We Must Follow The Truth

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.
( Nelson Mandela )

Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this ‘something’ cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It’s what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours. Memory. The census doesn’t count it. Nothing counts without it.
( Robert Fulghum )

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.
( Robin Williams )

It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars. 
( Noam Chomsky )

The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.
( Mark Haskell Smith )

Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like. 
( Noam Chomsky )

If you do not want to be lied to, then you need to stop following politics. 
( Steven Magee )

The Explosion Of The Prison Population In The USA ..
Most people imagine that the explosion in the U.S. prison population during the past 25 years reflects changes in crime rates. Few would guess that our prison population leaped from approximately 350,000 to 2.3million in such a short period of time due to changes in laws and policies, not changes in crime rates. Yet it has been changes in our laws, particularly the dramatic increases in the length of our prison sentences, that have been responsible for the growth of our prison system, not increases in crime. One study suggests that the entire increase in the prison population from 1980 to 2001 can be explained by sentencing policy changes.

( Michelle Alexander )

Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.
( Aristotle )

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies. 
( Noam Chomsky )

If you surround yourself with the good and righteous, they can only raise you up.
If you surround yourself with the others, they will drag you down into the doldrums of mediocrity, and they will keep you there, but only as long as you permit it. 

( Mark Glamack )

This Government is responsible for deaths, it’s responsible for starvation, it’s responsible for untold suffering and despair on a scale we have not seen since the Victorian era.
( Peter Stefanovic, 15.06.2019 )

Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong. 
( Dwight D. Eisenhower )

You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. You know, eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.
( Hillary Rodham Clinton )

He is shallow, friendless, disloyal, deceitful, a womanising, mad-haired, narcissitic, liar.
( Brian Reade on Boris Johnson )

The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them. 
( Christopher Hitchens )

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds. 
( Henry Adams )

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. 
( Noam Chomsky )

The Relentless Smear Campaign Against Jeremy Corbyn ..
The Conservative Party, the Tory press, and Jewish activist groups, who some claim many have infiltrated the Labour Party by becoming members, seem to devote much of their time and energy attempting  to discredit and blacken the reputation of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The relentless rhetoric, unfounded allegations, propaganda and fear-mongering have persuaded many, both neutrals and Labour supporters, to join the attack on Mr Corbyn. The reasons for the prolonged smear-campaign, which started almost the moment Mr Corbyn was elected as Labour Party leader, are fairly obvious to smart and intelligent people. Firstly, and probably the reason why there are so many anti-Semite accusations, is that Mr Corbyn is sympathetic to Palestine and not so much to Israel. Secondly, the elite and the wealthy are worried that if Mr Corbyn did take office as Prime Minister he would, without doubt, look closely at tax-havens, tax-evasion, money-laundering, corruption, and the dodgy goings-on in the banking and financial sectors.
They simply want to stop Mr Corbyn becoming the UK Prime Minister, no matter what they have to do or say to achieve this.
( Len Firswood )

Propaganda campaigns in general have been closely attuned to elite interests.
( Noam Chomsky )

A person with true power doesn’t need to attack. A person without power attacks constantly. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them. Unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. 
( Noam Chomsky )

Being poor is not simply a matter of lacking opportunities to convert one’s labour into a wage, or a living wage, for that matter, but rather of becoming indebted and, through the commodification of these debts, paying an ever-higher price for being poor. 
( Noelle Stout )

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. 
( Aristotle )

Try to look at causes and solve problems. Do not concentrate on military solutions. Do not seek military solutions. Terrorism is a political problem. Seek political solutions. Diplomacy works. 
( Eqbal Ahmed )

I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.
( Robin Williams )

Rewarding jaundiced Boris Johnson for self-serving Brexit fibs largely responsible for the current chaos would be like signing a weekly direct debit for the burglar who just ransacked your home and stole the family silver.
( Kevin Maguire, 28.04.2019 )

America cannot survive a regime as an international tyrant. Only through cooperation of nations will the citizens of the world thrive.
( Kilroy J. Oldster )

The many are more incorruptible than the few. They are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little.
( Aristotle )

The Violated Treaties ..
Some years back Richard Nixon warned the American people that Russia was bad because she had not kept any treaty or agreement signed with her. You can trust the Communists, the saying went, to be Communists. Indian people laugh themselves sick when they hear these statements. America has yet to keep one Indian treaty or agreement despite the fact that the United States government signed over four hundred such treaties and agreements with Indian tribes. It would take Russia another century to make and break as many treaties as the United States has already violated.

( Vine Deloria Jr. )

When you hear and read prominent people and politicians continually criticising and attempting to blacken an opponent’s name or reputation, you can be sure it’s either jealousy, or more likely, fearful of that opponent.
( Dion Felsrow )

So casual is Boris Johnson’s acquaintance with the truth, assuming immediately that he’s lying saves time.
( Kevin Maguire, 16.06.2019 )

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.
( Robin Williams )

Both are strangers to the truth, guilty of odious racism and are Me-Me-Me egomaniacs elevating themselves first, second and third.
( Kevin Maguire on Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, 28.04.2019 )

Blind party loyalty will be our downfall. We must follow the truth wherever it leads. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily. 
( Aristotle )

Illegal immigrants have always been a problem in the USA.
Ask any indigenous American Indian.

( Rose Winfold )

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them.
( Thomas Jefferson )

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. 
( Franklin D. Roosevelt )

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.
( Kurt Vonnegut )

When you’re dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don’t say than what they do. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Boris Bikes Or Ken’s Cycles ? ..
He was a terrible Foreign Secretary in a rehearsal for No 10, laughing about dead bodies in Libya and cack-handedly extending a British-Iranian mother’s jail sentence in Iran. Equally his eight-year reign at London Mayor was a complete failure compared with Labour predecessor Ken Livingstone’s innovative terms, the Tory scamster squandering £40m on vanity buses and a £43m luvvie unbuilt garden bridge. Boris Airport was a pricey fiction and even the “Boris Bikes” network was inherited from Livingstone, “Ken’s Cycles” a more accurate eponymous tribute.
( Kevin Maguire on Boris Johnson, 16.06.2019 )

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. 
( Noam Chomsky )

A politician is a hog grateful to whoever is rattling the stick inside the swill bucket. It is time to take the swill bucket away. 
( Mike Lofgren )

Most politicians are corrupt as they do not represent the masses that voted for them, but rather they choose to return numerous favours to the corporations that funded their election campaigns. 
( Steven Magee )

I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.
( Bill Maher )

Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way:
Stop participating in it.

( Noam Chomsky )

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
No one in this world, so far as I know, and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me, has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
( H.L. Mencken )

Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms. But those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of free men.
( Aristotle )

They declare that it is unpatriotic and disruptive to question the workings of authority, but patriotic to institute harsh and regressive policies that benefit the wealthy, undermine social programs that serve the needs of the great majority, and subordinate a frightened population to increased state control. 
( Noam Chomsky )

We owe our loyalty to each other and to our children’s children, not to party politics.
( DaShanne Stokes )

A Country Made Poorer

Life Has Been Made Hell For Those Who Least Deserve It ..
Who could have failed to be angry looking at the photo of the skeletal 64-year-old Stephen Smith who, despite having multiple debilitating illnesses, weighing six stone, and barely able to walk, was denied benefits by this Government and deemed fit for work.. It was only when he went for free advice at the CASA community centre in Liverpool, where volunteer advisers appealed and won his case, that he received the benefits that kept him alive.. There was a typically rabid response from the right in this country to Tusk’s remarks about those who sold Brexit without a trace of a plan deserving a place in hell. But many of us agree with him.. Because they are the dangerous ideologues behind the three years of political paralysis that has made life hell for those who least deserve it.
( Brian Reade, 08.02.2019 )

The supply of available curse words is very often insufficient to meet my demands.

Yes I’ve heard this word.
I think sociopaths use it in an attempt to discredit the notion of empathy.
( John Cleese on snowflakes )

Jeremy Corbyn Is A Scapegoat Par Excellence ..
Jeremy Corbyn has not been cast away to die, thank heavens – so we should keep a sense of perspective. But in modern terms, no question, he’s a scapegoat par excellence. And in British politics, unlike Thatcher or Blair, he hasn’t done anything to deserve it.. He’s scapegoated for Brexit. He’s scapegoated for MPs opposed to him from the outset of his leadership having left (when was John Major blamed for the rebel Tories under his government? It’s they who were deservedly blamed most of the time).
He’s scapegoated for not being able to wave a magic wand and change the Parliamentary arithmetic out of nothing. He’s scapegoated for not having a ‘credible plan’ for Brexit, despite Donald Tusk having said it’s a plan the EU could work with.. He’s scapegoated for there being no 2nd referendum, despite himself proposing a Parliamentary amendment in such regard which was voted down.
He’s scapegoated for the obviously appalling crime of the poorest in society actually being given a voice at last.

He’s scapegoated for not winning the 2017 election – despite having spent the previous 21 months constantly undermined by his Parliamentary Party, who were completely wrong in just about all of their analysis. Above all, their belief that Labour was now too left wing.. Scapegoated for not winning an election which Labour started 20 points behind. A snap election called by Theresa May for the express purposes of destroying Labour for at least a generation and ‘crushing the saboteurs’. The result? A hung Parliament.. He’s scapegoated for not making greater inroads in Scotland – despite the damage having all been done by New Labour’s arrogance and complacency. Labour’s image is dirt to many Scots. It’ll take a generation to undo that.. He’s scapegoated for opening up party democracy. Scapegoated by political illiterates who don’t understand our archaic electoral system, and think he can afford to abandon working class Leave voters who voted Leave because they’d been betrayed for decades.. He’s scapegoated for being a ‘Marxist’, ‘Leninist’,
‘Trotskyist’ or ‘Stalinist’ (what, all of them?!) – by people in such a bubble that they can’t see the world changing all around them and do not care about skyrocketing poverty, homelessness, inequality, rent or house prices.
He’s scapegoated for not being an autocrat then scapegoated for being one (even though he’s the exact opposite of one). He’s scapegoated as some terrible ‘economic danger’ having stood on a moderate, centre-left platform in 2017.
A platform of European-style social democracy.
He’s scapegoated as a ‘liar’ on Brexit despite that manifesto supporting Brexit. Scapegoated for the obviously disgraceful crime of respecting democracy.

He’s scapegoated for ‘not being able to get his message across’ when virtually the entire media is implacably opposed to him; and even the public broadcaster is openly, wilfully, deliberately biased in its treatment of him and his party.
( Shaun Lawson, 19.02.2019 )

If they want Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities, minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privilege, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘Discrimination’.
( Vladimir Putin )

A Country Made Poorer And Less Civilised ..
Twisted words, half-truths and outright lies are the weapons that have kept this country locked in a state of arrested­ development for the past three years as all political energy has been spent on failing to deliver an imaginary freedom from invented tyrants.. Meanwhile, the issues that affect the lives of the vast majority living in the real world are ignored, leaving the weakest to go to the wall. Hence the mass use of foodbanks becoming an acceptable part of life in the world’s sixth biggest economy.. I was one of 16 reporters who spoke to some of the thousands of people forced to live on our freezing streets every night.. The reasons behind their soaring numbers are complex but the scourge is beatable. And surely every rich and civilised country wants it beaten?.. But what happens when your country is made poorer and less civilised due to devoting its resources to solving one political party’s insoluble dilemma ?.. In the past three months alone, the Cabinet Office has handed £14.6 million to outside consultancy firms helping them with Brexit. How many people could that have taken off our streets ?
( Brian Reade, 08.02.2019 )

According to research there could be over 13,000 veterans living on the streets of Britain, ranging through different ranks and varied ages.
( Nation News, Issue 1 )

It’s Not Corbyn Who Has The Problem .. 
He’s scapegoated for antisemitism despite his party taking more steps to combat it than any other party in British history.. His policies aren’t scrutinised; they’re caricatured, by a media whose only interest is ridiculing and excoriating him and all his supporters, which could not care less about the causes of his rise: the sheer perniciousness of neoliberalism. The failure of our entire system.
Even his personality and appearance are scapegoated. His raincoat. His mild manner. His refusal to speak in soundbites at Prime Minister’s Questions. “We just can’t have someone like him as PM! He’s a danger, a danger I tell you!”.
And all this, at a time the public is sick to the back teeth of oily, slick-haired salesmen who speak with forked tongue then sell them all down the river the moment they get into power. ‘Power’, please note, not ‘office’. Our leaders are supposed to be our democratic servants. Corbyn is. Corbyn understands that perfectly. That’s why his expense claims were so low. Meanwhile, the Tories publicly bribe a party of bigots to stay in power; and were even trying to bribe Labour MPs the other week too.. Jeremy Corbyn cannot be both ‘useless’ and magically able to solve all our ills – or else – at the same time. The truth is: he’s inflicted more defeats on the government than the opposition to Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron combined. ‘Useless’, obviously.. The truth is: he oversaw the largest rise in Labour’s share of the vote since 1945 – despite standing on a platform which the media and his own Parliamentary Party insisted would destroy Labour forever.. The truth is: he saved Labour from a quite hideous post-2015 fate: bankrupt, bereft, without a clue, hemmed in from all sides. The truth is: he, personally, has given so much hope to so many millions ignored, shut out and walked all over for decades on end.. And here’s the thing about much of the left. Many of us have known the kind of adversity which our political opponents never have. That adversity, that – in many of our cases –
trauma – is why we reach out and empathise with those who’ve experienced similar things.. It’s why we see causes, not symptoms. It’s why so many of us are in caring professions, while so many on the right disappear off to enrich themselves and give nothing back (including, in many cases, even taxes: which they avoid through their accountants and offshore havens).. And it’s also why, when we see someone under such sustained, never-ending attack (constant abuse every single day: why is it the media doesn’t care about that, but does care about disgusting abuse of others?) for the crime of representing us, we stand by him.. The more abuse he gets, the more steadfast our resolve becomes. The unprecedented nature of this onslaught can only mean one thing: much of the British establishment is up to its neck in cronyism and corruption, and terrified of what would come out under a Corbyn government.
I can’t speak for my followers – but I’d like to think most of them, like me, would be delighted to discuss issues people have with Corbyn’s leadership *constructively*. Through analysis based on facts. Not just opening your mouths and letting your bellies rumble.. Not cliche, not caricature, not lies, not ill-informed nonsense. But actual detail. Real, thoughtful analysis. There’s loads of things that can be criticised about his leadership. He’s not the Messiah.. but he’s not a very naughty boy either. The truth lies somewhere in between.. But if you just join in with the scapegoating – if you have some ritualistic desire to blame seemingly everything on the planet on a kind, decent, gentle man – the truth is: it’s not Corbyn who has the problem. It’s you.
( Shaun Lawson, 19.02.2019 )

The number of rapes, murders and other serious crimes committed by offenders on parole has risen by more than 50% since privatisation of probation was introduced four years ago.
( Labour Press Team, 06.03.2019 )

Jeremy Corbyn Has Never Had Sympathy For IRA Terrorist Tactics ..
Whilst he condemns ‘all bombing’ carried out by the IRA, he has also been insistent on acknowledging the joint responsibility of ‘the British Army’ for the Troubles, not only because of such atrocities as Bloody Sunday but also because he believes that ‘the treatment of IRA prisoners’ was a key factor in their radicalisation.. Corbyn has never claimed to be neutral on this issue — and there are many who would hotly contest his point of view — but it does not follow from what I have just outlined that he has ever had any sympathy for IRA terrorist tactics.. As he has explained repeatedly , his campaigning on this issue in the past was shaped both by a belief ‘that Ireland should be reunited’ and by a desire for ‘a peace process’.
He claims to have always been insistent that there would never be ‘a military victory for either side in Northern Ireland’.
( Luke Davies, 28.07.2016 )

It’s all very well the PM holding another summit on violent crime but the public want some real action now. The Tories cannot cut our police officers and expect to tackle violent crime. Tories are not the Party of law and order but the Party of crime and disorder.
( Angela Rayner, 06.03.2019 )

If you think things are bad now, wait until we get even closer to Number 10.
They will stop at nothing to demonise Jeremy.
They’ll lie, cheat and slander in ways you couldn’t dream of right now.
We’re expecting it and so should you.
( John McDonnell, 2016 )

On 29 April 2016, and after considerable concern and controversy leading to high-profile and senior suspensions from the Labour Party, the Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP asked me to conduct this Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism.
( Shami Chakrabarti )

The Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party was published on June 30, 2016.. Professor David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, was appointed as Vice-Chair and lent his expertise to the Inquiry.. The report is the result of two months consultation with a wide range of groups and individuals and more than 1,000 written submissions.
( Pears Institute )

I Think It Dangerous To Argue Guilt By Association ..
There can be little doubt that Corbyn reacted swiftly and decisively by commissioning the country’s leading human rights lawyer to conduct an independent inquiry.. But what does the report itself actually say? And does it cast a light in any way on the controversies surrounding Corbyn?
The take-home point of the report is that whilst the Labour Party ‘is not overrun by antisemitism’ there remains evidence of ‘minority hateful or ignorant attitudes’.
In the second paragraph of her foreword, Chakrabarti also criticises ‘an occasionally toxic atmosphere’ that is ‘in danger of shutting down free speech within the party rather than facilitating it’.
In the report Chakrabarti singles out for attention those who ‘build cases of criticism against people on the basis of those with whom they have “shared a platform”’.
She objects: ‘I think it dangerous to argue guilt by association and in so doing to undermine the kind of dialogue and debate that is the basis of peace, progress, and greater understanding in the world’.
Far from condemning Corbyn for tolerating or associating with antisemites, or for dismissing antisemitism within his own party, the Chakrabarti report appears to endorse his approach of engaging in dialogue and to strongly criticise those who have attacked him on this basis.. I’d be grateful if anyone can point to a single piece of media coverage of the report that makes this obvious point.
( Luke davies, 28.07.2016 )

Theresa May is in complete denial about the impact of austerity tearing apart the fabric of our communities, shutting youth services and cutting by 21,000 police numbers. She has been Home Secretary and Prime Minister for 9 years and failed to control violent crime.
( Dan Carden MP, 06.03.2019 )

A Contagious Sickness Called ‘Greed’.

A small number of major corporations owning and controlling large parts of what we see, hear and buy, poses a real threat to the kind of democracy we want to be.
( Bernie Sanders )

I think that we’re all mentally ill.. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better, and maybe not all that much better after all.
( Stephen King )

Tory Party vice chairman Ben Bradley apologised for a libellous tweet about Jeremy Corbyn.. He also agreed to make a donation to charities of his choice.. He deleted the tweet claiming the Labour leader sold British secrets to communist spies almost immediately.
( Keir Mudie, 25.02.2018 )

Days after MPs questioned cyclist Bradley Wiggins on his ethics, the Prime Minister, The Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury rolled out the red carpet for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.. That’s the man in charge of a country which brings in itinerant labour to build its skyscrapers treating them as virtual slaves, has one of the worst records in the world for torture, hangs gays, lashes rape victims for allowing adultery to happen, finances Islamist extremists and is guilty of horrific war crimes in Yemen.. Still, at least Parliament has stood up to that man on the bike who allegedly did something that broke no rules.. It’s good to have our ethical priorities in order, eh?
( Brian Reade, 10.03.2018 )

So, after all the agony and vitriol over our parting of the ways with the EU, our new, blue, post-Brexit, British passports are to be made in France.. Tu ne pouvais pas le faire ! In other words: you couldn’t bloody make it up. Well, you couldn’t, could you ?
( Fiona Phillips, 24.03.2018 )

A firm that employs Tory former Chancellor George Osborne, and pays him £650,000 a year as an advisor, partly owns the French company that won a controversial contract to make blue British passports.
( Andrew Gregory, 24.03.2018 )

Brexit And UK Fishing Rights ..
The biggest lie perpetrated by Brexiteers like Michael Gove, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg is that we would instantly take back control of our fishing industry.
It’s not EU quotas that have led to the collapse of the fishing industry. It’s the fact that for years we have over-fished.. EU quotas on fishing were a way of controlling over-fishing to allow fish stocks to increase so we could have a sustainable industry.. And the UK had the second-largest allocation.. But it is clear countries like France and Spain didn’t even inform the EU how much fish they were landing, so over-fishing continued.. Also, technology led to smaller vessels being replaced by huge trawlers over-fishing on an industrial scale.. It was the greed and profit maximisation of the industry that has affected our coastal communities, not the EU.. Ironically, the UK fishing industry is in much better shape than any of our EU partners.. Profits are continuing to grow and are the highest across the EU.. And the Government actually decides how its EU fishing quota is distributed.. If it really cared about the fishing industry, it would ensure these coastal communities with smaller vessels were allowed to fish more.. Instead, we have larger foreign vessels being registered in the UK but landing their fish overseas.. Brexit won’t change that.. The Government can, but it has done nothing.
( John Prescott, 25.03.2018 )

What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle.
( Stephen King )

In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.
( Nikola Tesla )

A grasping, contagious sickness called ‘greed’ is infecting many in the world.

We live in a completely corrupted world where every government is a bunch of businessmen and none of them give a shit about the people. The sad fact is no one knows how to change it, because no one knows how to take on the corporations.
( Woody Harrelson )

Education spending for 16 to 19 year-olds has fallen by £1.2billion in real terms since 2010.. Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said, “Despite their warm words, the Tories have slashed over a billion pounds of funding that should have been spent educating young people.”
( Keir Mudie, 08.04.2018 )

Oil giants employ an army of ex-government employees and politicians to paint a picture of the industry in an eco-friendly shade of green, according to campaigning investigators.
( Lewis Panther, 25.02.2018 )

Angela Merkel invited Donald Trump To Hallstadt, birthplace of his grandfather Friedrich in 1885.. It’s also where in 1905 Bavarians deported Friedrich as an illegal immigrant.

I don’t care that they stole my idea.
I care that they don’t have any of their own.
( Nikola Tesla )

State department records released in January showed the big four silicon valley firms spent $50million on lobbying in Donald Trump’s first year in office.
( Lewis Panther, 25.02.2018 )

Who really wields the power in the UK ?
Bureaucrats, lobbyists, mandarins and ex-spies are the ones pulling the strings behind the scenes – this is the secretive Deep State – the secret manipulation of Government by the wealthy and powerful, the ones pulling the strings on multi-million-pound government deals with multi-nationals, military contractors and pharmaceutical firms.
( Lewis Panther, 25.02.2018 )

To Cut A Service Like This Is Criminal ..
One of the proudest legacies of the last Labour Government has been Sure Start.
Set up in 1998 – by the late Tessa Jowell – it has been invaluable for many new parents.. Its vital centres are in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas.
Sure Start is there to give help and advice, but that doesn’t do justice to the myriad of services it offers.. Nor does it do justice to the incredible help its centres have given people over the years.. They help with child and family healthcare, teach parenting skills, and advise on money, training and getting work.. They offer early learning opportunities and, in some instances, full day care for youngsters.. They also offer ‘soft services’ – a place for new mums to meet, share problems, pick up tips, encourage each other, make friends, have a cup of tea together, to chat.
But since the Tory Government came to power, Sure Start has been dismantled, the entire system gutted.. Since 2010, the official figures show that 500 have vanished.. Yet experts say the number is closer to a thousand.. Brutal cuts to council budgets have forced them to close.. It’s an insult to those young mothers who turned to Sure Start in their hour of need.. To cut a service like this is criminal.
( Sunday Mirror, 27.05.2018 )

The Bookies’ Puppet In Parliament ..
A Tory MP who has fought against slashing the maximum bet on high stakes gambling machines received thousands of pounds of tickets from bookies in the past year.. Philip Davies got tickets to top horse racing meetings, such as the Cheltenham Festival, from the likes of Ladbrokes.. Many of the freebies – worth £4,385 in total – included hospitality.. Campaign for Fairer Gambling spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin said, “Philip Davies has been the bookies’ puppet in Parliament for years, cashing in on freebies.”
( Ben Glaze, 19.05.2018 ) 

You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.
( Harry S Truman )

I twice wrote to Richard Branson about how bad his Virgin East Coast train service from Hull was, but he never replied… So I’m glad the East Coast route is temporarily back in public hands.. Virgin and Stagecoach are the third private operators in a decade to fail on it.. But by allowing Branson to walk away, we’re losing £2billion.
When Labour nationalised the East Coast in 2009, it returned £1billion back to the taxpayer.
( John Prescott, 19.05.2018 )

They didn’t bother to send me a birthday card or a Christmas card. They didn’t bother to thank me for the birthday cards and the Christmas cards I sent them. They didn’t even bother to thank me for the Christmas gifts I gave them. Those ‘relations’ of mine just better not bother coming to my funeral.
( Rose Winfold )

The Tories have decided to pack the Lords with another nine Tory peers in a desperate bid to stop losing votes there.. They’ve only got themselves to blame.. In the coalition, they filled it with Lib Dems to push their austerity agenda.. Now the Lib Dems are stopping them.
( John Prescott, 19.05.2018 )

Propaganda Is Masked As News

The media is a closed shop for the privileged, the press being mostly run by wealthy oligarchs who defend a status quo from which they benefit.
( Owen Jones, 23.08.2018 )

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster – and the fact that UK Government is even talking about it is evidence of their abject failure.
That they once had the nerve to tell us that independence threatened our place in Europe adds insult to injury. Scotland deserves better.
( Nicola Sturgeon, 23.08.2018 )

A free press is essential to our democracy, but much of our press isn’t very free at all.. I want media workers to be free to do their best work, not held back by billionaire owners, tech giants or the state.
( Jeremy Corbyn, 23.08.2018 )

We live in a time when ignorance is disguised as politics, propaganda is masked as news, and greed is dismissed as capitalism.

Abundance is not a number or acquisition.
It is the simple recognition of enoughness.
( Alan Cohen )

Some say that corrupt billionaires are the problem.
Some say that a corrupt government is the problem.
But few realise that corrupt billionaires are running a corrupt government.

I read the newspapers avidly.
It is my one form of continuous fiction.
( Aneurin Bevan, 1897 – 1960 )

Those who are weak, those who are afraid, will more easily accept the policies and believe the propaganda from Government.

Is The UK Government Lying Over The Skripal Incident ? ..
The United Kingdom unknowingly admitted that its government has been lying, accusing Russia of allegedly poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by the nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury. The British government has already made two grave mistakes. First, it reported that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at Skripal’s home. Second, according to the doctors of the hospital where Yulia Skripal is being treated, her condition is getting better and her health status is currently described as stable. Previously, the same doctors stated that Sergei Skripal and his daughter have only 1% hope of survival and ‘will be invalids for life’. Moreover, former chemical weapons scientist and former Russian chemical weapons’ program whistleblower Vil Mirzayanov, who is currently a leading western expert on toxic agents, assured the British media that two grams of Novichok will be enough to kill 500 people instantly. He also told the Daily Mail: “These people are gone — this man and his daughter. Even if they survive they will not recover.” If Sergey and Julia Skripal were poisoned in front of their house, then they wouldn’t have been able to walk through Salisbury. Thus, this fact completely excludes the use of nerve agent Novichok.
The earlier report that Skripal and his daughter had been attacked while sitting on a bench at a shopping mall has also been refuted by Scotland Yard.
Let us remind you, Scotland Yard detectives came to a conclusion that Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned at their house. A particularly high concentration of agent was detected at the entrance door. If Skripal was poisoned at his home, then the agent used against him cannot be a nerve gas. A number of experts believe that such gases can kill people within a few minutes. Skripal simply did not have time to walk to a restaurant or shopping centre, where he was eventually found. There is no way that the agent used to poison Skripal and his daughter could be Novichok. More likely the victims received an overdose of painkillers that are used for anaesthetics. This show with the involvement of pseudo-experts and baseless allegations was specially staged by the British Government to increase tensions in Europe and contribute much to the rise of Russophobic sentiments around the world.
( Bassim al-Khalili, Global Research, April 04, 2018 )

Really ? ..
Two Russian Military Intelligence Officers arrived in the UK on March 2nd. (after being granted entry visas by the British Home Office ?).
Yulia Skripal arrived in the UK on March 3rd.
On March 4th., the two Russian ‘assassins’ used one of the most lethal nerve agents in the world in a botched attempt to murder Yulia Skripal and her father.
The two Russians left the UK later that day.

Sarcasm, because beating the shit out of people is illegal.

The truth is very bitter.. There is no purpose for humans.. The only purpose is to propagate and consume resources.. In Nature, humans are the most useless species.. If we disappear, Nature will thrive.. The bacteria, the fly, the insects, the algae, the plants all have more important roles.
( Rohit Kale )

The Nazis used the term ‘Socialist’ to cover the fact that they were not socialists.
The clue is in the fact that they killed all the real socialists first.. Read some history.
( Penny Flynn )

In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.
If the remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.
( Nigel Farage, prior to the EU referendum )

The claim is not hysterical..
From health to disability benefits to prisons, it’s clear that Tory policies cost lives.
( Zoe Williams, Guardian, 13.11.2017 )

The harsh austerity plan rolled out under consecutive Conservative Governments has been linked to 120,000 deaths in Britain.
( Jack Peat, London Economic, 16.11.2017 )

The moral crisis of our age has nothing to do with gay marriage or abortion.
It’s insider trading, obscene CEO pay, wage theft from ordinary workers, Wall Street’s gambling addiction, corporate pay-offs to friendly politicians, and the billionaire takeover of our democracy.
( Robert Reich )

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
( J.D. Salinger )

Truth v Propaganda

People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
( Aldous Huxley )

Due to Government cuts, around 900,000 old folk in the UK on Pension Credit are no longer eligible for emergency cold weather payments. Targeting the vulnerable seems to be the policy of the Conservative Party.

Liam Fox has flown around the world eight times in a vain attempt to secure post-Brexit trade deals with the bill for his 219,000 air miles topping £100,000.
( Brian Reade, 06.01.2018 )

Ideologies are exportable, and legitimise attempts to alter the internal regimes of other countries ( such as the USA’s recent attempt to bring ‘democracy’ to Iraq ).
( Peter Hitchens )

Russian gangsters with their stolen loot are allowed to live freely in Britain.. Russian traitors are given refuge there.. And the UK Government descend into uncontrollable, deranged hysteria over the consequences of their own shifty dealings.

We could have two referendums. As it happens, it might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed.
( Jacob Rees-Mogg, 24.10.2011 )

I believe it is clearly in our national interest to remain a member of the European Union.
( Theresa May, 25.04.2016 )

Politicians and media fear-mongering demonising Russia for political agenda is now the norm in the Western world.. Russia pose no threat to the West .. We all need to wake up and look closely at who benefits from the propaganda and the scare-mongering.

Why have we unquestionably allowed public servants to replace the three-letter word ‘lie’ with the three-word phrase ‘error of judgment’ ?
( Brian Reade, 24.02.2018 )

Just by listening to, and observing the actions of some people, even some in our Governments, it does seem that intelligence is in short supply. Common-sense is almost non-existent among those who are in charge. Greed, self-interest and vanity is rampant among those in power.

It seems that the American people have been conditioned to hate Russia.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans accuse Russia of meddling in elections and hacking just about everyone.
The people of America need to wake up.
Russia poses no threat to the West, they have more important things to attend to.
I think the ‘enemy’ of America lies within.
( Dion Felsrow )

Britain Refuses To Back Investigation Into War Crimes By Saudi Arabia ..
Britain vowed not to back a proposed UN investigation into possible war crimes by Saudi Arabia in Yemen after the Kingdom threatened to review its trade with nations who backed the move.. A Saudi-led coalition has been waging war in northern Yemen for more than two years against Houthi rebel forces who are opposed to the country’s leader, President Abdrabbuh Mansour.. More than 10,000 have been killed – many of whom are said to be civilians – and some 50,000 injured, figures show, after mostly air strike attacks by fighter jets dispatched by Riyadh.. It comes after figures from charity War Child UK claimed that British arms companies have earned more than £6billion from trade with Saudi Arabia since the conflict erupted.
UN members Holland and Canada have called for an inquiry into alleged war crimes by the Saudis in its campaigns against the Houthi forces over its border with Yemen.. But the Kingdom said it “will not accept” any outside investigation into the allegations and warned countries that supported the move could see their trade with the Saudis suffer.. A letter distributed by the kingdom read: “Adopting The Netherlands/Canadian draft resolution in the Human Rights Council may negatively affect the bilateral political economic relations with Saudi Arabia”, according to the news agency AFP.. Britain’s Middle East and North Africa minister Alistair Burt said “finding a resolution for the conflict in Yemen was a high priority”, but added the UK would not support the proposed UN inquiry.
( Independent, 28.09.2017 )

It’s rare to see an opinion poll play out with such chilling accuracy the moment it’s announced.. But that’s what’s happened to a survey of Tory party members which shows that a majority of them want to bring back the death penalty, 60% think people of the same sex should not be allowed to marry, and 90% believe that the pain of austerity should be upped.. Well done YouGov.
( Brian Reade, 06.01.2018 )

The Weak And The Vulnerable Left To Wither ..
Thousands of unnecessary deaths, millions suffering pain and misery.. Homelessness, suicides, violent crime at highest recorded levels.. The money-laundering, drug capital of Europe.. This is the UK, ruled by an incompetent, greedy, selfish, arrogant government.
The weak and the vulnerable and the powerless are blamed for economic ills and left to wither.. While those at the top, responsible for all the shit and all the misery, are exonerated and grow richer.

I suppose it’s possible that Russia, a country with no ideology, a falling population and a GDP the size of Italy, is in some way threatening western democracy, though I can’t think why. Main threat to western democracy is intellectual decline of western media and politicians.
( Peter Hitchens )

Politics is no longer Left v Right.. It’s Truth v Propaganda.

Most world religions denounced war as a barbaric waste of human life.
We treasured the teachings of these religions so dearly that we frequently had to wage war in order to impose them on other people.
( Jon Stewart )

Almost Half Of British Arms Exports Go To Saudi Arabia ..
The UK Government has absolutely no problem murdering innocent civilians on foreign soil.. It has no problem engaging in acts of aggression with and on behalf of other nations.. It has no problem extracting profits from the sale of armaments to genocidal regimes.. It has no problem subjecting its own citizens to the head-choppers and covering up their massive, organised, systematic raping of British girls.. Almost half of British arms exports go to Saudi Arabia, up fivefold since they intervened in Yemen’s civil war.. British bombs are being dropped by British planes maintained by British personnel over one of the world’s poorest countries.
Tens of thousands of people have died, if not from direct bombardment then from starvation or disease as a result of the Saudi-led blockade and the deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructure.. The Department for International Trade employs hundreds of civil servants as sales reps for the private arms industry.
No other export industry of the same size enjoys such a perk.. Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, has said he would ‘personally lead on helping the defence and security industries to export’.

I don’t blame Farage for hating the EU really.
Imagine having to keep attending an institution where everyone is smarter than you even in their second language.
( Ralf Little )

I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t lead on the evening news.. I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simple statistics instead of being vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.
( Naomi Wadler )

The Magic Money Tree ..
The UK Government have picked another £48million from the magic money tree to invest in building a chemical weapons defence centre to tackle what it says is a growing threat from Russia and North Korea.
The sick and the homeless and the children in poverty will have to wait.

Every single major BBC commentator is a Tory voter.
Many have actually worked for the party in the past.
Bias is therefore unavoidable, whether conscious or not.
( Mel Melvin )

Best For Britain ? ..
Hungarian/American multi-billionaire financier George Soros plans to give up to half a billion to overturn the referendum result decided by the British people.. He’s handed it to a campaign group called Best For Britain.
Soros has got an interesting record on doing what’s best for Britain.
He took on the Bank of England by betting against the pound in 1992.. Britain was then part of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, a device to align all currencies ahead of the introduction of the euro.. This meant us following the German mark.. But because the Tories had made our economy weaker than Germany’s, their attempt to follow the ERM made matters worse, leading to low interest rates and high inflation.. The Tories started putting up interest rates to try to boost the pound’s value, but Soros began shorting the pound – effectively selling heavily on the currency.. The Tories were then forced to push up our interest rates from 10 to 12% in one day and up to 15% the following morning.. When that failed to stop the crisis, they pulled out of the ERM on Black Wednesday, costing the taxpayer over £3billion and earning Soros $1billion .. Now he wants to interfere again in Britain’s business by making us stay in the EU.
( John Prescott, 18.02.2018 )

People, including politicians, who express opinions that go against the agenda of the Government are being insulted and vilified, not only by the Tory-supporting media, but by Government ministers.. This is not democracy, nor is it respectful, nor is it how Britain should be.

Propaganda From The Right ..
They did it to the first Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald with the fake Zinoviev Letter.. They did it to Harold Wilson and they did it to trade union leader Jack Jones.. And now the Right are doing it to Jeremy Corbyn.. Quoting dodgy East European sources to prove that everyone on the Left is a spy who wants to sell this country into the hands of communism.. Thank God they think Corbyn is that much of a threat to their Thatcherite agenda.
( Brian Reade, 24.02.2018 )

The US, the EU and Israel have a list of targets and agendas in the Middle East but Russia poses a problem, disrupting the outcome in Syria and supporting Iran.. Just one reason for the scaremongering, propaganda, and false claims that Russia is a threat to the West.
( Dion Felsrow )

A country where the media attack the opposition rather than the government is a country where freedom is under threat.
( Peter Hitchens )

NHS hospitals are borrowing record amounts of money from the Government. Figures reveal that Hospital trusts owed £7.5billion in loans in 2016/17, up from £5billion on the previous year. The Government should be giving, not loaning it to them. After all, it’s taxpayers’ money.

She is a charisma free, mentally fragile calamity in waiting, which would be wonderful if she were merely a Tory leader.. But she’s in charge of Britain at its most crucial negotiating time with foreign powers since Suez.. And rather than resemble a statesman from the 1950s she looks increasingly like she’s playing the senile nun in Call The Midwife.
( Brian Reade, on UK PM Theresa May, 24.02.2018 )

The Unlucky Victims Of Cameron’s Childish Vanity ..
Whose fault is it that so many of our fellow creatures have drowned in the Mediterranean on the way to Britain ? Whose fault will it be when many more do so, crying out for help that will not come, in the future ?
One thing is quite certain. Completely avoidable actions have made this crisis much worse. The worst action of all was the unforgivable stupid decision by David Cameron and others to over-throw Colonel Gaddafi’s state in Libya. I am still amazed that this blunder did not destroy Mr Cameron, as it should have done.
Like all shallow modern politicians, he wanted a cheap and victorious war to make him seem more important than he is.. Libya and its people were the unlucky victims of his childish vanity.. Not only did this bird-brained action turn Libya into a hideous, bloody chaos without hope, it removed the single most important barrier between Europe and the Third World.. Without Gaddafi’s stringent control of his coastline, the economic refugees of the whole of Africa and much of the Middle East (many of them fleeing wars and conflicts begun or encouraged by us) can clamber into coffin ships and set out across the Mediterranean.. Liberal vanity kills and goes on killing.. And it is all the worse because the culprits continue to have such high opinions of themselves.
( An extract from an article by Peter Hitchens, 02.11.2014 )

In 1991 when the Communist Party was crushed and the USSR collapsed, the Russians believed there was an unspoken agreement that, in return for this, they would be allowed their dignity.. Yet for the last 25 years they have been falsely accused of all sorts to hide Western agendas.
( Dion Felsrow )

Lucky me.. I was in Italy for the dawn of 2018.. New Year’s Day is my birthday and I’d go to the ends of the Earth to avoid it altogether if I could.. I dislike birthdays.. Anyhow, arriving in Italy it was a birthday treat to still be able to relish the expediency of the EU passport control queue.. The non-EU queue was long and slow.. The immigration officials unsmiling and suspicious.. A grim taste of things to come whenever we venture across the channel come 2019.
( Fiona Phillips, 06.01.2018 )