Colin Bex was on the march against austerity held in central London on Saturday (left). His attire included ‘that T-shirt’ from the 2005 election campaign in Dorset South. (The question ‘Westminster Diktat?’ appears above an image of the Cerne Abbas giant labelled ‘Clubmen Arise’ and beneath it the answer, ‘Roger & Out!’) Colin reports on the event as follows:
“Turn-out was quite impressive – but nowhere near where it needs to be. Until a 65 million multi-cultural British population musters at least 1,300,000 (2%) of its number onto the capital’s streets against the criminals at Westminster, there will be no progress – 650,000 (1%) is insufficient.
Some of the Muslims departing to be brutalised by ISIS recently voiced their recognition of the blatant betrayal which characterises the early third-millennium British establishment.
I was within an ace of nobbling Russell Brand to tell him to steal our ideas (as I did Jeremy Corbyn), and to stop telling his fawning fan-club not to vote, but as he quit the rostrum, he leapt over the barrier and sprinted down Victoria Street to avoid being mobbed – or being engaged in a conversation with me unfortunately…”
It wasn’t Colin’s first public appearance since the election. Last month he joined a ‘Positive Money’ demonstration outside 10 Downing Street – and afterwards in Parliament Square Gardens – supporting presentation of a petition for conversations with the Government to re-cast the monetary system by way of a Money Commission.
Our aim is not just to turn politics the right way up, so that local areas dictate to the centre, which acts solely as their executive agent; it’s to turn economics the right way up too, so that it becomes the means to conserve life on earth rather than to destroy it. This month, scientists reported that a massextinction of species is underway, caused by humans, and of which humans risk becoming part.
Underpinning this destruction is the obsession with economic growth, with having more and more of everything for more and more people, while never counting the environmental cost. Economic success is defined in terms of rates of return that exceed the rate at which the environment renews itself. Political interests have become slaves to economic interests who take and do not give. Real wealth is extracted through unjustifiable levels of rent and speculation safeguarded by public policy; we need to renew politics so that economics can be made subservient to it and those abuses thereafter ended. A sane economy must cost factors of production responsibly, for example through land value taxation and public ownership of public utilities. One of its mantras must be ‘resource efficiency, GOOD; resource depletion, BAD’, another, equally, must be that we really are all in it together and that making ourselves greener by outsourcing our pollution to less developed countries is cruel, not clever.
The meme now circulating in politics and the media is that the banker-bashing is over, that normal times are returning. It’s bad news if they are, since the revelations of corruption certainly haven’t abated. The surface has barely been scratched. Not only are the suspects still at large but there has been no fundamental reform of the institutions they helped to wreck. The taxpayer is still footing the bill and, short of a revolution, is unlikely ever to be repaid. The UK Government worries more over the possibility that crooked banks here might re-locate their headquarters than over how we might build an economy that is not dependent upon them. In their blinkered imagination, politicians believe that devolution is all about creating new, go-getting ‘global cities’ like London. A Northern Powerhouse in Manchester and Leeds. A Western Powerhouse in Bristol and Cardiff, or Plymouth and Exeter. A Southern Powerhouse in Hampshire. It’s all about bowing down to money. None of it’s about standing tall.
In the short-term, pouring millions of the unhappy onto London’s streets keeps alternative ideas alive and helps them circulate. It must always be understood that it has no impact on a government determined to govern – up to 2 million were there in 2003 to oppose the Iraq War that happened regardless.
In the medium-term, it must be realised too that voting for anyone but the main London parties is the only remedy. We, the people, punished Blair, Brown and Cameron for Iraq. No, we didn’t, did we? We’ve re-elected the war criminals three times over now and still wonder why terrorists mean us harm.
In the long-term, we’ll have no need of events in London. In the long-term we want rid of it. We want its political, economic and cultural power over us set at nought in a free Wessex powerful enough in its own right to ignore it – and maybe laugh at how its fake democracy and its fake finance were ever taken so seriously.