John McDonnell describes his blueprint for saving UK steel production, Save UK steel production
The Palace of Westminster is in need of a major refurbishment that will cost billions of pounds and this creates a golden opportunity to move the UK government to Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool or another suitable location. The effect of moving the UK government to a Northern city will be to create a true and lasting Northern powerhouse through the building of airport, rail and road infrastructure and the services needed to support them. It will create lasting employment in all sectors and through wealth creation will lead to a more financially balanced United Kingdom. The value of property will increase due to the additional movement or opening of embassies, consulates, think tanks, consultants, auditors, business and government agencies and other support organisations.
London will of course lose some of these organisations but with the Palace of Westminster renovated and converted for uses such as a History of the United Kingdom museum losses should be minimised. In fact London is and will increase as a very popular tourist destination. New York does not suffer because the government is in Washington. From the point of view of unifying the United Kingdom it will have the effect of making ordinary citizens feel for the first time that they matter as much as those who live in the South of the country.
See differences in unemployment rates, types of employment, property prices, facilities, opportunities, individual wealth etc between London and the South East and the rest of the of the United Kingdom.
Just as in previous centuries the wealthy were the cause of physical slavery so they are now the cause of economic slavery. On the pretense of competition and the necessity of these contracts some 700,000 workers are being exploited often by large multinational corporations who are also involved in serial tax avoidance. And where are our politicians to protect our workers from such abusive practices? On the other side of the fence of us the 99%. Just waiting for their handout from the same corporations that are exploiting the 99%. In the UK over the last decades their isn’t a single party and probably very few politicians who have done anything about reducing the wealth gap. And we can’t expect the next government of any party to be any different. What we need is the box on the ballot paper that says none of the above and for everyone to have to vote. If a large part of the population voted that the current holders of democracy were all rubbish then maybe we would have a chance to do something about it.
So here we are gearing up for another Christmas Eve. So let’s spare a thought for all those humans who will still sleep rough tonight and all those caught up in wars and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Let’s not forget about all those who don’t have access to clean water or to proper toilets and sewage systems. The many that lack adequate housing, heating, lighting, education and medical services. And those that don’t have enough or proper food to eat. If you read blogs you are unlikely to be one of them, if you have bought presents made in a number of countries you have probably bought something made by one of them. So think long and hard about the 25th of December, even if you aren’t a Christian, it is still a religious day not a day of capitalism. We must demand fair wages for those who make our goods. GLOBAL MINIMUM WAGE and GLOBAL SAFE WORKING PRACTICES NOW.
As much as I like Neil Young for all the great music that he has produced over the many years of his long career I find his boycott of Starbucks a little late in the day. There are plenty of reasons to boycott and to actually hate Starbucks starting with not paying their tax, screwing their employees with zero hour contracts, their unfair competition with independent cafes and I expect if we dig deep enough their screwing of producers in the supply chain. Did you ever see anybody in the upper part of the coffee supply chain lack water, sanitation, education for their kids, adequate health systems etc. I bet your bottom coffee bean that if you look at the producers of coffee all these “lack of” issues can be found. I think I’ll stick to the independents where possible and perhaps if you are a free thinker you will too. Then again maybe you are a dead head who doesn’t care about the human beings who actually grow your coffee. Think about it and where you spend that precious cash.