Archive for June, 2015

This is the disgusting kind of bile merchants of Media love creating. It’s this “feckless scrounger” narrative that the Tories use to justify their attacks on the poor and those in need of social security. It would be such a Shame if she gets flooded with emails…

the void

ally-einsteinThe above pic comes from the facebook page of Alley Einstein, the so-called journalist behind yesterday’s appalling Sunday Mirror attack on an elderly woman’s wedding.

It is hard to imagine anything more vile than finding people in poverty and bribing them say they don’t want a job just so you can smear them as a scounger in the media.  But that’s exactly what some freelance journalists are up to.  Do not fucking talk to them.  And do not talk to Alley Epstein.  The money will run out and it will fuck up your claim.


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“One day I walked with one of these middle-class gentlemen into Manchester. I spoke to him about the disgraceful unhealthy slums and drew his attnetion to the disgusting conditions of that part of town in which the factory workers lived.

I declared that I had never seen so badly built a town in my life.
He listened patiently and at the corner of the street at which we parted company he remarked:

‘And yet there is a good deal of money made here. Good morning, Sir.'”– Friedrich Engels, THE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS IN ENGLAND.

“The dreaming collective knows no history” — Walter Benjamin.

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The poor side of life

Sometimes I’m taken by surprise. Mostly I’m not. But this is a new tactic. A new target driven tactic employed by the DWP.

For anyone claiming JSA, ESA Income Support or universal credit you might be familiar with a local service compliance interview. They send these letters out usually on a random basis or sometimes on the say so of a suspected fraud taking place. Now these interviews are compulsory and if you don’t attend then your money will get stopped.

Whilst attending one of these interviews you are normally treated like a criminal, guilty before being proven innocent, most likely innocent of any wrongdoing as you have been randomly picked in the first place. You are taken to a room which looks just like a police interview room. They record everything like the police do, only in this case you are most likely innocent. You are asked to bring…

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A film by Gareth Morris

This is the original and 47 min extended version of the documentary about the Battle of the Beanfield – digitised from the last remaining sub-master tape to mark the 30th anniversary on 1st June 2015.

This films documents events that happened on 1st June 1985 when people tried to make their way to Stonehenge to set up what would have been the 11th People’s Free Festival.

National government and local authorities had decided to put an end to both the Festival and the travelling lifestyle that growing numbers of people were adopting during the dark years of the Thatcher era.

It was the time of the Miners strike and anti-nuclear protests at Greenham Common. Anyone who did not agree with government policy was considered to be the ‘Enemy Within’ and was investigated, infiltrated, suppressed and marginalised.

The police stopped a convoy of 600 largely peaceful men, women and children as they made their way to Stonehenge. People drove into a field to avoid the police but were surrounded and given no chance of escape.

The Police operation had been planned for several months. New paramilitary equipment and tactics developed during the miners’ strike were implemented; later in the day the people in the Beanfield were violently attacked by massed ranks of 1300 riot police. Large numbers of vehicles were destroyed and 536 people were eventually arrested – the largest mass arrest of civilians in English legal history.

It wasn’t a Battle, it was an ambush where defenceless people were beaten and those that tried to defend themselves were beaten some more. Few, if any, charges were ever upheld against the people and in 1991 some of the Travellers successfully sued the police for damages. Although the judge over-ruled the intentions of the jury and all of their compensation was taken away in costs.

Why is this important when tens of thousands are massacred around the world annually? Because it’s about freedom and hypocrisy – this is England, where we pretend to hold the moral high ground and we justify invading other people’s countries to uphold human rights. But if our own house is not in order then who are we to judge?

This film was self-funded during the summer/winter of 1990/91 and Channel 4 provided some completion money for a 23 min version that was broadcast in October 1991 despite attempts by the Police to take out high court injunctions to prevent it.

I’ll be screening the film at several venues during the Glastonbury Festival including the Pilton Palais at 17:30 on Sunday 28th June. Only my second time there since ’92. If any old friends are there, it would be good to see you.

The rightwing love to use the 70’s as an example of how bad socialism is (there’s never been socialism in the UK, even old Labour was not socialist).

The UK was the sick man (now it’s the sweatshop) of Europe, supposedly we were stepping over the dead, in the streets because of strikes, another rightwing lie.
They conveniently forget to mention there was near full employment in the 70’s, in PRODUCTIVE JOBS, if you didn’t like your job, you knew you could be in a different one within the week (the establishment and the bosses didn’t like that) the worker had too much power.
The communities of the 70’s gave people a feeling of security, an injury to one was an injury to all. There was also a great SENSE of community too, something that’s been lost, and is deeply missed and may never  be restored.
Thatcher and THATCHERISM destroyed all that come the 1980s, privatisation took hold, millions were thrown out of work, council homes were sold off and not replaced, leading to the housing shortage that there is today.

Thatcher needed to smash up communities, she created a sub culture. Then with military precision, she organised an attack on the steelworkers and then miners, police became paramilitaries and the mining communites were destroyed. Thatcher had to destroy the Unions, she referred to the miners as The Enemy Within.
Everything of any value was sold off, Thatcher gave taxbreaks to the rich, shareholders were making huge profits from the essentials of modern life, gas, water, electricity, shelter, even public transport, infrastructure was wrecked by privatisation. Though even Thatcher didn’t dare try privatising the NHS, not then, not yet.
She closed down hospitals, especially mental institutions, those people who depended on these institutions were released into the disaster that was “care. I think the community” put onto the street, leaving them, helpless and destitute without the necessary level of Care and in the community that had been systematically Removed.
Some people with severe psychotic conditions were left without the support and tragedy was inevitable.
Thatcher had massive North Sea Oil revenues coming in, that were also squandered on the rich, they funnelled the profits from oil into offshore tax havens, instead of pumping the profits back into the communities, using the money to create jobs, infrastructure, staffing and equipping hospitals and colleges and schools, a programme of home building, building up the public and social services infrastructures. Instead all these things were allowed to fall into decay. While the rich were trousering billions.
Banks and the financial markets we deregulated, the deregulation that created casino capitalism and led to the financial meltdown that hit in 2007/8.
Whatever lies the Tories try to feed you, condemning all that was wrong with the 70’s, it was a lot better than where we’re at today. There was community, Employment, and more importantly, greed was frowned upon, not seen as a virtue as it is today.

There have been calls since Thatchers death for a museum commemorating her legacy, However, a museum to her terrible legacy already exists, it’s the towns and villages of the South Wales coal field and the poverty porn of television programmes such as Skint and The Valleys! Thatcher’s legacy is also commemorated when a Labour Party candidate standing for the leadership continually refers to aspiration politics. When people like Andy Burnham are all that there is to offer as leader then Labour has had it. Burnham launched his speech at tax evaders Ernst & Young and espoused the same “aspiration nation” politics as George Osborne did when he continually referred to Thatcherism in his 2012 budget speech!

The Labour Party was never meant to be a middle class pale blue party run by career politicians. It was meant to be a party of the unions, of the industrialised workers of Britain and their communities.

This isn’t nostalgia for the past, the old Greek definition of Nostalgia is the memory of an old painful wound, this is a longing for that sense of decency that Thatcher and her Neoliberal/Keynsian ideology destroyed.

Thatcherism is an Evil incarnate.