Saturday, 27 May 2017

Bank Holiday Interlude: Siouxsie And The Banshees

It's been a few days since I last blogged here, though I have posted a couple of pieces over at my other blog Howie's World of Comics for those of you who might be interested . Normal service will resume shortly. I just need a break.

Meanwhile I discovered Siouxsie is 60 today! One of my favourite all time acts. A unique sound.

Here's a little number to help celebrate.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A war on life itself

When I sat down last night to write a piece about Trump's new found alliance with the Saudi's I suddenly found myself plunged into the dark. Outside sirens blazed as a serious incident cut the power to the block in which I live. A burning cable it turned out which has left me without electricity until this evening.

As a result I was oblivious to events in the outside world until this morning when I remembered where the wind up radio was stored.

Another terrorist incident. This time in Manchester at a pop concert mainly frequented by kids. Young kids and their parents, enjoying a night out with some American singer I'm not familiar with. Not one to keep up with the modern scene but then youth passed me by a long time ago.

Life is precious and those early days enjoying a good time with friends and family listening to the music of the moment is time well spent. The last thing anyone would expect is a fanatic blowing himself up ending so many young lives prematurely and in the name of a so-called religion.

My heart goes out to the victims, their families and friends at this awful time which puts any inconveniences I and others may face into perspective.

The perpetrators of this crime and so many others around the world are those who do not respect life or any vestiges of those things that make life worth living. It doesn't matter whether the criminals are ISIS, the Taliban or al-Qaeda the aim is the same.

Death to those who will not submit to the whims of the representatives of some imaginary deity and his warlord of a prophet.

When I looked at the Saudi's yesterday it occurred to me that their theology and that of the Ayatollahs of Iran were themselves only one step away from being like the Islamic Caliphate they claim to oppose.

Yet to speak out carries the "risk" or inevitability of being called "Islamophobic". Strictly that means having a fear of Islam.

When I see gay men caned in Indonesia, an unmarried couple stoned to death in Mali, women flogged for being raped across the Muslim world and  non-muslims subjected to brutal sharia and blasphemy laws I shudder.

And I care not for those who appease atavism whilst such barbarity stalks our world.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Election 2017: The Fringe

It's a weird old election. On that we can all agree. The far left nutters have mostly buried themselves in Labour to support old Steptoe and the far right has all but disappeared. As for the Lib-Dems, the sandal wearing community has had to resort to calling for the legalisation of cannabis to try and draw attention to itself.

There are as a result far fewer fringe candidates this year, but there are a few.

First off the remnants of the gang of fours party, the SDP has announced that:

The Social Democratic Party has announced a full slate of 5 candidates to contest the Sheffield parliamentary seats in the 2017 General Election.

The SDP has been steadfastly representing people throughout the UK for 27 years and can trace their roots to the original insurgent party of the 1980's.

As believers in true democracy, the Party campaigned strongly to leave the EU and members were fully committed to working harmoniously on a cross party basis.

Besides the fact they should change their name to the Sheffield Democratic Party, I was also surprised to see that they campaigned to "leave the EU". Then I noticed  their spokesman was none other than cross-party serial joiner Steve Winston, last seen quitting UKIP.

Then there is the far-left. Oh yes a couple of them are standing against the Corbynite revisionists. Firstly the Communist League (along with the Socialist Party of Great Britain) who are contesting Islington North, the hallowed constituency of St Corbyn himself. 

the Militant, a socialist newspaper

The Communist League is affiliated with the US based Socialist Workers Party (no relation to the Comrade Delta Cults) whose  version of third worldism led them to criticise Trotsky himself (shock, horror). A former faction of the old International Marxist Group they are so small that they do not even publish their own newspaper and can usually be seen flogging the highly turgid and unreadable US publication 

Old Arthur Scargill is standing three candidates this time round. Not sure where the Socialist Labour Party gets it's money from, or whether it has many members but here it is:

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Last but by no means least is the Workers Revolutionary Party publishers of the daily News Line (how is a mystery, no more Gaddafi gold these days) who are standing five candidates. 

How this group have survived the fallout of Gerry Healy's crimes is a mystery. Think Comrade Delta and multiply, add internal violence, selling details of dissidents to foreign regimes and you get the gist...

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Where are the Spartacist League when you need some comic relief......

Friday, 19 May 2017

May the farce be with you

Regular readers will notice that I have cut back on blogging over the last couple of weeks. In part this has been due to general tiredness but is also down to the simple fact I am so disillusioned with politics. I mean what a farce this general election has become.

ITV screened a two hour leadership debate without either of the candidates who could possibly even become prime minister on June 9th, though in reality there is only one. Theresa May is on course to win and the only question is how big a majority she will have.

For Labour there are two questions. How many anti-Corbyn MPs will keep their seats and will Corbyn himself obtain a big enough share of the vote to try and stay on as leader. He won't automatically resign because he has a "mandate" from the people who elected him. There are two Labour Parties.

The remnants of the mainstream centre/left party and the politically vulgar Corbynistas.

The problem is the better Labour does the more likely Corbyn's ascendency will continue. A dilemma that will plague the centre left come June 9th.

For me the problem of how I vote locally is already resolved.

"None of the above".

I am not a Tory and want an alternative to their party, but Labour is no longer that vehicle. It also galls me somewhat to say I would prefer Theresa May to Labour under Corbyn. But I'm far from alone in feeling that way. The man is seen (rightly) as an incompetent and dangerous fool.

Nobody would feel safe with Corbyn in power. The man says he's not a pacifist. That's true. He has never condemned IRA violence and makes friends with terrorist groups like Hamas & Hezbollah. Corbyn only wants to disarm the West.

As for the Manifesto, there are some good policies when taken on an individual basis. Trouble is we all know this shopping list is not affordable as a whole.

Has anyone noticed the lack of solidarity with Venezuela recently? The now bankrupt socialist paradise?

A warning to us all of the folly of so-called socialism.

There are another three weeks of this near pointless jockeying to go.  Like most people I am resigned to its outcome and simply await what happens next.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Musical Interlude: Aldious

Left it a bit late to blog tonight so here's a new track from Aldious one of my favourite Japanese bands.

Aldious are: Re:No, Yoshi, Toki, Marina & Sawa.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Election on my doorstep

Outline map

The first leaflet for the 2017 general election has finally dropped on my doormat. A message from the sitting MP Greg Hands, the Tory incumbent for Chelsea & Fulham who will be returned with a large majority no matter how I choose to vote.

This prompted me to look up the list of local candidates who are disappointingly all from the five main political parties:

Bill Cashmore, Green Party
Alan De’Ath, Labour Party
Greg Hands, Conservative Party
Louise Rowntree, Liberal Democrats
Alasdair Seton-Marsden, UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Given my disposition against Jeremy Corbyn I thought I'd better look up the Labour candidate who is a local councillor. Seems he's not my type of Labour and was opposing action against Islamist extremism.

According to the Hammersmith & Fulham Forum: Labour councillor – Cllr Alan De’Ath – attacked the programme as “Islamophobic”. Of course he is entitled to attack Council policy – he is not a Cabinet member and thus not bound by collective responsibility. Constructive criticism is always welcome. But to undermine the Council’s work in this particular way was pretty irresponsible.

I also didn't like the sound of his mate either:

Not that De’Ath’s outburst was the worst of the evening. His fellow Fulham Broadway Labour councillor Ben Coleman made some astonishingly crass comments during a discussion on anti-semitism.

In a brave speech by Cllr Joe Carlebach about his personal experiences. “I know what it is like to stand outside a synagogue and have sharpened coins thrown at you,” he said.

Coleman’s speech immediately followed. He said: “Sometimes people in the Jewish community think they are the only Jew in the village.” For good measure he then said that concern about anti-semitism in the Labour Party were “overblown”. Really disgraceful.

Really disgraceful pair who represent the worst of the new politics of Corbyn's Labour.

The slogan De'ath for Labour does amuse though....bring on the dark side of the force!

I was hoping for a decent fringe candidate. No one to vote for. I will have to spoil my ballot paper.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Eurovision 2017: Howie's Choice!

The Eurovision Song Contest (which takes place on Saturday night) has been a welcome distraction from the depressing general election campaign taking place here in the UK. The two semi-finals were broadcast on BBC 4 (the better songs were on the Tuesday night) and the stage is now set.

This years contest has been marred by the exclusion by Ukraine of the Russian entry, but then politics has been "bubbling under" what should just be a fun event for some years. Tactical voting by geographical neighbours also spoils the contests with countries like Greece and Cyprus giving each other "Twelve Points". They aren't the only ones....

The current favourites seem to be Italy who have entered a man and a his gorilla (it's a man in a costume) and Portugal who's singer reminds one of a young Herman Munster. Then there are the novelty songs.

Romania gives us a mixture of yodelling and rap. Less said the the better. Then there's the other weirdo from Croatia who mixes pop and opera depending on which way he's looking. My girlfriend likes it. God knows why. Takes all sorts I suppose.

But when it comes to songs (and we can't vote for our own piss poor entry) I rather liked this number from Azerbaijan (which I still need spellcheck to type). Their live performance on Tuesday quite impressed me.

This song will get my vote.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beyond the general election

A couple of days ago I posted a short piece on whether social democracy had a future and ended with speculation over the future of the Labour Party. When posted to one of the "moderate" or mainstream Labour Facebook pages I found myself being admonished by an old political ally from the PCS union who demanded I wait until after the election to discuss such matters.

Given that every time I pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV I see Corbyn refusing to answer questions he finds uncomfortable such as Brexit under Labour or old McDonnell trying to deny he's a Marxist when asked directly, let alone the complete arse Diane Abbott made of herself..twice I think like most people who normally vote Labour I'm perfectly entitled to speculate

This morning I picked up The Telegraph in addition to my normal times because of their front page story Labour faces historic party split:

Labour faces a historic split after the election with as many as 100 of the party's MPs set to walk out and form their own breakaway group in an attempt to force out Jeremy Corbyn, The Telegraph can disclose.

Moderate Labour candidates are already in talks with potential donors about a new “Progressives” group forming in Parliament if Mr Corbyn stays on as leader after a Tory landslide.

If MPs at the top of the Labour Party are indeed planning such a move then it is perfectly legitimate to discuss what happens next, now!

From where I'm sitting there seems no hope of Labour winning the next election and frankly under the control/leadership of Corbyn and his Momentum disciple it is frankly undesirable.

The Tories are set to win, it's just a question of how big their majority is going to be. The UKIP vote which includes large numbers of former Labour voters is decamping direct to Theresa May. Old "tribal" loyalties have broken down amongst a huge swathe of the electorate. The situation is nowhere near the same as when the failed SDP was formed under the "gang of four".

However a formal split is a long way away. In the meantime a battle royale is going to be fought inside the Labour Party itself. It's not just the MPs. Staff at Labour Party headquarters have threatened to strike if Corbyn doesn't go after a disastrous election.

He won't. He's said so and tried denying despite the publication of a tape recording of his answer to a straight question. Left-wing leaders do not see themselves in the same light as democratic politicians who generally resign when they fail. 

The left think us plebs all have false consciousness and are brainwashed by the MSM (mainstream media) and will eventually accept their leadership. The hell we are,. The hell we will. Patronising bastards.

So how should we vote in the forthcoming general election?

Frankly I would urge those of you with anti-Corbyn MPs should support them and do not vote for anyone who supports Steptoes or is involved with his political tendency. If you live in the constituencies held by the likes of Corbyn, McDonnell or Abbott vote for the candidate most likely to unseat them. 

If you don't you might as well vote Tory because Corby is their best asset. 

Any candidate that supports Corbyn must be rejected. The election is already lost prepare for what comes next. If that means a new party before the following election so be it. The far-left will not go quietly or peacefully. They are beyond redemption.

They are a cult.

And there's enough cults in this world already

Monday, 8 May 2017

Students ban the Tibetan Flag

Remember the students union that banned the wearing of sombreros as "cultural appropriation" even though they were being handed out by the local Mexican restaurant? Well they're at it again.

This time they've removed the Tibetan flag from a display because of complaints from the Chinese Communist Party Society which described as "secessionist". These comrades also demanded the removal of the taiwanese flag but since there was a Taiwanese Society this was declined.

There were of course no Tibetan students. I wonder why?

The left has either remained silent or actively supported the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

For further information please visit the Free Tibet website:

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The end of social democracy?

With John McDonnell avoiding the question about whether he was a Marxist or not the fact is that there across the West there is a general decline of not just the political centre but also social democracy. This theme was picked up by Niall Ferguson in The Sunday Times today (no link £):

American Democrats and British Labour supporters have essentially the same problem. Blame the leadership, by all means. But the reality itself is that the centre left- whether it calls itself progressive, Labour or social democrat - is in disarray. And it can't be because all the candidates are terrible. It's because social democracy is dead.

His evidence is based on the decline of European Socialist parties and the rise of Trump. The Greek left failed miserably, everywhere else these parties are in decline. The runoff for French president is between two "non- establishment parties.

But more than this Ferguson makes a disturbing observation:

The old coalition between progressive elites and the proletariat is broken. The former are too liberal on immigration, too in love with multiculturalism. The latter loathe both. 

This seemingly sums up the reasons for the growth of the right leaning parties. Certainly the recent wave of immigration encouraged by the German PM has encouraged the turn to the right.

Too many, too male and frankly too Muslim for so many people in her country, across Europe and here in the UK. It was the final nail in the coffin of Britain's membership of the EU.

In the UK an out of touch activist caste around Jeremy Corbyn has weakened and for the foreseeable future made the Labour Party unelectable despite being the largest political party in Europe. Uniting the comrades has simply put all these people in one place but virtually no one outside is listening.

The local elections give an early indication of where this country will be for the next five years but what happens to the the centre/centre left is unclear. A Corbyn led defeat will give rise to more internecine warfare. A Liberal revival seems increasing unlikely and frankly irrelevant.

The time for a new party is not now , the right conditions do not yet exist though many of us would rally to it. First the old order must wither away it would seem.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Carry on Regardless

Over the past few days pundits have been predicting Labour losses in the local elections of around 100 seats, with the Tories making ground possibly at both Labour and UKIP's expense. A Tory revival of sorts was predicted in Scotland and it was feared Labour would lose control of Glasgow.

Today suffered an electoral defeat on a scale that was four times as bad as the predictions. Glasgow was indeed lost and the Tories gained in excess of 500 seats. Theresa May did so well that it was necessary for her to downplay the result so as not to appear too self confident.

Oh and UKIp was wiped off the map. Hardly surprising since (a) it's aim has been achieved and (b) their new leader is not any more fit for purpose than Corbyn is for Labour.

Yet I turn on the TV and watch Corbyn rush to Liverpool where one of his stooges managed to gain a Mayor position and act as if Labour was on course for a victory. The crowd of adoring duly chanted "Tories Out" as if it was some kind of incantation that would magic victory from defeat.

The fact is Corbyn, Momentum and the rest of the far-left has now actually succeeded in achieving the electoral defeat everyone has been warning them of.

400 losses.

And a general election barely a month away.

Yet  Momentum supporter Rachel Godfrey-Wood (which the Pub Lanlord might describe as a "good working class name") writes in the Guardian:

..the pundits should be careful because the ground is shifting from under that narrative. Labour, which under Corbyn’s leadership has grown to be the biggest left of centre party in Europe, has woken up.

It’s the people versus the establishment, and for the first time in my lifetime we have, in Jeremy Corbyn, a potential prime minister who is really on our side.

Such vanguardist arrogance from the comrades who claim to represent "the class" (to which most of them do not actually belong). The "people" have decided otherwise it would seem. 

The "people" in my workplace think Corbyn should fuck off now. But he won't and we all know that the Corbyn/Abbott/McDonell triumvirate will carry on regardless.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The "left" has become toxic

As I walked home in the gloom of clouds and rain I wondered whether there would be yet another atrocity committed by one of the Labour leadership in this equally gloomy election campaign. I had arrived home yesterday oblivious to Diane Abbott's "car crash" of an interview which was drawn to my attention by both my partner and seemingly everyone on Facebook when I went on-line.

I can't add to the mixture of bemusement and horror that people have expressed about her performance or lack of it when asked simple questions about Labour's policing policy. However once again it brings into question whether Labour is not just fit to govern, but even fit to be the opposition party.

There undoubtedly remain lots of good people inside the Labour Party but they and the MP's have lost control. The Corbynistas have the car and its skidded off the road and is sinking in the swamp that is the of the far-left.

John McDonnell hasn't helped matter with his appearance on the May Day march which has been long hijacked by the Stalinist and Trotskyists who are no friends of the workers, just another set of oppressors. Just look at the treatment of workers and trade unions under Soviet rule. Trotsky long suppressed them before Stalin grabbed power. Communism is no choice.

Of course the Corbynistas will claim other countries are closer to their "vision". they usually mean Cuba & Venezuela. You can't even get toilet paper in a country with the world's highest known oil reserves. What kind of sh*t leads to that situation.

The comrades have captured Labour. They don't care about winning elections. Talk of alliances with equally deranged Green Party and tactical voting to "keep the Tories out" falls on so many deaf ears. Interest in this election has fallen to the lowest levels I can remember even though the pundits wet themselves with excitement.

Diane Abbott represents the worst of the left. Arrogant and patronising.

The left has become toxic beyond belief.

Normally I would be planning a series of articles about the political fringe, but there isn't one this time. The lunatics have all joined or called for support for Labour.

Like so many who crave a real democratic opposition and potential government there is no one to vote for.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Labour is failing and the vultures are circling

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Photo: By Source

There seems to be some confusion about the level of support the Labour Party is getting in the run-up to the general election. One poll I came across suggested that over half of those who voted Labour at the last election would not be doing so again yet other polls show a slight decrease in support for the Tories and an increase to 30% for Labour. So what is going on exactly?

With out a doubt Theresa May will still be Prime Minister come June 9th with an increased majority of some sort whilst Corbyn himself remains a derided figure amongst the vast majority of the electorate, Labour voters included.

There are signs of both resignation and panic in Labour's ranks. In Scotland the party is putting resources into just three seats. Obviously Labour see Scotland as a write off.  Meanwhile the Guardian reports:

Labour’s former policy chief has called on Jeremy Corbyn to stand down candidates in two key constituencies in order to help the Greens defeat the Conservatives and boost their hopes elsewhere.

Jon Cruddas has teamed up with MPs, including the former shadow cabinet member Clive Lewis, peers and campaigners such as Neal Lawson and Billy Bragg to issue the demand through a letter in the Guardian that warns of a looming “Tory landslide”......

Lawson, who chairs the pressure group Compass, said Labour could unlock 20 seats where the Green vote was key by simply stepping aside in two: Brighton Pavilion and the Isle of Wight.

The group, which also includes Helena Kennedy, the MP Tulip Siddiq, Paul Mason and Owen Jones, say they believe Labour is the best vehicle for a more “equal, democratic and sustainable society”.

But they warn: “With the progressive vote split the danger of a Tory landslide and all it means for our country now looms darkly on 8 June.”

Cruddas, the Dagenham MP who led Labour’s policy review in 2015, agreed but admitted that the move could trigger a backlash within the party.

A backlash? It's an admission of defeat that Labour will have to ally with the unreliable and ultra-left Green Party to even save a few seats. Cruddas & Owen are looking the wrong way. 

The problem for Labour is Jeremy Corbyn and his followers. The man and the movement that you Master Owens helped create. A monster that has destroyed the only viable opposition party in the UK.

Reports have appeared in the press and on-line that even long term Labour voters are going to cast their ballot for Mrs May because they do not trust the old fool.

Nor should they.

It's too late for change before the election but in the aftermath there must be a re-assessment of whether Labour can continue as it is because at the moment it's failing.

That's bad for democracy, not that the Corbynistas care they are waiting in the wings like vultures to pick the bones of a once great party to satisfy their own carrion-like ideology. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Nutters in the corner

Paul Nutter, the UKIP leader was on the TV this afternoon announcing he was standing in the general election as candidate for Boston & Skegness. It remains a mystery how this man who lied about losing friends in the Hillsborough disaster remains involved in politics at all, let alone leader of a political party, no matter how increasingly irrelevant it is becoming.

Nuttall should be at home sitting in the corner with a dunces cap on.

Meanwhile things just get worse for Labour as their own staff declare they will go on strike if Corbyn fails to resign after a disastrous result. Good for them. All good trade unionists should stand with them.

The Labour Party was in part founded by the trade unions in order to gain political representation in order to make gains for their members. Thee party has until now always been a "broad church encompassing a variety of views.

That is until the rise of the Corbynistas and their "new politics".

Now intolerance of anyone who does not think like them is rampant.  Disagree and you get labelled as a "Red Tory" or "Blue Labour" let alone being classed as ... (shock, horror) a Blairite! These comrades can't even unite amongst themselves. The grassroots Momentum organisation has split and in-fighting continues. When you see Jon Lansman labelled as a Zionist, you just know the inmates have taken over the asylum.

Corbyn himself has been in the news, amusingly starting his speech with his back to the crowd and then dangerously announcing he'd never "push the button". Better have that white flag handy Steptoe old man along with translations of "we surrender" in Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Russian plus Farsi for good measure.

Of course the fool can't be trusted over our security. This in a week when our police and security services stop both a terrorist attack and another plot. Yet his idiot supporters want to abolish MI5 and disarm the police. Let alone get rid of our armed forces.

However a lot can happen between now and the general election it's going to go on and on and on.....

And before then there's the local elections, which have taken a back seat in the news and for the bulk of people like me where these are not taking place. Supposedly the results will give some indication of the way the general election is going. Maybe.

Unless the whole population decides to bugger the bookies and vote in Corbyn there will be a Conservative government after the election. It's just the size of the majority that remains in question.

Meanwhile the comrades have succeeded in doing what the establishment have always failed to to. Destroy the opposition and for that I will never forgive Corbyn's followers.

What happens to us all next will be down to you.

Join the Nutter in dunces corner.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Musical Interlude: Reunions

Every so often old music acts decide to reform and either perform a few concerts or release a record or two. Some are more welcomed than others. Bros had to cancel some of their shows due to lack of interest and S-Club just, well disappeared.

News that Bananarama are coming back led to jokes about their miming on the radio today. Used to quite like them though only saw them perform once during a Fun Boy Three gig in Hammersmith  many years ago.

However Steps have seemingly returned with a vengeance. No idea about where this will get in the "charts" (do they still have these?) as there is no Top of the Pops any more but its quite nice to hear a good old pop tune for a change instead of this pretentious shite they call music these days.

Yeah I know. I sound like my dad did in the seventies. I am now an old git. Victor Meldrew has nothing on me! 👿

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.....

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Photo: By Gronchih

If there's one thing Jeremy Corbyn is weak on its defence. His association with the anti-West Stop the War Coalition, refusal to condemn IRA violence and his other nefarious associations make him unfit for government in most peoples eyes.

Today it emerged in The Times that his policy chief one Andrew Fisher had previously mooted that Labour should not just scrap Trident, but disarm the police and disband MI5. Can you imagine the problems that would arise from such tomfoolery?

Who would deal with terrorist attacks? Who would uncover their plots. Come to think of it who would be able to deal with armed robbery? A recipe for disaster if ever there was one.

This of course comes at the same time as those highly respected democrats of the Communist Party declare their support for Corbyn along with the old Militant Tendency as Dave Nellist praises Corbyn. Of course they are not (yet) in the Labour Party, but Lenin always urged the affiliation of the CPGB to Labour and had a view that "communists should support Labour like a rope supports a hanged man". Quite apt given the downwards direction of the party under Corbyn.

The only people who would gain from Corbyn's ascendancy to power would be Putin and the mad clerics of Iran (and elsewhere amongst his "friends" in the Middle East.

His policy "advisor" Fisher talks the talk about MP's earning the "average workers wage" whilst earning £56,000. Hardly a wage yer average worker can obtain, but then comrade Fisher has never had a proper job.

Yet Corbyn surrounds himself with Stalinists and Trotskyist dilettantes because he hasn't got a clue either. He doesn't understand the "working class" having been a protester and sheltered politician all his life.

Labour is in serious danger. Only tribal loyalism is keeping the vote as high as it is and the news that Tory support is growing in Wales must worry those who remain in the party hoping for a Corbyn free future. Scotland is lost and only the Tories seem to be rising (albeit modestly) north of the border. If Wales is lost Labour will have no future.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

French far left refuse to oppose Le Pen


The polls for the first round of the French presidential election closed a few hours ago. The latest I have heard is that the two leading candidates are Len Pen on 24.13% and Macron at 22.4% with about half the votes in which seems to indicate a far-right/centre clash in two weeks time.

Of course this could change but for now the major concern should be the reaction of the two far-left candidates.

The Lutte Ouvriere (Workers Struggle) and Trotskyist candidate has tweeted she will "cast a blank ballot in the second round". So much for "solidarity against fascism.

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So what about the main far-left candidate Melenchon? All evening he has been pressed to make a statement and has also declined to come out and recommend a vote for Macron against Le Pen.

The result will be a relief for the mainstream politicians in France who had been dreading a run-off between Len Pen's National Front and the maoist Melenchon. Both candidates wanted to withdraw from the EU. A further crisis in the European Union has been averted...for now.

However the actions of the far-left in France provide further evidence that they cannot be trusted. A lesson that should be taken on board in the forthcoming British general election if they are thinking of voting for Jeremy Corbyn or any of his supporters.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

As Unite election ends PCS begins

Joseph Stalin

The result of the General Secretary election itself was not a surprise. McCluskey won. What has come as a shock is the treatment of his main opponent Gerard Coyne who came close in an election that saw the participation of a mere 12.2% of Unite's members. McCluskey has in effect the support of just 5.5% of the membership.

Of course trade union elections (and other ballots) are notorious for their low turnouts which is why they have attracted the attention of those Tories who are particularly hostile to unions. With a general election on the horizon the added spectacle of the suspension of Coyne amidst counter accusations of bullying and intimidation undermines Corbyn's chief backer.

McCluskey called on the union to:

"pull together in the interests of our members and not least to work for Labour victory in the general election"

Hypocritical in the former and deluded on the latter.

More than that McCluskey has exposed once more the anti-democratic nature of the left. It's very difficult to mount opposition to McCluskey and his cronies. They describe any criticism as "inflammatory" or "against the unions policy".

Pure Stalinism.

Meanwhile a second set of elections started today in the PCS union. There are just two choices. The hard left and the more hard left. The PCS is currently run by Mark Serwotka in coalition with the Socialist Party (Militant), the SWP and some dupes in the so-called PCS Democrats.

Their opponents call themselves the Independent Left but are highly dominated by the AWL and attract the odd member of Socialist Resistance (he really is odd) and Workers Power plus other hardliners. Their presidential candidate Bev Laidlaw is a pleasant individual but with the totally wrong political outlook, though preferable to the incumbent Madame Janice Godrich by a long shot.

Both groupings praise the "first appearance of a Labour leader"(in the form of one Jeremy Corbyn) "at a PCS Conference".

Not really that much to choose between so don't expect any major changes.

One candidate for the Independent Left caught my attention, especially from a group that talks about "putting members first".  On their NEC slate there is one Oliur Rahman who was former Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets under Lutfur Rahman.

Overall a very boring election that will attract little attention outside the usual far-left crowd.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

From Len McCluskey to Lenny the Lion

It's all happening today. The Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has suspended his opponent in the elections as the final week of the ballot takes place. Trumped up charges of course. And I thought PCS was bad....

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn's family are in the news. Deranged brother Piers, climate change denier described the BBC as "evil" for daring to broadcast criticism of the "Dear Leader". His ghastly son Seb is seeking a "safe" Labour seat (good luck with that one at the moment) as the Corbyn's plan to set up a hereditary dynasty of their own to keep Labour out of power forever.

Seven long weeks of this.

So from my very early childhood and for no particular reason whatsoever here is Lenny the Lion introducing Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. Grounded working lads the lot of them!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

And so it begins....

One of the more amusing remarks I have seen since Theresa May announced the general election was the woman who stated "there's too much politics in this country" and was bored of the whole idea already.

Voter "fatigue" has been mentioned in a number of newspapers and discussion in the media as the battle royale begins. There's been a referendum on Europe (that workerd out well), a failed bid for Scottish independence some local elections (with more on the way) and a couple of leadership elections in the Labour Party all of which have dominated the media for well as long as I can recently think back.

And that's without following the US Presidential election and now the French one which could see a stand-off between the far-right Le-Pen and the Maoist Mélenchon. Never ends...

The thing is we are facing several weeks of election campaigning. There will be two sets of party political broadcasts. One for the council elections in May and then we get another set for the main show in June.

Most political broadcasts are dire, occasionally (and unintentionally) funny but let's face it pretty uninteresting and rarely able to persuade voters to change their minds. After all the outcome seems certain doesn't it?

Discussing this with work colleagues it seems everyone believes the Tories will win (and Corbyn is a useless fool) so it's really on a question how big May's majority is.

Only the Liberal Democrats could possibly throw a spanner in the Tories progress it would seem and none of my workmates mentioned voting for them though I have seen a couple on my Facebook push Farrons evangelists. Lots more have abandoned Labour, especially in the Jewish community which given recent controversies is hardly a surprise.

Labour loyalists, even the one who hate Corbyn still abound but cannot hide their despair about the outcome. The ones who vote Tory warn of being overconfident. Those who support Corbyn somehow delude themselves they will be victorious.

Diane Abbott certainly thought so when asked. Labour will win she mused but then when discussing the snap election thought May had only called the election because she knew the Tories could win. Confused? Ms Abbot (as usual) certainly is.

So listen out for that knock on your door, that leaflet drop, having your hand shaken in the street by someone wearing a rosette and return to your television sets. At least they're repeating The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Channel 61 (Freeview) at the moment. That's a welcome distraction.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A One Horse Race?

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Like most people I was caught by surprise by the announcement that there will be a general election on the 8th June but acted quickly to book the following day off work so I will be able to stay up most of the night and watch the result. 

Theresa May has obviously been carefully considering her options with both her party and herself riding high in the polls. There is no opposition to speak of and the Conservative vote is nigh on double that of Labour. One poll in The Times put Labour as low as just 23% today, and remember polls usually underestimate support for the Tories.

The Independent on-line newspaper even indicated the majority of Labour voters prefer May to Corbyn as Prime Minister which should worry the Labour Party considerably.

There will be some indications of the way things are going when the local elections take place next month but for obvious reasons the Gorton by-election has been cancelled. Only George Galloway's ego will damaged by that as he will (thankfully) disappear into total irrelevance in a general election as he has no Respect Party anymore. It's disbanded.

Whatever the reason May has decided to hold this election it's obvious she wishes to establish a majority government under her stewardship and get her own mandate.

Labour will lose quite a number of seats, that's inevitable. The party is divided and has been at war with itself for nigh on 18 months and is not seen as a viable alternative even amongst many of it's traditional supporters. Corbyn is a major part of the problem. Nobody in their right mind would want him as Prime Minister.

The Liberals may well revive to a small extent though how many extra seats they gain is far more difficult to tell as their strength is so diluted around the country. It doesn't help with Tim Fallon saying voting Liberal Democrat will help stop a Tory majority. People remember the coalition government mate.

UKIP are a spent force and are now led by a "Walter Mitty" character trusted by no one. The SNP will retain Scotland and ensure no Labour revival there.

There is no opposition. I wouldn't be surprised if we have a Thatcher style majority. Not something I'd want to see again but looks inevitable.

I live in a safe Tory seat so my own vote won't make much of a difference anyway. Even so I will vote but the question is who for? I don't want Corbyn or a left Labour Party either. Pity there wasn't something new, something more mainstream, but it's too late now we're stuck with what we've got.

I fear for the future.

Monday, 17 April 2017

A New "Age of Dictators".

The outcome of the Turkish referendum comes has no surprise given the uneven playing field that exists in the country. It's not just opposition journalists and newspapers but even members of parliament languish in gaol. Given that situation it's actually not a great result for Erdogan even with his obvious cheating in allowing unstamped ballots to be counted.

With such a small majority democracy finally disappears in the Turkish republic as Erdogan becomes the Islamic Reichsfuhrer he has always set out to be. Proof that democracy and Islam are totally incompatible. That's not being "Islamophobic" (though we should be worried about Islam which is not just a religion but a political system that tolerates no dissent) since the Saudi's have always said as much.

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In Iran only "approved" candidates can stand in elections and once Hamas took over the Gaza strip a decade ago no elections have been held. Islamic politicians seem to think they should have power for life. That's why Sisi for all his faults had to act against the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt was heading in the same direction.

Of course it's not just Islamists. There's dictatorships in Cuba, Rhodesia, Syria (despite it's civil war) and a threat of one in South Africa if President Zuma has his way.

Then there's North Korea. Not a country but a giant prison camp where the rulers, or the Dear leader acts out his delinquencies with any form of due process.

So much of the world is ruled with an "iron fist", some in the name of false gods and others by men (and women) who seek only power and wealth for themselves and their supporters. Political and religious theology has made history alive but at a time when mankind has the capacity to destroy itself, something we all hoped had died with the Cold War and the collapse of communism.

In Europe democracy remains strong but is under constant threat. Nationalism has raised it's ugly head above the "cricket test" we were once told proved our loyalties. In Britain UKIP has along with a section of the Tory party separated the country from the rest of Europe. In France two of the most popular candidates come from the extremes of politics. In Hungary fascism itself is bubbling away and Russia has destroyed whatever democratic pretense the regime ever had.

The democracies have become weak. Extremists festering in the wings are now at the forefront of diverse movements that threaten the survival of freedom.

In the face of this assault on our liberties appeasers appear from every quarter. Liberals bemoan "Islamophobia" students ban speakers with whom they might disagree disarming the next generation of any mettle, Labour has become the home of protesters, Trots and other assorted extremists who care not a jot about ordinary folk, just their own ideological requirements regardless of the consequences.

The political "centre ground" has seemingly collapsed. The "social contract" that acts a glue in society is being unravelled as self-interested groups both political and religious seek their "special privileges".

So many have expressed the fear we have entered a new "thirties" certainly democracy and reason remains under threat. Critics of Islam are murdered across the Muslim world and Christians persecuted more than ever before. Meanwhile democrats in Russia so many other countries remain suppressed, imprisoned or worse.

The time is coming when a stand will need to made against the encroachment on our freedoms. Liberty and life cannot be sold freely. Future generations will ask why we didn't stand up sooner.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

From 1985: A Warning about Livingstone

Thanks to James Vaughn on Twitter for this one which shows not much has changed where Livingstone is concerned.



Friday, 14 April 2017

Stop the War Charlatans


It should come as no surprise that the mis-named Stop the war Coalition has come up with the most mealy mouthed and historically innacurate of statements following President Trumps destruction of an ISIS base in Afghanistan:

The news that the US has dropped its largest non nuclear bomb on caves in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border should terrify everyone.

Actually it doesn't and action to eradicate this bunch of Islamo-Nazi's should be welcomed.

Meanwhile I looked for their condemnation of Assad's chemical attack. Here is their statement on that:


ISIS, The Taliban and all those like them are a threat not just to the West but ordinary Muslims as well. However the far-left in groups like the StWC actually don't care about ordinary people their Marxism has morphed into far-right capitulation of dictatorships and Islamism as seen in their support for Putin and Hamas.

In Russia there are now not just laws against gays but concentration camps. Not seen since Castro's Cuba, another regime these people are apologists for. Hamas spend their international aid on war not improving the lives of Palestinians.

Stop the War say not a word. Take not an action. John Rees, Lyndsey German and their dwindling band of acolytes offer succour  to the oppressor not the oppressed.

Time for the Labour and Trade Union movement to stop funding these charlatans. Now!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Russia withdraws it's song...

The Easter Bank Holiday is upon us. In the news the USA has dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS in Afghanistan, Diane Abbott enters the world of fantasy by claiming Labour's support depends on Corbyn and Russia formally withdraws from the Eurovision song contest.

The European Broadcasting Union issued the following statement:

Following the official confirmation that Russian Eurovision entrant, Julia Samoylova, will not be permitted to travel to Kyiv to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, the EBU formally offered two alternative proposals to Channel One in a bid to find a solution that would enable Russia to continue their participation in this year’s event.

"These proposals were to either take part via satellite or to change their chosen artist to one who could legally travel to Ukraine for the duration of the Contest. Sadly both proposals have been rejected by Channel One and they have now announced they do not intend to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Unfortunately this means Russia will no longer be able to take part in this year’s competition. We very much wanted all 43 countries to be able to participate and did all we could to achieve this," the EBU states.

Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, the event’s steering committee, said: "We strongly condemn the Ukrainian authorities' decision to impose a travel ban on Julia Samoylova as we believe it thoroughly undermines the integrity and non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest and its mission to bring all nations together in friendly competition. However, preparations continue apace for the Eurovision Song Contest in the host city Kyiv. Our top priority remains to produce a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest with our Member UA:PBC in May."

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A question of competence

Photo: By Fluous

It should come as no surprise to see a poll in The Independent today that:

Theresa May has opened up a 37 point gap over Jeremy Corbyn as more than half of British voters think she would make a better Prime Minister than her Labour rival, according to a new poll.

Analysis of the impact of Brexit by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft found that 55 per cent of the poll of more than 10,000 UK adult respondents believe the current Prime Minister is the best choice for the role compared to 18 per cent who favour Mr Corbyn;,

In a further blow to the Labour leader, only 38 per cent of his party’s supporters would prefer him in Downing St, compared to 29 per cent who believe Ms May is more suited to the job. 33 per cent said they do not know.

This comes just before next month's council elections but more importantly at a time of growing international tension. 

The thought that this country and it's allies security would lay in the hands of not just an indecisive and incompetent man, but one whose sympathies are not naturally with the democratic West along with his pro Putin sidekick Seumas Milne and the pro-Assad Stop the War Coalition is truly frightening.

If there's one thing the so-called left in this country forget is that is that Labour's natural working class base tends to be very patriotic. Certainly not prepared to side with this country's enemies. 

The "left" lost it's way a long, long time ago with it's talk of support for the "degenerated workers states" (Russia/China), Third World dictatorships (which continues to this day) but also the adaptation to a pro-Islamic agenda. 

And lets not forget Corbyns support for the IRA who's violence he has NEVER condemned. Not a man of peace but an appeaser of dictators who would leave not just our country defenceless but would betray our allies in the face of aggression.

Corbyn's foreign policy would be the raising of a white flag.

Incompetent is not the only word that describes this odious creature and and his minions.

When Corbyn promised a "new politics" no one expected this to mean permanent Tory government.

Or appeasement.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The world is truly devolving

Photo: By Manfred Brueckels

With rising terrorism, the threat of continued conflict in the Middle East and the super-powers flexing their muscles at each other it's hard to imagine that this is a more modern civilised age. Despite all our advances in science, technology and learning the world has failed to become more tolerant, more peaceful. Quite the opposite.

Even in the supposedly refined Western nations democracy has been marred by the rise of old nationalisms and prejudices including the spectre of anti-Semitism awash throughout the left as well as the right.

Across the world Hate Preachers peddle their venom to the ignorant and easily led leading to the murder of those they define as infidels and unbelievers. Women, Jews,even other Muslims have much to fear from the rise of the Islamic death cult.

Then comes the news that once agian concentration camps have been opened for Gay men in Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation that Putin has taken in alliance with the Orthodox Church to not just revive Russian Nationalism but to seek out opponents, dissidents and deviants.

Pink News reports:

Russian newspapers and human rights groups report that more than 100 gay men have been detained “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” as part of a purge. Several people were also reportedly feared dead following violent raids.

In a chilling response, a Chechen government spokesperson denied that there are any gay people to detain, insisting that “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic”. The Kremlin denied any knowledge of a purge.

But reports have since emerged that the men arrested are being kept in horrific concentration camp prisons, where violent abuse and torture is common.

The foundations of intolerance have been well and truly laid.

The world is truly evolving backwards to a new dark age. Men and women of reason must stand up and be counted. Whether the enemy is a religious or political fanatic from the so-called left or right these new fascists for want of a better word need to be not just opposed but stopped.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Taking offence or taking the....

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Photo: Myrabella 

I turned of Sky News yesterday afternoon after one of the participants started banging on about "microaggression" and"context" in relation to some unfortunate remark made by a football manager. Besides the fact that probably everyone has made an unfortunate or mistargeted remark at least once in their lives the "context" was a bit of banter that is quite common.

If any analysis was out of context it was this snowflake who even tried claiming that there are not that many female journalists. Besides the fact she was sitting in a group composed of three women and a man the irony was probably lost on her. There's lots of women in the news media.

Then this morning I woke up to the news that there had been a failed terrorist attack in Norway of all places and a viscous bombing of Coptic Christians in Egypt. And a model in Bangladesh is murdered for not wearing "Islamic dress"

That sort of puts my feelings in "context".

That causes me "offence", if that's even the right term. I'm angry that these deranged followers of a fake warlord from medieval times are inflicting their backward thinking on the rest of the world with their savagery.

None of today's victims had anything in common. They just were either different or in the case of the model chose to be different.

Forget "safe spaces", they do not exist anywhere except in the minds of those who read intersectionalist literature with one hand.

Time for these people to grow up.......if their universities let them.

Some of us don't think like you. Learn to live with it!

Friday, 7 April 2017

The real enemies of humanity

Chemical warfare

News broke this morning that the United States had launched a strike on the Syrian airbase responsible for the chemical attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun. Ordered by President Trump this was considering fears over his foreign policy a very considered response.

Of course the Russians got uppity about one of their client regimes getting punished and claims that there is "no evidence" for blaming the Syrian government just fell on deaf ears around the world. Hopefully Assad will think again before he uses these weapons again. The USA have certainly warned the Baathists regime that they are prepared to take further action.

Whilst some seemed concerned when the news broke some were concerned about possible conflict arising between Russia and the USA in the Middle east with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations laughably attacking "US colonialism"/

Russia will huff and puff for a while but Trump has killed two birds with one stone so to speak. He has shown that he is not a pawn of Putin and is prepared to act against murderers in the Middle East.

Meanwhile in the UK the totally misnamed band of miscreants in the Stop the War Coalition are engaging in an emergency protest against the bombing.

I have just one question for these jerks. Why were you not protesting outside the Syrian Embassy when the chemical weapons were used?

The anti-imperialists of the left have shown their true colours. They not the Western democracies are the true enemies of humanity.  

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

On Momentum to Fascism

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Photo: By World Economic Forum

The decision  by the Labour Party to suspend Ken Livingstone for a year rather than expel him has caused outrage across social media. Some Labour party members (and at least one Councillor) have resigned in protest and many others are seriously reconsidering their position. Others still hang on in hope that Labour can be reclaimed by the mainstream and the far left fascists defeated.

Livingstones supporters are equally outraged and have launched a petition for his reinstatement but their ill-tempered and frankly unacceptable opprobrium is summed up by this comment from Momentum Eastern:

It is disgraceful that Ken Livingstone has been suspended from the Labour Party for a year. The whole operation was conceived and manufactured by the Israeli state who actively finance and lobby inside the Labour Party.

This is an outcome manufactured in Tel Aviv, to stifle criticism of an Israeli state lurching headlong towards a new Apartheid.

The language of the worldwide Zionist conspiracy theorists usually peddled by Nazi's Tsarists and other assorted anti-Semites is now considered normal thinking on the so-called "far-left". Irrational, hateful and frankly racist, the Jewish state is singled by these types as part of their own adaptation to an anti-imperialist agenda that sees that country's destruction as essential to the collapse of worldwide capitalism.

No lie is too big, no propaganda left unturned, they associate the state founded by the survivors of the Holocaust with the criminal perpetrators. For fear of sounding like the deranged Livingstone himself Hitler would be proud.

The far-left have taken over the far-right's hate-on for the Jews. 

And Labour has fudged the issue.

Anti-Semitism and it's bastard child anti-Zionism have no place in the Labour and Trade Union movement. Their adherents and followers must be exposed for what they are. 

The new blackshirts. The new fascists.

Never Again must be the clarion call from all men and women of reason.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Armada to Armageddon

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The thought that Britain and Spain could go to war over Gibraltar would have been thought sheer fantasy until Lord Howard opened his mouth. All of a sudden social media is full of absurd speculation and caustic comments. Even the Daily Telegraph had an article examining the military balance.

Lord Nosferatu really had put his foot in it the proverbial. No wonder Ann Widdecombe once remarked that he had "something of the night in him". Bizarre.

Of course there has been friction between the two countries like forever but other than a bit of blustering by the Spanish government when it needed a distraction from internal problems. A falg posted here, a fishing boat or naval vessel there. Just "cat and mouse"".

Even with Brexit the Spanish know they won't get their way and there is a little bit of a problem for them if Morocco starts kicking up a fuss about a couple of Spanish enclaves remaining in their country. I refer of course to the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Actually its a wee bit more than that as this map shows.


Meanwhile some macho chest beating may continue for a while but unless the people of Gibraltar change their minds the rock should and will remain solidly British.

On the other side side of the world a much more dangerous confrontation is heading for an ugly turn. President Trump wants China to "deal" with North Korea or "stand aside" while the USA does. Unlike the argument over a bit of real estate in the Mediterranean this one could go so horribly wrong.

The self professed Dear leader of the Peoples Republic is in charge of a country that is nothing more than a giant prison camp with nuclear armed guards. How exactly will Trump will "deal" with a man who will stop at nothing to retain his power including executing members of his own family with anti-aircraft guns which seems a bit of an overkill even for a maniac.

Not sure anyone wants to find out. least of all his immediate neighbours South Korea and Japan. Thing is theoretically a state of war still exists in the Korean peninsula . There was only an armistice.

If there's one country that will need to change it's own regime it will probably have to be North Korea. Even then Kim Jong-un could still press the button if he had nothing to lose.

The world really is a mad place and Trump isn't helping.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

For the good of the country

The local elections for Scotland Wales and the English countryside are due to take place in May and all the commentators seem to agree on one thing. Labour is going to lose more seats. The Liberals are to make gains and even the Tories will be ahead of their starting point but Labour. Definitely down.

This situation is at first understandable given the pathetic performance of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. Labour has never been so divided, especially at the top with both moderates and left-wingers leaving the Labour Party in droves.

Whilst the party is still very large in paper terms it's clear that this mainly on-line surge from the Corbyn election campaign doesn't have the mettle to stay or get involved so the mainstream live in hope that given more time the false messiah will finally fall on his sword.

Trouble is they will have a long wait..... or will they?

Corbyns organisation on the ground is in trouble. There are now two groups using "Momentum" as a moniker, the other prefixed with "Grassroots". Both have organised conferences which have turned out to be pitifully small. The Weekly Worker reports:
It really is astounding that the best an organisation with 22,000 members and a database of over 250,000 supporters should come up with is such a lame, apolitical and tiny gathering. Who would have thought 18 months ago that the incredible energy, enthusiasm and pure joy created by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party would be so criminally wasted?

Momentum might claim that 600 people attended the event in a freezing former factory a mile from the nearest train station in Birmingham. But unless they counted people twice as they went in and then left again (for quite a few not a great deal of time passed between those two moments), they have clearly applied the creative counting method so beloved by sects like the Socialist Worker Party. No more than 350 people shivered in the graffiti-covered hall with its (literally) shitty toilet facilities.
And as for the "other" Momentum:
Mind you, the ‘opposition’ to Jon Lansman’s autocratic rule is not faring much better, I am afraid to say. The steering committee of Grassroots Momentum has so far not managed to meet and it looks like its first gathering will not happen before April 22 - a whopping six weeks after it was elected. And, although the SC continues to squabble over such weighty issues as how long its lunch break will be, a majority did manage to agree on one thing: not to make an organised intervention on March 25. There might have only been 350 people there, but clearly not all of them were loyal and unthinking Lansman supporters. They could and should have been engaged with, at the very least by handing out a leaflet, intervention from the floor and perhaps at a fringe meeting.

These summaries do not sound like a report of an organisation preparing for power of any sort. In fact the sessions which took place around the conference were all run by previously established protest groups:

A majority of the workshops were run by outside organisations, without being labelled as such. For example, Labour Party Marxists supporters attended workshops that were run by The World Transformed, Talk Socialism and even Hope Not Hate. They were clearly based on ‘training sessions’ that these organisations run on a relatively frequent basis - utterly devoid of any real politics, focusing only on ‘method’ and run by young, overly eager people who reminded me of Duracell bunnies.

In fact having seen the photos from the conference these "duracell bunnies" were about the only young people there. The vast majority of attendees look like and probably are the usual people who turn up on demonstrations to make themselves feel they are still "part of the struggle" when they are nothing of the sort.

In fact these aging old lefties, the small number of Trots and other assorted miscreants that formed the Corbynista movement are part of the problem and definitely not the solution.

The fact is the Tory government should be under intense pressure. From budget back downs over self-employed National Insurance to shenanigans  over Brexit its all been a bit of a mess. Trouble is the electorate seem happier with Theresa May making a few errors to the alternative that Corbyn represents which in most peoples eyes would be even worse. 

Since gaining ascendency in the Labour Party the so-called left around Corbyn has achieved precisely nothing. They can't even organise themselves after 18 months and have a tendency to blame everything that goes wrong on their opponents both inside and outside the Party itself.

And don't even mention those "pesky Zionists" manipulating behind the scenes. 

A survey showed that it was not just incompetence that put people off voting Labour. It was also the presence of anti-Semitism inside the party. Livingstone can revise history as much as he wants but he has succumbed to the Historical revisionism so present on the far right and now entrenched in the far-left.

This political pantomime still has some time to run. McCluskey faces re-election, Livingstone expulsion but the internal conflict is far from over. Whether a sustainable opposition aprty will arise out of the ashes is still not clear.

One thing is quite clear. There is no opposition to the Tories and the blame lies squarely on the far-left and Jeremy Corbyn.

For the good of the country. Please fuck off.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Back on-line with a Eurovision Preview

No blogging until now due to a problem with the electrics taking down my Internet connection. I will be posting later today but in the meantime here's a preview of a couple of entries to the Eurovision Song Contest in a few weeks time.

I've heard just over half and these were the only two that caught my attention.

First from Macedonia:

And next up is my favourite from Belgium.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Facebook capitulates to religious bigotry

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Pakistan has some of the most oppressive and abused laws about blasphemy in the world. Insult the religion of backwardness and the penalty is death. Not just atheists, but Christians and all manner of minorities and freethinkers are constantly under threat from this barbaric Islamic regime.

We are told ISIS does not represent Islam and yet the Clerics whenever they gain any power immediately set about enforcing a ban on criticism of the mediaeval faith. One Pakistani Minister demanded that facebook help their regime suppress "blasphemous" content.

And guess what? The open and liberal minded executives of Facebook seem to be doing just that. Can't let a little freedom get in the way of a large profit to be made in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Today website reports:

Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has stated that 45 websites and 65 Facebook pages containing blasphemous content have been blocked in Pakistan in the last two days.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Nisar said that social networking giant Facebook has agreed to address Pakistan’s concern on the issue of blasphemy. “We are going to find a permanent solution for this issue. There is nothing more precious to us than our faith,” he claimed.

Permanent solution? Sounds ominous to me. A holocaust of non-believers?

“Anyone can turn violent after seeing the sacrilegious content,” he asserted. The minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has commended the efforts being made to block blasphemous content. “We have also written a letter to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to evolve a consensus among Muslim nations on blasphemy,” he said.

Consensus amongst "Muslim" nations. Sure the dictators and clerics that use Islam as a weapon by which to control the masses will agree on that even if it's the only thing they can agree on while their own internecine conflict continues.

Have a word with yourself Mark Zuckerberg. Your dollar profits will be based on murder of innocents for just expressing an opinion.

When the first Facebook user is executed for blasphemy the blood will be on your hands as well as that barbarian Nisar Khan.

It is a basic human right to say no to religion. God does not exist and is a superstitious remnant of early man's inability to explain the world in unscientific terms. Over time it has become a form of social control. 

The leaders of Islam are afraid their power will wane if people are able to think freely because then they cannot use a false god to threaten them.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

From Tasmanian Tigers & Lizardmen and back to Cats again

A number of stories have caught my attention over the last couple of days. The first was that some Tasmanian Tigers have been spotted in the outback. Not verified of course and the poor creature has been officially extinct since 1936 when the last known example died. But it's not beyond the realm of possibility that there remain a handful alive somewhere. I certainly hope so.

Another story that appeared in the Aussie media, albeit briefly, well for about an hour before the report was taken down reported that Justin Bieber (that spoiled brat who abandons his pets) was seen to turn into a lizard in front of fans which sent the girls running to the toilets in shock.

UFOmania, one of those You Tube channels that promotes the nutters alternative views of the world used this story to remind us that this was "the golden age of lizard sighting" and told us of the conspiracy by these creatures to control the world and the fate of mankind.

Load of bollocks tosh of course but they need the clicks to make money from advertisers to make more videos to tell us more nonsense. Except that some of this revenue may have been effected by the withdrawal of advertising from Google following the revelation that these ads are funding extremists.

And since the main promoter of the Lizardmen theory is one former "godhead" and completely deranged David Ike he may well come into that category. His channel promotes somewhat unsavoury views of Zionists (and they do mean Jews) on a fairly regular basis.

Don't mention the Rothschilds.

What a world we live in. Hate Preachers, people who think Lizards rule the world and there may be Nazi UFO bases under Antarctica all mad in one way or another. But some are definitely more dangerous than others.

Still there was one good news story today. Cats are now officialy "nice" according to studies by scientists. Well I knew that. My cats treat their human well.

Hit it boys!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Save Ayaz Nizami! For Freedom from Religion!

Whilst eyes have been focused on the latest Islamist atrocity in London and so many seem to wonder as to his motives and how Masood got "radicalised", there is a tendency to let the theology of Islam off the hook.

Let's face it. The language of the modern terrorists is based on the sayings of the false prophet Mohammed, a man who became a warlord. A faith that was imposed by the sword across the Middle East and North Africa. One that tried breaking into the Christian strongholds of Europe but was finally stopped in Spain and more famously at the gates of Vienna.

Of course Christianity at the time and for a long period after was no less savage. There was the inquisition and the hunt for witches. But these were medieval times. Christianity has moved on. considerably.

Meanwhile the rise of Islam, especially in it's intolerant and fundamentalist form continues unabated across the world. The fight against ISIS may be well and truly on but many of those involved are not much better than the Islamic State themselves. Saudi Arabia is a gender apartheid state.. Iran is a brutal dictatorship. Libya remains torn apart by internecine warfare and religious lines as does Iraq and Syria.

In Egypt Christians remain second class citizens preyed upon by Muslim zealots who kidnap their women and forcibly convert them to Islam for marriage. It's been going on for years. In Malaysia the Prime Minister wants to enforce Sharia Law on non-Muslims.  Thats already happened in Brunei where the Sultan enforces Sharia on all his subjects. Christmas in public is banned. Woe betide the Christian who dares to flaunt these barbaric laws.

In Bangladesh Islamists have hacked to death atheists just for expressing an opinion on-line.

The there is Pakistan.

A country where a law of blasphemy is used to maim murder any who would dare to criticise the religion of Islam. Christians have been persecuted under these laws just because some want to rid themselves of other religions.

The latest atrocity is the threat to the life of Ayaz Nizami for the crime of blasphemy. An act of criticism that would be shrugged off by any civilised person, but here we are talking about those who want to take the world back to the dark ages.

Tolerance is not a word in the Islamist dictionary. They love death more than they love life. Savages. There can be no other word for these men and women who have been tweeting for Nizami to be hanged.

The 51 Islamic nations in the United Nations want to impose a blasphemy law on the whole world.

The reason?

Those who hold power and use the religion to maintain their hold over the masses are afraid. Islam does not stand up to scrutiny. What's more there are other ways of living life that are far more attractive. If people were free to change or lose their religion then Islam would decline just as Christianity has done in the West.

More to the point women would also be free.

The pious old men and misogynists would lose their hold. Fear drives their violence and it is ordinary Muslims who suffer. Not the Linda Sarsour or her Western feminist lickspittles who wear hijabs in ignorance of the oppression these garments represent.

The left and so-called liberals of this world have abandoned reason to tailgate an Islamist agenda. Islam is the oppressor NOT the victim.

The world must be free from religious compulsion.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Socialist Party (Militant) & Terrorism

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The history of Communism in all it's various forms has been a violent one. Despite attempts by Trotskyists to claim this all began under Stalin who then created a "degenerated" workers state is a falsehood. Both Lenin himself and their false messiah Trotsky were prone to the use of violence to achieve their aims.

Yes they opposed the "individual terrorism" used mainly by anarchists at the time, but the use of force was never far behind the rhetoric. 

There was no Bolshevik  "revolution" to take state power. It was a coup d'etat. The first actions of Lenin and his right hand man Trotsky was to outlaw and ban all opposition parties. Trotsky then turned his attention to all opposition inside the Communist Party itself. 

During the Russian Civil War Trotsky forced unwilling soldiers to fight by having hard-line cadres with guns pointed at their backs to ensure they did not retreat.

Stalin simply bided his time and utilised the same methods (plus a little bit of anti-Semitism) to undermine, isolate and exile Trotsky. The "Left Opposition" founded by Trotsky was rounded up and well, basically murdered.

The "Red Terror" began.

Millions died and in places like North Korea continue to suffer and die in the same of Communism.

Fast forward to today and the various Trotskyists continue to make their claims about how different things would be "if only" Trotsky had been in power. All continue to adjust to a so-called anti-imperialist agenda tailing Islam and claiming every oppression in the world is the fault of the West.

They grudgingly condemn acts of terror but even this statement from the Socialist Party shows their underlying ideological commitment to violence. It's "OK" if it is the "establishment" that attacked in their twisted little world:

The attacker's choice of Westminster - and the fact that he ran towards Parliament - suggests anger against the establishment and government, but the victims were ordinary people, especially tourists viewing the Houses of Parliament. People of ten different nationalities were indiscriminately hit. Three people plus the attacker died and seven are critically injured.

In any case, whoever is targeted, acts of individual terror should always be opposed. They are not an effective means to struggle against the establishment.

But who is the establishment and where does such justification take them. Look to the Soviet, the Chinese experience. Communism is mass murder.

As Stalin once put it "One death is tragic. Millions are just a statistic".

Thats' all right then.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Act Now! Djibouti: Free jailed teacher trade union leaders

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Omar Ali Ewado and Ahmed-Kadar Nour, respectively Deputy General Secretary and General Secretary of the teacher union SEP (Syndicat des Enseignants du Premier Degré), were arrested on March 19th and 20th 2017 by Djibouti's Security Services. 

The authorities have not commented on the reasons for these arrests. We are concerned for their physical and psychological well-being while in detention, especially as Mr. Ewado has started a hunger strike in protest at his arrest. These arrests of two union leaders are only the latest developments in the ongoing harassment and repression of teachers and trade unionists seeking to exercise and enjoy their legitimate rights and freedoms in Djibouti. 

For many years, teacher union members and leaders have been targeted for arrests, salary suspensions, harassment, forced early retirements, or forced transfers. Last year, Mr. Ewado, who is also President of the Human Rights League of Djibouti, was arrested for denouncing human rights abuses by the authorities. 

We call on you to urgently demand that the authorities of Djibouti free Omar Ali Ewado and Ahmed-Kadar Nour, and stop the persecution and harassment of teacher unionists and human rights defenders in the country.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

An attack on democracy

Despite the best efforts the police and security services who have done remarkably well in preventing terrorist attacks in the UK one was bound to get through eventually.

And it has.

A "lone" terrorist driving a car, ploughing through innocent pedestrians just as the Palestinian terrorists of Hamas have done in Israel.

People have died and others remain critically injured.

Our thoughts and sympathies go with the victims, their families and friends tonight.

The fact this was aimed at the Houses of Parliament shows the complete contempt these people have not just for democracy but also for life itself. Of course at the time of writing there is no confirmation of the motives behind the attack, but I would be more than surprised if it wasn't motivated by Islamism.

How much longer will the establishment and the left not face up to the real enemy that exists in our midsts. Hate Preachers in Mosques and on-line, "Trojan Horses" in our schools, Labour Councillors attending pro Khomeini rallies all add to the promotion of an undemocratic agenda.

Add to that the lack of integration of so much of the Muslim community it is hardly surprising that such extremism has grown within these isolated individuals.

Remember the lack of tolerance shown towards the Ahmadi newsagent who was murdered in Glasgow. "Wrong type of Muslim".

Sounds like ISIS doesn't it. These ideas are inherent within even so-called mainstream Islam. It doesn't make all Muslims terrorists but it does make enough to threaten life and limb.

The danger to democracy is real.

Islamism is a threat to all our freedoms.

Stand up for democracy. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

We'll Meet Again

Vera Lynn, the forces sweetheart and voice of probably the most famous to songs in British history We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover reached the grand age of 100 today.

This seems a fitting time to remember all those who fought for and died for our freedoms in an age where growing intolerance, conflict and even genocide is abroad. Today's Nazi's and Fascists don't come from Germany, Italy and Japan but they exist and they may express their hate in a different format but their victims still suffer the same tortures and die the same deaths.

Even the spectre of anti-Semitism raises it's ugly head again.

But the Yazidis, the Christians, the Kurds and all those that live in fear of the fundamentalist heel know full well the consequences of appeasing the enemy.

Peace can only be built by being prepared. A lesson that should have been learned in 1939. But still the politicians have failed us.

The world is full of fools and maniacs from Trump and Putin to Kim Jong-Un and the Mad Clerics of Iran & Saudi Arabia.

Our only defence is free speech, the root of all human rights. Use it don't lose it to the fools and sycophants of the far-left, far-right and religious fundamentalists.

Our ancestors stood up and paid the price. We cannot casually throw away our freedoms to those who would lord over us.

Stand up to the despots at whatever level of life you find them.

The bullies are cowards who can and will be beaten.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Tribute to Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling

Chuck Berry, the father of Rock & Roll has sadly passed away. Tributes to the man have been pouring in all day and music posted all over my Facebook wall but the song I remember the most from my schooldays was My Ding-a-Ling.

An amusing little ditty which still sits in my music collection to this day from 1972.

Remember kids, Mary Whitehouse wanted to have this banned. She always was a stupid cow..

RIP Chuck. Thanks for the music.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Defend Blasphemy! (There is no "god" anyway)

Beheading in the presence of Mohammed whose face has been blanked.

Scrolling through Facebook a couple of days ago I came across an article in which Theresa May had been said to have "talked to God" according to headline. There were only two comments but the thought of a Christian Prime Minister, even in this modern age is of no major concern so long as she (or he) does not seek to impose the rule of religion on others. The Prime Ministers religious beliefs are not secret nor of major concern even to me as an ardent atheist and secularist.

Those of us who do not believe in the various religions mankind has invented for itself do not seek to stop others believing what they will no matter how misguided. Our campaigning role is simply to ensure the separation of religion and the state.

Many people I know and work with are committed Christians and they are well aware of my disdain for imaginary deities and yet we get along fine. The nearest I come to conflict with anyone of the Christian denomination is on a Sunday morning when occasionally evangelicals bang on my door far too early for my liking and get told to go away.

Christianity has for the most managed to move on from it's brutal medieval period of the Inquisition to a more enlightened role in the world. There remain problems around gay rights in African and Russia as backwardness seems to be on the rise again particularly with the Orthodox Church finding new life alongside nationalism.

For the most part the worst I can expect from overzealous Christians is a headache.

Not so with the religion of Islam.

All over the Middle east and parts of Asia there has been a rise in dangerous fundamentalism, much of it hidden from sight over the years as the Clerics and Mullahs find their power under threat from the growing influence of modern culture.

Their backlash has been horrific.

In Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran  women's rights have been eroded and suppressed, most obviously with the imposition of the hijab. The Wests liberals, left and feminists mostly capitulated to this Islamist development

There was even a time when one left-wing current, The Fourth International had its organisation split over the issue. One of it's sections actually supporting the veil.

Despite the protestations of these anti-imperialists women in Islamic countries do not have a choice. They are not free. Sharia law suppresses Women. Female genital mutilation continues unabated. Yet the feminist movement continues to work with Islamists like Linda sarsour and fete Muslim communities on their own terms rather than challenge conservative and backward thinking seeking their support for some illusory "anti-imperialist" struggle.

And yet while women suffer and gays are executed without a murmur in Socialist Worker or most of the left wing press it has hardly surprising to see that as Pakistan calls on Facebook to help it track down "blasphemers", even the idiots of the BBC allow a presenter on their Asia to ask the ridiculous question of what should be the punishment for blasphemy.

Oh the BBC have apologised and backtracked, but the damage is done, even some of the liberal media have capitulated to the Islamic agenda.

While this all goes on everyone who supports freedom of speech, in fact any kind of freedom at all should remember that 51 Islamic nations have been and are pushing for blasphemy to be made a crime worldwide through the United Nations.

As a democracy we must defend not just our rights but those of others who seek to gain the same rights. It is the clerics and Islamic politicians who are a danger to humanity not the "blasphemers".  

Look at the suffering of other religious minorites in most Muslim countries and you will see that it is not just women and gays who have to fear the rise of Islam and it's colonisation and imposition on others. 

Freedom is under threat. If anyone wants to criticise religion that is their right. There is no God only those whose power and influence comes from the enforced superstitious brainwashing process of praying five times a day and fasting for pretend "spiritual" experiences.

Those who threaten death are charlatans who will lose their influence. Throwing off Islam will be like throwing off chains.

Islamism is the new fascism for the twenty-first century.