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 )