I do not believe that wickedness of the kind that has assaulted Britain over the last 9 years has never happened before, but it’s certainly the most extreme since WWII, although Thatcher was a close 2nd and, perhaps, a harbinger of what was to come nationwide. Thatcher took on the miners and heavy industry but she didn’t dare try to destroy the entire working class, even if she wanted to.

Since 2010, the Tory evil has flourished. Homelessness and social cleansing, food banks, the sanctions regime, children deprived of food, people being robbed blind [1], running down and privatising our NHS, millions driven into poverty, cutting legal aid, bullshit jobs for bullshit pay, dismantling social security, depriving disabled people of care and support, selling off state assets and much more.

All of this and an endless stream of lies to cover their crimes.

My life has come apart at the seams, everything I have fought for and lived for has become unravelled because the Tories have wilfully and knowingly created a dystopia which as a fully human and fully alive human being I utterly recoil from, reject and rebel against because my entire mind and body are repulsed by what they are doing to life. In fact, the very existence of the Tory party is an insult to life.

Since 2010 I have sworn, cried and raged more than I have in my entire life. As an awake human being, what the Tories are doing to the UK is intolerable. They are attacking the means of our survival and using it as a weapon against us.

This is not acceptable. It is not right, it is not just and it is a battle in which defeat is not an option. Defeat means death and, as we’ve discovered, it is costing more lives on a daily basis and life expectancy for the poorest and most vulnerable people is now in reverse. [2]

All this is happening as a result of Tory policies and we are living the intended consequences of political decisions.

For example. There are no possible excuses for what the Tories are doing to our NHS, it is a calculated destruction in order to privatise health care in the UK so that a few people and corporations can make obscene profits from people’s vulnerability. That is an affront to our humanity and, as such, it is intolerable.

Inside me a rage arises, as it should, a righteous rage which says, “I will not allow you to sell my most weak and vulnerable self because you know I am at my most defenceless in doing that, and the only end to that road is my death and I will not allow that to happen. I absolutely will not put my life in your hands when I already know that you’ve betrayed me. I will not legitimise your treachery by accepting it. That is not politics, that is betrayal, so fuck you!” That doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t kill me regardless, it means I will not consent or acquiesce.

It is a perfect rage, it is a rage that protects life, which is exactly what it is for. It’s the rage that protects our children when they are bullied. It’s the rage that drives the person who finally stands up for themselves, even if they are shaking in their boots, terrified and as alone as a human being can be in the face of abuse. It is the ‘No!’ that means exactly what it says without any negotiation or explanation. It is the rage for which there is no apology or repentance, because without that rage you die.

And so you draw the line because that’s what drawing the line means. This far and no further!

In January 2015 I had to call 999 because I was in extreme pain. What I didn’t know was that I was dying and without an emergency operation at 3am on a Saturday morning it would have been all over for me. The Tories are destroying that, running our NHS into the ground in order to privatise it and they don’t care whether we live or die, they just want to see the profits in their portfolios. That is what self-serving means, putting themselves and their selfish wants and desires above the lives of others. Above my life.

And to those who hold such positions of power as serving in government there is only one answer to self serving greed, vanity and egotism. “No!”

You know the expression, ‘Who do you think you are?’ Because I don’t care who they think they are, they are not more important than my life or the lives of my loved one, nor the lives of my casual acquaintances, nor the lives of perfect strangers. There is no fucking way that they are more important than our lives, but they think they are. And they are entirely wrong.

When Amber Rudd stood at her special DWP podium and announced that the longest the DWP would starve people for in future was 6 months, what was I supposed to do if not protest [3]? I don’t care if I am the only person in the world who says no, I have to say it. It is my duty to say it, because it is not ok to treat even one person that way, let alone the thousands of vulnerable people who are so desperate they need some help, they need some social security, a helping hand from the state. That is what the state exists for, to serve the nation and the most vulnerable and needy especially. So don’t tell me it is ok to announce six month sanctions. It isn’t. That’s murder and the answer is no. No question.

But you know what the worst crime is in all of this? It’s not the disrespect for this wonderful thing called life, this unbelievable and unique gift that the universe has granted us for this brief time on Earth. That isn’t the problem. The problem is they think we are not worthy of it. That we must in some way earn the right to life and if we do not earn the right to live to their satisfaction, then we can just die. That we are worth nothing.

And that tells me that they are not fit to govern, not fit for high office, not fit to serve the nation.

They are not fit to serve me or to act in my name in any way. I do not consent to be governed by such people and I live my life in a perpetual state of protest, resistance and disobedience to their evil.

That is the right way to live under oppression, till it is finally broken, beaten and ended.

Keith Ordinary Guy. 17 May 2019.

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-fraud-scheme-prescriptions-elderly-unwell-eligibility-treatment-a8912161.html

[2] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/life-expectancy-uk-plumments-ons-data-hartlepool-torridge-amber-valley-barnsley-a8164171.html

[3] https://fearandloathingingreatbritain.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/amber-rudd-announces-max-period-of-government-enforced-starvation-of-only-6-months/


Pride's Purge

Posted by Guy Matthews on Facebook:

Just been told by a UKIP type that I don’t understand the white working class concerns.

I live in a council house in the East Midlands. I’m a Labour member. I’m a union member. I work long hard hours and make sweet fuck all. My mum was a cleaner and my dad was a groundsman at a stately home. I never went to university because I was too busy trying to negotiate the drug epidemic that plagued ex-pit towns after the Tories destroyed them. Oh yeah, and I’m from white Anglo-Saxon Protestant stock on both sides of the family. That’s pretty fucking quintessentially white working class. Am I proud of it? Not really. It’s just stuff that happened to me for the most part. I’d much rather have been born in Kensington and called Herbert Fotherington-Smythe III, Viscount of West Surrey. I probably…

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The descent into madness continues out of control… It’s the establishment.

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There have been certain milestones on our decade-long descent into government cruelty, austerity madness and widespread intolerance under the Tories (and the Liberal Democrats).

Terminal cancer patients being forced to work, sick children starving or disabled people being made destitute or even dying while billionaires get handouts and tax cuts.

Well, here’s another milestone.

A homeless man has just been jailed in Somerset for the heinous crime of sitting on the ground:

Homeless man jailed for 20 weeks for sitting on the ground ‘without reasonable excuse’

Tory (and Lib Dem) Britain today.

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On the 10th May 2019 Amber Rudd announced to the nation that she was changing the DWP sanctions regime to ensure future sanctions are proportionate. To that end she is abandoning the ‘rarely used’ (she says) 3 year sanction and, in the future, the longest length of a sanction will be 6 months. A sanction means stopping some or all a persons income, depriving them of the means of even the most basic survival. Quite how this helps the most vulnerable, in particular, or anyone, into work, she does not explain, nor how anyone is meant to survive up to 182 days without income, nor even how this is in any way proportionate (to what). [1]

Tell it to 50’s women sanctioned by the DWP out of 5 or more years of income… [2]

This very much begs the old question – Do we live to work, or do we work to live? Given that the government has seen fit to decide for us that we live to work under pain of deprivation, economic murder and an unnatural death, it is time to revisit our humanity and find out how it’s doing.

What has become very clear is that we the people and the small but brutal body of politicians and ‘elites’ live in completely different worlds. It really isn’t hard to see, as Amber Rudd so ably demonstrates. She seems to think that poor people being sanctioned and deprived of the means of survival for 182 consecutive days is ok. I’ve known many poor people, but I have yet to meet anyone who not only managed to live on nothing for 6 months, but was so inspired by the process they searched for jobs 8 hours a day, 35 hours a week, to eventually find work offering a slightly improved poverty which does not involve ones imminent death.

So confident is Amber Rudd in her batshit crazy world view that she actually made a special DWP public announcement to let us know that she is only going to deprive us of the means of survival for a maximum of 6 months instead of 3 years.

As far as I can tell she was not drunk, under the influence of drugs or certified insane at the time she set the whole thing up to make this announcement. Having a secret penal system that imposes fines which exceed those imposed by the entire UK legal justice system, without trial or legal representation, which is designed to cause hardship that no court in the land can or would impose under any circumstances is a crime against life. This is what Amber Rudd is particularly pleased with. Of course, she will never in her life have had anything to do with the people she condemns to hell on earth and the misery of unremitting daily want with no means of control over the brutal circumstances imposed upon them by her and her vicious regime.

I spent 35 years working as a Community and Youth Worker and studied at Durham University, and never in all those years was the notion of sanctioning the lives of others to enforce behavioural conformity to government dictat ever raised or suggested as a working practice and nor would it ever have been accepted or adopted. I and my many colleagues would never treat any living creatures in such a way and there’s the problem. I do not, thankfully, live in their world and nor could I, treating human beings as animal stock, beasts of burden, loaded with the trials of the ignorant rich who are so used to treating the lower orders with contempt, keeping us in order on pain of persecution and death.

The fundamental failing of these people is that they do not understand life itself. Instead of the greatest wonder of the universe, they treat life as a mere commodity and if one of us dies, or even many, there are always more, to be treated with the same arrogant contempt. They announce their hatred and contempt in every animal hunted for sport, for every stolen penny of the worth of another’s labour, in every fox torn to shreds by their hounds in their blood lust for cruelty and in every sanction that robs us the means of survival. They are cruel in ways that are unthinkable for ordinary people because they know they exist above the law, indeed they are the law makers and thus life takers because they have the power and the ability to prevent us from even accessing law and therefore protecting our lives.

There is something that is seldom discussed in the Nazi genocide and the extermination of millions of ‘undesirables’. Whilst there may have been those at the very top who knew exactly what they were doing and (perhaps) knew (consciously and fully aware) that they were doing the unthinkable for self serving reasons, the vast majority who supported the Nazi genocide believed whole-heartedly in the righteousness of the cause.

We talk about propaganda, as if propaganda is purely the imposition of vileness from the corridors of power, forgetting that, as with the Daily Mail, Express, the Sun, Telegraph and Times, people buy it. They pay for the hate and rage on which they feed and act out in their lives with the approval of those in power, like Amber Rudd, Theresa May (and the majority of Tories who shame and mock poor and vulnerable people in parliament and vote to further impoverish them), Nigel Farage (supported by the establishment and media), and the very public voices of those who promote hate, like Katie Hopkins with nearly a million followers on Twitter. Hate crime is on the rise, with the BBC reporting a 40% rise in the year 2016-17 to 2017-18. [4]

But here’s the thing dear reader, you of the silenced majority, ordinary decent folk who are appalled at what is happening and want no part of it and wonder what the hell happened. I know from simply living and from Facebook and Twitter that we are the vast majority, who are appalled at what is going on, at the promoters of hate as well as those who swallow the hate whole and even act on it, to the crocodile tears of right wing politicians and the media.

It is easy to forget the normality of the peaceful existence of the vast majority. I need to buy a loaf of bread today, Sunday, and no matter where I go the chances of not being able to peaceably do a bit of shopping are remote in the extreme. In 68 years of life I have been physically attacked once on the streets which makes the Tory political assault on our lives all the more shocking for the virulent hatred of so few affecting the peaceable lives of so many.

Amber Rudd announcing a reduction of the length of sanctions to a maximum of 182 days, with disabled people ‘53% more likely to be docked money than claimants who are not disabled’, is an obscenity. [5] It’s state terrorism! A terrorism that has no place in our lives.

I am a peace loving man, I have lived and battled with mental ill health all my life but I have never found a place for hatred in my life. At 68 I have found a perfect hatred for something that must be continuously and virulently opposed – Tory pathological misanthropic hatred and genocide. We each have a duty in life to oppose state terrorism and genocide, as all good people do [6]. They may have the might, as perverted and vile as that is, but never, ever, the right.

The Tories must go and this evil regime of state managed hate and genocide must end!

Keith Ordinary Guy. 12 May 2019.

[1] https://twitter.com/AmberRuddHR/status/1126510771540639744

Amber Rudd transcript: “The government’s role is to create conditions for people and businesses to succeed – and crucially, to create a social security system that will support them if they fall. Universal Credit offers a new level of personalised support. Claimants have access to a dedicated Work Coach who builds an understanding of their needs and strengths, to offer them the best possible advice and opportunities. Claimants also have more options to interact with the jobcentre – online, by phone or in person. And at the heart of this support is an agreement that the claimant commit to certain activities to improve or maintain their employment prospects – such as looking for work or doing work experience. However, I want to ensure that the penalties for not meeting these conditions are proportionate, particularly for the most vulnerable. So I am announcing today that I will end financial sanctions for welfare claimants that last for 3 years. Such sanctions were rarely used, but I believe they were counter-productive and ultimately undermine our goal of supporting people into work. In the future, the longest length of a sanction will be up to 6 months. And I am undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness of Universal Credit sanctions to consider whether other improvements can be made.”

[2] https://davidhencke.com/2018/06/05/the-downing-street-state-pension-robbery/

[3] https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

[4] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45874265

[5] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/20/sanctions-disabled-people-claimants-tough-love

[6] https://fearandloathingingreatbritain.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/this-is-genocide/

It emerged that ministers ordered changes to the standard-issue letter to remove references that made it clear to GPs they may have to issue a medical statement if their patient wished to appeal against a WCA decision. The DWP claims this was not intended to dissuade GPs from issuing fit notes.

However, it’s highly unlikely that government ministers ordered the amendment to the letter for another purpose, as there are none. This was a calculated strategy to deter people from appealing DWP decisions, by leaving them in severe financial hardship.

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newtonSarah Newton, former minister of state for disabled people. However, it’s very evident that neither she nor her party actually support disabled people. They prefer oppressing them.

Last month and previously, I reported about the controversial issues raised by the Department for Work and Pensions’ standard ESA65B GP’s letter template, which was only relatively recently placed on the government site, following a series of probing Parliamentary Written Questions instigated by Emma Dent Coad, addressed to the minister of state for disabled people.Her responses to the questions were repetitive, vague, unevidenced and did not address the questions raised. 

Campaigners and MPs have called for the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) amended letter to GPs to be scrapped after it emerged that ill and disabled people appealing against unfair work capability assessment (WCA) decisions were left in near destitution after their GPs refused to provide further ‘fit notes’, because they were instructed that they…

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For 9 long years campaigning against Austerity has opened my eyes beyond measure, to the corrupt nature of the ruling class. The serious nature of crushing the poorest in society from dissent by control is no joke especially if you are working class whose lack of opportunity is stifled by lack of resources available to them, this is not because they don’t want to rise up the ladder of life, it because of the person holding the ladder preventing them from access and climbing it.

It started with social control via religion and landowners making sure those at the bottom were prevented from rising up and knew their place. It has divided communities across the land and across the globe.

However progression from Victorian England and workhouses because the elite feared disease from black death, cholera, smallpox ,Tuberculosis etc ,society progressed slowly towards better equality with the industrial revolution and workers…

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I do not know what freedom means. I know I have never experienced it and yet I have an idea what I would want it to mean as a lived experience.

I cannot think of anything that could or would impact me more than having a quiet mind. That is what I can imagine freedom to be. A mind not constantly caught up in the throes or torment, fear and confusion: not having to fight for every clear thought or perception, not battling with itself against any and everything I might want or desire. A mind that would shut the fuck up once in a while and give me some peace.

Peace? Is that freedom? That seems to me to satisfy both issues of freedom, freedom from and freedom to. Freedom from torment and freedom to enjoy peace and live.

Part of the problem is that living in this human dominated world, it doesn’t take too much of a long hard look to realise it’s bonkers. How could it not be, humans are, above all, irrational creatures. We naturally place irrationality above reason, it’s kind of our default position. Reason is one of the tools in our tool box, but many, if not most, of us, use it very sparingly in favour of prejudice or whatever we fancy and long may it stay that way, but everything has its limits. If you find the notion of us as irrational creatures hard to swallow, explain Donald Trump. Or racism. It is an inherent part of our make-up and we have to work hard to deal with it. Irrationality is the shortest distance between two pieces of elastic and that is not nearly as obscure as it might at first seem.

While I’m scrabbling around for a bit of peace, one of the great survival mechanisms of an unquiet mind is humour and not always in my own best interests.

I was helping out a community group last week as a free taxi and we needed to buy some tools, including an axe. In the store one of the group was invited by a member of staff to select an axe from the store safe and returned to us accompanied by the staff member who had to deliver the axe to the checkout. Safe to say, my mind was already blown by this performance and as we prepared to pay I said, “let the murdering commence!” Like an idiot. The staff member went beetroot red and said, “We can’t sell an axe to anyone who says things like that!” ‘Quite right too!’ the dark satanic humour giggles away inside.

This is far from the first time that dark humour has got me into trouble. But, sadly, it’s a compulsion. If I can’t have a laugh at how bonkers the world is because a very tiny few people are axe murderers, I can’t survive. And trust me on this, if an axe murderer wants an axe, they’ll bloody well get one and the store will be only too glad to sell them one, it’s the rest of us who fall foul of the madness of the restrictions that get dumped on us. The axe murderer will play the bloody game right up until he (for over 90% of murderers are men) starts killing.

At one point in town I got lost and all sorts of issues came into play, age and decrepitude chief among them, but including physical pain, confusion, self pity and simple bodily weakness, all of which fed into an explosion of rage and of me yelling louder than I have ever yelled in my life, in the middle of town, “I fucking hate being this pathetic!”

The above is all true and my poor old frazzled brain doesn’t deal with crap like that at all well, and life is like that all the time, the madness is everywhere, my own included. The bible says there’s no peace for the wicked, what the fuck did the rest of us do wrong?

Two of the greatest enemies of peace, freedom and well being are lies and deception. These weapons of mass destruction are vastly underrated. Throw a lie into the mix and it goes on a killing spree of the truth. Millions of people in Britain have no understanding of politics, and specifically, they have no understanding of the reality and the power of deception. Many (possibly most) readers of the Daily Mail have little or no idea that it has a hidden agenda, which is deception. In order to understand the deception you have to understand the motive, in order to understand the motive, you have to look outside the content and the lies that are being peddled by others for self serving reasons. It’s incredibly complex.

People who suffer from poor mental health are particularly vulnerable to lies and deceit. It is a battle I have fought all my life. Not only am I fighting an inner war with my own mind, I have to deal with a dishonest world and expend vital time and energy sifting the many deceits of life, not least politically.

The current state of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is an object lesson in battling deceit and a bogus narrative of ‘making work pay’ and ‘supporting people into work’. In a recent press release Amber Rudd said of the DWP, “The changes I am making ensure that behind our supportive staff, is a fairer and more compassionate system.” [1]. She makes no mention of food banks, sanctions, frozen benefits, waiting times and crisis loans which drive people further into poverty, debt and death [2][3]. Does anyone see any freedom or peace in that?

I am at a loss to know what I have become. I sit, at war with my ailing body, at war with a mind that looks back more than forwards. Death, the final indignity, awaits, but I do not call that freedom. Shit on death, the only freedom that matters is in life. I cannot and will not plan for something I know nothing about, which is unknown and unknowable and the experience of which is hidden behind an impenetrable veil which life as we know it cannot lift or part.

I am furious in old age that everything I have worked to know and understand is not complete and never will be. I do not resent one moment of the journey of discovery that has been my life, but it’s damnably late in the day to get lost now. But I am. More lost than I even have words to express. Oh, and the energy it takes to get going these days, to get out of bed and motivate myself. Everything I have taken for granted is a weaker force now and must be pushed and shoved to fire it up, if it even will.

Am I too old for freedom? Does it matter? I cannot explain it, but yes it damned well does, it matters so much. At the very least I wish it was something I could pass on, a parting gift to those who inevitably must follow. But perhaps I have at last discovered what Dylan Thomas was on about:

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” [4]

Oh yes, there is rage burning in me yet. I cannot pass it on, it’s one of those, ‘You have to live it’, and maybe freedom has nothing to do with it at all.

Was freedom just something we made up along the way?

KOG. 09 April 2019.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/amber-rudd-behind-our-supportive-staff-is-a-compassionate-system

[2] https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/end-benefit-freeze-stop-people-being-swept-poverty

[3] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pip-waiting-time-deaths-disabled-people-die-disability-benefits-personal-independence-payment-dwp-a8727296.html

[4] https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/do-not-go-gentle-good-night

Not a word of this excellent piece by @suejonessays would have needed writing if the Tories were not destroying our NHS and putting people’s lives at risk.

“GPs are being offered cash payments as an ‘incentive’ to not refer patients to hospitals – including cancer patients – according to an investigation by Pulse, a website for GPs. “

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NHS-cutsNHS England has published an updated list of medical conditions for which you can no longer receive prescriptions for, as part of a wider cost-cutting exercise due to insufficient funding from central government.

Last year I wrote an article about the stealthy creep of rationing of treatments in the NHS, and how gatekeeping has become a watchword within our public services over the past seven years. It’s being driven by the government’s deep affection for neoliberal dogma, the drive for never-ending ‘efficiency savings’ and the Conservatives’ lean, mean austerity machine. Perish the thought that the public may actually need to use the public services that they have funded through their contributions to the Treasury, in good faith. 

One important point I didn’t raise in the article was about how the marketisation of the NHS has given rise to ‘perverse incentives’, which violate the very principles on which the national health service…

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Last year, the UK’s most extensive study of welfare conditionality concluded that sanctions are ineffective at ‘helping’ people into work and are more likely to reduce those affected to absolute poverty, ill-health and even survival crime.

Labour’s shadow secretary for work and pensions Margaret Greenwood said: “The current sanctions system is immoral and ineffective. It is not helping people into employment and at the same time is leaving vulnerable people on the brink of destitution, without any source of income for long periods.”

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The British Psychological Society (BPS) has joined eight other leading mental health organisations in calling for the removal of social security sanctions for people with mental health conditions. The statement launched yesterday at the 12th New Savoy Annual Conference in London.

It calls for everyone living with a mental health condition to be supported in gaining financial security, whether through the social security system or appropriate help in returning to or gaining paid work. However, the statement makes clear that no one with a mental ill health should ever be forced to look for work, or face the threat of having their lifeline support reduced because of welfare conditionality and sanctions.

In the statement signed by mental health experts and charities, such as the Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation and Rethink Mental Illness among others, the BPS say: “We believe that everyone living with a mental health condition should…

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It is worth bearing in mind that a government is not the country, it is not the people, it is not society and, most especially, it is not community or the daily reality of people’s lives.

Good governance is like grease on a bearing, never to be confused with the bearing itself, which actually does the work.

Remember how Margaret Thatcher broke the unions, shut the mines and devastated the communities of those who mined the black gold? What an astonishing achievement, given that no government ever extracted a single lump of coal from the earth to warm the hearth and heart of another human being.

There is no greater tyrant than a government that gets above itself, that believes in the myth of its own privilege and which ceases to serve, to become the master.

When the people become the slaves of government, the game is over and the lives of the people are reduced to drudgery and oppression and this brief, yet amazing, gift of life risks becoming a burden and a curse.

The Tories are a great many things but what they are not is even a half decent or legitimate government. Austerity was always a lie, we were never all in this together, poor people did not crash the economy, we were never the skivers or the scroungers and the only purpose of the Tories is to transfer the wealth of the people into the hands of the rapaciously greedy top 10% of the most wealthy people and corporations.

There is an astonishing thing going on in the world. Workers have always been despised by the privileged, but they have suffered us to exist because they literally knew which side the bread was buttered and who baked the bread. Suddenly, however, now that they’ve killed industry in the UK, they no longer require a massed workforce. If your ideas of humanity are predicated on our usefulness as a work force, then it stands to reason that millions of us are now superfluous to requirements.

If you happen to be a greedy oligarch whose only loyalty is to his wealth, then the genocide of the most frail and vulnerable people and those who have least value, or no value, as workers makes absolute positive sense. The Tories pretend that work is a health outcome, it’s a way of sorting the chaff from the wheat, and you burn (dispose of) the chaff.

What the Tories have either forgotten, or never cared to know or understand, is that people matter, life matters. No matter how humble their lives, no matter how little they may understand politics and what goes on in the, so called, corridors of power, people’s lives matter, because life is why we’re here, life is how we are here, to be, for a brief time, a resident of this good and wholesome Earth.

No one has the right to deny us that, even if they have the power. That’s what human rights are all about, a deep reverence and understanding of what life is about and to ensure it is protected and enabled.

When government abandons the people, the people must abandon the government. If they are not representing us, they are of no earthly use to us. It is as simple as that. All else follows.

Back in the 60’s and 70’s we were being told that technology would replace our labour and we’d get to enjoy a 3 day working week, at least. The technology has happened and exceeded our wildest expectations, but all the benefits have been stolen from under our noses to feed the greed of those who stash their ill gotten gains in tax havens. And what has this government done? It has enabled and rewarded the theft of wealth and the benefits of technology that should rightly belong to all and people are forced into bullshit jobs for bullshit pay and bullshit conditions.

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, he has exploited technology and those who work for him and his ‘winnings’, as he calls them, are in excess of $150 billion [1]. Apparently, he’s short of ideas of what to do with so much wealth that even god would blink, “The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel. That is basically it,” he said [2]. He should have been a beauty queen, maybe then world hunger might have suggested itself to him, or even paying his workers a living wage, instead his only thought is to spunk his wealth into space [3].

The fact is that the robbery will never cease as long as we are forced to rely on a top down hierarchy of enforced slavery for the vast majority of workers. The Tory government could not make it any clearer as they force terminally ill people into work and claim work is a health outcome and coerce people into job seeking by sanctioning them and depriving them of the means of survival [4].

There is inevitably and quite rightly immense anger directed at the Tories and also a desire for vengeance. Many thousands are now dead, people whose only crime was to be disabled or poor or seriously, even terminally, ill. We are certainly right to demand an accounting, but that gives us nothing for the future. We absolutely need a way forwards, a direction that does not include the Tories or their genocidal behaviour towards us.

My job as a writer is to explore the avenues of ideas and I can see a fundamental flaw in my own thinking, I still think in terms of the legitimacy of government but miss the essential role that we, the people, must play in future. It’s clear that a very small number of people have subjugated an entire nation, and the world, that is what we must fight and never allow it to happen again. That means, in any and every way we can imagine and work, that we take back power. That may mean forming co-op banks and businesses, localising, decentralising, bottom up decision making. The world leaders want more globalisation, I believe we must resist that because the terms of their globalisation are all about exploitation, the subjugation of humanity and theft of resources, which the world can no longer sustain. That doesn’t mean not acting globally, just not on their shitty terms. They want to rule, we must work together in cooperation.

Humanity has developed through cooperation, not competition, that’s how we came to live in villages and meet the needs of the community and grow.

Instead of a man like Bezos usurping technology and keeping all the benefits for himself, all the benefits of technology are available to us. People much smarter than Bezos understand and know how to use technology. These rich pigs didn’t invent it, they just exploited it, ordinary intelligent, smart, people create development and progress. It’s available to us, but we have to reach out and take it and no longer trust those who seek to rule us not to abuse us. This is the struggle Tony Benn talked about, the perennial struggle.

His words will ring true whenever and where ever we live, because they are true. “Even relatively benign and temporary authoritarianism that rests upon elected power is being challenged. We are moving rapidly towards a situation where the pressure for the redistribution of political power will have to be faced as a major political issue. In a world where authoritarianism of the left or right is a very real possibility, the question of whether ordinary people can govern themselves by consent is still on trial – as it always has been, and always will be. Beyond parliamentary democracy as we know it, we shall have to find a new popular democracy to replace it.” Tony Benn – Speech to the Welsh Council of Labour (25 May 1968).

That is the opportunity we can grasp, if we so choose. Democracy is by no means dead, but its survival belongs to us, not them. The Tories have betrayed Britain, but the people are not their slaves unless we allow ourselves to be enslaved through coercion and brutality. That’s the Tory way, the DWP way, but it is not our way. Resistance isn’t futile, it’s very, very fertile, in fact, a great well of opportunity.

Keith Ordinary Guy with grateful thanks to Yan Ellis for the conversations that clarified our vision for this piece to emerge from its mental chrysalis. 26 March 2019.

[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/16/jeff-bezos-is-now-the-richest-man-in-modern-history.html

[2] https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/30/jeff-bezos-says-this-is-how-he-plans-to-spend-the-bulk-of-his-fortune.html

[3] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/amazon-workers-working-hours-weeks-conditions-targets-online-shopping-delivery-a8079111.html

[4] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/13/conservative-governments-kill-people-health-disability-benefits-prisons