Cuba, far from being the ogre that it is portrayed in the right wing Western media is a socially responsible country that wants to help every individual when it comes to health and medicine. Something that Fidel became personally involved in. Which other leader of a country would have done that for its citizens? Cuba’s biotechnological revolution
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.
I always thought that our UK politicians were quite awful and the system fairly undemocratic but then seeing the US it always seemed to be one step more into being a system of who buys whom. Then I saw articles on Bernie Sanders and I thought wow, what a breath of fresh air. Not sure if he will get very far but I’m hoping and I hope that a lot of Americans will see the sense to help him move further on.
This is a report from Al Jazeera on some of the amazing work accomplished by Cuban medical personnel. I’m fortunate to know personally a Cuban Neurologist and a nurse and this article could be talking about them. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/04/cuba-medical-magicians-150430073632978.html
For years now we have been told by politicians from the major parties that the trickle down economy is the only way forward and all that has happened is that a large part of the population has no work, relies on food banks or has insecure employment through zero hour contracts and the like. Meanwhile the rich get richer and the wealth divide greater and all the time the same line gets rolled out that this is the only way otherwise big business will get eaten by the bogey man and then we will really be in trouble. And like a childrens’ story this is simply not the truth. So let’s make sure that the next lot of governing politicians govern for all those people who are suffering the indignity of being poor and stop pandering to the wishes of big business and the one percent.
With the UK general election almost upon us isn’t time that we had some radical changes? Here are some to think about:
1. Empty properties in London and other major cities, if they are not being lived in by the owners for more than a month per year then the local councils have the right to rent them out at affordable rents to people. This would stop the one percent using our cities and homes as investment vehicles.
2. Corporations, all corporations in retail, food, clothing and entertainment to be limited. Let’s put individuality, small owners, family businesses back into the running of our cities.
3. Commercial property owners of retail space, cap and reduce the rent they can charge allowing non corporate businesses to start and flourish.
I’m sure that there are a few more that we can think of to divide up the wealth in a fairer way.
Let’s break the chains that bind us the ninety nine percent.
So here’s an idea or two. No more private jets. Make all aircraft like buses in that all the seats are the same size, small. Only professionals in space, no rich people as the atmosphere can’t afford it and neither can we and planting a few trees or trading some carbon credits will not fix the issue.
This is an interesting report produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on how poor people are less likely to vote in an election. It is a report about the UK but applies to the US or any other demmocracy. I think I heard on the news the other day that Hillary Clinton will raise a billion US dollars for her campaign and I wondered how much of that would be spent on trying to persuade the poorest 20% of American citizens to vote, the ones that own only 0.3% of US wealth. If you truly believe in a real democracy and not a sham read this. http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2015/04/vote?utm_content=bufferb3ab8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
If we continue in our current way there can only be more war and more poverty. While some large corporations plunder our planet for short term gain the ecological poverty that is caused will affect us all. Above all we need inclusion for every human being not replacement by technology, technology must be used to aid us in reducing our individual workload not replacing individuals. The information revolution must be used to connect individuals and not in some of the vacuous ways we see at the moment in social media. Individuals who buy food and clothes from other countries must be connected with the individuals who grow the coffee and who pick the cotton or sew the clothes that they buy. Only then will we be able to stop the horrendous exploitation that occurs between 1st world consumers and 3rd world producers.