Life, Politics

Tell Me No Lies

I appeal to anyone with a modicum of sense to stop taking as gospel, the continuing smear campaign perpetrated against Jeremy Corbyn by the right-wing media. It’s time these people woke up and smelt the coffee.

Let’s start with the “news” papers shall we? It’s in their interests to keep the Tories in power so their owners can continue their lavish lifestyles and demonise anyone who doesn’t toe the line of Tory rhetoric.

So, if you read The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times or any of their subsidiary publications you are being manipulated by their unfair and completely biased reporting. It’s also scary that you would allow yourself to take what they spoon feed you as absolute gospel. Why would you allow this instead of getting the facts for yourself?

Which brings me onto my next point. Corbyn being painted as a full on supporter of the IRA and terrorist sympathiser. This is simply not true and again, why are people believing what is being spouted to them by the gutter press? Why not go and investigate the facts for yourself? Corbyn has condemned violence on all sides of the struggle and supports the fight for peace when it is conducted in a civilised non-violent manner. I could be photographed in a room full of Tory supporters (gods forbid) but it doesn’t make me a Conservative (hell no!) Corbyn believes in round the table discussions and diplomacy, he doesn’t believe in violence. When it came to Hamas and Hezbollah, Corbyn is being vilified for the use of the term “our friends.” You know what? It’s a colloquialism, not a reference to them being best buddies. He was hardly going to invite two opposing factions for a discussion and refer to them as “our enemies” was he? That wouldn’t have been very diplomatic would it?

People forget that back in the 80’s, Margaret Thatcher was friends with General Pinochet and Robert Mugabe. Ruthless dictators responsible for the torture, imprisonment, murder and displacement of untold thousands.

Now, I don’t pretend to be the most politically savvy person to walk the earth but I’m savvy enough to know when facts are manipulated and fiction is presented as truth. These are the reasons why I don’t read the newspapers.

So, where do I get my information from if not the “free press”? Well, I’m connected to a lot more politically savvy people on Twitter than myself, I research and read independent publications and blogs and I’m so bloody minded that I will always stand by my views.

I also have the benefit of experience. Of growing up in a poor family of Tory controlled Britain in the 1980’s, seeing first hand what the Tories were capable of even then. Having a parent be one of the 3 million unemployed because cuts made to British manufacturing meant no job came without the threat of future redundancy. My parents suffered massively in those days and as a young child, I didn’t fully understand what we were going through. I grew up on a council estate, on benefits, free school dinners and hand me down clothes whilst my parents worked hard, scrimped and struggled to achieve a better life for our family.  Every single penny mattered to us, where it came from and what it was spent on. I would never wish that kind of existence onto another family but it’s still happening today and when I hear people being told to “work hard”, I just think, “some have to hold down two or three jobs to get by, if that’s not hard work then what is?”

For the NHS Jeremy Hunt wants a U.S. style system where it’s all done through insurance but a glimpse at a medical bill in the U.S. is heart stopping and those bills come in the second a patient sees a doctor or gets into an ambulance. Imagine having to deal with that if someone you love had just died in a terrible accident or you were on life support and returned home to thousands of pounds worth of debt? What if you couldn’t even afford the insurance? What then?

I’ve heard people say, “don’t have kids if you can’t afford to pay for them”. I think that’s such a crass, sweeping statement that generalises and demonises poor families into one category: “scroungers”. This makes my blood boil. Family situations can change at any time; you could be ticking over nicely until the company you work for decides to close its doors and relocate to the Far East in favour of cheap labour and manufacturing costs. Mass redundancies  in one area has a huge impact on unemployment figures and social funding. Thousands of people in one town or city aren’t suddenly going to get snapped up for the same jobs elsewhere. So what, there are people who do scrounge (I believe they’re called bankers, hedge fund managers, billionaire non dom tax exiles etc) but if you’re thinking of those who pop out a couple of kids to get a council house, remember this – they are the minority and do not represent the majority of those in need but it’s just too damn easy to bully the less fortunate isn’t it?

If you’re voting Tory because of Brexit then I have to ask you, what makes the NHS, public services, emergency services, schools, the disabled and mentally ill (all of whom have suffered extreme financial cuts) far less important than whether or not we belong in the EU? Where has that magical £350 million a week for the NHS disappeared to? (It was on a big red bus if you remember).

What about the environment and the terrible damage caused by fracking when it’s clear that renewable energy is the way forward? What about animal welfare? 80% of the British public opposes fox-hunting but we’re being ignored. The Tories have even dropped their pledge to ban the ivory trade condemning elephants ever closer to extinction.

Does any of this matter to you?

If it does, give it some thought. You might change your mind, you might not. The decision is yours but don’t let the media and the press make it for you.


What is the world coming to?

How often have we heard or even uttered that expression? I know I grew up hearing it from my parents and other adults and now, as an adult myself, I find myself saying it more often than not.

Today, I heard the news that Sajid Javid overturned Lancashire Council’s decision to stop the fracking company Cuadrilla from exploratory fracking in the local area.

In the face of overwhelming opposition from his constituents, scientific evidence from anti-fracking organisations, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth etc. this politician has shown his true Tory colours. Profits before people. As long as his palm is being greased by some shady corporation he is certainly not going to put the interests of the area he is supposed to be serving first.

Apparently, even our UNELECTED PM Theresa May has said that the government needs to listen to its electorate. So, has Sajid Javid suddenly gone deaf or did he miss that part?

As long as big businesses and corporations continue to live in the pockets of our politicians and vice-versa, things like this will never, ever change. The back room deals, broken promises and reversed decisions have been hidden by a propaganda that pulled the wool over a lot of voters’ eyes. Should I feel an ounce of pity for a Tory voter who now regrets ticking that box during the General Election?

No, I shouldn’t and I won’t. The Tories have always been about the spin and the propaganda. They are the wolves in sheep’s clothing and if people don’t wake up to that fact then Britain will continue to be the country that persecutes those who need the most help, condemning more and more people to poverty as the gap between rich and poor widens even further.

Why our government couldn’t follow the example of Iceland and jail it’s bankers who contributed to the huge 2008 crash is beyond me. The wealthiest people in this country are those who benefit the most from the elitist organisation occupying Westminster.

The Three Stooges (Cameron, Osborne and Smith) have blood on their hands for the persecution they meted out on the vulnerable and disabled in our society. People committed suicide as a direct result of the benefits cuts waged by those men. Jeremy Hunt is single handedly destroying the NHS and we are losing medical professionals in their droves as they head off to places like Australia where their prospects are a hundred times better.And now, he wants to fine doctors who leave the country! What will that achieve? We’ll still lose them and you can bet that money won’t go back into the NHS where it’s needed most.

This isn’t a government of the people, by the people, for the people. This is a government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.