What is the truth about Unemployment?

I saw the headlines today about the latest unemployment figures and they weren’t half being bigged up everywhere. Across the United Kingdom 4.3% adds up to around 1.45 million people. Unemployment is defined as Unemployed people as those without a job who have been actively seeking work in the past 4 weeks and are available to start work in the next 2 weeks. It also includes those who are out of work but have found a job and are waiting to start it in the next 2 weeks. 

Douglas Fraser , BBC Scotland , even did a wee graph that was not all jockland bad .

And the SNP did what they do, what they all do, and something I suppose I find annoying even though I understand why they do it .

Many will say that any reduction is good news, but what is the truth of it all because I haven’t trusted the figures for as long as I can remember and don’t even understand why people still put so much emphasis on them. Business Insider has unemployment really at around 21.5%, and explain it like this:

about 21.5% of British workers are either officially unemployed, inactive, or employed part-time even though they really want full-time work. Some of those people — parents with newborns, university students — may not want jobs right now, but they will want jobs soon. Even when you take those out of the equation, the true rate of people without jobs who want them looks like this, according to analyst Samuel Tombs at Pantheon Economics.

The simple reality is that the figures are pretty much shit, they don’t show economic inactivity or cover the disguised unemployed like those on zero hours contracts or working in the gig economy. The implication with the headlines is that if you want a job then you just have to go and get one, it’s just not true, I know of many people looking for work this summer who can’t even get a reply, let alone an interview. I wish all the political parties would just tell the truth about the real situation in this country, I don’t want to talk the country down and create more problems but by burying our heads in the sand we won’t solve the many problems this country has but I am sick of being taken as an idiot by politicians and those in the media, just tell the f truth.

 

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Gearing up for WAR

Saw this yesterday and thought a) it’s shit and b)we have been here before.

Not that long ago:

I suppose the Tories have to send their big metal aircraft carrier without planes somewhere and North Korea is as good a place as any. Maybe HMS Queen Elizabeth can serve as a big giant floating McDonald’s for the American Military once Trump definately decides that North Korea will be the War for his presidency, what the f is it with these people that they feel the need to kill.

So let’s please not fall for this shit again, poor foreign people through no fault of their own get killed at the hands of the politicians who must have their war.

Time to stand up and be counted, but don’t bet on it!

Back in June, after the Tories were able to garner the right wing nut job vote from the Scottish Liberal and Scottish Labour Unionist Parties, Ruth Davidson said she will argue Scotland’s case “forcefully” to the prime minister after some Tory gains north of the border. She also said: “I’m going to make sure that along with the 13 MPs we’re sending to Westminster, we put Scotland’s case forcefully and make sure that we deliver for Scotland and make sure that the union delivers for Scotland too.”

Well tonight they have their chance, the power grab bill (see below) will be voted on tonight, but don’t hold your breath.

What you will see tonight will be the Tories voting for the Power Grab, you will see the SNP voting against the Power Grab, and what you will find is Labour saying very little about the Power Grab, voting for the Bill or if these RED TORIES hold true to form, many of them will abstain. Will Corbyn even turn up, will he say anything, don’t hold your breath. Lets be clear, no matter what anyone says from the yoons, this is a power grab and a bit of our democracy will die tonight and we will live to regret it.

That NO vote might just have killed democracy as we know it!

Being off work has allowed me to have a bit of time to read and try to follow things, and like the old narrative, the more I learn the more I wonder and despair. You see Theresa Mayhem, the Prime Minister of England and remaining colonies, is stealing your/our democracy right before our eyes.

Now I know this has been covered by far more astute and intelligent people than myself but there really is a bit 30s Germany going on in England.

Have a read here How Hitler Grabbed Power and tell me this is that much different.

So next Tuesday night the Tories, with DUP backing, will rig our democracy and grab control of all the major committees, and if it happens our democracy will change for the worst.

Vince Cable , temporary Liberal Democrat Leader has said

“Eroding democratic institutions and rigging the rules in your favour is something we’d expect from a banana republic, not a Conservative government”.

Now I think Vince has more faith in the Tories than I do. These scumbags will take us back to the dark ages and no democracy if they have their way.

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour and Unionist Party Leader, said the proposal, published on Friday and to be voted on next week, amounted to an “unprecedented power grab” by the government.

Let’s be very clear this is just the start. In Scotland we are now seeing the very question of devolution being raised by the yoons a lot more publicly than before and with support from right wing nutters and Scotland in Union who appear to have squillions of pounds to spend to defend their union and I would love to know where that money comes from.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and SNP Leader, has warned that a “blatant power grab” by the Tories poses the biggest threat to the Scottish Parliament’s powers since the vote for devolution two decades ago.

The Tories will back up their power grab by using the so called Henry VIII powers , as noted in the Independent, so-called because they date back to a 1539 law allowing the Tudor monarch to govern by proclamation, without consulting MPs. Hundreds of years before Scotland even got conquered via the Union of 1707, you ok with that! I’m f not.

The scumbag Tories will argue they are entitled to do this because they have a majority in parliament but they don’t, they have a disgusting shitty deal with a party that make UKIP electable.

Let’s be very clear here, if this happens there will be no indy2 referendum and eventually no Holyrood, our democracy will die and the yoons, the three Tory Parties in Scotland and the media will celebrate as Scotland gets renamed England, as the UK gets renamed England because that is basically what we are anyway.

You afraid and ashamed of that NO vote yet, I am and I am starting to get very very concerned.

Something Different: Praying for Time

It was really sad when George Michael passed away a little while ago as he was a very talented musician and overall a decent guy by all accounts, allegedly he gave away a lot of his money, volunteered secretly in a variety of places and was generally someone with a social conscience.

He lived life to excess though, and ultimately paid the price for it. While I am not a devoted fan of Wham, or his solo music, there is much of his music that is just brilliant and one of those is Praying for Time. When I look around me in Dundee, and across the UK, when I look at the mess this country is in, and think about how much worse it’s going to get, I think about this song and how right George was when he wrote in it in the early 90’s, and how relevant it still is today.

Praying for Time
George Michael

These are the days of the open hand
They will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars and the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But we’ll take our chances
‘Cause God’s stopped keeping score

I guess somewhere along the way
He must have let us all out to play
Turned his back and all God’s children
Crept out the back door

And it’s hard to love, there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it’s much, much too late
Well, maybe we should all be praying for time

Praying for Time Video

When You’re Not Really British

Britain has 14 overseas territories across the world. An overseas territory are territories under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther Ireland. They are the parts of the British Empire (oh dear) that are not independent or have voted to remain British territories. These territories do not form part of the United Kingdom and, with the exception of Gibraltar, are not part of the European Union. Most of the inhabited territories are internally self-governing, with the UK retaining responsibility for defence and foreign relations. A few of them, and this is the really important part, are tax havens. These are the things loved by rich people and Tories like David Cameron and probably much more that we don’t know about.

As many of us will have seen on the news, or the net, the worst storms in years have been battering British Territories, Hurricane Irma, people have lost their lives and communities devastated with thousands homeless and public amenities also devastated.

The UK Government (Tories and DUP) have been very very slow to react, unlike the French who planned ahead, and some people are rightly very upset. Josephine Gumbs-Conner, a barrister from Anguilla, claimed on Thursday morning that the UK’s preparations for, and response to, the storm had been “sorely lacking”. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the UK government should have “done what the French did in St Martin … made sure that they had military on the ground so that the response given is timely”.The island’s essential services, including hospitals and police stations, were in a “limping position”, she said, after the hurricane caused “nuclear bomb devastation”. Dorothea Hodge, a former UK representative to Anguilla,  said  “It’s absolutely disgraceful that it has taken the whole day for [international development secretary] Priti Patel to respond to the worst hurricane we have seen in a British territory since the 1920s.”

The UK is to provide £32 million in aid and have sent an old Navy Ship, some Marines and a few engineers to support the territories, pretty much little or nothing to help those desperate people. The disgusting Tories can find a billion to have a deal with the DUP, one of the most disgusting parties around next to the Tories but we can’t really be bothered that much about people that we are supposed to help, the storm didn’t destroy the Tax Haven addresses so nothing to worry about. If I was those territories I would seriously think about kicking the UK right in the nuts and tell them to shove their tax havens right up them. Yet another lesson for the yoons in Scotland, the Tories and the red Tories do not give a shit about you, only about what you can give them, how you can serve them and what they can take from you. This is a shitty country, how long before people wake up and see the UK for what it is.

Scottish Labour summed up in a Tweet!

I was following a discussion on twitter this morning about the betrayal of the ship workers on the Clyde involving Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney. Mr Sweeney made a very interesting comment,

 

 

You see Mr Sweeney doesn’t think it’s his job to represent his constituents but represent the issues across the UK. Now of course when Sweeney was wanting their votes he said this,

 

 

The hypocrisy of Scottish Labour makes me sick to my stomach. They are a party of charlatans, they implied during the Indy ref that a yes vote would see ships not be built on the Clyde and rather than fight for Scotland they fight for the UK, they are a joke of a party.

 

 

Don’t believe anything Corbyn or the likes of Sweeney say, look at their actions and their words, they have been taking us for fools for a hundred years, it’s time for it to stop.