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Lesson for Theresa May – A bird in hand…

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Trying to make sense of it all.

The media says that Labour will increase taxes and their sums don’t add up in the manifesto. Conservatives are the country’s only hope as they are the one’s with a charismatic leader who can ‘see us all through’. The BBC and Sky have never offered the current Labour Leader a platform for his policies, anyway.

Here are my thoughts…

I was a ‘Leaver’ in the Brexit referendum and remain so, despite the whole of the country trying to tell us that we made a mistake and in a second referendum ‘we will all change our minds’. For this reason, I was well impressed with Theresa May’s approach to getting the deal done and continuing with her agenda to get us out of that blood-sucking bureaucracy that is the EU. She managed to negotiate the hurdles laid in the path by a certain Gina Miller and many of her own MPs. She was doing a splendid job with her stern and focussed approach to Brexit. Somewhere along the way she got greedy for Power and she thought that on the back of her Brexit handling popularity and Corbyn’s struggles within his own party, she can snatch herself a full 5 year term in Office as the PM. Theresa May decided to call a snap election and caught the country unawares. She miscalculated the nation’s mood.

Jeremy Corbyn has always had some very good policies and has consistently been growing his supporter numbers since he won over the party’s leadership. JC is also a far better campaigner (with 30 years of experience) and a better orator than May. He has used the digital marketing channels and Social Media to its fullest to get his message across. This has worked beautifully for the Labour party in turning around a very difficult situation to now being with single digit points behind the Conservative party, according to some polls. Could this end up being the biggest upset in British Political history? Could ‘Europe’ prove to have taken another Tory scalp within 2 years (Cameron and now May)?

Did May get too greedy and eyed a full term as the PM, not being satisfied with what she had in the bag? Did she forget the age old saying – a bird in hand is better than 2 in the bush?

Going on to the policies, it is a mixed bag. The Conservatives have become unpopular because of the continued austerity policies while offering tax breaks to the super rich. They have even alienated their own support base of small businesses and small scale entrepreneurs with heavy taxation, while creating wider paths for the super rich to grow their businesses and empires. This has also been seen in many circles as creating opportunities for the larger corporations to usurp many small businesses by making them less viable and forcing many to give up their dreams of ‘becoming their own bosses’. The cuts forced by the austerity measures have impacted on the security agencies in the country and also the much loved and abused NHS. The austerity measures combined with the Tory greed to asset strip the NHS and sell it off to big corporates to run as a profitable business has not gone down very well with the masses, who have finally woken up to fact that NHS may not be around in its current form for much longer, if left with the Tories. NHS just needs better management of resources and accountability measures imposed on all its suppliers and service providers, along with similar approach to all other public services. Such a move needs more resources which will also prevent the loss of many great national institutions. Additionally, in principle, the Tory policy to reduce the Social Welfare bill by making it to be a safety net and not a ‘lifestyle choice’ sounded laudable, but the implementation and execution was devoid of any compassion and intelligence in its procedural outlook. Apart from this one policy and the stern Brexit negotiations, May had nothing going for her in my opinion, but she felt emboldened by the internal feuds within the Labour party and thought that she saw an opportunity to seize a full term for her. What a folly! Labour’s policy to bring back Housing related welfare benefits to 18 year olds sounds like a bad move and bringing people back to the bad old days of feeling ‘entitled’ to the benefits with limited sources for the state to fund them. I also hope that they will have sensible policies to distinguish those creating wealth and making contributions to society from those who build businesses purely for greed and through exploitation (zero hours, low wages, poor employment laws come to mind). As is well known, you cannot tax the nation’s rich to bring about general prosperity. Those who work hard and put their neck on the line to create wealth and businesses should also have incentives to do so. Most other policies on their manifesto are very welcome and have been well received by the masses, if they can be funded with sensible resource allocation. I feel that JC and chancellor JM will have a pragmatic approach to bringing this about.

I predict a very close election, which might just nudge out the Conservatives with a Labour/X coalition. The negotiations with X may not be easy and hopefully will not have an impact on delivery of the Labour manifesto. Labour MPs would also be very foolish to continue with their attempts to depose JC from the leadership on any pretext as people power will rise to defend him as JC is the only leader who could have brought the Labour party so close to victory from the cesspit they were in only 2 months ago.

Who will be the British PM on June 9th, 2017?

I am feeling sick, Manchester!

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Having read many posts, threads and news articles and reports discussing the heinous act in Manchester which has affected scores of families across the nation and abroad I have been exposed to so many different viewpoints around this situation, some very positive and others not so, I guess like most of us have been too. I have a teenage daughter and a younger child and it pains me enormously to think what those parents and children must be going through who experienced the horrific incident on Monday night.

What is bothering me very much is that I am finding an idea taking hold in my psyche and it is a very disturbing one. We have all heard of ‘conspiracy theories’ citing the possibility of false flags in many recent ‘terrorist attacks’ around the world. None of these have caught my attention as this one has. There are ideas being floated around that the ‘elite’ were losing their grip on the election battle for the 8th June 2017. A so called ‘loony socialist communist’ was gaining ground and rumoured to be surging ahead of the ‘defender of the rich’ and ‘only hope for all humanity’ and in some circles it was being exaggerated as if the ‘world would come to an end’ if that were allowed to happen. We have been told in the recent modern history that it is justifiable to go and turn to rubble a flourishing foreign country where the despot ruler is killing his/her own people. ‘We’ have every right to defend the rights of those ‘poor souls’ who have nobody else standing up for them. In the process of doing so, any innocent lives (children, news reporters, first aiders and medics included) lost are described as unfortunate collateral damage and the ‘news’ done away with. Move on to Next target!

How sad a point in its evolution has our human race got to. Human lives are being sacrificed in the name of deposing a ‘tyrant’ ruler. Is this acceptable? What we are being told by the powers to be and the media – is it even true? Do the politicians have someone else pulling their strings? Who is ultimately benefiting from all this? I have always believed that it is greed for extreme wealth and power that is behind all the wars in the world; there is never an altruistic reason to ‘help’ people which justifies any war EVER.

What if those concepts of ‘killing’ your own countrymen to gain an upper hand in your war of words against the opposition seem so attractive to the ‘hidden elite’ in our ‘advanced western world’ that they have started adopting them as a justifiable means to ‘win at any cost’. If human life in a foreign land can be sacrificed and a justifiable story be created around it to fool the masses, why not do it in our own lands. Media can be easily bought and fed elaborately created stories with villains and heroes, while drawing attention away from the real reasons behind this charade. I shudder at the thought of innocent little children being sacrificed and immense pain being inflicted on hundreds of families for the rest of their existence, purely to hang onto power by the few. Please tell me that this is an extremely irrational thought in my head.

It is an extremely dark, sickening, painful, repulsive, abominable, loathsome, nauseating thought and I can’t seem to shake it off.

BREXIT – what happens when the ‘powerful’ don’t get their way!

Ajay's rant | Politics

I have been utterly dismayed by the negativity in the press and every other media channel and social media forums, and by the marches and petitions since the morning of the 24th June 2016.  This is Propaganda at its worst and the destabilising forces at work, which had been ready to go into full throttle should the need arise and ‘if the nation woke up’!!  I have stayed away from responding to any social media posts because there is so much hatred and vile intentions underneath a lot of these posts and articles.

In the good old days, you may have heard theories about the CIA sabotaging and undermining the governments in the Far East, the old Soviet Union and the Middle East for their selfish reasons.  Something similar is now happening in the UK – a modern western democracy, because the public spoke against the power of the big corporates.  The corporates are stronger than the governments in this day and age and have taken over the role of the governments of the 60s to the 80s.  They flood the market with negative comments and hate filled stories and ‘opinions disguised as facts’ for a few days and then strike with a move which nobody reacts to as they have all been conditioned to accept that action as being reasonable and ‘the norm’ after the protracted media campaign to desensitise this situation.  I fear something big and nasty is about to happen!  This is how propaganda works, isn’t it?

We talk about Democracy and Magna Carta and Civilised Society, until it suits our purposes and soon as someone with a differing opinion seems to take lead, all these principles are thrown out of the window and we start making calls to annul the vote and reject the other side’s win.  How shallow is our belief system?

In the recent EU debate, I have always been a ‘LEAVER’.  There was never a doubt in my mind that EU, as an organisation, has to go.  As Darren Hannan, MEP rightly said – “You don’t have to love the FIFA, just because you love football”!  I always thought that the EU was the short-cut route for the big multi-national conglomerates to get the political and trading machinery of this continent to work in their favour.  It was a lot easier to keep the EU going so that they can achieve full control without having to go through the parliaments of 28 different nations to get their agendas through.  EU, with its unelected commissioners and president were responsible for passing laws for lands as diverse as Estonia and Germany.  The asset grabbing and control of the individual economies was happening right before our eyes with no end in sight.  A democratically elected government could be forced to resign as had been seen in Greece and similar signs in many other countries. When Cameron made efforts to get a good deal for the UK and his efforts were mocked and rejected despite the impending vote in the UK by the powers in the EU, it was obvious that ‘they’ had thought they could fool the UK population into ‘staying’ as they had the machinery to manipulate the agenda in their favour.  They were too sure, but the result went the other way, as nobody expected – not even the creator of this referendum – Mr N Farage ( a lying twat!)!!  The Brexiters were caught with their pants down, as it has now turned out.  They did not expect to win and hence, had made no plans of what to do in that scenario.  During the campaign days, even they had realised that the powerful machinery behind the ‘Remain’ camp was too strong.  Despite their rhetoric and passionate speeches, they were themselves, not ready for the result, because of the conditioning effect of the propaganda.  They had resigned to having played a ‘game for the elite’ after spending millions of pounds of tax payer’s money just to satisfy their egos. But something had been mobilised or the negative forces had taken over the campaign and other groups jumped onto the band-wagon to further their own agendas and promote the ‘Leave’ campaign.  The genuine reasons for leaving the EU were forgotten and more populist agendas were being promoted as the main reasons for the EXIT.

The result has, unfortunately, brought out the worst of both sides or I should say – the more vocal elements are the negative influencers on both sides.  The REMAIN camp was mainly funded by the big banks and major corporates who wanted the EU machinery to stay as it works in their favour to keep it in place.  They are more sophisticated in how they work and can mobilise people in large numbers to work for them.  Marches in London were organised to get people to reject the vote and separate London from England for EU purposes, any genuine arguments by the LEAVERS are being portrayed in a negative light by telling half-truths, the fear of splitting of the UK and Irish issues are all being propagated as the reasons why this vote should be annulled.  This is ‘fear-mongering Stage 2’.  The markets are a making of these same people and they control the movements and use that to influence the public as part of their propaganda to express how poor this decision was. The markets and currencies will settle down once the dark powers have settled on a leader to take this country forward.  I hope the ‘white knights’ win! Nobody seems to have the brains, the power and desire to portray the endless opportunities this (BREXIT) situation has to offer us.  At the same time, the negative elements in the LEAVE groups seem to have taken the upper hand.  The racism against long established residents and citizens of this country has been displayed in the vilest manner.  The thin veneer of civility and multi-culturism and unity has been washed away for many and the strong underlying hatred for all ‘non-English’ people has come to fore.  I have heard of violent incidents against Polish and French nationals and a member of my own family has been subjected to racist slur and abuse in the middle of London!!!  I assume that these are the type of people who had the mind-set of the Bristall killer of a noble MP, who was just doing her job.  What happened to the laws against hate speech?  Why are the police not out in big force on the streets to curb such activities or is it that the governments feels that to be necessary only when some ‘Muslim’ terrorists are out on the street?  These English terrorists are NOT isolated examples of rogue mad men.  They have an agenda to fulfil, which has to be stopped.

I always said that if the BREXIT happens, the UK will need a strong and united opposition to keep the Tories in check and ensure that the democracy and transparency we have fought this referendum for is not lost in our own country.  I would have extended this to get things in motion to dissolve the unelected House of Lords. Instead, we seem to have created a vacuum with no leadership on either side of the political spectrum.  Too much in-fighting and power struggle to be a leader is going on.  Despite all the shenanigans, Corbyn is the only sane force I believe who can take this nation forward in a calm and sensible way.  He has the mind of someone who can get on the right side of business, political and social thinking and get a good balance.  I disagree with all those who claim he does not have the necessary leadership qualities.

There is too much going on behind closed doors in the corridors of power, I think and I await the developments over the coming weeks and months with bated breath.

 

America’s bipolar condition exposed!

Politics

This election campaign for 2016 has highlighted and brought to surface the underlying fears, prejudices, hatred, compassion, aspirations and dreams of a whole population and exposed the major chasm between the several sections of the American population.

 

Like anywhere else in the world, it appears that we are ever so divided to farther extremes than we like to admit.  What is worrying is that it is so blatantly evident in the presidential elections in the US, still one of the more influential countries in the world.  The choice of a wrong candidate will have a major impact on world politics for the next few years.

 

My main interest lies in the competition between Trump and Sanders. Shame that by the time I get to write this, Sanders is already being written off by some commentators as the Democrat candidate, although having done so well and defied many odds to get to where he is now. Next big test is the California Primary on the 7th June 2016.

 

I see similarities developing all over the world with the more grass roots connected candidates finally making the right connections and rising to the top despite the absolutely polarising campaigns of the candidates being favoured by the media barons and business magnates.  There seems to be a rise of the more socialist minded humans, at least in numbers and during the campaigns.  Whether they transform into winning votes for them is always debatable.  This rise of liberal socialism is partly due to the ever widening gap between the workers and the business owners, the world over and the ‘workers’ class seems to be getting huge in numbers with more of the formerly ‘senior managers’ seeing that their working conditions are being squeezed too and they are so easily pushed aside in favour of the jobs being done by technology.  The other factor affecting the rise of politics of the more socialist variety is the use of technology by the ‘aware’ politicians of the tools available to them, not suggesting that they are not genuinely concerned of the widening social gaps.  The honesty of such minds ensures that the human values still have a role to play in the selection of the candidates in the voters’ minds and modern politics.

 

Amongst the names I know, we have the Canadian President Justin Trudeau, Chief Minister of New Delhi, India – Mr Arvind Kejriwal, the current opposition leader in the UK – Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders in the US as the ones with more open policies aimed at the betterment of whole nations rather than limiting access to services to the classes who have enjoyed the power and financial stability over the last 3 centuries. The big power houses in the business world which have dominated the world’s financial markets have now come to control the services in many other sectors of life including food production and law making worldwide, which are perceived as and should be the concerns of the state.  This control has been passed to the big corporates through many wretched manoeuvres which the (worst of the) Capitalist system has slowly usurped in our societies over the last 4 decades.  The governments have acceded power to the corporates and greed has taken over to the extent that the standards of living of the previously comfortable middle classes are being squeezed too.  Hence the rise of the candidates mentioned above, who have fearlessly tried to fight the corner for the ever expanding ‘working classes’.

 

The US election primaries have been fascinating as 2 totally opposing views have been aired in different parts of the nation suggesting that there are 2 absolutely polarised populations living in the same land.  One professes total segregation, building of Walls (with a capital ‘W’), preventing travel in to the nation by certain peoples, diminishing women’s rights and encouraging racism and all the other negative feelings with its abhorrent campaign, whereas the other stands for the world to come together and work for the benefit of all along with building peace and harmony and financial equality (or at least some dignity) amongst the working classes.  It is amazing to note that both these views resided side by side and have split the voters almost into two equal sized camps in a nation supposed to be a ‘world leader’.  Extremely worrying if the one leading the more negative campaign happens to take the lead and assumes the position of the President of The United States.  The current signs suggest that it is very likely to happen.  God help us!

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