I realise that the content of this post is going to offend a lot of people, and if not, then at least be found unnecessarily divisive at a difficult time. But it isn’t the job of a commentator to wait until the dust settles, and “time has healed all wounds”, to speak out. The Windrush decision is a crime against real fairness – and the natural equality that goes with waiting your turn. Worse still, 50’s born women are being quietly back-burnered by Corbyn Labour.
I share your concerns, John, where is the resolution though who has the final say so?
On the question of Costed Manifestos at the 2017 election, the BBC referred often to one particular think tank for its consideration of Costing on Manifestos.
They always go to The Institute for Fiscal Studies
Paul Johnson is often wheeled out and often not even introduced but it is these unelected quangos who put these policies into operation on behalf of the Banks, who are more powerful than HM Treasury.
Lynton Crosby has these tests for policy communication ( its the modern spin doctors way) Let’s Refresh ourselves´ on the four elements.
Salience, ( Is it out there)
Relevance ( Do the people Give a Shit?) Is it personally Relevant?
Differentiation ( They say That Too.) Political Differences, Wheres the change, why change?
The point of Sale Execution (WTF?)
Making the Lies Stick, Connect the policies to the Party.
Listen to Professor Werner very carefully in this video, then the other side of the coin is to understand that Trade Deals in a post-Brexit Tory Britain will leave WASPI women and everyone else stranded.
Influential human leaders are already calling for “a new wave of economic growth” to deal with the problems that past economic growth has caused. What might have been dangerous ideas like democracy and development have already been converted into instruments – like the “free market” and “free trade” – through which rich and powerful people can dominate and disable the poor and weak. In the last few years concern with sustainable development has itself mushroomed into an unsustainably wasteful bonanza of parasitical busyness – national and international conferences, consultations, publications, research, and so on. Mad scientists, dreaming of nuclear reactors in 50 years’ time which will generate heat 2000 times hotter than the sun, are given serious attention; while sober engineers, capable of providing all the energy humans need by a mixture of energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy supply, are dismissed as unreliable cranks. (Our experts from the Ministry of Destruction and Science and the Ministry of Disinformation and Public Relations are asking for increased budgets to step up their successful cooperation in this area.) Meanwhile leading humans, by Beyond The Dependency Culture – http://www.jamesrobertson.comDevil’s Tunes, 1992 131 simultaneously paying themselves huge salaries and preaching the virtues of wage restraint, elegantly combine encouragement of financial greed with the promotion of widespread cynicism. (You recently recognised the brilliance of our infernal taskforce in this area by bestowing a Satan’s Award for Excellence on the relevant division in the Ministry of Waste and Economic Affairs.)
This spoof report to Satan by James Robertson in 1992 sums up the plan quite well and with some prescience. The Precariat is part of the design, not an accidental by-product.
Looking for a hero or even a villain or a strong man to solve it is not the point, we the people can solve it simply by making it happen, we say loudly and clearly to The powers that be, Make it happen or we are taking our fucking ball back, quite simple.
In this interview I did with Roy Madron author of Super Smart Democracies, the working title when I did the interview was Super Competent Democracies we discuss his ideas as to how the combat what Philip Mwoski calls the Neo-Liberal Thought Collective, Left and Right are terms of spin in that world, people like you or I or PeterHitchens or Jeremy Corbyn do not register we are Non Mainstream and just do not get it by their rationale.
Showing the way out of the bottle, Wittgenstein or Epictetus?
In Such times as these John, I usually reach for the Enchiridion. Epictetus and his handy handbook reminds us all to Stick to our own knitting and do the right thing, eventually every one cottons on ( and it only takes 5% of us ( see Erica Chenoweth’s Work), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erica_Chenoweth
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