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Theresa May’s Government. A Very British Farce.

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What Could Be More Ridiculous?

That our Queen should be subject to the humiliation of delivering today’s speech is beyond forgiveness.

Mrs May brings our nation and the Conservative Party into deep disgrace.  There is no other period in modern history when we have been so rudderless, utterly without leadership and no prospect of anyone capable of taking charge.

An Absence Of Leadership

Corbyn’s campaign was inspirational. I take my hat off to him, salute, bend my knee, acknowledge as gracefully as I can that he was magnificent.

He made best use of Theresa May’s dreadful mistakes and charmless persona and the result was a triumph, if not a victory.  It was very close to the result I wanted.  In late May I wrote ‘The Best Election Outcome Is A Tory Government With A Weakened Theresa May.’

The prospect of doing a deal with the DUP, a party of socially retarded bigots with links to loyalist terrorism, is disgusting.  It throws into sharp focus the equally disgusting attacks on Corbyn for his efforts at peacemaking.  But even that is failing.

Mrs May is, beyond doubt, incompetent as PM.  The important issue is who can provide desperately needed leadership?

 

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June 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm

How Much So-Called ‘Anti-Semitism’ is Actually Opposition To Israeli War Crimes?

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Yes, On This Subject I Am A Corbyn Supporter

Yes, On This Subject I Am A Corbyn Supporter

It suits supporters of Netanyahu’s gangster regime to characterise any and all opposition to it as anti-semitism.  It’s also true that much of that opposition and emotional outrage is badly framed and expressed so that it can be easily or deliberately misinterpreted as opposition to the Jewish people and their religion.  But the Israeli regime itself plays fast and loose with the confusion between state, race, nationality and religion.  It twists and distorts anything to justify its apartheid policy and genocide of the Palestinian people.

Personally, I see very little anti-semitism.  In fact I cannot remember the last time I saw any words, behaviour or actions that could properly be described as such.  On the other hand there are daily examples of the brutal discrimination, oppression, murder, land theft and extra-judicial execution of Palestinians.

So I call total balderdash on the invented stories of anti-semitism within Labour.  In this instance, I believe Jeremy Corbyn and Shami Chakrabati are absolutely in the right.  Of course, there are the loony left extremists in Labour who are a danger to the whole of our society.  They undoubtedly push their delusional agenda of a Jewish banker mafia but they are bonkers anyway.  We all have to deal with their idiocy on a daily basis.  The far greater danger they pose is their already-achieved elimination of any effective parliamentary opposition.

No, the accusations of anti-semitism, including from the Home Affairs Committee, come from the pro-zionist apologists for Israeli war crimes.  I really don’t believe that amongst decent, honourable British people of all political persuasions, there is any significant anti-Jewish prejudice or actions.  Obviously I’m not saying it never happens but it’s largely Israeli government propaganda.

The answer is to root out the corrupt Israeli lobby in the UK Parliament and in US Senate and Congress.  Stand up to Netanyahu and the despicable conduct of so many in the Knesset. Give the Israeli people back the freedom to live in peace with their neighbours and for the nation to flourish without the hatred and oppression which constrains it today.

The BBC’s ‘Traingate’ Attack On Corbyn Is Both Hypocritical And Unfair.

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Every single day of the year, BBC news crews do exactly what Jeremy Corbyn’s video crew did on his train journey the other day. They ‘set up’ a shot to make the point or illustrate the story they want to communicate. When the interviewer nods thoughtfully in response to an interviewee’s wise words, it’s all acting. On a single camera shoot you do the cutaways after the interview and edit them in afterwards. If you can’t get the shot you need at the time you’re there, you set it up for the camera.

There’s nothing new, clever or dishonest about this. What is dishonest is the BBC’s use of it to smear and abuse a man who was just doing his job in exactly the same way as a BBC journalist. Of course the anti-Corbyn Fleet Street Mafia has leapt on it with alacrity, a lot more dishonesty, abuse, exaggeration and bile – but what would you expect from the British press?

Self-Serving Hypocrite

Self-Serving Hypocrite

As for Richard Branson, I used to be fan like most of the rest of the country but in the last five years I’ve realised that he is an entirely self-serving, selfish and self-centred individual. Nothing the matter with that either, except that he presents himself as a pious, altruistic and groovy guy who’s down with the common people and on their side.  There’s as much truth in that as there is Branson in Branston pickle. It’s rubbish. On drugs policy Branson is grandstanding and nothing else. His loose change from yesterday’s jeans would transform the British cannabis campaign but he’s too mean to come up even with a tenner. Seeing him wade in with the mob beating up Corbyn and kick him two or three times while he’s down is truly sickening.

The far more serious matter though is the BBC’s hypocrisy and dishonesty which must be a breach of its Royal Charter obligations. The BBC is composed of soft-left Blairites with a powerful built-in default to the status quo. While I don’t support any of the multiple, confused versions of the Labour Party, I’m in even less support of corrupt, dishonest conduct by our national broadcaster.

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August 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

Oh No! Do We Really Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis?

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It’s a bit like when Russell Brand came out in favour. He’s right, just as Corbyn is but it doesn’t do us any good.  It just gives our opponents ammunition to portray the campaign as the preserve of losers and eccentrics.

I quite like Jeremy Corbyn, even if many of his policies are, in my opinion, bonkers.  I certainly think he’s a very healthy influence on British politics but his support is not going to help us gain legal access to medicinal cannabis.  If anything it’ll get in the way.  With at least 10 years of Tory government in front of us, probably 20, allying ourselves with Corbyn is going to alienate those whose minds we need to change.

Eccentrics, Please Do Not Apply.

Eccentrics, Please Do Not Apply.

Again, like Russell Brand, whose intellect is beyond doubt, so is Corbyn’s sincerity – although his statements on wider drugs policy at last night’s leadership hustings are as confused as any politician on the illiberal wing of the Conservative Party or the authoritarian wing of Labour.  It seems Mr Corbyn is just as much in favour of prohibition and supporting criminal drugs markets as any alcohol-sponsored Tory MP.

It’s not Jeremy Corbyn we want onside. It’s politicians that now or in the future will hold the reins of power.  I admire the way he has seen off the despicable rump of New Labour, Blairite ponces.  Their spiritual leader, Peter Mandelson, and his up and coming disciples like Chuka Umunna are the last people we want anywhere near government.  The record of science-deniers like Jack Straw, Jacqui Smith and Alan Johnson is best forgotten. If Corbyn can keep that nasty bunch occupied and distracted he will deserve huge credit.  I wouldn’t quite, yet, place him in the same category as Tony Benn, a man who I disagreed with profoundly yet respected enormously but he’s cast from the same mould.  He is a man of integrity but sadly, not a man cut out for success in terms of gaining political power.

If I’m wrong about Corbyn and his support does positively influence the campaign for medicinal cannabis, I’ll gladly eat my hat  – or present Match of the Day in my underpants or whatever forfeit is deemed appropriate.  In the meantime though, CLEAR will continue to focus on and work with politicians who can actually make a difference.

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August 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Bullying Oaf, John Mann MP, A Perfect Representative Of Netanyahu’s Israel.

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John Mann, Unfit To Be An MP

The disgraceful, thuggish behaviour of John Mann in his assault of Ken Livingstone happens every day in Palestine.  There, it may be heavily armed IDF soldiers dealing with Palestinian children.  Or an Israeli demolition team throwing elderly grandparents out on the street before sending in the bulldozers to destroy their home.  It’s often far worse: a young Palestinian man taken out of sight and summarily executed simply because the IDF know they can get away with it.

The IDF At Work

The IDF At Work

John Mann’s conduct is right in line with the aggressive, brutal arrogance that characterises the state of Israel. The pathetic response of the Labor Party, so many spineless, politically-correct MPs ganging up against Livingstone, alleging that his reference to Hitler’s 1933  Haavara Agreement with Zionist German Jews is somehow ‘anti-semitic’.  The readiness of these cowards to jump on this bandwagon is contemptible, as are the underhand attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn with the same charge.

The Tory Party is already well under the Israeli cosh and subservient to its two-phase strategy, donate and bully, donate and insist on a blind eye to Israeli war crimes.  Now Labour, in utter shambles between the Blairites and the hard left, are vulnerable to the most crafty, insidious political gameplayers of all.  Israel is a nation intent on subversion of western democracies at every level while imposing its brutal, racist, apartheid policies at home.

All honourable Israelis; Jew, Christian, Muslim and those of no faith, must rise up against this monstrous regime that is largely responsible for the Middle East conflict and now threatens the cohesion and stability of western nations. The corrupt influence of the  pro-Israel lobby must be rooted out from our political parties and all parts of our society.

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April 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

George Galloway Talks More Sense On Syria Than Anyone Else. Where Is A Credible British Leader?

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George Galloway on the Sunday Politics

George Galloway on the Sunday Politics

On this morning’s BBC politics-fest the most credible views on Syria I heard were from George Galloway.  He was balanced, intelligent, rational and focused on the issue rather than his personal advancement.

Corbyn is a pacifist, whatever he says and that is an untenable position for a leader.  I agree with him about the futility of bombing in Syria and that it will create rather than solve problems for us at home in the UK. However, I think he is incredible and incompetent. His confusion about the use of deadly force against marauding terrorists was unforgiveable.  He won’t last much longer.

Michael Fallon is a bumptious, Tory fool, better suited to life as a provincial solicitor than as defence minister.  Dr Liam Fox would be more use caring for patients than as a warmongering, hard right authoritarian disguised as a friendly GP. Cameron is a liar about there being 70,000 soldiers on the ground ready to support action against Daesh/ISIS, just like Blair was a liar about Saddam Hussein able to launch a WMD attack in 45 minutes.  I’m afraid I think his principal motivation is that he wants to be at the ‘top table’ with Obama and Hollande and he feels left out.  It’s a pathetic reason but I fear it’s true.  It’s his personal prestige he’s most concerned about.

I can see no argument at all that bombing in Syria will make us safer, the reverse is the truth.  The story about British forces having greater precision bombing capability with our Brimstone missiles is propaganda.  I believe that the US, France, Russia and all modern military powers have at least equivalent if not better capability.

Dropping bombsThe most convincing argument I can see for bombing in Syria is that our ally, France, has asked for our assistance.  I would be more ready to support such action if we were prepared to do the job properly and that means putting in our own ground forces.

I don’t want war but Daesh/ISIS is a evil ideology just like Nazism and we need to destroy it.  I think we need to put a substantial force of highly trained professional soldiers on the ground and expect that we will take many casualties but that we will root out the terrorists house by house, room by room until the job is properly done and that includes removing Assad. Thereafter, we need to be ready to stay there for at least a decade until civil society is restored.  This is why we have a military and if we don’t use it as necessary then why do we bother?

I am more convinced every day that the election result this year was a disaster for Britain.  Cameron is an oily, self-serving creep with no integrity, no backbone and interested only in advancing his own interests. The Tory frontbench is composed mainly of toady yes men (and women) who fail to achieve the intellectual and moral qualities that we should expect from ministers.  Personally I blame the Tory dominated press and all those weak, flip flopping voters who turned on the Liberal Democrats.  Another coalition would have set Britain on the right course.  That we now have a government with a mandate from just 24% of the electorate is absolute proof that British democracy has failed.

I fear that the outcome of all this will be more half measures.  Then there will be another terrorist outrage, quite probably in the UK, possibly even in America. Then we’ll have more handwringing and the endless cycle of political posturing with no one having the courage to act will resume.

We have no moral justification for our conduct in the Middle East when we support Israel which is the most dangerous terrorist state, responsible for creating much of the hatred amongst followers of Islam and perpetrator of outrages every bit as heinous as Assad, Daesh/ISIS, Al Quaeda, Hussein or Gaddafi.

Let’s either do the job properly or let’s get out of the Middle East entirely.

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November 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Corbyn Finally Cracks.

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corbyn shoot to kill

I welcome the breath of fresh air that Jeremy Corbyn has brought to British politics.  I was never going to vote for him in a million years but the subversion of our corrupt political and media establishment has been a tonic long overdue.

Eventually though his loony tendencies have got the better of him.  His weak and cowardly failure to support the use of lethal force against terrorist violence means he is done for.  He will go no further and that is a pity because he has now blown his chance of having any further serious influence because of one simply idiotic but unforgivable mistake.

I believe he has now rendered himself unfit for any high office.  We cannot have a leader of the opposition who equivocates about defending our nation and innocent people against violent attack.

There can be no question about this.  Any member of the police, army or security services who is authorised to carry a weapon and sees life threatened must shoot and shoot to kill.

There are two important principles here.  The first will be clear to anyone who has had any firearms training. If the threshold has passed where you are entitled to open fire then you must stop the target.  That means you aim for the centre and you tap twice or three times.  Misty-eyed ideas about wounding or disabling are for Hollywood.  Anything less than a certain stop is a failure of duty and/or skill.

The second principle is a legal one.  If lethal force is justified then anything less means it wasn’t.  When that moment arrives you have to take the decision and the shot in sure and certain knowledge that you are justified and that you can rely on full support for your actions.

Corbyn has now changed his position and recognised the self-evident truth.  It is too late though.  Such a failure in leadership, decisiveness or the ability properly to communicate what he meant is beyond redemption. I am sorry to see him go.

Now, Britain desperately needs someone to challenge the Tory oligarchy.  All those who failed to vote Liberal Democrat when they had the chance are to blame.  We had an excellent, sincere, honest and able set of experienced politicians who we threw on the scrapheap and gifted our country to tyrants.

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November 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm