I’m a digital artist from Dundee Scotland. I have an honours degree in animation from Duncan of Jordanstone which lead to me winning a young Scottish Bafta. I have since been working as a freelance artist and I love it.
Remember the economic crash in 2008? You know, when everyone went out of business and we bailed out the banks for £50n, the same banks that we trusted to keep our money safe instead of gambling it on the stock market to improve their annual bonuses. Remember how many people lost their jobs and livelihoods? It would be hard to imagine that anyone responsible for this would stand to profit and continue to receive these bonuses in the face of such public outcry. Wouldn’t it? Well thats exactly what they did, but its ok-just keep your head down and carry on.
We are in an age of deep public spending cuts and real austerity. Yet, some of the most profitable companies are legally avoiding tax. These aren’t small companies, these are multi million pound businesses who make their money from us and pay a fraction back into our society. Starbucks, for example, had sales of over £400m in the UK in 2012, but paid no corporation tax. We cant allow this to be seen as sound business practice.
War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Perhaps we should change tactics. Every place we bomb, every business we blow up and every life we take only fuels the fire of hatred. If you take a person’s family, livelihood, belief system, community and utility sources away, what else is there to lose? It is a cycle of mistrust that can’t be ended by destruction. Aggression only leads to aggression. In fact, it seems like there is a greater hatred for the West now than ever before. And also a greater hatred for the East.
We took part in an illegal war. But that sounds like we were the baddies, right? But the other side had all those weapons of mass destruction! So it was justified, right? If it wasn’t WMDs, I have a sneaking suspicion it would have been something else. Riding the wave is exactly what it sounds like. You work out your next agenda. You create a stir, a reason for panic to get the public on side. The media publish unverified facts and sensationalist stories to whip the public into a frenzy. Please protect us from the terror that stalks us! We must strike first to avoid attack! Then, by the time anyone has worked out what has been done, the wave of lies has gained momentum and the man responsible has a nice badge saying, “Peace Ambassador”. Because what are thousands of deaths so long as evil has been vanquished? We can sleep easy now, right?
The Conservative Party hosted private dinners for 45 wealthy businessmen and hedge fund bosses in the hope that they fund their campaign and help them win the election.Collectively, they donated more than £40m to the party since the last election. In return for donating £50,000 or more each, the donors get access to the prime minister and his cabinet at private dinners. Now, why would businessmen want to have some alone time with MPs? Recent reports found more than 40% of the money donated came from the hedge fund industry, which was given a £145m tax break in 2013. Alexander Temerko, a director of Offshore Group Newcastle and one of the dinner guests at this fundraiser, was quoted as saying,“They spend time and they listen to us, they change the law and they change the regulation, and the regulation today is simpler and much more effective and today there is real partnership between business and government.”It’s hard to feel like our government is making choices for the good of the people and not just for big buisness.
We have come from a long line of grabby, greedy scavengers. We have accepted that our country has established itself in the world through past invasions and takeovers. We are aware that our past is bloody and sometimes immoral and brutal. Unfortunately, there are people who think that this has been left in the past. It hasn’t. We are still in power struggles and planning strategic plays to ensure our country’s flow of oil and money. Our leaders are just as ruthless as before except now they are masters of distracti…..look a feather!
There’s always someone ready to ruin our fun and take our jobs and steal our homes and destroy our liberty. Having a bad guy narrative helps the media distract us from the real causes of inequality and injustice.
I’m all up for being rewarded for hard work. I also think doctors and the like should get paid more than me, as saving someone’s life is not only harder to do but more important. What I can’t agree with however are the tiny elite at the top owning half the world’ s wealth. There is something wrong when working people suffer the longest drop in wages since Queen Victoria sat on the throne, while the richest can see their wealth double in five years. Oxfam stated that on current trends the richest 1% would own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. That’s 1% owning more than the rest of the world combined.
I’m not fooled by them. They can visit a building site, feed lambs or drink in a local boozer but it takes more than that to connect with the public. They need to stay to listen, not just take a photo and get out.
Human beings are pretty good at adapting. In the past we have overcome many trials. We have overthrown dictators and powers that would bring harm to us. We have educated ourselves and created technologies that can increase health and prolong our lives. We have even sent people into space to explore the universe. When we put our minds to something, we can rise above and conquer any problem, any injustice and put it right.
Trickle Down was a political idea to bring wealth into the country. By tempting the super rich to stay here with the promise of tax cuts, they expected to see a trickle down affect. In other words if rich people are spending money here it should filter down to us making everyone really happy and wealthy. Unfortunately, that plan doesn’t work. By the time that money lands in our hands inflation has significantly reduced its value.
Let’s stop acting like this is all out of our control. It only takes one person to start a change. No amount of tutting or paper shaking will help this. When we all decide to move as one we can break the shackles of injustice and inequality.We should always remember that we are the majority: we keep the fat cats fat and we can starve them whenever we choose. When we pull together, we change things.