The Need for a Coalition on the Left

With UKIP yapping at Cameron’s heels, the left has never been in a better position for the next election. Nigel Farage and and his fascistic buffoons are splitting the Conservative vote, they are appealing to a central block of core conservative voters that feel that David Cameron simply isn’t racist, sexist or homophobic enough for them.

Neither do they feel that he is following the Economic Orthodoxy with the right amount of fervour, the move to cut the top rate of tax from 50% to 45% simply wasn’t enough. Why not cut it right back to 40% ask people like Tim Montgomery? Why not encourage business into the country with competitive tax rates?

Those are the type of people who are swooning for Farage, and believe it or not, Farage has done me and my ilk the biggest favour any fascist could have done. Now that Conservatives the nation over are considering if the Conservative Party really is extreme enough for them, and if they had better not vote for old Farage, the left wing parties have the perfect chance to merge into an alliance based on anti austerity, pro growth, and pro renewables.

The case is overwhelming for an alliance of Green, Lib Dems and Labour. Only that way can we come together to provide the right blend of ideology that this country needs. Each can bring something to the table.

The Greens, long despondent over their own insignificance finally have a chance to make a difference through merger, unlike the Lib Dems upon entering the coalition, their policies will actually have meaning in the new alliance.

The Lib Dems, their voters rightly feel betrayed by Clegg and his almost astounding metamorphism into a Tory Poodle, they would jump at the chance for a change of direction and a new start.

Labour, the only left wing party with an actual chance of winning an election will be swung to the left quite nicely by this infusion of policy.

The political movements that people remember, the ones that actually make a difference, are marked from their competitors by the fact that they create an alliance, either of different sections of society, or hopefully this time, an electoral alliance.

The only chance for a truly inspiring and vote winning movement like that on the left is for a merger.



Stop Going on about small business, actually do something

From every political manifesto these days you will hear the same rhetoric about small business, a rhetoric designed cleverly and purposefully to pull middle class voters in, and to at least pretend that they care about real people.

What’s needed in this time of crisis is not rhetoric, but action, and action with gumption and meaning. Instead of ‘doing a Thatcher’ and installing policies which have always appealed to Tory voters, including tax cuts for the rich and austerity for the workers, George Osborne has walked a tight path in-between left and right. Instead of drastic ‘wealth creation’ tax cuts, or bottom up growth, he went for something in the middle, which annoyed both sides of the spectrum.

What’s needed now is a Chancellor with a proper understanding of demand side economics, and the Keynesian theories that worked so well in almost every time crisis known. No matter what the neoliberals tell you, every country that is developed has done so through government ‘meddling’, and every developing economy that laps up the nonsense the IMF feeds it is stuck in a spiral of poverty, ever to be the bin and slave house of the world.

If we raise the minimum wage, then not only will thousands of people be lifted out of benefits, as most agree is a good thing, but people will actually get paid a fair wage for what they do. The head of Citi banks couldn’t make the ridiculous profits that he gets without some thirteen year old girl in a sweat shop factory supplying the goods for him to speculate on.



Now, if we can take money from the top end of the economy, through increased corporate tax rates, the Tobin Tax, and an increase in the 45p tax rate to 60p, we can then filter that capital down to small business, those that actually do the ‘striving’, those that actually show the ‘entrepreneurial spirit’, and those that employ the most people in this country.

We will transfer the money down to small business through tax cuts for them,  tax increases for the corporates. The small businesses will then be in a perfect position to turn a profit and generate growth, as tax cuts for the middle and lower classes will enable them to spend in these newly enriched small businesses.

We need a leader who keeps his promises, and who won’t harp on about small business to please voters whilst feeding yet another tax cut to the corporates. It was the corporations who caused the demise of the small businesses.

If you care about corporate responsibility, them you would support this plan.


We’re still living with the selfish idiocy of the Romantics


The reason why children don’t behave in schools, why modern life has descended into a series of short-term, ill considered arrangements is that the focus has shifted from responsibility to rights.

No longer do people consider the effects of their actions, they care only about the short term benefits to their person.

This is reflected in poor school discipline for one thing. Don’t listen to the ranks upon ranks of idiotic left wing Guardian writers who line up to defend the selfish and barbaric behaviour of the urban youth. They complain about the demonization of children, and how it must be ruining their poor, little heads.

Children aren’t behaving properly because their parents aren’t training them properly, and this is happening because everyday their task is becoming more difficult.

In a family environment where both parents work, where 24 hour media is transmitted into the minds of our children on a constant basis, parents are no longer in any position to deny anything to their short attention spanned children.

I refuse to believe any science which defends the rise in examples of ADHD affected children, we can’t allow parents to defend their own incompetence with phony science. No one can deny that there is at least a very strong link between methods of child raising and the resultant child.

A public attitude which defends children against their parents at every turn doesn’t help matters for the few who are doing it right.

Parents have become so protective of their offspring that they will side with their progeny against representatives of authority in any sector.

It is a general disrespect for authority, a misplaced and mislead trust in the exploits, opinions and feelings of the individual that has lead us down this path.

Our consumer culture, that which ravages or world and leaves our minds a sponge, only fit to absorb commercial nothings is blatantly harmful to us, and the way we view the world.

Our conceptions are being shaken and restructured along lines which benefit the distributers of that advertisement. Young girls are being forced prematurely into sexuality, but the effects are not limited to girls, boys too have felt this guiding hand of the market.

The answer to the premature sexualisation of children is not to further the disgusting openness about sex that floats across the pages of what used to be respectable newspapers.

I put this down to the individualism first founded by the Romantic poets. If I had lived at that time, I might have sympathised with their efforts to debunk the class system, but their efforts have caused more trouble than good.



Glad to see that I have comrades overseas….


Massachusetts has a minimum wage of $8/hour.  This is fifth highest among states, sixth if you count the District of Columbia.  According to the Boston Globe

Five years have elapsed since the minimum wage in Massachusetts increased in January 2008 to $8 an hour, still one of the highest wage floors in the country.

The Legislature has not voted on a minimum wage increase since 2006, when it phased in the increase over two years and overrode a veto by Governor Mitt Romney to do so.

Since then, four states, includ­ing Connecticut and ­Vermont and the District of ­Columbia have surpassed Massa­chusetts. Nevada requires employers to pay workers $8.25 an hour if they do not receive health benefits, but if health insurance is provided the minimum wage rate falls to $7.25.

California continues to pay workers a minimum of $8 an hour, and Washington has the highest minimum wage in…

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Race to the Bottom

Whenever the question is raised about raising tax on the rich, the usual people always chime up with worries about business leaving the country.

Not only is this attitude incorrect, it is unhealthy, to think that gives big business and the top 1% all the more power over our lives and country.

As long as countries keep competing to have the lowest standards so that business will come, the people will never truly have the power that should be theirs. At some point someone will have to stand up to big business, and show them that we really don’t care if they leave, because power must be reclaimed from those who hold us in constant, unrealised threat.

The answer to recovery in Great Britain is to tax those who caused the crisis, and invest that money in the public, whether though healthcare, teaching or through infrastucture projects. Then the people will have money to spend, which is not only fair but prudent, if people start spending more than recovery can’t be too far round the corner.

The answer is not to cut public services to the bone, cutting jobs is never going to boost the economy.

To those who say that the top 1% have earned their money and who is the government to take it away, I say this:

Those people have got there through, a) going to private school, b) not paying their workers a fair wage, and c) by destroying the natrual environment.

Given those points, can anyone still be arguing the case for those who broke this country and who are ready to do so again?