Did you vote No? Actions Have Consequences

Actions have consequences. Decisions have consequences. There is no you and them. You cannot divide yourself from the world. In the Scottish referendum of September 2014 the majority of people made the decision to register to vote and do so in greater numbers than ever before. The failure to achieve independence was not a question of apathy. People registered, got off their backsides, tore themselves away from their X-Factor and turned up to vote.

Maybe the No Voters were comfortable enough off.  Maybe they did not want to rock the boat, risk what they had.  Austerity is tough on many people, but the No voter’s have still got their pension (Gordon said so) and they have their jobs and if they live off savings and borrowings then their lifestyle stays relatively unaffected.  And they don’t personally use much of the services that are being dismantled.  They’re not sick or disabled or unemployed.  And they don’t intend to be.  They’re all right.

A sheer lack of imagination – too much brain dead television and internet activity likely saw to that – and we have an inability to comprehend the scale of change in the United Kingdom.  A country lurching towards the right and horrendous inequality and injustice.

If the country goes to the dogs, no amount of head in sand, I’m all right Jack, borrowing and cheating is going to shield you from that.  Seeing your neighbourhood turn into a ghetto, seeing your kids’ future disintegrate, seeing foreign colleagues deported, seeing your every waking moment being monitored and recorded for your protection, please tell me how that has nothing to do with you and that you were just looking after yourself?

Actions have consequences.

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BBP: The British Bastard Party

Yes sir, it looks like it’s a race to the bottom as UKIP, Labour and Conservatives all try to out-UKIP each other.  Think you’re tough on immigration?  Wait until you see what we have in store.  Think you’re tough on benefit scroungers?  Wait until we open salt mines and gulags.

Welcome to the latest UK right wing nut job party: the BBP.  The British Bastard Party.  Britain for the British.  Among our policies:

  • No foreigners allowed in – unless they are rich.  All foreigners to wear a star visible on clothing at all times.
  • No dark skinned folk – unless they are rich.  All darkies to wear a star – though this may be a moot point.
  • No poncy renewable energy program – can’t maintain our tough image as a world power with solar panels and windmills all over the place
  • No human rights nonsense – let the free market dictate how people are treated.
  • No bank regulations – let the free market do its job, let everyone get rich from currency trading
  • No farming – takes up valuable land and they’re all subsidy junkies anyway
  • No peace envoys – let’s get the World War II spirit back and gear for permanent war
  • No disabled folk eating up benefits – make them contribute, through medical experiments or something
  • No welfare – survival of the fittest got the human race this far, who are we to try undoing millions of years of evolution by caring for the weak?
  • No nuclear disarmament – who would we be with nuclear weapons?  We’d be like some useless country like Germany
  • No child protection agency – little bastards can look after themselves.  Spending an afternoon with Uncle Leon never did me any harm.
  • No privacy – unless you are rich.  What’s your problem if you have nothing to hide?
  • No equality – rich need special privileges being the proverbial teat of trickle down economics.
  • No foreign companies – unless they deliver nice backhanders in fat brown envelopes
  • No free schools  – since when did school help the average pleb?  You need attitude, not aptitude.
  • No free health care – no one’s grateful for something free. Survival of the fittest.
  • No Europe – we will negotiate our way out of not just the EU but the continent of Europe and have the British Isles recognized as a continent in its own right
  • No excuses – being born British or preferably just born rich anywhere will be the only factor of importance

We want to build a strong Britain, based on British values.   We are the British Bastard Party.  Show us what you’re made of, Johnny Foreigner!

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Holistic Politics vs That’s what you are, what am I?

Increasingly I despair when looking at politics. The average politician these days is a simpleton bully, the kind of moron you had at school who would keep yelling the same line over and over again until everyone else was battered down: “That’s what you are; what am I?”  A twerp?  “That’s what you are; what am I?”  A stuck record?  “That’s what you are; what am I?”  Oh, forget it.  “That’s what you are; what am I?”

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IDS Yesterday

Apparently Scottish Labour have better policies on women than SNP.  Apparently SNP have the weakest strategies in place on gender equality of the major Scottish parties when it comes to policies supporting women.  Of course what does this actually mean?  How is this evaluated?  Is it not a case of comparing some statements written on a manifesto somewhere?  Could it not be that SNP got side tracked and forgot to elaborate such points clearly enough?  Could it not be that the SNP were busy with other stuff like trying to save the whole country of Scotland and turning out a 700 page plan balancing everything from currency to war to economy to nuclear weapons to renewables to healthcare to education to oil to Europe?

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United Kingdom in the year 2020 – Scotland voted No!

The complete idiocy of comparing policies as if they were on a giant check list is that it’s fundamentally impossible to address any significant policy individually without considering the whole ecosystem?  So Scottish Labour scoring cheap points over SNP on women’s issues is insane because when the whole United Kingdom – that Labour ensured we remain part of – goes down the toilet and begins to resemble the Victorian era again, we’ll not be very concerned about what some irrelevant party has on a bullet list.

Free Dental Clinic in Los Angeles.  Welcome to the UK's future

Free Dental Clinic in Los Angeles. Welcome to the UK’s future

When the economy has gone to the dogs, when you are up to your ears in debt, when you’re homeless and on the street with your family, when you’re without human and worker rights, when education quality is dropping, when you need to go to a charity for healthcare, when you’re queuing at a charity backed food bank, when fracking pollutes the water and makes you sick, when radiation leaks from rusty submarines and cost optimized private nuclear power stations, when you exchange your right to vote for food and shelter, when you’ve lost every last scrap of human decency – then some bloody Labour policy on women’s rights is not going to make much of a damn difference.

I do not stop at the politicians.  The academics and journalists that evaluate and report on policies are also severely lacking in ability.  That supposedly intelligent people cannot think in a holistic way is frightening.  But then again is it surprising?  Weighing up countless factors and drawing conclusions on how they all influence each other is hard work and, in a world with little patience for more than a quick sound bite, is liable to leave you sounding wishy-washy and uncertain.  Ultimately it’s much easier to just shout: “That’s what you are; what am I?”  Over and over again.

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My wife and child are disabled, I care for them. Tories have made our lives a living hell. No government should do this to citizens.

Originally posted on Thomas Hemingford:

I have no idea why my wife and I ever bothered paying into the system. Which, in turn, means we wonder why we ever bothered working.

People buy into all the TV productions, media headlines and political nonsense about benefits. But the likes of “Benefits Street” or Benefits Britain are not factually typical or realistic. They are far from representative, and always one-sided.

There is a great myth that has been spun by the government and media; the myth is that welfare benefits were too generous, too high and needed to be cut.

However, the reality is very different from this image that has skewed people’s perceptions of welfare. The truth is that welfare benefits were never too high. Far from it, they were in fact inadequate.

The truth is that pay levels have been and still are grossly insufficient. Combined with high prices and a high cost of living…

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Parpcaster – From Broke to $1Billion IPO in 6 months

From its humble beginnings in a student dorm room just six months ago, Parpcaster.com has come a long way.  The new darling of the financial markets, this upstart British based technology company is set to sweep the world stage, treading in the footsteps of the likes of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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The premise: make use of the universal language of sound for a truly global communication medium.  Parpcaster’s founder and CEO David H. Tanenboom was becoming frustrated by the limitations of Twitter’s 140 character basis.  This was compounded when trying to connect with people unable to speak a common language.  That’s when it became clear to Tanenboom that a less restrictive and more natural means of communicating via social media was required.

“Snapchat was just stupid and Twitter was becoming passée.  Young people were finding it increasingly difficult to get their thoughts out of their heads in 140 characters,” says the spirited 22 year old. “Let’s face it words are complicated and can have different meanings for different people.  One night I accidentally Skyped a man in Burma … I don’t know what he was saying but from his rather desperate screams I could still empathize with him.  From here the idea was born and I began programming, pulling all-nighters and maxing out my credit cards until version 0.1 of Parpcaster was up and running.”

Parpcaster definitely comes from the same primordial gunk as Twitter.  Users sign up for free accounts.  Users can have an avatar and basic profiles.  However instead of Tweets, users make Parps.  A parp is a short noise – typically a few seconds.  The user can record Continue reading

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Sold from under our feet

formerdundeeman:

Fracking and other Neocon vices: this is what 55% of Scotland voted for. And although Better Together did try to keep it quiet, we all knew this was afoot. The idiotic head in sand attitude of much of the 55% believes in Why can’t things just stay the way they are? They don’t see that a vote for NO was a vote for a massive swing to right wing extreme policies. Enough said – read on about the joys of fracking, coming to a place under you soon.

Originally posted on Laura Cameron Eaton Lewis:

Ye’ll have had yer Democracy, then?

Oh Edinburgh. It was all looking so good for you for a while.

Your high property prices, your comfortable financial services, your beautiful scenery, your controversial masonry, and now… this.

For various reasons, the good people of this city put its trust in London to make decisions for us. They voted not to take our own decisions here in Scotland.

Oh, but would they have seen onelittle map, they might have felt a little differently about that.

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This little map from the Crown Office with the big pen line right around the whole of the centre of Scotland, shows exactly where the UK government are currently selling off licenses to energy companies to drill under your homes to get at that pesky gas and oil trapped in the shale down below. This is not some remote desert in America, this is where 80%…

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A ONE SCOTLAND

formerdundeeman:

A common theme we’re seeing is that of exploring why the middle-classes are not supporting independence. I have my own theories pertaining to the middle class still being comfortable enough, fearing the “great unwashed” Scotttish underclass, not wanting to risk even a few weeks of uncertainty or a minor drop in current income, and a delusional belief that a NO vote was for keeping things as they were – when everything says that the Neocon Westminster is going to squeeze the middle class dry. Connecting to the middle class to making it clear that nothing will be the same and one cannot turn a blind eye to the plight of others thinking it has nothing to do with them.

Originally posted on petewishart:

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In 2011 the SNP won the most remarkable landslide victory. We won from Caithness to Cumnock. We won in every city in Scotland and we won across every social class, securing votes from all backgrounds. We won this astonishing victory on a manifesto that had a range of measures to improve our society and community at every level and we were rewarded for the good government we had demonstrated in the previous four years. We pledged to retain free education, keep free prescriptions and freeze the council tax. It was what could only be called a ‘One Scotland’ platform. We secured support and votes from all demographics and from people from all social backgrounds. 
 
On September the 18th, the Yes vote scored almost exactly the same percentage share of the vote that the SNP secured in 2011, but the composition of that vote could not be more different. The…

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