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Privatise the post office
Constitutional reform - reduce number of MPs/constituencies by 50, add loads of Torys to the House of Lords, making it harder for them to be unelected.
End the right for appeals to be launched against boundary changes.
Push through bill for 5 year, fixed term parliaments.
Accept millions in funding from overseas tax exiles - including the brothers who own JCB and Lord Ashcroft.
Introduce the use of unmanned spy drones throughout UK airspace, facilitating an expansion of covert surveillance that could provide intelligence on future demonstrations.
"Militarisation" strategy to counter the threat of civil disorder, involving private defence firms.
Arrange £10bn (and rising) of loans to Irish banks (not to the irish people..)
Kettle under 18s for 9 hours when they try to march peacefully on whitehall.
Then use horses to charge them when they can't get out of the way (the police later swore this hadn't happened until footage made its way onto youtube)
Refuse to limit bankers bonuses or implement the Tobin tax despite clear pre and post election promises that they would do so.
Cut funding to charities
Cut legal aid on divorce, housing, debt and immigration
Cut funding to build social housing
End tenancies for life in social housing
End cheap rents in social housing
Reduce housing benefit to levels lower than rent, then redefine homelessness so that families made homeless won't need to be housed.
Give job centre employees the chance to remove benefits from families for up to 3 years.
Reduce tax credits for working families, including scheme to pay contribution towards child care
Remove child benefit from women whose partners pay higher rate tax regardless of how little they earn themselves
Allow councils to decide whether they will give council tax rebates to the unemployed or not
Remove index link to out of work benefits so they don't go up with inflation
Assume anybody is fit to work if they can move their arms and legs (including people receiving treatment for cancer)
Reduce obligation on Councils to look after seriously ill and disabled people
Redefine "seriously ill" and "disabled"
Take mobility allowance away from anybody living in any type of care home
Cut council budgets by a third putting at least half a million people out of work
Re-brand anybody who is out of work as a "scrounger"
Stop councils from raising council tax or any other funds (except borrowing)
Stop councils from recording performance so that the public can't easily see what services they are losing
Raid the pensions of public sector workers
Put the pension age up
Introduce "NEST" - a compulsory pension scheme for low paid workers with 2 percent in fees, no choice of fund, and no guaranteed income at retirement.
Reduce employment rights
Reduce Health and Safety obligations on businesses
Increase VAT to 20%
Reduce corporation taxes (including letting Vodaphone off a tax bill of over 6 BILLION pounds)
Change planning laws to enable big developers to build all over green belt land
Sell off the country's forests and waterways to businesses
Cut funding to universities and require them to make all of their money from business and students fees..
..resulting in fees of up to £9000 a year and more places offered to overseas students leaving less places for UK students.
Cut funding to Further Education colleges by about 25%
Cut Educational Maintenance Allowance EMA which paid £30 a week for poorer students to buy books and transport.
Stop budget for building schools even though there are not enough places in 20% of schools for children in their catchment area and most schools have at least some lessons in portacabins already.
Break up the NHS and force hospitals to bid against private companies to provide services
Remove NICE, the body which checks that new medicines are safe and work, allowing pharmaceutical companies to directly market to GPs.
Abolish the Food Standards Agency and invite Diago, McDonalds and PepsiCo to help write UK Health policy
Privatise anything public that hasn't already been privatised.

Ambitious lot aren't they.
Have I missed anything?

Date: 2010-11-05 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flavius-m.livejournal.com
This should be a public entry, everybody should see it, don't you think:)

Date: 2010-11-05 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
There you go!
I sit back and await the apologists - "I'm in my twenties or thirties and don't have kids and work in IT and have never been seriously ill and don't worry about my parents so I think they're doing a great job"
"But - the deficit, man - we have to cut the deficit.."

Date: 2010-11-05 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flavius-m.livejournal.com
Of course, because we got the country/economy/ world in this mess, we have to pay for it... not the greedy bankers and incompetent, corrupt or simply stupid politicians that got us into that situation .. :/

When I hear the phrase 'in these tough times' on TV or radio, it makes me cringe.

Date: 2010-11-05 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
In principle, I am not against policies which leave people with less leeway to consume shit they don't need and I wouldn't mind at all paying more income tax, even quite a lot more income tax, assuming that those on large incomes and shareholders were paying too... it's just how disproportionately this is hitting the very vulnerable, and how most papers are not reporting many of the cuts that will really hurt people that upsets me.

And how the minimum wage is set so low you can't live off it in the bottom half of England without tax credits and housing benefits. If they're going to cut those then for fucks sake establish a living wage proportionate for the area. Or at least sort public transport out so it's feasible to commute to work on a low salary.

Date: 2010-11-05 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
Also I am not sure that 100% employment up till retirement even for the able bodied is even a very good thing - do we need to be ceaselessly making things and using up resources to justify employment - wouldn't it be better to accept that we all need to live more thriftily now and re-organise housing and food production so that people could make a valid choice to opt out of creating and consuming and live quietly. Not everybody is able to cope with the demands of the workplace even with flexible working etc.

Date: 2010-11-05 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hooverpig.livejournal.com
And this is why I have utter contempt for any of my 'friends' who still hold strong as card-carrying Tories.

*shrug*

You can spot them a mile off anyway.

Date: 2010-11-05 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
Well they will probably change their minds when they get made redundant, or they're ill and their health insurance doesn't cover their treatment. Ho ho ho.

Date: 2010-11-05 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hooverpig.livejournal.com
Ho ho ho.

Date: 2010-11-05 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] untermensch.livejournal.com
It's really breathtaking, the sheer lack of perspective people have about these things. Seems when people have their own safety nets (family with money, well paying jobs, etc) they don't seem to be able to comprehend quite how paralysing and frightening it is to be one step away from poverty and homelessness or in the throes of an illness you can't afford to treat.

And when this fact is brought up, they rationalise and justify their position by blaming the people who are in the mess. Fractally wrong!

Date: 2010-11-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
I think it might have a lot to do with the media.. TV and most papers don't promote good values.. it's drip drip drip spite and one-up-manship.


We haven't had a TV for about 8 years (when the kids got old enough to ask questions I realised there was a lot of stuff I didn't want them to see, and we can watch the good stuff on iplayer or, um, read or play games :). When I was round a friends house recently and she had the tv on during the day I could not believe the hate and small mindedness of the programmes.

I think at a national level we've programmed ourselves out of some of our best instincts, and we're beginning to see the logical progression of that.

It upsets me seeing people I know and like parroting it though. But it is good to know not everyone feels that way :)

Date: 2010-11-05 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sciamachy.livejournal.com
I dunno - I'm 40, reasonably well off, own my own house etc, but I know how close I am to becoming homeless & destitute should I lose my job, and I've lived in squats & with others well under the poverty line during the last Tory government. I have every sympathy for those living like that now, & it makes me livid, the attitude of my Tory "friends", who I seem to be shedding fast along with those who're clinging to the false promises of the LibDems. I'm ashamed to have voted for them - but after Iraq, what else was there?

Now though, the task is to get the fuckers out. I've joined Labour, the Cooperative Party & the Fabians. I'm going to the Fabians' AGM on 13th November. I'm leafletting for Labour the week after. I want Labour back but I want a Labour party that listens & doesn't just re-state their failing, totalitarian or murderous policies as if saying it loudly & slowly will make it right. When Labour come back I want to be in there influencing policy for the good of all.

Date: 2010-11-05 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
I think you're being quite optimistic there!

Whoever is in power needs to rethink the whole "growth==good assumption" and the "business+rich people's desires outweigh the needs of the majority of voters" problem or things will get worse.

Basically they need to admit that the industrial revolution/global capitalism experiment wasn't the great leap forward they thought it was and start thinking carefully about how a country this size can support 66 million people in the face of increasing coastal erosion, flooding and summer water shortages.

I'm not certain anyone currently on the political horizon is capable of doing that.

Date: 2010-11-06 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sciamachy.livejournal.com
I think the neutral growth thing is pretty central to the Green Party's economic policy, but they don't even field PPCs everywhere. Bizarrely if I wanted to support the Greens it would involve me doing some significant mileage to go leafleting for them. I do like their manifesto ideas BUT they will never get in in my lifetime, any more than I can hope for an anarcho-syndicalist revolution.

I do think though that the policies put forward by the Cooperative Party (a sister party to Labour, whose MPs stand as both Cooperative & Labour at the same time) are quite impressive. It's worth having a look at them at least - a number of Coop MPs are quite influential in Labour now. Check out the Credit Control act Stella Creasy's trying to get in, to stop legal loansharking. They're also proposing mutualising the post office so that it's run as a service with obligations to both customers & staff, and introducing back-office functions in post-offices to make it easier for people to access local credit unions' facilities via the local PO.

Date: 2010-11-05 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] untermensch.livejournal.com
I shall invent a 'LIKE' button for livejournal just for this comment :D

Politics though... pretty exhausting stuff, watching all these politicians fuck it up and fuck us over. Old Labour would be nice to have back but it can't happen with this generation of politician, and all that

Date: 2010-11-06 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheepthief.livejournal.com
I'm in my twenties or thirties forties and don't have kids and work in IT and have never been seriously ill and don't worry about my parents so I think they're a bunch of cunts that are on the verge of causing immense damage that will be with us for generations.

Date: 2010-11-06 09:20 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-07 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tonyhippy.livejournal.com
It's a compehensive guide to Destroying All That Is Good Forever and making Britain a 3rd world country!

Date: 2010-11-07 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spoox.livejournal.com
Do you think they are doing anything right?

Date: 2010-11-09 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
I can see why they want to bring down the massive amounts of money the government pays to landlords in housing benefit and in lieu of pay to low paid workers in tax credits.. that does need to be sorted out.. but they're not taking the money from the people who profited from it, they're taking it from the people who're being exploited..everything they do seems to be to profit big businesses who then take the money out of the country.

They could really do with putting a lot more emphasis on growing food here and becoming more independent with regards to energy.. I'm not sure about the nuclear power stations..possibly a good idea but would be nice not to have them owned and run by a French company.

The Free Schools could have been an interesting idea but they're largely going to get taken up by religious groups so that is going to exacerbate all the race/religion problems we already have..

I think my beef is with globalist capitalism in general, New Labour were just as bad, the Coalition are just doing the same things far more efficiently.

If we want to end up like India or China with a small, highly skilled wealthy elite and everyone else living in mud huts with no hot water fighting over chickens, killing each other off in religious wars and dying of easily treatable illnesses then I think they're doing an excellent job.

Date: 2010-11-09 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
PS I even have a right-wing criticism for some of it:

I can also see why they are tackling the welfare state, it is true that there are a lot of people claiming welfare who have never worked, and still some people claiming disability benefit who are not what most people would consider ill.

However practically none of those people are employable anyway. Maybe they are forgetful, cannot take instruction, are not very bright, have flashes of insanity or cannot regulate their moods. They might not be the "deserving ill" but they still won't be able to keep a job, and it's rather ideological to think they can overcome these difficulties by just trying harder. Not all people are built strong or capable.

Lots of people who did work, have nervous breakdowns due to stress and bad treatment, and now can't work.

Nobody wants to employ them. It would cost an employer much more money in supervision, dealing against theft, breakages and sabotage, and training than their wage to take them on.

When we pay £65 a week to those people it is more an insurance to stop them getting desperate enough to kill or burgle. Take their welfare away and life for anyone outside a gated community is going to get much worse.

Some people are just not able to fit into a working environment. Most work is really artificial and not what we evolved to do. When there was manual and labouring work around at decent wages people found it easier to do that and there were simple non demanding tasks available for the ill or disabled. There are loads of simple jobs in a farm or workshop. When people had common land at least they had a means of feeding themselves without relying on an employer. (Feudal system notwithstanding)

Since the Industrial revolution there was a much sharper line drawn between people who could work and people who couldn't and the people in power have always looked at the people who can't work as an annoyance to be eradicated somehow - but while work is demanding there will always be people who can't do it.

The Welfare state may not be working at the moment the way it is but you can't cut funding to below subsistence level without giving people another means to put food on the table without creating a massive violent underclass. You can't keep taking and taking from people without them going feral.

If everyone's benefits were cut, but they were given a bit of land each with access to tools to cultivate it that would be a lot more reasonable and solve a lot of energy/health/international trade problems too.

Date: 2010-11-09 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
..too many "without"s in the last couple of paragraphs. Blame the whiskey.

Date: 2010-11-09 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
PPS, if I were them, and I were doing this, I would have made sure to give the Police a pay rise first, like Maggie did... I wonder if David Cameron is any good at chess?

Date: 2010-11-09 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] untermensch.livejournal.com
Fucking spot on

Date: 2010-11-09 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
oh I got one, I got one.. they axed the national iD card and the Contactpoint database.

That was pretty cool.

Date: 2010-11-09 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
this is interesting...

Did you see the other article about the origins of the tea party (sponsored up to the hilt by a consortium that owns massive oil companies etc)

Date: 2010-11-09 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] untermensch.livejournal.com
Eep, no! But it's not sounding too surprising for some reason. Got a linky?

Date: 2010-11-10 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androktone.livejournal.com
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/13/tea-party-billionaire-koch-brothers

I'm not sure that's the exact article I saw but typing "tea party" "Koch" and "astroturf" (cute phrase for a movement that pretends to be grassroots but is actually manufactured) into google gives a lot of information.

Date: 2010-11-10 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] untermensch.livejournal.com
Sickening. I bet they have a weekly circle-jerk with Murdoch
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