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Obama’s Visit and ‘Engineered Democracy’

I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I have felt so ashamed of being British as I do today. Never did I believe the exalted position of Prime Minister of Great Britain could be bought to such a low standing as has now been achieved by its present incumbent. From Disraeli to Churchill and beyond, they must all be turning in their graves.

Not only have we to suffer the humiliation of having the US President come and lecture us on which way to vote but also a ‘string of global policymakers’, as reported in the Guardian:

Downing Street has called on the support of a string of global policymakers, from the International Monetary Fund director general, Christine Lagarde, to New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, to add weight to the remain case. But David Cameron and his allies hope Obama’s star quality will help to win over waverers”.

(What Christine Lagarde has to do with this democratic process, as an unelected technocrat, is beyond me, unless it is a telling indictment of who is trying to run Europe . . . as it certainly is not the people at present!)

Surely this is evidence enough of a man who not only lacks the courage of his own convictions but even by the widest stretches of the imagination, has neither the confidence nor trust of the British people.

At this momentous time, we are leaderless, demotivated and lacking in any dignified treatment to help with our decision making whatsoever . . . And in the same manner to which the EU is run!

Remember, Cameron got into office with the support of just 24% of the electorate on an ’Austerity’ manifesto that those 24% were suitably duped by, as well as the BIG perk of a Referendum, offered not as an act of democracy but a gimmick to get him elected.

Sadly, it worked because of what I call ‘engineered democracy’, something he copied from Carl Rove, the campaign manager of George Bush Jnr. when he manipulated Dubya back into a second term in office. He did it by searching out first time voters, (the young and in the most part naive), who were duped, flattered and cajoled into giving their support to the Bush campaign.

With advisors from across the water, Cameron pulled the same stroke for his re-election and is applying it again with this referendum. It speaks volumes about his absolute lack of any integrity or leadership skills in this application of ‘engineered democracy’.

What our queen must think of it all is beyond me. Whether you are for or against the monarchy, this referendum is about giving up our sovereignty and whilst Cameron seems to be calling on the world to speak about it, the person most affected has to remain silent.

I would listen intently to what this lady had to say, if she were able to speak. Cameron, like all his predecessors, attends weekly meetings to keep her up to date and seek her wise counsel, accumulated from decades of experience. It appears she is now being left to her own devices, as he seeks the favour of all these foreign financial puppets.

Some payback for her advice over the years Dave! Perhaps that is why she is still respected by the vast majority of the people and you are not.

Now let us turn our attention to President Obama . . . where to start!

I remember when he was elected to office and how the tears streamed down the face of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who had campaigned all his life for the rights and equality of coloured people. He could not believe he was seeing a dream come true with the first black US president, who came to office with a strong message of ‘Change’.

What nobody realised was that Obama’s idea of ‘change’ was to usurp people’s democratic rights and hand them over to the corporate world, with odious trade agreements that have taken the whole of his two terms in office to bring to fruition.

Let us also not lose sight of the fact that this is the same man who counselled Cameron NOT to go for a referendum. Speaks volumes about his attitude to democracy! Can you imagine the conversation:

(“Referendum Dave? Why bother, I don’t involve the people. Just look sincere, talk nicely to them and smile a lot”.)

Not only that but he will also be wishing our queen a happy 90th, whilst publicly telling her subjects to vote away her sovereignty, (something he would not dream of suggesting to his electorate!). The subtlety of this is, of course, lost on him and his entourage but not, I’m sure, on our monarch with her decades of diplomatic experience.

Then we have his ‘emotional plea to the British people to “stick together” with the rest of Europe’. Having waded through the political spin and emotional blah, what jumped off the page and left a most unpleasant taste in my mouth was his reference to:

“The tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries are a silent testament to just how intertwined our prosperity and security truly are.”

Their death was not to do with money! How dare he abuse the memory of these brave men and women, who gave their lives fighting to keep us free, something he is now endeavouring to take away with his odious trade agreements. That he sanctioned and quoted such thoughts and words from his insensitive script writers and advisors speaks volumes about the man.

What has become clear to me now is that his financial lords and masters picked him to be the first black president because of his undoubted charisma. This has provided the necessary diversion away from the political and financial objective of getting these trade deals on the books.

We will, I am sure, see the first lady president, Hilary Clinton in November, to offer a similar diversion with which to further the Neoliberal cause through more ‘engineered democracy’.

Returning to his visit, what is also lost on him and his entourage is how his electors would react if we sent (God forbid) Cameron over to tell them how they should be voting. One of our national treasures, Billy Connolly, lives both here and in the US and I am sure people on both sides of the Atlantic would adopt his favourite two-word expletive to show these leaders the door.

There is still a way to go until the 23rd June and much to ponder. The British people have never been in such a powerful position as they are today. What they do with that power will determine the future, not only for them but also for their children and their children’s children.

Something to ponder this weekend my friends. Oh . . . and have a good one. Kindest

 

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

TPP IS IN THE OPEN!

So New Zealand, quickly followed by the US, have finally put the full text of this notorious trade agreement in the public gaze. I have set out below a number of websites giving coverage of the deal for you to pick and choose, over and above whatever you have already looked at and hope they are of help.

What jumped out of the page for me, following my piece yesterday on the New World Order http://www.globalmagnacarta.org/2015/new-world-order-which-one/ was President Obama’s summing up of the deal, which seemed to say everything:

 “The TPP means America will write the rules of the road in the 21st Century. When it comes to Asia, one of the world’s fastest growing regions, the rulebook is up for grabs. And if we don’t pass this agreement – if America doesn’t write those rules – then countries like China will. And that would only threaten American jobs and workers and undermine American leadership around the world.”

Given the state the world is now in, with Wall Street debt crippling most countries, I am sceptical about what the future could hold, with a Trade Agreement like this simply giving more power to the US.

The fact that it has had a gestation period of 7 years in absolute secrecy, with US senators only recently allowed to look at certain aspects of the agreement, under strict legal conditions that they do not speak out on what they have read, goes against the very grain of democracy. In the age of the internet secrecy is in direct opposition to this new era and speaks volumes on how the powerful view it.

The document itself is over 2000 pages long and in complex legal jargon that the simple minded, like myself, would find not only difficult to understand but also lose the will to live long before getting to the halfway page!

As we have seen with the gradual usurping of national power by the EU, stealth and secrecy are the stock in trade of the powerful, as they seek greater domination of this beautiful Planet and TPP is a ringing endorsement of this sordid practice.

Democracy is being systematically repressed. Nowhere in this public offering of the agreement are the people being asked for their contribution and opinion. We are simply being railroaded into something that appears, to all intense and purposes, to be irreversible once implemented.

The discussion phase is long past and we are given a full view of what is now proposed at a time when agreement has been reached and implementation is being scheduled for 2016/2017. What is blatantly apparent is the press coverage which will put its full efforts behind a propaganda campaign to play up the needs and merits of this odious agreement.

It is up to us to work our way beyond this media smoke screen and find unsponsored comment from our independent media on the reality of these 2000 pages. Only then can we bring even more pressure to bear on like-minded politicians and other powerful players who seek to safeguard our interests, as well as their own.

Our rising anger is the glue that will bring us together and demand the re-emergence of democracy, either peacefully or otherwise!

Until the next time

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/06/tpp_trade_deal_text_published/?page=2

http://www.globalresearch.ca/mass-european-protest-against-ttip-corporate-takeover-eu-commission-sanctions-revolution-against-law/5486736?utm_source=Global+Research+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0db75b53b5-Newsletter_5_11_1511_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0ec9ab057f-0db75b53b5-81283961&ct=t(Newsletter_5_11_1511_5_2015)&mc_cid=0db75b53b5&mc_eid=2a49792c45

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=15051

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Bad-Trade-Deal-Worse-Than-by-Bernie-Sanders-Tpp-Trans-pacific-Partnership-151105-275.html

 

 

Global Finance and Planet Zog

Space photo

As I left Planet Zog on my Virgin Galactic space shuttle, I realised it is a place where people of all races colours and creeds cohabit in happy union, with a deep love of their Planet and respect for each other and the art of living Life.

As a global Society they have high self-esteem that manifests in pristine healthcare services, education and Social infrastructures that look after the needy when the challenges in Life became overwhelming. Employment demand is high and much of it is directed to the many diverse ways of managing their Planet, which provides the resources for all their needs.

It has not always been this way and emerged from a long battle of change with previous traditions that had enslaved the people and were destroying the Planet. Global Society then had been ruled for eons by Lenders, a sector of Society who were clever in the management of money. They were not different to the rest but just adept at recognising the inherent power of money and skilfully utilising that power for their benefit.

In the beginning they had simply managed and protected the wealth of others by keeping it secure in ‘banks’. As not all the stored wealth was used by its owners the Lenders began lending the excess out for others to use and charging for this service. They then began assisting governments in printing their currencies, providing the means to ‘move’ this money around the country and then abroad.

Eventually they created a global system of ‘money movement’ which they charged all users for. They persuaded governments to let them supply their country’s money and ‘remove any danger of political interference’ in the economy.

In time the Lenders came to control nearly all the money in circulation across Planet Zog. Their real skill however, lay in remaining hidden from public gaze. Few people knew who they were or how money was produced and paid for. This secrecy meant the people were unaware it was not their money but only lent to them for a charge.

The Lenders power increased as they were able to simply agree or refuse to lend their money to governments when it was needed. Their vulnerability came from human frailty, as power driven greed drove them to seek greater control over countries, by cleverly taking their money out of circulation and replacing it with loans.

They did this by vastly increasing their ‘bad’ banking practices and demanding that the people’s good money (taxes) pay for the predicted failures of their irresponsible activity. Governments were helpless. They did not control the money and so became immersed in debt and had to sell off national assets to help pay for that debt.

Again the Lenders cleverly justified this to the people as ‘Austerity’ measures to meet the huge loan repayments. Because of peoples ignorance about how money worked they initially accepted the restrictions they were placed under. Despair set in and many committed suicide

At this time the technological inventors amongst them developed a global communications system that allowed people to talk to each other across the Planet for the first time in their history. The Lenders did not like this new source of people power and sought many ways to restrict its use, by increasing the surveillance of the people as well as reducing their freedoms to speak and demonstrate.

However, this new communications system began to lift the veil on the secrecy of the Lenders, who they were and how they manipulated money. For the first time people saw that it was not their governments who were to blame for their hard lives but the Lenders.

By the simple expediency of removing the secrecy that had kept the Lenders in power for so long people began to work towards a new way for Society to live on Planet Zog. By taking back the power to print and circulate their own money they could build this new Society.

Running their own banks meant the interest, which was previously taken by the Lenders, could now be circulated back into Society. The sums involved were so vast that they would fund undreamt of healthcare and education facilities, as well as excellent cheap public transport and other infrastructures. Their energy supplies became cheaper, as did the cost of money, all of which was possible through strong regulation by new democratically empowered governments.

It took time for change to happen, because the Lenders did not relinquish their power willingly. However, by lifting that veil of secrecy the people at last knew what they were fighting. They could see a future for themselves and their children, free of enslavement to debt. They could now live their lives on a Planet whose plentiful resources would be the reward for its careful management.

Virgin Galactic may not be operating yet but the internet is and we are increasingly lifting the veil. As our ignorance is dispelled the way ahead will, I am sure, open up to us as it did on Planet Zog.

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Greece . . . The Faintest Glimmer

@GMagnaCarta Sorry, but this is a population that dodged taxes for many yrs, retired early and lived well beyond means. Accountability needed”

This was a response to a posting and reflects a popular consensus that prevailed right up to the beginning of this year, based upon our ignorance of so much that has been withheld from us by the power of media propaganda.

There is no doubt in my mind that there has been a sea change in attitude since January, as we become increasingly aware of the part the banks have played in creating this Modern Greek Tragedy. More and more views are being expressed on Social Media about the strength and courage of the Greek people, led by Alex Tsipras as the equally modern ‘David’.

That the main media are now printing the comments of supporters of what Greece is doing is, in my opinion, very significant in moving opinion to a more balanced perspective than that which has prevailed.

Indeed the Sunday Times this weekend not only published standard pro Europe/Troika messages but also included in their supplement, News Review, a front page story by John Humphries, (no less!), on his experiences of Greece and his defence of their actions now.

What I found particularly illuminating was his potted history of just what the Greek people have experienced since World War 2. They endured the unspeakable savagery of Nazi occupation, which was then closely followed by a civil war that tore the country apart. Their living hell continued with a brutal military dictatorship, which finally collapsed in 1974, only to be replaced by two irresponsible and inept political parties.

These parties kept the people quiet with equally inept bribery whilst they practised a level of corruption so great that it was their eventual undoing and that of the country as a whole. All of which was latterly aided and abetted by the banks, as we now know. Given this background is it any wonder that people took anything on offer, including generous pensions on pretty poor wages. Would you not do the same? I certainly would . . . because I’m human!

His personal experience is also poignant as he describes the almost unbearable pathos of old men with stiff backs and white moustaches rummaging in bins, dressed in their best suits. Or the old lady shading her face with one hand as she begs with the other.

This is the reality of Greece, which such respected journalists as Mr Humphries are now commenting on. This is what Alex Tsipras means when he talks about “returning their dignity to the Greek people”. I am indebted to my friend Weiss  for @w_nicht assing me this article by Joseph Stilglitz http://tinyurl.com/nesaxul who also comes out in support of the coming Greek Referendum and infers how he might vote if eligible.

Here again support for the actions of the Greek government is manifesting from respected people such as this Nobel Laureate in economics. This is unbiased truth about the reality of what is going on and not some fabricated hogwash designed to cover up the appalling tactics of the politicians and bankers.

For me we are now seeing a glimmer of light, as the internet works its magic in the job it does so well . . . supporting the people as they share with each other the pieces of truth and reality they have discovered about the abusive world in which we live. In retaliation the elected representatives of the Greek people are being labelled as ‘Marxists’, the ‘traditional enemy’ of Capitalism and Profit.

Marxists they may be but what comes out loud and clear by their actions, as well as their words, is that they have integrity and care about the people who voted them in. When the previous government tried holding a Referendum and was told by the EU and Troika to “pack it in” they ran a mile. Such a different and defiant story is occurring now, whilst also making it very clear about the attitude of Brussels to democracy and its total lack of respect for the people it is supposed to represent!

This defiance was mirrored here in Lancashire yesterday as David Cameron came wonderfully unstuck in his endeavours to force a Fracking industry upon this country. It is a mighty precedent that both Cameron and Brussels should take note of.

This growing mood of defiance has been accelerated by the actions of the Greek people, who have identified a loss of dignity we are ALL now both experiencing and recognising, caused by an increasingly abusive global regime who continue to try and ignore us.

It may just be a glimmer at present but having created that light it will be hard, I think impossible, to extinguish.

 

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Magna Carta and TTIP

As a species we are designed to strive and achieve as much as we are designed to breed and build a home; it has been the way of things since the dawn of time. This striving is best recognised when we are young, pushing the boundaries with our parents, teachers and Society during the painful adolescent years as we seek to find our own identity and place within that Society.

This desire to push the boundaries remains with us throughout our lives and constantly manifests in sport, careers, business, the arts and all other aspects of Life. Often it can become obsessive and addictive, leading to gross irresponsibility’s. The banking collapses of 1929 and 2008 were evidence of this human characteristic at its most irresponsible, with the subsequent worldwide devastation they caused.

For this very reason, throughout our history we have sought to create buffers which guard against these excesses. This has become a critical aspect in the work of governments, with the laws they put on the statute books and constantly update as we evolve. Our desire to strive and accomplish then pushes back as we seek ways to bypass these restrictions and so the eternal ‘Ping-Pong’ of expansion and containment continues.

We are at a point in this endless game where boundaries are being pushed in unprecedented ways and protective barriers are being removed at an alarming rate to permit the unrivalled creation of wealth. Global corporations are now as wealthy and powerful as small nations, capable of dominating political parties and influencing the enactment and repeal of laws that support their growing power and profit.

For me this is vividly demonstrated by the insidious TTIP secret trade agreement now being pushed through with the minimum of democratic debate. Here we have the power of the written word at its most menacing, as laws and agreements are put into place that will hold our governments accountable in a fashion that the people can only dream about. Any government action that works against corporate greed will result in penalties for that government (and of course its people, as they will have to pay the costs of these governmental transgressions!).

Just think about that for a moment. This deal is at the heart of the democratic process, where government is held accountable for its actions! Democracy here, however, is not for the benefit of the many but just the few. Indeed its impact upon the many (and this beautiful Planet) will be like a cancer, as our quality of life and our natural resources are abused and discarded with equal disdain.

If this is the way the game is now being played then “what is good for the goose, is also as good for the gander!” If it’s written agreements that now determine how we live, as integrity seems to have gone the way of the Dodo, then the people need their own ‘TTIP’ with which to hold government accountable.

I have argued before that Society is in exactly the same position that it was here in Britain 800 years ago, when unbridled power brought the country to its knees. Yes barons were looking after their own interests then with Magna Carta but it reflected back on the people in “no imprisonment without trial by peers”. With Terrorism we are now headed back to those dark times before Magna Carta.

It worked before and it can work again, in using the power of the written word to bring back accountability. This time the barons need to be replaced by a political party that will adopt a revised Magna Carta and legally invoke it as The Objectives of Parliament for the foreseeable future. It would be updated from time to time, to keep it in line with a changing Society and its needs, but its essence would always reflect the protection of our quality of life.

The last thing we want is a legal document that would keep lawyers in clover forever but a means by which the people can decide for themselves if government is doing its job. Manifestos would become simple forms which declare each new incumbents intentions to support all, or particular aims of the Charter during their term in office. People could then decide who to vote for, depending upon the popular consensus as to what needed tackling in Society at that time.

Clauses might include a ‘public’ monetary system, gender and religious equality, protection of planetary resources, a people’s democracy and so on. Empowerment of the people would come from being able to measure each government’s achievements and decide if they had done a good job or not in furthering the aims of the Charter. Their decision would then influence their next vote and secure our steady progress as a Society.

How would we arrive at this new Charter? Easy! Follow Iceland’s example and give it to the people to design and agree upon. It worked there, in spite of ridicule by the opposition party and it can work here just as well!

Whilst none of this will happen by this election, if a seed is sown it will place the present party’s on warning that we are setting the political stage for the future. We are looking for a party to unite and lead us . . . and we expect it SOON!

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Election 2015 . . . The First 30 Days

In just over 30 days, as the dust settles from a General Election like no other, a huge spotlight shines upon our nation’s wrecked political and democratic system.

We now have a ‘majority’ government put in power by just 24% of the voters. This means our country is being run by a party that does not have the support of three quarters of the electorate, a third of which could not be bothered to vote!

Unperturbed by this haemorrhaging of support the new government is already using its miniscule majority to push through its agenda whilst it still has unassailable power. The abuse contained within this agenda is truly staggering and shows a contempt for even the minority that voted them into power.

Let’s start with the EU referendum, a political selling point in the Tory campaign to win re-election, which worked very nicely for them and the reality of which is now hitting home. Cameron is bending the whole stunt out of any semblance of an effort to empower the people by dropping the established ‘purdah’ period, thus allowing his party to shape public opinion into the ‘Yes’ vote he needs. To add insult to injury WE will be paying for this propaganda exercise!

To muddy the waters even further he is now seeking to have the referendum held on the same day as elections for the Scottish parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies and the London Mayor, flying in the face of the Electoral Commission who believe such an important decision should only be conducted on a separate voting day.

I remember the first speech Cameron made after his appointment as leader of the party when he looked across the despatch box at Tony Blair and said “I am a younger version of you”. My God how profound were those words. He has yet to begin an illegal war but is certainly pulling many loathsome political tricks I am sure Blair would be envious of.

Then there’s our Chancellor, who bragged how he was pulling down National Debt and would make further inroads if re-elected. What he didn’t mention at the time was selling off the governments (our) shareholding in Royal Mail, as well as our stake in RBS at a loss that is blessed by Rothschild’s. All of this whilst reneging on an election promise not to reduce tax credits. An indication perhaps, to the 24%, as to what they have voted in . . . and where his true loyalties lie with ‘austerity’?!

(In the US it has been revealed that it is now mathematically impossible to pay off all of their debt and I have no reason to believe we are not headed in the same direction, as part of the terms of our ‘special relationship’ with their government!)

Political abuse is now rampant, (a 10% pay increase . . . for what!!!!), with a democratic process so skewered out of shape that it is difficult to see how we can return to some semblance of control over it. Morality has long been absent from the mind-set of the political leadership and why should it when so few of the population are needed to produce a government that is untouchable?

In Tony Blair’s favour was his ability to recognise that the political landscape has change out of all recognition to what it was 50 years ago. Gone are the Dockers, Sheet metal workers and Mineworkers, along with many other ‘blue collar’ workers that formed the backbone of the labour party. Today all workers, be they blue or white collar and I include the middle class as well, are facing a common enemy that is the 1%.

In distancing the Labour party from the trade unions he identified this change in potential supporters, which Milliband ignored to his cost. No longer is the traditional battleground of left and right relevant and as long as it is given credibility by the electorate the 1% will continue to strengthen their hold on power and its subsequent abuse.

Within every problem lies its solution and this is the case for the people of this country now. We need a new political party that can unite the ‘middle’ and ‘working’ classes (I HATE those phrases), in returning power to the people through a form of Socialism that recognises the need for effectively managing and promoting the profit motive.

It could have been possible under Blair and Co, if they had played with a straight bat but sadly the lure of untold wealth and power finally took its toll. A repackaged Labour party under a visionary leadership could be our country’s salvation, or a party with similar values, if the old Labour mould cannot be broken.

In the meantime I look at the political carnage of the last 30 days and weep for this country and its people.

 

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

The United States of Britain

UK photo

. . . “Looking after the working people” . . . “A united country” . . .

As these words stream off the lips of the new government, something not uttered before Election Day, we return to the world of government policy by soundbite, (if we ever left it!). Once they get their act together, hopefully, Labour will make mincemeat of the first and I would offer the following observations on the second.

Yes, we do need a ‘united’ country but one no longer united by Westminster. If this election has demonstrated one thing, people across the country have reached the end of their tether with successive governments eroding democracy by putting the needs of ‘Club Westminster’ before the rest of the country, from North Sea Oil to Fracking.

The earth scorching endorsement of this by the SNP in Scotland has been followed by news that the most popularly supported parties elsewhere are: Ireland – DUP, Wales – Labour and England – Tory.

Cameron’s is a knee jerk reaction to fighting the cause of a ‘united’ country. People have moved on, as Labour found to their cost and trying to glue the UK back together again under Westminster has also been seriously misdiagnosed.

At its heart is our political and corporate response to globalisation, by going ‘large’. The rise of global monopolies – ‘too big to fail’ – are now increasingly holding Society to ransom if governments try in any way to regulate them. TTIP will be the final nail in the coffin of democracy as their power is made absolute (and something only the SNP is fighting!).

What started out as a Common Market for trade in Europe has evolved into a European (political) Union that is now so remote from the people, who pay for it and elect its representatives into office, that democracy has become meaningless. The growing demand to take powers back from Brussels is evidence of this frustration.

BIG is forcing ever greater distance between the rich and the poor. With that distance comes impotence over how our daily lives are run. We have been reduced to bits of data and our wishes and frustrations no longer register on political or corporate spreadsheets.

‘Unity’ comes from recognising that village communities are better managed for the benefit of their members than towns or cities. Using this benchmark, we can create more actively managed democracies by bringing people closer to government.

Reaction to the election is an indication of the desire by people to become a ‘mini’ EU. This contribution to a debate is a thumbnail. The devil is in the detail and would not in any way dilute my excitement at such a development.

Uniting us as four self-ruling entities would invoke healthy competition through the freedom to develop our cultural differences. (A free education policy in Scotland demonstrates care and an investment in their young).

We are an Island race with a phenomenal history of successful innovation, something desperately needed in this new global world of technology and crying need for sustainability. Freed from the bureaucracy of Westminster and its suffocating corporate dominance, innovation would reign supreme.

Of course there has to be a central ‘Unifying’ force to replace Westminster. In this 800th year of Magna Carta, A Charter of Values, (constructed and ratified with the full involvement of the people), defining the common purpose of the four and holding them accountable, seems all that is needed . . . Why complicate it?!

Such values might include a debt free money supply for social infrastructure and small business development, people driven referendums, the development of sustainability programmes creating further new jobs, equality of gender and religious belief, independence of the internet and a curb on surveillance and personal freedoms, as a starter!

Matters of common interest, such as defence, immigration, fishing and sustainability of natural resources could be centralised in an equally represented and non-governmental ‘Council of Albion’, to maximise cost efficiencies on common issues. It would provide the ability to react collectively where necessary and offer a flexible infrastructure of ‘independent cooperation’ to meet global competition in chosen areas of trade.

We are at a crossroads now, where the UN would have us moving ever closer to Global Governance with its Global Sustainability Initiative for the entire Planet. What we have learned is that BIG produces wholesale abuse and makes people impotent to demanding accountability.

In the same way that small innovative businesses are the mainstay of a thriving corporate environment, so small democracies, like a United States of Britain, would breathe new life into a global democracy that is now on life support.

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Election 2015 . . . Manipulative and Broken!

election photo

Whilst the dust continues to hover over last Thursdays totally unanticipated results I am reminded of the wisdom of 2000 years ago:

“Nothing is more fickle than people in a crowd, nothing harder to discover than how men intend to vote, nothing trickier that the whole way in which elections work!” Cicero

Days later and I am still unsure about the serious implications upon our democracy of what has happened.

To begin with the opinion polls have had a vast impact upon the electoral proceedings although they are completely unregulated! This has allowed a former Deputy Chairman of the Tory Party, who is not a pollster or member of the British Polling Council, to buy in polling information from other companies, who he is unprepared to disclose and put it out into the mainstream. The fact that all of this information was seriously flawed and used as propaganda is neither questioned nor any responsibility taken.

“There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics” is a phrase attributed to several authors but its underlying wisdom is pertinent today. With all of the popular pollsters keeping each other company in their poorly analysed data it was the website Number Cruncher Politics that proved to be in contact with reality, predicting correctly that there would be a Tory majority, even before the voting began.

There accuracy was the result of simple hard work in analysing the statistics and patterns of the electoral data over the last 50 years. They were able to substantiate their claims to such an extent that it is possible they delayed the other companies from publishing their latest findings at 7pm on the day, although they came out several hours later and maintained their, now hopelessly inaccurate, stories of a neck and neck race.

These opinion polls almost put our media in the shade but undaunted the Tory press went after Miliband and co with a tenacity that demonstrated just how much hatred he had stoked up in Rupert Murdoch. (And let’s not forget the political strategist responsible for the huge Tory success, another Australian Lynton Crosby, coincidence . . . you decide!)

Again we are letting ourselves down as an electorate by allowing such powerful influence to be wielded over our democracy by someone who in not resident in, nor has a loyalty to our country. His credibility has already been destroyed by the hacking scandal but still he is able to influence how we must live our lives, because of the strength of his global business activities.

When will government grasp the nettle and legislate that if an entity, be it an individual or corporation does not commit to residing or meeting its full tax bill in this country for a prior 5 years, it has no entitlement to influence our democratic process!

We now come to the most emotive of aspects of our broken system as we look at the seats acquired by the voters. I shall simply quote the two obvious examples. The Tories achieved their stunning victory with 11,334,520 votes that gave them 331 seats in Parliament – a government ‘majority’ produced by the majority NOT voting for them!

The Greens on the other hand secured nearly 10% of the Tory vote (1,157,613) and just 1 seat in Parliament! 1.1 million people represented by just one elected representative and each Tory representing 34,243 people is not, by the widest stretches of the imagination, a healthy democracy at work. (Source BBC News)

Not content with these distortions The Sunday Times reported that Cameron is already looking to ‘rearrange’ the boundaries to give the Tories an extra 20 seats at the 2020 election. He knows the only time he can get away with this, which was previously censored by the Lib Dems, is whilst he has a majority and also whilst our attention is being diverted by the EU referendum.

He also knows that after 10 years voters become restless and seek change. He has declared he will be leaving by then and can say he gave the new incumbent every support when this time arrives.

As an electorate, with a growing awareness of what is really going on with our democratic process, we can never become the master of our national destiny until such time as we mend a system that is now only fit for the knacker’s yard. ‘Club’ Westminster is running hopelessly out of control and I shudder to think what abuses we will be subjected to in the next 5 years, with a government now unfettered by coalition.

Scotland and the Scottish people are shinning a light in this direction by producing a true majority government. Perhaps it is now time to get our own house in order . . . and then sort out the EU.

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

TTIP Ran Election 2015

I know there are many reading this who formed their political allegiances many years ago and have remained loyal to the present day. I respect that loyalty, I really do and don’t question it. What I do question is whether the political environment in which those allegiances were first committed is the same as that which exists today? Or is that loyalty now being abused, with the growing evidence of how the corporate world has forced itself between the voter and their chosen party?

I have never ever experienced a General Election so devoid of substance or meaning as this one. Nor have I seen such a closely run election fought out by political parties with so little to say about the real issues now facing Society.

People are not idiots. They see and are speaking out about the real challenges we now face: TTIP, Fracking, Debt, Financial instability, Technology that is allowed to steal more of their jobs and a social infrastructure that is being deliberately collapsed to increase privatisation, all in the pursuit of profit.

As the parties continue to avoid these issues that avoidance is now seen as intentional. Debate is crushed because of the fear of being held publicly accountable. The introduction of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, or to you and me “The Gagging Act”, simply verifies this.

The act was designed, we are told, to solve the problems of paid lobbyists directing our government for the benefit of vested interest. Instead of gagging lobbyist however, it has gagged civil society! NGO’s and Charities, with our wellbeing at the heart of their work, are now restricted from voicing their concerns about abuses to Society because it could be interpreted as ‘favouring or disadvantaging’ any major party. What a blatant corrosion of the democratic process and more worryingly, something that aligns closely with the ethos of TTIP!

The deep concern about this dreaded trade deal grows, as it now nears completion in continued secrecy. Not only will it sound the death knell of democracy but neuter the power of our elected representatives, thereby effectively neutering the power of the electorate . . . hence the secrecy!

All of this has created an environment in which we are no longer seeing purposeful leadership but people with deft political skills slipping, sliding and dodging all manner of popular concerns, widening the gap between the electors and the elected and increasing their pent up worry, frustration and anger.

This was made abundantly clear when people had their only chance to confront the main leaders on BBC Question Time. The audience was branded the ‘Stars’ of the show and rightly so. Their anger was palpable and directed at ALL the leaders, demonstrating a collective vehemence at the social irresponsibility and lack of future direction coming out of Westminster.

The atmosphere at the centre of this election and the level of elector frustration can, I believe, be laid squarely at the feet of TTIP, even before it has come into force, with its prioritising profit over social cohesion and wellbeing.

Political leaders are kow-towing to their corporate masters in their irresponsible support of the bailout of the banks and their lack of commitment in what they say they can achieve for the people. It demonstrates they no longer have the power that they had at the last election, just 5 short years ago, to rule this country in the best interests of the people.

People sense this, as their elected representatives consult their corporate lords and masters, the banks and Brussels before legislating, or not, on Society’s needs. Is this what ‘career politicians’ are all about? Have they willingly hobbled their power and ours, because a ‘career’ in politics is now about social networking the corridors of Westminster, in a ‘5 year CV building apprenticeship’ that will take them into lucrative jobs in the corporate world?

Our democracy has been sold down the river and the future is bleak for everyone, other than the very rich. The only way to reverse this trend must come from a government who is strong enough to make a stand, knowing it has the full support of the people and fortified by party members who know their subject and are passionate about change.

If we cannot find such people the last 5 years will pale into insignificance compared with the democratic abuse we can expect with a fully functioning TTIP.

We must break the tightening grip of Neoliberalism and bring people back to the ballot boxes by involving them. That can only be achieved by a party that speaks to them, listens to them and can demonstrate that, above all else, IT CARES ABOUT THEM!

This election and the anger it has unleashed, is a warning bell that we can no longer remain complacent, or the children now entering education will have even less of a future than those now coming out of that same corrupted process.

Whatever the results of this nebulous election, we owe them and ourselves so much more!

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Millibrand . . . Shouldn’t‘ve Said It!

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This is NOT a swipe at the Labour Party, it is too important a subject for political chicanery and God knows we have to end Tory mismanagement BUT what Ed said about the banks was just plain irresponsible. I paraphrase:

“It was right to bail out the banks in 2007. It was not about the banks, it was about ordinary people’s savings. What was going to happen to ordinary people’s savings? I think banks are a good thing and not a bad thing.

Hmmmm!

“It was right to bail out the banks . . . There was absolutely nothing “right” about it.

First: When any business carries out malpractice and comes unstuck it should go bust. It provides the best deterrent to others. It would have been painful for a year or two BUT out of the ashes we could have built a new banking system that supports rather than controls Society. Supporting the banks now makes them feel invulnerable and gives them the confidence to carry on being abusive, which is exactly what they are doing and so, after 8 years, the pain and abuse continue.

Second: It was taxpayer’s money, paid by people on the understanding it is used for Social infrastructures and the running of the country. If you told people it would be made available for commercial failings they would not pay.

Third: This act of gross irresponsibility, representing the greatest theft of public money in the history of our species, has undermined the trust of the people in their elected representatives and the political system.

Fourth: The bank failure in 2007 was not an ‘Act of God’ that nobody foresaw but a failure through premeditated gambling because there were more profits from it than conventional banking. Nobody has gone to jail and the regulatory regime that allowed it to happen has changed little since, allowing banks to continue their irresponsibilities, which will bring about another and far more devastating collapse.

Fifth: It has created a precedent of immeasurable proportions which can be used to justify the use and abuse of public money in event of the irresponsible failure of ANY commercial venture by large organisations “Too Big To Fail” (or Nail).

Sixth: The cost to taxpayers has not ended with loss of tax money but continues today in loss of public services and sale, at knock down prices, of their public utilities, unemployment and zero hours jobs because of a supposed ‘shaky’ economy.

 

“It was not about the banks, it was about ordinary people’s savings. What was going to happen to ordinary people’s savings?” . . . The same thing that happened to the banks. They could be bailed out!

First: The trillions that have been printed since 2008 and given to the banks could quite as easily have been given to savers PLUS a bonus for their short inconvenience. If it can be done for banks it can also be done for people, or am I missing something? Anything left over would provide a first class health service and much more, given the volumes of money we are talking about!

Second: Ordinary people’s savings have taken a severe caning since, with derisory interest rates for many who are dependent on that income to survive.

Third: What is more their noses are being rubbed in it as banks are fined, what to them is petty cash and offset against tax which those same savers have to contribute towards, allowing them to return to obscenely high rates of return in comparison with what they are making available to savers.

Fourth: Those savers have their money in banks and building societies, many of whom are now very wary about lending it out again to help young would be homebuyers or small businesses which, from memory, is why they are there.

Fifth: No less a person than the governor of the Bank of England has assured taxpayers that in event of another banking collapse their taxes will not be touched, as the creditors of the banks will have to pay this time. Ordinary people’s savings are what he is talking about because, as a saver with a bank or any other financial institution, you are a creditor. This time the people will get well and truly screwed, not as taxpayers but as savers!

“I think banks are a good thing and not a bad thing.”

Private Banks: Properly regulated and held to account – Possibly.            Public Banks: Definitely!

I repeat, I am apolitical and not popping at Labour but it is worrying when any political leader makes such irresponsible comments that have simply not been thought through. It is doing harm to politics, harm to the good people who go into politics to promote positive change and immeasurable harm to any form of reconciliation with voters in reducing the creditability gap between elected and electors.

Finally to Russell. Why, why, why did you not confront him with TTIP? It is the biggest potential threat to democracy and our way of life. It will neuter the power of our elected representatives and our vote in the process. You do carry the sentiments and support of a lot of people. Power to you Russell . . . but you’re no Jeremy Paxman.

Until the next time

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes