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Wednesday, 5 April 2017
The hands that drive your opinion.
Yesterday much was being made of the of the fact that Jeremy Corbyn finally pushed back at a reporter asking if he was considering stepping down. This Question, as he so rightly stated, well not stated emphasised, has been the mainstay of the press since he was elected leader. Despite Numerous complaints, University studies on bias, Time after time stories being proven wrong, or twisted. The press keeps its agenda going. “when are you going to resign?”, “When are you going to hold the government to account”. And so on.
It was pointed out, to a largely shocked and silent reporter, that the PRESS has been failing in its job. There were a few articles that picked this up, but a lot of them still followed the directives, and twisted it to look as though the outburst (as one called it), showed a man losing control.
Now we have the twitter storm, and threads on Facebook about Ken Livingstone and his 1 year suspension. The judgement actually admits “In the OPINION of the NEC”. Note Not “As proven in this enquiry”, or “As found in Evidence”. IN THE OPINION! Not one reference to his years of service, or his drive against racism as Mayor.
Closed door, closed Court. Closed Minds.
Perhaps time, and party money, could be used more productively. Such as to find the people responsible for spending so much persecuting party members over the last year?
Now there is a twitter storm from some saying it isn’t enough.
WHO IS DRIVING THIS?
Take a look at the people behind these things. The Daily Mail ( the only western world newspaper BANNED as a source of information by Wikipedia), has just been held up as one of the main Hate drivers against Immigrants. The SUN, almost totally banned from Liverpool, and derided by most satirists. The BBC, Question time is a joke, they think it’s a balanced panel if they give more time to UKIP and the odd entertainer thatn any Corbyn supporter. The Andrew Marr show on politics should be taken over by the light entertainment section, because he gives a free ride to Conservatives, he allowed Blair to state it was alright to be a newspaper editor and an MP.
AS the press and media drive your attention towards Gibraltar, Blue passports, who has the best legs. Think about the things they are not holding the Government to account about.
Where are the investigative reporters digging in to the results of the Osbourne Welfare time bomb? Why has Blair had such a free ride after Chilcot. Anyone heard anything about the Election fraud lately? Prison conditions and riots, G4s Contracts? NHS sell offs, Branson suing the NHS in a sulk over not getting a contract? (one that he did not get as opposed to the many he has).
The Main media has been driving the discussion of the right for years, and in general the public has not noticed. It is only recently with the popular upsurge in engagement that the Bias has become so noticeable to so many. Because now we talk to each other. Now we can see the reins.
In America, Bernie Saunders has not gone away, you would be forgiven for believing this if all you get is you info from MSM.
His last video interview gained 1.7 million views. That is 4 x the views of FOX for similar interviews. He is reaching out to America over the web and being very successful at it.
Use Main stream media, listen to what they are saying and how they are saying it. And ask.. What about homelessness, what about the Rail system, where are your reports on NHS privatisation, where are your questions to the government on How THEY are handling Brexit, When are you going to ask the difficult questions of the Prime Minister, the one actually responsible for the mess, not the leader of the opposition trying Damage Limitation. Where are the people asking the Government ministers the questions they are driving at the opposition SHADOW secretaries?
The Way the press is acting, one would be forgiven for thinking they are rehearsing for when labour gets in to power. Do they know something we don’t?
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Calling the kettle black ( the pot's view)
One of the reasons I started this page is the ridiculous notion that labour has not been a good opposition under Corbyn. That They have been letting the tory government get away with their attacks on the poor and disabled.
Well those people who are making those assertions are, first, showing a lack of understanding of the way majority politics work. And secondly, following the mass media force fed line that the government can do no wrong, and the Labour MPs can do no right.
Then there is the statement that opposition is only coming from the SNP.
This is mainly because of the Young Campaigning MP Mhairi Black. She has proven that a person with Compassionate views can be a force in politics no matter what party you are from. But even here, this well-respected newcomer has found that no matter the value and obvious need of your Bill, the Government majority can talk it out, or vote it out.
Labour is not doing itself any favours. Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and McDonnell the labour party has started to return to its founding principles, a situation that is being fought at every chance by groups funded in part by the same people who fund the Tory party.
There is a lot of talk, no anger, at the moment about the perceived influence and motives behind Momentum. A group that has, from the start, made no effort to hide its views or aims. It supports Jeremy Corbyn, It wants the Grass roots of the party to have influence on decisions, it wants the end of Top Down Dictatorship. It is attacked as Trotsky, Entryist, and far worse. It has almost as many attacks on it as JC himself, with as much journalistic value.
Progress is another group, set up in 1996 to influence the way the Labour party was run, it hardly gets ANY press. Yet it is registered at Company house, it quite openly opposes JC and McD, It supports EVERY candidate that opposes JC, And it is even behind the challenge of the Unite Leader. These are the people that call others Entryist!
Make no mistake in your opinion, there is a battle at the heart of the Labour party. On the one hand are the ones trying to Drag the party towards a Democratic Socialist model, one that has been PROVEN to work in the past and is actually seen as NORMAL in the Scandinavian Countries. And on the other are those looking to drag the party towards the right of centre views that did so well for Blair, Brown and Prescott. These policies and views saw the back of one of the most Entrenched Tory Partys ever, and had many good points for their time. But they are also the policies and attitudes that Lost labour Scotland, that support the tory party in many ways (voting with the cuts to the PIP, voting with the bedroom tax). They then have the utter gall to call out the present leadership for not doing enough to oppose the Tory Party!
You have to be in power, to wield power. So let us call out those who blame the Labour party for the tory mess, let us shout back at these Tory apologists that its their mess, they have to clean it up or move over for those that will. Let us shout down the those who blame the victims for their situation.
And let us push back at the Entryist Red Torys who stole the Labour party from the people and sold it to the companies and business men.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
The Workhouse is Closer.
Today I found articles that scared me. THe first was a short film taken from a BBC report, I do not onow when it was shown, or where, It showed an ex Squadie, homeless and destitute. He fully admitted he was dependent on drink. But he also said he stole drink, not just to get the Drink itself, but to ensure that when he was caught he would have a few days in a nice warm Cell.
In another Story, reported in a few places, Is the story that the Self employed drivers for the privatised Parcel force. Self employed, but not allowed ot work for anyone else. These people are fined £250 if they are ill and do not provide cover. So they will loose the £200 day rate, be fined £250, costing them £450 to be ill. Apparently they were advised to club together to hire someone to be their cover. So now Employers have in one nice package managed to Underpay their workers, Find a way to reduce their fleet costs, (because the drivers have to provide their own van, tax it, and insure it), avoid paying the new workplace pension, avoid having to pay employers NI costs. And are forcing their "workers" to provide cover.
Workfare, and starbucks. Starbucks now makes any young applicant for work spend 5 weeks working on Workfare wage, in other words Starbucks do not pay them, we do via the welfare system. At the end of that period they are told if they are good enough to apply for a job, funnily enough there are seldom enough jobs going as the next batch of "applicants" are wiating. Hey they got work experience out of it, not that it helps.
And In todays Budget made things worse. Now Corporations that hire these people get a tax break, but the self employed have to pay more NI.
People are Dying because of this present Governments policies, Fact. Irrefutable, verifyable FACT. Fact highlighted by the UN.
Pointing out that Labour started a lot of the policies that this government are refining is a falacy, as we ALL know that the New Labour GOvernment was at heart Tory like in many of its attitudes, playing lip service to Socialist ideals at best.
So now. I will give an example of how hard it is to survive in the UK.
You are Young, just out of School. Your grades were good enough to get you in to a university, if you want this. Your parents are Just about managing to hold things together , both working in minimum pay jobs. So they are not going to be able to help you much. if at all. Your options are few, give up on the university application, or apply for the student loan. Whilst using the loan to pay for your tuition fees you will also have to find a job to pay for luxuries such as food and shelter.
After struggling your way through the university course you leave with a degree, or a certificate of education. and find yourself in the Workers trap. "to highly qualified, or Not enough experience". So that job packing shelves may no longer be available. But you can work for ASDA, or tesco, Maybe Starbucks, on workfare. If you get a job with ASDA you may only get enough to ensure you still qualify for welfare top up. Paying off the student loan, nah. Moving out of your parents house. Dream on.
And this is the society we are living in, one where we are repeatedly told we are the 6th largest economy in the world, yet our workers are some of the lowest paid in Europe. Unless that is, you class the Charmen, and upper echelons of big buisness as a worlker, then here you can earn fantasy wages for a few hours work. Up to £650,000 a year for one day a week. ( our ex chancellor).. but then, you have to be born in to that type of stratosphere.
Welcome to the revival of conditions that Charles Dickens would reconise.Welcome to the new world order. Welcome to a Britain so bleak and meek Soldiers of the second world war would Weep.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
The Privatised Transport CONThe following paragraph is a policy statement from the Labour party. find more at:- http://www.jeremyforlabour.com/policies
"Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled a transport strategy that will transform Britain’s public transport into an integrated, green, efficient and affordable system.
Britain’s public transport system is becoming a national embarrassment. Our railway network is now the most expensive in Europe – whilst taxpayers and passengers get a bad deal. Our bus services are facing cuts which threaten to leave low income and rural communities cut off, with too little local democratic municipal control.
Whether it’s buses or trains, the issue is the same. Transport is something which should be run as a public service for everyone’s benefit. Instead, we’re spending millions every year subsidising the profits of private companies, whilst all too often passengers are left frustrated as their local services are removed or not properly funded, fares keep going up, and staffing levels are cut."
But Privatisation has been proved to be more efficient, cry the opposition to this policy, it is the old unworkable idea.
THE BIG CON again
If Privatisation is so efficient, how is it that in actual fact a Large proportion of the rail system is actually being run by the state, just not our state. Many of the companies running British Rail way companies are owned by Public Rail companies from other countries!
East Coast Rail, initially failed under private companies, It was taken back in to public ownership and started to run at a profit, so the Conservatives sold it off again!
No rail operator in the UK owns its own stock, they lease it, From the government. No rail operator owns the tracks that they run the trains on. Rail track do, and they are PUBLICLY owned, and subsidised by the government.
When the rail network was 'Privatised', the rail stock maintenance and manufacturing parts of the British rail were not, and there were no orders for new stock. Result? Loss of jabs, loss of manufacturing expertise, and now our ageing stock has to be replaced from abroad, funnily enough from State owned Manufacturers in a lot of cases!
Now state owned and run companies in China, Japan, Germany, France, Holland, and other countries run our rail for us, whilst using the profits they gain to provide their own citizens with Faster, cleaner more efficient, and cheaper Rail networks than ours.
When you look for the truth behind the CONS, It makes sense to look to the alternative.
(Image if rail lines from Freedigitalphotos.net, by tiverylucky)