The Paint.

Is still looking at me, but the snow distracted myself along with another protest, from 3000 down to 250, and then at the weekend no more than 60. A strange mix of people. I would normally leave the politics to the other blog.

However, this came up on Barnsdale:

A recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report confirms that there are now 2.1 million impoverished children in homes where parents are in work, an increase on previous years and a figure that is set to rise thanks to ConDem policies. A staggering 58% of impoverished children live in homes where one or both parents work, giving lie to the sick Tory myth that child poverty is the fault of idle parents. As co-author of the report, Tom MacInnes says:

“With more than half of all children in poverty belonging to working families, it is simply not possible to base anti-poverty policies on the idea that work alone is a route out of poverty … Child poverty in working households must be given the same focus as out-of-work poverty. Until this happens, debates about poverty will continue to be misleading.”

The  groundbreaking findings presented in Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s book, ‘The Spirit Level‘, shows exactly where the problem lies and what needs to be done to truly address this problem. The years of research behind this book have  provided hard evidence to show how almost every social problem – from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy, preventable disease rates to academic achievement  – is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is.

Britain in the third millennium remains stunningly unequal. Classism is as blatant as it is rife. It’s a word that’s out of political favour at the moment, but what we need is a new movement of ‘levelers’. What we need is an urgent and far-reaching leveling of socioeconomic inequality. What we need is class war!

My thoughts are this, change comes from the desire to change, all the recent protest are about protecting the socioeconomic status of those involved. Not fundamental change of capitalism as it stands. I have been moving from the dysfunctional attention seekers once more Saturday proved, the report from Joseph Rowntree Foundation tells me nothing new.

There is nothing groundbreaking in this report and the recent student actions, just the same old class war! And a lot of hype. If we desire change then we have to become that change, but the cracks in the pavement are leading us to the beach perhaps we better spend our time letting them be.. I visited William Brothers once more, I rather like her as she stands, an atonement to the urban age me thinks.


We might like to paint/change the ruins of capitalism as though we are in some form of denal how fragile things are, once more I have had quite a nice time wandering and coming home to slippers a un-painted house matters not, um.. yes (strokes chin..), while it has been a journey of interest being one of the dysfunctional attention seekers, time to move on.

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