Archive for December, 2014

Some thoughts for 2015

Posted: December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Politics and Insights

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In a way, I think there is nothing new under the sun, when it comes to socio-political ideas. And one of the themes throughout my writing this past two years is that we need to grasp the lessons of history in order to progress. But here we are, with a government that has undone 100 years of civil rights achievements in just 4 years. One that will scrap our Human Rights Act, and withdraw from the ECHR given the opportunity – another 5 years in office. I’ve written at length on my blog site about how and why human rights arose, and why we need them. To undo the progressive international laws that were developed in response to the atrocities of world war 2, and in response to fascism, would be a terrible tragedy. Human rights are our protection from corrupt and fascistic governments.

Human Rights are our means of…

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2014 in review – wow! :-)

Posted: December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Thankyou to all my readers for sharing and commenting on my blogs & reblogs – here’s to 2015!

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

In The Public Sphere

The Craig Murray story is not really a story: Man applies for a job – gets interview – is rejected.  Unusually, it has a second part: Man has chance to appeal and does so – appeal confirms rejection.  The end.

Except it’s not the end.  This is an even more unusual job application non-story in that it has a third part: Scotland on Sunday (an avowedly British nationalist paper with a visceral dislike of anything SNP, which should make everyone pause to think about their motivation in highlighting this non-story) published details of the selection process, as did the applicant on his blog.

My initial reaction to this story last night was to tweet:

Murray seems to…

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There are no words I can use to describe this – just think of all the families without loved ones this Christmas due to this vile example of a human’s genocidal ‘reforms’.

Pride's Purge

(satire?)

 Click on image to enlarge:

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His victims:

Edward Jacques:edward jacques

Graham Shawcross:graham shawcross

David Coupe:David-Coupe

David Groves:david groves

Trevor Drakard:Trevor-Drakard

David Clapson:david clapson1

Annette Francis:annette francis

Nick Barker:Nick-Barker1

Leanne Chambers:leanne-chambers

Robert Barlow:Robert-Barlow

Cecilia Burns:ceciliaburns

Mark and Helen Mullins:Mark_Helen_Mullins

Martin Hadfield:Martin-Hadfield

Paul Reekie:paul-reekie

Tim Salter:Tim-Salter

Colin Traynor:colin traynor

Brian McArdle:brian_mcardle

Mark Wood:Mark-Wood1

Linda Wootton:Linda-Wootton

Chris Smith:chris smith

Karen Sherlock:karen sherlock

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With thanks – and apologies – to Joe Wezorek:

Given this image’s inflammatory nature, I posted it with a great deal of trepidation. I had a hard time deciding if it was the right thing to do and I am still not sure. No, I didn’t have the consent of the families of those pictured, and I apologize for any additional pain that this image causes them.

‘War Minister’ is meant to be a satirical…

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the void

atos-black-triangleThe DWP spent almost twice as much on salaries, welfare-to-work schemes and administration last year than they did on unemployment benefit.

The department’s latest six monthly report shows that £7.7 billion was spent on administration costs in 2013/14 compared to £4.3 billion on Jobseeker’s Allowance, othwerwise known as the dole.  In the current year administration spending is expected to hit £8 billion, whilst spending on JSA is forecast to fall to £3.7 billion as hundreds of thousands of people are bullied off benefits with sanctions and workfare.

The DWP is a big department, and this colossal spend also includes administration of pensions, sickness, housing and disability benefit spending.  But with around 750 Jobcentres around the UK and 78,000 employees, (according to The Guardian in 2010) it seems likely the biggest bulk of this spending goes on paying the salaries of Jobcentre busybodies and their happy clappy over-paid managers. …

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This is getting beyond belief…

the void

IDS-malnutritionFollowing last week’s food banks report, which found delays in processing benefits are one of the key reasons for growing hunger in the UK, Iain Duncan Smith said to Parliament:

“Today I have announced that we shall be doing much more to raise awareness of interim payments for people who need them, particularly those who are in difficulty.”

These payments are called Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs).  These are repayable loans that can be accessed whilst waiting fot the Jobcentre to get round to processing a benefit claim.  And the shameful truth is, that whilst the number of people using foodbanks has soared, the DWP have done everything they possibly can to hide their existence.

There is no mention of these payments on the section of the gov.uk website which provides information on “Jobseeker’s Allowance and low income benefits”  or the section on “Benefits for families”.  In…

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When you factor in electricity or gas to heat and cook a meal, it starts to become uncontrollably expensive per portion – something MP’s choose to ignore while the energy companies make a big fat profit.

I’m disgusted to live under this government, spouting blatant lies and bullshit to the electorate regarding how irresponsibly they’re spending taxpayer’s money (I mean, £50 MILLION to the English football team…wait, what?!?) – meanwhile a majority of out of touch, unelected piggies voting against reducing the champers allowance for the House of Lords because they’re feart they’ll have to quaff sub-standard bubbly…to use just one example.

What planet are we actually living on, and is it going to have to be too late before people choose to see what’s going on?!?

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custard_creams The lowest priced flavoured Cous Cous, at £4.55/kg, costs five times more than a kilo of custard creams.

Anyone who claims that healthy food is a cheaper option has clearly never enjoyed the dubious nutitional delights of a pack of Everyday Value Custard Creams (35p, 1,972 calories).

They’ve also probably never been to a supermarket.  Or at least never been to a supermarket with less than a tenner to last until the end of the week and two kids to feed.  This hasn’t stopped a string of pompous twats from appearing in the media this week and telling us how much better they would be at being poor than the plebs using foodbanks.

The nearest supermartet, who shall remain nameless because they are bastards, sells a kilo of value oats for 75p.  This means you can, just about, make a large bowl of porridge for 4p, as Baroness Jenkins claimed

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Absolutely shameful…when is this going to be stopped?

Same Difference

Vox Political reports on this shocking incident:

It is striking that this article from The Poor Side of Life reaches us so soon after Vox Political was told that “likening David Cameron to the Nazi party is absolutely incredible and down-right disgusting”. The article’s author writes:

I was stopped by a homeless chap who wanted to congratulate us on our hard work. He said that he hated this Job Centre. His friend who lived on the streets with him had been sanctioned after being taken off the sickness benefits that he was on and was put on Job seekers Allowance. He had severe mental health and addiction problems. He was sanctioned, and without warm clothes and very little food he fell asleep on the streets and never woke up. He died of hypothermia. People had passed him and thought that he was asleep. He didn’t stand a chance. And…

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This Theatre of Dreams

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Proof that Labour are merely playing lip service in order to win votes for GE2015 – actions tell the true story…

A Wilderness of Peace

Wings Over Scotland’s been getting a bit of flak on Twitter for his somewhat relentless exhibition of, well, basic facts in the case of prospective Gordon MP Braden Davy. A lot of people think it’s unfair to juxtapose the silly escapades someone got up to in their teen years with their more mature present. Normally I would agree, if this wasn’t a discussion about someone who seeks to wield enormous power over the lives and livelihoods of the people of Gordon, and by extension, Scotland and even the UK.

I feel compelled to (figuratively, gently and compassionately) slap some bloody sense into these people.

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