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Bankers v Rioters – Which are best? There’s only one way to find out….

The rioters of last year were pursued relentlessly and punished mercilessly for their part in the looting. Cameron called it ‘free shopping’. Imagine then what his response was to news that the very same banks that have brought our country to its knees are revealed to have fixed interest rates so a few of their friends could make a few million profit!

Surely he is apoplectic with rage? Will he make the courts stay open through the night so he can punish his pals, the greedy bankers, like he did with the rioters?

Surprisingly he hasn’t said too much about it. He has however called the bankers actions ‘wholly inappropriate’. It seems a different language is being employed to describe the actions of these multi millionaire wankers bankers. ‘Wholly inappropriate?’. Wholly inappropriate is telling a saucy joke at a funeral. Wholly inappropriate is pissing in the swimming pool. Wholly inappropriate is farting in a lift.

Let’s juxtapose the reaction to last year’s riots to the reaction to the interest rate fixing scandal of this week. After the riots last year Cameron said there should be ‘zero tolerance with zero tolerance’. He said that the rioting was largely about ‘pure criminality’.

He continued ‘I have the very strong sense that the responsible majority of people in this country not only have that determination; they are crying out for their government to act upon it. And I can assure you, I will not be found wanting. In my very first act as leader of this party I signalled my personal priority: to mend our broken society. That passion is stronger today than ever’.

Act he did too. He was proud that his courts ‘sat through the night and dispensed swift, firm justice’. To date, 1300 people have been sent to jail for their involvement in the riots. Including people who posted comments on facebook who got a year in jail and a man who got 6 months for stealing a bottle of water. Fair enough, you might say, they deserved it.

What about the bankers then? What do they deserve? They fixed interest rates at the expense of working people so they could get personally richer, they then celebrated with a bottle of Bollinger.

How many businesses went bankrupt (The irony of this word is not lost on me) and what was the human cost of that? How many homes were repossed? What happened to those families? How many marriages split up because of it? How many people got even deeper into credit card debt and what effect is that having on their lives? How many people committed suicide because of their spiraling debt?

Will these champagne quaffing fuckers be brought to justice? Will there be trials and long prison sentences facing them all? The ‘wholly’ self righteous cock Bob Diamond (Barclay’s CEO) assures us that they will be punished. He and three colleagues have ‘volunteered to forgo any consideration for bonuses in 2012’. That’s it then? They lose a bonus? A rioter gets 6 months for stealing a bottle of water and they can just forgo a bonus and that’s their punishment?

Ok, I understand that Bob is their boss and is playing it down because who knows what information would come out in an open and transparent inquiry? What about Cameron? We know his views on crime, he made that very clear after the riots. The rioters were all about greed and free shopping, will he now call for an inquiry?

No. it comes as no surprise that he has turned down calls for an inquiry saying ‘We know what needs to be done. The most important thing people want to see is a really concrete set of actions that will help change the culture. You don’t change culture by changing laws and changing regulations alone. But if we can do this in a very clear and consistent way we have a chance of getting this right’

You’re wrong Dave, the people want to see them brought to justice in the same way the rioters were. ‘The people’ want to live in an equal society that punishes crime consistently, regardless of rich kids or poor kids.

As we all know all ready, the corpulent corrupt fuckers will get off with it, there was never any doubt. There is one rule for the rich and another for the poor.
If someone goes into a bank with a sawn off and robs them, they get twenty years. If someone at the bank robs the people, they get a knighthood.

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House the House is launched

That was a ridiculously busy week but as we pause for reflection we are very proud that our ‘House the House’ a cross party initiative run for the House of Commons launched last Tuesday. We launched it at the fabulous Vinyl Factory, Soho, where one of our local DJ’s Haize shared the decks with the legendary Danny Rampling.

Our CIC Bluesky Pie is working with the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation to run this nationwide DJ competition. Our aim is to launch a national DJ competition like no other. This competition is not just about one DJ winning a prize; it is about changing the lives and the communities of everyone involved.

It’s true that the winning DJ will receive a life-changing prize that could see them going on to become a professional DJ, including playing an historic set at House of Commons alongside an A-list DJ (who we can’t name yet, but it’s big!! : )

More than that though, we will be training and mentoring young volunteers to help run each event with promoting, in sound, lighting, stage management, filmmaking, journalism and a host of other activities. The cities we have chosen have some of the most challenging social issues affecting young people. Unemployment is ridiculously high from 16-24 year olds in these cities and for many of our volunteers these new skills learned will be the only positive work experience on their CVs.

Bluesky PIE has many years’ experience promoting young people through music and working in the music industry in areas with serious social issues and we have helped many young people change their lives by now working in or going to university, becoming qualified to work in the music industry or just by having positive experience on their CVs. We are now looking to achieve this same goal nationwide.

If you ever stop to think about this disengaged class of young people, you may experience many emotions (especially if you believe the mainstream press).  Fear, exasperation, frustration and incomprehension. May think that these ‘hoodies’ are violent, alcohol and drug abusers.  They are angry and violent, they have no respect for anything or anybody.  These are the kids that rioted a few months ago, looting and smashing up their own communities.  They have no education and no job prospects.  How can anyone sort help them as the problems are just too big to deal with?

The ethos behind this project comes from our very core belief. That belief is that small positive changes introduced into a young persons life has a ripple effect, which can often completely change them, their families and Communities. It is something we feel very passionately about and something we can prove works and has a profound effect. Please watch the video above for more details.

If it something you can support financially, with your time or connections or you want more details please get in touch.

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Nuclear waste dumped in Romney Marsh? Some questions..

Currently there is enough nuclear waste stored in the UK to fill the Royal Albert Hall 6 times over and now they want to bury it under our feet right here in Kent. Plans have been mooted regarding Romney Marsh’s suitability to become the site for an underground long-term nuclear waste disposal store. Apparently it is a consultation and no decision will be made until we, the people have our say.

However for us to have a valid opinion, we need to know all the facts. Make no mistake, the consequences of our decision to allow nuclear waste to be stored under our feet, will affect this whole area for tens of thousands of years.

I will say up front I am totally against it. I think it is madness for us to willingly allow the most dangerous and toxic substances on earth to be stored here and it is tantamount to us playing Russia roulette with our future. There are no upsides to it save one. The carrot on the stick of ‘much needed jobs for the area’.

There is not much in the official website regarding the risks of long term storage. Worryingly, those in favour of it, seem to be filled with an evangelical zeal and the naysayers are treated as heretics. Below are some of my heretical concerns and questions.

The pro-wasters smugly laugh at any who air their concerns about the dangers and ridicule their lack of ‘scientific knowledge’, nothing could be safer they knowingly inform us. Although, here’s the thing. They don’t know if it’s safe or not, no one does. That’s because it has never been done anywhere in the world before, ergo, no one knows if it’s safe or not.

This is surely something to be concerned about? The Germans built underground storage 30 years ago and announced it would last for thousands of years, it is currently being dug up and the waste rehoused as it is deemed as unsafe. The Americans spent billions building a site but have now abandoned the project before it was used, over concerns for its safety.

Romney Marsh is being used as a guinea pig for long term under-ground nuclear waste storage and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Does that fact fill you with confidence?

The logistics of under-ground storage are full of dangers and uncertainties too yet there does not seem to be too much by way of fscts in any official information. Some of the dangers are:

Overheating of the nuclear waste which generate immense heat.
The disintegration of the actual waste containers.
Chemical reactions in the waste repositories.
Integrity of the waste repositories.
Pathways to the environment.
The biological effects of the escaped wastes.
Risks of heat or gas formations.
Geological uncertainties.
The effect of sea flooding on the Marsh.
What if there is an earthquake?.
What if there is a terrorist attack?.

Author Dr Helen Wallace comments on these concerns when she says people need to ‘grasp the enormity of the challenge’. 

‘We’re talking about trying to contain this waste for a greater amount of time than human beings have been living on the planet, so although [we] might be able to predict the consequences over a short time scale, that’s an enormous scientific challenge’.

‘This waste is extremely radioactive and very hot so it’s going to significantly change the water flow deep underground; the corrosion of materials and the repository will release large quantities of gas which have to escape somehow.’ She warned the waste will ‘remain dangerous for many generations’.

Nor does all scientific research say it is totally safe either. A recent report, prepared by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, admits that ‘the knowledge and technological base available today is not yet sufficient to permit complete confidence in the safety of any particular repository design or the suitability of any particular site.’

30 years ago they were putting nuclear waste in metal oil drums, filling them with concrete and tossing them in the sea, where they remain to this day, rusting. But now we somehow ‘know’ for a certainty that geographical disposal is the safe option? Forgive me if I choose to remain cynical.

If this thing gets built how long do you think it will be until the Government starts selling this highly desirable nuclear waste storage site as an option to other nations? No country wants to store this stuff, so we could become a dumping ground for Europe’s or even the World’s nuclear waste. Our Government and Shepway Council would rake in billions from this but at what price for our children and future generations?

Finally, lets return to the only selling point for having thousands of tons of radioactive material buried under our feet, much needed jobs. I’m guessing that the contract to run the facility will be given to an outsourced specialist company. Most of the jobs available to locals will be Mc-Jobs, like minimum wage security guards or cleaners etc. Where will the new employees that come from out of town, live? Will new houses need to be built to house them? What about capacity at the local schools and the infrastructure in general, what will happen to that?

There is good reason that no one else in the world wants this most dangerous of substances stored any where near them or their children. The implication of this facility malfunctioning could be catastrophic and long reaching. For us to be able to make an informed decision we need open and transparent discourse and all of our questions need to be answered.

What we don’t need is to be spun into making a decision, blinded by the chance of ‘well paid jobs’ that is currently being dangled in front of us, on a stick.

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