Wednesday, 28 September 2011

From Canning Town to Muirkirk and Back



This is just a quick short and to the point post this morning comrades, just an attempt to get something up on my blog as it’s been a few days since I did anything, that is because I am up  in Scotland paying, and I must say, a very long overdue visit to my family who live in and around the former mining village of Muirkirk, Ayrshire. I will have much more to say about that visit in a post that I am planing in the next few days, as soon as I get back to London, and of course re-accustomed to that way of life. 

It is also very important that I say something about the terrible news of yesterday, where in North Yorkshire at the kellingley Colliery one miner died after two had become trapped by a roof fall, this blog sends its condolences to that miners family and friends. Of course everyone will know that the latest tragedy follows on sadly from that at Gleision Colliery, some two weeks ago when Charles Breslin, Phillip Hill, Garry Jenkins and David Powell all lost their lives, and I understand that only yesterday inquests opened on the four miners who became trapped when the mine flooded, this blog will have more to say about these tragedies at a more appropriate time, so in the meantime my thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost a member whilst out working to make a crust, and of course helping to turn in a profit for the bosses and owners of the means of production. 

So more about that latter; and in the next few days I think I have some very exciting posts, we have the Labour Party conference with Ed Miliband’s keynote speech yesterday, we will be looking at that and what it means in terms of where is Labour going now, but more on this subject when I get home to East London, and back in to the class war as we head towards Autumn and the possible, probable industrial action of public sector workers.

I will be looking at the entrenched global jobs crisis as the numbers of long-term unemployed have risen sharply, By the first quarter of 2011, one-third or more of the jobless have been out of work for more than one year in France (40.5%), Germany (47.3%), Italy (50%) Japan (50.2), South Africa (68.3%), and Spain (40.5%).

The incidence of long-term unemployment has increased most sharply in Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the US, and now I am thinking will we see unemployment triple here or what, and to a new historic high in the months that are about to unfold? 

Well with much to consider on my journey home today, and with my batteries recharged, its time to get as they say stuck in comrades, see you on the streets!”           

           

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