Save People, Not Banks

I made a film, a kind of documentary that covered 5 years of people fighting austerity and the issues people have faced, from zero hour contracts, disability cuts, pension attacks and many other issues. I filmed it almost exclusively on a smartphone, proving that with just a smartphone and a data connection, you can create anything you want.

Here is the introduction, it is in 8 parts, see which bit you like or watch it all in one go.

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Climate change a thing? #SaveTheHumans

The Pope has spoken, apparently climate change is a thing.

Climate change is no longer just something to discredit because it was cold whilst I ate my breakfast this morning, no, the Pope has intervened, calling on the richest nations to pay their debts to the poor for leaving the world on the brink of resembling a pit of filth. Strong words, maybe, but when big G has your back, you can pretty much say what you want. Just ask Moses.

The Internet has exploded over it, the usual too’s and fro’s of claim and counter claim. I am more interested in his re-imagining of the bible where he points to a more inclusive way of interacting with our ecosystem rather than the old view that big G supposedly gave us dominion over the animal kingdom. A source of words long used to justify animal cruelty from farming to hunting.

The big shame is that it takes a man in a white suit to tell us the world is wrong before people sit up enough to pay attention. We live in a world with simultaneous chronic hunger and obesity, if that alone isn’t enough to make you want to take action over the things that are wrong then we are lost. 

Ultimately it’s not the planet that needs saving, it’s us, humans. We need the world more than it needs and contrary to popular belief, humanity is not the centre of the universe. Climate change has to be a purely selfish act for us as a species if we are to stand a chance of enduring. If not then it will truly become the planet of the apes. 

 

Maniacs, you blew it
 
Our current methods of farming, transportation, energy production, you name it, is antiquated and barely a step on from the industrial revolution. True progress has been stalled in the name of profit. We have a wide range of renewable energies at our disposal, nano science, wireless technology, hydroponics, vertical farming, I could go on but in short; our reach far exceeds our grasp, another world is possible, we just have to be daring enough to demand it. Our fate as a species depends on it. #savethehumans

Labour Leadership 

the contenders
 
I had it put to me recently that in supporting ‘someone like Jeremy Corbyn’ I was supporting someone who supports terrorists and fascism… 

Jeremy may be many things, a man of honour perhaps, but not a terrorist sympathiser. Those accusations should be reserved for the actual supporters of terrorism, namely Rupert Murdoch and the Newscorp empire, who think it okay to bomb children in Gaza for the right of the IDF to get its blood lust on every couple of years. 

Let’s get one thing straight, I am not suddenly a born again Labour Party member or supporter. There is still much wrong the Labour Party, namely three out of the four contenders for leadership and the people who are backing them, seemingly choosing the dark side over the light. What Jeremy does offer is a real choice between the current malevolent forces occupying Downing Street and change. In David Cameron’s Conservative Party, we have a more right wing, aggressive party than any cabinet Margaret Thatcher over saw. In fact, the next 5 years of Cameron’s hatchet mob might make us wistful for the days where miners got their skulls cracked by the police on Thatchers orders to break up the working classes only real strength; collective bargaining.

Jeremy Corbyn offers a chance of the politics of hope and not more of the politics of fear that we’ve had since 1979. 

#jeremy4leader #freepalestine