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Riot police officer in hospital as 1,700 migrants storm Channel Tunnel in Calais Catastrophe

August 4, 2015

Riot police officer in hospital as 1,700 migrants storm Channel Tunnel in Calais Catastrophe

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By Dark Politricks

• French riot police battle 1,700 migrants desperate to reach Britain
• Policeman in hospital after being hit with stone ‘by Sudanese man’
• Chaos on both sides of the tunnel set to continue into another week
• New measures to give powers to landlords to evict illegal immigrants
• Failed asylum seekers with children to be stripped of benefits
• Kent pays migrants’ £150 Dover-to-London cab fares Some news from today from Calais, more can be found at www.telegraph.co.uk

Sudanese migrants prepare food near the Eurotunnel site in Calais (REX/Shutterstock)

Sudanese migrants prepare food near the Eurotunnel site in Calais (REX/Shutterstock)

Responding to the latest reports from Calais, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson MP said:

The Government seriously need to get a grip on this situation. A series of panicky announcements on policies that were planned before this crisis emerged just won’t cut it. Telling landlords to act as a second tier border force and removing support from asylum seekers already in our country will not stop so many desperate people putting themselves and others in danger to get across the border.

This needs a careful and considered international response. The government should be focused on leading pan-European efforts to stop people crossing the Mediterranean, then making their way to Britain’s borders, instead of using a series of re-announcements as a distraction.

However the The European Commission has appealed to Britain to show “solidarity” and take more migrants under Jean Claude-Juncker’s controversial quota scheme. Mina Andreeva, Juncker’s spokesman, said the situation in Calais has “deteriorated” and co-operation between the French and the UK is welcome but she said the crisis proves that “all” EU member states need to take part in a scheme that sought to resettle 40,000 migrants across the continent to ease the pressure on Italy and Greece, which are taking the lion’s share of those arriving across the Mediterranean.

Britain (of course – seeing we created most of the mess in Africa e.g Libya) has opted out from the scheme, as is it right under the special carve-outs given to the UK and Denmark when it comes to EU justice and home affairs rules.

French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais (AFP)

French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais (AFP)

Henri Guaino, a lawmaker from the opposition French right-wing party Les Republicains, called on the UK to “do their share”, saying:

There is no reason for these people to be stored – if I may say this because it’s almost that – in France. It cannot go on like this. The situation is fairly simple. Migrants come to Calais to get to England. England does not want them. Therefore the migrants pile up in Calais and try by whatever means they can to reach England.

A policeman watches men move away from a security fence beside train tracks

A policeman watches men move away from a security fence beside train tracks

Ukip’s Nigel Farage had to join into the debate on migrants with the following tweet

 

 

What happens when an illegal migrant reaches the UK?

What happens when the migrants reach the UK

French migrants rush UK border guards to enter the country

  • If discovered, they are normally dealt with by police while any criminal investigation is carried out. If judged to be an immigration matter, it is passed to the Home Office.
  • Then what?
  • They are questioned about their reasons for entering the UK. If deemed to be in the UK illegally (and they do not claim asylum) they are deported
  • Where are they detained?
  • The obvious destination for those arriving from Calais is the immigration removal centre in Dover, but there are 12 centres in the UK.
  • What if someone claims asylum?
  • They are detained or granted temporary release while a decision is made.
  • How many are making it across the Channel?
  • In the five weeks from the start of June, more than 400 immigrants were found by British police hiding in vehicles or trains. As many as 148 are thought to have reached Britain on a single day in July.

200 Migrants breaching Eurotunnel fences to get into Britain

And what gets me the most is that our benefit system is not exactly the best in Europe anyway. A lot of migrants flock to London where the prices are the highest and a jobseekers allowance or income support of £140 a fortnight would literally get you nowhere.

It may be a lot of money back in the migrants homeland of Sudan or Libya but over here with high fuel costs, high rent, high food and other costs it is nothing. It was nothing when I was on it – one day up the pub usually – only because I lived at home when I had just left college.

However if you look at Germany’s benefit system, there are two levels depending on whether you have been working or haven’t or have come to the end of the first section which states:

If the claimant has no children, they receive 60 percent of their previous net earnings. If caring for children under 18, this rises to 67 percent. This benefit is payable for 90 to 360 days, depending on the length of previously insured employment and age. A full year’s unemployment benefit is received if the person has worked for two calendar years or more (18 months for those aged over 55).

That means myself, who has worked for the last 10+ years without a break would get my whole years salary for the first year! That is way more than £140 * 12 (£1,680) a good few dozen times more. The more you earn, the more you get when your unemployed, this is how it should be. If you are living a more expensive lifestyle due to the amount of money your job was bringing in then you would need a lot more money to survive on wouldn’t you. Figures taken from: germany.angloinfo.com Here it’s a fixed £140 whether you were a McDonalds worker or high-flying city stock broker! Then after this first year OR if you have never worked OR worked at least one day in Germany and for at least 360 days over 3 years in your last EU country of residence you get the following.

Subsistence allowance (Arbeitslosengeld II)

This allowance is lower than ordinary unemployment benefit and is payable when the claimant cannot receive full benefit or their period of benefit has come to an end, but they are still fit to work and registered as unemployed. Whether or not a person can claim for Arbeitslosengeld II will depend on savings, spouse’s earnings and life insurance. A set amount is paid for those requiring social assistance (about €350 per month). Claimants must attend training courses, and be ready to step into any job offered them by the Arbeitsamt, even a very low paid one. Exceptions to this rule are sometimes allowed on mental, physical or psychological grounds or in cases where pay rates are deemed immorally low.

Exactly how much social assistance an individual receives depends on several factors, such as number and age of children as well as marital status.

So €350 is about £245.97 and more than two fortnights £140 however at least Germany has the logic to split their system up so that people who need more get more. How it treats migrants and asylum seekers I don’t know but for David Cameron to claim people cross deserts and seas just to claim our generous benefit system really pisses me off.

In my area if you are NFA (No Fixed Abode – Homeless) it doesn’t even put you on the priority list for housing! You have to be dying (with less than a year to live) or seriously disabled to get a place om our register. I was on it then I got kicked off after reaching enough points to bid on places saying single men should be able to look after themselves – or words to those affect.

If you are lucky enough to have already had a place to stay and are made unemployed you can claim housing benefit but this is being slashed by our caring loving Tory government. Anyway I just thought I would break it down for you about what is happening on this side of the pond regarding the masses of people trying to get into the country.

By Dark Politricks

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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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© 2015 Dark Politricks

We need a political revolution

December 15, 2013

We need a political revolution

By Dark Politricks

It has been a good 5 years since the financial meltdown and what have we got done apart from a widening awakening in the people who “something just aint right”?

  • We have had both the Tea Party and Occupy protest movements.
  • Protests across Europe from Spain to Greece and the UK over “austerity” measures forced on them by the rich.
  • Huge tax breaks for the rich and welfare cuts for the poor.
  • Bailouts from tax payer money for the banks that were too big too fail and too big to jail. In fact the six of the largest institutions that we said were too big to fail are now actually 37%bigger than they were in 2008!
  • Small fines or “Get out of jail free cards” by our bankster owned governments for any bank engaged in criminal activities such as HSBC with their special banking facilities for drug dealers and terrorists. Or Goldman Sachs who were fined for selling dodgy mortgage investments.
  • A world leader, President Obama, who was elected by liberals wanting the Police State being formed and lamented by them at the time in the aftermath of 9.11 who went back on all his promises. In fact he went on and continued the Bush policies making the USA a defacto Police State. When a leader of a country (and one who is supposed to be a constitutional lawyer) can declare himself above the Constitution and order the assassination of anyone at anytime, American or not, without judicial oversight, then we have a major problem and the US is no longer a constitutional republic.

So the question is: what are we doing about all this apart from bitching and moaning and just putting up with all the cuts in our public services as money is siphoned off from the lower classes and sucked up to the top few percent of the nation?

Not a lot it seems otherwise we would have a few rich people’s heads on sticks by now outside the Tower of London and along the bridge like we used to do. If only.

It seem’s the only nation who has the balls to actually jail some of  the banksters who caused some of this mess are the people of Iceland. A nation of less than half a million people have jailed more bankers than the UK and the USA together it seems. They have jailed:

  • Baldur Guðlaugsson, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, who was sentenced to two years probation by the District Court of Reykjavík for insider trading.
  • Aron Karlsson was sentenced to 2 years in prison by the District Court of Reykjavík for defrauding Arion Bank in real estate dealings.
  • Lárus Welding, CEO of Glitnir, and Guðmundur Hjaltason, Managing Director of Corporate Banking of Glitnir, were sentenced to 9 months in prison by the District Courtof Reykjavík for a major breach of trust.
  • Friðfinnur Ragnar Sigurðsson, Glitnir employee, was sentenced to 1 year in prison by the District Court of Reykjanes for insider trading.
  • Styrmi Þór Bragason, President of MP Bank, was sentenced to 1 year in prison by the Supreme Court for breach of trust.

So what is it going to take for the people, who are admittedly awaken and pissed, to actually remove the existing leading elites that are right of center (despite their names).

These are people who see nothing wrong with loading up future generations with so much debt that it won’t be long until we see real Brazilian or South African shanty towns on the edge of cities like London and New York because it is just too expensive to rent let alone buy a house.

It looks like only people who already have money will survive in this new brave world and it’s a lot easier to make money from money than the 50+ hour weeks of manual labour most of us have to put up with.

It certainly helps that when you are rich you can walk into a bank and get a huge loan to invest in shares or a new business staffed by zero hour contracted workers at a few percent.

The rest of  the masses are left with loan sharks such as Wonga who charge anything up to 5853% APR for a loan of £150 for 18 days (taken from the front page of their website).

Not only are we being priced out of getting money from the “normal banking system” (if normal is a word that can be applied to it then that’s debatable) – but we are being denied any sense of equal distribution of wealth to help balance out the luck of the few who are born into money and the hardships of the many who only succeed through hard work and a huge dose of luck being applied to their lives.

One of the ways the elite are trying to keep their wealth and systems of control to themselves is by loading people up with debt at such an early age that it is considered normal to be in tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of debt throughout your life with little hope of ever being debt free.

In the olden days – by that I mean the 50’s – people didn’t buy something unless they had the money to afford it. They saved up the relevant money and only when they could walk into the shop and buy it outright would they even consider making a purchase such as a TV or Car.

Nowadays credit cards and student loans are normalizing debt and making young people believe it to be standard to live with multiple Credit Companies octopus tentacles all over their backs.

Not only are they normalizing debt enslavement from an early age they are making it so expensive to go to University that only rich people will be properly educated in the future. If you are expected to leave University with a £50k debt and little chance of a job apart from a menial non skilled job in the local pound store then why would you even bother to go to College?

It is only the wealthy and connected who know that “father knows someone in the City” that will be able to leave Oxbridge and walk into high paid jobs in the city that enable them to pay off any debt in no time at all.

Oh and don’t forget the new plans by the Tories to make the unemployed work for their benefits. £70 a week a pitiful and humiliating amount of money to live on per week if you have just been made redundant from a £60,000 a year job because your boss realised it was much cheaper to outsource your position to India or China. Yet to make it even worse, if you can’t get a job sharpish you are now going to be expected to work a full week for your £70.

Oh thank you Government for taking care of me in these hard times. Times you have made worse by letting banksters ruin our economy and strip, privatise and literally burgle the family jewels for themselves while you sat back and did nothing because you were promised a job in their company once you left Government.

How the Lib Dem’s can let this happen I have no idea. Fuck the Lib Dem’s you are never getting my vote again for what you have let the Tories do to this country. I doubt I will vote again until a party is formed that is actually FOR THE PEOPLE and RUN FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MANY NOT THE FEW.

The young are the most Internet savvy and this is why the elite are so busy trying to crack down on Internet sites that disseminate knowledge that used to be only known by the elites and occult groups (occult = hidden knowledge).

Therefore the last 20 years of websites spreading information about fiat currency and how our money is debt based, or how wars are used to further geo-political purposes and even corporations balance sheets whilst being mis-sold to the public on “human rights” and “ethical grounds”, are all reasons why the elite want to limit this knowledge to their own kind only.

Without the Internet many of us, including myself would never have found out how certain groups of people have always held power and the ways they use to keep it in their hands.

We would all still be little patriotic soldiers from the first World War thinking we were going to fight for freedom and justice if it weren’t for the web spreading the ways the establishment do all they can to paint people who oppose their plans as “unpatriotic” or “domestic extremists”.

So those are our problems but what do we do.

Well we know the NSA is monitoring anything we type and send to each other so a proper full-armed revolution will probably be cracked down on within a few days just by taking out the leaders and making certain agitators go “missing” as they used to do so well in South America.

Our phones we carry around everywhere are permanent monitoring devices that can be used to track our movements and if they wanted to even remotely turn on the camera and microphone and take photos or listen to us. Paranoid? Only if they aren’t watching you and by the looks of things it seems the NSA and GCHQ are watching EVERYBODY.

Therefore if we are to overthrow this corrupt elite we need a de-centralised and compartmentalized movement – a bit like how terrorist organisations work. Basic technology, pencils n paper and low tech with whispers in the park and baseball caps pulled down low whenever a CCTV camera is approached.

However this would rely on people having the balls to risk jail for acts of civil disobedience as well as being able to afford to take time off from their jobs at McDonalds and Starbucks to protest. And if they can’t afford the time off work to form a revolution it will be left to the millions of unemployed to actually get cold and hungry enough to storm the barricades not giving a fuck about the consequences because their current existence is already worse than anything the POWER can do to them.

So a logical option would be to actually form a new political party and use social media, existing protest groups, trade unions and other community groups to spread the word of it’s existance. We already have 3rd parties like the Green’s, the Justice Party, Libertarians or UKIP but for a younger and more tech savvy populace we need a Pirate Party that is concerned with more than just digital rights management and P2P downloading.

The Trade Unions are already pissed off with Labours abandonment of them, a political party they created. In reality Labour have moved so far to the right that they are no longer relevant or even related in any conceptual way with the unions that created them.

Ed is trying to split the link even further by making each union member chose whether their fees are used for party donations and now would be the perfect time to get them to break the link completley and use their funds to help a new party that REALLY is for the benefit of the people.

We need a party that isn’t formed of political apparatchiks who have only worked in the depths of party HQ since leaving University with a degree in politics. People such as Ed Milliband, David “call me Dave” Cameron and many of the others.

We need real people who have real knowledge of what it’s like to live in modern UK or the USA. We elect, jail and then re-elect crack smoking mayors for God’s sake so let’s have no hypocrisy over past deeds and criminal histories.

We need people who have lived REAL lives, and in this day and age that means you have probably used drugs and maybe have a criminal record. As long as you don’t claim to be a saint who preaches moralistic bullshit about God and Family only to be caught in an Airport bathroom stall trying to get some “strange” off the occupant in the next cubicle then I have no care about your sexual bias or history.

We need laws that prevent corruption of our politicians and stop lobbyists from highly funded arms companies, AIPAC and banks from getting their claws into the law makers. In fact it should be illegal and punishable by a stretch in prison for any potential politician to sign letters promising to “always put country X first” in every vote they take. The people of OUR countries should come first and these lobby groups should never forget that fact.

Any politician should be prevented from ever working for a company he or she has voted in favour for. Seeing politicians walk out of Congress and straight into the offices of JP Morgan after serving on certain finance committees should be seen as a sign of duplicitous self-interest and not whatever BS excuse that said politician comes out with. Breaking the link between the power of powerful interests and the politicians that SHOULD BE controlling them should be key on any agenda of a new political consensus.

Health Care, Education and Jobs should be seen as necessities and not rights for the preserve of those with enough money to afford them. We can do without the huge war machines we have funded for centuries and the half million pound missiles that we waste by firing them into Somalian and Yemen mud huts for no gain but massive backlash by the local population.

A non militaristic foreign policy would not only bring benefits in terms of the world reversing their view of us as imperialists out to grab natural resources and geo-political control, but it would also save money that could be used to ensure we can all get quality health care and education throughout our lives.

Only constant education to keep our skill sets up to date and our ability to be employable is the answer to the growing skill gap between East and West. When education becomes too expensive and only available to the rich it divides society and causes social unrest. We don’t want to end up living in South African style cities where the rich whites live in high walled mini towns with private armed security guards and the poor blacks spend their time robbing and burgling them due to lack of opportunity and fair life chances.

Yes life isn’t fair and no-one said it was.

However as a civilised race we should be in the position to do our best to equal out random life opportunities as much as possible.

Just because I was lucky enough to be born in a rich western nation shouldn’t mean that those people born in Bangladesh should have to go to work before the age of 8 pulling apart dangerous batteries or breaking up huge ships covered in dangerous chemicals. We should have enough moral fibre to realise that sending our shit to poor countries to sift through isn’t ethical or humane.

Bangladesh Ship Yards

So yes the web is monitoring everything we do but we can still use it to our own means. Maybe we need an open source website where we can all get together and help formulate policies and ideas for a new party. If we cannot beat them from the outside then the only other way will be from within their own walls.

The only problem will be the agent provocateurs and plants the establishment will install in any new movement such as Tony Blair whose role was to move Labour away from the people and into establishment hands. 4 wars Tony was and never was a socialist. If he claimed to be then he was lying through his teeth. We should be on the watch for smiling liars like Blair and a healthy stock of truth serum and lie detector machines might be a good first purchase.

To conclude, the problem is that however much we sit and moan about our plight nothing is really getting done and our supposed political parties that should represent us don’t. Therefore we need a new political party that really does represent the people. The People’s Party would be a good name.

It is only my own idea but I hope someone with more power than little ole me can get a few balls moving.

 

View the original article What is the plan people? at darkpolitricks.com

Any Tory Bill of Rights would be worse than the current Human Rights Act

October 7, 2011

By Dark Politricks

The Tory conference has come to an end and once again the Tories (supposedly, a new enlightened and more liberal bunch) were once again attacking the Human Rights Act, claiming it was being abused, misused and that we should get rid of it as soon as possible.

At the Tory conference we had Theresa May reel out a list of reasons why we should abolish the Human Rights Act including a minority of cases in which she felt the act had been abused or misinterpreted by Judges. This included the case of a Bolivian born criminal who couldn’t be deported because he had a cat and the emotional trauma caused by the loss of the pet would breach Article 8 of the HRA (the right to family life).

Forgetting that this “fact” was total baloney the right wing media jumped all over it as a sign of “political correctness gone mad” and we heard all the usual jibber jabber that people who only obtain news from places that re-enforce their pre-determined views like to spout once they think they know something even when it’s not true.

The Tories repeatedly like to claim that what Britain needs is to leave the Human Rights Act and create it’s own Bill of Rights so that we can decide for ourselves how harshly to punish our criminals without those interfering Europeans telling us what to do.

Forgetting the fact that it would be almost impossible to remove ourselves from the European Convention of Human Rights without first leaving the EU, which depending on the Sovereign Debt crisis might happen sooner than we think. I cannot see the current government coalition even attempting to extract itself from a central plank of EU law whilst the Lib Dem’s are still the “tail wagging the dog” as many Tories like to think.

We seem to forget that the Human Rights Act is not some alien concept forced upon by us by those conniving foreigners as many Daily Mail readers seem to think but rather it was a concept devised by English Lawyers under consecutive Conservative governments and therefore it’s a totally English concept that we should be proud of.

Yes you heard that right. We devised the European Convention on Human Rights in the 1950’s to give to our war torn fellow European countries that had been ruled by dictators and illiberal regimes a set of rules, common standards and a list of basic human rights that all of us could abide by.

We don’t have a Bill of Rights that protects our basic freedoms and liberties and whilst I agree that we should have such a legally binding document. I have a sneeking feeling that any Bill of Rights that came into being would only be a watered down version that would protect nothing of value apart from enshrining the right of Parliament to do whatever the fuck it wants.

We certainly don’t want to end up in the same situation that the USA is now facing where their once great experiment in liberty and freedom has become a joke. What is the point of a Constitution and Bill of Rights when it can be ignored and circumvented whenever the rich and powerful want to do something it prohibits.

The US Bill of Rights is a beautiful document that should bind every politician to the most fundamental law of the land and it would be great to replace our ancient Bill of Rights that does nothing but limit the powers of the crown with a similar document that enshrines the supremacy of the people over government but I doubt that will ever happen.

The Tories are only dangling the carrot of our own Bill of Rights as a way to gather support for any eventual change to the Human Rights Act but until we see a draft document I won’t even attempt to hold my breath.

Politicians are like addicts. They accumulate power in the same way junkies collect diseases and we should always be wary of any politician who wants to remove any form of legal protection that we currently enjoy.

If the last Labour government taught us anything it was that our liberties are only a vote away from abolishment and our MP’s hold the right of protest, the right to assemble and the right to speak your mind in as much contempt as some hold for the current Human Rights Act.

Therefore we should be very careful when discussing any measure that might end up leaving us with less rights than we currently enjoy and that aint many!

The Human Rights Act might not be perfect and people will always play the system if the system allows for it but we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and the Human Rights Act is one of the few pieces of legislation that exists to protect us “commoners” and “subjects of the crown” from the excesses of government.

We should applaud not deride this fact and until something is created that is stronger and better in terms of protecting our precious few civil liberties we should be glad that the Human Rights Act exists.

UK Home Office responds to my letter regarding Labours attack on Civil Liberties

January 2, 2011

By Dark Politricks

You may have remembered that around the time of the UK General Election in 2010 I wrote a number of letters to the major parties regarding their policies regarding civil liberties. I managed to get a couple of responses from from the Lib Dem’s which I published but I received no response from Labour who were still in power at the time I wrote to them about their destruction of our civil liberties.

However today I checked the email account I had sent the original post from and found that I had been sent a reply some months back from the current coalition government (I have a lot of throwaway accounts that never get checked). The reply is pretty detailed and outlines their plans for restoring some of those freedoms we have lost under the last government. I have published my original letter above the response and we shall have to wait and see what happens when the Freedom Bill is finally brought to parliament this year.

To whom it may concern

I am a floating voter and someone who voted you into power in 97 after living through the last Tory administration.

I could never bring myself to vote Tory and consider myself a socially conscious voter however I am seriously considering voting Liberal Democrat at the forthcoming election and I will tell you why.

Along with many other people I have talked to about this subject I am seriously concerned with how the current Labour administration has decimated our hard won civil liberties.

History shows that freedom and rights are hard to win and that a government rarely gives more power to the populace without a fight.

This is why it horrifies me and many others how easily our rights and freedoms have been given away under the pretext of fighting terrorism and crime.

The Liberal Democrats have a proposed freedom bill which aims to put these mistakes right and I cannot see any way for our country to regain these hard won rights until your administration has been removed from office.

I never thought I would say this but even the Tories seem more concerned about our civil rights than the current Labour administration.

I remember the 90’s when the previous Conservative administration brought in the Criminal Justice Bill and how outraged I was that a government could prevent us from listening to certain types of music and make it illegal for people to congregate freely without a permit. I remember hearing Labour attack the Tories in the house of commons for this bill and stupidly believed that your party was one in which the individuals right to assemble and protest would be protected from the excesses of government power.

However in the 13 years since you came to power the UK now resembles something not too far off George Orwell’s 1984.

We are monitored by hundreds of CCTV cameras a day, huge databases store all our personal details (which are then often lost), our internet usage is monitored and through the RIPA act you have given numerous authorities the right to spy on us and enter our homes without warrants.

Our right to remain silent has been removed, the right to protest severely limited and you have introduced an unfair and unbalanced extradition treaty with the USA.

However what worries me most and I would dearly like to hear an answer on this question as so far I have not heard any Labour minister manage to make a defence of the abuse of the anti-terrorism laws you have brought in. You claimed that tough anti-terrorism laws were needed to help fight Al-Qaeda but then you misuse these laws to

  • Arrest Walter Wolfgang, an 82 year old who dared heckle anti-war comments at the Labour conference.
  • Freeze Iceland’s bank accounts during the financial crisis.
  • Stop, question and arrest numerous tourists and citizens who dared take photographs of public buildings and police officers.

Is it no wonder that a large percentage of the population is wary of allowing any further powers over our lives to be introduced when we can clearly see how this power is used.

I would dearly love to hear an explanation for this expansion and abuse of state power that fits in with the British culture of freedom and liberty and I would also like to hear what you are planning on doing to rectify the situation. Both the Lib Democrats and the Tories have plans for restoring our civil liberties but as far as I know Labour has no such plans and only wants to further reduce them by introducing ID cards and more surveillance powers.

As an undecided voter living in a marginal constituency I could be all the difference between a Labour victory or a hung parliament.

If you could answer my questions and concerns about the direction your government has taken the country it would be much appreciated.

Thanks

This is the response I received from the UK Home Office which is now run by a Tory amd Lib Dem government. I am grateful for them replying on behalf of Labour who obviously didn’t give my letter a second thought. Maybe if they had of responded to all the accusations that they had initiated a modern day police state and admitted that they had got it wrong regarding their attack on our civil liberties they might still have been running the Home Office.

Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your e-mail of 26 April to the previous Home Secretary in
which you raise a number of issues.  Your e-mail has been passed to the
Direct Communications Unit and I have been asked to reply.  I apologise
for the delay in responding.

I would like to explain that as we received your letter just before the
election and due to the change of Government, it was better to inform you
of the current changes of policy under the new Coalition Government.

On the issue of civil liberties, the Government has published a document
setting out a five-year programme of work inspired by values of freedom,
fairness and responsibility. As part of this the Government has made a
commitment to the introduction of a Freedom Bill, scrapping the ID card
scheme, restoring rights to non-violent protest, safeguards against the
misuse of anti-terrorism legislation and further regulation of CCTV.

We also intend to establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a
British Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations
under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights
continue to be enshrined in British law, and protects and extends British
liberties. We will seek to promote better understanding of the true scope
of these obligations and liberties.

You mention that we are monitored by too many CCTV cameras.  The increase
in CCTV use – especially in areas to which the public have access – has
developed in the absence of a specific regulatory framework. In keeping
with our pledge to safeguard freedoms and protect civil liberties we
believe it essential, in terms of proportionality and retaining public
confidence, that CCTV is appropriately regulated and so we have committed
to further regulate CCTV in our coalition programme for government. There
is already an interim CCTV Regulator in place exploring potential elements
of a regulatory framework and we will work with him to consider key issues
such as standards; training; capture, retention and access to images; and
accountability and enforcement. Regulation will ensure that CCTV is used
appropriately and proportionally.

You mention that through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
local authorities have been given too many powers.  Public authority use
of covert investigative techniques is regulated by the RIPA.  RIPA
requires that use of these techniques is necessary and proportionate with
regard to human rights.  Its regime includes detailed record keeping,
authorisation at a level commensurate with the intrusiveness of the
technique and limited to particular grounds, and safeguard mechanisms
providing for independent overview, inspection and complaint.  Under RIPA
no public authorities but intelligence and law enforcement agencies have
the right to enter anyone’s home, and only then with the prior
authorisation of the Secretary of State or an independent Surveillance
Commissioner.

We need to ensure that the public authorities with a legitimate and
proportionate need to access communications data (which includes telephone
and internet data held by communications service providers or) will
continue to be able to do so in the face of changing technology. The
Communications Capabilities Directorate in the Home Office is looking at
how the public can continue to be protected from those that would do us
harm.  It has already ruled out a Government owned national database.

The measures to apply a new serious crime threshold and a new system
requiring prior approval by magistrates were set out in the recent
Coalition Agreement.  The Home Office is already working with the Local
Authority Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS), Communities and
Local Government Department and the Ministry of Justice, to find the best
way of implementing the measures.

You mention that there has been an introduction of an unfair and
unbalanced extradition treaty with the USA.  In the Coalition document
published on 20 May, which can be found on-line at:
http://programmeforgovernment.hmg.gov.uk/crime-and-policing/, the
Government stated “We will review the operation of the Extradition Act
2003 – and the US/UK extradition treaty – to make sure it is even-handed”.

The Government is giving careful consideration to the UK’s extradition
arrangements worldwide, to ensure they operate effectively and in the
interests of justice.  A range of options are being considered and the
Government will make an announcement in due course.

On the issue of anti-terrorism laws, the Coalition is committed to
reversing the substantial erosion of civil liberties that occurred under
the previous government and to introducing credible safeguards against the
misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.  The Coalition Government will be
reviewing counter-terrorism powers to make sure that any legislation
designed to protect the citizens of this country from the threats posed by
terrorism are appropriate and strike the right balance between individual
freedoms and collective security.

Finally, at this present time, I am unable to comment on the issue raised
on stop, question and arresting numerous tourists and members of the
public who take photographs of public buildings and police officers as
this policy is still being reviewed by the Coalition.

Yours sincerely,

C Johnson
Direct Communications Unit

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.