Democracy? What Democracy?

news The next few months or years in Britain will be quite interesting.

As in miserabe, painful and divisive kind of interesting. As deep cuts sweep in and austerity bites harder for the average subject, as workers rights are further reduced, we have green energy being put under further threat; there will be an attempt to bulldoze boundary reforms through the commons (which will reduce the number of seats from 650 to 600); a new Snooper’s charter (which will make Britain into a microcosm of George Orwell’s 1984) is being drafted, and an EU referendum stands looming ahead in 2017. All amidst the Scottish question (which threatens to rip the country into two) now that Scotland is clearly SNP. Frankly those who say democracy is alive and well in Britain need their heads carefully examined.

While across the pond in America, a US Appeals Court recently ruled that the mass collection of data by the NSA was illegal (a decision that was validated by a vote in Congress), in the UK, the government thinks the police must be given new sweeping powers??? Apparently just obeying the law is not enough. It seems the Thought Police are about to come out of their preparatory hiding bane, into the open nodes of the computer networks of Britain.

How this is not a war on Civil Liberties and Freedom of Speech is beyond my comprehension.

Lets be honest, you expect that kind of heavy-handed dictatorship from Putin’s Russia, from China’s suited communists, or from the rotund psycho that is currently ruling North Korea. You don’t expect it from someone who claims to genuinely value living in a free country.

But don’t for a moment think the war over personal freedoms is lost. Infact it’s just beginning because to all sensible and clued up folk who can see who the real losers and the real winners are, this hegemony will not be accepted without a fight. People can see what is happening in their neighbourhoods, and they know what the new laws mean. You don’t have to be a genius to know that if these children of Thatcher were in opposition, and another government attempted even half of the current proposed policies, they would be clapping loudly in agreement, knowing that their mission is served. Because such cruel policies benefit them. It benefits the sources of their power and wealth, their wealthy chums, and perpetuates their unequal, repressive class-based agenda. An agenda whose losers are the poor and vulnerable. Robbing innocent people of all dignity, and the little freedoms which remain.

And in the long run, this chicanery can’t possibly be sustainable. Even with a biased and hostile media as is currently the case in Britain, there are too many battles for their onslaught to be completely successful.

But more importantly the human spirit won’t allow them to win. The human spirit may be long-suffering, and capable to withstand long periods of hardship, abuse and neglect, but you can only mess around with it for so long. Within the next 2 – 4 years, a line will be crossed.

The battle over membership of the EU cannot be won for the same reasons Germany cannot ignore Podemo , Syriza and other growing leftist movements across Europe for too long, without harming its interests. In Britain alone we have a growing discontentment among young people with the political classes, and if anything, the May 2015 election validated their fears: That the system is broken and doesn’t work for them. Instead it only works for a tiny minority. At  some point, something will have to give. Either you live in a divided Europe in which resentment and strife will bring about the prospect of war. A Europe rife with strikes, the threat of terrorism and violence. Or you share prosperity…and balance up inequality.

There’s no middle ground.

Maybe some sensible Tories will take a long look at the situation, and the proposed legislation, and vote with their hearts in the House of Commons. That’s not a remote prospect, seeing the Conservative majority is quite slim. But if for whatever reason that doesn’t happen, then pray that God will help you. Because it’s going to get bumpy.

BEWARE

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My next post is a comment I made on Russell Brand’s YouTube channel (in this case with a few edits):

Russell Brand, I must commend you for the great feat you have pulled on these looneys. It’s very rare for a public figure such as yourself to see through all the bullshit, and decide to do something positive about it. Most public figures are either cowards or apathetic and don’t want to get involved – obviously safeguarding their fat cheques (which is ok by the way – whatever works for them).

But you belong to the same league as William Wilberforce my friend. Also, look at the onslaught you have attracted. As some say: If nobody is criticising you, then there’s nothing worthwhile you are doing. You my friend have a seat in some heaven awaiting you. Please give us a shout out at grezsuzio.wordpress.com. We, like you, and many other hushed/ repressed voices are writing about the real issues (the root problems) facing the world:  corporate hegemony, poverty, inequality, unrestrained capitalism, repression, lies and greed – which the media perpetrates (http://stopwar.org.uk/news/john-pilger-how-the-media-promotes-the-lies-leading-us-to-catastrophic-war), and which results in all the other problems.

As an example, if corporations (including British corporations) weren’t fleecing poor countries in Africa, Asia or South America out of billions of dollars in potential tax revenue (See this by an LSE professor http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/01/flipping-corruption-myth-201412094213280135.html) would poor countries have the same levels of poverty that they currently have? Some people in Britain are too quick to dismiss migrants but they forget that our predecessors mistreated migrant countries and their people for hundreds of years. And today Western corporations are still involved in practices like bribery of officials (recently GSK here) and tax avoidance – the funds of which go through the city of London.

Yet we blame the poor migrants from the countries whose poverty we are partly responsible?? Countries where corruption, tax-evasion and white-collar crime are responsible for the loss of over US$1tn (yes Trillion) in illicit financial outflows

Another example, how many swiss ‘migrants’ do you bump into everyday? Or how many ‘Norwegians’ or ‘Mauritians’ do you bump into on an occasional basis? The countries from which such nationals originate are rich countries, and the people from them stay in their own countries because the countries have the capacity to create jobs and distribute wealth fairly. Our corporations are not paying bribes in Norway, at least you rarely here such. If our businessmen continue to fleece the countries from whom migrants originate, how can we realistically expect them to stay in their own countries?

For a change, why doesn’t Nigel Farage or David Cameron, or even Ed Milliband ever point this simple and somewhat elementary point? Instead of shouting out vile racist rhetoric thats clearly dishonest.

What are they afraid of?

If they can’t even state the truth, how can anybody sensible ever trust them? …

Standing up against the bullies

 

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There are many kinds of politicians in the world today.

In Britain, there are those who are in politics because they think they have something constructive to contribute to society; Those who are in politics because they want to take over the world; Those who have been told they are special and must be leaders; Those who have come to believe they are special, probably due to social status, and so have concluded that politics was a natural choice; There are those who want to be in politics because that’s what their parents told them (its in the family, blah blah blah); Those who like arguing; Those who joined politics to try to make a point/ statement; Those who were sent to Eton (or some other private school), and figured that a stint at Cambridge or Oxford was the quickest gateway to the Westminster club; Those who went into politics because their best friends did so; Those who went into politics because they were persuaded to do so; Those who are seeking influence, fame and/ or  power; Those who have raw political talent and are passionate about a political career (e.g. Benjamin Disraeli, William Hague); Buffoon politicians (e.g. Boris Johnson); Protest politicians who are opposed to some issue (often a minor one); Those like the previous type, but who also happen to possess the gift of the gab ( *hint*: the colour purple); Racist Politicians (the BNP types); politicians who ‘accidentally’ fell into it, and who don’t really know why they did so (although they won’t publicly admit it); Politicians whose more popular sibling was more experienced and refined, and deserved nomination to leadership but who somehow snatched that nomination for themselves  ( e.g. Ed); and then in addition to all these somewhat dysfunctional groupings, we have the rare types: politicians who have conviction but have an agenda that defines them (Michael Foot & George Galloway); finally, we have those with conviction, are not afraid to tread the narrow and lonely road – those without an easily discernible agenda.

I think this categorization pretty much sums up most of Westminster for the last 150 years or so.

However, isn’t it commendable that Sayeeda Warsi, the first muslim woman to sit around the cabinet table in Great Britain, appears to belong to the last category; that such a person is the first person to resign from government in 11 years over a point of principle !?! I think its commendable.

As I pointed here, I believe when wrongdoing occurs at the scale of the Gaza crisis, a true leader of a first world country such as Great Britain must stand up and confront the aggressors without bias or favouritism. If America is the bully Britain must criticize her. If Egypt errs, Britain must warn her, if it’s Saudi Arabia causing trouble, even then Britain  must speak up in the strongest terms possible.

In my view, doing otherwise demotes one to a mere spineless pretender; a leader by name only, but who is fickle and can’t confront the tough issues. A bit like Neville Chamberlain.

Aren’t Westminster politicians often known to sell Britain as being a bastion of freedom from oppression? Where people have equal rights and where the law prevails? Why then are very few people standing up for the massacre in Gaza??

So I’ll therefore applaud Baroness Warsi and in blowing her trumpet, and declare that resigning from cabinet was a great move Sayeeda Warsi! You have shown rare leadership for the children of Gaza, for peace, for Palestinians; for all the anti-racists; for anti-apartheid brothers and sisters; for those fighting discrimination, for those fighting warmongering and hegemony; for those who value life (whether its black, white or brown); for those who truly would like the world to be a better place ( irrespective of nationality, religion or sect). Well done Sayeeda Warsi! Well done!

Never mind the nay sayers, they’ll always be there to accuse and denigrate anybody who disagrees with their partyline.

Hating Success: What’s the score

I’ve always wondered – what is wrong with these people. Not really. Anyhow, one of the links below could be the source of this somewhat troublesome topic

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I’m not sure which of the links below is the source of this cutout, and I’ll not check. 24 hours isn’t much time you know…so I won’t spend a minute trying to find the source of a newspaper cutout expressing an opinion over a vile characteristic supposed to exist in SOME inhabitants of one tiny island.

No thanks.

If you care that much about my total lack of inclination in this regard, sue me.

Two obvious things about this whole issue  – which probably don’t require to be explicitly stated, but which I nevertheless will state – are:

(1) Not all brits are hateful lazy tossers suffering from a ‘pull them down syndrome’. (But I get the feeling an alarming number are.)

(2) More often than not, it’s the underachievers who hate the achievers? The classic scenario of the commoners hating the elite, the royals, the bigshots – for all sorts of reasons (some of which are clearly valid). Us and Them (If you ask me, it’s more like ‘arses and them’).

Which leaves someone like me (who’d like to understand what is going on)  with a miniscule dilemma: Is it that these ‘haters’ are so lazy or incapable of improving themselves, their circumstances, or their lives? Are they helpless about it? Is the hate thing a knee jerk type of reaction? An uncontrollable urge they are possessed by and from which they can’t be free? Or is it a case of them just wanting everyone to be mediocre, a choice they make: lets all be equal and on the same level (so that I don’t feel inadequate about my total lack of talent or skill)?

Could it be possible that the whole drama is more of a vestige of historical and discriminatory class system (that still exists in some respects)? Or is it more of a myth perpetrated by avaricious self-serving types. The kind who want all the ‘milk and honey’ for themselves and are thus determined to push down or repress whoever dares to improve or do something differently? Whoever seeks success or is likely to achieve success; so much so that they have used the media, ‘culture’ and other avenues to ‘recondition’ everyone else to behave irrationally?

Whatever the answers to these questions, I hope reading this (and the links below) brings you fun 🙂

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