If your wood falls down while it’s being buffed does it make you laugh?

How did Joss Whedon get away with these jokes? No one else could.

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Dancing with myself

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Sign petition to win a democratic free press

jeremy corbyn the sun apology ipso petition

I’m signing this petition because democracy has to mean more than the right to put a cross on a ballot paper once every five years. That is especially so given, that under first-past-the-post and media bias, David Cameron has managed to achieve a majority government with less than a quarter of those entitled to vote positively endorsing his right-wing agenda.

David Cameron thinks he can ride roughshod over the entire elected House of Commons by using MI5 and GCHQ to spy on all 600 plus MPs and all their constituents, simultaneously denouncing the leader of the opposition as a ‘terrorist sympathiser’, while, in the most sinister manner possible, calling on the police to shoot-to-kill ‘terrorist sympathizers’, with no prosecution of armed police who ‘accidentally’ murder Jeremy Corbyn or any other supporter of the Stop The War Coalition or any other protestor David Cameron doesn’t like the look of.

David Cameron has gotten away with changing the voting rights of Scotland’s MPs without telling anyone he was going to do that, and he repeatedly breaks election promises, appointing useless unelected idiotic glove-puppets to the House of Lords to get his way when even his own backbenchers don’t like what he’s proposing, and progressively even they are unhappy with him, unhappy but scared shitless to do much about it. Why are Tory MPs intimidated by their own Prime Minister?

Knowing that David Cameron uses MI5 and GCHQ to spy on them does make them paranoid, which is precisely why he does it, and has boasted about doing it in the House of Commons recently, in an answer to a Prime Ministers Question from David Davies. No one can forget about former Tory Party Chief Whip Tim Fortescue boasting that those in his position compile dossiers to blackmail Tory MPs. Given the behavior of many in the PLP recently, it’s quite possible that many Labour MPs may also be being subject to intimidation from David Cameron, the Tory Party Chief Whip, and MI5.

David Cameron got his majority government with a ‘mandate’ falling short of one quarter of those entitled to vote in May’s general election. Political illiterates at the BBC, SKY News, Channel Four News, ITV and C5 may think that allows him to do what the hell he likes. Most voters beg to differ. And this over-the-top media bias cannot possibly work. What we are witnessing is a switching-off of most television that purports to be ‘news’. It is nothing more than British Establishment bullshit: MI5, GCHQ, HSBC, CBI, Monarchist propaganda. It’s not being swallowed other than by a tiny Tory elite, Tony Blair’s fan club, and the most alienated victims of austerity prone to attack any scapegoat they can find rather than see who is the cause of the misery.

So-called intelligent political commentators keep getting exposed as blind to reality, the rise of The SNP, rout of the Blairites in Labour’s leadership election, consolidation of Jeremy Corbyn’s authority within the Labour Party, as his critics merely make themselves more unpopular with members and voters alike by using their leader as a dartboard on every occasion they’re invited onto the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News etc.

Tory broadcasters keep looking like idiots because they refuse to pay attention to what is going on repeatedly saying, “No one saw that coming,” when they would know that I and others did and have the tweets to prove it, tweets that Andrew Neil is more than happy to say he doesn’t read. Fine. Don’t pay attention to Twitter’s real-time feedback on Daily Politics, Sunday Politics and This Week. But don’t then say we didn’t tell you so, because we so did.

BBC broadcasters, with handfuls of honorable exceptions, are out-of-touch Tories (or Blairites which amounts to the same thing) living in a mollycoddled bubble, insulated from all the pain and suffering Tory austerity inflicts on ordinary people. Today’s revised statistics about personal debt is a timely reminder that those people lucky enough to be keeping their heads above water do so due to living on the never-never.

Leaving aside the voters who won their own businesses (which seems to be the only people the CBI affiliated BBC give a damn about), most people are having to borrow simply in order to live. They’ve been taught by Tony Blair and by David Cameron that they need to live in the moment, fully expecting market forces to lead to the best of all possible worlds. But this personal debt is an accident waiting to happen.

Those who have plugged into this ponzi scheme life-support system are too addicted to it to think about the consequences. Their hope that ‘something will turn up’ is like the gambler desperately waiting for the big win, or the heroin addict praying he’ll die before the loan sharks skin him alive, or he/she has to sell their bodies for sex in return for putting food on the table for their kids or a roof over their heads.

Jeremy Corbyn is representing an alternative narrative to the market forces and military adventurism. Jeremy Corbyn provides an alternative to the deranged “Let’s bomb some foreigners” brigade. Building walls to stop refugees escaping death by genocidal psychopaths or drowning, starvation, disease or other inevitable consequences of civil wars fomented by the banks or arms dealers… That’s not the Jeremy Corbyn way, nor is it that of the overwhelming majority of Labour Party members that the Blairites clearly wants to expel. That is why Jeremy Corbyn simply has to be lied about, day-in, day-out, 24-7, by Rupert Murdoch and by Rona Fairhead’s HSBC lie machine.

Rupert Murdoch is an ultra-rich reactionary who takes great pride in abusing his ability to distort the picture of reality by means of his control over our so-called free press. One billionaire, one media consortium is not the definition of a democratic free press.It really isn’t.

Rupert Murdoch swore on oath that The SUN reflects what he thinks. And he thinks “It was The SUN wot won it.” Black propaganda is the cutting edge of The SUN’s ‘journalism,’ that and industrial-scale intrusion into the private lives of anyone and everyone, done specifically to intimidate any potential threat to Rupert Murdoch’s business interests.

The lies about Jeremy Corbyn are not a quirk. They’re not accidental. They’re intended as a threat to others who get in Rupert Murdoch’s way. The IPSO have to prove they really won’t let an ultra-reactionary billionaire get away with his corruption of the democratic process. If they allow him and his hired goons to take the piss, then those running the IPSO need to be investigated for potential conflicts of interest.

To cut a long story short, if you haven’t already done so, please sign this petition: https://www.change.org/p/independent-press-standards-organisation-ipso-must-ensure-apologies-are-printed-in-same-font-size-and-page-as-offending-headline?recruiter=61154317&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive

 

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Scotland’s left needs a unity in May

  • I rarely use Facebook anymore. Got a question. How many parts of Scotland’s left have committed themselves to regional list candidates? I hope nothing’s been set in stone. The divisions are tragic. TUSC and Solidarity need to unite again. Not sure if that’s happened yet. But it has to.
  • Secondly, the Greens shouldn’t be considered part of Scotland’s left. Too many reasons why they’ve forfeited that right, but their casualness in splitting the left-vote in England is part of it, as is their attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott for their support of the Stop The War Coalition are a couple of big factors.
  • Thirdly, Solidarity and TUSC have to stand down from first-past-the-post vote in May. I think the former have accepted that. The latter need to too.
  • Fourthly, Solidarity and TUSC need to do more than agree to a non-aggression pact. Both need to try to stand under the RISE banner, in my ‘humble’ opinion. That may be hard for Solidarity to swallow due to the prominence of the Scottish Socialist Party, and their fellow travellers. That needs negotiation. If Tommy is excluded, then he has every right to stand against as an independent or under some other banner. Same goes for any member of Solidarity/TUSC who is denied the right to participate fully as a RISE candidate despite their willingness to do so.
  • Fifthly, a deal needs to be struck with Labour’s left. There are problems and opportunities for the left both sides of the border.
  • Socialists need to think with our hearts and our heads. We need strategy and tactics. We need to get the job done, as principles without hope of winning anything concrete is a waste of our time.
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters can’t admit they want RISE – or any other party other than Labour – to win seats. Nevertheless, in the privacy of the polling booth, there could be a private revolution. Those whose ear socialists external to Labour can win, with respectful debate, ‘fellow travellers’, those willing to cast their vote for he/she they wish was the Labour candidate, rather the one foisted on Scottish Labour members by Kezia Dugdale against the wishes of party members. Jeremy Corbyn can’t be blamed for Kezia Dugdale’s incompetence.
  • The Scottish Labour leadership has forfeited their right to any loyalty by their disenfranchising Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters. That makes it both possible and necessary for RISE/TUSC/Solidarity to reach an accomodation with Momentum in Scottish Labour, although any such deal would have to take place informally. Nods and winks. Nothing put down on paper that commits any Labour Party member to cast a vote for anyone standing against the official Labour candidate as that would be, quite legitimately, grounds for expulsion.
  • Regional list votes can be cast by Scotland’s left. But this will only lead to winning candidates if the left vote is not split half a dozen ways or even more.
  • There is an incentive for all the left to compromise. Those who refuse to do that will pay a very heavy price indeed. Time for the left in Scotland to do deals, and to reach out to the left in The SNP who may also – in the privacy of the polling booth – vote for a left wing candidate for the regional list.
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Sign online petition: Stop disunity in the Labour Party

I would appeal to everyone who claims to be part of the genuinely democratic left to sign this petition defending Jeremy Corbyn against the Parliamentary Labour Party, and most of his Shadow Cabinet. This is probably the best petition I’ve ever signed. Clearly written by someone who knows how to write. Wonderful stuff. Every socialist inside and outside the Labour Party needs to sign. Labour MPs who refuse to sign, and members who refuse to sign are exposing themselves to public ridicule.

Here is the text of this petition:

  • Disunity needs to be stamped out. In Westminster and in our constituencies. To me, its time we spoke out about what is happening in the Labour party. Before we succumb to the fate that other parties are dealing with.
  • 1. Your disunity is corroding the Labour movement but we will not let it succumb to your selfish indulgence
  • Its an open “secret” that the party has become fractious with relationships between elected representatives and party supporters if not party members prone to breaking down. Every day there is a local example of what we want to see the back of, like in Portsmouth.
  • We are realists. When a stance or leadership changes this always triggers extreme in-group out-group mentality, where there is a push and a shove between the old and new. Tactical voting to undermine Jeremy, refusing to say you support him when asked on television and outward criticism are being played out daily. But this has gone on too far.
  • However, the public criticism of Jeremy Corbyn goes beyond this. Some politicians who do not share his stance feel compelled to publicly discredit him. In doing so, they alienate those many many labour supporters who elected him.
  • He is undermined within his party daily, berated and mocked and yet no one is held to account. This has developed into a witch hunt. This is both unprofessional, and sabotages the Labour party in England, Scotland and in Wales.
  • We insist that MPs strongly reconsider attempts at sabotaging this party any further by sharing their personal views about Jeremy Corbyn or his policies. If you hate the party so much, let it go. Don’t break it.
  • We should always stand united together in solidarity. MPs and councillors represent their constituents, and serve the party first in a way consistent with the public interest. Is that really going to happen when all people hear from you is your latest rant about Jeremy Corbyn or his supporters.
  • Regardless of what you think, you were selected for your potential. To lead and catalyse change – not mutter in the corridors or on twitter. You disappoint everyone with a lack of discipline in presenting a united front even if behind closed doors there are rows.
  • All political parties disagree and that’s healthy, our best cabinets and shadow cabinets had rows, but these used to come to light decades after the events in memoirs not minutes and hours later. We work bloody hard and you let us down.
  • MP’s set the example for our councillors. Councillors set the example for our activists. And so the rot begins until the grassroots spoke up.
  • 2. Listen to the grassroots and look at yourselves and reflect. We find it highly offensive that for every MP, councillor or Assembly Member who declares they do not support Jeremy Corbyn are also saying those who voted for him do not matter, hold no value within the party and evidently do not know what is best for them. To those people, we say, “how dare you?”
  • To me, this Labour party is like the NHS. It is our institution which we wish to protect.
  • Disunity leads to conduct that is subjective to the person but everyone recognises it when they see it and we see it. It is the likely or actual cumulative effect to threaten, undermine, constrain, humiliate or harm another person or their property, reputation, self-esteem, self-confidence or ability to perform. Guess which MP’s and councillors this describes.
  • We wish to remind MPs of the Code of Conduct in the House of Commons. The following principles that in failing to uphold undermines every other MP in Parliament.
  • “III. Duties of Members
  • 5. Members have a duty to uphold the law, including the *general law against discrimination*. Disunity discriminates.
  • 6. Members have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole; and a special duty to their constituents. Constituent feel ignored.
  • 7. Members should act on all occasions in accordance with the public trust placed in them. *They should always behave with probity and integrity, including in their use of public resources.*
  • Members of the Labour Party who have been accused of online disunity face consequences. The police are called in the worst circumstances. No such consequences exist for MPs who do this to Jeremy Corbyn.
  • We remind you that you’re not exempt from the law just because you’re lionised in tabloids for indulging their prejudices against Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP.
  • People want change whether the MP’s and councillors are ready to catch up or not. We supported this change by electing a leader who represents the way the Labour should go. The alternative visions were not good enough. So respect that, come up with your own or back down and learn to behave in a way expected of Public Office.
  • We want to win the 2020 election, but we want to win with Jeremy Corbyn and we want to win with an empowered grassroots that has a voice in the party, active in our communities and persuasive online.
  • Yours Faithfully
  • Labour members, affiliates and voters.

And here is the comment I left as I signed the petition:

  • I’ve just seen this. It is the best online petitions I’ve ever signed. Rarely do I have to sign up to something so well-written, so long that I can’t quibble with in any detail. I hope every member of the Labour Party signs it. Those who don’t clearly have contempt for the member and Labour voters. Jeremy Corbyn’s support reaches FAR beyond Labour members. And they should all sign this also. And they should join Labour and agree to have a democratic broad church of the left, that tolerates minorities, if only because we are all in the minority from time to time. Some of us might even turn out to be the lonely voice in the wilderness who wins everyone else over.
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Defend Jeremy Corbyn against the Blairite witchhunt

I would appeal to everyone who claims to be part of the genuinely democratic left to sign this petition defending Jeremy Corbyn against the Parliamentary Labour Party, and most of his Shadow Cabinet. This is probably the best petition I’ve ever signed. Clearly written by someone who knows how to write. Wonderful stuff. Every socialist inside and outside the Labour Party needs to sign. Labour MPs who refuse to sign, and members who refuse to sign are exposing themselves to public ridicule.

Here is the text of this petition:

  • Disunity needs to be stamped out. In Westminster and in our constituencies. To me, its time we spoke out about what is happening in the Labour party. Before we succumb to the fate that other parties are dealing with.
  • 1. Your disunity is corroding the Labour movement but we will not let it succumb to your selfish indulgence
  • Its an open “secret” that the party has become fractious with relationships between elected representatives and party supporters if not party members prone to breaking down. Every day there is a local example of what we want to see the back of, like in Portsmouth.
  • We are realists. When a stance or leadership changes this always triggers extreme in-group out-group mentality, where there is a push and a shove between the old and new. Tactical voting to undermine Jeremy, refusing to say you support him when asked on television and outward criticism are being played out daily. But this has gone on too far.
  • However, the public criticism of Jeremy Corbyn goes beyond this. Some politicians who do not share his stance feel compelled to publicly discredit him. In doing so, they alienate those many many labour supporters who elected him.
  • He is undermined within his party daily, berated and mocked and yet no one is held to account. This has developed into a witch hunt. This is both unprofessional, and sabotages the Labour party in England, Scotland and in Wales.
  • We insist that MPs strongly reconsider attempts at sabotaging this party any further by sharing their personal views about Jeremy Corbyn or his policies. If you hate the party so much, let it go. Don’t break it.
  • We should always stand united together in solidarity. MPs and councillors represent their constituents, and serve the party first in a way consistent with the public interest. Is that really going to happen when all people hear from you is your latest rant about Jeremy Corbyn or his supporters.
  • Regardless of what you think, you were selected for your potential. To lead and catalyse change – not mutter in the corridors or on twitter. You disappoint everyone with a lack of discipline in presenting a united front even if behind closed doors there are rows.
  • All political parties disagree and that’s healthy, our best cabinets and shadow cabinets had rows, but these used to come to light decades after the events in memoirs not minutes and hours later. We work bloody hard and you let us down.
  • MP’s set the example for our councillors. Councillors set the example for our activists. And so the rot begins until the grassroots spoke up.
  • 2. Listen to the grassroots and look at yourselves and reflect. We find it highly offensive that for every MP, councillor or Assembly Member who declares they do not support Jeremy Corbyn are also saying those who voted for him do not matter, hold no value within the party and evidently do not know what is best for them. To those people, we say, “how dare you?”
  • To me, this Labour party is like the NHS. It is our institution which we wish to protect.
  • Disunity leads to conduct that is subjective to the person but everyone recognises it when they see it and we see it. It is the likely or actual cumulative effect to threaten, undermine, constrain, humiliate or harm another person or their property, reputation, self-esteem, self-confidence or ability to perform. Guess which MP’s and councillors this describes.
  • We wish to remind MPs of the Code of Conduct in the House of Commons. The following principles that in failing to uphold undermines every other MP in Parliament.
  • “III. Duties of Members
  • 5. Members have a duty to uphold the law, including the *general law against discrimination*. Disunity discriminates.
  • 6. Members have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole; and a special duty to their constituents. Constituent feel ignored.
  • 7. Members should act on all occasions in accordance with the public trust placed in them. *They should always behave with probity and integrity, including in their use of public resources.*
  • Members of the Labour Party who have been accused of online disunity face consequences. The police are called in the worst circumstances. No such consequences exist for MPs who do this to Jeremy Corbyn.
  • We remind you that you’re not exempt from the law just because you’re lionised in tabloids for indulging their prejudices against Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP.
  • People want change whether the MP’s and councillors are ready to catch up or not. We supported this change by electing a leader who represents the way the Labour should go. The alternative visions were not good enough. So respect that, come up with your own or back down and learn to behave in a way expected of Public Office.
  • We want to win the 2020 election, but we want to win with Jeremy Corbyn and we want to win with an empowered grassroots that has a voice in the party, active in our communities and persuasive online.
  • Yours Faithfully
  • Labour members, affiliates and voters.

And here is the comment I left as I signed the petition:

  • I’ve just seen this. It is the best online petitions I’ve ever signed. Rarely do I have to sign up to something so well-written, so long that I can’t quibble with in any detail. I hope every member of the Labour Party signs it. Those who don’t clearly have contempt for the member and Labour voters. Jeremy Corbyn’s support reaches FAR beyond Labour members. And they should all sign this also. And they should join Labour and agree to have a democratic broad church of the left, that tolerates minorities, if only because we are all in the minority from time to time. Some of us might even turn out to be the lonely voice in the wilderness who wins everyone else over.
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Sign petition to force Lucy Allan to resign

  • I want fabricated death threats by ‘opinion-formers’ to be exposed for what they are. I want David Cameron’s unwillingness to expel Lucy Allan from the Tory Party to be exposed, and for her constituents to have an MP worthy of the name. And I want the Tory editors at BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News, ITV and Channel Five to be exposed for what they are: poodles of a reactionary and deeply unpopular Prime Minister who wants armed policemen to gun down innocent people on imaginary ‘intelligence’ such as that fabricated by his own MPs, those like Lucy Allan.
  • That’s the comment I left on a petition to force Lucy Allan to resign. If there are other petitions, I’ll happily sign the too. Hopefully, there will be a concerted attempt to raise David Cameron’s inaction, and the mass media’s indifference to this story at the next Prime Minister’s Question Time. Can’t believe she’ll last long. Nor that she’ll be able to avoid a substantial payout to her victim, possibly after a damaging legal action for defamation that could hve lead to vigilante attacks, persecution by cops, and more. All very damaging for David Cameron and whichever loser gets to be the Tory Party candidate at the by-election.

Here’s the petition if you are interested: https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-lucy-allan-mp-should-resign-for-adding-a-death-threat-to-a-constituent-s-message

Text From Online Petition:

Lucy Allan MP added the words ‘Unless you die’ to a message sent by one of her constituents, before publishing the message on Facebook.

In doing this she:

  • fabricated a death threat;
  • deliberately misrepresented her constituent in order to dismiss them and others like them;
  • put the reputation and security of her constituent in jeopardy;
  • risked a criminal investigation being brought against an innocent person.

Ms Allan has responded by saying: ‘What I did was selective editing and I am allowed to do this.’ But these were her own words, added deliberately to distort and diminish her constituent Rusty Shackleford.

MPs exist to represent their constituents, not to misrepresent them. By behaving in this way, Ms Allan has shown she is unfit to continue as a Member of Parliament.

With a full apology to Mr Shackleford, she should resign.

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