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Do You See Why It Is Violent? ..
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent.
Do you see why it is violent?
Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind.
When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.
So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system.
He is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
( Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986 )
Sadists Are Cowards And Bullies ..
Sadism involves gaining pleasure from seeing others undergo pain or discomfort.
Sadists don’t always exhibit physical violence or aggression, they often display aggressive social behaviours and get pleasure from humiliating others in order to achieve a sense of power over them.
Sadists are cowards and bullies, and often lack self-esteem and confidence.
I Prefer Britain To Lead By Example ..
I prefer to look at history and see us as a nation that doesn’t walk away from its European allies when there are continent-wide problems to be sorted.
I prefer Britain to lead by example rather than withdraw into some small-minded, fearful, insular, backward-looking shell.
( Brian Reade, 18.06.2016 )
When enemies attack your country, you don’t flee to other countries.
You stay and fight and show them why it’s your country.
I’ve been around the ruling class all my life, and I’ve been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country.
( Gore Vidal, 1925-2012 )
If Islam is a religion of peace, why is there no peace in the Middle East?
More Muslims are killed by other Muslims than all other groups combined.
Boris Johnson is the life and soul of the party but he’s not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening.
( Amber Rudd )
Our leaders and politicians fear those with knowledge.
And control those without it.
British Collusion With Terrorist Groups ..
British governments, both Labour and Conservative, have, in pursuing the so-called national interest abroad, colluded for decades with radical Islamic forces, including terrorist organisations.
They have connived with them, worked alongside them and sometimes trained and financed them, in order to promote specific foreign policy objectives.
With some of these radical Islamic forces, Britain has been in a permanent, strategic alliance to secure fundamental, long-term foreign policy goals.
With others, it has been a temporary marriage of convenience to achieve specific short-term outcomes.
The U.S. has been shown by some analysts to have nurtured Osama Bin Laden and al Qaida, but Britain’s part in fostering Islamist terrorism is invariably left out of these accounts, and the history has never been told.
Yet this collusion has had more impact on the rise of the terrorist threat than either Britain’s liberal culture or the inspiration for jihadism provided by the occupation of Iraq.
( Mark Curtis, 16.11.2015 )
Until we have a higher quality of politician, men and women who have worked in the real world, we are stuck with arrogant, second-rate chumps.
The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.
( Rosa Luxemburg )
We become failures only when we begin to blame someone else.
It seems that many UK MPs, both Conservative and Labour, blame the EU for their own doings.
Easy Mistake To Make ..
I woke up in America last week to hear a voice on the TV which made me think I was back home.
“He is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself.”
But then I spotted the caption and realised Senator Elizabeth Warren was talking about Donald Trump – not Boris Johnson.
Easy mistake to make.
( Brian Reade, 18.06.2016 )
For many, greed and selfishness is now the norm.
Morals and decency have eroded away.
Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.
Either we will replant the forests that we have destroyed ourselves.
Or the Earth will restore them herself, once we are gone.
I like to hangout with people that make me forget to look at my phone.
( Bill Murray )
History tells us that when you separate yourself by nationality, by belief, by religion, by politics, by tradition, it breeds violence.
Housing Is A Conservative Disaster Zone ..
Owning your own place, a house or flat you can call home, is the dying dream which nails the lie of the Tories as a party of aspiration.
Bitter disappointment awaits the young and not so young striving to scrape together a deposit when the average required is now £57,000.
The Conservative Government, dominated by the privileged class, deems as ‘starter’ properties costing as much as £450,000 – 16 times the average £27,600 annual salary.
These prices are a non-starter for the 200,000 fewer families buying a home now than at the close of the Labour years.
The fall since 2010 in owner occupation from 67.4% to 63.3% is the statistic which exposes that Tory aspiration lie.
Housing is a Conservative disaster zone, a market failure the Tories inflame with deranged policies pushing up prices and rents, destroying with a poisonous idealogical zeal the housing association and council sanctuaries that provide a secure roof for an affordable payment.
( Kevin Maguire, 25.01.2016 )
Most politicians are happy and wealthy, living in their own little world, but are absolutely worthless to society.
We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.
( Chris Hedges )
Modern slaves are not in chains, they are in debt.
Cameron And Boris Are Prepared To Wreck Europe ..
So the “Battle for Britain” and whether we remain in Europe will be fought by two bumbling Eton schoolboys.
This isn’t about Britain’s interests – it’s about Tory interests, personal ambition and massive egos.
This EU referendum is all about who leaves or remains in Number 10.
And you can tell Boris really wants it – he’s had a haircut!
Cameron and Johnson were part of the hell-raising Bullingdon Club, whose brattish members would smash up restaurants and let their rich dads pick up the bill.
Thirty years on, and Cameron and Boris are prepared to wreck Europe, our economy and jobs to woo their Eurosceptic backbench MPs.
( John Prescott, 28.02.2016 )
The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
Smear campaigns, as we often see in politics, are carefully constructed by using lies, false accusations, and exaggerations, in an attempt to destroy the credibility of their target and to hide their own insecurities.
At the same time they paint themselves as innocent, worthy and upstanding.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
( Elie Wiesel )
The person who has to bake a loaf to earn the money to buy a slice of bread is not free.
How Can I Get On, At The Expense Of You? ..
In 1945 we had probably the best reforming government we’ve had, in the Attlee government.
The consciousness of people was that we were a collective and we were stronger together than as individuals.
People had made that sacrifice to win the war, so the consciousness was: We’ve achieved things that will never be taken away from us, like the health service, like public ownership of the mines, of transport, of gas, electric – it was ours.
And now, that’s gone, we’ve just given it away.
Allowed politicians to give it to their friends.
And the cult of the individual, from 1979 onwards, which New Labour followed, has killed that.
The consciousness now is not: “How can we work together?”
It’s: “How can I get on, at the expense of you?”
That’s pretty horrible.
( Ken Loach )
Unions have been the only powerful and effective voice working people have ever had in the history of this country.
( Bruce Springsteen )
If we are pronounced dead when our heart stops.
Why are we not pronounced alive when our heart starts?
It’s not like we think poor people are lizards or anything, but they’re certainly not what we would call proper human beings.
I’d say they are some sort of human/vermin hybrid.
( Chris Grayling, UK Tory MP and Justice Secretary )
To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is.
Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favours among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.
( Norman Mailer )
If you believe nobody should get something for nothing.
Then you should be against receiving inheritance.
I am free to talk shit about this country in the hope that it changes into the country I come from where I am forced to keep my mouth shut.
( Overheard outside a Mosque )
The world is controlled by bankers, corporations and weapons manufacturers.
They work from the shadows manipulating public perception so the public will argue over petty issues while the corporate fat-cats make billions.
It’s always been about profits over people.
Tories Standing Up For Workers In China, Not Britain ..
First warships, then trains and now, wind turbines just 10 miles from the threatened Port Talbot steel works are going to be built with foreign metal.
You have to wonder if Tory Ministers are striving to shut down British industry.
A Government flying the flag would favour British steel for British jobs instead of letting a few quid be saved by buying Chinese steel when we, the taxpayers, pick up a much higher bill for workers dumped on the dole.
Tory Chancellor George Osborne is once again standing up for workers.
Unfortunately they’re in China, not Britain.
( Daily Mirror, 25.01.2016 )
The people did not cause this debt.
The old folk who get sick did not cause this debt.
Hungry children did not cause this debt.
Families who had their homes repossessed did not cause this debt.
YOUR WARS CAUSED THIS DEBT.
TAX-CUTS FOR THE RICH CAUSED THIS DEBT.
Why are foreigners living in Britain dismissively called immigrants while Britons living in foreigners’ lands are respectfully called ex-pats?
( Brian Reade, 28.05.2016 )
France is asking Google to cough up £1.3billion in back taxes.
That’s ten times more than Osborne got out of them – and he thought it was a “major success”.
If Boy George had the guts to be as tough as the French, that £1.3billion would easily clear the current NHS deficit!
( John Prescott, 28.02.2016 )
Wars Are Big Business ..
Weapons manufacturers want war so they can sell their products to both sides.
Bankers want war so they can lend money at interest to both sides.
Governments want war because it boosts their ego and deflects from the real issues at hand.
Nothing will ever be their fault.
Everything will be about their needs and their wants.
They lack empathy and compassion for both people and animals, they care only about themselves.
Everyone and everything will be used to achieve their needs and agendas.
( Rose Winfold on the Conservative Party )
Around 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations.
Owned by just SIX corporations in the USA.
London’s Historic Dock Sold to the Chinese ..
The Royal Docks Enterprise Zone is a £692million Chinese-funded project that includes redevelopment of the whole area.
At part of it, the Royal Albert Docks will be the Asian Business Port that will provide a home to eastern companies to set up shop, and a host of incentives will be offered.
In 2013, Chinese developer Advanced Business Park (ABP) acquired sole private ownership of the 35-acre estate through a Development Agreement with the Greater London Authority.
It was joined by China Minsheng Investment Corp, China’s largest private investment firm.
“After the project is completed, it will be the international platform and foundation for Chinese companies and capital to enter the European market,” Minsheng president Li Huaizhen said after signing the deal with the UK finance ministry.
This privatisation of public land is a hot-button issue at the moment, as increasing amounts of public space is sold off to the highest corporate bidder, making London’s denizens, according to some, feel like trespassers in their own city.
This new species of urban space – christened “pops” or “privately-owned public spaces” – has blossomed in recent years.
Examples include the Olympic Park in Stratford and the space surrounding City Hall, the home of the London mayor, which is owned by More London – an offshore investment company that rents the land to the Mayor of London.
These spaces are still public places, in the sense they are open to the public, but are now governed by the rules of the private corporations that own them, rather than laws governing communal public urban spaces.
This has led to rules that restrict public gatherings, speeches and photography.
( International Business Times, 07.06.2016 )
The people who stay true to those who put them in power – these are the people I admire – not the people who climb into power on the backs of others, kick away the ladder and are presented as ‘men of principle’ and ‘moderates’.
( Tony Benn, 1925-2014 )
A Government will twist the words of a victim who may cause them problems, and manipulate the situation in order to isolate the victim and turn other people against him or her.
Tory Government benefit cuts have left more people living below the poverty line than at the height of the 2008 financial crash.
A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found 11.6 million are struggling, an increase of a third, and the majority are in working households.
Families with children have been worst hit.
( Jason Beattie, 15.02.2016 )
How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political power to keep wealth in power?
Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century.
( Aneurin Bevan )
Tory Contempt For The NHS ..
I didn’t ask for this referendum on Europe and chances are neither did you.
It raised its head in the Tory manifesto which was voted for by 24% of eligible British adults.
So, bearing in mind that 95% of them would still have voted Tory if a blue rosette had been stuck on a lobotomised sheep, hardly anyone asked for it.
We are only embarrassing ourselves, as European leaders wrestle with a Biblical refugee crisis and Putin’s Stalin tribute act, because a shiny-faced PR man called Cameron tried to lure the Johnny Foreigner-hating wing of his party away from UKIP.
And the PR man’s tongue will no doubt catch just enough crumbs off Angela Merkel’s table to keep the status quo, before heading into a lucrative retirement claiming to have given the British people its say on the most vital issue of our times.
But that’s a lie.
Europe may be important to politicians and residents of Planet Farage, but to the majority of us, a far more pressing issue is the wilful destruction of the NHS.
There is only one referendum we need now.
One that asks whether or not we still want a National Health Service.
And if so, whether we’re prepared to pay the extra taxes needed to keep it alive.
Because if we don’t, our greatest modern achievement will soon have its life-support machine switched off.
This week alone we heard that 40% of hospitals offer poor care for the dying, 68% of GPs say their workload is unmanageable and 8,500 healthy patients are trapped on wards because social care budgets have been decimated.
Next week sees another junior doctors strike, caused by a health secretary, who rather than negotiate with dedicated professionals chooses to smear and demoralise them in the hope they will lose public support and have unfair contracts forced on them that will see many resign.
Tory contempt for the NHS is now that blatant.
( Brian Reade, 06.02.2016 )
Remember, it didn’t start with gas chambers.
It started with politicians dividing the people with ‘US v THEM’.
It started with intolerance and hate speech and when people stopped caring, became desensitised and turned a blind eye.
I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
( Martin Luther King Jr. )
The Government continue to urge the people to tolerate current cuts to social care, health and public services, none of which affects them, with the promise of better times to come.
Osborne’s Pandering To The Tax Avoiding Wealthy ..
George Osborne praising a sweetheart tax deal with Google is a Chancer of the Exchequer in the pocket of international fat-cats.
The £130million for 10 years doing evil is a pathetic 2.77% rate when workers pay 20% and Trust Fund babe ‘Sir’ George grabbed £600million by forcing small business to file tax returns quarterly rather than annually.
Osborne’s pandering to the tax avoiding wealthy is best illustrated by Christian Aid research revealing British financial holes exploited by the filthy rich – squalid havens such as Bermuda, the Cayman and Virgin Islands – fail to publish even meagre company ownership registers promised by the Conservatives.
Leave Google aside for a moment and it’s a fair supposition that greedy multi-millionaires and billionaires didn’t fund the Conservative election victory to pay more tax.
And the Buller Boy who wants to be PM isn’t going to bite the thieving hands that feed his party.
( Kevin Maguire, 25.01.2016 )
Can we make it law every time a politician says “going forward”, a voter has the right to punch them in the mouth?
( Brian Reade, 02.06.2016 )
When an idiot or a fool or a cheat is unable to dispute or challenge the truth, they will often resort to childish name-calling or abuse in a pathetic attempt to ridicule and discredit the person or persons who state the truth.
( Rose Winfold )
Hypocritical Tories ..
What I find hypocritical of Tories is their concern for UK parliamentary sovereignty while selling off most of our important public sector industries to the private sector in other countries, or state companies run by European governments.
Our new nuclear programme is being run by EDF – a French state-owned company.
And three quarters of our train franchises are owned by foreign state-owned or backed railways.
Financial interest always trumps national interest for Tories.
( John Prescott, 28.02.2016 )
Can we please have more celebrities that have a talent, and not the foul-mouthed idiots that appear on reality TV shows?
Please let our children grow up with positive role models and not attention-seeking, talentless morons.
Lord Alan Sugar, who was ennobled by Labour, has defected to the Tories to become David Cameron’s Enterprise Tsar, despite calling him and his chancellor economic incompetents.
( Brian Reade, 28.05.2016 )