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It’s a rainy day, heavy showers punctuated with dry spells…people running to get from A to B, while those with umbrellas saunter on as normal.  The scene is entirely normal, which is the strikingly different thing about it.

Why is it different?  Because in less than two weeks, Scotland will make the most important decision it has had in 300 years.  We vote to decide the future of the nation – do we stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom, or do we forge our own path and go it alone?

When it was first announced there would be a referendum, the No camp had a head start, and through political bungling of the highest degree and unmitigated PR disasters, that lead is now next to nothing.  The dirty tactics used by the unionists have been exposed, with misquoted figures being corrected and scare stories debunked.

A key part of this debate has been through social media – mostly Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, but elsewhere on the net too.  It is these links through the virtual ethernet that have helped to educate, inform and expose these fallacies.  Westminster hasn’t figured out that what worked in 1979, the last time we had a referendum, won’t work in this day and age.

People won’t just blindly believe what they’re told anymore (most people, anyway) and the political spin coming from London is picked through, researched and debated by the very people that have this decision to make.  This is an involvement in politics on a countrywide basis that hasn’t been seen for generations.  People are taking an interest in how they can possibly help to shape the country, making it better for themselves and others.

We finally have a chance to cut off the real ‘subsidy junkies’, that sit on green & red benches, absorbing all the expenses they’re entitled to, without doing what they’re elected & employed to do, which is to represent the people who live and work in the UK.  Every week we hear more political waffle, regarding what they’re doing, what they propose, so on and so forth.  But it has become apparent through the years that that is all it is – waffle, and no action. 

The Tories do what they do best, bulldozing bills through parliament which erode our liberties, and privatising henceforth nationalised services, then awarding the private contracts to their mates, or companies they have a vested interest in.  And yet some people still think this is a democratic society? 

Pray tell, when was the last time the government listened to the people, and reversed a policy or bill?  When was the last time the government listened to the people, when they were pushing for war?  No, we didn’t go to war in Syria, but it was not through the will of the people – David Cameron put it before parliament regardless, in the face of fierce opposition from a large proportion of the country…the only reason it didn’t happen was because it was refused by the House of Lords.

Compare that to Scotland, where, with a Yes vote, we will get rid of Trident – a multi-billion pound set of cylinders sat rusting in the Clyde, near Glasgow.  Lots of countries have nuclear capabilities, yes – but we’ve finally recognised that the money could be spent better elsewhere.  That we don’t want, nor need, nuclear weapons on our doorstep – it should tell you a lot that Westminster and Whitehall parked these weapons up in the Clyde…30 miles from a major Scottish city, and not anywhere near London.  The effects of an accident at Faslane would be catastrophic.

On assertation by the No bods was that we’re too wee, too poor and too stupid – I believe we’re far from it.  We have a thriving population that are happy to live here.  The fees to receive a prescription if you’re disabled or unwell has been abolished.  Universities are still free – an education at most English universities will set you back an eye-watering £9,000.  There are no tolls on our bridges.  The NHS has been kept nationalised, and people are seeing a huge difference to the services down South after chunks have been privatised & contracts awarded to the lowest bidder.  Knock-on effects are poor quality of service, longer waiting times and lower quality care.  These things are not down to the NHS staff themselves however – they try their best with what they have, but with budgets and staff numbers continually being slashed of course standards are going to slip!

Westminster tells us they’re increasing spending on the NHS, which is true, to a point.  What they don’t tell us however, is that they’re increasing spending levels to compensate for the outrageous figures charged by the private companies contracted to do certain jobs within the NHS.  Do some looking into it after reading this…then you’ll understand where I’m coming from and realise that what the government hails as being an achievement is actually a trumped-up piece of fluff, which is intended to keep the masses happy and docile.

From my point of view, one thing that’s put me off becoming involved in politics is the ‘politik speak’ – the unintelligible language used by those in parliament which discourage most regular folk from having any involement.  We are discouraged because we don’t have the confidence to involve ourselves, we fear we wouldn’t know what we were doing.

So because of this, the Eton boys can run free in the Houses of Parliament, making disgraceful policies and creating bills we don’t need to be a successful & prosperous country.  Those who work hard and those who are afflicted with a disability are equally treated like rubbish by this government.  The population are gradually, slowly but surely, waking up to this fact – and rightfully so aren’t happy at the way they’re being treated.

We have this one chance to have an involvement in how our country is run – with independence there is nothing to stop any one of us becoming involved in politics and having our say about various subjects.  And if you don’t like Alex Salmond or the SNP, that’s fine too – THIS IS NOT A VOTE FOR EITHER THE SNP OR ALEX SALMOND – this is a vote for the very future of this country, and everyone in it.  This is a vote for the possibility of political self determination…something we’ll never have under the Tory, or future, governments.  Westminster, politics and being represented in a fair and impartial way is broken under the current system.

Let’s fix it.

Let’s have a country where you don’t have to feel ashamed to have a disability which prevents you from working.
Let’s have a country where you can be involved in the political process.
Let’s have a country where society is also a community that cares.
Let’s have a country where profit hungry corporations are held to account.

How can we achieve this?

By voting Yes on an extraordinary day, the 18th of September 2014.

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With just under 6 months to go, the Scottish Independence Referendum is hotting up.  There’s arguments & counter arguments being thrown back and forth over the table, and debates have been turned to various topics.

A prominent situation to me however, is that with independence, we – the ordinary people – have a chance to stand up for our communities and get involved in politics…why not?  Because we’ve been indoctrined to believe that we’re not good enough, not intelligent enough to have a say in what happens in our local areas?  Possibly – the head heidyuns in Westminster rely on us thinking there is no way we could become involved, so they can maintain their way of life, stripping the economy through the expenses system & pushing society to the brink of revolt.

But, there is another way – there is the society that deeply cares what happens to those around them, that are prepared to stand up and speak about what they feel is wrong with the system.  Never has that been more apparent than the past year with the public becoming involved in the debate for independence.  Society is once again getting stuck in with public forums stimulating discussion, bringing forth ideas for our country.

A strong theme I have noticed is the inequality & lack of empathy for the general public, politicians giving not a thought for the consequences as they merrily claim expenses while their constituents live in mould-ridden homes & suffer in poverty.  Voting for independence is NOT a vote for Alex Salmond and the SNP – regardless of personal feelings towards the First Minister and his party, the vote on September the 18th 2014 is a vote on whether we are prepared to take a leap into the unknown & create our own destinies.

I was thoroughly impressed to see a 15 year old stating during a Q&A session on the subject that ‘nobody knows where we’re going to be in 4 years, nobody knows where we’re going to be at the next election, nobody knows when the next financial crash will be, nobody knows anything.  How can we ever base anything on not knowing?’ – a balanced, well thought out view if ever I heard one…the truth is that we don’t know, but you can never succeed if you never try in the first place!

No, we don’t know what will happen if we vote for independence, however I would hate to have to tell future generations in my family that yes, we had the chance to try, we had the chance to do things differently but we voted no because we didn’t know what would happen.  If we don’t take that leap, we have no idea what could have been and many of us would regret that choice in the decades to come.  We live in a society where the rift between haves & have nots is deepening, discontent is growing and our ‘elected representatives’ in Westminster have not a care for the squalid and unsuitable living conditions many of us find ourselves accomodated in.

Now is the time not for mud slinging & political tit-for-tat, seeing who can shout the loudest that it’s all the opposition’s fault.  Now is the time to unite as a country, to get together, put the problems on the table & try to come up with solutions.  Not temporary repairs to keep the water out, real solutions that make us happier as a whole.  Now is the time to believe that we, the ordinary people can become involved in the political system and have a say.

Having Trident banished from our shores is a very good start, it would inject a lot of money into the economy to be used for other purposes, instead of being spent on rusting metal in the Clyde that serves only as an attack magnet if things kick off globally.  We have the chance to lead the way in disarming our country as a threat to other nations, to do something more productive with the money it takes to maintain these monstrosities.

Now is the time to stand up and make your voice heard.  We’re not too wee, not too stupid and not too insignificant to change the system here, something our previous generations could only wish for.

Now is the time to have a serious think about what you want to happen in your lifetime, how you want your quality of life to be.  I’m not so naive to think it will all change overnight, and that the problems dogging our society will be solved the day after the referendum…but do you surely not want the chance to try?

Dear Mr Banks,

I live within your constituency, in a 4-in-a-block flat – the two flats on the ground level are privately owned, whereas the two flats upstairs are council flats.  My upstairs neighbour, who has a small child, has complained to the council numerous times over the last 3 years regarding the state of the rhones, which are blocked to the point of overflowing. 

This water is flowing between the walls, causing damp in the walls of the house I live in downstairs.  Not only that, but the rhones are rotting and will probably need replacing at a cost greater than it would have been if Perth & Kinross Council had regularly kept them clear.

My neighbour is in a terrible predicament where her child sleeps in a room with mould on the walls, she is bathed in a bathroom which has mould on the walls, and her food is prepared in a kitchen that has mould on the walls.  During her numerous interactions with the council, the workers acknowledge that she has been in touch lots of times regarding this issue, though rather than deal with the issue, it is something of a joke to them.

This water damage is completely avoidable, and if the council wished to bill the private owners for part of the cost of clearing the gutters it would be more than fair.  What I see currently however, is a cascade of water along the length of the building – you get wetter moving from the front door to the car than you do standing in a downpour.

Another worry I have is the damage the water is doing to the house I live in downstairs – a visible large damp patch on the wall in my own bedroom at floor level…the wall is wet and you can trace the route of the water up the wall from where it’s come.

Perth & Kinross Council have behaved dispicably in this matter, completely ignoring a working single mother who is living in a substandard level of accommodation.  She was told 2 months ago that workers would be out to the house THAT week to clean out the gutters – that never happened.  Various departments within P&K Council don’t communicate with each other & are ignoring requests and complaints from a council tenant.  I fear that her young child is going to develop asthma as a result of the mould on her walls, and I fear that the structure of the flat I live in has been damaged to the point of needing major work.

My neighbour pays her council rent & her council tax, which was another factor that took years to iron out & caused considerable anxiety and stress for her.  And yet she is still living in a property which is substandard – her shower is broken, which is also leaking through into the ceiling in my bathroom.

Mr Banks, please will you intervene in this matter where the council is failing its’ tenants and causing possibly very expensive damage to the structure putting the private homeowners in a difficult position?

This situation could have been prevented had P&K Council fulfilled their obligation to their tenants and maintained the property adequately.

I sincerely hope you help with this matter.

Yours Sincerely,

An irritated and upset tenant below a council tenant.

As a human ‘race’ we should be entirely ashamed of ourselves…politicians, corporations and bankers put profit ahead of health and wellbeing, which should be the foremost concern of any species.  They value something that doesn’t actually exist (it is just a printed piece of paper, or a digital code) more than life itself…it is said that the highest proportion of successful banking executives are psychopaths.  Which would fit in I guess as empathy for other human beings is succinctly lacking.

So why, are we as a society allowing these psychopaths and high-powered political spokesmen to ruin our very species?  Why are we apathetic about the injustices wrought against us, and the surveillance we are now all under with data-collection by the NSA & GCHQ?  The simple answer?  Fear.  We are bound by the fear of losing our jobs, our homes and our lives.  We sit back waiting for others to do something because we don’t want to be the ones to put ourselves out there to say ‘Enough is Enough’.

Because, if we do that, the spotlight is on us, and the Powers That Be may take our names, addresses & hunt us down.  This is where mass civil action is of utmost importance – there should be so many of us on the street that they can’t single us out to ‘make an example’ of us to keep the rest of the sheeple in line.  If thousands appear in the streets, there wouldn’t be enough cells to put us all in.  The new Gagging Law prevents any organisation or charity from speaking out against the Tory regime, a somewhat aptly named law as those with the power are running scared.

They’re scared of the power social media can have in spreading the truth – a tweet or blog can whiz around the globe faster than we can all be arrested…why else would satire Twitter accounts be shut down for daring to question the motives of the DWP or Iain Duncan Smith?  Because they’re scared – scared that we don’t believe their bullshit spin anymore, we see the smoke and mirrors for what they are…the Mass State Media no longer has the clout it had in the days before the internet was accessable by a large proportion of the population.  The headlines we read and news is no longer limited to the paper coming through our doors in the morning, or the news channels on the TV.

The Gagging Law has been passed mere weeks after IPNA’s (Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance) were defeated in the House of Lords – the introduction of which would see us arrested for behaviour which has, or MAY be capable of causing annoyance to another person.  This could involve speaking too loudly, standing in the wrong place for too long, or protesting

As this link from Scriptonite Daily explains.

Thankfully, the introduction of IPNA’s was blocked by the HoL, as they were fully aware it would cause outrage, however the Gagging Law has found it’s way through parliament.  If you need any more proof the government is running scared, London Mayor Boris Johnson has requested a water cannon for the Met, which would be ready for deployment ‘by the summer’.  Why else would the Met need a water cannon unless they were expecting mass protests, as they’ve already admitted it would have been no use during the London riots in 2011?  Despite an estimated cost of £1 million, plus maintanance, training of Met officers in it’s usage, what exactly will the final cost be?  Something this expensive, it won’t be expected to sit in a garage looking pretty and being lovingly polished by dutiful officers – they know discontent is stirring amongst the masses at the way this government has shamefully sold off national assets one by one, the threat to our NHS with privatisation, ATOS, the bedroom tax, welfare cuts, the list goes on and on.

We are waking up, we are seeing the corruption and the scandals, and we are getting thoroughly pissed off with the people running this country – often with no qualifications or skills to benefit their position.  We are realising that nothing done is for our benefit, as a parliament should work – it’s all in the pursuit of a printed piece of paper that is meaningless and as it comes off the press is already worth less than the government (*cough…I mean hard working families) needs to pay back for it in interest.

Suggested film if you don’t believe me regarding the monetary system would be Zeitgeist: Moving Forward – an excellent film following on from Zeitgeist the Movie, and Zeitgeist Addendum – all can be found on YouTube if you wish – they state things in black and white in an understandable way.

Rather than waiting for one person to start a domino effect, instead of letting them go out there alone & risk the wrath of the police and ‘judiciary’ system, take to the streets en-masse, as a group, as a society, and most of all, as a species…things have got to change before history repeats itself – and the only way it’s going to happen is if we, as a collective, stand in unity and solidarity against the system.  Most importantly, do it peacefully – don’t give the corporations the chance to take the high ground against us…the message will be more effective if violence isn’t involved – it doesn’t solve anything!

…whilst enduring the stand-off between police in riot gear and peaceful protesters involved in the Million Mask March after it headed to Buckingham Palace on November the 5th 2013, all of a sudden, I was struck by this feeling I couldn’t shake that this was all wrong – the police in their riot helmets were acting like sheep…waiting for the ‘forward!’ or ‘stop!’ commands that meant they either moved forward or stopped where they were.  They looked a bit like brainwashed bunnies, not sure if what they were doing was the right thing or not, but following orders all the same.  I stood, and I looked, and an emotion I have not frequently experienced washed over me…I pitied them – they probably wanted to be home with their wives/husbands/children, yet here they were, trying to diffuse civil unrest because if they didn’t, if they refused, they wouldn’t have a job the next day to feed their families and pay their mortgages or rent.  I understand Lizzie may have been slightly intimidated by the sight of fireworks flying towards her place of residence, but all we were trying to do was speak to her, to get her to listen – she’s a Monarch, for Christ’s sake!  She has the power to dissolve government due to this; 

Crown Prerogative

‘Powers held by the Queen or her Ministers which can be used without the consent of the Commons or Lords.’

Constitutional theorists have differing views as to whether this would be possible today; Sir Ivor Jennings wrote that a dissolution involves “the acquiescence of ministers”, and as such the monarch could not dissolve Parliament without ministerial consent; “if ministers refuse to give such advice, she can do no more than dismiss them”. A. V. Dicey, however, believed that in certain extreme circumstances the monarch could dissolve Parliament single-handedly, on the condition that “…an occasion has arisen on which there is fair reason to suppose that the opinion of the House is not the opinion of the electors… A dissolution is allowable, or necessary, whenever the wishes of the legislature are, or may fairly be presumed to be, different from the wishes of the nation.”

(en.wikipedia.org)

But if the monarch will not dissolve parliament due to her sovereign powers, it is all far, far too convenient for David Cameron that;

‘Practically, the Fixed- term Parliament Act 2011 abolished the Prime Minister’s prerogative power to dissolve Parliament.’  

(According to the HMGovernment…)

This government is bleeding the lower classes dryer than the Sahara desert, they give themselves a 5% tax cut here and accept a £10k pay rise there, all the while claiming ‘but we’ve been told that’s what we should receive.’  Since when has it been a capital crime to refuse a pay rise?!?  Since when has it been illegal to not pay the same tax as everyone else?  They bleat when the masses get angry because they have no other defense – ‘please, it was forced upon us…we didn’t decide what bonus we receive, they did!’ and they duly point the finger at anybody but themselves in trying to convince the general public they’re not the bad guys!  Perhaps if they stopped shafting the taxpayer with stupid expenses i.e. 5p for a paperclip (you know who you are) and heating expenses for 2nd homes we wouldn’t be so angry!  They tell us to put an extra jumper on when the temperatures drop – all they have to do is hit the ‘advance’ button on their boilers and they have heat (provided by the taxpayer) flowing through their houses in minutes…they know nothing of raking through the cupboards for something suitable to eat because you can’t afford to go out and buy any fresh food after years of increased inflation and little to no pay rise means buying nothing but the essentials, and hoping you’ve planned your shopping right so you have enough portions to go around your family, your children…they really have no clue what real life consists of due to the system allowing them to live a privileged life far different to the lives of the 99%.

This government is failing it’s people – this government is not held accountable for the misery they are inflicting on hundreds of thousands of people – the elite ruling class born with silver spoons in their mouths and handed a ridiculously expensive education the rest of us aren’t entitled to have taken everything they can from the general public…take, take, take, and what have they given back?  Absolutely nothing.

Our parliamentary system is full of corrupt, greedy politicians that don’t bat an eyelid and think nothing of having the bureaucratic subsidiary that is the DWP inform terminally or the chronically ill that they are having their support network ripped from under their feet and they are ‘fit to work’, regardless of the fact they could be dead within months, weeks or even days.  And who are these people that make the decision whether a person is undeserving of state benefits?  More pen pushers who often have little or no medical training and cannot begin to grasp the definition of medical terminology – most importantly the words ‘terminal’ and ‘chronic’.  ATOS, the French company being paid millions, millions of pounds to assess the likelihood of disabled and ill people in this country being able to work, appear to encourage doctors to be ignorant of the Hippocratic Oath they take as saving money & budgets are far more important than a human being’s individual needs and quality of life…although upon researching further, I discovered that doctors in the UK are not obliged to take the Hippocratic Oath, and some 50% don’t take it, so they are not bound to practice medicine with the integrity and ethics with which the oath is intended to uphold;

‘I will use treatments for the benefit of the ill in accordance with my ability and my judgment, but from what is to their harm and injustice I will keep them’

Horror stories are plentiful regarding ATOS assessments and withdrawal of benefits – any trained doctor would have no doubt that a condition such as a terminal brain tumour, or cerebral palsy has 0% chance of being ‘expected to improve within 6 months’…a phrase that is sent through the post to the sufferer informing them that they are ‘fit to work’ and have to get a job if they want to feed and house themselves.  Appeal rates have rocketed – unsurprisingly – due to the underhand tactics this company uses to ‘save’ the government money…why, in this day and age, are systems which show such blatant disregard for human life allowed to be put in place and enforced by an unpopular government interested only in making sure their politicians and the rich are looked after?

Democracy?  The generations that fought for this country would be ashamed and disgusted that ‘Great’ Britian’s parliament have squandered the opportunity provided by their actions in WW2 to keep this country’s freedom for it’s citizens…for decades there have been three main political parties – well, two…and a third party that will hop into bed with whichever party is most popular at the time, and these parties have consistently proved that the electorate voting them into power matter not.  Yes, there are politicians with pure motives and that genuinely look out for their constituents, however, they are most certainly in the minority and are oppressed by party leaders & peers.   We are approaching a point of no return…a point where faith in ‘democracy’ is failing due to scandals, oppression and corruption, secrets and lies.  Elected politicians are put in place to do the best they possibly can for the people they represent – they are supposed to be the voice of their people, yet petty squabbling, bills and laws being pushed through on the quiet engenders mistrust and no confidence in these ‘leaders’.  They have, through their own actions and greed created an ‘us and them’ society whereupon truth is no longer something worth believing in…the words that flow so easily out of the Prime Minister’s mouth are met with suspicion and uncertainty – the phrase ‘We’re all in this together’ is meaningless…the only thing it represents to many is the grossly ridiculous amount of money deposited in his bank account for the amount of time it took for his vocal chords to form the sentence.

We’re absolutely not ‘all in this together’…the poor get poorer while the rich get richer – it is a contradictory statement…the Americans hit the nail on the head when writing up a psychological profile of Hitler;

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.’

Well, the public are slowly waking up to the realization that this government lies…it lies frequently, and it relies on the public believing these lies.

Looking back, I’m thoroughly glad I was there that night, a part of the Million Mask March, every soul I came across was compassionate and friendly, and within which everyone there is seeing through the lies…Mr Cameron, you claim transparency is a goal – we already see right through you and your counterfeit propaganda…congratulations, you have succeeded in one thing, and one thing only – the public are seeing the transparent parts of your government you don’t want them to see, your dirty laundry…

Time for a boil wash at 90 degrees…and perhaps an added dose of revolution.

My views are my own, not everybody will agree, some will challenge them and I understand that – however, I sincerely hope at least a few will agree with what I am saying…