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Five more years of hell as the Tories win the UK election

May 19, 2015

Five more years of hell as the Tories win the UK election

By Dark Politricks

Did any of you foresee the result of the recent UK general election in which the Tories won an overall majority despite every poll leading up to the election calling it too close to call.

There was a general expectation across the media that there would be another hung parliament and probable coalition government with the Lib Dems as King Makers.

The multitude of polls preceding the election were very wrong, whilst the exit poll was spot on.

This led to ex Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown to embarrassingly have to “eat his cake” on the subsequent BBC’s Question Time due to his comments on election night TV that:

“If these exit polls are right I will eat my hat” – Paddy Ashdown

His party, the Lib Dems were almost wiped out and went down to single figures losing 49 seats and leaving just 8 MP’s in parliament.

Major party figures including Danny Alexander the ex chief secretary to the Treasury, lost their seats in the decimation of the party.

Along with 2 other party leaders, one of which changed his mind after a day (Mr Farage), the Lib Dems leader Nick Clegg immediately resigned leaving the future of the party in doubt along with Labours.

The Labour party also had a bad night, almost being wiped out in Scotland, and losing 26 seats. However Labour still managed a 30% share of the popular vote despite pundits calling the election “too close to call” right up until the votes came rolling in for the Tories across England.

The Lib Dems were never going to be forgiven by their core voters for joining the right-wing Tories instead of their natural cohorts, the left leaning Labour party, in a coalition. Many Tory back benchers were very unhappy at the unequal number of Lib Dem ministerial posts that were given out to their junior partners in the collation that was, as we were kept reminded, in “national interest”.

Whilst they may have helped prevent some Tory excesses and helped push the amount you can earn before paying income tax up above £10k, they showed their lack of respect for the voters, mostly young and left leaning, when they broke a much publicised pre-election promise never to raise University tuition fees. This promise was broken almost as soon as Nick Clegg got made Deputy PM and access to ministerial chauffeurs and apartments.

Lib Dems sign pledge with top students
The Lib Dems sign pledge with top students never to raise tuition fees

Tax breaks for the rich, a raise in VAT which is a tax raise that affects the poorest the most, a massive failure to reverse the huge police state Labour had built up and a decimation of the benefit system to save money instead of taxing the banksters who had caused the financial crisis were all unforgivable as well.

We were kept being told that the deficit was shrinking whilst in fact it grew along with the national debt. The last Government was not a success story at all.

Maybe Nick Clegg saw joining the Tories as his only chance to get some modicum of power whilst he could. He must have known the writing was on the wall when he basically stuck two fingers up at his constituents and joined the Tories. Letting the banksters get off scot-free, supporting the Tories war on Libya and speaking out for Israel instead of condeming it when it attacked Gaza which was quite common to hear when they were the third-party with no expectation of favours for power. However the change in stance and policy to fit in with the Tories were just some of the things that annoyed grass root Lib Dem voters.

He thought the electorate were willing to vote for constant coalition with a referendum on a change in voting but the country wasn’t ready for the watered down choice they had to make. Maybe if they had made their point after the recent election more people would have been willing to vote for a change.

You just need to look at how the popular vote in the recent election matched seats to see how many people would be pissed about the current voting system.

The Green party and UKIP together won around 16% of the popular vote (5,038,712 votes) yet only returned one MP each to Westminster.

Yet on the other hand the SNP won far less when it came to the popular vote, Scotland has a population of 5.2 million and only 1,454,436 people voted for the SNP, yet they took all but 3 Scottish seats, 56, a massive gain of 50!

They almost managed to take every single seat in Scotland but instead chose to leave one each for the major 3 parties taking the remaining 50 seats. The SNP are sending a nationalist mob down South who want to see an end to the union and more Scottish powers devolved. This includes the articulate and always enjoyable to watch debate, former leader of the party, Alex Salmond as an MP.

People who had never thought about electoral reform are now calling for it.

Those people who say we only just had a referendum on changing our first past the post system seem to forget that the choice on the cards for voters was not a proper proportional system but instead a form of alternative voting. This is where you would mark an alternative candidate who would take your vote if no-one managed an overall majority.

It does seem odd that Scotland’s 1.5 million voters can send 56 MPS to Westminster yet England can vote over 5 million to achieve just 2 MP’s.

From the BBC News site.

UK vote share after 650 of 650 seats

Political Party % of Popular Vote
Conservative Party 36.9%
Labour Party 30.4%
United Kingdom Independence Party 12.6%
Liberal Democrats 7.9%
Scottish Nationalist Party 4.7%
Green Party 3.8%

So now without the Lib Dem’s “Steadying Hand“, as one of their election adverts put it. There to prevent Labour spending all the cash again and there to prevent the Tories from being too mean, we are now left with an overall Conservative majority.

That means that there is no-one to stop them hammering away at the poor whilst letting their rich benefactors and friends all off with tax cuts and a far too complicated tax system that provides enough loop holes for most of the Tory front bench to keep multi million pound trust funds overseas and away from the UK tax man.

Did you know that the UK has the longest tax code in the world?

Surely this is a money bomb for accountants and the rich looking for loop holes.

The Hong Kong tax code, widely held by tax lawyers to be the most efficient in the world, is a mere 276 pages long.

The British tax code which has tripled in size since Blair got into government in 1997 is currently in excess of 17,000 pages!

If our government really wanted to claw back some money from waste they would surely shorten this gargantuan piece of legislature.

As anyone knows the longer and more complicated a piece of legislation the more loopholes and get out of jail cards are to be found within its pages.

Instead they will carry on using their right-wing supporter rags of papers, the Sun and The Daily Mail, to attack benefits claimants and the poor. Obviously forgetting the fact that benefit claimants had nothing to do with the banking crash or the dramatic rise in the national debt and deficit under the previous two administrations.

Why is it we have still not seen any bankers jailed from the illegal behaviour from banks like HSBC who laundered drug cartel money, terrorist funds and more?

Instead they get $1.9 billion fines in-case the banking system is “destabilised“.

I don’t understand why their banking licence could have been kept whilst still jailing the bankers in control of the slush funds and drug cartel accounts as an example. London must continue to be the bankster capital of the world it seems. This won’t change under any Tory administration.

What will change under the new Government?

Well let’s watch embarrassingly as our country, who actually came up with the European Convention on Human Rights, pulls out of the Human Rights Act. This is despite the fact that it was written by Conservatives after World War II to show the newly freed countries that some things related to a countries ethics and morals should be set in stone and not relative to a countries current situation.

This will be something that will not only be a massive blow to civil rights in this country unless replaced by an English Bill of Rights that actually means something and is kept to, not invalidated bit by bit over the years as the US Bill of Rights has  been.

People don’t seem to realise that the Human Rights Act although abused by a small minority of terror suspects in jail or on control orders trying to prevent extradition to countries where they will be tortured – including the USA – is there to protect them as well.

You may read the odd cherry picked Daily Mail horror story about the new Abu Hamza we can’t extradite to a country X or Y where they maybe tortured or executed. Why, because we have morals and see ourselves as a civilised country not a 7th century Islamic State where heads roll as often as the weapons we sell them are unboxed.

The national debt will continue to grow due to the lack of GDP, plus the interest rate apartheid which sees banks loan money from the Bank of England at half a percent whilst the average man now has to rely on WONGA loans with an APR of 1,500%.

The current national debt stands at £1.36 trillion, almost triple the £0.53 trillion it stood at in 2008, the time of the economic collapse and grows at £5,170 per second.

As stated on the National Debt Clock website:

“Mainstream media headlines today are focused on Britain’s record national debt, which just surpassed £1 trillion, a figure that can only exponentially increase unless the entire mechanism of Government finance is overhauled. The truth however is much worse, factoring in all liabilities including state and public sector pensions, the real national debt is closer to £4.8 trillion, some £78,000 for every person in the UK.

Our National Debt Problem

UK National Debt
UK National Debt Over Recent Years

During 2007, the Labour government borrowed £37.7bn, of which £28.3bn was invested in big projects (the balance of £9.4bn represents the current budget deficit). However during the last government during 2013, the Conservative-led coalition borrowed £91.5bn, with just £23.7bn invested.

So when you hear George Osborne talk about fixing the hole in the roof or reducing the deficit / national debt, take it with a big pinch of salt.

Read this article by the BBC on the different terminology and numbers related to national debt and the deficit.

Instead of recouping and saving billions by doing just some of the following ideas they are mostly going to attack the poorest in society, both here and abroad.

Saving some money…

Save £34 billion by not replacing Trident, the non independent nuclear deterrent.

It really pisses me off when I hear MP’s call our rotating Trident submarines at sea an “independent” nuclear deterrent. This is because they all rely on US GPS satellite systems. Unless we put our own GPS system up into space we would always have to ask the permission of our US allies to fire any nuclear missiles anyway. Therefore it makes the whole system redundant. What if we had to go to war with the USA? Why not save the £34bn and spend it on the NHS instead. Nukes are not going to help in the war against terror and when China and the USA finally duke it out our piddly number of missiles is going to be inconsequential when it comes down to it. Satellites will be one of the first victims of any war between the US and China. Falling from the skies like rain drops in any major conflict as China and the USA race to become the superior technological and information power house before any real bullets or nukes are fired. As China showed the world in 2007 when it downed one of it’s own Satellites with weapons from earth, it is willing and able to take the modern battlefield that one step further and into space by making the US armies massive reliance on information and technology redundant.

Not blindly following US Foreign Policy and going to war

We seem to blindly follow US policy as if it’s our own. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the UK £20bn by 2010 and the final cost when you add in extras such as the cost to society due to the fact that a large proportion of homeless people, those with mental health problems and prisoners are ex service men will increase that by the end of 2015. Add to that the £1.75bn cost of David Cameron’s war in Libya and the cost we are now dealing with due to the failed states we have created across North Africa, people smuggling into Europe, and increased security checks on immigrants due to fears ISIS is using people trafficking to implant sleeper cells in the country and the cost of recent wars reaches £12bn. This does not even include secret wars such as our involvement training fighters in Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.

Cracking down on Companies avoiding tax

During 2010-11, the HMRC estimated that companies were avoiding tax worth £4.1bn however some campaigners such as Richard Murphy of Tax Research UK, think that the real figure could be £12bn or more. This is not even including the amounts of money “legally” avoided by our huge tax code that gives corporations such as Vodafone the means to avoid £6bn in tax during 2010, an act which spawned the anti-austerity protest group UK Uncut.

Added together legal and illegal tax avoidance could easily be in the £20bn+ figure per fiscal year.

These are just 3 things that could be done to prevent more austerity whilst increasing spending, generating growth by creating jobs and not wasting money on pointless exercises in hubris by going to war to destroy a country only to spend more money trying to re-construct it and deal with the aftermath of failed states such as Libya and the recent people smuggling epidemic.

Has David Cameron even admitted that the hundreds of people dying in the Mediterranean are related to the failed states of Libya and it’s neighbours which we helped create. From Tony Blairs 2004 kiss with Gaddafi in the desert to blockades to prevent immigrants reaching Europe in two easy steps.

Blair meets Gaddafi
Tony Blair makes up with Col Gaddafi in 2004

The problem with people smuggling from Libya to Europe
A cramped boat full of desperate people trying to flee the failed state caused by David Cameron and the Axis of Wars destruction

Will the Tory government do any of these 3 easy ways to save dozens of billions of pounds?

The answer is obviously no.

The divide between the rich and poor will get wider.

The people who keep the lights on in London won’t even be able to afford to live in the city they work in due to the average house costing £350,000. Even in certain rich areas of London like Kensington, up to 70% of houses are classified as “Second Homes”. Even the local paper shops for the rich people of Chelsea are shutting down due to the influx of rich Chinese and Russians buying up our capital city.

Instead the Tories will attack immigrants, benefit claimants, people who cannot get good jobs and rely on job seekers allowance and more diversionary tactics as they continue Maggie Thatcher’s dream of a total privatised country.

We only have 5 more years until we get another chance to vote for a party to represent us. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be a party on the horizon I can see myself putting a cross against anytime soon.

Labour is Tory Lite, and with the resignation of Ed Milliband, a person many could never imagine seeing as PM, much in the same way I can never imagine Boris Johnson as PM, let alone Mayor of London, we have no real party that represents the people anymore.

The Greens did well to get 1 million votes but with our current system of voting, one MP per million votes in England is not going to get us far and they still have an environmental edge that puts many off them despite the fact that if you read their manifesto there would be many aspects to it that you could find yourself agreeing with. Maybe it is just the fact that they are led by a woman and their only MP, Caroline Lucas from Brighton is a woman who puts many working class men off from voting for them.

Personally this election, I did as I said I would and spoilt my ballot paper. This was because there was no-one on it that represented my views. I live in an area where Tories have always ruled and there is no chance of Labour or Lib Dems getting in instead. In one election in my ward Labour and the Lib Dems didn’t even try to contest the seat which allowed the racist BNP to come 2nd!

I hoped enough people would do the same so that even this amount of spoiled papers would have to be recorded along with party numbers and shown in graphs such as the one from the BBC website I put on this page.

From anecdotal evidence from people I spoke to at various events and groups I know quite a few people also spoilt their papers.

The news even carried a story about someone who spent the time and effort to draw a tiny little penis inside the square of an incumbent Tory in Wales. However because the drawing was within the confines of the box it was actually counted as a vote rather than a spoilt ballot!

I would still love to know how many people did write “None of the above” or spoilt their ballot in some way or another.

If you took the effort and time out of your day to go and vote there should be a “None of the above” option by default to measure peoples dissatisfaction with local politicians or political parties. However because there isn’t we should create our own.

Hopefully by the time of the next election a party which doesn’t represent the Axis of War, Austerity, Tax cuts for the rich and attacks on the poor will emerge, a bit like how the Unions created Labour. The only exception is that we don’t want to see our new party being taken away from us slowly and infiltrated by MI5 to ensure when it becomes electable it’s going to be “establishment ready” like MI5 asset Tony Blairs successful attempt to turn Labour from a real Left wing socialist party to Tories with northern accents.

We have plenty of protest groups about but no political consensus or a political body that we can use as an umbrella for them to rest under.

Students, the young unemployed, the people who cannot afford to live anywhere due to the lack of cheap housing, the anti-war brigade, the pro privacy, anti GCHQ/NSA Pirate groups. UK Uncut, Occupy, anti-austerity groups, religious organisations and charities that manage food banks and support the poor. These are just a few of the protest groups around at the moment.

Groups helping wounded soldiers and soldiers disillusioned with the wars they have been forced to fight. People working 50 hour weeks on minimum wage or not being able to take loans out at decent interest rates due to interest rate apartheid. These are more people who might be looking for a new political home.

Basically anybody who doesn’t want to see the gap between the rich and poor get wider would be a perfect member or voter for such a Peoples Party.

In the meantime let’s just hope we still have a public NHS, a decent benefit system and proper jobs with decent pay in 5 years time rather than another tripling of the National Debt and more lies about reducing our debt that the current Chancellor likes to spiel.

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Send Dark Politricks.com examples of police brutality or ways to prevent the machine rolling over us this way!

March 5, 2013

Send Dark Politricks.com examples of police brutality or ways to prevent the machine rolling over us this way!

By Dark Politricks

This site is a “power to the people”, free speech, anti war on terror, anti Big Brother site that hates stupid laws and regulations and resents our subservience to supra national entities like the EU, the World Bank, the G20 and the move towards globalisation that means jobs are taken away from middle class people like ourselves and given over  to slave workers in China and India who will work for a pittance.

Our country is full of stupid laws that need repealing. There was a gleam of hope when the Liberal Democrats got into power with their much vaunted Freedom Bill but after Tory interference it was watered down to a charter against rouge car clampers.

There was no removal of the unfair extradition treaty to the US or the return to the right of silence without it being brought up in court. No repeal of anti privacy laws that allow countless agencies to enter your house without a warrant and nothing that let us protest when and how we want. Permit to Protest – you must be joking!

Our stupid drug laws fill prisons with people needing treatment not punishment before re-sending them back out to the community to rob and steal to fund their habit again.

Our NHS is a known beacon for anyone around the world wanting free and often expensive health care which we tax payers have to pay for.

And to top it off all the banksters who broke our country in half are carrying on using our pensions as casion chips for their gambling whilst we suffer with closed libraries, schools and other cuts in public services. Why are the people who had nothing to do with the economic collapse being asked to pay for it? Why are future generations being made to pay for the mistakes of the rich current generation?

Our cops are bent as a nine bob note and get away with crimes every day If it wasn’t for the rise of people carrying video cameras around with them and mobile phones many police abuses would not get noticed or recorded for us to see.

Therefore if anyone has any films of policeman acting against their mandate e.g beating people up unnecessarily or breaching their role to “protect and serve” then please send them this way so I can display them

If anyone has ideas on how we can help roll back the surveillance state being built around us then please let me know so I can share those ideas with my readers.

If people have knowledge on using computer systems without being tracked by the authorities then please let me know. Details such as using open Wi-Fi networks and proxies, removing your battery from your phone to stop being GPS/GPRS tracked, preventing iPhone and Google from storing and uploading your data to any policeman with the right tools and using block lists to bypass ISP’s that sniff P2P torrent packets to see what you are downloading. Plus using special software to super encrypt your messages without Microsofts’s back door accessing them all or just using disposable email addresses and proxy server chains to post your messages on Twitter or Facebook anonymously without being tracked. This is all valuable information.

If you have it then please let me know! I have already listed some ways to beat some tracking and logging by the authorities but much more can be done.

 

Also if people know of corrupt, inefficient or wasteful local government departments or councils, or members of such institutions, then please let me know who these people are and what they have done. These are people who live off our tax money.

They are there to serve us NOT themselves. I have personally written letters to MP’s and Government officials and got respones – many have been blatant lies or attempts to placate me so I will vote for them at the next election. Our government is full of crooks and career politicians.

Remember if we don’t stick together and pool our knowledge the machine will continue to roll over us until we are nothing but dust!

So send me any dirt you can find!

 

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Nick Clegg and Obama, Politicians we can all be ashamed of

November 26, 2010

By Dark Politricks

On both side of the Atlantic progressives and liberals are feeling let down by their newly elected leaders. In the USA Democrats voted in massive numbers for Obama having fallen for his charismatic promises of real change, reversal of Bush policies and an end to the destruction of civil liberties that the previous administration had engaged in.

They have been mightily disappointed in their leader since he gained power. Instead of pushing for real change he has continued in the same mold as every other leader that followed him and the only real change has been in the public at large who have belatedly realised what a phony game US politics really is.

Instead of following through on his campaign promises he has watered down anything of real meaning, ramped up previous Republican policies including extending the phony war on terror into Pakistan and Yemen, failed to close down Gitmo, continued the policy of rendition that means prisoners are tortured in third world jails and continued the spying and unwarranted wire tapping that so angered Democrats when Bush engaged in such tactics. Not only has Obama continued Neo Con policies of war and the expansion of the police state he has increased the size of the state, expanded bail outs to the banks, allowed massive amounts of printing money, increased the national debt and introduced a very unpopular health reform that satisfied neither liberals who wanted an NHS style universal health system or conservatives who wanted the government to stay out of their wallets and health decisions.

Not only has he continued the previous administrations policies of expanding the size and power of the state he has failed to punish those banksters and politicians that had led the USA to the mess it was in when he took over. Instead of trying to restore some form of honour and moral leadership to a country that was once looked on as a beacon of light and hope in the world he has instead continued the same policies that have many people viewing the USA as a modern day high tech police state.

In the UK liberals have been let down by the Liberal Democrats who have formed a coalition government with the right of centre Tory party. It has been a shameful sight to watch Lib Dem’s such as Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander and Vince Cable trying to defend policies they had previously campaigned against. Whilst it is true that the Lib Dem’s didn’t win an overall majority and therefore cannot be expected to be able to enact every manifesto promise it makes them look dishonest to about turn so much on key promises and use the excuse of the coalition as their defence whilst saying that it’s the right thing to do in the circumstances.

The new government is dismantling so much of the social fabric we have been used to for so long that there is no way to accurately predict the outcome because it has never been done before. Whilst many Tories have been waiting for a chance to reduce the size of the state for a long time and see the ruins of our economy as the perfect opportunity to do so the Lib Dem’s seem to have lost their voice when it comes to softening the blow for the poor and under privileged.

The Lib Dem’s would have gained more respect and probably more votes at the next election if instead of blindly following the Tories merry dance towards social chaos they instead made their disquiet at some of the decisions more public. It is obvious because of the Lib Dem’s current political position that they want the coalition to survive as they are hoping for electoral reform which would lead to more joint governance in the future and if they fail to prove that the idea works the public is less likely to vote for reform that would mean more of the same. However their current broken promises on student fees, VAT rises and justice for Palestine has made a new generation of young UK citizens believe that politicians are all the same and cannot be trusted to keep their word no matter which party they belong to.

Nick Clegg has obviously become accustomed to the trappings of ministerial life and he had better enjoy it whilst he can because if he cannot turn the economy round, pay off the deficit as promised and restore all the civil liberties lost under Labour rule in this parliament he is very unlikely to get another chance. It was very foolish to make such iron clad pledges such as the one to fight against tuition fees during the election but I am pretty sure the reason he did it was that he thought there was little chance of him having to honour it.

It is very easy to take the moral high ground and promise the earth when you know that you will never be in a position to deliver on your word and it has been a big shock to the Lib Dem’s to suddenly be put in this position for the first time and then be held in high contempt for breaking said promises.

So on both sides of the pond there are people who voted for real change and instead have been met with real disappointment. For those old enough to remember elections of past it comes as no surprise to find that politicians cannot be trusted that once they gain a cushty job they become indebted to lobbyists and powerful pressure groups and slowly become detached from reality.

I have long said that our government needs a total overhaul to overcome the core problems of powerful lobby groups, jobs for life and a lack of real democracy. The Greeks system of direct democracy could be updated to include modern technology including referendums on all law changes (only those people who had passed a test proving an understanding of both sides of the argument would be eligible to vote) and a more representative form of legislature in which members would be picked from the general population to serve for short periods of no longer than a year.

This period of governance would be very similar to jury service and would ensure professional politicians are abolished to the dustbin of history. Because terms are kept short pressure groups wouldn’t have time to dig their claws into MP’s and the quicker turn over and random nature of the service would ensure that politicians had much less chance of being bought and paid for. Only citizens of a country would be able to serve and it is fair to say that there is probably more than enough clever, able and willing people in both countries who would leap at the chance to try and sort the country out.

However as my idea of a return to true democracy is nowhere near being implemented at the moment I thought I would list some of the policies that Obama and Clegg should enact to reverse their almost certain defeat at the next election.

1. End the wars of terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen. Chasing shadows from cave to cave and across borders has cost the country dearly. Thousands of US and UK troops have died, hundreds of thousands of civillians have died and many more have been radicalised because of our actions. The war on terror is no closer to being “won” ,whatever that looks like, and the cost in terms of dollars has been in the trillions.

2. The wars have nothing to do with security and if anything have made the US, the UK and it’s allies less safe around the world. Tea Party supporters and true Republicans who believe in the constitution should read their history and see what their founding fathers said about foreign wars before following the standard Palin / McCain line of war = defence. For Lib Dem voters the majority have always been against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan but since gaining power the talk of leaving has quietened considerably. The money saved by not fighting these endless wars could be used to properly secure our borders and also fed into proper law enforcement and intelligence gathering which is the only really successful way to tackle crimes of a terrorist nature. It would also be enough to prevent some major cuts to public spending as long as we don’t decide to give it all away to the next EU country that decides it needs a bailout in the same way Ireland and Greece have.

3. Roll back the high tech police state that is spreading fast across the western hemisphere. If ever there was a case of doing the terrorists job for them then our current policy of throwing away hard won civil liberties because they “might” help protect us from a terrorist attack is it. The recent uproar over the TSA and their behaviour at US airports just shows how plainly ridiculous and sick our governments have become as well as how much the people are getting pissed off with the ever increasing intrusions into their personal space in the name of security.

In recent days we have had stories involving the strip searching of children, the removal of prosthetic breasts, humiliating disabled people by covering them in urine and the stupidity of the “don’t touch my junk” fine when a traveller was asked to leave the security area and then fined for doing so. Not only are the naked body scanners dangerous, recent studies have shown that the chances of getting skin cancer from the backscatter xray machines is the same as that of being blown up by a terrorist bomb on the plane. Which way would you rather go?

4. Punish the banksters who gambled with our economies and almost bankrupted the western world. Apart from a few cases of common fraud such as Bernie Madoff there have been no major investigations and punishment of those traders, CEO’s and banksters that over leveraged, engaged in ridiculous amounts of betting by purchasing naked credit default swaps and inflated a derivatives bubble that is potentially worth more than 20 times the size of the whole world economy. When the common man in the street goes into the bookies to place a flutter or two and goes home empty pocketed he can expect nothing more than a good ear bashing from the wife, however when the banksters betted away trillions and lost they went running straight to the governments to ask for a bailout which was dually given.

In an alternate universe where logic and reason are applied equally and a certain level of moral behaviour is expected this would be considered dangerous, illegal and totally immoral. We the people are now having to suffer extreme austerity measures and forgo wages, benefits, pensions and other public services so that our governments can pay off the huge debts they incurred when they borrowed the trillions they bailed the banks out with.

This is wrong on so many levels and no wonder UK students went on a mini rampage at Tory HQ the other week when they were told that to help pay off someone elses debts they would be expected to incur their own massive debts and leave university with not only a degree that has become more and more worthless over the years but a huge weight of debt around their necks that will take years to pay off. Banksters need to go to jail and the rich fuckwits that got us into this mess should be removed of responsibility so that they can never repeat the same mistake as well as being asked to pay a whole lot more than they currently are.

5. Stop bailing out failed industries and businesses and restore something that resembles a free market capitalist economic system. For those banks we have already bailed out then we should make the most of them and use them for the benefit of society as a whole. Instead of letting all the pin striped fancy braced gambling addicts risk savers and tax payers money on the derivatives market we should be risking money on new start ups and the expansion of existing small and medium businesses.

Companies are still complaining about not being able to get loans from banks and if we want the private sector to pick up the slack from the public sector we need to ensure that sufficient capital exists for businesses to expand and hire. Surely it is better to risk a few hundred grand of the banks money on a small companies business plan that would provide local jobs and hopefully bring more tax revenue into the government coffers than risk millions playing the big roulette wheel in the city that benefits a few already super rich and if it goes wrong costs the tax payer.

6. Re-Balance our economy so that it is not so dependent on debt driven consumer spending (which both the UK and the USA encouraged) and instead drive growth by promoting business friendly policies that benefit ourselves rather than China or India. For large companies that are debating over where to place their headquarters we should be offering tax breaks so that they are encouraged to base themselves here and pay their tax to us rather than to a Bahamas offshore account. For every local person employed, every lo ng term jobless person or ex prisoner or service man they should be offered a tax break to encourage the hiring of nationals who may have had trouble working for years.  If the company bases itself in a deprived or heavy public sector dependent area then they should be given even bigger tax breaks. When it comes to tax less is often more and an uncomplicated and business friendly tax system is required to drive private sector growth.

7. Keep some promises. It’s quite simple really, if you don’t think you will be able to 100% deliver a promise then don’t make it in the first place! We are all used to seeing politicians evade difficult questions when being interviewed or asked questions they don’t know the answer for so we are used to the “maybe if we can” perspective. What we despise even more than an evasive politician though is one that breaks his promises and goes back on his word. It is far better to promise nothing than to promise the earth and deliver hot air.

Nick Clegg and Obama both ran their election campaigns on the platform of change and trust and doing so they inspired new generations of voters to become engaged in a political system that most older voters had already become jaded with. To deliver any form of change that we can believe in we must actually see the change occur otherwise this new generation will just join the rest of us who realise that our current political process is broken and incapable of delivering anything apart from cushy jobs and privelleges for those that get elected.

Restoration of our Civil Liberties is the least they can do considering

May 26, 2010

By Dark Politricks

The introduction of the Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill or the Tories Great Repeal Bil) was the only realistic aim I wanted to get out the election and it seems my wish has been granted. Today at the opening of the new parliament the Queen ‘s Speech revealed the collations plans to introduce such a bill to roll back a large part of Labours police state.

The bill will abolish National ID Cards, limit the use of CCTV and ensure that Internet traffic records are not held without proper due process. It also plans to restore the right to trial by jury and ensure that peaceful protest is a protected liberty that does not lead to someone who attends being labelled a domestic terrorist.

People will say that this is just window dressing to detract people from the pain that the next five years of cuts in public spending will bring and they may be right but at least its something positive. I cannot remember a similar bill in my lifetime that actually attempts to remove power from the state and give it back to the people. We should be thankful that we have actually managed to elect some politicians who believe that a bigger state is not the answer to our protection and that civil liberties are not just a vague concept that can be amended at the will of the current governing party.

We are definitely in for at least five years of pain as this government tries to restore our public finances and prevent Greek style riots on the street. Gordon Brown, who was once lauded as one of the most financial astute Chancellors of the Exchequer that we have ever had ended his political life with the unenviable label of being one of the few Prime Ministers who managed to bankrupt the country. It’s not just a case that he overspent slightly it’s that he smashed the countries piggy bank and indebted our generation on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

It took over 50 years to pay off our debts to the Americans, hopefully it won’t take as long to restructure our economy and if it does then the blame cannot be put solely on the “global financial crisis” as Labour so often tries to do. Our countries growth over the last decade has been a house of cards built on a phony foundation of cheap debt. Not only is our government way overdrawn and living on tick but so is most of the population and I include myself in that list as well.

In fact for the last 5 years I have been paying off £15k worth of debt which was racked up in the space of a few years after leaving college. Banks literally used to throw loans, credit cards, massive overdrafts and all the rest at us in the mid nineties and it’s no wonder so many people got into trouble when credit was that easy to get.

Now I am not trying to absolve myself from responsibility here but young men in their late teens and early twenties are not the most financially responsible people in the world and in any other lifetime banks wouldn’t give out £5,000 loans no questions asked to people who have no job or collateral like they did to me and many of my friends.

In fact I managed to take out four £5k loans in less than five years all from the same bank. I had an overdraft of nearly £3k, more credit cards than I remember and I had most of that debt before I even got my first job. Run out of money, that’s okay just go to the bank and extend the loan, pay off the old debt and rack up another one on top. I cannot see anyone managing that in this day and age.

Why was I so reckless with money I didn’t own? Well in all honesty I didn’t actually think I would have to pay it back as I had a bit of a death wish back then and sincerely presumed I would be dead by the age of 21. Banks were throwing money at me and I just saw an easy way to get drunk and high. Unfortunately for me I survived and my best mate took my place dying on my 21st birthday but unlike the rest of my mates who just bumped the banks, moved address and lived off the radar for a while I chose to pay off my debts.

By being responsible and paying off what I owe I have had to compromise a lot and so will we as a country. Whilst some of my mates who bumped the banks now have mortgages and their own homes I have nothing more than a big standing order to HSBC. However by this time next month I will be debt free as I only have one more payment left until my last loan is paid off. Changing habits and living within your means instead of being able to get tick whenever you require is a hard adjustment to make and on a national level we are going to have to realise that our huge government spending cannot go on in the same manner as it had done under Labour.

We need to realise that a government cannot and should not do everything for us and it certainly should not live outside its means when its the public who end up paying for the spending spree. I am not a socialist who believes in a shared pie especially when a large majority of the eaters don’t deserve their slice however I am also not of the persuasion that a free market can run itself and is the answer to everything. I believe in a social contract between state and citizen where the citizen is free to do most activities they chose as long as they don’t inhibit on others and where the government stays out of our personal lives and does the few things we want it to not for profit but for the common good such as the NHS, Police, Firemen etc.

However I also believe in a safety net for our most vulnerable and social security that can and does deliver help when we need it most. I also believe in the NHS and have no problem knowing that my tax money goes to help others. What we do need to do however is realise that it’s our country and our taxpayers who are in trouble at the moment and we need to radically rethink what our tax money should be spent on. If it comes down to a choice between sending a few million off to Africa or South America for overseas development then we really need to ask whether we should be putting our own people first at least for a few years.

Another idea would be to ensure that all fit and healthy people who have been out of work for more 6 months should be offered the choice of having all benefits cut or having to work for them. We have plenty of roads to sweep, schools to paint, parks to keep and much more. If the public sector is going to be reduced in size and jobs to be lost then instead of allowing the public to lose the service altogether when the employee gets made redundant it should just be replaced by those having to work for their dole money.

I have no problem with the dole having been on it twice myself and I know how hard is to live on £100 a fortnight. In fact I think the amount of job-seekers allowance should be increased in relation to the salary you were last on but I don’t see why it should be paid out to those who have no intention of ever working. If they want it let them earn it. We sure need the cheap labour.

Another problem with unemployment is the lack of decent training available to those wishing to retrain. If you are hoping to enter a new sector after being unemployed then what is required are industry standard professional qualifications not the cheap worthless odd training day at the local college. If you are out of work any type of training, college course or qualification should be made available and free to attend.

Taking my idea for the unemployed one step further and applying it to our armed forces we could dramatically save millions a year on wages for new servicemen by taking our worst most persistent repeat offenders at the youngest age possible and entering them into the army.

Our country is full of young angry men with no father figure and no respect for authority. These are the same people likely to see a life on the dole or a life of crime as a valid way to spend 50 odd years. Not only will it save the country money it will also help turn these men’s lives around give them some direction and some purpose as well as get them off the streets. The only current difference between half the men in the Army and many in prison is the uniform anyway and having a criminal record should never be a bar from employment especially not in a recession.

Those are just two ideas for reducing the cost of government and we most definitely need to reduce the size of government to one that lives within its budget, saves for a rainy day like the rest of us have to and realises that we as a nation are extremely pissed off at the whole lot of them for helping to get us into this mess.

The reform bill about to be introduced does not go nearly far enough in re-balancing the power between state and citizen but it’s a good start and it’s more than any other government has offered us for a good hundred years or so. If we are going to be repeatedly kicked in the nuts and have our wallets emptied over the next few years by our government then we then we better get something in return.

The new government hasn’t got much to bribe the electorate with and nothing much to sweeten the bitter taste that is coming but one thing they can do is help restore our sense of Britishness, increase our sense of freedom and ensure that our liberty is protected from encroachment by future governments. In that respects the reform bills being proposed is one of the few hopeful and exciting pieces of legislature that we can expect to see over the next five years so we should make the most of it whilst we can.