Don’t drag your fellow workers down, dust yourself off, get up and join them

Cry me a river. Yesterday’s heroes are today’s villains. Aside from the fact that nights and shift work shorten life expectancy, causes cancers and seriously disrupts the circadian rhythm system etc, it affects your alertness.

Letting an ego driven Mayor dictate the running operations of what is essentially a job that requires the most serious considerations for health and safety of all that use it, is asking for trouble. Having little to no regard for rotas, shifts and staffing levels and then pointing the finger at those who do, the workers as is always the case, makes you part of the problem. 

“But they earn £50k a year and max out at 50hrs a week!” Go the screams of injustice from the workers who can’t get their train. Who’s fault is it that the majority of us are working hours not seen since the Victorian times? No one but our own for giving up collective bargaining. 

In the past they blamed the excess power of the labour workforce on economic downturns in the 70s and 80s. They made it almost illegal to strike or even be in a union and gave the power to the employer to move labour across the world, sack people at will and tear up hard fought and won terms and conditions. Now the world economy is going down the shitter again and what’s their excuse now? Oh wait. The excess power of the labour workforce again… #ycmtsu.

It’s easy to point fingers at someone getting something you are not. It’s even easier to point it at someone considered your equal but those people are not typically the problem or the cause of the indifference in your working conditions. You can change that if you want, join a union and be an active part of resolving the current imbalances. In the meantime, do your bit to support the tube strikers (and something for your own health and wellbeing) by taking a walk, or support the cabbies by taking a black cab.

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.

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