On a finite planet, with finite resources, it is impossible to have continuous growth. So why do our so-called, educated politicians think we can?
We have gone back in time, to a period similar to that written about by Robert Tressell in ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists‘! And yet, we are now in the 21st Century. How has this been allowed to happen, where are the opposition political parties?
The UK’s Sustainable Development Commission (disbanded by the present Conservative Government) produced a report called Prosperity without Growth in 2009. I do not know, if they used any of the material from the earlier Die Grünen economic programmes (link below) from the eighties? But it is a pity that the German Green Party, that recognised that continued growth, could not continue, broke up. And that we just seem to be recycling old ideas, without them materialising into actions.
Back in 2011, at the UK’s Green Party conference in Cardiff. At a fringe meeting, Equality without Growth, the author of the Prosperity without Growth, Tim Jackson. Spoke about the need for the Green Party to show real leadership, by pushing forward an agenda for Degrowth. Something that was needed as the Global North was suffering from the financial melt-down. Unfortunately, the UK’s Green Party promotes the continued pursuit of economic growth!
The New York Times and New York Review of Books have published big important pieces describing Jewish terrorism in Israel and its occupied territories, but both pieces are romantic, and propose to save Zionism and Israel from this inherent element.
Unfortunately, the use of percentages (%) instead of hard figures is used within all Government departments including the NHS (National Health Service). Even the Health Protection Agency HPA), in their reply to a planning application for a biomass incinerator in Davyhulme, Trafford. Stated it was acceptable because it would only increase the local death rates by 0.06 per year.
application predicts that the particulate emissions from the plant would result in a 0.011% increase in deaths brought forward (paragraph 12.180). This is also expressed as 0.06 deaths brought forward per annum for this population. The applicant considers this impact “would not be noticeable”.
Of course, any increase in the local death rate is totally unacceptable. And, yet we have a Government department, the HPA, supposedly responsible for the protection of human health finding it acceptable. Though they put it as, ‘would not be noticable’!
We also have the use of percentages, when they talk about ‘fracking fluid’. The highly toxic cocktail of water, sand and chemicals they use in high-pressure hydraulic fracturing of shale gas. Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas is likely to involve the use of large quantities of clean water, typically 10,000 to 30,000 m3 water per well (10,000,000 to 30,000,000 litres). Which is mixed with sand, around 5% and other fluids at around 2%. Which makes it sound as miniscule amount, until you do the maths and 2% = 300,000 to 600,000 litres of highly toxic and carcenigenic fluidsbeing added. Which has the potentail to seep into aquifers and pollute drinking water.
As the blog below ststaes, it is time the Government stopped hiding behind percentages, and gave clear figures that people can clearly understand.
The UK is becoming another Edwardian Britain, as depicted in Robert Tressell’s The_Ragged-Trousered_Philanthropists. Unfortunately, Labour are just as much to blame, as they never overturned Conservative policies concerning council housing, during their 13 years in Government. In fact, Labour controlled councils, like Manchester City Council, were happy to rid themselves of council housing. They demolished hundreds, just so, ‘homes-to-buy’ could be built, resulting in many being put up for private rent. We have over 5,000 empty dwellings in Manchester, with a long waiting list for social housing.
Both main political parties, Labour and Conservative have only one mandate, to enrich the already rich. Both parties have shown their incompetence in office, their failures to address climate change, tax avoidance and evasion, and of course the continuing failure of our banks. It is time, those who do not vote, got out their and vote for any other (preferably the Green Party), to rid us of these fools. Your vote (which people died for) is totally useless, if you do not use it. This coming General Election, get out there, encourage family, friends and neighbours to vote, anything but Labour and Conservative. Labour = Conservative = A continual cycle of failure.
Iain Duncan Smith, has been a failure and a liar, most of his life. Despite this, he has been put in charge of a department, and pursues a draconian regime against the less fortunate of the UK’s population. This is only possible, because we do not have a true democracy in the UK.
Whilst Manchester has some of the worst deprivation, all Richard Leese does, is blame others. He has been behind the push to get rid of council services, by outsourcing them. This is especially true of council housing and the council’s housing staff. One social housing provider in Manchester, Places for People, has the highest paid CEO in the sector. The council outsourced a number of services to G4S, which is renown for paying less than the minimum wage
This week was Living Wage Week. The new Living Wage rate, uprated in accordance with increases in the cost of living, of £7.85ph outside London was announced. At least 21.8% of people in Greater Manchester currently earn less than it, and this is similar across the UK. To mark the event SSM, along with signatories from other Campaign groups including GMB Union, the GM Living Wage Campaign and the Green Party sent an open letter to the leaders (and city mayor) of the Greater Manchester Local Authorities.
The letter urged them to take action on in-work poverty and inequality and demonstrate a commitment to the Living Wage and principles of Fair Pay. It’s below:
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An interesting article about the Peterloo Massacre and one of the important people Richard Carlile, fighting for democracy in the UK. Something that is still, sadly lacking, due to the ‘first-past-the-post’ system. Unfortunately, far too many middle-class, so-called socialist, think Marxism is the only socialist movement the UK had. Marx plagiarised the work of early British, French and German socialists, to produce a work of contradictions.
The Republican Issue One
The Republican was first published on this day, August 27th, 1819. Its creator was Richard Carlile, who was one of the intended speakers at the St Peter’s Fields reform meeting before the yeomanry transformed the occasion into the Peterloo Massacre. Shocked by the spectacle of unarmed men women and children being cut to pieces just because they wanted to hear a bit more about democracy, Carlile wrote an account of the event for Sherwin’s Weekly Political Register which led to his instant prosecution.
The Prince Regent also put pen to paper. He took the initiative of writing personally to congratulate the troops on how promptly and efficiently they had put the plebs to the sword.
(You see, soldiers who slaughter civilians aren’t committing a crime. People who point that soldiers slaughter civilians are the real criminals.)
Carlile changed the name of his paper to
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