I wake every day
And for a second I pray
The pain has gone away
Then the wretched feeling spreads
Up through my legs
Concentrated in my back
And down past my crack
As the feeling grows
Like fire through my bones
I wish to be reborn
But Like an angles wings torn
No respite for me
As it concentrates around my knee
I dream to walk alone
Not shackled to my thrown
The pain I feel inside
Starts to subside
As the pills I pop each day
In my stomach they decay
But the dull ache continues
Like morphine clouded windows
Relentless as it feels
I try to hide my squeals
Feeling ragged and fettered
“are you feeling better?”
Their concern is genuine
But their patience running thin
Kindness and sympathy
If only I could drink some tea
All of this would go away
I can live a normal way
Could a politician who voted exclusively through online polls create a new democracy or frightening knee jerk reactionary decisions?
There appears to be a catalogue of infringements on liberty or police acting with impunity. Here I intend to start listing them here:
Violently breaking up a student fees demonstration.
Learning tactics from one of the most militarised police forces which regularly actively suppress innocent people.
The above article was published just before the chancellors Autumn Statement on Stamp Duty. So fear not George Osborne has addressed our concerns, throw away the mansion tax… Actually just a second…
When you realise that property isn’t bought and sold in simple one to one transactions we need to look a little closer as to whether stamp duty will itself address the concentration if property ownership within the hands of the few and foreign investment in property as another commodity to be bought and sold.
The devil is in the detail and as the attached shows there are simple mechanisms to avoid tax:
“when the time comes to sell the property. Rather than selling the property it is possible to sell the shares in the company thus transferring ownership of the property. This means that the new purchaser (and any future purchaser of the shares) pays stamp duty at 0.5 per cent ”
Until there is robust tax investigation, simplified tax rules and punitive enforcement of avoidance, residential housing will continue to be seen as another commodity to be bought and sold between companies.
Capitalism is based on the exploitation of the many by the few- the ruling class.
Is it not time we called for class warfare?
While Marx’s views of the means of production seem out moded in a service based economy, particularly sitting in rural Cornwall where all around people are working for themselves working hard to get by. But look deeper into the neo Marxists (and throw off your preconceptions and prejudices of the label) and you see undeniable truths – alienation of the workforce, the increasing specialisation of roles…
So why have we not fulfilled Marx’s prophetic revolution? A collective blindness? Or have the revolutionaries just not been marketing their cause right?
Just like new Labour had to embrace the middle class so to do the revolutionaries in irder to create a popular uprising.
Not pitching a ‘working class’ against the ‘middle class’, as is often characterised as the option, but an awakening and mobilisation, a unified collective over throwing of an exploitative ruling class of bankers, oligarchs,…
As long as enormous profits can be generated through the sale of residential housing it will be viewed as a capital commodity like any other.
Simply impose a punitive level of capital gains tax (say 85%) on any property that isn’t a persons primary residence. The exception being a property rented out at an affordable rent (not affordable linked to market rental prices) .
I also extend this policy to any primary residence sold within 3 years of purchase.
By targeting capital gains you don’t prevent people from moving you simply prevent profiteering from this.
This instantly stops residential property being seen purely a a capital commodity but doesn’t prevent those who want to rent out at a rate above an affordable threshold and profit from income rather than capital gain, and by so doing means that empty housing will be a liability.