Boycott the Beeb

There is an online campaign to encourage everyone to boycott the BBC on Friday 21st June to show the public’s anger at the corporation for removing the free TV licence for all pensioners over 75 years old.

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To be fair though this was a decision forced on the BBC by the current Tory Government in Westminster.  Despite making a manifesto commitment to maintain the free TV licence for all pensioners over 75, the Tories simply got around that by passing the responsibility of this to the BBC – without passing the full funding.  Only pensioners over 75 who claim (or they partner claims) Pension Credit will now get a free TV licence – meaning the vast majority will now have to pay out £154.50 per year.

However, in their usual cack-handed way the BBC simply did the bidding of their Tory masters and found an excuse to slash the free TV budget while maintaining the money they need to pay the excessive executive salaries for their part time directors and of course the exorbitant fees for their main presenters.  There have been plenty of posts online highlighting just how much the BBC think their own directors are worth, never mind the eye watering salaries they give to the likes of Gary Linekar and co.    The online campaign has been picked up by some of the right wing newspapers (well apart from the National, most of them are right wing rags), who are stoking this up as another stick to beat up the BBC.

There have also been a few petitions doing the rounds including AgeUK who highlight the importance of accessing TV for elderly people (petition can be found here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/save-free-tv-for-older-people/) as well as petitions to the UK Parliament, one of which has reach the 100,000 limit required to ensure a debate in Westminster about this issue. As yet no date has been agreed, but even if it does go ahead the debate cannot force the government to act.
Although the boycott may be a good sign to allow the public to show their dissatisfaction with the BBC maybe something stronger is required – such as a mass boycott of TV licences.

Scotland is poorly served by the BBC – its output is so bad that it would make Pravda blush.  Only yesterday a good news report about a reduction in alcohol sales is turned into a bad news story by the usual BBC Scotland reporters finding anyone off the street who disagrees with the policy and giving them all the airtime they need to slag off the policy.  More information on this and the BBC’s many failings in Scotland can be found at https://informscotland.com/. Even at the Women’s World Cup the BBC find a way at insulting Scottish viewers:

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The BBC will find it difficult to ever recover from their showing at the Scottish boycott BBC - is that trueIndependence Referendum in 2014, where their anti-Scottish bias was clear for everyone to see. This has been summarised in the documentary London Calling which can be london callingfound online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXQYuLUAbyw. This documentary is based on the excellent book by G A Ponsonby:  http://bit.ly/BBCstolethereferendum.

More and more people are realising that they are simply paying a TV licence to allow the BBC to broadcast misinformation and lies to them. This has led to an increase in the number of people cancelling their TV licence, or simply refusing to pay for one in the first place.

There is lots of information online on how to legally stop paying your TV licence and I’m sure that this would have a far greater impact on the BBC than a one day boycott. As long as you don’t watch live TV or BBC iplayer then you do not need a TV licence. You can watch catch up TV, Netflix, Amazon or whoever and do not require a TV licence. The BBC pays Capita to collect the TV licence – but these people from Capita have no powers to ask you any questions – so don’t reply to them and don’t let them into your house.tv licence facts

Further information can be found at: https://tvlicenceresistance.info/

How to deal with TV Licensing Harassment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXcLqvFjMhE

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A Disunited Kingdom

disunited kingdomThe results from the EU election show a clear political split from Scotland and the rest of the UK (mainly England).  The rise of the Brexit party was halted, while the SNP took a massive 38% of the vote entitling them to 3 MEPs.  This was the highest vote share of any party in Western Europe, the largest ever margin of victory for any party in a Scottish EU election and the first time that any party has held 50% of seats since the introduction of proportional representation in 1999.  The SNP won the vote in 30 out of 32 council areas, coming second in both Orkney and Shetland and even then, increasing their share of the vote. It may not have been the best turnout for an election, although better than previous EU elections, but it is clear the SNP got their vote out.

The biggest loser in Scotland was Labour, losing both their MEP seats, including long serving MEP David Martin, and trailing in at fifth place in the results table with around 9% of the vote.  Apparently, this was Labour’s worst result in Scotland since 1910 – their members must be wondering how long they can keep Richard Leonard as leader, he is ineffectual in the Scottish Parliament, continuously confused between devolved and reserved issues and has obviously overseen a very poor election campaign.

no more referendumsThe Tory campaign – yet again – of making this election an attempt to stop the SNP getting another Independence Referendum failed spectacularly.  Their campaign was such a flop that Ruth Davidson sent out her deputy Jackson Carlaw to do the TV interviews.  Colonel Davidson must be hiding in a bunker greeting to herself after realising that she won’t be the next First Minister of Scotland!  Davidson plastered her own face all over the Tory leaflets endlessly obsessing about Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP and an Independence Referendum yet failed to make any inroads, with her party coming in fourth in the results table. If Davidson really believed in what she was saying in her literature then maybe its time for her to admit she was wrong and back a new IndyRef …. nigel-farage-milkshake-1558430783.jpgaye, right – more chance of Nigel Farage walking into a milkshake convention than that ever happening!

Of course, the BBC spent most of the time going on about how great a result this was for Farage and the Brexit Party.  That was to be expected as they’ve been promoting him for years, with only the presenters of Question Time appearing on the show more often than Farage.  However, if you look a bit closer you see that the Brexit party has really just replaced UKIP and gained a few extra percentage points on the vote as well as a few extra MEPs.  A good result for a completely new party – but in reality it was UKIP by another name, the same secret donors (no doubt breaking electoral rules as has happened in the past) and just a few different fascists from before.

In terms of the Leave/ Remain division – it seems that nothing has been cleared up.  The UK is still hopelessly split on the issue and the real danger is that the Tories, fresh from this doing from Farage, will choose a nutter like Boris Johnson who will be desperate for a no-deal Brexit.  Tory members will see this as the only chance to take votes from the Brexit Party. murray nutter

The Brexit impasse will not be resolved in Westminster.  Corbyn will lead his party into further abstentions as the clock ticks away to a no-deal Brexit by the deadline at the end of October.  Time will be limited to do anything else, will the Remainers in Westminster be strong enough to call for and win a second EU referendum? It’s unlikely.  Take into account the time for the Tories to choose a new leader, then it’s the summer recess followed by the autumn recess for the party conferences and that leaves around 4 or 5 weeks for any business to be carried out in Westminster.  That isn’t a lot of time, especially if you have a Prime Minister and an opposition leader who are both happy with a no deal option!

The other story from the EU election which has been dropped since the results came in was the missing EU citizens votes.  Has there been any further investigation into why so many EU citizens were denied their vote?  Was this a deliberate move by the Westminster political establishment, fearing that EU citizens were more likely to vote for Remain parties? Is this just another sign of the corruption in the failing democracy that is the UK?

Whatever happens now, it seems that too many voters in England have swallowed Farage’s crap – they believe he is going to make a difference. Yet the only difference he has made to now has been to inflate his own bank balance.  He is a political fraudster backed by dark money, from people who want to make money from selling off the NHS and other public services, from people who don’t want new EU rules tackling tax havens and money laundering and backed by not just the national press but by the BBC.  Yet again the BBC highlights that it is the true successor to Pravda.

However, in Scotland we have a lifeboat.  We can escape from the madness of Brexit and a UK that is becoming increasingly right wing and isolated from the rest of the world.  We can choose Independence.  It is up to us – Scottish Independence supporters – to make that change happen.  We don’t have to wait for Nicola Sturgeon or the SNP to launch an Independence campaign – we have to do it ourselves and do it now.  Sitting behind keyboards won’t win votes but by talking to your family, friends, neighbours everyone can make that difference. Scotland has a chance to escape the madness but only if we’re already doing the work to make it happen.  Let’s get out there, let’s start chapping doors, holding street stalls, rallies. marches – whatever it takes to persuade more people that the only escape from Brexit is Independence.

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Sympathy for Theresa May – now is not the time …… nor will it ever be !

The pathetic sight of soon to be former Prime Minister Theresa May crying as she announced her resignation doesn’t get any sympathy from those who have suffered under her ‘leadership’.  As usual the mainstream press fell for the act and tried to portray Theresa May as if she is a normal person with actual feelings!

Aye right – tell that to her victims.

The reaction on social media was more revealing, without media barons to direct the public’s opinion it was clear that most people had little or no sympathy for Mrs May. thewlis tweetPlenty of images and memes were quick to appear contrasting her ‘greeting’ about losing her job in contrast to her lack of emotion for those who have suffered while she was Prime Minister. This included the victims of Grenfell Tower (most of whom have still be rehomed), the Windrush generation (including those who were forced out of the UK and some who have been killed since) and not forgetting the thousands who have died due to benefit cuts imposed under her tenure.

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FBU statementAlthough the media seem to be assessing Theresa May’s premiership in terms of handling Brexit, she has many more failings that could be highlighted.  Among these were:

  • Continuing with austerity, persecuting those who needed help and ultimately having benefit policies which contribute to the deaths of thousands of benefit claimants
  • The rape clause
  • Creating a hostile atmosphere for immigrants in the UK, including those who had settled here for years
  • The Windrush deportations
  • Grenfell Tower – where poor health and safety issues surrounding tower blocks in England saw at least 72 people die in a fire, yet despite the outcry from the public many of the remaining victims are still without homes – and when Theresa May visited the site there wasn’t even the merest hint of tears or emotion
  • Universal Credit and benefit reforms; making claimants wait 5 weeks for any benefits, delays in processing applications leading to rent arrears affecting both tenants and landlords
  • Supplying arms to the murderous Saudi regime, knowingly letting them bomb Yemen, killing thousands of women and children

Of course, there was also her previous poor record as Home Secretary where she slashed police numbers and then was surprised to see a massive rise in crime – and who can forget her ability to lose over 100 files relating to paedophile cases!

With a track record like that is it any wonder that most people may have sympathies for the victims of Theresa May but have none for her. She was eventually forced out as Prime Minister by her own colleagues – more concerned about their parliamentary futures than anyone who has suffered under her regime.

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Troll Spotting

It’s that time of year when random SNP politicians are wheeled out to condemn Cybernats for any and every abusive comment made online – as if the SNP is somehow responsible for everyone who supports Scottish Independence.

online-trollsAs usual the media run with the headlines complaining about Cybernats and even though the comments from SNP politicians state that the abuse also comes from BritNats, this is often downplayed or simply ignored.

There is an issue with some of the language used online.  Mainly it’s from people who feel safe to use threatening and abusive language while sitting behind a screen and typing away on a keyboard but are too cowardly to say these words to anyone’s face. There seems to be a disconnect that some people feel being online gives them the freedom to say what they want without any comeback.  Then again, many ‘journalists’ also feel free to write any nonsense they like knowing that few people can afford to take them to court to get a retraction, so it’s a bit much listening to ‘journalists’ moaning about online comments when their day job is to write something to get a reaction.

However, when can we expect the media to start door-stepping BritNat politicians and getting them to complain about the online abuse from their side?  Why hasn’t Ruth Davidson been interviewed to explain the comments made by ‘Brian Spanner’ (notorious BritNat online troll who many suspect is a relatively well known BritNat ‘journalist’)?  If you want to find out more about his abuse go online and check his social media but pay particular attention to who has links with him – it reads like a who’s who of the BritNat establishment in Scotland, from politicians to journalists – yet I can’t remember a national newspaper or the BBC running a story outing this guy? They all know who he is but they ignore his abuse – why?

Another example of BritNat abuse was former Labour councillor, Terry Kelly, who’s blog was full of abuse but he refrained from saying it to anyone’s face because he was worried about their reaction.  In other words he was an online troll and a coward.  Despite reports to both the Labour party and the Standards Commission, nothing was ever done about his online rants.

I’m sure the recent footage from the Glasgow Indy March will have Ruth Davidson, Richard Leonard and Willie Rennie demanding to appear on the BBC and in the national media condemning the comments from the BritNat protesters at George Square!  Nah, didn’t think so – as usual they’ll keep their mouths shut and pretend it never happens from their side.

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DontFeedTheTrolls2It would be nice if everyone could be civil and polite to one another but that’s never going to happen.  It doesn’t happen in real life so why should it happen online.  It may be the price we have to pay for having access to free speech online.  Of course, anything that breaks the law – such as threats to people can be dealt with anyway and should be condemned – but if you want an internet of free expression then we’ll have to put up with some voices that some consider abusive.  The best way to treat a troll – abusive or not – is to simply ignore them, nothing winds them up more than no one listening to or reacting to their comments.

The Imaginary World of Ruth Davidson

In Ruth’s World all reality has been turned upside down.

In Ruth’s World all that is good is really bad.

In Ruth’s World she is a potential First Minister.

bbc-logoIn the same way that television makes instant celebrities of nobodies who feature on tawdry game shows, BBC Scotland has created their own, media-friendly politician.  One who is guaranteed to feature on as many broadcasts as she likes and one which will support the BBC’s hatred of the SNP/ Scotland.  To all intents and purposes Ruth Davidson is a media construct.  Without the unfailing support of the BBC she wouldn’t exist.  In her place would just be another Tory hammering the poor with their evil policies – but not the BBC’s darling Ruth.

RuthDavidson-20160627100050680It’s not that Ruth is a good politician and can hold her own during interviews – she’s never interviewed like any other politician, she’s usually just fed lines like aren’t the SNP bad because …(add whatever cause the BBC are promoting that day) – which she obviously agrees with.  When she is rarely asked a serious question like the one STV threw at her – she is hopeless and unable to rely on her usual prepared script.

Watch this interview via the National here.

Apparently. she can’t name one ting she’s done for Scotland as it would break confidential meetings she has with UK Government ministers – aye right!

This is the women some elements of the mainstream press (especially the BBC) are touting as the next First Minister. There’s more chance of Scotland winning the World Cup!  She is a political fraudster who flip flops on every major decision, one minute she’s for Remain the next she’s calling for Brexit.  Any political comment made by her has a limited shelf life as the commands from London tell her to change her tune again.

Davidson is a fraud, leading a political party which has always used Scotland as a resource to be exploited and little given in return.  This is the woman who supports austerity, supports the bedroom tax, the rape clause, ignores the WASPI women and who changes her tune to suit whatever her paymasters in London tell her.  If she is the best hope for Conservatives in Scotland – or even for the British Nationalists – then great, because she’ll lead them nowhere and when her demise happens it will bring the Tories crashing down even lower.  Take away the free publicity she gets from the mainstream media (particularly her old bosses at the BBC) and you release what an empty vessel she is.  There is nothing genuine about Ruth Davidson except her desire to look after herself and leave the rest of us to rot – another typical Tory.

Can’t see the Wood for the Trees!

The poor state of UK politics can be highlighted in the reactions of the two main Brit Nat parties to their hammering at the local elections in England.

The final tally of results from these elections show that the main pro-Brexit parties were hammered with voters abandoning them in droves.  The Conservatives were the biggest losers with 1,334 councillors lost as well as control of 44 councils, Labour lost 82 councillors and control of 6 councils while UKIP lost 145 councillors.  All these parties are advocating Brexit but it seemed the voters reacted to that by ditching their candidates.  On the other hand the Lib Dems gained 703 councillors and control of 10 councils while the Greens gained 194 councillors.  Both these parties are unequivocally pro-EU.

There were also 612 Independent councillors elected but as they represented a range of views its difficult to extrapolate how the election of these councillors can feed into the Brexit debate.

Of course, there are many reasons why people vote for one candidate over another.  There is also the common problem of voters basing their decision on national rather than local issues – this has always been a problem for local elections where it is difficult for local candidates to get their message across compared to the mainstream media’s obsession with national figures and issues.

However, from the results it is clear that parties supporting Brexit got hammered and those supporting the EU won significant gains.  In any normal country this would be an indication that the public is turning against Brexit and it’s time to think again about this decisive issue.  But in the UK that’s not the case.  Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are claiming voters turned against them because they weren’t pro-Brexit enough!  They both claimed that the results showed they have to make Brexit happen faster rather than apply the brakes and look again at this issue. This really is a case of the lunatics taking over the asylum – you don’t like my policy so I’m going to force it through faster – they both appear to be thinking!

Scotland has an opportunity of escaping from this madhouse and that’s by grabbing independence.  Another benefit of Independence is we get away from the liars in British politics (well at least some of them) such as Boris Johnston – the MP most Tories want as their next leader and our Prime Minister.  Bumbling Boris has a habit of making a fool of himself but this time he tweeted that he’d already voted in the local elections and encouraged others to get out and vote.  Very admirable until you realise he stays in London and there were no local elections in London! The tweet was swiftly removed but, as usual, someone grabbed a copy of it.  You have to ask yourself if Boris can so easily lie about voting in a non-existent election what else is he capable of lying about?  It’s difficult to understand why this clown hasn’t been kicked out of Parliament for his lies, maybe that’s a reflection on the UK Parliament, the UK media or simply UK politics in general.

Three Strikes and you’re out!

 

Or the Prime Minister Theresa May should be, but she’s still hanging on in (so far).

But the time is up. Not just for Theresa May and trying to save the UK from itself over Brexit. Theresa May has had her third knock back in a row from the House of Commons and it’s clear her Brexit deal will never be passed. The MPs in the House of Commons are split and can’t find any alternative solution that they can all agree on. They have run out of time – mainly because Theresa May was allowed to run down the clock, aided and abetted by Jeremy Corbyn and his ineffectual opposition.

It’s now clear that the UK is heading for a no deal Brexit despite all the dangers it brings to the economy, jobs and even supplies of basic foodstuffs and essential medicines. The UK is unwilling to be saved from itself, it’s time we walked away. I’m sorry for those in other parts of the UK who don’t have any other option, but we do.

That option is Independence.

We are all aware of the ramifications of a no deal Brexit so preparations must be made now for the people of Scotland to assert their desire for Independence. That can either be with another referendum or by having it as the main (or perhaps only) item on the SNP’s manifesto if another snap general election is called.

It’s time we stopped interfering in the politics of the UK and focus on the future for Scotland.

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Yet more evidence of the Rigged EU Referendum

The Electoral Commission has fined the Vote Leave campaign £40,000 for sending out around 200,000 unsolicited text messages.  Vote Leave claimed they had the relevant permission but destroyed them after the referendum.  What a load of nonsense, every campaigner knows you have to keep records for a certain period of time and Vote Leave either ignored that or simply didn’t have permission to send out these text messages.

This is the latest in the long saga of electoral laws broken by the Leave Campaign.  From ignoring electoral laws to dodgy donations, this campaign team has managed to subvert the rules whenever they felt like it and are only now getting a small slap on the wrist!

It is clear that the EU Referendum was flawed, it was riddled with cheating yet UK politicians like Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn insist the result must be respected!  Any normal democracy would have cancelled the result of the referendum and held a full public enquiry into how a referendum could so easily be manipulated.

By allowing the decision of this referendum to stand the British establishment is clearly saying we don’t care if you cheat in a vote – as long as we get the result we want.

The only hope for Scotland is we get -and WIN – a new Independence Referendum as soon as possible.  There is no democracy in the UK.

It’s Still Scotland’s Oil

chancellorThe condescending comments by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond that ‘Scotland gets its fair share, and precious little thanks we get for it’ are appalling but they highlight the mentality of the British Government.

Thanks to the National a lot more Scots are aware of the lost generation of Scots who were robbed of the investment that our extensive oil and gas resources could have generated.  The McCrone Report clearly shows that successive Labour and Tory Governments connived to keep the truth of the extent of Scotland’s natural resources from the Scottish people.  Instead they claimed such resources were worthless and were running out anyway; simply lying to the electorate to keep our resources to prop up a failing UK economy.

thatcher oilAnyone who has read the McCrone Report will be aware of just how much Scotland has lost out on and how the two main British political parties worked to deny a generation of Scots the benefits of our natural resources.

Yet instead of an apology we’re treated to comments like that of the Chancellor – as if we’ve to be grateful for them hoovering up all our resources and then flicking a few crumbs in our direction!

It’s good to see in today’s National (http://bit.ly/2Hu7SYT) that former Scottish Office statistician Jim Cuthbert is calling for an Independent Scotland to get compensation from the UK Government for £100 billion worth of misappropriated oil revenues.

“Securing adequate resources to back a new Scottish currency will be critical. In this context, the question of compensation for the oil revenues which were effectively misappropriated by Westminster has to be addressed,” Jim Cuthbert

scotlands oilWe need to use this line to highlight to those that are currently undecided how much we have all been lied to by successive UK Governments.  The publication of the McCrone Report will help but not everyone will take the time to read it, but if we can highlight its relevance through our demand for compensation then let’s do it.

Let’s not waste any more resources, time or energy waiting for the UK to treat Scotland as an equal partner – it’s time we demand our independence.

 

 

… and for those who do want to read the McCrone Report – simply click the link below:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17461406.this-is-what-westminster-doesnt-want-you-to-read-the-mccrone-report-in-full/?ref=mr&lp=1

 

Brexit End Game

Image result for brexitThis week – assuming the Prime Minister doesn’t pull another stunt – will see the final votes on Brexit. The Prime Minister has failed to convince/ bully/ bribe (delete as appropriate) a sufficient number of MPs to back her deal.  If she sticks to her promises (there’s always a first time) we could end up seeing a number of votes that could see a ‘No-deal Brexit’ ruled out and potentially an extension to Article 50 – giving the Westminster Parliament more time to come up with a deal (or even scrap the whole stupid idea). Of course, the EU would only sanction an extension if they felt there would be a significant change and something positive would happen other than the usual dithering and back-tracking we’ve seen from the Tory Government ever since the EU referendum.

The Brexit zealots are getting agitated, shouting about respecting the will of the people – yet they’re too afraid to test the current will of the people with a second referendum.  The people have spoken – or so the Brexiteers claim, as they look for other ways to protect themselves (and to hell with the rest of us).

Yet we all know that the referendum was a fraud. The Brexiteers broke just about every Image result for election fraudelectoral rule they could think of, including dodgy donations and busting campaign spending limits. But apparently anyone who complains is merely a sore loser! As is typical in the dodgy democracy called Britain – the rich get away with it, only some minor hireling is being prosecuted to make people think that the legal system works. And let’s not forget that the referendum was only an advisory referendum and the result did not have to be implemented. Yet the Tories went head first into Brexit without working out how it could be done and what the consequences would be. We’ve already seen companies closing down and moving their European headquarters out of the UK, ironically including EY (formerly Ernst & Young) who are the UK Government’s advisers on Brexit!

But it’s not just the rich Brexit backers and the Tories to blame for this. Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition – aka the Labour Party – have managed to let the Tories off the hook as they are too busy fighting with one another. Labour MPs spend most of their time sitting on their hands in Parliament, abstaining from one vote to another – including a recent SNP motion which would have stopped a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. Yet up pops Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell saying Labour will oppose a No Deal Brexit – but somehow they couldn’t support it last week, simply because it came from the SNP. McDonnell really is turning out to be as useless as Corbyn. Any half competent official opposition could have made mincemeat out of the current Tory Government but Labour MPs prefer to turn their fire on themselves, resulting in the breakaway New Independent Group. The fact that half a dozen or so former Labour MPs could so easily merge with former Tory MPs highlights how ideologically close these two parties have become.

It’s clear that Scotland’s interests are not being served by the failed politics of the UK. Our future as part of a post Brexit UK will be to provide our oil, gas and other resources to support a failing economy. Our resources will be drained as the UK tries to make deals with any nation that will speak to it. We know from the McCrone Report that a generation of Scots were cheated out of the oil wealth that could have transformed Scotland into an extremely rich nation. Instead we got the Winter of Discontent followed by Thatcherism, Blairism and now Brexit.

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Scotland, and the people of Scotland deserve so much more. Don’t let our resources be squandered again, let’s use our assets to build a stronger yet fairer Scotland, one where people don’t have to rely on foodbanks to feed themselves and their families. Let’s launch the Independence Lifeboat and start rowing to safety now.