We carry the banner for hope and change ourselves

It is tnteresting times that we are living today, interesting that we would rather attack each other for being scroungers, layabouts or immigrants when there is a bigger picture here and that is of the financiers who are actually responsible for austerity, not the NHS, teachers, police, fire or armed forces; walking free and being encouraged to do it all over again.

These banks have had minimal fines, no one has gone to jail, they still get billion pounds worth of bonuses and Osborne has committed to the biggest spending cuts in over 70 years. Sticking together has never been more necessary.

No one has gone to jail… well if you are guilty of fraud, as was the case for RBS personnel (again) then the judge will let you walk away because you have “suffered enough.” Steal 15 Toblerone however and you go straight to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect £200.

This austerity will affect everyone in a way we have yet to grasp, if we think the last 5 years have been rough with the rise of food banks, return of rickets, 1 in 4 working poor and 90,000 children homeless this Christmas, we will be in for a shock. Which ever party wins the next election, we lose. Austerity is the ideology and we are the vessels from which they are generating their wealth. We can only rely on ourselves to make the change, no one else is going to carry the banner of hope for us.

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We are living in a moment of history, what we do next will define the lives of generations to come. Lets make it something to remember for the right reasons.

 

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Are we all living under a type of Stockholm Syndrome?

This week the news was buzzing with headlines that the UK was back to the pre-recession levels of financial prosperity and that our recovery was outstripping the world. Yes really.

The BBC newspapers gushed as they talked over the newspapers for the day, even smirking as Murdoch chip paper The Sun claimed it was its army of readers that helped save the UK and that we had all suffered along the way to ensure economic recovery, working longer hours for less pay in the process. When I look around however, I do not see a recovery, I see people struggling between pay checks, increased levels of homeless people, food banks and shutters down on a previously busy high street.

Do we really believe this to be true? If so, we must all be suffering some form of Stockholm Syndrome.

The term Stockholm Syndrome is most associated with Patty Hearst, a Californian newspaper heiress kidnapped by revolutionary militants in 1974. She appeared to develop sympathy with her captors and joined them in a robbery. She was eventually caught and received a prison sentence. Today it may well be used to describe the pacification with which the public seem to be accepting the austerity measures which have left 1 in 5 people in the UK being described as below the official poverty line and experiencing life as a daily struggle. We supposedly have the sixth largest economy and yet people in the UK are going to bed hungry, unable to break the cycle, now labelled the ‘working poor’. Now somehow in these times of Orwellian double think we have been patted on the back and congratulated for turning the country around and are expected to be grateful. How is it that we have become so conditioned that we adore our oppressors, so much so we are prepared to sit back and vote all over again for it in 2015?

The only people who have seen their fortunes changed for the better are the economic terrorists that created this recession in the first place, the bankers and their corrupt friends in politics.

Whilst we have lost swathes of public services to privatisation, had pay cuts & freezes, experienced pension robbery, lost homes, taken on zero hour contract work and rely on food banks – privates jets sales have increased… You couldn’t make it up! So next time the media thanks you for working longer hours for less pay, sacrificing your pensions, suffering pay freezes, inflation, gas price hikes etc – remember that the people who caused it are having a fracking jolly. Wealth bubbles up, it doesn’t trickle down.

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We mostly seem to accept austerity as a necessity, with few really challenging it in any way. 50,000 people marched through London on June 21st to stand up against austerity but after the event there were more than double that using credit cards on Oxford Street, artificially stimulating the economy, moving from one shopping experience to the next. So long as we continue to shop and pay our taxes it must be assumed that they are happy for a minority to march. We need to cultivate and nurture a lifestyle of civil disobedience and resistance to the ongoing ideological austerity we are being torn apart with and break free from this Stockholm Syndrome. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

 

Green and clean

THE BATTLE FOR BALCOMBE has taken a new twist as the first town in the UK to be identified as prey for the Fracking lobbyists have decided to ‘go green’ and get off their fossil fuel addiction. How significant this is remains to be seen but a question posed to me this week is what difference would it make?

Well to put it simply, if you reduce the demand, what incentive is there for the oil companies to supply an unwanted product? This is perhaps the single biggest reason why in 2014, despite the marvellous advancement in our technologies, we have not managed to find a way to harness all the renewable sources of energy, the sun, the wind, tidal, wave and geothermal; because the powers that be know that if we are able to get off the dependency of the oil rigs and drills, their illusionary power would evaporate. Our addiction to energy is no different to that of any of the other addictions the human species suffers with, but is perhaps the most destructive on a global scale.

There are a great many videos and experts that explain the potential of renewable energies on the Internet, that break the myths of the likes of the Daily Mail and the other energy deniers that reside in the corridors of corruption in parliament, but instead they remain enthralled to the power of the lobbyists energy firms or worse, remain ignorant themselves to the possibilities that lay at our feet. A recent example of this occurred when I had to explain the process of vertical farming to an MP who believed that capitalism had “fed the world”, despite the fact that global hunger statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations state that 842 million people in the “undeveloped” world do not have enough to eat (not to mention the half a million hungry in the UK and the fact that food bank use tripled in a year). MP’s like this have a full-time job representing the people and should be full-time students of the world around them to ensure we have the best available choices for our future and not be slaves to the corporate suits.

Technology is advancing in a way that far exceeds our grasp, the technologies of tomorrow are now a reality which can revolutionalise our way of life in the same ways the smart phone or the steam engine did, all we have to do is be daring enough to want it.