This is a piece I wrote for The Wolfian Magazine issue 6, originally titled Happy New Year, although tomorrow is Midsummer. I think some of the things I wrote are still pertinent and with issue 9 due out imminently I think it’s now time to share.
2016 hasn’t gone well so far, and we’re still in the first month. We have now lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople), Glen Frey (the Eagles), Rene Angelil (Celine Dions manager/husband), Dan Haggarty (Grizzly Adams) and of course just before Christmas Lemmy. I think I and probably the majority of others were more shocked about David Bowie, just 2 days after his birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar. A poor radio newsreader had a Freudian slip and announced David Cameron had died, people’s celebrations quickly turned to grief when the mistake was rectified and everyone found out it was Bowie instead.
There weren’t just floods of tears though, heavy rainfall caused some of the worst floods this country has seen in the North, families were evacuated, Christmas’s ruined and although David Cameron said lessons must be learned in 2014 it is pretty obvious he didn’t do his homework. Money promised for flood defences had been cut in ‘austerity’ measures. Not being an economist or politician I feel that spending £50,000 on defences is more economical than spending £300,000 on repairing the damage. Funny there is money to bomb innocent kids in Syria, build a museum to one of the most hated women in the country but not enough to stop the floods.
But we are in a war against terrorists that is a certainty, the definition of terrorism that I found on Google is as follows.
1.the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2.the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
The government would have us believe that they are the only ones who can prevent terrorists by bombing other countries, increasing their ‘powers’ to intercept messages via telephone, internet or social media but the way I see it THEY are the terrorists. People are ‘scared’ to become ill and have time off work or worse have to leave their employment. Once this happens the likelihood of them getting into debt increases, which increases their stress, which increases their illness, which makes them more likely to ‘miss’ appointments, which will get them sanctioned, which leaves them with NO money and a high possibility of becoming homeless or having to live in unsuitable accommodation.
It’s worse if they are in London on one of the ‘estates’ that are deemed to be a ‘problem’ as the Tories are attempting to bulldoze these and build ‘affordable’ housing. The trouble with the affordable housing is that ordinary people on an ordinary/minimum wage would never be able to afford the in a million years. The people who have lived all their lives in this community are displaced and forced to move miles away. I believe they call this social cleansing.
And this is how I believe the Tories got elected, by instilling fear via the right-wing media, spinning such negative propaganda against all the other parties, and a lot of times telling outright lies. Have you ever noticed that whenever the government are found out in a lie there is suddenly a major news item which pushes the story about them sometimes completely out of the media, and this is in addition to the flood of reports that ‘hides’ the bad ones or so they hope. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/9-pieces-bad-news-tories-7031791. I was always suspicious too of the way the notoriously Tory paper ‘the Sun’ broke the ‘exclusive’ that they had images of the Queen when she was 6 – years before the war doing what looked like a Nazi Salute, which of course could also have been an American Bellamy Salute. What were the Tories trying to hide that day, the attack on social housing maybe?
From what I can see it is the Tories who are the Terrorists and they are the ones we need to fight. I wrote on one of the Labour Facebook pages a couple of weeks ago that not only do Labour need to unite as a party they also need to form alliances and unite with other parties such as Lib Dems, Greens, SNP, Plaid Cymru etc. They can fight over who will lead the country when the Tories are gone. Someone asked on the forum why I didn’t include UKIP, I told them that I believe UKIP are still Tories and are there to deflect attention from the bad Tory Policies and to divide the votes for the other parties. It’s clear from PMQ’s that the way Cameron tries to avoid answering the questions is to attempt to divert attention to what he perceives as friction in the Labour party. Comparing the Shadow Cabinet re-shuffle to Shakespeare and quoting ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Twelfth Night. I think perhaps he forgets that he is a dead ringer for Lady MacBeth and he’ll never be able to wash the blood off his hands. And then a couple of weeks later instead of answering the question he wittered on about a ‘suggestion’ that Trident instead of being scrapped could go out without Nuclear bombs aboard as Japan’s fleet does, and referenced the Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’.
Seriously is that politics? Is that adult debate? Is that working ‘for’ the people of Britain? The Junior Doctors went ahead with their one day strike, and quite frankly I don’t bloody blame them. They’ve even cut the bursaries for nurses and now they have to take out a ‘loan’ to study to be a nurse. That isn’t fair and will seriously reduce the number of people going into nursing, although Camoron tries to claim it will allow more to study, he really can’t see that people do not want to start off in debt. The NHS is being ripped apart and sold piece by piece. I heard that a contract out to tender went to a ‘private’ firm despite the NHS consortium quoting £7 Million LESS.
I keep seeing ‘polls’ being quoted, and not believing the samples are fair I have now joined the ‘YOUGOV’ poll site. I was asked a question on there about corruption so commented that The current Conservative government are the most corrupt in British History (or words to that effect) I know many people will NOT join that or sign any of the Government petitions as it requires your details, but you know what, I DON’T CARE. I’m happy to stand against them and stand for Justice and Fairness and increased equality, the only things the Tories have increased are homelessness, poverty, insecurity and inequality.
I have seen indications today however that Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are to have talks about uniting in the effort to rid the country of the Tories. Just need the SNP, Plaid Cymru, Greens and any Independents in on it too and hopefully it will work. I even wrote a poem to urge them to Unite.