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By 999 Call for the NHS, Jun 22 2017 08:00PM



999 Call for the NHS is on a mission to expose the myths about “balanced budgets” that all three main parties have signed up to. These myths, that we are all guilty of swallowing at some point in the last twenty years, stem from basic misapprehensions about the creation and injection of money into the econpmy and stand in the way of politicians committing themselvs and their party to properly funding the NHS, social care and all other public services.


There is clearly a double standard when it comes to government spending: it’s apparently fine to spend pots of public money on corporate welfare - but not on public services.


While public services are taking the hit -which is exactly the purpose of this thin we call “austerity” - massive corporate welfare payments amount to around £85bn/year, according to an audit carried out by Kevin Farnsworth, social policy lecturer at York University. LINK HERE


Our NHS, like other services, is being run down and sold for want of adequate funding - but currently the UK government gives - GIVES!!! - £6bn/year subsidies to fossil fuel industries operating in the UK


FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES


and a further £3.7bn subsidies to fossil fuel production overseas FOSSIL FUEL SUBS ABROAD in countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia and China. Um... pardon? You heard right...


New tax breaks for North Sea oil and gas production announced by the ex-chancellor, George Osborne, in 2015 will cost us taxpayers a further £1.7bn by 2020, according to government figures. DOWNLOAD


Before the G20 summit in 2014, Kevin Watkins, director of the British think tank the Overseas Development Institute, said:


“The evidence points to a publicly financed bail-out for carbon-intensive companies, and support for uneconomic investments that could drive the planet far beyond the internationally agreed target of limiting global temperature increases to no more than 2C.


“This is real money which could be put into schools or hospitals. It is simply not economic to invest like this. This is the insanity of the situation. They are diverting investment from economic low-carbon alternatives such as solar, wind and hydro-power and they are undermining the prospects for an ambitious UN climate deal in 2015.”


Nothing seems to have changed.


The World Health Organisation estimates that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. WHO LINK It makes for terrifying reading and is a clear case for a country like ours preparing for the long term future and making ready a health service that can help not only our society but those who are allies and on whom we depend for goods and services.




while the state is giving private companies an increasing amount in direct handouts, the money repaid in corporate taxation is falling almost year upon year. GUARDIAN £93 billion ARTICLE


This is a practice that needs to stop. To do this all politicians need to get their heads clear on how the economy works. How Austerity measures are simply stagnating and strangling our society.


It seems we the people who must help them.






So whilst the case is made over and over that " we cannot afford a health service" and that it is up to us as individuals to pay for it - silently and sneakily the perpetrators of Austerity, the big fatcat corporations are being handed valuable amounts of public money to do what? It will not return to the public purse. It will sit in a corporate bank account doing what? Buidling the economy?


And this is where we return to the fundamental issue. The economy is not HOW MUCH MONEY there is - large amounts of the stuff siiting idle in the pockets of the rich. (We're always told we're the 6th largest Economy yet we cant afford an NHS?) The Economy is about how much MONEY IS MOVING in the circular wave-like pattern that indicates a healthy growing economy.


A government invests by spending on public services and infrastrucure, citizens pay it back through buying goods, houses, holidays, taxes. A government invests first. It does not raise taxes in order to spend. That is what Austerity has convinced us.


And it's wrong.






By 999 Call for the NHS, Mar 17 2017 02:27PM

And I'll cry i want to...



Right now not one of the three mainstream political parties has the answers for our NHS, education, public services or our country as a whole, they have no sense or understanding of a good society where equality, fair play and justice exists for all. Austerity has not reduced the National Debt it has increased it and has only served to make the rich even richer whilst the poor get what they deserve - poorer.


Politicians make the right sounds, the right facial expressions and hand gestures but behind their smiles and expressions of sincerity they're either lying at worst, or at best, confused, deluded that they can promote and deliver a better future for our kids to grow up in by delivering the same old tired economic policies that have blighted the nation since the 80s. They've become stuck in the groove of "money is running out, we're just going to have do without".


And in turn we, the nation, having been encouraged to step back from political process have learnt to believe the scenario and we've become addicted to suffering, tightening our belts and closing our wallets because the money trees are running out of fruit. We now take a strange comfort in the assumption that "Times are hard and the world is changing" and we just have to put up and shut up and suffer the consequences.


Such is the limiting, controlling logic of Austerity, the philosophy invented by corporate mindsets determined to destroy public services, public wellbeing and public benevolence because it means they are denied the opportunity to make money. The economic philosophy that is the raison d'etre of those with wealth that is unimaginable for most of us and ultimately utterly pointless for all of us.


Economy is not how much money we have


...it's how much money is circulating between us as wages, profits, taxes. How much is recycled, reintroduced and reused as purchases, mortgages, savings. If millions are now disappearing into offshore tax havens (they are we know it) when will that money enter back into our economy? When will it circulate freely back into our society and maintain the UK as the world's 6th largest economy? The answer? Slowly at best, most likely never.


Soon, as the corporate machine takes over all our public services and filters out our public budgets to offshore accounts (Branson's vast Virgin Island accounts for example) our economy will begin to shrink, the government will shout louder "there's not enough money!" and we will all be told we'll need to be even more careful with money, more resilient in our outlook and tighten our belts even further. A self satisfying philosophy of starving an economy to create a starving economy and a nation of grateful supplicants. A sort of sick economic Stockholm Syndrome as we learn to love the pain of living without the basic rights of health, education and jobs.


So where's the hope in the future ahead?


It lies in us, ordinary people putting ourselves back into politics with courage and determination and some decent honest rethinking of what is needed to provide a healthier future for our children and generations ahead. After decades of being “encouraged” to sit back, feel unworthy and let "others more fitting" take the lead, it's time for a return of ordinary people into the world of decision making and political strategy. Ordinary people with the ability to question not only their opponents but themselves too, the ability to explore and research new monetary thinking,  new methods of international relations, new and trusted methods of educating the nation and how to best deal with the ingrained corporate mindset that is entrenched within the corridors of power, the media and virtually every aspect of our daily lives.


Hope lies in our ability to look back at recent social history and discover what worked well in our past welfare state, the vision at its core, its beginnings and why it sometimes failed, mostly through no fault of its own but through longterm resistance by the established upper classes, the corporate business class and their struggle to remain in control and grow their own wealth. Hope lies in our ability to see that The Austerity Myth began long before it acquired its name. 


Hope lies in talking, sharing ideas with no hidden selfish agenda. It lies in not being afraid of a new political system that creates allies of those who share ideals and can reach beyond the limited tribal habits of current political behaviour patterns. Hope lies in breaking the cultural void of critical thinking in politics, encouraging voters to analyse all of their allegiances, to question their emotional ties to political parties they have remained faithful to out of habit or fear or apathy.



The time is now for voters on all sides of the political spectrum to ask if their MP is truly representing their needs, their desires and their hopes. And if their party is failing them to search for or create an alternative force for political good.


The time is now to demand MPs from all parties declare where they stand on healthcare, social care, private companies taking over our NHS, schools, prisons, public services and where they stand in regard to the dark looming shadow of Austerity. The time is now for ordinary people to step up and create an opposition to the lies and cultural brainwashing of 30yrs of the Austerity mantra.


Hope lies in ordinary people putting themselves in extraordinary circumstances.


That time surely is now.





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