Bstard Stands Down………………………

Yesterday I finally decided not to go ahead with my campaign for mayor.

Ultimately it has come down to money. I really can’t justify spending the £1250 fee to enter the election and to be in the Official Electoral Address Brochure.

It’s been a really really tough decision, but I also found out earlier this week that, there are likely to be many more than 15 candidates standing and I just think its too much of a gamble to spend money I really should be using for other things, family etc on carrying on with the campaign, when its likely the campaign would be drowned out in a sea of other “wacky independents” and I wouldn’t even have been the candidate myself (for the reasons explained below), and therefore wouldnt have been invited to the hustings either.

A quick story of the last 3 weeks. As you may know, although my home has a Bristol Postcode, I live just outside the Bristol local authority area (about 200 metres).

My plan has always been to move to within the boundary in order to register on the electoral roll, which would then qualify me to run for mayor.

A few weeks ago I was about to move into a friends house, in order to register on the electoral roll so that I could run but I found out that although I would be able to register in time to vote in the mayor election, I was too late to register to stand.

So I then found a friend and campaign supporter, who wanted to stand in my place, under the same manifesto (to pay an unconditional basic income to every adult in Bristol) and this last week I was well on my way to getting the 30 nominations as well.

I had even considered changing my name to Corrupt Lobbying Bstard to highlight the corrupt practice of political lobbying, but wasn’t sure of the legal implications, knowing my luck I would end up in jail for breaking lobbying rules, seeing as I’m not as expert as the real lobbyists 😉

However a few other factors have changed my mind.

First, I have been told that its expected there will be well over 15 candidates standing, meaning that the electoral address in the brochure will only be half the size it would have been had less than 15 candidates stood. Giving me far less space to make the case for introducing the unconditional basic income.

The brochure is the only guaranteed publicity that my manifesto would get, especially as I would now no longer be invited to husting events either.

Second and more importantly, I simply cannot justify spending £1250 of my money on the fee to be on the ballot paper and in the electoral address brochure.

I still believe that the unconditional basic income is the solution to a lot of the problems we face as a society in these unprecedented times.

I also know that it is in the national manifesto of the green party, and I really hope they decide to make it their showcase policy at the next General Election.

On that note, if anyone was thinking of voting for me, they still can, in a way, by voting for Green Party Candidate Daniella Radice.

Although they would have to ask her if she was willing to introduce the unconditional basic income in Bristol first I suppose.

So there you go, thats the full story of my reasons for standing down.

The good part is that, since I declared as a candidate in May,  I’ve really been able to hone my arguments for the Unconditional Basic Income. Ive had many many intersting and varied conversations and debates about the issue, and I now know I can hold my on with anyone, when it comes to putting forward my case.

Saddly for me, and luckily for the other candidates, I wont be able to pit those arguments to good use in this elect

Eric

Where Will All The Money Come From?

The Evening Post has published my “Speakers Corner” article outlining my Manifesto promise.

Prompting lots of questions and interest.

Heres my answer about where does the money come from, how its created, hope it answered his question.

I love questions 🙂

ANSWER:

ok first, I don’t pretend to know all the answers. I do know, from what I have read that the concept of an unconditional basic income (UBI) makes sense, and has alot of potential.

before going into specifics, lets look at the question?

where does the funding come from to do this?
i.e where do the resources come from to do this?

is there enough funding to do this?
ie is there enough resources to do this?

I say yes there are.

its not about money, money is just a method to redistribute those resources.

the unconditional basic income is also a method to redistribute those resources.

however i have to explain it in terms people understand and show how it can be done with todays monetarty system and thats what im trying to do.

the fact remains though that, if there are enough resources, food, clothing, shelter, heating etc to meet everyones basic needs, then the unconditional basic income (UBI), with all the benefits/advantages it has, is possible. if our current economic system cany cope/allow that to happen, then that doesnt in any way negate the concept of the UBI, instead its highlights a failed system thats useless to us all.

right now to the specifics…….

1. £5 creating £50 of turnover.

a. thats a way of showing how a tax on spending works. its exactly the same as VAT works. VAT is a tax on spending (albeit on a lesser range of goods)

b. there is currently only 3% of cash in our current system that actually exists as cash money. the rest is figures on a screen. 97% of our money doesnt exist, because its been created the same way. its also why if everyone went to take their cash out of the bank as cash, there would be run on the banks, and the whole thing would crash around our ears, like the proverbial deck of cards. lets be honest, thats already happening but our “leaders” are busy runing around like idiots screaming “its not happening, its not happening……” and picking up 1 card, but as they do 10 more fall to the floor.

c. answer this.

if i could take ALL the money in existance and give it all to you as a loan (lets say its £2000 trillion) and ask you to pay interest on it at 5%. when i ask for the money back. you can give me the £2000 Trillion. BUT WHERE DOES THE £100 TRILLION YOU OWE ME IN INTEREST COME FROM? HOW IS IT CREATED? in our current system, the only way to get the money to pay the interest back, is to get another loan….and so the spiral of debt continues

d. Fractional Reserve Lending is a way the banks “lend” money into the system, Again creating it from nothing. They only need to keep a “fraction” of any money you deposit in the bank as cash, they can lend the rest out. This effectively creates new money from nothing as well.

e. Quantative Easing is actually “printing money from absolutetly nothing” its not worth the paper its not printed on.

my point being that money is created in many many ways, ways we rarely think about, because most of us are taking it all blindly and for granted.it is already and often “magiced up from thin air”.

We live in unprecidented times. We need to come up with completely different solutions and in order to do that we have to break through our deluded beliefs about money and ask the simple questions about what money really is, how it really works.

like i said i dont have all the answers, but i do have alot of questions and I am at least offering concrete “specific” solutions/ideas as well. not the same vague aims, waffle, political spin and tired old solutions, that some of my opponents talk about, that quite clearly havent worked

i am very interested in talking and discussing all this with people like yourself though, who clearly do see something in it, but can also highlight the potential pitfalls, so thanks for the question

cheers

Eric