The Reasons for Brexit, Trump and the rise of Fascism

There has been a huge swing towards extreme Right-wing policies in Europe and the USA. We have the re-emergence of the Ku Klux Klan and White supremacists, heartened by the election of Trump, we have the resurgence of Fascist parties in France, Austria and Holland and left-wing/centralist governments being under threat from right-wing groups, emboldened by the potential break-up of the EU. In Britain we have had Brexit and now have the most right-wing government since Thatcher. Labour is trailing 20 points behind in the polls. Things look dire.

So what has gone wrong for the whole dream of equality and liberalisation? Is it over? What about empathy, compassion and equality?

Well if we are going to get back to a compassionate liberal society we have to look at the reasons why people have turned to fascists like Trump and believed the lies of Boris, Gove and May. Things have not been right. Mistakes have been made. The establishment has been complacent and has not addressed the underlying issues.

Here are some of the major issues that I believe should have been addressed and dealt with:

  1. The wars in the Middle East which have resulted in mass migrations of population and sparked fundamentalism and terrorism. (carried out ineptly and without thought to any future outcomes).
  2. Handling the mass migration with compassion and sensible policy so that there was not a huge influx of predominantly Muslims into Europe.
  3. Mass migration of Eastern Europeans into Britain and other more affluent countries as cheap labour.
  4. Globalisation and the loss manufacturing jobs to third world countries with cheap labour and costs.
  5. Automation requiring less skilled and unskilled workers.
  6. The working class loss of high-paid skilled jobs in the likes of steel, shipbuilding, mining, car production and their replacement with low paying jobs stacking shelves or unemployment. (Loss of income and self-respect).
  7. The influx of cheap goods from abroad (China and third world) on an uncompetitive market putting home manufacturers out of work.
  8. The corruption of MPs who have lost all respect with the public and are seen as just feathering their own nests.
  9. The vast inequality with the establishment imposing austerity on everyone in the lower strata while increasing their own pay and bonuses.

A great swathe of the public in Britain and the USA feel completely abandoned and disenfranchised. They can see no party representing them or saying that they will address these issues – so they vote for Trump, Brexit and fascists.

If we are going to get back on track these problems need addressing. They are complex and there are no simple answers but there are answers and they are not the vicious, divisive ones put forward by Trump or the economically damaging solution offered by Brexit.

War, mass migration and inequality need dealing with. Fundamentalism needs wiping out. The working class need valuing, given well-paid jobs and retrained in worthy careers. The old industries need replacing with non-polluting new industries.

Instead of funnelling all the money into profits for the extremely wealthy and bonuses for the overpaid why not funnel the money into public services and employ more nurses, doctors, teachers, teacher’s aides, social workers, counsellors and the like – reduce their hours and make the job doable – invest in the future – look after people properly – and make people happier. Increase pay, reduce hours, reduce class sizes, reduce waiting times, improve help for the elderly and ill – retrain the unemployed and displaced to do valuable, well-paid jobs that make people’s lives better. Invest in infrastructure to improve roads, rail and housing. Invest in Green technology.

There are plenty of uses for the money that would be preferable other than stuffing it in the bank accounts of a small elite to spend on yachts, penthouses and champagne.

Instead of ignoring the war and mass migration why not use the UN to put pressure on regimes, use soft and hard power, and fund it properly to do the job? Put a stop to people being driven out of their homes by slaughter, put the displaced in proper temporary housing, bring in policies to prevent overpopulation and provide work. Why not educate and give hope?

We are picking up the tab for a corrupt system where the establishment has looked after its own, sought to profit out of war, poverty and inequality and prefers division, chaos and war to peace, order and stability. They make more money out of it.

I think there is only so much that people will take. In the end they lose their cool and either riot or elect fascists!

The establishment stinks. Its greed, selfishness and lack of compassion is its downfall. Meanwhile we suffer with Trump, Brexit and May! We are swapping one stinking system for an alternative that is far worse! Fascism, as history demonstrates time and time again, always holds out bright hope and solutions, and always ends in pain and horror!

What fools we are!

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Democracy and the media controlled by the establishment.

can we ever have democracy?

Opher's World

Orgreave
To have a democracy there has to be a fair structure. All people about an agreed age should have a vote. They should have free access to all the information necessary to decide who to vote for. They should have a range of political parties to choose from. The system should be free of coercion, rigging or corruption.

Clearly this is not the case. The establishment has organised things to ensure their power and wealth is not reduced by ‘common people’ wanting a fairer share.

The establishment consists of a loose confederation of the aristocracy, politicians, big business, media, police, chosen celebrities and wealthy individuals. Politicians freely move between the worlds of media and big business to walk into incredibly lucrative deals for doing advisory work or TV and radio shows. There is a lot of money to be made cosying up to the establishment. The whole business of who…

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Poetry – The Establishment and the Flea

The Establishment and the Fleaebola in garden of eden cover

We are fortunate as to be so extremely worthless. Our greatest efforts are not even a pinprick.

I imagine the establishment as a mighty horned dragon. It guards its treasure jealously and refuses to share a single coin.

The establishment like things just as they are. It does not like change. It has the power and ensures the money keeps rolling in. The pile grows ever bigger while the desperation outside is enormous. It cares not.

The dragon devours all who dare to oppose it. It bribes them, includes them and devours them……. Or it destroys them utterly.

No one has the power to oppose its deadly games. We are all toys.

My only weapon is my words.

I fashion extreme weapons of mass destruction but they bounce of his impervious scales.

We are defenceless against his might. We can keep our heads down or fight.

I firmly believe in the gesture. It may be futile but it is at least an attempt.

I aim my words with anger, clarity and perception. I hope that they may hit home; find a way through those scales to the putrefying guts inside. We can but hope!

 

The Establishment

 

I threw my words

Like grenades

Into the belly of the monster.

He took no notice.

I wielded sentences

Like swords

And sliced at his

Softer parts,

But he took not the slightest notice.

He ignore me.

I carefully organised

My phrases

To reach critical mass

And detonated them

In his heart.

It was as if a gnat

Had floated past his nose.

 

Friends told me I was fortunate.

With one lick

He could devour me.

I should desist.

I would be swallowed whole.

But I feel free to do my utmost.

I know I am inconsequential.

 

Opher 8.8.2015

Democracy and the media controlled by the establishment.

Orgreave
To have a democracy there has to be a fair structure. All people about an agreed age should have a vote. They should have free access to all the information necessary to decide who to vote for. They should have a range of political parties to choose from. The system should be free of coercion, rigging or corruption.

Clearly this is not the case. The establishment has organised things to ensure their power and wealth is not reduced by ‘common people’ wanting a fairer share.

The establishment consists of a loose confederation of the aristocracy, politicians, big business, media, police, chosen celebrities and wealthy individuals. Politicians freely move between the worlds of media and big business to walk into incredibly lucrative deals for doing advisory work or TV and radio shows. There is a lot of money to be made cosying up to the establishment. The whole business of who gets selected, promoted or appointed is controlled by an ‘Old Boy’ network. Deals are struck, contracts allocated through secretive ‘behind the scene’ networks such as the Masons.

Without an unbiased media the population is starved of real information. Everything they receive is subject to spin. The newspapers and much of the TV news is controlled by wealthy tycoons who put their own views above the truth. Through smear, innuendo and lies they undermine parties and individuals and direct the views of large numbers of people. Their campaigns have been so powerful that they have successfully been responsible for the election of governments (the Major government, Cameron’s and Tony Blaire’s are three examples – smears on people like Kinnock and Clegg were orchestrated and effective). Presently we have seen the smearing of Ed Milliband.

In Britain we feel that at least the BBC is unbiased but unfortunately even that is not the case. During the Miner’s Strike I saw events at the Orgreave Coke Plant that was what appeared to be a deliberate, politically motivated, misrepresentation of events that seemed fashioned to discredit the miners. There appeared to be no other interpretation.

On the BBC News we were shown extensive scenes of angry picketing miners rioting and hurling bricks are the line of police in violent fury. We saw the police lines open and mounted police coming through to disperse the rioting miners.

Months later a Channel 4 programme used uncut footage taken at distance (for the purpose of long-shots) which showed that BBC representation was what appeared to be incorrect. The events had been edited to reverse events and create a different scenario to apparently deceive the public. It had to be an editorial decision.

It was a hot day. The miners were sitting in the large field. Every time a lorry came they would pour out into the road to picket it. Some lorries turned back. Some went through. At lunch-time they were sitting on the grass peacefully having lunch. The police lines opened, mounted police charged through and into the peaceful miners clubbing and trampling them. The miners tried to escape. They had seen their friends battered, bloody and trampled. They were furious. Grabbing rocks and whatever they could get their hands on they hurled themselves at the police.

Why would the BBC reverse the events to create a different impression?

How can we trust the information we receive in order to make the judgements necessary to elect a government? If the media is biased, owned by the establishment, and directly affecting the views of the electorate we do not have a democracy.

Owen Jones – The Establishment and how they get away with it -review

Owen-Jones

Owen Jones came to my attention when I heard this articulate young man talking such sense on the radio. He’d released a book called ‘Chavs’ which I have not yet read. But I will. I will soon!

I have just started reading Owen Jones’ book called ‘The Establishment and how they get away with it’ and am instantly smitten.

I have only read the introduction but it summarises all those things we know about the sinister mechanisms by which this country and the world is governed.

There is nothing in what I have read that I did not know but by putting it so eloquently and succinctly into focus it produces a chilling indictment of the way we are being ruled, directed and manipulated. The way the politicians, businessmen, media, police, bankers and aristocracy interact to facilitate mechanisms to ensure their own wealth and power at the expense of ordinary people is already stark and I have not even got into the body of the book.

This is the sort of book that sparks revolutions.

I’ll keep you posted.