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Milibrand: The Interview

April 29, 2015

Front page of the Daily Mail and The Sun this morning, smears of Russell Brand and Ed Miliband, inside more pages.

The cause of this muckraking from the gutter, was an interview Russell Brand of Ed Miliband for The Trews.

One could have been forgiven for thinking, the interview had been broadcast, had you not known better.

It had not, all that had been released was the trailer.

Such is the gutter technique of these two hate rags.

Why the hate?

Russell Brand has repeatedly exposed the tactics, the tax dodging of Murdoch with The Sun and Lord Rothermere with the Daily Mail.

Facts? Who needs facts when you can make it up, and the gullible brain-dead readers can be relied upon to regurgitate as facts.

I experienced this today, when having a drink with a friend. A moron on a neighbouring table got all excited about fracking (a wonderful idea), did not like SNP, who he claimed was in favour of fracking (they are not), that they were taking over in England (it was pointed out they were only standing in Scotland), but his coup de grâce, was to tell us that at this very moment, Alex Salmond was writing the Labour Party manifesto. When asked did he have an original thought of his own in his head, rather than regurgitate from mainstream media (no doubt The Sun), and that he ought to get out and about about a bit more, he kindly informed me he had travelled the world killing people and offered to kick my head in. A real charmer.

Why vote? Yes, the Suffragettes fought for votes for women, blood was shed, but why vote, if that vote is wasted, if Big Business is pulling the strings politicians whores for hire, prostituting to the highest bidder?

A spirited defence by Ed Milband, good examples given, NHS, workers rights (most of which the Tories have destroyed).

Ed Miliband also makes the point, would not have happened, could not have happened, without a push from the people.

People power matters.

Break up the banks, split casino banking from retail banking. Put a few bankers in prison.

Set up local, community owned and controlled power grids. Renewables feed into the local grid, get a fair guaranteed price, consumers pay a fair price, surplus from the local grid is fed to other local grids, any profit is either fed back into the local grid or goes to support local, social enterprises, open co-ops, collaborative commons. The Big Six would then become an irrelevance

Break up the media ownership. Limit what any one person or corporation can control.

If Ed Miliband genuinely wants to see people working with politicians, then let us see a genuine commitment to participatory democracy. Let us also see support for open coops, social enterprises, collaborative commons, all networking together.

If Ed Milband wants to see these things happen, then he has to be prepared to work with Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Green Party in a loose alliance. He also has to be prepared to end austerity.

Ed Miliband came accross quite well, a genuine conversation, not the usual  meaningless sound bites.  To his credit, he was willing to appear. This is probably the best interview Ed Milband has ever done.

Should You Be Paid As Much As Your Boss?

April 23, 2015

We help our community businesses, because they deserve the same great customer service and low prices that big corporate businesses get. And we’ve grown our company by earning the trust of each and every one of our valued customers. — Dan Price, Gravity Payments

I look at the reaction to a Seattle based CEO who decided to raise his employees minimum wage to $70,000 and bring his million dollar salary down to the same amount. — Russell Brand

Capitalism is Genghis Khan as a political system. — Russell Brand

In The Emperor’s New Clothes Russell Brand highlights the growing inequality between what those at the top earn, to those at the bottom.

Is a ratio of three hundred time top to bottom fair  or acceptable?

If we look at wealth this inequality is even worse.

The Wal-Mart family have as much wealth as 42% of Americans. Their workers are on such low salaries that they have to receive state subsidies.

If you want to reduce government social payments, increase the minimum wage.

Dan Price  chief exective of his own company Gravity Payments on $1 million a year, decided to do something about the minimum wage of his employees. He decided to drop his wage and bring his employees up to his own level. All are now on $70,000 a year.

Such an act of generosity, deserves praise. But not it seems on the Murdoch owned and controlled Fox News, a TV channel as vile as The Sun. Far from being praised Dan Price was attacked for being some sort of psychopath, for being an attention seeking,  publicity seeker,  for trying to buy the love of his workers.

In indigenous societies, there is no hoarding of wealth, on the contrary, those most valued are those who give and share

The Trews newsagent awning

April 3, 2015

Thanks to crowdfunding on StartJoin initiated by Tracy Herbert and supported by Russell Brand and Max Keiser, a Sun awning was ripped down and replaced by one for The Trews at a newsagent in Hoxton (Hackney).

The project rolls on to do the same with other newsagents across the country.

Carry out direct action, turn The Sun upside down, back to front, then pile other newspapers on top.

I do not know if it has been done, but a hoarding  outside advertising the latest Trews, with a smart code to snap with a smart phone to link direct into the latest Trews, would be a great idea.

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