Proactive & Reactive Campaigning

There are two kinds of political action : proactive and reactive.

Much in the same way as many protests are reactive, they should not be mistaken as the only form of campaigning, which is long term long term in nature.

That’s why we always need to focus upon a wide number of immediate issues which are at a crucial stage or critical crisis point.

That’s why most of my attention is focused upon stopping the Nukiller power industry, pedestrianising our cities, reversing the brexit disaster, antimilitarism, and pushing for proper recycling schemes.

For many of these issues our time to solve them is very short indeed.

Long term or short term, it is consistent hard slog campaigning work that’s needed.

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.

What Ever Next ?

Observation

There are three aspects about lockdown which have become a constant for us all.

They are: –

– Constant Speculation.

– Constantly having to get news updates,

&

– Constantly finding that events outstrip any of the speculative opinions about what next might happen next.

All that can really be said for sure is that we are starting to experience less pollution right now, and this gives us a vision of what might be achieved if we all set our minds to it.

Thus

I seem to of been reading less in print about what has been happening of late, as it is way out of date by the time it is published.

A good example of this being the company reports in the Investors Chronicle.

Though I am keeping a close eye upon a lot of current statistical data.

On the good side.

Energy use and air pollution are reduced.

Most of the rough sleepers are now being sheltered.

There is a lot more community initiatives to help the vulnerable, or should I say mutual aid.

&

There is a lot of people saying we can not / must not go back to how things used to be.

So What Next to do ?

If the present crisis results in just one lesson, then it must be that we make a lot of social changes.

What Comes Next ?

Introduction From 85 Years Ago

This is the introduction to the H.G.Wells book.

What Are We to Do with Our Lives?

Published: Watts & Co    1935

‘ The world is undertaking immense changes. Never before have the conditions of life changed so swiftly and enormously as they have changed for mankind in the last fifty year.’

Though in environmental terms it is more like the last 15 month to 5 years.

While in many ways we are now going through a major set of changes which will impact upon us all over the next 50 day and thus in to the future.

What next ?

Over the last 15 days it has been the case of us all asking: –

What Next?

In many ways we have all been very surprised upon how things are changing.

Yet for all the observations we make about just what is happening to us all right now, many of the pundits predictions upon economic, political, social, and ecological issues, are still based upon what has happened in the past.

Never the less there are a number of key indicators which worth looking at:-

– Changes in Housing provision,

– The stock Market and Wider Economy

– Changes in Food Production and Provision.

– An ending to the use of Nukiller Power and Extreme Energy,

– Public and Private Transport.

&

– How we all socialise from now onwards.

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.’

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Postscript.

December 2019

All of the above could happen: –

If we don’t take Action Now !

A Few Thoughts About This Coming Month

What might happen if —

– Boris, the unelected british prime monster, was to ask for an extension to Article 50, but it will only be agreed to by our fellow Europeans on the condition that there is another referendum ?

– The Brexit disaster happens, and there is a highly popular demand for the uk to reapply to become a part of the EU once more ?

– It is discovered that the police view the rabid right wing to be so dangerous, that they have embedded spycops in the Tory, UKIP, and Brexit political parties ?

Now  – Think on — — — —

Difficult & Controversial

When, or if, someone gets around to writing my obituary, then I hope they get to include the following words:-

Difficult & Controversial.

That is because the kind of world I want to live in will upset those who see nothing wrong with the dystopian, militaristic, or ecologically unsound world we all live in at present.

I know it will be said how my views upset many people, but upsetting militarists, or those who want to keep the status quo, is inevitable if one campaigns to create a better world.

The Suburban Nightmare.

Increasingly what I have been saying is that the suburban dream is really an ecological nightmare, and we need to shrink the size of the suburbs.

If this view upsets people so be it, but we can’t keep living this way.

Look at the facts.

These opinions are based upon both reading a very wide range of highly depressing reports, and a lot of observations.

They are not the result of any kind of emotional outpouring, but come via looking at cold blooded facts.

These reports and statistical reports are available for everyone to study.

Now read on – – –

Getting Our Message Over – It’s NOT Numbers Which Count.

I keep being told that we need large numbers of people upon marches or demonstrations.

This is NOT the case.

What we need are dedicated activists who will keep going day by week, by month[s], by year by decades.

Doing all the small scale pickets and leafleting sessions that are so important in getting our messages over to people.

It’s not protest numbers that we ever need to worry about, but communicating to people upon a very wide range of issues. 

This is especially so if they have never come upon them before now.

That’s why we need more people willing to do all the very regular leafleting sessions outside of those stations where the DRS nukiller waste trains go through.

Now do any of you want to come join me doing so outside any of these station?

Working Towards A Utopian Reality

I never wanted to be an ‘Expert’ or ‘Specialist’.

Perhaps that’s why I spend most of my life doing library and information work, for to do so effectively one need to know something about everything. Though the main skill is to know just where to find that information.

Now I am retired most of my time is spent in campaigning work.

Though in order to do so I have to read a lot of specialist reports, daily newspapers, periodicals, and websites.

Now that I am retired most of my current campaigning centres around those issues where there are very few activists to share the work with, or which are so very time consuming that it would be impossible to follow these issues while in full time employment.

While I was still working much of my activist time was spent using my information organising skills. That starts with organising filing systems, scanning for information, and so forth. I’m still doing the same.

Lifestyle and Campaigning.

There was a popular saying much used in the 1960s & early 1970s: –

Think Global Act Local.

Though to that I would add that it is impossible to do effective campaigning without looking at how one structures ones own life.

Thus the importance of recycling, having a vegan diet, walking or taking public transport, cutting down on ones energy usage, and using sustainable materials rather than plastics.

Though none of this is easy to achieve unless more people are doing the same, while constantly reading the ingredients or contents of everything one buys.

The greater problem is getting more recycling facilities where we are all live.

Urban allotments, solar panels and vertical wind turbines to power our homes and street lighting, inner city orchards, more foot paths and tram routes, are what we should also be campaigning for.

While one of our greatest needs is to shrink the suburbs, so that all the space used on roads would become forests. Many people think that this might result in overcrowding in our inner cities, but the concreted over suburban sprawl does result in more flooding. While if the concrete covered roads and squares were covered in plants and trees, then it would give us more flexible housing space. In the same way we need to cut the various out of town shopping centres, and large out of town factories. Then we can have more specialist shops and work shops, and repair centres where we all live.

There is also another aspect of shrinking the suburban mess which needs to be considered. It would help combat the social isolation which is such a depressing feature of many peoples lives. This is especially so in areas where there are very few social contact points such shops or libraries, and where public transport is so abysmal.

None of this is a utopian vision.

All of these aims can be achieved via joined-up-campaigning.

It can be done !

Voting Like Petitioning.

I sign several petitions each week.

Of late I have come to realise that voting is very much like signing petitions.

Both are indicative, and both rely upon large numbers of people to take part in this most basic form of protest.

A traditional Anarchist Viewpoint.

I’ve always taken the traditional Anarchist line, None of the Above, as the only choice is between a party of crooks and a party of bandits.

In any case, I take it as Highly Irresponsible to Negate our Individual Responsibilities, by handing decision making over to a bunch of self serving politicians.

To quote the quote: – Guy Fawkes: The only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions.

On the other hand I’ve spent most of my life as a campaigner, or what these days is refereed to as engaging in activism.

Yet things change.

For the first time in my life I have registered to vote.

This is in order to do so in the forthcoming EU election.

It is because I feel so incensed by the whole Brexit disaster, that I want to do everything possible to stop it from happening.

Though it’s the push to stopping Brexit by a referendum which really needs doing.

I’ll still be out leafleting and taking part on other forms of protest, but will engage in one other form of protest against Brexit – voting.