Labour Has My Vote it Should Have Yours Too

I’m beginning to see a number of people intending or considering voting for the Greens in the coming local elections.

I can understand the attraction of the Green Party I briefly joined the Green party reasoning they had more socialist policies than the Labour Party. I even went as far as standing as a Green Party candidate in the local elections.

However, as the last election approached it became increasingly obvious that the Tories were going to do well and voting in a Conservative marginal with the Labour Party as challengers I stopped campaigning for the Green Party and voted Labour in the elections.

The day after the election I resigned from the Green Party and re-joined the Labour Party which even allowed me to vote in the Labour Leadership campaign and as someone who wants a Labour Party that was actually left-wing I voted for Jeremy Corbyn. Whilst his victory was no surprise the margin of his victory was.

Not since 1983 has the Labour party had a left wing leader.

As an aside if the Greens ever managed a significant number of seats, although let us be honest under the current electoral system they won’t, but if they did they will burst apart there are too many conflicting interests within the Green Party, but I diverge.

If you want a Left-Wing government in Westminster then now is the time to vote Labour not for anyone else no matter how unlikely a Labour win might be in your ward it’s the only way to show voters, the press and Labour MPs that Labour Party can win regardless of a hostile press and come to that a less than enthusiastic PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party) which is still dominated by Blairites.

If you want the same old politics, then vote Green and keep Westminster a bastion of right-wing politics something it has been since 1979.

Don’t ever tell me you weren’t warned.

Posted in Politics

Is A World War Beckoning?

At least John Pilger writes so in his article Break the silence: a world war is beckoning for TruePublica, whilst I wouldn’t go that far his article gives pause for thought.

The name of “our” enemy has changed over the years, from communism to Islamism, but generally it is any society independent of western power and occupying strategically useful or resource-rich territory. The leaders of these obstructive nations are usually violently shoved aside, such as the democrats Muhammad Mossedeq in Iran and Salvador Allende in Chile, or they are murdered like Patrice Lumumba in the Congo. All are subjected to a western media campaign of caricature and vilification – think Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, now Vladimir Putin. John Pilger.

With no actual knowledge of what is happening, how do we know that John Pilger isn’t closer to the truth then our Governments would have us believe? All we do know is that the US is quite happy to support terrorists if it believes they will further US foreign policy, the rise of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda is a prime example of American willingness to support anybody who would fight the Soviets.

Global Research’s A Timeline of CIA Atrocities contains numerous worrying examples from around the world but by the articles own admission is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

I’d like to think that after reading through those examples you would, like myself, wish to see the abolishment of the CIA and its counterparts across the western world, they really serve no useful purpose in a democratic society, in fact by their very nature they undermine democracy and promote fascism, but I suspect I’m a lone voice.

Still I diverge, John Pilger is concerened about events in Ukraine and as I’ve already outlined history shows us Pilger is likely to be correct, the Americans support anyone who’ll fight the Russians and that is cause for us to worry, because if the Americans are not careful the Armageddon Lobby might get their wish.

I should add I have no love for Putin, the law enacted on his watch aimed at limiting the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens is cause for concern as does Russia’s Press Freedom Index ranking of 152nd on a list of 180 countries. Although I also note that since David Cameron took office in 2010 the UK has slipped 14 places to 33.

Posted in war

David Bowie and the Baby Groupies

Is Bowie a Rapist? This whole question came up when a article appeared in my Facebook feed which in the annoying style of Facebook has now vanished from my feed forcing me to do some of my own research.

The first thing that became obvious to me is that it wasn’t just Bowie who back in the 70s California was alleged to have (statutory) raped the young girls known as the baby groupies because they were aged between 12 and 16-years-old.

Here is a list of some the names referred to:

Ron Asheton of The Stooges
Marc Bolan
Alice Cooper
Richard Hell
Mick Jagger
David Johansen of The New York Dolls
Richard Lloyd of Television
Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls
Jimmy Page
Iggy Pop
Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company
Dee Ramone
Syl Sylvian of the New York Dolls
Rod Stewart
Johnny Thunders
Bill Wyman

You can’t help thinking there’s a lot more names that could be added.

The whole subject makes for uncomfortable reading, and i keep thinking for goodness sake why didn’t they think if a girl looks young then surely I should find out her age!

I rather wish I could just brush the whole thing under the carpet and forget I ever saw that Facebook post, but I can’t.

From my research it would seem there is precious little to be found in the mainstream media, that could just be a product of my search skills, but on the other hand I am not surprised when you consider the case of Jimmy Savile and the way he was allowed to abuse children throughout his life, despite his inappropriate interest in young girls being common knowledge within the BBC.

But there are a number of posts that you should read, which will might help you make up your own mind over these allegations.

Firstly “The New Generation of Groupies” by Lilly Care writing under the Pseudonym Leopard Coat, which details the girls and their relationships accompanied by photographs and magazine covers from the time which show how young those girls looked.

Secondly “I Lost My Virginity to David Bowie” by Michael Kaplan is about Lori Mattix who was 14-years-old when she first met Bowie.

Thirdly “The Complicated Sexual History of David Bowie” by Philip Lewis which contains a link to VH1’s program “Let’s Spend the nIght Together” which interviews amongst others Lori Mattix.

So if you’ve made it this far and have read all those articles you might be thinking, like myself can I still listen to their music? These articles might help you make a choice.

It’s only rock’n’roll…or is it? by Joan Smith, David Bowie : Death of the Author by Liz Ely, David Bowie’s Death and Being a Feminist Killjoy by Ekkie and David Bowie and believing children posted anonymously

So can we still listen to Bowie? So can we still listen to Bowie? Dr Rebecca Hains writes:

I think it helps to remember the following:

1) Talented people do terrible things, too. Sometimes, their fame encourages such behaviour, and it often enables it.

2) Being talented doesn’t excuse a person for committing terrible acts. Just because someone is an incredible artist doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye to how they have wronged people.

3) Calling out artists’ abuse of others doesn’t necessarily negate the cultural value of their bodies of work. (Depending on the nature of their oeuvres, though, it can render them hypocrites and make us suspicious of their intentions.)

4) It is a sad commentary on our culture that modern masculinity can be so entitled, so toxic, that we are repeatedly put in the position of both loving the art and hating the man behind said art for what he did to women and/or children. It’s a horrible position for fans to be in–to try to reconcile our admiration of their work with our loathing for their actions. Dr. Rebecca Hains

In the end lets not worry about should we or shouldn’t we listen to Bowie but how are going to educate our sons and daughters that there isn’t a a male entitlement.

Additional sources, David Bowie was a musical genius. He was also involved in child sexual exploitation by Louise Pennington, Remembering Bowie: The Man, The Legend, The Sexual Abuser by Jody Allard and Margaret Corvid and In The Wake Of David Bowie’s Death, Nothing Feels Right by July Westhale and a Facebook post by Amanda Marcotte.

Posted in Music

Osborne Continues to Get A Free Pass for his Ridiculous Excuse of an Economic Policy

The majority of theUK’s mainstream press is little more than Tory economic propaganda, if you want a critique of George Osborne’s latest statements we’re down to the odd blog to provide any sensible critique the best being Thomas G. Clark’s post If the UK faces a toxic “cocktail of threats” then George Osborne is obviously the barman.

Posted in Economics

66 MPs That Voted to Bomb Syria and Have No Place in the Labour Party

Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)
Ian Austin (Dudley North)
Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
Kevin Barron (Rother Valley)
Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree)
Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East)
Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
Jenny Chapman (Darlington)
Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
Ann Coffey (Stockport)
Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford)
Neil Coyle (Bermondsey & Old Southwark)
Mary Creagh (Wakefield)
Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)
Simon Danczuk (Rochdale)
Wayne David (Caerphilly)
Gloria De Piero (Ashfield)
Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South & Penarth)
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West & Penge)
Michael Dugher (Barnsley East)
Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
Maria Eagle (Garston & Halewood)
Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside)
Frank Field (Birkenhead)
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar & Limehouse)
Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East)
Caroline Flint (Don Valley)
Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham)
Margaret Hodge (Barking)
George Howarth (Knowsley)
Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
Alan Johnson (Hull West & Hessle)
Graham Jones (Hyndburn)
Helen Jones (Warrington North)
Kevan Jones (Durham North)
Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South)
Liz Kendall (Leicester West)
Dr Peter Kyle (Hove)
Chris Leslie (Nottingham East)
Holly Lynch (Halifax)
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden)
Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
Bridget Phillipson (Houghton & Sunderland South)
Jamie Reed (Copeland)
Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East)
Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
Joan Ryan (Enfield North)
Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
Ruth Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North)
Angela Smith (Penistone & Stocksbridge)
John Spellar (Warley)
Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston)
Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)
Anna Turley (Redcar)
Chuka Umunna (Streatham)
Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
Tom Watson (West Bromwich East)
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)
John Woodcock (Barrow & Furness).

Posted in Labour Party

Coffee Shops

When you look at the values and ethics of the main stream High Street coffee shops it’s pretty apparent that they’re an unpleasant bunch, but if you must use one try and find a Soho Coffee shop they are by far the best of a bad bunch. But really you’d a lot better to find an independent shop chances are you’ll get better coffee and pay less, Cosy Coffee Shops might help you although there’s only just over a hundred coffee shops listed but if your looking for an independent beware of the likes of Harris & Hoole they might look like an independent but they’re actually part owned by Tesco, how much Tesco’s opened is closely guarded secret, but Ethical Consumer‘s best guess is 48%. I don’t Suppose Harris & Hoole is the only large chain masquerading as an independent, so try and do your research to make sure you aren’t being duped.

Posted in Consumer affairs

Why Vote To Stay in the European Union?

EU_flagThe way the European Union and the IMF have handled the Greek financial crisis really leaves me questioning the European Union.

The European Union has only one response which is to force Greece to make many of its workers redundant, pay any that are fortunate to have a jobs a lot less and for those who have retired slash their pensions.

This surely is a race to the bottom for wages across Europe forcing works in other countries to compete with the lower Greek wages.

I cannot see the difference between the European Union and the austerity measures the Tories here in the UK are applying.

Business interests have hijacked the European Union making it no longer fit for purpose for the majority of Europeans.

If there was a vote on European Union membership tomorrow, I cannot see why I would vote to stay in.

Posted in European Union

It’s Not Interest Rates

IMF warns period of ultra-low interest rates poses fresh financial crisis threat. Source: The Guardian.

I suspect low interest rates are’t the actual problem, the problem remains the rewards paid to bankers regardless of the risks of speculation. Bankers get paid regardless whilst investors, shareholders and taxpayers are still liable for the losses.

Posted in Economics

Abundance Generation

If you’re looking for a green investment then the crowd funding investment platform Abundance Generation might be what you’re looking for.

Abundance Generation is a regulated online platform that lets people lend money from as little as £5 to renewable energy projects in the UK and share in the returns from generating low-carbon electricity.[1] When investors buy a Debenture through Abundance, they are lending money to an Energy Project and in return they have the right to a percentage of the revenue or profit generated from the sale of the electricity produced by the project. Abundance Generation is open to all UK residents over 18 and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Currently, Abundance focuses on a range of renewable energy projects but is looking to offer other ethical and social beneficial investments in the future. Source: Wikipedia

Posted in Finance

BookBub

If you’re a Kindle user then it’s worth investigating BookBub. The Kindle offers are American however simply change the address from “.com” to “.co.uk” and you’ll have the UK offer. Although as I don’t have a Kindle I can’t say how good it actually is.

Posted in Books