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Month: December, 2018

But if you want money for people with minds that hate

Music today is an inspired choice based on the book I am currently reading: Harry’s Last Stand (cover illustration above) and is by the Fab Four from the B-side of Hey Jude and (slowed down) from the White Album. Not sure which version this is but please enjoy it anyway, copyright is owned by Northern Songs and Universal Music and is used courtesy of YouTube.

This morning I woke up with buzzing in my ears and no other sound audible to my ears. I tried cleaning them out (against Doctors Orders) and have succeeded in making them much worse than they should be at this time of day. I can hardly hear anything at all but thought I should let you know of a book I am reading at the moment. The cover is shown above and the tale is one man’s story of growing up in poverty during the years before the Great Depression, fighting during the Second World War and the beginnings of the Welfare State.

He has lived through the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s before witnessing the dismantling of the Welfare State in the 1980’s and the introspection brought on by the capitalist ideals of Thatcher and Reagan which almost destroyed any feeling of society that had been built up since 1947. His words will show how dangerous Thatcherism was (and is) since it favours the rich at the cost of the poor. Of course, tRump is doing much the same thing in America today. His slogan may have been Make America Great Again but all he is doing is making tRump richer at the expense of the poor idiots who put him in the White House. The irony is the Resisters saw through him and his lies along with his alliance with Putin, his supporters believe all the lies he is still telling.

Reminds me of 2 families in Italy who almost destroyed the Roman Catholic Church by becoming Popes one after the other, the Borgias and the Medici’s. He, however, seems worse than either family on its own and is trying to become a mega billionaire at the American tax payers expense. Certainly, not his own as by his own admission he has not paid any tax in years, and some argue he has never paid tax in his life. He should remember that the FBI got Al Capone on tax fraud and evasion.

His story reads like no other in recent memory, in fact the nearest any previous POTUS came was in the early 1970’s when Nixon was investigated for voter fraud and was found guilty. In that instance his VP became President and pardoned him for his wrong-doing. Pence won’t be able to do that as he is just as guilty as Donny, his hands black and he is as big a racist and misogynist as his boss.

The investigation being overseen by Mueller is being lied to by the tRump family and others in the know (who admitted they knew about Russia money buying the Presidency but so what?) Every politician gets funding from dubious sources so it should be no surprise that Russia gave money to back pledges to the election fund from the NRA and others in 2016. The hacking of votes so that Hillary Clinton could not be seen to win (everyone of the Resistance is now demanding she be declared POTUS45 when tRump is impeached and imprisoned).

Anyway, going back to the book and the Welfare State in Britain, it was set up to take from all, according to ability to pay, and given to those in need in their time of need. Since Thatcher, every Prime Minister has destroyed that more and more by lowering the threshold at the top where people stop paying, also lowering the bottom threshold similarly, leaving the system with less money than it needs to function. If the rich were to pay what they can afford then the NHS and DWP would not be clamouring out that they need more cash as people are living longer and using the Health Service more as well as needing a pension longer. Thatcher, Major, Blair, Cameron and now May are continuing to punish the poor for not having enough money to live on when they do everything they can to promote the wealthy and increase their wealth.

Zero hour contracts mean that a person is off benefits, if they don’t work and don’t earn anything they starve and can’t pay their rent, buy food or live decently. This is being done in the name of the country by the Government. The country is being turned back into racists because the media have once again started to report immigration levels as unsustainable. The thing is, we should open the border up but change the rules about when someone can claim benefits, housing and furniture off the state. At the moment it is one rule of the natives and a completely different set of rules for those who come here to work and, therefore, increase the GDP. Someone born in the UK who becomes self employed has 12 months to make a go of things before they become liable for tax. They, however, have to pay NI contributions from Day 1. Someone coming into the country to start a business has 5 years tax free and a long time before they make any NI contributions. (These NI Contributions are what are supposed to support the Welfare System in place). While successive governments have been screaming austerity affects everyone and we are all in the same boat, you can bet they don’t have to spend time without income while living payday to payday. The recession has been caused by the banks lending money to each other to offset those mortgages which they knew were going to default. The bankers at the top are still getting huge bonuses even though they no longer have the funds available to pay them to themselves.

How is that all being in the same boat? Some of us are in the water and our life jackets are deflating while the fat cats sit inside the boat with plenty of room passing round the brandy and cigars. They can only afford these luxuries because of those outside the boat in the water bailing like mad to keep them afloat. If they don’t care about the working man and won’t guarantee a decent living wage to everyone how long do they think it will be before a revolution takes place?

Look back in history and the Peasants Revolt, the Industrial Revolution meant the fat cats were getting fatter on the labour by the working classes. In 1917, Russia was faced with a Revolution and the working class took over the country and spread to neighbouring countries very quickly to form the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Don’t think that would happen here? We have had riots in recent times to protest about Government policies which were unfair to the poor, next time it won’t be a riot it will be a revolution and I would hate to see the UK destroyed because politicians ignored the people who put them in Parliament and can remove them just as easily.

The common man is complacent until things get really bad but then they will speak up against the inequality, this has been happening now for decades, before looking for a leader to help guide them to victory in a revolution. That leader is here now, but his following is small but growing. That leader is speaking out against tyranny of the rich and wants them to pay their fair share, not more than they can afford but it will reduce their profits. Tax breaks given to the rich never filter down to the bottom. The rich will take their tax break money and buy a bigger yacht, bigger house abroad for holidays, anything to show off their wealth to their friends and neighbours. We need to wake up and see that the rich will do anything to keep hold of their wealth but there are more of us than them and they should be frightened of losing the propaganda war they are waging to keep the poor divided. As Thatcher found out, keeping the poor divided and reporting on each other is a good way to keep power for yourself.

Someone else did that earlier in the 20th century, he took it too far though and the World fought for 6 years to prove him wrong. That man was Adolf Hitler, and he knew that the majority of decent Germans would remain quiet until it was too late to stop him, that much he was right about. Ordinary German citizens were encouraged to watch their neighbours and report any behaviour likely to disrupt the Nazi party. Thatcher started that off here, others have taken up the baton and run with it since, enough is enough, benefit cheats may cost the country a lot when taken together but the Government is costing the country more every day and there are less of them doing it.

You were the one they backed up to the wall

Hello again dear reader, before I begin I want to introduce the music video to accompany this post and it is from Georgie Wonderwall in 1981, months after the death of his friend and band mate from the late 1950’s right through to 1970. Video is courtesy of YouTube and the copyright is owned by Warner Brothers Music and Dark Horse Records. I hope you like this one and it’s significance will become clear soon, I promise.

Those of you who have been following my posts for a while now will know that I use song lyrics for my regular posts and in between times I write posts about my life to date and I have posted up to 1968. 1969 was quite a tumultuous year for me and the post is refusing my efforts to condense it down so when it does come on here it will be quite long, apologies for that. The thing is, I had a major breakdown in 1969 and fought with my best friend and band mate (hence the use of All Those Years Ago here). The end result was I left home for several weeks in an attempt to “sort my head out” although that wasn’t the phrase I used. Anyway, I will finish the year off and post it in one huge post as soon as I get it finished.

The thing is the next chapter of my reminiscing will be 1970 which was another year which upset me greatly so that chapter will be another long one unless I can manage to edit out some of the pain and produce a much shorter chapter. I did say, however, that I was going to publish and be damned, show you the true me, warts and all, which is one of the reasons I don’t want to leave out my fight with Ian. I also don’t want to leave out the pain I felt when we fought and the joy at making up with him again.

I don’t know whether or not it makes for a good story to tell things in detail but that is what I have to do with 1969 and 1970. These years were not easy to live through and should be difficult to write because of that. 1969 certainly is. I wonder if those who know me the best can see beyond the words to the pain I felt, the pain I caused hurt me so much more than I wanted to let on. Anyway, that chapter is almost done and I will check it for spelling and punctuation before posting it in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, thank you for having my back, your support means the world to me and it is the reason why I am able to support others going through similar experiences. I know I can help people to cope with pain, after all I was bullied at school and someone stepped in to save me. When I could reciprocate this action I did so alongside another friend at school and we used to beat up the bullies when we could and take a beating when we couldn’t. It showed though that the bullies were nothing to be scared of and that frightened them more than anything.

I still hate bullying and, I believe I mentioned the viral video going around showing racism and water boarding of a Syrian Refugee at his school here in England. Most of the comments I have seen regarding this video have been in condemnation of it so I know there are people out there who feel the way I do about bullies and bullying. Now that his time is almost up the biggest bully of all, tRump, is about to be removed from office and locked up for his treason against the American people. I hope this will signal an end to all the racism and hatred over there but somehow I doubt it will.

If there is one thing I absolutely hate it is violence against an individual by a racist, bigoted mob. I used to take on mobs at school with my friend, as I said we sometimes beat them even though we were outnumbered as bullies are basically cowards. When you start beating up the biggest two the rest, usually, will run for cover. Doesn’t always work that way but hey, if no one stands up to them they think they are teflon coated.

Anyway, I just want to say a huge thank you to every last one of you. You help me through the bad times and I like to repay that by sharing the good times with you, if any of you need my support you will have it, no questions asked and no explanation needed just ask me and I will be there for you and do whatever I can for you.

Mental illness is a bitch, especially depression and anxiety, they make you crawl inside yourself and the only person in the world who matters to you at that point is you. I hate feeling like I am the most important person in the world because, trust me, I’m not. I’m not even one of the most important people on the planet because I am insignificant compared to some of the great people I have shared this planet with. People like Einstein, Lennon, Harrison, Dylan, Kennedy (JFK), Michael Devlin (he used to be the Super in charge of the Metropolitan Police) and lastly Freddie Bulsaro and Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. (For those of you who don’t know the final two they are Freddie Mercury and George Michael). I was a huge fan of David Bowie from the 1960’s onward, but I don’t consider him the same way I do the other previously mentioned musicians.

David Robert Jones was hugely important in the same way as Mark Feld. They helped me to come to terms with myself and look at myself through different eyes. In much the same way as Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman helped me to relax and focus on something else for a while as I listened to their group albums (Jethro Tull, Yes and the Strawbs, then Yes).

I have an abundance of love for my fellow human beings on this planet and, if there is a God somewhere still watching over us, I hope he takes some pleasure in all the mayhem and shit he has created here. Because of all the hatred that has always been around I don’t believe there is a God, I will find out once I’m dead whether that is it or there is something else but by then it will be too late to care.

Is it only those following a particular religion who will be saved? Will the good all be saved regardless of which religion they follow or is religion all a sham? Every good (Holy?) book is written the same way, laying down rules to follow which seem to boil down to one thing LOVE. Yet everyone following rigidly any religion on this planet seem to focus on HATE. Why do you think that is? I think it’s because they know LOVE is powerful and gets nothing whereas HATE gets everything. HATE is fed by greed and gluttony and most people think that is what life should be all about. I don’t. I think life should be about helping each other, making sure that whenever anyone needs something and you can provide it you should do so without any need for reward. I have tried to live my life this way and it has not been easy but I feel blessed.

Men, women, children, you see them all around you all the time. Some people see them as human beings others will judge them on superficial things like skin colour. That isn’t necessary, they are all our brothers and sisters. No-one is a sex object, no-one deserves to be beaten because they are different. No-one deserves to be treated differently because of their social status. If I could wave a magic wand and have anything I wanted, there are only three things I would ever ask for:

  1. An end to war.
  2. An end to illness, and
  3. An end to poverty.

Altruistic goals you say, and you would be right. But if we work together we can achieve so much. Why should medicine be restricted to those who can’t afford to pay for it? Why should the pharmaceutical companies be worth so much money if not everyone can take advantage of their discoveries? Why should 1% of the population control 99% of the wealth of a country? The thing is, as long as we need money we will have greed and corruption. The corruption of some people is so absolute you will never believe what they are doing to gain and hold onto absolute power.

I am he as you are he and you are me and we are all together

Music is from those fabs, this time from Magical Mystery Tour their home made (or should that be hand made?) movie project for television audiences Christmas 1967. Once again the clip is provided by YouTube and the copyright is owned by Universal Music/Northern Songs, enjoy.

There is a disgusting piece of film which has gone viral, much to the dismay of the fools who shot it to promote their racist beliefs and rhetoric the people seeing it are calling for an example to be made of the idiots who attacked Jamal and his sister at school.

For those regular readers of my posts you know that one thing I can not stomach is racism. A friend of mine sat down and told me to look at racist jokes from a different perspective and he was totally correct, they are much funnier looked at from the opposite perspective. But then again, everything is much better when you look at it differently.

The scumbags who attacked the Syrian kids and then posted the attack on social media were hoping people would praise them for their actions, looking at the footage from a different perspective everyone has been condemning their actions because the country decent people want here is free from abuse and racism. This country used to be a healthy place to live and work in. The bigots had their day and were keeping their poisoned thoughts to themselves and their own kind. Since Brexit, there has been a surge in racist propaganda coming out and then with tRump winning (even though he had outside help to do so) the bigots thought the tide was turning to them again.

It seems they were not only wrong but incredibly stupid to think the rest of us would keep quiet when they spouted their hatred and showed anger against people coming here to escape violence at home. I refuse to keep my mouth shut and do nothing when I see wrong acts being committed. If you don’t respect this country then please feel free to leave. Those coming here to escape war and violence in their home country should be made welcome as that is what we are good at. Helping each other out when times are hard. Look at what we have achieved in the past when we pull together, we can move mountains and have done so often enough.

People are basically learning that to remain quiet when they see injustice only perpetrates that injustice and makes the bigots think they can do as they please. They can’t. tRump is going to learn that lesson the hard way very soon when he is jailed along with his son, Donny Jr. He is trying to bankrupt America before that happens but the more he shouts and incriminates himself and his crime family the sooner the cage will close and he will be trapped.

Theresa May is determined not to have a second referendum on Brexit but her negotiated deal will leave us paying into the EU coffers without a seat at the table to decide how the money is spent, it will then be up to the bureaucrats to say when we can leave and stop paying them anything. That isn’t what the country wanted in 2016 and it isn’t what the country wants now. Northern Ireland MP’s have told Mrs May they will not back this non-agreement not least because it would force a hard border in Ireland separating Northern Ireland from the Republic. The Irish don’t want a hard border and if that comes into force they will, presumably seek to have a referendum on Independence to rejoin Europe by the back door by joining Northern Ireland with the Irish Republic.

You know if that were to happen then Scotland would seek a second Independence Referendum and the mood in Scotland is totally different today than when they last voted to leave or remain within the UK. Theresa May could go down in the annals of history as the Prime Minister who broke up the United Kingdom to try and save face.

On a more positive note, if we can find it in our hearts to accept that every human being on this planet has a right to live their life without fear and violence then, just maybe, the world that most of us want to see can come a little bit closer.