.

    Kill every Board member of the top 50 banks in the world: it would be less than 1000 people. Kill every one of them. The world will not miss them and it will survive just fine.

    They’ve promoted wars killing millions, I’m promoting a targeted assassination campaign mirroring what the CIA and MI6 have done for decades. I’m just saying it in public, rather than being covert about it. I’ve not said who will do the killing, because I’m not doing the hiring. I’m doing the empowering of people to decide to do it themselves, in the hope that 1000 people out of 10 billion have the gumption, the expertise and the access to kill one of them.

    Rights for ordinary people do have uses sometimes don’t they?

    They stop ordinary people from thinking of killing the elite to teach them a lesson.

    Don’t they??

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  12. Here we have more proposed ”POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” from the unelected eu
    to tell ME AND YOU
    TO SHUT THE F*CK UP
    but do read the comments under the story …………………….hypocrites…

    http://www .zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-03/european-union-declares-war-internet-free-speech

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  13. Sorry John, but I think you may have finally lost it! If the Uk leaves Europe it will be swallowed up by the dear ole USA and ofcourse their “special relationship” and if you think for one teensy little minute that it will make a hapeth of difference to wealth being in the hands of so few, or the strangle hold of big business on the mother country or the world as we know it, think again.
    The only thing that might change things is a revolution and the dear old Brits are now too soft and lazy for that one!

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  14. Anonymous

    The only thing that might change things is a revolution and the dear old Brits are now too soft and lazy for that one!

    Evidently you count yourself among their number.

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  15. Anony

    Not so my friend. Out of the frying pan into the fire will never happen. Special relationship is blood lines, and we can speak ENGLISH and trade freely. Look at the investment stats. UK has far more money invested in USA today than eu.
    We need to admit which side our bread is buttered.

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  16. john, this one’s a cracker. all the right points in the right order and pointing to a great bloody crash for most of us.

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  17. rtj1211 – killing people????? apart from the illegality of what you suggest, there is the practical matter that no executive or nabob is going to be standing around waiting to be assaulted.

    if you knew of which you speak, you would know that there is already I thriving executive protection industry, it’s just invisible to people like you….and they are armed.

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  18. This could well be your best ever post John!
    Although I don’t believe a Brexit vote will ever be allowed to happen, we have to do all we can to effect it because it will probably be the only way to collapse the house of cards.

    Where we are at today is that we allowed a cancer to spread throughout the system. As everyone knows, a cancer never stops killing cells and mutating. In the end it will kill its host at which point it can no longer proliferate. If you knew you had cancer, how would you treat it? The result for doing nothing is already a given…

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  19. Flat out excellent article. This is how real journalism should look.

    This needs to be circulated on many sites as an antidote to the lies being shoveled out on the population of eurodisneyland.

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