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Prepare for the most dumbed down election EVER

April 19, 2017 – 10:19 am | 2 Comments

So Theresa May will not take part in TV debates ahead of the planned general election, we are to believe she prefers  “to get out and about and meet voters” and the BBC meekly recycled that …

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Can Anybody Find Any Significant Difference Between May’s Policies and the British National Party Manifesto of 2005? : Craig Murray

April 21, 2017 – 11:55 am |

I was struck by how entirely similar Theresa May’s discourse is to that of the British National Party candidate I fought in Blackburn in 2005. That led me to turn to the BNP 2005 Manifesto, and I can see little significant difference between it and current Tory policy.

The British National Party in 2005 advocated:

– Severe cuts in immigration
– Leaving the EU
– Bringing back grammar schools
– Increased military spending
– More “security” and “strong leadership”
– Foreign policy driven by “British national interest” not human rights
– Reduce development aid

Indeed, the few differences I can find between the BNP 2005 manifesto and the current Tory platform are in areas like the NHS, where the Tories are more right wing than the BNP were.

Thankfully it was still considered by most people socially beyond the pale to support the BNP in 2005. Today the media portray anyone perceptibly to the left of those positions as mad. Society has changed markedly – and not for the better.

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Don’t trust the Lib Dems – insist they rule out being Tory enablers before you give them your vote

April 21, 2017 – 11:01 am |

Are we seriously going to get hoodwinked by the Lib Dems all over again? Have we forgotten that they propped up a Tory government for five years with votes cast as a protest AGAINST the …

Did we all take stupid pills? It’s the election fraud dummies! That’s why May called an election…

April 20, 2017 – 8:02 am | 3 Comments

There can be no excuses, I was taken in as perhaps y’all were taken in. I’m embarrassed to admit, I couldn’t see the link between this abrupt election call and the tory election fraud scandal until …

Prepare for the most dumbed down election EVER

April 19, 2017 – 10:19 am | 2 Comments

So Theresa May will not take part in TV debates ahead of the planned general election, we are to believe she prefers  “to get out and about and meet voters” and the BBC meekly recycled that …

May’s shameless contempt for the national interest must not be rewarded at the ballot box

April 18, 2017 – 2:33 pm | One Comment

Even allowing for the arrogance and cynicism of the Conservative Party under Theresa May, today’s announcement of a second general election in as many years reveals a utter lack of regard for the national interest and leaves …

If ever an image defined a moment in history….

April 1, 2017 – 8:17 pm | 3 Comments

We have to be grateful to former UKIP councillor Brian Sylvester for supplying us with the perfect image to accompany Brexit. Brian decided to suspend an upside down Union flag between two wheelie bins to …

Kick the weak – the resurgent ethos of Britain

January 15, 2017 – 2:37 pm | Comments Off on Kick the weak – the resurgent ethos of Britain

It strikes me that lots of people in Britain harbour an indignation that poisons civic life – they are all misty eyed for days of empire.
Not the modern financial services empire that insidiously makes London a …

Never Underestimate ‘Ordinary’ People’s Ability To Bring About Radical Change | Ian Sinclair

November 21, 2016 – 11:00 am | Comments Off on Never Underestimate ‘Ordinary’ People’s Ability To Bring About Radical Change | Ian Sinclair

“THE greatest lesson that we can take from our history is that we can only implement our vision and apply our values when we win power and form a government,” Labour MP Owen Smith repeated …

Is Modern Life A Mistake? Part Two | Paul Edwards

November 14, 2016 – 3:19 pm | Comments Off on Is Modern Life A Mistake? Part Two | Paul Edwards

There is a common narrative that we broadly share without realising it. This narrative concerns how we live now in comparison to how we lived in the past.
It is an article of secular contemporary faith …

Spoiled Americans now want to flee what they created | Malak Chabkoun

November 12, 2016 – 11:25 am | Comments Off on Spoiled Americans now want to flee what they created | Malak Chabkoun

The reactions of many Americans to the Trump victory is a symptom of their political immaturity
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Many Americans woke up on November 9 (or didn’t sleep to begin with) panicking about the future of the United States.
Citizens …

Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be ‘game over’, scientists warn

November 10, 2016 – 6:42 pm | Comments Off on Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be ‘game over’, scientists warn

New research suggests the Earth’s climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an ‘apocalyptic side of bad’ temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime.
If the Earth’s …

Is modern life a mistake? Part One | Paul Edwards

November 10, 2016 – 12:01 pm | 8 Comments

In a new series for Sodium Haze Paul Edwards will write about his deep soul felt feeling that many aspects of modern western life are a mistake. Mistakes that politicians, media outlets and market triumphalism are keen to represent …

It Was the Rise of the Davos Class That Sealed America’s Fate | Naomi Klein

November 10, 2016 – 12:15 am | One Comment

They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the …

Bernie Sanders would have beaten Trump. The Democrats have betrayed the world.

November 9, 2016 – 10:18 am | One Comment

So the USA has spoken. It wants Donald Trump as President. Much of the world will look on in aghast, incredulous horror.
His victory was predictable – those outside the media bubble predicted it  and preventing it …

Little Englander’s won’t gain anything worth having via Brexit.

November 8, 2016 – 2:57 pm | 5 Comments

Little England seems to be getting smaller all the time. In this Brexit wonderland, bile and spittle seem to fly in all directions – with new groups added to the list of “traitors” on a daily basis.
For daring to suggest that …

Britain’s real enemy is the corporate media – not our judges

November 4, 2016 – 2:24 pm | 2 Comments

Every day I look at the mainstream media and I see a war in progress. This war has two combatants and one battle. A daily shelling is conducted by vested corporate interests against anyone who tries to speak the truth. As far as …

Labour MP’s insisted we had to elect Corbyn twice – now THEY must face an election

September 24, 2016 – 11:00 am | 7 Comments

Of all the chutzpah that Labour’s right wing MP’s have brazenly fronted in the corporate media recently – the most laughable is their expertise on ‘electability’.
Every ‘electable’ candidate the right wingers have put forward has been trounced by Jeremy …

Provoking nuclear war by media | John Pilger

September 18, 2016 – 10:52 am | 3 Comments

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried …

Assad’s Death Warrant | Mike Whitney

September 18, 2016 – 10:42 am | Comments Off on Assad’s Death Warrant | Mike Whitney

“Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising …

David Cameron: The worst Prime Minister in British history.

September 12, 2016 – 5:36 pm | 2 Comments

So David Cameron is to step down as an MP. Time to reflect on his baleful legacy in public life.
I genuinely can’t think of a more poisonous, dishonest and self-serving figure in public life than …

Sociopathic criminals own and rule our world – let’s not kid ourselves otherwise

September 12, 2016 – 2:25 pm | Comments Off on Sociopathic criminals own and rule our world – let’s not kid ourselves otherwise

One of the things that the TV show ‘The Wire’ taught me was that crime doesn’t pay – because sociopaths and bullies can do far better inside the system than outside. Though raised on the street, even Stringer Bell …

Corbyn bats for Democracy – Smith for Corporate Power. It’s that simple.

August 18, 2016 – 2:24 pm | 4 Comments

The outcome of the Labour leadership election is a critical moment in British political history. Voters currently have a choice between a democratic activist in Jeremy Corbyn or a shill for corporate capture in Owen Smith.
The anti-democracy element within the Labour Party and their millionaire backers are working …

When Systems Crumble: Looking Beyond Global Capitalism | Richard D Wolff

August 16, 2016 – 12:41 pm | 2 Comments

As global capitalism staggers painfully, unevenly and dangerously in the wake of its 2008 collapse, its critics divide into two broad camps. One commits to fixing or reforming a capitalism that has somehow lost its …

Sri Lanka’s garment workers: paying a high price for cheap clothes | War on Want

August 16, 2016 – 9:09 am | Comments Off on Sri Lanka’s garment workers: paying a high price for cheap clothes | War on Want

Behind the electrified fences of Sri Lanka’s free trade zones are factories full of women, paying a high price for making the cheap clothes sold on the UK high street. War on Want’s Thulsi Narayanasamy …

Israel’s stolen babies remains the state’s darkest secret | Jonathon Cook

August 13, 2016 – 11:23 am | Comments Off on Israel’s stolen babies remains the state’s darkest secret | Jonathon Cook

It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark episodes.
Last month Tzachi Hanegbi, minister for national security, became the first government …

Our Greatest National Security Threat? Perpetual War

August 13, 2016 – 10:27 am | One Comment

The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight.  Iraq is chaotic and scarred. So, too, is Libya. Syria barely exists. After 15 years, “progress” in Afghanistan has proven eminently …

Class war engulfs Labour: The Owning Class vs The Membership

August 12, 2016 – 8:17 pm | 2 Comments

Of all the words uttered about Labour’s internecine strife – a few words from establishment media pundit Owen Jones illuminated the ongoing class war within the movement perfectly:
…it has become increasingly common in politics to reduce disagreements to bad …

Tom Watson’s tactics are despicable – he should resign.

August 11, 2016 – 9:31 am | Comments Off on Tom Watson’s tactics are despicable – he should resign.

I don’t whether to laugh at Tom Watson, be angry or pity him. Perhaps all three.
I warmly applauded (on this very site) his work on the topic of child abuse . But following Corbyn’s …

Owen Smith to agree with all Jeremys everywhere

August 10, 2016 – 10:57 am | Comments Off on Owen Smith to agree with all Jeremys everywhere

As Owen Smith triumphantly moved into third place in the two horse race to be Labour leader – the crown jewel of his glittering array of policy announcements is to be expanded to meet demand.
Bored teenagers and people cadging free ice creams …

Labour’s Blairite ghouls are committing political suicide – let’s enjoy the spectacle

August 9, 2016 – 5:35 pm | 6 Comments

Alan Clark once famously remarked:
“There are no friends in politics – we are all sharks circling”
Labour’s careerist Red Tories are not sharks – more a confused shoal of herring. Watching them chase their tails in pursuit of Jeremy Corbyn …

Observer a laughing stock as Corbyn smears hit new lows

August 7, 2016 – 1:01 pm | Comments Off on Observer a laughing stock as Corbyn smears hit new lows

Oh what a tangled web The Guardian Media Group weaves as it colludes with New Labour plotters to deceive! Now the GMG’s smears against Corbyn are not just fact free journalism – they are rapidly …

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