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Political parties – there are very BIG differences in their policies.

This is crucial knowledge.

This is the knowledge that the mainstream media have meticulously hidden, distorted, ridiculed, misrepresented or silenced over the last 4 years.

It is our responsibility to share this over and over until May 7th.

Let’s get to it.

Political parties – there are very BIG differences in their policies..


Conservatism in a nutshell.

Conservatism in a nutshell.
Liberal Democrats may deny their support of this ideology. Judge them by their actions not their words.
Humanity deserves better than this.
Humanity is better than this.

Politics and Insights


It’s not enough to defeat Tory ideology. We also have to defeat the “drum beat”. We have to defeat the Tory propaganda machine that brainwashes people with their slogans and catch-phrases. You’ve heard those slogans -“less government”, “personal responsibility”, “hard-working families” “making work pay” and lots of flag waving. These are shorthand for an entire world-view. But ever such a shabby, ruthless and paltry one.1209102_539900659412800_1664499134_n

A clue is in the name: The word “Tory” derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe, which means  outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning “pursuit”, since outlaws were “pursued men”. It was originally used to refer to an Irish outlaw and later applied to Confederates or Royalists in arms. The term was thus originally a term of abuse. The Tories live by plunder. They steal your taxes, your public services, your state provision and your labour, in order to raise more money…

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Women MPs should ‘toughen up’.

Women MPs should ‘toughen up’..


As I tentatively tiptoe into politics, I recognise that it is as shark infested as many male dominated working environments.

Where women are expected to become ‘like the men’ rather than the men to ever challenge their behaviour and change the damn context to a professional meritocracy without cabals, undercurrents of covert – and blatant – power or the ancient and modern factions which determine to preserve the status quo for the minority and privileged.

Perhaps I have experienced enough male bullying to not be phased? Well yes I have as it goes, but regardless, it terrifies me that I may be given both the opportunity and the challenge to negotiate my way through the rows of teeth and blood stained froth.

The alternative is to back down and do nothing – and that is never going to happen.

The problem isn’t that some women find it too brutal to survive, the problem  is that this arcane behaviour  still exists in the 21C and is allowed to continue poisoning democracy for everyone.

The only way to change it is to get the hell in there and go shark fishing.

Anyone seen my harpoon?

Hunger striker protesting against UK government’s treatment of disabled censored by Facebook


To keep this moving through the ether – to all six of you.

This is as important as all the other protests around the globe which facebook cheerfully profits from.

Censorship is never going to work-the genie is out of the thought box.

Please read and press/share/tweet.

All of our voices are valid.


Hunger striker protesting against UK government’s treatment of disabled censored by Facebook.

Political Barbed Wire

Political Barbed Wire.

Isn’t it interesting how much we don’t know in this ‘information age’?

This ownership of great tracts of land – and housing – by a minority which under current governmental manipulations, sets the agenda for lawbreaking, disingenuous misinformation or outright erasure of reality.

Of course it would be crass to remind ourselves that the same minority who now govern access to property, capital and thus power, also limit our access to employment, define our salary levels and manipulate the information systems which set the level and content of popular discourse.

Where do they find the time.

This is 21st C Enclosure; the removal of communal access to land and community power, the removal of the right to secure housing and the opportunity to provide for oneself and ones community. Removing our ability to support ourselves independently funnels our expenditure back to the very minority who profit from our dependence.

This pattern of social control ought to be  familiar, where the majority are controlled by a minority and taught to keep themselves in a position of powerless low income amid arguable ignorance of the reality of  their own status.

We exist within a new Feudal System, but we are blinded to it by the shine on our TV screens and laptops.

The  swaggering arrogance of ministers appointed to protect their own interests, suggests that this will not change anytime soon.

Labour is hard work

Labour is hard work.

This is not exactly in line with my feelings on the matter, but is pretty close – in particular the lovely statement, ‘the centre is not the centre because you call it that’. I do admire the clarity, honesty and eloquence of this, when I grow up, I’d like to write as well as this.

I do share the pining for politicians with the courage to be publicly passionate, angry, driven by their ideals and beliefs, demonstrating integrity above the need to hold onto power and money. That is what I crave more than, almost, anything.

Come on all you Lions and Lionesses of the leftish, get bloody angry. We are… and we’re  waiting for you to catch up.

Where Did The Left Go?

I have been at various times, baffled, infuriated, disgusted and distraught by the apparent spinelessness of the political Left in this country – and elsewhere – in the last few years. Lets face it, since the Conservative government ushered in the age of greed and the return of the undeserving poor in the 80’s, we have careened down the slippery slope of a brutal capitalism that uses the freedom chant to blind us to its consequences.

The access to power and capital has been inexorably removed from all but the minority. The Left have become ashamed of their beliefs in a corporate media creation of a society which is not one.

In this new in-humane world, Socialism has become a dirty word and the political Left have hamstrung themselves out of fear of both their own origins and the dominantly Right of centre media. Between Scylla and Charybdis they row in circles getting wetter by the minute and going nowhere.

While they wring their hands in apology – for what I am not entirely sure despite the Mail’s attempt to convince me- there is a substantial chunk of society hurling tow ropes at them, prepared to back any group who have the courage to stand for humanity in a mad world …If only the Left would stop flapping and get on with rowing.

In the meantime the 50% of the population earning less than £25k pa are abandoned to the reactionary delusions of people who are creating a newly brutal definition of the term double-speak. For those who aren’t clear, that means using benign language to describe something which is cruel and destructive.

This article is an interesting take on this perspective. A reminder that the Left is real, does exist and continues to rail against devastation being wrought around us, albeit that we are being censored by silence  in the mainstream.

We are still here, just keep swimming…

Please read and enjoy.

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