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Edited by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 9 Sep 2020, 19:08

As the shambles continues and the opposition has disappeared into the ether, I feel now is the time to move forward with this as the despair among the population is increasing with some of the latest pronouncements - contact details are at the bottom of the page.

As leaders and politicians around the world have shown throughout the Covid 19 ‘crisis’,  they lack the competency, understanding and integrity to care for and protect the people, especially from predatory global elites who seek to monitor and control us, and deprive us of our freedom and autonomy. Therefore, I am proposing the creation of a new political party. This party will not be based on any ideology of left or right, nationalist or unionist, monarchy or republic, socialist or capitalist but will be a party based on providing the necessities to ensure a life of quality for all the people. 

I would especially appeal to the silent majority among us who do not vote, and who feel that the present political set-up and our representatives no longer speak for us or have any understanding of our lives.

This party will be called the PCC Party – that stands for People, Community, Country which will be the order of care and priority. Our manifesto will be based on the practical needs of the people and the realities of life. It is all very well to dream of a better way of living but we need to take steps to make it happen. Policy and politics will be issued based and not ideologically based.

These are some of the proposals I have drafted in order to begin the conversation around creating a a new political structure, to find a way of working that fits with the modern world and not the stale ideology of ages past.

I propose:

·         The abolition of the House of Lords and the Privy Council to be replaced by a council of seniors who will be nominated by the people for their wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

·         A written constitution to enshrine our freedoms in law.

·         I also propose changes to the way we vote which will be focused on issues not personality, with checks and balances put in place to ensure politicians deliver what they promise in their manifestoes.

·         Ministers appointed by merit. For example, the Minister for Education will be someone with many years’ experience in the field of education and who has the knowledge and skills to help to decide policy and devise a curriculum to ensure our children are not just taught but educated.

·         Politicians will not be allowed to stand for a constituency if they are not a permanent resident of that constituency. For no one knows the needs of community better than those who live there.

·         An environmental policy that cares for the people and the environment, based on science and not on the false propaganda of corporations, dishonest politicians and vested interests.

·         A cap on wealth as we have seen and experienced how the accumulation of vast stores of wealth has led to the corruption of the political, economic, and health and social fabric of our society. There will also be severe penalties for anyone who would use their money or position to usurp the democratic will of the people.

·         A health care system that is focused on health, not just on medication or working for profit for the pharmaceutical industry.

·         The end to wars for profit. There will be no engaging in war without the full support and consent of the people. If the country should have to engage in war then there will be no profiteering by corporations allowed in the supply of goods and services to the armed or defence forces.

·         International relations will change from a position of distrust, suspicion and paranoia to one of openness and co-operation.

·         The creation of an independent body to ensure transparency in the body politic and the media, to investigate, expose and hold to account those who would deliberately mislead the public with lies, fake news and misinformation.

·         I envisage in the long term, a move towards a society not driven by monetary gain or the accumulation of consumer goods but a society that operates cooperatively with each individual playing their part in the community and each member of that community able to access the goods and services they need, and where every member of that community is afforded the respect and care due to all human beings.

·         Ultimately, I envisage and unification of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales as 4 interdependent but separate countries within what I call the WISE Isles

If you are interested in any of these and want to join the conversation and get this party started, please contact me at : pcc100@mail.com

I have set up a Facebook page too, it's under PCC100, if interested send me a friend request.

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Friday, 5 Jun 2020, 20:50
This is a letter I have drafted to send out to my local papers with a view to starting a new political party, if anyone is interested just let me know. I'm putting it up here for others to read:-


'As leaders and politicians around the world have shown they lack the intellect, understanding and integrity to care for and protect the people, especially from predatory global elites who seek to monitor and control us, and deprive us of our freedom and autonomy, I am proposing the creation of a new political party. This party will not be based on any ideology of left or right, nationalist, republican, unionist, communist or fascist but will be a party based on providing the necessities for a life of quality for all the people. 

This party will be called the PCC Party – that stands for People, Community, Country which will be the order of care and priority. Our manifesto will be based on the practical needs of the people and the practical realities of life. It is all very well to dream of a better way of living but we need to take practical steps to make it happen based on reality and not ideology.

These are some of the proposals I have drafted in order to begin the conversation around creating a new political structure and way of working.

I propose:

·         The abolition of the House of Lords to be replaced by a council of seniors who will be nominated by the people for their wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

·         Ministers will be appointed by merit. For example, the Minister for Education will be someone with many years’ experience in the field of education and who has the knowledge and skills to decide common policy and devise a curriculum to ensure our children are not just taught but educated.

·         Politicians will not be allowed to stand for a constituency if they are not a permanent resident of that constituency. For no one knows the needs of community better than those who live there.

·         An environmental policy that cares for the people and the environment, based on science and not on the false propaganda of corporations, dishonest politicians and vested interests.

·         A cap on wealth, as we have seen and experienced how the accumulation of vast stores of wealth has led to the corruption of the political, economic, and health and social fabric of our society.

·         The creation of an independent body to ensure transparency in the body politic and the media, to investigate and expose possible instances of corruption by vested interests in shaping government policy.

If you are interested in any of these and want to join the conversation then please contact me at :


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Future Ideas - Part One

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 18 Aug 2021, 17:31

Following on from the last posting, I touched on the failure of the global capitalist system and the present economic situation and I would like to go back to that subject and expand on some things.  

Firstly, the present situation is not going to improve greatly in the near future, basically for the reasons I stated before, that being the failure of the present capitalist model which governments won’t or can’t admit to.  

There are many things wrong with the system and these problems go hand in hand with our political structure.  The way government is organised is out of date, and the two main parties are still trying to govern with agendas that were relevant to the past but bear no relevance to the world we live in now.  We have the Conservatives on one hand who are traditionally (and still) the party of the upper classes and the rich. On the other, we have Labour struggling to re-define itself in light of the New (Tory) Labour legacy of Tony Blair, and weighted with the historical legacy of the welfare state. 

Going forward, whoever can really define the middle road between public and private sector, in a way that works for everyone, will have the next election sewn up.  This is where the Lib-Dems have failed and it should be where they are leading the way.  Government should be the referee between public and private, it should ensure that workers are paid and treated fairly but not to the point where private enterprise is stifled.  It’s role should be one of balance. 

So, going forward, here a few suggestions to improve and revitalise politics and the economy.  Firstly, the whole political system needs reform.  The House of Lords has to go, the class system is the biggest obstacle to creating a society that works for everyone, and as long as it is maintained by government, then the division between rich and poor is going to grow wider until it leads to revolution.  This might have happened in Britain after WW2 but the creation of better employment practices and the welfare state by Labour, probably stopped it.   

Next, I think the day of party politics is over, the two main parties come from perspectives that are out-of-date.  The Conservatives want to dismantle the welfare state but historically it is because of how the private sector did business and exploited it’s workers, that lead to the creation of unions and the Labour Party.  So the Conservatives are a retrograde party, always trying to turn the clock back and skewing everything in favour of private business, to the detriment of the ordinary working person. 

Labour are the creation of the working classes, although you would hard pushed to find many working-class on the Labour front bench these days. They are traditionally the supporters of the public sector and are often portrayed as the enemy of business and the private sector. 

Every time we elect a new government, we are changing between these two opposing positions. This constant changing just keeps screwing everything up as they come in and out, every 4 years or so, with their ideas on the best way to run things and set about dismantling the work of the previous incumbents. (The exception to this was the New Labour government who carried on the Tory agenda).  This hits the state education system worse than other areas and probably accounts for how badly it performs in relation to the ‘public’ school system whose teaching and results remain consistent and which probably accounts for the upper class dominance in the echelons of power and state.  It’s a wonder, now when I think about it, why the Tories have never sought to privatise the government, and they don’t seem to mind being paid out of the public purse! 

Come to think of it, maybe we should privatise the government, at least then we would be able to sack those who don’t do the job they’re supposed to do instead of having to wait until the next general election. 

Realistically, what do we need to run the country?  A good accountant to manage and distribute taxes.  Then what???  Why do we need all these government ministers and politicians?  Wouldn’t we be better off employing people to run our services.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to have someone who has worked in education or health, and spent most of their life working their way up through the system to be the Minister for Health or Education.  Someone who actually has years of experience in the field and not some upper class twat who never did a day’s work in their life, and only got the job because they were ‘bessy’ mates with the PM through college.  

It would take the politics out of politics, and instead of general elections for political parties, we would have referendums on issues like going to war, or free health care.  Imagine if we’d had a referendum on the Iraqi war, do you think it would have happened?  There could be televised national debates on the issues, with those for and against putting their arguments, and then we could all go to the polls to decide what to do.  It would make us more responsible as citizens and more involved in the real issues that affect our lives.  

One of the main problems with politics today is that people outside of London feel cut off from the government, and feel that most politicians are out of touch with the reality of our lives.  So in order to remedy this, I think that most of the power should be taken out of Westminster and given to County Councils with each county having an elected Governor.  Issues could be brought up through councils (these should also be elected, and you would have to be resident in the county to stand for election).  It would be the job of the Governor to liase between the council and the offices of Ministers.  The main task would be to let the government know how much money is needed for roads, health, etc. and to ensure that it is distributed properly.  I also think that in order to prevent corruption, each county should have an independent Ombudsman to look into complaints and through them people could challenge any perceived unfairness or mismanagement.  Maybe we could pay the majority of our taxes to our County Councils instead of to the treasury too, so we have more control as to how our money is spent and it would benefit our own areas more. 

All vital services like energy, transport, police, education and health should remain under the control of Government but to allow for private enterprise to maintain and reduce some of the waste, there should be a 51% Government to 49% Private split in their provision.  I think all these services too should be managed by county councils with government overseeing from a distance.  

Going back to the economy and the global capitalist system, I also think it is time to start putting up a few trade barriers.  I really think there should be a ban on global corporations and if we can’t ban them, we should make them return 50% of their profits to the country they trade in, regardless of where they are based. 

The big global brands have sucked the life out of our local and small businesses and all their profits go out of the country.  I also think that a percentage of business profits should be shared among the people who work in the business.  This could be done directly but I think that the best way would be to do it would be with a profit tax which would be specifically for health, education and pensions.  Most people don’t mind paying their taxes if they are guaranteed that the money is used productively and they can see the benefits they get for them.  In order to be fair about it, it should be capped, so that small businesses don’t get crucified with taxation the moment they start making a profit. 

So, what do you think?  Comments, as usual, are welcome.

 

 

 

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Elections and Votes

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 18 Aug 2021, 19:11

Looking at the results of the local elections in Britain, I have to say I find it very disappointing to see how low the turnout has been, although considering how democracy has been subverted for many years now, it’s hardly a surprise that people have lost faith in the political system.  I think this is due in part to the fact that there is no mechanism for appeal once a party has been elected, so the politicians can promise all sorts during the campaign trail, but once in office, they can do what ever they like which, of course, they have done and there is no one to stop them or make them follow through on the promises they made. 

 I also think we are still suffering the fall out from the Thatcher era.  Her attack on the unions, strongly backed by a right-wing media (I for one, am delighted that the past is finally catching up with Rupert Murdoch and his whole media dictatorship, having been railing against him for years) has left the working-classes without a way into politics or a strong voice that truly represents them. 

 All the political parties are now populated by upper/middle class public school boys who have no idea how the other 95% of the population live.  That the front bench in the House of Commons is full of millionaires, speaks volumes about our so-called democracy.  Where is the voice of the working-classes in Parliament?  Even the so-called left wingers seem so egotistical and arrogant that they don’t really speak for ordinary people any more, with the exception of Dennis Skinner and, since Tony Benn retired, they are becoming thinner on the ground and there does not seem to be any new blood following in their steps.  Politics is now a career for the upper middle-classes and they work in the interests of one group, and one group only, their own. 

The whole class system too, is part of the problem.  The most obvious example of this is the House of Lords.  The whole idea of an unelected upper house based on class and privilege is so anachronistic in the 21st Century and completely subverts what is supposed to be a democracy.  Why should these people have this right?  It supports privilege for some and exclusion for most of the rest of us.  How can Britain even claim to be a democracy when this system remains in place.

 What is really needed is political reform, but how is that going to be achieved when it is in the interest of the ruling classes to maintain the status quo?  The truth is, is that those who now rule, are not the least bit interested in democracy but are only interested in self-promotion and self-protection for themselves and their own social class.  And I’m really going to p*ss off the middle-classes with this next statement because I believe that they too, are partly to blame for the situation. 

The class system is elitist and unfortunately too many aspire to be part of it.  I don’t believe in the middle-class, and if you think of yourself as middle-class then you are, in my eyes, a working-class snob.  What does it even really mean to be middle-class, other than you have more money and a bigger house (or should that be mortgage, another con, but a subject for another day) than someone who is called working-class.  Middle class is an illusion, you either work for a living or you don’t, and to divide people into class groups is nothing more than social apartheid, and is every bit as disingenuous and damaging, as the racial apartheid that existed in South Africa.

 So how do we resolve the political apathy that exists?  Well, firstly, I would like to say thank-you to all those who did turn out to vote, at least you made the effort.  To all those who didn’t vote or who haven’t voted for years, I challenge you.  If you are so disillusioned with the system and those self –serving politicians, then put yourself forward for election next time.  Go forward as an independent, and let’s start a campaign to fill Parliament with independents at the next General Election, because your vote IS your voice and if you don’t use it, even if it is to spoil it, then you shouldn’t even be allowed an opinion. 

 Politics affects every area of our lives, and almost seventy per cent of the people who were entitled to vote, didn’t even bother to turn out.  Now, what if those seventy per cent had turned out and voted for the most politically independent candidate on the ballot paper?  Or just for the fun of it, voted for anyone as long as they were not a candidate for any of the big three?  What kind of difference could that have made?  Because it isn’t just one vote, it amounts to millions when used collectively or not, as the case may be.  Opting out resolves nothing, if you want to change it, then you have to get in there and do something about it, otherwise things will just remain the same. 

 And when you do get in, remember why you are there.  Get rid of the House of Lords, and while you’re at it, do your best to dismantle the class system, and that means removing the Queen from Parliament.  The monarchy is an out-dated system and doesn’t really have a place in a truly democratic society.  I have nothing personally against the Queen, she seems like a really nice woman, she can still be Queen if that’s what people want, but an honour’s system that confers titles, again supports the social elitism of the class system and she doesn’t have any political power, so why is she even there?  I read in the paper today about a move to bring in changes to the Honour’s system by removing Empire from titles and instead give awards that are more reflective of the reality of life in Britain today.  Rather ironic that the Queen’s Lord Lieutenants are more in touch with the social reality of Britain, than our so-called Parliamentary democracy!!

 And remember too, that when elected, regardless of who has, or who has not voted for you, you have a moral obligation to govern in the best interests of all the people in the country, because the business of government, is the business of the people, and the business of the people, is the business of government.  This means, that government has a moral obligation to work in the best interests of the entire population and that the population too has a responsibility to be aware of what their government is doing, and to hold them accountable for it, and the only way we have of doing that at the present time IS WITH YOUR VOTE.  So please, use it!

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Marriage again!

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 18 Aug 2021, 19:15

Well, our feminist is on the rant again I see.  You don’t want to take her too seriously, she  gets a bit carried away at times.  However, she does make you think about some of the issues around marriage.  There are so many ways of  looking at it, and I was going to take a different angle on this, but I was watching the news the other night, and they reported a story about Fr. Brian D’Arcy having been censured by the Vatican for expressing some views in support of marriage for priests, or against celibacy, if you prefer to look at it that way.  Fr Brian is well known in Ireland and writes a column in a newspaper called the Sunday World, and he sometimes does a stint on the little ‘spiritual’ section, on the Chris Evans breakfast show. 

As someone who was brought up Catholic, I’d like to throw out a few ideas around the issue, and would be interested in what other people think.  I have also been watching the BBC 2 series Divine Women, and have found it interesting how the early Christian Church operated, compared with all the patriarchal rules and regulations that have been imposed upon it since. 

So consider this…..within the Catholic Church, when a man or woman wants to become a priest or a nun, they have to go through years of study to prepare themselves before they are allowed to make that lifetime commitment, and in effect, when they do, they become married to God.  Now, on the other hand, any gombeen with a notion to, can give 3-6 months notice, do a pre-marriage course or not ( I don’t think they are compulsory) and then get married. 

Within the Catholic Church, there is no divorce, and there is certainly no re-marrying in the Church, if you have been divorced.  Now just for arguments sake, lets concentrate on the nun’s perspective on this.  A nun wears a wedding ring and is considered a bride of Christ.  She can leave the Church, which many have done, and she can then get married in Church.  Why is that allowed?  She is able to divorce herself from God and re-marry in Church, even though she went through all those years of training in preparation for taking the vow or taking Holy Orders, as it is called.   

 But an ordinary woman or man, cannot do the same, even though they may have had little or no preparation at all before marriage. Is there a double standard operating here?  Is marriage to God, not as important as marriage to another human being?  Holy orders and marriage are supposed to be sacraments, in the eyes of the Church, how is it possible within the law of the Church to be able to marry God, then leave him/her or it, and then marry a person in the Church?

 And there’s another thing, if any of you have watched the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding series on Channel 4, I wonder if you think like me, that there is something immoral about allowing sixteen year olds to marry.  What does anyone know about anything at sixteen not to mention, the realities and responsibilities of a marital relationship?

What is marriage supposed to be about?  What is it’s purpose?  We were taught at school, a Convent Grammar, that the purpose of marriage is to have children.  So, if you can’t have children are you entitled to get an annulment?  Or if you know beforehand that you can’t have children, should you not be allowed to marry? 

I’m just asking these questions because I’ve actually come to believe that there is something unnatural about the whole situation or maybe it’s more about the whole approach to marriage.

 I’ve been on this whole spiritual journey for many years now (I may have mentioned it in one or two other posts) and the more I look at these things the less sense they seem to make. Among my friends there has recently been a plethora (great word that by the way, I remember it from The Three Amigos, if I recall correctly!)  a plethora of relationship break-ups, and all the break ups were instigated by the females, funnily enough.  Some of the couples were married, some not, but all involved children. 

 A few months back there was a great story in the Observer newspaper about a woman who was approaching her forties, she wasn’t in a relationship but wanted to be a mother.  If you know the story you can skip ahead but if you don’t, read on, because it’s really interesting.  What she did was, she advertised for a man who wanted to be a father because she wanted the child to have parents who were both interested in being parents.  She wasn’t having much luck, as most of the men she interviewed shared different ideas about parenting.  Then a friend recommended a gay man who they knew also wanted to be a father.  They got together, had shared ideas about parenting and so they decided to go ahead and have the child.  And this is where it gets really interesting…..he fell in love with her, even though he had lived his whole life as a gay man and had never had a romantic relationship with a woman.  They are now very happily married and the child is about two years old. 

 Isn’t that a fascinating story!!! 

So maybe the conversation we should be having before marriage is not what colour the bridesmaids should wear, or who to invite, but how to bring up the children?  Because the pre-nuptial agreement, which is very popular among the rich, to protect their assets, is something I believe could be brought in and extended to cover not just the monetary assets, but every aspect of the marital relationship from childcare to housework, and in case there is a breakdown, living arrangements, finances, and contact arrangements for the children. 

 People think about their monetary assets but give no consideration at all to what will surely be their greatest asset, their children!!

We jump into these situations assuming everything will work itself out in time and the real issues are seldom addressed before the wedding, then it’s too late afterwards and when I look around me, I honestly don’t see very many genuinely happy marriages.  That is not to say that marriage can’t work and there aren’t good marriages out there but I don’t believe the preparation is anywhere near adequate for the task ahead and I really believe that parenting is something that should be taught in schools.

 I also think that no girl should be allowed to marry under the age of twenty-five, and I would make that twenty-nine for a man.  I know people have got married at younger ages and stayed together but I really believe that it needs much more thought and preparation than it is currently given and I think with a few changes, we might have less marriages but the marriages we would have, would be better, and there would be fewer divorces.

 

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