We in the twenty-first century congratulate ourselves that we have left behind the myths and legends of our primitive past.  Modern, we are rational, clear-headed logical people who make informed decisions based a reasonable consideration of the facts.  If only this were true.  Alas our myths are simply clothed in new words and we have a devout faith that they explain the real world.  In this the media misinforms and dissembles the truth so that the true facts are hidden from us.  The ideology of the few distorts all our lives.

   Happily there are those independent journalists who write the truth, Owen Jones is one and my latest find is Kerry-anne Mendoza.  Her book, “Austerity: the Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy” is the most shocking book I’ve read in a long time.  Mendoza describes in chapter and verse how the things I have grown up with; the NHS, public education and the social security system  are surreptitiously  being privatised bit by relentless bit.  If you care about our Social Democratic system order this book from your local library or  on kindle or paper-back and read it.  We are going back to a time at the beginning of the twentieth century when life for my grand-parents, and probably yours, was very harsh indeed or ‘nasty, brutish and short’.  It doesn’t have to be like this if we inform ourselves and act.  Here endeth the sermon.



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