Monthly Archives: May 2017

What I don’t understand about Conservatism

I’m re-blogging this post from Kitty S Jones, as it really explains a lot to me about the workings of Conservatism.
Like Kitty, I really can’t get my head around the way that any conservative thinks and, to be honest, after reading her post, am eternally grateful that I can’t!
It makes me all the more determined to do my best to see a Labour government in power, on June 9th! 🙂

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Image result for conservatism ukI don’t understand Conservatism or the lack of rationale of its supporters.

As an ideology, it lacks coherence and scope. Conservative policies lack an empirical evidence base.

It doesn’t take very much critical scrutiny to understand that it is purely ideology (as opposed to socioeconomic needs) and traditional class-based prejudices and moralising that drive Tory legislation. Conservative rhetoric seems so random and inconsistent to me. We have an extremely regressive and authoritarian government with something of a feudal vision, thatclearly hasno problem with disregarding andcontravening the human rights of some social groups – especially those groups that are deemed “protected”.

The Conservatives have no problem dismantling the progressive social gains of our post-war settlement (for example, legal aid, social housing, the NHS, the welfare state). The same government wants to bring back the ancient and barbaric ritual of fox hunting, yet it has the cheek to claim…

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Why we should all resist the Tory art of distraction

Jeff, your post is very thought-provoking, and I have to say I feel exactly the same. I don’t think my 17 year-old self would recognise the angry person I am today.
I’ve always hated injustice, but I’ve had to live through far too much of it since the tories got into power, to be able to reign it in the way I used to be able to.
Too many of my friends and family are, like me, having to live with the results of this so-called austerity, which was brought on us by the rich elite.
We need to get the Labour Party into power, so we can at least see what can be done for all of us, instead of just for the rich and powerful.

Ramblings of an Ordinary Man

The General Election has entered familiar and predicable territory. The Tories, struggling to resurrect a failing campaign, devoid of policy and, well, any campaigning, have opted to distract and smear instead. It’s a sign that they are terrified and ultimately a backhanded compliment for Labour.

However it is important we challenge their attempts to pull the wool over our eyes. Their obsession with dredging up long lost quotes and comments and their desire to distort for their own ends, is worrying. If it’s not challenged, politics could become a sterile exercise, with people terrified to voice opinions for fear of falling outside the ‘mainstream’.

I’m nearly fifty now. It actually pains me to write that. Not that I’m ashamed of my age. It’s just, well, I really don’t know how it happened. Like many of you reading this, it feels like one minute I was 17, then I blinked and…

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Exclusive: former explosives dog-handler talks May’s damage to security #GE17

Why aren’t the mainstream media outlets bringing us this news?
Unless it’s because most of them are owned by the super-rich elite, who have constantly stolen from the poor to make themselves richer, since the conservatives got into power, of course 😦
They can afford to have private security to keep them safe, so why should any of them care about the rest of us?

#VoteLabour

#JC4PM

The SKWAWKBOX

After the terrible and tragic events in Manchester on Monday, Theresa May said she would ensure that the police would have the resources necessary to handle the challenge. What she omitted to mention, of course, was that she had made huge cuts – as Home Secretary – to the most important resource the police have.

Police officers. 20,000 of them.

And seven specially-trained police explosives dogs, because as far as she was concerned they weren’t needed and were therefore made redundant, along with their specially-trained handlers.

police dog.pngA police sniffer dog and its handler

One of the handlers (probably not the one you might be thinking of) of those dogs talked exclusively to the SKWAWKBOX on condition of anonymity about May, her actions as Home Secretary and their consequences – and the sheer scale of the challenge she ahs left the police ill-equipped to meet:

SKWAWKBOX: What has it been…

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World exclusive: #Corbyn – Mowlam’s ENVOY, met IRA AND loyalists

Everybody needs to read this, to see the truth of Jeremy Corbyn’s involvement in the Peace talks for Ireland.
It’s not enough to believe all the media lies being dragged out to besmirch his name – you really need to look into the things they accuse JC of, and realise the pack of lies that they are! 😦

The SKWAWKBOX

Word reached the SKWAWKBOX during the writing of this article that the Sun has been trailing that it’s ‘going big’ on Jeremy Corbyn at 10pm this evening. If it’s preparing another IRA-related smear after it disgraced itself with its ‘Blood on hands’ attack, which appeared after the terrible events in Manchester on Monday, it’s going to have egg on its face.

The Sun is not the only right-wing publication to attempt the same smear. Another rag carried a cartoon showing masked terrorists campaigning door to door for the Labour leader.

Such smears could not be further from the truth – which the SKWAWKBOX brings you exclusively.

This blog has spent a significant part of this month talking to various people on both sides of the republican/loyalist divide, digging to get cast-iron confirmation, from people who were there, of one core fact:

Jeremy Corbyn’s was an envoy of the British government who…

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A brief and blunt discussion about ‘economic competence’ before the general election

Words so true that the tories wouldn’t recognise them if they were hit in the face by them!

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Image result for people powerThe question asked shouldn’t ever have been how will Labour fund their costed manifesto. We have permitted this expedient Conservative diversion for long enough. The real question that matters is this: where is the public’s money that citizens, their parents and grandparents have paid into the Treasury all these years? Why is there nothing to show for it over the past seven years? Why are increasing numbers of citizens of every age experiencing hardship and distress

This is a despicable way for a government to treat people who have contributed to this country’s fortune and development.

Why are older people being robbed of their lifelong national insurance contribution and tax investment and now being told they must fund their own care?  Why are older people being forced to work longer before they may retire? New government “calculations” suggest a “hard Brexit” – with migration being dramatically reduced – could…

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Boris claimed this never happened. May ignored it. See exclusive pics and decide #GE17

Source: Boris claimed this never happened. May ignored it. See exclusive pics and decide #GE17

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Raincoat. Age. Die. A guest post by Hubert Huzzah

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HubertIn 2008 there were 700,000 people with dementia in the UK. That number is rising rapidly and is projected to be over 1 million by 2025. One in three people over 65 will end their lives with a form of dementia. In 2008 there were 580,000 people with dementia needing Carers in England.

Not all Dementia Sufferers are home owners. For the age group most likely to suffer Dementia 71.6% (45-75+) of the population do own their own home. The average home is worth £215,847 at 2017 prices. So, of the one million people with dementia by 2025, 716,000 will be sitting on assets worth a total of £154Bn.

Imagine being able to take ownership of £154Bn of assets simply by waiting ten years. That is the Dementia Tax. By 2027 those who are currently suffering from even mild dementia symptoms will have to pay for care as the value…

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