Austerity, the excuse of the rich and powerful to squash the poor, whilst blaming them for the losses of the rich gamblers and simultaneously making themselves even richer than ever.
Max Keiser and Kerry-Anne Mendoza, otherwise informed blogger activist ‘Scriptonite’ covers a lot of related areas of UK ‘zombie’ economy. Bond market in first half and interview in second half from 12:30. In the style of tongue in cheek humour of the show, even water cannon for UK government to control the masses and crowd sourced ‘People’s water cannon for the peoples defence and water balloons, duel purpose to support fire stations closed down. Plus as always for the show,underneath an in-depth understanding of real world economics. A lot of issues highlighted during the humorous banter.
In Max Keiser and Scriptonite ‘Peoples Water Cannon’, in tongue in cheek humour they debate whether to buy one of the many UK fire engines scraped sold off cheap to convert to a people’s water cannon on the cheap in Austerity Britain:
Crowd-sourced People’s Water Cannon in response to UK buying water cannon to control austerity protesters:
Max Keiser and Russell brand discuss the legalised extortion of the poor in UK and the apparent fraud immunity by “loan sharks” Wonga being a big Conservative party donor
Above article describes how he fought UK fascism before WWII, when elements of the establishment including Mosley’s ‘Brown shirts’ fascism was accepted by some of the establishment at the time.
Austerity Protesters in London (June 2014) sing an Italian anti-fascist resistance movement song that has come to represent international solidarity in protest against oppression in many countries around the world, Bella Ciao:
Francesca Martinez gives an impassioned speech for the disabled and poor suffering in Austerity Britain
Russell Brand speaks before mass crowd in central London and puts on Fire Brigade Union t-shirt in support of fireman’s protests at UK government cuts
Owen Jones speech at people’s assembly
Speech at People’s Assembly by Caroline Lucas: “Stop punishing the poor..End this cruel and counter-productive Austerity..”
Russell Brand comments to Russia Today journalist on lack of UK mainstream media coverage of the protest. He says: “”if people knew what was happening they wouldn’t tolerate it… Ignorance is a necessity ingredient for oppression…we are unifying“
For further pictures and Tweets of Austerity Protest in London (June 21st 2014) link in this blog: Austerity Protest in London (June 21st 2014)
A simplified account by ‘Ripped-off Britons” Guardian blog, of how austerity is used economically to disadvantage the poor and eventually even middle incomes, with rich getting richer and inequality increasing. Whilst it presents this situation up to 2011, with much of the source data in 2010. If a more up to date figures were included to recent statistics, the situation for mortgages for instance would be much worse as house prices have no surpassed the 2007 housing bubble, unties and the cost of essential have rocketed and wages of low paid have fallen whilst higher paid have risen and many more in work are paid less than full time minimum wage, along with benefits falling due to cuts in benefits, such things as Bedroom Tax and charging council tax even when the only source of income is job seekers’ allowance etc.. Also the highest inflation of essentials hitting the poorest hardest, offset in official figures by the cost of more luxury items falling or not changing as much proportionately, thus inaccurately skewing official inflation figures too with essentials being most important to anyone trying to just trying to survive on what is a meagre amount, near the very bottom level of benefits in the developed world, also amongst low paid amongst the lowest pay in the developed world. Inequality has vastly risen from 2010 to 2014:
Article illustrating how different forms of taxation and expenditure as a proportion of income and disposable income vary according to wealth for the poor:
Article recommended in above provides a good illustration and explains clearly the underclass poverty trap that exists and is in the course through benefit changes in and out of work, of being intensified in modern day UK:
As worker rights diminish, wages of low to middle fall, whilst rising for higher paid executives, along with a pool of mass unemployment and semi-employed flexible workforce, combines to make UK falling living standards and fewer opportunities for poor to mid incomes. The demise of the unions has also added to the fall for those nearer the bottom, with knock-on effect for those nearer the middle too, whilst those at the top have gained, hence a dividing society with widening inequality:
UK is winning the race to the bottom in the developed world, taking it close to competing with the Third World, however this is not good for low paid and no paid poor masses in UK.
High paid politicians cannot be bothered turn up for poor and disabled in UK:
Some points to ponder in the blog item above, by ‘The Socialist Way’ regarding the 50,000 austerity protest in London in June 2014. Credit is due to the hard work of organisers and people taking part, to all those who made real effort and are doing it with the best intentions, to try to help and save the poor suffering real oppression in UK today. But there is much more to do, people are suffering, unless a big movement with good people can really move people by peaceful means, if it can’t do that in time, the risk of a real breakdown of society is very high and with resultant chaos, factions, a divided nation. Government/media hate propaganda fuelled, could lead to uncontrollable dangerous results for victims of austerity as well as wider society.
There is still hope of a development of unity to fight austerity, to support those in need, not to abandon or scapegoat, but to fight the false ideology of austerity and the real villains at the top, breaking society up for their own relentless greed. Trouble is it is still too little and rather late. If Austerity for the poor carries on unabated and even worse if it is intensified, then the type of protest of a peaceful party for unity for good type of atmosphere at the June 2014 event, may not be so positive in inevitable protests, but more confrontational. The choice is either there can be a society that cares, a more equal one, or the country and countries will suffer the consequences of societal breakdown.
30 Year War, by Manic Street Preachers
30-year War Lyrics (Official Manic Street preachers website)
Manic Street Preachers – Futurology website
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