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Terrorism police listed Extinction Rebellion as extremist. Why does Boris Johnson get off the hook?

According to official advice to the police, John, 92, who was arrested for protesting about climate change outside the Cabinet Office, should be treated in the same way as terrorists who want to blow it up.

I don’t think I can put this better than George Monbiot already has:

I wonder if Greta Thunberg, who changed her Twitter handle to “Sharon” after a mistake by a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, will now change it to “Terrorist Sharon” as a result of this deliberate directive?

Here’s The Guardian:

Counter-terrorism police placed the non-violent group Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist ideologies that should be reported to the authorities running the Prevent programme, which aims to catch those at risk of committing atrocities, the Guardian has learned.

The climate emergency campaign group was included in a 12-page guide produced by counter-terrorism police in the south-east titled Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism, which is marked as “official”.

XR featured alongside threats to national security such as neo-Nazi terrorism and a pro-terrorist Islamist group. The guide, aimed at police officers, government organisations and teachers who by law have to report concerns about radicalisation, was dated last November.

So there you have it.

As far as the UK’s police services are concerned, caring for the environment is an extremist ideology whose adherents should be treated as though they are terrorists.

Conversely, a lunatic who supports fracking, who supports the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels, and who (if reports are correct) has been ordered to ignore the reality of climate change if he wants a (toxic) trade deal with Donald Trump, is just fine and dandy to be our prime minister.

We live in a time of madness.

Source: Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology | UK news | The Guardian

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Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard’s Noxious, Extreme Rightwing Views | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard: His political views aren’t pretty.

Here’s some information courtesy of Beastrabban and the Ducksoap website that makes This Writer extremely pleased to have beaten the Jewish Chronicle with my complaint against that publication to the press regulator IPSO.

Read on, and then take everything said by Stephen Pollard, or in his rag, with a hefty dose of salt.

I found a very interesting article on the Ducksoap website detailing the very right-wing views of Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle. The article’s entitled ‘Do Stephen Pollard’s political views give a clue to why he opposes Corbyn?’ And the article makes it very clear that the answer is definitely in the affirmative.

It quotes Pollard to show that he welcomes the introduction of increased charges in the NHS and its further privatisation. He hates the unions, and claims that the reasons behind the strikes called by the railway unions – safety and the absence of guards on trains’ – were spurious. He also dismissed the criticisms and concerns the postal workers’ union raised about the privatisation of the Post Office. As for dealing with unions, he glowingly praised Ronald Reagan sacking of 11,000 air traffic control workers, and stated that we needed similar actions to be taken against British trade unionists.

He attacked the Fabian Society for stating that Tory cuts had increased child poverty, and defended Ian Duncan Smith and his wretched Centre for Social Justice, whose policies against the poor, the unemployed and the disabled Ducksoap characterises as ‘social murder’.

Against all the available evidence, Pollard regurgitates the claim that people are choosing to live permanently on welfare, repeating the Tory/Republican lies about ‘dependency culture’. He even goes so far as to attack child benefit!

He’s also a massive fan of Rupert Murdoch, and is peddling more fear about Putin planning an attack on a NATO state. He claims that the West’s ‘feeble response’ to Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine sent a bad message to the Russian leader. But Ducksoap rightly points out that the trouble began when the West encouraged a non-democratic change of government, which created a Ukrainian government full of far-right extremists.

And Pollard should know about at least one of these. He was all over Paul Nuttall when he took over leadership of UKIP. He then went on to attack the Left’s response to the death of Castro, which he contrasted with that of ordinary people, who realised the Cuban dictator was a mass-murderer. He claimed that Corbyn doesn’t believe in any restrictions on immigration, because they’re racist, and that not only does the Labour leader want to scrap Trident, he also automatically supports this nation’s enemies.

He also claimed that May wasn’t moving the Tory party rightward, she was just turning it into the equivalent of a continental Christian Democrat Party. Ducksoap then adds that this is the same party that has introduced the policies of social murder, especially against those with disabilities, and is privatising the NHS.

Pollard has also published numerous rants against Socialism and Communism, and claimed that Corbyn is the most extreme leader that any party has put forward as a prime minister. He claims that Corbyn worships tyrants, and compared the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, to Idi Amin because Corbyn welcomed some of Chavez’ policies. He also claims that Corbyn is unpatriotic, and excuses ‘Russian imperialism’ against NATO. He also attacked Corbyn’s close ally, John McDonnell, by interpreting McDonnell’s comments about ending capitalism with ending democracy.

The article concludes:

“Stephen Pollard’s political position is hard-right economic libertarian similar to the Tea Party in the USA, the current Australian government, Dan Hannan, Iain Duncan Smith, Priti Patel, Jacob Rees-Mogg and a variety of right-wing think tanks – Adam Smith Institute, Tax-Payers’ Alliance, Institute of Economic Affairs, Centre for Policy Studies, etc.

“He is opposed to the NHS and to workers’ rights, he supports fully the Tory government’s policy of Social Murder and he is keen to finance the arms industry. His hatred of socialism throbs. He has no concept of what a public service is and he has no concept of society.

“His political analysis is ignorant, illogical, dishonest and petulant. He is a very poor writer and is as thick as mince.

“It is no surprise that he is very fearful of the possibility of a left-leaning Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn because such a government would enact policies that are diametrically opposed to Pollard’s demands.”

This shows very clearly that Pollard’s spurious accusations of anti-Semitism against the Labour leader and his party are very definitely politically motivated from the fear that Corbyn, actually a traditional Labour centrist and certainly not part of the hard left, would actually do something to end the privatisation of the NHS, stop the benefit sanctions and welfare to work tests, that have resulted in the ‘social murder’ of the poor, unemployed and disabled, restore proper union power, and actually do something to empower Britain’s working people.

Who naturally include Jews.

But Pollard also despises liberal and Labour-supporting Jews as ‘the wrong kind of Jews’.

Source: Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard’s Noxious, Extreme Rightwing Views | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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Anti-Semitism debate: ‘The political right have sunk us into the Abyss’

The late Hajo Meyer – and his most well-documented words.

Here’s an excellent thread on the anti-Semitism debate and the mass attempt to trash the reputation of a deceased Jewish Holocaust survivor who was at Auschwitz, Hajo Meyer.

It’s written by the pseudonymous Kanjin Tor, who has long been a voice of reason on the social media.

https://twitter.com/xugla/status/1025320580235583494

https://twitter.com/xugla/status/1025320582919938048

https://twitter.com/xugla/status/1025320585671262209

In fact, 17 million human beings were exterminated in the Nazi Holocaust – six million of them Jewish.

The attack on Hajo Meyer by trash-talking media personalities (if they can be dignified with the title) diminishes not only what happened to the Jews, but belittles the persecution that befell all the groups that the Nazis victimised.

“Anti-Semitism” is just the first offence of which they should be accused. They deserve to be tarred and feathered.

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Corbyn wants us out of the ‘cycle of hate’; Cameron wants to extend it

In talking about the “cycle of violence and hate”, Jeremy Corbyn has been expanding on a theme – that we must cut off the supply of money and weapons to extremists.

In This Writer’s opinion, Corbyn is referring to this cycle:

cycle of hate

It seems clear that the appropriate starting point is at the bottom, where it says: “Allied based manufacturers supply weapons to the extremists.” This is one of the events Mr Corbyn wants to stop.

By contrast, David Cameron wants Parliament to support air strikes in Syria. See the segment that says “Allies respond to extremism by bombing Middle Eastern targets”?

This is only to be expected from a man who has led at least one trade delegation to the Middle East in order to sell weapons.

Clearly, Cameron is part of the problem and Corbyn is offering the solution.

Jeremy Corbyn has said that Britain must not be “drawn into responses that feed a cycle of violence and hate” following the terror attacks in Paris.

The Labour leader told a regional party conference in Bristol on Saturday that governments “must not keep making the same mistakes” following atrocities such as the series of attacks in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

However, Corbyn said Labour would back every necessary measure to ensure Britons were safe. “The dreadful Paris attacks make the case for a far more urgent effort to reach a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria and the end to the threat from Isis,” he said.

“It is the conflict in Syria and the consequences of the Iraq war which have created the conditions for Isis to thrive and spread its murderous rule,” he added. “For the past 14 years, Britain has been at the centre of a succession of disastrous wars that have brought devastation to large parts of the wider Middle East. They have increased, not diminished, the threats to our own national security in the process.”

Corbyn had been due to give his speech last weekend but cancelled it in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn: Paris attacks must not draw us into cycle of hate | Politics | The Guardian

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Corbyn and the extremists: The smear campaign that disappeared up its own obscurity

Jeremy Corbyn (right), pictured with 'extremist' Dyab Abou Jahjah (centre) in 2009. Can any Vox Political reader name everybody they met, for a matter of hours, that year?

Jeremy Corbyn (right), pictured with ‘extremist’ Dyab Abou Jahjah (centre) in 2009. Can any Vox Political reader name everybody they met, for a matter of hours, that year?

How remiss of Jeremy Corbyn to forget having met someone briefly, six years ago! Or is it?

Let’s put this in a personal context: Six years ago, This Writer was already a carer for Mrs Mike, and therefore would have met any number of doctors, psychiatrists and specialists dealing with her various conditions. Can I remember any of them today? No – not without prompting.

I was also in a band that performed at gigs and festivals around Wales and – in 2009 – several times in London. Can I remember meeting any notable ‘names’ during any of those occasions? No – not without prompting.

And I was carrying out freelance work for a weekly newspaper, covering for the local reporter when she was on holiday. I would have attended council meetings and court hearings. Can I remember who was there? No – not without prompting.

It seems extremely unlikely that any Vox Political reader, other than those who have had extremely few contacts with the outside world for many years, would be any different.

So it should come as no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn did not remember meeting, in that year,  Dyab Abou Jahjah, described as a Lebanese activist who was later banned from the UK on grounds of extremism. As a politician, it seems likely he would meet any number of such people, visiting the UK from foreign countries, all or none of whom could turn out to be what we might colloquially describe as “wrong ‘uns”.

Yet The Guardian‘s headline is shrill. Corbyn backtracks, it states. The headline isn’t inaccurate – he did retract his previous claim – but the word “backtrack” has negative connotations, implying that he was trying to distance himself from a previous statement because it implies wrongdoing on his part.

Look at what he says, and we get a different story: “My staff have researched this and tell me that I did meet this man in 2009 but I have no recollection of him. As an MP I have met thousands of people over the years. Because I meet them, it does not mean I share their views or endorse their views.

“I’ve spent my life opposing racism. Until my dying day, I’ll be opposed to racism in any form,” he said.

“Antisemitism, Islamophobia, far-right racism is totally wrong and absolutely obnoxious and I’ve made that absolutely clear to everybody who will listen to me on this subject,” he added later, according to the newspaper.

Quite right. Yet that is what the anti-Corbyn campaigners are trying to say. It’s nonsense.

As Alex Finbow wrote on the Google+ UK Politics page: “So every foreign sec who shook the hand of an Iranian PM or [has] gone to Saudi Arabia to negotiate business contracts [is], by association, a supporter of mysogynistic, homophobic, antisemitic, sectarian and terrorist causes.

“The British government talked to the IRA for decades and eventually dialogue led to peace. Our governments have been in bed with the racist Israeli State ever since its terrorists (the Urgun, Stern gang et al), stole Palestine.

“Corbyn wants a peaceful, just solution to the Middle Eastern conflicts and, specifically, Israel/Palestine. That will only be done by talking to all the actors in that conflict. And to talk, you need to be polite to people [when] you might not like many parts of their agenda. That is diplomacy. What it isn’t, is political posturing, smearing, playing to your own audience for short term gain [or] spin.”

Dyab Abou Jahjah himself has written on Twitter in defence of Mr Corbyn, saying: “My collaboration with Jeremy Corbyn was always guided by common belief in dialogue, justice and equality of all people.”

All things considered, it seems justice would be better served by exposing the person who accused Mr Corbyn, in order to ensure that they cannot be allowed to spread any similar nonsense.

We should also note that people who have made previous claims about Mr Corbyn have – themselves – been forced to backtrack. The newspaper reported: “Last week, the Jewish Chronicle published a front-page editorial saying he had questions to answer about alleged links with people who have used antisemitic rhetoric. Since then, a group of dozens of prominent activists have signed an open letter to the newspaper saying its assertion that most British Jews were worried about a Corbyn victory was ‘without foundation’.”

There remain 30 days until the new Labour leader is finally announced.

For that period, can we please have a campaign that is based on policies, and not on wild and unfounded personal slurs?

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Terrorism, Islam, and the need to keep the Western world in fear

Laughing at the law-abiding: IS militants at a captured checkpoint in northern Iraq [Image: AFP/Getty].

IS militants, doing exactly what the western powers want them to do, in order to maintain fear of terrorism among (for example) British citizens. [Image: AFP/Getty].

Does anybody else think the reaction to the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo – along with that against ISIS (or whatever they’re calling themselves these days), Al-Qaeda and, for that matter, Russia – has been, at the very least, off-colour?

Terrorists attack the staff of a magazine, claiming to be doing so in the name of Islam (we have no proof that this was their purpose and may never have it), so there’s a huge backlash against Muslims and the same magazine’s next issue – with a cover featuring a poor (yet still offensive) attempt at caricaturing Muhammad himself – sells five million copies; its normal circulation is 60,000.

Here in the UK, David Cameron does his best to use the attack as an excuse for even greater government intrusion into citizens’ privacy, on top of the incursions already enacted by his government.

Is it really about keeping us safe, or is it about keeping us down?

Some have argued that the western military-industrial complex has a vested interest in providing the public with a state-sponsored bogeyman to fear. During the Cold War it was the USSR. Immediately after Soviet Communism (which must not be confused with socialism) collapsed, the west went to war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – a regime formerly supported by the USA. Since then we’ve had 911, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 7/7, Libya, Syria and Islamic State. While this has been going on, the western media seem to be stirring up fear of Putin’s Russia.

Isn’t that only to be expected from a coalition of groups with vested psychological, moral and material interests in the continuous development and maintenance of high levels of weaponry, in preservation of colonial markets and in military-strategic conceptions of internal affairs*?

There is no doubt that the British people are kept safe by the efforts of our security services – it is important that this should not be misunderstood. Many of the threats mentioned a couple of paragraphs above have been real.

But they aren’t anywhere near as serious as certain extremely rich people and organisations want us to think they are. Look at Iraq – Saddam Hussein didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction at all! He was found in a hole, living on ‘fun-size’ Mars bars (if certain writers are to be believed**).

It seems clear that there is a system of control being exercised upon us here. You can see it for yourself, evidenced by the fact that we never seem to find ourselves clear of any threats; there’s always another one on the horizon and it’s always important for us to give up more of our civil liberties in order to fight it – and of course, we pay for all the weapons and ammunition used, with our taxes.

So, looking at this objectively, we should be asking ourselves: Who is the greater threat?

As far as the Islamic extremists are concerned, if we lived in a rational world there would be a strong argument for someone to go and speak to them (under a white flag or whatever it took to be heard) and point out a few important facts: The western military has enough firepower to turn the Middle East into a scorched crater if it wants to do so. The reason it doesn’t is it needs you to be the equivalent of a pantomime villain, to be defeated at regular intervals on the evening news. The West will never defeat you completely, because you’re too useful for making a profit for the arms dealers and for keeping western citizens under control. You are, therefore, nothing but toys. The only way to defeat this strategy is to disengage completely; stop the violence against the west that will never, ever succeed and find better solutions to your problems.

If we lived in a rational world, they would agree.

Wouldn’t you like to live in that world, instead of this?

*As described in Revolution, by Russell Brand. Cheers for looking it up, Russell.

**Cheers again, Russell.

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Is it wise to combat Islamic extremism in schools by sending in Tory extremists Theresa May and Michael Gove?

Extremists: Theresa May (left) and Michael Gove. [Image: BBC.]

Extremists: Theresa May (left) and Michael Gove. [Image: BBC.]

The alleged rift between Michael Gove and Theresa May over claims that Muslim extremists have taken over 25 Birmingham schools is bizarre.

These are government ministers who most closely share the extremist attitudes that the ‘Trojan Horse’ school governors are said to have; their methods are the same, even if their aims are different.

Consider this. The claims made about the Birmingham school are that:

  • A ‘Trojan Horse’ (stealth) takeover of schools in Birmingham, by Islamic extremists, has taken place.
  • Governors were installed who undermined and then replaced school leaders with staff who would be more sympathetic to their agenda.
  • Boys and girls have been separated.
  • Assemblies put forward extremist Islamic views.
  • Other religions are downgraded.

Now let’s look at Theresa May, who:

  • Took part in a backdoor (stealth) takeover of the UK government after the Conservative Party failed to win a majority in the 2010 general election.
  • Wants to repeal the Human Rights Act as it protects UK citizens against some of her favourite policies:

The duty to refrain from unlawful killing, investigate suspicious deaths and prevent foreseeable loss of life runs against the results of the Coalition’s changes to incapacity/disability benefit assessment which led to the unnecessary deaths of 73 people per week between January and November 2011.

The prohibition of slavery, servitude and forced labour is contrary to the government’s mandatory work activity schemes.

The right to a fair trial contradicts the changes the government has been making to Legal Aid.

The right to respect for one’s privacy, family life, home and correspondence runs against the “snooper’s charter” that Mrs May wished to impose.

And so on. The Tories would dearly love to remove your rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association, as that means they could outlaw this blog and abolish trade unions.

  • Authorised a plan to use a fleet of advertising vans telling illegal immigrants to “go home”, which split the London communities in which they were used and led to false accusations against British citizens.
  • The phrase “go home” on the vans attracted criticism from the Advertising Standards Authority as it was a reminder of an extremist racist slogan.

And Michael Gove:

  • Took part in the backdoor (stealth) takeover of the UK government.
  • Has imposed an army of independent advisors on his education department, to overrule the opinions of expert civil servants, grind down their morale and force them out of their jobs.
  • Planned to give a Bible to every state school in the country, clearly implying an intention to assert the supremacy of Christianity over every other religion practised in the UK, with others downgraded.

They’re all as bad as each other.

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