Posts tagged spilled ink
Posts tagged spilled ink
The recent horse meat scandal in not-so-Great Britain comes as no surprise. As part of the Tory cuts, 700 food standards officers were removed, so something like this was always going to happen. Where there is a loophole in the system, people will find a way to make a product for a penny and sell it for a pound. This is another example why you cannot treat public servants as something you can cut and throw away as you please. These are real people relying on their jobs and income and the people in the country rely on them just as much.
This is exactly why supporting our small local businesses is good for a number of reasons, not only for the quality of food we are consuming, but also for our economy. However, it is clear that the people who are buying value and supermarket branded products are the poor, and it is not easy for them to go to their local butchers as their disposable income does not allow it. This is not a fault in the butchers, fishmongers or any other industry as the government would have you believe, rather it is a fault in the government’s taxation policies. We live in a society where if your income exceeds £1 million you will receive a £100,000 tax cut. Instead, it would be a better economic engine if we gave the poor a tax cut, allowing them to have more disposable income and raising the tax paid by the rich. When the rich receive a tax cut, they have more disposable income to spend in the South of France or other holidays. It is no coincidence that, as the rich get wealthier, the economy declines. By constrast, the British economy is being funded by the poor, who cannot afford to eat unless it’s a product that has been shipped across Europe and has horsemeat stuffed in it.
Aside from it just being a benefit to the economy, surely it is in our interest to change the current system of food being shipped across Europe, through Romania and France, and instead having it produced in our own country. This will ensure our food is a lot fresher and of better quality. Whilst the economic aspect of supporting local businesses is in the interest of the government, it is clear the quality of food isn’t. Why is this? Well it is not like the MPs are eating Tesco Value burgers now, is it?
The government is clearly out of touch with the people, because until you get a government is run by the people for the people this will never change. David Cameron recently stated (at a £400 a head champagne dinner) that the Conservative party are now a party of the poor. This in itself is laughable, but the fact members of the party refused to applaud after this speech shows you the extent to which they wish to disassociate themselves with us ‘plebs’. We cannot expect a man who lives on a hill in the countryside, who only ever attended the best public schools, to understand what people from East London, or inner cities up and down the country, really need.
Recently, a woman in the U.K who was receiving jobseekers allowance but employed in a voluntary job in a museum, was forced to swap this job for work experience in Poundland. This country is forcing people to work in meaningless jobs, purely to earn any income to survive as there is nothing else for them. It is all well and good that the government are encouraging work experience placements, but it is important that we ensure the work experience is relevant to future job opportunities. We have graduates unable to get any experience other than part time work in their local supermarket or a bar, and on leaving university facing unemployment or being forced to work as cleaners and shop floor assistants. There is a severe shortage of relevant work experience being offered to young people, especially in cities outside of London.
Unless the government improves the standards of living for the poor and produces a fairer taxation system to do this, there are only going to be more scandals such as the horse meat one. While the poor have no disposable income, they are only going to be able to buy the cheapest products from the big chain supermarkets as opposed to good quality fresh foods from their local small businesses. However, unless more opportunities become available to the poor, people are going to continue working in low paid jobs with no disposable income and will continue to buy cheap food.
Government and Media control is out of control!
It is clear that in many ways a government can cause more harm than good, especially if its being run by Cameron or Thatcher. Governments around the world are acting more like dictatorships, but due to a number of techniques used by the partnership of government and media the majority of us do not have an inkling that it is happening. It is terrifying the lengths they can go to to not only break up working class communities, but also to stop them questioning a thing. Governments are not working, maybe it is time to work without government.
So how are they keeping us from questioning their corruption? There are many examples of popular protest in the past that have taken place, particularly in the U.K and U.S.A and it is due to these movements that the leaders and managers of the state have realized they can no longer control people individually. These protests proved that the power still very much lays with those at the bottom of society because they are the majority. It is from this that governments have since learned to control how people think and to give lessons to people to control their emotions. There is a couple of trillion dollars per year spent on these techniques in the USA, from the way an advertisement is set up for the brain of a two year old to the way economics is taught at University level. All these techniques are put in place to ensure we do not care about the treatment of others, so that we do not have the emotion of caring that people may be treated unfairly by society. It is all set up so that we have the attitude of ‘if the person across the road doesn’t have something to eat, it’s not my fault, therefore it’s not my problem and therefore I do not care. Come to think of it, do you ever remember the famous Margaret Thatcher quote “there is no such thing as society?” The prime aim of the government is so that once we have learned these emotions, society can be broken up to a point where we live as ourselves and not as a community and then the government can treat people unfairly without the questioning of those it is affecting. It is all a lesson of oppressing emotions so that we do not even know it is happening.
We are being taught by thinking of only ourselves to not consider our negative impacts on the world that in the future will affect our children. It is all a de-humanization process, this is where the anti authoritarian aspect of Anarchism is important. We have our own minds, yet we are constently being told how to think and not to think for ourselves, we are allowed to push buttons every couple of years and change a few things and we are told this is democracy! All to keep us content with the oppression of ourselves and others in our communities. This control and technique of making us all become corporate robots of capitalism is quite clear, you only have to go to your local shopping center to see that a young girls favorite pass time is to simply ‘window shop’ … again, we are becoming controlled corporate robots. We have our own minds and no human being should have the authority to think for another human being, we cannot tolerate the dictatorship of government any longer, it is dangerous.
It is quite obvious that Capitalism is beautiful in the mind of someone brought up in a multi million pound household and sent to the best school in the country, but this is an example of why having someone running a country so out of touch with those at the bottom of society doesn’t work. You must give decisions back to the people, the same way a skilled mechanic knows what is best for him and his workforce over the managers that are hidden away in the office, the same goes for society. We know what is best for us, we know how our communities function, not someone who eats Caviar like it’s going out of fashion!
All round the world with the current economic situation, it seems as though we have all came up with the same unfair answer, the answer of destroying social security. It is quite obvious that while it is certainly the easiest answer to take it from the poor, it’s not the only one as by asking the small richest percentage of society to cut even the smallest amount of their ludicrous luxuries you could have a far more effective economic solution. Greed and Capitalism go hand in hand and it is quite clear it has gotten out of control.
In Britain 2012 we still have a Class war,
In Britain there is still no hope for the Poor,
They’ll do anything to stop us having a voice,
People are on the dole because they have no fucking choice,
Government is the hoover of the welfare state,
They suck it out and empty it on the upper class plate,
Cuts occur at the bottom but not at the top,
It is clear now that this corruption will never stop,
As the economy declines so will our rights,
Our bodies have scars from Capitalist bites,
We’re still repressed and our generation is blank,
We supposedly have ‘freedom’ whilst walking the narrowest plank,
They tell us how to act,
They act like dictators,
Yet they are the ones who are lying little traitors,
They think of us as scroungers,
The useless working class scum,
Is it any wonder council estates have a culture of guns?,
We must stand up for ourselves as other generations have done,
If we don’t then I’m afraid the world for our children will be a bad one,
The poor must wake up to the growing Extremism of the Conservatives
So the current Conservative government in the U.K has been in power barely 2 and a half years, and while it has lived up to its promises to cut every area possible, they have also failed to hit every statistic in aiming to reduce the deficit. That really is some achievement, Dave. Instead of restoring economic growth promised by their government, we have instead dipped into recession three times. Now, I am not saying cuts should not be made, but the cuts are occurring in all the wrong places.
For instance, George Osbourne recently passed a legislation through Whitehall to make a further £10billion in cuts to welfare, but if those reliant on welfare have their tax cut, why are we so against introducing a mansion tax, or something that constitutes! Surely if the poorest are paying their share, the richest members of society should too? This is the result of what the Tories believe to be a ‘fair’ and ‘equal’ austerity plan, in fact there is nothing fair and equal about it! It’s the same old, ‘we don’t use it, why should we pay for it’ attitude from the Conservatives, why fund the NHS for those who need it when they’ve never used anyone but a private doctor? Our health comes second when profits can be made from pharmaceuticals and with the taxation it brings to the government why wouldn’t they want to privatize it all?
The problem at the moment, however, is the ‘scrounger’ culture that is being forced into our minds. To keep the working classes quiet at the same time as taking away their entitlements, you must ensure they do not know its happening. This is where the ‘scrounger’ lie comes in. The Conservatives have created a lie that the majority of those out of employment and claiming benefits are doing so because they are ‘too lazy’ to work. They have fed this lie to the working classes who are in employment and made them believe that those in their neighbourhoods are scum, that their taxes are paying those who don’t want to work.
It cannot be deemed fair that many of the underprivileged are losing their benefits when at the same time there are some of the richest in our society outright avoiding paying their way. Surely the £3 million Jimmy Carr was found to have not paid has cost the economy far more than an unemployed parent claiming a minuscule £55 per week? Gary Barlow was recently awarded an OBE, weeks after being outed as a tax cheat. I guess it is easy for David Cameron to get angry at the non existent ‘scroungers’ though, when he has the whole of News Corporation whispering in his ear everyday. Just the same as Jeremy Kyle whispers in the ears of the working classes daily on TV.
It is after Cameron recently called time on the ‘equality impact assessments’ introduced by Labour, and the lack of protest from those at the bottom of society that I became deeply worried for working class Britain. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is the assessment by which laws can be passed in the U.K, it is an assessment that ensures those most vulnerable in society can not be discriminated or effected to great extent by government implementation. The current government has now decided to scrap that, basically meaning it can pass anything it likes. To the leaders of this country we are merely a statistic, and as those leaders of this country and countries around the world do not know what it is like to be the average man on the street, we can be nothing more than a statistic…and at that a statistic that is draining the economy. I never believed DC was an extreme Conservative, rather that term I’ve heard used of a conservative with a small ‘c’. However, it seems that as more and more is cut from welfare, and more legislations are passed, it seems a majority Conservative government would have us all working for 2 pounds per hour, starving, and working non stop purely to bring money into the economy so that the rich can get richer. It is quite ironic that the media in this country and other countries, especially America, aim to show us how terrible the left wing governments are operating around the world, how people are starving and child labour rises, yet the Capitalism in our countries is on the verge of doing just that if our economies do not grow soon?
Question Time: Janet Street Porter speaks out, and the BBC feel the almighty blow.
Janet Street Porter was the latest in the guest seat and those hoping for her to bring controversy were not disappointed. She sparked the most exciting debate of the show which ended up with the BBC having a lot to answer for.
The show began with debates about the government’s handling of the West Coast Mainline and how the government attempted to scapegoat civil servants. As ever there was the commonality of the star guest speaking more sense than our politicians and this trend continued throughout the show, tonight it was Janet’s turn. Early debates about the mainline seemed to drag on longer than they needed and David Dimbleby eventually brought a close to the matter.
The lengthy debate over certain questions left little time for the more interesting issues, such as when the question was raised about whether we should investigate claims of abuse against Jimmy Savile after his death. The BBC unexpectedly ended up at the heart of the debate. Janet Street Porter kicked it off stating “A lot of people at the BBC knew what was going on.“ It was here when I realised exactly why this question was left until the end, if the BBC wanted to brush past this issue, that was not going happen. Janet rightly argued how people of position should not abuse their power, but also stated how this was going on within the BBC when she worked there and how people chose to ignore the situation. David Dimbleby being a regular face at the BBC attempted to clear it up by asking if her argument was based on rumours, however, she stated it was a lot more than this. If it was looking bad for the BBC here, it was going to get a whole lot worse.
An ignorant member of the audience attempted to belittle Janet by asking why she, amongst others, failed to publicise these claims sooner. This was when Janet dealt the final blow. She answered this question with how she herself had infact been molested when she was 10 years old and after attempting to tell her mother was hit for it, showing here that she of all people could understand what it is like to be a victim in these circumstances. She also stated how working in an all male environment made coming out with this sooner impossible. At this point the girl smiled nervously not expecting her question to backfire and the debate moved on. It was also interesting at this point to see how David Dimbleby never left time for an applause after Janet’s point. He swiftly moved the debate onto a topic about Boris Johnson’s plea for more money to be spent on Heathrow Airport.
It was here that the best point of the night was made though, and by Baroness Kramer of all people. She simply put an end to this nonsense debate stating that the government should be spending more money from the economy up north instead of worrying about the lack of facilities in airports down south. Fair point Kramer. There are far more important things the government could be spending the tax payers money on. The Baroness for most of the night seemed more in touch with the general public than any of the other previous MP’s on the show.
Debate about Ed Millibands conference was also raised, Douglas Alexander clearly using this as an opportunity to blabber on about how great his party leader is, it was Janet once again who shot him down. She argued how it is easy for his speech to be popular when the spectators at his conference were his own party faithful. She put it bluntly “ he doesn’t connect with ordinary people”. Ken Clarke argued that Labours rebranding is getting old, New Labour in 1997 and now One Nation Labour, regrettably I found myself agreeing with the Tory MP. Especially when he made the point about Ed Milliband’s speech sounding great to the ear, but having no content. Although isn’t that the story of all modern party leaders?
So the trend of the celebrity guest on the panel taking centre stage continued. It was certainly a night that raised significant debate which ended in yet another negative spotlight shining on the BBC.
They are keeping the working classes segregated,
So that the rich can stay elevated,
YOU are all the same forget race and sexuality,
YOU have one thing in common that is a reality,
That one thing is that they think YOU are scum,
They’ve trampled on YOU so much that you’re starting to feel numb,
YOU are in the way and YOU cost them taxes,
So they continue to hit YOU with their roman like axes,
There’s no ‘middle class majority’ YOU are the masses,
YOU are the ones that return from wars in caskets,
Your communities have been ripped apart,
And hit with one massive Conservative dart,
I don’t believe in Evil but Blair’s the exception,
The average man lost his voice in the 97 election,
They patronize YOU with their Etonian ways,
And now you believe nothing the Primeminister says,
They have labelled YOU theifs, chavs and cheats,
So that YOU begin to dislike one another,
They have succeeded for now,
The poor have turned against eachother.
Ideologies are misleading us!
Most of us label ourselves with a political ideology on the political spectrum, if we do not we just label ourselves as right, left or liberal. What if I was to tell you you don’t have to believe in any one to have ideas and opinions? Actually, what If I was to tell you it would probably be for the better that we didn’t label ourselves with them at all? When it comes to politics we seem to be under the illusion that if we disagree with one ideology we must support the opposing one. So if we disagree with the left wing and communism ( which many of us do as we’re brainwashed by a Capitalist media ) then we must believe in the opposing? So for instance if we disagree with Capitalism but also believe communism is corrupt we will sit on the fence and be liberal.
This instantly limits how deeply we can think about things, it limits our questioning and its quite dangerous, because actually if this is true it probably means some of the parties are standing for policies they disagree with because they think they are of one particular label. So by stating where they are on the political spectrum they must instantly agree with everything that ideology says, even if they only agree with 60% of it. When the tea party of america says actually we don’t want this restricted market or business run by a big corporation we may agree but disagree because we believe them to be terrible.
Also because of this we manipulate ideologies and twist them to run them how we wish, however at the same time going with the label, this is very misleading. For example, we will believe it is more efficient to get our fish from a supermarket as opposed to a fishmonger as everything you will need you can get from the one store at the supermarket, when actually it is less efficient because you’re getting a far lower quality and far less fresh product. Because we all go to the big corperation supermarket due to our attitude of easyness we eliminate any competition on the market from smaller chain business which immediately shows that actually, this is not a FREE market. Many of us would blame this on capitalism, because it allows the big corperation to become so big and powerful in the market, actually this is not capitalism at all because we have eliminated competition from the market, the very thing Capitalism is based on, therefore we have just eliminated Capitalism..this is infact a socialist market. It is socialist because you have limited progression, you have very basic working class roles of shop till assistants and very few management staff who can barely call themselves middle class, you are almost eliminating the middle class and at the same time limiting the progression of the working class.
This is also why we always have the ” same old ” attitude with politicians, because we only have three possible answers, a communist, socialist, liberal or capitalist government. We are under the illusion we need a stable government when actually it would be ideal if it was unstable and new ideas could be put in place, it would be far more convenient if we could take some ideas from the left and some ideas from the right, but with our current attitudes we are limited to one or the other because we only allow ourselves to agree 100% with one particular place.
So we have a society and politicians that are limited to very few different opinions which is probably why there is so much corruption in politics, because we can not come up with a feasible question as to why politicians are not doing what they say. On the other hand we also have political ideologies that are being changed and manipulated so actually having these labels is pointless. What this means is that we also have politicians misunderstanding what they stand for, and this is deeply worrying.
Going out is overated,
Staying in is so outdated,
Clubs are full of posing pricks,
And men with shoulders full of chips,
Watered down alcohol that tastes of sweat,
Old men at the bar stare into pints of regret,
People with opinions on many things,
But on a weekday they empty bins,
People with iPhones thinking they’re A listers,
Sharing meaningless shitty instragram pictures,
People covered in branded clothes,
Becoming nothing but stamped advertising clones,
Capitalism fills their lives with products,
Lowers their opportunities but rapes their wallets,
The youths have looks of venom in their eyes,
You’ve never met them but its you they despise,
Their pleasure comes from innocent peoples cries,
Nothing they do comes as any surprise,
Teenage girls with children starting school,
And their boyfriends roam looking for streets to rule,
Nobody leaves their houses after 10pm,
Women wear fur coats and dine in posh bars,
But underneath they can’t afford knickers or bras,
They’d rather pretend to be middle class,
Even with cold water in their baths,
They are ashamed of who they really are,
Men in ties with brief cases rush,
Ready for anything in their way to push,
With hair slicked back and neatly brushed,
Haven’t spent time with their families in months,
They spend 24/7 in the office,
Reading books is seen as a waste of time,
Education to them is an impossible climb,
Teachers are not able to teach,
Pupils only aim is to make them weep,
And follow the others like a heard of sheep,
They are like an army of robots,
Everything happens in the present,
The past and future do not exist,
Hitherto it is called the present,
It acts just like a gift,
Future is imagination,
Past is memory,
But both are a vague image of reality generally,
Do not dwell on whats been,
Or worry of whats not yet seen,
Act on what you feel is right at the time,
Use your instinct as a bodily sign,
Instinct is a balance of decisions made in our lives,
Both good and bad at an equal divide,
This inbuilt bodily radar is all we need to decide,
And no decision is wrong or right,
So we should not live in regret or in fear of what might,
We are unemployed and ever so bored,
We try to protest but we are ignored,
Politicians keep us reassured,
That things will get better,
Our cities are so grey and dull,
Weighed down by the class system pull,
The bankers charge like raging bulls,
Only concerned with whether their own stomachs are full,
They even dictate to the government.
If you get your hands dirty you will be rejected,
Manual jobs are not respected,
A low income for some is a reality,
But this describes your personality,
But its thanks to the builder the prime minister has a home.
Elections give us a choice of right vs right,
But none are right,
Only left is right,
And two wrongs do not make a right,
So a coalition is a deadly fright,
And the poor will suffer regardless.
As deaf as the ear of a Politician,
Trying to persuade people to sign our disagreeing petition,
How many cries will it take before they listen,
As their shiny vehicles glisten,
Widening the wealth gap is their only mission,
Left wing is our ideological position,
We are stuck in a day to day routine,
Never ending like a running stream,
Saving all year for a change of scene,
Yet there is no other country we have seen,
Our bodies are weak and ever so lean,
Their Capitalism starves us,