Sir. The notion that the British left is in any way “progressive” needs to be challenged. They have highjacked the word for too long. Nicola Sturgeon and others are a little like Canut trying to hold back the tide of actual progressive change by defining progress as a retrenchment of costly state and municipal interference in ordinary people’s lives. A culture of dependency on state largess funded by taxpayers and government debt is what is really meant by Sturgeon, Labour the Lib Dems and the Greens as “progressive”. In a world where people increasingly demand freedom and democracy backed by a safe, efficient, cooperative and importantly affordable state, the left is like the bloated capitalists of yesteryear.
Letter to The Spectator Week commencing 10 April 2017
Sir. Ian Acheson’s piece was illuminating, highlighting as it did systemic and managerial failings in the running of British Jails. What baffles us, however, is the notion that there is no effective counter narrative with which to address Islamist ideology. Clearly advocating “British Values” has had limited effect in our culturally neurotic age. However, all democracies that are capitalist in origin, and some that are not, rely to some extent on the principles of contract, choice and consent to underpin their rights and freedoms. Is this not the “ideology” with which to beat the brutal, ignorant and unforgiving Islamist death cult, and re-educate their lost and misguided disciples who are in our prison system. No one should feel any shame promoting consent and choice irrespective of the colour of the person’s skin.
on behalf of ABlueRevolution.com
Written week commencing 10 March 2017
Street lighting is far more complex an issue than Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has to date considered it to be. A bit like library closure perhaps. Whilst some rural areas and town centres may either benefit from lights out, allowing the night sky to re-establish its prominence or don’t require it as there are sufficient shop lights to illuminate the area, there are those areas where the lights out is clearly a hazard. Most noble amongst which is Woad Farm estate.
The complexity of the issue must not be used to justify us swerving it, as it affects some of the most vulnerable communities in Boston. It is simply not acceptable for LCC to increase Council tax and then claim it is necessary to make “essential” cuts whilst paying some senior managers six-figure salaries with pensions to boot. This situation has built up over many decades where general tax payers and council tax payers are increasingly funding wage levels that lift too many government workers into the financial fist division.
This wage structure owes more to the nineteenth century than the twenty-first century and governments and local authorities need to stop and think about the people on average wages and lower who pay them and thus the majority the people they are supposed to serve.
LCC should be shamed into adopting a more considered policy on lighting, switch off where it adds value to communities and switch back on where the same thing applies. Like Woad Farm Estate in Boston.
We pay for and consent to lighting our streets, I don’t think we have consented to six figure salaries for officers. Like life before Brexit we have never been given an opportunity to comment. Like all County and Borough Council services where communities need it and pay for it communities should get it……or give the job of providing it to someone else. The communities themselves perhaps.
On behalf of ABlueRevolution.org
If you are a working person in the public sector at a tactical or operational level or you work in the private sector or you are self-employed you will be the sort of person we are looking for to become members of, and involved with, A Blue Revolution.
We are a party for those who work for, or pay for, a malfunctioning state system that creates millionaires at the top and dependence at the bottom. Whilst our best jobs were exported abroad, a sad but idle class of welfare dependent second and third generation unemployed industrial and agricultural workers has been created to drain us of tax revenue via welfare.
This system doesn’t function on our tax alone, it requires debt to subsidise the state’s earnings. All sorts of market distortions have been created to ensure the system delivers debt based money to the rich and supports the government. Market distortions like inflated house prices caused by family breakdown, immigration and student indebtedness. Or alternatively, the minimum wage that drives down wages, to a government “minimum. This quickly became a maximum for many working people.
So, the state goes on cutting back services to the people and cutting public sector jobs. At the same time, they talk of increasing taxes and National Insurance to working people.
We have an eighteen-century legal system, a nineteenth-century political system and a twentieth-century health, welfare and education system. It’s time for a real progressive change.
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