Tuesday, 24 November 2009
An ill wind!
If I had just a half penny for the many times that people have said to me over the years; ‘there all the same’; I would be a very rich individual, and of course I refer to what many ‘now’ say about our elected politicians’ and at every level local and national government. I thought of this having just read about the victory of the Leeds refuse worker over attempted wage cuts by the Liberal Democrat/Conservative ruling coalition. There outrageous plan was to cut the pay of the refuse collectors from £18,000 to a mean £13,000 a year.
Leeds is Liberal/Conservative coalition, a few years ago you would not have thought that possible, but times change and frontline politicians become indistinguishable from one another, saying the same thing before the election and doing the same thing when in office.
If it was not for the different coloured ribbons they sport at elections or the party logo, not to unlike a company emblem along with the name, you would not be able to tell the difference from one to the other.
So that brings me conveniently to the post ‘Hot Air’ in which I reported the statements made by two leading academics, they are Professors Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick, who said that negative growth could lead to reductions in pollution levels not seen since the 1970s and Professor Alan Manning of the Centre for Economic Performance, who made the observations and come to the conclusions that (1) fewer people seem to believe in the ‘class war’, that there is one law for the poor and one for the rich, that big business benefits owners at the expense of the workers, that those who consider themselves (mistakenly) as middle classes are no longer envious of the rich, instead aspiring to be rich, and (2) it may once again become an attractive political policy to seek to increase the share of the taxes paid by the rich.”
Well both these two eminent academics, throw a spotlight onto two interesting if not in the daily news subjects, they are pollution levels connected to production, which affects the environment the planet on which we all live and depend, and the economic relationships that hereupon this earth is the order of all our lives, Professor Manning used the term ‘class war’ and I think he was referring in the main point of his observations to the domestic situation here in Britain. But let me briefly deal with Professor Oswald simple dissertations that negative growth, and let’s say instead of could; would lead to reductions in pollution levels. Without going into any great detail, the capitalist mold of production threatens our planet and our very existence, the flooding in Cumbria and in other parts of the country such as Hull are not acts of ‘God’ but the results and consequences of capitalisms earthly dominance. As I write the Environment Agency is saying rivers have ‘levelled’ but they expect worse weather in the coming days.
Three UK groups studying climate change have issued a strong statement about the dangers of failing to cut emissions of greenhouse gases across the world.
The Royal Society, Met Office, and Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) say the science of climate change is more alarming than ever.
They say the 2007 UK floods, 2003 heatwave in Europe and recent droughts were consistent with emerging patterns.
Their comments came ahead of crunch UN climate talks in Copenhagen next month.
Global carbon dioxide levels have continued to rise, Arctic summer ice cover was lower in 2007 and 2008 than in the previous few decades, and the last decade has been the warmest on average for 150 years.
Apparently it seems an argument has broken out over recent days around the University of East Anglia and thousands of e-mails and documents from its Climatic Research Unit that ended on the Internet last week, sparking an ongoing fight among climate scientists and skeptics who would like to poor scorn on the idea that humans are driving global warming. Well I do suppose spats in this fraternity will happen from time to time like in any other, but then again I remember mad scientists saying that smoking was not dangers, they of course were in the pay of the tobacco empires.
Climate Change is real, it’s on us, but the vast majority of us have no real say; because we do not control the means of production, while there is a profit to be made then governments and the ruling class will bend towards the wind, whatever the dangers to the human race.
Turning to the hypotheses and theorization of Professor Alan Manning finally; I must say that there is something to be said for the idea that many people today do not see themselves as members of the working class, or even give it a second thought for that matter. Bearing in mind, that there are only two classes in society: the working class, the owning and controlling class or ruling class. I would say that the middle class thing was devised to divide and rule, if you sell your labour in exchange for a wage or salary, you are a slave to the profit system congratulations; as simple as!
Where I do part company with the Professor is over his idea that somehow taxing the rich is a solution to all our problems? What short of a world are we living in; where on the one hand workers like the refuse collectors in Leeds and other for that matter, for instance steel workers in Scunthorpe have there pay cut by being put on short time: And the best that some can come up with is tax the rich, well I never!
How is it that New Labour can find literally billions to bail out their pals in the City of London overnight, but nothing for the Post Office or other workers, while helping themselves to the gravy and then they threaten us with public spending cuts while the City fat cats spend the bonuses.
Because Labour is a Party of the wealthy few, they have the same policies as the Conservatives, and this situation has come about because instead of changing the system many have made the mistake of tinkering with it. What is needed is a revolution, a revolution to save the planet and a revolution to end the forced slavery of the overwhelming majority who has a right to live in a better world.
Photography curtsey of the BBC:
1. Port St. Mary Isle of Man
2. Sealford East Sussex
3. Purthcawl Harber
All taken on 14 November 2009
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