Europe 2013 – The Fifth Reich?

The idea of the Third Reich was something that we became expressly familiar with through the second quarter of the last century. The German Empire was established by a power hungry megalomaniac hell bent of World Domination and German Totalitarianism. A single nation, under the leadership of one party, for the good of one race of people, come hell or high water. The effect of this madness? A war that wiped out millions of people, flattened whole cities throughout Europe and damaged the economies and geopolitical landscape of the Euro Zone for decades to come.

Fast forward sixty years, and the current German Chancellor seems to have pulled off what the Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler yearned to do without the shot of a single bullet, without the concentration camps, massive armies and widespread destruction of infrastructure, assets and the establishment. How? Simple, forget about using the dominance of force, and allow the folly of man’s greed play the power into your hands.

Europe 2013 is meant to be a United Zone of nations, brought together in a common interest, to give equality, diversity and collective prosperity to every member country right? Governed by a parliament, protected by a system of complex legal legislative directives, and operated for the preferential treatment of members through a variety of agreements and allowances that enable growth and development through trade, financial stability and equality.

In its simplest terms, the Euro Zone is an agreement which sort to unify Europe. In a world unbalanced by national policies designed to protect and ensure the stability of the national economy of a country, areas of global inequality in terms of workers rights and how the protection of these rights has lead to areas like the Euro Zone finding themselves incapable of competing against developing markets where labour is cheap and operating costs are low, the idea of a unified, equal and protected Europe was appealing to all.

Industrialised nations were only too happy to climb into bed with their lesser developed neighbours as they saw opportunities to secure markets for their skills, manufacturing industries and productivity. As prosperity grew, the union, flush with the proceeds of member nations keen on building equality to stimulate trade, grow internal markets and develop the region, was only too happy to distribute huge financial incentives in the forms of this grant or that loan to facilitate infrastructure projects which in turn lead to the stimulation of job creation, and promoted an internal demand for manufactured goods, skills and supply lines throughout the Euro Zone.

All well and good while the system is working. Everyone seems to be equals, there is a collective system of bringing concerns to the table, discussing them, and working together to resolve any issues. Legislation is worked out, debated and determined to the benefit of all the member states, bringing into effect a national style of identity across the board in all EU Member Nations. Employees suddenly have equal rights from Romania through to France. Members from any member nations enjoy freedom of travel/movement. Protections are in place to protect savings, business, trade, infrastructure, natural resources, the environment and the collective economies of every member of the union.

Courtesy - Derek Bacon - Getty Images

Courtesy – Derek Bacon – Getty Images

That is, until something goes wrong. Cue the global financial meltdown of the last five years. In these unprecedented financial times, it is clear to see the cracks in the system. Equality? What equality. For the first time in half a century, German dominance has once more taken centre stage as Angela Merkel shows time and time again over the last few years the reality of what equality means for Greek and now Cyprian citizens.

What truly beggars belief is the complete madness of fiscal policies that the Euro Zone seem willing to implement in nations on the edge of the system, places where it would seem to be of little consequence whether the idea is of sound and logical design, but drawn out more from a need to appease voters at home, than the equality or future reality for real, honest citizens of this United Europe. In a market desperate for stability, direction and a clear sense of responsibility, all we see are leaders rushing to dodge the bullet, pass the buck, and make sure at whatever cost that they are protecting their own national interests. Bugger the United Europe in this instance.

The worrying trend for me is the way in which at every turn along this torturous road it has been the German politicians that have really been calling the shots. Since the demise of the world money markets, we have seen any number of wealthy European Economies fall into fiscal woe. Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal to mention but a few. Yet in these cases billion dollar bail outs were handed out freely, without bringing a nation to its knees. Now however, when it comes to less important member states, economies perhaps not viewed as critical to the Euro stability, that we see the reality of what equality means to the German powerhouse. The sad thing is that when it comes down to it, no one within the Euro Zone has the financial muscle to stand up to Angela Merkel, and for this reason, she is able to bull headedly put the very future of Europe at risk to maintain credibility back home.

There is an argument that says Cyprus has become a safe haven for Russian Billionaires who use it as an off shore centre of storing large deposits of dirty money, and for this reason, why should German tax payers foot the bill to bail out the Cyprian government in their hour of need. I would love to see this argument used in Switzerland should heaven forbid, it ever need a financial bailout. Regardless of who has banked their money in a nations financial banking system, how does this translate to fairness when a fiscal demand attached to a bailout offer sees consideration given to taxation of ordinary savers who have placed their hard earned money into accounts throughout a nations banking system.

Stop for a single moment and consider what savings are. I have listened to numerous financial experts who freely wag their chins on Radio and National Television suggesting that savers should be exposed to the same type of risk as anyone investing their money in any type of investment based on the expectation of a payment of interest on their savings. For the vast majority of people, savings are exactly what they would suggest. Deposits made into what is perceived to be a safe and secure domain to prepare for a capital purchase at some time in the future. Why do we use bank? If it were safer to keep my money stored under my bed do you not think I would do this? The only reason we place our hard earned capital into a bank account is based on the idea that for the 95% of the population that are not wealthy, the bank is the only safe institution where we can store our money while we go through the motion of saving up for that deposit on a house, a new car, a family, education, business idea.

If we perceived a savings account as a financial risk, would we use it as a way of keeping our money safe? If we were told openly and honestly that in real terms, this is NOT a savings account, but a vehicle of investment, a loan in effect to the bank, and there was no guarantee that we would get out of it as much as we put in at the start, would honest, hard working, average people be at all interested in depositing any sum of money into a savings account?

Quite honestly, if this was the truth they were forced to print in the literature of a savings accounts terms and conditions, I could see the sales of home safes going through the roof in the next five years. If you are looking for a fairly good stock market investment right now, Chubb would be a pretty good bet!

All jokes aside, it is astounding to me, or any lay person, that anyone with access to the top financial economists money can buy, would even consider the proposal we currently see on the table in Cyprus. A tax on savings is ludicrous. Do you WANT to start a run on the banks? Are you seriously looking to destabilise the rest of Europe? I mean come on, can you honestly tell me that no one considered that a possible result of such a proposal would be that savers in every European Country in financial difficulties right now, would not look at the proposal in Cyprus, put two and two together, and realise that, just maybe, their own savings could now be at risk?

I am no economist. I do not work for any government, nor do I confer or speak daily to financial experts, and even I can figure out that this is a potential risk. Why? Simple. I am a saver, with funds in a large British Banking institution who is wondering if my savings could ever be pounced on if the UK gets into choppy waters. We’ve already been downgraded by one financial institution, indicating that they are expecting us to have difficulties in repaying our debt. What can I draw from this? At some point in the future, it is likely if not certain that the UK will default on its payments. When this might happen, who knows. It is even possible it will never happen, however, for someone out there, it is a very real possibility, and for that reason, it is a very real concern to me.

So what do I do? Rush down to the bank and draw out my savings? How many other people throughout Europe are asking themselves the exact same question right now? How do we now AVOID a run on the banks?

For many people, this is quite simply a fore runner of a tax on wealth. This means that for 5% of the worlds population, they are really itchy about having to pay more on their vast sums of money, so they would prefer to see 95% of the worlds population suffer to foot the bill so they can continue to live in the lap of luxury.

Fair? Where is the equality in that? No, I am sorry this is not balanced Europe. This is not a place where it does not matter what you bring to the table. When it comes down to the crunch, it is the people with the power, in this instance our good friends the Germans’ that are calling the shots. If it is not in their interest to offer a bail out plan, then to hell with it, they will bring the EU to its knees before they see any more of their taxes paid out to help their neighbours in the Euro Zone. So that concept of equality, openness  fairness? Yes well, it works when it is in our interest to see it work, but when risk is put before us, and you expect us to come to the rescue, expect your lives to become a living hell while we do it.

As a simple worker, a person much like the majority of the sixty plus million people living in the UK, all I can see from where I stand is a super powerful Germany becoming a dictatorial leader within this Europe on our borders. When ludicrous fiscal policies are being put forward, debated, considered and insisted on by the weight of a financially powerful nation within a Union, I would suggest that the union is not quite a union. I cannot help but wonder if there are people behind the strings, hell bent on collapsing Europe. Plunging the world into an economic melt down like no other. Let us be quite clear. When the normal man is losing everything he owns, there are powerful institution’s, and hugely wealthy people making money as a result of the collapse. Is this what is really going on in the Euro Zone?

I cannot believe that the German’s do not know what they are doing. I am not able to believe that no one in a position of power has not been able to consider the very things that I have written about above, without considering the risks associated with these actions, and for this reason alone, I cannot help but wonder what the real reason behind it is. For a long time, people have talked about a single currency, a worldwide monetary system, the phasing out of dollars and cents, and the introduction of a financial monetary system for the digital age. Is this how they are going to do it? Force the collapse of one major economy? It is only logical that the collapse of one single national economy will start a chain reaction around the globe.

We are teetering on the edge of oblivion. In our life time, money, the way we buy and sell, our value system and how we trade will change. For this to happen certain things have to take place. Look for example at how the British people have resisted the Euro. The offer 20 years ago of a single currency, an inter dependence, a great new world was a bridge too far for simple people. The idea was shunned, and so back to the drawing board they went. So if you can’t get people to buy into an idea openly, how do you introduce the idea? You create a set of circumstances that demand that people have to adopt your idea to survive. Bring the world to the brink of a financial melt down, threaten peoples savings, lose people money in bank collapses, bankrupt a country or two along the way and what happens? You will cause a panic like never before. Introduce a solution, in a single currency, a digital trading system that does away with paper money and plastic credit cards, and means that you store your financial certainty in your body in the form of a chip or some such device, safe, secure and never again at threat from being lost in some scary international collapse, and every single person will buy into your idea without batting an eye lid.

How certain are you now that Germany are not behind some weird kind of world domination conspiracy? Didn’t the Third Reich want to own the world?

I am not one for a conspiracy theory if I am honest. There are too many ifs, buts, ands, etc. Questions without answers, and assumptions without evidence. I don’t like assumption. However what I am saying is that there is something more than meets the eye going on here, and if it looks like a dog, sounds like a dog and feels like a dog, then sorry it is a dog!

I don’t know exactly what is going on, but one thing I am certain about. We will see a very different world soon. It is going to happen in our life time, and not for the first time in my life, I am certain that these are the end of days as we know them. Something very different is coming and it is coming soon.

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Gun Crime in America – One Man’s Analysis

The modern press want us to believe that it is a free, adaptive and resilient press core that report on issues that fall into the category of public interest. They want us to accept that they work diligently on behalf of their public readers, and keep us informed of stuff that is of key interest to the people, gives light to subject matter that would prompt debate, and inform others of key motions, opinion and the stuff going on around us that is going to help to change public opinion or create new perceptions or ideas to flow. This is the ideal world that the press wants us to believe they provide us right?

So why then did I have to find out about a key public address made in a special session of the US Congress, to key leaders of the US Administration that are currently looking for ways to change guns laws, through a post on FaceBook?

I found this article really interesting, and very informative, more so because I struck me that coverage of this speech failed to make public coverage in any of the press that I could find, yet the ideas presented resonated with me, and I am sure thousands of others.

The reality here? If what your saying does not fit with what the Leaders of our Nation are saying, if it does not suit the agenda of the Press Core, if it is the truth, and nothing but the pure unadulterated truth, then the people that apparently matter are not interested. Shame on them!

Here is the content of the speech I speak of.

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Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.

What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
– Darrell Scott

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” – John 8.32

Please do what the media and the US Government have failed to do. Pass this on. Tell your friends and family to check it out, it is well worth consideration and our time to ponder it.

The War on Terror – 9/11 Ten Years On

“Did the war on terror open the door for the Arab Spring?” a very interesting question that was raised this evening during the BBC’s Question Time Program.

I’ve never really been a big supporter of the idea that war opens any form of doors, other than the door of misery, pain and destruction. However, it is an unfortunate truth that there are cases where the use of force is necessary and acceptable in order to achieve a balance that is more favourable to the greater good of mankind.

I think the primary concern of this question is to establish exactly what the words “War on Terror” exactly mean. It is essential to establish the key target of the war on terror and trace any link between that target and the basis of the Arab Spring itself. I also believe it is important to ask if the efforts and gains, if any, of the War on Terror could have strengthened the cause of the Arab uprising.

The words “War on Terror” I think are an unfortunate choice of rhetoric used by an administration that was lead by a man who saw himself as a crusader for the good of his nation. The words have been used far too loosely by far too many people in power to explain or justify military actions that under any other guise of explanation would be questionable. I would also suggest that the largest players in the coalition in this war have been very selective in their choice of targets, primarily focusing in on one or two groups that challenge the safety and security of these key players. It is for this very reason that I suggest it is paramount to establish exactly who the legitimate target of this war is in order to understand its impact globally.

In a layman’s eyes the “War on Terror”, would generically indicate that Terrorism of any kind in any theatre would become a credible target of such an effort. In a global world you would imagine that such a war would be co-ordinated by a universal governing body such as the United Nations, NATO or some such similar organisation. I feel it would also be fair to assume that any direct action taken against any terror organisation would be unilateral and while secrecy and operational safety should be of paramount concern, it would be naive to assume that collateral damage to civilian targets would not be a consequence of this war. For this very reason alone, it is necessary for the governments and powers in leadership within the various theatres of operation to be in agreement with any action undertaken in order that accountability falls squarely at the feet of the people who can and should be held accountable for the results of such actions.

However the grim reality is far from this idealistic assumption. The War on Terror in reality is a coalition of like minded governments with a very specific target in mind. Ultimately, I do not believe that the war on terror is aimed at any particular human target, but more specifically, using a disguise and subtle subterfuge, was more aimed at the control of a commodity. I highly doubt that there would ever be any evidence of this, however I don’t for one moment believe that as the wider public, we were fooled by the reasons given for going to war in the regions that were selected to raid under the guise of  the war on terror.

If you consider the two main theatres of operation in the War on Terror, admittedly pre 9/11, Al Qaeda clearly had a strong and powerful presence inAfghanistan. Targeting their training camps, going after arms dumps and strongholds in the Tora Bora region seemed sensible. Weakening the Al Qaeda threat was the apparent goal of this operation, and the desire to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice was something we all bought into. Perhaps however we didn’t really bother to look beyond the headlines in the press, or the stories being spoon fed to us as the general public by the media.

I am not implying that the press were implicit in the greater deception that was going on through the War on Terror. I firmly believe that seasoned politicians skilled in the world of “Spin”, are masters of hiding the truth and manipulating the media to their own advantage. Do not believe that people in the know within media circles were blind to what was going on in powerful places, but I honestly believe that the world of international politics and press coverage work hand in hand on the basis of you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. In this way the public are fed the story that powerful individuals, organisations and governments want the public to see.

Had we been shown pictures of homes burning, innocent Afghan people being killed and routinely displaced from their homes and lifestyles, children without clothing, water, schooling, shelter and very often wounded or killed by our forces actions, would we have been so keen to allow the War continue in our name? War is a cruel and dangerous game. Civilian casualties are inevitable and when you start to fight a guerrilla war against an enemy which does not recognise the conventions of war, innocent lives are unavoidably caught in the middle, frequently used as a human shield. Is this the type of warfare we would so readily have supported had its reality been blitzed across our screens.

In the ten years since 9/11 I am often struck by the frequency that those powerfully emotive pictures have been splashed across the front pages of our newspapers, or shown on the television news. Vast sums of money have been spent on telling the story of 9/11, discussing what went wrong, how to prevent another 9/11, listening to the heart wrenching personal tragedies that unfolded after 9/11. In stark contrast to this, how many times have we seen any footage of the disaster that has befallen the Afghan people? How many stories of personal suffering and great loss have we heard from the Afghan point of view? I mean let’s be honest for a moment; do we imagine that the Afghan people chose to allow Al Qaeda to set up in their back garden? Do we imagine that people, who have lived with conflict for over 40 years, chose to allow a dangerous and evil element of mankind to establish training bases in their nation?

Let us understand that for years the Afghan people had lived under the tyranny of the Taliban. Since their rise to power in Afghan politics in 1994 the Taliban inflicted an oppressive and violent version of Islamic Sharia Law, under which the people ofAfghanistan, especially the women were left with few if any rights, power to vote, or the basic freedoms that we take for granted in our society. Amputation, flogging and even death were common punishments for things as trivial as a word spoken out of place, right through the genre of crimes.

The fear imposed on the Afghan population was total and complete in that no one would dare consider an uprising against such an oppressive and violent ruling party. I think that in the first instance this is an indicator that anyone that accepts that the War on Terror opened the door for an Arab Spring fails to consider. Domination is not only a physical exertion of power over others; it is the mental state of mind of the people that fall under this domination.

We must consider whether the people affected by the dictatorship of these wicked people are capable of rising up. Is it in their blood to fight against their own people? Let us not forget that civil war is costly, ugly and means that families are often fighting against one another. In a community as tightly knitted as the Muslim community of the Arab Middle East, it is uncommon if not almost unheard of for civil war to erupt. Granted there are violent power struggles within the ruling elite of the area, however it is infrequent that the people feel capable of taking power into their own hands, so is it indeed possible that through the process of the elimination of tyrannical leaders through the Middle East that the people felt an empowerment?

I come back to my original point of the mobilisation of the popular press by political propaganda that convinced the population of the West that we had no alternative but to strike first in a pre-emptive measure in order to protect ourselves against the potential of another catastrophic civilian terror attack on our soil. I cannot help but feel that through the eyes of the media we were hoodwinked into believing that there was a clear and present threat against our nations.

Please understand that I do not for one moment want to suggest that the attacks of 9/11 were not a cowardly and despicable act against the innocent civilians of a sovereign nation. I do not wish to lend credence to the belief that attacks like 7/7 inLondonor the Madrid Train bombs, or theBalinight club atrocity are in any way legitimate or explainable. Terror is a wicked, cruel and cowardly attack by a weak and small minded few against a powerful nation through its innocent civilian population. There is no place for such evil in our world, and I support the idea that action is necessary to battle against the people that would choose terrorism as a weapon of war.

However, there is a right way and a wrong way to target such people. Taking the battle to the back yard of a population that on the whole is generally opposed to the actions and doctrine of such individuals only serves to radicalised another whole generation of young people. Watching their own families and friends killed in a battle to protect our people, a people the Afghan people have never seen, have never met nor care to think about only serves to create a new and vivid hatred of our society within a generation that have looked at Russia, Pakistan, the Taliban and now the West as wicked, violent and oppressive occupiers and dictators.

Is this serving the eradicate Terrorism or breeding a new and even more dangerous breed of terrorist? Al Qaeda are not stupid when they specifically target young vulnerable men that are easy to manipulate and radicalise with images and visual media of an occupying force that are seen to be causing massive casualties on their home soil. They are not stupid when they preach their message of hate among the youth and vulnerable within our own societies. They know that so called “Home Grown Terrorists” are the ultimate weapon in their arsenal.

It was common knowledge among leaders prior to 9/11 that there was an uncomfortable acknowledgement among Arab Nations that the Taliban regime was radical and far too oppressive in their leadership withinAfghanistan. So we are left to wonder whether diplomatic discussions between our Arab allies and our nations would not have lead to the Arab world turning on the Taliban and in effect using Arab power to remove an evil and ominous threat. It is questionable whether the Arab world would infact have gone to war to oppose the Taliban, but surely it would have been better to use an Arab lead coalition if this had infact not been possible?

It is also difficult to understand why when the Taliban offered to hand over Osama Bin Laden on the delivery of proof of his involvement in 9/11, that theUSAdeclined the offer saying that they would not negotiate with Terrorists? Does this mean that theUShad identified the Taliban as a part of the terrorist threat? That is something that has never been explained. In addition, I cannot help but wonder when you hear the US Political mechanism say that it has a mountain of evidence against Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden, why it was never used to bring the conflict in Afghanistan to a peaceful resolution and allow a lawful and criminal procedure to take place. Was it infact the case that theUSAfelt it was necessary to stamp its authority within the international community as a world leader and military super power that would not allow anyone to attack its people without suffering retaliation and humiliation of an occupation and regime change at the insistence of the American people?

Al Qaeda and the Taliban were very early on identified as potential targets of the War on Terror. Very quickly after the battle started in the Afghan theatre of conflict,Iraqwas identified as a clear and present danger under the assumption that its weapons of mass destruction could be used against a Western Nation. As Al Qaeda was fragmented and split up as their strongholds inAfghanistanwere obliterated, we begin to see the emergence of Al Qaeda in other areas of the world, more notably,Kenya, the Philippians,North Africa,Pakistan,Iranand various other hotspots around the world. However, Al Qaeda in these other locations have not been pursued as aggressively or fervently with military aggression as is the case with Afghanistan and Iraq.

War on Terror? The question mark begins to grow as the ten years since the world embarked on this war seeking to eradicate terrorist organisations spirals endlessly into the dust of our future. It is now widely acknowledged that the war on terror can never be won, nor should ever have been embarked on. Granted significant progress has been made through the elimination of powerful and evil targets, but at what cost? Personally I do not believe that the price paid for the removal of Sadam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden was the dawn of the Arab Spring. For that matter I do not agree that the cost in human lives both those of innocent Arab nationals, nor the lives of our precious and brave service personal should ever have been sacrificed on such a whim.

So am I calling the War on Terror a whim? After 9/11, the emotive pictures of human beings falling to their deaths from a burning hell of steel, and the knowledge that thousands of people were pulverised to nothing more than dust and bits of flesh and bones as the twin towers crumbled to the streets of Manhattan became a huge asset in the propaganda arsenal of a mighty nation. There were people within the American and Western political infrastructure that were itching for a war. It didn’t take much for the images of a London Red Bus or the knowledge that 52 people perished in the attacks on British soil to be used to emote the British public into outrage.

Cast your mind back if you would to June 1996 when the IRA detonated the biggest bomb on the British mainland since the war injuring 212 people. Over a wide passage of time, the IRA was and still is responsible for many of the worst atrocities of terrorism in theUK, however many of the leading perpetrators of violence on British soil in the name of the IRA are now serving time. In December 1988 the then dominant international terror group the PLO brought down a PanAm flight over Lockerbie inScotlandkilling 270 people. We discovered that the reality was that the terrorists had originated fromLibyaand in 2001 a Libyan national was imprisoned for the attacks. These are just two instances of terrorism inflicted on our nation, where no war on terror was perpetrated in response to the attacks, and while long and detailed investigation was necessary, people have been brought to justice. IRA bombers are still currently serving time in British Jails, and while political leadership saw fit to release al-Megrahi the Libyan locked up for the PanAm atrocity, it is proof that a diplomatic and legal channel is possible for justice to prevail.

So let us consider these points then. Firstly, what is the real target of the War on Terror? Personally, while Al Qaeda is defiantly a target of our military efforts, I cannot help but believe that the real target of the war on terror was the control of oil within theMiddle East.

Secondly, Al Qaeda were based in Afghanistan, and while there was a lot of rhetoric and sabre clashing from Sadam Hussein at the time, was Iraq ever really a threat to our national safety? I think that we can all agree that after it became evident that weapons of mass destruction never existed, that the war inIraqwas anything but a war on terror. Personally I do not for one moment feel safer as a result of the war inIraq. Truth be told I worry more about the future as terrorism becomes more technically advanced and tricky to detect. Had politicians been more cautious about entering into war, and taken the time to work out a logical and internationally agreeable response to the attacks by Al Qaeda, we would not be faced with the mess of an Iraq in tatters, insurgency activities launched against innocent Muslims, international soldiers and anyone who would oppose the terrorists, who see themselves as working, sleeping and living in very real danger.

Thirdly, I can honestly say that I firmly believe that had we the public been shown the reality of the war on terror, its effects on other innocent people and the overall reality of its success that we’d instantly have withdrawn our support and approval of these actions. The American, British and other nationalities involved in the coalition are on the whole, beautiful, generous and kind people. We are proud and have a strong sense of morality. I do not believe that had the people in power been honest with us that the war would ever have taken place.

So does this make the war on terror a whim? Yes. It is clear that in haste the authorities of the day mislead us, the governments of the time were eager to show their muscle on an international stage, and in the wider game of intimidation and domination we have gained nothing, if not ultimately put ourselves in even greater risk.

Now if I am able to sit down and come to this conclusion, it is not worthy of even asking if as a result of this fiasco of the war on terror that the Arab people looked at what was happening and thought, hang on, we want a part of this. Do you honestly imagine that the Egyptian people looked at Iraq and thought, “Hmmmmm, Iraqi people are democratically free, but live under constant threat of political persecution if suspected of being an insurgent, live day to day wondering whether the next insurgents suicide bomb is going to take them into the blackness of death, or lets be honest, where they are going to find work, survive, get a home or build a life” and thought, “Hell yeah, we want some of that!”

Are we expected to believe that the Libyan people thought, “Right let’s oust Gaddafi and descend into a tribal feud that will tie up our nation for generations to come”? Are we meant to believe that the Syrian people relished the idea of rising up against one of the most brutal dictatorships in the Middle East with the idea that the sacrifice they would have to endure in order to gain their freedom? Is a noble and diligent quest for freedom and the destruction of evil worthy of giving credit to the war on terror? No, the Arab people are a sophisticated, knowledgeable and dynamic people. It would be foolish to imagine that through the actions of the western world, the Arab people felt emboldened to stand up for their rights. This is a process of revolution, and revolution takes time, effort, long term hardship and oppression.

Africawitnessed a revolt against the oppression of the colonialist invaders through the 20th centaury. Did that mean that the rest of the world watched and thought what a wonderful idea, lets rise up against our oppressors? It did not. Liberation struggles began within each nation at a time that the people reached a point where they couldn’t stand the torture of a second class lifestyle under a powerful minority any more. The birth of the guerrilla struggle is nothing new. Throughout the ages of mankind’s history, there are catalogues of examples of the underclass rising up against an oppressive ruling class. Human beings by nature are tolerant beings, but pressed hard enough we are liable to break under the pressure and seek to find a way to freedom.

I think that the true reality of the Arab Spring is born in the roots of human history. Education and the modern capabilities of social media offered a unique opportunity for like minded individuals to call out for a change. The call echoed through the massed population and the seeds of a revolution were sown, the fight for freedom was born. No one specific conflict can be pointed to as the initiation of the Arab Spring. Personally I believe that the Arab people are far more capable and resourceful to have to wait for the West to show them the way. It is not impossible for a people of any race, capability, situation to come together in opposition to their treatment at the hands of a brutal regime. I do strongly believe that for this to be facilitated, there must be a channel of provision, a facilitation of capability for the uprising to take force, and I also have an inclination to believe that in many ways the West has chosen to allow the Arab Spring to gather pace in yet another attempt to gain power and influence in a theatre where they are desperate to gain control of the oil resources.

My reason for this conclusion lies in the African theatre, where we find ruthless, cruel and violently oppressive dictatorships that have been allowed to remain in power unchecked for decades.TunisiaandEgyptwere left to struggle through their revolution unassisted while the British were quick to rush to the aid of the Libyan rebels in order to protect their investments in Libyan energy reserves. Terrorism inSpaingoes unchecked. The Chinese treatment ofTibetis tantamount to extermination, and the genocide that continues inDarfurwith a complete unwillingness on the part of the powerful nations that called for the war on terror to fight in the side of the righteous is scandalous.

This two faced hypocrisy is something that so many Arab people have pointed too, and it is this very factor that totally discredits our actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and any other theatre that we enter into. Till we gain an understanding that we must win the hearts and minds first and foremost through due diligence and leadership by example we will never win this battle to gain understanding. In our daily effort to bridge the gaps of culture and religion, we struggle to be tolerant and accepting of different attitudes and points of view, yet on an international front we destroy the complete perception of being a multicultural and tolerant society.

As we reach the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I look back and my heart screams for those who were stolen from our hearts and lives inNew York. As I sit and ponder the results of the war on terror my heart aches for the lost lives of the Arab sons and daughters that died for no fault of their own other than to be alive in a war torn country. Most of all my tears run for the lives of service men and woman that have been sacrificed for a futile cause. To learn that educated men today acknowledge that we can never win the war on terror, despite the fact that we have significantly weakened Al Qaeda and disrupted their capabilities makes me wonder how much it was all worth. Does this admission of incapability infact now mean that now that we have begun this struggle that we will always have to be vigilant and in a war ready state or actually at war in order to protect our way of life? Are we really safer today than we were on that fateful September morning? When does the tit for tat vengeful sting go out of the situation and two sides bitterly opposed through our actions lay down their arms and discuss their differences to seek for a realistic and logical solution? When do we stop loosing our loved ones and stop the bloodshed? These are the real questions we need to be asking our politicians. These are the answers we want from our leaders. But I guess more than anything, I would really love a frank, honest and truthful admission of guilt from the people that stormed into conflict without giving long and realistic thought to the consequences of their actions.

As a rule of thumb I believe there is one question that a politician should always ask himself or herself before making a decision to commit their nation to conflict. The question is very simple and is only two words long. This is the lesson we all need to learn, and the question that outweighs all other considerations: …..”What If?”

The Union of Great Zimbabwe

The Union of Great Zimbabweans. What a great idea when you take a glance at it, but when you stop to ponder the concept does it really stand up to the riggers of closer examination?

Great Zimbabweis forever ingrained in our memory as essentially the birth place of Zimbabwe. Our forefathers are intrinsically intertwined with this place be it as the mighty Matebele nation or the colonialists who visited Africa with the aim of colonisation on their agenda. It is the symbol of so much of our history and reminds us that Zimbabwe was once a monarchy too.

Today our borders encapsulate a diverse selection of tribes, people, nationalities and people. All walks of life thrive within a system that while disabled in many ways, is still a vibrant and colourful nation. The two largest tribes are the Shona and Matebele people. As a majority, the Shona currently rule the nation of the former Matebele kingdom, and British colonialist nation.

Zimbabwe in a sense is but a babe in arms as an Independent nation. Since April 1980 Robert Mugabe has clung to power at the helm of politics in Zimbabwe. It is for this very fact that we have seen the suppression of alternative political opposition on any front. From ZAPU to ZIMRA to ZUM, they have all faded into the woodwork, disappeared or been swallowed up. Even the MDC is in a power sharing agreement that is more of a farce than a happy hour in a brewery than a real progressive political coalition.

So it has been left primarily to Zimbabweans living in the diaspora to become adventurous and seek to step into the void of the political drought that faces the Zimbabwean people, the latest of which appears to be the Union of Great Zimbabweans.

Now initially when I first glanced at the name of the party, I mistakenly assumed that it was purhapse the launch of some form of historical information that charted the rise of people of influence within the young Zimbabwean Nation. People like the late Joshua Nkomo or Herbet Chitepo. Many names could be listed here as great or influential Zimbabweans and it was in this guise that I sort to see who had been listed.

To my amazement I was to discover that this was infact the launch of a new political party seeking to challenge the existing power base in Zimbabwe’s national elections.

A very noble idea indeed, if it could be pulled off, and there are strong elements of their ethos that I agree with, yet some things that I’ve read that I do not understand, and would seek to debate if I were to seriously consider supporting this virgin Union in a national election.

While young and seeking to establish credibility, there is a lot of ground that the party needs to cover to show that it is serious about its aims and objectives, and capable of rising to the challenge of running a country should it ever come to pass that they succeed in their quest to run for parliament.

My first question would be who is who and who are the figure heads running the show? Who would we be looking to vote for? What are their credentials and what leads them to think that we would vote for them? It is a key factor in any party that its leadership is strong, credible and popular. As yet there is no indication from the Unionas to who plans to run for office in which capacity and who the team supporting this individual are. Such a statement would go a long way in putting the party firmly on the map as a viable alternative to ZANU PF or MDC.

It is also vital for the Union to have established links within its structure with the core elements of the Zimbabwean infrastructure. Representation within its ranks of the police, army, workers unions, farmers unions, charitable organisations as well as key supporters within the world of the celebrity will bulk up its appearance and reputation. It is critical to show as mature and logical approach to governance and law, and having key people in place who are already recognised within these areas, and established reputations shows theUnion’s power to bring Great Zimbabweans to the table.

As with any party of course is the every present question of the parties manifesto. While there is a good indication of what the Union seeks to stand for, there is little information about its covenant on how it will govern should it be elected to power. A strong, well worded and frank manifesto is paramount if The Union of Great Zimbabweans aims to get anywhere. Ultimately I would say that most Zimbabweans are sick and tired of big promises, broken promises, and promises in general. We are not looking to have our loyalty bought, we do not seek to be mislead with wild suggestions of riches and glory should we choose to vote, we just want logical, honest, simple words that show the Unions intention to address the fundamental issues that affect each of us on a day to day basis. Things like job creation and security, health services, education, the economy, international relations, wealth creation, immigration and tourism, internal security and law, the constitution and justice system, and all those little factors that may sway us as the general public in the Union’s direction.

Everyone is well aware of the devastation of the nation of Zimbabwe, and I do love the slogan that the Union of Great Zimbabwean’s uses when it says that the struggle for freedom was not against white injustice but against injustice period. While I totally accept that colonialism was wrong and the system by which the United Kingdom gained ownership of almost half the world was in many ways cruel, harmful and completely biased, I do strongly believe that the world has moved on, become more aware of each other, the effects of our actions on others and how we can learn to live together. I believe that this is one of the biggest issues that Zimbabwe needs to face as a nation. We all need to admit that the past is not our present, and today’s generations need to learn to live together to prosper. Carrying the hatred of transgressions from yesterday is not only destructive, it is against the biblical principle of forgiveness and it is in the long term counter productive.

One of the hardest hurdles for this colourful Union to cross is going to be creating its vision of a united Zimbabwe. Not only are their racial tensions that have been bred into the very fabric of Zimbabwe’s population, but there are even deeper rooted tribal issues that seek to be addressed and rectified. This is one area of concern that I will watch with keen interest as the party develops its agenda. I honestly believe that the true nature of the party will lie in its ability to address these two tightly coiled snakes. The triumph will be when The Union of Great Zimbabweans becomes the snake charmer and learns to keep the serpents firmly under their control.

Human injustice has been a massive problem in the young Zimbabwean nation, and its ability to confront this issue will also be an important test in establishing the credibility of the Union. So many people have fallen foul of the current regime and will be looking to any opposition to bring some form of justice to bear on the people who have robbed them of loved ones, land, livelihood and their future. Justice for these people is a can of worms that needs to be handles with sensitivity and strength for fear of reprisals or a weak stance on which road the party will take should it come to power will be a big influencing factor in how it is perceived by large sectors of the population.

I was a little mystified by theUnion’s idea of Federalisation of the Zimbabwean nation. This is a huge step and would need a complete reworking of the Zimbabwean constitution, the whole way that we do things, and a carefully planned program of how to roll out the changes. In my mind this concept is very westernised, and not necessarily the best plan of action for Zimbabwe. Yes it is a great concept in the greater scheme of things, as people accept a covenant of agreement in not only how to live within the law but with consideration for the best interests of each other and the nation. The devil in this case is in the detail, and the reality of how this concept would be put into action. It is a totally different concept of governance in an African environment and may be perceived as Western influences within the Party which long term may only thwart the efforts of what essentially is otherwise a very admirable Union of people.

At the very heart of their argument for a Federation is the idea that individual constituencies should be allowed to prosper from the resources and wealth within that community. The difficulty with this concept is the diverse differences of each area, and the wealth within these areas. Take for example the dyke system. This is a rich area of mineral wealth, rich farming lands, an area that enjoys good climate and substantial rainfall. In contrast vast tracts of the Matebeleland province are arid, lacking in efficient water provision and poor in mineral wealth. As it stands the nation of Zimbabwe runs on a unitary principal, and while purhapse this was introduced in colonial times as a method of divide and rule, my argument focuses in what I said earlier when I talked about learning to bring people together in unity and bridge the gap caused by both the colonial and subsequent ZANU PF rule. The idea of divide and conquer needs to be replaced with a nurturing spirit of togetherness and unity.

Zimbabweans are beautiful people. We are a fine example for the African nation of how society can survive under extreme conditions, be happy, robust, resourceful and resilient. Our nation in my somewhat biased opinion is one of the finest on the African continent. The beauty of our country reverberates in ones memory bringing to mind brilliant images of nature at its very finest. The wealth of our nation is easily able to sustain its people and create sustainable prosperity for all. There is more than enough when well managed and carefully maintained to keep the majority of the population in gainful employment, a roof over the heads of all, and more food than we need.

There are a multitude of reasons for our people to feel proud. Patriotism and pride in ones nation is at the very core of identity and Zimbabwean people should take pride in their ability to survive with a smile on their face, even in the face of criminal injustices and the worst adversity in living history. Our people are peaceful and sociable in this I fully agree with The Union of Great Zimbabweans. Our social infrastructure is unique, wonderful and amazing to learn about. It will be the ability to use these strengths to its advantage that will set this new party aside from our choices in the past. Through the use of creative and new ideas, this party has the chance to open the door to a beautiful future for our people. This responsibility lies heavy in the hands of those who are moulding and laying the building blocks of what could potentially be the most exciting development in Zimbabwean politics in the last 30 years.

Freedom is Coming Tomorrow

For many years people couldn’t believe that social structures like Slavery, The Berlin Wall, The Iron Curtain, Apartheid and many other political theologies could fall apart and complete regime change could be lead from within. Yet history has shown us that establishments of power do not last forever, and every regime has a season during which it enjoys power, and a season during which the people living under its power rebel and rise up against the dictatorships that reign omnipotent over its people.

Rebellions, often called illegal are formed by common people, community leaders, people who are able to excite people through their words, calls for freedom, people that show a clear understanding of the path we follow to freedom. These are mighty people of the people, heroes of the uprising, and leaders of our future political establishment. They are people that call for change, are persecuted for their beliefs, actively protest from the roof tops, from behind the bars, from where ever they are able to inspire people.

The problem for regimes today is the power of social media and the ability for people to communicate through channels with relative ease in comparison with uprisings of yester-year. Society is now far more tech savvy and armed with the capability to read choice blogs, participate in online forums, and gain access to online organisations that give modern leadership a powerful ability to coordinate and spread their message of unified uprising in protest of dictatorships unlike ever before.

As a child I was moved by a film shot in South Africa called Sarafina. A story about a young girl who’s passion and belief inspired a youth movement in South Africa during the rule of the racist regime that dominated the mass of African people, and prevented them from having a voice, representation or any form of access to democracy. In mass protest, the school youth of the townships began mass demonstrations against the regime, chanting the words, “Freedom is coming tomorrow!” The rebellion met with swift and decisive action by the political establishment, but it was too late. The call had gone out, the world had awoken to the brutality of a distasteful regime, and favour began to swing in favour of the masses. Ultimately regime change was born as the power of the people came together in one voice.

The same can be said for the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Germans of all races, creeds and persuasions realised that a world could be changed by simple determination of a people to stand up against a regime and say NO. There were isolated instances of wall guards trying to protect their patch of the wall, but overwhelmingly it was common place for even the guards to join the people and smash down the division that caused families to be split by politics, friendships to be torn apart by the evilness of the establishment, and people to live in fear instead of happiness and prosperity.

This trend is common place throughout history. It surprises me that leaders and politicians haven’t learnt that when it comes to oppressing a people, you can only last for a certain length of time before the people become sick and tired of living under your oppressive institutions. We’ve watched it happen extensively through Eastern Europe, South America and are now seeing it happen with frequent and alarming consequences in the Arab states that for years have always tended to live under the dominance of one man.

From the uprising in Iran a few years ago protesting against the illegitimate re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the complete removal of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt recently, to the current uprising in Lybia, we have really come to understand the power of people and where the real power lies. Yes a regime may protect itself momentarily against an uprising by retaliating against the leadership of the uprising, or in isolated pockets where the people begin gathering, but it is common place for soldiers to quickly loose taste for shooting unarmed, peaceful demonstrators. It is only when demonstrations fall into violence, lead to disruption of law and order and become excuses for looting and theft that regimes can legitimately use force to control the masses, sighting the loss of property as an excuse for the use of force. But largely peaceful demonstrations en-mass are a signal in the loudest words possible to the regime in power that your days are numbered.

I keep writing about this movement of people power, as for the first time in my life since I realised that I am Zimbabwean as much as any other person born in Zimbabwe, be he black, white or of any other race, that I see a future hope for my nation. Though I choose to live abroad and do not physically participate in the politics of the land, I do consider myself a son of the soil. I never fought a Chimurenga nor did I participate in the struggle to bring Independence to our country, I was but a boy at the time, and Zimbabwe is not a nation of child soldiers like some African Countries. Zimbabweans are peaceful, educated, resourceful people, and for the first time we are faced with the potential of regime change, not through a war, but through people power.

I am excited because something I have been talking about for a number of years now is coming to pass. This is a remarkable time in history for our world. Nations are grabbing onto the opportunity of bringing real change to their nation through the removal of the established houses of power, and taking charge of their own destinies. I truly hope that Zimbabweans gather together for once in their lives, put past discretions aside, forget petty issues, drop the stupid jealousy, and meet each other as equals on the street, participants of the destruction of an institution of hypocrisy, and bring down the regime of Robert Gabrial Mugabe and his illegitimate cronies.

As a member of One Million Zimbabwean Voices, I honestly believe with all my heart that the nation of Zimbabwe deserves a chance to be great again. We are one of the most powerful, richest and prominent nations in Africa, and have been brought to our knees by greed and corruption on a grand scale. It is criminal that the world has stood by and watched a nation become a failure in such a way, but this is the way of the world, and at last people are beginning to see that our reality is that if we don’t do it ourselves, these illegitimate institutions will continue to prosper and get fat while its people suffer and starve.

I believe that the only way we will bring about this change though is by joining together, irregardless of colour or creed, and demonstrate our way to regime change, just as in Egypt, just as in Lybia. IF these people can do it then so can we. I do not wish to see Zimbabwe as a colonialist state as Robert Mugabe would have you believe. I do not have a hidden agenda in calling for people to rise up against what I consider an evil dictatorship. I only have the best interests of my nation at heart. We all deserve the right to feel free in our land. We all deserve the right to be prosperous in our nation. Each of us should be entitled to make wealth and employ people, start businesses, own homes, farms, and land and bring prosperity to our land, wealth to our people, and stability and leadership to our region. This must be achieved together, in union, with one purpose, one voice, and one call. “Freedom is coming to Zimbabwe.”

The Axe of Austerity Falls

So Wednesday the 20th day of October in the year 2010, or 20-10-2010 in simple numbers was the day that the axe of Austerity swung on the British Economy and literally chopped every limb from our able bodied national existence.

Yes, it don’t really matter who you are, or who you work for, if you live, work or learn in the UK then you can pretty much guarantee that the next four years will suck big time. Hell its something we’ve all known has been coming since the election that saw Labour’s landslide victory of 1997 when the man I personally hold responsible for this calamity came marching into power with a quirky smile, a silver spoon in his gob and a wet handshake for every willing wimp to shake, be trashed on the side walk as a nation went to the polls not quite sure who the hell to choose.

Well here we have it folks, and it’s of our own making that we are in the boat we find ourselves in, so its no use complaining. When the British public had a chance to democratically put its foot down and demand more from its politicians, they simple sat back and got confused. Yes admittedly even I found myself in a quandary over who to choose, but in such times, a choice must be made and the consequences of those choices accepted.

For many selfish reasons, people close to me supported Labour and Gordon Brown in his fool hardy attempt to run for office once more. Truth be told for many of those, the support of Gordon Brown was folly as they believed that Labour would go easy on Zimbabwean Immigrants, and put a stop on deportations. How misguided that assumption must now look as we see the truth of how deeply Labour and its two chief goons lead us up the garden path.

Let’s be completely frank with each other. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown did not have the average man in the forefront of their minds as they spent for the sake of spending. Even towards the end of the game, when the truth was coming out from the leaking holes in the government infrastructure, Gordon Brown still remained steadfastly stuck on his spending mantra. As a result of this irresponsibility and complete lack of leadership, we now face one of the toughest periods in living memory in the UK.

This is not something that we face alone. The whole developed world has had to look long and hard at itself, and come to the realisation that greed and wilful neglect of duty do not make up for reality. You cannot borrow yourself out of debt. Japan tried that one and nearly failed on numerous occasions. Gordon Brown lead the nation to believe that our economy could recover enough to pay off the debt that he’d amassed in his quantative easing measures designed to stabilise the economy from sinking further into recession. Of all the billions of tax payers pounds that were sunk into the banking sector to stimulate lending and ease the intra bank lending rates, what benefit did the economy or any small business see?

It is common knowledge that industry in the UK is a dying art. The bulk of our economy revolves around service industries, call centres, banking and white collar trade models. We don’t have any world renowned steel mills anymore. Our automotive industry belongs to any other country but Britain. Our ability to build ships, undertake construction or even provide the very service structure our economy thrives on is slowly ebbed from our shores. Just about all forms of heavy industry is undertaken abroad. Call centre and service support industries have farmed out to developing nations where work forces do the job at half the cost. As more and more centres of excellence like Dubai in the UAE and Energy City in Qatar become more appealing as they gear up to become the banking Mecca’s as we move into the second decade of the twenty first century. Don’t tell me for a moment that companies the size of Barclays Bank or HSBC won’t think twice about relocation if suddenly faced with the prospect of massive levies applied by the British Government.

In every way we possibly can we have made it near impossible for our economy to rise up from the ashes of this devastating blow and recover itself. How then could we have possibly paid our way out of recession as Gordon Brown assured us we would? No people, the reality of it was simple. Gordon had realised that he’d never be re-elected to office in the UK. The reality was that Gordon had seen the light at the end of the tunnel was being extinguished by debt, and yet failing to have a spin and lead our proud nation as a man, he failed to call time on Labour’s folly, and instead pulled the plug, spending everything he could just to make sure that who ever took over would look even worse than he.

My anger is not aimed at the Coalition who has had to face a disaster and try to remain positive. No, I do not despise David Cameron for his government’s wide stretching raft of austerity measures. That feeling I harbour only towards the evil men that went before him. I can only hope that for every old person that dies a lonely, hungry, miserable death as a result of these cuts will play on the mind of our esteemed Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and they ponder the folly of their time in office. I can only pray that the blood of all the victims of the crime wave to come will drip loudly in their ears at night as they fight for sleep. I can only hope that the starving child, beaten and abused at the hands of parents driven to depression beyond their abilities will remain vivid in their minds eye each time they pause for thought.

Yes it is at your feet that responsibility lies. No, not completely, as it takes many men to create such mayhem and chaos in modern society. But it was on your watch that the wolf played havoc in the chicken run, and it is time for men to be men and stand up for their lack of leadership, it is time for men to be men and accept the burden of guilt, aye it is time for men to be men and prove that there are still fine gentlemen among us.

My heart cries out for every single genuine person, man, woman and child who’s life is going to be made hell over the next ten years as a result of these measures. I do honestly believe that our government have been bold and brave. Would any one of you liked to have won an election knowing you were going to become the most unpopular government in the last 70 years of British history at no fault of your own? Would any one of you have wanted to walk into government and take over knowing that Gordon Brown was your predecessor and having an inkling of what exactly was to come as you began to get to grips with the shambles you’d been left? Do any of us truly believe that anyone else could have or would have done the job any differently? Let’s be real people. Before today we were living every day in the UK to pay £120 million in interest to service our debt. What else could our government do?

In all honesty as I listen to economists from around the world, every major power is going to have to face a day like today. The US is servicing a debt of several Trillion dollars. Austerity will fall on the shoulders of every American in just the way today it did for British folk. Four years of pain and six years of recovery are far better than ten years of uncertainty and potential bankruptcy.

If you’ve read this and you’re a rich person, or somewhat well off in society, my only message or calling to you is to each day as you survive the effects of the cuts announced today, remember those below you struggling to make ends meet. We are all affected by these measures, others more so than others, and if we are to survive then many of us will never to lend a helping hand to those in desperate need. This is the measure of a true community. This is the mark of a real society, and these are the actions of real people.

Drowning in a Septic Tank of Brown Mania

I guess in one way I am lucky to live in a country where freedom of speech is a given right, and expression of one’s opinion is not a crime, as it was and still is in my native Zimbabwe. Having said that though, I cannot imagine for a moment how a nation can sit back and ignore the folly of a hung parliament as it approaches the edge of precipice faster than a Formula One car completely out of control. It’s like committing mass suicide on the grandest scale imaginable, and I for one find it daunting beyond belief.

Let us consider for one moment the track record of the worst British and European Prime Minister for a quarter of a century in stark contrast with the mantra that he’s been steadfastly sticking too on his campaign trail as he’s tried to pull the wool over the electorates eyes.

It was on Gordon Brown’s watch that the Banks were deregulated and allowed to take power into their own hands in terms of self regulation, despite the cries of dismay from analysts both at home and abroad calling the move a fools folly. Well the lesson of time proved those people right, as fat cat bankers driven by greed cashed in on salaries I still fail to completely get my head around, and continue to do so, even after we’ve had the worst financial collapse in the history of the WORLD!

It is thanks to Gordon Brown that there is a National Hole the size of a black hole in our pensions provision in the UK. Our old people are expected to survive on something as ridiculous as £57 a week, while oil, gas, electricity, food, transport, and any other basic need for life in the UK has spiralled out of control. He claims to have the interests of the people at heart, yet he’s had 13 years to get the situation for the elderly sorted out, and he’s completely failed to do so! Are people BLIND?

We know that Gordon Brown has lied through his teeth about the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no way that he can effectively expect any of us to believe that he accepted and made provision for every request made by the armed forces upon going to war to pay for and provide the necessary equipment, when it is documented and proven that men and women went into the field without the kit he says he gave the defence forces the money for in the first place. I have read of cut after cut applied to defence expenditure in the last ten years, and seen the effect of an army ill prepared and under equipped being sent into harm’s way, and Gordon Brown has the audacity to stand and say he has the best interests of our Brave Soldiers at heart.

It was on Gordon Brown’s watch that the biggest scandal of British recent history erupted to show a broken, corrupt, and greedy political establishment feathering their own nests at the expense of tax payers across the country. You want to tell me he didn’t know that the system was corrupt and being abused? Hell he had to repay money himself. I tell you what, were it that any one of the working class people such as you or me caught lying, stealing and committing fraud in circumstances even half as doggy as these, we’d have been arrested and banged up so damn fast that we’d still be experiencing a dizzy spell. At no point between then and now has the PM come out and stood for clean, clear and necessary political reform to change the house to a clean, transparent and fair political establishment, because he knows that he’ll not only upset every single member of the house in doing so, but he’ll more than likely be fired the next day of announcing the move to do so. Instead he hides behind the pathetic finger pointing exercises that try to discredit anyone else who may be talking about strong and sensible leadership to fix a political infrastructure battered and bruised into a public mockery of representation of the people who elect these officials.

It was Gordon Brown that created more jobs in this current civil service than at any time ever before, and now has the horrible, daunting and sickly task of cutting these jobs, yet it won’t be him who will admit that these cuts have to be made. So all those jobs that the Labour Leaders talk about creating, well, hello Britain, the horrid reality is that they are all on their way out. And don’t for one moment assume that this won’t happen. The truth of the matter is that we are in a worse financial situation that Greece, we just haven’t been told this as yet. We’ve borrowed more money than ANY other country in the world for our size, and while yes we may be more buoyant and productive than say Greece, the simple truth is that it’s you and me who has to suffer to pay back Gordon Browns spending spree. The US borrowed to pay its way out of recession yes. But the US has huge and powerful Industrial, Agricultural and Financial expertise to draw from when repaying its debt. What do we have. Our manufacturing sector is in tatters. Our farmers are so badly beaten and mistreated by this government that farming is a thing of the past in the UK. Our gas is gone, and we are doing everything we can to chase the rich and powerful away from the UK with proposals of Rich man’s taxes.

I’ve never heard of such a stupid thing. The rich, like them or hate them, are the people that put money into our banking system, that in turn gives banks money to lend, that in turn allows businesses to start and grown, that in turn creates jobs, stability and infrastructure. If I were a rich man right now at this time in the UK, the first thing I’d be doing is looking to immigrate. I’m rich for god’s sakes, so it won’t hurt me to move to say Dubai, a place also in financial trouble, but desperate to attract the rich so that their money can prop up their banking system. Oh but the rich won’t want to move, I hear you think. Don’t be so bloody stupid. Do you think they’ll stay here and pay more tax? They’ll move off, and visit the UK as often as they like, they are RICH for god’s sakes. And when they are gone and the money is no longer there, who will the government tax next? Wake up people for crying out loud!

I read today that British Airways staff have refused the latest offer put on their plates. What a bunch of greedy idiots. The company made a substantial loss last year. It’s just had a 10 day grounding where the vast majority of its fleet couldn’t get off the ground try what they may. It is said to have cost the company £20 million a day. The company HAS to curb costs. But oh no, the union representing the staff will just be complete and utter irresponsible idiots and continue to force the company closer and closer towards administration. Hell wake up people. If a club the size of Portsmouth FC can go bust, do you honestly think something the size of BA can’t break at some point. Yes, your greed will force a company to close, and then what? Oh hell, we got so greedy we don’t have ANY job now! Well, for one, if that happens I say good for you. You deserve to be living a hopeless and joyless life. You have no idea what you’ve got. Your greed and self indulgence is staggering. There are people around the world who’d kill to have even a small proportion of what you have, and they’d be content and happy have having it too, but you? Nope, we just want more and more and more, no matter what the cost of our greed, regardless of the detriment to the company that gives you the chance to live this privileged life you lead. The Post Office is the same. And in weeks and months to come, and as the screw tightens, and we feel the pinch more and more, you’ll begin to see the effects of your greed, and the failure of Gordon Brown to do something while he could to help prevent this kind of exposure. Personally I don’t think that all the staff at BA are to blame, I have a suspicion it’s a core of Fat Cat politicians stirring up the trouble acting as if they have their Unions members best interests at heart, and I think that the staff at BA know this, but it’s the usual British fault of shutting up till it’s too late, and then we’ll just moan and whinge about what might have been if you’d only stood up for yourselves.

I watched the results unfold through the night last night, and as I did I listened to Gordon Brown give his speech on his re-election in his home constituency. As I did, I choked on the ego of a man manic for power, and completely blind to humility and the benefits of a measured approach to leadership. Gordon Brown is the most arrogant, pompous man I know. In his acceptance speech I was staggered to hear of all the wonderful things he’d done to fix Britain, yet it is in the worst condition today than it’s been since even after World War 2. If this is the Britain you so perfectly served and did so well in making it work, why have you just been dealt a 90 seat reverse in power Mr Brown. Is this perhaps not and endorsement of your useless inability to see beyond your nose. Perhaps to coin a very British expression, perhaps a visit to Specsavers would be of very beneficial use to both you and the British Public.

The hallmark of a great leader to humility in leadership. Not once did I hear you acknowledge that you have an outstanding team behind you that make all the victories you talk of happen. It is by their hard work and diligent support that you can say anything about success for your party as a whole, not you as an individual, as it seems you’d have the world believe. Not once have I heard you on your election campaign admit that together some of the most beneficial policies to come out of parliament have been through all the parties reaching a working consensus. No you’d have us believe it was all you Mr Brown. Yet in your eyes, you see us all as Bigots. The working class pastors boy, who is in fact so driven by your desire to be a toff that you have lost your way completely and become nothing but an opinionated, self righteous and bitter man.

The markings of a great man is the ability to charm and impress people. You are the laughing stock of Europe. Every member of the EU parliament look down on you as a leader not of the electorate of the UK, but a bully who barged your way to the top. This election goes to show that in the vast opinion of the British people we’d rather be shot of you than have to submit to another parliament run by a bumbling buffoon who can’t get it into that big muscle that everyone says you do have, that you just really don’t have what it takes to lead this country. There are people within your own party that can’t stand you. There are men and woman around you that would make far better leaders for us to vote for had you had the humility to give them a chance. Today’s results would have been a very different affair had one of the more sensible, charismatic and in touch leaders been allowed to run for office, but NO, your greed and power hungry mind could never allow anyone but the Brown succeed in power.

And so now the country is left in the worst possible condition as you begged for tactical voting in a campaign that sort to discredit anyone that was seen as a threat to Labour, rather than leading by example and being a decent and outstanding politician. This is the problem in the UK. Outstanding leadership is just something we don’t have. None of the leaders contesting the 2010 election stood out as a true, dynamic and inspirational leader. Not one of the policies outlined in manifesto’s, campaign promises or party lingo stood out and showed Britain how it was going to make our nation a better place.

The truth of the matter is this. We are fucked. We have some of the most difficult years ahead of us. As the world slowly collapses around us, and we draw to a close as a world power, we here in Britain are going to suffer, and it is as a result of poor leadership and poor choices as a nation that we find ourselves in this position. In the first chance for so many years, Britain failed to stand up for itself and elect substantive change in the politics of the day, and for this we will now suffer. Personally I didn’t believe that any one of the men running for office, deserved office. There was no fire and no substantial gain in voting for any one of them in particular. But I am sick and tired of being knee deep in shit, and life under Brown is no pick nick, so I’d hoped we’d see the man bow out gracefully and accept his days were over. But the arrogance that is Gordon Brown lives on, and I am astounded that in a time such as we live in, there is no serious direction in the people of this land. I could go on pulling the man and his failures of the last few years apart, but it only serves to depress us even more, so I’ll end off with this final thought.

Britain was once a great nation. Today it is a mess of confusion and disarray. This is the fault of its people, and the people we choose to lead us. So when you sit back and complain about the state of life here in the UK, give yourself a pat on the back, and realise that it’s our own fault we suffer so much.