Steve Howard who worked for the NHS and is now retired but has a pension from the NHS which he paid for says;
I'm a pensioner twice over as I have an NHS pension as well. The Tories are aiming to introduce means tested benefits to pensioners. Once we accept that the WFP should be means tested we are only one short step from having our old age pensions (which they have deceitfully renamed benefits) means tested too.
I worked all my life to get my pensions.
I resent some person in a fancy suit telling me they are benefits.
I also resent the fact that the contract I started work on all those years ago, which kept me in this country and loyally paying taxes and any other dues such as rates, VAT, poll tax, council tax and more, can now be arbitrarily taken away by a Tory government that has a history going back Centuries of stealing out of the mouths of the poorer members of British society.
This austerity hasn't stopped the increase in sales of luxury yachts or cars, has it, Sir Philip Green, Mr Virgin and others?
Nor has it stopped the building of luxury housing and priced most people out of our large towns and cities.
To me all I see is Austerity for the Masses and Socialism for the Rich. Once again they are buying this election and unlike 200 years ago all the papers and mainstream media virtually support these crooks.
I dont want my inheritance to be limited to only £100,000. Theirs isnt, in fact they use trusts and off shore accounts to hidden their wealth, while we the people patriotically pay our dues.
The Tories have never been friends to anyone but themselves. They will step over the homeless to get into their Savoys but they wont lift a helping hand to help one.
People who refuse to vote or 'just dont care' are as guilty of treason against this fine country of ours as any disaffected refugee fleeing our bombs and dont take this statement as an excuse for terrible atrocities, but as a fact.
Terrorism doesnt happen in well adjusted households/societies that have community values as its underpinning purpose. I mean real family values, not the sort that are 'sold' to us as values where we are encouraged to compete against each other in activities where we should be cooperating and collecting our ideas and building a better environment for us all. (Mental illness excluding , of course)
And thats another area incidentally that the Tories flagrant Austerity has shunted back into the dark ages of prison, run by private jailers or back on to the streets of despair.
This country, as Corbyn very rightly points out is on the cusp of a complete return to the dark ages of where Class and Status were the guiding principles under which we lived.
I don't want it.
You shouldnt want it and if you cannot see it then you've got your eyes firmly shut, because you are afraid to accept your own role in allowing it to happen.
It is said that the first step to recovery is recognizing your disease. So to those of you who are still keeping your eyes closed and hoping that your Apathy will go away, all I can say is open them, see your part and play it next Thursday because if you dont , you'll bring the rest of us down with you too. And
you dont want that do you?
Thank you Steve Howard.
#imvotinglabour for the many not the few
As Theresa May and her colleagues use their new catchphrase "The Money Tree" Phil Tyler shares a few thoughts;
Where will the money come from?
Here are few ideas I have collected, from here and there, for finding the money to support public expenditure etc. They are all controversial in one way or another but people have thought them; I am sure there are many more thoughts and ideas around.
1. Last year the government (Bank of England) created, £70bil, (not out of taxes or borrowing, but part of the £420bil Quantitive Easing Programme) and put it into the banks and financial markets. This has only helped for the few but in future could be put into the real economy where we live work and earn a living.
2. Avoid spending £billions on Trident.
3. Increase the national income, and the tax taken, by investing much more in infrastructure, without increasing government debt, by putting the Bank of England (BOE) created money directly into projects or through a national or regional, investment bank/s. This would create decent jobs and help build the communities where we live.
4. The same could be done for housing by building social housing and not selling it off.
5. We could stop the financial institutions and large corporations avoiding tax and getting billions in handouts.
6. If the receipts from National Insurance had been used for generalised spending; It is said that there is enough money in the NI account if it were used for its intended purpose.
7. £2.8 billion pounds are taken out of the railways in profits to shareholders etc. annually and we also subsidise the system. Nationalise the railways and save money. Money put into renationalising the railways would not be inflationary and so could be produced by the Bank of England without debt.
8. Legalize and regulate and tax cannabis, and perhaps some other drugs.
9. Build social housing and increase public ownership of housing so that billions in housing benefit is kept in the public sector thus using this money more than once before it disappears from the real economy into our bloated financial sector.
10. Have a higher rate of VAT on internet purchases. This could help level up the playing field for smaller/local businesses and effectively get some tax out of large corporations who avoid paying any. This tax take could be used to reduce business rates particularly for small businesses who employ local people.
11. Stop foreign investment in UK housing so that Housing Benefit money circulates within the UK economy.
12. Restructure/pay off at original value / expropriate PFI schemes, by money created by Bank of England.
13. Banks have close to complete control over the supply of new money. New Economics Foundation (NEF), Positive Money and the Copenhagen Business School have shown that this monopoly means in practice an average annual subsidy of banks by us of £32bil. If the Bank of England issued electronic money, this cost could be avoided and further money gained to invest in the real economy.
Where there is a will there is a way and it is all about political choices and priorities..
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