Don’t Pay Your Servants

That is what they are, right? Politicians in a democracy, I mean. They are supposed to be the servants of the general public. Well, largely, I have seen them serve themselves. In my short lifetime I’ve seen Blair, Cameron and now May make a brilliant effort of running Britain in economic and social terms towards a conflagration of ancient Athens proportions.

But what is the fuel for this metaphorical fire? One of the fuels, is their money.

According to old data from parliament.uk, politicians get paid somewhere around seventy-five thousand pounds a year. I wrote that out long hand because its a long damn number. 75k, for doing, what precisely? Oh and that’s entirely seperate from paying their staff, or any of the other long list of things for which they can effectively steal money straight from the taxpayer. IPSA, the body apparently responsible for monitoring MP expenses, has not worked. But, at least the media is able to catch hold of stories like this one.

Let me suggest an alternative, then. Don’t pay them. Whisk that extravagant 75k a year away and replace it with the same expenses form they have to use to pay their staff. Let them explain their purchases to the people. Personal privacy in this country is damned anyway, the final nail in its coffin being the Investigatory Powers Act (go look, it lets them keep your internet history, with no other reason than they want to) so lets make sure the damnation is evenly split. Let’s make sure May and friends are accountable to us. Take away their private money. Servants of the public have no  right to privacy, if their public don’t either.

Crack open parliament. I’m certain we’ll see the roaches scatter.

 

 

6 Ideas to move England forward.

by Oliver Thomas

Ok, so I’ve lived in sunny old England for quite a while now. Where I am from is not important to this post, but it is a very English place, and has even more political problems.

I want to suggest a few things that might actually solve England’s economic and social issues, in the tradition of the internet list article, with less snappy images and hopefully more sensible, well spelt words.

1. Make all party manifesto pledges legally binding.
I have seen this appear in a few places and frankly, it’s genius. As long as the punishment that comes with breaking it is severe. Imprisonment for a year sounds good, with no special privileges (if anything politician prisoners should be kept under observation, their powers of persuasion are, after all, professional level.)

2.Deny politicians a salary.
This will cause cries of outrage and dismay no doubt, but indulge me a moment. What do we actually pay most politicians to do? Make decisions, for the sake of all of us. In business, if you make a decision that is actually good for the business, then and only then should you be rewarded. When you can reward yourself, or pay yourself BEFORE you have done anything good, well, you get a financial crisis abit like 2008. Or a political system like the current one in England. Additionally, the salary a politician receives is incentive to achieve the position, without thought to the purpose. A politician should be in power because they have won the hearts of the people and want to help the people. Not because of big money.

3.Legalise and regulate the cannabis industry.
I know I know, typical of a person born in the 1990’s, but again, think about it. Right now, across the UK, millions of jobs are waiting to spring into existence off the back of this industry. Unskilled and skilled labour, admin and so on ready to leap out of the shadows and start adding to the country’s coffers rather than taking away from them. Oh sure, most of the big growers and so on are ruthless profiteers….but that sounds alot like our banking system, right? Point is London had quite a good global reputation as a finance centre for a while. We legalise, regulate and TAX the cannabis industry, and we get into a market that is growing globally, as well as updating the image of England to other countries. In short, we look nicer, smarter and we get abit wealthier.
A counter argument that occured as I edited this, is that cannabis would be hard to tax because it grows so quickly. Well, no. We tax food. Alot of food can be found out in the hedgerows  and fields of Britain, but people trust that bought from a shop because more people have worked on it.

4. Renewable Energy Investment.
Oh no, you groan, another stoner-hippy eco  keyboard warrior. Well, no, actually. It’s quite simply, logical. Concerns about nice views aside for a moment, turbines could produce a sizable chunk of the power we need for our homes. Of course using renewable energy would not be easy, and it would require investment (hey, that means jobs!) in multiple technologies (which means even more jobs!) and R & D (you get the idea) but it does something much more important. It will change how England feels about itself. We can lead the charge on technology. Once, we were hailed as a nation of inventors. Now, we aren’t even hailed at all. We are mentioned, often as an afterthought. If we combine this with….

5. Sustainable living policies
Charging for carrier bags is a good idea. It’s awkward, but it helps. It is the kind of bitter medicine that works best. But this is the merest icicle on the tip of a large iceberg of problems in this regard. English public transport is a joke, and needs a serious overhaul. This means work which is good for the nation and it’s people. Fracking is also massively environmentally damaging, as is excessive sheep farming and bad, profit-hungry farming practices generally. For the sake of those to come, we cannot keep these things up.

6. Proportional Representation.
This is really fundamental to democracy. The current voting system is not democratic. I don’t even need to go into the topic of the current prime minister. In an un-democractic, farcical system such as ours, it is little wonder that so few of the young or the busy bother to vote. Anyone with an eye to see can tell the system is archaic. First past the post representation is sham democracy, and has seen the same two parties stay in power in Britain for far too long. Of course, all systems break, and in time others might improve on Proportional Representation, but for now it appears to be the simplest and most effective democratic system going.

None of the ideas in this list would benefit us right now. Shocker, some would say, silly, but this is about going forward, not remaining static. We can uphold a status quo for so long until it changes, violently, without our consent. Or we can embrace the change, command it and usher in a new and brighter future, for everyone. Not for you, or for me, but for those who will come after.

Right now the people in the street are trudging, because the battle for survival is hard and without incentive. Under polluted skies and over dead concrete and stone people struggle from one job to the next just to survive. Very few people seem to really live anymore in England. This might well be my inner poet talking, but I see this nation bleeding. I see her people weeping, and it breaks my heart. So pass these ideas around. Let some people hear them. Don’t keep to the shadows anymore if you have something good to say. Speak up and speak proud. We will be heard if we are loud.

Get it Together

Sort it out
make it happen
level the mess, your social field flatten
abandon senseless traditions
depise with the wise the ancient fictions
put about
by men without a love in their lives
save violence and money and their neighbour’s prize

Your history is mystery cause you’ve stolen the blocks
used them to re-build then blown them to rocks.
I address you, fool leaders, arms dealers and killers
will you look past your bloody time-fillers?
A future awaits
for those who will make,
a future awaits
for those who will take, a chance with peace
to give, to increase
neighbours near and far.
to open heart and mind
to drop the one viewpoint, to leave religion behind
only one thing is true, we’re all energy divine, sublime, energy,
yet you, tribal leaders, waste yours on your enemy
imagined
or fashioned
cause you need to rule
dont you see, silly men, history laughs at you,
fools.

Outcry (For Super-heroes)

Let there be a reckoning
biblical chaos is beckoning
moment by moment the seconds bring
closer, closer our death-knell ring.

Sing slow, my friends, lament the loss
 of the shine of life, its glorious gloss
we enter an age where the blind lead the lost
a dangerous threshold our leaders have crossed.

Tearing the land, with corrupting potions
with the heaviest hand, smiting life in the ocean
fear, friends, fear, their political notions!
the time is now, for terrible emotions.

Silent acquiesience wil break us down
mindless obedience of us, makes clowns
will we, believers, in false freedoms drown?
shall we, heedless, simply tut, and frown?

It’s not our world that’s broken, nor we, the race
sadly, as ever, its the few who disgrace
the whole
wasting our role,
as pillagers and thieves
for temporary wealth that binds and decieves.

Heed me! Hear me! Listen close ya’ll
we’re settin’ up now for a mighty big fall
our back’s up now, against Doom’s wall
it’s up to us now, to do, or not at all.

People, sweet people, you all know, right
its in the warm soul place, next to love, and light.

simply heed the world, stop the pillaging and pain
tend the soil, from waste refrain
stop our desperate rush insane
for things which death  renders inane
can’t you all see,
isn’t the answer plain?
No?
So,
I’ll explain, further
we can be super-heroes, protectors of Terra Firma.

Boko Haram, Slam

Boko, Haram.
come on ,now man
before you plan to banish western wisdom away
consider your methods, Allah they’d dismay
as with guns
you ravage and slay
who is going to follow, your bloody way?

Truth is your cowards,
men that run
from freedom and free thought,
from study and fun
from science’s sun, from reason’s light,
look! you can still see your bloodied souls in flight.

You are about to become a footnote in history
in that at least there’s very little mystery
consider your cause, unjust and sick
the world has already had enough of your tricks
now, Shekau, your clock ticks
what will  you do, hide among the sticks?

Allahu Akhbar, God is indeed great
I pity you, Abu, none shall envy your fate
‘Qur’an 4:19 O you who believe! it is not lawful… that you should take women…. against (their) will’
beware the long length of your abducting butcher’s bill
for with every soul in His name you shame or kill
you add to the anger, to the people’s Holy will.

Abubakar Shakau, your time will come
for Boko Haram, are blood blinded scum.

River of Pain

Under an ashen sky
Saw I
vast rotted towers of stone
streets, overthrown, blown
strewn over this, once the world’s throne
upon the streets once their home.

Beneath a broken archway, upheld
by ruin, I beheld
a meld of madness and mortar, pain
plastered on pillars with grief ingrained
stone with flesh infused, profane.

Behind curtains of tattered man hide
I spied
sluggish rivers of red and black flows
hanging skulls in serried rows
bathed in blood as the foul river grows.

Atop the tenth rise,
what greeted my eyes
in sane faces flies
departs from reasoned ways, or sense
for I witnessed the people’s foul sentence
row by row, machine-caught, suspended
to feed the river via lives hook-ended.

From that hellish vantage,
I gazed
upon one place, still whole, crazed
a place of power, of corrupt vice in loads
a place the sight of, resolve corrodes
the seat of god-kings self-proclaimed
rendered by power unrestrained
inane
servants to every whim or wish insane
for at their feet ended the river of Pain.

A poem elaborating my feelings on various aspects of humanity, from the power-hungry to the poor, machines and madness. I’m currently deliberating whether to create a dark poetry anthology based around the vampire. Please comment some views on this, dear followers.

Political Point

Now my dear followers will be expecting poetry. Sadly this is not so. This is a call to arms, if it is anything other than angry words.

I am young, and in this country, one  feels doomed. Everywhere the enemy closes in. Britain is beset by enemies, but not ones we can meet on a battlefield and fight. Instead, our enemies are decadence, social division and a destructive financial attitude, one which I have been a willing victim of myself. This short piece will highlight three things I feel MUST change if we are to achieve true freedom and the chance to stand tall again as a nation.

1st. Governmental overhaul

David Cameron is a laughing stock. Across the world and here in Britain, David has utterly lost the respect of the British people. Scotland is quite rightly likely to vote for independence and who can blame them? Under their current leadership they’ve seen the poorest suffer, the richest made richer and everyone else take a huge hit to quality of life. Mr Cameron is a fool, a fraud and  a liar, things which any amount of quotes could prove, just look at his years in power. Like so many politicians, he promised big then once he had power failed to deliver. But he’s not entirely at fault, he is part of a political system that CREATES these politicians, through a dubious voting system and politics that is little more than three gangs shouting at each other in a room, then passing laws that line their pockets and keep their core constituents happy.

But I’m not here to be-labour the point on the problems Britain faces (we all know that.) Here’s how I think we could really change things for the better. 1. Introduce a vote of no confidence.
2. Make voting mandatory for all those over 18 (then ‘proportional representation’ would actually be PROPORTIONATE)
3. Reduce MPs pay by half. becoming a political representative shouldn’t be an attractive career option. It should be for people who genuinely care about their neighbours, their society and ultimately, their country. One cares for a society by giving it goals, giving it reasons to exist and to flourish. Our politicians do not do this. They care only about their party, about power and money.

This has gone on longer than expected, so I’ll leave it there. More will follow friends, please consider these words and what the future holds for England. Cameron will not listen to dissenters. He will not listen to preachers of rebellion. But we must preach rebellion, we must rise up and fight, for in the simplest terms his way is wrong! We know that much is right!