To vote, or not to vote: You have a greater choice in breakfast cereal than in your political spectrum

This morning the BBC took its place alongside the government propaganda machine in encouraging the young to go out and vote at the next election, with an estimated 800000 young voters (age 18-21) missing from the electoral register. Ministers are allegedly concerned that further changes to the voting system will affect the integrity of the electoral system, as if the entire political systems integrity has not already been compromised. To challenge this a new initiative is being pushed out to highlight the importance of voting to youngsters and they continue to pour scorn on Russell Brand’s views in the meantime.

The young adults are given topics to discuss such as whether the £9bn spent on the 2012 Olympics was money well spent and what their views are on capital punishment. Following lengthy debate, their votes are cast on each subject. Topics such as these are used as a means to engage young minds in topics that may interest them, rather than to leave them at the mercy of a stuffy politician that has already been undermined by expenses scandals and their upcoming pay hike during a time of severe austerity.

The group is then split to reflect the percentage of 18-21 year olds that are currently registered nationally to vote, with the rest indicating the percentage of the unregistered. The results of the entire groups votes on capital punishment are revealed (with the majority stating that they opposed it) but that this was not necessarily reflected within the sample group of people eligible to vote. The moral of the story being that the minority are deciding for the majority. This much is true but not in the essence in which the group nor the BBC are reporting it. There is a minority group of people influencing the lives of the majority but it is not the handful of people who are voting, it is the suits in the corridors of corruption in parliament, their lobbyist friends, banks, big business, big pharma and the military industrial complex. One such example of this being jolly George Osborne’s best man’s Hedge Fund company, who made a hefty profit from the recent privatisation of the Royal Mail after they bought £50m shares prior to its sale.

Another example of democracy not working in your favour were the recent cuts to the London Fire Brigades frontline services, something that both the Prime Minister and London Mayor pledged to protect, yet when it came to it, they have cut over 1200 jobs in just over 4 years nationwide, whilst the Mayor perversely claims that Londoners will be safer despite the closures of 10 stations and the loss of almost 600 jobs. This came despite both Londoners and the London Assembly voting against the cuts at every avenue throughout the supposed consultation process. 

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The thing about democracy and voting is that if it changed anything, they would not let you do it, hence the gagging law that has been passed recently in parliament. This is a truth that seems to have escaped most because we get a long with our daily lives without looking any deeper than the information that is put to us at regular daily intervals. The role of the Trade Unions in the 21st century are perhaps another such an example. It could be argued that since the days of Thatcher and the miners strikes in the 1980’s, trade unions are now largely accepted by both government and employers because they have managed to change the laws enough to neuter any real influence they can have over any given argument, such are the anti-trade union laws and the establishment have also conducted a relatively good job in convincing workers that they do not matter (which could not be any further from the truth). In some countries unions are outright banned and if they dare to start, agitate or be involved in union activities it can and does result in a murky death, Are such groups then only allowed in the UK because the establishment believes they have watered down their rights just enough to prevent whole scale challenge to their draconian rules?

The media and the politicians are desperately crawling around to encourage people to vote in 2015 because I think they have figured out that a disenfranchised electorate, who refuses to comply by the rules of a game that the system created and are in charge of, by going to the ballot box when told, are the ones with the right to stand up and shout about what is going on around them and to them and that poses the system a real problem in the future. By voting you legitimising the economic violence being waged upon you, the poor and working poor daily because that is what you chose. The difference between all parties at present is only in the colour of their badge, their policies closely match and all we are left with is the illusion of choice. Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher were interested in winning the population contest but not so our current pithy leaders, because there is nothing to choose between them. Let us not forget that the largest transference of economic wealth, from the poor to the rich, took place on Labour’s watch with the bailout, something like £1.2 something something trillion (the figure is astronomical) and the Tories are playing the same tune. The LibDems are just looking for some mates. Do not forget that the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls’ favourite line for sometime has been that the cuts are “too far, too quick” and so to the other Ed (Miliband) when he addressed the million people in Hyde Park on March 26th 2011 telling them the same thing. Not one of these parties wants to address the fact that between them and the maverick bankers in the city of corruption, they have squandered more money than there is in circulation to basically satisfy the gambling needs of power addicts and this majority do a disservice to the handful of women and men in parliament who might do the right thing given half a chance, if they were not marginalised on behalf of the business elite. 

Until such times as there is a real choice to be made between our political parties and true democracy is allowed for the people, no one can be blamed from abstaining and carrying on the fight for direct democracy.

 

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Newell News-round up, week 17 and 18

News round-up took a two-week break so tonight we will take you through a whistle-stop tour of the obvious and not so obvious from the past couple of weeks

NHS

Is SOLD! the government have allowed a £1bn contract sell off to occur. The outsourcing project will see invites of bids from £700 to £1bn and will no doubt see Jeremy Hunt’s bearded friend Richard Branson of Virgin Care coming in to take over the end of life care department. There are no lows that these people will not sink to. Profiting from the illness and death of the public.

Your blood or rather plasma has been SOLD! Plasma UK has been sold off to U.S. venture capitalist Bain Capital now, who own an %80 stake in them. For those of you unaware, Bain Capital have fingers in lots of pies as with all good capitalist monopolies, including Dominoes pizza but not apparently UK Dominoes… You cannot make this up.

There are daily articles about dangerous nurses, bad trusts and a hole host of other things being peddled by the main stream media. These are exceptions to the rule, the rule being that doctors and nurses are wonderful people who do amazing things everyday that many of us would never be able to do even if our lives or that of our loved ones depended on it. Do not let them be stolen away by blood thirsty soul sucking vampires intent on making a living off our misfortune.

Human Rights

Internet pornography has been David Cameron’s big issue the past couple of weeks, aside from Labour and the union barons and he has pushed through some reform that will mean censorship of the internet. The attack has been very visceral regarding porn but with young family members that use the Internet all the time I have never come across them looking at lady boys daily or any other online porn, which raises the question what has darling David been looking at to be so worried? Unsurprisingly it is not limited to internet porn but covers a wide spectrum of other things that you must opt in to if you want access.However most humans will probably go for default settings, thus meaning they will be screening out this blog amongst many other things the state will not want them to see. 1984 was never more real than it is right now. For further reading see Laurie Penny’s article for New Statesman.

If David is that worried about the psyche of our children he may want to address this.

Hatred UK Gohomevans

Go Home Vans…It is enough to make you sick. The allowance of a rise in fascism to let right-wing agenda creep into main stream politics. The only reason these vans are being plastered about the street is to spread hatred, mistrust and fear amongst one another. “Is your neighbour illegal? Dial 0800 FASCISTPIGS” You cannot write it. There is a picture doing the rounds on the internet of another billboard van from the 1930’s doing the same thing but as yet I have not authenticated it.

Environment

The government have four people advising them that have a vested interested in the energy firms who stand to profit from fracking. You couldn’t make it up. There have been anti fracking protests this week in Balcombe as the search for gas and oil begins in earnest and the police brutality has been close behind. The police have to see that they are responsible for the world that is being created and that their interest lay with the people and not the state. These vans arrived the same time as the Royal spawn.

The Daily Hate Mail front page this week was that firms have a duty to employ British people, echoing Gordon Brown’s comments in 2009 that there should be British jobs for British people. I hope the are not brown British people they are talking about otherwise the EDL, Ukip and BNP will be most displeased.

The UK have a complacency on arctic drilling that should worry us all, the issue being how an oil spill of any magnitude would be cleaned up in such a harsh environment. As with both of these issues it is not the planet that needs saving, it is the humans. George Carlin once said that the planet would be fine and that it may have created humans so that it might eat plastic. The damage done to the environment will directly affect us and we have a duty to provide a world that allows our descendants to flourish and be nourished by it.

Finance

Need a loan? Then ask your local church! So some back ground, one of David Cameron’s former advisors, Jonathan Luff, now works for Wonga. You cannot make it up. They are all over the television and providing loans to people with huge interest rate returns. The church has directly invested into Wonga and it has been one hell of a mess. What is the church doing you might think? Then it comes out about their other investments, including the arms trade but they do not apparently get involved directly with making arms, just providing component parts and it must go to people with good moral standing. What would Jesus say? He would no doubt be spinning on his cross.

Whilst the Royal spawn was being pushed out and Kay Burley was quizzing the hospital on how dilated Kate was, Japan was busy telling the UK it should be mindful of withdrawing from the EU as it would make it less appetising for the Japanese to build cars and manufacture other stuff here as trade with Europe would become a problem.

World

The world has been busy! In Japan commuters joined together to lift a train off of a passenger proving that the empathic civilisation is not dead just yet. Luckily for them there were no U.S drones coming in for a second strike to kill the first responders.

Bradley Manning is in the dock and about to be tried by the barbarian hordes responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq.

Buy your clothes from one of Philip Greens establishments? Then you are contributing to the dangerous working conditions for thousands of people living in Bangladesh that no one in this country would put up with (at the minute) as he refuses to sign up to a safety deal following the building collapse earlier this year and the numerous fires that have devastated their lives and work places. When profits rule, health, safety and honesty go out of the window.

The UK is profiting to the tune of £12bn from arms exports to regimes with questionable human rights; namely the apartheid state of Israel, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. War is good for business and with the world rising up against oppressive regimes, business is booming.

The people of Egypt are on the streets with rival rallies for and against Morsi who was recently usurped in a military coup, called for by the people. Dozens of people have been killed and there is real danger of Egypt descending into civil war.

Remember Libya? The violence is escalating in Libya at present with a prominent activist being shot and killed

Iraq. I have lost count how many have died in the past week but the violence rampaging through Iraq is startling. The following links show two of the most recently reported. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23481088 and http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/world/middleeast/suicide-bombers-shiite-mosque-baghdad-iraq.html?_r=0 The blood left on Tony Blair’s hands must never be forgotten. 

Detroit City went broke at the same time as JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs recorded profits almost to the level before the financial crises that started 2008.

And whilst some babies were being born in to a life of privilege, with people hoping for a daughter, millions of other daughters face the prospect of genital mutilation.

Science and Tech

This week we were paled into insignificance by the marvellous picture of Earth taken from the orbit of Saturn. We are truly a pale blue dot spinning around at a thousand miles an hour through the cosmos. We are a people capable of great innovation and empathy as shown by the Japanese train crash and the picture of Earth, why we must debase ourselves at the behest of the soul suckers is beyond me. 

NASA's Cassini spacecraft  captures Saturn's rings and Earth and its moon in the same frame.