Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Party I Would Vote For . . .

As I watch, with increasing incredulity, our politicians handing their power away by supporting the proposed (and very secretive) Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), whilst also allowing greater interference in how our lives are run by Brussels, two things cross my mind.

Firstly, what the hell do they think they are doing . . . Don’t they not want the responsibility anymore? Secondly, IT’S NOT YOURS TO GIVE AWAY!!

I, for one, do not remember consciously empowering them, with my vote, to allow them to then blithely hand that power over to the boards of global corporations and distant bureaucracies – the latter apparently totally incapable of responsibly managing vast amounts of our hard earned money, whilst still coming back for more!

It is blatantly obvious that our political system is now fundamentally broken and totally unfit for purpose. The people’s needs are no longer considered and the abuse is growing. We therefore need a new set of ground rules by which parliament functions and which protect us from predatory governments and corporations.

To my mind we need a new Magna Carta, devised by the people and with global values to confront global organisations, as well as setting out the terms of reference for business in Westminster.

At the very least it should cover the ability for us to live our lives with the confidence of knowing we will be properly educated, can find gainful employment, be looked after in times of ill-health and genuine hardship, with the ability to provide a home in which to raise a family if we so choose.

After a lifetime’s contribution to Society, that Society should be both capable and willing to assist, if necessary, in supporting a stress free period until we shuffle off this mortal coil. All achieved without the need for enslaving and mind numbing debt.

(As I write this I am thinking “It’s as though we’ve returned to the 11th century. How can this be?!”)

The new Magna Carta should not be a wordy document, perhaps just 10 broad but succinct topics, including those just mentioned. It should also reference broader and no less important issues such as sustainable management of our Planet, Gender Equality, Religious Tolerance and integrity of the Internet.

Once thrashed out by the people it would be ‘nailed to the walls of Westminster’ (in similar fashion to that which has already happened in Iceland) and Parliament has its future terms of reference. Any changes, or new legislation that does not contravene the ethos of our Charter can be introduced and/or ratified, through People Driven Referendums, as is the case in Switzerland.

We have now moved from the Industrial Age into a Technological Age and political systems that were introduced when we travelled by horse or foot and communicated by bonfire have to be dragged, kicking and screaming if necessary, into this new era. We are in unprecedented times in our history, as the Internet liberates people from the yokes of power of the past.

To do this requires new visionary leadership that will guide and nurture us into this new age. Their unique credibility would come from the certain knowledge that they would gradually put themselves out of a job!

As we become more adept at using new systems of democratic communication, they have helped us introduce, the need for politicians will be dramatically reduced. People will do the debating and decide their own future needs, unbiased by vested interest. It is how the Internet is now shaping our world. What has happened to music, books and retailing will also influence the democratic process, through people having greater control in managing the process.

A Party with an agenda such as this, which shows an understanding of the unprecedented changes now going on in our world and our place in that future, would inspire much needed confidence and a return to the ballot boxes, I would suggest.

We have been conned by successive governments for too long now with biased political agendas and vested interest. The sheer fact that a party such as this is prepared to admit to, confront and deal with our broken system shows a party who cares about the people . . . and that is good enough for me!

“The thinking that created the problem is quite incapable of solving it!” Einstein (Attributed)

 Until the next time

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

Immigration . . . A ‘No-Hoper’!

Since we lived in caves, our species has only ever functioned in groups to maximise our chances of survival. Over the millennia we have refined these groups from bands to clans and then nations into empires.

The one common feature throughout this time has been the constant infighting, caused by supposed differences between the various factions, which has led to countless loss of innocent life and not a lot else! When we lived in caves there was an obvious and immediate threat, as groups fought with each other over food, shelter and the ability to breed and grow strong.

As we evolved into larger clans and then nations, those who ruled found it increasingly more difficult to manage and halt insurrection, because of the sheer numbers. That was until they realised the solution lay in breaking the whole population back down into groups again, and then inducing them to fight amongst themselves. In that moment we saw the birth of a means of ruling that has lasted successfully up to the present day . . . Divide and Conquer!

The other thing that has not changed over all of this time is the types of division used to easily spark conflict: Race, Colour, Creed and Gender. As long as the people continue to respond to these triggers governments and autocracies can sleep at nights, content in the knowledge that their own positions are safe.

In this 21st century however, the status quo is being violently overturned. Not by the abused 99% but by the abusers. After millennia of keeping us antagonistically separated, the need for cheap labour has arisen again and revitalising the slave trade, the historic solution to this problem, is no longer a viable option.

Instead they need us to migrate and in so doing hold down the price of wages in the countries we migrate to. In a matter of decades they are now expecting to change our attitudes towards people they have urged us to fight and distrust for thousands of years! Not only that but whilst urging us to mix with each other, they are still continuing those same traditional conflicts!!

As people migrate and settle in new countries they are now experiencing the government and military in their new homes acting aggressively towards the families, friends and people they have left behind. Here they are confronted with divided loyalties of monumental proportions in their personal lives, as well as home grown animosity by the indigenous population.

Is it any wonder we are now seeing the wholesale growth of global terrorism, caused by the conflicting needs and vested interests of those in charge to supply cheap labour, whilst continuing to subdue their populations?

Encouraging immigration to hold down wages, whilst pursuing traditional acts of aggression against the beliefs those people hold is a pretty lethal political cocktail. When ‘Surveillance’ is then introduced as the means to manage the internal pressures resulting from those acts of aggression overseas, antagonising the indigenous population into the bargain, the problems of immigration go off the scale. You really could not make up a political catastrophe of this magnitude!

All of this is as a direct result of increasingly unaccountable governments pursuing the narrow goals of vested interest, driven by greed and power. As long as it continues there will be no respite for the people who have found the courage to leave their homes and travel abroad in search of a better life.

I have recently argued that we need to license our politicians to bring some sort of accountability into force and end this senseless and aggressive domination of people who, left to their own devices, have shown throughout history that they can get on well with each other.

As the disciplines and opportunities of the internet impact upon our lives with growing momentum, I now seriously question the need for politicians at all, as their vested interests will always get in the way of achieving a true democracy.

The answer, as I see it, is for new leaders with new visions, based upon an understanding of the unprecedented changes now taking place in our global Society, which will stimulate a complete break with the past. Something I will write about shortly.

 

Until the next time

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