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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The best Leaders speech for decades.

An inspiring Conference.

 

 






In a hundred years from now, this blog will be studied by analysts and students seeking guidance and inspiration or alternatively (and perhaps most likely) the Blog, its content and its author will have been "consigned to the dustbin of history", as Leon Trotsky and Ronald Reagan once said.
However, all were written by me on the dates shown but were not sent to Brighton for inclusion in the speech, so the Telegraph will not be able to raise the criticism that they are old text. Ironically, you could argue (and I probably will at some point), that had Kinnock, Blair, Brown and Milliband minor actually used some of the text sent to them as alleged in the media, they might have been rather more successful with their conference speeches and not bored the pants off the assembled delegates. Incidentally, on the subject of delegates, have you noticed how many delegates and visitors are actually at conference? I have never seen so many people filling the conference floor and crowding into the balconies surrounding the main arena. It is a wonderful sight.



Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by applauding delegates after his speech


 
 Pity those who caught the early morning  train back to London did not stay for what I think was the best leaders speech that I have heard. From reports, it seems that Kendall, Umunna, Hunt, Cooper and the others have become marginalised within the PLP and are now sulking in the corner wondering what to do next as clearly they have little support amongst the party membership.
After John McDonnell's  speech, a BBC reporter found Mandellson wandering around the foyer, completely alone looking lost and bemused. He must be very confused at being surrounded by hundreds of socialists, many of whom, when asked the question replied "Peter who?" The supreme irony occurred when the BBC man asked Mandellson what he thought of McDonnell's. With a completely straight face and in all seriousness, Mandellson replied that he thought it, "was all spin".  

Today, Wednesday 30th September is the final day of Conference 2015. 
As I have mentioned before, I rejoined the Labour Party on the 16th June this year as I considered (and still do) that the party led by Jeremy Corbyn would be a party which I could be proud to be a member of and more closely stands for the principles and beliefs that I worked and campaigned for.
When I was previously a member, Conference always closed with the words of Jim Connell, written in 1889, and set to the music of Ernst Anschütz from 1824.Perhaps we shall hear it again today.


The people's flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts' blood dyed its every fold.
So raise the scarlet standard high,
Beneath its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here










Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Competition at Sky News

Sky News reporting the "truth" 

 



Faisal Islam: Sky News.




Faisal Islam is the Political Editor of Sky News.
He is also compteing with Adam Boulton, Sophy Ridge, Dermot Murnaghan, Gillian Joseph, Samantha Simmonds and a few others, for the rather dubious award of being the most biased, and obnoxious "presenter" on SkyNews.
His "reports" from Brighton yesterday, covering the Labour Party Conference were riddled with snide remarks targeting members of the Labour party, biased and distorted reports of conference speeches (especially John McDonnell's speech) and carefully selected passers by being solicited for their views and comments on conference debates.
Whatever the Sky News agenda actually is, Faisal Islam certainly provides a significant contribution of political bias to it.


The decline of British Journalism


 

 The media and television of today, just "spin machines" for government and the "establishment".  

 

 

 



















At one time, journalism was held to be a noble and honourable profession. Historically, investigative journalists have exposed corruption, criminal actions, scandals, political intrigue and numerous other offences, and have held individuals, corporations and governments accountable for their actions.
I have written elsewhere, how when I was a boy, I always wanted to be a newspaper reporter a Fleet Street journalist, (as they were then know), exposing greed and corruption at all levels within our society. However, today, particularly after recent and current events, I would be ashamed to admit to anyone that I worked in or was in any way, associated with journalism. The media today, particularly over recent months, has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for vested interests in business and or a political tool for promoting government propaganda. Moreover, the media and I include television news on both BBC and Sky in this criticism, have become engaged in the most scurrilous assault on the Labour party generally and on Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in particular, that I and perhaps many others have ever seen.
Almost daily over the last 6 months and more, newspapers have spewed out lies, distortion, smear and disinformation onto the breakfast tables and into the living rooms of homes around the country. Throughout the day, the television news channels have added to the vitriol of abuse with their own brand of "comment" from their clearly biased presenters. There is an old song which has the line "You've got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative", but in the case of reporting "television news", the exact opposite is obviously the instruction from the editors chair. Throughout the history of politics, the establishment, the "right" if you prefer, always has the same problem which persists to this day. Being unable to win the argument through reasoned debate, the "establishment" will always resort to attacks using smear, distortion, abuse and lies as some sort of battering ram with which to drive home their rather frail contentions.This is the case in meeting halls, council chambers and clubs around the land and certainly is the case in the House of Commons.

 


 
With the Labour Party Conference into only its second day, the usual suspects from television news have been filling our screen offering their "take" on how conference has gone so far with comments on splits, plots and scandal and speculation (certainly this, morning) on what John McDonnell may or may not say in his speech. " Labour will support the government" and "Labour signals support for austerity" being amongst the more lurid snippets of speculation, What a "suck in" they got when McDonnell actually finished speaking (to a standing ovation) at around 12:45.Even after this speech, the television reporters still managed to create the "negative" spin to what had act been said.



Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell



Norman Smith,  Joanna Gosling,and the others, joining forces with Fisal Islam, Sophy Ridge, Adam Boulton, Dermot Murnaghan to pour scorn and derision on the Shadow Chancellor's speech. The great traditions of television reporting, prostituted again, to the sacred cow of establishment contempt towards any threat or opposition to the status quo.
The performance of the media and television towards the Labour party over the past 6 months has been beneath contempt and despicable in its reporting. This has become even more hysterical over the past two weeks, which coincidentally has been the same amount of time that has passed since Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as leader of the party. We may expect that the frenzy of abuse and lies will only intensify over the coming weeks and months as the media seek new ways of discrediting a new way of "doing politics". The establishment may not like it, but it seems that the general public are reconnecting with political involvement and are responding positively to the new ways.
Today the establishment and the media have an additional problem. The Labour party and its supporters now dominate the social media network and are competing with the traditional media outlets for the attention of ordinary people. It is clearly evident that on this battleground, the Labour party is winning.







 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Getting to grips with an ongoing problem.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/28/labour-biggest-public-housebuilding-drive-since-1970s



Labour considers biggest social house building drive since 70s


Why hasn't this happened for 35 years?








Successive governments over those years, (and even before then), have had an interest in maintaining a "housing shortage".
A shortage in the homes for purchase sector, stimulates demand and thereby increases the price level. Government duplicity in promoting schemes and incentives like right to buy, first time buyer grants,buy to rent,"affordable houses" and the rest are nothing more than a gesture for public consumption and do nothing to address the real problem.
In the rented sector, the situation is even more chronic. Local councils have by government directive and some by their own volition, abandoned their historic function of providing rented accommodation within their areas. Many council houses have been sold off on the open market and of those remaining, all have been passed to Housing Associations who now provide "social housing" for those "on the waiting list". However, even where Housing associations are building homes, the demand is far in excess of supply. In the private rented sector, the position is even worse. A significant number of Private landlords have increased rent levels to such an extent that many people are unable to afford either rent or mortgage and consequently will remain in need of housing for many years. In many cases, the higher rent levels are paid for by Housing benefits, which results in an ever increasing Welfare bill.
Governments of all political persuasions, have completely abdicated their responsibilities for the provision of housing in this country particularly in the social housing sectors, and have allowed builders, speculators and private landlords to profit from ever increasing demand in the housing markets.



Estate agent window


The "housing problem" has been festering in our society for many years and has created division and mistrust between people. Perhaps now, with the proposals from Shadow Housing Minister John Healey, we may at last begin to tackle this issue.





Sunday, 27 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has the support of the party members.

 
 
 

 I will not be forced out by my own MP's.

 
 

 
 
 
The MP's who are considering staging a "revolt" should also consider that Jeremy Corbyn received over 251,000 votes, or 60% of the votes cast by the membership of the party. In addition to this, around 78,000 people have joined the Labour party since 12th September and many of those, I would suggest, joined because of their support for Jeremy Corbyn.
Many Constituency Parties (the CLP's) endorsed Corbyn's nomination on the ballot paper, and of the others who chose to endorse another candidate or not to make any endorsement, many have a significant number of members who do support the new leader. The Parliamentary Labour Party (the PLP) MP's would do well to recognise, whether they like it or not, that there is a new way of doing things in the Labour Party and that perhaps of equal importance, Jeremy Corbyn has overwhelming support amongst the membership of the party.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Wait and hear what he says rather than what the mischevious Guardian "reports"

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/25/john-mcdonnell-labour-will-match-osborne-and-live-within-our-means


 Shadow chancellor says party will vote in favour of Tories’ fiscal charter( but will take radically different approach on cutting deficit)



Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell




Interesting to note how the Guardian and many people in this "comments" section of this article, leap onto the words "Labour will match Osborne" and yet ignore the remainder. It is like being transported back a few weeks when this "newspaper" together with most of the media and television, would grasp a few words, take them completely out of context then invent their own story in an attempt to discredit and smear Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters. Today, the Guardian continues this smear and discredit campaign, but this time the target of their distortion is John McDonnell. The paper screams the headline, but conspicuously omits the "but will take radically different approach on cutting deficit". Buried deep in the article is the comment from McDonnell that, “We will tackle the deficit but the dividing line between us and the Tories is how we tackle it. Our basic line is we are not allowing either middle or low earners or those on benefit to have to pay for the crisis. It is as simple as that.”
In view of the fact that these proposals will only become public during Conference, it is a bit premature to criticise these remarks as some sort of "U turn" rather than the usual Guardian mischievous speculation. It would be better to wait and hear what he actually says. In the event that McDonnell is actually proposing a departure from the current position, I shall be amongst the first to criticise and such criticism will not be mild. 



A 21st Century outrage in the United Kingdom.

 
 
 

 Homelessness soars 40% under the Tories - and charities blame welfare cuts

 

 
 
 
Criminal outrage. This country desperately requires the construction of 700,000 new homes of which 80% must be social housing. In the 21st Century it is indefensible that people are living in overcrowded conditions, are unable to find accommodation either for rent or purchase, or are homeless on the streets of our town and cities.
 
Crisis:  UK faces the biggest housing shortage since WWI
 
 It is a moral and social outrage and successive governments should be ashamed of their failures to address this affront civilised society.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

United Kingdom jobs for Chineese workers and lots of money for businesses supporting the Conservatives

 http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/24/hs2-bidding-process-opened-up-chinese-companies


HS2 bidding process to be opened up to Chinese companies





I am not asupporter of HS2.
Having said that, I appreciate that the contract will be very attractive to elements within the conservative party not least of all to Cameron and Osborne who no doubt see substantial opportunities for they and their business and city "friends " to make vast sums of money for themselves and by various backdoor avenues, for the coffers of the Conservative party. As usual for prjoects of this size and nature, the British tax payers, that is you and me, will fork out huge sums, at the latest guesstimate somewhere in excess of £43billion, on the promise of hundreds of jobs for the UK economy and being "good for Britain and British travellers".
This may sound all very well, but is of course complete nonsense.




The reality is that sometime soon, some currently obscure Chineese company or more likely some cobbled together consortium, will be declared by our government to be the "preferred bidder" for the project and will be granted all kinds of incentives, inducements and assistance in producing their "winning bid" after all other bidders in Europe but in particular from the United Kingdom, have been eliminated from the bidding process because their bids "were not competative" with the Chineese submission.(We have seen it all before).
When the project actually starts (unless it has, hopefully been scrapped by the next government), Great Britain will see an influx of Chineese engineers, construction experts, designers, electricians and all sorts of other skills which completely belies the "jobs for hundres of British workers"  balony which the government are pouring out now. Of course their hope is that by the time the project actually starts, the people of this country will have forgotten the deceptions and misrepresentations used by the government to justify the inordinate expenditure of the project and the £billions poured into the coffers of the Chineese government
It could be that the country will get HS2, but the real cost to British industry, the British economy, the British workers and the British people will be astronomical and will be paid for over generations.





New Statesman: Jeremy Corbyn interview: the leader strikes back

 

Corbyn’s first week as leader was more shambolic than either his supporters or his opponents had anticipated.

 

 
No leader has ever won office with a larger mandate
 
 
 
Shambolic? Increase of 58000+ in Labour party membership since the leadership election result was announced, defections to Labour from other parties,wide spread public support for Labour policies on transport, housing, defence spending and other issues (despite what the Independent, Guardian, Sky News and other elements of the media may try to tell you) Conservative government ripped to shreds in the Trade Union Bill debate, (The Parliamentary Labour party may have lost the vote, but there is no shadow of doubt that they won the arguments.), far from being "shambolic" the first 12 days (is that really all it is?) of Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour Party have been refreshing and exciting. It is just what this country has been crying out for since the days of Thatcher. We should all be looking forward to the next General election and the long awaited return of a Labour government, this time under the leadership of Corbyn.
A government where policy is more important than personality. where integrity is more important than spin and where no one can ever voice the criticism that "you are all the same when you get elected". 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The evil face of capitalism. Exploting the sick for greed economic gain .

 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/21/entrepreneur-defends-raise-price-daraprim-drug



Entrepreneur defends decision to raise price of life-saving drug 50-fold.

 

The price of the drug Daraprim, which treats a dangerous parasitic infection was raised from $13.50 (£8.72) per pill to $750 (484.68) per pill.

 



<span style="font-size:13px;">Martin Shkreli at his office in New York. The price of the drug Daraprim, which treats a dangerous parasitic infection were raised from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill.</span>
Martin Shkreli at his office in New York.




This is what capitalism is all about.
Greed, exploitation and selfishness to make the greatest amount of money possible at the expense of all those other people who are not in a position to resist.
Some people try to tell us that the class war is over. Tell that to the million and more people reliant on foodbanks, or the hundreds of thousands on zero hours contracts, or the sick waiting for medical appointments due to cuts, or the homeless who will never be able to afford a home of their own or even a rented home , or the disabled forced to into poverty, or working families having their working tax credits cut yet still earning less than a decent wage, or the trade unionists who are criminalised for seeking to defend their pay and conditions, or the hundreds of thousands who are on benefits and are having their welfare cut as a sacrifice to the "austerity" policies of this wretched government.
The news for those who tell you that the class war is over, is that the class war has not ended and will intensify in the days to come and they with their capitalist masters will be the losers.


The drug Daraprim, was first developed in the 1940s and is used to treat toxoplasmosis, an infection that is not common but is particularly dangerous and can be fatal when it affects babies born to mothers who have become infected or adults whose immune systems are critically compromised because they are suffering from Aids or some cancers.


Monday, 21 September 2015

John Rentoul from the Independent, way off the mark......again.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jeremy-corbyn-will-not-spark-defections-from-the-labour-party--just-a-civil-war-10509520.html



Jeremy Corbyn will not spark defections from the Labour Party - just a civil war




John Rentoul



 
In his article on Monday 14th September, John Rentoul demonstrated his acute disappointment, pique and frustration that his preference gained little support in the Labour party leadership contest.
Today his article, in another thinly veiled criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, argues that the election of Corbyn will not spark defections from the Labour Party, just a civil war. Rentoul goes on to state that “Left-winger's internal opponents do not want to abandon ship for the Lib Dems, but they do want their party back”, conveniently ignoring the simple truism, that in fact the party “belongs” to its members, and not an elitist clique within the Parliamentary Labour Party. Rentoul may well rue the day when Blair was consigned to history, but he and the “usual suspects” should bear in mind that Jeremy Corbyn polled 60% of the votes in the ballot and since last Saturday over 50,000 new members have joined the Labour party. Should this internal “civil war” as Rentoul describes it, actually result in “unnamed” sources from within the Labour and anonymous figures inside the PLP, “getting their party back” again as Rentoul describes it, there would be no second coming for Tony Blair, although Milliband major may be watching events closely.
That is the problem. It would be a return to the same old policies from the same old people who, with a few exceptions like minimum wage and child benefits, have done nothing for working people and their families or the sick or the disabled or pensioners in this country through successive Labour governments for decades. It would be a return to "top down" politics where "policies", many of which neither the membership of the party or just as importantly the public, agree with or support (that is why we lost two successive election). It would be a return to the "divine right" of the Parliamentary Labour Party of career politicians to sit in their Westminster bubble enjoying the privileges of "the Club" and essentially ignore the party members, except of course when they are taken out of the box at election times and expected to perform miracles to get the Labour party candidate elected. It would be a return to party policy being essentially the same policy as the Conservatives, but just wrapped in a different coloured wrapper and presented in a different shaped box. It would be a return to the response from people on many doorsteps around the country that "You are all the same when you get elected". A devastating comment, all the more devastating because they are completely right and the party worker at their door has no response to the criticism.
I have no desire or inclination to rerun to the "good old days" of the PLP dominance over every aspect of the party and their “we are right and you must do as we say” attitude. There is nothing they can offer except further humiliation for the Labour party, and the certainty of continuing electoral defeat.

A "senior serving general" advocating sedition in the United Kingdom.


 British Army 'could stage mutiny under Corbyn',



The army could rebel over plans to scrap Trident or pull out of Nato



When I was a boy, my friends wanted to fill all sorts of occupations when they grew up. Train driver, soldier, bus conductor, and all the usual (plus some unusual) roles in later life. I on the other hand watched all the films of the time and predominately in only one genre. Hold the front page, Deadline midnight, Foreign correspondent and many many others. Young John always wanted to be a newspaper reporter. However, today, particularly after recent and current events, I would be ashamed to admit to anyone that I worked in or was associated with journalism. The media, including television “news” programmes has over recent weeks, has been engaged in the most virulent, malicious and tendentious assault that I have ever seen, and all directed against one man. I understand that “editorial policy” may determine a particular emphasis for the newspaper concerned, but we have now passed the point where reporting has become and far exceeds a malignant McCarthyism style witch hunt. The vast majority of what is “reported” is obtained from anonymous or unattributed “sources”, all is scurrilous. Today’s headline in the Independent, emanating it seems from the Telegraph sinks, to even greater depths in the cesspit of journalistic bile which was once a honourable profession. “A senior serving General has reportedly warned that the British army could stage mutiny under Corbyn...”etc.

I maintain that this “senior serving General” should be named and arrested on a charge of inciting sedition. Like it or not, Jeremy Corbyn is a democratically elected MP and has now been elected by the Labour party to the position of Party leader. To threaten or advocate insurrection to remove a politician of whatever opinion is very dangerous. We do not live in Egypt or some South American banana republic.



 

Condor "Liberation" has another breakdown.

The "Liberation" flagship of the Condor Ferries fleet








Condor Liberation









On a lighter note, but certainly not lighter for any passengers or people intending to be passengers on Condor Liberation over the next few weeks, “Liberation”, the (almost) new £50million flagship of the Condor Ferries fleet has broken down, again. A series of faults and accidents has plagued this ship since her maiden voyage in April of this year. The latest on the list is damage to the exhaust system which required "complex" repairs. The net result is that Fridays sailings were cancelled, weekend services were disrupted (and there was a protest at Poole ferry terminal which resulted in the police being called) Tuesdays service is cancelled and Mondays service leaves Poole at 03:00 for two crossings in the day, finally retuning to Poole at 01:30 !! The sailings for Tuesday onward are “to be advised”.
This ship is clearly jinxed and should be either sold on to another operator, if one can be found who is dumb enough to buy it (as Condor seem to have been), or better still consign the £50million “vessel” to the breakers yard and get the best price possible in scrap value.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Just a blip? The evidence suggests otherwise.

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/20/ed-vulliamy-jeremy-corbyn-observer-editorial


 Our pessimistic take on Corbyn let our readers down (




Jeremy Corbyn in parliament
Jeremy Corbyn in his first PMQ's  (Photograph: Reuters)

 

beerhoi74.says in the comments section to this article:
"I hope Corbyn is just a blip and we can return to the centre soon"

That is the problem. It would not be a "return to the centre". It would be a return to the same old policies from the same old people who, with a few exceptions like minimum wage and child benefits, have done nothing for working people and their families or the sick or the disabled or pensioners in this country through successive Labour governments for decades. It would be a return to "top down" politics where "policies", many of which neither the membership of the party or just as importantly the public, agree with or support (that is why we lost two successive election). It would be a return to the "divine right" of the Parliamentary Labour Party of career politicians to sit in their Westminster bubble enjoying the privileges of "the Club" and essentially ignore the party members, except of course when they are taken out of the box at election times and expected to perform miracles to get the Labour party candidate elected. It would be a return to party policy being essentially the same policy as the Conservatives, but just wrapped in a different coloured wrapper and presented in a different shaped box. It would be a return to the response from people on many doorsteps around the country that "You are all the same when you get elected". A devastating comment, all the more devastating because they are completely right and the party worker at their door has no response to the criticism.
I have no desire or inclination to rerun to the "good old days" of the center. There is nothing there except further humiliation for the Labour party, and the certainty of continuing electoral defeat.



Ed vulliamy



Anyway, how much of what Corbyn argues do most voters disagree with, if they stop to think? Do people approve of bewildering, high tariffs set by the cartel of energy companies, while thousands of elderly people die each winter of cold-related diseases? Do students and parents from middle- and low-income families want tuition fees?
Do people like paying ludicrous fares for signal-failure, delays and overcrowding on inept railways? Do people urge tax evasion by multinationals and billionaires, which they then subsidise with cuts to the NHS? Post-cold war, who exactly are we supposed to kill en masse with these expensive nuclear missiles? What’s so good about the things Corbyn wants to drastically change?

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Is the Telegraph being mischievous again?

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/Jeremy_Corbyn/11876087/Chuka-Umunna-suggests-Jeremy-Corbyns-victory-could-lead-to-riots.html?fb_ref=Default



Chuka Umunna suggests Jeremy Corbyn's victory could lead to riots




Chuka Umunna and Jeremy Corbyn



 
Is Chukka Umunna a liar, or a hypocrite or is the Telegraph being mischievous again? Back at the beginning of September the member for Streatham said ""We must all work with Jeremy Corbyn", going on to say that we must "not make the mistake of giving the impression that electability requires the party to ditch its principles". Hardly the words of a man who see's his leader as paving the way for violence and uprisings on the streets of the cities and towns around the United Kingdom.
The telegraph uses the old tactic of creating a threat, ( which is not there) and then mobilising (or at least attempting to) public opinion to resist. much in the same way as the  press in Nazi Germany generated fear within the public and used it as a weapon against themselves.



Minister of Propaganda, Dr Joseph Goebbels




The Telegraph has learned much from Herr Goebbels and his propaganda machine.
Perhaps Chukka Umunna should consider taking the Telegraph to court.



What a co-incidence!

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sir-malcolm-rifkind-helped-hire-head-of-parliamentary-watchdog-that-cleared-him-over-cashforaccess-allegations-10508789.html



Sir Malcolm Rifkind helped hire head of parliamentary watchdog that cleared him over 'cash-for-access' allegations




Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Jack Straw


 
What a remarkable co-incidence. Rifkind appointed head of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards , who has now cleared him and Straw of breaking rules on paid lobbying,(despite the evidence against both of these MP's being recorded for television). In another remarkable twist to this story, Rifkind states that "he had forgotten the name of the person he had recommended" for the appointment.
You may detect a degree of skepticism in this entry.


Friday, 18 September 2015

A sniff of power?

 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/18/vince-cable-calls-for-labour-and-lib-dem-centre-left-mps-to-unite



Vince Cable calls for Labour and Lib Dem centre-left MPs to unite 

 

 

Vince Cable outside 10 Downing Street during his time as business secretary
Those were the days. Vince Cable leaving No.10

 

 


The Liberal Democrats sniffing around because they can scent a slight possibility of getting their cars, perks, increased salaries and a seat at the table again. History tells us that this bunch of hypocrites are interested only in the illusion of" power" granted to them when the got into bed with the Tories to prostitute their principles for "position".
Cable and his chums will say and do anything to regain the lost kudos of office. There may well be some in the PLP who would feel more at home with Cable and his cronies, but would they actually have the nerve to publically admit it? Incidentally, where is Farron and what does he say about his colleague's suggestion?
The Liberal Democrats sniffing around because they can scent a slight possibility of getting their cars, perks, increased salaries and a seat at the table again. History tells us that this bunch of hypocrites are interested only in the illusion of" power" granted to them when the got into bed with the Tories to prostitute their principles for "position".
Cable and his chums will say and do anything to regain the lost kudos of office. There may well be some in the PLP who would feel more at home with Cable and his cronies, but would they actually have the nerve to publically admit it? Incidentally, where is Farron and what does he say about his colleague's suggestion?

Corporation’s “biased” reporting was a “significant factor” in Scotland voting against independence.

 http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/sep/18/alex-salmond-reignites-row-with-nick-robinson-over-bias-bbc-scottish-independence#comments



Alex Salmond reignites row with Nick Robinson over ‘bias’



Alex Salmond is interviewed by Nick Robinson



I am not a member of the SNP.Neither am I a supporter of that party.Mowever, I am able to recogise and comment on bias when I see it. Far from being a "sore loser" Alex Salmond is absolutely right in complaining of BBC bias during the referendum campaign.

I reproduce in full, an article taken from my Blog, "New Agenda" and dated 15th September 2014. Headed:

BBC bias in Scottish referendum.

Notwithstanding yesterdays protest, which was given only passing acknowledgement on the BBC news programmes incidentally, the BBC reverts today, to its now accepted role as “The Union's Champion” and official propaganda tool for the "Vote No" campaign. About as subtle as an elephant rampaging around the shelves of Royal Doulton or Wedgwood or Royal Albert dinnerware in some exclusive department store, the BBC bounces back on its news programmes (so far) this morning, with all the “too close to call” headlines and interviews with Labour shadow ministers who, with their own agenda for retaining the Union, are given leading questions to be used as a vehicle to trot out the now well worn prophesies of doom and gloom in the event of a “Yes” vote. The BBC yesterday attempted to present a façade of “impartiality” but even the spectacle of Andrew Marr spinning a coin for “first interview place” between Salmond and Darling was not convincing.
With the election machines of the Westminster parties on full power, the orchestrated interventions of large corporations, banks and other vested interests and the rather bizarre contribution from the chief constable for Durham that somehow, organised international criminal gangs will seek to exploit any new border between England and an independent Scotland, may well produce a narrow, but pyrrhic, win for the No camp at the polls next Thursday. This will in no small way, be as a result of BBC “reporting” and the support for the establishment and their rather shabby negative campaigning.



What is the motive of the Telegraph in alleging that 40 years ago, two 20 somethings were lovers?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/Jeremy_Corbyn/11870739/Jeremy-Corbyn-and-Diane-Abbott-were-lovers.html?fb_ref=Default


Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott were lovers (says the Telegraph)

Then
        






Now
















 
Unnamed "sources", unattributed comments, anonymous smears and the "Telegraph" pours out the slime with its usual relish for a 40 year old whisper with which to add another smear to their anti Corbyn agenda.
What make the Telegraph so obnoxious and reprehensible is their obvious delectation for peddling lies, distortion and insult on anyone who they oppose or are afraid of. Their "journalists" too wallow in this cesspit of excrement, having prostituted themselves and their profession on the altar of duplicity.
The Telegraph joins the others of the gutter press and exhibits all that is despicable about the media in this country today.


Thursday, 17 September 2015

We must treat the "Independent" with some skepticism, even when they may have good news.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-mps-send-texts-to-lib-dem-leader-tim-farron-after-deeply-distressing-jeremy-corbyn-victory-10505885.html


Labour MPs send texts to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron after 'deeply distressing' Jeremy Corbyn victory(says the Independent)


Tim Farron getting excited



If this story is true (and we must always treat what we read in the "Independent" as probable lies or inneundo and treat the comments with a degree of contempt), then this is the best and most welcome news that this "newspaper" has published for some time. Rather than have these faceless and nameless MP's (again the Independent uses unnamed and unattributable sources for their own biased agenda), behaving like spoilt brats sulking in the corner muttering threats, better to have them "cross the floor" to join the other bunch of hypocrites in the Liberal Democrats, or better still have them all deselected and thrown out of the party.A garbage story (perhaps) from a garbage newspaper (definately) deserving of contempt. If you have some facts "Independent" put them into print or otherwise, shut up.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Two nerds on one sofa. Sky News paper review 15th September 2015

  

 

Sky News maintains its policy of inviting only right wing biggots onto the nightly  paper review slots






 











Motormouth Malone filling the SkyNews sofa and leaving very little room on the upholstery for sickly Stig, yet still managing to join him in pouring out stupid bile and fatuous comment. This time the target of their imbecilic banter was Jeremy Corbyn, his refusal to join in the singing of the National Anthem and the fact that the top button of his shirt was exposed.They spent practically the whole of the allocated time slots for the paper review, competing with each other for the dubious "honour" of who could spurt out the most nasty, insulting or unpleasant comment.  The Paper review section on Sky News would be better of without this pair of dullards, as would viewers.







The right wing press are loosing the arguments and their credilbility.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyns-vow-to-fight-tory-poverty-deniers-undermined-by-symbolic-blunders-10502739.html


Jeremy Corbyn remains silent during national anthem at commemoration service

Three hypocrites and a rspectful man.





The arrogant bastards of the right wing press are getting murdered in the social media where the general consensus of opinion is that Corbyn's "respectful silence during the anthem" is more indicative of someone refusing to be hypocritical, rather than pander to the whims and certain hostility of a biased press. The comments and criticism that they are getting on Facebook, Twitter and other social media  is both accurate and is certainly justified


Thank God for the social media network.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/if-jeremy-corbyn-ignores-the-rightwing-press-he-will-be-exterminated-10502313.html




If Jeremy Corbyn ignores the right-wing press, he will be exterminated

(says the Independent's Matthew Norman)

 

Jeremy Corbyn



What conceited bastards the "right wing press" actually are.
To assume that they alone have some devine right to smear, lie, distort and generaly discredit anyone they take a dislike to (for whatever reason) and then demand that their "victims" respond to the bilious out pourings is arrogant in the extreme.
Thank God for the internet and social media. In the new real world of communication, the "right wing press" are loosing their arguments and their credibility as their dwindling circulations and readership, is being overwhelmed by the millions of users on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many others who are burying these media rags and their endless spite.
How they must envy the reality that this post, whether the Independent censors block it or not (as they have done with many of my previous comments), will soon be on all my scocial media pages and curculating to millions af other usuers who will no doubt circulate it to millions more.



Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Parliamentary Labour Party rip in to a weak government.



Labour's Angela Eagle condemns 'draconian' trade union bill



The Labour Front Bench.

 
I watched the debate on BBC Parliament channel yesterday (14th September 2015) and heard some very good speeches from the Labour benches both front and back. Alan Johnson (who I have been critical of in the past) made a particularly fine speech likening interventions from the governments benches to comments made by "Teletubbies" and suggesting that crayons and paper for drawing be provided in a room adjacent to the chamber.
Angels Eagle's response to government Business Secretary Sajid Javid's unconvincing comments opening the debate, was superb as the front bench team of Jeremy Corbyn's new shadow cabinet ripped into a pathetic government proposal for "Trade Union reform", with vigorous speeches and interventions from the Labour back benches.
The sight of a strong Labour party opposition, attacking a weak government (something which has been all too rare over recent years) demonstrated the extent to which the new Labour administration will be a formidable force when their collective strength is directed towards the enemy occupying the benches opposite. The Labour party may have lost the vote, but there is no shadow of doubt that they won the arguments. The second reading debate of this vicious, vindictive and in Angels Eagle's words "draconian" bill is but the first round of a fight which will continue over the coming weeks and perhaps months and will involve the Trade Union movement and people generally, mobilised into resistance against this latest Conservative measure designed to destroy the trade union movement.




Shadow cabinet meeting
The new Shadow Cabinet.



The Labour party in Parliament owe it to the people of this country to stand united, and together with the trade union movement, lead the resistance to this pernicious piece of government legislation, and all those malicious proposals which will be presented to the Commons over the months to come. Each member of the Parliamentary Labour Party must recognise and accept that their enemy, and the enemy of the British people, sit on the government benches opposite (only 36% of people voting actually cast their vote for the Conservative party in May of this year) and not on the benches around them. The British people will never forgive a Labour party where individual ambition and factional self interest, stand ahead of opposition to a vicious but clearly weak government. Let last nights debate be the beginning of a united fight against a “Bullingdon Club” gang, which is destroying large sections of our economy, demonising sections of our people and dismantling the very fabric of our society.



Monday, 14 September 2015

Sky News switches its tack from numbers to positions.

Dermot Murnaghan has learned very little from previous gaffes.



Dermot Murnaghan



Sky News must have been running a crash course in bias and smear for thieir newscasters since Jeremy Corbyn was included on the ballot paper. The latest specimin to crawl out from bhind the scenery in the Sky News studio is Dermot Murnaghan, who after his awful bias and hysteria on his Sunday programme yesterday, returned today to pour bile and aggressive interview techniques on anyone not saying what Murnaghan wanted them to say. Today the target was the composition of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet. Having been thwarted in his "number of women in the cabinet" jibes as the total exceeded 50% , Murnaghan switched his bile to "Ah but none of the women have the top jobs".
Even that is wrong, but that did not deter Murnaghan from pressing the point. He used the "top jobs" snipe at least 10 times and must have said "Ah Yes, But" at least as many times. Still he must be used to being wrong by now after his exchange with Chukka Umunna earlier this year resulting in viewers complaining about the lack of journalistic standards, insinuating remarks and poor attitude and his exchange with Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik ending when the President removed his microphone and left, saying "Tell him to shut up, he can't even get my name right".
Perhaps Dermot Murnaghan should find alternative employment.


Who is responsible for orchestrating the abusive attacks coming out of the media and television?

BBC and Sky become more biased and more scurillous by the minute.

Jane Secker

Victoria Derbyshire
















 When I went to bed last night, Sky News, BBC News and doubtless many other stations, were bleating on about the lack of women in Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow cabinet. I got up this morning at my usual early time, and those same channels were still hysterically screaming about the lack of women, but now had been joined by the usual suspects in the press. A few hours ago, it was announced that the Shadow cabinet will have over 50% women members.
I have just turned off the television in disgust at the scurillous, biased, distorted and hysterically hpocritical reporting which continues on television. Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News Channel and Jane Secker on Sky (and no doubt others) are now hysterically questioning every guest on the programme and shouting out in mock indignation that there may be over 50% but none of the women have the top jobs! (and even that slur is untrue).
When this outrageous,unwarranted and sinister attack on the Labour party and its elected leaders eventually subsides, then the media and television people responsible for and orchestrating this abuse of" freedom of the press" must be identified and held accountable.

An alarming decline in British journalism.





Don’t mistake the fresh-faced enthusiasm that Jeremy Corbyn has inspired for a 'new politics' 

This is not a movement – it is a sense of frustration looking for people to betray it

 

 

John Rentoul: a "Labour-leaning journalist" with slavish admiration for Tony Blair

 

 

 John Rentoul really is a spiteful and vindictive individual, and bad looser which seems to be typical of those sharing his side of the Labour party. Moreover he is wrong.

By venting his spleen against Jeremy Corbyn, who after all gained a stunning victory with 59.5% of the votes cast from all sectors of the party in the leadership election, (a figure which Blair came no way near to achieving) Rentoul reveals his acute disappointment, pique and frustration that his preference gained little support.
The John Rentoul entry taken from “Wikipedia” confirms the extent to which his bias completely dominates his journalistic contribution.

He has described having "slavish admiration" for Tony Blair. His biography of Tony Blair has passed through several editions. Total Politics said Rentoul "is probably the most high-profile defender of Tony Blair’s record in the British media, His column in The Independent on Sunday has become one of the last bastions of pure, unadulterated Blairism". Rentoul was critical of Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour Party and regarded Liz Kendall as the best candidate to replace him in the 2015 Labour Party leadership election.



An illuminating entry which confirms the view that Rentoul, like some others within the Labour party, are convinced that anyone who disagrees with their perspective is either mad, or wrong, or even both and is therefore “fair game” for their hostility and sneering comments. The media has been scurrilous in its coverage of the leadership election and today’s piece of nonsense from Rentoul continues the alarming decline of British journalism

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Who are the real "threats" to National security?

 A threat to National Security?
Micheal Fallon

The patronising smirk of Preti Patel












 




 
The Conservatives wasting no time (even if they do waste everything else) in putting out the bile and smear on our new leader. The hysterical, scaremonger rhetoric pouring out of Central Office and obviously written by some demented troll in the back room, is repeated parrot fashion by Priti Patel and Michael Fallon and the press and television news stations lap it up as a cat would lap cream. Did anyone notice that the first few lines of the interview with Fallon were repeated on every news programme from 5pm onward and on Sky News (the same 10 second clip was show 4 times in the space of three minutes) and the smirking Patel filled our screens with her patronising manner as she repeated the party line. The BBC news channels and Sky news certainly were quick to accept government instructions and play their part in the smearing and vilification of Corbyn and his supporters. All this in just the first few hours of the new Labour party leadership, clearly sets the scene for more intense and dirty ploys over the coming days and months as the hostility against the new Leader of the Opposition, adds desperation to the already very evident fear. 



In the meantime of course the homeless continue to sleep on the streets, the bankers continue to get richer, the NHS lurches on, in its resource starved endeavours to maintain the nations health while the private health companies and hospitals make a fortune, austerity cuts bring misery to hundreds of thousands of our people, benefits are slashed while more and more claimants are sanctioned, private landlords grow richer, receiving more and more housing benefits for their bank accounts as IDS blames the people for the ever increasing costs of welfare.
The threat to our "national security" and the destruction of our society, comes from those former members of the Bullingdon Club with the lackeys who endorse and encourage them, sitting on the green leather benches in the Commons completely out of touch with the people they claim to represent.
Trotting out old quotes and phrases from the grubby filing cabinets in some office at 4 Matthew Parker St, London is a pathetic and miserable tactic from a pathetic and miserable party, posing as the government of this country.