Daily Archives: March 6, 2016

Here’s one reason ‘Clean for the Queen’ isn’t gaining traction

The campaign to make poor people clean up the country – unpaid – in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday isn’t very popular at the moment.

This Blog has already explained why.

Now the campaign seems to have worsened its own situation with a poster that uses a racist slur:

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Oh, bad show!

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Here’s another Labour MP who is betraying the party for cheap publicity

Jess Phillips: Not a scrap of intelligence - she's just touting a failed right-wing line.

Jess Phillips: Not a scrap of intelligence – she’s just touting a failed right-wing line.

Who cares what Labour nonentity Jess Phillips says?

This Blog doesn’t. I’m only mentioning her here to point out her treachery towards her party, its leader, and the huge number of new members who support him.

She’s just the latest mouthpiece for the right-whingers and Blairites who want to steal the party away from those who are steering it back to its original purpose – and don’t care that they’ll render it permanently toxic in the effort.

Who will vote for a Labour Party that doesn’t stand up for the people who do the work, but instead concentrates on a dwindling Middle Class?

It’s time Ms Phillips accepted the facts of Labour’s situation.

All that’s putting voters off the Labour Party is people like her.

Labour will “absolutely not” win the next general election and Jeremy Corbyn does not want to be prime minister, MP Jess Phillips has said.

The outspoken backbencher dismissed her party’s chances of victory in 2020 as former cabinet minister Yvette Cooper warned the party and trade union movement risked being “left behind” unless it changed to deal with the challenges facing modern Britain.

She told The Observer that the party faced no chance of taking power at the next general election.

Asked if Labour could win she said: “The honest answer is: ‘no, absolutely not’.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Won’t Win 2020 Election And He Doesn’t Want To Be PM, MP Jess Phillips Says

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Trumping up the policies – who will pay for Donald’s demands?

It seems the all-but-anointed Republican candidate for this year’s US Presidential election has placed himself directly in the line of fire… of the satirists.

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The above is a fairly simple tribute to Donald’s amazing hairstyle. Here’s another:

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But who will really pay, if Trump gets elected? In the next image, one of his biggest fans points out who will pay for one of his most infamous policies:

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Meanwhile, others have concentrated on Trump’s demand for supporters to raise their right hands and swear allegiance to him – just as another political figure did, in still-recent history:

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It’s close enough to this –

Oath: Thousands of attendees at a Florida rally swear personal allegiance to Donald Trump.

Oath: Thousands of attendees at a Florida rally swear personal allegiance to Donald Trump.

– to give us cause for thought.

And then of course there’s the correlation with the banner brought into a Trump rally by a group of critics who waited for just the right moment to catch the cameras:

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Still, he’s a fun guy, right? No doubt he’ll take it all in his stride.

Except maybe the jokes about his hair.

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The facts are out about another MP – yours, perhaps?

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It seems Vox Political may have struck a nerve here!

This Blog published an infographic relating to Southeast Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray earlier, with the comment, “Someone in every constituency should do this for all MPs, AMs, MSPs and MLAs.”

Now we have the facts about Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies. They are freely verifiable through theyworkforyou.com.

Who’s next?

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Here’s how ‘Project Fear’ has infected the refugee crisis

The refugee crisis could get a whole lot worse because of this man.

NATO’s top commander, US general Phillip Breedlove, has tried to crush the public’s concern over the refugee crisis in one fatal blow. On 1 March, Breedlove told the US Congress that ISIS (Daesh) is spreading “like a cancer” among refugees.

This inflammatory language seems designed to incite distrust of the refugee population. But Breedlove is right, there is a tumour. It’s the fear-filled one he’s trying to grow in us. And it will spread, if we let it.

Of course, Breedlove’s claim that the refugee flow is “masking the movement” of terrorists, could have some validity. But without evidence, his argument has no more weight than that of Bill Frelick, director of the refugee rights programme for Human Rights Watch. Frelick says that the problem only amounts to “needles in haystacks”.

Read more: This military commander’s actions just put all refugees in very serious danger | The Canary

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Trident’s profit trail leads right to the heart of Westminster | The Canary

Trident renewal is not just about national security, it also fills… pockets with cash:

‘Follow the money’ works when light is needed on a murky subject. The Trident debacle is one such issue. Common Space, a Scottish online media outlet, followed the Trident money. What they found is quite simply… nuclear.

Common Space columnist Steve Topple found that some of Trident’s financial roads lead directly to parliament. The House of Lords, for example, has a fair few of its fingers in the UK’s nuclear pie. Such as the following connections:

Lord Hollick, a Labour peer, is a director at Honeywell International Inc. This company  is contracted to work on a “life-extension programme” for Trident.

Lord Hague, a Conservative peer and ex-Foreign Secretary, is a director at Intercontinental Exchange Inc. This company deals in stock market trading, and is not shy of the defence industry. Hague is also chair of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). RUSI advises the UK government on defence policy, and has been praised by David Cameron.

Read on: Trident’s profit trail leads right to the heart of Westminster | The Canary

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Have you seen how these Calais refugees are highlighting their plight?

A placard reading " Why don't you listen to us" is seen behind a Iranian migrant, his lips sewn shut and making an hunger strike, during the dismantlement of the shanty town called the "Jungle" in Calais, France [Image: Reuters].

A placard reading ” Why don’t you listen to us” is seen behind a Iranian migrant, his lips sewn shut and making an hunger strike, during the dismantlement of the shanty town called the “Jungle” in Calais, France [Image: Reuters].


Is this how asylum seekers are expected to react to their treatment by a civilised country?

Yes, the issue of refugees has become increasingly vexed – especially considering the illegal behaviour carried out by some of them in destination countries.

But it seems to This Writer that something must be seriously wrong in the behaviour of the host countries if they are resorting to self-mutilation to get a message across.

It is entirely possible that they are trying to manipulate news-gatherers into creating sympathy for them – but it seems to this reporter that the act of physically sewing one’s lips together indicates desperation, not cynical news-management.

What is to be done about this? Anything?

Or are we all content to cower in our homes and be grateful that we aren’t on the receiving end of such treatment?

Eight men who have been on hunger strike in the Calais refugee camp since 29 February have sewn their mouths shut in protest at the continued clearance of the Jungle.

Four British volunteers, including one named Tom Radcliffe, joined the hunger strike.

The group are demanding that the clearance of the camp be put on hold until an appeal is heard by the European Court of Human Rights.

The protest comes amid heightened concern for the welfare of refugees, with a survey finding that 73 per cent say they have been victim to police violence.

A medic based in Calais told The Independent they had stitched up the head of a seven-year-old boy who had been beaten by police.

The medical volunteer who spoke to The Independent about the seven-year-old child asked to remain anonymous.

“We had to give him stitches in his head at four in the morning,” they said.

The demolition of the southern part of the camp began on 29 February, leading to clashes between French riot police and the camp’s inhabitants.

Source: Calais Jungle refugees sew mouths shut in protest at camp clearance | Europe | News | The Independent

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The junior doctors’ dispute explained – it’s not all about pay and Saturdays

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Thanks to Dr Ben White on Twitter for explaining it all so clearly – and he should know.

It’s all self-explanatory so no further comment seems to be required.

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What’s worse, Donald Trump? What this looks like – or what it really is?

Oath: Thousands of attendees at a Florida rally swear personal allegiance to Donald Trump.

Oath: Thousands of attendees at a Florida rally swear personal allegiance to Donald Trump.

Suddenly Donald Trump’s campaign has taken on even more sinister overtones than it had already.

At a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump called on the crowd to raise their right hands and swear personal loyalty to him, when they come to vote.

The scene is reminiscent of Hitler in 1930s Germany – the crowd with their right hands raised echoing the Nazi salute, and the oath echoing the oaths of personal loyalty to the Nazi leader that Germans were ordered to swear.

Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis tweeted: “I’ve never seen someone swear allegiance to a politician in America, until today. To the Constitution, many times. To the flag, daily.”

Perhaps Trump didn’t realise what he was doing – or didn’t realise how it would appear. Neither omission is acceptable.

If he wins, what will America become?

Donald Trump asked the crowd at his Saturday rally in Orlando, Florida, to raise their rights hands and swear to vote for him in the presidential primary.

“Don’t forget you all raised your hand. You swore. Bad things happen if you don’t live up to what you just did,” the Republican Party front-runner said.

Source: Trump asks rally attendees to swear to vote for him | TheHill

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Would you still support your MP if you knew what THEY have supported?

160306SheryllMurrayCongratulations to the person who put together the above image, showing the people of Southeast Cornwall exactly what they supported when they put the Conservative Sheryll Murray into Parliament to represent them.

Full details of her behaviour can be found on theyworkforyou.com, for those who weren’t aware of this service.

Someone in every constituency should do this for all MPs, AMs, MSPs and MLAs.

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