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I Am SOOOO Angry At The Fatcats In This World!?!

After reading my friends’ blog posts, I am absolutely furious.    ANOTHER RADIO 4 RANT    , where she vents quite rightly about a radio program where a “panel” reckoned money cannot buy you happiness, ( yeah right, THEY I am sure don’t have to choose between food and heat each week),  and her follow-up one here  …. I FEEL LIKE I AM SWIMMING IN CUSTARD  , where she describes a situation I am sure most of us will sympathise with right now, no matter how thrifty you are or how many extra layers you put on, you cannot win. The more you “save” or skimp on, the higher the costs for the little you do use go!

I have been following another friends’ blog with a great deal of interest lately, he has come up with several great posts, two of which are;   THE GIFT OF FUEL AND FOOD POVERTY  ,   and  CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES CAUSE FUEL POVERTY  , ( do check him out, I have only ever disagreed with one of his posts, he makes total sense most of the time!)

How DARE the UK Government keep bleating on one hand that “we are all in this together”, when we blatantly are NOT. The bills for THEIR multiple homes are paid for BY US. They say we all have to tighten our belts, it’s all for our own good in the long-term, etc. If that is the case, then why oh why are we STILL donating mega amounts of cash abroad? I was always taught that charity begins at home, the British public is extremely charitable when we need to be, all on our own, we do NOT need to be forced into it. IF we are all feeling a bit more wealthy, then no doubt we will donate more, ALL BY OURSELVES.

And I am SO sick of the greedy utility companies constantly bleating about their rising wholesale costs, repair bills, taxes, you name it, they invent it, then seeing their quarterly PROFIT statements rising ever higher. Now correct me if I am wrong here, but aren’t profits listed AFTER outgoings?

And if all these so-called “Green” taxes are supposed to be helping our environment, then what exactly are they being spent on?

Is there some huge “air cleaning machine” somewhere out there that we don’t know about yet?

And please, don’t anyone dare tell me it goes on alternative energy, because with all the subsidies that those companies get paid they are NOT real alternatives they are more profit-making (and environment destroying) devices.

It really wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if it comes out in a few years time that all these so-called “green” government ministers also had huge shareholds in these “wonderful” new schemes that we are forced to pay for whilst we go without heating, lights, and in far too many cases these days, food!

Do these suited, well-heeled clowns actually KNOW or care that our own old folk, many of whom fought for our country in years gone by, will most likely die this winter, AGAIN?

Do they know or care that far too many people who are already on the bread-line will simply get forgotten and end up on the streets, purely because their meagre incomes cannot keep up with the rising costs?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for fair taxes and paying our way BUT PLEASE politicians, you are leaching the lifeblood from our country mainly from those who do the hardest work and can ill afford the relentless hits!

Going back to my friends’ post on the radio show, yes, I am afraid money CAN buy you happiness, it can sure take the stress out of everyday life, allow for a few treats like a hot meal now and then, and make you feel secure, if only in your home and basic living standards, but hey, isn’t that something else our government keeps insisting on as well, somewhat contradictorially? Eat well, live well?

Let us keep just a little bit more of our hard-earned and maybe, just maybe, we will be able to do just that!

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Part 4 Of How Can Anyone In The UK Possibly Be Poor? – How Very Dare You Have Children!

These posts have stemmed from a debate that was started accidentally elsewhere, and although it had started getting a bit personal there, it has raised some interesting questions, and some further areas I would like to explore, and I feel the subject deserves an airing here. I will make it fairly easy to respond to any section that you wish to by numbering various points that were made,do feel free to add your views but do try to keep them general and free from swearing please!

Most of these unless otherwise stated are my own personal views and I will NOT take it personally if you disagree, in fact that would make for a healthy all-round discussion. I would like to add here that I was one of the privileged high-earners and big spenders myself untill the UK’s industry took a huge nose-dive, so I do know what it’s like from both sides of the fence!

I will happily approve all comments that follow the above remit, whether you agree or disagree with any comments made here! 🙂

And any tips you may have, even if you are NOT from the UK, may well help somebody somewhere so do feel free to join in, wherever you are based!

Part 1 was   Eating Well Or Starving To Pay Bills

Part 2 was  It’s All Your Own Fault!

Part 3 was  Get Off Your Backsides And Get A Job!

DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN UNTIL YOU ARE FINANCIALLY READY TO!

1. My favourite comment, which keeps coming up time and time again, in all forms of media, has to be to one whereby you are not supposed to even think of having children unless you are in a very stable financial position, and have the house, job, car etc, all neatly in  place before you start a family. Ok, we all read those headline stories of people on benefits supposedly deliberately having more and more children in order to get bigger council houses and/or more benefits money given to them, but really………these are in a definate minority. Most of us struggle on a daily basis to balance areas of our lives, and I think I speak for most single parents like myself here, we did not CHOOSE to be either pregnant or alone in many cases. It’s as much my fault that I did not have a crystal ball when choosing my ex-partner ( BabyMib’s Dad) as it is the UK government’s fault that it chose to bail out those already wealthy bankers to all our detriments!

2. “Wait untill the right time” gets advised again and again, so when IS the right time?

Given that so many jobs these days simply aren’t the “jobs for life” that they once were, and the housing market is spiralling way past the average working person’s ability to contemplate, a lot of couples could simply wait forever and still not attain the “required” positions in life to have a family. I personally do not believe that having children needs to cost a huge amount of money,and waiting too long will cause huge complications healthwise and also massive NHS bills for IVF treatments etc. So long as there is a roof over your heads and food on the table, the main ingredient required is LOVE, and seeing one parent go out to work regularly, even for a part-time job, creates a great work ethic. My personal plan now is to move to a better location, get some kind of part-time job AND start a small business from home that my son can also get involved with. The “right time” surely is when you feel ready in your soul, NOT when you might or might not have all the trappings in place. If that was the case, then only the politicians and rich celebrities would be able to raise families!

3.  For all those who watch the news or read the papers and tut profusely whenever a  single parent or family is being slated for having some million pound “mansion” on benefits, do please remember these are minorities,  it has been a long long time since single young mums were preferenced for council accomodation and help, nowadays deciding NOT to kill your unborn child is proving to be a brave decision for a lot of people, it’s hard work, for the majority of familes far from a “lifestyle” choice, and with the actual fertility rates dropping in the Western world, quite possibly should be applauded not berated. What we do need to see are far more flexible jobs, where people can work part-time, job-share and the like, and of course for the fat cats at the top to help us “all be in this together” by not making quite so much of a profit out of our misery!

 

To be continued……………

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Part 3 Of How Can Anyone In The UK Possibly Be Poor? – Get A Job!

These posts have stemmed from a debate that was started accidentally elsewhere, and although it had started getting a bit personal there, it has raised some interesting questions, and some further areas I would like to explore, and I feel the subject deserves an airing here. I will make it fairly easy to respond to any section that you wish to by numbering various points that were made,do feel free to add your views but do try to keep them general and free from swearing please!

Most of these unless otherwise stated are my own personal views and I will NOT take it personally if you disagree, in fact that would make for a healthy all-round discussion. I would like to add here that I was one of the privileged high-earners and big spenders myself untill the UK’s industry took a huge nose-dive, so I do know what it’s like from both sides of the fence!

I will happily approve all comments that follow the above remit, whether you agree or disagree with any comments made here! 🙂

And any tips you may have, even if you are NOT from the UK, may well help somebody somewhere so do feel free to join in, wherever you are based!

Part 1 was     To Eat Or Not To Eat 

Part 2 was      It’s All Your Own Fault 

Part 3 was      Get Off Your Backsides And Get A Job

Part 4 is      Do Not Have Children Until You Are Financially Ready To!

GET OFF YOUR BACKSIDES AND GET A JOB!

1. Another assertion made today in the park of all places when I was casually chatting to a small group of older folks was that there are always jobs out there to be had, so long as you weren’t fussy about hard work, the general consensus amongst the retired seems to be that the youth of today simply don’t want to work. That wouldn’t be because for years the older generation extolled the virtues of studying hard at school, then going to university, getting horribly into debt and you would be guaranteed a well-paid job would it?

2. Also mentioned was the “fact” that anyone can find a job if you try hard enough……I personally know several people who do nothing but job-hunt continuously, only to be told they are too old, too overqualified, too young, not enough experience, you name it they’ve been told it. I myself have been hunting hard for ANYTHING and I do mean anything, this month alone in between the usual batch of bogus “sales rep” jobs that require you to pay to work, ( yes, these are actually allowed to be advertised in Jobcentres!) there were four potential new jobs shown, all of which I applied for, none of which were either full-time nor permanent, and not one offered enough to cover the rent for a room let alone normal basic living costs for a family!

Oh, and the responses I got from these would-be employers, AFTER I followed the applications I had made, ranged from ” we are looking for someone to live-in and our shared rooms are not child-friendly, sorry”, to “we don’t consider someone of your age-group to be suitable to work in a nightclub” ( and yes, they actually said this on the telephone!)

3. There are, to put it simply, far more adults of working age around these days compared to say, 30 years ago, and when you have a worldwide climate of recession, with the ensuing large number of companies going under, the amount of work available is going to diminish under the tidal wave of people needing employment. Yes, there are a few, especially in the UK, who deem some jobs to be simply beneath them, but despite the continuous and biased news reports about people claiming benefits, overall most people simply want to be able to go out and earn an honest living and be able to pay their way. And the few companies that are in a position to hire are spoilt for choice when it comes to applicants and are fully able and willing to be as choosy as they like!

4. I personally feel that a lot of the Red Tape that has been put into place in recent times needs to be lifted, allow people to job-share if that suits them, don’t tax low-income families, and actually make that no-tax ceiling realistically in line with the basic cost of living. Companies might then be able to afford to hire more people than they currently can, more people would be able to do something to get themselves headed in the right direction and overall, if people have a little more to spend, spend they will therefore keeping production lines going along nicely, ad infinitum!

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Part 2 Of How Can Anyone In The UK Possibly Be Poor? – It’s Your Own Fault Entirely!

These posts have stemmed from a debate that was started accidentally elsewhere, and although it had started getting a bit personal there, it has raised some interesting questions, and some further areas I would like to explore, and I feel the subject deserves an airing here. I will make it fairly easy to respond to any section that you wish to by numbering various points that were made,do feel free to add your views but do try to keep them general and free from swearing please!

Most of these unless otherwise stated are my own personal views and I will NOT take it personally if you disagree, in fact that would make for a healthy all-round discussion. I would like to add here that I was one of the privileged high-earners and big spenders myself untill the UK’s industry took a huge nose-dive, so I do know what it’s like from both sides of the fence!

I will happily approve all comments that follow the above remit, whether you agree or disagree with any comments made here! 🙂

And any tips you may have, even if you are NOT from the UK, may well help somebody somewhere so do feel free to join in, wherever you are based! 

Part 1 was     To Eat Or Not To Eat 

Part 3 is      Get Off Your Backsides And Get A Job

Part 4 is      Do Not Have Children Until You Are Financially Ready To! 

 

IT’S ALL YOUR OWN FAULT

1. The assertion seemed to be that if you are poor, then somehow you had brought that upon yourself, and one thought was that it was easy to have avoided that by taking out insurances against this kind of thing happening…well, have any of you actually read the very tiny print on these things?

I had a prime example of one a few years ago that stated IN VERY TINY PRINT right near the end of lots of meaningless tiny print, that in order to claim when required, I had to have been in continuous employment with the same employer for no less than 40 hours per working week, for no less than 50 weeks per year for a period of at least 4 years in order to claim!

Surely most people’s holiday entitlements would negate that, let alone the simple fact that most jobs these days are contracted for shorter terms and are transient.

I like too many others didn’t catch on to that untill the day came that I needed help!

2.  Yet another of the “it’s your own fault” brigade stated that those who reckoned they were too poor to eat simply aren’t budgeting correctly. Now, I would love for someone to explain to me how, whether a household is working or not, it is possible to “budget correctly” when the basic but necessary bills are rising all the time at over-inflation rates, food prices have pretty much doubled, both private and public transport costs have done and are set to rise more soon, and several greedy banks and landlords have orchestrated higher costs in mortgages and rents between them. Given that keeping a roof over your head is the most important requirement, closely followed by paying the inherent costs that are associated with having a home, in my opinion the only area you can really control and cut back on is the food costs. Especially since a lot of people are suffering job losses, no wage rises and in some cases, even pay cuts.

3. And what about those who DID do everything “right”?

The whole, studied hard, got good well-paying jobs, paid into good pensions with fantastic forecasts, stuck through it all and then got made redundant once over the age of 50 something………with pension pots that either miraculously disappeared overnight or got stolen outright. Was that their own fault?

 Did they somehow bring that upon themselves?

It’s no wonder really that so many people, worldwide and not just in the UK, are rightly angry at how life has turned out for them, especially when we all read daily how the “powers-that-be” are telling us what WE have all been doing wrong whilst THEY continue to live in relative luxury at our expense!

4.  When I was at school, I did everything considered to be right at the time, I studied hard, got good grades, chose what I thought was a steady career and trained well in that. ( despite being told by the teachers that hairdressing or secretarial work was deemed more “appropriate” for a girl, I went into engineering, which at the time the UK was renowned for!) Every job I have had, I have put my heart and soul into, my mum’s old saying was if you are going to do any job, do it well has never left me. I have undertaken some horrendously nasty jobs to keep my head above water, yet always done them well and to the point of exhaustion on my part!

Four career changes and almost 30 years later, I am pretty much penniless, don’t own my own home and somewhat disillusioned with the various money-grabbing and selfish employers I have suffered working for in the past. Is that then somehow my own fault? Maybe it is, maybe I should have been more “me” orientated, and selfish and maybe just a little dishonest in life….but then that wouldn’t have been the real me. For now I am content with the knowledge of what I want to be doing and how I am going to achieve that aim.

 

More on my story thus far    HERE   if anyone is interested

 

To be continued……………

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Part 1 Of How Can Anyone In The UK Possibly Be Poor? – Eating Well Or Starving To Pay Bills?

These posts have stemmed from a debate that was started accidentally elsewhere, and although it had started getting a bit personal there, it has raised some interesting questions, and some further areas I would like to explore, and I feel the subject deserves an airing here. I will make it fairly easy to respond to any section that you wish to by numbering various points that were made,do feel free to add your views but do try to keep them general and free from swearing please!

Most of these unless otherwise stated are my own personal views and I will NOT take it personally if you disagree, in fact that would make for a healthy all-round discussion. I would like to add here that I was one of the privileged high-earners and big spenders myself untill the UK’s industry took a huge nose-dive, so I do know what it’s like from both sides of the fence!

I will happily approve all comments that follow the above remit, whether you agree or disagree with any comments made here! 🙂

And any tips you may have, even if you are NOT from the UK, may well help somebody somewhere so do feel free to join in, wherever you are based!

Part 2 is      It’s All Your Own Fault 

Part 3 is      Get Off Your Backsides And Get A Job

Part 4 is      Do Not Have Children Until You Are Financially Ready To!

 

TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT

1 – The debate starts with the general cost of food and living, what do you consider to be poor, not being able to afford to eat out/order a takeaway?

Or simply not being able to put food on the table?

There were those who thought that simply not being able to enjoy a meal out now and then anymore placed them in the realms of hardship, and others who really and truly don’t have enough money left after paying out for mortgage/rent, bills etc to be able to eat well every day.

Some came up with suggestions that poorer people must inherently have more time on their hands to shop better, trawl around looking for mark-downs and bargains, and surely in a better position than most to make use of these.

That’s great if you do indeed have time spare in a low-waged hectic life, AND happen to live in an area where large supermarkets and other likely mark-down establishments are plentiful and local, or even where public transport is cheaply and readily available. This idea doesn’t work for those not living in or near a large city, nor for those with small or school-aged children as reductions do tend to be made past most kiddies bedtime, and having dragged my little man off to the shops late at night on what is where I live quite expensive public transport only to find there were no mark-downs that evening so money thrown away, that idea is sadly not really an option for me. I myself used to live in London, Birmingham and Sheffield, and yes great bargains can be found in large built-up areas, but alas not in the “sticks”.

 

2. Another  suggestion was that the poor should help themselves by baking cakes and selling/swapping them in local shops for vegetables etc to help themselves out. I have priced up what it would cost me to make, say, 10 apple pies, which on my budget equated to 2/3rd’s of my total weekly income left after rent and bills, and then today I made an effort to walk to the few local shops we have left here to see if they would be interested in swaps, and if so what for?

Their response?

Unsurprisingly, most said they wouldn’t be able to consider this as it would contravene some rules on food safety and traceability, not that they doubted my cooking prowess, but if a food poisoning outbreak should occur, then they wouldn’t want to be taking that risk, also that aside, I would have gotten in return goods far less in value than my original outlay!

So, great suggestion if you live in an old-fashioned local village, not so great for the majority who live in urban hellholes.

3.  Another suggestion was that the poor should grow their own, again not a very well thought out idea. Great if you happen to have a garden you can do this in, but if you are in a high-rise flat not so easy. I myself don’t have access to the garden, although it is supposed to be a shared one, (don’t ask), yet this year set up a lot of things growing in pots, all given to me through Freecycle ( well worth checking out in your local area) or bought very cheaply here and there, but even so, my total outlay on seeds, pots and soil this year represents well over a month’s income for me BEFORE rent, and thanks to a combination of the weather, some hungry wildlife eating most of my plants, and an unsympathetic landlord ( the pots were considered to be unsightly!) my rewards foodwise are NOT going to be worthwhile financially, although the pleasure my son has gotten out of the exercise and the seeds I have cross-germinated will be fantastic for my small-holding plans next year.

 

To be continued……………

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The Looter’s Prayer – A Joke……Or Is It?

This was sent by email to me today, sad but most likely true!

THE LOOTER’S PRAYER 

Our Father, who art in prison,
Mum doesn’t know his name,
Rioting done,
You’ll read it in The Sun,
In Birmingham as it is in London.
Give us this day our dole money cheque,
And forgive us for rioting,
As we forgive those who give ASBOs against us.
Lead us not into employment,
But deliver us free housing.
For thine is smashed windows,
The plasmas and nicked computers,
For ever and ever,
Innit

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A Solution For The UK Rioters – Petition To Government

Further to my previous post on the    riots in Tottenham    and after seeing even more horrific footage on the news about the insane spread of the violence and troubles, below is my personal take on the problem, the result, a solution and the possible outcomes if such a solution were to actually happen. Do feel free to add your own views, short of swearing I WILL publish all comments, both for and against these ideas, it would be great if we managed between us all to get enough comments here to be able to present this page as a people’s petition to the UK Government, non-political but totally united in our wish to live peaceably in our own homes, streets and towns without fear of thuggery, theft and mindless vandalism.

This senseless rioting has NOTHING to do with what the police may or may not have gotten wrong in the Duggan incident, and has EVERYTHING to do with opportunism and the “we are untouchable” mentality that has arisen in sections of our society, and for the record, out of all the footage I have been so ashamed as a UK citizen watching, I have seen youths and persons of both sexes and ALL races involved in the destruction and robbery.

The Problem

Parents are no longer allowed to discipline their children properly when it is required ( and in a lot of cases have no desire to do so, nor indeed any interest in their kids at all)

Mother’s have been systematically forced into work so there is no parent available for them when kids finish their school day.

School teachers and the police can no longer apply discipline where needed in the classrooms nor on the streets without fear of retribution and job loss from the PC “human rights” brigade, thugs rights seem to have soared way higher than normal everyday citizens rights.

These so-called “disassociated” kids, who claim they have nothing and no future hope, despite wearing the very latest in designer clothing and footwear, not to mention the newest gadgetry on the market, have no concept of the simple fact that you do not get something for nothing in this world we ALL live in.

The Result

Mass riots and wanton destruction throughout the UK.

Ordinary law-abiding people’s lives completely destroyed.

Police and fire services left hanging on the front line helpless thanks to far too much Government Red Tape constraining them.

Our prisons are going to be far too overcrowded, and costs for keeping these criminals is going to spiral out of all proportion for something that is in fact ineffective.

My Solution

Allow the policemen on the beat to actually do what they used to be able to do years ago, if they catch someone committing even an apparently small offence let them discipline the youth concerned, then take him/her back home so the parents can then also discipline them.

Allow teachers a lot more powers to discipline in the classroom where necessary, in order to help nip problems in the bud and also prevent class-wide disruption.

Instead of short soft sentences in prison with the free TV and video games there, install a National Service system of two years duration, whereby any CRIMINAL under say 25 years old, and over 12 years old ( lets face it if they are already that much of a problem at 12, continuing schooling simply isn’t going to work) who has committed a public order offence or something that would usually result in an ASBO, instead does their time with the Army.

( I do NOT advocate simply placing everyone on a National Service scheme, just those who obviously though their criminal behaviour refuse to be a part of normal society)

This would save wasting more public money and time on prisons, which obviously are no longer a deterrent and to be honest just breeds re-offenders en mass. It would also give these kids the discipline and respect that they so badly need in a controlled environment, the chance to learn a trade ( mechanics, electronics etc) and I rather suspect at least half of the “recruits” at the end of their two-year term might well find themselves actually wanting a career in the Armed Forces, thereby solving the recruitment problem that currently exists.

To me this would be a much cheaper and far more effective way of dealing with a growing problem that we are now facing.

Added to the above would be the extra benefit that many parents of troublesome teens over 12 yrs old, would then be no longer able to claim extra financial benefits in the name of their offspring nor the social housing that they currently enjoy, cut their beer/drug money handouts, make them move home for two years untill their offspring return, then sit back on the waiting lists like everyone else has to do.

Possible Outcome

If the above solution was to be acted upon and soon, I believe the savings from the reduced government handouts in benefits, tax credits and housing payments would more than pay for the basic set-up and living costs of running the National Service. The repercussions throughout those in our society who believe they deserve to live off tax-payers backs would be massive, once they realise that WE mean it and it IS actually happening for real, a lot of them would shape-up as it were, and although the initial numbers “joining” the National Service programme I suspect would be high, after a couple of years this would undoubtedly drop to an easily manageable level, and not only that, those who choose NOT to join the Armed Forces for real after their time would still come out much more rounded citizens with a strong sense of discipline and quite likely a good start in a new career in hands-on trades that this country so badly needs right now in order to rebuild our way out of this recession.

DO let me know what YOU think

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