Featured image: 2015’s Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller with David Cameron, (David was superceded by Teresa May, Simpson Miller in Jamaica by Andrew Holness). In 2015 Cameron listened to Portia’s request for reparations and offered £6 million to build a prison. Teresa May left Downing Street talking about reparations to the poor here. I think it’s time for humanity to take centre stage, we need parliamentary representation for more people, more of the time. We need to make friends with and through politics.
120,000 conservative party members are lucky enough to be able to vote for the second time to elect their new party leader. Somewhere else in society, off franchise, 120,000 people have died due to austerity and cuts in social care and public service delivery.
120,000 x 120, 000 are either meaningful or meaningless numbers now as we have become habituated to being gamed or conned by authority or would be authority figures, instead of ever being central to the issues and discussions in parliament. People like Boris Johnson (£35 Million every week to the european union)
and Nigel Farage (offering a corporate subscription instead of a franchise to democracy, so Brexit party is actually a newbirther: a company with all kinds of interesting iterations). Join the Brexit company. Subscribe to Brexit: the idea of voting for everyone is out of date, old fashioned, not really something that the elite leaders of these kinds of wheelie political drones want. Not democracy. Grow up and join the company, be like Farage and Trump, wear a suit and be racist really, that’s the purpose, it’s a way of bringing in a racist hierarchical authority that is not properly accountable:
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Donald Trump is the teacher of dark Empire and fan support here, the idea of Brexit out of UKIP is part of a feudal and regressive process that started with a military notion of taking britain back to a hierarchy of service and protection rather than evolving representation through parliament: Farage: “I used to say you could always tell it was a Ukip meeting by the number of bomber command ties in the room. It was that generation.”
What Farage has been part of is a process of separating shared rural and urban economic notions of civil, human and economic rights, ideologically reconnecting the market towns with separated and feudal, militaristic notions of the economy. It’s a way of restoring racist notions of what a ‘real england is and should be’ by the backward, wayward, ‘ain’t half hot, mum’ door, rather than, through the law, through a notion of a developing social franchise.
Last week, after the vicious attack on school children in Japan, you could read Trump’s lack of shock response as the same kind of response as his response to global warming, climate change and war: he knows why these things happen yet so is invested in the forms of trade and behaviour that continue them that he can’t react.
It’s an approach that builds dams that collapse, flooding, creating dependance, economic stasis and subservience. Here, it’s a gig and gang labour economy that reduces capacity, results in disenfranchisement, divides the country and calls gambling addiction entertainment, prevents empathy, social engagement and innovation in jobs, training and the economy.
In the space where we need news, debate, discussion and criticism, Farage, Trump and Johnson pop up loudly and visually everywhere we might seek truth and justice.
Where we need proportion we’re offered distortion.
Drowning out those you don’t want to hear is one of the reasons why religions aren’t developing: religions have grown and developed to protect participants from social exclusion, yet are still using the ancient methods to exclude others. We need to be able to think beyond religion, existing economic structures: we need new kinds of jobs between professional roles and the unskilled that re-enfranchise our populations.
Athough we’re incredibly spreadsheet literate selecting this as a measure of social and economic competence actually makes us numb and passive because it makes us focus on similarly passive, frictionless ways to accumulate a one dimensional version of ‘wealth’: rentier hierarchies, gig and gang labour approaches to people as leaders and followers: as unit costs rather than part of a relational economy and this has resulted in a divided society.
I always vote labour even though I think the party machinery is archaic, the level of inclusion and reception at the local and regional level gate-keepered by mainly white professional people, very committed to their personal views of work, party and their family involvement in the party. If you’re in this network it feels comfortable, it feels as if you can make some things happen but we all know that we need to find ways to grow people, jobs and futures that will enable everyone to feel as if life on earth can be much more distributive, humane, economically and culturally more exciting for more people, more of the time.
I still vote labour because I think there’s an historical, cultural and structural analysis in there that remembers and values everyone (and sometimes is better than no times). That you can work on and develop for everyone, not just a few, (or even 120,000 members!)
If we put our minds to creating a meaningful way of earning and learning to create an a space of economic possibility between professional and unskilled labour throughout the lifecycle, our economy could boom because we would all be much more distributively productive.
What I’m really worried about is why we have a cultural environment that normalises inequalities, where people believe it’s acceptable that they can decide who should be in our society and who shouldn’t. We need to begin re-enfranchising the people who’ve stopped voting. To do this you need to really think about how the small number of conservative party members are in a position to choose (for the second time), who becomes leader of the party.
Thinking, reflecting, slowing down and including: more ideas, more people, different ways of behaving, believing and doing, is creating the environment where we can be the people we want to be. We want to converse, to listen, to share, to learn. What unites the country is a comfort that, beyond party difference is a precious sense that older people pass on the value of the system to the next generation, of a developing and widening participation because the history is known, understood and valued.
Britain needs parliament back because the Irish, Scots, Welsh and English feel disembodied, disembowelled by the corporatisation of what democracy is by the UKIP and Brexitising military wing of post modern feudalism, gig and gang labour dementia capitalism where profit inside supply chains, what is legal and illegal is wilfully blurred by an ever increasing and bureaucratising end of times narrative that could be used to justify all manner of harms against individuals and groups.
Let’s think about the world in relational terms and create better environments
Cited Text: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Interesting article here
The labour party has around 450,000 members (membership has fallen recently). Here are the top issues in the UK for members currently:
1) Grenfell Tower (CLPs vote 34,564 TUC and affiliates 2,90374)