Archive for July, 2015

Here and No Further – Stop Digging, Keep It In The Ground!

A three minute film:

The Rhineland’s lignite mines and coal plants in Germany are Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions and home to the world’s largest coal digger – the Bagger 288.

The rapid expansion of coal mines and plants is causing health problems due to high pollution rates and the destruction of local villages, forests and farmland.
That’s why this summer the Rhineland will be the target of a mass act of civil disobedience in the lead-up to the Paris climate negotiations.

On the weekend of 14-16 August, grassroots groups are calling on people from all over Germany and other parts of Europe to stand together to stop the world’s largest coal diggers in their tracks.

The mass action is being called “Ende Gelände” — which translates literally as ‘Here and no further”.

Ende Gelände will make a powerful call to keep Europe’s coal in the ground, in the face of increasingly dangerous climate change.

Tories stripping us of basic rights

It hasn’t taken long for the Conservatives to show their nasty side again.

Last week’s Trades Union Bill is an unnecessary and unfair attack on people’s rights at work and civil liberties.

Rather than dealing with zero-hours contracts, the lack of decent jobs and rip-off rents, the Tories want to pick on union members – midwives, factory workers, shop assistants and firefighters.

The Government is determined to shift the balance of power in the workplace and give bosses the whip hand during disputes.

You don’t have to be in a union to be hit. The pay deals unions agree often set the going rate for workers in many industries.

And the health and safety agreements they negotiate help keep millions of us safe.

The Tories are turning the clock back on workers’ rights and our basic freedoms.

Squire James Frampton – the man who had the Tolpuddle Martyrs sent to Australia – feared that workers organising themselves threatened the power of employers and landowners and called on the full might of the law to silence them.

He would have loved last week’s bill. It is a modern day masterclass in punishing working people and their unions for standing up for their rights.

It is vital that we all come together to oppose it.

The Tory masterplan to smash union power:
Strike ballots to have minimum turnout of 50 per cent to be legal
Public sector strikes woud need 40 per cent backing of ballot
Unions would have to give 14 days’ notice before using banners, loudspeakers, or even setting up a Facebook or Twitter account. They must also outline what these would say
Union organisers on picket lines must wear an armband or they can be fined
Unions would also be fined £20,000 for using social media during strike action – and again if they don’t publish plans in advance
Employers would be allowed to use agency workers to break strikes, which was banned in 1973!

Solidarity with all striking workers is imperative. The goal should be to rid Britain of Tories.

The paradox of the superego:
the more you obey what the Other demands of you, the guiltier you are.

The song “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” by the Manic Street Preachers, takes its name from the stark warning of a Republican Ministry of Propaganda poster during the Spanish Civil War, displaying a photograph of a young child killed by the Nationalists under a sky of bombers. It’s essence illustrating the paradox of the superego.

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For if you are willing to tolerate what successive governments and regimes force upon you; from ideological austerity, atrocious policies attacking the Independent Living Allowance of just 18,000 of the most severely disabled in the UK to swingeing local authority cuts such as the removal of hot meal services for our elderly or removal of 7 out of 11 leisure centres in the Rhymney valley CCBC area, or imposition of car parking charges on the sick and disabled at our country parks.


Happy Bastille Day! Vive la republique!


School Days Over, by Ewan McColl, sung by Mary Black.

A Welsh mother’s lament as she sends her very young sons to their first morning’s work down the pit at the turn of the 20th century.

This version is 1987 and Mary Black is playing “Schooldays Over” with the Chieftains.


Schooldays over, come on then John
Time to be getting your pit boots on
On with your sack and your moleskin trousers
Time you were on your way
Time you were learning the pitman’s job
And earning a pitman’s pay.

Come on then Jim, it’s time to go
Time you were working down below
Time to be handling a pick and shovel
You start at the pits today
Time to be learning the collier’s job
And earning a collier’s pay.

Come on then Dai, it’s nearly light
Time you were off to the anthracite
The morning mist is on the valley
It’s time you were on your way
Time you were learning the miner’s job
And earning a miner’s pay

Schooldays over, come on then John
Time to be getting your pit boots on
On with your sack and your moleskin trousers
Time you were on your way
Time you were learning the pitman’s job
And earning a pitman’s pay.

In researching the song by Ewan McColl I found an interesting history to it had been compiled in a blog elsewhere here:

A truly great blog on why we plebs must show solidarity with all striking workers, everywhere. Very well written.
When “any” union stands up for the rights of its members (which they all SHOULD be doing, and are NOT) their actions help to create an environment where “standing up for decent working conditions” is easier to do.

It gets other people thinking that THEY should not have to accept crap pay and bad hours.

It gets employers used to the idea that people have a right to collective bargaining.

When this happens (and it has happened in the past) it becomes normal to expect a reasonable deal, and workers are willing to help each other put pressure on bosses who are exploitative arseholes.

The first strike in known human history happened in Egypt and it was a strike of people who worked on the pyramids (no… they were not built by slaves).

People seem to be angry these days with ANYONE who manages to get decent treatment at work, when the more appropriate response is to be ANGRY about all the people WHO DO NOT!

For over half a century union labour was the backbone of the UK.

It meant people had proper training and proper pay.

That is until Thatcher/Reagan came along, and went about intentionally breaking unions for the benefit of their wealthy election contributors. The MSM, run by press barons such as Murdoch and Paul Dacre have massively contributed to the demonisation of Unions before and after the thirty years since the Miner’s Strike of 1984. And this has been solely in the interests of corporations.

The workers of the world need to be re-educated about the maxim “there is strength in numbers”.

Nathaniel Tapley


If you live in or around London, or work there, or know anyone who does, your social media will have been drenched in anger at the Tube strike this morning, along with the occasional voice popping up with: “I was saying Boo-urns.”

Anyway, many people’s first instinct is to blame the strikers (even if they couched in terms of support for nurses / teachers / anyone except tube drivers), so I thought I’d explain why mine isn’t.

To begin, I must declare an interest: I intend to use the Night Tube. I’d rather the person in control of the metal drunk-ferry burrowing its way through subterranean London at peak suicide time felt well-rested and recompensed and able to concentrate on getting me home without being dead.

They’re actually fighting for your pay and conditions

Wait, what? No they’re not? I don’t earn that much.

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Pots and pans protests have spread across the world in recent years, having emerged in South America in the 1970s. Just over a Hundred attended the event in Cardiff, with further protests planned across the UK, particularly the Tory Conference, Manchester, in October.

Previous Pots and Pans Protests include Iceland’s ‘Kitchenware Revolution’ 2008-9.

However, the start of the country’s massive financial crisis pushed Torfason back to action. On October 11, he began standing in front of the Reykjavik parliament with a microphone.

Passersby were invited to talk about their dissatisfaction with the freefall of their country, to speak their minds.
Over the next five months, these sessions turned into open meetings and rallies every Saturday afternoon. Three claims predominated: resignation of the government, resignation of the board of the National Bank, and resignation of the board of monetary authorities.

Torfason spoke about the variety of strategies and tactics used during the protests, from direct, yet respectful, letter-writing and meetings with politicians to what was dubbed the “kitchenware revolution”: banging pots and pans in protest, known as cacerolazo in Argentina.

This culminated in late January 2009 with thousands of people protesting for days on end, resulting in the collapse of the Icelandic government’.

The Cardiff People’s Assembly cacerolazo was a really energising experience to be part of, 90 minutes of cacophonous drumming and anti TORY speeches. My friend has filmed some amazing footage that should be great to see back. Enjoyed the rhythms it was a great way to protest.

Organiser Adam Johannes said:

Thanks everyone who came down to the castle to make some noise about poverty and inequality, and rattle some pots and pans. Hope that the “people’s percussion’ will become a mainstay of all protests from now on!i

While it was a fun evening the wave of austerity coming is serious and we will need to get organised. Please join our facebook group to stay networked, and post any photo’s or footage and/or email to be added to our mailing list.

See you on the streets!

image Ms Charlotte Church and family.



The People’s Percussion were amazing, totally spontaneous rhythm and all together.

I It will spread the message, guaranteed to get people enthused and energised.
If nothing else, very cathartic smashing the fuck out of something to the ad-Lib rhythm of “No More Tory Cuts”… Or in my mind… GIDEON IS A C*NT!


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We were asked by the organisers of the Facebook group to bring a pot, a pan, a ladle, a lid, a spoon, to create an anti-austerity cacophony!

On 8th of July, the Tory government announced an emergency budget. But, We are already in a state of emergency! Last year 10,000 residents of Cardiff were forced to use food banks.

One in four parents in Wales have skipped meals for days and gone without food to feed their families.

This emergency budget will hurt communities. This budget will hurt you, and your neighbours.

It includes approx £12 billion cuts in welfare and more austerity. Austerity is IDEOLOGIGAL, a smash and grab raid by the rich on the rest the UK population. The under 25s have especially been targeted by swingeing cuts. Everything from schools to our NHS are being treated as resources to be exploited.

This government was elected by 24% of the population.

This government is continuing to destroy the precious fabric of our communities.

The point is to make a noise about this. This noise represents the 76% who did not vote Tory.

As much as they try to destroy communities, we want to rebuild.

We are the 76%
We are Cardiff People’s Assembly.
We want to create a community of voices.
The weapons of mass percussion!

People power wins.

People have often said; “you can’t just ignore Europe, you can’t just do what you want”.

Well, in desperate times, a sovereign people can indeed do what they damn well want!

61percent of the people of Greece voted “OXI” or No!

What did this mean? Well…

A quick summary of the GREECE issue

Obviously, this is not too dissimilar to what is happening in Britain with the advent of Chancellor Gideon “Cokehead” Osbourne’s austerity budget on Wednesday July 8th, except that UK voters masochistically voted for yet more hammering by the elite bankers propping up the Tories!

Compare the Greek debt (about 370 billion) – which the European Troika and international banks are refusing to write off – with the amounts of money received by those same banks from taxpayers in bailouts:

compare Greek debt to banks

The debt that these banks have accrued have been as a result of repeated Quantitative Easing, in effect the (Rothschild’s) US Federal Reserve Bank creating electronic money out of thin air!

Piling on the hypocrisy (a great word of Greek origin) Germany has never paid its external debt, and is directly profiting from Greece’s woes. – Who says?

Thomas Piketty. The Author of the best selling economics book of the 21st century so far, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the Piketty is considered one of the most influential economists in the world.

I this interview with German newspaper Die Zeit View at

translated into English from Piketty forcefully challenges the German position and calls for an international conference on Debt.

It is estimated that Germany actually OWES Greece 11Billion Euros since in 1943, Germany forced the Bank of Greece to lend it two loans worth 11 billion euros equivalent in today’s money and has never made any reparations. However, this money is not war reparations, which are a separate and much more complex issue. The debt is a straightforward loan from Greece to Germany – albeit a forced one – which the Germans have not bothered to repay.

All kinds of walks of life are being hit by vicious ideological austerity cuts and organisations such as Cardiff’s People’s Assembly have asked to stand in solidarity with the people of Greece at demonstrations on Wednesday timed to coincide with George Osbourne’s emergency budget. Cardiff P.A has organised a “WEAPONS OF MASS PERCUSSION” DEMO where everyone is encouraged to bring pots, pans and something to BANG them with. I intend going. Pictures to follow no doubt.

weapons of mass percussion

In the meantime, look beyond the headlines of the mainstream bullshit media. Solidarity with the people of Greece! #OXI!

The following is a link to a blog exposing the lies we are being told about the situation in Greece.