Land Ownership – Who Owns Your Home?

The following blog post I completed a couple of years ago, it has been updated but most of the information with some minor corrections is still applicable. Apologies for odd formatting, try as I might I can’t correct it.

In this environment of increasing inequality when the social divide between the haves and the have-nots increases alarmingly you may find the following quite eye opening.

Here are some interesting facts about land ownership in the UK. Facts which may well surprise you concerning land distribution.

Land ownership facts:
* The UK has 60 million acres of land in total.
* 70% of the land is owned by 1% of the population.
* Just 6,000 or so landowners — mostly aristocrats, but also large institutions and the Crown — own about 40 million acres, two thirds of the UK.
* Britain’s top 20 landowning families have bought or inherited an area big enough to swallow up the entire counties of Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire, with more to spare.
* Big landowners measure their holdings by the square mile; the average Briton living in a privately owned property has to exist on 340 square yards.
* Each home pays £550/ann. on average in council tax while each landowning home receives £12,169/ann. in subsidies. The poor subsidising the super rich. In Ireland where land redistribution occurred, there is no council tax.

* A building plot, the land, now constitutes between half to two- thirds of the cost of a new house.

Source of information:
How Land Affects The Average Person:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/watercity/LandArticle.html  I have included this link as it is the source of the statistics above, however I am not entirely in agreement with all of ideas expressed therein, particularly concerning the use of green belt land for house building.

Please note: These are old statistics above concerning council tax which is now around £1000 plus annually for band A, – prices vary according to each council.

According to the following article some of the most affluent areas pay less council tax than people living in poorer areas.

“Multimillion-pound homes across London areas, including Belgravia, Pimlico and Fulham, attract among the lowest council tax rates in the country, as our ranking of locations by price shows. Westminster is the cheapest local authority, having levied low rates since the Eighties, and charges £678 a year for a “Band D””
Council tax: how does your bill compare?:
More information about land ownership
“Just 0.3% of the population – 160,000 families – own two thirds of the country. Less than 1% of the population owns 70% of the land, running Britain a close second to Brazil for the title of the country with the most unequal land distribution on Earth.”
This is a very interesting article and told me things I did not know for example,  as a result of  historical events, the Queen owns all the land in the entire UK:
William’s 22nd great-granddaughter, who today sits on the throne, is still the legal owner of the whole of England. Even your house, if you’ve been able to afford one, is technically hers. You’re a tenant, and the price of your tenancy is your loyalty to the crown.
I didn’t know that and I doubt if many other people do.

Time for change towards a more modern society, time to ditch this unfair nonsense initiated in times past. Not only is it idiotic it is a social injustice that has no place in a modern society. The UK is a socially regressive country beyond our imagination. I once thought that this was among the most fair and free countries in the world, at least within the framework of the times in which we live or should I say lived. Rather than progressing towards a fairer distribution of wealth we are regressing backwards. People think that socialism or communism is not desirable because they will own nothing. Well we own nothing now!  You are just a tenet!  You own nothing with the exception of your personal property unless you are in debt of course than you own nothing! While the monarch’s ownership of our property may seem a technically it exists nonetheless.

 

Related links

The south downs owned by private landowners:
https://whoownsengland.org/2018/02/16/who-owns-the-south-downs/

Also note that 95% of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is owned by private landowners.

National Park Authority owns less than four per cent of land in the Lake District. The rest is owned by organisations such as the National Trust, United Utilities, Forestry Commission and other private landowners.

Who owns England Grouse moors:
https://whoownsengland.org/2016/10/28/who-owns-englands-grouse-moors/

Who owns England is a fascinating blog, visit the home page for more eye-opening facts
https://whoownsengland.org/

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Tories Out: Please Attend Demo Tuesday November 21st

A bit short notice if you are not already aware of the following protest, but if you can please do join the demonstration outside Downing street and around the country taking place tomorrow Tuesday November 21st.

If you can’t participate in the protest please send an email to your MP supporting the demonstration.

Contact your MP
http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Or Send him or her a Tweet

Your MP’s Twitter address will be included in the above contact information. All you need is to enter your postcode

There are other events nationwide.

PROTEST

#SackTheTories
Stop the Universal Credit Crisis – Stop Tax Avoidance – Fund Our NHS
Day of action ahead of the Budget

Tuesday 21 November, Nationwide

Check out more details click below:

#SACKTHETORIES – BUDGET DAY PROTEST

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/budget_toriesout

The Tories have been accused of “economic murder” and rightly so as their relentless austerity policies have resulted in the deaths of 120,000 people.

120000 DEATHS LINKED TO AUSTERITY

The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.

Continue reading:
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/120000

The Tories’ destruction of our welfare system is unrelenting.With every passing day more and more shocking facts come to light as vulnerable and poor people are plunged ever deeper into poverty and despair.

Here are some of the latest

A cheap stunt by the government over Universal Credit will lead to thousands of children a year being worse off

“The government has made a significant change to the controversial roll out of Universal Credit. It’s launched a consultation on proposed changes to a policy affecting over one million children. It says more children will be helped by the plans.

But dig a little deeper into the details and it actually seems like a cheap stunt. Because the proposals could eventually lead to around 16,000 of the most deprived children being worse off every year.”

Read More:
https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2017/11/18/cheap-stunt-government-universal-credit-will-lead-thousands-children-year-worse-off/

No Money for Christmas for 60,000 households with 40,000 children

Landlords have already sent out notifications anticipating that their tenets will not be able to pay rent as a result of delays to Universal Credit (UC).

Note the following:

Food bank use has increased 30% in areas where UC has been rolled out

3 million families are losing an average of 2,000 a year as a result of UC

Action on poverty says that more than a million children will be in poverty due to cuts as a result of universal credit.

Does this insensitive robotic woman have no feelings. The number of people being evicted has gone down so she says in the above video, by a whole third, so that makes it all right then despite the fact that two thirds, hundreds of people, continue to be evicted as a result of universal credit. You’re just a number to them, this woman and others of her ilk have no feelings, no compassion no concern for you as an individual.  It has been announced that over Christmas people who are changing to universal credit will get no money until after the christmas period. How the hell are they supposed to survive for six weeks with no income. Hard at anytime but more devastating this time of year.

Please sign the following petition:

A small admin oversight by the government will mean thousands of people will be left penniless this Christmas, without enough to pay their rent or buy food – let alone celebrate Christmas.

Please read more and sign the petition:

Please make an exception to Universal Credit rules this Christmas
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/2998?utm_source=email&utm_medium=blast&utm_campaign=20_11_2017_universal_credit_christmas&bucket=email-blast-20_11_2017_universal_credit_christmas&utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blast2017-11-20

What is happening to poor and disabled people here in the UK is disgusting

The government will not even  investigate whether people claiming Universal Credit are forced to use food banks

Separately, the Peabody Trust housing association, one of the UK’s biggest social landlords, has calculated the delays will put about 23,000 families – with 41,000 children – at risk of destitution in the run-up to Christmas.

The problems are likely to escalate with the extension of Universal Credit. Even by the end of January, only 10 per cent of benefits claimants will be receiving it.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-government-food-banks-benefits-work-pensions-dwp-charities-mps-dan-jarvis-a8048496.html

Here is the reality of UC

Below is a chart showing the impact of UC

The government claim that people struggling without money can claim advance payments. Don’t be fooled. Here is the reality of so called advanced payments:

How the hell can anyone live on £22 a week. Moreover this money has to be paid back!

Here is more of the grim reality of Tory Britain as diseases of the Victorian era return to Salford: rickets and beriberi – thought to be long eradicated – are on the rise due to food poverty according to a shocking new report

Never forget if you vote Tory you are complicit ! Your actions in the ballot box have set the clock back to a time and circumstances that we had hoped had been consigned to history long ago. Your vote is destroying the lives of children and disabled and sick people. Think of that when you sit down to your Christmas dinner, in your warm home and watch your children pay with their new toys. Thanks to your vote Christmas for many people will be like something out of Dickens!

To make matters worse the Tories could care less and even laugh about the suffering caused by UC.

Comment on the Guardian article above which basically sums up the situation.

“One way to judge a society is by our children .If that is the case this cruel tory goverment has proved to be an abject failure .There is a massive divide between the rich and the poor.This has to be a deliberate policy. This goverment has chosen to give more to the very rich at the cost of the poor .There policies are designed to be cruel to those struggling to get by .This Tory goverment are well aware of the plight of the poor .By there actions have proved they don’t care.

Food banks are mistake this goverment has allowed .these statements on our society are just the tip of the ice berg .Our public services a vital life line for us all are collapsing.worse child poverty is rife in our country in 2017 .employment deregulation is seen as outrageous .When the ultra rich benefit from tax breaks ,and then to add insult to injury use tax havens to avoid there responsibility to society we all live in .The duty of any goverment is to ensure its citizens are treated fairly .Its obvious this goverment has failed.”

If you can, please attend your nearest protest tomorrow.

Also please write to your MP express in the strongest terms, though politely, your outrage concerning the continuous onslaught of misery and suffering caused by Universal Credit and other benefit cuts and changes on vulnerable members of our society including children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Contact your MP
http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Disgusting Callous Tories Set to Massacre 33,000 Badgers

What gives the vile disgusting Tories the right to massacre 33,000 defenceless badgers who have as much right to exist as any other creature. A total of eleven new licenses have been issued.

The majority of people oppose the massacre of badgers but yet again the Tories do what the hell they like regardless of democracy,
ethics -sadly an alien concept to the Tories – or plain and simple common decency.

Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot

Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016.

The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with Somerset and Wiltshire having three each, with others in Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Continue reading:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/11/huge-increase-badger-culling-see-up-to-33500-animals-shot

As usual it’s all about money, they don’t give a damn about the cows. It is simply killing one animal, badgers, so that there are more of another animal, cows, to kill to satisfy the palates of meat eaters in order for them to eat a food that is not natural and eaten simply for pleasure, while making a profit of course. That’s what it is all about these days profit profit bloody profit at the expense of most people, other animals and the environment.

Take Action

I waited a couple of days before posting but so far there are no current petitions, at least none that I can find, relating directly to this new round of killings, if anyone knows of a petition please leave a link in the comments.

Update Sept 16th – Thank you to Animalista Untamed for finding the following petition and information concerning the latest culling.

Please sign and share:

Stop the UK Badger Cull

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-badger-cull/

Also

#CANTHECULL

“In 2013 the British Government started its current and unrelenting campaign of badger culling to counteract the devastation and spread of bovine TB in cattle. In response to the mass opposition by over 300,000 members of the public, badger groups, and wildlife campaigners DEFRA appointed an Independent Expert Panel to assess the effectiveness of the culls; the IEP assessed the culls as ‘ineffective and inhumane’.”

Continue reading for current detailed information and other actions you may take:

https://www.badger.org.uk/can-the-cull

Here is a related petition

Demand those responsible for the illegal snaring and shooting of badgers in the Peak District area of England are prosecuted.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/504/817/429/demand-an-end-to-the-mass-wildlife-slaughter-on-peak-district-shooting-estate/

In any circumstance a letter or e-mail is helpful to leave the government in no doubt concerning public opinion.

Write to your MP particularly if he or she is a Tory expressing politely your objects to the cull/killing

Contact your MP:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Labour have pledged to end the cull/killing but it might be an idea to write to them anyway and make your protest as it will show the level of public opposition to this disgusting massacre of animals who have a much right to inhabit the countryside which is their natural environment as we have.

A message from Bill Oddie

Related Links for more information

The government has just admitted the badger cull isn’t working. But it’s going to kill another 30,000 of them anyway.

On Monday 11 September, the government released a report [pdf] showing that the so-called ‘Badger Cull’ hasn’t actually worked. But at exactly the same time, it also announced a sharp increase in the cull; which could mean up to [pdf p13-14] another 33,841 being killed (more than a 200% increase on 2016).

Read more and do check out the report by clicking the link report [pdf]
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/09/11/the-government-has-just-admitted-the-badger-cull-isnt-working-but-its-going-to-kill-another-30000-of-them-anyway/

League Against Cruel Sport
https://www.league.org.uk/badger-cull?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI44rDz-qf1gIVzJPtCh2hGgq0EAAYASAAEgK7L_D_BwE

Stop the badger cull

Facebook

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stop.the.cull/

Keep an eye on what’s happening and join the action if possible:

Hunt Saboteurs Association on Twitter https://twitter.com/HuntSabs

Charlottesville: Ways To Help

Racist organisations like the KKK, neo-nazis and white supremacists should be banned. Racism or any discrimination, hate speech and violence have no place in any civilised society. No one should have the freedom to incite hatred and promote inequality. It’s not freedom of speech, it’s a crime. No society should tolerate, racism or any kind of hate fueled rhetoric, bigotry and intolerance.

Enough Is Enough: White Nationalism Should Not Be a Protected Form of Free Speech

“Groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Unite The Right are not mere political groups. They are hate groups who have, for a century — or, in the KKK’s case, much longer — openly advocated violence and terror as a means of achieving their agendas. These individuals maintain views that quite literally align with the Nazis who tried to conquer Europe, with a key goal being the extermination and enslavement of “inferior” races, like Jews and Slavs.”

Continue reading:
http://www.care2.com/causes/enough-is-enough-white-nationalism-should-not-be-a-protected-form-of-free-speech.html

Why the hell can’t we all learn to live together regardless of race, creed, gender or any other perceived difference. There is so much misery in the world, I cannot understand why people such as these vile excuse for human beings have to create more. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if equality, tolerance and acceptance of each person was common place. Human beings should have no enemies other than death and disease, certainly not each other. Yet racism and other intolerance thrives and is on the increase along with the insatiable greed of the few at the expense of the many. We should unite for a better world where inequality, intolerance, social injustice, racism and any other prejudices are a thing of the past, a world where we can live out our lives in peace promoting the common good of all, including the other species with whom we share this world, and put all our energies in preserving this planet for all, including future generations.

Take Action

Please check out Care2’s suggestions for how you can help Charlottesville in the aftermath of this terrible incident of open racism, bigotry and hate.

It’s Up to Us to Stop White Supremacist Rallies Throughout America

“…mobilize your communities to get white supremacists out, because community resistance works.

Organizers successfully shut down a rally in Colorado Springs, another at Texas A&M, and one in Richmond to protest the removal of Confederate monuments. The “peaceful” March on Google, organized by white supremacists in nine different cities, following the firing of James Damore has also been canceled!

Below, you’ll find a list of upcoming white supremacist rallies in the United States. Add your name to petitions calling for permit denials — and if there isn’t a petition yet, start one! Join us in saying good night to the self-described “alt-right“!”

Read More and take action. Note some of the rallies have been and gone but there are still plenty of other rallies:
August 26th and 27th and September 9th plus other suggested actions. 

http://www.care2.com/causes/its-up-to-us-to-stop-white-supremacist-rallies-throughout-america.html

How to Help in the Wake of Charlottesville

“Care2 offers some concrete suggestions for how you can help Charlottesville in the aftermath of this terrible incident.”

Read more and take as many of the suggested actions as you can.
http://www.care2.com/causes/how-to-help-in-the-wake-of-charlottesville.html

There is some way most of us can help including signing the following petition:

Petition

Label the “KKK” a terrorist organization!

“The KKK is a HATE group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people of color through the decades. The recent deadly events in Charlottesville make it clear that members of these groups are willing to kill to advance their efforts to start a race war. ”

Please read more,sign and share this petition. Groups such as the KKK have no place in any modern society. There hate fill rhetoric incitements to violence and the acts of violence perpetrated or encourage by them are crimes and it is time they were recognised as such.

Read more and please sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/946/021/684/label-the-%22kkk%22-a-terrorist-organization/

Please read the following, which over the weekend was Care2’s Daily Action and features a Human Rights Campaign video, and share widely, the world needs to know these are not “fine people” but racist fascist thugs who must not become an accepted part of American society.

Donald Trump: These Are Not “Fine People”

“Last weekend the world watched in horror as white supremacists, neo-nazis, and KKK members marched with torches and violently clashed with anti-fascist protestors in Virginia.

Instead of condemning hate, President Trump has blamed “both sides” for violence, and criticized the media’s coverage of the violent event, even going as far to say there were “very fine people” at the rally.

Video shows that this isn’t the case. White supremacists shouted racial and homophobic chants and insults to protestors, and one woman was killed when a White supremacist purposefully drove his car through a group of peaceful demonstrators.

There is only one side spewing hate. Watch the Human Rights Campaign video and share with your networks.

https://www.facebook.com/humanrightscampaign/?hc_ref=ARRVRWv-rCldYBLQA6_UyHY7jXWtATWsdzK-I7Pm9qndfgkGmT9JO834hUaRcZJH3t0&fref=nf

Frankly RACISTS DISGUST ME, don’t they think that there is enough hatred, violence and misery in the world without people like them creating more.
It is important to note that there are many people who oppose racism.
Tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters have opposed the “Free Speech” rally in Boston that featured right-wing speakers.
Read The Full story:
Boston march against right-wing rally draws thousands

Tories Out: Protest the Tory Conference

The world is now ever more turbulent and it is increasingly more difficult to know where to begin to protest the onslaught as equality, social justice, decency, compassion fight against a seething mass of bigotry, social injustice, racism, right wing subjugation of the poor, increased abuse of animals, war … well the list is just so long. The headlines, as biased to the right as they are here in the UK, mostly seem more interested in Sport, the new opiate of the people,  than much else. Seemingly sport is more important  than the misery mostly inflicted by the right wing and those of right wing mentality – the other night a sports segment on the BBC came before any mention of the fiasco in North Korea where two psychopaths who hold so much power rattle their sabres with the resulting possibility of  leading us to the brink of nuclear war.

Undercover of all this the Tories continue their agenda with increasingly more austerity as if the disaster of Grenville Tower, the result of austerity, greed and neglect had never happened.

Right wing political ideology, particularly in its extremes as is the case today, will never bring about social justice, a fair world and a just society, it therefore must be eliminated permanently.

The world it seems is becoming more right wing, more fascist, racist and intolerant and the struggle to procure a decent existence for us all more of a challenge. I am shocked by the displays of open racism in the USA, the violence, hate, bigotry and intolerance.   What an appalling display of hate in Charlottesville as an ugly crowd of vile racist thugs, emboldened by the bigoted rhetoric of Trump’s extreme right wing agenda, wreaked mayhem. Such has no place in the modern world, it is sickening to every decent person.

We need to bring about change in the world urgently including here in the UK. We need to stop the spread of the right wing chaos that is making the lives of millions a living nightmare.

We have to keep speaking out against the rise in right wing agendas which are changing our world, taking it back to a time we once thought had passed into history.

Here the Tories systematic destruction of our social progress seems to go unnoticed lately.

Take Action –  Join a protest in Manchester. 

If you live in or can get to Manchester here is an opportunity to voice your protest.

Please Join a protest organised by The Peoples Assembly

“TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL 2017 – #TORIESOUT

Saturday 30 September – Wednesday 4 October – Protest the Tory Party Conference

Join us this autumn in Manchester for a huge political and cultural festival to coincide with the Tory Party conference.”

You can find more details about the protest here:
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/manchester2

Please read the following from the People’s Assembly’s Facebook Page

“NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP | TORIES OUT
FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION

The People’s Assembly will be holding a week of protest, demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings all across Manchester while the Conservative Party hold their conference there.

The week of action will include a national demonstraiton on the day the Conservative Party Conference opens:

National Demonstration, Sunday 1 October
Assemble 12pm, Castlefield Arena Rice Street, Manchester M3 4JR

The election result has left Theresa May and the Conservative Party with a weak, unstable Government and represents a rejection of their vicious policies that only benefit those at the top.

The week of action will demonstrate the huge opposition to the politics of austerity, racism and war and demand an alternative that works for everyone. Full timetable avaliable soon – accomodation & transport will be avaliable.

We are compiling the timetable of events for the week. Keep checking our website for details. If you are part of an organisation, band, performer or speaker who would like to take part in the week, please email us.”

www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

You can access this and other information here:
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/

This is great opportunity to speak out please consider taking part.

Please share information about this event widely.

If you need some encouragement here are some reminders of the Tories huge contribution to the misery of life for the majority of us.

List of Tory policies we need to get rid of along with the Tories

Austerity which transferred wealth from the majority, including the poorest made increasingly more poor, to the already fabulously wealthy.
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/are-people-finally-waking-up-to-fact.html

The more severe cuts were to families with children

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/16/women-austerity-poor-vulnerable-gender-inequality

The severest cuts are to already poor families with children
https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10447/ifs-report-almost-1-3-children-be-poverty-2022-due-uk-austerity-push

Which resulted in:

Massive increase in child poverty by 400,000 since 2010 and still rising WITH WORSE YET TO COME

David Cameron’s legacy is soaring child poverty – with worse to come:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/10/child-poverty-david-cameron-austerity

And an increase in the use of food banks which continue to rise to name just some of the more serious consequences of austerity for the many for the advantage of the few.

Cuts to the NHS
“Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed £20 billion off the NHS budget. Their current spending plans involve a further £22 billion in funding cuts between 2015 and 2020.”
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/why-you-need-to-speak-to-someone-who.html

Cuts to benefits and services to disabled people so extreme that it has brought condemnation from the united nations

The systematic Tory abuse of disabled people
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/the-systematic-tory-abuse-of-disabled.html

Cuts to fire and police services Tories have reduced police jobs by 34,000 with the result of an astonishing rise in the crime rate with more cuts on the way. A similar situation exist concerning fire fighters with 10,000 job cuts , again with more cuts planned by 2020.

Cuts to education Continued cuts to education are planned.

The education system is broken says one teacher:

I’ve been a teacher for five years, but cuts are making me say goodbye to education:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/cuts-to-education-teachers-bbc-food-banks-public-money-austerity-driving-phones-a7857846.html

Education cuts forced back in Hackney
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/25886

Also keep in mind the huge increase in student tuition fees of £9.000, 2/3 of students will never be able to repay their debts

Well the list is long.

The above are highlights of the damaging Tory policies which affect the vast majority of us and which are the more familiar.

Here is a detailed list of thirty damaging Tory policies which includes some of the above links and from which much of the information above was scoured.

30 things you should know about the Tory record
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/30-things-you-should-know-about-tory.html

For a thorough run down of the detrimental policies of the Tory government the above article and its links are highly recommended

We must do all we can short of violence to rid ourselves of this blight to humanity (namely RIGHT WING POLITICS) the other species with whom we share this world and the plant itself if we are to ever have a decent existence which values the right to life, and a good quality of life, for every being that exists. Ousting the Tories and replacing with a real socialist Jeremy Corbyn is a good way to start.

 

Trump: Take Action

You know there is just so much going on in the world that it is difficult to keep pace with the disastrous events which affect the vast majority of us, in particular the poor, the sick and other vulnerable people. There is so much injustice in the world it is staggering . It is not only that we are making little progress in this regard but it is that we are taking steps backwards, particularly in rich countries such as the USA and the UK.

With all the terrible events here in the UK it has been some time since the focus of this blog has turned to the USA where some of the worse social injustice, including constant attacks on healthcare, and environmental damage is gathering considerable and very rapid momentum and there seems less opposition, less protest. Concerning damage to the environment, Trump’s Mexican Boarder wall Will be Exempt From All Environmental Laws

Below are a few simple and quick actions you can take concerning some of the more recent outrages by the Trump administration.

Petitions

Unbelievable! Trump calls for police brutality! As if there is not enough already! Please sign and share petition

“Trump spoke in front of an audience of Suffolk County Police and family and called on them to use violence against anyone in their custody. The crowd cheered as Trump told them not to shield a detainee’s head on their way into a police car. ”

Please continue reading, sign and share:

Disavow Trump’s Call For Police Brutality
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/273/909/257/disavow-trumps-call-for-police-brutality/

For more information please read the following article:

Trump Encourages More Police Brutality:
http://www.care2.com/causes/trump-encourages-more-police-brutality.html

Petition to Tell Congress to Impeach Trump

Tell Congress: Impeach Donald Trump
http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/impeach-trump/?t=1&refcode=g-DTJimpeach0711.d-20170711.m-9525.s-33437&akid=9525.2630474.GFVaoT

Visit Action Hub

This website lists ways to help protest and resist Trump, it collects action alerts and calls to action from more than 30 different websites. A wealth of information and ideas, there is something here for everyone, a very useful resource for anyone who wishes to bring about change or protect themselves.

What Do I Do About Trump.com is a resource hub for people who are upset about Trump’s Presidency.

http://whatdoidoabouttrump.com/

What Do I Do About Trump.com/Action Hub on Twitter: https://twitter.com/calltoactionhub

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RESISTING EXTREMISM IN AMERICA, ONE PHONE CALL AT A TIME.

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https://dailyaction.org/

The next link lists change org petitions relating to Trump and the Trump administration

Accountability for the Trump Administration
https://www.change.org/m/demand-action-from-president-elect-donald-trump

There are an incredible 6,431,670 supporters 7,547 petitions. You could start by signing a petition to the US senate to stop Climate Skeptic Scott Pruitt from taking the position of head of EPA. Scott Pruitt, “…represents a serious threat to the future of global climate change and cooperative efforts to prevent catastrophic and irreversible damage to the health of the planet. Regardless of political affiliation, we as Americans have a responsibility to ourselves, to future generations, and to the rest of the world to work towards a clean and sustainable United States.”
https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-don-t-let-scott-pruitt-dismantle-the-epa?source_location=movement

Please take action whether it is signing one petition or making one phone call or a demonstration all actions count.

Whether large or small all actions make a difference

This mother directed thousands of anti-Trump activists with texts sent from her living room

Capitol Hill mom directs thousands of anti-Trump activists with texts sent from her living room
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/a-capitol-hill-mom-directs-thousands-of-anti-trump-activists-by-sending-texts-from-her-living-room/2017/01/27/cf0538f2-e447-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.2eb38d946c79

Related Links

Trumponomics Is Killing American Prosperity

“So far Trump doesn’t seem like a great deal for people living the United States. Millions of people’s livelihoods are being threatened by his policies”
http://www.care2.com/causes/trumponomics-is-killing-american-prosperity.html

A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/

Trump’s wall will cost US Tax payers $1.6 billion, it will impact the human rights of Native Americans and asylum seekers.
It is money which could be better spent on providing health care, housing and education.

House approves spending bill with $1.6 billion for the border wall.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/27/politics/spending-bill-vote-border-wall-money/index.html

Here is the latest concerning the controversy over Trump’s Mexico wall

Trump’s Border Wall Will Be Exempt From All Environmental Laws:

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws and regulations that would get in the way of the border wall in San Diego getting off the ground.
http://www.iflscience.com/environment/trumps-border-wall-will-be-exempt-from-all-environmental-laws/

Trump to Peña Nieto: border wall not so important – just don’t say you won’t pay

Report reveals leaked transcripts of phone call between US and Mexican presidents, in which Trump begs Peña Nieto not to tell press he won’t pay for wall.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/donald-trump-mexico-australia-call-transcripts-border-wall

Whoever pays for the wall it is money that could be spent on improving people’s lives not bigotry and segregation.

 

Justice For Grenfell

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Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor

The victims of Grenfell Tower didn’t just die. Austerity, outsourcing and deregulation killed them – just as Victorian Manchester killed the poor then.

While in Victorian Manchester, Friedrich Engels struggled to name the crime visited on children whose limbs were mangled by factory machines, or whose parents were killed in unsafe homes. Murder and manslaughter were committed by individuals, but these atrocities were something else: what he called social murder. “When society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual,” he wrote in 1845, in The Condition of the Working Class in England.

Over 170 years later, Britain remains a country that murders its poor. When four separate government ministers are warned that Grenfell and other high rises are a serious fire risk, then an inferno isn’t unfortunate. It is inevitable. Those dozens of Grenfell residents didn’t die: they were killed. What happened last week wasn’t a “terrible tragedy” or some other studio-sofa platitude: it was social murder.

While in Victorian Manchester, Friedrich Engels struggled to name the crime visited on children whose limbs were mangled by factory machines, or whose parents were killed in unsafe homes. Murder and manslaughter were committed by individuals, but these atrocities were something else: what he called social murder. “When society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual,” he wrote in 1845, in The Condition of the Working Class in England.Over 170 years later, Britain remains a country that murders its poor. When four separate government ministers are warned that Grenfell and other high rises are a serious fire risk, then an inferno isn’t unfortunate. It is inevitable. Those dozens of Grenfell residents didn’t die: they were killed. What happened last week wasn’t a “terrible tragedy” or some other studio-sofa platitude: it was social murder.

Please continue reading the entire article
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/engels-britain-murders-poor-grenfell-tower

Austerity killed the victims of Grenfell –  the deadliest fire in Britain since the country began keeping records at the turn of the 20th century, claiming at least 87 victims  – as it has killed the victims of cruel Tory welfare reforms, and those who have died as a result of cuts to the NHS Austerity will continue to kill the most vulnerable members of our society while the small majority continue to sanction by their vote the gravely unjust treatment of poor people.

Behind austerity is the greed of the rich who get tax cuts at the expense of the poor/working class, greedy exploitative employers who want employees to literally work for nothing   – there are few laws to protect workers. The list of exploitation of the poor is lengthy and by far the worst example is the Grenfell tower. Eighty people died in the fire because of pure unadulterated greed for a grand saving of £2 a square metre for cladding, about £5,000, of an £8 million refurbishing contract, cladding which was banned in the USA. Further tests show that cladding from 190 tower blocks in 51 local authority areas across England is unsafe and there is a 100 percent failure rate in fire safety tests on cladding used in public high rise buildings.  The British government did not ban the cladding used at Grenfell. Thanks to cuts to local councils, and the slashing of red tape, building inspection has been gutted and privatized. The recent refurbishment of Grenfell was sub-contracted, and a fire-resistant cladding alternative was jettisoned in favor of the cheaper option.

Tory economic polices are designed to move money from the poor to the rich and in the process people are dying.

How many more people have to die before those who vote Tory finally decide enough is enough!

Take Action

Don’t let the shock and horror of this atrocity fade into obscurity

Please sign the following petitions:

This government must carry out a FULLY TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION into the Grenfell tragedy

The investigation into the Grenfell tragedy must be FULLY TRANSPARENT and allow the MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION of the affected residents, their families, and the surrounding community. The government cannot be allowed to cover up any uncomfortable revelations about negligence and poor planning of the Grenfell estate by the Tory-run Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/this-government-must-carry-out-a-fully-transparent-investigation-into-the-grenfell-tragedy-allowing-for-meaningful-participation-of-the-residents-their-families-and-the-surrounding-community-their-voices-must-be-heard

Grenfell Tower: never again

The government were warned time and time again of the fire risks in blocks of flats like this. But these warnings were ignored. Now, pressure is growing for the government to change the law to make buildings like Grenfell Tower safer when there is a fire.

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/grenfell_tower

Please sign to help ensure justice for all victims of Grenfell:

We, the undersigned, call on the Government to announce an immediate amnesty, with permanent residency, for surviving occupants of Grenfell Tower.

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://goodlawproject.org/petition/grenfell-disaster-petition/

You may also want to write to your MP and express you concerns, your anger and outrage. Please be polite.

Contact Your MP:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Related Links

London’s Grenfell Disaster is An Indictment of Austerity

The fire’s victims were caught in the crosshairs of public cuts and a housing crisis.
http://inthesetimes.com/article/20296/londons-grenfell-disaster-is-an-indictment-of-austerity

Examples of Tory welfare reforms kill

BENEFIT TALES -stories from the frontline of benefit changes in the UK.
https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/category/death-after-fit-to-work-decision/

“The rich have broken Britain and it’s the poorest who are paying

The rise in tax breaks for the ultra-rich and austerity measures for everyone else has left Britain on the brink, says Mail Opinion.

Read More
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/rich-broken-britain-its-poorest-10099743