With fourteen short months (although for many it will be neither here nor there, or even matter that much) to go to the general election, we can say one thing with some certainty. The coalition that David Cameron leads will have been able to have served it’s time in office unrestrained and without any real opposition from the official parliamentary opposition namely the Labour Party now led by Ed Miliband and the entourage that he surrounds himself with.
What little opposition that there has been to this government of the rich has come from outside of parliament, first the students then the occupation movement that set-up camp in the City of London outside the famous tourist attraction of St. Pauls Cathedral that sits at the top of Ludgate Hill until they were violently removed, and of course let us not forget the many hundreds of sick and disabled people who have taken to our streets to defend a welfare system put through the shredder.
We should not feel disappointed or dispirited by the way things have worked out in regard to opposing the coalition and it’s program of forced austerity. As they say Rome wasn't built in a day, and a new movement for real change takes time to build; but I do believe with all my hart that many are now for the first time in their lives beginning to question just what sort of society it is we live in, and in whose interest is it run in, and who and whom do governments really serve at the end of it all.
At the end of the day, there is something brewing deep down in the sole and conscience of many, if you like a new sense of right and wrong, a new inner voice that is calling out. I would not say calling out for justice as there is no such thing in a capitalist run society such as this.
In the fullness of time, leaps forward by working people to improve their lives, such as having a decent paid job, owning or renting a decent home, ensuring our children receive a free and fair education, that the sick and old are looked after with compassion and real care, the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of all, have and are still being taken away. All these hard won gains won over many years by working people have been chipped away at by both Labour and Conservative administrations.
Standing in elections is a waste of time and money, nothing more than a false hope without a new down, just the same old same old!”
Ken Livingstone the former Mayor of London wrote a book called If Voting Changed Anything, They'd Abolish It (1987), and how right he was back then.
It’s alright for some in Britain today who have the money, the hard cash to buy say - a Ferrari starting price £140,000, as reported in today's news 677 Ferraris were sold in this country last year, which overtook Germany as the company’s strongest European market, just to add that in addition the luxury car manufacturer to the rich and famous was named the world’s most powerful brand, I think that’s about right and very fitting whilst the many struggle to find the bus fare to visit the local dole office to sign on. The truth is that many of us find ourselves confined to the areas in which we live, the cost of transport being so expensive these days imprisons us whether we like it or not.
As I sit write and compose this post I catch a glimpse from the corner of my eye of an aircraft taking off from London city airport and heading towards some european destination or other, the plain fact is, that the thousands below can’t afford or have never been on such a vehicle of the air, we are all held captive and trapped in different degrees of poverty.
There is no official recognition of 'transport poverty' yet it is a daily reality for millions of people across Britain. For decades transport and planning policy has focused on the needs of motorists, but nearly half of all households are struggling with the costs of car ownership. The absence of practical alternatives – including inadequate and expensive public transport and hostile walking and cycling environments – is forcing millions of people to choose between debt and social exclusion.
Transport poverty is a complex issue but its impact is clear. Our transport planning system penalises people who cannot afford a car, who struggle to cover rising public transport fares and who lack access to public or private transport because of age, disability or where they live.
I may have now gone off on one in regard to ‘transport poverty’ which was not my intention, however there are indeed many sides to poverty, and this is just another one that we don’t hear much about, but its real and affects many, can you just imagine families kept apart because of the costs involved, and in this day and age?
We are swimming in a sea of poverty, thousands of families are living in abject poverty, food banks, low pay, homelessness and much, much more - a new inner voice is calling out!”