As we eat perhaps even more chocolate than usual on a day for the Christians among us, the masses go round stuffing their faces unaware or uncaring at the level of our corporate exploitation of black workers. Slavery never went away, it just got buried by those in the marketing and advertising professions whose evil daily work covers up their corporate masters greed and profiteering at any cost. Economic slaves taste chocolate for the first time
We found a great Fullers pub not far from Paddington station, The Victoria. Nice sunny day as well.
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.
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.
Forget all those celebrity artists and take a walk round any city to look at some real works of creative art. In London it is around the East End, especially around Brick Lane and there are so many examples that change quite rapidly. It is an outside art gallery and you need to be looking up and down as well as around you. If we weren’t looking down we would have missed this piece. It is probably no more than 20cm tall but it is so clever with the shadows drawn onto the pavement as if the sun is rising from behind where the actual wall is. If you are in London for whatever length of time you should visit this part of the city. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
Rainbows are amazing. They even brighten up a drab Paddington skyline. And the physics behind them is wonderful as well. And just think that the splitting of light into those various colours might at this very moment be helping you read this. See DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) You will either be interested or at least it might help your insomnia. But it is very important to all us Internauts. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
I haven’t had the pleasure of going for a drink in this pub although I should have by now. It does look fairly traditional East End boozer. The outside is amazing. Check out these superb green tiles. It is located on the corner of Scrutton Street and Holywell Road in Shoreditch in London. Copyright http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
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.
A sign outside one of the many independent coffee shops of London with a philosophical question about the pleasures and addictiveness of that warm brown liquid that many of us crave. I would like to say though that if some of the farmers growing coffee around the world lack access to clean drinking water (780 million people) and proper sanitation (over a billion humans) then the profits from drinking coffee especially from the multinationals, you know who I mean, are not fairly being distributed and reaching the growers. Until every coffee farmer has these basic amenities coffee drinking is still not entirely civilised. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.