wales export summit

Export warfare truce

Why Wales needs to export LESS, not more

The drive to export more and more

In the material world – the real world – exporting goods and services represents a material loss to a nation.  We produce real tangible goods like food or manufactured goods and then send them away for others to enjoy. Their material gain, our material loss. The importing nation is materially richer while the exporting nation is materially poorer.

So why do all political parties, mainstream media, and “economic experts” insist that we should focus on increasing our exports to strengthen the economy? If not the real economy of lives and stuff, what economy are they talking about? Why does everyone champion the material impoverishment of their own nation?

The reason our “economic experts” encourage increasing exports as a vital economic strategy is because all nations are stuck in an acute state of insolvency. We are insolvent because we have collectively fallen prey to a debt-based monetary system created and foisted upon us by financial parasites – also known as the banking sector. The same banking sector that funds the universities that produce the “economic experts” that advise governments.

The advantage to indebted nations of increasing exports and swinging the balance of trade in its favour, is that the influx of external currencies helps it keep up with the extractive interest payments levied on virtually our entire money supply.

Export Warfare

On a macro-economic level we are all working harder and harder for less and less to keep up to the increasing burden of this financial sector levy. This is the underlying impetus for export warfare being waged around the world. It’s the reason neoliberal economists and their trained parrots, mainstream media and politicians, underline the importance of exporting.

This call to export more and import less is echoed around the world, resulting in fierce competition in a global race to the bottom. Whoever can exploit their nation more by paying their workers less and pillaging their environment “wins”. We get richer by making ourselves poorer. Such is the logic of modern debt-strapped economies.

It is a war only idiots would want to fight, but a very popular war nevertheless.

There can only be losers in this war

One nation’s favourable balance of trade can only come about through another nation’s loss. For every national economy that exports more than it imports, there must be other economies that import more than they export.

Like a game of musical chairs, there can only be winners because there are losers. The importing losers get more stuff, but suffer a shrinking economy due to an outflow of money to the exporting nation. The exporting winners have less stuff to consume but have more money to keep debt foreclosure at bay.

However, given the unrelenting nature of compound interest levied on the entire global money supply, the future for all nations looks bleak.

Nations with an unfavourable balance of trade fall into increased debt-servitude along with growing impoverishment and privatisation of natural resources. (Greece and Latvia come to mind.)

Further down the road, even nations with a favourable trade balance will no longer be able to keep up to the cancerous exponential growth of compound interest and will suffer the same fate as their rivals – debt-serfdom in a neo-feudal financial order. The 2nd Dark Age will be here.

There are no long-term winners in Export Warfare. No one, in the end, will be left standing.

How to quit the war and live in prosperous peace

Export warfare, the race to the bottom, environmental destruction, and impoverishment of our lives is all driven by a dysfunctional monetary system based on debt. It has been created by the 1% for the 1% – to the detriment of the rest of us.

This explains why we are driven to engage in cut-throat export wars. Simply put, we keep our boat floating by sinking others.

What kind of world is that? An insane one. Isn’t it time we said enough is enough?

Saying ‘enough is enough’ is simply replacing our privatised debt-based money with social credit (national debt-free money). More about this here: Independent Wales = Prosperous Wales

Any nation, such as Wales, that decides to return to sound monetary policies (based on social credit not private debt) would be free from the need to engage in export warfare with other nations.

We would be then be free to trade with whom we pleased, not forced to trade just to stay afloat.  Real free trade – not the sham version forced on us these days- would of course continue. We would still want to import cocoa, coffee, and other goods we cannot produce here, and export goods that others want. But it would be free in the sense that it would suit our personal desires and needs, rather than be driven by debt-leveraged corporations and ‘trade missions’. Economies of scale, single markets, trading blocks, etc. would all become largely irrelevant.

Our local Welsh economy, created and sustained by our own labour, could once again become the cake. Export trade would become the dispensable icing. A social credit-based economy would allow just that – and ensure a secure future for our children, and our children’s children.

The alternative, to continue on with our drive for exports complete with trade missions and summits, is to allow our children to be sold into debt-slavery. (Given rising student loans, the high cost of housing, stagnant wages and reduced prospects, it could be said that this has already happened.)

 

 

Autochthonous Politics – Swim or Sink

celtic revivalFirst a word about politics. Many have been duped into the notion that politics is all about political parties, governments and ruling classes. That’s true, but only to a point. Politics is about power. Primarily about how power is exercised among people.

In the broader sense, a family is a political unit – where power may be shared, or hogged. All relationships among people are governed by power relations, whether they be egalitarian or otherwise.

Politics is also about groupings, and how they interact, to co-operate or oppose each other. Hence we have gay politics, feminist politics, environmental politics, religious politics, cultural and national politics.

I want to focus on the last two types of politics as they relate to Wales in particular and the larger world in general.

Lets start with the new census figures where the Welsh language use is shrinking. Politicians (that are part of the system that is slowly but surely killing us) will bemoan these figures and postulate all sorts of new incentives to ‘reverse the trend’.

But what they won’t say is the simple truth: that we are part of a global hegemony that is slowly but surely grinding us down. They falsely believe these forces cannot not be resisted but simply accommodated while they seek their places in the “new order”.

(We all know that constant English immigration to Wales is killing us. Isn’t it time we simply stated the obvious?)

If we persist in this mindset and simply ‘go along’, small nations and cultures like Wales all over the world will be ground down and fed into the global multicultural meat grinder.

Of course we have a choice, and the choice I am championing in this rant is autochthonous politics, sink or swim.

I dream of a world where when you travel you experience different cultures rooted to their place and traditions – not where you find a MacDonald’s, KFC and Coca Cola in every corner while music industry pop music blares on.

A world where you can experience diversity. A world where you can still marvel.

As much as the ruling classes and their lackeys will deny it, we Welsh are the natives of Britain, not the English. We not simply have a right, but indeed a duty to preserve our heritage, and the land we hold, for the future of the planet if not just ourselves.

So what would autocthanous politics be like, you ask? It is a politics that first and foremost values the land. The land which gave us birth and to which is ours, and ours alone, and which our future generations will live on. It is not ours to squander or treat as an object for individual gain. It is our inheritance to treasure and pass on. We must never let it be taken over by others.

Autocthanous politics would move towards a Wales were power is shared, not concentrated. It would be a politics based on land, livelihood, and kinship – a characteristic of Celtic culture (that have been under relentless attack from the Anglo-Norman power elites for close to a thousand years).

You can buddy up to the power elites if you wish. It is the path for cowards, those who lack confidence in themselves and their kinsfolk. And if indeed, this trend continues we will be living in a culturally impoverished world.

I dream of a world were politics and power is shared. Where distinct cultures are allowed to flourish. A world where I can travel and experience diversity and wonder.

What does this mean for Wales, here and now? It means we need to get back to the basics. We need to forge a system that serves us, individually, locally, and nationally. We need to get back to our cultural roots.

I am not postulating a ‘free’ centralised Welsh state. That’s the mindset of the Anglo-Normans. Wales has never been a unified state. That’s our roots. That’s our Celtic culture, our clan sensibility. We are kinsmen, rooted to our piece of turf . My turf is Cwm Garw. Where’s yours?

Autochthonus politics is Welsh and Celtic in nature. It is a politics based on the care for the land and the people who has spent countless generations on it. It is not an anti-immigration policy, but one where immigration is controlled to the level that the land and culture can absorb.

A Wales based on that Celtic sensibility of interwoven power shared among the people is possible. A politics of land, people, and culture, world over.

A world of diversity, not uniformity. As a world traveller that is what I live for. Are you with me?

Time for a Gold-backed Welsh Pound?

Solution One: Gold-backed Welsh currency

austerity measures protesterThe Welsh economy is receding, hard times are here. Worse is coming, (as with the rest of the UK and the EU). We are in a recession – which means the volume and circulation of money is shrinking.

The Westminster government is doing its part by cutting the budget and shrinking the money supply further. Why be a little sick when we can be easily made even sicker? !#-*(“!!

The Welsh Assembly needs to actually DO something to turn the Welsh economy around – which is not so hard to accomplish when you start messing around with the money supply.

Don’t be alarmed at that suggestion. The money supply has always been messed around with in the UK, at least since 1695 when the Bank of England was established and the National Debt began (and grown ever since).

And even before that, English monarchs used to call in the silver pennies, melt them down, mix in cheaper metal like copper, and then print a whole lot more coins – and keep the “new money” as additional revenue :D.

Money and fiddling the monetary system are two sides of the same coin.

Or to put it in another way:

if you’re not doing the fiddling – you’re the one being fiddled!

We all know that the banks are screwing us (with the support of the Westminster government bailouts). It has been calculated that interest charges woven into the system (essentially a private banker’s tax) increase the prices of goods and services on average by 35% to 40%.

Isn’t it time we democratically turned the tables here in Wales?

There is a wide range of measures the Assembly could take to get the Welsh economy rolling by massaging the money supply, but for the purpose of simplicity I’m going to focus on only one solution today –  a way of fiddling the money supply that is both simple, legal and foolproof – establishing a gold-backed currency for Wales.

And no, it won’t cost Wales a penny. On the contrary it would increase our money stock substantially. It makes us money. Lots of it. Money for nothing – just like the bankers.

Wels gold-backed moneyEstablishing a gold-backed Welsh pound could be easily accomplished by converting the annual block grant (the tax money the Assembly gets back each year from London) of around £15 billion into physical gold, stored in a ‘Welsh Fort Knox’. Then the Assembly simply deposits £15 billion gold-backed Welsh pounds into the Assembly’s bank account as its yearly budget.

In a sense we’ve just doubled our money. A portion of the gold-backed Welsh pounds may leave Wales, but the £15 billion in physical gold bullion will remain :).

Bank of Scotland and Bank of Clydesdale poundsThe Assembly could use it to pay for their services as they normally would with English pounds. Of course, sufficient amounts of paper Welsh pounds would need to meet local demand and use, like the Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank pounds in Scotland.

Okay, that’s interesting, you may say – but how is that going to help the Welsh economy?

I’m glad you asked.

A gold-backed Welsh currency would be the only currency in the EU that is not just backed by toxic bank debt and fabricated, false confidence. It would quickly establish itself as a currency of substance in stark distinction to debt-based fiat currencies that represent liabilities, not assets. (This worthless debt-based fiat money now rules the world as the Euro, the US dollar and Sterling pound – the rot at the centre of our economic system.)

The stature of gold-backed Welsh pounds would give Welsh business the upper hand in business dealings worldwide. After all, would you rather be paid in gold-backed money, or worthless paper representing toxic debt?

Most importantly, a gold-backed Welsh pound would not be prone to a continual devaluing through inflation – a chronic and unavoidable symptom of debt-based currencies like Sterling and the Euro.

If pegged to the Sterling like the Bank of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank pounds, the volume of Welsh pounds would grow without cost. If floated on the open market, the value of the Welsh pound in relation to Sterling and other world currencies would rise, as would the Welsh economy in general.

However you look at it, establishing a gold-backed currency would immediately place Wales on a sounder economic footing than our two nearest neighbours, England and Ireland.

The only real debate worth having is whether we let the gold-backed Welsh pound float on the open market, or peg it to the English pound. There’s are benefits to both approaches.

Those who would feel obliged through tradition or pressure to oppose a gold-backed Welsh currency would probably repeat the worn-out mantra:

“Mainstream economists don’t agree to returning to the gold standard.”

Given the state of the economy these days there is a good argument for dismissing anything the “mainstream economists” might advise. Mainstream economics have brought us oppressive debt and now austerity misery while stressing out the ecosystem of the planet. Mainstream economics has been thoroughly discredited.

(If you still have any doubts about the credibility of mainstream economics and government fiscal policies, click here for some education.)

I have floated the idea of a gold-backed Welsh currency to a number of ‘non-mainstream’ economists and the only argument against it was from HW, a dyed-in-the-wool British nationalist, who complained it might undermine the sovereignty of the English pound. (Yes, that’s the same HW who once disclosed his fantasy of blowing up the Welsh Assembly so we could go back to direct rule from London.) In short, there are no credible arguments against a gold-backed Welsh currency.

So how much would Wales gain if it started a gold-backed currency?

5 yeqar gold price increase

Over 5 years the price of gold has risen 168% from £399 per ounce to £1,050 per ounce today. Given the increasingly dire state of debt-based economies, the black-hole of swelling debt, and the continuing march to collapse, reason would say that the price of gold will rise exponentially over the next 5 years. Speculators are predicting a 300% to 1000% increase over the next few years.

But just to be very conservative, let’s say that gold slows in price growth to only a 20% increase per annum over the next 5 years. So 15 billion times 3 billion per annum increase equals 45 billion. So even with a conservative estimate an additional £45,000,000,000 (45 billion) would be created for the Welsh economy over 5 years. Or to put it another way, an additional £15,000 for every Welsh man, woman and child.

Mind you, the fact that China along with International Banks world over have been buying and stockpiling gold like crazy over the past year clearly shows that confidence in debt-based money is crumbling and the world economy will continue to collapse. This means we are quickly approaching a spike in gold prices.  Rises to a 1000% or more over the next 5 years is very likely.

How much would a Welsh gold-backed currency gain in this probable event? – an extra £750 billion pounds, or  £250,000 per woman, man and child – or around 1 million pounds  per two child family!

Seems too incredible to believe? You do the sums. It’s not Rocket Science!

That additional funding could be sent directly to all Welsh residents as a Citizen’s Basic Income (without means testing), along with the elimination of council tax.  The effect would be a super-charged Welsh economy.

The unambitious could retire early and live off the interest. Others could go into business on their own. The bottom line is financial freedom for everyone. No debts. Money in the bank.  Good money –  backed by gold.

The  weakest point to adopting a gold-backed currency for Wales would be our lack of border control; our powerlessness to stem a highly probable flood of economic migrants from England and Ireland. To solve that problem we would need an independent Wales, independent of London and Brussels – step two :).

The bottom line is this: given the perilous state of the world economy with chronic recession and inflation, and another six years of ‘austerity’ in the pipeline pushing us towards an impending economic collapse – what have we got to lose? It’s time to think outside of the box. It’s time to do new things.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. That pretty much sums up the Welsh Assembly’s approach to our economy so far. Isn’t it time we stopped being pig-stubborn and stupid? Isn’t it time we did something different? A gold-backed Welsh currency would be a good start!

Money talks while Welsh Assembly Members plug their ears

The Grip of Death Monetary ReformEach and every Welsh Assembly member was alerted, at least once, possibly many times, of the importance to attend the talk about money where the roots of the economic recession and excessive debt burdens would be clearly explained.

They were reminded that ‘ignorance is not bliss’ when it came to understanding where money and debt came from – especially since they are in part responsible, through ignorance and inaction, for the sad shape the Welsh economy is currently in.

Out of 60 over-paid Assembly Members alerted, a grand total of six, or 10%,  bothered to show up, listed below:

  1. Darren Miller, Conservative
  2. Alun Ffred Jones, Plaid Cymru
  3. Paul Davies, Conservative
  4. Angela Burns, Conservative
  5. Mark Drakeford, Labour
  6. Julie Morgan, Labour

(Chwarae Teg to Darren Miller who convened Ben’s talk.)

Ben Dyson of Positive Money gave a clear talk about the the origins of our debt crises, explaining how the banks have fraudulently taken over the money supply as interest-bearing debt and now we are all swamped in unrepayable debt (considering we owe more money than there even exists!).

Ben is top-notch at explaining the source of the problem and pointing out exactly how the banks are sucking us dry like leeches forcing us into poverty and “austerity measures” when we should be rolling in riches given the productive capacity of modern industrial society. However, when it comes to solutions, he is sorely lacking.

Perhaps typical for a London-based man, he can’t seem to envision a solution that isn’t centralist and undemocratic. When it comes to managing a debt-free money stock for the economy he is actually dismissive of democratically elected representatives claiming they ‘can’t be trusted’, preferring an unelected body (in London no doubt) to control the United Kingdom of Northern Ireland and Great Britain‘s money supply.

So in other words, he proposes to get people in control of the money supply that is not democratically accountable and cannot be removed by the demos. Of course that’s exactly what we have today were approximately 80 private bankers control virtually the entire UK money stock, how much is  produced, and where it goes.

The difference with Ben’s solution is that the money wouldn’t be created by private banks out of nothing as interest-bearing debt but created from within the government as a debt-free money stock for the UK State. This would be far better that the ridiculous system we slave under these days. but sticks to centralized unaccountability – or to put it in another way, anti-democratic autocracy, no matter how ‘good-willed’ it may be in principle.

Soon after Ben finished his presentation questions were solicited. After the present Assembly Members were given priority with a few timid questions they all got up and left – before discussion with members of the public got going. Typical.

So they didn’t hear our concerns about Ben’s centralized solution. Nor did they hear my proposal that the Welsh Assembly convert their 18 billion pounds yearly block grant from London (or however much it is) into physical gold stocks securely stored somewhere in Wales. We could then produce 18 billion Welsh pounds, backed by gold, to run public services, in stark contrast to the virtually worthless English and Scottish pounds.

Given the escalating price of gold as the debt-based economies continue to collapse, in 5 years Wales would be awash with somewhere around 200 billion in gold reserves and 200 billion gold-backed pounds circulating through our economy, while England chocked on its debts.

Our only concern then would be limiting the huge influx of economic migrants from England!

The public cheered the idea – while Ben looked a little pale. Like the saying goes, you can take the lad out of London, but you can’t take London out of the lad!

Remember, I emailed each and every Assembly Member about the talk and underlined the fact to them that “ignorance is not bliss” when it comes understanding money and the economy. It would appear, given their dismal attendance record and the conduct of the few who came, that they beg to differ.

Independent Wales links

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welshindependence.net

Welsh Not British

Jack o’ the north

I have recently removed a number of links that has gone dead, or remain in a zombie-like state. That’s the nature of the Internet. I know there could be a lot more links relevant to the desire for Welsh national freedom and independence. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment with a link.

 

 

 

Welsh History – Who Controls the Past?

welsh notLlywelyn, Owain Glyndŵr, Tryweryn , The Welsh Not.  If you didn’t learn about these topics in school, then perhaps you went to school in Wales.   Many young Welsh students leave school knowing more about ancient Egypt and Chinese history than that of their own nation.

The elimination of Welsh history in some locations is nothing short of a national tragedy.  History is so many things to a nation:  the understanding of communities, culture, and the rise and fall of civilisations.  History gives us a collective memory; a sense of connection to our land and community.

As Eric Hobsbawm  described it:

“The destruction of the past or, rather, of the social mechanisms that link one’s contemporary experience to that of earlier generations, is one of the most characteristic and eerie phenomena of the late 20th century. Most young men and women at the century’s end grow up in a sort of permanent present lacking any organic relation to the public past of the times they live in.”

In place of a well-crafted foundation of Welsh history, students are given a smattering of British history, often taught with the same England-centric textbooks used by students in England.
Gwynfor Evans, Plaid Cymru president from 1945 to 1981, wrote about the history of Wales, (Aros Mae / Land of my Fathers: 2000 Years of Welsh History) a tale of English oppression and linguistic heritage, though his passionate writing was not much concerned with historical complexities.

Such tales of the survival of Wales against the odds helped inspire a new generation of activists who were even willing to go to prison in the name of their nation. One such person was Dafydd Iwan who wrote the popular song “Yma o Hyd” (Still Here), a song demonstrating the appeal of a simple historical message to the nation.

In 1959 in Flintshire the director of education was condemned for promoting Welsh history. “They fear that you are creating in the mind of a child an awareness that there is such a concept as the Welsh nation,” he said of his critics.

Since devolution, Welsh is no longer a nation that has to look backwards to see that it exists. Yet the fact that a Welsh government has come about at all seems due to the historical perspective people have drawn from Wales’ past, even if their reading of that history was sometimes rather slanted.
In 2003, the Welsh Assembly Government established Curriculum Cymreig, a wide-reaching national curriculum embracing cultural, economic, environmental, historical and
linguistic lessons.

The Curriculum Cymreig expects these elements in every school’s history syllabus:

• Understanding how lives and localities have been shaped by the past,
through learning about the history of Wales, its political, economic,
social and cultural aspects.

• Visiting historical sites, using artefact’s, making comparisons between
past and present, and developing an understanding of how these have
changed over time.

• Learning about the relationship of Wales with other parts of the UK
today and in the past.

• Learning about past and present links with Europe and the wider world,
using a range of scales of reference – local, regional, national, British,
European and world history of Wales, its political, economic,
social and cultural aspects.

That sounds very well and good but for one important problem:  the actual lessons and subjects are decided by local districts, many of which are struggling for  resources and under pressure to achieve higher scores in standardised student assessments.

This matters because of what students are missing. “The soft bigotry of low expectations,” an assumption that those students in locations of historically low educational attainment should not be academically challenged, literally means students are being denied the patrimony of their story, an understanding of their country and society.

George Orwell’s 1984 sums this up well.  “Who controls the past,” according to the party slogan, “controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.”  A lack of history or false history breaks down the psychological independence of its subjects.

Though devolution is marching slowly along, Wales needs a firm focus on full independence, so we may control our own future.  And to control our own future, we need to control the past—and affirm our own history by making Welsh history a requirement for every student in Wales.

Catherine Severson

Catherine Severson

Catherine Severson is a boat builder and sailor, having studied traditional Celtic wooden boat building in Wales and Ireland.  She has worked in both the USA and Japan as a radio presenter and magazine editor.

 

 

 

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https://www.assemblywales.org/epetition-list-of-signatories.htm?pet_id=680

“We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to make Welsh History Compulsory in our schools from the age of 7. Teaching about Wales from the Celtic times right through to the present Day, including for example Llywelyn, Glyndŵr, all other Welsh native princes, Tryweryn, The Welsh Not, The Norman conquest, Act of Union and Industrialisation. As It appears that not all of Welsh history is being taught and is selective to cover certain periods and events.”

 

Leanne’s proposals – re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic

leanne wood plaid cymruLeanne Wood, newly elected Leader of Plaid Cymru The Party Of Wales, has outlined a programme to revive the Welsh economy see: Plan C. As is usual for virtually all mainstream political parties these days, it boils down to “re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic” rather than exposing the underlying causes and proposing necessary radical changes to the system.

Unsurprisingly, she starts with the standard put-down of Wales with the usual labour-like-lefty moaning refrain: “we’re sooo poor – it’s not fair!, etc. etc.”.

She then calls for “the devolution of borrowing powers and responsibility over macro-economic levers” and a change in public procurement policy.

Regarding procurement policy, the way it works these days is through competitive bidding – with the ‘best value for money’ (lowest bid) almost invariably winning. Yes, that means that outside corporate interests can usually win these bidding wars ensuring that tax money returned to Wales quickly disappears again, keeping the economy short on cash.

Leanne Wood is absolutely correct in questioning this ‘best value’ approach to public procurement but her proposals to change it is just hot air and would never fly – because it directly conflicts with one of Plaid Cymru’s most cherished goals – to become another vassal state of the European Union.

The EU is all about protecting the interests of the financial elites and corporate power. It is the EU that forces competitive tendering and ‘best value’ procurement ensuring that money always moves up, and the growing divide between the uber-rich and the rest of us is maintained and strengthened. You only have to see the current brutalisation of the Greek, Spanish and Irish people by the EU troika’s* austerity demands if you have any doubts what membership in the EU really means.

“Progressive procurement” as Leanne calls it is good idea, but impossible in Plaid Cymru’s larger vision for Wales.

As for the devolution of “borrowing powers” – that’s a no starter. In fact it’s a very narrow-minded approach to reviving the Welsh economy. Wales, like the rest of the Western world, is already suffering under crippling debt levels. The UK government has allowed commercial banks to take control of 97.3% (and growing) of the entire UK money stock – meaning that debt-slavery, relentless crippling inflation. and austerity measures are built into the system.

We don’t need more debt. We need LESS debt – and more real (debt-free) money.

On that vein, it’s ironic that two speakers were invited to the Assembly in this Spring (arranged and hosted by a Labour and Conservative AM). One speaker was Ben Dyson of Positive Money. The other was a researcher from the New Economics Foundation who made an argument for the creation of a debt-free Welsh pound spent into the economy which would rapidly make Wales the most solvent and vibrant economy in Western Europe. (That’s not rocket science. It’s just basic mathematics, simple and straightforward – once you understand how the money system and economy actually work in the real world.)

What’s ironic about these monetary reform proposals made to Assembly Members and members of the public was that not one single Plaid Cymru AM bothered to come and listen – even though I personally invited (virtually insisted) that Plaid’s shadow minister for economics, Alun Ffred Jones, come to the talk!

Leanne then goes on to propose an “unconventional fiscal policy [which] involves shifting the balance from revenue spending to capital expenditure. On a macro level, the proposal is for the government to control and manipulate the economy through its enormous fiscal clout. That makes perfect sense if you adhere to an overbearing government bureaucracy controlling almost every aspect of our lives. They tried it in the USSR. Didn’t work. They are now trying it in the EU. Won’t work. It will just lead to more stagnation and collapse.

We need a Welsh government that says NO MORE! to the international financiers and corporate interests controlling people and governments around the world. Simply “window dressing politics” will no longer cut the cake. Until Leanne and Plaid Cymru are willing to admit that the financial Emperor (the City of London and the EU troika) has no clothes, and accept that we need a commonsense and radical shift away from an economy based on debt and concentration of power, they can not offer the Welsh nation annibyniaeth go iawn – real freedom or independence.

If you are a Plaid Cymru member, please tell your party bosses to pay attention to the short video below, and do some thinking.

*The troika is a slang term (Russian for triad) for for the three organizations which have the most power over member state’s financial future – or at least that future as it is defined within the European Union. The three groups are the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB).

Welsh Water Ripoff

welsh water for walesWater is life and by natural right it belongs to the country it’s found in – but not in Wales. Since 1989 our water has been ‘privatised’.

Crooks, claiming ownership with pieces of paper with numbers and fancy words backed by Banksters, English Law, the police and if need be, the British Army, took exclusive ownership and control of our water resources.

Predictably, things have gone downhill since then. This essential and valuable resource became the plaything of transnational corporate power games. The Welsh nation bowed to this new usurper by paying tribute in the form of sky-high water bills.

By the turn of the century Welsh water’s ‘owner’, Hyder, mismanaged itself into bankruptcy. A hasty Assembly-lead ‘Welsh-solution’ rescue package was cobbled together.

But the facts tell a different story …

Hyder, means ‘confidence’ in Welsh – the name being little short of a confident trick. Hyder was not a Welsh company at all. Not even remotely. (Reports say that Hyder’s bosses insisted employees mispronounce its name as ‘hider’.)  After staggering mismanagement Hyder was flogged off to  Western Power Distribution, an American-controlled conglomerate that picked up our water resources as part of its global public utilities portfolio.

Then the Bansters (NatWest) stepped in to purchase our Water resources using a newly fabricated organisation (which the dummies down in the Assembly were keen to take credit for), It was labeled a “not-for-profit Welsh solution” calling itself Glas Cymru, literally, Blue Wales.

But Glas Cymru’s Welsh credentials are at best window dressing. With regards to its ‘not-for-profit’ spin, the reality is that just about everyone involved makes a tidy profit – except the Welsh.

Glas Cymru’s claimed not-for-profit status is deceitful. Basically, all it means is that the money to bail out Hyder’s inherited debts was borrowed rather than financed through selling shares. This deal now results (2011) in £174 million (or approx. £135 of each and every household water bill) in interest payments every year – essentially a private Bankster’s tax.

In other words, this ‘Welsh solution’ to managing our water now results in a yearly transfer of £174 million from us in Wales to the wealthy banking elites centered in London. And for this privilege all they did was to type a few numbers into a electronic accounts (As we are all coming to realise, borrowed money is fraudelent money created by banks out of nothing at no cost to them.)

This ‘Welsh water solution’ is a scam of mega proportions – but under English law and  slavish Assembly mentality, it’s considered legal and sensible.

The ‘Welsh’ dimension to Glas Cymru is in its selection of members. It was first headed by Lord Burns, a favourite of the Thatcher era (formerly Treasury Permanent Secretary) who as the non-executive chairman (i.e no responsibilities) gets payed £140,000 a year. That was way back in 2002, probably a lot more now. Bob Ayling, below, took over from Lord Burns in 2010.

glas cymru chairman

In addition to the Chairman there are 9 other appointed mainly non-executive directors which is essentially patronage appointments with no responsibility. It’s hard to get a precise figure on how much we are paying them for doing nothing but “Directors’ emoluments” is listed as costing us £1,200,000 in 2011. Divide that by 10 and you get £120,000 each.  To see a list of the latest Glas Cymru “good welshmen” click here.

At Glas Cymru’s inception, “Welsh” Labour was predictably pleased with itself -“I particularly welcome the prospect of Welsh Water being owned once again based, managed and controlled from Wales, based on a principle originated in Wales”, said our then Prif Weinidog Rhodri Morgan.

Although Glas Cymru claims to own and control Welsh water resources, it doesn’t actually run the industry. The real work is contracted out to very-much-for-profit companies.

Although they still use the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water tag, the fact is that the companies squeezing us for profit by supplying us with our own water are not Welsh at all. The business of maintaining the water supply is contracted out to United Utilities, a profit-making English company. Customer service is contracted out to profit-making Thames Water, an English subsidiary of a German-owend conglomerate RWE. Other companies such as Wessex Water also have their fingers in the our water pie.

Unravel the “Welsh not-for-profit” spin and we discover exactly the opposite.

So where was Plaid Cymru “The Party of Wales” when this was all coming about? Should they not have been screaming “bloody murder” from the rooftops and exposing this farce called a ‘Welsh solution’?  Yes, you’d think so … but no, not a murmur. Incredibly, Plaid’s policy on Water was written by a member of Glas Cymru (who also doubled as a member of Plaid). Accordingly, it stated, without any qualification,

We need to recognise that re-nationalisation [of the water industry] is neither feasible or necessarily in the interests of Wales and its various stakeholders.”

What it neglected to point out was that Welsh water resources had never been nationalised in the genuine sense – owned by Wales for the Welsh. ‘Nationalisation’ has always meant controlled by the British State thoroughly dominated by majority English interests. Plaid’s policy also failed to explain who the “various stakeholders” were but we can assume they include the bodies, including members of Glas Cymru, who are pocketing tidy sums of money for their stamp of approval.

With regard to the prospect of Welsh companies managing our own water resources, the paper takes a familiar ploy in talking us down and virtually dismissing Wales’ ability to undertake such operations. “The obstacle”, it stated, “will be in developing a management, technical and systems infrastructure comparable with those developed by incumbent operators.”

No, us Welshies could never manage our own resources as good as the English and Germans do it for us. What demeaning neo-colonialist bunk! – and straight out of a Plaid policy paper!

The policy paper was warmly endorsed by Arweinydd y Blaid Ieuan Wyn Jones who wrote in the forward that the policy paper is “a significant event in the evolution of party policy”. Significant indeed. Who is left to champion natural justice for Wales if not our illustrious  ‘Party of Wales’?

The only saving grace in this policy paper was a meek suggestion that perhaps we should be seeking some return for the water transported to England. Approximately half of all Welsh water resources is exported to England for the grand sum of £0 – dim byd. They get our water, we don’t even get a ‘thank you’ in return.

It’s the British version of free trade – Wales gives, England takes – for free.

Not only that, average domestic water bills in England are substantially lower than in Wales – around £50 less on average. The official excuse for this discrepancy is that it is cheaper to transport Welsh water to England for English consumption than to keep it in Wales for Welsh consumers. Go figure that one out!

If Wales began to charge a fair price of its exported water resources well over £100 million in extra revenue could be generated (or around £100 could be deducted off our annual domestic water charges for every household).

Also, if we cut the Banksters out of their ill-gotten annual take for their fraudulent money creation (i.e. counterfeiting) on a massive scale, our domestic water bills should be close to zero – possibly even get paid a dividend each year.

They call it ‘market rationalisation’. We should call it for what it is – state sanctioned theft on a grand scale.

dwr cymru welsh waterEven if we continued to pay the Bankster’s private tax called interest, a nationalised Welsh Water Industry publicly financed and contracted to Welsh operators, including a fair recompense for our exports, would ensure our domestic water bills could be halved in cost – as well as ensuring a secure economic opportunities for people in our rural communities.

For the sake of our children, if nothing else, it’s time we stared demanding just that.

 

What do muslims really think?

mosque cardiff

Shah Jalal mosque, Cardiff

If you’ve ever wondered what our muslim neighbours think about things like freedom, democracy, Western values and their new home here in Wales, the results of these polls may be of interest to you.

Of course many muslims are good decent people and may make good neighbours, but the values inherent in Islam are concerning.

The religion of peace contains a supremacist political ideology and remains opposed to many of our values of including freedom of expression and democratic principles.

If nothing else, the result of these polls shows we need to start start an open and frank discussion with our muslim neighbours. We also need to get firm on practices in the muslim community, such as female genital mutilation (which is on the rise in Wales) and reassert our values of common decency.

But the dialogue has to start. It is no longer acceptable to pander to the victim card being played, or give false praise of ‘cultural diversity.’

Violence in Defense of Islam

Policy Exchange: One third of muslims in Britain believe anyone who leaves Islam should be killed
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf

Center for Social Cohesion: One third of muslim students in Britain support killing for Islam
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1340599/WikiLeaks-1-3-British-Muslim-students-killing-Islam-40-want-Sharia-law.html

NOP Research: 78% of muslims in Britain support punishing the publishers of Muhammad cartoons;
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/14/opinion/main1893879.shtml&date=2011-04-06

NOP Research: Hardcore Islamists comprise 9% of the muslim population in Britain;
Another 29% would “aggressively defend” Islam;
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/14/opinion/main1893879.shtml&date=2011-04-06

GfK NOP: 28% of muslims in Britain want the UK to be an Islamic state
http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf

Law

ICM Poll: 40% of muslims in Britain want Sharia in the UK
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1510866/Poll-reveals-40pc-of-Muslims-want-sharia-law-in-UK.html

NOP Research: 68% of muslims in Britain support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam;
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/14/opinion/main1893879.shtml&date=2011-04-06

Honour Killings

BBC Poll: 1 in 10 muslims in Britain support killing a family member over “dishonor”.
http://www.expressandstar.com/blogs/peter-rhodes/2011/12/28/honour-killing-%E2%80%93-a-stain-on-our-nation/

95% of honor killings in Europe are perpetrated by muslim fathers and brothers or their proxies.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/21/barbara-kay-continue-calling-honour-killings-by-its-rightful-name/

Terrorism

ICM Poll: 20% of muslims in Britain sympathize with 7/7 bombers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1510866/Poll-reveals-40pc-of-Muslims-want-sharia-law-in-UK.html

NOP Research: 1 in 4 muslims in Britain say 7/7 bombings were justified
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/14/opinion/main1893879.shtml&date=2011-04-06

 

2017 postscript: This post was first published in 2012 and most of the poll results are over 5 years old. Has things improved since then? Or gotten worse?

UK Titanic – time to prepare the Welsh lifeboats?

welsh lifeboat

Kate wastes champaign on Welsh lifeboat, Prince William knows his place 🙂

The entire financial world is going down the tubes. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure that one out. Even the BBC lets little hints of the crises slip out now and then.

The gangsters (or Banksters to use modern slang) running the world economy for their own profit and everyone else’s debt misery are largely centred, coddled and protected in London.

It makes no difference whether the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrats are running the UK, the entire British political establishment are puppets and mouthpieces of the Banksters.

Here in Wales the silence of our nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, is deafening. They rattle on about ‘creating more jobs’, just like their British counterparts in London, but are unwilling to stick their head above the parapet, to speak the simple and obvious truth – that the Global Financial Emperor (that we are currently enslaved to), Has No Clothes!

We don’t need more jobs – we need income security and less debt. You don’t get that with jobs in a global economy collapsing under the death-weight of fraudulent debt bonds.

There has never been a time in human civilization where real wealth is so abundant due to the technology of mass production. Yet we live in a world of company warehouses overflowing with cheap crap that still can’t all be sold due to insufficient purchasing power.

We are inhabiting a world being suffocated by debt and starved of cash.

The goal of ‘balancing budgets’ in practice means increasing the burden debt (representing almost the entire money supply – 98% in the UK) on the increasing poor and nearly poor – reducing yet further our already far too weak purchasing power.

These new ‘austerity measures’ being introduced in the UK and Europe is like a witch-doctor demanding more leaches to be applied to the patient when the first round of leaches have failed to show any improvement.

Will Wales wake up in time to launch the Independent Lifeboat before the UK Titanic goes down?

An independent Wales with its own debt-free monetary system would be the most secure and prosperous nation on the planet. Debt-riddled countries would be lining up to do business with us – although there would be little need for us to reciprocate.

Or will we follow Plaid Cymru’s lead and be too frightened to speak up,  following everyone else like lambs to the slaughter?

As usual, Stacy Herbert and Max Keiser, speaking on Russia Today, tells it like it is – something you will never hear on the BBC.

UK – The Imminent Collapse – take it away Max 😀

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