All posts by Simon Robinson

Time To Stand Up and Be Counted

It’s time for those who don’t vote, the young, the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled and the sick to start. If you don’t then be warned the seeds of a police state have been sown and the rich will crush you, they will allow no protest however peaceful it might be. Current Tory policies of taking and giving to the rich are a taste what the fascism that’s coming.

Scottish Influence At Westminster

It’s not something I’d considered as I’ve never been fond of nationalism, like I’m not interested in the colour of someone’s skin I’m not interested in their country of birth. However, during a discussion on Scottish Independence it was said that Scotland had no influence at Westminster – I thought this odd at the time as labour has surely relied on Scottish MPs to hold power. In fact without Scotland it’s difficult to see Labour ever winning power again.

Looking at the actual figures the UK parliament is made up of 650 MPs, 533 from England, 40 from Wales, 59 from Scotland and 18 from Northern Ireland. Currently labour has 257 MPs of which 41 are Scottish the same number as when Tony Blair won in 2005 with 355 MPs. Gordon Brown the last Labour Prime Minister had a 66 seat majority so it’s not true to say Labour wouldn’t win without Scotland. Although interestingly in 2005 Labour also had 29 Welsh MPs although there are currently 26. So the truth is that without Scotland AND Wales Labour would find it difficult to win power in Westminster.

Anyway I’ve diverged, back to Scottish influence.

You only have to look at Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath from 1983-2005, the last Labour Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer for 10-years under Tony Blair to see Scottish influence at Westminster.

Incidentally Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh. So does that make Blair Scottish? Personally I’d like to thinks so as blaming the Scots for inflicting Blairism on us seems so appropriate in the current political climate.

Without looking too hard there seems plenty of Scottish influence at Westminster. Obviously whether it’s been the right type of influence depends on your standpoint.

I should perhaps add that personally I find independence movements, distasteful and jingoistic and little better than racism and although I have a lot of sympathy with the view that Scottish Independence has to be worth it to get away from the Tories, like my sometimes deep loathing of the EU, when it comes to actually voting I’ll not be swayed by independence and it’s dubious delights.

MEATLiquor Perpetuating Rape Culture

This poster appeared in MEATLiquor Brighton

MEATLiquor Rape Culture Poster

MEATLiquor Rape Culture Poster

Source: The Argus.

Reportedly on Twitter:

I’ve no idea if it’s appeared in their London restaurants.

Still leaves me wondering if I should ever visit them again though!

Plastic Surgery Game for 9-Year-Olds

Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie is the games title on Apple’s iTunes and here’s the games description.

This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate her, doctor?

Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version

Excuse the language, but I can’t help myself! This is some really fucked up shit which I can’t believe anybody would want to sell let alone a company with Apple’s reputation. Did no one at the company stop and think before approving the sale of this odious game?

For Teenagers It’s Not Laziness It’s Biological!

It seems the reason teenagers stay up late at night and find it hard to get out of bed in the morning is biological.

One important change that occurs at night time is increased levels of the ‘darkness hormone’ melatonin, which helps us to fall asleep. Most adults start to produce melatonin at about 10pm. When teenagers were studied in a sleep laboratory, researchers discovered that they only began to produce the hormone at 1am. BBC

Fathers, Grandfathers, Maxism and Nazis

So here’s the reason for the Daily Mail’s attack on Ed Milliband’s father.

Referring to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party conference on 24 September, Daily Mail editor Mr Dacre said the paper was “deeply concerned that in 2013, after all the failures of socialism in the 20th Century, the leader of the Labour Party was announcing its return, complete with land seizures and price fixing”.

The paper therefore reasoned that “the public had the right to know what influenced the Labour leader’s Marxist father, to whom he constantly referred in his speeches”. source: The Independent

But 20th Century capitalism’s been such a success! The world is facing a crisis of resource distribution, which is evidenced in the UK by the news:

The Red Cross will this winter start collecting and distributing food aid to the needy in Britain for the first time since the Second World War, as welfare cuts and the economic downturn send soaring numbers of people to soup kitchens and food banks. Source: BBC.

Further afield we find that foreign workers in one of the world’s richest countries Qatar face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery.

I don’t know about the selfish gene but there’s certainly selfish capitalism at work. As long as we remain wedded to the belief that capitalism is the only way, particularly Laisser-faire economics, then ever more of us will be exploited, starved and ultimately meet a squalid, painful and premature death, this is what unfettered capitalism will inflict on our country and the world.

Our inaction brings to mind appropriately pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

Which today should probably start first they came for the disabled, you can fill in the rest.

But in the end Dacre’s a clever capitalist instead of discussing the issues we’re concerned over Ed Miliband’s father’s Maxism and Jonathan Harmsworth, the Daily Mail’s owner’s grandfathers Nazi sympathies.

If we’re to consider ourselves civilised then we can no longer ignore the fate of those less fortunate than ourselves.