Monthly Archives: January 2015

Election 2015 . . . 3 Critical Issues

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As we move unerringly towards another General Election the contest between the main parties ramps up, as lack of achievement in past performance and weaknesses in party strategies are fiercely argued over. We have the emergence of UKIP and lately the Green party to add to the potpourri of political solutions to our growing problems . . .  but yet again I sense little enthusiasm from voters.

They have been walking away from ballot boxes for decades now and in spite of a spike in 2010 an unhealthily large percentage of the population have little desire to become involved in deciding how their country should be run. This highlights not only the lack of credibility in British politics but across the globe, as voters are increasingly shunned by the people they elect to power.

Ignoring electors takes many forms that range from proceeding with legislation in spite of large swathes of the population being against it (Fracking, NHS Privatisation and more), to outright secrecy and blatant misrepresentation of what government is up to, particularly in its support of the corporate world. This has certainly been the case over the democracy shattering trade deals, such as TTIP, TPP, Tisa and CETA, the latter of which is now close to being enacted into law after years of secret negotiations.

I believe this General Election is the most critical we have ever faced, because it is no longer about the colour of a political party but about how we are ruled. Power has shifted from the voter to the shareholder, as governments make it easier for profit to permeate every facet of Society.

It is this cancer that must be tackled at the forthcoming election before it becomes impossible to control. For me there are three critical issues that must be addressed to resolve the massive abuses now perpetrated upon us. As I write, none of the political parties seem willing to address them within their manifestos and begs if any of them are ‘Parties FOR the People’.

  1. Democracy: Our PM, in offering a referendum on such an important subject as the EU if he is re-elected, epitomises the career politician at his or her worst. A complete lack of any vision or direction is compensated for by outright bribery, also showing a total lack of respect for the voter on something which, in any healthy democracy, would be seen as an automatic right of the people. I will support any party who has the balls to recognise this by introducing People Driven Referendums on any subject that has enough public interest and at any time. It happens in Switzerland and they are one of the most stable countries on the Planet.
  2. Banking: Our whole financial system is paralysed by bad debt from the 2008 debacle. Further debt that now permeates every area of Society, including the sick and our children’s education, has been encouraged to resolve the problem! Financier’s now insist on ‘Austerity’, if government wants to borrow more, further plundering and controlling Society. If parliament exercised its right to produce and control our own currency, as other countries have done when confronting the bullying financial tactics of the IMF and World Bank we could, at a stroke, free ourselves from debt that is rendering us impotent to the theft of our public services by privatisation, unemployment and endless corporate abuse.
  3. Government: Over the centuries Westminster has turned from a place of debate and democracy to a ‘Club of Two Parties’, cosy, comfortable and corrupt! It no longer serves the people, as the party system suffocates any worthy politicians who do not tow the party line. I am looking for a party who will acknowledge this by embarking upon a programme to open government up to the people for greater direct involvement in effectively influencing how we are governed. Nothing short of total transparency can restore the public’s confidence in a flawed and outdated process that has caused a deeply entrenched distrust and cynicism in voters.

By tackling these three core issues we can return power to the people by taking it away from the Banks and corporations. This must be the crux of this year’s election, I would suggest, if we are to become masters of our destiny and begin resolving the problems now enslaving Society.

We are in times of unprecedented change as technology revolutionises the way we shop, communicate and trade with each other. That same technology can equally radically change how we govern ourselves.

This is not only true here but across the Planet where similar abuse is being experienced. May 2015 will not see any of this in place but I hope it will be the catalyst for a global precedent to begin.

 

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 NHS is Society’s Responsibility

Nigel Farage tells us the “NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance” which means there is no political salvation from this lunacy, even from the new kid on the block. Westminster truly has lost the plot in avoiding its responsibilities to the people.

Let’s get right back to basics and remember that this is a SUPPORT SERVICE to Society. It is a non-profit insurance scheme which is paid for by that Society in the sure knowledge that, like any good insurance policy, it will look after ALL of its members in times of hardship without fear of fault or favour.

We have an aging population that all parties have been aware of for a very long time and which they have systematically and irresponsibly buck passed on to the next incumbent, ensuring we arrive at the mess we are now in. Healthcare is a moral issue, not political or financial and demonstrates the level of care Society has towards its sick, old and infirm. Currently that caring is being torn apart by the profit and greed of unregulated Capitalism!

This has been made abundantly clear from the experience in America in particular, where the very people who need the support cannot get it because they cannot afford it, or are not acceptable to insurance companies. Profit is ‘Playing God’ (often by tick boxes!) in discriminating who it can make money from and who it will allow to suffer, or die!

We are being dragged, kicking and screaming, towards the US experience by a Parliament who is obligated by one of the many conditions of the ‘Austerity Measures’ imposed when taking on an ever growing mountain of debt we have not authorised. We are in the grip of career politicians who care little about this country and its people, in their desperate attempts to remain in power at any cost.

What is so repugnant to me is there is no respect for people in any of what we are now experiencing. This Unregulated Capitalism not only makes profits from employees and consumers but also now looks to make profits from them when they are sick.

After a lifetime of working for one, or a number of companies, those same companies seek to shrug off the responsibility they have to repay their workers with a secure retirement they have earned from contributing to those companies’ profits as those very same consumers and employees.

I would suggest, that we should be coming at this problem from a totally different direction than a parliament that increasingly cow-tows to their corporate masters. By looking at our current financial systems and recognising that money is no longer our servant, we can see that it is being encouraged to become our master, focussing entirely upon subduing and controlling us through debt – Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy are perfect examples.

By following the example of strong leadership in Peru and other Latin American countries we need to confront the very core of the problem first and foremost. Once we take control of printing our own money, instead of borrowing it from banks at a horrendous cost in interest and debt obligations, of which the NHS is but one such abuse, we are in a position to become masters of our own destiny. The interest alone we are paying would go a long way to funding a health service the rest of the world would be envious of.

In this, an election year, I am dumb founded that our political parties are pussyfooting around the perimeter of this problem by pursuing ‘business models’ as the solution to the care profession.

Such is this irresponsibility that patients are dying unnecessarily and the morale of our conscientious doctors and nurses is on the floor, driving many of them to emigrate to a more supportive environment. Not one of our leaders seems embarrassed by this national disgrace, given what we have invested in training these wonderful people, only now to abuse and lose them.

Fighting and arguing about the many individual abuses within the health service will only allow politicians to counter-argue that privatisation is the solution. It has to be attacked from the fundamental core issue of debt ladened obligation that is making our governments increasingly more secretive and ‘economical with the truth’ on the direction they are forcing us to follow.

Left and Right can offer no way out because they have created the problem by systematically ignoring it. People must demand their power back this May by supporting the party that will introduce People Driven Referendums on any and everything there is sufficient interest in.

I bet the NHS would be the subject commanding the number 1 position . . . and then something could be done by the people for the 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