Thursday, 30 October 2014

Response To Naomi Klein at Chicago Council

Can we get to the nitty gritty and ask how on earth are we going to change the systems fast enough. WE surly need a system that empowers the individual to do the right thing towards the planet, by just behaving in a normal way, in the way they consume and live their lives.

The change we want to move to has to be thought through and modeled and stress tested to see if it has any chance of succeeding , WE have in the UK a new supercomputer to tell us of all the effects of the pending climate change , but we fail to model the economic and fiscal aspects of what is happening and what may happen when we change anything. we spend millions on the clearing up after the disaster and fail to spend a little on preventative means to mitigate such scenarios.

To the point , we need a simple solution that involves everyone, to include businesses, public services, and all citizens   equally, fairly and equitably whilst in a transparent manner to ensure it succeeds.

A transition to where there is no tax evasion fraud and evasion  from national or international taxes and avoidance of moral and ethical regulations.

I believe this is all possible by removing all existing taxes and introducing a new NATURAL RESOURCE TAX, whereby all natural resources are taxed according to the damage they do to all the planets ecosystems by their extraction and use, to include Land and all Minerals.

All citizens would receive a citizens wage for life which would replace all current pension health and welfare payments and benefits.

Finally a death Tax to redistribute wealth from rich families, individuals and businesses to the poorer within society as a whole and reduce the overall tax burden.

The consequences cannot be foreseen , but my belief, is that by empowering the individual   to make the right choices in their consumption habits, rather than letting big corporations and governments making the choices on our behalf, this will lead to the right consumption habits being observed , especially when under the new regime the dirtier the resource or use of resource, the higher will be the price of the subsequent goods and services.

The connection between money that you spend, and the pollution you cause, will I believe be the quickest way to mobilise the world into a new lifestyle change that I think we all agree needs to occur.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Birds being desimated

Bird and all wildlife is being decimated by all aspects of modern farming , but primarily by the fact that it is so monoculture in both the crop type but also by the eradication of all pests, diseases and weed herbage which act as food and cover for the rest of the wild fauna.

Farmers should be taxed according to the damage they do to the ecosystems under their stewardship.
Loss of habitat at all levels in the countryside has occurred for years , but as the planet comes under increasing threat from global warming and climate change , we now need all the interactions that nature can provide to clean and capture all the worlds pollutants man has released into the environment at large.

This loss is not just damaging bird numbers but also will have a grave impact on farming and mans own survival in the long term.

We must act fast, not just on Carbon Emissions but also on how all Natural Resources can be made sustainable for all life to live and prosper, from insects to man , from fungi to trees, all life, and not to pick and choose.

A whole new approach to protection of life has to be addressed, it not just man's own civilization at risk . but the whole rich diversity of all life that has to protected, enhanced and made sustainable for the long term.

Water resources are being attacked also from many areas, the filtrations and cleansing of rain is being jeopardised due to tree loss and fast run-off , rather than filtering through the solid and capturing carbon as it does so. It is also being contaminated by drugs entering vis sewage and from pesticides from drainage from farmland, and also air pollution dropping out of the air onto land and into water supplies.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Corporate power and the new economy

Corporate power , as we have seen in recent years , unbridled and all powerful  with the freedom to do as they wish will have to stop.

 As we see Tesco falling from the giddy heights a few months ago and now falling headlong into an abyss which may kill it off altogether. This capitalist method of rise and fall , does only a few real favours  but but enhances mans greed for ever more power and supposed wealth.

As with the Banks are they to big to fail, what about petrol supplies, food distribution and pharmacies that so many now have become reliant on. Will the remaining retailers cope if they were to foreclose tomorrow? With something like a 20% market share , and in some localities it could be as high as 50%. what is the real fallout, Higher prices,higher taxes to pay for more redundancies and higher welfare payments , high stress levels for everyone from suppliers ,employees and customers alike, making even more work for the NHS and services that help in these situations.

All corporations should have a maximum size that they are able to become with only few exemptions when the State can become a share holder as could be the case for Energy, Utilities, Pharma and Food production and allied industries that are strategic to the national well being of the nation. This size should be determined by how much of the national market they take in their sphere of activity. This lies around the 10-20% share as has been discussed by various economists, but once struck should be strictly adhered too.
This would then enable smaller and more nimble businesses to be able to enter the field and move technology and ideas forward at a faster and more economic rate than in the past.

Large corporate entities are in themselves slow and not very nimble as we are seeing in the race to a vaccine for EBOLA, Will it be GSK or a smaller company that makes the real breakthrough, It will hover be the big boys muscle that will be the winners in the end as they will swallow any small players in one bite , and become even more bigger and powerful.

Lets hope that Ebola does not infect GSK in the process and put us all back decades in lost hopes for the future long term health of the planet!

Changes the NHS and Welfare must make protect the Nation's future

With economic pressures  placing real impacts on the NHS there appears a few solutions being proposed of which the main one that will give any real long term credence is the giving of power to the individual and empowering them to look after themselves.

This empowerment comes with responsibility and respect for others and society as a whole and as sacrifices have to be made by everyone , it should be within some bounds, especially when one sees some abusing their bodies with excess drugs and alcohol and excessive food.
Along side this transition  it is important to educate and reduce working hours so to make life less stressful, and accompanied by an overhaul of housing and open spaces to provide a sanctuary where people can exercise , play and meditate.

Town Planners are often very instrumental in allowing noisy zones alongside residential areas, housing without facilities of balconies , open spaces and gardens are all to often last minute additions rather than a fully integrated part of the plan.

Whilst traveling abroad, there are many examples of good planning and retrofit fixes of past mistakes and these ideas need to be not only shred but acted upon to make a more pleasant and satisfying place for everyone to live , not just those rich few who have the means to buy privateness, and quietness and wilderness, that we all enjoy . It is not just the rich that should enjoy these perks  but all to some extent. 

Housing and the family should always be the first priority of any government, to maintain a high level of contentment and happiness.There has been enough research on this subject to make the right decisions, However it should be linked with the responsibility of receiving a citizens wage , which would enable the individual to take real real responsibility of their own heath and wellbeing.

Without this coordinated approach by all sections of society, little will be achieved and we will fail ourselves and society as a whole and also fail to save any real cash on the budget side.

As we see already, when an epidemic, like EBOLA attacks us all, everyone hides and withdraws all medical help for any other condition also, making the situation a lot worse and could ultimately result in meltdown and all medical service withdrawn and other epidemics of malaria and typhoid could easily make a massive comeback undoing all the good work done in recent years at great vast expense.

This course of action should also run along side a reversal of climate change, which can also only be controlled by all individuals acting together with one common aim of reducing carbon use and ensuring all natural resources are sustainable for the future millenia, not just ours for now.

This part should be acted upon most urgently with the empowerment of all individuals by removing all existing taxes and replacing with a tax on all natural resources at source depending on the damage they do during extraction and final use to the ecosystems and planet ecosphere as a whole.
A healthy planet, environment and all ecosystems will result in healthy people. Respect for all Nature and all the planets resources is critical if we are to form a long lasting civilization for the future.


Monday, 6 October 2014

6/10/2014   David Dunn  on  Naomi Klein

It appears that all groups are in agreement that it will be at the grassroot level that action has to be taken , in that spirit, It follows that once the idea of climate change needs to be addressed, then what is the actual action that has to happen

No-one can accept a loss of face, as we see in many wars of past and present, so we have to be seen to treat everyone transparently in a fair equal,ethically and morally acceptable way across all divides of creed religion and culture.

We have at present a global tax system that is pretty well similar across the globe that has been developed over the past , based on past historical experiences and that the winner of war takes all. This is the premise that has to change, to one where the planet, eco systems and future  generations take precedence over our own greed for the moment.

To that end we must fundamentally reform the value of all of natures bounty and we must re-educate ourselves to the new world order of big populations and limited resources, else we will be forever where we are now with war, famine and strife.

Everyone has to take equal share of responsibility for climate change and damage to the enviroment according to their own means and lifestyle choices.

    to achieve this we must I believe

1 Remove all existing taxes

2 Replace with a NRT,  A  Natural Resource Tax, which is collected at as near to source as possible, mine head, oil well head, owner of land, at the quarry etc, and the amount determined by the potential and actual environmental damage the products are liable to cause.

3 Other issues that effect humanity but also impinge on the environment are, health, welfare, housing, and pensions, and to make everyone responsible for their own actions a citizens wage for life should be used.

4 Finally a death tax should be implemented to redistribute wealth to all citizens as needed.

Monday, 15 September 2014

How all the Establishments and big business are lined up to say No to Scottish independence.

All the strength of all the establishments along with all big business is trying to get Scotland to say no to Scottish independence is absolutely amazing sight to see.

Never before have so many been against one enemy  , except for the last wars , have we seen the rich and powerful worried that the voice of the people will upset the biggest apple cart of the British Union.  and all the consequences that may result , especially in devolving power more equally across the rest of the UK and power having to be relinquished in favour of smaller enterprises.

The rich, justifiably worried about the out come , as this will change the politics for the whole of the UK and indeed may inspire other around europe to do the same  and will force all governments to listen to what its citizens are really wanting and demanding.

The days may be just numbered of governments having absolute power without any real democratic mandate by its peoples.

Change will have to happen if the vote is YES , but if it is NO to independence the status quo will be maintained and there will be little change despite all the rhetoric and promises made now , as happen in all recent elections  manifestos are there to be torn up upon election into power, and this will I am sure be no different .

WE need a change of governance in the whole of the Uk and this is our real and few chance s to make it happen lets take it we have little to loose , Its only the rich Greedy and powerful one that have most to loose , and thats why they are squealing and begging to say No to independence

VOTE YES for a  Guaranteed change, Vote NO for NO change  The choice is yours  to make to determine the future of Democracy  for your children and their futures, and so they too can decide their own fate.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Scottish independence and the world holds its breath

Is this now the revolution we have all been waiting for to reform all the institutions to a new way forward with regards to a more cohesive and equal society?

Many columnists and alternative people have been proposing a revolution in all sectors of society from banking to tax reform , from health and benefit reforms to citizens wage.

Is now the revolution in our midst and we do not recognise it ?

Is it not time to use this moment to capture the BBC and the Press with all the potential ideas that have been buzzing around and give them a good airing .

So far there has been little said by the public of what they want to see happen , No Public TV debates  confronting the establishment and holding them to account , The press so self conceited in their arrogance that they know all the right questions to ask , but fail in the real debate of what sort of society do we really want?

If the Scots do vote YES , then it will be a big endorsed meant that the democratic system has failed in such a big way that no-one now believes them at all.

Successive Government's have far to long NOT been accountable , Parties manifestos extol the radical ideals and get the votes then, nothing happens. The manifesto is ditched in all but name and no one is held to account and the civil service maintains the state of quiet contentment at achieving an even sail of work and policy.

Of course most think this is rubbish except the poor and underprivileged who have to pay the ultimate price of poor health, housing and final early death without care.

Wake up Britain , now is the time to take control from the bottom up and demand accountability of manifestos,  Hold parties to real account is the real constitutional change that has to occur, then the banks , tax, citizens wage  and many other institutional systems will change. and just maybe Scotland then will think again about leaving,

But Have we left it all to late to stop the breakup, I believe we have  and we now have to pay the real price of burying our heads in the sand , That of the poor suffering even more in cuts and uneven distribution of wealth in all its meanings.

Optimistically, I believe we can pull through but it will need a whole mindset change by everyone , not just the politicians but also all citizens, corporations and institutions. WE need a more accountable democratic model based on equality and opportunity for all while at the same time  need to give responsibility to everyone for their own actions to change the way we all want the world to be .

A real sense of achievement must be felt by everyone equally through the everyday decisions they make while buying and consuming the essentials and luxuries of life towards a better life and a sustainable planet for all the next generations to live and prosper in.

I Vote YES for Scotland's independence , so we can see this revolution happen , as a NO vote will I believe return us to the same old state of  nodding heads and returning to the same state we have inherited from the rich classes of the past.

A yes vote is for no turning back to the ideologies of the past , a new dawn is beginning to happen , and a new generation is born to make it happen , lets embrace the future and make it a place our children want to live in.

This is a demonstration of how Democracy can work in its finest hour, A real and collaborative effort is required by all, but it is the duty of governments to govern according to the peoples long term wishes, not to forever go exploring and  being opportunistic, the need to forge a new relationship with Scotland based on trust and mutual benefits for both should have been the mantra , but will have to be the actuality of the future if we are both not to loose to much in the national and world arenas.

As a world leader of the past, we have the knowledge , but have so often failed to use it to our own long term benefit, just for short term gain by the rich and powerful, with resulting long term consequences we see culminating now to a divorce from the UK , which is the final break up of the British Empire.

Vote yes now is so important , so we can now finally break down the shackles of the past and move on quickly to a new and prosperous future , one based on TRUST, EQUALITY,with MORAL AND ETHICALLY BASED VALUES.