Saturday, 28 November 2015

More Smoke and Mirrors - and Being Polar-ised.

Dear Reader,

While our prime minister and the Tory media and some Labour-ites are bearing down on Jeremy Corbyn and his stance against further bombing by the UK, Mr. Corbyn himself today wrote a very appropriate piece in to-day's i newspaper - about global warming and the government's inaction in this vital area. Clearly a subject that Jeremy Corbyn takes more seriously - and with every good reason.

Does the plight of this polar bear affect you? If so please go to this site to read more.

And of course, it's not just polar bears but the whole of nature that's under threat. While the world goes on belching out the effluent (even in India they have no plans to reduce such emissions)  - and while the Western World throws its armaments anywhere so long as it's more than 1,000 miles away from our homelands - we cocooned Westerners are going into the Christmas period without (probably) little thought about all this. 

For the poorest in the UK, that's quite understandable as they've just been through the trauma of the chancellor's threats on Tax Credits, which he has now deferred with a big smile and false bonhomie as though it was all a joke. The poorest want some respite from stresses and strains and other extreme rigours that life presents.

But what about the rest. What about those in (say) the top 5-10% salary bracket. I dare say most of those will write a cheque for some charity and that will be their conscience cleared for another year - but the week after will go for a spin in their newly-acquired sports car or watch TV on their 60" screen without a second thought. And will be happy if HS2 and/or fracking goes ahead - especially if they've got money invested in enterprises connected with these false promises.

But what about Mother Nature? And what about the Sermon On The Mount?

It really is time we got real. It's time for real, deep reflection.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Smoke and Mirrors - Everywhere!

Dear Reader,

The downing of the Russian military aircraft by Turkey seems to have the word 'skulduggery' written all over it. Not only was the action incrompehensible but just earlier Obama was muttering something about the difficulty of Russia attacking targets that were not just Daesh/ISIS but any opponent of Assad. Then - very coincidentally - the Russian aircraft was shot down after making a raid on a non-Daesh/ISIS site. 

The question then to be asked is whether the US put pressure on Turkey to make the attack to put pressure on Russia. Whatever the cause for the action, Daesh/ISIS must be laughing their socks off when so-called allies are shooting down their own planes.

Meanwhile, David Cameron's heir-apparent (Osborne) performed his own conjuring tricks in suddenly finding £27bn from which he claimed he could plan differently and not change the Tax Credit system. He hailed the government as being the One Nation party but forgot to say that the lower income earners will still get hit when the move to the Universal Credit system takes place within the next 2 years.

This chancellor is without any sustainable ideas for Britain's future. He ...

  1. ... is banking on the £27bn coming available, whereas there's a 50% chance that the state of the world economy might not make it feasible over the next couple of years - if not a shortfall of all of it, at least a large shortfall;
  2. ... is now allowing local authorities to raise additional income from council tax to pay for the growing needs of social care. Problem is, that's fine for the richer local authorities, but not for those who already have big difficulties in collecting the tax;
  3. ... is not providing for the development of much-needed social housing;
  4. ... has not addressed the fact that the teaching profession has such a resignation rate that it is not at all clear as to where suitable teachers will be coming from to make up the numbers;
  5. ... has not said how the NHS is to cope if the forthcoming junior doctors' strikes do not produce a viable response to their claims, and when they also start leaving in droves.
etc., etc.

The government are just hoping that their luck continues. They have nothing else to rely on, it would seem.