Just get out there and vote you don’t need to pay!!

Well another political battle is getting underway and once again we see those who do not understand the concept of democracy jumping up and down about the ‘opportunity to change the BREXIT situation’, and who’s name immediately leaps to the top of the list – non other than Gina Miller!

Now lets get this into perspective shall we, the majority of the country voted to leave Europe and she did not agree, in fact she disagreed so much she used her money to pay the costs of taking the government to court to challenge their right to do this and I applaud her for her tenacity in trying to influence the outcome she wanted, even if it does fly in the face of the principles of democracy. At least she was prepared to make sure what ever the government was doing it was legal and above board and we should all be grateful for that reassurance. The cost of sticking to her beliefs was both expensive in cash terms and very expensive in the level of uncalled for personal abuse and threats made towards her. As a member of the UK population she has a right to express a view without being harassed and threatened about it, however she needs to balance that with the fact that as a member of the UK population she has the advantage of living in a democracy which means we follow the preferences of the majority even if it is just by a single % point, that’s what a democracy is about, this is something Ms Miller does not seem to grasp as she is now looking to scupper voting by campaigning for tactical voting.

Now this lady, who lets be honest had no trouble telling everyone she was wealthy, is now using the internet to fund raise to enable her to run a tactical voting campaign throughout the election campaign to make sure she gets what she wants with BREXIT and I’m afraid that is where I have an issue with her understanding of democracy.

Now whilst this lady says she is doing this in the interests of all ‘remainers’ – is she really? Or is this just another case of the wealthy trying to get politics to work in their favour and hang the rest of the people! You know who I mean ‘the ordinary people’ a term I  hate, we are no more ordinary than anyone else in this country! You have to be pretty unusual to be anything other than ‘ordinary’ people, so why can’t politicians say what they really mean – ‘ordinary people’ are really those who are not considered the wealthy members of the population – and the only thing that excludes the wealthy from being ordinary is their extraordinary selfishness, arrogance and greed!! Anyway I digress, back to the lovely Ms Miller!

Before we offer up our cash to her latest cause we must ask ourselves the key question – who is she doing this for? Lets be honest this is a woman who made her money in the investment management business – she didn’t have much of a social conscience then as together with other bankers and financiers she threw the lives of the ‘ordinary people’ into jeopardy whilst she made her fortune, and I doubt she ever gave back her annual bonus!! Might I just remind you the investment managers operate in shares investments and get paid a healthy bonus which is more than the rest of us will earn in 5years. Ms Miller also probably has her money invested in shares so if they drop she loses masses of cash in the short term, so like many of the other wealthy people telling us the ‘ordinary people’ what we should be voting, thinking or doing – because of course we are so bloody thick and stupid we can’t think for ourselves, their real interest is how much it will personally cost them if their shares lose value.

Now I appreciate the shares of businesses lose value and it affects us the ‘ordinary people’ but most of the wealthy whingers only use their wealth to satisfy their own needs, they are not investing in this country or the people of this country, so please do not kid yourselves into thinking this is a truly humanistic and altruistic act made by Gina Miller because it isn’t . This is the wealthy spoiled brat behaviour of someone not getting their own way. This woman clearly thinks that everyone is so stupid that they need to pay her to scupper the vote and I feel this is because they feel she will overturn BREXIT – she won’t, this is an insult to your intelligence!! It’s no better than a scam to get your money under false pretenses, she cannot change the BREXIT decision

My advice is do not let this woman treat you like a completely gullible idiot, hang onto your money, you need it more than she does and get out there to vote for who you think will keep the country on the right track, who is going to deliver most of the things you want, who has the best chance of getting the country the right deal in Europe, who can get us new trade deals? Get involved, listen to it all, have your debates argue about it but DON’T pay cash for it! Do not feel you have to part with your hard earned cash to support someone’s personal agenda. If you think her campaign will overturn the BREXIT decision you are wrong, the courts have already made that decision AND Gina Miller of all people knows that! I don’t care who you vote for, we must each make our own decision but make your vote count, don’t pay to  fulfill this woman’s personal agenda. No one needs to pay to vote in this country, we’ve accused the Russians of interfering in the voting process of USA and yet here we have a woman willing to scupper the voting process here just to get her own way.

Make your own mind up

Vote for WHO YOU think will be the best Prime Minister.

Make your vote count for YOU

Keep your money in Your bank account

Whatever you do get your cross in the box! It will take you 10 minutes. Be part of the decision making process.If you don’t vote you cannot complain about the results!!

Just get out there and vote you don’t need to pay!!

Catching the Genie!

Another fascinating week of reading the wildly different views of those who feel the need to express them in a public arena, and yes that I suppose includes me. The thing that is most striking is the open venomous undertones to the comments made and it got me asking myself ‘is this level of intolerance and open dislike new or are we just seeing the conversations that previously took place in private becoming more public’. Let’s be honest all this politically correct stuff has been for public consumption only, people have always expressed their more honest views and opinions in the company of like minded people and usually in the privacy of their own homes. However the advent of the internet has taken the lid off this particular Pandora’s box, the genie is out and no-one quite knows how to catch it again. So the big question is how do we deal with this situation? There are many options including complete censorship of all social media platforms and I would be happy to argue that there is a case for considering that course of action. Then again I would equally argue that people have a right to freedom of speech, so there lies the conundrum- Freedom of speech vs Politically correct content of speech!

I guess the basis of all of this lies in deciding WHO has the overall right to deem what is right or wrong. This week sees Donald Trump ban some media outlets from his white house press statements. Now do we decide that he is right to do this and that the banned media sources are not trustworthy because they challenge his statements or put forward ‘alternative facts’. Or do we take the view that the others will report what he wants them to report rather than challenge it in order to ‘curry’ favour with him so they can be at these meetings.. Does this mean that they are willing to leave their reputation in question by just reporting what they are told whether it is right or wrong. So can we trust any of the media outlets – highly doubtful.

We could of course take the Chinese or North Korean approach to controlling the internet by limiting what people can access and by the state deciding what information people get access to. Do we think that this level of control is right and does it support our right to freedom of speech? We could use the internet to change the political landscape and usurp governments of other countries if we chose to – a skill we are advised that the Russians have, but do we know for sure? And again we see politicians using the media for their own satisfaction and gain. Essentially it looks like none of these approaches are really working so does it  get down to a much more fundamental issue of the need to just grow a thicker skin.No, I would argue that it should really be more about accepting responsibility for what we say in the same way we have to accept responsibility for what we do. We should express our ideas, we should question what we read in the media and what our politicians say and perhaps we should start by asking what these parties are trying to gain by taking the stance they take. Should we be able to speak harshly or cruelly to people, is there any truth in the old adage ‘ cruel to be kind’.?

Tell someone a certain style of clothing doesn’t suit them or they are overweight/ fat and you are ‘shaming them’. Or are you? Could it be you are perhaps looking at their best interests, it isn’t what is said it is the intention behind it and how it is said. In other words ‘the context’ Many of the media providers these days remove the context around incidents and events.

This week we have also seen the changing fortunes of Milo Yiannopoulos – a self declared provocateur, nothing wrong with being a provocateur; sometimes we need a prod to make us sit up and take notice of what is going on, doesn’t mean you have to agree or disagree with the provocative point. Much though I feel sorry that Mr Yiannopoulos should find himself in this position, clearly there have been those who have relished this change in his fortunes as they clamour like maggots on a dead carcass to claim they had a part to play in his supposed demise – take care people, somewhere, someone will be out there just awaiting their chance to give you the same treatment !’ He who casts a stone etc’ or if you prefer ‘ are you living in a glass house’?  If we had issue with what Mr Yiannopoulos allegedly implied 4 years ago then we should have dealt with it at the time or is this a case of ‘it’s OK to make these statements if you are not in a position of influence, but not when you are’ Double standards people, double standards!! It is also interesting that once again the common feature of ‘ not identifying sources’ arises. A person should always be able to identify a source or we should rightly question the authenticity of the information.

We have this army of loud mouthed, opinionated people who would argue that they are the voice of reason, they are the people who have the interests of everyone else at heart – well I’m sorry but you certainly don’t have my interests at heart and to be honest I am glad about that. Most of you do not come across as particularly nice people and seem to only really have your own interests at heart. Or probably more to the point, you are looking at how outrageous you need to be to increase your followers so you can rake in the money – the usual root of all evils!!  If that means ‘ being creative/ economic with the truth’ then so be it. A typical example of this is where we have transgender people telling us what females want – how can they? Their experience of being a female is completely different to that of someone who is non transgender female. Really ladies perhaps the question should be why women are letting another sexuality decide what they want AGAIN!

We are making the world a very confusing place for our children and really I fear for them, the social boundaries which have always been challenged are falling and with them goes the safety of civilisation. Why did we have Brexit, Trump, Dictators , War mongers, the far Right/ the far Left- I don’t believe we have far to look. Look at the internet and the disdain with which people treat others and perhaps you will be nearer to finding the answer. With so many self serving individuals at large what more could you expect.

But take care people, history can teach us what happened the last time people became this vitriolic in nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Catching the Genie!

Save us from Tony Blair Again!!

I cannot believe the arrogance of some people! Tony Blair once again sees himself as the saviour of the people – or does he?

This ‘Lancelot’ is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This man has the audacity to question the honesty of the politicians in the Brexit referendum – this from the man who lied and got us into a war in the middle east, the man who created a much more volatile world for us to live in, the man who having created the middle east situation managed to get the job of ‘peace envoy’ – unbelievable! But it kept him on the public payroll and we the ‘ordinary people’ continued to finance his lavish lifestyle and family security. The man who uses his former position to demand £330,000 for a 20 minute speech!

All of this whilst his self-serving greedy wife decided to make money out of writing a book about living in NO 10 and what went on there – outrageous that this should even be allowed. In reality NO spouses of any prime ministers should be allowed to undertake such activity, we didn’t vote for her and she abused her position as the wife of the prime minister in so many different ways but usually for personal financial gain – let me think now, how much is it that she charges for an after dinner speech? Wasn’t it around £25,000 and £10 for getting a Tony Blair autograph?

And what about the wonderful Tony, the man of the people who constantly refers to us as ‘ordinary people’ and treats us in the old mushroom management style of being kept in the dark and fed a load of bullshit! The man who has the financial morals of an alley cat who having managed to secure the peace envoy position abused it by using it for his own personal business deals until foreign leaders said it was becoming embarrassing. So Tony loses the job and all of a sudden he decides he’s going to get back into British politics!!

Now call me a cynic if you like but isn’t this really about Tony wanting to stay on the public payroll and politician gravy train and what better vehicle to use for his personal gain this time than the Brexit referendum. This decision to whip up an anti Brexit campaign has nothing to do with what is best for the country or democracy this is to do with Tony Blair continuing to line his own pockets, He spent year lying to us and moving the country into debt, did he accept any of the blame oh no ‘TEFLON TONY’ strikes again.

And let’s be clear his wife is doing the wifely thing and financially supporting her family – not by doing a straight forward 9-5 job, oh no, instead she and eldest son have been sweeping the length and breadth of Britain buying up all of those run down houses that first time buyers might buy and ‘do up’. You know the houses they might be able to afford and that might get them on the housing ladder. Now that’s OK you might think especially when it’s being done by such a trustworthy individual, who as a top lawyer claimed  she didn’t  understand the housing market when she bought her son’s first flat and the deal was – shall we say – questionable as to whether or not it was even legal, but like her husband she was innocent, a victim of circumstances.

Now we could take the view that this very self-serving couple who, lets remind ourselves, have the interests of ordinary people at heart, are buying up these properties to be able to help to house the injured servicemen or their bereaved families in properties at very cheap rents so they can support them as they try to recover from their experiences. And god knows they at least owe them that after the lies that took them into the battlefield arena. Such an altruistic action would be laudable, but no such luck, once again the Blair family are only interested in lining their own pockets.

Of course this should not surprise any of us, it is typical of them and perhaps if there is a god he will see justice is given in the end. But let’s get back to the here and now. Tony Blair starting up a pro Europe campaign, I’m sorry for any one who seriously believes he has their interests or those of the country truly at heart. This man is only out for his own gains and to start this campaign must bring into question  how much he believes in democracy. We had a referendum, the decision was made and whilst many of us would have wished for a different outcome we must stand strong against this new approach to democracy which so many of our politicians seem to be supporting where you keep voting and voting until you get what you want.

So before you go voting for another referendum you need to ask yourself do you want to live in a democracy or not?

We fought world wars to keep our democracy, and a democratic vote means you will not always get what you want, You have to learn to live with it, god knows I had to live with  the Blair’s in no 10 for years because of a democratic decision

Is Tony Blair any more trustworthy now than when he was in government – well I leave you to make up your own minds but whilst you take the time to do that just look at the historic behaviour of this man, this is a man who is so arrogant and vain that he thinks we are all waiting for him to rescue us. For god sake he took us to where we are on immigration, austerity, war – and to this day he still takes no responsibility for his actions.

Man of the people – I bloody well don’t thinks so, he couldn’t give a toss about us or the country, this is Teflon Tony Blair – in search of another money-making scheme for his own benefit. And Tony, can I just say as one of the ‘ordinary people’ the only thing that makes you extraordinary is that you are so arrogant, unbelievably hard faced, deceitful and greedy. Just remember the term ‘War Crimes’ – you escaped that one by the skin of your teeth, but the rest of us remember your part in it all!

It’s time we all grew up, behaved liked intelligent adults and moved on.

Democracy is democracy and long may it last!!

Save us from Tony Blair Again!!