Thursday, 20 April 2017
As a kid I remember working class families being encouraged to buy their own homes - I see the same thing happening today. It's all a con to sap every last penny from those who can ill-afford it. The 'buy-your-own-home' pipe dream was soon shattered when industries were decimated or sold off to foreign investors. No longer able to pay mortgages as their properties were now worth less that what was owed, most lost their homes. Unscrupulous landlords bought them up at a snip then rented them out for extortionate rates.
It was totally amoral yet the public were either too stupid to see it or simply ignored it. Some landlords own whole streets and they're not even using their own money. Councils paid the tenants, the tenants paid the landlords, the landlords paid the banks and then of course the banks gambled with public funds. When they lost it didn't matter, the CEO's still received millions in bonuses and the government bailed them out. Shame the government didn't bail out the original home-buyers whose jobs they stole to pay the banks' debts.
It suggests the Tories want to take advantage while they still lead the polls. The problem with this, apart from taking unfair advantage (only 7 weeks to swing the votes), there could be a more insidious motive. I suspect they have something planned the public will hate, and to hold an election after revealing this anathema would see them ousted. It may simply be the issue with Scotland pushing for another referendum, we know May doesn't want them to leave and can deny them the right for another few years yet. Who knows, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Immigration doesn't really concern me, although I think the UK is already fit to burst with over population compared to other European countries (by land area). Why not make the homeland of the refugees safe for their return instead of prolonging a war for strategic purposes. Iraq is almost 'liberated' but Syria is going to be a whole different proposal. I did read a suggestion those who went to fight for Daesh should be reintegrated into society which sounds completely insane to me. I wouldn't let them back in the country. They went abroad to fight us and our allies, it's like letting someone who tried to murder your cousin stay at your home. Imprison them? Radicalisation is rife in jails and I doubt any of their attitudes have changed.
I've seen whole streets with unoccupied boarded up houses whilst people living on the streets are increasing in number. Councils act as judge and jury, ruthlessly pursuing funds they perceive as being owed when some poor unfortunate becomes the victim of clerical error. They don't care that many vulnerable people are one sanction away from being homeless, it's government directives. Before you vote in June, don't think for one moment the Tories give a crap about you. The country is run as a business looking to maximise profits at any cost, there is no room for emotion.
Putin is obviously looking to reinstate the former USSR and if he can use Assad, Erdogan and the Ayatollah to facilitate this as a matter of 'Russian national security' he will. Who is going to say shit to him when he takes back the Ukraine after Trump bombs Syria and Afghanistan. Out of all this it seems weird to suggest China as being the most rational (or least amoral). Hopefully they keep the idiots in North Korea on a leash.
Solon set the foundation for democracy around 500 BC and there has been little change since. Governments and religious ideology has failed to evolve. Things change, times change, clinging on to the past is futile and self-destructive. Life teaches us that. Aaaargh! It feels like my head will explode. Why is something so simple in theory, so difficult to achieve? The answer can only be that the greedy and power-hungry won't let it.
I don't care who wins an election if it is fair and transparent. It never is. You can watch politicians being questioned and see quite clearly how they avoid the issue and duck the questions. Okay they're not lying but they might as well be. They are not being transparent and are giving a false impression by their avoidance. Filibustering is used to prevent another speaker proposing a bill or discussing an important issue. This is considered acceptable?!
What a mess, and you can bet your arse when the Tories win the election in June things are going to get a whole lot worse for those who are suffering most.