Jeremy Corbyn: Labour Leader, Lefty Loon, Terrorist

September 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I just wanted to put down my thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn’s outrageous victory on Saturday in blog format. Firstly, congratulations to him, to Tom Watson and Sadiq Khan for all winning their respective campaigns. I’ve not followed any of them too closely in all truth, I’m not a Labour Party member so I didn’t vote either.

As far as Jeremy goes, it’s going to be a rocky ride. But I think if the Labour Party can sit tight, hold together and redefine it’s purpose as Jeremy so passionately put it in his victory speech then they may well cause the Conservatives a fair few problems indeed. Whether that will translate into an election victory in 2020 is another matter though, and one that I find to be quite ludicrous to even contemplate right now. The focus from Labour ought really to be on it’s identity. The party of the people. Get back in touch with the people first, the election comes much, much later.

Of course he has some pretty ‘radical’ ideas, such as talking to to the ‘bad guys’, not bombing other countries willy-nilly and trying to make Britain a fairer, more just place to live. But what we’ll find out over the next year or two is that his ideals and world view are not as terrifying as the Daily Mail might have you believe. And given the competition in the leadership contest, you have to say it should have been obvious from the beginning that he would win. People are sick and tired of the status quo, particularly the grass roots of the Labour Party – the SNP showed us that.

So choosing Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, or Liz Kendall as leader would have sent a very clear message to the Tories: here’s to another decade of Tory rule. Why? Because the three of them are effectively Tory Light. They chase public opinion as described in The Sun, Mail or Telegraph and don’t really challenge it. Their version of the Labour Party, would merely be a watered down version of Cameron’s Tories, and that would have been a travesty. There’s that saying about arguing with idiots – Cameron would have dragged Burham, Kendall or Cooper down to his level, and beaten them with experience.

Corbyn on the other hand, offers something genuinely different. Despite his age, Jeremy is offering the Labour Party, and Britain as a whole, something new. He doesn’t want to go down the long-established route of politics. He wants to challenge public perception, he wants to help change it. Sure, the public won’t agree with everything he says, but at least he’ll say something worth taking note of. Can you remember anything the other three candidates said during their campaigns, or ever in fact? Probably not.

Already the Tory Propaganda machine has started up, stating quite unequivocally that Corbyn, and the Labour Party, are a threat to National Security! They guy disagrees with Trident, and wants a debate on it. Debate is a threat to National Security? Jeremy thanked Ed Miliband for the dignity in which he handled all manner of personal abuse from the press in the run up to the 2015 General Election, no doubt hoping for some help in dealing with it, but one thing’s clear: the tactics have changed.

Jeremy won’t be snapped eating a bacon sandwich or giving a homeless person a few pennies in change, because he’s not naturally awkward like Ed. No, instead he’ll be targeted in the same way that Muslims are targeted. If he disagrees with Cameron’s Tories, he immediately becomes a threat to National Security, to the Economic Recovery, to Humanity itself. If a Muslim disagrees with Government Policy, s/he could see themselves on some kind of watchlist, or reported as a non-violent extremist. It’s a way of silencing our disapproval of Britain’s foreign policy over the past two decades. Corbyn will now face similar levels of attacks, at a much higher level of course.

Though of course, the Conservatives know that nothing could be further from the truth. However, Corbyn is an incredibly dangerous man. He has the ideals to smash the status quo, to destroy austerity, to get people involved in politics again, to change the public perception on a range of issues and he has the beginnings of a following big enough to follow through. He did not refer to Labour as a political party during his victory speech, he called it a movement. This terrifies the establishment, both Conservative, Labour and the Press too. They will try to take him down, but Britain needs him to keep fighting the good fight, because we need his voice to temper the increasingly right-wing world we live in.

Why Labour Lost this Election

May 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

As the Exit Polls were announced at 10pm last night, the Labour spin-machine went into overdrive: ‘It can’t be right’ They said. ‘Exit Polls aren’t representative’ They said. ‘it’s not what we’re hearing on the ground’ They said.

But the Exit Polls turned out to be as good as it got for Labour, a teasing hope that Cameron might not get the overall majority he so craved. That hope wasn’t snatched away cruelly, it was smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. And rightly so.

I despise the Tories and everything they stand for, I despise what they’ve done to the people of this country for the past five years, and I fear that without the Lib Dems attempting to rein them in, things will only get worse. The Libs also deserved the annihilation they received last night, but after 5 more years of Austerity under a majority Tory government maybe the public will realise the Lib Dems weren’t quite so bad after all.

But as I was saying, Labour didn’t deserve to win this election, and it has nothing to do with Ed Miliband’s personality or any of the embarrassing photos the media have taken of him during his leadership. No. It’s because Labour campaigned as a ‘Poor Man’s Tory Party’, they allowed UKIP and the Tories to dictate the terms of this election, to select the battlegrounds and to have first pick of the ammunition.

Rarely did Ed take on the false wave of public opinion generated by the likes of Farage, Cameron, The Sun, The BBC or the Mail. He attempted to take them on at their own game, to attract their voters with similar, but less hard-line policies on Austerity and Immigration.

The SNP were every bit as frightening as the right wing media promised they would be throughout their campaign: frighteningly open, frighteningly ambitious, frighteningly good natured, frighteningly organised and most frightening of all they actually listened to their electorate. They let their electorate dictate the terms of the Scottish vote. Many people will say that the SNP cost Labour the election, but I don’t think that’s the case at all.

Labour lost the election by listening to the press, by listening to Cameron, by listening to Farage and going along with it, they somehow missed the massive surge in political awareness and activism in Scotland during the referendum campaign. They missed the chance to take on the myths that the right wing establishment peddles as truths and challenge public perception. They missed the chance to offer the public real hope for a brighter future on a different path.

instead they offered us the same as the Tories, but slower. Maybe. And let’s be clear, Cameron’s majority is tiny. He was there for the taking. His own campaign was dull, uninspiring, negative, bitchy and filled with actual lies. Instead of presenting us with something completely different, Labour tried to take the Tories on at their own game and lost to experience.

As much as I warmed to Ed Miliband as a person, his politics just simply weren’t as opposing enough to the Tories to inspire the voters, so instead they voted for solid, unspectacular continuity. So in the end, Cameron was right. Ed was weak, too weak to take that stand and be radical.

Then again, the day after he was chosen as Labour leader he was labelled ‘Red Ed’. It’s no surprise he didn’t move the party back to its roots then, given that if he so much as looked left before crossing the road he’d be labelled a Communist.

Five more years of pain then? Probably not for me, and this the problem our society faces at this moment in time. There are too many people in a similar position to me, not particularly poor nor well off enough for any policy to have a massive impact on my life. People in my position want job security and a prosperous economy, but it seems many have ignored or just haven’t seen the cost of maintaining that.

I’m not poor, I don’t need food banks, I don’t claim benefits, I have health insurance through my employment, I have a private pension scheme too and I get a decent salary each month. But too few people in my position realise the cost to others. Voting Tory is the easy option, keep things the same as they are, let the economic improvements keep coming. Too few stopped to realise that we have our own sort of micro-capitalism feeding that. Just as richer nations need poorer nations to exploit and supply cheap labour and resources, so too average and wealthy Britons are living off the backs of the poorest in our country. They are the ones bearing the biggest burden on this Tory recovery, and millions of people in my shoes heartlessly and selfishly voted for that to continue another five years. We are not all in this together. We are divided, and the Tories rule.

Oh, and they want to change the boundaries to make them more conducive to a Tory majority. Five more years? Make it 10. Unless Labour go back to basics.

 

Election 2015 Is Coming.

March 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

This will be the third General Election I’ve had the chance to vote in, and the second where I’ve paid attention to what’s actually going on. First time round I was a pre-occupied student without a TV or Internet connection in my room at a hall of residence. It’s worth bearing in mind that I’m talking about 2005, the TV was by choice and the Internet connection was because I decided to pick the cheapest place on offer. Either way, I didn’t really pay any attention to what was going on aside from the fact the Liberal Democrats promised to prevent rises to tuition fees, Tony Blair was the Labour leader and the Tories were Tories – naturally I voted Lib Dem!

Second time around everything seemed to have changed, and for the worse too. Labour were incredibly unpopular given their perceived handling of or role in creating the global financial crash, David Cameron was leading the Tories rather unconvincingly and everybody seemed to agree with Nick – right up until the point they got in to the queue at the polling station at least. Despite Labour being so unpopular, despite 24 hour coverage of how Labour f**ked everything up, despite the country being fed up of 13 years of Labour control and despite Gordon Brown calling an old woman from Rochdale a ‘Bigoted Woman’, the Tories were so dire they couldn’t secure that majority.

Instead, those who held their nerve and voted for Nick and The Lib Dems, seriously regretted having ever done so, now knowing that they’d be stuck with a Tory government propped up by their power-hungry Lib Dem pals. It wasn’t pleasant viewing, hearing of all manner of shady backroom deals between ‘senior party figures’ ahead of the official announcement. As it turns out, the Lib Dem voters basically got nothing they wanted, in fact probably less than nothing – a pointless referendum on a watered down version of proportional representation and a big giant kitchen knife in the back on many of the headline promises.

Anyway, so we all know about that, what of 2015? Well, I’m dreading this election and have been pretty much since the last one. We’ve had four and a bit years of political posturing between the main parties, stage-managing everything possible on the run up to what will probably be the closest run election in living memory. The biggest problem we have is that the party leaders are all a bit rubbish in one way or another: both Cameron and Clegg have no credibility in their substance, having failed to deliver on so many of their 2010 manifesto pledges, Ed Miliband seems to be disliked because he looks ‘weird’ doing pretty much anything and Nigel Farage has come along with pints of ale, pub lunches, his funny looking mouth, semi-racism (at best) and forced everyone to the right. That’s four pretty big problems, and that’s before we start talking policies, pledges, promises and the SNP.

Of the four, it becomes a question of who is the least bad option for running the country and it isn’t an easy question to answer. Nigel and Nick have no chance, particularly Nick because traditional Lib Dem voters think he’s a c*nt that sold them all down the river and Nigel has the problem that there aren’t enough racists in the UK to take him all the way to Number 10. That leaves us with Dave and Ed. Dave has shown that he’s not a particularly nice person over the past 5 years and he’s failed to deliver on an awful lot of his promises – however he’s covered that up pretty well in conjunction with a severely incumbency biased and compliant media. Ed seems to have all the ideas but lacks credibility on two fronts: firstly he does look odd in pretty much every ‘real’ photograph taken of him ever, and secondly we just don’t know how much of the failings of the previous Labour government he had an influence in.

Over and above that there is of course Scotland, with Cameron almost conspiring to lose the union completely and Labour seemingly about to be obliterated there in much the same way the Lib Dems will be in England and Wales we have quite an unusual set of circumstances. A PM so arrogant and lazy he presumed that the Scots would never want to break free of his reign of terror on the working classes and a Leader of the opposition who was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Now the SNP are more likely to hold sway in this almost inevitably hung parliament, regardless of formal agreements or not they will never support the Tories. Who knows, perhaps Ed knew he had to sacrifice either English or Scottish Labour votes, and knowing there are more seats in Scotland, and a Tory-hating opposition in Scotland, the calculated risk was to play it safe and ride with the establishment.

My final thoughts on this Election revolve around my general dismay at the political process and system we have in the UK. It may seem obvious and may have always been this way, but I just feel that none of the parties know how to represent the British people any longer, but they are all perfectly adept at representing their own interests. Miliband seems as though he is the least self-interested, but at the same time was pretty ruthless and calculating in defeating his brother to the party leadership, so I could be wrong. Until the parties begin to get in touch with the reality of both the people of Britain and what’s actually happening in the country, then none of them are equipped to represent the interests of the electorate. That being said, I thoroughly disagree with Russell Brand’s assertions that we just shouldn’t vote. Purely on the basis that the only people who would consider listening to him are more likely to be left-leaning and as such we’d end up with a horrible right-wing racist government for at least five more years.

I will vote, and you can probably guess which way I’ll vote. But I’ll be voting that way because it’s the least worst option, I won’t be voting blindly out of some kind of unbreakable faith in that party, but simply because I think they’ll probably f**k it up a lot less than the rest. For me, that’s a sad state of affairs to find ourselves in, and I don’t see it changing for a long, long time.

Anti-Terror Nurseries & Childminders? Not Far Enough, Son.

January 5, 2015 at 12:47 am

Yesterday was a dark day for civilisation, as the UK Government announced in a new 39-page document that Nursery Schools and Childminder Services both have a role to play in Counter-Terrorism measures and will be expected to report children they deem to be at risk of ‘Radicalisation’.

Lots of left-wing loonies came out on the Twitter and the Facebook and the Guardian’s comments section decrying this as some kind of Orwellian dystopian nightmare-ish futurey-type scenario – well they bloody would, wouldn’t they? But I, as a fervent UKIP supporter and fine upstanding citizen of the good ship Great Britain, think that these measures don’t go far enough.

Clearly by the time a child is three or four, it’s too late. These Asian folk I see have their children fully indoctrinated within weeks of birth, so we’re striking three or four years too late and quite frankly it’s an outrage. I should be able to eat my bacon, sausage and egg sarnie with a pint every morning without fear of a 4 year old with a modified Fisher Price bomb-vest trying to kill me. No, we’re not going far enough here and it’s typical of our foreign-pandering politicians to be so damned weak.

People will say I’m being racist, but I’m not at all, I have one black friend and even he agrees with me. What we need to do is monitor the sperm and egg cells of these Asians that come to our shores. We need to test them and root out the ‘bad eggs’ so to speak before they can be born. That way, we won’t need to waste valuable resource in our Nurseries and Schools educating the little suicide-crazed bombers.

We’re clearly under attack from immigrants. Not only do these people want to come here, take our jobs, homes and women – oh no. Now they want to blow us up too. Well I say catch them whilst they’re just a twinkle in their father’s eye.

That ought to sort it. And remember, vote Farage.

 

The WarOnWar.net Awards 2014

December 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

As you may probably be aware by now, Nigel Farage has been named ‘Briton of the Year’ by The Times. It’s difficult to comment on this without saying something that’s already been said thousands of times today, yesterday, throughout 2014 and in fact throughout Farage’s entire political career. It would also be easy to come up with a list of other suitable contenders for ‘Briton of the Year’, but that’s already been done quite a few times today too. So I’m not going to either of those.

Nope. In the spirit of The Times’ award to Farage, I’m going to run my own little awards ceremony too – here’s hoping the victors can make it:

The Gengis Khan Award for Efforts Towards International Peace

It’s been a fantastic year for warmongers, with conflicts raging in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, The Horn of Africa and Pakistan to name but a few, however this year saw one man rise above all of that in his efforts to promote International Peace. Truly, there wasn’t even the need for a shortlist for this award as it has been abundantly clear that no man, woman or child has done more for Peace in 2014 than Benjamin Netanyahu. I couldn’t imagine the state of the world today without his efforts in peacemaking throughout 2014.

The ‘Comical Ali’ Award for Honesty

A tough one this award given that politics, both international and domestic, has become a game of ‘Truth or Dare’ for the rich and powerful, with most opting for ‘Dare’. A rare exception to this rule was of course none other than Jeremy Hunt for his efforts towards making sure that absolutely no data gathered on the NHS was kept from the public. He’s gone above and beyond the call of duty ensuring that the gradual privatisation of the National Health System has been kept firmly off the radar too, and spectacularly attempted to increase Ambulance target times in response to the intense demand being placed on our paramedics. Oh, and he’s always available answer questions from the press and public.

The Jade Goody Award for Contribution To Positive Race Relations

This controversially-named award cannot go to any single individual, as an ensemble cast played their part in this saga. An episode that has done more for Race Relations in America this year, than any other event in history. Collectively this award goes to Darren Wilson for killing unarmed Michael Brown, Police Chief Joe Belmar  for his neutrality on the entire issue, Barack Obama for his strong, decisive actions, Jay Nixon for his efforts towards keeping the peace and of course The Grand Jury who acquitted Darren Wilson for their courage in pursuit of fairness and justice.

The Grima Wormtongue Award for Advisory Services

Dedicated to the slimy, snivelling Lord of the Rings character this award can only be destined for one man. That man is none other than Tony Blair. Let’s face it, the integrity he has displayed on a daily basis throughout 2014 has been a joy to watch. Some men try to hide the misdeeds of their past, some men admit their mistakes, other men attempt to make up for them. Not  Tony. Tony instead insists that everything he’s ever done was right. He has displayed that he’s learned from his past mistakes (even if he doesn’t admit them) by providing advisory services to dictators & corporations – presumably on how to get away with their own misdeeds.

Our lesser award winners:

  • Theresa May for her handling of the Historic Child Abuse Inquiry and management of the Home Office Passport Backlog
  • David Cameron for being David Cameron
  • UKIP for their indefatigable dedication to scapegoating
  • The BBC for their indefatigable dedication to  UKIP, Israel, Austerity and Will Gompertz
  • Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor, for well-timed Holiday of the year
  • Kim Jong-Un wins the Sweeney Todd Award for Services to Barbers with his list of ‘Approved Haircuts’
  • The British Press for their enduring focus on the real issues at hand, such as Ed Miliband’s awkwardness
  • Mark Regev for having the most punchable face in the world

There were of course many other worthy winners in 2014, until next year though…

The Banning of Halal and Kosher…

March 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I’m not sure if it’s just me being good at ignoring things or whether there’s been a genuine upturn in chatter on this subject, but either way I’ve seen a lot more calls to ban the practice of halal and kosher slaughter in the UK. I do have to say that I’d be all for a blanket ban on these slaughter practices if the following conditions were met:

  1. If the pro-banning campaigners demonstrated a genuine care for animal rights, which would in turn lead to;
  2. A complete ban of all animal slaughter in the UK at the same time.

So yes, if both conditions were met, of course I’d support any ban of Halal and Kosher slaughter. Of course that’s not going to happen, given that in January 2014 alone approximately 90 million live poultry were slaughtered (see here for data), that’s not even getting in to the number of pigs, cows, lamb, sheep, goats and ahem horses were slaughtered for our human consumption. I think at this point I should probably stress that I am by no means a vegetarian or vegan, but on the other hand I’m certainly not a rampant carnivore either.

This entire debate around Halal/Kosher doesn’t stem from genuine animal rights concerns at all and, whilst many will be tempted to do this, I don’t even think I could attribute it to Islamophobia either. What it boils down to is a mixture of the misplaced fear that Islam wants to conquer the United Kingdom, enforce ‘our rules’ (whatever they are) upon the native population and enslave them into ‘our way of life’ (again, not sure what that is) and protectionism from Vets and Farmers who delight in eating meat but want some form of ban to placate animal rights activists . The fact that Kosher has been brought in to this debate, and I’ve never, ever seen anyone do this until very recently, seems to be a cynical attempt to legitimise the campaign and give it the appearance of an animal welfare one.

If it were a serious campaign with deep-rooted animal welfare concerns attached to it, surely the campaign would also seek to tackle ‘non-halal/kosher’ slaughter too, given that there isn’t really a humane way to kill any animal for its meat. Besides, given that there about 3 million declared Muslims and Jews living in Britain, leaving about 57 million non-Muslims/Jews, it should become fairly clear that the overwhelming majority of meat available for consumption in the UK is not ‘sacrificed’ by religious methods at all.

Couple that with the fact that scientists just can’t agree on which method of slaughter is more or less humane than the other, you must begin to see that arguments against Halal and Kosher are paper-thin and constructed upon a destructive concoction of fear, hatred and misinformation. The standard method of slaughter is often overlooked, do you know how your meat is killed? It is done using a bolt-gun and the method is described in some detail here. To take a little passage from that:

 ”The stunner uses a pointed bolt which is propelled by pressurized air or a blank cartridge. The bolt penetrates the skull of the animal, enters the cranium, and catastrophically damages the cerebrum and part of the cerebellum. Due to concussion, destruction of vital centres of brain and an increase in intracranial pressure, the animal loses consciousness. This method is currently the most effective type of stunning, since it physically destroys brain matter (increasing the probability of a successful stun), while also leaving the brain stem intact (thus ensuring the heart continues to beat during the bleed. This however has no bearing on the efficacy or speed of the bleed, as cardiac output requires a venous return, as venous supply is severed, this does not occur. The bleed hence relies on gravity and not a heartbeat). One disadvantage of this method is that brain matter is allowed to enter the blood stream, possibly contaminating other tissue with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, colloquially known as mad cow disease).”

Forgive me, but if one is to argue that halal and kosher slaughter is inhumane, how can one simultaneously argue that bolt-guns aren’t?

I don’t know an awful lot about Shechita (Jewish method), but I do know a fair bit about Dhabiha (Islamic Method) and if the rules are followed correctly, the entire lifetime of an animal being reared for slaughter is far, far better. For instance, if one is genuinely concerned about animal welfare, why then do conventional slaughterhouses allow animals to see other animals being slaughtered? For Dhabiha to be considered Halal, the animal has to be cared for during the process, it cannot see the blade until the very last moment, must not be under the impression it’s about to be killed and must be kept calm at all times. When the cut is delivered, it is a single incision to the carotid artery, preventing blood from reaching the brain.

Perhaps why this might seem humane is the fact that you can hear and see the blood gushing out of the animal, it’s a sickening and disgusting image, whereas the conventional method used smashes through the skull of the animal and tears the brain to pieces so you can’t really see much and it doesn’t look quite so disgusting. But appearances aren’t everything, and whilst scientists are not in agreement over which is more or less humane, to call for a ban to one and not the other is the epitome of hypocrisy.

The Dark Art of Condemnation

February 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Ever since 9/11, or possibly before but I was too young to notice or care, regular followers of current affairs and news have found themselves bombarded with a common phrase every time somebody does something really bad to somebody else. Whether that somebody is a country, a group, a politician, a pop star or just an ordinary person there always follows a wave of condemnations from a plethora of important people.

If there’s a bombing in a city however near or far, Obama will condemn, Cameron will condemn, Merkel will condemn, Hollande will condemn, Bob the Builder will condemn, Joey Essex will condemn, your average Tweep will condemn et cetera, et cetera… But I often ask myself, why? Why do these world leaders feel the need to condemn? It’s pretty obvious that bombing innocent people is not a very nice thing to do, why do we need our world leaders to tell us so? If they didn’t stop everything they were doing at that moment and summon a press conference immediately, would that affect our opinions of them or of the act itself? Would we think they were pro-bombing? Would we think bombing is good? I don’t think so, I don’t think so at all.

I look at the long list of people condemning these obviously gruesome and twisted acts and notice one or two common themes: They’re mostly white, and the ones that aren’t white are in a position where it pays to appease white people. Next time there’s some horrible unspeakable tragedy, note who condemns it.

That kind of brings me on to the reason I started writing this piece. I noticed Mo Ansar had been getting a bit of grief from career troll Louise Mensch and a whole host of hangers-on attempting to hound him in to condemning stoning. I didn’t follow the whole thread because I could feel my blood temperature rising, so I don’t know what provoked them into this frenzied keyboard attack but it did make me question what difference would it make if he did condemn it then and there? None, none whatsoever. If somebody had intended on stoning someone before the condemnation, their mind wouldn’t be changed after it.

This condemnation that was being sought, would have been a purely hollow one. Strikingly the people demanding it were all white, and this leads me on to my next point: why does Mo Ansar have to condemn acts carried by people purporting to be Muslim? Is it because he too is Muslim? Should we ask white female author and former politician to condemn every negative act ever carried out by whites, females, authors or politicians? Of course not, it’s ludicrous to suggest such a thing, but why do the white majority increasingly feel that minority communities within the UK must condemn horrid acts committed by said communities? It could be said that the white majority are actually characterising these horrid acts with that community, which may go some way to explaining the disgusting treatment reserved for black communities by the police. We are forever seeing the Daily Mail, Express, Star, Sun, Telegraph and Times publishing brash headlines characterising truly despicable acts as belonging to minority communities. Think Romanians, Bulgarians, Muslims, Blacks and even stretch it to include Welfare Claimants.

Britain’s spectrum of ‘normality’ is becoming increasingly narrow, whether that’s a product of harsher economic times, our current government or a mixture of both I’m not sure, but it is quite worrying that minority and/or vulnerable groups of people are being targeted by the white majority in such a way. The likes of Mensch and her merry little band of white keyboard bashing sheep are becoming increasingly common and increasingly racist. Mo didn’t respond to them by outright condone stoning, and why should he? Mo hasn’t partaken in the stoning of anyone or came out in favour of it before, neither does he belong to Mensch. He is not her slave to be ordered. Minority communities of Britain are not duty bound to condemn the acts of their brothers and sisters, no more than whites are not duty bound to condemn the acts of their fellow whites.

The next point about condemnation in the public eye is of course the outright hypocrisy of the condemnation. Barack Obama is a fine exponent of the hypocritical condemnation. Any time, any place, Barack is amongst the first to condemn an act of terror. So long as it isn’t carried out by US or NATO armed forces of course. If one of his own weapons of mass destruction were to, I don’t know, kill an entire wedding party in Yemen, then it’s a ‘regrettable mistake’ or something along those lines. Yet if a Yemeni insurgent who, I don’t know, is fed up of Americans killing innocent Yemenis kills a few US Soldiers then Barack is out there at the front of his blue-curtained press room condemning it as a violent, provocative act of aggression and terrorism. Other condemnations include Cameron criticising the likes of Iran for providing weapons to Syria. Sure, that’s no good thing. But on the other hand, Cameron sells weapons to Bahrain. To Saudi. To Egypt. All repressive regimes, all using it against their own people to stop them protesting.

So what’s the point of condemnation?

There is none. It’s empty, meaningless PR drivel aimed at programming the white majority into believing that whites are great and others less so, and turning the others against themselves, furthering the white cause.

Cameron: ‘Get with the Fracking Programme!’

January 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

The BBC news website went a little bit bi-polar today on the Cameron Fracking story. It couldn’t quite decide which headline was better so went with three different ones:

Cameron Urges Support For Fracking‘ on the main homepage.

Then when you click through to the story: ‘Cameron urges Fracking opponents to ‘get on board

And on the ‘Most Read’ sidebar there was: ‘PM promises council fracking boost‘.

I wondered, momentarily, am I on the Conservative Home website, or am I on the site of the nation’s most-watched, most-read, most-listened-to news source? For those of you who don’t live in Britain, I am of course talking about the state-funded, state-run media giant that is the BBC. For whilst I’m not one to give conspiracies theories too much thought, I think this one isn’t all that far-fetched. Any self-respecting news outlet would at least question the use of Hydraulic Fracturing. It would least humour the protesters that have been encamped outside the Barton Moss facility in Greater Manchester and who knows, put across their side?

But they don’t. In fact, what the BBC have done with this article is with one hand practically admit with (one of) the headlines, David Cameron is actually bribing local councils who are willing to have the earth beneath their boundaries shattered and natural gas escape, of which only 2% or so is caught, yet on the other hand they forget to analyse this or ask any serious questions, for example Why do you feel the need to throw money at the issue instead of evidence? When Cameron is questioned, feebly, on the safety of such a procedure, we are given this as an answer:

The UK has the strongest environmental controls in place.” and that “Nothing would go ahead if there were environmental dangers.”

Given Mr Cameron’s high propensity to lie, and to throw a tantrum if people actually have the temerity to disagree with him, I think I’ll need a little more assurance than a few empty words. The very fact that David doesn’t like any form of dissent whatsoever can be highlighted in his wonderful plan to give money to ‘Fracking Friendly’ councils. Those who’d rather not entertain the thought of the potential for an environmental catastrophe are being given the political equivalent of the old playground favourite: ‘It’s my ball, I’m going home and you can’t play with it.”

And where are the bastions of impartiality and journalistic integrity? Probably in a back room somewhere, sucking Cameron’s cock in the hope of an ‘exclusive’ story before the rest of the press pack ahead of his next draconian policy.

Interestingly enough though, whilst the BBC attempts to be the mouthpiece for the ‘Coalition’ government, it actually reveals a high degree of nervousness and fear within Conservative (come on, Lib Dems? Ha.) ranks. All of the main arguments for fracking are financial. Promises of 74,000 full-time jobs, £3bn of investment, cheaper electricity, greater energy security etc etc. To me, this displays two things:

  1. The Conservative government are so weak they’d rather avoid debate about Fracking and steam-roller ahead with a plan to fracture large parts of the country without consideration for the environment, than actually stand up to energy companies and demand fairly priced energy. Whilst the big energy companies rake in £billions of profit annually, ‘Hardworking’ British citizens die each year through fuel poverty. Families face the awful decision of ‘heat or eat’, yet government allows Big Energy to do as they please, with the occasional public ticking off for show.
  2. The Government are terrified that Osbornomics just won’t work, clinging on desperately to any potential big cash windfall like a millionaire playboy whose parents have cut him off. They know that no matter how many cuts to welfare George makes, this debt isn’t going to get paid off at the rate they arrogantly promised. Fracking will help to bridge some of that gap, so debate is out of the question. It’s got to happen.

So do I support Fracking? On the face of it, no. But if there’s some actual evidence out there that shows it is 100% safe then fair enough. If Mr Cameron wishes to gain the support of the public and of local councils, the best thing to do is present us with this evidence, instead of handing out brown paper envelopes to willing councils and stifling public debate. Though to be fair, that does seem to be Modus Operandi for the Conservatives at the moment.

Oh, and in case you think it’s silly of me  not to believe David, our dear leader, take a look at this from Dr Éoin Clarke:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AvPxCSAhNlENdGh4V25RZGIzZklyNFV3RF83UXRCOUE&output=html

Now Frack Orf the lot o’ yer!

Strong on Benefits, Weak on Morals

November 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

David Cameron said today was all about sending out a “clear message” to people that the UK is no longer a soft touch on benefits. He’s definitely sent out a clear signal, that is for sure. But is it the signal he intended?

The first signal to me is that he’s definitely basing his stance on anecdotal evidence at best, xenophobic ideology at worst. People? What people? British People? Foreign People? Polish People? Romanian People? Bulgarian People? Muslim People? White People?

Additionally, how much of a real concern is this ‘Benefit Tourism’ he’s targeting? Well, take a look at this article from the New Statesman for a clue: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/eu-study-shreds-myth-benefit-tourism - hint: not all that much of a concern at all.

So there are some really clear signals being sent out by Mr Cameron today, and a few cloudy ones too. It’s clear that he isn’t acting on evidence, more so on what the Daily Mail says but it’s unclear as to whether he’s stupid, evil, weak or a horrid combination of all three.

British politics really is at an all-time low at the moment, it’s at a point where national newspapers run by ideologically insane editors are dictating policy of not only government, but of the opposition too. When the Daily Mail says ‘Jump’, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband all compete to respond quickest and loudest:

HOW HIGH YOUR LORDSHIPS?’

Instead of challenging the Daily Mail on it’s overtly xenophobic, narrow-minded and almost colonialist views and ideologies the politicians of today hop on to a metaphorical surfboard and attempt to ride the false-waves of public opinion. They don’t seem to be taking the time or effort to look over their shoulder and see that these aren’t natural waves they’re riding, these are waves controlled by a small but powerful elite looking to guide our country backwards into the 19th Century.

Public Opinion may well be stacked in favour of limiting the number of Bulgarians or Romanians landing on our shores, but the problem with that public opinion is that it’s so hideously misinformed. The public are being lied to by the majority of our news outlets, with just a few baby turtles trying to swim against this tsunami of lies, exaggerations and fear-mongering propaganda that fills the pages of the largest, widest circulated newspapers.

The problem that people with brains, eyes, ears and a connection between them are facing at the moment is that we can see and hear exactly what is going on. We can see that this Conservative Government (sorry, but the Lib Dems really do offer nothing whatsoever) have declared war on welfare, whether it’s essential or not. They’ve targeted benefits as a real vote-winner, because they know that at this very minute, life for a lot of working people is pretty fucking shit. They know that wages are increasing at about 1-3% while the price of essential services and goods is going up anywhere between 5-30%.

They can see that a lot of working people are pretty damned unhappy, and they know that there’s a heck of a lot of working people out there that need a focal point to direct their anger at. Usually, that’d be the government. Usually, we’d be out in our droves protesting at how sickeningly feeble our government is in the face of big corporations but of course any government faces a bit of a dilemma. We need voters to vote, but we need Corporate money. We can’t allow them or us to be the focus of anger, what do we do?

The answer is obvious. Divert the anger elsewhere, on to a much more palatable target. Initially, it was ‘This mess the Labour Government left behind‘, but of course that could only ever work as a short-term fix. Soon enough, the scum of the electorate would cotton on to this and say: ‘Hey, what are you doing about it now? You’re in power here!’ So new (or old) targets were found or dusted off. The EU is an easy one, nobody like the EU. But for ‘Hardworking People’, what’ll really piss them off most?

People that don’t work.

Hence we’ve had a relentless anti-benefits campaign from this government, dividing the 99% up into various different factions to stop these factions from knocking their heads together and realising that the problem is stood in the corner wearing a blue tie, eating Foie Gras and drinking fine Champagne. Yes, benefit claimants are the problem. Make the working people think that benefit claimants live a life of luxury, can afford holidays and plasma screen TVs whilst us working families can’t even afford to buy Kingsmill bread, we have to buy Tesco’s own brand (which still costs a fucking pound!).

Make the working people hate the non-working people. Make the disabled prove that they’re disabled. Make people with a spare bedroom move to a smaller property or cut off some benefits (despite there being no smaller properties available), make benefits pay out monthly so these non-working lowlifes have to manage their money monthly, not weekly. Make it more fucking complicated for these cunts. Make them stop having children. Make them want to die. Make them kill themselves. As long as the hardworking people hate them and not us, we’ll win in 2015.

Thing is though, many people who are not working, are hardworking. They are looking for work, they are single mothers, single fathers, carers for the elderly, carers for the disabled, volunteers in their communities, unable to find a job as there aren’t any, being forced to work for Tesco for free etc etc. Of all the people claiming benefits, how many actually do so fraudulently? How many don’t deserve them? How many actually need them? How many go on holidays to Spain every year? We’re being fed the wrong answers to these.

The Hardworking people of Britain (whether in employment or not) need to wake up and see who the real enemy is, and that enemy lies within the M25 and takes on many forms, be it Newspaper Editors or Politicians. The enemy is looking you in the eye and lying to you. Then when you turn your back, they go back to their Champagne, Caviar and Foie Gras and joke amongst themselves about how much money they made on the NHS and Royal Mail sell-offs. They laugh at how much money they’re making from their second jobs working for companies that are benefiting from their corrupt policies.

So yes, this Conservative Government is ruling the benefits system with an iron fist, nobody can say they are weak on that any longer. But we can say they are weak on morals. And not just the government, but the media and the submissive opposition too. Just remember the next time you do your food shopping. Was it the  ’spiralling benefits’ bill or out of control immigration that caused it to be more expensive, or was it greasy politicians and greedy corporations?

If you think for even a millisecond that benefits or immigrants had anything to do with it, you need to look yourself in the mirror.

Chinese Domination, Energy Price Rises & Teachers’ Strikes

October 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I’m no customer of British Gas, but if I were I’d be feeling all warm and fuzzy inside tonight. You see, even though they may have increased their dual fuel bills by a whopping 9.2% just in time for another harsh British Winter, at a time where families are struggling to ‘put food on the table’, they showed that there is a human element behind its vast corporate money-printing machine. Yes, here’s what they had to say about their price rises:

“We understand the frustration of prices rising faster than inflation.”

Do you? Do you really? Do you understand how difficult it will be for the average family to find an extra £123 per year in order to cook and store  food, clean clothes, bathe and turn on the lights? Do you understand that families already below the ‘breadline’ simply will not be able to find that extra money and will resort to Payday lenders or simply just not eat? Do you understand that the average worker receives a below inflation pay rise, so an above inflation pay rise is doubly crippling? Do you understand that this will result in unnecessary deaths again this winter?

The answer is a sad and resounding yes. Of course they understand. They know the impacts of their price rises, yet they don’t care. And that’s the problem, it’s not that these people fail to understand, it’s that they fail to give a shit. They know that people will go without food in order to fund their energy needs. They know it. David Cameron’s reaction was to wave the white flag, encouraging ‘consumers’ to go out and shop for a better deal, knowing full well that SSE had already announced price rises and that the rest of the cartel will follow suit within weeks, if not days.

£123, the average extra cost to British Gas customers, over the course of a year may not sound a lot but if you’re already scraping the bottom of the barrel, it makes the bottom of that barrel seem a heck of a lot further away. But at least they ‘understand’. So British Gas customers can sleep well, warm and fuzzy tonight. But from the 23rd November, their sleep may be a little less warm.

And on the subject of the Politics of Energy, George Osborne announced today that China will be funding a new wave of Nuclear Power Stations in Britain. Apart from the fact it’s Nuclear, this may sound like fantastic news. Foreign rich people investing in Great Britain can never be a bad thing, right? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. We already have quite the cartel in the energy market, wildly profiteering at the expense of those less well off, but now China will be pouring it’s money, and political muscle, into this already poisonous mix.

Sure, there may be jobs created and a little bit extra wealth created and maybe a boost to ‘wavering’ energy suppliers (I don’t buy this for a millisecond), but look at the cost. We’ll have potentially dangerous, unsafe, ‘terror target’ Nuclear reactors that nobody knows how to dispose of after use combined with a foreign investor looking to make profit from their venture. Today’s announcement means that the future for the energy sector is bright and lined with money, and all this will be at our expense. Also, I find it outrageously hypocritical and actually disgusting that Osborne practically whored out Britain to China, relaxing visa controls at a time where his party is clamouring for immigration and border controls to be tightened. Makes sense.

A final point then, on strike action. The recent teacher’s strike drew a flurry of frankly pathetic comments from those ‘affected’ by it. The public are really buying into this Tory bullshit whereby any strike action is disappointing and wrong. I don’t know the facts behind the strike at all, and am not terribly interested either but what I do know is that nobody wants to strike. A strike is the last resort for employees against an employer that is being unreasonable and refuses to enter serious negotiations. This isn’t the 70s where unions would strike because the tea was tepid.

Perhaps those complaining about the strikes would do well to learn to live a little. Not everything goes to plan, and when something unexpected happens, react spontaneously and enjoy it. Surely a day away from the mundane reality of the daily grind is a good thing? And consider your fellow human, who has made the decision to strike as a last resort against an unreasonable employer.

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