Monthly Archives: June 2017

Will Grenfell take 28 Years?

As the years pass by and my Life experience grows, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as coincidence. Often it may take a while, sometimes years, but explanations always appear for events that have a certain ‘synchronicity’.

The news that criminal prosecutions will now take place over the Hillsborough disaster could not have come at a more propitious time, as we still reel from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower. The two situations have much in common, in the negligence and cover up that has, and is, taking place and to my mind their synchronistic appearance demands a change in the way Society is managed and run.

In the case of Hillsborough, those who should have been held accountable hid behind a bureaucratic screen, put in place for decades in the hope the tragedy would be forgotten about. It was only the tenacity of those grieving that eventually broke down that wall of silence and lies to get at the truth.

If we look more closely at the history, we can see evidence of insult and contempt towards the relatives and friends of the victims, in simply seeking the truth from those in power.

Not only did they have to keep pushing for answers but also finance their efforts from their own pockets, whilst those defending themselves had access to a wealth of public money with which to hire the best lawyers to hide behind.

It’s a double whammy of monumental proportions, as those seeking justice had to pay twice. Once for their own legal support and a second time as taxpayers funding the defence of those seeking to hide the truth from them!

What it demonstrates is a system unfit for purpose, when it becomes necessary to take legal action to break a wall of silence, and then find that the financial implications of such action are stacked against democratic justice being obtained.

To add further insult, the ‘judicial reviews’ that have taken place over the years were obviously tainted, given the criminal charges now being brought against those who have remained hidden for so long.

In my opinion the relatives and friends of the victims of Hillsborough deserve an OBE apiece and the wrongdoers put behind bars and the keys thrown away. Their inefficiencies at the time and subsequent cover-up, over so many years, is a disgrace to the institutions they represent, who employ a majority of good and honest people.

We now hear that our government is launching a Public Enquiry and already doubts are being cast over Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who will lead the enquiry, because of reported dubious rulings in the past. His experience, as I understand it, lies with complicated shipping law. The relevance of his experience to Grenfell defies me.

It would appear that our political institutions are once again preparing the groundwork for another war of attrition against those who are grieving and seeking answers.

At a tangent but related in my view, is the breaking news that Cardinal George Pell, the third highest ranking official in the Vatican, is now facing multiple charges of sexual abuse from multiple complainants. Yet again the Catholic church is rocked by scandal, from those in senior positions who appear to have abused their power, instead of keeping Society on an even moral keel.

I find it obscene to see this collective arrogance and contempt again rearing its ugly head and the ‘synchronicity’ of these events is too meaningful to be ignored. Where does Society now turn to clean up its act and institute new moral standards that will be respected and re-introduce trust and belief in those who choose to rule over us?

Those grieving need all the help and support they can get now and into the future, if the callousness of Hillsborough and Grenfell Tower are not to be repeated.

 

Until the next time.

Grenfell Tower: Murder by ‘Austerity’

It is a week since we witnessed the horror of this human tragedy. It seems that since the Great Fire of London in 1666, successive governments have limited their concern for providing safe and secure habitation for the people under their care.

Grenfell Tower is a frightening indictment of political, financial and religious doctrines that are now no longer fit for purpose.

We live in an era of ‘professional’ politicians who, in leadership roles, care more about their power than the people. Our current Prime Minister initially ignored the survivors of this tragedy and then, urged by her advisors I am sure, sickeningly gushed over the families of victims of a terrorist attack just days later.

They are servants to global corporations who finance their election efforts and hence the continuing low turnout from voters, who know they are now limited in ability to sway political opinion.

Our financial system too, is outdated and in chaos. Every single aspect of the Grenfell Tower horror, from the blazing building to the rescue services (who did superbly), were affected by lack of financial resources and dwindling budgets.

‘Austerity’ is not a financial discipline, (to show we are being prudent), but a tool by which financiers can grab sovereign assets cheaply. We have seen this in Greece, where everything from their beautiful islands to even their water supplies have been sold off to private interests at knock down prices. This, from odious moneylending practices that create unrepayable debt and sovereign servitude – the very essence of how and why ‘Austerity’ is implemented.

Creating money is simplicity itself. When you and I take out a loan no money changes hands! A computer entry is placed in your bank account for say, £1,000 and a similar entry is placed in the banks account, showing that loan as an asset to ‘balance’ the books. No gold has been sold. No cash has been taken out of the banks vaults. It is simply created out of thin air, which we then pay interest on.

‘Austerity’ becomes a sordid joke as the amount of money put into the economy is dictated by the private banks, who have been authorised by government to run this very lucrative and controlling function of Society. Any amount of money can be supplied to Society but the banks only allow sufficient to keep us in permanent debt to them.

For evidence look at the trillions of Q E printed by the Federal Reserve in the US and the ECB in Europe and passed directly to banks to buy their bad debts, (created by lending money to people they knew could not afford to repay). That money bypassed Society, who were forced into the type of ‘Austerity’ measures that caused the horror of Grenfell Tower.

In Germany and other countries there are public banks, run by the local authorities who support small businesses and their community infrastructures – Health, Education, Police and Fire services etc. No wonder Germany is financially strong and why the ECB want to close them down and transfer their services to private banks.

Finally, in the past our traditional religious establishments have been responsible for the moral fibre of Society. In my lifetime, these values and power have been eroded by the growing worship of money and what it can buy, eroding integrity and moral fibre in the process.

The loss of power and influence of Western religions, in my opinion, reflects their inability, or desire, to bring their beliefs into the 21st century to reflect the world in which we now live. This failure, in turn, has diminished their ability to exercise any integrity and moral fibre over how our political and financial institutions do business.

This erosion of morality has resulted in the horror of Grenfell Tower. It highlights how ‘money’ desperately needs cheap labour but refuses to then take responsibility for looking after that labour, through the conduit of political policy and action which it so heavily influences.

We are in a whole new (global) world now, where antiquated taxes, political practices and a wholly unsupportive financial system* can be seen to be hopelessly out of place in serving Society’s needs.

What I am now looking for is a political party who can ‘repackage’ this country, by providing an infrastructure that supports the efforts of business as well as the community, providing transport infrastructures, premises, employees (as well as Health, Education and Community services for their employees, retirees and their families).

That infrastructure has to be paid for and that must come from creating public banks to service local authorities, together with a whole new tax system that ignores where a company’s headquarters are based but instead charges that corporation each time it uses our country’s facilities.

A ‘Transaction Tax’ that they and their customers pay on every financial transaction, from buying a hairpin to making a derivatives trade. Nothing is excluded because ALL use the infrastructure to make that transaction, in one format of another. You Use It . . . You Pay – no matter where you live and work from!

We need leaders with this sort of new vision, which addresses the many abuses Society increasingly face with current 18th century thinking. They must address global warming, the education and future of our young (do they have one anymore) and an ageing Society that has given us its support and now requires our support in return. Above all, they must urgently address the impact of IT upon future employment and create new employment opportunities for our young.

Society is getting more and more angry with each passing abuse that comes to light and that anger is waiting to be converted into the means by which we build a new and more caring Society.

Are there people out there who want to use their power to this end? Society is in desperate need now, to avert another Grenfell Tower.

 

Until the next time.

*This paper by Professor Richard A Werner D Phil (Oxon) University of Southampton – ‘Do We Need Central Banks’ – takes apart the global financial system in a comprehensive manner I have not come across before: https://professorwerner.org/shifting-from-central-planning-to-a-decentralised-economy-do-we-need-central-banks/