Monday, 26 December 2011

Modern Britain

Watch and weep. The Police actually have to draw tasers at 1.09 to keep the baying mob off a dying man in Oxford Street this afternoon. And people wonder why I've had enough of this corrupt shithole of a country. Happy New Year, all

the Family Credit Card

This has been doing the rounds for a while, so I thought I'd translate it to UK standards

  • UK Tax Revenue 2010 £548,000,000,000
  • Uk State Budget 2010  £660,000,000,000
  • New Uk State Debt 2010 £112,000,000,000
  • National Debt including PFI and Pensions liablities 2010 £2,990,000,000,000
Now let's pretend that the UK is a family, living in a rented home. Here's the same figures, reduced to hammer home the point

  • Family Income 2010 £54,800
  • Family spending 2010 £66,000
  • New debt slapped on credit card £11,200
  • Debt already on family credit card £299,000
Makes you wonder just when the bailiffs will turn up, doesn't it?

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

In the name of Freedom

George Moonbat has kicked off to attack Libertarians in the Gruaniad. Time to put on my fisking gloves.

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice?
In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy.

In the name of freedom, taxes for the super-rich are cut. In the name of freedom, companies lobby to drop the minimum wage and raise working hours. In the same cause, US insurers lobby Congress to thwart effective public healthcare; the government rips up our planning laws; big business trashes the biosphere. This is the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor.
Well George, here's the rub. Freedom also includes the freedom to earn money and the freedom to do nothing. It's the freedom of choice. Ugly as it is, it means the freedom to sell your labour at the price YOU dictate, not the power of the State to force you not to work because your labour is only worth £5.99 an hour. Banks didn't wreck the economy. Saving the banks with our money has wrecked the economy. Politicians demanding that, in the name of equality, a worker on minimum wage *must* have what the rich have has wrecked our economy. Demanding banks lend to unemployed black men in string vests who could never afford to pay it back has wrecked the economy, not Libertarians. The powerful who have exploited the weak are not Libertarians, George, they are the Politicians.

Rightwing libertarianism recognises few legitimate constraints on the power to act, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. In the UK it is forcefully promoted by groups like the TaxPayers' Alliance, the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Policy Exchange. Their concept of freedom looks to me like nothing but a justification for greed.
Libertarians do not adversely affect the lives of others. It is our core principle. We seek freedom FROM others, not the power to act on the behalf of, or to the detriment of others. It's why we aren't Tories. We do not have the right to interfere in the lives of others and kindly request they grant us the same. If wanting wealth achieved through creating things that people want to buy, rather than being forced to buy is "greed", so be it.

Modern libertarianism is the disguise adopted by those who wish to exploit without restraint. It pretends that only the state intrudes on our liberties. It ignores the role of banks, corporations and the rich in making us less free. It denies the need for the state to curb them in order to protect the freedoms of weaker people. This bastardised, one-eyed philosophy is a con trick, whose promoters attempt to wrongfoot justice by pitching it against liberty. By this means they have turned "freedom" into an instrument of oppression.

No, George. I do not exploit anyone. It is not Libertarians ripping half the wages out of the hands of the poor every week to hand back to them in tax credits and aircraft carriers. It is not Libertarians carpet bombing the poor of Iraq or telling people they may not buy whiskey at 5pm on a Sunday. It is not Libertarians buying up bankrupt financial institutions at a loss with money forcibly extracted from those on minimum wage. That, my dear George, is the all powerful State. The greatest instrument of oppression yet known to man.

It is the poor who need the most protection FROM the State. Ask the citizens of North Korea.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Shocking scenes from Egypt


On the aniversary of the beginning of the Arab spring, truly shocking scenes of the State doing what the State does best.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Freedom to Ignore

It warms the very cockles of my cold, icy heart to note that SIX million of us are not even bothered enough to register to vote, a huge 1/5th of us are so disenfranchised with what the Political elite have to offer, we prefer not to bother to even attempt to play the game in which at the first sight of losing, our opponents can change the rules in their favour.

Slowly, but surely, we are turning our backs on a system that has done nothing except enrich those already in power or privilege. Tired of endless promises on the best way to spend our money, extracted by force, we are doing what every Politician most fears. Declaring them irrelevant after decades of minority rule, unenforced manifesto promises, thrown to the wind upon election, ignored pleas for referendums whilst gratuitously lining their pockets with the profits of lobbyists, big business and unions.

Good luck to them, I say. Carry on your pontificating and legislating because the more of us that choose to ignore you, the more grains of sand are slipping through your fingers. If "austerity" is teaching us anything, it is teaching us how to live without you and soon enough, you will be as relevant to our lives as we are to yours.

You're welcome. More please

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Back to basics

It's finally sinking in that when times are tough, the tough get going. In Greece, sacked diversity coordinators are heading back to their parents farms and learning how to milk goats again. No more inflated public sector sector salaries financed by State borrowing, no more retiring at 50 and no more Mercedes bought on cheap credit. Twenty years of being told they are as productive and worthy as the Germans has finally collapsed and a cold new dawn of reality is being served up to the melon farmers. Likewise, the Portuguese, Spanish, Irish and Italians are also putting down their iPads and picking up ploughs and shovels and getting on with the job of living within their means. Nothing to be frightened of guys, your parents managed it until they were seduced by the promise of "free" money by Politicians.

Will it happen here? I certainly hope so. My Blottr post this week dealt with the absence of a peasant class in the UK (and I mean peasant in the sense of actually producing something). As you know, I'll be headed off to sunnier climes to do the same shortly and I'm not expecting anyone else to pay my bills for me. I've made sure I won't be relying on a state pension or welfare handouts and in return, I'll be rewarded by minimal State and taxes and the chance to live my life as I see fit, taking responsibility for my own actions.

As luck would have it, more and more citizens are beginning to feel the same.The National Centre for Social Research's 28th annual British Social Attitudes report shows  that people are sick to death of handing over an ever greater amount of what they earn with their own labour to those who will not. The majority now believe the State hammock, designed to keep the feckless voting Labour, has to go. No more taxes, no more handouts.

Now I don't believe this will have any immediate effect as the State is still desperate to grab as much of your wealth as it can lay it's greedy little hands on, but eventually, when the cuts have really taken place, the entitlement classes told to do one, the welfare state once again reduced to something that you fall back on, not into, then those who actually earn the money are going to start asking why they are still paying eye watering amounts of taxes. And when they do, the next cuts they demand will be in a reduction of the State.

People are paying off their mortgages, debts, saving for a rainy day, shunning the shops and rightly bolting down the hatches. When this is over, millions will wonder why they ever paid so much to Politicians in the first place, why they allowed the State to grab so much and inflict itself upon them so totally.

Bring it on. Those who are forced to feed the beast are slowly realising it serves no useful purpose with its gargantuan appetite and grasping tentacles. It can't be long now until they work out how to starve it to death.

Meanwhile, a little story to amuse you:

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. 

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works

Hat tip to Elsa

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