27 April 2016

With the publication of the Inquest Report into the deaths of 96 football fans at Hillsborough in 1989, it is possible, yet again, to see the power of the Establishment when it seeks to protect its own.

It has taken 27 years to produce a comprehensive report which comprehensively debunks the version of events that was peddled at the time and since by SouthYorkshire Police and their media connections.

It is also worth considering the connections already made between the police cover-up after Hillsborough and similar activities relating to the Miner's Strike in 1984/5, particularly with regard to the 'Battle of Orgreave' and the subsequent malicious prosecution of miners by the Police.

The Establishment need the apparatus of the State to maintain order and no one is going to suggest that 'Law & Order' are't good for society in general. Similarly, legislation to regulate society's activities is also a good thing, but only when these mechanisms are applied equally to all. Something that doesn't happen here in the United Kingdom.

As a result of the Hillsborough Inquest, heads are beginning to roll and the first of these is that of SYP Chief Constable David Crompton but if you have a look at this website Hillsborough Disaster | unProfessional Standards Department | West Yorkshire Police you'll find that David Crompton is not alone with regard to Hillsborough. And if you read through www.upsd.co.uk you'll find that Hillsborough isn't the only case where Yorkshire Police Forces are under scrutiny.

The sad fact is that the Police, because of their position as an arm of the Establishment, are not accountable and the statement made by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings hints at that fact. Today he said that he suspended Crompton "with a heavy heart" and as a result of the erosion of the public's trust in the Police and also because of the vocal criticisms made of the Police in Parliament today. Maybe Dr Billings should adopt a more enquiring approach to his position rather than being a puppet.




21 April 2016

Mortality


2016 seems to be doing its very best to remind me that we are all mortal and just because you are a great artist, musician or comedian, the grim reaper is just around the corner for us all.

17 April 2016

its a relief.........


.........when someone else clearly enunciates the ideas that have been rattling around in my head for years. And this happened to me when I read George Monbiot's recent piece in the Guardian.

It may not be everyone's cup of tea but it certainly is mine and it once again confirms that, at least in part, it was all Margaret Thatcher's fault.

15 April 2016

I see it clearly......


So, George and his friends (in the EU) have decided to pursue tax evaders wherever they may hide and my friend Mystic Meg has a prediction. Mystic Meg predicts that there will be more tax cuts for the wealthy and influential. Why? Because they won't want to loose the benefit of their current ability to park their wealth outside the UK's tax jurisdiction. I'm sure that George will be very willing to help them out because, as we know, we're not 'all in this together'.

6 April 2016

….and one law for the poor……...


The response to the leaked 'Panama Papers' is fascinating. One Government minister appeared on TV saying that the leak proved just how vulnerable these offshore accounts were. Bollocks. This minister spoke as if Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs had uncovered the information when, in fact, HMRC knew nothing about it or, if they did, chose to do nothing.

Compare the hiding of billions of £s, $s, Yen, Euros, Roubles etc etc, compare that hiding (and HMRC's supposed ignorance of it) to the manner in which ordinary law abiding taxpayers are examined and pursued for relatively paltrey sums of money.

Mr Cameron's claims that "we're all in this together" look rather threadbare.


4 March 2016

Taking a bung………..


Whilst the tedious matter of 'to be' or 'not to be' in the EU hogs the headlines, another, rather nastier piece of legislation is making its way, quietly, through our legislative process. The Conservatives, no longer shackled by their coalition with the LibDems, are pushing through their 'Housing & Planning Bill' which, in some eyes, signals the end of 'affordable' housing.

This new piece of legislation is just a logical extension of the original 'Right to Buy' from 1982 which allowed Council tenants to buy their council flat or house at a huge discount, a bribe in anyone's language. The idea was that the RtB moved people, or more accurately, some people, out of poverty by giving them the opportunity to get into further mortgage based debt.

The Tories have used this strategy (bribery) with great success when selling off public assets where everything has been discounted (see Tell Sid. Classic Thatcher-era advert to sell off British Gas shares | Daily Mail Online ). Yet there are almost no examples of this strategy delivering 'competition' - BT escapes forced split from Openreach – for now | The Week UK and efficiency - Natural monopolies exist when one firm dominates an industry.

All the Tories have been doing is slavishly and blindly following Adam Smith's proposal that the full mercantile value of any given good or service can only be extracted when such good or service is in single rather than communal or community ownership. Notably, the Tories have failed to consider the social or societal implications of this approach when it is followed without consideration to its implications. (I suppose it is unfair to suggest that this failure could be excused as an example of genetic blindness.) Smith did consider the implications and I suspect that he would find the Tory approach as distasteful as I find it.

But, of course, the Tories are rescued by none other than Gordon Gekko (from 1987) who opined that "Greed is Good, Greed Works" and, in that, they have been proved right. Greed, or bribery, has been an effective way of co-opting the public and suppressing opposition to the sell-off of public assets, after all, who can turn down a free lunch?

I wish that the 'Housing & Planning Bill' was the last chapter in this sorry story but I doubt that will be the case - greed and self interest will ensure that any effort to consider the 'good of society' will come far down any list of Tory priorities.

What I am sure of is that the property market in London (described elsewhere as a global reserve currency) will continue its inflationary spiral upward, driven by dodgy money from Russian oligarchs and City Boy's bonuses. This latest piece of corrupting legislation will only steepen that curve.

Please note: the illustration at the top of this entry refers only to the 'Housing and Planning Bill' and should not be interpreted as a reference to Somerton Town Council, past or present.

10 January 2016

The two faces of Dave……...


Dave Cameron, we understand, will launch a new initiative focussed on 'helping' parents to better discipline their children. David Cameron: parents should be taught how to control children | Politics | The Guardian

I'd be rather more impressed if he was focussed on bringing some disciple to his banking sector chums.