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.

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.

A Party Political Broadcast

September 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

How many people turned out in protest against Tory Policy on the NHS in Manchester at the weekend? Well, if you live outside Manchester you’d probably find that the BBC weren’t exactly forthcoming with their coverage of the protest. The number was in the region of 50,000, and goes a little way towards explaining why the Tories have erected an 8 foot metal fence around the entire conference zone. One suspects the real reason is actually that they just wanted to be kept apart from the riff-raff. I mean, how is one supposed to sup one’s £250 a bottle champagne in peace if Bob the binman can wander on by just yards away without some kind of barrier to keep him out of ones line of sight?

So the BBC’s coverage of the event can be found if you navigate from the main ‘News’ page, to ‘England’ and then ‘Manchester’. Unless you live in Manchester, it wasn’t on their home page and couldn’t be found on the News home page on the day, or today. In fact, in the Manchester section today it’s the fourth story. At best this level of coverage of a major protest against an unpopular government who aren’t just making ‘difficult’ decisions, they’re making outright evil ones, is pitiful. At worst the BBC could easily be accused of joining the illustrious ranks of the foreign ‘State-run News Networks’ the Beeb so often takes delight in mocking.

The BBC has clearly decided to offer up its support to David Cameron for Election 2015 and it’s barely even hiding it. If it is attempting to conceal its treachery then it’s doing a pretty bad job of it. But let it not be said that the BBC is bad at hiding things, it hid the Jimmy Saviles and Stuart Halls of this world for 3 or 4 decades and to show us that this was no fluke and that it hasn’t lost it’s touch, it’s currently hiding the Conservative Dismantling of the NHS. If your news horizons don’t expand beyond the BBC or other Mainstream networks, you might say: ‘What dismantling of the NHS?’

In which case my response can only ever be: ‘Precisely’. Not only is the BBC actively hiding the destruction of the lifeblood of Britain, something that is so undeniably and unquestionably quintessentially British, free healthcare that is, it is actually aiding and abetting in the propaganda war the Conservatives have launched to ensure that when you do find out what’s been going on, instead of rising up in pure rage, you merely conclude: ‘Well, look at the recent failures. Probably better off in private hands.’

The BBC has been only too willing to eat up every single piece of negative news being fed to it by its Tory paymasters. Don’t get me wrong, there’s an awful lot wrong with the NHS. Too many managers, not enough beds, not enough nurses, not enough Doctors, debt-riddled hospitals, hidden scandals and so on and so on, but selling it off to profit-making organisations with shareholders leads only one way. It leads to the American system of healthcare. It leads to a two-tiered system, where those who can afford healthcare, get healthcare. Where those not in employment cannot get access to basic healthcare. It leads to a further expansion of the gap between rich and poor, and exacerbates the effect this has by commodifying a basic human right, the right to healthcare.

If the NHS truly is failing, it’s failing because every 5 years politicians make a raft of unsustainable, unattainable, inappropriate, self-serving promises to ‘change’ the NHS, to reform it, bring greater efficiency, reduce queues and costs all at the same time. Each party brings with it their own ideas, ideas that generally lack some kind of consultation process with the people that work on the front-line, day after day. These are the people who know what the real issues are, who know where the real savings can be made and where the service provided can be vastly improved.

And in all this, the BBC willingly assists the Nasty Party. Long ago the BBC reached the point of ‘Mouthpiece’ for this government. Long ago it stopped challenging its policies and long ago it lost the little credibility it once had. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, after all this is the same organisation that has a long history of firing females as they pass the ‘acceptable’ age yet retain ever grumpier males long past their sell by date. This is the same organisation that in its desperation to remain as unbiased as possible, flows along with ‘public’ opinion, with government agenda. Instead of challenging public perceptions and opening itself up to calls of bias, it follows public perceptions instead and actually is biased. This is the same organisation that refused to air a charity appeal for the people of Gaza when Israel launched a vicious attack on it.

In conclusion, don’t trust the BBC. It doesn’t act in your interests. It acts in its own, which is to protect and to serve the government of today. This Dickensian Government that seeks to demonise the poor and further enrich the rich.

When Turkeys Vote For Christmas

September 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I’ve not been able to catch a great deal of the Labour Conference this weekend, mostly because I don’t really have any affection for these events whatsoever. It’s an annual get together for people of more or less the same political persuasion, where the leader or key ministers make faux-impassioned speeches written by somebody else. I did however manage to catch just a bit of Ed Miliband’s ‘Britain Can Do Better Than This’ speech, and I have to agree with him. Britain can do better than this. Whilst I agree with his new tagline, I probably won’t really agree with everything beneath it.

Having said that, I think Ed is actually heading in the right direction. Even if I don’t like his style, there does seem to be at least a bit of substance to his words. He has made some promising promises if you will, about defending the NHS, repealing the bedroom tax and now freezing energy prices. I don’t think he goes far enough if I’m being brutal, but I can understand why he doesn’t. If he goes too ‘radical’ too soon, he’ll be obliterated in the press and we’ll end up with a Balls vs Cameron election. So yes, he doesn’t go as far as I’d like but does seem to be showing that he is far more in touch with common people than Cameron. In recent polls energy prices haven’t been considered as a key factor at all, but that’s probably because it’s still summer-ish and the big energy companies have largely been out of the news for a while.

But as winter draws ever nearer, Miliband’s promise to freeze energy prices will suddenly seem far more appealing. Perhaps I’m in a minority here, but I’d rather Ed campaigned on issues that actually make a positive difference to individuals and the nation as a whole like stopping NHS privatisation, repealing a crippling ‘tax’ and making energy just a little less unaffordable than for him to campaign on an anti-immigration ticket. If he wants to show strength, he’ll tackle the real issues and confront the false issues that Cameron’s (admittedly capable) spin-machine has created. If he wants to be a genuine alternative to this draconian government full of privileged multi-millionaires instead of tackling issues that might make the people angry (rightly or wrongly) he’ll tackle the issues that cause people to struggle. The jury is still out on that one, but he appears to be headed in the right direction. I still feel that May 2015 will be about the lesser of two evils, I’m not even considering the Lib Dems as a potential candidate, and I actually feel that Cameron may win. It’s like the Mark Twain quote:

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

If Ed decides that tackling Cameron’s false issues is the best strategy for victory, he will be soundly beaten. Why? Because Cameron’s cronies invented them.

So going back just a little bit then to the energy price freeze, I noticed on the BBC website they had ‘Miliband Promises Energy Price Freeze’ as the heading for their story with the ever-so-comical sub-heading: ‘But Energy Firms Criticise the Plan’. If ever there was a ‘No Shit Sherlock’ moment, that was it. Can you imagine the conversation between the Journalist and the Spokesman?

Journalist: So Ed Miliband is promising to freeze energy prices for 20 months if he wins the election, what do you think about that?

Spokesman: Oh yes it’s great news. I mean, it will hit our profits, our shareholders will be unhappy and actually our share prices will also drop but apart from that it sounds great.

What the energy firms have actually said is a whole load of guff that shows that privatisation of such a basic need as gas and electricity was a truly awful idea. The retaliation was: ‘the policy could lead to power shortages, and jeopardise investment and jobs.’ Three things that Britons don’t really want to hear at the moment. Power shortages?? Job Losses?? No investment (ok well probably not immediately bothered by that) but the energy firms have indulged in a little bit of fear-mongering in an attempt to derail Ed’s plan. It will be interesting to monitor Ed’s stance on this leading up to the election, particularly as you can almost cast-iron guarantee that these energy firms will donate funds to the Conservatives in return for a promise of no such freeze.

Politicking and corruptive practices aside, the big firms that play host to profiteering exercises in Britain can donate to whoever the hell they like. At the end of the day, it is the general public who turn up at the ballot boxes and place their votes. It is our responsibility to ask ourselves two questions:

  1. Which party will make my life better?
  2. Will others need to suffer in order for that to happen?

If you genuinely think that having less people of colour in Britain (which is what Immigration is really about) is far more important than affordable gas, electricity, free healthcare, free schools and a fair society for all then I think you might need to evaluate your life. And if you think that privatisation of the NHS is a good idea, have a look at how much you pay for Gas, Water and Electricity currently. Have a look at the profits these companies make, and the amount of money they invest into greener, more sustainable energy sources. You may point to fracking potentially bringing in £billions into Britain, but realistically that isn’t going to make a blind bit of difference to you or I. We’ll see no savings, no investment and another surge in Energy firms’ profits.

So the Energy Firms quite obviously don’t like Ed’s policy, just as Turkeys quite obviously don’t like Christmas. Though you can at least have a little bit of sympathy for the Turkeys.

 

When The White Man Dies in Africa

September 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Mainstream media has been gripped this week by the events unfolding in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Most people will only really know of Kenya as a place where cute short little people run  fast over long distances, and as a place where you can go on eco-holidays to spot Lions in their natural habitat, or if you’re really rich you can even go hunting for them instead (Lions that is, not people).

But Kenya has also been getting itself heavily involved in neighbouring Somalia’s troubles for quite some time now. In fact it’s just under two years since Operation Linda Nchi began, an operation involving the militaries of Kenya, France, Somalia, Ethiopia and (of course) the US. Linda Nchi entailed a military invasion of southern Somalia in pursuit of Al Shabab militants who had allegedly kidnapped some foreign tourists and aid workers in Kenya. The trigger point was the kidnapping of two Spanish aid workers with rumours pointing towards Al Shabab, but in all reality Kenya had been planning such an exercise for well over a year with co-operation from her Western ‘Partners’.

So from that alone you can probably surmise that Al Shabab have been around for a bit, and they have been seen as a significant threat to Kenya since their inception . They were designated a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ by the US in 2008 and have been at the heart of the ongoing violence in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. I won’t claim to be an expert on them or of the politics in the region, but what is clear is that for some time now innocent people have been dying. In just two days in August of 2010, three hundred people were killed in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Yes, that’s three hundred. But they were all black, all African. So it wasn’t really big news.

Now though Al Shabab are all over the news. In retaliation to ongoing Kenyan military operations in Somalia, they launched an attack on a shopping mall. And this is BIG news. Firstly, the attack has happened in a country of enough relevance to Westerners to actually care about. If it happened in Somalia, it would merely be just a footnote in time and history. But it’s happened in Kenya, a place where white people regularly travel. And worse still, we find that white people actually died in this attack. That immediately doubles the attack’s score on the International Media Richter Scale.

Of course I disagree with Al Shabab’s methods of retaliation, the people being killed are civilians after all. There’s no excuse for such a disgusting, vile act and there’s no place for it within Islam either. The stories emerging of people being told to recite the Shahada or die are horrific, they are an insult to Islam, an insult to everything it stands for. But equally disgusting is the coverage afforded to this event when compared with the coverage afforded to attacks, whether by Al Shabab or otherwise, in Somalia. The message this sends out is that the black pirate-people of Somalia are an irrelevance, an acceptable loss. Whereas our long-distance running friends in Kenya with their pet Lions, tourists and defence contracts with Western nations are an unacceptable loss. Couple that with White people being killed and it’s clear to see why the International ‘Community’ is having a mini heart attack.

Today David Cameron called for an emergency meeting of Cobra, Britain’s national emergencies committee after it emerged that six British people died. Quite what they will discuss is beyond me, it’s a curious case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. The signs have been there for all to see for so long now, with Kenya, the US and even Israel expanding military operations in and around Somalia, and Al Shabab not really enjoying that fact it was painfully obvious that something was going to give.

But don’t worry white people, it is the top priority of the US, UK and Israel to ensure that all white people visiting Kenya to see those Lions will remain safe. Expect to see increased military co-operation, maybe a few more foreign military bases, new arms deals to bolster the Kenyan armoury and perhaps even a fleet of drones hovering above Mogadishu. Expect a few thousand black Somali deaths (never civilians, always militants), maybe a few brave Kenyans will die in the ‘fight against terror’, but definitely no more White deaths.

When a black man dies in Africa, the world goes on. But When a white man dies, the whole world stops.

 

 

Clegg’s Battle for Relevancy

September 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

In a way, you really have to admire Nick Clegg’s optimism. You see, he actually seems to think that people will vote Lib Dem in 2015. He thinks that after repeatedly breaking promises, after repeatedly voting for inhumane Tory welfare policies, after 3 years of practically nothing to show for their time ‘in power’ that people will actually turn up at the ballot box in May 2015 and put a little cross next to the local Lib Dem candidate.

Well, my personal hope is that the Lib Dems get obliterated at the polling stations. Clegg promised so much in the run up to the last election, he offered disgruntled and disaffected voters something that appeared to be a little different. He convinced many that he actually wanted to serve the people of Britain, to do all he could to get this country back on the right track. He persuaded us that he could end our stale two-party political system and bring about real change to the process. Then he took advantage of public indecisiveness – we wanted Brown out, but Cameron came across as a bit too much of a weasel to be trusted – and played at kingmaker for a week, looking for the best deal for himself.

He found it in a Whitehall back-room with Cameron, attempting to legitimise it by claiming that the Liberal Democrats will be the handbrake to the Conservative accelerator. Fast forward three years and four months and the conclusion is he’s been about effective as a ‘handbrake’ as an open-on-impact parachute. The Conservatives must have spent their time in opposition analysing the State, finding out what could be sold and what could be cut so that when Brown was deposed at election, they could set about dismantling it in double-quick time. Clegg was voted in on a Liberal ticket, so the electorate expected him to provide at least some resistance to the Conservative onslaught.

Again, looking back over the past three years, I find it difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that the Lib Dems have actually contributed whilst ‘in power’. They sit there in the commons, voting alongside their ‘coalition partners’ – a vomit inducing term if ever there was one – whilst simultaneously claiming in public that they are all for fairness, and laying in to Cameron’s policies. All the while it is them and their shady little back-alley deal with Cameron that allows him to say this:

“We have a clear mandate to…”

No. No David. No you don’t. You did not win a majority, you clubbed together with a seemingly diametrically-opposed party, who sold out on their voters, and you are now acting as a mini-dictatorship selling off everything worth a bit of cash to Tory donors!

You most certainly do not have a mandate to do that.

So the Lib Dems face a difficult task at the next election, because in all honesty, they’ve been in power for three years now and all they’ve done is given the Conservatives the false legitimacy they’ve needed to rape the State.

Well done Nick, here’s to 2015. ;)

Taking Sides: Black or White

September 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

It’s been quite some time since I last posted, mainly because I’ve been the subject of a mini spam attack. I don’t quite know why a Japanese designer bag retailer thinks people who visit my site would be interest in the latest Gucci, in fact I don’t know what makes them think anyone even visits.

In the time I’ve been away I’ve largely been trying to hide from the news. I find the way that news is presented to us quite offensive to me as a person. Mainstream media is a bit like the market trader who’s overstocked on poor quality, Chinese manufactured toasters. He/she’s desperate to get rid of them and expends a lot of energy on diverting the punters’ attentions towards these dreadful toasters. The trader tries to make you feel like you have much less choice than you actually do. This is essentially what our governments and press do day in, day out.

To test that theory, you need look no further than Syria. The next time you read, watch or listen to a news item about Syria pay close attention to what is actually being said. Try to imagine yourself as a customer, what are your options? What is your outlet of choice actually trying to sell you? Take closer look at the ‘product’, are they being transparent? Are they trying to conceal something from you?

In the case of Syria, the press are largely selling us two options:

  1. Military intervention in the form of airstrikes
  2. Do nothing, and let Assad kill more people with chemical weapons

If you believe what you’re reading/seeing/hearing, ask yourself this: If I was at the market, and this trader was trying to sell you a poor quality toaster, at an inflated price; would you be so insufferably stupid? Would you allow yourself to be led down the proverbial alley and mugged? Of course you wouldn’t. So why do the masses allow governments and media outlets dictate our choices?

Now go back to Syria, and this may seem a little crazy, try to think of some different options. Can you do it? Can your mind stretch beyond the simple binary equation of bomb/not bomb? Of course it can! Life isn’t quite as black or white as that, there’s a hell of a lot of grey in between. And buried deep within this large mass of grey, you’ll find the real options, the real choices. You’ll find that in all major news stories you’ll be given two options. Black or White. What’s it going to be? There are no alternatives. Choose now. Black or White. Don’t forget now, Black is so unpalatable you’ll be ridiculed if you choose it. White or Black. No pressure now. All your friends have already chosen. Black or White. Experts have chosen white already, what’s taking you so long. Black or White. Look at this photo, look what big, bad Black did to poor little White. WHITE or Black. Too late. It’s done.

Governments and Media revel in how stupid we are. In presenting information in a way that leads us deep into this alley, we become gripped with fear. We see we are being offered just two choices, even though we may think there is actually a third, much better, choice we are too far in to the alley. If we speak now, we’re certain to be beaten to a pulp. As we go deeper still, we find quickly that one of the two options becomes increasingly less viable. We have one option left, but it still doesn’t quite feel right. But all of your friends think it is, experts think it is, our Prime Minister thinks it is, so it must be… right?

It takes a bit of courage whilst in the alley to think the unthinkable, it takes courage to say ‘No, I’m not buying this’. But when you do take that step, you’ll find others who have made that step too. You’ll find that your own actions inspire others to think it too. You’ll find that whilst the world can be a horrible place full of horrible people, it’s also a wondrous place full of incredible people.

Once you’ve taken that step, then you’ll begin to see what our trusted sources of information have been concealing from us. We hear that Assad is the first to use Chemical Weapons since 2001. Really? What about Bush in Iraq, 2003? What About Israel in Gaza? We hear from President Obama that no nation would stand idly by and watch bombs rain down upon it, except Pakistan eh? We hear that drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen target and hit militants, yet we don’t hear that the US classes all males of military age as militants.

What do you think of that? Can it really be that Black or White?

What is quite frankly unbelievable is that Putin asked Assad: “Can you put your Chemical Weapons into neutral hands?’ and he said “Yes.” Our Government, our media never gave us that option. That wasn’t on the table.

Perhaps we’re sat at the wrong table.

Bastions of Free Speech

August 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

This Sunday past, the 18th of August to be precise, the world witnessed yet another act of intimidation against free speech by a repressive state. A journalist, or rather a partner of a journalist, was detained for a whole nine hours to be questioned by police. I’d always heard of these types of things in the past, where a completely innocent person is detained for long periods of time, and wondered:

“What kind of questions do they ask?

Because to be held for a length of time as substantial as nine hours, you’d think there’d be some probing, cutting questions. Of course I still wonder what questions were asked, but not with the same sense of mystery as I once did. For starters, these detentions were the kind of thing that mainstream media outlets assured us only ever happened in horrible nasty evil strange places like Iran, China, Russia or North Korea. How should I know then what a North Korean interrogator would ask? This kind of thing never happened here and if it did it only happened to nasty people that want to attack our very way of life(!)

The mystery disappeared for me at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (except it’s not really in Tel Aviv), when my wife was subjected to a four hour ‘detention’. It was a bit strange how it all happened really. I was let through straight away without any issues or even any questions asked, but my wife was immediately questioned: “Where are you from? No where are you from? What’s your father’s name? What’s your grandfather’s name? What are you doing in my country? Why don’t you go to Spain?’ I could say something about how the answers must have been the wrong ones, but it was clear that it was actually the skin colour and religion that was wrong.

Anyway, taken away to a little room she was ‘detained’ for four hours, subjected to hourly 10 minute sessions of aggressive interrogation that made me wonder: ‘Does this ever actually work?’. I mean, you’d have to be a really bad terrorist to crack under the heat of repetitive questions that began with ‘Why are you visiting Israel?’ and ended with ‘I SAID WHY ARE YOU VISITING MY COUNTRY, WHAT DO YOU WANT HERE? YOU KNOW YOU CAN GO TO SPAIN?’ What’s the fascination with Spain, I wonder? Do the Spanish Tourist board pay the IDF commission?

I imagine David Miranda, being the partner of a journalist who has dared to confront the greatest (by greatest, I mean largest and meanest) powers of our time for partaking in less-than-legal activities, was probably subjected to a far tougher line of questioning than my wife. Though if he were asked the same question ‘Why are you visiting my country?‘, aside from the obvious ‘I’m not, I’m just changing flights‘ I’d have been tempted to say ‘I have no f**king idea mate. It’s sh*t, it’s always f**king wet and the people have a strange sense of self-importance when really these pathetic little Islands are a spent force, periodically sucking American d**k to earn a few brownie points.’

Whatever David was asked, I think Scotland Yard’s claim that his detention was ‘Legally Sound’ is completely irrelevant. It may well have been legally sound, so to speak, but it was definitely not morally sound. In fact, it was morally repugnant. A complete disgrace. It’s pretty clear that this guy was targeted, this was no coincidence, and he was targeted because his partner is engaged in a campaign to reveal some rather inconvenient truths that may or may not affect the public’s view of not only the NSA and GCHQ but also the US & British Governments too. It’s rather easy to shoulder the blame and mistrust onto the security agencies, but they are only following orders.

Even the legally sound bit is becoming a bit irritating actually, because it’s also legally sound to stop ethnic minorities (particularly black males) and search them at will, the only justification required? ‘They looked suspicious guv’. Must be a bit of a shock to bone-headed bobby to discover things like ‘A Brief History of Time’, a violin or even just a pen in a black male’s satchel instead of some weed, a gun or a knife. Probably just carrying it for a white friend or something. ‘I’ve got my eye on you.‘ So the legally sound thing is pretty meaningless, besides the guy was detained under terror laws. I mean really? He doesn’t even have a Muslim Face, for Christ’s sake.

So the upshot of all this is our government just looks worse than it already did before (a spectacular achievement in all fairness as they look like a shower of c*nts as it is), because all this sorry little episode has done is show the British public that in all actuality we are merely slaves to the States. It’s clear that any secrets revealed by Glenn Greenwald will show the UK in a negative light, a seedy light. They will show that GCHQ and by extension, our Government, are whoring out their services to the US in a bid to impress them, to stay in favour. They will show that we fully support everything they do and our most recent actions show that we will support them in trying to suppress the truth too. What our Government must realise though is that, like all whores, once the US has paid us for our services they will have no hesitation to discard us for a more attractive proposition.

Now Russia, Iran, North Korea and China may not exactly be bastions of free speech and democracy, but it seems that neither are we. That’s not to say that whenever a repressive regime commits an immoral or grotesque act of injustice we should remain silent. Definitely not, but in the case of David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald, the UK has destroyed any credibility it may have once had. The next time Putin imprisons one of his political rivals on weak (or non-existent) charges, our voice of condemnation will be even more meaningless than it already would have. Whereas before Putin would have just swatted us away like the irritating fly that thinks it’s an Eagle, now he’ll merely laugh at how ridiculous we look.

Because the way to stop ‘terrorism’ is to confiscate games consoles. Obviously.

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