Sometimes You Have To Be Done

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 )

Before you ask yourself why someone doesn’t like you.
Ask yourself why you even care.

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 )

Smile at people who don’t like you. They hate it.

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 )

Sometimes you have to be done.
Not angry or upset, just done.

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 )

I wish I met some people a little earlier, some a little later,
And some never at all.

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 )

Very often it’s the people with a broken heart who try to help you.

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 )

No matter how good a person you are, someone will always hate you.

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 )

I wish I could get a refund for all the time I’ve wasted on people.

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 )

I don’t hold grudges.
I just remember what happened.. I remember the facts.

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 )

Some people may only like you if you fit inside their box.
Tell them to shove the box up their ass.

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.

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 )

It’s a good feeling when someone simply asks, ‘How are you ?’

I sometimes think of the people who weren’t there for me, and thank them for forcing me to find my own way.

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 )

We owe no one any explanation of what we do or say.
Our life is ours, not theirs.

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 )

Self-care is not being selfish, it’s a necessity.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for others.

Always appreciate and be good to the people who make an effort to stay in your life.

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 )

Whether you are right or wrong, someone will always criticise you.

Some people decide to go through their darkest times alone.
Not telling and not asking family or friends for help.

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 care for the old folk who once cared for us is something we all should do.

If you don’t do stupid things while you are young,
You will have nothing to laugh about when you are old.

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 )

If you see something good in someone, tell them.
It may only take a few seconds to say,
But for them, it may help them on their way.

Instead of wiping away your tears, wipe away the people who make you cry.

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 ) 

Be kind to yourself, and then let your kindness fill the hearts of others.

There is nothing that gives us trouble more than our own thoughts.

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 )

Life doesn’t always give you what you want.
Not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve much more.

Sometimes, in the end, all we learn is how to be strong alone.

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 )

I don’t want much.
I just want people who are reading this to be healthy, happy and loved.

I greet this new day with joy, a priceless gift of a new day, another day reprieved from death. I am indeed a fortunate soul and the hours of today are a bonus, and probably undeserved compared to some who left too soon.

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 )

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