Posts Tagged ‘General Election 2015’

David Cameron: I want five more years to finish the job

May 8, 2015
General Election 2015 final results

General Election 2015 final results

ToryLite - Ed Balls

ToryLite – Ed Balls

GE2015 fracking shares soar

GE2015 fracking shares soar

Every nation gets the government it deserves. — Joseph de Maistre

The opinion polls have come in for a lot of stick, how could they have got it so wrong? The exit poll was dismissed by the LibDems and Labour as nonsense. The reality proved even worse.

Opinion polls ask people how they intend to vote. An exit poll asks how people voted. The exit poll also took a much larger sample.

If the exit polls were bad, the result when the votes counted even worse.

  • Tories 331
  • Labour 232
  • SNP 56
  • LibDems 8
  • Plaid Cymru 3
  • Green Party 1
  • UKIP 1
  • others 18

Tories are 99 seats ahead of Labour.

For Labour, this is an even worse result than when Gordon Brown lost the General Election five years ago following the banking crisis. It is an even worse crisis than when labour lost seats under Neil Kinnock.

David Cameron asked for five more years to finish the job, and he got it. He got it with an increase in the number of seats and a Parliamentary majority.

The first to benefit of five more years, the banks and power companies saw their shares leap in value. They know they have a green light to screw their customers. Fracking companies saw the biggest jump in share price, knowing they have a green light to destroy the environment.

Five more years of kicking the poor, the sick, the marginalised, of NHS privatisation, of austerity, of zero hours contracts, of exploitation, of mass transference of wealth from the poor to the rich.

Tories told us they had reduced taxes. They had not. Not if you include income tax, VAT and other taxes. For the bottom taxes had increased by 2%, for the supposedly squeezed middle by a little less than 1%, for the top by 2%.

Austerity has been an unmitigated disaster.

IMF-EU-German imposed austerity on Greece has seen their economy shrink by 25%, debt has risen from 125% of GDP to 175% of GDP.

Austerity is recognised internationally as a failed policy.

Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman has detailed the failure of austerity. Warning a very long read.

But it depends upon your viewpoint. For the Tories, austerity is a huge success. Helped by their willing little helpers the LibDems, Tories used austerity to push through a neo-liberal agenda, an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, mass closure of public libraries (in Lincolnshire 30 out of 45 public libraries to close, the new Birmingham Library opened to much fanfare already on reduced hours), privatisation of NHS.

In Greece Syriza offered an alternative to austerity, in Spain Podemos do the same, as did SNP in Scotland.

In England, ToryLite aka Labour, offered a slightly watered down version of Tory austerity. In reality there was no difference, or very little difference, Tweedledee v Tweedledum, Tories v ToryLite, David Cameron v Ed Miliband, George Osborne v Ed Balls.

It was obvious at least a year ago, Ed Miliband was a disaster for Labour, as was Ed Balls.

It was obvious Ed Miliband would resign after the election

Both should have resigned, and Labour should have adopted a completely different agenda. They would then have had a realistic chance of defeating the Tories.

It was unbelievable crass stupidity of Ed Miliband to rule out talking to SNP.

During the Indy Ref in Scotland, there was mass participation, grass roots participation. This has translated through to SNP wiping the board in Scotland.

In Glasgow, Labour safe seats with majorities of over 10,000 fell. In one Glasgow seat a swing from labour to SNP of 39%.

Many in England would have voted for SNP, given half the choice.

The seven party debate, illustrated how out of touch with reality was Ed Miliband.

Austerity is not working. It is a failed policy.

The only time Ed Milliband came across as coherent, was in conversation with Russell Brand. Elsewhere, incoherent, meaningless sound bites.

What Ed Miliband failed to realise, and supporters of Russell Brand did, they would not touch Ed Miliband with a bargepole, and Russell Brand got a lot of stick for endorsing Labour. Supporters of Russell Brand (some of the most politically active in the country) want to see genuine radical change, not a pale imitation of the Tories.

People could not tell the difference between Tories and ToryLite. It was the lesser of two evils, nothing more.

Labour has supported TTIP.

Labour has supported austerity and benefit cuts.

Labour has supported HS2 gravy train.

Labour has failed to support deep cuts needed in carbon emissions.

Labour failed to support re-nationalization of railways.

Labour has failed to oppose expansion of aviation, in particular ruling out any additional runways in the south east.

Labour gave no indication it would get tough with the banks, break them up, put a few banksters in prison.

Labour are as embedded with Big Business as the Tories. How many have on secondment from PWC, writing their policies for them?

Had Labour adapted a more radical agenda, we would not be facing five more years of Tory Hell.

Ed Miliband has reigned, Ed Balls has lost his seat. The entire Labour front bench should resign.

Such was the contempt for the people, Labour was not even offering a Referendum on Europe.

Former Labour Minister Charles Clarke on BBC Radio 4 Any Questions this evening made the very valid point. Labour has lost touch with ordinary people.

Look to Podemos in Spain, or Syriza in Greece for radical parties.

Until Labour are prepared to start working with activists on the street, then they are a complete waste of space.

I suggest everyone in Labour read Revolution and This Changes Everything, as they then may have some understanding of the change required, until they do, they have merely demonstrated they have completely lost the plot.

For the rest of us, democracy is not something one does once every five years. For the rest of us Westminster is almost an irrelevance. For the rest of us, democracy is something you do every day, participation, direct action.

Top Story in The Digital Mission Daily (Saturday 9 May 2015).

And now for the coup d’état

May 7, 2015
Stop the  coup d'état

Stop the coup d’état

It has been an honourable tradition, you lose the election, you resign with grace and humility, congratulate your opponent.

If the opinion polls are to be believed, there will be no outright winner.

Dark forces are at work.

For days, Murdoch, Barclay Brothers and Lord Rothermere have been proclaiming a win by Labour lacks legitimacy, Ed Miliband conning his way into Downing Street, a Labour-SNP government not a legitimate government. On the other hand, if David Cameron and the Tories cling onto power, that would be a legitimate government.

All of which is absolute nonsense.

The only government that has any legitimacy, is one that can command the support of the majority of seats in the House of Commons.

It could be Caroline Lucas, backed by SNP, Plaid Cymru and rebels from Labour. If she commanded support of the majority of Members of the House of Commons, she would be able to form the next government.

If David Cameron tries to cling on to power, and his government lacks legitimacy, lacks the support of the people, then there must be mass mobilisation of people to take to the streets to bring down what in essence would be a coup d’état, but not only occupy the streets, but also occupy tax dodgers like Starbucks and Vodafone, and target Big Business backers of the illegitimate government. Mobilisation would include the Trade Unions calling a General Strike.

Democracy does not begin and end with casting a vote today. That is a mere side issue, to decide who sits in the House of Commons. Democracy is something we do every day, we participate, we take direct action, we occupy. And we expect to get as much media attention as the mass media has given to the General Election.

Note: The exit polls give the election to David Cameron, but a small swing either way, could either give Tories a clear majority, or put an anti-austerity alliance in the running.

Russell Brand: Why I backed Labour

May 7, 2015

Russell Brand’s endorsement of Labour, albeit a very qualified endorsement, was bound to raise the hackles of many of his associates and supporters. And so it has proved to be.

What Russell Brand has managed to do and it is something none of our politicians and political parties have been able to do, with the exception of Caroline Lucas, is to engage people in the political system. Not Westminster, which is increasingly seen as an outdated, 19th century irrelevance, but what is going on around them, what effects their daily lives.

We are affected by tax dodgers when it means library closures, welfare cuts, cuts to public services.

We are affected by austerity, when we see it is simply an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, transfer of money from the poor to the rich.

We are affected by the privatisation of the NHS, with deteriorating services, and transfer of money out of the NHS to offshore companies, offshore companies with links to David Cameron and his cronies.

We are affected by zero-hours, poverty wages, mind numbing, temporary, part time McJobs.

We are affected by Global Warming and Climate Chaos.

We are affected by pollution and deteriorating air quality.

We are affected by fracking and contaminated ground water.

We are affected by overpriced, poor quality public transport.

It is less than half an hour until the Polling Stations close. You could make a difference.

In Scotland vote SNP.

In Wales vote Plaid Cymru.

In Brighton vote Caroline Lucas, Green Party.

In Newham vote Tasmin Osmond, Green Party.

In Aldershot and Farnborough vote Carl Hewett, Green Party.

In Farnnham and Godalming vote  Dr Louise Irvine, National Health Action Party.

Yes, if we had been offered Syriza or Podemos, we would have had real choice, but that was not what was on offer. We had to make the best of a bad job.

This does not mean democracy ends today, until five years time, far from it, get active, participate, take direct action, set up social enterprises, open coops, contribute to the collaborate commons.

And tonight and the next few days, be alert for the coup d’état and be prepared to take to the streets.

Council run markets an outstanding success!

April 13, 2015
Tuesday market an outstanding success

Tuesday market an outstanding success

support sound planning policies

support sound planning policies

redevelop the Civic Quarter

redevelop the so-called Civic Quarter

claim credit for Farnborough Tech

claim credit for Farnborough Tech

One has to ask, what are the local Tories on?

First we had Gerald Howarth claiming he had saved The Tumbledown Dick. At best a sick joke.

Now we have Roland Dibbs claiming council run markets an outstanding success.

Try telling that to stallholders who have seen an increase in their pitch fees.

Try telling that to stallholders who have been forced to buy unwanted gazebos, even though they have their own stalls with their own awnings.

Try telling that to stallholders who have pulled out.

The move of Farnborough market to the town centre, is to be welcome, but why was it not done years ago, not leaving the market to die a slow death? And the only reason it has been moved, has not been for either the good of the market or of the town, but to make the land available for greedy developers to make a fast buck.

Local markets a success are not the only ludicrous claims being made by Roland Dibbs and the local Tories.

It is claimed they support local businesses.

Try telling that to the local businesses destroyed when half Farnborough town centre was destroyed.

Try telling that to the local businesses at Firgrove Parade.

Try telling that to the local businesses driven out of The Arcade.

Try telling that to the local businesses suffering because of Wastegate.

Try telling that to the local businesses kicked out of The Arcade.

Try telling that to stallholders who have seen footfall collapse due to crass planning decisions, who have had their pitch fees hiked,and been forced to buy unwanted gazebos.

They claim to support pubs.

We saw that when the local Tories fell over backwards to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

We saw that when the local Tories stitched up a dirty little behind closed doors deal with McDonald’s.

We had Roland Dibbs claim a police van was parked every night outside The Tumbledown Dick, that once he met two old ladies and they had found two drunk girls in the street, that someone he knew once had a bad meal in The Tumbledown Dick, and for all these reasons he would be supporting the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick.

We still have a Tory councillor gloating over the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick.

The local Tories support sound planning policies.

Decades of bad planning decisions have led to the destruction of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres.

Bad planning decisions led to the destruction of Firgrove Green, with four local businesses facing destruction at Firgrove Parade.

Bad planning decisions led to the destruction of half of Farnborough town centre.

Bad planning decisions led to Wastegate which has laid waste to Aldershot town centre, that drains money out of the local economy.

Development of the so-called Civic Quarter, the green space by the Public Library,  a foregone conclusion.

Er, was this not put put out to consultation?

Local people wish to see the only green space in the town centre retained, designated as a Village Green.

Local Tories wish to see it developed.

With development, there is always the opportunity for backhanders for corrupt councillors and officials.

It is even claimed success for Farnborough Tech.

Farnborough Tech is an independent bums-on-seats business. Farnborough Tech along with other similar bums-on-seats businesses face a very uncertain future, possibly annihilation, with the drastic cuts Tories are planning for Further and Higher Education.

The usual nonsense about Labour destroyed the economy. No, it was the bankers, although George Osborne with austerity is doing an excellent job destroying the economy. It was not the sick, the poor, the disadvantaged, who destroyed the economy, but is is they who are paying the price.

A headline: Working for You All Year Round.

Er no, working for greedy developers and Big Business and two fingers to the local community and small businesses.