Crisis & Solution[s]

Old Thinking – New Thinking

I’ve been thinking a lot of late about the kind of dystopian solutions which various politicians have been coming up with, and about finding solutions to the current multiple messes we are all in.

Of course it’s very easy to see how fiscally and scientifically illiterate most of them are, but there is much more to it than that.

Most policy makers look at the world from within their own social class, or political party perspective.

Yet it goes way beyond that, as the majority of them are neither lateral thinkers or possessed of much imagination.

As a friend of mine said to me recently about both society and the economy is going: “ We are in to new territory”.

Thus a lot of new imaginative thinking needs to be delivered, and in a very short amount of time.

We have to do that thinking.

We have to be pragmatic.

We have to be the ones to sort out our global mess, as none of our lords and masters, or any of the policy makers are capable of doing so.

A Multi Faceted Crisis

Just the ecological crisis includes the housing, transport, energy, land use and farming, but that in turn impacts upon many different social and economic issues.

Yet we still think about solving them all in isolation, or as separate campaigns.

While many of the radical political groups or organisations view what can be done in terms separate solutions., such as dealing with unemployment first, rather than question just what kind of employment that might be.

As I keep on saying.

We need both Joined-up-thinking, and joined-up-campainging.

 

Brexitland – An Educational Failure

The Brexitland press is full of news stories about exam results which are based upon ‘predicted results’, and algorithm predictions.

Yet it should also be remembered that the exam results issue is a total distraction from the fact that 1 in 7 of the adult population are still to a greater of lesser extent Functionally Illiterate.

Keep in mind that the 1 in 7 do make up a very high percentage of the long term unemployed.

It is this 1 in 7 who we need to focus our attention upon, as their future is now extremely grim.

They are the ones who will not be able to benefit by remote learning.

They are also the people who just not able to read all the health care messages which are being issued.

What Next ?

While no thought is being given to the very intensive one2one adult literacy classes which are now suspended, especially are many of the older ex teachers who could do such training are still in self isolation.

If the issue which we now face is long term economic decline, with high unemployment levels, then some serious thinking about this use needs to be done.

A good start to solving this problem might be to train more adult literacy teachers.

The Brexitland Dictionary

Word Changing

As the world changes so does the definition of words and expressions.

Sometimes this happens in the most alarming ways.

Living within Brexitland one gets to read a few words or expressions on a very regular basis which need to be listed in the New Brexitland Dictionary. These especially refers to ones used by the Rabid Right Wing Tory party, who supposedly run the country.

Various Examples

Here are a few examples which illustrate what they keep repeating time and time again, and their real meaning.

– World class or world class technology.

It does not work.

– Historical Important figure or individual.

Someone who was an imperialist, militarist, jingoist or who repressed & exploited people.

– Military leader.

Militarist.

– The ‘need to protect our coastal fishing waters after Brexit’.

Uncaring about ecology or our fellow creatures.

– Investing in the future.

Making huge short term profits at the expense of long term social, economic, and ecological Improvements.

– Housing Market.

Making even larger profits by the buying and selling of homes, while ignoring the basic human right to have a secure place to live in, and giving more individuals the chance to become rough sleepers.

– Rough Sleeper.

An individual of no worth as they can not fill the coffers of those who run the Rabid Right Wing Tory party or any of their mates.

– Prime Ministerial Advisor.

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Spokesman

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Chief Scientific Advisor

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Chief Medical Advisor

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Policy.

Anything Dominic Cummings says it should be.

– Social Reform.

Any set of actions which will give the upper hand to the multinationals and Rabid Right Wing state.

– Legal Reform.

see: – Social Reform.

– Employment Law Reform.

Taking away workers rights in order to make yet larger profits.

– Economic Reform.

See: – Employment Law Reform.

News Media

– The Daily Torygraph.

A front piece for the Rabid Right Wing Tory Government.

– The Dully Mail or Excess.

A totally uninformed view of the world.

Fake News.

– Anything which is critical of government policy.

How we describe it all.

Shambolic, Uncaring, Unthinking, Manipulative, Dystopia, and making it all up as they go along.

Not a solution

The only good thing about living in Brexitland is that nobody expects anything to ever work properly, and so there is no shock when it does not do so.

For more information see: –

Gaffer tape, WD40, and Super glue.

In Times Gone By And In Times Present

In Times Past

Much of the current social and political debate is about how society is changing for the worst, while others might argue how some things are much better now than in decades or centuries ago.

Yet nothing is said about how this really compares to the past.

Here are two examples how things have changed for the better over the last 100 to 150 years: –

The School leaving age

and

Life Expenctency

Henry Mayhew

I wonder just how many of the younger generation realise just what the reality of life was like in an earlier age as described by Henry Mayhew.

Or

How many of the younger generation would know about, of ever come upon a Tosher or Mud Lark did?

Now that might seem like ancient history many people, but some of the descriptions within the Road to Wigan Pier are still within the living memory of many of the older generation.

Housing

It’s not so long ago that a very high percentage of the population lived in bedsits or HMOs as they are now classed as being.

Remember the expression ‘A shilling for the gas’ ?

Or

How it was normal to sleep in the same room as a gas cooker before that become illegal.

Yes things have improved a lot over the years.

Yet they have not.

– We now have a lot more rough sleepers than in many decades.

– Adult education in terms of evening classes is now almost a thing of the past.

– While one in seven of UK adults are functionally illiterate to a greater or lesser extent.

In Times Now

Margaret Thatcher said that:- “there is no such thing as society”.

While many of her supporters said “Greed is Good!”.

To which there was a response which went:-

The family is dead! Long live the family !

All of which are totally wrong, but they are attitudes which still prevail to this day.

In times to come

Social Change or Social Revolution ?

If history and all the recent events have taught us anything, then we must care for both society and the individual.

That’s something which compliments the concept of: –

Think Global Act Local.

Extracts From The Book – Poverty and Ecological Disaster. A Post Brexit Study

The following book extracts are taken from the most renowned academic study of the UK during the first half of the 21stnd century.

Poverty and ecological disaster.

A study of life in Britain during the post Brexit years .

Published by the CLO University press.

The Peak district School.

2052.

Chapter 1

The Brexit disaster.

‘ As predicted the state of the UK rapidly declined with the introduction of Brexit.

The dysfunctional desires of the rabid right wing Tory government were no more than a delusional set of nightmare policies.

After Brexit the UK continued its rapid economic decline.

In the poorest areas of the country begging for food on the street increased at an alarming rate. This was not helped by the fact that most of the population no longer had the income to be able to donate to all the food banks which had rapidly increased by the 2nd decade of the century.

The social and economic effects of the withdrawal of all the EU regional funding to some of the poorest areas of Europe was increasingly noticeable as the years went by.’

Chapter 16

Eduction and Illiteracy.

‘Unlike the rest the rest of Europe, British government public spending on education plummeted.

Thus by 2038 the official school leaving age dropped to 14. That was the same as it had been a century before.

The rate of public library closures continued.

Most alarming of all the rate of functional illiteracy in the country rose from 1 in 7, to 90 in 100 of the population.

Thus the rate of unemployment rose, as fewer and fewer of the population became qualified or skilled workers.’

‘The effects upon higher education became profound. This was especially so after the universities of Cambridge, London, and Oxford were forced to merge and become the CLO university.’

Chapter 22

The Toxic Legacy.

‘ One of the most alarming aspects of the period was that all the nukiller plants became engulfed by rising tides, as did many of the radioactive and toxic waste dumps. The government stated that dealing with this was a priority, but there was no money left in the exchequer to solve it.

Thus the UK government had to declare a national emergency, but it was just too late to solve all these problems.

Thousands died of starvation and exposure to all the radioactive and toxic waste.’

‘ Finally, in 2042 the country became such an ecological disaster area, that the UK government begged the EU to become a European dependency, as it was totally incapable of becoming a full EU member state.’

– – –

Postscript.

December 2019

All of the above could happen: –

If we don’t take Action Now !

You Get Just What You Pay For

Look To The Long Term.

I was once told by a member of the Diplomatic Protection Squad, that the problem with politicians is that they only look as far ahead as the next election.

To which I will add this truism: – They make it up as they go along.

The other truth about politicians, is that many of them are both fiscally and scientifically illiterate.

Short Term Thinking

Thus we have such very short term economic and ecological solutions being proposed by most politicians.

While very few of them ever think about the ongoing set of long term economic, and environmental problems which need dealing with – Right Now!

Their cry being that: – ‘We can’t afford it’.

To which I’d say that we just can’t afford not to spend this money. 

That is if we want to have a planet we can all live in over the decades to came..

Long Term Gains.

So here is what we all should do . . . .

Think about having high levels of short term expenditure, in order to make long term fiscal and environmental gains.

It Can Be Done.

It can be done if we look at the long term costs of environmental damage which comes by inaction.

There are a lot of the short term savings which can be made.

For example: –

By making an adjustment to the tax system which will favour environmentally sustaining activities, as opposed to aiding all the highly polluting companies which are supported by various tax breaks.

&

By stopping all the money wasted on the military, nukiller weapons / nukiller power

As with all else in life – You get Just what you pay for.

My New Dystopian Novel

I’ve just started to pen a dystopian novel.

It starts like this: –

After a series of increasingly right wing governments, there was a Rabid Right Wing political coup, which placed in power a group of rich, delusional, incompetent, authoritarian, militaristic, socially and fiscally illiterate individuals.

Seventy five percent of these individuals had received a public school education.

A very high percentage of them were multi millionaires whose political agenda was to abolish all the taxes they paid, and hand over all government agencies to private companies.

At the same time they ignored the environmental crisis which was threatening to destroy the world, as they could see no personal profit to be made in fixing it.

Er – wait a second – this is no novel – but more a description of the Britain state, and state of affairs right now.

Not Just A One In 7 Problem

What I keep going back to is one factual piece of information.
 
One in Seven of the adult UK population are to a greater or lesser extent functionally illiterate.
 
This impacts upon jobs, poverty levels, adult education, affordable social housing, a lack of skilled workers, which, in turn, moves on to the issue of immigration quotas, and thus makes for an ill informed population which relies upon mass media to form their political opinions.
 
Though that’s not the end of the problem.
For while many people moan about university education loans, we still find there is zilch money available for adult literacy classes.
 
Very clearly we are in a social mess.
It can not be solved until we no longer have 14.2 % of the population unable to write or read.

Landing Homes For The Future

Yesterday [ july 15th 2019 ] there was a feature in the Financial Times about the current state of Britain’s care homes.

There are now just 8% of them left in public ownership.  Thank you Mrs Thatcher !

While 4 of the largest ones are up for sale.

The problem is financial.

The FT stated: ‘ Care homes run up debts of £40,000 a bed’.

Is it any wonder that care homes are priced out of reach for most people.

Meanwhile the push to build new environmentally unaffordable homes in the suburbs grows, There are however a lot of cheap student flats being built.

Yet the real need to build affordable mixed age housing is the cities is just being ignored.

Ditto – The need to use waste land in the inner cities to grow small fruit orchards, create lots of small allotments, or build community greenhouses is just not on most peoples agendas.

It will all need to be worked on very soon, or else we really will be in a lot of trouble.

False Solutions Or Joined Up Campaigning ?

Most of the greatest issues which we face can not be dealt with in isolation.

That is why we need to rethink how we approach many of the most urgent issues which endanger us all, and that means we do need to engage in joined up campaigning.

Here are just a few examples of how this might be achieved.

Plastic Ship Building

If we were to live in a society in which people thought more about our rubbish, then not only would a lot of our ecological problems be over, but in doing so we could solve many of our economic problems too.

Ship building & Barrow

Of course the other side of this is just how we clean up the oceans of all the plastic which is floating in it, Getting that done will require many specialist sea craft to scoop it all up. There are a number of designs for such craft. All we have to do is build them.

The other aspect of this is that the collected plastics can be recycled & that will mean less oil being drilled.

While the ship building industry can switch over their production away from that of building war ships.

Many is the time we get to hear that something needs to be done in order to create jobs, but the kind of jobs on offer, or which might be on offer, create more problems than they will ever solve.

For example in the arms trade.

What is needed is a some creative thinking in order to stop this kind of thing occurring.

Past Examples

An earlier example of what might be done is The Lucas plan, which came up with Road Rail Vehicles.

Yet for many politicians the priority is not so much looking to save our future, but to save something of the glories of a false past.

This is especially so with regards WW1, and how it is being used to encourage militarism.

Yet in Germany there are a number of memorials to the Unknown deserter, but no such memorial exists within the UK.

Although there is a Conscientious Objectors Commemorative Stone in Tavistock Square.

Future Examples

Other examples of what can and should be done include: –

– Planting more trees & creating new forests.

– Moving towards a better public transport system, with the creation of many more tram and railway lines.

– Stopping nukiller power via the use of wind and solar power.