our eyes are open

Whatever happens today I am optimistic for the future, I’ve been called naive and an idealist in the past few months more times than I care to remember, I’m certainly the latter, but definitely not the former. I see the mountain there is to climb to get to a fairer and more equal society. I see a huge media controlled by a few people, not giving the British public a fair and balanced view of what’s going on in this country, pushing their own agendas of division and bile and vitriol against those least able to defend themselves, while protecting the security of those who have already secured their fortunes, failing to report on the failings of government and the effects they have on ordinary people.

I see corporations trying to undermine the laws set out to protect the people of this country in order to increase their profits, I see them putting the interests of their shareholders above all else, I see them driving small businesses under by opening mega-stores and mini-stores where no one asked for or wanted them.

I see government stripping away the NHS, the one thing that the British are universally proud of, stripping it bare and selling it to private companies to make profit out of, I see government lie that this is to make the NHS more efficient and better for the public, but I know that it’s not true.

I see government wage wars in our name that are neither just nor for the purpose they claim to be. I see powerful interests and shadowy figures guide our fate at black-tie dinners and Bilderberg meetings, but there is hope, and things will change because we know about these things, and in time, everyone will know.

Despite their best efforts to neuter it, the internet is a powerful, organic force across which we can share and spread information like never before. Wikileaks, The Trews, The Young Turks, Joe Rogan, journalists like Owen Jones and George Monbiot; all sources of news and new ways of thinking that will change the world.

Just in the last year I have found out so much that I was blind to, when I was a child I actually thought that newspapers were there to give us news, now I know they are not. Newspapers are run to make a profit and to spread their owner’s ideology, they are not there for yours or my benefit.

Now I know that, I can see them for what they are and find alternative sources of news. The sheer volume of alternative sources of news means that it is working, we don’t have to rely on a few angry newspapers. We all have a responsibility to seek the truth and share it. Question everything you are told. It’s going to take time, the system we live under at the moment has penetrated so deeply into our national psyche that it can do whatever it wants. It’s managed to convince people that taking away a disabled persons benefits is a good thing, that austerity is necessary when all evidence points to the contrary, it’s managed to persuade us that we shouldn’t care that hundreds of people died trying to escape a country that our government bombed, that we should ridicule a man for his inability to eat a bacon sandwich.

It’s going to take time to unwind this web of lies and deceit, but we can do it, we are already doing it our collective consciousness is changing and we must keep pushing it, tell people the truth, open their eyes to what’s really happening, keep your eyes wide open the world will be a better place.

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Vote Jasper Gerard tomorrow in Maidstone

Dear Maidstone,

I am going to vote for Jasper Gerard tomorrow in the General Election. I’ve sent quite a few emails to the candidates in Maidstone over the past few months, I’ve had long, reasoned answers from Jasper on every occasion. (I have also heard from Paul Hobday from the National Health Action party, and although I totally agree with their stance on the NHS I cannot vote for a party with essentially only one policy).

I have also heard from Helen Grant the Conservative candidate, but her responses are generic and her last letter started ‘Let me assure you we are not privatising the NHS’ which, after reading that a firm who’s director is Malcolm Rifkind was awarded a contract to provide scanning services to a Stoke hospital despite being £7 MILLION more expensive than an NHS consortium. It’s worth pointing out that the bidding process was secret too.

Anyway, I’ve found Jasper to be responsive and I agree with him on a large number of issues. (Although he does think I’m a ‘young person’ I hope that’s because of my youthful enthusiasm rather than my terrible grasp of the English language)

  • We should have the ability to recall badly performing MPs
  • That politicians should represent their constituents, not corporate interests
  •  Politics should be more accessible for people
  •  The NHS must be protected

He is, I understand, the only candidate in Maidstone who went knocking door to door to talk and listen to people. He downsized his house and quit his job to work full time for the people of Maidstone.

Helen Grant, our current MP lives in a £1.8MILLION house near Maidstone, and claimed the full amount for a second home despite living 19 miles from London. Helen Grant also wants to spend £BILLIONS on new nuclear weapons, give tax breaks to people earning over £150k a year. Helen Grant does not want a tax on banker bonuses and does not want a mansion tax.

Helen Grant is a member of the Westminster Elite, she has no clue about the way real people live or how life is for those without privilege. Jasper seems like a genuine bloke and I’d rather see him representing us than our current MP.

Last election the Lib Dems were close to winning, only 5889 behind the conservatives. I think Jasper can win, I’d really like him to win and I think he would be good for Maidstone and the country as a whole.

The same rules apply if he does get elected, he needs to be held to account as any member of parliament does

Share if you agree with me.






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ideas for voting change, not very good ones

politicians, voting change

Now, I had this idea to solve the problem of being fed bad information by politicians and the media and what that means when it comes to voting, it turns out it’s actually not a very good idea at all, but hear me out and let me know what you think…

Zac Goldsmith said recently 1)http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b052n6bh

“Lying is a staple here in parliament, you can lie to get elected, you can then behave in any manner you want in parliament, you can do whatever you want, you can break every single promise you made and there is nothing your constituents can do about it”

A striking statement from a sitting member of parliament; in his opinion you can lie to get elected, it’s commonplace. If you look at the Daily Mail or the Sun their coverage of Ed Miliband is hostile, bordering on the vindictive. In the case of the Daily Mail article about Ralph Miliband2)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2435751/Red-Eds-pledge-bring-socialism-homage-Marxist-father-Ralph-Miliband-says-GEOFFREY-LEVY.html it was undoubtedly vindictive. Look at the referendum on AV, the No campaign ran a blatantly unprovable and emotive ad about how a vote yes would deprive babies of maternity care.3)http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/feb/25/no-to-alternative-vote-baby-ad A look through any newspaper in the country shows a litany of stories using dubious facts to make dubious points. This leads to an ill-informed public, it’s almost impossible to separate fact from fiction if you choose mainstream media as your news source or listen to what politicians tell you. This isn’t a new phenomenon, the Sun claimed that fans were urinating on dead bodies at Hillsborough, 4)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster#The_Sun a claim defended and defended by Kelvin McKenzie then apologised for by James Murdoch at the House of Commons Select Committee dealing with the News International phone hacking scandal in 20125)

A YouGov poll this week6)http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/9251 found that 59% of people are opposed to state funding of political parties, given the choice between the current situation of big business funding the Tories and the unions funding Labour people prefer the current situation by 63% to 37%. Why? This makes no sense to me, the current system allows for business and trade unions to influence policy; taxpayer funding removes that. One side allows for corruption of our politics and the other removes that. More evidence that the public are not informed about serious issues.

Being ill-informed about something should not normally be any sort of barrier; my badly formed opinions on who should play left back for England have never held me back from debating it, but my opinion in this case does not matter; the only opinion that does is Roy Hodgson’s. The problem is brought into sharp focus when it comes to voting. These lies, half-truths and misleading articles influence the outcome of votes and can have a seriously detrimental effect on the society we live in.
Let’s imagine for a moment that we have a vote to bring back capital punishment, an actual life or death vote. Should you be able to cast your ballot without being in possession of all the facts?; Is there any evidence that capital punishment works as a deterrent? How many people (in other, similar countries, have been proven innocent after being executed), is the law robust enough and does it have enough safeguards to make sure that only guilty people of sound mind are sent to death? Can we trust our press and elected officials to present the facts honestly to us to make a decision?

What’s the solution? Well, politicians and the media cold stop lying, that would be best really, only ever tell the truth about things, print real stories with facts in them, but that seems unlikely (I should say here that a great many MPs and journalists do tell the truth, the phone hacking scandal highlights this perfectly, on one side you have corrupt journalists breaking into the public’s phones and the other you have journalists like Nick Davies fighting for the truth)7)http://www.spiked-online.com/review_of_books/article/hack-attack-how-nick-davies-saved-the-world/15780 How about competency tests for voting? What if, whatever the vote was, you had to register for it and it was open for a month and you had to answer a series of questions before you were allowed to vote to make sure you understood what was going on? It’s not taking the vote away from anyone, it’s a safeguard to make sure that you know what you’re voting for and can make an informed choice. You may find out some information and totally change your mind.

I see some obvious flaws in this argument as I type. Who is going to pull the facts together? Who is going to decide what’s relevant? What about serious concepts that can’t be explained easily? Is Keynesian economics the way out of a recession or is austerity the answer? (This is what our elected representatives should be doing for us, but they’re twisting the facts to fit in with their ideology)[refhttps://fullfact.org/health/live/2015/jan/number_12_hour_wait_hospital_bed_accident_emergency-38409[/ref] Ok, it wasn’t a particularly good idea. What else can we try? How about we fund a public fact checking service (there already is an excellent website at https://fullfact.org/) that is working live during, say PMQ’s, there’s a big screen and a team of people checking everything as the politicians speak and if they’re lying a big eegh eegh sounds and a cross comes up like in Family Fortunes, or if we can’t do it in real time then check it after and they have to apologise for lying next week. The same could work for newspapers and television the first 5 minutes of each news programme will be apologies for a while until everyone just decides that it’s easier to stop lying and just tells the truth. Or, fines for lying?

When I started writing this I thought I had half an idea, but I don’t really, it’s so complicated and manifold that it’s going to require a bit more thought, but the fact that it’s complicated doesn’t mean I should stop thinking about it, or that you should. It is unlikely that anyone who benefits from this system will find a solution for it. The changes are going to come from you and me, from normal people who have a desire for change, who don’t want to keep seeing politicians and the media lying constantly.

It doesn’t matter that this or any problem is huge and seemingly impossible to solve, they can all be solved, but we all need to demand the change and demand the systems and policies we desire. We have people like Zac Goldsmith campaigning for parliamentary recall8)http://www.zacgoldsmith.com/category/recall/ (unfortunately defeated in the commons) , but we have to do our bit, otherwise we will never get real change, just facsimiles of the same unfair corrupt bullshit we’ve got now, but with a shiny veneer on them.

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References   [ + ]

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b052n6bh
2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2435751/Red-Eds-pledge-bring-socialism-homage-Marxist-father-Ralph-Miliband-says-GEOFFREY-LEVY.html
3. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/feb/25/no-to-alternative-vote-baby-ad
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster#The_Sun
6. http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/9251
7. http://www.spiked-online.com/review_of_books/article/hack-attack-how-nick-davies-saved-the-world/15780
8. http://www.zacgoldsmith.com/category/recall/

quantitative easing, another fine mess they got us in

I’m trying to accumulate as much knowledge as possible at the moment, I want to try and understand how it all works (everything, literally everything that has an effect on my life) so I can figure out what’s right and what’s wrong and what to do about it, some fella said something like:
‘ in order to defeat your enemy you have to become your enemy’
on reflection that may have been Christian Bale in Batman, but whatever, it works.

I’ve been looking at some economic concepts around the financial crash and started reading up on the utter mindfuck that is Quantitative Easing, partly because the European Central Bank are looking to do it again in Europe, and partly because I’m quite boring.
I thought I’d share what I learnt.  I work in IT / BBQ, I’m not an economist so I may have some things slightly wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly correct, it is dull, but it’s also important so pay attention because there will be a test!


Are you sitting comfortably? I’ll begin; In a recession, like the one that started in 2008 and is still ongoing, people stop spending money and so do businesses (possibly as the result of job losses and uncertainty about the economy, oh and then there’s austerity measures cutting money off for people and lower wages and rising inflation and a whole shit load of other bad stuff) this means that there’s not enough money swishing round the economy so it grinds to a halt.


The good people at the Bank of England (BoE) decide we need more money in the economy, so they make some, jut press a button (I imagine it’s big and red and they have two keys to arm it like in you do a nuke) and billions of £ appears in their account (No, we can’t just do the same unfortunately, I’ve yet to ascertain why because the banks are allowed – more on that another time) they then take this new money and purchase assets from private financial institutions like insurance companies, pension funds and our good friends, the banks.


Now, before we go any further, an asset in this sense isn’t something tangible like a house or a car as you or I might understand it, it’s essentially debt, the BoE is lending the money at an agreed interest rate over a fixed period of time, (so you buy a 10 year £10,000 bond at 5% interest you get back £500 a year (5% – this is called the yield) and then your £10,000 at the end of the 10 years) this is called a Bond, the bonds the BoE bought from these companies were Government Bonds which is lending the government money (This is where all the talk of government debt and borrowing comes from, government debt is considered bang on, rock solid debt, because (unlike the rest of us) when they can’t pay they just hit the big red button and it pours all over them(As an aside and maybe I’ll cover it another time, this is why European countries, Greece, were fucked because they’ve got a central currency and can’t just print the stuff). Anyway, where were we? Bonds; confusingly the BoE bought government bonds from financial institutions which means that they were buying the government’s debt from another company – it’s a fucked up place the economy!


So, the reasoning behind all this is that purchasing these bonds puts extra money into the economy, drives the price of the bonds up (supply and demand) and the yield down so that the financial institutions that received money from the government buy products elsewhere (again, we’re not talking about actual things, we’re talking about debt again or shares) this in turn pushes up prices of all these other assets and their yields down. Why is this important? Well, lower yields means lower borrowing costs, bear with me here..


If demand for government bonds rose, this £10,000 bond would increase in price as investors pushed up the market price.
But, the government still pay £500 a year interest until maturity. If the market price of the bond rises to say £20,000, the interest rate (yield) is now 2.5% (50/2000)
Therefore higher demand for bonds leads to lower bond yields.


This pushes down the cost of borrowing everywhere because the government can borrow for less, then the corporates can borrow for less and so on until it gets down to you and me with banks lowering their interest rates because their borrowing costs are lower. Still with me? Good.


Now, before we marvel at the stupidity of this idea, let’s have a think about all of this, at no point is there anything actually tangible going on here, in order for this to work people have to do what’s expected of them, at no point are there any rules at work here (governing the process I mean, insider trading, financial regulations (ha ha) and the law all still apply) there is nothing at all that forces this process, there is no law or legal agreement that says the banks have to buy anything when the BoE pumps money into them, they can do what they like, economists will tell us that they will do it because that’s what ‘The Market’ does, this abstract construct is basically a bunch of people making decisions based on greed and is responsible for both getting us into the mess we find ourselves in and attempting to get us out. It’s so Laurel and Hardy-esque it’s almost funny, but it’s not funny because people have lost their jobs, homes and in some cases lives because of this belief in the power of the market, and the market does work, but not for you and I, it works for the big financial institutions and those around them


Let’s get back to QE;


We’ve already found out that money is pumped into the system from thin air and that is supposed to stimulate the economy by the money moving through the market, reducing the cost of borrowing, making us borrow and spend more (this could be businesses investing or consumer credit, I believe it was supposed to be businesses primarily, once the banks had some cash they could lend it to businesses) Now, let me ask you this, if, as happened in 2008, you lost a fuck load of money in the financial crash then someone gave you a load of cash hoping you’d go out and spend it in the right way, what would you do? Well, that’s exactly what the banks did, they kept it, they got rid of these assets they had and put cash back on their balance sheets then went and speculated in property, shares and commodities making their investors a bit happier (and richer) the bankers and the hedge fund owners did very well out of it, but for the rest of us? Higher prices in food and property and fuel and bugger all lending to businesses. Now, either the BoE knew that this would happen and were happy for the banks to hold onto this cash, or they didn’t which means they are totally incompetent and shouldn’t be in charge of tying their own shoelaces, never mind the economic stability of a whole fucking country. They decided to let banks (economic crash causers) do what was right.


Who appoints these people?


Who regulates these people?


Whose interests do these people serve because it doesn’t seem to be yours or mine? – actually,  I can answer this one, it’s bankers and hedge fund managers.


What are the alternatives?


Do we need a central bank?


Should everyone be allowed to print money?


Should we have public representatives inside the banks to make sure they’re not shafting us?


Should economics be mandatory at school?


What do you think?


All I know is that whatever this is currently is not working.


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land ownership – farms

I was asked about farms, this is what I found out…

I got this from http://www.ukagriculture.com/uk_farming.cfm and it says that although there are 300,000 farms at an average of 140 acres / 57 hectares / .56sq km each the number is skewed by the size of farms in Scotland which average over 100 hectares / 247 acre / 1sq km so the actual average size is somewhere around 40 hectares / 98 acres / 0.4sq km. Whichever way you look at it the total active farming land in Britain is around 1.5m sq km. (.57km x 300000). This seems incredibly small when 75% of all surface area in this country is maintained by farmers. Having said that we exported £14bn worth of agriculture, but imported £32Bn.

Something’s wrong somewhere, and if anything, I’m more confused than when I started!

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land ownership, who owns Britain, how and why

Like a  time-poor student trying to get an essay written despite spending all waking moments drinking, sleeping and watching TV,  I’ve trawled the pages of Wikipedia to find out who owns Britain and how they came to own it. It’s not comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination and it is my understanding of everything I’ve read (there is a lot of Latin to go through and even the most diligent writer would get bored having to translate archaic / technical phrases every couple of minutes).

Although this is a little dull it is important and a bit of background on some other information I need to give you.


Back in the old, old days before the Normans invaded it is most likely (I don’t know for totally definite, they weren’t very good at record keeping) that the English land law was characterised by ‘enjoyment in common and the absence of private ownership‘ – meaning that everyone had rights on the land and no one owned it, it was there for the common good. After William came over and shot Harold in the eye in 1066 he decided that all of the land belonged to him and he divided it up and gave some to his mates (Lords, or the Aristocracy you might call them) in return for their loyalty / services (this concept is known as Feudalism and the basic unit of land was the ‘Manor’ – as in ‘you come raaand my manor again I’ll cut your jacobs off’) – Le Wills also kept a load for himself . His mates then cut up the land he gave them and gave it out to tenants who had the peasants work on it.

Lords and Tenants had obligations to the crown to pay in return for the land (Feudalism) and the peasants were bound by law to work the land meaning they could not leave the land without the landlords permission. This stuff is all recorded in the Domesday Book 1: Ha ha, we’ve got loads and you haven’t. (My subtitle). There then followed a series of acts in law that further tied up the ownership of land and wrote the thievery into law; taking away any land that used to be common, making sure only sons of Lords could inherit the land (the land that until some bastard took it, belonged to everyone), landlords destroying houses to put sheep farms on and whatever else they fancied doing.

“… your sheep, which are naturally mild, and easily kept in order, may be said now to devour men and unpeople, not only villages, but towns; for wherever it is found that the sheep of any soil yield a softer and richer wool than ordinary, there the nobility and gentry, and even those holy men, the abbots not contented with the old rents which their
farms yielded, nor thinking it enough that they, living at their ease, do no good to the public, resolve to do it hurt instead of good. They stop the course of agriculture, destroying houses and towns, reserving only the churches, and enclose grounds that they may lodge their sheep in them.” – Thomas Moore, Utopia 1516

There were a few attempts by the people to change this, most notably the Levellers and my favourites, the Diggers (mostly because the thought of little yellow diggers driven by peasants all over 17th century Britain amuses me). The Diggers believed that the “common people of England” had been robbed of their birthrights and exploited by a foreign ruling-class, wanted economic equality and a return to the ‘golden age’ before Norman invasion.

“Ooooh, all this were fields before those Normans came”

“They still are Marjorie, it’s the 17th Century”

“Yes Wilfred, but they was our fields, not that stinkin’ Lord up at the Manor”

“Grave times Marjorie, turnip?”

“That’s not your turnip anymore Wilf it belongs to the Lord”

“Oh, bugger”

They tried to build communal farms, putting up notices telling everyone they’d be taking over land and that anyone who wanted to join them would be fed and clothed and have beer to drink but the lords weren’t keen and destroyed them.

After feudalism, which ended in 1660 and was replaced by taxes on the land,  land law goes through a few iterations most of which seem to be sorting out squabbles between the landed and then later on enshrining the ownership of land into law.

Fast forward 300 odd years to 1873 and Domesday 2: Stop moaning, peasants is published (It’s actual title is The Return of the Owners of Land – dull) this all came about because the landowners were fed up with the poor moaning about how much land they had.

After two years of research the returns found that 1 million people owned freeholds, about 5% of the population. The ten leading Dukes in the Kingdom owned over 100,000 acres each with the Duke of Sutherland owning 1,350,000 acres. The Duke of Northumberland owned 186,000 acres then (and still owns 132,000 acres). The publication of the report wasn’t exactly what the landed had hoped for as it rather proved the point that they owned all of the land.

That is as far as we can go on the complete picture of land ownership in the UK, there has not been an audit of land in the UK since then, there have been attempts but they have been thwarted by people who do not want the poor (that’s us) to know how much the rich (that’s them) have got.

What we do know, according to Kevin Cahill’s 2002 book: Who Owns Britain and Ireland

Britain is made up of approximately 60 million acres

160,000 families (0.3% of the population) own 37 million acres

Top individual landowners

  • Forestry Commission – 2.8m acres
  • MOD – 750k acres
  • Royal Family – 670 acres
  • National Trust – 550k
  • Insurance companies – 500k acres
  • Utility Companies – 500k acres
  • Duke of Buccleuch 270k acres
  • Dukedom of Atholl 148k acres
  • Duke of Westminster 140k acres
  • Church of England 135k acres

70% of the rest of us, that’s 44.8m people own rougly 3 million acres between us.

Doesn’t seem right, does it?

If you’re still awake after all of that, well done, next time I’ll try and explain exactly why this inequality is bad and why we need to do something about it.











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good luck – 2015 health journeys

I’m going to shut up after this, I’m bored of me now, but my last thing……

Good luck to everyone setting out on a New Year weight / fat loss journey or any health journey. There’s plenty of people who’ll sneer, who will look down their noses at everyone joining a gym in January or getting out running or joining weight watchers, gleefully pointing out that it won’t last, but fuck it. It’s not about them, it’s about you.

Change is hard, actual permanent change is properly fucking hard, anyone who’s gone through it knows it’s hard, I struggle all the time, I’ll get there one day, I’m nowhere near at the moment, because it’s hard, it’s hard to change habits ingrained over many years, it’s easy to fall back into patterns we’ve had for many years. On a physiological level the body does it, we use the path of least resistance, we’re programmed to so it’s no surprise if we do it subconsciously when a packet of Kettle Chips lands seductively on our laps. If you fail after a couple of months (and I hope you don’t) try again when you’re ready. Do not pay attention to anyone who belittles or tries to cheapen your efforts, do not pay attention to anyone else in the gym or out running, try not to feel self-conscious. Everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve no idea of the stories of anyone I see out running fat, thin, medium, fast runners, slow runners, walkers and no one knows your story. All that matters is that you are out there doing it and you are happy. If you’re not happy, find another way to exercise. There are so many resources on the internet and almost as many different types of exercise; weight training, crossfit, cycling, running, swimming; triathlon, zumba, ballroom dance, walking, the list is endless (not this list, this ended, but you get the point.)

Diet is the most crucial point in all of this though exercise is nothing without feeding your body correctly, and that is the hardest struggle, but it’s not impossible, again there are plenty of resources out there, but the one thing that’s (in my opinion) more important than all the rest is to eat whole foods, earth grown foods; vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, seeds and lean meats. Cut out the processed crap, if it’s got more than one ingredient, bin it. (I found out the other day that some dried fruit has ADDED SUGAR, yes, SUGAR that has been ADDED to FRUIT, madness!) Read all the labels. If you make that 90% of your diet and exercise then you will win.
I speak as a man still trying to put this advice into practice, I’m getting there, I’ve established good exercise habits (again after a long post-triathlon lay off) and 2015 is about nailing the diet.

Check out this lot for some inspiration / advice / supreme knowledge.

From David Dakosa Marsh http://www.ldnmuscle.com/ldnmfamily/ advice / inspiration (about halfway down)

Ben Coomber latest podcast is an excellent starting point.

and if you want some serious knowledge, go see Gary Hawkins at Serious Nutrition.

I’m off to eat crisps and chocolate washed down with beer and chocolate and crisps and curry and burgers before the clock strikes 12.

Good Luck

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a resolution for 2015

If you only do one thing in 2015, please make a resolution to question more. Question everything.

When you read something in the paper or see something in the news, ask what the motives are behind it. Who owns the paper? What is their agenda?

When Russell Brand says something, ask what his motivations are, why he says the things he does

When someone criticises Russell Brand ask what their motivations are.

When a politician makes a statement, what are their motivations? Whose interests are they representing? Is it yours? Do they have any conflicts of interest?

When someone says ‘that’s just the way it is’ or ‘that’s the way it’s always been’ ask why? Does it have to be like that?

When you are told that mass immigration is causing massive problems in this country ask why? What is the motivation of the person telling you? Find out for yourself if it is actually true.

The same for benefits scroungers.

Why are 900,000 families using food banks in 2013 / 14? Is it because they’ve lost the knowledge on how to cook? Is it because it’s free?

The general election is in May. It’s one of, if not the most crucial vote in my lifetime, probably yours too. The result of this election could make your life drastically better or worse. Pay attention to what the politicians are saying. If they say the NHS shouldn’t be privatised, ask why. If they say it should ask why. There will be a lot of nonsense spoken, figures quoted, statistics exclaimed, a lot of them will be skewed or biased or misrepresented. The politicians are able to do that because hardly anyone checks.

The continuation of the status-quo (Latin phrase, not Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, they can stay) benefits only those who are in power and comfortable at the moment, if you are truly comfortable at the moment then there’s not a lot I can say to you, but if you want a better life for you and your family then you have to start asking questions, things will never change if we just accept that things are the way they are and there’s nothing we can do about them.

We can have change, but we have to start thinking about things, questioning and demanding answers from the people who represent us.

Start questioning yourselves, ask the same questions you do of others about yourself. What do you want? Why do you want it?

I don’t care what the conclusions are that you come to, you may decide that Mark Reckless is right and we should start deporting foreigners, you may decide that the NHS would be better off run by private firms, you could come to the conclusion that it’s not fair that 66% of all land in this country is owned by 36,000 aristocrats who were given it by people who stole it from other people (your ancestors probably), whatever, it doesn’t matter, just think, ask questions and demand answers.

Right, now could someone help me out, my high horse has got its hoof stuck in my soap box.

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