The Budget (UK)

THE BUDGET (UK)

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Phillip Hammond in the traditional Budget pose

 

The Budget is something of a national institution or annual event in Britain/UK. In recent years there has been more than one budget during a single year, though.

I‘ve always hated The Budget! When I was a little boy, TV coverage of The Budget often, or even usually, ran over its scheduled time. Due to this, children‘s TV programmes were often cancelled for the total overkill of analysis of that year‘s Budget, without even an apology, as if it was beneath them to apologise or even acknowledge the existence of children‘s TV programmes! Since I stopped watching children‘s TV, I‘ve found more reasons to hate the Budget, but these reasons are also about finances versus enjoyment and entertainment. I‘ve also done my own personal budgets using software, but these have very little to do with government budgets. I set budgets for individual items such as alcohol at home, computer related items, food and drink, image, etc. The Chancellors‘ Budgets don‘t seem to mention most of my expense items directly, though.

However, one thing remains true about the Budget. It‘s a means of using money as a mechanism to control people‘s lives! This makes it obscene and just one more reason why money as we know it must be abolished, to be replaced by the Free Money System described in my book “Free Money!: Get Your Free Money Here“, which has already had some excerpts posted here. For a free copy of the whole book as a PDF, just email me on paul.londoner@gmail.com

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer (i.e. Finance Minister) Phillip Hammond delivered his latest Budget on November 22, 2017. Here‘s an analysis of what was in it and how it controls people‘s lives.

This Budget mentions how affects people‘s access to housing, strong Cider, and transport. All of these items are basic human rights whose access mustn‘t be restricted at all!! Alcohol is particularly important to help cheer people up, enable them to access the subconscious mind and encourage them to rebel. Mrs Thatcher got some medical officers to make up recommended limits on alcohol consumption per week. The limit were ridiculously low at 14 or 21 Units, where a Unit is 1% vol per Litre, meaning 10ml of pure alcohol. In recent years, these medical officers have confessed that the limits were just made up, not based on anything.

Of course, homes shouldn‘t cost anything at all. The basic principle behind this is that if you don‘t live in a certain building, then you can‘t own it, but if you do live in it then you automatically own it. Quite simple for any morons to understand. Landlords must be outlawed, but instead of taking any action against them, Hammond has given them a tax break!

Tax or Duty on “Strong White Cider“ is another matter entirely. Phillip Hammond has singled out white Ciders of 6.9%-7.5% vol. Popular examples are “Diamond White“, “White Star“ and “Frosty Jack“, but “Whie Lightning“ has been discontinued. This type of Cider is often drunk by homeless people who are begging on the streets, but there are rumours that Kate Middleton drinks it as well. Of course, the reasons they‘re in that situation in the first place are employment discrimination, landlords refusing to rent to them (often due to the Housing Benefit cap), or even illegal eviction. After all this, they‘re in desperate need of some strong drink for the minimum price possible. A plastic 2L or even 3L bottle of strong white cider fits this description. In Germany they could be drinking red wine for €0.99 per Litre in a cardboard pack, or Sekt on special offer for €2.79 per 750ml bottle. Philip Hammond wants to deprive them of even that by imposing more tax or duty. What a sick bastard! I think someone should grab Phillip Hammond, pour about 10L of strong white cider down his throat, then dump him on the street somewhere dressed in ragged clothes soaked in Cider, without any money or mobile phone on him, but with a bottle of strong white Cider. I‘d like to see how he gets back to his normal life after that. Just imagine him turning up at the gates of Downing Street or The Houses of Parliament pissed on white cider, stinking and pleading with the Police saying “Don‘t you know who I am?“ Fuckin‘ hilarious! It would be great if his memory could also be wiped, but I don‘t think that technology exists. The good news is that this planned increase isn‘t due until 2019. This shows you how insane Phillip Hammond is, because after the General Election of June this year his government was predicated to fall, with another election in about December or January. This still looks likely, although the election won‘t be taking place in December. The next Chancellor could abolish the planned increase in the price of white cider, but by 2019 the whole financial system is likely to come crashing down anyway.

The benefits or welfare system is currently in the process of getting more fucked up than ever before by something called “Universal Credit“. What this means is that, although benefits paid in Britain certainly aren‘t enough for people who are denied the right to work by scumbag employers to have a reasonable life, these benefits will now be paid only once per month, instead of once every two weeks. This means that instead of people receiving these benefits having hardly any money left for a period of a few days or up to a week, they now face having hardly any money left for several days, or even up to two weeks at a time. This plays into the hands of loan sharks, extortionists, and other usurers (i.e. people who lend money charging any interest at all).

Luckily, there‘s no additional funding for the Police. This is a good thing, because these bastards have got their own sick, twisted version of the law. They think that some laws don‘t matter, while other laws must be rigorously enforced. They also make up some laws and enforce them. They‘re quick to assess who‘s got more money when called to a confrontation between two people or two groups of people. They then automatically side with whoever‘s got more money, such as a landlord. They also like to pounce on what they call “street drinkers“, meaning people who like to walk along the street or even sit down on a bench in the street while having a quiet drink, but I‘ve noticed recently that I‘ve been free to walk along the street while drinking alcohol, because there weren‘t enough Police to stop me.

No action has been taken against tax dodging as revealed in “The Paradise Papers“, except that there‘s an additional charge of just £47 for rich bastards flying on private jets! This is a drop in the ocean to them.

This Budget, as well as others, is based on the fallacy of promoting economic growth. This means the ability of a country to produce more goods and services than before. Of course, there‘s no reason why countries should continue to produce more and more goods and services unless their populations increase. Another type of growth is the growth in borrowing and interest driven debt. None of this is necessary either.

A sensible budget would say something like that from now on everyone living in Britain (including The Queen and The Prime Minister) would have to live on an income of about £250 every two weeks. Apart from this, everyone in the Eurozone would have to live on about €250 every two weeks, and everyone in the USA would have to live on $250 about every two weeks. I think that as the exchange rates for those three currencies are currently quite close to each other, they should be adjusted to have exactly the same value and their exchange rates fixed permanently. This could virtually wipe out currency speculation and the extortionate sums made from it overnight. I don‘t think either of these things will happen if it‘s left up to Phillip Hammond and his ilk. This is why I think it‘s high time for the Free Money System to be implemented!

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Free Money! (Part 2)

Here’s another installment from my book. It’s not all that long, for a reason explained below. I hope you enjoy it!

HOW CAN YOU GET YOUR FREE MONEY?

The easiest way is to make it yourself. You can do this by making some notes which look as good as you can make them. They must contain certain text. The text would read something like “Free Money SYSTEM”, followed by “I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of”, followed by “ONE HOUR’S WORK”, followed by “or equivalent thereof (see overleaf for list of equivalents)”, followed by “Issued by – “, followed by your own signature, followed by your contact details. There should also be a date of issue and a date of expiry, before which the note must be exchanged for goods or services, otherwise it becomes worthless. In the case of handing out free samples of Free Money to people in the street, I think that at first most people may not be interested, so the date of expiry should be only about a week after the date of issue. A person can only issue as many notes as they can do hours of work or equivalent in goods. No one should issue notes representing a million hours of work, for example. This is because they couldn’t back it up. That’s the kind of thing the bankers have done! Another important piece of text on the note is “No interest can be charged on this note”. I’ll explain why this is in a later chapter. Of course, yet another important piece of text for the notes is “This note can’t be exchanged for any other currency”. This prevents any rich people from taking over the system. The only ways that people can get their hands on Free Money must be limited to receiving a single note as a free sample, working for it, or exchanging goods for it. If someone said to me “I’d like to sell you my bike. How many Work Hours notes will you give me for it?” then I’d jump at the chance. If Rupert Murdoch or George Soros offfered to sell me one of their mansions and asked how many Work Hours notes they could get for it, then I’d tell them to stick their mansion up their arse, because they wouldn’t own it for much longer once the Free Money system takes over, then there wouldn’t be any Police or security guards to protect it for them.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE MONEY?

What you can do with your Free Money is either cash it in with the person who signed and issued it for so many hours’ work, or some of the goods listed, or cash it in with someone else who accepts that Free Money is worth something, or use it to buy something from someone else who accepts that the Free Money is worth something, although what you buy from them may not be listed on the note. The notes could circulate as a means of payment up until their expiry dates, when they must be cashed in. What you can’t do with your Free Money is put it in a bank, earn interest on it, or exchange it for another currency. You can put it in a hiding place at home, though.

What you’ve read so far is all you need to know about how Free Money works. The rest of this book explains why the current system of Capitalism is wrong and just how corrupt it is. At the end of the book there’s the section “About the Author”. Please contact me offering to exchange goods and services. Unfortunately, I don’t know where I’ll be living at the time. Now get out there and do it!

TAKE A BREAK FROM READING THIS BOOK NOW! JUST GO OUT AND DO IT. READ THE REST OF THE BOOK LATER!!

 

The Paradise Papers

THE PARADISE PAPERS

 

Following on from the obscene Thatcherite/Neoliberal shit which was called The Panama Papers, we‘ve now got another similar outrage called The Paradise Papers. Well done to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung for uncovering both of these!

Both these revelations are about tax dodging. Under the current financial system a lot of people haven‘t got enough money, some people have got enough money, some people have got too much money, while a very few people (less than 1%,) have got far, far too much money. Taxation is a way of redistributing some of this money, but even then some people have got too much money, while the 1% still have far, far too much money, but they‘re avoiding even paying their taxes. In that case, all their money must be turned to ashes!

The UK/Britain is at the heart of this scandal, due to its historical and extensive system of tax havens, including The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, The Isle of Man, and The British Virgin Islands, although a lot of the activity is coordinated from London. In late 2015 to early 2016, the EU launched a plan to crack down on tax havens, which is the main reason an EU referendum was called then. It was mentioned in the Conservative Party 2015 Manifesto, but tax avoidance was always one of the main reasons behind it.

There are two main companies involved in this scandal. These are Appleby and Glencore. Appleby is a law firm registered in Bermuda, but their own website confesses “Appleby today is one of the world’s leading offshore law firms. The Group has offices in the key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, as well as a presence in the international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai“. Glencore deals in buying and selling raw materials arounf the World. These include metals, as well as minerals such as coal and oil. They‘re also involved in agriculture. To sum up, they‘re stealing these items from other people!

Brexiters, such as the referendum fixing conman Arron Banks, and the tax dodging Daily Telegraph owning Barclay brothers are involved in these schemes. Phillip May, husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May, is also at least under suspicion.

The aim of this type of scheme is for a few individuals to acccumulate as much wealth as possible, more than some countries.

At the end of the day, most political parties just make statements which can be summed up as “We agree with the current financial system, but our sums are different from our opponents“. This includes crap such as building “social housing“ which scum like bankers and tax dodgers would never even consider living in, but there are already thousands or millions of homes lying empty already. It‘s obvious to me that the only solution is the abolition of money as we know it and the adoption of the system explained in my book “Free Money: Get Your Free Money Here“. Under this system an hour‘s work is worth the same all round the World and no one can be much better or much worse off than anyone else.

Like we‘ve seen from the credit crunch, as well as lots of gold and silver being brought back from South America by the Spanish Empire, prices of everything are adjusted according to what people, or even most people, can afford to pay. If everyone managed to earn about 20 currency units per week, then the price of almost everything would be less than 20 currency units, otherwise it would require credit or loans. Just the fact that credit or loans were offered would inflate prices. Of course, interest must be banned completely!

I‘m sorry I haven‘t posted any more installments of my book for about seven months now. I was planning to edit and expand it a bit, but I now see it‘s not that important. I‘ll finish posting it as it is now in the very near future. As I mentioned seven months ago, if you want a copy of it as a PDF, please just email me on paul.londoner@gmail.com

My goal is to make Rupert Murdoch and his family (guilty of numerous crimes), Tony Blair (implemented Jobseekers‘ Allowance), Kenneth Clarke (created Jobseekers‘ Allowance), Gerhard Schröder (implemented Arbeitslosengeld 2/Hartz 4, a copy of JSA), Angela Merkel (continued with Arbeitslosengeld 2/Hartz 4), and Ian Duncan-Smith (created Universal Credit) homeless and begging on the streets! Don‘t give them any money if you see them.

BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION AFTERMATH

BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION AFTERMATH

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The Exit Poll that told me Theresa May had failed to get everything her own way

 

Of course, by now there’s been a lot of news stories and comments about this general election, but here’s my post, telling you how it relates to Thatcherism.

Theresa May and her Conservatives, backed up by Labour Party votes called a general election. Her evil plan was to get a massive majority for starting the Brexit negotiations, then leading into fixed gerrymandered new constituency boundaries in 2018. This would have established a total dictatorship in Britain, or at least England and Wales.

I can’t forget the sense of relief I felt seeing the first BBC exit poll, projecting a hung parliament with the Tories on 314 seats. I thought this was good, but I hoped they’d end up with fewer seats. In the end they got 318 seats, Labour got 262, the SNP got 35, Lib Dems 12, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 10, Sinn Fein 7, Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalists) 4, Greens 1, and Independent 1.

There was a lot of tactical voting in this election, with EU Remainers being encouraged to vote either Lib Dem in constituencies where they might be able to win, Labour to try and deprive the Tories of a large majority, or even of any majority at all, and Lib Dem or Labour in safe Tory seats to register their rejection of Brexit. The Green Party of England and Wales decided not to stand in 24 seats, as a “progressive alliance”, to help beat the Tories. Younger people were encouraged to register to vote, as well as to actually get out and vote, which they did.

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour ran on a manifesto which seemed to totally reject Thatcherism or “new Labour”, promising to renationalise utilities, and abolish student tuition fees. However, this manifesto also mentioned plans for people on Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit, instead of saying that these benefits would be abolished. The manifesto promised to end benefit sanctions, but as both these benefits are based around constant threats and sanctions I don’t see how that would be possible. Labour’s manifesto also made it clear that they planned to carry out Brexit, but most of their new support came from remain voting areas.

The Lib Dems tried to re invent themselves as the only party that could stop Brexit, but most Remainers weren’t prepared to trust them after 2010 when they’d given up their policies on demanding Proportional Representation, abolishing benefit sanctions, not increasing tuition fees, as well as supporting the dreaded Housing Benefit cap and the Bedroom Tax.

The SNP stood to stop Brexit for Scotland and ideally to get Scottish independence. They lost 21 of their 56 seats, but it’s certainly not clear what this means, especially as they still have more seats than all the other parties in Scotland combined. Apart from this, the SNP are a minority government in the Scottish Parliament elected by Proportional Representation, but with the support of the six Scottish Green Party members, the majority of that parliament are in favour of independence for Scotland.

After the general election, Theresa May made a filthy deal with the DUP from Northern Ireland to try and cling on to power. This involved paying them a billion Pounds! Of course, a lot of Tory policies have now been dropped. It remains to be seen if even this disgusting tactic can enable the Tories to cling on to power. It will be revealed on June 29, 2017 if their cut down list of policies, still including Brexit, listed in The Queen’s Speech, have been rejected or not. If the vote goes in their favour, even then it seems they can only last about 6 months. This is based on previous minority governments in 1974 and 1924. If they’re rejected, then Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party will get a chance to form a government with as much support as possible from other parties. If this attempt fails, then I think another general election will be automatically called on about July 13, 2017, taking place about 6-8 weeks later. The way support for different political parties has been going, it now seems impossible for any party to get a majority again. The solution is obviously Proportional Representation, which would mean the death of the Labour and Conservative Parties, to be replaced by newer, smaller parties, which would always have to form coalition governments, the same as in lots of countries, or even most countries around the World.

As for whether Brexit is Thatcherite or anti Thatcherite, I think it’s obviously Thatcherite. This is because it’s only in the interests of people who want to deregulate everything without anyone to stop them. Their goal is to turn Britain into an offshore banking and tax haven something like the Cayman Islands. Jeremy Corbyn supports it because his politics are like Tony Benn (RIP) adopted by the Labour Party back in 1980, where to create a “Socialist paradise” you must take complete control of a country, without another organisation such as the then EEC, now the EU, to interfere with this plan. This policy was dropped by Labour in about 1988, but now it’s back. I think it would be like North Korea lite!

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: TIM FARRON AND THE LIB DEMS ON THATCHERISM

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: TIM FARRON AND THE LIB DEMS ON THATCHERISM

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Tim Farron boarding a campaign bus, but not holding the Manifesto

 

The Lib Dem Manifesto for 2017 says that Theresa May’s government has a mandate to begin negotiations to leave the EU! The EU Referendum result to leave was caused by Rupert Murdoch’s and the Daily Mail’s brainwashed little puppets. This is disastrous! It means uncertainty and damage has already been done and will continue to be done to the UK up to 2019!

The Lib Dem Manifesto goes on to give details of how the Lib Dems support a “soft Brexit”, but no such deal is being offered by the EU. They also claim they actually want to stay in the EU, but their lack of opposition to Brexit makes it confusing how they plan to achieve this. They want to hold another referendum on the terms of the deal, but the propaganda by that time will probably be impossible to override. The only thing similar to EU membership is EEA membership. This involves countries following rules that they had no say in making. It also includes free movement of people, which is allegedly the main thing that leave voters wanted to stop!

This manifesto pledges to try and protect the rights of people in Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. These rights can only be guaranteed by continued membership of the EU!

They want to discourage people from drinking alcohol, including a minimum per unit price for alcohol!

They talk about “responsible finances”, following on from their period in the Coalition in 2010-2015. This means maintaining cuts and not increasing spending until the loans and interest have been paid off!

They often mention a 1p rise in Income Tax, instead of making the rich bastards pay. Pathetic!

They mention Universal Credit, indicating that they have no plans to abolish it and replace it with a humane system!

They mention Jobseekers’ Allowance, instead of saying they want to abolish it and replace it with a humane system!

There is no mention of abolishing the Housing Benefit cap which they supported!

They don’t plan to renationalise the railways!

There’s no mention of abolishing anti “street drinking” laws, or the law banning people from drinking on buses or coaches.

They talk about introducing Proportional Representation and the Single Transferable Vote (STV), but they’ve already thrown away their best opportunity for doing that in 2010. I don’t know if they’ll ever get that opportunity again. The SNP is more likely to achieve this.

To sum up, the Lib Dem Manifesto doesn’t propose to abolish Thatcherism at all.

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: JEREMY CORBYN AND LABOUR ON THATCHERISM

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: JEREMY CORBYN AND LABOUR ON THATCHERISM

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Jeremy Corbyn presents the Labour Party Manifesto 2017

 

Searching hard through the Labour Party Manifesto for 2017 reveals a few policies which might be called Thatcherite.

Labour plans to abolish benefit sanctions and “reform” Universal Credit. However, Universal Credit hasn’t yet been rolled out to everyone and may never be. Meanwhile, lots of claimants, or even most claimants, are still on ESA or JSA. Universal Credit is only paid monthly, so that in itself is a disaster. I don’t see how Universal Credit can be reformed. It should just be abolished and replaced with a humane system like under the last real Labour Government of 1974-1979. Even Jobseekers’ Allowance is mentioned in this Manifesto, suggesting it won’t be abolished.

That typically Thatcherite policy of selling Council Houses is mentioned as well. Apparently, it won’t be abolished, but only suspended unless councils can prove they’re replacing the houses they’re selling off. This policy of still allowing Council House sales would make it difficult to increase the number of Council Houses.

A big change is the promises to renationalise the rail network, water, and energy.

If a manifesto doesn’t say it’s going to abolish something, then we can assume it won’t. I don’t see any mention of abolishing the anti picketing laws, for example.

Of course, this manifesto, mentions several times that Britain will be leaving the EU! This is disastrous, a form of isolationism, which could result in it becoming like apartheid era South Africa, or North Korea!

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: THERESA MAY ON THATCHERISM

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: THERESA MAY ON THATCHERISM

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Theresa May: “Strong and stable. Brexit means Brexit!”

 

Here are some policies from the Conservative’s Manifesto which are Thatcherite.

People are once more expected to sell their homes to pay for personal care, although now they won’t have to do this until after they die, so it’s their kids who will be affected. This policy was abolished or at least toned down by Cameron, as well as being abolished in Scotland by the Labour/Lib Dem coalition there.

Scrapping free school lunches. This goes much further than Thatcher’s early policy of scrapping free school milk. Some of the free school lunches will be replaced by free school breakfasts, but do some kids really go to school without having any breakfast?

Means testing of Winter fuel payments for pensioners. People such as Alan Sugar would no longer get them, but May refused to say exactly who would and who wouldn’t get these payments.

Allowing and encouraging new grammar schools to start up. This creates more inequality in society, exactly as Thatcher wanted.

Taxes would be kept as low as possible.

The manifesto includes lies such as Britain being the World’s fifth largest economy, although it slipped into sixth place following the EU Referendum result, as well as having the fastest growing economy in the G7, although it was recently revealed to be the slowest growing economy in the G7. Of course, economies shouldn’t be growing at all, unless the population increases.

There’s also a couple of paragraphs under the heading “Modern Slavery”, saying how the Tories plan to abolish it. Of course, there’s no mention of abolishing JSA, Universal Credit, or their associated slave labour schemes!

It also promises to bring in votes for life for British overseas electors. This was in the last Conservative Manifesto AND The Queen’s Speech, but not implemented. If this had actually been done, then the EU Referendum result would probably have been remain!

They commit themselves not only to retaining first past the post for General Elections, but to extend this to Mayoral elections as well!! They also want to repeal the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, so that the sitting Prime Minister can once more choose the best date for their government to be re elected, without even asking for a two thirds vote of all MPs.

Student loans will continue, instead of being abolished and replaced with grants.

Universal Credit, with all its associated harassment, will continue to be rolled out, instead of abandoned as a sick joke.

In the section on housing, there’s absolutely no mention of the Housing Benefit cap, or even Housing Benefit at all, so I assume that any housing will only be for people who are allowed to work by the employers.

Everyone reading this should be concerned about the section on the Internet, where it says that the Tories would interfere with and censor the Internet as much as possible.

They wouldn’t continue with stage 2 of the Leveson Enquiry, investigating what nasty journalists such as those employed by Rupert Murdoch, get up to.

EDIT: One thing I forgot to mention before is that the same old policy of selling Council Houses is here again! Another disastrous policy, although not Thatcherite, is leaving the EU. This would make Britain totally isolationist, wipe the country off the map, as well as ruining trade, and people’s rights,  including their right to escape from Britain. Even Thatcher didn’t think of this one!

That’s about all I can say. I hope to publish some more articles exposing some Thatcherite policies promoted by other parties before the General Election takes place!