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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Time To Stop Fighting?

Radio and TV presenter James O'Brien - loved and loathed by different parts of the electorate - once wondered who would get the blame when the right wing press and the vehement Leave faction had run out of other people to blame? Once we've been out of the EU for long enough and can't blame them for all our ills, who would be turned on as the reason for all our woes?

Our press demonises whenever it feels like it, so blaming 'Remainers' for their lack of optimism and their insistence of 'talking the country down' will obviously be high up on the list of people to blame. I'm amazed that we haven't had more civil unrest and vigilantism aimed at all the groups of people the Daily Mail has blamed for all the horrible things that have happened in the last 40 years, given the hate pouring from them and other right wing press. It isn't going to be long before women are blamed for something because they're getting far too much say in the fairness of society; that'll be clamped down on my the Mail. Women! Know your place!

I couldn't be conceited enough to think some bloke who occasionally gets 1000 people reading his blogs is going to become a target for the kind of people who feel abuse is now allowable, especially if you disagree with them. It has made me begin to realise some unpleasant things about the current situation we're in sociologically, and that the simple fact that while I don't want leaving the EU to happen, it will and therefore economically we will all pay a little bit more for everything (as a least worst case scenario). Popular people with dissenting voices will get a steady rise in traffic. It'll look great the begin with, then the comments will start and you'll realise that half the audience are frothing at the mouth wanting to castrate the writer with their own filed down teeth and the world will start to look a little less safe and people like me might start to think twice about publishing our own blogs or opinions on social media.

The thing is, I believe I am on the side of the rational, even if those not on the side of the rational will feel they are. Logic disappeared a long time ago, replaced by faith, belief and feelings. The EU referendum and subsequent months that followed has shown quite clearly - for those who want to look - there are divisions within society that have not only been uncovered by the vote, but have reached a nadir - a situation where families have fallen out; friendships destroyed and mutual respect has evaporated. I could (and have done) sit here and write a list of all the things that economists, political analysts and experts in many fields have stated will be irrevocably changed - for the worse - by the Brexit vote. However, it would do no good because, for starters, you are already mainly converted, and if you are one of the people I know who did vote Leave, you're not likely to be reading this (yet).

There isn't an easy fix and I understand the problems all political parties have at the moment at an almost atomic level. Even if this vote had been 49.9 against 50.1 it would have been determined as a will of the people, simply because enough people want out. Anyone with any sense will have realised that the Leave nutters outweigh the Remain ones by a considerable margin; we have to self harm ourselves in an extreme way to quell future unrest. Can you imagine what Farage and his band of swivel-eyed 'At All Cost' wankers would be advocating if Maybot did a sensible thing and simply told the country we can't leave the EU because it would bankrupt the country?

I am also aware that people on the right side of politics would have a field day with my suggestion there would be civil unrest because we should all be aware that the left wing are as bad, if not worse, than all the would be Nazis lining up to declare Ingerland Uber Alles. "It's always the bleedin' lefties saying there'll be riots in the streets," is usually the retort or words of a similar meaning, badly spelled. You could argue with these people that you only ever see anti-government protests when the Tories are in power, but to them... whatever...

Right wing politics brought you Hitler. Left wing politics brought you weekends and holiday pay. People who aren't fascists do have evil thoughts; some swear occasionally and many broke the habit of a lifetime by wishing Farage had died in his plane crash. I accept there are left wing people who will be offensive to right wingers and help destroy the argument of holding the moral high ground. I would like to think this is born of frustration rather than a conscious desire to inflict anything untoward on someone else. People who view themselves as left wing usually don't think of themselves as soviet supporting communists; however, a lot of right wing supporters look and/or sound like Nazis.

Then there's the 'Freedom of Speech' argument, which seems to be a catch all reason for allowing people to be hateful. There is something slightly rational about attempting to explain to people why something might not be a good idea and something slightly irrational, in fact borderline bonkers, in the way the right wing think it's totally acceptable to viciously insult anyone who they don't agree with. Once upon a time I'd argue that the nutters are only on the internet and you wouldn't meet this kind of cretin in a pub or at the bus stop; the problem is it's a growing army and it's fuelled by offshore billionaires who, I presume, think a worldwide civil war based on opposing opinions will be good for business?

The thing is, there's an element of futility in all of this; like the rational people seem to think that by being rational it will change the tide. A sort of anti-Canute thinking, where instead of acknowledging the tide is stronger than one man or a thousand men and their beliefs, you have to hope that it - hope - is stronger. That's how slightly weird and wonky the world has become. I can make the tide turn. I can because it is the will of the people!

A world where one serial sex offender is vilified all over the news, while another is President of the USA. A world where someone reading the above sentence will be marking my name down in a book, without a hint of irony, and mentally executing me until the revolution when he can do it legitimately and preferably in a big town square in front of a baying crowd who hate Social Justice Warriors as much as they hate 'niggers' 'Pakis' and 'faggots'. I'm sorry, but this is designed to shock. This country isn't going to miraculously wake up in the morning and be some utopia we inadvertently mislaid behind the sofa.

I heard someone on the radio recently ask the aforementioned James O'Brien if he seriously thinks he or other people who explain the detriments of Brexit in articulate and [ironic] simple ways have any hope of changing the minds of people who believe that it is the only way forward; that it has to be achieved, without compromise and regardless of the human cost? The answer to that has to be a resounding NO and simply because it's difficult enough to change rational Leave voters minds - You know Born Again Christians? That's your average Brexiteer. The problem is the Brexit version of the Westboro Baptists is about as bad.

If you had the opportunity to have a captive leave voter giving you their undivided attention and you could get them to look at every shred of evidence you have to prove they did the wrong thing; that the reasons they voted were bullshit. Do you know what their answer would be?

"Yeah, but..."

There wouldn't be anything else. 'Yeah, but' is the answer. Some of the more extreme ones will even take self-harming to a new level by saying, 'I don't care.' There's one of them in my own family (and I managed to have 45 minutes on the phone to him last week without once getting angry).

People talk about democracy like they even understand it and apply our archaic First Past The Post version to the referendum, like they think that we'll get another chance to decide in four or five years, like it was a General Election. David Cameron allowed a vote to take place that became a plebiscite on something else entirely and now a lot of angry people want it to happen as fast as possible because when it does it will solve all of our problems and everything will be fantastic again. Obviously when that doesn't happen there's going to be a lot of very confused people out there.

You ask all these people to name you an EU law that has buggered up their lives or this country and they usually quote something that isn't even true. Bananas is a good one, especially as there are no banana growing EU states, to my knowledge. Fish is another, until you realise what the EU were doing was protecting fish stocks so that your grandchildren and their grandchildren will be able to buy and eat affordable fish; they were not trying to drive hundreds of hardworking fishermen out of business. The problem we have with the fish scenario is people who aren't fishermen will argue that we should be able to strip-mine our seas and when our seas are barren we should be able to go and do the same to everyone else's seas, mainly because we're British and we should be allowed to do whatever we want because we invented football and telecommunications and won a few wars, on our own, and never with any help from anyone else, ever...

The Daily Mail would argue that this is a rational and totally valid argument. The Daily Mail thought Herr Hitler was a thoroughly decent chap.

So why fight? Especially if the fighters are going to be the next targets? Why make the bullseye bigger and easier to hit?

Yes, I understand that the main fear for anyone who didn't want us to leave is the fear of the unknown and the fear that everything you have will be reduced to worthless shite and by not resisting you will end up condoning it by your inactivity (look at Germany in the 1930s, not for the Nazi analogy but for the lack of action from the majority that led to extremists prospering); but it's got worse in the last 16 months, not better. There is a wee bit more resigned indignation from the more realistic Remainers and there's a whiff of even more swivel-eyed jingoistic bravado from the Leavers (Hate crime is up 29% since the Brexit vote; that should make them all proud that they're achieving what their motives spelled out); we're settling into a gradual degradation of civilised Britain and once all the unnecessary foreigners have been kicked out, Remoaners will be at the top of the new list, along with Muslims and black criminals - it will their fault and when they've all gone it'll be someone else; maybe dog owners, or people with Volvos.

The only way to make Britain truly great again, it would appear, is to get rid of all the things that make it a great place. It needs to become a deeply nasty isolationist state that trusts no one else and only deals with the things it needs to. That will make the like of Rees-Mogg and Davis happy; then they can rule their fiefdoms while kicking shit in the eyes of their staff. Huzzah!

I'm not completely sure we're a million miles from something like a Ministry of Patriotic Brexit, along the same lines as any fascist (or communist) state has had in the past, where people begin to be sanctioned if they speak negatively about Brexit - Belittle Brexit, Belittle Britain. So it might be worth just watching from the wings, gauging the mood, keeping quiet, not drawing any attention to myself from the Internet & Thought Police and preparing my garden to grow enough fresh food to save me money to stay warm...

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Hate! What is it Good For?

Hate is a bit of a vile word in certain contexts. I mean, I hate [insert vegetable name here] is a strong way of disliking something, but we've all said something similar and no one really bats an eyelid when someone says, 'I hate cabbage'. If however that person says, 'I hate Muslims' then the word takes on a different tone.

I heard someone on the radio this morning actually say, "I don't care about the Muslims who died at Grenfell, I only care about the people of other religions who died."

A little earlier this month, I heard Rio Ferdinand talking about the amount of on-line abuse and vile nastiness aimed at him after his wife died of breast cancer. It doesn't matter if you don't like the man, his career as a footballer or anything else about him; but to be nasty, hurtful and vile about his wife's untimely death makes me wonder what kind of human we're breeding now?

The right wing press has championed the hate of Islam, and has essentially picked a fight with an entire religion and wants you to tar them all with the same brush it paints nasty pictures about. Ironically, the right wing press turns a blind eye to Christian fundamentalism, which has probably accounted for more death and violence in the last five years than anyone else (Yes, USA, we're looking at you). But, the right wing press are essentially all Christians and we know how truly Christian Christians are, don't we? They are selectively Christian and will be decidedly unChristian if what they need to be Christian about is also something or someone they find morally reprehensible. Believing in 'our' God gives you the privilege of being a twat about others and their own gods.

Our right wing press pour over the Quran (a word which my US created spell checker doesn't recognise, by the way) as much as nutty Islamic fundamentalists, attempting to construe something from its texts to allow them some kind of justification in propagating their hate; yet they can conveniently forget the words of Jesus when they want to demonise the poor, the unemployed, single mothers or someone who says 'bum' on the telly... In a sensible world Jacob Rees-Mogg would have been vilified and castigated for any of his recent comments, instead he's being championed as a future leader of the Tory party. That is basically how mad the world has become.

I blame the Internet, which is quickly challenging Margaret Thatcher as the major blame of all ills. It appears whatever Thatcher didn't manage, the Internet has been used to achieve it. I've been writing an article about a hobby I had and was involved with the fan-promotion of during the 1970s, a thing which still exists in the 2010s but has more divisions and disparity than probably existed in the entire world in 1970. Of course, the 1970s were rife with racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry but it somehow felt slightly safer for everyone, probably because vocal arseholes had very few platforms to spout their shite and skinheads were as rarely seen as examples of Trump integrity. Hate wasn't commercially viable back then so it was left to the actual nutters and not just anyone who lives on a British street or road who can log on to the hate machine.

I actually hate the fact that we've allowed our education system to ignore educating people in areas we probably need more education. I still see 18 months after the turkeys voted for Christmas idiots spouting utter bullshit about the EU and how our extrication will welcome a flood of rainbow-shitting unicorns to bring joy and happiness; a world where everything will be cheaper, easier to find and there won't be any foreign-speaking drains sucking the life out of our country. Even some right wing papers are admitting it isn't going quite as smoothly as many believed and others are hurriedly lining up people to blame for its failure.

If it isn't the EU, it's us Remoaners (for being soooo negative), or it's certain Conservative MPs (not Boris or JR-M), or it's experts (Ha!), or women (the next target?), or people with pugs dressed as Christmas elves... You do realise that because the right wing press is already looking for scapegoats, they're subconsciously admitting it is going to go to shit and it can't possibly be their fault, so someone needs to be blamed?

This week, I've seen examples of nasty ignorance that actually had no basis in reality. Attacks from rabid Brexiteers at Remoaners for proving their arguments are rooted in fantasy and getting verbally violent about it; another little bit of me dies inside whenever I see ignorance being worn so blatantly. If one thing has really boggled my mind in the last two years it has been the mistrust people over 40 have about 'experts'. The obstinate way which people are now dismissing actual fact in favour of how they 'feel' not only leads to madness, it will probably end in violence.

I really hoped that moving to Scotland - a considerably more tolerant society - would have helped me, even if it was just to ignore it more easily. The problem is... is it even a problem? I suppose, in a way, it is because it has actually polarised it for me. The fact I live in a remarkably tolerant area, despite years of neglect, just makes things that happen south of the border worse. When I see wilful ignorance, stupidity and hate spewing from the mouths of probably people of a similar age to me, I get almost as angry with these twats as they do with the lie they're allowing to ramp up their blood pressure. I want to point them towards all of the proof that blow their twattish words out of the arena; but it isn't about that. People hate being proved wrong, so proving them wrong will just make them more angry and if they get angrier then the desire for violence increases.

If we fail to educate people. If we do not encourage evenhanded freedom of thought. If we allow the media to lead us down a very unpalatable path without recourse. If we have politicians who won't condemn the acts of the hateful then what kind of future are we giving ourselves?

Ask yourselves some questions. Where do you see it all ending? Can you see a happy ending, anywhere? After Brexit, will you feel you are more or less isolated? What can we do if nothing works out well? And what will the uneducated bigots, racists and arseholes do when their arguments become ludicrous and meaningless words?

We need some sense or we're all fucked.

Friday, 8 September 2017

A New Caledonian View

Stick with this; I'm a wee bit rusty having not even contemplated politics for two months...

Stick... What a coincidental use of the word. I say this because I was thinking about picking up that shitty stick I like to beat people with, specifically people who think leaving the EU is the greatest thing since the last greatest thing. Then I thought, 'Why bugger up my blood pressure?'. But... you know... if you think you're holding the clean end of the stick, hitting people with the end covered in faecal matter is like shooting fish in a barrel (not that I'd do that, being a vegetarian and not a fan of fish tanks - or fish barrels) and I simply can't resist.

Much has changed since I last wibbled on at you about politics, probably the most drastic is that I no longer live in England, and more importantly, I have no intention or desire of ever living there again. I'm sorry if that upsets some English people, but despite being as British as you could possibly imagine (there are some Teutonic links dating back to the 18th century, but largely I'm as Anglo as Saxon were a crap rock band), I have been driven away from England for the same reasons loads of Europeans have left; because the English, on the whole, are xenophobic arseholes.

Admittedly, I haven't gone far. I'm living in South-West Scotland - Newcastle-upon-Tyne is further north than me - and there is much about it that would be utterly alien to my town and city dwelling chums. Ironically, however, there is much here that would have Brexiteers whooping and pointing at as a perfect example of what Britain can be like post-EU. Even more ironic would be just how wrong Brexiteers would be; so wrong, it's almost diametrically opposite of what our deluded nostalgia-seeking swivel-eyed anti-EU brigade think it is.

South-West Scotland is positioned somewhere between 1967 and 1974. There is a ambience here that is polarising for townies. It is either wonderful or hell; there is no middle ground really. I've not met any people who think this area of the country is 'okay'. The whys and wherefores of this is not what I'm here for, but I will tell you that 0% credit is given almost without asking; the sense of manana isn't frustrating, it's normal; everyone is friendly and respectful - they look at your face and not at the floor; you freely accept that some things aren't available and, this is the best bit, the vast improvements in this region (roads, businesses and changes in the standard of living) have happened because of the money the EU ensured this part of the country got. 

This region of Scotland has been transformed by EU money and when the referendum was held, it had one of the lowest Leave votes in a country that adamantly didn't want the UK to leave.

Apart from the aesthetically pleasing information above, pensioners here think pensioners down south are all mad. Pensioners up here gave a shit about their children and grandchildren, whereas English and Welsh pensioners opted to shit on their kids' futures and worse, some of them are more than happy with their decision, regardless of the consequences. It has been this 'cut-off-everyone's-nose-to-spite-all-faces' attitude that continues to utterly blow me away; grown people - mainly men, but not exclusively - spouting complete shit about not caring if prices go up, if their kids lose their jobs, if their grandchildren will suffer, because it's worth it to get back all of the things that have been proven are fantasies manufactured by the press and expanded on by ignorant wankers who refuse to accept they might have got it a bit wrong.

Listening to various talk radio shows over the last few days has been a mixture of fascinating and vile, because, let's be honest about this, the thorny subject of Brexit is still pretty much the top of the agenda based on a) the furious swivel-eyed mad bastards and b) the government's apparent lack of... well... lack of anything that might give people the impression they actually know what they're doing.

What has been fascinating is either the solutions the swivel-eyed have to solve the 'immigrant problem' or their complete lack of an answer when asked a pertinent relevant question. Usually any questions about the future's potential problems are dismissed as hypothetical and 'project fear,' while all Brexiteers forecast the bright future is essentially based on fantasy, bluff and bravado and they get really angry when challenged about the validity of their argument or it's based on hope rather than any facts.

The fact we now actually are living in a world where 'knowledge is what feels correct' in an era when we should honestly be at our most socially and morally advanced is mind-boggling. I keep saying to the wife, "I know I sound like some naive altruist, but..." because I can't believe I'm witnessing some of the incredible bollocks and I'm not stoned or dreaming some fantastically realistic surreal dream. 

I have always had this thing about time. I hate the fact that the older you get the quicker it passes (usually without achieving as much), therefore, based on how fast shit has been happening politically since 2014, I'm worried that my blissful semi-retirement in the past, up here in Scotland, might be halted a list of things, headed by Nazi nutters in the White House; a North Korean President who, I firmly believe, wants to start and lose a war to save his completely bankrupt and starving country (The Mouse That Roared) and my own country's insistence on climbing into an abandoned fridge on a rubbish tip and shutting the door!

As a SJW and hand-wringing libtard, I can't really advocate, let alone suggest, the annihilation of the terminally stupid, but it is becoming clear there are a lot of people on this planet for whom genocide would be too good for. The knuckledraggers seem unable to correlate what the consequences of far right politics are, or, far worse, know full well where they are headed. In the 1930s it was the Nazis and 'your average people' turned a blind eye to what was going on; some because they harboured similar feelings and others because they were frightened of speaking out and being branded themselves. You never know, it might never have happened if they'd had Facebook. Or maybe it would have hastened it?

I do still believe that common sense will prevail, but no longer with any great conviction. I'm becoming agnostic about a better future, but I am at least where I want to be. Whether the future is bright or bleak, the view up here is better. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What happened?

See? I told you the madness hadn't stopped. The unpredictable world continues to confound as it nudges closer to a surreality no one could have envisioned.

I got fooled. I spent all day Wednesday 7th feeling like I had the despair of the country on my shoulders and I'm betting I wasn't the only one. I had a period of optimism with about a week to go, but that evaporated faster than dog piss on a summer path and by the day before I was preparing for a bloody grim future.

Election day dawned and I bumbled about; encouraged people on Facebook to vote; went for a beer and tried to feel less pessimistic. Then reports started coming in of a huge turnout (not as big as the referendum but almost) and something hitched in my heart - a big turn out is a bad thing for the Tories. Maybe we can reduce them to no more than they had?

The day moved on; social media was still awash with reports of students queuing round the block.

Then, in a moment that is difficult to describe, three people I know who were Tory voters said they voted Labour and another was considering it, quite strongly. That was the moment I started to wonder if I'd done what so many others had done and bought the MSM line, while others were getting fed up with the constant Corbyn bashing. Perhaps my Farage Theory about the public going for the underdog, especially one who appeared to speak your language but was hated by the 'establishment' was going to come true?

The wife, always a beacon of calm in most every situation, told me to stop sounding optimistic. We went and voted. It was literally - in relative terms - heaving and had been for most of the day. The wife told me to stop being optimistic.

We watched a program at 9.15pm. It was going to finish at 10pm when the Exit Poll was revealed. I can't remember the program we watched, my mind was on something else. When it finished, the wife, who was about to go to bed, was adamant she didn't want to see the Exit Poll, but it flashed up on the screen before she could switch off. My eyes widened and I found myself feeling optimistic. The wife said it was a poll and polls were wrong and went to bed. I knew that the most this poll would be was 10% out and if that was the case, Theresa May was buggered.

Now, we have much confusion and the popular humorous description seems to be: the party that won lost, and the party that lost won. It's pretty much accurate and if you want to be a stunted debater you will stick to that result alone. The truth is, the 100+ seat majority that Theresa May honestly believed she could get in April actually turned into a hung parliament. The obliterated Labour Party under the unelectable Jeremy Corbyn gained 30+ seats, took a further 100 seats to within a 1% swing and pretty much proved all the doubters so wrong the hypocrisy floating around the press and political spectrum is highly amusing.

He still comes in for ridicule, like the BBC (as a prime example) didn't notice that there was a growing army of people slamming them for their biased coverage* and have just carried on regardless. Corbyn also has had a number of right wing press people attacking him even more harshly than before, but this, like the BBC, seems to have not swayed public opinion in the slightest. Jeremy Corbyn's enemies are now viewed by a majority of people as puerile and infantile - this is another massive positive - they also sound very, very scared.

The way this works in the House of Commons is essentially this: The Tories have 318 seats, but in reality they have 317 (because John Bercow doesn't vote), but Sinn Fein have 7 seats and do not take their place in the parliament (because they are Irish republicans), so therefore the Tories technically have a majority anyhow, but they are seeking a deal with the DUP in Northern Ireland to ensure they can muddle through for five more years. This means a highly probable watering down of their extremely damaging manifesto and more focus on helping a large group of people who didn't vote for them. The Tories won, but, with a bit of luck, the country has won more. We might have seen the end of austerity politics and less fear of the future.

We might also see an end to this utter bollocks called Hard Brexit, which a small hard-line bunch of fuckwits are still pushing for, despite even non-experts claiming if we don't do something less suicidal we'll be fucked up beyond all recognition.

We might also see another general election. I know that fills people with dread but after a few months of a Tory coalition of chaos, we might all want one to put us out of our misery. I expect if that happens in the next six months then Labour will romp to a 50 seat majority. So, it's in the Tories interest to cling onto power and, remarkably, if they can, I expect a softer kinder Tory party, because they are running scared and they know that Jeremy is waiting in the wings with his new style of politics to transform the country.

Even if you think Labour's economic policy is bad for the country; ask yourself this - has the Tory's economic policy for the last 7 years done you any favours - Mr Average Normal Income Person? Didn't think so. So, however much you fear Labour's economic plan; give it a chance, it can't screw you any more than the present one (unless you earn shit loads of dosh, then I couldn't give a fuck about you and I'm sure most others don't either).

One last point, or rather one last layer of paint - Corbyn turned obliteration into 40% of the popular vote. He did this by not attacking his opponents, by talking about hope and a brighter future. This alone is not what politicians usually do. There are a lot of people out there who positively hate him, whether it is irrational or not, many of the left wing look at Theresa May, Boris Johnson or Pob and fear they might be rendered sexually impotent for life. So when an idiot tells you Corbyn is dangerous, ask them if they can imagine a naked Boris and a naked Theresa rutting like a couple of dirty stags.

*There is a myth that the BBC is left wing. It isn't a myth, as an entire thing it always was a little left-ish. The BBC deny this, but the political editor was a little like the Speaker of the House, someone from the main two parties, alternating when the sitting one steps down - John Bercow is a Tory (he's hated by Tories), Betty Boothroyd before him was Labour. They essentially are in charge of the House - they are the power in that room. The BBC used to have a Left-leaning Political Editor, then a right-leaning and so on and so forth. Then when Nick Robinson left, the BBC News department also got a new head, a former Tory aid; he appointed Laura Kuenssberg, who made Nick Robinson - a bit of a far-right winger - look like Jeremy Corbyn.
BBC News is the far-right wing of the BBC. Everyone now knows this; hopefully they will see the writing on the wall and change their position; they have more chance of remaining at the BBC under Labour.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Dignity trumps Lies

One thing will stick in the minds of rational people over the coming weeks and it will be that Jeremy Corbyn excelled himself during the election campaign. He proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt that being 'unelectable' is a term coined by the right-wing media and not by the discerning general public.

Yes, he will probably lose, but he won't lose by the landslide everyone was pretty much sure about and he has done very little in the face of open hostility to warrant any of the abuse he's received. His dignity is intact, unlike the woman who will probably wake up on Friday as PM (without the mandate she craved). Corbyn has proved a lot of people wrong and his ultimate failure on Thursday has to be laid at the feet of the Parliamentary Labour Party, who, had they been united behind their leader from Day One, might have been trying to sort out the mess the Tories have made of the country on Friday.

The real shame is that Jeremy is 68 and while Churchill carried on into his 80s, we now live in a world where people (are supposed to) live longer but politicians are an increasingly younger breed. Maybe someone like Clive Lewis or Barry Gardiner (a real star and a half) will step up to the plate and continue the work of a genuine socialist Labour Party? Corbyn will probably stick around for a few more years, so he's there as would-be guru to the successors - a real advantage.

This General Election has helped me rediscover the brilliance of Jeremy Corbyn and how he's weird in that you can't help feeling he's got ME at the heart of his ideas. When he says 'for the many' you actually believe him, whereas with most politicians you dismiss something like that as an election slogan. He's reasonable, doesn't attack people and wants a fairer society - therefore he's obviously the 'dangerous man' anachronistic bigots all over the country feel he is. I mean, he wouldn't press the button first, so because he isn't prepared to incinerate me without thinking means he must be a twat and I should ignore him; preferring to throw my lot in with the politician who already hates me and treats me with disdain - she's the one, yeah!

Look, 52% of the 72% who voted for Leave are essentially misguided fools; when you want the UK public to do something in their own interests you really can't rely on them. Many of these people have swallowed the right wing media, hook, line and sinker, and because facts couldn't sway them in their referendum decision, why shouldn't they believe that a 68-year-old allotment user who is against war is a threat to security and is a terrorist sympathiser? It makes no sense, but Mike, a 64 year old former builder from Lincolnshire doesn't give a fook what a nice man Jeremy is, he's a fooking terrorist sympathiser who won't destroy me if he needs to.

He's dangerous because he won't kill me...

I do honestly think the UK has far too many twats, morons and idiots now. Something has got to give.

The saddest part of this general election is that the Tories will waste no time in decimating whatever is left of the country, so by the time 2022 comes around and The Fred the Dustman Party could beat them in an election, it won't matter, because whoever gets in won't be able to raise the money to change it back to a fairer society. Everything will be privately-owned and you can bet one of the last things the Tories will do, around 2021, as they prepare to go and live in the Bahamas, will be to ensure legislation gets through parliament preventing subsequent parliaments being able to change things back. If Labour can leave a sarcastic note saying there's no money left, the Tories will ensure that there's nothing of anything left.

This will ultimately be shoved, like shit from a cow's arse, onto young people. Your children are going to face a very horrible world. The world of the future will be much more expensive as the effects of Brexit begin to show on supermarket shelves. The opportunities for careers will be limited; the Tories will always create zero hour, low paid jobs, but they won't be able to create if there is no demand for the services a job provides. With a Dementia Tax looming, there will be a huge rise in unscrupulous finance companies offering ways out of having to sell your house to pay for your care; or they'll come up with ways of your children inheriting your money, unaware that if you can't pay for your dementia, the onus will eventually fall onto your kids' shoulders. Most average middle class families will be forced into a situation where every single one of them will be on the precipice of poverty.

The real tragedy about allowing this particular Tory party to run the country for the next 5 years is that it's probably the last five years you will ever remember where you were reasonably happy about being alive.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Supreme Leader May's Vision

I had a moment of ridiculous stupidity last week. I had this idea that Mrs May wanted a huge mandate to save the country from itself. She wanted a huge majority so she could turn round to the country in 10 weeks or so and say, "It is in the National Interest that we reluctantly take the action of not leaving the EU as it will cost the country too much. We appreciate this is not what people voted for in 2016, but you all gave me your vote to ensure the best result is for the UK and in my opinion and the opinion of many of the experts you spurn, if the UK leaves the EU we'll be competing with Mali and Chad as the world's 200th largest economy by 2020."

It, obviously, won't happen and can you imagine the amount of shit that would hit the fan if that did happen? Mrs May is probably mildly confident she can get the EU to do a deal with us and is viewing all this pre-negotiation rhetoric as chest beating which will quieten down when Europe realises they can't do without whatever it is we do now.

If that doesn't happen and things get as bad as traitors and saboteurs, such as me, have forecast, then it won't really matter who's in charge of the country because things will go from bad to worse even if Jesus was PM, Buddha his Home and Mohamed his Foreign Secretary.

What if the UK loses lots of money and foreign trade? What if the amount of money coming into the exchequer is considerably less than it is now and whatever government is in charge has to borrow even more?

Well, unemployment usually goes up around the 6 year mark of a Tory dominated government. Thatcher only really made it look as though she was getting unemployment down by changing the criteria of how it was measured and, of course, creating things like the YTS and Community Program Scheme, which would almost be considered a bit liberal by many Tories in 2017. With less trade being done and heavy tariffs applied, many companies will be looking to downsize and consolidate, so unemployment is likely to rise steadily over the first two years of Mrs May's mandate.

Inflation is already going up and is likely to rise considerably more as we get to that 2 year mark. At the moment many of the supermarkets and food manufacturers have been cutting back contents by between 10 and 25% to keep the prices as low as possible, but if you have a family you start to realise just how much is going to be shoved onto your weekly shopping bill. Even shoppers at Aldi and Lidl are noticing a visible rise in the cost of certain things. And remember, regardless of what the rate of inflation is, supermarket price rises tend to be by a minimum of 10p a time.

So, high unemployment; high food and energy prices (even with a cap - because the cap will be set by the supplier, just you wait and see). Plus, because there will be much less money and the Tories will steadfastly not raise taxes on their core vote it will mean public services will be killed off; everything that can be run by private companies will be; and the rights of the existing workers in those jobs will be simplified - accept this or get fired. Things that can't be run by private companies will be run by charities, who will be offered tax breaks to be able to earn enough money to be able to afford some staff.

There will no longer be on-the-ground workers for children and the vulnerable, there would be a 'registering' system, a bit like getting a number for insurance claims when the police admit they can't and won't find the person who broke into your car. Registering means that if something goes wrong, someone can be blamed - because blame is what the Tories do the best, it deflects attention away from their own failings.

As austerity bites even harder, more people will end up homeless as house prices devalue by a third (plunging a percentage of people into a negative equity trap); calls for more regulation of the rental market will be ignored, as will the pleas from charities and social groups for the neglect of certain areas of the UK.

There will also be a hard border between all of Ireland and the rest of the UK. As a concession, Northern Ireland's relationship with Ireland and the EU will be brushed over to allow the fragile state there to remain good, but anyone coming from the island, whether north or south, will be subject to Draconian border checks. The UK will effectively allow a 'united' Ireland to save itself money.

Two years into the Supreme Leader's mandate we'll start seeing a new blame game. The press will start by blaming the EU for not bending over and allowing us our way. Then Remainers and the 100 or so non-Tory Remain-supporting MPs will get the blame for all the woes.

Someone like Michael Gove will be given air time to suggest it is the negative attitudes of Remain voters that is dragging the UK back. Someone, probably Farage or the twat with the cap, will start suggesting that we wouldn't have so many unemployed if the remaining Europeans (maybe even others) weren't here doing it and the Mail will see this as something that should become public opinion, because it will detract the attention of people beginning to wonder what they're getting out of all of this. Even if Mrs May agrees on a deal for existing EU nationals to stay - unmolested - in this country; time and public opinion (the two things she appears to want the most) will start to shift her way of thinking. She isn't Maggie; she flip-flops far too much. This lady will turn whenever you prod her.

Divisions will actually get worse because as the jingoistic Leave voters start relaxing their morals for the benefit of fitting their agendas, the horrified and terrified Remain voters will be viewed as weak and traitorous, even more than they currently are. The Us and Them mentality that is so apparent if you pick up a newspaper will become an actual reality. This isn't me scaremongering, it's me extrapolating on something that is happening already - verbal fights between the 'morally-superior' Remain voters and the idiots who voted as turkeys for Christmas will, as they did in the days before the referendum, spill into the streets, the pubs, the lives of everybody.

The Tories have for so long used BLAME as the reason to hate others it will eventually unleash a wave of disorder - of discord - throughout the nation, but by then we won't have an NHS; we won't have public services; we'll barely have police on the streets to marshal the huge amounts of dissatisfied unemployed who will blame whoever the Sun or the Mail tells them to. This is what happens when more than 50% of a country loses its mind and forgets why it wipes its arse.

Yet, I listen to people telling reporters on the TV or radio that they trust the Conservatives. I'm sure there were Jews or Gypsies, some gay or black people who trusted the more benevolent guards in Belsen or Auschwitz...

There is one ray of hope for the planet. World War 3 is coming and once mankind is wiped off this planet, perhaps what is left will heal and a new species will evolve, one not intent on being a bunch of worthless cunts.